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Former Minister blasts Aisha Buhari for assaulting student, calls on IGP to invite her for questioning

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Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung

A former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has taken a swipe at the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, over arrest and torture of a final year student of the Federal University Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Mohammed was secretly whisked away by plainclothes security operatives on the orders of Mrs Buhari over a Twitter post.

The final-year student was on Tuesday remanded in Suleja Correctional Center after he was secretly arraigned before an FCT high court by the Nigerian police.

Condemning the first lady’s action in a Facebook Live video on Tuesday, Mr Dalung reminded the first lady that Nigerians didn’t elect President Muhammadu Buhari into the office for them to be oppressed.

Mr Dalung said: “Let me condemn in categorical terms, the tyranny, the abuse of power, and the dictatorship that are coming out of the sanctuary of leadership in Nigeria, which is the Aso Rock.

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“Disheartening reports of the deployment of security to kidnap innocent Nigerians by the wife of the president, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, beating them mercilessly, and handing them over to security to be detained, is a highly condemnable act by every right thinking human being all over the world.

“It’s a shame that this is happening under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is a big threat to democracy. The wife of the president is no better than any other Nigerian except being the wife of the president.

“That she went out of her way, to kidnap Aminu Mohammed, a 400-level student from [Federal University Dutse] Jigawa, and also abducted someone who had worked with her, Zainab Kazeem, and brought them to the villa, instructed her security to beat them mercilessly, and subsequently handed them over to be detained by the security forces of Nigeria.

“This is very disheartening and shameful. Aisha Buhari has no right to order for the arrest of any Nigerian. That she’s married to the president of Nigeria does not confer any advantage on her to take the laws into her own hands.”

Mr Dalung called on the Inspector General of Police to order Immediate investigation into the matter and invite her for questioning, assuring the victims that they would stand by them until Justice is served.

“If the two people have breached the law, the only option open to her is to invite the police for questioning. But kidnapping them and taking them to the presidential villa and organizing security men to beat them up is a breach of the law.

“Aisha Buhari has no immunity, and the Inspector General of Police must invite her for investigation and questioning.

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“For those citizens of Nigeria whose rights have been violated, I want to put it on record that every possible action will be taken to secure of their freedom and we will fight against this injustice meted out on them until they are appropriately compensated as required by law.

“Aisha is a beneficiary of the goodwill of Nigerians. Common people sold their assets, bought cards and scratch and sent money, to raise campaign funds for her husband. They didn’t do that because they wanted to be enslaved by her.

“Nigerians didn’t suffer to elect Buhari just for Aisha to emerge as a terror in the state house, and be kidnapping innocent citizens into the villa and beating them.

“You have bitten more than you can chew. And I want to assure you that the human rights community, both nationally and internationally, will mobilize every asset to ensure justice is done to Aminu Mohammed and Zainab Kazeem.

”The security agencies holding these two people must release them within the next 24 hours. Failure to do this, we will, of course, employ all lawful means to enforce and expose all forces behind this,” he said.

The former minister added that, “Aisha, as the wife of the president, is not concerned about the abductions of secondary school girls in FGGC Yauri who are now married to bandits. She is not concerned about the Christian women who were kidnapped in Southern Kaduna, and are still in the hands of bandits after over six months.

“She is not concerned about the kidnapping of students in an Islamic school in Niger. She’s not concerned about setting ablaze a bus traveling to Sokoto, where people were burned alive by bandits. She is only concerned about her selfish and personal interests.”

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Emefiele wants to cause uprising to have Interim Govt – Fani-Kayode

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Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, is seeking to precipitate an uprising in Nigeria with a view to make peaceful elections impossible. Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Social Media Campaign of the All Progressive Congress on Tuesday accused the CBN Governor of working towards the realisation of Interim National Government.

Fani-Kayode’s lamentations came on the heels of Emefiele’s appearance before the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
He accused Emefiele of weaponsing the CBN saying he “is an enemy of democracy.”
His condemnations came amidst series of complications are having over the exchange of their old notes with new ones.

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Pre-empting the CBN governor, he said “He has NO plans to release enough new naira notes any time soon.
“He wants to STARVE the people of cash and drive them to rage out of frustration. This is not about politics but about stoking up protest and revolution. This is subversion and destablisation.He must be stopped and caged!”

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Muslim leaders protest alleged rape of woman in Niqob (purdah) inside mosque in Ibadan

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Some Muslim youths, scholars and organisations in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have staged a protest over alleged rape of a Muslim lady in one of the mosques in Ibadan.

The woman was in ‘Niqob’ Purdah when the incident occurred, a source told DAILY POST.

The protest was staged by the concerned Muslim leaders on Monday.

The protesters demanded prosecution of the suspect.

DAILY POST gathered on Monday that a Muslim lady, who was in purdah, was allegedly raped inside a mosque at Iwo Road area of Ibadan on Sunday.

A source said, “An unfortunate incident happened on Sunday in Ibadan, when the son of a road transport union sneaked into a mosque and raped a niqobite.

“This then prompted the concerned Muslim leaders to stage the protest on Monday.”

The concerned Muslims were led in the protest by an Ibadan-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Amubieya.

Another source told DAILY POST that the suspect had been arrested.

He said, “The thug who raped a niqobite (Muslim lady in veil) has been identified as Idris, also known as Kesari.

“He is the son of a union leader known as Al-Majiri. He was arrested by the police and the case has now been transferred to the State CID”.

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Consumers challenge Ikeja Electric over threat to withdraw prepaid meters

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A group of entrepreneurs and customers of Ikeja Electric Plc. in Lagos State, weekend, sent an S.O.S to the Minister for Power, accusing the electricity distribution company of desperate attempts to crush their operations.

Specifically, they accused the officials of the energy supplier, believed to be the largest electricity distribution company in Nigeria, of threatening to ‘’forcefully confiscate their meters under the pretext that the consumers were operating with what they termed “old meters’’.

Thrice last week, the staff of the company from Igbobi Undertaking in the Somolu area of the State who mobilised to forcefully uninstall and cart the meters away were resisted.

“And, despite repeated explanations and appeals, the electricity company team said to be led by a male management of the company refused, bluntly to listen, saying that Ikeja Electric Distribution Company had already phased out ‘old meters’, the affected consumers stated.

‘’We further appealed to the officers that the meters were purchased by us and that it will be illegal to withdraw the meters which we bought, without replacement.

‘’In fact, we told them that we are of the opinion that in a normal clime, the meters should be replaced when they are withdrawing the current ones instead of putting us in darkness.

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‘’But to our dismay, they mobilised the second day, in multiples, apparently poised for a showdown with us.

‘’However, as law abiding citizens, we maintained our position that our meters were sold to us by Ikeja Electricity company and further our claims that we paid with bank drafts in favour of Ikeja Electric, yet they insisted on taking away our property’’, the customers said.

‘’Yet the team leader who  was simply called ‘Sam’, the Undertaking Manager told us that throughout the country, meters are the property of electricity distribution companies, hence they are at liberty to withdraw same anytime, even, without notice.

‘’Despite the argument that we would inform our lawyers about the development, for advice, the Ikeja Electric men re-surfaced the third day with ladders, threatening to illegally cart away our meters and we still, as gentlemen and law abiding citizens asked them to reason.

‘’At that point, one of them told us that he did not expect us to argue the matter because if occasion demands, he would never resist taking his own meter by the company.

The electricity company however said that customers with ‘old meter’ should apply for ‘new meter’ while they would be ‘put on estimates’ pending the approval of their application.

‘’We were mandated to pay for ‘new meters’ costing approximately N117,000.00 each, within 14 days, failure which  the officials threatened to take “drastic action’’.

Similar situation was reported by a top Lagos civil servant at the Ipaja New Town Scheme, an estate flagged off by the Lagos State Government in Ilapo Village via AIT, Alagbado Lagos, who recently approached Ikeja Electric for the replacement of her damaged ‘Customer Card’ but was only told to buy a new meter because the present one is ‘outdated’.

According to the consumer, ‘’they bluntly told me l would need to immediately pay for a new one which l did not plan for due to the present economic realities’’.

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Two of the affected consumers,  Dele Oguntayo, journalist  and  Abass Adie, a businessman, narrated how the ‘bold-faced’ Ikeja Electric personnel swooped on their premises for the withdrawal of their meter to which they declined.

Oguntayo explained that he applied for a meter in year 2010 having paid N55,000.00 bank draft to Ikeja Electric and was not metered for several months.

While he was being issued what he termed ‘cut-throat estimated bills’ for about a year, he added that ‘’at a point, despite operating with a stand-by generator for several hours daily, the Ikeja Electric was billing him “thousands of Naira every month.

“The meter l applied for in the first quarter of that year was not supplied until about a year after my application and payment despite repeated visits and pleas to the company.

“Something will interest you: A professional colleague in a news agency as Energy Correspondent in Lagos had come visiting; and, about a year after his first visit, he promised to take my matter up with the Managing Director of Ikeja Electric.

“He even challenged me that as a journalist, l should have approached either the company’s Head of  Public Affairs or better still, the Managing Director.

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“So, less than 24 hours of his intervention, two meters were brought to me, same day, on the instruction of the Managing Director of Ikeja Electric!

‘’My conclusion then was that the officials were hoarding the meters for the highest bidders and did not attend to applicants, except through touts.

“It may interest you again that about ten years later, a female staff of the Ikeja Electricity Company who claimed to be of the marketing department came with another joker, claiming that the meter I was using was the allocation of a woman within the zone.

“She threatened to withdraw the meter because, according to her, l probably manipulated the system to secure the meter through the back-door.

“Consequently, I  made several visits to see the Manager when they relocated to Obanikoro area of Ikorodu Road but was always told that their boss was busy.

‘’But when I spoke with one Mr. Ayeni, the Ikeja Electric spokesman on the telephone last week, about the recent threat and my resolve to brief a lawyer, he directed me to one Mrs. Ayanga, the Igbobi Business Manager who could still not be reached for an appointment.”

While reacting to the incident, Adie was of the view that upgrading of facilities, including the metering system was a welcome development and asked the company to phase payment of the new meter rather than putting consumers on estimated bills after withdrawal of the existing meters.

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