A media aide to the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, Valentine Obienyem has reacted to a claim that his principal belongs to the Pyrates Confraternity.
Obienyem in his reaction stated that Obi is not a member of the National Association of Seadogs (NAS), better known as the Pyrates Confraternity.
The clarification followed a claim on Facebook by a user identified as Fejiro Oliver suggesting the former Governor of Anambra State is a member of the group.
Though the post has now been deleted, Oliver had written it in his reaction after a viral video of the confraternity mocking the health status of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In the viral video, the members of the Pyrates Confraternity sang, “Hand dey shake, leg dey shake, Baba wey no well, e de shout emi lo kan (Hands are shaking, legs are shaking. A sick old man is shouting ‘it’s my turn’).
“Emi lo kan (2ce), Baba wey no well, him dey shout emi lokan (It’s my turn (2ce), a sick old man is shouting ‘it’s my turn”.
Oliver in his post had claimed Obi is a “dedicated Pyrate who has led by the tenets we were baptised with.”
He also wrote: “I have watched the trending video of the revered and worldwide adored Pyrates Confraternity video, a beloved Association that I’m proud to belong to, where they ruled out Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a candidate in our ongoing convention taking place in Lagos State,” the post had read.
“As customary with the fraternity to use songs to pass messages to society, towards condemning or supporting individuals, government or policies, I find this particular song in bad taste, especially with the way an uninformed member posted it on social media.
“Yes, Peter Obi is one of us, a dedicated Pyrate who has led by the tenets we were baptised with. He has always promoted the ideals of Pyracy during his days as a Governor and has contributed to the frat as a whole.
“It is proper we support one of our own to ascend the number position in Nigeria after getting the number two in Namadi Sambo. We do know that with Peter Obi as President, the just society that we want will be achieved and the ills militating against a just society that we fight will be reduced.
“While it is in our inner consciousness to gyrate towards one of our very best to be President, it is improper to promote it publicly.
“In PDP and APC do we have many men who are time tested seadogs, men in very high places and the best where they are.
“We cannot publicly disown these men who support Tinubu their whole life or will die for Atiku Abubakar to emerge as President for Peter Obi.
“Peter Obi is better but moderation is also everything.”
But reacting to claims that Obi is a member of the Pyrates, Obienyem was quoted by The Cable to have denied such.
“Not at all,” the media aide was quoted to a said in a text message in response to enquiries about the matter.
Okoi, attached to Ekori Divisional Headquarters, Cross Rivers Police Command, was dismissed for gross misconduct captured in a viral video on July 31, 2022, where he was flogging a man with a machete.
His dismissal, according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, takes effect from Monday.
The IGP reiterated his commitment to ethical regeneration, restoration of professional standard and enhancement of the anti-corruption drive with dedication to entrenching human rights-driven policing within the country.
He expressed confidence that the current overhauling will improve the effectiveness of the units, and rid them of negative elements who deviate from the standard operating procedure of the Units, and the Nigeria Police Force in general.
The statement reads in part: “The Inspector-General of Police, *IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has expressed grave disappointment at the reports of brutality and extortion levelled against some police officers via various complaint channels available to the public, particularly on social media platforms. The IGP has therefore directed all supervising Commissioners of Police and Tactical/Strategic Commanders to ensure strict supervision of their personnel as further incidences of this nature would be viewed strictly.
“The IGP has also ordered a holistic overhauling of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS), and the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Units to ensure that their operations are in tandem with the purpose for their creation, and maximum effectiveness and output in line with the mandate of the IGP’s administration and public safety.
“The IGP has therefore directed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Intelligence Bureau (AIG-FIB) to carry out supervisory role over the three units to ensure their operations are professional, active and productive and do not infringe on the fundamental rights of the citizenry, and other members of the public”.
El-Rufai ruled out the possibility of dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP in a reaction shared via his Twitter account on Monday.
Before then, the spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar 2023 Presidential Campaign Organization, Daniel Bwala had expressed optimism that El-Rufai will dump the APC for the PDP ahead of the 2023 elections.
“My attention was drawn to @elrufai laughing at a comment made about me on my past video. Hmm @elrufai is one of the finest we have from the north, I will never join issues with him, especially because I am optimistic he will be with us before the 2023 elections,” he wrote.
But the Kaduna State Governor quickly rejected the idea, saying not even his corpse will be found near the PDP.
He wrote: “Thanks @BwalaDaniel but no, thanks. Never ever, not even my corpse will be found in the vicinities of your new-found political party. I still dey laugh!!! – @elrufai”
See the Twitter exchange.
Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed that anybody undervaluing the political capability of his State will be taught a painful lesson in 2023.
Wike spoke at the inauguration of the Orochiri -Worukwo (Waterlines junction) flyover that was performed by Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Port Harcourt on Monday.
The Governor explained that the dynamics of contemporary politics had made it unpopular to just gift votes away without the assurance of derivable benefit for the people.
Wike said: “If you say Rivers State does not matter, Rivers State will tell you that you don’t also matter at the appropriate time. If you don’t like us, we will not like you. If you like us, we will like you.
“Nobody will use our votes for nothing. Our votes will matter and Rivers State must benefit from anybody that we are going to support.
“Politics now is no longer just vote for somebody, it is about what you will do for the people of Rivers State.”
Wike said it would be difficult for any conspirator to upset the voting pattern of Rivers State and support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Governor insisted that those who looted the treasury of the state would not be supported to become governor of Rivers State.
He said: “My guest from Lagos State, let nobody tell you story that anybody will come here to win as governor of Rivers State. It will not happen.
“Those who looted the treasury of the State will not come here to be governor of Rivers State and I have challenged them.
“I am fully in charge. I am not that kind of governor people will go to Abuja and hold meetings against. I am fully in charge here.”
Wike also challenged those envious of his developmental strides to show their capacities by executing projects and inviting renown persons to inaugurate them.
He explained the invitation of the Lagos Governor was not the first time persons of other political parties were urged to inaugurate projects in Rivers State.
Sanwo-Olu, who inaugurated the Orochiri-Worokwu (Waterlines) Flyover, commended Wike for his strong commitment to the delivery of physical infrastructure in Rivers State.
He said: “I would like to specially commend my brother, Governor Wike, for his strong commitment to the delivery of physical infrastructure in Rivers State, a commitment that has been recognized by all and sundry, and which has earned him the appellation of ‘Mr. Projects’ within and outside Rivers State.”
Sanwo-Olu said though he and Wike belonged to different political persuasions, the invitation extended to him sent a very strong message that political leaders could come together across political and ideological divides, for the good of the people.
It was a record-breaking outing for Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham.
Medals were raked in at an unprecedented rush while Nigerian athletes broke several records at the games.
Team Nigeria won 12 gold medals — the country’s highest haul in the history of the CWG.
Incredibly, all the gold medals were won by female athletes who took the tracks and gymnasiums in Birmingham by storm and wrote their names in the annals of the competition.
Tobi Amusan surged to the finish line in 12.30 seconds in the final of the women’s 100-meter hurdles to set a CWG record. Ese Brume registered a record-setting 7-meter leap in the long jump.
In the women’s 4×100 meters, the quartet of Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha cruised to gold while setting a new African record with a time of 42.10 seconds.
Lifters like Adijat Olarinoye, Rafiatu Lawal, and Alice Oluwafemilayo also set new CWG records in their respective categories.
Nigeria finished the competition with 35 medals — 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze — to clinch seventh on the leaders’ table as the final day of activities wraps up.
Athletics provided the most medals for Nigeria with 10 podium finishes, followed by wrestling with seven.
Below is the full list of all 35 medalists for Team Nigeria at the 2022 CWG:
Tobi Amusan — Women’s 100m hurdles
Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha, Joy Udo-Gabriel — Women’s 4 x 100m relay
Ese Brume — Women’s long jump
Odunayo Adekuoroye — Wrestling women’s freestyle 57 kg
Blessing Oborududu — Wrestling women’s freestyle 68 kg
Genesis Miesinnei Mercy — Wrestling women’s freestyle 50 kg
Adijat Olarinoye — Weightlifting women’s 55kg
Rafiatu Lawal — Weightlifting women’s 59kg
Alice Oluwafemiayo — Para-powerlifting women’s heavyweight
Chioma Onyekwere — Women’s discus throw
Goodness Nwachukwu — Women’s discus throw F42-44/61-64
Eucharia Iyiazi — Women’s F55-57 shot put
Favour Ofili — Women’s 200m
Elizabeth Oshoba — Women’s featherweight boxing
Ikechukwu Obichukwu — Para-powerlifting men’s heavyweight
Bose Omolayo — Para-powerlifting women’s heavyweight
Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi — Para-table tennis women’s singles classes 3-5
Nasiru Sule — Para-table tennis men’s singles classes 3-5
Taiwo Liadi — Weightlifting women’s 76kg
Hannah Reuben — Wrestling women’s freestyle 76kg
Ebikewenimo Welson — Wrestling men’s freestyle 57kg
Udodi Onwuzurike, Seye Ogunlewe, Favour Ashe, Alaba Akintola, Raymond Ekevwo — Men’s 4 x 100m relay
Ugochi Constance Alam — Women’s F55-57 shot put
Obiageri Amaechi — Women’s discus throw
Ifeanyi Onyekwere — Men’s super heavyweight boxing
Jacinta Umunnake — Women’s middleweight boxing
Cynthia Ogunsemilore — Women’s lightweight boxing
Innocent Nnamdi — Para-powerlifting men’s lightweight
Isau Ogunkunle — Para-table tennis men’s singles classes 3-5
Faith Obazuaye — Para-table tennis women’s singles classes 6-10
Mary Taiwo Osijo — Weightlifting women’s 87kg
Islamiyat Yusuf — Weightlifting women’s 64kg
Edidiong Umoafia — Weightlifting men’s 67kg
Ogbonna John — Wrestling men’s freestyle 74kg
Esther Kolawole — Wrestling women’s freestyle 62kg
Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, representing Enugu North Senatorial District has described the supporters of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Dr Peter Obi, as noisemakers.
He stated this after a face-off with an Obidient supporter, @McCa_Xn, on Twitter.
On Sunday, the former Enugu State governor claimed that Obi’s supporters, who are known as Obidients, are less than 0.25 percent of the entire 200 million Nigerians.
Nnamani, who is seeking a return to the National Assembly, had earlier vowed that Labour Party would not be allowed to win any political office in Enugu State, saying “bye-bye for Obidient”.
As a result, several of Obidient’s fans attacked him on Facebook and Twitter, causing a significant uproar.
In a new post on his verified Facebook page, the lawmaker noted that his supporters are members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and that they are unable to work for another party to succeed.
He contends that the “Obidient Movement” shouldn’t have expanded to include the governorship and Assembly seats if it is exclusively for Peter Obi.
“There is no Obidient PARTY! The name is Labour Party. A political party with candidates in all offices, including the governorship.
“Our party and platform are different, and that is PDP. FACT If we blur the distinction and foolishly vote Obidient that is Labour Party for President?
“For the minority ELITES, it is easy to reverse 2 weeks later! For the majority over 98percent that is major “confuse “as they say on the Streets” Confuse Yamaru” as Umu Asadu will put it!
“Remember these advocates are Noisy, Loud, Intolerant, Proselytizers, Condescending but less than 0.25percent of our 200 million population. That is a generous guess of those propagandists controlling the NARRATIVE. Only a narrative.
“If Obidient is Peter Obi only, why field candidates in other offices? Why do we establish a foundation and beachhead for Labour Party? In battle, do you give invaders your beach head to Land (please forgive my war analogy, for want of a more graphic example) and now seek to drive them away? ebeanoFAM answered my question. The answer is blowing in the wind”
The reason the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi failed to inform the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar of his defection plan from the party has emerged.
A close ally of the former governor of Anambra State said Obi failed to inform Atiku of his plan after sources informed him that Atiku had no plan to pick his running mate from the South-East.
The ally who spoke with The Guardian on condition of anonymity said they got information that the former vice president planted a candidate in one of the thriving young parties before the presidential primary of PDP.
According to the source, Atiku saw the strength in the younger parties, with the experience of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) in 2019, which made a good impression at the poll.
The source said, “You know Kingsley Moghalu did not win in 2019, but he made a serious impact on the youth population. The former Vice President believed that with such a young charismatic politician in the race it would create some problems for him.
“Even before the PDP national convention, Atiku was sure that he would pick the party’s presidential ticket again. That was why he talked about the right of the first refusal and called the bluff of northern elders that wanted to broker consensus.
“It became clear to us that since PDP was not forthcoming on the issue of zoning the Presidency to the South, as well as the bond among incumbent state governors, we needed to explore other options and ensure that we did not give Atiku any impression about our plans.”
According to the ally of the LP presidential candidate, Obi had concluded his plan to dump PDP on June 27.
He said, “With the resignation officially sealed, Obi now travelled to the United Kingdom briefly. After the visit to 10 Downing Street, he came back and declared officially for LP on June 27. It was actually on July 1, that His Excellency informed the former Vice President that he had moved on, that is it. By that time the LP presidential primary had been concluded.”
Recall that Atiku during a recent interview claimed that Obi informed him about his plan to dump the PDP days after his defection, a claim which was confirmed by Obi.
An officer of the Nigerian Police Force seen in a viral video beating a civilian with cutlass has been relieved from service, Naija News reports.
Nigerians have expressed anger and called for justice after the erring officer, PC Liyomo Okoi, was spotted in the video clip which went viral on July 31, 2022.
Last week, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba expressed interest in the case and summoned Liyomo to his office in Abuja.
In a tweet on Friday, the force spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the IGP had summoned Liyomo to Abuja on Thursday and condemned him for his actions.
See below moment PC Liyomo used cutlass on the civilian:
Subsequently, on Monday, Adejobi confirmed that the force has fired the erring officer for his gross misconduct.
Adejobi, via his official Twitter page on Monday, wrote: “GROSS MISCONDUCT: NPF has dismissed PC LIYOMO OKOI, Force No 524503, attached to Ekori Divisional Police Headquarters, Cross River State, who was captured in a video that went viral on 31st July, 2022, where he was flogging a civilian with a cutlass.”
He confirmed that Liyomo ceased to be a member of the police force with effect from today 8th August 2022.
Adejobi urged members of the public not to have any official dealings or transactions with him henceforth.
“We will always do the needful to sanitise the NPF and uphold the standards and values of the Nigeria Police Force. Thanks,” the PPRO said.
Terrorists have abducted three women while setting fuel tankers on fire in Saminaka community in the Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.
The incident occurred on Sunday night when the terrorists came into the community and started shooting sporadically.
A resident of the community Musa Rabiu, who spoke to our correspondent, said the terrorists, while shooting, headed to one of the popular restaurants in the community and abducted the three women.
Rabiu said that while the terrorists shot sporadically into the air, some of their bullets hit two diesel tankers that were conveying fuel leading to an explosion of the tankers.
“When they came in and started shooting, some of their bullets hit some tankers carrying fuel, and they exploded, and people were running for their lives”.
“When we heard the gunshots, we started running in search of safety. The bandits were just shooting up and down. Saminaka is not a big village. The entire community has been thrown into panic with this recent kidnapping”, he said.
He also said that the three abducted women were the restaurant owner, Zainab Usman, and two of her staff.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Police Command, Abiodun Wasiu, confirmed the attack and abduction of three women.
Wasiu said police tactical teams and vigilante members had been drafted to the area.
“Efforts are ongoing to rescue the abducted victims,” he stated.
A 60- year-old woman, Adenike Okunbanjo, was on Monday docked in an Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly stealing 99 pieces of iPhones worth N14.85 million.
The defendant, a businesswoman who resides at 1, Alade St., Temidire, Ibafo, Ogun State, is charged with conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the offence was committed on Jan. 16, 2017 at Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Akeem said that the iPhones worth N14. 85 million, were shipped to Lagos from the U.S. by Mr Bolaji Ogunsanya to be delivered to someone named “Mr Azeez” in Lagos.
The prosecutor said that the consignment arrived in Lagos but got missing at the airport and all efforts to locate it failed.
Akeem said that the complainant furnished the police with the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of all the phones.
The prosecutor also said that one of the IMEI of the phone was traced to the defendant and she was tracked and arrested.