Thursday, 22 September 2022 10:46

Cybercrime affecting banks - CBN

Prof. Mike Obadan, a non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has stated that the bane of the banking industry in Nigeria is cybercrime.

He also expressed displeasure over the activities of hackers, which he said had continued to affect the growth of the banking sector.

This was stated yesterday by Obadan at the 8th LAPO Conference on Microfinance and Enterprise Development in Benin, the Edo State capital.

He stated that the threat from hackers had continued to elicit deep concerns, due to their negative impacts.

The non-executive director pointed out that some Nigerian banks had been attacked by hackers, resulting in significant financial losses, while stressing that the rate, scale and complexity of the attacks were on the increase, considering the report of cybercrime losses in recent times.

He said: “It is of great concern that the activities of hackers have continued to affect the growth of the banking sector.

“The CBN has continued to monitor and coordinate responses to cyber attacks on financial institutions in the country. Moreover, the heightened cyber security threats were moderated by the CBN’s intensified surveillance and sharing of credible intelligence and remediation measures with the banks.”

History often repeats itself. The trending videos of Obi’s angry supporters threatening expulsion of anyone who fails to vote for their principal from the east, mob action against Tinubu’s supporters in Alaba Market in Lagos added to shameless assault on the person of Asiwaju Tinubu through hate songs by Seadog confraternity, during their public procession are all but sad reminder of the past when Lagos Igbo urban immigrants were mobilized to buy off all the cutlasses in Lagos market in readiness to battle their Yoruba hosts, labelled enemies of Igbo by leaders they looked up to for direction. 


Perhaps we again need to return to history to remind our angry youths where we are coming from and how the seed of today’s mutual suspicion was sown by self-serving Igbo political leaders especially since the late president, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Peter Obi share some parallels.

They were both beneficiaries of Lagos benevolence. It was in Lagos that they had their professional, financial and political breakthrough. The former, fresh from Ghana, first “elezikified’ the Nigerian press in Lagos before establishing his newspaper chain across Nigeria cities. The latter started as Alaba trader graduating to importer of everything including wines before becoming a bank owner.  They both built their political fortunes in Lagos as leader of Igbo urban immigrants that needed a spokesman in a stranger’s land. They both freely deploy rhetoric to confuse their largely uninformed Igbo youths and unquestioning Nigerians.

For his oratory and brilliance, Zik was loved by the Yoruba. As an adopted son of Herbert Macaulay, he could do no wrong among the Lagos white cap chiefs and Imams who saw him as their son. Although NCNC was a Yoruba party with only one Igbo man during its inauguration, he became an unchallenged leader of NCNC after Herbert Macaulay’s death. And before the party was hijacked by his Igbo supporters, Zik was winning all elections in Lagos, Ibadan, Ilesha, Akure and Ondo among other Yoruba towns.

Like most young men of his generation. Awo used to follow Zik to his lecture venues.  But he was the first to discover Zik was a fake god in spite of his rhetoric and endless railing against the imperialists. Awo also discovered that sometimes nationalism may not be driven by altruism.

He gave reasons in his autobiography. Zik was using his paper to promote interest of Igbos while downplaying achievement of others especially Yoruba. His devious role in the collapse of Nigerian Youth Movement after fraudulently labelling Awo a tribalist for supporting Ernest Ikoli, an Ijaw easterner from today’s Bayelsa against Oba Akinsanya, his fellow Ijebu man. He went on to form Egbe Omo Oduduwa in London in 1945 along with the Akereles, Ayo Rosijis and Akintola Williams..

Unlike Awo, it took the Yoruba Lagos aristocrats of the period, including Sir Adeyemo Alakija, Dr Akinola Maja, Sir Kofo Abayomi, Chief Bode Thomas, Chief H. O. Davies and Dr Akanni Doherty, among others, much longer time to see clearly. In 1948 however, they launched Egbe Omo Oduduwa in Lagos around the same period similar group like Jamiyyar Mutanen Arewa (Northern People’s Congress) was formed in the north.


Zik and his supporters’ attack on the Egbe promoters was vicious. The West African Pilot editorial September 8, 1948 said “Henceforth, the cry must be one of battle against the Egbe Omo Oduduwa, its leaders at home and abroad, uphill and down dale. In the streets of Nigeria and in the residences of its advocates. The Egbe Omo Oduduwa is the enemy of Nigeria. It must be crushed to the earth. There is no going back until the fascist organization of Sir Adeyemo Alakija has been dismembered”. This was followed by physical assault on the persons and the leaders of the Egbe and damage to houses and properties of some of them”. (Awo: The Autobiography of Obafemi Awolowo page 171].


Then followed Zik’s Freudian slip during his 1949 presidential address to Ibo State Union, formed since 1943. According to Zik: “It would appear the God of Africa has specially created the Ibo nation to lead the children of Africa from the bondage of the ages…The martial prowess of the Ibo nation at all stages of human history has enabled them not only to conquer others but also to adapt themselves to role of preserver… the Ibo nation cannot shirk its responsibility. He went on to complain about Ibo non-representation at the executive council and complain Ibo taxation was being used to develop other areas.

That was the impetus Yoruba political elite needed to shift their support to Awo and his Action Group in 1952 thereby frustrating Zik’s attempt of becoming the premier of the West. Of course, the Yoruba did not regret it as the West became the pacesetter between 1952 and 1959. But for preventing Igbo internal colonialism, Awo and Yoruba were labelled tribalists by Igbo political leaders who tolerated no opposition in their own strongholds. The fallout was that Awo did not get any support from the east where his helicopter was stoned by fanatical Zik supporters during the 1959 election.

The north at independence constituted five–eighths of the entire territory of Nigeria with 56 per cent of the entire population. Their system according to Awolowo, “was feudal and autocratic; at best oligarchic and authoritarian and completely antithetical to liberal tradition of the Western Region and egalitarian beliefs of the Eastern Region”. He believed “the problem of Nigeria “cannot be solved until the problem of the north has been solved”. His solution was the west and the east with some support from middle belt taking over power.

But greed-driven Igbo political elite preferred an NPC and NCNC coalition. While ordinary Igbo on whose back they rode to power got nothing, Igbo elite secured all important appointments in Balewa’s government from finance, to external affairs, agriculture, control of University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Yaba College of Technology, Nigerian Airways Nigeria Railways forcing Akintola to ask Ikejiani:  IketaaniIkerinani, where is the one for Yoruba? (Meaning Igbo shared all available positions leaving nothing for Yoruba).

The blame for secession and civil war was put on Awo and Yoruba and not Ojukwu and Igbo leaders who seceded with 16 riffles (Ojukwu) while declaring “no power in Africa can subdue us.”  Of course that was also an excuse to justify Igbo NPP’s ill-advised coalition with NPN with Ojukwu who later became Abacha’s ambassador to Europe to de-market MKO Abiola returning from exile to eat with his former enemies. It is on record the 1979 alliance like that of 1959 collapsed over sharing of spoils of office.

For the same reasons, Igbo political elite mobilized their people to support NRC’s Bashir Tofa in the 1993 election and when MKO Abiola won a landslide despite securing only one Igbo state, leading Igbo politicians joined Babangida in annulling the election.

In 1999, Igbo political elite rejected the Yoruba candidate and supported Obasanjo who also rewarded them abundantly with positions after his victory. It was all about the interest of Igbo political leaders.

As a heterogeneous society, Igbo elite consensus with the northern political leaders with whom they share a common worldview of exploiting the innermost fears of their people for political gain is not unhealthy for democracy. But conscious of the cost of how past fraudulent claims and political subterfuge have haunted us for over 70 years, I don’t think abusing Yoruba and blaming their leaders for Igbo leadership failure is helpful for Peter Obi who, I am not sure, can freely campaign in Anambra where he ruled for eight years and where eight security officers made the supreme sacrifice as ransom for Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s life last week.


The Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council has said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, will find a common ground to work for the party in the 2023 general elections.

The spokesman of the council, Charles Aniagwu, said this on Wednesday while reacting to the reports that Wike and his allies have pulled out of the party’s presidential campaign council. 

In an interview with Daily Sun, Aniagwu said that the issues agitating the aggrieved leaders were not new, adding that the party hold the leaders in very high esteem.

The Commissioner for Information in Delta State said Atiku values Wike and his team and thus look forward to having them work together with other members of the party.

He said the struggle to rescue Nigeria transcends beyond all political interests, noting that the leaders were very desirous of rescuing the country from the All Progressives Congress (APC).


He said: “It is the issues they raised before, they have not added any new issue. But I am still confident that as we make progress, the leadership and they themselves will find a common ground.

“We value them, and we look forward to having them work together with other members of the party.

“Many people are looking towards the direction of PDP to rescue the country, even some members of APC are looking towards the direction of our party because they are also disappointed in their party.

“We believe that the goal will be the same because they are also desirous of Nigeria being rescued.

“I believe that a time will come when everybody will put that rescue mission in front than any other issue.”


Thursday, 22 September 2022 06:10

Lawyer threatens lawsuit over ‘pọnmọ’ ban

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law, Monday Ubani, has threatened to sue the Federal Government if it bans cowhide, popularly called pọnmọ.

Ubani said this in a statement signed by him on Wednesday, noting that pọnmọ “is the most common delicacy that is mostly enjoyed by the average citizen due to its affordability, and given that fish, meat and other sources of protein had become very expensive and thus unaffordable by the common man in the country.”

The rights activist queried the reason for the government’s decision.

He said, “The truth is that pọnmọ remains the most constant protein or meat-like substance in the common man’s stew and soups. While politicians and rich Nigerians as well as their families enjoy all manner of proteins in their sumptuous and mouth-watering meals that are the envy of the common man, they have become restless and jealous of the only meat-like item that the average citizen chews while eating his ‘meal of affliction.’ Such a government pronouncement and planned policy of banning pọnmọ cannot be fair and just. It is ill-advised and we reject it in its entirety.”

He said the government should be prepared for a prolonged legal battle upon the declaration of the ban.

“I shall be prepared to undertake this public interest case on behalf of millions of Nigerians who consider this delicacy too palatable to be taken off their dining tables or better still, dining floors, more so when it remains the only affordable substance that has a semblance of meat or fish in the common man’s meals. A word is enough for the wise,” he added.

Ubani advised the government to “ensure that such callous and anti-people policy does not see the light of the day.”

A coalition of professional organisations in Northern Nigeria under the aegis of the Arewa New Agenda on Wednesday assembled in Abuja to brainstorm on the demands they would table before presidential candidates for the 2023 elections.

They promised to harmonise their agenda and interest of the North as regards the 2023 election and present their demands to the candidates.

They articulated their agenda in Abuja during the opening ceremony of the conference organised by ANA in collaboration with Arewa House with the theme, “Building strategic imperatives of the Arewa agenda.”

The presidential candidates for the 2023 elections included Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, All Progressives Congress; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party; Peter Obi, Labour Party and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso New Nigeria Peoples Party.

During the conference, a former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmad Sani Yerima, told Journalists that the conference would also look at the candidates contesting for other positions from the Northern perspective and see who has the capacity and competence to address the problems of the North.

He also said what Nigeria needed in 2023 is a good leader that should be President for all, adding that he does not believe in the power rotation.

Yerima said, “The conference is an event organised by a forum of people of various disciplines in the North to harmonise an agenda that will be presented to politicians aspiring to be President of this country. We believe we should come together and say this is our problem and this is the solution we are proposing for the candidate that wants to govern this country.

“You can see we have many political parties, including APC NNPP, PDP and LP and each of them has a candidate. So Arewa New Agenda is saying, ‘this is the agenda for the North’. Before now, there were other agenda; but now events have changed and that is why it is called the new agenda.

“It is about looking at the candidate that will pursue the interest and problems of the North and how to resolve them. We are going to discuss and after that, we will harmonise the interest of the North as regards 2023 and we will present it to the candidates to tell us how they will resolve them.

“We are looking at other candidates from a Northern perspective and see who has the capacity and competence to address our problems. An Igbo man should be a President not because of where he is from, but because of his capacity, likewise a Yoruba and Hausa man.

“That is why I don’t believe in this power rotation, even the constitution does not provide for power rotation, competence.”

The Convener and Coordinator of ANA, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallahyidi, said the organisation was collaborating with Arewa House, the centre for research and historical documentation endeavour in their capacity as the repository and custodians of Northern history past and present.

He said, “We are here today because, among other things, the North is in a quest for continuing development; for which we are looking forward to fostering the required environment that will enable us to surmount the myriad of challenges facing the region: some of which are clearly existential threats.

“ANA is not oblivious of the efforts made in the past to address challenges confronting us as a people of the North.

“Northern Nigeria has a land mass of 98.3 million hectares out of which 82 million is arable land; more than ¾ of this is in the North.

“Nigeria has an animal population of 34.5 million goats and 22.1 million sheep and 19 million cattle the larger proportion of these are concentrated in the northern region of the country in addition to the innumerable mineral resources, favourable climate, youthful population and other enviable potentials.

“Seven States in the South (Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo, Anambra and Lagos) put together have a combined land mass of 39,141 sq. Km, while Niger State alone has nearly twice that size with 76,363 sq. km.

“This example is not a comparison to impress anybody, rather it is statistical data to provoke a rethink of why would a region this endowed remain poor? Since more than 2/3rd of Nigerian land is in Northern Nigeria, it is quite evident that the North holds the key to food security, the fight to end hunger and malnutrition and therefore the way to sustain agriculture-led growth to curb hunger.

“The Arewa New agenda is saying that this fact must not be lost on anyone who becomes President in 2023. Therefore, it must be known that we need to ensure that our issues articulated above needs to be solved and the guarantee for that happening is when our own people who understand what needs to be done are in the right places to get these things done, we demand that this must be negotiated as we go towards 2023.

“Distinguished participants, 2023 elections are around the corner it is important to remind all our people of the North who are of voting age, to ensure they have their PVCs and participate in the electoral process peacefully. I further call on you to refrain from hate speech and padding fake news.

“The Arewa New Agenda posits that it is time to restore our industries, put our people back to work, fight poverty that is ravaging the North and open doors of opportunity for our youth to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace.

The Secretary-General, AREWA Consultative Forum, Murtala Aliyu, said that the region must “reinforce its confidence and negotiate with the country’s political leadership to ensure its speedy development.”

He also regretted that for long leaders from the North had pursued “narrow and personal interest as against the interest of the people of the area.”

His position was corroborated by the Director of Arewa House, Dr Shuaibu Aliyu, whose submission was that the region remains the binding force unifying the country.

While regretting that the region had been abandoned for decades, Aliyu pointed out that the area can “comfortably compete with the rest of the world if its agro-sector is developed.”

In her speech, Dr Sumaye Hamza, a retired Permanent Secretary and Special Adviser on Social Investment to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State Government, urged leaders of the North to brace up for action, rather than the usual rhetorics.

She said, “Time for rhetorics is passed. Now is the time for action. Arewa has to refocus and give Nigeria the needed push to move forward as the region determines who becomes the President.

“Nigeria, especially the North is endowed with huge resources. Unfortunately, what she lacks is teamwork and we need to inculcate these attributes that built advanced societies into ourselves.

“The North has learnt enough lessons to allow it to re-strategise for future generations.”

Hamza however lamented the refusal of the Northern region to carry women and youths along, insisting that “the women of the region must make themselves relevant.”

While advocating for equal opportunities for all including persons living with disability, Hamza said, “Nurturing our political seedlings is a collective responsibility and it must be done in unity.”

One hackneyed fallacy regularly bandied around in the Nigerian social media spheres is that people fail to retrospectively learn from their experiences because “history was removed from the Nigerian school curriculum.” As a cure for this inability to introspect, commentators suggest re-introducing history into the school curriculum. Listening to them, one gets the impression they take history lessons as a pre-packaged set of factoids, already interpreted and unnuanced, and handed out to be weaponised by those who need them to win low-stakes arguments on social media. Learning history is a lot more, of course. It is a process that, perhaps more than anything, trains the mind to think.

History should be a compulsory subject but it is no magic bullet against wilful ignorance and outright buffoonery. Even if historical events unfolded before everyone’s eyes, some dubious historians like the All Progressives Congress vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, would still process it poorly. On Thursday, at the 96th anniversary celebration of the Yoruba Tennis Club in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Shettima was quoted to have said that Nigeria needed the “hospitality” of late despot General Sani Abacha. In a moment of being possessed by his own wit, Shettima reeled out the list of Nigeria’s past leaders—some of whom should have been locked away for their crimes against humanity. He extrapolated what he thinks are their distinct qualities and then ascribed them to his principal, Bola Tinubu.

After his faux pas was published, Shettima refuted the account and even worsened his case by saying he did not describe Abacha as “hospitable.” Now, it is becoming a pattern that Shettima would goof and then add another blunder while clarifying his initial position. Rather than hospitable, he said he meant “ruthless and taciturn.” Well, it is not uncommon to hear people yearn for a strongman leader, saying only a brute can handle Nigeria and its recalcitrant problems. Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, too once suggested Nigeria needs a leader who will beat him—and the rest of his ilk—on the head like an illiterate goat until they submitted. Psychologically damaged people frequently fantasise about some mythical brute force to correct their vacuity in their souls and, in the process, settle for abuses.

Shettima’s combo of “ruthless and taciturn” as leadership traits is advocacy for a genuine sociopath, someone who can be vicious and coldly detached. If the productive uses of “ruthless and taciturn” is all Shettima learned from our history, then he needs to re-enrol for a crash course in the school of reality. Of course, he also noted that the ruthlessness and taciturnity would be directed against those who have brought so many woes to Nigeria, but we already know how that works. “Ruthless and taciturn” are not weapons of warfare meant for the ruling classes; they are typically directed at the poor and the vulnerable.

Even a cursory observer of African history cannot but be wary of recommending a strongman leader. Our history is packed to the brim with such characters. They came in the guises of statesmen but ended up as executioners, plunderers and despoilers of humanity. What did they leave in the wake of their misrule other than sorrow, tears and blood? Countries like China can at least balance the repression against the economic and technological advancement their strongmen leaders achieved, but what is Africa’s testimony? We are the most underdeveloped of human societies. Our own set of leaders had no pride in their identity; their lack of historical awareness was unfortunately matched with their inability to envision a future. They lived mostly in the present, voraciously consuming both the natural resources and the flesh of their citizens. Most of these leaders did not at least match their ruthlessness with intelligence and a measure of good leadership instincts that would have made some sacrifices worthwhile. They spent decades in power and achieved practically nothing for their respective countries.

Look at Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), whom they sold in 2015 as that strongman leader. They said he possessed the will and moral force to enforce tough policies that Nigeria needs to thrive. How far did that myth go before it was spent?

Strongmen leaders in our part of the world serially failed to effectively organise society through brute force. They mostly lacked the necessary ethical spine to sustain administrative decisions and the potential of their acclaimed force to achieve anything worthwhile gets delimited by their greed and lack of self-mastery. To be able to loot in peace, they would eventually have to capitulate to the other vultures hovering around them, feasting on resources as if tomorrow would not come. The ruthless leaders we have had in the past could not reform some of the biggest sources of waste of resources such as fuel subsidies and forex arbitrage. For 30 odd years, Nigeria has debated the merits of the fuel subsidies. None of our leaders since the ’80s, including the military despots who professionally embodied the strongman persona, could organise meaningful reforms. Their ruthlessness did not extend to confronting the real sources of national problems. Another supposed strong leader in power will merely take us through the routines of suffering and all for nothing.

Finally, it is interesting how, in campaigning for Tinubu, Shettima serially derides “nice men” as unfit for power. Perhaps it has not yet occurred to him that he could one day be at the receiving end of “ruthless and taciturn” power. Has he studied Tinubu’s public record of leadership? He should. In the space of eight years as governor, he alone had three deputies; two of them left under controversial circumstances. By the time he left office, Tinubu’s ego had been so wedded to the governorship he haunted Alausa like a ghost of a man who died without descendants. They had to create the title of “governor emeritus” to assuage his anxieties about being a former governor.

For a man whose propagandists like to claim he has a distinguished record of recruiting the best people to work with him, it is also ironical how much he fears being outshone. His immediate successor in office almost did not go for a second term because, as that one became quite popular, their relationship grew acrimonious. The governor that succeeded that one was not so lucky; he ended up as a one-term governor. If the incumbent Lagos governor has survived without the tumultuousness that characterised his two predecessors’ relationship with Tinubu, it is partly because he has not acquired any public profile that threatens their godfather. Besides, now that Tinubu has finally found a path to the topmost office of the presidency, preying on his successors is less a priority. God help Lagos if he loses next year’s election.

Shettima probably finds such power tactics sexy. He should wait until they unleash the ruthless force of their political machinery on him. Then he will realise “ruthless and taciturn” is not cute when you are at its receiving end. An insecure man with a woeful record of relating with his deputies is unlikely to cherish Shettima’s tendency to snag media headlines especially if he outshines his principal whose present taciturnity might as well be due to physiological issues. Shettima will then learn that “ruthless and taciturn” are traits of weak men and they are not exactly desirable when used by someone with almost unregulated executive power. When that day comes, he will long for the generosity of spirit that defines the “nice men.”

The striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to appeal yesterday’s order by the National Industrial Court which asked it to resume work immediately.

The union said it had started assembling its lawyers to file an appeal.

ASUU chairman, Lagos Zone, Adelaja Odukoya, in a statement, said: “Our comrade president, Comrade Victor Osodeke, has urged members of our great union to remain calm as there’s no cause for alarm on the back to work order delivered earlier today.

“Our lawyer is filing an appeal and stay of execution of the judgment. Members should remain resolute and strong. A united people can never be defeated. Solidarity without compromise,” Odukoya said.

Earlier yesterday, Justice Polycarp Hamman of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja had ordered ASUU to immediately suspend the strike which started on February 14 over the federal government’s failure to implement agreements signed with the union.

Justice Hamman held that the strike was a breach of the Section 18(1)(2) of the Trade Disputes Act which prohibits their action.

The Section provides that “An employer shall not declare or take part in a lock-out and a worker shall not take part in a strike in connection with any trade dispute where the dispute has subsequently been referred to the National Industrial Court under section 14 (1) or 17 of this Act.”

The judge also rejected the preliminary objection by ASUU, which was based on the argument that the federal government’s referral instrument submitted to the court did not follow the due process of the law.

He remitted the case file to the president of the court for reassignment due to the court’s full resumption from the vacation of the previous legal year.

Reacting, the spokesman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Giwa Temitope, described the ruling as a “black market judgment.” 

Also, Chairman, NANS National Taskforce on #EndASUUStrikeNow, Ojo Raymond, told newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State, that NANS would shut down Nigeria in protest and disrupt political campaigns if the government failed to accede to ASUU’s demands within two weeks.

“This government has pushed so many Nigerians students into depression. We say enough is enough”, Ojo said.


Pro-chancellor and chairman, Governing Council, University of Abuja, Prof. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed, said only court order could not resolve dispute, urging the government and ASUU to embrace dialogue.

He spoke in Abuja yesterday at the public presentation of a festschrift titled ‘Insecurity and Economy of Northern Nigeria in the 21st Century and Beyond’, published in his honour.  

“We’re in a democracy, we’re not in a military dictatorship. I believe there’ll be dialogue at the end of the day,” he said. 


Nollywood actress, Chioma Chukwuka, has hinted at divorce from her husband, Franklin Akpotha, in recent series of social media posts.

Naija News reports that the actress who is married for over fifteen years has been very private with her union and rarely shares their photos online like her colleagues.

However, a check on her Instagram page revealed that Chioma’s series of posts also come with an emphasis on her maiden name, ‘Chioma Chukwuka’.

But her Instagram handle still bears ‘Chioma Akpotha’ and this may be difficult for her to change else she would lose her verification.

The Nollywood sweetheart also got some of her fans talking after sharing a Tiktok video saying she is single.


The latest development has sparked reactions from many Nigerians who have wondered what went wrong with her marriage considering she has always been private with her family and marriage.

nnvmd wrote: “If you wan signal us signal us..stop going tru the corner..Asa!”

adorableadora1 wrote: “she is actually no longer married to Mr Akpotha. Check her daily hashtags which always emphasises on her father’s name only.”

mikkytina1 wrote: “What is the color of men’s problem, he married such a decent woman and still treat her badly omg”

sparkleshoesandbags wrote: “Her marriage was crushed many years ago. Why it was not publicized was because she didn’t bring her marriage to social media.”

ritzy_hairline wrote: “Even with the privacy, game don still cut, then again no be by decency o”

germainob wrote: “If you’re single the where’s your maiden name ?”

cheap_and_affordable_deals wrote: “no chioma slander will be tolerated oh.her page is verified and if she tries to change her username back she will loose her verification badge.”

Several top ranking members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have pulled out of the Presidential Campaign of Atiku Abubakar, the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the Party.

This development is coming after several efforts to resolve the ongoing rift between the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike and Atiku failed. It can be recalled that both leaders have been at loggerheads over a ‘violation’ of the party’s zoning arrangement between the North and the South.


Wike and his camp have remained adamant on the removal of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu. The Rivers politician maintains that the Party chairman and its Presidential Candidate can’t come from the same region.

However, on Wednesday morning, Wike and his faction pulled out from Atiku’s campaign stating that they will not be part of any activities until Ayu was removed. They insisted that the position must come to the South for balance, justice, and equity in the party, hence they will not play any role in Atiku Abubakar’s campaign council.

They also resolve that an acting Chairman from the South should lead the party on the national campaign, going into the elections.

They made their position known in a resolution read by former deputy national chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, after a long meeting held at Governor Wike’s private residence, near Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Below are the names of the Governors and ranking chieftains that pulled out of the campaign with Wike;

  1. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
  2. Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde
  3. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom
  4. Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu
  5. Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
  6. Ex-Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang
  7. Ex-Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo
  8. Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose
  9. Former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko
  10. Former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke
  11. Chief Bode George
  12. Chief Dan Orbih
  13. Mohammed Adoke


A former chief security officer of a company at Sango-Ota, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, has reportedly hired some robbers to attack his former employers three months after his sacking.

The former CSO, whose name was not disclosed, was reportedly relieved of his duty three months ago.

He was said to have fled after the robbers he allegedly hired were arrested.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects: Umar Haruna, Abbah Yahaya, Muritala Umar, Wale Fadeyi and Segun Olofinmade were arrested following a tip-off.

Oyeyemi said the suspects were nabbed following a distress call received by policemen at the Sango divisional headquarters around 12.30 midnight.

According to the PPRO, a group of robbers numbering about 10 and armed with cutlasses had forcefully entered Balita Company and packed motor engines.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO, Sango division, SP Saleh Dahiru, mobilised his men and moved into the area.

“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums, who came in a Mitsubishi Canter bus, took to their heels, but they were chased and five of them were apprehended, while others escaped.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the robbery incident was masterminded by the former chief security officer of the company, who was relieved of his duty about three months ago. The said former chief security officer is presently on the run,” he added.

Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.