EDO PDP EXPELS EX-DEPUTY GOV, PHILIP SHAIBU, VICE CHAIRMAN, DAN ORBIH, FORMER HOUSE OF REPS MEMBER, OGBEIDE-IHAMA The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly expelled three prominent members, including Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman (South South), Phillip Shaibu, former Deputy Governor, and Omorgie Ogbeide-Ihama, former House of Representatives member. The State Publicity Secretary, Ogie Vasco, announced the expulsion, citing anti-party activities. He said the decision to expel the trio was taken on Tuesday at a meeting attended by nine members of the State Working Committee at the party’s secretariat in Benin City. “The SWC has extensively deliberated on the issue and resolved to expel with immediate effect, Chief Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman South South; Phillip Shaibu and upheld the expulsion of Ogbeide-Ihama from Ward 2, Oredo LGA,” he said. However, Orbih dismissed the expulsion as unconstitutional, stating that the State Working Committee lacks the power to expel a member of the National Working Committee without following the party’s constitutional provisions. He described the move as an amusement by idle individuals trying to please their masters. “They are amusing their pay masters. They have no power to expel a member of the national committee. “When a group of persons who are idle and have nothing to do sits down to make pronouncement that are unconstitutional, it only shows that they are ignorant of the constitution of the party. “They don’t have any power to even suspend or expel anybody without following strictly the provision of the constitution of the party, that is all I have to say about it that and nothing more,” Orbih said The expulsion comes after Shaibu and Ogbeide-Ihama openly supported the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Monday Okpebholo, while Orbih was appointed to a board by President Bola Tinubu.Meanwhile, the PDP in Oredo Ward 2 has dismissed reports that its executives suspended or expelled Ogbeide-Ihama, a former governorship aspirant in the state.


ABIA GOVERNOR, ALEX OTTI SACKS CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY, KAZIE UKO Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has relieved his Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, of his duties. This announcement was made by the Commissioner for Information, Okey Kanu, shortly after an Executive Council meeting with the Governor, Wednesday evening. According to Kanu, Kalu Ukoha Kalu will take over as the new Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, effective immediately. The governor also approved the payment of school fees for Abia students studying in India who were abandoned by the previous administration, as well as approved the payment of school fees of those in Nigeria Law Schools in the country. The Commissioner said, “Following Governor Alex Otti’s interest and the high premium he placed on students, the governor has graciously approved the payment of school fees of Abia students in India. He also approved the payment of school fees of 271 Abia students in Nigeria Law Schools.”He added that the state governor had also secured the accreditation of 19 programmes for the Abia State University Uturu, ABSU.


NIGERIA TO SEND FIRST CITIZEN TO SPACE The Nigerian Government has announced that it is sending its first citizen into space. The Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Mathew Adepoju, made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Space Exploration and Research Agency, SERA, to facilitate the ambitious venture. According to him, “This collaboration, which is coming to the country, marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s 25th anniversary of Space Exploration journey and opens new opportunities for scientific research and technological advancement.” Meanwhile, NASRDA had decried the lack of patronage for homegrown technology to fight maritime insecurity.The agency said that 90 per cent of security challenges facing the maritime sector in the country can be tackled by Geo-Stationary Satellite.


YOU WANT NIGERIANS TO OFFER THEMSELVES AS BURNT OFFERINGS – CUPP TACKLES TINUBU The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has slammed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accusing him of doing very little or nothing to solve the hunger issues Nigerians are going through. In a statement by its National Secretary, Chief Peter Ameh, the Coalition said the President had deployed what it described as incompetent government policies which have all failed, wondering why Nigerians would now offer themselves as burnt offerings while government officials lived in luxury. The Coalition further noted that the inability of the government to secure farms and farmers in the country was also a major contributor to the hunger being faced by the people. “The luxurious lifestyle of our leaders is the reason we are in this mess, because those in government have misplaced priorities and have vehemently refused to do right by our people. “Rather they prefer to spend money on white elephant projects that require high expenditure but never deliver returns or serve no useful purpose, like the proposal for a new private jet for the President. “Such money should have been channeled towards the development of projects that will have lasting positive impact on the lives of citizens,” Ameh said in the statement. He added that, “The President and his Vice have spent over N8.64bn on travel expenses within the last three months while he continues to give speeches and false promises about plans to cut public spending; still, the cost associated with the running of government in Nigeria is far higher than most countries in the same economy bracket. “The wasteful spending of those elected to oversee the affairs of running our government is a major contributor to the endemic poverty in Nigeria and the president should be concerned about the situation of the suffering masses and work hard to ensure that this situation improves for those affected (which is everyone by the way). “Nigeria has a poverty rate of 38.9%, and approximately 87 million Nigerians live below poverty line and the reason can easily be attributed to incompetent and clueless leaders who have done nothing to improve the lives of the masses. “Nigeria’s economic growth has been slow, and the country’s GDP per capita has been flat because successive government policies have failed to address the problems due to lack of foresight and corrupt public officials. “Corruption is a pervasive issue in Nigeria, and it discourages foreign investment and hinders economic development. I am referring to corruption in public office by government officials who have been involved in stealing public funds meant to benefit the people.“What has Tinubu done to tackle that since his assumption of office and he is talking about ordinary citizens whose take home pay is not enough to help them meet a good standard of living.”


NIGERIAN PRESIDENT FLEW PRIVATE JET TO SOUTH AFRICA OWNED BY LEBANESE ALLY, CHAGOURY The private jet marked 9H-GRC, which flew PPresident Bola Ahmed Tinubu to South Africa for the second term inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa, is owned by Chagoury Group, a conglomerate owned by Gilbert Chagoury, a known business partner of Nigerian President, according to SaharaReporters The Nigerian President arrived at Waterkloof Air Force Base on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital, on Tuesday evening. Video and pictures released by the South African presidential media team showed Tinubu disembarked from a Dassault Falcon 8X aircraft. Born in Nigeria to Lebanese immigrants, the businessman flourished in the 1990s through his close association with the late dictator, Sani Abacha by receiving development deals and oil franchises. After Abacha’s death in 1998, the Nigerian government hired lawyers to track funds stolen through associates of the late dictator. The trail led to bank accounts all over the world, some under Gilbert Chagoury’s control. In 2000, the Lebanese businessman was convicted by a Swiss court for laundering some of the funds Abacha looted from Nigeria. He agreed to pay a fine of about 1 million Swiss francs (about $600,000) at that time to get his Swiss conviction expunged and handed back $66 million to the Nigerian government, but denied knowing the funds were stolen. “To be more precise: the Falcon 8X (9H-GRC) is owned by the Chagoury Group and operated by Hyperion Aviation: https://x.com/se_spotting/status/1803147789138063817. Less politics now, more aircraft news,” @avinngblog, an X account known for aviation news in Nigeria added. A further check by SaharaReporters on an aircraft registration database revealed that the private jet and others owned by the group are operated by Hyperion Aviation. The Dassault Falcon 8X was first operated by Aviation SA before it was transferred to Amjet Executive. The aircraft was also briefly registered under Chagoury Group for some days before its operation was moved to Hyperion Aviation. Hyperion is an air charter company operating business jets, headquartered in Malta. President Tinubu in 2023 awarded the largest road construction project in the country to another Gilbert Chagoury’s company, Hitech Construction Company, in which his son Seyi Tinubu sits on its board. The 700km Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will run through nine states and was put at a cost of $11bn in 2021. In recent times, some demolitions have been carried out in Lagos to expedite the construction of the highway. SaharaReporters had reported how a Boeing Business Jet (Boeing 737-700) marked 5N-FGT owned by the Nigerian government incurred parking charges running into millions of Naira since it was transported to Germany on March 25 for repairs. The amount accounted for the aircraft’s parking charges for over 80 days, at the rate of €5,000 (N8million) at the rate of N1613 to €1. In April, the President was forced to travel to Saudi Arabia on a charter flight for the World Economic Forum in Riyadh from the Netherlands. At the time, the President left Nigeria on a Gulfstream Aerospace GV-SP (G550) with registration number 5N-FGW and serial number 5310 (Mode-S 0640F2) because the Boeing 737-700 marked 5N-FGT was undergoing rehabilitation in Germany. However, the second aircraft he was travelling on developed a fault in the Netherlands. The Nigerian leader had arrived in The Hague on April 23 from Nigeria for a series of economic and diplomatic engagements at the instance of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. It was reported that the Nigerian President learnt shortly before he was scheduled to depart the Netherlands that his plane had suffered unspecified problems, one of which an official identified as including an oxygen leak. The president and his delegation left the presidential aircraft behind and opted for a charter jet company to take them to Saudi…


NEW ZEALAND PM TAKES COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO JAPAN AFTER HIS PLANE BROKE DOWN New Zealand’s prime minister was forced to take a commercial flight to Japan after his air force plane broke down while refuelling in Papua New Guinea, his office said Monday. Christopher Luxon switched late Sunday to a scheduled flight from Port Moresby to Tokyo via Hong Kong because of a technical issue with the New Zealand Defence Force Boeing 757 aircraft he had been flying on. A problem with a command module for a small flap on the wing meant the aircraft could not fly as high or as fast as normal, affecting its range, a defence spokesperson said. It was detected while the plane was on the ground in Papua New Guinea. A delegation of business leaders and journalists accompanying Luxon had to wait until Monday to fly on the air force 757 to Brisbane and then catch a commercial flight to Tokyo, the spokesperson said. Luxon is expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his four-day visit.In March, the New Zealand leader had to fly commercial to Australia for meetings with Southeast Asian leaders after a problem with the landing gear grounded his defence force plane while still on the tarmac in Wellington.


COURT ENJOINS FEDERAL GOVT, NNAMDI KANU TO SETTLE OUT-OF-COURT The Abuja Federal High Court has enjoined the Nigerian government and Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to settle their protracted case without recourse to legal maneuvers and judicial back-and-forths. Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi and Kanu to explore political solution and reconciliation in the ongoing terrorism trial. The Wednesday order was sequel to the invocation of the court’s power under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act. Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act provides that, “In any proceedings in the Court, the Court may promote reconciliation among the parties thereto and encourage and facilitate the amicable settlement thereof.” Responding, the prosecutor, Ademoyega Awomolo, SAN, told the court that he has no objection to political settlement of the case. Awomolo said the court should direct Kanu’s lawyers to discuss directly with the Attorney-General. Kanu’s Lead Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, did not express objection to political settlement of the case. Thereafter, Justice Nyako adjourned the case till September 24 for further hearing. Kanu had been incarcerated since June 2021 when he was arrested in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria. Several bodies, including the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had urged President Bola Tinubu to consider a political solution to Kanu’s continued detention.Last month, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, asked the Federal Government to explore political solution to address the Nnamdi Kanu’s imbroglio after five soldiers were killed in Abia State.


BATTLE FOR SOUL OF RIVERS STATE: FUBARA, WIKE GROUPS TEST MIGHT As the rest of the country returned to work today after the Sallah holidays, Armageddon days are here again and all hell may let loose in the escalating supremacy battle for the soul of the oil-rich Rivers State. At play is a test of federal might versus state grassroots politics. The debilitating crisis between ‘godfather’ Nyesom Wike, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, and ‘godson’ Siminalayi Fubara, the governor of Rivers, that had defied all odds, including a presidential intervention, yesterday, brought the state to its knees in a testy show of strength as forces on both sides matched up to each other with a further threat to stick to their guns. The battleground is the 23 local council secretariats, especially in the strongholds of the FCT Minister, where some council chairmen have vowed to return to the Secretariat and resume work today despite an executive order by the governor terminating their stay in office after the expiration of their tenures. In yesterday’s show of force, two security operatives lost their lives in the line of duty. Spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, said two deaths were recorded – a policeman and a vigilante operative. When pressed for further details, she said investigations had commenced and more details would be released soon. In the bid to retain firm control of the state, Governor Fubara immediately convened a security council meeting with heads of security agencies over recent political developments in the state. The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Government House in Port Harcourt. After the meeting, Fubara told the press that discussions with the security heads centred on strategies to contain the invasion of local government secretariats. While most of the out-gone council bosses have decided to back down on their hard-stance posturing, three of the affected former chairmen are insisting on remaining in office. Aside from the Opobo-Nkoro and Bonny Local Council former heads, who vacated their offices voluntarily before June 17, marking the end of the three-year term, other out-gone chairmen in Asari-Toru, Akuku-Toru, Degema, Obio-Akpor, Port Harcourt City, Etche, Omuma, Ogu-bolo, Khana, Tai, Gokhana, Eleme, Oyigbo, among others were yesterday forced out of office by protesting youths who occupied the secretariats as early as 4 00 a.m. on Tuesday. However, two strong allies of Wike, the Ikwerre Council ex-chairman, Samuel Wanosike, and his counterpart in Emohua, Chidi Lloyd, who earlier boasted that they would not vacate office until they finished the six-month tenure elongation allocated to them by Martins Amaewhule-led Assembly, have vowed to resume work today. While youths poured out in numbers and invaded the council secretariats across the state, all roads leading to Ikwerre Local Government Area (LGA) headquarters were blocked; no one was allowed access to the council office, including journalists. The out-gone chairman, Wanosike, was seen in a viral photo seated in front of the secretariat waiting for the protesting youths, while Lloyd also stubbornly insisted that he remains the legitimate chairman of Emohua LGA, vowing not to relinquish his position. The police and other security agencies were seen armed to the teeth in various council secretariats with armoured vehicles monitoring the situation and ensuring the maintenance of law and order. They shot teargas to scare away more youths trooping from joining the crowd. There was also resistance from supporters of the embattled LGA bosses but they were overpowered. Various youth groups have also vowed to occupy all the LGA secretariats in the next two weeks. They, however, assured that they would allow access to council workers to carry out their official duties. Some of the workers expressed mixed feelings about resuming work today to avoid being caught in…


IPOB WAS FOUNDED ON PRINCIPLES OF NON-VIOLENCE – NNAMDI KANU, CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN SOUTH EAST Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has condemned in the strongest terms, the spate of killings in the South-East region of Nigeria. Kanu, on Wednesday when he appeared at the Federal High Court in Abuja for his trial, accompanied by his legal team, condemned particularly the recent killing of five soldiers in Aba, Abia state. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has condemned “every manner of killing” in the South East. Kanu spoke on Wednesday when he appeared before the Federal High Court Abuja where he is being tried for treasonable felony charges. Addressing journalists on the recent violence in the South-East, Kanu emphasised his commitment to peace and denied any involvement in the killing of soldiers. He said, “I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence. IPOB was founded on principles of non-violence, and we remain steadfast in that stance. “Some of these soldiers are our own people, and their families are mourning. We cannot condone violence; we seek freedom. “All the making of young widows is totally condemnable. We stand for peace and that is why we are doing what we are doing. “We have endured centuries of suffering, from slavery in Arabia and Europe to modern-day challenges. It’s time for Africa to rise as God intended.” Kanu’s statements followed calls from his legal team for his release, having submitted a comprehensive list of domestic and international court rulings to the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja. The legal team cited these judgments as grounds for Kanu’s release, responding to earlier claims by the AGF that he was unaware of Kanu’s case. Meanwhile, Kanu’s lawyers had filed a preliminary objection at the Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the court’s jurisdiction to proceed with the trial. Despite this, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed Kanu’s plea to reinstate his revoked bail and relocate him from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS). Kanu has been in DSS custody since his arrest in Kenya in June 2021, facing charges related to terrorism brought against him by the Federal Government.Also speaking on Kanu’s case, the IPOB leader’s Special lawyer, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, in a post on his X platform handle said, “Given Nigeria’s violations of her treaty obligations regarding Nnamdi Kanu (a British citizen), Britain does not need any court order to retrieve him from Nigeria. His case is beyond diplomatic niceties.”


FIVE US RESEARCHERS SEE NIGERIA AS A FAILED STATE IN 2030 A Group of Five United States of America academics have authored a research work on “failed State 2030 , Nigeria -a case study” and revealed that Nigeria as independent country can failed for a number of reasons. Col Christopher J Kinnan, Daniel B Gordon, Col Mark D Delong, Douglas W Jaquish and Col Reuben S McAllum are both Staff of Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT), Air University Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 36112, USA came up with the occasional paper series established by the center (CSAT) CSAT as a forum for research on topics that reflects long term strategy thinking about technology and its implications for US National security, the authors described how a failed State may impact the United States of America and the global economy in 2030. The authors revealed that nations-states can fall for a myriads of reasons; cultural or religious conflict, a broken social contract between the government and the governed, a catastrophic natural disaster, financial collapse, war and so forth. According to the US senior air force officers that Nigeria with its vast oil wealth, large population and its strategy position in Africa and the global economy can fall, and if it fails disproportionately affects the United States and the global economy. They said Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and will have nearly 250 million people by the year 2030 and its reflectively short modern history, Nigeria have survived five military coups as well as separatist and religious wars. It mired with an active armed insurgency, it is suffering from a disastrous ecology condition in its Niger Delta region, and it is fighting one of the modern world’s wars legacies of political and economy corruption. “A nation with more than 350 ethnic groups, 250 languages, and three distinct religious affiliations- Christianity, Islam and Animist, Nigeria 135 million people (as at 2011) are anything but homogeneous of Nigeria’s 36 states, 12 are Islamic under the strong and growing influence of the Sokoto Caliphate. While religious and ethnic violence are commonplace, the federal government have managed to strike a tenuous balance among the desperate religious and ethnic factions.” The research paper read The researchers worried that with such demographics, Nigeria failure would be akin to be a piece of fine china dropped on a tile floor- it would be shattered into a potentially hundred of pieces. They envisaged that Nigeria’s failure would also be caused by poor investment on the nation’s critical infrastructure and under investment in health care, education, science and technology are all leading to ” Brain drain” in which Nigeria most talented and educational citizens are leaving the country, and this will a future of Nigeria even poorer. “Nascent attempt to address electoral and government corruption are meeting with some success and hold promise for the future. “Meetings between the governments and insurgents, bandits/kidnappers groups, may over time help resolve some Nigeria’s most intractable and dangerous internal conflict. “The population disappointment in its government has not appreciably shaken its faith in democracy. Elections are, will likely remain an important part of Nigerian life as they despite the odd, provide the people hope that they can make a difference as nigeria struggles to succeed. “Nigeria becoming a failed State is not a foregone conclusion. However, should the oil rich state of Nigeria, a nation likely to provide to 25 percent of US light, sweet crude oil imports by 2030 failed, then the effects on the United States and other world economy would be too great to ignore. “The threat that failure poses to a quarter billion Nigerian in terms of livelihood, security,and general way of life could quickly spread and cause a Humanitarian…