ENUGU TO HOLD LG ELECTION OCTOBER 5 The Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) has fixed October 5th, 2024 as the date for the conduct of local government elections. This is contained in a notice issued on 17th of May, 2024 and signed by the Chairman of ENSIEC, Prof. Christian Ngwu. Continue Reading… Below is the statement in full: NOTICE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTION The Enugu State Independent Electoral commission wishes to inform all registered political parties and the general public that local government elections in the State will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2024 Election guidelines and other details can be collected from the Headquarters of Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) at Independence Layout Enugu. Signed: Prof. Christian Ngwu, Ph.D, MNAL Executive Chairman, Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission. Continue Reading…


EMIRATE TUSSLE: WHAT SANUSI TOLD SECURITY CHIEFS AT CRUCIAL MEETING – SOURCES Details of the discussion between Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and top security chiefs have emerged. Amid the crisis which shook Kano on Saturday, the Police Commissioner, Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kano, Army Brigade Commander and National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) commander held separate meetings with Sanusi and Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, deposed Emir of Kano. The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) controlled Kano House of Assembly had repealed Kano Emirates Council law which ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje used to dethrone Sanusi. Yusuf had assented to the law on Thursday and ordered the Emirs affected by it to vacate palaces within 48 hours. While four of the Emirs complied, Ado Bayero returned to Kano and moved into the palace at Nassarawa with heavy military protection. Irked by the development, Yusuf ordered his arrest but the police said they would comply with the order which restricted the Kano State government from reinstating Sanusi. According to a source present at the security chiefs’ meeting with Sanusi at the Gidan Rumfa Palace, Governor Yusuf allowed the security chiefs to have an audience with Sanusi alone. The source said the security chiefs informed Sanusi about the decision to enforce the court order stopping his reinstatement. “The emir, who spoke for over an hour during the meeting, told us that what the state government had done was justice against the injustice meted out to him in the past. “He told us that he had not seen the court order we were referring to, describing it as a media court order until he sees it,” the source told Daily Trust. After receiving his reinstatement letter from Governor Yusuf at the Africa House, Kano Government House, on Friday, Sanusi had said his return shows no man can change what God destined. He had said, “The Arabians used to say in everything that we are going to witness, there is a lesson that shows us that God is there. Whatever that is happening to an individual is preordained by Allah and to those that are sensible enough, it’s a lesson. “God is one and whatever He does, nobody can change and what He doesn’t do, nobody can. Time will not permit for long talks. Whatever we will say, we have said it when we were leaving. We made it clear that God has preordained time and cause for everything and everyone. He gave leadership to whom he wants and at the time he wants. When He gives, no one can take it away and when he takes it away, nobody can take it back.“This thing that has been brought to Kano, had it been it was allowed, one day we will wake up with Emir of Kumbotso, Bichi, Fagge and 44 Emirs. So what the government and the assembly did is a rescue mission.”


FORMER EFCC CHAIRMAN, IBRAHIM LAMORDE, DIES IN EGYPT A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Rtd DIG Ibrahim Lamorde is dead! Mr Lamorde died in Egypt where he had travelled for medical treatment. Ibrahim Lamorde was born on 20 December 1962 in Mubi, Adamawa State. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, graduating with a B.A in Sociology in 1984 before joining the Nigerian Police Force on 1st February 1986, and from 1987 to 1988 worked at the Niger State Police Command in Minna. From 1988 to 1989 he was Divisional Crime Officer in Rijau, Niger State. He then served as Police Public Relations Officer for the Niger State Police Command from 1989 to 1993. In 1993 Lamorde was appointed an officer of the newly created Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police, serving in the unit charged with investigating advance-fee fraud until 2002. One of Lamorde’s colleagues at the SFU was Farida Waziri. While in the SFU, from 2000 to 2001 he was seconded to the United Nations Civilian Police in the Ermera District of East Timor as a Chief Investigation Officer. Lamorde was a Divisional Police Officer in Ojoo, Oyo State before being deployed to the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja. When the EFCC wascreated in 2003 and headed by Nuhu Ribadu, Lamorde was made Director of Operations. In December 2007, Ribadu was removed from his post by president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, ostensibly to attend a training course. Lamorde took over as Acting Chairman in January 2008, holding this position until Farida Waziri was appointed Chairperson in May 2008. He was then posted to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Ningi, Bauchi State as Area Commander and later AC ‘A’ Police College, Kaduna (2009 – 2010). In December 2010 Lamorde returned to the EFCC, again as Director of Operations. When Farida Waziri was dismissed on 23 November 2011, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Lamorde was again appointed Acting Chairman. A number of other senior police officers were said to be competing for the position of EFCC Chairman. Lamorde’s association with Waziri dating back to their days with the SFU was seen as a handicap. However, Lamorde was confirmed as substantive Chairman of the EFCC on 15th February 2012 until his sack by former President Muhammadu Buhari on November 09, 2015 and replaced with Ibrahim Magu. He attended the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos and was deployed as Police Commissioner in the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi – Lagos. He was promoted Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police on 10th January 2019 and subsequently redeployed to head the Directorate of Intelligence on July 03, 2020. Lamorde was elevated to Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of Police in 2020 and headed the Force Intelligence Bureau Department, a position he held until his retirement in 2021.Lamorde was a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations


KANO’S DANGEROUS ‘GAME OF THRONES It was the Prussian general and military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz  who said  war is continuation of politics by other means. This famous quote came to mind when the drama in Kano over claims to the commercial city’s throne played out significantly yesterday. Muhammad Sanusi II was reinstated as the 16th Fulani Emir of Kano by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf on Friday,  May 24, 2024. But by the morning after (May 25, 2024), Aminu Ado Bayero, who was deposed on Thursday, May 23, 2024, following the passage of the Kano Emirates Council (Amendment) Bill by the state House of Assembly,  and its assent by Governor Yusuf, had staged a comeback. Sanusi is not only married to a daughter of Alhaji Ado Bayero, he is also a second cousin to Aminu Ado Bayero; his father, the late Chiroman Kano, Aminu Sanusi being a nephew to the late Emir Ado Bayero. The two are now are at daggers drawn over who should occupy the exalted Kano throne that existed for hundreds of years. The drama and the intrigues in this fight by cousins, reminiscent of the Kano civil war fought between 1893 and 1895, has been  described by many keen observers as “rather unfortunate”. Just as it is happening now, the bloody Kano civil war was fought among cousins. It was fought between the children of Sarkin Kano Abdullahi Maje Karofi (Yusufawa) and those of his younger brother, Sarkin Kano Bello (Tukurawa). When in June 2014 the late Emir Ado Bayero died, the then PDP-led federal government under Goodluck Jonathan hastily sent messages congratulating Lamido Sanusi Ado Bayero as the new emir, even before a formal announcement of the late Bayero’s successor. This possibly infuriated the ruling APC government in Kano led by Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, which subsequently announced the then suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new emir. All children of the departed emir  pledged their allegiance to the new emir but Chiroma Lamido, who apparently felt slighted by missing out the throne that his father occupied for over 50 years. Emir Sanusi will later dethrone the Chiroma, who relocated to Abuja and was made the managing director of the the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, by the Jonathan government. The emir also stripped Bashir Ado Bayero, the Danlawan from the district headship of Takai, for insubordination. It was this kind of politically charged atmosphere and internal strife among the royal family that set the stage for the War between Yusufawa and Tukurawa. According to historical accounts, Sarkin Kano Bello removed some children of his brother  from their titles and territories  and  compelled husbands of the female ones among them to divorce them. Only two sons of Maje Karofi, historical accounts said, pledged allegiance to Sarkin Kano Tukur when he succeeded his father, Bello. Emir Sanusi was to face the toughest battle of his life when in 2019 Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje created four additional emirates besides Kano: Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano.  Ganduje also appointed Wamban Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero as the first emir of the newly created Bichi emirate. Beyond the symbolic elevation of Bichi Emir, the action created not only deep division among the royals but also along party lines. PDP adherents were seen as sympathetic to the cause of Emir Sanusi, who was battling to undo the balkanisation and restore his authority over the entire Kano. The politics of the creation of new emirates was seen by the opposition (Kwankwaso and his allies had defected from the APC to the PDP) as political landmines buried   by the Ganduje administration to perpetuate himself as a leading political gladiator after completing his 8th year as governor. Ganduje succeeded Kwankwaso,…


TINUBU ORDERS REVIEW OF APPOINTMENTS INTO GOVERNING BOARDS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS Inconsistencies in the recent appointments to governing boards of tertiary institutions has prompted President Bola Tinubu to order a total and comprehensive review of the process. The President, through his media aide, Bayo Onanuga on Thursday, said the review should be effected before the inauguration and retreat being planned for the nominees. Recall that following threats by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to embark on strike over the alleged delays in constituting governing councils, the Federal Ministry of Education had recently released names of nominees for chairmen, Pro-Chancellors, and members of the boards and councils of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education. The Ministry under the purview of Mamman Tahir was also planning a retreat for the nominees and had also announced that the inauguration will take place on 31 May. The latest directive from the Presidency may have been ignited by public reactions. It was alleged that the nominations did not reflect the Federal Character principle as some states got just one nomination, while some others got many. In directing a complete review of the list of members, Tinubu acknowledged the feedback across the country. Onanuga said Tinubu is committed to ensuring strict compliance with the principle of Federal Character as entrenched in the Constitution.“The review will also take into consideration national spread and ensure every part of the country is adequately represented,” Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy stated.


POLICE CONFIRM ARREST OF ABUJA JOURNALIST OVER ALLEGED DEFAMATION The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of an Abuja-based journalist, Madu Onuorah, over an allegation of defamation by a Reverend Sister based in the United States. Our correspondent had earlier gathered that policemen from Ebonyi State Police Command arrested Onuorah and handed him over to men of the Enugu State Police Command. He further learnt that Onuorah was arrested over a petition written by a Reverend Sister based in the United States to the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, accusing the journalist of defamation. Confirming this, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement on Thursday, said Onuorah was arrested in Abuja by policemen from the Ebonyi State Police Command. The statement read, “The Enugu State Police Command is in receipt of several publications alleging the abduction of an Abuja-based online news publisher, one Madu Onuorah “m”. “The command wishes to state that contrary to the allegations, he was duly arrested in Abuja with the assistance of police operatives from Ebonyi State Command and the aid of intelligence, after efforts made to formally invite him failed.“Furthermore, his arrest was following the receipt of a written petition to the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, against him over an alleged defamatory publication he made against a US-based Reverend Sister.”


ONE YEAR OF TINUBU GOVT TRAGEDY, NOT ONE PROBLEM SOLVED – BUGAJE A former member of House of Representatives, Usman Bugaje, has said that President Bola Tinubu’s administration has been a tragedy to Nigerians in his one year in office. Bugaje, featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday evening, said President Tinubu’s government has not solved a single problem in Nigeria but created more problems than it met. He described Tinubu’s government as groping in darkness and added that it is unfortunate that Nigeria has no metrics to evaluate governance and compel leaders to scientifically present their achievements to the people. Bugaje said, “For citizens and the people who have been in government, clearly the last one year has been a tragedy. There is no one problem they have been able to solve. “I cannot see any other than no clue. I gave them the sense. They are feeling the pressure on the faces of Nigerians and perhaps they are trying to see how they can assuage this anger because the people are angry.” He said since the administration came to power on May 29, 2023, “I have not seen one problem that they have solved”. “If anything, the policies they started with have created far more problems than they found, and in this one year, they are clearly groping in the dark,” he said. He continued, “This is the time for them to admit and seek help from those who know. Nigeria is full of people with the experience, with the expertise. They may not be in your party, they may not even be in politics but this is the way many countries have been able to get out of their problems. “What we are going through is not new. Countries go through these from time to time but what do they do, they draw from their resources, their intellectual resources, their administrative resources, the people who have experiences. This country is full of them but they (leaders) lock themselves up and they are not delivering.” Speaking further, he said, “I feel uncomfortable discussing this without even defining what their metrics are. We as a nation should have by now developed metrics for evaluating governance. In the academic world, there are statistics. “Every government should have come with a baseline, after one year, they would be able to say scientifically this is the production in terms of agriculture, what we found in 2023 and this last season, we have improved by number of these metric tonnes. “In the area of security, these are the figures we would have improved. The first thing in the morning was about 20 people picked up by bandits right in Gwarinpa, in an estate.” “If Abuja, with all the presence of the government, is not safe, this is a centre shock to many residents of Abuja. Other citizens in Sokoto, in Zamfara, in Benue, in Cross River, and wherever they are, are constantly being killed, being maimed, and displaced. We must be concerned. “My point is, what I have heard so far is empty rhetoric that has not spoken to the problems on the ground. If you are talking about more money to the states, that is not your business.“That is a revenue allocation formula. You are not doing a favour to anybody. You are simply implementing the revenue allocation formula. It is a law,” he said.


KEEPING NNAMDI KANU IN PRISON, A MISTAKE – SOYINKA Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has said it is a mistake for the Nigerian government to keep the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in prison. In a recent interview with Noble Nigeria, the literary icon stressed that Kanu had the right to pursue his cause for a separate nation of Biafra as “he was never accused of physically bombing any place or killing anyone”. Kanu was extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria from Nairobi in June 2021 by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with the help of the Kenyan government. The separatist leader has been detained by the Department of State Services since he was brought to Nigeria in June 2021 and is facing charges related to broadcasts alleged to have been made in furtherance of terrorism. However, Soyinka described the action of the Nigerian government as “kidnapping”. “It is a mistake keeping Nnamdi Kanu in prison, I believe. In fact, they kidnapped him,” he said. He continued, “His language was inciteful, yes, no question about that. But you don’t arrest, you don’t kidnap people. Buhari had an obsession with kidnapping people. “That seemed to be his trademark. It is like he couldn’t fulfil himself unless he’s put somebody in a crate and brought them back.“I think that politically speaking, if they have any real charges against him, well, since he is in their hands, they should try him. All these technical postponements, delays, and avoiding the basic issues, for me, is counter-productive.”


TINUBU WANTS RETURN TO OLD NATIONAL ANTHEM Both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday, gave expeditious consideration to an Executive Bill forwarded to them by President Bola Tinubu , seeking for re–introduction of the old National Anthem which starts with popular phrase of “Nigeria, We Hail Thee …” In giving the Executive bill , expeditious consideration, both Chambers gave it first and second reading during plenary on Thursday. Specifically in the Senate, after given the bill, first reading, the Leader of the Senate , Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central) made a lead debate on it for second reading . The Senate Leader in the lead debate on the bill , said the Bill seeks to make provision for Nigeria to revert to its old National Anthem that would promote better symbol for unity, peace and prosperity – compared to the current one. ”The old Anthem if reintroduced, will inspire in us the zeal to build a fully integrated and indivisible nation, whereby all citizens will live in unity and harmony”, he said. He posited further that the old National Anthem was more patriotism and Nationalism – driven. His words: ”The Anthem, upon rendition, inspired and stimulated deep sense of patriotism in Nigerians. You will also agree with me that those who were around in the 60s and the late 70s, would attest to the fact that the Anthem played quite a significant and crucial role in shaping Nigeria’s national identity and unity, as well as engendered high sense of value and personal belonging amongst the citizenry. “It was symbolic of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and nationhood. In retrospect, the Anthem served as regular and constant reminder of our journey, as a nation and provoked feelings of nostalgia and fond memories of the country’s early years. “Mr President, my dear colleagues, at this momentous time in our national history, it is imperative that we utilise any platform that seeks to unite the country and promote patriotism amongst Nigerians. “Accordingly, the old National Anthem, as a symbol of national pride, has provided insights for patriotic reflections on our aspirations, values and hope for a united and prosperous Nigeria. “Finally, I implore you all, my Distinguished Colleagues, to support the expeditious passage of this Bill, as it is in line with the RENEWED Reorientation of our collective values and national conscientization efforts of the current administration. “The rendition and musical accuracy of the Anthem, is better in content and context than the current one. On this note, permit me at this juncture, to reproduce the Anthem to serve as a reminder and reflection: “Nigeria, We Hail Thee Nigeria we hail thee Our own dear native land, Though travelling and tongue may differ In brotherhood we stand, Nigerians all, and proud to serve Our sovereign Motherland “Our Flag shall be a symbol That truth and justice reign, In peace or battle honour’d, And this we count as gain, To hand on to our children A banner without stain, “O God of creation, Grant this our one request, Help us to build a nation Where no man is oppressed, And so with peace and plenty Nigeria may be blessed.” All the Senators who contributed to the debate, supported the bill and called for its expeditious consideration and passage. Senator Tahir Monguno (APC Borno North) , described the bill as apt and germane . In his own contribution, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim (APC Ondo South) , said the move made by the presidency to replace the current National Anthem with the new one was very apt and necessary. According to him , Nigeria , We Hail Thee , is far more inspiring and Nationalistic than Arise O Compatriots. Senator Victor Umeh (Labour Party , Anambra…


TIMELINE: FROM PALACE TO EXILE, HOW SANUSI REGAINED THE THRONE On March 10, 2020, ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje deposed Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano. This was after several attempts were made to reconcile the duo. In an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa, Abdulsalami Abubakar, former military Head of State, had said the efforts to reconcile Ganduje and Sanusi were wasted. In 2019, Abubakar was appointed as chairman of the reconciliation committee set up to intervene in the crisis. “Well, I can say so in view of the latest development. In my view, all the committee’s efforts are wasted.” He said after the committee submitted its report to the President Muhammadu Buhari, he “expressed willingness” to intervene. Abubakar added that he could not say categorically if Buhari intervened, but that if the president did, “I’ll be surprised that we got to this point”. Well, how did it all begin. In this piece, Haruna Ibrahim, Daily Trust’s librarian, chronicled the events that led to dethronement of the first-class king and how he found his way back to the throne. 1. APRIL 5TH 2017-KADUNA ECONOMIC SUMMIT-(On Kano state government trip to China) “We have governors, they go to China. Spend one month on a tour of China and what do they come back with? MoU for debts.‎ China will lend you 1.8 billion dollars to build light rail, the rail will come from China, the trains will come from China, the engines, the labour the driver will come from China. What do you benefit from it?” 2. MAY 2017-Kano state public complaints and anticorruption commissionOpened an investigation into the accounts of the Emirate council over questionable expenditures running into billions (6 billion alleged) within a short period of time- Emirate secretary and treasurer invited 3. APRIL 24 2017– The palace gave a breakdown of how 4 billion spent since the Emir Sanusi mounted the throne 4. APRIL 28 2017– Five Northern Governors brokered peace between Governor Ganduje and Emir Sanusi in Kaduna 5. May 10th 2017- Kano state House of assembly set up an 8-man committee to investigate Emir Muhammadu Sanuusi over alleged abuse of office and improper conduct 6. MAY 18TH 2017– Kano Pace said the Emir will appear before the state house of assembly committee if invited 7. MAY 22,2017 – The house of assembly suspended it investigation on the request of the governor after the intervention of the Then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara, Aliko Dangote, Aminu Dantata and APC national leaders. 2019- Aftermath of the governorship election 8. MARCH 12-2019– Emir Muhammadu Sanusi calls for calm after the Governorship election was declared inconclusive and seized the opportunity to expressed gratitude to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Wakili“ The people of Kano are happy with the reform he brought to the police. He has restored the credibility and confidence of the population in the police and prayed to Allah that he will continue the way he has started and maintain the confidence of people.” 9. April 7 2019- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje accused Police Commissioner of being biased against the APC 10. MAY 2 2019– Kano state public complaints and anti-corruption commission invited One of the Emirate officials Alhaji Isa Bayero to appear before the chairman on May 6 to explain some payment vouchers bearing his name from 2013 to 2017 11. MAY 5 2019- Kano state House of assembly Speaker Kabiru Alhassan Rurum read a petition by Mallam Ibrahim Salisu Chambers requesting the house to create four additional emirates in the state The house unanimously endorsed the petition and agreed on an amendment of the law establishing the Kano Emirate Council to pave the way for the creation of the…