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Kano Guber: Afenifere Urges Caution As Yoruba Community Alleges Planned Attack

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The recent alarm raised by the Yoruba community in Kano State is eliciting reactions. There were claims by the Yoruba residing in some parts of Kano State that they could be targets of possible attacks following the recent judgement of the Appeal Court, sacking Governor Abba Yusuf.

Recall that the Appeal Court, on September 17, nullified the election of Governor Yusuf, who contested the March 18 gubernatorial election under the platform of the New Nigerian People’s Party, NNPP.

The appellate court had in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of justices, held that Governor Yusuf was not a valid candidate in the gubernatorial polls. Some of his votes were also voided.

The court maintained that evidence that was adduced by the parties established that Governor Yusuf was not a member of the NNPP, at the time the election was held.

According to the court, Yusuf, under section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, was not qualified to contest the governorship election since he was not validly sponsored by the NNPP.

After that, the court declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the election.

The Appeal Court verdict stimulated anger across the country as a section of Nigerians accused the ruling APC of influencing the court’s decision.

The anger among supporters of the governor and other opposition parties degenerated into a protest in the ancient city despite warnings by security agencies.

Some indigenes have also been accused of threatening to attack persons of Yoruba extraction residing in the state, alleging that their ‘kinsman’ President Bola Tinubu is imposing leadership on them.

The Yoruba community alleged that there was a move by some indigenous residents to attack them.

Speaking under a group called Concerned Yoruba Community in Kano, they called on Yoruba leaders and other well-meaning citizens in the country to wade into the matter.

The group headed by Taofeek Olalekan Olaosebikan, at a special Press Conference, alleged that the situation was endangering their lives in Kano.

“Kano is a very volatile state politically, which is why all men and women of goodwill should be concerned about the situation in Kano and rally around a collective initiative to save the state from any calamity which will affect us and our livelihood.

“In this regard, we are using this platform to call on all Yoruba Obas and leaders to wade into the Kano situation without further delay by engaging President Bola Ahmad Tinubu for a possible political settlement of the Kano logjam.

“Kano must not be allowed to erupt into such preventable chaos as it happened in the past.

“Of course, many enlightened minds believe very strongly that what we are witnessing in Kano today has a strong relationship with political elite’s interference in the political result and mandate so obviously given to Abba Kabir Yusuf by the citizens of the state” the group stated.

Similarly, a Yoruba trader in Kano, Mr Matthew Adebayo, told DAILY POST on Saturday that some indigenes are allegedly “threatening us that Yoruba people have removed the person they elected and that they will deal with us.

“This is so bad that wherever you see people gathered, especially supporters of the NNPP, they are talking about how Yoruba people came to change what they fought hard to get.

“Some of them don’t even patronise us anymore. When they come to your shop to buy something, immediately they realise that you are a Yoruba person, they move to another shop.

“Most of us are not into politics; we are here to make a living, so it is very wrong for some people to pour their anger on us. We have been living in peace with everyone here”, he said.

But Seyi Oluronsola, Chairman of Yoruba Cultural Group, a group believed to have been formed by Yoruba APC members, told DAILY POST on Saturday that the allegations were plots by the NNPP and its supporters to blackmail the president.

He said, “Of course, there are side talks generated by the indigenes, especially from the top hierarchy of the NNPP themselves.

“They are doing everything possible to counter what the judiciary has done. This is Kano today, and everybody is moving about doing their business.

“Some Yorubas are APC, PDP, NNPP and even Labour Party members, just like you see elsewhere. All these things are just political propaganda. They just want to blackmail the president.

“I am a former councillor, and as far as I am concerned, I represent the entire Yoruba community here”.

However, when contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, the pan Yoruba socio-political and cultural organisation, Comrade Jare Ajayi, said that “it’s for people who suspect that danger is looming to cry for help.

“Thus, the Yoruba community in Kano, or any other group for that matter, is not doing anything wrong in calling for help when they see danger coming or feel threatened”.

He was, however, quick to caution against anything that could border on encouraging any arm of government, particularly the executive, to interfere with the judicial process.

“Also, it does not augur well to insinuate that the executive arm or the Presidency is directing the courts or electoral tribunals to determine electoral cases in a particular way.

“Going by various electoral cases that have been determined so far, it is clear that all the major political parties have gained and lost at multiple levels.

“Incidentally, the laws of the land make it possible for those who are dissatisfied with the verdict of a particular court to move to the next level in the form of an appeal. This is the norm in the civilised climes to which Nigeria also belongs.

“In the case of Kano, it is important that security agencies should step in to ensure that all Nigerians in that state are protected – without regard to their tribe, gender, language or religious faiths.

“Incidentally, the aggrieved party, the NNPP, has filed an appeal. It is important to pursue that line of action”.

He called on the Kano State Governor and security agencies to ensure the safety of residents’ lives and properties.

“We in Afenifere appeal to the government of Kano State and security agencies, particularly the police, to ensure that no harm comes to any resident in that state no matter their tribe.

“Every Nigerian is entitled to protection, especially law-abiding citizens,” he said.

Ajayi reminded politicians that members of respective tribes live in various parts of the country.

“As such, no harm should be done to those living in a particular area so as not to provoke a reprisal in another part of the country.

“It is important for us to toe the line provided by law to seek redress when we feel aggrieved.

“It is important to seek the path of peace and live harmoniously with one another,” the Afenifere spokesman advised.

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NSIB Receives U.S. Preliminary Report On Wigwe’s Death

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The Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB) says it has received the preliminary report from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the crashed helicopter that killed Dr Herbert Wigwe and five others.

Mrs Bimbo Oladeji, Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, NSIB, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Feb. 9, Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, his wife, son and a former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, as well as some others were onboard the ill-fated Airbus Helicopter EC130B4.

Oladeji said that following the accident, the NSIB offered its full cooperation to the NTSB, the lead agency investigating the accident which claimed the lives of six individuals.

The crash occured at the Interstate 15 in Halloran Springs, California, U.S.A.

According to Oladeji, initial findings suggest that the helicopter suffered catastrophic damage upon impact, resulting in fragmentation of major components.

She said: “The preliminary report on the Airbus Helicopter EC130B4, registered as N130CZ and operated by Orbic Air, LLC, under Part 135 regulations for on-demand flights, outlines crucial details surrounding the tragic incident.

“Departing from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, the helicopter embarked on a journey to Boulder City Municipal Airport in Nevada via Palm Springs International Airport.

“However, during its flight, adverse weather conditions characterised by rain and a mix of snow, were encountered, as reported by witnesses.

“Reports from law enforcement and eyewitnesses also indicated that several individuals travelling along Interstate 15 (I-15) observed a “fireball” in the area, prompting calls to emergency services.

“Subsequently, the wreckage of the helicopter was discovered in the high, mountainous desert and scrub-brush covered terrain near Halloran Springs, California.

“Analysis of the accident site revealed a scattered debris pattern about 300 ft along a 120° magnetic, indicating a trajectory from an initial impact point which was a 1.5 ft deep, 12 ft long and 10 ft wide ground crater.

“Containing fragments of the right landing gear skid, cockpit wiring, and cabin floor structure. The right skid step protruded upward at a 45° angle at the extreme eastern edge of the ground crater.

“All major helicopter components were identified at the accident site. The helicopter’s fuselage was fragmented, and the cockpit and cabin were destroyed.

“Some debris and vegetation displayed thermal damage, indicative of the extent of the collision’s force. The flight control tubes and linkages leading up to the flight control servos were fragmented and continuity could not be verified.

“All three pitch control links were attached at the swashplate and blade pitch change horns. The main rotor blades were fragmented and broomstrawed, and the blade sleeves and tips were present.

“Data analysis utilised sources including automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data, operator personnel reports, and eyewitness accounts to reconstruct the flight path and sequence of events leading to the accident.”

Oladeji said that the NSIB, in accordance with the prerogative granted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO’s) Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, had the right to access investigation information.

“On aviation accidents and incidents involving Nigerian-registered aircraft or Nigerian citizens in 193 countries that are member states of the ICAO.

“The NSIB has been actively engaging with the NTSB since the beginning of the investigation.

She said that as the investigation progresses, NSIB will be committed to engaging the NTSB to receive the public docket of the investigation, which will comprise the compendium of information gathered throughout the investigation.

“This typically includes photographs, interview summaries, documentation, and other relevant data that will give a clearer picture of the factors that led to the accident.”

Also, the Director-General of the NSIB, Capt. Alex Badeh, expressed gratitude for the cooperation extended by the NTSB, which has facilitated the sharing of vital information.

“We will continue to work closely with relevant authorities leading the investigation, including the NTSB, to gather additional evidence and information necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the circumstances that led to this tragic event,” Badeh.

(NAN)

 

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BDC: CBN Mandates Sellers Above $10,000 To Declare Sources

“Retail sale of foreign currencies to non-individuals, except for BTA, international outward transfers, engaging in off-shore business or maintaining foreign correspondent relationship with any foreign establishment are also not permissible,”

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mandated foreign exchange sellers to Bureau De Change (BDC) of the equivalent of 10,000 dollars and above to declare their forex sources.

Haruna Mustapha, Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department of the CBN, said this in a revised regulatory framework to curtail excesses of BDCs and check uncertainty in the foreign exchange market.

Mustapha said that such sellers would also be required to comply with all Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism ( AML/CFT) regulations.

He said that the guidelines would significantly enhance the regulatory framework for the operations of BDCs as part of ongoing reforms of the Nigerian foreign exchange market.

According to him, the guidelines revises the permissible activities, licensing requirements, corporate governance and AML/CFT provisions for BDCs.

“It also sets out new record-keeping and reporting requirements, among others,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the guidelines also specifies that no person shall carry on the business of BDC in Nigeria except with the prior authorisation of the CBN.

It described BDC as a company licensed by the CBN to carry on only retail foreign exchange business in Nigeria.

It banned commercial, merchant, non-interest and payment service banks, Other Financial Institutions (OFIs), including holding companies and payment service providers from promoting BDCs.

It also precluded serving staff of financial services regulatory and supervisory agencies, serving staff of regulated financial services providers, governments at all levels, among others, from promoting BDCs.

The guidelines permitted BDCs to acquire foreign currency from authorised sources like tourists, returnees from the diaspora and expatriates with foreign exchange inflows from work, travel, investment or their domiciliary accounts.

Other permissible sources are International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs), embassies, hotels that are authorised buyers of foreign currencies, the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NFEM) and any other source that the CBN may specify.

It warned the BDCs not to engage in street-trading, maintaining any type of account for any member of the public, or accepting any asset for safe keeping/custody.

It said that the BDCs were also not permitted to take deposits from or grant loans to members of the public in any currency and in any form.

“Retail sale of foreign currencies to non-individuals, except for BTA, international outward transfers, engaging in off-shore business or maintaining foreign correspondent relationship with any foreign establishment are also not permissible,” it said

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Economic Hardship: Blame Buhari, Not Tinubu – Northern Group Tells Nigerians

What people need to know about Nigeria’s present challenges is that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu inherited them from the past administration of former president Buhari but as a determined leader, Tinubu is pulling all strings together to overcome them head-on.

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A Northern group, Civil Society For Credible Election has stated that erstwhile president, Muhammadu Buhari should be blamed for the economic crisis plaguing the nation.

The group lamented that President Bola Tinubu inherited the challenges from his predecessor.

They shared their reservations while addressing newsmen in Kano.

Umar argued that Tinubu had since hit the ground working to reverse the situation through various steps and policies put in place.

He subsequently called on Nigerians to exercise patience with the President as things will be better in no distant time in the country.

According to him, “We recognize the fact that Nigerians are passing through hardship at the moment. It is a result of a global economic meltdown, but only further compounded by some shortcomings of the last administration under former president Muhammadu Buhari.

“What people need to know about Nigeria’s present challenges is that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu inherited them from the past administration of former president Buhari but as a determined leader, Tinubu is pulling all strings together to overcome them head-on.

“Nigerians are all living witness to the phantom steps and policies of the present administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to address the country’s sociocultural, economic and political indices.

“What President Tinubu need from all Nigerians now is patience, cooperation and understanding of the administration reforms policies. These reforms are strategic and competent enough to in no distant time make all Nigerians proud of their beloved country.”

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