Immediate-past governor of Delta State and All Progressives Congress 2019 Delta South senatorial candidate, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, has said that the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta area and Delta state, in particular, would make his re-election in the February presidential election very easy.
Speaking at the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign council in Abuja on Monday, the former governor said the efforts of the President Buhari-led government have brought relative peace in the Niger Delta region.
“We are sure of delivering because Mr. President has done a lot for Delta state. Don’t forget that Delta state is like the nucleus of the crisis in Niger Delta and of course when Mr. President came in, we had this Niger Delta Avengers that came up in 2016.
“When Mr. President came in and it took the ingenuity of Mr. President and the Vice President to manage that crisis, the Vice president has to come to the state, the Minister of Petroleum had to come to the state, to the heart of the creeks in Niger Delta to do engagement processes.
“In fact, the Vice President went round every state in the Niger Delta; it has never been done before. For Delta, in particular, he was there, he went to see traditional rulers, he went to see some of the youths, he went to see those that were involved in the crisis and that helped significantly in managing the crisis.
“Apart from that, Mr. President also has done a lot in terms of infrastructure and human capital development in Delta state and across the Niger Delta. The railway to Alaja is now functional and of course they have started carrying passengers.
“As at today, there is a lot of work going on at Escravos bar. That was the entry to the Delta state port that was not passable but by the time they finish with it, it will be passable.
“Of course, a lot of roads have been done by the NDDC (Niger Delta Development Commission), the number of roads that have been done by the NDDC in the last three years have never been done before.
“From the human capital development area, we have the N-Power, we have the feeding of our school children, we have the tradermoni and also the empowerment programmes that are being done by the Federal Government. So, we have a lot to campaign within Delta state.” he said.
Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu is in many ways a special man. Unlike too many of his peers in the billionaires’ circle, the BUA chairman contradicts the principles and norms of ego-tripping. He parades himself as a mushroom on which the dew of heaven drops from time to time. He never draws attention to how rich he is neither does he function on the oxygen of his blooming renown, and that is a wonderful trait in a billionaire.
Indeed, great things are done when giants among men meet; they often change the stars or the course of history; feats no one could achieve by simply jostling in the street. Findings revealed that the new merger between Kalambaina Cement, a subsidiary company of his BUA Cement, with publicly traded Cement Company of Nigeria (CCNN), where he was the controlling shareholder, has yielded a bountiful result. The Chairman of BUA now commands the homage of unending cheers by his dazzling exploits which resonates far beyond the shores of Nigeria and across continents. These days, Samad’s remarkable feats resonate to animated applause for the extraordinariness of the man who taught Nigeria and the African continent to trust in his entrepreneurial depth.
According to Forbes, Nigerian cement and sugar tycoon Abdulsamad Rabiu has become at least $650 million richer after merging Kalambaina Cement, a subsidiary company of his BUA Cement, with publicly traded Cement Company of Nigeria (CCNN).
On Monday, CCNN announced that it has received approval from the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as well as the requisite sanction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the merger of the two companies, thereby creating the second largest cement company on the Nigerian bourse after African behemoth, Dangote Cement.
Last June, the board of directors of Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), approached the Nigerian Stock Exchange with a proposal to merge with the BUA Cement-owned Kalambaina Cement Company Ltd. Ibrahim Aminu, CCNN’s CEO, had said that the proposed merger would position Sokoto-based CCNN for better competitiveness within its home market and also enable it utilize the more modern plant and equipment of the Kalambaina Cement Company to boost its market penetration and export potential. Both Kalambaina Cement and CCNN are located in Sokoto in Nigeria’s northwest region.
With the merger now completed, new shares of CCNN have been issued and allotted to all shareholders of Kalambaina Cement in exchange for their Kalambaina Cement shares. In total, 11,886,823,259 new shares of Kalambaina Cement have been issued at N25.99 per share, in addition to the 1.257 billion shares of CCNN, thereby bringing the current volume of shares for the total combined entity to 13.1bn.
The new, combined company, which has adopted the CCNN corporate name, has an installed capacity of 2 million tons per annum, and recently had its shares listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Through BUA Cement Company, Damnaz Cement Company Ltd, BUA International Limited and through his own name, Nigerian tycoon Abdulsamad Rabiu, owns more than 12.7 billion shares, or 97% of the new entity – a stake valued at more than $650 million at current market prices.
Cement Company of Northern Nigerian PLC is a public limited liability company incorporated in 1962 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1993. CCNN is the only cement plant in the North Western part of Nigeria, operating a 500,00 metric tonnes per annum cement plant commissioned in 1985. Kalambaina Cement Company Limited is a private limited liability company incorporated in Nigeria.
The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of BUA Cement Limited and is primarily engaged in the business of quarrying, extracting, processing and dealing in limestone as well as the manufacture and supply of cement. Kalambaina Cement Company Limited’s key cement assets include the brand new 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum of cement production plant situated in Kalambaina, Sokoto State.
Apart from CCNN, BUA Cement Limited also owns a $2 billion cement factory at Okpella in Edo State in Nigeria, which has a production capacity of 6 million metric tonnes per annum. BUA Cement also owns Edo Cement Company and BUA Cement Port Harcourt, which continue to operate as private companies.
Abdulsamad Rabiu, one of Nigeria’s most successful businessmen, is the founder of BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate that has interests in sugar refining, real estate, edible oils, logistics and port operations.
In January 2016, BUA Group agreed to sell its flour milling and pasta making businesses to Olam Group of Singapore for $275 million. Rabiu, one of Nigeria’s largest private property owners, also owns homes in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. (Thisday)
A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to remove all candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State from the 2019 general election.
￼Trial judge, Justice Kolawole Omotosho handed down the order to INEC in its judgment in the suit by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, praying the court not to recognise any candidate of the APC in the state.
Justice Omotosho, also ordered APC not to recognise, sponsor, nominate candidates or canvas for vote for all the candidates ahead of the general election.
The judge, who relied on earlier ruling and orders of Justice Chiwendu Nworgu of the Rivers State High Court, maintained that the APC acted in disobedience to court orders and therefore, cannot benefit from same.
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The court on whether another political party has the legal backing to interfere in another party’s internal affairs held that the newly expanded locus as amended in Electoral Act allows other political parties to challenge the affairs of another, if it sensed errors.
Counsel for candidates of APC, Emenike Ebete, said his clients would challenge the ruling as PDP’s counsel, Dike Udenna, lauded the court as representing the interest of the common man and urged INEC to comply with the ruling for the sake of justice.
Meanwhile, same court, same day refused to grant separate application by Senator Magnus Abe and 43 candidates of Peter Odike’s faction of Rivers APC, seeking to be declared as authentic candidates of the party in the state.
The court held that the plaintiffs do not have legal standing to the effect that they placed their request on the ruling of the state High Court which nullified primaries done by the APC in the state.
The plaintiffs, the court held, could not prove that the direct primaries they conducted were monitored and supervised by National Execution Council of the APC, adding that they did not participate in valid primaries, so cannot be considered.
The court restrained INEC from recognising the candidates of the APC in the state for the 2019 general election, until the ruling of the court was set aside by a higher court.
We have enough grounds to reverse judgement —Cole
Meanwhile, APC governorship candidate for the 2019 elections in Rivers, Tonye Cole, has said his party has enough grounds to reverse the latest court disqualification of himself and other candidates for the elections.
Responding through Ogbonna Nwuke, spokesman to the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, TCCO, the APC flag-bearer said: “Although we were not favoured by the decision, our faith in the country’s judicial system remains unshaken.
“We believe that we have sufficient grounds on which to appeal the decisions of the Federal High Court as well as the ruling of the Rivers State High Court.”
On the matter brought before the Court by Abe and 43 others, he said: “It is clear from the ruling that Abe and his supporters have no locus.”
APC can’t benefit from its stupidity —PDP
Spokesman to PDP in the state, Darlington Orji, in the party’s reaction, described the judgment as victory for democracy, adding that the consequence on Rivers APC was self inflicted.
He said: “It is victory for democracy. The judgment has proven that the judiciary is still the hope of the common man, a proof that dictatorship has ended in Rivers politics, a situation where one man sits in his room to decide what happens in the state.
“The judgment has solved the problem of Rivers even before the election. The spirit of God has taken control. Governance is a social contract and we have our score card to show. Governor Nyesom Wike has shown capacity.
“My advice to APC is that nobody can benefit from his stupidity. They shot themselves in the foot and they cannot get out of it. The 2019 election is between poverty and making Nigeria work again.”
…APC, INEC studying judgment —Officials
Meanwhile, APC said it was already studying the court judgment with a view to knowing its next line of action.
“We have received the news of the judgment of the Federal High Court regarding our candidates in Rivers State. We are currently studying the decision of the court. We will make our position public in due course,” National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said in Abuja.
On its part, INEC also said it was “studying the court judgment with a view to acting accordingly.”
INEC’s Director in charge of Voter Education, Publicity, Civil Society and Gender Liaison, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzi told Vanguard on telephone said, “We will study the judgment and act accordingly. You know it is the policy of the commission to comply with court judgments. So, we will study it and act accordingly.” (Vanguard)
Yinka Ayefele took to Instagram to thank Governor Ajimobi for rebuilding his music house, a year after it was demolished by the Oyo State Government.
Yinka Ayefele who shared a photo of the music house which was rebuilt by the Oyo State Governor, thanked Governor Ajimobi. He wrote;
Thanks Sir, we appreciate you
Recall that the Oyo state government lived up to its threat last year by demolishing the Music House, a building owned by a popular Juju musician, Yinka Ayefele. The building which is located along Challenge Toll Gate Express Way houses Ayefele’s radio station, Fresh FM, Ibadan.
The building which Ayefele claimed was worth about 800 million Naira was demolished on August 19, 2018.
The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, could not hold back tears on Monday as he broke down in tears before President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, Abuja.
The governor cried over the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in his state, which had witnessed a sudden rebound lately.
He urged Buhari to do all he could to stop BH, who now attack the state at will.
The governor had gone to the Villa in company with Borno elders to meet with Buhari in order to seek further ways of addressing the resurgence in attacks by Boko Haram.
In his opening remarks, Shettima reminded Buhari of some resolutions reached at an extraordinary security meeting held in Borno State a week ago and the need to urgently implement them.
But, as he spoke, he became emotional and tears rolled down his cheeks.
He said amidst sobs, “Between 2013 and 2014, we witnessed the most daring and most vicious evil of the Boko Haram, losing 20 local government areas.
“However, we rushed here because of the recent upsurge in the activities of the demented monster called Boko Haram, especially in Borno North Senatorial District. We are here because since 2015, Mr President, you have been able to restore our hope.
“Sir, you have demonstrated empathy for Borno and the overriding commitment to ending the Boko Haram. This is why we rushed here on witnessing some setbacks.
“We are here because we thought that Allah will use you to fully reclaim Borno traditional glory of being the home of peace. We are here as a people who worked, prayed and waited for your Presidency in the firm belief that with you as the Commander-in-Chief, Boko Haram will become history in Borno.
“Mr President, we have not, and Insha Allah, we will not lose hope in you because we have witnessed and survived worse moments before you came. We do not feel hopeless. Our hopes are very much alive and they are very high.
“We came with some observations and 10 requests for urgent presidential intervention. These observations and requests are products of discussion in the aftermath of our extraordinary security meeting held one week ago.
“We didn’t rush to come after the meeting. We felt the need to travel to northern Borno, interact with displaced persons and the military so as to strengthen public confidence.
“I will seek the understanding of journalists by not making public any of our observations and 10 requests.
“They are matters of security which we hope to discuss with Mr President behind closed-door.”
As he continued to speak, journalists were asked to vacate the venue.
The union and the federal government reached the agreement on Monday, after a two-hour meeting in Abuja.
The government agreed to release N15.4 billion in salary shortfall for the University teachers.
The union is expected to call off its indefinite strike action any time from now.
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, who disclosed the news of the agreement said President Muhammadu Buhari has released N15.4 billion to cover the shortfalls in public universities.
According to him, the accountant general and the ministry of finance have confirmed the release of the funds.
He said President Buhari has approved N20 billion for settling outstanding arrears from 2009 to 2012 due to the universities.
The staff union has been on strike action for two months running.
Biodun Ogunyemi, a professor and the ASUU national chairman, said the union will meet and decide if the concession by the government is enough to call of the strike or not.
The final decision of the striking lecturers will be communicated to the public after the said meeting.
The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to expunge the names of candidates representing the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State in the February and March 2019 general elections.
The presiding judge, Justice James Omotosho, gave this order on Monday while ruling on a suit brought before the court, asking it not to recognise any candidate from the state APC.
Delivering his judgment, Omotosho made reference to an earlier ruling by the Rivers State High Court, which nullified the ward, local government and state congresses held by the state APC.
He ruled, “All nominations in the APC, from governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and others are hereby nullified and void and set aside.
“Only political parties that conducted valid primaries are eligible to produce candidates for the general elections.
“The All Progressives Congress is not entitled to nominate candidates from governorship to Senate, House of Representatives and other positions.”
He added, “The plaintiffs did not participate in valid primaries; they are not eligible to contest because they did not follow due process.”
The judge, who also ruled on whether a political party could interfere in the affairs of another political party, stated that the amended Electoral Act, in its expanded locus, had paved the way for a political party to challenge the dealings of another party.
He pointed out that this could be necessary if a political party felt there was an error in the action or actions of another party.
But the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation said it would challenge Monday’s ruling that barred INEC from recognising any APC candidate in Rivers State ahead of the general elections.
A statement signed by the spokesman for the Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Mr Ogbonna Nwuke, indicated that it was obvious the battle was between the APC and the PDP in the state.
“Our position, after consultations with our lawyers, is that we shall challenge the order in an appellate court. Although we were not favoured by the decision, our faith in the country’s judicial system remains unshaken.
“We believe we have sufficient grounds on which to appeal the decisions of the Federal High Court as well as the ruling of the Rivers State High Court,” the statement read.
Twenty-three persons suspected to be cultists have been arrested in different parts of Lagos, Police Chief Imohimi Edgal said yesterday while briefing reporters on his command’s activities in the last one month.
A driver was caught r*ping a 78-year-old woman at Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja.
Two persons – Vincent Ameh, 19, and Julius Matthew, 27, were arrested for alleged possession of firearms and membership of an unlawful society during the period.
He said: “Based on the information, operatives of the command and those of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) based at Igando mobilised to the scene and arrested the suspects.
“Exhibits recovered from them include one locally-made cut-to size gun, three live cartridges, a T-Shirt with an inscription Vikings Nons Men and a cutlass.”
Edgal said the driver, 41, r*ped the septuagenarian, who asked him for direction to where she was going in Ketu.
“A passer-by, who heard the woman’s shouts for help, called the police and pointed them to the direction of the screams and he was caught in the act. The woman was bleeding when she was rescued from the scene,” he said.
A Customs officer identified as Hamisu Sani, pictured above, has been killed by suspected smugglers after himself and another collegue were ambushed at Asero community in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Sunday January 6th.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the Command, Abdullahi Maiwada, in a statement released on Monday Janaury 7th, said the incident had occurred while the security operatives were on routine patrol in an attempt to secure smuggled rice into the state where eight vehicles loaded with bags of rice were intercepted.
During the encounter Hamisu Sani, sustained serious injuries and died, while Inspector of Customs, Tijani John Michel, barely escaped with serious machete cuts.
The He has since been buried according Islamic rites.
Two suspects have been arrested by the Police, while the eight vehicles loaded with smuggled rice have been secured in connection with the incident.
The statement reads partly “Unfortunately during the encounter, one of the Officers a Customs Assistant I Hamisu Sani sustained grievous injuries and paid the supreme price (died) in active Service.
He has since been buried according Islamic rites.
Also, an Inspector of Customs Tijani John Michel sustained serious machete cut but is responding to treatment in the hospital. Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested by police and eight vehicles fully loaded with smuggled rice have been secured in connection with the incident at Customs House Abeokuta for further investigation.
While we commend the patriotic role of our sister Agencies and law-abiding citizens, we wish to categorically state that we will deploy all necessary apparatus to ensure that the perpetrators of this devilish act are brought to book to face the full wrath of the law. “Finally, the reoccurrence of such form of hostilities and intimidation by smugglers and their accomplice on our Officers and Men will never distract us from vigorously discharging our statutory functions.”
A Pakistani man, who claimed he “fell in love” with a 13-year-old girl forced into prostitution in Dubai, is standing trial over molestation charges.
The 25-year-old admitted to having sex with the minor several times “with her consent”. He reported the girl’s plight to the police, which led to her rescue.
The court of first instance heard that another Pakistani man, 49, brought the 13-year-old to the country, after claiming to be her father, and forced her into prostitution.
He allegedly raped his compatriot and assaulted her with a stick every time she refused to have sex with him. The accused ran a brothel in Abu Hail in Dubai and was arrested along with two of his countrywomen, who face prostitution charges. He is facing charges of human trafficking, running a brothel, molestation and facilitating paid sex for the other two women. The case was reported in September 2018.
According to court records, the girl told prosecutors that the accused forced her into prostitution back home two years ago. He then issued a visit visa for her and brought her to the country, claiming she was his daughter. The girl was forced to have sex with “11 men of different nationalities” every day for money.
“He raped me back home and here (in the UAE) too. He hit me with a stick every time I refused to have sex with him,” the girl told prosecutors.
The 25-year-old defendant, was a customer at the brothel, fell in love with the girl and promised to marry her. He reported the girl’s plight to the police after he received a text message from her brother, who resides in Pakistan, requesting for help.
The police raided the place and arrested the two women, both aged 23, who admitted to working as prostitutes. They also corroborated the girl’s rape claims. They said the brothel’s owner approached the girl while he was drunk and wanted to have sex with her. He assaulted her when she refused. Both women admitted that the accused paid Pakistani Rs200,000 to their families to bring them to the UAE.
The 49-year-old denied rape charges but admitted to consuming alcohol. He also admitted he brought the teenager to the country for prostitution and facilitated paid sex for the other two women.
Forensic reports showed bruises on the young girl’s body.