SENATOR ELISHA ABBO, IN COMPANY OF 3-WOMEN, IN AN ADULT SHOP IN ABUJA ASSAULTED WOMEN WILDLY IN THE PRESENCE OF POLICE @POLICENG. THIS MUST BE INVESTIGATED. VICTIMS OF HIS VIOLENCE MUST GET JUSTICE. @MBUHARI@PROFOSINBAJO @NGRSENATE@FEMIGBAJA @UN @UNWOMENAFRICA#NIGERIA
The Federal Government has suspended the planned Ruga Programme.
An aide in the presidency confirmed this to Channels Television.
The source, however, says the Governors Forum will be speaking on the matter soon.
The Ruga initiative has for some time been generating heated debates in various quarters with some arguing that it is a scheme by the government of the day to reposition the Fulani tribe.
However, the presidency has defended the controversial Ruga settlements programme saying that the initiative is for the benefit of all.
According to a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, the presidency said the programme is not a scheme to reposition the Fulani people, adding that no state has been forced to partake of the initiative.
The presidency’s statement partially reads: “The Presidency wishes to draw attention to recent unhelpful comments regarding the plan to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.
“Ruga Settlement” that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.
Beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, not only Fulani herders.”
Source: Channels TV
A new authentic sneaker shop, Exclusive club Ghana have opened for business in Accra.
Located on the Spintex road, Soro Mall, the 100 percent original shop was opened for business last Saturday at a very colourful event.
The shops according to executives’ hope will change the way consumers shop for their favourite sneakers and apparel.
Speaking to the owner of the store in a one on one interview, he expressed his passion for music and wants Ghanaian music stars and celebrities to have access to authentic apparels anytime they need them for their works
The store is stocked with high earned shoes ranging from designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, Ghana’s own Virgil Abloh’s Off White, Kanye West’s Yeezys, Christian Louboutins among others
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Access Bank has commenced disbursement of loans to beneficiaries in the entertainment industry, under the Creative Industry Financing Initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The bank disclosed this during a forum with some stakeholders in the entertainment industry in Lagos on Tuesday.
It said the first tranche of the CIFI loans worth N20bn, would be made easily accessible to the borrowers in the sector.
Bidemi Adeboye of Access Bank said stakeholders in the creative industries such as fashion, Information Technology, movie production, movie distribution, music and software engineering student could access the loans.
When all documentations were completed and the loans approved, the bank would ensure the beneficiaries got the funds within two weeks, he said.
He added, “The CBN wants to create jobs, develop local capacity, preserve foreign exchange and ensure empowerment in the entertainment industry.
“It is more interested in providing infrastructure funding such as film house, equipment, studio, auditorium, which will make it easier for the entertainers to operate at lower cost and be able to make profit.”
He explained that the loan had maximum interest rate of nine per cent per annum and a repayment period of up to 10 years.
According to him, those who would access the loans should come up with business plan or statement; they must be registered and should be doing what had economic benefits.
Chizoma Okoli of Access Bank said that the CIFI loan was introduced by the CBN to support the creative sector.
She said the bank decided to organise the forum with the stakeholders in the entertainment industry, to get more ideas from them on how best they could disburse the funds to them, and the documents they would need.
Music star, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popular known as D’banj, urged the bank to make the loans easily accessible as promised.
He said, “Most times when we apply for loans, it usually takes up to six months for us to get such. This will be a good development if we can access the loans within two weeks.”
The news has been circulating underground for quite a bit now, with many finding it hard to believe and the star of the story is none other than the very philanthropic new star of the white garment churches around the world, her eminence Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi aka Iya Adura of Love of Christ C&S church.
There’s no doubt about it that the new icon of the white garment churches in Nigeria and by extension, across the globe is a good thing to so many people, in fact she’s like a ray of good sunshine, a rainbow that emerged at the end of tunnel for so many downtrodden. She’s a beacon of light and hope for the white garment churches that she has tried as much as possible to unite as one, especially as they had been subjected to so many unpalatable scrutiny for many years now, with people claiming they are more into spiritism and occultic practises than what they profess or claim to be. So since she emerged on the scene, and with her showcase of extraordinary philanthropic activities through her “Esther Ajayi Foundation” many had begun to see that sector of the church in another light again.
But much as she has shown love to so many, bending over backwards most often, wrapping her arm of love around those who needed it, extending the hand of goodness to uplift those who needed or needs it, she has also always been trailed by many ‘unsubstantiated allegations’ of fraud. None of them ever investigated yet, so they can be said to be mere speculations from the pits of hell and therefore, none as yet have been proven to be true. Her current dilemma though as we speak now, is the current allegation gaining grounds again that she’s on the run from the UK, where she used to be domiciled, where the HQ of her church- “Love of Christ C&S Church” is, for tax evasion!!!! The ministry address is 412-412a Clapham Road, London, SW9 9DA.
According to those preaching this ‘unpalatable current gospel of tax evasion’, it is alleged that Rev. Mother Ajayi as it is now, cannot step foot into the UK. As the allegations goes, mama or mother like the giver extraordinaire is called, cannot set her foot on the shores of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, all of those countries that makes up the United Kingdom for now, until her tax evasion case is dealt with.
Though it is claimed that Rev. Esther relocated to Africa-Nigeria/Ghana because she deliberately wanted to be near the downtrodden and the less privileged that she’s cares and is very concerned about, another story going about is that, she might have relocated to avoid unnecessary scrutiny and the need to pay the price for tax evasion.
It would be great though, if the Rev. Mother would just shutdown the tales trailing her (some have said it’s tales by moonlight or better still hocus pocus) in one fell swoop by just going to the UK like she normally just shuttles.
Prof. Wole Soyinka is worried about Nigerian youth. He is worried about the shallowness of their education and polar-opposite attitudes when abroad and when in Nigeria. He is worried they are internet trolls, commenting online on issues they do not understand.
Soyinka expressed his worries today at the official launch of United Nations’ Solutions 17 SDG programme, in Lagos.
“Nigerian youths are full of spunk outside but when they are inside Nigeria, they are full of gas. We are building a generation of illiterates. They are the first to comment on the internet on issues they are ignorant about. When you talk about education, I get texts from the New Generation and can’t believe these texts are from the youth.’
Soyinka urged Nigerian youth to be proactive in demanding their rights from the government.
“The Nigerian youth schooling outside the country reminded me of what it was like to be a student in racist England in the 50s. You always wanted to have a Jamaican with you when you were in a fight because Jamaicans never understood the term, ‘surrender’.
“When I decided to build my home in the forest, I bought a second-hand diesel generator and asked someone to dig a borehole. I wanted it to be self-sufficient. What I want to pass on to you is that I thought of the possibility of being self-reliant. This entails that I can come to cooperatives with others and demand things from the government by any means necessary”.
“They are waiting for Wole Soyinka to lead a march to Aso Rock. It is about time to get off your feet and stop writing rubbish on the internet about things you do not understand. I do not know how to describe the New Generation beyond a generation of internet trolls”.
The Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja, recounted his experience as a student in the UK saying, “When I was studying in the UK, many of my friends were Nigerians and whenever we were uncomfortable as African students, we asked the Nigerians to speak for us.
‘But when I came to Nigeria and saw the kind of life that Nigerians had accepted, I was shocked. I ask why Nigerians accept abysmal conditions with all of Nigeria’s resources”.
“Africa cannot continue to agonise over poverty, colonisation, and slavery. There is a need to wake up and do something. We cannot wait for the government. Every Nigerian is a leader. Leadership not only refers to political leadership, but a leader is a person who excels in what they do.
“The UN goals are universal and should not be split between developed and developing nations. Do not expect the UN to support you when you have not done anything.”
Kayanja stressed that the UN wants to mobilise enough Nigerians to make changes using the template of the UN 2030 goals and SDGs adding that the focus should be on mobilising Nigerians who cannot accept to live in pathetic conditions.
Kayanja further disclosed that while Nigeria is yet to adopt the Solution 17 UN-endorsed Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the CEO and Project Director of Creative Youth Community Development Initiative, CYCDI, Mrs. Foluke Michael, it has been approved in India, Morocco, and Switzerland as a model to alleviate the major problems facing today’s society.
The Nigerian Senate has set up a committee to probe Senator Elias Abbo for allegedly assaulting a woman in Abuja in a sex toy shop.
The decision was reached on Wednesday in Abuja.
The senator was seen in a video clip published by Premium Times assaulting the lady in a sex toy shop somewhere in Abuja last May for telling him to calm down during a confrontation.
The assault has since sparked outrage online.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday gave an insight into his “dream team”, saying that his administration requires a formidable team to deliver on his Next Level mandate.
Buhari, who is expected to name his cabinet members any moment from now, promised not to disappoint the country and to do everything to end insecurity.
The President spoke when he hosted at the State House, Abuja, two of the groups that supported his second term ambition – Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) and Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC).
The BMO was led by its chairman Omoniyi Akinsiju and the BSGC led by its Director-General, Alhaji Umaru Dembo.
Stressing that he will make Nigeria a peaceful and prosperous nation, Buhari promised to leave Nigeria better than he met it.
The President said: “Our government continues to grow in strength and will place a firm foundation for future generations.
“While there will be those who are determined to drag us back to the bad old days, your visit is timely. It is exactly a month ago that I was sworn in for a second term in office. The task ahead for the four years will require a formidable team.”
He described BMO as a key communication asset in the information management of his administration.
Buhari said: “Your efforts have been commendable. I cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices during the first part of our journey.
“We have just come off rigorous campaigns during which I visited all the 36 states of the federation, campaigning, seeking the votes of Nigerians and telling them what we have done in the last four years.
“I campaigned on three simple premises not different from those of 2015 – to tackle insecurity, promote economic diversification and to fight corruption. Fulfilling these three promises is fundamental to taking Nigeria to the Next Level.
“I assure you that I am resolute on fulfilling these promises and will leave Nigeria a far better place than when we came.
“It is not an easy job to sell the administration’s services; we are doing unpopular things and facing powerful individuals and taking on invested interest who are accustomed to the corrupt era. But we must do things the right way. If we promised change then we must deliver it.
“This is regardless of whose interest is touched. There must be a manifest departure from the old order.
“We are making significant progress and these are evident for all to see. Despite attempts by enemies to twist and bend facts, most Nigerians know the truth.
“I acknowledge your steadfastness in telling the story of this administration’s successes. We will continue to intensify our efforts and ensure that our promises to Nigerians are kept and fulfilled.
“One message that is dear to me, which I’m urging you to propagate, is that I am determined to end the security challenges we are facing in the country and make Nigeria a peaceful and a prosperous country.
“I implore you to continue the good work you have done with such commitment and the determination; ultimately, your patriotism and love for this country can never be quantified or repaid.”
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President reportedly assured the BSGC group that his administration will serve honestly and genuinely, with a focus on unleashing the human and natural potential of the country for growth.
The statement reads: “The 2019 elections are behind us. Nigerians have spoken, and they have spoken loudly in our favour. It is now time to serve them, and serve well. We will not fail.
“We will serve honestly, genuinely, and with our heart and might. Our country has oscillated for too long at the level of promises and potentials. It is now time to explore and exploit the potentials for the good of all Nigerians, particularly the ordinary people. It shall be accomplished.”
The President said the results of 2019 elections reflected the interest of Nigerians and that having received the mandate for a second term, he would not disappoint the people.
The President praised members of the group for their steadfastness, assuring them of inclusiveness in pursuing the goal of good governance.
He said: “This group is composed of people who have identified with me since I threw my political hat into the ring in 2002. And they have stood with me through thick and thin, abiding with me in the electoral and legal processes of 2003, 2007, 2011, till God gave us victory in 2015, and also 2019.
“Many more people joined us along the line, and the centre expands by the day. I salute your faithfulness, your persistency, and your ruggedness. It never ceases to amaze me that you have kept faith, even when I have not given you much, or even anything, in return.’’
Buhari said the group’s interest in the country’s development of the country through good and honest governance and not personal gains or interests would be for posterity.
Akinsiju recounted what the group did to support the presidential campaign.
He said the Buhari administration has achieved more since the return to democracy with abundance of facts to prove, adding that despite the twisted narrative about clashes between farmers and pastoralists, “your administration has shown the most commitment towards ending these decades-long conflicts; it has produced several strategies and plans aimed at providing a sustainable resolution”.
He added: “We are conscious of the need to push your achievements beyond elitist boundary to the millions of silent and media underserved Nigerians at the base of the pyramid.
“We are resolute that this must be done. We, therefore, respectfully, seek the strengthening of our organisation, by a strategic reinforcement of our capacity – through the leadership of Messrs Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande.”
Among the delegation was Tunde Thompson, who was imprisoned by the administration of the then Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, under the draconian Degree 4 of 1983.
The journalist was the diplomatic correspondent at The Guardian when he was arrested by the defunct secret police, the National Security Organisation (NSO), alongside a former member of the House of Representatives, Nduka Irabor, who was then an assistant editor at the newspaper.
Thompson was sentenced to a year in prison for writing about the closure and retirement of some diplomatic staff.
The BSGC director-general assured the President of continuous support of members for the actualisation of his mandate for Nigerians, noting that the Centre had already started work on institutionalising the philosophy of “Buharism’’.
He said the BSGC would be renamed Buharism Centre to share Buhari’s political vision and philosophy. (NAN)
Smoking can cause significant eyesight damage and increase the risk of sight-threatening conditions which eventually lead to blindness, a new research conducted by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) has found.
According to the specialists, cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals that can irritate and harm the eyes on contact and these include heavy metals, like lead and copper, which could accumulate in the lens and lead to cataracts.
In a poll organized by the optometrists’ organization, 18 percent of 2006 participants reported an increase in the risk of sight loss due to smoking while 76% percent linked it to other adverse health conditions like lung damage and cancer.
“People tend to know about the link between smoking and cancer, but many people are not aware of the impact that smoking can have upon the eyes,” said Aishah Fazlanie, clinical and regulatory adviser and optometrist at AOP.
“Smoking increases the risk of sight-threatening conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, which is an important reason why smokers should consider quitting.”
The AOP warned that for smokers to protect their vision, they must avoid cigarette and also have regular sight checks.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) also added that smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared to non-smokers.
“stub out your cigarette, not your vision,” it said.
A 2017 report by Isaac Adewole, Nigerian minister of health, had claimed that about 4.5 million Nigerians consume 20 billion cigarettes yearly. Yet, not many are aware that their eyesight is being put at risk.
“Over 20 billion sticks of cigarettes are consumed in the country by 4.5 million adults. This is 5.6 percent of our population annually. 4.1 million men and 500,000 women smoke in Nigeria while 6.4 million adults are exposed to smokers,” he was quoted to have said.
Nigerians expressed their anger on Twitter on Tuesday after a video showing a Nigerian senator assaulting a woman emerged online.
The assault, which reportedly occurred on May 11, 2019, in an adult sex toy shop, was done in the presence of an armed policeman, who rather than assist the victim, arrested her.
The senator has not responded to PREMIUM TIMES’ enquiry on the matter.
When the lawmaker was contacted by Punch newspaper, he did not refute the allegation but assured that he will give a “robust response as soon as he put a team together.”
On Twitter, the lawmaker attracted attention under the hashtag, #SenatorElishaAbbo
These are some reactions by Nigerians:
@AmnestyNigeria Senator Elisha Abbo, in company of 3-women, in an adult shop in Abuja assaulted women wildly in the presence of police
This must be investigated. Victims of his violence must get justice. @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo @NGRSenate @femigbaja @UN @unwomenafrica #Nigeria
I’ve been saying we need to pay attention to who we let into the National Assembly. Now look: a sitting senator caught on camera assaulting a woman. These are our “leaders”.. our “lawmakers”. Shame on us. Elisha Abbo should face the full wrath of the law:
Shame on you Elisha Abbo, some senator representing adamawa north senatorial district.. Shame on you!! Putting hands on anyone is NOT acceptable.. Shame on you..
FULL TEXT: Utterly barbaric and shameful behaviour from Sen. Elisha Abbo,the youngest member of the Senate.This is unacceptable and something must be done about it.I call for his arrest and prosecution for assault and battery.I advise the younglady that was beaten to sue him!
FULL TEXT: UTTERLY BARBARIC AND SHAMEFUL BEHAVIOUR FROM SEN. ELISHA ABBO,THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE SENATE.THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT IT.I CALL FOR HIS ARREST AND PROSECUTION FOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY.I ADVISE THE YOUNGLADY THAT WAS BEATEN TO SUE HIM!
The case of Senator Elisha Abbo is very straightforward: the Police MUST IMMEDIATELY take three steps: 1. Arrest him (no formal complaint is needed with the evidence on tape) 2. Obtain his statement (if he’s willing to make one) and that of the victim 3. Arraign him in court.
THE CASE OF SENATOR ELISHA ABBO IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD: THE POLICE MUST IMMEDIATELY TAKE THREE STEPS: 1. ARREST HIM (NO FORMAL COMPLAINT IS NEEDED WITH THE EVIDENCE ON TAPE) 2. OBTAIN HIS STATEMENT (IF HE’S WILLING TO MAKE ONE) AND THAT OF THE VICTIM 3. ARRAIGN HIM IN COURT.
I just watched the video of Senator Elisha Abbo beating up a shop attendant. That Senator has the capacity for murder. He is a threat to humanity. His fellow senators must condemn that barbarian act, the ones that aren’t Barbarians themselves. He should be made to pay for that!
I JUST WATCHED THE VIDEO OF SENATOR ELISHA ABBO BEATING UP A SHOP ATTENDANT. THAT SENATOR HAS THE CAPACITY FOR MURDER. HE IS A THREAT TO HUMANITY. HIS FELLOW SENATORS MUST CONDEMN THAT BARBARIAN ACT, THE ONES THAT AREN’T BARBARIANS THEMSELVES. HE SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY FOR THAT!
I’m so mad right now after watching this video clip of our representative assulting a woman.. People like Elisha Abbo do not deserve to handle public office.This is disgusting. He needs to be arrested and prosecuted ASAP. #ArrestElisaAbbo #ImpeachElishaAbbo #ElishaAbbostepdown
I’M SO MAD RIGHT NOW AFTER WATCHING THIS VIDEO CLIP OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE ASSULTING A WOMAN.. PEOPLE LIKE ELISHA ABBO DO NOT DESERVE TO HANDLE PUBLIC OFFICE.THIS IS DISGUSTING. HE NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED ASAP. #ARRESTELISAABBO#IMPEACHELISHAABBO#ELISHAABBOSTEPDOWN
To think that it was Elisha Abbo that spoke on behalf of newly-elected young legislators at the induction for them that I was invited to as a speaker. As @ChiomaChuka said to me that night and also tonight, he does not represent the #NotTooYoungToRun movement. He doesn’t!
TO THINK THAT IT WAS ELISHA ABBO THAT SPOKE ON BEHALF OF NEWLY-ELECTED YOUNG LEGISLATORS AT THE INDUCTION FOR THEM THAT I WAS INVITED TO AS A SPEAKER. AS @CHIOMACHUKA SAID TO ME THAT NIGHT AND ALSO TONIGHT, HE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN MOVEMENT. HE DOESN’T! HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/CHIOMACHUKA/STATUS/1146122606552244227 …Chioma Agwuegbo
@CHIOMACHUKAReplying to @DrJoeAbah
I WISH HE HAD PROVED ME WRONG. HE IS A SPINELESS COWARD WHO COULD ONLY BE VIOLENT WHEN HIS BODYGUARD ARRIVED. SHAME ON THE @POLICENG FOR SELLING SECURITY TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.@ELISHACLIFF IS A DISGRACE AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN MOVEMENT.
A video of lady alleging she was raped by T.B Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, is currently trending on social media.
Bisola Hephzi-bah Johnson, an activist, made the allegation when she joined protesters who marched to the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Lagos.
Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo, a singer, had accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, founder of COZA, of raping her when she was a teenager. Protesters had asked Fatoyinbo to step down until he is cleared of the allegations.
Johnson said she was trapped in Joshua’s church for 14 years before “the Lord set me free”.
“This is not the time for making up (stories), this is the time to address. I am talking on behalf of other girls that are still in the captivity of TB Joshua. 8 years old, 14 years old and 11 years old, they are still there,” she said.
“Yes. I can say it because they have money, connections, they can put people down. Enough is enough, if he thinks I am lying, he can contest it in court.”
“I was sexually molested by T.B Joshua. I was trapped in the synagogue for 14-years of my life. I spent my youth in the synagogue until God set me free. If not for God, I will not be here today and I have documented it in book form.”
Below is the video: