The senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has denied claims that he is the one captured in a viral video being slapped on the head on a train in London.
In the seven-second video, a bespectacled bald man whose face is not shown, is sitting on a train when another man in a white shirt standing behind him gives him a heavy smack on the head and runs off before his victim can do anything.
Though the assaulted man’s face isn’t seen, many Nigerians on social media alleged that the man was Senator Kashamu.
The senator’s spokesman, Austin Oniyokor, in an interview with our Correspondent, however, denied the involvement of his principal, saying no one could identify the person in the video as Kashamu.
Onyiokor said the video had been shared on WhatsApp with people alleging that the victim was Kashamu.
He said, “Can you identify that person as Senator Kashamu?
“I wonder why you want me to react to something I cannot identify.
“If you can identify him, I want you to tell me. I cannot identify the person as my principal.
“That some people are sending something on WhatsApp does not make it (true).
“I do not expect any reporter or any medium worth its name to attach any probative value to something that cannot be proved.
“That is not my principal and I don’t know why I should react to it.”
Kashamu’s spokesman described the alleged assault as a non-issue.
According to him, no one could identify the person in the video, “except whoever is writing that is saying they went to London on the same flight or he/she was there when it happened.”
Asked if the senator was in Nigeria, he said, “Yes, if you want to see him, you can come to VI. He’s in his office — I don’t know what kind of trash. It has been on WhatsApp for about two weeks and, last week, Kashamu buried his mother in Ijebu.
“People were there; it was reported. So, I don’t know where this trash comes from. I’m not sure you or Punch can establish that that is him.”
This comes four days after former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was physically assaulted by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday, during the New Yam Festival of the Igbo.
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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, is set to deliver judgment on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23, 2019 presidential election.
The five-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Garba on Wednesday reserved judgment in the suit after listening to the final arguments of the parties to the case.
Justice Garba said the date for judgment would be communicated to the parties through their lawyers.
“Judgment in this petition is hereby reserved and will be delivered on the date to be sent to counsel for the parties,” he said.
At the Wednesday’s hearing the petitioners, through their lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), urged the court to uphold their case by either declaring them the winner of the election or order a fresh one.
But the respondents – the Independent National Electoral Commission, represented by Yunus Usman (SAN), Buhari, whose legal team was led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), and the All Progressives Congress represented by Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) – urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.
The PUNCH reports that the petitioners had called 62 witnesses to prove its case, while the INEC and the APC called none, Buhari called seven in defence.
A 13-year-old schoolboy took his life after finding out the girl he has a crush on had started dating somebody else.
Harry Storey, told friends on Whatsapp that he was feeling suicidal but they thought he was joking. Later that night on March 1 his father Andrew found his body at their home in Chilton, Oxfordshire.
Mr Storey said: "I could not comprehend what I was seeing."
He carried out CPR and when his wife walked in he shouted for her to call emergency services. Harry was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he died three days later.
An inquest heard yesterday that it was unlikely that Harry had intended to kill himself.
The deceased's father said: "We watched a programme where the female star had hanged herself but her friends rescued her. It made us wonder whether he had a sensationalised view of what might happen."
Paying tribute to his son, Mr Storey said: "Harry was a charismatic, caring boy and sport was a huge part of his life, playing rugby, cricket and tennis. He would talk to anyone with ease and he had a natural ability to strike up a conversation, which I admired him for.
"He seemed to us to be just a normal teenager but he did have high expectations of himself. It came as a complete shock to me."
Detective Sergeant Lou Heffernan-Glover said: "I think he lost consciousness unexpectedly. It could not have been predicted or prevented by his family."
Coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of misadventure.
He said: "Harry did the action himself and had made comments about suicide. However teenagers do say things of that nature.
"There is an element of speculation but it seems to me that Harry did not intend it to be fatal. Therefore the conclusion is one of misadventure. Misadventure is similar to an accident, it is the deliberate undertaking of a risk that goes wrong, causing death
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE SWEARING-IN OF SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION AND MINISTERS AT STATE HOUSE, ABUJA, WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST 2019
Today marks another milestone in the history of my second term in Office, after Nigerians overwhelmingly voted the All Progressives Congress during the 2019 general elections. The outcome of the election was a clear testimony of the strong confidence of our people in this Administration, and we must not let them down.
2. Over the past four years, we have made enormous progress in tackling difficult challenges faced by the country. We have exited the country from recession, restored economic growth, curbed inflation and shored up our external reserves. As a result, we have witnessed eight quarters of consistent growth over the past two-and-a-half years, providing more opportunities to more Nigerians.
3. However, our nation continues to face tough challenges, and we are determined to build on the progress of the last 4 years in order to fundamentally shift Nigeria’s trajectory and improve the wellbeing of our people.
4. Today, I am pleased to inaugurate 43 new Ministers who will work with me and the Vice President in our service to the people of Nigeria. You were chosen from each of the 36 States of the Federation, and most importantly, you share my commitment to working tirelessly for the people of this country and to achieving a future where every Nigerian can reach his/her full potential.
5. I believe you are ready to get to work. Indeed, the work has already started. For the past two days, you were with me at the retreat. The retreat which was conducted with clear focus on the roadmap towards the delivery of Government Policies, Programmes and Projects for 2019-2023. During the period, I shared my vision for Nigeria and what our priorities will be for the next four years. These priorities are the pillars on which we can build a better Nigeria.
6. As you are aware, the core objectives of this Administration are to improve security, achieve diversified, inclusive economic growth and fight corruption. I am convinced that we can build a buoyant economy that supports inclusive growth and creates broad-based prosperity for every Nigerian – one that will absorb the two million Nigerians entering the labour market each year, as well as reduce the backlog of over 20 million unemployed or underemployed Nigerians.
7. We must also intensify efforts to reduce internal security threats and eliminate corruption at all levels so as to ensure that our citizens have a safe and corruption-free environment where they can live and conduct their businesses, without fear and intimidation.
8. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, all these are only possible if we are relentless about delivering on the priorities that are vital to our overall objectives – and on the specific actions and targets that have been identified to guide policy direction and implementation as specified in our roadmap.
9. I am pleased to note that at the end of the retreat, we have agreed and prioritized the key strategic initiatives required to drive socio-economic growth in our country, which must be accomplished, because the people of Nigeria expect nothing less from us. We have also agreed on the appropriate Key Performance Indicators and deliverables to be achieved in the road map on Government priorities – 2019 – 2023.
10. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, our primary business over the next four years is to work together towards delivering the results that the people of Nigeria expect from us. We have a great opportunity as an Administration to build on the progress already made in order to fundamentally shift Nigeria’s trajectory on the path of steady growth and development.
11. While recognizing the existing challenges, and the urgent need to surmount them, we must not fail to note the progress we have made since inception. Our economic policy, which is the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, is still robust and on course with the necessary policies and initiatives to sustain the country’s exit from recession, engender growth and promote the value chain of infrastructural development. We believe that we can sustain our legacies and developmental strides if they are based on sustainable policies and good governance.
12. Let me also emphasize that, as heads of your respective Ministries, and for effective implementation of your mandates, you are required to work closely with the Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers of Agencies under your purview. This has become necessary considering the fact that, the task of moving the country to the Next Level requires dedication, focus, and collective effort.
13 I must emphasize the importance of communication and harmony within our government. You must work in harmony with your fellow Ministers. Communication – vertical and horizontal can only be ignored at a price. As I said yesterday, in terms of coordinating communication, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channeled through the Chief of Staff. While all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in order to speed up the process of decision-making.
14. We can only make meaningful progress in our national restoration efforts if we all commit ourselves to addressing the challenges confronting our nation in the best interest of our people and posterity. We must not allow such issues as political affiliation, sectional interest, and primordial loyalties to blind us against our patriotic obligation to drive our nation’s growth, development, and prosperity in an atmosphere of enduring peace, security and stability.
15. Dear Honourable Ministers, as you are aware, the Federal Executive Council Meeting is held on a weekly basis. As part of efforts towards ensuring effective delivery on our priorities, I have directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to track the progress against what we have committed to do to achieve these objectives. He is therefore expected to report the process of implementation and outcome to the Federal Executive Council.
16. I am pleased to note that each of you is committed to be part of an administration that will work for all Nigerians—part of a government that will do what is right and best at all times for our people, even when it is difficult. This is therefore an opportunity for you, it is a call to serve and collectively build a safer, more prosperous, and fair nation.
17. In conclusion, I am pleased to inform you that the Federal Ministries have been further expanded to ensure effective service delivery. The Ministers are therefore allocated portfolios as follows:
18. On this note, I wish to formally inaugurate the new members of the Federal Executive Council
President Muhammadu Buhari has created five new ministries and assigned ministers to them.
They are police affairs, power, humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, special duties and international affairs and ministry of aviation.
The president announced this on Wednesday while assigning portfolios to the ministers.
Before now, the ministry of police affairs was under the ministry of interior while the ministry of aviation was under that of transportation.
Buhari also separated the ministry of power from that of works and housing. While Babatunde Fashola headed the trio before, he will now head the last two. Sale Mamman is the new minister of power.
The president also merged finance and budget ministries to give the ministry of finance, budget and national planning. It is headed by Zainab Ahmed.
Buhari named Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi from Sokoto as the head of the police affairs ministry while Sadiya Umar Faruk from Zamfara is head the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.
George Akume, ex-governor of Benue state, is head of the ministry of special duties and international affairs, while Hadi Sirika, former minister of state for aviation, is head the new aviation ministry.
The arrest of Hamisu Wadume, seems to have left a sour taste in the mouths of some residents of Ibi which is the hometown of the multi-millionaire kidnapper in Taraba state.
The kidnapper whose escape was initially aided by some soldiers who ended up killing 3 police officers and a civilian, was re-arrested by the IGP Intelligence Response Team on Monday evening, at Lai Mai in Alo Holo area of Kano State.
However some residents of Ibi community have kicked against his arrest as they revealed they will greatly miss his generousity, including building a mosque for the people of his hometown.
“His arrest is no good news to the people of Angwan Motori in Serkin Kudu area of Ibi in Taraba State; and other people who had been beneficiaries of his “generosity.”
“He was a benevolent philanthropist that did not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion or tribe.
“Wadume is constructing a mosque in our area. The project is almost completed and his arrest will stall the project,” Yahaya Maikifi Ibi told Punch.
Another resident of the community pointed out the borehole which Wadume drilled and also alleged that he did well by eliminating poverty out of some families.
“I wish you were here to see the mood of the people. Nobody is happy over the development.
“Let’s be truthful to ourselves, Hamisu has done well with the people of Ibi and beyond.
“For some of us here, he has done well by eliminating poverty out of some families,” Michael Adi said.
The former caretaker chairman of Ibi Local Government Council, Adasho Johnson also commented on the arrest of Wadume. According to him, the arrest of Wadume was good for the community as everyone lived in fear of the indiscriminate arrest by security operatives after the kidnap kingpin escaped.
“Now that the man in the eye of the storm has been arrested, we will have a relief.
“We will also wait in good faith to know the true state of the allegations against him" he said
The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army has dismissed Lance Cpl. Ajayi Johnson, who killed a commercial motorcyclist, Mr Chimaobi Nwogu, at Umoukereke Ngwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the division, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, announced this in a statement issued in Enugu on Wednesday.
Yusuf stated that Johnson has been handed over to the police command in Abia for prosecution.
The suspect on Aug. 7, 2019 shot Nwaogu for reportedly failing to drop N100 at a military checkpoint, killing him on the spot.
The army later arrested him and, according to Yusuf, he was tried in accordance with extant rules and regulations of the Nigerian Army.
Yusuf said that Johnson had been duly charged, tried and reduced to the rank of a private and subsequently dismissed from service.
“He is, hereby, formally handed over to the Nigerian Police Force, Abia state command today Wednesday August 21, 2019 for further necessary action.
“The 82 Division will not condone any act of lawlessness and unprofessional conduct from any of its personnel, and wherever that happens, decisive action will surely be taken against erring personnel,” he further stated.
He stated that the Nigerian Army would continue to discharge its core mandate in protecting lives and property of all Nigerians as provided in the Constitution.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says his members will not desist from attacking Igbo leaders until they “all pay dearly for their sins”.
On Saturday, members of the group attacked Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, during the annual cultural festival of the Ndigbo, Igbo apex social-cultural group, in Nuremberg, Germany.
In a statement issued on his behalf on Tuesday by Emma Powerful, the group’s spokesperson, Kanu accused the leaders of instigating and financing military invasion of the region.
The IPOB leader blamed the death of over 600 of its members during the Operation Python Dance carried out by the military in the south-east.
“These men sanctioned the desecration of the home of an Igbo tradition ruler by Fulani soldiers and did not care if my father HRM Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and my mother, who were home with me during the unprovoked invasion, is killed or not,” he said.
“In view of the Nuremberg encounter, it has become necessary for us to refresh our memories lest it succumbs to confusion and deliberate misinformation because most people, unlike we IPOB, are in the habit of excusing intolerable evil and wickedness but we not.
“Every perpetrator of evil, every purveyor of iniquity, every merchant of misery and every defender of injustice must and will be held to account. We will not relent until justice is served.
“Those with a conscience can now understand the root cause of our anger and why we won’t stop until they all pay dearly for their sins.”
The attack on Ekweremadu has drawn contrasting reactions, although most political leaders have condemned.
Gunmen have killed Edward Okechukwu, the Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ward 5, Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Okechukwu, the son of the paramount ruler of Azuogu Ndoki community and four other young men were shot dead in the early hours of Monday.
Residents alleged that the attackers are from Ilori of Ogoni community in Tai Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the gunmen, who were well armed with different weapons including AK47 injured many people in two other communities.
They also destroyed properties and made away with so many valuables from the communities.