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Pre-Season Friendly: Iheanacho On Target As Leicester City Draw Vs QPR

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first pre-season goal as Leicester City forced Queens Park Rangers to a 3-3 draw at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday, Completesports reports.

Iheanacho, who was introduced after the break converted from the spot late in the game after Zambia forward Patson Daka was fouled inside the box.

His international teammate Wilfred Ndidi featured for 45 minutes in the game.

The Foxes are now without a win in three pre-season outings following defeats against Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will face LaLiga club Villarreal in their final pre-season game on Wednesday at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

The Emirates FA Cup kings will face Manchester City in a FA Community Shield clash in Wembley Stadium three days later.

Basketball: Maiden OBN Hoop Summit Dunks Off In Lagos

The inaugural edition of the Organised Basketball Network  (OBN) Hoop Summit basketball tournament kicked off on Saturday.

The one-week tournament which is organised by former NBA star Obinna Ekezie, CEO, OBN, and holding at the OBN Academy Lekki, Ajah, comprise four teams with each team made up of 12 Players.

Two teams from the four that will feature, The Future and The Mariners faced each other in the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Players under the age of 18 and 15 will take part in the tournament which will end on Saturday August 7.

Speaking about the OBN Hoop Summit, Ekezie said:”Today we are having our inaugural OBN Hoop Summit tournament. We have four youth team franchises that are participating today. One of the teams is call The Future who are playing against The Mariners.

“This is really a key milestone in our development of grassroot basketball in Nigeria. We want to create suitable tournament where young kids under the age of 18, under the age of 15 can participate in organise basketball and that’s what OBN stands for ‘Organised Basketball Network. 

“And that way we can increase their experience playing the game, get better as players and take their game to high school of College in America for those that can earn a scholarship.

“oday is the first day of the games. Our next day is Monday and Tuesday for the group rounds, we will get to the semi-finals on Thursday and the final on Saturday.

“Each team is made up of 12 Players, two coaches coaching each team. And most of the players for the summit are those who sign up for our camp, some of them came out for the trials and made the team and we selected them and put them in different teams and that’s why they are participating today.”

Ekezie added:”Our plan is to pick talents from the summit and give then scholarship. We’ve already had three kids get scholarship at IBM, we announced that several weeks ago.

“The plan here is to identify kids, develop them and if our scouting partners in the US show interest in them obviously we will get them scholarship.”

Tokyo 2020: NBBF Boss, Sports Minister Hail D’Tigers For Representing Nigeria ‘Very Well’

Musa Kidda, the caretaker president of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, has expressed his gratitude to the men’s national basketball team for representing Nigeria “very well” at the on-going Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

D’Tigers, on Saturday, lost 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the men’s basketball event of the Tokyo Olympics.

They had lost earlier in the tournament to Australia and Germany, but the performance in general from D’Tigers, a team comprised entirely of players making their debut at the Olympics, gives cause to hope of greater things to come from the African champions.

“D’Tigers, it’s been such a long journey in such a short time,” began a message from the NBBF boss Kidda.

“You have all done very well as athletes, coaches and technical staff within the context of challenges we had to overcome.

“As President of NBBF, I would like to personally say thanks to all of you for representing your country Nigeria very well and assure you that Nigeria is proud of your efforts and staying power as a group.”

He added: “We need to stay together and continue building on what we have done here as African representatives. We shall definitely do better as we are stronger. Stay safe and strong guys.”

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, also has expressed his thanks and appreciation to the players and technical crew of Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team after the team’s campaign at the Olympic Games came to an end on Saturday.

“My thanks and appreciations go to the players and coaching staff of the D’Tigers,” said the Minister. “They represented Nigeria impressively and we thank them for their resilience, efforts and their patriotic commitment.”

D’Tigers lost 80-71 to Italy to crash out of the men’s basketball event of the Tokyo Olympics but their performances before and during the Olympics gives room for many to be optimistic about the future of the team led by United States-born coach Mike Brown.

Dare added: “They came and gave a good account of themselves to the world that Nigeria will compete amongst the best basketball nations,”

“And to Mike Brown and the coaching staff, thank you for building this team and your faith in the team.”

He added: “You have performed tremendously well and Nigerians thank you sincerely.”

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EKITI 2022: As Seye Adetunmbi Throws Hat Into The Ring

As the ruling All Progressives Congress begins the process of electing its executives at ward, local government, state and national levels, with ward congresses commencing this last weekend in July, one is persuaded, as an indigene of Ekiti State, to turn the searchlight on the gubernatorial contenders in the state, especially as the trending political topic in the state at the moment is who succeeds Dr. John Kayode Fayemi as Governor after concluding his term of office in October 2022.

A perfunctory look in the field shows a titanic battle of political bigwigs, moneybags, influential professionals and businessmen, people who had made their individual marks in their chosen fields. However, Chief Adebukola Oluseye Adetunmbi, convener of Ekitipanupo Forum, a pre-eminent all-inclusive forum of the best brains in Ekiti -State, stands out.

Seye Adetunmbi was born on July 21st, 1962 in Ifaki-Ekiti. He is a product of Ifaki Grammar School, Christ’s School Ado-Ekiti, University of Ilorin and University of Lagos and holds B. Sc. Hons, PGDE and MBA.

His integrated progressive activities earned him the chieftaincy title of Okanlomo of Ikole-Ekiti in 2008, and the Eletolua of Ifisin- Ekiti in 2010. His marriage to Mrs. Olabowale Adetunmbi (nee Akapo of Isale-Eko), an Attorney at Law is blessed with four fruitful children. The patrician chief is a dedicated Christian, an Altar Server and a licensed Lay Reader in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.

Seye Adetunmbi is the first person in the progressive political camp, APC to formally signify interest in the governorship of Ekiti-State in 2022. He formally declared on March 6th, 2021 which was the 16th anniversary of Ekitipanupo Forum which he convened on March 6th in 2005.

A typical passionate Ekiti indigene, inimitable family man, keen Anglican church man, an advocate of professionalism and a just society, Adetunmbi, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and the convener of Capital Market Round-table (CMR) in Nigeria, started his working career in the capital market in 1990 as a Corporate Finance Executive after his MBA programme.

For over 27 years he worked with various financial intermediary and banking service providers until he established Value Investing Limited in 2008 as the Chief Responsibility Officer. As a consummate investment banker, tested stockbroker and integrated financial market practitioner, he worked at various times as a consultant to Department for International Development (DFID), PYXERA Global, few state governments in Nigeria and a number of other multilateral agencies.

Adetunmbi is a prolific writer, who has over 120 published articles on a wide range of subjects not limited to the financial market, development economics, politics, biographies, lateral thinking, ethics, culture and tradition. As at 2021, he has over ten book titles to his credit. He established Mindscope Africa as a publishing company in 2012 towards building an economy and business around his passion.

In 2005, he convened Ekitipanupo Forum, an indigenous intellectual round-table for the socio-economic and political emancipation of his kinsmen in Ekiti-State of Nigeria. The pre-eminent all-inclusive forum of the best brains in Ekiti-State, provides unequalled multi-party parliament platform for Ekiti people at home and abroad.

The forum hosted its first public lecture in 2007 which was delivered by Dr. Ayo Ajayi, one-time CEO of UACN PLC. The second public lecture was held at ABUAD in 2015 and it was delivered by Emeritus Prof Michael Omolewa. Ekitipanupo also hosted Ekiti Colloquium in 2016 and the guest speaker was Prof. Banji Akintoye.

In his usual character as an organized person with tested disposition to putting his best into every cause he is associated with, he convened Atokeibeirosi Strategy Group (ASG) on March 1st, 2021. ASG is made up of reputable indigenes from virtually all the 138 towns in the 16 local government areas of Ekiti-State. Essentially, the pioneer members of ASG are professionals in various human endeavours.

The response of indigenes to his declaration of interest to govern Ekiti is overwhelming. It is a confirmation of the fact that Seye Adetunmbi is a grass rootman whose character and disposition seat well with the elites and the peasants. It is a further testimonial and endorsement of a unique omoluabi Ekiti who has paid his dues on Ekiti project right from its inception to date.

ASG members broke into committees to develop a blueprint for lasting good governance in Ekiti-State. This underscores the fact that, this is not about a personal aspiration but a collective project for a better Ekiti-State.

By global or every standard, Seye Adetunmbi has raised the bar of governorship aspiration in Nigeria with the manner he has gone about it. He has gone ahead to put his thoughts down on how Ekiti-State will be governed for the benefit of all in a compact and loaded ASG campaign handbook. The articulated manifestos received commendations from everyone who went through it. Apparently, it is first of its kind in the history of politics in Ekiti.

What all these point to is the fact that, Seye Adetunmbi is the only aspirant, who has demonstrated adequate preparedness for the task of governing Ekiti-State in this challenging Nigerian economic and political situation of today. He is got a remarkable pedigree, prerequisite knowledge, intellect, goodwill, wide network, the required character and comportment to steer the affairs of the state. He has made himself available, it is now the prerogative of Ekiti people to send him.

The Ekitipanupo forum hosted its first public lecture in 2007, which was delivered by Dr. Ayo Ajayi, one-time CEO of UACN PLC. The second public lecture was held at ABUAD in 2015 and it was delivered by Emeritus Prof. Michael Omolewa. Ekitipanupo also hosted Ekiti Colloquium in 2016 and the guest speaker was Prof Banji Akintoye.

In glowing testimony, former D-G of Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms Arunma Oteh describes Adetunmbi as a role model and veteran in the market and a seasoned speaker on economic developments in the country.

Political watchers maintain that his successes in Nigeria’s capital market and economy in general can be replicated in uplifting Ekiti economy.

Source:- Vanguard

Over 200 Army Officers To Write Exams In Kaduna

Nigerian Army officers, numbering over 200 of the ranks of Captain were expected to converge on Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State for the senior staff course qualifying examination.

The examination was scheduled to take place from the 2nd to the 6th of August, 2021.

The Acting Deputy Director, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Ademola Adegoke, in a statement on Saturday, said the examination was a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army.

He said ‘in pursuance of Army Headquarters Training Directives 2021, over two hundred officers of the ranks of Captain in the Nigerian Army will converge on Jaji Military Cantonment for the senior staff course qualifying examination from Monday, August 2 to Friday 6 August 2021.

“The Examination which is an important prerequisite for promotion to the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army is being hosted by Headquarters Infantry Corps and Centre.

“Consequently, Training and Doctrine Command Nigerian Army will be conducting the Examination as scheduled which is critical to the career planning of the affected officers”.

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My Father Once Regretted Training Me In The University – Mike Okiro Eminisces On Life In Police Force, Retirement

Since his retirement from Nigeria Police Force where he still ranks as one of the most erudite Nigerian IGPs with many academic laurels in his kitty, former Inspector General of Police and former Chairman Police services commission Sir (Dr.) Mike Mbamaonyeukwu Okiro has never sat down to relieve his life as he has done here in this chat.

How can you describe life after your retirement from active police service?

It has been an interesting experience after going through the hustle and bustle of life as a police officer and now retired and home probably on your own doing your own things and managing your own affairs, waking up when you like or going to bed when you want as compared to the life as a police officer when you had to be up on your toes ready to obey the last orders, carry out duties, going for operations etc. You leave for work in the morning not knowing when you would return. As a police officer, you really don’t have time for yourself or family. You only have time for others, your job and duty. There is a wide range of difference between the two callings. I am very grateful that I served my country and left without blemish and in that manner; I equally served myself and very well.

Considering events between your point of entry into the force and departure, you must be feeling highly favoured…?

I feel very highly favoured and grateful to God. My gratitude knows no bounds. If you read my biography you will read where I wrote about my calling into the police, my service and retirement. I never expected things that way and never did any one expect it that way apart from those who have absolute faith in Almighty God. What I went through before recruitment, during recruitment, to my training, to service in the Force and to IGP and to retirement are things of which I must be grateful to God. I look at myself as highly favoured by God so I thank God; so much for that.

Could you refresh the readers as to issues surrounding your point of entry into the force because most have not read your biography?

For the purposes of time constraints, I will just make it as brief as possible. I joined the police ..do I say by choice or by providence? To start with, I did not like the police as a students’ union activist. Even after Youth service I still did not like the police. Should I say I joined the Police by adventure? It is a long story.

You may have to make it short sir….

During my youth service which I did at Maiduguri in 1976/77, journey from Maiduguri to Port Harcourt took four days. One had to first travel to Jos with the North East line in one day. From Jos, one did the Benue Plateau Transport to Onitsha for another day before boarding to Owerri by Oriental Line in another day. It was on the fourth day that you got to Port Harcourt with the Rivers State Transport Corporation. A corps member was entitled to only a five day pass. So one could not take a five day pass for a four-day one- way journey. So I did not take a pass in one year and was totally disconnected from my parents and siblings in Port Harcourt coupled with the fact that there were no telephones, only telegrams atimes. This worried me much. While brooding about my situation, I saw an advert on Daily Times calling for young graduates to join the police force. A friend of mine even told of how his brother was taken in a flight from Kano where he was serving to attend Police recruitment in Lagos. I reasoned that if they would fly me to Lagos, I might quickly dash to Port Harcourt to see my parents and siblings as the journey would be shorter. About 30 of us applied but only four of us were invited for interview in Lagos. The police sent a Peugeot station wagon driven by an inspector with two armed escorts as there was no airport in Maiduguri in those days. After the interview in Lagos, I was the only one taken. I told the Inspector that I wanted to travel to Port Harcourt to see my parents but he said no way. His instruction was to take us to Lagos and return to Maiduguri. I told him I was not asking for money for my fare to Port Harcourt but capital NO was his answer as he was acting on orders. I wallowed in the thoughts that I had wasted my time going to Lagos. I did not enjoy the return journey to Maiduguri.

By the end of my NYSC, I had about seven jobs waiting for me including the job at the Federal Ministry of Education as lecturer 2 having studied English at the University of Ibadan, a job at the Customs also waited for me, just as the University of Port Harcourt kept a graduate Assistant job for me. That was not all; the Rivers State Civil Service wanted me, the School of Basic Studies Maiduguri wanted me as a lecturer.

Aside these, I also had a place at the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, publishers of The Tide in the Features Department where I had been contributing while still an undergraduate and then this police job.

I was in serious consideration of which job to take. The School of Basic Studies Maiduguri was the highest paid. I was to be placed on level 9 while at the Rivers State Civil Service, I was to be placed on level 8 step 2.

All these jobs were to begin September 4th after the passing out from national service. I was on the move home to Port Harcourt through Jos as service terminated. This time I decided to see my old childhood friend and sleep on a bed rather than wait around at the garage at Jos with the intention of catching the 6; 00 am bus to Onitsha. But alas, I overslept and got to the park so late that the bus had gone without me. I then decided to while away the time touring the Tin city. One of the notable places I chose to visit was the Police staff college which was just about then recently completed. News about the college filtered when I was selected for the police training I did not care about. When I arrived at the college, shouts of Okiro..Okiro rent the air. I wondered who knew me at the college despite that I was a student activist at UI. It was congratulations all the way as some members of the course 5 had seen my name on the board as potential police officers of course 6 asking when I was coming to join them in training. I told them I was not coming anyway. It was about 26th of August and I knew that before I completed my three days journey to Port Harcourt and enjoyed a vacation, it would have been late to join the training. Yet they called the training officer to intimate him of my presence, pleading that he gave me time to report since I might not be able to report on the 1st of September. I told the officer I would return on the 9th. He made me put it in writing and the Commandant approved. I told myself while signing that letter; nonsense and ingredient (general laughter). When I returned to my friend’s house I told him what had transpired and why I would not join the police. I caught the bus next day and was with my parents enjoying a vacation with the intention of joining the Tide or Rivers State Civil Service. When my father asked me what next, there was no mention of the police because he would scream. He loved me to join the Rivers State Civil Service in the hope that I would one day make it to the Perm Sec position by the special grace of God.While reveling in P.H, a friend of mine visited me and asked me about my job offers and what I planned next. I told him all that were on my table including the police offer and he shouted ‘how manage?!. He said he had tried the police more than three times and no one looked his way wondering whom I knew that helped me secure the offer. He told me police was his best choice of all the offers open to me. I became more confused after he left and started asking ‘God what do I do?’ It was then I took pieces of paper and wrote all the offers, squeezed them and told myself that the first pick would be it. I picked up my Rosary and knelt down in prayers asking for God to help my choice and give me the best. I closed my eyes and picked one of the folded papers. Behold, the first I picked and unwrapped was the police so I said God has chosen a career for me. I quickly packed my bag and told my mum on the next day that I was off to Jos to join the police. She said Ok. On the day I traveled, my dad was entertaining his guests and perhaps was too busy to understand what I was thinking on that day, he said ‘safe journey’. I arrived Jos 19th of September, a whole nineteen days after my mates had resumed course and ten days later than I had applied for permission. Again, when I arrived, resumed, no one said you are late. All these make me feel my joining the police was divine choice made for me by God.

The drama did not end there. It continued about a week after when the course officer came to class one day to announce ‘who is Mike Okiro?’ I answered and he marshalled me to his office and started a series of interviews on my personal data which I told him to see in my file. He later pulled his drawers to hand to me, a telegram announcing that my dad was seriously sick and that I should proceed home immediately. My mind started going places. ‘Has my father died?’ In my area and in many parts of Africa, it is not normal not to announce death directly. My course officer told me to apply for casual leave. I did. However when I got back to the hostel, I pulled out the telegram again and read it thoroughly..’father seriously sick, proceed immediately signed Samuel Okiro. I wondered that a dead man could not sign any telegram. Confusion reigned on that day that I went straight to my friend in Jos to announce how I felt. He opted to travel with me to Port Harcourt. When we arrived P.H we met my father hale and hearty and chatting and drinking with his friends as usual. I greeted him and asked about my mother whom he said was at the kitchen. When I went to meet her at the kitchen, she said ‘your father is not happy with you for joining the police. It was then I got the message clearly. I went to join my friend and we went to town and returned very late in the evening.

As soon as we returned, my father ordered me to ‘sit down’

‘So you joined the police?’ I said ‘yes sir’. Continuing he said ‘Is that what we discussed and agreed upon?’ I did not know what to say. I was tongue tied. He said ‘if you knew you were going to join the police, you should not have allowed me to waste my time and money to train you in the university. I can disclaim you right away’ he thundered. I summoned up courage and told him ‘sir, I am your son, I listen and obey your instructions but there are two things you should concede to me’. He said ‘what are they?’. I said one is the woman I marry and the second is the job I choose to do. These choices are solely mine, I told him. He kept quiet for sometime and later went to bed. But he woke me up again at about 5 am. He told me he had thought over our discussions the previous night and realized that his son had become mature to face the world. He said I should kneel down for his prayers if it is the police I love to join. I knelt down and he prayed for me. After I had said Amen, we left for Jos, my friend and I continued with my training.

What do you consider as your greatest challenge on the job?

My greatest challenge on the job was when I was transferred from Benue state to Lagos as Commissioner of Police. In this area I also see confirmation that God chose the job for me. I had not spent a few weeks in Makurdi before the IGP Musliu Smith moved me to Lagos. I arrived Lagos August 2, 1999. By the end of that same August, I got info that Late head of state Sani Abacha’s son Mohammed, Major Al Mustapha and co were to appear in court in Lagos for the death of Kudirat Abiola. Some press friends had called me to confirm the story. I said it was not true because I had no directive to that effect. After all I was CP and should know before any one. By the next morning I saw on television that the Igbosere court area had been overrun by militant OPC who were threatening to burn the accused suspects whenever they appeared in Lagos. I saw men with cudgels, others with knives and machetes as well as other dangerous weapons including petrol preparatory to lynch the suspects when they came to court. At about 9pm the IGP called me to give directives that I should provide security for the men when they came to court the next day in Lagos. Wow. I did not have manpower in Lagos, I didn’t have weapons and more so, I just arrived. There were no vehicles, no teargas, nothing. How do I handle this? If I needed reinforcement, it would only come from Ogun state or Oyo. How could I get people at Abeokuta or Ibadan at so late a time as 9 pm. If I had manpower, how many people would I kill at Igbosere if the Black Maria was attacked? With the scene I saw on televison at Igbosere, it is possible, the suspects may have been burnt before help could come. I was clearly in distress. I knelt down again as usual and brought out my Rosary and prayed to God again. I said ‘Sir, I didn’t want to join the police. Only you chose this job for me. So here I am. Is this how I will end the carreer you chose for me? Please sir, show me the way and I said Amen. By the time I said the Amen, an idea came to me to change the venue of the court appearance. Lagos had many courts in its judicial districts including Ikeja, Badagry and Epe etc. and any of the courts could take the matter. So I called the IGP to discuss my idea. I told him Ikeja would be fine and he directed me to get in touch with the Chief Judge of Lagos. I directed the DPO Ikoyi who is now a DIG to go and see the Chief Judge but he went and said the Chief Judge was on leave. I got back to the IGP who said I should get in touch with the Registrar who also wanted to know why and where I wished to change the trial to. I told him what I saw at Igbosere was maddening. I also told him Ikeja would be fine and he asked that we see one man at Ikeja. The time was about 2 am. I offered that the court should sit at 6 am but he countered that courts start sitting at 9 am and any earlier sitting would create problems. I called the IG again who directed that the media must cover the trial and that the lawyers of the defence must be present. I reached out to the defence attorney Barrister Akpamgbo, SAN, who was far away in Enugu but he agreed to send his representative and did send. As early as 6 am I stationed an amoured personnel carrier at Igbosere area with the order to stop and search every vehicle entering Lagos Island and Ikoyi as I directed. This was a decoy for people to believe that Igbosere was the venue for the court appearance. When the aircraft from Abuja landed with Mohammed Abacha and co, I ordered the Black Maria that took them to just park behind the Airport Police station. The driver was not to leave his vehicle for any reason. At 9 am, the leader of the team standing by at the Ikeja court reported that all was set so I used my walkie talkie to radio the Black Maria to proceed to Magistrate Court 1 Ikeja, venue for the appearance. None knew what each other was doing except me. I proceeded to the court with a team of about seven men. When the case was called, the accused pleaded not guilty so they were moved to Ikoyi. I continued to be in touch with the driver of the Black Maria who called to tell me that he arrived Ikoyi prisons safely. I then called the senior officer coordinating at Igbosere to disband as operation was over. You could see that the big problem was solved for me by God with my bare hands, no teargas, no weapons and no shots fired. I still consider that as one of my greatest challenges in the force. It reinforced my belief that God chose this career for me. The OPC would have caused big problems for me, the police and the nation at large on that day.

The Rosary seems to be your basic companion…?

Yes, it is ooo and I am very proud to fling it out any time any day. I can remember it was Yinka Craig of Blessed memory who in an interview asked me what was my ‘greatest push in life’. I dipped my hand inside my pocket and produced my Rosary. Indeed it is what pushes me in life. If you read my biography, you will see more. There were very frustrating situations which later ended up in very beautiful ways when I pray The rosary. My journey with the Rosary started very early. It continued during my years at the Seminary. I missed becoming a catholic father. But I may not miss the early morning mass. The rosary has become so much a part of me and seems to work miracles for me when the chips are down.

Did you see your appointment as IGP coming?

Well, I never saw it coming despite that everyone dreams, hopes and aspires to grow to be so appointed. My appointment was dramatic. I was with a friend at Maitama watching television when my PA called me around 10pm to tell me that Ogbonnaya Onovo had been appointed IGP. After his call, we switched on to NTA to see the breaking news that DIG Ogbonnaya Onovo had been made acting IGP. As we lived within same vicinity, I stopped by at his quarter to congratulate him adding that my wife and I would come the next day. He informed me that all DIGs should be at Eagle Square to pull out retiring IGP Ehindero at 8 a.m. I always went to mass every morning. I said to myself I had a choice to go to mass or to leave the mass and go to Eagle Square. I asked myself which was more important. I reasoned that I might be late at Eagle square or miss the morning mass for good. I concluded that I should go to mass and thank God that President Yar’adua did not choose an AIG which would have been early retirement for me as well as many other DIGs. I decided that God deserved praises that I am still keeping my job. I went to mass, concluded, at 8 am and arrived the Force Headquarters at about 8;30 to see that all the DIGs were waiting for me. It was Onovo who called attention for me and I was shocked. An acting IGP calling attention for me? Something must be fishy I concluded. I wondered why Onovo whom I knew from Police Staff College should be calling attention for me. Was he mistaking me for someone else? I had known Ogbonnaya Onovo since we joined the force. On this day in history, I took the compliments anyway and we all headed to Eagle Square. While taking briefing from Ehindero in his office, my PA came to me to whisper to me that the President wished to talk to me. I shuddered. I took the phone and it was the voice of the ADC who said the president wanted to see me at 4pm adding that I should be there at 3;30 pm. I returned to Onovo and told him ‘sir, I am wanted at the Villa, please pray for me o. Please don’t tell Ehindero because they might laugh scornfully at me’. I left my office at 3;15 pm and by 3;30, I was at the President’s office. He said ‘welcome..you are my acting IGP’. When I left the Villa, the first person I went to meet was Onovo. When I told him what happened, he told me it was the reason he called attention for me earlier. He told me the Chief of staff to the president called him to tell him that Okiro was the IGP and not him.

Now having been up and down, back and forth and retired, you must be feeling somehow that members of your force have become targets for the entire populace in the past few years?

It is indeed very sad to note. The police seem to be a common denominator for hatred by the masses. I wrote an article recently where I said the Police is the face of government. Africans vent their anger on unpopular leadership on the police. The policeman takes the blame because he is the only one seen. The history of the Nigeria Police tells the story of the colonial masters who established a police to help them in tax collection and enforcing colonial laws on Nigerians. Nigerians see the police as the people who make them do what they hate to do or stop them from doing what they like to do. They forget that the police man only enforces the law. If we are all driving in mufti, no one would know that I am Mike Okiro except if I am wearing uniform. So I can say that hatred for the police is transferred aggression on leadership. The attack on the police is because they are visible enforcers of government laws.

Any advice you can give on this?

My advice is that some retired officers who are still sound and healthy be sought and brought to contribute their know-how on the security situation in the country. Nigeria should bring them together to share their knowledge rather than bringing foreigners who know next to nothing about Nigeria and may not understand the world view and character of the people as to proffer solution to our security problems. It is a difficult task but it is not impossible.

Source:- Vanguard

Video Of Ibrahim Abuna Throwing Money At Constituents Sparks Outrage

Although Nigerian lawmakers have been advised to visit and empower their constituents during the summer break, Ibrahim Abunna has taken this counsel to another level.

In a viral video, the Borno lawmaker was seen throwing money at people believed to be his constituents.

The ‘beneficiaries’, numbering over 100 , comprised men, women of different age groups, including the elderly.

Mr Abunna, who represents Dikwa/Kuduga/Mafa federal constituency of Borno State in the House of Representatives, portrayed his generosity from a balcony ignoring the risk of a stampede as the people struggled to catch the flying naira notes.

He also posted the act on his official Facebook page with the caption “distributing money to thousands.”

Ibrahim Abunna pictured counting Naira notes [PHOTO: FB: MHoR, Konduga, Mafa, Dikwa federal Constituency]

What the law says:

It is ironic yet unsurprising for a lawmaker to be seen publicly breaking the law.

Section 21(3,4,5) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act 2007 clearly prohibits any form of abuse of the Nigerian currency.

The Act prescribes “imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to a fine not less than N50,000 or to both such fine and imprisonment for anyone guilty of spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, spraying of, dancing or matching on the Naira or any note issued by the Bank during social occasions or otherwise howsoever shall constitute an abuse and defacing of the Naira or such note and shall be punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section.

“It shall also be an offence punishable under Sub-section (1) of this section for any person to hawk, sell or otherwise trade in the Naira notes, coins or any other note issued by the Bank…

The law further says “Matching” includes spreading scattering or littering of any surface with any naira notes or coins and stepping thereon, regardless of the value, volume, occasion or intent.

Although, the law is seldom enforced by the government, as most Nigerians still indulge in spraying of money, lawmakers inclusive at public functions.

Nigerians react to video

Already, Nigerians have taken to social media to condemn the act with many describing it as demeaning and insulting.

Others said there are better ways to gift and empower the people than spraying wads of cash in the air at the risk of a stampede.

Chidi Odinkalu, a human rights activist and former chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) , shared the video on Twitter and captioned it with heavy sarcasm.

“This is how the Chairman, Committee on #ClimateChange in @HouseNGR, Hon. Ibrahim Abunna, representing Mafa, Dikwa & Konduga Federal Constituency in #wartorn North East #Nigeria, lowers #GreenHouse emissions: thro #NairaRain. It is called #ParliamentaryDoings!”

Another Twitter user, @dortune4, wrote “This is what will keep Nigeria the way it is for a long time to come, the bigmanism mentality of the rich, this is what will make them keep stealing money by any means possible, the ‘rankadede’ way of life will make people will come n line up for scraps. Instead of holding politicians responsible for the harm they do to our Commonwealth.”

The lawmaker did not respond to calls made to his phone nor reply text messages sent to him.

Poverty capital

Nigeria, according to World Poverty Clock, compiled by Brookings Institute, is the poverty capital of the world, after it overtook India in 2018.

The report says about six persons in Nigeria fall into poverty every minute and over 87 million Nigerians live below the poverty benchmark.

The level of poverty makes people to be vulnerable to political inducement and lawmakers are known for allegedly using the Zonal Intervention Fund also known as constituency projects to induce voters.

Despite the continuous lamentation of insufficient funds for legislative process, Nigerian lawmakers most often have enough to induce electorates.

Source:- Premium Times

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Charles Awuzie: DCP Abba Kyari Is Innocent, Was Only Manipulated By Hushpuppi

Charles Awuzie, a Nigerian Cyber Security expert based in South Africa believes that DCP Abba Kyari who has been indicted in Hushpuppi’s fraud case is innocent but fell victim of Hushpuppi’s manipulation, IgbereTV reports.

Charles wrote on his Facebook page;

“This is my personal experience with DCP Abba Kyari…

When my aged father fell into the net of Fraudsters, it was Abba Kyari that saved his life. My father is the OLDEST man in my Clan and has been battling all kinds of age related diseases. If it wasn’t for the kind intervention of DCP Abba Kyari, my father would have died a long time ago because he had borrowed money from his fellow pensioners to invest in what he later discovered was a scam.

D[b]CP Abba Kyari didn’t only bring justice on the criminals, he followed up on my father’s health every day… First thing in the morning, DCP Abba Kyari would phone my father and say “Daddy, you have no reason to worry, the criminals will bring your money back.”[/b] And that was exactly what happened. The criminals were arrested and they returned every cent to my father and my father in turn paid the other pensioners what he borrowed from them.

DCP Abba Kyari spent his personal money, airtime etc on that case…. When I asked if I should take care of his AIRTIME, he declined and said to me “Charles, what we do is for God, our nation and humanity”.

Up to this moment, I have NEVER sent DCP Abba Kyari one kobo… But whenever I shared security concerns with him, he paid attention to it. He regularly shared messages of his team’s exploits via whatsapp and he showed great passion for his job. The reward was that he emerged the most decorated Police Chief in Nigeria.

Yesterday, the first person who called me to discuss the indictment of DCP Abba Kyari was my father… He said to me “my son, let us pray for Abba Kyari. I am alive today because of this young man. He didn’t allow me to be put to shame. I owe him my prayers at a time like this.”

Now that you know how much I love and respect DCP Abba Kyari, let me delve into the merits of the indictments and share some lessons….

First, in my personal capacity as a Cybersecurity Expert, I knew that Hushpuppi was a fraud. By close observation, I knew he was involved in internet scam. I said this many years before he was arrested.

I understand the passion and compassion of DCP Abba Kyari and I also know that what is a strength on one hand can be a weakness on the other hand. This is the major lesson you should take home – your kindness can be a strength but also a weakness… Your ability to build friendships with both the poor and rich can be a strength and also a weakness.
Abba Kyari is not a friend of only the rich, he is a friend of the poor, the old and the young. This was his greatest strength but also his greatest weakness.
Hushpuppi took advantage of that strength and used it as a weakness to control, manipulate and now drag him into his mess.
Having studied the communication between Hushpuppi and our brother DCP Abba Kyari, I know for sure that the FBI wants his head on a plate…. I know the FBI… I understand their mentality… My job brings me in the way of major security agencies around the world and I am trained to understand how they operate individually. At this point, t[b]he FBI is not after Abba Kyari but the entire Nigerian Police Force. The FBI is angry with how the Nigerian Police treats wealthy internet Fraudsters and they feel that by going for our most decorated, they will achieve their aim. I[/b]f you study the US court report, you will understand that the indictment wasn’t actually on DCP Abba Kyari but on the Nigerian Police and the alleged monetary transactions were not paid to Abba as a person but an entire Police Team. Now the FBI knows that they can’t go for an entire team of the Police force of a sovereign nation so they are using the media to blow hot on the team. Just in case you don’t know, the Nigerian Government will do her best to protect her most decorated officer because by so doing, they are also protecting the NPF. The same way that FBI will not deliver their agent to Nigeria to answer to any allegation, is the same way Nigeria will resist delivering Abba Kyari to the FBI.

While we condemn the relationship DCP Abba Kyari maintained with Hushpuppi, we must also understand that he too was manipulated by Hushpuppi. The court papers revealed that Hushpuppi told him that Vincent is taking his job (the job wasn’t specified)… Remember that Hushpuppi packaged himself as a Real Estate investor, Influencer who was a brand ambassador to many top brands including Gucci. Those who got closer to him like Daddy Freeze were manipulated to believe his lies… I believe DCP Abba Kyari may have been a victim of Hushpuppi’s manipulation. A mutual friend told me that DCP Abba Kyari always thought that Hushpuppi was wrongly labeled by those who didn’t understand him… Hushpuppi had a way of convincing everyone around him that he was legit. He was good with words and manipulation.

This is why I choose to stay far from MONIED NIGERIANS who became wealthy over night….. I don’t want to get close because I know that by getting close, you will have the opportunity to manipulate me, so I stay away.

In conclusion, I know DCP Abba Kyari will come out of this season stronger and wiser.
Like my father, he has helped many aged pensioners to get justice and have fought for justice for those whose loved ones were kidnapped by the likes of Wadume and Evans. DCP Abba Kyari is not what the FBI and media are making him to look like…. Evans could have paid him Billions of Naira… Wadume could have paid even more….. But he chose to bring these Billionaire suspects to justice.

While I am grossly disappointed by his relationship with Hushpuppi, I still believe that he will have a second chance to separate himself from these events and focus on the huge responsibility that Nigeria has placed on him.

May we all learn how to disconnect from people who do not share our values because a day may come when they would drag us into their mess… Before you condemn Abba Kyari, ask yourself, DO I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS A YAHOO BOY, A DRUG DEALER OR FALSE PROPHET? If yes, disconnect from such because even if you are HONEST, one day, the crimes of those people will destroy your good name, values and good work… And people will forget all the years you have been honest and righteous. Think deeply about this.
I once had a friend who I later discovered was involved in crimes, I disconnected from him immediately. He got arrested in Johannesburg on a day he was driving with another mutual friend.. Both he and that mutual friend are in jail today. The mutual friend knows nothing about his crime. He used to talk about Jobs, jobs, etc so if you are not critical, you will think he’s legit. He is serving jail time but unfortunately, he took another naive friend down with him.

This is why I choose to be CRITICAL…. I don’t see the ‘doings’ in Oba and just celebrate ‘Grace’.. No. I critically analyze before I connect or agree. You can call me jealous but it being critical has saved me. If you post cash, I stay away from you – it’s my policy. Be careful.. Don’t be naive… Be intentional… Be critical. Learn from these events and don’t ever celebrate the pains of a man who may have been manipulated by a criminal friend.

Maranatha.”

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