INEC To Commence Display Of Voters Register On Tuesday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will commence the display of the national register of voters at polling units across the country on Tuesday.

The exercise will take place from November 6, 2018 till November 12, 2018.

The commission will also hear claims and objections regarding the list at registration area level during the one-week period.

According to INEC, this is in “accordance with sections 19 and 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended)”.

ASUU Commences Indefinite Nationwide Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has ordered its members across the country to commence an indefinite industrial action, Channels Television reports.

This followed a meeting of leaders of the union on Sunday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, told reporters that the union took the decision due to the poor funding of universities in the country.

He consequently directed all members of the union across various universities to withdraw their services, stressing that the strike would be total and indefinite.

Amaechi’s Convoy Runs Into Kidnap Scene In Rivers

Former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has rescued a kidnapped victim along the Omoku-Egbeda road in Rivers State, Daily Post reports.

Reports say Amaechi was on his way for an All Progressives Congress, APC, function in Ubimini Community, Emohua, when he saw a Lexus SUV abandoned in the bush.

DAILY POST reports that Amaechi who was leading his convoy consequently stopped by and ordered his security team to comb the forest in search of the occupants of the vehicle.

It was disclosed that the security personnel in the Minister’s convoy rescued one of the occupants of the abandoned Lexus Jeep.

The victims, it was gathered, turned out to be members of APC, who were attending the PVC sensitisation rally in Ubimini where the Minister was to address party supporters.

One of the rescued victims, Edi Chinda Edi said, “We were on our way to Ubimini for the APC programme when the kidnappers armed with AK-47 riffles barricaded the road and attacked us.’

A statement from the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Media Office obtained by DAILY POST said, “worried about the safety of other victims who were yet to be found, Amaechi directed some of his security personnel to continue the search and ensure that the remaining victims were rescued and their abductors arrested and prosecuted according to law.”

The Rivers State Police command is yet to confirm the incident.

2019: INEC to Recruit Only Ad-Hoc Staff From Federal Institutions

The Independent Electoral Commision (INEC), Sunday said for the avoidance of all doubts, the commission will only recruit ad-hoc staff for the 2019 elections from well known institutions.

The institution consist of Youth Corps members, from the NYSC, students from federal government-owned tertiary educational institutions, federal civil servants, from federal government agencies, including tertiary educational institutions in the states of recruitment.

The commission said requests for these potential ad-hoc staff are made directly to the various institutions.

INEC stated that the commission has not and does not intend to request applications from individuals to be considered for this assignment, and urged the public to disregard any information or publication stating otherwise.

Crocodile Smile: Army Preaches Peace To Warring Communities In Delta

The Nigerian Army has kicked off an initiative aimed at maintaining peace in the restive Delta State communities of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh, Channels Television reports.

Led by the General Officer Commanding (6) division of the Nigerian Army Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham, the military team visited both communities on Saturday, urging them to shun violence and embrace peace.

According to the force, the initiative called the Operation Crocodile Smile (III), seeks to build a strong relationship between the military and residents, while protecting oil facilities.

The GOC addressed community chiefs and the traditional ruler.

Said Sarham: “We solicit your understanding, support and cooperation throughout the period of the exercise and we urge you to always use dialogue to resolve your differences.

“We are here to conduct operation crocodile smile three 2018’’ in your domain, soldiers are servants of the people, we are agents of peace, we engender development.”

Sarham later led his team to the army set up camp at the border of both communities where he inspected a guard of honour.

Thereafter, the team proceeded to the IDP camp in Ogbe-Ijaw where they donated food items and other relief materials to the flood victims.

Assoc. of Christian Students Urge FG on Release of Leah Sharibu

The fellowship of Christian students are appealing to the Nigeria Government to negotiate the release of Leah Sharibu with Boko Haram, TVC News reports.

The national leadership of the Fellowship of Christian Students, FCS has joined the campaign for the release of Leah Sharibu who was abducted with other school girls at the government girls secondary school in Dapchi Yobe State on February the 19th this year.

The FCS leadership wants the federal government to negotiate her release like they did for other Dapchi girls.

The body made the appeal during their 2018 annual National Conference at Jos Plateau State, Nigeria.

According to the National President of the Fellowship, Joshua Maikori, this years’ conference has a different dimension and focus. “The leadership of the FCS can’t pretend all is well while Leah Sharibu, their committed member is still held under captivity by Boko Haram”.

The group members wearing black shirts with inscription #FreeLeah demanded the federal Government to negotiate the leah sharibu’s release.

Mothers among the group also spoke on the possible challenges Leah could be facing as a teenager in the hands of her captors.

HSBC, UBS Exit; So What?, By Concerned Citizen 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in a report on Friday announced that global banking giant HSBC and UBS, a Swiss private bank, have closed their representative offices in Nigeria.

The report did not state why the banks closed shop, and the development has elicited reactions from Nigerians.

Former Vice-President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his reaction to the exit of the HSBC and UBS said “Always a sad day for our country when such entities pack up. FDI is a key component to economic growth. My administration will attract more FDI by making the CBN stronger and independent, banish multiple exchange rates and promote market-led economy.”

That’s a huge lie.

HSBC and UBS were never set up for regular banking. When I
say regular banking I mean retail banking. They never ran salary
accounts; they were never set up to afford loans to customers etc.
Their sole purpose was to help customers who can afford their services, an easy way to transfer funds overseas.

UBS opened its doors in Nigeria in mid-2014 to “connect prospective clients with its offshore centers in Switzerland, the UK, Dubai and Singapore, where dedicated client advisers offer personalised service and full access to the bank’s vast global resources”.

The apex bank revealed that foreign direct investment in Nigeria fell to N379.84 billion in the first six months of 2018, compared to N532.63 billion recorded in 2017.

Many do not know that since the inception of BVN which has made it easier for financial regulatory bodies to monitor outflow & inflow on every account, HSBC has been plotting their exit.

If anyone can make their books public, you would find out they had more outflow than inflow. BVN was created February 2014 and then enforced by the President Muhammadu Buhari government by 2015.

What did that do? Every account owner was forced to get a BVN code on their account (s). So if law enforcement and financial regulatory bodies accuse you of fraud, with your BVN they can tell which account(s) you have funds stashed.

Any account without a BVN can no longer be run. Movement of (illegal) huge sums especially overseas became a massive problem. So imagine a bank whose main source of revenue is moving funds overseas, suddenly can stay for months on end and the only customers you get are those who maybe want pay school fees overseas or medicals, won’t you close shop?

No more wires of $200,000 and above to Dubai to buy that exotic penthouse or carrying on with shopping sprees. No more bank instruments to private
jet companies overseas. The importation of big boy toys; yachts, helicopters have reduced drastically.

Now, once you try to initiate a huge wire transfer, CBN red flags that account and next thing, compliance is calling the account officer to produce the Know-Your-Customer (KYC). Within minutes the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), is doing a background check.

Imagine a being civil servant or government aide, you would have to explain what the funds are for/how they were acquired and this drastically hit such banks like HSBC and UBS.

Banks like Stanbic IBTC are able to stay afloat because even though they use the same model as HSBC, they are also solid in retail banking.

Any bank that opens shop under the Buhari government with the sole aim of moving funds overseas would surely fail.

Look closely at those who are leading groups against president Buhari, they are private jet, helicopter, yacht, schooners owners. Many own those beautiful houses we see in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Muscat, Seychelles, London, USA.

Go to our airports especially Lagos and Abuja, most female workers who sell Dubai Real Estate deals are out of jobs. The few you see have stopped hounding travelers like before.

Once upon a time you would see them hanging around airports and five star hotels, it made me wonder why Nigerians were seriously marketing UAE Real Estate. How do you think the transactions were being made?

Through banks like HSBC and UBS (many of our local banks also were accomplices)! Now every dollar that passes through CBN to a foreign bank must have complete paperwork. Bankers are now very careful, no one wants to be invited by the SFU, or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to produce a customer.

Who are those crying about their
exit? The Fayoses, Atikus, Ben Bruces and their cohorts. The youth coming online to defend them; many were being flown by
helicopter to private resorts all over the country. Unfortunately for them, that tap has dried up.

About four years ago, I told a friend that if Buhari wins election few banks would be in trouble, Buhari won and it didn’t take long it started happening.

HSBC closed over 100 outlets in the UK last year alone. I am sure president Buhari is responsible!

In July, HSBC predicted that a victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 would have a negative effect on the economy.

In its response, the presidency asked the bank to return stolen assets allegedly hidden in its coffers.

Many of the bank heads used depositors monies to sponsor
politicians/campaigns, when investigations started many tried to not only hide their shady deals but shield customers under investigation.

Why won’t these people hate president Buhari? Why won’t they blame their woes on Buhari? When I say many of these banks aren’t setup for the common man, people wonder at what I mean.

A very good example; write a lovely proposal for a good business deal and take to the banks and 90% of the time you wont get funding but let APC and PDP finish primaries and produce governorship candidates, both candidates can work into same bank and get as much as N500m each for campaigns. Banks didn’t care then, what’s the worst that could happen?

Worst case scenario, one candidate would lose. Whoever wins would bring enough investments that would cover the N1bn both took.

That was conventional banking until Buhari came onboard. Say Odudu Bank sponsors Rochas and he wins he would make sure almost all state accounts go to Odudu Bank.

Some governors went as far as making their account officers
commissioners as compensation (I don’t want to call names). Some bank relationship managers would go on leave close to election period to join the clients on the campaign trail, once the client wins they
resign their appointments with the bank and become political
appointees.

Why would a bank worker do that if the bank hasn’t invested heavily on that politician? Suddenly Buhari appears with this yeye BVN, TSA! Banks now see SFU officers like regular staff as they are monitoring everything. EFCC under Magu has become a pain in the ass because money can’t just disappear. Who do they blame? Buhari! The instant BVN came into effect; do you know how many accounts were lying
dormant because of BVN, with huge sums in them?

Many folks especially people being investigated wouldn’t want to come forward to claim them; oga Magu and gang were waiting. When many of these politicians or billionaires tell you the economy isn’t doing so well, look closely at the person because many of them own some of these five star hotels. Some rooms go as much N300,000 a
night. Once upon time some folks would pay for as much as one year for a room/suite upfront.

Many of those militants/ folks involved in oil bunkering operate this way. Mondays through Fridays they are in the creeks sabotaging oil installations, Friday they get into their convoys to PHC and then jet off to Abuja and Lagos, where they
eventually check into these hotels.

You enter a place like Transcorp on weekends, you see them at the lobby, poolside and by Monday morning, banks are wiring funds to these hotels to cover expenses. Today, the oil bunkering isn’t as lucrative as it once was.

First price of crude has dropped so selling bunkered oil isn’t really worth it as it used to be. Secondly many countries are cutting down on the purchase of crude and third our military is hitting them harder than before so who is to blame?

They tell you banks are falling because of PMB; lie! Banks are falling because banks were never made for the common man. I mean Nigerian Banks! TSA has collapsed most government accounts into central accounts. So we no longer have many government accounts littered all over our banks, many of such accounts were set up just to
steal and launder government monies.

Are these words saying Nigeria has suddenly become fine for the
common man? HELL NO! Nigeria for some years now has never favoured us the ordinary folks but this is the first time we are seeing the crooked elite joining us to complain! The fact they are complaining means something is being done to halt their crooked ways.

Whatever it is, BABA PLEASE CONTINUE! And as for the common man, we didn’t get here in four years! It took years of plundering, bad/no planning to get here. It will take a while to get us out.

Signed Concerned Citizen who wouldn’t want to get fired by Monday morning for saying what needs to be said.

Okorocha Withdraws Security, Staff from Deputy Gov’s Office

Imo State Governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha saturday withdrew security personnel and staff attached to the office of the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Eze Madumere without clear reason, THISDAY reports.

In swift reaction, Madumere condemned the decision of the governor to withdraw most of the key staff attached to his office, describing it as unwarranted action in withdrawing most of the key staff attached to his Office.

He expressed disappointed at the decision during a conversation with journalists, recalling that since his acquittal from the impeachment plot in the High Court seating in Owerri presided by Justice Benjamin Iheka, there had been gross disregard to his office.

He lamented that his security aides have not been restored even after he had written to the appropriate authorities for almost two months running.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi could not restore his security in spite of the court verdict since September, noting that it portended danger of his life.

Buhari Has Succumbed to the Firepower of Governors, Says Shehu Sani on APC Crisis

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says governors under the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and do not share his philosophy, The Cable reports.

In an interview with The Nation, Sani said the president is unable to curtail the powers of the governors and have succumbed to them.

Commenting on the crisis rocking the ruling party, the senator said Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, have become weak and helpless in the face of firepower by the state governors.

Sani said Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling party, had done his best to resolve the crisis that forced him out of the party but that Tinubu did not achieve much because he is not from the north.

“I must be very frank with you, Tinubu has done his best but there is a limit to what he can do. He isn’t from the North and has a lot of issues to attend to but what was very clear, I won’t rain insults on the President or Chairman of the party, but what I would say is that their weaknesses, their vulnerability, their failures have been evident in the very sense that they were helpless in the face of firepower by the state governors.

He added that the Buhari administration is now run by invisible forces and has disconnected from the vision it started with.

Said Sani: “Well, if you look at his attitude to governance and his philosophy of being for everybody and nobody has led the party nowhere and it is also leading the party nowhere,”

“If you are a leader, you cannot preside over a nation by body language or side language. You have to take decisions, you have to be decisive. You don’t also have to depend on the decisions of others but you can consult others for the decisions which you are going to take. The governors under the APC today don’t respect President Buhari; they have no respect for him and they don’t share what his philosophy is all about.

“While the chairman of the party sees the need to preserve the loyal band within the party, the governors don’t see the need for it. They want to plant their stooges. As far as I am concerned, the seat that I occupy, the Kaduna Central senatorial seat, Nasir el Rufai is putting a stooge there to keep the place for him so that after he is out of government, he can also be a senator.

“The governors see senatorial seats as places they should preserve for their future and that’s why you find some people going to the national assembly without standing up to do their work as parliamentarians, because they were there standing in for somebody.”

Last month, Sani resigned his membership of the ruling APC in protest and joined the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) due to his inability to secure the ticket of the APC for the 2019 elections despite assurances from the national working committee of the party.