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ACF Blasts Matawalle Over Call For State Of Emergency ,Says FG Lacks Power To Do It




Sequel to a state of emergency proposed to the federal government by the Zamfara State government, the apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), said there is nothing bad in the government negotiating with bandits if that will better the lives of Nigerians.




But the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), on its part, said the declaration for a state of emergency in states ravaged by insecurity was long overdue.




ACF, in its reaction through the national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, also said the federal government had no powers to declare a state of emergency outside the stipulations of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.



It averred that all the emergency rule declared by former President Olusegun Obasanjo were illegal under the Constitution, adding that those states that went to challenge it in court got judgments in their favour.



According to ACF, “There is a constitutional provision for the process of declaring a state of emergency in a state. The president cannot just wake up and declare a state of emergency even in one state, not to talk of the whole northern region, which the 1999 constitition recognises as 19 states.




“If he does it and somebody takes him to court, the person will win and the president will lose.




“We have always believed in dialogue. If the government negotiates with the bandits and Nigerians are better off, what is wrong with that,” it said..




But the AYCF, through her national president, Yerima Shettima, said, “It is a worthy call; declaring a state of emergency is long overdue.




“The federal government at some point said they knew sponsors of Boko Haram and up until now, nobody has been exposed, brought to book or prosecuted. Declaring a state of emergency is about the only option we have now, particularly in states where the governors cannot handle the insecurity.

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“Government must not fold it hands to allow innocent people to be killed with reckless abandon and people losing their valuables either through ransom payment to bandits or outright destruction by same bandits. For us in AYCF, the call for a state of emergency is apt,” he said.




We Have Been Clamouring For Emergency Rule – CNG
On its part, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) said, “The CNG as a group will support any policy or move that will bring lasting peace to the region and the country at large. Our only issue with the statement is the timing.




“One negotiates when he or she has the upper hand which will then tilt the terms and conditions of the negotiation in his favour not when it’s at its lowest like now. This also raises the question ‘why did they oppose the motion when Sheikh Gumi brought it up? Why did they oppose it when we brought it up?”





According to Dr Mohamed Nawaila, director of cyber research and data management of CNG, “One cannot but doubt the motives or is it because now they understand the level of risk they too are in? This also vindicates us on the issue we keep raising that our leaders are playing politics with the life and property of the masses





“For a long time, we have called on the government to declare a state of emergency on security but the government ignored the call. But now that the bandits have the might to attack military formation (one of the strongest if not the strongest for that matter) was when they think it’s the right time.

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“The real issue is that the government is myopic and lacks forecast, will and might to tackle the issue but concentrate solely on how to borrow and embezzle money,” he said.



For Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi, the northwest coordinator of CNG, “The call to declare a state of emergency in Northern Nigeria is long overdue, lives are being lost on a daily basis with formal and informal IDPs everywhere, today, life and livelihood have become difficult in Nigeria.



“Insurgency reached its peak, concerning negotiations with bandit, so far has made no impact in any way, but a venture where some people enriched themselves, but whatever way, be it kinetic or non- kinetic, all we are appealing for is peace to be restored in Northern Nigeria so that farming activities and pastoralism can be restored,” he stressed.



However, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has rejected the call by Zamfara State governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, for the declaration of emergency rule in the entire Northern states and for negotiation with bandits.




According to the MBF, if a state of emergency is declared, martial law will be imposed and even the governor will cease to be in office.




The president of the forum, Dr Bitrus Pogu said bandits should be treated as terrorists, even as he insisted that the Nigerian military had the capacity to uproot them from the bushes. He, however, believes there is the lack of political will to deal with the matter.



“When a state of emergency is declared, martial law will be imposed. Military will take over and Matawalle won’t be governor. State of emergency means loss of democratic rule and total take over by the military, which is not good under a democratic system.

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“It is obvious the governor doesn’t know what state of emergency means. State of emergency is not acceptable today,” Pogu said.

On the call for negotiation with bandits, Pogu said it is just a conspiracy theory, adding that the Nigerian military can defeat the bandits.




“The military has the capacity to defeat the bandits but the political will is not there. We say no to negotiation with the bandits. If the military want to deal with them, they can bomb them in the bushes. There should be political will for the military to bomb them and not negotiation. What we have today is just a conspiracy,” Pogu added.




Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State had urged the federal government to declare state of emergency in the Northern part of the country as a means to end acts of banditry in the region.



Receiving the assistant inspector general of police (AIG) in charge of Zone 10, Ali Janga, Governor Matawalle said the declaration of a state of emergency to deal with banditry was the best option to contain the security challenges facing the states in the zone.



According to him, the security challenges facing the zone had reached an alarming rate and ought to be faced with all seriousness.



He stressed that, the sum of N17 million was recently released to the security agencies to mobilise their personnel to insecurity prone areas.




On the recently abducted people from the state, Matawalle said that government was making efforts to secure their release.

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Nude Video: Son Of Gov Tambuwal’s Special Adviser, Two Others Get Four-year Jail Term




Aminu Hayatau Tafida, a son of the Special Adviser on Social Investments to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, and two others have been sentenced to four years and six-month imprisonment.



Those sentenced alongside Aminu are Umar Abubakar and Masaud Abubakar Gidado.



The trio were handed an option of N400,000 fine each, including compensation for alleged circulation of an 18-second nude video, in a case that has suffered several adjournments.




Delivering judgement on Tuesday, Chief Magistrate Shu’aibu Ahmad of the Magistrate Court sitting in Sokoto, said the prosecuting counsel had proved his case beyond any reasonable doubts and as such, the three accused persons were convicted for the very offenses put forward before them.




While citing Section 209 ACJN of Sokoto 2019, Shu’aibu, however, gave opportunity to counsels to the defendants to make any other submission before reading his sentences.




On the strength of that, counsels to all the defendants separately but unanimously said they did not intend to call any other witness. They, however, pleaded that justice should be tempered with mercy on grounds that all the defendants were youths who had the future before them and first-time offenders; hence the need to consider option of fine as well.




“We are appealing to this honorable court to show leniency in its sentence, more so that they have all shown remorsefulness over their actions. We are, therefore, appealing that other options should also be considered as sentencing convicts is no longer a fashion this time around.

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“If in case this court so wish to sentence them, the court should be liberal taking into cognisance the economic hardship being faced this time around, we so appeal,” they stated.



In his sentence, the presiding magistrate, Shuaibu Ahmad, said he had taken into consideration the fact that the defendants were first-time offenders, and that he will therefore be lenient but give maximum sentence.




Shu’aibu said, for the offences of indecent act which goes contrary to Section 171 of Sokoto State Penal Code, the defendants are sentenced to pay a fine of N200,000 each ,whose default will lead to two-year imprisonment.



He said for the offence of sharing and sale of obscene book, the defendants are sentenced to pay 50,000 each, for whose default will lead to two- year imprisonment.




Shu’aibu further said that, for the offence of abatement, Section 48 of the Sokoto Penal Code provides N50,000 naira or conviction for six months in the case of default.



Shu’aibu also said that each of the defendants is to pay N100,000 compensation to the complainant.



Reacting to the development, both the prosecutor, ASP Simon Sule; and the complainant said they were satisfied with the judgment, and, according to them, the pronouncements will serve as deterrence to others.

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Jumia’s Capacity Training Helps Improve Our Operations – Logistics Partner




Strategic partnerships with SMEs is one of the major ways e-commerce brands in Nigeria Jumia are driving the reach and penetration of online services across the country.

One of such partnerships is with small scale logistics companies.

For these SMEs, the collaboration comes with more benefits beyond sales and access to wider customers.

Julius Anokhaoya, owner of Airground Arena is one of the logistics partners of Africa’s e-commerce market leader, Jumia in Edo State. Explaining how his firm is benefiting from their partnership with Jumia, Julius said the e-commerce company invests in capacity building for staff which helps improve the quality of service delivery to customers.

“The e-commerce education Jumia is doing through its JForce agents is helping to increase the awareness for more people to order online in our communities. We even have to deliver to UNIBEN, Uselu, Technical, Five Junction and the rest. To help us improve our operations, Jumia also invests in training our dispatch riders every quarter on how to deliver a better experience to our customers. This is amazing,” he explained.

Speaking further, Julius stated that the alliance has helped in terms of upscaling of the business and improvement of lives in the host community.

He said: “The greatest benefit of our partnership with Jumia is the impact on our local communities. We started five years ago with five staff and six delivery vans. Now we have 15 staff and over 10 vans. A lot of our staff who started with us five years ago are doing well for themselves. Some are married now, others have created small businesses on the side. Some have grown from being an operator to managing hubs within Benin City. We used to deliver 500 packages in a week, but now we deliver 2000 packages per week.”


There are over 200 unique logistics companies (ranging from individual entrepreneurs to large companies) registered within the Jumia integrated network of logistics partners who provide support to Jumia in ensuring that packages are delivered to big cities, secondary cities and rural areas within the country.

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Tinubu Set To Return To Nigeria





The Chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Adebayo Olasoju says All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Bola Tinubu will return to Nigeria Very Soon.



Olasoju gave the hint Friday evening after visiting the former Lagos Governor in London.



The LG chair and Fuji legend, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (K1 De-Ultimate) met Tinubu.



Olasoju assured that the renowned politician is in a sound condition of health, adding that he will be back any moment from now.



Our leader is hale and hearty and we can expect him back in the country soon”, he said.



Reportedly interested in running for the 2023 presidency, Tinubu has been in the United Kingdom since July recuperating after a surgery.



The Jagaban of Borgu has received President Muhammadu Buhari and other prominent political leaders including governors and lawmakers.



Before his recent trip, Tinubu was abroad in June and flew to Nigeria as rumours of his death spread.




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