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PDP: “We Never Knew Akpabio Was Going To Meet Buhari”

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it was not aware that the Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, was going to London where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.

Rather, it said the former governor of Akwa Ibom State told members of the party’s National Working Committee that he was on his way to Germany.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this in Abuja on Monday, said the party was not aware of Akpabio’s planned defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He said the minority leader of the Senate could have had what he called “technical stopover” in London.

Ologbondiyan said, “He told us he was going to Germany and if he ended up in London, maybe, he had a technical stopover.

“The PDP has no issues with Akpabio whatsoever and the party will not respond to speculations of his readiness to defect. We have no notice of the said defection and all I can say now is that we will cross the bridge when we get there.”

Investigations by one of our correspondents showed that the rumour of Akpabio’s planned defection had been rife within the national leadership of the PDP, including the governors.

It was gathered that one of the governors, name withheld, from the southern part of the country had openly accused Akpabio of hobnobbing with the ruling party at the residence of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, recently.

The event was said to have happened when the leaders of the party visited Ekweremadu as a result of a siege laid to his house by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recently.

The governor, according to a top-ranking member of the PDP, openly confronted Akpabio and demanded explanations why he had allegedly been meeting secretly with leaders of the APC.

The source said, “We were all surprised with the governor from the southern part of the country, who accused him (Akpabio) of playing a double game. He asked why Akpabio had refused to speak out for the party of recent and why he had been absent at party’s events.

“We all knew that Akpabio was actually meeting with APC leaders at night, and laughing with us during the day. But we didn’t know how to handle it.

“Akpabio, however, refused to speak to the governor. Rather, he was just smiling, even though he seemed not to be enjoying the talk.

“The DSP (Ekweremadu) tried to calm the said governor down, but you know he is very outspoken. He said it without fear or favour, that he knew that he was saying.”

It was also gathered that the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, had tried to dissuade Akpabio from joining the APC.

Secondus, it was gathered, met with the former governor on many occasions, assuring him of the love of the party for him and that he (Akpabio) remained a ranking member of the party.

A source privy to the meeting said, “Secondus had met with him on many occasions when the rumour started filtering in.

“Though the former governor complained about the treatment he was said to be getting from his successor, Udom Emmanuel, he was asked to tarry, that the PDP would intervene.”

It was also learnt that the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, was also involved in the negotiation with Akpabio.

“Wike spoke with him on many occasions as well. He asked him to shelve the idea and cooperate with him and others to reposition the PDP to win the elections. Unfortunately, he seems not to have been persuaded by all the talks.”

Meanwhile, some members of the party in Akwa Ibom State said that Akpabio’s defection into the APC might not be unconnected with the case he had with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

A source, who did not want to be named, told one of our correspondents that apart from the EFCC issue, Akpabio also had issues with the state governor, especially on a single term.

They said Akpabio had made a deal with the governor that he would spend a single term before the position would move to another area in the state.

According to PDP, the agreement spelt out a single term for the governor, adding that the second term was supposed to go for someone from the Oron ethnic nationality.

The sources noted that in order for Akpabio to settle some scores with Emmanuel, he had to leave the PDP with his supporters to stop the governor’s second term bid.

“His reason was also that the EFCC has been on his neck for a very long time. The other reason, which I think may not be so cogent, is allowing a person from Oron ethnic nationality to go for the second term instead of the present governor,” a source said.

A former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Chief Essien Nduese, said Akpabio had not told him or any other persons why he was leaving the party for the APC.

He noted that the former governor had had cause to complain to people without solid reasons. (Punch)

Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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5 Group Of People Financing Boko Haram/ISWAP In Nigeria

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The news about Boko Haram is no longer a breaking news in Nigeria as it has become a daily update like a TV’s news feed would be. They’ve grown so wide that they now have an affiliation with the dreaded middle east terror group known as ISIS. Haven achieved this affiliations, they now have the faction tagged “ISWAP’ which means Islamic State of West African Province. This is no doubt a continental agenda for religious stupidity of a high order considering how backward Africa is already in human development.

Many persons have popped the question: “Who are those financing Boko Haram/ISWAP?” Many persons have tried to beat around the bush about the answers to this one question but today in this article, we will have a rethink about it and see the demons behind this mess that is eating us deep as a country.

Let’s start the analysis to this situation of terrorism that seems to have no end. Here are the group of people fueling this mess:

1.The Northern/Southern Kidnapping Syndicates:

There are tons of kidnapping syndicates all across the county today. In the North and South. These kidnapping syndicates raise Billions of Naira on monthly basis from ransoms and then remit the funds to the Terrorist groups for efficient funding of their filthy operations. The northern kingpins in Kaduna expressways are heavy donors alongside the ones in the South. This is why some forces were not happy about “Operation Amotekun”.

We all could see them expressing their dirty thoughts about it even some who are supposed to be good leaders in the first place. This sends an intelligence that most people in Nigeria ignore.

2. Religious Extremists:

Without apology, there are hundreds of thousands of religious extremists in Nigeria who personally finance Boko Haram by donating food items to them on a large scale in the North east. These extremists go as far as leaking any vital information the dreaded group needs for success operations. As heartbreaking as it may sound, some of these extremists are in Power somewhere, somehow in government. You can spot them out by their previous and current comments about the weak fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

3. Local Chiefs and leaders who Stylishly support war:

In any Boko Haram affected region where the local chiefs and leaders stylishly don’t condemn this extremism while their wards are being slaughtered like goats, they are either directly or indirectly involved in the whole drama of terror in Nigeria. You can’t be a leader whose followers are being killed like rams and then you say or do nothing about it as if their lives don’t matter.

4. Those Third Parties that Bargain Ransom with Boko Haram:

Why on earth should any sane human bargain with terrorists for the release of people in their camp? Terrorists for crying out loud kidnap their victims with the sole aim of making money firstly to reinforce their operations. So, paying any ransom is supporting their missions. Period!

There is no second thought to this reality. Those acting as third parties for this bargains are part of the problem. A relationship where there is no communication dies abruptly but in Nigeria, some third parties commune with the enemies of Nigeria with a fake view of that it is in Nigeria’s interest. As negotiators, don’t they get commissions? Nigerians should be smarter than this.

5. Social Media users who physically or vocally attack others for speaking against Boko Harm/ISWAP

You see those social media users who come after others who dare to speak against Boko Haram’s terrorism in Nigeria, they are part of the problem. They are guilty of financing the terror group in their own way on the internet. Watch out for those group of persons, for their type will soon be recruited to join the group if they’re not members yet. Such persons could be informants already for the group.

This artcile is an opinion about the ongoing menace of Boko Haram/ISWAP which has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2009.

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Zenith Bank Dragged By Twitter User Over N500 Stamp Duty Charges

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In Nigeria, unexplainable bank charge debit alerts are messages Nigerians have gotten used to but this time, a twitter user has gotten enough of it and decided to tag both Zenith Bank and Central Bank to a tweet which served as a means of expressing his displeasure.

This twitter user dragged Zenith Bank out to have them explain the meaning of the debit he received from them of recent.

Below is the tweet as seen on twitter :

Do you also get debited in this manner by your Bank? Let us know via your comment.

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MPAPE BANK ROBBERY: How First Bank Staff Larry Ehizo Helped Robbers

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After interrogations by the Nigerian Police based in Abuja as regards the Mpape Bank robbery, Elijah David, a robbery suspect, confessed that Larry Ehizo, an employee of First Bank of Nigeria, Mpape area of Abuja, led his gang to rob the bank.

According to reports, three members of the gang were arrested by the police on Saturday after they got trapped in the bank by security agents. One of them was shot dead as he made attempts to escape.

Upon getting signals about the ongoing robbery on Saturday, a team of police officers and soldiers laid siege to the bank, scuttling the operation.

The robbery suspects speaking when they were paraded by the police on Tuesday, David the gang leader said Larry Ehizo informed him and his gang that they could get as much as N7 million from the failed heist.

“Ehizo told us that the job could fetch about N7m. After we entered the bank, we saw a riot policeman on duty but sleeping, so Obinna pointed a pistol at him and we tied him with an old sponge,” he said.

“Mr Larry told us that he would keep the other door open for us. So, Larry and Obinna later went upstairs with a pair of pliers to disconnect the CCTV.

“On our way out, Larry suddenly shouted, ‘Ah, the MOPOL has escaped’; then, I ran inside and all of us scattered. I didn’t know what to do. Then the police began firing teargas into the premises.”

On his part of account, Princewill Obinna, another suspect, said the banker told them that the robbery would not take more than 15 minutes.

“Mr Larry told us there that there was a deal he wanted us to execute and that it would not take more than 10 to 15 minutes,” he said.

“He said the bank would not operate on Saturdays and that if we could come around, he would help us to get the money out.”

At the moment, the banker Larry Ehizo said he was blackmailed into the robbery by one Ernest, a customer of the bank.

WHO IS ERNEST?

“Ernest is a customer of the bank and that is where we got to know each other, because I work in the customer service unit of the bank,” he said.

“There is a place I used to drink, that’s where he works as a barman. He told me to tell the gang members how to get inside, show them where the CCTV was and that I should show them where the police officer on duty would be.

“When we drove into the bank, he even called me, because he was across the bank. He said I should just do as agreed and out of fear, I said yes.”

Bala Ciroma, FCT police commissioner, in his official response to the whole sad occurence said four locally-made guns, one Peugeot 206, two cutlasses, two daggers, one axe, a pair of pliers and one Infinix Note phone were recovered from the suspects.

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