​Fayose Cautions FG Over Plan To Make Hate Speech Treasonable, Says; It Is Plot To Silence Opposition

Ekiti Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has cautioned the federal government over its categorisation of hate speeches to act of terrorism, “This appears as another plot to silence the opposition and I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot be termed as hate speech.”

The governor, who accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speeches in the country, noted that; “When the APC was looking for power, several provocative statements were made.  Nigerians are yet to forget President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood’ hate speeches and the threat by the APC to form a parallel government.”
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Friday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who said he was totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, added that it was important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
He said “even if the APC government is sincere with its new found hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speech.”
The governor counselled that rather than blanket criminalising of hate speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country and restore the confidence of the people in the government.
The statement read; “I wish to express concern over the pronouncement of the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo that hate speech will henceforth be treated as terrorism.
“While I am totally against hate speech and will support any effort to curb it, it is important to caution the federal government on the danger inherent in the blanket categorisation of hate speech as treasonable.
“I make bold to say that saying the truth concerning the country and its rulers cannot be termed as hate speech.
“I only hope Nigeria is not being systematically returned to the colonial days when the law of sedition was used to jail many of those who fought for our independence or the era of Buhari’s military regime when the notorious Public Officers (Protection against False accusation) Decree 4 of 1984 was used to jailTunde Thompson and NdukaIrabor, both of The Guardian newspapers for publishing what the government termed as false.
“Most importantly, going by the APC government’s use of the so-called anti-corruption fight to harass, intimidate, arrest and detain opposition figures, there is no doubt that categorising whatever that is termed as hate speech as act of terrorism is unconstitutional and an attempt to gag Nigerians, especially the press.
“It should therefore not be seen that since the use of corruption to harass, arrest and detain opposition figures is no longer fashionable, hate speech will now be another instrument of oppression to be used against opposition. 
“The questions that must be answered by the federal government are; what constitutes hate speech andwho determines it? Has the Presidency becomes law unto itself such that it is now the one to determine what is an offense and what punishment to be applied?
“From all intent and purposes, the Acting President pronouncement which is obviously not backed by any legislation is an attempt to provide reasons for an impending clampdown on opposition and Nigerians will resist any attempt to mortgage their fundamental rights to freedom of expression under the guise of hate speeches.
“When the APC was looking for power, several provocative statements were made. 

Nigerians are yet to forget President Buhari’s “the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood” hate speeches and the threat by the APC to form a parallel government.
“What can be more treasonable than these statements made by President Buhari and his party?
“It is also on record that during the 2011 election campaign, President Buhari’s inciting statement led to widespread violence by his supporters in the North after he lost. Over 1000 people were slaughtered in cold blood, including innocent National Youth Service Corp members.
“Therefore, even if the APC government is sincere with its new found hatred for hate speeches, the APC government must first apologise to Nigerians for being the number one promoter and beneficiary of hate speech.
“Also, rather than this blanket criminalising of hate speeches, the federal government should embark on reorientation of Nigerians, especially the youths on the consequences of hate speeches to the unity of the country while the confidence of the people in the government (at all levels) must be restored.”

Exposed! Kidnapper Evans controversial N300m suit linked to Buruji Kashamu, Lawyer Ogungbeje is his man

Nigerians were surprised when a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, filed a suit on behalf of Notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, otherwise known as Evans against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and three others before the Federal High Court in Lagos for alleged illegal detention.
However, what many Nigerians do not know is the connection of Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer who filed the suit with a fugitive drug baron who is the Senator, representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu.

Ogungbeje, who heads Lawflex Chambers and is the Chairman of Voice Vanguard, is said to be one of the secret lawyers engaged by Kashamu.
This is apart from Ajibola Oluyede, who handles most of Kashamu’s
cases.

In the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje,
Evans is praying for the order of court to direct the police to
immediately charge him to court if there is any case against him in
accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In the alternative, Evans is praying the court to compel the police to
immediately release him unconditionally in the absence of any offence that will warrant his being charged to court.

However, less than 24 hours after he filed the first suit against the
leadership of the Nigeria Police Force, Evans has again filed a fresh
suit, claiming the sum of N300m as general and exemplary damages
against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional
media trial.

While Nigerians continue to wonder where Evans got his courage to file
the suit from, having himself confessed to the police for committing the offence of kidnapping, investigations by our reporters have revealed that Senator Buruji Kashamu might be the brain behind the
suit.

Multiple sources disclosed that Kashamu, who is known for judgment brokerage could be banking on his hold on a section of the judiciary to put legal impediments on the ways of the police in their bids to prosecute Evans.

Sources said Evans was already considering vying for senate in 2019
before he was arrested and he could have reached out to Kashamu.

It should be recalled that Kashamu’s name featured in the June 2016 controversial judgment of Justice Okon Abang, sacking Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, who is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that who
contested the governorship ticket with the governor.
The controversial Ogun State PDP senator was said to have been the one who brokered the controversial judgment at a fee said to be more than N2 billion.

Also, Senate President Bukola Saraki was made to hire Kashamu’s Lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede when the heat on his Code of Conduct became very hot.

Most properties owned by the senator were said to be have been gotten through controversial curt orders, usually gotten from Federal High Courts in Lagos and Abuja.

The crisis rocking the PDP is also as result of controversial judgment
secured by Kashamu.

Kashamu is presently faced with possible extradition to the United
States of America (USA) to face drug charges and as a result of this,
he has made praise-singing of President Muhammadu Buhari and
condemnation of the President’s critics as his major concern.

In January, a USA appeals court upheld a ruling against a Kashamu on the drug charges related to the hit TV show “Orange is the New Black.”

Chicago prosecutors accused Buruji Kashamu of heading a heroin
trafficking ring in the 1990s.

Kashamu had argued that prosecutors want his dead brother instead. In an April 2015 filing, Kashamu asked a district court to prevent his “abduction abroad by U.S. authorities.”

The court dismissed the complaint, and the USA Seventh Circuit Court
of Appeals upheld the ruling. It said USA agents’ attempt to arrest
Kashamu in coordination with local authorities would not constitute
“an attempted abduction.”

A dozen people long ago pleaded guilty in the case, including Piper
Kerman, whose memoir was adapted for the Netflix show.

Kashamu was at a point on exile in Benin Republic.

While on exile in Benin, he was able to expand his Illicit network
with the help of Cali Cartel Drug Lords of Columbia where he amassed so much funds from the export of drugs to America mainly Chicago from which he was able to fund a Presidential aspirant who eventually won.

With his access to the Presidency, he successfully defrauded the
country where he is still wanted for his atrocities. At that time, the
United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption in West Africa and DEA
(Drug Enforcement Agency USA) had linked and declared him wanted for enormous drug trafficking charges, Money Laundering and Murder.

He was detained at the famous Wormwood scrubs prisons in UK for
several years where he fought extradition to the USA extensively and lost. He eventually absconded to Nigeria while on bail and has since been unable to step out of the shores of Nigeria.

“With his character and antecedents, he is sure capable of being involved in any criminal cartel,” one of our sources said.

UNCOVERED: APC Membership Card Found In Kidnapper Evans’ Room

The notorious billionaire kidnapper Chukwudi Onuamadike (aka) Evans has reportedly disclosed to be a card carrying member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos State branch, after the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) with Nigerian Police ransacked his apartment and found the party’s membership card inside a locked box in his private room at Magodo Area of Lagos.

This follows his arrest last Saturday, June 10 in Lagos.

The accused, who claimed to be a card carrying member of the APC in Lagos State, denied having attended any political meeting with the party before now, but maintained that he usually see to the financial obligations of the party and its members both on request and at will.

Evans, as he is simply called, was reportedly arrested inside his palatial mansion in the estate by men of the Nigeria Police Force under the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team led by Assistant Commissioner Abba Kyari.

Debunking the claim by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the party, APC, Mr Joe Igbokwe, he said the accused was only trying to escape justice by all means, adding that the party had never at any point collected a dine or solicited financial assistance from an individual with such questionable character in the time past.

He said, “I have the boldness and audacity to dissociate APC, Lagos branch from any unholy alliance or relationship claimed to be existing between our party and the arrested kidnapper Evans.

“If truly our party’s membership card was found in his room as claimed by the operatives, definitely it must be that of one of his abducted victims who happens to be our member and not him.

“Nigerians should therefore disregard the claim that our party membership card was found in his (Evans) apartment. We don’t issue out cards to notorious and wicked people like him. In fact, he was never a member of our party.

“Those who are behind the plot to rubbish our party should be reminded that APC as a party is known for fighting corruption and other vices in the country. So there is no way we can be a party to kidnapping or aiding and abetting.”

Looters Feel Safe Under Buhari In Aso Villa -Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described as absurd, claim by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that looters have resorted to burying stolen funds in their backyards, deep forests and burial grounds, saying; “Looters in the Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency, especially those being compensated for funding the election of the President in 2015 bury their own loots in the Villa with Presidential protection, 
The governor asked; “Should it be wrong for other supposed looters that do not have presidential protection like their All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts to bury their loots in burial grounds probably for spiritual protection?”

In a statement issued on Monday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said “Nigerians can no longer be fooled with stage-managed loots recoveries, with no traceable owners (looters), especially when the loots are traceable to close associates of the president and his cabinet members.

He said; “Obviously, this so-called anti-corruption war has become a laughing stock with N49 million found in Kaduna Airport, N448 million discovered in a shop at Victoria Island, Lagos and N13 billion found in Ikoyi, Lagos neither having owners nor the identities of owners of the properties where the money was found known.”

Governor Fayose maintained that “It is either the money belongs to members of Buhari’s government or it is being planted by the government to sustain its fake anti-corruption fight in the minds of the people.”

He said; “Enough of stage-managed and fake anti-corruption war aimed solely at opposition figures, especially presidential hopefuls in the 2019 election.”

The governor noted that two different laws were now being operated in the country, with one law for the APC and those who decamp to the party and the other for the opposition, especially those perceived as having presidential ambition.

“The narrative they push daily is that only those in their government are saint while other Nigerians, including those in the National Assembly, Judiciary, opposition politicians and the civil servants are rogues while only Buhari’s appointees are saints. 

“To worsen matters, the cluelessness of the APC government in the last two years has plunged the country into debt without anything to show.

“The cabals in the Presidency are also taking advantage of the President’s state of health, which is as a result of his age to oppress Nigerians.

“Nigerians must therefore keep their eyes on the ball and not be carried away by the orchestrated distractions aimed at preventing them from seeing how the APC led government has failed woefully.”

He called on the international community to hold Nigeria accountable on the recovered N13 billion cash found in that Ikoyi, Lagos apartment saying; “this must not be swept under the carpet.”

FG Orders Ojudu To Supply Weapons To Fulani Against Ekiti People -PDP Alleges

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described the yesterday’s meeting of the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters and former Senator, representing Ekiti Central, Senator Babafemi Ojudu with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as a plan to supply the Fulani Herdsmen with sophisticated weapons to confront Ekiti people and a confirmation that the federal government and All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State were in support of the invasion of the State by Fulani herdsmen.

The party, which expressed worry that Senator Ojudu could choose to play politics with the lives and sources of livelihood of Ekiti people, said; “With Ojudu’s display of friendship with members of the Miyetti Allah, despite the threat issued by the association issued against the government and people of Ekiti State, the State and its people must have seen who their real enemy is.”

State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday that it was strange that the same Senator Ojudu that kept silent when Fulani herdsmen killed two Ekiti sons and injured several others in Oke Ako in Ikole Local Government was now the one meeting members of Miyetti Allah to pacify them over their alleged killing of their cows.

The party said it was curious that Ojudu and the APC led federal government could be more concerned with the lives of cows than the lives of Ekiti people.

The PDP said; “Ekiti people can now see that the federal government and APC leaders in Ekiti are behind the threat by the Fulani herdsmen to invade our State. If not, did Ojudu call the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to any meeting when their herdsmen murdered his own people?

“Did the federal government and the APC issue common press statement to condemn the killing of our people in Oke-Ako and destruction of their sources of livelihood?

“Are cows now more important to Ojudu and his APC than Ekiti people and their sources of livelihood?

“Obviously, by the silence of Ojudu and his party leaders when two Ekiti sons were killed and several others injured by herdsmen, it is clear that the threat issued by Miyetti Allah on Saturday has the tacit support of the federal government.”

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Buhari Wants Saraki, Ekweremadu Jailed As FG Files Fresh Charges

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Few days after they were left off the hook on allegations of forgery of senate rules, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu may return to the docks as the government is set to press fresh charges.

The Vanguard reports that plans are in place to get them in again, this time, individually instead of the joint suit instituted the first time, they will now be arraigned separately.

The withdrawal, according to the report, was necessary to give the police time to conduct fresh investigations.

It said there were interviews that were not conducted before the suit was filed the first time, and this was a vital procedure for the prosecution.

“You can see that under the Criminal Justice Act, the statement of the accused persons and all the witnesses are expected to be filed and it would have been wrong to have pressed ahead with the case whenthe police are yet to conclude their investigations,” the Ministry of Justice official pointed out.

“The federal government considered it appropriate to withdraw the case and conclude the investigation and attach both the statements by the accused and the witnesses before filing fresh charges against the suspects.

“We want to strengthen our position and present a solid case against the suspects as required under the Criminal Justice Administration Act.”

This will come as a big blow to some who were already using the opportunity to mend fences in what was being viewed by some as a political rejigging for the future. So far, the government has not made further statement.

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Court Sentences Herdsman To Two Years Imprisonment In Ekiti

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A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced one Ali Haruna to two years imprisonment for taking his cows for grazing in a farmland and destroying crops worth of millions of naira.

The Magistrate, Idowu Ayenimo, in his judgement, said the accused was arraigned in his court on Jan 22, 2016 over a two-count charge of wilful and unlawful damage of farm crops at Ago Aduloju in Ado-Ekiti.

The 18-year-old Haruna was confirmed by the four prosecuting witnesses to have been caught in the midnight grazing his cow in the farm belonging to Abdulahi Yaho and Bello Mohammed.

The cash crops said to have destroyed by the cows in the farm included cassava, maize, okro and pepper, all valued at N3 million.

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