Archive: Jun 2016

Tompolo writes letter to Mr Buhari, asks President to hear his own side of the story

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Former Niger delta militant Chief, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo has written to President of Nigerian Mr. Buhari, Tompolo in his open letter appealed to the President ,that the Nigeria military during one of their raids on his community have taken his symbol of authority as the chief priest of Egbesu Shrine, Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom.

 

Reports have it that the former Niger Delta militant stated that the incident happened about 31 days ago when soldiers stormed Oporoza in his absence in search for him on allegation that he was behind the bombing of oil facilities in the region.

Tompolo, in a letter to the president, expressed the wish to meet with Buhari saying that the meeting would present him with an opportunity to tell President Buhari “my side of the numerous stories you have been inundated about me.” He wrote: “As I said in my previous publications, the military made away with the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu Shrine, which I am the Chief Priest.

They also made away with other valuables worth several millions of naira from the community.” READ ALSO: Tompolo tells Buhari to stop toying with the Niger Delta “The most annoying one is the purported arrest of 10 young promising men, most of whom are orphans, who are secondary school students sitting for the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) and other palace staff, and labeled them as members of the Niger Delta Avengers.

“As I write you now, these innocent young promising men are still with your military for no reason. This is truly man’s inhumanity to man in our own country. We are presently being treated like conquered people because of crude oil.

“Mr. President, please kindly direct your army to return the looted items, including the symbol of authority, and also release those innocent young men to continue their academic programme, even though they have missed the WASSCE for this year.

 

“Mr President, remember, there is no condition that is permanent. I have kept faith in this country. I have contributed in no small measure to the development of this country.

It is my prayer that God Almighty should preserve me and meet you again to tell you my side of the numerous stories you have been inundated about me. “This was how they arrested Chevron Nigeria Limited Staff on routine duty in Kokodiagbene community of Gbaramatu kingdom, and labeled them members of Niger Delta Avengers.

It took spirited effort by leaders of the kingdom and other well meaning Nigerians to convince the military, that the arrested men were not involved in pipeline destruction.

“Mr President, sir, please permit me to quickly recall a similar incident that occurred in May, 2009, when this same military invaded several communities in Gbaramatu kingdom, under the command of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Traditional worship centres were desecrated, properties were looted and above all, the multi-billion naira ultra-modern magnificent palace of the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom was burned down, and his golden crown was stolen by the military.

“As peace loving people, the kingdom approached the courts and demanded compensation for the unlawful invasion and destruction of property, in which the court awarded 99 billion naira in favour of Gbaramatu kingdom.

After seven years of that sad incident, the Federal Government is yet to pay the compensation.

“This incident also led to the declaration of the Presidential Amnesty programme for peace to reign, as the government found out that military action is not the best way to address the Niger Delta question and the rest become a history in the life of those who led that invasion.

I believe Mr President should learn a lesson from the 2009 military invasion and do the needful. “Your Excellency Sir, as they say, wonders shall never end, I am still in a great shock as the only developmental project,

Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, established by the previous administration in 2014 in the coastal area of the Niger Delta region to meet the yearnings and the aspiration of the people, is yet to commence academic session. Even though all is set for University’s take off.”

 

 

COPA America update: Chile defeats Argentina as Messi retires from International Football

Chile’s Alexis Sánchez celebrates after winning the final.

Lionel Messi contemplates his missed penalty in the shoot-out

It was triumph, jubilation and sadness as Chile won the COPA America back to back for the first time ever, while Argentina lost out in a match that saw two red cards in the first half of the game for both sides.

Messi lost a penalty and not only that retired from international football; saying “For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion,”.

Messi, winner of four Champions League titles and eight Spanish La Liga crowns with Barcelona, was also a member of Argentina’s Copa America team that lost to Brazil in 2007.

Congrats to them

 

 

Breaking News : David Cameron Quits as British Prime Minister following referendum for BREXIT

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David Cameron said he could not be the 'captain of the ship' while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU

 

 

David Cameron says he will quit as British PM following overwhelming results that saw the leave campaign win.

David Cameron flanked by wife Samantha, Mr Cameron said he had been ‘proud’ to serve as PM for the past six years.

But he said it would not be right for him to be the ‘captain of the ship’ while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU.

‘The will of the British people must be respected,’ he said.

Choking back emotion, Mr Cameron said he would not depart immediately and would seek to calm the markets over the coming ‘weeks and months’.

But he said a new Prime Minister should be in place for the Conservative Party conference in October.

Speaking at a jubilant Leave.EU rally in central London, Mr Farage said June 23 would go down in history as ‘our independence day’.

In a remark that could prove controversial after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot dead last week, Mr Farage said the country was separating from the EU ‘without a single bullet being fired’ .

 ‘Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,’ he said.

‘This, if the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.

‘We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit.

Nigel Farage looked somber as he conceded defeat at around 11pm, admitting that Remain may edge the victory, but he looked overjoyed after a series of results that were better than expected for the campaign at 12.30am

EFCC blocks Governor Fayose’s bank account

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has blocked the account of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, operated by Zenith Bank Plc.

The governor, who spoke to reporters in Ado-Ekiti on Monday at the premises of the bank, said he had information that the accounts of some of his associates were also affected.

According to a press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, the governor accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a prominent lawyer from the state of being the brains behind the action.

While condemning the action, Mr. Fayose said under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, especially th‎e provisions contained in Section 308, he enjoyed immunity and wondered why his personal properties should become the targets of the Federal Government and its agencies under the guise of fighting corruption.

“Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution gives me immunity just like the President. I wouldn’t know why these people are intolerant of others and in a haste. Let them wait till 2018 when I will end my tenure for them to do their investigati‎on. The other time the EFCC accused me of embezzling N1.2 billion poultry project fund, I was the one who voluntarily reported myself to the EFCC.

“It was ‎when I got a hint of their move that I wrote a cheque to withdraw some money from the account and I came myself. I was denied access to the account as I was told the EFCC has placed restriction on it. That is executive rascality taken too far. Even when I had case with EFCC my properties were not affected.

“If they say they are investigating money spent on election, does it mean it is only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that spent money on election? A lot of people and groups supported my campaign then. Where did APC and their leaders get the money they spent on 2015 general elections from? Now it is only in PDP that they find thieves, to them there are no thieves in the APC.

“A lot of petitions were written against former Governor Kayode Fayemi and the EFCC has not asked him a question up till now. The diversion of N850 million fund meant for Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board is there and nobody is asking Fayemi questions.

“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can
serialize the judgment for people to see and read.

“We will not allow this and we will defend our rights within the law of the land.

“Those who th‎ink they can silence me are mistaken. I am a person who is not perturbed by things like this. Let them wait till 2018 when I will finish my term and I will be the one to go and meet them. I won’t run away and let them investigate the whole world, I have nothing to hide or fear,” he said.

Mr. Fayose said he would challenge the action appropriately.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, declined to comment for this story, saying he had not been briefed on the matter.