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Incurable OPTIMIST; unrepentant Africanist, highpriest of metaphysics, teacher, writer, journalist, biographer.

‘Buhari is my hero’, says man who name dog after Nigeria’s president


The Police in Ogun State, yesterday, released unconditionally, the 30-year-old trader, Joe Fortemose  Chinakwe, who was arrested last Saturday for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’. The embattled trader, Chinakwe.

The embattled trader, who was visibly angry after his three-day incarceration in police cell, was let off the hook around 5pm on Tuesday after the intervention of both the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigenes in the state. It was learned that the prompt intervention of the elders made the complainant to withdraw the case he reported against the trader at Sango-Ota division which was later transferred to Police headquarters at Eleweran.

However, police sources said both the complainant and suspect were made to sign an undertaking not to cause any breach of peace again. Speaking to Vanguard after this release, the trader, a father of two from the Niger Delta, who trades on second hand clothing lamented that he was made to suffer for no just cause.

Complainant from Niger Republic Narrating his ordeal, Chinakwe said “It is annoying because the complainant is from Niger Republic and I am sure he is one of those illegal aliens in this country.  He connived with one Police Sergeant from the Northern part of Nigeria called Musa, who works at Sango Police division to humiliate me.  Worse still, the Divisional Police Officer there, did not help matters as he refused to entertain any plea from me after I was arrested that Saturday night.

He simply ordered his men to throw me into the cell.” Why dog was named Buhari Continuing, he said “I did not commit any offence. I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero. My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military Head of State. It continued till date that he is a civilian President. After reading his dogged fight against corruption, which is like a canker worm eating into the very existence of this country, I solely decided to rename my beloved dog which I called Buhari, after him. I did not know that I was committing an offence for admiring Buhari. Ordeal with Police “I was intimidated and thrown inside the cell with hardened criminals for about three days. While I was there, the complainant from Niger Republic and Sergeant Musa from the North kept on taunting me saying people from my part of the country are trouble makers and that after detaining me, they will throw me into prison where I will die unsung. ”Even when my wife came with our baby on her back, they stopped her from giving me food.  One of my friends that came to see me was also maltreated. “While taking me to Eleweran the next day, they handcuffed and chained me together with that my friend. Fortunately, when we got to police headquarters, both the Commissioner of Police and other officers were angry with their colleagues at Sango-Ota. ”They were wondering loudly why I was brought to the headquarters over such a minor case. It’s very unfortunate that I have to be so humiliated in my own country because of the antics of a foreigner in connivance with my brother from the North.”

BREAKING NEWS: Army, Police, DSS seal venue of PDP convention in Port Harcourt *It’s an order from Presidency, says leader

*A Major General leads the operation backed by Grenade Launchers and Armoured Personnel Carriers

Security agencies in the early hours of Wednesday morning invaded the venue of the PDP National Convention on Wednesday morning, chasing away officials of the party and television crews.

The invading security agencies led by a Major General declared that they were directed by the Chief of Defence Staff on the orders of the Presidency to seal off the Sharks Stadium.

The security agents numbering over five hundred came with armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers and other sophisticated weapons.

They also dislodged television crews already positioned to beam the PDP National Convention live.

As at press time, it was learnt that the organs of the PDP were meeting at a hotel in Port Harcourt to decide the next line of action.

The security agencies have also sealed off all routes to the venue.

It would be recalled that the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt in a judgement on Tuesday ruled that Police and DSS provide security for the national convention. The court also declared that its judgment of 4th July, 2016 validating the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party remains valid and subsisting until vacated by the Court of Appeal.

However, Justice Abang gave a ruling yesterday evening in Abuja stopping the convention. Lawyers emphasize that a ruling is less effective than a judgment.

The Presidency it was learnt specifically directed Security agencies to obey Abang’s order for political reasons.

Igbo trader in police net for naming his dog Buhari


Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, a 30 year old trader has been arrested by the police in Ogun state for naming his dog, Buhari.

The police said Chinakwe’s action offended some Northerners in his vicinity, who reported the matter to the command.

When the trader’s  family went to secure his bail, the police informed them that his case had been transferred from the Sango police station to the Ogun State Police Command headquarters at Eleweran.

A family member who spoke to Vanguard alleged that Chinakwe has been denied bail, adding that “Chinakwe is a lover of dogs and he names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago and named it Buhari. Unfortunately, some Northerners, who dominate the vicinity where he resides misconstrued his intention and connived to take him up. The complainant then claimed it was derogatory because his father answers Buhari.”

Speaking on the matter, a police source said “He (Chinakwe) not only named the dog Buhari but boldly wrote it on the body of both sides of the dog and was seen parading the neighbourhood dominated by Northerners with it.”

Confirming the arrest, the Ogun state police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, also said “ I have made enquiries. The man bought a dog and inscribed Buhari on both sides of its body. One Mallam lodged a complaint and when our men got there, we found out that it was true. You know such thing can cause serious breach of the peace and ethnic or religious unrest. We are charging him to court for conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.

“He was arrested last Saturday and we are taking him to court later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow morning (today). You know an average Northerner will feel bad over such a thing. It can cause serious ethnic crisis or religious confrontation because when you are relegating such a name to a certain person, you are indirectly insulting him.”

Reports say Chinakwe asked his friends to kill the dog so it will not be used as an evidence against him.

Edo 2016: We’ll invest massively in health sector, says Sadoh, PPA guber candidate

Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) governorship standard bearer in Edo State, Thomas Amanesi Sadoh, has promised to invest in the health sector so as to achieve economic growth, saying that it is only when the populace have good health that the economy can be described as vibrant.

He promised that he will implement a policy of free health services for children under 5 years, aged people and pregnant women.
Sadoh stressed that some of the improvement he will bring forth in the health sector include the policy of upgrading existing health facilities and construction of ultramodern health facilities in strategic locations easily accessible to the populace.
On education, Sadoh said that the issue goes beyond the red roof revolution that the Oshiomhole administration pride itself of initiating.

“When you talk of education it goes beyond the issue of red roof – the structure.  We should for instance be talking of the content; the curriculum. 

“Go and do your investigation. We only have 13 science teachers in the whole of Edo State Government owned schools. That is how bad it is.

“Again, look at the state of the schools. How many of them have functional laboratories. These are the kinds of questions we should be asking. But I assure you that when we come on board we are going to address these anomalies.

“Also schools in Edo State lack teachers. The last time teachers were employed was 13 years ago. Go and check the records,” he disclosed.

He stressed that about two years ago the state government asked for response from qualified personnels interested in the teaching profession.

But barely had the letter of employment been issued to successful applicants when the letters were withdrawn on the excuse that the exercise was fraught with irregularities.

Sadoh said that outside the metropolitan local government councils – Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba Okha – the state of education in the other areas is pitiable.

“If you leave the metropolitan local government areas to the hinterland you will cry for the state of education in Edo State.
“You will see that there is shortage of workforce in the schools. These are some of the things that we will have to correct when I come on board.

“It has always been said that the best legacy you can bequeath to a child is education.  What I would do is to ensure that all public office holders send their children to government owned schools.

“By so doing, such public office holders will ensure that the improvement of the facilities and the equipment in such schools will be of importance to them,’ he stated.

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Edo 2016: We’ll invest massively in health sector, says Sadoh, PPA guber candidate

Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) governorship standard bearer in Edo State, Thomas Amanesi Sadoh, has promised to invest in the health sector so as to achieve economic growth, saying that it is only when the populace have good health that the economy can be described as vibrant.

He promised that he will implement a policy of free health services for children under 5 years, aged people and pregnant women.
Sadoh stressed that some of the improvement he will bring forth in the health sector include the policy of upgrading existing health facilities and construction of ultramodern health facilities in strategic locations easily accessible to the populace.
On education, Sadoh said that the issue goes beyond the red roof revolution that the Oshiomhole administration pride itself of initiating.

“When you talk of education it goes beyond the issue of red roof – the structure.  We should for instance be talking of the content; the curriculum. 

“Go and do your investigation. We only have 13 science teachers in the whole of Edo State Government owned schools. That is how bad it is.

“Again, look at the state of the schools. How many of them have functional laboratories. These are the kinds of questions we should be asking. But I assure you that when we come on board we are going to address these anomalies.

“Also schools in Edo State lack teachers. The last time teachers were employed was 13 years ago. Go and check the records,” he disclosed.

He stressed that about two years ago the state government asked for response from qualified personnels interested in the teaching profession.

But barely had the letter of employment been issued to successful applicants when the letters were withdrawn on the excuse that the exercise was fraught with irregularities.

Sadoh said that outside the metropolitan local government councils – Oredo, Egor and Ikpoba Okha – the state of education in the other areas is pitiable.

“If you leave the metropolitan local government areas to the hinterland you will cry for the state of education in Edo State.
“You will see that there is shortage of workforce in the schools. These are some of the things that we will have to correct when I come on board.

“It has always been said that the best legacy you can bequeath to a child is education.  What I would do is to ensure that all public office holders send their children to government owned schools.

“By so doing, such public office holders will ensure that the improvement of the facilities and the equipment in such schools will be of importance to them,’ he stated.

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Garba Shehu, This Can’t Be The Change Nigerians Voted For, by Izuoma Ibe

One is expected to get a hundred naira airtime each time he or she purchases an airtime ticket from internet subscribers but it is fraudulent when the airtime ticket purchased for two hundred naira eventually credits the fellow’s account with one hundred naira. And it will be an insult to injury when the operator insists that one hundred naira was the amount the fellow subscribed for instead of two hundred.
I do not see any difference this analogy stands for with a publication credited to Garba Shehu, senior spokesperson to Nigeria president Mohammad Buhari insisting that the economic hardship and herdsmen attacks across the country is the change Nigerians voted for. He had titled that article; ‘In Defense of President Buhari: Is This The Change We Voted For? Yes, It Is!’

Mr. Shehu, this is not the change we voted for. I know in your right frame of mind, without the influence of your office as the presidential spokesperson, you know the truth that this is not the change you also voted for. That is if you voted in real terms.
Firstly, I would love you to consider my response to your publication as I would try my best to focus on its contents and not you even as my anger wells up against you for making such a publication against Nigerians.
The PDP has been so painted as corrupt as it may not or have been ever since this current administration as led by president Mohammad Buhari. Your article made same attribution when you wrote, “When they ask the question, is this the change we voted for, the critic forgets how far we have come from the scam-tainted years of the PDP rule.” But how would you live in a glass house and still throw stones, Mr. Shehu?

The people, I and your real conscience inclusive are against this administration for it has not done any much in showing the world that it is different from the government that it is painting in variety of ill-colors. Has it? No, it hasn’t! If it has, there wouldn’t be any reason for a government to keep its face away from corrupt practices across the nation as perpetrated by party loyalists.
Let me ask you Mr. Shehu, where are the list of the looters of Nigeria economy which Mr. President promised to make public? Was he advised not to bring it to the fore as it may have negative implications? What does that tell? It tells that the government is not in any way saying the truth; It tells that the government is not sure that it has the face to go against those it called corrupt. Is this not same with the former administration that boasted it new those behind the 2011 Abuja bombing and never mentioned them? What is the difference?

What do you know about the budget padding as it is trending in the House of Representatives? What have you said for the presidency? 

You said that President Buhari’s administration is unfairly criticized when you wrote, “Unfair criticism of the Buhari administration especially on account of escalating prices of foodstuff and the liberalization of the currency exchange needs to be challenged before it overshadows the commendable job the President has done in fighting terrorism as part of overall effort to secure the country, reducing corruption and yes, arresting the economic slide before it sinks the nation.”

At some point, I am beginning to think that Aso Rock and its inhabitants are not part of Nigeria. If not that I have been there many times, I wouldn’t have thought otherwise.
The escalating prices of foodstuffs and the liberalization of the currency exchange notwithstanding, what is the fight against terrorism and how has the government reduced corruption and arresting the economy from sliding as you said? Those living in Aso Rock shouldn’t be unaware that there is yet to be due attention paid towards terrorism in Nigeria. And that this economy is a reflection of this current administration. Every sound mind knows that. Politics shouldn’t be mixed with this.

Mr. Shehu, there is nothing revealing about the efforts of the government in effectively attempting to quell Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. There has been none! Let me ask you, Shehu, what is today going on in Niger Delta? Are the military sent there to undergo training or to attack those perceived to be militants? If they are there for the later and were send down there promptly as it was and they are stationed there, what is the current pressure put in place to ensure that the current resurrection of Boko Haram is handled?
How has the presidency concerted efforts towards securing the country is it by keeping mute at the growing attacks of people by herdsmen? Have you made a tangible statement as the spokesperson to the president in that regard? What did you say when a woman’s life was snatched from her in Kaduna state? Have you said anything with regards to the just murdered two in Enugu state? Are those not lives? Is it a boost to nationality that a citizen would be murdered in cold blood and the capital says nothing?
You boasted of the image of the president when you wrote; “Wherever they go these days, in London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York or Tokyo, Nigerians get the good feeling of being asked the question, how is President Muhammadu Buhari?” Mr. Shehu, there are two things people get popular for. It is either good or bad. If the people of London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York, or Tokyo are saying well of the president, that is because they hear his voice and not feeling the impact of his panning. Nigerians should ask same for such to be valid. Charity they say begins at home.

The president may have really spoken good words and made good promises in hope to do well in the future but the true fact remains that, what is on ground is in no way promising such. It doesn’t! It should have been promising if the presidency has been living up to its campaign promises. I know you are not unaware that the Abuja-Kaduna railway is the first and only tangible project that has been commissioned by this administration.

You said that the currency liberalization and deregulation of the petroleum product sale will make the president one of the best presidents till date. I will not contest it with you but would do so if it continues to yield negative results as it is today. But will commend you if it goes otherwise.

“There are many today who take for granted the declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, forgetting the reign of the bomber who made it almost impossible for regular attendance in Churches and Mosques in many of our cities, including the Federal Capital City, Abuja”.

“Victory over Boko Haram has brought peace not only to Nigeria but to the countries in the Lake Chad region.”

It is unclear what you intended to say in those lines as no Nigerian in the right senses will agree with you that there is calm in many cities, including the federal capital city, Abuja. If the message you wanted to convey is as it is in those lines, I wish to inform you that that is not true as many worshippers in the north attend churches and Mosques with their hands in their chests as they do not know what fate hold for them, it may not be in the hands of the bomber you attributed but in the hands of some few who claim to be part a religious sect, who would come attacking them with clubs and machete without the spokesperson to the president saying anything to that regard.

With regards to global rise and fall in oil prices which is today used as panacea for leadership success or failure, I wish to ask you, Mr. Shehu, what was the cost of oil in the reigns of Obasanjo compared to Jonathan’s regime? What was the allocation from Abuja to the states? Was Obasanjo not the minister of petroleum as President Buhari? The states were still able to carry out their duties. If the oil price has fallen and the government has removed the oil subsidy which now earns it 2 trillion naira annually, wouldn’t that balance it? what is the total of 2016 budget? How much has been saved. What figure was the reserve deposit? How much is there now? How much has been borrowed to run the government? How much was the country’s debt?

Much as the country depends on oil as a major means of revenue generation and there is a drop on its price, the government has no reason not to roll its selves higher in order to diversify the economy. But, in diversifying this economy, I don’t think that focusing on Agriculture in the North means diversification but the encouraging of small scale industries across the country. Some citizens are not meant to be neglected in such an exercise as diversification involves humans who would contribute immeasurably. 

Giving attention to only a sector at the detriment of others will also have negative effect on the nation’s economy in the future.
You said the country inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. “Every crisis, it is said, is an opportunity. Not so in Nigeria. This is a county that inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. We must not lose this opportunity to diversify the economy and our foreign earnings presented by the present oil crisis”.

I don’t think Nigeria has learnt anything with regards to human development. Though this is the most shocking statement or revelation from your articles, I wish to inform you that the government which you represent is not innocent of abandoning those technological inventions.

If you have an invention and you are not encouraged to develop with, will it thrive? It won’t! Well, I wouldn’t get into that but would live you with the saying that he who hands one to the ground is still holding himself to the ground.

-Izuoma Ibe, Sociologist and writer writes from Port Harcourt
izuomaibe@gmail.com

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Garba Shehu, This Can’t Be The Change Nigerians Voted For, by Izuoma Ibe

One is expected to get a hundred naira airtime each time he or she purchases an airtime ticket from internet subscribers but it is fraudulent when the airtime ticket purchased for two hundred naira eventually credits the fellow’s account with one hundred naira. And it will be an insult to injury when the operator insists that one hundred naira was the amount the fellow subscribed for instead of two hundred.
I do not see any difference this analogy stands for with a publication credited to Garba Shehu, senior spokesperson to Nigeria president Mohammad Buhari insisting that the economic hardship and herdsmen attacks across the country is the change Nigerians voted for. He had titled that article; ‘In Defense of President Buhari: Is This The Change We Voted For? Yes, It Is!’

Mr. Shehu, this is not the change we voted for. I know in your right frame of mind, without the influence of your office as the presidential spokesperson, you know the truth that this is not the change you also voted for. That is if you voted in real terms.
Firstly, I would love you to consider my response to your publication as I would try my best to focus on its contents and not you even as my anger wells up against you for making such a publication against Nigerians.
The PDP has been so painted as corrupt as it may not or have been ever since this current administration as led by president Mohammad Buhari. Your article made same attribution when you wrote, “When they ask the question, is this the change we voted for, the critic forgets how far we have come from the scam-tainted years of the PDP rule.” But how would you live in a glass house and still throw stones, Mr. Shehu?

The people, I and your real conscience inclusive are against this administration for it has not done any much in showing the world that it is different from the government that it is painting in variety of ill-colors. Has it? No, it hasn’t! If it has, there wouldn’t be any reason for a government to keep its face away from corrupt practices across the nation as perpetrated by party loyalists.
Let me ask you Mr. Shehu, where are the list of the looters of Nigeria economy which Mr. President promised to make public? Was he advised not to bring it to the fore as it may have negative implications? What does that tell? It tells that the government is not in any way saying the truth; It tells that the government is not sure that it has the face to go against those it called corrupt. Is this not same with the former administration that boasted it new those behind the 2011 Abuja bombing and never mentioned them? What is the difference?

What do you know about the budget padding as it is trending in the House of Representatives? What have you said for the presidency? 

You said that President Buhari’s administration is unfairly criticized when you wrote, “Unfair criticism of the Buhari administration especially on account of escalating prices of foodstuff and the liberalization of the currency exchange needs to be challenged before it overshadows the commendable job the President has done in fighting terrorism as part of overall effort to secure the country, reducing corruption and yes, arresting the economic slide before it sinks the nation.”

At some point, I am beginning to think that Aso Rock and its inhabitants are not part of Nigeria. If not that I have been there many times, I wouldn’t have thought otherwise.
The escalating prices of foodstuffs and the liberalization of the currency exchange notwithstanding, what is the fight against terrorism and how has the government reduced corruption and arresting the economy from sliding as you said? Those living in Aso Rock shouldn’t be unaware that there is yet to be due attention paid towards terrorism in Nigeria. And that this economy is a reflection of this current administration. Every sound mind knows that. Politics shouldn’t be mixed with this.

Mr. Shehu, there is nothing revealing about the efforts of the government in effectively attempting to quell Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. There has been none! Let me ask you, Shehu, what is today going on in Niger Delta? Are the military sent there to undergo training or to attack those perceived to be militants? If they are there for the later and were send down there promptly as it was and they are stationed there, what is the current pressure put in place to ensure that the current resurrection of Boko Haram is handled?
How has the presidency concerted efforts towards securing the country is it by keeping mute at the growing attacks of people by herdsmen? Have you made a tangible statement as the spokesperson to the president in that regard? What did you say when a woman’s life was snatched from her in Kaduna state? Have you said anything with regards to the just murdered two in Enugu state? Are those not lives? Is it a boost to nationality that a citizen would be murdered in cold blood and the capital says nothing?
You boasted of the image of the president when you wrote; “Wherever they go these days, in London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York or Tokyo, Nigerians get the good feeling of being asked the question, how is President Muhammadu Buhari?” Mr. Shehu, there are two things people get popular for. It is either good or bad. If the people of London, Dubai, Beijing, Washington, New York, or Tokyo are saying well of the president, that is because they hear his voice and not feeling the impact of his panning. Nigerians should ask same for such to be valid. Charity they say begins at home.

The president may have really spoken good words and made good promises in hope to do well in the future but the true fact remains that, what is on ground is in no way promising such. It doesn’t! It should have been promising if the presidency has been living up to its campaign promises. I know you are not unaware that the Abuja-Kaduna railway is the first and only tangible project that has been commissioned by this administration.

You said that the currency liberalization and deregulation of the petroleum product sale will make the president one of the best presidents till date. I will not contest it with you but would do so if it continues to yield negative results as it is today. But will commend you if it goes otherwise.

“There are many today who take for granted the declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists, forgetting the reign of the bomber who made it almost impossible for regular attendance in Churches and Mosques in many of our cities, including the Federal Capital City, Abuja”.

“Victory over Boko Haram has brought peace not only to Nigeria but to the countries in the Lake Chad region.”

It is unclear what you intended to say in those lines as no Nigerian in the right senses will agree with you that there is calm in many cities, including the federal capital city, Abuja. If the message you wanted to convey is as it is in those lines, I wish to inform you that that is not true as many worshippers in the north attend churches and Mosques with their hands in their chests as they do not know what fate hold for them, it may not be in the hands of the bomber you attributed but in the hands of some few who claim to be part a religious sect, who would come attacking them with clubs and machete without the spokesperson to the president saying anything to that regard.

With regards to global rise and fall in oil prices which is today used as panacea for leadership success or failure, I wish to ask you, Mr. Shehu, what was the cost of oil in the reigns of Obasanjo compared to Jonathan’s regime? What was the allocation from Abuja to the states? Was Obasanjo not the minister of petroleum as President Buhari? The states were still able to carry out their duties. If the oil price has fallen and the government has removed the oil subsidy which now earns it 2 trillion naira annually, wouldn’t that balance it? what is the total of 2016 budget? How much has been saved. What figure was the reserve deposit? How much is there now? How much has been borrowed to run the government? How much was the country’s debt?

Much as the country depends on oil as a major means of revenue generation and there is a drop on its price, the government has no reason not to roll its selves higher in order to diversify the economy. But, in diversifying this economy, I don’t think that focusing on Agriculture in the North means diversification but the encouraging of small scale industries across the country. Some citizens are not meant to be neglected in such an exercise as diversification involves humans who would contribute immeasurably. 

Giving attention to only a sector at the detriment of others will also have negative effect on the nation’s economy in the future.
You said the country inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. “Every crisis, it is said, is an opportunity. Not so in Nigeria. This is a county that inherited massive technological inventions from Biafra, yet failed to take it forward. We must not lose this opportunity to diversify the economy and our foreign earnings presented by the present oil crisis”.

I don’t think Nigeria has learnt anything with regards to human development. Though this is the most shocking statement or revelation from your articles, I wish to inform you that the government which you represent is not innocent of abandoning those technological inventions.

If you have an invention and you are not encouraged to develop with, will it thrive? It won’t! Well, I wouldn’t get into that but would live you with the saying that he who hands one to the ground is still holding himself to the ground.

-Izuoma Ibe, Sociologist and writer writes from Port Harcourt
izuomaibe@gmail.com

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Avoid Oshiomhole, Obaseki, they’re hypocrites-Ize-Iyamu Media Team

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI) Media Team, has called on the people of Benin to ignore the campaign rhetorics of the state governor, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.

According to the team Comrade Oshiomhole and his anointed candidate, Godwin Obaseki should be rejected as he has no single respect for the Benin monarch, Oba of Benin.

“Why is it now he is fixing the road leading to the palace because election is near? But the road leading to the Otaru of Auchi (his home king) has been fixed as soon as he came in as governor of the state,” the team said.

Going further, the POI Media Team alleged that Comrade Oshiomhole “arm-twisted Oba’s son and took his landed property at Okoro-Otun Road, GRA in the name of Edo State Government and he is presently building his personal mansion there as we speak now.

“Adams Oshiomhole also arm-twisted the University of Benin senior lecturers including the immediate past Vice Chancellor of their University accommodation quarters close to the government house and turned them to his personal and associate use.”

POI Media Team appealed to the palace of the Oba of Benin to distance itself from Comrade Oshiomhole.

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Avoid Oshiomhole, Obaseki, they’re hypocrites-Ize-Iyamu Media Team

The Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu (POI) Media Team, has called on the people of Benin to ignore the campaign rhetorics of the state governor, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.

According to the team Comrade Oshiomhole and his anointed candidate, Godwin Obaseki should be rejected as he has no single respect for the Benin monarch, Oba of Benin.

“Why is it now he is fixing the road leading to the palace because election is near? But the road leading to the Otaru of Auchi (his home king) has been fixed as soon as he came in as governor of the state,” the team said.

Going further, the POI Media Team alleged that Comrade Oshiomhole “arm-twisted Oba’s son and took his landed property at Okoro-Otun Road, GRA in the name of Edo State Government and he is presently building his personal mansion there as we speak now.

“Adams Oshiomhole also arm-twisted the University of Benin senior lecturers including the immediate past Vice Chancellor of their University accommodation quarters close to the government house and turned them to his personal and associate use.”

POI Media Team appealed to the palace of the Oba of Benin to distance itself from Comrade Oshiomhole.

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3 killed in Louisiana flooding


Emergency crews worked through the night to rescue scores of south Louisiana residents from homes and stranded cars as deadly flooding continued to inundate large swaths of the region Sunday, three days after rain-swollen water levels began rapidly rising.

From the air homes in southwest Louisiana looked more like little islands surrounded by flooded fields. Farmland was covered, streets descended into impassable pools of water, shopping centers were inundated with only roofs of cars peeking above the water.

From the ground it was just as catastrophic. Drivers tried to navigate treacherous roads where the water lapped at the side or covered the asphalt in a running stream. Abandoned cars were pushed to the side of the road, lawn furniture and children’s toys floating through the waters.

And in many places, the water was still rising.

Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said there was an overnight spike in flood rescues in the eastern part of Baton Rouge. Two nursing homes were being evacuated.

Police were rescuing people from cars stranded on a miles-long stretch of Interstate 12, which was closed from Baton Rouge to Tangipahoa Parish.

One of those motorists was Alex Cobb of Baton Rouge, who has been stuck since around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

Reached by telephone Sunday, she said she was on her way to a bridal shower she was supposed to host Saturday when flooding closed off the highway.

She said she had food intended for the bridal shower and a produce truck about a ¼ mile up the road shared its stock with drivers.

“They opened up their truck and started giving out fruits and vegetables to people,” she said.

Cobb said some of the people stranded were actually fleeing flooding in their homes when they got caught on the freeway. Nearby her were a pregnant woman and an 80-year-old woman.

“People are surprisingly upbeat. I don’t know how long that is going to last because it’s getting kind of hot,” she said. “We just want water.”

Steele said the flooding that started Friday has damaged more than 1,000 homes in East Baton Rouge Parish, more than 1,000 homes in Livingston Parish, and hundreds more in other areas, including St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.

“It never slowed down last night,” Steele said Sunday morning. “For the last few hours, there has been just as much activity as at any point.”

At least three deaths have been blamed on the flooding. One person is missing.

Louisiana Nation Guard alone had rescued more than 3,000 people as of midnight, and that number was bound to rise Sunday, Steele said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, calling the floods “unprecedented” and “historic.” He and his family were even forced to leave the Governor’s Mansion when chest-high water filled the basement and electricity was shut off.

The governor toured flood-ravaged areas by helicopter Saturday and warned Louisiana residents it would be too risky to venture out even after the rains start to subside.

One of the worries, the governor said, is that as the rain lessens people will become complacent and feel too at ease in areas where waters may still be rising for several days, getting in cars in areas that could still be dangerous.

“I’m still asking people to be patient. Don’t get out and sightsee,” Edwards said.

In one dramatic rescue Saturday, two men on a boat pulled a woman from a car almost completely underwater, according to video by WAFB. The woman, who’s not initially visible on camera, yells from inside the car: “Oh my god, I’m drowning.”

One of the rescuers, David Phung, jumps into the brown water and pulls the woman to safety. She pleads with Phung to get her dog, but he can’t find it. After several seconds, Phung takes a deep breath, goes underwater and resurfaces — with the small dog. Both the woman and dog appeared OK.