YORUBA leaders, yesterday, dismissed claims by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore that South-West governors were shielding Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, from arrest by the Department of State Service, DSS.
They described the allegation as divisive and satanic, saying the DSS should go after marauding herdsmen and their sponsors and not Ighoho.
This came as the South West governors said they would not dignify the herders’ group with a response.
The Department of State Services, DSS, had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in Oyo State on July 1, detained 13 of his followers and killed two of the activist’s associates in a gun battle.
S-West govs hiding Igboho—Miyetti Allah
Spokesman of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, in an interview, said the DSS should have raided Igboho’s house earlier than it did, just as it advised the activist to turn himself in.
Alhassan said: “It is in his (Igboho) own best interest if he submits himself peacefully so that he can face justice. Why is he running? Is he not a revolutionary?
“He should submit himself before they get him because as it is now, he has been declared wanted, he should present himself to the nearest police station.”
Alleging that the South-West governors are hiding Igboho, he said: “All his (Igboho’s) actions are political; he is being used. His godfathers in the South-West should bring him out.
“The security agencies are speaking the language he understands, they will get him. I know the governors are hiding him but they (security agents) will get him.
“The (Nigerian) State has declared him wanted. He is not more than the state. The governors keeping him should produce him.
“He declared a republic; that was a rebellion. How can you be threatening the sovereignty of the (Nigerian) State and you still have the guts to be walking around and organising rallies?”
Meanwhile, angry reactions trailed Miyetti Allah Hore’s allegations yesterday, as the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE; the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere and leader of the Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, said the herders’ group deserve no attention from serious-minded people.
They deserve no attention from serious-minded people —Afenifere
When contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, said expletives from a spokesman of an organisation like Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Alhassan, ordinarily deserved no attention from serious-minded people.
He said the Miyetti Allah’s scribe’s position was not out of arrogance but the fact that the man in question hardly spoke sense whenever he spoke on national issues, especially issues that had any link with herdsmen.
He said: “But, we like to say the following to set the record straight so that Alhassan and his ilk would not take it that his assertion was correct.
‘There was no record that the man (Igboho) was invited but refused to honour the invitation. There was no record that he was violent in the way he goes about his agitation.
“There is no justification whatsoever, therefore, for the DSS to invade his house in the dead of the night the way they did. There was no search warrant or any civility in their approach.
“It is known that any human-run institution can make mistakes. When such occurs, remedial steps are taken in civilized climes as exemplified by the way the policeman in America was made to face justice for suffocating Floyd unlawfully.
“But what do we normally have here? When security agencies conduct inhuman actions, including extra-judicial killings, such actions are said to have been carried out by ‘unknown gunmen’.
“With that type of official cover, unscrupulous security officers engage in actions for which they ought to be reprimanded. They do this with impunity, knowing full well that they would get away with it.”
The spokesman said that it was to put an end to this type of impunity that Afenifere is insisting on restructuring.
He added that bandits among the herders and kidnappers were those security agencies ought to pursue vigorously.
“Unfortunately, they tend to expend energies on those who are carrying out peaceful rallies in the open.
“This is part of what makes democratising the police service very imperative,” he said.
Miyetti Allah handful of ill-informed people—YCE
Also reacting, Secretary-General of the YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said: “How do you give much recognition to Miyetti Allah? I feel uncomfortable when you journalists are talking about Miyetti Allah, they are just a group of people who sit in a place and churn out utter rubbish. I don’t even want to react to whatever they say but since you have asked, I will oblige you.
“Miyetti Allah is a handful of ill-informed people, who pretend to be speaking for people they don’t know and against people they don’t understand. The allegation of shielding Igboho is very elementary.
“I have repeatedly said that Igboho is my son and for me, he has to keep himself away from this administration that does not recognize and acknowledge freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom to express an opinion.
“The Federal Government which has refused to take action against bandits who are North, who are criminals, kidnapping and murdering people in tens and hundreds, has not used the same force, the same viciousness used in addressing and addressed Sunday Igboho to apprehend those criminals there.
“For me, our governors in South-West are too busy doing the jobs they are elected to do. We don’t want any group of ill-formed people to insult them. We voted them into office because we have found them worthy of holding that office. I would not want our governors to respond to them.
“Miyetti Allah should turn their guns to their governors in the north and presidency for accommodating banditry and unknown gunmen this far.”
DSS should go after killer herders, backers—Akintoye
On his part, leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, urged the DSS to go after marauding herdsmen and their sponsors and not Igboho.
Akintoye, who spoke through his Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, said: “Miyetti Allah is operating in another world entirely. They are acting like they are above the law because the Federal Government made them look untouchable. They have abused governors, threatened state governments, and laid claim to killings of thousands across the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria.
“Their members have raped and maimed scores of people without being made to account for their crimes against humanity.
“Now, they have taken their crass aberration to the peace-loving Yoruba Nation because our elected representatives now have chosen to speak and stand in support of their people.
“Now, I have bad news for Miyyeti Allah: This is the beginning of the end of their reign of terror and hooliganism in the South-West. Wherever they may be or hiding, they shall be crushed through the instrumentalities of law to be enacted by our governors.
“Their claim that our governors are shielding Ighoho from DSS arrest is divisive and satanic. The DSS should be pursuing the murderous members of Miyetti Allah, not Ighoho, who has not committed any offence known to Nigeria and international laws. He is not a criminal.”
We won’t dignify herdsmen group with response — Govs
But the South West Governors’ Forum said it will not dignify the herders’ group with a response.
When contacted, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, who spoke on behalf of chairman of South West Governors Forum and governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said: “If what that group says is worthy and publishable to the extent that the reaction of Southwest governors are sought, the governors will rather keep quiet. Let whoever attaches importance to such publish what the group says.”
Crypto is a danger to world economy, tool for money laundry- EFCC Boss
Advancement in digital assets such as cryptocurrencies increasingly portends huge risks to the world economy, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said.
This, according to Bawa, is partly because, many criminals now play significant roles in crypto-currency markets. He said the virtual currencies had become their preferred mediums of exchange.
Bawa spoke while delivering his keynote address Monday at the 38th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, themed, ‘Economic Crime-Who pays and who should pay?’
The event was organised by the Centre for International Documentation on Organised and Economic Crime (CIDOEC), Jesus College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, who captured some highlights of the event in a statement, quoting Bawa as saying, “The developments in new technologies and the growth of cryptocurrencies portrays a far greater danger to the world economy than ever before with many criminals playing significant roles in crypto-currency markets.
“Criminals now elect to transact or receive illegal monies (such as ransom money) for
cyber-attacks in cryptocurrencies with Bitcoins and Ethereum as the most commonly used mediums for these exchanges.”
He lamented that “the sophistication and complexity that defines the dynamics of economic crime in the 21st Century continues to evolve, spurred by technological advancement in the global economy that has become borderless and transnational.”
This he said had “inevitably led to the prioritisation of law enforcement action on crimes that drive Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) across the globe”.
‘No nation is immune’
According to the EFCC Boss, “economic crimes which are largely illegal acts committed for private gain affect the vital structures of global economies, causing significant damage to the Global Financial System and depriving developing nations of the needed resources for sustainable development”.
He noted that developed countries are not immune to the scourge, which, according to him, has “magnified with the proliferation of cyber-crimes which threatens the stability of Global Financial Institutions.”
Bawa said the platform of the event provided an opportunity to interrogate the challenges of economic crimes.
“As the victims of crime continue to suffer globally from the effects of financial crimes, either directly or indirectly as part of a social system, the determination of who pays or who should pay becomes a critical measure of the criminal justice system in place.”
He underlined the imperatives of an impartial judiciary in ensuring that “the perpetrators of acts and not the victims pay for their crimes.”
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had barred commercial banks and other financial institutions from transacting with cryptocurrency in fear of the risks it poses to investments and the economy at large.
Despite these actions, there have been reports over the use of these digital or virtual currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum and others, with criminals turning it to a haven to launder proceeds of corruption, fraud, drug trafficking, and other heinous crimes.
PRecall that last month that the United States Department of Justice training over 50 Nigerian investigators and prosecutors to tackle cryptocurrency-enabled organised crimes.
Efforts to fight crypto-related crimes
While highlighting some of the transparency and accountability achievements of the current administration by President Muhammadu Buhari, Bawa pointed out that the EFCC, as the rallying point in the fight against economic crimes in Nigeria, has recorded important milestones in investigations, prosecutions and assets recovery.
“Since its establishment in 2003, the Commission has recorded no less than 3,500 convictions and recovered assets of significant value including properties in Nigeria, the UK, USA, and the UAE. All these have measurably contributed to the national efforts against economic crimes in Nigeria,” he said.
The EFCC charged participants to come up with practical solutions to curb the international threat of economic crimes.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of the symposium, Saul Froomkin, thanked the EFCC boss for his insightful presentation, and the support received from Nigeria in organising the event.
Participants at the symposium were drawn from law enforcement and security agencies, accountability institutions and partners across the world.
SuperTV CEO: Lagos DPP to charge Chidinma Ojukwu, two others
A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State has adjourned to sept 29, further hearing in the murder of Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.
A 21-year-old student, Chidinma Ojukwu and one Adedapo Quadri were again presented. before the Chief Magistrate, Adeola Adedayo on Monday after they were ordered to be remanded for thirty days at the Kirikiri Correctional Centre last month.
Police Prosecutor, Cyril Ejiofor, informed the court that the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution had issued a legal advice on the case, recommending their trial for murder which implies that the case will now be heard at the high court of Lagos state which has jurisdiction to hear matters of this nature
She, however, adjourned the case to await further Information from the DPP as to the status of the case at the high court that will now hear the matter.
The News Beat also gathered that the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Olayinka Adeyemi, recommended the release of four persons who are also standing trial at the Magistrate court for obstruction of justice and dishonestly receiving stolen belongings of the deceased .
The four persons are Babalola Disu, Olowu Ifeoluwa, Olutayo Abayomi, Nkechi Mogbo, Ojukwu Onoh, who is said to be Chidinma’s adopted father.
One Egbuchu Chioma who was allegedly found in possession of the deceased’s iPhone 7, and who had initially refused to release the phone on demand, is however to continue her trial.
Omoyele Sowore’s younger brother shot dead
Sahara Reporters Publisher and ex-presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, has narrated how kidnappers shot dead his brother in the Okada area of Edo State on Saturday.
According to him, Olajide was killed in the early hours of Saturday on his way from the Igbinedion University where he was studying Pharmacy.
Sowore, in a tribute on his Facebook page, described his deceased brother who almost clocked 50 as an “out-of-the-box thinker”
He wrote, “My immediate younger brother, Olajide Sowore was today shot and killed near Okada in Edo state by reportedly herdsmen /kidnappers on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo sate where he is studying Pharmacy.
“They snuffed out the life yet another real human being!
“Rest In Power, “Dr. Mamiye!”
“This act in itself will not delay their day of justice.
“I travelled widely with you and our father as a little kid. You were the most loved robust kid I ever first knew. You, Mr. magnet had no enemy!
“You, Mr. Sunshine Foundation who made everyone happy.
“You, the boy who snuck out his older ones to parties, taking all the blames when our disciplinarian father found out.
“You, the guy who was an out-of-the-box thinker who decided school wasn’t for you and created you own genre of music and then turned around to go to school after you almost turned 50!
“You lived your life so that everyone could be alright but now assassinated by everything that’s not alright!
“Saddest day yet!”
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