(HURIWA) on Saturday, slammed the Presidency over comments that Chinese loans have helped to build infrastructure in Nigeria.

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA) on Saturday, slammed the Presidency over comments that Chinese loans have helped to build infrastructure in Nigeria.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said the South-East has been excluded from the so-called projects executed by the Federal Government with the humongous loans from China.

The group flayed the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for splurging the irrational Chinese loans on irrational projects with no tangible economic returns, including the Kano-Maradi railway construction to Niger Republic and many other projects in the President’s hometown of Daura in Katsina State and other places in northern Nigeria.

Recall that presidential spokesman Femi Adesina on Friday told Ambassador Cui Jianchun and the new Deputy Chief of Mission/Ministerial Councilor, Zhang Yi that Chinese loans have been very beneficial to Nigeria’s infrastructural development.

In the last seven years, the All Progressives Congress government has embarked on a borrowing spree with Nigeria’s debt to China increasing from $3.26bn as of September 30, 2020, to $3.59bn as of September 30, 2021. The figure has moved incrementally in the last one year.

Reacting to the comments made by Adesina, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The claim by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina that Chinese loans have contributed greatly to Nigeria’s infrastructure is substantially false.

These Chinese loans must have been pocketed by top government officials because there is no evidence of any satisfactorily executed national strategic infrastructures by President Muhammadu Buhari in the last seven years.

Take for example, in the South-East geopolitical zone, the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway is a total shamble, the Onitsha to Owerri highway is also in a bad state. All major highways linking South-East and South-South are in bad condition.

Whereas, the Buhari regime has lavished the Chinese loans on profitless investments in northern Nigeria and Buhari’s relations in Niger Republic.

In fact, insecurity at the President’s backyard in the North-West has overrun the Kaduna-Abuja train services. Terrorism has even forced the Nigerian Railway Corporation to cancel all train movements.

Just like his lopsided appointments with northerners as heads of security agencies, Buhari’s nepotism spread like a tentacle to distribution of projects across the six zones in Nigeria, with the South-East being the most marginalised.

Nigerians have all the major reasons to vote out Buhari’s APC in next year’s election. Inclusion must be a watchword in the next crop of leaders to be elected at the polls in 2023.

No narrow-minded candidate with parochial and tribal prejudice should make it to Aso Villa.

All Nigerians should enjoy the dividends of democratic governance without being judged by their ethnic affiliation or religious affinity.

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MBA forex fraud victims give EFCC 21 days ultimatum to arrest culprit in Rivers state.

Victims of MBA FOREX fraud have given Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC 21 days ultimatum to arrest and prosecute Christ Embassy Pastors, Amaechi Bartholomew Udeaku, Paul Odogbo and Precious Williams who were declared wanted by the commission over the MBA Forex fraud.

Leader of the MBA Forex fraud victims, Christian Agadaga, who issued the ultimatum while carrying out a protest at Christ Embassy Church, at Peter Odilli Road, Port Harcourt, said EFCC should launch a full scale manhunt to recover fifteen billion, two hundred and ninety three million, five hundred and ninety six thousand, five hundred and forty-one naire, seventy-one Kobo, (15, 293,596,541,71) found in the pastors’ coffers.

He, however appealed to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome to use his good leadership position to investigate and expose all persons including his pastors and church members who perpetrated the alleged fraud.

We are here to press home our demands and our demand is that we need our money, our money that pastors of Christ Embassy Church have diverted the sum of fifteen billion naira.

We are so surprise why the house of God will now turn to a playground of fraud, we can not continue to tolerate this because we need our money.

We appeal to the conscience of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the founder of Christ Embassy Church to immediately, if possible, for the sake of humanity, the sake of God and his conscience declare a reward (bounty) on the heads of those pastors and members of his church declared wanted by EFCC and published on vanguard newspaper of 15 July, 2022, who defrauded Nigerian citizens.

We want them to quickly report themselves to EFCC and immediately return our money.

We cannot continue to die in silence, never. We are giving EFCC twenty one working days to enforce a manhunt on all those declared wanted, we need them to be brought to justice.

Also, Secretary of MBA Forex victims, Uzo JohnPaul, demanded that EFCC should start a refund of Investors money as failure to do so will cause the MBA FOREX victims who are now homeless and jobless to seek refuge at EFCC premises.

Maxwell Odum is a member of Christ Embassy Church. Based on our fact findings, we found out that he brought two billion (2,000,000,000) naira to the church.

Three pastors from Christ Embassy Church were declared wanted by EFCC and a senior member of the Church which is Paul Odogbo, about fifteen billion naira is hanging around their neck belonging to investors of MBA FOREX.

I’m telling you in good authority that another nine billion (9,000,000,000) naira was discovered which is yet to be published and this young men houses in Harmony Estate in Air force Base, Port Harcourt, have been seized by EFCC.

The point we are making clear here is that they should return the money back to investors into EFCC recovery account, so they can disburse this money to investors.

We have said it before while we were in EFCC headquarters Abuja, that we are not given up on this course because most investors money that was invested was hard earn and most of them are hopeless right now, some invested their last money, so they have nothing to fall back on and somebody is somewhere using our money to build underground high rise buildings.

The pastor Amaechi Bartholomew Udeaku has a very big estate from investors money at Atali in Rivers State.

We are giving a demand that the Church administration which is headed by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome to do his independent investigation if he feels we have come here to blackmail the church.

If he finds out that it is correct, first he should take a bold step by suspending his members involved, they are not sincere people.

If they are found wanting with such huge amount of fraud, they have no right to mount the pulpit of God and preach about Christ, we are not judging them but they are not qualified to hold any position, that is our stand.

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Russia has increased the number of air attacks against Ukrainian military.

According to Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov, Russia has increased the number of air attacks against Ukrainian military locations and civilian infrastructure compared to the previous week.

Because the enemy’s planes and helicopters avoid coming inside the range of our air defences, the precision of these strikes is low, he explained during a press briefing.

Hromov said Ukraine will deploy troops to Pisky, a frontline town on the outskirts of Donetsk that has experienced fierce combat in recent days.

Throughout the week, the enemy has relentlessly attacked Pisky, launching 6-7 attacks every day,” he continued.

Separatists supported by Russia claimed to have taken Pisky, while Ukrainian officials denied the town had fallen.

Hromov further stated that around 2,400 Ukrainian soldiers have previously been trained in Britain, while another 2,400 are now being trained, with the intention of training 5,000 more.

Britain has pledged to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days, and many nations, including Canada and Denmark, have stated that military instructors will be sent to Britain to assist.

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I am ready I will meet you in ICC says Samuel Ortom, Benue state Governor to Miyetti Allah.

The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has told the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore association that he is ready to meet them at the International Criminal Court.

It would be recalled that the secretary general of the association had earlier disclosed that they’ve already approached the International Criminal Court to file a suit against the governor for the alleged detainment of over 4000 herders and seizure of over 25,000 cows belonging to their members.

Reacting to the latest development, Samuel Ortom noted the implementation of the law banning open grazing in the state is irrevocable while adding that he is ready to meet them in court.

According to him, he has done what is right and legitimate to protect his people from further killings.

Tell Miyetti Allah and it’s leadership that I’m ready to meet them in court. Implementation of the law banning open grazing in the state is irrevocable.

I have done what is legitimate and right to protect my people from further killings governor Samuel Ortom.

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Scores of bandits killed by the Nigeria troops in Kaduna state.

According to report troops of the Nigerian military have neutralised scores of terrorists in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna State where they recovered arms and motorcycles  at the weekend .

The Kaduna State Government has praisesd the tenacious troops and called on citizens to give useful information on the activities of the hoodlums. 

The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan said the security forces recorded a major success in ongoing operations against the terrorists.

According to him, scores of bandits were neutralized by ground troops and air assets during an operation in Galbi, Chikun local government area.

This was conveyed in an operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government from the security agencies.

According to the feedback, troops of the Operation Forest Sanity supported by assets of the Nigerian Air Force conducted clearance operations on an identified terrorist enclave in Galbi general area.

During their advance, the security forces crossed River Kaduna and ran into stiff resistance from the insurgents.

After a fierce firefight, scores of terrorists were confirmed neutralized as the military forces prevailed.

Two General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), three AK47 rifles and seven motorcycles were recovered from the enclave of the neutralized bandits.

The Kaduna State Government expressed excitement at the feedback, and praised the troops for their tenacity in this significant victory against the enemy forces.

The Government thanked the troops, air force crews, police personnel, intelligence operatives, and local vigilante members who contributed to the success of the mission.

The Government urged the security forces to increase the momentum and vanquish the terrorists for good.

Troops will continue clearance operations in the general area, and other identified areas of interest across the state.

The Kaduna State Government hereby encourages residents to volunteer useful information on activities or movement of terrorists to security agencies.

Citizens may also contact the Kaduna State Security Operations on 09034000060 or 08170189999.

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Femi Kuti has alleged that some people threatened to burn down the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja.

Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti has alleged that some people threatened to burn down the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja over reports that he called supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi ‘zombies’.

The 60-year-old said this in a video posted on Instagram on Friday night, where he insisted he never called Mr. Obi’ssupporters‘ zombies.

On Friday, reports that he described the LP candidate’s supporters as zombies emerged.

The singer immediately debunked the report, describing it as misleading.

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