RECORD KEEPER: FEBRUARY 2013

February 1, 2013

This month was opened with a very serious disagreement. The war of words between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his “Boy” President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan took turn for the worse as Papa publicly attacked “Pikin” again. It was like the old man was in anger as he said, “If the president is the chief security officer of the country and there is security problem, where do you go for the solution? And if that solution is not coming from the chief security officer, who has everybody and can mobilise everybody inside and outside to get a solution, then he has the responsibility to solve the problem. And nobody else should be blamed but him.” This was below the belt and no one heard anything from Aso Rock throughout the day.

It was also a good day for the citizens when they heard Police declare pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, wanted. He was the chairman of the Pensions Reform Task Team and had engaged a joint committee of the Senate investigating pension funds in a hide-and-seek game since the investigation began last year, with the two parties trading accusations.

Now it was confirmed that Rev. King must die by hanging. The Court of Appeal in Lagos affirmed the death sentence passed on the General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Chukwuemeka Ezeugo (a.k.a. Rev. King) by a Lagos High Court in Ikeja on Thurdsay, January 11, 2007.

In a unanimous judgment read by Justice Fatima Akinbamiji on Friday, February 1, 2013, the appellate court dismissed Ezeugo’s appeal, stating that the prosecution had “surely and effectively” proved its case against the convict at the trial court.

But the most soothing news for the masses today was the one that reported that Farouk Lawan would have to spend one week in jail because of the $620,000 subsidy bribe. At least, he would know the difference between an air-conditioned office and a home for criminals.

 

February 2, 2013

Why were Papa and his boy fighting dirty? No one knew until it was reported today that the need to regain the control of the party structure, his hold on the government by giving political patronage to his supporters, were some of the real reasons behind the recurrent attacks launched against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

But while this was on, one of Obasanjo’s boys, Nasir El-Rufai, threw down a bomb and it exploded. He said Obasanjo was afraid that Jonathan would not be a competent president, so he did not want him in the saddle. What he wanted was Muhammadu Buhari for president, Okonjo Iweala for vice. “If Buhari agreed to these proposals, Obasanjo undertook to get three or four unnamed wealthy people to help with funding the CPC campaign and would try bringing Labour Party to endorse the Buhari-Ngozi ticket!”

VIP criminals were now in trouble. The Federal Government planned to submit an anti graft bill that rules out the option of fine for people convicted of corruption to the National Assembly.

A reliable source in government said the initiative was spurred by light sentence given to an assistant director of the Police Pension Office found guilty by an Abuja Federal High Court.

The court had sentenced John Yakubu Yusuf to a two-year jail term or a fine of N750,000 for his involvement in fraud totaling N27.2 billion.

February 3, 2013

Good news today, at least, among members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party. Against the background of a perceived rift with President Goodluck Jonathan, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo dramatically joined the incumbent and his family in a surprise visit during which he worshipped at the Aso Rock Chapel this morning. Obasanjo who came into the villa was accompanied by business mogul, Femi Otedola and two of his daughters, read the second lesson of the service and prayed for the President, his family and the nation. He thereafter went to have lunch and private talk with Jonathan. And there was a new song in the villa: No more war!

 

February 4, 2013

So Papa did not go to his boy’s church voluntarily. Details emerged today how ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s loyalists facilitated his fence-mending visit to Aso Rock Villa yesterday. At the core of the arrangement that led to closed-door talk between Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan were business mogul, Aliko Dangote; oil marketer, Femi Otedola; court-sacked National Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a former Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank of Africa, Mr. Tony Elumelu, among others.

Dangote, Oyinlola, Otedola and Elumelu were all said to be the loyalists of the ex-president and also had the ears of Jonathan. They impressed it upon the former President that the lingering feud between him and the current occupier of Aso Rock Villa was inimical to the interest of the ruling PDP, especially with the jostling for the 2015 poll already picking up. And Obasanjo went to the Villa!

Oh, this was bad! Abductors of Mrs. Titilayo Rotimi, wife of former Western State Military Administrator Gen. Oluwole Rotimi, collected N13 million from the family before releasing her, a member of the gang said in Ibadan today. Yet, the police would deny knowledge of any payment and the family would insist they never paid. We are in trouble!

But another weightier problem had just surfaced, following the resolve of a section of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to embrace dialogue with the Federal Government, the Jonathan administration had mandated security agencies to unravel the new sect known as Jamatul Ansaril Muslima fi Biladi Sudan (JAMBS) which translates to Vanguard for the Aid of Muslims in Black Africa. The sect had claimed responsibility for the attack on some Mali-bound Nigerian soldiers in Kogi State earlier in the year. And the government was put into crisis of confidence. The government was confused not to enter into a blind negotiation with Boko Haram leaders, while the JAMBS elements would remain potent. The question then was: where should we go from here?

 

February 5, 2013

PDP was clearly in trouble as opposition parties today took their planned merger against the ruling party a step further when 10 governors from four different political parties met in Lagos and unanimously endorsed merger plans by their leaders.

The governors of ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC, in a communiqué at the end of the meeting, said they hope “to wrestle power from the PDP in 2015 and take the country out of its current political quagmire”. The opposition governors spoke after a four-hour closed door meeting at the Lagos House, Marina.  Though PDP said it was not bothered and was even happy, one could see disturbances written all over its leaders’ faces!

This was not a laughing matter for Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his ACN administrators. An Osogbo High Court ordered the dissolution of all local government caretaker committees running the administration of the 30 councils in Osun State.

Delivering his ruling in a suit filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the composition of the state Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) and members of the caretaker committees in the local government areas, Justice Oyejide Falola averred that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recognised only five caretaker committee members to be constituted at the third tier level of government.

He also held that the 14-member caretaker committees piloting the affairs of all the local government areas in the state were illegal and unconstitutional. Couuuuuurt!

February 6, 2013

And here it came: a punch for the PDP. A coalition of four opposition parties on Wednesday in Abuja, announced the name of their new party, All Progressive Congress. The four parties that gave birth to the new APC are the Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigeria People’s Party, All Progressive Grand Alliance and Congress for Progressive Change.

But the Yoruba were angry: A Yoruba group, the Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF), decried today the alleged neglect of the South-West by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. Urging the President not to see it as another baseless cry, it reeled out data to support its claim. Chief Olu Falae, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, Dr. Kunle Olajide and Senator Tony Adefuye, spoke with reporters at the Premier Hotel in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. They said no Yoruba person occupies any of the top 12 political offices in Nigeria.

 

February 7, 2013

The fight would start soon, because opposition figure today stepped up the marketing of their newly christened joint party, the All Progressive Congress, with a promise that the new platform would bring an end to the rule of the People’s Democratic Party. Former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, a key component of the new alliance, Bola Tinubu, described the years of PDP in power as the rule of ‘scavenger and wayfarers.’

Then there was this sad news today, saying a Lagos white-cap chief, Kayode Onimole, was shot dead in his home by yet unidentified gunmen. The gunmen stormed his home at Onimole Court, Iga-Iduganran, a few metres away from the palace of Oba Rilwan Akinolu of Lagos and shot the 73-year-old chief.

 

February 8, 3013

They were there to help their children, but gunmen killed nine women polio vaccinators. And with this, Polio eradication in Northern Nigeria might have suffered a setback as the news circulated that unknown gunmen this morning killed nine and injured four female health workers who were administering polio vaccinations in two separate attacks in Kano.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen, who were riding a tricycle, shot dead three women at Film Kashu area of Unguwa Uku and injured three others. Another set of gunmen also attacked Hayen Hotoro at Shargalle Health Centre, killing seven women health workers. It was so pathetic!

Everyone knew he would soon get out of it. So it was not surprising that the chairman, House of Representative Ad-hoc Committee on Monitoring of Fuel Subsidy Regime, Hon. Farouk Lawan, returned home today after staying in prison for one week. He was granted bail by a Federal Capital Territory High Court alongside his co-accused and committee secretary, Mr. Emenalo Boniface. And there goes the $3 million bribery case!

February 9, 2013

This should not be. A few days after its birth, mega opposition party, the All Progressive Congress, was battling with an internal crisis that might threaten its existence. It was gathered that the four parties that came together to form the APC had yet to agree on the symbol to be embossed on the new party logo and modes of sharing positions.

But PDP was also in crisis as a political career-threatening plot was building up against Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State ahead of the 2015 presidential race. At least two of his counterparts in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and some ministers are co-ordinating the plot aimed at checking what a party source yesterday called his “excesses and political rascality.” He was the chairman of the Governors’ Forum, but not in the good book of Jonathan and his men!

 

February 10, 2013

And again, just two days after the murder of nine vaccinators by gunmen in Kano State, three nationals of North Korea were this morning killed by suspected Islamic militants in Potiskum, Yobe State. They were doctors. The Korean nationals, one woman and two men, working for the state Ministry of Health in Potiskum General Hospital, were slaughtered by their attackers, who stormed their residence behind T-Junction Hotel.

But the coincidence of national joy silenced the sad event as our own Eagles ended a 19-year wait by lifting the Nations Cup. Home-based Sunday Mba scored in the 40th minute for Nigeria and the stunning goal from the winger gave the Super Eagles a deserved 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the final played at the Soccer City in South Africa.

 

February 11, 2013

But things were not at ease, because just as Nigerians began to savour the joy of being African champions, confusion set into the camp of the Super Eagles with Coach Stephen Keshi announcing his resignation today. Keshi, who was returning with his players to Nigeria was first quoted in South Africa as having resigned his position as the manager of the Nigerian team, despite winning the African cup on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Burkina Faso in the final match. The man de angry because dem don suffer am well well!

But there was more shocking resignation as Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation at the end of the month “because of advanced age”. This was the first time a Pope had stepped down in nearly 600 years. So the Pope too dey resign!

 

February 12, 2013

It was a well deserved honour for heroic Eagles. With an army of soccer fans struggling to touch the boys; excited school pupils waving the national flag and scores of sweating drummers and dancers – the Super Eagles arrived to a tumultuous welcome in Abuja today. President Goodluck Jonathan last night hosted the team to a lavish reception at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. At least, all Nigerians had one good rejoice.

As this was going on, veteran presidential candidate and former Head of State, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd) said he was not dropping his ambition to take another shot at the presidency in the 2015 general election, the Congress for Progressive Change announced today: “It is not true that Gen. Buhari is stepping down. He will make himself available for the 2015 election if he is accepted by the new arrangement. If he is not accepted, he is a democrat; he will not force himself on the party.”

 February 13, 2013

There was power show here. The Senate today gave President Goodluck Jonathan a two-day ultimatum within which to sack the Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, from the Federal Civil Service. The upper legislative chamber said Jonathan risked dire consequences if he failed to end Maina’s stay in office. The debate was sponsored by the Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), and 107 senators, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to sack Maina from the public service. The Senate has 109 members. And that was why the President could not smile!

 

February 14, 2013

The fear of the Senate was the beginning of wisdom today for the Presidency, which said Maina was on his own. Barely 24 hours after the Senate ordered President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the Chairman of the Pension Task force, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Maina or face the wrath of the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, the President acted swiftly by referring the case of the embattled chairman to the Head of Service of the Federation for an immediate action. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Communication, Dr. Doyin Okupe who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, debunked the speculations in some quarters that the Presidency was shielding Alhaji Maina, saying the man was on his own.

Today was also not a good day for the Prince. The civil war in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was far from over, with the removal of sacked National Secretary Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s portraits from the national secretariat. Oyinlola’s office had been locked and all 19 staff of the embattled former governor stopped from coming to work.

 

February 15, 2013

As if this was not enough trouble, the national leadership of the People’s Democractic Party (PDP) today announced the dissolution of the Chief Segun Oni-led south west zonal executive committee of the party and also proceeded to remove Chief Bode Mustapha as the National Auditor. In Mustapha’s place, the party named Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, who it said was the validly elected person for the post. It also announced a 17-member caretaker committee to take over the party’s affairs in the South-West.

But indications showed today that some Presidency officials and second term Northern governors had begun discreet overtures to top shots in the All Progressives Congress to stop Maj-Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) from picking the new party’s presidential ticket in 2015. Buhari, who ran on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 election, had indicated intention to run again in 2015. But Jonathan dey fear o!

February 16, 2013

However, Buhari needs not fight the President because the intense power play preceeding the 2015 presidential election in the PDP itself intensified today when the governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, claimed that President Goodluck Jonathan entered into an agreement with governors on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party to serve for a term. Aliyu made the claim during an interview with a Kaduna-based radio station, Liberty  FM.

Besides, a fresh revolt was brewing in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. The masterminds were some governors and state chairmen of the party opposed to his style of leadership. Their grouse, according to party sources, was alleged drift by the leadership. They were poised to defy Tukur and convene a meeting of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC), for the first time since July 2012.

 

February 17, 2013s

Could you believe this! Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, narrated today, Sunday, in Abuja, how a debilitating sickness almost took her life at a time the Federal Government was telling Nigerians that the President’s wife was in perfect condition. She said she passed out for over seven days and that her aides, believing that she was dead, were already selling her personal effects before God “miraculously” brought her back to life. Punctuating her testimony with praise songs, Patience, who refused to read from a speech prepared for her, narrated to a congregation at a thanksgiving service held at the Presidential Villa, how she underwent nine surgeries within one month in London at a time the Presidency was assuring the citizens that she had merely travelled to rest after the rigours of the 2011 elections and hosting the African First Ladies’ Summit. What could be more shameful than for a Presidency lying to its citizens?

More embarrassment: Unknown gunmen kidnapped seven foreigners and killed a security guard when they stormed the compound of Lebanese construction company, SETRACO, in Bauchi this morning. Among those abducted were a Briton, an Italian, a Greek and four Lebanese workers, including two women. It was the worst case of foreigners being kidnapped in the North since an insurgency by Islamist militants intensified nearly two years ago.

 

February 18, 2013

With this, the President could not sleep. The Pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, asked President Goodluck Jonathan today to abide by the “agreement” to vacate office after his current tenure. The ACF said the revelation by the Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, that Jonathan had an agreement with the People’s Democratic Party’s governors not to contest in 2015 was not new. The body for Northerners said the President had at different fora announced that a single term of four years was enough for him to turn things around in the country. But Oga Jona had since found out he needed two terms and this was the bone of contention.

 

February 19, 2013

What was that? The President of France, Francois Hollande, on Tuesday said that a French family of seven, among them, three children, were kidnapped by Boko Haram members in northern Cameroon. Reuters reported that Hollande told journalists during a visit to Greece that the French tourists were abducted by members of the Islamic sect that had been perpetrating violence in Nigeria. “They have been taken by a terrorist group that we know and that is in Nigeria. I see the hands of (Nigerian militants) Boko Haram in that part of Cameroon. France is in Mali, and I will continue until its mission is completed,” Hollande was quoted to have said.

Who would collect this money? The Federal Government had just 21 days to pay a mandatory N37.6 billion to Odi community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, as compensation for a military invasion 13 years ago. It would be recalled that former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo ordered the invasion of Odi community on November 20, 1999 when a group of people in the community abducted six policemen. The six law enforcement agents were killed despite entreaties by various social movements, prompting Obasanjo to issue a 14-day ultimatum to the government of Bayelsa State to produce the perpetrators of the crime.

 

February 20, 2013

This is alarming! Today, the State Security Service said in Abuja that it had uncovered a terror network co-ordinated by Iranians in Lagos. The SSS said this while parading a leader of an Islamic sect, Abdullahi Berende and two others said to be operators of the Iranian terror cell gathering information about Israelis and Americans living in Nigeria. Paraded alongside 50-year-old Berende were Sulaiman Saka and Saheed Adewunmi. The three were said to be working for Iranian terrorists planning to attack Americans and Israelis in the country.

And the police got another marking in the black book today when it was learnt that embattled Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) boss Abdulrasheed Maina, had absconded, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar said so. Senators were asking Maina to account for about N469 billion, which they claimed had been mismanaged. They asked the police to seize him, but the PRTT chief claimed his life was being threatened. So, he vamoosed!

 

February 21, 2013

This could be the beginning of judiciary sanitisation. The National Judicial Council had asked President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State to sack two judges – Justice Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court, Lagos and Justice T.D. Naron of the High Court of Justice, Plateau State respectively. The NJC said it had already suspended the two judges, alleged to have delivered controversial judgments that many described as embarrassing to the judiciary. While Naron drew the anger of the NJC over his handling of the governorship tussle between ex-Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Archibong’s sin lis his controversial ruling in the case involving a former managing director of Intercontinental Bank, Erastus Akingbola.

The PDP was still in crisis as governors failed to elect a new leader for their parent body- the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). All was tense at a session to elect the chairman in Abuja. The outgoing chairman of the NGF, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, was seeking a second term but some forces outside the forum were desperate to stop him. He was seen as the enemy of the President.

 

February 22, 2013

It was a fight to finish. The plot to remove Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) was not over, at least, according to indications this night. Although, the first move to terminate his headship of the all-powerful forum ended in a victory for the governor, the anti-Amaechi forces returned to the drawing board to re-strategise. His ‘offence’ was his alleged presidential ambition ahead of 2015.

February 23, 2013

They were still with them, in the hole of captivity, because security agents were proceeding with utmost care in their search for the seven expatriates abducted by terrorists in Bauchi State penultimate Saturday. The agents were keen to avoid a repeat of the loss of a Briton and an Italian during a military operation to rescue them from kidnappers in Sokoto on March 8, 2012. Their target this time was to ensure that all the seven employees of the construction company, SETRACO, who were seized by members of the Islamic sect, Jama’atu Ansaril Muslimina fi Biladis Sudan (Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa, or simply “Ansaru”), returned home alive. In the den of the kidnappers were five Lebanese, a Briton and an Italian.

Also, today, it was gathered that the newly formed All Progressive Congress party had opted to have a neutral logo as the solution to the crisis within the party. The Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigeria People’s Party, Congress for Progressive Change and a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance are merging to form the yet-to-be registered political party by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The temporary logo only had a broom, corn and pen, which were symbols of ACN, CPC and ANPP respectively. But the crisis was not yet over.

 

February 24, 2013

The President could not stand the governors, they were becoming too powerful. And in a move apparently targeted against chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today announced the formation of a new forum made up solely of elected governors under the party. Governor Godswill Akpabio emerged as the chairman at a meeting in the Presidential Villa presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan himself. Amaechi, who had recently faced discontent over his leadership style in the NGF, attended the meeting but left before it ended for an undisclosed reason. The National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, presented Akpabio to State House correspondents after the meeting, saying cheerfully that Akpabio had been elected the chairman of a brand new PDP Governor’s Forum.

This soothed the Christendom, once they all knew it was not from him, but from God. In an emotional goodbye to over 100,000 supporters, the Pope revealed today that he was stepping aside because God told him to do so. In a voice raw with emotion, Benedict XVI told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that he was resigning on February 28 because God had called on him to devote himself to prayer. He said God had told him ‘to climb the mountain’.

February 25, 2013

They had started working. Who? The newly formed People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum met in Abuja on Monday to commence moves to check-mate the rising profile of opposition group under All Progressive Congress (APC).

The governors have also resolved to set up a crisis mediation committee led by Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shema, to attempt to bring together the warring members in the South West zone of the party.

But the APC was not intimidated. Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, said the new All Progressive Congress would sack the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government in 2015. He said Nigerians are tired of bad governance and corruption, which have been the hallmark of the PDP-led Federal Government since 1999.

 

February 26, 2013

This is civil war: The President and the governors. Fresh facts emerged today on the President’s stormy meeting with People’ Democratic Party (PDP) governors at the Villa. President Goodluck Jonathan, who pointedly told the governors to ensure Rivers State Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi’s removal as the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) chairman, threatened to deploy the machinery of government against governors who did not align with him in his Amaechi-must-go quest. This was a prelude to the formation of the PDP Governors’ Forum and the subsequent election of its chairman.

True talk or point blank! Former United States President, Bill Clinton, today canvassed ways through which Nigeria could effectively deal with the Boko Haram insurgency and other forms of insecurity in the country.  Among the ideas suggested by him are poverty eradication, education, equitable distribution of wealth   and job creation for the nation’s teeming unemployed graduates. Clinton, at Thisday Newspapers awards   in Abeokuta,  Ogun State,   also  flayed what he described as Nigeria’s  failure  to efficiently manage and maximise  her  oil and human resources for the benefit of all. Nigeria, he argued, would do better if her resources were   efficiently managed by her leaders. One hopes they were listening!

Have you heard? Chief Tony Anenih re-emerged as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today at a drama-filled meeting that took place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. Participants at the meeting had been carefully selected before hand at the Abuja residence of a party chieftain through the handing out of special cards to each member to give him/her access to the Banquet Hall.

 

February 27, 2013

It was now settled. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, told journalists in Abuja today that there was nothing wrong if President Goodluck Jonathan decides to run for a second term. “Let me tell you: that is in order in politics. Jonathan is the President under our party and what is wrong if he decides to run? The others have the same opportunity to promote their candidates, if they have,” Tukur said, in response to a question on whether the creation of the PDP Governors’ Forum was meant to foster Jonathan’s presidential ambition in 2015.

The National Chairman of the PDP had a bad estimation of the newly formed APC:  “Most of the people in APC now are original members of the PDP and I can assure you that we have commenced talks to bring them back to where they originally belonged, which is the PDP. They are coming back, because some of them have told me that their aspirations may not be met in the APC because of the burning ambitions of some individual members. They don’t want a party that is being run like a cult.”

 

February 28, 2013

The end of the month was not a peaceful one again, at least in Lagos. Some suspected cult members operating on a motorcycle shot and killed a student of the Lagos State University while the latter was leaving the school. He was murdered at the gate. The deceased Damilola Olaniyan was an up-coming hip-hop artiste who went by the pseudonym Damino Damoche. Olaniyan, a student of Banking and Finance, was killed after writing a test at Faculty of Science Management. After he was shot, the killers waited to stab him repeatedly.  All passers-by scampered to safety and when they regrouped, all they could say was: “What is Nigeria turning to!” And the month ended this day, albeit on a sad note for many!

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