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Reject Onochie as INEC Commissioner, Pyrates urges Senate

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has asked the Nigerian Senate to ensure the rejection of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

NAS in a statement signed by the NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje titled: “Lauretta Onochie ineligible as INEC National Commissioner argued  that her appointment “violates Section 14(2a) of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended which states that, “A member of the commission shall be non-partisan and a person of unquestionable integrity.”

“Therefore, that a card-carrying member of the ruling party, and a serving presidential appointee, who has gained widespread notoriety for her acerbic and brazen partisanship is being proposed to become a commissioner with the country’s electoral umpire, undermines INEC as a democratic institution and is an assault on the concept of democracy,” he added.

According to him, Onochie appointment which is against all known principles of democracy should be rejected by all well-meaning citizens especially federal lawmakers.

The statement read in part: “It is unfathomable that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot find any other qualified, non-partisan citizen from Ms. Onochie’s state of origin to occupy the INEC seat. His worrisome insistence on her candidacy, in the face of strident opposition by all and sundry, calls to question his repeated verbal commitment, of ensuring that future elections will be an improvement on preceding ones.

“We urge the National Assembly to live up to its sworn constitutional mandate as the custodian of the people’s collective aspirations and ensure that this attempt to taint the electoral system with the appointment of a proven partisan person does not see the light of day.

“There is no law that says that every nomination from the executive should be accepted. In recent times, the leadership of the Nigerian Senate has presented the image of a willing tool in the hands of the executive, to foist incompetent and unqualified people, including persons with questionable characters on Nigerians as public officers, due to scant regard for rigor in its screening.

“Now is the time for it to redeem itself. It is the least that the members of the hallowed red chambers owe their constituents, to save democracy. It will redound to their honour to think and act for the country first.”

 

 

 

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OAP SLEEKY DAMIAN SET TO HOSTS ‘PAD A PAL’ HUMANITARIAN/CHARITY EVENT AUGUST 6th  

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Award Winning on-Air personality and Celebrity MC, Sleeky Damian will host “PAD A PAL” Charity Ball at Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre on August 6, 2021 featuring performers, entertainers, speakers, attendees, philanthropists.
The Charity ball/humanitarian event will attract dignitaries from all walks of life. Tickets are not sold at the event as all entries at the ball are free. However, we encourage all attendees to give generously. For those who wish to support or donate before the event, the account number (0178850019, FCMB, Adebunmi Damian Adegoke) has been supplied for your input towards the event.

 

The Event is poised to raise a couple of millions of naira for the foundation network to be launched whose objective is aimed at solving reproductive health issues among female teens. Enlightenment campaigns and sensitization will be carried out across different secondary schools in Ibadan and its environs by a team of our medical experts.
All your contributions are worthy of the celebrations and joy at the Ball. If for some reason, you cannot attend, please send in your donations to the account number provided above. Also, someone can attend the ball instead of you with your pass.

 

Life becomes meaningful when the world unites to make it a better place for all; words of admonition from one of our attendees Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker, 9th Oyo Assembly.

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BREAKING: FBI INDICTMENT: IGP SUSPENDS DCP ABBA KYARI, INAUGURATES 4-MAN PANEL FOR INVESTIGATION

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Sequel to the level of the numerous allegation of corruption leveled against super cop DCP Abba Kyari by the FBI over his involvement in taking funds from Celebrity fraudster Abass Olorunwa known as Hushpuppi, The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation touching on him.

 

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force. The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations leveled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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NAS tackles NBC over censorship of Media

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has kicked against what it called “blatant assault on press freedom” by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The organisation declared that the directive by the regulatory body to Television and Radio stations not to “divulge” details of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists during Newspaper Reviews is unconstitutional as it violates freedom of expression of citizens and seeks to prevent the press from performing its duties enshrined in Section 22 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to hold government accountable on behalf of the people.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement titled: “NBC’s Bullying of the Media Unacceptable” stated that the regulatory body by its latest action wants to suppress press freedom and restrict access of information to Nigerians.

According to Owoaje, NBC by the directive intends to criminalise journalism and prevents victims of terrorism, banditry and other associated crimes from getting justice.

“The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) notes with considerable concern the sudden brazenness, repressive instincts and open partisanship being exhibited by the NBC in the interpretation of its regulatory remit in recent times. We unequivocally condemn these unethical attempts by the NBC to browbeat radio and television stations, and other organs of the Press, in a desperate bid to cow the Press.
Besides, we cannot find any justification for the bizarre NBC
directive; even on the hackneyed excuse of a security necessity, other than to
keep Nigerians in the dark about the uncomfortable reality of the insurgency
and the seeming inability of the security agencies to halt the spate of
insecurity across the country,” he said.

Owoaje stated further that contrary to what the security agencies would want Nigerians to believe, ferocious attacks on insurgents, kidnappers, killer herdsmen and bandits continue unabated in the country.
“We implore the executive arm of government to rein in the NBC to desist from its overt clampdown on press freedom.

The NBC should withdraw its illegal directive as it is unhelpful and counterproductive to the fight against insecurity in the country. Rather than see the media as the enemy, the media should be seen as a patriotic partner that can rally Nigerians to support the efforts of the government in tackling the myriad of security challenges afflicting our country. A free and unfettered press makes democracy thrive and is not merely a liberal indulgence. This is what Nigerians need. This is what we demand. We reject the shackles the NBC wants to foist on the media,” the statement added.

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