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PHOTOS: COURT FREES TRADER ARRESTED IN OGUN STATE FOR NAMING HIS PET DOG ‘BUHARI’

Mr Joachim Iroko, who was arrested for naming his pet dog Buhari was this morning set free by Sango Ota Chief Magistrate Court in Ogun State.

Iroko also known as Joe Fortemose Chinakwe came to prominence after he was arrested on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Hausa section of Ketere Market, Sango-Ota, when one of his neighbours from the North, complained that he named the dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

The suspect was first taken to Sango Police Station, from where he was transferred to state command headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta.

He was subsequently charged to court by the Nigeria Police Force for “conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace” by naming his dog ‘Buhari’

The prosecutor told the court that the offence is punishable under under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.” The one count charge read:

“That you Joachim Iroko aka Joe and other still at largeon Saturday 13th day of August 2016, at about 5.30pm at Ketere area Sango, in the Ota Magisterial District did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace, by writing a name ‘Buhari’ on a dog and parading same in the Hausa section of Ketere Market Sango and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of Criminal Code of Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2016.”

One of his lawyers, Inibehe Effiong disclosed this today on his Facebook page. Read his post below:

“Following the serial failure by the prosecution to present its witnesses and the continued absence of the nominal complainant who had claimed that Iroko named his dog ‘Buhari’, after his father, we applied for the case to be struck out by the Court for want of diligent prosecution.

The Magistrate, O. O. Adebo, granted our application and the case was accordingly struck-out and Mr Iroko walked home a free man.

I had argued from the outset that the Nigeria Police did not have any case against Iroko and that there was no legal basis to arrest, detain and prosecute the poor trader over an alleged conduct that did not harm and could not have injured anybody. There was nothing like an attempt to cause breach of peace ab initio.

I want to specially commend Mr. Adegboruwa for leading lawyers in defence of Mr. Iroko pro bono. I appreciate Messrs Fadile Niyi and Tosin Adesioye from the chambers of Adegboruwa & Co., Mr. Adeola Samuel Opeyemi and Mr. Vincent Obetta who were all part of the defence team which I am proud to have been part of.

I want to also appreciate the media for their conscientious coverage of this case and all Nigerians who had expressed support in one form or the other for Mr. Iroko.

When the incident happened in August 2016, I responded by leading a campaign for the freedom of Iroko. That this case has ended this way is a victory for justice and a boast to the image of the Nigerian Judiciary as the last hope of the oppressed and the common man.

We hope that the Nigeria Police and their instigators will now allow reason to prevail. But if they wish to resurrect this case, we shall meet them again in court.

BUHARI SHOWS UP, SHOCKS FAYOSE, RELEASES POWERFUL PROOF AND EVIDENCE THAT HE IS NOT ON LIFE SUPPORT MACHINE

President Muhammadu Buhari, has reacted to the spurious allegations made by Governor Ayodele Fayose, that he is on life support machine.

Mr. President, who debunked the allegation through the Buhari Media Support Group, BMSG, declared that Fayose lied.

The statement which was signed by Hon. Austin Braimoh (Chairman), and Chief Cassidy Madueke (Secretary), accused Fayose of having the penchant for thriving in hate speeches and campaigns of calumny.

The statement in part reads…

The attention of the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG), has been drawn to a statement credited to Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose, where he dished a cacophony of lies on the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that he has been on life support system, for 20 days.

The comments of Fayosa did not come as a surprise, because of his penchant for exhibiting the characteristics of a serial liar, and a born agent of confusion over the years, who thrives in hate speeches and campaigns of calumny.

BMSG believes that most Nigerians are already familiar with the infantile character of the Ekiti State accidental Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Nigerians are already familiar with his antics.

In the year 2015, he told Nigerians that President Muhammad Buhari was dead in London, a claim that turned out to be the greatest falsehood of all times. Not only did President Buhari return to Nigeria, he ran a successful campaign, in which he defeated Fayose’s candidate in that election.

Fayose operates based on his figment of imagination, as he will never disclose his source of information, or show proof of his utterances.

Today, the same character is telling us that the President is now on life support, in London.

If his assertions are right, then he needs to be told that it is an improvement to move from being dead to a life support.

BMSG therefore, appeals to the loquacious Governor, to allow the President recuperate peacefully, and return to his duties.

BUHARI ON LIFE SUPPORT FOR 20 DAYS, NEEDS PRAYERS -FAYOSE

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Wednesday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari has been on life support for 20 days in a West End hospital in London, saying he needs our prayers.

Governor Fayose, who addressed newsmen at Government House, Ado Ekiti, said only a few Nigerians had been able to see the president since he took ill and admitted in a London hospital, saying “a cabal has taken over the presidency.”

Fayose said: “Of a fact, our First Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari was not allowed to see her husband during her last visit to the United Kingdom. If only she will be courageous enough to admit.

“Only three Nigerians who are of the President’s cabal are allowed access to the President. I will keep their identities for now.

“Anyone with contrary claim should produce the President to Nigerians within the next 48 hours.”

In a statement entitled: “Buhari on life support for 20 days, needs prayer; Presidency must tell Nigerians the truth always”,

“Today, it makes 53 days since our President, Muhammadu Buhari, left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. No official information as to his whereabouts and his state of health.

“Like every other Nigerian, I do not wish the President dead. I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the president embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year.

“However, the recorded audio message which was released by the presidency as the President’s Ramadan message to Nigerians necessitated my setting the records straight today.

“No doubt, the audio message was only a damage-control strategy aimed at further deceiving Nigerians.”

The governor said he “elected in good conscience” to make the statements, saying “it is obvious that Nigeria is drifting like the last days of Yar’Adua’s government.”

Speaking further, Fayose, who is the chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, said “Nigerians will recall that I warned against electing President Buhari on the account of his age, health and mental capacity.

“Nigerians will also recall that when they released pictures to the press claiming that President Buhari had an interview with Kemi Fadojutimi of “All Eyes on Africa” TV Show in London, on Monday, February 23, 2015, I proved to the whole world that the interview was conducted in Suite 881 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

“Hate me or like me, again I am putting Nigerians on notice on the present state of health of our President.

“I am not unaware of the various attempts on my life; I am undaunted as I remain committed to truth and fearlessness because a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

“Dear Nigerians, even though President Buhari needs our prayers and we should keep praying that God takes total control of his situation. It is equally imperative that our leaders must tell us the truth at all times.

“It is time that the President takes the interests of Nigerians above his own and resign from office so that our country can move forward. The fate of Nigeria and its people must not remain in the hands of the Presidency cabal, our country must be set free.”

He said, “It is time the President throws in the towel and resigns and allow this country to move forward,” saying “if truly we love this country, the President loves this country and his handlers, they should release Nigeria to move forward and allow whosoever that has the capacity to move this country forward because as we are, Nigeria is in limbo.”

On how he wants Nigerians to believe him, he said he had tentacles as a governor and that “some of the information are coming from within the President’s party but they have no corkage to say it.”

He said: “Some of the information are coming from the leadership of APC, either in government or in the party. They don’t have courage to say it. When they give us the information, we verify it. Part of this information is from the APC in government and in their party. That is the truth. But we have gone further to verify and establish these facts. But largely, most of them know that these information are true and they are from their members.” 

YOU CAN’T ISLAMISE NIGERIA, APOSTLE SULEMAN WARNS BUHARI

President of the Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman has warned President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he cannot Islamise Nigeria. The Apostle who expressed outrage at the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) as a subject of study from the secondary school curriculum described it as a move to Islamise Nigeria, which he said can never happen.  

In a statement issued by Phrank Shaibu, spokesman of the church, Apostle Suleman also said that President Muhammadu Buhari, by this new policy, has confirmed that he set out to Islamise the country soon after being sworn in on May 29, 2015. According to the fiery preacher, the decision to scrap CRK as a subject in the curriculum but only to be studied as a theme in civic education while leaving Islamic/Arabic studies as a subject to be studied in the secondary school curriculum is a deliberate plot by the Buhari administration, among other schemes, to eliminate Christianity or at best reduce it to insignificance in Nigeria.

Apostle Suleiman “The new curriculum which is the brain-child of the Nigerian Educational Research Council and which is mischievously crafted to force Islamic Studies down the throat of non adherents is unjust, discriminatory, a subtle attempt at islamisation, and therefore unacceptable.” “This is a well orchestrated and articulated plot. Let nobody try to fool Nigerians that it was a mistake or a coincidence. Why is it that CRK would be removed as a subject to be studied from the secondary school curriculum while Islamic/Arabic studies is retained? This is a plan from hell and it shall not stand,” he declared. Apostle Suleman & President Buhari Apostle Suleman also noted that the policy has been introduced at a time when Fulani herdsmen are on rampage in many parts of the country and just before the “so called Arewa youths” who gave Nigerians of Igbo extraction living in the North an order to quit the region before October 1.

“Over 7000 people have been killed by these Fulani herdsmen with our security forces unable to stop the bloodshed. So called Arewa youths backed by some discredited elders have also issued a treasonable ultimatum to Igbo people without any reprisals from the Buhari government. So, is it a coincidence that Christian Religious Knowledge has been expunged from the school curriculum?” he asked. The revered cleric however called on the Federal Government to reverse what he termed the offensive policy and immediately restore Christian Religious Knowledge to the curriculum. He also commended the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for being at the forefront of seeking to redress the anomaly. “This evil policy must be reversed immediately.

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) must be restored to the school curriculum. And I’m happy that the CAN has taken up the battle to ensure that those who seek to banish our faith do not succeed. We will continue to speak out until satan and his agents are put to shame”, he declared. Similarly, he called on the government to stem the tide of consistent attacks by Fulani herdsmen as well as deal with those giving ultimatum to people from an ethnic group to vacate the north. “For as long as Fulani herdsmen continue to kill, rape and burn people’s homes without restraint, in the event that the safety of an ethnic group cannot be guaranteed in any part of the country, then Nigerians should know that it is not a coincidence. And my God shall not fold arms while the devil and his children seek to destroy the destiny of Nigeria”, he declared. “We have the strength of character, the courage and the conviction to mount a sustained campaign in defense of justice, and in defense of our religion. We will not give up our religious practice because of someone else’. Nigeria belongs to us all and not for a few bigots who currently occupy positions of authority,” he said.

The Apostle also said that bigotry, hate and intolerance by anybody- be he or she a Muslim, Christian, Buddhist or Jew is indefensible and should be condemned. “The earlier Buhari’s men come to terms with the fact that Nigeria is a secular state and cannot be Islamised or made a Christian State under any guise, the better for everyone.” He warned that should anyone think that he can go ahead with the curriculum , then he or she should be ready for the mother of all battles, the consequences of which can only be imagined. Suleman said it is the collective duty of all Nigerians to oppose and despise all bigots in power, just as he called for a law to punish bigotry severely enough, so as not to make it fashionable or normal in the eyes of our children. The church also demanded a return to the old curriculum which will give pupils of Christian faith all the moral teachings which Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) offers.

AISHA BUHARI WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE BUHARI IN LONDON, CABAL FORGED BUHARI’S SIGNATURE – SAHARA REPORTERS

President Muhammadu Buhari was not allowed to see his wife during her recent visit to the United Kingdom, presidency sources informed SaharaReporters on Tuesday. In the stunning disclosure, the sources affirmed that the president has been kept away from several of his aides and even those bodyguards who supposedly traveled with him.

According to SAHARA REPORTERS, The President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari who also frequents London to take care of himself, is still the manipulator-in-chief, according to the sources.

Furthermore, SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Buhari has not spoken to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for several weeks following his departure from Abuja for a second round of medical treatment for an undisclosed medical condition suspected to be cancer.

The sources gave the example of Wednesday last week when members of Buhari’s cabal called the Acting President and asked him to await a call from the ailing President, pointing out that no such call was received except one that was just a few seconds of hellos before the person hung up the phone.

SaharaReporters also learned that the public declaration by Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State, that he met Buhari in London is a complete fabrication as Buhari did not at any time receive the Mr. Kalu, who recently decamped to the president’s All Progressives Congress party. One particular presidency source told SaharaReporters they suspect Kalu was using that gimmick to intimidate the judge who is trying him for corruption, considering that he wore a turban to court a few days later.

Our sources confirmed that Buhari is incommunicado, and is only reached by two aides, Tunde Saburi and Sarki Abba, who have maintained stoic silence about his condition.

It is notable that when Mrs. Buhari returned from her recent trip, she sent messages to her family members in Adamawa claiming her husband was recovering fast but asked for intensification of prayers.

The cabal reportedly reduced access to Buhari in an effort to control information leaks to the public. They cabal reportedly as far as forging Buhari’s signature so as to give the impression that he is still in control even after Buhari himself had handed over power to his vice, trying to create the impression that he is still in charge.

Mr. Kyari is said to be in charge of all the behind-the-scene moves. It was he, they claimed, who a few days ago passed a fake document to Garba Shehu, one of Buhari’s spokespersons, claiming that Buhari had given Osinbajo the go-ahead to sign the 2017 budget.

According to their account, Osinabjo had already decided on the date he would sign the budget, a decision that was delayed only by a last-minute discussion to include some projects such as the Lagos-Apapa Port road repairs. They said they were not surprised at Mr. Shehu’s fake statement claiming Buhari sent a letter granting the Acting President the right to sign the budget.

Buhari is said to be rather unaware of his environment, his memory somewhat affected. For instance, on his way to the UK, he was said to have asked if he was on his way to Sokoto. Our sources said that the cabal working with Buhari might bring him back the same way he was returned in February, in a scheme to use his presence to perpetrate more fraud and control power.

“I SEE TROUBLE, PRESIDENT BUHARI MUST NOT DIE” – BISHOP ADEOYE

A Pentecostal Bishop, Rt. Rev. Seun Adeoye, has urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his wellbeing is so important to the nation’s co-existence and stability.

Bishop Adeoye warned that if anything should happen to President Buhari, such would be a difficult burden for the nation to bear as Nigeria will fall into wrong hands that are ready do anything to turn it into their private estates.

The cleric, who spoke during the 1st Episcopal Honours and Gallantry Awards held at the weekend at Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry, Rehoboth Arena, Okinni, Osun State, noted that only God can sustain the President’s health.

He said: “I see trouble should anything go wrong with President Buhari. So, we need to pray for his quick recovery from this ailment. Buhari must not die; Buhari must live and that should be our prayers.

“If Buhari is not the president, we will be faced with more lies and propaganda where we are going to be made to call black white. Rule of law will turn to be rule of fear and democracy will be replaced by despotism, favoritism and god-fatherism.

“We cannot allow Nigeria to be in the hand of any of the present leaders. None of them can be the captain of this ship; they will run it aground with their arrogance and selfish agenda. They will rob, strip us Unclad and put us in perpetual bondage as slaves. So, I enjoin all of us to pray for the President Buhari to get well quickly.”

On those who were honoured, Bishop Adeoye disclosed that they were shortlisted from over 100 nominees and were screened by the church’s Council of Clergy based on their courage, service to humanity and God and their various contributions to the society.

Those on the successful list were the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State, Olusola Amore; his counterpart from Osun, Fimihan Adeoye; Prof. Ayo Fatubarin; Pastor and Prof. (Mrs) Olusegun Akinwusi; Dr. Kayode Oduoye; Barrister Kanmi Ajibola; Femi Adefila; Dr. and Mrs. Niyi Oginni; and Deacon and Deaconess Moses Ajayi.

Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Akinwusi, a former Head of Service in Osun State, urged Nigerians to pray fervently for the nation and not to keep mute or look the other way when things are going the wrong in the country.) 

BUHARI HAS DIFFICULTY DRINKING AND EATING, BUT CABAL WON’T LET HIM TRAVEL FOR URGENT TREATMENT

Three insiders in the Presidency have told SaharaReporters that President Muhammadu Buhari is being fed intravenously as he has had severe difficulty eating and drinking fluids for several days.

The sources also disclosed that, although President Buhari’s health had held up for a while after his return from an extended medical vacation in the United Kingdom, his condition has deteriorated in the last several weeks. They pointed to Mr. Buhari’s eating and drinking problems that have left him too frail to leave his official residence at Aso Rock Villa to attend any official functions.

Mr. Buhari has been unable to attend the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting three weeks in a row. Last week he also failed to attend the Friday Juma’at prayers because he had to undergo urgent medical treatment that had him confined to a medical room secretly set up inside the residential area of the villa.

President Buhari was also conspicuously absent from the wedding of his influential personal aide, Tunde “Idiagbon” Sabiu in Kaduna. The wedding, which was attended by political movers and shakers of the Nigerian society, became a scene for curious political power play. It became clear at the wedding that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was treated in a different light by opposing political interests present at the wedding. While some of them showed deference to Mr. Osinbajo, others seemed to pay him scant attention, even to the point of shunning his presence.

SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Buhari’s British doctors had sent a medical team to the Villa to attend to him. However, our sources revealed that the medical team advised that the president should immediately return to the United Kingdom to begin what they described as a slow, complex and long-term treatment that could prolong his life.

Four weeks ago, SaharaReporters disclosed that an advance team from the Presidency traveled to the UK to prepare for Mr. Buhari’s imminent arrival there for medical treatment. However, following moves by a cabal opposed to their potential loss of political influence, the advance was recalled to Abuja. Our sources named Chief of Staff Abba Kyari as the anchor of the cabal which also includes Mamman Daura, a businessman, and Mr. Buhari’s kinsman.

A week later, members of the Presidency’s advance team were once again issued with fresh tickets to travel via Ethiopian Airlines, with the plan that Mr. Buhari would depart to the UK on April 15th 2017 for a four-month-long medical sojourn.

However, members of the cabal that wields enormous power in the Presidency, have so far frustrated the president’s trip.

President Muhammadu Buhari

State House, Sunday Aghaeze

The Nigerian president and his handlers have declined to reveal the nature of the ailment that has hobbled Mr. Buhari over several months, rendering him incapable of attending to matters of state with any regularity much less vigor. However, different sources close to him told Saharareporters that, in addition to prostrate issues, Mr. Buhari is also dogged by Crohn’s disease, a medical condition that has affected his digestive system.

Our various sources have said that Mr. Buhari’s Crohn’s disease has had a devastating impact because of the president’s age. One source stated that Mr. Buhari, whose official age is 74, may well be much older. At any rate, his bouts of illness have had a telling effect on him, leaving him gaunt, emaciated, feeble and debilitated.

One of our sources knowledgeable about President Buhari’s condition alleged that there was a massive coverup orchestrated by a few aides and cronies of the ailing Nigerian leader to fool the Nigerian public. “They feel that if he [President Buhari] travels abroad, they will lose the power and influence they wield when he is town,” the source said. However, the source accused the cabal of being myopic and shortsighted, adding that they were fast-tracking the president’s demise by blocking his trip for treatment abroad.

Our sources described the cabal as hellbent on throwing Nigeria into a political crisis in a bid to protect their selfish interests. 

 BUHARI BACK TO UK FOR MORE TREATMENT IN FEW WEEKS

President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that he may be going back to UK for more treatment in few weeks to come.

“I am feeling much better now. There may, however, be need for further follow up within some weeks,’’ he stated.

President Muhammadu Buhari landed at the Aso Presidential Villa, Abuja helipad after some 51 days vacation in London United Kingdom.

President Buhari announced this at his first meeting with his Cabinet and Service Chiefs at the First Lady’s Conference Room at the Presidential Villa Abuja. According to the president who proceeded to his residence after the meeting, he needed more rest.

He expressed his gratitude to Nigerians who called and also prayed for him while his medical vacation lasted in London, United Kingdom. He said that Osinbajo who has been acting in his place in the last 51 days he has been away would continue to act. Hethe President said he felt much better, saying that “whatever the case I’m still grateful to Nigerians”. According to him, the cost of his treatment abroad was not lost on him even as he said he received the best of treatment.

PHOTOS OF PRESIDENT BUHAI ARRIVAL AT THE KADUNA AIRPORT

President Muhammadu Buhari is pictured disembarking from the Airforce 001 after arrival at the Kaduna aiport.
 
He was received by Deputy Governor Bantex, service chiefs and other dignitaries. The Nigerian Air Force 001 touched down at the Air Force Base in Kaduna, few minutes, ago before the President Buhari was airlifted in a chopper to Abuja.
 

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The sources also revealed that the president might address the nation Friday after his long absence, in order to quell any concerns over his capacity to govern.

The news of his return Friday was broken last night in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina.

Adesina recalled that the president left the shores of the country on January 19 for a vacation, during which he was scheduled to undergo routine medical check-ups.

He said the scheduled vacation was however extended due to the advice by his doctors that he undergoes further medical tests.

According to him, the president expressed gratitude to the generality of Nigerians in all parts of the country and beyond who supported him in their prayers and good wishes while he was away.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017. The President left the country on January 19, 2017 for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups.

“The holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest.

“President Buhari expresses appreciation to teeming Nigerians from across the country and beyond, who had prayed fervently for him and also sent their good wishes,” the statement said.

Earlier Thursday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby, had paid a visit to Buhari in Abuja House, London where the president had resided throughout his medical vacation.

The president, who announced Welby’s visit on his Facebook page, said he was pleased to receive the archbishop, whom he described as his friend.

“Very pleased to welcome my friend, the Most Rev. Hon. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury,” the president had said.

Other than his doctors, Welby was possibly the first non-Nigerian citizen to visit the president in London since January 19 when he left the country.

Last month, the president was visited by numerous Nigerians including two leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande.

He had earlier been visited by the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and Senator Daisy Danjuma.

He was also visited on February 23 by a National Assembly team led by Senate President Bukola Saraki. Also in the team was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

The visit was made days after both Saraki and Dogara had disclosed that they had telephone conversations with Buhari.

While Saraki said he called Buhari, Dogara said the president had called him and discussed issues affecting the welfare of Nigerians with him.

The president left the country on January 19, 2017, four days earlier than scheduled, stating that he would return on February 6 to resume duty.

But on February 5, the presidency announced the extension of his vacation indefinitely, saying the president was waiting for the results of the medical tests and needed to be certified okay by his doctors before leaving London.

Since then, speculations have been rife over the president’s health.

Indeed, even before the presidency informed the public of the extension of Buhari’s vacation, there were rumours that he had died in the UK.

All these proved to be untrue after the presidency released proof of life photographs of the president and his visitors.