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Coaliation cautions US, UK, Germany, others against granting Sowore asylum

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A Coalition, Concerned Patriots for Peace and Development, has cautioned other countries of the world against granting Omoyele Sowore the publisher of Sahara reporters asylum

It said, in the event that Sowore was called to question, and escapes to seek asylum outside the country, he should be denied such privilege.

The coalition accused Sowore of inciting violence in the country, using now-rested #EndSARS protests as a veritable platform.

In an open letter addressed to the embassies of the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Germany, France, Canada among others, the group predicated its claim on intelligence at its disposal.

The letter was jointly signed by Dr Chibuzor Amechi (Coalition of Igbo professionals); Dr Aremu Gbenga (Coalition of Yoruba Elders for Peace and Good Governance); and Barr Mohammed ibrahim (Coalition of Northern Professionals) respectively.

In the letter entitled, “An Open Letter On The Plot By Sowore To Incite Violence Against The Federal Government”, the organisation wondered why Sowore seeks to revive an action that has since been suspended.

This, it added, was more so that the promoters of the protests for the disbandment of the SARS, have since called-off the demonstrations, with a view to giving governments at all levels the benefit of the doubt.

Apart from dissolving the dreaded police squad, the federal and state governments are currently addressing other issues raised, one of which is the establishment of judicial commissions of inquiry, to deal with cases of brutality, extra-judicial killings and other excesses of the defunct SARS.

“We are constrained by events of the last one week to write this open letter to you, to intimate you of premeditated moves by one Omoyele Sowore to incite public disturbance against the Nigerian Government”,the group said.

The letter reads: “Your Excellency, our resort to this open letter is occasioned by the urgency of the situation, as intelligence at our disposal has confirmed that Sowore, who certainly has sponsors, has concluded plans to hijack the now-rested #EndSARS protests, to allegedly cause anarchy in Nigeria, thereby instigating an illegal change of Government.

“As a guide, may we draw your attention to the protests of Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, and the Force Headquarters’ precincts – all in Abuja – as well as that of Friday, November 6, at the entrance to the National Assembly, which were led by Sowore.

“With benefit of hindsight, we fear that this ongoing move has the potential of disrupting the peace and security of the country that is yet to recover from the killings, looting and destruction of public and private property that attended the wave of nationwide proests, a few weeks ago.

“We are alarmed that Sowore, who was barred by a Federal High Court in Abuja from participating in, or addressing public rallies/protests, as part of the conditions for his bail, will be spear-heading this latest affront.

“This valid court order, which has not been set aside, either by the trial court, or by the Court of Appeal, is pending the determination of the criminal charge.

“For a man facing a 7-count charge bordering on treason, money laundering and cyber stalking, occasioned by his earlier failed attempt to lead a revolution against the democratically-elected Government of President Muhammadu Buhari – through the instrumentality of #Revolution Now movement, one would have thought that introspection and soul-searching would be his preoccupation”.

The organisation said it took the pain of chronicling the antecedents of Sowore, to “reconcile you to the intelligence at our disposal, which is a product of painstaking investigation of his antics”.

“Or, how else will one situate this latest attempt at re-launching and reviving an action, whose original/genuine promoters have since suspended, to give both the Federal and State Governments the chance to address the concerns that triggered the mass protests?”, it asked rather rhetorically.

“We, therefore, request your Excellency to take note of the deliberate acts of incitement and violence being orchestrated by Sowore, to deny him asylum, in the event that he seeks any, after succeeding in his wicked agenda”, the group stated in the letter.

It concluded thus: “We trust that the Nigerian Government will activate the relevant laws within its disposal, to rein in this man, whose “dog-in-the-manger” tendency must not be allowed accommodation.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) only favours change of government through the instrumentality of the ballot – an exercise that comes after a period of four years.

“We advise politicians, whose quest for power was not successful, to wait and test their popularity in the next round of elections, rather than seek to instigate unrest, to satisfy their selfish ends, and those of their pay-masters”.

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Migration: National Refugee Commission Partners Embassy of Netherland 


The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) is collaborating with the Embassy of Netherlands to resolve migration issues in Nigeria.
The Honourable Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado), while receiving, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherland, His Excellency, Harry Van Dijk, said, the Commission has increased advocacy for sensitization of migrants against illegal migration.
“As the agency leading in all aspects of the Federal Governments  migration coordination our goal has been to steadfastly advocate for safe and orderly migration that will ensure more lives saved and not lost”, Lado stated.
“This year we have streamlined resources to primarily focus on the protection of Persons of Concern – this includes migrants – and we have ramped up sensitization of Nigerians that will promote regular migration within the country”.
“To this end and by the middle of this year we intend to launch the Resettlement City Rehabilitation & Reintegration Project in 4 states across the country ( Borno, Kano, Katsina and Edo States)”, he stressed.
“Intentionally, the Edo State facility was selected for use as a transitional migrant Centre for rehabilitation and reintegration of migrants who have returned from abroad and need support before going back to their former homes”.
“We are very excited about this plan and the opportunity to provide the necessary protection and sensitization for this group of citizens.  Never before has there been a Centre of such support in Nigeria”, Lado added.  
“We have listened to the numerous calls from migrants and believe that this is one way for the Commission to promote safe return and reintegration of migrants that is free of stigma, especially for those who have returned from gruesome experiences”. 
“I am pleased to hear of plans for the upcoming Nigeria-Netherlands Strategic Dialogue on Migration and Consular Affairs and I look forward to progressive partnerships designed in line with our streamlined focus as a nation, the Commissioner concluded.
“For the last year the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our movement and inevitably this has delayed us from meeting each other in person. Nonetheless, I am delighted that today we have the opportunity to meet and resume discussions that will benefit our migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as our relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands”, the Commissioner concluded.
Responding, the Ambassador, Harry Van Dijk stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted their movement and inevitably that has delayed the meeting but he is delighted that they have resumed discussions that will benefit the migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
“We are happy to be here and we will do everything to support the Commission in every way possible as we hope to boost bilateral dialogue on migration and investment and trade, the ambassador added. 
Also at the meeting are the Commission’s director, Refugee and Migration, Tai Hassan Ejibunu; deputy director, IDPs of the Commission, Fatima Mamman Daura; deputy director, planning, Stephen Medaiyedu and the Commissioner’s Technical Assistant, Tahirah Ikharo.

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***Winners of 2021 Queen Tonto Dike women empowerment give testimonies

By Aminci Audu

Some UN leaders would soon arrive Nigeria with the sole purpose of engaging Christian and Muslim leaders in the country in discussion on the security situation to bring about safety for Nigerians on the roads and in their homes, Ambassador, Steve Midala has said.

Midalah who is the UN International Chairman, Security and Intelligence, African Affairs said the move is aimed at solving Nigeria’s security challenge especially on the roads and in the homes.

He gave the indication at a ceremony where 10 women got N100,000 each, two bags of rice and 20 litres of palm oil following their emergence as winners of the 2021 of Queen Tonto Dike empowerment for poor women program.

Midalah said the UN body will discuss security matters with religious leaders.
According to him: “All the program we have initiated, before the month end, will be executed to give Nigerians a sense of humanity.

‘Not less than 10 of our international leaders will be here in Nigeria  for inter-religous activities, we are meeting with the Sultan and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and then she (Tontoh Dike) is our brand ambassador going forward.

“We shall fight anybody to the supreme Court in defending our name, UN Rescue Services aimed at action plan for the sustainable development goal of eradicating extreme hunger in the land,” Midalah said.

The 10 lucky women were the beneficiary for the year and they are expected to invest the money in thier trade of charcoal, pepper meat, while the two bags of rice and oil provide buffer for the family as the investment in their businesses to grow.

Steve who said the organisation was also out to boost rural housing scheme said the Zamfara state government has offered the UN group a 250 hectares of land to build it’s housing scheme.
He said the housing scheme is targeted at poor rural women whom have been written off by society but will own houses to their name.

This he noted has been complemented by being offered a land area to build 1,000 houses to boost affordable housing scheme for the Nigerian population in the FCT.

Miss Rose a beneficiaries said the money will be used to grow her business, so she can have savings to own a house in the future scheme she is expected to buy and own.

The Actress turned philanthropist, Tonto Dike said she scaled down the beneficiaries to 10 persons from the initial hundred because of the Covid-19 pandemic which has slowed so many things.

The joy of the beneficiaries knew no bounds as they spoke to the NationalUpdate on their ordeal before the succor came their way.

Florence Olayemi from Lugbe, said she used to roast corn, for the upkeep of her two children. 

According to her, she had been widowed for almost three years. 

She said used the proceeds for her children upkeep. 

“I don’t even have house where I can lay my head. I am roasting corn at car wash in an uncompleted building in Lugbe. 

“They came and met me saying that it is a serious issue. They have surprise us. I will use the N1000 to expand my business.”

Another beneficiary Ogechi Amabotu from Imo state, said they met her at the uncompleted building at the Okada Bridge in Lugbe where Ishe was living before the Government demolished the place.

She said, she was into pedicure and manicure, eye lashes and plating of hair.

“I lost my husband December 2017, he died in a motor accident when I was two months pregnant of my second son. 

“Their Father is from Ijebu, the first daughter is Aduke.

 She said she would use part of the N100, 000 to get a room as they have been thrown out of the uncompleted building, saying that with the rain mosquitoes are on the prowl.

What remains she said will be used to take her daughter to school and also to expand her business.
Abigail Anthony, said she sells Peper meat, a single lady, she said she was lucky to have been identified in the church.

She said with the N100, 000, she will get a shop and expand her business. She also prayed God to bless her with husband.

Mary Abiola said her husband died two years ago and that she sells goodstuff at Jahi 1 by police station. 

“I haVE three children. I used to buy foodstuffs on credit but I will buy every thing with cash now, I will not do credit again, I will be able to save my gains. 

She prayed God to bless the foundation

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Swiss Govt says it is committed to aiding Nigeria recorver looted funds through judicial cooperation

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The Swiss Government has reiterated its determination to continue to assist Nigeria in recorvering its looted funds stached away in their banks by some corrupt Nigerian leaders.
Speaking yesterday at the 10th anniversary of Nigeria-Switzerland Migration Partnership at the ministry of foreign Affairs in Abuja, the Federal Councillor, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police Switzerland Kerin Keler said 
“The irregular funds, of course are given back in judicial procedures to Nigeria just like the Abacha looted funds have been given back.
“We have a system of assisting also the Nigerian judicial system, we do our best in that field, I told you may be that it is possible to improve this judicial cooperation between Switzerland and Nigeria.
She was reacting to a poser over irregular migration ocasioned by bad leadership bequeathed on Nigeria by its corrupt leaders who looted and statched away funds in her country.
On regular migration she said they are bound by their laws.
“As far as regular migration is concerned we are bound by Swiss laws, as you might know we have a free movement of workers just within the European Union, as far as four States are concerned.
She said they also have a window for specialists for which Nigeria is not excluded.
“Of course that
Nigerian specialists on this project system can also come to Switzerland,
But the projects we have are based on reintegration on project. “We also have work for people coming back, which is important that when they come back to Switzerland or have to go back to Nigeria they have a job opportunity and this is what is the focus of the migration partnership. 
“It is not regular migration as this is restricted for all nationals to Switzerland which are not European Union citizens.”
She said the system they have is for talented and also qualified people.
The Seisd minister said her country is happy to mark the 10th year anniversaryof the Migration partnership despite challenges faced by Nigeria and that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keler said Switzerland has an excellent and longstanding relationship with Nigeria that dates back to Nigeria’s independence in 1960 with the opening of its embassy in Lagos in 1961.
According to her, Nigeria and her country have celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relationship adding that this time around they are also celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the migration partnership

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