The alleged suspected facilitator of suicide bombing activities of ‘Boko-Haram’ insurgents, Abubakar Kori has confessed that he was paid not less than N5, 000 for each suicide bomb attack carried out by the insurgents in Maiduguri.
Penpushing reports that the 25, is among the 22 people arrested by the police in Borno and Yobe for their alleged involvement in suicide bombing activities carried out by the insurgents, affirming that he received N5,000 as payment for facilitating the execution of each suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri and its environs.
The suspect said to be a security guard at a fuel dispensing station in Dalori area of Maiduguri, further disclosed that he participated in several suicide bomb attacks in recent months in the metropolis.
“My role is to keep the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) for onward delivery to another person who will carry out the attack. On different occasions, two of my acquaintances gave a parcel to keep for somebody, who will come and take it’,he confessed.
“I normally kept the parcel in my duty post; the appointed person would come and picked it; after successful delivery, they paid me N5, 000. We reside in the same neighbourhood in Maiduguri; they always told me that the parcel was given to them by one Ba’Adam, and asked me to keep it. They introduced me to Ba’Adam, who is the mastermind of the attacks,” he revealed.
The United Nations (UN) has called Nigerian Media to stop promoting conflicts in the interest of peace and justice, adding that the media must facilitate informed debates with opportunities for all citizens to express their views.
The Country Director of United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja made the call while delivering the second anniversary lecture of Penpushing Media with the theme, "The Media and the Quests for Peace, Justice and Strong Institution in Nigeria’
Kayanja also called for capacity building of journalists to achieve objective reportage of the country, stressing that it was the duty of the media to build a sense of community among the people and also serve as vehicle for cultural cohesion.
In similar vein, he called on the media to desist from engaging school drop outs as journalists to save cost noting that the damages it has on the profession was enormous, with a call for the engagement of more authentic journalists in the media industry.
In his remark, Chairman on the occasion, Mr. Felix Ogunaike called on Nigerians to be wary of fake news which he said was a result of laziness and quackery.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has called on the media to be cautious of their pens in their reportage as the election draws nearer, as well as on recent attacks across the country, stressing that national development should be a priority for them .
He gave the caution note while speaking at the second anniversary lecture of Penpushing media, with the theme,’ "The Media and the Quests for Peace, Justice and Strong Institution in Nigeria’ held at marque events centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy Otunba Dayo Adeneye, affirmed that the theme came at the appropriate time, just as he also noted that media should be used as a vital tool in bridging the dive between the governed and government.
‘It is with great pleasure, that I welcome you to this year's lecture, the second in the series, THEMED: "The media and the quest for peace, justice and strong institutions in Nigeria. It could not have come at a better time than now, especially, with the election year coming and recent attacks across the country’, he said.
All is now set for the second anniversary lecture of Penpushing Media which is to hold on Thursday with the keynote lecture,’ The Media and the quest for Peace, justice and strong institutions in Nigeria’
The Chairman Editorial Board, Deaconess Funke Fadugba while addressing journalists said, the Country Director, for the United Nations information Centre, Ronald Kayanja is to deliver the lecture, at the event to hold at the Marquee Event Centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta by 9am.
She added further that, a journalism icon and former Managing Director of Nigerian Tribune Chief Felix Adenaike is the chairman of the occasion, as well former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as the father of the day.
Fadugba who said the event is going to be colourful added further that, the Country Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Mr Ronald Kayanja is to deliver the lecture, with former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the father of the day.
The Editorial Board Chairperson added further that, other dignitaries to grace the occasion include; Governor Ibikunle Amosun, former Ogun State Governors, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel, Dr Bukola Saraki(Senate President) former Military Administrators, Commodore Kayode Oloyinmonyin (rtd), Col Daniel Akintonde(rtd) and Chief(Mrs) Bola Obasanjo, wife of former President, who is mother of the day, as well as Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief(Mrs),Alaba Lawson.
She disclosed that, the traditional ruler of Ota/Awori Kingdom, Oba Adeyemi Obalange is the royal father of the day, as well as Ogun State Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe, Prof Idowu Sobowale, Prof Oluyemisi Obilade, Apostle Lawrence Achudume, Alhaji Sarafa Ishols(former Minister) and Hon Suraj Adekunbi(Ogun State Speaker House of Assembly} among other dignitaries
Fadugba added that, the discussants include, Prof Lai Osho(Moderator), Dapo Olorunyomi(Publisher, Premium Times), Owolabi Oladejo(founder Metropolitan Media Services) and Olu of Itori, Oba Fatai Akamo.
Penpushing is a platform where news, events and happenings in Nigeria and across the globe are discussed by a group of eminent individuals including journalists, business leaders, political leaders and public officials.
‘’The coming into existence of Penpushing at this time is very significant and desirable. This is in the sense that in the past there had been the era of ‘Yellow journalism” or “Junk journalism” which has now become full blown era of the age long phenomenon of Fake News. Fake News has been described as a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread through traditional print and broadcast news media or online social platforms’.
Former National Deputy Chairman (Southwest) of the People's Democratic Party (PDP),Chief Olabode George on Sunday said he permanently resolved his long differences with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, adding that he was happy to re-unite with him.
He spoke when he paid a thank you visit to Obasanjo in his private residence in Abeokuta, in return to Obasanjo’s earlier visit condolence visit to him over the loss of his(George) son, expressing happiness and satisfaction that he is reconciling with his former boss.
George who was accompanied by ten of his loyal members on a thank you visit to Obasanjo said he had put the past behind him, "and Baba will remain my leader forever, attributing the storm to handiwork of the devil, which to him "has been put to shame."
The President of France Emmanuel Macron, is to visit the Afrika Shrine, the nightclub founded by the late Nigerian Music Legend, Fela Anikulapo in Lagos.
Penpushing reports that the visit is schedule for Tuesday as contained in a statement issued by Lagos State Government which was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Taiwo Salaam
The statement added further that, the French leader will be hosted by the State Government at the Shrine, which is located in Ikeja axis of the State, adding that the evening will feature concerts, fashion shows by leading African designers and a meeting with stars from Nigeria’s booming Nollywood film industry.
Penpushing further recalled that Macron trained as a senior civil servant at the French Embassy in Lagos in 2004, seven years after Fela died. He is also expected to visit President Muhammed Buhari in Abuja to discuss on security and terrorism.
The Lagos State Government said Macron’s historic visit to Lagos, has necessitated traffic diversion and restricted movement from 12 noon to 12 midnight, on July 3 around the Alausa, African Shrine/Agidingbi axis.