Abba Kyari: Who, what shot the Sheriff? By Festus Adedayo

In the Preface to my book entitled Ayinla Omowura: Life and Times of an Apala Legend, (2020) I equated stardom and zenith of social ladder with the purport of a Yoruba wise-saying which says, epo ni mo ru, oniyangi, ma ba t’emi je. This literally translates to mean, anyone who shoulders a heavy gallon of palm oil should avoid the destructive tendency of the stone-laced ground he walks upon.   I deployed the above to explain the premature death of Omowura, one of Yoruba’s most evocative traditional African musicians, who…

Saraki, EFCC and the Media  By Olawale Olaleye

In one of my posts last week, I addressed the penchant by some media organisations to colour events, stereotype characters and or misrepresent facts, often through their choice of language. The undiscerning could think it’s a function of their limitation in language use. But that’s not always the case. They know exactly what they’re doing in many instances. A relevant and topical example I cited was the report on the downing of a fighter jet by terrorists and practically all known news sources described the criminals as bandits. Bandits downed…

Ganduje, Okorocha, Fashola, others to discuss Nigeria’s sustainability in Abuja 

Following the recent agitations for separation by some groups and individuals, the calls to discuss he sustainability of Nigeria as a united nation has became imperative, hence some Nigerian leaders will gather in Abuja to discuss its reality or myth. At the one-day conference, Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is billed to give a keynote address which thereafter be discussed by a five-man discussants which include; the former Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, incubent Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola (SAN), Senator Peter Nwaboshi,…

Strive for Nigeria’s unity, DG charges Prospective Corps Members

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has advised Prospective Corps Members to utilise the opportunities of the service year to uphold National Unity and preach peaceful co-existence among Nigerians. He said the NYSC Scheme was established for the promotion National Unity and integration. Ibrahim stated this today while addressing the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Prospective Corps Members during his visit to NYSC Plateau State Orientation Camp in Mangu. The Director-General also urged them to use the service year to  build teamwork and preach against Nigeria’s break-up. “Take advantage of…

From JAMB to Better: Farewell Anecdotes of the Incorruptible ‘Alfa Isiaka’ By Mansur Ismaila

Prof Is-haq ‘Isiaka’ Oloyede is indeed an enigma, a paradox of personalities. Equally loved, hated and feared by many, he is everything people in his social, academic and religious circle are not. As he bows out today after a vivaciously successful and highly kinetic (first) tenure as Chief Executive and Registrar of JAMB, it is only apt to write this funny tribute about him, from a fresh, different and honestly hilarious perspective. You see, I first met Professor Oloyede and his family when I was approximately 17, having just resumed…

FBI Indictment : Police commission suspends DCP Abba Kyari

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has suspended Abba Kyari, deputy commissioner of police, following US court documents linking him to Ramon Abbas, self-confessed international fraudster better known as Hushpuppi.  Usman Alkali, inspector-general of police (IGP), had recommended the suspension of Kyari to allow for an independent investigation of the allegations against the officer.   Hushpuppi alleged that he bribed Kyari to arrest one Vincent Chibuzo, a co-fraudster.   The Instagram celebrity said he gave the top cop money to arrest and jail “one of his rivals in Nigeria after a dispute over…

Kogi Security operatives kill kidnap kingpin ,arrests kidnap agents 

The Kogi state security operatives in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State on Saturday killed a Kidnap kingpin in a gun duel. He was once reported to have kidnapped his own farther and collected a Ransom of 4 million naira The deceased criminal was known for his numerous ventures of kidnapping and armed robbery and had always being in the eyes of the law enforcement agency but unfortunately  met his waterloo when encountered by security operatives in the area Similarly, a combined operation led by Olamaboro Local Government Chairman,…

Mala Buni and those the gods want to destroy By Festus Adedayo 

Sometimes, the writer could wear the apparel of Nostradamus. In a May 2, 2021 piece I entitled, Buni and APC’S 40 years in power grandstanding, I sounded a note of warning that unless Yobe State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Interim National Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, excused himself from the atypical dual office he holds, his party could be digging its own grave. Since he came on board the party in June, 2020, riding on the crest of a welter of condemnations against erstwhile party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, whose…

JUST IN: IGP orders suspension of DCP Abba Kyari … as 4-Man Special Investigation panel begins probe

Sequel to FBI indictment ,the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba 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 investigations 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, was in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force. The IGP further noted that the…

Not So Super! By Olaleye Olawale

It’s fine that some people are disposed to giving DCP Abba Kyari some benefit of the doubt. I do too, just that some things are not adding up for me. Besides, I also believe the FBI wouldn’t pick on him if it had not concluded findings beyond all doubts. But, let’s play the Devil’s Advocate, perhaps for debate purposes. I want to assume for this fleeting moment that Kyari’s response was the truth as far as his involvement with Hushpuppi was concerned. Of course, that too has thrown up concerns.…