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2023: NUJ Tasks Journalists On Watchdog Role

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Mr. Chris Iziguzo, National President, NUJ

Our Reporter, Bauchi

The National President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Chris Isiguzo, has tasked all the journalists in Nigeria to squarely take up their watchdog responsibility as the 2023 general elections draw nearer.

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The NUJ president made the call in Bauchi on Monday, during a book launch entitled ‘My Journey’ written by Mr Shuaibu Leman, the National Secretary of NUJ in marking his retirement as a civil servant.

According to him, journalists must be very careful and circumspect of the activities of the politicians and disseminate nothing but factual account of events.

“The political actors are already on a rampage somewhat. They are everywhere saying so many things.

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“The things they would do, the things they will not do, the things they don’t have capacity for doing.

“It now behoves the media to also rise to the occasion and critically look at what they are saying, examine their policy documents, their visions and missions and all their promises.

“But when you do that, it won’t be the same as what they have done within the period they were given to serve.

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“Somebody that has been there overtime and failed cannot possibly bring something new. So, the journalists must begin to set an agenda as we are clearly defined as agenda setters and this is the time for us to assume fully that role and begin to discharge the same.

“We must rise to the occasion and not remain as lap dogs, we must be watchdogs as we have been clearly defined to be,” he said.

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Isiguzo described the writer of the book as a selfless man who had clearly rendered a meritorious service to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, hence the array of Journalists that turned up for the occasion to celebrate him.

He added that by the time people go through the book, they would be sitting ‘face to face’ with the happenings within the inner and outer circles of NUJ for the period of 19 years he had served as the National Secretary.

In his remarks, the National Secretary of NUJ, Mr Shuaibu Leman, said that the book was a compilation of what NUJ has done and what it had not succeeded in doing in the past 19 years.

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Leman added that little did he realise that the challenges would be so enormous when he was appointed the NUJ national secretary in 2002,

We tried our best and we hope those who will come after us will equally do more.

“Even as I leave the union, my greatest regret would be centred around lack of adequate payment of salaries for journalists

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“Journalists in Nigeria are not properly remunerated and we have tried our best to change the situation.”

He also called on governments at all levels to make protection of lives and property of journalists a priority, adding that the gesture would be regarded as a special consideration for journalism which is pivotal to the development of democracy in the country.

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Our Leaders Told Us Jonathan Isn’t Muslim, He Brought Boko Haram, Northerner Confesses

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The video of a Northerner sharing his view on Nigeria’s 2023 presidency is going viral.

The young man is trending for demanding a power shift from the North to the South next year.

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Dressed in a native attire with a cap to match, he accused Northern leaders of misleading the people.

The citizen is a supporter of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

He recalled they were told that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not a Muslim.

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He also said the former leader was accused of being the mastermind of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

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Parts of his words: “We were deceived during the time of Goodluck (Jonathan) that he was not a Muslim.

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“We were told he was the one that brought Boko haram. Tribalism always happens when it comes to elections.

“Look at our northern brothers that have been in government for years, what good have they done for us?”, he quipped.

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How Three Ex-bank Workers Planned With Hackers To Steal N20bn – Witness

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The trial of three former workers with the First Bank of Nigeria facing attempted fraud charges before a Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, continued on Wednesday.

The defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, 35; Ugwu Emeka, 32; and Obike Chukwuka, 38, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly attempting to steal N20bn from the bank.

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PUNCH Metro learnt that the defendants conspired to tap into the bank’s server to grant access to a syndicate.

They were, however, apprehended by the EFCC on March 6, 2021, following an intelligence report.

During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, a prosecution witness, Adamu Dahiru, told the court that the defendants were apprehended after one of them connected a laptop he collected from the syndicate to the bank’s server.

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He said, “They conspired to give access to a fraudster to defraud the bank of over N20bn. The report we gathered was that the money was in the cloud and they needed to bring it out.

“The second defendant (Emeka) had a meeting with the syndicate at a hotel.

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“When the first defendant (Ugorji) was arrested, he made a statement that he was introduced to the syndicate by the third defendant (Chukwuka) and that they had communicated with someone from the headquarters.

“The second defendant made a statement that a laptop was given after several promises that he should connect the laptop to the bank’s system.

“When he was on duty, he connected the laptop to the banking system, but during the connection, the I.P. of the laptop was picked up and the system was destroyed.”

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The judge, S.O. Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.

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ICPC Clarifies Discovering Billions In Buratai’s Home

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday clarified report that it recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon from the residence of Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Reports had it that the ICPC recovered N1.85 billion from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.

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The huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Buratai.

According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

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“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some inaccurate and concocted reports in the media about the seizure of multibillion-naira cash, dollars, Rolex watches stockpiled in an Abuja property.

“The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am on suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor,” Ogugua said.

READ ALSO: Buhari Told To Sack, Arrest Buratai Over Alleged N1.85bn Arms Fund

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The Commission added that it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from the house.

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