DEC 02: Five Things You May Have Missed Over the Weekend
By Olamide Fadoju
Presidency, NBA react to Sowore Rearrest.
The Presidency has voiced its opinion on the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #Revolutionnow protest by the Department of State Security Service (DSS)
In a statement made available on Sunday, December 8, 2019, and titled, “Sowore: Between Fact and Fiction” the presidency said the DSS does not necessarily need to be granted permission to carry out all its duties as spelt out by the constitution and Sowore’s arrest shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
The presidency stressed Sowore’s #RevolutionNow crusade was a plan to destabilize the country and given the spate of Insecurity in the country, should not be allowed to happen.
While comparing Sowore to IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu the presidency said lawlessness would not be allowed in the country “especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in faraway New York and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu.
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) December 8, 2019
SOWORE: BETWEEN FACTS AND FICTION
The Presidency notes some of the insinuations in the media about the arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) of the agitator, Omoyele Sowore.#Thread
The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) December 8, 2019
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bar Association in their reaction to Sowore’s rearrest, called for the immediate suspension of the Director-General of the Department of State Security from office.
In a statement titled 'DESECRATION AND ASSAULT ON THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT BY DSS,' the NBA condemned the DSS action at the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday and called on Nigerians to defend the constitution
DESECRATION AND ASSAULT ON THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT BY DSS: NBA URGES ALL NIGERIANS TO DEFEND THE RULE OF LAW.— Nigerian Bar Association (@NigBarAssoc) December 6, 2019
The Nigerian Bar Association is greatly dismayed at the exhibition of primitivity, thuggery, insane passion for lawlessness, contempt and disrespect for the rule of law
by the agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) within the precincts of the Federal High Court, Abuja while attempting to re-arrest Citizens Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare earlier today.— Nigerian Bar Association (@NigBarAssoc) December 6, 2019
Popular evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke dies at 79
German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke December 7, died at the age of 79.
Bonnke’s death was announced in a statement signed by his wife, Anni Bonnke and shared on Bonnke’s verified Facebook page.
Reinhard Bonnke drew huge crowds in Africa over decades of preaching and visited Nigeria a number of times during his missionary activities.
In the statement, Anni said, “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.
“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019. For the past 60 years, he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world. We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people. He preached Jesus.”
Anthony Joshua Reclaims Heavyweight belts
British Boxer,Anthony Joshua has reclaimed his heavyweight belts after a unanimous verdict victory over Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday, December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
My hope is that someone sees my page and decides not to give up. Clean hearts win 🖤 pic.twitter.com/yBrHeLq19q
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 8, 2019
Joshua who has Nigeria roots, could not Knock out his Mexican opponent but did his part and dominated all the rounds in a boxing masterclass to get his WBA, IBF and WBO belts back.
Two of the three judges scorecards read 118–110 while the third came with 119–109
Read reactions to Joshua's victory here
Manchester Is Red As City Fall further Behind
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored as Manchester United defeated city Rivals Manchester City in a derby game on Saturday.
Rashford continued his fine form with a 13th goal in 14 games for club and country by stepping up and scoring a penalty after being fouled.
Rashford had other opening chances and should have further extended the scoreline.
luckily, his misses didn't come back to haunt United as Frenchman, Anthony Martial skipped challenges inside the box to strike the ball past Ederson at his near post.
In the 85th minute, Nicolas Otamendi pulled a goal back to give City hope five minutes from time but it ended up as a consolation as Man city suffered a fourth league defeat in 16 games.
The defeat further dampens Man city’s hope of winning the premier league three times on a bounce as they fell 14 points behind table toppers, Liverpool
Amaechi Denies Being Attack in Spain
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amachi has rubbished news that he has attacked in Spain by some suspected members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
In a statement from his media office on Saturday revealed that the attackers unsuccessfully tried to beat up the former Governor of Rivers State.
The statement titled, ‘Lies! IPOB did not ‘beat’ Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,” read, “We read with utter disgust and disdain the sickening propagandist lies credited to one Emma Powerful, who claims to be the spokesman of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that IPOB members in Madrid, Spain “beat” (physically assaulted) the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. That is not true.
“We must clarify that in the incident of the attack yesterday on the Minister in Madrid, where Amaechi was part of the official Nigerian government delegation to the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP25), IPOB members did not “beat”, physically assault or cause any bodily harm to the honourable minister.
“As they charged towards and at the minister during the attack, it was apparent that their plan was to “beat” (quoting Emma Powerful) him, hurt him, cause bodily harm or even do worse! But their violent evil plot failed woefully due to the dexterity of Amaechi to resist them, protect and defend himself, and the prompt intervention of the Spanish Police who repelled the motley crowd of misguided attackers.
"Even the video circulated online by the attackers confirmed this much. Everyone could clearly hear one of them shouting, “We didn’t get him…” expressing his frustrations of their inability to get and “beat” the Minister.”