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2015: Buhari, Atiku Clash Over Procedure For Presidential Primaries

The All Progressives Congress, APC was at the weekend headed for a serious crisis following strong reservations among its major presidential candidates over the procedure for adopting the 2015 presidential candidate for the party.

At the end of a National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of the party last weekend, the party was unable to forge a consensus on the issue with associates of the major aspirants reportedly holding on to their positions.
Two of the major presidential aspirants, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar,
Vanguard learnt were at the head of the major divisions over the adoption of a consensus or the conduct of primaries for the adoption of the presidential candidate. The other major aspirants, notably, Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State and Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah are reportedly indifferent.

EKITI CRISIS: Fayose; another ‘Idi Amin of Uganda’ – Femi Falana

Nigeria’s human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to “arrest and prosecute without any delay” those who invaded an Ado Ekiti High Court, beat up a Judge, and violated the Court of Justice.

Falana blamed the Ekiti state governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose for the sacrilege committed against the state judiciary.
In a statement released today, Falana said: “This is a reminder of the Idi Amin era in Uganda when judges were killed while discharging judicial functions,” he said.
“In my reaction to the outcome of the Ekiti state governorship election held on June 21, 2014 , I expressed the view that the Ekiti people had gone back to Egypt. The mayhem unleashed on a high court judge, lawyers and litigants in the precinct of the Ekiti State High Court sitting at Ado Ekiti on Monday, September, 23, 2014 by a gang of hired hoodlums has confirmed that the Ekiti people have fully returned to the wilderness.
“As the thugs were not b…

Synagogue Building Collapse Was Controlled Demolition – Emmanuel Tv

The Synagogue Church Of All Nation says the collapsed building in the church premises was a controlled demolition, demanding for an investigation into the matter.

A spokesman for a media outfit of the church, Emmanuel Television, Mr Ken Emeakayi, said footages from the CCTV in the church premises showed that a strange aircraft hovered over the building four times before it collapsed.

He told Channels Television on Monday that the aircraft might have been there to detonate explosive devices that may have been planted in the building prior to the collapse.

Five Killed In Dei Dei, Abuja Riot

No fewer than five persons have been killed and over 35 vehicles destroyed in an ongoing riot caused by a minor motorcycle accident in Dei Dei, Abuja.

An eyewitness narrating the cause of the riot to our correspondent said the riot started after a motorcyclist knocked down a woman by the roadside who sustained serious injury. This led to a heated conversation among onlookers and sympathisers. Residents from “around the area started fighting in front of the corner shops by Tomatoes junction around the Timber Shed,” the eyewitness said.

Tinubu Calls For Revolution

A former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu says there is a need for the country to undergo a “common sense” revolution.

Tinubu, who is a national leader of the All Progressives Congress said the many years of misrule by successive Peoples Democratic Party presidents had continued to sink the country further into crisis.

The former governor said this in a statement titled ‘A Return to Decency’, on Monday.

He described the 16 years of PDP rule at the federal level as a period of steady decline into disaster. He said, “The longer they rule, the less benefit the people derive.
Nigeria now needs a ‘common sense revolution,’ a revolution that calls forth a return to decency, probity, transparency of process and fairness in outcome.“

Another 60 Soldiers Face Trial For Mutiny Today

Another set of 60 soldiers are to be arraigned before a General Court Martial by military authorities in Abuja on Tuesday (today)   for mutiny.

The soldiers allegedly committed mutiny on August 4, 2014 by refusing to join troops in Maiduguri for “an operation.”

Their arraignment which is to take place at the Sani Abacha Barracks in Abuja comes as The PUNCH gathered on Monday that some of the 12 soldiers convicted on September 15, 2014 by the GCM had notified the Court of Appeal of their intention to challenge their sentences.

Tony Tetuila's Campaign Poster

Many criticized Tony Tetuila for rocking his blonde hair in his campaign posters that were realeased
In an interview with Tribune, Tony said he had done it because some youth leaders told him he could use the hair since it was his trademark. A lot more people disagreed, so Tony has now released a new campaign poster. I just hope his blonde hair critics will love him now

FG to stop funding road projects by 2019 — Maku

Indications emerged penultimate weekend that the Federal Government will divest its funding of road construction in the country. The government plans to cede the construction of road projects to the private sector in 2019. These facts were disclosed by the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku at the Ministerial press briefing organised by his ministry for the Federal Ministry of Works in Abuja. The Federal Government said at the briefing that it has spent N1.765 trillion on 184 on going projects across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Speaking at the briefing during which the Minister of Works, Arc  Mike Onolememen, presented his score-card, Maku explained that by 2019, the construction and maintenance of roads will principally be handled by the private sector.
He regretted that the insurgency in the North -East had negatively impacted on the development of the nation’s road infrastructure. According to him, most of our roads would have been fixed with the…

Synagogue Building: Incident Will Not Affect Our Relations With Nigeria – SA High Commissioner

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Lulu Mnguni has allayed fears that bi lateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa will be affected by the death of South Africans in a six-storey guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
Speaking via a telephone interview, Amb Mnguni said the “we have come a long way in building the relationship of the two countries”.
He said Nigeria has been very helpful in repatriating the bodies of the dead South

Photos from Kunle Afolayan’s October 1st movie premiere

2015: INEC Warns Against Early Campaigns

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday warned that it would commence necessary action against early campaigns.
The commission stressed that provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and/or Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) on public campaign/rally and procession are being contravened by associations, corporate bodies, individuals, political parties, media and aspirants.
In a statement dated September 26, 2014 entitled: “Caution On Illegal Public Political Broadcast And Campaign” and addressed to all national chairmen of registered political parties, corporate entities, associations and the general public, the commission said it hd noted the insistent illegal campaigns carried out by associations, corporate entities, individuals, public and private media and other communication agencies in the country in contravention of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 on limitation of political broadcasts.
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ACCIDENT: Driver Kills Police Officer

An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to Ebrumede Division in Warri, Delta State has been knocked down by a motorist. The killer driver, one Peter Bolorunduro Igbekele, 25, of Udumorhe Street, Ugbomro town, hit the police officer with his Ford vehicle with reg. number EFR 274 XA while the deceased was on stop and search duty with three others at DSC roundabout Warri.
The commands Public Relation Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the incident at the state police headquarters in Asaba said, “the officer died before getting to the hospital”.
According to her, “the driver has been arrested and his claim that he lost control of the vehicle is being investigated”.

Stop denying your wife, Adokiye tells Kcee

Seductively beautiful singer, Adokiye Kyrian who has just released the video of her single ‘Back Up’ never steered too far away from the news not because she loves reading about herself in the papers but because she is very opinionated and could not turn her back on things she considers disgusting to her person and principles as a person.

Adeboye: I don’t want to live up to 100

If the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has his way, he will not want to live up to hundred years. The 72 year old preacher doesn’t mind to live up to 90, but being hundred for him, is not necessary.
Pastor Adeboye gave an indication of his view on longevity last Sunday, while delivering the sermon at the 60th birthday of the founder and president of Living Faith Church worldwide, a.k.a Winners Chapel, Bishop Oyedepo.

Turkish Airlines confirm sponsorship deal with Chelsea

Turkish Airlines will replace Samsung. (©GettyImages).
Turkish Airlines have confirmed that they will become the new sponsor of Chelsea after agreeing a multi-million pound deal.

Speaking via their Twitter account, the company, which is the fourth largest airliner in Europe, posted confirmation that a deal had been reached between them and the Premier League outfit.
The statement read: "Did you know that we’re the next proud shirt sponsor of Chelsea?"

EbonyLife TV launches On DStv In South And Southern Africa

EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network, has launched in Southern Africa (including South Africa). The channel which was hitherto available to DStv customers in 44 countries in West, East and Central Africa, now brings the best of homegrown programming to audiences in Southern African region.

Stop LGs from collecting radio, TV levies, RATTAWU urges FG

RADIO, Television, Theatre and Art Workers Union (RATTAWU), on Monday, urged the Federal Government to stop local government councils from collecting radio and television levies. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, RATTAWU’s president, Oluyemisi Bamgbose, said this would bring to an end the incessant harassments of citizens and motorists in the country.
He said it was wrong for the 1999 Constitution to have empowered local government councils to collect the levies, saying the constitution should be amended.

Don’t kill the army mutineers

SIR: THE life of a soldier can be troubling and stormy from time to time – like at this moment – when 12 combatants were court-martialed and sentenced to death for acts of rebellion against a superior officer and the state. It is swiftly becoming a case of officers versus non-commissioned officers as this entanglement rages on.  As grave and paining as the acts of these soldiers were, justice must not only be served but it should be served well. My friend in the United States Army had this to say about the soldiers: “As a soldier you are not permitted to speak ill of your superior officer, and to attempt to kill any is the height of insubordination. It can’t be condoned. I understand that the Nigerian system is a mess but you can’t fight ill with ill.”

Old people to govt: reduce kerosene price

The Congress of Old People has urged the Federal Government to reduce the price of kerosene from N125 to N50. The senior citizens said the current price of the domestic fuel is making life unbearable for them. They urged the government to review its pricing system.
In a statement by their Co-ordinator, Primate Ayoola Omonigbehin, the old people said the government should include their welfare in its policy, adding that they needed subsidised services to make living easy for them.

Omonigbehin said: “We appeal to the Federal Government to direct its policy to the welfare of the old people, who cannot work again. Kerosene should be the cheapest commodity and we want the government to know that the price is too exorbitant at N125. We want the price to be brought down to N50.”

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Life salary for Akinkunmi, national flag designer

At last, honour has come the way of Pa Michael Akinkunmi, the designer of the national flag. President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday ordered the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, to place him on the salary of a Special Assistant to the President for life.He also announced house gifts for a taxi driver, Mr. Imeh Usuah; a traffic warden Corporal Solomon Dauda; and a steward, Mr. Onuh Isaac. The President gave the order at the 2014 National Honours Award investiture held at the Internatinoal Conference Centre, Abuja. The gesture was in addition to Akinkunmi’s national honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic. The gifts were besides their national awards of Member of the  Order of the Niger (MON).

Oritsejafor breaks silence on $9.3m arms deal

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor yesterday ‎broke his silence on the controversy surrounding the confiscated $9.3 million by South Africa, involving his private jet, saying he had no hand in the alleged money laundering deal.Oritsejafor, who spoke during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of CAN at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, regretted that there had been attempts in the media to link him with the incident by mischievous elements, adding that he had kept quiet all the while because he needed to explain his position to the church, which was his primary constituency. In his address at the meeting, copies of which were emailed to journalists in Kaduna, the CAN president, who had come under attacks over the incident, said he was not a party to the movement of $9.3 million from Nigeria to South Africa to purchase arms and ammunition.

National honours excite Amosu, Mimiko, Akande, others

Some governors that were conferred with national honours of Commander of the Order of Niger (CON) in Abuja, have promised to work harder to bring dividends of democracy to the people of their states. Governors Ibikunle Amosu (Ogun), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo) and Theodore Orji (Abia) in separate interviews with newsmen shortly after the ceremony said the national honour was a call to do more.
Amosu said such honour conferred on him meant that his efforts at making life meaningful for the people of his state were being appreciated.
Mimiko on his part said the award would spur him and his co-recipients to continue to support the president to achieve his agenda for national transformation, while

I want my Eagles job back —Siasia

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has confirmed speculations that he is interested in staging a come back as the team’s gaffer, a job Stephen Keshi is currently still hanging on to in interim capacity. Speaking during a media parley with Friends of Football Foundation in Abuja yesterday, the coach stated that though it is the NFF executive committee that will determine who leads the Eagles, there was nothing wrong in his indicating interest to take the job.
He insisted that since coaching is all about hiring and firing, there was no big deal in his eyeing Keshi’s job, more so when Keshi was the one he lost the job to in 2012.
He stressed that the Eagles job is up for grabs since Keshi’s contract had expired.

We’re Not Part Of Oct 1 Protest – BBOG Group

The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has disassociated itself from a planned protest to be held on October 1 to mark Day 170 of the abduction of the Chibok girls. A report in the media had stated that the #BringBackOurGirls group had revealed that it had concluded arrangements to hold a massive protest on October 1 and that it had recruited a South South governor, a prominent politician from Adamawa State, some South West members of the House of Representatives as well as others from the North West and North East to stage the mega protest on Wednesday, October 1.

2015: God Has Already Chosen Our Leaders – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, has said that irrespective of who becomes the next president and other elective positions, God has already chosen leaders who will emerge victorious in 2015. The sultan spoke in Sokoto yesterday while commissioning the newly built Holy Family Mother and Child Clinic by the Catholic Diocese o Sokoto at Gidan Dare area of the metropolis.
According to the revered royal father, it is noteworthy that people are getting anxious over who gets what in 2015.

Boko Haram Kills Scores, Burns 540 Houses In Michika

Members of Boko Haram yesterday killed scores of people and burnt about 540 houses in Kubi and Watu villages of Michika Local Government in Adamawa State. Residents of one of the affected village Watu also informed LEADERSHIP that many people were killed in the attack when the insurgents struck and started firing sporadically while detonating explosives leading to the destruction of many houses.
A fleeing resident of Watu Village who simply identify himself as Zira said the insurgents struck the area in the early hours of yesterday before most of the residents woke up from sleep. He said most of the residents were trapped in their homes as the insurgents started shooting and putting off explosives which led to the destruction of many houses including lives.

2015: It’s An Honour To Serve My People – David Mark

Senate President David Mark has assured that he will continue to advance the course of peace, unity and progress of Nigeria, no matter the circumstances, saying he was honoured to work for his people..
Senator Mark, in a statement issued by his chief press secretary Paul Mumeh at the weekend in Otukpo, Benue State, said: “I will remain steadfast and committed to the ideals of nationhood in a manner that would give every citizen a sense of belonging .”

Ebola: Lagos Assures On Funds For Research

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola yesterday said the state government is prepared to provide funds required to research into measures that can lead to finding cure for the deadly Ebola Virus disease (EVD).
Fashola gave the assurance during the disbursement of grants to 31 beneficiaries whose research proposals have been approved by the Lagos State Research and Development Council.
He specifically challenged Professor Maurice Iwu to come up with a lucid proposal on his Bitter Kola theory , saying the state government would be willing to sponsor it.

N1.1bn Fuel Subsidy Fraud: Court Summons Witness

Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday summoned a prosecution witness, Kehinde Akinmoloya to appear before her, to testify in the trial of an oil marketer, Opeyemi Ajuyah, accused of N1.1 billion fuel subsidy fraud. Akinmoloya, an engineer, who has been scheduled to testify in the on going trial, was summoned by the court following a request to that effect from the counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission(EFCC), Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.
Ajuyah and her company, Majop Investmen Limited are being prosecuted by the EFCC alongside another oil marketer, Abdullahi Alao and a staff of Sterling Bank Plc, Olanrewaju Olalusi over the alleged fraud.

National Honours: Jonathan Gives Houses To Cook, Driver, Others By Our Correspondents

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday rewarded honesty, hardwork and integrity when he directed FCT minister Senator Bala Mohammed to provide a flat each as personal houses to Mr. Imeh Usuah, a taxi driver who returned N18 million forgotten in his cab to the owner; Corporal Solomon Dauda, a traffic warden in Abuja who performs his duty with passion and Mr. Onuh Michael, a cook who has served at the presidential villa since 1979.

Bi-Courtney: Court Nullifies AMCON Takeover Bid

There was a mild drama at the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday when two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba and Wale Babalakin, traded words after the hearing of a debt recovery suit between Bi-Courtney Ltd and the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The two senior lawyers, who were coming out from the court where Justice Ibrahim Buba had vacated an order empowering AMCON to take over the operations of Bi-Courtney and three other companies owned by Babalakin, almost exchanged blows but for the prompt intervention of other lawyers, including Wale Akoni (SAN) and Abiodun Layonu (SAN) .

$9.3m Arms Deal: Oritsejafor Admits Ownership Of Jet

The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oristejafor, yesterday broke his silence over the controversial $9.3 million seized by South African authorities in his private jet. The South African authorities, it would be recalled, seized $9.3 million from two Nigerians and an Israeli national who flew into the country with a jet belonging to Oritsejafor.
The CAN boss who spoke at an emergency meeting of the expanded National Executive Council, NEC, of CAN in Abuja said, “I will not do anything to tarnish the image of Jesus Christ.”
The pastor’s speech which was mailed to our correspondent through the secretary-general of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake reads:

Lagos To Probe Synagogue Church Collapse

Contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the government is handling issue of Synagogue Guest House collapse with kid gloves, indications emerged yesterday that Lagos State Government may invoke relevant building control laws in the state in the controversial building collapse that killed over 115 people, while 131 others were rescued in Ikotun area of the state. Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola hinted this wwhen members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, led by Commissioner for Physical Planning, Olutoyin Ayinde, paid him a courtesy call in his office at Ikeja, Lagos.

Aregbesola replies election petition by Omisore, PDP

OSUN State Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has filed his reply to the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore and his party challenging his victory as the winner of the August 9 governorship poll. Aregbesola, in support of the reply, front-loaded 603 witnesses, comprising ordinary voters who volunteered to state what they witnessed in all the local governments being challenged by the petitioners.
In his reply dated September 22, Aregbesola, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the election, raised a preliminary objection to the competence of the petition on six grounds.
He said: “The petitioner has no locus standi to present this petition not having shown in the petition that he was validly a candidate at the election, subject to this petition;
“The allegations contained in several paragraphs of the petition are vague, general, generic, not specific, speculative, omnibus, imprecise …

Ogun allays fear of robbery attacks

OGUN State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has allayed the fear that suspected robbers had perfected plans to attack banks and other businesses in Ijebuland. Amosun said the fear of the robbery attacks in Ijebu-Ode and Ago-Iwoye resulted from rumours in circulation, assuring that no robbery operation could be carried out without the perpetrators being caught.
The governor, who gave the assurance in Ijebu-Igbo, home town of the late Afenifere leader, Senator Abraham Adesanya, said the state’s security arrangements were tight and well-organised that violent criminals could not perpetrate their acts without being arrested by the security agencies.
Amosun was Ijebu-Igbo, the headquarters of  Ijebu North Local Government Council on assessment tour of the area and spoke in reaction to reports that commercial banks in Ijebuland closed shops  over rumoured planned attack by suspected robbers.

Fashola faults national awards to political office holders

LAGOS State Governor Babatunde Fashola has described the award of national honours to political office holders as inappropriate. He spoke in Lagos at the Fourth Gani Fawehinmi Colloquium organised by the Gani Fawehinmi Chambers of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.
The theme of the colloquium was “Consolidating Democratic Norms through Credible Electoral Process.”
The governor said the practice undermined the culture of hard work as it presumed recipients had done exceptionally well in the service of the nation, even when they had not completed their terms in office.

Fed Govt to rehabilitate surrendered Boko Haram members

The Federal Government has said it will soon begin the process of rehabilitating and re-radicalising Boko Haram members, who have surrendered their arms and weapons in the last one week. Coordinator of the National Information Centre Mr. Mike Omeri, who briefed reporters in Abuja yesterday, said religious leaders, the school system as well as residents of the area where the surrendered insurgents were being detained, would assist in the rehabilitation.
The military said 135 Boko Haram members surrendered their weapons in Biu, Borno State, on Tuesday, while 133 others surrendered elsewhere in the Northeast.
Omeri added that any member of the sect  apprehended without surrendering his weapons and arms would be brought to justice.
He said the armed forces on ground in the Northeast and most especially in the troubled zone had discovered a winning strategy and would not rest until peace and security were restored.
Omeri urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in their support to …

Kim Kardashian Becomes Victim Of Popular Prank Star In Paris

Reality TV star, Kim Kardashian, on Thursday, became the latest victim of popular Ukranian prank star, Vitalii Seiduk, who almost knocked her down as she arrived at a fashion show, to watch her sister, Kendall Jenner model for Balmain, in Paris.
Seiduk is known to have pranked other stars, including Will Smith (who he tried to kiss), Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt (who alleged that Vitalii had tried to “bury” his head in his groin), at different red carpet shows.
Kim Kardashian had arrived at the crowded venue, alongside hubby, Kanye West and her mom (also manager) Kris Jenner and as she stepped out of the car, Vitalii, who was standing nearby, made his move.

Why I’m quitting music –9ice

He needs no introduction because his name rings a bell. But for those who don’t know him, he is Alexandra Aboloore Adegbola Adigun popularly known as 9ice. The 34-years-old Ogbomosho, Oyo State indigene started his musical career singing fuji, a genre laced with Yoruba idioms and parables. Now, as an Afropop musician, 9ice is definitely pulling his weight. Not many will forget his run away hit, Gongo Aso, which was a sort of national anthem a few years ago. In this interview with TS Weekend, he opens up on his career and why he is dumping music for politics. How did you start your musical career?
I started like every other person; when you don’t have any work to do, you would roam the streets searching for one thing or the other to do. When boys and girls have nothing to do, they begin doing things together looking for talents in themselves. That was how I discovered my talent in singing and I pursued it as a dream, and today, I have been able to achieve that dream.

‘More than 3, 000’ Europeans with IS

The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the European Union’s anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC. Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe.
United States-led forces have launched nearly 200 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq since August and on Monday began targeting IS in Syria.
The United Kingdom parliament is due to vote on possible air strikes in Iraq on Friday.
IS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria in recent months.
Mr. de Kerchove said the number of 3,000 included all those who have been to the region, including those who have returned and those who have been killed there.
The CIA estimates that IS may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria – three times as many as previously feared.

Money laundering: Court frees Lagos Speaker Ikuforiji

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday discharged and acquitted the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, of money laundering charges. Ikuforiji was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside one his aides – Oyebode Atoyebi.
They were accused of receiving over N600million from the House between April 2010 and July 2011, without passing through a financial institution.
Only two witnesses testified for the EFCC, namely its official Adebayo Adeniyi and a former Permanent Secretary and Clerk of the House Adewale Olatunji
Justice Ibrahim Buba, while ruling on a no-case submission made by the defence, held that the prosecution did not sufficiently prove its case against the defendants.
Details later…
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Synagogue Building Collapse: Lagos Begins Identification Of Recovered Bodies

The Lagos State Government has asked family members and all Nationals who believe their relations could have been in the collapsed Synagogue Church Of All Nations’ building to come forward and submit samples that can aid forensic identification and DNA analysis of recovered bodies.
A statement by the spokesman for the State’s Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, said the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, made the call on Friday.

Robbers burgle Auxiliary’s house

Robbers, on Monday afternoon, burgled the house of a former chairman of Oyo State branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi (a.k.a.Auxiliary). According to Alhaji Lamidi’s wife, Aanuoluwa, the robbers entered through one of the windows in the house after the burglary proof had been cut.
The robbers made away with many valuables, which included expensive jewelery and clothings worth about N3 million, as well as cash which was about N1.2 million.
The case had been reported at Egbeda Police Station, New Gbagi market.
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Senate Passes Public Health Bill

The Senate in Nigeria has passed a bill to establish a public health system to guarantee quarantine, isolation and emergency health procedures.
The decision of Senate to pass the bill into law on Tuesday maybe connected with the onslaught of the Ebola Virus Disease in some West African countries, but experts say it has been brought under control in Nigeria.

Panic in Liberian villages as two Ebola victims 'rise from the dead'

There's currently panic, fear and confusion in two villages in Nimba County in Liberia after reports that two female Ebola victims have risen from the dead.

According to local reports, 44 year old Dorris Quoi who lived in Hope Village Community and a 67 year old woman identified as Ma Kebeh, died of the Ebola virus and were about to be taken for burial when they resurrected and are now walking among the living.

According to reports in a local newspaper, New Dawn, Ma Kebeh had been indoors for two nights without food and medication before her death, while Dorris had suffered for several weeks before she died alone in her family home. This is the first report of dead Ebola victims resurrecting. Despite some people's reservations about the story being true, it hasn't stopped them from panicking

Ooni felicitates with Oyedepo at 60

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, felicitating with the founder and presiding bishop of The Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, on his 60th birthday, has described Oyedepo as “pride of Yorubaland, a shining citizen of our great country across the globe and a world pillar in Christendom.” Sijuwade, showering encomiums, expressed delight at Oyedepo’s remarkable sojourn thus far, particularly, his commitment and religious practice of untainted evangelism over a period of 33 years.
“The life of Bishop Oyedepo has been a reel of miracles- a very powerful manifestation of God’s very existence and his very many capabilities.
“We thank God for the life of this very great man, a Nigerian preacher, founder and presiding bishop of the Winners’ Chapel, a church that has, without any government’s assistance, established three universities — Covenant University in Ota, Landmark University in Omuaran and the Crown University in Calabar, which is very much on the way,” the …

Speak out that Idea!

Most great thinkers and successful persons in the world, both past and present, have, at one time or the other, associated their successes to good ideas. Several books have been published on this valuable seed called idea and how it can be capitalized upon for great achievements. We cannot over emphasize the fact that good ideas rule the world. When ideas become a passion, they consume the proponent so that he or she becomes unstoppable. Victor Hugo said, “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” Great ideas cannot be restricted; they find their ways around every obstacle. According to Benazir Bhutto, “You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.” Not only are good ideas characteristically bigger than their proponents, they also mostly outlive them. In this respect, John F. Kennedy said, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have end…

Blair links Boko Haram with Al Qaeda

Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair has said that Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have strong terror relationships and links that coordinate their assault world peace. Blair made this known in a live interview with US station MSNBC, programme, morning Joes show yesterday, explicitly connecting Boko Haram to the broader global threat posed by what were thought to be previously disparate terrorist groups.
He said: “It is a little like the Cold War in the sense that you have got ISIS, you have got problems in Yemen, in Libya, Boko Haram in Nigeria where they kidnapped those young girls and where they are taking over towns in the whole of Northern Nigeria.
I think we are going to have to get into a somewhat different rhythm in this…this is going to last for a significant period of time, a generation I think.
This is further evidence of the severity of the situation facing Nigeria, as daily evidence emerges to confirm links between Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and Islamic State.”

B’Haram: 30 killed in camp shoot-out

Thirty Boko  Haram fighters killed one another yesterday in Madagali, Adamawa State during a leadership tussle over who should succeed Abubakar Shekau, shot dead by the Nigerian military last week.Madagali is one of local government areas of Adamawa State occupied by the insurgents. This is even as about 21 people were killed by terrorists in an attack on two Borno communities on Wednesday. In the Madagali incident, trapped residents said a fight occurred over the disagreement on whether to pick a new leader or surrender to the military which killed their Amir (leader) in Bazza.
“From what we learnt, 30 Boko Haram fighters have been killed in Madagali town after a fight ensued between them over whether to surrender their weapons. They just kept shooting themselves freely,” one Mr Musa Audi told Daily Sun. According to him, there had been disquiet in Boko Haram camp with some calling and agitating for a ceasefire.

Ekiti courts shut down indefinitely

Following the tension generated by the trial of the Governor-elect  of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose,  over a case instituted to challenge his eligibility of the June 21 governorship election in the state, the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola,  has ordered an indefinite closure of all courts in the state. Daramola said through the Chief Registrar of Ekiti High Court, Obafemi Fasanmi, that the closure became compulsory because of the insecurity of judicial officers in the court premises in spite of the heavy presence of security forces, comprising  men of the Nigerian Army, Police and Department of State Security,  among others.
Fasanmi said in a statement  that the shut down was induced by series of attacks being launched against judicial officers of the High Court,  Ado Ekiti, by political thugs, including harassment and  manhandling  of Justices John Adeyeye and Segun Ogunyemi. He said the date for re-opening of the court would be announced later.

Keshi blasts critics

Out-of-Contract Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has reacted to criticisms about his selection policy and style, saying he’s open to inviting ‘fresh faces, if he sees them. The former Hawks of Togo Coach has come under intense scrutiny and criticism lately about his invitation policy and how certain players are always left out of the national side. But the ‘Big Boss’ as he’s fondly called has defended himself saying he’s very much open to inviting new players to the team as is being craved for, only if he spots them.
He says:”If I see fresh faces that are good and can bring something tangible to the team, why not, I will invite them.

Ronaldo Dismisses Manchester United Speculation

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed speculation about his future, claiming that he is not thinking about moving back to Manchester United just yet.
Over the past few weeks, the Portugal international has been strongly linked with a return to United next summer.
Ronaldo played for United from 2003 until 2009, before joining Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee of £80million.
During his time in the Spanish capital, the 29-year-old has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and the FIFA Ballon d’Or.
He is aware of the transfer talk but is giving no consideration to his long-term future at this stage as he remains fully committed to Real.
“My future is Madrid. I’m happy this season is going well and my future, I will not speak about, it does not make sense.” Original link

Lagos govt orders reconstruction of Ladipo market

The Lagos State Government has given a directive for the reconstruction of Ladipo Main Auto Market, to meet international standard.To this end, the Mushin Local Government has granted 20 years lease to the stakeholders to destroy the old structures and rebuild the market through private participation. Addressing journalists yesterday, High Chief Innocent Echefu, who was the first president of the market’s association between 1989-1992, said the government’s directive became imperative because the foundation of the market had been destroyed by heavy-duty equipment being brought into the market by the traders.

Lagos 2015: 13 jostle for PDP guber ticket

Ahead of the October 29 governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), no fewer than 13 members of the party in Lagos State may have indicated interest in the party’s gubernatorial ticket.They include the Minister of State for Defence (state), Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; the party’s governorship candidate in the 2011 general elections, Dr. Ade Dosunmu; the Nigeria Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Tokumbo Kamson; former Lagos State commissioner for Health, Dr. Segun Ogundimu; the 2011 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Dominic Adegbola and two other governorship aspirants of the PDP in 2011, Messrs Babatunde Gbadamosi and Owolabi Salis. Others are the 2011 governorship candidate of the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA) in the state, Mr. Jimi Agbaje; Messrs Branco Rhodes, Segun Adebayo, Gabriel Pearse and Deji Doherty
The former governorship candidate of the 2011 Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) in the s…

WAEC results: 24th position of Oyo unacceptable – Makinde

Following the 2014 published results of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in which Oyo State emerged 24th out of the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr. Seyi Makinde, yesterday said the position was unacceptable. The analysis of the last May/June WAEC results, published on the website of the council, placed Oyo State on 24th position. The summary of the results of students, who had five credits and above, revealed that the state scored 19 per cent.

Sultan declares October 4 Sallah

Leader of Muslim community in Nigeria and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111, has declared next week’s Saturday, October 4 as Sallah to mark the Eid-el-Adha, known in the local parlance as big Sallah. The Sultan, who also doubles as the president general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) also, urged Muslims to learn how to forgive and eschew bitterness and rancour, throughout the period of the celebration and beyond.
In a statement signed by the JNI Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, the Sultan, while felicitating with Nigerian Muslims, urged them to fast in the first nine days of the new month, especially, on the ninth day, which is Arafat Day, to beg for forgiveness from God, and seek for His mercy, concerning the country’s situation.

Ebola: Hand washing better than sanitisers –Expert

The Secretary General, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, Prof. Wilson Erhun, has warned that the three compounds in hand sanitizers sold in local market are not active against enveloped virus as widely speculated. It was also revealed that proper hand washing with soap and water had proved to be better in subduing the virus than regular use of hand sanitizers.
Erhun disclosed this yesterday during a symposium to mark this year’s World Pharmacists’ Day in Lagos.
The event, which was anchored on the theme: Ebola virus disease (EVD): The Facts and Fiction about Hand Sanitizers, was attended by pharmacists and other renowned scholars.
Erhum explained that the alcohol-based product, a brand of sanitizer that contained ethanol, could not kill bacteria spores, let alone some enveloped viruses.

APC condemns attempt to cover up $9.3m scandal, hails Reps

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the alleged attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government, working with some members of the National Assembly, to cover-up the smuggling of $9.3 million to South Africa in a private plane, saying the cover-up plans will fail. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the cover-up attempt manifested clearly at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, allegedly refused to entertain a debate on a motion seeking a probe of the issue that had further ridiculed the country in the global community.
It said the refusal of the deputy speaker became more suspicious amid allegations that some members of the House had received $50,000 bribe each to quash the motion.

Lara George Reveals: ‘I Was Once Fed Up With My Marriage’

No one saw this coming, but when she sat down for an interview with a society magazine, gospel singer Lara George revealed that though she has been married for 10 years, there was a time when she nearly quit her marriage, because of marital pressure. The saving grace, she said, was turning to her pastor for counseling. “There were many times like that. We have had our fair share. I remember a time we weren’t talking to each other. It got really serious I had to call my pastor that I was fed up with my marriage. I can remember that my pastor was not around then but he spoke to my husband and things were sorted out. I am glad my husband allowed someone he sees as a mentor to step into the situation,” she said
Speaking about challenges she has faced in her marital life, George said understanding each other has been a major challenge for her.
“Understanding one another has been a challenge for me. When you are going out as boyfriend and girlfriend, you will think you have k…

Nigerian Students Stranded In Uganda

The 11 of us were undergoing graduate and undergraduate courses in various universities and other institutions in Nigeria when we were removed by the Kaura Namoda local council (Zamfara) chairman who sent us to Uganda for a five-year degree course, but now we are stranded due to his failure to pay the tuition fees, take care of accommodation and feeding,” cried Munir Abubakar, one of the students now stranded in Kampala, Uganda. The 11 students, including a 22-year-old woman, all of Kaura Namoda local government area of Zamfara State, were selected from a number of indigent families within the local government and sponsored to study medicine and surgery, nursing and other relevant disciplines at the Kampala International University, Uganda.

40,000 Nigerian Households To Benefit From US Development Initiative

The US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID),has launched a five-year, $20 million project that will improve local economic development and increase the incomes of 42,000 households, contributing to President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative to end global hunger and extreme poverty.
Working with six Nigerian civil society organizations, the Support to Vulnerable Household Accelerated Revenue Earnings (SHARE) program aims to increase agricultural productivity, elevate income and wealth, reduce poverty, and improve nutrition habits in several communities for the benefit of women and children. The project will provide Nigerians with the skills to engage effectively in the local economy and break free from the cycle of poverty and malnutrition.
During a ceremony in Sokoto State to inaugurate the program, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer promoted a strong US-Nigeria partnership. “Government plays an important role in buildin…

Sierra Leone Widens Ebola Quarantine To 3 More Districts

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has widened a quarantine to include another one million people in an attempt to curb the spread of Ebola.
The northern districts of Port Loko and Bombali, and Moyamba in the south, will in effect be sealed off immediately.
Nearly 600 people have died of the virus in Sierra Leone and two eastern districts have been isolated since the beginning of August.

Obama’s Syrian Airstrikes Get Clinton’s Approval

Former President Bill Clinton told CNN he agrees with President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize airstrikes against the terrorist group ISIS and arm Syrian rebels working to defeat them.
During a panel hosted by CNN’s Erin Burnett at the Clinton Global Initiative on Wednesday, the former president unequivocally said, “I support what they (the Obama administration) are doing.”
“I personally believe the way they have thought this through and planned it and limited our involvement, avoids ISIS achieving their objective of suckering us into their fight,” Clinton said of the airstrikes. “We should give support for people who are fighting for their lives.”

Etisalat Wins Big At 2014 Nigerian Telecoms Awards

Etisalat Nigeria claimed two prestigious awards for Best Brand Campaign and Youth Empowerment Telecom Operator of the Year at the 10th Nigerian Telecom Awards at the weekend.
It also picked the Telecom Entrepreneur of the Year, won by the chairman, Etisalat Nigeria, Hakeem Bello-Osagie.
The public relations manager, Etisalat Nigeria, Chineze Amanfo, described the awards as a clear confirmation of Etisalat’s commitment to innovation and corporate excellence.
“Since our entry into the Nigerian market in 2008, we have continuously delivered top quality products and services promised to our customers. Our subscriber base in this highly competitive industry now exceeds 19 million,” Amanfo said.

Savannah Bank customers petition Jonathan over trapped deposits

Customers of Savannah Bank under the aegis of Concerned Customers whose deposits had been trapped in the bank over the years have sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to President Goodluck Jonathan, the National Assembly and Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over their plight. In the SOS endorsed by Chief John Paul Okoye, Ladi Otumba and Alhaji Idi Mohammed, on behalf of other depositors, the concerned customers stated how their money had been trapped in the bank since February 2002 following its closure.
The customers of Savannah Bank said they heaved a sign of relief when several years after some legal fireworks, the bank’s operational license was returned to its owners.
But they are piqued that since reinstating the bank’s licence neither the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nor any other institution has done anything substantial to inject the needed funds or allow investors into the bank to enable it come back to ope…

FG Can End Insurgency In 30 Days – Sen Ndume

One of the senators representing Borno State, Senator Mohammadu Ali Ndume, has said that the federal government has the ability to end the Boko Haram insurgency in 30 days, including rescuing the Chibok schoolgirls, if it is determined to do so. The senator, who made the assertion at the daily sit-out session of the #BringBackOurGirls Group yesterday, said the problem with the insurgency had always been a lack of political will, as the insurgents were less than 10 000 men, compared to the better trained security agencies in the country.
“If the government is sincere, crushing the insurgency cannot be more than 30 days. The Boko Haram cannot be more than 10,000. Are you saying that the Nigerian army and police cannot handle them? I tell you, if the government is fair, this is going to end.

Boko Haram kills pastor, 18 others

Boko HARAM went on the rampage again yesterday. Borno State villages were raded by sect members who killed a pastor, a teacher and 17 others.
Churches were also razed in Shaffa and Shindiffu villages of Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State.
Pastor Eliud Gwamna Mshelizza of the Living Faith Church and a teacher with the Government Girls Secondary School Shaffa were killed.
The terrorists burnt down about 10 churches including E.Y.N No:I, E.Y.N No: II and III in Shaffa and Shindiffu villages.
However, troops came in from Adamawa and Biu (Borno State), ambushed the retreating sect members  and killed many of them.
The attackers according to fleeing residents invaded Shaffa at about 8pm on Wednesday and wrecked havoc before storming Shindiffu Village on Thursday morning at about 11am.
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Fed Govt declares October 1 public holiday

The Federal Government has declared October 1 as a public holiday to mark the country’s 54th Independence Anniversary. Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro, who spoke on behalf of the government, congratulated Nigerians at home and abroad, urging them to build a more united and virile nation, which would be the pride of all citizens wherever they lived.
According to a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Magaji, the minister enjoined Nigerians to use the period to reflect on the giant strides made by government in the development of the country towards building a more formidable Nigeria, especially under the transformation and visionary leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan.
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Judiciary must punish Ekiti judge’s attackers, say SANs

The judiciary must unite to resist any acts of intimidation against judges, senior lawyers said yesterday. An example, they said, must be made of those who had the effrontery to assault Ekiti State High Court judges.
Failure to decisively punish those responsible for such impudent behaviour will erode the judiciary’s integrity and respect.
Besides, it could encourage political thugs to simply beat up judges at a whim to silence them.
The Chief Judge of Ekiti State Justice Ayodeji Daramola, Justice John Adeyeye, and Justice Akintayo were allegedly assaulted by the hoodlums earlier on Thursday.
The development led to the court’s indefinite shut down.

Belarus to supply 12 helicopters to Nigerian Air Force

Nigeria will soon take delivery of 12 helicopters to aid the war on terror from Belarus. This fact emerged yesterday at a rowdy session in the Senate.   Lawmakers were divided over President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for approval to borrow $1billion.
Jonathan, in a request presented to the Senate on  July 15, said the $billion loan was required to enable his government tackle security challenges.
 The Senate Joint Committee on Finance and Local and Foreign Debt which scrutinised the request and urged the upper chamber to approve the amount.
 During the consideration of the report, some Senators asked for more explanations on the sweeping endorsement the Joint Committee accorded the loan request.
 Others insisted that the provisions of the Constitution and the Public Procurement Act should be sufficiently adhered to in considering the presidential request.

My 13 scary hours inside Synagogue rubble, by woman

She was trapped for 13 hours under the rubble of the collapsed seven-storey guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, a Lagos suburb. The Durban, South African woman spoke for the first time to Daily News of how her will to survive – and “warfare prayer” – got her through the nightmare. “We came face-to-face with death but I had no fear,” said Thandi Zwane, the African National Congress (ANC) Woman’s League chairwoman for South Beach, eThekwini’s Ward 26.
She told the Daily News on Wednesday that she was a few centimetres away from death as a collapsed wall hung over her face.
Zwane blamed the September 12 disaster on the “work of evil”.
She defended church founder Prophet T.B. Joshua, whom she described as “the prophet”, warning that those who vilified him “will face God’s wrath”.

$9.3m: Nigeria Now A Laughing Stock – Fashola

Lagos State governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola yesterday said the $9.3 million cash seized by the South African government has made Nigeria a laughing stock worldwide.
Fashola, who spoke at the 2014 Gani Fawehinmi memorial colloquium held at the University of Lagos, Yaba, lamented the death late Chief Gani Fawehinmi , saying he would have put the federal government on its toes on the issue.

Abandoned Chibok Girl Bruised, Pregnant

One of the abducted Chibok girls recently released by the Boko Haram insurgents, Susan Ishaya, is four months pregnant, chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, Tsamdo Hosea Abana, has confirmed. Abana, who made the disclosure through phone chat with our correspondent, lamented the trauma parents and the abducted girls are going through, saying their lives will never be the same again.
Security sources said Miss Ishaya was found near a police station in the border town of Mubi on Wednesday after she was left there by the insurgents.
Abana confirmed that the girl in question was among the schoolgirls abducted by the insurgent group about five months ago in Chibok, Borno State, adding that she has been moved to Adamawa State Police Headquarters in Yola.

Boko Haram lists 19 chiefs in 30 girls swap deal

Boko Haram has listed 19 of its commanders to be swapped with 30 Chibok girls, The Nation learnt yesterday. The  Federal Government and the facilitators of talks with the sect have the list, a source said.
Also included is the list of 30 girls, who may be set free to test the Federal Government’s commitment to the swap deal before 189 others can be released.
The girls – 15 Christians and 15 Muslims – may breathe the air of freedom after Eid-el-Kabir festival when all the parties return to the negotiation table.
But the government is still insisting on the release of all the 218 girls for what a source described as a “meaningful swap deal”.
It was learnt yesterday that the Federal Government and its negotiation facilitators will return to the talks with only a request: release of all the girls.

Fayose: Chaos in courts as thugs beat up judge, others

THE judiciary had another bad day yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital where an army of thugs unleashed violence on courts. A judge was beaten up, his suit torn.
Lawyers, litigants and court clerks fled as the thugs smashed court properties.
It was all a repeat of the scenario on Monday when the case against the eligibility of Mr. Ayo Fayose, the governor-elect, was being heard.
The Chief Judge, Justice A. S. Daramola, whose court room was invaded, ordered all courts in the state shut for security reasons.
Officials in Justice Daramola’s office were beaten up, his record book was shredded and proceedings were disrupted.

Parents rush to identify Chibok girl

THE parents of some of the abducted Chibok girls rushed to Yola, the Adamawa State capital, yesterday to identify, Susan, who was abandoned by Boko Haram. They were anxious to find out if she was their daughter or not, since she was said to be unstable and may not be able to identify herself.
The Director of Publicity, Kibaku Area Development Association (which represents Chibok in Abuja), Dr. Manasseh Allen, said the community was eager to identify her.
Allen said: “She is not in a good state, but we have sent some people from the village to Yola. She was taken by security agents to the police hospital in Yola, where she is receiving treatment. There are some parents with daughters bearing Susan but the surname she gave us is different from what we have, so we are sending some people to the police in Yola to verify whether Susan is from Chibok or another community.
“By tomorrow when the parents would have met, we will be able to confirm her identity. She may be one of …

Fire kills five family members in Warri

It was sorrow and tears in Otumara area of Warri yesterday, as five members of a family died in a midnight fire, which was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. The incident destroyed the mission house as well as part of the main building of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Otumara.
Church leaders and members, who spoke in tears, lamented the loss of their parish pastor, Pastor John Kayoda, whose family was “burnt beyond recognition”.
They said the pastor had gone for a pastors’ conference in Osun State and that the fire occurred at midnight.
A neighbour, Bright December, said all rescue efforts were fruitless because of the iron protectors.
December said the general belief was that the fire must have been caused by an electrical fault in the area.

Sambo leads pro-Jonathan rally in Enugu

Vice-President Mohammed Sambo led a re-election rally for President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Enugu. The rally, a brainchild of Governor Sullivan Chime, was under the auspices of the Enugu Movement for the Re-Election of Jonathan (EMJ).
But a prominent indigene and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu was absent at the rally.
It was learnt that the senator and the governor have become rivals over who gets a senatorial ticket.
Businesses, schools and the civil service were shut down yesterday to enable the residents attend the rally.
Chime said anyone who was not at the rally could not prove his or her support for Jonathan’s re-election, apparently referring to Ekweremadu.

Robbers burgle Auxiliary’s house

Robbers, on Monday afternoon, burgled the house of a former chairman of Oyo State branch of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi (a.k.a.Auxiliary). According to Alhaji Lamidi’s wife, Aanuoluwa, the robbers entered through one of the windows in the house after the burglary proof had been cut.
The robbers made away with many valuables, which included expensive jewelery and clothings worth about N3 million, as well as cash which was about N1.2 million.
The case had been reported at Egbeda Police Station, New Gbagi market.
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T.B. Joshua’s alleged bribe: The truth - written by journalist Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is a reporter with PM News. In his piece, Ateba said as long as Nigerian journalists are not paid well, they will continue to accept 'bribe'. Read his thought provoking piece below...
People have been asking me, “Simon , were you at that press conference on 14 September where Prophet T.B. Joshua allegedly gave N50,000 to journalists to write a positive story on the building collapse that killed many people?”, my answer is always the same.

Nigerian Army confirms Boko Haram leader Shekau is dead

The Defence Headquarters has released a statement claiming to have killed a man posing as the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (or his impersonator) in an attack (both land and air) in Konduga Borno state between 12nd to 17th September.

Lagos House of Assembly members ask Fashola to rename IDH after Adadevoh

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly moved a motion yesterday September 24th asking the state Governor, Babatunde Fashola to rename the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, where Ebola disease patients were recently treated, after Doctor Stella Adadevoh.

DPR cautions users of gas cylinders

The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has urged Nigerians to be careful with the use of Liquify Petroleum Gas, LPG, gas cylinders, as some are expired and prone to fire accident at homes and other uses. Most fire accidents that occur at homes and other places are as a result of the use of expired gas cylinders and sometimes the carelessness of users.
Head Gas, DPR, Lagos Zonal Office, Mr. P.A. Emordi, who disclosed this stated that gas cylinders have expiring dates on the valves with a duration of 22 years of validity before which they should be disposed for another one.
Highlighting the breakdown of the years required for gas cylinders, Emordi noted that, “After the purchase of gas cylinders, it should be taken for the first integrity test after ten years, and five years before carrying out another integrity test.”
Also, he stated that the cylinder should be used for  five years and then taken for integrity test, and then finally two years ( 10-5-5-2), making the…

Security tightens in Benue for Kumuyi’s visit

As the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor F W Mumuyi visits Benue on Friday, State Overseer of the church, Pastor Israel Akinsola has assured all attendees of adequate security at the venue of the programme. Akinsola who noted that all preparations have been put in place to ensure a smooth revival maintained that the visit promises to be great, wonderful and unprecedented where the blind will see, lame walk and the deaf also hear.
Addressing newsmen yesterday at the state headquarters of the Church in Makurdi, the State Overseer disclosed that necessary security arrangements have already been put in place to ensure perfect security of all participants.

Lagos suspends probe into Synagogue building collapse

THE Lagos State government has suspended her independent investigation into the cause of the building collapse at Synagogue Church of All Nations, killing no fewer than 86 people 13 days ago.   State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba confirmed this Tuesday, as he disclosed that all findings on the disaster would be withheld pending the outcome of another probe panel set up by the Federal Government.
  The State government had on Monday called a world press conference on the disaster, which was later in the evening rescheduled for 10 am Tuesday.  
  At noon Tuesday, Ibirogba announced that the briefing had been canceled based on "experts' advice". He said the advice was taken so as not to be "prejudicial or indict anyone" since the FG's committee was already investigating the disaster.
  Ibirogba said: "We have some issues coming up and they had to be taken care of. More so, we (Federal and State) are in the same …

Ladoja at 70: Lessons Adedibu taught me

Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja, clocks 70 years today. He is the leader and gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party in the state. He spoke with Daily Sun why he is staging a come-back. Excerpts: How do you feel on the occasion of turning 70?
I feel very great. They used to say that life starts at 40, but for me, life start at 70, and I thank God for my health. I thank God for my family, my political associates and for all those who love me in and out of Nigeria. I feel very great as Yoruba people used to say Eniyan laaso mi (meaning I can’t do anything without people support­ing me).
How has the journey been recalling how you started as a child, your school­ing, marriage, etc?
My father told me I was born on Sep­tember 25, 1944. I found it to be so in the family record that I was born on that day.

APC: plot to unseat Amosun a joke

OGUN State All Progressives Congress (APC) has described a plot by the opposition to defeat the party in 2015 as a wishful thinking. The party spoke yesterday following  a purported plan by the Labour Party (LP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to merge for the 2015 elections.
President Goodluck Jonathan was reported to have endorsed a working arrangement between PDP and LP. This was aimed at shoring up the chances of the PDP to produce the next governor.
But the APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sola Lawal, scoffed at the plan, saying it would not succeed.

Eagles get new home

Unless the Nigeria Football Fed­eration (NFF) thinks or acts order wise, AFCON 2015 qualifying match, involv­ing the Super Eagles and the Sudanese national team would be prosecuted at the Abuja National Sta­dium next month, follow­ing assurances from the National Sports Commis­sion (NSC). The Director, Stadium Facilities, Engineer Ibra­him Shehu, who gave the assurance in a chat after leading the Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Da­nagogo, on an inspection of stadium facilities, said the pitch is in a perfect state to host local and international matches.
Engineer Ibrahim further noted that though the main­tenance agreement with construction giants, Julius Berger ended in June, the NSC had ensured that the pitch conforms with inter­national standard.
His words: “I want to say that considering the level of work done at the sta­dium, I can assure you that the stadium is ready for use since over one month now. It will be a welcome devel­opment if the Super Eagles can prosecute…

Smile Communications bags ICT award

Smile Communications, a broadband service provider has been awarded the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Investment Operator of the Year, for its massive investments in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband service, in ensuring that Nigerians have easy access to fast internet service. The company was recognised alongside other operators by the Nigerian Telecoms Awards, which held its tenth ceremony with fanfare in Lagos at the weekend.
Former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel and the Lagos State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Adebiyi Mabadeje, who presented most of the award plaques, commended Smile Communications and other award recipients for emerging winners at this years’ awards.

‘I’m the only International Asewo with NAFDAC number’

Call her Madam Gold; you can be sure you won’t be penalized for it, as her impeccable dress sense stands her out from the crowd. Toyin Adegboola, one of Nollywood screen goddesses in the Yoruba genre otherwise known as Asewo to re Mecca, in this interview reveals her fashion sense, including her obsession for gold trinkets and accessories. She also talks of her foray into politics and why she proudly bears the screen name that launched her from obscurity to the centre stage. What is good grooming to you?
Good grooming to me means looking your best on all occasion.
What type of jewelry do you love most?
I love gold with a passion, not ordinary gold. I mean pure gold, as a matter of fact my love for gold jewelry prompted me to come up with a movie entitled “Iyawo oni gold”. Although I like beads too but it’s on occasional basis.


• Men of the NDLEA at a siezed hemp farm At least two offi­cials of the Ondo State Ministry of Natural Re­sources are currently in soup for allegedly aiding and abetting cultiva­tors of cannabis (Indian Hemp) at the Govern­ment Forest Reserve in Epele in the eastern part of the state.
The two suspects whose identities were not released may face trial any moment from now going by feelers from the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Two suspected farm­ers who were arrested in the forest reserve, Charles Osanebe and Godwin Azonobi had upon their arrest by officials of the NDLEA confessed that some officials of the state Ministry of Natural Resources collaborate with them in their illicit work.
The suspects also told officials of the NDLEA that forest guards working at the forest reserve often released land to them for the cultivation of canna­bis. They also confessed to have been involved in the illicit work for over a decade as a result of lack of employment.

NIMC uncovers 600 fake converted workers

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said it has uncovered about 600 workers with fake letters of conversion on its payroll. It said the discovery came during a staff audit jointly conducted by the office of the Head of Service and NIMC.
The affected workers who are largely those inherited from the defunct Department of Civil Registration (DNCR), the precursor to NIMC, are reported to have been queried accordingly.
Also, investigation by our correspondent revealed that the fake letters of conversion were purportedly signed by Mr Salawu and Mrs Shosanya and issued to the affected workers ahead of their qualification for conversion. This, the investigation showed is against proper procedure for their conversion.
Although background checks to avoid compromising the National I.D Database  is one of the conditions that NIMC carries out regularly,  some forces are alleged to be bent on scuttling  further investigation and application of disciplinary actions by NI…

Chinese manufacturers reject Letters of Credit from Nigeria, says CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday said Chinese manufacturers have started rejecting Letters of Credit (LCs) from Nigerian importers, insisting on cash payment only. Its Director, Trade and Exchange, Olakanmi Gbadamosi lamented that in spite of improved banking regulation in the country and the apex bank’s cash-less  policy, the Chinese exporters still reject LCs from the country.
Gbadamosi spoke at the 2014 Wema Bank Customer Trade & Structured Finance Forum in Lagos.
An LC is a document issued by a financial institution or a similar party, assuring payment to a seller of goods or services provided certain documents have been presented to the bank. LC serves as a guarantee to the seller that the money will be paid regardless of whether the buyer ultimately fails to pay.

Boko Haram Members Abandon Sick Chibok Girl In Bush

An unfortunate condition appears to have worked for the good of one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, as she was found abandoned after health issues obviously forced the Boko Haram sect to drop her off at Kalaha, a remote village in Borno State. The girl, who was discovered and identified by students in the village, gave her name as Susan Ishaya. She explained that she had been abandoned two days earlier, having been driven to the area in a Volkswagen Golf car.

Govt begins low-key independence celebration

The Federal Government will, tomorrow, start activities marking the country’s 54th independence anniversary. The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who spoke at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the celebration would be low-key.
Stressing that the meeting deliberated on the programme brought to the Council by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, he said it would begin with Islamic prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja, tomorrow.
He said this would be followed by an inter-denomination Christian prayer at the National Christian Centre on Sunday.

‘Boko Haram is fighting a political war’

Nigeria is losing the terror war because it has been politicised, the Senior Pastor of Foundation of Truth Assembly (FOTA), Lagos, Rev. Yomi Kasali, has said. He spoke with reporters yesterday ahead of a week-long Giant Killers Conference of the church with the theme: “Jehoshaphat’s Army”.
Kasali lamented that the insurgency was getting out of hand because government had been playing the blame game.
He warned against playing politics of religion.