Friday, October 31, 2014

How Boko Haram captured Mubi, by witnesses

Some fleeing residentsof Mubi, Adamawa State’s second largest town, recounted yesterday how it was taken by Boko Haram fighters.
According to Abubakar Idi, a resident now in hiding, Boko Haram insurgents divided themselves into four groups and headed for Uba where soldiers were stationed. When the news broke that the group was headed for Uba, about three kilometres away, soldiers rushed out of the town.
According to Abubakar, this took place at about 4am. The presence of a large number of soldiers in Mubi that early morning alerted the people that something was amiss.
Boko Haram moved in splinter groups at about 6am to attack Mubi town from Mararaban Mubi, which is four kilometres to the main Mubi motor park. Another group came through Vimtim, after the home town of Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh fell into their hands. Vimtim is 5km to Mubi from the North towards Bazza.
Abubakar said another group came out of the road that led to the Republic of Cameroon at Gidin Tsamiya.

Synagogue’s collapsed building, additional floors not approved, says govt

The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) building that collapsed on September 12, killing 116 people as well as the additional three floors on the main church auditorium were not approved, the Coroner inquest heard yesterday.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, made the disclosure while giving evidence before Coroner Oyetade Komolafe.
Ayinde, who told the court that the only approval in government’s records for SCOAN was that of the main auditorium dated January 26, 2004, however, maintained that three illegal floors had been added to the building which was approved to be five floors.
The commissioner told the court that of 42,358 electronic files that had approvals as far back as 1990, there was no approval for the collapsed building, making it an illegal construction.
Ayinde also said that from his observation during the visit of Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the column for the additional floors on the main auditorium started midway.
“The approval given to the church was in the name of SCOAN dated January 26, 2004 and was for the main auditorium. The approval was for five floors, but at the site visit, I discovered the main auditorium has three additional floors, making eight. The collapsed building by the record of the Lagos State government had no approval,” said Ayinde.

Musical film: D’banj signs deal with Apple

Nigerian pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, has revealed that he is working on a musical movie with Apple Inc. The movie, he said, will be about his 10 year journey in the music industry.
The artiste who disclosed this during a telephone interview with Olisa Adibua on Beat FM, said: “Most people have the wrong impression that Dr Dre was the one that signed me, but the contract I have says Apple. And to take it further, my management, DKM Media in conjunction with Apple is working on a musical movie. I’m going to act in the movie and play the role of D’banj.”
 D’Banj, who joined the radio programme via telephone from Los Angeles, also revealed that he is taking acting lessons for his new movie role. “I’m currently taking acting lessons. Initially, I didn’t know I would need acting lessons to play myself in the movie but they want to make it very professional and very well done,” he said.
The award-winning entertainer will also be dropping a music album to mark his tenth year anniversary as an artiste. It has been confirmed that his former producer, Don Jazzy, will be on the album.
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Joan Rivers: Daughter hires law firm to investigate cause of death

Melissa Rivers, daughter of celebrated Fashion Police star, Joan Rivers, who died last month, has contracted a New York City medical malpractice law firm to look into the death of her mother.
The blunt, tart-tongued talk show host reportedly died from complications during a medical procedure.
“In order to fully determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family,” Ben Rubinowitz, a managing partner with Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom and Rubinowitz, said in a statement.
The new inquest may have stemmed from report by New York City Medical Examiner, earlier this month that the 81-year-old comedian had died from a lack of oxygen to her brain during a routine medical procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy, a private clinic in the Upper East Side.
The standup comic, fashion critic and red-carpet doyenne died at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was rushed to on Auguest 28, and placed on life support.
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Okorocha Condemns Withdrawal Of Tambuwal’s Security Details



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The Imo State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has condemned the withdrawal of security details attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
In a statement through his media aide, Sam Onwuemueodo, the Governor said that the reason given by the Police to justify their action was untenable and unacceptable.
He stated that Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, irrespective of his political party, still remains the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives and by virtue of this position, he deserves to retain his security detail as his defection has nothing to do with his office.
The Governor said that it should be made clear that the Nigerian Police remains the property of all Nigerians irrespective of their groups or political affiliation and not that of the ruling party, PDP.
Governor Okorocha, however, enjoined the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force to demonstrate neutrality by restoring the withdrawn security details of the Speaker to avoid the action being interpreted as intimidation or undue harassment of the Speaker and the APC.

Tambuwal Defection Is APC Lawmakers’ Coup – PDP Member


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Former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) in Anambra State, Daniel Ulasi, says the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal was a “coup”on the part of All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House of Reps.
“Once there is a coup, there has to be a level of planning which Tambuwal had been doing.”
He said that the Speaker’s action was to show his former party (PDP) that he could move and by doing so “destructing the political structure of Nigeria, making a whole zone lose their position”.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, the former Anambra PDP Chairman explained that while Hon. Tambuwal was announcing his defection into the APC, the Speaker was “economic with the truth while quoting the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and stating his interest”.

Omawumi Dispels Marriage Rumour


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“Bottom Belle crooner’’ Omawumi Megbele has dispelled rumours of her secret marriage in Warri with only family members and few friends in attendance.
News of her secret wedding in Warri had made the rounds some weeks back.
It was reported that the singer, with few friends and family members, attended the ceremony which reportedly coincided with the singer’s late Dad’s 10th anniversary.
Omawunmi went on the social media to explain that although she was engaged, a date had not been picked for the marriage.
She advised people to stop listening to gossips trailing people every time as stories about her were not always from her.
The singer said that if people were waiting to know her marriage date from her, that would be impossible because she was not ready to disclose it. (NAN)

Return Of Illegal Arms: CP Says Compliance Unsatisfactory


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The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Mr Kayode Aderanti, on Friday said that the command would not hesitate to arrest persons who failed to surrender illegal firearms.
Aderanti told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the command gave such persons Oct. 10 deadline to willingly submit the arms.
“The submission has expired; anyone now found with illegal weapons will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“One of the first things I did when I came on board was to issue a statement that everybody in possession of illegal firearms should get them returned to the police.
“This means that whosoever is arrested in possession of any firearm now would have his or herself to blame,’’ he said.

Woman Remanded In Abuja Prison For Assaulting Minor With Red-Hot Knife

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An Upper Area Court sitting in Zuba, Abuja, on Friday remanded a woman, Anso Comfort, in prison for assaulting her nine-year-old neice with a red-hot knife in her private part.
Comfort, 32, a fashion designer, who resides in Dutse Makaranta, is facing a charge of cruelty to children and causing grievous hurt.
Comfort has already pleaded guilty to the charges.
The prosecution told the court that the accused had on Oct. 27 placed a hot knife on the private part of the minor for coming home late.
A kitchen knife heated on a stove was placed on the private part of the nine-year-old niece by Comfort, who is living with her.
She assaulted her for allegedly coming back to the house late at night, the prosecutor, Cpl. Kelechi Echendu, said.
He said the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 238 and 247 of the Penal Code.
The judge, Mr Aminu Sa’ad, ordered that the accused should be remanded in prison custody and reserved judgment for Nov.12. (NAN)

Expert Says Adoption Of Western Lifestyle Contributes To Breast Cancer Cases

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A consultant radiologist, Prof. Millicent Obajimi, on Friday in Lagos said that the increasing adoption of western lifestyle had contributed to the increase of breast cancer cases in the country.
Obajimi of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that women should take positive steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle.
She said, “breast cancer is the commonest cancer in women.
“It is even getting worse with the adoption of a western lifestyle and habits like smoking, drinking alcohol and unhealthy diet.’’
The radiologist said that sedentary lifestyle, lack of regular physical exercise and obesity also increased the risk of a woman developing breast cancer.
“The burden of breast cancer in the country is also on the increase because there is poor information on it .

BREAKING NEWS: 9 killed, 35 injured in Gombe bomb blast

An mid morning explosion has ripped through a bus station in Gombe, residents have said.
The explosion, it was gathered, happened Friday morning at the popular Gombe Line Transport Services Limited.
Details of the incident are still sketchy, but Abdulrahman Suae, a resident of the area, said he saw about five people being evacuated to the Gombe General Hospital.
Witnesses said 9 person were killed and 0ver 30 were injured
Another witness said the police have cordoned off the area and that emergency officials were rushing injured victims to hospital.
Both the state’s police spokesperson, Fwaje Atajiri, and the Commissioner, Kudu Nma, did not answer or return calls made to them.
Details later…..

2 Malaysian Boys Sue Over Missing MH370 Flight

2 Malaysian Boys Sue Over Missing MH370 Flight
Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday filed a negligence case against the state-owned Malaysia Airlines and the government over the disappearance of flight MH370, their lawyers said.
The case, which the minors filed through their mother, was the first legal action by relatives in relation to the incident.
It was brought before the Kuala Lumpur High Court by the two sons, aged 14 and 11, of businessman Jee Hang, one of the 239 people on board the airline that went missing on March 8 an hour after it took off from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for China.
According to their lawyer, Gary Chong, the plaintiffs claimed that Malaysia Airlines was negligent and failed to take all due safety measures.

Sexy Ebola Costumes Now On Sale


The ‘sexy Ebola containment suit,’ left, is really for sale, while the ‘sexy Ebola  nurse’ getup, right, was part of HalloweenCostumes.com 's ‘sexy Walter White’ costume tutorial.
Pictures have popped up on the internet showing various “sexy Ebola costumes” with prices ranging from $59.99
The Ebola outbreak is ravaging across West Africa but some people have decided to cash in on the epidemic to create costumes for Halloween.
This comes after the Ebola.com domain was sold by a US businessman for $200,000.
Ebola might be a death sentence to some people (it has claimed 5000 lives) but for others, it’s just another business venture.

Chinedu Ubachukwu emerges Gulder Ultimate Search winner


After more than three weeks in the jungle, a winner has finally emerged in the Gulder Ultimate Search competition. He is Chinedu Ubachukwu, a 24-years-old indigene of Anambra State. By his victory on Thursday night, he became the 11th champion of the nation’s longest running reality TV show and will smile home with N10 million and a brand new SUV.
To attain the feat, however, Ubachukwu edged out Emmanuel Afolabi, 28, and Nne Cosy Joe, 29. Only the three men, out of all the contestants, survived the harsh weather and arduous tasks they were subjected to in the jungle of Aguleri, Anambra State.
Incidentally, on the morning of the final search, both Emmanuel Afolabi and Cosy Joe gave Ubachukwu their lanterns, telling him “this will light your path”. They had made the statement innocently while trying to shed their load, little did they know it was prophetic as Ubachukwu’s light would eventually shine the brightest.
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Eminem’s Shady XV drops on November 24


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Shady XV drops on November 24. Eminem gets ready to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records with the upcoming Shady XV, and to do that, he’s giving fans a bunch of new music. it was a bit unclear when the first compilation was announced on how many Em joints we’d get, but with the release of the track list on Wednesday (October 29) it became obvious that November 24 can’t come soon enough.
The project will be a double-disc release, with the second disc offering greatest hits from the label — including Marshall’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent’s “In da Club,” D12′s “My Band” and more — and the first disc features 12 brand new tracks from Em and co. Among those will be five solo songs from the Rap God, including the recently-released “Guts Over Fear,” as well as an appearance with Bad Meets Evil, alongside Royce da 5’9″, and one with D12, plus features on cuts from Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf.
The last track on the first side will be “Detroit Vs. Everybody,” a posse cut that includes Em, Royce, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf and Trick Trick. Sean recently spoke on a collab with Eminem, saying that fans could “expect a little somethin’ somethin’ sooner or later.”

Nigeria: Nnamdi Azikiwe university Student Built a Race Car.



Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has recorded yet another landmark breakthrough recently when five of her students produced a formula 1 car.
The students, from the department of mechanical Engineering produced the race car as their project.
The names of the student engineers include
*Okoyenta Augustus,
*Okeke Chukwuebuka,
*Ofoegbu Kenechukwu,
*Ibekwe Ebeneezer and
*Ezeani Chikeluba.
According to the initiator of the project, Okoyenta Augustus, the materials for the car were locally sourced and it took them two years to put in place. The cost of the project still according to him was about .4 million naira, though with the support of the department.
The students drove the car last tuesday to the administrative block to showcase the novel achievement to the vice chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku and the university community. Long Live the #‎UNIZIK5‬. Long Live Department of Mechanical Engineering. *Long Live Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
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New York :students are entitled to hearing if they’re to be suspended


Students in New York schools can’t be suspended and deprived of their right to an education without a hearing.
The hearing gives the accused a chance to present their version of events and to question any evidence the school wants to submit.
The school bears the burden of proving the student was involved. But the schools can’t prove that on hearsay evidence alone — they must present an eyewitness or the accused student has to have admitted that they were involved in the incident.
The hearing officer can issue a subpoena at the request of either the school or the accused students. The subpoena power comes from the Chancellor’s Regulations. It’s not like a court’s subpoena power in that there are no consequences for witnesses who don’t comply. However, hypothetically, if there is no eyewitness and the accused students have made no written or oral admission of guilt, then the charges would likely be dismissed.
– New York Daily News.

Capello: Ronaldo not as skilful as Messi



Capello: Ronaldo not as skilful as Messi
Russia boss Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo “does not possess the pure technical skill” of Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo is the current Ballon d’Or holder and widely expected to retain the individual honour on the back of a prolific year in which he fired Real Madrid to Champions League glory.
However, while Capello has the utmost respect for the Portugal international’s explosive power, the Italian coach does not believe that the 29-year-old is as skilful as the Barcelona No.10.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are two extraordinary players but they are different,” the former Madrid boss is quoted as saying by AS.
“Cristiano is a powerful player, with very good technique, but he does not possess the pure technical skill of Messi.

Ay’s New Movie – 30 Days In Atlanta – Bags 4 International Awards


Photos: Ikeja City Mall hosts 2face Idibia in autograph session

For the first time at the Ikeja City Mall, fondly​ called the ICM, an autograph session was held with none other than the living musical legend himself, 2Face Idibia, headlining the event. He was accompanied by his entourage including his protégé, Dammy Krane and a host of other recording artistes from his label Hypertek Digital.

He is currently embarking on a nationwide tour promoting his erstwhile LP, ‘The Ascension’, and the two forthcoming releases 'Face2Face 10.0' and ‘Rewindselectuptodate’.

Atiku reacts to Mubi attack, says some of the dead are people he knew personally



Former VP Atiku Abubakar says some of the people that were killed in the Mubi attack in Adamawa state by Boko Haram members on October 29th were people he knew personally. Above is what he posted on his Facebook page.

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U.S Ebola panic: Nurse Kaci Hickox defies quarantine

A US nurse who returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has defied a quarantine order, leaving her house in Maine for a brief bike ride.
Kaci Hickox maintains isolation is unnecessary, as she has no symptoms and has tested negative for Ebola.
Maine officials have vowed to go to court to try to enforce the quarantine.
About 5,000 people have died of the disease in West Africa, but only nine patients have been treated for the virus on US soil.
More than 13,700 people have been sickened in the Ebola outbreak, the vast majority in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Ebola, which is only spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of a sick patient, has a 21-day incubation period.
US officials are at odds over whether American healthcare workers who return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa should be forced into quarantine until that period has expired.
New Jersey and other states had put quarantine rules into place after a New York doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa came down with the disease.

Kidnapped German ‘rescued’ in Nigeria

(ABEOKUTA, Ogun) Ogun state police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said the hostage was “rescued” on Thursday, but the security services have previously claimed successful rescue operations even when ransoms were paid.
The company the kidnapped man works for, construction firm Julius Berger, provided no details on the release but said that the employee was kidnapped on October 24th in an attack which left another German national dead.
“Julius Berger Nigeria Plc is pleased to officially announce the release of the company’s member of staff, who was abducted in Ogun State,” a statement from the firm said.
“The company would like to thank the all those who assisted in achieving a swift and safe release, especially government authorities and security services.”
Four gunmen emerged from the bush and opened fire on two vehicles in which the two men were travelling.
The employee who died, a sub-contractor, died in hospital from a bullet wound while two other staff members were hurt.
Julius Berger confirmed that the group was moving in separate vehicles without security escort to a quarry in Ogun state.

2 Agencies Donate Relief Materials To Jos Twin Blast Victims


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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (PLASEMA) on Thursday donated some relief items to victims of the twin bomb blasts in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 200 people died in the explosions in the central area of Jos on May 20 and May 24, respectively.
Items donated to the surviving victims included 300 bags of rice, as well as 300 bags of beans and millet each.
Other items included wrappers, roofing sheets, mattresses and household utensils.
Presenting the items at a ceremony in Jos, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Alhassan Bardeh, said that it was part of the efforts of the Federal and Plateau Governments to assist them manage their plight.

Court Bars Police From Stopping #BringBackOurGirls Protest


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An Abuja High Court has ruled that the Police lack the powers to prevent protests against government’s handling of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
Delivering judgement in the suit filed by members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group, Justice Ebenezer Aladetoyinbo declared that the Public Order Act, cap. 382, Laws of Nigeria, 1990, which the Police relied on, does not authorise the Police to disrupt rallies or processions on the abducted Chibok girls.
It all began as an attempt to put pressure on the Federal Government to rescue the 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014. Some Nigerians began a daily sit out at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
However, the sit out by members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign soon attracted attention which led to a former Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, banning the protests on June 2, 2014.
The #BringBackOurGirls activists responded to the ban with a court action which led to the judgement.

Stomach infrastructure is a social security – Fayose

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has defended the new office created by his administration.
Addressing Journalists at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, Thursday, in Abuja, Fayose said stomach infrastructure is a social security.
The governor, who likened stomach infrastructure office to what is obtainable in Britain, said the office will address the welfare needs of the people of Ekiti State.
He said, “I have set up a department and I have appointed Special Adviser and Personal Assistant on Stomach Infrastructure and same will be in all the local government areas. So, my style without apology is that stomach infrastructure is a way of life for me, I will relate well with my people to alleviate poverty and hunger.
“Stomach infrastructure is very important in the life of a man. If you look at Britain, as rich and as comfortable as they are, in the entire time, they find their way to address the issue of the poor and less privileged people in their country by what they call social security.

Seizure Of 14.6kg Of Cocaine: NDLEA Arrests 3 Suspects


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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Thursday said it had arrested three suspects and seized 14.6kg of cocaine.
According to a statement by the agency, the hard drug which is of high grade from Brazil was hidden in footwears and laptop bags.
“Three suspected drug traffickers have been apprehended for smuggling the drugs from Brazil through Abu Dhabi.
“The estimated street value of the seized cocaine is about N131 million,” the statement said.
“A suspect was found with 11.3kg of cocaine, Agu had in his possession 1.65kg, while Okoye was found with 1.670kg.’’
The statement added that the suspects were apprehended during an inward screening of passengers on an Emirate flight from Dubai.
It restated the commitment of the agency to the drug war, saying “it is a continuous exercise until the country is completely free of illicit drugs.’’ (NAN)

2015: Nigeria will come out stronger, united – Mark

Senate President, David Mark, on Thursday expressed optimism that despite the growing anxiety and challenges ahead of the 2015 general elections, Nigeria would come out stronger and more united as a nation.
Mark, who spoke when the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, visited him in Abuja, added that government has improved and indeed strengthened political institutions to withstand any storm no matter the circumstances.
The Senate President, according to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, said, “Our political situation is steadily progressing. All Nigerians are now more conscious and indeed aware of elections and the processes.
“Both the government and the governed are now doing the right thing to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.
“Steadily, Nigerians have learnt how to play the game according to the rules. I have no doubt that the 2015 elections would be better than our previous elections. It would comply with international best practices.

Kano emirate council visits Jonathan

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (5TH L); VICE PRESIDENT 10;10;NAMADI SAMBO (4TH L); EMIR OF KANO, ALHAJI SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI 10;10;(5TH R), DURING THE VISIT OF KANO EMIRATE COUNCIL TO PRESIDENT 10;10;JONATHAN IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY.


PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (5TH L); VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO (4TH L); EMIR OF KANO, ALHAJI SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI (5TH R), DURING THE VISIT OF KANO EMIRATE COUNCIL TO PRESIDENT JONATHAN IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY.

Tambuwal’s Kinsmen Call For His Resignation, By-election


The kinsmen of the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal have called for his resignation as the speaker of the House and subsequent by-election. Details later.

Defection Fallout: IGP Withdraws Tanbuwal Police Orderly

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The acting inspector general of police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the police operatives attached to the office of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal.
The action followed yesterday’s official defection of the speaker from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to the leading opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC during which he called on Nigerians to vote out the cabal ruling the country.
Spokesman of the police, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu who made the redeployment known on Thursday in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, said the action was in tandem with the country’s constitution.
“In view of the recent defection by the Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), and having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office,” Ojukwu said.

FRSC Decries Reckless Use Of Siren By Security Agencies

The Edo FRSC sector commander, Mr Oluwasusi Familoni has decried the reckless abuse of the siren by some security operatives on Nigerian roads.
Familoni expressed the displeasure while addressing drivers and members of the public at the FRSC Tollgate unit command `s Ember Month’ flag off on Thursday in Benin.
The sector commander said the law on the use of siren was still in force, saying only the offices of the President, the leadership of the National Assembly and Governors, with some designated security and other departments, but “the use of the siren by any other person is illegal.
“Even though we have powers to arrest offenders, we are handicapped by the constraint of the political will.
“We are only appealing to those who illegally engage in the indiscriminate use of the siren to desist from the act to avoid avoidable road crashes.
“This reckless use of the siren, most times are responsible for accidents as they harass other road users who in their confusion lose focus and concentration which result in accidents,’’ he said.
Familoni appealed o the heads of sister security agencies, in line with the theme of this year’s Ember month campaign– “Road safety is a shared responsibility –it depends on you’’, to impress it on their personnel the need to refrain from the reckless use of the siren.
Earlier, the unit commander, Adewale Ameen urged road users to always ensure that they abide by all traffic laws to stay alive.
Ameen disclosed that the commission would soon commence the policy of compelling transport company owners to install speed limit devices in their vehicles as a way of reducing road crashes on Nigerian roads.(NAN)

Senator Warns FCT Landlords To Sell Unoccupied Property Or Pay Tax From 2015


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The Chairman, Senate committee on FCT, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, said owners of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would be made to dispose of such property as from 2015
Adeyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that property owners would be forced to pay tax on a regular basis on their property if they refused to let them out.
“The Revenue Bill that we have passed is a double edged bill.
“The bill is supposed to improve the internally generated revenue of the FCT on one hand, making sure there are enough resources for the FCT to meet the challenges of the ever increasing population of FCT.
“But I think more importantly is the aspect of property tax, where people have built houses and they refused to give them out because the would-be tenant cannot just afford what they are being asked to pay.

President Sata’s Body Expected In Zambia Saturday

Zambia’s Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that the President Michael Sata’s body would arrive in the country on Saturday from London where he died while receiving medical treatment.
Msiska also disclosed on Thursday that President Sata would be buried on Nov. 11 at Embassy Park in Lusaka, where second and third presidents of the southern Africa nation, Frederick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa, respectively, were buried.
According to Msiska, President Sata’s body will be led to Mulungushi International Conference Hall in Lusaka where he will lie in state and that the body viewing will commence on Sunday.
“Church service will be held on Tuesday at Heroes Stadium on Nov. 11 before the body is put to rest at Embassy Park,’’ Msiska said .
President Sata died on Tuesday at King Edward VII Hospital, Beaumont, Central London, where he was receiving medical treatment for undisclosed illness. (PANA/NAN

FG To Relocate Original Inhabitants Of Abuja To Permanent Sites In 2015 – Sen. Adeyemi


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Original inhabtants of Abuja are to be relocated to their permanent site in 2015, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, has said.
Adeyemi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that already, districts were being created to ensure the implementation of the relocation next year, adding that the exercise would relieved many of the original inhabitants of some of their problems.
Adeyemi said efforts were being made to ensure a robust budget allocation for the FCT in 2015.
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“ In next year’s budget, effort will be made to look at the possibility of providing a good percentage of the revenue allocation for natives to move to their permanent sites.
“Compensation is a serious problem due to the dwindling national revenue, the oil price has not really been too stable.

Rights Activists Want Shell To Pay Compensation Over Bonga Spill


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Environmental rights activists, led by Chima Williams, have asked the Federal Government to compel Shell Petroleum Development Company- SPDC – to pay compensation to communities and clean up the waters affected by the 2011 Bonga Spill along the Ondo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, the group accused Shell of ignoring government’s earlier directives to pay compensation and clean up communities affected by the spill.
Eight months after the Federal Government directed shell to pay 11.5 million dollars as compensation in February, community representatives have said that Shell has neither cleaned up the affected areas nor paid the compensations.

Former Ghanaian President Kufuor Visits APC Secretariat


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Former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, who is Head of the ECOWAS fact-finding mission to Nigeria, was at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
Kufuor said he was at the APC office to gauge the `feelings’ of the party ahead of the 2015 general elections in the country.
He said the mission had visited other related bodies but had to reschedule their visit to APC as a result of its convention.
“We have been here in the last two days. We have met with the INEC, PDP, Human Rights Commission, the EU Commission, UNDP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Acting Inspector-General of Police.
“Yesterday (Wednesday), we tried to gain audience with you, but we saw that you were so busy and I said the season is on and so, all politicians should understand.
“Today (Thursday), we are privileged to be in your presence and to hear from you your innermost feelings and prospects for successful elections next year.’’

Jonathan Picks PDP’s Presidential Form, Promises To Work With Nigerians

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja assured Nigerians that he would continue to work with them to move the country forward.
He gave the assurance at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Headquarters after picking the party`s nomination and expression of interest forms to recontest the presidency in 2015.
The president said that no matter how strong a president was across the world, he was only an individual that on his own, could do nothing.
“You alone cannot change the society. For you to succeed, you work with people; so if you are succeeding that means we have a team that is working to transform this country.
“So I will work with all Nigerians to make sure that we move our country to the next level,’’ the president said.
He stressed that the days of saying that Nigeria was a potential great country was over, adding that, “Nigeria is a great country’’.
This, he said, was demonstrated in the way the country collectively handled the Ebola case with the whole world being happy with Nigeria.
President Jonathan, however, added that it was time for all hands to be on deck to move the country to the desired level in the years to come.
He thanked Nigerians generally and reassured that his administration would not let the people down.
The president also expressed gratitude to the PDP leadership for giving him the right of first refusal.
“First let me thank God for today and Nigerians that are here today for this brief ceremony.
“Let me thank the leadership and all members of our party for believing in me and for giving me the right of first refusal.

Those Calling For Tambuwal’s Removal Don’t Know Constitution – APC

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The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says those calling for the removal of Aminu Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives do not know the 1999 Constitution well.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)‎ on Thursday in Abuja that there was no provision in the constitution which stated that the speaker of the house must come from the majority.
Mohammed said: ”For those who say Tambuwal should resign, I want to refer them to the extant laws and constitutional provision of the house.
”It states that if a person leaves a party on the platform by which he came into the house to another party, he should resign, except where it can be proved that there is a crisis or a faction ‎within his party.

Violence Free 2015 Is Possible – Maitama Sule


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Elder statesman, Dr. Maitama Sule on Thursday expressed optimism that a violence-free general election in Nigeria is possible, noting that youth involvement will play a pivotal role in achieving such.
Deadly election-related and communal violence which occurred in northern Nigeria following the April 2011 presidential election left more than 800 people dead. The victims were killed in three days of rioting in 12 northern states.
Dr. Sule, who made the appeal at a lecture in Abuja on Thursday, said engaging the youths as thugs undermines the essence of democracy, advising the youths to shun thuggery in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.

Amodu Appeals For Keshi’s Recall

Coach Shaibu Amodu has appealed to the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to allow Stephen Keshi handle the Super Eagles for the two remaining matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
The former Super Eagles handler, who was put in interim charge of the team, said that he wanted Keshi reconsidered for the two matches as the time frame is too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad or start to build a new one altogether.
Coach Amodu promised to offer whatever assistance required by Keshi and his crew for the remaining two matches.
Nigeria play Congo Brazzaville in Pointe Noire on November 15 before taking on South Africa in Uyo four days later, needing to not only win both matches but defeat Congo by a margin of two goals away, to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2015 finals.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Disabled people storm Lagos court this morning for Coroner's inquest on the synagogue building collapse

Many disabled individuals stormed the Ikeja High Court this morning October 30th for the Coroner's Inquest into the Synagogue church building collapse. The supporters carried signs that read "Don't push Joshua out of Nigeria by your actions in the matter", another read "Lagos State handle this matter with caution", and another read "People are not stupid, it was controlled demolition" etc

The judge in charge of the inquest, Magistrate Komolafe is trying to find out what was responsible for the building collapse. 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, who was at the inquest, said that the collapsed building was illegal, that the church didn't get any approval for the building. He also said that the main church currently has three additional illegal floors. See more photos from the event today after the cut...

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay

Apple Inc CEO, Tim Cook, 53, revealed today October 30th that he is gay. Tim, who became CEO when he succeeded Steve Jobs on August 24th 2011, has never discussed his sexual preference in public before today but said that many of his colleagues knew he was gay.

Tim, who is worth an estimated $500million, came out as gay in an editorial for Bloomberg Business Week, stating: "Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me". See what he wrote after the cut...

Keshi returns for AFCON qualifiers

Stephen Keshi been asked to return and complete the rest of the African Nations Cup qualifiers with the Super Eagles, Goal reports.
Nigeria plays Congo and South Africa next month in the last two AFCON qualifiers.
The website reports that Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, on Thursday morning tweeted that Keshi is set to return to his job.
Goal gathered that Keshi has been asked to return to his post as part of reconciliatory moves in the Nigeria Football Federation as ordered by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The President has also asked the Chris Giwa faction to withdraw its case from court to ensure that Nigeria is not banned by FIFA.
However, the NFF is yet to release any official statement.
Keshi was sacked on October 16, a day after the Super Eagles defeated Sudan 3-1 in Abuja, by the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the NFF who recalled former coach, Shaibu Amodu, in an interim capacity.
The African champions had won just one out of four qualifying matches and fans were forced to ask for the coach’s sack.
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MURDER: Court Remands Woman For Killing Husband

An Ilorin Magistrate Court has remanded a housewife, Jumai Bamaiyi, at the federal prison, Oke-Kura, Ilorin, for allegedly striking her husband to death with a pestle.
The 30-year-old woman of Kamaiji village, via Kaiama, Kwara State, was said to have had a misunderstanding with her husband, Bamaiyi Aiki, as a result of which she hit him on the head with a pestle.
Police arrested the accused when on October 17, 2014, one Garuba Dauda of Kamaiji village via Kaiama, reported at Kaiama Divisional Police station that the accused attacked her husband while he was sleeping in their room.
The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that investigation conducted at the department of criminal investigation, Ilorin, revealed that the deceased died as a result of injuries inflicted on his head.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Zaccheus Folorunsho told the court that investigation into the matter was yet to be completed.
The judge, Mr. A. Bello ordered that the accused be remanded at the federal prison, Oke-Kura, Ilorin, pending the determination of investigation and adjourned the case till November 6, 2014 for further mention.

No approval for Synagogue collapsed building – Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for. Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde has said that the collapsed Synagogue Church of All Nations guest house was illegal.
Ayinde disclosed this at the Coroner hearing on the incident in Lagos on Thursday.
He said no approval was given for the building while the main church currently has additional three illegal floors.
Ayinde said from the CCTV footage shown to him by the church, he noticed the building fell symmetrically.
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CRISIS: Police Confirm Killing Of 6 Persons


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Man, 32, identified as Kelechi Emeri, who allegedly specialises in selling of pornographic and offensive materials in Lagos Motor Park, has been arrested at Obalende area of the state.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspect who hails from Abia State was nabbed by officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit at Obalende Motor Park where he was selling the offensive materials to the public.
He was said to have been arrested when a taskforce official pretended and purchased four pornographic materials from the suspect to ascertain the owner of the thriving business.
Emeri , who was thereafter arrested and brought to the task force office confessed that he, indeed ,sold pornographic DVDs to the public, saying that he usually sold 10 of such DVDs in a day.
He denied that he was the one who owned the large quantity of displayed pornographic materials at the park.

ARREST: Taskforce Nabs Man For Selling Pornographic Movies

Man, 32, identified as Kelechi Emeri, who allegedly specialises in selling of pornographic and offensive materials in Lagos Motor Park, has been arrested at Obalende area of the state.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspect who hails from Abia State was nabbed by officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit at Obalende Motor Park where he was selling the offensive materials to the public.
He was said to have been arrested when a taskforce official pretended and purchased four pornographic materials from the suspect to ascertain the owner of the thriving business.
Emeri , who was thereafter arrested and brought to the task force office confessed that he, indeed ,sold pornographic DVDs to the public, saying that he usually sold 10 of such DVDs in a day.
He denied that he was the one who owned the large quantity of displayed pornographic materials at the park.

Update: Jonathan collects PDP nomination form

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday collected the presidential nomination of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He collected the form at the party’s national headquarters, Wadata Plaza in Abuja.
He was accompanied by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, state governors and other party officials.
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Graphic: Woman kills man who allegedly tried to rape her in Lekki

A 22 year old woman identified as Ifeoma Okechukwu has been arrested after she allegedly killed an unidentified man who she claimed tried to rape her at her Atlantic View Estate, Alpha Beach Road, Lekki home where she lived with her uncle. The incident happened on Monday October 27th.

Jonathan meets Ihedioha, AGF on Tambuwal’s defection

The Presidency was in a frenzy yesterday, jolted into action by the sudden defection of House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tambuwal announced his defection on Tuesday at the end of plenary.
President Goodluck Jonathan met with Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Adoke and the PDP leadership at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Some PDP governors and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, were also at the meeting.
Others at the meeting included PDP National Chairman Adamu Muazu, PDP Governors’ Forum chair and Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio, Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson, Benue Governor Gabriel Suswam, Gombe Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo and Enugu Governor Sullivan Chime.
Also at the meeting were House Deputy Leader Leo Ogor and Committee on Health Chairman Ndudi Elumelu.
None of those who attended the meeting spoke to reporters on the outcome of the meeting.
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Tambuwal: APC ’ll sweep PDP out of power in 2015

Apparently overwhelmed by the goodwill trailing his defection, House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) will sweep the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) off power next year.
He also spoke on why he defected to the APC.
Tambuwal, who made a grand entry into the Extra-Orddinary National Convention of the APC at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja assured the 5,287 delegates that God will help the opposition to deliver Nigeria from the evil it had been plunged into.
Clad in white Babanriga and accompanied by 100 members of the House of Representatives, Tambuwal mounted the rostrum amid ovation.
Armed with a broom, the symbol of the APC which he shook in the air intermittently, an elated Tambuwal gave PDP a quit notice, saying the ruling party cannot dare God.
He told the excited delegates: “Come May 29, 2015, we shall, insha Allah, sweep away the PDP government.
“APC is a party that is giving Nigerians hope and is a party we believe that by the grace of God, and not by the power of human being, shall deliver this country from the evil that it has been plunged into by a certain cabal.

Scores die as Boko Haram seizes barracks, prison

Boko Haram launched yet another massive onslaught on Adamawa’s second largest and commercial nerve centre yesterday. Mubi streets were strewn with bodies.
Another border town in Borno State was also attacked in actions that showed that the “ceasefire” announced on October 17 by Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh might have collapsed.
The CDS said after talks in Saudi Arabia, the sect had agreed to a ceasefire. He also ordered troops to respect the agreement and not fire at the sect’s fighters.
Freedom for the 219 abducted Chibok girls was on the card. All expected they would be released after the talks, being mediated by Chadian President Idris Derby, would have been fine-tuned in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.
But there has been no let-up in the attacks by the insurgents.
Yesterday’s attack on Mubi was vicious. Troops fled as the insurgents stormed the 234 Nigerian Army Battalion in the town.

Jonathan Orders Withdrawal Of Tambuwal’s Security Details


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Two days after formally communicating his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal have been withdrawn on the orders of the President, Commander-in-Chief.
Yesterday evening, the Presidency convened a high level meeting ostensibly to discuss Tambuwal’s defection. In attendance At the meeting were members of the National Working Committee of the PDP, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Muhammed Bello Adokie, some PDP Governors as well as members of the House of Representatives from the party.
Indications that all was not well emerged Wednesday evening after the conclusion of the APC’s extra ordinary national convention in Abuja where dependable sources disclosed this. The tumultuous welcome accorded the Speaker at the Convention and the overwhelming outpouring of goodwill from the general public is said to have rattled the Presidency resulting in frenzied reaction.

Deziani’s sister released by kidnappers

The sister of Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Madam Osiya Agama, who was kidnapped a week ago in Rivers state has been rescued.
She was released in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers state on Wednesday night by security operatives and members of the Ijaw Youth Council.
IYC spokesperson, Mr Eric Omare, who confirmed the report said the group’s Eastern Zone provided security operatives with vital information that led to the breakthrough in the search for Madam A gama.
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MI's 'The Chairman' Album To Drop Today, Tracklisting + Album Art

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Waste no time MI did with this album...what a way to surprise fans. Well the tracklisting is below with the album art above...but one can only wonder...shouldn't the album have been called The Collaboration?

Check out the tracklisting below.



Hilarious! Nigerian Superstars as Diseases…by Chris Ogunlowo

I saw this article on thenet.ng written by Chris Ogunlowo and I found it so hilarious that I had to share it here. It's famous Nigerians as diseases.
1. Wizkid Syndrome: A chronic tendency to create catchy and repetitive hits to a loyal fan base with a boyish charm that induces envy from peers and late-bloomers, which also hides the fact, that one is approaching quarter-life. 

Ban obsolete aircraft from Nigerian airspace, NSE tells FG

Following the high rate of air disasters in the country and in line with reforms in the aviation sector, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), yesterday demanded that only brand new aircraft should be al­lowed to operate in the Ni­gerian airspace.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the President of NSE, Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, said that aviation is the life blood of global economy.
“It remains the most so­phisticated industries in the world with enormous poten­tial economic advantages. We commend the president for embarking on the restruc­turing of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). However, the government must deliberately continue to create enabling environ­ment for the industry to thrive through strategic policy for­mulation,” he said.
According to him, Nigeria has 22 federally-owned air­ports and an estimated pas­senger volume of 15 to 20 million by the year 2020, an indication that the country must ensure sound economic policies to make aviation a vehicle for national develop­ment and transformation.
“The public wants to be assured that aviation is safe. They want an aviation indus­try that offers choice and val­ue. This can only be achieved by paying quality attention to safety, surveillance and hu­man capital development in the industry,” he said.

Ebola: Transporter Petitions FG Over N80m

A member of the National Union of Road Transporter Workers (NURTW) Oyo State chapter, Mr Kehinde Oluyole has petitioned the federal and state governments over alleged extortion of N80 million to fight Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The transporter in a two-page petition made available to newsmen in Ibadan yesterday, claimed that each of the 83 branches of the union spread across the 33 local governments in Oyo State were to pay N850,000 to the coffers of the state union to fight the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease.
The petitioner alleged that on October 20, the Oyo State chairman of the union, Mr Taofeek Oyerinde (a.k.a Fele) summoned all the 83 branches chairmen to a meeting where the directive was given.
According to him, the leadership of the union had claimed that the money would be used to fight Ebola Virus Disease in the state and other projects.
He said that the compulsory levy, according to him, must be paid on or before October 31, 2014 with a threat to remove or expel any branch who refused to pay the contribution.
He appealed to Governor Isiaka Ajimobi, the federal government and national body of the union to come to their rescue as this may cause problem in the 33 local governments.
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NASS Submits National Health Bill To Jonathan

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The National Assembly has transmitted the National Health Bill to President Goodluck Jonathan for assent, it was disclosed yesterday.
The Bill, if assented to by the president, will establish a basic health care fund through deduction of an additional one per cent of Nigeria’s Consolidated Revenue Account (CRA) for primary health care.
This is in addition to the expected counterpart funding contribution from the states and local government areas.
At a briefing with newsmen yesterday at the National Assembly, Special Assistant to the President on House of Representatives Matters, Hon. Saudatu Sani, described the National Health Bill as ‘an important crossroads’ in the development of the country’s health sector.
Sani, who urged President Jonathan to sign the Bill into law before 2015 electioneering peaks, hailed Jonathan for his non-interference in the affairs of the National Assembly and canvassed cordial executive/legislature relations.

Tompolo After My Life, Keyamo Raises The Alarm


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A Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the inspector general of police, Mr Suleiman Abba over an alleged threat to his life by Mr Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo.
In the letter dated Wednesday, October 29, 2014 and made available to our correspondent, Mr Keyamo said that he received a telephone call at exactly 10:13pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from one Mr Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo).

Obasanjo, Tambuwal, Tinubu, Others For Aregbesola’s Victory Lecture In Lagos

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Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo will chair a programme being organised to celebrate the victory of the governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday, 2nd November, 2014.
The event, Victory Colloquium for Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, with the theme, “Osun Election: A Pathway For Nigeria’s Democratic Growth” is being organised by the Gazelle News.com, an online news medium, in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Aregbesola on MDGs.
According to the organisers of the programme, the theme topic lecture will be delivered by the national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Muiz Banire while the following will discuss the theme lecture paper: Professor Lakin Akintola of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, and Barr M.O. Ubani, chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja amongst others.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal will be the special guest of honour, just as former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola is expected to lead a special victory toast.

Etisalat Nigeria Records 20m Subscribers In 6yrs

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Etisalat Nigeria has recorded 18 per cent growth on its subscriber base in less than a year as it marks six years of operations with a rise in its active subscriber base from 17 million as at December 2013 to 20 million this month, emerging as the fastest growing telecommunications network in the country.
The chief executive officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, described the growth as a significant milestone, attributable to the loyalty of Nigerians to Etisalat’s innovative products and services.
In just six years of operations, this fifth operator of Global System for mobile communication (GSM) service has become a major industry player despite the highly competitive nature of the Nigerian telecoms market.

Court Strikes Out Contempt Proceedings Against CBN, Directors


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A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday struck out a committal proceeding filed against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by some pensioners of the bank for allegedly disobeying a judgment of the court.

Justice Saliu Saidu struck out the suit after counsel to the pensioners, Tani Molajo, said he has been instructed to withdraw the case to enable the parties explore an out of court settlement.
The pensioners, James Jemilo, Thompson Edun, Jacob Amao, and Joachim Ajala, who were suing for themselves and on behalf of all CBN pensioners, want the court to compel the CBN to comply with the federal government’s directive on pension harmonisation.
Listed as contemnors in the case are the CBN, the bank’s deputy governor, Corporate Services, Alhaji Suleiman Barau, director, Human Resources Ms Chizoba Mojekwu, and director, Legal Services, Simon Onekutu.

Ease Of Doing Business: World Bank Ranks Nigeria 170th


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Nigeria has been ranked 170 out of 189 countries on how easy it is to do business according to the 2015 Ease of Doing Business Report of the World Bank released yesterday.
The latest ranking of 170th fared better compared to 175th position out of 189 which the country ranked in the 2014 report.
In the latest report, Singapore emerged the best country in the world to do business while Mauritius emerged the best in Africa by ranking 28th.
The annual World Bank Group Doing Business report analyzes regulations that apply to an economy’s businesses during their life cycle, including start-up and operations, trading across borders, paying taxes, and resolving insolvency.
The report showed that Nigeria fared poorly in getting electricity and registering a property, ranking 187th and 185th respectively. It also ranked ranked 129th in starting a business, 171st in dealing with construction permits and 179th in paying taxes.

2015: Jonathan Promises Ministerial, Perm Sec Slots For FCT


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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday pledged to provide ministerial slot and permanent secretary positions for indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is voted back to power in 2015.
He spoke at a meeting with a delegation of indigenes and traditional rulers in the FCT led by the minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed and minister of state, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide at the presidential villa.
At the meeting, one of the royal fathers who is the Onah of Abuja, Alhaji Baba Yunusa said they were in Aso Rock to pay the president a solidarity visit and thank him for his transformation agenda which has impacted positively on development of the FCT into a modern city.
Jonathan told the delegation that the federal government would continue to work with the indigenes to ensure further development and progress of the FCT.

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