Monday, March 31, 2014

6 Feared Dead After Consuming Local Beverage At A Wedding Party

No fewer than six persons, aged between 20 years and 22 years, were feared dead after allegedly consuming a local beverage, Zakami, at a wedding reception at Unguwa Uku, in the Kano metropolis.
An eye-witness told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kano that the incident happened at about 10.30 p.m. on Sunday.
According to the witness, the deceased, all males, drank the substance at the party that was also attended by many youths including the bride and groom.
NAN gathered that the deceased collapsed after consuming the intoxicating beverage and died on the way to the hospital.
The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident.
He said the police had since commenced investigation into the matter with a view to finding out the cause of the tragedy.
“On receiving the report, we invited the groom; he is currently assisting us in our investigation.
“I cannot confirm the number of deaths until we finish our investigation,’’ he said. (NAN)

Lufthansa cancels 3,800 flights as strike looms

The Lufthansa calls off 3,800 flights because of the threat of strikes by pilots from Wednesday to Friday and more than 425,000 passengers expected to be affected, announced by the airline on Monday.
As a result of strike actions, which the German pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) has announced at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings from Wednesday, April 2nd 2014, to Friday, April 4th 2014, Lufthansa will reduce its schedule significantly, said it in a statement on airline’s website.
At first there was more than 200 flights canceled, but now Lufthansa announces to ceases its business operations almost completely from Wednesday to Friday.
According to the lift of canceled flights, the first cancellations affect flights already on this Monday.
The pilots’ trade union Cockpit announced a three-day all-out strike to express the demands for more money and add weight to its demands on maintaining an in-house early retirement.
Passengers traveling within Germany whose flights have been cancelled due to the strike may alternatively travel by train with Deutsche Bahn, the German railway, said the airline.
The airline also offers its guests extensive opportunities to rebook their tickets.
Last week, Lufthansa had also canceled as a precautionary measure more than 600 flights due to a warning strike of airport personnel.
Regardless of the strike of airport personnel, the pilots’ trade union Cockpit had announced a parallel three-day all-out strike from this Wednesday to Friday.

Death: Salesboy Beaten To Death In Ibadan


Tragedy struck in Akinyele area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday evening when a mob allegedly beat a salesboy in the area to death.
The victim, Lukman Adebayo was allegedly beaten with sticks till he died.
The public relations officer of the state police command, SP Olabisi Ilobanafor who confirmed the incident said one Olumide Adeleke from the Akinyele Trailer Park, Moniya reported that a salesbot was beaten and had been rushed to St. Patrick Hospital where he eventually died.
Ilobanafor said four persons, namely, Ali Lawal Garba, Garuba Bakare, Bello Muhammed and Iliyasu Bashiru had been arrested in connection with the incident.
She said the suspects after investigation would be charged to court, for murder.

Death: Policeman Kills OPC Member In Gun Fight

Death: Policeman Kills OPC Member In Gun Fight

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A policeman attached to the Tolu Division has killed a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) identified in Ajegunle area of the state.
Tone other person was said to have been injured during the bloody clash said to have been caused by a man and woman over unresolved differences over payment of N7,000 for sexual services offered the man by the woman.
Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Ngozi Braide who confirmed the incident, said a man had sex with a woman said to be a single mother and promised to pay her N7,000 but when the woman went to his house to collect the money, she sent him away.

Nasarawa: Tertiary institutions union set to go on strike

Academic and non-academic staff unions in three tertiary institutions in Nasarawa State have threatened to go on strike over the government’s failure to meet their demands.
Members of the unions in the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia; College of Education, Akwanga, and the College of Agriculture, Lafia, are threatening to embark on strike over issues bordering on staff welfare and administration.
The workers had embarked on a strike that lasted for six months in 2013, but was suspended for five weeks following the intervention of the institutions’ governing councils.

Incest: Man Kills Relation For Discouraging Incestous Affair

A man identified as Uche Ikoh in Ogbe-Nti Obi, Umudei Quarters, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha North local government, Delta State is wanted for allegedly killing his relation.
The suspect reportedly struck the victim with a log for standing in his way of having a romantic affair with his (the deceased’s) younger sister.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect after hitting and killing the deceased fled the scene. She said the police were on his trail.
LEADERSHIP gathered that trouble started when the suspect tried to court the deceased’s younger sister, who is related to him by blood and she declined on that basis.
The suspect it was further gathered resorted to intimidating the girl and the girl had reported to her elder brother who attempted to intervene, in the course of which an argument ensued, leading to his death.

New York Police shuts down Davido’s concert for being over-packed

Singer, Davido is seething at the moment as his much anticipated NewYork Spring Mega concert eventually never happened as the New York Police Department NYPD stormed the venue and stopped the show for being over-packed.
The singer revealed this himself via twitter…

The show was already sold out with regulars paying $40 (N6,600) and VIP $650 (N107,250) at Pulse 48. Already there are arrangements now in gear to re-make the show but this time using a larger venue to accomodate his teeming fans.

Fire: Man Roasted By Mysterious Fire In A/Ibom


Tragedy struck weekend at Ikot Oku Mfang in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom when a 46-year-old man, Mfon Daniel Nduke was roasted alive by a mysterious fire.
Property worth millions of naira were also destroyed in the fire incident on the eight bed-room apartment.
Witnesses told LEADERSHIP that the fire which started at about 9pm when the man who was already asleep, burnt him completely before men of the state fire service arrived to put out the fire.
Narrating the incident, elder brother of the victim and owner of the building said the cause of the fire was still a mystery.
According to him, members of the household were in bed when they suddenly began to feel like there was smoke in the room and before long, the entire house was covered in smoke.
“As you can see, all my property including that of my wife and children have been completely consumed by the fire and to add more to the pains, I lost my brother,” he said.
Although the cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, it was believed that it may have been caused by a kerosene lamp.
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U.S. hire former Germany coach Vogts as adviser

The U.S. have hired former Germany coach and World Cup winner Berti Vogts as a special adviser until the World Cup in Brazil.
The move was described as one that would boost their chances of getting through the group stage, the team said on Monday.
The U.S. has been drawn with Germany, Ghana and Portugal for the preliminaries at the June 12 to July 13 finals.
Vogts, who won the trophy as a player in 1974 and coached Germany and current U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann to their last international title at Euro 1996, has also coached Nigeria.
He is currently the Azerbaijan national team coach.

$1.69m fraud: Court dismisses Ajudua bail application

An Ikeja High Court, on Monday denied the bail application filed by one-time Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, accused of defrauding two Dutch businessmen of 1.69 million dollars (about N252.8 million).
Justice Kudirat Jose in a ruling on the bail application filed by Ajudua’s counsel, Chief Charles Edosomwan (SAN), dismissed it for lack of merit.
Jose said the medical reports issued by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), showed that Ajudua was suffering from complicated ailments as a result of having a solitary kidney.
The judge stated that Ajudua was admitted at LUTH on Aug. 3, 2013, and was treated for hypertension, traumatic haematuria and enlarged prostate gland.

Confab delegates adopt 70% voting mode

The ongoing National Conference on Monday adopted 70 per cent majority as the voting mode to be used in arriving at decisions at the conference.
This followed a motion by Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, representing the Former Senators Forum, seconded by former Akwa Ibom Governor, Obong Victor Attah, representing the Former Governors’ Forum.
The delegates adopted the resolution at the resumption of plenary in Abuja.
Proceedings at the conference were stalled last week as delegates failed to reach consensus on whether or not to adopt 66 per cent or 75 per cent majority as the voting mode on decisions taken at the conference.
The particular issue in contention was Order VI Rule 3 of the Procedure Rule, which provides that any decision in the conference shall be decided by at least a three-quarter majority.
The Rule reads: “Any questions proposed for decision in the conference shall be determined by consensus and when this is not achievable, by a three-quarter majority of the delegates present and voting.”

Fulani herdsmen incursion raises fear in Cross River

The chairman of Ogoja local government council in Cross River State, Rita Agbo Ayim, has raised fears over the incursion of some Fulani herdsmen from neighbouring Benue state to the area.
In a meeting with the Hausa/Fulani community living in Igoli-Ogoja, she said the herdsmen’s relocation to the area posed a security challenge.
She appealed to the community through its head, Alhaji Adamu Asaba, to help talk with the herdsmen to move from the area to another place.
She said their presence was giving the people of the area sleepless nights because of their recent actions in other places.

UK donates $13.7m to S’Sudan

The UK has released 13.7 million dollars to the FAO to help affected families in South Sudan to restore their agriculture-based livelihoods and stave off hunger.
Sue Lautze, Head FAO’s team in South Sudan, said the emergency funding was coming at a critical time because over seven million people were facing the risk of hunger.
He said FAO had appealed for 77 million dollars to assist more than 2.3 million people with immediate support designed to help them plant rapidly.
Lautze said of the seven million people considered being at risk of food insecurity, over 3.7 million people were estimated to be facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity in February.
He said as a result of this, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations had called for 1.27 billion dollars to meet urgent humanitarian needs in the first half of 2014.

Police Sergeant detained for losing pistol

The Police have ordered the arrest and detention  of a Sergeant who lost his pistol while clubbing in Lagos.
The policeman, identified as sergeant Tokunbo, is attached to Area F, Police Command, Ikeja.
But the Police spokesperson in Lagos, Ngozi Braid, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) denied the allegation that the policemen was clubbing.
She said he had gone to visit a friend in Igando and left his pistol inside the a car which he parked outside, adding that before he came out the car was stolen.
A police source, however told The Nation that the sergeant parked his Toyota Camry car outside a night club at Igando area while he went in to have fun, leaving his pistol inside the car.
After he had finished having a nice time, he came out to discover that his car had disappeared, along with his Bereta pistol, loaded with eight rounds of ammunitions.
All attempts to locate his car and those who stole it has proved abortive.
Braid said the policeman has been detained and the matter is currently being investigated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), at the state command, Ikeja.

5.5-magnitude quake hits Tibet

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit Nyima County of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region at 1.10 a.m. on Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre.
The centre said that the epicentre was monitored at 31.4 degrees north latitude and 86.5 degrees east longitude with a depth of 10 kilometres.
The Governor of Nyima County, Migmar Cering, said there had so far been no reports of casualties or property damage.
He added that the county government had sent two work groups to the epicentre to further check the condition.
Cering said the epicentre lied between two townships, but the tremor was strongly felt in the county seat and many residents were awakening from sleep.
Report said Nyima, with an altitude of over 5,000 metres, was a quake-prone region, adding that it administered 14 townships though its northern part was uninhabited.

Jose Mourinho keen to acquire new striker

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hinted at a major overhaul of his forward line this summer.
Mourinho ruled his side out of this season’s Premier League title race after the 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday despite them only losing top spot to Liverpool 24 hours later.
The reverse at Selhurst Park again brought his side’s relative struggle in front of goal into focus, with the majority of their league goals having come from attacking midfielders Eden Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle.
Samuel Eto’o has scored only eight times, Fernando Torres just four and Demba Ba has been on target three times in limited Premier League appearances.

Flight MH370: No time limit on search, says Australian PM

Rescue crews have put no time limit on the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.
Mr Abbott told reporters near Perth, where the operation is being co-ordinated, that the hunt for flight MH370 was still being stepped up.
Ten aircraft and 10 ships are scouring the sea south-west of Perth for debris from the airliner.
The Beijing-bound plane disappeared on 8 March with 239 people on board.
The signal from its flight-data recorder lasts about 30 days.
The search teams are deploying a special tool known as a “towed ping locator” to find the recorder, which will be used once debris from the plane has been found.
Several floating objects have been found during the search in recent days, but none is believed to belong to the missing plane.

Murder: Policeman Kills Own 19-month-old Baby

A police corporal has allegedly killed his 19-month-old baby after battering his wife in Benin City, Edo State.
The incident occurred at Flat 1c, Omorogieva Compound, Sam Enobakhare Cresent, Off St. Saviour Road, Benin City.
The suspect, Corporal Samuel Abiola allegedly picked the baby boy identified as Ayomide Samuel from his bed and bit him severally before strangulating him to death.
He was alleged to have pounced on the innocent and defenceless baby after his wife whom he had beaten severely, escaped his aggression by the whiskers.
Abiola, an indigene of Ijebu-ode in Ondo State is said to have impregnated another woman from Oghara town, Delta State.

Jonathan’s aide seeks forensic audit of tertiary institutions

Senior Special Assistant to President Jonathan on Youth and Students matters Comrade Jude Imagwe has called for a forensic audit of government grants and support to tertiary institutions. Imagwe who received the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) joint campus committee Ondo axis on behalf of the Chief of Staff to President Jonathan in Abuja said such audit will prevent problems between management of the institutions, academic and non-academic staff and the government.
He also advised Nigerian students to conduct themselves peacefully and join hands with the government to solve the challenges confronting the country.

FG recruits 8000 into civil service

Eight thousand, five hundred and forty one people were recruited into federal ministries, agencies and parastatals from 2011 to 2014, Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) Deaconess Joan Ayo has said. Ayo stated this during a press briefing in preparation for the 60th anniversary of civil service in Nigeria.
She stressed a majority of unemployed Nigerians are yet to take advantage of the commission’s website in their quest for jobs.
The website that is user friendly,” she said.
At a particular period of recruitment, “28,000 people viewed the website but over 110, 000 applied through forms,” she lamented.
Activities marking the 60th anniversary of the commission started last Friday with prayers at the National Mosque led by Vice President Namadi Sambo and a church service yesterday at the State House chapel with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance.
Lectures and seminars have also been slated for today and tomorrow in Abuja with both the President and the Vice President expected to attend.

A Short History Of Boko Haram

This morning, members of the Boko Haram movement attacked a DSS detention facility close to the seat of power in Abuja. Who is Boko Haram, and how did they come to be?

Nigeria has a long history of communal conflicts, many of which were only suppressed under military rule. Despite the heavy handed tactics of the dictators, some of these conflicts came to the fore, the best example being the Maitatsine conflict which was eventually wiped out in the early 1990s .
A lot of these conflicts and the groups that aid them found more freedom after the return to civilian rule.

Vehicle registration: FRSC insists on July deadline

Despite a court ruling by Justice James Tsoho stopping the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) from enforcing the compulsory ownership of the new vehicles plate number, the commission has insisted on the July 1, 2014 deadline to clamp down on defaulting motorists. Motorists are also expected to have the new approved driver’s license.
Speaking at a one day stakeholders meeting in Abuja over the weekend, Head of the planning advisory unit of the commission, Corps Commander Clement Oladele said the deadline stands until there is a contrary directive from the federal government.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos last Wednesday held that it is unconstitutional for the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), to impose new number plates on motorists.

FG Sets to Slash Price of Mobile Phones

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that it would begin the process of reducing the cost of Internet-enabled mobile phones, so as to enable more Nigerians have access to the internet.
The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, gave the assurance at the International Forum on Accelerating Nationwide Broadband Access in Nigeria, organised by OpenMedia Group in conjunction with Atlantic Telecoms and Media in Lagos recently.
The minister who said government was passionate about increasing Internet penetration in the country, disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan is backing the move by the ministry to de-gazette a law by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), which seeks to impose a two per cent tax on mobile devices.

Immigration Recruitment Tragedy: Why I Accepted Responsibility – Moro

Minister of the Interior, Comrade Abba Moro and Comptroller General of Immigrations

Interior minister, Comrade Abba Moro has explained why he took responsibility for the ill-fated recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in which about 20 job seekers died.
Moro said he could not deny responsibility because apart from being the minister under whose watch the gruesome recruitment exercise happened, the buck of the whole saga stopped on his table.
“The loss of these young Nigerians, who were needed as a critical human resource factor for nation building is most regrettable. As the minister of interior, under whose purview this unfortunate exercise took place, I cannot abdicate my responsibility. The buck stops on my table”, he stated.
The comptroller general of the NIS as well as a member of the NIS board and the recruitment consultant, Derex Technology last week made revelations that suggested complicity on the part of the interior ministry.

Confab Meant To Rubbish Elders, Divert Attention – Lamido


Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido has faulted the ongoing national conference, saying it was deliberately organised to rubbish the country’s elder statesmen and divert attention from the missing $20billion.
Lamido stated this while receiving the managing director, Bank of Agric, Dr Falalu Santuraki who paid him an official visit at Dutse Government House.
He said, “It is only in Nigeria that $20billion can be missed from public treasury but no one care to talk about it because leaders can bear any huge consequences in bargaining and securing for their political interest.”

‘About 63 Nigerians In Cote D’ Ivoire Prisons’


Out of about two million Nigerians residing in Cote d’ Ivoire, only about 63 are currently serving jail terms in prisons, Nigerian Ambassador to that country, Mrs Ifeoma Akabogu has disclosed.
The ambassador who spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the 44th Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’ Ivoire, however, described the behaviour  of Nigerians resident in that country as fairly peaceful and law abiding.
Noting that 80 per cent of the two million Nigerians in that country are from Ejigbo town in Osun State, Akabogu said Nigerians in that country were largely into clean and legitimate business even though a few of them engage in child trafficking.
According to her, the last time the embassy visited the capital, there were no  Nigerians in the prisons, adding that most of the inmates were in Abidjan, which is a cosmopolitan city with a lot of activities.

FG Concludes Payment For 45,136 Ex-PHCN Workers


The federal government said it has concluded  the severance payment for 45,136 former PHCN workers out of the 47,913 staff.
The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki, who made this known said the  BPE has remitted to the Office of the Account General of the Federation (OAGF) a total of N370 billion for payment of 45, 136 former employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

French govt pardons former Petroleum Minister Etete

The French government has cleared former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete, of the conviction of money laundering charges preferred against him in a French court.
The French government said in bulletin number 3, dated March 7, 2014, issued by the Ministry of Justice, Criminal, Cases and Pardon Division that Etete had been pardoned and cleared of the conviction by the French court.
The bulletin, which was signed by the magistrate in charge of the national criminal record, Xavier Pavageau, said the former minister was freed.
The French court in 2007 sentenced Etete, who was Petroleum Minister under the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, to three years imprisonment after finding him guilty of money laundering charges.

Tight security ring round Presidential Villa

Following the attempted jailbreak by Boko Haram suspects at the State Security Service (SSS) Headquarters in Abuja and the ensuing sporadic shootings, security was strengthened yesterday around the Presidential Villa.
The SSS Headquarters is directly adjacent to Gate 7 entrance to the Presidential Villa.
The left end of the SSS Headquarters building adjacent to the gate 7 now had armed military men stationed at its junction.
Armed military personnel and a vehicle were also stationed on Aso Drive before the SSS Headquarters when driving from the flyover from Luigi Barracks.
Security has also been strengthened in front of the Police Headquarters, which is beside the Presidential Villa.

IPMAN Plans Closure Of 10,000 Filling Stations


Another round of fuel scarcity is looming following plans by the leadership of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) to shut its over 10,000 fuel stations across the country in protest of the closure of NIPCO by the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
NUPENG closed down the operations of the NIPCO Plc, a subsidiary of IPMAN, due to the ongoing leadership tussle rocking the association.
The crisis began following a court ruling declaring Chief Lawson Obasi, former zonal chairman of IPMAN, south-east region, as president of the association.

Lamido lashes Jonathan over missing $20b, National Conference

Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido lashed out at the Jonathan administration for what he called its failure to address Nigeria’s ills.
He described the leadership as “totally disconnected with the people”, saying “all its policies are formulated in parallel with the needs, plight and interest of the common man and the country.”
Lamido also condemned the National Conference, the government approach to the Boko Haram killings and abandonment of projects in his state, among others.
He spoke in Dutse, the state capital, at the weekend while receiving a delegation of the Bank of Agriculture. It was led by Managing Director Dr. Falalu Santuraki.

Account For Missing Funds Or Quit, Tinubu Tells Jonathan

National leader of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Saturday took a swipe at the President Goodluck  Jonathan-led administration, urging it to account for the various missing funds or quit as president.
Tinubu,  who spoke at the sixth Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos entitled “The Summit of the Common Man”,   described President Jonathan’s administration as shameless.
According to him, “rather than account for the alleged missing $20bn oil revenue, it kept giving frivolous excuses that tend to ridicule the country.

Northern leaders aiding Boko Haram —Fasoranti, Afenifere leader

Chief Reuben Fasoranti is the National Leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere.
In this interview with Vanguard, Fasoranti said the ongoing national conference is a welcome opportunity to adjust the Nigerian federation, that the Yoruba sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have backed it and faults northern leaders on the Boko Haram insurgency.Excerpts:

Nigeria has held many constitutional conferences without result. Do you have hopes in the ongoing conference?
I have confidence that Nigeria will be restructured. I am confident that it will be alright with Nigeria.
What gives you that confidence?
It appears everybody is in favour of the conference. Everybody is conscious of having the conference.
Even in the north, there are indications that they are all for it. Everybody is fed up with most of the things that are happening now. So we want to meet and decide whether to go on as a country or not to go on.

Terrorists behind Benue killings

Former Zamfara State Governor Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi has said killings in Benue and adjoining Middle belt states are being carried out by terrorists.
He urged security agents, particularly members of the Joint Military Task Force to be more vigilant if the nation must see the end of the activities terrorists.
Shinkafi said: “reports from our intelligence and security unit confirms that those so called herdsmen are actually terrorists in disguise.
“As a former executive governor, as a northerner, I can tell Nigerians and authoritatively so, that the herdsmen that we know are usually not more than two or three, tending to their cows with a long stick as their weapon.

Alison-Madueke: APC warns against tampering with House probe

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned against any attempt to put pressure on the House of Representatives Committee that is currently probing the disturbing jet scandal involving Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the investigation into the scandal is of great public interest, hence those who are reportedly piling pressure on the House Committee on Public Accounts should back off.
It said the allegation that the minister has spent 10 billion naira of taxpayers’ funds to junket around the world in chartered private jets is very serious and cannot be swept under the carpet as the PDP-led Federal Government will like to do.
”Scandal is the hallmark of the PDP-led Federal Government and the presidency, hence both may not feel the public anger at the report that a minister, whose most notable ‘achievement’ is her contribution to Nigerians’ burden with her fixation on endless fuel price increases, has been frittering away the country’s resources on the altar of unprecedented profligacy.
”But Nigerians are interested in knowing the truth. Since the presidency has shown no interest in unraveling the truth about the latest scandal to hit the country under its watch, the House of Representatives which has taken on the challenge of seeking the truth should not be hindered by anyone.
”Nigerians will like to know whether or not the minister spent the huge funds on jets, who authorized the spending of such funds, whether or not the expenditure was appropriated by the National Assembly and which laws allow a government minister to junket around the world even on private trips,” APC said.
The party commended the House Committee on Public Accounts for its diligence and stated willingness to be fair to all and to carry out a thorough investigation.
It urged the committee members to continue to put the interest of Nigerians above any individual or party’s interest and to rebuff any attempt to pressure them against carrying out their constitutional duties.
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OBJ advocates stiff competition in cable TV market

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olu-segun Obasanjo, has called for stiff competition among operators of Cable Television Network.
Obasanjo stated this in his Hilltop Villa, Abeokuta, Ogun State, weekend, when Montage Cable Network presented him its decoder, thus making him the first person in the country to subscribe to Montage Cable Network, an alternative to DSTV.
The former President lamented that there had continued to be a monopoly in the cable television network with its attendant hike in price of services rendered, noting that when there was competition, consumers would have the power to bargain.
“A market where there is a monopoly is not good for the economy,” Obasanjo said, adding that he was happy that Montage Cable Network had entered satellite cable transmission to break the monopoly in the market and afford consumers the opportunity to make choices.

Immigration recruitment not advertised, says firm

Candidates for the Nigeria Immigration Service, recruitment test, at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos ... on Saturday
The firm that developed the electronic platform for the ill-fated recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Immigration Service three weeks ago, Messrs Drexel Technologies Nigeria Limited, has said that the multi-million naira contract was not advertised for competitive bidding by the Ministry of Interior.
The Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of the company,  Mr. Theodore Maiyaki, stated this before the Senate Committee on Interior, probing the circumstances that led to the death of 16 people during the March 15 recruitment exercise into the NIS.
He was responding to questions from members of the Senator Abubakar Bagudu-led Senate committee on the role of his firm in  the unfortunate tragedy during the two-day public hearing which rounded off on Friday.

Oshiomhole to Edo Traffic Mgt Agency: Arrest me if…

BENIN — GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has charged operatives of the state Traffic Management Agency, ESTMA, to arrest him or the state deputy governor, if their vehicles beat the red lights, saying that “no one is too big to obey laws in the state.”
Speaking at a meeting with officers and men of the agency at Government House, weekend, Oshiomhole charged operatives of the agency to be firm, but civil in carrying out their duties, noting that they must not treat ‘big  men’ with levity because of their status in the society.

NLC calls for probe of PHCN sale, others

President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar
The Nigeria Labour Congress has advised the Federal Government against the sale of public properties.
It also urged the National Assembly to probe the sale of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria and all previous sales and retrieve public properties that might have been sold to private interests.
In a statement on Sunday, the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar said, “The haste with which government seems  determined to sell off public properties to members of the ruling class and their cronies under the guise of making them more efficient is alarming.”
The union’s position was a reaction to a statement by the Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, who said the National Council on Privatisation had listed the nation’s four refineries for possible privatisation this year.

Osun deducts salaries of political office holders

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola
The Commissioner of Finance in Osun State, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, has said that  political office holders in the state are contributing 10 per cent of their salaries to augment the income of the state government.
The commissioner, who said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Friday evening, added that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola inherited this practice but it had continued with it to assist the government in the area of provision of welfare service to the people of the state.
Bolorunduro said that the state was losing an average of N2bn of its allocation from the Federation Account due to the steady decline in the amount accruing to the state.

Lagos terminal invests $220m on port equipment

The management of APM Terminals Apapa Limited said it has invested $220 million to upgrade its facilities and acquire modern container handling equipment at the Lagos port.
Its Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Neil Fletcher said since the old Apapa container terminal was concessioned in 2006, APM Terminals has invested and worked hard to ensure efficiency in service delivery.
He said vessel’s waiting time at the port facility has reduced drastically from 28 days in 2006 to less than a day at present, adding that the terminal handles an average monthly throughput of 50,000 TEU’s.
He also said the terminal operator is constructing a new administrative building and container examination facility to meet the high demand for physical inspection of cargoes.
“We are building a new three story building which includes 200 square meters of new offices for Customs in Apapa and we have a meeting with some project team who will be refurbishing the customs offices at the inspection building,” he said.
He said his terminal grants waivers to importers when necessary.
“We waive storage charges on anything we are responsible for. We get about 15 requests a day for waiver and out of those request, 90 per cent start off by saying, we know it is not your fault but can you help us? That is what I get. If it is our responsibility, we will waive. We waive for scanning and physical examination cargo that was not positioned within 48 hours. Most of them are not our fault but we still waive the charges,” Fletcher said.
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Brazil 2014 watch: Osaze scores again, Mikel beaten

Osaze Odemwingie is justifying the faith posed in him by those calling for his return to the Super Eagles as the countdown to Brazil 2014 continues.
The forward scored the only goal in Stoke City’s 1-0 win at home over Sone Aluko’s Hull City. The goal, which he dedicated to his father for his 61st birthday, came in the 62nd minute of the match to become Osaze’s fourth goal in three consecutive matches.
Victor Moses was an 81st minute substitute for Raheem Sterling as Liverpool white washed Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 on Sunday at Anfield.
In Turkey, Michael Eneramo scored for Karabukspor against his former club, Besiktas, as they won by 1-0.

Serena wins title for the seventh time

Serena Williams
 World number one Serena Williams won the Miami WTA title for the seventh time Saturday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over China’s Li Na, AFP reports.
In a battle of the world’s top two players, the US superstar took her tally of WTA titles to 59 – including 17 Grand Slam triumphs. She added a second trophy in 2014 to the one she lifted in Brisbane in January.
The 32-year-old Williams, who first played at Miami as a 16-year-old, was strangely subdued as she seemed to sleepwalk through the first half hour of the match.
Trailing 4-2, she fought off three break points in the seventh game only to surrender her serve for a second time on a double fault.

5,000 displaced by windstorms in South-West – NEMA

An area wreaked by windstorm.
The National Emergency Management Agency says no fewer than 5,000 people have been displaced by windstorms in Osun, Oyo and Ekiti states in the past three months.
The agency consequently advised Nigerians to take caution against the dynamism of climate related disasters that are evolving in the country.
The Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Iyiola Akande, was quoted in a statement by NEMA as saying this while assessing the extent of damages caused in some of the affected communities.
NEMA said about 600 houses were destroyed in the disaster, while 250 students of Unity Secondary College, Ikire, Osun State, were displaced during a major fire incident.

Army Arrests 18 Suspects, Recovers Arms from Fulani Settlement in Kaduna

Troops from the One Division of the Nigerian Army Kaduna Sunday arrested about 18 people and recovered several arms in   Laduga village,  a Fulani settlement in Kachia local government area in the southern part of Kaduna state.
The army was said to have stormed the village in the hours of Sunday following a tip off on alleged plans for reprisal attack over the killings of seven herds men in the southern part of Kaduna state shortly after the March 14 attacks on three villages in Kaura local government area where about 125 people were killed in the attacked believed to have been carried out by Fulani herds men.
Acting on security tip off, the troops were said to have condoned the village for a search leading to the successful  arrest of  18 suspects with  several arms    recovered.
The spokesman of the One Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna,  Col. Usman Abdul who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview  said the military carried out the action in good faith for public good.
Details to follow

SSS confirms 21 deaths in attempted jailbreak

Deputy Director of the State Security Service, Ms. Marilyn Ogar, on Sunday confirmed that 21 persons died during the exchange of gunfire that followed an attempted jailbreak at the Asokoro headquarters of the service in Abuja on Sunday.
In her third statement on Sunday on the incident, Ogar did not give the identities of the casualties.
She said 18 casualties were recorded, adding that two SSS operatives were injured.
She did not indicate whether 18 who died were inmates or not.

NLC warns FG against selling refineries, NTA, NAN, others

In a statement on Sunday, the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar said “the haste with which government seemed  determined to sell off public properties to members of the ruling class and their cronies under the guise of making them more efficient was alarming.”
The union’s position was a reaction to a statement by the Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, who said the National Council on Privatization had listed the nation’s four refineries for possible privatisation this year.

Emir of Agaie dies at 52

A first class Emir in Niger State, Etsu Agaie, Alhaji Mohammed Kudu Abubakar Ubandoma III died Sunday at the age of 52 years.
He died in an Abuja hospital at about 6am after a two years battle with kidney related illness.
The  Secretary to the Niger State Government, Saidu Kpaki confirmed the demise of the traditional ruler in a telephone interview.
According  to him, ‪” I can confirm that the Emir of Agaie, Alhaji Muhammadu Kudu Abubakar is dead and the burial is slated for 5 pm in Agaie, today (Sunday)”.‬
Born on 15th March 1962,  Etsu Abubakar was installed the 13th Emir of Agaie on 13th April 2004 by the administration of former governor of Niger state, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure.
In his tribute the  Chairman of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu described the late Etsu Agaie as a man of peace and a rare patriot.
Aliyu in condolence message signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Danladi Ndayebo said the death of the royal father was a great loss to the people of his domain, Niger State and Nigeria.
The governor noted that Etsu’s ten years reign brought tremendous progress and modernization to Agaie Emirate, adding that violence, whether sectarian or otherwise, was a rare occurrence in his domain.

GOK Ajayi is dead

Legendary lawyer and a senior advocate, Chief Godwin Olusegun Kolawole Ajayi died at the weekend in Lagos. Born on May 29, 1931 and called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in 1955 when he was 24 years old. He was called to the Nigerian Bar two years later.

Ajayi  popularly called by his initials “G.O.K.” had a successful legal practice over the decades. In 1978, twenty-one years after he was called to the Nigerian Bar, he joined the second set of those awarded the rank of the of Senior Advocate of Nigeria alongside including late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Remi Femi-Kayode, T.A. Bankole-Oki, E.A. Molajo, Kehinde Sofola, Richard Akinjide, Olisa Chukwura, Nwakama Okoro, Mudiaga Odje, P.O.Balonwu, B.O. Nwabueze and Augustine Nnamani.
Details later.

Heightened security in Abuja as SSS foils B’Haram jailbreak

There was increased security, especially around the Three Arms Zone in Abuja, following a foiled jail break at the National Headquarters of the State Security Services, Asokoro, Abuja.
Although the SSS did not give identities of the detainees, who attempted the jail break, investigations showed that they were members of the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Department of State Services, Ms. Marylyn Ogar, in an electronic mail on Sunday in Abuja, said a detainee, who was attempting to escape from detention struck one of the suspects’ handlers on the back of his head with his handcuff.
She stated that the handler was at the detention facility to feed the suspects.
Ogar said the attempt by the detainee to escape made other SSS operatives on guard to fire shots to prevent others from escaping from the facility.

Shootout in Aso Villa: President Jonathan is safe…Abati

Following the heavy exchange of gunfire between Boko Haram suspects and officials Department of State Services (DSS) within the vicinity of the presidential villa earlier yesteday, Presidential Spokesperson, Reuben Abati has reassured the public that President  Goodluck Jonathan is safe.
Abati in a tweet wrote “What happened at the SSS HQs has nothing to do with the Villa. President Jonathan is
safe & well. Thank you for your concern & support.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Land owners appeal to Adeboye

An appeal has gone to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to facilitate payment of outstanding compensation to some land owners in Ogun State
The RCCG is building its new auditorium on a land in Oso and Aguntoye villages in the state.
The intervention, according to the landlords, is to avoid clashes between the displaced villagers and heads of the communities.

US bride gets 30 years for husband’s murder

Less than nine months after she shoved her husband off a steep cliff just days into their marriage, a federal judge sentenced Jordan Linn Graham to 30 years in prison Thursday.
Graham, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December, admitting to luring her new husband, Cody Johnson, to Glacier National Park and pushing him off a cliff.
“After providing several false statements to law enforcement officers and impeding the investigation by providing false information, Graham ultimately admitted pushing Cody from behind with both hands,” prosecutors said in a statement Thursday.
Graham filed a motion to withdraw her guilty plea on Wednesday,arguing that prosecutors had negotiated the plea deal in bad faith by pushing the judge toward a harsher sentence despite agreeing to drop a first-degree murder charge.

Fake Preacher Arrested With Human Skull In Ibadan

Prison Bars and Cuffs
A man who disguised as a Christian preacher was, on Thursday, nearly mobbed when he was discovered to be in possession of a human skull in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The preacher, dressed in white garment, going about preaching at the top of his voice and receiving money from people in return, was arrested at the Agbowo Junction.

Man bags 10 months imprisonment for stealing biscuits

A Grade 1 Area Court, Karu, FCT, on Thursday sentenced Ola Omo, of Asokoro, Abuja, to 10 months imprisonment for stealing wine and biscuits.
The Presiding Officer, Mr Hassan Ishaq, however, gave the accused an option of N18,000 fine for the offences of criminal trespass, house breaking and theft.
The Prosecutor, Mr Phillip Akogwu, had told the court that the accused stole the items from the shop of one Eniola Doherty.
Akogwu said that the accused was reported to the Asokoro police station on March 26 by Doherty, a resident of Maitama in Abuja.
He said the accused was apprehended after he broke into her shop and stole six bottles of different brands of wine and 10 packets of assorted biscuits, all valued at N27,550.
He added that the offences were contrary to sections 248,355 and 288 of the Penal Code.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court for leniency.
“Please have mercy on me sir, it is the work of the Devil,” he said.

Ibinabo should resign as AGN president, says Clarion Chukwurah

Notable actress, Clarion Chukwurah has criticised the recent visit, to Aso Villa, by President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ms Ibinabo Fiberesima, saying it was politically motivated.
Among other probing issues, Chukwurah is faulting Ibinabo’s claim that AGN is the umbrella body for screen actors in Nigeria; a statement which she said demeaned the existence of an older association, the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP).
In a two-page release titled: IBINABO FIBERESIMA AND THE AGN VISIT TO PRESIDENT GEJ: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, Chukwurah said although President Jonathan’s funding of the movie industry has aided the development of Nollywood, Fiberesima’s request for an Abuja secretariat for the AGN, as well as political appointments for actors was uncalled for.