Monday, June 30, 2014

Greece Players Turn Down World Cup Bonus

You might not like their style of play, but this would appear to be another reason to like Greece ahead of their World Cup last 16 clash against Costa Rica.

This World Cup has been dogged with bonus rows. First with Cameroon, even before they set off to Brazil.

And, most famously last week with Ghana where 3 million dollars had to be shipped out to Brazil ahead of their final game against Portugal.

Now, the Greece team have written to their prime minister Antonis Samaras and told him they are not interested in their World Cup bonus but simply want the money to be put towards a sports centre for the national team.

The Greek press report that the squad in Brazil wrote a short letter saying: “We do not want as extra bonus, or money. We only play for Greece and its people. All we want is for you to support our effort to find a land and create a sports centre that will house our National team.”

This letter was written on Sunday June 29, 2014 and signed by all 23 squad members, it came as a result of Greece reaching the second round of the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Presumably, the Greek squad realise they are all well-paid individuals and are concerned for the future of Greece in international football.


CCTV Few Meters From The Emab Blast Scene Not Functioning

Where are the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras that purportedly gulped $470 million in the Federal Capital Territory? Questions about their existence and effectiveness within Abuja are being asked, as bombing of the capital city at will by Boko Haram insurgents has not abated.
Security experts and residents have at different times tagged the project dead on arrival and expressed doubts that the cameras ever worked. In several reports done by LEADERSHIP, the federal government had been called to question over the functionality of the cameras.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had recently granted an ex-parte application, seeking an order of mandamus to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the controversial contract awarded to Chinese company, ZTE Corporation by the federal government.
It was also reported recently that the presidency following the failure of the CCTVs to contribute in the fight against insurgency had turned down a request by the Ministry of Police Affairs to pay additional N3billion to the contractor handling the project.

We Don't Know Where Chibok Girls Are - US

The United States said on Friday it had decreased its surveillance flights in the search for the about 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, but added that the overall effort was unchanged due to more flights by other countries.

It stated that it had no idea of the location of the girls, noting however that there is no letup in the efforts to locate and rescue them.

“We don’t have any better idea today than we did before about where these girls are, but there’s been no letup of the effort itself,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters, according to Reuters.

Kirby said the same level of effort was being sustained now through international involvement.

A US defence official speaking on condition of anonymity said American flights had been reduced only after a body of intelligence had been gathered and that the cuts had been offset by the British and the French support.

ACF to insurgents: respect holy month

The pan Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has appealed to Boko Haram insurgents and all those engaged in terrorism to embrace peaceful dialogue during the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.
Kaduna State Governor Mukthar Yero urged the people to embrace peace and peaceful coexistence irrespective of religion or tribe during the holy month.
In a message to Muslims on the commencement of Ramadan, the ACF urged the nation’s leaders to demonstrate love, fairness and equity in all their dealings while the followers should also pray for God’s guidance to our leaders.
The message signed by the Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Mohammed Ibrahim, said the month of Ramadan is not only meant for Muslims to abstain from food and drink, but to reflect and devote themselves to the teachings of the Holy Quran.
The statement reads “the holy month of Ramadan has commenced in which Muslims all over the world keep fast abstaining from eating, drinking, sexual pleasure and other unlawful activities as decreed by Almighty Allah.

400 suspects freed in Abia

After a two-week investigation, about 400 Boko Haram suspects detained in Abia State have been released by the State Security Service (SSS).
It was learnt that the 400 suspects had no case to answer, but a few of them will still be subjected to security screening.
Jigawa and Kano states confirmed yesterday that 254 of the over 400 had returned home.
The SSS was said to be interacting with a few who the agency may trace to their states to ascertain that they have legitimate means of livelihood.
But the military was silent on the suspected Boko Haram kingpin, who was allegedly found among the suspects.
According to military sources, all the suspects have been released from the detention facility of the 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army.
Said a source: “After interrogation, these suspects were handed over to the SSS. More than 400 of them have been released after documentation.
“A few of them are still interacting with the SSS. The agency will only trace the villages or towns where these few come from to ascertain their claims.”
Another source said: “So far, most of these suspects have no issues but the SSS is still trying to tidy up a few things.

Troops destroy 80 sect’s camps

About 80 camps belonging to Boko Haram have been destroyed by the military since the imposition of emergency rule on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Many of the camps were in Borno State which has been the hotbed of the insurgency.
Also, an intelligence report at the disposal of the security revealed that the recent attacks on Kano, Abuja and Kaduna may have been preemptive to avert an impending massive raid of Sambisa Forest by troops.
The preemptive clue is a major factor the military has been dissecting since Wednesday’s explosion at EMAB Plaza in Abuja. No fewer than 23 people die in that attack.
A top military source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent on plans to curtail insurgency, said most of the vehicles used for bombing were snatched.
The source said: “According to our records, troops have destroyed over 80 camps of the insurgents spread across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
“These destroyed camps were well-established, like military bases with electricity supply and appliances, including freezers and internet access.

Beat France, Make History – Maigari Begs Eagles


Nigeria Football Federation president, Aminu Maigari has pleaded with the Super Eagles to beat France today and make history as the first Nigerian squad to do so in the World Cup. He said as African champions, they possess the quality to humble France out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“We are not done yet. I can tell you that the Super Eagles will overcome France on Monday and that will be another glorious record,” he said.
Maigari said qualification to the second round is no fluke and a defeat to France will mean a first–ever World Cup quarter–final for the world’s most populous black nation. “I have confidence that we will beat France. If you have followed our campaign well, you would notice that we have improved match after match. We came close to upsetting Argentina in Porto Alegre. We do not fear France,” Maigari told the press at Guarulhos Airport.

…As First Lady canvasses support for husband

Wife of Osun State Gover­nor and Initiator of Sheri Care Foundation, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola has called on women and children in the state to support the re-election of her husband.
Speaking while hosting Miss Zainab Ola­wale, a 12 year old student of Government Unity School, Osogbo, who emerged the winner of Spelling Bee competition at the Government House, Osogbo, Mrs. Aregbe­sola urged parents to give maximum support to Aregbesola in his desire to rule the state for a second term.
She assured that her husband would continue with the laudable programmes of his government which she said cut across all strata of the economy in his second term in office, just as she disclosed that the present administration in the state would identify tal­ented students in all the public primary and secondary schools in the state, with a view to promoting their talents to the outside world.
Mrs. Aregbesola who stated that the state is blessed with brilliant people, said efforts are on to identify brilliant but indigent students in all the public schools in the state with a view to assisting them fulfill their destinies in life.
She said the present administration in the state was determined to give adequate educa­tional training to all the children in the state, regardless of political or religious affiliation of their parents.
The First Lady also noted that the efforts of the state government on the new educa­tion policies have started yielding good results with the outstanding performances of the students at both local and international competitions.
She reminded that the students in the state have been trained on how to tackle chal­lenges as they arise, hence their excellent performances at various competitions.

Nigeria In Make Or Mar Match Against France

The Super Eagles will seek to make history by reaching record set by other African teams at the FIFA World Cup when the team clashes with France today in Brasilia in a must-win to progress tie.
Eagles will be banking on Turkey based Emmanuel Emenike to trouble the defence line of France, with Ahmed Musa and Osaze Odemwingie as top strikers the African champions will also be relying on.
Nigeria’s defenders, Joseph Yobo and Omeruo will be keeping the desperate France goal poachers Pogba, Kocielny and Maituidi at bay in a match that Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is expected to play a crucial role.
Ahead of the match, media officer of the Super Eagles informed that the mood of the players in camp is good.
This is coming on the heels of bonus rows that rocked the camp.
LEADERSHIP Sports gathered however, that the Minister of Sports Tammy Danagogo arrived Brazil yesterday with cash to settle the bonus rows.
Many Nigerians would be looking forward to seeing the Eagles do the nation proud and advance to the quarter-final.

Ibadan Flood Claims 15 Lives

No fewer than 15 people lost their lives in a flood while property worth several millions of naira were destroyed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Ten lives were said to have been lost at Apete area of the city due to the sudden collapse of make-shift bridge which people in the area have been using since.
And following the deaths recorded at Apete bridge, angry youths yesterday attacked and vandalized the work station of the contractor handling construction of the Ijokodo-Apete road and the bridge linking the two communities, destroying equipment and property at the station.
It was gathered that a white garment church (C&S) and some buildings built few metres away from the river bank were submerged, resulting in the loss of property while five people including three children of a woman said to be under spiritual refuge in that church were taken away by the flood.
On Apete’s incident, the victims were said to be part of the huge crowd that fell over the make-shift bridge after the rain.

UniAbuja VC: Adelabu Bows Out Today

The tenure of the vice chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor James Sunday Adelabu ends today after a five-year sojourn in the almost 30-year-old institution.
In his valedictory speech to newsmen in Abuja after a tour of his projects within the permanent site of the institution, Adelabu clarified issues about the N3billion contract allegedly awarded in the twilight of his administration.
He said, “How can I award a contract like that given the fact that the NEEDS assessment is involved for which tendering and opening of bid was done? It was not even by the university but by a consortium.
“The award of the contract had taken a normal process for which Council was to meet. They didn’t want me to award contracts as VC”.

How I phoned my father from Sambisa – Escapee schoolgirl


One of the 57 escapee Chibok schoolgirls that made it back from Sambisa Forest after Boko Haram abducted over 200 others on April 14, said she was able to make a phone call to her father before fleeing from their abductors.
The girl, who spoke to LEADERSHIP on phone from Chibok yesterday, said while they were all asked to surrender their phones to their abductors, she summoned courage to hide hers inside her undies.
The 21- year-old girl, whose name could not be mentioned as demanded by her relatives before she agreed to speak to LEADERSHIP, said “Something told me to quickly hide my phone when they were taking us away, when some of them were ordering that we had to surrender all our phones.
“I secretly put off the phone and put it inside my bra. I resisted all attempts to put it on when they were taking us away in the truck; even when they had to change us to another vehicle when the first truck got broken down, I refused to bring out the phone until we finally got to Sambisa Forest.”
According to the girl, she kept the phone hidden all through the first day, until the next day that she had to secretly bring it out and then put it on to see if there could be network in the area.

NUPENG Threatens Strike Over Sack Of 154 Members By Chevron

Fresh crisis is imminent in the nation’s oil industry as the National Union of Petroluem and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), on Saturday, served a notice of strike over the sack of its members by Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL).
Already, the oil workers’ union had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the management of CNL to recall the sacked members. The union threatened to embark on strike at the end of the deadline.
The union said the strike would start in five states, Delta, Edo, Ondo, Kogi and Ekiti, before it spreads to the rest of the country.
NUPENG’s Warri Zonal Chairman, Cogent Ojobor, told newsmen at the end of a cruial meeting of the union in Warri, Delta State, on Saturday, that 154 members of the association have been “unjustifiably disengaged by the management of Chevron.”
He accused the management of the oil company of undue harassment of its members, adding that the deadline would expire on July 7.

Why Nigerians leaders fail –University don

A lecturer at the University of Ado Ekiti, Prof. Musa Abdulraheem has said that Nigerian leaders failed in their duties and responsibilities partly due to lack of vision and courage to face the challenges and frustration of the citizens which in turn led to further alienation from government. He was speaking yesterday in Abuja at the 9th Annual Ramadan lecture of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) with a theme: Peace and Leadership: The Missing Link.
He said the assumption that political leadership as a resultant effect of good leadership should bring about peace is deficient as leadership bereft of supportive followership cannot be effective and that the history of Islam and the success of Prophet Muhammad included the various supports he enjoyed from the Mecca Migrants and the Medina hosts.
“It is not even enough to have leadership and followership for the sake of it. There must be collaboration, unity of purpose and commitment to the cause of nation between leadership and followership before peace can be guarantee. “To make this possible, people on both sides should be prepared to make sacrifices and concessions. There should be mutual understanding and support among the constituent groups divided along religious, ethnic, political and other lines,” he said.
He said “the wanton destruction of innocent lives and property under the pretext of religion is evidently as a result of the failure of leadership and followership,” saying  “These challenges and many others have created a disconnect between citizens and those in authority.”

Use Centennary Funds To Solve Power Deficit, Legislator Tells FG

A legislator in the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Ikorodu constituency 1, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, has advised federal government to divert the money earmarked to build the proposed centenary new city to solve the electricity deficit in the country.
He made this call at the weekend during a programme organised by the House correspondents tagged ‘Time Out’.
According to him, “It is significant that Nigeria is 100 years and I don’t think the idea of building new centenary city is wrong but there are contending issues such as epileptic power supply amongst others.
“The best gift government can give to people during the celebration is to put an end to problem of power which is the major predicament of Nigeria.”
Agunbiade, who is also the chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions, attributed the high unemployment and folding of companies in the country to the problem of insufficient power.

Desist From Building Houses On Drains, Lagos Tells Residents

Lagos State Government has warned those building on drainage channels to desist forthwith or face serious consequences.
The state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, who gave this warning while fielding questions from journalists at the weekend in Lagos, added that the state government would no longer tolerate acts that tend to frustrate government’s efforts aimed at solving the problem of flooding in the state.
Bello who harped flood control mechanism of the government said: “It is not for us as a government to say that there will not be flood disaster again. I never said that. I was misquoted. Flood can occur anytime.
“Erosion problem and indiscriminate erection of structure on drainage channels could cause flooding in the state. Flooding is unpredictable. It can happen anywhere. But the most important thing we needed to do is to prepare and preempt flooding – what the state government, previous and present, had done. And we will continue to do it. We cannot boast of not having flood; all we can do as a government is to prepare and guide against flooding in the state.

Crisis: NASS May Take Over Edo Assembly – Edo Reps

Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus of the House of Representatives, yesterday warned that should the Edo State House of Assembly lawmakers fail to carry out its legislative responsibility, the National Assembly may have no choice but to take over the House.
This is just as the suspended deputy speaker, Hon Festus Ebea, at the weekend insisted that he remains the speaker of the House unless their suspension which he described as illegal is reversed.
The nine PDP lawmakers had last Friday adjourned sitting till today while the 15 APC lawmakers adjourned to Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of the six House of Representatives members from Edo State that made up the caucus, the minority leader, Hon Samson Osagie, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Benin captioned “Let there be Peace and Order”, expressed dismay at the flagrant disobedience to court orders by the PDP lawmakers and called on the law enforcement agents to enforce the court order as regards the crisis rocking Edo Assembly.

Ex-Militants To Jonathan: Contest 2015 Election Or Don’t Return Home

Hundreds of former Niger Delta militants mostly of Ijaw extraction have asked President Goodluck Jonathan to declare his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election or risk being banished forever from Ijaw land.
The ex-militants, who gave the warning under the aegis of Ex-militant Phase 3 Leaders of Federal Government Amnesty Programme, said they were angered following what they described as “provocative and unwarranted comments” by politicians to intimidate their kinsman and hinder him from contesting the 2015 presidential election.
In a resolution reached after a meeting held in Benin City, the Edo State capital, signed by its chairman and speaker, Godstime Ogidigba and Peter Edah respectively, they also called on all Nigerians to join hands with the federal government in its effort to bring to an end the activities of the Boko Haram sect which have continued to claim the lives of Nigerians.

Aftermath Of Fire At ExxonMobil's Terminal: Oil Spill Pollutes Atlantic

caption: ExxonMobil

By SaharaReporters, New York
A significant oil spill has been polluting the Atlantic coastline near Ibeno in southern Akwa Ibom State since Saturday, residents of the area have informed SaharaReporters. Our sources disclosed that the major spillage of crude oil came from ExxonMobil's operations in the area. Last Friday, some crude stored at the company’s tank farm was burned off in a fire that ExxonMobil blamed on lightning.
The company’s terse statement had claimed that no crude was discharged, but residents of the area asserted that there was growing evidence of leaked crude on the Ibeno shoreline. Some community leaders accused the firm of issuing a denial about a spill in order to evade possible liabilities. They added that the massive oil spill affected several coastal communities.

OAU Student Leaders Accuse Management of High-Handed Tactics

caption: Cross section OAU Students' Union Government leaders and Women Arise leader, Joe Okei-Odumakin

Student leaders at the Obafemi Awolowo University have accused the institution's management of being ‘high-handed’ in the manner with which it increased their tuition by over 350%.
The students faulted the hike, during their press conference in Lagos on Sunday, with proof that the management lacked the ground for the decision. They also dismissed as total falsehood, claims by the University management that the students acted violently in their recent demonstrations.
Anchored by their President, Comrade Ibikunle Isaac, the union leaders said they have now fled their campus to hang about, due to threats of deadly attack on them by cult members suspected to be sponsored by the University management.

Akwa Ibom: Ex-Militants Go After Fraudulent NDDC Contractors

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Repentant leaders of militant camps in the Niger Delta region, who accepted the federal government’s Amnesty Programme, have moved against contractors who collected money for projects under the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), but either failed to execute them according to specifications or abandoned the projects completely.
The former militants under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace, and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) met in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, where they reviewed cases of abandoned NDDC projects and decided to constitute themselves into a monitoring team to call the contractors to order.
Speaking during the meeting, LPCDI president general, Reuben Wilson, said the former freedom fighters decided to take the step because the contractors were running down the NDDC, thereby denying the Niger Delta people the right to enjoy the development initiatives of the federal government.
Wilson stated that with the new movement, all contractors who failed to execute NDDC jobs should get ready to make refunds or return to site to do the proper thing.
He said; “The same way we were able to fight the federal government and forced them to remember the Niger Delta, that same way, we will go after fraudulent NDDC contractors and force them to execute every job faithfully. We will not use guns because we have surrendered them. But we will devise our own way of peacefully compelling all NDDC contractors to do what is right”.

FG urges Nigerians to install security cameras in homes, offices

The Federal Government has advised Nigerians to install Closed Circuit Television, (CCTV) in their homes and offices as one of the ways out of the lingering insecurity in the country. Coordinator of the National Briefing Centre Mike Omeri who gave the advice  said the persistent bomb attacks in parts of the country was a wakeup call to Nigerians to be more vigilant and security conscious.
He said the CCTV on the Banex Street in Wuse 2 where the last Wednesday’s bomb blast occurred was still functioning.
“The activities of the insurgents that is now targeted at some major cities in the country is a wakeup call on all of us to be more vigilant and watchful of our environment and to resolve more than ever before to stand and unite as a people to end insurgency in the country,” Omeri said. 
Omeri also said that the Federal Government has noted attempts by some persons working to demoralise the security agencies particularly the military personnel involved in the fight against insurgency in the North East.
He said, “While we do not want to go into details of operations currently taking place, it is advised that the practice in which some persons just bandied figures of casualties on either the side of the military or insurgents should be discouraged and checked.”

Why Nigerian Youths Join Boko Boko Haram – Report

A report by the United States Institute of Peace has given reasons why the Boko Haram terrorist group has been able to recruit many Nigerian youths.
The report made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday draws extensively from a larger study to examine youth radicalization and insurgent affiliation in Nigeria.
According to the report, unemployment, illiteracy, and weak family structures make or contribute to making young men vulnerable to radicalization while itinerant preachers capitalize on the situation by preaching an extreme version of religious teachings and conveying a narrative of the government as weak and corrupt.
The report further states that armed groups such as Boko Haram can then recruit and train these young people for activities ranging from errand running to suicide bombings.

Boko Haram Others, Serious Threat To The World – Obama

United States president Barack Obama on Sunday morning said that Boko Haram and other terrorist groups were putting the United States and the entire world under a very serious threat.
Speaking in Washington, DC, President Obama added that the United States had been seriously threatened by these various terrorist organizations for his entire time in office and even since before the September 11, 2001, attacks which involved the late leader of the al-qaeda, Mr Osama bin Laden.
He also made it known that his administration would do all it could to ensure that all the terrorist groups across the world were decisively fought till the world is free from terrorism.
The American leader pressed further that the terrorists were gaining strength in some places, adding that his administration was trying to boost its response to terrorists trained in Iraq and Syria who, because of European passports, would have little trouble getting to the United States.
He stated: “We’re spending a lot of time, and we have been for years, making sure that we are improving intelligence so that we can respond to that. There are going to be times where we take strikes against organizations that could do us harm.”
However, the United States has scaled back its surveillance flights in the search for nearly 300 girls kidnapped earlier this year by Islamic extremists in Nigeria.
According to a statement obtained by our correspondent from the US Department of Defense, flights are now being conducted on an intermittent basis as other nations have increased their support and additional intelligence has been gathered.

Three killed in Bayelsa militants’ clash

Militants are regrouping in the creeks of the Niger Delta, especially in the mangrove forest of Bayelsa State, it was learnt yesterday.
There are supremacy battles and scrambling for operational territories among leaders of the emerging militant groups.
It was gathered that the scrambling triggered a bloody clash between two groups operating at the Gbarain area of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
A security source said members of the groups engaged  in a fierce battle that lasted for many hours.
Assorted weapons, including AK47 rifles, were reportedly used in the ‘warfare’, which unsettled communities around the area.
Gunshots were said to have created panic among residents, who fled the area temporarily.
After the battle, three militants were reportedly killed by the rival camp.
“The leader of one of the camps is very notorious. He is known in the creeks but we are keeping his name under wraps. It was a fierce battle caused by sharing of territory.

Why I marked birthday with blind students, by Fashola

LAGOS State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), accompanied by his wife, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, on Saturday commemorated his 51st birthday with a visit to the School for the Blind, Oshodi.
With the visit, the governor has kept faith with his tradition of commemorating his birthday since assumption of office with the less-privileged.
Fashola, according to his Special Adviser (Media) Hakeem Bello, said the visit represents very sobering moments for him and an opportunity to say thank you by adding value to the pupils’ lives.
Addressing the members of the Board of Trustees, management staff and students, he said his experience last year with some of the students were constant reminders to him of how unappreciative fully sighted people can be.
He recalled his experience with two of the students he met last year. One was a law graduate who had to defer her admission to the Law School because she suddenly lost her sight and the other was a young business entrepreneur, who had to learn adaptive ways to run his business without his sight.
The governor added that the experience of the two people also speaks of how easily the fully sighted people often take their positive situation for granted and the fact that it disconnects them from those who have lost it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Journalists arrested, dumped to border town

Five journalists covering the Ekiti governorship election were on Saturday arrested by security men for alleged illegal coverage of the election.
The journalists are – Jadesola Ajibola of Inspiration FM, Toyin Yusuf, Oyetunji Ojo, Akin Ogunsola, and Aremu Awolola reporter and crew members of the Osun State Broadcasting Cooperation (OSBC).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the journalists were arrested at Ifaki Ekiti area at about 11. 15am by a team of armed mobile policemen.
One of the journalists, Ajibola told NAN on telephone that they were picked up by the policemen, numbering over 50 and dropped at Kwara boundary.
The Inspiration FM correspondent said the police team led by one Mopol Commander Patrick handed them over to one G.B Seleke another Mopol man who escorted them with a warning not to return to Ekiti.
“The Mopol Commander told us that we had no business being in Ekiti despite our protests that we are accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission to cover the election.
“We showed them our press election duty and the INEC accreditation but they were not bothered by it,” she said.
“The INEC Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin, accredited us for the coverage since Thursday, June 19th, 2014,”Ajibola stated.
She, however, said that they were not assaulted by the ‎policemen.

Student, Victim Of Attack, Repatriated After 2 years In Coma In India

A 24-year-old Burundian student, Yannick Nihangaza, studying at the University of Lovely Professional, in the State of Punjab, has been repatriated to his country.
The repatriation came after the student had been in coma for the past two years, according to official sources.
Nihangaza went into coma after being physically assaulted by a gang of nine young “racist’’ Indians on April 21, 2012, the sources said on Saturday.
A statement issued by the Burundian Ministry of Foreign Relations and International Cooperation, said that Nihangaza’s repatriation was financed by the Indian Government.
Hospital sources said Nihangaza is under surveillance in a hospital in Bujumbura, although his state of health is vegetative.
The Indian government will also take charge of the medical bill, the sources indicated, adding that seven out of the nine assailants had been arrested by police.
According to report they have been tried and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, in addition to a fine of more than 8,000 dollars each. (PANA/NAN)

Minister Says Ekiti Election Will Reflect People’s Wish


The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, on Saturday in Osogbo said the election in Ekiti would be a true reflection of the people’s wish.
He told newsmen that: “Gone are the days of bogus election results; gone are the days of using thugs to unleash terror on the people
“The Ekiti election is all about one-man one-vote; this is the only way to guarantee democracy.
“The Nigeria Police will not allow impostors and electoral thugs.”
The minister warned that electoral offenders would be prosecuted, adding that the duty of the security operatives was to ensure the safety of lives and property.

Briton Returns Artefacts Taken From Edo State

A Briton has returned artefacts taken from the Benin Kingdom, the capital city of Edo State in Nigeria’s south-south.
The custodian of the looted Benin Artefact, Dr Adrain Mark-Walker, told Channels Television that the artefacts returned on Friday, were taken by his grand-father, Captain Walker who was a young captain when he came to Benin, as part of the 1897 “so called punitive expedition”.
“The punitive expedition, as most people know, destroyed Benin that year and they found in the city, very many bronzes and ivory artefacts and most of them were taken by the admiralty to defray the cost of the expedition and so, that is how they have found their way to the museums all over the world. Some were allowed to be kept by the officers and I remember seeing some objects in my grand-mother’s house and I was told they were from Benin,” he said.
He said that his ground father had kept a diary describing every day of the actions from the day he left Liverpool to the day he returned.

Boko Haram Militants Continue Killing Spree Around Chibok

By Saharareporters, New York
Boko Haram militants have continued its killing spree of villagers and vigilantes around Chibok town, according to local officials. The militants arrived the village of Kwaranglum as early as 7AM Nigeria time burning, looting and shooting villagers indiscriminately. Several villagers ran into the bush but were chased with motorbikes by the militants.
An unspecified number of people have been killed as security agents are nowhere to be found around the area.
 A councilor in Chibok, Samuel Gali, told Saharareporters that after killing and injuring several villagers in Kwaranglum, the militants moved to a nearby village of Ntsiha to continue the mayhem.
The two villages under attack are about 14 kilometers from Chibok town. The residents of Chibok are panicky, as a result, of the attacks as rumors spread that the town would come under attack from Boko Haram militants. Chibok township brought global attention to Boko Haram impunity in

Governor Oshiomhole Says Weeding Away ‘Godfatherism’ Is Greatest Landmark

Adams Oshiomhole

The governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole says his greatest landmark in Edo State is the “weeding away of godfatherism”, which he said had led to the imposition of candidates on the people of the state before his tenure.
Governor Oshiomhole, on Saturday, recounted achievements made by his administration while answering questions on Edo politics and other related political issues, including the grounding of a helicopter that he was to travel to Ekiti State with for the political campaign of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
On the grounding of the helicopter the governor said he was not allowed to attend the rally by security personnel who told him that there was an instruction from above to stop him from travelling to Ekiti State.

Super Eagles’ Coach Keshi Optimistic Of Defeating Bosnia


The coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has expressed optimism that the Nigerian team will defeat Bosnia-Herzegovina in the second group game that will be played on Saturday.
It has been described by football enthusiasts as redemption time for the Super Eagles of Nigeria who failed to secure a win against Iran.
In the Saturday match, the Eagles aim to get off the mark against Bosnia in a crucial Group F game at the Arena Pantanal.
Coach Keshi admitted that the opening game display against Iran was disappointing for Nigerians, and has vowed that his team would be going all out to get the required result against the eastern Europeans.

Ekiti Election: APC Says Military Has Detained Two Of Its Leaders

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed concerns over the role of the military in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, following the arrest of the party’s leaders by soldiers on the eve of the election.
In a statement, Saturday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said armed soldiers arrested the Director-General of the Fayemi Campaign Organization, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, and the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Kolawole, on the eve of the poll.
It said both men were arrested in their country homes in Ire and Iloro respectively and whisked to an unknown destination.
“The role being played by the military in the Ekiti elections gives reason for concern, because an institution that is supposed to unite Nigerians has descended into the area of partisan politics and it is now seriously undermining democracy”, APC said.

I’ll Accept Outcome Of Ekiti Poll, Says Fayose

The governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Saturday said he would  accept the out come of the election “whichever way it goes.”
Fayose  made the declaration after casting his vote at Unit 001 Polling Unit, St.  David Primary School, Afao-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
“I have campaigned enough, I did all that was necessary in this election; I know my people love me…but I will leave my fate to God,” Fayose said.
Also speaking to NAN, the Bishop of  Ekiti Diocese, Most  Rev. Phillip Ajakaiye, urged voters in the state to  sustain the peaceful conduct of the governorship election.
Ajakaiye, who was accredited at  Ward  9, unit 8 in  Ado-Ekiti , gave the advice in an  interview with  NAN  on Saturday.
He said that he was amazed at the large  turn out of  voters for the exercise, saying the  development would boost democracy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Charles Taylor pleads to serve jail term in Rwanda

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor says his imprisonment in Britain breaches his human rights and has applied to serve the rest of his jail term for war crimes in Rwanda, his lawyer said Thursday.
Taylor was jailed for 50 years in 2012 on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity over acts committed by Sierra Leonean rebels he aided and abetted during the brutal 1991-2001 civil war.
He was the first former head of state to be jailed by an international court — the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague — since the Nazi trials at Nuremberg in Germany after World War II.

Proposal to ‘ban high heels’ in Russia causes uproar

Russian women may soon undergo a dramatic makeover if a Kremlin-friendly lawmaker has his way and pushes through a ban on a fashion item they perhaps cherish the most: high heels.
Oleg Mikheyev, a lawmaker with pro-Kremlin A Just Russia party, says vertiginous heels as well as trainers, ballet flats and men’s loafers are bad for people’s health and it’s time to do something about it.
Mikheyev has sent a proposal to the Customs Union which also includes ex-Soviet Belarus and Kazakhstan, suggesting that the Moscow-led group introduce official standards stipulating the height of heels.

Emefiele reassigns CBN chiefs

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele yesterday reassigned three deputy governors.
A statement signed by Isaac A. Okorafor on behalf of the Director, Corporate Communications, said Alhaji Suleiman Barau, Deputy Governor, Corporate Services Directorate, has been moved to the Operations Directorate.
Deputy Governor (Operations) Kingsley Moghalu, reassigned to the Financial Systems Stability (FSS) Directorate. Mr. Adebayo Adelabu who was in charge of Financial Systems Stability (FSS) is now to head the Corporate Services Directorate.  Former Acting Governor Dr. Sarah Alade, retains her portfolio as Deputy Governor, Economic Policy Directorate.
The statement said the redeployments were in line with Emefiele’s vision of entrenching a more professional and people-focused central bank.
These redeployments, the statement said will take effect from June 23 and “are expected to contribute to the Bank’s vision of being the Model Central Bank delivering Price and Financial System Stability and promoting sustainable Economic Development.”
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Eagles to get $5000

In a sustained effort boost their morale and drive the Super Eagles to victory, Guinness Nigeria PLC, makers’ of Nigeria’s number one premium brand, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, has declared an increase in the dollar reward per goal offered to Super Eagles in the group stages from original $2,000  to $5,000 dollars, thus further demonstrating its position as the number one supporter of the Super Eagles and by providing innovative ways for millions of Nigerian fans to show their support for the

Okonjo-Iweala, Gordon Brown Visit Destroyed Borno Schools, Promise Support

Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala yesterday paid a historic visit to Maiduguri, Borno State capital, alongside a team of representatives of the former British Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown.
Okonjo-Iweala and Brown’s representatives were in the troubled state capital to inspect schools affected by the Boko Haram insurgency with a view to launching the Safe Schools Initiative which would be backed by the federal government of Nigeria and Gordon Brown who is the UN Special Envoy on Education.
The finance minister, who was visiting the state for the first time ever, arrived in Maiduguri at about 10am on a chattered aircraft together with the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima and two members of Gordon Brown’s team, as well as the director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Sani Sidi.

Spain’s new king sworn in

Spain’s new king, Felipe VI, has been proclaimed head of state in a ceremony in parliament, the BBC reports.
Earlier, King Felipe received the royal sash from his father, Juan Carlos, at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid.
He acceded to the throne at the stroke of midnight after Juan Carlos formally abdicated on Wednesday.
The BBC says the ceremonies have been kept low key, at a time when many in Spain are suffering economic hardship.
The ceremony takes the form of a proclamation rather than a coronation. It is the first royal transition in Spain since democracy was restored in the 1970s.

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Oyo Declare 7 Days Mourning For Arisekola Alao

The Oyo State Government has declared seven days of mourning following the death of Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao in the UK on Wednesday.
Dr Festus Adedayo, the Senior Special Adviser on Media to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, made the disclosure late night on Wednesday in Ibadan.
He said “the Oyo State Government has declared seven days mourning for the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao.

Life on Mars: Billionaire inventor vows to put Man on Red Planet by 2026

Electrocar and rocket tycoon Elon Musk says he’ll put the first human beings on Mars well before the 2020s are finished – and also promised to float his SpaceX firm on Earth stock exchanges once the interplanetary mission gets underway.
“I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur,” he told CNBC. “But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multi-planetary.”

APC Rally: Amaechi, Oshiomhole, Kwankwaso Denied Entry Into Ekiti

The Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has been held hostage by security agents in Odudu, Ondo State.
The Governor was said to have left Port Harcourt on Thursday morning for Ekiti to join the APC rally before the governorship elections.
The Governor was heading to Akure where his aircraft was parked but was rounded by soldiers and security personnel, who denied him entry into Ekiti, claiming they had orders to do so.
Meanwhile, the mega rally for the All Progressives Congress candidate, Governor Kayode Fayemi, at the governorship elections coming up in the state on Saturday had started in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Court Stops Diezani’s Probe

A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Thursday stopped House of Representatives from probing the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We Are Ready To Crush Bosnia - Vincent Enyeama

Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, stated that opening matches are always difficult, but Super Eagles are ready to crush Bosnia during their next game.
According to Vincent Enyeama, he is battle ready for Bosnia declaring that he will do everything possible to keep a clean slate.
Enyeama who received a lot of accolade for making a brilliant 80th minute during Iran vs Nigeria match added that the next game against Bosnia would decide the fate of the country.

Ibadan Businessman, Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao, Dies In Switzerland

Abdulazeez Arisekola Alao, a notable Nigerian businessman passed away at a hospital in Switzerland on June 17, 2014 at the age of 69.
An unnamed family source later revealed that Mr. Alao has lost his battle with colon cancer. The remains of the deceased businessman will arrive to Nigeria for burial as early as tomorrow in keeping with Muslim rites.
Arisekola bears the title of Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland. He is known for his causes in support of Islam in Ibadan and his close ties to many of the city's traditional and religious elites and to various other Yoruba Muslim leaders.

Student detonates bomb in school

Government Day Secondary School in Jambutu Ward, Yola, the Adamawa State capital, was thrown into pandemonium yesterday as students, staff and residents took to their heels following a detonation of a locally Improvised Explosive Device (IED) by a student.
Eyewitnesses said that the Senior Secondary School II student diffused the explosive while the lessons were in session at about 4pm, causing a number of his colleagues and teachers to flee for safety.
A female teacher,who doesn’t want to be named, said the teachers had to abandon students and their lessons to save their lives, while the students hurriedly left the school.
Efforts made by Daily Sun to ascertain the true position of the incident from the police command’s spokesman, DSP Othman Abubakar, were fruitless as he could not be reached on phone. He was said to be engaged in an official assignment elsewhere in the state.

Police demolish kidnappers’ den in Anambra

The Anambra State Police Command had a very busy day yesterday as it demolished two buildings belonging to alleged kidnap suspects in Ogidi, Idemili North local government and Ojoto South Local Government of the state.It also paraded 17 suspects involved in kidnapping, armed robbery, hijacking of goods and girls involved in faking vehicle plate numbers and licences.
The State Police Commissioner, Usman Gwary, led the squad for the demolition operation along with the commander of the state Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), James Nwafor.
Though the kidnap suspects’ were still at large, their kinsmen went wild in jubilation yesterday as the buildings were reduced to debris.
Addressing newsmen at Ogidi during the operation, Gwary said: “This place is conducive for all sorts of crimes which is a four bed room flat, the suspects have kept about 14 kidnap victims while they have earned over N100 million through their victims.
“This house has been used for such purpose and in line with the provisions of the law of Anambra State, the governor, Willie Obiano, has revoked the certificate of occupancy and has equally ordered for its demolition. Any building used for any form of crime or built with the proceeds of crime in the state must be demolished.”

Commercial sex worker stabs soldier to death

Tragedy struck in the early hours of yesterday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital,  when a soldier attached to the Joint Military Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield, was allegedly stabbed to death by a commercial sex worker following a disagreement over money.
The suspect described as an indigene of Edo State, was said to have stabbed the soldier twice in the stomach inside her room located at Hospital Road, Yenagoa.
Checks indicated that after a sex romp till about 4a.m., there was an argument over the fee for  the “services” rendered.
The victim was said to have refused to pay because he considered the fee too high and a brawl ensued, during which the suspect  reached for a knife and stabbed the soldier in the stomach as he attempted to leave the room.
His scream was said to have attracted people, who later found him in a pool of his blood inside the  woman’s room and rushed him to an undisclosed hospital, where he later died.
Already, most of the commercial sex workers in the area were said to have temporarily relocated, for  fear of reprisal attack by soldiers.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hilary Opara confirmed that the, “culprit has been arrested and facing investigation.”
He, however, said the police did not receive any report on the death of the soldier at the hospital because he was being treated.

Most wanted terror kingpin arrested

• DHQ unveils preliminary report on Aba suspects
…As soldiers comb Abia, Rivers communities
Twenty-four hours after soldiers made public the arrest of  486 Boko Haram suspects in Abia State, Defence Headquarters  (DHQ) yesterday revealed that one of the most wanted terror kingpins was among those being held.
This is coming at a time when organisations have called for tighter security in the South-East, especially with the discovery of two bombs in a church in Owerri.
Soldiers attached to the 144 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, in Asa, near Aba, Abia State, had intercepted 35 buses loaded with suspected insurgents and heading for Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Sunday. Two of the buses, also conveying some suspects and in the convoy, escaped.
In a statement by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director, Defence Information, the Defence Headquarters stated that a terror kingpin on the list of wanted terrorists, whose name was not revealed, was detected during the screening of the suspects arrested in Aba.

Emir Sanusi: If I were Jonathan

If you asked me what happened behind closed doors in Kano to culminate in the emergence of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Emir, I would give one simple answer: APC 1: PDP 0 (even though I’m tempted to rate that goal as a tree pointer).
I would also tell you that the presidency (and, by extension, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party) was again outsmarted and given a bloody nose. I would tell you that the ruling party has again shown its total lack of intellectual depth, political finesse and long-term planning – preferring, instead, to rely on bullying, living for the moment and playing reactive, rather than proactive, politics.
How do I mean? We might know very little about Kano, but we know enough to understand that if Kano people did not really want Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, not all the policemen and soldiers in Nigeria (let alone, one governor) can foist him on Kano.  The protest that such an imposition would have engendered would not be that of a handful of people running around one or two road junctions with leaves and tree branches – if you get my drift.

Viewing Centre: 7 Killed, 40 Injured In Yobe Bomb Blast

Second Nyanya Bomb Blast
A bomb blast yesterday rocked a viewing centre in Nayinawa ward of Damaturu, Yobe State capital, where followers of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 were watching Brazil and Mexico match, killing seven while 40 others were injured.
A resident of the area told LEADERSHIP last night that the incident occurred around 8:40pm during the first half of the match, although details of the attack were sketchy as at the time of filing this report.
The state police command was yet to confirm the incident, but efforts made to reach the state police commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe, for his comment proved abortive.

Nigeria Goes Cashless Come July 1

When the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) initiated the cashless policy, many had their doubts about its success. However, the success of the pilot stage, which kicked off in Lagos and spread to six other states, has made it imperative that it be spread to other parts of the country.
The success of the policy, which is expected to go live nationwide in a couple of weeks, precisely July 1, 2014, can be measured through data on the use of electronic banking channels as recently released by the CBN in its Financial Stability Report (FSR) for the first six months of last year.
The increased volume and value of transactions on these e-banking channels are indications that the project is on course despite initial fears that it would be hampered by operational hiccups and the political whirlwind that had caused many similar beneficial policies to crash in the past.
Data from the FSR have shown that a total of N80.35 trillion passed through the e-banking channels during the first half of 2013 in 188.09 million transactions. Mobile payment system, which is yet to be very popular and reach its optimum use, recorded the most improvement with 258.6 and 103 per cent increase in volume and value of transactions done on the channel when compared with what was done in the first half of 2012.
The volume and value of mobile payments increased during the review period to 5,982 million and N51.79 billion from 1,668 million and N25.50 billion in the second half of 2012. The apex bank attributed the significant rise to the number of mobile payment operators as well as improved public awareness in the use of mobile banking services.

How MI, Flavour, Other Glo Ambassadors Teamed Up For Eagles

As the 2014 World Cup gets hotter in Brazil, Nigeria’s leading musicians will, courtesy of Globacom, be singing for the triumph of the Super Eagles at the soccer fiesta.
Gifted rapper MI, “Ada Ada” crooner Flavour, Omawumi, Waje, Wande Coal, Naeto C, Chee the Voice and Ego, who are all Glo ambassadors, were assembled by the company to produce three theme songs to mobilise support for the Nigerian team and fire the players to victory at the mundial.
The songs are Power to Win, powerfully delivered by Flavour and MI; Raise Your Voice, anchored by the Glo All Stars, as well as a medley of popular Nigerian Supporters’ Club chants which Nigerians are enthusiastically downloading as ring back tunes.
The refrain no lele, no yawa in the Raise Your Voice song which in popular Nigerian Pidgin English means “no worries” is resonating with Nigerians who love the re-assuring words in the song. The lyrics says amongst others, that we would raise our flag, we would shine our eyes, we would raise our voice and defend our name. No dulling Naija! Velvety voiced Waje, inimitable Omawumi and sonorous-voiced Chee combined with other A list Glo ambassadors to encourage Nigerians to lend their voices to support Eagles’ World Cup campaign.

My strategy was to frustrate Nigeria –Iran coach

The World Cup has always been a fertile ground for football agents. So it has been at the Brazil 2014. One of the agents, Wollace DeSouza who is a Brazilian based in the United States is already targeting three Super Eagles’ players for possible transfer to clubs in Brazil.
The three players on his radar are  Ejike Uzoenyi, Austin Ejide and Ahmed Musa. The former two did not witness action in the Monday match against Iran. DeSouza, whose call card indicated that he is a licensed player agent with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) said he was in Curitiba primarily to watch the three players.
Only Ahmed Musa was featured in the right flank of the Nigerian attack. He, however, said the main target was Uzoenyi, whom he had been focussing on since the last African Nations Championship in South Africa (CHAN).
“He was really dazzling…”, remarked DeSouza, who wondered why the player was not featured. To him, Uzoenyi would have made the difference in the Nigerian sluggish offensive.
He disclosed that he has the mandates of three Brazilian clubs to scout for quality players, especially from Africa. The clubs are Flamengo based in Rio de Janiero, São Paulo FC and  Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras which is also based in São Paulo.

Lagos CJ Frees 75 Inmates Of Kirikiri Prison

The chief judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, has freed 75 inmates of the Kirikiri Female, Medium and Maximum Prisons in Lagos.
Phillips released the inmates who were awaiting trials during her visit to the detention facilities yesterday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three inmates were released at the maximum facility, while 71 were set free at the medium prison.
Only one inmate was released at the female prison.
In her speech, Phillips admonished the pardoned inmates to “go and sin no more.”
She said the gesture was aimed at reducing congestion at the prisons and release some inmates who had been awaiting trial for many years.
The chief judge, who is to retire on July 25, said that prison congestion was still a big challenge in spite of her efforts to address the problem during her tenure.
“I really don’t know what more I could have done as a person to reduce the number of awaiting trial inmates.

N125bn Fraud: Atuche, Ojo Know Fate Sept 30

A Federal High Court in Lagos will on September 30 decide whether the court can apply the new practice direction issued by the chief judge of the court to the ongoing trial of former managing director of defunct Bank PHB, Francis Atuche and that of Spring Bank Plc MD, Charles Ojo.
The trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu adjourned the matter for ruling after the prosecution and defence counsels adopted their written addresses on the contentious issue.
Atuche and Ojo were both accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of carrying out a N125billion fraud while they were managing the two defunct banks.
The two former bank chiefs are facing a 45-count charge of conspiracy, forgery, uttering and fraud.
They have, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
While adopting his address submission, counsel to the accused persons, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), argued that the practice direction, which was made pursuant to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) is not applicable to the instant case

Can NASS Pass PIB Into Law?

The delay in the passage the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) increasingly gives credence to reports that the Bill might not be passed by the current Assembly. EDEGBE ODEMWINGIE reports that at best, a watered down Bill making it practically impossible to receive presidential assent appears to be in the making.
The long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will potentially end years of uncertainty that has blocked billions of dollars of investment in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector.
In technical terms, licensing rounds, contract renewals and investment have been put on hold for over five years pending the possible of the revolutionary Bill.
The PIB is meant to change everything from fiscal terms to overhauling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) but its comprehensive nature has caused years of disputes between federal lawmakers, oil ministry/presidency and oil majors.
In the House of Representatives, excuses for delay in passing the PIB have come in torrents. The House in a tame response recently stated that a legislation as “important” as the PIB will not be rushed. In another, it claimed that the PIB was at a “technical stage”.

Mikel Obi Undergoes Doping Test

Nigeria and Chelsea of England midfielder, John Obi Mikel was randomly picked for doping test by FIFA after the goalless draw against Iran in which he was also voted FIFA Man Of The Match. Mikel who by many was not spectacular in the game against Iran made several faulty passes and could not connect well in good transition between the midfield and attack. According to him, the opening game for the Super Eagles was a disappointment. “Yes I feel highly disappointed with the outcome of the game. It was a disappointing encounter and all of us are disappointed. As our first game we wanted to win and we clearly had the idea of what to do but it became very difficult to create chances; we tried early goals but they never came so we got frustrated. Iran frustrated all our moves and packed 11 men behind the ball. That match was really frustrating.”
He said the next game against Bosnia is really important for Nigeria and the team. “We have to go back and review what we did against Iran because the next game is really important to us. We will at training correct our mistakes and improve on what we may have done well.
Iran before the game knew what they wanted to do and they did it. In our next game against Bosnia we must create chances and be clinical in the opponent’s goal area.

Eagles Get Full Bonus Despite Draw

The Super Eagles in spite of failing to win their opening Group F match against the Iranian national team may have pocketed a whopping $10,000 as match bonus even though agreement reached between them and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was $5,000.00 for a draw.
A staff of the federation hinted LEADERSHIP Sports that the full payment was to ‘encourage’ and motivate them to pick a win against Bosnia on Saturday as a lot depends on that game the federation thinks. The make or mar game will be played at Cuiaba, a city that is 22hrs by road from Sao Paulo. “The federation and government delegation on ground wants to pay the players full match bonuses of $10,000.00 despite failing to win the game against Iran. Officials believe that will help to further motivate the players to win the game against Bosnia but is against the original plan.” The staff revealed.
“It’s his goal too. He hit the shot, the goalkeeper saved it and the ball fell to me,” explained Peralta, known to his countrymen by the nickname ‘El Hermoso’. “Gio is a player who we all turn to. He helps you a lot out on the pitch.”

Police Storm Hotel Lodging Nigerian Journalists For Drugs Search

Armed Brazilian policemen stormed the Santana Gold Flat, the hotel housing top Nigerian journalists, mostly editors of national newspapers in Nigeria in a secret surveillance move in search of drugs couriers.
The incident happened Sunday night after most Nigerians entered the city of Sao Paulo in readiness for the game against Iran the next day.
The head of the Nigerian top journalists lodging in the hotel, Managing Director of Complete Sports, Mumini Alao when briefed after the policemen left was furious stating that “you would have brought them to me.”
Other top editors in the hotel include, Kunle Solaja of the Sun, Akinloye Oyebanji of NTA, Paul Ogazi of NTA, Tony Ubani of Vanguard, Adekunle Salami of The New Telegraph, Duro Ikhazuagbe of Thisday, Christian Opara of The Guardian, Shaagee Orkula of Daily Trust and this writer.
In a related development, this writer was accosted by South Africa police in January in Johannesburg while on a stroll with a colleague for questioning and identification because according to them he looked like an Igbo man.

Bomb In Church: Police Arrest 5 Foreigners, Nigerian

The Imo State police command yesterday said that it had arrested six suspects who, it however said, have not been linked to the aborted bomb explosion at Living Faith Ministries (better known as Winners Chapel) situated at Owerri, the state capital.
Spokesperson of the police in the state, Andrew Enwerem, who confided in LEADERSHIP, pointed out that the five suspects’ nationanality would not be disclosed to the members of the public in other not to thwart their investigation .
Meanwhile, residents of the state have continued to live in panic as most of them now avoid crowded areas.
Most viewing centres, which usually attract high patronage especially as the FIFA World Cup is ongoing, are shut as residents have decided to watch the matches in their homes even when their is power outage.
Also, the state has witnessed the exodus of some northerners who ply their trade in the state, with the most deserted areas as the Onitsha/Owerri road and the ever busy Mbaise road, which have declined in population since the incident occurred.
LEADERSHIP gathered that their exodus might not be unconnected with the bomb saga in the state, as they are said to be fleeing in anticipation of a backlash by residents of the state.
The state police command has, however, assured every resident of the state of their safety.

51 Fed, State Polys Get N12.4bn Presidential Intervention Fund

In its bid to create youth employment and ensure sustainable development, the federal government has restated its commitment to the pursuit and promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Nigeria with the release of N12.4billion to 51 federal and state polytechnics.
It has also approved the supply of equipment and rehabilitation of the nation’s technical colleges at the sum of N6 billion in addition to the N15 billion already expended to rehabilitate the technical laboratories of 51 polytechnics.
The supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at the May/June Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) International Developing Competent Work-Force for Agriculture and Manufacturing Industries In Africa: The Role of TVET.”
The minister, who was represented by the permanent secretary, Mac-John Nwaobiala, stated that creating employment remains a priority for the government but the first step towards this was ensuring that the youths have the requisite skills to support the industries.

New pay TV firm mulls pay per view subscription

Nigerians may soon have the opportunity to pay only for the television stations of their choice as against the current indiscriminate subscription in pay television, Chief Executive Officer of CONSAT, Mr. Mayokun Okunola has said. Okunola said when competition peaks among pay TV providers; they would have no choice to deploy the Pay Per View (PPV) option as is done in some countries in Europe and America. The CONSAT boss was speaking at the launch of the company’s Pay TV platform in Lagos yesterday. He said CONSAT, a locally owned firm was meant to address Nigerians quest for affordable satellite television.
“As a consequence of (the) digital migration and the lead up to 2015, it is clear that the number of households that require decoder will grow considerably. Currently, there are about two million active subscribers in Nigeria, yet we have in excess of 20 million homes,” he said.
He explained that CONSAT offers MPEG4 digital compression technology broadcasting of over 50 channels with a view to reach over 100 channels by 2015.

Lagos moves against indecent dressing

Deputy-Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adejoke Adefulire, has warned women in the state against indecent dressing, saying henceforth anyone found exposing parts of the body which should rather be covered will be arrested. The deputy governor also advocated life sentence without option of fine for rapists, lamenting that rape cases are on the increase, not only in Lagos but the country as a whole.
Speaking at an event to mark the 2014 International Day of the African Child, Adefulire condemned single and married women who dress indecently, saying their attitude has contributed to the increase in number of rape cases.
The deputy governor added that various forms of abuse such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, forced marriages, kidnapping, rape, abduction, child-trafficking, under-age prostitution, street hawking and denial of education have become rampant in the society.
Adefulire also reiterated the call for rescue of abducted Chibok girls, urging the federal government to do everything possible to ensure that the girls are brought back alive.

Bakassi indigenes allege injustice from Obasanjo

The Bakassi Media Youth Forum (BMYF) has expressed worry over what it termed “swift handover” of Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon by former President Olusegun Obasanjo stressing that Nigerian Citizens in the area are suffering untold hardship.   Addressing journalists at the end of its meeting held yesterday in Abuja, chairman of the forum Mr. Ene Okon said thousands of Nigerians living in the area are now displaced and living as strangers in another land.
“The BMYF feel pained by the ICJ’s ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon and the hurried manner Obasanjo handed over the peoples’ ancestral place of abode to its neighbours without considering their rights and safety.
“BYMC remains grateful to the late Head of State for bringing government closer to the people of Bakassi through the creation of Bakassi local government, even though this legacy has been rubbished by the ceding of the territory to Cameroon whose only interest is in rich mineral resources and not the wellbeing of the natives,” he said.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Why my team had a goaless draw with Iran - Keshi

The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi has revealed why the team, yesterday, June 17 ended up with a goalless draw with Iran in their first match at the on-going FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Stephen Keshi told FIFA.COM that he blamed their performance on lack of inspiration.
He said: "We played very well in the first half. The forwards were very active and they had a couple of chances to score, though we couldn't put them away. We lost our shape in the second half," he said. "I felt we could have won the game but we were lacking a bit of inspiration on the pitch."

NSCDC Arrest Pastor For Child Abuse

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State Command (NSCDC) has arrested a pastor, Peter Etim of one of the pentecostal churches in Ile‑Oluji area of the state for child abuse.
The pastor who hails from Akwa Ibom was paraded by the NSCDC at the state command headquarters for inflicting serious body injuries on two of his male children, Elijah (10) and Hope (8) said that they stole N180 and also sold some wares in his shop on credit without his permission.

Omeruo: The Chelsea youngster who could mark Messi

The main worry for Nigeria  over the past week has not been how on earth they’re going to deal with Lionel Messi and Co in Group F, but that Kenneth Omeruo might succumb to a knee injury.
A collective sigh of relief was breathed all round when the 20-year-old Chelsea youngster was confirmed fit to start for the Super Eagles in their World Cup opener against Iran.
Although won his 18th cap for Nigeria on Monday evening, Omeruo’s assured performances at in the middle of defence have seen him emerge as a crucial element to their plans.
Only ten days after his international debut last year, Omeruo made his name by performing admirably in every match in Nigeria’s acclaimed run to winning the African Nations Cup.
Since then, he’s been a mainstay in the side, helped immeasurably by his loan spell at Middlesbrough last season, able to operate at centre-half or right-back.
Far from being forgotten about while in the north east, parent club Chelsea awarded him a new contract last month to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2018.
Plucked from Standard Liege by the Blues in January 2012, Omeruo had to wait until two years – via a loan spell at Dutch side ADO Den Haag – for his debut in English football.
Boro used manager Aitor Karanka’s Real Madrid connection with Jose Mourinho to secure the services of Omeruo on loan until the end of the season.

Fayose still on trial for corruption, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said it is still probing a former Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah.
It also said only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can determine whether or not former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose can contest  this weekend’s governorship election.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren,  addressed reporters yesterday in Abuja on the activities of the commission since March.
Uwujaren responded to questions on high-profile cases the EFCC had been handling.
On the quizzing of Ms Oduah for alleged N255 million bulletproof cars’ scam, the EFCC spokesman said the commission was still conducting investigations.
He said: “I recall, during my last briefing, I craved your indulgence to be patient with the commission. At that time, she (Ms Oduah) had not even been invited to appear before the commission.
“Since our last meeting and now, I am also all of us know she was invited, she came and made statement to the commission. That investigation is also going on.
“On Oduah, I  have said it here and I want to say it again that the matter is not closed. She has been invited and she has made a statement…”

Gas Flaring: N’Delta Communities To Get Compensation


Delegates at plenary yesterday have agreed that communities in the Niger Delta region be paid adequate compensation for gas flaring that has affected their lives and environment.
It was equally resolved that proceeds from pollution tax to be collected from oil companies be used to clean up communities that are impacted by oil spill.
These decisions by delegates at plenary were part of many resolutions by the conference during the consideration of the report of the Standing Committee on Energy yesterday.
Conference demanded immediate initiation of efforts to clean-up oil spill and restore degraded environments in the Niger Delta in line with the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Importation Of Generators Must Stop – Delegates


Delegates at the ongoing national conference yesterday called for the total ban on importation of generators into the country as a precursor measure to improve the power sector, which has been moribund for a long time.
The delegates made the call during the deliberation on the report of the Standing Committee on Energy at plenary yesterday. They argued that continued importation of generators is a bane on the country’s quest to improve power generation, distribution and stabilization.
Delegate Chris Abongabe stressed the need for Nigeria to divest its energy drive to include coal.
He also asked the conference to select delegates to visit Ghana and South Africa on fact-finding missions in order to underscore the challenges of energy in Nigeria.

UniAbuja Shut Down Indefinitely


The Governing Council of the University of Abuja has ordered the shutdown of the school indefinitely.
It was reported that as the “BringBackOurExams” protest was heating up, some students that were still within the school mini campus were chased out and the school put under lock and key.
It was not a different story in the hostels at the mini campus as students were also ordered to leave and tear gas canisters were sprayed in the air making the whole atmosphere unbearable.
At main campus of the school, a notice was placed in all departments and hostels, ordering every student to leave the school compound immediately.
At the time of this report, students were packing their luggage and preparing to leave while some have left since when the strike started.

First Lady for another medical check-up in Germany

First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan,  may have travelled to Germany for a fresh medical check-up.
According to a competent source, Mrs. Jonathan may have gone to Germany where she is expected to undergo medical examination at St Joseph Hospital, Wiesbadan.
Although details of the expected medical examinations were not clear is at press time, a source revealed that it is a follow-up to the series of operations the First Lady had in 2013.
According to the source, ‘as I speak to you, the First Lady will leave for Germany and will be taken to St Joseph Hospital in Wiesbadan. Already, embassy officials in Germany are busy and the Presidency is trying to ensure that this trip does not go viral, like the last one. Drivers and security details are on standby to receive her in Germany.
“I cannot tell you for sure how soon the First Lady will return. The doctors will decide that.”
In February 2013, Mrs. Jonathan said during a thanksgiving service at Aso Rock Chapel that she died and woke up after seven days, during her illness, which necessitated her leaving the country for almost three months.

Only Enemies Of Kano Will Oppose Sanusi As Emir – Kwankwaso

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state is known for being blunt on issues, especially when his interests are at stake. Kwankwaso a few days ago had an interview with select newsmen where he defended the choice of Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. DONALD OJOGO was there for LEADERSHIP.
Out of the three candidates for the Emirship, why did you pick Sanusi Lamido Sanusi?
Let me start by condoning the families of the late Emir of Kano, the entire people of Kano State and indeed our state government over the death of our father, Alhaji Dr. Ado Bayero who has served for over five decades.
He has done so much for the state and indeed the entire country when he ruled. He was a reservoir of knowledge and so he gave so much to the state. The issue of installation of a new Emir has not happened since even the first governor, who was appointed in 1967. And you can see that the appointment is entirely new to most of us.
In fact among the kingmakers only one participated in the selection of the late emir Ado Bayero. When I came back on Saturday because I didn’t want to leave room for speculations and mischief making, I decided to invite the four kingmakers and I asked them to brief me.

Soludo, Saraki still under investigation –EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cleared the air over the ongoing investigation into the tenures of former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo and former governor of Kwara State, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The anti-graft agency revealed that the duo still had cases to answer with the commission. Spokesperson of the the agency, Wilson Uwujaren, who addressed a media conference yesterday, said investigation into the alleged involvement of Professor Soludo in the printing of polymer notes when he held sway as governor of the apex bank has reached an advanced stage, adding that when concluded, he might be charged to court.
Uwujaren said: “It is true that we invited Professor Charles Soludo to the EFCC in relation to an investigation we are conducting on the polymer notes. That investigation has not been closed.
“When an investigation is going on and somebody is invited, it does not presuppose that the person is guilty. It only means the person has a case to answer. That investigation is still going on and we will soon conclude that.”
On Dr Saraki’s case, Uwujaren said: “On the former governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, yes he was also invited by the EFCC. As we speak, that investigation is still ongoing. We have not cleared anybody.

APC Convention: Dawn Of A New Order

Against a hyped expectation of a crisis ridden convention, the just successfully conducted national convention of the APC was a pointer to greater things ahead. It was a convention guided by maturity, mutual respect and the onerous task of saving Nigeria from the suffocating grips of the leechlike PDP.
Going by the orderliness and discipline of members of the party at the convention, it was clear the days of “democrazy” are over. On may call the convention a national funeral of the PDP and a new dawn for democracy as we see it in other climes. Simply put, the convention was a synchronised process of updating existing democratic culture and tendencies needed to build the kind of country every Nigerian will be proud of.
Clearly the ruling PDP tried strenuously to compromise the quality of the convention by sponsoring moles to create artificial chaos that could have robbed APC the chance to showcase the maturity needed to consolidate the confidence millions of Nigerians have in its capacity to sweep the mess created in Nigeria and cleanse the system.

Chevron Settles With Nigerian Villagers Seeking Information On Gas Flaring Harms-Earthrights

June 16, 2014, San Francisco — Nigerian villagers have dismissed a U.S. federal case against Chevron after reaching a confidential settlement with the California oil giant.  Using a tactic pioneered by Chevron itself in its long-running Ecuador contamination litigation, the villagers used a U.S. statute to seek records on the environmental impacts of gas flaring on their communities and the penalties that Chevron Nigeria Ltd. (CNL) has paid for conducting this illegal and extremely harmful activity.
The villagers, representatives of five villages in Ugborodo Community in the Niger Delta, sought these records in order to assist with their suit against CNL in Nigerian court. In that case, they allege that CNL is liable for health impacts and environmental harms caused by the highly toxic practice of burning natural gas that comes out of the ground during oil extraction in order to cheaply dispose of it. They seek damages and a stop to the flares.