Friday, November 28, 2014

Adamawa State Govt Imposes 24 Hour Curfew On Mubi

The Adamawa State government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the commercial border town of Mubi following the liberation of the town from Boko Haram insurgents.
The director of Public Affairs to Adamawa State governor Mr P. P. Elisha, who made this known, said the decision was a temporary measure to restore sanity in the area.
He called on residents of Mubi to persevere with the government and that as soon as normalcy is restored, the curfew will be reviewed.

Failed Cease-fire Deal Allowed Boko Haram Re-strategise – Fmr SSS Boss

Mike Ejiofor
The former Director of State Security Service, Mike Ejiofor, has said that the failed case-fire deal between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect, which also involved the Chadian government, allowed the insurgents, led by Abubakar Shekau, to regroup and restrategise.
Speaking on Nigeria’s security challenges prevalent in the North East region, Ejiofor admitted that the government had mishandled the cease fire deal, noting that such arrangements should not be considered, owing to Boko Haram’s threats to Islamaise the country.

Blast in Adamawa Bus Station Kills Over 30


A bomb blast tore through a bus station in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria, killing over 30 people, including five soldiers according to witnesses and security personnel.
Reports say that a combined team of the military and local hunters, who gained entrance into Mubi, was on a routine patrol of the area when the bomb detonated, setting several buses on fire at the Marabi, Mubi junction.

Prepare your charms, other native powers for 2015 —Tinubu tinubu charm

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NATIONAL leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has asked Nigerians to prepare their charms and other native powers for the 2015 poll.
Tinubu said this during the inauguration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for a second term in office in Osogbo, Osun State, on Thursday.

Rich Chinese man builds free luxury flats for poor people in the town where he grew up

A 54 year old Chinese businessman Xiong Shuihua did something amazing for the community where he grew up in Xinyu, Southern China. He paid to bulldoze all the wooden huts in the area then spent millions replacing them with an estate of luxury flats for the residents.

Praising rape through song?

SIR: This is a difficult article to write. It is difficult because of the frustrating reality that I am most likely wasting my time. I write about an evil, so evil it is unspeakable, yet I feel there is no hope; no one will come to my aid; no one will come to the aide of the women who were violated and their dignity taken away so much so that death will feel better. No, people will celebrate the culture and people will dance to its tunes. Oh, I feel hopeless!
We heard, and some others watched, the other day when some undergraduates took turns to rape a fellow student and videotaped it somewhere in South-east Nigeria. And we heard, and some watched, as she begged them to kill her; oh she would have been relieved if only they would oblige her and sniff life out of her; it was better than this horror, this pain, this hurt, this humiliation, this violation, and this absolute damage. Oh, death is not this bad she must have thought; for once she must have desired it, instead of this. Just anything instead of this. If you have not been raped, you also cannot imagine. If you could imagine and if we, as a people, could imagine we would not promote songs that praise rape no matter how subtle

Atiku ‘ll get APC’s presidential ticket, says aide

A former Vice President and a presidential aspirant in the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will emerge as the party’s presidential candidate, his media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu, has said.
Shehu, who addressed reporters yesterday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Abuja, said  APC presidential aspirants had been reduced to two.
He said on December 10, his principal would emerge as the party’s standard- bearer.
Shehu said Atiku would not play do-or-die politics, adding that he would respect the outcome of the primaries.

Private Universities Have No Business With TET Fund

Of recent, there has been an upswing in the number of owners and managers of private universities agitating that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) extends assistance to private universities in the country, with the latest call coming from the vice chancellor of Achievers’ University, Owo, Ondo State, Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi.
They insist that like the government-owned universities, they are in the business of providing social services; therefore government should extend financial assistance to them as players in the education sector. They are of the view that their continuous exclusion from accessing funds from TETFund amounts to discrimination in view of the fact that the funds are sourced from the private sector. In our view, this is tantamount to asking the government to subsidise a wholly private venture that was established with profit motive.

NAFDAC workers suspend strike

•To resume on Monday
Workers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) yesterday suspended their over two weeks indefinite strike.
They embarked on the strike over salary structure and non-payment of productivity allowance, among others.
The workers, under the aegis of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), said the suspension would pave the way for a three-man committee set up by the Federal Government to look into their salary.

Falae presents SDP in Lagos

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has been described as the third force in the nation’s political terrain, which would bring about a real and needed change in the polity.
The National Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae and other leaders, such as Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Chief Supo Sonibare spoke yesterday in Yaba, Lagos at the presentation of SDP to Lagosians.
The event attracted other Afenifere leaders like the Lagos State Chairman, Rufus Osula, an engineer; Senator Gbenga Kaka, who represented Chief Segun Osoba; the National Treasurer/Southeast Leader, Chief Basil Nnandi; the National Secretary, Sodiq Abubakar, among others.
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Boko Haram: European Union ready to assist – Italian minister

The Italian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mario Giro, yesterday, expressed the readiness of the European Union (EU) to assist Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
Giro, who spoke with Daily Sun during the Nigeria-EU Ministerial Dialogue Meeting in Abuja, said the EU was ready to assist Nigeria on the different points the country had proposed.
He said in order to win the war against terror in the country, Nigeria needed a comprehensive and holistic approach which would involve the military approach, security approach, economic approach and social approach.

Police invasion: Senator demands independent probe

Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Kabiru Marafa, has demanded an independent probe of the Thursday, November 20 invasion of the National Assembly, saying reasons given by the police were not tenable
The Senate had on Wednesday instituted a seven-man probe panel, chaired by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to investigate the incident, which saw lawmakers barred from accessing their offices that day.
But Senator Marafa differed from the Senate approach, insisting that since the police breached CAP L.12, Section 16 (which spells out punishment and fine for obstructing members or officers and creating disturbances) the matter should have been taken to court instead.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Senator Marafa, however, commended Senate President, David Mark and Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal for their “maturity and management of the unfortunate incident.

Lagos Traders Seek Support For Jonathan

A group under the aegis of Lagos Market Unions, a coalition of all traders in Lagos State, has declared their support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections.
The group made this known yesterday in Abuja, when they paid a solidarity visit to the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) headquarters in Abuja.

Alleged PVC Cloning: APC Has Case To Answer – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday maintained that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is culpable in the alleged cloning of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) levelled against it by the Department of State Service (DSS).
The legal department of the PDP stated that no amount of “dirty tricks employed by the APC to play on the intelligence of Nigerians will drown its clear criminal act of cloning of INEC’s Permanent Voter Card (PVC).”

APC Presidential Primaries: Kwankwaso Storms Katsina

Ahead of the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kano State governor and presidential aspirant, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has stormed Katsina State where he met with delegates and stakeholders of the party.
Kwankwaso who arrived Katsina wearing his usual white agbada and red cap appealed for support of the delegates ahead of the primaries even as he disclosed that he and General Muhammadu Buhari had been consulting.

Don’t sack Keshi, Dosu Joseph pleads

Former  U-23 goalkeeper,  Dosu Joseph, has advised  Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to allow Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi to carry on as the  head coach of the team.
Mixed feelings and speculations  have trailing the future of the out-of-contract gaffer Keshi following his failure to qualify the Super  Eagles for the next edition of the  Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)  billed to hold in Equatorial Guinea  in January next year.

N4.7bn Fraud: Babalakin, Others Know Fate Jan 19

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja will on January 19, 2015 decide whether or not to quash the N4.7 billion fraud charge filed against the chairman of Bi-courtney Limited, Wale Babalakin (SAN) and four others.
Justice Lawal-Akapo fixed the date after both the prosecution and defence lawyers concluded their argument on the application filed by Babalakin and his companies, challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the competency of the charge against them.
Babalakin (SAN), Stabilini Vision Limited, Bi-Courtney Limited, Alex Okoh, and his company Renix Nigeria Limited are standing trial before Justice Lawal-Akapo on an alleged N4.7 billion fraud brought against them by the commission.

Moses returns to Chelsea for rehabilitation

Injured Stoke City forward, Victor Moses has returned to parent club, Chelsea after suffering a thigh injury. The Super Eagles winger sustained the injury during the 2-1 defeat to Burnley on Saturday and has been ruled out for up to eight weeks. Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes confirmed yesterday during a press conference ahead of their game against Liverpool that the Nigerian international is now back at Stamford Bridge to begin rehabilitation. “Victor Moses has gone back to Chelsea now for his rehab following his thigh injury,” Hughes told reporters. The Potters are already without Peter Odemwingie (knee) for the season but Hughes believes the absence of Moses will give the duo of Marko Arnautovic and Ossie Assaidi to break into the team, though the latter is ineligible for this Saturday’s trip to his parent club Liverpool.

NFF backpedals on Keshi’s sack

President of the Nigeria  Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that Stephen Keshi will continue as the coach of the Super Eagles, in a development that will come as a surprise to many.
The 44-year-old NFF boss has also confirmed the new set-up of the technical department of the NFF.
The embattled NFF boss was speaking about the new NFF technical department that will be led by former Super Eagles coach, Amodu Shuaibu, and confirmed that Keshi will continue as the Super Eagles coach.

APC slams IG for insulting legislature

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the Inspector-General of Police Suleiman Abba for daring to say he does not recognise Aminu Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and for “weaving a web of lies” to cover up the real reasons the police invaded the National Assembly.
In a statement issued in Osogbo on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said by refusing to recognise a speaker, who was duly elected by 360 members of the House of Representatives, and a speaker who has neither been impeached by those who elected him nor removed by the court, the police boss has thumbed his nose at the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

2015: APC Must Choose Acceptable Candidates Across The Divide – Zaria

Baba Saleh Zaria is a National President of National Rights Protection Organisation [NRPO], a non governmental organisation in Zaria, Kaduna state, as well as a public commentator. In this interview with PAUL Chiama, he spoke about the chances of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirants and how they could wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 general elections.

Do-or-die politics evil, fruitless – Bishop Okonkwo

The Presiding Bishop of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Mike Okonkwo, has charged politicians in the country to shun politics of bad blood and rancour, pointing out that do-or-die politics is evil and yields no positive output.
He made the call while addressing journalists at TREM International headquarters in Lagos during the closing ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the church’s annual conference tagged ‘Kingdom Life World Conference (KLWC).’

Again, INEC postpones distribution of PVCs, commencement of CVR in Katsina

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again postponed the distribution of Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) and the commencement of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise in Katsina State.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Abubakar Wara, disclosed this yesterday at an emergency meeting with the election stakeholders’ forum in Katsina.
Consequently, the three-day distribution of PVCs will now begin on December 6, 2014, while CVR will take place between December 10 and 15.

FRSC to open 200 driver’s licence offices

In a bid to ease the collection of driver’s licence and increase the revenue of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the commission has said it will open 200 driver’s licence offices across the country.
Speaking during the commissioning of a new driver’s licence centre in Offa, Kwara State capital, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the step was to sustain the integrity of driver’s licence in the country.

StarTimes Unveils Promos, Offers Free Decoders Ahead 2015

As part of its commitment to commemorate the festive season and ensure that every Nigerian enjoys digital TV experience, StarTimes has commenced a massive free decoder give away promos during the yuletide season.
The exciting offer is coming ahead of the 2015 digital switch over and aimed at offering Nigerians the opportunity to own set-boxes required for quality digital TV experience.
The offer, which is on from November 18, 2014 to January 31, 2015will be giving away one free StarTimes decoder to everyone, who subscribes for one month unique bouquet or for two months classic subscription.

Substandard Product Level Declines 40% – SON

The director-general of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Dr. Joseph Odumodu has said that the level of substandard products in the country has declined 40 per cent from 85 per cent in the last four years.
Odumodu, who spoke at a special interactive session organized by Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), in Lagos, yesterday, said “Upon resumption in office in 2011, the level of substandard product was over 80 per cent, as of today the number is hovering between 40 to 45 per cent.”

Abuja Carnival Ends Without Official Closing Ceremony

Abuja Carnival
Participants, who trooped the Eagle Square yesterday, the official venue for the 2014 edition of Abuja National Carnival to witness the official closing ceremony of the scantily- attended event, departed the venue disappointed with no official closing ceremony held by the organisers.
The 10th Edition of the Carnival, which commenced on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday, was almost marred by insecurity as 30 States failed to attend without the presence of foreign participation.
LEADERSHIP observed that a good number of armed security men were seen guarding the Eagle Square when the decorators and exhibitors dismantled their stands for safe keeping.

Kogi Jailbreak: 7 Recaptured, 112 On Wanted List

Seven inmates awaiting trial at Federal Prison, Kotokarfe, Kogi State, have been recaptured and are now cooling their feet with the security operatives at the medium prison.
They gained ‘freedom’ when suspected gunmen violently pulled down the doors of the Kotokarfe Federal Prison and set free all the inmates, on November 2, 2014.
Comptroller of prison, Mallam Adamu Omale who disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja said in all 31 inmates are back, noting that 24 voluntarily returned while seven were recaptured.
He appealed to all those who have been on the run to return to the prison in their own interest to avoid unpleasant consequences, pointing out that the organisation in collaboration with security operatives is working round the clock to re-arrest those on the run.
“Report strange faces in your community to the prison official in confidence and be rest assured that your identity will not be disclosed because lives are not safe with such groups of persons in your midst”, comptroller stated.

Aregbesola’s Victory Boosted Our Morale – Buhari

Former Head of State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has described the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the poll as a morale booster for the APC.
Speaking at the inauguration of the governor for another four year term in office in Osogbo Osun State yesterday, Buhari said the victory, after the devastating loss of Ekiti State to another political party and the impeachment of Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako boosted the morale of the main opposition party.

Dwindling Revenue: No Cause For Alarm – Okonjo-Iweala

As the impact of oil price slide in the international market bites harder, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has called on Nigerians not to panic, reassuring that the nation’s financial team has put in place strategies to manage oil prices as low as $60 per barrel.
Saying the recent drop in oil price did not come as a surprise and as such there is no need for the nation to panic, she pointed out that what was needed was a systematic and focused approach to overcome the development.

Mandator’s Victor Essiet rallies Wiliki, Kimono, Majek for reggae fiesta

After a long sojourn in the United States of America, Victor Essiet of The Mandators fame has returned with a reggae festival tagged, ‘Africa Meets Reggae’, which will hold on Saturday November 29 at the Hockey Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
According to the reggae star, the festival, which was founded by Tom Chestin of Ecoplex Music, is domiciled in America but he now possesses the franchise. “The festival is held yearly in different countries across Europe, Americas, Caribbean, Australua, and New Zealand but it has never been held in Africa,” he explained.

Ogoni Rejects Rivers APC Consensus Governorship Candidate

Scores of Ogoni people took to the streets in Port Harcourt on Thursday to protest the endorsement of a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dakuku Peterside, as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Peterside was on Wednesday chosen as the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State ahead of the member representing Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, a native of Ogoniland. 

Fashola writes Jonathan over federal task force activities

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has written to President Goodluck Jonathan over the legality of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme and Federal Road Maintenance Agency, SURE-P/FERMA task force and for occupying the old toll gate axis of the state without observing due process.

Corruption Allegation: You lied, Senate hits back at Obasanjo

The Senate also claimed that it was Obasanjo’s administration which approved that the constituency projects be built into the national budget which was executed by the executive and challenged Obasanjo to furnish Nigerians with details of how the National Assembly members became executors of the national budget, rather than being law makers.
Chief Obasanjo had on Wednesday during a book launch in Abuja, accused the federal lawmakers of corruption. He said: “Apart from shrouding the remunerations of the National Assembly in opaqueness and without transparency, they indulge in extorting money from departments, contractors and ministries in two ways. They do so during visits to their projects and programmes and in the process of budget approval when they build up budgets for ministries and departments who agree to give it back to them in contracts that they do not execute. They do similar things during their inquiries.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Osun governor Rauf Aregbesola sworn in

The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was sworn in for a second term in office on Thursday.
The inauguration ceremony which took place at the Osogbo Township Stadium in the state capital was attended by All Progressives Congress leaders and supporters across the country.
They were led by the party’s presidential aspirant, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and governors of Lagos, Kwara, Ogun, and Edo States.
Also at the ceremony were other the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Engr. Segun Oni, Mra. Titi Abubakar, wife of former vice president Atiku
Abubakar and three former governors of Osun State – Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, Chief Bisi Akande and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
Details later…

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Australian Batsman, Hughes dies

Death has been announced of Philip Hughes, an Australian Batsman, after being hit in the back-left side of the head while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
James Sutherland, Australia Cricket Chief Executive Officer, on Thursday morning confirmed the passing away of 25-years old Hughes last night, succumbing to a serious head injury.
Until his death, Hughes was an Australian international who had made 26 Test appearances as well as playing in 25 One-Day Internationals for his country, and had been tipped for a recall due to his impressive form recently.
Breaking the news of Hughes death, Australia team doctor, Peter Brukner released a statement, saying: “It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday
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ABDUCTION: Ex SSG Son Regains Freedom

The son of Chief Patrick Onyeobi, the former Head of Service and Secretary to the Government of the old Bendel State, Emeka, who was kidnapped last Saturday has regained his freedom.
He was released at about 8pm on Monday.
Emeka, 49, was kidnapped at about 5:30p.m at the weekend in a construction site on the Achalla Ibusa Road, Asaba, by a four-man gang suspected to be cattle herdsmen.
Though, Emeka, a father of five, could not be reached yesterday for comments, his father and the Iyase of Asaba, Chief Patrick Onyeobi, confirmed in a telephone interview by our correspondent that he had regained his freedom.

House Fines Shell Over Bonga Spill

The House of Representatives Committee on Environment has directed Shell Nigeria Exploration Company to pay the sum of 3.6 billion dollars, which is about 604 billion naira as damages for the Bonga oil spill caused by its equipment failure.
The Chairman of the Committee, Uche Ekwunife, gave the directive during an investigative public hearing on the Bonga crude oil spill, which occurred on the December 20, 2011.
The breakdown of the independent value analysis adopted by the committee indicated that Shell is to pay 63.6 billion naira for direct losses, which are irreversible damages, another 103.192 billion naira for loss of income, 85 billion naira for provision of water, while 27.4billion naira is for forestry.
For the indirect losses, the oil company is to pay 14.35 billion naira for health hazards; eight million naira for injurious affection and 302.4 billion naira for punitive damage.

Confab report’ll grow Nigeria, if… – Falae

Elder statesman, politician and economist, Chief Olu Falae, believes that the recommendations of the National Conference would help to unite Nigeria if rigorously pursued. In this interview with BAMIGBOLA GBOLAGUNTE in Akure, Ondo State, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), bares his mind on some sundry issues. Excerpts:
The Chibok schoolgirls are yet to be released, as an elder statesman, what do you think is wrong?
We thank God that we still exist as a nation. We don’t celebrate failure; we don’t celebrate tragedy. What is happening is tragic; 218 girls were abducted more than six months ago and we don’t know where they are. We read one of them was already pregnant.

Diezani Alison-Madueke Elected First Female President Of OPEC

Nigeria’s minister of petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has just been elected the first female president of OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries). She is the replacement for the former president, Abdourhman Atahar Al-Ahirish who hails from Libya.
She is expected to hold the post for one year and to resume the position immediately. She was elected today at the 166th General Meeting of the organization in Vienna, Austria.
She was the first female to take on the position of Minister of Petroleum resources in Nigeria and also elected the first female president of OPEC.

Tonto Dikeh Foundation To Be Launched Today

This is what the beautiful actress and 'singer' posted on her Instagram page:

Today is a beautiful day for me

Today is the official kick off of THE TONTO DIKEH FOUNDATION

Today we're holding a Press Conference for the The Tonto Dikeh Foundation

TODAY is the Day the Lord has made,the day I have been waiting for,this is an Opportunity to be a blessing to so many people around the World

We Are Ready To Fight Boko Haram - Female Hunter, Ladi

They may be known as the weaker sex but in the battle to flush out Boko Haram from Nigerian territory, they stand equal with their male counterparts. Fearless, pretty and bold, the female hunters of Adamawa State fear neither man nor woman. To them, the common enemy is not their gender but Boko Haram.

We Have Never Insulted Jonathan- APC

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The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday denied insulting President Goodluck Jonathan but faults his economic policies.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been consistently accusing the opposition party of insulting the president.
But speaking with journalists at the party national secretariat in Abuja, it’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said his party is only out to do its work as opposition party.

FG To Buy Cooking Stoves With N9.2bn

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the purchase of N9.2billion worth of clean cook stoves and wonder bags for rural women under the National Clean Cooking Scheme.

Wonder bag is a non-electric slow cooker invented by Sarah Collins, ‎a south African eco-entreprenuer, who came up with the idea six years ago during a power cut, when she decided to keep her dinner cooking by surrounding the pan with cushions.

The council also awarded a contract of N60.9billion to an indigenous firm, KaKatar CE Limited, for the provision of engineering infrastructure for Kyami District, Zone C, Abuja.

Bishop Tom Samson acquires N80million customized stretch limo

According to a report by Encomium mag, the General Overseer of Christ Royal Church just acquired stretch limousine SUV said to be worth about N80million, which was built to his specifications.

The limo, a Hummer brand, has the following specifications;

$9b Dangote refinery hikes property prices in Lekki

THE  Lagos chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has  thrown its weight behind the fiscal and monetary policy responses by the government to keep the economy afloat in the face of falling oil prices.
In a statement, LCCI Director-General Mr. Muda Yusuf said the fiscal and monetary policy responses by the government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) were inevitable, stressing that some of the policies were long overdue.
He said: “The economic situation has again underlined the critical imperative of economic diversification. An economy that is diversified has a better capacity to withstand shocks. At every turn in our advocacies, we have canvassed the need for the creation of an enabling environment to enhance the productivity of enterprises and consequently ensure economic diversification.”
On the measures, he said they included fiscal and monetary policies taken to stabilise the macro-economic conditions to minimise dislocations.

Fashola: steady power supply possible

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has said uninterrupted power supply can be achieved in Nigeria.
He spoke at the inauguration of the Lagos-Skippers Engineering Academy at the Government Technical College, Ikotun, yesterday.
He said the state’s partnership with Skipper Seil Group, an Indian engineering firm, would yield 155 megawatts of electricity.
“What we are seeing here today is the simple demonstration of how electricity can be generated.
“We have provided land for them (Skippers) at Ikorodu that will be used to generate 155 megawatts of power.

‘Buhari’s discipline will spur Nigeria’s prosperity’

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari, is not against the rich and the affluent in the society, the Southwest Coordinator of Buhari Support Group Centre, Ayo Fatola, has said.
In a statement in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the coordinator said Gen. Buhari was disciplined enough to ensure that the nation’s comatose sectors were revived immediately, if he was voted to power as President in the 2015 elelction.
Fatola noted that those spreading falsehood and the campaign of calumny against the former Head of State usually did so from their conjectures to give him a bad name.
The governor said Gen. Buhari had an unblemished record in serving the people at various levels.
He said the former Head of State’s return to the political field at a time the nation was witnessing maladministration, especially at the federal level, would end hunger in the land and placate the angry.
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Tension in Bayelsa Assembly over Speaker’s comment

Members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly are at daggers’ drawn with Speaker Kombowei Benson over a statement he allegedly made against President Goodluck Jonathan.
The lawmakers were said to have expressed displeasure with the Speaker for making what they called “degrading and inciting” comments against the President.
They reportedly held a series of secret meetings in Yenagoa, the state capital, where they discussed and condemned the Speaker’s tirade against Dr Jonathan in an interview he granted a regional tabloid.
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APC Not An Islamic Party – Amaechi

Rivers State governor and chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not an Islamic party and do not have the intentions to Islamise Nigeria if it wins the 2015 presidential election.

The governor also exonerated APC presidential aspirant, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) of the rumours, stating that the APC is a party for progressives who mean well for Nigerians and the overall development of Nigeria.

Rivers APC okays Peterside as consensus governorship candidate

The Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Dr. Dakuku Peterside is the All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus governorship candidate for next year’s election in Rivers State.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, during a meeting of the caucus raised Peterside’s hand, in support of their decision to back the lawmaker’s aspiration.
Peterside, who represents Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro constituency and a former Rivers Commissioner for Works, was supported by almost all the stakeholders at the meeting, including the representative of Rivers Southeast Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, who was a governorship aspirant.

Firm sues NIIA over intellectual property rights

A firm, Delhi Media Consulting Nigeria Limited, has sued the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and its Director-General Prof Bola Akinterinwa at the Federal High Court in Lagos over the alleged theft of its intellectual property.
In a Writ of Summons numbered FHC/1/CS/1676/14, the firm is seeking a declaration that it is the bonafide owner of an intellectual property attached to an international brainstorming session on “migration and terrorism” which it presented to NIIA for a collaborative execution.

Why I took to armed robbery, by musician

A 25-year-old musician, John Sunday, yesterday told the police in Lagos that he took to armed robbery in order to raise money to launch his album.
He was paraded with Onyekachi Oshomi (24), by Commissioner of Police Kayode Aderanti.
“I am a musician from Ikofepepe in Akwa Ibom State. We were three in the gang, but one is on the run. I needed money to launch my album, Tureke Reggae; that is why I went into robbery. I was targeting N100,000,” Sunday confessed.

Why I took to armed robbery, by musician

A 25-year-old musician, John Sunday, yesterday told the police in Lagos that he took to armed robbery in order to raise money to launch his album.
He was paraded with Onyekachi Oshomi (24), by Commissioner of Police Kayode Aderanti.
“I am a musician from Ikofepepe in Akwa Ibom State. We were three in the gang, but one is on the run. I needed money to launch my album, Tureke Reggae; that is why I went into robbery. I was targeting N100,000,” Sunday confessed.

Akwa-Ibom 2015: As Umana Joins APC, What Impact Lies Ahead?

Former secretary to the government of Akwa Ibom state and governorship hopeful, Obong Umana Okon Umana has perfected plans to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC). DONALD OJOGO traces the events leading to this development but asks-how far can Umana go?
The aphorism that only permanent interests are potent directing principles in politics is at play in Akwa-Ibom, one of the states that prides herself as the strongest base of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the country.

‘FG Not Serious About Ending Insurgency’

In this interview, Dr. Mustafa Inuwa, Chairman of Katsina State APC speaks with MU’AZU ELAZEH on the chances of his party come 2015, insurgency in the Northeast and other sundry issues.
Katsina state APC has endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for 2015 Presidential election. In the face of challenges posed by other powerful aspirants, how do you think the General stands a chance?

Ferguson shooting: Protests spread across U.S.

A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were largely peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland, California.
There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, but the town did not see destruction on the scale of Monday night.
The officer who killed Michael Brown there says he has a “clean conscience”.
Darren Wilson, who shot the 18-year-old on 9 August, told ABC News that in the struggle which preceded the shooting, he had felt “like a five-year-old holding on to [US wrestler] Hulk Hogan”Download Flash Player now

Obasanjo warns Jonathan: economy is in big trouble

Boko Haram ‘is big industry in govt’
‘Don’t crush opposition’
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo delivered yesterday another blistering criticism of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, saying the “economy is in the doldrums”.
The government has been celebrating the rebasing of the economy, saying it is Africa’s biggest.
But, to Obasanjo, the economy “is in the doldrums, if not in reverse”.
The elderstateman spoke yesterday in Abuja at the presentation of former Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Chairman Justice Mustapha Akanbi’s two autobiographies—”The story of my two worlds: challenges, experience and achievement” and “A life of Service and grace (Perspective Shared)”.

Deadlock at meeting as IG won’t recognise Tambuwal as Speaker

Police chief  Suleiman Abbah finally showed up at the House of Representatives yesterday.
The Inspector-General had been invited by the House Committee on Police Affairs to shed light on the November 20 invasion of the National Assembly when Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and other members of the House were tear gassed.
The meeting was, however, ill- fated. The session, which began at 2.20pm on a tense note, ended abruptly because Abbah refused to acknowledge Tambuwal as Speaker in his speech, drawing the ire of the committee’s members.

Naira exchanges N186 to $1 at ‘black market’

The naira touched a record low against the dollar yesterday, the day after Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele announced its devaluation.
The CBN devalued the naira by 8 per cent and raised interest rates sharply, trying to stem losses to its foreign reserves spent defending the currency as the price of oil – Nigeria’s dominant export – slides on global markets.
The naira fell to a record low of N178.85 to the dollar, shortly after the market opened, but rebounded by around 1 per cent to N176.35 after two oil companies sold dollars. Nevertheless, that was still just below the new target band of 5 per cent either side of N168 to the $1, announced by Emefiele.

Court bars DSS from APC’s data centre

•Ordered to produce detained workers
Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday barred the Department of State Security (DSS) from the All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) data office.
He also ordered it to produce the detained workers, Chinedu Atuche, Fayemi Olaposi, Chika Augustine Onochukwu, Ebun Ilori and Esther Enemuwe.

Suspected PDP thugs attack Ahmed’s convoy

•Governor decries attack •PDP chair: assailants not PDP members 
Scores of youths, suspected to be Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) thugs, on Tuesday, attacked the convoy of Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed in Kaiama, Kaiama Local Government Area.
The governor was in the ancient town for the N7.9 billion reconstruction work on the Kaiama-Kishi Road and the inauguration of the remodelled general hospital in the community.
He distributed some electricity transformers and held a town hall meeting with the residents.
The suspected thugs, who wielded campaign posters of President Goodluck Jonathan and souvenirs of PDP National Chairman Adamu Mu’azu, were allegedly waiting at the party’s secretariat beside the Emir of Kaiama’s palace, waiting for the governor’s convoy.
They allegedly hauled invectives at the governor’s train as it decoyed from the general hospital to the emir’s palace, where he was to be turbaned as the ‘Jarman’ Kaiama.

Gov Shema Quoted Out of Context – Gambarawa

Leader of a coalition of youths clubs and associations in Katsina State, Malam Ayyuba Umar Gambarawa, has urged people to focus on the achievements of Governor Ibrahim Shema in all sectors, instead of succumbing to propaganda of the opposition party.
Gambarawa made this remarks in an exclusive interview with newsmen in Abuja, saying that despite the ongoing furore on Governor Shema’s pronouncement, youths in both modern and domestic sports in the state are solidly behind him.

Buhari’s plane barred from landing at Makurdi airport

A Chartered plane carrying All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential aspirant Gen. Muhammadu Buhari was refused landing at the Makurdi Airport yesterday.
Gen. Buhari was travelling from Bayelsa State as part of his mobilisation of party members ahead of the APC presidential primary slated for next month.
Sources at the Makurdi Airport said the plane had been cleared and the General was heading for the North Central city when 30 minutes to landing, the aircraft was told it would not be able to land at the airport.
The prevention of his plane from landing halted the  trips of the aspirant who earlier yesterday met party faithful in Calabar, Cross River State and Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Party supporters in Makurdi led by state Chairman Abba Yaro who trooped to the airport were disappointed.

US Commits Over $3.5b To Nigeria HIV/AIDS Response


The Embassy of the United States of America yesterday revealed that its government has committed more than $3.5 billion, about N580 billion, to Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS response since 2004.
It said that the United States’ contribution to Nigeria’s national HIV response has maintained a level of close to half a billion U.S. dollars annually from 2012 to 2015, with an expectation to continue at the same level through 2016.

2015: PDP screens Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday appeared before a presidential screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jonathan, who arrived at the party’s secretariat at 3.15 pm, in company with Vice President Namadi Sambo and ministers, went straight to the screening venue.
The exercise lasted for about an hour, with the Ahmadu Ali-led committee discharging the President after the closed screening session.

2015: Nda-Isaiah Holds Closed-door Meeting With Gov Aregbesola

Sam Nda-Isaiah
Two weeks to the APC presidential primary, the founder of the Leadership Group Limited and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the party, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah yesterday stormed Osogbo the capital of Osun State, where he held a closed door meeting with the governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Oyo Congress: 7 PDP Guber Aspirants Vow To Reject Results

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State yesterday deepened as seven governorship aspirants have vowed to reject the result of the ward congresses held last Monday. The aspirants, former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, former deputy governor, Hazeem Gbolarumi, Femi Babalola, Ayo Demola Adeseun, Dr Isaac Owolabi, Professors Taoheed Adedoja and Soji Adejumo in a three-page statement warned that any attempt to accept one set of the result over the other would lead to more serious chaos and conflict.

Ronaldo nets goal no. 72

Real Madrid have sealed first place in Group B after a victory over a battling Basel side at St Jakob Park.
The Swiss team, who were looking to take a step closer to second round themselves, tried to pick off Los Blancos on the counter attack, but conceded plenty of possession to the European champions.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men took the lead 10 minutes before the break when Benzema again linked up with Ronaldo and, this time the Portuguese forward found the back of the net.

Gunners seal qualification

Arsenal secured their place  in the knockout stages of the Champions League courtesy of a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in their clash at the Emirates Stadium yesterday night.
The Gunners got off to the perfect start in the game in the second minute when Santi Cazorla found space inside the box, and his pass found Sanogo, who poked an effort through Roman Weidenfeller from a tight angle.

Davido buys N36m cars for manager, producer

Music star and HKN gang boss, Davido (David Adedeji Adeleke) reportedly spent over N35m on brand new cars for both his manager, Kamal Ajiboye and his producer, Sheyi Akerele (Shizzi).
Davido bought a brand new black Mercedes 450 GL which cost N12m for his manager while that of his producer, is a brand new black Porsche Cayenne which cost N24m.

Jonathan lacks understanding of Boko Haram – Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obsasanjo on Wednesday said the Boko Haram terrorism was growing beyond the control of the Federal Government.
This, Obasanjo said, was because of the wrong reading and imputation by President Goodluck Jonathan that the sect was put in place to frustrate his political ambition.
Obasanjo, speaking in Abuja at the book launch of a former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, said: “Boko Haram is not simply a menace based on religion or one directed to frustrate anybody’s political ambition.
“It is essentially a socio-economic problem tainted with religion.
“It is a gargantuan danger to the nation and to all Nigerians.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Obasanjo Escalates War Against Jonathan, Calls President "Evil"

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again torn at President Goodluck Jonathan, saying Nigerian democracy remained at risk due to the action of the present administration.
Speaking at a book Launch in honour of the pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Mustapha Akanbi‎, in Abuja, Mr. Obasanjo, who is the Chairman of the occasion, said the president should stop encouraging ‘verbal violence which may not physically hurt but has ways of degenerating into physical violence’.  
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Devaluation: Naira Hits N186 In Black Market

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The exchange rate for the dollar in Abuja “black market’’ on Wednesday stood at between N182 and N186, an investigation by a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent found.
This is against the new official exchange rate N168 announced on Tuesday by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele.
The NAN correspondent, who checked near the Sheraton Hotel, Zone 4, Abuja, the rendezvous for most black market operators, found that the closest naira exchange to the official exchange rate was N182.

NASS Fracas: We Acted To Prevent A Burkina Faso Experience – IGP

Appearing before House Committee on Police on Wednesday, Inspector General of Police, Sulieman Abba said the police acted in the manner they did last Thursday during the incident at the National Assembly to prevent a Burkina Faso experience.

PROTEST: 4 UNIJOS Students Shot

No fewer than four students of University of Jos were shot by yet to be identified security operatives during a peaceful protest over increment in the development levy that led to the closure of the institution by the school authorities yesterday.
The managment of the school shut school following the protest. As at the time of filing this report, about 11 students have been injured in the crisis.
The spokesman of the Special Task force (STF) code nane operation save haven, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the news to our correspondent in Jos.
According to him “four students were shot by yet to be identified security operatives while protesting “.
The injured students are currently receiving treatment at the STF clinic at the Headquarters “
“We had to rush them to our clinic for treatment because government hospitals are currently on strike “.
“The injured students are responding to treatment” He said.
He denied the involvement of the STF in the shooting .
Similarly the Men of the state Police Force also denied the involvement of its personal in the shooting .

Public Protest In Burkina Faso Caused 24 Deaths, 625 Injured — Official Report

The uprising in Burkina Faso that ousted ex-President, Blaise Compaore has caused the death of 24 persons and injuries to 625 others, an official report has said.
Report of an Ad Hoc Committee on Human Rights Violations during the October 30 and 31 public protest said there were several cases of violations on public and private property.
The report signed by the committee’s Chairman, Clarisse Ouoba, said that scores of persons were still receiving treatment in hospitals across the country due to injuries sustained during the protest.
“Officially we identified 14 cases of infringement on public property and no fewer than 260 cases of violations on private property across the country.
“The protest ignited riots in some prisons, causing some inmates to attempt escape, the injuries are indeed regrettable,’’ said the report, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
It recommended sustained public awareness campaign against violent public uprising and the adoption of a national day in honour of the victims.

Woman Throws 10 year old Boy into Imo River over Witchcraft

A 10-year-old boy, Usen Okon, who was thrown into the Imo River in the Ikot Abasi area of Akwa Ibom State, by his aunty over witchcraft accusation, has survived the ordeal.

According to PUNCH, Okon was under the care of his paternal aunt, identified simply as Ekaeyen, at Etebi community in the Esit Eket Local Government Area of the state as his parents had died. A few days ago, Okon was aroused from sleep by Ekaeyen who took him to her husband and asked him to confess to being a wizard. When Okon denied the witchcraft accusation, his aunt threatened to throw
him into a river.

We’ll No Longer Tolerate Attacks On Jonathan, Democracy – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the criticism of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying it will no longer condone sustained vicious attacks on the person and office of President Goodluck Jonathan, the institutions of democracy and the unity of the nation by the opposition party.
The PDP national publicity secretary , Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday, said the ruling party will no longer fold its hands while the desperate desire of the APC for power poses a threat to the very survival of democracy and the nation.
He said, “The PDP has been watching carefully as the rank and file of the APC, the governors, party leaders, presidential hopefuls and even sidekicks run amok, competing in a heavily subjective castigation of President Goodluck Jonathan with incendiary utterances, signposting its plans for the dastardly when it loses in next year’s general elections.

PDP cautions APC against further ‘attacks’ on Jonathan

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it would no longer condone what it called “the deliberate, unwarranted and sustained vicious attacks on the person and office of the President” by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Meanwhile, the APC has said the police invasion of the National Assembly last week is the equivalent of a coup. The party called for an independent inquiry to determine who ordered the invasion and for what purpose, with a view to preventing a recurrence and also meting out the necessary punishment to those behind it.

Final Hours of PSquare's Father – How He Died in their Omole Home

The death of Mazi Moses Okoye, the father of super star musicians, P Square, was so sudden that those who saw him a few hours before he slumped in the Omole, Ikeja, Lagos home of his sons are still in shock.

Relatives Find Decomposing Body of LASG Director

The police in Lagos are battling to unravel the killers of a former director of the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Oluremi Jaiyesimi. The 63-year-old was found dead in her house in the Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah area of the state.

PUNCH Metro exclusively gathered from sources that the corpse of the former Director of Social Welfare in the Ministry of Youths and Social Development was not discovered until a week after she died. By then, her body was said to have been decomposing with maggots emanating from the corpse.

Parents BEWARE!

A woman simply identified as eleha (woman in purdah) last Tuesday November 18, 2014 disappeared with 4 kids at a neighbourhood home lesson in Idi-Omo area of Ibadan, Oyo State. And according to Tribune, the children are yet to be found till the writing of this report today.

The four missing children, whose names were given as Abdulsalam Aderibigbe, Abigail Adegunju, Chidiebere and Onyiyechukwu were reportedly taken away by the eleha who disguised as someone in need of an employment. She struck within 30 minutes of starting her job as a lesson assistant.

CBN devalues Naira, puts exchange rate at N168 to a dollar

Following the dwindling oil price in international market, the Central Bank of Nigeria today announced the devaluation of the Naira, pegging the Dollar to Naira exchange rate at N168 to a dollar as against the N155 it was previously.

Announcing the new exchange rate at the apex bank's Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja, the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele said the devaluation of the Naira against the dollar is to strengthen the Nigerian currency in the face of the falling international oil price. He called on the Federal government and the National Assembly to speed up the process towards the immediate passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, which has been pending passage for the past two years.

Lighting Up Lagos For Economic Growth, Transformation

The zeal Lagos State government has deployed in recent times in the various Independent Power Plants(IPPs) it has built and the different street lighting projects has unequivocally shown the state’s appetite for power sector development.
Aware of the fact that without reliable power, businesses cannot develop and factories cannot meet orders, the state government within the ambit of the provision of the laws of the country embarked on the building of IPPs and street lighting projects across the Lagos metropolis.
Its concerns over the fact that lack of access to reliable supply of electricity means that school children cannot do home work and women will continue to give birth with candle lights, informed its decision to light up hospitals , schools and some other vital areas.

Alao-Akala/ Ladoja: 2 Political Gladiators Set For Comeback

They worked together as a team in the past. While Senator Raheed Ladoja was the governor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala serves as his deputy. That was before his boss was impeached and Akala took over as the substantive governor.
For 11 months, he held sway in the state as the state executive while Ladoja besieged the judiciary in an attempt to reclaim his alleged stolen mandate.
His prayers were answered as the court ruled in his favour that he should be returned as the executive governor of the state.

Jonathan commissions Kebbi Airport

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday commissioned the new Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Ambursa in Kebbi State with the assurance that the Federal Government will continue to maintain such laudable facilities either constructed or developed by state governments.
He said the laudable projects would not be neglected because of its importance towards the economic growth of the nation.
He called on the Ministry of Aviation to as a matter of urgency, checkmate some lingering problems the new airport was facing and report to the Federal Government for urgent attention.
According to Jonathan, seven new airports were constructed or developed by their state governments, which include kebbi, Jigawa, Benue among others.

Okotie rallies support for abducted Chibok girls

Household of God International Church is dedicating its annual programme to over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect.
Unveiling activities lined up for this year God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense (GRACE), a yearly programme, Rev. Chris Okotie said his church was dedicating the programme to the students’ cause in solidarity with the Chibok girls who had spent over 220 days in captivity in Sambisa forest.
He said the church would on Sunday, December 14, also give a post-humous award to late Mrs. Beatrice Ibeneme (nee Okebugwu) – the first woman to be enlisted in the Nigerian Police with serial number 001. Okotie described the recognition as appropriate, in the light of growing violent and war crimes perpetrated against women in different parts of the world.

Gov Fayose Restores Ex-Gov Oni’s Privileges

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has ordered the restoration of all privileges due to the former fovernor of the state, Olusegun Oni which were shalted by the immediate past administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
A statement by the chief press secretary nto the governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said the step was taken by Fayose in appreciation of the contributions of past leaders to the development of the state.

Osun Declares Tomorrow Public Holiday As Aregbesola Begins Second Term

Osun Sate Government has declared tomorrow a work free day to commemorate the inauguration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said the public holiday was declared to allow people of the state partake in what he called the celebration of the “Triumph of the Peoples’ Will.”

Fashola Hands Over Area ‘C’ Command Hqts To Lagos CP

Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola has handed over the new Area ‘C’ Surulere police command headquarters to the state police commissioner, Mr. Cornelius Aderanti, yesterday.
The three-storey building situated along Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere has almost all the facilities the police needed to carry out their activities, effectively.
The facilities include CCTV, forensic room, finger print room, interrogation room with cameras, cameras office, sufficient communication equipment, gym, area commander’s quarters, separate and beautiful male and female cells, among others.
In his address to the audience, Fashola said as a lawyer he had been visiting the old area command and saw the condition in which the police were working and felt disappointed.
Fashola said he had been releasing suspects from the command long time ago but never had the premonition that he would become a governor.

We Join APC To Get Back Our Oil Wells – Amaechi

Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) so as to get back oil wells belonging to the state that were handed over to Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom states.
Amaechi disclosed this yesterday when he visited the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) for an interactive session with students of the university and sensitise them on voter registration and collection of permanent voter cards which is scheduled to commence on Friday, November 28.

2015: Fashola tasks NYSC members on electoral duty

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), yesterday charged serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to live above board in discharging their electoral duties in 2015. He urged them to emulate the good records set by their predecessors and exhibit high sense of responsibility during the period.
Fashola made the appeal at the closing of the orientation course for the 2014 NYSC Batch B, stream 11 corps members at the Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja. He was represented at the event by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, who is also the state chairman of NYSC Governing Board.

Fuel Subsidy Biggest Corruption Platform – LCCI

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has described the ongoing retention of fuel subsidy in the 2015 federal government budget as a conduit -pipe to siphon public resources.
The chamber did not see any reason why government should continue to create such avenue to steal public money.
Reacting to the austerity measures announced by government recently to cushion effect of the sliding oil prices, Mr. Remi Bello, president of the LCCI stated that the biggest platform for corruption in the economy today is the management of subsidy on petroleum products.

Insecurity Mars Abuja Carnival As 30 States Stay Away

In view of the ongoing security challenge that has crippled the entire sector of the economy, the 10th Edition of Abuja National Carnival organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation witnessed poor turnout of participant with 30 States of the 36 States of the Federation including FCT Shunning the event.
However seven states including Kogi, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Niger, Akwaibom, Kano and FCT including Ijaw Cultural troupe displayed their carnival float at the event without the presence of any foreign participation.

2015: Kumuyi Admonishes Nigerians On Parties’ Manifestos

Leader of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi yesterday urged Nigerians to critically examine the manifesto of those seeking elective offices to determine their suitability or otherwise for election in 2015.
Kumuyi, spoke with newsmen shortly after arriving in Ilorin, Kwara State for the take-off of a three-day crusade by his ministry at Eyenkorin, on the outskirt of the state capital.
The cleric described as ‘mere speculations’, insinuations about the possible break-up of Nigeria after the elections.

2015: I’ll Defeat Smart Adeyemi For Kogi West Senatorial Seat – Melaye

Anti-corruption crusader and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dino Melaye has assured his supporters that he would defeat the incumbent senator representing Kogi West senatorial district of Kogi State in the National Assembly, Senator Smart Adeyemi in 2015 general elections.
Melaye who is aspiring for the Kogi West senatorial seat in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gave the assurance in Abuja yesterday while speaking with LEADERSHIP. He said that the incumbent senator has failed woefully to represent the senatorial district in the last eight years saying that the senator has failed in all indices of assessing the performance of a senator.

APC no threat to PDP in Kebbi

Shuiabu Yusuf Mungadi is an experienced journalist who recently joined politics. In this interview, he speaks on various issues regarding Kebbi politics. Excerpts:
Many candidates aspiring for the governorship position emerged from both PDP and opposition parties come 2015. How do you foresee the chances of the state PDP or opposition parties?
I think this is a good observation. We can see that in Kebbi State, the APC, which is a very popular opposition party and PDP, the ruling party are having more candidates. This is because the opposition parties are becoming more pronounced and the ruling party is having more candidates and becoming popular too. Democracy is deemed not to be working in a situation where election is approaching and candidates or people are reluctant to contest. But now that there is influx of contestants, it shows that democracy is actually working; it shows that there are people in Kebbi State and its shows that Nigeria’s Democracy is also growing. I think the emergence of many candidates from both political parties is not a new thing and is not a threat also in the conduct of election anyway. This is because people are used to give and take, people now have the spirit of sportsmanship; people are used to contesting and also discussing, developing and raising concern.

Again, Senate Fails To Approve Emergency Rule Extension

The question of whether the Senate will approve the request of President Goodluck Jonathan to extend the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states remained unanswered yesterday at the lawmakers failed to take a stand on the issue even after meeting with service chiefs yesterday.
Though the Senate said that the extension of emergency rule was not on the agenda of the meeting that held yesterday, the lawmakers, however, stated that the military insisted on a state of emergency to effectively carry out the war against insurgency.
The Senate had last Tuesday and Wednesday begun debate on the request, before resolving to get a briefing from security head of all security agencies in the country.

BBOG Group To Storm Chadian Embassy Over Alleged Complicity With Boko Haram

The #BringBackOurGirls group will today storm the Chadian Embassy in Abuja to protest against the alleged supply of weapons by its government official.
The group, which has been advocating for the rescue of the remaining 219 school girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, seven months ago, wondered why the government of Chad has always been fingered in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Kebbi Deputy Governor, 17 Others Defect To APC Today

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Kebbi State deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu and 17 other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today dump the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A source close to the defectors disclosed this to LEADERSHIP last night, saying that the event will take place in the state capital, Birnin Kebbi.
President Jonathan was in Kebbi yesterday to commission an international airport in the state.

Abia APGA collapses into PPA as guber aspirant, LG executive dump party

The wave of defections, which has hit the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), starting from Anambra State where the former and some members of the National Assembly dumped the party for a rival political party, has reached Abia State.
In what appeared a tsunami, the financier of APGA in Abia State and the party’s governorship aspirant, Chief Chikwe Udensi, on Saturday collapsed APGA in the state as he decamped to the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) with the entire local government executives and other members of the party.
Speaking, while being received at the PPA headquarters in Umuahia, Chief Udensi said he dumped APGA, which he said, he had financed over the years, for a better platform on which he could serve his people.

Dwindling Oil Price: CBN Devalues Naira, Raises Lending Rate

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has taken a holistic monetary palliative aimed at ensuring Naira exchange rate stability and forestalling the potentially dangerous impact of the falling oil prices in the international oil market on the economy.
The CBN has finally bowed to pressure to devalue the Naira after several months of battling to defend the exchange rate against demand pressure using the nation’s foreign reserves.
It reduced the official naira-to-dollar exchange rate to N168/$1, forcing down the currency down by N13 down from N155/$1 as the country struggles to reshape its fiscal policies in response to dwindling oil price which has taken its toll on the foreign reserves and raised the benchmark interest rate.

Reps Scaled Fence To Save Democracy – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the police invasion of the National Assembly last week is the equivalent of a coup as it congratulated members who jumped the fence to save Nigeria’s democracy.
In a statement issued yesterday by its national publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC called for an independent investigation with a view to stopping a reccurrence.
The party congratulated the members of the National Assembly, especially those who scaled the high gates of the National Assembly, for the sacrifices they have made to defend the nation’s democracy.
It said the lawmakers, by their action, risked their lives for the survival of Nigeria’s democracy, hence they are heroes.

Nigeria’s ranking on Global Terrorism Index

Nigeria, last week, emerged 4th  on the 2013 Global Terrorism Index. In plain language, Nigeria was the 4th worst affected country with regard to incidents of terrorism, last year. In the global study by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace, it was little surprise that Nigeria ranked behind Afghanistan and Pakistan, that came first and second respectively, while Iraq, which had 2,492 terrorist attacks that killed 6,300 people, came third. Syria, now in the throes of a devastating civil war, was ranked 15th  after Nigeria.
It was equally understandable that the number of people killed in terrorism attacks rose 60 per cent in 2013 to over 18,000.  That figure is expected to go even higher in 2014 due to the obvious escalation of terrorism in the Middle East and Nigeria. The Institute stated that there were 303 terrorist attacks in Nigeria in 2013 with 1,826 fatalities and 457 injured, “figures bound to be eclipsed judging by the ferocity of 2014 attacks by Boko Haram.”

Monday Market Attack: Female Suicide Bombers Kill 45 In Maiduguri

Two female suicide bombers yesterday caused massive explosions at a crowded market in Maiduguri killing 45 people and injuring several others, witnesses and security sources said.
The two teenage girls, according to first witnesses, walked into the One-way area of Maiduguri’s main market at about 11:20am and one of them blew herself up killing about three women.
LEADERSHIP reporter learnt that the second girl waited for sympathizers to gather at the scene before detonating the deadly device hidden under her garment, killing about 30 persons.
Borno State coordinator of Civilian-JTF, Abba Aji Kalli, who spoke to our reporter on phone said: “I am right here at the scene and I have before me 11 corpses that have not been evaluated. Many have been taken away by relatives, while others were taken to the state specialist hospital. We have many people that are seriously injured after the two blasts.”

PDP’s internal democracy and automatic tickets

As 2015 draws nearer, the political temperature is heating up. Politicians are angling at accomplishing their dreams and aspirations. One thing that seems to be missing in all these is the patriotic zeal for our country, Nigeria.
There is no doubt that despite the present security challenges in some section of the country, the electoral laws must still be complied with. It is written that there should be regular elections in a four year interval to enable the citizenry elect their representatives at different levels of government such as the State Houses of Assembly, National Assembly, Governors andPresident. This is simply Democracy in the mind of average Nigerians.

The rise of Islamic State

 Olaiya Phillips
This year, I have watched closely  as a country has been torn apart.  A militant Islamic group has successfully exploited an opportunity to carve out a sphere of influence in Nigeria.  In a Balkanised society, divided by ethnic and – more prominently – religious loyalties, decades of tension between communities has manifested as sectarian violence.
For years, politicians have failed to reconcile feuding communities and prevent conflict, instead opting to exploit deep social cleavages in order to establish their own political bases and support their agenda.  Once established in office, they have utilised their powers of patronage to reward their supporters, providing jobs to close allies and offering hand-outs to constituents from public funds.
In a nation where it is accepted that the majority of the population fall into either one of the two major religious groups, it does not take long for religious persecution to develop.  For those ethnic and religious groups unfortunate enough to be in the minority, they suffer discrimination and persecution.  For others in the majority but marginalised for not supporting the winning candidate, resentment festers.

The Rise Of Vigilantes

Mubi, one of the biggest towns in north-eastern Nigeria was recently taken over by Boko Haram. The insurgents overran the Nigerian troops who were deployed there to check their advance towards Yola. Having captured Gwoza, Michika, Gulack, Bama and some small villages close to our borders with Cameroon, the insurgents seemed unstoppable, but last week the nation was shocked when news filtered out that hunters and vigilantes had greatly aided the army in the emancipation of Mubi. It was the first time since the birth of Nigeria that a people militia played a significant role in a battle where the military was thoroughly overwhelmed. Although later developments indicated that the victory was not complete, Nigerians however hailed and saluted the courageous efforts of these hunters and vigilante militia.

The man, Ogbeni Aregbesola

Goovernor Rauf Aregbesola is an enigmatic individual whose trajectory epitomizes the building of a unique brand. And that brand is OGBENI.
I first came into contact with him sometime in the early days of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s tenure as Governor of Lagos State. A mutual friend had initiated an International Tennis Championship League called Governor’s Cup. The press briefing was slated for the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, with many prominent individuals  and potential corporate sponsors and stakeholders in attendance. So impressed was I by the zeal he showed and the uncommon loyalty to his boss, evident in the energy and passion at which he drummed up support for the project, that I unhesitatingly volunteered my own  support, which I would then sustain for the next six years of the Annual Championship.

Why we listed Glo as top Nigerian firm – FG

Leading Nigerian telecommunications firm, Globacom has been  listed as one of the top One Hundred Firms in Nigeria for the 2014 fiscal year.
The top 100 companies’ list is based on international benchmark set by the International Integrated Reporting Council. The benchmark includes the amount of turnover, level of investment in the country and  thenumber of jobs so far created in the economy.
Others are the impact that these companies have had in the communities where they operate, level of corporate governance and the amount of long and medium term investment plan.
The list was announced in Abuja on Tuesday by the Chairman, Assessment Committee, Jim Obazee. Obazee said Globacom and the other companies on the list were creating wealth and jobs for the economy and should, therefore, be honored for their patriotism and spirit of enterprise.

PCC orders bank MD’s arrest

Barring any last minute intervention from the powers that be, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), United Bank for Africa (UBA), Mr. Philips Oduoza might be arrested by the Nigeria Police over his refusal to honour an invitation extended to him by the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) in Abuja.
The issue is not about Oduoza, but about the bank he heads, the UBA in connection with an allegation by a customer of the bank against UBA that money in his account was allegedly tampered with by the bank and UBA had not given him a satisfactory answer on who allegedly took his money.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of PCC, Barrister Obunike Ohaegbu, who wrote a letter to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, asking for the arrest of UBA boss, said the move became imperative, following the latter’s outright refusal to appear before an investigative panel or send a representative.

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