Thursday, April 30, 2015

Buhari, UN Special Envoy Hold Talks On Missing Chibok Girls

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President-elect, General Mohamadu Buhari will tomorrow hold talks with the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, on how to seek the release of the over 200 missing Chibok school girls who were kidnapped by men of the Boko Haram Sect last year.

Falling Oil Prices Threaten My Agenda — Buhari

ABUJA—THE President- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday painted a gloomy picture in the economic development of his administration as he said that the decline in the revenues due to fall in oil prices poses a great threat to his administration’s development agenda.

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Niger Delta Militant Group Blows Up Gas Trunklines In Delta

UGHELLI—AN Urhobo militant group, Urhobo Gbagbako, yesterday, claimed responsibility for two explosions that rocked two major gas trunklines belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, located on the boundaries of Afiesere and Ekredjebo communities and Otedo and Edjovwe communities both in Ughelli North and Ughelli South Local Government Areas of Delta State.

Change Buhari Promised Will Not Happen Overnight – Atiku

Rising from a closed-door meeting yesterday with the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, that lasted close to an hour, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubarka, has clarified that the transformation which the incoming Buhari administration seeks to bring into governance will not occur overnight but will be a gradual process.

The former Vice President, who was exchanging views with journalists on whether the party is well prepared to manage successes it recorded at the general election, especially making good on its campaign promises, asked: “Are we not managing it? We are managing it and I believe we will be successful.”

160 more rescued from Sambisa Forest

According to AFP, the Nigerian Army says it has rescued about 160 more hostages from Sambisa Forest.

Buhari Lists 10 Challenges Waiting For Him

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari says there are at least 10 challenges ahead of his in-coming administration and has sought the support of the new legislators in tackling them.

He was speaking on Wednesday at the induction of new members of the national assembly organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja.

The challenges he listed are:

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Jonathan Fires NPA Boss, Appoints Lamido Ado Bayero

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sacked the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi, and replaced him with Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, the eldest son of the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero.

Chibok Girls: More Than 2,000 Women In Captivity – Amnesty International

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The Amnesty International (AI) has commended the Nigerian military for rescuing 293 women and girls from Boko Haram captivity, saying that apart from the Chibok girls, there are over 2,000 women in captivity.
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In a statement made available yesterday by its Africa Director, Research and Advocacy, Netsanet Belay, the Amnesty International described the rescue of the women and girls as an encouraging development, saying ,however, that it is ”only a small step in securing the safety of the thousands of women and girls abducted by the armed group since 2014.

Don’t Create Parallel Govt, FEC Tells Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan’s outgoing administration has warned the incoming government of Present-elect Muhammadu Buhari to avoid actions that seem as if it is creating a parallel government when a government is still in place.
Minister of National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr Abubakar Suleiman
Specifically, the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at its weekly meeting yesterday, raised an objection to some terms of reference tabled before it by the transition committee of the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

My Son’ll Knock Pacquiao Out – Mayweather Snr

Floyd Mayweather Sr has warned Manny Pacquiao his son has trained harder for their Saturday showdown than any of his other fights.
Mayweather Sr is convinced the MGM Grand bout will end in a stoppage victory and see Floyd Jr extend his unbeaten record to 48 fights.
“I’m going to give you the honest truth. Floyd may be working a little bit harder than he normally would,” Mayweather Sr said.

Oduah Gate: Court Orders Coscharis Motors Make Public Purchase Documents

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered Coscharis Motors Limited to discloses to a civil society group; Enough is Enough (EIE), Nigeria, details of the cost of the two bullet-proof cars purchase by former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah.
Justice Mohammed Yunusa gave the order while delivering judgment on a Freedom of Information application filed by the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), on behalf of EIE against Coscharis after the company refused to honour a FOI request on the controversial purchase.

Fear And Distrust As Victims Regroup In South Africa

There is a lot of confusion here. No one in the camps for internally displaced people understands how they pose a threat to South Africans – nor why they ‘rebeing killed for trying to make a living.
Foreigners living in the cramped camps are ordinary barbers, cashiers, security guards, and corner-store owners unaccustomed to being targets of hatred and violence. “We are just creating so when they say we are taking (jobs) from them, they are totally wrong,” said Amuri Djuma, 32, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Even if we leave there still won’t be jobs in South Africa.

Delayed Salaries: APC Appeals To Osun Workers

Following threats of labour unrest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over unpaid workers’ salaries in some states, Osun State inclusive, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to the labour leadership and workers in the state to exercise a little patience over the matter.
Consequent upon the drop in allocation from the federation account, the state government is owing its workforce about four months salaries.
The party in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Osogbo yesterday by its director of publicity, research and strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, said that the solution to the current economic crisis is less than 60 days away.

Suit Seeking To Stop Fayose’s Impeachment Withdrawn

Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday withdrew the suit before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja seeking to stop the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Ekiti State House of Assembly from impeaching him and his deputy, Kolapo Olusola.
The plaintiffs in the matter, speaker of the House of Assembly, Olugbemi Joseph Dele, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Fayose and Olusola, through their lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), approached the court for an order to halt impeachment moves against the governor.
When the case came up yesterday, counsel to the plaintiffs informed the court of his clients intention to withdraw the case.

Court Strikes Out Suit Seeking To Reopen Investigation Into Funsho Williams’ Murder

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday struck out an application seeking to reopen investigations into the murder of a late governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) in Lagos, Funsho Williams.
The judge struck out the application for want of diligent prosecution and also awarded a cost of N25,000 against the applicant, Bashir Junaid, a cemetary attendant.

FG Expresses Sadness Over Execution Of Nigerians By Indonesia


The federal government yesterday expressed disappointment over the execution of Nigerians by Indonesia government on Wednesday despite plea for clemency.
In a statement by the Ministry of foreign affairs yesterday, it stated, “The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with deep disappointment, news of the execution of 4 (four) Nigerians, Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe by the government of Indonesia for drug related offences.

Adamawa Assembly Crisis: Fintiri Declares Seats Of 3 Members Vacant

The crisis bedeviling Adamawa State House of Assembly has taken a new dimension as the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri who was purportedly impeached by nine members fires back at his opponents by declaring the seats of three lawmakers from the opposing camp vacant just as the two opposing camps held parallel sessions in the state capital.
During the House sitting presided over by Fintiri which was attended by 10 members at the State House of Assembly Complex, the speaker declared the seats of three members vacant adding that section 108 of the constitution has given him the mandate to declare the seats of the three affected lawmakers vacant on the basis of their defection to other political parties.

Gov Shettima Hails Military Over Rescue Of 293 Females


Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday hailed the military over the rescue of 293 females from Boko Haram detention, describing the operation as gratifying regardless of whether or not the rescued women form part of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by insurgents at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.

Non-payment Of Contractors: Okonjo-Iweala, Housing Minister Trade Blames

The minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her Land and Housing counterpart, Mrs Akon Eyakenyi, have differed sharply on the delay in the payments for completed projects in the Land and Housing sector in the last three years.
The Association of Lands and Housing contractors, led by Alhaji Lawal Adewale, had taken its protest of non-payment to the Federal Ministry of Finance, demanding the immediate release of funds to pay members on projects completed under the MDGs between 2012 and 2014.

Patience Jonathan Advised Against AFLPM Summit

The outgoing first lady,Dame Patient Jonathan, has been advised by the executive director, Voice of Widows, Divorcees and Orphans Association of Nigeria (VOWAN) Altine Abdullahi to emulate her husband, the president, by graciously allowing the African First Ladies Summit to hold as originally scheduled in July.

AIT: Buhari Cautions Aides Over Dealings With Media

AIT: Buhari Cautions Aides Over Dealings With Media

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The president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has instructed all his personal staff, including other personnel attached directly to him, to steer clear of all dealings with the media, and leave all media affairs to his official media team.

‘Boko Haram In Zimbabwe En Route South Africa’

Nigeria’s jihadist group, Boko Haram, is in Zimbabwe and could soon reach South Africa, reports the UK-based news outlet ZimEye, citing Zimbabwe’s national intelligence agency.
According to the Zimbabwean news website, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) issued an intelligence report, warning that the Islamist militant group is in Zimbabwe en route to neighbouring South Africa.

N25bn Scam: Judge Convicts Igbinedion, Others

Justice J. Liman of the Federal High Court in Benin yesterday convicted Charles Eboigbodin and Michael Igbinedion, younger brother to former Edo State governor Lucky Igbinedion.
The duo alongside their firms: Gava Corporation Limited; Romrig Nigeria Limited; PML Securities Company Limited and PML Nigeria Limited, were prosecuted on an 81-count charge of alleged money laundering, misappropriation of funds and abuse of office by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Probe: You’re Only Grandstanding, Tukur Mamu Tells FCT Minister

The publisher of DESERT HERALD newspaper, Mallam Tukur Mamu, has said that the FCT minister, Sen. Bala Muhammad was only grandstanding by urging the incoming government of the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to probe his activities in the ministry if it so wished.
Tukur who issued another statement yesterday from his base in Dubai where he went on self exile was reacting to claims by the FCT minister, while addressing journalists at the Presidential villa, Abuja yesterday, that his administration had remained accountable, as it has records and documents of what it has done since assumption of office.

‘Rescued 293 Girls, Women Not From Chibok’

The Borno State government has said that all the 293 women and girls rescued from Sambisa Forest are indigenes of Bumsiri village of Damboa local government area of the state, dashing hopes that some of them could be the Chibok girls abducted in April last year.
Briefing reporters on the development, the state commissioner of information, Mohammed Bulama, said that the rescued persons would be reunited with their families soon.

Minority PDP May Determine House Speaker

Going by its numbers, the now minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives will be a decider on how the leadership of the lower house emerges in the incoming 8th Assembly. EDEGBE ODEMWINGIE reports
For the records, in the House of Representatives, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has about 140 lawmakers, as against the All Progressives Congress (APC) with over 200 lawmakers. Monitors say a bloc vote from the PDP caucus will swing the House leadership in the direction it pleases – APC zoning notwithstanding.

Oyegun: On A Saddle Of Victory

On August 12, 2014, when Former Governors Forum met in the house of Sen. Jim Nwobodo for their routine monthly meeting, one event that marked the day out was that, it was the birth day of Chief John Oyegun. It was a sheer coincidence, as the meeting was postponed twice before then. When it dawned on the Forum that it was Chief Oyegun’s birthday, the Forum leaders decided it was worth celebrating with him. The roll call of leaders present covered all shades of political opinion. These had also included senior members of President Goodluck Jonathan administration. The import of unanimity in praise and love showered on Chief Oyegun on that day kept me thinking for some time, could this be part of an advance and a more elaborate celebration?

Buhari: Before The Second Coming

The pages of newspapers are today awash with diverse offers of advice to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on how to tackle the challenges he now must face as President of Nigeria from May 29th. Makes you wish he had more eyes and ears, but of course he is human. There is yet no clear reading of how the President-elect will fashion his administration and while you can not stop individuals from making suggestions, it seems worthwhile to read some of the points being made, and it may be even more so for the Buhari team to analyse critically and where need be, update the Buhari Action Plan.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FG To Pay Outstanding Allowances To Petroleum Marketers In 24 Hours

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It appears the long wait at fuel stations may soon be reversed as the Federal Government says it will be paying petroleum marketers the sum of N156 billion.
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FEC approves Edwin Clark, Hezekiah universities

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the establishment of two private universities in the country.
They are Edwin Clark University  in Delta State and Hezekiah University in Umudi, Imo State.
This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, at the end of the FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Akwashiki, the establishment of the universities was aimed at meeting the high demand for admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Transcorp Hilton Staff Loses Job For Supporting Buhari

A staff of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Mohammed Khalid Yakubu, who has been in the services of the hotel for ten years now, has lost his job for openly showing his support for the President-elect, Gen. Mohammed Buhari.
Speaking with LEADERSHIP in Abuja on Wednesday, Yakubu alleged that his immediate boss, the head of housekeeping department, Mr. Paul Agiopu conspired with the general manager, Mr Etienne Gailliez, a national of Holland, to terminate his ten-year employment with Transcorp Hilton Hotel on February 10, 2015.

ICC Confirms Receipt Of Petition Against Oba Of Lagos

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has confirmed that it has received a petition against the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, as a result of the inciting statement he made against the Igbo people living in Lagos State before the April 11 governorship election.

The international court on Tuesday acknowledged receipt of the petition filed by Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, son of the former Governor of Enugu State, late Chief C.C Onoh.

Arrest My Husband And Nigeria Will Boil –asari-dokubo’s Wife Dares Buhari

By Junior Otabono

Barely 24 hours after her husband had warned the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari against sending any Nigerian to prison when he assume office, Hajia Mujahidat Daba Dokubo-Asari wife of ex Niger Delta militant, Asari Dokubi has once again affirmed that no one can arrest her husband.

Her reason, the Niger Delta freedom fighter never held any political office and will never be held accountable for anything under president Jonathan’s administration.

FG Declares Friday Public Holiday (2015 Workers' Day)

The Federal Government has declared Friday May 1 as public holiday to commemorate the 2015 Workers’ Day.

Minister of Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, who made the announcement, according to a statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji, congratulated all Nigerians on their resilience and commitment in the face of the challenges of daily living.

What Forensic Audit Report Of NNPC Revealed (SUMMARIZED VERSION)

The report of forensic audit of NNPC was released to the public yesterday in accordance with President Goodluck Jonathan's directive. Here are some major points as revealed by the report.

1. $ 980 million was over charged as subsidies on Petrol and Kerosene between January 2012 and July 2013.

2. $3.38bn was spent on kerosene subsidy for the review period.

3. A total sum of $ 13, 637, 077, 362 from sale of domestic crude was not remitted.

4. The following cannot be substantiated due to lack of supporting documents:

No Provision For Fuel Subsidy In 2015 Budget

The senate on Tuesday approved the 2015 budget of N4.493 trillion, which is less than the 2014 budget of N4.695 trillion by about N200 billion.

‎A copy of the 2015 budget seen by TheCable showed that there was no provision for fuel subsidy in it. However, 21 billion was budgeted for the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).

Another Approach To The South African Attacks By Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

By Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

THE destructive attacks in South Africa on Nigerians and other sub-Saharan Africans are tragic and mindlessly wrong. The assaults sorely bruise the objective of inter-African harmony. They also put an eraser to the idyll of progress and domestic tranquility many people saw when gazing at South Africa.
The xenophobia is actually a lethal show of misdirected anger. The attacks point to deep, underlying ruptures within the South African political economy that actually have little to do with the presence of Nigerian or other Black Africans in that nation. Nigerians have become scapegoats in a fundamentally domestic struggle.

More Nigerians still to be executed in Indonesia - Hon. Abike Dabiri

The Chairperson House Committee on Diaspora matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said their are more Nigerians waiting to be executed in Indonesia. Speaking on Channels TV News at 10 last night, Hon Abike said a federal government delegation in which she was part of in 2008 visited Indonesia and found there were 21 Nigerians who were on death row in Indonesia for drug related offenses. She said nothing can be done as its the law in Indonesia. She said every 5m you walk, a sign is displayed saying the penalty for drug trafficking is death

Fayose, APC, PDP lawmakers hold peace meeting tomorrow

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers and seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers are to meet tomorrow to resolve the raging impeachment crisis rocking the state.
The meeting is at the instance of the state’s elders led by an eminent lawyer and founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola.

4 foreign robbers shot dead in Ogun

From SEGUN OLATUNJI, Abeokuta Four members of an international robbery gang suspected to be from Ghana were yesterday shot dead by police in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. The State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) men who carried out the operation also arrested two other members of the gang who were seriously injured during a botched attempt on a bureau de change office in Itoku,

Bring Back Our Girls Convener, Ezekwesili Happy With Girls, Women Rescue

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The convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group, Obiageli Ezekwesili, says the news of the rescue of some 200 girls and 93 women by Nigerian troops from the Boko Haram terrorists’ camps in Sambisa Forest brought hope.
In a phone conversation with Channels Television on Tuesday, Mrs Ezekwesili said: “It is a great news at this particular time. We are hopeful that his news will be for real and that the Chibok girls will be among those rescued after they have been profiled”.

South African Xenophobic Attacks: ICC To Probe Jacob Zuma, Zulu King

Civil rights organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), yesterday claimed that the International Criminal Court had decided to probe the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other African citizens in South Africa.
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This was disclosed in a statement released yesterday by SERAP’s executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni.

Sambisa Forest Raid: Troops Rescue 293 Women, Girls

Nigerian troops yesterday set free about 300 females from Sambisa Forest who were taken hostage by Boko Haram.

About 200 girls and 93 women were freed by the troops in the ongoing operation to wipe out Boko Haram insurgents from the North East.

Ex-militants warn APC, Buhari

Even as the All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised to sustain certain agencies of government to keep up with development in Niger Delta, ex-militants from the region have cautioned the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari not to tamper with the programmes of the outgoing Jonathan’s government.
Speaking under the aegis of Niger Delta Salvation Front(NDSF), the ex-militants alleged that their kinsman and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, lost the election to international conspiracy and further accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, of playing a regional/ethnic card in the just-concluded general elections.

Senate passes N4.493trn budget

Four months after Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, presented the 2015 budget to the National Assembly, the Senate yesterday passed the N4.493 trillion estimates.
The national budget, which was passed the by the House of Representatives last week, was N51 billion higher than the N4.425 trillion submitted to the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Senate’s approval of the budget yesterday was without any provision for fuel subsidy while the version submitted by Okonjo-Iweala showed  N21 billion funding for the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). With the Federal Government’s silence on fuel subsidy, it is assumed that Nigerians may brace up for higher fuel prices this year.

I didn’t apologise to George –Tinubu

Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday said he did not apologise to the PDP chieftain in the state, Bode George.
A statement from Tinubu’s media office had alleged that Bode George, during an interview in a national daily said Tinubu begged him for forgiveness.
The purported apology, according to the statement, allegedly took place during the burial of Chief Alao Arisekola.
Tinubu said he had never offended George in any way, so he could not have sought for any forgiveness from him.

Xenophobia: Ministers, Nigerian envoys in South Africa plead for leniency

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and  Nigerian envoys in South Africa,  Messrs Uche Ajulu- Okeke, and Martin Cobham, on Tuesday, pleaded with Nigerians to forgive South Africans over their recent Xenophobic attacks against foreigners living in their country.
The top government functionaries made the plea when they appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, following their invitation by the senate for briefing over the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Week-long festivity to usher in Buhari

The Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee (PIPC)‎ met last Thursday and announced a one-week programme of activities leading to May 29 inauguration of President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
In a joint press briefing by  the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and ‎co-chair, former governor of Bayelsa State, Timepre Sylva, the team said the week long programme will kick-off with  ‎press briefing, Jumat prayers, inter-denominational ‎church service, inauguration dinner, ‎swearing-in ceremony‎, launch immediately  after the swearing-in and a gala night‎ on May 29.

TAN is beyond Jonathan campaigns –Ifeanyi Uba

The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) came like a bolt out of the blues and took centre stage in the build up to the campaigns for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election. It stampeded Nigerians many months before the declaration of the president and its frenzy got so loud that people started asking questions as to who was behind the mask.
With time, the public got to know that the person behind the movement was Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Uba, the oil magnate and CEO of Capital Oil. Although Jonathan lost, the formidable impact TAN made has crystalized it into a platform of substance that must be reckoned with.

North East And Demands For Political Offices

Following the good show of the North-East geo-political zone at the just general elections, it has been making agitations for series of political offices in the incoming government of the All Progressives Congress (APC). MUYIWA OYINLOLA examines some of these agitations and the chances of the zone in getting them
The All Progressives Congress (APC) got its second largest votes from the North-East. Its highest votes came from the North West, and this is understandable, that is the base and catchment area of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.).
The massive support of the North-East for the APC did not come to many as a surprise; analysts say it was a protest against its devastation by the insurgents Boko Haram.

Okorocha To Ihedioha: Let’s Meet At Tribunal

Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha has expressed confidence that he will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Emeka Ihedioha if he eventually heads to the tribunal.
He stated this in a press statement he issued through his senior special assistant on media, Sam Onwuemeodo and made available to newsmen in Owerri.

Enugu: PDC Seeks Prosecution Of Reps-elect Caught With 4,000 PVCs

A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu on Monday granted an application filed by Hon. Nnolim Nnaji, House of Representatives candidate of the People for Democratic Change (PDC) for Nkanu West/Nkanu East federal constituency in Enugu State in the just-concluded National Assembly Election to file a motion to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the same election for alleged possession of over 4,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) on election day.

FG Hands Over NITEL/MTEL To NATCOM Consortium

As part of its efforts to revamp the telecommunication sector, the federal government, yesterday, handed over the Nigerian Telecommunication Plc (NITEL) and Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications (MTEL) to its preferred bidder, the NATCOM Consortium after five failed attempts to privatise the companies in Abuja.
The asset which gulped the sum of $252.25 million earlier witnessed the strategic core investor sale of 51 per cent shareholding to Investors International London Limited (IILL) in 2001 followed by failed management contract by the Pentascope in 2002 and aborted Orascom Telecoms bid in 2005.

Drug Trafficking: Indonesia Executes 3 Nigerians, Others

Three Nigerians and five other members of the Bali Nine prisoners being held in Indonesia for drug offences have been executed on Nusakambangan Prison Island near Cilacap in Central Java by the Indonesian government.
Indonesian media say the execution, by firing squad, took place at 00:30 local time, which translates to 6:30pm Nigerian time yesterday.
The Nigerians involved were Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, while the five others killed were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte and Ghanaian Martin Anderson.

Buhari Should Look Beyond Missing NNPC Money – Hon Daramola

A member of the House of Representatives representing Ekiti North federal constituency 1, Hon. Bimbo Daramola (APC, Ekiti), has called on the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to look beyond the missing $20billion in the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as there are other government agencies and parastatals, which also needed to be investigated.
Daramola, who spoke to journalists in Abuja yesterday, said the decision of the President-elect to probe the controversial missing money was a right step in the right direction as it will translate to the much expected ‘change’ Nigerians are craving for.

No Bridge Collapsed In Kano – Commissioner

Against the backdrop of the media report that a bridge collapsed in Kano, the Kano State commissioner for works, housing and transport, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has described the media report as inaccurate, considering the fact that it was a concrete beam that slipped and not a bridge collapse.
In his address to newsmen in his office, the commissioner said what happened was an accident which happens in many construction sites.

Ezekwesili At 52: Oby Is A Blessing To Chibok Girls Campaign – BBOG Group

The #BringBackOurGirls group has described one of its leaders,Dr Oby Ezekwesili, as a blessing to Chibok girls campaign as she celebrated her 52nd birthday yesterday.
Aisha Yesufu said knowing Dr Ezekwesili has changed her life and belief in human being as her doggedness and determination, have contributed to the successes of the BBOG campaign.
According to her, “ Aunty Oby made me believe in a New Nigeria. I had given up hope on my country, Nigeria. She gave me hope for a better Nigeria. I was almost giving up hope. Things weren’t going well and nothing was being done to correct it but when I encountered aunty Oby and this group, I had great hope for the future.”

AIT, All Media Free To Cover Buhari’s Activities – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that all accredited media organisations in the country, including the African Independent Television (AIT), are free to cover the activities of the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
The party in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made available to journalists, said the incoming administration to be led by Buhari will not discriminate against any media organisation, irrespective of its role during the electioneering campaign prior to the recent polls.

UNILAG to honour Adeboye, Danjuma,Onosode

University of Lagos, UNILAG will confer honorary degrees on Lt. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd), Deacon Gamaliel Oforitsenere Onosode and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, tomorrow, for their immense contributions to humanity.
Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Rahamon Bello who disclosed this, yesterday, explained that the choice of the elder statesmen was due to their immense contributions to education and quality of life in Nigeria.

NNPC blames fuel scarcity on NARTO, PTD strike

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Tuesday, blamed the fuel scarcity currently witnessed in some parts of the country on the strike action embarked upon by the members of National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over their disagreements with major oil marketers.
The NNPC in a statement signed by Mr. Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, said the strike was in protest of the huge amount NARTO and PTD members claimed they are being owed by major oil marketers.

Troops storm Sambisa, rescue 293 females

Nigerian troops, yesterday, stormed the Sambisa forest hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists, and rescued 200 girls and 93 women in a daring operation.
The Defence Headquarters in a statement, yesterday, confirmed the rescue operation but said it could not yet determine if some of the girls were Chibok schoolgirls abducted over a year ago from Chibok town in Borno State.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col S. K. Usman, in a statement said:
“This is to inform you that our gallant troops have been making progress in the desired aim of ridding the nation of terrorists and their sanctuaries.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NNPC Audit Report Exposes Double Subsidy Payments

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm of forensic auditors hired by the Federal Government to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has indicted the corporation of making double subsidy claims on petrol and kerosene.

“Our examination of the PMS and DPK import verified by PPPRA revealed that some discharges were apparently verified and subsidy advised to NNPC more than once,” the report stated.

If I were president Zuma in South Africa - OBASANJO

"If I were president Zuma in South Africa, the issue [of xenophobia] would not have arisen," said former president Olusegun Obasanjo, to tumultuous applause from the impressed crowd.

"First, I would condemn the action in very stern language.

"Secondly, those who have made comments that seem to be glorifying the very bad act, no matter how close they have been to me, I would publicly castigate them,

"Thirdly, I would make an example of a few of those who committed the act. And I mean that. Look - South Africa is one of the most developed countries is in South Africa and will continue to be a leader in Africa. If they cannot accommodate other Africans on their soil, then they don't deserve to be leaders."

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How the 4 Nigerians Condemned in Indonesia will be Killed

A local television station in Indonesia has broadcasted a chilling re-enactment of how executions are carried out in Indonesia. It was broadcasted to millions of viewers yesterday and is set to become a brutal reality for the 4 Nigerians involved.


Boko Haram is a fraud - Buhari

"The fraud called Boko Haram can be defeated by denying it a recruitment base," General Buhari told visiting leaders of Nassarawa State who came to congratulate him on his emergence as President-elect. No religion allows for the killing of children in school dormitory, in markets and places of worship. They have nothing to do with religion. They are terrorists and we are going to deal with them as they deal with terrorists anywhere," he announced.

FG names Abuja streets, roads after Jonathan, Atiku, Okadigbo, Otedola, others

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is set to honour some eminent Nigerians and other accomplished Africans by naming major streets in Asokoro Extension, Guzape, Wupa, Wuye and Maitama Extension districts as well as roads after them.
FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, who disclosed this yesterday during the Executive Committee meeting held at his Life Camp, Abuja,  listed the honorees to include President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, ex-Senate President, the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, former Speaker, House of Representatives and Katsina State Governor-elect, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, ex-Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher, business moguls, Femi Otedola, and Aliko Dangote and scores of others.

Xenophobic attacks: Indigenes warn S/Africa

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) indigenes have threatened to close down South African businesses operating in the nation’s capital as a reprisal for the Xenophobic attacks in that country.
The group has given the South African Government 48 hours to apologise to Nigerians and other nationals of African countries for the wanton killings during the xenophobic attack.
The group also demanded that concrete steps be taken by the South African authority to tackle the menace.

I’m ready for probe after tenure, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he would be ready after leaving office for any probe of his administration’s activities.
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari plans to revisit the $20b “missing” oil money when he gets into office.
Besides, All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesman Lai Mohammed has alleged massive looting by government officials.
But, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said he is not afraid of any investigation after leaving office.

Mayweather: ‘I’ll be too strong for Pacquiao’

Floyd Mayweather Jr has backed himself to “deliver” when he meets Manny Pacquiao in their highly-anticipated Las Vegas bout this weekend.
Mayweather clashes with Pac-man at the MGM Grand in a fight that had the potential to set a new pay-per-view record for the sport, and the unbeaten Grand Rapids fighter thought that he would be too strong for the Filipino on May 2.
The Mirror quoted Mayweather as saying: “All I know how to do is win. I’ve no doubts the fight will deliver.

Scary news from South Africa

The images were frightening and at the same time mind-boggling. If not for the credibility of the cable news platform where one was viewing the image, it would have been wished away for a make belief. But then, this is real and by no means a scene from any popular horror movie as fierce looking men with murderous instinct surrounded a hapless man. With the precision of a mad lion ready to tear its prey into pieces, these vicious looking men, clutching various objects, pounced upon the ill-fated man hitting him hard on every part of his body. Intermittently, the unlucky man tried to make an attempt to resist his attackers until he lost every strength in him. By now, he had resigned himself to fate as he lay down with blood gushing out of his body like water from a running tap. He was vulnerable and helpless.

Drugs: Indonesia May Execute Nigerians, Others Today

Indonesian Kills
Indonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from Australia, France and the Philippines to spare their nationals and ignoring a decision by the Constitutional Court to hear a final challenge.
Australia began the day with a plea for a stay in the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, saying reports that their trial had been tainted by corruption needed to be investigated.

Ogun, China sign $3bn light rail project contract

Ogun State Government yesterday signed a $3 billion contract with a Chinese company, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) for the construction intra and inter-city light rail projects in the state.
It was gathered that the project would be completed in three years.
At the signing ceremony of the agreement inside the executive chambers of the Governor’s Office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Governor Ibikunle Amosun explained that the light rail projects, which would be a fast one, would reduce the pressure on the highways in the state.

Constitution amendment: We’ve not been served court papers –Ekwremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday said the Presidency has not served the National Assembly court papers objecting to some amendments in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Ekweremadu said this at the opening ceremony of the induction course for senators-elect, which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
His words: “The National Assembly has not been served any court notice on Constitution amendment. I am here to speak on the leadership at the National Assembly. I believe everybody should be interested in it because we are potential leaders at the Assembly.”

Commission of enquiry: PDP drags Amaechi to court

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dragged the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, and 13 others to a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, over the recently constituted commission of enquiry on politically motivated killings in the state.
Other respondents in the case are the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, nine other members, the Attorney General of the state, the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police in the state.

Report On Investigative Forensic Audit Into Allegations Of Unremitted Funds Into Federation Accounts By NNPC

Per our engagement letter dated 5 June 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited (“PwC”) has performed the investigative forensic audit into the alleged unremitted funds into the Federation Accounts by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) between January 2012 and July 2013.
Our services were performed and this Report was developed in accordance with our engagement letter dated 5 June 2014 and subject to the terms and conditions included herein.
Our Scope of work included the following:

Fashola Urged To Return Isolo Secondary School To Owners

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has been urged to return former Metropolitan College, now Isolo Secondary School in Lagos to its original owners before the expiration of his tenure on May 29, 2015.
This called was made by Akaix West Africa Limited, the original owners of the school, which was taken over by the Military Government of Lagos State in 1976, via the Education (Private Secondary Institutions Special Provisions) Law.

Jonathan sacks NHIS boss, appoints Obi as SEC chairman

President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati gave no reason for his sacking in a statement issued in Abuja.

$370m Abacha Money Traced To Luxembourg Bank – Swiss Envoy

More revelation came yesterday on money stashed in foreign banks by the former military head of state, General Sani Abacha, as Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Hans Rudof Hodel, disclosed that about $370 million belonging to Nigeria has been traced to a bank account in Luxembourg.
Hodel dropped this hint yesterday in Abuja while speaking to journalists shortly after his visit to the president-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, and further disclosed that his country has earlier returned part of the Abacha loot to the Nigerian government.
He stated that the era of looting of public fund is over as his country has put strict financial policies to checkmate such illegal transactions and that the Swiss government will help the incoming government to fight corruption in Nigeria.

Constitution amendment: FG asks Supreme Court to stop National Assembly

Determined to stop the constitution amendment by the National Assembly, the Federal Government yesterday asked the Supreme Court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the lawmakers   from taking any further step on the issue.
Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN), who filed the application on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, prayed the court to stop the lawmakers from passing the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act, 2015 into law pending the final determination of the suit earlier filed before the court.

Sokoto guber: Court decides Tambuwal’s fate May 26

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reserved ruling in the suit challenging the emergence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-concluded governorship election in Sokoto State.
Justice Evoh Chukwu will on May 26, determine whether the issues raised in the suit by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights, Senator Umaru Dahiru and Sanyinna were no longer live issues as contended by Tambuwal’s legal team.

Kidnapper shot dead, victim rescued in Lagos

The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command has shot dead a suspected kidnapper and rescued the female victim.
Crime Watch Today gathered that Kudirat Adeboye, a petrol filling station owner, was abducted the Elemoro area of Ibeju-Lekki.
The 60-year-old woman was inspecting construction at her new petrol station before she was seized.
The kidnappers were said to have demanded a N50 million ransom, but after negotiation, they agreed to collect N3 million.

Don’t Pray For APC’s Failure, Gov Aliyu Tells PDP Members

Gov. Aliyu
The governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has pleaded with PDP members not to pray for the failure of the APC-led government but rather to work towards regaining power in 2019.
Aliyu who spoke at the College of Education, Minna yesterday when he commissioned some TERTFund projects admonished his party men and women to pray for the success of the incoming APC government.

Buhari Victory: Man, 35, Rides Bicycle From Kaduna To Lagos

A 35-year-old Kaduna-born cyclist and supporter of the president-elect, Mohammed Kabiru Jafaru, yesterday embarked on a journey to meet with the vice president-elect in Lagos State.
Mohammed, a resident of Hayin Malam Bello in Rigasa district of Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, took off on his journey to Lagos at exactly 6: 35am at the palace of Sarkin Hayin Malam Bello, Alhaji Kabiru Isa Gangarida.

SOS FROM UNIMAID STUDENTS: ‘Please, don’t let Chibok girls’ fate befall us’

As a new student, you just arrived University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and you have a place to lay your tired head. You should expect some relief! At least, finally, you made it; you’ve arrived! But the following day as you are at Mama Aisha Restaurant doing some ‘tanking up,’ before you could swallow your third morsel of eba garnished with egusi soup you heard b-o-o-m. What’s that, man? Your mind immediately begins to wonder so much that you can’t swallow the next morsel you hold in your hand. You pay the bill, pack your things, ready to run in case you have to do so. This kind of experience keeps happening almost on daily basis.

MEMO TO PRESIDENT-ELECT, MUHAMMADU BUHARI: ‘How to make education truly functional in Nigeria’

When policies are formulated, no matter how lofty they may appear, if they are not practicable, implementable and measurable, then, they will be useless for whatever cause they were designed for. This is the submission of the Director General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, (NOTAP), Prof. Umar B. Bindir.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jonathan files fresh application in Supreme Court

… Asks court to restrain NASS on Constitution amendment
President Goodluck Jonathan has intensified his effort to prevent the National Assembly from overriding his veto on the amendment of the Constitution.
The President, through the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has applied to the Supreme Court for an injunction restraining the lawmakers from acting on the amendment – the Fourth Alteration Act 2015 – pending the determination of an earlier suit he filed, urging the court to declare the amendment unconstitutional.

Jonathan commiserate with Nepal over devastating earthquake

President Goodluck Jonathan, has on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, extended condolences to the government and people of Nepal over the loss of thousands of lives in the devastating earthquake that has occurred in the country.
Jonathan noted that the tragedy has caused deep sorrow, not just for the Nepalese but all humanity.
The President assured that the Nigerian government were in sorrow and solidarity with them as they mourn those who lost their lives to the earthquake and begin the onerous task of rehabilitating survivors and rebuilding affected parts of their country.

BREAKING NEWS! Ondo Deputy Governor Impeached

The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi.
The Monday plenary session was attended by 24 out of the 26 members of the House, including the Speaker, all in support of the impeachment.
The impeachment motion was moved by the Majority Leader, Henry Akinsoyinu, who revealed that the seven impeachable offences of gross misconduct and abuse of office levelled against the Deputy Governor have been proved.

Gen. Buhari (supposedly) reads riot act to family members

President elect, Gen Buhari has reportedly read the riot act to members of his family, warning them that they will face the full wrath of the law if they commit any crime while he serves as President.

APC To Jega: Order Rivers Rec To Allow Us Access To Election Materials

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega to order the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Dame Gesila Khan to allow its agents in the state access to materials used for the 2015 general elections in the state.
The APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, and signed by its chairman in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, also appealed to Jega, to direct Khan to immediately comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Freedom of Information Act by granting the party unfettered access to the requested materials.

South Africa slams Nigeria for withdrawing envoys

South Africa has criticised Nigeria for recalling its ambassadors from the country following the spate of xenophobic attacks, which left no fewer than seven people dead.
A statement from Foreign Affairs Ministry said Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke were on Saturday recalled for consultations.
But, South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation’s Spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the decision to withdraw the two was an unfortunate and regrettable step.
“If this action is based on the incidents of attacks on foreign nationals in some parts of our country, it would be curious for a sisterly country to want to exploit such a painful episode for whatever agenda,” he said.

Ex-militants, OPC begin N9.3b pipeline jobs today

Barring any last-minute change,  former militants and self determination groups will today begin the execution of the N9.3b waterways and oil pipelines contracts.
A memo from the Presidency directed the ex-militants, led by Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube (aka Gen. Shoot-At-Sight) to take over Nigerian waterways and oil pipeline protection from the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as from March 16.
But the contract execution was said to have been delayed because it was uncertain whether the incoming administration would revoke it.

Group Wants Gov Fashola As FCT Minister

Conscious of the peculiarity of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja where elections are not held for governor and state legislators, some concerned Nigerians, made up of people living in and outside of the city, have demanded for the appointment of Governor Babatunde Fashola, current governor of Lagos State, Nigeria’s former capital city, as minister for FCT.
Speaking under the aegis of Gateway for Empowerment and Justice for Peace Initiative (GEJPI), the group at a media briefing in Abuja at the weekend said with requisite experience and records of performance in maintaining sustained economic growth and unprecedented infrastructure development in the last eight years in Lagos State, it is only appropriate that Fashola be allowed to turn Abuja into a Mega City like other international capital cities.

Jubilation in Imo as Okorocha dedicates victory to masses

Imo State capital Owerri yesterday erupted in wild jubilation as supporters of the All Progressives Congress(APC) took to the streets to celebrate Governor Rochas Okorocha’s reelection.
Movement was disrupted as broom waving youths and women marched through major streets, dancing and exchanging banters.
Okorocha attended a thanksgiving service at the Government House Chapel where he dedicated his victory to the masses who he said were neglected by successive administrations.
He described the masses as the main victors in the election.

Why We Supported Buhari – MKO Abiola’s Family

The family of acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election late Chief Moshood Abiola has said they supported President–elect General Muhammadu Buhari, to be the next leader of the country because of their conviction about his ability to govern the people effectively and right injustice in the country.

APC warns against last-minute looting

President Goodluck Jonathan has been urged to rein in government officials whose actions may cause problems for the incoming Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged that there are reported allegations of:
•last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, hurried recruitment into the public service and
•rushed privatisation of key financial institutions.
In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said apart from the instances of such cases that had been reported by the media, it has been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians, alerting it to the unscrupulous actions of some Jonathan Administration officials.

I’ll revisit $20b missing oil money, says Buhari

The last may not have been heard of the $20 billion “missing” oil money.
“The new administration will take a look at it,” President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday.
Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano, alleged that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) failed to remit $20 billion to the federation account, but a committee, which investigated the issue, claimed that about $10 billion was unremitted. Accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers was brought in. It said only $1 billion was unaccounted for. Details of its report are yet to be made public.

I Was Never Arrested During Imo Guber Poll – Sen Uzodinma

Senator Hope Uzodinma representing Imo West senatorial district has cautioned politicians in the country against ridiculing and tarnishing the hard earned reputation of their opponents. He said politicians who indulge in such act were not helping Nigeria’s fledgling democracy to thrive but were wittingly and unnecessarily heating up the polity.

APC Decries Last-Minute Looting Of Treasury, Recruitments

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried reports of last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, hurried recruitment into the public service and rushed privatization of key financial institutions by the present administration.
The party, in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, warned that such flagrant actions will have serious repercussions.
APC said that apart from the instances of such cases that had been reported in the local media, the party had been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians, alerting it to the unscrupulous actions of some officials serving under the Jonathan administration.

Boko Haram Attacks Army Base In Niger

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a Niger army base on an island in Lake Chad, leaving many soldiers dead.
Niger military sources told Reuters news agency that hundreds of armed militants riding on motorised canoes attacked the island of Karamga, Southeastern region of Bosso of the country.
“This was the second attempt to capture the town since February by the terrorists,” army sources said, adding that counter-attack to clear the island of militants was ongoing.

15 Die As Fulani Militia Attacks Benue Communities

15 Die As Fulani Militia Attacks Benue Communities

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There was pandemonium yesterday in Mbadwem district of Guma local government area of Benue State when suspected Fulani militia allegedly launched a fresh attack on the agrarian communities.
No fewer than 15 people were killed and several others injured.

Drugs: Ban Ki-moon Urges Indonesia Not To Execute Nigerian, Others

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has appealed to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine prisoners within days for drug-related crimes.
The nine – from Nigeria, Australia, Brazil, Ghana, the Philippines, and Indonesia – have been transported to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where they are set to face a firing squad, despite mounting international criticism.
Indonesia has so far informed eight of the death row inmates,
including one Nigerian, two Australian members of the so-called “Bali Nine” group, that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Tuesday.

BBOG Group Demands NSA’s Weekly Update On Rescue of Chibok Girls

In line with its determination to continue with the demand for the rescue of the Chibok girls and monitor the May 29 deadline given by the national security adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) for the rescue of the girls, the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has called for weekly updates from the NSA on the development.
In a speech read at the group’s meeting yesterday and signed by its leaders, Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman, the group said it has become necessary for Nigerians to know through the NSA if there is any development in the search for the girls.

‘Jonathan Still Working As President Till May 29’

The Presidency yesterday spurned reports suggesting that the outgoing administration headed by President Goodluck Jonathan had abandoned some of its ongoing projects following his defeat in the March 28 presidential poll.
It said the loss to the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) notwithstanding, the Jonathan-led government is still working for the good of the country and its citizens.

APC Chieftain Wants Buhari To Revoke Privatised Firms

A Kaduna based chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Ashafa Ayuba has called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to revoke all public firms privatised by the past administrations, particularly under the out-going administration.
Speaking with newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, Ayuba said Buhari should make the revocation a priority as soon as he assumes office to allow the masses enjoy what belongs to them so that they could appreciate the dividends of democracy.

Drivers claim ignorance of speed limiter

Are commercial bus operators aware of the planned introduction of the Speed Limit Device (SLD) by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in June? No, say some drivers, who claimed that they were hearing about the device for the first time.
In 2014, FRSC announced that the enforcement of the device would begin on June 1.
Mr Kamilu Salaudeen, who plies Idumota-Oshodi route, said he had never heard of the device or its enforcement by the FRSC.

Free Meals For Pupils Continue In Osun – Perm Sec

Despite paucity of funds, the Osun State government has assured the 250,000 elementary school children and 3,000 food vendors benefiting from the free Osun School Feeding programme of its continuation as private and public schools resume for the 3rd term academic activities today.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Lawrence Oyeniran, who gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen, described the rumour that the state government plans to stop the School Feeding programme as complete falsehood.

Ex-Niger Delta Militants Task Buhari On Poverty, Infrastructure

Former Niger Delta militants under the aegis of Bridge Builders of Nigeria have called on the incoming administration to “address problems of infrastructure and widespread poverty in the Niger Delta .”
This is coming ahead of the May 29 swearing-in of General Muhammadu Buhari as the president of Nigeria.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Apathy, ballot snatching, card reader failure mar Abia supplementary guber poll

The supplementary governorship election held in eight Local Government Areas of Abia State yesterday witnessed poor voter turnout and malfunctioning of the Card reader in some polling units.
The election was originally scheduled to hold in nine Local Government Areas of the state, but that of Umunneochi did not hold and no reason was given for that by INEC. Re-run election was conducted in some polling units at Osisioma, Aba North, Aba South, Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano, Ugwunagbo and Ohafia councils, where elections did not hold during the April governorship poll in the state.

Strange killer disease: Ondo bans production, consumption of ogogoro

The Ondo State Government has banned the produc-tion and consumption of locally-made gin, commonly called ‘ogogoro’ in the state, following the recent strange deaths in Ode-Irele.
The Commissioner for Health, Dayo Akinyanju told reporters in Akure yesterday that medical reports showed that the deaths were caused by ethanol poisoning
He said: “Our clinical analysis reveals the fact that there were no known viruses, while toxicology reports have confirmed our prime suspicion of ethanol poisoning.
“We have reviewed our strategies and embarked on sensitization to let people know that locally-made gin is prohibited.

No Female Governor Yet

The hope that the 2015 governorship election will produce the first female elected governor in the country has appeared forlorn as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Architect Darius Ishaku was coasting home to victory in the early stages of result collation in the state. The likely victory of Ishaku is gradually dashing the expectation that Aishat Alhassan, the female governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC could become the first elected female governor in the country.
Darius Ishaku
The results of the election at the polling units across the 218 voting points across the 10 local government areas of the state, clearly placed Ishaku ahead of Senator Alhassan. The figures show that Ishaku has polled a total of 1598 votes against APC’s 427 as at the time of filling this report.

Islamic State Takes Military Barracks, Dam In Western Iraq

ANBAR, Iraq – Islamic State militants in Iraq took partial control of a water dam and military barracks guarding it in the western Anbar province after fierce fighting through the night that continued yesterday, security sources and witnesses said.
The Iraqi government announced a new offensive this month to recapture parts of Anbar, Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland, from Islamic State, in an attempt to build on an earlier victory against the group in the central city of Tikrit.

Why Christian leaders prefer Buhari to Jonathan -Abiara

The General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has proffered reasons why many Nigerian Christian leaders supported Gen. Mohammadu Buhari in the last presidential election.
According to him, Buhari’s choice is premised on the fact that he has the capacity to foster peace and development that Nigerians desire.

An unrepentant PDP

From the angry reactions of some stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the party’s defeat in the last presidential election, and in many states where it used to hold sway, it is clear that the party chieftains had not been telling themselves the home truth. And, in any human relationship where such honest truths are missing, the result is the kind of defeat that the ruling party suffered.  Of course, no one expected that a party that had been dreaming of ruling the country for 60 consecutive years should not bemoan its loss in only 16 years. So, ruing over the loss of such a golden

Xenophobic attacks: Nigeria recalls ambassador

The federal government yesterday recalled Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa as an immediate fallout of the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in that country.
Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke were directed to return home for consultations in the latest sign of African countries’ discontent at Pretoria’s handling of attacks on immigrants.
“The invitation is in connection with the on-going xenophobia in South Africa targeting foreigners, mainly African migrants,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Seven people have been killed in attacks on migrants since March 20, when Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini spoke out against foreign workers.

2015 poll: I’m alive and healthy –Clark

…Dismisses  rumours of his death following Jonathan’s loss
.Carpets Coomassie over comments on Abba Suleiman’s removal as IGP
From: GODWIN TSA, Abuja
Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark has dispelled reports that he collapsed and died after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari winner of the March 28 presidential polls against his political son, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former Information Minister who described the report as mischievous said he was alive and healthy. Chief Clark who spoke to journalists yesterday at his Abuja residence said it was pertinent to speak up now that he was about leaving the shores of the country to the United States for a well-deserved rest.

Okorocha leads in Imo re-run

Imo Supplementary poll
Ogwa Ward 1 PU 002
APC – 124   PDP – 31
Ogwa Ward 1 PU 004
APC 149   PDP – 52
Ogwa Ward 1 PU 009
APC – 118  PDP – 60
Ogwa Ward 1 PU 007
APC – 72  PDP – 48
Ogwa Ward 1 PU 015
APC – 113   PDP – 46

Abubakar Duduwale Another Buhari's Supporter Starts Walk From Yola To Abuja.

A supporter of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, identified as Abubakar Duduwale , has set for a walk from Yola in Adamawa to Abuja.

He told newsmen in Yola on Saturday at the onset of the walk that the adventure was to express his joy over the emergence of Buhari as president-elect.

Over 2, 000 Boko Haram Terrorists Force Soldiers To Flee Lake Chad

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have forced hundreds of soldiers to flee Marte, a border town along the shores of the Lake Chad, a local official and witnesses said Friday.

“The terrorists, numbering over 2,000, appeared from various directions on Thursday and engaged the soldiers in Kirenowa town and adjoining communities in Marte,” said Imamu Habeeb, a local community leader.

Nigerian Woman Steals £17,000 From UK Employers For Luxury Wedding!!!

Convicted fraudster who conned £17,000 from City firm used company credit card to pay for £5,000 Seychelles honeymoon on her second day in the job

* Gabrielle Yinka Saunders, 32, stole money from Insight Investments on the day after she started working there
* Used company money to pay for £10,000 wedding and £5,000 honeymoon
* But she was spared jail despite having previous fraud convictions
* Saunders stole £35,000 from PwC and was jailed for six months in 2007

'People Have Deserted Aso Rock Because I'm Going' - Jonathan Speaks Emotionally

President Goodluck Jonathan has said he isn’t surprised that his friends and associates had deserted him after losing his re-election bid. He also noted that the congregation numbers at the Aso Villa Chapel has dwindled. The president stated this at the 5th presidential prayer breakfast which held yesterday at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Friday, April 24, 2015

‘Everybody loves Raymond’ star commits suicide

Child star, Sawyer Sweeten of hit show in the US Everybody Loves Raymond has committed suicide. Sweeten’s family have confirmed the news in a statement.
In the statement his family confirmed that the 19-year-old “took his own life” on Thursday morning by shooting himself on the front porch of the family home in Texas.
‘This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred. We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.’
Sawyer Sweeten played GeoffreyBarone in the hit show, which also featured his twin brother Sullivan as Michael Barone and older sister Madylin as Ally Barone. The show ran from 1996 – when the twin boys were just 16 months old – to 2005.

World Malaria Day: Matters Arising

Observers note that the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day, “ Invest in the future. Defeat malaria’’, is full of messages, while the messages are full of expectations.

Medical experts describe malaria as a preventable and treatable infectious disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes.

They say malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bite of mosquitoes.

APC will work hard to end poverty, says Tinubu

THE administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will work hard to end poverty and provide opportunities for young people through ambitious infrastructural development, housing and agricultural programmes, which will provide jobs directly to the citizenry.
This assurance was given yesterday by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the 12th Convocation ceremony of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso.
Tinubu, who was speaking as the chancellor of the institution, told the students that the hope and prospects for a better future for the youth is now bright.

Bamanga Tukur to PDP: you caused your downfall

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Bamanga Tukur has said the party caused its own downfall.
Tukur, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said he  warned the party in 2013 that it would suffer defeat in the 2015 general elections if the leaders refused to change their ways and allow for internal democracy.
In the statement, titled “PDP- Were you not warned?”, the former chairman reminded the party leadership of the speech he read at the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of  Thursday, June 20, 2013, which he presided over, as the party chairman.

Buhari moves to Defence House

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has started operating from a government-owned complex following the allocation of the Defence House for his use.
He is expected to use the facility till March 28. After his inauguration on May 29, he will relocate to Aso Rock Villa where the presidential residence is currently undergoing renovation.
Gen Buhari moved into the Defence House on Tuesday on his return to Abuja from Kaduna and his hometown Daura, where he stayed after the governorship election on April 11.
The Defence House in the Maitama District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is one of the President’s guest houses. It is located opposite the Legacy House, which has been serving as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign headquarters.

‘I’II Be Glad To Put On My Khaki And Defend Nigeria If…’

Chief Thomas Ejah, the Alapa of Idoma, retired from Nigerian Army in 1990 after he fought meritoriously for the Unity of the country. 25-years after, the 72-year-old man, has vowed to put on khaki uniform once again to defend his fatherland, if there is need. He spoke to SALIFU USMAN. Excerpts   
Sir, how was life while growing up?
During our time, we always obeyed our parents. Like me, I always followed my father to the farm, obeyed his instructions, whatsoever. I was brought up diligently and taught on how to respect the elders, which I have followed up till this level of my age. Now, children don’t listen to their parents. Their father will tell them- this is where to follow but they will tell you different stories.

How was the movement of people then?

Troops get mandate to catch Shekau

Troops have got another mandate to catch Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau alive.
Shekau is believed to have relocated from his bunker before the troops reclaimed Gwoza from the insurgents, a report has said.
The military is said to be probing the “sudden disappearance of Shekau”, who has remained incommunicado.
According to PRNigeria, the search for Shekau followed the recovery of key towns and hideouts of Boko Haram.
The PRNigeria is the intelligence source through which the military and security agencies release strategic information.

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