Friday, July 31, 2015

Import waivers: Senate probes Jonathan’s govt Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan
THE Senate on Thursday commenced the probe of alleged abuse of the waiver regime under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The upper federal legislative chamber has set up a committee to investigate alleged abuse of import waivers by the Jonathan administration. The ad hoc committee, headed by Senator Adamu Aliero, will probe import waivers from 2011 to 2014.
The President Muhammadu Buhari government had a few weeks ago said it would probe the Jonathan administration.

I headed an Army with no equipment–Badeh

Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.)
The immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (retd.), has said that the Army he headed was one with no equipment.
The former Chief of Defence Staff made the statement while delivering a valedictory speech at a pulling out parade organised in his honour at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, on Thursday.
He said, “Permit me to also add here that the nation’s militaries are equipped and trained in peace time for the conflicts they expect to confront in the future. Unfortunately, that has not been our experience as a nation.

Ambode orders Lagos agencies to vacate rented apartments Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has ordered government agencies occupying rented apartments to vacate such and relocate to their mother ministries.
It was gathered that no fewer than 20 agencies were currently paying rents across the state.
A government source said the rents were deemed too exorbitant, while some of the rented apartments allegedly belonged to friends and cronies of some people in the government.
“The cost of running the apartments was inflated, which made this development inevitable,” the source said.

PDP officials blew N12bn in nine months –Workers … say NWC members shared money made from nomination forms

PDP National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo
Angry workers of the Peoples Democratic Party have accused the members of the National Working Committee of the party of squandering N12bn in nine months.
Out of the total sum, the workers said N11bn was realised from the sale of nomination forms while N1bn was got from the sale of delegates forms.
They alleged that the money was squandered shortly after the sale of the forms commenced on October 27, 2014 till date.

Stop changing governors at will, Alamieyeseigha tells Bayelsans

A former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, has urged the people of the state to stop changing governors at will, saying such a trend will not guarantee development.
He reiterated his call on Bayelsans to re-elect Governor Seriake Dickson for a second term in office.
He stated this during the inauguration of Dickson Support Movement in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Thursday.
The DSM has the Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Kombowei Benson, as its Director General.
Alamieyeseigha said Bayelsa had witnessed massive transformation under Dickson in the past three and a half years.

I wanted to impeach Ekweremadu —Ndume

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu
The Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Thursday, caused a stir in the upper chamber when he revealed how he collected signatures of other senators to impeach the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in the 7th Senate.
Ndume stated this while raising a point of order to draw the attention of the Senate to an “offensive report” published in The Nation newspaper of Thursday.

APC: DSS DG not our member

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the allegation that the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, is a card-carrying member of the party (APC).
In a statement in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to publish any evidence it might have to confirm the allegation, adding: ‘’After all, it is trite that he who alleges must prove.’’
‘’In the absence of that, the PDP must call another press conference to publicly apologize to Nigerians for engaging in barefaced lies,’’ it said.
APC expressed shock that the PDP had started exhibiting symptoms of hallucination so soon after its gravy train derailed.
‘’We know that the psyche of the PDP has been badly affected by its loss of power at the centre. Even the party itself has admitted that much. That situation has now been compounded by the fact that the party is broke. It is, therefore, not a surprise that it is no longer able to think straight. The reality of its new situation is just beginning to dawn on it.
‘’But we warned the PDP early on that being in opposition is not a walk in the park. We warned that while the party was used to eating its bread with butter on both sides, it will now be lucky to even have bread to eat,’’ the party said.
It warned the PDP to spend more time on patching its tattered and battered umbrella than acting as a cog in the wheel of progress of the new Administration.

Report on anti-Buhari posture unsettles Senate

Some senators were yesterday troubled by the report that 22 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators have teamed up with the opposition to work against President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party.
The Nation published the report, which was brought to the attention of the upper chamber by Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume as a matter of privilege.
Ndume, who tendered a copy of the publication on the floor of the Senate claimed that it breached his privilege as an APC Senator from the north.
He claimed that the report was meant to “distort and take us away from the legislative functions and duties we were all elected to do”.

EFCC quizzes ex-NIMASA DG, ex-Governor Chime’s Chief of Staff

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday grilled a former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi and Mrs, Ifeoma Nwobodo, who was the Chief of Staff to the former Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime.
It was learnt Akpobolokemi was invited by the EFCC in connection with billions of contract awarded during his tenure.
Sources said Akpobolokemi, who arrived at the Lagos Office of the EFCC at about 10am, was still being questioned as at press time.

Power transmission hits 4662MW Power

ABUJA: The Federal Government said, Wednesday that power transmission from the national grid has increased to 4662 megawatts.
  Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, which disclosed this in a state signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Seun Olagunju, noted the new peak was attained at 08.00pm on Tuesday, 28th July, 2015.
It would be recalled that TCN Management had announced the attainment of the previous peak transmission of 4656MW on Wednesday, 15th July, 2015.

No more faction in the House, say Dogara, Gbajabiamila

House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has said the Eighth House is set to work for Nigerians.
He said lawmakers in the lower chamber knew that Nigerians were tired of the prolonged face – off over leadership in the House.
Dogara spoke yesterday at the conclusion of a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus on Wednesday night. The meeting ended about 12.15am yesterday.
He said: “There are no more factions in the House. What we have today is a group of lawmakers loyal to the House leadership and our great party.
“It is only in unity that we can positively contribute to the change we all worked for and move Nigeria forward towards our desired dream of a greater nation”.

71 captives rescued as troops smash Boko Haram camps

kinny men and women. Frail old people and ailing young boys and girls. They were all excited to be free — thanks to troops who subdued two Boko Haram camps in Chuogori and Shantumari, Borno State.
The seizure of the camps was spearheaded by troops from 21 Brigade and Nigerian Army Engineers.
In Kashingeri, Wale, Kushingari and other camps, 151 Task Force Battalion troops rescued 71 civilians from the terrorists’ camps.
Amid the success, the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, yesterday listed why the war had been tough.
He said:
the military’s equipment was not enough; some fifth columnists in the military and other security agencies were leaking operational plans to the insurgents; and when the insurgency broke out in the Northeast, the military had been overstretched.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Disagreement In Niger Delta After Buhari Appoints Boroh As Amnesty Chairman

:Some ethnic nationalities in the Niger Delta have kicked against the appointment of Retired Brigadier General Peter Boroh as the Niger Delta Amnesty Chairman, saying the appointment was a confirmation that the Ijaws own the Niger Delta region.

According to a statement signed by one Comr. Joseph Tenumah on behalf of the Itsekiri, the appointment was unacceptable. Tenumah alleged that ” it is on record that from 1996 till date, the Itsekiri people especially my kids and kins of Ugborodo have not only contributed to the internationlisation of the Niger Delta struggle but have in our own small measure played our role when the need arises,” wondering why it was not considered in the latest appointment.

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 Plane Wreckage Found Off The Coast Of Africa?

Almost a year since the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight vanished mid-air during flight to China, wreckage found of the coast of Africa Officials revealed might be that of the missing plane.

The debris, discovered near to the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, is that of a Boeing 777, investigators confirmed.

The Malaysia Airlines jet - also a Boeing 777 - is thought to have come down in the same ocean on March 8 last year.

Boroh promises to strengthen Amnesty programme

*As ex-militant leaders, IYC, others hail Buhari
File:  Ex-militants  under the amnesty programme in South Africa
ABUJA — The new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (rtd), yesterday, assumed duty with a promise to strengthen the programme and make it more efficient and beneficial to the people.
Meanwhile, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, frontline ex-Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND leaders, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Niger Delta ex-militants and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta, yesterday, hailed President Muhammudu Buhari over the appointment of Brigadier Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

ISIS Plans To End The World By Provoking The US To War.

According to a recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants,the terrorist group plans for an all-out war to bring about 'the end of the world'.

Follow the jump for the full story and discovered document:

The Urdu document seen by USA Today, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen connected to the Taliban, reveals the scale of the ambition of ISIS, including targeting India to provoke the U.S. to intervene.

20th Anniversary: Buhari hails Mbaka

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday,  congratulated Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Centre in celebration of his 20th year of priesthood.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President commended the cleric for what he described as his “extraordinary intrepidity and remarkable patriotism.”
He described Mbaka as a great priest who is not afraid to speak truth, even at the cost of his own life or being hated by those in power.
He said the priest is a remarkable example that religious leaders are the conscience and moral compass of the society.

Corruption: FG goes after ‘super rich’ civil servants ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta

ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta
FEDERAL Government’s anti-corruption operatives have been sent after ‘super rich’ public officers who have multiple properties and other assets suspected to have been the rewards of graft.
For now, The PUNCH learnt, the searchlight of the anti-corruption agents was on civil servants that possess many properties in the Federal Capital Territory.
Our correspondents learnt in Abuja on Wednesday that operatives in the Assets Tracing, Recovery and Management Unit of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission had been asked to haul in suspects for interrogation and recovery of ill-gotten assets in their possession.

$6bn stolen by ex-minister worries Sanusi

Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi
Worried by the recent Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole’s revelation that an ex-minister, who served under former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s administration allegedly stole a sum of $6bn, the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi II, on Wednesday in Kano, described the act as outrageous.
Sanusi said if such a huge amount was stolen in some countries, they were bound to collapse. He added that if such a monumental fraud happens in any Third World country, the economy would grind to a halt.

Tompolo hails Buhari over new Amnesty boss Tompolo, Dokubo

Tompolo, Dokubo
A former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Chief Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a. Tompolo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh as the new head of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
He said tha the action of the President only portrayed him as a listening leader with a desire to contribute to the development of the Niger Delta.
He also hailed the President for the choice of a retired military officer, rather than the politicians who had been scheming to get the job.

Ooni’s death ’ll be announced in due course — Source

Despite the rebuttal of the news of the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, by the Royal Traditional Council of Ife, a source close to the palace said the monarch has joined his ancestors.
It was gathered that the Lowa of Ife, who is the head of the kingmakers, Oba Olasoji Ijaodola, would soon make an announcement of the passage of the monarch at a later date.
Traditionally, the passage of the Ooni, who is referred to as the second-in-command to the deities, should not be announced until the various levels of rites of passage had been completed.
It was gathered that one of the rites of passage includes an announcement by the Lowa, who would announce the passage upon the sounding of a bell at the Enu-Owa square located in front of the palace.

PDP broke, plans to reduce staff by 50% PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh
Two months after losing power at the national level and in majority of the states, the national leadership of the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has concluded plans to sack half of its workforce.
Towards this end, the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo, has communicated the decision of the National Working Committee of the party to all its directors.
Oladipo made the party’s decision known via a memo dated July 29, 2015, which was directed to “all directors and PS/DD/HOD/SAs/PAs and Establishment Staff” of the party in Abuja.
It was titled “Re-organisation and restructuring of staff at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party.”

Buhari’s appointments has shown his hatred for Igbo – Ohaneze

 Awka – THE  pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo, said yesterday that it was not surprised at the way the appointments of President Muhammadu Buhari were going, insisting that it had shown the president’s deep rooted hatred for the Igbo nation.
Anambra State president of Ohaneze, Dr. Chris Eluemuno, in an interview at the state –owned Anambra Broadcasting Service Television in Awka, said the situation would still have been the same even if the entire Igbo voted for him.

He said: “I said it during the campaigns that General Buhari does not like Igbo people and it is happening now with all the appointments he has so far made since he came into office on May 29, 2015

All you need know about Windows 10

People and organizations can do great things with Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Xbox App, new Office Universal apps and more.
Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana,2 an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience. The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates.
 Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.

Air Force cuts Boko Haram’s supply routes

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF)  has intercepted supplies to Boko Haram insurgents along Nigeria-Cameroon borders.
NAF said last night that it seized over 4,000 drums and several plastic containers filled with petroleum products meant for the insurgents.
NAF spokesman Air Commodore Dele Alonge broke the news in a statement in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) through its intensified and persistent efforts in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) has intercepted over 4,000 drums and jerry cans of petroleum products and other smuggled items.
“The items, suspected to be supplies meant for Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) were confiscated from the smugglers in Pepe, Dashin-Hausa, Belel Bilachi, and Konkul villages, all located on the Nigeria-Cameroon borders on Tuesday, 28 July 2015.

Buhari is still making haste slowly

EVERY society has its stock of critics and cynics. Quite often, the former are preferred to the latter because in the course of their criticism, some critics would throw in alternatives or proffer solutions to problems; while the cynics never see anything good in a situation.
The past six weeks of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-entry into government may have produced a lot of cynics among Nigerians who see Buhari as running the country like a Sole Administrator because of the leadership tussle at the National Assembly.
While they hurry to the conclusion that the stalemate at the National Assembly cannot be totally blamed on President Buhari, they refrain from saying what Buhari should have done in the circumstance – maybe he should have adopted the Late Bola Ige’s prescription of “sidon look” – just look on and do nothing!
All the same, there is a silent revolution going on in Nigeria today. The Buhari-led Administration is still making haste slowly. But apparently, the citizenry is not being adequately informed of the goings-on in government. The ordinary Nigerian is hungry for information. He wants to know. Luckily, he is able to decipher when publicity degenerates into sloganeering.

Rep blasts Fayose over comment against Buhari

Lagos—A member of the  House of Representatives and former Oyo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Bosun Oladele, yesterday, in Lagos took a swipe at Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State over what he described as his persistent unfortunate comments against President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption programme, dismissing the governor  as a rabble rouser.
Fayose recently said President Buhari’s probe was targeted at PDP supporters and cautioned him against playing to the gallery as he said, “Nigerians should not be probed on the pages of newspapers. Rather, the anti-graft agencies should do their jobs quietly.”

P’Harcourt, Warri refineries begin crude production – NNPC Warri Refinery

Warri Refinery
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has announced the successful re-streaming of the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries after nine months of phased rehabilitation conducted by its in-house engineers and technicians.
The national oil company made the announcement on Wednesday through a statement.
It said the plants had commenced preliminary production of petroleum products after successful test-runs, noting that while the Port Harcourt Refining Company was ramping up capacity to about 60 per cent of the 210,000 barrels per day of crude capacity, production from the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company had been projected to hit 80 per cent of its installed capacity 125,000 bpd.
According to the NNPC, the Port Harcourt refinery will have a product yield of five million litres of petrol per day, while the Warri refinery will contribute 3.5 million litres of petrol to the local refining capacity.

DPR shuts 22 filling stations in FCT

Director, DPR, Mr. Osten Olorunshola
The Abuja office of the Department of Petroleum Resources has closed down 22 filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs due to what it described as undue profiteering.
The department said 19 of the affected filling stations were sealed for selling above the N87 per litre official price, while two others were shut for diversion of petroleum products.
The regulator said in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, “The remaining one was grossly under-dispensing and selling products massively in jerry cans.

EFCC arraigns crew members for illegal oil bunkering

Federal High Court, Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned the crew members of a vessel, MV Peace, for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering.
The defendants were accused of allegedly dealing in 200 metric tons of petroleum product without lawful authority.
The crew members, including the captain of the vessel, James Abatan, were arraigned last week before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos on three counts.
Others are Wasiu Owonikoko, Patrick Ameh, Johson Ademola, Felix Otto, Chigozie Oguike, Olu Salisu, Jomo Gadagbe, Kunle Saheed and Rasheed Adio.

Fuel subsidy should be removed – Agbaje

Fuel subsidy

A renowned economist and Chief Executive Officer, RTC Advisory Services Limited, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje, says the time is ripe for the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy, which he described as wasteful and prone to corruption.
He said fuel subsidy removal would release N1tn per annum for investment in people, alleviating poverty, unemployment and inequality, adding that “the timing is auspicious due to low oil prices.”
Agbaje, who stated this at an investors’ forum in Lagos, said, “The economy is paying the cost of deregulated fuel (most people have bought fuel at N110 and above in the last three months) without getting the benefits of deregulation.

IPMAN backs Buhari on oil probe, NNPC split

The Zonal Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria, Western Zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, has said the group will support the resolve of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the activities of operators and regulators in the oil and gas sector.
He also said the Buhari’s plan to split the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation would address some of the observed lapses in the oil sector and stop the recurring fuel scarcity.
Speaking during a media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Monday, Ahmed said there were unwholesome happenings in the oil industry that must be checked.
He added that it was imperative to make the probe holistic so as to enhance efficiency, accountability and transparency in the sector.

Angola, Sudan displace Nigeria in oil market

Nigeria oil rig

A number of African countries, including Angola and South Sudan, are fast becoming preferred exporters of crude oil to Asian countries, especially China. Before now, Nigeria was a dominant exporter of oil to this market.
Weakness in global oil benchmark Brent has prompted China to buy more crude from Africa, and the country’s imports from Africa are expected to jump to 6.51 million tonnes (47.5 million barrels) in July, up about 41 per cent from June, according to data recently compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Research and Forecasts.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nigerian Customs Blacklists GTB, Fidelity, Diamond Banks

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has suspended three commercial banks from collecting customs duties over their non-compliance with the partnership agreement with the agency on the matter.

The Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Customs Service, Mr Wale Adeniyi, made the fact known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

He said the suspension became effective immediately.
Adeniyi named the banks as GT Bank Plc, Fidelity Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc and called on relevant stakeholders to take note of the new development.

“The three banks were suspended because they did not discharge their full obligation as partners in the customs revenue collection scheme.

Saraki to senators: it’s time to face legislative duties

46 PDP, 35 APC members pass confidence vote in Saraki, Ekweremadu
The Senate yesterday began its plenary on a dramatic note, with 81 senators passing a vote of confidence in Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.
The vote of confidence on the leadership was unanimously adopted by senators.
The much-anticipated showdown on the floor of the upper chamber failed to come to pass.
The motion for the vote of confidence was sponsored by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East) and 80 others.
Of the 81 senators, 35 are All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers; 46 other supporters of the motion are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Anyanwu noted “with dismay the continued harassment of the Senate and senators, the National Assembly management and spouses of senators by security agencies of government.”
He said Senate was determined to continue to perform its constitutional duties and responsibilities without fear or favour.

EFCC grills Saraki’s wife, PDP BOT’s chair for hours

•Ailing Yar’Adua’s daughter makes appearance
•I ’ve nothing to hide, says Senate President’s wife
For about six hours yesterday, crack investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) grilled Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki, wife of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The team also quizzed the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed and ex-First Lady of Kebbi State, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari (the daughter of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua) over alleged N2 billion contracts in the state.
But Hajiya Zainab had a brief interaction with the EFCC team because of her ill-health.
Moved by her condition, the EFCC allowed a director to stand as surety for her, pending her being fit for questioning.

APC, PDP give Buhari nod to go after looters

President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to fight corruption got a major boost yesterday.
His party – the All Progressives Congress (APC)  – and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had a rare agreement – that Buhari should go after corruption suspects.
But the PDP cautioned him “not to victimise innocent citizens”.
Some prominent citizens have been arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Others are being investigated.
To the APC, the investigation of those who plundered the nation’s commonwealth and prosecution is necessary to remind future officials that “holding a public office is a call to service”.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC noted that the unfolding revelations, especially in the oil sector, were too serious to be ignored by a forward-looking administration like Buhari’s.

Ooni of Ife is dead

Ooni of Ife is dead

FOREMOST traditional ruler Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Ooni of Ife, is dead. He was 85.
The royal father passed on at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, United Kingdom (U.K), where he was being treated.
Sources close to the palace at Enuwa, Ile-Ife, Osun State, confirmed his demise last night.
He was reportedly flown out on Friday in an air ambulance for treatment at the Lodon hospital when his health reportedly suffered a relapse.

Buhari, APC have 100 days of honeymoon before executing ‘change’ programme – Tinubu

ABUJA—National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the party have at least 100 days of honeymoon before embarking on the implementation of “change” programme.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari
Tinubu, who spoke with newsmen after a meeting with President Buhari yesterday argued that it was a norm the world over for new leaders to settle in the office before unfolding their agenda for their country.

Troops displace insurgents from Shehu’s palace

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it had displaced the dreaded Boko Haram sect from the palace of the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Mohammed El-Kanemi, which was hitherto used as a training site by the insurgents after the monarch was displaced some months ago.
The Army, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Tukur Gusau, said that 30 persons were rescued from Dikwa during the latest operation.
He said, “Our troops discovered a training shed inside the vandalised and looted palace of the Shehu of Dikwa where recruits were taught how to handle weapons.”
Gusau said apart from the recovery of the palace, the troops were able to rescue 30 victims from the insurgents.
He said, “As a result of ongoing operations to clear Dikwa and its environs of Boko Haram terrorists, the troops of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, yesterday (Monday) rescued 30 Internally Displaced Persons from the hands of the terrorists in Kwayabe and Wufe wards in Dikwa LGA of Borno State.”
He revealed that those rescued were 21 children, a six-day-old infant and seven women.

US gave Buhari names of oil thieves –Source

President Muhammadu Buhari
The United States of America has handed over the names of Nigerian oil thieves to President Muhammadu Buhari, a member of the President’s entourage during last week’s visit to the US confided in The PUNCH on Tuesday.
“I can tell you that the President already has the list of names of the people engaging in the stealing of Nigeria’s oil. The list, when released by the President, will shock Nigerians. But let’s wait and see first,” the source said.
The source said Buhari was taken aback when he saw the names on the list and that the list given to the President by the US might compel him to probe the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Senate passes vote of confidence in Saraki

The Senate on Tuesday, unanimously passed a vote of confidence in Senate President, Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and other principal officers appointed by the various caucuses of the chamber, to run the affairs of the 8th Senate.
The Senate, in its resolution which followed a motion moved by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo-East), also cautioned security agents against further harassment of senators, their spouses and National Assembly management.
In the motion which was sponsored by 81 senators from both the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, Anyanwu noted with dismay, that the harassment of his colleagues by the police was inappropriate.

Instal speed limiters before September 1 deadline or risk arrest, FRSC boss tells motorists

ENUGU Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC),   Mr. David Mendie has advised commercial motorists especially tanker drivers to hurry up by ensuring that they install the necessary speed limiters in their vehicles before   the  1st of September nationwide deadline or risk being arrested as the command was not ready to spare any offender.
He also warned that any vehicle driver or tricycle rider found driving without valid and genuine driver’s licence in Enugu State would be charged to court for murder   in the event of any accident leading to loss of life.
The FRSC boss told reporters that “the introduction of speed limiters in the country was to reduce the number of accidents on the roads to the barest minimum. The speed limiter is a mechanical device that regulates or gives the maximum speed of a vehicle and stored to prevent drivers from going beyond the pre-set limit.

I’ve learnt my lessons for good – Alamieyeseigha

Former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Elders Committee in his native Bayelsa State in this interview, reviews contemporary political developments in the state and affirms that the alliance between the North and Southwest will never benefit his Ijaw people. He also narrates how late President Umaru Yar’Adua saved his (Alamieyeseigha’s) life among other issues. Excerpts.
Diepreiye Alamieyeisegha
Diepreiye Alamieyeisegha
Do you think recent defections will affect the PDP during the forthcoming governorship election?
Again, I think our people need to be educated, I can tell you that I was one of them in 2003 that formed Action Congress. At that time, it was becoming clear that President Olusegun Obasanjo, was going to chase most of us out of PDP, so we came together. About 18 of us. We said let us register a party and keep it in case President Obasanjo pushed us out of the party. We can have a platform to actualize our dream.

Wike pays N712m for stranded Rivers students abroad

PORT HARCOURT—Parents of final year students of tertiary institutions abroad under the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA, Special Scholarship initiated by the Rotimi Amaechi’s administration can now heave a sigh of relief, as Governor Nyesom Wike has approved N712million for the stranded students.
Nyesom Wike
A statement  by Opunabo Inko-Tariah,  Special Adviser to the Governor on Media And Publicity, said “All entreaties by the stranded students and their parents to RSSDA and Amaechi fell on deaf ears as the students stood the risk of being disallowed to sit for their final exams.

We regret N’ Assembly crisis – APC National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, John Odigie Oyegun

National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, John Odigie Oyegun
The All Progressives Congress on Tuesday expressed regret over the leadership tussle in the National Assembly.
It also commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his colleagues for what it called their sense of patriotism in their handling of the situation in the House.
The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said this at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.

Urhobo chief urges Buhari to sustain FG, Tompolo relationship

WARRI—FORMER president of Urhobo Youth Council, UYC, in Delta State, Chief Sweet Eshenake, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to maintain the robust relationship between the Federal Government and ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, initiated by former President, late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua.
Eshenake in an interactive session with reporters in Warri, Delta State, said that the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan strengthened the relationship with Tompolo, which went a long way in fostering enduring peace, sustainable unity and genuine development of the Niger Delta region.

FG overrules JAMB on new admission policy

Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde

The Federal Government has overruled the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on its new admission policy that recently sparked off protests in parts of the country.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of his ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

We stopped Patience Jonathan from being driven to tarmac –FAAN

Patience Jonathan
The convoy carrying the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan, was stopped from taking her to the foot of the aircraft on the tarmac of the Port Harcourt International Airport, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said.
The former First Lady was reportedly stopped from using the VIP lounge of the airport. But the FAAN said it was not so. It was learnt that Dame Jonathan had gone to Port Harcourt on a private visit.

Probe: Buhari should expect similar treatment from his successor —Okorie

ABAKALIKI—Member representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Linus Okorie has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take note of the natural law of ‘what goes around comes around,’ adding that if Buhari decides to be unfair to his predecessor, he should expect similar treatment when he leaves office.
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari lacked acknowledgement of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s legacies and achievements in the last dispensation.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki, Okorie called on President Buhari to acknowledge the contributions of former President Goodluck Jonathan especially in the fight against insurgency in the North East geopolitical zone of the country.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Buhari Wants NASS To Confirm Service-chiefs

The Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday announced the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the confirmation of Service Chiefs, recently appointed by him.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at plenary as the Red Chamber resumed after five-week recess.
Mr. Saraki said the letter for confirmation of the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004.

At the house, the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, appointed a committee to screen the service chiefs.

The president on July 13 announced the appointment of news service chiefs for the nation’s armed forces.

Akpabio Elected Senate Minority Leader

Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom state and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator (Akwa Ibom northwest), has been named the minority‎ leader of the senate. Akpabio was nominated by the south-south caucus of the PDP in the senate.

His nomination, however, is against the standing rules of the senate, which exempts first-term senators from holding principal positions. Last Wednesday, Gabriel Kolawole, justice of the federal high court, Abuja rejected an‎ application seeking to stop Bukola Saraki, senate president, from the naming Akpabio as minority leader of the senate.

House Crisis: Reps Adopt Apc’s Zoning Formular

A make or mar meeting between opposing factions of All Progressives Congress members in the House of Representatives, ended early Tuesday with the two sides adopting an earlier directive from the APC leadership on the zoning of key leadership positions.
The party had zoned the positions in a letter to the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, on June 23.

In the letter, the party presented Femi Gbajabiamila (South-West) as the house leader; Ado Doguwa (North-West) as deputy leader; Mohammed Monguno (North-East) as chief whip; and Pally Iriase (South South) as deputy chief whip.

Okonjo-iweala In Fresh $2.2m Trouble

Officials of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) are questioning how former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala handled payment of the sum of $2.2 million that was the subject of a dispute between the Health Ministry and a global non-governmental organization called the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI).
A letter written by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health wondered why Ms. Okonjo-Iweala’s Ministry of Finance rushed to pay the disputed sum to GAVI, a health NGO that had claimed that Nigeria’s health officials had misappropriated the funds between 2011 and 2013.

Woman who Accused Bill Clinton of Sexual Harassment Launches Anti-Hillary Website

WIlley said Bill Clinton fondled her breast, kissed her on the mouth and put her hand on his genitals

A woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton during his presidency in 1993 is going after his wife with a website chronicling 'a scandal a day' – and she's looking for more sex-harassment victims.

This Man Is CONVINCED He is Jesus Christ, Already Gaining Followers (PHOTOS)

Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall, 71, believes the Shroud of Turin proves he is the second coming of Jesus Christ - and he says the Vatican is convinced

Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall, 71, believes the Shroud of Turin proves he is the second coming of Jesus Christ - and he says the Vatican is convinced

An Australian man believes the Shroud of Turin proves he is the second coming of Jesus Christ - and he says the Vatican is convinced, too.

BVN: NIBSS partners foreign firm for Nigerians abroad

Nigerians on queue for their Bank Verification Number in London... on Friday.
The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc says it has collaborated with a foreign company, Online Integrated Solutions, to enable it carry out a biometric registration of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The Managing Director, NIBSS, Mr. Ade Shonubi, who stated this in Lagos, said there was no way the organisation could execute the Bank Verification Number project overseas without engaging a foreign firm.

Imo workers embark on 7-day warning strike

The protesting workers
Gibson Achonu, Owerri
 Civil servants in Imo State on Monday, began 7 days warning strike in reaction to alleged plans by the state government to slash their pay by over 30 per cent.
A statement by the leadership of all the affiliate unions of the workers in the state made available to The PUNCH directed that all workers should stay at home within the period of the warning strike. The statement also warned the workers against accepting any salaries from the state government.
When our correspondent visited the state civil service secretariat situated along Port Harcourt Road Owerri, the gate was locked. The premises were also deserted.

IPMAN supports unbundling of NNPC

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has thrown its weight behind plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to split the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into two.
IPMAN saud it is in full support of attempt at probing the oil sector by the administration, adding that the probe should be extended to the NNPC depots in the country.
The Western Zone Chairman, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, told reporters yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, that  NNPC’s largeness  has made decision making to be extremely slow.
“NNPC is an octopus. They have to split it to work effectively. The NNPC is doing everything both off-shore, on-shore, upstream and downstream and it is under only one person-the  Group Managing Director.  If NNPC is being managed by a private organization it won’t be like this; actually there will be public motive.

EFCC gets team for Saraki’s wife, Yar’Adua’s daughter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday raised a team of crack investigators to grill Senate President Bukola Saraki’s wife, Oluwatoyin and the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter, Hajiya Zainab Dakingari.

Mrs. Saraki has written the EFCC seeking to appear today or tomorrow.

Expressing her readiness to cooperate with the anti-graft commission, she had never received unlawful public funds.

Buhari to APC Reps: obey party’s directive on offices

Oyegun, Dogara, Gbajabiamila: there’ll be good news today

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday reiterated his stand on the National Assembly’s leadership crisis. The party’s position is supreme, he told members of the troubled House of Representatives.

Buhari is said to have told the lawmakers: “Obey the party.”

The main actors in the crisis appeared to be ready for peace.  That was the feeler after a meeting the All Progressives Congress (APC) House members held with the President ended in a deadlock.

The feuding parties – headed by Speaker Yakubu Dogara and former House Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila – refused to shift ground on the sharing of principal officers’ positions.

Fear grips bad bank debtors as CBN deadline approaches

Many bank debtors are jittery as the August 1 deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for them to pay back their loans, or have their names published in the newspapers draws near.
The order, the CBN said, followed the rising trend of non-performing loans (NPL) in the industry.
A debt recovery officer to one of the banks, who spoke anonymously, informed The Nation that there is high level lobbying going on between the debtors and the banks to ensure that their names are not published. The source said that with several banks threatening to make names of such debtors public, the debtors, who are mostly the superrich within the society, have been reaching out to the banks for a truce.
Top commercial lenders, including Stanbic IBTC, Diamond Bank, Sterling Bank, First Bank and Skye Bank, have all given notices to bad debtors to pay up.

Forgery: Senators jittery over police investigation

Senators were yesterday jittery over the backlash of the ongoing police probe of the forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015.
There were fears that the probe might either force the Senate to start the election of principal officers afresh or create a prolonged crisis in the Upper Chamber.
The National Assembly reopens today. It went on recess on June 23.
Last-minute moves by an APC Governors Forum committee did not yield results. It was boycotted by members of The Unity Forum.
Governors Adams Oshiomhole and Atiku Bagudu met with The Like Minds (pro-Saraki) senators on Sunday night at the National Assembly.
Saraki appeared briefly before the committee and left his allies to complete the talks.
But the session was boycotted by the members of The Unity Forum, who are backing Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate President.

Civilian JTF recruiting children, says U.S. Report

United States Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday presented the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. The report shows that Nigeria has not achieved much in its efforts to combat human trafficking across its borders. The report, which shows that does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, indicts the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) for using children illegally to fight insurgents. It thus recommend that government must cease provision of financial and in-kind support to the CJTF until the group ceases the recruitment and use of children; investigate and prosecute all individuals suspected of recruiting and using child soldiers and perpetrating other trafficking abuses against women and children
Natalie and Dara, eager to earn money and go to school, left Nigeria with the help of men who arranged their travel and convinced them good jobs awaited them in Cote d’Ivoire. Once there, Natalie and Dara were instead forced to have sex with men every night to pay back a $2,600 “travel debt.” After two years of being subjected to sex trafficking, Natalie and Dara contacted a UN Police officer (who was in the area to investigate other suspected cases of human trafficking) and escaped. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime helped the girls return to Nigeria, where they participated in social service programs supported by regional NGOs. Their traffickers were convicted in 2014 and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

President plans to name oil thieves

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration is close to ending the sharp practices in the oil and gas sector. The perpetrators will be named, he said.
He also spoke of his ongoing search for “decent”, “patriotic” and “selfless” politicians and technocrats who will be ministers. The President has promised to name his ministers in September.
Buhari, who spoke on his vision for a greater Nigeria on “Good Morning Nigeria”, a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Abuja, pragramme, said oil was still being illegally exported by July 3.
He said the Federal Government was working assiduously to expose those behind the reported under-dealings in the oil sector, promising to update members of the public on the government’s investigation into the matter.
According to him, the government’s aim is to identify and prosecute all those found culpable. Shipping documents are being compiled for onward submission to countries of destination of stolen crude oil from Nigeria.

NASS crisis will be over soon – Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Monday said there was already light at the end of the tunnel as far as the ongoing leadership crisis in the National Assembly, especially the Senate was concerned.
He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari alongside Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.
The two governors were chosen by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress to mediate in the leadership crisis rocking the Senate as a result of the emergence of Bukola Saraki as President of the Senate against the party’s choice, Ahmed Lawan.
Oshiomhole said after meeting with the warring Senators on Sunday evening, he and Bagudu decided to meet and brief the President of the ground they had covered.

Forgery Scandal: Lawan group heads for court again

Ahmed Lawan & Saraki
Sunday Aborisade and Ade Adesomoju
Senators opposed to the leadership of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Monday filed a fresh suit at Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the nullification of the inauguration of the 8th Senate carried out by the management of the National Assembly, on June 9.
The senators are operating on the platform of a group called Senate Unity Forum.
A member of the group, who confirmed the development to one of our correspondents on conditions of anonymity, explained that one of their prayers was that the court should declare the inauguration of the 8th Senate as well as the election of the presiding officers as null and void.

SERAP sues JAMB, UNILAG over admission cut-off marks

LAGOS—As controversies rage over the conduct of post joint admission matriculation  examination methods  adopted by federal Universities in Nigeria, a civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has sued the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB and the University of Lagos to check its alleged outrageous cut-off marks decisions.
SERAP is praying the court to stop JAMB, UNILAG and others from implementing the admission process decision in the motion it instituted before a Federal High Court siting in Lagos.
UNILAG protest 2
SERAP and three students affected by the admission cut-off marks decision are contending that “the provisions of Section 5(1)(c)(iii) of the JAMB Act” provides that the preferences of candidates in terms of the university they choose to attend are sacrosanct.

Chadian forces in ‘major’ hunt for Boko Haram on Lake Chad

The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out jihadists from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group from islands in Lake Chad, a security source said Monday.
“Violent clashes” raged Monday afternoon near Baga Sola, one of the main Chadian towns in the shallow, marshy lake, a Chadian security source told AFP.
He added that Chadian forces had earlier “intercepted fleeing Boko Haram elements” around 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the southeast.
The four countries bordering the lake — Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger — set up a military coalition against Boko Haram early this year headquartered in the Chadian capital N’Djamena.
Chadian forces have “around 1,000 men positioned to occupy all the islands and neutralise Boko Haram”, the security official said.

JAMB urges candidates to check website for redistribution

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has urged the 2015 UTME candidates to check its website on Monday, August 3, for the list of universities they have been redistributed to.
Speaking with Vanguard yesterday, the Head of JAMB, Lagos, Dr. Beatrice Okorie said: “The 2015 UTME candidates are to check JAMB’s website on Monday, August 3, for the list and the universities they have been redistributed to.”
Okorie, who lamented the controversy that greeted the new admission policy explained that the efforts were only geared towards helping candidates of oversubscribed institutions gain admission to other federal or state universities rather than wasting their scores.
“If we have not done that, many of these candidates would have fallen prey of the universities’ money-making machine, that is, the post-UTME without securing admission even with their high scores,” she added.

One minister under Jonathan, PDP cornered as much as $6bn – Oshiomole

ABUJA – Governors of Edo and Kebbi State, Adams Oshiomole and Atiku Bagudu have stated that the government of All Progressives Congress, APC was not bent of removal the deputy senate president, senator Ike Ekwerenmadu of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP from office and that a minister under PDP cornered as much as $6billion.
The governors said the finding a lasting solution to the imbroglio in the National Assembly arising from the election of the new leadership of the 8th assembly was paramount to the party and the APC governors.
They said that president Mohammadu Buhari was ready to run all inclusive government with PDP federal lawmakers on board.
Both governors spoke yesterday during their visit to the presidential villa, Abuja.
Speaking first to the State House Correspondents, Gov. Oshiomole said their mission to the villa was to give a report of their meeting with APC senate to president Buhari.

EFCC arraigns vessel crew members over bunkering

Lagos—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the crew members on board a vessel, MV Peace before Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over alleged massive involvement in oil bunkering to the tune of 200 metric tons of petroleum product.
The crew members, including the captain of the vessel, James Abatan were arraigned before Justice Mohammed Idris on a three-count charge bordering on illegal dealing in petroleum product.
Those arraigned include Wasiu Owonikoko, Patrick Ameh, Johson Ademola, Felix Otto, Chigozie Oguike, Olu Salisu, Jomo Gadagbe, Kunle Oba Saheed and Rasheed Adio.

APC accuses Fayose of clamping down on opposition leaders

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has raised an alarm over alleged clampdown on its leaders and supporters by Governor Ayo Fayose, saying the hounding of its leaders into jail is a fulfilment of the governor’s declaration at his inauguration ceremony last year to run APC leaders out of the state.
*Ayo Fayose
*Ayo Fayose
A statement by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said the alarm became imperative in the face of persistent framing of APC members arrested on trumped-up charges that saw them ending up in jail.

Monday, July 27, 2015

‘baba Go Slow’ Appellation Given To Buhari Is What Best Suits Nigeria Now-yoruba

YORUBA Monarchs have said the slow and steady approach adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle daunting challenges facing the country has shown that Nigerians have now elected a president with quality and good leadership traits.

The kings said this through the Chairman, Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee, the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, Okoro Ajiga1 ‎in Ibadan after being conferred with‎ an award of Entrepreneurship by one of the foremost Ibadan clubs, Omo Ajorosun Club at the weekend.

The monarchs said they were very impressed with the composure of President Buhari during his recent visit to the United States adding that he made the country proud by the way he responded to all questions put to him.‎

PDP Spent N2.5bn On Presidential Poll Adverts, APC N728m – Report

There has been so much talk about how much was spent on advertising before the last general election in Nigeria but no one could say for sure how much was spent.

But a report by Compliance and Content Monitoring Ltd (CCM) reveals that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) spent a combined N3.23 billion on political campaign advertisements for this year’s general elections, according to a report at the weekend.

Allison-madueke Critically Ill In A London Hospital

Some family members of the immediate past minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke have appealed to Nigerians, especially her critics to let her be.

Mrs Allison-Madueke is said to be in a critical condition from an undisclosed ailment in a London hospital.

“Our daughter has been in hospital where is receiving treatment for some weeks now. She is currently under close medical observation. We learnt that the observation means that she has been unable to see anyone outside close family members over the last few weeks.

WAEC Threatens To Withhold 19 States Results Over Debts

Hundreds of candidates who sat for the May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination may not have their results released in the next two weeks, the West African Examinations Council has announced.

No fewer than 19 states of the federation owe the council about N4bn examination registration fees.

The WAEC Head of National Office, Lagos, Mr. Charles Eguridu, announced this on Monday at a briefing in Lagos.

35 Women (Allegedly) Raped by Bill Cosby Appear on the Cover of New York Magazine

The newest cover of New York Magazine pictures 35 women, out of the 46, who have accused 78 year old comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.


The story and pictures, put together by Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme over six months, give an in-depth view of all the women's accusations, spanning more than five decades. Their stories are remarkably similar, typically involving the comedian offering a woman a cup of coffee or some sort of alcoholic beverage — which may be spiked with drugs — and allegedly sexually assaulting the
victim as she's impaired or unconscious.

Nick Gordon on Suicide Watch After Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Death

After Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death, friends and family members of her boyfriend Nick Gordon, are worried that he may commit suicide.

Gordon -- who is the subject of a lawsuit over Bobbi Kristina's condition that led to her death and was not allowed to visit his girlfriend during the nearly six months that she was under medical care -- feels that Bobbi Kristina may have woken up had she heard his voice and his emotions are currently
out of control, Hollywood Life reported late Sunday, citing sources.

“Nick is on suicide watch. He is out of control with regret and sadness. He keeps saying that if only (Bobbi Kristina) had heard his voice, things would have been different. She may have lived,” a source told Hollywood Life.

WOW! 35 Of Bill Cosby's Alleged Victims Line Up For The First Time

New York magazine shows photos of 35 of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual ab
Thirty-five of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual molestation victims have posed for a photograph on the front of the July 27 edition of New York magazine, giving their accounts of what happened to them at the hands of the now controversial "Cosby Show" star.

Traditional Ruler Arrested Over The Murder of Alhaji Gay

The last has not been heard about the murder of Alhaji Olatunji Rasaq, alias Alaso (aka Alhaji Gay), who was killed few weeks back in Alagbado area of Lagos state. The arrested suspects includes the Baale of Temidire Alagbado, Chief Nojeem Abioye, his son, and nine others.

They were arrested and detained over the weekend, and are still being interrogated at the State Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, SDCII, Yaba.

Fayose approves N119m car loan for Ekiti workers

Press statement from Ekiti state government
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has approved the disbursement of a sum of N119m as car loans to 623 workers in the state public service. The state Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, disclosed this in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, at the weekend. Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) got N82,120,000 while Parastatals and Agencies got N36.80 million.

Police Says Media Reports On Forgery Investigation False

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said it has not concluded its investigations into the alleged forgery of the Senate’s Standing Order, adding that no copy of its report had been handed to President Muhammadu Buhari as reported in some sections of the media.

Speaking to THISDAY yesterday on the purported report, the Force Public Relations Officer Emmanuel Ojukwu described as false the news report that the investigation into the alleged forgery had been concluded and a report submitted to the president by the police.

A news story at the weekend claimed that the president had received a copy of the police report last week, confirming that the Standing Rules used to inaugurate the Eighth Assembly were forged.

Presidency, Boko Haram Begin Talks-the Nation

Hopes of freedom for the 219 Chibok girls have been rekindled, with preliminary talks between the Presidency and some Boko Haram leaders.

The new deal is being brokered by some confidants of the Presidency and the sect.

Some key commanders of Boko Haram in detention are also eager to be part of the initiative, The Nation learnt.

The new understanding came amid security reports that about 500 insurgents in a neighboring country are interested in renouncing terrorism – in line with the reconciliatory agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Inside The Oil Deals That Cost Nigeria Billions; Between Diezani And Others

Despite elaborate efforts to sweep it under the carpet, facts have shown that a strategic alliance agreement between the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited Limited (AEDCNL) has helped parties in the agreement to swindle the country. After wide-ranging investigations, Assistant Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF uncovers the details of the deal that set back the country by about $2b.

Why Islamic Scholars Are Silent On Boko Haram, By Governor Kashim Shettima

The fight against Boko Haram cannot succeed unless leading Islamic scholars with mass followers come out of their silence to preach against the ideology from an intellectual perspective so as to change the narrative to discourage young men from being recruited by the sect.

Governor Kashim Shettima whose state, Borno, has been at the centre of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents has said.

The governor said that notable Islamic scholars with the capacity to fight the ideology through preaching have maintained silence because they were afraid of being killed like many of their colleagues who were without security details to protect them from the sect.

Buhari Orders Investigation Into Jos Gas Explosion

Some hospitalised victims of the chlorine gas explosion suffered irritation of the respiratory tracks
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered a thorough investigation into the chlorine gas explosion in Jos, Plateau Stat, in which eight deaths were recorded and more injured.
In a message of commiseration to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Plateau state over the incident, President Buhari said that an investigation into the incident was necessary to avoid recurrence.

PDP blasts Buhari, accuses him of planning to run a discriminatory, vindictive, divisive govt

ABUJA- NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over statements attributed to him, saying that Nigerians who gave him 97% of their votes will be better treated than those who gave him 5%, saying that declaration was not only vindictive, divisive, but an attempt by the president to govern the country in a discriminatory manner.
According to PDP, the President Buhari was setting a record as no president in the history of the country had ever made such a statement the PDP described as biased and partisan, adding that it has become imperative for the president to come and explain if this would form the basis of government appointments, thereby jettisoning total adherence to merit and the principle of Federal character as enshrined in the constitution.

Three nabbed for diverting N40m USAID drugs

The suspects
The police in Lagos State have arrested three suspected thieves, who allegedly diverted a container loaded with pharmaceutical drugs, valued at N40m, to the Igando area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the suspects ─ Emmanuel Onyike, 51; Alabi Daudu, 68; and Paul Aina, 58, were apprehended by the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to Zone 2, on Saturday, July 18.

PDP Exonerates APC, Tinubu In Toyin Saraki’s EFCC Ordeal, Says PDP Behind Probe

The Peoples Democratic Party has debunked claims that the ruling All Progressives Congress and one of its national leaders, Bola Tinubu, were behind the ongoing investigation of the wife of the President of the Senate, Toyin Saraki, for corruption.

PREMIUM TIMES had on Wednesday exclusively reported the invitation, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, of Mrs. Saraki, who was the first lady of Kwara between 2003 and 2011, in relation to alleged questionable inflow of funds into companies in which she has interest.

But shortly after that news broke, a group of senators loyal to Senate President Bukola Saraki, under the aegis of ‘Like Minds,’ questioned the investigation, expressing concerns that the probe might be politically-motivated and suggesting that the leadership of the APC might be hounding Mrs. Saraki as a way of getting at her husband.

No One More Corrupt Than Amaechi, Wike Warns Buhari

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has advised President Muhammad Buhari not to give Rotimi Amaechi, any appointment in his cabinet.

Describing his predecessor as the most corrupt government official in the country, Wike said Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign would suffer if a man like Amaechi served in his government.

Given the role Amaechi played in the emergence of Buhari, there are reports that the director-general of the APC presidential campaign will be considered in Buhari’s cabinet.

Boko Haram Can No Longer Confront Nigerian Soldiers – Major General

The Boko Haram insurgents can no longer confront Nigerian soldiers in a battle in any part of the country, a senior army official has said.

Nasir Muazu, a Major General, stated this in Akure on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Nigeria Army Inter Brigade Competition.

“I just came back from the North East and I can comfortably tell you that Boko Haram cannot and I repeat cannot take any offensive attack against Nigerian Forces, that one is for sure,” the General Officer Commanding 2 Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown is dead

 Bobbi Kristina Brown has died aged 22 - six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub.
The aspiring singer was rushed to hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma on January 31 after she was discovered face-down in the water-filled tub at her townhouse in Roswell, Georgia.

Senate rule forgery: Buhari won’t stop trial of suspects – Presidency

Saraki, Lawan
The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not stop the prosecution of anybody indicted in the report of the Nigeria Police on the forgery of the Senate Standing Order.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Sunday in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja.
Shehu said Buhari believed in the rule of law and would not do anything that would derail any judicial process, stressing that those who were constitutionally saddled with the process did not need the President’s clearance to do their job.

Ladipo traders head for court over demolition

Some dealers at the popular Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market in Lagos have taken the authorities of the Mushin Local Government Area before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja over an alleged threat to demolish their shops and eject them from the market.
The marketers, who said they were apprehensive that the defendant might soon make good its threat, are seeking an order of interim injunction barring the council from embarking on what they described as unlawful demolition of their shops.

After US trip, back to pressing matters

I AM interested in  President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to the United States last week not because of the over N2 billion allegedly spent or the long retinue of aides that tagged along with the official delegates. I am not interested in whatever controversy arose from the trip or the brick bats in the social media.
US President Barack Obama speaks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2015. Obama welcomes Nigeria's freshly elected president after the country's first ever democratic transition. AFP
If anything, I think he made some  points about the war against corruption in which he said even his party chieftains would not be spared. I cannot fault his recap of his manifesto that he would create jobs  and check theft. His stand on homosexuality reflects national consensus and our collective culture and sense of morality. He also has a pass mark in the CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour. My  question is,  was the trip worth it, and at this time?