Monday, August 31, 2015

APC Lists N440bn Fraud Cases Against Jonathan Govt

The governing All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday engaged in a war of words over the state of the economy as well as cases of alleged looting by the former President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration.

In separate statements in Abuja, the APC and the PDP accused one another of economic mismanagement and of filtering away public finds.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC said the party has uncovered a list of new cases of the insane looting of the treasury by some officials of the Jonathan’s administration, saying the corruption mess that characterised the administration was so pervasive that until it is cleaned, Nigeria will not be able to actualise its potential.

Jonathan’s CSO Denies $6.9m Allegation As EFCC Begins Full Probe Of Diezani

Chief Security Officer to President Goodluck Jonathan, Gordon Obuah, has denied allegation of purchase of three mobile stages worth $6.9m, for public appearance of his boss.

Obuah’s lawyer, Mr. Andrew Tsekiri, told The Punch on Sunday, said the allegation was false.

He dared the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to produce evidence instead of putting him on trial in the media.

The lawyer said, “Let me tell you, nothing like that exists. Obuah did not demand for money for any stage. Let them show to Nigerians evidence that he took the money. When Obuah was in their (DSS) detention, they investigated this particular matter and found out that it was false.

Commercial transporters clash with FRSC over Sept 1 introduction of speed limit device

A major crisis that may disrupt road transportation in Nigeria for a long period if not averted by the Presidency has broken out between commercial transporters in the country and the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC.

The crisis of confidence between the two parties arises over the decision by the commission to introduce speed limit device technology on commercial vehicles with effect from September 1 this year. N35,000 for device, N1,000 for installation.

It was learnt that the FRSC is working with a private Nigerian firm to enforce the controversial deal, which would require each vehicle owner to buy the device for N35,000 and pay additional N1,000 for installation.

109 pedestrians arrested for ‘crossing highway’

No fewer than 109 pedestrians were at the weekend arrested across different parts of Lagos for allegedly crossing the highway.
Their arrests came after series of warnings from the state government for people to stop crossing the highway in areas where pedestrian bridges are available.
A combined team of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Kick Against Indiscipline officials combed the state on Friday and Saturday, nabbing 102 males and seven females for crossing the express.
‎It was learnt that the spate of accidents and the accompanying increase in loss of lives , as well as the resurgence of traffic robbers necessitated the operation.

DSS: There’s An ‘influx’ Of Boko Haram Into Lagos

There is a “sudden influx” of Boko Haram members in Lagos, while the sect’s cells are now present in Plateau, Gombe and Enugu states as well, the department of state services (DSS) revealed on Sunday.

According to the service, the spread of the insurgent group to the south is due to the intense pressure being put on them in the northeast of the country.

The state police also revealed that some of the sect’s commanders had been rounded up in Lagos and Enugu.

“In line with the Department of State Services’ (DSS) re-strategised counter-terrorism measures to combat the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the service has continued to make significant breakthroughs in this direction,” it said through Tony Opuiyo, its acting spokesman.

Anti-corruption War Is Non-negotiable, Buhari Replies Jonathan’s Ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday replied former Nigerian ministers who questioned the sincerity of his anti-corruption war, saying it is not intended to rubbish the name of anyone.
The ministers, who served in the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, had in a statement cautioned against selective anti-corruption war and warned against labelling the Jonathan government as corrupt.
In his response, Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, asked the country’s latest “trade union formation, the Association of Ex-Jonathan Ministers to do a bit of self-reflection on the sort of government they handed to President Muhammadu Buhari back in May to determine for themselves if it would have been right for any incoming government, not just this one to ignore the issue of the brazen theft of public assets, perhaps the first of its kind we have ever seen in this country”.
“Earlier statements made in this regard that there is no witch hunt or malice against anyone in the pursuit of the county’s stolen assets still stands” Shehu said in a statement, Sunday in Abuja.
He added that the war against corruption knows no friend nor foe, he said .

Probe: Jonathan Holds Meeting With Ex-ministers

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has met with some members of his cabinet in a bid to defend his integrity.

He was said to have told the former ministers that he was “not a thief in office as being portrayed”.He explained how he met President Muhammadu Buhari for 20 minutes on two issues.

They are:
*advising Buhari against subjecting his person and former cabinet members to “media trial” on alleged corruption and;

*.why the Election Petition Tribunals in Rivers and Akwa Ibom should be allowed to work unhindered.

EFCC Sets Up Four-man Panel On Diezani

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has commenced a full investigation into the activities of the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

It was learnt on Sunday that the commission constituted a four-member committee of crack detectives to probe all the NNPC accounts which were supervised by the former minister.

It was learnt that the committee was led by a Superintendent of Police, who was seconded to the commission.

Investigations revealed that the other three members of the committee were pioneer civilian operatives of the commission with high capacity for investigation.

Yoruba’ll Regret Voting Buhari – Okunrounmu.

Aleader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, says the Yoruba will regret voting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okunrounmu, who was the Chairman of the defunct Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, had supported former President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term and asked the Yoruba to vote for him so that he would be able to implement the report of the conference.

However, Buhari received over two million votes from the South-West in the last election, defeating Jonathan in the process.

Dasuki’s Trial Begins Tuesday

The Federal Government will on Tuesday (tomorrow)arraign a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly being in possession of firearms without license, The PUNCH learnt on Sunday.

The Department of State Security Service had, in a statement by one of its officials, Tony Opuiyo, on August 24, 2015, said that it had charged Dasuki with the alleged offence.

The service did not disclose details of the charge but our correspondent learnt that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, had on Friday assigned the case to Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who is the court’s vacation judge.

The DSS said it had charged Dasuki with possession of firearms without licence, an offence punishable under section 27(I)(a)(I) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, based on evidence so far obtained.

Vigilance Group Uncovers Joint For Unclad Female Dancers In Asaba by Adesiji77: 8:14am

An Asaba-based vigilance group has uncovered a joint where female teenagers dance Unclad and has arrested the operator of the joint.

The joint, located in Asaba, hosts bizarre activities, including pornographic shows, especially at weekends.

Confirming the arrest of the operator, the vigilance group boss, Chukwudi Nnamdi, said the suspect was arrested last week Thursday and handed over to the police.

Arase Reduces Number Of Policemen Attached To Governors From 150 To 62

Governors have lost a chunk of their security detail as a result of the reorganisation of the functions of police officers and men.

Police security attached to the governors has been reduced to a maximum of 62 men – which is a unit – according to Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase.

Hitherto some governors had 150 policemen to secure them.

Arase, who spoke in Lagos at the weekend, said the police were worried that too many of their officers and men were doing jobs other than their core police duties, yet they were being promoted.

“When these people now have to be deployed from these special assignments back to their core duties, they may have lost touch,” he said.

Probe: Go and defend yourself, Wike tells Amaechi

Wike and Amaechi
RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, to go and defend himself before the judicial commission of inquiry sitting in the state.
Wike, who was reacting to Amaechi’s declaration on Saturday that he (Amaechi) would not appear before the Justice George Omereji-led panel of inquiry, said it was wrong for the former governor to describe the commission as illegal even when the court had ruled that the panel was in order.

You’ve hidden agenda against Jonathan, IYC accuses Buhari

Abuja – Ijaw Youths Council has called on President Muhammadu BUhari to extend his anti-corruption war to 1999 to cover the Obasanjo era so as to be taken seriously over his anti-corruption war.
The Ijaw youths, who are kinsmen of Jonathan, wondered why Buhari should skip the Obasanjo era and concentrate his probe on Jonathan’s administration, accusing him of having a hidden agenda against their son.
The National President of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri, who signed the statement released in Abuja last night, said it was suspicious for Buhari to choose to probe only the Jonathan’s administration and leave out Obasanjo.
The IYC noted that for the Buhari regime to be taken seriously in the anti-corruption war, the President must extend the probe to 1999 so as to probe the Obasanjo government and recover stolen wealth carted away at that time.

35 princes jostle for Ooni stool

Ooni of Ife: Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse 11
Ooni of Ife: Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse 11
For instance, the Giesi Ruling House which claims it is its turn to produce the next traditional ruler for Ile-Ife after the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade at the weekend set in motion plans to present qualified persons to the king-makers.
The  ruling house according to usually reliable sources met on Saturday at the family compound at Agbedede lane in Ile-Ife to receive the report of its Selection Screening Committee.

Police recover INEC election result sheets from syndicate in Delta

ASABA—Police in Delta State have burst a syndicate of politicians and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who broke into the commission’s strong room in Asaba and stole original copies of 137 result sheets used for the last governorship and House of Assembly election in the state.
The police recovered 47 completed copies of original result sheets,  Form EC8A for the governorship election held in parts of Warri South and 16 completed copies of original result sheets, form EC8A (1) for House of Assembly held in parts of Warri South from the suspects.
Detectives also recovered seven completed copies of original result sheets, Form EC8 for governorship election held in parts of Ughelli North;  five completed copies of original result sheet ,  Form EC8A(1)  for  House of Assembly election held in Ugheli North.

109 persons arrested for crossing expressway

LAGOS – NO fewer than 109 persons were, weekend, arrested by men of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of Lagos State Police Command, and officials of Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, for crossing the expressway at Ketu Bus Stop, along Ikorodu road, instead of using the pedestrian bridge.
The arrest, according to Mr. Olatunji Disu, RRS Commander, is to instil discipline towards the use of pedestrian bridges in the state to prevent loss of lives on highways and ease the free-flow of traffic.
Among those arrested were 102 men and seven women.
In another development, fleeing robbers, weekend, opened fire on a team of policemen attached to RRS in Ikeja area of Lagos.
However, they were reportedly forced to abandon their operational vehicle, a Toyota Camry with number plates GGE 204 DG and fled into the bush.
Recovered from the abandoned car were six mobile phones, an axe, a pair of canvass, passport photograph, taxi signboard and documents.
The robbers, according to Disu, an Assistant Commissio-ner of Police, attacked a couple, Mr. and Mrs John Udoh, who were on their way to board an East-bound vehicle at about 5.40a.m., Saturday.
They raised alarm and the officers responded.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Buhari Dissociates Himself From Campaign Promises

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday disowned two of his campaign documents containing promises on what he would do in his first 100 days in office.

A statement from his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu titled: “Understanding Buhari in 100 days” pointedly disowned two campaign documents which he said emanated from some of party’s “so many centres of public communication which, for whatever reason, were on the loose.”

“There is a certain document tagged “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” and the other, “My Covenant With Nigerians.” Both pamphlets bore the authorised party logo but as the Director of Media and Communications in that campaign, I did not fund or authorise any of those. I can equally bet my last Kobo that Candidate Buhari did not see or authorise those publications.

Terror Attack On Abuja Airport Foiled

Nigeria's intelligence agency has warned of a possible attack on the airport in its capital after disrupting what it said was a Boko Haram cell.

Authorities said on Friday that a boy, 14, had been arrested for spying on security procedures at Abuja's airport.

Security forces are working to prevent "any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports" in response, the agency said.

Terror Attack On Abuja Airport Foiled

Nigeria's intelligence agency has warned of a possible attack on the airport in its capital after disrupting what it said was a Boko Haram cell.

Authorities said on Friday that a boy, 14, had been arrested for spying on security procedures at Abuja's airport.

Security forces are working to prevent "any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports" in response, the agency said.

It said agents are still searching for militants who were directing the boy.

Jonathan, Madueke, CSO Obuah In Trouble Over $6.9million ‘mobile Stage’ Scandal

Between himself, his Chief Security Officer and the former Petroluem Minister, former President Goodluck Jonathan spent, in just one deal, a princely $6.9 million dollars to buy three 40-feet mobile stages for use during mass public speaking events, investigations have now revealed.

Federal government investigators and security agencies say this is just one of the tons of allegedly corrupt practices frequently engaged and condoned under the presidency of the immediate past president.

Besides the fact that the sum for the stages have been incredibly inflated according to mobile stages industry experts, government investigators say there is no evidence as yet that any stage was purchased at all.

While the cost of mobile stages range in size and designs, only outlandish rock star musicians in Europe and the U.S. spend hundreds of thousands on their huge stages way bigger than the 40-feet stages. Even then, those musicians and super stars would not pay over $2m per stage, according to industry sources.

Troops destroy Boko Haram’s bomb making factory

The authorities of the Nigerian Army last night said troops had destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory at Miyati and Nyaleri villages, along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Danboa road, in Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State.
A statement by the Acting Spokesman of the Army, Col. Sani Usman, said three suspected Boko Haram terrorists were arrested in the operation, including an “Ameer”, described as a high contact and foot soldier of the insurgents.
According to Usman, apart from the IEDs, other items recovered by troops included a Peugeot pick-up van, foodstuffs, 10-KVA Lister generator, gas cylinders, borehole pumping machine, three bags of maize, one bag of millet and 13 empty AGO jerry cans, amongst others.
Usman added that the haul was made following a joint operation of the Army and men of the Nigerian Air Force, who provided air cover and tracking.

Ooni: Obasanjo asks Ife kingmakers to select right candidate

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged kingmakers to appoint the right person as the next Ooni of Ife.
Obasanjo spoke on Friday during his condolence visit to Ife to sympathise with the family, chiefs and the people of Ife over the death of the late Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who passed on in London on July 28.
The former President said strict adherence to laid down procedures for the appointment of the new Ooni would be a great service to the people.

Buhari defends appointment of SGF, others

•President says positions will go round soon
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday defended the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal and five others.
The appointments, announced on Thursday, had sparked reactions, with reports of complaints in some quarters that they tilted in favour of the North.
Appointed alongside Lawal were Alhaji Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President; Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Mr. Kure Martins Abeshi, Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) and Hon. Suleiman Kawu, SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives).
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, yesterday assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari’s political appointments will balance out soon.
Adesina spoke on a radio programme, Political Platform, on RayPower 100.5FM, monitored by our correspondent in Lagos.

Appointments: NBA urges Nigerians to be patient with Buhari

President, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Augustine Alegeh
The Nigerian Bar Association on Friday urged Nigerians to exercise patience with President Muhammadu Buhari over perceived lopsidedness in the appointments he has made so far.
NBA President, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, spoke to journalists shortly after reading the communiqué issued at the end of the one-week long 55th Annual Bar Conference of the association in Abuja.
Buhari, whose latest appointments were announced on Thursday, had come under fire from various quarters with the majority of those he had appointed so far being from the North and particularly his North-West geo-political zone.

Fashola spent public fund on quality projects –APC

Mr. Babatunde Fashola
The All Progressives Congress in Lagos State has defended former Governor Babatunde Fashola over an allegation that the former governor misappropriated public funds.
The APC described the contracts awarded by Fashola while in office as a reflection of his love for quality jobs.
The APC spokesperson in the state, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent on Thursday, asked the public to stop castigating Fashola for the amount of money he spent on execution of projects while on office.

NNPC shuts down Warri refinery over crude oil shortage

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, stated that it has shut down the Warri Refineries due to operational challenges.
Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, who disclosed this, noted, however, that the refinery is expected to be reopened for operations on Tuesday.
According to him, the decision to shut down the Warri refinery was taken because there was insufficient crude oil in the system.
“They are supposed to have at least a 25-day sufficiency in the supply of crude. So because of the depletion in the volume of crude they have had to temporarily shut down.
“It was shut down on Monday. This is a temporary measure and it should be up and running by Tuesday.”

SGF: How Fashola was schemed out

•One North philosophy being rebuilt
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to go outside the permutations of political enthusiasts to appoint key officers of the administration was a fallout of the endless squabbling and the fait accompli that was forced on him by political opponents of his favourite for the post, former Governor Tunde Fashola.
The disappointments by political stakeholders from the south nonetheless, the appointment of northern minorities and Christians into key positions by the Buhari administration is meanwhile receiving mixed welcome from the Northern minorities.

I was never arrested in London for money laundering – Amosun’s wife

Wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun yesterday broke her silence over the recent rumour of her purported arrest and detention in London over alleged laundering of about $US300,000, saying, she was neither arrested nor detained.
The Ogun State First Lady who made her first appearance in public since the rumour of her purported arrest for alleged money laundering in London debunked the claim while answering questions from newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital, shortly after distributing free milk and other items to hundreds of expectant and lactating mothers at the State Hospital in the Ijaiye area on behalf of the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari who was the donor.
Amosun’s wife said the allegation was not true and that she was neither arrested nor detained in London or any other part of the world for the alleged money laundering offence or any other crime.
The governor’s wife had been accused of money laundering of about $US300,000, in London . The allegation which went viral on the social media.
To worsen the case, the first Lady was not in the country which almost confirmed the allegation. But, her appearance yesterday at the public function laid the allegation to rest.
According to her, the rumour of the purported arrest making the rounds on the social media in recent times is a concoction and a figment of the imagination of mischief makers and the authors of such rumour.

Again, Fayose criticises Buhari’s lopsided appointment

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has again advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be equitable in the appointments of people into positions, reiterating that Mrs Amina Zakari headship of the Independent National Electoral Commission, is dangerous to the
country’s electoral system.
In a dramatic manner, Fayose also appointed a 72-year old Carpenter and illiterate, Mr Olatunde Afolayan as the caretaker chairman of Moba Local Government.
Fayose, also sworn in members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, headed by a retired Chief Judge of the State, Justice Kayode Bamisile , to be able to conduct local government elections before the end of the year.
After administering the oaths on the appointees in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Fayose told President Buhari to remove Mrs Zakari as INEC’s Acting Chairman , while also urging him to be equitable in appointing the National Electoral Commissioners that would preside over the sensitive body.

CAC, FIRS move for electronic stamping of companies’ documents

Abuja – The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is collaborating with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to ensure the integration of e-stamping module into the Commission’s company registration portal (CRP).
The aimed, according to a statement by CAC Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Churchill Williams, is to create a seamless registration process and further reduce time and cost of registration of companies and other post incorporation processes in the country.
Disclosing this at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference in Abuja, the Registrar-General Bello Mahmud, said that the effort was part of the major reforms in the Commission’s operations, making it possible for customers to pay for stamp duties and stamp their company registration documents electronically on the CAC Company Registration Portal (CRP).

Egyptian Court Sentences Al-Jazeera Journalists To Three Years In Prison

al-jazeera journalists sentenced to prison in egypt
An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera TV journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt, a case that has stirred an international outcry.
The verdict in a retrial was issued against Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who has given up his Egyptian citizenship, Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, and Peter Greste, an Australian who was deported in February.
The three were accused of aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood group but they strenuously denied the allegations.

Chad executes 10 Boko Haram suspects by firing squad

Chad executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group, Boko Haram, by firing squad Saturday, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N’Djamena.

A picture taken on August 26, 2015 shows suspected members of Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram sitting in court in N'Djamena, during the opening of the trial of ten suspected Boko Haram members. Ten suspected Boko Haram members went on trial in Chad on August 26 over their alleged roles in twin attacks that killed 38 people in the capital N'Djamena in June.  AFP PHOTO / STRINGER
A picture taken on August 26, 2015 shows suspected members of Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram sitting in court in N’Djamena, during the opening of the trial of ten suspected Boko Haram members. Ten suspected Boko Haram members went on trial in Chad on August 26 over their alleged roles in twin attacks that killed 38 people in the capital N’Djamena in June. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Alaibe blasts PDP over Bayelsa sanitation row

A stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and one of the leading contenders for the party’s governorship ticket, Chief Timi Alaibe, on Saturday lashed out the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for linking him to a clash in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Alaibe said he was not even in Bayelsa when the Chairman of the state Environmental Sanitation Authority (BSESA), Mr. Oboku Offorji, claimed that he and other leaders of the APC flouted the sanitation law.
He said it was obvious that the PDP and its remnants were scared of his membership of the APC, a party he said has come to deliver the state from bad governance.

NDLEA plans offensive against drug traffickers in FCT

The FCT Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Saturday said it would embark on anti-narcotics campaign towards curtailing drug trafficking in the area.
Mr Peter Adegbe, Public Relations Officer of the Command, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the agency would sensitise the people to expose drug traffickers in their midst.
According to him, the FCT command has beefed up surveillance in Abaji, Gwagwalada, Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Councils to tackle drug traffickers.
“The FCT command will not allow these agents of wares of destruction to infiltrate the territory.
“To this effect, the Command’s stop and search strategy has been beefed up with many attendant successes.
“We have also increased our sensitization of the general public, especially the youths.”
The PRO explained that the command had also focussed its campaigns on schools, motor parks, entertainment joints, hotels, to educate the public on the dangers of illicit drugs.

Umana hails Buhari on Enang’s appointment

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 governorship poll in Akwa Ibom State, Umana Umana, has hailed the appointment of Ita Enang as Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters.
Enang is a member of the legal team representing Umana at the state governorship election petitions tribunal, sitting in Abuja.
Before the elections, Ita Enang, who was representing Uyo Senatorial District in the National Assembly, pledged to support Umana, a former Secretary to the State Government.
Umana expressed confidence in the ability of the former Senate Committee Chairman on Rules and Business to deliver on his present appointment, urging the ex-federal lawmaker to make the people of Akwa Ibom proud.

Understanding Buhari in 100 Days, by Garba Shehu

President Muhammadu Buhari  Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

President Muhammadu Buhari Photo by Abayomi Adeshida
The enormously popular talk show, Berekete on Wazobia FM radio, Abuja station, told the incredible, yet true story of the hardworking and respected school teacher somewhere in Plateau state who hanged himself.
He hadn’t been paid salary for seven straight months. He came home to find that no one had eaten and two of the children had medical prescriptions for which there was no money.
He sneaked out without talking to anyone.

Police to promote 40,000, says IG

The Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase on Saturday said about 40,000 policemen between the rank of Constable and Inspector would be promoted in the next two months.
Arase, who disclosed this during his private visit to Lagos, noted that the rank and file were the officers doing the major jobs, including arrests, investigations and other special duties.
He noted that these officers were closer to the people than senior officers, stressing that due attention should be given to them by mitigating their burdens.
The IG said as part of effort to encourage these officers, the police authorities had embarked on housing projects across the six geo-political zones to build two-bedroom flats valued at about N4m each in collaboration with mortgage institutions.
“There have been a backlog of promotions between the constable and inspector cadre,involving about 36,000 of them. Two groups are already undergoing their promotional courses.
“Within the next two months, about 40,000 policemen between the rank of constable and inspector will undertake promotion exercises, and be moved up to the next rank.

#Bringbackourgirls: We must stay strong and hopeful – Oby Ezekwesili

Dr Oby Ezekwesile, Co-Chairperson of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBoG), the advocacy group spearheading the release of the abducted school girls from Chibok, Borno State, speaks on their efforts, 500 days after the kidnapping allegedly by Boko Haram.
Dr Oby Ezekwesili
Dr Oby Ezekwesili
500 days after, are you satisfied with what you’re seeing on the efforts made by this administration to rescene the abducted girl?
I think thus far, especially after we had our June 8, 2015 meeting with the President and the Vice
President albeit with the old security team that the President inherited from the previous administration, one thing that was very clear to us was the genuineness of the pledge the President made.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

100 Best Places to Work in Nigeria 2015


Jobberman in collaboration with Ventures Africa, Africa’s foremost online platform for news, analysis and discussion about African business, policy, innovation, and lifestyle, has just released the List of  the Top 100 Companies for Millennials to Work in Nigeria, based on employee satisfaction.
Every generation creates a new flock of young adults that brings nuanced energy, expertise and awareness to the workplace. Born between 1982 and 2003, millennials account for about 60 percent of Nigeria’s population and a substantial segment of the workforce. Tech savvy and innovative, this new class of employee thrives on peer motivation and challenge.
Accounting for 80 percent of new intake in companies like Nigerian Breweries, millennials possess consumer-oriented perspectives that causes them to evaluate companies based on alignment to their own personal values and ambition. According to our survey of millennials in the workforce, company prestige ranked as the most significant factor in job consideration. This was followed by passion, with financial remuneration ranked third. Although the survey revealed that millennials are attracted to high financial remuneration, they are less likely to stay for long periods at a job if they do not achieve work-life balance or feel fulfilled.

List of illegal tertiary institutions as released by NUC

Below is a list of illegal degree awarding Institutions operating in different parts of Nigeria as released by the National Universities Commission on August 24th. The NUC Executive secretary, Julius Okojie, says anyone who patronise these schools, do so at their own risk. Full list after the cut..

PDP must reform lest it dies - Doyin Okupe

In an article published on his Facebook wall this afternoon, former presidential spokesperson to former president Jonathan, Doyin Okupe called on PDP to quickly carry out necessary reforms within the party lest it dies.

N60bn Sale Proceeds: EFCC Probes Amaechi by kahal29: 5:05am

• Writes Rivers finance ministry, Accountant General demanding details of contracts

By Doris Obinna

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC) has com­menced a probe of im­mediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, based on a peti­tion from a Port Harcourt-based group, The Integrity Group.

The commission will beam its searchlight on some of Amaechi’s projects executed while in office.

Acting on a July 29 peti­tion, the EFCC has already written to the Permanent Secretary of the state’s Min­istry of Finance and the Ac­countant General to furnish it with details on the proj­ects being investigated.

Ambassador denies link with visa issuance to Lebanese terrorist

Former Nigerian ambassador to Lebanon, Oluwole Idowu, has refuted reports linking him with the issuance of Nigerian visa to a wanted Lebanese terrorist, Ahmed Al Assir.
In a statement in Lagos yesterday, Idowu described as malicious and defamatory such media reports which, he added, were deficient in facts and professionalism.
He said he could not have been involved in the issuance of any Nigerian visa in Beirut in August 2015 when he completed his tour of duty in Lebanon on April 6 and ‘’meritoriously” retired from service after 35 years on August 14.
The former envoy said  while his lawyers were already taking up the issue of false and libellous publications with the concerned media organisations, he considered these clarifications most expedient because “of the embarrassment which the publications have been causing me, family, friends and associates which I had cultivated locally and internationally in the past 35 years.”
Idowu pledged his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, his government and the Foreign Affairs Ministry which, he said, he had committed his entire work life as a diplomat and career ambassador.

500 days after: Activists march for Chibok girls in Lagos, Abuja

Lagos State members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBG) are to march on the Government House, Alausa to demand the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
The group is coordinated by Mohammed Oyebode.
A member of the group, Mr. Niyi Onabanjo, said the group was not happy that up till now, the girls are still missing.
He said:  “We will commence our protest march from the Obafemi Awolowo Round About, at the Allen Avenue Junction, Ikeja and proceed to the Government House, Alausa.
“We will deliver a paper to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and expect him to convey it to the relevant authorities on the matter.
“We expect the Lagos State Emergency Management Board to get in touch with the Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) and render whatever assistance it can to the suffering people displaced by insurgency.”

Senate crisis: Ndume meets Tinubu on reconciliation

Senate Leader Ali Ndume yesterday met with All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The meeting focused on how to reconcile Senate President Bukola Saraki  and Unity Forum members, led by Senator  Ahmed Lawan.
It was learnt that the outcome of the preliminary session might lead to an enlarged session of senators in the Like Minds Group and the Senate Unity Forum.
A source in the National Assembly, who said: “Ndume met with Asiwaju Tinubu about noon and the talks lasted for about an hour. The talks dwell on the reunification of the APC Caucus in the Senate. The Senate Leader said it was time for the crisis in the upper chamber to end.”
The meeting was at Ndume’s request. He is said to be leading a fresh initiative for reconciliation of all senators, who have been locked in a cold war since June 9.

Navy to enact new directive on oil theft, others

The Nigerian Navy yesterday said a new policy directive will be promulgated to address private maritime security firms and oil theft.
Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas spoke while closing the second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Africa conference in Lagos.
He said the new policy, to be enacted by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of efforts to run a transparent, cost-effective and efficient government, was in line with global best practices.
According to him, the new policy directives and strategies aimed at tackling oil theft and other maritime vices would yield result shortly.
While acknowledging the role played by private security firms, Ibas said the President’s desire was to recapitalise and reposition the navy.

Relief as ex-militants’ payment begins

The payment of backlog of allowances to ex-militants in local and foreign educational and vocational institutions will begin today, it was learnt yesterday.
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, who  coordinates the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) told a delegation of the  European Union (EU) yesterday in Abuja.
Boroh said about 20 ex-militants’ leaders were invited to Abuja, adding that Nigeria could not afford the consequences of not paying the former militants.
While receiving the EU delegation, led by Brian O’Neil, Boroh said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had concluded the due process.
“Between today and next week, all onshore and offshore debts would be paid. All ex-militants would be  paid arrears of their allowances.
“The Federal Government is most concerned, especially about  the offshore students  because the image of the country is at stake.

Shocker! Okagbare chickens out of 200m

Athletics Federation of Nigerian officials are reeling with shock, following Blessing Okagbare’s decision not to start the women 200m at the IAAF World Championships on-going in Beijing, China. This is against the background of her poor showing in the women 100m where she placed last. Before that race on Monday, Okagbare, had shown signs of distress.
Her coach was seen whispering words of encouragement into her ears. Yesterday, she was warming up for the heats of the 200m, but when the athletes were asked to report to the call room, she was nowhere to be found. “We don’t know for sure what happened to her. Personally, I have tried the lines of the technical officials and there wasn’t any response,” said Olukoyde Thomas the AFN spokesman in Beijing.

The Army we presided over, by Badeh, Minimah

With a degree of candour, alien to military establishment in the country,  the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh (rtd) and Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Kenneth Minimah gave Nigerians food-for-thought at their pull-out parades.
The duo said the Army their headed was inadequately kitted for modern operations.
In his validictory speech to a violence-weary nation, Air Chief Marshal Badeh said the military he headed lacked the equipment to do its job. He said at a pull-out parade organised in his honour last month: “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.

NNPC opens tender for 2015/ 2016 crude oil term contract

President Muhamadu Buhari has approved a tendering process for the 2015/2016 Crude Oil Term Contract and the evacuation of Nigeria’s crude oil equity from the various crude and condensate production arrangements.
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which announced the presidential approval, said it will begin with the advertisement of the Crude Oil Term contract in both National and International print media for one month.
The new arrangement has been “carefully structured to weed out briefcase companies and rent seekers,” a statement by the Corporation last night said.

Tinubu: why Fashola is under stinking attacks

Former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has condemned the attacks on his successor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola. He remains proud of Fashola and will never be part of any part of any process to bring him down, he said yesterday.
Tinubu, in a statement by his media office yesterday, said Fashola would be victorious in the end.
He said the immediate past governor contributed immensely to the development of Lagos.
The statement reads: “The past elections were an epic confrontation between two opposing political camps. Those who believed in the progressive governance of the people gathered under the banner of the APC. Those who hearkened to the conservative elitism that had cast this nation downward for so many years.

Dangote builds cement plant in Nepal

Dangote Cement Plc says that in line with its investment plans, it has expanded into Asia, by constructing a three million metric tonnes per annum cement plant in Nepal.
The new plants would be constructed in partnership with Sinoma, bringing Dangote Cement’s export capacity to 10 million metric tonnes.
According to the group, it had also recently made new investment of $4.34bn in 10 African countries.
At the signing ceremony on Wednesday, the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said that the country would no longer be used as a dumping ground for cement.

Police redeploy 37 CPs

Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase
The Police Service Commission has approved the deployment of 37 Police Commissioners to State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.
The commission in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said the posting was in line with Section 215 of the 1999 Constitution which empowered it to appoint officers to states as CPs.

Arms deals panel begins sitting in Abuja

Arms and ammunitions
The 13-man investigative committee set up to probe the procurement of hardware and ammunition in the Armed Forces has started its sitting, albeit in camera, The PUNCH has learnt.
The committee has been meeting in the office of the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), a source in the Presidency confided in The PUNCH on Wednesday.
The source said, “I can confirm to you that the committee members have started meeting. They even started meeting before their appointments were announced. This is because they do not need any confirmation or any formal inauguration.

Zamfara, Kwara get FG’s bailout money; others to follow

Two out of the 27 states that applied to Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for financial bailout,  Zamfara and Kwara, have received disbursement of funds to pay workers outstanding salaries.
CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele
CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele
A statement from CBN said that the two states met the requirements as agreed with their respective banks.
The apex bank said: “Efforts will be made in the coming days to conclude disbursements to other states so that all outstanding salaries to civil servants can be cleared.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has approved the request by Deposit Money Banks, DMBs, to provide financial accommodation to state governments to enable them pay the backlog of salaries of their workers.

FG reviews Second Niger Bridge contract

President Muhammadu Buhari
Construction work on the Second Niger Bridge may be further delayed as the Federal Government has said it is currently reviewing the contract sum for the project to justify the cost.
The Goodluck Jonathan administration said in January this year that the government had spent N10bn on the project out of the N130bn total cost of the contract.
But the Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Mr. Aminu Diko, in an interview with State House correspondents on Wednesday, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the ICRC was currently withholding the certificate of compliance for the project.

NNPC cancels crude oil delivery contracts to refineries

The NNPC refinery in Port Harcourt, Rivers State
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Thursday announced the cancellation of the terms of contract for the delivery of crude oil to the refineries in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna.
The corporation also announced the termination of the Offshore Processing Agreements with three companies – Duke Oil Company Inc, Aiteo Energy Resources Limited and Sahara Energy Resources Limited. The agreements were sealed in January, 2015.

Cops arrest gun runners, recover gun-manufacturing equipment

Some of the suspects
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a 26-year-old suspect, Ayila Ejir, for allegedly manufacturing and selling guns.
The equipment used for making the arms were said to have been recovered from Ejir, who reportedly confessed to the police to have sold some AK-47, among others, to his customers.
It was learnt that Ejir was arrested along with his accomplices, 18-year-old Joseph Ochanni and Raymond Kakaan, who also confessed to have sold guns to many people, including a soldier.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Ejir was nabbed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad who stormed his factory in Usambe village, in the Kwande Local Government Area, Benue State, on August 10.

I’m not fighting Fashola, says Tinubu

Fashola, Tinubu
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has distanced himself from the recent attacks against former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.
Tinubu added that the attacks were being sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party.
Tinubu, who is a former governor of Lagos State, said this in a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tension At NDDC As Top Officials Meet Buhari Over Missing N184billion

There is tension at the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, as the agency’s top officials arrive Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday over the missing N183.7 billion and other alleged scams rocking the commission.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the scheduled meeting to PREMIUM TIMES.
“It is true that top officials of the NDDC will be meeting with the President tomorrow (Wednesday),” Mr. Shehu said.

“Although I can’t confirm the exact schedule of the meeting, I can say that it will take place in the afternoon at the Presidential Villa.”

APC Sets Up Committee To Monitor Buhari’s Compliance With Manifesto

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has put measures in place to access and keep track of the implementation of the party’s manifesto by the by President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as well as the fulfillment of other promises made by the party to the electorate during the campaigns.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in a paper he presented at the ongoing 55th annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Abuja, where he explained that the assessment team which will also serve as an advisory committee to the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is to comprise mainly of technocrats.

It would be recalled that ahead of the 2015 elections, the then opposition party had promised to among other things, tackle spiraling unemployment, as well as insecurity, the fight against corruption and the welfare of the people, especially payment of allowances to the unemployed and the aged.

Goodluck Jonathan Is A Wicked Man - Boyloaf

Victor Ben Ebikabowei aka Boyloaf, a renowned ex- Niger Delta militant, in the exclusive interview with Aderonke Bello of accused the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, of neglect and called him a wicked man.

He urged the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, to probe the immediate past administration which, he said, was riddled with corruption.
Mr Victor also advised the federal government to negotiate with Boko Haram whenever they are ready and even suggested amnesty to end the continuous killings in the northeast.

Read the excerpts from the interview

Rivers Tribunal: 16 Senators, Reps Petition Buhari

Sixteen senators and members of the House of Representatives from Rivers State on Tuesday petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged interferences by security agencies in the hearing of cases before the state election petition tribunal.

The lawmakers singled out the “State Security Services” and the “Nigerian Army” as security agencies the President should call to order to forestall a possible “injustice” in the prosecution of the cases.

Among the petitioners were Senator George Sekibo and Mrs. Betty Apiafi, both of the Peoples Democratic Party.

A’court Upholds Ambode’s Victory, Fines Agbaje

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday affirmed the verdict of the Lagos State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld the declaration of Akinwunmi Ambode as the winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Lagos State.

The appellate court aligned with the July 1, 2015 decision of the Justice Muhammad Sijaro-led tribunal which declared as incompetent and therefore struck out the petition by the second runner-up in the said election, Jimi Agbaje, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The five-man appeal panel, after dismissing Agbaje’s appeal on the grounds of incompetence, ordered him to compensate each of the respondents in the sum of N50,000 each.

Ambode had been returned winner of the April 11, 2015 poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission having polled 811,994 votes ahead of Agbaje who polled 659,788 votes.

''Wanted: Maximum Security For Mr. President As Corruption Fights Back''

As President Buhari digs in without looking back in fighting corruption in Nigeria, corruption is ferociously fighting back like a wounded lion. The most corrupt political party in Africa and the world, PDP was the first to start the blackmail and intimidation. What the brigands tell us is that the President should hit the ground running and stop chasing shadows. When it suits them, the idiots in PDP tell us that President Buhari is clueless and unprepared for the big business of governance and hence the pretence to be fighting corruption. In another development they tell us that Boko Haram has killed more people in a very short time when compared with the same time frame during Jonathan’s tenure.

National Identity Card To Complement Voters Card-buhari

ABUJA – President Mohammdu Buhari has emphasised the importance of National identity card to all Nigerians of voting age, stating that it would in the future complement the Voters card.

The president who registered on Tuesday at the presidential Villa, Abuja to obtain his national identity card urged Nigerians to embrace the exercise.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the registration that was supervised by Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Mr. Chris Onyemenam said for the purposes of credible elections, Nigerians should ensure that get registered.

“I think this exercise is very important to confirm our population and those who are entitled to vote, that is those who are 18 years and above. It will complement the exercise of the permanent voters card.

Resign Or Be Sacked From INEC – Ozekhome Warns Amina Zakari

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, has again called for the resignation of Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

His call followed speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari may make her substantive head of the commission.

Zakari, who was National Commissioner at INEC, replaced Prof. Attahiru Jega, whose five-year tenure as the INEC chairman ended on June 30.

Crisis In Ile-ife As Ruling Houses Battle Over Oba Sijuwade’s Successor

The search for a successor to the late Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, is taken a controversial dimension, as a clan in the Ogboru ruling house has rejected plans by the kingmakers to restrict their selection to the Giesi family.

Although it hitherto appeared settled that the Giesi house would produce the next Ooni, being next to the Ogboru ruling house in the succession order established by government declaration on the Ooni chieftaincy title of 1977, a clan in the Ogboru royal family is also now jostling for the position.

Ghanaian Graduate Among 10 Suspected To Have Joined ISIS

25-year-old Ghanaian graduate Nazir Nortei Alema is feared to have joined the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the Daily Guide.

Nazir, a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a degree in Geography and Rural Development, is feared to be one of 10 suspected Muslim youths from Ghana who have joined the terrorist group.

According to family sources, on August 2nd, soon after completing the mandatory National Service in Ghana, which he undertook at the Ghana Statistical Service, Mr. Alema sent a WhatsApp message to his family to the effect that he was traveling to another part of Ghana on a job-related assignment.

Nazir’s father Kabiru Alema said he later sent him another message to negate the earlier one.

FG To Slash Federal Lawmakers’ Salaries

ABUJA—Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Mr. Elias Mbam, disclosed yesterday that the Commission had started the process of trimming down the pay packages of the President, Senators, members of the House of Representatives, governors and all the elected public officials to reflect current economic realities.

Speaking with journalists after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari,  the RMAFC Chairman said that no federal lawmaker received N1 million monthly as salary, adding that their salaries would be pruned down to reflect the current economy status.

Asked whether the parliamentarians would give a nod to the idea, the Chairman said it was a constitutional mandate, which no one should argue about.

Withdrawal Of Officers From Vips: Police Deploy Men To Airports, Highways To.

ABUJA—Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the over 130,000 police personnel attached to unauthorised persons and VIPs in the country be withdrawn and deployed to confront the security challenges, Force Headquarters, in conjunction with the Police Service Commission, PSC, is set to commence the implementation.
Consequently, “the PSC, in collaboration with the Inspector General Police, has concluded arrangements to deploy a high level monitoring team to the nation’s airports, highways and other public places to enforce the Presidential directive of immediate withdrawal of policemen from very important personalities, VIP, who are not entitled to their services”.

New FIRS boss vows to raise tax revenue

Executive Chairman, FIRS, Dr. Babatunde Fowler
The Acting Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, has formally assumed office pledging to use partnership with the relevant stakeholders to shore up the tax revenue and improve on the country’s tax administration.
Fowler, according to a statement issued by the FIRS and signed by the Assistant Director, Communications & Servicom Department, Nneka Ifekwuna, made this known when he took over the mantle of leadership from the outgoing Acting Executive Chairman of FIRS, Mr. Sunday Ogungbesan.

B’Haram: Military to deploy 8,700 soldiers Rabe Abubakar

Rabe Abubakar
Military chiefs from the Lake Chad Basin Commission have perfected plans to deploy 8,700 troops of the Multi National Joint Task Force against the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement on Tuesday that the move was made during a meeting of the military chiefs in Ndjamena, Chad.
The meeting was attended by military chiefs from Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin Republic, the Commander of the MNJTF and other senior military officers.

FG agencies inflated contracts by N659bn – BPP

Director-General, BPP, Mr. Emeka Ezeh
the Bureau of Pubic Procurement on Tuesday said it had saved the country a total of N658.88bn from inflated contracts submitted by contractors of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.
The bureau, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the figure, which was provided by the Director-General of the BPP, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, covered a five-year period, from 2009 to 2014.
It stated that the BPP DG spoke in Abuja at a panel session on “Ending the scourge of abandoned projects in Nigeria,” which was part of the activities at the ongoing 55th annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Ambode raises concern over crime rate at regional ports

Lagos—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday raised concern over the crime rate at Tin Can, Apapa  and other West African Ports.
He therefore called for regional integration among West African countries to ensure adequate safety of lives and property within the coastal regions.
The governor who spoke at the opening session of the Offshore Patrol Vessels, OPV in Africa, held in Lagos, said that the state concern on the level of criminal activities hinged on its status as the city hosting the busiest ports in the region.
Ambode, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Idiat Adebule, lamented that the increase in crime rates poses threats to the effectiveness of the ports in the region, stressing “the maritime sector remains a critical factor towards achieving economic prosperity for the region”

Oyo plans dedicated lane for mass transit buses

The Oyo State mass transit scheme, Pacesetter Transport, says there is a plan to create a dedicated lane for the state’s high capacity transport buses with the aim of putting an end to the constant collision of the buses with other vehicles on the road.
The state’s 90-seater buses currently share the same roads and bus stops with other smaller commuter buses and commercial motorcycles.
But the General Manager of Pacesetter Transport, Mr. Wole Akinyele, said that the dedicated lane proposal was already with the state government and the state House of Assembly for approval.
He spoke in Ibadan on Tuesday at a sensitisation programme to educate transport stakeholders on the need to respect the rights of all road users.

Power generation hits 4,748MW

Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi
Power generation for the first time in Nigeria has risen to an all-time high of 4,748.1 megawatts, sustaining the steady increase that has characterised the electricity generation in the past two months.
A report obtained on Tuesday from the Presidential Task Force on Power showed that the new figure was attained around 9.15pm on Monday.
The country’s last peak power generation of 4,724.6MW was recorded on August 22, 2015, while the peak demand was put at 14,630MW, the report stated.

How Adoke stopped Abba Moro from hijacking 1,600 NIS jobs

ABUJA—Indications emerged last night that the immediate past Interior Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, tried but failed to hijack the rescheduled recruitment of 1,600 Nigerians into the Nigerian Immigration Service.
*Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke
*Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke
Investigations by Vanguard indicate that Moro, whose ministry supervised Immigrations, Prisons and Civil Defence, had objected to the conduct of the recruitment into NIS by the Presidential Committee raised by former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Vanguard investigation further revealed that Moro tried in vain to stop the presidential committee from recruiting the new hands by raising some legal issues to justify his position, but was overruled by the then Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.

London police arrest another Arik Air crew with cocaine

A crew member of Arik Air,  Mr.Chika Egwu Udensi, was on Monday night apprehended at Heathrow Airport, London, for allegedly peddling substances, suspected to be cocaine.
Spokesman of Arik Air, Mr. Ola Adebanji, confirmed the latest arrest.
He said the crew member was arrested by the UK Border Force in connection with alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances.
Adebanji, in a statement, stated that the airline was presently carrying out its own investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance.
He stressed that the airline would also be cooperating fully with the UK authorities and other appropriate agencies in their investigations.

Buhari blames escalation of subsidies on past govts

ABUJA—President  Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, accused past administrations of allowing the infrastruc-ture in the oil sector to collapse to enable their cronies steal by importing refined products.
The President, who made the accusation while speaking at a meeting with the Chairman and members of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, lamented “the current situation in which Nigeria is forced to spend billions of Naira annually on alleged subsidies for petroleum products.”
A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying that “the escalation of petroleum subsidy payments over recent years was due to the deliberate neglect of the nation’s refineries, oil pipelines and other related infrastructure to allow the importation of petroleum products and corruption to thrive.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LASG Removes Fashola’s Budget Spending from Website

The Lagos State Government has removed the list of contracts awarded under the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola.

The list which was published on the website of the state’s Public Procurement Agency,, stated that Fashola’s administration spent N78.3m on his personal website,, in 2014.

The list further stated that Fashola spent N139m on the drilling of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Celine Dion Reveals Her Husband Wants to Die in Her Arms Amid Cancer Battle

Celine Dion's husband wants to 'die in her arms.'

Celine is returning to Las Vegas this month but the singer has revealed it will be a bittersweet one for her. Her 73 year old ailing husband, Rene Angelil, has been battling throat cancer for the last several years and his final wish is to be with the singer when he passes away. However, on his instructions, she has returned to Las Vegas for her residency despite it 'freaking' him out when she's not at home with him.

We are Ready For Salary Cut, Declare Support For Anti-graft War

LAGOS— IN support of the move to reduce the high cost of governance and to boost the war against corruption, the House of Representatives has declared its readiness to take salary cut and back President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft measures.

Making these disclosures, yesterday, in Lagos, Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Mohammed Sani Zorro, said all members of the House of Representatives irrespective of party affiliations are on the same page with the President on the change agenda and ready to give him the necessary legislative backing to actualize the agenda.

‘ Why There Is Improved Power Supply’ - Acting MD YEDC

Anti-corruption disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari has been linked to the improved gas supply and relative stability in power supply across the nation.

Acting Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC, Baba Umar Mustapha, stated this in his maiden interaction with journalists at the headquarters of Yola DISCO.

Mustapha, who debunked insinuations linking improvement in power supply experienced across the nation to the rainy season, said the notion while incorrect, had gained currency because most people think power generation often peaks during rainy season due to power generation from the hydro-electric power stations in the country.

How Obasanjo Ordered NNPC To Retain NLNG Dividends-thisday

Following the controversy surrounding the retention of dividends paid by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company Limited to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), it has emerged that the initial directive to retain its 49 per cent share of dividends was actually given by former President Olusegun Obasanjo when he was in office.

Arising from this is another brewing controversy as to whether the dividends belong to the Federation Account for sharing amongst the three tiers of government, or just to the federal government, in this case the NNPC.

Ambode Cancels Fashola's Last Minute Lekki Land Allocations

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, has revoked the allocation of over25 plots of land by his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, in his final days in office.
TheCable understands that the expansive land at Lekki Phase One had been allocated to the Lagos State Water Corporation in 1998 by the then military administrator of the state, Mohamed Marwa, while the certificate of occupancy was signed by Bola Tinubu, former governor of the state, in 2006.
However, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was the permanent secretary of the Lagos state ministry of lands under Fashola, had reportedly informed the former governor that the land was “available”.
The land was officially parcelled into 25plots and shared by Fashola who went on to sign the certificates of occupancy on May 26, three days to his exit from office.

Buhari 13-Member Panel To Probe Weapon Procurement Since 2007

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Security Adviser to convene an investigative committee on the procurement of hardware and munitions in the Armed Forces from 2007 till now, a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said.

According to the statement, the investigative committee’s mandate is to identify irregularities and make recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces.

Accordingly, the National Security Adviser has constituted the Investigative Committee as follows:

Obasanjo taught me never to join issues with imbeciles, fools and the living-dead – Fani Kayode.

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode says that he has developed thick skin for those who always attacked him.

The PDP chieftain stated that one of the things the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo taught him was never to respond to criticisms of some persons who were not fertile upstairs.

FFK, as he prides himself, has come under heavy criticisms recently for saying Nigeria will break up if Ndigbo were killed again.

Police Forced Us To Confess, Ikorodu Robbery Suspects Tell Court

The robbery suspects who allegedly robbed banks
in Ikorodu have told the Federal High Court in
Lagos that the confessional statements they made to
the police were not voluntary.

Their lawyer Olusegun Akanbi is also praying the
court to order the police to produce them if they
are still alive.

He said the suspects “made confessional statements
to the members of the press out of duress”.
He argued that it is illegal for the police to parade
criminal suspects and have them grant press
interviews under compulsion.

Buhari Furious, Summons NDDC Mgt Over Contract-splitting

ABUJA — Worried by alleged mismanagement of funds of the commission running into billions of Naira, the Presidency has summoned the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to answer questions on the true financial status of the agency.

Competent sources confirmed to Vanguard that the President would meet the management team of the NDDC and take them up on many issues relating to the management of the resources of the commission since the new board came on board in December 2013.

Buhari, according to sources close to his office, is furious that the management has allowed influential politicians to hijack the agency and made away with billions of Naira under the guise of executing contracts with little or no result on the ground to show for such money.
It was learnt that the President would seek answers to why the commission refused to adhere to due process in the award of major contracts valued at billions of Naira, preferring instead to split them in violation of the Public Procurement Act.

DSS Charges Ex-NSA Dasuki To Court

The Department of State Services (DSS) has taken Sambo Dasuki, immediate past national security adviser, to court for alleged possession of unlicensed firearms.

In a raid on Dasuki’s residence in Abuja on July 16, the DSS had seized some firearms found in his possession as well as some vehicles.

The raid resulted in a standoff between soldiers guarding his residence and the DSS operatives, which did not end until the evening of the next day.
The DSS premised its “hit” on Dasuki on intelligence that he was planning to commit “treasonable felony”. However, it has so far been unable to prove this.

Buhari Accepts Ban’s Invitation To World Leaders’ Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday accepted an invitation from the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, to a meeting of world leaders in New York.

The meeting is expected to formulate a fresh plan of action against extremism.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Shehu said President Barack Obama and President Francois Hollande of France are also expected to participate in the September 28 meeting which will, among other things deliberate on a new UN draft resolution on combating extremism worldwide.

Go And Make Peace With Tinubu - FFK Advices Fashola

The former Minister thinks Fashola should make peace with Tinubu in the wake of the corruption allegations being leveled against him...

Nigerian Twitter Users Call Out Ambode Over Report That Fashola Spent N139m

Monday, August 24, 2015

Saraki must show remorse, says Lawan group Senate President Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki
The Senate Unity Forum on Sunday said that it would abide by the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the All Progressives Congress on the crisis over the Senate principal offices.
The group,   which canvassed for the emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan, as President of the Senate, said that it would only withdraw it court cases challenging the election of the presiding officers of the Senate, if the party leaders directed them to do so.

Corruption, worst rights violation ever —Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday described corruption as the greatest human rights violation ever.
Justifying the reason why his administration is waging a large scale war against graft, Buhari said the effects of corruption were manifest in suffering, deprivation and death that innocent people were being exposed to.
He therefore urged Nigerian lawyers to support his administration to win the war against corruption.
According to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President spoke at the opening of the 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja.

Boko Haram: Army reinstates 2,500 soldiers, 102 officers

Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman
The Nigerian Army has recalled over 2,500 soldiers who were asked to withdraw from service for alleged offences committed under the counter- insurgency operations code named Operation Zaman Lafiya.
The review panel set up by the Army, which began sitting in Kaduna on August 17, has also screened and reinstated 102 officers, who were sentenced or facing prosecution in relation to the operations in the North-East.

Okonjo-Iweala’s husband to build hospital

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
The husband of former Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is building a multi-billion naira state-of-the-art hospital in Abuja.
The world-class health care facility, named Capital Health and Surgical Care Centre, is being championed by the former minister’s husband, Ikemba and son, Uchechi, both medical doctors who will serve as chairman of the board and medical director respectively at the medical facility.
Speaking in a three-minute video posted on the hospital’s website,<>, Ikemba and his son, Uchechi, explained that the health facility was conceived to improve

NIS officers protest 15-month unpaid salary increase

Some officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Sunday said the suspended Comptroller-General of Immigration, David Parradang, owed them 15-month salary increase.
The officers, who spoke with our correspondent in a separate interview, expressed anger that the salary increase was from May last year to August, 2015.
One of the officers who identified himself as Uche said Parradang commissioned over 1,000 officers for a national assignment tagged, ‘Border Patrol Corps’ in May last year at the Immigration Training School, Kano.
He added, “The training lasted for two weeks. We were told that the assignment would attract 30 per cent salary increase and the first batch finished the training on May 26, 2014. But till now, we have not received a kobo. He also promised us 28 days allowance to cater for a month accommodation after the posting to the different state commands. But none of us has received that too.’’

PDP begins reform, okays e-registration of members

THE National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has embraced telecommunications technology for the registration of party members across the country.
This mode of registration by members was once suggested by members of a group within the party, known as the PDP Renewal Group, but was rejected by the national leadership of the party and its governors.
Also, some stakeholders of the party had insisted that this mode of registration must be introduced by the party.
In fact, following the dismal performance of the party during the last general elections, some members of the party have been calling for the sacking of the NWC in order to give another set of leaders the opportunity to pilot the party’s affairs.

What has changed in NNPC?

President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed a new Managing Director for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The appointment drew applause as usual from ever-ready Nigerians to sing the praises of those in power. Many did not look closely at the process involved in the appointment and the implication for the future of NNPC and the Nigerian oil and gas industry. The new Managing Director, many have said, hit the ground running because on the first day of his assumption of office, he fired the existing executive directors and brought in new persons.
Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, GMD, NNPC
Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, GMD, NNPC
This, to Nigerians, is good enough to get rid of the perceived corruption in the NNPC. To any management consultant, what happened is just a mere replacement of personnel and the culture of impunity continues. The NNPC Group Managing Director was appointed and given a mandate on what to do.

Oil producing communities urge Buhari to legalise ‘local’ refineries

WARRI—Oil Producing Area Association of Nigeria, OPAAN, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to halt the destruction of “illegal” refineries in the creeks, but legalise their operations to boost local refining capacity and the economy.

OPAAN contended that it is sad that while Nigeria cannot meet up with the internal consumption of petroleum products, it engages in the destruction of local refineries at the creeks simply because there is no legal frame work for such production in the country.

N167b loan for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Barely two years after the opening of the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the contract is stuck – no thanks to the inability of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to fund the project.
Besides, the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has faulted the re-concession of the road to Julius Berger Plc and Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), despite a pending legal dispute.
There was no public bidding for the project, ICRC said.
The Jonathan administration pledged to release N50billion for the project in 2013 and 2014.
Instead, the government provided only a guarantee to Infrastructure Bank to facilitate the release of N117billion to Berger and RCC.

Buhari to lawyers: join fight against crooks

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday urged lawyers to back his admistration’s fight against corruption and impunity.
The President, who acknowledged the lawyers’ professional responsibility of defending their clients, urged them to do so without compromising their professional ethics and the integrity of the legal system – no matter how lucrative the brief may be.
President Buhari spoke in Abuja last night at the opening of the 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The cream of the legal profession, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Mahmud Mohammed, were at the ceremony.

Stop shielding Fayemi from EFCC, Ekiti PDP tells APC

Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the All Progressives Party, APC, in the state to stop what it described as the shielding of former governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi from being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged financial recklessness.
Fayemi and Fayose
Fayemi and Fayose
The party, in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo also accused Fayemi of distracting the commission’s investigation  through his recent utterances in the media.
This came as the APC described the allegation against Fayemi as a pack of lies, noting that the state governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose misrepresented the latter’s  view.

How the rot in the army started — Gen Ishola Williams

General Ishola Williams was at peace with himself that Friday afternoon when the  Vanguard  team arrived at his office, in the Iju area of Lagos.
General Ishola Williams
This was the man who made news in 1993 when he walked out on the army and General Sanni Abacha on the premise that the army takeover was immoral. Far removed from the life of pleasure and putrid abundance that is the lot of many other retired generals, the Vanguard team met the general engrossed in his research work in peace and conflict studies.

Afenifere condemns Buhari’s style of governance

Akure—AFENIFERE, a socio-political group weekend condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s style  of administration saying he is behaving like a dictator.

The group’s  Chairman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti said this in Akure while assessing the President’s  actions so far.
“President Buhari is running a one-man show. Let him appoint his cabinet and start serious business,’’ he said.
Fasoranti also added that it will be a disaster if the report of the National Confab organised by the immediate past administration is dumped by the president.
According to him; ”I think the President should sit down and have a package. What people are saying is very correct that he is just picking people here and there.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Aisha Buhari Will Not Issue Oil Wells Or Live Flamboyantly – Presidency

The presidency has made it clear that under President Muhammadu Buhari, the office of the first lady shall be completely different from what obtained in the past and that the era of the first ladies issuing oil wells and licences was over.

"President Buhari promised that there would be a clear difference between the role played by his wife during his tenure and that played by many previous first ladies. All that ostentation, ubiquitousness and arrogance we have come to expect from the office are over and done with. Change has come."

Reacting to allegations in a section of the media that the wife of President Buhari had moved into the first lady's office in Aso Villa, the senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that even though there was absolutely nothing wrong with Mrs Buhari making use of the office space reserved for the first lady, she had however not done so in her capacity.

"The ideal platform from which she will be useful to Nigeria's women and children is still being thought out. Once this has been concluded, Mrs Buhari's role will become clearer to all Nigerians. There will be nothing shady or hidden about it. There will be no access to public funds. It will be purely private and voluntary," Garba Shehu stressed.

The presidential spokesman recalled that the time Mrs Buhari had to make use of the office was at the beginning of the present administration.

adding that the meeting during which she hosted the wives of governors was held in a section of the Villa's banquet hall, not in the First Lady's office.