Wednesday, September 30, 2015

We’ll Kill Corruption, Solve Power Problem – Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, is determined to stamp out corruption and solve power problem, which have become an incessant problem in Nigeria.

Osinbajo said this in his address on Tuesday at the seventh convocation of the Redeemer’s University, Ede in Osun State.

The vice president said the members of the administration who were daily being confronted with the negative effect of years of massive theft of the nation’s resources were convinced that Nigeria needed to stop corruption for it to survive.

I Will Be Petroluem Minister-Buhari

As the nation awaits President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list, the President on Tuesday said he would head the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

Buhari dropped the hint in one of the interviews he granted one of the foreign media in his hotel shortly before departing New York.

The President was in New York to participate in the 70th United Nations General Assembly.

“I will serve as the Minister of Petroleum Resources myself,” Buhari told his interviewer.

The nation’s petroleum sector has been said to be enmeshed in corruption with millions of dollars said to be missing in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Buhari Finally Opens Up On Saraki’s Corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari revealed during an exclusive in-person interview with SaharaTV his feelings about Senate President Bukola Saraki and his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for false declaration of assets. President Buhari, speaking with SaharaTV correspondent Adeola Fayehun, also addressed upcoming prosecutions of corrupt public officials and his ministerial appointees.

President Buhari told SaharaTV that his government is conducting serious investigations into corrupt officials, especially within the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as it relates to management of crude oil sales. President Buhari said that he could not give specific details on how much stolen money has been recovered “because we could compromise the legal processes” but that “very soon the process of prosecution will start.”

Saturday, September 19, 2015

HID Awolowo dies at 99

Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the wife of late Obafemi Awolowo has died. She passed on  today September 19th at her Ikenne, Ogun state home at age 99, just two months before turning 100. She was born on November 25, 1915.  May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

Friday, September 18, 2015

CCT: Court Orders Saraki's Arrest

ABUJA – The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja has ordered the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Solomon Arase and other relevant security agencies in ‎the country to arrest the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

In a ruling this afternoon, the tribunal headed by Justice Danladi Umar issued a bench warrant against Saraki following his refusal to appear in court to face a 13-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Monday, September 14, 2015

APC Leaders And Blocs In Fierce Battle Over Buhari's Ministerial List

As the nation awaits the un­veiling of Presi­dent Muhamma­du Buhari’s ministerial nominees, which he has repeatedly promised to constitute before the end of this month, palpable anxiety, lobbying, des­peration and intrigues have seized the entire party apparatchiks.

The delay has widened the cracks in the ruling All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) and exposed the various interests, orientations, differences, cata­lyzing in solidifying the two major blocs within the party.

Notable leaders of the party have slipped into restiveness, following recent appoint­ments of key functionaries of the government, which in their calculations left them in the lurch, holding the wrong end of the stick.

Nigerian Troops Claim Boko Haram Terrorists Are Surrendering In Droves

Nigerian troops now claim Boko Haram terrorists are surrendering in droves due to new strategies and tactics employed by the military.

Nigerian troops on patrol

A press statement issued by the spokesperson of the Nigerian army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the sustained bombardment of the enclaves of the terrorists as well as increased aerial bombardment has place the terrorists in weaker position. President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to meet wit the President Francois Hollande of France on a three day official visit starting from Monday to discuss regional security in the West African region ravaged by Boko Haram islamist militants.

You Didn’t Truly Campaign For Buhari, APC Tells Okorocha

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East on Sunday asked Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state to fully accept responsibility for the fate of Ndigbo, especially their inability to secure any appoint so far in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The party accused Okorocha of neither truly campaigning for President Buhari nor the APC in the build up to the March 28 Presidential/National Assembly elections, insisting that has the governor effectively mobilised the people to support the party, the story would have been totally different.

Ministerial List: Amaechi, Fayemi, Fashola Fail Security Screening-

As the Department of State Service, DSS, continues the screening of some ministerial nominees, indications emerged at the weekend that three immediate past governors, Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Ameachi and Kayode Fayemi, have allegedly failed to pass the President’s anti-corruption test.

The trio worked hard for the former Head of State to emerge the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential flag bearer as well as for him to get elected President and were seen as top contenders for positions in Buhari’s cabinet.

A highly placed security source at the weekend told Nigerian Pilot Sunday that the DSS did not clear three ministerial nominees, who are former governors, based on allegations of corruption brought against them before the Economic and Financial Crimes

PDP Accuses Aregbesola Of Diverting N20bn Bailout Fund.

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of paying N20billion to Slava Yediteppe, a contractor handling one of the road projects in the state, from the N34.988 bailout received from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, who made this allegation in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo on Sunday, said it was wrong for the governor to pay the contractor from the fund purposely meant to pay backlog of workers’ salaries and pensions.

The opposition party said the governor had clearly proved to everybody that he did not care about the suffering of the workers who had not been paid for nine months.

Pat Utomi. Falana, Odiemegkwe, Oyinlola Screened To Be Appointed Ministers

A FORMER Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Limited, Mr. Festus Odimegwu and a former presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi, are among the ministerial nominees that have been screened by the Department of State Service, The PUNCH learnt authoritatively on Sunday.

Those already said to have been screened as nominees for President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet also include a former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and a Lagos-lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN).
Also on the list are a former Chief of Army, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazu (retd.); an ex-chief executive of the Federal Inland Revenue, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okaru; a former finance commissioner in Lagos State, Mr. Wale Edun; and a former National Legal Adviser to the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Lagos Exempts Petrol Tankers, Trucks From Daytime Restriction

LAGOS State Government yesterday exempted petrol tankers and a few other trucks from the restriction order that prohibits long vehicles from plying the metropolis from 6a.m to 9p.m.

The government, following a meeting with the protesting tanker drivers unions, said that the relevant section of the Lagos Traffic Law 2012 does not apply to petrol tankers and long vehicles used in conveying passengers and they are free to ply the metropolis within the stipulated time.

It would be recalled that state government had last Monday ordered enforcement of the restriction law following a fatal truck accident in Ojuelegba, a fortnight ago.

NDLEA Allows Graduate To Drown During Raid

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have been accused of drowning a 32-year-old graduate of Law, Dapo Olasore, in the Agboyi, Alapere area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident happened on Sunday after the officials, who came in two vans without number plates, raided the area.

Alleged N1.7B Fraud: EFCC Arrests Lagos Businessman

Outdoor giant Afromedia is battling to handle its most difficult brief ever — how to retrieve a fortune invested in a phoney deal.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is helping.

The anti-graft agency has arrested a Lagos businessman, Alhaji Mohammed Gobir, for allegedly defrauding the foremost outdoor advertising company of cash estimated to be N1.7 billion in various currencies.

Gobir was picked up at his Ikoyi home and put in detention.

Nnamdi Azikiwe's Son, Chukwuma Buried As FG, Local Chiefs Absent

THE Federal government and indigenes of Onitsha, Anambra State, on Saturday shunned the burial ceremony of late Chief Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe, the first son of the first president of Nigeria, late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Owelle of Onitsha.

The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe and his cabinet chiefs were also conspicuously absent at the burial, an action which did not go down well with the mourners and sympathisers during the burial.

The late Chukwuma was a high chief in Onitsha.

Wife Of Boko Haram Commander Makes Shocking Revelation About Chibok Girls

The hope of recovering the abducted Chibok girls yesterday dimmed further with the declaration by a returnee from Boko Haram camp.

Twenty-one-year old Tabitha Adamu, one of the women freed from the sect’s camp and handed over to the Borno State Government last week, said the girls had turned to Boko Haram fighters.

Tabitha, who is expectant for one of the sect’s commanders who forcibly married her, said she mingled with the girls at various times in the sect’s camp.

According to Tabitha, she was taken from Bayan Dutse in Gwoza Local Government Area, when the insurgents invaded her village.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Senator Hassan Barata Detained In Saudi Arabia After False Claims by shaddoww: 2:26am

A former Chairman Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Hassan Barata, is in detention in Saudi Arabia.

According to sources, when he was arrested and quizzed, he claimed to be an employee of the Nigerian Embassy – a claim that was found to be untrue.

The senator, who is believed to have travelled to the Kingdom a few weeks ago, may have overstayed when he was picked up.

Barata represented Adamawa South in the sixth Senate, having been elected in 2011 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last February but returned to the PDP after losing his bid to pick the governorship ticket.

He was believed to be holding an official passport on the trip.

The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to retrieve diplomatic and official passports from all persons who are not entitled to hold such documents.

Senator Shehu Sani Declared Wives Among His Assets

Senator Shehu Sani is –so far – the only politician to publicly declare his assets after President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo. There are instructive things to note from this. One, Sani declared his wives (and children) as part of his assets. While it is not my place to teach anyone which adjective to use to describe proprietary claims over his own household, listing his family alongside his worldly goods borders on distaste.

Sani is obviously surfing on Buhari’s wave of “change” and he stated as much with self-awarded righteousness. Sani said, “A clean broom is needed to clean a dirty space. I chose to publicly declare and be pelted than to walk with the stain of suspicion and mistrust splashed on all public office holders by a generation of curious citizenry.” Those words seem to me like those of a man who has been in opposition long enough to know the rules of the game: preempt your critics by telling them their scorn is your cross to bear.

Buhari's Cabinet: Shocker Awaits APC Godfathers - Tribuneonline

•As plan for new breed politicians unfolds •President rejects N/West gov's nominee for FCT minister

SHOCKER awaits godfathers of All Progressives Congress (APC), as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to unfold the list of his ministerial nominees.

It was gathered that top leaders of the party, who had hints of the president's direction, were already alarmed.

It was gathered that contrary to the practice where the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives would have nominees in the cabinet, the duo of the Senate president Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, had been kept in the dark over the ministerial list.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

PDP Bot Member Opposes Metuh, Explains Why Party Will Hang Buhari’s Portrait

A member, Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has said his party will hang the portrait of President Muhammadu Buhari in its national headquarters at the Wadata Plaza, in Abuja.

He spoke in response to an earlier comment by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

“We will never hang his portrait in this office, because President Buhari is not known to our party,” he said on Tuesday.

Chibok Girls Dispersed, Some Married Off & Appointing Ministers Tough- Buhari

LAGOS — MORE than 513 days after the abduction of the Chibok Secondary School girls in Borno State, hopes of rescuing the girls en bloc vaporized as President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, disclosed that they have been dispersed and some of them, especially Christians, married off against their faith.

President Buhari made the comments in an interview on BBC Hausa service on Tuesday.

Asked if he received any information about the whereabouts of the kidnapped Chibok girls, he said: “They (Boko Haram insurgents) have scattered them, and (they) are being guarded at dispersed locations. Most of the girls are Christians and were forced to embrace Islam. The sect’s cruel leaders have married some of the girls, obviously against their wish. Others have been left to practice their religion but their condition could hardly be ascertained.

DSS Screens Buhari’s Ministerial Nominees

The Department of State Services has commenced the screening of ministerial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, The PUNCH has learnt on Wednesday.

It was gathered that no fewer than 20 nominees had been vetted by the DSS operatives since the exercise started.

The President was said to have sent to the agency a total of 36 names of would be ministers for security checks.

The identities of the nominees were top secret as of Wednesday.

The President had indicated in a chat with journalists in Accra, Ghana, on Monday that he would keep his promise of announcing names of his ministers this month.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ex-ministers Of Defence, Army Chiefs Jittery As COAS Sets Up New Probe Panel

Some former ministers of defence and some retired senior officers are said to be jittery as another probe panel has been set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.

Informed military sources disclosed to Saturday Tribune that the eight man panel, headed by a General, is to investigate all equipment and other logistics bought by the Nigerian Army from 2010 to 2015.
One of the sources revealed that “the panel is to find out the names of the contractors who executed the jobs and supplied the equipment and at what cost.”

Transport Staff Ask Buhari To Probe Dangote, Say He Is Underpaying For Labour

Transport staff of the Dangote Cement Company, Obajana, are at loggerheads with the management of the company over poor remuneration, threatening not to resume work until their demands are met.

The workers who barricaded the entrance gate on Friday did not allow some management staff to drive in to the premises.

The workers who chatted with Vanguard at the premises of the company in Obajana,Friday, asked President Muhammed Buhari to beam the anti graft light on the business Czar, Aliko Dangote because he is underpaying for labour, thereby exploiting them for his private gain.

They called on Presidency to implore Alhaji Aloko Dangote to implement workers’ welfare measures and look into demands for salary increment in view of the economic situation which is biting hard on their families.

Buhari congratulates Idowu-Fearon over his new appointment

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigeria’s Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, on his appointment as the Secretary-General of the Consultative Council of the Anglican Communion Worldwide.
In a letter delivered to Dr. Idowu-Fearon in London on Friday on the occasion of his commissioning into the new post, President Buhari said that all Nigerians were proud of his elevation into one of the most important offices in the world of faith.
The President also applauded Bishop Idowu-Fearon’s emergence, after a highly competitive selection process, as the first African to occupy the office.
“With your intellect, with great pastoral zeal and with compassion, you have over the years risen above intolerance and narrow sectarianism, and built inter-faith and ecumenical bridges of understanding among your countrymen.

Stop criticising Buhari over appointments, Ogbemudia tells Nigerians

BENIN CITY- TWO Time former Governor of old Bendel State and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, said yesterday that Nigerians will not forgive President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails them, therefore warned Nigerians to stop criticising the President over his recent appointments.
He also described as unnecessary attempts by some Nigerians to access the administration in its one hundred days in office, “when they knew that the man said he met everything in bad shape and in such situation you need to clean up the system so as to start on a good note”.
The elder statesman bared his mind yesterday when he met members of the committee which he set up to oversee the yearly Award of the Best Journalist in Edo state, led by a former General Manager of the Edo State Broadcasting Service (EBS) Pastor (Mrs) Sibi Lawal-Igioh.

Boko Haram kill 30 traders in Borno

Not fewer than 30 innocent traders have been reportedly killed by bomb explosions at a local market in Borno state, local vigilante sources disclosed.
A resident of Askira Uba who escaped from the market during the attack narrated that a suicide bomber suspected to be Boko haram terrorist disguised as a wheelbarrow pusher at the peak of Linmakara weekly village market in Gwoza local government area of Borno state on Friday afternoon where he detonated explosives at the centre of the market killing not fewer than 30 traders with several others left with critical injuries.
A local vigilante disclosed that, ‎” a middle age man who disguised to be pushing kuus-kuus(local wheelbarrow) detonated it at the center of the market at noon when people were busy engaged in buying and selling.
“More than 30 traders were dead and several others injured‎ at Limakara village on Friday,” he informed.
He also disclosed it was difficult connecting with the people from the area due to network problem.
‎Limakara is a remote village in southern part of Borno state and 65 kilometers to Askira-Uba.

Buhari marks low profile 100-day anniversary

Corruption- and insurgency-battling President Muhammadu Buhari marked his first 100 days in power Saturday by looking ahead rather than behind, his spokesman said.
“(Buhari) does not consider the 100 days in office as a milestone… There is no official event to mark the day,” Garba Shehu told AFP.
Buhari ran as a hawk on security and with a tough anti-corruption stance, pledging to recover “mind-boggling” sums of stolen oil money and vowing to crush Boko Haram’s six-year Islamist insurgency that has killed at least 15,000.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nigerians have no business being classified as poor because we are blessed- Buhari

 President Muhammadu Buhari at the opening of the 45th Annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, in Abuja, said Nigerians have no business with poverty given the enormous resources the country has. He then promised to take appropriate measures to stamp out corruption and reposition Nigeria as a prosperous nation that can adequately cater for its citizens.
The President, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Nwaobia, blamed the poverty in the land on mis-governance and lack of transparency.

Militants Take Over Pipeline Vandalism In Lagos — Police

The attack on a team of policemen in Owutu area of Ikorodu, Lagos, in the early hours of Monday, during which three policemen were shot dead and others injured, was said to have been carried out by militants-turned vandals.

This is just as the policeman, who managed to escape from the scene of the shooting, attributed his survival to his name.

The surviving policeman, a Sergeant identified as Fortunate Endurance Imasuen, according to a family friend who spoke on condition, said: “My name, Fortunate, saved me. For the first time in my life, I knew the meaning of my name.

Car Crash: Akpabio Flown Abroad For Treatment by Axeurdaddy

A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, was on Tuesday afternoon flown out of Nigeria to receive medical attention abroad.

It was learnt that the senator, in company with about five of his aides, left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard a regular private jet that he usually travels with.

Sources at the airport told our correspondent that Akpabio and his team arrived at the General Aviation Terminal, local wing, of the airport around 12.40pm.

It was learnt that the former governor was conveyed to his aircraft by a tarmac bus and was fit physically when sighted at the airport.

Power Supply Drops By 1047mw

Power supply to households and businesses in the country has fallen below the 4,000 megawatts mark as 1,047.3MW was lost in seven days, data obtained from the Presidential Task Force on Power showed on Tuesday.

Last week, electricity from the national grid hit a record high of 4,810.7MW, which was achieved at 8:45pm on August 25.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria had then said the new peak followed the record set the previous day, August 24, when 4,748MW was wheeled by its network.

But electricity generation stood at 3,843.16MW on Monday, August 31, while 3,763.40MW was sent out, according to the PTFP.

4-year-old Girl Raped To Death By 40-year- Old Man In Bayelsa

State according to a revelation from a child protection agency made to the>officials of the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other
stakeholders in cases of child abuses, including the rape and death of a four-year-old girl at the hands of a 40-year-old man in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA).

The shocking revelation was made by the State
Coordinator of the Child Protection Network (CPN), Mrs. Mariam Kombo-Ezeh, who also revealed that two other cases of child abuse that occurred in the state included the death of a 7-year-old girl from complications of HIV/AIDS, which she contracted after being raped by a man, and the gangrape of a 13-year-old girl in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Remi Babalola: I Left Jonathan’s Govt Because Of Financial Mismanagement

A former Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Remi Babalola, on Tuesday explained why he left the cabinet of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Babalola, in a paper presented at the 45th Annual Accountants Conference and 50th Anniversary celebration of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria described the lack of transparency in the oil sector under Jonathan as alarming.

Babalola, who chaired the Federation Account Allocation Committee between 2007 and 2010, said he left the previous administration owing to mismanagement of the nation’s resources.

Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez Dies at 79

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One of Nigeria’s most flamboyant multibillionaires and diplomats, Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez, is dead.
He died on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, at the age of 79 from what a source close to his family described as an age-related illness.
The source said he spoke to Fernandez last week and could tell from his breathing that he was very ill, but did not expect that he would die so soon after his conversation with the Lagos-born chief with royal roots.
Fernandez made his mark as a businessman early in life from mining. His business interests cut across oil and gas in Angola and extensive real estate spanning Nigeria, France, the United States, United Kingdom and Belgium.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Africa’s richest man Dangote plans Zimbabwe investments

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said Monday that he planned mining and power generation projects in investment-starved Zimbabwe as well as to set up a large cement factory.
Dangote met with President Robert Mugabe in Harare in a rare sign of possible foreign investment for Zimbabwe, which has been in economic decline for more than a decade.
Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote
“We had a very, very good meeting with the president and I told him that we have already decided to invest in three areas, one is power, second one is cement and third one is coal,” Dangote told journalists.

Nigeria first IVF baby secures admission into European Varsity

ABUJA –  Nigeria’s first test tube baby, Miss. Hannatu Kupchi has been given admission into a Hungarian university to study medicine.
This came 17 years after Kupchi was born at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja, precisely on February 11 1998.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to mark his send forth in Abuja on Sunday, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, the medical director of Nisa Premier hospital that supervised the first IVF experiment in Nigeria stated that Kupchi’s birthday marked the fulfillment of his medical career.
While appreciating God for using him and his team, Wada who expressed happiness on Kupchi’s university admission announced an automatic employment for her after her medical training abroad.
Hannatu Kupchi
Hannatu Kupchi
“It is very difficult to make a statement on a day like this. When I was out of this country, I knew there were people who wanted babies. I made the decision to come back to Nigeria to help people. It happened on the 11th of February 1998 when this historic event occurred at this hospital.

Why electricity has remained stable – FG

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, on Monday said electricity has been stable in the country lately because there has not been any case of gas pipeline vandalism.
Igali spoke with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He recalled that vandalism was the bane of electricity supply during the last administration.
He said things improved with the decision of the current administration to double efforts at engaging communities where the pipelines passed through.
This, he said, led to increased gas supplies and improved power supply nationwide currently at 4,600MW.

Auditors probe ex-minister’s travelling allowance

ABUJA—A former Works Minister under the Jonathan administration may be recalled to refund hundreds of millions of Naira of public funds, which he and his family members allegedly wasted under the guise of attending official trips while in office. Already, federal auditors looking into the books of the ministry, have discovered shocking details of how the minister siphoned millions of Naira in the name of sending top officials of the ministry abroad for official functions.
FEC METING: Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.
File: FEC METING: Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Vandals kill four Lagos policemen, escape with corpses Ishawo area, Ikorodu

Ishawo area, Ikorodu
Tragedy struck on Monday on Ishawo Road, Ikorodu, Lagos State, after some Ijaw youths, suspected to be pipeline vandals, opened fire on policemen in the area, killing four.
PUNCH Metro learnt that while three of the deceased were attached to the Owutu Police Division, one was from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Residents said the Ijaw youths took away the corpses of three of their victims.
Our correspondent observed during a visit to the area that there was apprehension in the community, while there were still bloodstains at the scene of the shooting.

2 ex-NTA chiefs, 3 others to cough out N136m

DUTSE—The newly appointed Managing Director of Jigawa State Television House, Alhaji Ishaq Hadeja, has vowed to recover over N136 million from the former interim committee of the station.
*Gov Lamido
*Gov Lamido
The committee, headed by two former Director Generals of NTA, Alhaji Muhamamd Ibrahim and Mr. Tony Iredia, with three other veteran broadcast journalists, Timawus Mathias, Adamu Aliyu Kiyawa, and Aminu Ahmed, were alleged to have received a whopping N136m from the administration of Governor Sule Lamido.
Hadejia told reporters during his maiden briefing, shortly after assuming office, that the Timawus Mathias committee failed to execute what the fund was earmarked for.
The money was set aside for the procurement of gadgets and manpower development (Training) for staff of the television station.

Fayose: 31 workers in trouble over lateness

Ado-Ekiti—Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said a critical look at President Muhammadu Buhari’s operation since his emergence on May 29 portrays him as a president of  Northern Nigeria only. Also, no fewer than 31 civil servants, who cut across various ministries and departments in Ekiti State, were yesterday, punished by Governor Ayo Fayose, for coming late to work.
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Fayose-and Ekiti late-comer workers
Fayose, who described such development as tainted in ethnic and tribal colouration, said that if such steps are not immediately addressed for equity and justice, it could threaten the unity of Nigeria. Fayose explained that appointments made by President Buhari has showed an agenda for a deliberate “Nothernisation of Nigeria,”
In his words, “appointments made by the President so far negate the principle of federal character and it appears the unity in diversity of Nigeria is being taken for granted by the President.” According to a statement issued yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said it was wrong for President Buhari to have made 31 major appointments and only seven will come from the South while 24 were from the North.

No B’Haram member arrested in Enugu, say Police

The Enugu State Police Command on Monday said it was not aware of the arrest of any Boko Haram member in the state.
Responding to enquiries by our correspondent, the command also said it had no knowledge of the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in Enugu State, as announced by the Department of State Services.
The DSS had, in a statement released on Sunday, said it had arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram commanders in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Gombe states.
According to the security agency, the suspects, who it said were arrested between July 8 and August 25, 2015, include the masterminds of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.
It added in the statement signed by an official, Tony Opuiyo, that those arrested were notable commanders and frontline members of the notorious group from different parts of the country.
However, the police in Enugu State, one of the states where the DSS said Boko Haram had moved to, said information available to it did not disclose the presence of the terrorist sect in the state.

Ambode assures Lagosians of quality health care

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said he is committed to bringing quality health care service closer to the people, particularly during emergency situations.
The governor spoke on Monday after inaugurating 20 mobile intensive care unit ambulances and 26 transport ambulances at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
He stated that the inauguration of the ambulances, which would be used free of charge by Lagosians, was part of his pledge to run a government that would leave no one behind.
“We are committed to running a government that will leave no one behind; a government that will implement programmes that make life easier for our people. Today, we are inaugurating the free ambulance service as a fulfilment of that pledge.
“In the past 16 years, we have witnessed great strides in the health sector; commencing from the foundational leaps of Bola Tinubu to the significant landmarks of Babatunde Fashola,” the governor said.
Ambode added that the government would station the 26 transport ambulances at the 26 general hospitals in the state. He stated that his administration had restructured the state emergency ambulance services and increased the fleet of new mobile intensive care units by 20, bringing the total number to 33 units.

Akpabio’s vehicle collided with ours – US embassy

Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio
The United States Embassy has confirmed that the convoy of former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, collided with a suburban jeep belonging to the mission on Monday.
The Senior Information Specialist in the embassy, Sani Mohammed, said local authorities had commenced investigation into the accident.
When asked about the condition of the driver and the vehicle involved in the crash, Mohammed said he did not know.
He said, “A US embassy vehicle was involved in the accident. We are staying in touch with local authorities who are investigating, but I don’t know the condition of the driver and the vehicle.”
But the Head, Media Relations and Strategy, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem, said seven adult males were involved in the crash, adding that three of them including Akpabio sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.

APPOINTMENTS: Buhari’s political consolidation

President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to appoint one of his most trusted allies, Mr. David Lawal as the Secretary to the Federal Government, SGF may have consolidated his political position in the All Progressives Congress, APC and weakened the hands of perceived political threats.
Especially weakened by the appointment of Mr. Lawal, party sources and insiders disclosed at the weekend, is former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar. Party insiders say that with the development, any possible move by the former vice-president for the chairmanship of the APC’s Board of Trustees, BoT would now be a more difficult challenge.
There were also indications at the weekend that the position of chairman, BoT may have been zoned to the Southwest with a powerful national leader of the party in good position to take the seat.

Buhari’s appointment based on merit – Oshiomhole

ABUJA—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Nigerians to encourage the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to confront the problems militating against the nation by appointing persons based on merit and not ethnicity.
Gov Oshiomhole
Gov Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole stated this while commending the President on the appointments of the Chief of Staff, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and others made so far, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria.

Boko Haram kills 80 in horseback massacre

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in the North-East at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday.
The attacks were the latest bloodbath in the six-year-old insurgency by the extremist group aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the volatile region.
Babakura Kolo, a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were shot dead in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday.
“Reports reached us of an attack on Baanu village late Friday where Boko Haram gunmen riding on horses opened fire on the village. Sixty-eight people were killed in the attack,” Kolo told AFP.
He said the gunmen stormed Baanu around 8.30 pm, shooting sporadically.
Baanu resident Aisami Ari who fled the attack to the state capital Maiduguri on Saturday, also confirmed the attack and the death toll.

Defence Headquarters says insurgency will end soon, identifies media as important partners

Abuja – The Defence Headquarters has said that the end of insurgency in Nigeria is in sight and that all known camps of insurgents on Nigerian territory have been dislodged.
The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said this on Monday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on Mr Ima Niboro, Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Abubakar said that the military would continue to dominate the insurgents’ hideouts in the North East so that the Boko Haram menace would end soon.
“We, for the past weeks have been in the North East to ensure that we do all what we could as military personnel to quell the activities of these insurgents.
“So far so good as I’m speaking with you the major hideouts and the major camps of the militants are no more.
“They are in disarray now, the central command of the terrorists, the center of gravity is no more with them so are scattered all over the place.
“So, what they resort to doing now is one of the characteristics of insurgency where they identify sub-targets to attack it.

Illegal arms possession: Dasuki gets bail on self-recognition

Former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki
The Federal Government on Tuesday arraigned a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), before a Federal High Court in Abuja on one count of possession of firearms without license.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola granted him bail on self-recognition shortly after he pleaded not guilty to the charge which was said to violate provisions of 27(1)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Dasuki Appears In Abuja Court, Looks Unruffled

Sambo Dasuki, national security adviser (‎NSA), has been granted bail on self-recognition by the federal high court, Abuja.

He is on trial over a charge of “illegal possession of arms” brought against him by the Department of State Services (DSS).

‎The former NSA, who arrived at the court a few minutes past nine on Tuesday, appeared unperturbed, drowning his face in the pages of a newspaper.‎‎

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

Court Strikes Out Forgery Suit Against Saraki, Ekweremadu

Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, struck out the suit that sought to remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu from office on the premise that the Senate Standing Orders 2015, that produced them, was forged.

Justice Adeniyi terminated further hearing on the matter after the plaintiffs who are five Senators Abu Ibrahim, Kabir Marafa, Ajayi Boroffice, Olugbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuni, applied to withdraw the suit.

At the resumed sitting on the case yesterday, the plaintiffs, through their lawyer Chief Mamman Osuman (SAN), said their decision to discontinue further hearing on the matter was in view of the fact that the essence of the suit had been overtaken by events.

Nigerians Kick As APC Disowns Buhari’s Campaign Promises - PUNCH

The Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress have come under fire for saying that President Muhammadu Buhari never promised Nigerians that he would achieve specific things within his first 100 days in office.

Nigerians on social media expressed disappointment at the party and Presidency’s excuses.

The protest on Twitter, which was titled, #100dayspromise, was directed at the APC and the Presidency for being insincere with Nigerians during the electioneering.

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said during an interview on Channels TV on Monday that Buhari never promised to do anything within his first 100 days in office.

MTN Nigeria Will Be A Public Liability Company (PLC) In 2016

MTN Nigeria will become a Public Liability Company (PLC) in 2016. Accordingly, the company will list its shares on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) by way of public offer for purchase by interested members of the investing public.

A senior insider in MTN Nigeria confided in Business Journal: “Well, l can tell you that the management has concluded plans to list the shares of MTN on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 2016, mainly due to intense pressure from various quarters in the past three years. Unless there is a change of policy in the near future, the 2016 date remains sacrosanct for now.” The insider said part of the game-plan for 2016 was the selling off of MTN telecom masts and outsourcing of various operations of the company since 2013.

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