Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Okocha Is The Best Captain I've Ever Had" - English Coach, Sam Allardyce

England manager Sam Allardyce says Austin Okocha is the best captain he has ever had.

Okocha, 43, was named skipper of Bolton Wanderers following Guðni Bergsson’s retirement and as leader, he led the Trotters to the 2004 League Cup final where they bowed to Middlesbrough.

And Allardyce - who manager of the team then reveals Okocha was proficient in the role and also a brilliant player.

Aero Contractors Airlines Nigeria Suspends Operation

Aero Contractors Airlines, Nigeria’s second largest commercial carrier, has confirmed an exclusive report of The PUNCH by announcing the suspension of its scheduled services beginning from Thursday September 1, 2016.

On Monday, August 22, 2016, The PUNCH exclusively reported that the airline was set to lay off some of its workers due to its worsening financial crisis.

4.58million Nigerians Became Jobless In Buhari's Administation - NBS Report

The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the total number of Nigerians who became unemployed within the first and second quarter of 2016 now stands at 2.6 million.

According to the bureau, about 1.46million Nigerians became unemployed in the third quarter of 2015, while another 518,102 became unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2015.

This brings the total freshly unemployed persons in the economy to a record high of 4,580,602, since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May 2015.

In its second quarter unemployment and underemployment report released on Wednesday, NBS said the country’s unemployment rate grew from 12.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to a record high of 13.3 percent in the second.

“During the reference period, the number of unemployed in the labour force increased by 1,158,700 persons, resulting in an increase in the national unemployment rate to 13.3% in Q2 2016 from 12.1 in Q1 2016, 10.4% in Q4 2015 from 9.9% in Q3 2015 and from 8.2% in Q2 2015,” NBS said.

“In view of this, there were a total of 26.06 million persons in the Nigerian labour force in Q2 2016, that were either unemployed or underemployed compared to compared to 24.5 million in Q1 2016and 22.6 million in Q4 2015.”

The economically active population or working age population (persons within ages 15- 64) increased from 106million in Q1 2016 to 106.69 million in Q2 2016, the report added.

Underemployment in the economy was also on the rise, with 15.4 million Nigerians said to be underemployed.

“The number of underemployed in the labour force (those working but doing menial jobs not commensurate with their qualifications or those not engaged in full-time work and merely working for few hours) increased by392,390 or 2.61%, resulting in an increase in the underemployment rate to 19.3 % (15.4million persons) in Q2 2016 from 19.1% (15,02 million persons) in Q1 2016, 18.7% (14.42 million persons) in Q4 2015, from 17.4% (13.2 million persons) in Q3 2015 and 18.3% (13.5 million persons) in Q2 2015.

”There were a total of 26.06 million persons in the Nigerian labour force in Q2 2016, that were either unemployed or underemployed compared to compared to 24.5 million in Q1 2016 and 22.6 million in Q4 2015.

Don’t Bomb Niger Delta, Umar Warns Buhari

Former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar(retd), on Tuesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against deploying troops and military hardware in the Niger Delta to halt the activities of militants in the region.

Umar said the Federal Government’s planned use of force to rout out militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers in the Niger Delta, was not the best option; adding that the militants were still amenable to dialogue.

FG Sets To Award Lagos-ibadan Railway Projects, Others

 Minister of Transportationand former Governor of Rivers State, Chief Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday, disclosed that the administration has concluded plans to award the contract for the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project.Chief Amaechi, who said this while speaking at the one year memoriallecture in honour of Human Rights Activist and former General Secretary of Alliance for Credible Election, ACE-Nigeria, late Comrade Emma Ezeazu, in Abuja, said contracts for Kano-Kaduna and Calabar-Port Harcourt railway project would also be signed before the end of this week.

The memorial lecture with theme; Advancing the Frontiers of Progressive Governance, was organised by Emma Ezeazu Mandate Group.Meanwhile, the former governor, while giving reasons why he dumped his former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to pitch tent with the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, explained that he left the then ruling party because he was made an orphan. According to him, “The President agenda is not just to recover loots.We are recovering as much as we can. But the president is determined to create employment. That is why you can see his focus. In transportation, from Kaduna to Abuja, we have created over 700 workforce. What did I do? I said all the villages or those communities along the route; I said they should give themlevel six down. March on that railway.

Court Declines To Grant Kashamu's Request Of Restraining DSS, NPF From Arresting & Extraditing Him To The States.

A Federal High Court in Abuja Tuesday declined to grant an order sought by Senator Buruji Kashamu to restrain the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police (NPF) from arresting and extraditing to the United States.

Kashamu, a Senator Representing Ogun East, had through his lawyer, Godswill Mrakpor filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit and accompanied it with a motion ex-parte for injunction.
He had sought to restrain the respondents from taking steps to arrest him pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Tuesday, Justice Okon Abang declined to grant an ex-parte injunction.

Jong-un Executes Top Official For Sleeping In A Meeting & Another For Coming Up With His Own Idea

Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of two high-ranking officials by anti-aircraft gun over fears that the dictator is preparing another purge against his people.

Ri Yong Jin, a senior official at the education ministry, was sentenced to death after he fell asleep in a meeting being addressed by Kim.

After accidentally dozing off, Ri was taken into custody and interrogated where security agents found evidence of his disloyalty and disrespect towards Kim.

Alleged Terrorism: US Bans Chagoury, Eko Hotel Owner

Chagoury been in the news of late because the Bill Clinton Foundation’s Doug Band wanted him to get access to a top State Department official, while the controversial US Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, pointed to Band’s ask and said it was an example of the Clintons’ ‘pay-to-play’ scheme between the foundation and State.

‘’Chagoury’s name has been brought up of late, because of an ask Clinton Foundation head Doug Band made of Hillary Clinton’s State Department – he wanted to put the donor, whose parents were Lebanese, in touch with the American government’s top Lebanon person’’, the US’s daily stated.

‘’Donald Trump, among others, used the correspondence to try and show that the Clintons were running a ‘pay-for-play’ enterprise between the State Department and the family foundation, where Chagoury had been a million dollar donor.’’

Pictured! Robbery Gang In Ikorodu Robs A Family For SIX HOURS

The Anti-Robbery Squad of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, has arrested a four-man gang that had allegedly been terrorising residents of the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro learnt that the suspects – Akin Ayotunde, Isaac Ogbonna, Sola Dede and Sodiq Lawal – specialised in lurking around houses at night and switching off their victims’ generators before attacking them.

They, however, met their Waterloo last Thursday when they were arrested after invading the apartment of one Bello Hakeem in the Igbe area.

N2bn Fraud: Orubebe Absent In Court As Lawyer Says He Is Hypertensive

A former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, was on Tuesday absent from a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, where he was scheduled to be arraigned alongside others on charges of diversion of about N2bn meant for the dualisation of Section IV of the East West Road.

Orubebe and others allegedly committed the offences between 2010 and 2010 while he was the Niger Delta Affair minister.

Orubebe’s lawyer, Mr. F. Zimhuan, apologised to the trial judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, for the absence of his client, whom he said suddenly took ill after a domestic accident and was rushed to the hospital.

Nigeria and UK sign MoU for the return of looted assets

Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government today Tuesday August 30th signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the modalities for the return of Nigerian looted assets. The move is a follow up to the agreement reached at the London anti-corruption summit in May.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, who signed on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja, noted that the MoU reflected the willingness of both countries to continue cooperation and mutual support.
He outlined the objectives of the MoU to include the fact that the processes of returning stolen assets was a partnership recognising the interest of both countries and based on mutual understanding, confidence and trust. That both countries recognised that they have a mutual interest in ensuring that returned assets are not at risk of being misappropriated again.

Facebook To Launch Express Wi-Fi In Lagos

Facebook set to launch cheap Expresswifi in lagos. ExpressWifi is a new program that allow all internet users to purchase a data from a local service providers at a very cheap rate. Though this is not the first time Facebook will be doing this, it has already be launched in India.

In other to make this work in Nigeria Facebook partnering with an Isp and integrator company known as CoolLink based in Abuja, Lagos, kano and Port Harcourt to achieve this. Having said that, the service is set to launch officially in Lagos in few days, however, it has started operation in some part of Lagos such as the Ikota shopping complex at lekki.

Nigerians Elected Us To Do Impossible Things –APC

The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, Segun Oni, has said the party was elected to do the impossible.

He, however, said Nigerians should be patient with the APC-led Buhari administration because it could only do its best by contributing it’s quota to national development.

Oni said this in an interview with newsmen at the party secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

Naira To Appreciate As CBN Issues Licence To New Intn.l Money Transfer Operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued licence to more International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) to operate in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Isaac Okoroafor, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications of the apex bank, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Okoroafor said that the licensing was in furtherance of efforts to liberalise the Foreign Exchange Market, ensure liquidity and make foreign exchange more readily available to low-end users.

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Ex-Governors Received Billions In Waivers To Buy Aircraft, 200 BMW Cars

While they held sway in their respective states, three former governors of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba received waivers to buy different ranges of aircrafts that included a Bombardier private jet and a Bell 407 Helicopter, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

The governors and other serving government officials circumvented paying duties even as they imported, under various guises, luxury automobiles that included BMW, Ford, Range Rover, Lexus and Jaguar. The waivers were granted in the names of their states.

Between 2011 and May 2014, a total of N215 Billion in import duty exemptions were granted in four years under the leadership of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Data obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation detail a fiscal policy recklessness that made duty waivers in Nigeria to become synonymous with cronyism, racketeering, political patronage and outright brigandage.

Soludo Backs Buhari’s Emergency Bill, Proposes N19trn ‘Anti-Recession’ Blueprint

Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s emergency economic bill aimed at reviving the economy.

In a mini-blueprint for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Soludo also proposed a public spending of 15 percent to 20 percent (N14trillion to N19trillion) of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) to steer Nigeria out of recession to the next level.

He said the document, acquired by TheCable, is not a “blueprint” in itself but “only broad pillars”, which could be worked upon by a dedicated team to save the economy.


Highlighting the challenges face by the country, Soludo said Nigeria is ranked number 13 in the failed/fragile state index, behind Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Chad, Congo D.R., Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, and Guinea.

The professor of economics said this is due to uneven economic development, poverty and economic decline, demographic pressure, group grievance, refugees and IDPs, human flight and brain drain, state legitimacy, human rights issues and rule of law, poor security apparatus, factionalised elite and external intervention.

"Boko Haram Ready For Peace" - Aisha Wakil

Hajiya Aisha Wakil, who is believed to be close to the Boko Haram leadership, says the group is ready for talks with the Federal Government on the fate of the 219 missing Chibok girls.

She said yesterday that she had been on the neck of the Boko Haram leaders, who according to her offered to honour her to dialogue with the government and release the girls and other captives.

The group’s leadership might soon make a pronouncement on their plan for the girls, she said.

"Niger-Delta Avengers Worse Than Boko Haram" - Ango Abdullahi

A former Minister of Education and member of the Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, has said Nigeria's unity is negotiable and if Nigerians find it difficult to live together in peace, the component units should find it convenient to go their separate ways. Abdullahi made this known on Tuesday in Abuja during the public presentation of two books: Boko Haram: The Charade vs Reality and The Life and Times of Umaru Turakin Bauchi, written by a former Diplomatic Editor of the Voice of America and now visiting Professor in ABU, Zaria, Hadiza Wada.At the presentation during his speech, Abdullahi also called on the Federal Government to fight the Niger Delta Avengers before fighting members of the Boko Haram sect.

$200m Halliburton Cash ‘blown On Presidential Helicopter’

Detectives probing the whereabouts of the $200m (N81.4billion) fines paid by five companies involved in the $180million Halliburton bribery scam have made a major discovery.

The cash was allegedly blown on the purchase of a security helicopter for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, The Nation learnt yesterday.
A former Minister of Finance is under investigation for releasing the cash to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), which was then headed by the late Gen. Owoye Azazi.

According to sources, the EFCC spent months to trace the $200million which was allegedly remitted into a CBN account.
The breakdown of the remittances by the five companies is as follows: Julius Berger ($35m); Siemens (Euros 30m); Snamprogetti ($30m); Halliburton Energy Services ($32,500,000) and Japan Gasoline Corporation ($26, 500,000).

A source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “We have made substantial progress in locating the remittance of the fines into an account in the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) but the cash was withdrawn under the guise of security funding.

EU Ban On Nigerian Beans: FG Inaugurates Standing Committee

The Federal Government has inaugurated a 26-member Standing Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee to address the rejection of Nigeria`s dry beans by the European Union. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, while performing the inauguration in Abuja on Tuesday, urged the committee members to work as a team to achieve the desired goal.

“It is my pleasure to welcome you to this important workshop for members of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee on Zero Reject of Agricultural Commodities and Produce/Non-Oil Exports. “We are here to take our destinies in our hands by finding lasting solution to incessant rejection of our agricultural commodities, especially in Europe.

“We need to avoid the embarrassment of further rejection in the future by strengthening our regulatory authorities to live up to their mandates. “Our desire for agricultural products and non-oil exports means there will be vigorous pursuit of investment in quality control and standardisation.

Nigeria’s Warplanes Consume 1.9Million Litres Of Fuel Monthly

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said its planes consumed an average of 1.9 million litres of aviation fuel each month to fight and prosecute insurgency in the North-East. The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadiq Abubakar, an Air Marshal, made the disclosure at the opening ceremony of the NAF Logistics Seminar held in Lagos.

The seminar was tagged: “Repositioning NAF logistics for Efficient Employment of Air Power in response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives’’. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense, Muhammad Dan-Ali, who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Danjuma Sheni. Also present was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.-Gen. Isidore Edet; Flag Officers Commanding (FOCs) Western Naval and Logistics Commands, Rear Adm. Fergusson Bobai and Beegroy Ibe-Enwo, respectively. Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) Logistics and Tactical Commands, Air Vice Marshal Sani Ahmed and Air Marshal Muhammad Mohammed, were also present at the ceremony.

ONDO PRIMARY: Buhari Has No Preferred Candidate In Ondo APC, Says Presidency

With few days to the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, the Presidency has waded into the crisis over alleged plans by the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to impose an aspirant (Segun Abraham) on them.

The Presidency which specifically said President Muhammad Buhari and the APC-led government had no preferred candidate in Ondo State, warned that “government will come hard on anyone that does anything that in anyway jeopardises the peace and security of Ondo State.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, made the clarification in Abuja, after a closed-door meeting with the 24 aspirants of the party in his office, which lasted about four hours.

Chibok Girls Swapping: Stop Giving Too Much Powers To Terrorists, BBOG To Buhari

ABUJA – The Bring Back Our Girls BBOG movement has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to seize the initiative in rescuing the 218 abducted Chibok school girls rather than granting unnecessary powers to the abductors, the Boko Haram sect, by asking them to determine the rescue options.

The movement stated this Tuesday in Abuja during another failed attempt to march on the presidential villa. It said 869 days since the abduction, no evidence of persuasive, deliberate and result- targeted action has been conveyed by the president. President Buhari had on the side-lines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) recently held in Nairobi, Kenya suggested a willingness to swap the girls with Boko Haram fighters preferring that the terrorists engaged an international Non-Governmental Organization in the intermediation process if they so wish.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Landgrabber sentenced to three months in prison for beating up site worker in Lagos

Two weeks after Lagos state government signed into law the Property Protection bill which is aimed at putting an end to land grabbing in the state, an Ojodu magistrate court yesterday sentenced a land grabber otherwise known as Omo Onile, 37 year old Lekan Adetona, to three months in prison for beating up a site worker who refused to give him money at a site at Anobi Street, Alapere, Ketu.

According to the victim who is a welder, Lekan connived with others still at large to severely beat him up when he refused to give them money. He said on the day of the attack, he had gone to meet some of his friends at a site on Anobi Street, where they were to carry out some construction work. On getting there, he didn’t meet them and as he turned to return to his shop, a group of three young men led by Lekan accosted him and demanded for money, thinking he was the site engineer.

Nigerian Air Force destroys new Boko Haram camp in Borno State, repel attack on troops

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), during a night operation conducted on Tuesday, successfully destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in Northern Borno.

The new camp is about 4-6km away from the BHT location attacked earlier on 20 August 2016 by NAF Mi-17 helicopter within the same vicinity in a similar night operation that led to the death of about 300 insurgents. The post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission had revealed that surviving BHTs converged at the new location.

We Buy Dollars From Government Officials — Bdcs

Bureau de Change (BDC) operators in Abuja have blamed the steady fall of the naira on deliberate hoarding of foreign currencies which forces them to buy from government officials and top politicians across the country.

Some BDC operators at Wuse Zone 4, a popular spot for foreign currency exchange, lamented that the pervasive scarcity of the dollars and other core global currencies is due to activities of highly placed government officials, top politicians and Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) staff, who have found the falling naira as a way to line up their pockets at the expense of the nation.

On allegation made by a former CBN governor and current Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that people sit at home and make calls to buy dollars from the CBN and resell, BDC operators corroborated it, saying, “It is true.”

Refusing to identify his name, a BDC operator said, “Dollar is scare, we don’t have it like in the past. For us to have it, we must identify who to approach to buy from CBN for us,” he said.

“Mostly, top government officials use their influence to buy from the CBN in the name of going abroad for official assignment,” he further alleged.

Niger Delta Avengers Cease Attacks On Pipelines

The Niger Delta Avengers militants said last night that they were done with the hostilities. The group whose attacks have caused a huge dip in Nigeria’s oil exports, forcing the economy into a big crisis.

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) broke the news in a letter posted on its website by its spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari. It also spoke of the need for regular dialogue to take place for the Nigerian union to survive.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina welcomed the cessation of hostilities by the Avengers as “a good development which is in the interest of the country and especially the Niger Delta people.”

Itsekiri Urge FG To Deal With Militants And Their Sponsors

The Federal Government has been advised to be cautious of those parading themselves as Niger Delta stakeholders pressuring it to dialogue with them and those stoking the insurgency in the region.

The Warri Study Group (WSG), an Itsekiri think-tank, in a position paper made available to the media in Warri yesterday, also urged the government to treat the rising insurgency as criminality, adding that the problem facing the region is purely of bad management of resources.

The advice came against the backdrop of the deployment of heavy military hardware and personnel to Warri and other towns in the Niger Delta region last weekend.

The paper, signed by the group’s chairman, Edward Ekpoko, and secretary, Tony Ede, which largely reacted to the Chief Edwin Clark-convened regional stakeholders’ meeting in Effurun, Delta State, alleged that those coming out now as leaders of the region, seeking dialogue to end the festering crisis, were the people who initiated the idea to set the region on fire, using the insurgents.

Lagos Assembly Seeks Suspension Of Oil Exploration

•Lawmakers want resolution of environmental issues

BASIC infrastructure must be put in place before oil production can begin in Lagos, the House of Assembly told oil exploration companies yesterday.

Oil has been discovered in commercial quantity in Badagry.

The Assembly said the government needed to prepare before the beginning of operation to avoid a repeat of the problems in Niger Delta and other oil-producing states.

The lawmakers’ reaction followeda motion at plenary by the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Folajimi Mohammed.

The lawmaker said efforts must be made to ensure that the state does not go the way of Niger Delta and other oil producing states, which, he said, were suffering from environmental degradation, following the activities of oil companies.

Boko Haram Stalls Prisoner Swap With Abducted Chibok Girls

Fresh facts have emerged on why President Muhammadu Buhari has remained steadfast on his position that the federal government would only negotiate for the release of the abducted Chibok girls with those who are directly holding them.

It has emerged that two recent attempts in recent weeks by the Federal Government for prisoners swap with the so called representative of the terror group may have reached a dead end as each time security officials arrive at designated locations with Boko Haram prisoners for the swap, Boko Haram representatives fail to show up as they are required to produce at least 50 verifiable Chibok girls for the first wave of the swap, security officials tell THISDAY.

Kuje Jailbreak: IPOB Accuses Security Agencies Of Plot To Kill Kanu

ENUGU—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said security agencies yesterday attempted to kill its leader, Nnamdi Kanu by firing canisters of teargas into his cell at Kuje Prisons, with the intention to suffocate him to death. Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful made this known in a statement in Enugu yesterday.

The statement read: “The Federal Government and it’s secret police, the DSS through the prison authorities and warders in charge of Kuje Prisons have perfected arrangements to snuff life out of our leader, Mazi Kanu and those with him in the prison by separating the inmates who had misunderstanding with fellow inmates.

Buhari Ahmadu Tanko Killed In Kaduna

– Buhari Ahmadu Tanko, the commander of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) has been killed

– Tanko was reportedly killed by some unknown gunmen in Kaduna state

– The CJTF commader was reportedly murder while trying to stop hoodlums from launching an attack

Commander of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Kaduna state , Buhari Ahmadu killed by unknown gunmen.
Buhari Ahmadu Tanko the Commander of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in charge of Kakuri community, Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state, has been murdered.

The Nation reports that Tanko was reportedly killed by some yet to be identified assailants.

RE-IPOB Names Jonathan Kurubo As Leader, Lists Soyinka, Gana For Talks With FG

The leadership of the new pro Biafra group, the Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has named a new leader for the organization.
In a statement signed by its National Director of Publicity, Ikemba Biafra, RE-IPOB described the new leader, Jonathan Kurubo, from Bayelsa state as a true son of Biafra who believes in the cause and dignity of the marginalized people of the old Eastern region.
It said Kurubo, who is a graduate of international Universities with versatile knowledge of International relations, peace and conflict resolution as well as strategic studies, will pilot the affairs of the RE-IPOB until Biafra is actualized or the Nigerian government demonstrates its sincerity to fully re-integrate the people of Biafra through negotiations.
RE-IPOB also unveiled a list of eminent personalities and elders of Biafra who are expected to lead its negotiation with the Nigerian government.

Jonathan And Niger Delta Governors used oil money as pocket money: Masari

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has said Niger Delta leaders must come clean on how they spent the oil money allocated to the region over the years.

“For six years,” Masari said, “we had a Niger Delta president. Let us see what difference he made in six years when he was president. When the excess crude account became pocket money, how much of the money went to the Niger Delta?”

Militants Launch "Operation Crocodile Tears", Blow Another Oil Facility In Delta

*Launches “Operation Crocodile Tears”

*Serves notice on Warri, Port-Harcourt Refineries, Otorogun Gas Plant, others

UGHELLI- DESPITE the ongoing military “Operation Crocodile Smile” in the Niger Delta region, an Urhobo militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Movement, NDGJM, in the early hours of today, blew up the Ogor-Oteri major delivery line, operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Shorelines Petroleum in the state. The group in a statement by its leader,

“Gen” Aldo Agbalaja, in a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack at about 3.00 hours, said it was executed by its Uproot Team B, said the group was also launching “Operation Crocodile Tears” since the military had launched “Operation Crocodile Smile” to supposedly worsen the Niger Delta crisis. It said: “Recent developments around our region, especially as it concerns the issue of justice and our inalienable right to protect our heritage, have proven us right all along. Now it has become clearer who is serious about getting justice for our people and who has been using the name of the region and the destinies of all our peoples to feather their nests, raising dusts merely to harass the Nigerian state and the oil multinationals into parting with money.”

Economic Recession In Nigeria A Blessing – Utomi

Founder, Lagos Business School, Professor Patrick Utomi has described the recession presently faced in Nigeria as a golden opportunity and not a problem, saying it is an opportunity to finally get the Nigerian economy right.

Professor Utomi who spoke during the ground breaking ceremony of Integrated Produce City (IPC), a private initiative championed by him and other investors at Ugbokun community in Ovia North East local government Area of Edo state, added that without appearing to scandalise anybody, he actually pray for oil prices to stay down and stay down for a long time for Nigerians to come of their senses to know that the country is really rich.

Police Stop #BringBackOurGirls Group From Entering Aso Rock

Security officers have once again barricaded the Bring Back Our Girls group from gaining access into Aso Rock. The advocacy group today went on a silent march to the Presidential Villa, to advocate for the release of the Chibok schoolgirlsthat were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists, 869 days ago.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Ambode gives December deadline for delivery of Berger expansion projects.. As Lagos completes fourth Lay-by in Oworonsoki

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the weekend carried out extensive  inspection of on-going projects across the State, among which is the multi-faceted expansion projects at the ever busy Berger Bus Stop.

The Governor, who ordered contractors to work day and night on the projects to ensure completion by December 2016, said the directive became imperative in view of the strategic importance of the axis being the major gateway to the State.

The expansion projects at Berger include the construction of about 700 meters slip road through which traffic outward Lagos-Ibadan Expressway can connect Omole Phase Two, Magodo Phase One and Olowoora.

NSCDC discovers 40 fake NGOs exploiting IDPs in Borno state

The commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Borno state chapter, Ibrahim Abdullahi, says the agency has discovered at least 40 fake non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are exploiting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State.

In an interview with NAN over the weekend, Abdullahi said;

“We discovered that many of them who are individuals with office are only interested in posing with IDPs going through hardship to access funds from donors. We discovered that some of them, currently occupying most of the big hotels in town, are only interested in defrauding their donors by sending fake data, messages and pictures via Internet so as to access fund. When we interrogated some of them, they said they just came into the town and were trying to figure out the problems to enable them bring in their intervention”he said

Cardinal Okogie writes open letter to President Buhari

Read the open letter written by Emeritus Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie to President Buhari below
Dear Mr. President, Last year, when you assumed office, the chant of “Change”, your campaign slogan, ushered you into the Presidential Villa. 
Today, cries of “hunger” could be heard across the length and breadth of our vast country. Nigerians hunger, not only for food, but also for good leadership, for peace, security and justice.
This letter is to appeal to you to do something fast, and, if you are already doing something, to redouble your effort. May it not be written on the pages of history that Nigerians die of starvation under your watch. As President, you are chief servant of the nation. I therefore urge you to live up to the huge expectation of millions of Nigerians. A stitch in time saves nine.

Gov Fayose signs Open grazing prohibition bill into law in Ekiti state

 Governor Ayo Fayose has signed the Ekiti state Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law. He signed the law this afternoon in the presence of over 3,000 Traditional Chiefs in the state. Under the law, herdsmen are forbidden from carrying arms.

They are also prohibited from grazing their cattle in areas that are not designated for grazing. The law prescribes six months imprisonment without option of fine for any herdsman who violates the grazing prohibition while any herdsman found with arms will be charged with terrorism.

Michelle Obama And BBOG Frustrated Chibok Girls Rescue: Aisha Wakil

Aisha Wakil is a lawyer with the National Human Rights Commission and wife of a judge in Borno State. But the emergence of Boko Haram compelled her to abandon her primary assignment for a peaceful resolution of the insurgency that has inflicted untold damage on the country since it broke in 2009.

However, Mrs. Wakil’s intervention did not come without its challenges. The most recent being the recent decision by the Nigerian military to declare her wanted alongside two others on allegations they were aiding Boko Haram.

Nnamdi Kanu Sacked As IPOB Leader. Accused Of Betraying d Struggle-Vanguard

ABA-Newly formed pro Biafra group; Reformed Indigenous People of Biafra, RE-IPOB, has said it sacked the detained director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, including its splinter group, the Rebranded Indigenous People of Biafra, TRIPOB because they betrayed the Biafran struggle through collection of money from local and foreign sponsors.

In a statement made available to Vanguard, spokesman of RE-IPOB, Ikemba Biafra, accused Kanu of insulting respected Biafran and Igbo leaders and converting the Radio Biafra set up by the leadership of the Movement for the Actualization Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, to a private propaganda tool.

RRS Arrests Chairman Of Pickpockets In Oshodi, 21 Others

The operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a self-acclaimed Chairman of pickpockets in Oshodi, Ibrahim Kasali, and 21 other suspects alleged to be involved in stealing and robbing innocent members of public in the area.

The raiding, which took place at about 4:30 a.m. and ended at 6:35 am, early hours of Friday August 26th, 2016, witnessed the operatives combing Mosafejo, Bolade, Oshodi Oke, and Oshodi Under Bridge, arresting the hoodlums and social miscreants waiting for early rush to pickpocket passers-by and passengers.

Dangote Plans To Generate 12,000MW Of Electricity By 2018

The President, Dangote Industries, Aliko Dangote, has said his company should be able to generate about 12,000 megawatts of electricity for the country by 2018.

He also said that his business estate would start selling foreign exchange to the Central Bank of Nigeria by 2020.

Buhari Agrees To Swap Boko Haram Prisoners For Chibok Girls

Nigeria’s President has again renewed his commitment to the rescue of the Chibok girls, saying government will not give up in the search.

Commenting on this in his Twitter handle on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari paid glowing tributes to the military for their efforts in the war against insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

The President also said he is willing to swap Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls.

EFCC Seizes Two Shopping Malls From INEC Chief

Freezes N49m in account
•INEC staff, ex-Military Administrator refund N503m

Two choice shopping malls allegedly acquired by a serving Resident Electoral Commissioner with her share of a bribe dished out by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of last year’s general elections, have been seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A sum of N49 million found in the bank account of the REC, Gesil Khan, has also been frozen by the EFCC.
A total of N23.29b was disbursed under the poll bribery scam allegedly facilitated by ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, of which N185, 842,000 went to Khan.

Olufolarin Ogunsanwo Sacked As LIRS Chairman For Fraud

After 11 months in office as Chairman, Lagos Board of Internal Revenue and Chief Executive, Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr. Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, has been sacked from office.  An internal memo communicating Ogunsanwo's departure from the revenue-collection agency dressed up his exit "retirement." Dated 26 August and signed by J. Aina, Board Secretary, the memo told staff that Ogunsanwo was proceeding on retirement from 25 August and had handed over to Mrs.  Akintola Bolaji,  Director, Tax Audit.

The memo, however, was not offering the staff information that they did not have. It has become clear to them since early July that Ogunsanwo, who boasted on appointment that he would double the state's internally generated revenue, was not going to be in the seat for much longer.  Sources in the LIRS said Ogunsanwo could not account for about N4. 2 billion was belonging to the agency. 

Falae Links Jonathan To N100m Election Funds Scam. Email To EFCC As Evidence

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has submitted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission an email correspondence between him and a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.

Buhari’s anti-corruption war getting out of hand – Falae

Falae tendered the email as an evidence in the probe linking him to N100m election funds

It was learnt that Anenih, in the email, mentioned that he was acting on the instruction of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari To Niger Delta Militants: Negotiation Remains Your Best Option

President Muhammadu Buhari says Niger Delta militants must either dialogue with the federal government or risk being dealt with like Boko Haram insurgents.
B Kenya, late Saturday at a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

President Buhari also told the Japanese leader that his administration was negotiating with some of the leaders of the militants.

Nigeria’ll Overcome Present Challenges — Jonathan

OTUOKE—Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians must be prepared to protect and develop the country at all times.

He said that the current challenges Nigerians were facing were transient as the country would definitely overcome them and urged Christians to continue to pray for the country.

Jonathan stated this at the public presentation of a book entitled The History of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otuoke, his home town, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Riot And Shooting At Kuje Prison, Abuja

THERE is commotion at Kuje Prisons, Abuja, where officials are currently shooting tear gas at inmates.

Vanguard gathered that t‎he shooting was a fallout of the last jail break in which some top officials were reprimanded.

Our source said:”There is a lock down in the prison, ‎prisons officials are throwing tear-gas at the inmates to cow them because of the last jail break.”

Some of the inmates complained that they were dying, as they spoke to Vanguard: “We do not know what they want to do with us, some people are on the ground now rolling and crying.”

“There is no jail break, yet they woke up this morning to start shooting tear gas at us,” they added.

More Details soon

1.2million Nigerians Register For Fg’s N5000 Social Intervention Scheme

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has urged all unemployed Nigerians to register on the online job portal of the Social Intervention Scheme of the Federal Government in order to benefit from different categories of programmes which government is offering. The registration on the portal,, ends Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

This is just as he disclosed that only 1.2 million unemployed Nigerians had so far registered for the scheme.

We Will Deal With Them The Way We Dealt With Boko Haram. - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on unleashing military forces on Niger Delta militants may not have changed 4 months after he stated the position.

Recall that in April this during his visit to China, the president while meeting with the Nigerian community there said that saboteurs and vandals of the oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region would be given the Boko Haram treatment should they continue with their nefarious acts.

Ex-head Of State, Others Named In N1.09b Oil Deal

Some prominent Nigerians have been named as beneficiaries of the $1.092b Malabu oil deal.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) is investigating the scandal.

A businessman, who is being grilled by the EFCC over the deal, is believed to have named a former Head of State, a former Senate President, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), some senators, and some serving and former members of the House of Representatives.

All the suspects may soon be invited for interrogation by the EFCC to determine their level of complicity, The Nation learnt at the weekend.

Besides the businessman, the EFCC has grilled a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, and some chief executives of some International Oil Companies (IOCs). The suspects remain unnamed because of what a source described as the “sensitivity” of the matter.

Phosguard Fumigant To Buy Rats From Lagosians For "Kill Rats, Make Money.’

In a bid to avert incidents of Lassa fever and other vector-borne diseases in Lagos State, a non-governmental organisation, Phosguard Fumigant Limited, in partnership with the state government, has introduced a bounty, ‘Kill rats, make money.’
Under the project, rodents in the state will be bought by the NGO after they had been killed using hi-tech chemicals and equipment that would make their decomposing bodies non-infectious, theNews Agency of Nigeriareports.

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Oluwasegun Benson, on Sunday, said the bounty would help to get rid of rats in the state.

Oil Bunkerer Arrested As Soldiers Raid Criminals Hideouts In Niger Delta

Troops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army involved in the field training exercise nicknamed "CROCODILE SMILE" mounted on gunboats and speedboats have been making tremendous progress as they also raided suspected criminal hideouts in the creeks around Ajaosolo, Okogho, Opumani, and Obodo general area.

While conducting the exercise, on Sunday 28th August 2016, they intercepted suspected illegal oil bunkerer with 1 "Cotonou Boat" laden with crude oil, 3 X 40 Horse power Yamaha Speedboats and 5 X 200 Litres of illegally refined diesel oil.

Similarly, the troops continued conducting the training exercise near Bomadi town, Bomadi Local Government Area and Pendo and Tuomu of Bururtu Local Government Area of Delta State respectively.

Jimoh Ibrahim Emerges Ondo PDP Candidate For Sheriff's Faction

THE Group Managing Director, Energy Group, Dr Jimoh Ibrahim, in the early hours of Monday, emerged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Ondo State election for Senator Alimodu Sheriff’s faction in a gubernatorial primary election conducted at the Banquet Hall, Premier Hotel, Ibadan.

Ibrahim, contested the primary with Mr Olusola Ebiseni, Honourable Bamiduro Dada, Honourable Niran-Sule Akinsuyi and Mrs. Abiye Ademuyegun.

Three aspirants; Mrs Abiye Ademuyegun, Honourables Bamiduro Dada and Niran-Sule Akinsuyi, however, withdrew for Dr Ibrahim.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Robert Mugabe Orders Arrest Of Zimbabwean Olympic Team For Not Winning Any Medal

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe has instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately they arrive at the Harare International Airport.

Zimbabwe which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position.

Re: Champions League Draw On 25th August

Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Bekistas

Group C: Barcelona, Man City, Gladbach, Celtic

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Levekusen, Tottenham, Monaco

Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting, Legia Warsaw

Group G: Leicester, Porto, Club Brugge, Copenhagen

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo

Abu Al-Barnawi, Son Of Mohammed Yusuf, Named Jihadi Head

When the Islamic State group appointed Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the head of Boko Haram early in August, few people even recognised his name.

But to close observers of Nigerian jihadi affairs, Barnawi’s promotion from relatively unknown spokesman to leader came as no surprise.

After all, many experts say that Barnawi, born Habib Yusuf, is the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.

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