Friday, September 9, 2016

Lagos Donates Land To German Firm Investing $75m In Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday demonstrated his commitment to attract foreign investors into the State by approving land for the establishment of a training centre in Lagos where architects, civil engineers and craftsmen will be trained on modern trends and technologies in the construction sector.

Governor Ambode, who gave the approval when he received a delegation from The Knauf Group, which is a German firm currently establishing a $75miilion building/construction tools manufacturing factory in Lagos, said the approval for the land became imperative in view of the need to encourage investors to continue to invest in Lagos.

The Knauf Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of modern insulation materials, dry lining systems, plasters and accessories, thermal insulation composite systems, paints, floor screed, floor systems, and construction equipment and tools.

We’re Inviting Kashamu For Alleged Assassination Plot –police

The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, is being invited by the police to help in their investigation in the allegation of threat to life and assassination plot levelled against him by a member of the House of Representatives (Ikenne, Sagamu and Remo North Federal Constituency), Oladipupo Adebutu, the Nigeria Police have said.

This was made known on Thursday by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in his written address to a counter-affidavit filed in a fundamental rights enforcement suit by Kashamu, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2016.

The IGP, who was listed as the 1st respondent, faulted the suit.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Jonathan’s Almajiri Schools Too Expensive To Run – Adamawa Government

The Adamawa State Government has said the multi-million Almajiri schools established by former President Goodluck Jonathan have yet to become operational because they are too expensive to run.

This was made known in Yola, the state capital, by the Chairman of the Adamawa State Universal Education Board, Dr. Mohammed Toungo, while appraising the success of the educational initiative of the American University of Nigeria, targeting almajiri children between the ages of six and 17 years.

Boko Haram Factions Clash In Borno

Two factions of the Boko Haram sect in Monguno area of Borno State engaged in a bloody fight over leadership tussle, sources told the AFP on Thursday.

The sect had split after the Islamic State group announced Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf, as the sect’s new leader to replace Abubakar Shekau.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Buhari's Affordable Housing Schemes Will Turn Tenants To Home Owners - Shehu

President Muhammadu Buhari through his Senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu has said that its affordable housing schemes will soon transform thousands of Nigerians from being tenants to proud owners of houses and plots of land.

Garba Shehu in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said that the scheme operated through the mortgage banking system, was part of the programmes meant to uplift the quality of lives of the citizens.

He said: “There are also programmes for affordable housing with mortgages which will transform thousands from tenant status to homeownership. Most of our road contractors had not been paid since 2012, many of them had sent their workers away adding to the unemployment problem.

Buhari To Launch ‘change Begins With Me’ Campaign On Thursday-the Vanguard

Abuja –

In a bid to entrench the values of accountability, integrity and inculcate positive attitudinal change in Nigerians, the Federal Government is set to launch the “Change Begins With Me’’ campaign. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Garba Abari, made this known in Abuja.

They said that the campaign was aimed at educating and enlightening Nigerians to appreciate these values which, they noted, are critical to achieving comprehensive national development. According to them, the campaign is expected to trigger positive change that will boost Nigeria’s image, enable the country gain acceptability and command respect in the comity of nations.

Troop Arrests Wanted Ex-militant Leader For Sabotaging The Economy

Troops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected national economy saboteur, one Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje (an Ex-militant leader), also the alleged leader of the "Otugas Fire Force", a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant. He was alleged to be responsible for the recent act of economic sabotage perpetrated on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, on the 26th of last month.

AY's '30 Days In Atlanta' Recognized By Guinness World Records 2017

Comedian AY's first movie as a producer, '30 Days In Atlanta' which was directed by Robert Peters, has been officially recognized by the 2017 Guinness World Records as one of the films with the highest domestic gross in the territories of Bollywood, Nollywood and Hollywood. The record breaking movies listed are 'PK' from India, '30 Days In Atlanta' from Nigeria and 'Star Wars' From The United States of America.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Man Found Hanged In Aboru In Lagos Was Murdered - Police

The Lagos state police command has said a motorcyclist simply identified as Tunde who was found dead with a rope tied to his throat at an uncompleted building on Rasaki Sodande Street, Aboru on Sunday September 4, was murdered. Reacting to the incident, spokesperson of the state police command, Dolapo Badmos told the Nation that preliminary investigation showed the deceased was murdered

Naira is Worst Performing Currency In Africa In 2016-The Economist

SOMETIMES the worst is not bad enough. Or such is the case for Nigeria’s currency, which nosedived by 30% when the central bank first removed its peg to the dollar on June 20th. The naira is now this year’s poorest-performing currency in Africa. Internationally, only the currencies of Venezuela and tiny Suriname have fared worse. Yet were it truly free, it would be weaker still.

In fact, the naira’s free float seems to have lasted exactly a day. Since its sharp drop on the first day of its devaluation, the currency has more or less flatlined at about 282 per dollar (see chart). This is rather odd given the pent-up demand for dollars after the central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, restricted the supply in a bid to defend the currency at its old peg of 199 to the dollar. Many analysts expected it to plummet as low as 350 when businesses hoovered up a backlog exceeding $4 billion.

Hausa Youths Attack Lagos Chemist For Blasphemy

There was confusion on Sunday in the Ketu area of Lagos State after some Hausa youths seized a chemist, identified as Emmanuel Emeka.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Emeka would have been lynched but for the intervention of policemen from the Ketu Police Division who quickly brought the situation under control.

A source told our correspondent that the victim had written a blasphemous word on a magazine, which triggered the anger of the youths.

Locusts And Quelea Birds From Niger Republic Threaten Nigerian Farmers

The federal government has alerted farmers of locusts and quelea birds coming into the country from Niger Republic..

Audu Ogbeh, minister of agriculture and rural development, gave the warning in Abuja during an emergency meeting with commissioners for agriculture from 24 states.

Ogbeh expressed fear that the current hunger in the country would further be exacerbated if the alert from Niger was not taken seriously.

He said Nigeria was already facing food crisis, and the entry of the pests could worsen the situation.

FG Approves 15,000 NDLEA Recruitments

Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the federal government has approved the recruitment of 5000 staff in the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), in addition to 10,000 in 2017.

Malami, who spoke at the ECOWAS ministers meeting, said there are plans by the federal government to improve the capacity of the agency in relation to fighting crimes in the region. Malami, who urged member countries’ ministers to adopt the new ECOWAS Regional Drug Action Plan, for the year 2016-2020, said it provides a roadmap and working document for the ECOWAS drug control team.

Oby Ezekwesili Expresses Disappointment After Police Blocked Them During Protest

Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, convener, Oby Ezekwesili, on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the activities of the police that are frustrating the BBOG campaign, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari is going down the wrong lane.
The former minister noted that the BBOG has a right to protest as stipulated in the 1999 constitution and that the police should not in any way halt the group’s peaceful activities.
Ezekwesili warned that if the government and the police do not retrace their step, they could end up like the former administration of ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was voted out of office for failing to rescue the abducted Chibok girls among other things.

Lagos To Impose New Taxi Rules To Clamp Down On Services Like Uber

Uber has enjoyed a good ride in Lagos, but it may be set for a few bumps.

During its two years in operation, the ride-hailing app has, Uber says, “facilitated” over a million trips. After its first 16 months, Ebi Atawodi, general manager of Uber Nigeria, claimed the service grew 30% faster in Lagos than it did in its first 16 months in London. Despite the rise of competitors, Uber has remained popular with many Nigerians. But a recent regulation drive by the state government in Lagos could throw a spanner in its wheels.

The state government has reiterated its intent to regulate taxi operations using a franchise system. It enshrined this in a law back in 2012, and adopted the corresponding regulation at the start of this year, but up until now there’s been no attempt to enforce it.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Photo: 54 year old Female pastor arrested for operating underage prostitution cartel inside church in Ogun

The Ogun state police command has arrested a 54 year old woman, Idowu Olupinla pictured right, for allegedly operating a prostitution cartel with teenagers aged between 14 to 19, right inside her Cherubim and Seraphim Church at Ijoko-Ota area of the state.

According to investigations by the police, the suspect harbors the young girls in the church premises and arranges for men to have sex with them for a fee.

ISIS 'cut off from rest of world' after rebel fighters expel terrorist group from Turkish border

Rebel Free Syrian Army, backed by a Turkish Military ground offensive on Sunday expelled ISIS terror group from the Turkish borders meaning ISIS has now lost control of its last territories on the Turkey-Syrian border.

After three years in control of portions of the border, ISIS' grasp over the last border villages disappeared in a matter of hours on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Isis had conceded control of its last two villages on the border, retreating to positions around 7-8km to the south.
Rami Abdulrahman, from the UK-based Observatory told Independent UK: "Everything is finished. There is no more Isis at the border."

Pastor Arrested For Keeping Guns For Militants And Robbers In Lagos

Pastor of Cherubim and Seraphim Church of Zion at Igando area of Lagos and a mother of seven have been arrested for allegedly keeping guns and preparing food for militants. However, the pastor, who identified himself as Governor Peretun, denied the allegation. According to the police, Peretun used to keep guns for militants.

These militants were part of those who, two months ago, repeatedly invaded Ewedogbon community in Igando area of the state and wreaked havoc on residents. The police said: “The pastor was aiding the militants in pipeline vandalism.

Senators And Reps Earn N6.78bn Annually

At a time Nigerians are groaning under the yoke of recession, members of the National Assembly (NASS) comprising the Senators and Members of House of Representatives have received a total sum of N6.78 billion as their official salaries and allowances in one year, investigation by Economic Confidential has revealed.
The report obtained by Economic intelligence magazine showed the ‘legitimate’ remuneration of the federal legislators in compliance to the statutory approval of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

Jumoke Akinjide Returns N10m To EFCC

A former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, has reportedly returned the sum of N10m to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Sunday PUNCH can confirm.
Sources within the EFCC told our correspondent that Akinjide, who was the Oyo State coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation and some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, allegedly received N650m during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

A source at the EFCC said, “The former FCT minister and other PDP leaders in the state received some campaign funds during the 2015 presidential election.

61 Priests Bury Stella Oduah's Son...

The dust raised by the death of son of Nigeria's former Aviation minister and presently the Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District in the red chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Princess Stella Oduah, has finally settled as the remains of 28 year old, Maxwell, Chinedu Oduah-Etoromi was at exactly 2:15 pm Saturday, interred at the Oduah family mausoleum in Akili- Ozizor,Ogbaru local Government of Anambra State amidst tears and eulogies.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke, was represented in the burial mass by the Episcopal Vicar of Dunukofia Region, Very Rev Fr Theophilus Odukwe who presided over the mass with 57 other priests concelebrating, among whom was a Papal Chamberlain and Chaplain of the Catholic Women Organization(CWO) Onitsha Archdiocese, Monsignor Greg Adibe.

#justiceForHajara: 6-Month-Old Baby Raped By A Teacher In Yobe

A 6 month old baby girl was defiled & brutally injured by a 40-year-old deaf teacher in Potiskum, Yobe State. Outrage has now been sparked online after it was revealed the accused is out on bail.

The teacher, identified as Shaaibu Yakubu Abdullahi, by the Commandant of Nigeria Security and Defence Corps (NSCDC), Muhammad Gidado Fari, was arrested on September 1, by men of the NSCDC for allegedly raping the baby .

The NSCDC commandant revealed that the deaf teacher allegedly connived with his 10-year-old student, who carried the baby to him from her neighbour’s house and he defiled her, adding that
although Abdullahi denied the allegation, he was identified by the 10-year-old student in a group picture of staff and student taken in the school.

I Defraud My Victim Through ‘come And Marry’ Method: Islamic Cleric

THIRTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Muritala Oladipupo calls himself an itinerant Islamic preacher who also attends to people who come to him for consultations on spiritual matters.

But going by the revelation of one Mutiat Azeez, who said that the self-acclaimed preacher swindled her on the pretext of praying for her, Oladipupo would have a lot of explanations to make to detectives at the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Oyo State Police Command where he is currently undergoing interrogations.

Crime Reports learnt that the suspect was arrested in a mosque in Ibadan on August 28 after Azeez told the police that he defrauded her of N700,000 when she was deceived into believing that he was an Islamic preacher who could help her with prayers to solve spiritual problems.

Fuel At N145/litre No Longer Sustainable – NNPC

Former and present Group Managing Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have expressed fears that the current pump price of N145 per litre is no longer feasible.Close

Fuel at N145/litre no longer sustainable – NNPC

John Ameh, Fidelis Soriwei, Friday Olokor, Adelani Adepegba and Okechukwu Nnodim

Former and present Group Managing Directors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have expressed fears that the current pump price of N145 per litre is no longer feasible.

Nigerian Military: Some Officers Selling Weapons To Boko Haram - AP

Nigerian military: Some officers selling arms to Boko Haram
SEP. 4, 2016 8:50 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country's fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite government efforts to halt graft.

The admission comes three weeks after the Nigerian army said a military tribunal is trying 16 officers and troops accused of offenses related to the fight against Boko Haram, including the theft and sale of ammunition.

Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the theater commander in northeastern Nigeria, told a news conference on Thursday that military authorities have confirmed that some soldiers were selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram. He called it a betrayal of the Nigerian people. He gave no more details.

Soldiers Take Over Azibaola Robert's Construction Site

Why Soldiers Took Over Jonathan's Cousin Construction Site

A cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan is in fresh trouble for alleged security threat.

Armed soldiers yesterday sealed off the construction site of Kakarta Civil Engineering Limited owned by Azibaola Robert for sharing a boundary with the Lungui Barracks of the Nigerian Army on the Kubwa/Asokoro Expressway, Abuja.

Azibaola, his wife, Stella and their firm are currently on trial over alleged payment of $40million into the bank account of one of their companies, One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited, by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

I Never Asked Buhari Not To Contest In 2019 – obasanjo

NIGERIA’S former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday denied a media report that he asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

A former Chief Press Secretary to Mr. Obasanjo, Alex Nwokedi, was said to have made the comment on behalf of the former President in an online publication.

Fg, Cbn To Blame For Economic Woes — Waifem

Director-General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, WAIFEM, Professor Akpan Ekpo, weekend, blamed the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for the country’s current economic woes and its recent plunge into recession.

WAIFEM was established July 22, 1996, by the governors of the Central Banks of The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

In an email response to Vanguard enquiries in Abuja, Ekpo, an economists, former CBN director as well as ex-Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, noted that the delay in passing and implementing the 2016 budget and the CBN’s monetary and foreign exchange policy stance helped worsened the country’s economic situation.

Laments near absence of fiscal policy

Boko Haram Members Plan To Join Army – DSS

The Department of State Services said in Abuja on Sunday that some members of the dreaded Boko Haram were already making plans to join the army.

It, however, said that two members of the sect, who it described as specialists in the making of Improvised Explosive Devise, had been nabbed before they succeeded in joining the army.

Spokesperson for the DSS, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said that the suspects were arrested in Kano.

FG Plans 20-man Panel To Review Electoral Laws

The Federal Government is finalising its plan to set up a 20-member committee to review existing electoral laws and past reports on electoral reforms, including that of the Justice Muhammad Uwais National Electoral Committee, The PUNCH has learnt.

It was learnt that the committee was to be constituted and inaugurated by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami.

Five of the proposed members of the committee, our correspondent learnt, would be nominated by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The date for the inauguration of the committee is to be announced after the committee is fully constituted and necessary arrangements are perfected for the smooth running of the activities of the panel.

Nigeria Is Deeply Divided - UN Report

The UN has described Nigeria as a “divided society on the basis of the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that had tended to define the country’s political existence.”This was made known to the public during a consultative meeting on the formulation of the UN Development Assistance Framework IV (UNDAF IV) for the South-East geo-political zone in Awka.

The report noted that for decades, different segments of Nigeria’s population had, at different times, expressed feelings of marginalisation, of being short-changed, dominated, oppressed, threatened, or even targeted for elimination.

The report also painted a gloomy picture for the country as most of the development and social indices in Nigeria recorded much below acceptable standards.

Alamieyeseigha’s Chelsea Hotel In Abuja Rots Away

Almost seven years after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) handed over the N2.8billion Chelsea Hotel to the government of Bayelsa State, the hitherto money-spinning edifice is rotting away in Abuja.
The hotel was seized from the state’s first civilian governor, the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
A Federal High Court, Lagos in 2007 ordered the forfeiture of the hotel by Alamieyeseigha after the ex-governor was sentenced for corruption.

Besides the hotel, the EFCC sold other Alamieyeseigha assets in Nigeria and realised N3, 128, 230, 294.83billion; $441,000; E7, 000 and £2,000.

The money was remitted to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in accordance with the law, for onward delivery to the state government as ordered by the court.

"Chinedu My Son Was Killed" - Satchie Emmanuel Etoromi

Lt-Col. Satchie Emmanuel Etoromi (rtd.), the estranged husband of senator Stella Oduah and father of late Chinedu Maxuel Etoromi who was laid to rest last weekend at his mother's hometown in Anambra, has spoken out again.

In reply to his eldest son, Mr Tuoyo Etoromi-Oduah's letter where Tuoyo swore to be "rather called a bastard than to be called your son," Pa Etoromi wrote on Sunday:

"Eyituoyo my son, they have misled you. When Omabuwa came home last year, Stella, your mother told me to call you to come home.

Friday, September 2, 2016

ISIS bans football referees in Syria because they enforce ‘laws of Fifa not Sharia’

Islamic Terrorist organization ISIS has banned the use of referees while playing football in Syria because according to them referees obey FIFA rules and not ISIS rules.
According to ISIS commanders, football referees will not be allowed at local football matches because their rulings 'do not judge according to what Allah has revealed'

Melania Trump files $150m lawsuit against UK Daily Mail and blogger over reports that she was an 'escort' in the 90s

Melania Trump, former model and the wife of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, sued the US-based publisher of the Daily Mail Online and a blogger over stories making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly being an escort in the 1990s.
The Daily Mail story last month cited a Slovenian magazine’s report that a modeling agency that Trump worked with in New York in the 1990s also served as an escort business, linking wealthy clients with women for sexual services. 

Shocking photos and video of filthy ISIS jail where sex slaves were raped and tortured by terror group

Shocking footage has emerged revealing the hell-like prison used by Islamic State militants to rape and torture women.

The filthy cells uncovered by rebel fighters after defeating ISIS in Manbij, Syria show brutal torture instruments, sex drugs, dirty mattresses, dog bowls on the floor, contraceptives and desperate messages scrawled on the walls.
The dark dungeon contains ten small cells behind iron doors where the women held captive by ISIS were constantly raped .

Buhari Orders Lagos-kano Railway To Pass Through Ekiti

– President Muhamamdu Buhari has ordered experts redraw the Lagos to Kano rail line so that it can pass through Ekiti state

– The president stated this during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, August 31

President Muhamamdu Buhari has ordered experts who presented Lagos to Kano rail line plan to redraw the line so that it can pass through Ekiti state.

I Can Confirm That Original Shekau Was Killed, 2nd Shekau Killed- General Irabor

Major General Lucky Irabor, Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Nigeria’s military operation set up to battle Boko Haram, on Thursday insisted that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead.

He insisted that the individual originally identified as Shekau has indeed been killed.

He said this during a tour of Adamawa State as part of the formations under his command.

“I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was killed, the second Shekau was killed, and the man presenting himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you that few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not”.

As Economy Declines, Buhari Revives Jonathan’s Agric Policy He Suspended

The Buhari administration on Wednesday said it had revived the e-wallet system for fertiliser allocation and distribution, a year after suspending it.
The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, made the announcement after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, saying the policy would however be modified to address the challenges that made it unsustainable.
At the meeting, which held as the National Bureau of Statistics confirmed the nation was in recession, the government also approved a borrowing plan and solid minerals initiatives to stimulate the economy.
But the decision to restart the e-wallet fertilizer scheme represented another economic policy reversal by the Buhari administration, which had earlier dumped the initiative.
The e-wallet system was part of the Growth Enhancement Support scheme introduced by former Goodluck Jonathan administration to address the menace of middlemen in the fertiliser supply chain, which experts identified as a challenge for farmers at the time.

Man Arrested For Smuggling Rice As Dead Bodies-the Sun

The ban on rice importation and biting economic conditions are forcing daring smugglers to freight bags of rice as coffins carried in ambulances.

This unprecedented antic of moving rice in an ambulance under the guise of corpses from Benin Republic into Nigeria was uncovered yesterday at the Seme Border by the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) who promptly arrested the vendor.

According to Customs officials at Seme Border, the suspected smuggler, Moses Degbogbahun, arranged 11 50kg bags of rice in place of a corpse in his Volvo ambulance with Lagos registration number DV 74EKY. Luck, however, ran out on him when he was subjected to a rigorous search by an officer who had observed him move “corpses” across the border regularly without being searched.

His frequent movement across the border made the officers at Aradagun area of Badagry to suspect foul play prompting them to insist on seeing the “corpse”. But they were, however, amazed to see that they had allowed so many “corpses” across the border without knowing the identities of the dead (rice).

Halliburton Scandal: EFCC Traces N13.5b To Private Account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered how $32.5 million of about $200 million fines from Halliburton Energy Services was allegedly paid into a private account.

The cash was said to be missing because the anti-graft agency could not ascertain whether or not it was remitted into the Federal Government’s account.

A top shot with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Mr. Roland Ewubare, who was one of the lawyers involved in the Settlement Agreement with Halliburton, has been given up to September 15 to submit a letter authorising him by the Federal Government to open the private escrow account.

Buhari Has No Solution To Economic Crisis - APC Chieftain

– A former APC governorship aspirant in Benue state, Nath Apir, says the Buhari led government has failed to do the needful to sustain the level of economic growth recorded by the previous administration

– Says Nigeria is in shambles, adding that the people can hardly feed and that the naira has crashed to over N400 to the dollar

– Apir casts doubts on President Buhari’s ability to proffer solution to the economic crisis.

Apir says President Buhari cannot assemble a group of yes sir people and expect good results because there is no one to challenge him.
A former All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Benue state, Nath Apir, says Nigerians are currently regretting voting for President Muhammadu Buhari at the last general elections.

Fear Of War Grips Niger Delta As Military Deploys Weapons

• Troops vow to dislodge criminals

• IYC, monarch urge govt to dialogue

Apprehension, suffering and death. These are the concerns as the military begins a massive buildup against armed agitators in Nigeria’s oil rich region, the Niger Delta.

Yesterday, a long convoy of about 32 articulated vehicles was seen on the Port Harcourt-Warri dual carriage way carrying long-range tanks, armoured personnel vehicles and an assortment of weapons. The vehicles allegedly headed to military formations in Delta and Bayelsa states.

Since the military launched ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’, there has been such a movement of heavy military hardware. But it has become frequent lately.Some days ago, the Chief of Army Staff said the deployment was not meant to intimidate residents of Niger Delta but for strategic military purposes to make Nigerians feel safe in the region.

Boko Haram Lures Youths With Interest-free Loans

New reports by an international aid organisation, Mercy Corps, have revealed how Boko Haram insurgents use informal micro credit schemes and promises of safety to recruit hundreds of youths and pupils as fighters.

The beneficiaries, the reports funded by the Ford Foundation added, received amounts ranging from N10,000 to N1m in order to buy motorcycles, restock their trading stores and grow their small-scale businesses.

The reports, presented on Thursday in Lagos, also highlighted how repression from the military and access to interest-free finance, among others, had perpetuated terrorism and elicited sympathy from communities in the North.

However, the Lead Researcher and Global Director, Conflict Management for Mercy Corps, Rebecca Wolfe, said many of the locals did not know that the credits were from the insurgents.

Ganduje Awards $1.85b Contract To China To Construct Kano Light Railway

Kano State Metropolitan Rail Gigantic Project--- Ganduje Is Working

Kano state government has awarded a $1.851 billion contract to China Railway Construction Corporation to construct the Kano city light rail.

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Hon. Shehu H. Lambu presented the provisional letter of award of contract which was received by Mr. Wei Guo Qin on behalf of the company.

The rail, with a total length of 74.3 kilometres, is expected to travel at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour.

Buhari Orders Arrest Of Officials Diverting Food At IDP's Camp

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the police to arrest and make an example of government officials accused of stealing food aid intended for victims of Boko Haram in the North-east Nigeria, the president’s spokesman said yesterday.
The Senate last week launched an investigation into allegations of food aid being stolen and sold by state officials in Borno State, where aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced.

This Is Why Mark Zuckerberg Wears Grey T-Shirt Every Day

Despite being the sixth richest man in the world with a net worth of $51.7 billion, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, keeps it simple in his dressing. The 31-year old wears the same t-shirt (grey in color) and hoodie everyday.

So, why does he wear the same thing every day? When asked this question sometimes back in 2014, Zuckerberg cited a number of psychological advantages to never changing his look.

He said:

Mark Zuckerberg Meets Buhari And Osinbajo (Photos)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is full of surprises. He is back in Nigeria and he will be one of the judges at the finals of Aso Villa Day taking place at Abuja. Pictured with him is Vice President Osinbajo.

Aso Villa Demo Day is a programme that aims to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth through new and emerging technology.

Julius Agwu's Health: Friends, Colleagues, Fans Move To Save Comedian

After battling illness and surviving brain surgery last year to come back to his feet, ace comedian Julius ‘Da Genius’ Agwu seems to have fallen ill again.

While the illness is yet to be disclosed, it is serious enough that Agwu who was in London recently to attend the Nottinghill Carnival and perform at his signature comedy show, Crack Ya Ribs, on Sunday, August 28, could not turn up.

APC Lists Buhari’s Achievements Despite Report Of Economic Recession

Following the statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, which painted the country’s economy since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in bad light, the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday listed the achievements so far recorded under the leadership of the President Buhari.
Recall that NBS had had on Wednesday released its quarterly report which confirmed that Nigeria is in recession.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Militants Kidnap Three Landlords In Lagos

– Militants seem to have renewed their activities in Lagos as three landlords were kidnapped

– The police confirmed the kidnapping and promised to rescue the victims

– The suspected militants disguised as soldiers and led the victims away through the creeks.

The New Haven Estate has been gripped with fear following the abduction of three landlords by armed men who disguised as soldiers and suspected to be militants. The Punch reports that the militants invaded the estate located in Igbelaju, in the Iba area of Lagos on Saturday and on Monday. During the first attack on Saturday, the suspected militants abducted one Mrs. Nwoche from her residence and she has yet to be released.

Two days after, they struck again and abducted two landlords who were driving out of the estate and ordered them to the creek at gunpoint.

Former Mexican president thrashes Donald Trump on Twitter

American actor Tyrese Gibson writes about Mark Zuckerberg 'popping into Africa'

American singer and actor Tyrese Gibson shared a photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with some Nigerians at Tech hub Andela in Yaba and wrote:

"Some people think we're human beings having a spiritual experience it's the other way around - were spiritual beings having a human experience - Mark Zuckerberg randomly popped up in Africa and he's there jogging hanging out and connected with our people - he looks so happy and I'm sure they're doing a lot for his spirit and life - Sometimes you just have to run away to far places and find your balance........... I've seen a few pics and I just love this so much...... Mark I felt the same the people of Africa are just amazing people and souls"

It will be a tragedy of monumental proportion if Ibrahim El-Zakzaky goes blind- Shiites group warns FG

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites yesterday released a statement asking the Federal government to arraign their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in their custody since December last year following the clash the group members had with the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna state. The group in the statement released said should their leader go blind, “it will be a tragedy of monumental proportion".
The statement signed by the group's spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, reads in part

Stella Oduah's ex husband asks her to return body of their son to Warri for proper burial

Former husband of Senator Stella Oduah,  Lt-Col. Satchie Emmanuel Etoromi (rtd.) has prevailed on her to return the body of their son,  Maxwell Chinedu Toritseju Etoromi, for proper burial in Warri,  Delta State.‎ Maxwell, the 28 year old son of the former Minister of Aviation died at a Turkish Hospital in Abuja from brain hemorrhage.
The ex husband of the former Minister spoke with journalists in Warri, Delta state yesterday, shortly after sending a powerful delegation to his royal majesty, Igwe D. O. Oduah, the Igwe of Akili Ozizor, Ogbaru in Anambra State, to express his sadness over the death of his son and how he was treated by the Senator.

FFK and Reno Omokri spar on Facebook over Mark Zuckerberg's comment that Hausa language is unique

Last night Femi Fani-Kayode wrote a piece about US secretary of state John Kerry and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's visit to Nigeria & how it has something to do with the Hausas. He wrote;
"Kerry comes to the north and sees the Sultan of Sokoto, northern governors and Buhari. One week later Facebook founder comes to Nigeria and says Hausa is a "unique language" which he has included on Facebook. Think Nigerians think".
Hours later, former presidential aide Reno Omokri reacted to FFK's comment. He wrote;

21-year-old girl who stabbed her boyfriend 22 times wins prison beauty contest

21-year-old girl accused of stabbing her boyfriend 22 times and killing him after finding love messages on his phone from another lady, (read here) has been crowned Miss Langata Prison 2016.
Ruth Kamande is currently being held in remand at the prison and is facing murder charges following the death of her boyfriend Farid Ahmed over a love triangle in Buru Buru estate, Kenya in 2014.

Mexican president calls Donald Trump a liar, says Mexico will not pay for the 'wall'

Yesterday, Donald Trump flew to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto and after the meeting, Trump said Mexico will build the great wall he is planning to build to keep immigrants away if he becomes president.

Exclusive: MTN suspends contracts of their celebrity ambassadors

Last week, a major move happened in the Nigerian entertainment industry that is being kept hush hush but it's our job to let y'all know what's going on. MTN Nigeria has suspended the ambassadorship of many of their ambassadors. Minus their regional ambassadors, Project Fame ambassadors including Iyanya, Praiz and Chidinma, and other ambassadors like Falz, Skales, Tekno and Nkem Owoh, everyone else has been suspended.

MTN told them that they had no roles for them at the moment and didn't want to renew their contracts immediately. So right now, everything is pending.

Their reason? It may not be unconnected with the fact that the giant telecommunication company is paying over three hundred billion Naira fine to the Nigerian Govt for not disconnecting subscribers when they were supposed to. Guess they want to set priorities!

NEMA reacts to latest photos of malnourished children circulating on social media

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North East has reacted to disturbing pictures of severely malnourished children in Monguno, Borno State, which were posted by Grema Terab and currently circulating on social media. (read here)
"Pictures of Malnourished children making rounds on social media are pictures of people from liberated communities not Internally Displaced persons residing in camps. Most communities outside Maiduguri were under insurgents control and inaccessible.

Borno state govt uncovers 10k ghost workers

A verification exercise carried out by the Borno state government has uncovered 10,000 ghost workers in the state civil service. This was disclosed by the state governor, Kashim Sheittima, during a state broadcast yesterday August 31st.

According to him, the ghost workers made uo the over 25,000 civil servants in the state's service and were collecting salaries and bonuses as eligible workers.

Shettima during the broadcast, said that the committee verified only 19,763 workers out of the 25,000 workers on the state payroll.

NPA bans female staff from wearing trousers, miniskirts to work

The management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has reportedly banned its female staff from wearing miniskirts and jeans trousers to work. According to a statement by the general manager of NPA, female staff members who are found wanting will be sanctioned.
“It has been observed that despite the issuance of a couple of circulars vide HQ/GMHR/CON/G.3/128 of 25th August, 2008 and HQ/CR/AD/G.1/3039 of 19th December, 2014 on corporate Dress Code, some employees still indulge in improper dressing to the office.

Consumers Groan As Prices Of Bread Hit N150 For Smallest Size

Residents of Hadejia in Jigawa have expressed concern over hike in prices of bread, in spite of increasing demand for it in the area. Prices of bread had gone up by about 30 per cent in the past few months.

A medium loaf of bread was sold at N270 as against its old price of N200, while a small size loaf costs N150, as against its previous price of N100.

A cross section of the residents told newsmen that the trend was causing large dents in their pockets. Alhaji Musa Muhammad, said that bread was now beyond the reach of the ordinary man in view of its high cost.