Friday, January 20, 2017

Breaking News: Gov Fayose Emerges New Chairman Of Pdp's Governors' Forum

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has emerged as the new Chairman of the PDP Governors' Forum,.

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon Serake Dickson announced this to News men in Abuja on Thursday night.

Addressing News men shortly after the Forum's meeting, Dickson stated that the forum decided to settle for Fayose based on his record of performance and as the most Senior Governor under the platform of the Party.

Washington Under Lockdown Ahead Of Trump's Presidential Inauguration (Photos)

Washington has turned into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday.

Around 900,000 people will flood Washington for the inauguration ceremony, which includes the swearing-in on the steps of the US Capitol and a parade to the White House along streets thronged with spectators.

More than 100 square blocks about 2.7 square miles will be closed to automobile traffic on Friday as federal, state and local authorities create a protective bubble around the swearing-in-ceremony, presidential festivities and opposition protests.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Man arrested for threatening to kill Trump at inauguration

A man in Florida has been accused of posting online that he would kill U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at his inauguration on Friday.“This is Jan. 16, 2017. I was requested to type this in and post it.
“Yes, I will be at the review stand, the inauguration and I’m going to kill President Trump, President-elect Trump today,” Dominic Puopolo said in a video posted on Monday.
Puopolo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday and allegedly admitted to making the threat.
He was ordered for a mental evaluation at a court hearing on Wednesday.
The threat, which was directed at the Secret Service, came in the middle of a long string of incoherent video messages where he calls himself Jesus Christ and repeatedly talks about his “father”.
Some of the messages are aimed at President Barack Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and model Adriana Lima, as well as a woman he refers to as his daughter.

Monday, January 16, 2017

FG Issues Warning On Illegal Collections Of Fees From Npower Beneficiaries

The Federal government threatens prosecution of individuals found collecting fees from Npower applicants/beneficiaries.

The Presidency also warned politicians against racketeering in any of the social investment programmes(npower) of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The npower nigeria scheme is currently ongoing.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement Sunday night was reacting to claims that some party agents were involved in illegal sales of forms to applicants of the N-Power programme.

The spokesman of the vice president described the act as illegal, warning that it could warrant criminal prosecution.

Chibok Girls; Lai Mohammed, Oby Ezekwesili & Others Head To Sambisa Forest.

The Federal Government has invited the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group for day and search sorties for missing Chibok girls to Sambisa Forest. The trip will enable the campaigners to have firsthand information on the efforts being made by the Nigerian military to rescue the girls.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, convener of BBOG, Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili and others are pictured this morning with others as they are about to board a NAF plane to the vast and dreaded region....

Presidency Launches #AskVillaNG To Address Questions From Nigerians Weekly

The Presidency has announced its launch of the new #AskVillaNG series, a Platform Open for Nigerians To Send In questions and interact with the President's Spokesman.

To Take part in the process, Simply Send in Questions to the Presidency with the Hashtag, #AskVillaNG and your questions will be addressed among others weekly.

See the announcement made on the Presidential Facebook Page below:

We're launching an #AskVillaNG series. Send in your questions for the President's spokespersons, to be answered in weekly live-feed sessions. Remember to use the hashtag: #AskVillaNG

Dangote Floats $100m Truck Assembly Plant In Lagos

Dangote Group of Companies has established a $100million truck assembly plant in Lagos as part of its efforts toward boosting foreign exchange and job creation in the country.

The group said in a statement on Sunday in Lagos that the plant was floated by the group in partnership with National Heavy Duty Truck Group Company Limited, (SINOTRUK), a Chinese firm.

It quoted Mr Anthony Chiejina, the Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Dangote Group, as saying that the plant, located in Ikeja, has the capacity to produce 10,000 trucks annually.

N458bn Lagos-ibadan New Rail Project To Begin Feb

The Federal Government will commence the construction of a standard gauge rail line from Lagos to Ibadan next month, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Fidet Okheria, has said.

The project, which has been awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, is being jointly funded by the Nigerian and Chinese governments, and will cost about $1.5bn (N458bn).

Already, the Federal Government has made its counterpart funds available, while China promises to release its own by the end of this month, according to Okheria.

This is coming about six months after the Federal Government and the CCECC signed an agreement for the project.

Cattle Rustlers Surrender Guns To Katsina Governor For Peace To Reign

As shared by Katsina state Governor Aminu Bello Masari.....

'It was an epic occasion today at Kankara town as history was made in Katsina State .

It was indeed a great honor for me to receive cattle rustlers and vigilante members who had decided to renounce causing security treat and laying down there arms today , i had said several times that dialogue is best for us to run a better government .

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joe Biden fight back tears as Obama surprises him with Medal of Freedom

US Vice President Joe Biden broke down in tears yesterday when Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a surprise White House farewell ceremony.

The award is the greatest civilian honor in America and Joe Biden never knew it was going to be given to him. He had been lured to the event under the belief he was attending a drinks reception.

Press play to watch Joe Biden cry throughout the touching presentation after the cut.
In a glowing tribute to the 74-year-old, President Obama described him as a 'lion of American history'
“as good a man as God ever created”  and 'the best Vice President America has ever had'.

If You Want CHANGE, Sack All Your Ministers, Dede Mabiaku Tells Buhari

From Punch;

In a manner that is reminiscent of the weekly yabis nights at the old Africa Shrine in Lagos, Afrobeat musician and actor, Dede Mabiaku, has taken a swipe at the Muhammadu Buhari administration and its change agenda.

The musician, who is sometimes addressed as the ‘adopted son’ or protégé of Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, in a recent interview with online television, Sahara Tv, said that the Federal Government had no business pushing the change agenda to Nigerians because its actions did not reflect any genuine desire for change in the country.

Man Who Compiled Dirty Dossier On Donald Trump Flees Home After His Identity Was Revealed Online

An MI6 spook who compiled a dirty dossier on Donald Trump has fled his home after his identity was revealed online.

Former British spy Christopher Steele is understood to have left for an unknown location over fears of a backlash from Moscow.

Sources reportedly say the 52-year-old is “terrified for his safety”.

Last night senior British security sources revealed emergency measures were being taken to make the MI6 veteran safe.

Adeboye’s Decision To Appoint National Overseer Irreversible – RCCG

The Redeemed Christian Church of God has said the decision of its General Overseer, Enoch Adeboye, to appoint a national overseer for the church in Nigeria remains unchanged.

The church also dismissed insinuations that Adeboye had resigned as the General Overseer of the RCCG.

The church’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Pastor Segun Adegbiji, said this while addressing journalists at Redemption Camp, Mowe, Ogun State, on Thursday.

Nigerian Troops Arrests Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists With 100 Motor Bikes

Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman who disclosed this in a statement, said the fleeing terrorists were arrested on Wednesday afternoon at Madaki village in Biu Local Government Area, Borno State by troops of 27 Task Force Brigade stationed in Bara.

The names of the terrorists were given as Muazu Gogobir, Mamman Shuaibu, Muhammadu Muhammadu and Isah Ibrahim. They were intercepted along with 100 concealed motorcycles at the outskirt of the town. The suspected Boko Haram terrorists are undergoing preliminary investigation, Sani Stated. Read Sani’s full statement after the cut.

Borno To Construct Boarding School For 2000 Children Whose Parents Were Killed By Boko Haram Insurgents

\The Borno State Government has said that it is constructing a boarding school for 2,000 children whose parents were killed by Boko Haram insurgents. According to the state government, the school, with boarding facilities is almost completed.

Commissioner for Education in the state, Musa Inuwa, who said this in a telephone interview with a Punch correspondent on Wednesday, added that the state needs about 3,000 teachers to replace those who were killed or maimed by the insurgents.

He said, “Many communities have been liberated and people are going back to their communities. But, children without parents cannot go back with them because there is nobody they will live with. The intention is to house children without parents by constructing a boarding primary and secondary school. At least, we are going to enroll 1,000 males and 1,000 females. The school is 80 per cent completed and it will take off any moment from now.”

Oyedepo Commands Followers To Kill Suspected Terrorists

Lord, if it’s your will to break up Nigeria, break it now – Oyedepo

The founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch, Faith Tabernacle, Bishop David Oyedepo has invoked God’s curses on those fueling Southern Kaduna killings, saying God should break up Nigeria now if it is His will.

The Bishop who, during a ministration and while raining down curses on those promoting the wanton killings, equally said that God sent him to this continent as His apostle of liberation to stop it from decadence.

God sent me as His apostle of liberation to this continent to stop it from decadence.”

I heard from God and He has proved it beyond measure. Therefore, every occultic root, every political root of this uprising is cursed today!

The congregation shouted “Amen!”

Beware Of Bitcoin, Swisscoin, Others, SEC Warns Nigerians

The Securities and Exchange Commission, on Thursday said its attention had been drawn to radio advertisements and other modes of solicitations of the public to invest in cryptocurrencies such as Swisscoin, OneCoin, Bitcoin and such other virtual or digital currencies.

SEC, therefore, advised the public to exercise extreme caution with regard to digital (cryptocurrencies) as a vehicle of investments.

This warning was in consonance with similar warnings issued by capital market regulators and central banks across the world over the past few years, the regulator said in a post on its website.

Warning the public, the commission, thus, stressed that none of the persons, companies or entities promoting cryptocurrencies had been recognised or authorised by it or by other regulatory agencies in Nigeria to receive deposits from the public or to provide any investment or other financial services in or from Nigeria.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Chibok Girls Were Kept In A Politician's House After Abduction" – Pastor Bulus

A Clergy, Pastor Bulus Baba of Kaya community in Chibok local Government Area of Borno state, has said that the story they received from the released Chibok girls during their visit to celebrate Christmas with their parents and relations in Chibok revealed that some top politicians who are sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents were allegedly involved in their abduction, probably to frustrate the past administration under President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria’ll Get Out Of Recession This Year – W’bank

The World Bank has predicted that Nigeria will get out of recession and grow its Gross Domestic Product by one per cent this year after plunging into its worst recession in over two decades.

The bank said in a statement on Wednesday, “Sub-Saharan African growth is expected to pick up modestly to 2.9 per cent in 2017 as the region continues to adjust to lower commodity prices.

“Growth in South Africa and oil exporters is expected to be weaker, while growth in economies that are not natural-resource intensive should remain robust.

“Growth in South Africa is expected to edge up to a 1.1 per cent pace this year. Nigeria is forecast to rebound from recession and grow at a 1 per cent pace. Angola is projected to expand at a 1.2 per cent pace.”

The World Bank’s January 2017 Global Economic Prospects report also projected that growth in the advanced economies would edge up to 1.8 per cent in the current year.

EFCC Finds N632.2m In Azubuike Umezulike’s Account

Detectives have traced over N632.2million to former Enugu State Chief Judge Innocent Azubuike Umezulike’s account.

Some of the lodgements came from lawyers, businessmen, politicians and litigants, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) source said yesterday.

Besides, Justice Umezulike is believed to have been operating an account without a Bank Verification Number (BVN).

Three properties allocated to the ex-CJ may be confiscated, The Nation learnt.

The former Chief Judge has been invited for interrogation on January 17 on some of the “shocking” lodgments.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

$153m Diezani Loot: EFCC Set To Declare EX-NNPC Director Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission may declare wanted a former Deputy Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ben Otti, if he refuses to make himself available to the commission, The PUNCH has learnt.

Otti, who also served as Director of Finance and Accounts at the NNPC, is central to the investigation into the $153m that was allegedly diverted from the account of the NNPC by the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in 2014.

A report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative had, in 2014, noted that the NNPC and its subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, failed to remit $4.7bn and N318.2bn to the Federation Account.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had, last week, ordered that the $153m, which was allegedly kept by some bank executives, be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

Donald Trump To Attend Nigeria’s Oil, Gas Roadshow - Daily Post

The incoming President of the United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump, is billed to attend a roadshow put together by the Federal Government as part of efforts to attract investment into the oil sector.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, made the disclosure while unveiling his goals and those of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for 2017 in Abuja.

According to him, “We are going to be seeking to attract investments and complete all the MoUs we have in China and India. We are looking to do a roadshow to the UK, we are looking to do a roadshow to the US with President Donald Trump coming in,’’ he said.

Fani-kayode Commends Buhari For Suspending FRC Code

Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria code, which set a 20-year limit for leaders of all non-profit organizations.
Fani-Kayode, who is a notorious critic of Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the move was a good one.

He wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday: “I commend @MBuhari for responding to the outrage of Christians by suspending law that set to limit Church leadership to 20 yrs. Good move.”

FG Appoints Auditors To Monitor States’ Finances

The federal government has authorised an independent financial audit of the 35 state governments which accessed its N510 billion Budget Support Facility (BSF) in June last year.

Already, eight reputable accounting firms including KPMG, Ernst and Young and PWC, had been appointed to undertake an independent review of states’ financial management positions.

Importantly, the auditors are required to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the 22-point Fiscal Sustainability Plan (FSP) which was the precondition for accessing the intervention by the benefiting states.

Though the Federal Ministry of Finance had been monitoring compliance to the agreement since June 2016, the independent monitoring and verification of the states involved in the bailout programme will now be undertaken by the selected accounting firms.

APC Endorses Removal Of Ndume As Senate Leader, Congratulates Lawan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the replacement of the former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, with Senator Ahmed Lawan.

APC national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, in a statement, called the development a concrete expression of faith by the APC Senate Caucus in efforts to resolve the lingering issues that trailed the election of Senate leadership.

“We believe this is a major step forward in our efforts to reunite the various interest groups in that Senate election, thereby presenting a common legislative front for our great party,” he said.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How Jim Obazee Snubbed Buhari’s Directive- Punch

The former Financial Reporting Council boss, Jim Obazee, was sacked for disobeying a directive of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechuckwu Enelamah, The PUNCH learnt.

Enelamah had earlier recommended to Buhari that the implementation of the controversial corporate Governance Code 2016 be suspended.

A top government official, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said the President approved Enelamah’s recommendation and the minister thereafter conveyed the decision to Obazee.

The source said, “Since the minister had conveyed the President’s approval that the implementation should be suspended, it was taken for granted that it had been suspended.

Nigerian Universities That Won't Offer Law And Accounting Anymore

.Some Nigerian universities have deviated from their core courses. The Federal Government has directed some of universities to stop running programmes that are outside their mandates.

Gaining admission is the core desire of some Nigerian youths; they are blinded by the persistent need to join their peers in the university. They do not pay attention to the courses being run by the schools in as much as they get admitted.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has looked into the academic sector by forbidding some varsities to stop offering major courses they are not at liberty to run while they warned some of them to stop changing the nomenclature of some courses.

Nnamdi Kanu In Secret Trial Courtroom As Binta Nyako Storms Out

Politics Nigeria has exclusively gotten photographs from the secret trial session of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

It was learnt that the case between Nnamdi Kanu and the Federal government of Nigeria kicked off at exactly 10:23am on Tuesday morning after the arrival of Justice Binta Nyako. Nnamdi Kanu and the other accused persons, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe were led to the shielding apparatus set before the court where the secret witnesses were to be paraded as well.

It could be recalled that Justice Binta on the 13th of Dec 2016, ruled that masked witnesses would be allowed to testify against Kanu. She quoted circumstances under section 36(6) of the 1999 constitution, whereby witnesses are allowed to conceal their identity.

Sacked Jim Obazee Is A Zonal Pastor In Redeemed Christian Church Of God

- The sacked executive secretary of FRCN that passed law removing Adeboye from office is a member of Redeemed Christian Church of God

- He is said to be a zonal pastor in the church but he has been suspended for four years for his disgraceful action

- Following the suspension, sources within the say he has left the church having also lost his job as executive secretary of the agency

Executive Secretary of the Financial Regulatory Council of Nigeria, Jim Obazee, that was sacked yesterday is a Zonal Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a competent source within the church inner circle has revealed.

Shareholders Rejoice As Buhari Fires FRC Boss

Shareholders in the country’s capital market, on Monday, expressed joy over the sack of the former Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, the Federal Reporting Council of Nigeria, Jim Obazee, saying it is a timely step in the right path.

They said erstwhile FRC CEO had overshot his bounds so many times before recent developments.

In a telephone interview with our correspondent, the President, Renaissance Shareholders Association of Nigeria, Olufemi Timothy, said at this particular time, the sack of Obazee was a good thing that had happened to the country as a whole, and not just the capital market.

Lagos/ibadan Road: Bi-courtney Hails Fashola, Wants Concession Returned

The management of Bi-courtney Nigeria Limited has asked the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to return its concession to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which was revoked by the previous administration.

A statement on Monday by the company said it felt vindicated by Fashola’s comment on a national television station on Monday that government’s failure to honour contracts impacted negatively on infrastructural development.

The company after commending Fashola for the sincerity, urged him to take the next right step by returning its rights.

The statement read, “Mr. Fashola was responding to questions on whether the government is still open to concessions and public private partnership as a way of bridging the gap between the infrastructure deficit in the country and government funding, which is inadequate and also if he will be revisiting the power privatisation programme. The minister also said the way successive governments jettisoned contracts had done a great disservice to Nigeria.

Jonathan, Diezani named in Italian ‘kickback’ probe

Italian prosecutors have alleged that Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan and his oil minister received kickbacks as part of a $1.3 billion deal involving oil giants ENI and Shell.

Court documents filed late last month in the city of Milan and seen by AFP outline a case against 11 people, including senior executives from the two oil majors and the companies themselves.

Jonathan, who left office in May 2015, and Diezani Alison-Madueke, his long-time petroleum minister who was also the first woman president of OPEC, do not feature on the list.

But they are alleged to have played a central role in the deal, which saw ENI and Shell make a $1.3 billion payment in 2011 for an offshore oil block in Nigeria.
No formal charges have been brought and the parties usually have 20 days to respond to the conclusion of the preliminary investigation report before any formal prosecution.

International Observers To Monitor Nnamdi Kanu's Trial Today - IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra have said that foreign and international observers would today storm Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria for the trial of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

They said this I'm a statement released. The statement read: "The indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide and it’s leadership want to use this opportunity to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom all over the world that the court case on the 10th January 2017 in Abuja between our leader and the prophet of our time Mazi Nnamd Kanu and the Federal Government of Nigeria will be monitored by international observers.

Monday, January 9, 2017

FG Allocates 4.3bn For Revival Of Ajaokuta Steel Company

The federal government has allocated over N4 billion for the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company. The allocation is contained in the 2017 appropriation budget which was presented to the National Assembly in December by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the breakdown, a total sum of N4,272,797,371 was appropriated, higher than the N3.9 billion budgeted for 2016.

Boko Haram Attacks Military Location In Damaturu, Kills Captain, 5 Soldiers

Boko Haram insurgents group has attacked a military location in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital on Saturday, killing five soldiers and a Captain in the process.

Soldiers in Damaturu confirmed the development to our Correspondent on Sunday, saying they lost the officers after Boko Haram militants attacked the 27 Task Force Brigade located in Buni Yadi, one of the Boko Haram strongholds in that part of the state.

The attack on Saturday evening was second since the Nigerian military claimed it has displaced the Boko Haram insurgents at Camp Zairo, said to be the Boko Haram last stronghold.

It will be recalled that since the claim by the Nigerian military over the destruction of Camp Zairo in the Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram militants have made several attacks particularly in Borno, probably to send a massage that, they a very much on ground.

FG Bans Unauthorised Courses In Specialised Universities

The Federal Government has warned specialised universities in the country which have been running programmes that were “antithetical to their mandates ” to stop such with immediate effect .

The government therefore directed that such universities should stick to their core mandates for which they were set up “ and desist from running programmes which have no bearing to their names and foundation. ”

While describing as unfortunate a situation were Universities of Agriculture offer programmes in Law and Management courses such as Accounting , Banking and Finance, Business Administration, among others, the government said it was an aberration for some institutions to change the nomenclature of some of their courses to read, for instance, Banking Engineering , and Accounting Technology .

Consequently , the Minister of Education , Mallam Adamu Adamu , has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board “to delete all such courses on its portal .”

President Buhari Has Failed Chibok Girls - BBOG

Ezekwesili lampoons Buhari over 'relazed' approach to return of Chibok girls
The Bring back our girls group(BBOG) has fired a torpedo at the Muhammadu Buhari administration after describing efforts to bring back the Chibok girls as a 'monumental failure'.

Leader of the group, Obiageli Ezekwesili, while speaking at a protest to mark the 1000th day of the abduction of girls, stated that the government's inability to ensure the safe return of the girls was a failure, adding that it was 'unimaginable' that the girls will remain with their Boko Haram captors till now.

EFCC Grills Five Ex-nnpc Bosses Over $153m Transfer

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have questioned two former Group Managing Directors (GMDs) and three former Executive Directors (EDs) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over their roles in the transfer of $153m to some banks.

The cash was wired from NNPC’s account to the banks on the directive of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke whose multi-billion naira estate the EFCC plans to seize.

One of the former executive directors is said to have admitted playing a role in the transfer of the money, which belongs to the corporation.

An EFCC source confirmed that the five ex-officials and a few others had been quizzed in connection with the transfer of the funds. He declined to name the former officials, saying it could jeopardise the probe.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Buhari Breaks Silence On Southern Kaduna Killings

.says normalcy will return soon

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari had over the past week, given instructions for decisive measures aimed at bringing an end to the recurring violence in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

Shehu, in a statement made available to journalists, said on the directive of the President, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was in the affected areas on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand.

Jonathan, Diezani, Others Shared $1.3b In Malabu Oil Fraud—italian Prosecutors

An investigative report by Italian prosecutors has alleged that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Attorney Generals Mohammed Adoke and Bayo Ojo, former Minister of Defense and ex-National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau as well as numerous other senior government officials shared hundreds of millions of dollars. In an indictment obtained by SaharaReporters, Italian prosecutors alleged that Mr. Jonathan and several officials of his government as well as top corporate officials of international oil firms, Eni and Shell, met several times between 2010 and 2011 to seal the fraudulent Malabu deal and split a massive loot running into hundreds of millions between Nigerian government and public interests as well as corporate officials.

Osama Bin Laden's son added to U.S. terror blacklist

A son of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been officially added to the U.S. counter-terrorism blacklist, a move that bars U.S. citizens from doing business with them, the State Department said.

The State and Treasury departments on Thursday, said they had designated Hamza bin Laden and Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as global terrorists.

Hamza, who is now in his twenties was named an official member of al-Qaeda in 2015 by senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and is seen as a possible successor to his father.

Basketmouth gets interviewed on BBC World News

Basketmouth who's presently in London to promote his annual Valentine comedy show, holding at the Wembley Arena (10,000) capacity venue, got interviewed on BBC world news today and BBC world radio. Goodluck with your show Basketmouth.

Nigeria Can’t Be Islamised – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday enjoined faith-based organisations in the country to shun rumours that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was moving to Islamise Nigeria.

He told religious leaders after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Student Christian Movement of Nigeria (SCM) in his office, that they should dwell on facts.

Recall that before the election in 2015, Prof. Osinbajo spoke out that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not secretly plotting to Islamise Nigeria if it won the election.

He again reaffirmed that stand stressing that the rumour making the rounds about plans to make Islam the official religion of Nigeria were unfounded as the country “can’s be Islamised”.

Osinbajo emphasised that it was impossible to Islamise the country given the 1999 Constitution that forbids state religion.

External Reserves Rise Further To N26.2bn

The country’s external reserves rose to $26.2bn on January 4, 2017, up from $25.8bn on December 30, 2016, the latest data from the Central Bank of Nigeria showed on Thursday.

The data also showed that the foreign exchange reserves ended last year with $25.84bn balance on December 30, 2016.

The foreign exchange reserves had risen to over four-month high of $25.7bn on December 28, up from $25.4bn on December 23.

The foreign exchange reserves have been rising in recent weeks following the gradual increase in oil price and production output.

In less than one week, the reserves rose by almost $300m from $25.084bn on December 16, 2016 to $25.361 on December 22.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

7 Things To Check In Your Car Before A Long Drive - FRSC

Most times, many of us use our car for short journeys only. Due to this, we tend to somewhat neglect our vehicles.. only to become concerned when an impending long drive is required.

Taking a long drive increases stress on many components of your vehicle and if you’re not used to taking long journeys, it’s important that you ensure your car is up to the job before leaving.

There are some aspects FRSC wants us to know.

1. Engine oil:

This is the lifeblood of the the engine. Engine oil needs to be changed as recommended in your vehicle manual as it becomes less efficient over time

2. Engine coolant:

God Told Me Not To Join Buhari's Govt Until After 2 Years- Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare, pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, says God instructed him not to serve in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its first two years.

Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) during the 2011 presidential election, said many of his church members were mounting pressure on him to join the current administration.

Speaking to his church members in preparation for 2017, Bakare said it was best to follow God’s instruction in a bid to achieve peace.

He advised government officials “to come back to God”.

Police, EFCC ‘unaware’ Of Raid On Patience Jonathan’s House

Some men of the Nigeria police on Wednesday evening raided the family house of Patience Jonathan, former first lady, without a search warrant.

A source, who confirmed the development to TheCable, said the house is located at Igbeti Rock Street, Maitama, Abuja.

TheCable learnt that the police officers did not have a search warrant, and that house was unoccupied at the time of the raid.

Although, the first lady does not stay in the building, her younger brother lives there.

TheCable called Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to confirm if the anti-graft agency was behind the raid.
But he said the EFCC did not carry out the operation.

Also, Don Awunah, police spokesman, said he was not aware of the operation, but that he would make further inquiry.

“I am not aware, but I will make further inquiry,” he said in a text message to TheCable.

National Airline To Begin Operations This Year

Hadi Sirika, minister of aviation, says Nigeria will have a very strong, viable national airline before the end of 2017.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Sirika said the project would be private sector driven, and the federal government may own only three percent of the airline.

“When we came in we were very clear on our targets and goals and what we set out to achieve, and we did say that Nigeria does need a national airline. The national airline will be one that the government will have no hand in; normally it can have three percent,” he said.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

King Sunny Ade To Perform At Coachella 2017, Alongside Beyonce, DJ Khaled

King Sunny Ade is billed to perform at this year 2017's edition of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The Coachella Festival is an annual music and arts festival which takes place at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, USA.

It is organised by Golden Voice, a subsidiary of AEG Live as of 2001. The event features many genres of music including rock, indie, hip hop, electronic dance music as well as art installations and sculptures.

Nigerian Army Places Ban On Activities Being Posted On The Social Media

The Nigerian Army has barred officers and soldiers on duty from uploading pictures and videos of their operation on social media.

General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Mechanized Army, Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade, gave the warning on Tuesday, on behalf of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai.He spoke at the graduation ceremony of Men of Nigerian Battalion (NIBBAT) 46 held at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji in Kaduna state.

23bn Diezani Bribe: 100 INEC Staff Face Suspension

The Independent National Electoral Commission is set to suspend 100 of its officials this month over various amounts of money they allegedly collected from the N 23bn bribe fund facilitated by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources , Diezani Alison -Madueke , ahead of the 2015 general elections .
INEC confirmed to The PUNCH on Tuesday that it had received a report on the indicted staff from the investigations carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
It was learnt that the electoral umpire had started reviewing the report and that those indicted in the report would go on suspension.
A source in INEC stated that those found culpable would receive their letters of suspension before the end of January .
A national commissioner, who confided in The PUNCH , said , “ We are working on the report submitted by the EFCC and before the end of the month, those involved would go on suspension . ”
The PUNCH had, a few months ago , reported that the commission had barred the indicted officials from participating in the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections as well as the Rivers State rerun polls.

White House Staff To Move Out The Obamas & Move In The Trumps In 6 Hours

White House staff are preparing for the whirlwind moving day where they will have just six hours to move out Obamas and move in the new First Family.

While president-elect Donald Trump delivers his inauguration speech on January 20, nearly 100 staffers will be frantically making the 132-room mansion ready for the Trumps.

From 10.30am, staff will begin moving the Obamas belongings into waiting trucks on the South Lawn, and moving the Trump family's items inside.

Aregbesola Clears 4 Months Salary Arrears With N14.2bn - Vanguard

Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led government of Osun has spent a total of N14.2bn to clear all salary arrears in the state. This was revealed by the governor who made the confirmation saying the amount was paid out by his government in less than two weeks before the end of December 2016. Aregbesola stated this when the State government opened the year with supplications as the Governor led Muslim and Christian faithful at an interdenominational thanksgiving session at the Government Secretariat, Osogbo.

Aregbesola, who laced his speech with songs of praises to God in Islamic and Christian ways, said with what befell the state before the close of 2015, it was gratifying that the state bounced back in what can now be felt as relief from the hardship of last year. He said the ability of his government to pay workers’ salaries from September, October, November and December in less than a record two week period was a huge relief.

Nigeria Could Teach The West A Few Things - Bloomberg

Tyler Cowen

A trip is often defined by its surprises, so here are my biggest revelations from six days in Lagos, Nigeria.

Most of all, I found Lagos to be much safer than advertised. It is frequently described as one of the most dangerous cities on earth. Many people told me I was crazy to go there, and some Nigerian expats warned me I might not get out of the airport alive.

The reality is that I walked around freely and in many parts of town. I didn’t try to go everywhere or at all hours, and I may have been lucky. Yet not once did I feel threatened, and I strongly suspect that a trip to Lagos is safer than a trip to Rio de Janeiro, a major tourist destination. (In my first trip to Rio I was attacked by children with pointed sticks. In my second I found myself caught in a gunfight between drug lords). Many Lagos residents credit the advent of closed-circuit television cameras for their safety improvements.

Oyegun May Get Ambassadorial Job

There were also indications that former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole is being considered to succeed APC National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun if the chairman accepts an  ambassadorial posting for which he is being considered by the Presidency.

Although Oyegun’s tenure is due to end in 2018, some power brokers in the Presidency are pushing for a “choice ambassadorial appointment for him in appreciation of his role in defeating the PDP in 2015.”

Oshiomhole is said to be favoured by some APC governors for the post in view of his antecedent as a labour leader.

But some APC leaders want Oyegun to serve his full term in office instead of being “compensated.’

God will expose all my husband's enemies- Ekiti state 1st lady, Feyisetan Fayose says

Wife of Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, Feyisetan, says that this is the year all her husband's enemies will be exposed. Speaking at an annual church thanksgiving in the state over the weekend, Mrs Fayose said all those who pretend to be close to her husband but are secretly working against him will be exposed this year. She asked residents of the state not to listen to evil prophecies about her husband.

Photos: EFCC arraigns Katsina State Permanent Secretary for fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) today January 3, 2017 arraigned one Sule Yusuf Saulawa, a permanent secretary formally attached to the office of the Deputy Governor of Katsina State before Honourable Justice Sanusi Tukur of the Katsina High Court on a one count charge of Obtaining by False Pretense contrary to section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

It's a Boy,Janet Jackson welcomes her first child, Eissa

Music legend Janet Jackson has welcomed her first child at age 50. She reportedly gave birth yesterday Jan. 3rd to a bouncing baby boy named Eissa. Her reps confirmed to People exclusively.
“Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana are thrilled to welcome their new son Eissa Al Mana into the world,” her rep says in a statement. “Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably."

Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend Donald Trump's inauguration

Former US president Bill and his wife, former Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, plan to attend the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20 in Washington, D.C.. The couple will be there to watch Trump get sworn in as the country's 45th president. The news came shortly after George W. Bush announced he will attend the event along with his wife, Laura Bush.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

40 Vehicles Recovered From Ex-Perm Sec Bought With BANK LOAN

The over 40 vehicles allegedly recovered from a former Federal Permanent Secretary by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, might have been purchased with a N1.8 billion bank loan.

It was learned that the vehicles in question were purchased with a facility from a new generation bank, as part of the transportation plans for the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign arrangements for the presidential election in 2015.

A source close to the Campaign Organisation clarified that contrary to the generally held view that the vehicles were purchased with corruption money, they were paid for with the facility.

TF? Men Steal $6M Worth Of Jewels On New Year's Eve

A TRIO of New York City burglars waited until the stroke of midnight to steal $8 million worth of jewellery in a spectacular New Year’s Eve heist.

“They laid in wait until the ball dropped,” a law-enforcement source told the New York Post.

The three hooded and masked men broke into a West 36th Street jewellery wholesaler at 12:01am. Sunday in what appears to be an inside job while 7,000 cops were distracted protecting Times Square revellers just a few blocks away.

Buhari Moves To Install Barrow As Gambian President.

President Muhammadu Buhari has imitated moves towards the actualisation of the mandate given to Gambian president-elect, Adama Barrow.

According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, in the discharge of his mandate as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mediator for The Gambia, President Buhari has activated the process for the execution of his task.

CBN Extends Stamp Duty Collection To Savings Accounts

Banks are no longer restricting the deduction of stamp duty on deposits made into current accounts, but now apply it to deposits made into savings accounts, investigation has shown.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had through a circular issued on January 15, 2016 directed the Deposit Money Banks to deduct N50 stamp duty on each deposit made into current accounts with a value of N 1000 and above in order to boost government’ s revenue drive and in compliance with Stamp Duties Act, 2004.


A United Airline Flight UA890 took off from Shangai on January 1st 2017 and landed in SanFrancisco on 31 December,isn't this time travelling?

Nigerian Government Starts Paying N5,000 Every Month To Poorest Citizens

The Federal Government has commenced the payment of N5,000 monthly to one million vulnerable Nigerians.

In a statement released, Monday, by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, the government stated that the payment was effected through the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, of the government’s Social Investment Programmes, SIP.

According to the statement, one million Nigerians would receive N5,000 monthly payments under the CCT as a form of social safety net for the poorest and most vulnerable as budgeted for in the 2016 Budget.

Mr. Akande added that many of the beneficiaries have already reported receiving their first payments in the first batch that commenced last week.