Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Ekiti drama: PDP lawmakers hijack 2015 budget

 
The seven Peoples Democratic Party members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly staged another “legislative coup” on Wednesday when they “sat in camera” and passed the 2015 Appropriation Bill into law.
They passed into law a sum of N80.94bn as budgetary provision for the 2015 fiscal year which was about N160m higher than the N80.77bn presented to them by Governor Ayo Fayose on December 15.
The increase in the budget estimate presented by Fayose is to allow for repairs of the leaking roof in the Assembly complex.
The budget presentation to the minority legislators who did not form a quorum sparked outrage in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other interest groups who described the action as “illegal and unconstitutional.”
The PDP lawmakers led by the factional Speaker, Dele Olugbemi, asked all journalists on duty and other observers to leave the gallery and “sat” for about 44 minutes where they passed the 2015 budget.
Signs that the “sitting” would not be allowed to be covered by reporters began to emerge as soon as the lawmakers entered the hallowed chambers complaining about the “heavy presence” of reporters and party faithful.
Assembly member representing Ekiti East Constituency 2, Samuel Ajibola, expressed displeasure about the presence of many people in the gallery but the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, advocated that reporters be allowed to cover the sitting.
All entreaties by Adelusi were turned down by the legislators as they commenced the “sitting” at 10.54 am with Olugbemi saying the opening prayers.



Ekiti Drama: PDP Lawmakers Hijack 2015 Budget




The seven Peoples Democratic Party members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly staged another “legislative coup” on Wednesday when they “sat in camera” and passed the 2015 Appropriation Bill into law.
 
They passed into law a sum of N80.94bn as budgetary provision for the 2015 fiscal year which was about N160m higher than the N80.77bn presented to them by Governor Ayo Fayose on December 15.
The increase in the budget estimate presented by Fayose is to allow for repairs of the leaking roof in the Assembly complex.
The budget presentation to the minority legislators who did not form a quorum sparked outrage in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other interest groups who described the action as “illegal and unconstitutional.”
The PDP lawmakers led by the factional Speaker, Dele Olugbemi, asked all journalists on duty and other observers to leave the gallery and “sat” for about 44 minutes where they passed the 2015 budget.
Signs that the “sitting” would not be allowed to be covered by reporters began to emerge as soon as the lawmakers entered the hallowed chambers complaining about the “heavy presence” of reporters and party faithful.
Assembly member representing Ekiti East Constituency 2, Samuel Ajibola, expressed displeasure about the presence of many people in the gallery but the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, advocated that reporters be allowed to cover the sitting.
All entreaties by Adelusi were turned down by the legislators as they commenced the “sitting” at 10.54 am with Olugbemi saying the opening prayers.
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FG pays N166bn outstanding subsidy claims

The federal government has approved the payment of about N166 billion to petroleum marketers as reimbursement for the 2014 outstanding subsidy claims.
A statement issued yesterday by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) informed that the payment made by the Ministry of Finance is for batch I to part of batch M fuel imports.
“However, the other part of batch M, and batches N, O, and P to the tune of N105 billion are still at the Debt Management Office (DMO) awaiting payment,” the statement read in part.
It added that the part payment is geared towards ensuring stability in fuel supply as well as to encourage banks and other financial institutions, which were, hitherto, reluctant to issue letters of credit to finance petroleum products importation to do so. This is even as the minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani-Alison Madueke, yesterday, approved the release of the First Quarter (Q1) 2015 allocation to marketers for the importation of petroleum products into the country.
According to the PPPRA, the early release is in furtherance to the minister’s resolve to ensure continuous and robust petroleum products supply in the system with a view to sustaining the serenity in the downstream industry.   Remarking on the development, the executive secretary of the PPPRA, Farouk Ahmed, while calling on motorists not to engage in panic buying, assured that, there is ample supply of petroleum products in the country, adding that discharges and truck-out had continued in spite of the holidays and the festive periods.
The PPPRA boss further explained that apart from facilitating an improved national fuel supply and stock build-up, the latest effort is also to enable marketers make adequate preparations towards products sourcing and importation early in the new year. Ahmed attributed all the proactive initiatives put in place at ensuring products availability across the nation to the support and direction of the petroleum minister and added that the PPPRA is committed to prompt processing of documents for all imported products brought into the country.
 “The petroleum minister had commenced a regime of early release of quarterly PMS allocations in addition to supplementary allocations to complement the national demand,” said Ahmed. “The widely-applauded early approvals, apart from providing additional imports to supplement the prevailing stock level in the system, is now responsible for the sustained availability of petroleum products across the country at regulated prices.”West African exports got a brief boost in August when Brent’s premium to Middle East crude narrowed to less than $2 per barrel from almost $5 in June.
But with Middle Eastern producers now offering even more competitive prices, the advantage has faded.
“A year ago, a $2 premium would have been attractive, but in today’s environment it’s different,” a trader dealing with West African crude said.
West African producers traditionally sold most of their oil to North America and Europe, but exports dwindled given entry of shale oil from the United States and higher output from nations outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
West African crude exports to Asia rose more than 4 percent between January and December, Reuters data shows. China accounted for most of the rise as it took advantage of low prices to build up oil reserves.

Source: Punch

11 states have not been paid December salaries – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said that 11 state governments have not paid December salaries to their workers.
The President of the NLC, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, who made the comment in an ‘End of Year Message’ stated that three of the states, Benue, Plateau and Osun, are also owing between three to eight months workers’ salary arrears.
Omar called on the workers to vote against any politician who failed to pay workers’ salaries in the 2015 elections.
He said that any governor who was not able to pay the salaries of workers in his state had no justification whatsoever to receive his salaries.
The NLC President also said that the congress had issued a directive to all its state councils to serve ultimatum to their respective government to pay the outstanding arrears of salaries or face a strike.
Omar said that some employees of the Federal Government in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity were being owed between one to three months’ salary areas.
He said, “Collated reports from our state councils indicate that a number of state governments and some Federal MDAs have not paid their workers for December as the year comes to an end.
“Of the 30 states reporting as of the 30th of December, 11 subjected their workers to a Christmas/New Year celebration without the December salary.
“Three of these, Benue, Plateau and Osun, owed their workers arrears of salaries ranging from three to eight months! Some federal government employees in the Ministries of Education, Labour and Productivity, among others, are owed arrears of salaries ranging from one to three months.
“We condemn this insensitivity to the welfare of workers. Any State governor, who cannot pay workers their salaries, as and when due, has no moral justification for taking his own salary and allowances.
“We call on workers to massively reject these anti-worker politicians in the 2015 elections. Meanwhile, we direct our State Councils in the three states mentioned above to serve appropriate ultimatums on their government to pay the arrears of salaries or face disruption of services.”
Omar warned the Federal Government against imposition of general austerity measures on the citizenry which could further aggravate the suffering of the ordinary worker.
He said that the most tenable way to manage the current budget under austerity was a drastic reduction of the cost of governance in the country.
He called for a cut in Presidential fleet, the cost of running the State House, a reduction in the number of aides who add no value to governance and political office holders in the country.
Omar who supported the decision to tax the rich advised against any move to sack workers in the society.
“While we appreciate the difficulties brought on by the collapse in oil prices, we caution against the imposition of unselective austerity measures. Already, workers continue to bear the brunt of the devaluation of the Naira.
“We also strongly advise against consideration for rationalisation of staff. We support government initiatives to collect luxury taxes from the rich. More importantly, we are convinced that the surest way to manage the budget under austerity is to reduce the cost of governance.
“Bloated prerequisites of political office holders must be cut. Prerequisites and comfort of politicians need to reflect the reality of the times. Mr President and the state house must lead in this regard. The size of the Presidential fleet, the cost of running the State House and the retinue of political jobbers can all be reasonably cut without reducing the effectiveness of the Presidency.” He added
He also condemned what he described as the imposition of exploitative electricity tariff on the citizenry saying such a move could culminate in unpleasant situation as indicated by the recorded protest against the move in some of the cities across the country such as Benin, Enugu, Lagos and Kano.

Jonathan has not abandoned Chibok girls – Information Minister

 
Supervising Minister of Information, Dr. Nurudeen Muhammad, has assured Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan has not forgotten the Chibok girls who were abducted from their school in April 2014 by members of the Boko Haram and that he still has plans to rescue them.
Muhammad, who was speaking during a world press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday, debunked rumours in some quarters that the president's electioneering campaign for his re-election in 2015 has overtaken his quest to find the Chibok girls.
He said: “There is no question that we have made progress.By reason of the commitment of the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, the war on terror has moved from national to a regional dimension, to the end that not only is West Africa fully committed to the fight; the entire world is now involved in it,” the Minister added.
Listing some of the milestones that were attained   in the outgoing year, Muhammad mentioned the successful fence-off of the Ebola, hosting of the National Conference, Nigeria’s economy becoming the biggest in Africa and implored Nigerians “to have faith in the country's future”.
Speaking in respect of the 2015 general elections, he stated that “Nigerians will not go to war after the 2015 elections because President Jonathan is poised to allow the INEC conduct free and fair elections as he did in 2011.”
Muhammad also promised that Nigeria will deepen bilateral relations with neighbhouring countries to strengthen her security.
Supervising Minister of Information, Dr. Nurudeen Muhammad, has assured Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan has not forgotten the Chibok girls who were abducted from their school in April 2014 by members of the Boko Haram and that he still has plans to rescue them.
Muhammad, who was speaking during a world press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday, debunked rumours in some quarters that the president's electioneering campaign for his re-election in 2015 has overtaken his quest to find the Chibok girls.
He said: “There is no question that we have made progress.By reason of the commitment of the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, the war on terror has moved from national to a regional dimension, to the end that not only is West Africa fully committed to the fight; the entire world is now involved in it,” the Minister added.
Listing some of the milestones that were attained   in the outgoing year, Muhammad mentioned the successful fence-off of the Ebola, hosting of the National Conference, Nigeria’s economy becoming the biggest in Africa and implored Nigerians “to have faith in the country's future”.
Speaking in respect of the 2015 general elections, he stated that “Nigerians will not go to war after the 2015 elections because President Jonathan is poised to allow the INEC conduct free and fair elections as he did in 2011.”
Muhammad also promised that Nigeria will deepen bilateral relations with neighbhouring countries to strengthen her security.
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7 Boko Haram Members Die in explosive-laden Van

Seven persons suspected members of the Boko Haram sect died in a car crash at Bajoga, Gombe, on Tuesday.
A source said the incident happened at dusk in one of the security check points in the area.
He said the vehicle, a white Toyota Hilux sped into barricades on the road and went off in explosion after security agents at the check point had taken cover.
The state’s police Public Relations Officer, DSP Fwaje Atajiri, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, said none of the security operatives was affected.
He said their take-off and final destination could not be ascertained as all seven occupants of the vehicle died in the explosion.

KADA/Chibok Community plans special New Year Day session for Chibok girls


In order to review the events of 2014 and convey expectations of 2015 with respect to the 219 abducted Chibok girls, the Chibok Association - KADA, in collaboration with the Abuja Family of #BringBackOurGirls would be holding a special New Year Day media engagement session tagged: "VOICES OF HEART BROKEN PARENTS OF #CHIBOKGIRLS." Below are the necessary details:

Time:      4.00pm
Venue:   Unity Fountain, Abuja

While we THANK YOU, immensely, for your consistent availability and continued support, we do hope that you would be able to join us for this New Year day media engagement where some of the parents of the abducted girls would be on ground to express their deepest thoughts regarding their daughters. 

Thank you.

Dauda Iliya
For: Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA)


First gay marriage takes place in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon, Susan and Gerrie Douglas Scott and Patrick Harvie Susan (left) and Gerrie Douglas-Scott had Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie as witnesses at their wedding

Scotland's first same-sex weddings have taken place.
Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown tied the knot at a humanist ceremony at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, while Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott married in private in the city.
The new law on gay marriage came into effect in Scotland earlier this month and these first weddings were held at 00:01 on Hogmanay.
The couples were joined by guests including the first minister.
Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP acted as witnesses at the marriage of Susan and Gerrie, while Scotland's national poet Liz Lochhead and Scottish government minister Marco Biagi MSP attended the ceremony for Mr Schofield and Mr Brown.
Susan, 54, and Gerrie Douglas-Scott, who is 59, live in Glasgow where they first met 18 years ago and have five grown up children. They had a civil partnership in March 2006 and decided to convert it through a full marriage ceremony.
"As humanist celebrants ourselves, we have had the privilege of marrying many hundreds of people over the last few years and so we know how special and important marriage is.
"Having Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie as our witnesses has been wonderful and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts not only for tonight but for everything they have done and will continue to do in support of LGBTI people.
"We are excited to be the first lesbians to have a legal marriage ceremony in Scotland. 2014 has been quite a year."
Joe Schofield (left) and partner Malcolm Brown (right) pose for a photograph ahead of their marriage, along with Ross Wright from the Humanist Society Scotland.
Mr Schofield, 42, a public health worker, and Mr Brown, a former DJ who is also 42, have been together for nine years and are from Tullibody in Clackmannanshire.
They said: "Today we are finally recognised as a married couple. We are very proud to be one of the first couples in Scotland to be able to officially call ourselves husband and husband.
"This is an amazing chapter in Scotland's history which we are all witnessing and can be proud of.
"Scotland is leading the way in fairness and equality for all, and we would like to thank all those who campaigned so tirelessly for this change."
A total of 250 couples have converted their civil partnerships to marriage since the new law - the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill .
Following the usual 15-day notice period for marriages, Hogmanay was the first day same-sex weddings could take place.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales earlier this year and the first weddings took place in March.
Scotland's first minister said: "This a momentous day for equality in Scotland, one where same sex couples have the right to marry the person that they love.
"This will send a powerful message to people about the kind of country we are."
According to the Scottish government, a total of 17 same-sex couples were expected to marry on Hogmanay.

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Police arrest 55-year old pastor for defiling 9-year-old daughter

The Edo state police command has arrested a 55-year-old man, Osaro, accused of defiling his nine year-old daughter on Christmas day.
His wife, Stella told journalists at Ogida police station where the suspect is being detained by the police, that he had earlier impregnated his 17 year-old step daughter whom she had in a previous relationship.
She said she deserted her matrimonial home with her children when he committed the incest by impregnating the older daughter, but later decided to return after he claimed he has repented of his sins.
“This my husband wanted to sleep with my second daughter but he was repelled. He later succeeded in sleeping with my other daughter. After impregnating the girl, he begged me severally to forgive him. He started the church I attended and confessed what he has done. The church members begged me and I accepted him. He has already paid my bride price so I went back.
“After we settled back, my husband started with his own daughter. The little girl told me what she was going through in the hands of her father. I asked my husband but he denied. He said he has stopped the act since he repented.
“One afternoon, I caught him on top of our daughter. I didn’t realize it was my daughter he was making love to. I went to the church and vowed that I cannot continue with the marriage. I was tired of forgiving him all the time.”
“On Christmas Day, he drove me outside at about 8pm. He was alone inside with the children. The next day, my daughter told me what he did to her. When I decided to check my daughter’s vagina, he decided to beat me up but neighbours intervened.”‎
The victim (names withheld) told journalists she wanted her father committed to jail by the police for his action.
In a related case, an 85-year old landlord, Peter Elaiho, was paraded by the police in Benin  for allegedly defiling a seven year old girl at Use, Ogida quarters in Egor local government area in Benin City metropolis.
The case, which was earlier reported at the Ogida Police Division, has been transferred to the Police headquarters for further investigation.
The State Police spokesman, Joseph Edogiawerie, however said he as yet to be briefed on the case.
Mother of the victim, Endurance Ogieva, who hawks cooked rice, alleged that she was offered N1 million by relatives of the suspect to withdraw the case from the police.
Mrs. Ogieva told reporters the act was committed at the residence of the suspect where she left her children with her sister.
She said the suspect was caught lying naked over her daughter and blood and sperm was found in the daughter’s vagina.
“I normally leave my children with my sister and I went of hawk rice. After 30 minutes, I decided to go and check on my sick son. I met my son sleeping and my sister’s husband was also sleeping. His wife was inside the room. I did not see my daughter. I later heard her shouting. I traced the shouting to the landlord’s room. A man who is about 85 years old.
“I rushed there and saw the man naked. I gripped the man and both of us fell inside the chair. The man was begging me to settle and my shout attracted people. Other men that came said I wanted to collect money from the man. When they checked my daughter’s vagina, they saw blood stains and sperm. I went to the police station and the man was arrested.
“The police took my daughter to their clinic and they said she had a tear. They gave me paper to go and do about four medical test. My daughter said he called her to buy local gin for him. My daughter said he held a knive and threatened to kill her if she shouted. It was the forceful penetration that made her to cry.
“The family of the man has been begging me to close the case, but I refused because doctor said my child had to be checked and to also ascertain whether the man has any disease. We have not done any test. I don’t want any money. I want the government to help me because I don’t know if he has damaged my daughter. The child is too small for a man that is 85. I don’t want money. They are promising to give me N1m, but I want justice from the government. My husband travelled yesterday and he said he will come today.”

You will praise me when I leave office --Jonathan to Nigerians

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The best time to praise public office holders is after leaving office, by the time their achievements were compared with those of their predecessors.This was the remarks of  President Goodluck Jonathan while addressing a delegation from his home state, Bayelsa, led by Governor Seriake Dickson in Abuja on Tuesday.
Members of the delegation led by Dickson were in the Presidential Villa, Abuja to felicitate with the President on the Christmas and New Year festivities.
The President, however, promised to make his people proud by surmounting the various problems currently confronting the nation.
He said, “I always say that I will not even expect praises now because hardly do people praise serving leaders, it is when you leave. When you leave, people will begin to compare what you have done over the period vis-a-vis what others have done.
“Probably that is the time some people will begin to say good things about you. But I will do my best to make sure that we do change things. We are trying to create an enabling environment for our economy to thrive irrespective of the challenges we are having in the petroleum sector and the security challenges we have.
“I will do my best so that by the time I will leave, you will be able to say that when our son was there, he served the country well so that one day, another son of Bayelsa may be given another opportunity to serve Nigerians.”
Jonathan also admitted that it had become a ‘global culture’ for people to attack their leaders, especially on the social media platforms.
He regretted that people were using different things that had been created by people’s knowledge for negative purposes.
The President added, “These days, there are all kind of stories. It is all over the world, leaders are being lambasted, especially with the social media now.
“People use what knowledge had created for negative reasons. Just as I was told that the person who invented the dynamite regretted that invention because he thought he was coming up with something to solve human problem, but when he got to know about the level of destruction: human lives that are being blown up because of explosion, the man regretted that invention.
“What is supposed to be used for the common good was turned to negative purposes.”
Jonathan reiterated his position that 2015 would be a challenging year for the country because of the general elections.
“The new year is full of challenges for Nigerians because of the early elections. Everywhere will be hot from January 2”, he declared.
Speaking earlier, Governor Dickson had told the President on behalf of the delegation that the people of the state were proud of his service to the nation Nigeria.
Dickson said, “We are proud of your service. We are here to show solidarity and to let everybody know that your people are always with you in deed and in prayers.
“It is in the spirit of Christmas that we are here on behalf of the people of the state to wish you, your family and government compliments of the season and wish you victorious 2015.
“We bring you prayers and message of solidarity. We thank all Nigerians for the support and prayers they have been giving you.
“We are proud of the service you are giving to our country and we appreciate your transformation agenda”.

Tokunbo cars to cost more from January next year

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Prices of second-hand/imported cars, popularly called  Tokunbo  are expected to go up as the second phase of the national automotive policy which was announced in November 2013, will commence. Car dealers would be expected to pay the federal government 70% duty on all imported cars. FG had in 2013 introduced the national automotive policy with the view of encouraging local assemblage of automobiles in Nigeria, increasing the import tariff from 22% to 70%. The first phase of the policy involving the payment of 35% duty came into effect in February 2014 while the second phase which would have started in July this year was postponed to January 2015.

Ambode pledges to take Lagos to the next level when voted into office

 
APC governorship candidate in Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode on Tuesday said he would raise the performance bar of Gov. Babatunde Fashola, if elected into office.
He made the pledge while speaking at a meeting with artisans and tradesmen at Ikeja.
The meeting was facilitated by the state government.
He said his long-standing experience in the state’s civil service had equipped him with the wherewithal to take the state to the next level.
The APC candidate said that his 27 years in the civil service gave him the right experience needed to transform the state.
Ambode said his public service experience climaxed with his attainment of position of Accountant-General of the state.
He described the informal sector as the most important section of the state’s population and appealed to artisans and indeed all Lagosians to make his ambition a reality through their votes.
“Lagos is owned by the people in the informal sector as this group constitutes more than 85 per cent of the population.
“So, since it is you artisans who own the state, I appeal to you and indeed all Lagosians to support my aspiration to govern the state.
“I am the man for the job because having spent 27 years in the civil service, at the peak of which I became the Accountant-General, I think I understand government and governance.
“My work experience in the local governments and the grassroots has enabled me to understand the people and what they want.
“The task of making Lagos a better place is a collective responsibility. And by the grace of God, if I am elected, I will take the state to the next level,’’ he said.
Ambode commended the interventionist strides of Fashola, saying “his administration had done so much to better the lots of residents’’.
He commended Fashola for uplifting artisans and trades through a number of policies and programmes.
Ambode also promised to consolidate on those programmes to further reposition the informal sector.
“I thank Gov. Fashola for what he has done in Lagos and what he has done particularly for you artisans.
“In case, you don`t know, I was raised by an artisan mother. My mother was a seamstress. So, I remember the rough things we had to endure as a family to survive.
“In a way, I am part of you because I understand you. If I am elected, I will consolidate on those programmes that have bettered your lives while introducing new ones.
“It is a promise and you can trust me on that,’’ he said.
Earlier, Fashola said he trusted the competence of Ambode to govern the state.
He had the APC governorship candidate experience and the will required to govern a state like Lagos.
The governor said Ambode was a major contributor to the successes of his administration as he discharged himself remarkably well when he was Accountant-General.
Fashola said what the state needed now was experience and not somebody who would experiment with governance.
“What Lagos requires now is somebody with the right experience and track record and not somebody who will experiment with governance.
“Ambode has been part of this government and he understands the game. I urge all Lagosians to vote and support this man to move our dear state forward,’’ he said.
Mr Bola Sanusi, President of Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans, commended Fashola’s administration for empowering artisans with trainings and other forms of support.
He appealed to government to fulfil its promise of land for the council secretariat building.
Sanusi also urged Ambode not to dump the administration’s various impactful programmes for the informal sector if given the mandate. (NAN)

IGP donates N7m to wives of missing police officers

 
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has donated N7 million to 14 wives of the 35 police officers killed in Alakio in 2013 and 14 others declared missing in Gwoza, Borno State to alleviate their suffering. The cash donation, which Mr Abba said was part of his celebration of the Yuletide with families of the deceased policemen, also included bags of rice, tubers of yam and vegetable oil. Making the presentation to widows at the 38 Mobile Police Squadron in Akwanga, the Inspector-General pledged the commitment of the Nigerian Police to protect and care for its own. Mr Abba assured the widows of the police’s commitment never to abandon them as they grapple with the challenge of losing their bread winners. Widows of the missing policemen got 500,000 naira each and the Alakio widows got 10,000 naira each in addition to 20 tubers of yam, a bag of rice and vegetable oil. Just as the presentation of the cash and food items was underway, the IG also shared a meal with the widows of the deceased policemen as there was also a barbecue spot. Abba also said that the outcome of investigation into the incident, as well as that of the panel constituted by the Nasarawa State Government on killing of the officers by the cult would be implemented appropriately. He described the incident as one of the unfortunate incidents that had affected the police in recent years.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday donated N7 million to 14 wives of the 35 police officers killed in Alakio in 2013 and 14 others declared missing in Gwoza, Borno State to alleviate their suffering. The cash donation, which Mr Abba said was part of his celebration of the Yuletide with families of the deceased policemen, also included bags of rice, tubers of yam and vegetable oil. Making the presentation to widows at the 38 Mobile Police Squadron in Akwanga, the Inspector-General pledged the commitment of the Nigerian Police to protect and care for its own. Mr Abba assured the widows of the police’s commitment never to abandon them as they grapple with the challenge of losing their bread winners. Widows of the missing policemen got 500,000 naira each and the Alakio widows got 10,000 naira each in addition to 20 tubers of yam, a bag of rice and vegetable oil. Just as the presentation of the cash and food items was underway, the IG also shared a meal with the widows of the deceased policemen as there was also a barbecue spot. Abba also said that the outcome of investigation into the incident, as well as that of the panel constituted by the Nasarawa State Government on killing of the officers by the cult would be implemented appropriately. He described the incident as one of the unfortunate incidents that had affected the police in recent years.

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My hubby understands kissing is my job--Nse Ikpe Etim


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Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe Etim, has disclosed that she is always professional while playing the romantic roles in movies, according to Nigeria Films.com.
The lovely actress, while responding to questions from Newswatchtimes, on how her husband feels when she is seen kissing in movies, stated that he is an understanding person and knows that it is what the job demands.
“Same way I imagine every spouse married to an actor would feel. But he understands that this is my job and if a script calls for kissing, then it is work. However, there are different ways to show affection, you must not lock lips to show your feelings for a loved one. Skilled actors can show this without resorting to kissing,” she said.
Nse who claims she has been enjoying marital bliss because she got married to her best friend, noted that acting has become part of her life that it is when she dies that it will end adding that she can only stop the act if she has a strong reason to do that.
"That’s because I married my best friend. There are many romantic gestures to pick from. Perhaps, one day, I’ll write a book and tell it all. But, until then, it’s my secret. Being with someone or people who love you completely and never judge you. That is true love. There is a bible passage that deals extensively with the subject of love. True love is all that and more," she boasts.

Ini Edo warms new house

 
Sultry actress, Ini Edo, has continued to shame her critics with good works and several successes. Even though some people threw jibes at her after her failed marriage to Philip Ehiagwina, but the talented actress remained cool and ensured she stayed focus.
Nigeria Films.com reports that shortly after her marriage crashed, there were reports that she obtained an expensive automobile, which she later denied.
Soon after that, it was said that she bought a new apartment in Lekki area of Lagos State, but the University of Calabar graduate did not deny or confirm this.
Information now reaching us has it that Ini Edo recently held a house warming party to unveil her new home. The ceremony was reportedly attended by some of her friends.

Stop taking panadol for another man's headache-Ini Edo warns those pokenosing into her failed marriage

 
Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, has warned those poke nosing into her failed marriage to desist from doing so.
She announced her divorce to her fans on Twitter, which generated different reactions.
But it seems some people still do not to let the matter die down and the actress is angry about this.
Speaking recently with Encomium Weekly, she said, "I just want people to mind their business and to be frank, have not spoken with anyone concerning the breakup of my marriage and am not going to say anything about it, it's my past and have put it where it belongs, so let it remain like that, I don't care", she said.
Further speaking, she said, "I have not granted anybody any interview and I won't do that, it's my private life, you guys should please let me be.”
Reports say Philip has found warmth in the arms of another woman in Ghana.

Ex BBA Karen Igho and new hubby plan having kids soon

Former controversial Big Brother Africa winner, Karen Igho who secretly got married to her long time fiancé, Yaroslav Rakos at a private event in Jos on December 13 is planning to start having children soon.Although the wedding is just few weeks old, Karen in a recent interview revealed their plans to start making babies as soon as possible. She also recalled how she met her husband nine years ago.
"We met when I traveled to London back in summer 2005. We got to know each other and we clicked. We have known each other for 9 years. When I entered the limelight that required me to travel and move around a lot but luckily, our relationship stood the test of time. We found that we are meant for each other.’
Reacting to tales that she’s already pregnant, Karen said: ‘We are definitely ready to have a baby. Having a family with children is definitely part of our future plans. Now that I’m married, I think I’ll focus more on my personal life. Right now, it’s all about my family. Work-wise, I have some ideas for a few future projects, so let’s see what comes out," she squealed.© 2014Nigeriafilms.com

Ibinabo Fiberisma and hubby to have more kids

 
Both have three kids each  from previous relationships and so Ibinabo Fiberisma's husband, Uche Egbuka, says their love for kids might prompt them into having more kids together as a couple.
"Well she has three and I have three kids, although people have been reporting she has 6 and I have 6. Right now, we both have 6 kids but ultimately we are going to have more kids, either we adopt or help people raise theirs but at some point we may still have ours because we are still young and can have more kids but right now, we are not planning.
“The next couple of years will be very busy. I am a clinical director so I have a lot of work on my hands. Right now, we are not planning on that but we are not ruling it out either."
He also confessed that her kind nature and her love for children are among the many qualities that endeared her to him.
According to Mr. Egbuka, "She (Ibinabo) is easily the kindest person I know and one thing we have in common is that we both love children a lot. One of my dreams someday is to open up an orphanage and I already see her doing a lot of things I would love to do. She is an easy person to love, she is very dedicated and loyal.
“Something a lot of people don't know about Ibinabo is that she is a very good cook. The best cook I have ever met. My kids love her absolutely and her kids love me too. It's not something that happened by accident. I think this is just the right time and I couldn't have asked for a better wife."
He also maintained that he had since adopted a thick skin against all kinds of negative stories about his wife in the media.
"It is very easy for blogs or people to sit behind their computers and write things about somebody you don't know anything about. She is just a face you see on T.V or paper to many people. Nobody knows her real story. A lot of people just write what they want. I have known her since we were like 17,18 so nobody out there can tell me who IB is.
“Nobody can define her for me. I am a strong man so I know who wears the pants. At the same time I am not going to disrespect my wife. She is extremely submissive and if I could design a wife for myself, I couldn't have gotten it any better. She is my best friend. We think alike and we share the same goal. For both of us, it’s not about what we can take out of life but what we can give." he said.
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J-Martins rewards a peacemaker

 
Sensational musician, J Martins, recently at an event held in Calabar to commemorate the countdown into the New Year, showed the other side of his many people may not know of when he decided to reward some fans with cash.
The singer, while performing at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, first did a dancing competition where a winner was picked among the two male dancers brought out and they were both rewarded with cash.
While the fun continued, some fans started throwing stones at themselves and the singer stopped his live band and rebuked such act, saying it does not promote love and unity.
He explained that he decided to give out the cash reward because of the love and support the fans have shown to him and that it was his own way of giving back to them.
While the music continued, there was a brief misunderstanding in the crowd and a young man was seen separating the fight and the singer spotted the man who tried to calm the situation and then brought him out and appreciated him with a cash reward, urging him to continue to help promote peace among his peers.

Yemi Alade, Davido, now close-up Ambassadors

 
Yemi Alade, an upcoming Nigerian music sensation has also joined the league of Close-Up brand ambassadors.
This came shortly after ‘Omo Baba Olowo’ crooner, Davido revealed his deal with the brand.
In a post on her Instagram page, Yemi Alade disclosed that she has endorsed the brand. 'Closing up the year with close up! Goodies coming your way from the new team soon,' she wrote.
The two stars have started working already and have shot a commercial for the brand, which will be aired from January 2015.
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