Friday, 31 October 2014

Tambuwal: APC warns FG against compounding illegality

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Federal Government to desist from compounding illegality by  inducing members of the House of Representatives to sign a paper seeking to reconvene the House ahead of the 
Dec. 3rd adjourned date

''We have heard from the grapevine that the FG is inducing legislators with a view to reconvening the House, but this  will amount to piling illegality upon illegality since only a resolution by all principal officers of the House can reconvene 
the house,'' the party said in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai  Mohammed.

''We cannot put anything beyond a government that will unlawfully withdraw the security details of the country's number  four citizen, who has not been removed as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, simply because he decamped 
from the ruling party to the opposition. For as long as he remains Speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is entitled to all  the statutory perks of his office,'' it said.

APC accused the Administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of ruling by vindictiveness, rather than in accordance  with the rule of law.

The party said despotism, arbitrariness and impunity are the watch words of the Jonathan Administration, hence it has  desecrated most national institutions, including the judiciary, and has now put the legislature in its cross hair.

''The legislature is one of the last standing institutions after the onslaught of the ravaging Jonathan Administration, which has  nothing but contempt for the concept of the separation of powers, the rule of law and perception of the country by the international  community.

''For this government, it is power for the sake of power, not for the achievement of anything ennobling. That is why the police  and SSS details of a man who remains the country's number four can be removed without consideration to what the law says.  That is why public funds will be used to induce lawmakers to sign for the reconvening of the House when it is clear that only the  principal officers, and not even the Speaker alone, can reconvene the House before the adjourned date,'' it said.

APC said it would not be surprised if the lawless, vindictive and predictable Jonathan Administration will even prevent the Speaker  from accessing his residential quarters, offices and even the planes in the official fleet for carrying out his official assignments.

''This President has said publicly that he does not give a damn. This Administration has shown clearly that it does not believe in the  rule of law. Therefore it does not matter to the President or his Administration what the civilized world thinks of the country, as long as  he can have his way, using all sorts of dirty tactics including unbridled corruption that is the hallmark of the Administration.

''We are therefore calling on all concerned citizens to condemn what is happening in our country today before one desperate power  monger brings the country crashing down on all of us. This is because even if the Jonathan Administration is voted out of office next  year, it will take a long time to reverse the harm that is being done to national institutions, which have become punitive tools in the hands of an increasingly despotic leader,'' the party said

Jonathan reconciles with Sanusi

Finally, President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, met Thursday in Abuja and reconciled differences.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was saked by Jonathan in February after he accused the government of diverting $20 billion oil revenues.
Government denied the allegation and instead accused  Sanusi of “financial recklessness”.
Sanusi was later appointed the Emir of Kano in June, one of the most powerful traditional stools in Nigeria.
His appointment by Kano State’s Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, a member opposition All Progressives Congress, was opposed by the presidency which ordered the emir’s office blockaded for days.
Sanusi according to reports initiated peace moves, and the two men met for the first time in July during the breaking of the Muslim fast.
But Thursday’s meeting was essentially for reconciliation between the two sides.
The emir was accompanied to the meeting by all senior members of the Kano Emirate council, while Vice President Namadi Sambo, the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali also attended the meeting.
At the meeting, the president urged peace, and announced that he had nothing against the emir and that he had forgotten everything that happened.
In return, Sanusi also preached peace saying he too had let go of the past.
The president and the emir later met privately for about 15 minutes before leaving for Kano.

Three people arrested as explosions rock Gombe park

About three people were arrested in connection with an early morning bomb explosion at the Gombe Motor Park which left an unconfirmed number of persons dead and several others injured.
The Commissioner of Police in the state , Mr Kudu Nma,revealed that a vehicle with a tag“Yobe Line’’ brought the suspects to the park but luck ran out on them as they were caught when they were about to run away.
Accordingto  reports, the explosion had gone off around 9.30 a.m. at the park, leaving many dead and several others with various degrees of injuries.
The explosion rocked the park at a time when many passengers were boarding vehicles to various destinations.
NAN reports that there was pandemonium around the area immediately after the incident as hundreds of youths from different directions descended on the park, throwing stones at security personnel and other rescue workers who were evacuating corpses and the injured.
The security operatives had to shoot into the air to disperse the rampaging youths.
The bodies of the victims were later conveyed to the Gombe Specialist Hospital, while those injured were also taken to other hospitals for treatment.
At the Specialist Hospital, a mortuary attendant who pleaded for anonymity said 23 corpses were deposited there.
Meantime, the park and the surrounding area have been cordoned off while normalcy has been restored.
Also, many residents of the city have been visiting the hospital, trying to check if their relatives were among the victims.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Police rescue Petroleum Minister's sister

The sister of the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been rescued by the police in rivers state.
Osiya Agama, was abducted by unknown people in the state capital on October 21, 2014 in Port-Harcourt but was rescued on Wednesday, October 29.
Ms. Agama was on her way home from church when she was kidnapped at Leventis Bus-stop, along the Port Harcourt-Aba Road.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad reportedly stated that the minister’s sister was rescued during a joint operation by the police, military and operatives of the State Security Service.
He did not however reveal where the rescue operation occurred and if any ransom was paid to secure Ms. Agama’s release.

Lagos guber: Jimi Agbaje picks nomination form


Lagos State governorship aspirant, Jimi Agbaje has picked nomination form to contest  on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Agbaje also  asked the ruling All Progressives Congress  in the state to be prepared to leave the Lagos House, Ikeja, the seat of the Lagos State government, come May 29, 2015.
Agbaje said this after picking his nomination form at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.
Agbaje, who contested against the incumbent, Babatunde Raji Fashola in 2007, advised APC to forget winning the state in next year’s governorship election, saying the party has run out of ideas in terms of developing Lagos State.

Sack: Jonathan orders Keshi's re-instatement

President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered that the sacked   Super Eagles manager Stephen Keshi be re-instated to oversee the two remaining 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

The President gave the orders during his meeting with the bosses (Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick) of the two warring factions of the Nigeria Football Federation at the Aso Rock Villa yesterday.
Jonathan at the meeting also asked Chris Giwa to vacate the court case in Jos, Plateau State, and ordered the immediate return of Keshi who is endeared to the President since his nations cup win last year.
But one is not sure whether Keshi will accept the invitation to go back to a job he said had given him serious headaches in the last few months. The gaffer threw a sharp parting shot by calling Nigeria “an unserious football country” after his departure earlier this month.
The Super Eagles will face Congo and South Africa next month in the remaining matches that would determine whether the reigning African champions would qualify for next year’s tournament.

Pope Francis accepts gays?

 Sir Elton John attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street
For his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church,
Elton John has called Pope Francis 'my hero' at an AIDS benefit.
The Rocket Man singer hosted the event, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, on Tuesday night in New York City.
He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: 'Make this man a saint already, OK?'
Pope Francis during his weekly general audience at St Peter's square

Defection: IGP withdraws Tambuwal's security

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal's security aides have been withdrawn on the orders of the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba.
This withdrawal was attributed to Tambuwal's defection  from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congree (APC). This came  barely 48 hours after Tambuwal defected from the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. CP Emmanuel C. S Ojukwu read: “In view of the recent defection by the Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tanbuwal, CFR, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC), and having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office”.
The security aides were ordered withdrawn from the Speaker’s residence in Apo legislative quarters on Thursday morning.
One of the media aides to the Speaker also confirmed the development.
Tambuwal on Tuesday dumped the PDP for the APC, citing institutionalised corruption within the PDP as one of the reasons he left the party even while he 
urged Nigerians to reject the PDP and embrace the APC.

Abacha's son to contest Kano guber

 Son of Nigeria’s former military dictator, Mohammed Abacha, has indicated interest to contest kano gubernatorial election in 2015 under the platform of  the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Mohammed Abacha expressed confidence after picking the nomination form yesterday  that the incumbency factor would not work against him as PDP would win Kano.
Before this time, Mohammed Abacha had N446.3billion theft charges instituted against him by
 Mohammed Adoke, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of Justice which was later withdrawn.
Nine counts of stealing was preffered against him by the federal government.
Abacha was accused of unlawfully receiving about N446.3billion allegedly stolen from government’s coffers between 1995 and 1998.
But Adoke, acting for the Federal Government, asked Justice Mamman Kolo of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, to strike out the charges on the grounds of “fresh facts” that just emerged concerning the case.
The withdrawal of the charges by the Federal Government had sparked protests, attracting condemnation across the country by civil society groups.

Boko Haram takes over Adamawa towns

 Boko Haram members overran several communities in Adamawa State, killing many and hoisting its flag. The  communities include Uba, Mubi, Mararraban Mubi, and Vintim.
Security sources said the insurgents engaged the Nigerian troops in a fierce battle before spliting into groups as some headed to Uba while others moved towards Mubi town.
The insurgents succeeded in overruning the military barracks situated at Mubi after bombarding the barracks.
Another source who is  resident in Uba said the terrorists had taken over the town. “Boko Haram has taken our towns, they split into different groups and some are moving towards Mararraban Mubi and Vintim. As I am talking to you now, residents are scampering for their lives for fear of imminent attack and uncertainty”.
The terrorists also overran Madagali and Bazza.
The insurgents who came in hundreds started shooting sporadically on the residents, resulting in the death  of many people.
The state governor, Bala James Ngillari confirmed the incident and  asked the people of the state, particularly those in the affected areas to remain calm as security agents were on top of the situation.
The governor through one of his aides said he has met with security chiefs in the state and has made frantic efforts to put the situation to rest,  urging the people to  remain calm.
Meantime, over 50 escaped Chibok girls have been abandoned. The girls were reportedly kept at one of the Government lodges in Maiduguri, the Borno state  capital. The girl  were dumped in a single room in one of the government lodges.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Tambuwal leads APC law-makers to mini-convention


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, today led more than 50 members of the house to the APC mini convention in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Speaker was given a standing ovationat the event.
Delegates who sat according to their states at different stands applauded his entry into the pavilion.
The Speaker yesterday defected from PDP to the APC  in Abuja.
A free for allalso ensued  at the Abia stand as two factions of the party clashed.
Chairs, bottles and charms were thrown and used as weapons during the confusion.
Two men were severely injured and taken to the hospital.
A policeman also  bruises on his body.
Armed policemen, however, later restored order at the convention.

Tambuwal's speech at the special convention: 

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