Thursday, 24 December 2015

This Christmas Season

Hey everyone!

It's Chistmas again! A season to show love and care to your family, friends and even strangers (we should do that every other time of the year though). It's also a time to thank God for life no matter your present condition. As the air is dry, so are some of our bank accounts, sadly as a result of Nigeria's economic situation.

What I'm trying to say basically is that we should try as much as possible to be happy as we celebrate this christmas. When things look dark, we can all use a simple reminder of what is truly important; the birth of Jesus, the gift of life and moreso, we're a few days away from 2016!!

We could all use a little burst of inspiration so as the year comes to an end and as Mary Roadacher would say, live with intention, listen hard, play with abandon, practice wellness, LAUGH, choose with no regret, do what you love, live as if this is all there is.

Merry Christmas. Be happy.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Illegal migrant makes good as plumber in Nigeria



Nearly 15 years ago, successful Nigerian businessman Anselm Okoukoni was one of the desperate African migrants prepared to do anything to get to Europe.
As the first son of his widowed mother - a farmer - custom demanded that the responsibility for his six siblings would shift to him the minute he graduated from university.
Long before he got his degree in statistics, he decided that he did not want to join the mass of unemployed university graduates in his country.

State of the solid minerals sector and way forward --Dr Kayode Fayemi


STATE OF THE SOLID MINERALS SECTOR AND WAY FORWARD
Presented by
Dr. ‘Kayode Fayemi, CON
Minister of Solid Minerals Development
at the Inaugural Media Briefing of the Ministry
on Monday, December 21, 2015


Protocols and Introduction

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. The core purpose of our gathering today is acquaint you with some of the emerging strategic priorities and plans of the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development for accelerating and scaling up the role of solid minerals in Nigeria’s economy. I speak today on behalf of the core leadership of this ministry and duly acknowledge the support and contributions of my brother and colleague Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, Minister of State and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Istifanus Fuktur.  

Boko Haram lures people together to bomb

The Defence Headquarters have issued a statement saying that Boko Haram terrorists have now devised other means of inflicting harm on innocent citizens to further their terrorist cause.
The statement signed by Rabe Abubakar, Brigadier General and Acting Director Defence Information, said that some of the tactics they now use include crying and feigning pains and shouting to attract sympathy from unsuspecting public. “When a lot of people of goodwill gather to render help in the process, the suicide bomber detonates bombs which they conceal under their clothes.  The recent suicide bombing in Damaturu is instructive.

Similarly, suicide bombers used monetary incentives and other inducements especially in crowded places to lure innocent citizens in order to cause colossal damage to both lives and property. Yola suicide incident is fresh in our memory.

The Defence Headquarters therefore advises citizens to be wary of such antics of the terrorists who are losing out in their former enclaves and are now desperate to remain relevant by using any means to perpetuate fear in the minds of the populace.  


The Defence Headquarters also warns citizens to be extra vigilant and weary of terrorist malevolence in such places as parks, worship centres and recreation spots particularly in this festive period. Citizens are advised to report suspicious persons or objects to security agencies for prompt action.”

Army/Shiite clash – Police kill 13 more, 40 wounded still in jail – Shiite

The Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, today in Kaduna said that the Nigeria Police have shot dead 13 more of its members  adding that 40 more who were critically carrying gunshot wounds, were clamped in police jails.
A late evening statement signed by the President, Media group of INM, Ibrahim Musa read: “13 members of the IMN  were killed by Police in Kaduna last week’s procession.

“Reports reaching us have indicated that there are well over 40 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria who are languishing in two prisons in Kaduna after surviving gun shots of the soldiers on Saturday 12/12/15.

Lagos court Registrar bags ten years

Justice Lateef Lawal Akapo of a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday convicted and sentenced a former court registrar, Mrs Rosulu Idowu Oluronke, to 10 years Imprisonment.
Oluronke, a former registrar to Justice Joseph Oyewole, was prosecuted on a two- count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence, preferred against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. She was initially charged alongside a Lagos socialite, Fred  Ajudua before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye for defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi ( retd), the  sum of $8.4Million ( Eight Million, Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), while he was being detained in Kirikiri Maximum Prison over his trial for the attempted murder of the late publisher of Guardian Newspapers, Chief Alex Ibru.

Oil spillage: Residents paralysed tank farm activities in Lagos

About 20 Tank Farms in Ijegun, Oriade Local Council Development Area, LCDA were yesterday shut for several hours by residents of the host community, protesting continued environmental pollution and damage to the community roads.
The residents under the aegis of Ibasa/Ijegun Egba Youths Movement alleged that the State government has compromised in its responsibilities, saying “the environmental agencies of the State have failed to yield to their demands to investigate the activities of the tank Farms.”
Some of the Oil Companies affected by the protest were: Wosbab Energy Solutions, AA Rano, Star Oil, Emadep, First Deep water Oil, Chipet Pure Energy Ltd, First Royal Oil, Mao petroleum and others.

Upskilling to reduce unemployment and enhance economic growth


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 21, 2015/ -- With a high unemployment rate, Africa is sitting on a largely untapped pool of resources that has the potential to drive economic growth. The problem, says Pitso Kekana, Head of Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Africa RHQ , lies in both the lack of relevant skills and the availability of existing jobs for an ever-growing working-age population. 

The key is to find ways of upskilling what is largely the previously disadvantaged portion of the population to empower them to find employment.

ISIS figures on Boko Haram attacks, killings a hoax - FG


The Federal Government has described as a hoax the figures being bandied by ISIS concerning the number of attacks carried out by Boko Haram and the number of people killed by the terrorists in Nigeria in the last two months.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the imaginary figures were part of the ISIS' strategy to shore up the morale of its dispersed and defeated fellow-terrorists in Nigeria.

PDP alerts security agencies on unlawful , possession of PVCs by Rivers APC members, agents


Mindful of the criminal implication of the act, and the danger it poses to the nation’s democratic electoral process, the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the Police and other security agencies to urgently be on the heels of leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, who have under the guise of conducting the party’s membership registration in the State unlawfully dispossess members of the public of their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.

Another court grants Dasuki, five others bail

Another Federal Capital Territory( FCT) High Court has granted the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki( rtd.) bail. Other granted bail include former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa,  ex-Minister of Finance, Bashir Yuguda, a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Mr. Shuaibu Salisu and two others on the condition that they provide N250 million bond each and a surety in like sum.

Troops clear Boko Haram terrorists enclaves

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As part of their determined efforts to rid the society of all known Boko Haram terrorists enclaves and hideouts, troops of 25  Task Force Brigade based on tip off conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Over 1,000 refugees of Boko Haram attacks return to Nigeria

Over 1,000 Nigerians, out of the thousands who fled attacks by Boko Haram jihadists to neighbouring countries, returned to their homeland this week, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Wednesday.
Between Monday and Wednesday, 1,187 Nigerians that had been sheltering across the border in Cameroon resettled in a refugee camp in the northeastern state of Adamawa "as a result of improvement in the security situation," NEMA spokesman Sani Datti said in an emailed statement.

Appeal-Court sacks Wike ; *Okays fresh governorship election in Rivers State


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has sacked Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to go ahead and conduct a fresh governorship election in Rivers State.

In a unanimous judgment by a five-man panel of Justices, the appellate court, held that the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal rightly nullified the outcome of the April 11 governorship election that produced Governor Nyesom Wike.

Okorocha directs that health workers be paid arrears of salary up to December



Governor Rochas Okorocha has directed all the Health workers in the state be paid their ten months arrears of salary including December stating that the government had delayed the payment of the Health workers’ salaries to enable it resolve the issues of certain questionable allowances and gross case of unseriousness on the part of the Health workers.

OPEC says low oil price won't continue, may rise within a year

OPEC secretary general al-Badri listens to a news conference after a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna
Global crude oil prices at seven-year lows will not continue and could swing upwards in as little as a year, OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri said on Tuesday, as the low-price cycle leads to cuts in output from some producers.
Oil prices have fallen by about two-thirds since mid-2014, with Brent crude on Monday flirting with its lowest level since 2004 at just above $36 a barrel

Saudi to boost aid, investment to Egypt-- Deputy Crown Prince



 Saudi Arabia has pledged a total of eight billion dollars in investment and aid to Egypt over the next five years, as Riyadh looks to boost military and economic ties with its ally.
Saudi's King Salman "ordered that Saudi investments in Egypt exceed 30 billion riyals ($8 billion)" and that the kingdom "contribute in providing Egypt with its needs for petrol," said a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency.
In addition, Saudi ships would "support" traffic in the Suez Canal, Saudi defence minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Tuesday during a visit to Egypt.
The pledges come despite a sharp fall in Saudi Arabia's income from oil, which makes up over 90 percent of public revenues, due to the global decline in crude prices since June last year.
OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has offered billions of dollars in aid to Egypt since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Female suicide bombers often unaware they're carrying bombs-- UN expert


The young girls  sent out as suicide bombers in Nigeria and neighbouring countries are often unaware that they will be blown up, claimed a UN expert .
Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general's special representative on children and armed conflict, suggested that the children used in this way were in many cases not aware of what they were about to do.

Group calls for international inquiries into Zaria Army massacre, Onitsha military killings

A human rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety has called for international enquiries to be carried out into the Zaria Army massacre and the Onitsha military killings.
The society said the essence of this exercise to be conducted by the United Nations is to ascertain the truth behind the dastardly acts and secure strong evidence in the two heinous killings and fish out those directly and indirectly involved.
In a press statement entitled: "Zaria & Onitsha Killings:  A Call For International Investigation Of Army & Police Chiefs In Nigeria", issued yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra state, the society said the grand aim is to charge those found individually and vicariously  involved including  Chief of Amy Staff, COAS, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai and Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Solomon Arase, before the International Criminal Court, ICC or United Nations, UN Special Criminal Tribunal for crimes against humanity.

Troops intercepted suicide bombers in Mafa

Four  female suicide bombers were today intercepted by troops and Borno Youths Empowerment Youth, otherwise known as Civilian JTF,  ahead of a checkpoint about which is about 25km outskirts of the city of Maiduguri. Preliminary investigation revealed that suicide bombers were earlier observed trying to bypass  a military checkpoint through a close by village before they were ordered to take the right road. However,  few metres short of the checkpoint , one of the bombers swiftly detonated her vest.  The vigilant troops gunned down the other 3 suicide bombers before they carry out their nefarious acts. 
 
Sadly, one of the Civilian JTF lost his life and four other persons sustained various degrees of injuries.  The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device team in the area safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Device carried by the other suicide bombers. 

The security situation in the area is now cool and calm.

EFCC to establish procurement fraud unit – Magu

Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 indicated his resolve to create a new Unit, to be known as Procurement  Fraud Unit, PFU, with a view to strengthen the Commission’s efforts in fighting corruption.

Biafra: protesters ground Lagos over Kanu

Protesters on Wednesday, grounded vehicular and commercial activities at the Alaba International Market, Ojo Local Government Area, Lagos, in a mega rally to call for the immediate and unconditional release of Radio Biafra Director and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
 IPOB had disclosed in a statement that it will hold its rally along the Alaba International Market axis, as well as  visit several Embassies and High Commissions, the Amnesty International and UN offices, in Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis of Lagos, to deliver protest letters.

BIM, MASSOB at war

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BIAFRA Independent Movement [BIM] led by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike has accused the new leader of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra [MASSOB], Comrade Uchenna Madu of collecting N500 million from the Federal Government to stop the release-Nnamdi Kanu protest.
But in a swift reaction, MASSOB dismissed the allegation as baseless, saying it reflects the thinking of “a drowning group looking for where to cling”, and described the allegation as “paid black mail”.
Mr. Sunny Okoroafor of BIM had leveled the allegation against Uchenna Madu and urged him to return the money to the Federal Government.
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