Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Actress Mercy Aigbe clashes with police

Popular Yoruba movie actress, Mercy Aigbe-Gentry, Wednesday had a brush with armed policemen in Osogbo when the vehicle she was travelling in was impounded by them.

It was gathered that after a minor misunderstanding between the actress and the policemen that impounded her vehicle was settled, and her seized vehicle particulars released, some armed policemen suddenly appeared and rearrested the actress and her driver.

N3.9bn fraud: Badeh’s trial adjourned to May 9

Alex Badeh
May 9 has been fixed by the Federal High Court in Abuja to resume hearing on the 10-count criminal charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, entered against the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
Justice Okon Abang adjourned to enable Badeh’s lawyer, Chief Akinolu Olujumi to further cross-examine the former Director of Accounts at the Nigerian Air Force, NAF,‎ Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau, retd, who is the star prosecution witness.
 At the resumed hearing, Yushua, insisted that he regularly converted funds that was monthly deducted from account of the NAF and handed same to Badeh at his then official residence at Niger Barracks in Abuja.
However, the witness told the court that Badeh allowed him to handle most of his transactions, including purchase of choice properties within the Abuja metropolis.

Regulation on VAS to curb unsolicited SIM, anti-competitive activities--NCC

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Communication, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta has said that the draft regulatory framework for the provision of Value Added Services, VAS, in Nigeria would address complaints from the public , prevent service users from using short codes to perpetuate fraud, address the menace of unsolicited text messages, and   prevent anti-competitive activities.
The NCC EVC who stated this yesterday in Lagos during his remarks at the stakeholders consultative forum on the draft regulation of VAS told the gathering that, “Except we are determined to develop and encourage quality local contents in Nigeria by rewarding content developers who are the major players in the VAS segment of the industry, our vision will be obstructed”

Is Genevieve Nnaji into real estate?

Nollywood star actress, Genevieve Nnaji, may have ventured into real estate going by a post she put up recently.

She recently shared a photo of an uncompleted building and called it Stick and Stones which is suspected that Stick and stones home is the name of her Real estate company.

D'Banj: The woman in his life

Nigeria super musician, D'Banj might have seen his ideal woman going by a bithday message he sent to a beautiful lady where he wrote: “happy birthday to one of the few good women that have stood by me all this while. God bless you, grace coming your way this new year.”

Thank God if it's what we're thing.

Buhari condemns attack on Enugu community, orders crackdown on perpetrators

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security chiefs to hunt down those who perpetrated the attack on Ukpabu Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State on Monday.

The President gave the order in his address delivered by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the public presentation of a book entitled "Who will love my country: Ideas for building the Nigeria of our dream’’, written by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

"Before making my remarks about the book, let me use this platform to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the attack perpetrated on the Ukpabu Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathise with all those who lost dear ones, as well as those who lost their properties, in the attack.

Okowa deserves 2nd Term - Delta Speaker

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya on Friday praised Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for emphasizing point of unity and making the state attractive to investors.
Speaking at a victory reception organized in honour of Governor Okowa by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Delta Central Senatorial District held at Oghara township stadium, the speaker said the governor’s performance provided significant cause for cheer for the good people of Delta State.
The members of the Delta State House of Assembly are very proud of you. The people of Delta Central are proud of you. The people of Sapele are very proud of you” he said.

Fayose's planned projects commissioning fraudulent, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has described as fraudulent all the projects listed by Governor Ayodele Fayose for commissioning on Friday.
It said while the six governors he had invited for the event were inaugurating fresh projects in their states, the governor embarked on rehabilitated projects and the ones he did not spend one naira to be presented to the world as new projects initiated by him.
Publicity Secretary Taiwo Olatunbosun said in a statement on Wednesday that people were not deceived by "this clear fraudulent practice by the governor that has become his trademark".
Decrying the cloudy manner the governor was allegedly conducting government business, Olatunbosun cited alleged fraudulent disbursement of the bailout cash of N9.6billion that the governor could not account for to the people.

Insurgency: Security agencies tasked on credibility

Security and Response Agencies in the country have been tasked on the need to be credible in their dealings with the media if the public must continue to repose confidence in those who are paid to protect them.
Former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Mr Segun Adeniyi stated this Wednesday in Abuja while delivering a paper at the ongoing Seminar on Media Engagement in Crisis Situations for Security and Response Agencies. The seminar is organized by the Centre for Crisis Communication CCC with support from the Defence Headquarters DHQ and the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme NSRP.

Wike running a parallel country - Rivers APC

Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the governor of the state, Nylson Wike, is presently running a parallel country of his own contrary to the law of Nigeria.
The state chairman of the party, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, told newsmen in Abuja at the national Secretariat of APC that the governor does not obey any part of the Constitution of the land.
His words: “It is very pathetic what is happening in Rivers State now. The PDP Governor in Rivers state seems to be running a country of his own. He does not obey any part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He gives his own rules, he has his own sets of laws and he does not bother about the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Lagos reunites 26 foreigners, other children with families,records 258 rape

No fewer than  26 children from Benin Republic and other West African countries, rescued across Lagos streets have been reunited with their families by Lagos State Government within the last 11 months.
Also,1,340 beggars, destitute and mentally challenged persons were rescued from the streets, even as 258 rape and other sexual abuse cases were recorded between May 29th, 2015 till date.
Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuff and his counterpart from Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, Mrs Lola Akande, disclosed these Tuesday, at the 2016 Ministerial Press Briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, to commemorate the first year in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode's administration.

No free land for grazing zones in Oyo, Ajimobi warns

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the proposed creation of grazing zones across the country is ill-advised, warning that the proposal is against the spirit of the land use act and the overriding public interest.
The governor bared his mind on the raging controversy trailing the alleged sponsorship of a bill at the National Assembly for the creation of grazing zones for cattle across the country as a panacea to the perennial clash between trespassing herdsmen and farm owners.
Ajimobi spoke during the launch of the ‘AgricOyo,’ the Oyo State agriculture initiative, held at Paago, via Iseyin, in Oke Ogun zone of the state, on Tuesday.
At the event were investors, outgrowers, beneficiaries, institutional partners, outtakers, traditional rulers, and top officials of the state.  

Archbishop Chukwuma blasts FG over invasion of Fulani herdsmen

Archbishop of Anglican Communion, Enugu Archdiocese, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma has 
warned that if nothing is done to checkmate the Fulani herdsmen, he would personally ask the pro-Biafra groups to declare war on them. 
The fiery clergy who was visibly angry over the Monday attack by Fulani herdsmen on an Enugu community, Ukpabi Nimbo said it was now clear that the federal government controlled security agencies deliberately engage in select negligence. 
Besides the cleric called on the Federal Government to declare state of emergency in Igboland.

710 Nigerians killed by Fulani herdsmen in 10 months, Igbo Youth Movement

Fulani herdsmen have killed 710 other Nigerians excluding the 48 Agatu people in Benue State in the last 10 months without the Federal Government addressing the issue, according to the Igbo Youths Movement, IYM.
IYM made this known while reacting to the Monday’s killing of about 40 indigenes of Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by Fulani herdsmen last night.
The statement signed by the Founder of the IYM and Leader of the South East Democratic Coalition, Evangelist  Elliot Uko entitled "Ten Months of Carnage," read, “Between June 2015 and April 2016, Fulani herdsmen have killed over 710 Nigerians (excluding Agatu Incident) in 48 recorded incidents, the highest in recent years.

FG considering options on how to certify, tap iron ore deposits in Nigeria

Although Nigeria is the 12th largest iron ore resource country in the world and the second largest in Africa, about 70% of the deposits are yet to be proven, a pursuit the federal government declares it is now engaging in, according to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
He said earlier today in Ilorin that the federal government "is well aware of this issue and is currently looking at options to solve the challenge, including synergising government capacity and private sector competencies for certifying existing deposits." 
Noting that steel is the world most's important engineering material, the Vice President restated the Buhari presidency's determination to bring about a faster industrialization process in the country through the active development of the steel sector.
According to the Vice President, Nigeria has about 2 billion metric tonnes of iron ore reserve, adding "we must be extremely ambitious in our industrialization efforts". He explained further that the need for increased levels of investment in Nigeria, "has never been more crucial than at this period in time."

No hiding place in the waterways and creeks--Nigerian Navy tells criminals

The Nigerian Navy said it has stepped up efforts towards eliminating all forms of crimes in Nigeria’s waters. In line with the directive of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, the operational Commands have therefore sustained the ongoing clampdown on illegal refineries, crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, smuggling, piracy and sea robbery.
A statement signed by Christian Odogwu Ezekobe  Commodore  Director of Information  said that in the latest raids conducted against the criminals, the Nigerian Navy patrol team deployed from NNS DELTA discovered and destroyed illegal crude oil refineries set up in Lolomu creek in Gbaramatu Kingdom and Tagola creek all in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Terrorists lay land mines on farm land

The Defence Headquarters said terrorists have laid landmines on farmlands  in the North East  in their desperation to unleash terror on the people. A statement issued by Defence headquarters said: 
"It is also instructive to alert the public that terrorists now operate with horses to carry out attacks on isolated villages and communities along fringes of our borders in the North East.  A recent attack using horses readily come to mind in this regard.
"These latest tactics of the terrorists is a grand design to cause fear and panic among the farmers as well as the local populace.  The security forces will continue to be on their trail until they are completely flushed out of our country.

"While the military and other security forces are doing everything possible to neutralise these mine threats, individuals and citizens are advised to be mindful of strange and suspicious objects in their farmlands and localities as well as be weary of those coming on horses as they can be terrorists and to report same to the security forces for prompt action."

Delta Speaker mourns as Nwaoboshi dies at 87

Tributes have continued to be showered on late Chief Francis Agetue Nwaoboshi Ohaegbu as those who knew him lamented his demise.
Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya said he was greatly pained by the news, saying “Delta State has lost a great politician, humanist and community leader.
The death of the 87-year-old political and community leader occurred on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Igbuya in a condolence message to the family, friends and relatives described late Nwaoboshi as a politician who demonstrated a life of service, love, compassion and excellence.
Chief Nwaoboshi had a generous spirit. He was dependable in every facet of his life. He was also admired for his vision and his steadfast devotion to his family. He will be remembered as a loving and caring leader” Igbuya said.
Igbuya extended heartfelt commiserations to Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
On behalf of my family, the Delta State House of Assembly and the good people of Sapele State Constituency, I extend my heartfelt condolences to, the good people of Ibusa over this painful and irreparable loss.

Maritime security is a national obligation – NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has again reiterated his desire for a military led patrol of the Nigeria maritime domain to curb the rising incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
The DG maintained that the rising issues of piracy has affected the economic fortunes of the country and called on the military to initiate a joint patrol of the maritime domain with a view to decisively curbing this trend.

Minister seeks private sector support for creative industries

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for the support of the private sector for the ongoing efforts to re-position the creative industries so they can contribute more to national development.

''We are calling on the private sector to partner with us to sponsor, in a more holistic manner, our arts and festivals,'' the Minister said in a keynote address at the Creative Industries Conference and Expo, organised by the British Council in Abuja on Tuesday.

Rivers PDP alleges plot to raid Ogoni communities with military hovercraft

The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party says it has uncovered well-orchestrated plot by some All Progressives Congress, APC politicians of Ogoni extraction to use military helicopters to bomb some parts of Ogoni communities suspected to be hideouts for those perceived to be opposed to their political ambitions.
The PDP said in their desperate move to achieve their unpopular political interest, two APC leaders in the Rivers South-East Senatorial zone, Magnus Abe and Barry Mpigi reportedly held a meeting with top leadership of the party in Abuja, demanding that the Presidency approves the use of military helicopters to bomb areas suspected to have provided cover for certain individuals considered not cooperating with them.
The information has it that the operation will be carried out in the guise of raiding criminal hideouts but the actual motive is to target and eliminate those perceived to be stumbling blocks to the realization of their political aspiration and victory of the APC in the area.

Ekiti APC commiserates with families of dead physicians

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has commiserated with the people of the state and families of six medical doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Ido-Ekiti, and their driver who lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.
They were going on an official assignment in Sokoto when the tyre of their vehicle burst. Those who lost their lives included Dr. Alex Akinyele, who was Secretary of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Ekiti State;  Dr. Tunde Aladesanmi, and Dr. O.J. Taiwo, an Anatomic Pathologist at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado-Ekiti; Dr. J.B Ogunseye, Dr. O. Olajide and Dr. Atolani Adeniyi. 
Their driver, Mr Ajibola, also lost his life.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the party regretted the sudden loss of the physicians, who he described as illustrious sons of the state who had made their marks in medical profession.
He said the death was a blow to the medical profession, particularly at a time more medical doctors are needed to man the state medical institutions to take care of the health needs of the people.
He urged the families of the departed physicians and their driver to bear the loss with fortitude and urged Ekiti people to pray for the repose of their souls in the bosom of the Lord.

IGP orders the arrest, prosecution of persons selling petrol in ‘jerry-cans’

Concerned by untold suffering as well as hazard emanating from the activities of black marketers, especially those who sell petroleum products inside plastic containers/jerry-cans, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and FCT/State Commands Commissioners of Police to arrest anybody found selling petrol and other petroleum products in plastic container.

Oshiomhole restates commitment to workers’ welfare

Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole said the state Government got only N1.6 billion from the Federation Account this month and has a shortfall of N1.4 billion to meet salaries and overheads, but that it won’t stop the Government from meeting its wage obligation before the end of the month.
Oshiomhole who restated his commitment to the prompt payment of workers’ salaries during a visit of the newly elected leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said, “the labour movement remains to me my primary, original constituency. Politics is my secondary constituency, and I am never ashamed to say it that the style that I adopt and the strategy that I evoke are the result of my trade union training and all that the union equipped me with. So, our movement gives us all that we need to prepare for leadership. So, I congratulate you on your election. I also want to congratulate your immediate predecessor, for the leadership he provided for the TUC.

Afe Babalola commiserates with Ekiti state government, EKSUTH and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti

Elder states man and Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN has commiserated with the Ekiti State Government, the Management of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and that of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti on the sudden death of seven Medical Doctors and a driver last Sunday

Fayemi mourns death of six Ekiti doctors

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has mourned the death, in an auto crash, of six medical doctors from Ekiti State and their driver, describing the development as devastating and deeply saddening.
The doctors died in an accident along the Abuja-Kaduna road on Sunday, on their way to attend the annual conference and delegates meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in Sokoto.

FG orders forces to crush security threats

Irked by the growing wave of communal conflicts and other clashes in some parts of the country, the Federal Government has ordered all security agencies in the country to crush and deter all crises that have the potential to breach the peace and national stability.
While it restated that its first priority is to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry, government said all socio-economic activities in the country must continue to thrive without any hindrance from criminal elements and terrorists.
Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali gave the order on Tuesday in Abuja at a seminar on "Media Management in Crisis Situation" for Information Officers of the Military, Security and Response Agencies, which was organized by the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) with support from the Defence Headquarters DHQ as well as the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme NSRP.
Declaring the occasion open, he said "all security agencies in Nigeria have been called upon to crush and deter the threats of crisis and conflicts that have potential to disrupt peace and security of our country.
"Our security and response agencies are constantly engaged in the essential tasks required for meeting the internal security objectives of ensuring safety and security of Nigeria's territorial integrity, its population and all the critical infrastructures. Our government will not relent in this primary objective", he pledged.

At first business forum in DRC, Afreximbank promises support for local entrepreneurs

Dr. George Elombi, Afreximbank Executive Vice President (1st right), with other invitees at the forum.
Kinshasa:The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) will support the effort to achieve industrialisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to expand the involvement of local entrepreneurs in the major sectors of the economy, Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President of the Bank, announced in Kinshasa today.
Speaking during the opening of the first business forum to be organised by Afreximbank in DRC, Dr. Elombi said that the Bank’s intervention in the country would focus on agriculture, energy and extractive industries, infrastructure, and support to small and medium-sized enterprises.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Agbekoya asks FG to call Fulani herdsmen to order.

The Agbekoya Farmers Revolutionary Group (AFRG) in the country has called on the Federal Government to caution and call the Fulani herdsman to order over the incessant killing of the innocent farmers across the country which are on the increase and unsettling.
Baale of Agbekoya Farmers Revolutionary Group, Pa (Chief) Olalere Ayalu made the call in Lagos against the backdrop of attacking farmers by Fulani herdsman in the country especially in Lagun, Iyana Offa, Offa, Alalagba, Lapala and their surrounding Communities in Lagelu Local Council Area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Baale Ayalu alleged that a group of Fulani armed men attacked these Communities at night, injured a guard and carted away valuables worth millions of Naira, adding that those Fulani herdsmen had no respect for human life as they invade their Communities and kill their farmers unchallenged.
In search for grazing pastures according to them, they have left their footprint in practically every host Community in the Country that has had the misfortune of having them as visitor. They have rendered some villages in Oke-Ogun, agatu in Benue State “a gaping wound”, Baale Ayalu said.
He then warned the Federal Government not to let the event of 1968 repeat itself when the Government of the Old Western Region under Governor Adeyinka Adebayo increased the tax levy and forced their wives to pay taxes, which culminated into fighting between the Government and Agbekoyas.

Clean environment, effective panacea for malaria eradication – Obuah

The Sole Administrator of Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Felix Obuah has said that clean and tidy environment remains the best antidote to the tropical disease.
He made this observation in a goodwill message for the celebration of World Malaria Day, Monday, April 25, 2016.
According to him , “ unless people imbibe the habit of living in clean environment, guarding against unhealthy habitation, cleaning up their offices, schools, markets and other public  institutions, the efforts of the Rivers State Government against the killer disease called malaria will be futile.”

Security expert, George Uboh bags 3 years jail term for fraud

The fraudster who accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of diverting proceeds of recovered assets, George Uboh,was today convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by Justice S. E. Aladetoyinbo of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja, for his role in converting the property of the defunct Police Equipment Foundation to his own use.

Uboh was arraigned by the EFCC on a three count charge bordered on Criminal Breach of Trust involving the sale of PEF vehicles. He allegedly abused his position as former Head of Security and Communication Department, Police Equipment Foundation, PEF, to convert the properties of the foundation to his personal use.

The charge read:

Nigerians have discovered that APC is a party of deceit---Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared that the  PDP  will take over the reins of  governance in 2019 because  Nigerians have discovered that the All Progressives Congress, APC,  is a political party  founded in  deceit.
Speaking  in Dutse,  Jigawa State on Monday during the PDP  Membership Mobilization Programme ,  Governor Wike from the mammoth  crowd that turned up  for the event it was obvious  that  there is no APC in Jigawa State. 

Court sentences ex-Kogi Lawmaker to 154 years over N1.4bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, April 25, 2016 secured the conviction of a former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly and former Caretaker Chairman, Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the state, Gabriel Daudu, for a N1.4 billion fraud.

Dasuki appeals against unlawful detention

Embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki rtd has approached the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, praying it to set aside the judgment of an Abuja High Court which declined to void his arrest and detention by the Federal Government since December last year in spite of existing three court orders that admitted him to bail.
In the appeal filed by his counsel Mr. Joseph Daudu, Dasuki is asking the Appellate Court to stop his trial in the criminal charges of money laundering and corruption brought against him until government has purged itself of contempt of court.

Oshiomhole, Anenih ‘reunite’ in Church

Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole and Chief Tony Anenih, former Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), re-united in Church, weekend, at the 10th Anniversary of St Anthony’s Catholic Church, where the Governor was given an award for his services to the Church.
The Governor while noting the efforts of the church in nation building, said: “I believe that, the fact that Nigerians live in relative peace and harmony in spite of the failings and weaknesses of political leadership at all levels, is due to the power of your intercession, the power of your prayers.
We cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support in spite of our weaknesses.”
He praised the Catholic Church for bringing people of different political persuasions together under one roof for the Church programme.

Wike swears in substantive President Customary Court of Appeal

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  of Rivers state on Monday   swore-in Justice  Christy Gabriel-Nwankwo as the substantive President  of  the  State Court Customary Court of Appeal. 
The swearing-in ceremony followed the screening  and confirmation  of  Justice Gabriel-Nwankwo by the Rivers State House of  Assembly. 
Performing  the  swearing-in,  Governor Wike  charged members of the Bench at the State High Court and Customary  Court of Appeal to work towards ensuring greater stability in the  judiciary. 
He also advised the judges against  the  practice  of  returning case files, saying  that  they  owe the people a duty to litigate on critical  cases without  fear or favour.

Kidnapped Osun State Government officials released

The kidnapped Osun State government officials were released at 4pm Sunday.
The three officials are: the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance, Mrs, Adebimpe Ogunlumade; Director, State Audit, Mr. Tajudeen Badejoko, and their driver, Mr. Oladapo Arogundade.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of Kogi State, Mr. Yakubu Usman, mobilized his officers and men to secure the release of the kidnapped officials.
The Governor of the state, through his Chief Press Secretary, said he will work with security agents to ensure Kogi is free from criminals.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Buhari moves to curtail poverty and hunger , orders release of 10,000 tons of grains for distribution

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday directed the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh to release 10,000 tons of grains from the national strategic grains reserves for national distribution in a bid to cushion poverty and hunger in the land.
This will also cushion the current astronomic prices of goods and seeming exploitation within the market system.
Buhari directed the agriculture minister "to ensure that all the able-bodied men and women in IDP camps be assisted to return to farming immediately."
This followed a submission by a faction of the opposition Conference of Nigerian Political Parties,CNPP, that Nigerians under the president's watch were facing unprecedented hardship.
The statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu,
also stated that the president upon assumption of office paid off accumulated subsidy debts of N600 billion owed to marketers.
The statement read in part:

Education, our top priority- Gov Yahaya Bello

Kogi Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reiterated his determination to prioritize educational development in the state.
The Governor said this through a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja. He said education is capable of generating the steam for the economic revival of the state.
According to the Governor, the state of education inherited by his administration is "unacceptable and a betrayal of the standards expected of Kogi State",  assuring of his administration's readiness at "reining in critical reforms to place the state where it should be on the educational map."
He said: "The present administration is poised to ensure rapid socio-economic development of the state. However, we are not oblivious to the fact that education is the lubricator of every sector of the economy.

Middle aged woman deals hot iron on housemaid's buttock

Photo of a similar incident in Lagos

A 35-year-old woman ,Nneka Ifeoze who hails from Nkwere, in Imo State, resident at No 3, Ava Okocha Street, Achara Layout,was Sunday arrested by the police in Enugu for allegedly pressing a hot electric iron on her housemaid's buttock,Oluebube Orji,9, following a domestic issue.
incident elicited outcries from residents who besieged the suspects' house ostensibly to lynch her.
The source further revealed that the prompt arrival of policemen salvaged the situation. 
Police Public Relations Officer,PPRO,Ebere Amaraizu,DSP, confirmed the incident in a statement saying the housemaid allegedly ate the food meant for the suspects' two-year-old son,an action that infuriated Nneka Ifeoze.

Troops ambush escaping Boko Haram terrorists

Troops of 81 Battalion and some elements of 251 Task Force Battalion, 25 Brigade, Sunday ambushed suspected Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa forest to Fulawani village. The ambushed terrorists were trying 
to link up with other terrorists or members of their families to relocate to other places. It will be recalled that the troops intercepted  a group of women and children yesterday who claimed to have escaped from the terrorists enclave in Sambisa forest. However, during screening and interrogation, it was confirmed that they were the terrorists’ advance party relocating to a new safe haven following intense tactical operations by troops. 

I will complete all projects started by my administration-- Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured that  all projects started by his administration  will  be  completed  in line with  approved specifications. 

The governor  said  that  in the course of  the  four years  of his first term, no project will be abandoned as he has mapped out strategies to apply funds for their completion. 

 Wike  spoke on Saturday  after he inspected ongoing road projects in Port Harcourt,  Obio/Akpor,  Ikwere and Etche  Local Government Areas. 

NEMA confirms 1.9mn IDPs

The  National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that a total of  1, 934, 765 displaced persons   are currently living in formal camps, host communities and satellite   camps in liberated communities as a result of insurgency in North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa states.

I am not dead, I'm alive - IBB

Nigeria's former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Sunday debunked rumours making the rounds that he had died.
He said he was not dead but alive and in good health.

1000 Nigerian youths to be empowered by Global ICT firm

The Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Affairs (SAPYSA) has developed a partnership with a leading global ICT solution provider, Huawei Technologies to initiate a social development programme that would empower 1000 youths in Information and Communication Technology.

Native doctor murdered by suspected cultists in front of his shrine

Chief Onupka Nwite, a popular native doctor was weekend reportedly murdered by suspected cultists in his shrine in Ndulo Ukwuagba Ngbo, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state. 

Nwite was killed at about 8:pm last Friday in front of his own shrine while having rest as the suspects took to their heels after the dastardly act.

He was said to be an expert in preparing charms for cultists in the area, which they use for protection against rival cult group(s) during clashes.

APC accuses Fayose of complicity in fuel supply crisis

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of alleged complicity in the fuel supply crisis in the state.
In a statement by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun,  the party said it was in possession of "incontrovertible evidence" that the governor is allegedly contributing to the scarcity of fuel in the state to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
Accusing Fayose and his aides of mischievously disparaging the President for not doing enough to make fuel available to Nigerians while they were the actual culprits,  Olatunbosun said available information confirmed that daily allocations of fuel to the state were allegedly being diverted to other states with the alleged connivance of some NUPENG officials and the governor to allegedly sabotage the Federal Government in order to set the people against the President.
"Records have revealed that10 trailers of fuel for Ekiti State on Fayose's request were diverted mostly to stations outside the state.

Soukus musician, Papa Wemba dies at 66

Papa Wemba, Congolese most influential musician is dead. He died after collapsing on stage during a live performance early Sunday morning in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Wemba, 66, slumped during the concert while his dancers continued to perform, unaware of what had happened.

NIMASA champions the resolution of dockworkers’ terminal benefit.

Dakuku Peterside

Disengaged dockworkers at the ENL Terminal would now be paid their terminal benefits in line with the contents of the current bargaining agreements contained in the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) document.

Abidjan to host Africa’s first-ever Intra-African Trade Finance and Payment Systems Conference

Leaders of Africa’s top financial institutions will gather in Abidjan from 2 to 3 May for the first ever continental conference looking at the current state of intra-African trade finance and payment systems and at their impact on the drive to achieve enhanced trade among the countries of the continent.
Organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the Intra-African Trade Finance and Payment Systems Conference will provide a platform for industry participants to exchange information on intra-African trade finance and payment systems and to identify solutions to the financing challenges confronting intra-African trade.

Ajimobi gives condition for return of mission schools

Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has promised to hand over mission schools to owners who have genuine proposal for the development of such schools and proven commitment to education advancement.
The governor made the promise in his address at the archdiocesan reception for the 34th council of Bishops at the Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu House, Molete, Ibadan, on Saturday, which was attended by bishops and archbishops of the Methodist Church across the country.
He said this in response to a request by the Prelate of the church, Dr. Samuel Uche, for the return of mission schools to their original owners for what he called proper running of such schools.
The governor stressed that any religious body or organization without a questionable intention would be allowed to run such schools inasmuch as they met the requirements that might be set by the government.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

America expresses commitment in rescue of Chibok girls

President Barak Obama of United States Thursday  in Abuja pledged greater commitment towards the rescue of the abducted 219 Chibok Girls, saying "the US will never give up on Chibok girls".
He stated that with increased partnership with other international and regional allies, he would also support efforts to rescue other victims of the sect.

He also said there has been renewed cooperation, coordination, information gathering and sharing among key allies in the war against Boko Haram, a development he said would translate to an eventual rescue of the girls.

Speaking through the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power who was at the sit-out of BringBackOurgirls (BBOG) advocacy group in Abuja, Obama said:
: "You should know that  thousands of miles away, in small classrooms in  United States to big institutions like the United Nations,  people know about what you do  everyday. And on behalf of those people who recognise your resilience, determination and stubbornness and your humanity , I thank you.

"As a parent, as a human being, I can't really imagine the frustration that you feel. I'm sure seeing United States officials coming here, only with that frustration, you think we are the  super power‎, if we really want this, we could just  with the snap of our fingers, it will happen. We wish that was so.

"But what I have to tell you as the person representing President Obama is that we will never give up, the US will never give up. We will never give up. Then I can tell you that everyday we know more and more and everyday in working with our partners and the partnership is getting stronger. I just came back from Cameroon, I came from Chad, from Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters.

"The coordination is getting better, information sharing is getting better. United States, United Kingdom, the French, the coordination is getting better and we now have a willing partner and that's critical for us.

"We can bring back those girls from the start. We need to bring back these girls and all the other children who have been taken by Boko Haram by pursuing the use of military force against these terrorists, by respecting human rights , by providing economic opportunities and by splitting out the methods and tactics of this monstrous evil group so that we can reach the destination that we all have worked for. 

"I wish we can all come together and celebrate the return of these girls. I long for that day and I know that nobody longs for it more than you, nobody longs for it more than a parents who just want their girls back.

"We are motivated by you, we are inspired by you. We are bringing more resources to bear everyday and I hope with the political will now on the ground combined with those resources, we would be able to some day, soon be able to celebrate the reunion that we have been waiting for too long", she said.
Leader of the group, ‎Dr. Oby Ezekwezili who welcomed Samantha Power to the group described her as a leading light in the fight for human rights in the world, noting that the major obstacle to the rescue of the girls has been a lack of credible intelligence.

Suicide bombers kill eight at IDP camp

At least eight people at a camp for people displaced were killed by two female suicide bombers according to security forces on Thursday.
The bombings happened around 8 a.m. on Wednesday in the town of Banki on the edge of Borno state, near the border with Cameroon.

Magu sends red alert to MDAs as EFCC uncovers 37,395 ghost civil servants

Violators of the provisions of the Procurement Act risk five to 10 years imprisonment according to Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu,.
Magu, who lamented the widespread procurement fraud in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, further disclosed that civil servants found guilty under the Act might also face dismissal from service.
Speaking on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 during  the EFCC Anti-corruption Sensitization Programme organised for the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Magu urged civil servants to familiarise themselves with the procurement Act, adding that EFCC would  not spare anyone  found to be involved in fraud against the Nigerian people.
‘‘The programme, which we are flagging-off this morning, is specially designed for employees of public and private institutions. It is aimed at bringing the fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes to the doorstep of this Ministry,’’ he said.
The anti-graft Czar,  who expressed the readiness of the Commission to rid MDAs of all forms of fraudulent activities, added that the sudden rise in the number of petitions relating to the violations of the Public Procurement Ac( 2007)  had led to the setting up of a Procurement Fraud Unit within the Commission.  
He added that the EFCC was working in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Account-General of the Federation to weed out ghost workers.
According to him, ‘‘Currently, EFCC working in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Account-General of the Federation has uncovered Thirty-seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety-five (37,395) ghost workers in the Federal civil service and has cost the Federal Government close to One Billion Naira.’’
Our investigations have so far revealed that the Federal Government has lost close to One Billion Naira to these ghost workers. The figure will definitely increase as we unravel more ghost workers buried deep in Federal Civil Service payrolls.’’
Magu also expressed his gratitude to the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN; Minister of State , Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustafa Baba Shauri and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Eng. Abubakar Magaji for accepting to partner the EFCC in the anti-graft war.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar G. Magaji, urged civil servants to collectively fight the monster of corruption in public service, adding that the fight could not be fought by one person.
According to him, “Corruption, as we know is generally responsible for the high level of illiteracy, poverty and low level of infrastructural provision in the states of the Federation and the nation in general.”
He also commended the EFCC for initiating the programme which, according to him, would serve as a guide to all the staff of the Ministry.

American singer and song writer, Prince dies at 57

American singer and songwriter Prince, who pioneered "the Minneapolis sound" and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom is dead.
He died Thursday at age 57.
His publicist Yvette Noel-Schure in a release said: "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57."

Nigerian Navy restricts 200 HP outboard engines on waterway

As part of measures put in place to checkmate crimes in the nation’s coastal waters, especially the menace of piracy and smuggling, the Nigerian Navy wishes to remind all seafarers and companies operating within the coastal waters that there will soon be a restriction on the use of 200 horse power (HP) Outboard Engines on our waterways. 
The measure which is part of strategic efforts by the Service to ensure that the nation’s coastal waterways are secure for legitimate activities, became necessary due to the fact that pirates and other criminals use this high powered caliber engines to proceed into international waters within the Gulf of Guinea. It has also been observed that the criminals carry out their nefarious activities at sea with the aid of this class of engines which are mounted on boats stowed on mother ships. 

Sierra Leone Maritime administration seeks partnership with NIMASA

The Sierra-Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) hassolicited the support of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the areas of capacity building of its personnel for effective Port State Control and training of seafarers.

Representative of the Director General, NIMASA, Mrs. Juliana Gunwa presenting a souvenir to the Chairman of the Board of Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Mr. Lansana Dambuya while the Head of Public Relations, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka looks on during a working visit of the SLMA to NIMASA.
Mr. Lansana Dambuya, the Chairman of the Board of SLMA who led a delegation of some Board Members and Management to NIMASA on a working visit,commended NIMASA for its capacity building initiatives saying it was a model worthy of emulation.

The Ogoni clean-up and Buhari’s integrity (Opinion)

During the build-up to the 2015 presidential elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, had hinged its campaign on one major advantage: President Buhari’s credibility. Buhari became exceptionally unique, standing out as an open, honest and most believable among the candidates for the presidential election. At least, his party’s campaign messages made him so. It was an offer that would attract many among a Nigerian political class where lies, failed promises, self interest, rights violations, and insensitivity to the sufferings of the poor were dominant.
Buhar’s long absence from political leadership, his previous success at prosecuting the War Against Indiscipline, WAI, were attractive credentials to impress anyone that he had something different to offer and represented a deviation from the politically corrupt system we now commonly acknowledge.

TSA now N2.7trn as OAGF working towards Early Salary Payment

The Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, (OAGF) has given assurance that the Federal Government is working out modalities to ensure that payment of Federal Government workers are paid early, in line with the directives of Mr. President. The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris gave the assurance during an interactive session with a team of journalists led by Director News Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Alhaji Sani Sulieman.

UN tourism agency to help boost tourism in Nigeria - Minister

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is to work with the government of Nigeria to boost tourism in the country, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.

The Minister, who met with the UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai on the sidelines of the 19-21 April UNWTO Commission for Africa meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday, said the global tourism agency agreed to design a two-year Plan of Action to promote tourism in Nigeria.

He said the Secretary-General, who attended the meeting with other members of the UNWTO's decision-making Execuitive Council, also invited the Minister to the Organisation's headquarters in Spain, during which he is expected to meet with the UNWTO, private sector investors and Spanish government officials.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal cleared on alleged ₦10mn bribe

The Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Hon Danladi Yakubu Umar, has been exonerated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on the alleged ten million naira (N10million) bribed by one AbdulRashid Owolabi, in his petition to the Commission.

The letter conveyed to that effect by EFCC was addressed to the Secretary to Government of the Federation, captioned "RE: Investigation Report RE: N10million  Bribery Allegation against the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja" with reference NO: EFCC/P/NHRU/688/V.30/99, dated 20th April, 2016.

The letter which was signed by Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo, Secretary to the Commission reads:, ‘‘kindly recall our correspondence of 5th March, 2015, (reference EFCC/EC/SGF/03/56) with the above subject, please."

It added: ‘‘We would like to reiterate the Commission’s position in regard to this matter as earlier communicated to you and stated that the allegations leveled against Justice Umar were mere suspicious and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence."

Today’s clearance letter was second to the previous one sent on the 5th March,2015 during last of administration of President Goodluck Jonathan through the office of the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation Chief Pius Anyim.

Africa Finance Corporation launches Africa Project Developers Initiative

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) alongside its development partners has announced the launch of the Africa Project Developers Initiative (APDI).
APDI is a think tank and network to promote and enable project development in Africa. It creates a platform that fosters continuous dialogue amongst members, standardises project development documentation, develops market benchmarks, enables knowledge transfer, leads and facilitates independent research and serves as a policy advocacy forum for the industry.

Recruitment: B' Haram now gives loans to youth as bait for membership

Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to providing loans to young entrepreneurs and artisans in the North East as a way of inducing them for recruitment, according to Defence Hqtrs.
The major targets of the unholy business engagement are youths in the North East, especially the butchers, traders, tailors, beauticians and other vocational entrepreneurs who could be easily enticed with such loan without paying attention to sundry inherent dangers associated with the acceptance of such goodies from this satanic group or unfamiliar source.
After such loans, the beneficiaries are given the option of either joining the group or risk being killed if they fail to pay the loan as at when due, whereas the payment has been surreptitiously programmed to fail by the benefactor, the Boko Haram.

A release by Defence hqtrs signed by Brigadier General RABE ABUBAKAR Acting Director Defence Information
warned that it is “pertinent to state that having been effectively decimated and degraded, the remnant or surviving splinter groups of Boko Haram are desperate to recruit more people into their ranks and files as a result of sustained onslaught against them by the troops.  

The Defence Headquarters hereby advises the general public, especially those in the North East, to constantly be weary and conscious of various tactics of the desperate Boko Haram.  

They should be guided to avoid loan or financial assistance from non-conventional source but from conventional financial institutions such as banks, organised trade unions or institutionalised savings and loans establishments.”

Oshiomhole builds 30-feet deep underground drainage system in Benin

Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole  has assured residents of Sokponba Area of Benin City that the over 30-feet deep underground drainage project which is ongoing will bring a lasting solution to the problem of flooding in the area.
He also his administration is determined to complete on-going road and drainage projects at the Second East Circular and Sokponba areas of the state capital. Already sections of the dual carriageway road on Second East has been asphalted.
Speaking during an inspection of projects at the Second East Circular and Sokponba Roads in Benin City, Governor Oshiomhole said, the government is doing everything possible to ensure completion of the projects before the full rainy season.

Search and rescue is a collective responsibility – NIMASA DG

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that Search and Rescue (SAR) operation is a collective responsibility in the West and Central Africa Region and the entire global maritime scene.
Dr. Peterside was speaking during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Technical Session of the Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC), comprising of the West and Central Africa Sub-Region, that held in Lagos, Nigeria recently.
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