Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Wike appoints Joseph Yobo as Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has appointed former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo as  Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development to the  Governor.  
The governor  has also appointed  Mr Chibuzor Aholu as Senior  Special Assistant to the Governor on Financial Matters.

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media  noted that  both appointments  take immediate  effect. 

Religious violence: Curfew imposed on Pandogari, Niger State

Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade of 1 Division, Nigerian Army on operation MESA has intervened and restored law and order in Pandogari where a mob attacked and killed a man for alleged posting of blasphemous story on social media againsr Prophet Muhammad. A dusk to down curfew was imposed in the town. At about 6pm yesterday, 29 May 2016, one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24 year old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media.

Religious violence: Curfew imposed on Pandogari, Niger State

Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade of 1 Division, Nigerian Army on operation MESA has intervened and restored law and order in Pandogari where a mob attacked and killed a man for alleged posting of blasphemous story on social media againsr Prophet Muhammad. A dusk to down curfew was imposed in the town. At about 6pm yesterday, 29 May 2016, one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24 year old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media.

Religious violence: Curfew imposed on Pandogari, Niger State

Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade of 1 Division, Nigerian Army on operation MESA has intervened and restored law and order in Pandogari where a mob attacked and killed a man for alleged posting of blasphemous story on social media againsr Prophet Muhammad. A dusk to down curfew was imposed in the town. At about 6pm yesterday, 29 May 2016, one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24 year old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media.

No propaganda can break workers' resolve to take their pay, APC tells Fayose

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has reacted to Governor Ayodele Fayose's allegation that the party was behind workers' resolve to embark on strike to demand for their five months salaries and other allowances, including payment of pensions arrears.
Fayose had called for an "emergency meeting" with drivers' unions to be coincided with PDP rally against workers' strike protesting non-payment of their five months salaries.
At the rally, PDP members and thugs, including drivers who are PDP members, were decked in drivers unions uniforms protesting against workers' strike. 
At the rally, Fayose blamed APC for workers protest, accusing the party of manipulating workers to frustrate his government.

We are not privatizing our schools – Oyo clarifes

The Oyo State government has debunked insinuations that its new policy direction on education is aimed at privatizing its secondary schools, just as it clarified that the proposed partnership with stakeholders would not lead to retrenchment of a single teacher.
The government’s position was conveyed at a news conference by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yo,mi Layinka, in Ibadan, on Tuesday
Other stakeholders at the press briefing were the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Aderonke Makanjuola; and her counterpart in the Information and Culture ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju.    
The government’s representatives said the press conference was called to allay the fears of members of the public who have been fed with what he called half truth and outright falsehood by a few uninformed individuals and organizations.
As a governor elected on the popular mandate of the people for a historic second term, Layinka said that Senator Abiola Ajimobi would not take any decision that would be against the overriding interest of the public.

Delta Lawmakers pass vote of confidence on Okowa, Igbuya, others

Lawmakers of the Delta State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, praised Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya and other principal officers of the House for strengthening the bond of unity, fostering the spirit of oneness, enhancing development and promoting good governance.
The lawmakers also passed a vote of confidence on the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya and other principal officers of the House.
This followed a motion moved by the representative of Warri South 11 state constituency, Barrister Dennis Omovie, during the proceedings in the legislature.
Omovie is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member.

One year in office: Media group scores Gov. Okowa low

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and his cabinet have been described as a collection of men and women who lacked vision and proactive leadership qualities to rescue the state from its present economic mess.
Rescue Delta Media Group (RDMG) in a statement by its Convener, Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe made the assertion and further posited that the state executive council performed below expectation in terms of sound economic policies and enthusiasm required to revamp the state dwindling economic status occasioned by reckless looting and financial mismanagement by previous and present administrations.
The group berated Gov Okowa for keeping deaf years to reported cases of corruption and sharp practices perpetrated by some mediocre Commissioners and lay about head of Agencies and Departments, particularly alleged misappropriation of funds by the leadership of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
The statement further added:

Buhari attacking the basic infrastructure of corruption – Ndoma-Egba

Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, is the Senior Partner of Ndoma-Egba, Ebri & Co. law firm. In this interview, the legal expert cum politician gave President Muhammadu Buhari a pass mark in his evaluation of the President’s performance in office one year after. Ndoma-Egba noted that Buhari has so far done very well in the fight against corruption and insecurity. He, however, observed that he has to put in more efforts to excite Nigerians in the area of the economy. The ex-Senate Leader equally dwelt on other important national issues.
How would you assess the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office considering the fact that it came with full force on the mantra of change?
The one year in office, I would say we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly; the bad and the ugly not necessarily attributable to the actions or inactions of the present administration. The bad and the ugly were largely inherited because from what we now hear and read things were far worse than we ever imagined.  And given the kind of rot that is now becoming evident, the change that we anticipated will be slower than expected because it means we have to arrest the rot first before you can begin to build. And for me, the good news is that one is beginning to see the will to take painful decisions that we have not made in the past. What is comforting now is the political will to take decisions that we must take if we must survive.

President approves high level commission on ease of doing business-VP

Federal Government has again emphasized the need for ease of doing business in the country just as President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the formation of a Presidential Commission on the matter, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a high-powered commission to work on the issues around the ease of doing business in the country," the Vice President announced while presiding  over the first Quarterly Consultation between the presidency and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Friday afternoon.
Prof. Osinbajo said “the commission will have a secretariat to be headed by a private sector professional," who will be appointed to lead the secretariat of the presidential commission that will now pay even greater attention and focus to the issues of doing business in the country.

Inspector-General of police orders disarmament of IPOB activists

Following the manifestation of the disposition of the armed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) activists to undertake premeditated attacks on Police officers engage in operations aimed at restoring public order in States in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zone of the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has directed the Assistant Inspectors General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in the affected area to disarm members of the group operating firearms immediately.
The IGP noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation. 
IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring him/her to deserved justice, while all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and assures Nigerians of its commitment to their safety and security.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Gunmen invade Rivers community, kill 5, sack community

No fewer than six persons were killed in Ibaa community, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, following a renewed attack by some bandits in the area.
On the wee hours of Sunday, some gunmen alleged to be members of Greenlanders cult group visited Ibaa community under a heavy gunfire killing six people, Mr. Prince Nyenke, Mr. Dirinna, Mr. Kpomasiruchi, Mr. ThankGod Obisike and two others.
The gunmen had invaded the community in reprisal against its rival cult group, the Icelanders.
A source disclosed that the gunmen laid siege to the community and operated freely without interruption from any quarters. It noted that the strange visitors were moving from house to house in search of the members of the Icelanders.

APC to Fayose: Leave Fayemi out of your deceitful dealings with Ekiti people

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has been warned by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to stop maligning former Governor Kayode Fayemi over inability to pay workers' salaries.
APC said blaming the former governor for purportedly plunging the state to debts is a wicked manipulation of the ignorance of the people to justify "an unconscionable and mindless treatment of Ekiti workers while Fayose enjoys lavish life".
Praising Ekiti workers for their steadfast resolve to continue their strike over Fayose's deceitful way to deny them their entitlement, Olatunbosun explained that just like in 2003 during his first term, "Fayose is here again with his lies with intent to defraud".
Fayose had during his last weekend media chat blamed Fayemi for taking loans that would last till 2036 for full repayment. He said deductions from Federal allocation for debt payments had left the state with a peanut not enough to pay salary.
But reacting in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, accused the governor of insincerity and employing ignorance of the people to deceive Ekiti workers over the financial status of the state.

AMCON: FG inaugurates presidential committee on loans recovery

A Presidential Inter-Agency Committee on recovery of loans granted to commercial banks and corporate organizations by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has been set up by the Federal Government.

This was revealed in a statement made available to the media on Monday by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, spokesman of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN who said the inauguration was held on Thursday, 19th May, 2016 in Abuja.

Isah explained that the Minister who heads the Committee in his speech recounted that AMCON was established by the Act of the National Assembly to prevent the collapse of the Nigerian banking sector following the banking crisis as a result of the Bank Consolidation Reforms in 2008.

NIMASA’s commitment to maritime capacity building is unwavering- Dr. Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has again reiterated its commitment to the development of maritime capacity for the growth of the Nation’s maritime sector.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this while presenting a paper on "NIMASA’s Efforts Towards Human Capacity Development in the Maritime Industry" at a sensitization forum organised to engender students' interest in shipping in Lagos recently.
Dr. Peterside who was represented at the event by the Agency’s Director of Maritime Labour Services Mrs. Juliana Gunwa explained that the Act setting up NIMASA specifically highlighted the functions of the Agency to include human capacity building which is evident in the successes recorded in the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Rob Kardashian’s records remarkable weight loss

Rob Kardashian’s life has changed since he met Blac Chyna. The 29-year-old who recently announced that he and Blac Chyna were engaged and expecting their first child together — took to Instagram on Wednesday to post side-by-side shots of himself from June 2015 and today.

Gbenro Ajibade and wife Osas expecting first baby

Top Nollywood couple, Gbenro and Osas Ajibade are set to join the club of parenthoo. They are expecting their child.

Osas has been off social radar just to keep a low profile about her pregnancy but in a recent interview with Genevieve magazine, the whole happiness was revealed as they annonced that they are expecting their first child.

Nigerian Air Force redeploys twelve officers of Air Rank

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has redeployed 12 officers of Air Rank comprising 10 Air Vice Marshals (AVM) and 2 Air Commodores (Air Cdre). Those affected by the new deployment include AVMs Auwal Muhammed as Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC) Makurdi; Emmanuel Agwungwu as Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command (AOC MC) Yenagoa; Nurudeen Balogun as Air Officer Commanding Training Command (AOC TC) Kaduna, and Sani Ahmed as Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command (AOC LC), Lagos.
Others include AVMs Wakili Ahmed as Director of Policy, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force; Uko Ebong as College Secretary, National Defence College, Abuja; Emmanuel Akogu as Commandant Air War College, Makurdi; and Benjamin Nweze as Director of Electronic Warfare, Defence Headquarters (DHQ). 

Other AVMs affected by the redeployment are AVMs Olusoji Amomodu appointed Director of Plans (HQ NAF) and Isiaka Amao as Director of Operations (HQ NAF). The 2 Air Commodores are Dahiru Sanda appointed Deputy Director Transformation (DHQ) and Ibrahim Lawal appointed Commander 339 Base Services Group, Kano.

The redeployment, as a routine exercise, is aimed at ensuring that the NAF is effectively manned for operational efficiency and effectiveness in line with the vision of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar. You are therefore please requested to disseminate the information through your mass medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

Magu preaches integrity as commission launches ‘Clean Hands’ campaign

Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has charged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of ‘ living with clean hands’  as a way of stamping out corruption from the society.
Magu, who stated that the job of EFCC entails confronting looters of the nation’s commonwealth, taking on impunity and restoring hope to the hopeless, said the Commission had been reshaping the face of law enforcement in Nigeria in the past 13 years.
In his welcome address titled ‘‘We Must Win The War on Corruption and Impunity’’  during the launch of EFCC Clean Hands Campaign on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the anti-graft Czar added that the Commission had kept faith with its mandate and the expectations of Nigerians.
 ‘‘In just six months of this year, we have secured over 140 convictions, including some elusive ‘high profile’ criminals. We have recovered billions of dollars worth of stolen funds and blocked numerous avenues of money laundering,’’ he said.

Nigeria now the toast of the international community--Onu

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (left) with the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu when the latter paid the APC National Chairman a courtesy visit at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu stated on Thursday that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has repaired Nigeria’s previously battered international image. He said in one year under President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, Nigeria has become the toast of the international community.
Onu said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
During the visit, the APC National Chairman stated that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is very much oncourse to delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians. He said President Buhari administration has removed impunity from the polity.

Vertical and horizontal partnership required to grow the maritime sector - Dr. Peterside

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside presenting a souvenir to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Rolf Ree when he paid a courtesy visit to the Head Office of the Agency in Lagos.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has averred that vertical and horizontal partnership is required to grow the Nigerian maritime sector.
The DG stated this when he played host to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Rolf Ree in his Office.
Dr. Peterside who described Norway as a great maritime nation which has earned global acclaim as a complete maritime cluster that is driven by technological development. The DG/CEO   also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to partner with the Norwegian Government and its Maritime Authority for mutual benefit and thus propel the growth and development of the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He further reiterated the resolve of the Agency to ensuring safety and security on the nation’s waterways, noting that it will attract more investors to the country. 
Norway has a lot to benefit from Nigeria as we are a major player in Africa especially the hydro carbon trade and the Country has a lot to benefit from Norway, in the areas of expertise and technology needed to develop the sector. To this end the Agency is prepared to enter into a partnership, provided it protects Nigeria's interest and it is in accordance to our laws”, the DG said.

Development of Ogoni land: Wike flags off construction of Sakpenwa-Bori Road

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike flagging off the  dualization of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road on Thursday

The people  of  Ogoni  Ethnic  Nationality on Thursday  went into wild celebration as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike flagged off  the construction of the strategic Sakpenwa-Bori Road.
Performing  the  flag off of the construction of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road in the  presence  of  the key leaders, traditional  chiefs , women and youth groups  of the Ogoni land,  the  governor  said  that  the  Ogoni  people stood by him all through  the  electioneering period, pointing  out  that  the  dualization  of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road is in fulfilment  of  the  covenant  he entered  with the people. 
He assured that the Sakpenwa-Bori Road  will be completed  within the scheduled  time  of 15 months as his administration  will  diligently  fund the  contract. 
He added that  he has even started discussing with the contractor to  ensure that the completion  date is reduced  to  12 months. 

Fish out charlatans impersonating qualified surveyors - Ajimobi

The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has urged members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors to fish out those he called quacks and charlatans impersonating their members to accord the profession its due recognition. The governor gave the advice through a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, on Thursday, on the occasion of the association’s annual general meeting.
The governor used the opportunity to congratulate the state’s branch of the NIS for producing the 20th president of the institution, Mr. Akin Oyegbola, who was inaugurated at the AGM, held in Osogbo, Osun State.   

NNPC commends NSCDC personnel, seeks for collaboration.

The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has commended the efforts of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in curtailing the recent problem of fuel scarcity, diversion, hoarding and long queue at the filling stations across the Nation.
The commendation however came with a request by the NNPC seeking for more collaboration and partnership with the Corps in ensuring that more Personnel are deployed to the various depots across the Federation in order to escort trucks loaded with petroleum products from the depots to the final destination of discharging at the Filling Stations.
This request according to the Management of NNPC represented by Sam Otoboeze, is to curtail act of diversion of products and other illicit acts that might lead to artificial hoarding and scarcity  of the products thereby bringing untold hardship on the populace.

RIWAMA sole administrator warns service providers on default of instructions

Henceforth, any service provider or contractor with the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) who fails to clean up and decongest all assigned zones of dirt and wastes do so at the risk of their jobs.
The warning has become imperative and is coming at the instance of the Sole Administrator of the agency, Bro Felix Obuah in line with the preparations to mark the one year in office of the State Governor, Chief Barr Nyesom Wike and the ongoing commissioning of projects by His Excellency across the State within the period under review.

Ese Oruru delivers baby girl

Ese Oruru, the 14-year old girl that was allegedly kidnapped and taken to Kano where she was converted ti Islam and married without the consent of her parents has given birth to a baby girl in the early hours of Thursday in Yenagoa.
Ese is being sheltered at the police offiers mess since she was retrieved from her abductor and brought back to Bayelsa
She was said to have gone into labour this morning and was taken to the Government House Clinic where she was delivered of a baby girl.

Jigawa Gov to reshuffle cabinet May 29

Governor Muhammad Abubakar of Jigawa state may announced a minor reshufflement of his cabinet members, seven commissioners may be affected for what the governor described as incompetence and sabotage.
The governor who decried lack of human relationship among some of his cabinet members shown to the electorates couple with lackadaisical attitude of not assisting them may be the number one factor for the minor reshufflement.
Badaru who was furious about the non-challant attitude of some of his commissioners, intended to make the decision early this month of reshufflement but was advised by the party leadership to suspend till some other time which the governor was said to have agreed.
Vanguard  further gathered from a close source that, governor Badaru intend to make the minor reshufflement in his one year in office speech come May, 29, the source added that names of state treasury looters will be mentioned on the same date for the people of the state to know.
The decision of Governor Badaru to make urgent reshufflement according to further investigation might not be unconnected with the recent untimely retirement of some competent permanent secretaries who most believes are the engine rooms in their various ministries.
It was however gathered that since the untimely retirement of 11 permanent secretaries by Governor Badaru things have worsen with simple instructions some can not abide by it especially when if it relate to their civic responsibilities.
Contacted, special assistant to the governor on media and publicity, Muhammad Bello Zaki  said as per as he is concern he is not aware of this development, saying he has not heard it from the governor neither from any body, added that people should wait for the time if the governor announced the reshufflement they can spread.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Mercy Johnson’s husband set to become Edo Deputy Governor

The hubby of top Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson is set to be the deputy governor of Edo State.
Prince Odi Okojie is already the favorite of many of the top running mate to most guber aspirants of the PDP in the forthcoming primaries in the state.

He is currently the toast of many of the party’s top guns in the state and from all indications, Okojie is likely going to hold sway as the deputy governor of the state.

Julius Agwu and Basketmouth show off kids on cultural day in school

It's cultural day in the schools of both comedians’ kids and their mums got them dressed up in in fancy traditional attire representing their states, and they look really amazing.

Julius Agwu shared the adorable picture of his two little cute kids, Zahra and Zadok dressed in Ikwerre outfits while comedian, Basketmouth took to his page and shared a photo of daughter, Janelle all decked in traditional attire for cultral day in school.

Another court orders FG to allow Dasuki access lawyers

For the third time, the Federal Government has been ordered to allow the detained former National Security Adviser, Colonel Muhammad Sambo Dasuki to have unhindered access his lawyers for consultation and briefing in order to allow him prepared adequately for his trial.
The court also granted one-month permission to former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa who is standing trial along with Dasuki to go to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the Lesser Hajj.
In the latest order an Abuja High court ordered that Dasuki must be released to his team of lawyers for 8 working days to take briefing from him and prepare for the trial in the criminal charges filed against him by the Federal Government.

United Kingdom, Australia deport 40 Nigerians for immigration offences

United Kingdom and Australia yesterday jointly deported 40 Nigerians for various immigration offences. The deportees comprising male and female arrived at the hajj camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport with chartered aircraft.
This is the second time such deportation is being made. Sometime in April, 48 Nigerians were jointly deported by UK and Switzerland Governments for residing in their countries illegally . It would also be recalled that last year, more than forty Nigeria were similarly deported from UK for what the United Kingdom government   called immigration offences. Despite the protest of the deportees that they were not given fair hearing, they were forcefully deported to Nigeria.
The latest deportees came in two separate chartered flights. One of the chartered aircraft with the registration number ZTA -4741arrived Lagos  Airport with 36 Nigerians comprising 29 males and seven females. Also, Air Seychelles with   registration number SND-1 brought four males into the country for similar immigration offences.

FG appoints chief executives of information parastatals

The Federal Government has appointed the Chief Executives of six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and
The appointments were announced in Abuja on Wednesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The new Chief Executives are:
1. Mr. Ishaq Modibo Kawu - Director-General, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC
2. Mr. Mansur Liman - Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)
3. Mr. Yakubu Mohammed - Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
4. Dr. Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA)
5. Mr. Bayo Onanuga - Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
6. Mr. Osita Okechukwu - Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON)
The new appointees replace the Chief Executives of the parastatals who were disengaged on Feb. 15th 2016
The appointments take immediate effect

I will never renege on my pledges to Rivers people- Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has stated that  he will never renege on his pledges to Rivers people, saying  he is committed to  the  development  of  the  state. 
Speaking  in Port Harcourt on Wednesday while commissioning the New Borikiri Road  (Dr Abiye Sekibo road), Njamanze/ Abonnema Wharf Road   and the Industry Road,  the governor  said  that  the road projects are targeted at improving  the  living condition  of  the  people. 
During  the  commissioning  of  the New Road Borikiri, Governor  Wike  said  he directed the reconstruction  of the Borikiri New Road after Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo drew his attention  to  the  suffering  of  the  densely populated suburb.
He said: "I am happy  that this important  road has been delivered  to  improve  the  living condition  of  the  people  of  Borikiri.  This is in fulfilment  of  the  promise  I made  to the people after I trekked to this community alongside  Dr Abiye Sekibo and Rt Hon Austin Opara. 

Police nabs 5 of the suspects involved in the attack on Enugu Community

In its renewed determination to rid the society of crimes and all forms of criminality, the police have arrested five of the suspects involved in the midnight raid on Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on 25/04/2016,   as operatives of theIGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based on credible technical intelligence swooped on them.

The IGP’s IRT, based on the intelligence gathered on the attack, arrested the following suspects viz: Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Sale Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute, and recovered one Gionee L88 mobile phone with memory card containing the video recording of the massacre in the community.

Kaduna govt recovers 30,000 rustled cows, 500 donkeys and 50 dogs

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has recovered a total of 59,515 stolen animals, among them, 30,000 cows, 20,000 sheep, 9,000 goats, 500 donkeys and 55 dogs, said Col. Yakubu Yususu Soja (retd), Coordinator of Operation Yaki.
Addressing journalists at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, Soja said that under the leadership of El-Rufai, bandits, kidnappers and sundry criminals have been having a rough time in the state.
Cattle rustling have become a menace in most states in northern Nigeria including Kaduna State. During the period under review, the Joint Operation Yaki outfit has launched a war against cattle rustling where a total number of 59,515 animals were recovered in various parts of the state.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Blac Chyna so happy about Rob Kardashian, posts ultra sound scan photo

Blac Chyna has shared the first photo of the new Kardashian baby on the horizon, posting a photo of her ultrasound scan as she gushed about her fiancé Rob Kardashian.

Woman abducted by Boko Haram and sent to bomb Kano market escapes

A woman, who was abducted by Boko Haram, has luckily escaped her captors. She told police she was drugged by the abductors, who planned to use her as a suicide bomber to attack a marketplace in the city of Kano.
The 30-year-old, Khadija Ibrahim, is now in "safe custody... undergoing post-traumatic rehabilitation", Kano police spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya told the BBC's Hausa service. Ibrahim said there was another woman in the car with her who too seemed drugged. The police are now hunting for the abductors to track the other kidnapped woman.
Following her escape, Ibrahim told reporters she was waiting for a bus to hospital in the north eastern part of the city of Maiduguri when two men abducted her in a car on the pretext of offering her a lift.
As soon as she was in the car, the abductors placed something on her nose and she became unconscious, the mother of three said.

Arms Deal: How I received N108m from Badeh - Witness

The fourth prosecution witness, PW4, Mustapha Yerima, at the resumed trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, Air Chief Marshal Alex S. Badeh, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 gaveJustice Okon E. Abang of the FederalHigh Court  Abuja a blow-by-blow account of how he was paid the sum of N108million through Badeh’s company, Vetivo Nigeria Limited.
Yerima's testimony stated that the process of the payment came through a third party.
The payment that came through a third party is as a result of the meeting between myself, Air Comodore Yushau (a retired Air Commodore and former director of finance and account) and Badeh. This was prior to my meeting with AirCommodore Yushau and Barrister Timothy Muje.  At the meeting, Yushau introduced Timothy to me as the lawyer to Air Chief Marshall Badeh since he (Yushau) was retiring. He said I should transfer all the necessary documents to the lawyer (Timothy).’’

Judge: Bill Cosby to stand trial for assault charges

More than 40 women have spoken out to various media outlets about allegations of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby. Here are 25, in chronological order, who have spoken with CNN, spoken on camera about their allegations or been the subject of responses from Cosby's attorneys. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/showbiz/bill-cosby-allegations-repercussions/index.html" target="_blank">Read more on the allegations and Cosby's denials. </a>

Over a decade after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, Bill Cosby will finally go to trial.
At a pretrial hearing Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Cosby's next court date will be July 20.
Cosby faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. She was the first of more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.
If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison.

FG closes its case against Peter Orubebe, adjourns

The prosecution counsel of the case against former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godsday Peter Orubebe, Mr. M. S. Diri, DPP of the Federation, represented by Ejike Augustine Orji (SSC), who hold in brief for the DPP, closed its case against the Accused person.
Mr Orji, earlier told the court today in Abuja, that the matter was slated for continuation of trial by calling on the Prosecution Witness II, to testify against the Accused person, noting that ‘‘having review the case, we felt there is no further course to call for any other witness to this matter, to this we humbly apply to close our case for the prosecution’’. 
The defence Counsel led by Selekowei Larry (SAN), told the Tribunal that they were taken by surprise with the development, he said they did not envisaged this development before now, he prayed that in such circumstance he needed an adjournment to prepare for their defence, subject to the convenience of the tribunal.

The Tribunal, Chaired by Hon Danladi Yakubu Umar obliged the application of the defence Counsel, by adjourning to 31st of May, 2016 for the accused person to open his defence.

Omisore wanted by EFCC over N700 million cash

Senator Iyiola Omisore, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been declared wanted bt the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the N700 million which the former Deputy Governor reportedly received from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The EFCC said he has been unable to explain why he got the money from the NSA, who is also standing trial for breach of public office and money laundering in three separate courts of law in Abuja.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the EFCC said Omisore had been evading the commission after being served with a formal invitation to appear for questioning on what he knew about the money.

African leaders will give priority to available energy sources to advance development--Osinbajo says at ADB meeting in Zambia

African leaders would give priority to urgent matters of development including the use of fossil fuels and coal to generate power, while also attending to important issues around Climate Change.
This disclosure was expressed today by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, at the ongoing African Development Bank annual general meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, where he and other African leaders spoke at the High Level Roundtable on the theme: Energy and Climate Change.
According to him, "for us, priority today is development and we have to take development seriously," recalling for instance the fact that 45% of those who don't have access to power in the world are from Africa and adding that almost half of that African share are in Nigeria.
Said he: "we are faced with a very dire situation and in most of Africa we simply don't have power and without power there is very little that can be done."

Federal High Court orders INEC to recognise Markarfi as PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman

A Port Harcourt Federal High Court    has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to recognise the  National Caretaker Committee appointed  by the 2016 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  in Port Harcourt  on May 21, 2016.
In an injunction  delivered  by  Justice A.M. Liman in Suit  NO: FHC/PH/CS/524/2016, the  court ruled : "Leave is hereby granted  to  the applicant herein to issue as 'concurrent ' the  originating summons and other processes in this suit are for service  on the  defendants /respondents herein outside the jurisdiction of this court at Abuja.
The Federal High Court, Port Harcourt  also restrained Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewole Oladipo and other sacked members  of  the  National Working Committee and National Executive Committee from  parading themselves  as officials  of the PDP. 

Edo Govt approves appointment of new Oba of Benin

Edo State Government has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, with effect from 29th April, 2016.
In a letter dated 24th May, 2016 signed by the Secretary to State Government, Prof Julius Omozuanvbo Ihonvbere, OON, titled: “Appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin” the Government said:  “it is hereby notified for general information that in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 19 (1) of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Law, 1979  (as amended) and by virtue of all other laws enabling it in that behalf, the Executive Council of the Edo State Government of Nigeria has approved the appointment of His Royal Highness Edaiken N’Uselu, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa as the Oba of Benin, with effect from 29th day of April, 2016.”

Wike's one year anniversary kicks off on Wednesday

Part of the activities commemorating Governor Nyesom Wike's one year in office will be the commissioning of over 100 kilometres of roads constructed in Rivers state within the past one year. Twelve of such roads and a water project  will be commissioned as part of activities marking his first anniversary which kicks off on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George said Governor Wike would commission Borikiri New Road, Industry Road and Njemanze-Abonnema Wharf Road onWednesday, May 25. This, he said, would be followed by the flag-off  of the Ecumenical Centre and the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park later in the day.
Dr.Tam-George said on Thursday, May 26, the Governor would  commission the Rumukurushi-Eneka-Igwuruta Road and the Eleme Water Project while the flag-off of  the Sakpenwa-Bori Road would  conclude activities for the day.

Rivers PDP takes on APC over criticism of Wike’s N10B loan

Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah has said it is disappointing and naive for the All Progressives Congress, APC, to criticize the well-intended action of Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike taking advantage of the federal government bailout of N10 Billion for the development of the State, even as the governor has unmistakably given reasons for the bailoutwhich is the payment of the salaries of the State civil servants and pensioners, stressing  that the APC’s disapproval of this effort of the governor on the borrowing in its usual ilk is unproductive and born out of grudges for the continued defeats it has suffered in the hands of the PDP in all elections in the State. The PDP further explained that there was no gainsaying the fact that the APC is resolute in engaging in senseless criticisms of the policies of the Nyesom Wike-led PDP government in Rivers State, otherwise, it should have acknowledged the unambiguous clarification on the subject as captured in the letter of the Governor to the Rivers State House of Assembly on the intent for accessing the bailout fund.

Apologise and refund N10b wasted on PDP convention, Rivers APC tells Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has been told to apologise and refund the N10 billion from the State coffers which he wasted on last Saturday’s inconclusive National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made the demand in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and issued on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.
Rivers APC said: “The well advertised PDP National Convention in Port Harcourt has come and gone with its disastrous outcome. With the party now factionalised into three, the demise of the once greatest political party in Africa is not far from sight.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Osinbajo represents Nigeria at ADB'S 51st annual general meeting in Lusaka, Zambia

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will be travelling to Lusaka today to represent Nigeria at the 51st Annual General Meeting of the African Development Bank, holding this week.
Among other activities, Prof. Osinbajo would be participating in the AGM'S High Level Panel/African Leaders Roundtable on Energy and Climate Change, which will also feature other African leaders. He would also speak on the High Level Panel on Jobs for African Youth-Turning the Demographic Dividend into Economic Dividend.
The Vice President returns to Abuja on Wednesday.

Famous sisters forget Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner is definitely the busiest member of her famous family, with the model jetting across the globe to take part in photoshoots, catwalks, and campaigns for some of the biggest designer labels.And although it might sound like the 20-year-old is living the high life, she has now admitted that she feels left out and forgotten by the rest of her huge family.

Blac Chyna reveals she’s gained 20 pounds, tells son King a her pregnancy

Baby on board! Blac Chyna took to Snapchat on Saturday, May 21, to share the latest developments of her pregnancy — and turns out, there’s definitely something to report.
In a video presumably shot inside her home, the 28-year-old makeup artist gets ready to weigh herself.
Let’s see,” she murmurs to herself before stepping on the scale. “Uh oh! Mommy gained 20 pounds.”

Nigeria is headed for a 'full-blown economic crisis'

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The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the country's economy shrank by 0.4% year-over-year in the first quarter — way worse than expected.
The country is being expected to grow by 1.8% year-over-year, according to the Bloomberg consensus.
But now analysts aren't feeling too good about the situation going forward.

Oshiomhole drops Abdul Oroh as Commissioner


Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has relieved Hon. Abdul Oroh of his appointment as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in the State, in the public interest.
His removal is with immediate effect.
The Governor also approved the appointment of Mr. Kerry Emokpare as Commissioner-designate in the State.
He thanked Hon Abdul Oroh for his invaluable services to the state and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

Chief Boko Haram bomb maker killed by colleague, another goes blind

The chief bomb maker of Boko Haram ( name not stated) might have been killed today by his colleague according to a statement signed by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman , Acting Director Army Public Relations.
The statement said that apart from his high status in the command structure of the Boko Haram terrorists, he was also one of their capable hands involved in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), coming after their chief scientist, called Abu RPG (who has been killed long ago).
The chief bomb maker  was killed by one of the body guard of the Boko Haram terrorists leader, Abubakar Shekau as he was about to run away just like several others are doing because of the intensity of Operation CRACKDOWN.
In a related development, one Julelebeeb who was appointed to take over is now completely blind because  his two eyes were shattered by  shrapnel, in the process of preparing an IED to consolidate his appointment.
“There is no doubt, this development has dealt a devastating blow on the terrorists capacity on IED preparation, suicide bombing and their ability to sustain their criminal acts.

“We would like to reassure the public that our troops are continuing with the clearance and rescue operations successfully in order to completely clear Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding.”

I am committed to a secured Kogi State - Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has reiterated his unalloyed determination to ensuring every inhabitant of Kogi State is well secured against the menaces of kidnapping, robbery and other social vices.
The recent onslaught of social miscreants on the state is considered as a test of the will of the Governor to ensure a safe Kogi that will be home to all, assuring inhabitants of scaled up attempts by his administration to redress the worrisome situation.
Governor Bello expressed shock at the rampant rate of kidnapping in the state, reiterating the readiness of his administration to wage war against those who are determined to give the state a bad name. He said he is prepared to wage war against social menace crusaders and ensure adequate security for the people of the state.

Yahaya Bello commiserates with Okun people over Obaro of Kabba

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has expressed shock over the demise of the Obaro of Kabba, HRM Oba Michael Olobayo, describing the death of the Chairman of the Okun Traditional Council as an irreparable loss to the people of Kabba, Kogi State and the nation at large.

The Governor, who described the departed royal father as an invaluable light of the government, said the shoes left behind by the late Oba Olobayo will be too large for anyone to wear.

He hailed the sterling contributions of the departed hero to the socio-economic cum development of the state and especially, his reign of peace and pragmatic leadership which endeared him to the people.

He called on the people of Kabba to remain calm and ensure that the peace the departed Royal Father died for is not harassed by his departure, pledging the support of the State Government to the people at this critical stage of their cultural history.

The Governor said the present generation of Kogi people must learn from the leadership qualities of the late Oba as a selfless, patriotic, detribalized and industrious royal father who will be remembered for uniting his people during critical periods.

He prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed and for the Kabba, Okun, Kogi and Nigerians to garner the fortitude to bear the great loss.

NIMASA will protect all national assets in its custody – Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has vowed that the Agency under his leadership will take all necessary precaution to ensure that all national assets under its care are used for the benefit of all Nigerians.
The DG said this while responding to questions from Reporters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at the weekend on the Agency’s plans to safeguard the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) from suffering the same fate as the Ship Building and Ship Acquisition Fund (SBSAF).
Dr. Peterside explained that the current management was bent on ensuring that the Agency commits itself to the principles and letters of its enabling instruments noting that NIMASA under his leadership will rededicate itself to its core functions of promoting indigenous participation in international and coastal shipping as well as regulating the maritime sector for Nigeria’s economic development.

We will not shield any militant—Wike tells Military Command

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has declared  that  nobody  will be shielded from   the military  operations  against militants sabotaging  the  nation’s  economy. 
He stated that all Niger Delta  governors oppose the use of violence  to settle grievances,  pointing out  that  the  governors are billed to meet with the Vice President on 7th of  June,  2016 to discuss  and proffer  solutions  to  the  security  situation  in the region. 
Speaking  on  Monday  at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he granted  audience  to  the  Country’s  Military High Command led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin,  Governor Wike said : "What's happening affects our state revenue.  We shall help the military  to fish out militants  blowing up  oil pipelines  in the region "

NSCDC assures persons with disability of collaboration

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has eulogized President Muhammadu Buhari for his magnanimity in creating the office of Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, describing it as the first of its kind in Nigeria.
The CG made this assertion when the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Disability Matters, Dr. Samuel Ankeli and his entourage paid courtesy visit to the NSCDC National Headquarters, Abuja.
In his remarks, Dr. Ankeli thanked the Commandant General for the warm reception given him and his team, pointing out that they came to intimate the Agency on the need for welfare package for over 25 million Persons with different disabilities in Nigeria.

Innovation in infrastructure financing is powering Africa's future

Dubai-- Responding to the substantial growing demand for infrastructure assets throughout Africa, leading global law firm Dentons and African development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) joined forces to host the Powering Africa's Future Forum. The event explored both the benefits and opportunities available to investors in infrastructure development and financing on the African continent.
With its abundance of natural resources and recent discoveries of minerals and oil and gas reserves, as well as continued strong growth despite a challenging economic environment, Africa presents unrivalled opportunities for infrastructure investment. However the availability of project structuring expertise as well as risk capital and robust regulatory frameworks is crucial to making projects commercially viable, in particular in the beginning stages of a project.

Court overrules FG over Lawyer’s access to Dasuki

The Federal Government's decision to confine the detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Muhammed Sambo Dasuki (Rtd.) to the premises of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS) has been overruled by A Federal High court sitting in Abuja. He has been permitted to access and brief his lawyer in the on-going trial of criminal charges on corruption brought against him.
Dasuki who had been granted bails by three different high courts, met the bail conditions but was re-arrested by the operatives of DSS since December last year but yet to be released.
The court ordered that ex-NSA must be allowed to access and brief his lawyers at a neutral place instead of the premises of the DSS headquarters in Abuja so as to enable him prepare adequately for his defence in the trial. 

Tiwa Savage set to leave Mavin Records label

There are indications that Tiwa Savage may be leaving Mavin Records immediately she ended her contract with the record label. Information from the grapevine revealed that the singer has been the one financing her musical works and not the label and that all is not well between the singer and the record label owned by Don Jazzy.

Why I married my husband—Uche Jombo


Actress Uche Jombo has explained why she married Puerto Rican Kenny Rodriguez .
She told Broadway Africa that she talked about her previous relationship with an undisclosed guy, whom she said has no respect for his mother but when she saw the relationship her husband Kenny has with his mother, she immediately knew he was a husband material.
According to her, “the way you treat your mum tells a girl how you can treat her. If you don’t have respect for your mum, you are never ever going to have respect for your wife. When I saw the way Kenny treats and relates with mother, I knew instantly that he was a husband material.”
The couple who celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary recently is blessed with a son.

Successful national PDP convention in Port Harcourt confirms Rivers State is peaceful - Obuah

The Rivers State chapter chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah is excited over the peaceful National Convention which took place in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
Obuah, in a statement in Port Harcourt on Monday, May 23, 2016, expressed gratitude to Rivers people for showcasing their usual hospitality and peaceful disposition to accommodate Governors, leaders, and delegates of the PDP from all the States in the country, including Abuja, the federal capital tertiary.
The State PDP Chairman particularly thanked the State Governor, and Chairman, 2016 PDP National Convention Planning Committee, Barr Nyesom Wike for making Rivers people proud by successfully organizing and coordinating the National Convention.

IGP warns factional PDP:Threaten public peace in the FCT and be firmly dealt with

The Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase has warned the factional Peoples Democratic party, PDP against any threat to public peace in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. A statement issued by the Force PRO ACP Olabisi Kolawole read:
Intelligence at the disposal of the Force leadership indicates that some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) have perfected plans to engage thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja. This is sequel to the on-going intra-party leadership crisis in the party and further fallout of the recent political engagements of the party.

Missing N30 trillion: Okonjo-Iweala rebuts serap, takes legal action

Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal has refuted media reports regarding a court judgment alleged to have been entered against the Federal Government of Nigeria and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in respect of an action by the Socio-Economic Rights Agenda (SERAP) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
The High Court, according to the media reports, ordered the Federal government and Dr. Okonjo Iweala to provide information relating to N30 trillion Naira allegedly unaccounted for.

But a statement signed by Paul Nwabikwu said :

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Why PDP had to let Modu-Sherrif go--Wike

The Chairman of the 2016 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Convention Planning Committee and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has explained that the party had to let Former Acting National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff go because  his leadership  was destabilising  the  party. 
In an interview  on Saturday  night after the 2016 National Convention in Port Harcourt,  Governor Wike said: "All along, the crisis has been about the former  acting chairman whose emergence  was strongly  opposed.
"This is destabilising  the party  and so we had to let him go. What is important  is the  party and not the individual. No sacrifice  is too much  for anyone  to make as far as PDP  is concerned ".
He noted that he had no personal  interest in supporting  Senator Modu Sheriff as he was the best option  at the time he emerged.
He said that PDP will  continue  to  grow  from strength to strength as it remains  the only hope for the country. 
Governor Wike said: "We will  not allow the PDP  to die or suffer divisions under our watch. History  will never forgive us if we watch the party die."
The governor  said  that  the  party leaders would work  towards maintaining  unity amongst all members  of  the  party. 

He said  despite the  challenges, the 2016 National Convention was successful  as the party has been  repositioned in the  interest of the nation. 

Afreximbank closes historic $750 million bond issue

Cairo– The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has closed a $750 million bond after achieving an order book of $3.4 billion from 290 investors, the largest ever to be achieved by the Bank in the international debt capital market.
The bond, which closed in London on 17 May, is a five-year Reg S Only Bond Note due in May 2021 and paying a coupon of four per cent, was issued under Afreximbank’s existing Euro Medium Term Note Programme. It was priced at a spread of MS+300bps and will be deployed by Afreximbank to finance trade in Africa and for other strategic activities.

Subsidy: Why I support FG —Oshiomhole

Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole  State has explained why he stood with the Federal Government on the new price of petrol, saying the fundamentals and economic indices are different from what they were a few years ago and it is the difficult pain Nigerians must undergo before reaping the gains.
According to him, it doesn’t make economic sense for the government to spend more than half its earnings just on fuel subsidy to the detriment of other development programmes.
Speaking at a special thanksgiving service organised  by Apostle Charles Osazuwa, Senior Pastor and founder of Rock of Ages Christian Assembly International (RACAi), Benin City, to round off a 7-day programme of the church on Sunday, Oshiomhole said the former Government of President Goodluck Jonathan spent as much as N1.2 trillion on fuel subsidy.

Yul Edochie and dad Pete Edochie working on the same set

Yul Edochie posted how he feels working together with dad on the same set: “On set today with the King of the beard gang. The Legend himself. Dad of life. I couldn't have asked for a better father.”
And Pete said of his shaving his beards for a movie: “No, I wouldn’t, no matter how much you would pay me. It gives me character. I have always played a big man in my movies. If I am not a leader of a cult, I am an Igwe or a native doctor. There must be something inspiring about you. Something that frightens people, that terrifies them, intimidates them when they know that you are coming. When you clean-shave, you lose that character,” he explained.

Cossy Orjiakor, Anita Joseph go gaga in new pix

Nollywood actresses Anita Joseph and Cossy Ojiakor in a cosy pose showed off their assets.

The two are apparently made for each other in friendship.

See with your own eyes.
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