Thursday, 30 June 2016

Anti-corruption war: Metuh refunds N400 million to FG

Nigeria's anti-corruption war recorded a major score with the decision of former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh deiced to refund N400m to the Federal Government,  saying his decision to refund to the Federal Government, the N400 million given to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan was in demonstration of his support of the war against corruption.
Metuh’s lawer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN in a statement Thursday said Metuh’s friends and family were ready to refund the entire N400 million irrespective of the fact that the sum had already been disbursed for the purpose to which he was instructed by the former president. He also affirmed that the whole N400 million was being refunded irrespective of recoveries already made by security agencies.
According to him, the decision follows ongoing talks between the two parties on the issue arising from the payment of N400 million to Metuh by the office of the National Security Adviser on the alleged instruction of President Jonathan for the execution of political party acitivities. Metuh had claimed that he was ignorant of the source of the transferred money at that time and only became aware of it following the advent of the new administration.
The statement said  that friends and family were willing to refund the entire money in demonstration of his support of the war against corruption. It  read:

Urhobo politicians warn detractors, hail Delta Speaker

Notable politicians in Delta Central on Sunday hailed the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Ovwigho Igbuya, describing him as a man of honour, an achiever and a listening leader.
They praised him for focusing on major economic and social issues affecting the people.
The leaders also praised Igbuya for promoting good governance, legislative autonomy andstrengthening committee structures to enhance the capacity of members.
The politicians who spoke in Ughelli applauded the cordial working relationship existing between the Legislative and Executive arms of government
 “Rt. Hon Ovwigho Igbuya is a pride to Delta State and Nigeria. He is a shining example of honesty, simplicity and humility” they said.

In a statement on Monday, the Delta Central Politicians Forum (NCPF), an umbrella organization of politicians from different political parties in the zone, commended Igbuya for building bridges of unity across ethnic and religious divides and giving purposeful leadership to the House of Assembly.

Delta Lawmakers approve life imprisonment for kidnappers

The Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday in Asaba approved life imprisonment for any person convicted of kidnapping in the state.
This followed the amendment of the Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Law 2016.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in a letter to the House appealed for reconsideration of Section 4, Sub-Section 1 of the Delta State Anti-Kidnapping Law, 2016 as passed by the House, which made provision for death penalty.
The Right Honourable Speaker and Honourable Members of the House are aware that death penalty is globally no longer fashionable as it breaches human right to life and torture, both of which are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Besides, there is heightened campaign and overwhelming support for the abolition of death penalty globally.

Nigeria loses 576m trees, 400,000 hectares of forest annually – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari  Thursday warned that Nigeria forest cover was fast depleting at a rate of 576 million trees per year, meaning 1.5 million trees each day, covering a total area of 400,000 hectares of forest cover annually. Also Thursday, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai decreed that hence forth, no  building plan of 900 square meters not accompanied with spaces for the planting of at least four trees will be approved in Kaduna State.
Both men spoke in Kaduna during the launched of “Keep Kaduna Green Project” – a Kaduna State tree planting program aimed at planting 3 million trees in the next three years. 
Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, praised El-Rufai for the imitative and called on other states to emulate Kaduna State.
The President then painted a grim picture of the forest situation in the country.
"It is on record that the rate of deforestation is about 3.5% per annum.

School teacher bags 7 years in prison for Visa scam

A school teacher, Idris Buhari was Thursday convited and sentenced him to 7 years imprisonment for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretence by Justice J K Omotosho of the Federal High Court Kano.
The convict who was prosecuted on a three count charge brought against im by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  was arrested following a complaint by Abdullahi Salisu Muhammad alleging that he gave the convict the sum of N500,000.00 for the processing of Hajj ticket in April, 2012, after he presented himself as a registered travelling agent. But the convict allegedly diverted the funds to his personal use and all efforts to recover the money or get the ticket were futile.

Ex-Adamawa Speaker , Fintiri docked, remanded in prison over N2.9bn fraud

A former Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Mayim Construction and Properties Limited were Thursday arraigned before Justice A.R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,on a 5-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N2.9billion.
Fintiri, a former speaker, who also served briefly as the acting Governor of Adamawa State, allegedly laundered monies through his naira and dollar accounts domiciled at Ecobank Plc., and making a large cash payment for the purchase of a property at Plot Number 7, Gana Street , Maitama, Abuja.
Count 4 of the charge reads:

You have a case to answer, Court tells former Imo gov Ohakim

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, Thursday, dismissed a no-case submission filed by a former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim, through his counsel, Awa Kalu, SAN, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Ohakim is facing trial for allegedly making a cash payment to the tune of $2, 290,000.00 (about N270,000,000) for the purchase of a property situated at Plot 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District, otherwise known as Number 60, Kwame Nkurumah Street, Asokoro in Abuja.
One of the counts reads:   “That you, Ikedi Ohakim, on or about the January 26, 2013 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, while under arrest for an offence under the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004 knowingly failed to make a full disclosure of your assets by not declaring your ownership of the property known and described as Plot No. 1098 Cadastral Zone A04, Asokoro District- it is also known as No.60, Kwame Nkurumah Street, Asokoro, Abuja and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act, 2004 and punishable under the same section.”
The former governor had pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge when it was read to him. 
Consequently, the prosecution presented a number of witnesses and tendered several documents, which were admitted in evidence, to prove its case against the defendant, before it closed its case.
However, at the last hearing on June 6, 2016, the defence filed a no-case submission against the prosecution. 
In his ruling today, Justice Ademola stated that the prosecution had been able to establish its case against the defendant.

The case has been adjourned to October 10 and 13, 2016 for the commencement of the defence.

Davido may stage a comeback with Baby Mama, Son

Hip-hop star, Davido in a recent post, shared a photo of himself with the name of his daughter, Imade boldly written on his arm.

Well, he probably revealed more than he wanted us to see as another tattoo was spotted above his daughter’s name which stated ‘Sweet Mother’.
 Could Davido be talking about his baby mama Sonia? Or could this be a hint that the duo might likely rekindle the spark they once shared?

Andy's wife, son return home

Top Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo, popularly called 'Andy' is still celebrating the
 birth of his second son but his first with  wife. He had a son in his first marriage which
 didn't work out.

Nollywood stars, Police, Okei-Odumakin protest domestic violence in Lagos

Top Nollywood actors, actresses, Nigerian Police, Convener of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and others, today stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to express their concerns over cases of domestic violence in the country.
Amongst them are Tunde Kelani, Ali baba Akporobome, Saheed Balogun, Ms. Kate Henshaw, Chioma Akpotha, Foluke Daramola-Salako, Dayo Amusa, Damilola Adekoya (Princess), Ayo Badmus, and others.

Abia CJ stopped from swearing in Uche Ogah as new Gov

Uche Ogah receiving certificate of return from INEC

The Chief Judge of Abia State, President of the Customary Court of Appeal and any other judiciary officer, have been stopped by a High Court of Abia State from swearing-in Mr. Uche Oga as governor.
The order made today in court by Justice Ahuchaogu reads: “Upon this motion ex-parte pursuant to section 143 (1) & (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and pending the determination of the motion on notice, after hearing O.O Nkume, counsel to the applicant.
It is  ordered that an order of injunction is hereby made restraining the 2nd defendant (INEC) from issuing a certificate of return to the 1st defendant (Ogah) while the claimant (Ikpeazu) remains in office in accordance with  section 143 (1) & (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and pending the determination of the motion on notice.

Africa Finance Corporation fuels expansion at New Age with new investment

Africa Finance Corporation (‘AFC’) is acting as lead arranger for an up to US$425 million senior mezzanine facility for New Age (African Global Energy) Limited (‘New Age’), a privately held oil and gas exploration, development, and production company with assets primarily across Africa, to enable the company to further develop its existing assets and expand operations. AFC is investing US$75 million in the deal.
AFC and the lender consortium are disbursing an initial US$350 million of the facility immediately, with an accordion feature to allow for an additional US$75 million of capital to follow. The investment will allow New Age to refinance an existing loan facility and develop projects in Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, and to expand operations in several other African countries. The lenders include amongst other EIG Global Energy Partners, and a Middle East based Sovereign Wealth Fund. 

Japheth Omojuwa, George Okoro, Chioma Chuka, Dr Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed, others step out for Engage by Union Bank

The maiden edition of the innovative networking series, ‘Engage’ held  yesterday, June 29, 2016 at the Sandralia Hotel, Abuja bringing together  young entrepreneurs and professionals.
An initiative of Union Bank, Engage is a leadership and networking  series for professionals and entrepreneurs to connect and share  innovative ideas and foresight to thrive better in a bearish economy.
The debut event themed ‘Navigating and Succeeding in Tough Times’, takes  into consideration the tough transition Nigeria is going through and the  pressure it puts on businesses especially those with young entrepreneurs  and professionals at its helm.
Speaking about the innovation behind the Engage Series, Head of  Communications and Media, Omotola Oyebanjo said, "This initiative is  about creating a support base for young professionals and business 

Kogi strike: Dialogue is possible - National Youth Council

The leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria Kogi State Chapter, the umbrella body of the Youth, having critically reviewed the prevailing situation in the State,  wishes to lend our voice to the on going strike embark upon by the labour force in Kogi state.
While sympathizing with the demands of the labour, we also wish to identify with the State government's effort aimed at developing our dear state. The unprecedented positive steps taken by this government within this short time it has been in office are clear indications that this administration has genuine desire to transform the state to the admiration and pride of all Kogites.
The commitment and uncompromising stance exhibited by the administration on the ongoing staff screening to rid the state of ghost workers syndrome, which has hitherto eaten deep into the meager monthly allocation from the Federation, is highly appreciated and worthy of commendation. As leaders of Youth in the State, we support this ongoing worthy reforms and urge all well meaning Kogite to support this transformation and give the governor a chance to unfold his reform agenda.
Hence, we cannot but urge the government and labour unions in the state to as a matter of urgent public importance, sheath their swords and both agree to come back to the negotiating table, for an amicable resolution of this crisis, in the interest of the State.
“As Youth leaders, we are concerned about the plight of our Youths who constitute reasonable percentage of the workforce in the state. Unfortunately, if the crisis continue to remain at the receiving ends. Kogi belongs to all of us, we must make it work.”

NIMASA seeks partnership with the United States govt

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) presenting literature to Mr. John Bray, Consul General of the United States Embassy in Lagos when the envoy visited the Agency at the Maritime House in Lagos, recently.

The Nigerian maritime industry, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has called on the United States Government to partner the Agency in the area of capacity building.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this request when he received the Consul General of the United States in Lagos, Mr. John Bray at the Agency’s Head Office.
Dr. Peterside, who acknowledged the long standing relationship between the two countries and other existing bilateral agreements, said that the Nigerian government will surely need the assistance of the United States government in the area of technology driven security surveillance as well as human capacity building.
He said that the business of shipping is global and having done so well for themselves in this area, Nigeria can benefit from the experiences of the Americans in order to harness the potentials in the nation’s maritime domain.

NSCDC man cattle ranches, urges Niger Deltans to embrace dialogue

The trend of insecurity and the rising crisis between the farmers and cattle herdsmen in various parts of the country, has resulted to destruction of lives and property of the citizenry and is worrisome to the government and security agencies in spite the security measures put in place by the government and the various security architectures.

Rivers PDP commiserates with Amadi family over death of Late Capt. Elechi Amadi

The chairman of Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah says the sudden demise of the renowned writer, Captain Elechi Amadi has occasioned a huge void for the literary world and Rivers State in particular.
The State PDP chairman stated this while expressing his condolences to the Elechi Amadi Family over the irreplaceable loss of their father, and statesman.
Bro Obuah noted that though the family, the State and the entire country should take consolation in the fact that death is non-negotiable in life, the sudden death of the literary luminary remains one too many especially this time his kind of personality were desperately needed in the country for their wisdom and fatherly advice.
Bro Obuah said he personally received the news of the death of Capt. Elechi Amadi with grief and sorrow.

Use your talents to develop Niger Delta, Wike tells youths

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in a group  photograph with members of the Port Harcourt Male Ensemble on Thursday at the Government House, Port Harcourt. 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State  has called on Niger Delta youths to use their talents to promote development  in the region.
Speaking  on  Thursday  when he received the international award winning  Port Harcourt Male Ensemble at the Government House,  Port Harcourt, Governor Wike  said  that  positive contributions of youths are vital to the revival of the fortunes of the Niger Delta. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Celebrated novelist Elechi Amadi dies in Port Harcourt

Celebrated novelist,  Elechi Amadi is reported dead. 
He passed on Wednesday at about 335pm at a hospital in Port Harcourt,  Rivers state
Elechi Amadi is a Nigerian author of plays and novels that are generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices, as they were before contact with the Western world. Some of his books include The Concubine, The great Ponds, Sunset in Biafra, Isiburu, amongst others.
Born in 1934, in Aluu in the Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State, Nigeria, Elechi Amadi attended Government College,Umuahia (1948–52), Survey School, Oyo  (1953–54), and theUniversity of Ibadan (1955–59), where he obtained a degree in Physics and Mathematics.
He worked for a time as a land surveyor and later was a teacher at several schools, including the Nigerian Military School,Zaria  (1963–66).Amadi served in the Nigerian army, remained there during theNigeria Civil War, and retired at the rank of Captain.He then held various positions with theRivers State government: Permanent Secretary (1973–83), Commissioner for Education (1987–88) and Commissioner for Lands and Housing (1989–90).
He has been writer-in-residence and lecturer at Rivers State College of Education, where he has also been Dean of Arts, head of the literature department and Director of General Studies.

On 13 May 1989 a symposium was held at theUniversity of Port Harcourt to celebrate Amadi's 55th birthday and in May 2004, a conference was organized by the Association of Nigerian Authors, Rivers State Branch, to mark Elechi Amadi's 70th birthday.
On 5 January 2009 Amadi was kidnapped at his home in Aluu town, Port Harcourt, by unknown gunmen. He was released 23 hours later, on the evening of 6 January

Aregbesola, great supporter of the Church - Pope's envoy

The Catholic Church on Wednesday described Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun as a major pillar of support of the church just as the church said it does not promote or support violence of any form.
This was just as the Governor Aregbesola said his government has no ill-feeling against any sect or religion, noting that religion is an instrument of developing capacity for love, instrument for refinement and testing the human will to resist provocations.
Both spoke when the representatives of the Pope and Ambassador of the Vatican Most Reverend Augustine Kashuja led other Bishops of the church to pay a courtesy call on him at the Government House on Wednesday.
The visit was ahead of the ordination of a new Bishop for the Osogbo Dioceses of the Catholic Church.
The Papal envoy said there is no face-off between the Christians since the governor assumed office five years ago because of the role dialogue plays in the relationship between the church and the state.
According to him, whenever things wants to go awry, the Church always dialogue with government rather than make noise or stoke fire of crisis.

NIMASA rolls out its medium term strategic growth plan

L-R: Head, Corporate Communication, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka, Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Director Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA, Mrs. Juliana Gunwa when the DG of NIMASA held an engagement with maritime correspondents in Lagos.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has rolled out the Agency’s Medium Term Strategic Growth Plan for the maritime industry.
The Director General who disclosed the strategy during an engagement with the maritime media in Lagos noted that the Medium Term Strategic Growth Plan covering three years is built around his core mission at NIMASA which is to Reform, Restructure and Reposition the Agency for sustainable growth and development of the maritime industry.

Oyo begins aggressive tax drive from gov’s, exco members' private buildings

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and members of the state executive council have up till July 15 to pay property tax on their private buildings, as the state kickstarts aggressive revenue generation to shore up its dwindling internally generated revenue.      
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, who stated this at a press conference, in Ibadan, on Wednesday, emphasized that the evaluation and collection of property tax would begin from the private residence of the governor.
He said that the government had commenced the process for an aggressive revenue drive that would witness the collection of land use charge, revenue and taxes on properties and businesses located within the state,
Also at the briefing were the Special adviser to the Governor on Internal Revenue, Mr. Biyi Oloko; a Consultant on internal revenue generation, Mr. Bicci Alli; and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of information, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju.
The commissioner assured residents that the ministry would embark on door-to-door advocacy and enlightenment campaign to sensitize members of the public about the new tax and payment regime before hitting the roads.

Bamidele submits Edo State APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Report

(L-R) The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun receiving the report of the Party’s Appeal Committee for Edo State Governorship Primary Election headed by Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele (middle) at the Party National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday. Alh. Mustapha Salisu (right) is a member of the committee.

The three-member Appeal Committee for the June 18, 2016 Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Primary Election on Wednesday submitted its report at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
The Election Appeal Committee is chaired by Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representatives. Other members are: Alh. Mustapha Salisu and Mrs. Ekwy Onyido.
Bamidele who submitted the report on behalf of the Committee stated: “On behalf of our committee, I thank you for the opportunity to add value in our own little way and also assure you that we have tried our best in good conscience and in good faith to ensure that we are able to do what we needed to do and put a report together for the National Working Committee (NWC) that gave us an assignment. As to the content of the report, recommendations and conclusion drawn, we will hear further from the Party. I am not in a position to speak to that.

Wike to create employment for physically challenged persons

Gov Wike and the physically challenged

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers  State  has declared that the  state government  will  create employment  opportunities  for physically challenged  persons who are educated and  ready to
Speaking  when he granted  audience  to the leadership of  the South-South Physically Challenged Indigenes  (SSPCI) at the Government House, Port Harcourt  on Wednesday,  Governor Wike  said  he believes  that  the  physically  challenged  have the capacity  to  contribute  to  the  growth of the state.
The governor  announced  the  automatic  employment  of the executive members of the SSPCI which have first and second degrees  into the Rivers State Civil Service. 

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MTN Nigeria wins 2.6 GHz auction, assures on broadband infrastructure

Khana CTC chairman demands release of kidnapped lecturer

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Gbara Edman Erelo has called for the immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped lecturer and Coordinator of Science Laboratory Department with the Kenule Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, Abiye Ogan.
The Khana CTC boss who expressed shock at the news of the lecturer’s abduction, wondered why criminality should still be an option for some people, given the conscious efforts by the Rivers State Government to make life better for Rivers people.
In view of the unfortunate development, Hon. Erelo is calling on youths of the area to refrain from acts of criminality as such actions would jeopardize their future, adding that the Council would do everything possible to fish out criminals in the area.
He assured them that the Council was working assiduously to engage them into meaningful ventures as, according to him, an idle mind remains the devil’s workshop.
The Khana CTC Chairman reminded the youths that they have a people-friendly Governor in the person of Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike and urged them to take advantage of the Governor’s offer of amnesty to militants and criminals who would lay down their arms and embrace peace.
Hon. Gbara Edman Erelo, while commending Governor Wike for the offer of amnesty to youths who willingly lay down their arms, assures of the Council’s readiness to accept and reintegrate them into programmes that would give them better opportunities for a brighter future.

Cameroon-Nigeria troops clear terrorists from 6 villages

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Area of Responsibility (AOR) has continued its clearing operation to flush out the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists. The troop of Sector 1 with its relocated Tactical Headquarters in Makary, Northern Cameroun intensifies clearance operations along the borders between Nigeria and Cameroun to block the fleeing terrorists. Recently, the terrorists in attempt to escape the firepower of MNJTF troops were migrating to some villages adjacent to the Sector 1 AOR.
Acting on credible information, the troops successfully cleared the six villages occupied by the terrorists, seized some logistic equipment and apprehended Twenty Four suspected Boko Haram accomplices.

FG investigates,clears Buratai over assets, others

The Federal Government has investigated and cleared the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai over his assets and military acquisitions just as the nature of his offshore investments has been shown to be based on capital market principles of shareholding, according to a report by PR Nigeria.
The capital market principle that governed the properties in issue, as it was found by investigators, was akin to having shares in companies instead of wholly owning the properties.
The government, after investigating a recent media report over the acquisition of properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) by General Buratai, discovered that he and his wives invested as "shareholders" like many other persons in the properties mentioned in the publications and were not the sole owners.
"If you know the properties being referred to, you would know that they are like quoted companies. You buy into them and get dividends as profit from your investments. You can also do your own private findings on this fact", said  a competent source.
An intelligence military officer involved in the investigation also confirmed that apart from declaring the assets as required by law, "the Dubai property is real estate investment tailored to operate on capital market principles of shares for dividends and profits as proceeds from investment rather than total ownership of the property.”

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Court remands Nenadi Usman, Fani - Kayode in prison

A former Minister of Finance and Director of Finance PDP Presidential Campaign Organization in the last general election, Nenadi Usman and  Femi Fani-Kayode, also a former Minister and Director Media/Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization; Danjuma Yusuf and Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited have been arraigned before Justice M. S. Hassan of the Federal High Court Lagos, on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, corruption and making cash payments exceeding the amount authorized by law.
The accused were alleged to have stolen and illegally disbursed about N4.9 billion Naira belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria for political and personal uses. The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against them.
Part of the charge reads:

Investors confidence on the rise in Rivers State-- Wike

Chairman of Port Harcourt Gardens Limited, Mr Richard Nyong, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Managing Director of Port Harcourt Gardens Limited, Mr Uche John and Chairman of Rivers State PDP, Bro Felix Obuah during the  commissioning of Port Harcourt Gardens Estate by the governor on Tuesday.

Governor Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has stated that investors confidence in the  state  is on the rise following  his administration’s  development of critical  infrastructure. 
Speaking  on Tuesday  in Port Harcourt while commissioning the multi -billion naira Port Harcourt Gardens Estate, Governor  Wike  said  credible  investors are already taking advantage  of  the  prospects of  the state. 
He said  that  the return  on investment  in the state is about the highest in the country,  despite a few challenges  being experienced .
He said : "Investors are already aware of the  benefits  of  investing in Rivers State,  hence they are  coming in their numbers. This housing estate is one of the recent investments that have added value to the state. 
"I am particularly  impressed because the promoters of this project  were groomed in this state. They returned because they have confidence in what we are doing in terms of creating  an enabling  climate for businesses  to  thrive".

PDP applauds new strategy to curb criminality, cultism in Rivers

The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the promise by Governor Nyesom Wike to work out amnesty for those who may have taken to crimes and cultism but are now willing to lay down their arms is a step in the right direction.
Felix Obuah, the State PDP Chairman stated this while appraising the security situation and the efforts of the State governor to restore peace across the State.
The State PDP Chairman believes that the extension of the olive branch by the governor is borne out of genuine spirit and love for the State but more importantly, programmed  for the youths to tow the path of hard work and legitimate means of livelihood as the surest way of guaranteeing their future

Labour strike: Oyo, Labour form joint negotiation committee

Oyo State government is to constitute a joint fourteen-member negotiation committee with the labour union to address lingering issues responsible for the delay in the payment of outstanding salaries and pension, which led to the ongoing three-week-old industrial action.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, disclosed this during a press briefing at the end of the maiden state executive council meeting, presided over by the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi,on Monday.
According to the commissioner, the committee comprised seven representatives each from the side of state government and the labour union.

NIMASA DG lauds professionalism in NAN

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to remain committed to its ideals of professionalism in the discharge of its mandate. 
Receiving a delegation of the Management of the foremost News Agency in Nigeria led by its Managing Director, Mr Bayo Onanuga, the DG also pledged the commitment of NIMASA to partner with NAN towards the sustainable development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Court annuls Gov Ikpeazu's election

Okezie Ikpeazu portrait.png

The election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has been annuled by the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang.
Equally, the court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Samson Ogah, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who contested the governorship ticket with the governor.
Justice Okon Abang held that Mr. Ikpeazu was guilty of tax evasion and was therefore unqualified to have contested the 2015 governorship election in the state.

Terrorists now disguise as vigilantes and hunters

Fleeing terrorists now disguise as vigilantes or hunters to evade easy detection. The terrorists, after being smoked out of Sambisa forest, devised a new tactics of dressing like vigilantes or hunters to deceive unsuspecting members of the public of their true identity.

A statement signed by Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director Defence Information cited the case of Kuda-Kaya village in Madadali community of Adamawa State where a group of Boko Haram terrorists, dressed like vigilantes, opened fire on elated people during a ceremony readily come to mind.
The general public is hereby advised to be wary of unsubscribed services or presence of vigilantes or hunters in their neighbourhood in order not to ignorantly harbour killer gang in their midst.

Members of the public are also advised to be security conscious, at all times, and report promptly to security agencies of any suspicious persons or group of persons in their community or raise alarm, where necessary.”
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