Sunday, 31 July 2016

Troops recover cache of arms and ammunition in Gamboru

Troops conducted raids at Gamboru town early this morning following a tip off.
The troops recovered 3 AK-56 rifles and 2 AK-L rifles with registration numbers;  AK-L-AGB 1172, AK-L PU2879, AK-56-2556688, AK-56-22622832 and AK-56-22622315, respectively. They also recovered 235 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition and 7 AK-56 rifle magazines.  A statement released by the Nigerian army read:
The Nigerian  Army wishes to commend those good citizens that alerted the military for the timely and useful information that led to this recovery.

This is the type of cooperation and support we always require from citizens of this country to enable us clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists. We wish to reiterate the need for all to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious movements or persons to the nearest security agency.”

Mupwaya now AEDC MD/CEO as Croucher retires

The Board of Directors of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has approved the appointment of Engr. Ernest Mupwaya as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Company following the retirement of Mr. Neil Croucher after his 3-year tenure. 
The outgoing MD/CEO, Mr. Croucher, who has played a significant role in steering the AEDC successfully through the challenges of post privatization from 2013 to date, has had more than 37 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the electricity supply business, straddling all the three value chains of generation, transmission and distribution, as well as a stint in Regulatory affairs.
A statement issued by the AEDC on Sunday, 31st July, 2016, said the appointment of Engr. Mupwaya, which takes effect from 1st August, 2016, is subject to approval by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The statement said further that the AEDC Board, at its sitting of 21st July, 2016, equally approved a new Management Structure for the Company with a Corporate Services Directorate created to supervise five different functions, including Human Resources, Procurement, Government and Regulatory Relations, Public Relations and Fleet & Facilities Management. 

Buhari's govt got N2.2tr from Federation Account in one year

A recent investigation has revealed that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari got a total N2,203,573,573,563.25(Two trillion, two hundred and three billion, five hundred and seventy-three million, five hundred and seventy-three thousand, five hundred and sixty-three naira and twenty-five kobo) from the Federation Account as allocation between June 2015 and May 2016, Economic Confidential can authoritatively report.
In a recent search by the Economic Confidential, the economic intelligent magazine and carefully computed, the administration under Buhari’s watch got the highest allocation in July 2015 with N412.60 billion and the lowest allocation within the period under review of N113.80 billion in May 2016!
The report further reveals that in June 2015, the Federal Government received N173.91 billion made up of N159.72 billion for consolidated Revenue fund, N3.27bn for share of derivation and ecology, N1.63bn for Stabilization fund, N5.49bn for development of natural resources,   and N3.78bn for the Federal Capital Territory Administration.
In  August, September and October 2015, it  received N216.99bn, N180.86bn and N162.93bn  respectively. Between November and December 2015 the federal Government also got N205.15bn and N151.64bn to end the year.

Olisa Nwakoby, bank manager commits suicide over bad loan

Olisa Nwakoby , a bank manager, who approved a bad loan has shot himself in the head, killing himself instantly .
He killed himself in front of his pastor on Friday in the Lekki area of Lagos state.
Nwakoby was the approving officer of a loan that the debtor was not paying back and was in trouble with the bank.

A graduate of Abia State University, Nwakoby was said to be scared of soiling  his family name in case the story goes awry.
He was said to have intimated his pastor of the development and what he intended doing and went ahead to kill himself.
The father of the FCMB manager, late Chief Oguejiofor Nwakoby, was a former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

NGO sponsors 12 escapee Chibok girls on US study,graduates 59 in Adamawa

A Non-Governmental organization whose learning centre; Education Must Continue has sponsored 12 escapee Chibok girls on study to the United States of America.
This is even as the centre has graduated 59 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs who wrote this year’s West African Examination Council, WAEC and the National Examinations Councils NECO in Adamawa State.    
The administrator of the learning Centre, Mrs. Palmata Ishaya disclosed this at the speech and prize giving day organized over the weekend in Yola.
Palmata noted that the idea to establish the school was conceived out of notion that children are the most vulnerable group and education is a right rather than a privilege of those innocent ones and if they are unattended to the after math effect may be disastrous to our society at large being our future leaders.

NDLEA apprehends 63 drug suspects, seizes 1, 862 tons of narcotic in Nasarawa

Sixty-three suspected drug  paddlers  have been arrested while one thousand, eight hundred and sixty-two kilograms of 1,862kg of narcotic have also been seized  by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA in Nasarawa state  
The state commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Sumaila Ethan who disclosed this while speaking in lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, said that  the suspects were arrested between January and June this year.

The NDLEA boss explained that out of the 63 suspects, twelve have been prosecuted by the Federal High Court, Lafia adding that thirty-one  of the suspects were counseled and rehabilitated by the agency.


According to him, the command also arrested one, Mr. Augustine Christopher, a major drug baron in Wamba local government area of the state, who alongside  other members of his syndicates attacked his men on duty stressing that some of the suspected barons were still at
large.

Rivers Security Environment: Investors and the rest of the world know better - APC

Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said the party’s attention has been drawn to a statement by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike that “despite the propaganda being sponsored by the opposition, Rivers State is safe for investments and development.”
The governor was reported to have made the statement while speaking to the leadership of the Nigerian Guild of EditorsSaturday. He is quoted to have said: “It is important for everyone to know that Rivers State is safe and is witnessing massive development. In the next two months, we are hosting many national events. We have already hosted several national events in the last two months."
The APC in a statement signed by its spokesman, Senibo Chris Finebone believed that that statement by the governor is poles apart from reality on the ground. Therefore, we would like the governor to make public just 5 of the new investments that have flowed into Rivers State since he became governor May 29, 2015. We have not asked for 10, we are asking him to name 5 new investments that have been established in Rivers State.

EFCC probe on budget padding: SERAP asks Dogara, others to step aside

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Dogara Yakubu requesting him and other principal officers “suspected to be involved in the alleged budget padding to step aside pending the outcome of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other agencies.”
The letter dated 29 July 2016 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni states that, “Following confirmation received by SERAP from the EFCC that it has taken up and looking into SERAP’s petition to the body on the allegations that the leadership of the House of Representatives padded the 2016 budget to the tune of N481 billion, SERAP is now writing to request you to immediately step aside from your position as Speaker of the House of Representatives pending the out outcome of the investigation.”

Terrorists fleeing Damasak to border settlements- MNJTF warns

Sequel to the capture and subsequent occupation of Damasak town and surrounding villages by Sector 4, MNJTF, the troops of OP LAFIYA DOLE (Nigeria) have successfully linked up and are currently consolidating their defences in the cleared town and stabilising the general area. Despite this high valued achievement, remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists fleeing the general area of operation are said to be relocating to remote settlements along the borders of the MNJTF member countries, mostly disguising as normal civilians.   


The Commander, MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun wishes to appeal once again to the law abiding and good citizens residing along the borders to be security conscious and report arrival of new persons/settlers as well as unusual movement of persons to the nearest security agencies. The onslaught against the terrorists continues till they are all smoked out of their hiding places. This is a task that would be achieved with the continued support of all.

Rivers PDP petitions IGP, queries rationale for soldiers personnel attached to APC candidate

Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is shocked to note that despite the subsisting police order withdrawing and cancelling attachment of officers of Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) to private individuals and politicians, Mr. Magnus Abe, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for Rivers South/East District still parades hundreds of officers of CTU and soldiers as orderlies.
The State chairman, Bro Felix Obuah in a statement observed and decried the amazing and intimidating number of anti-terrorism men and military personnel personally attached to Mr. Magnus Abe, the APC Senatorial candidate for Rivers South/East District.

Our committee will be fair to all – Kogi Auditor General

The location and work schedule of the Kogi State Staff Screening Review and Complaints Committee will be announced next Wednesday. The Chairman of the committee and State Auditor General, Alhaji Yakubu Yusuf Okala, said this while speaking to the media on Thursday 28th July, 2016, after the inaugural meeting of the committee at the Government House, Lokoja.
Alhaji Okala said all Kogi state civil servants and pensioners, who felt aggrieved with the outcome of the staff screening exercise but have relevant documents to support thier claims should make themselves available to the committee. He said all cases will be treated carefully and fairly.
He reiterated that the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello is determined to keep every genuine worker in its employment and was only interested in removing ghost workers or those who are working illegally in the state civil service. 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Saint West makes a second public appearance

 
Saint West on Tuesday,  joined his mother Kim Kardashian and big sister North in San Diego, where the majority of the Kardashian-Jenner clan celebrated Saint's great-grandmother Mary Jo Campbell's birthday (and a store opening). It seems that Saint has graduated from solid colours
 and moved on to camouflage prints. How cute are those camo shorts?

If the outfit is giving you pure joy and a feeling that you've seen this somewhere before, look no further than papa Kanye West's wardrobe. The camo apple does not fall far from the tree of Yeezy.

I'd like to think that Kanye and Saint often hang out in matching attire while inspiring each other to come up with new nursery rhymes (or regular rhymes). Kanye and Saint most recently stepped out in matching outfits in May, when the fam went to Cuba. Unfortunately, Kanye was not part of Tuesday's outing.

Keshia Knight Pulliam breaks down amid divorce drama

Keshia Knight, the child star in Cosby Show is currently going through trying times. 

Her husband, former NFL pro Ed Hartwell,filed for divorce  from her on Tuesday, just days after the 37-year-old actress announced she was pregnant, and nearly seven months after the two got married. In an exclusive sit-down with ET on Wednesday in Atlanta, Pulliam – who wasn’t wearing her wedding ring – broke down in tears when discussing her issues with Hartwell.

I don’t know if it’s the hormones… no, it’s all of it, because it’s fresh,” Pulliam tells ET’s Nischelle Turner, fighting back tears. “And it’s hurtful. And I knew I couldn’t be silent, because this isn’t about money. This isn’t about fame. This isn’t about social media likes or follows. This is about my character – my integrity as a woman being attacked – and that’s not OK.”

I will never play politics with the development of Ogoni land-- Wike

R-L: Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Austin Opara,  Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo at the Rivers South-East Senatorial District PDP Rally in Bori on Thursday. 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared  that he will never play politics with the development  of the  Ogoni ethnic nationality, hence he is executing critical  projects in  the area. 
The governor  stated that PDP   will continue  to win all elections in the  State  because of the performance  of  his administration  and the goodwill  the party enjoys amongst the people. 
Speaking  at  the  Rivers South-East Senatorial District PDP Rally on Thursday in Bori, Governor Wike maintained  that the main opposition  party in the state cannot campaign  because  her leaders squandered  the resources  of  the  state  for eight years  without executing Pro-People projects.
He said: "The Ogoni people know I am committed to their development.  I have never lied to  them. Whatever  promise  I make, I have  taken steps to fulfill. This I have  done despite  the financial downturn. 

We’ll focus on solid training for young Nigerians – VP

Besides encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit among the Nigerian youth, focus should also be on ensuring that young Nigerians are well-trained in whatever discipline or professional calling they may chose, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
While noting the importance of entrepreneurship, Prof. Osinbajo said “we should emphasize training too, solid training. For whatever you are, you can be the best in it... Building the very best minds should be the focus.”
According to him, “if you are a graduate of history, you should be so well-trained to be the best historian,” the VP said during a research presentation to him by Course 24 Participants of the National Defence College.
I think we should bear in mind also that even if you are not an entrepreneur, but you are competent in whatever your field of endeavour or whatever your discipline is, if you are well-trained in any type of profession, you are a major contributor to the GDP, you are a major contributor to the well being of the society,” the VP declared.

EFCC arraigns ex- Ebonyi Council chair, two others for N25m Fraud

A former Coordinator of Afikpo South Local Government Development Center of Ebonyi state, Ugwuocha  Okoroafor; his treasurer, Christian  Chukwu  Owo, and the administrative officer, Mrs. Anne Eke Agwu were Thursday arraigned before Justice E.A. Ngene of the State High Court, Afikpo, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on a 15- count charge of conspiracy and stealing of public funds totaling over  N25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Naira).
Okoroafor and his alleged accomplices were said to have at various times between 2013 and 2015 raised vouchers for payments supposedly for contract awards, salaries  and independence day celebrations in the names of staff of the council, who denied receiving such funds.

Why I asked principals, students to apologise upon violent protest - Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (middle); with principals of the seventeen Ibadan secondary schools, whose students were indicted in the June 6 violent protest that trailed the new education initiative of the government; when the Ibadan Progressives Union led the principals to the Governor's Office to apologise to the Governor upon the incident...on Thursday. Photo: Oyo State Government

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the country’s youth will continue to revel in haunting moral decadence and brigandage if the society decides to gloss over their delinquent behaviours and excesses.    
He disclosed this in an interview with journalists after a truce meeting with the principals of seventeen secondary schools in Ibadan, who were led to the Governor’s Office, on Thursday, to apologise to the governor upon the involvement of their students in the June 6 violent protest that rocked the city.

Police arrest notorious kidnap gang in Rivers State

The Inspector-General of Police, Ag.IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has warned criminals, especially kidnappers in the country never to think Nigeria is lawless. IGP Idris gave the warning when Operatives of the IGP’s Intelligent Response Team “IRT” arrested a notorious kidnapping gang known to have been terrorizing law-abiding citizens in Rivers State and its environs. 
The gang met its end when they kidnapped a woman and her one year old daughter from her Port Harcourt home, demanding the sum of two million, five hundred thousand naira as ransom for their freedom. Based on credible technical intelligence generated by the IRT, this was however agreed as bait. 
But the end of the kidnapping gang came when in their attempt to claim the said sum of money at the agreed point; Operatives of IRT engaged them, rescued the victims and arrested four of the kidnappers who gave their names as: Herbert Oriminagbe, Chijioke Akah, alias Kottos, Kelechi Nwaordu, alias Seedof and Nelson Ajumogobia alias Ibios.

NESG commends Saraki over passage of railway bill

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for his "leadership and unflinching commitment" that led to the recent passage of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Bill, by the Senate.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NESG, 'Laoye Jaiyeola, who made the assertion in a letter of commendation to the Senate President, dated July 22, 2016, specifically appreciated the Senate for the accelerated consideration and passage of the NRC Bill.
Jaiyeola noted that the passage of the Bill "marks a very significant milestone in Nigeria's history and further demonstrates the role of our legislature in the nation's economic development."
He expressed hope that the Bill would mark the first journey that the private sector and the legislature under the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) have commenced to improve Nigeria's business environment. 

Wike promises to eliminate multiple taxation by 2017

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Managing Director of Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited, Mr Guido D'aloisio during the visit of Saipem Management  to the governor at Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Governor Nyesom Wike has assured investors and business concerns in the state that his administration  will  eliminate multiple  taxation  by next year in view  of  the  taxation  laws already in place. 
The governor  declared  that  companies  and individuals  who fail to  pay their ground  rents would have their certificates of occupancy revoked in the new revenue  drive of the state government. 

Rivers govt 2016 staff biometric exercise ends Friday


The Rivers State Government has declared  that the 2016 biometric exercise for mainstream civil service ends on Friday,  July  29, 2016.
A statement by  William Idoniboye, Senior Special Assistant (ICT) to the Governor of Rivers State declared that :"Any Main Stream Civil Servant who has not enrolled, missed their enrolment date, or any other issues strictly relating to not having undergone Biometric Verification are advised to do so with immediate effect on the closing date being Friday July 29, 2016."
The statement  added: "As per His Excellency’s directive, the Rivers State Government ICT Department has conducted and is hereby concluding the Rivers state government 2016 biometric exercise for main stream civil service.
"The Exercise commenced on Friday April 15, 2016 and ends on Friday July 29, 2016."
It added that all Mainstream Staff of the Rivers State Government, including Ministries, Departments, Parastatals, Boards, UBE and SSSSB have been processed.

"With this notice we are informing the General Public and specifically all Main Stream Civil Servants, that the Biometric Exercise for Rivers State Main Stream Civil Service is hereby ending", the statement  added.

Ize-Iyamu didn’t make me Gov — Oshiomhole

Edo governor,  Adams Oshiomhole has taken a swipe at the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu for claiming that he made him (Oshiomhole) the Governor, saying Ize Iyamu did not even vote for him so he couldn’t have made him Governor.
Speaking at a rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Garrick Memorial College, Benin City, Thursday, Oshiomhole said Ize Iyamu was in hiding from the EFCC on April 14 and so did not vote for him and could not have made him Governor.
The Governor said Ize-Iyamu is wasting his time as the people will reject him at the polls on September 10.
According to him, “Ize-Iyamu said he made me Governor in 2007. Check the records, on April 14 during my election, Ize-Iyamu was in hiding. He did not vote. How can somebody who didn’t vote claim that he made me Governor? There is no village in Nigeria that I will go and spend five minutes, somebody will come out and say ‘na Comrade be dis’. We have worked for our country, we’ve made our name, we are not tied to anybody’s apron strings. We simply worked and fought for our people.
When he begged me to make him the Director-General of my campaign, he said I should not make Pius Odubu my running mate, but I declined his request and with Odubu, we won the eighteen Local Government Areas.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Security guards kill Nigerian businessman in S'Africa

A Nigerian businessman, Ikejiaku Chinedu, based in South Africa, was on Tuesday beaten to death by guards of a private security firm in the country.
Ikechukwu Anyene, president of the Union of Nigerians in South Africa, said Chinedu is the 15th Nigerian to be killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year.
Collins Mgbo, secretary of the Limpopo province of the union, said the tragic incident happened around 8pm on the ill-fated day.
He said the deceased, who was married with three children, hailed from Ogwa, Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state.
One of our members here, Ikejiaku Chinedu, was killed on the outskirts of Polokwane, Limpopo Province of South Africa,” he told NAN.
Information available to us showed that guards of the security company chased and arrested him; he was beaten. The autopsy result we have showed that there were bruises all over his body, showing that he was beaten to death or suffocated.”
Mgbo said the union had reported the incident to the South African police for investigation.

The South African police assured us of thorough investigation to ensure that justice is done,” he said, adding that the incident had been reported to the national secretariat of our union in Pretoria.

Asari Dokubo loses wife in fatal accident

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Niger Delta Activist, Asari Dokubo has lost his first wife Zainab Dokubo, in an auto-crash. She was on her way to Ibadan on Wednesday.
Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni, chairman Oyo state Muslim community, who confirmed the death in a statement said Zainab was already a Muslim years before she married Dokubo.
He recalled that Zainab, who lived in Ibadan had to relocate to Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa when she was appointed Secretary of the Muslims Pilgrims Board.
Even then, there was hardly any month she was not in Ibadan for one Islamic programme or the other.
She was a member of many Islamic organisations in Ibadan including Oluyole Muslim community under the Imamship of Imam Mudashir Bada.
It is interesting she was coming to her preferred town Ibadan when she met her destiny.
She was survived by four children Amirah, Hassan, Hussain and Osama.

May Allah accept her multifarious and multidimensional jihad as acts Ibadah and admit her to jannat Firdaous,” Alhaji Sanni said.

Ogun adopts rescued 9-yr-old boy

Ogun State Government has adopted a nine-year-old minor, Master Korede Taiwo, who was chained for weeks by his father for stealing on his neck to a heavy log of wood in a room in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of the state.
The boy, who was rescued by the Nigeria Civil Defence Corp and the Nigerian Police, has since been admitted into the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta.
Speaking during a visit to the boy at the hospital, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun expressed satisfaction over the health of the child whom was recuperating, noting that the state would take up the responsibility and educate the child by sponsoring his education.
"I am happy to see him active and responding to treatment and with the way things are he would soon be discharged from the hospital. The state government has taken full responsibility and would ensure his safety and his education," she said.

Abuja – Kaduna railway is the beginning of a revolution in inter modal transport – NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has described the inauguration of the Abuja-Kaduna rail services as the beginning of a revolution in Nigeria’s quest for inter-modal transport system.
Dr. Peterside who was speaking to journalists at the venue of the inauguration also noted that the railway system is one of Nigeria’s inter-modal transport systems that is underdeveloped.
While noting that the shipping industry and the airline industries are fairly developed with land transport even more so, the DG said that the lack of development of rail transport has negatively impacted inter-modal transport system in Nigeria.

PDP is anti-worker, says Oshiomhole

Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole says the Peoples Democratic Party is an anti-worker party which purged the public service of over 7,000 workers in one fell swoop, without paying their pensions and gratuities.
Also, the Governor has assured the workers in Egor Local Government which was omitted from the recent bailout for other Local Governments in the state that their arrears will be paid this week.
Speaking at a gubernatorial rally of the All Progressives Congress at the Olua Primary School in Egor Local Government Area, Wednesday, Oshiomhole said the PDP has a deep-seated hatred for workers and teachers as they were shabbily treated in the ten years they were in the saddle.
According to him, “the choice is between two political parties, one which in seven and half years has redefined governance and another whichin ten years treated workers shabbily.

Wike declares willingness to implement the resolutions of peace accord

R-L: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu  during Rivers West Senatorial District PDP Rally in Degema on Wednesday. 

Governor Nyesom Wike has stated  that  the  State Government will sincerely  implement  the  resolutions  of the peace  meeting brokered  by the Police and the Department of State Services for the peaceful  conduct of rerun elections in the State. 
The governor declared  that he willingly  participated at the peace meeting  convened by the Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State because of his commitment to  peace and the need to make  sacrifices  for the development of the state.
Addressing  PDP  faithful  at the Rivers West Senatorial District Rally in Degema on Wednesday,  Governor Wike  stated the people of the state must be  allowed to elect Representatives of their choice at the National and State Assemblies. 

FRSC lost 35 staff killed on highways in the past one year.

At least about 35 regular Marshals have been crushed by motorists on Highways across the country in the past one year while on official duties.
In Minna, Niger state alone, seven staff of the Commission were among these unlucky ones who were said to have been knocked down by drivers over speeding on the Highways.
Niger state Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)  Susan Ajenge who made this known on the Floor of the Niger State House of Assembly disclosed said these unfortunate incudences occurred when the staff  were merely trying to enforce simple safety regulations but ended up being killed  by over speeding driver.
She said one of the unfortunate  staff  is currently lying critically in the hospital as was recently run down by a driver while trying to clear obstruction on the Highway  adding that the staff have gone through two operations and may eventually loose his manhood.

Robbery suspect arrested by NSCDC in Ekiti

A robbery suspect terrorizing a section of   Ado Ekiti was Wednesday arrested by men and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC)
The Commandant of the Ekiti NSCDC Command, Mr Donatus Ikemefuna, said the 4-man robbery gang had invaded
the Jokotayo area of Adebayo and  embarked  on house-to-house robbery operation of the residents.
He said the suspects invaded the area at about 11.30pm on a motorbike, which was parked at the entrance before the NSCDC operatives stormed the area after receiving a distressed call to foil the operation.

Body of Attorneys Generals meet tomorrow

The nation’s Body of Attorneys General will meet tomorrow, Thursday 28th July, to deliberate on the National Policy on Prosecution in the country, just as the stakeholders meeting on the implementation of the outcome of the recently concluded London Summit on Anti-Corruption and the Open Government Partnership are expected to be hosted simultaneously by the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.
Making this public is Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, the Special Adviser to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN in a press statement made available to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja.

Nigeria has shown political will to move tourism forward - UN Agency

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, leading his delegation to a meeting with the UN World Tourism Organization, led by its Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday (July 26th 2016)

The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Agency (UNWTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai, has hailed the demonstration of political will by the Nigerian government to move tourism forward in the country.
''There is the existence of political will and we can feel it from outside (the country),'' Mr. Rifai said on Tuesday at the opening of a two-day meeting with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Madrid, Spain
''Anyone who is interested in Nigeria will know the positive development that has taken place (in the country)'' he said, adding that there is the need to ''tell this story to the world''.
The UNWTO Secretary-General, who noted that tourism contributes 10% of global GDP and creates one out of every 11 jobs, expressed delight at the opportunity provided by the Minister's visit for the agency to seriously engage with Nigeria, instead of the ''casual engagements'' which both (UNWTO and Nigeria) has had in the past.

Killings in Rivers State: Group calls for State of emergency

A group known as Vanguard for Justice, Equity and Strategy has commended the INEC for carrying forward the date of the planned Rivers re-run election as a result of incessant killings of people in the state.
Speaking in a seminar on Youth violence in Port Harcourt over the weekend, the vice President of the group, Hon. Friday Barida Ledilo said that the degree of insecurity that is being experienced in the state since Gov Wike assumed office a year ago does not call for only shift in election date, but a total DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY if the federal government has to salvage what is still remaining on paper as a geographical expression called Rivers State. 
"It is no exergeration that we no longer have a state we can call our own. Gov Wike and his self promoted cult-groups have bastardized the comfort of our dear state. Gov Wike should be told in clear terms that what we are suffering today is the seed he planted when he went round the houses of the leaders of known cult groups soliciting for their support while nursing the ambition to be Governor of the Rivers state between 2013-2015", Hon. Friday Barida Ledilo emphasised. 

SERAP drags House of Reps to UN over alleged budget padding

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights urging him to “use your good offices and positionto urgently request the leadership of the House of Representatives of Nigeria to explain the alleged deliberate padding of the 2016 budget with N481 billion (Nigerian Naira), removal of critical projects and replacement of such projects with constituency projects, which have not only undermined the fight against corruption in the country but also exacerbated extreme poverty and violations of internationally recognized human rights.”
The petition dated 27 July 2016 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni states that, “SERAP considers the alleged budget padding, diversion of public funds and abuse of office by the leadership of the House of Representatives as amounting to a deliberate retrogressive action, which cannot be justified by reference to the totality of internationally recognized human rights, and in the context of the obligation to fully use the maximum available resources to fulfil and ensure the enjoyment of those rights.”

Nigeria deports 3 Koreans

The Federal Government of Nigeria had on the 20th of July, 2016 deported three (3) Koreans namely Lee Yoo Song, Lee Byeung Woo and Moon Een Soo for Immigration related offences.  The Hon. Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman  Dambuzau (Rtd) in the exercise of the powers  conferred on him by sections 45(2) and (3) and  44( 1e) of the Immigration Act 2015 signed the Deportation Order.
With the deportation order in force, the three (3) Koreans will not be eligible to enter Nigeria again through any port in the next ten years.

Without prejudice to the Foreign Investment Drive of Government, the Comptroller – General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, used the opportunity to caution all expatriates and their employers in Nigeria to respect the laws of the country as the Nigeria Immigration Service is determined to implement all aspect of immigration laws in public interest. However expatriates resident in Nigeria with correct documentation are assured of the protection of their rights and dignity.

DSS nabs kidnap syndicate in military uniforms

The Department of State services, DSS, Kogi state command in the past t six (6) weeks,  arrested  about ten (10) suspected  kidnappers,  most  of whom have been charged to Court.
A statement issued by the command and signed by  Joseph I. OKPO, (Dir)   Department  of State Services,  Kogi State Command, Lokoja said that recently, along  Abuja-Lokoja  highway,  Koton-Karfe,  Kogi LGA,  a  gang  of  robbers/kidnappers  was  arrested  by  the operatives of the Service following liaison report corroborated by  signal  intelligence linking  them  to  robbery  and  kidnapping activities within and outside the State.  Members of this gang who operated in military combat uniforms are:-   i.  Haruna SALEH (aka AUTA) -  Leader; ii.  Kabiru SHAIBU; iii.  Abdulmuminu  ADAMU; and  iv.  Tukur SHUIABU. 
However, during  an on-the-spot  search conducted  on the suspects  and  their  vehicle,  the  following  items  were recovered:-

IPAC Rivers rejects postponement of re-run elections by INEC

Members of registered political parties under the aegis of Rivers State Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) have expressed disappointment over the news of the suspension of the re-run elections in the State scheduled to hold Saturday, July 30, 2016.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the group read: “It’s indeed shocking that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, could arbitrarily suspend the elections without consulting the concerned political parties and inundating us as to why the elections should not go on as planned.
This is suspicious and clearly shows that Nigeria’s Democracy is on trial by an electoral body that ought to be an unbiased umpire.

Insecurity in Rivers and INEC re-run election: Group commends INEC for shifting the date

A Civil society group in Rivers State, the Alliance for Transparency and Good Governance has commended the National Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the Rivers re-run election originally scheduled for July 30, 2016 due to overwhelming insecurity in the state.
Speaking to newsmen at Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa on arrival from Lagos, the coordinator of the group, Hon. Erasmus Obele Nwankpa expressed worry that the state has continued to experience unprecedented cult-related security problems in the past one year. Mr. Erasmus Nwankpa wondered why Governor Wike will grant amnesty to known cult killers and armed robbers who were caught with arms just because he wants to use them again for the re-run election.
The Alliance for Transparency and Good Governance advised the Rivers State Governor not to play with the lives of the entire people of Rivers State for his political ambition and interest, stressing that afterall, it is the primary duty of Governor Nyesom Wike to protect the lives and properties of the people rather than play politics with it. "INEC can only conduct free, fair and credible election in an atmosphere deviod of criminals and criminality", Mr. Nwankpa concluded.

Home grown school feeding programme will create wealth, jobs - Amosun

 ; Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; his wife, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun; Program Manager, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi and the Head of Service, Ogun State, Elder Sola Adeyemi at the opening of a two-day Stakeholders' Workshop on the Ogun State version of the programme in Abeokuta on Wednesday

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said that the Home Grown School Feeding Programme will not only make the children healthy and very attentive to their studies but also help to create wealth and boost agricultural production in the state and the nation at large.
Amosun, while declaring open the two-day stakeholders workshop on the Ogun State Home Grown School Feeding programme in Abeokuta yesterday, assured that all agricultural produce to be used for the programme would be sourced locally.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

BlackBerry brings second android device powered with security, privacy to market

Following the success of   its first powered by Android,  phone,  PRIV,  Canadian smart phone maker, BlackBerry Limited yesterday unveiled   DTEK50 , the world’s most secure Android smartphone in the mobile market.
DTEK50, BlackBerry’s thinnest device ever, represents the best of BlackBerry with Android to make users more productive and responsive, pairing security with intelligent design.
Fully equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, DTEK50 combines BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and productivity with the full Android experience in an all-touch design, at a price point that’s accessible for consumers and ideal for enterprise fleet deployment.
DTEK50 combines the world’s most secure smartphone with BlackBerry’s enterprise management solutions to produce a powerful device capable of powering any work day.
“We take our customers’ privacy seriously. That’s why we’re proud to have all the security and privacy functionality that’s built in our newest Android smartphone. DTEK50 merges the unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for with the rich Android ecosystem,”  Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Devices, BlackBerry, said , adding that,  “DTEK50 adds to BlackBerry’s lineup of secure smartphones, providing choices to our customers with different price points on both BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms.”

AU targets four cities to host AFRIMA 3.0 in Nigeria

Chairperson of African Union, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of  the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) have earmarked four cities in  Nigeria to host the third edition of the All Africa Music Awards,  (AFRIMA) which holds in November 2016.
This was disclosed at just concluded 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on  July 17, 2016.
The four cities targeted as potential hosts for the continental awards  ceremony are: Calabar (Cross River State), Lagos (Lagos State), Port  Harcourt (Rivers State) and Uyo (Akwa Ibom State),
The AU’s interest emanated from the visions of these four states in promoting and preserving Africa’s rich culture while also inspiring  African youths.

Why I’m still single--Beverly Naya

Upcoming Nollywood actress, Beverly Naya, has given resons why she is still single despite advances from the menfolk.

She told Genevieve Magazine that she cannot date or marry a potbelly man and also a man who does not know how to treat woman.
She pointed that all those qualities which she looks out for have been the reasons why she is still single till date.
In her words on her type of man, "I can't stand potbellies and beyond the physical, someone who doesn't know how to treat me like a lady. I have a fear of settling down with the wrong guy and I won't deny it and that's probably why I haven't found that ideal guy yet. I know he will come.

I am very ambitious and I know where I am going so anyone I am going to marry has to be successful in some way so that when we do get married. I am not the one doing everything."

Mobile services contributes more than $150b to African economy----GSMA report

While more than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to mobile services as the continent continues to migrate rapidly to mobile broadband networks, , mobile ecosystem contributes more $250 billion in economic value t African economy, latest report released yesterday  at the ongoing  GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa event  holding  in Dar es Salaam, has indicated.
The new report,  ‘The Mobile Economy: Africa 2016’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA.
The report also highlighted the increasing contribution of Africa’s mobile industry to the regional economy, including employment and public funding, and mobile’s role a platform for digital and financial inclusion.
 “More than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to a mobile network, providing them not just with connectivity but a gateway to a range of other essential services in areas such as digital identity, healthcare and financial services,”  Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA, said, adding that,  “The rapid move to mobile broadband networks is also unlocking new opportunities for consumers, businesses and governments, growing an ecosystem that last year added more than $150 billion in value to Africa’s economy.”

Ogun assures of peaceful resolution of RTEAN leaders, members row

The Ogun State Government has assured of peaceful resolution of the row between the leadership and members of the Road Transport Employee Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), which resulted in the two-day protest by commercial vehicle drivers within Abeokuta, the state capital, urging residents to remain calm. 
General Manager of the state Parks and Garages Development Board (PAGADEB), Alhaji Ayo Ogunsolu, who restated that government is committed to maintaining peaceful co-existence among citizens, attributed the situation to communication breakdown and lack of feedback mechanism between leaders of the RTEAN and the drivers over the recent tariff increase by the state Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Ogunsolu said the leaders, who were duly informed on the modalities for the increment, said they failed to duly brief their members, who took to the streets, accusing them on insensitivity.
The PAGADEB boss, while justifying the tariff increment from N220 to N450, said government has not relented in the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure, including Lay-by parks.
He was optimistic that the misunderstanding between the RTEAN leadership and its members would be resolve amicable as series of meetings are being held to sort out the grievances by stakeholders. 

Ogunsolu emphasized the need for unity among the unions, assuring of government's readiness to work with stakeholders as partners towards moving the state forward.

Oyo workers to receive two months salaries as labour ends seven-week-old strike

Workers and pensioners in the civil service of Oyo State will receive January and February 2016 arrears of salaries and pensions within the next two weeks in a staggered arrangement.      
While January salaries and pensions will be paid immediately from the available N3.49bn in the state coffers, the February salaries and pension will follow within the next two weeks on the receipt of the next allocation from the Federation Account.
This was the highlight of the agreement reached between the state government and labour leaders culminating in the suspension of the over seven-week-old strike by the workforce, on Monday evening.
The agreement was signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli; Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade; Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, among others on the side of the government.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Waheed Olojede; State President of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo; State Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Comrade Olusegun Abatan, were among labour leaders that endorsed the agreement.

Imagine Cup 2016: We will make Nigeria proud in global showcase -- Team Nigeria re-assures

Team  Humane  from Obafemi Awolowo University,  O.A.U , Ile- Ife,  who arrived Seattle, Washington, the United States of America ,  yesterday to join other smart tech students around the  for the  ongoing 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup worldwide finals  has expressed optimism,  saying that they will make Nigeria proud in their global showcase today before panel of judges.
Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is the world’s most prestigious student technology competition, bringing together student innovators from all over the world.
This follows their impressive outing in the regional finals that qualified them  for the worldwide finals currently holding in the home of Microsoft, Seattle, Washington.
Their selection for global show means that software Nigeria has global competitiveness. They will showcasing a  solution called Humane which simplifies mobile apps for the visually impaired
Meanwhile, out  of 35 Teams from around the world selected for final showcase, Nigeria is the only country from West Africa flying the  continent flag. Similarly, South Africa and Tunisia are also among the countries from Africa flying the continent flag.

Davido to sponsor 4 students through University

Hip-hop musician, Davido is set to care for students who are ready to go school but no resources.

Davido whose father recently sponsored about 200 students on scholarships is making plans to toe that same line as he has just disclosed that within the few months left in the year he will be sponsoring some students through the university with the foundation named after his mother.

"So many people deserve education. Starting from this year I plan to start the Veronica Adeleke Education Scholarship program. I plan to send people to school every year.  I'm starting from 4 students this year details will be released soon on how to apply. 

Prisons wardress dismissed for trafficking

A female Prisons staff attached to Kirikiri female prisons, Lagos has been dismissed from the service for smuggling alcoholic drinks into the prison yard. The dismissal letter signed on behalf of the Controller-General of Prisons by the officer incharge of discipline, DCP Agun Olatunji Esq, stated that the staff was found guilty of negative activities which borders on trafficking, an act that contravenes the enabling provisions of Sections 14 (i) (a) and Section 82 (n) of Prisons Act Cap P.29 LFN 2004 and punishable under Sections 14 (i) (g) and Section 83 of same Act.
Trafficking, in prisons parlance, is the act of smuggling prohibited item(s) or unauthorized information into or out of the prison yard. The offence is usually viewed seriously because of its potential threat to security.

Stakeholders, academia commend Peterside's leadership at NIMASA

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG of NIMASA flanked by Senator Solomon Adeola (left) and Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, Chairperson Shipowners Forum at the event 

Stakeholders have commended the initiatives and approach that Dr. Dakuku Peterside has brought to bear on his leadership of the foremost maritime regulatory Agency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
At a well attended celebration of the 'African Day of the Seas and Oceans' hosted by NIMASA in Lagos, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ahmed Rufai Sani observed that since taking over as the Director General, Dr. Peterside has initiated strategies aimed towards making the Agency more effective and efficient in the discharge of its mandate.
Represented by Senator Solomon Adeola,  Senator Sani who noted that oceans are a critical part of the biosphere that must be conserved for the future also said that the Committee was prepared to support the administration of Dr. Peterside within the ambit of its legislative powers to further impact positively on the Nigerian maritime industry.

Edo now haven for investors, Oshiomhole tells US envoy

Governor Adams Oshiomhole  says his administration has created a conducive environment for investments to thrive, explaining that the $1 billion Azura Power Project will make the state the hub of power generation in the country.
Speaking during a visit of the United States Consul-General, Mr. John Bray, to him, on Tuesday, Oshiomhole said government has no business running businesses, but to create the right environment for business to thrive
He said: “Edo State Government is a small shareholder in the Azura Power Plant and you know that our task as a sub-national government is not to try to get ourselves into running businesses but create the environment that will make Edo attractive for private initiative to locate businesses, like Azura Power and several others.”
He continued, “Government seeking to do everything hasn’t worked, and just won’t work. I am happy with the progress they are making and as you can see, for the USAID to support it and put in their dollars, there is something that is attractive there; there is something that is doable, and like I said to them earlier, of all the challenges we have today, in terms of creating enabling environment for a competitive economy, to create jobs for our young people, power is central. And with Azura, we think that all the problems will not be solved and Edo State will become increasingly a hub for power generation and distribution.”

APC blames postponement of Rivers rerun elections on PDP violent antics

The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, said they received the news of the postponement of the July 30 rerun election in Rivers State with mixed feelings, adding that their instinctive response is that of huge disappointment considering that it will further deny the people parliamentary representations at both the national and state levels while the pressure on our candidates to sustain their campaigns continues apace. The APC in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Senibo Chris Finebone said, “However, considering the reasons adduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] for the postponement, the APC believes that had members of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] led by Gov. Nyesom Wike abandoned their official policy of resorting to violence as a tool for seeking political power, the postponement of the rerun elections would have been unnecessary. Indeed, we blame the postponement on the sustained violence and killings orchestrated by the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] in Rivers State.”

FIFA President Infantino unveils Joseph Yobo as Ambassador of Nigerian Professional Football League

Nigeria's former captain, Joseph Yobo has been unveiled as the ambassador of the  Nigerian Football League by the President of the World's football governing body, FIFA, Mr. Gianni Infantino who is on a two-working days visit to Nigeria in Abuja on Monday. 
Joseph Yobo who announced to his fans via his Twitter handle, said, "Honored to be unveiled @LMCNPFL Ambassador by @FIFA President Gianni Infantino. We must develop our Local League."
The League Management Company is tapping the experience and networks of the former Super Eagles and Everton FC Skipper to promote the local league and make it more attractive.
Capped 101 times, Yobo represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (leading the team to win the 2013 edition of the tournament in South Africa), before announcing his retirement after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Notorious kidnapper/armed arrested by Rivers anti-cultism Police team

The notorious  Kidnapper/Armed Robber popularly  called Spring who has been terrorising Ogoniland  was this morning  arrested by the Anti-Robbery  Squad  of the Police .

Spring is currently  being interrogated at the Rivers State Police Command  headquarters  and has made useful confessions  on several criminal  activities  in Ogoniland. 

Spring  is responsible  for  several killings , kidnappings and armed robbery  in Ogoniland.  He is was one of the most notorious  criminals  in the state. 

As at press time,  several opposition  politicians  in the state are at the Rivers State Police  Command  to effect the release of Spring. 

It was gathered  that the opposition  leaders in Rivers  State  stormed the Rivers State  Police Command  in company  of a senior police officer from Abuja

NIMASA restates commitment to implement relevant instruments

From right‎: Kolapo Abdulkadir, Legal Unit NIMASA, Bala Dikko, Nigeria's Alternate Permanent Representative to the IMO, Bashir Jamoh, Admin Dept NIMASA, Lami Tumaka Head Corporate Communications NIMASA, William Azuh and another delegate at the IMO Meeting on the Implementation of Instruments in London recently.

 The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), under the leadership of Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of all the instruments of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to which Nigeria is a party, for the continuous development of the maritime industry.
 
The Agency has therefore developed a programme of action to keep its personnel abreast with the provisions of the IMO instruments and to encourage regular interface with the IMO and member states.
 
It is in line with this objective that NIMASA was part of the Nigerian delegation to the IMO for the Sub Committee meeting of the Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) which held its third session at the IMO Headquarters from 18th to 22nd July 2016.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Kylie Jenner, Tyga and King Cairo enjoy quality time

It was a warm afternoon Sunday and so, Kylie Jenne decided visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain alongside her on-again beau Tyga  and his 3-year-old son King Cairo. Sporting a relaxed ensemble, including black leggings, a simple black T-shirt, subtle makeup and curly hair, the 18-year-old made her way around the park with her boyfriend and the toddler before taking a spin on one of the amusement park's roller coasters.
The father and son duo squeezed in some quality time together while riding one of the park's kid-friendly coasters. The toddler, whose mother is Rob Kardashian's fiancee Blac Chyna , looked excited as he smiled and cuddled next to his father mid-ride. Tyga and his toddler even dressed alike, sporting matching backwards basketball caps. 

King also faced one of the attractions on his own as he bravely boarded a miniature monster truck for a solo ride. 
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