Wednesday, 31 August 2016

My son must be brought home for burial—Ex husband tells Stella Oduah

Former husband of Senator Stella Oduah,  Lt-Col. Satchie Emmanuel Etoromi (rtd.) Wednesday requested former Aviation Minister to return the body of his late son,  Maxwell Chinedu Toritseju Etoromi, for proper burial in Warri,  Delta State.
Chief Etoromi told journalists in Warri that his ex-wife never informed him his son died and was planning to bury him in her hometown.
That was shortly after sending a powerful delegation with a letter to his royal majesty, Igwe D. O. Oduah, the Igwe of Akili Ozizor, Ogbaru in Anambra State, expressed sadness over the death of his son and how he was treated by the Senator.
In the letter to the royal father titled, “Appeal To Intercede to Ensure Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah Brings My Son,  Maxwell Chinedu Obiechina Wereyesigha Toritseju Etoromi To Me In Warri For Burial,” he said he read about the death of their 28 years old son in the newspapers without being informed by his ex-wife.

Egba Convention: Amosun, Alake lead team to Canada convention

Governor  Ibikunle Amosun of  Ogun State and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, will lead the delegation of other royal fathers, high chiefs and prominent personalities from Nigeria to the sixth biennial convention of Egba National Association USA and Canada (ENA) holding in Canada.
The event, which begins on Friday, September 2 and ends on Sunday, September 4, is being hosted by Olumo Progressive Association Canada Inc. (OPAC).
The convention will attract Egba and Yewa indigenes in USA, who will be coming from the 14 chapters of the association, which is holding the maiden convention in Toronto and Mississauga, Canada.
The host chapter, led by its President, Chief `Femi Shodunke, has made necessary arrangements to make the convention a colourful one, a press release by the association said.
According to the release jointly signed by the ENA Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Adesola Ayoola, and her OPAC counterpart, Mr. Abiodun Ajiroba, the association`s National Chairman, Alhaji Bolaseni Ameen, would lead the US delegation to Canada.

Wike suspends four commissioners

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the suspension of the following Commissioners for three months.

Honourable Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs 
Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism 
Honourable Commissioner for Finance 
Honourable Commissioner for Sports

Also suspended for three months are the State Head of Service and the Special Adviser on Lands.

Brazil's Senate ousts Rousseff in impeachment vote

Brazil's first female president has been impeached by the country's senate but not barred from the ballot if she wants to run again.
The South American country's Senate voted 61-20 Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, finding her guilty of breaking budgetary laws in an impeachment trial.
Michel Temer, Rousseff's former vice president who's been serving as interim president since her suspension in May, will assume the office of president and serve out the remainder of her term. He was scheduled to be sworn in later Wednesday.
Temer, 75, inherits a tattered economy, along with the keys to the presidential palace in Brasilia.
A general election is scheduled for 2018.

Afreximbank: President Oramah receives Belarus Ambassador

Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (right) in handshake with Dr. Sergei Rachkov, the Belarusian Ambassador to Egypt, during the ambassador’s visit to the Afreximbank headquarters.

The Belarusian ambassador to Egypt, Dr. Sergei Rachkov, visited the Cairo headquarters of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in a move aimed at strengthening trade relations between Belarus and African countries.
The visit follows a trade mission led by Afreximbank to Belarus in June during which the Bank delegation, accompanied by business leaders from some 10 African countries, held meetings with Belarusian officials, bankers and business people in an effort to increase the volume of trade between African countries and Belarus.

Listen to Nigerians, there’s too much hunger in the country, Fayose tells Buhari

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to listen to the cries of Nigerians and stop seeing those with opinions different from his own as threats to his hold on power, saying; “The reality our President must face now is that there is too much hunger in the land, Nigerians are hungry, they are suffering and the President should rather  listen to those who are more knowledgeable than him in terms of management of the country’s economy instead of seeing them as threats.”
The governor, who said reactions of the President and his men to divergent opinions had become predictable, added that; “this style of sending the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Department of State Services (DSS) and other agencies of the federal government against anyone that offers suggestions on how to rescue the country from total collapse is not in the best interest of
Nigeria and its suffering masses.”

Why JJC and I had a secret wedding – Funke Akindele

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and her new husband Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skillz, have explained they chose to have a private wedding in London because they didn’t want their union to be a society affair.
Funke said this in a statement signed by her publicist, Biodun Kupoluyi.
According to the statement, Funke and her husband chose a quiet wedding in London because neither of them wanted to be on show or at the center of attention having been on the marriage track before.
The decision to do it quietly was right for us and we pray for the understanding of our close friends and fans at this offer of a lifetime moment,
At a good time, we shall look back and in appreciation of divine grace and your support, we shall celebrate milestones and where we are in life,” the statement reads in part.
Akindele also revealed that she and her husband are still in the UK, shooting “Jenifa In London”, a new episode for Jenifa’s Diary and they would return to Nigeria soon.
Funke, who will be 40 this year, is a Christian. She has remained single after separating from her husband, Kehinde Oloyede, in 2013 under very controversial circumstances. While, JJC, a muslim who hails from Kano State, has been married before. Until his decision to marry the divorced actress, JJC Skillz was a divorcee single father of three.

Dell to conclude merger talks with EMC September 7

Dell Inc and EMC Corp  yesterday  announced that they intend to close the transaction to merge the two technology companies  on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
With this development, Dell Technologies, the name of the new combined company, will begin operating immediately following the close of the transaction.
The announcement follows regulatory approval of the Dell and EMC transaction by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), which has granted clearance for the companies’ proposed combination. MOFCOM approval was the final regulatory condition to closing the transaction.
 EMC shareholders had approved the transaction on July 19, with approximately 98 percent of voting EMC shareholders casting their votes in favor of the merger, representing approximately 74 percent of EMC's outstanding common stock.
“This is an historic moment for both Dell and EMC. Combined, we will be exceptionally well-positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next generation IT including digital transformation, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud, mobile and security,”  Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, said, adding that,  “Our investments in R&D and innovation, along with our 140,000 team members around the world, will give us unmatched scale, strength and flexibility, deepening our relationships with customers of all sizes.”

Camerounian footballer fired for testing HIV Positive

Four days after signing a new contract with Al Ittihad, a club in Egypt’s Premier League, Cameroonian Samuel Nlend is on the look-out for a new club. His chances of finding one, however, are, all of a sudden, very slim. Nlend’s contract at the 102-year old Egyptian club was reportedly canceled after a routine medical test found the player tested positive for HIV.
Nlend, 21, is regarded as one of Cameroon’s brightest soccer prospects. He finished the last Cameroonian soccer league season as the top scorer with his former club, Union Douala. He played and scored for the Cameroonian senior team at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda earlier this year. The chance to play in Egypt, in one of Africa’s richest leagues, presented a platform to launch a lucrative career in world soccer. But those hopes have been dashed.
Nlend’s situation will raise questions over the legality of contract cancellations for a player’s HIV status in professional soccer. While clubs typically pull out of deals with players over a questionable health status—usually due to a lingering injury—terminating the contract solely because of a player’s HIV status is a different proposition. But it’s not one without precedent.

Rev. Mike Murdock visits white garment Church

American Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry based in Haltom City, Texas, decided to decide to storm Nigerian with God’s message and this time he paid a visit to a white garment church.

Murdock preaches around the world and is best known for his promotion of prosperity theology. Like the saying ‘when you go to Rome act like the Romans,’ he was seen dressed in the outfit of the church which they are peculiar with.

Nigeria, UK set guidelines for return of stolen assets

The governments of Nigeria and United Kingdom have set out the guidelines that will govern the procedure for the return of stolen assets in a prompt and timely manner from the United Kingdom.
Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN disclosed this in a press statement on Tuesday in Abuja and made available to newsmen.
Isah revealed that the HAGF stated this in his office during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the governments of Nigeria and the UK bordering on the modalities for the return of stolen assets from the United Kingdom.
The Minister said, “Today both countries make history as we set out the guidelines that will govern the procedures for the return of assets in prompt and timely manner from the United Kingdom.”
Malami explained that this MOU reflect the strong desire and willingness of both countries to continue cooperation and mutual support in the return of all recovered assets.
He added that, “The objective of the MOU depicts that the process of returning stolen assets was based on mutual understanding, confidence and trust.

FG expects better economic outlook for second half of 2016

*2nd quarter figures indicate further growth in Agric, solid mineral sectors:
*Better than IMF estimates
*Reveals highest increase in share of investment in GDP since 2010

The just released GDP figures for the 2016 second quarter by the National Bureau of Statistics while confirming a temporary decline, has also indicated an hopeful expectation in the country's economic trajectory.
Besides the growth recorded in the agriculture and solid mineral sectors, the Nigerian economy in response to the policies of the Buhari presidency is also doing better than what the IMF had estimated with clear indications that the second half of the year would be even much better.
The Buhari presidency will continue to work diligently on the economy and engage with all stakeholders  to ensure that beneficial policy initiatives are actively pursued and the dividends delivered to the Nigerian people.
The following statement was made by the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu on the latest NBS report:
"The just recently released data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that Gross Domestic Product declined by -2.06% in the second quarter of 2016 on a year-on-year basis.
A close look at the data shows that this outcome was mostly due to a sharp contraction in the oil sector due to huge losses of crude oil production as a result of vandalisation and sabotage.
However, the rest of the Q2 data is beginning to tell a different story.  There was growth in the agricultural and solid minerals sectors which are the areas in which the Federal Government has placed particular priority.
Agriculture grew by 4.53% in the second quarter of 2016 as compared with 3.09% in the first quarter.  The metal ores sector showed similar performance with coal mining, quarrying and other minerals also showing positive growth of over 2.5%.  Notably also, the share of investments in GDP increased to its highest levels since 2010, growing to about 17% of Gross Domestic Product.
The manufacturing sector though not yet truly out of the woods is beginning to show signs of recovery while the service sector similarly bears watching.
Nevertheless, the data already shows a reduction in imports and an increase in local produced goods and services and this process will be maintained although it will start off slowly in these initial stages before picking up later.
The inflation rate remains high but the good news is that the month-on-month rate of increase has fallen continuously over the past three months.
Unemployment remains stubbornly high which is usually the case during growth slowdowns and for reasons of a structural nature.
The picture that emerges, barring unforeseen shocks, is that the areas given priority by the Federal Government are beginning to respond with understandable time lags to policy initiatives.  Indeed, as the emphasis on capital expenditure begins to yield results and the investment/GDP numbers increase, the growth rate of the Nigerian economy is likely to improve further.
As these trends continue, the outlook for the rest of the year is that the Nigerian economy will beat the IMF prediction of -1.8% for the full year 2016.
The IMF had forecasted a growth of -1.8% for 2016, however the economy is performing better than the IMF estimates so far. For the half year it stands at -1.23% compared to an average of -1.80% expected on average by the IMF.
What is more, it is likely the second half will be better than the first half of 2016. This is because many of the challenges faced in the first half either no longer exist or have eased."

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Osibajo praises Utomi for $136m agric investment

Vice President Professor Yemi Osibajo has praised Chairman Integrated Produce City in Edo State, Prof Pat Utomi for investing $136 million in the agricultural sector.
The Vice President, represented by Governor Adams Oshiomhole said “the timing of the project couldn’t have been better. 
“Not just because it confirms what we have been saying to people over the past two or three months. We have said to our people that we could create jobs over two hundred thousand jobs, God giving our candidate, Godwin Obaseki the mandate. 
He said, “So, what you have come to do in Edo,  we cannot thank you enough, and we want to appreciate all your foreign partners who have shown confidence in our economy at this point in time. And it is instructive that you are not lobbying corridors of power in Abuja for an oil block. You are just looking for a piece of land that is idle. The next phase of our development must be to focus on job creation, and that we must also have a sensible land administration, that we will give land to genuine investors.”
He continued, “When there is no place for youths to work, once they grow up, they will leave the village for the city to look for jobs. So, to bring those children back, we need jobs around here. So, when they work here, they will be with us. I am glad that you have seen the link between this effort and your security, and even those hoodlums will see that it is better to work than to be engaged in kidnapping and other vices they have been committing. 
“On our part, we want to assure you that every support that you need, it is in our own self-enlightened interest to bring it. For now, our attitude is to provide all the incentives that government can provide, both at the federal and at the state level. The one by the state, you can take it for granted.

Nigerian Air Force helicopter attacks new B'Haram terrorist camp in northern Borno

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), during a night operation conducted yesterday, successfully destroyed a new Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in Northern Borno.
The new camp is about 4-6km away from the BHT location attacked earlier on 20 August 2016 by NAF Mi-17 helicopter within the same vicinity in a similar night operation that led to the death of about 300 insurgents. The post-strike Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) mission had revealed that surviving BHTs converged at the new location.
The information was later confirmed to be true by series of follow-up Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the latest strike. Recall that the general area around Malam Fatori and Kangarwa is infested with BHTs hence the need to clear the remnants of BHT in the area.
The air assault is therefore expected to further degrade the capability of the insurgents while fostering the creation of the necessary enablement for own ground troops to operate.

Meanwhile, NAF Alpha Jets have helped to repel an attack by BHTs on troops of 153 Battalion who were on fighting patrol at Ala Lumshe.

The troops, on Saturday 27 August 2016, had come under attack from BHTs about 4km south of Marte when the Alpha Jets were called-in to dislodge the insurgents. 

HURILAWS supports reassessing prosecuting powers of the EFCC

The Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) has applauded the call by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, A.B. Mahmoud SAN for a debate on the efficacy of the war against corruption in Nigeria.
A statement issued by the group and signed by Olisa Agbakoba SAN,Senior Counsel and Collins Okeke Legal/Programme Officer, the group said that where corruption is endemic like in Nigeria, strong institutions are critical to achieve success.
It is in this context that the debate on the propriety of the EFCC investigating and prosecuting financial crimes at the same time is appropriate. 

Rivers PDP condemns murder of activist-lawyer, Ken Atsuwete

Pained by the news of the death of a human rights activist and Lawyer, Barr Ken Atsuwete, the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah says it was a shocker that threw the entire Party into deep mourning and grave concern.
The PDP Chairman, out and out, condemned the murder of the young, energetic and sound-minded Lawyer, Barr Atsuwete, who has over the years contributed significantly to the respect of human rights, the rule of law, social and criminal justice, as well as democracy and good governance in the State.
Obuah, describing Barr Atsuwete as a household name in the practice of the Law profession and in Civil Society activism in the State, says his death is an unfortunate and incisive cut in the vanguard in defense of democracy and the administration of justice.
While calling on the Police and other security agencies not to leave any stone unturned in unraveling the perpetrators of the dastardly act, the PDP reiterates its consistent appeal to politicians, particularly, Dakuku Peterside, Magnus Abe, Davies Ikanya and other members of the opposition, the All Progressives Congress, APC, not to play politics with issues of security, including the senseless killing of Barr Ken Atsuwete, which is a great loss to all Rivers people.

Police to dock Catholic priest for allegedly raping 10-yr old girl

A Catholic priest, Reverend Father Anthony Ochigbo would be facing charges before an Abuja High Court over allegation that he raped a 10-year of girl.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command Tuesday made the disclosure after the command applied and withdrew an initial one-count rape charge Police entered against the Priest before an Abuja Upper Area Court at Gudu.
The Upper Area court judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, had on Monday, remanded Rev. Ochigbo in prison custody, even as he adjourned ruling on the defendant's application for bail.
However, at the resumed sitting, the prosecuting counsel who is a Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Idachaba, officer in charge of legal matters at the command persuaded the Upper Area Court judge to hands-off the matter for a higher court to take over the trial.
Idachaba who anchored his application on section 106 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, stressed that the Upper Area Court was bereft of the requisite jurisdiction to handle the case.

Minister seeks stronger ties with Sudan in areas of culture, digital economy

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (middle), flanked by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Ayo Adesugba, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan to Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Bushra, during a courtesy visit by the Ambassador to the minister in Abuja on Tuesday.  Source: Ministry. 

Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called for the strengthening of bilateral ties between Nigeria and Sudan in the areas of cultural/creative industry and digital economy in order to boost the efforts of the two countries to diversify their economies away from oil.
The Minister made the call in Abuja on Tuesday when he received the Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ibrahim Bushra, on a courtesy visit to his office.
“Let’s take the opportunity to look at two areas where the two countries can work together. One is the area of creative and cultural industry; another is the area of digital economy. Today any country that does not see and recognize digital economy is like a man winking in the dark….. Today if you have an identity and a name and you have no digital identity it’s as if you do not exist. So we want to see how the two countries can cooperate in both the cultural/creative industry and also the digital economy,'' he said.

Rivers APC blames PDP for murder of Activist Lawyer Ken Atsuete

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has blamed the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the gruesome murder, on Monday in Port Harcourt, of activist lawyer Ken Atsuete, a strong opposition voice in the state.
Governor Wike and his PDP gang of vampires in Rivers State have once again exhibited the only act of governance known to them by plotting the assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuete, a well-known fiery critic of Wike’s evil administration and defender of Rivers State APC,” the party lamented Tuesday morning in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
Rivers APC said in the statement: “Barr. Asuete, a renowned human rights activist who was one of the speakers at the just concluded conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Port Harcourt, must have been assassinated principally for his stoic stand against the evil administration of Wike in Rivers State. The other reason why Barr. Atsuete was killed was for his several petitions to the Inspector General of Police and to the Chief Justice of the Federation against the Chief Judge of Rivers State for being partisan by remanding his client Ojukaye Flag Amachree unjustly and wickedly. The other fact that may have triggered the killing of this harmless man was his live interview on Nigeria Info 92.3FM radio station, in which he revealed that Wike and his myopic and misguided legal team procured a fake court order on the release of Tai election result to deceive themselves and the general public.”

Police nab Benue kidnapping gang

The Police in Benue have smashed a gang of kidnappers of an Indian expatriate kidnapped in Katsina Ala, Benue State.
In tandem with its nationwide coordinated operations against violent crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and the likes, the Inspector General of Police Ag. IGP Ibrahim K. Idris had  deployed Intelligent Response Team (IRT) to Benue state to tackle and resolve cases of kidnapping in the state using citizens supports and deployment of technical platforms. The intelligent Response Team (IRT) swung into action, trailed and arrested the following suspects:
i. Terna Lorlu aka Rocker ‘M’ 28 years – Gang leader
ii.Ternenger Terwase aka Bishop ‘M’ 29 years
iii.Terungwa Abasuwa aka Bobby ‘M’ 27 years
iv.Oryina Bosua aka Man’U ‘M’ 34 years.

Niger Delta: Military raids creek, provides humanitarian assistance

Troops of 4 Brigade  of the Nigerian Army have entered Day 4 in the field training exercise nicknamed "Operation CROCODILE SMILE" with  quite a number of activities that involved continued humanitarian assistance through free medical outreach, show of force, patrols and raids in the creeks.
On Monday  the troops with help of Nigerian Navy helicopters, their speed  and gunboats, carried out raid on suspected oil bunkerer and militant camps at Afiagbene, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, there was no  contact made.

However, they discovered 2 Generators, 1 locally made Double barrel gun, 1 Dane gun, 3 live cartridges, 2 Pumping machines, one 32 inches LG Television, 1 Kenwood amplifier and 4 X 50 Litres of liquid suspected to be crude oil at Ayakoromo junction.

NIMASA set for new challenges – Peterside

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Lead Consultant, Mr. Brian Cranmer during the opening ceremony of a five-day training organised by IMO in conjunction with NIMASA on ISPS Code Compliance in Nigeria, in Lagos. 

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has again restated its position in ensuring the full implementation and enforcement of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code in the nation’s ports.
The Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated this at the opening ceremony of a five-day training programme facilitated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in conjunction with NIMASA on ISPS code compliance in Lagos.

Internet Society Study reveals reasons for slow Internet growth in Africa

A new study released yesterday by the Internet Society at  the  ongoing African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF)  holding in  Tanzania has revealed that  Internet access and availability are not enough to get people online.
The “Promoting Content in Africa” report further revealed that while significant improvements have been made in Internet infrastructure, most notably in mobile networks, Internet adoption rates are slowing in many countries because users lack compelling reasons to connect.
According to the study, content and services are the main factors in making the Internet desirable, especially when the subject matter is relevant and in a language that users can easily understand.
Lack  local content and services, according to the study,  are  affecting the number of new online users in Africa.
In Sub-Saharan Africa in particular, local language content, the study said  is key to bringing new users online, as many are not comfortable reading in English or French.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Peterside condemns the barbaric, gruesome assassination of Ken Atsuwete

Dr. Peterside the current DG of NIMASA has condemned in strongest term the barbaric, nasty and heinous assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuwete in Port Harcourt, Rivers State today.
The DG of NIMASA who condemned the killing in a statement today said, "this is perhaps the deadliest of several politically-motivated killings perpetrated in Rivers state in recent times."
The statement reads: "Ken Atsuwete was a prominent human rights activist, political commentator, fiery critic of bad governance, citizen activist and most recently lawyer to Hon. Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, the APC leader held for trumped-up charges.
"Without any doubt, the killers of Ken Atsuwete were driven by the insidious objective of instilling fear in the rank of the opposition, silence every voice of reason and stifle opposition in Rivers State.
The killing of Ken Atsuwete is perhaps the height of impunity which is now an everyday way of life in my home state of Rivers.
"I call on the Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of State Security Service and other national security authorities to carry out extensive investigation of this awful incident, bring the perpetrators to book and restore sanity to our dear State.
"The current government in Rivers State owes us a responsibility to protect lives and property no matter the political persuasion of who is involved.
"Indeed, I  mourn with the immediate family of Ken Atsuwete, his associates and APC political family on this needless loss of the Voice of Reason." 

Borno IDPS protest poor method of feeding in camps

Hundreds of aggrieved Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bakassi camp went on rampage /protest in Borno, barricading the Maiduguri- Biu road in the metropolis, alleging 'poor feeding system and iltreatment' by government and other humanitarian agencies.
The IDPs who were on peaceful protest on Monday morning, said,  they were not satisfied with a situation where a family of three or four people will be given same amount of foodstuff with a family of 10 or 15 inhabitants on a monthly basis of household feeding introduced by State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA).
Fortunately, it took the quick intervention of the state government officials and North East Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar to douse the tension.
Already, Mohammed Bashir Tarbari who is the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kashim Shettima on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media said,
the ongoing IDPs protest in camps were instigated by group of politicians with deep rooted prejudice against the administration of Governor Kashim Shettima who are trying to cause disaffection.

Bakassi which had a population of 152,000 IDPs from Nganzai, Monguno, Gwoza and other local government areas of the state

FG, Bono explores global partnership to address northeast humanitarian crisis

The Federal Government will welcome a global partnership that would ensure a concerted and focused international response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency in the North-Eastern region of the country.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, gave this indication earlier today while receiving members of the ONE campaign led by the international Rock Star artist Bono, and Africa's richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who were at the Presidential Villa to discuss the possibilities of a global partnership to address the crisis through international advocacy.

No crisis in Kuje prison--Controller-General

The Controller of Prisons FCT Command, Daniel Odharo has confirmed that there was no crisis in Kuje Medium Security Prison. 
A statement signed on his behalf by Chukwuedo Humphrey, FCT Command PRO said that at about 1000hrs on Monday 29th August, 2016,  staff of Kuje Prison carried out a routine cell-search which is a part of the Prisons operational guidelines to prevent breach of security within and around the prisons. 
Some inmates tried to resist the exercise which led to an altercation between the search party and the inmates. 
This was quickly put under effective control. No prisoner was injured, no property damaged and the yard is calm and peaceful. 

The Controller of Prisons FCT Command, Odharo Daniel has assured that the security and wellbeing of prisoners in the Federal Capital Territory will continue to be held as a priority task and will never be compromised.”

Police quell attempted jailbreak in Kuje prisons

Pandemonium broke out in Kuje prisons Monday following an attempted jailbreak in the facility.
The incident which began around 10am saw soldiers, prison personnel and other security operatives shooting sporadically into the air to ward off external attacks while they were said to have tear-gased the prison cells.
This is the second time in less than two months that the Kuje prisons would experience such incident.
Other prisons in Enugu, Ebonyi and Kogi had experienced similar jailbreaks in recent times.
A reliable source said ”There is a lock down in the prison, prisons officials are throwing tear-gas at the inmates to cow them because of the last jail break.”
Some of the inmates complained that they were dying, as they spoke to Vanguard: “We do not know what they want to do with us, some people are on the ground now rolling and crying.”
There is no jail break, yet they woke up this morning to start shooting tear gas at us,” they added.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Francis Enobore told journalists that the situation had been brought under control.
We have received a report of a problem in Kuje Prison but give me a little time to get the facts on it as some of our men are already on ground to handle the situation.

We are monitoring what is happening. I will revert to you as soon we get more detail from our men on the ground", he said.

Indigenous doctors conduct medical mission in Bama

Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiatives (PCNI) has within the context of the expanded recovery plan for the Northeast, the Buhari Plan extended support to a medical intervention in Bama Camp. 
The Smile Mission Medical Health Care, a professional team of 160 Northeast indigenous doctors working with other volunteer health care providers commenced the administration of preventive and curative treatment and sensitization for the 30,000 IDP population. This was the second successful Smile Mission intervention in Bama Camp augumenting the health care interventions by other Agencies and institutions servicing the Camp.
The Smile Mission Medical Care Team provided treatment for common illnesses and specialized care such as ENT (ear, nose and throat) assessment and referrals, basic dental care, obstetrics and gynaecology complications.  Other services rendered included psychosocial trauma counselling, sensitisation on sanitation and hygiene in the Camp. 

Proffer solutions that promotes harmony and peaceful co-existence----Gana

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has called on the adherents of the two major National Religions (Christians and Muslims) to always conduct themselves in a manner that is worthy of their calling, and always proffer solutions that promote harmony and peaceful co-existence, which he trust will spread notable peace in the length and breadth of Nigeria.
The CG who is the Host of the TWO FAITH WATCH SUMMIT which held at the Civil Defence College Academy Hall, Sauka, Abuja, which brought Religious Faithfuls from across Nigeria together, ably represented by Acting Deputy Commandant General Critical Infrastructure, Dr. Emmanuel Adeoye, on behalf of the NSCDC.

Delta Speaker to hold town hall meeting in Sapele

The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya will on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1, 2016 meet with the good people of Sapele.
Igbuya will start his strings of meeting on Wednesday in Ugboren, Okuovu and Edegbrode. He will also meet with the people at Amukpe and Okpe Hall on Thursday.
The series of town hall meeting, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Right Honourable Speaker, Mr. Henry Ebireri, will help individuals and organizations to tap into the opportunities in the current Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration in the state.
Ebireri in a statement in Asaba said Igbuya would meet with Non indigenes living in Sapele on Thursday.

Ize-Iyamu can't be trusted with govt treasury— Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged the people of the State to vote for Mr. Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress and not the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, saying the PDP candidate, from his antecedents, cannot be trusted with public funds.
Addressing various traders’ associations in Benin City, Monday, Oshiomhole said his distrust for Ize-Iyamu with public funds prevented him from appointing the PDP candidate after he was re-elected as Governor in 2012.
According to Oshiomhole, “I didn’t appoint Ize-Iyamu because of his past record, I would not be comfortable to put government money in his hand, that is why I kept him completely out of government, I didn’t even give him a board appointment. He was part of the government that looted Edo state treasury. Don’t put the key to your kitchen in the hands of someone you don’t trust.
"Usually, a governor appoints the Director-General of his campaign after his election, but I didn’t appoint him into Government because I have his records, I do not trust him. You must know who you can use for what.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Lawyers on Rivers projects tour, hail Wike

Nigerian lawyers  celebrate Rivers State Governor  , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  Wike  after tour of projects on Thursday  in Port Harcourt. 
Hundreds of Nigerian  Lawyers on Thursday  joined Rivers State Governor  , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  on inspection of completed and ongoing projects in three local government  areas of the state,  hailing the governor  for his judicious  use of scarce resources to improve the living condition of the people .
The governor  took the lawyers from all the branches  of  the  Nigerian Bar Association, NBA,  to projects  located in Port Harcourt City,  Obio/Akpor and Eleme Local Government Areas.
Projects inspected include : NBA  LAW Centre,  Federal High Court,  Dr Nabo Graham Douglas Faculty of Law, RSUST,  Port Harcourt Pleasure Park , Second Nkpogu Bridge, Elelenwo-Akpajo road and the  Second WOJI-AKPAJO Bridge. 

Soludo lectures APC Govs on improving Nigeria economy

Professor Charles Soludo, former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Thusday lectured the 23 governors of the All Progressive Change, APC, on  how to improved Nigerian economy now in recession.
Soludo who made a  presentation in Kaduna at the Progressive Governors Forum 4th‎ Progressive Governance Lecture series with the theme: ‘Building The Economy of States: Challenges of Developing Inclusively Sustainable Growth,’ said, “ the economic policies initiated by the Buhari’s Government since he took over power is to continue to harp on its campaign promises, rather than coming to terms with the reality of the day by combating the economic challenges confronting the nation."
According to him, the country was dealing with political, economic and social shocks.
He said: "Nigeria is facing unprecedented and tremendous political and economical challenges with global and local dynamics. Regardless of these challenges, opportunities and possibilities abound if we address some fundamental issues. The key to achieving this is to have a development plan that is anchored on realizing inclusive and sustainable growth.

Odubu drums support for Obaseki in Orhiomwon

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu, has assured the people of Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state that the agenda of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Godwin Obaseki, is to create prosperity for the state.
Odubu who spoke at the APC ward campaign at in Ugo’niyekorhiomwon, said of elected as governor, Obaseki will not fall short of the people’s expectations as he has worked with the government in developing the communities in the state.
He urged the people to ignore the political gimmicks of the PDP as they are up to no good assuring the people of Orhionmwon that APC leaders in the area will ensure that the promises of the governorship candidate is brought to bear in the lives of everyone.

Oyo partners Australia on agric, mining, education

L-R: Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; with Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehmann, during a courtesy call on the governor, at the Governor's Office, Ibadan... on Wednesday. Photo: Governor's Office

The new agriculture initiative of the Oyo State Government has received a boost with the proposed investment by an Australian agro-processing company, which has already acquired 50 hectares of land in the Oke Ogun area of the state.
The new entrant had thus swelled the list of Australian companies that had entered into partnership agreements with the state government in mining, agriculture, education and vocational training.     
The State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, disclosed this while receiving the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Leymann, in his office, on Wednesday.

APC chides Fayose over criticism of Buhari's emergency power request

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated Governor Ayodele Fayose for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari over proposal to the National Assembly requesting for emergency powers to stimulate the economy.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party regretted that the governor has not purged himself of reckless display of ignorance on matters that are taken for granted  among the average educated Nigerians.
Noting that the governor's abberant conduct was a blot on leadership integrity in modern democratic governance, Olatunbosun regretted that "once again, Fayose is embarrassing Ekiti people noted for knowledge and scholarship".

Saraki sends technical team to review humanitarian situation in the N/East

PHOTO: Senate President’s Technical Team on North East/IDPs and Officials of UN OCHA. Maiduguri, Borno State

As part of the activities to mark the 2016 World Humanitarian Day, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, sent a technical team to Maiduguri, Borno State, to conduct interviews with domestic and international stakeholders working in the IDP camps in the greater Maiduguri area. The purpose of the visit was to collect information about the emergency relief, recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Borno State. 

FG re-opens 8 satellite prisons in North-East

Eight satellite prisons located in Bauchi state, North-east Nigeria, which were earlier closed down due to the wave of Boko Haram insurgency in the zone have been re-opened.
Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed announced this Thursday in Abuja in a statement signed by the service spokesman, Francis Enobore.
The satellite prisons reopened are Alkaleri, Burra, Darazo, Katagum, Shira, Tafa Balewa and Toro.
The eight prison was however not mentioned.
"They were re-opened on Monday 15th August, 2016. Gamawa, the 9th satellite prison will however remain closed till it is conducive enough to receive prisoners under safe and humane conditions. 
"Prisoners are drawn from main prisons that had borne the burden of accommodating inmates in the state while the insurgency lasted. The re-opening of the satellite prisons will significantly reduced congestion and the attendant management difficulties in the main prisons across the state."
Recall that due to the Boko Haram insurgency that affected most government security establishments a couple of years back, some prisons in the North-eastern zone were closed down.

FG signs MoU with British Council, seeks to revive dormant festivals, traditional games

R- L:  Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed and Sir Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council signing an MoU on Cultural Cooperation in Edinburgh

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday signed an MoU with the Chief Executive of the British Council, Sir Ciaran Devane, with a request for partnership to help train festival managers, revive the country's major festivals and prevent its traditional games from dying.
The agreement was signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the sidelines of the ongoing 2016 Edinburgh International Festival Summit.

Female lawyers honour Wike

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L-R: Deputy Governor, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, National President of International Federation of Women Lawyers  ( FIDA), Mrs Inime Aguma and Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Emmanuel Aguma  ( SAN) at a dinner hosted  for FIDA  by the wife of the Rivers State Governor on Wednesday  night. 

Female lawyers have recognised Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike for his investments  in the welfare of women and children in the state. The award was presented in recognition of his roles in the promotion of women and children welfare   by the International Federation of Women Lawyers  ( FIDA) on Wednesday  night at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a dinner hosted by the wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike.
Presenting the award of recognition to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on behalf of FIDA, Former FIDA Nigeria  President and Judge of the African Court of  Human and Peoples Rights, Justice Elsie Nwanwuri Thompson urged the governor  to sustain  his commitment to the welfare of women and children.

Black Thursday in Enugu as herdsmen invade community, kill Catholic seminarian

Blood soaked curtain upon which Seminarian,Lazarus Nwafor, fell on after several machete cuts from Fulani Herdsmen at the parlour of his rented apartment

Fulani herdsmen numbering over 50, armed with machetes, Thursday invaded Ndiagu,Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu-West Local Government Area of Enugu State and slaughtered a 26-year-old Catholic Seminarian,Lazarus Nwafor who was on one year apostolic work. He was an indigene of Orlu, Local Government Area,Imo State
Four members of the Ogbodo Nwarum family,where Nwafor,the Seminarian, who finished his apostolic work at St. Patrick Catholic Church,Ndiagu,Attakwu,last Tuesday,was a tenant also sustained severe machete cuts from the rampaging herdsmen who slit the stomach of a six-months pregnant woman, Mrs. Nwarum in the operation that started at about 2.15AM.
Until his death,Nwafor,was a seminarian at the Catholic Spiritan International School of Theology, CSIST, Attakwu.

Justice Sector Reforms: FG bars non police counsels from prosecuting cases

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN has charged lawyers in the country to fashion out, promote and defend a national culture that would regard obedience to the rule of law as a desirable goal, rather than an aberration.
He gave this charge in a paper he delivered at the ongoing 56th  Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association and titled, ‘One Year Later: Review of Law and Change Under the Buhari Administration’ in Port Harcourt, River s State.
In a press statement issued by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Minister and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Isah said Malami at the conference with the theme, ‘Democracy and Economic Development’ enjoined those in the legal practice to do all that is humanly possible and permissible in law to ensure that Nigerians home and in the Diaspora is no longer described as rule breakers.
The AGF reiterated that section 106 of the administration of criminal Justice Act, 2015 transferred the duties of prosecuting all criminal matters to the Federal Ministry of Justice thereby, prohibiting prosecution by police who are not trained Lawyers.
Malami further made known that his ministry had so far taken over about 8000 case files from police for prosecution.

$83 million approved for African factors, says Afreximbank

Some of the seminar participants in group photo

Abidjan – The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved $83 million for African businesses engaged in factoring since 2012, Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Initiative, has announced in Abidjan.
Speaking yesterday during a sensitization workshop organized by Afreximbank to promote the Model Law on Factoring, Ms. Awani, who is also Chairperson of the Africa Chapter of the International Factors Group (now IFG+FCI Union), said that $48 million of the amount had already been disbursed and that the Bank was also assessing additional factoring lines totaling $90 million for African factors and factoring companies.

Four World Bank officials drown in Ekiti dam

Ekiti state police command Thursday confirmed that four officials of the World Bank were drowned at Egbe Dam in Egbe Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Egbe Dam is the biggest of the six dams in the state.
Folasade Akinrinmola, the Chairman of the council, and the state police command confirmed this development to newsmen on Thursday.
Akinrinmola said the incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, involved a team of seven contractors employed by the World Bank on an assessment mission to the dam.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Fayose condemns police invasion of Kwakwanso’s house

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has condemned the Tuesday’s invasion and seal off of the residence of former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso by armed policemen to prevent a mass wedding programme, reiterating his earlier warning that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its supporters have built dictatorship round
President Muhammadu Buhari by not joining other Nigerians to condemn his undemocratic acts.
The governor, who said he was more concerned about the rape of democracy and the rule law under the APC government of President Buhari, added that; “The fact that Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso is of the ruling APC should worry well-meaning Nigerians because it appears no one will be spared by this anti-democracy agents that have taking over Nigeria.”

Two-faith religion partners NSCDC on watch project

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, says that Muslim and Christians have failed in adhering to the lofty teachings of Jesus Christ and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Noting, that it is not enough to say I am a Christian or I am a Muslim.
The CG made this assertion in his office when the Two-Faith Religions paid him a courtesy visit at the NSCDC National Headquarters, Abuja.
Evangelist Henry Hillary National President of the Two-Faith Religion Group in his remarks, thanked the CG for the warm reception given them, pointing out that it is a fold which embraces both the Christians and Muslims. It is an offshoot of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, with the aim, to bring the two Religions for understanding and for them to work together to promote harmony and peace amongst the two based Faiths and Nigeria in general.

AU, AFRIMA jury unveil Afrima 3.0 nominees list

The  Nominees List for the 2016 edition of AFRIMA, the continent’s leading music awards have been unveiled by the African Union and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA.
The highly anticipated Nominees List for the 2016 awards tagged AFRIMA 3.0. was announced to the world media on Monday, August 22, at the Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos with live online broadcast. 

Murder of 8 students in Zamafara, act of the devil -Gov Yari

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, said Tuesday that the murder of eight persons at Talata-Mafara in the state was an act of the devil caused by false alarm. 
According to the governor, a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic was killed on Monday over allegation of committing blasphemy against Islam alongside seven other persons.
He said that a mob had set fire on the house of a man who tried to rescue the student.
The governor, who spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, described the act as unnecessary and ‘act of the devil’. 
Yari said: "From the intelligence I heard from the security agencies, there was a fight between two students and I think one of them injured the other and started shouting that the other person abused Prophet Muhammad.

Nigeria lost 560,000 barrels of oil in 5 months --- NNPC

Nigeria's apex oil firm, the  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Tuesday, said that 560,000 barrels of crude oil meant for the refineries as feedstock and 109 million litres of petroleum products was lost between January and May 2016 due to the activities of pipeline vandals and oil thieves.
In a statement by the NNPC in Abuja, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, who made this disclosure during a courtesy visit to the Commandant General of the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Abdudullahi Gani Muhammadu, also disclosed that the NNPC suffered 1,447 incidents of pipeline breaches in the same period.

Ajimobi salutes MTN, says Oyo crucial to country's prosperity, well-being

L-R: Director, MTN Foundation, Mr. Denis Okoro; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Ms Nonny Ugboma; and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunication, Mr. Saheed Fijabi, during the handing over of the refurbished Maternal Ward of the Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, to the state government by the foundation , in Ibadan...on Wednesday. Photo: Governor's Office    

Oyo Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the state is crucial to the prosperity and economic well-being of the country, given its vast potential and strategic location.
He hinged his position on what he called the contiguous location of the state to Lagos, touted as the economic nerve centre of the country, and as the gateway to the other parts of the country, especially the Northern part.
The governor spoke at the handing over ceremony of the refurbished Maternal Ward of the Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Yemetu, Ibadan, by the MTN Foundation Maternal Ward Support project, in Ibadan, on Wednesday.

Ovia communities endorse Obaseki for gov

Over 3,300 members of Ovia North East Local Government Area Community Development Associations have endorsed Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the September 10 gubernatorial election in Edo State.
The latest ensorsement is coming less than three weeks to the election. 
President of the Community Development Associations in the Local Government, Mr. Osasere Osayogie and Vice President, Etinosa Ighogaro declared at a solidarity meeting in Benin City, Wednesday, that “we will deliver Ovia-North East for APC come September 10, 2016.”
According to Osasere Osayogie, “We the youths of Ovia North-East endorse Godwin Obaseki for governor. We have done it before. We will do it again. We are here today to rejoice with Godwin Obaseki.
Come September 10, 2016, Godwin Obaseki will be elected the next governor, ” he said.
Receiving the youths, Governor Oshiomhole recalled how his government revoked land which was illegally allocated to an individual and returned same to the people. 

Rivers PDP court order is suspect and meaningless - APC

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC said the PDP purported court order against the release of Tai rerun election results by INEC is not of any consequence if any person or political party decides to embark on an ego trip using the courts.
In any case, the Electoral Act 2010, Section 133 sub 1 forbids any courts from questioning INEC in any manner other than by petition complaining of an undue election or undue return presented to competent tribunal or court. Definitely, the Federal High Court the PDP purportedly obtained its order does not qualify to issue such an order on INEC. It is indeed a meaningless court order as far as the APC is concerned” Senbo Chris Finebone the APC Publicity Secretary said in a statement today.
The APC cannot be distracted by the antics of the PDP as we prepare for the conclusion of the remaining rerun elections as will be announced by the INEC” the statement concluded.

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