Thursday, 29 September 2016

Obaseki’s victory, a journey forward

Today, despite all the hardship we’ve been through, and despite all the frustrations from opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), we have shown that we can never be more hopeful about our future and we’ve never been more hopeful about Edo State and the progressive government of the ruling party in Nigeria. I ask Edo people to sustain the hope.
I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stands on our path. I’m also not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight especially the one that allows continuity for consolidation.
I have always believe that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidences to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep the good works of the Comrade Governor, Adams Oshiomhole and to keep working for Edo people through a fresh mandate given to Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Philip Shaibu.
Edo people, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for the dividends of democracy as promised by Mr. Godwin Obaseki – the Governor-elect.

Stuck-in-shrine pastor denies being struck by idols while destroying shrines

Pastor Wale Fagbire, who was allegedly got  struck  stuck in a shrine in  Ketu community area of  Ayetoro in  Yewa North local government area of Ogun state , has denied being struck by idols while destroying the shrines.
The pastor who presides over Christ Apostolic Church, ( Ona-Iye) in Ayetoro said he was instructed not to utter a word after he destroyed the Shrines.
Speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital during a press conference organised by Christian Association of Nigeria,  Ogun state chapter, pastor Fagbire debunked allegations of being struck by the deity he went to destroy.
It  was reported that  ,Pastor Fagbere had  told his congregation that he had been directed by God to destroy all the shrines in Ketu community. But, in his attempts  to destroy the shrines  he  allegedly  got stuck in the shrine , looking like a statue , prompting the people in the area to raise alarm.
But the State Chairman of CAN , Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya described the reports especially on social media as exaggerated,  adding that the body intended to change the misconception about the incident.

Odigie-Oyegun congratulates Obaseki on Edo Election victory

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Thursday congratulated the Party’s Candidate and running mate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shuaibu respectively on their election victory.
In a message issued Thursday evening on behalf of the APC National Working Committee (NWC), Odigie-Oyegun thanked the good people of Edo State for the massive turnout during the election.

Organised Labour commends Edo guber election

PIC: Comrade Aremu

Organised labour has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the Chairmanship of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for the successful conduct of the Edo State governorship election on Wednesday September 28, 2016 as it hails Godwin Obaseki the winner in an election globally adjudged to be transparent, free and fair.
Comrade Issa Aremu, Secretary General, Textile Workers' Union and NEC Member of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a statement in Kaduna also commended all the actors namely, the contestants, political parties and security agents for cooperating with INEC to ensure a peaceful election. He observed that all contestants commendably saluted the efforts of INEC on the accreditation and voting process adding that they should demonstrate similar statesmanship in accepting the outcomes of the results.

18 African countries to automate online intellectual property registration

After a  successful trial in Kenya,  the software giant, Microsoft  handed  over the source code for an online intellectual property (IP) registration system to IP authorities across Africa, including the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO).
 The online registration system replaces the traditional manual process of submitting paper-based forms, making the registration of IP fast, accessible and more efficient
Microsoft 4Afrika is handing over the source code to an online automated IP registration system, to help IP authorities across Africa drive a culture of IP protection.
 The system was first developed and tested by Microsoft 4Afrika, through their IP Hub initiative, and KECOBO in June last year.
The ready-to-scale and proven model will now be shared with authorities in 18 countries across Africa, in collaboration with COMESA, to support their commitments towards IP protection.
“The system that KECOBO was privileged to pilot worked well during the trial. KECOBO saw over a 100% jump in registrations in the June - October period when the system was running,”  Edward Kipsigei, CEO of KECOBO, explained, adding that,  “As a result of the test, KECOBO will shortly commission a fully online registration system based on the prototype. My office highly recommends the adoption of the system by those states that will benefit from the source code. At KECOBO we remain ready to share our experiences with other IP offices.”

Rivers APC hails Edo people for voting right, says Obaseki is the best man for the job

Edo State indigenes have been commended for their wisdom in voting convincingly for Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), during Wednesday’s governorship election in the state. Rivers State APC made the commendation in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, in which it congratulated Governor-Elect Obaseki and Edo State APC for their victory at the polls.
“There is no doubt that Edo people have made the right choice because Mr. Godwin Obaseki is the best man for the job. He is tested and trusted and will continue the good work which the APC Government in Edo under the watch of His Excellency, Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole, has done in the past almost eight years. We urge the incoming Obaseki Administration to toe the developmental vision of the Comrade Governor and provide the good people of Edo State the type of governance they deserve to continue to enjoy,” Rivers APC said in the statement issued in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

Dasuki's trial aborted as FG fails to produce him in court

The trial of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki at Abuja High-Court for trial on the charges of money laundering and breach of trust was stalled Thursday as the Federal Government failed to produce him.
Dasuki who was charged along with five others before Justice Peter Affen was granted bail when he was first arraigned but re-arrested and had been kept in custody of the Department of the State Service (DSS) since December 2015.
Others who are being prosecuted along with the former NSA with respect to charges of diversion of funds include a former Director of Finance in the Office of the NSA, Shuaibu Salisu, a former Finance Minister of State, Bashir Yuguda; a former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, the ex-governor’s son, Sagir Attahiru, and a firm, Dalhatu Investment.
At the resumed trial counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Rotimi Jacob informed the judge that he was surprised that Dasuki who was the second defendant in the charge was not brought to court by his client (FG).
The counsel explained that on his part he notified the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the trial and the need to produce Dasuki in court but regretted that communication gap between the EFCC and DSS was responsible for non-production of the former NSA in court.
Jacob consequently applied to Justice Affen to stand down the case for him to enable his client to produce Dasuki in court but however he could not give a definite period within which the EFCC would bring the ex-NSA to court.

WHO trains 80 health workers on EWARS in Borno

The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to establish Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) by training over 80 health professionals in Borno State Ministry of Health .
The latest batch of health workers were trained Thursday in Monguno local government area (LGA), which is one of the council areas that recorded the recent outbreak of Polio Virus.
EWARS is a WHO disease surveillance, alert and response initiative for early detection and containment of disease outbreaks in humanitarian emergency settings.

Speaking on the importance of the training, the Borno Commissioner for Health,  Dr Haruna Msheila mentioned that the State government welcomes WHO’s support to build capacity of its health personnel for early detection of epidemic prone diseases which will help to mount adequate public health control measures to reduce preventable morbidity and mortality.

Buhari will do everything to make Nigeria great – VP

A release by the Office of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to put everything on the line to make sure Nigeria is great and he has no other objective other than seeing this dream come true, says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
“This morning, I had a meeting with the President and he repeated to me twice, he said ‘at my age there is only one thing I am looking for, I want to see a great Nigeria’. He has no other objective and I feel very inspired by that,” Prof Osinbajo stated.
The Vice President spoke while receiving a delegation of Christian Ministers Welfare Initiative also known as the Pastors’ Forum, Taraba State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Prof. Osinbajo while restating the firm commitment of the President and himself to a great Nigeria where peace and justice reign said “it is madness for anybody in our position to be looking for money. According to him, God put people in a position of authority for them to be able to do something for their people.

FG declares Monday 3rd October public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, 3rd October, 2016 as Public Holiday to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary.
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s independence anniversary and assures them that Government is working assiduously to put in place various palliative measures to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges.

According to a release signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, Ag. Permanent Secretary, the Minister  enjoined all Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his avowed determination to build a strong, virile and united country in line with the dream of the country’s founding fathers.

NAF Officer joins Eisenhower Fellowship for young leaders

A young Nigerian Air Force officer, Wing Commander Musa Salmanu has been selected for prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) in United States of America. Salmanu who is Press Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff on strategic communications, has provided policy response to complex humanitarian emergencies in the fight against Boko Haram in North-Eastern Nigeria.

During his fellowship, the wing commander will pilot a program to improve school enrolment rates for children 5 to 12 years old by compensating for the lack of a social safety net and providing nutrition and food for students; education on the importance of diversity and tolerance; and outreach to families to ensure girls are not left behind.

The chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) said “The innovative Fellows are united by their passion to benefit their countries and region by collaborating across disciplines to achieve their vision as global network of influential leaders.”

We have created the right platform for foreign direct investment, Wike tells UK Minister for Africa

PIC: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike , Minister for Africa, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Tobias Ellwood and the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright during the visit of the UK Minister to Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday

Governor  Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has declared that the  state government has created the right platform for foreign direct investment in the agricultural sector.
The governor also stated that the State Government has started the  preliminary process for the construction a Specialist Tertiary Hospital in the state.
He spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday  when he granted audience to the Minister for Africa, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Tobias Ellwood and the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright.

Edo guber: Obaseki wins as PDP rejects result

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki has emerged winner of the Edo State Governorship election, polling a total of 319,483 votes to defeat his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who polled 253, 173, according to the official results from the 18 local governments in the state as announced by the electoral commission on Thursday.
According to the returning officer for the election, there are a total of 1, 900, 623 registered voters in the state, while 622, 039 voters were accredited to vote in the poll.
There were 582, 299 approved votes, while 30, 945 votes were declared invalid.  In all 613, 244 votes were cast in the poll, the returning officer announced in Benin City.

We have to fight senior lawyers protecting corrupt people--National Human Rights Commission

PHOTO: Bem Angwe

The National Human Rights Commission has “condemned senior lawyers and others in public service using human rights to shield corrupt people from prosecution and justice.”
Prof. Bem Angwe, Executive Secretary of the Commission said this at the launch of a report today at the Westown Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos. The report titled Health in decline: Human Rights Impacts of Corruption in Nigeria’s Health Sector was launched by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.
Prof. Angwe who was represented by Mr Wahab Oyedokun said that “The National Human Rights Commission believes that corruption is the biggest impediment to respect for human rights in Nigeria. We recognize that we have to fight corruption to ensure human rights. There is a problem in the human rights community. That problem is that we have pretenders in the human rights and legal communities using the platform of human rights to advance corruption and to shield corrupt elements in our society.”

NIMASA Reforms: DG assures stakeholders of better services

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside exchanging pleasantries with stakeholders during an engagement at the Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt on Wednesday 28th September, 2016.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has assured stakeholders in its Eastern Zonal Operations that the era of being tossed between the Zonal Office and the Head Office is over as the Agency has concluded plans to restructure its operations for optimal performance.

The new structure is expected to grant the Zonal Offices greater autonomy to initiate, process and conclude critical transactions like ship registration, sailing clearance and other associated operations in the Zones without recourse to the Head Office.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this while addressing concerns of stakeholders in Port Harcourt as part of his working visit to the operational offices of the Agency.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

111 women die daily in Nigeria during childbirth-UNFPA

The Department for International Development DFID and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said that Nigeria's maternal mortality rate has risen to 10 percent where about 111 women die on daily basis.
This is stated by the Executive Director of the UNFPA, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin and the Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development, DFID, Mr Mark Lowcock at a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
Osotimehin who was a former Minister of Health in Nigeria however said that UNFPA had a plan to restart a national programme to reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria, especially in the North.
He said the new initiative, if well implemented, would drastically reduce the incidence of maternal deaths.
He said, "Nigeria constitutes 2% of the world’s population but contributes 10% of the world’s maternal mortality.

Edo guber: Oyegun loses his unit

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun could not deliver his polling unit as the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) beat APC there.
Oyegun voted at Polling unit 2, Ward 2, in Oredo LGA. His party scored 69, while the PDP scored 78.
It was gathered that Staff Training School, Benin, where the APC national Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun voted recorded a large turnout of voters. But so far PDP is in an early lead in the polling unit
There were allegations that APC members where seen compiling a list and giving out money. Each voter was handed N10, 000. The event almost caused a fight among agents and voters alike.
But reacting to the allegation, Oyegun said, “When I look at a place like this I don’t know how you can give someone money. How do you know somebody has voted, given how secret it truly is, nobody will know how you’ve thumb printed.

Please is there somebody sharing money let me go to him and take my own.” He added.

House of Reps recommend 10-yr sentence for 'baby factory' operators

PHOTO: Teenage girls rescued from a baby factory in Abia
The House of Representatives has said that anybody caught selling or attempting to sell new born babies and other related matters will face 10 years prison sentence.
Also anybody racketeering with human pregnancy, or operation of Baby Production Factories and harbouring of pregnant persons under the age of 18 and above will get 10-years-jail term.
These punitive measures were contained in the Bill for an Act to amend the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act No. 28 of 2005 in the House of Representatives which was passed to second reading yesterday.

Reps suspend Jibrin

PHOTO: Jibrin
Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended the former Chairman of Appropriation Committee, Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin for a period of 180 legislative sitting days.
The House also barred Jibrin from holding positions of responsibility till the end of the 8th Assembly.
This was contained in a report submitted by the Committee on Ethics and Privileges through its Chairman, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, which was consequently adopted by the voice votes of the House.
The Committee had been asked to looked into the breach of Practices, Precedents and Usage of the House of Representatives and Sundry Acts of Misconduct against the Members and Institution of the House of Representatives and National Assembly.
Jibrin had accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara and other principal officer of the Lower Legislative Chamber of padding the 2016 budget to the tune of over N40bn.

Wike inaugurates the Rivers State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy

PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (3rd left), Deputy Governor , Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo  (2nd Right)  and Attorney General of Rivers State and Chairman of the committee , Emmanuel Aguma  (SAN) (3rd Right) and other members  of  the Rivers State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy after the committee's inauguration  at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State  has inaugurated the State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, with a charge to examine cases of convicts objectively  before making recommendations  to him.
Delivering his charge during the inauguration  of the committee at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike   said  it is a standing committee which will serve his administration.
The governor  advised  the committee to discharge its  duty diligently  without  allowing undue political  and  public  pressure to sway them.

Borno commissioner dies

Commissioner for ‎Environment in Borno state, Alhaji Waziri Imam is dead, a development that made Governor Kashim Shettima to end his temporary relocation to Bama and tour of destroyed communities after the Governor visited Chibok, Gwoza, Askira-Uba and Damboa local government areas, all in southern parts of Borno State. 
Secretary to Borno State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa announced the Commissioner's death in a statement. The Commissioner, who is a younger brother to an APC national chieftain, Alhaji Kashim Imam, died after a brief illness in Maiduguri on Wednesday morning.  He died at the age of 54 and he is survived by a wife and six children.

‎Biafra no feasible- Okechukwu, VON DG

The Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu has said the agitation for the sovereign State of Biafra is no longer feasible, taking into cognizance the current political calculations in the country.
Okechukwu spoke Wednesday in Abuja at a gathering of the Abuja chapter of the pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo 
According to him, the decision to vote against the return to regional government at the last national conference and the fact that the Igbo nation were not united in the agitation makes the Biafran agitation difficult to realize.
He said, "If we must tell ourselves the truth, the greatest obstacle to the actualization of Biafra, was glaringly demonstrated by successive national conferences; the Abacha Conference and Jonathan Conference. In each of the two conferences, the issue of region was voted against by Enugu and Ebonyi states. 
"The Jonathan Conference of 2014, for instance, was made up of pro-Biafra elements whom a lot had assumed will support regionalism as a prelude to secession. Other states like Ogun, Lagos, Bayelsa, Cross River and majority of Northern states rejected regionalism. To cap it all, the Jonathan Conference recommended the creation of over 50 states."

FG, States, UNFPA, DFID to collaborate in new initiative to tackle maternal mortality in Nigeria

There is now emerging in the country a convergence of opinions that forced and early marriages represents a challenge and a drawback especially as it affects issues around maternal mortality in the country according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Speaking at a meeting today with delegations from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Department for International Development DFID, Prof Osinbajo observed that respectable people in the society are now beginning to speak up on the issues.  
" I think there is a convergence now on many of these issues; on early and forced marriage, people have clearly identified that this is a major drawback for development and a major problem for us,” according to the Vice President.
Prof. Osinbajo added that quite a few people who are respected, “whose cultures and systems are involved, are already speaking up and are being listened to.”
He was responding to the submissions made by the Executive Director of the UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin and the Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development, DFID, Mr Mark Lowcock on the need for the Federal and States government to work with global agencies to reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria. They proposed a new global initiative to address maternal mortality in Nigeria.
Osotimehin, a former Health Minister in Nigeria said maternal mortality rates in Nigeria is among the highest, with 111 dying on a daily basis. 

Oshiomhole votes, hails improved electoral process

Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has hailed the improved electoral process introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), whereby accreditation and voting are done at the same time.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote at Unit 1, Ward, Iyamho Primary School, Etsako West Local Government Area at 11.13am, Wednesday in the Edo State Governorship election, Oshiomhole who also said he was impressed with the large turn-out of voters however said there were some incidents in some parts of the state which the security agencies and INEC should look into.
On the improved electoral process, Oshiomhole said: “I have always wondered why INEC wants people to accredit and wait and you start later. For the middle class, that was not something many of them could cope with. For the poor people, they have had to carry the burden of our democracy by waiting the whole day. So, I believe that INEC has made a sensible improvement. 

Save Lagos Group demands immediate release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky

Save Lagos Group has demanded the immediate release of the Leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky from police custody.
This is just as the group in a statement issued on Wednesday wrote that the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) pay El-Zakzaky huge sums as compensation over his continued detention, which it declared as an infringement of his fundamental human rights.
Failure in which the Save Lagos Group has vowed to sue the police force, the Federal AND Kaduna State governments after a 7-day ultimatum to enforce the fundamental rights of the detainees.
In the statement, the Convener of the Save Lagos Group, Comrade. Adeniyi A. Sulaiman and Director of Media and Strategy, Comrade, Olaolu Oladipo also canvassed the implementation of the contents of the Commission of Enquiry which indicted personnel of the Nigerian Army for the December 12 and 14 clash between members of the sect and the Army.

BlackBerry in new deal for device software licensing agreement with BB Merah Putih

Canadian smart phone maker, BlackBerry Wednesday   announced a new joint venture agreement with BB Merah Putih, to license software and services for the production of handsets for the Indonesian markets.
The venture is led by Tiphone Mobile Indonesia, which is said to have the largest distribution network in Indonesia, and which is also an affiliate of operator Telekomunikasi Indonesia.
The new partnership  accelerates BlackBerry’s overall focus on driving software growth, specifically developing and licensing device software offerings, including security solutions and applications, through its Mobility Solutions business unit.
Under the new deal,  BB Merah Putih will source, distribute and promote BlackBerry-branded devices that use BlackBerry’s secure Android software and applications.

Akpabio commissions Igwuruta-Chokocho Federal Road constructed by Wike

PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing thousands of the people of Ikwerre and Etche Local Government Areas during the commissioning of the Igwuruta-Chokocho Federal Road reconstructed by the state government. 

Thousands  of  the people of  Etche and Ikwerre  Local Government Areas of Rivers  State  on Wednesday celebrated the Igwuruta-Chokocho Federal Road reconstructed  by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to create access to the food basket of the state. 
Traditional Rulers, elders, clerics, women and youths from the two local government areas thronged the venue  of the commissioning at Chokocho in Etche Local Government Area, singing and dancing over the construction  of  a road that reconnected communities  cut off from each other for 20 years. 
Senate Minority Leader and Former Akwa Ibom  State Governor,  Godswill Akpabio commissioned the road in an event that was a celebration of performance. 

British Safety Council calls for short short films on 'Risk'

The British Safety Council is calling all filmmakers between 16 and 25 years to submit short films on the topic of ‘risk.’
Young Filmmakers Competition 2017 is now open for free registration and entry, with a deadline for submission of films by 31st January 2017. Selected films (max. 8 minutes) will play at a central London cinema to an audience including well-known film critic Mark Kermode, judged by a panel of filmmakers and critics, with the winning filmmaker receiving a £1,000 voucher.
Risk is the topic of the Young Filmmakers Competition 2017,” says Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns at the charity, “because risk is what we are all about at the British Safety Council. And not only us. All of us think about the risks involved in any decision, where life’s highs and lows stem from the risks we take that turn good or bad. Of course, we’re subject to many kinds of risk – whether terrorism, environmental or personal – that are outside our control.

Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace in Nigeria pay courtesy call on IGP

The Arewa Pastors Forum for Peace in Nigeria on the 27th September, 2016 paid a courtesy call on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, at the Police Force Headquarters Abuja.
Bishop John Richard who led the team expressed great delight at the reception accorded him and members of the forum by the IGP and his management team. The Bishop, in his speech said he and his team noticed the rapid improvement in the Nation’s security since the IGP assumed duty.
The clergy man informed the IGP that members of the forum were at the Force Headquarters to among other things congratulate and felicitate with him on his confirmation as the 19th indigenous Inspector General of Police and to encourage him to do more as his sterling qualities have inevitably raised the expectations of Nigerians in securing lives and property across the country.

70-yr-old man rapes 9 year old daughter of best friend, infects her with staphylococcus

The police command in Calabar has arrested a 70- year- old man, Moses Okon of Ikot Eyo street ,Calabar in Cross River statefor allegedly raping his best friend’s daughter aged 9.
Okon popularly known as Oyibo and the victim’s father, one Mr. David Ekong have been friends for more than a decade.
It was also gathered that the victim (names withheld) had been living with Oyibo for some time on the approval of her father who took custody of the victim after divorcing the mother.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity revealed that the estranged relationship between Oyibo and his friend turned sour when he discovered that his best friend has been sleeping with his 9 year old daughter for some time.
The eyewitness further revealed that it was not the first time; he has been doing it for long and this was the third time. The girl told us that Oyibo has done it three times  to her, and the  last time he gave her 20 naira not to tell anyone before  he pulled down her pants , closed her mouth with his hands and put his penis inside her” the source revealed .

FG plans intervention fund for mining, as Minister unfolds plans for states

The Federal Government would soon make available an intervention fund to be accessed by serious-minded operators in the mining sector.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this, while addressing participants at the opening of the National Council on Finance and Economic Development (NACOFED)  in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Tuesday. He said the intervention fund would be sourced from the National Resource Fund.
The National Resource Fund is 1.6 per cent of the Federation Account, set aside for Agriculture, Solid minerals and water resources.
According to Dr Fayemi, President Muhammadu Buhari had already given approval to the ministry of Mines and Steel Development to access part of the fund.
The Minister whose paper at the conference “The Non-oil Sector as a sustainable alternative in enhancing revenue generation”, attracted many questions from the participating state commissioners of finance, said funding had remained a major challenge in the sector.
Dr Fayemi was however optimistic that access to the mining intervention fund coupled with funding to be provided by Nigerian banks would help lift the sector.
The Minister lamented that the past administration had denied the sector the opportunity to access the Natural Resource Fund, which according to him were used for some other fraudulent causes other than the purpose for which it was set up.

Buhari sacks official for plagiarising Obama's Speech

There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari might have sacked the Deputy Director linked to the plagiarism of Obama's speech in President Muhammadu Buhari's speech when he launched the "Change Begins With Me" campaign has been redeployed from the State House.
According to TheWill, a source close to the presidency revealed that the director who was discovered to have copied part of a speech by President Barack Obama of United States has been sacked.

NIMASA D-G calls for peace, security in N-Delta as he tours zones under his command

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has urged the people in Niger Delta region to embrace peace, security and sanity to grow the economy.
Peterside said this on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ meeting between the management of NIMASA and stakeholders meeting in Warri in Delta.
The director-general, who is from Niger Delta, said that there was need to address insecurity in the Niger Delta region for business to flourish.
Peterside said the management of the agency would not relent in its core functions of safety of vessels and personnel on Nigerian territorial waters.
“Presently, over 2,000 Nigerians are undergoing training in seafaring.
“We recorded few piracy attacks this year compared to last year as a result of Nigeria’s compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) code due to the activities of NIMASA.

NIMASA will strengthen its zonal operations to enhance efficiency - Dr. Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has expressed the Agency's determination to strengthen its Zonal operations to become the centre of the Agency's activities.
By so doing the Agency plans to devolve more power to the Zonal offices, grant them more autonomy and authority to handle the Agency's statutory mandate without recourse to the head office.
Dr. Peterside who made this disclosure while meeting with staff and stakeholders in Warri as part of his working visit to the Central Zone in continuation of his familiarisation tour of the Agency's offices and facilities also assured stakeholders that the Agency has concluded plans to automate its processes to enhance efficiency in the discharge of its duties.
He noted that staff are the most valuable resource of the Agency and assured them of Management's commitment to the enhancement of their welfare to engender greater productivity at all times.
Dr. Peterside promised that Management will do all that is necessary to provide the right working tools for staff who he charged to redouble their efforts towards making the Agency a performance driven organisation that all Nigerians will be proud of.
Responding to questions from stakeholders, the DG said that peace is the panacea for the development of the Niger Delta region.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Father who allegedly defiled his two daughters under police investigation

A 50-year- old father, Dr. Adeseke Adefolaju is currently under investigation for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his two minor daughters.
Although he was arrested and quizzed but later granted bail, the suspect is a senior lecturer at the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.
Adeseke was accused of pedophile and violence against his estranged wife and mother of the victims, Folake
The police Image maker Femi Joseph confirmed that the suspect is being investigated over the allegation from his estranged wife.
He told newsmen in Akure that the police had commenced "intensive investigation into the allegations and would not hesitate to bring the suspect to book if found guilty. 
Speaking with newsmen ‎the mother of the girls, Folake confirmed the allegations against the suspect adding that she had to persuade the victims with the assurance that nothing bad would befall them before they narrated their ordeals.
Folake said  "the children were taken to the Ondo State Specialist Hospital Akure for Medical examination and treatment, where report showed that time has erased evidence of recent semen deposition. Neither of them has an intact hymen. 

NDDC to create 6,300 jobs for Niger Delta youths in online retail marketing

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has earmarked 6,300 jobs for youths in the Niger Delta. Beneficiaries of the scheme that will include unemployed youths, university undergraduates as well as persons in employment who desire to earn more cash, will be trained by online marketing giant, KONGA.COM.

Ag. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said the entrepreneurship training will create jobs and offer financial stability to families. Semenitari remarked that the partnership between NDDC and 
KONGA.COM is one of the numerous ways the Commission under her, is reducing unemployment in the Niger Delta region and creating new entrepreneurs.

According to Semenitari, beneficiaries of the job creation, to be drawn from the 9 mandate states of the Commission, will not only become prospective big income earners but have prospects to establish similar retail chains like 

Senate investigates Buhari's minister, MTN, 4 banks for repatriating $13bn

The Senate, Monday, set up machinery to investigate the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Elenemah, mobile telecommunications company MTN - and four banks over allegations of removal and subsequent transfer of the sum of $13.92billion .
The amount which the Red Chamber noted, was over 50percent of the country's external reserves, was allegedly moved out of Nigeria between 2006 and 2016 with the assistance of four banks.
This followed a motion sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West , to that effect.
While presenting documents to the Senate to back up his allegations, Melaye raised an alarm that Elenemah's company - CELTELCOM - was allegedly involved in illegal repatriation of funds before he became a minister in November 2015.
Consequently, Senate mandated its Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back in two weeks.
"Alarmed that the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Okechukwu Elenemah, owner of CELTELCOM Investment Limited with address at No. 608 St. James, Denis Street Port- Lewis Mauritius purportedly claimed to invest in MTN on 7th February, 2008, got certificate of capital importation and filled form A on the same date, (7th February, 2008), closed his investment in Nigeria after receiving dollars payment for repatriation to New York same day.
"Aware that these offshore entities were offered shareholders loan and their repayment to the extent of repatriation of proceeds of dividends back to MTN International South Africa through the entities and operators of Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) brought on board as Directors of MTN communications", Melaye declared.

Chinese investors endorse Air Peace flight operations, seek partnership

Chinese investors have commended the quality of Air Peace’s flight operations, proposing a partnership with the airline to ease business trips on the Enugu-Guangzhou-Enugu routes.
The Federal Government recently designated the airline to operate direct flights into Guangzhou, China. It also secured government’s approval to operate flights to Atlanta, Dubai, Johannesburg, Mumbai, among other international routes.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema has urged Chinese investors to take advantage of the huge business opportunities in Nigeria by deepening their investments in the country.
Speaking when she led a 20-member delegation to the corporate headquarters of Air Peace in Lagos at the weekend, President of the Overseas Investment Union of China (OIUC), Ms. Pansy Liu said the airline’s partnership is vital in achieving seamless business trips between Nigeria and China.
She endorsed the quality of Air Peace’s flight operations, affirming that it is the fastest growing airline in Nigeria.
Liu pledged to mobilise Chinese investors and aviation regulators to ensure the quick launch of Air Peace’s Enugu-Guangzhou-Enugu routes.

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack Kwang and Boftari villages

Suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists, scavenging for food, yesterday attacked Kwang village and vigilantes from Dagu (which is about 4 kilometres from Kwang), responded and repelled the terrorists attack.
During the fire fight that ensued, one of the vigilantes sustained gun shot wound on his hand and  was evacuated to General Hospital Uba while the terrorists fled with gun shot wounds.
Troops were eventually despatched to the area with clear orders to pursue and deal with the terrorists. They are still exploiting.
Similarly, same day, at about 4.35pm some suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists attacked Boftari which is about 15 kilometres from Chibok town.
On receipt of the information, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE stationed in Forward Operation Base Chibok, mobilized to the area.
The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists ambush site shortly before Kuburmbula village. They quickly cleared the ambush and proceeded to Boftari.

Unfortunately, the terrorists had set some houses on fire and fled. The troops put out the fire and are currently on the hunt for the terrorists.

Chief Justice, judicial officers earn N33.47bn annually

Recent checks by the Economic Confidential has revealed that the Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), federal judicial officers, and State Judicial officers have in the last one year guzzled a total sum of N33.47 billion as emoluments and other allowances,
The report obtained and computed by the Economic intelligence magazine showed the annual salaries, regular and non-regular allowances of 934 judicial officers in the country, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
These include: vehicle maintenance and fuel, Personal Assistants, domestic staff, entertainment and utilities allowances. Others are; Hardship allowance, Outfit and newspapers allowances respectively.
A careful observation of the report showed that the Chief Justice of Nigeria has an annual salary of N3.36 million and like the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to be provided with vehicle maintenance and fueling, domestic staff, entertainment, utilities and newspapers. 
Furthermore, the CJN has 25 percent of his annual basic salary reserved for personal assistant and outfit  each or  its equivalent of N840,993.13 respectively an half of his annual salary as hardship allowance which amounts to N1,681,986.25.
However, accommodation and furniture will be provided for the CJN, while annual leave, severance gratuity and vehicle loan which is optional will be 10%, 300% and 400% respectively. His duty tour allowance within Nigeria is settled at N50,000 per night, while that of overseas or Estacode amounts to $2000.00 per night.

PDP Govs, Sheriff, Makarfi meet

The Peoples Democratic Party, caretaker committee's chairman, Senator Ahmed Markarfi and the factional chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff are to meet with PDP  governors with a view to resolving the leadership crisis in the party.
he meeting which is at the instance of Senator Makarfi is to resolve some contentious issues that come up during the meeting between Makarfi and Sheriff last week.
It was gathered
that at the meeting between Makarfi and Senator Sheriff last week, "Sheriff raised some issues which needs the enlarged meeting with the governors and members of the board of trustees of the party to resolve the issues".
Senator Sheriff had requested that the caretaker committee be dissolved while a neutral committee be constituted, made up of nominees from Senator Makarfi and himself to steer the affairs of the party pending when new leadership would be elected.

Nigeria, India to reactivate Joint Commision as vice presidents hold bilateral talks in Aso Rock

This was the highlight of the bilateral meeting earlier today at the Presidential Villa between the visiting Indian Vice President, Honorable M. Hamid Ansari and Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
The Nigeria-India Joint Commission which was first set up in 1979, and was revived during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration met last about 5 years ago. But both Vice Presidents in their discussions today called for a reactivation.

Nigerian Navy begins massive crackdown on illegal groups

The Nigerian Navy Headquarters has drawn to the reoccurring incidences of impersonation of service personnel by criminal elements and illegal groups particularly in the coastal states, noting that while the service has taken measures to checkmate the activities of the imposters, their continous activities have greatly dainted the good image of the Nigerian Navy.
A statement signed by Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe, Director of Information of the Nigerian Navy said pseudo organisations that go by the names; Nigerian Merchant Navy, Merchant Naval Force and Nigerian Sea Scout among others have sprung up, deceived and recruited unsuspecting civilians, dressed up in Nigerian Navy uniforms and parading themselves as personnel.
In this year alone, about 16 persons have been arrested with the most recent been the case of one Mr Sunday Livinus Anaefo who was arrested while on illegal escort duties along Ibafon-Victoria Island axis in Lagos. Also one Mr Ukaegbu Lucky was arrested at Agbara general area of Ogun state for posing as a Nigerian Navy personnel. 

World Tourism Day 2016: Tourism is the new oil - FG

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, addressing participants at the 2016 World Tourism Day celebration at Eko Atlantic City on Tuesday, Sept. 27th 2016

Despite the current economic recession, Nigeria's future is bright, as the country diversifies its economy away from oil, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in Lagos on Tuesday.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 2016 World Tourism Day in Eko Atlantic, the city that is being built on reclaimed land on the Bar Beach, the Minister said there is no better testimony to Nigeria's bright economic future than the new city.
''It takes an investor to have a great confidence in any economy before putting hundreds of millions of dollars into a city like this. Those who can see the bright stars in our horizon, beyond this temporary cloud of difficulties, are investing in the country even as we speak,'' he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said that as the Federal Government works day and night to pull Nigeria out of recession and put the country's economy on the path of sustainable growth, ''it is becoming increasingly clear, like President Muhammadu Buhari has admonished, that we must think out of the box.
''We must find other sustainable means of earning foreign exchange outside of oil, to grow our country's GDP and create jobs for our people. Agriculture and mining are viable options, but tourism is the low hanging fruit in this regard, and we must not hesitate to pluck it.''

Projects Delivery: Emulate Wike, Sule Lamido advises APC leaders

PHOTO: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike ( 3rd Right), Former Governor of Jigawa State, (3rd left), Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo  (l), Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah  (2nd Left), Former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus ( 2nd Right) and Works Commissioner, Iheanyichukwu Harrison during the  commissioning of Ozuoba-Rumosi road in Obio/ AkporLocal Government Area on Tuesday by the former Jigawa State Governor.

Former Jigawa State Governor, Dr Sule Lamido has advised the leadership  of  the  All Progressives Congress  ( APC) at all levels to learn the art and science  of leadership and  projects delivery from Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. 
This is  as the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike declared  this is not the time  for leaders to make excuses as the people expect their leaders to deliver  on their  campaign  promises. 
Both leaders spoke during the commissioning of the reconstructed Ozuoba-Rumosi road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Tuesday. 

Osun judge: Civil group writes Buhari, NASS, others over compulsory retirement from bench

Barely two months when the National Judicial Council (NJC) handed down its recommendation of compulsory retirement to Osun State High Court Judge, Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede for daring to write a petition to the State House of Assembly calling for thorough and credible investigation into the alleged criminal mismanagement of State  public funds by the State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, a civil society group has written to President Muhammadu Buhari calling for independent investigation by the presidency into the matter.
Besides, the group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) sent the same letter to the leadership of the National Assembly, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) among others to conduct thorough and unbiased credible inquiry on this matter of national importance.
The group also sought for the intervention of eminent Nigerians in the injustice meted out to the incorruptible and courageous jurist, noting that the NJC decision cannot survive the test of the time while adding that the group had concluded arrangement to deploy all democratic means as a veritable tool to attain justice on this mind boggling issue.

PDP dismisses Amaechi’s N-Delta peace initiative as political gimmick

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter says the vaunted Niger Delta Peace Initiative by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi is another hidden device to test the waters for his political ambition in 2019.
Dismissing the purported Peace Initiative as a ruse, the State Chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah, in a statement, described the forum as an assemblage of All Progressives Congress, APC, members put together to try to see if Amaechi’s huge credibility problem could be redeemed.
Obuah said it’s laughable that Amaechi, who is central to the feelings of discontent in the State as a result of his eight years of misrule characterized by massive looting, sale of State property and indicted by the Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, is talking of peace rather than show remorse and return the loot back to the State.
Not minding the political coloration, the State PDP Chairman noted, the people of Niger Delta whom Amaechi has grossly betrayed can never be deceived again and need not be told that the purported Peace Initiative is true to speculations, the mechanism Amaechi hopes to use to actualize his 2019 political ambition.
Though, he is day-dreaming, we are however, shocked that Amaechi, who has shamelessly brought so much insult to the people of Niger Delta, playing a major role in pushing out the son of the Niger Delta as the President of this country, in preference to his new found love, and killer of his kinsmen (no thanks to the military invasion of Rivers State will against all odds be nursing the ambition to launch a come back to the region after inflicting so much pains and agony on the people”.
How can one be calling for peace and meeting for peace outside his fatherland and behind the people for whom the peace is meant? Obuah queried.
According to the PDP boss, Amaechi and by extension, the APC should come off this childish trick because the end of the ill-conceived plot is already known.

While we are not averse to peace in our land, we believe such pretentious peace agents, such enemies of our people yesterday and apparently unrepentant enemies of today should show demonstrable repentance, return the loot taken from our collective treasury, dissociate themselves from those out there to annihilate our people because of our God-given resource and be willing and ready to key into the peace efforts of the State governments in the Niger Delta,” Obuah declared.

Boko Haram: 952,029 Nigerian children school age are out of schools--Abubakar

General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Nigeria's former Head of State and elder Statesman,  has observed that though the Boko Haram insurgency is nearly on the verge of being over people should however realize that it is just the beginning in the realization of the magnitude of the human, economic and ecological problems the region will have to content with for a long period of time.
General Abubakar made the observation Monday at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) in Yola at a two day conference organized by the University, the Nigerian Army and the Chad Basin Commission.
The Regional Conference with the Theme, Peace Building and Reconstruction in the Chad Basin and attended by Representatives from Chad, Niger Republic, Cameroun, Nigeria, is focusing on the aftermath of the Insurgency attacks that has ravaged the North East sub region in the past five years.
According to General Abubakar, who gave the keynote address, the forum should draw attention to intimate linkage between the fight against the insurgency, the process required to achieve peace, vital steps required to reconstruct and rehabilitate citizens.
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