Monday, 31 October 2016

Defection: 240 terrorists surrender to MNJTF

The firepower of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) ground troops and joint Air operation during the Operation GAMA AIKI forced a massive defection of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT).
A statement by the Army signed by Colonel Muhammad Dole , Chief Military Public Information Officer, said sustained offensive operations and blockage of logistics supply routes made the terrorists’ locations untenable; as a result, BHT and their families abandoned their locations and surrendered with their arms to the nearest locations of the ground forces in the operation areas. The statement read:
The recent wave of mass defection took place in Sector 2 Area of Responsibility (AOR) Bagasola in Chad. A total of Two Hundred and Forty (240) BHT surrendered some of them with arms and ammunition. They are being profiled and camped in Bagasola. During his operational visit to Sector 2 AOR, the Commander MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun addressed the ex -BHT and their families.
The Commander commended the leaders of the ex- BHT for their courage and taking the right decision to abandoned terrorism and insurgency for normal life. He assured them of safety and good care as long as they remain in the camps. He also urged them to encourage their colleagues in the bush to stop fighting and join them in the camps.
This peaceful disarming and profiling of the ex-BHT by the MNJTF  forces, clearly demonstrated extent of professionalism and adherence to International Humanitarian Laws and Laws of Armed Conflict in combat operations” he added.

3% Freight Benchmark: NIMASA DG inaugurates review committee

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has inaugurated a committee to review the parameters for charging the three percent freight benchmark currently collected by the Agency saying that the vision of the Agency is to advance Nigeria’s global maritime interests.
According to him, the inauguration of the committee is coming on the heels of a recent visit to the Agency by the Shipping Association of Nigeria, an assemblage of the major shipping companies operating in the country who expressed concern over the current benchmark freight rate used in the industry.
The shipping companies had argued that the benchmark did not represent three per cent of the freight and that if it is calculated using some other parameters, it will be discovered that they are being charged more than what they should pay.
“As an organisation that is sensitive, we acknowledge that our actions have overall impact on businesses and our function as a regulatory agency is not to stifle business, but to encourage businesses, promote shipping and support both indigenous entrepreneurs and those who do business in our country.
“Also, our ultimate objective is to create the enabling environment for the industry to thrive, not for us to kill the industry. And we realize that there must be a meeting point between practitioners in the industry and those of us who are on the regulatory side. It is on that basis that we decided to assemble a team of Stakeholders; a mixed team made up of practitioners in the industry, other regulators and other Stakeholders to come together to advise us on what should constitute our benchmark,” the DG said.

How Buhari is changing leadership perception in Nigeria, Africa --Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has said President Muhammadu Buhari is beginning to change the narrative and perception of leadership in Nigeria and Africa because of his widely acclaimed uprightness and honesty.
Osinbajo stated this while delivering a public lecture titled ``The Unravelling of Boko Haram and the Rebuilding of the North-East of Nigeria’’ at the Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs on Thursday.
Before he spoke, the Vice President had been received in the school by the Harvard University Marshall, Ms. Jackie O’Neil, and Prof. Jacob Olupona of the Divinity School among other top Harvard officials and professors.
Osinbajo said the Buhari presidency offered Nigeria and indeed Africa the best opportunity to convince the entire world about leadership perception in the country and the continent.
According to the Vice President, ``the commitment that the Federal government has made is to be consistent and there is no distrust for the political leadership in Nigeria today, and for good reason, this has promoted the easy embrace of dissenters of all shades by the people.’’
He said: ``Nigeria has a great opportunity to change the perception of leadership as being corrupt and unreliable, with President Buhari who is widely acknowledged as being forthright and honest, Mai gaskiya (the truthful one, as he is known in the North).’’

Leaders of aggrieved nationalities against Niger Delta peace talk threaten court action

Leaders and stakeholders of an aggrieved faction of the Pan Niger Delta Stakeholders, Isoko  Development Union, IDU and Ndokwa  Neku Union, NNU, have frowned at the Chief Edwin Clark led peace delegation, accusing him of marginalization.
The group told Vanguard that it was unjustly marginalised by those who compiled the list of delegates and threatened to drag Federal Government and members of the Clark led group to court for redress.
Recall the Pan Niger Delta stakeholders held a meeting for peace initiative in the region, at Clark’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja, at the weekend, in which representatives of different ethnic nationalities from the oil region was to be announced.
The PNDF has in the meeting rejected the Federal Government’s move to launch a $10 billion (N4 trillion) infrastructural rebirth investment programme in the area.
The multi-trillion naira programme is part of the Short and Medium Term Priorities to Grow Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry (2015 to 2019), tagged the ‘7 BigWins’, a new initiative of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
The Niger-Delta leaders rejection of the move was anchored on the fact that  the initiative was private sector-driven with the aim of dragging the government into it.

Lawyers protest continued detention of Dasuki, others

Lawyers and human rights activists from various parts of the country Monday staged a protest in Abuja against the continued detention of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and others in spite the court bails granted them.
They flayed the executive arm of the Federal Government for attempting to derail the rule of law and democracy with utter disregard to valid and lawful court decision.
The protesters made copious reference to the ECOWAS Court of Justice which ordered the release of Dasuki since last month but yet to be honoured by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The lawyers also accused the executive arm of government of mistaking persecution for prosecution insisting that any government or agency not obeying valid court order cannot claim to be prosecuting offenders but persecuting the alleged offenders.  
The group also passed a vote of confidence on the National Judicial Council over the matured manner and clear terms the council has been handling the invasion of the houses of two Supreme Court Justices and five other cadres by the operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS).
The legal practitioners, who claimed that the unconstitutional ways and manners the judges were arrested was a threat to democracy appealed to the United Nations, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Amnesty International to call the Federal Government to order and to stop disobedience to the rule of law.
The lawyers,’ operating under the aegis of “Lawyers in Defence of Democracy” and the human right activists operating under the name “Citizens for Good Governance”, jointly accused the executive arm of government of plotting to overthrow the judiciary so as to enthrone abuse of human rights and subversion of the rule of law.

5 soldiers, 4 vigilantes killed; 19 soldiers injured in Boko Haram ambush in Borno

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol from Bama to Pulka, intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists drugs and other logistics suppliers from Firgi and Zawan axis, Bama Local Governmnet Area of Borno State, at a suspected terrorists crossing point, trying to cross into Sambisa forest on Sunday afternoon.
Confirming the developments in separate statements, Acting Director, Army Public Relations said, “Operation Lafiya Dole troops carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of Borno State, were ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Ugundiri village, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, while returning to base after clearance operations Sunday.
Unfortunately, 5 soldiers, 3 vigilantes and 1 Civilian JTF lost their lives during the ambush, while 19 soldiers and 1 Civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries.
The bodies of the late soldiers and civilians have been evacuated to Maiduguri while the injured are receiving commensurate medical care and are in stable condition.

Edo sets up 19-member transition committee

Edo State Government has set up a 19-member Transition Committee to ensure a smooth handover from the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole administration to the Godwin Obaseki administration on November 12.
A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Peter Okhiria, noted that Prof Julius Ihonvbere is Chairman of the Transition Committee.
Other members of the committee are: Mr. Henry Idahagbon, Esq;  Mr. Osarodion Ogie, Esq; Mr. John Inegbedion, Dr. Aihanuwa Eregie and Prince Joe Okojie.
Others are: Mr. Igbinidu Inneh, Mr. Joseph Eboigbe, Mr. Taiwo Akerele, Senator Domingo Obende, Dr. Aisosa Amadasun, Rev. Emmanuel Egharevba, Elder Pius Omofuma, Mr. Theo Okoh, Mr. Ben Ogbebor, Mrs. Magdalene Ogbebulu, Mrs. Benedicta Attoh, Mr. Osaze Ojo, Esq and Mr. Ahmed Mamudu.


I can heal; perform miracles -Muslim teenage girl

A MUSLIM  teenager who claimed to have sighted miraculous crucifix near Assakio Central Mosque in Lafia, Lafia local government area of Nasarawa state,  Hajara Husseini has said that she is spiritually equipped now to heal and perform miracles.
Hajara Husseini  had caused  confusion in the area  last month when she raised an alarm that she saw a crucifix near Mosque resulting  in the family taking her into hiding from the crowed that trooped in to confirm her claims.
Hajara Husseini, a teenage Muslim girl, who claimed to have first saw the crucifix near mosque, said she is now ready to perform other miracles after coming in contact with the Holy spirit in the area,
Speaking on Monday,   Hajara Husseini while narrating her experience maintained that upon sighting the cross, she was visited by a holy spirit which administered to her that  she would start healing and performing other miracles.
The teenager claimed that she spotted the cross at about 7:35 pm on September 28 in the company of two girls adding that she was taken away after she prayed with some white men who visited the site of the crucifix.
The Muslim faithful also said  her  parents had on hearing that she came in contact with the Holy took the her into hiding at ‘ferry at Bauchi state where her biological father had gone to work before he got converted to Islam.

Oyo World Bank-assisted projects gulps N13bn...Ajimobi craves further assistance

PHOTO: L-R: Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Alake Adeyemo; Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; World Bank Country Director, Mr. Benmessaoud Rachid; and Lead Urban Specialist, Mr. Sateh Chafic El-Arnaout during the visit of the bank's team to the Governor's, Ibadan... on Monday. Photo: Governor's Office 

The World Bank says it has committed about N13bn ($41m) to six projects in Oyo State, including Urban Flood Management Programme, Ibadan Master Plan, health and agriculture, as part of its efforts to partner the state government’s socio-economic development agenda.
But, the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, wants the apex global financial institution to do more for the state in view of the pervading economic recession that has incapacitated the state from harnessing its huge potential.    
The governor bared his mind while hosting the World Bank Country Director, Mr. Benmessaoud Rachid, and his mission members in his office in Ibadan, on Monday.

70 Economists brainstorm at NIPSS to rescue Nigeria from recession

The National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS has held a think-tank conference for participants to brainstorm on ways of repositioning the economy and making it viable so that the hardship being experienced by citizens could be curbed.

The three days conference tagged: "From Recession to Recovery and Growth: Policy Options for the Nigerian Economy" has in attendance 70 top economists drawn from the academia, banking industry, business sector among others with 17 paper presenters from across the States in the country who would speak on diverse topics bordering on how to recover from economic recession.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Senator Tijjani Kaura during his address to the participants at the event, the tasked the Federal Government to be more steadfast towards addressing and proffering solution to the economic recession in the country saying the government must be  frank and tell Nigerians the truth about the state of the Nigerian economy.

He charged speakers at the conference to come out frankly on how Nigeria can come out of the wood of recession stressing, "Our government must be frank and tell Nigerians that the nation is in deep recession and stop playing around the issue but tackle the issue head on because the performance of any economy is seen as a mirror to judge the leadership."

Communiqué of the 1st National Retreat on the Open Government Partnership, Kaduna, Nigeria

A cross section of stakeholders from government, civil society and business met at  a consultative retreat to prepare the National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of Open Government Partnership (OGP) on governance reform in Nigeria from 24th to 26th October 2016 at Hotel Seventeen in Kaduna State.  The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who also delivered the keynote address, declared the Retreat open.
In attendance were Dr. Balkisu Saidu who represented Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala Bantex, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State who represented Mallam El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Waziri Adio, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Dr. Joe Abbah, the Director General of the Bureau for Public Service Reform, Mr Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Mr. Oglafa Epipamo, Secretary, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission. Relevant Directors involved in reform programs in their various Ministries represented the Ministers for Mines and Steel; Budget and National Planning; Power; Petroleum Resources, as well as Information and Culture. Other agencies that participated include the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission, (NNPC), and the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

PDP lashes out at APC for opposing inclusion of ex-Rivers CJ, ex-NBA President on NJC Committee

The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has again berated the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State for criticizing the appointments of the former State Chief Judge, (CJ), Hon. Justice Iche Ndu and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Okey Wali, SAN, as members of the National Judicial Council, NJC, Judicial Ethics Committee.
The State Chairman of the Party, Felix Obuah, in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, said for opposing the appointments of Justice Iche Ndu and Chief Okey Wali, SAN, APC has further demonstrated its ungodly resolve not to see any good thing come to the State.
According to Obuah, to stand against anything good in the State to discredit the nationally acknowledged good efforts of Governor Nyesom Wike and the penchant of blackmailing illustrious and respectable senior citizens of the State, in the persons of Justice Iche Ndu and Chief Okey Wali, SAN, is not how to play politics.
It’s also shocking the State PDP boss further noted, that Justice Iche Ndu who is internationally revered as a reputable jurist and who was the State Chief Judge throughout the Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi administration and was never found lacking could be so insulted by the APC in the State to the point of asking the NJC to remove his name from the list of the Committee members.
The PDP is further shocked, that Chief Okey Wali, SAN, who emerged the President of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2012, during the administration of Rotimi Amaechi, as Governor of Rivers State, could also be insulted by the APC.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Niger Delta leaders reject FG’s N3.1tr initiative for region

Leaders of the Niger Delta region may have rejected the Federal Government's N3.1 trillion (USD10 billion) infrastructural investment programme in the region which was expected to soften grounds for the meeting.
The investment fund was announced last week by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, as part of his oil industry 3-year strategic plan titled: ‘‘Short and Medium Term Priorities to Grow Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry (2015 - 2019)’’, tagged the ‘7BigWins’.
The region is seeking for a special development plan for the Niger Delta, a review of the amnesty programme, and the need to have a ministerial department that will always be a platform for discussion by the people of the region. 
The elders have also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison moves to change Maritime University, Okerenkoko , Gbaramatu, Delta State to a Polytechnic against the backdrop that the government did not consult with the people of the region. 
These, and many more thorny issues would form part of the talking points expected to dominate discussions at the meeting with the President.

Buhari’s govt wants to decimate PDP before 2019 – Dr. Agbo

The Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government has been accused of  doing everything possible to weaken the main opposition party in Nigeria ahead of 2019 general elections, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged.
Agbo, the immediate past chairman of PDP in Benue State and a top aspirant for the office of the Deputy National Secretary in the last botched national convention of the party made the assertion in an interview.
He was reacting to the recent decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to substitute the name of PDP’s candidate in the Ondo State governorship election holding on November 26, 2016, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN of the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the party with that of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim in the camp of Ali Modu Sheriff.
INEC had said its decision was anchored on the latest ruling delivered by Justice Okon Abang of Federal High Court, Abuja, ordering that the nomination of Ibrahim, a product of the primaries conducted by Sheriff’s group in Ibadan outside Ondo State, without supervision by the electoral body, should be accepted as the PDP candidate for the Ondo guber poll.

Reps C'ttee summons Customs CG over misappropriation of N200bn Insurance fund

Nigeria's House Representatives Ad-hoc Committee led Adekunle Akinlade Abdulkadir, investigating cash paid out to government officials annually by insurance companies has summoned the Controller General of Customs, CGS, for allegedly shunning to appear before the Committee to furnish it with details of its insurance transactions between 2013 and 2105.
The Ad-hoc Committee which had last week queried Insurance companies for insuring dysfunctional coaches for Nigeria Railways Corporation, NRC, had invited the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, to appear last week Friday to furnish it with insurance transactions in the last four years, but the Customs were absent at the investigative hearing.
The Committee which is also probing the alleged misappropriation of over N200 billion of public funds in insurance transactions at the sitting, uncovered a scheme involving the payment  of over  N910m of public funds to two unregistered insurance brokers.
Disclosing this at the investigative hearing, Chairman of the Committee, Abdulkadir, expressed disappointment on how insurance companies deliberately made efforts to misinformation it through  ommission and distortion of facts in their presentations to the Committee.
According to him, "The issue is that these companies got business consistently just because some people in the MDAs are being paid.

VP Osinbajo takes message for a new tribe of Nigerians to US, receives us congressional proclamation of honor

Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has reiterated his call on Nigerian elites to come together based on a common consensus to build the nation as Nigerians clearly desire good governance, according to a statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity in the Office of the Vice President.
Speaking at the gala/ dinner event organized by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN in Houston, USA on Friday night, the Vice  President noted that, “ even in the midst of all the  country is going through, there is a growing consensus by all and sundry on the need for good governance.”
At the event attended by leaders of the Nigerian community in the US and American political leaders including US Congress Woman Sheila Jackson Lee, the Vice President was presented an honorary US Congressional Proclamation to commemorate his visit to Texas and also honor the Buhari presidency.
Explaining the need for a group of Nigerians who are committed to lifting the nation to rise up, Prof Osinbajo noted that this was important to counter and stop those who are working to pillage the resources of the country.
"This is why the president and myself have made a call that we need a New Tribe of Nigerians. We do need a new tribe of men and women of all faiths, tribes and ethnicities, who are commited to a country run on high values of integrity, hard-work, justice and love for the country," he said.
Continuing he said "I mean a tribe of men and women who are prepared to make the sacrifices and self-constraints that are crucial to building a strong society; who are prepared to stick together, fight corruption side by side, and insist on justice."

We started infrastructural development afresh because Amaechi squandered Rivers funds - Wike

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing members of the Omega Power Ministry on Sunday  during the Church's 10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service in Port Harcourt .

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that  the administration  started the process of infrastructural development afresh because the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi squandered  resources that accrued to the state under his eight years  of misrule.
He said it was Amaechi’s  eight years  of misrule that made it impossible  for the former governor to construct a road to the hometown of his political  mentor , Chief Godspower Ake of the APC . 
The governor  also urged the people of Rivers State  to rise up and pray to God to handle those working  with outsiders to disrupt  the political process  and  deny the Rivers people  representation at the Senate . 
Governor  Wike spoke on  Sunday during  the 10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the Omega Power Ministry in Port Harcourt   and  the Harvest Thanksgiving of Saint Luke Anglican Church , Rumuadaolu.

VP Osinbajo: 800 herdsmen now in custody in Nigeria over violent attacks against communities

Security agencies in Nigeria have arrested about 800 suspected violent herdsmen across the country, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo made this disclosure in Houston, Texas in the US on Friday at a Townhall event where he interacted with US-based Nigerians who asked questions live at the event and also via the Internet, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson Mr. Laolu Akande in Houston.
The Vice President fielded about thirty questions at a well attended townhall event moderated by Mr. Rudolf Okonkwo of Sahara Reporters and Prof. Nimi Wariboko of Boston University.
Asked about the issue of Fulani Herdsmen attacks in certain states across the country and what the Federal Government was doing to curb the problem, the Vice President said "the President has given firm instructions to the security agencies to arrest not only herdsmen who are attacking communities anywhere in the country but anyone of them or anyone at all in possession of firearms."
He added that "there are about 800 of suspected violent herdsmen in the country that are currently in custody." The Vice President however decried the slow pace of the criminal justice system which is affecting the prompt trial of such suspects.

AfICTA targets 1m ICT jobs across Africa by 2020

How best to create no fewer than 1 million new Information Communications Technology, ICT, jobs by 2020 across African continent was part of  declaration at the end of the 4th annual summit by the Africa Information and  Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) held recently  in Windhoek, Namibia
The initiative is aimed at developing and promoting Africa to be the number one outsourcing destination in the world.
The Chair of the summit planning committee and Chairperson, ICT Professional Association of Namibia and a member of the AfICTA Board, Mr Paul Rowney in a communique signed at the end of the capacity building summit said that the initiate must be embraced by all relevant stakeholders. 
To make this work within the timeline, he said that AfICTA was seeking for volunteers from Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia and Egypt in the phase one of the project.
The summit was organized by the Africa Information and Communication Technologies Alliance, and hosted by the ICT Professionals’ Association of Namibia (ICT-PAN) under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT, Namibia.

We are operating a divine economy in Rivers State--Wike

Representative of Governor Wike and Chief of Staff , Government House , Port Harcourt , Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke and Senior Advocate of Nigeria  , Mr Donald Denwigwe and wife of the Senior Advocate, Mrs Denwigwe  during the dedication of a New Church  and celebration of 100 years   of Saint Simon's Anglican Church , Ugiri-Ike , Diocese of Ikeduru , Imo State on Saturday 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state  is operating  a divine economy which  has enabled it continue to execute projects and pay salaries , when other  states falter.
The governor  noted  that the economic  recession  that has bedevilled  the country will not affect Rivers State  because God has positioned  the state for greater exploits.
Governor  Wike  who was represented  by  his Chief of Staff , Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke during the dedication of a New Church  and celebration of 100 years   of Saint Simon's Anglican Church , Ugiri-Ike , Diocese of Ikeduru , Imo State on Saturday , said the state has  continued to paid salaries , pensions and is considering to pay Christmas  bonus . 

Drop Rtd Justice Ndu, Wali from NJC Ethics C’tee or face mass action – APC warns NJC

Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has noted with shock the recent appointment of two well-known PDP sympathisers, foot soldiers and close associates of Gov. Nyesom Wike as members of the 10-man Judicial Ethics Committee of the National Judicial Council (NJC) with a mandate to review the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers in the country.
The APC in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Senibo Chris Finebone identified the two individuals as Retired Justice Iche Ndu and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Bar. Okey Wali SAN.
The statement read: “The APC vehemently rejects the inclusion of these two individuals in a critical committee such as the Judicial Ethics Committee of the NJC charged with an all-important task of reviewing the code of conduct for judicial officers. Indeed, their inclusion underscores the unwillingness and unpreparedness of the NJC to buy into the anti-corruption drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The APC views this action by the NJC as the height of insensitivity and brazen resistance to the efforts by the government to sanitize the Nigerian judiciary.  
The Chairman of NJC and Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and the rest of the Council members cannot feign ignorance of the overt political leanings of Iche Ndu and Okey Wali as PDP and Gov Nyesom Wike’s political facilitators whose activities and influence on judges are presently under investigation. We make bold to state that this obvious display of indiscretion by the Honourable Chief Justice and the NJC smacks of inexplicable thoughtlessness, befuddles the mind and sears through good conscience.

$15m: ‘Dismiss Patience Jonathan’s suit because her group is unregistered’, SERAP tells Court

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has responded to the alleged ‘campaign of calumny against Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan’ by asking the Federal High Court to “dismiss her suit with substantial cost.”
Mrs Jonathan and her group Union of Niger Delta Youth Organization for Equity, Justice and Good Governance had accused SERAP in suit number FHC/L/CS/1349/2016 dated 6th October 2016 of “using online, print and electronic media to publish to the public unfounded and malicious allegations that she stole $15m (US) and ought to be prosecuted.”
But SERAP in a preliminary objection dated 27 October 2016 and signed by its executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni stated that, “Patience Jonathan’s claims cannot be maintained because they are brought on her behalf by a group that is unknown to law. Mrs Jonathan’s group is not a registered organization envisaged by law. This very point calls into question the legal capacity to file this suit against SERAP, and the jurisdiction of the court to entertain her suit.”
When the case came up for hearing before Justice C.M.A Olatoregun on Friday 28 October 2016 SERAP was represented by its lawyer Babatunde Ogala, former Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary.

Alleged N40b Fraud: Nigerians not deceived by your antics, APC tells Fayose

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has described the allegation of N40b fraud by Ekiti State House of Assembly against former Governor Kayode Fayemi as Governor Ayodele Fayose's attempt to shift attention from his alleged crimes to blackmail the Federal Government and put the former governor in bad light.
It said Nigerians are not deceived by such antics to take attention from the "flurry of confessions in courts" exposing how Fayose allegedly participated in frauds to win his election.
The House of Assembly members had last Thursday approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with a copy of a petition alleging that Fayemi misappropriated N40b in projects execution between 2010 and 2014.
But reacting in a statement on at the weekendd by Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said it was too late to divert attention from the revelations on alleged fraud perpetrated by Fayose to fix his election.
Accusing Fayose of desperation to divert attention from his investigation over alleged election fraud and the same time put Fayemi in bad light, Olatunbosun wondered why it took more than two years before the governor realised that the House of Assembly was the vehicle through which he could transmit a petition to the EFCC.

Sniper kills suicide bomber at IDP camp Maiduguri

Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed behind Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Damboa road, Maiduguri, on security duty, Sunday morning, intercepted and killed a male suicide bomber who had attempted to sneak through the troops’ inner parapet towards the IDP camp.
The vigilant sentry sighted the bomber and laid in wait until the suicide bomber came close. The sniper instantly shot and killed the terrorists as he tried to force his way to the western flank of the IDP camp fence.
Unfortunately, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) vest strapped on the bomber failed to detonate. Consequently, a combined team of military and police Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) have been called to safely detonate the IED.

The situation at the camp and the general area is calm.

Bad governance retrogressing Rivers fortunes -Dakuku

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside says bad governance by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration was retarding the progress of the state.
Dr Dakuku who stated this during the formal reception and public declaration of former Executive Director (Finance and Administration) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Henry Ogiri for the APC at Abua/Odual last weekend, said Rivers people were already tired of the government in the state.
According to him, “Rivers state is in reverse gear because of bad governance. The bad governance in the state is telling on the people and they are aware that this government is not for them.
Ogiri got to the top and saw the bad governance in the state and decided to return to his original political fold to meet with his friends and those who he played politics with earlier.
Ogiri was part of those who helped PDP in the 2015 elections in many ways than one and they know it.
The coming re-run and 2019 elections will prove that the government of Rivers state is not leading the people well, which is why Ogiri left them.” 

FG restates Nigeria's commitment to ease of doing business

PHOTO: From left: The President of Sierra Leone, Mr. Earnest Bai Koroma, Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr. Tony Elumelu, his wife, Dr. Awele Elumelu, Business Tycoon, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi at the 2016 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum held in Lagos on Saturday.

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to removing the bureaucratic and other impediments to registering new businesses as part of efforts to encourage entrepreneurs and facilitate investments in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance on Saturday at the 2016 Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos.
''To encourage entrepreneurs like you and also bring in more investments, the Administration is delivering in its commitment on the ease of doing business.
''In fact, the President has approved the establishment of the Presidential Council on Ease of Doing Business, in order to remove unnecessary red tapes and other impediments, thereby facilitating registration of businesses, clearing of goods from the ports, obtaining visa, paying taxes and obtaining land titles, among others,'' the Minister told the Forum, where he was panellist alongside President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Prime Minister of Benin Lionel Zinsou and Africa's richest woman Folorunso Alakija.

Withhold assent to amended CCB/CCT Act - CNPP urges Buhari

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has strongly condemned the amendment to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act by the National Assembly (NASS) and urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the amended Act.
The CNPP also called on well meaning Nigerians and the Civil Society groups in the country, including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), to mount pressure on Mr. President to withhold his assent to the said amendment.
The umbrella body of all the registered political parties and associations in the country, in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, noted that the CNPP's decision was taken after a careful study of the amendment and the circumstances surrounding the controversial move.
Parts of the statement read: “We are taken aback that just months after it initially suspended the move to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act, the National Assembly subtly passed the amendment Bill into law.
When the plan by the National Assembly to amend the Act first became known to members of the public, there was deafening outcry, which forced the lawmakers to suspend the move.
The CNPP, just like many other Nigerians had thought that the National Assembly by the suspension of the earlier move to amend the CCT/CCB Act was a sign of good days ahead where the lawmakers respect the majority opinion of their respective constituencies.

Withhold assent to amended CCB/CCT Act - CNPP urges Buhari

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has strongly condemned the amendment to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act by the National Assembly (NASS) and urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the amended Act.
The CNPP also called on well meaning Nigerians and the Civil Society groups in the country, including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), to mount pressure on Mr. President to withhold his assent to the said amendment.
The umbrella body of all the registered political parties and associations in the country, in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, noted that the CNPP's decision was taken after a careful study of the amendment and the circumstances surrounding the controversial move.
Parts of the statement read: “We are taken aback that just months after it initially suspended the move to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act, the National Assembly subtly passed the amendment Bill into law.

Group flays Ekiti Assembly over N40billion fraud allegation against Fayemi

A youth group, the Progressive Youth League (PYL), has faulted Ekiti State Assembly’s petition alleging N40 billion fraud under the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi, describing it as a ploy by the state government to divert attention from its financial misappropriation as well as the corruption charges against the state governor, Ayo Fayose.
The State Assembly had on Thursday submitted a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging N40 billion fraud, against former Governor of the state Dr Kayode Fayemi and some top officials of the administration.
The Progressive Youth League, however said in a statement, signed by its Southwest Coordinator, Barrister Adeoye Aribasoye, said the lawmakers petition was hastily designed to divert the attention of the public from Governor Fayose’s numerous corruption-related cases and poor performance.
The group likened the Ekiti Assembly to the physician, who ought to heal himself first. It pointed out that if the lawmakers were interested in accountability and probity, they should look inward and get Governor Fayose to be accountable instead of trying to witch hunt other citizens.
The group wonder why it  took  the state government two years to come up with the allegations against Dr Fayemi, who left office in 2014. It added that, while Dr Fayemi remained a role model to Ekiti youth because of his administration’s huge investment in youth development and empowerment, the current administration has only succeeded in building the financial empire of the governor.
We find it amusing that a state assembly that could not check the excesses and financial recklessness of the state governor, or get him to account for his huge accumulation of wealth as exposed by the anti-graft agencies, is now trying to divert public attention by making spurious fraud allegations against some citizens.”,  Aribasoye said in the statement.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

List of candidates for Ondo guber election

                          CANDIDATES FOR ONDO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION, 2016

                              INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION
            CANDIDATES FOR ONDO  STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION, 2016
STATE NAME OF CANDIDATE SEX PARTY AGE QUALIFICATION REMARKS
ONDO
GOVERNOR AMUDA OLADARE M A 55 MBA
DEPUTY AMBODE ALEXANDER ABIODUN M A 51 PHD
GOVERNOR YINKA OLOYEDE OROKOTO M AA 54 LLB, BL.
DEPUTY ABIOLA OJO M AA 46 B. TECH
GOVERNOR FRANCIS ADETUWO OGUNJUMELO M ACPN 68 FCMA, FCA
DEPUTY IKUSIKA GRACE OLANIKE F ACPN 63 NCE
GOVERNOR OLUSOLA ALEX OKE M AD 60 LLB, BL.
DEPUTY DAUDA GANNY OLUWADARE M AD 59 ADV. DIPLOMA
GOVERNOR  MARGARETA MODUPE OGUNYOKU (OJO) F ADC 60 DIPLOMA
DEPUTY AGANMAYO ISEOLUWA M ADC 34 ND
GOVERNOR OLUYI FOLASHADE HELLEN F APA 47 GRADE II
DEPUTY OWOEYE DAMILOLA JONATHAN M APA 36 NABTEB
GOVERNOR OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU M APC 60 LLB, BL
DEPUTY ALFRED AGBOOLA AJAYI M APC 47 WAEC
GOVERNOR FRANCIS ADEYEMI ALAO M APGA 61 MSC
DEPUTY FAMUSIPE RUFUS IDOWU M APGA 51 NCE
GOVERNOR FUNMILAYO JENYO ATAUNOKO M BNPP 43 SSCE
DEPUTY OLAJOBI OLALEKAN ABIMBOLA M BNPP 45 BA. HONS
GOVERNOR FASUA PETER OYELEYE M CPP 55 B.SC
DEPUTY OWOLABI SALIU YUSUF M CPP 68 M.SC
GOVERNOR ADEEYO MATTHEW BOLORUNDARO M DPC 59 B. TECH
DEPUTY OLAIYA REMILEKUN MARGARETH F DPC 42 SSCE
GOVERNOR FALANA OLAMIDE JULIANA F DPP 33 B.TECH
DEPUTY LAWRENCE KEHINDE FESTUS M DPP 42 WAEC
GOVERNOR ODEDEYI OLUMUYIWA JOHN M HDP 40 B.SC
DEPUTY OLOWOKANGA SAMUEL M HDP 57 B.SC
GOVERNOR SAMUEL OLUWATOYIN AKOGUNRIN M ID 37 B.SC
DEPUTY FAMUAGUN OLUWATOSIN MOSES M ID 35 ND
GOVERNOR DANIEL OLUDARE OGUNGBEMI M KOWA 36 LLB, BL
DEPUTY FAUSAT ADEOLA ALIU F KOWA 62 NCE
GOVERNOR ADEUTI STEPHEN TAYE M LP 65 MBA
DEPUTY AKINBAMIRE ADEBAYO BENSON M LP 60 PGD
GOVERNOR OBAYORIJU JIMOH ABASS M NCP 46 HND
DEPUTY OWOLABI OLALEKAN STEPHEN M NCP 35 B.SC, PGD
GOVERNOR OLUWADARE BADA M NNPP 63 BM & S
DEPUTY JONATHAN AJINDE SUNDAY M NNPP 59 WAEC, RN
GOVERNOR AYIBIOWU MOSES IGE M NUP 43 MBA
DEPUTY OJO AKINWALE OLADAPO M NUP 42 M.SC
GOVERNOR OLUWASEGUN ODIDI M PDC 45 B.SC
DEPUTY OLATUNJI LEO SEGUN M PDC 39 LLB, BL
GOVERNOR JIMOH IBRAHIM FOLORUNSO  M PDP 49 LLB, MPA COURT ORDER
DEPUTY ALABI EBENEZER OMOTAYO M PDP 49 B.SC COURT ORDER
GOVERNOR ADENIYAN ABIODUN DANIEL M PPA 44 B.SC
DEPUTY OLADELE TOLANI BAMITALE F PPA 38 HND
GOVERNOR ORUNMOLUYI TEMIDOLA OLAGBEGI F PPN 55 GRADE II
DEPUTY ONISEMO MICHAEL OLADAPO M PPN 36 HND
GOVERNOR ARIGBEDE ROLAND GBENGA M PRP 39 OND
DEPUTY OLADELE PAUL OLUWASESAN M PRP 36 B.SC
GOVERNOR OLU AGUNLOYE M SDP 68 B.SC, PHD
DEPUTY MODUPE AKINDELE MARTINS F SDP 43 HND
GOVERNOR OLUGBENGA AKINWALE FALAIYE M UDP 42 B.SC
DEPUTY SEIBU LAMIDI M UDP 51 B.ED
GOVERNOR AIDI BOLARINWA ELIJAH M UPN 49 LLB, BL, MBA
DEPUTY TIEWEI JULIUS  M UPN 56 B.SC
GOVERNOR ANTHONY ADENIYI ADENIRANYE M YDP 37 MSC
DEPUTY EGBEOLA OLAWALE MARTINS M YDP 39 B.SC
Dated: 27TH OCTOBER, 2016 signed:___________________
                Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu
               Secretary, INEC
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