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Displaying items by tag: breaking news

Nig.army Gwoza

 

In a bid to prevent the Boko Haram insurgents from transporting livestock into the border, the Nigerian Army has blocked all routes. The troops have been reported to have cleared four camps occupied by Boko Haram terrorists in Faldan, Kidiziromari, Kuroshini, Kurumari and Ngulda area of Aulari in the Sambisa forest.

 

According to Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, one Boko Haram member was killed while trying to escape from the camp and 31 hostages were rescued. An underground storage facility, farm produce in metal drums, several bicycles and motorcycles were discovered by the troops. Farmland yet to be harvested were set ablaze by the terrorists. A wooden rifle used for training and practice by the terrorists was also retrieved.

 

By Kindness Okoli

CHELSEA SACKS MOURINHO

mourinho dismay

 

 

Chelsea sacked Mourinho after the 52-year-old Portuguese, who took charge of the club in June 2013, has struggled against being amidst the bottom three in the league table. His sack is coming seven months after he won the Premier League title and League Cup title for the club, last season. 

 

However, this season, the club has lost nine of their 16 league games and presently occupies 16th position on the table. Mourinho's last match for the club was on Monday in which they were defeated 2-1 by Leicester City.

 

Speculations have it that either Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers or Juande Ramos would be a likely replacement for Mourinho. Below is the statistics of Mourinho's performance in the Barclays Premier League:

Season.     M.    W.   D.   L.    W.   %

2004-05.    38.   29    8.   1.   76.    32

2005-06.    38.   29    4.   5.   76.    32

2006-07.    38.    24  11    3.   63.    16

2007-08.      6.      3.   2.   1.   50

2013-14.     38.    25   7.   6.   65.      7

2014-15.     38.    26   9.   3.   68.     42

2015-16.     16.      4.   3.  9.   25

 

Note: S=Season. M= Managed. W= Won. D= Drew. L=Lost. W=Win %

 

By Temitope Bamidele

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT TURNS 73

buhari  73

 

Messages of goodwill have flooded most social media platforms as Nigerians all over are showering the President, Muhammadu Buhari with prayers and good wishes as he celebrates his 73rd birthday today.

 

Buhari was born on December 17, 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Adamu and mother, Zulaihat.

 

He was Nigeria's Head of State from December 31, 1983 to August 27, 1985 after overthrowing the government of PresidentShehu Shagari in a coup. 

 

By Chika Jones

KWARAPOLY ORDERS STUDENTS TO GO HOME

Kwara poly protest

 

Following the protest by students of the Kwara State Polytechnic over the N10,000 late registration fees proposed by the school authorities, the Management of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin has directed students to proceed on a semester break. 
 

 

Deputy Registrar, information and Communications of Kwarapoly, Allh Moshood Amuda asked the students to proceed on mid-semester break.

 

By Chika Jones

Marc

 

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso will be inaugurated on the 29th of December. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will be present at the inauguration. 

 

 He said that his decision to witness the event followed a special invitation extended to him by the out-going interim president.

 

"I congratulated (Michel Kafando) him personally for conducting free, fair and credible elections. That is why I accepted the invitation to go to the inauguration on Dec. 29, instance.''

 

 Kafando had earlier expressed his country's appreciation to Nigeria for restoring democracy in his country.

 

By Chika Jones

NLC CONDEMNS ARMY KILLING OF SHIITES

nlc shiite

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress, has issued a statement concerning the Shiite killings. Mr Ayuba Wabba the factional president said: "For a country that has witnessed and still coping with senseless violence with attendant mass deaths, especially in the North East, this is one additional violence most condemnable. NLC commiserates with the families of those who lost their lives during the December 12, Zaria crisis and call on the Federal Government to increasingly be proactive in responding to crises in the country."

 

"We therefore, call on the authorities to take necessary measures to ensure that this unnecessary conflict was brought to a permanent end. Federal Government must urgently investigate the root causes of frequent mutually destructive violence between MIN and the Army. We recall that this is not the first time the movement had been involved in a clash with the military. In 2014, some members of the movement including the sons of Zakzaky reportedly lost their lives during a similar clash."

 

At a time Nigeria had lost several lives and properties through insurgency, we must guide against further disaster. While contending that it was bad for any group of people to have allegedly blocked the road, restrict the movement, and threaten the life of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai.

 
By Chika Jones

Mountain top university

 

Prof. Elijah Ayolabi the Vice Chancellor of Mountain Top University, MTU, Ibafo, Ogun State, said the newly established university will be a dynamic center of academic excellence for the production of top-rate morally sound graduates of distinction who will be globally competitive for outstanding impact on local and global development.
 

 

He said: "150 of the 270 students who passed the post-UTME have registered. Though admission is open to people from different religions, but they would have to abide by our rules and regulations. Though there would be no stipulated dress code, but the student would have to dress responsibly to conform to the image of God."

 

"Each student will be provided with a mobile learning device on gratis with 24 hour access to our e-library resources and the laboratories and lecture rooms are equipped with digital learning facilities. Tuition for Art students isN450,000 while Science students would pay N570,000 and this covers hostel accommodation, medical and mobile device."

 

In line with NUC approval, academic activities would commence for 2015/16 session with College of Basic and Applied Sciences and College of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences.

 

By Chika Jones

AMAECHI: FG TO CREATE 7 NEW RAILWAY CORRIDORS

Rotimii Amaechii

 

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said the Federal Government will create seven more rail corridors of standard gauge railways in the country. He made the plan known in Port Harcourt at the inauguration of Port Harcourt Aba Mass Transit Train Services. He said the initiative was a public-private-partnership which sought to modernise and expand railway transportation across the country.

 

According to him, the initiative is aimed at remodelling and redeveloping the major railway stations within the country. Amaechi said the Ministry of Transportation has carried out feasibility studies to create seven additional rail corridors of standard gauge railways under the public-private-partnership initiative. 

 

He added that government would soon sponsor five bills for passage into law by the National Assembly to enable effective private sector participation in the transport sector. The Minister said that the bills included the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill; National Transport Commission Bill, National Port and Harbour Authority Bill and the National Inland Waterways Authority Bill.

 

Earlier, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia said the Port Harcourt-Aba train service would boost economic activities and reduce pressure on federal roads in the area. Represented by his deputy, Mr Ude Okochukwu, Ikpeazu called on the Federal Government to extend the train services to Ovim through Aba-Omoba-Mbawsi-Umuahia-Uzoakoli-Ovim axis in Abia.

 

He said the Abia Government was willing to partner the Federal Government to rehabilitate the rail tracks on the route and buy coaches that would ply the route. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, who was represented by Mrs Ebere Wigwe, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Transport, said the project would ease traffic and reduce accidents on the roads.

 

By Kindness Okoli

FG

 

The Federal Government on Wednesday declared December 25th and 26th as public holidays to mark Christmas. New Year's Day January 1, 2016 has also been declared a public holiday.

 

By Kindness Okoli

us police car

 

A suspended member of the Uniform Division of the Secret Service, Arthur Baldwin, has been shot dead in Southwest Washington on Tuesday, hours after making a court appearance in a domestic dispute case. Three men are being investigated in connection with the shooting and the Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information on the killing.

 

Also, the Spokeswoman of the agency, Nicole Mainor, on Wednesday, expressed condolence to the family of the deceased, saying:"The Secret Service is aware of this information, we express our condolences to the family of our employee."

 

Baldwin was placed on administrative leave earlier this year after a domestic dispute which he was charged with first-degree attempted burglary and destruction of property after kicking down a door during a fight with his former girlfriend.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

CRACK DOWN ON ISIL'S OIL REVENUE

isil oil revenue

 

In a bid to thwart the flow of oil produced in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controlled area and to cut off the group's main source of revenue, Turkish authorities are moving in against smuggling on its border with Syria; while Iraq's Kurdish region routes used by ISIL are also being cut off.

 

US has estimated that ISIL's, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria, including oil fields in the countries, gained $40 million monthly from its sales of oil produced in Iraq and Syria.

 

Though, it is believed that there is a 30 percent reduction in the December production from oil fields controlled by ISIL, this is partly due to air strikes from the US-led coalition and the Russians, as well as the fall in prices of oil globally.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

King s dog

 

A Thai man, Thanakorn Siripaiboon, faces up to 37 years in jail over charges of "liking" a Facebook page that is deemed insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyade as well as posting a sarcastic photo of the 88-year-old ruler's pet dog.

 

The charges in Thailand law contravene notoriously strict laws protecting the monarchy from insults or threats.

 

Meanwhile, the accused lawyer, Anon Numpa, on Wednesday, who said his client is being charged for violating Article 112 of the criminal code, sedition and computer crimes, said: "This is absurd, in every sense. They can't press charges against people who just click like on a post to express their agreement. This is just a means for the military to stop us from digging up on their corruption."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

weapon sales

 

Despite China's opposition, the United States on Wednesday have endorsed a $1.83 billion weapons sale to Taiwan.

 

According to spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, David McKeeby, the arms mainly consisted defensive weapons, which includes two U.S. Navy guided Oliver Hazard Perry class missile frigates, amphibious assault vehicles, and anti-aircraft and anti-ship systems

 

McKeeby said: "U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. Our longstanding policy on arms sales to Taiwan has been consistent across six different U.S. administrations. We believe our consistent policy has contributed to the security of Taiwan, and has also supported the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

 

Meanwhile, Taiwan in a statement had appreciated the announcement of the sale, calling the gesture "A comprehensive display of America's pledge to provide security to Taiwan. However, China, which views Taiwan as part of its indivisible territory, has called the deal "a serious violation of international laws... as well as China's territory and security interest."

 

"To safeguard our national interests, China has decided to take necessary measures, including imposing sanctions against the companies involved in the arms sale."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

Zarah Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari's first daughter Zarah Buhari, on Tuesday, December 15, commissioned a new library built by ACE Charity. Assisting, Caring and Empowering (ACE) is an NGO that focuses on Education, Training, Economic empowerment, and affordable Health Care of which she is one of the ambassadors.

 

The charity's goal is to effectively increase the literacy of over 6,000 Africans by 2017. ACE does this through the provision of education, training, economic empowerment, and affordable health care.

 

During the launching, she also gave out gifts to the children.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

NYP

 

The Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) came into being in 2008 with the first session inaugurated by the then President Umaru Musa Ya'Adua on 25 August 2008 with the sole aim of preparing Nigerian youth in a decision making process while according them adequate representation in governance.
 

 

The third session was inaugurated today, Wednesday in Abuja by Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung. "The Nigerian youth must desist from offering themselves from cheap manipulation. If those manipulating us believe in us, then, they should invest in us, not using us for their selfish interest."

 

"After the inauguration today, you all must purge yourself from the 'Ebola' of manipulations and come back to your senses. If I have collected money back in our days I doubt if I would have been given the opportunity to be Minister of Youth today. I challenge all youth leaders gathered here that after this session they should go back and reorganize themselves, and I am ready to be part of them," he said.

 

By Chika Jones

REFUGEES OF INSURGENCY RETURN TO NIGERIA

refugees of insurgency

 

About 1,000 people who were affected adversely by the Boko Haram insurgency and had to flee Nigeria, have returned.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), between Monday and Wednesday, 1,187 Nigerians that had been sheltering across the border in Cameroon resettled in a refugee camp in the Northeastern State of Adamawa "as a result of improvement in the security situation," NEMA spokesman Sani Datti said.
 
 
A further 15,000 Nigerians are expected to return to their country in the next few weeks, said Datti.

 

By Chika Jones

David Cameron

 

Prime Minister David Cameron while responding to a question on whether he would use anti-extremism legislation to restrict Trump from visiting the UK, following Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Cameron tagged Trump's proposal as "divisive, stupid and wrong."

 

The Prime Minister, however, did not support the banning of Trump from entering the country.

 

Cameron said: "If he came to visit our country, I think he would unite us all against him."

 

Meanwhile, following a-week-long launch petition in the UK calling for the ban of Trump from entering the UK, the petition has attracted over half a million signatures. The amount of the signatures has now surpassed the required figure for a committee to consider sending the motion for parliamentary debate by five times.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

GUNMEN ABDUCT QATAR HUNTERS IN IRAQ DESERT

iraq map

 

Police has disclosed the kidnapping of more than 27 Qatari hunters, including members of the ruling family, in a desert area of Iraq near the Saudi border by some unknown gunmen. The Police, however, added that a wide-scale search has been launched for the abductors.

 

Meanwhile, the Qatari foreign ministry has released a statement saying it was working with the Iraqi government "at the highest security and political levels... to find out the details of the Qatari citizens' abduction and work on their release as soon as possible".

 

Though the Qatari Ministry had said they had been hunting with official Iraqi permission, the Iraq's interior ministry has accused the hunters of failing to abide by its instructions to remain in secured areas.

 

The Interior ministry, however, said the aim of the abductors was "to achieve political and media goals".

 

By Temitope Bamidele

RANSOME-KUTI PETITIONS HIS CONVICTION

Ransome Kuti

 

Brig-General E. A. Ransome-Kuti, who was  court-martialed and convicted of showing cowardice during the Boko Haram attack, has appealed his conviction stating that,  other alleged subordinate officers in the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, charged and tried alongside with him for the same offences were discharged and acquitted, whereas he was unreasonably convicted by the Special Court-Martial.

 

His Counsel,  Femi Falana (SAN) said: We want to observe that the conviction and sentence passed on our client by the SCM are fundamentally wrong, unjust and illogical because the discharge and acquittal of our client on the charge of cowardly behaviour which was the tripod on which the charge of failure to perform military duty and miscellaneous offences relating to property rested, ought to have brought the whole trial to an end.

 

"This is because it was the dislodgement of MNJTF from Baga, Borno State, that brought the two charges of failure to perform military duty and miscellaneous offences relating to property to life. It is therefore our contention that the court having ruled that the withdrawal from Baga was legally justified, ought to have discharged and acquitted our client on the remaining charges as well.

 

"The obvious fact is that if the troops had not withdrawn from Baga, no service property would have been abandoned and the allegation of failure to perform military duty by failing to co-ordinate troops and assets of HQ MNJTF to repel the Boko Haram terrorists attack on HQ MNJTF would not have arisen.

 

"It was very clear from the preponderance of evidence adduced during the trial by the prosecution and defence witnesses that HQ MNJTF Baga lacked adequate weapons to repel the attack. Thus, the abandonment of the location after a fierce resistance by troops for several hours before their eventual withdrawal was not intentional. It was a decision taken when it became obvious that no further efforts could prevent the place from falling."

 

By Chika Jones

tunde ogunsaki

 

The Boko Haram scourge may still be on the minds of Nigerians,  but the police have made a vow. Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 12 in charge of Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, has made a vow that they would meet the December deadline set by President Buhari. 

 

He said: "We are happy that the end of an insurgency in the country, particularly the North-East, is very close and the terrorists are currently on the run. At this time that we are facing insecurity challenges in the country, I believe that traditional rulers have a vital role to play, particularly in giving advice to the police on how to sustain peace."

 

By Chika Jones 

 

 

Dr Ebirien Fabura

 

Dr Ebirien Fubara was a senior lecturer at the Ignatius Ajuru University, Rivers State, before he was killed by gunmen, alongside his son at their residence in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
 

 

The gunmen believed to be assassins stormed his home, on Odili road Port Harcourt and killed him and his son. He was a Returning Officer in the March 28, House of Representatives election in the Obio Akpor Federal Constituency in Rivers State and had just been appointed a Commissioner in the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, by Governor Nyesom Wike.

 

By Chika Jones

KWARA POLY STUDENTS PROTEST

Kwara poly protest

 

Kwara Polytechnic students today,took to the streets to protest the management's decision to charge extra  N10,000 ‎fee as a penalty for late registration. And surprisingly, the Polytechnic management in a swift reaction reduced the charge for late registration from N10,000 to N5,000 and promised to pay back the students who have already paid.

 
The students during the protest claimed that most of their parents have not been paid their salaries, which hitherto led to the delay in the meeting of the deadline of the school authorities. The students also alleged that, the management of the institution was increasing their school tuition fees without considering the current economic situation in the country.
 
 
By Kindness Okoli

 

idps

 

People affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria recently saw a ray of hope as the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday that it was partnering Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Limited and some institutions in the country to train 500 insurgency victims on vocational skills.
Mr Matthew Alao, Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Analyst of UN Development Programme (UNDP) said:

"Basically, we advertised for any available facility within the country where we can train these beneficiaries. We did this evaluation last month and two institutions are being highly considered. One of them is the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited and Apurimak Centre. We also inspected some of the facilities owned by the Gombe State Government. However, these facilities have to be in good shape, to the standard the UN will want to train people in. We have identified 14 trades, five from the Peugeot Nigeria Limited and nine from the other training centres, on which we are going to place the beneficiaries," he said.


 

He said that the five trades which Peugeot was being engaged to train the people were modern auto mechanic, auto spray painting, auto welding and panel beating, auto Mechatronics and Auto tyre servicing.

 

"We need to take the beneficiaries out of their zones so that they can have other cultural orientations and see life from different perspectives. If you look at the entire country, governments embark on skills acquisition, but when you get there, you will see the structures but not the equipment. This is what is applicable to some of these States; none of them has functional skills acquisition centre that can be used. However, Borno State said it was embarking on two and was looking into how to develop or build a skills acquisition centre where it can train its teeming youths," he concluded.

 

By Kindness Okoli

YEMEN: SENIOR SAUDI & EMIRATI OFFICERS KILLED

Yemeni soldiers

 

The Saudi and Emirati authorities have both confirmed the killing of one of their top officers, each. The Saudi officer, Colonel Abdullah al-Sahyan, and the Emirati officer, Sultan al-Ketbi, were killed on Monday "while they were carrying out their duties in supervising operations to liberate Taiz", Southwest of Yemen.

 

The killings occurred before the agreed ceasefire, which coincide with UN-backed peace talks aimed at resolving the Yemen's war.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

NLC LOGO

 

The  Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Alade Lawal in Lagos have urged President Buhari to ensure their salaries are paid promptly.

 "This is the same ugly situation that prevailed last year until ASCSN threatened a nation-wide strike before salaries of workers could be paid. This persistent policy to kill-joy by past Federal Administrations should not be allowed to continue and the President has the capacity to bring it to an end,'' it said, while advising the President to guard against fifth columnist that pushed past governments to implement anti-people's policies. 

In addition,  "We appeal to the President not to allow the goodwill that brought him to power to be eroded by unpatriotic citizens,'' the statement said.

 

By Chika Jones

POLICE NAB ONE PIRATE IN BONNY ISLAND

bonny pirate

 

Pirates who have made traveling to and from Bonny Island in Rivers State a terrible experience met their doom on Monday in the hands of a joint team comprising the Nigeria Police Force, Joint Task Force (JTF), and some Bonny youths. The collaborative effort was in reaction to yesterday's attack on three boats conveying passengers to and from Bonny. 

 

According to an eyewitness, during their search they encountered the hoodlums who were poised to launch another attack and after a brief gun fight, they apprehended one of the suspected pirates while others escaped.

 

Seafarers, indigenes and residents of the area have over the years been subjected to untold suffering due to the heinous activities of these criminals and just last month they urged President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aide.

 

The eyewitness who is also an indigene of Bonny said "The sea pirates attack us at will and dispossess travelers of their valuables ranging from cash to jewelries and other items. Most of the time they are pushed into the river or ordered to alight onto the muddy shores of the river.

 

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the suspected pirates whose gang member was apprehended today are natives of Asarama Town in Andoni Local Government Area of the State. Meanwhile, tension is high at the moment as many people in Bonny and Andoni fear that a possible inter-communal conflict between the two neighbouring communities is imminent following the attack on pirates.

 

Residents of the area are making a passionate appeal to the Rivers State Government, the security agencies and other stakeholders to intervene.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

 

 

GODWIN EMEFIELE CBN

 

It has been revealed that the Bankers Committee in a bid to help improve agriculture, will lend more to farmers come 2016. The Committee comprises top management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and chief executives of banks in the country. CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele while addressing journalists at the end of the 7th annual retreat of the Committee in Lagos, said:
 

"Banks generally agreed to increase lending to the agricultural sector, but the committee feels that there is the need to de-risk the agricultural value chain. The bankers' committee also feels that the monetary and fiscal authorities need to work together in a collaborative manner to achieve the objective of improving local production of specific agricultural products, so that as a result of lending to this sector, we can begin to see a reduction in the demand for foreign exchange that would help to conserve our foreign exchange reserves and strengthen our currency."

 


"Banks feel that there is a need to improve the level of infrastructure in various sectors. For instance, build more Fadama roads, build more silos and warehouses to receive final produce, so that products don't get destroyed at the farm. We should have Fadama roads which makes it easier for goods to be transported from the local communities to areas where they could be sold to increase the wealth of those in our local communities. Banks therefore set a target to boost agricultural lending not only to the small and medium enterprises, but also to large scale farming and companies to up to N300 billion in 2016."


Other people present at the retreat include: the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Ministers of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh; Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola; Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Solid Minerals, Mr. Kayode Fayemi; Finance, Kemi Adeosun, as well as practitioners in Agriculture, Power and Small business sectors.

 

By Chika Jones

PETROL PRICE NOW AT N115 PER LITRE

petrol station

 

The average pump price of petrol in Nigeria is now at an all time high. It has now risen to N115 per litre for the first time in years. This was revealed in the monthly PMS Price Watch of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, released yesterday.
 

 

Below is a summary of the report:
In a State-by-State report, average pump prices was highest in Akwa Ibom State which recorded N187.5 per litre followed by Abia at N146.6, Cross River at N140.4 and Rivers at N139.6 per liter. The lowest average pump price was recorded in Bauchi State at N91.3 per litre followed by Katsina and Ogun States at N91.5 each.

 

On the country-wide trend, the current report shows that the average pump price at N115.35 has risen by 23.4 per cent month-on-month, the highest rate so far this year, compared to 13.66 per cent recorded during the petrol scarcity of the last days of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan's regime.

 

By Chika Jones

 

NNPC PLANS TO PRIVATISE PIPELINES

NNPC Ibe Kachikwu

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed its plans to privatise crude-oil pipelines to enable the corporation to fund its Joint Venture partnerships between International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria.

 

Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum resources and group Managing Director of NNPC, said that, "The new model will see refineries buying their own crude, refine it and make remittance to the Federal Government Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). They would operate in a semi autonomy system that will enable them to make profit". 

 

He added that he will engage the IOCs to stand up and get counted in the area of best environmental practices in 2016. According to him this move will reduce pipeline vandalism and increase efficiency in the supply of petroleum products.

 

By Kindness Okoli

military

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, known as Shiite have said that the military took the lives of over 500 of its members. They have, however, called on the international community and human rights groups to probe the killings as it blames the Army authorities for the loss of lives in Zaria, Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria. 

 

According to Ibrahim Musa, the President of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, houses of their leader, which is located in Gyellesu area in Zaria were destroyed by the soldiers. 

 

Describing the killings as unjustifiable, Musa said the soldiers had cordoned off the area and were laying siege within their leader, Zakzaky's premises.  On Sunday morning, the second in command to the group's leader, Sheik Muhammad Turi and the group's spokesman, Ibrahim Usman, were shot dead. Due to the incident, most residents have remained indoors for fear of further violence.

 

By Kindness Okoli

syrian map

 

Scores of civilians had been reportedly killed in a Sunday raid by the Syrian Government and Russian forces in the Damascus suburbs of Syria. The raids which begun around 8:30am local time (06:30 GMT).

 

A witness of the attack, who's also an officer of the Douma branch of the Syrian Civil Defence department, said: "At least 41 civilians, including nine children, were killed in the attacks on Douma alone, another 250 have been injured. A school named al-Hosn al-Basri was targeted."

 

"The principal of the school along with four students was killed in the attack. Injured students have been taken to the nearest medical points. In the past three months, these areas have been constantly targeted by rocket attacks and air strikes, not one of those killed was a fighter - all of those killed were civilians. People are paying the price for this armed conflict every day."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

French far right

 

Despite leading in six of the thirteen regions in the first round of voting, the preliminary results had shown that France's far-right National Front (FN) has failed to secure any victory in any region in the second round of municipal elections. Meanwhile, Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-right Republicans are set to win many of the seats over the ruling Socialists.

 

Accepting defeat, the FN leader Marine Le Pen, vowed to fight as she blamed the results on the mainstream parties which coalesce forces to keep the FN from power.

 

Speaking to her supporters, she said they had been "disenfranchised in the most indecent of ways by a campaign of lies and disinformation".

 

By Temitope Bamidele

pu zhiqiang

 

Pu Zhiqiang, one of China's famous human rights lawyers, who was detained a year-and-a-half ago, has been arraigned in a trial over his online comments which were critical of the ruling Communist Party.

 

Pu Zhiqiang's charges bordered on "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", on which he might bag a maximum of eight years in jail if found guilty.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

TERROR CHARGE: AUSTRALIAN TEEN PLEADS GUILTY

australian police

 

The 17-year-old Australian teenager who was detained during raids in Melbourne in May has pleaded guilty to engaging in an act in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act between 25 April and 8 May, 2015.

 

He pleaded guilty to the charge before a committal hearing, which therefore led to the prosecutors dropping two other charges. The trial continues in court on Thursday.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

PHOTOS: 15 DEAD IN PAKISTAN MARKET BOMBING

pakistan bombing

 

At least 15 people have been killed by a bomb blast in a crowded market in a town in northwest Pakistan's Kurram tribal agency, near the Afghan border.

 

More than 40 people were hurt in the blast at the Eid Gah clothes market in the town of Parachinar. No group has said it carried out the attack, but a sectarian motive is suspected, as most people in Parachinar are from Pakistan's Shia minority.

 

pakistan bombing fire

 

bombing pakistan

 

Pakistan peshawa bomb blast

 

pakistan market blast

 

pakistan market attack

 

By Kindness Okoli

RUSSIA MENTAL HOSPITAL FIRE KILLS 23

russia mental hospital

 

The Emergency Ministry has confirmed the death of 23 people who died in a fire at a mental health clinic in the Voronezh region of Western Russia. At least 20 people are being treated in hospital. The fire began late on Saturday night and completely destroyed the building. Anatoliy Sergiyenko, a nurse at the clinic, said that he had to leave the building because he had difficulty breathing.

 

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

By Kindness Okoli

muhammadu baduru

 

Alhaji Muhammad Badaru, the State Governor of Jigawa State has revealed that the government will distribute 7,000 computers to secondary school students. This was revealed at the inauguration of a Remedial Programme and Pilot Testing of E-Learning Approach in Dutse.
He however said that 20,000 computers were required by the students, government had purchased only 7,000 for now.

 

He said that one computer would be assigned to three students until the remaining 13,000 computers were delivered to the government. State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Rabi Ishaq, said that the introduction of remedial programme would help to improve quality of education in the senior secondary school.

 

Ishaq said that only six per cent of the students that sat for West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 2015 obtained five credits including Mathematics and English.

She said that the statistics showed that the students had not been learning well, hence the decision of the state government to urgently intervene. 

 

By Chika Jones

WE ARE FOCUSED ON JOB CREATION - BUHARI

president buhari uni kad

 

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that his government is very much interested in creating employment opportunities.
The President said this at the 2nd Convocation of the Kaduna State University in Kaduna.

 

"One of the focal points of this administration is job creation. Job creation will help in the achievement of the other objectives of the government, such as poverty reduction and security which are some of the challenges this administration is confronted with. Insecurity cannot be divorced from unemployment and poverty because an idle mind, they say, is the devil's workshop." 

 

 "With declining internally generated revenue and over dependence on the equally declining oil revenues, there is need to seek other ways of diversifying the economy so as to boost revenue. One of the ways we can achieve this is through the reorientation of our youths towards an entrepreneurial mindset. We must therefore promote and enhance the teaching and learning of entrepreneurial skills in all schools and tertiary institutions, thereby exposing our youths to the basics and the rudiments of starting and sustaining their own businesses,'' he said.

 

Also, he thanked the university for conferring an honourary doctorate degree of letters on him.

 

By Chika Jones

 

libya crisis

 

Talks are underway in Italy in the hope of getting Libya's rival factions to establish a unity government and bring a halt to months of chaos. The country has two rival governments, one in Tripoli, and another in the east. But there are concerns that ISIS is benefiting from the instability. US Secretary of State John Kerry is among those at the talks pushing the rival groups to implement a UN plan.

 

Delegates from the two opposing administrations, which are backed by militia groups, agreed after months of talks at a meeting in Tunis on Friday 16th December, to sign an accord on the unity government. 

 

Neither of the opposing parliaments in Tripoli and the East has voted to adopt the plan, but it is believed it could be signed in Rome without a formal vote in Libya.

 

By Kindness Okoli

Gabriel Adebanjo and wife

 

The kidnappers of the Bishop of the Lagos Central Diocese of the African Church and his wife, Rt. Rev. Gabriel Adebanjo and Mrs. Dorcas Adebanjo, have reduced the ransom on the duo to N100 million to 10million.

 

The couple were kidnapped in Warri, Delta State purportedly on December 5, with their driver shot on the hand and leg by the kidnappers.

 

Confirming the reduction, the church’s spokesperson, Mr. Femi Adetona, on Saturday, disclosed that: “Fervent prayers are ongoing in all the dioceses of The African Church nationwide for a quick release, especially at the monthly prayer meeting of the church which held at the church’s Solution Camp in Abeokuta over the weekend.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

Bishop Kukah

 

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Kukah, on Friday, disclosed that those seeking for the secession of Biafra Republic have the right to express themselves.

 

Kukah, speaking at the 41st Convocation Lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, on the topic: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Some Thoughts On Human Rights, Freedom And Justice In Nigeria,” said: “This country cannot continue this way. MASSOB has the right to seek Biafra since we have freedom of expression. The problem of Nigeria should not be with Kanu, but should be with those who left the door opened. The President of Nigeria or any Governor, unless he pays, cannot bring out the number of people that Kanu brought out."

 

The Cleric added that the secessionist agitators should not be crucified.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

NERC GRANTS IPC LICENCE FOR PLANT EXPANSION

nerc logo

 

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has granted licence to the Ibom Power Company (IPC) to expand IPC power plant from 191Mega Watts (MW) to about 685MW.

 

Commenting on the economic benefits of the expansion, the Managing Director, Ibom Power Company, Dr. Victor Udo, said: “The expansion licence implies more power supply to Akwa Ibom economy, more income, savings and investments, on which the models of vibrant and forward looking economies are anchored. The propensity to increase the state’s production possibility curves is bound to rise significantly with the knock-on effect of these critical factors in accelerating productivity and development. With more income streams engendered by greater availability of power supply, it is expected that the middle class would grow, unleashing higher demands, taste, expectations and preferences that need to be satisfied. Investors and entrepreneurs should seize the new windows of opportunity to satisfy the demands of this important class.

 

"On the part of government, the licence expansion translates to higher prospects of growth and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), especially now that the global oil price shock has resulted in the monthly revenue allocation being plummeted. The envisaged growth would be unlocked not by higher tax rates or multiple taxes, but by widening the tax net to capture more payers (income earners, entrepreneurs and investors) through PAYE, companies’ income tax and Value Added Tax (VAT).”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

ben apugo

 

Chief Ben Apugo in a recent interview  speaks on the fate of the APC in the South-East and the pro-Biafra quest by some Igbo elements, among other issues.
 

 

When asked about Biafra, this is what he said:"The civil war ended a long time ago and we are all Nigerians. No reasonable human being should  come out today to talk about Biafra. Our people have to speak up and make our children understand the situation of things. Those things they should be protesting for are employment, roads, water, airports and other amenities that are lacking in the zone. If they are agitating for these things, they should not block roads; they should talk to the government of the states in the South-East, not the Federal Government.


These people you are talking about are small boys whose mothers were not even born during the civil war. So, what I am saying is that the governors of the South-East should enlighten the youths and make them know that there is nothing like Biafra today. People should not be using Biafra as a tool for causing confusion and defrauding uninformed people."

 

Chief Ben Apugo was a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former ruling party at the centre.

 

By Chika Jones

ekiti state

 

Dr Florence Bola Ala Foundation, a foundation in  memorial of the late Dr Florence Bola Ala, the first woman Dean of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, has unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art auditorium for the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti. The foundation also presented cash prize awards to deserving graduating students. 

 
This was announced while handing a cash prize award of N20, 000 and book each for three deserving students of School of Education and Early Childhood Care Education to the Registrar of the college, Mr Abayomi Adeyeri, a member of theBoard of Trustees of Dr Florence Bola Ala Foundation and chief marketing officer of Flobal Trust Limited, said the foundation was committed to partnering with the college in achieving its mandates.
 
 
By Chika jones

 

hattlesburg cops

 

A man charged in the fatal shooting of two police officers during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was found unresponsive in his cell on Friday night. 

 

29-year-old Mavin Bank was alone in an isolation cell when officers found him. He was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead at 7:40pm. No cause of death has been announced. An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiner.

 

Banks was arrested along with three other suspects, including his younger brother Curtis Banks, in May 9 for shooting that killed Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin J. Deenand Liquori Tate, who had pulled over a car driven by Banks for speeding. 

 

Banks, the alleged shooter, was charged with two counts of capital murder, grand theft auto and illegal weapons possession. He was denied bail.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

 

GADAFFI'S SON FREED AFTER KIDNAP IN LEBANON

gaddaffi son

 

Late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal has been freed after being briefly kidnapped by an armed group in Lebanon. Police said he was freed in the city of Baalbek and dispatched to Beirut. 

 

In a video shown on Lebanese TV, the captive businessman was seen appealing for more information concerning the 1978 disappearance of the prominent Lebanese Shia cleric Musa al-Sadr.

 

The 40-year-old former playboy was given sanctuary in Oman in 2012. His father Muammar was overthrown by rebels in a 2011 uprising.

 

Al-Sadr, one of the most prominent Shia clerics of the 20th Century, disappeared along with two others during a trip to Libya in1978. Muammar Gaddafi denied any involvement in his disappearance, but many suspect him of having orchestrated it. It is not known how long Hannibal has been in Lebanon.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

SAUDI WOMEN TO VOTE FOR THE FIRST TIME

saudi voting women

 

Saudi Arabia polls which will be held on Saturday will see women cast their votes for the first time. Women are able to stand as candidates, despite the fiercely conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive.

 

A total of 978 women has registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men. About 130,000 women have registered to vote. Female candidates have had to speak behind a partition during campaign appearances or be represented by a man.

 

Salma al-Rashed was the first woman to register to vote. She said, It felt really good. She continued, "Change is a big word, but the election is the way to make sure we are really represented."

 

There are 2,100 council seats available in Saturday's vote. An additional 1,050 seats are appointed with approval from the king.

 

By Kindness Okoli

SAU

BORNO: BOKO HARAM KILLS 14 IN KAMUYA VILLAGE

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A Thursday raid on a village in Borno State by the Boko Haram sect had left fourteen people dead, some of whom were beheaded. The village, Kamuya, which is the hometown of the mother of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, is also close to Buratai's home.

 

A witness, Ibrahim Babagana, who lives in Kamuya, but fled the attack with others to the town of Biu, some 30 kilometres away, said: "This morning (Friday), some of us went back to the village. We found 14 bodies. Some of them were decapitated and their heads placed on their torso.

 

"Seven others were shot dead. They have all been buried. The entire village has been razed."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

bayelsa poll

 

Several women and youths from Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State have called for the cancellation of the election in the LGA which they claimed was marred by irregularities and inconsistencies in the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

The State Youth Leader of the APC, Edison Sorgwe and a chieftain of the party, Alawei Opukeme-Jonah, who spoke for the agitating electorates, said: “We have lost confidence in the ability of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barton Kpagih to conduct elections. We are against the cancellation of Southern Ijaw Local Government election.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

gov. adams oshiomhole

 

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday, called for the prosecution of former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and others involved in the mismanagement of funds meant for the procurement of arms for the military under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Oshiomhole who spoke at a National Dialogue organised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the National Human Rights Commission and the International Human Rights Day, said: “All I am just saying is that we are in a constitutional democracy. We are not under an informal arrangement. And when you listen to all the narratives, all the disclosure and defence, you will realise that the federal government needs to prosecute everybody, not to exempt anyone."

 

“For example, I have read in the newspapers and online, the former Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy saying that she transferred part of the money recovered from Abacha to Dasuki for security purpose."

 

“Now, the first question the media should ask is, even under conditions of war, money must be appropriated. And the National Assembly, I recall very well, when Aminu Tambuwal was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, they reconvened on Sunday in order to attend to an urgent matter submitted by the president. So, the Constitution is very clear."

 

“Money was looted and foreign countries helped us to recover that money and a minister assisted in ensuring that that money is re-looted again and she is there in Washington and you are here languishing. I am saying that she also must be brought to justice. They say it is Ali Baba and the forty thieves. Now, you are dealing with the forty thieves and Ali Baba is left alone. The Ali Baba, in this case, Okonjo-Iweala, who supervised, who coordinated the economy, who signed for the release of this money in clear breach of the Constitution, must be tried."

 

“They must all be investigated. I don’t like the word probe. What are you probing? The facts have been acknowledged, she has admitted that she transferred money. This same Okonjo-Iweala, a few months back, had said in the media that Abacha loot was used for development. That was what she said then, only for her to turn around yesterday to say no, it was used for security. But whether for development or for security, was Abacha loot covered in the appropriation?”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

RIVERS: APPEAL COURT SACKS ALL SENATORS

rivers state

 

The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, nullified the elections of the two Senators from Rivers State: Osinakachukwu Idoezu (Rivers South-West Senatorial District) and John Olaka-Nwogo (Rivers South-East).

 

The court ruled on grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to conduct the March 28, 2015 National Assembly elections as provided in the Electoral Act and other guidelines.

 

Meanwhile, the Appeal Court had earlier on Thursday also nullified the election of George Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial District. This thereby led to the nullification of all the elections of the three Senators from Rivers State.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

OKONJO-IWEALA MAKES PUBLIC MEMO ON ARMS DEAL

public memo of arms deal

 

Former Finance Minister and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  has been in the news for all the wrong reasons as her part in a corrupt arms deal has been brought to light.
Many have accused her of corruption and embezzlement of public funds. However, in a bid to prove her innocence, she has made public a memo which she feels may clear her name.

 

By Chika Jones

Abakaliki highway

 

9 people have reportedly lost their lives in an auto crash which occurred in the early hours of today, Friday.
The fatal accident which claimed nine lives occurred along the Ezzangbo portion of the Abakaliki-Enugu highway and involved a Toyota Sienna bus and an articulated vehicle with registration number HKW 436 XA. Mr Charles Abuochi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi, in an interview with the press said:
There is an accident that happened along the Ezzangbo portion of the Abakaliki-Enugu Federal highway. Our men are still at the scene of the crash to ensure free flow of traffic. Preliminary report confirmed that nine persons died on the spot while one person sustained injuries and had been rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki. Corpses of deceased victims have been deposited at the mortuary.''

 

'We sympathise with the families of the deceased, but I want to assure the general public that the FRSC is ready and prepared to ensure accident-free Yuletide. We wish to advise that motorists and other road users should comply with safety standards to prevent the loss of lives and property of the passengers. Our men have been fully mobilised and deployed to several accident flashpoints for proper surveillance,'' he concluded.

 

By Chika Jones

 

 

NIGERIAN WOMEN JOURNALISTS HONOR JONATHAN

jonathan ebele

 

The  Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has decided to honor former president Goodluck Jonathan with the prestigious Grand Dream Child Award.
 

 

National President of NAWOJ, Ifeyinwa Omowole, said: "It is on record that Jonathan's government enforced and even exceeded the Beijing recommendation regarding affirmative action on the empowerment of women in government many years after the Beijing conference. Your administration, more than any other, changed the fortunes of Nigerians, especially the womenfolk which the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) represents."

 

In a letter of acceptance from the office of former President Goodluck Jonathan, signed by Thierry H. Ngoufan, his Chief of Staff, Jonathan appreciated the gesture and thanked the association.

 

By Chika Jones

MAN Oron

 

Following the death of the Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Joshua Okpo on Tuesday, the management on Thursday declared a seven-day mourning in the institution to honour the deceased rector.

 

Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of Transport directed the Academy's registrar, Mr. Mkpandiok Mkpandiok, to act as Rector of the maritime institution.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

NFF MOURNS STEPHEN KESHI'S WIFE DEMISE

nff

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent a condolence message to the former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, after he lost his wife, Kate. Keshi disclosed that his wife was ill for a while before her demise on Wednesday.

 

Keshi said: “She was ill for a while now and I’m still in shock of this great loss. She is more like a sister to me and was the rock behind me and everything I do. My love for her was at first sight.”

 

The NFF President, Mr Amaju Pinnick, who said he had he spoken with Keshi by phone, said: “This is devastating. To lose a spouse is the equivalent of a tragedy. I pray that Almighty God will give you and the children the fortitude to bear this huge loss."

 

Keshi is a Nigerian hero and we mourn deeply with him at this time. This has come like a big blow, but we pray that he receives divine strength to cope with the situation, and we also pray that the Almighty God will grant the departed eternal rest.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

CAUSE OF OJUELEGBA TANKER INFERNO REVEALED

ojuelegba tanker

 

Three days ago a petrol tanker explosion  wreaked havoc in Ojuelegba, Surulere Local Government Area. The Lagos State Government has now revealed the cause of the fire. 
 

 

The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo and his Information and Strategy counterpart, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni. who was represented by the Chief Superintendent of Police, Waidi Ayilara and other agencies, disclosed:

 

"An example of this threat was the recent Ojuelegba tanker accident, where someone reportedly dropped the leftovers of a cigarette into a canal where the spilled contents spread to which ignited the fire. This was immediately combated by the State fire service and other responders."

 

"The anti-smoking law 2014, volume 47, carries a fine of N10, 000 to N15, 000 or a month to three months imprisonment as deemed by the court. While the owners/occupiers of the smoking areas shall be liable to a fine of N100, 000 or six months as deemed by the judge. Smoking in non-designated areas violates this law," hereaffirmed.

 

By Chika Jones

NIGERIAN YOUTHS WASTING AWAY - RESEARCH

YOUTHS

 

 

According to a research conducted by General Electric, titled, ‘Building strong workforces to power Africa’s growth: The future of work in Africa’, the sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be home to a quarter of people aged 24 and below by 2030, with Nigeria having the highest figure.

 

The President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Nigeria, Lazarus Angbazo, who commented on the result of the research advised that the detrimental situation in the country must change “because it condemns a large number of young people to low living standards and represents a terrible waste of human capital undermining future economic growth, but also because it poses a risk to social and economic stability”.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

electricity pix

 

In the news today, Lagos Inaugurates the State Advisory Committee on power supply, at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja. In addition to this, at least 220 megawatts of electricity would be added to the existing 1, 000 megawatts being supplied to Lagos as part of measures to boost power supply in the state.
 

 

"The committee will guide in the development of road map for reliable power supply for the state. And foster collaboration and develop a platform for all major power stakeholders in the state," Governor Ambode said while addressing the gathering at the inauguration. 
 

 

Also, Chairman of Ikeja Distribution Company, EKEDCO, Mr. Tope Sonubi said; "Tomorrow  we will be inaugurating additional 220 Mega Watts dedicated for Lagos. The power will be coming from Egbin power station.

 

"The problem affecting generation before was finance. But now, the investors are putting a lot of funds and the management is working effectively to ensure that power supply increase in the country."

 

By Chika Jones

Ekiti state Hass

 

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, on Thursday disclosed that the Governor Ayodele Fayose led administration has set a new standard by involving anti-graft agencies in the implementation of the State's budget which has now passed its second reading.

 

Oluwawole, who said the new policy would help in curbing unnecessary spending and ensuring transparency in governance, added that: “The objectives of the budget are achievable. It is an objective budget, going by the allocations to the different sectors. There is an urgent need to diversify from financial expectations from the federal government. Our tax base needs to be widened. And we need to begin to exploit our solid minerals so as to increase our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) prospects.

 

“It is noteworthy that the reason the recurrent expenditure is higher than capital expenditure is to develop the people’s welfare. It is to motivate workers so as to let them help to move the state forward. You have heard that the governor has said he is not going to be party to reduction of minimum wage for workers or retrench any of them. That is important.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

N8.4BN FRAUD: DOKPESI FACES FRESH ALLEGATION

Raymond Dokpesi

 

A Federal government lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), informed a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Raymond Dokpesi is currently being investigated in connection with another alleged fraud worth 8.4billion naira which he collected from the Goodluck Jonathan administration for broadcasting the FIFA U17 championship hosted in Nigeria in Jan 27, 2012.

 

The SAN stated that despite DAAR communication being given the right to air the tournament by FIFA and without the Federal Government as a party to the contract, Dokpesi still allegedly collected N8b from the Nigerian government for executing the contract.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

 

WAEC GETS NEW NATIONAL OFFICE HEAD

weac

 

According to a statement signed by the Public Affairs Officer of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr Demianus Ojijeogu, on Thursday, the council has appointed Mr Isaac Adenipekun as its new Head of National Office.

 

Adenipekun's appointment was a replacement for Mr Charles Eguridu, the immediate past Head of National Office, who retired from the council on Tuesday.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

Mauricio Macri

 

After the swearing in of Argentina's new president Mauricio Macri, he vowed to unite the nation and revive its economy. 

 

Mr Macri took the oath of office in Congress, but his inauguration was boycotted by his predecessor, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in a row over the venue.

 

In his inaugural speech, Mr Macri also  vowed to tackle corruption, poverty and drug trafficking. He also pledged team work and an end to confrontation in politics.

 

The 56-year-old President said in his speech: "As President, I want to be a citizen who can communicate with all Argentines. Politics for me is not a competition to see who's got the bigger ego. It's working together for the good of the people. Today a dream is being achieved."

 

By Kindness Okoli

GERMAN COURT LETS OFF SHARIA POLICE

Sharia police

 

A German court has ruled that Islamists who patrolled a city's streets as Sharia police did not break the law and will not be prosecuted.

 

In September 2014, nine were arrested after patrolling streets in Wuppertal, Western Germany. They wore bright orange jackets with the words Sharia police. They told passers-by not to frequent discos, casinos or bars.

 

The court said they had not violated laws on uniforms and public gatherings. Prosecutors have now lodged an appeal.

 

By Kindness Okoli

KEY RWANDA GENOCIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED

Ladislas ntaganzwa

 

A key suspect involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been arrested in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. 

 

53-year-old Ladislas Ntaganzwa is accused of organising mass rapes and the massacre of thousands during the genocide which left about 800,000 people dead. 

 

He was described as one of the instigators of the genocide. A reward of $5m was issued for his arrest. The suspect and his lawyer are yet to speak on the allegation. Mr Ntaganzwa is expected to stand trial in Rwanda.

 

By Kindness Okoli

WORLD'S FIRST IVF PUPPIES BORN

IVF puppies

 

The world's first test tube puppies have been born after years of attempts in the US. 

 

According to researchers at Cornell University, the in-vitro fertilisation success paves the way for conserving endangered breeds and could help in the fight against human and animal diseases. 

 

The seven beagles and cross-bred beagle-cocker spaniel puppies were born to a surrogate mother. They were from the same litter but have three sets of parents.

 

Frozen embryos were implanted in a female dog using techniques similar to those used in human fertility clinics. The puppies born in the summer were said to be normal and healthy.

 

world first IVF puppies

 

ivf puppies 1st

 

By Kindness Okoli

christina fernandez

 

Argentina's outgoing President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has made an emotional farewell speech to supporters in Buenos Aires. She urged people to take to the streets if they feel betrayed by the new centre-right government.

 

Mauricio Macri, who won the election last month is due to be sworn in. Mr Macri inherits problems including high inflation and a low level of foreign currency reserves. He has however, promised a new era of change and reconciliation.

 

The out going President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner while addressing the crowd outside the La Casa Rosa defended her record. In her words she said ;

"We believe in what we have achieved so we need to have a positive attitude to ensure that these things will not be destroyed. When you feel that those who you trusted and voted for have betrayed you, take up your flags," she added.

 

By Kindness Okoli

TWO ARRESTED IN SYDNEY TERROR RAIDS

sydney terror

 

Two teenagers aged 15 and 20 years have been arrested by the Sydney police for counter terror operation. They have been charged with conspiracy to conduct an act in preparation for a terrorist act.

 

The arrests were linked to a plot outlined in the material seized last year as part of operation Appleby. That operation, in September 2014, was sparked by intelligence reports that Islamist extremists were planning random killings in Australia.

 

sydney terror raids

 

sydney raids

 

 

By Kindness Okoli

WADA: I'LL SECURE VICTORY AT TRIBUNAL

idris wada

 

The Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Ichala Wada, on Tuesday assured his supporters that the election tribunal will do justice to the gubernatorial elections in the State.

 

Wada said: “We are contesting the election in court on the basis of malpractices and also issues regarding the application of the law, the constitution and the Electoral Act. It is not a personal thing. It is purely a legal issue and we need those relevant sections of our election laws to be properly interpreted in view of the unique incidents that happened in connection with this election."

 

“We believe that posterity has entrusted this responsibility on our party to seek interpretation of these issues. As a person, I do not have problems with anyone. I am a peace loving person, but the issue at stake is a constitutional one that must be given attention for the sake of posterity.

 

“As my tenure winds up on January 27, 2016, I have already constituted a transition committee to ensure a smooth handover of power. This is our obligation as a government. However, with the Governorship Election Tribunal already in place, we shall soon be going before them to ask germane questions.

 

“As far as the law is concerned, we have not seen where it was written that a person’s vote can be transferred to another. We are sure of victory.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

TWO AFGHAN TRAINEES MISSING FROM AIR FORCE BASE

US Airforce

 

Two men from Afghanistan being trained by the U. S. Military, has disappeared from an Air Force base in Georgia and were being sought by Federal authorities. 

 

The two Afghan Air Force students failed to show up for duty on Monday at their regular maintenance training at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. The two men have been at the base since February, and were screened prior to their arrival in the United States more than a year ago. 

 

The reason for their disappearance is yet to be known. Federal agencies were trying to locate the individuals and return them to the proper authorities.

 

By Kindness Okoli 

FG APPROVES N407BN FUEL SUBSIDY

FG Nigeria

 

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday approved the payment of N407.07bn fuel subsidy to oil marketers. This is contained in a statement issued by the Director, Press in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Marshal Gundu, which stated that Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has confirmed the payment which include arrears from the 2014 financial year and payments for the year 2015.

 

The statement read in part: “The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has confirmed payment of N407,076,805,386.30 for subsidy claims to oil marketers so as to end the lingering fuel situation. The Minister stated that the President has directed that payments be made immediately in order to bring to a quick end the lingering fuel crisis which has caused great suffering to Nigerian families and businesses.

 

“She also said that despite dwindling revenues, the government is committed to ensuring continuous availability of fuel to Nigerians. The payments include arrears from the 2014 financial year as well as payments for the current year. It is expected that the recipients would ensure an adequate supply of fuel to end the persistent fuel shortage in the nation."

 

“With this action which shows that government is fully committed to meeting its financial obligations in respect of fuel subsidies, the Minister further implored the major oil marketers to reciprocate the action by doing all they can to bring the fuel scarcity to an end.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

DOKPESI PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ALLEGED N2.1BN FRAUD

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The Former Chairman of DAAR Communications as well as a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja over a 6-count criminal charge worth N2.1billion, alleged against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

 

Dokpesi, who was brought before the court along with his firm, Daar Investment and Holdings Ltd., was said to have received N2.1billion from the office of the National Security Adviser between October 2014 and March 19, 2015, for the 2015 PDP’s presidential media campaign.

 

However, Dokpesi has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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As proof of being duly elected as Governor of Kogi State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday presented Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the certificate of return.

 

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, represented by INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine, presented the certificate at 4:00pm prompt.The Chairman said the presentation was in accordance with section 75(2) of the Electoral Act (as amended).

 

By Temitope Bamidele

WORLD BANK TELLS BUHARI: REMOVE OIL SUBSIDY

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The World Bank on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to remove petroleum subsidy. This was particularly due to the current nationwide fuel crises.

 

The call was made by the World Bank’s Lead Economist, John Litwack, who said: “The fuel subsidy appears to have vast modest benefits for the majority of citizens, but the costs are quite high. There is a strong tendency for the cost of fuel subsidy to increase over time as increasing domestic demand for petrol outpaces growth in oil output or revenues.

 

“The $35 billion cost of fuel subsidy during 2010 – 2014 was one of the reasons Nigeria was unable to accumulate a fiscal reserve in the Excess Crude Account that could have protected the country from the recent oil price shock.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

EFCC ARRAIGNS MAN FOR SWALLOWING $115,000

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned one Onwuasonya Augustine before a Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly swallowing $115,000 in an attempt to avoid declaring it to the officials of the Nigeria Customs Service at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Augustine was brought before the court with five others on a five-count charge including money laundering.

 

The other five are: Christian Okoli; Kingsley Nwokenta, aka Buchito; Nwokenta Emmanuel; Ezenwa Ikenna; and Ezenwa Uzoma. The court judge, Justice Aneke, has adjourned the case to December 11, 2015.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Nigerian U-23 team had defeated host Senegal in a 0-1 victory match to qualify for the finals of the African U-23 Championship as well as the Rio 2016 Olympics.

 

The sole goal of the match was scored in the 75th minute by the team captain, Otebo Oghenekaro from the penalty spot.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

CHAN 2016: OLISEH INVITES 26 PLAYERS

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The Nigerian Team coach, Sunday Oliseh has named a 26-man squad for training camp ahead of next year’s CHAN in Rwanda which shall hold from January 16 to February 7, 2016. The squad led by Nigerian league top-goal scorer, Gbolahan Salami include:

 

Defenders: Kalu Orji, Austin Oboroakpo, Jamiu Alimi. 

 

Midfielders: Ifeanyi Mathew, Paul Onobi, Usman Mohammed and Bature Yaro. 

 

Forwards: Ezekiel Bassey, Tunde Adeniji, Chisom Chikatara and Prince Aggrey, and

 

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Olufemi Thomas.

 

The Super Eagles have been drawn into group C of the competition alongside Niger Republic, Tunisia and Guinea.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Tuesday, said there is a strong link between Boko Haram and cattle rustlers who are terrorising the Northern parts of Nigeria.

 

The Governor further said that the Governors in the eight States that are facing the cattle rustling problem would soon create a data-bank for movement of cows from the north to the south.

 

Masari said: “We will harmonise and computerise the movement of cows from our region to the south to checkmate the issue of cow theft. All cow dealers must get clearance of the commodity before moving them to the south and anybody without the clearance papers would be arrested.”

 

The State Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, also warned that anybody caught disturbing the peace in the State would be arrested; adding that Katsina Government recently released another N45 million to the committee charged with stopping cattle rustling in the north-west region of the country.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

ODUAH WINS SENATORIAL ELECTION

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The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu State, on Tuesday, upheld the victory of Stella Oduah's election representing Anambra North Senatorial District after the court had earlier dismissed an appeal against her victory.

 

The suit was filed before the election tribunal by Dubem Obaze of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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That fateful night, when over 90 people were murdered by gunmen inside the Bataclan Concert venue, the Eagles of Death Metal were on stage. Today, a month after the massacre, the band members returned to the Bataclan and shed tears openly.

 

Lead singer Jesse Hughes and Julian Dorio wept openly as they stood in front of a makeshift shrine for the victims, top right. Dorio bent down to get a closer look at the message of support attached to the floral tributes. The band appeared on stage for the first time since the massacre last night, having been invited back to Paris by U2.

 

By Kindness Okoli

IMPLEMENT CONFAB REPORT - MIMIKO TELLS FG

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Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has urged the Federal Government to implement the 2014 Confab report, while stressing the potency of the report to curb the forces threatening Nigeria's existence.

 

While speaking at a Yoruba Summit in Akure, he said:

 

"Multiculturalism, which the rest of the world has turned to strength, remains a major challenge to Nigeria. Diversity has become a bitter pill, which the country is constantly forced to swallow when the rest of the world has used same as a launch pad into greatness. Today, almost everything keeps separating us.  Language has divided us, religion has torn us apart and culture has alienated us. Yet, these could be sources of strength and cohesion."

 

"Unfortunately, we may remain in this miasma for as long as we deny the need for us to redesign the federation such that we would be able to create multiple centres of development in the true spirit of competitive federalism.

 

"A great piece of document remains on the table if the present Federal Government will find the courage to implement it. I have in mind here the report of the 2014 National Conference. That Conference, Nigerians had an uncommon opportunity to discuss their collective future."

 

By Chika Jones

 

PARDON 54 CONDEMNED SOLDIERS - GROUP BEGS FG

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In December 2014,  fifty-four (54) condemned soldiers were sentenced to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
 

 

A group, The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, December 8, called for pardon for the soldiers who are currently on death row, in view of fresh facts, emerging from the cases of diversion of funds meant for the procurement of arms for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram.

 

The group, declared that the condemned soldiers are gallant warriors, adding that,"the real traitors are those politicians who diverted funds meant for the procurement of arms. They should be rounded up, tried and severely punished".

 

According to the release,"We remind FG that the 54 soldiers had been participating in the war against the insurgents, until they discovered that Nigerian soldiers were not receiving weapons meant for prosecuting the war.

 

"They had fought gallantly for their country, until they realized that highly placed traitors were robbing Nigeria blind by diverting funds meant for the purchase of arms.

 

"They saw that Nigerian soldiers were being made sacrificial lambs and forced to go on suicidal raids by politicians who were lining their pockets with blood money.

 

"We call the Federal Government attention to the fact that, all the accused soldiers pleaded not guilty to the charges, and argued that they were prepared to fight, but, had insufficient equipment.

 

"It is only an irresponsible parent, who sends children to school without books and writing materials. Farmers do not go to their farms without hoes and cutlasses. It is therefore the superiors of the 54 soldiers who have questions to answer," the statement reads in part.

 

By Chika Jones

TROOPS INTERCEPT FLEEING BOKO HARAM MEMBERS

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In a recent statement made by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, Nigerian troops intercepted  and killed many Boko Haram terrorists while trying to escape the onslaught on the Sambisa forest.
 

 

Usman said the soldiers also recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, several rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunitions, 47 rifle magazines, 36 hand grenades " and quite a number of Shilka gun empty shells".

 

He said troops had, on Wednesday, also recovered a Toyota Hilux vehicle, 2 boxes of 7.62mm ammunition" and some Improvised Explosives making Devices cords'' during an encounter in Buni Yadi general area.

 

By Chika Jones

SENEGALESE COACH WARY OF NIGERIA

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The semi-final clash at the ongoing AFCON is between Nigeria and Senegal. Senegal U-23 coach Serigne Saliou Dia insisted that they must keep their focus ahead of the clash. The game will kick off at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor at 6:00pm today.
 

 

"What is important is that we remain true to ourselves. We must rely on our qualities and keep our values," Dia told the media.

 

"We must try to avoid mistakes. We are going to impose our game so we can qualify," added the tactician, who, however, does not underestimate their opponents.

 

"It is going to be a very tough match. It is a semifinal and a qualifier to the Rio Summer Olympics. Nigeria are used to these competitions and are very experienced."

 

By Chika Jones

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Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, has described $15 million bribe claims by the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, as horrible, revolting, nasty and totally false.

 

This is contained in a statement signed by Ibori's Media Assistant, Mr. Tony Eluemunor, which read that: “As the Senate and some security agencies appear to be asking questions about some unwholesome events at the EFCC, including the mismanagement and criminal diversion of funds from the sale of confiscated properties into personal pockets, Ribadu may have a need to attempt to burnish his fading image, fearing the investigations may ask questions about events during his tenure. But he should be told that lying against even an enemy just to gain some unearned applause and perhaps fence off some approaching investigation and image disaster, must have a limit."

 

“This nonsensical statement has remained in the public domain only because some people have suspended their sense of disbelief and condemned themselves to every hogwash that Ribadu invents in the attempt spruce himself up in borrowed plumes.

 

“It is on record that Ribadu has made at least five statements over this same claim, and no single one agreed with another. Also, both Ibrahim Lamorde, the immediate past EFCC Chairman and one James Garba, a CBN staff then seconded to the EFCC, made police statements which contradicted Ribadu’s. Even Senator Andy Uba said in a statement that EFCC collected the said money from his house.

 

“Nigerians should know that it was the money from third term tenure elongation bid of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo that was dressed up as a bribe just to demonise Ibori. Some five billion dollars were employed to bribe the national and state legislatures to support the accursed project, with certain individuals receiving from N50 to N200 million.

 

“The attempt to shoot Ibori down began in 2003, when some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors were opposed to Obasanjo’s second term bid. That money, sourced from wherever, was used against Ibori, as part of that long-time ‘bring Ibori down the project.’ We challenge any newspaper or magazine to check all the statements on this bribery allegation and see how each of them, including Ribadu’s five different statements, how to Ribadu himself: “you are a damned liar’. We challenge the journalists to please hasten to prove us liars by looking into those statements.” 

 

Ribadu had earlier claimed in the news reports that: “Ibori approached me with $15million to stop his investigation. I called my people because the money was in big bags, which two people could not carry and we deposited it in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as evidence against him.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday, in a statement accused President Muhammadu Buhari of inflicting hardship on Nigerians through his policies.

 

The statement reads in part: “Rather than evolving economic initiatives to improve the lot of the citizens, this administration has in the last seven months churned out policies that stifle productivity in the formal and informal sectors, thereby inflicting hardship on them. This has resulted in the semi-destruction of the long-standing extended family system in our society."

 

“It is a statement of fact that under President Buhari’s watch, the nation has witnessed the gloomiest festive season. Under this government, Nigerians have had the worst Sallah celebration and by all indications, this Christmas season is going to be the bleakest ever."

 

“More worrisome is the fact that there is no indication that the government has any plan for ameliorating the hardship of the people. Instead, the situation may get worse as this administration, in its lack of economic initiatives, is now rolling up its sleeves to introduce some stringent tax policies, in addition to completely removing the social palliatives Nigerians benefit from."

 

“On the issue of the persisting fuel queues across the country, we demand that the government come clean. Is it market driven or a product of government conspiracy? Our take is that if indeed it is true that the government has a hand in this fuel crisis, then they should have a rethink and show pity on innocent Nigerians."

 

“We therefore align with the people in declaring that this administration is unprepared for governance. President Buhari and his party came to power on propaganda, deceit and falsehood and the government have now shown a lack of initiatives and the required competence to successfully move the nation forward."

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

OANDO SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE N80BN RIGHTS ISSUE

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The Board of Directors of Oando PLC has been given a N80bn Rights Issue approval from its shareholders.

 

The shareholders also approved the partial divestment of the firm’s midstream and upstream services businesses as was done with its downstream business in order to attract substantial capital to fuel its growth initiatives.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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Pandemonium engulfed Otto bus stop, in the Oyingbo area of Lagos State on Friday, after an angry mob attacked and destroyed a mass transit bus (LAGBUS) for allegedly crushing a five-year-old girl to death as well as injuring another pedestrian. The accident occurred about 12noon on Friday.

 

The bus, which was vandalised was marked XR 138 AKD and was towed by policemen who also dispersed the angry mob.

 

A police source disclosed that: “It was at about 12.30pm on Friday. The woman was the mother of the girl, and they were returning from the school. The LAGBUS hit them at the junction and also hit an Okada rider. The police got information that there was  commotion in the area, and that some youths might resort to violence, so we moved in and the bus was towed away. The driver is at large.”

 

Also, another source who is a bus driver and who also claimed to witness the incident, said: “The girl was about five years old. She was being taken home by her mother. We do not know her name. The bus hit them at the pedestrian side. The girl was badly injured. The driver of the LAGBUS initially came down and helped in rushing the girl to a hospital. It was in that process that some youths vandalised the bus. It was when the driver learnt that the girl had died that he fled.

 

“The other man was bleeding all over. He would have died too, but for the first aid given by the people staying around the scene.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

KURA BOMB BLAST VICTIMS STILL HOSPITALIZED

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On Friday, November 27, a bomb went off at  at Dakasoye village, outskirt of Kura. The bomb claimed the lives of scores of Shia Muslims. 

Most of those who  survived are still in the hospital. Reports indicate that 43 of the wounded people are receiving treatment at Sir Sanusi Hospital Nasarawa and Amina Kano Teaching Hospital all in Kano.
 
 
Below are pictures courtesy ABNA News:

 

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By Chika Jones

 

Democratic commisioner

 

Asuquo Ekpenyong is 30 and Nigeria's youngest ever Democratic Commissioner. He is currently Cross River State's Finance Commissioner. Below is a quick rundown of his profile: He attended King's College, Lagos, before proceeding to study Economics at the University of Reading, UK. He also bagged his Msc. Distinction in International Banking and Financial Services from the same university.

 

He attended the Key Executive Program at the Harvard Business School. He has also attended the Global Executive Leadership Program at Howard University Business School; the Executive Management Development Program at the University of Pretoria; the Euromoney Oil & Gas School London, etc.

 

He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. After a brief working stint in England, he returned to Nigeria to work as a Financial Analyst in Lagos and then relocated to Cross River to become a lecturer in the Banking and Finance Department of the University of Calabar.

 

By Chika Jones

WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING INSURGENCY - BUHARI

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The Federal Government has revealed it is considering a change in strategy to fight insurgency in the country. While speaking at the Chief of Army Staff annual conference 2015 taking place in Dutse, Jigawa, President Muhammadu Buhari said that the threat of terrorism in some parts of the country remains an issue of serious national concern, despite the efforts of the Nigerian military.

President Buhari noted that the conference will in no small measure creates a sense of peace and belongings to the people of the region, stressing that the reform process within the Nigerian Army has not only enhance service, discipline, functional capacity and operational readiness, but properly positioned the service for its role as a critical stakeholder in the nation's quest for peace and stability.
 
 
Also present at the conference, the Chief Of Army Staff, Lt. General Buratai explained that the security challenges witnessed in the country in the area of Boko Haram insurgency have posed a serious threat to national security, adding that "this has placed great demands on the Nigerian Army which has not relented in living up to the expectations of the nation's citizenry."

 

By Chika Jones

FG TRAINS 100 UNEMPLOYED GRADUATES IN NASARAWA

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The Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) is a scheme under which the Nigerian Federal government undertakes to train unemployed graduates in managerial and leadership skills. Mr Richard Ogunsanmi, a facilitator of the scheme announced that the training of 100 unemployed graduates will kick off in Nasarawa. 
 

 

He said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country.

 

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search.

 

"The internship would be placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they would be trained in various skills and would be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 and above."

 

By Chika Jones

WARRI REFINERY HOST COMMUNITIES THREATEN CHAOS

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Recently, the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, carried out a mass sack  of its back-up staff, most of whom are indigenes of the host communities.

The host communities comprising Ubeji, Ifie-Kporo, Aja-Etan and Ijala-Ikeren, all in Warri South Local Government Area, have threatened chaos over the mass sack.
 
 
Mr Clement Erewa, a spokesman for the communities, said: WRPC breached an earlier agreement with us when it included almost all 200 of our indigenes among the backup staff recently relieved of their jobs. The company agreed not to touch our indigenes. Information reaching us indicates that the order to lay-off workers from our communities in WRPC was given by the Minister of State for Petroleum/Group Managing Director of NNPC, Ibe Kachikwu.

 

"This revelation has gone round the various communities causing tension among the people. Our patience has been overstretched and we are prepared to vehemently resist, by any means possible, this act of marginalization." 

 

By Chika Jones 

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Lagos State police paraded Nora Benson, 18; Monday Dennis, 21; James Francis, 31 and Jeremiah Okereke, 21, as cultists saying they have been terrorizing residents of Badia, Lagos. However the suspects denied the allegation. Nora Benson, said she was attending a friend's   party when she was arrested.

 

She said: "I live in Lekki, but I used to work in Ikoyi  before I fell sick and went for an operation. It was not up to three weeks I came back. I have a two-year-old son, but I am not yet married. My friend, Blessing, invited me to a party. Everyone goes to parties, even in a church we go to parties. I don't know where she is now. She left with her boyfriend three hours before I was arrested at the venue of the party. I don't know the address of the place because I have not been there before."

 

Another suspect, Monday Dennis also denied being a member of any gang, adding that the police refused to release them as they could not bribe them.

 

"My friend, popularly called Million, invited me to a party at Ijora Badia. We were drinking at about 10pm, when members of a vigilante group arrested us and took us to the station.

 

"Some of us who had money have been released on bail while they transferred those that could not pay to SARS. It is one Yetunde that informed the police that I am the gang leader. I am not a cultist. The policeman that interrogated me accused me of being stubborn, disrespectful and not giving him money. I am 29 years old and a cleaner in Ikoyi."

 
 
By Chika Jones

NEW YORUBA NATION COMING SOON - OONI OF IFE

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Yesterday the ancient kingdom of Ile-Ife stood still as the new Ooni of Ife was given his staff of office. The newly-crowned Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi has promised that a new Yoruba nation where youth empowerment is the focus will emerge during his tenure. 

 

The Vice President said the land of Ife was blessed with the choice of a young and virtuous son of Ife.

 

Osinbajo said "As we celebrate with pomp today (yesterday), we are reminded of the great responsibility that is thrust on you as the representative of the virtuous."

 

In his speech, Oba Ogunwusi, promised to build a new Yoruba nation where all traditional rulers will unite and promote unity among the ethnic group.

 

"Shortly after I was named Ooni-elect, I sprang into action. I called my friend, Oba Saheed Elegushi, I spoke to the Sultan of Sokoto. I also called Kabiyesi, the Alaafin. I spoke to the Awujale and the Alake. I am prepared for the throne and this is not accidental.

 

"I am close to many monarchs and uniting them should not be a problem. It will be easy. No competition with anyone. And I want to announce to the entire world that a new Yoruba nation is coming," the monarch said.

 

By Chika Jones

NAICOM DE-LISTS 108 INSURANCE BROKERS

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The National Insurance Commission has reportedly removed 108 insurance brokers out of the list of 421 licensed practitioners operating in the country.

 

The affected brokers were de-listed for failing to renew their licenses.

 

A source disclosed that: “NAICOM decided to take this action against them because they failed to renew their license, months after the expiry date.” he said.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

INEC DECLARES BAYELSA GUBER POLL INCONCLUSIVE

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared the Bayelsa governorship election as inconclusive, after the commission cancelled votes from Southern Ijaw which is the largest Local Government Area in the State.

 

The commission, however announced that the governorship election in Southern Ijaw would be held at a later date.

 

Results from the other seven LGAs of the State had been declared by INEC, which in total are: 

 

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - 105,748 

 

All Progressives (APC) - 72,594.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

I WON'T ASSENT SOCIAL MEDIA BILL - BUHARI

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President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday dissociated himself from the proposed Social Media Bill that is being debated in the Senate. The Bill seeks to restrict Nigerians from “criticizing” political and public office holders.

 

The President's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement said: “He is not averse to lawful regulation, so long as that is done within the ambit of the constitution which he swore to uphold. According to him, free speech was central to democratic societies anywhere in the world. The President won’t assent to any legislation that may be inconsistent with the constitution of Nigeria.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

PHOTOS: OONI OF IFE CORONATION

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Below are the colourful photos at the coronation of the 51st Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi as he received his staff of office:

 

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By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

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Schools in Beijing have been cautioned to shut down alongside outdoor constructions. This is due to the first smog level the country is currently experiencing. 

 

Authorities expect more than three consecutive days of severe smog. Cars with odd and even number plates will be banned from driving on alternate days.

 

The alert comes as China, the world's largest polluter, takes part in talks on carbon emissions in Paris. 

 

Current pollution levels in Beijing are actually lower than last week's, but the red alert has been placed because of the levels expected over the coming days.

 

By Kindness Okoli

Germany asylum

 

Germany has registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the first 11 months of the year, putting it on course for more than a million in 2015.

 

The number of migrants arriving has not slowed despite the winter cold, with a record high of 206,101 in November.

 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in August that the country expected 800,000 asylum-seekers over the year.

 

Germany has registered more asylum-seekers than any other nation in Europe, although at about 1% of its population, less per capita than several smaller nations. The rate in Germany was 42%, while in Sweden, which registered the highest number of applications per capita was 77%. Across the EU, the success rate was about 45%.

 

Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe fell by more than a third in November, due to poor weather and Turkish crackdown on people smugglers.

 

By Kindness Okoli

CARBON EMISSIONS MAY DECLINE THIS YEAR

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New data suggests that the global carbon dioxide emissions may slightly decline this year. 

 

Researchers say it is the first time this has happened while the global economy has continued to grow. They added that the falloff is due to reduced coal use in China, as well as faster uptake of renewables. 

 

However, they expect the stall to be temporary and for emissions to grow again as emerging economies develop.

 

By Kindness Okoli

kerosene

 

The Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), today, Monday advised the Federal Government to stop subsidy on kerosene. The NLPGA called the subsidy on Kerosene, the "kerosene subsidy racket".
 

 

Dayo Adesina, the President of the association, said: "Government should invest on LPG than kerosene to help the common people because it's cheaper, cleaner and neater". He alleged that part of the money earmarked for kerosene subsidy were being diverted by government officials, adding that this was the reason the products remained scarce.

We produce over four million tonnes of LPG per annum and have the capacity to consume as much," he said. "In addition, we flare an additional 1-2 million tonnes of LPG inland. "Ironically, Nigeria also has the lowest per capita consumption of LPG in sub-Sahara Africa at 0.8kg per annum. "Consumption in 2014 was 350, 000 tonnes," Yakubu said.

 

By Chika Jones

Ebonyi dispute

 

The people of Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Adadama Community of Cross River State have an age-long dispute over a shared boundary. 

The dispute turned bloody during the weekend as Adadama warriors. Invaded Amagu community in Ikwo LGA. Mr Uche Ossinye who hails from a neighbouring community, Ochienyim in Ikwo Local Govt. Area of Ebonyi State was allegedly beheaded during the invasion, 
 
 
The  quick intervention of the police prevented the beading of more victims as the Police officers securing the Ikwo communities gave the attackers a hot chase and in the process, a suspect, one Odom Nwusanya, still from Ochienyim community  was shot in the leg.
 
 
By Chika Jones

 

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Taoridi Usman is the 27 year old gatekeeper of 27, Amosu Close, Ojokoro, a suburb of Lagos. He is currently facing charges of defilement against his employer's 11 year old daughter. 

 
According to the prosecutor, the accused, being a gate man in the victim's house, lured the under-age girl into his room at the gatehouse and defiled her.
 
 
The accused pleaded not guilty. The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum. Elias then adjourned the case to Jan.6, 2016 for mention.

 

By Chika Jones

OBAMMA

 

Following the recent shooting in California, President Barack Obama has declared war on the Islamic State. 
Obama, speaking from the Oval office in a televised address, said: This was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people," Obama said. "Here's what I want you to know. The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us."

 
 
"We will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless," Obama said, calling on Congress to take action to outlaw anyone on a terrorist "no fly list" from buying weapons and asking lawmakers to pass a final authorization for U.S. Armed forces to wage war on the group.
 
 
By Kindness Okoli
 

VENEZUELA'S OPPOSITION PARTY WINS

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Venezuela's opposition party, Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), reportedly defeated the Parliament in the recent elections. 
 

 

They took 99 seats to just 46 for the United Social Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Tibisay Lucena, President of Consejo Nacional Electoral announced.

"This is a victory for democracy," said Jesus Torrealba, executive secretary for the MUD.

"It's a historic victory, now begins the time for change in Venezuela!" he said to cheering supporters who chanted "Libertad, libertad" at the victory rally at MUD headquarters in Caracas.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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Report has it that 8 workers of the Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (LAGBUS) have been arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrate’s Court on two-count charge.

 

The charges as read by the magistrate:“That you, Abisodun Olamide, Blessing Anthony, Taiwo Abolade, Adebayo Olayemi, Kehinde Ogunyemi, Chibuzor Martins, Ope Adeboyejo and Bola Ibrahim, between 6am and 12pm in October 30, 2015, at Ketu bus stop, in the Lagos Magisterial District, being workers of LAGBUS company did conspire to commit felony, committing an offence punishable under Section 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

 

“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, being workers of LAGBUS and with intent to steal, did preserve tickets that had already been issued to passengers, and thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.” 

 

The accused pleaded not guilty to the counts. The matter had been adjourned ill January 21, 2016, after the magistrate granted the defendants N20,000 bail each with two sureties each.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, will today on Monday present the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, with his staff of office.

 

The coronation ceremony of the new Ooni who is the 51st Ooni of Ife will hold today at the Enuwa Square in front of the Ile Oodua (Ooni’s palace). 

 

Several dignitaries are expected to be in attendance, amongst whom are the Queen Elizabeth of England; President Muhammadu Buhari; some governors; ministers and other important personalities from within and beyond the nation.

 

Over 1,000 security personnel had been deployed for the coronation.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Chairman, Economic Policy Committee (EPC), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Reginald Ike Odiah, has disclosed that manufacturers spend almost N500billion annually for the maintenance of their power plants. 

 

Odiah complained that despite the handover of the 18 successor companies of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to new core investors under the privatisation, two years ago, the shortage of electricity supply in the country still persists.

 

Odiah said: “Manufacturing cost in Nigeria is twice that of Ghana, four times that of South Africa and Europe, and nine times that of China and Malaysia.” 

 

By Temitope Bamidele

delta state

 

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have been alleged for abducting three building contractors at Amorji, a suburb Onicha-Ukwani community, Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.

 

An eye-witness who is also an indigene of the community, Joe Ossai, said: “For some time now, these herdsmen have occupied almost all the communities in Onicha-Ukwani, particularly Amorji and driven the people out of the village. My people are seriously hungry because there is no food for them to eat, the easy access road to Kwale had been taken over by Fulani herdsmen. The worst part of it all is that they went ahead and brought their families to be fed from the communities’ crops they invaded.”

 

The President of Anti-Cult, Ndokwa nation, Mr. Austin Emu, also said: “They have been communicating for ransom, but we do not know if they are purely Fulani herdsmen or if our people are also so involved.”

 

Also, the Police Public Relations Officer the Delta State Command, Celestina Kalu, has confirmed the abduction, adding that the police is in full control of the case.

 

The names of those abducted are still unknown.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

NLC THREATENS WAR IF STATES REDUCE WAGES

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The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Sunday reiterated the Congress's willingness to ensure all state governments of the nation comply with the payment of the national minimum wage.

 

The president called on state councils and industrial unions to be set to wage battle with any state government that attempts to reduce the national minimum wage. 

 

The statement reads that:"Congress is convinced that Governor Yari is still holding on to his earlier argument. That due to the fall in the price of crude oil at the international market, state governments are no longer in the position to pay the legal minimum wage to their workers.  The Nigeria Labour Congress wishes to categorically affirm that the path our governors are headed can only lead to one outcome: a head-on collision with Nigerian workers and Nigerian people." 

 

It added that: "In simple arithmetic terms, N18,000 divided by six persons over 30 days amounts to N100 per day per person or N600 for the six persons per day.  This amount is expected to feed six people daily while they have to find some amount from the same wage for accommodation, healthcare, transportation, education, among others. No amount of preaching or threat from any quarters would stop the congress from insisting on an enforceable national minimum wage. 

 

"We commend the Governors of Edo, Rivers, Jigawa and Ekiti States and others who have dissociated themselves from the insensitive and economically illogical campaign by the chairman of the Governors’ Forum. The campaign to discard the 2011 National Minimum Wage Act or on the alternative threw more workers into the already saturated unemployment market is totally unacceptable." 

 

By Temitope Bamidele

Nuhu Ribadu

 

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, over the weekend disclosed that about $60billion looted funds left Africa's shores annually. Ribadu said this in a TEDx Talk in Berlin, Germany.

 

Ribadu said: “Do you know that every year, $60billion leaves Africa illegally? This figure is from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Billions go out of Africa every year. I’m a Nigerian and I am from this paradoxical continent where today our most notorious export in Africa is stolen money.”

 

Ribadu, who briefed on how Ibori attempted bribing him, said: “Ibori approached me with $15million to stop his investigation. I called my people because the money was in big bags, which two people could not carry and we deposited it in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as evidence against him. I arrested Ibori and prosecuted him. Since his friend was in power, they removed me, sent me to a school as a student where I was once a teacher.

 

“They made attempts on my life, but they did not know I was using a bullet-proof Honda car. As God would have it, ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua died. Ibori escaped to Dubai from where he was taken to the United Kingdom for trial. He is serving a jail term in the UK.”

 

On the trial and conviction of ex-Inspector-General of Police Tafa Balogun, Ribadu said: “The case of Nwude made us to be more determined. In the course of his case, I stumbled on an account belonging to my boss, Tafa Balogun. I arrested him, he was tried and convicted, and I recovered enough from him. We also investigated and tried about 49 chief executives of banks. Fighting corruption is a war and if you are in a war, you must go for the big targets.”

 

Also, on the $184m Halliburton scandal, Ribadu said: “A gang of foreigners stole from Nigeria. I first got hint of the case in France. I returned home and tried to investigate the case, but it was very difficult or probably impossible because the companies were not there in Nigeria, they didn’t have an account there, the people were not there. They had left.

 

“I rushed back to Paris. I was in Paris many times. I wrote a request letter, but after a year of trying to get French authorities to help us, the investigating magistrate told me that they could not get anyone to translate my letter from English to French. I knew it was a hopeless case. (So, I approached the US). The Department of Justice in the United States took up the case. They investigated and prosecuted the case. They placed a fine of over $1.5billion on the company, the biggest in the world for corporate corruption.”

 

He added: “But the saddest aspect is this, in my own country, where the criminal activity took place, not a person was made to face justice, especially after I was asked to leave my position. Sadly, Nigeria did not make a dollar out of it.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The founder of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, on Sunday, renamed the group's name to Biafra Independent Movement (BIM).

 

Uwazuruike who apologised to the public on the recent protests by the IPOB, said: “MASSOB was not in any way involved in that demonstration, but the only difference was that the former MASSOB Director of Information Uchenna Madu, who had been expelled was their spokesman and we sincerely sympathize with the families of those who lost their lives and who were in one way or the other affected in that exercise. It is our obligation to offer this unreserved apology because we were the first to speak of Biafra in Nigeria in 1999.”

 

He added, saying: “If you block roads, impede the free flow of traffic and force traders to close markets, you are violent and all these are against the non-violence principle of MASSOB."

 

He, however, pleaded with the Federal Government for the release Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues who are currently in detention.

 

By Temitope BamIdele 

FORMER KANO PILLARS PLAYER SLUMPS AND DIES

Abdul Haruna

Former midfielder for Kano Pillars FC, Abdul Haruna, reportedly slumped and died on the pitch during a friendly match in Kano, yesterday, Sunday. Kano Pillars media officer Idris Malikawa, said the death is a mystery. 

 

Haruna fell down unchallenged and was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital before he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

 

Malikawa told Goal.com the death of Haruna was a loss to both Kano State and Nigeria as a whole and that the club was still in a state of shock and disbelief over the suddenness of his demise and has asked that Allah grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss.

 

By Chika Jones

NIGERIAN LEADERS NEED DIVINE WISDOM - DOGARA

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has opined on what he feels will curb Nigeria's myriad problems.
 

 

In a  statement issued by the Speaker's Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan in Abuja, while he visited Keffi, Nasarawa State, to condole with the people, family and state government over the death of the Emir, Alhaji Chindo Yamusa II.
 

 

He said: "Nigeria needs divine wisdom and intervention for the present crop of leaders to address the challenges facing the country. Peace is becoming a very rare commodity, particularly in the North. Even when we have good intentions, we cannot achieve anything without the support of the people. Everybody knows the situation we found ourselves, especially in the North."

 

"There is no human wisdom that can take us out of this quagmire except divine wisdom from God Who is all-knowing. That is the only way out.''

 

By Chika Jones

KADUNA APC SPLITS, NEW FACTION EMERGES

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna has split with a new faction emerging, revealing disunity in the party which currently rules Nigeria. 
 

 

Leadership reports that the new APC group has named itself 'True APC'. Members of the new faction are said to have been unhappy because the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, did not do anything in line with the change mantra the party represents. 

Alhaji Murtala Abubakar, who is the Publicity Secretary of the new APC said: "Members of "True –APC" are responsible people who successfully worked hard to remove the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and put our party in power, it is with tremendous reluctance that we make public, issues and grievances that should have the responsibility to address them. The group said there is no available avenue left and they would fail millions of people who expect the party to operate with the requisite standard of responsibility and accommodation if they continue to remain silent. The same millions of people who require the State Government under our great party to show sensitivity to the feelings of our people in the discharge of its mandate need to know where we stand on the disturbing issue of the clear contempt for decency being exhibited by the State administration."
 

Reacting to this APC Publicity Secretary, Salisu Wusono, said all El-Rufai's policies are in line with the party's manifestos and agenda.

 

By Chika Jones

Abj NGO

 

An NGO in Abuja, M&G International Research Institute, has urged the Nigerian Federal Government to improve its backing of herbal medicine research. Dr Grace Martin, who is the founder of the NGO said:  "Our research initiatives have been overwhelmingly successful, giving birth to innovative products in teas and syrups that are multi-utility and useful in treating and curing diverse illnesses and complications without any side effect."

 

"Our key objectives are going into mass production, mass employment, network marketing and large scale distribution of natural foods and medicines, vitamins and minerals.''

 

She expressed the continued commitment of the organisation to embark on research projects for the production of biomedical medicine for the improvement of ''the quality of life of mankind''.

 

By Chika Jones

ENUGU NGO TRAINS 51 BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS

Enugu NGO

 

Lift Saxum, an NGO based in Enugu, Nigeria took it upon itself to train 51 budding entrepreneurs in improving their entrepreneurial skills. The training which lasted four months ended yesterday, Sunday with the presentation of certificates to the trainees. 
 

 

While speaking at the ceremony, Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Nwanneka Okolo, noted that enterprise was the best and effective way to check unemployment and poverty.

 

"In addition, the organisation will serve as a catalyst in the South East, transforming the lives of youths and women in the region, and invariably reducing unemployment and ensuring peace, stability and prosperity across Nigeria. Non-profit organisations and trade associations offering enterprise development services in Nigeria are predictably concentrated in the commercial capital of Lagos, followed by other major urban centres such as Abuja and Port Harcourt."

 

"There appears to be a gap in enterprise development organisations in the South East which Lift Saxum exists to fill this gap,'' she said.

 

By Chika Jones

Bornu widows

 

The Borno chapter of the Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN) on Sunday donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to 40 widows of Boko Haram insurgency in the State capital.

 

The Chairman of the association, Malam Abba Babagana said that the gesture was to assist the vulnerable victims of the insurgency who were in dare need of assistance. According to him this will also help reduce the number of women and children roaming the streets in search of help. 

 

In his remark, Prof. Abdulrahman Tahir, the Chief Medical Director of UMTH, said catering for the less privilaged was paramount.

 

Tahir said report had shown that Borno had more than 10,000 widows as a result of the insurgency which posed serious problems to the society.

 

He, therefore, called on government, NGO's and well-meaning individuals to assist widows and other vulnerable persons in the society.

 

By Kindness Okoli

Bashar alHassad

 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has mocked the British bombing efforts, saying they would fail. Speaking in an interview conducted before the vote in parliament, the result of which had been widely anticipated, Assad said Cameron's strategy would make the situation worse, not better.

 

"They are going to fail again," he said. "You cannot cut out part of the cancer. You have to extract it. This kind of operation is like cutting out part of the cancer. That will make it spread in the body faster."

 

He also said: "This is a new episode in a long series of David Cameron's classical farce... Where are they? Where are the 70,000 moderates he is talking about? There is no 70,000. There is no 7,000."


 

Reacting to Cameron's assertion that there are as many as 70,000 Western-backed opposition fighters in Syria who would open a political solution to the civil war and could retake territory from jihadists weakened by the air strikes.

 

By Chika Jones

Seychilles

 

The Seychelles Presidential race hots up as they go into the second round. Initially they went to the polls to pick a new President on Dec. 3 in the three-day vote.

 

The incumbent President James Michel, 71, won 47.76 percent of the 62,004 votes that were cast, while his closest challenger,Wavel Ramkalawan, a 54-year old Anglican priest, scored 33.93 percent.

 

"We will have to go into a second round," said Hendrick Gappy, the chairman of the Seychelles Electoral Commission. According to the incumbent President: "We got more votes than any other party. We missed by only two percent. We are ready for the second round," he said.

 

Opposition supporters poured into the streets of the capital waving green flags, joining those of Michel, who drove vehicles draped with red flags. Both sides viewed the results as favoring them.

 

By Chika Jones

ALGERIAN PRESIDENT RETURNS FROM MEDICALS

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika the Algerian President suffered a stroke in 2013, and has not been in very good health. He traveled on Thursday to Paris, France for a medical check up. He returned today, Sunday. Bouteflika won his re-election in 2014 promising stability and strong security policies in a region where many neighbouring countries are struggling with Islamist militant attacks.

Under Bouteflika's government, Algeria has become a partner in Washington's campaign against Islamist militants in the Maghreb and a major supplier of natural gas to Europe since emerging from its own 1990s war with Islamist fighters.
 
 
By Chika Jones

 

ADEN GOVERNOR KILLED IN CAR BOMBING

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Yemen's Aden province Governor, Jaafar Mohammed Saad was today killed in a suicide car bombing on his way to work. Six officials in his entourage were also killed. So far, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Various sources had earlier said the attackers had used rocket-propelled grenades to target Saad.

 

Saad, a former General in the army of the former Southern Yemen before the Marxist State merged with Northern Yemen in 1990, was appointed Governor in October.

 

Hadi returned to Aden from Saudi Arabia last month, nearly eight months after he fled to escape the Houthi advance. He has been trying to shore up security in the city and oversee fighting against the Houthis in the province of Taiz, North of Aden.

 

By Chika Jones

NSCDC PEEPS

 

The Akwa-Ibom command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it had arrested 70 suspected vandals and convicted seven of them between June and November.

 

According to the State Commandant of the Corps, Mr Emmanuel Ojeniyi, the seven persons were convicted for pipeline vandalism and adulteration of petroleum products. The command, however has 36 cases pending in court and expressed hope that it would secure more convictions from the cases.

 

The corps commandant also said that during the period, the command impounded some trucks that were abandoned by the pipeline vandals when its personnel confronted them. Emmanuel said that the command would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to fight vandals in the state.

 

Meanwhile, the Akwa-Ibom residents have been urged to regard security agents as their friends and volunteer and also provide useful information on the activities of criminals to the command for prompt action.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday disclosed it arrested two of its five officers who were involved in a N310 million Naira armed robbery attack on a Bureau de Change on November 20 in Abuja. This was contained in a statement by the DSS, which stated that authorities had begun investigations on the five personnel involved. 

 

The statement reads: “Efforts are ongoing to apprehend those still at large. A total of Sixty-Six Million Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-five Naira (N66,437,445.00) and Six Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($6,200) have so far been recovered, while efforts are being made to recover the remaining amount. It is to be noted that security agencies now act in concert, thus the joint investigation undertaken by the Police, Army and the DSS.

 

“This action of the Service is in line with the posture of the current Administration and DSS management focus on professionalism, transparency and accountability. Those so far arrested have been suspended pending the completion of investigations. For the avoidance of doubt, the Service wants to reiterate its commitment to the basic ideals and principles as established by its forebears and will not spare anyone found to be contravening the rules and regulations or the laws of the land.

 

“We therefore encourage members of the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those at large to volunteer same to the Service or other security agency. The DSS also wishes to use this opportunity to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety and urge them to partner with the Service in the smooth discharge of its responsibilities.”

 

 By Temitope Bamidele

ondo state

 

The Chairman of Ondo State Board of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Mr Akin Akinsehinwa, on Sunday, disclosed that the state generated over N10 billion between January and November, adding that the figure was 85 percent of the targeted amount for the year.

 

Akinsehinwa said: “We have been swimming against the tide since January because of the drastic drop in the amount we get from the federation account; this has adverse effects on the economy of the state. Being a civil service state, this has led to irregular payment of workers’ salaries and has hindered the flow of income to the board. When economic activities are not booming we are constrained to adjust and slow down a bit so that we do not put too much pressure on the citizenry.” 

 

He added, saying: “The board is proactive and dynamic and we are looking at how we can generate more revenue. We started with vehicle registration in June and realised a lot from it. We have just started enforcing the Land Use Act, enacted last year by the Ondo State House of Assembly. We have informed the various landlords’ associations and stakeholders’ meeting had been held in that regard. The full enforcement will start either this month or in Jan. 2016.” 

 

Akinsehinwa further said the state is ready to establish a special court to try tax offenders. He said: “The era of tax evasion is gone and the era of aggressive tax drive is here; whoever that does not want a collision with government should exercise his/her civic duties.” 

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

Police recruitment

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has promised to be thorough in the screening of applicants for the recruitment of additional 10,000 policemen into the Police Force. President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the commission to recruit 10,000 policemen to boost the number of the force.

 

The chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro said that the commission had worked out modalities for the exercise. In his words he said: "We have worked out modalities for the planned recruitment into the police force." 

 

He explained that the exercise could not take place immediately after the directive because it was not captured in the 2015 budget. Okiro continued by saying that the commission would try to avoid the mistake of 1999 exercise when thieves and armed robbers were recruited. He advised members of the public to disregard any social media advert calling for people to pay money for forms.

 

By Kindness Okoli

NSCDC COMMANDANT URGE MEN TO SHUN CORRUPTION

NSCDC PEEPS

 

The Oyo State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), John Adewoye, has charged men of the command to shun corruption and be proactive in information gathering in the state.

 

A statement by the command's Public Relations Officer, Oluwole Olusegun, in Ibadan on Saturday, quoted Adewoye as giving the charge while addressing some personnel on training. He said in his words: I hereby encourage you to be proactive in information gathering and maintenance of synergy with other security agencies and also to shun corruption and compromise.'' 

 

According to the statement, the commandant charged his men to be vigilant and proactive, especially in tackling the menace of kidnapping as the Christmas approaches. He said that the command would deploy its men across the state during the festive season to enhance peace and security.

 

The commandant, according to the statement, also urged commuters to be vigilant as they travel: "I hereby advise the good people of Oyo State to take note of vehicles that ply their areas, especially commercial vehicles ," the statement quoted him as saying.

 

The commandant advised commuters to always note the registration number of commercial vehicles that they board and make their family members aware of their movement.

 

By Kindness Okoli

bayelsa poll

 

Four persons have been feared dead and several others injured as violence plagued elections in Nembe, Opotoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Consequently, INEC has postponed the election in Southern Ijaw LGA to tomorrow, Sunday.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

EARLY RESULTS IN KOGI SUPPLEMENTARY POLL

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According to reports from The Nation, results from some of the polling units from Kogi supplementary elections held today, Saturday, are as follow:

At Oborote Uvete II polling unit 10, APC polled 108 votes, while PDP garnered just 2 votes.

At Yagba West, Ajiglji/Ofinran/Okedisin polling unit, APC got 86 votes, while PDP got 73.

At the only polling unit in Ijumu LGA-Aiyetoro Ward I, APC garnered 86 votes while PDP got 102.

At Okene LGA- Barkin Ward, APC has 201 votes, while PDP got 2 votes.

 

Meanwhile, just as in the previous election, thugs again disrupted the voting process at Eti-Aja II Dekina LGA.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

BAYELSA POLL: EARLY RESULTS

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According to a report on Vanguard on the result of today's governorship election in Bayelsa State, some of the results are as follows:

At Unit 039 Otuabula in Otuoke community, which is the unit of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, PDP polled 118, while APC has 14 and PPA gained just a vote. Two votes were, however declared void.

At Erigbe Compound Square Unit 003 Ward 1 Yenagoa Town, APC got 44 votes, while PDP earned 75 votes.

At Kemekrogha square unit 014b ward 1 Yenagoa town, PDP polled 80 votes while APC garnered 33 votes.

At Atissa I Kemekrogha Square, Unit 014 Yenagoa town, APC got 57 votes while PDP got 120 votes.

At Atissa Ward 1, Unit 009 Ogosi Compound Town Hall Yenagoa town, PDP got 116 votes, while APC got 74 votes. A vote was voided.

 

Meanwhile, INEC is presently in an emergency meeting with party chairmen though the purpose of the meeting remains unknown, speculation has it that it is related to the violence recorded and cancellation of election results in Southern Ijaw of the State.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

Seriake Dickson

 

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has stated that he was not satisfied with the electoral process in the State. He said this after voting at Unit 4, Ward 2 of his Toru-Orua hometown in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State at 3:45pm on Saturday.

 

He expressed his grievances, pointing accusing fingers at the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and the Federal Government for manipulating the State's electoral process by killing and intimidation of his supporters.

 

He, however expressed gratitude to the people of Bayelsa for remaining committed to democracy as he disclosed that the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Agudama, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the State, Gbarain Ekpetiama, escaped death attempt on his life and is currently on the run for his dear life.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

TRIPLE SUICIDE KILLS 30 IN LAKE CHAD

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Today, Saturday, three suicide bombers attacked the island of Koulfoua on the Chadian side of Lake Chad. The suicide bombers are suspected to be part of the Boko Haram extremist group plaguing Nigeria. 
 

 

Earlier this year, thousands of people fleeing Islamist militant group Boko Haram sought refuge on the island, although it was not immediately clear if they were still based there.

 

By Chika Jones

JTF RECOVERS EXPLOSIVES IN BAYELSA

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The Joint Task Force Commander, Major General Alani Okunlola, on Friday, disclosed that the force seized 36 hand grenades, two AK 47 rifle magazines, a pair of military uniform, combat boots and a bag containing personal belongings in Bayelsa state.

 

The weapons which were recovered from five suspected political thugs were believed to be meant for the disruption of the state poll which is holding today, Saturday.

 

Okunlola said, “On December 3, 2015, following a tip-off, our troops arrested five suspected political thugs in their hideouts at Okaka, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, while on patrol. They were arrested while in possession of 36 hand grenades, two empty AK 47 rifle magazines, a pair of military uniform, combat boots and a bag containing personal belongings.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

 

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Friday, approved the procurement of N1.5 billion loan facility for the provision of counterpart fund in the State to enable the State Universal Basic Education Board to access the World Bank grants for the development of primary schools in the State.

 

The governor said the approval was part of his administration's drive to re-direct primary schools in the State to meet the millennium's standard.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

NIMASA SHUTS 2 JETTIES IN PH, CALABAR

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A statement by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Hajia Lami Tumaka Magcobar, has disclosed that the agency had shut down two jetties at Port Harcourt and Calabar.

 

The shut down jetties are Manufacturing Limited jetty at Reclamation Road, Port Harcourt and Shoreline Logistics Limited at Old NPA Port, Marina Road Calabar.

 

Tumaka added that the jetties were shut down for refusing to abide by the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code after several warnings issued to the jetties.

 

Tumaka said: “In a bid to ensure 100 per cent compliance with the provisions of the code, the agency has instituted stringent measures against defaulting facilities, having worked hard to attain its present position of over 80 per cent compliance with the nation’s 129 facilities. The shut facilities will remain closed until their managers correct the identified deficiencies and pay a prescribed fine before they will be reopened for business.”

 

In all, the agency has shut down three jetties in the country.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

efcc

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday re-arraigned a former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others on a new 22-counts N2.6 billion theft before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

 

The other five are Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan and two companies; Blockz and Stonez limited and Al Kenzo Logistic Limited.

 

They were all alleged to have converted a sum N2.6 billion belonging to NIMASA for their private use. The case had been adjourned till December 7 for trial.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED FOR SURFER MURDER

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Two  Australian surfers were reportedly killed and burned. There, charred remains were found in a van belonging to a gang member. Three members of the gang were arrested subsequently, investigation shows that they were low-level drug dealers who had been robbing motorists on a stretch of road leading south through Navolato, Sinaloa, according to Attorney General Antonio Higuera.
 

 

The surfers, Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both 33, were on a surfing trip from Canada to Mexico, but failed to arrive as planned in the city of Guadalajara on November 21.
 

 

There bodies were found in a van in the remote farmlands in Sinaloa, home of the Sinaloa drug cartel. The suspects were arrested with police uniforms, masks, guns and laptops. 

 

By Chika Jones

SCARFACE ACTOR DIES AT 85

Robert Loggia

 

Robert Loggia, who acted in such movies as: "Scarface," "Prizzi's Honor," "Big" and "Independence Day" and was known for his gravelly voice has died. He was 85. Loggia died at noon Friday at his home in Brentwood, California, after a five-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease, according to his wife of 41 years, Audrey Loggia.  He was the drug lord Frank Lopez in the 1983 Al Pacino version of "Scarface;" a mobster in 1985's "Prizzi's Honor;" a private detective in 1985's "Jagged Edge;" and a toy company owner in 1988's "Big."

 

He was nominated for an Oscar for "Jagged Edge." He got to dance on an F.A.O Schwartz, piano with Tom Hanks in "Big." The latter role, he observed, was extremely satisfying, especially since he and Hanks were originally going to be put aside for stand-ins.

 

By Chika Jones

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More details have emerged regarding the San Bernardino shooting, which took the lives of 14 people. A man named Shannon Johnson reportedly shielded coworker, Denise Peraza with his body during the minutes the shooting lasted, taking bullets that were meant for her. 
 

 

Johnson was one of 14 people who died at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Peraza was one of 21 others who were wounded.

 

"I will always remember his left arm wrapped around me, holding me as close as possible next to him behind that chair," she said. "And amidst all the chaos, I'll always remember him saying these three words, "I got you."

 

Johnson, 45, had been employed by San Bernardino County for 11 years. To his girlfriend, Mandy Pifer, he was the kindest man she had ever met.

 

By Chika Jones

BUHARI TO PRESENT MTEF TO NASS

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The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, on Friday, disclosed that the president is prepared to present a Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and a Fiscal Strategy Papers (FSP) to the National Assembly next week.

 

Enang said, afterwards the president would also present the 2016 Appropriation Bill to the Assembly for consideration.

 

Enang said: “I want to assure you that in the next few days, Mr. President will forward the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and the Fiscal Strategy Paper to the National Assembly. The National Assembly will consider it and in the course of it, Mr. President will communicate to the National Assembly the date on which the 2016 budget will be laid. You know that is normally preceded by a letter from the President requesting for a date for the presentation of the documents.”

 

He added that: “The National Assembly will consider it and in the cause of it, Mr. President will communicate to the National Assembly the date on which the 2016 budget will be laid. The letter will be issued and the letter will communicate the date”.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

KOGI GUBER POLL: COURT RULES OUT SUITS

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, led by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has ruled out all the four cases filed before it in connection with the Kogi gubernatorial election, on grounds that the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the cases.

 

The court said only a governorship election tribunal is empowered by law to hear the cases brought; hence, the court asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to proceed with the supplementary election on December 5.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

POLICE ARRESTS FOUR MASSOB MEMBERS IN EBONYI

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Four members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were in the early hours of Friday arrested by policemen attached to the Ebonyi State Police Command.

 

The members who engaged in a peaceful protest along some streets in Abakaliki including Vanco junction were seen carrying placards, flags of the group and chanting songs of solidarity.

 

The development caused pandemonium within the State capital as keke operators and vehicles belonging to private individuals were diverted other adjoining streets to avoid significant disruption of economic activities in the State.

 

Police spokesman in the State, ASP George Okafor confirmed the arrest of the MASSOB members. He threatened that the police in the State would not allow the group to gain any influence over the State as the command was prepared for any showdown with MASSOB.

 

So far, relative peace has since returned to the State capital as security operatives have been positioned at different strategic points to clamp down on the activities of MASSOB in the State.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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Three suspects in possession of 162.650 kg of cannabis have been arrested by the Jigawa chapter of the NDLEA. 

 

According to the public relations Officer of the Command  Mr Zubairu Kassim, the suspects were arrested on Dec. 1 by men of the command along the Auyo-Kafin-Hausa road in Auyo Local Government Area of the State. They were arrested in a bus containing 20 bags of the seized substance.

 

They will be charged to court immediately investigations are completed. Parents have been urged to always monitor the behaviour of their wards. They are also advised to check the type of companies they keep.

 

By  Kindness Okoli

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in South Africa to attend the forum on China-Africa Co-operation.

 

Buhari arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in SA on Thursday, December 3, 2015.He is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other businessmen from China and Africa during his visit.

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By Kindness Okoli

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The 14 victims' ages range from 26 to 60. Below are their names:
 

ROBERT ADAMS
 

MICHAEL WETZEL
 

BENNETTA BETBADAL
 

NICHOLAS THALASINOS
 

YVETTE VELASCO
 

DANIEL KAUFMAN
 

SHANNON JOHNSON, 45, Los Angeles.
 

AURORA GODOY, 26, SAN JACINTO.
 

 ISAAC AMANIOS, 60, FONTANA.
 

HARRY BOWMAN, 46, UPLAND.
 

SIERRA CLAYBORN, 27, MORENO VALLEY.
 

TIN NGUYEN, 31, SANTA ANA.
 

JUAN ESPINOZA, 50, HIGHLAND.
 

DAMIAN MEINS, 58, RIVERSIDE.

 

A couple opened fire at a center in San Bernardino on Wednesday, killing over a dozen and injuring 21 others.

 

By Chika Jones

BRITISH AIRSTRIKES HIT SYRIA

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After the November Paris attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, the British has conducted their first air strikes against Syria. Their target? An oilfield held by ISIS. 
 

 

Four RAF Tornadoes were deployed from Akrotiri air base in Cyprus soon after Parliament authorized strikes, returning early Thursday, the Ministry said.
 

 

The Ministry said specific elements of the oil field had been targeted "ensuring the strikes will have a significant impact on Daesh's ability to extract the oil to fund their terrorism." Initial analysis indicated the strikes had been successful, the statement said.
 

 

Their general plan is to cripple ISIS main source of funding; oil trade.

 

By Chika Jones

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Popular Hollywood actor, Charlie Sheen has been sued to court by his ex-girlfriend, Scottine Ross. She is accusing him of assault, battery, false imprisonment and not disclosing to her that he is HIV-positive.
Ross, who acts, adult films claims he assaulted her and abused her on several occasions.

Ross says she found out he was HIV-positive when she discovered medication in a cabinet. Sheen then admitted his condition, the lawsuit alleges. Ross says she and Sheen had already had sex several times. Ross said Sheen "became a different person," while drinking to excess and doing drugs, becoming "violent and abusive."
 
 
"Charlie Sheen intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit filed by Scottine Ross," a statement from Sheen's attorney said. "We are confident that Mr. Sheen will prevail on his claims for affirmative relief against her."

 

By Chika Jones

INEC OFFICE IN DEKINA BURNT DOWN

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The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was razed down by some thugs in Dekina, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State barely few hours to the supplementary Governorship election. Out of the 91 polling units, where the election was supposed to take place, 29 units are in Dekina. 

 

According to eyewitnesses, some thugs invaded the office at about 5:00am and set it on fire in anger in the early hours of Friday.

 

The thugs came in a bus, shot sporadically and razed down the office. It's still unclear if voting materials were taken in the process.

 

By Kindness Okoli

FAYOSE SUSPENDS SSG FOR INCOMPETENCE

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The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has suspended the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade, on grounds of being incompetent.

 

This is contained in a statement by the Governor's Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, which disclosed that the suspension would last for a period of three months.

 

Subsequently, Fayose directed the State's Head of Service, Dr. Olugbenga Faseluka, to oversee the office of the Secretary to the State Government pending the resumption of Dr. Alade.

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

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Former National Security Adviser, Dasuki, on Wednesday, denied implicating anyone in his statement at the office of the EFCC. Dasuki disclosed this as the EFCC secured a court order to remand him in custody with some other suspects, including former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; former Minister Bashir Yuguda; High Chief Raymond Dokpesi and 18 other unnamed persons.

 

Also, reports have it that the three accounts belonging to the Finance Director of the former Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Mr. Shaibu Salisu, have been frozen.

 

An EFCC source said: “We have frozen three key accounts of a former Director of Finance of ONSA. By the time the figures are collated, we will tell you the actual amount. But out of N600million deposited in one of the accounts on October 2, 2014, about N100million was given to one Alh. Bashir. All the three banks involved have been asked to put PNB on the accounts."

 

“As I am talking to you, we have invoked the Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause to seize three duplexes (at N270million each) at Lake View Estate, Jabi which were traced to Salisu.”

 

Investigations also revealed that Chief Olabode George, former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, former Rivers State Governor Peter Odili and a former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Maj-Gen. Sarkin-Yaki Bello may have benefitted from the huge arms deal. However, none of them had been invited for questioning by the EFCC yet.

 

According to an EFCC source: “We are putting them under watch until there is sufficient ground to either invite or arrest them. Certainly, there are some allegations, but none of them has been fully implicated or arrested. And we have not invited any of them for questioning.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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A High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Thursday, sentenced one David Olugboyega to death by hanging for armed robbery involving N14,570 on March 20, 2003. The court judge, Justice John Adeyeye, passed the judgment after the convict confessed.

 

Justice Adeyeye said: “An accused may be convicted on his own confession alone as long as the court was satisfied. Based on the confessional statement of the accused, the court found him guilty as charged. Besides, the prosecution has also proven his case beyond reasonable doubt by providing seven witnesses."

 

“The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. This will serve as a deterrent to others in the society. May God have mercy on your soul.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

FIFA RANKINGS: SUPER EAGLES DROP 7 PLACES

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The Super Eagles had dropped in the latest FIFA ranking, which was released on Thursday. The Eagles dropped in the world rankings by seven places from its 59th position in November to its current 66th position. This consequently placed the Super Eagles outside the top 10 teams in Africa.

 

However, Ivory Coast remained on top of African rankings; while Belgium, Argentina, Spain and Germany toppled the world rankings respectively.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

LAWYERS WARN INEC NOT TO HOLD KOGI POLL

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A group of lawyers who serve as legal advisers to INEC has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to go ahead with its proposed Kogi State Governorship election supplementary poll which is slated for December 5 in 91 polling units.

 

The lawyers claimed the All Progressives Congress (APC) could not present a candidate to replace its deceased candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, in the State poll. They added that the Governorship ticket does not belong to the party. The lawyers cited the Supreme Court judgment on CPC Ombugadu (2013) 18NWLR (part 1387) 66, saying the ticket belongs to the candidates of a party.

 

Subsequently, they asked INEC to countermand the November 20 Governorship poll in Kogi State and conduct a fresh election in all the 21 Local Government Areas of the State.

 

The lawyers who made their opinion known in a November 24 letter to the Secretary to the Electoral Commission said: “We are of the opinion that the best option in the circumstance is to countermand the election to the office of the Governor of Kogi State, call for a nomination of another Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and schedule another date for election in all the 21 Local Government Areas.”

 

The lawyers added that: “In a normal situation, especially in a legal system which assures speedy disposal of matters, it may not be out of place for the commission to proceed to Court to seek clarification on what appears novel.

 

“However , proceeding along that course will no doubt attract several interest groups who may simply employ the system of incessant applications for joinder, not only to frustrate what may be a an attempt to attain a lofty objective by the commission, but defeat the course of democracy,

 

“There is a clear likelihood that such a case will proceed to the Supreme Court, which will obviously be protracted for such duration that will expose the Commission to attacks of being partisan. Whatever decision the Commission arrives, may be challenged, but it is important that all decisions be made on the foundation of law.”

 

The lawyers include: Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN); A.B. Mahmoud (SAN); Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN); Hassan M. Liman (SAN) and Ahmed Raji (SAN). 

 

By Temitope Bamidele

OSUN RECRUITS TAX MARSHALS TO BOOST IGR

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The Osun State Government has recruited 300 tax collectors, a.k.a. Tax Marshals in an effort to enhance the State's Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as well as to supplement the dwindling revenue from the Federation account to the State.

 

The marshals are said to be deployed to all areas of the State with Point of Sale Terminals (POS) for the collection of taxes from existing and prospective tax payers, specifically the informal sector category in the State.

 

This was disclosed by the Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Mr. Dayo Oyebanji, who said: “The new process would close the convenience gap for taxpayers through easy access to payment of taxes. As you are aware…, in the last one year or more, the monthly Federal allocation due to the State of Osun has continuously dwindled and the best strategies that can be adopted to overcome this paucity of fund was to recruit more hands to ensure that tax collection is made easy by taking the collection process to the doorsteps of the good people of Osun.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele 

ARMY BATTLES FLOODING IN INDIA, 210 KILLED

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The battle against the heavy flooding in India is still on, even as the waters have started to recede today. So far the death toll from the flooding is at a record of 210 people, with many still to be rescued. So far the receding waters today, Thursday, has given rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of residents stranded by the heaviest cloudburst in the city of Chennai in over a century.

 

A senior federal official said more than 700 people had been critically injured and were rushed to government hospitals by paramilitary forces.

 

"We want to do everything but the problem is beyond our control. The airport is flooded, train networks have collapsed and the weather is still not conducive," Home Ministry spokesman K.S. Dhatwalia said in New Delhi

 

While the Indian Army are claiming to be putting in their best, Army officials in New Delhi said there were cases of residents turning their wrath on rescue teams, accusing them of failing to help.

 

By Chika Jones

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The bad blood between Turkey and Russia continues to grow darker, as the Russian President, Vladimir Putin has promised retribution on Turkey for gunning down a Russian aircraft, which Turkey said was intruding into their airspace.

 

Putin said in his annual state of the nation address that countries "should not apply double standards on terror" or use terrorist groups for their own needs. 
 

 

He went on to say that Turkey will regret shooting down its bomber jet and that the Ankara, the Turkey capital continues to aid terrorists like ISIL.

 

By Chika Jones

 

PAKISTAN REJECTS DEPORTED MIGRANTS

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About 30 migrants who were deported by Greece have been refused entry by Pakistani authorities. The charter plane later took off with the rejected returnees still aboard, only 19 people were allowed to disembark.
This happened today, Thursday, a week after talks with the European Union to settle a dispute over forced repatriations.

 

Interior Ministry, said 30 of those who arrived on Thursday were "unverified deportees".

 

"Despite having settled all issues with the European Commissioner, Pakistani laws have been violated, which absolutely cannot be allowed," Pakistani Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said in a statement.

 

Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas told parliament Greece had a few weeks ago tried to send 62 illegal migrants back to Pakistan, but that these had been rejected.

 

All these are happening as a result of the migrant crisis, which has caused the Greek-Macedonia police to block the border, to prevent  Pakistani migrants trying to push through a new border fence.

 

Some of them later blocked the crossing for Syrians and others who would have been let in as war refugees. "If we don't cross, no one does!" they chanted.

 

By Chika Jones

NCC REDUCES MTN FINE TO $3.4BN

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reduced its fine against MTN from $5.2 billion to $3.4 billion, with an ultimatum to pay the fine no later than December 31, 2015. MTN confirmed it received the formal letter from the commission on Wednesday and was "carefully considering" a reply.

 

The company said: "The executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, will immediately and urgently re-engage with the Nigerian authorities before responding formally, as it is essential for the company to follow due process to ensure the best outcome."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

OLUBADAN SET TO ATTEND OONI'S CORONATION

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100-year old Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is set to join numerous monarchs across the Yorubaland, Nigeria and beyond to witness the 51st coronation of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi set for Monday.

 

The Olubadan of Ibadanland via one of his High Chiefs, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Lekan Balogun, said: “we see the coronation as a great event for all Yoruba people and we should all rally round to ensure that it goes well and that we all make it a success.

 

“The Olubadan further more wishes the new Ooni a great tenure, long life and prosperity.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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Three young men identified as Harrison Chukwuemeka (19), Stanley Sunday (19) and Otega Ogwa (25) have been arraigned at an Egor Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing handsets and laptop valued at N81,000. The items belonged to one Lucky Amiogbere.

 

Police prosecutor, Corporal Chukwuemeka Omoregbe, said the accused persons broke into the complainant's residence on November 22 and stole two Blackberry phones, three Techno phones and one E-machine laptop.

 

The accused persons were arraigned on three- count charge of conspiracy, breaking and entering and stealing.

 

When the plea was read to them, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges. Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Igho Braimoh, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100, 000 each, and a surety who must be a house owner within the court jurisdiction.

 

The case was adjourned to January 25, 2016.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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Following the N1.04 trillion fine imposed on MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Chief Executive Officer, Mike Ikpoki and the Corporate Services Executive, Wale Goodluck, of the MTN Nigeria, on Monday, both resigned from the services of MTN Nigeria.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

FOUR DEAD AS GUNMEN ATTACK ZAMFARA VILLAGE

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Four men have been confirmed dead by the Zamfara Police after gunmen attacked Tangaran village in Anka Local Government Area of the State on Tuesday night.

 

The gunmen were reported to have arrived the village in the night while the residents were getting ready to go to bed. They opened fire on those still outside during which the four persons were killed.

 

Kabiru Umar an eyewitness said an 11-year-old girl who was selling bean cake (kosai) was among those killed. When her mother came to pick her remains, she was shot in her buttocks. Other residents quickly locked their doors while those outside scampered for safety while the indiscriminate shootings lasted.

 

Several others sustained injuries and have been taken to the general hospital of the State for medical care. Police have commenced tracking the attackers and have expressed confidence that they will be surely captured.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio has urged Nigerians to quit worrying about a proposed bill to censor social media use in the country.

 

Reports that the bill, sponsored by Senator Ibn Na'Allah of Kebbi South, had passed the second reading in the Senate attracted widespread outrage. However, Akpabio assured Nigerians that such a bill would never be passed into law.

 

In his words through twitter he said: "Dear Nigerians, go to sleep & stop worrying; nobody is going to send social media users to jail through the Senate. It will not happen. We will not be in the Senate and watch such a Bill fly. We are committed to deepening democracy and democratic values. There are many of us in the Senate who will never allow such a thing to happen to free speech in this country." 

 

"What many of you don't know about our Senate President @bukolasaraki is that he will never watch and allow such a Bill Pass. Free Speech is one of the basic ingredients of democracy and many of us will ensure it is protected," he added.

 

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has however said that the bill in question did not include such a punishment for social media users.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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Eight Local Government Chairmen have been suspended be the Kwara State House of Assembly. The Chairmen have been accused of carrying out a recruitment exercise without following due process. 

 

The Local Government Chairmen affected are Moro, Irepodun, Asa, Oke Ero, Patigi, Ilorin South, Ekiti and Baruteen. 

 

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker said the House equally mandated its committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to investigate the allegation and report to the House within days.

 

The Speaker explained that it was unlawful for the Council Chairmen to carry out recruitment exercise without the approval of the State's Local Government Service Commission.

 

Dr. Ahmad maintained that the alleged misconduct was contrary to the provisions of the law and assured the suspended chairmen that the House would carry out a thorough investigation, to avoid a miscarriage of justice.

 

Members of the House concurred, quoting section 7 of the Nigerian Constitution, as saying the governor has the power to suspend any Chairman for any case of misconduct.

 

By Kindness Okoli

GROUP URGES BUHARI TO APPROVE DISABILITY BILL

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The centre for people living with disabilities has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to approve a bill for those with disabilities. 

 

This call was made by the Director of the centre, David Anyaele on the 2015 International Day For Persons With Disabilities in Abuja.

 

According to Mr David, discrimination against persons with disabilities was a burden even in States where there were established laws to protect their rights.

 

He lamented that the government had not given enough attention to their plights especially during population census, which he said was critical for planning.

 

The Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Roy Ugo and the Director of Planning and Research, National Population Commission, Oloyede Olanipekun, who were present at the gathering assured the group of the government's support.

 

By Kindness Okoli

OSCAR PISTORIUS TO BE RE-SENTENCED FOR MURDER

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Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years under house arrest for the death of his ex-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He was found guilty of manslaughter.
 

 

However, the Steenkamp's family appealed the judgement and after having spent a year of his five year term, Oscar Pistorious has been found guilty of murder by the South African court and has been ordered to court to be re-sentenced.
 

 

Judge Leach referred to the murder trial being carried out "in the glare of the media spotlight", with intense public interest in the fate of one of South Africa's most celebrated sporting icons.

 

Pistorius is currently under house arrest, staying at his uncle's home in Pretoria. He was transferred there in October after serving one year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter, also known as culpable homicide.

 

He is likely to be re-sentenced in the New Year by his original trial judge Thokozile Masipa.

 

By Chika Jones

CALIFORNIA SHOOTING UPDATES

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Syed Rizwan Farook, 28 and Tashfeen Malik, 27 are either possibly engaged or married, no one knows for sure. The two were killed in a shootout with police officers on Wednesday, after they shot and killed 14 people in a mass shooting in California.

Armed with assault-style weapons, the two opened fire at a social service agency holiday event in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 and leaving 17 wounded.
 
 
While, gun control advocates, including Democratic President Barack Obama, say easy access to firearms is a major factor in the shooting epidemic, while the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun advocates say the Second Amendment of the U.S. The constitution guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. Investigation reveals that the couple may have been part of a terrorist cell. 
 
 
A man identifying himself as the brother-in-law of one of the suspects, Farhan Khan, said he is married to the sister of the male shooter. Why would he do that? Why would he do something like this? I have absolutely no idea, I am in shock myself," Khan said at a news conference in Anaheim, California, South of Los Angeles.

 

By Chika Jones

ISIS CHIEF'S EX-WIFE RELEASED IN PRISONER SWAP

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Al Nusra Front, a terrorist group reportedly released 17 Lebanese soldiers kept captive since August 2014 in exchange for the Ex-wife of ISIS chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 

 
The woman, Saja al-Dulaimi, was released along with her daughter by the Lebanese government in a prisoner swap deal.
 
 
Qatar said that it mediated the exchange at the Lebanese government's request and that Lebanon released 25 prisoners, including 17 women and their children, according to the official Qatar News Agency.
 
 

By Chika Jones 

UNIBEN ALUMMI LAUDS FASHOLA'S APPOINTMENT

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Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the University of Benin Alumni Association, Emmanuel Oriazuwa, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his Ministerial appointment of the past Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola who is a University of Benin alumnus.

 

Oriazuwa said: “Buhari will succeed if he picks the right people to work with him.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

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Following the arrest of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, on Tuesday by the Department of State Services (DSS) who was later transferred to the EFCC, Dasuki on being questioned has revealed some names in connection with the $2 billion meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military during Jonathan's Administration.

 

An EFCC source said: “When Dasuki was brought in, he initially refused to write any statement, alleging that he had been subjected to media trial. I think the Ex-NSA decided not to open up based on the advice of his lawyers that he should leave everything for the open court.

 

“The EFCC operatives, however, obliged Dasuki a copy of the statement by a former Director of Finance in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shaibu Salisu in which the latter made some implicating statements.

 

Dasuki, who was shocked by Salisu’s confessions, repeatedly asked: ‘You mean Salisu wrote all these! You mean he said this! Give me a pen and paper’.

 

Thereafter, Dasuki decided to open a can of worms. He gave a long list of PDP chieftains who collected money from the Office of the NSA. He mentioned the names of a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Ex-Governors and Ex-Ministers and many others.

 

“As I am talking to you, Dasuki is still writing his statement. The disclosures of the Ex-Director of Finance in ONSA have assisted greatly in getting to the bottom of the armsgate. So, the investigation is still on. We will certainly arrest more suspects soon.”

 

More than 22 suspects are presently being interrogated in the EFCC custody in connection with the armsgate fraud.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, on Wednesday revealed that the US had concluded plans to send a terrorist expert team to Nigeria in January.

 

Entwistle said: “We are ready to partner with you (Interior Minister) on "Security". As you know the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), we will be having a team here in January in this regard. It is an attempt to approach the need to reform democracy in order to improve security performance. This project will be done with the Nigerian government.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

ARMY NAB 11-YEAR-OLD SUSPECTED SUICIDE BOMBER

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The Nigerian troops of 7 Division Garrison, who are providing security at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, Dalori in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State, on Tuesday nabbed an 11 year-old boy potential suicide bomber named Master Usman Modu Tella.

 

This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, who said: “Master Tella is suspect number 82 on the poster containing the photographs of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists released by the Nigerian Army. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was from Bama town and is among 4 other children trained for suicide bombing by the Boko Haram terrorists.

 

Tella further “added that the 3 others have already carried out their missions at different locations. His job will be to do same in the camp sometime in the future. The boy also pointed out that one other Boko Haram senior member, Alhaji Kerewu Abubakar, is at the camp. It will be recalled that due to the concerted efforts of the military quite a number of towns and villages hitherto held by the Boko Haram terrorists were liberated. This brought about an unprecedented influx of IDPs to the camp, which the terrorists took advantage and infiltrate in order to wreck more havoc among the society."

 

“The case of these suspects clearly indicated this point, hence the need for proper screening of all IDPs with a view to ascertain their true identity. The apprehension of the suspects is a boost to the fight against terrorism and insurgency in that they were assisting with the investigation that would lead to the arrest of more suspected terrorists in the camp and elsewhere.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

KACHIKWU REPLACES MADUEKE AS OPEC PRESIDENT

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The present Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Emmanuel Kachikwu, who replaced the immediate past Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, as the new President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has promised to tackle oil price volatility.

 

This, Kachikwu disclosed while unveiling his plans for his new office as OPEC President.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

IGP WARNS MASSOB & IPOB

ARASE

 

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Olabisi Kolawole, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Solomon Arase, warned members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from hampering public peace, or else face the massive weight of the law.

 

The IG was quoted to have said: “Any person or group of persons so arrested in furtherance of the enforcement of this order will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

 

The IG also advised parents and guardians to curb their children and wards, adding that the patience of the Police Force has been stretched enough.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

ESCAPED JOS LION SHOT DEAD

escaped lion

 

The lion reported to have escaped from the Jos Plateau Wildlife Park has been shot dead. 

 

This was confirmed by the  Plateau State Tourism Corporation in Jos. The lion was killed at the Wildlife park as it approached the elephant area. 

 

By Kindness Okoli

LION ESCAPES FROM WILD LIFE PARK IN JOS

LION

 

A lion is said to have escaped the wildlife Park in Jos on Wednesday.

 

According to the Acting General Manager, Plateau Tourism Corporation, John Doy, the lion escaped at about 8.00am on Wednesday when it was being fed.

 

John said that the lion had been caged since 1972. It escaped by slipping through the gate of the cage when it was opened for its routine feeding.

 

Efforts are being made to recapture the animal as it could still be in the vicinity of the park. Members of the public have been asked to be on alert.  Security agencies have been contacted to come to the aid of the park.

 

Mrs Naomi Cishak, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), confirmed news of the escape, but said that the office had not been officially informed.

 

"We have not been officially informed, but we are aware of the incident; that is why we have not deployed our personnel there,'' she said.

 

By Kindness Okoli

ACTIVIST URGES FG TO BAN VEILS USE

FG Nigeria

 

A human rights activist based in Sapele, Delta State, Mr James Idoghor, has tasked the Federal Government to ban the wearing of veils in the country.

 

Idoghor claimed: “Most of the perpetrators of the heinous crimes usually wear veils to disguise their gender and motives. No democratic country will tolerate any religious norm that has turned dangerous to the precious lives of her citizenry. This government should not pay deaf ears to the cries of her citizens. People are dying in their dozens by the day. The wearing of veils must be stopped.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

Aregbesola

 

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, at a two-day crusade organised by The Deeper Life Christian Ministry in Osogbo, urged all Nigerians to pray for the sustainability and revival of the country's economy. The Governor also tasked religious leaders to pray for the various challenges facing the country.

 

Aregbesola said: “Without mincing words, our highly revered man of God has come to our state at the right time because Nigeria as a whole needs spiritual deliverance. We cannot but plead to our religious leaders to help this country in prayers, fasting and counselling for total delivery and liberation.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

NIGERIA'S POWER PLANT OWES N40 BILLION

egbin power plc

 

The Nigeria’s largest power plant, Egbin Power PLC, disclosed that despite its boosting capacity, that it is owed over N40 billion ($202 million) as well as its facing continuous gas supply shortages.

 

The Power Plant Chief Executive Officer Dallas Peavey Jr., on Tuesday, said the debt is from an outstanding cumulative balance for 10 months, adding that the Central Bank of Nigeria had delayed “legacy” debt payments. Egbin presently generates an average of 1,100 megawatts (MW).

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

ondo state

 

In commemoration of the 2015 World AIDS Day on Tuesday, the Ondo State Government screened about 800,000 of its residents for Human Immunodefeciency Virus (HIV) during a condom use and safer sex sensitisation in the State's capital, Akure.

 

The Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, disclosed that the State government would henceforth toughen its hold on hoteliers who refused to make provision of condoms in their hotel rooms.

 

Adelola said: “The government is working towards ensuring there is zero HIV infection in the State. There will also be campaigns against discrimination and stigmatisation of people living with HIV. ODSACA has embarked on consistent HIV counselling and testing in every nook and cranny of the State."

 

“The law relating to HIV in the State empowers ODSACA to enforce HIV related laws, as such, it is a severe offence for hoteliers not to put condom packs in their rooms in order to promote safer sex, reduce the spread of the virus; the agency will not hesitate to prosecute defaulters.”

 

The SSG also added that: “HIV education is now being inculcated in the secondary school curriculum. Youths are encouraged on abstinence and to spread the campaign in their homes and among their peers. Private sectors are also urged to see the task as a social responsibility to provide care and support for people living with the virus.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

UNN

 

The students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), on Tuesday, called on the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to swiftly intervene in the varsity's new policy over the N75,000 compulsory laptop fee imposed on the students.

 

One of the students commented on the unpopular policy, saying: “it is so sad that they are making education so difficult for the poor. With this policy, we would now be paying close to N200,000 in a Federal university per session. This is wickedness.

 

“As I speak to you, I’m helpless because my parents don’t have that kind of money. It is wrong for anyone to make computer ownership compulsory. It should be a matter of choice. The management should not use us to make money.”

 

Another student said: “We are begging the Minister to urgently intervene because they are turning this university into a market place. If the vice chancellor is interested in doing laptop business, he should find a market for it, not placing such burden on poor students. Some of our parents are leaving on N18,000 minimum wage; now they want them to pay N200,000 as school fees for one session. This is wickedness of the highest order. This computer ownership should be by choice.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

BARCELONA SHINES AT LA LIGA AWARDS

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At the recent Spanish Premier League (La Liga) Player awards, Barcelona FC's Lionel Messi edged out rival Cristiano Ronaldo to pick up the best player of the year award. 

 

The Spanish league awards were presented on Monday night at a gala, with the Argentine star picking up more hardware to add to his extensive list. Messi won both awards from 2009 to 2013, and Ronaldo won both last year.

Here's a rundown of all the La Liga awards handed out on Monday.

Best Player: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Best Coach: Luis Enrique (Barcelona)

Best Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo (Barcelona)

Best Defender: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Best Midfielder: James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

Best Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Five Star Fan Award: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

African player of the Year: Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)

American player of the Year: Neymar (Barcelona)

 

By Chika Jones

ARMS DEAL: EFCC ARRESTS BAFARAWA, DOKPESI

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, arrested a former Governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Attahiru Bafarawa, and the Chairman of DAAR Communications PLC, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, for alleged involvement in the corrupt practises in the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

POPE VISITS MOSQUE IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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Pope Francis continues his African tour with a visit to the Central African Republic. While there, he paid a visit to a mosque in a Muslim neighborhood of the Central African Republic's capital that has been a flashpoint for violent clashes.
 

 

The visit in the volatile neighborhood, where Bangui's sole remaining Muslim community remains locked in a standoff with surrounding Christian militias, also presented the greatest security challenge of the Pope's three-day African visit.
 

 

He reportedly pronounced during his visit that: "God is peace." Those who claim to believe in God must be men and women of peace, he continued. My wish for you and for all Central Africans is peace," he told them.

 

It is the first time in the modern era, that a Pope of the Catholic Church has set foot in an active conflict zone.

 

 

By Chika Jones

 

 

GEJ COMMISSIONS GOVERNMENT PROJECTS IN BAYELSA

Gej Bayelsa

 

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, commissioned some government projects in his native Bayelsa State.The commissioned projects include a highway named after late DSP Alamieyeseigha and the Toru-Ebeni Bridge. Jonathan also inspected the ongoing construction of the Bayelsa Cargo Airport in Amasoma.

 

By Kindness Okoli

FREDDIE GRAY: TRIAL OF POLICE OFFICERS BEGIN

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The trial of the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray began today with the first of the six officers. Officer William Porter, 26 is the first to be tried in the case involving a 25-year-old black prisoner who died after being shackled and placed without a seat belt in a Baltimore City police van. Inside the courtroom, the chants of protesters outside could be heard clearly: "All night, all day, we're going to fight for Freddie Gray."

 
Although he is the first to go to trial, Porter isn't facing the most serious of the charges. Prosecutors have indicated in court filings that they consider Porter a potential witness against some of the other officers. If he is convicted, prosecutors could try to force his testimony in their trials. Freddie Gray's death led to protests that erupted on April 27, the day of his funeral into violent clashes with police and widespread looting and arson.
 
 
 
By Chika Jones
 
 
 

 

NUPENG TASKS FEC ON ECONOMIC GROWTH

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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has urged the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to take swift actions in order to put the country’s economy back on track. The Union task the president and the FEC to meet regularly so as to proffer the solutions they promised Nigerians.  

 

The Union statement said: “They should therefore put up concrete policies to hit the ground running by arresting the incessant fuel shortages presently experienced all over the country”.

 

Also, National President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, said the President Buhari who is the head of Petroleum Ministry" and his team must put up short and long term measures to end the sufferings of the masses to get petroleum products without wasting man–hours at the filling stations”.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

NIGERIAN AIR FORCE PROMOTES 153 OFFICERS

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In a statement on Monday by the Director of Air Force Public Relations, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the Nigerian Air Force announced the promotion of 153 officers to their next ranks which include 14 Air Vice Marshals, 26 Air Commodores, 22 Group Captains and 91 Wing commanders.

 

The names of those promoted to Air Vice Marshal are:

Chief of Aircraft Engineering at the Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Onyemaechi Osahor; 

 

Director of Works at the Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Shehu Adamu; 

 

Director, Air Intelligence at the Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman; 

 

Principal Air Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Abdul- Wahab;

 

Commander, 75 Strike Group, Yola,

 

Adamawa State, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao; 

 

Commander, 303 Flying Training School, Kano, Air Vice Marshal John Baba;

 

Commander, 81 Air Maritime Group, Benin, Edo State, Air Vice Marshal Okechukwu Ntukogu; 

 

Directing Staff at the National Defence College, Air Vice Marshal Humphrey Okpala;

 

Commander, 203 Medium Airlift Group, Ilorin, Kwara State, Air Vice Marshal Yekeen Ishola; 

 

Director of Information Communication Technology at the National Defence College, Air Vice Marshal Christian Dii; 

 

Managing Director, Nigerian Air Force Housing and Construction Company, Air Vice Marshal Sambo Usman; 

 

Commander, 335 Base Services Group, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Auwal Muhammad; 

 

Director, Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency, Air Vice Marshal Charles Otegbade;

 

and Commander, 333 Logistics Group, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Isyaka Bukar.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

revenue mobilisation allocation

 

The Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Engr. Elias Mbam, on Monday, during his valedictory briefing which marked the end of his tenure service, disclosed that the commission has recovered more than N704.2 billion in the last five years in its attempt to expand the revenue accruals into the federation account.

 

Mbam said the Commission has so far “Expanded the sources of revenue to the Federation Account, with recoveries of over N704.2billion been made, revenue leakages were addressed, Verification exercise is being carried out on the Collecting Banks and other Collecting Agencies. Generally, the Commission has addressed vigorously all its Constitutional Mandate.”

 

Mbam continued, saying: “I don’t have the exact figure of which and which but it is basically in all the generating agencies. A greater proportion is from NNPC. There are some from Central bank, there are some from FIRS. I don’t have the exact figure."

 

Also, he added that the commission: “Periodically carried out monitoring and checks on the Revenue Collecting Agencies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development among others. It also conducted monthly post disbursement monitoring through post-mortem Sub-Committee of Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). The Commission recovered over N704.2 billion Naira in the course of monitoring and checks within the period under review.”

 

7 STUDENTS DIE IN KANO INFERNO

FIRE

 

An inferno in a hostel of Government Girls Secondary School, Jogana in Gezawa Local Government of Kano State, on Sunday, left seven students dead and twenty-five others injured.

 

The State's Deputy Governor, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, who sympathised with the families of the victims confirmed the death toll.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

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The Supreme Court of Justice has fixed Thursday for the hearing of the appeal case filed by Senate President, Bukola saraki, challenging the ruling of the Appeal Court over the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct tribunal (CCT) to rule over the false asset declaration charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

 

The Court of Appeal had earlier upheld the CCT’s jurisdiction to hear the charges. Meanwhile, the Supreme court had on November 12 ordered the CCT to suspend the trial proceedings until the apex court ruled on the case.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

arase

 

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Solomon Arase, has urged the public to be vigilant during the Christmas period and cautioned against the use of fireworks. Arase also warned citizens to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the season to avoid explosive-laden hampers as gifts.

 

He added that the use of  fireworks and other explosives during the celebrations could cause distractions that may further heighten fear of insecurity. This, however calls for caution on the part of all Nigerian citizens. 

 

The IG enjoined citizens to desist from all forms of violence and unlawful acts. He also instructed zonal Assistant Inspectors-Generals and Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate security for travelers, picnickers across the country before, during and after the celebration.

 

Places of worship such as the Mosque, churches, the shopping mall and motor parks will not be left out as he directed the IG's to ensure tight security.

 

By Kindness Okoli

Ajayi crowther uni

 

370 students of the Ajayi Crowther University in Oyo State would be graduating in its 7th convocation that is scheduled to hold in December. 11 out of the 370 students will be graduating with a first class. 

 

The university's Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Dapo Asaju, said that 68 of the graduands bagged second class upper, 166 made second-class lower, while 113 students graduated with third class.

 

The convocation is slated to take place in the Faculty of Law building, donated by the family of Chief (Mrs) Folorunsho Alakija. The convocation-lecture would be delivered at the school auditorium on December 4 by Prof Jide Alo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research), University of Lagos.

 

The university was granted licence in 2005 and was named after Samuel Ajayi Crowther.

 

By Kindness Okoli

GEJ NARROWLY ESCAPES DEATH

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Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan narrowly escaped death in Bayelsa today, November 30th. Some suspected men accused of working for the All Progressives Congress in the State drove into Jonathan's convey.

 

The militants, who stopped and drove into a short motorcade transporting the former President from the Julius Berger bridge area of the State capital Yenagoa, trailed and chased the motorcade to the entrance of the private house of Jonathan in the Kpansia area of the town. They were crushed and detained by a combined team of security operatives attached to the ex-President.

 

Members of the arrested group have been taken to the Bayelsa State police command for further investigation and interrogation.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

900 WOMEN CONTEST IN SAUDI ARABIA ELECTIONS

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For the first time in history, change has hit Saudi Arabia, as 900 women in all run for public office.

The December 12 municipal election will be the first opportunity for Saudi women to vote or run for office since a 2011 order by the now deceased King Abdullah that granted women some opportunities for political participation in the Ultra-Conservative Sunni kingdom.
 
 
However, women will only be allowed to participate at the municipal level, and already two women's rights activists have announced on Twitter that they had been disqualified as candidates. Just three months ago, Saudi women were allowed to register to vote for the first time.

 

By Chika Jones

 

kamba

 

At the end of the two-day conference organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in conjunction with the Kwara State House of Assembly, speakers of the 36 State legislatures had pledged to ensure their financial autonomy and political independence.

 

The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, Alhaji Ismaila Kamba, who stressed that their financial autonomy further strengthens the country's democracy, said that: “We will try to understand where that bill is and if necessary, we’ll refer it to various legislatures for another re-presentation and forward it to Mr. President for assent. And I am very sure that we are not going to make the same mistake the others made. We are going to agree and endorse that legislatures should have their financial autonomy.

 

“Also, I am very sure that Mr. President, in his wisdom and on his stance on anti-corruption crusade, will oblige and assent the bill into law this time.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Airport Car Hire Association of Nigeria (ACHAN) has warned authorities that terrorists may infiltrate the nation’s airports as touts are permitted around terminal facilities, particularly at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, in Abuja.

 

The President of ACHAN, Chief Stanley Worlu Dike, made this known during the weekend, adding that FAAN should take swift measures to curtail their operations as they have increasingly flooded major airports in Nigeria.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

france protest

 

Ahead of a key UN summit on climate change in Paris, a group of anti-global warming activists staged a demonstration on Sunday in Paris in defiance of a recent ban on public protest, calling on world leaders to take action towards curbing man made emissions. Meanwhile, the Police responded by scattering the protesters with peppered teargases.

 

However, earlier in the day, in a bid to avoid the security measures implemented after the November 13 attacks in Paris claimed by the ISIL, thousands of shoes were placed in the city's sprawling central plaza to represent citizens urging a climate agreement. Organisers of the display said that the Vatican also donated a pair of shoes bearing the name of Pope Francis.

 

The organiser, Emma Ruby-Sachs, in a statement said: "Together with the hundreds of thousands who will take to the streets around the world this weekend, the pope is sending a powerful signal that leaders arriving for the Paris summit simply must not ignore."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

GOVERNOR EL-RUFAI PRESENTS 2016 BUDGET

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has presented the 2016 budget of the Sate. He presented the budget during a town hall meeting with indigenes of the State. The budget amounted to 166 billion Naira.

 

According to the Governor, the aim of the meeting was to subject the budget to public scrutiny, whereby the people would make their inputs before the bill is finally presented to the House of Assembly for consideration in December.

 

The budget has a capital expenditure of 104 billion naira, recurrent expenditure of 62 billion. It was presented to the stakeholders drawn from the three Senatorial zones of the State.

 

The Governor while speaking at the gathering promised to put the citizens first in all his actions, adding that the present administration remained determined to make the state great again by initiating projects and policies that would impact positively on their lives.

 

Governor El-Rufai said that the proposed budget would give special attention to programmes that would in turn create more jobs for the citizens, improve social infrastructure and ensure adequate security in the State.

 

Some of the programmes include; interventions in school feeding, planting of economic trees and waste collection, which are expected to create no fewerthan 200,000 jobs.

 

He also said that 60:40 ratio in favour of capital expenditure will be restored, as against the former system whereby recurrent expenditure got the higher allocation.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

 

navy

 

The Nigerian Navy and other security agencies have commenced search for a captain and four other crew members that were abducted on a Polish vessel off the Nigerian coast. 

 

The search began after the vessel, MV SZAFIR, operating under the Cyprus flag was reportedly attacked on Friday, November 27, approximately seven nautical miles east of Brass at about 01:49 hours local time. Eleven of the crew members was left on the vessel after the abduction.

 

Registered with IMO No.9004504, the vessel, which is owned by the Voltaire Shipping Company and operated by Euroafrica Services Nigeria Limited, had a total of 16 crew members and was enroute Onne Port from Antwerp before it was attacked.

 

The vessel has been rescued by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and sailed to Onne Port, under the Nigerian Navy escort for protection and further investigation.

 

The Acting Director General of the NIMASA, Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, has called for a full scale investigation and release of the Captain and four crew members of a Polish cargo vessel abducted off Nigeria's coast.

 

The Navy and other security Agencies said they have commenced a spirited search for the abducted crew with a view to freeing them and bringing the perpetrators of the abduction to book.

 

By Kindness Okoli

BUHARI LEAVES MALTA FOR PARIS TODAY

 buhari south africa

Nigerians have had mixed reactions about the traveling of President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari left Abuja on Thursday and expected back to Nigeria next week after visiting Paris, France.

 
At the end of the three-day event on Sunday, the leader of the nation will leave Malta for Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to open in the French Capital on Monday, November 30.
 
 
 
By Chika jones 
 

uk rally

 

At least 5,000 people had gathered in central London and in Madrid on Saturday to protest against their countries' participation in air strikes in Syria, against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) which has taken over the majority of Syria.

 

Protesters in London were seen carrying placards saying: "Don't bomb Syria", "Drop Cameron, not bombs", and "Don't add fuel to the fire."

 

A movement group, Stop the War Coalition protest movement, said: "[Prime Minister] David Cameron's incoherent proposals for action in Syria will do nothing to weaken ISIL, but will instead inflame the civil war, deepen the misery of the Syrian people, and increase the terrorist risk." 

 

However, a parliamentary vote meant to determine Britain joining in the air strikes in Syria is expected to hold early this week.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

POLLS SET TO BEGIN IN BURKINA FASO

burkina faso polls

 

Burkina Faso is set to hold its election today, on Sunday, the first since the October 2014 popular uprising that toppled the nation's long-time leader, President Blaise Compaore, and which led to a turbulent period of transition.

 

Observers say the poll will be the most fair and democratic in Burkina Faso's history, especially since this will be the first time no incumbent is on the ballot.

 

Tahirou Barry, one of 14 presidential candidates, said: "We have a real chance for democracy here. For the first time, the incumbent President is not a candidate. This leaves the voters free of pressure and there is fair play in the process.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE: RESULTS & TABLE

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Below are the results for MatchWeek 14 (November 28) of the EPL:

Aston Villa   2  :  3   Watford

 

Bournemouth   3  :  3    Everton

 

Crystal Palace    5  :  1   Newcastle 

 

Man City   3 :  1   Southampton 

 

Sunderland    2  :  0   Stoke 

 

Leicester 1 : 1 Man Utd 

 

The EPL continues tomorrow, 29th of November:

 

Spurs vs Chelsea 12:00 (GMT)

 

West Ham vs West Brom 14:05

 

Liverpool vs Swansea 16:15

 

Norwich vs Arsenal 16:15

 

 

EPL TABLE:

Pos.       Club.                        P.         GD.        Pts

1.       Man City                     14.         16.          29

2.       Leicester.                    14.           8.          29

3.       Man Utd.                     14.         10.         28

4.       Arsenal.                       13.         12.        26

5.      Spurs.                           13.         13.        24

6.      Crystal Pal.                   14.           5.        22

7.      Everton.                        14.           8.        21

8.      West Ham.                    13.           4.        21

9.      Southampton                14.           3.        20

10.    Liverpool.                      13.           2.        20

11.    Watford.                        14.          -1         19

12.    Stoke.                           14.          -3.        19

13.    West Brom.                  13.           -5.        17

14.    Swansea.                     13.           -4.        14

15.    Chelsea.                       13.          -6.         14

16.    Norwich.                        13.          -8.         12

17.    Sunderland.                   14.         -10         12

18.    Bournemouth                 14.         -13         10

19.    Newcastle.                     14 .        -16         10

20.    Aston Villa.                     14.         -15.         5

 

By Temitope Bamidele

pope franciss

 

Pope Francis will pay a respect visit to the site of 45 martyred Anglican and Catholic Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive for their faith in the 19th century by an order of a king who was worried about the spread of Christianity.

 

An open-air Mass at Namugongo, near Kampala, will be held in their honour; with almost two million people expected to be present at the mass. The Saturday's Mass will also mark the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Catholic martyrs.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

ERDOGAN WARNS RUSSIA NOT TO 'PLAY WITH FIRE'

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reacted to Russia's economic retaliation against Turkey for shooting its warplane.

 

This is after Russia announced that it would suspend visa-free travel to Turkey and as well ask over 9000 Russians in Turkey to return back to their homeland.

 

Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire". He said: "It is playing with fire to go as far as mistreating our citizens who have gone to Russia," Erdogan told supporters on Friday.

 

"We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia... We don't want these relations to suffer harm in any way."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

ben ayade

 

Plans have been concluded for Henan Province of China to begin a $10billion construction project in Cross River State. This was confirmed by Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade.

 

According to the governor, several investors will come from Henan Province and set up various companies and industries in Cross River. He added that the Henan Provincial Government would build a new China City in the State.

 

Other team of investors would focus on various key projects, including huge agricultural investments, renewable energy, the garment factory, hydro power projects and the seaport.

 

Also to be established in the state is a logistic hub for the whole of Africa that would focus on the manufacturing sector.

 

The governor while speaking at a Calabar carnival maintained that the new development would be awesome, filled with new excitement and a deepened content.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

MASSOB LOYALISTS STORM OWERRI

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In keeping with their fight for the release of Radio Biafra Director, Nnamdi Kanu, loyalists to the Movement of the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), stormed Owerri today.
 

 

The leader of the Movement, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike made an appeal for the release. Some notables that honoured the event included, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, Dr. Fredrick Fasheun, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, who was the Special Guest of Honour. He was also accompanied to the event by more than 70 persons.

 

Other persons included Alhaji Yerima Shetima, President Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Prof. Alu Danladi, Ambassador John Fashanu, Alhaji Abdullahi Zaria, Alhaji Sale Hassan, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu, Alhaji Zallari Bello and Alhaji Aminu Gwaru.

 

By Chika Jones

 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTS & TABLE

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Results of the UEFA Champions League November 25 matches:

Group A

Malmö   0  :  5   Paris Saint-Germain

Shakhtar Donetsk   3  :  4  Real Madrid

 

Group B

CSKA Moskva   0  :  2   Wolfsburg

Manchester United   0  :  0   PSV Eindhoven

 

Group C

Astana   2  :  2    Benfica

Atlético Madrid   2   :   0   Galatasaray

 

Group D

Juventus   1  :  0   Manchester City

Borussia Mönchengladbach   4  :  2   Sevilla

 

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TABLE:

Group A

Clubs.                             P.      W.      D.      L      +/-      Pts

Real Madrid.                   5.       4.       1.     0.        8.      13

PSG.                               5.       3.       1.     1.        9.      10

Shakhtar Donetsk.          5.       1.       0.     4.       -5.       3

Malmö FF.                       5.       1.       0.     4.      -12.      3

 

Group B

Clubs.                                    P      W      D      L      +/-      Pts

VfL Wolfsburg.                       5.      3       0      2        2         9

Man United.                           5.      2       2      1        1         8

PSV.                                       5.      2       1      2        0        7

CSKA Moskva.                       5.      1       1      3       -3        4

 

Group C

Clubs.                                      P     W      D      L      +/-       Pts

Atlético de Madrid.                   5      3      1      1         7        10

SL Benfica                                5      3      1      1        3         10

Galatasaray.                             5      1      1      3       -4           4

FC Astana.                               5       0      3      2       -6          3

 

Group D

Clubs.                                    P      W      D       L       +/-       Pts

Juventus.                               5       3       2       0        4.         11

Man City.                                5      3       0        2       2.           9

 Borussia.                                5      1       2        2      -2.         5

Sevilla FC.                             5        1        0      4      -4.         3

 

Group E

Clubs.                                    P      W      D      L      +/-      Pts

Barcelona.                             5        4       1      0       11       13

AS Roma.                              5       1        2      2       -5         5

Bayer Leverkusen.                5       1        2      2        1          5

FC BATE Borisov.                 5      1        1      3        -7          4

 

Group F

Clubs.                                    P       W        D       L       +/-       Pts

Bayern München.                  5.       4.        0.      1.        14.      12

Olympiacos FC.                    5.        3.        0.      2.        -4        9

Arsenal FC.                           5.        2.        0.      3.        -1.       6

Dinamo Zagreb.                    5.        1.        0.       4.       -9.       3

 

Group G

Clubs.                                             P       W         D        L       +/-        Pts

Chelsea FC.                                    5         3         1        1        8          10

FC Porto.                                         5         3.        1.       1        3          10

Dynamo Kyiv.                                   5         2         2.       1.       3.           8

Maccabi Tel-Avi.                              5.         0.        0.       5.      -14.         0

 

Group H

Clubs.                                             P.      W.    D.     L.    +/-      Pts

FC Zenit.                                         5.       5.    0.      0.      8.     15

KAA Gent.                                       5.       2.    1.      2.      0.       7

Valencia.                                         5.       2.     0.     3.     -2.      6

Lyon.                                               5.       0.     1      4.      -6.     1

 

By Temitope Bamidele

Samuel Ortom

 

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has assured pensioners in the State that he is making arrangements to secure additional funds for the payment of their outstanding pension arrears. 

 

This came after the pensioners arrived at the Government House to protest the non-payment of the pension arrears. The pensioners lamented on the hardship they have been going through and the need for urgent intervention.

 

They emphasized their inability to pay the school fees of their children, with many of them being sent away from their various schools.

 

The Governor acknowledged their pains and assured them that going by the efforts being made by his administration, they would soon be paid.

 

He also seized the occasion to explain to them that the State did not receive bailout funds on behalf of pensioners, denying rumors making the rounds that the bailout funds had been misappropriated.

 

By Kindness Okoli

NCAA

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has banned five aviation fuel suppliers from supplying fuel to the local and foreign airlines operating in the country. 

 

According to NCAA, the suspension became necessary due to lack of depot facilities by the oil firms and the inability to verify their integrity and competence.

 

The five firms banned are Ascon Oil, Acorn Petroleum, Jushad Oil and Gas, Lubcon and Star Orient Aviation. The regulatory body has directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to deny the companies access to airports in the country until further notice, demanding strict compliance with the directive.

 

By Kindness Okoli

ROBBERS SMASH BABY'S HEAD WHILE ROBBING MUM

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Two men on a motorcycle have been arrested by the police at Shasha division for smashing a 2-year-old baby on the road while attempting to snatch a bag from the toddler's mother in Lagos State, Western Nigeria.

 

The suspects identified as 20-year-old Olalekan Durojaiye and 27-year-old Femi Kromoga escaped a mob attack after they were apprehended by the residents while they attempted to escape on their motorcycle.

 

The incident occurred at Salami bus stop in Shasha area where they attacked the victim, Mrs Mary Nwanfor and her baby, Samuel Nwanfor.

 

According to Mary, she was returning from work and was at the bus stop to board another bus to her house when the incident happened. She said while she was at the bus stop with her baby, the suspects rode their motorcycle to where she was standing and stopped in front of her. Mary said they suddenly attacked her and attempted to snatch her bag. She said while she was struggling with them, one of them forcefully removed the baby from her hand and smashed him on the ground. She said she was forced to leave the bag to pick her baby who was bleeding profusely. The baby was immediately taken to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.

 

However, while the robbers were trying to escape, some residents who noticed what happened, apprehended them. They were handed over to the police after they were severely beaten. Their motorcycle was also recovered and taken to the station.

 

After investigation, the police charged them before a Magistrates' court for inflicting injury on Samuel and snatching Mary's bag under the Criminal code.They pleaded not guilty and the presiding Magistrate, Mrs J. O. E. Adeyemi granted them bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.

 

They were remanded in prison custody pending when they will perfect their bail. The matter was adjourned till 11 December, 2015.

 

The photo of the injured baby below...

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By Kindness Okoli

 

DELTA POLICE TORTURE SECURITY MAN TO DEATH

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A security man with an Oil and Gas Company in Delta has reportedly been murdered by the Police. Mr Ebi Ogodobiri was arrested when a laptop went missing at his place of work. At the police station, he was reportedly tortured and thrown into a cell, where he was found dead two days later. Speaking for the family of the late security man, Mr. Cletus Kwalekeme, disclosed that all efforts to secure the bail for Mr. Ogodobiri proved impossible following the demand of N100,000 by the police.

 

"They deliberately refused to release him on bail even when I introduced myself as a senior civil servant in the State, with a promise to provide him, whenever he is needed. The police released the other suspect on bail, but when I went to secure Ebi's bail, the police refused," Mr. Kwalekeme said.

 

"The IPO, one Inspector Simon Onwuegbuzie, and the DCO1 DSP Arvehi Atairo Timothy, demanded that I give them N100,000 if I wanted my nephew released. I objected, telling them that I don't have such money," he continued.

 

"Ebi, my nephew, a father of four, was hale and hearty when he was arrested. He did not have any ailment and has never complained of any health problem. He was arrested alongside another person, detained and eventually tortured to death in police custody," Kwalekeme said.

 

The Ogodobiri family petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, calling on him to intervene in the matter to ensure justice is meted to all those involved. The three-page petition, written by the law chambers of Michael Ororho & Associates, states that the inhumane treatment Mr. Ogodobiri received by the police while in their custody resulted in his death.

 

When contacted, Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu, said the suspect died from "severe headache."

 

By Chika Jones

UKRAINIAN AIRSPACE CLOSED TO RUSSIAN PLANES

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has announced that the country has banned all Russian planes from its airspace.

 

Yatsenyuk said: "The Ukrainian government has decided to ban all transit flights for all Russian airlines in Ukraine's airspace. The government is instructing [aviation authority] Ukraerorukh, in line with the norms of international law, to inform the Russian Federation that Russian airlines and Russian aircraft do not have the right to use Ukraine's airspace any longer."

 

Also, the exports of Russian gas to Ukraine have been stopped by State-controlled giant Gazprom.

 

However, Gazprom had said its stopped gas deliveries to Ukraine because it had used up all the gas it had paid for. But Ukraine claimed it had halted buying from Gazprom because it could get cheaper gas from Europe.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The United States Forces Commander has disclosed that the October 3 deadly air strike which the forces launched on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was intended to attack a nearby Taliban-controlled compound, adding that the mistake was caused by human and technical error. This was following a US military investigation.

 

The Army General, John Campbell, on Wednesday said the strike was: "tragic and avoidable accident, caused by human error".

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The surviving Pilot of a Russian plane shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border, Capt Murakhtin, who was rescued in a 12-hour operation involving special forces, has said the Turkish force did not issue any warning.

 

Capt. Murakhtin added that there was "no way" they could have violated the Turkish airspace, claiming that he knew the region he had been flying in "very well" and that the jet had not "even for a second" been in Turkish airspace.

 

However, Turkey claims the pilots were warned 10 times before the Russian plane was shot down. The survived pilot also said, he wanted to go back to duty, saying "someone has to pay" for the death of his Co-pilot, Col. Oleg Peshkov.

 

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Lt Col Peshkov would be honoured posthumously with the Star of the Hero of Russia, as well as the marine who died during his rescue, Alexander Pozynich would be honoured. Also, Capt Murakhtin too would be given State awards.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The People's Democratic party (PDP) has rejected the call by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami for the APC to substitute a candidate in place of the late Abubakar Audu. 

 

The opposition party also asked Mr Malami to "immediately vacate his office for harrying and misleading the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) into arriving at the decision".

 

In a statement from the opposition party's spokesman, Olisa Metuh, the party said it was shocked that "INEC, a supposedly independent electoral umpire, could allow itself to succumb to the antics of the APC by following the unlawful directive of an obviously partisan AGF to substitute a candidate in the middle of the ballot process".

 

PDP is, however kicking against the idea of substituting a candidate saying they were attacks on Nigeria's democracy.

 

By Kindness Okoli

PARIS ATTACK: BRUSSELS REOPENS SCHOOLS AND METRO

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After four days of shutting down the Brussels metro and schools following Paris attacks, the Belgian government is due to reopen its schools and transport system around 06:00 (GMT) but with some metro lines still to be closed.

 

However, the capital will remain on high alert level, with several armed police and military men on patrol, as authorities fear the Paris attack pattern may be carried out in the city after investigations showed more than one of the Paris attackers had lived in Brussels. 

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

SENATE SEEKS SOLUTION TO PETROL SCARCITY

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Nigeria's Senate has instructed it's Petroleum committee  to examine the issues causing the petrol scarcity and find a lasting solution to it. Lawmakers expressed their concerns, saying the scarcity of fuel was creating untold hardships for Nigerians who buy petrol products at really high prices. Since the scarcity began, endless queues have been experienced in various petrol stations. 

 

Before the situation became dire, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company assured Nigerians that there was enough petrol to sustain the country's 40 million litres daily sufficiency. The corporation has urged Nigerians to stop panic buying as there are enough products to last Nigerians till November supply is made. 

 

The Senate urged the NNPC and other stakeholders to continue with the current push to end the scarcity. The lawmakers also agreed to work with the executive to find lasting solutions to the recurring petrol scarcity.

 

By Kindness Okoli

CBN CUTS INTEREST RATE TO 11%

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For the first time in almost four years, the Central Bank of Nigeria cut policy interest rate from 13% to 11%. This change was announced by the CBN Chief Godwin Emefiele at the end of a two day rate setting meeting.

 

The financial regulator also shaves-off the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) sharply from 25% to 20%, the deepest cut in the harmonised rate following a smaller easing done by the CBN last September.

 

According to the CBN Governor, the decision to cut both the policy rate and the harmonised cash reserve ratio was to engineer growth by increasing the flow of lending to critical sectors of the economy like agriculture, solid minerals, critical social infrastructure and manufacturing.

 

By Kindness Okoli

NNPC MEGA STATIONS STEP UP FUEL SALES

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The NNPC mega stations in Nasarawa and Benue States have stepped up the sale of fuel to motorists by working 24hours to meet their demands irrespective of the scarcity petrol. 

 

Several motorists from Makurdi and Lafia have headed to the NNPC mega station in Lafia at night, while the mega station in Makurdi dispenses the product during the day.

 

According to the Station Manager of the mega station in Lafia, Zubairu Adamu, three more trucks loaded with petrol are on standby. This is to reassure motorists across the State of the sustenance of the 24-hour service. 

 

The station has been selling the products from 8.00am to 6.00pm daily at N87.00 per liter, but the Supervisor, Tijani Mohammed, appealed for more supply to the Makurdi station to meet local demand of the product.

 

By Kindness Okoli

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Silverbird cinemas, CEO, Senator Ben Bruce, have tackled Governors on the issue of reducing minimum wage. 

Following an alleged call by some State Governors to reduce the minimum wage of Nigerians, the Senator via his twitter handle said: "A worker with a family earns less than a member of the NYSC who earns ₦19,800. Reducing his pay is unconscionable!  A man earning ₦18k struggles to pay rent, feed family & pay school fees. To reduce his pay is to punish his family. If FG & State govts. don't pay workers well they invite workers to steal. To end corruption, we must pay workers well."


State Governors under the auspice of Nigeria Governors' Forum at their meeting reportedly complained about the minimum wage of N18, 000 stating that they can no longer pay due to the dwindling economy fortune of the country following the free fall oil in the global market.

 

By Chika Jones

KOGI POLLS; INEC MIGHT CONDUCT FRESH POLLS

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The death of the APC Governorship candidate for Kogi, has led to some confusion. Prince Audu Abubakar was leading in the polls, before dying of a heart attack. Now lawyers across the country, yesterday, are continuing to proffer suggestions, as to what to do next.

 

A lawyer, Barrister Asiyanbi Olajide, said: "The death of Audu Abubakar comes with some constitutional questions. What happens to the inconclusive elections? Who becomes the APC's Governorship candidate in the re-run elections in the affected areas. Will a new election be ordered in Kogi State?" 
 

 

"However, if the candidate dies where the election is declared inconclusive as in Kogi, the party will be allowed to substitute the death candidate for the re-run election in the affected areas. This is the intention of Section 33 of the Electoral Act. Limiting Section 33 of the Electoral Act will be restricting its intention and deviating from the purposive rule of interpretation."
 

 

The party's garnered votes in the inconclusive election remain valid. This is because the electorates voted for the party, not the candidate.
 

 

In the end, no constitutional/electoral lacuna exists. The APC should invoke the provisions of Section 33 of the Electoral Act and substitute Audu Abubakar with another candidate, while their votes remain intact as they go in for the re-run elections in the affected areas, declared inconclusive." 

 

 Other lawyers have urged INEC to approach the Supreme Court for interpretation.

 

By Chika Jones

GECF Summit

 

President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), currently holding in Tehran, Iran, asked the leadership of GECF to sustain the pricing mechanism of gas in the international market to the advantage of its members.

He said: "the stability of the energy and financial market is critical to ensuring investments in current and future natural gas projects. It is therefore imperative that the GECF plays a significant role towards energy security by driving the formulation of a sustainable pricing mechanism that will guarantee fair and reasonable price for both producers and consumers."
 
 
Also speaking earlier, the Chairman of the forum and President of Iran earlier called for the cooperation of member States to enable them benefit maximally from the natural resources.

 

By Chika Jones 

 

 

NO BAIL FOR DASUKI - FG

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The Nigerian Federal Government is playing hardball with the Former national security adviser of Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki. Dasuki is facing a five-count criminal charge bordering on money laundering and his alleged illegal possession of firearms.

 

The Federal Government, yesterday, asked the Abuja ‎Division of the Federal High Court to revoke the bail it granted the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd.
 

 

According to the FG, there is an intelligence report that Dasuki has concluded plans to take the advantage of the court order releasing his International Passport to escape justice and tamper with ongoing investigations. They have also asked Dasuki to produce a surety that must be ready to face prosecution should he (Dasuki), go into hiding after his medical treatment in the United Kingdom.

 

By Chika Jones

 

LNG LOGO

 

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Mr Babs Omotowa, on Saturday, inaugurated a 340million naira multi-user laboratory built by the company at the Faculty of Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

 

At the inauguration, Omotowa disclosed that the company is currently constructing six more multi-user laboratories in six selected universities across each of the six geopolitical zones of the country.

 

He stated that: “It is now possible for students and researchers to compete favourably in real time with their colleagues across the globe.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

KOGI POLL: AUDU WINS POLLING UNIT

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Kogi State governorship election, Prince Abubakar Audu, has won his polling unit 002, LGEA School, Ogbonicha Ofeche, Ochi-Ogbonicha Omodofa Ward 10 with 240 votes.

 

The INEC official at the unit, Edicha Matthew, who disclosed the results stated that out of the 654 registered voters, only 255 were accredited and of this figure, the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) was unable to garner a vote at the polling unit. He added that there were three invalid votes.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

DEKINA LGA IS NOT UNDER SECURITY LOCK - NSCDC

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The Deputy Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Nnamdi Nwiyi, has refuted reports on online media that Dekina Local Government Area in Kogi State is under security lock. Nwiyi admitted that there was an incident on a polling unit which resulted in protests and leading to the leaving of the INEC official and consequently making it impossible for accreditation to commence. He, however, added that only a unit was affected in the LGA and that the situation did not by any means escalate into a serious security issue.

 

He said: “Security officials will not be caught napping. So far, I’ll say that it has been generally orderly. Everything has been peaceful as of now, but we’ll not rest on our oars. We have to be extra-vigilant and more cautious to ensure there will be no embarrassment to Nigerians and Kogi people. I received the report about a lockdown. It was Ward 003 or 004 in Dekina. We heard the indigenes were having issues and the electoral officials had to take the materials back to their office.

 

“It was a message I got from security and intelligence reports. But I believe INEC would be able to sort it out. Apart from that, our men have been giving us positive news from the field.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

HELICOPTER KILLS 7 IN NEW ZEALAND TOURIST SPOT

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A helicopter crashed at a remote New Zealand glacier tourist spot on Saturday, killing all seven on board.

 

The wreck of the helicopter was found in a crevasse at Fox Glacier, on the West coast of New Zealand's South Island. The police were unable to reach it due to difficult terrain.

 

Those on board the helicopter included four tourists from the United Kingdom, two from Australia and a New Zealand pilot. The police has consulted the embassy to contact the next of kin of the victims.

 

By Kindness Okoli

Otunba Gani Adams

 

The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), which is a bastion of Yoruba culture is catching up with the digital age. The leader of the OPC, Otunba Gani Adams,  announced the launch of an Oodua Radio/Magazine, in honour of the matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, late Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.
 

 

According to Gani Adams, this was necessary because there was an urgent need to resuscitate the Yoruba culture and tradition which he regretted were going extinct. Adams said the radio station would propagate the cultural beliefs of the Yoruba through what he described as effective communication channels.
"We must all support the Federal Government by projecting the image and protecting the name of Nigeria for the change mantra to work and Oodua Radio is a platform for everybody living in London to do this," he said.

 

By Chika Jones

NIGERIA FALLS IN GLOBAL BUDGET RANKINGS

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According to a report unveiled on Thursday at the launching of the Nigerian Open Budget Survey 2015 by the International Budget Partnership (IBP), Nigeria scored 24 out of 100 point assessment and a general average expectation of 45. However, Sierra Leone scored 52; Ghana, 51; Liberia, 38; São Tomé and Principe, 24, and Equatorial Guinea scored 4. 

 

Commenting on the country's poor rating, a representative of IBP, Elena Mundo said: “Nigeria scoring 25 out of 100, against 61 taken as sufficiency level, tells of a pretty bad situation. But it doesn’t mean that there is no opportunity to reverse the ugly development. Government must begin to make its budget document open to the public for input and in a timely manner.

 

“Of course, making documents and information available can eliminate covering of real issues, even the media will be able to determine how public finances are actually used. Citizens should be in the know, that is the way to go.”

 

Also, a World Bank’s Senior Governance Specialist, Roland Lomme, who was present at the unveiling said: “Budget transparency is an essential accountability mechanism that will show how resources are spent and for the good of the people. Although the report is poor at 24, but Nigeria increased the budget transparency from 16 in 2012. We only need consistent improvement now. The issue of subsidy, the operations and the cost to the country are challenges. Transparency in public finance is important if the country must rise to the anticipated and accessible potentials.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

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The Ekiti State Government, on Thursday, closed down business premises, including banks and some GSM service providers over an allegation of non-payment of Business Premises Tax to the State government.

 

The State's Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Mr. Michael Ayodele, who led the ministry to seal off the premises, said: “People and business outfits must be alive to their civic responsibilities. It is not good when an organisation operates in a State and makes money and refuses to pay the necessary taxes to the State government."

 

“We all know that the current economic realities require the blocking of all financial leakages and looking inward for the government to generate funds. The administration of Governor Ayodele Fayose is delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the State and it is money the government needs to execute its programmes and we appeal to all to cooperate and pay levies, taxes and dues promptly and fully.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

FOUR KILLED IN AUSTRALIA OUT-OF CONTROL BUSHFIRES

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Four people have been killed and there are fears for two others caught in bushfires in Western Australia.

 

Hundreds of firefighters are battling major blazes that were reportedly sparked by lightning over the weekend. The worst of the blazes are north of the coastal town of Esperance, 720km South-East of Perth.

 

The winds which gusts up to 56mph have made it impossible for the fire to be kept under control, hindering the efforts of firefighters. 

 

They are the first serious bushfires of the Australian summer. Authorities said they did not believe the fires were deliberately lit.

 

By Kindness Okoli

Delta state fire

 

 

Following a massive pipeline explosion belonging to Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, on Tuesday, in the Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, thousands of residents in its environs were evacuated from their homes.

 

Though the cause of the fire has not yet be known, however, residents of the area said: “The pipeline had been leaking products for weeks, maybe months, now the NNPC is fully aware but they did nothing about it. About a week ago, they came here and were cleaning the oil from the area, but they left again.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

alexia thomas

 

An activist has issued a stern warning to President Muhammadu Buhari regarding the Nigerian Embassy in the United Kingdom. Reportedly, the Embassy was involved in corrupt activities. The activist Professor Alexia Thomas said that some officials of the Embassy were corrupt and had formed the habit of collecting £3,000 each from the UK Border Agency for Nigerian deportees. 

 

"President Buhari should honour our 72-hour ultimatum and shut down the Nigerian High Commission, if not, no one should be held responsible when Nigerian protesters and angry Nigerians set Nigerian House  on fire. If Buhari refuses to heed our advice, then don't blame us in any way," she said.

 

"I ask them to resign (the High Commission Officials) from thier jobs at the Nigerian High Commission in the next 72 hours because Nigerian uprising will stand shortly. And if Nigerian uprising stands, the Nigerian House in UK will need to be closed down," she added.

 

By Chika Jones

APC LEADERS STORM BAYELSA FOR SYLVA

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The Governorship elections are set to hold in Bayelsa in about three weeks and news reports have it, that starting today, Monday, November 16 the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to storm Bayelsa to begin  a formal campaign for its flag bearer, Timipre Sylva.

 
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the APC national chairman, is expected to lead other national officers and party stalwarts to the commencement ceremony for the election of Sylva and Wilberforce Igiri as governor and deputy governor respectively in the December 5 poll in the State.
 
 
Also, the APC's publicity secretary called on all other party faithful and supporters to join the team to create more awareness in a bid to win the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.

 

By Chika Jones

Nigeria military

 

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Col. Rabe Abubakar, on Friday, denounced the recent reports on media claiming impending attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in some South-Western States of the country, saying the claim was: "not only baseless, but lacks substance in its entirety, hence should be disregarded."

 

Abubakar added that: "What is more worrisome is the claim that the terrorists have infiltrated the Western States".

 

He said: "It would be unthinkable to raise these unfounded rumours of Boko Haram terrorist planning attack not only in the West, but any other part of the country for that matter."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

IPOB: URHOBO DENOUNCES BIAFRA

UPPU

 

The National Publicity Secretary of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha, on Friday, denounced the union membership in the proposed map of Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); warning that the Urhobo and its territories should not be included in any plan by the IPOB.

 

Mumakai-Unagha said: “IPOB have their rights of agitation for freedom of self determination as enshrined in the United Nation declaration stressing that other ethnic groups should not be dragged along to avoid the mistake that led to the civil war. The magnanimity of Urhobos in allowing Igbos celebrate the Igbo Cultural Day should not be taken for granted as we urge IPOB to delist Urhobo from its proposed map.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

ogun

 

The Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, has appealed the October 23 judgement of the State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld the election of Senator Ibikunle Amosun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the April 11 State poll. The suit was filed in the Court of Appeal, Ibadan Division, on November 10, 2015.

 

The suit reads in part: “The tribunal failed to consider the statement on oath of PW9 and the report of inspection of electoral materials containing the instances of irregularities in the polling units contained in the nine Local Government Areas, prepared by PW9 and his team received in evidence as Exhibit P4275. The tribunal failed to consider submissions of appellants’ counsel (including the chart based on Exhibit P4275) filed before the honourable tribunal.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

EARTHQUAKE HITS JAPAN

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A 7.0 magnitude earthquake reportedly hit the Southern Nakanoshima island, part of Kagoshima prefecture, in Japan. The earthquake resulted in a tsunami which affected Kagoshima and Satsunan islands. As at the time of this report, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
 

 

The US Geological Survey said it was some 159km South-West of the town of Makurazaki.

 

By Chika Jones

 

yakubu

 

 

Less than 24hours after the inauguration of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as INEC Chairman, has assured that the Commission under his leadership would be non-partisan and fair to all Nigerians.This was said at a peace summit held in Yenagoa, with almost all the 20 candidates partaking in the Saturday, December 5, 2015 Bayelsa governorship election.

 

The INEC boss who was represented by a National Commissioner, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, said the summit organised by the commission, in partnership with the UNDP’ was to facilitate peace as one of its mandates to pursue and promote sound democratic knowledge and practices.

 

Zakari added that in a democracy, sovereignty belonged to the people and that this sovereignty could be expressed in elections that were devoid of violence, threats, coercion or intimidation.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

emelife

 

According to a letter dated Tuesday 10th November, 2015 by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) to the CBN governor, the Presidency has issued a warning to sanction the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) if it observed errors in the CBN approved financial statements of Stanbic IBTC for the years ended 31st December, 2013 and 2014.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

TINUBU: NIGERIA NOW HAS A FOCUSED GOVT

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday, has said the country now has a good and focused government following the inauguration of the Federal Executive Council by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Tinubu said: “With the team put together by Buhari, he is set to move Nigeria forward, the government is focused, he is the driver of the bus and we are the followers.”

 

He added saying, Buhari’s careful method of planning before acting was the same method he employed at the onset of his governorship in 1999, adding that just as they are calling Buhari ‘Baba go slow’ that was how he was tagged 'go-slow'.

 

He said: “I was complaining then about the paucity of funds just as it is now, it was people like the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and others who were part of the cabinet, then that were part of the dream to reclaim and develop Lagos state and set the tone for infrastructural renewal and today we are seeing evidence of it."

 

By Temitope Bamidele

flood brazil

 

Eliene Almeida is a head teacher at the Municipal school in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil. After the dam at the local Samarco mine had burst, a 20 meter (65-foot) -high wall of mud and water approached the school in which she was teaching.

 

Most villagers ran for higher ground, however, her husband, raced to the school and sounded the warning.
"He came in shouting that we had to run," Almeida, 31 said. She quickly  rounded up the children, aged mainly between 11 and 16. "Within three minutes everyone was out."
 

 

The flood killed at least four people and on Monday -- four days after the disaster struck -- 25 people were still missing. But Almeida's 58 students all survived.

 

By Chika Jones

wike

 

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has accused Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor of mobilizing protests against the Judiciary. 

 

 

The statement the party released read: "The APC has been told that after the meeting and mobilisation of traditional rulers to protest in today's meeting, the next group pencilled down to be mobilised is the clergy in Rivers State. Wike believes that he can finance a section of the supposed men of God to protest and publish anti-judiciary articles and paid adverts in the media extolling the embattled governor."
 

 

 

"We can also reveal that a section of Ikwerre Chiefs and leaders of thought made up of mainly discredited persons of Ikwerre extraction are also being mobilised to protest and place paid adverts in the media in support of Nyesom Wike against the Nigerian judiciary."

 

"The APC is rather surprised that the same Nyesom Wike, who freely boasts of having Supreme Court judges in his pocket (whatever that means) has now resorted to underhand a primitive tactic to undermine the same judiciary."

 

 

"The APC believes that it is important to alert Rivers people and Nigerians of this fiendish level of desperation on the part of Governor Nyesom Wike which is capable of endangering an already traumatised society which the Wike brand of politics has imposed on the State already. We urge you to resist Wike's filthy lucre as real Rivers people are proud and not enticed or excited by filthy and odoriferous money."

 

By Chika Jones

naira notes

 

The continuous drop in the prices of oil in the Global market has further led to a decline in the federation revenue; consequently, allocations to the federal government and states of the federation also declined in the month of September.

 

 

In total, N389.936 billion was shared amongst the three tiers of government at the meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) for September, which declined with the sum of N52.670 billion compared to the N442.606 billion shared in August.

 

 

After the FAAC meeting in Abuja last night, a Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Nwaobia, told journalists that: “The distributable statutory revenue for the month is N321.996 billion. The sum of N6.330 billion was refunded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the Federal Government of Nigeria. Also, there is the exchange gain of N5.211 billion, which is proposed for distribution. The total revenue distributable for the current month including VAT is N389.936 billion.”

 

 

Nwaobia further disclosed that the Excess Crude Account (ECA) remained stagnant at $2.257bn.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

TERRORISTS USE IPADS, LAPTOPS AS EXPLOSIVES

ARASE

In a statement by Police spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawole, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has warned Nigerians against the temptation of picking Ipad phones or laptops not kept by them. The IG, on Thursday, said terrorists now employ the use of these items to make bombs.

 
 

 

Also, the police at the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) Headquarters in Abuja, paraded the suspects accused of being part of the gang that bombed Abuja suburb of Kuje and Nyanya.


 

 

Recovered Explosive materials from them were: “Engineering textbooks, laptops, phone, face mask, funnel, text tubes, Ipad, 2 number plates, gloves, 27 pieces of detonators, and aluminium powder, Hexomine, hydrogene peroxide, sulphur powder, sodium azide plus nitrate, iron 11 oxide, soldering wire, sugar, litmus paper, sodium carbonate, thermometer, chlorate, filter paper, strings, potassium chlorate, 12 ready-made Improvised Explosives Devices (IED), and a full bag of fertilizer”.

 

By Temitope Bamidele

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jamb

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in a statement signed by the board's Head Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, has urged candidates of 2016 that all Computer Based Test (CBT) should be done in their given centres and they should desist from registering in unapproved centres.

 

 

It said: “The board hereby wants to state unequivocally that it will not be liable in the event of any irregularity, challenges or inaccessible data arising from the wrong registration. JAMB, once again, urges candidates that their registration should be done at its approved centres, to avoid certain challenges such as no results and incomplete results.”

 

 

“The essence of registration at the approved centres for the candidates is to ensure complete results without any hitches. Candidates are also to note that the registration will be ending in January 2016.”

 

 

It read further: “Be informed that this year’s registration has been done in a way that candidates will have additional provision for more preferred choices, in case they do not get admission in their most preferred choice. Candidates are allowed to choose from a list of institutions with more spaces. This method is to give candidates a second chance of being admitted, should they miss their most preferred choice. The board is only trying to ensure that all available spaces are being utilised.”

 

By Temitope Bamidele

LASTMA, KAI TO PUNISH LAW OFFENDERS

lastma

 

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) have embarked on strict enforcement of law and order to kerb the incessant heavy vehicular traffic in the city of Lagos.

 

Officers and men of the two agencies stormed Lagos streets and main road on Tuesday to arrest traders who trade on the roads and in the traffic. As a result of this, areas in Lagos such as Ojodu Berger Roundabout, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja and some other places didn't experience gridlock due to the removal of the street traders and commercial vehicles that parked indiscriminately.

 

 

According to the Lagos House of Assembly speaker Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, he said the Government should devise another means of transportation such as rail and sea to also stop the everyday traffic congestion. He also urged the Commissioner for Transportation to mobilize relevant agencies to ease traffic on the roads.

 

By Kindness Okoli 

 

 

EDO PDP CHAIRMAN SURVIVES AUTO CRASH

pdp chairman edo

 

 

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Edo State chapter, Mr. Dan Orbih survived an auto crash that occurred on Tuesday in the notorious Ewu hill, along the Benin/Auchi Express way.

 

The accident happened when an articulated lorry descending the hill from the Benin end of the road, lost control and rammed into Mr. Orbih's convoy from behind, pushing the convoy of cars off the road and into the ravine.

 

The Chairman and those travelling with him were unhurt as they were able to crawl out of the deep narrow Valley. The driver of the lorry and two other passengers sustained injuries and they were quickly rushed to Irrua Specialist Hospital for medical attention.

 

The Chairman was thankful that no life was lost and prayed for quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.

 

By Kindness Okoli

 

 

 

INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFF

tuc

 

 

Members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have vowed to resist plans by the Electricity Distribution Companies to increase tariffs. Reportedly, the Electricity Distribution Companies (EDC) in the country has decided to increase tariff by 49.4 percent, this the TUC has described as wrong.


 

 

The statement issued by TUC President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Secretary-General, Musa Lawal said: "Why should the masses be at the receiving end of every wrong and retrogressive policy in the country? Why must they always pay for what the rich consume more of? What sense does it make for a man who earns less than N20, 000 per month to be made to pay over N8, 000 for electricity bill alone within the same month? Why should they pay so much for what they do not use regularly enough, with officers of the distribution companies rarely bothering to read the analogue metres? Why should these questionable issues that are spared no thought in other climes always take centre stage in Nigeria? Surely, Nigerians deserve a much better deal".

 

 

 

TUC added: "Also, the Congress is informed that Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commision (NERC) is considering introducing measures that will facilitate reduction of the rate of the fixed charge on consumers. What has been happening all along is same with what is obtainable in the telecom sector. They either assign tones to subscribers or enrol them on plans that attract daily, weekly or monthly deductions. We say no to this idea. The N750 charge is fundamentally fraudulent and unjust and must be outrightly abolished. Anyone canvassing its sustenance or any increase in tariff is doing a grave disservice to the nation.

 

 

They have  already submitted a number of proposals to NERC in pursuant to this objective.

 

 

By Chika Jones

Frsc images

 

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Ogun State has confirmed one person died and six others were injured in an accident involving a petrol tanker and four vehicles at Owode Junction on Saturday.




The Unit Commander of FRSC, Mr Leye Adegboyega, disclosed that the accident which happened around 5.30am was caused by carelessness of the tanker driver who lost control and ran into 4 vehicles and caught fire instantly.


Adegboyega added that the explosion from the accident spread and destroyed the surrounding houses and property worth millions of naira. The driver of the tanker, Wale Olaitan, lost his life in the process.


Adegboyega said: "The corpse of the victim had been deposited at the mortuary at Ifo General Hospital, Ogun. While other victims were referred to Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, for intensive treatment."


By Temitope Bamidele

nigeria-army

 

The Nigerian Army shot dead a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber in the Northeast on Sunday, detonating explosives concealed in her handbag in the process. The suicide bomber's target was speculated to be the Maimalari Army barracks Maiduguri, which had suffered repeated blasts in recent months by the Boko Haram sect.

 

 

Source: Babakura Kolo, a civilian volunteer force assisting troops against the rebels, said:
 

“Soldiers at Maimalari Army barracks this morning (Sunday) foiled a suicide attack by a female bomber. She (the suicide bomber) continued walking with her handbag slung on her shoulder despite repeated shouts from the soldiers asking her to stop. One of the soldiers opened fire on the woman and the handbag exploded blowing the woman to pieces.”


 

There were no casualties.

 

 

By Temitope Bamidele

Bayern munich

 

At the Champions League stage next week Bayern Munich will be playing against Arsenal. However, Bayern Munich fans have plans to boycott the
first fifteen minutes of the match due to ticket prices.
 

"We will not enter the away sector for the first five minutes of the game
Arsenal FC against FC Bayern München on the 20th of October 2015,” the
group said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.

“This kind of price structure makes a stadium visit impossible for younger and socially disadvantaged fans. It destroys fan culture, which is the basis of football. In England, this development had already taken place.”

By Chika Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 


Following President Muhammadu Buhari's order to NAHCON to account for every Nigerian pilgrim in Saudi for the last Hajj, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has disclosed that the Nigerian death toll at last Thursday's Hajj stampede has risen to 64 as more bodies were found.

The commission’s Public Affairs Director, Uba Mana, added that 244 Nigerian pilgrims were missing while 71 Nigerians were said to be injured.

He said out of the 64 dead pilgrims, 46 were transported to Saudi Arabia via state pilgrims’ welfare agencies while the 18 other were  via private tour operators; adding that 12 of the 71 injured were got to Saudi Arabia via tour operators while the remaining 59 were through state pilgrims’ welfare agencies.

Mana also listed the states of the deceased as: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Ekiti, Jigawa, FCT, Cross River, Gombe, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers Sokoto, Yobe, Taraba, and Zamfara.

 

 




Credit: The Nation

By: Temitope Bamidele

LAPO AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 611 STUDENTS

lapo

 

The owners of LAPO (Life Above Poverty Organisation) Microfinance Bank on Wednesday awarded scholarships to 611 secondary and tertiary students drawn from 28 states of the federation.

At this year’s event in Benin City, the bank's Managing Director, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, warned parents of beneficiaries not to deploy the funds for other uses. Ehigiamusoe also called for individuals' and organisations' support.

By: Temitope Bamidele



Credit: The Guardian

FIFA PRESIDENTIAL BID: KALU GETS MORE SUPPORT

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The former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu's FIFA presidential bid has kept on waxing stronger. 

On Wednesday, the former FIFA and CAF executive committee member, Dr Amos Adamu, stated his support for the ex-governor. 

He said “Dr Orji Uzor Kalu is eminently qualified to lead world’s football governing body FIFA. I have absolute confidence and believe that he would do well as head  of FIFA. Once  the position  is vacant, Orji Kalu, should  run  for  the top  post.

"A man that led Enyimba  to  win  the CAF Champion’s league twice  cannot be ignored.  in  world  football. A man who was a governor twice and a  successful  business man must  be supported to  run  the  affairs  of FIFA. If we sell his candidacy well who says  he cannot win?"

Dr Adamu also affirmed “ We are  trying  to convince him  to run  so  that  he can  bring his wealth of  experience to  bear on  the game of  football. Every confederations  have  their needs, so we  should  ensure that  he gets  the mandate of the other bodies so  that  those needs  can  be  met.

"We should ensure  that  players  have  a  place  in his administration  because he  has  shown enough capacity  for their  welfare.

“I'm using my  wide contacts to sell his candidacy to the public and some people who may not know him.

"Nigeria is a giant  in  football  compared  to  countries  like Jordan. Prince Ali should go and develop football in his country. If we  are talking  of a people with football pedigree  we  are  over  qualified.

 

"We  are  consulting  and  getting  very  positive  responses. It will be a pride of Africa if Orji Uzor  Kalu  wins  the bid.  Its  time   for Africa  to  rule FIFA.”

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

Credit: Vanguard

nuc

 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has called for the adoption of a common grading system that would be generally acceptable among all universities in the country.

The NUC stressed the need to harmonise the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) grading system, as well as a uniformed Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for all certified Nigerian universities, rather than using other method to grade students. The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie, said this at the workshop which was held at the commission’s headquarters. 

According Prof Okojie, he said, “For CGPA the maximum is five, University of Ibadan has been using seven. So we have asked them, ‘when you are using a scale and the maximum is five, how do you compare with others in a situation where first class honours on the five scale maximum is 4.5 and above? 

"These are some of the issues we are concerned about. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, at some point was using 4.3 and thereafter went back to 4.5. We need a common platform and it’s very important.

“A review would not only facilitate curriculum design within the university that would foster inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary collaboration, but would also minimise duplication thereby enhancing understanding by most foreign universities too.”

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

HID AWOLOWO'S BURIAL TO TAKE PLACE NOV 25

HID

 

The burial of Chief HID Awolowo, who died on Saturday, is to take place on November 25; the eldest daughter of the deceased, Rev. Omotola Oyediran, said on Wednesday. 

November 25th would have been the day HID Awolowo would have clocked 100 years if she had not unexpectedly passed on.

 

By: Temitope Bamidele

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned the general public against the consumption of Maggi noodles produced by Nestle India.

The noodles is said to contain a lot of lead and as such shouldn't be consumed by humans.

Wholesalers and retailers have been advised to take the product to NAFDAC if they come across it, and have also been prohibited from selling the product to the masses.

 

 

 

By: Kindness Okoli

Abia

 

 

The Governor of Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, recently visited the
Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu. He awarded scholarships to two first-class Law
graduates of the university , and announced
plans to slash tuition fees.

Speaking after he was formally installed as the Visitor to the state-owned institution, Ikpeazu promised to turn around the fortunes
of the institution.

He announced the Master's degree scholarship awards for two students who
earned First -Class honours at the Nigerian Law School (NLS).

 

The governor said the State Scholarship Board will be revived within a month.

 

By: Chika Onwuasoanya

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