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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Why My Academic Credentials Are Not Presented To INEC - Buhari

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections, Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that his academic qualifications and credentials are with the military.

A visit by journalists to the headquarters of the commission on Monday in Abuja revealed that Buhari’s academic qualifications were not on display, unlike those of other Presidential candidates, including President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party.But in an affidavit, which he deposed to at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, he explained that all his certificates were with the Secretary, Military Board.The affidavit dated November 24, 2014, was stamped and received by INEC on December 18 2014.“I am the above-named person and deponent to this affidavit therein. All my academic qualifications documents as filled in my presidential form, President APC/001/2015, are currently with the Secretary, Military Board as of the time of presenting this affidavit. The affidavit is made in good faith and for record purpose,” Buhari stated.

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo had also told INEC that his Bachelors and Masters’ degree certificates in Architecture from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, had been consumed by fire.Sambo, who is the Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, had made the declaration in the documents he filed with INEC and displayed on the commission’s office in Abuja, even though the details of the fire that consumed the certificates were not given.

Sambo’s papers were received and stamped by the INEC between December 10 and 18, 2014 and validated by two letters from the ABU.

Influx Of People At Ikeja Electrical Distribution Company Over Issues With Pre-Paid Metres

The Ikeja Electrical Distribution Company for over four days has been witnessing influx of people over various issues on pre-Paid Metres.

Some of the customer said they experienced black out during yhe Christmas festival because they where unable to load units on their metres.

"Am here because I want to celebrate my new year with electricity in my house." Said a customer.

Others said they are the power company to upgrade the metre. While some are there to recharge their metres.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Bode Goerge, Agbaje rigged Lagos PDP primary - Obanikoro tells court


Musiliu Obanikoro, a People Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant has accused a chieftain of PDP in Lagos State, Chief Olabode George, and the winner of the party’s governorship primary, Jimi Agbaje of manipulating the election that made Agbaje the party's flag bearer in 2015.

Obanikoro, in an affidavit he filed with the suit he initiated against the election, alleged that George and Agabje deliberately disrupted proceedings at the election venue, using thugs and state security officers to achieve their aim.

Okonjo-Iweala Presents 2015 Budget to National Assembly



Nigeria's Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has presented the 2015 budget estimate to be about N4.3trillion before the National Assembly.

Speaking at the 2015 budget proposal presentation in Abuja yesterday, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance warned Nigerians to prepare for tough times because of the fall in revenue to the nation's treasury to fund projects.

President Jonathan Condemns Terrorists Attack On Peshawar


President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday condemned the terrorists attacks on Peshawar which resulted in the loss of over 140 lives in Pakistan.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President also extended condolences to the Government and People of Pakistan on yesterday’s terrorist attack on Peshawar.

Mutiny: Army Sentenced 54 Soldiers to Death by Firing Squad, Discharged Five

A
Nigerian Army court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad while five have been discharged and acquitted. 

Details of the sentencing were sketchy early this evening. Their offences too, had not been made public.

The sentences were however handed down at the Mogadishu Barracks, also called the Army Headquarters Garrison, Abacha Barracks, Abuja.


Carniriv 2014: The Port Harcourt Carnival (PHOTOS)

Buhari Presents Yemi Osibajo As Running Mate For 2015 Presidential Election

Presidential Candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) , Muhammadu Buhari  present former Attorney general of Lagos State, Yemi Osibajo as  his running mate for the 2015 presidential election. The short ceremony featured party leaders at the APC secretariat  in Abuja  today.
The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun has earlier said that Buhari will make his running mate known by December 17th.
"The party has consulted with the candidate and had reached agreement and he will address you tomorrow,” Chief Oyegun told newsmen.
According to INEC election guidelines, the APC has Thursday December 18th to announce its Presidential and vice presidential candidates which the party as done.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Oil Workers Begin Nationwide Strike



The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) will today (Monday) begin a nationwide strike action against the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

Its Spokesman, Babatunde Oke, in a statement said that oil workers have been mobilized to protest the inability of the National Assembly to pass the PIB.

Other reasons include delay in carrying the

Nigerian Company Invents Anti-malaria Paints



A Nigeria country, Divine Rewarding‎ services Ltd, a subsidiary of ABS powder has invented an anti-malaria paint to the fight against malaria.


The water based paint is said to be repellent to mosquitoes and other insects and does not have any harmful effects on humans.


Davido, Wizkid Clear the Air, Party together In Lagos



Nigeria music Superstars, Davido and Wizkid at Escape night club in Lagos on Saturday showed to the world that all is going well with them. 

The starboy and Skelewu crooner officially showed everyone all was okay with them again as they partied together.



Jonathan, West African Leaders To Deliberate On Regional Security


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will Monday in Abuja host the 46th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government which will, among other things, deliberate on the current political and security situation in the sub-region.

President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government of the regional body will also receive a briefing on recent developments in Burkina Faso and review the report of the 33rd Meeting of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council.

New N100 banknote To Be In Circulation December 19


The commemorative N100 banknote unveiled recently by the President Goodluck Jonathan is to be officially issued into circulation by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, on Friday, December 19.

The ceremony billed for the Abuja Branch of the CBN will be immediately followed by a simultaneous issuance of the currency across the branches of the bank.

University to Study Beyonce, Rihanna

 
A University Texas,University of Austin has introduced a new course that will study the two America songstress Beyonce and Rihanna.

The course is titled “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism”and will kick-off in the school’s 2015 spring semester.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

‎SHOCKER: Girl's headless body found in Osun


An headless body of an unidentified  young girl has been found in Magaji area of Iwo in Osun State.

The discovery has caused palpable scare in the ancient town as many residents could not go out during the night.

The residents in the Magaji community are suspecting ritual killing with the discovery of the headless body.

PHOTOS: APC Primaries at Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos



Twin bomb explosion rocks Jos


Twin bomb explosions occured in Terminus areas of Jos, the Plateau state capital. 

The two explosions were heard in two minutes interval and about the same locations the last bomb attack occurred on May 20th this year.

The explosion occurred at about 6.45pm, this made it difficult to ascertain the level of casualties.

Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket After Losing Presidential Ticket

Okorocha

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has picked the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in absentia as he was still in Lagos for the party’s National Convention which ended on Thursday evening.

Okorocha’s emergence as the party’s governorship flag bearer in the state came barely few hours after coming fourth in the just concluded APC presidential primary elections at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Buhari emerges APC presidential candidate



General Mohammadu Buhari, has emerged the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate after a two-day convention held in Lagos.

Buhari polled 3,430 votes to get his party’s ticket. Kano state governor, Dr Rabiu Kwankwanso and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar got 974 and 954 votes respectively, while Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha got 624, the publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah scored 10 votes as 16 voided votes were recorded.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Akala Emerges Labour Party governorship candidate


Former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala today, Wednesday emerged the governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the state.

His emergence followed the decision of other aspirants to withdraw from the primaries.
Those that withdrew from the governorship race are Sarafadeen Alli, Nurudeen Aknyo, Kazeem Adedeji, Olu Abiala and Olatunji Sadeeq.

The aspirants gave in to Alao-Akala, choosing the leading aspirant before the former governor's arrival, Alli, as his running mate.

Akala had on Monday ditched the Peoples Democratic Party for the LP. This was shortly after the emergence of former Senate Leader, Teslim Kolawole Folarin, as the candidate of the PDP.
In his acceptance speech, Akala, who thanked the aspirants for their love, expressed his readiness to work with all of them to ensure victory for the LP in the state.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tambuwal Emerges APC Guber Candidate In Sokoto


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has been declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto state.

At the governorship primary of the party concluded Tuesday night, Tambuwal defeated four other contestants for the ticket, with a very wide margin.

Akinwunmi Ambode leading APC guber primary


Akinwunmi Ambode, one of the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Lagos state has been confirmed to be leading.
Ambode was declared winner in the first two boxes counted as anxiety continues to build.

APC Holds Governorship Primaries Nationwide



The major opposition party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently conducting its primary election nationwide to elect the party’s governorship candidates in the 2015 election.

According to reports, the fate of Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, and Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state are already known as they are reported to be sole candidates of the party in their states.

Alamieyeseigha’s Son Died Of Drug Overdose - Report


TheCapital is reporting that Diepriye Alamieyeseigha’s son, Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha died not of suicide but of a drug overdose.

The news platform claims to have gathered exclusive proof that the young man had  “excessive consumption of a banned substance was responsible for the untimely death of the 24-year old.”

CHECK IT OUT!: Wizkid New Single "Wonder"


Wizkid is back with a new single titled  “Wonder”.
This track was produced Del.B. Word on the street is that we’ll be getting another album from wizkid by the end of January 2015.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Jonathan maybe impeached as Senators initiate moves

Investigations has revealed that some Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) senators on Monday had started compiling impeachable offences against President Goodluck Jonathan.
The impeachment moves against the president is what they described as the high level of impunity and corruption allegedly being condoned by his administration.
An All Progressives Congress (APC) member of the Senate, who confided the development in Punch correspondent on the condition of anonymity, explained that his aggrieved PDP colleagues in the upper chamber had started reaching out to the opposition senators.
He said, “I was personally consulted this evening over the issue and I also cross-checked from my colleagues who also told me that they had been contacted.
“The grouse of the lawmakers, according to the person that contacted me, was that Jonathan’s handling of the last week Thursday’s invasion of the National Assembly by the police was carelessly handled by the Jonathan administration.
“From the look of things, the proceedings will start on Tuesday because some signatures had been collected already.”
Another senator from the PDP, who also craved anonymity, also confirmed the development to our correspondent stating that it was certain that the President was not capable of superintending over a free and fair election in 2015.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Dangote cement now sell for N1000

Succour is now in place for Nigerians as Dangote Cement Plc has announced a 41% reduction in the prices of cement, with the different grades now selling for between N1,000 and N1,150, exclusive of Value Added Tax. Now, 50kg of the 32.5 cement grade sells for N1,000, while the higher 42.5 grade will go for N1,150 per bag instead of the current N1,700 that both grades were sold for.

President Jonathan to unveil N100 centenary note Wednesday

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday unveil the specially designed commemorative N100 banknote by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The CBN disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
The bank said the commemorative note was part of its contribution to the centenary celebration and was in line with its mandate of issuing legal tender currencies for the country.

How police man kills child, crushes wife over N2,000

Like a scene from a horror movie, a police corporal, Lucky Ikharia, on October 30, allegedly used a bus to crush the legs of his wife, Dupe. Having left her for dead, Lucky went home where he allegedly stabbed his baby, David, to death, ripping out the toddler’s intestines.
Still in a rage, the policeman turned the knife on himself in an attempt to take his own life.
PUNCH Metro, however, learnt that Lucky and his wife survived but both were in critical conditions.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident occurred at the family’s rented apartment in Kale Close, Mafoluku, Oshodi last week.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Flourish land Assembly presents free medical camp

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Flourish land Assembly  is set to organise a two-day free medical camp. It is tagged : Health and Wellness Seminar.

According to the Church parish Pastor, Oludare Adanri, the programme is organised to address various health challenges facing the society.

He said "there will be free medical check-up on hypertension, Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis and many more.

The major organiser of programme, The Good Women, called on the society to avail their self of the opportunity.
The programme will hold on 15th and 16th of November at 7 Ilupeju bypass,  Ilupeju Lagos.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Burkina Faso President Blaise resigns

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation in a statement on Friday and called for a 90-day transition to "free and transparent" elections in the West African country, local radio and television said.
"I declare a vacancy of power with a view to allowing a transition that should finish with free and transparent elections in a maximum period of 90 days," said the statement, read on local radio and television by presenters.

Bomb blast kill many in Gombe

Scores of people have been confirmed dead in a bomb blast at  Gombe Line Motor Park in Gombe, Gombe state.

The bomb was said to have been detonated from a parked vehicle around 9:30 a.m. at the Gombe Central Park in an area called Cross.

A senior State Security Service (SSS)official told newsmen: "The blast went off at about 9:30am. Up till now, we don't know the number of dead people. But it is a very busy park, so many people will die in such a bomb blast."

Chinedu emerges winner of Ultimate Search

24-year-old Chinedu Ubachukwu has emerged winner of this year’s edition of Gulder Ultimate Search (GUS).

The reality TV show, which ended last night was the 11th edition.
Ubachukwu and 13 others were in the Aguleri jungle in Anambra State for 26 days in contest on who becomes the ultimate winner.
A graduate of Petroleum and Gas Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Ubachukwu, who hails from Anambra State, beat co-finalists, Emmanuel Afolabi and Nne Cosy Joe, to discover the mythical General’s Helmet, a symbol of this year’s search, aptly tagged The Mission.

The other two warriors failed in their bids to get to the mysterious destination across the the heavy currents of Aguleri River. With this achievement, the native of Anambra State will exchange the treasure for a whopping N10million and a brand new SUV.
As soon as Chinedu located & retrieved the General’s War Helmet, anchorman Chidi Mokeme inducted him into the exclusive Order of Heroes as the 11th “Ultimate Man”.

The other finalists will get cash prizes for the positions they finished in. On the other hand, Otto Canon has won the Viewers’ Choice award, thus becoming the proud owner of a brand new SUV in addition to the prize money he gets for being the 3rd runner up.
Samantha Appi, the Last Woman Standing also gets a reward of a brand new 2014 Urban Ford Ecosport SUV in addition to the prize money for being a contestant on the show.

The winner’s party holds this evening at Women Development Centre, Awka.
The reality show began with a total of 14 contestants, 7 of whom are male: Iwuoha Ikenna, 24, from Imo State; Nwagboso Joshua, 27 from Abia State; Emedike Ikenna, 28, from Anambra State; Nne Cosy Joe, 28, Rivers State; Ubachukwu Chinedu, 24, from Anambra State; Otto Canon Chimenem, 25, from Rivers State; and Afolabi Emmanuel Olusegun, 29, from Lagos State.

Vanguard

Keshi re-appointed as Super Eagles Coach

Stephen Keshi has been re-appointed as coach of African champions Nigeria after he was sacked earlier this month, in the latest twist in a long-running battle for control of the country’s football federation.

The head of the federation’s technical committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, said his body had “decided to accept” a proposal re-instating Keshi as Super Eagles coach for Nigeria’s next Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa in November.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Riot at Kirikiri prisons, inmates feared dead

A number of inmates have been killed after soldiers stationed at the Kirikiri Medium Prison, Lagos were called in to quell a riot which broke among inmates of the prison on Friday, an eyewitness has told Saturday PUNCH.

Saturday PUNCH learnt from a source who pleaded anonymity that a protest against the seizure of a ceiling fan belonging to an inmate degenerated into the riot which might have claimed the lives of a number of the prisoners.

Our source, who witnessed the incident, said the shooting started around 1.30pm.

He said, “Someone brought in a ceiling fan for an inmate referred to as the ‘general-overseer’ of the prison’s Christian denomination. But the fan was seized by the officer in-charge of the prisons, who also allegedly ordered the inmate detained.

“The inmate said he was the owner of the ceiling fan and only sent it out of the prison for repairs.”

According to this source, the inmate was later released after protests by his colleagues who felt he was being unjustly punished. But the situation was said to have degenerated beyond control, necessitating the intervention of soldiers at the prisons.

“By the time the inmate was released, the other prisoners had started throwing stones at windows and getting violent. The soldiers shot sporadically at the inmates as they ran into their cells, but many of them were hit,” our source said.

As of the time of filing this report, there was no confirmation on the actual number of prisoners killed but our source claimed to have seen the dead bodies of a number of inmates and some injured prisoners with bullet wounds being transported to the hospital within the prison.

But the spokesperson for the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Ope Fatinikun, told our correspondent on the phone that there was indeed a riot at the prison, which he claimed was not violent.

He said, “No inmate was shot at, but 12 of them who sustained minor injuries have been given treatment.

“If anybody tells you he saw dead bodies of shot inmates, he should provide pictures. We have passed that stage something like that could not have happened without someone getting a picture.”
Punch

Malala, Satyarthi win 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

The Pakistani teenager who once survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban militant group, Malala Yousafzai, was on Friday awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

The award was awarded jointly to her and an Indian advocate of education rights for children, Kailash Satyarthi, “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

The Pakistani teenager came to Nigeria in July 2014 to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan over the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by terrorists in Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.

In its announcement on the award by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, Yousafzai, now 17, became the first teenager to be awarded the prize. Satyarthi is 60 years old.

“The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim – an Indian and a Pakistani – to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism,” a statement by the committee read.

It added that Satyarthi, 60, had maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.”

Malala was living in Pakistan’s Swat Valley when she was shot in the head by militants in October 2012 as punishment for her high profile campaign to encourage girls to go to school.

Punch

Entertainers mourn over Taiwo Oshadipe's death

The Nigerian entertainment scene is currently mourning the death of Taiwo Oshadipe one half of the singing gospel duo of the Oshadipe Twins.

When the news of her death broke, the cause of her death was not ascertained. Reports revealed that the singer cum actress must have died as a result of complication resulting from chest pains.

She was said to be admitted at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, close to a month and was given some medications. She was reported to have felt better when she started taking the drugs. Amazingly, she suffered a relapse.

According to the reports credited to their manager Olu Akinsanya:” She went to the hospital, where the doctor carried out some medical checks on her and gave her some drugs. He also gave her an appointment for Friday. But unfortunately, in the early hours of the day, she started complaining of pains.

“This time, it was very severe; so, her twin sister, Kehinde, decided to rush her to LASUTH. However, upon reaching the hospital, she was confirmed dead. So, by 8.00a.m., Kehinde called me and I had to rush to LASUTH to see her for myself.

“It is still very shocking to me. I saw her on Wednesday and we talked and joked. We even talked about my forthcoming wedding. She promised to play at my wedding, so she asked me not to invite any other musician.

“The autopsy report will be out soon. But I know she had recovered from the illness. The last thing she complained about was the chest pain and that was what led to her death two days after.”

Super Eagles set to war against Sudanese team

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are determined to wrestle three points off the Senior National Team of Sudan when both teams clash tonight at the 35,000 –capacity Khartoum Stadium.

With only one point from their previous two games in the campaign, the Africa Champion know only an outright win will keep them firmly in the series and with an opportunity to defend the title they won in South Africa 20 months ago. And Leader of Delegation to the big match, NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has stated categorically that outright victory is non –negotiable.

“We are here for serious business. I am happy at the attitude of the Coaches and the players and the spirit in camp. Victory will be ours on Saturday.”

The spirit is high in camp as the new faces called up by Coach Stephen Keshi for the quick –fire sessions against Sudan have been proving their mettle, making for good competition in the camp.

The Nigeria delegation of 66 persons, including 24 players and officials, 20 members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club and few NFF Secretariat Staff and couple of journalists, flew out of Abuja aboard a chartered Air Sudan aircraft at midnight on Thursday, and landed in Khartoum four hours later. The contingent was received at the airport by Mr. Habu Gwani Ibrahim, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Nigeria in Sudan, who stood in for the Ambassador who was outside the country.

There were also Mr. Friday Akpan, Head of Chancery and the Public Relations Manager of the Sudanese Football Association, Issam Gumaa, as well as over 200 Nigerian students in Sudan who chanted names of the players and welcomed them to the country.

Led by goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama,the playing body that also includes goalkeepers Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim, defenders Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe and Kenneth Omeruo, midfielders Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Nosa Igiebor, Omatsone Aluko, Hope Akpan, Raheem Lawal and Ugonna Anyora, and strikers Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Gbolahan Salami, Osaguona Ighodaro, Emem Eduok, Aaron Samuel, Sunday Emmanuel and Michael Babatunde, trained at the Khartoum Stadium by 8pm yesterday.

The team’s Grand Holiday Villa Hotel, situated on the bank of the Blue Nile, is only five minutes’ drive from the stadium.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Abandoned Chibok girl found

A girl believed to be one of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls in Boko Haram’s custody for more than 160 days has been found abandoned.

She was picked up at Kwarihi village near Biu in Borno State after being thrown out of a moving Volkswagen Golf car.

She wandered in the bush for two days before she was rescued by villagers.

The Chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Hosea Tsambido, recounted this story yesterday.

He spoke at the gathering of the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners on a day Borno State Government announced a scholarship of N1.4million each for 36 girls – among the 57 who escaped on April 15 from abductors.

According to Tsambido, the abandoned girl, who gave her name as Susanna Ishaya, appeared mentally unstable.

He said she had been handed over to one of the Chibok parents who took her to the hospital after which she would be properly questioned.
Tsambido said: “One of the girls was ferried in a Volkswagen golf and thrown into the bush about two days ago and she wandered into the village of Kwarihi, near Mubi.

“From there they called one of the parents to take care of her in Kwarihi. They are taking her to Yola.
“When she was asked, she gave her name as Susanna Ishaya but right now we are not sure if it is her real name until she is really treated because the people that saw her said she is both mentally and phsycally sick and has been taken to the hospital.

“We believe that she was probably abandoned by Boko Haram because of her health.”

The Borno State Government yesterday granted scholarship to 36 of the 57 Chibok school girls who slipped away from  Boko Haram abductors.

As at yesterday, 219 Chibok girls were still in the custody of Boko Haram although there had been covert talks to set them free.
Governor Kashim Shettima said the 36 girls have been admitted into international schools in Abuja, Kaduna and Plateau States.

Fifty one (51) of the girls were meant for admission after six secured a scholarship at an international school in Yola, Adamawa State.

The governor said the government is spending a minimum of N1.4million annual fees on each of the schoolgirls in their new schools besides other costs for welfare.

The governor, who spoke at a brief farewell for the girls at the Government House in Maiduguri , pleaded not to disclose the names of the schools.
He said the schools were kept under wrap in order to shield the girls from public distraction and to safeguard the security of the girls and the new schools.

A Borno State  statement said: “Governor Shettima said he opted to spread the girls in different schools so as not to make suitable, unnecessary visits that would continue to make them subject of public focus given the global attention on them.

“Shettima said the decision to relocate the schoolgirls was reached after psychosocial experts, psychologists, medical doctors, interfaith religious experts, women from civil society organisations and other trauma managers conducted trauma management sessions for the schoolgirls at the Government House in Maiduguri some months back and certified the girls set for continued education.

“The Governor said while it was a hard decision to send the 36 girls back to school when their colleagues were still in captivity, the government he said, has not given up on the girls still held. He said no sane parent would rule out a child that is held in captivity.
“Shettima called on the schoolgirls to be of good behaviors, obey the rules of their new schools, put their bitter experience behind them and focus on their studies so as to achieve their dreams in life.

“The Governor announced that any of the schoolgirls that obtains a minimum of five credits will be awarded automatic scholarship throughout her university education.” Shettima thanked the parents of the 36 girls that released their children for continued education noting that his government was deeply committed to ensuring their children were provided access to the best education money can offer in Nigeria.

“ He said his administration has a bias for female education which was why he introduced a female medical education intervention programme under which 50 female citizens drawn from the 27 local government areas of the state currently undergo full scholarship to study medicine abroad while more will be sent in a continuous exercise.

“Governor Shettima appealed to members of the media not to bring to the public, the new schools ýthe girls would be relocated even if the media gets to find out through investigations. He noted that exposing their schools could expose them and the schools due to the global interest on them.

Borno State Chairman of the Christians Association of Nigeria, Reverend Titus Pona who is an elder in Chibok community, praised Shettima for fulfilling his pledge of relocating the freed schoolgirls to international schools.
But Tsambido criticized the decision of the Borno State government to send some of the girls to Kaduna.

He said, “the journey from Chibok to Biu is a journey that now takes two days because of the level of insurgency; so sending the girls on such a journey with only one government official and no security protection only shows their level of carelessness.

“The girls will not  be able to fully concentrate in their new school since Kaduna itself is not spared from insurgency.”

Thursday, 18 September 2014

PDP NEC adopts Jonathan as sole candidate

Members of the National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party have adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2015 election.

This decision was taken few minutes ago at the ongoing meeting of the body which is being held at the party’s national headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

Members of the NEC took the decision after various organs of the party said that they had endorsed the President during their meetings which they said were held on Wednesday.

National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mua’zu led other members of the party’s National Working Committee to the meeting.

President Jonathan, his deputy, Namadi Sambo; Senate President, David Mark; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha were among those present at the meeting.

It was aslo attended by majority of the governors, including the Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.

The governor is believed to be nursing presidential ambition.

APC asks Jonathan to explain $9.3m arms cash scam

The All Progressives Congress has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to come clean on the circumstances surrounding the $9.3m that was impounded in South Africa.

The party noted that the scandal had become the latest in “a series of global ridicule to which the scandal-prone Jonathan Administration has subjected Nigeria.”

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also called on the National Assembly to launch an urgent investigation into the issue, saying the silence of the peoples’ representatives on the issue is deafening, unfathomable and unacceptable.

It said, “There was no doubt that the President was at the centre of the whole issue, considering the presidential treatment given to the plane and its cargo, since the plane departed from the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, away from the reach of the Nigerian Customs Service, which could not therefore have cleared the plane and its passengers.

”It is absolutely urgent for President Jonathan to clear the air on this alleged off-the-shelf equipment or arms purchase, which runs against all known protocol for such purchases anywhere in the world. Military equipment and weapons are not bean cakes to be purchased by the road side. There are globally-acceptable protocols for such purchases by governments, otherwise what differentiates a government from an insurgent group that is shopping for arms?

”Is the Jonathan Administration not aware that the UN General Assembly on April 2, 2013 adopted a landmark Arms Trade Treaty precisely to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons by avoiding the kind of road-side purchase that the Nigerian government is said to have been involved in? Though the ATT has not come into effect, the fact that Nigeria is among the few countries to have signed and ratified the treaty shows that the country is concerned by unregulated arms trade.”

The party said the resort to ”procedural error” to explain away the whole issue cannot work, because Nigerian authorities cannot pretend not to be aware that currency brought into or taken from South Africa is monitored by law, and that anyone bringing into that country more than R25,000 in South African currency or U$10,000 or the equivalent thereof in foreign currency must declare such.

It said, “In any case, those who are using ‘procedural error’ as an alibi are being too clever by half. This is because if entering or leaving a country with undeclared $9.3m is mere ‘procedural error’, why was Sule Lamido’s son convicted for not declaring a mere $50,000 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport?”

APC said, however, that in the spirit of fairness, it has decided to give President Jonathan and the government he heads the opportunity to make urgently-needed clarifications by answering a number of questions relating to the $9.3m scandal: Is the money indeed meant to purchase a helicopter as has been reported? To which arm of the government or security force does the money belong? Who appropriated it and for what purpose? Why was the money being ferried in cash by the same government that has been spending huge time and money to promote a cashless policy? Is the resort to cash to avoid a paper trail for the transaction, in which case it is illegal?

It said, “Mr. President, we are aware that each arm of security has an account with the CBN for the purpose of arms purchase and such transactions are properly documented, so why was this not the case in this instance?

“Mr. President, why did it take your government all of 10 days to admit its involvement in this scandal, considering that the embarrassing incident happened since Sept. 5 and was not known until Sept. 15? Does this saga not give credence to the widely held view that you are indeed benefitting from the the Boko Haram insurgency and that you have deliberately allowed it to escalate to this level?

”Mr. President, has this saga not confirmed the suspicion that your 2015 reelection bid has been factored into your handling of the Boko Haram insurgency? Has this saga not given more credence to revelations that the sponsors of Boko Haram are those closest to the President? Has this saga not finally confirmed that the President knows more than he is telling the nation about the sudden escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in the run up to the 2015 elections?

”Mr. President, has this saga not confirmed that powerful forces in your administration are all working in concert to use the Boko Haram insurgency to secure tenure extension for President Jonathan? Is not clear now why the Senate President infamously declared two days ago that election is not on the table since the country is in a state of war? Have we not been proven right in our declaration at the panel discussion in the British House of Commons on Sept. 8th 2014 that the Jonathan administration will attempt to cash in on the Boko Haram insurgency to postpone elections?”

The party said the answers to the questions raised would go a long way in showing Nigerians that their government is not clandestinely buying equipment and weapons to fuel the Boko Haram insurgency and then profit from its own act of perfidy.

It said while the President is compiling his answers to the posers, he should ask his spokespersons to stop adding insult to injury by saying the CIA, FBI, Mossad etc also travel abroad with undeclared cash, in clear violation of the laws of their destination countries, to buy arms.

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny

The military authorities  Tuesday  morning sentenced 12 soldiers to death for mutiny.

The soldiers were charged with six count of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny, disobeying lawful orders and various acts said to be inimical to the military service.
The nine-member all military Court Martial, also found the soldiers guilty of insubordinate behaviour, use of abusive language, leveling false accusation against their superior officers, among others.
They were similarly found guilty of attempting to kill their erstwhile General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General Ahmed Mohammed by shooting at his official car, between May 13 and 14, 2014. The car was bullet proof.
The incident took place at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri in the course of the ongoing counter insurgency campaign.
The court also found them guilty of preventing the movement of some of their injured colleagues to hospital and obstructing evacuation of their dead ones who were killed in ambush on their way from an operation in Chibok, Borno State.
Those to die are: Cpl. Jasper Braidolor, David Musa, Friday Onu, Yusuf Shuaibu, Emmanuel Igomu, Andrew Ngbede, Nurudeen Ahmed, Ifeanyi Alukhagbe, Alao Samuel, Amadi Chukwudi, Alan Linus and Stephen Clement.
Jeremiah Ichocho, who was found guilty of Absence Without Official Leave (AWOL) was sentenced to two years without labour.
Five were discharged and acquitted, having been found not guilty by the court.
The court said the sentences were subject to confirmation by higher authorities and acknowledged the right of the soldiers, who pleaded not guilty to most of the charges, to appeal the judgment.
The court was presided over by Brig. Gen. CC Okwonkwo.

Other members of the court are: Col. TS Nurseman, Col. TO Olowomeye, Col. IG Lassa, Lt.Col. JK Feboke, Lt. Col. CR Nnebeife, Major I Yusuf, Major TA Yakubu and Major AE Martins.
Lt. Col. AA Audu and Lt. Col. U Ukpe served as prosecutors

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ebola Patients Who Run Should Be Shot On Sight, says Chidi Mokeme


Chidi Mokeme said infected people who escape quarantine despite being infected with Ebola virus should be stopped with bullets.

Ebola: Nurse, husband who escaped quarantine to Enugu relocated back to Lagos


Nigerian Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed that the Lagos nurse who travelled to Enugu against medical advice is now back in Lagos and is under quarantine with her husband.
The suspect, identified as a nurse, said to have travelled to her home town to visit her family, is now under surveillance with 20 others she came into contact with in the city.

With the development, the total number of Nigerians under monitoring for the dreaded virus is now 198.

CBN re-introduces charges on withdrawals from other banks ATM


The Central Bank of Nigeria has re-introduced ATM charges for cash withdrawals made on other banks’ Automated Teller Machines. In a circular dated August 13rd 2014 and signed by the Director, Banking and Payment Systems Department, CBN, Mr. Dipo Fatokun , the re-introduced ATM deduction pegged at N65 per withdraw would take effect from September 1st 2014.

REVEALED: ‘Why my husband came to Nigeria’- Late Patrick Sawyer's wife writes


In defense of her late husband, Mrs Decontee Sawyerr, widow of Late Patrick Sawyerr, the Liberian man who came into Nigeria with the deadly Ebola virus, has said her sick husband risked all to come to Nigeria because he believed so much in the health system here & wanted to be properly diagnosed and treated. She explained her thoughts on her facebook wall and also took a swipe at the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who called out her late husband recently in a CNN interview. What she wrote below...

Ebola: Patience Jonathan introduces new greeting method (photo)



First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan pictured greeting officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Poland as she arrived the Gdansk Walesa International Airport in Sopoto, Northern Poland to commission a training ship built for the Nigerian Oceanographic Institute for Marine and Research purposes.

Check Out Omotola Ekeinde's South Africa Vacation Pic With Family (PHOTOS)


The actress is currently in South Africa with her children and husband. See more photos....

FIFA rankings: Nigeria rises to 33rd position


Nigeria has moved up by one spot in the FIFA world rankings to occupy the 33rd position in the August month, according to the rankings released on Thursday.

In the rankings table posted on the world football governing body’s website, Nigeria has 673 points in August, as opposed to the 660 points it garnered in the July ranking.

SPORT: Court upholds Suarez’s four-month biting ban


Luis Suarez’s four-month biting ban has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the Uruguay striker can now train with new club Barcelona.

A full explanation of the ruling will not be published until a later date.

Suarez’s lawyers argued world governing body FIFA’s decision to suspend him from all “football-related activity” for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup was excessive.

Brazilians mourn presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos


Brazil is in mourning after the death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, 49, who was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday.

President Dilma Rousseff declared three days of mourning and halted all campaign activities for the presidential elections on 5 October.

Horrible: Man caught having s*x with dog in Edo


The Edo State Police Command has arrested a 19-year-old boy in Iguosa community, Ovia North East Local Government Area, for allegedly having sex with a dog.

The young man, identified simply as Osagiator, was said to have taken the dog to an uncompleted building where he had sex with it.

Enugu hit with Ebola Virus Disease, 21 persons isolated

Health inspectors at work
Enugu state in Nigeria has also been hit by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease. Making the state the next in line after Lagos.

Twenty one persons out of the 198 so far quarantined because of the virus are in Enugu, says the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Two suicide bombers kill 13, injures 35 in Yobe

Two suicide bombers on Wednesday launched coordinated attacks on two mosques in Potiskum town, the largest commercial city in Yobe State.
The attack was targeted at worshippers during the evening prayer at about 7:30 local time.They attacked mosques which included the Alkali Kalli mosque located just a few metres away from the Emir of Fika Palace and the Sakafa mosque sited at the busy Potiskum Central Market.

Breaking News: FIFA Vice President Grondona Dies

FIFA vice-president, Julio Humberto Grondona, is dead, Goal reports.He was 82.Grondona was also the head of the Argentine Football Association (AFA).
He has served as AFA president since 1979He was involved in numerous scandals and has been accused by media outlets of being a “mafioso.”

FG launches 64-page Nigeria e-passport

In a move to reduce the sufferings of heavy Nigerian travelers, the Federal Government on Wednesday launched the new 64-page Nigerian e-passport.The new travel document will be in use with the existing 32-page e-passport .
President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo were issued their new passports after their data were captured before the Federal Executive Council meeting started at the State House, Abuja.

Woman Strips Naked Infront Of Nelson Mandela Status

A woman stripped naked and caresses the status of former South Africa's President, Nelson Mandela on Monday afternoon.
She undressed in full view of the public. Some call it 'performance art' but others considered her action distasteful.