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Sunday, 22 February 2015

SHOCKER: Another ‘Soka’ Allegedly Discovered in Iju Ishaga Area of Lagos state

Residents of Iju Ishaga area of Lagos state on Sundayevening allegedly discovered another hideout of human traffickers in their vicinity while four young men were apprehended.

The hideout, located at the back of the popular Iju Ishaga car park, covers a vast land of bushes and unknown to most residents of the area, it is the hideout where the alleged suspects carry out their deadly activities.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Breaking News : Boko Haram attack Gombe State

The Boko Haram fighters have attacked the military base in Gombe state.

As a result of this 24hours curfew has been declared in the state.
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

How Fayose, Obanikoro, others used soldiers to rig Ekiti poll — Army Captain

Captain Sagir Koli of the 32nd Artillery Brigade in Ekiti State, who released an audio recording which purportedly has the voice of the then Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Ayo Fayose, in the June 21 governorship election and others meeting on how to allegedly rig the election, on Saturday, insisted the clip was authentic.
In an interview by Sahara TV which was monitored bySUNDAY PUNCH, Koli narrated how soldiers were allegedly deployed in Ekiti to manipulate the poll in favour of the ruling party.
The recording purportedly captured Fayose; Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh, who was in charge of the election; Osun PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore; Minister for Police Affairs, Jelili Adesinyan; and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, in a meeting where they allegedly gave directives to the military to favour the PDP.
He stated that none of Fayose, Obanikoro and other Peoples Democratic Party leaders could deny being at the meeting.
Fayose, Obanikoro and Omisore however, denied both the meeting and the voices in the audio clip.
The Army captain, who has been on self exile after he released the audio tape, said he was ready to testify against those at the meeting should they file a suit in court.
He also said, “It came as a surprise to us. Three weeks to the election, Brig.-Gen. (Aliyu) Momoh was brought in. When he came, he asked us to work with him. When we entered Ekiti State, we started to see a different thing. The commander said this is his direction and we had to follow him.
“He said he was working for the Presidency. He said it categorically. ‘Look, I’m working for the Presidency and anything I am doing, follow my directions. That was what necessitated the compromise in the election.
“The commander asked all the troops to work with Peoples Democratic Party thugs to make sure that his given assignment was done.”
Koli said he played an advisory role in the election as an intelligence officer. He said there were tactical commanders on ground who covered the 16 local government areas of the state.
“Each local government area was assigned a major or a captain, with soldiers to cover those areas adequately. Those tactical commanders were given specific directives on what to do. The PDP and its teams had what they called ‘contacts’; they were PDP supporters and thugs.
“What the commanders were ordered to do was to work directly with those contacts and make sure that whatever those contacts wanted, they should do it. That was the directive. After giving the directive, we moved round the 16 LGAs to ensure compliance by the tactical commanders,” he said.
He added, “They (security operatives) were assembled at the Forward Operational Base adjacent the Ekiti State Government House. He (Fayose) was given a task force. The task force was composed of military components, the Police, Mobile Police Force and security operatives from the DSS (Department of State Security). They were asked to go and work with the PDP contacts in the 16 LGAs.
“Additionally, a sticker was designed and a hand band. On election days, ordinarily and constitutionally, we restrict movements from 06:00 to 18:00 hours. Those stickers were given to PDP supporters; that anybody or any vehicle seen with that sticker should be allowed unlimited access on the Election Day, and that was what was done.”
Speaking with SUNDAY PUNCH, Adesiyan on Saturday admitted that there was a conversation but it was at a scene in Ado-Ekiti, when Fayose and the General engaged in an altercation which almost resulted in a fight.
He explained that the General was accused of being bribed by Governor Kayode Fayemi and the All Progressives Congress, which led to a heated argument between him (the general) and Fayose.
Adesiyan said, “Nigerians are not dummies. These people are mischievous; somebody recorded the scene but let everybody listen to it. Listen to it yourself and get back to me.
“Fayose accused the General who supervised the Ekiti election of taking bribe from Fayemi and APC, that was two days before the election. They called me because they said the General disarmed policemen and I told him to allow the policemen to do their job.
“I was there, Fayose was there, Otunba Omisore was there, Senator Obanikoro was there. I am not denying that there was a conversation but it was not what they are saying.”
Omisore also debunked the allegation of rigging, saying it was an attempt by the APC to tarnish his image.
The media aide to the Osun PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Victor Oriola, made the denial on his principal’s behalf in a response to SUNDAY PUNCH’sinquiry on Saturday.
Omisore’s response read in parts, “In order to set the record straight, we say empathically that the offensive YouTube (audio) was unfounded and meant to hoodwink the unwary and portray the PDP and its leaders across the South West in a bad light.
“How did Omisore and those mentioned in the YouTube (audio) rig election when all the stakeholders in Ekiti voted for Fayose? Initially, the APC claimed it was stomach infrastructure that won the people’s mandate for Fayose. When that would not fly, they say it was photo-chromic rigging.
“Now, it is army and police who were coordinated to rig for Fayose, what balderdash!”
Again on Saturday, Fayose dismissed the audio.
His Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said the governor had no time for frivolities and was more interested in bringing good governance to the people.
He said, “We are not interested in this media hype. If they (APC) have such evidence, they know where to go.
“If you, as a military officer, have such information, is it the opposition that you go to?
“The tribunal is there. They can go to the appeal court and file fresh evidence, if it would work for them.
“All this noise shows they don’t know what they are doing. We are not interested in this trash because the video is a fake. Where is the military officer? Does that Captain Koli exist?
“They should provide evidence that PDP members were given special stickers and hand bands.”
A source close to Obanikoro said on Saturday the former minister would no longer respond to the allegations about his alleged involvement in the rigging of the June 21 Ekiti governorship election which was purportedly recorded on tape.
When one of our correspondents called Obanikoro on the telephone on Saturday, his phone rang out while a text message was not responded to.
Also, a text message and phone call made to his media aide, Ohimai Amaize, were not responded to.
However, the source close to the former minister told our correspondent on the condition of anonymity that Obanikoro was being careful because he had just been nominated as minister by President Goodluck Jonathan

Saturday, 7 February 2015

BREAKING NEWS: INEC postpones 2015 general elections

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega after a meeting with top officials of the commision has postponed the general election previously stated for 14 of Febuary, 2015.
He said the decision was reached after studing the security situation of the country, adding that security remain the most vital part of election conduct.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Emir Sanusi for coronation on Saturday

The Kano State Government said it had concluded arrangements for the coronation and presentation of staff of office to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, scheduled for Saturday, February 7.

Special Adviser to the state governor on Kano Emirate Council, Alhaji Mailafia Sanka, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Friday.

“The state government has made special arrangements for the grand occasion as prominent personalities from all walks of life are expected to grace the coronation,’’ Sanka said.

Already, he said, dignitaries from within and outside the country had started arriving for the grand occasion.

“The occasion will be held at the newly-constructed Coronation Hall, located in the Government House,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Kano city is wearing a new look as eminent personalities have been arriving for the grand event widely described as the Century Great Coronation.

NAN recalls that Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II was appointed the 14th Emir of Kano on June 8, 2014, following the death of Emir Alhaji Ado Bayero on June 6, 2014.

Tribunal Affirms Aregbesola Victory, Dismisses Omisore's Petitions

The Election Petitions Tribunal, hearing cases arising from the Osun State August 9, 2014 governorship election in the state, has dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, challenging the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress.

In the judgment, lasting over seven hours, the tribunal dismissed the prayers of the petitioner, alleging malpractices and substantial non-compliance of the poll with the Electoral Act as amended.

The petition was dismissed in a unanimous judgment, which started at 9.10am and concluded by 4.38pm, read by  tribunal chairman, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime.

The judgment was read amidst heavy presence of security men at the court premises.
The tribunal held that Aregbesola, who  scored 394,684 votes credited to him by INEC, was validly elected and returned as the winner of the poll.

Omisore scored 292,747.
Three  issues were formulated for determination by the tribunal.
The first issues was  whether  the tribunal has jurisdiction  to hear the petitioner’s petition.

The second issue for determination was whether the election was vitiated by the reason  of alleged  substantial non compliance with the Electoral  Act and the third issue was whether the first respondent ( Aregbesola) was validly elected and returned as the winner of the poll.
The first issue of jurisdiction, which the first respondent complained against in an application, was resolved against him.

The only issue, which was resolved in favour of the petitioner, which allowed his petition to scale the first hurdle put against it by the first respondent, did not avail him of victory at the end as the tribunal went ahead to expose the weaknesses in the  allegations contained in his petition.
On the issue of substantial non compliance, the tribunal resolved the issue against the petitioner.

PVC Collection: Lagos, Oyo, Yobe, others declare Public Holiday

The Lagos State government  has declared today, February 6, a work-free day to enable public workers collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).

Oyo and Yobe States declared a two-day public holiday, Thursday, February 5 and Friday, 6, to allow residents collect their PVCs.

No Going Back On Election Date - Council of State

Attendees of the Council of State meeting at Aso Rock, Abuja on February 5, 2015.
Over speculations that the General election will be postponed, the Council of State has taken a stand that the 2015 General Elections will hold as planned.

The decision was taken yesterday, February 5, at a meeting attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega.

EKITI ELECTION: Obanikoro denies rigging allegations

Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro State has denied allegations that he rigged the June 2014 governorship election which brought into office Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti.

BREAKING NEWS: Boko Haram launches First Attack In Niger Republic

The deadly Islamic sect has launched it first bomb attack in Niger Republic.

According to AFP, Boko Haram members this afternoon launched their first attack in the country.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

PHOTOS: Nollywood Actor Muna Laid To Rest At Anambra Home Town

Nollywood actor Muna was laid to rest at his home town Umudioka in Anambra state..
Muna Obiekwe who passed away secretly at a specialist hospital in Festac Lagos, Sunday, January 18th, 2015 died of  kidney failure.

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CHECK OUT Mikel Obi's Luxurious Lifestyle In UK

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MUST WATCH: Toyin Aimakhu spotted with President Jonathan

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Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu has been spotted doing something unusual with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan mourns late Molade Okoya-Thomas

Late businessman, Molade Okoya-Thomas

President Goodluck Jonathan has extended his condolences to the family of late businessman, Molade Okoya Thomas.

Molade Okoya-Thomas died on Monday, February 2, of yet undisclosed causes. He is aged 79.

Jonathan expressed his sorrow via a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati. It reads:

Gloria Bamiloye Celebrate Birthday

The wife of Mike Bamiloye, The founder of Mount Zion Faith Ministry International, Mrs Gloria Bamiloye has today added another year to her age.

PDP bribed pastors with N6bn to campaign against Buhari - Governor Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi
Amaechi made the allegations on Tuesday, February 3, during an APC governorship rally in the Emohua Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had paid the sum of N6 billion as bribe to some pastors in the country to ensure that they campaign against the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nigerian companies to begin production of anti-retroviral drugs – UNAIDS

An HIV-positive woman collects her anti-retroviral drugs in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Country Director for UNAIDS, Bilali Camara stated this in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Four companies in Nigeria will soon begin local production of anti-retroviral drugs, the Country Director for UNAIDS, Bilali Camara said on Thursday, January 22.