KILLINGS IN EGBEMA: IMO GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS KILLINGS AS IMO DEPUTY VISITS FAMILY


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Imo Government has condemned in its entirety the gruesome murder of six in Mmahu and Obiakpu, Egbema, in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government of Imo State calling for full investigation into the matter.

Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, yesterday, paid a condolence and fact finding visit to the families of those who lost their lives from the bullets of unknown gun men in Mmahu and Obiakpu communities in Egbema.

Imo number two citizen, while commiserating with the relatives and family members of late A. U. Aligbue whose son, Tony Aligbuo, was killed at the same time, condemned the dastardly act. He said Governor Okorocha had sent him to them to register his condolence and to assure them of Government’s interest in the matter.

He told the bewildered family members of the deceased that Government of Imo State has waded into the matter to bring to an end the raging violent incidents that has been the order of the day in the area.

Prince Madumere who had in his entourage the members of State Security Council  however appealed to those with useful information about the perpetrators of the evil act to report such to the nearest police station or to any security agency close to them. He reminded the people that the security agents will be working at cross purposes without useful input and information from them.

It will be recalled that in Mmahu and Obiakpu, gun men had murdered six people in cold blood in one week. Last two years, it was reported that the first son of late Aliegbo was also murdered in similar circumstance.

Narrating their experience, Mr. Prince Aligbuo, the surviving son of the deceased appealed to the Governor represented by the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere to come to their rescue to avoid the reoccurrence of the He, however thanked Deputy Governor for his time and for sharing in their pains.

 

 

NAFDAC urges herbal medicine practitioners to abide by best practices


The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) has enjoined herbal medicine practitioners to abide by the agency’s rules.

Mr Phebean Malomo-Odu, Deputy Director, Herbal and Neutriceutical Division of Drug Evaluation and Research of NAFDAC, gave the advice in Onitsha, Anambra, during a one-day workshop for herbal medicine practitioners in the South-East.

Malomo-Odu said that herbal medicine had been embraced World wide and that it was a good foreign exchange earner, adding that the country’s herbal medicine producers must take advantage of the trend through engaging in acceptable international best practices.

“They should have good manufacturing practice. You cannot introduce quality to a finished product but you can build-in quality right away from the raw material to the end.

“That’s why NAFDAC is concerned about being sure that they adhere to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). So, with that, we would know that quality is built into the product’’, she said.

She advised the practitioners to ensure 100 percent cleanliness in their manufacturing rooms, ventilation of the rooms, proper documentation of each herb, processes and herbal medicine produced.

In a paper, `Extant Regulatory Control for Herbal Advertisement’’, the Deputy Director, Advertisement Control Division, Mrs. Sinmidele Onabajo, noted that all publicly advertised herbal products must be registered with NAFDAC.

Onabajo noted that the agency would verify all herbal products’ advertisement placements before its publication and airing.

Onabajo noted that days of making unfounded claims about the efficacy and multiple function of a single herbal product in the media without NAFDAC verification and authorization was over.

“We are here to educate them on the procedures to get an advertisement permit, to make sure that before they go ahead and advertise, they have that permit with them.

“When they have the permit with them, we would have taken care of all the excesses of the claims they intend to advertise. So, the permit is the key to advertisement in the states.

“And in the event that they don’t have it, we would now carry sanctions to make sure that only the people who have the necessary permit, will be allowed to inform the people, so that they can make right choices’’, she further stated.

Chief Eugene Nwachukwu, Vice-President of National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners, (NANTMP), said that there had been growing patronage of herbal products by Nigerians within the past 10 years.

Nwachukwu said that there was no difference between herbal medicines from China, India, Pakistan and that of Nigeria, except in the area of packaging and proper processing.

Alariwo Survives Ambush From Robbers In Ibadan


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Veteran Nigerian singer — Alariwo would probably be making plans go give thanks to God tomorrow in church.

Alariwo revealed yesterday that he was attacked by armed robbers on Monday in Oluyole Estate., Ibadan.

“I was shot but the bullet has been removed…” he says, sharing a photo of his car with the window destroyed by the bullet.

Alariwo was out with the facilitator of an Orphanage Home (Winning Castle) around Oni & Sons, Ibadan where he serves as an Ambassador.

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Group claims Nigeria security laws are too weak to fight terrorism


A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, (Intersociety), on Sunday, said the Nigerian security forces, as presently constituted, lacks the capacity to fight insurgency because of the country’s weak policy on security.

The chairman, Board of Trustees of the group, Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi said this while briefing journalists in Onitsha during a ceremony to mark the release of the group’s letters to Pope Francis, Nigerian Christian leaders, International Criminal Court and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Umeagbalasi said part of the reason the security agencies in Nigeria would not be able to fight terrorism was because the country’s national policy on security had remained outdated.

He said the policy was last updated in 1979, and that with such development, it would be difficult for security agencies to work effectively.

He also said that while the terror groups in Nigeria were employing first class brains from the best universities in relevant courses, the Nigerian security operatives were mostly officers, who were born before the computer age, and who had also refused to update their skills to suit modern crime fighting techniques.

“The National Policy on Security was last updated in 1979, during the Obasanjo military era, that is 35 years ago. How can such an archaic policy be used to fight crime in a modern age like this?

“That is why most of the police personnel are BBC(Born Before Computer) officers. The ordinary Nigeria police officer is a typewriter age security officer and cannot detonate a bomb that is powered by modern ICT devices.

“While the Boko Haram are employing graduates of Chemistry, Physics and other related courses, the country is employing illiterate police officers to fight crime. Go and read the profile of Oguche, the mastermind of the Nyanya Bomb blast and you will know the kind of people Boko Haram is employing”, Umegbalasi said.

The group while calling on Christian leaders in Nigeria and religious organizations like the Roman Catholic and the Anglican Communion to lend their voices, said that the plans of the various terrorist groups in Nigeria is to wipe away Christians from the country.

They stated that the United Nations have been very skeletal in their
concern about happenings in Nigeria, despising the fate of about 170million people, and taking greater interest in Sudan of just 30 million population.

In a letter to Pope Francis, the group stated that the timely intervention of the Papacy will save Nigerian Christians from being wiped off, adding that the killing of Christians and burning down of churches by the terrorist groups signpost their desire to annihilate the Christian race.

It revealed that the country was not only dealing with the Boko Haram, but another very deadly terror group known as the Fulani Jihadist, which many have always mistaken for mere Fulani herdsmen, but which has also killed several people in the North Central zone of the country.

“We are not calling on Christians to carry arms, but there are several safeguard mechanisms that can be applied. The federal government should also own up to the fact that our security agencies are a monumental failure, and move to strengthen it”, he noted.

The group said that in 2014 alone, at least 4,118 innocent citizens, who are mostly Christians of Igbo and Northern Nigeria minority extraction, have been killed, making it the bloodiest year since 1999.

Ini Edo shares new photo to prove that her skin color is uniform


Ini Edo shared another picture from her yesterday’s look, I guess she shared this to let you all know that her face is the same color with her body because most people accused her of bleaching only her face .

See the previous picture she shared below

Al-Makura Impeachment Plot: Sen. Adamu Cautions Against Plunging Nasarawa Into Crisis


Abdullahi AdamuThe First Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Sarkin Yakin Keffi), has predicted a prolonged crisis arising from the plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dominated State House of Assembly to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He has therefore cautioned them to have a rethink and avoid being conned by fifth columnists who do not wish the young state well.

The two-term governor, in a letter to the Assembly, asked its members to remember that the state, which was created on October 1, 1996, is not immune from the political upheavals being witnessed in some parts of the country.

He drew their attention to a saying of   former US President, John F. Kennedy that “It is not all the time that you do what you can do”. He added  : “those of us who made so much sacrifices to get our young state created did not bargain for this unfortunate path you are about to take our people through.

“You are all aware that after our struggle to get Nasarawa State created, I was privileged to lead our dear state as its first executive governor from 1999 to 2007.  I have worked with some of you and for the period we worked together, we had very fruitful working relationship, given that our ultimate goal has been the betterment of the millions of citizens of the state. I am of the view, therefore, that putting our young state through this tortuous road will do more harm than good for our people”.

He said that given the heterogeneous nature of the state and the recent sectarian upheavals there, nothing should be done to further rubbish the image of the state.

“Permit me to remind you that we in this young state cannot afford the   luxury that people in states that were created 30, 40 or more years ago would afford. I    therefore wish to appeal to our sense of reason, to reflect and ponder deeply over the ultimate   implications of taking our young state through an unpredictable path”, he said.

“As the popular saying goes, ‘Discretion is the better part of valour’. While you ponder on these few words of mine, I also urge all of you to listen to the voices of those who elected you. All of us in high and low positions of leadership in the state owe it to our people to do all we can to save our dear state from an ill wind that blows no one any good.  You are advised!”

Adamu, who is currently representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District in the Senate, noted that even though the 1999 Constitution gives powers to the lawmakers to serve as checks to the Executive, such must be wielded with restraint.

He added: “While the Constitution empowers you in the Legislative arm of government to serve as a check on the excesses of the Executive arm, such powers must be exercised with restraint and caution particularly where exercising those powers may be detrimental to the overall well-being of the state and its people.

“My dear compatriots, the political atmosphere is indeed heated and tense as we approach the 2015 general elections. You must realise that a lot of the things happening have a bearing on the coming elections both at state and at the federal level. Your action must therefore be measured at all times and guided by only what is of interest to our dear state and its people”.

He, therefore, appealed to all to work across party divides “and put our state first, we can overcome the differences that may exist and work to turn the fortunes of Nasarawa state for the better. Having known and worked closely with Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, I can attest to his imperfections as we all are as human beings. I, however, believe these shortcomings can be addressed if the executive and legislature close ranks and dialogue with open minds, with a view to understanding each other and ironing out the perceived differences”.

Sen. Adamu said he wrote the letter out of genuine concern for the development of the state and not based on partisanship even as he clarified that the letter was written in the overriding interest of the state rather than opportunism.

“Fellow compatriots, I am compelled to write this letter to you as a last resort. Those who know me well or have followed my political history will agree that I have never been an opportunist”.

Late Michael Jackson’s brother, Jermaine Jackson in Lagos to collaborate with Psquare


Dream comes through as Micheal Jackson’s brother, Jermaine Jackson is presently in Nigeria to work with Psquare on a track in their forth coming album. Read Peter’s words below…

“He said it and he’s finally here …. #6thalbum #squareville work in progress.. Wait for it. Cc @jermjackson5″ “As a child this seemed like earth to Pluto dreams but alas, here we are working together… Keep your dream alive… “See another photo after the cut:

Ex-Minister Chides Okorocha Over Substandard, Poor Quality Projects


Emmanuel IheanachoA former Minister of the Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, over the weekend, carpeted the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, for contracting Chinese clay manufacturers to handle construction projects in the state.

He noted that the projects being executed by the Chinese had turned out to be of poor quality and substandard projects.

Capt. Iheanacho, who bared his mind during a media chat with journalists in Owerri, the Imo State capital, condemned what he tagged “China Projects” in the state.

Iheanacho, who is a frontline governorship aspirant under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), decried what he alleged as “total disregard to due process and procedures as well unquenchable appetite for cheap labour by the Okorocha-led administration”, pointing out that such tendencies have negatively rubbished the governor’s earlier vision for the state.

He said: “It worries me that someone who enjoys the mandate of the people would revisit the people with visibly poor quality and substandard projects that collapse even when constructions are still ongoing. As the rains wash away the roads, other infrastructure such as buildings are collapsing almost on a daily basis.

“This sad but unfortunate development could be simply attributed to the governor’s total disregard for due process and unquenchable appetite for cheap labour. A governor should represent good quality and appreciable sense of taste to enable him bequeath to the people quality infrastructural projects expected to stand the taste of time. That of course informed the reason why Late Chief Sam Mbakwe’s projects are still useful to our state even after leaving office many years ago”.

The industrialist further described several billions of naira being spent by the Okorocha administration on infrastructural projects as “wasted funds”.

While contending that Imo people deserve the best in governance including quality and long- lasting projects, the aspirant promised to change the ugly trend by engaging only competent and capable contractors in executing infrastructural projects if elected next governor of the state in 2015.

“My bond with Imo people is to rekindle their confidence in the governance of their state which obviously has taken flight under the present administration. I am committed to give them the best in governance which they truly deserve. Their common resources will ultimately work for them as we shall deliver quality projects that will stand the taste of time. Only capable and competent contractors will be engaged to achieve noble objective”, he stated.

FG Will Overcome Boko Haram Soon – Obanikoro


Senator-Musiliu-Obanikoro-dp1The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has assured that the Nigerian military would be adequately funded to confront the prevailing security challenge in the country.

Obanikoro, who gave the assurance when he spoke with newsmen yesterday in Warri, Delta state, also stressed that the unwholesome activities of Boko Haram will soon be over.

The minister, who was on his maiden official visit to inspect naval commands and platforms across the Niger Delta region, in reference to the $1 billion loan requested by President Goodluck Jonathan to combat insurgency and terrorism, stated that the current administration is ready to upgrade the capacity of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, which had hith­erto remained a mirage in the last twenty five years.

He also pleaded with Boko Haram to release the Chibok girls who have been in their custody for over three months now.

Assessing the facilities on ground and funding of the Navy, Senator Obanikoro de­clared, “well, so far, so good but in real terms and given the goals that we have set for ourselves as a nation, we are in for more investment and no doubt about it”.

The minister, who was in company of the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Logistics Headquarters Oghara and Commanding Of­ficer NNS Delta, Warri, Rear Admiral Sidi Hassan Usman and Captain Musa Gemu respectively, urged Nigerians to continue to support President Jonathan in his transformation agenda.

He also urged Nigeri­ans not to be distracted by ter­rorism or security challenges, explaining that there is nowhere in the world where evil will prevail over good

Suswam ‘Loaned’ Benue N’East Senatorial Seat By Paramount Rulers


Gabriel Suswam-SenateBenue State Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, has declared his intention to contest the Benue North East Senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2015 general elections thereby pitching him against the current occupier of the seat, former National Chairman of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Barnabas Gemade.

Suswam declared his intent on Friday in Adikpo, Kwande LGA, when he led three paramount rulers of the ‘Sankera political bloc’ to lobby the two paramount rulers of Ushongo and Kwande LGAs where the PDP supposedly zoned the position to, asking that he be allowed to represent them in the Senate.

Addressing the gathering on the purpose of their visit, the Ter Katsina-Ala, Chief Fezanga Wombo, who spoke on behalf of the Suswam-led delegation, said they were in the palace of the Ter Kwande to intimate them of the governor’s intention to contest the 2015 senatorial election.

“We know that the senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2015 election has been zoned to Kwande/Ushongo axis, but we of the Sankera bloc have come to ask that you lend us the slot to allow Governor Suswam run for the seat”.

Responding to the request, the Ter Kwande, Chief Hilary Ikima, stated that “since none of our subjects had indicated interest to contest the seat and given that Governor Suswam is the first to ask for it, we will loan the seat to Sankera”.

Checkout Annie Idibia’s sexy outfit to 2face’s Ascension Album listening party (Photos)


Annie Idibia rocked his sexy outfit to her husband 2face’s Ascension album release party last night …
Sexy couple

Floyd Mayweather claims he slept with T.I’s wife…… then denies it


This is bad! Recall TI and Floyd Mayweather engaged in a street brawl after TI was angry his wife was hanging around the boxer consistently…Floyd then infuriated T.I by saying “Cuff your b*tch”..

He later denied he slept with Tiny but during the BET Awards,Tiny snubbed him on the red carpet when he tried to reach out to her.Floyd was at a press conference to promote his next fight recently when a fan in the crowd asked, “What about T.I?,” Floyd replied

What about the b*tch? I was f-ckin’ his b*tch. MoneyMayweather gon’ make it do what it do, baby

He later took to instagram to deny he made the statement. See below:

Dad Beats Babysitter Unconscious for Molesting Son


An enraged father in Florida yesterday attacked his 11 year old son’s babysitter and badly beat him after discovering the 18-year-old molesting his son.

According to police authorities, 18 year old Raymond Frolander was in bed with the 11-year-old boy when the dad walked in on him sexually assaulting the boy. The Daytona Beach father angrily punched him unconscious and then called 911.

I just walked in and found a grown man molesting (my son), and I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now, officer,” he said.

Dispatcher: “You said the person who assaulted, you beat him up?”
Caller: “ Oh yeah, send him an ambulance. He’s going to need one.”

  When officers arrived, they found Raymond Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth.

“He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you,” the father told the 911 dispatcher. “I drug him out to the living room.”

The father – who was not identified by police – told investigators he walked in as Frolander was abusing the boy. He said he trusted Frolander, who had been alone with his child before. The 11-year-old also later told child protective investigators that Frolander has molested him since he was 8 years old. The child was too afraid to say anything.

When asked by the 911 dispatcher if any weapons were involved, the father said “my foot and my fist.”

The father has not been charged with any crime. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said:

“Dad was acting like a dad. I don’t see anything we should charge the dad with. You have an 18-year-old who has clearly picked his target, groomed his target and had sex with the victim multiple times.”

Frolander is charged with sexual battery on a child under 12. He is being held without bail. According to the arrest affidavit, Frolander admitted the abuse.

Ex-Wife Reveals Shocking Details About Fela, Says I Want The World To Know The Truth


 

One of the wives of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Laide Anikulapo-Kuti, Nee Babayale, has revealed some shocking details about the late legend. Though the interview was months back, I found it now and it’s so revealing. If you haven’t read it before, read it now. It was actually a video interview with Trumpet Media Group, but you can read the transcribed version after the cut. How did you meet Fela?

I met Fela at a Sunday Jump in 1974. The shrine was opposite my house and some of my friends were selling things in front of the place, and we were just there doing our own thing, while Baba was inside doing his own thing as usual. It was the boys that made us know him well. They came to buy cigarettes from my friends, and wanted to take candy sweets for free, and I was a kind of person that would never allow anybody take me or the people around me for a ride. I protested, and the next thing I knew, was that a hot slap landed on the cheek of my friend selling the goods, and that’s how we started fighting, that Fela had to come out. We narrated what happened to him, so Fela took the boy that slapped my friend inside and punished him. After that, Fela sent one of his drivers to me that if I’m chanced, I should come and see him.

Initially, I didn’t want to go in, because my people must not see me in that kind of environment. I was 16 years old as at then but I had a big stature. When I got in, Fela said I should follow any of the cars to his house, but I didn’t go. That was how I knew Fela liked me, and I liked him too, so every Sunday jump, I was always going there, well-dressed. Whenever he was going in, he always looked in our direction. However, to cut the long story short, we eventually began dating.

What was your parent’s reaction when they knew you were in Kalakuta?

It was a tug-of war. My father never wanted it, because he thought people who were around Fela were hooligans, but it was a lie. Anybody who was a hooligan then was either a passer-by, or just a shrine-goer, and not part of Fela’s inner caucus, because Fela never wanted trouble from any of his people. Fela fought with his music, but when people heard the lyrics of his songs, they thought he was a hooligan, which he was not. I was actually on break from school for two weeks when I decided to go and spend some time with Fela, but when I got there, I really enjoyed myself and didn’t want to go back to school again though I was in Form Four then. My parents went looking for me in school, but the Reverend mothers and sisters there then said they didn’t know my whereabouts even though all my properties were still in the hostel. They began searching everywhere, but they never thought I could be in Fela’s place. It was actually Fela’s friend, who happened to be my in-law, Uncle Tayo Mott, that informed my parents that I was with Fela. He was a very close friend to Fela and was also his DJ.

What were the actions your father took?

He was always coming to harass us wherever we went. He would send boys from Shitta, Surulere, to bundle me up wherever I was, and they would carry me. My father was a prominent, well-known and outgoing person, so he knew people like King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and IK Dairo very well, so he begged the three of them to go and plead with Fela to release his daughter. On that fateful day when they came, I was in Fela’s room, and we had just finished doing our ‘thing.’ When Fela was informed that the three men were there to see him, he went out, and later sent for me that I should dress up and come out. When I went out, he sat me down, and asked me if I knew the three men, and I replied in the affirmative. He asked me if I knew why they were there, and I replied that I didn’t, so he told me they were there because of me. I said why, and asked them if they knew me, but Fela calmed me down, that they were sent by my father to beg me to come back home. I then told them that there was nothing happening there that they didn’t know about because they were also in the music industry. I told them I was enjoying Fela’s music and didn’t want to go home.

Can you recollect what happened when Kalakuta Republic was invaded?

It started like a joke, but quickly escalated into war. Some traffic police officers ‘Yellow Fever’ came and said they wanted to see the person who drove a Range Rover that was in the compound because it had even numbers on its license plate, even though it was odd numbers. The gateman then told them that he was not in the best position to answer them, because as someone that wasn’t learned, he didn’t know the difference between odd and even numbers. The gateman then went inside to inform Fela, and he told them that he wasn’t coming out. The Yellow Fever officers then went and came back with some soldiers because we were very near Abati Barracks then. When Fela was informed that there were soldiers outside, he first went into his mother’s room, because he never went out without seeing her. Beko was already in the clinic then, but when he saw what was going on, he also came into mama’s room. Before we knew what was happening, the whole thing degenerated into chaos.

How did the issue of the mass marriage come about?

When Kalakuta Republic was invaded and we all had different injuries, mine was on my navel, and all the other women making jest of me that I would never have a baby, even though I was just about 20 years old then. I really wanted to have children because of the special treatment Fela gave his children. I then decided to look outside because Fela didn’t want to have any more children then. He went to one Baba JK in Idi Oro in Mushin to make his sperm watery. He was always drinking African medicine there, and that was what neutralized his sperm. So many women were always getting pregnant for him that he was terminating about six different pregnancies per day. It was Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti that used to terminate it then. They’re all dead now; me too, I’m going to die one day, but it’s always good to put things right for the records. There was another girl then who I was close with, Adunni, so I told her that we should look for people who we would have children for. She had a baby for a taxi driver, while I had my baby for a journalist, Steve, with Punch Newspapers. He usually reported whatever activity Fela was involved in all round the world. He was the kind of person I needed at that time. There was a time we were in Ghana in Hotel Presidential, and that was the time I went in with him. Shortly after that, I started experiencing morning sickness, and when it was confirmed that I was pregnant, I was very happy.

Soon after that, Fela called me to go in with him, and I told him that I was pregnant. He said, ‘What’ and I repeated it. He came from the third floor to the first floor to Mama’s room, and he told her, “Maami, you know what, Laide is pregnant.’ Mama asked him who was responsible, and he told her he was the one to cover me up. Mama then said ‘Fine’ because she knew Fela liked me and I liked Fela. Mama never knew that I had intercourse with Steve, even though his room was directly opposite mama’s own in Ghana. This is a true life story. I want you to bring it out and let people know.

After that time, Fela now called Steve and the press that ‘these women have suffered a lot with me, so if anyone of them wants, they can marry me and be having children.’ Steve said if that was what he wanted, then, no problem. So Fela put out a notebook and said that the people who want to marry him out of all the women in the shrine should put their names down. In all, we were 27 that wrote our names, and Fela told the rest that if they didn’t write their names, he wouldn’t sleep with them.

On the day of the wedding ceremony, Fela’s best pal, Tunji Braithwaite, who was supposed to join us together, ran away from his chambers, saying that he had never seen such a thing before for a man to marry 27 women at the same time. He had thought it was a joke when Fela told him earlier. The following day, Fela called an Ifa priest and they came to join us together at Hotel Parisona in Anthony, Lagos.  Fela put money on everybody’s heads and we collected our certificates of marriage to him.

Can you describe how it felt like being with him?

Fela was a true living legend. He was the one and only man that God put in our midst, but people never knew his worth until he was gone. Fela was always chewing music in his mouth whatever he was doing. Whether he was eating, driving, or with a woman in the room, he was always chewing music in his mouth with his pen and paper with him always. He was very good at writing in short-hand; in fact he was good at everything you can ever think of. There was nothing he did wrong; except you didn’t know him. He was a messiah; if we had given him a chance, Nigeria would have changed, but people like Obasanjo never gave him a chance.

Whenever Fela wanted to make music, he sang about the things around him.

Talking about bedroom matters, how did Fela rotate between his numerous wives?

Fela always called his wives based on how he enjoyed them; if he did not enjoy you, he would not call you. Even after the marriage, it continued like that.

2015: Kwara APC Stakeholders Urge Saraki To Join Presidential Race


Bukola-Saraki-All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Kwara State under the banner of Time for Change Leadership Initiative (TCLI) yesterday called on the immediate past governor of the state now Senator, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to accept various calls from well-meaning Nigerians across the nation and join the 2015 presidential race.

The APC stakeholders, which comprises the chairmen in the Kwara central, Kwara North and Kwara South senatorial districts, at a media briefing in Ilorin yesterday, said the acceptance of Saraki became imperative so as to provide quality leadership for the citizens; thereby bringing necessary positive change to the socio-economic and political development of the country.

The chairmen include Alhaji Isiaka Oniwa for Kwara north; Alhaji Jimoh Adesina for Kwara central, and Alhaji Jimoh Balogun of Kwara South.

The spokesperson of the group, Balogun said, “With the present situation in Nigeria today, the people of the country need a dynamic personality of note like Saraki so as to salvage the nation from the present series of challenges facing the country”.

He added that “the decision to urge Senator Saraki to contest presidential election in 2015 would also assist the nation to tackle all the challenges facing it. The Nigerian state is in a critical condition and nothing seems to be working, the economic climate is uncertain, the security situation is worrisome, the political situation is suicidal and there is persistent high level of corruption in our polity”.

Nomoreloss Blasts OAPs, Stop Demanding Money From Artistses


 

This has been on for a while now, as a matter of fact it has been going on for years. But singer Nomoreloss this morning choose to address the situation and took to his twitter page to express his dissatisfaction.  He also asked some musicians to stand up and name OAPs who demand money from them

his act. Lol…but who will?

 

PHOTOS: Imo Police uncover 8 bedroom kidnappers den


The Imo state police command has uncovered an eight bedroom underground kidnappers’ den in Umuchima Village, Okwu Autonomous Community in Ikeduru LGA of the state, used by kidnappers to keep those they kidnapped from various parts of the country.

In an operation led by the state’s police commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali, men of the state police force in collaboration with some vigilante members, yesterday July 19th stormed the dilapidated & isolated building where they made the discovery.

Speaking with newsmen after the operation, the state Police commissioner said they were able to rescue two people from the den. He said the building will be demolished. He warned criminals to stay away from Imo state as the state Police command are working to rid the state of criminals.

Some residents of the village said they know that the house is owned by a man who though dead now, was greatly feared as he was a very mysterious person. They said they know he had an underground but did not know it was used to harbor kidnapped victims.

Horrible: Boko Haram attacks Borno town, hoists flag


Shekau Boko Haram

Boko Haram members have allegedly hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by the military just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said Saturday.
Hundreds of villagers in another area, Askira Uba, are fleeing after receiving letters from the Islamic extremists threatening to attack and take over their areas, spokesman Abbas Gava of the Nigerian Vigilante Group said.
“Nine major villages are on the run,” he said.
Survivors said yesterday that insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and threw homemade bombs into homes. They then gunned down residents who tried to escape the attack on Damboa town launched before dawn on Friday.
Most of the town has burned down, they said.
A human rights advocate said the extremists struck again as people were trying to bury the dead later Friday,
and said the death toll is probably much higher than 100. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

I’m One Of the Hottest Brands In The Music Industry Right Now – Oritsefemi


Oritsefemi Mejemite Ekele has said he is one of the hottest brands in the music industry right now, with companies and multinationals approaching him for endorsement. It will also be recalled that Oritsefemi before now has said he makes up to N60m touring 20 states for a particular brand.

‘’Endorsements are knocking at my door; because I am one of the hottest brands now, companies and multinationals are approaching me, but I can’t give details now. Endorsements will definitely come, because when you are successful, companies and brands will line up to sign you up’’, he said.

Obanikoro Replies Tinubu For Calling Jonathan A Dictator


 

The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, yesterday in Warri, Delta State took time out to reply Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu while rounding off his visit to Naval formations for calling President Goodluck Jonathan a dictator.

The minister described President Jonathan as one who wraps himself with a democratic gown and therefore cannot be in a hurry to take decisions that are far-reaching and binding. He also lashed that, Tinubu is the one who picks who and who not to occupy certain positions in APC.

Speaking further he said, “You cannot describe the president as clueless. The President is a man who has wrapped himself fully in a democratic gown. And to wrap himself in a democratic gown, you cannot be in a hurry to take decisions. You must always have a balanced position on all issues. When President Olusegun Obasanjo was there, people complained of high-handedness.

“When President Yar’Adua was there, there were some complaints.  Now that Jonathan is there, he is trying to be democratic in every sense of it and every now and then, he is using his power to ensure certain things are done properly. People are saying he is becoming dictatorial.

“That is not dictatorship. Even in democracy, the law allows some elements of enforcement. If the enforcement is now interpreted to mean dictatorship, then, something must be wrong with us,” the minister said.

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Group Accuses Taraba Acting Gov Of Plotting To Undermine PDP For Personal Gain


garba-umarA group, Taraba PDP Youth Congress, has accused the state acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, of plotting to undermine the party.

The group, in a statement signed by its leader and coordinators, Umaru Bature (leader), Hassan Bako, Atine Samson, Gabriel Inuwa Sabo and Japhet Nuhu said: “We have been reliably informed of a plot by some elements acting on behalf of the acting governor, Garba Umar, to cause confusion in the Taraba State branch of the PDP”.

According to the group, “The plan consists of bribing the party EXCO members with the hope of collating signatures to support a move to unconstitutionally remove the state’s party chairman, Hon. Victor Bala Kona.

“In the plan too, if they fail to remove the chairman, they would attempt to get him suspended. But where all of the two moves fail, the hatchers of the plan would declare that the party has adopted Garba Umar as the party flag bearer in the 2015 election”.

The badly needed endorsement, according to Taraba PDP Youth Congress, is to imitate the one the Victor Bala-led EXCO unanimously gave President Goodluck Jonathan after the body met on May 30.

“We are thus using this medium to alert the acting governor that his childish plot has been uncovered. Apart from him, we also wish to alert the national leadership of our party that Umar’s actions now constitute a danger to our party”, the group added.

Osun Poll: We’ll Not Fold Our Arms And Watch Presidency Turn S/West To Theatre Of War – COSEG


GEJ-OmisoreThe Coalition of Oodua Self Determina­tion Groups (COSEG) has warned that it will not sit back and watch the Presidency turn the South-West to a the­atre of war.

The group, in statement issued and signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Ifedayo Ogunla­na and Rasaq Olokooba re­spectively, said with the appointment of Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan and Minister of State for Defence, Mus­liu Obanikoro, President Goodluck Jonathan has shown an ulterior motive to cause chaos in the region.

The pan-Yoruba Organisation said both Oban­ikoro and Adesiyan were appointed ministers so as to use them as instruments to undermine the wishes of the electorate in Osun and Ekiti States.

“We shall not continue to fold our arms and allow the Jonathan-led govern­ment continue to destroy our glorious future. It is now clear that President Jonathan has confirmed our fears that Jelili Adesi­yan, the Minister of Police and Musiliu Obanikoro were appointed as minis­ters because of Osun and Ekiti election”, COSEG said.

It noted that what played out in Ekiti State in the name of election was an eyesore, cautioning against a repeat of such shenanigans in Osun election. It also called on the president to rein caution the PDP governorship candidate in Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to stop harping on the use of force and violence in the forthcoming election.

The group quoted Omi­sore during a campaign at L.A Primary school Ara­romi, Oke-Odo, Ife South Local Government, to have said: ‘Don’t be afraid when you see police as long as you are with us. You are safe. It is going to be tough for our opponent as we are going to use all available power to hound them into detention before election’.

COSEG said: “This statement from Omisore is dangerous and will not only destroy the credibility and fairness of Osun elec­tion but also destroy the name of Nigeria police, in the eye of the whole world.

“The statement has thus confirmed that the people of Osun and groups like COSEG have a lot to do to protect our people from be­ing arrested and also to pro­tect the votes of the people.

“We must make it clear that the actions and body language of the Presidency supports Omisore’s brag­ging and it is one attitude that will surely truncate our democracy if unchecked.

“Is this one of the pro­cesses meant by Vice Pres­ident Namadi Sambo when he said some days ago they are going to take over Osun.

“We therefore appeal to President Jonathan,Vice President Namadi Sambo, Jelili Adesiyan, Musiliu Obanikoro and the In­spector General of Police not to encourage banditry, recklessness, illegal arrest and other crude plans as is being mouthed around by Omisore”.

APC Chieftain Lauds Okorocha’s Free Education Policy In Imo


Rochas Okorocha (2)A Lagos-based chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and founder of the first indigenous computer learning institute in Nigeria, Rimax Institute, Chief Livinus Okwara, has lauded the efforts of the Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, in the educational sector in the state.

Okwara, who is an indigene of Imo State and a strong supporter of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s old political party, Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), yesterday, said Okorocha’s free education programme has impacted positively on the state as many youths in the state now have access to free education.

The APC chieftain, who is also a staunch supporter of Okorocha, described the governor as the ‘new Awolowo’ because of his love for education as well as progressive thinking.

“Because of my love for education, I embraced UPN and Awolowo was my mentor. When I travelled to Imo State after my disappointment with so many governors who had come and gone in that state, I met the good works of the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.  I was so appreciative and elated about the progress he has brought to the state. People who never saw tarred road walked on it for the first time, enjoyed it and appreciated it”, he said.

Why Nigerian Youths Must Actively Participate In 2015 Elections – YOWICAN


2015 pollsThe Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has called on Christian youths in the country to actively participate in the 2015 general elections because according to it, people rejoice when the righteous rules.

The National President of YOWICAN, Dr Simon Dolly, who was an Awardee at a special convocation and award of honours at the Agape Christian Theological Seminary in Abuja, made this call while speaking with reporters.

According to Dolly, there are a lot of potentials in the youth population which have not been harnessed due to what he termed “their sit at home syndrome”.

He noted that with youth participation in political affairs, they would take over the mantle of leadership from the old generation.

His words, “I want to encourage our youths in particular to participate in the forthcoming election. They said we are the leaders of tomorrow but today, our tomorrow is being threatened. So, we should come out and actively participate so that we can take our place.

“Thank God the national conference has reduced the age to be voted for to 25; so, if you are 25 years old, you can come out for a state assembly. I want to urge the youths to come out and fill these gaps.

“The challenge is that, our leaders do not have plan for the youths and there is no success without a successor. That is why they use and dump us after election. So, I want the youths to come out and take this power from them because power is not given, it is taken”.

A House of Representatives aspirant from Plateau State, Chief Samuel Pukat, also noted that Christians perceived politics as business for pagans; a dirty game that the faithful must not be associated with and that was why their fates to some extent are being decided by the ‘ungodly’.

Imo Community Deserted As Rival Cult Groups Clash


nigeria-police-logoObiakpu Egbema in Ohaji/Egbema local council area of Imo State has been completely deserted by inhabitants following a reportedly deadly clash between two rival cult groups, Degbam and Dewell.

According to a report by Vanguard, apart from the four people reportedly killed, including one Chief Emmanuel Opara, property worth millions of Naira have been destroyed during the clash.

The recent cult war was traced by one of the escapees of Obiakpu, Nkechi, to the invasion of Nwari village in broad daylight by some daredevil cultists dressed in army uniform on June 7, 2014.

According to her, this was followed by an early morning attack on June 13, 2014, by a faction of the cult group, which stormed Obiakpu with sophisticated weapons, shooting, killing and maiming innocent people.

Attempts to get the reaction of the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem, were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report

Tinubu, Other APC Leaders Have Lost Focus – Presidency


APCFollowing his allegation that Nigeria is gradually slipping in to fascism under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan, while reacting to Tuesday’s impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, the Presidency yesterday tongue-lashed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying he has lost focus.

According to the Presidency, it was least expected of a leader in the person of Asiwaju Tinubu, a former governor and one of the pro-democracy activists, who confronted Nigeria’s then military dictators, to denigrate the office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, adding that the tenets of democracy is the ability of actors to accept defeat when they lose a contest.

Sunday Vanguard reports that the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, made this known yesterday in a chat.

Alkali urged the ex-Lagos governor to respect the office of the President, an office he observed, leaders of the APC were also aspiring to occupy.

Tinubu, after the events which led to the impeachment of  former Governor Nyako from office by the State’s House of Assembly, had described the development as a setback for Nigeria’s democracy, adding that under the Mr. Jonathan Nigeria was fast becoming a fascist nation.

But Alkali said, “It is very strange for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, someone who has led government before, someone who has been in the forefront of advancing democracy for many years, to descend so low as to cast aspersions on the President of this country on issues he cannot prove. It appears to me that since the Ekiti election, which PDP decisively won, Tinubu and APC leaders have lost their focus. This is democracy, it gives everybody the right to speak; but in doing so, you should not undermine institutions of governance, the same institution you are aspiring to take over and manage.

“Recently, the Adamawa State House of Assembly impeached their governor and even as that happened, the APC was up in arms, that it was Mr. President that impeached the governor of Adamawa State.  Why should he do that and how can he do that? Are you saying the 24 or 25 members of the House of Assembly are not in control of their constituencies, that there are no leaders or stakeholders in Adamawa State who worked for or with former Governor Nyako who could have stopped any of these practices.

“PDP has lost a lot to opposition political parties.  I have said this repeatedly either at the court or more recently through defection, yet PDP stood firm and said let us continue to build on what we have and move forward.

“After losing Ekiti, the story has changed.  It is time for them to tell one another the home truth.  If they are prepared to govern this country, then they must be prepared also to accept the principle of popular democracy that the people of this country would want to choose who should lead them and if they don’t, can’t or fail to convince people, they must also be ready to admit failure”, the presidential said.

Witches say Oshiomhole to be impeached, Tinubu betrayed, Jonathan re-elected •Bad news for Kano Emir Sanusi


Nigerian witches and wizards have bad news for Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and newly elected Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Mohammed Sanusi II. On the other hand, they have cheering news for President Goodluck Jonathan regarding his re-election chances.

Speaking on the outcome of an emergency meeting they recently held at Afuze, Edo State, the leader and spokesman, Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria, (WITZAN), Dr. Okhue Iboi, hinted that the alleged moves by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to impeach Oshiomhole might succeed.

He said this morning in Saturday Sun: “It appears as if Oshiomhole is a master political strategist but the crisis currently happening in Edo State will snowball into a bigger crisis that may see Oshiomhole being swept away from office. You can call it a political tornado or Tsunami.  Comrade Governor should be vigilant.”

For APC National Leader Tinubu, the witch leader said: “Tinubu will be betrayed. He will be sold out by those he trusted. This betrayal will affect his political empire. Tinubu’s political dynasty is under threat of crumbling. Tinubu is a good man, but the bitter truth he must swallow today is that APC is going nowhere. Many topnotchers of PDP that are in APC now will go back to PDP. Witches said so in November last year and it happened. I’m telling the whole world again today that many former PDP leaders that are now in APC will betray Tinubu and other APC leaders, they will go back to PDP this year, and before 2015 general elections.”

On other national issues which they discussed, Iboi said Sanusi, the newly installed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido should not rejoice yet. According to him, “What we see before Sanusi is myriad of woes. His road will be rough. Turbulent days lie ahead of him, he should not rejoice yet. He will experience trouble within and outside the emirate.  His enemies are many, and to make matters worse for him, he had stepped on powerful toes.  He needs all the prayers in this world to survive the turmoil looming before him.”

On the anxiety over 2015, Iboi urged Nigerians to remain calm, saying: “Nigerians should rejoice. This nation will not break up. Witches and wizards carried out some intercessory spiritual work in Arusa, Tanzania, and New Delhi,  in India over this issue, and luckily our brethren, that is fellow witches there, joined hands with us, and it was resolved that Nigeria should not break up.  Forget about any American prediction, Nigeria will not break up. There may be pockets of crisis here and there, but they will be election related violence.”

On 2015 general elections, theWITZAN leadersaid President Goodluck Jonathan will win. His words: “Jonathan will win re-election. Although there will be pockets of violence, Jonathan will win. I will also have to appeal to Buhari and Tinubu, they should not waste their money, time and energy on the poll. They should go home and rest.  They should forget about becoming President or Vice President of Nigeria. APC will still lose more governors to PDP before this year runs out.”

Asked why other witches and wizards don’t come out or hold their meeting in the open, Iboi laughed, cleared his throat before blunting out: “You speak like a small pikin. Witches are like spirits. We are invisible.  It is only those that operate in the spiritual realm that can see us either when we are meeting or going for assignment.  I was born a witch.  I inherited witchcraft from my mother when I was in her womb, from the age of 7 I started seeing unborn babies in their mothers’ womb, and I could predict with precision of sex of an unborn child whether it is a boy or girl. When I was born, I was born with a leaf in my hand, and starting from the age of 5, I started healing people like a grown-up herbalist.”

On the issues of witches being blood-thirsty, and suckling blood, Iboi said: “Those are bad witches, in our own association; we are white witches, and white wizards. We are here to save people. We don’t kill, we counter bad witches and neutralise them whenever they are on their evil mission.”

While saying that another meeting of witches and wizards is slated for Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State in October, Iboi said the meeting will review the outcome of the one held at Afuze, so as to enable witches to know what action and steps to be taken next.

“To add to that, we are also converging on Damaturu as a sign of solidarity with our members, and also people and government of Yobe State that we are with them in the hour of crisis,” he said. “The Boko Haram insurgency has become an open sore, and we are also joining efforts with government and other stakeholders to contain Shekau and his fellow blood-thirsty followers.”

•Photo shows leader and spokesman of Nigerian witches and wizards, Dr. Okhue Iboi.

 

Source News Express

 

Igbo Investments In The North May Suffer If Maltreatment Of Hausa In South-East Doesn’t Stop, ACF Warns S/East Govts


ACFThe apex pan-northern organization, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has warned people of the South-East against maltreating the Hausa living in the region under the pretext of fighting the Boko Haram sect.

The ACF said maltreating the Hausa could spell doom for Igbo people’s investments, which it said amounted to over N45tn in just three northern states.

The ACF Deputy National Secretary, Abubakar Umar, while receiving the South-South/South-East Arewa Coalition, who paid a courtesy call on the Forum in Kaduna on Friday, said the warning became necessary in view of the ongoing profiling and intimidation of the Hausa in the South-East.

In particular reference to the registration and issuance of Identification cards to the Hausa trading in the South-East by some governments in the region, Umar said that it should be done in good faith.

The ACF deputy scribe, however, expressed fears that if the North should retaliate by embarking on such measures, the investments of the Igbo resident in the region could be jeopardized.

He said the development could also cause crisis that might lead to undeserved division of Nigerians on ethnic or religious considerations.

Cautioning the South-East governments against engaging in what he termed “forceful” registration of the Hausa, the ACF chieftain said, “What is wrong in the exercise was that a segment of a community was the target”.

According to him, statistics available to the Forum indicated that Igbo’s investments in Kaduna, Kano and Jos alone amounted to N45tn, claiming that with such huge investments in just three states, the South-East governments had no reason to maltreat the Hausa doing businesses in the region.

Umar said, “If the table turns round, it could be disastrous as these investments may suffer, but we are praying for understanding among the entire Nigerians to accept themselves wherever they live to earn legitimate means of livelihood”.

Umar recalled that in the aftermath of the 2011 post-election violence in the North, Yoruba and Igbo people in Jos lost N480bn and N410bn investments respectively, while the South-South also lost N970bn in the same crisis.

He added, “We know these statistics; we have these statistics, so we expect the Igbo to treat our kinsmen, our brothers and sisters in the East as kings and queens in view of the fact that the Igbos have more investments in the North than in the East”.

Nasarawa Lawmakers List 16 Impeachable Offences Against Al-Makura


763fb94d7d25e1b070a2684829a01afaSixteen charges bordering on official misconduct have been levelled against the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura by the State House of Assembly.

The legislature had ordered that the governor be served an impeachment notice signed by 20 out of its 24 members on Monday.

One of the charges against Gov. Al-Makura includes missing Local Government Joint Account Funds between June 2011 and April 2012 and from January to July 2013.

They also alleged that the governor misappropriated and misapplied funds in the joint account and Local Government Sure-P Fund just as he was also accused of transferring local government SURE-P funds to a fixed deposit account.

The Assembly also alleged that the governor spent N13, 295, 000.00 on his wife’s trips to Abuja.

These offences, the lawmakers said, were a gross violation of Section 162 (7 and 8) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

They asked the governor to clear himself of the allegations.

Al-Makura has denied any wrongdoing, with his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which dominates the State House of Assembly and the Presidency of being behind the impeachment plot.

2015: UPN Not Fronting For Jonathan, PDP In S/West – Fasehun


Frederick-Fasehun1Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has denied allegations that the newly-registered Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN, was resuscitated to secure South-West votes for President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the next election.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, is the dominant party in the region and it was not surprising when it raised the alarm that Fasehun’s UPN was sponsored by the Presidency to whittle down its influence in the South-West, which is considered APC’s stronghold.

But Fasehun, who is the leader of the UPN, said that the party was more interested in securing a better future for Nigeria than winning the next election.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, the OPC President and founder described those who label him as a mole of the Presidency in the South-West trying to cause mayhem with the registration of the new party as people with warped mentality.

He explained that his relationship with the president was nothing out of the ordinary and was not trying to seek any pecuniary gain from the Presidency by his political activities.

He said: “What I have been doing all my life is to make sure that the South-West is absolutely secure. For people to wake up and say that Dr. Fasehun is setting up UPN to cause mayhem, is irresponsible.

“If I were a disciple of Jonathan who would have stopped me from joining PDP? Should I have gone through all the problems of forming another political party? I would take the easiest way by finding my way to PDP rather than going to find a political organisation that would become an auxiliary to the main party. I would never do a thing like that”, the OPC chief added.

Shedding light on the nature of his relationship with President Jonathan, Fasehun claimed that it was one borne out of respect by a citizen for the president of his country.

According to him, “I have no special or unusual relationship with President Jonathan. He is the President and I will give him his constitutional respect as the leader of this country and that is the end of it.”

Ogun PDP Berates Bankole For Dropping Jonathan, Mu’azu’s Names


PDPAhead of the 2015 general elections, the Forum of Local Government Chairmen in Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cautioned aspirants and their sponsors against name-dropping.

The warning came on the heels of reports that Chief Alani Bankole, the father of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, stormed a recent meeting of the forum and boasted that his son has been assured the state PDP’s governorship ticket by President Goodluck Jonathan and Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, the national chairman of the party.

In a statement yesterday by the Chairman of PDP in Abeokuta South Local Government and Chairman of the Forum, Hon. Kehinde Sofenwa, the group said: “The elder Bankole’s conduct is unbecoming of an elder and a democrat. We urge him and his son to follow the due process and not seek to usurp constituted authority.

“We know that the decision to drop the name of the President and the national chairman is one of the many lies that the Bankoles are telling in order to hoodwink unsuspecting members of the party. But we remain undeterred and urge our members across the state to remain firm.

“We recall that some months back, they were going about to say that the President and the National Chairman had assured them that the authentic and legally constituted State Exco of our party would be dissolved. But till date, nothing of such has happened. Rather, the party, under the leadership of our able Chairman, Engr. Adebayo Dayo, is waxing stronger.

“Much as we shudder to think if it is the younger Bankole that is in the race or the father, we wish to state without mincing words that all these lies are unfounded”.

‘Politicians Desperate For Power In 2015 Behind Boko Haram Insurgency’


Abubakar-ShekauThe Director-General of the Taskforce on Illegal Importation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Chief Emmanuel Okereke, has kicked against calls by some Nigerians for President Goodluck Jonathan to visit Chibok community in Borno State, saying the entire episode smacks of “sabotage and scam”.

In the wake of Boko Haram’s abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in April, President Jonathan was berated for not deeming it possible to visit the community and commiserate with distraught parents of the abducted girls. A supposed visit in May was reportedly cancelled after it was leaked to the press as the president instead chose to attend a summit on Boko Haram in Paris, France.

Speaking after he was conferred with an award in Abuja by the Southern Youths For Peace Initiatives, Okereke, who was a former presidential candidate of African Liberation Party in the 2011 general elections, blamed the Boko Haram on “desperate politicians scheming for power in the 2015 general elections”.

He recalled that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had earlier advised the Borno State Government against allowing students to sit for the exams in Chibok owing to the inadequate provision of security for its officials and students alike.

“The wave of insurgency had soared and the President came to save the country. Yet, people are saying he should go to Chibok. People say President Jonathan should go to Chibok; for what? In a country where there are governors and Minister of Education? In fact, the whole Chibok issue is a sabotage and scam.

“Politicians who are desperate for power in the 2015 general elections are the people sponsoring Boko Haram. About 30 per cent of the country’s borders remained unmanned by security agents”, he said.

Nyako Impeachment: Nigeria Gradually Descending To Fascism Under Jonathan – Tinubu


tinubu1dfA former Governor of Lagos State and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday raised alarm over the federal government’s plan to arrest and try former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, after forcefully removing him from office, on a treasonable felony that carries life sentence.

The Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he added, were also behind the impeachment of Nyako.

In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos, Tinubu said President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition of gluing himself to power could spell doom for the nation’s democracy.

Tinubu said the federal government harassed the governor through the media, noting: “This kangaroo impeachment is government’s way of punishing Nyako. The plan is to use the content of the letter he wrote to the northern governors as a basis to try him for treasonable felony and eventually sentence him to life imprisonment.

“Nyako’s frank, if rough-edged, letter concerning the security situation apparently infuriated the monarch of Aso Villa, who has become so arrogant as to believe no opposition against him is justified; thus he has the liberty to impose his brand of injustice to crush those who oppose him. Before our eyes and under Jonathan’s watch, Nigeria is gradually descending to fascism. We must all act now before it consumes us all”, he said.

The APC chieftain noted that Nyako’s impeachment is an aberration of Nigeria’s constitution and a setback to the nation’s democracy: “Under the constitution, a governor can only be impeached for ‘gross misconduct’. For the PDP, Nyako’s crime was not the false allegations contained in the articles of impeachment.

“Perhaps, Governor Nyako’s greatest sin is his temerity to speak truth to power albeit in a courageous way. On two different occasions, he gave an unvarnished insight into the Boko Haram menace and the insecurity engulfing northern Nigeria.

“At the Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, this year, when he visited with other northern governors, he placed the blame for the Boko Haran insurgency on the Jonathan presidency.

“He then followed this up with a detailed letter to the forum of the Northern governors in which he accused the Jonathan-led government of genocide against the north. This rattled and unsettled the government.

“In impeaching Governor Nyako, the PDP used the constitution to abuse the constitution and the democracy it is supposed to enshrine. Governor Nyako’s impeachment must be seen completely as a political move to punish him and deter others from leaving the PDP”.

Tinubu argued that if there were really cases of misconduct, the House of Assembly wouldn’t have waited till he left the PDP.

“Upon leaving the PDP, his actions suddenly became the meat for impeachment. There is only one thing new which was not then present. The governor’s political party affiliation changed. In the PDP’s mind, his party change transmitted him from the list of those to be praised to the list of those to be persecuted.

“He and the PDP contrived the removal of Governor Nyako from office. This is a temporary and costly victory for it reveals more and more the undemocratic heart of the man who rules over the nation.

“He now justifies his illegal and immoral acts by claiming that any show of dissent or opposition to him is the product of partisanship and thus not to be seriously considered.

“This is what all dictators tell themselves and he has become one. As such, he believes he can turn his back on the will and welfare of the people in order to attain his personal ambitions. Yet, while he may ignore the people, even he cannot make them disappear nor can he keep them for seeing him for what he is.

“If he truly believes the false acclaim of his coterie and party dregs are genuine, let him stop these contrived attacks against opposition politicians. If he believes so much in himself, let the people decide things at the polls”.

He added that impeaching duly elected opposition politicians will not increase the president’s and the ruling party’s popularity.

As at the time of filing this report, there was no official reaction from either the PDP or Presidency to Tinubu’s latest outburst.

I’ve Returned Mandate Which Nyako Stole Back To PDP – Acting Governor


Ahmad-Fintiri-AdamawaThe Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has visited the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and declared that he has returned the mandate from recently removed governor of the state, Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd).

He also pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the national leadership of the party.

Fintiri, who spoke with journalists after a closed-door meeting with the deputy national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, at Legacy House, Abuja, further declared that his swearing-in as acting governor marked the restoration of PDP to the people of Adamawa State.

He said, “As a loyal and obedient party member, I came on a courtesy call to my party and the National Working Committee, NWC, as my first assignment after the battle to remove Governor Nyako who had stolen the mandate of the PDP under which he was elected for eight years”.

He continued, “I came here to bring back the mandate and I have handed over to them the mandate. I promise that I will work together with the party, its leadership, the people of Adamawa to ensure that our party is restored to the people”.

The PDP national leadership promised to give the acting governor all the support he needs, noting that Nyako’s impeachment would cleanse the rot the people of the state had experienced.

The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, expressed confidence that Fintiri would restore dignity to the party and tackle “the rot and the damage caused the party by former governor Nyako”.

Borno To Reopen Public Schools After Ramadan – Commissioner


bornoThe Borno State Government says it will re-open all public schools after the Ramadan fast.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the schools were shut on March 14, following series of attacks by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on schools in neighboring Yobe State.

Mr Inuwa Kubo, the Commissioner for Education, told NAN in Maiduguri on Friday that government had put in place machinery for the reopening of the schools.

Kubo said, “Only schools located in safe environments will be re-opened, while students whose schools were located in unsafe environment will be transferred to safer areas.

“You will recall that public schools were closed down in the wake of attacks on schools by suspected insurgents in March.

“You also recall that final year students were left in the schools to write their NECO/SSCE examinations.

”The situation led to mass transfer of final year students from schools located in different parts of the state to either the capital or some few locations considered safe.

“So, the few schools available were made examination centres to accommodate all the final year students”.

He said since the NECO/SSCE would soon be concluded, the government was making arrangement to re-open the schools to other students after the examination.

“The NECO/SSCE examinations will end in a couple of days and we hope to re-open the schools immediately so that the students can complete their studies”.

He said that since the state was still faced with the Boko Haram insurgency, only schools located in Maiduguri and Biu headquarters of Biu Local Government Council, would be re-opened.

“We are going to move all the students to schools in either Maiduguri or Biu which are the only safe locations we have now.

“This means that we have to adjust some schools infrastructure to accommodate the transferred students”.

He said although the process might take a little time, government would ensure that the schools were re-opened in a short while.

“The re-opening of the schools will mean that our students will remain in classes while their counterparts in other states are on vacation.

“This is because they have to catch up with the classes they missed while the schools were closed”. (NAN)

Amaechi Unveils Technological Device For Monitoring Road Projects


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Rivers State Governor and Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Rotimi Amaechi, has unveiled a scientific device – the Automated Road Analyser to monitor the execution of road projects.

Amaechi, who unveiled the ARAN vehicles at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday, said the device would ensure that road projects were executed according to specifications.

The governor explained that the ARAN vehicles would be driven on newly constructed roads to determine their quality, adding that the measure would check fraudulent activities of some contractors who failed to adhere to project specifications.

Amaechi said, “The project has been commissioned already by what I directed them to do. I asked them to take the measurement of the quantities on Ada George Road because we have paid up a lot of money on Ada George.

“The road is supposed to move from 15cm to 80cm both on the wearing cost and the final cost so that it can last for a very, very long time. The same quality of work we did on Port Harcourt-Owerri Road. There is also Elioparanwo Road where I also asked them to take measurements.

“What this does for you is that contractors who are used to fraud in road construction will now know that they cannot succeed because as they are working, these vehicles are expected to take measurements of the quantities that they have put in place.

“There are quantities on all contracts and most contractors who want to cheat you will just not do that because you can’t see the quantities unless you measure by scientific means. What this does is that you bring science and technology into monitoring and evaluation of the work that they have done”.

The governor stated that the monitoring devices would be operated by trained personnel from the state Ministry of Works and from the Office of the Board of Project Procurement.

THE LOOTING OF 4.7 BILLION NAIRA EHIME MBANO COUNCIL FUNDS


 

Fela Anikulapo Kuti had a larger than life image and meant different things to many people. He was incessantly brutalized by many governments for supposedly being a deviant. For many however, one of Fela’s major sources of attraction was and is the rhythmic, melodious and danceable form of his renditions which made him a constant audience toast wherever he performed personally or his music was played.Despite coming from a middle class background Fela Anikulapo Kuti opted for revolutionary political activism and called his un-registered political party, Movement of the People (MOP) – an act which seriously underscored the necessity of a conscious mass revolt against a system that puts the wealth of the society in few private pockets.That revolutionary path naturally led him into collision with the ruling classes on so many issues including corruption.

In Imo State today, there is not only a stealing governor, but  also a  stealing Speaker of the House of Assembly , a stealing  Chief of Staff to the governor   and indeed a compromised politician in police uniform (Commissioner  of Police Ali) which even reminds us that in ‘Overtake Don Overtake Overtake’ (ODOO) Fela  had also sang. “Police station don turn to bank, Commissioner na Managing Director” . I remember the  daily chant of “Police-20 -20 naira” a reference to 20 naira bribe that is always demanded by the Police from commercial drivers in Owerri. A commissioner of police that is protecting criminals and murderers in Imo State but is holding a harmless activist and his wife illegally in detention for 2 months now is bad omen for Imo State as we approach the 2015 election.

A  page 12  advertorial of Nigerian Horn Newspaper of July 9-10, 2014  is an eye opener tagged  open letter to Governor Rochas Okorocha: Hon Citizen Samuelson Iwuoha and family are  innocent by De Norsemen Klub (Rc.7458) from Ugochukwu Okere(president) and Emeka Okere(secretary). The Norsemen claimed to be part of a  security meeting over the cult killings in Owerri  and that they did handed the names of persons that committed  the killings at Samuelson’s street to Imo police command and to Imo government . Yet Mr Ali is still protecting  killers and holding an innocent man and his wife in detention  all in the name of dealing with  the critics in Imo, critics like Kenneth Uwadi. No wonder crime is much in Imo State. Imo has a lame duck compromised politician as Commissioner of police .

With the combination of Okorocha, Uwajumogu and  Imo State CP Mr Abdulmajib Ali , Ndi-Imo ‘don become’  what Fela called ‘Original Suffer Head’. Imagine how they are looting our local government council funds and are telling us all to shut up. I am talking and they are desperate to  lock me up and take away  my freedom of speech. Plans to lock me up  is also borne out of the deep-seated zero tolerance of the government to any opposition to its actions or inactions. Samuelson Iwuoha talked and they are holding him and his wife in detention  at the Imo State Police Command Owerri  since June 3rd 2014. Okorocha has turned CP Ali  into an instrument of repression and intimidation of any opposition to his  regime.

We will not be intimidated. Okorocha must stop looting our LGA monies. Take for instance, in Ehime Mbano LGA alone, the sum of N4,725,559,182.63 that came into the council as FG allocation from May 2011 to December 2013 has developed wings. Ehime Mbano is a Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Ehime. It has an area of 169 square km and a population of 130,931 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 472. Ehime Mbano Local Government Area Geo Political is in Okigwe senatorial zone that was carved out of the former Mbano L.G.A. Communities in Ehime Mbano LGA include Umualumaku Umueze, Umunakanuowerre, Umukabia, Umuezeama, Umunakanu, Umualumaku Umuihim, Umueze II, Iheafo Umunumo, Umuezeala Owerre, Umueleke, Umuezeala Nsu, Umueze I, Umuduruegwelle, Ezealaowerre Ezike, Ibeowerre Agbaja, Nneano Agbala, Amaimo Unukabia, Dioka Nzerem

 

Ehime Mbano people have severally cried out against neglect. If you visit the areas mentioned that make up Ehime Mbano  you will  notice the level of poverty and unemployment  in the area. The standard of education in this  council area has gone down to an alarming rate, just like amenities such as safe water, good roads, basic heath care are none-existent in the area. Yet 4.7 billion naira came into Ehime Mbano  from May 2011 to December 2013  as FG allocation. What happened to the 4.7 billion naira? The money developed wings.This money would have developed this area a great deal if it was not squandered by Governor Rochas Okorocha. How can  Okorocha  possibly explain the decision to squander 4.7 billion naira Ehime Mbano council funds within 3 year when  infrastructure and social services in the council  remain collapsed.

From May 2011 to December 2011 the sum of N1,190,078,853.54 came from FG to Ehime Mbano,can anything be shown what this money was used for ?  From January 2012 to December 2012 the sum of  N1,694,362,056.90 came to Ehime Mbano. Where is the money? From January 2013 to December 2013 the sum of  N1,841,118,272.19 came into this same council. Where is the money? The money developed wings. Yet this same man wants us to  elect him  again as governor of Imo State in 2015. Ehime Mbano is this fair? In my next article I will talk about Ngor/Okpala LGA funds. Find below the total breakdown of money from FG to Ehime Mbano from May 2011 to December 2013.

May 2011 N85,446,174.57

June 2011 N125,175,037.01

July 2011 N221,845,812.34

Aug 2011 N129,756,320.63

Sep 2011 N131,700,689.53

Oct 2011 N153,967,818.87

Nov 2011 N209,908,845.85

Dece 2011 N132,278,154.74

Jan 2012 N149,320,439.49

Feb 2012 N132,400,040.69

March 2012 N165,370,094.87

April 2012 N133,793,641.62

May 2012 N124,085,972.85

June 2012 N124,230,364.20

July 2012 N118,368,752.75

Aug 2012 N152,419,302.08

Sep 2012 N118,591,966.62

Oct 2012 N116,899,806.61

Nov 2012 N154,532,873.52

Dec 2012 N204,348,801.60

Jan 2013 N153,345,945.12

Feb 2013 N125,849,064.45

March 2013 N165,370,094.87

April 2013 N157,254,539.31

May 2013 N167,009,580.62

June 2013 N171,896,176.06

July 2013 N131,908,855.12

Aug 2013 N154,505,509.27

Sept 2013 N131,509,876.03

Oct 2013 N118,591,966.62

Nov 2013 N153,967,818.87

Dec 2013 N209,908,845.85

-Kenneth Uwadi,Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

 

 

Graduate, PGD Holder Arrested For Car Snatching In Lagos


Every day, they say, is for the thief and one day is for the owner, as two graduates, who are suspected car snatchers, have been recently nabbed in Lagos.

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L-R: Coker, Nwoke and Odu

Ifeoluwa Coker, a Biology Education 2:2 graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and John Odu, a Rivers State indigene, who has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Sciences from University of Port Harcourt in 2001, were arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command for stealing, snatching and selling stolen cars.

The gang members were arrested for snatching a car at gunpoint around Igando. During further investigations it has been revealed how the gang snatched cars and sold them from hand to hand at various prices with the help of Promise Nwoke, who specializes in helping criminals to resell stolen vehicles.

Odu, the UNIPORT graduate, lamented about how difficult it was for him to get a job after he had been laid off in his former place of work, which made him join the car snatching business. His accomplice, Coker, revealed that he was a member of the Buccaneers fraternity back in school, but he does not go on operations with them but helps only with their assignments in class.

 

Photos From Jude Okoye & Ify Umeokeke’s Wedding


The traditional wedding between P-Square’s elder brother and manager, Jude Okoye and his sweetheart Ifeoma Umeokeke took place today in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Jude Okoye's traditional wedding

Jude Okoye and friends

Top celebrities in attendance include, Flavour, Julius Agwu, Phyno, and many others.

Jude Okoye proposed to Ify on April 24, which was also his birthday and then she took to her Instagram page to gush about their engagement and how lucky she is.

There were reports that Ifeoma, a former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN Tourism) and Jude were already expecting their first baby.

Check out more photos below:

 

Jude Okoye's traditional wedding

Jude Okoye and friends at his traditional wedding

Jude Okoye's traditional wedding

Jude Okoye's traditional wedding

Wishing the couple a happy married life!

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Adamawa Impeachment: APC Resorting To Blackmail – PDP


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Our attention has been drawn to yet another inflammatory address by the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun wherein he resorted to wild and unfounded allegations to cause confusion and incite the people against the President, the PDP and institutions of government.

While we do not wish to join issues with a party that has become notorious for falsehood, deceit and blackmail, we wish to alert Nigerians that this is part of the orchestrated plot by the APC to discredit and blackmail institutions of government, particularly the legislature, the citadel of democracy and stronghold of the will of the people and ultimately set the stage to destabilize the polity.

We note that this onslaught against the legislature is not spontaneous. Nigerians may indeed recall the vicious attack on the National Assembly early this year wherein the APC also raised a false alarm that federal lawmakers were being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP.

We invite Nigerians to note the anti-democratic and anti-Nigeria actions of the APC. Indeed, never in the history of this country has an opposition constituted itself into a rebellion against our dear nation and its corporate existence. Never in the history of this country has the opposition sought spiritedly to cause confusion to destabilize our nation using wild allegations and lies; never has an opposition resorted to supporting insurgency and instigating violence through their utterances for political capital; never has an opposition taken it upon
itself to continue to insult and attack the person and office of the President and government institutions for parochial interests.

We in the PDP believe in Democracy and the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution. As such, we have never and will not for any reason whatsoever interfere in the activities of the legislature at any level.

Our advice to the APC is that resorting to blackmail and unfounded allegations will not help them. They must understand that in a democracy, the will of the people and the rule of law are paramount.

Nobody is above the law or above the will of the people. Also they must note that the law does not exonerate an erring official simply because he is in the opposition.

Signed:

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

Adamawa Acting Governor Appoints New SSG


Ahmad-Fintiri-AdamawaThe Acting Governor of Adamawa, Umaru Fintiri, on Wednesday in Yola swore in Liman Tukur as the new Secretary to the State Government, SSG.

Speaking shortly after the ceremony, the acting governor said Mr. Tukur’s appointment is based on his record of performances.

“The wind of change which has started blowing in the state will not be completed without people like Tukur.

“We thank God that today we are in charge of the affairs of the state and with the support of the people of the state we are going to deliver”, Mr. Fintiri said.

He then urged the people of the state to remain calm and peaceful, and also ensure they abide by the law.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Tukur thanked God for the appointment, saying recent happenings in Adamawa were a democratic version of revolution.

“The appointment is a challenge. I promise to be fair and equitable in discharging my duties”, he said.

Before his appointment, the new SSG was a Professor of Geography of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.

(NAN)

My Deputy’s Resignation Illegal, Says Nyako


Murtala-NyakoThe impeached governor of Adamawa State, Rear Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd) has said the resignation of the deputy governor, James Ngilari, did not follow constitutional provisions as he ought to have addressed his resignation letter to him, as he was still governor as at the time of the purported resignation.

Ngilari, had in a bid to avoid being impeached, addressed his resignation letter to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri, who was later sworn-in as acting governor, rather than Nyako, as provided for in the Constitution.

In a statement yesterday by his director of press and public affairs, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, Nyako said: “Our attention has been drawn to the purported resignation of the deputy governor of Adamawa State, Barr Bala James Ngillari, which was supposedly read on the floor of the State House of Assembly. We wish to state categorically that Section 306 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, requires that the deputy governor resign not to the House of Assembly but to the governor.

“As at the time the supposed resignation was said to have been tendered in the House, Murtala H. Nyako was the governor of Adamawa State. No such letter was written to him, none was received by him and none was approved by him.

“It should therefore be known that, in the eyes of the law, the deputy governor has not resigned. Barr Bala James Ngillari is still the deputy governor of Adamawa State. This clarification is necessary to avert another subversion of the constitution since the other processes relating to the impeachment saga have all been in contravention of the constitution and the law”.

Certificate Forgery: Suswam Determined To Put A Stop To ‘Wicked’ Petition Writing By Tiv People


Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has resolved to punish Terver Kakih, the man who leveled allegations of certificate forgery against him.

This, he said, would serve as deterrent to others who may want to contemplate such action in future.

Reacting to the Supreme Court judgment last week, which dismissed the forgery case brought against him by Kakih, Governor Suswam said he has already instructed his lawyer to file legal action against his accuser.

He stated that he will get the court to punish Kakih for trying to smear his image even as he noted that petition writing has become the norm among Tiv people.

“They did it to minority rights crusader, the late Joseph Tarkaa and to the second republic governor Aper Aku”, but he is “determined to put a stop to such wicked actions by Tiv people”.

FIFA suspension: FG stops N253m monthly payments to NFF


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The Federal Government has ordered the closure of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) bank accounts, as the crisis that has engulfed the country’s football continues to escalates.

This newest development comes few days after the government refused to pay the football house their monthly allocation for July, which amounts to N253million ($1,559,995 or £910,526).

Top officials of the federation have been asked to seek private investment, as FIFA banned the country for government interference.

“There is a general saying which states that you put your money where your mouth is,” a source told Daily Sun. “So, it is believed that this is the simple thing that the government has done.

“FIFA has asked the Nigerian government to stay clear of football matters and that has to be done in all areas, which includes funding.”

Ademola Olajire, the NFF’s assistant director of communication, is yet to respond to inquiries on this matter.

Senate Confirms FRSC Boss, Chidoka, Suleiman As Ministers


senate-chamber_anti_terrorism_billThe nomination of the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osita Chidoka and a University of Abuja don, Dr. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulieman as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was approved yesterday by the Senate.

The Senate endorsed the two ministerial nominees by President Goodluck Jonathan following their responses to questions thrown at them by Senators on their experiences and plans for their new roles.

Chidoka and Suleiman are expected to represent Anambra and Kwara States respectively, in the Federal Executive Council (FEC). The two states’ slot in the FEC became vacant following the dropping of Princess Stella Oduah first, followed by Bolaji Abdullahi.

Senate President David Mark, charged the two ministers to bring their youthfulness, vigour and new ideas to bear in the discharge of their assignments.

Mark said: “I urge this two confirmed nominees, that as young men, they should bring new ideas on board. They should not go there and fall in line without performing.

“We expect that they would perform because before us they have performed very well. So we hope that when they go there they would perform very well too”.

2015: Jonathan is obsessed with re-election – APC


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The national Chairman of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of being desperate for a second term and declaring war on the opposition party.

Oyegun also accused Jonathan of championing the impeachment of Murtala Nyako on Tuesday and plans to remove other opposition Governors.

The party chieftian made these claims yesterday while addressing a press conference at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

According to him, “Our freedoms are being emasculated, our economy being run to the ground, and our only hope of bringing about change — our democratic expression — is being smothered before our very eyes all because President Goodluck Jonathan is so obsessed with re-election in 2015 at all cost that he is destroying not just all our key institutions but indeed the entire country.

“At this critical juncture of our history and despite our desire for restraint and mature engagement with President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it is evident that inaction is no longer an option and we must resist it.

“Indeed, keeping quiet in the face of the ceaseless and unrelenting reckless violations of all known laws of the land and the constitution will amount to complicity in the lawlessness and impunity that has become the norm under President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

Oyegun disclosed that the ruling party was not satisfied with the APC’s recent loss in Ekiti State, but wants to have Nasarawa, Edo, Osun and Rivers states as well.

“We know it has been the dream of the ruling PDP to rule for 60 unbroken years, not minding if Nigeria becomes a desert land in the process. Their evil machination has manifested in Ekiti. It has manifested yesterday in Adamawa, They have carried it to Nasarawa, and they have Edo, Osun and Rivers in their sights.

“In the states mentioned, all of them opposition strongholds, Jonathan and his party have abused national institutions, resorted to crude use of force and engaged in unprecedented financial inducements to achieve their objectives. All these anti-democratic tactics come under the umbrella of power with impunity!”

According to him, President Jonathan “does not care whether every institution of state, be it the military, the courts, INEC or any other one, is destroyed. All that matters now is his re-election. This explains why he has embarked on this war against the opposition, this war against all of Nigeria”.

“Having bastardized the army, the police, the courts, aviation and the electoral commission, he has now moved to the next level: impeachment. Every impeachment or threat of it in recent times has the imprint of President Jonathan.

“As we speak, the governor of Adamawa, Murtala Nyako, has been impeached at the instance of the president and his party; they have moved to Nasarawa, their next stop, while Rivers, Edo and Borno, all APC states, are not being spared the destabilization that precedes their new-found weapon.”

The party frowned at the impeachment process that removed its governor in Adamawa, describing it as “the worst manifestation of impunity”.

“What was Nyako impeached for? Offences he allegedly committed five years ago. Those offences were not impeachable when he was in the PDP. But the moment he decamped to the APC, they became impeachable.”

Those who were in attendance with him included Senator Bukola Saraki, Chief Audu Ogbeh, deputy chairman( north) Senator Lawal Shuaibu, national vice chairman (north-east), Engr B.D. Lawal, national publicity of the party Lai Mohammed; minority whip, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; and Hon. Dino Menaye.

APC’s referendum on creation of 18 new LGs in Ekiti, an exercise in futility – PDP


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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State yesterday urged people of the state to disregard Saturday’s referendum for the ratification of the newly created 18 local governments, saying the development was an exercise in futility.

A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, yesterday said the action by the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the state Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) amount to contempt of court.

“The proposed referendum is an illegal act, as it does not follow the due process expected of such an exercise. The legal matter over the constitution of EKSIEC is still in court. Apart from the matter of the constitution of EKSIEC being at the Supreme Court, Ekiti PDP has also gone to court challenging the creation of the new Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) and that is still in court,” he said.

The party said any action taken by Fayemi, EKSIEC and the Ekiti State House of Assembly on the matter was null and void, calling on the people of the state not to waste their time by going out on Saturday for any referendum, describing it as “sheer waste of time and resources”.

“We are reiterating again that the PDP is committed to the growth and development of the state in all ramifications and as a law abiding party, will never support any illegality,” he said.