Ndi-Imo welcomes Ikedi Ohakim (Pictures)


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Jonathan Unveils National Identity Card


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President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the National Identity Card Management Commission to ensure that the issuance process of the new e-card is prompt and swift enough to enable many more Nigerians obtain their e-ID cards, as soon as possible.

While speaking at the unveiling of the e-card, he urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the private sector, to key into the project, following the benefits from its designed functionalities.

According to the President, the regime of duplication of biometric databases must give way to harmonization and unification with the e-ID scheme, which shall be the primary database.

He asked the commission to also ensure that all registrable persons are enrolled into the National Identity Database and that all MDAs involved in data capture activities, align their activities, with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.

Charles Awurum: Yes, actresses pay to act in films


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Imo State-born actor cum director, Charles Awurum, has joined the league of multi-millionaires as he recently got endorsement deal with Globacom. The University of Calabar Theatre Arts graduate and father of three kids in this interview took us down memory lane, as he talked about his career and life experiences. Enjoy it.

Globacom recently endorsed you as a brand ambassador?

Yes, I was in Lagos last week to shoot a commercial for Globacom. I must appreciate Chief (Mike) Adenuga for his great love for entertainment and interest in my career. So many times they’ve called me for adverts, commercials and soaps. We will soon embark on a street show in over six states in Nigeria. The show is tagged ‘Glo Street Show’ and my appearance has been approved. In fact, when I got the invitation my heart was filled with joy.

How do you feel being a millionaire? 

(Laughter) It is good when you are appreciated and commended for your good work. And it is always a pleasure working for Globacom. But for now, I am not yet a millionaire, until the contract is signed and approved. However, mere seeing it on paper is worth celebrating and I look forward to being Glo brand ambassador. I appreciate God for this upliftment in my life, and I thank the Glo management for their support. I must also appreciate my producers, directors and fans for believing in me.

You don’t have a funny look, how do you get into your character as a comic actor?

As an actor, I can act any role not just comic role. I remember getting two scenes in the movie titled ‘Long John’ which was not easy at that time but I had to convince my friend, Sunny Nnagida and the role was given to me. Then, I started featuring in comic movies such as ‘World Apart’ and ‘I Need A Woman’ and because of this, producers no longer give me serious roles. I don’t like the idea of being stereotyped in movies, which is common in the industry. It’s not proper to restrict an actor on a particular role; it is not professional. I have done so many movies and stage plays as an actor, and I think an actor should be seen as an actor, not a comic.

How has this stereotype thing affected your career? 

It has not changed anything in my life. I still live my normal life. You don’t expect to see me on the road behaving like a comedian. You can see me playing in comedy movies, but behind the set, I am Charles Awurum. So, ordinarily you don’t expect to see me doing comic acts that will make you laugh. People often gaze at me and when they don’t get what they expect, they feel disappointed. I don’t need to do funny things for you aside acting because I am an actor not a comedian.

How would you describe yourself behind set?

I am a very serious minded person. I like to leave a legacy for people to remember my immense contribution. I don’t believe in waiting for the coming of the Lord, instead I move to the Lord and grab Him to receive whatever I need from Him. I am a very simple, friendly and peaceful person. I have experienced life; it doesn’t give me joy when people misbehave because of worldly possession or qualifications. And because you are an actor, you want people to treat you like God, it is wrong. That person you meet today might be your messiah tomorrow. Most of our artistes are guilty of the attitude. Life is unpredictable; you could lose it at anytime. So, whatever you feel you have achieved, someone has been privileged to achieve it before you.

You are popularly known as a comic actor but not many know you as a movie director. Tell us more about your involvement as a director in Nollywood?

I started directing movies before my involvement in acting. But after a comedy role, which I played very well to the admiration of my fans and producers, I was launched into Nollywood as an actor. In fact, I have been directing movies before my foray into Nollywood. I produced programmes for Imo State Broadcasting Corporation and also Imo State Arts Council. I also directed television dramas and radio programmes.

How did you come into Nollywood?

I have been acting for a long time, even before the birth of Nollywood. A film production was brought to Imo State in which so many notable actors acted, and I played a lead role in it. It was in that film that I started life as an actor. The producer of the movie, ‘Obiora’ later saw my ability on set and he invited me to act in the film. It was actually the movie that brought me into limelight. Honestly, I can’t remember all the movies I have done now, but I have done so many movies since I started acting.

What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?

I am used to their reactions. Sometimes they see me and shout ‘Jesus!’ Some ladies will abandon their boyfriends to hold me. Even married women are not exempted; they often grab me in public. In fact, I am used to it, so I can’t tag any of these as the craziest.

What were the sacrifices you made to get to where you are today? 

I was a painter before I embraced acting. Though, there are so many actors in the industry, the ability to distinguish yourself by depicting roles to the admiration of your fans is your selling point. However, being an actor has opened so many doors for me. It has given me an edge over people and it has also denied me freedom. For instance, when I go to the market to buy things, they sell for me at high price because of the way they perceive me.

How would you assess Nollywood?

We are improving but we need more support to do better. We need fund to acquire quality cameras and also mobilise our actors, because you cannot pay someone for a week and you expect a month labour, in this way you shouldn’t expect the best. But if you pay a good amount for a script, the writer will deliver mind-blowing story to you.

Is it true that actresses pay to feature in movies? And what is your take on this development in Nollywood?

Is it true the desperate ones pay certain amount of money to feature in movies to some of our producers, whether they know how to act or not? So, with that they are leaving out professionals who will give them the best. And it is affecting production. So many girls are doing different things in the name of becoming actress. You see up-coming actresses arriving film locations with big cars, they pay for their hotel accommodation, feeding and also pay over N300,000 just to feature in a film. They are gradually destroying professionalism. But I believe this phase will go and Nollywood will be sanitised.

Nollywood has a regulatory body like AGN, what are they doing concerning this development? 

Our president (Ibinabo Fiberesima) is doing her best to govern Nollywood. There are cases people take to her but when they are asked to put them into writing, they wouldn’t be able to do so. There is no way you will expect her to fight your case without proofs. Of course, you don’t expect the desperate upcoming actresses or producers to provide such evidence, since they are the perpetrators of the act.

What is your advice to upcoming actors? 

They should consider their acting skills before venturing into movies. It is not compulsory that you must stand before the camera. There are people behind the camera doing great. And they should think of being professional and put in every effort to become successful.

Aside acting what else do you do?

I have a production outfit, Magic Lens Pictures. We are working on a movie titled, ‘My Hidden Treasure’ and I also have Magic Lens Academy where we train people on film production, directing and others.

Could you share some of your life experiences for people to learn from especially those aspiring to get to the top?

I went through hard times when my father died. My father was one of the top ranking officers with Nigeria Ports Authority until his death. We were born with the silver spoon, but we didn’t grow with it. My father died in 1988, I was in my early ‘20s then. And none of us could do anything to assist our mother financially, except my elder brother, who was undergoing his Youth Service in Edo State. In fact, my father’s death affected my education. I went to school as an adult. Growing up was very difficult for us. There are times when I look back and tears will flow down my eyes. I remember how people took us for granted. When you are not successful nobody wants to associate with you. But today, everyone wants to be close to me.

How many are you in the family? 

We were seven children, until our elder brother, a medical doctor died. We are now six; we have a reverend father in the family.

Let’s talk about your love life, how fair has love treated you?

There was a girl that supposed to be my wife. We almost got married until her mother destabilised it. Her mother said her late husband appeared to her in the dream, asking why she would allow her daughter to marry a man from a distant place. I heard the news when I went to collect the marriage rites’ list. There was a day I visited her house and there was power failure. So, I jokingly asked why they didn’t usually have electricity, and her mother replied immediately saying, ‘why don’t you buy a generator for me’. I jokingly said she was asking ‘someone who doesn’t have money’ to buy her a generator. I didn’t know she took it serious and that’s why she refused us getting married. Today, God has celebrated me among others.

What was the girl’s reaction on her mother’s disapproval of your marriage proposal?

She said her mother’s dream usually comes true. Immediately, I knew it wouldn’t work, most especially, when the family was the decision maker in her life.

Were you heartbroken at that particular moment? 

Of course, I was terribly heartbroken because I was deeply in love with her. I was working in Nnewi at that time while she lived in Oba, Onitsha. In fact, I prayed and fasted concerning that marriage, asking God for clarification. I asked God that if we’re not destined to be together, He should give me a woman after my heart. Fortunately, one Sunday, I went to church in my village and as I walked into the church, my wife was just coming out from the church. When I saw her, I said to myself that ‘this girl is my wife’.

I made enquiries from my mum about her family background, and she approved of our union. Today, the rest is history. I got married in 2006 to my soul mate, Linda Ifeyinwa Awurum, and we are blessed with three lovely boys.

2015: Ohakim declares for Imo governorship seat


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Former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, yesterday declared his interest to stand for the governorship seat of the state in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ohakim, who addressed members of the party and journalists at the state PDP secretariat, affirmed that he was not ashamed to re-contest the position he lost to the incumbent, Rochas Okorocha, in 2011.

His words: “I was tired of responding to the questions posed at me by the people of the state on why I remained silent over re-contesting.”

“I want to contest to complete the gigantic projects I started in the state which have been abandoned by this administration.”

“There is no need hiding my joy, this is the month of August, the month of my birth, another good news I have for you is that after completing my consultation, I have offered myself to complete my tenure as the governor of Imo State.

“Some people have made publications that Ohakim forgot something in government house, Ohakim has no shame, yes I am the only person that has no shame and seeking the mandate to go back to the government house to defend the mandate giving to me before with my last blood,” he said.

“The man serving now has one term but I have one more tenure to complete, the next fight would be to fight governor to governor, project to project and mandate to mandate.”

The former governor alleged that he left N28. 6 billion for the present administration in a hidden account which he noted has been used on frivolities, building roundabouts and other things not important to the masses.

Acknowledging the support of the present executive members of PDP in the state, he expressed optimism that the party would work in harmony to make his dreams a reality.

“I expressed confidence in the leadership of the party in the state. This executive would complete its tenure under the person they have voted for and the one they have relied on, people have accused of having meetings at aspirants houses, but I assure you that we would have our victory in 2015.” Ohakim said.

I WILL CHEW ROCHAS LIKE CRACKERS BISCUIT- IKEDI OHAKIM


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Chris Oyakhilome’s wife finally files for divorce in London Court over adultery


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After months of speculation over the marriage crisis between Christ Embassy’s Pastor, Chris Oyakhilome and wife, a new report claims the latter has now filed for a divorce in a London court.

In an exclusive report published by Cable News, the wife is seeking a divorce on the grounds of “unreasonable behaviour” and “adultery”.

She allegedly outlined several allegations against the Pastor which cannot be published for legal reasons.

The divorce case, with Suit No FD14D01650, was filed on April 9, 2014 at Divorce Section A, Central Family Court, First Avenue House, High Holborn, London, UK, on Anita’s behalf by Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, a full-service law firm with expertise in commercial law and a strong consumer focus in family, wills and estate, personal injury law and medical negligence.

According to the online portal, Pastor Chris had been making efforts to avoid divorce in the hope that the wife would eventually have a change of mind, however, Decree nissi was served on the charismatic pastor in his hotel room during a recent visit to the UK.

Decree nissi, in legal terms, is like a yellow card in a football match which is a precursor to a red card (“decree absolute”) if no new evidence is provided to stall proceedings.

Church insiders said Oyakhilome had been hoping for rapprochement, but he was left with no option than to receive the papers when the lawyers cornered him at his hotel in London. The decree absolute, which will effectively end the marriage, is expected to be issued soon while terms of the divorce will be worked out by the lawyers on both sides.

Anita recently wanted to go public with the details of her allegations against the husband but reached an informal agreement to sheathe her sword in the interest of the church.

Recall that some church members had sometime in May 10, 2014 launched a facebook campaign, asking: “Where is Rev. Anita Oyakhilome?”

They said Pastor Chris and Rev. Anita must unite “for the sake of the gospel, the church and their two beautiful daughters”. They quoted Malachi 2:16 in the Message Bible: “I hate divorce, says the God of Israel.”

The facebook page, which has over 3,300 “likes”, was opened with a stated mission: “This is a Call to Prayer for all believers who understand God’s heart concerning marriage and a Call to Action by Pst. Chris. #DoWhatYouPreach”.

Officials of the church quickly moved to deny any rift between the pastor couple. One official, Kenneth Achumasara, told the media last June thus: “I can tell you authoritatively that there is no issue between Pastor Chris and his wife, Anita… If you go to the UK now, you will see her along with the kids. She is still with him and there is no issue between them. I have been with him for 22 years and the Pastor Chris I know cannot even utter such words as reported. He will never address such a gathering. She will soon be in Nigeria for a programme and I will definitely invite you to have access to her.”

Oyakhilome is the President of Believers’ Love World Inc, the registered name of the Christian ministry, while his wife is the Vice President.

They have two teenage daughters, Sharon and Charlyn.

2015: Nigerian students back President Jonathan for second term


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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has thrown its weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid.

NANS’s President, Yinka Gbadebo who led the National Executive members of the association on a courtesy visit to the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Thursday, said Nigerian students were ready to work for Jonathan’s reelection.

The team, which passed a vote of confidence on Jonathan, also presented a certificate of credence to Dame Jonathan for her pursuit of peace and empowerment of women and the youth in the nation.

Speaking shortly after the visit, Gbadebo noted that, “As pragmatic and visionary Nigerians, we can see through the veil of distraction and boldly applaud the Goodluck administration for infrastructural and social transformation.

“We are unflinchingly determined to put all political detractors and evil geniuses to shame in 2015 by giving Mr President the singular and total support of all Nigerian students.

“As a united association, all students have been mandated to cast their votes for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to emerge victorious and continues the good works of transformation,’’ he said.

Gbadebo noted that, in order to actualize this, NANS had floated the Nigerian Students Transformation Vanguard to champion this cause.

Enugu chicken impeachment: Ex-Deputy Governors lament sack of serving colleagues


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Former deputy governors under the aegis of Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria (FFDGN), Thursday described the impeachment of the past Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Dr Sunday Onyebuchi as a reckless show of power by both the governor and the state Assembly.

The group, after an emergency meeting yesterday in Abuja, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter to reverse the situation.

It also called on the National Judicial Council, NJC, “to quickly investigate the judge who constituted the panel over chicken allegations and determine whether or not he had sufficient evidence to act as he did, with no weighty allegations of corruption or any constitutional impeachable offence against the former Deputy Governor.”

Some of the former deputy governors at the meeting included that of Abia State, Chris Akomas; Osun, Erelu Olusola Obada; Plateau, Pauline Tallen among others.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the Chairman of the forum, Abdulmalik Mahmoud, described the impeachment as “reckless show of power by the governor of Enugu State and the State House of Assembly,”advising the governor to learn from recent history in Nigeria in respect of governor-deputy relationships.

Mahmoud insisted that the operation of a poultry in the official quarters of the Deputy Governor cannot be interpreted as gross misconduct.

“Many Governors and their Deputies do keep livestock (cattle, goats, rabbits, chicken etc) in their official quarters and this is a common knowledge all over the federation. Why should that of Enugu State Deputy governor earn him impeachment?

“The constitution is clear on what constitutes impeachment offences and the process leading to impeachment. What has happened in Enugu State is an anomaly that must be re-visited forthwith.” he added.

UCL Draw: Again Man City Get Bayern, Barca Meet Ajax, Liverpool Test Real


The draw for the 2014/15 Uefa Champions League took place at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, on Thursday, with 32 teams drawn into eight groups of four.

Each team in one of four pots were drawn in a format which barred them from playing another side from the same country.

It panned into eight group of four teams each consisting of one team from each pot.

Barcelona met Ajax for the first time in their history in the group stages last season, and face a repeat of that tie in the forthcoming campaign after been pitted against the Dutch champions in Group F, along with the big-spending Paris St-Germain and Apoel Nicossa.

Liverpool, who are returning to Europe after five-year hiatus will lock horns with Santiago Bernebeu outfits Real Madrid. The ‘Reds’ have not conceded in three of their European Cup/Champions League games against Real Madrid and have won all encounters, scoring six times.

Dutch Champions Ajax  beat Barcelona 2-1 In Amsterdam Last Season.

Jose Mourinho, once again is the happiest of all English Premier League club managers in the competition this season, as Chelsea face the third-placed team in the Bundesliga last season, Schalke (Germany), Primeira Division runners-up Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) and Slovenian champions Maribor, who knocked Celtic out in the play-off round.

Arsenal will face German giants Borussia Dortmund for the fourth time in as many as five seasons.

Champions League draw

Group A

Atletico Madrid

Juventus

Olympiakos

Malmo

Group B

Real Madrid

Basel

Liverpool

Ludogorets Razgrad.

Group C

Benfica

Zenit St Petersburg

Bayer Leverkusen

Monaco.

Group D

Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund

Galatasaray

Anderlecht

Group E

Bayern Munich

Manchester City

CSKA Moscow

AS Roma.

Group F

Barcelona

Paris St-Germain

Ajax

APOEL Nicosia.

Group G

Chelsea

Schalke

Sporting Lisbon

Maribor

Group H

Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk

Athletic Bilbao

BATE Borisov.

I Have Come to Help, Says Man Utd’s New No. 7 Di Maria


Record signing Angel Di Maria says he joined Manchester United “to help” in coach Louis van Gaal’s rebuilding process.

The Old Trafford club ended a disappointing campaign last season, finishing seventh in the Premier League; thereby missing out on a European championship slot.

Van Gaal, after leading the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, is saddled with the task of helping revive the dwindling fortunes at the 20-time champions but was greeted with large cases of injury concerns.

Angel Di Maria is Manchester United's Fourth Signing of the 2014 Summer Transfer Transfer Window. Image: MUFC.

“I have come to help raise the game and become an important team once again. I want to win many trophies with them,” said Di Maria in his first media briefing since penning a five-year British record deal.

United’s Dutch boss, at the unveiling of the £59.7m record signing, said he expects the Argentine midfielder to be “a team player”.

The “restoration” and “rebuilding” process at the club- many, including legendary midfielder Paul Scholes- have envisaged will not be feasible with just a couple of signings. The manager, however, revealed the club expects to do more business.

Alongside Di Maria, United have signed Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo this summer. The 63-year-old manager is reportedly keen on a late transfer coup for Juventus’ Arturo Vidal and defender Daley Blind of Ajax- a member of his squad at the World Cup in Brazil.

“The club will [announce] when the time’s there. Players will leave, others will come,” he said at the news conference.

Having made his professional debut for Rosario Central in his homeland at the tender age of 17, Di Maria moved to Europe in 2007 to play for Benfica, where he won many plaudits- top of it the Primeira Liga title in his final season with the Estadio Da Luz giants in 2010.

He joined Real Madrid for an initial fee of €25million. He won the 2012 La Liga and two Copa del Reys, in addition to the 2014 Uefa Champions League triumph in Lisbon, where he was named Man of the Match after a 4-1 extra-time win over city rivals Atletico Madrid.

United were handed a rare leverage to sign the much coveted Argentina World Cup star, who early into the current season was unsettled by the arrival of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos at the Santiago Bernebeu, when Paris St-Germain pulled out of the race for the playmaker.

Di Maria said: “Manchester United have already won many trophies and are a very big team.

“I’m very pleased to play for Manchester United. I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they’re not playing in the Champions League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. I’m pleased with the manager for choosing me to come to Manchester United.”

He is in contention for a debut appearance at Turf Moor on Saturday against promoted Burnley and will wear the number seven jersey, following in the footsteps of his former Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham and Bryan Robson. Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia are the two other players to have worn the legendary No. 7 shirt.

“I am aware of its importance,” Di Maria said on Thursday. “Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to me at Real Madrid and explained how important it is. I want to wear the shirt and do as much as I can for the club, like Ronaldo did. The club also wanted me to wear the no.7 shirt and I hope I can live up to it.”

Neyo blasted by fans after his ex-GF reveals he made her tie her tubes


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What I don’t understand is why any woman in her right thinking mind, especially if she’s in her 20s, will let any man convince her to tie her tubes. Especially a man who is not even your husband. Tying your tubes should be a decision you make on your own.

Anyway, on the last episode of Atlanta Exes, Ne-Yo’s baby mama Monyetta Shaw tearfully confided in Cee-Lo Green’s ex-wife Christina that she agreed to have her tubes tied at Ne-Yo’s request. Ne-Yo has since left her and now has a new girlfriend.

After the mother of two made this revelation, fans, women and foes came for Neyo. They blasted the heck out of him. He finally responded yesterday to the backlash. See that below.

Enugu state gets new deputy Governor


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48 hours after Sunday Onyebuchi was impeached as the deputy governor of Enugu state for rearing chickens in his official quarters, members of the Enugu state house of Assembly today Aug. 28th, confirmed clergy man and politician, Ralph Nwoye (pictured above) as the new deputy governor of the state.

Mr Ralph Nwoye, a pastor of the Christ Ascension Church in Enugu, is said to be a former Local government chairman. He is expected to be sworn-in as deputy governor soon.

Ronaldo Claim European Player of the Year Award


Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has been named European Footballer of the Year.

The Portuguese superstar topped a poll by 54 European journalists ahead of Germany’s Fifa World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and the Netherlands winger Arjen Robben.

“I’ve worked hard for this award, I am very happy, I thank all my team, because without that kind of team individual awards couldn’t exist,” said the 29-year-old, after receiving his award from UEFA chief Michel Platini.

Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates his Goal During the Uefa Champions League Final in Lisbon. Image: Getty.

The reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or holder is the fourth person to win the award, after Franck Ribery, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

Bayern Munich and French midfielder Ribery beat Messi and Ronaldo to the prize last year.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid record a tenth Uefa Champions League triumph last season, scoring 17 times to break the record for the highest tally of goal by any player in a Champions League season.

“It was amazing, something that Madrid had looked to do for many years,” said the x-Manchester United forward. “As Madrid players we feel as though you have to win the Champions League. It was a fantastic season – we won the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and the (UEFA) Super Cup.”

Attacking midfielder Naddine Kessler won the women’s award ahead of Wolfburg team-mates Nilla Fischer of Sweden and fellow German Martina Muller.

Kessler, 26, topped the vote of a jury of 12 journalists to succeed Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who claimed the inaugural award last year.

PDP Accuses Amaechi Over Ebola


The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  has blamed the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease to the state.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman of the party, Mr. Jerry Needam, the opposition party in Rivers State stated that Amaechi’s insensitivity was responsible for the Ebola virus that claimed the life of a medical doctor, Iyke Enemuo.

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The state PDP pointed out that Amaechi and the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, were not proactive in providing facilities that would have prevented the spread of the disease to Rivers.

It would be recalled that Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu had earlier on Thursday confirmed the first recorded death from Ebola in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State.

According to the minister, the late Dr. Emenuo contracted the deadly disease after he secretly treated a Liberian diplomat who had contacted the first Ebola victim in Nigeria, Patrick Sawyer.

Chukwu also confirmed that the deseased’s wife and 70 other people have been placed under surveillance for the dreaded disease in Rivers.

Accusing Governor Amaechi of insensitivity, the PDP statement read: “The PDP says carelessness and insensitivity on the part of the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, are responsible for the unfortunate spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease to the state, with a confirmed death incident of an innocent doctor, Ike Samuel Elemo, as the first victim.

“The PDP notes that Governor Amaechi’s laxity and his Health Commissioner not been proactive in putting in place necessary facilities and modalities in preventing the Ebola outbreak or tackling it to avoid spread in the event of any reported case is consequently regrettable as the Rivers State situation might be more severe than that of Lagos State, in which case the (Lagos) State Government at least showed some form of seriousness by cooperating with the Federal Government prompt responses.

“The PDP expresses astonishment while reacting to the death of the medical doctor in Port Harcourt, who had contact with an Ebola patient, and whose wife and over 200 persons are reportedly being infected with the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt.

The opposition party also claimed that efforts made by the Federal Government to contain the spread of Ebola to Rivers State were rejected by Amaechi.

It added that the governor shunned a meeting presided by President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on the prevention of the spread of Ebola to other states.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers state chapter has dismissed PDP’s claim, describing it as being out of tune with the realities on the ground.

Mr. Chris Fynebone, the Publicity Secretary of APC in Rivers, while speaking on the allegation on Amaechi in a chat with Punchonline, accused PDP of politicising the Ebola scourge.

He added that contrary to the position of the opposition party, the governor and the commissioner for Health had been proactive in preventing the spread of the disease.

“It is wrong for the state PDP to make such a statement. I have seen the statement and it is clear that it is not in line with the realities on the ground about the Ebola virus. The state government brought in experts to train medical personnel in Rivers.

“There have been plans to prevent the disease from spreading into the state. Remember that a nurse travelled from Lagos to Enugu with the disease and she was taken back to Lagos, but nobody politicised it in Enugu. It is clear that somebody wants to deliberately politicise Ebola disease in the state,” Fybone said.

 

The deadly Ebola virus currently ravaging West Africa has already claimed no fewer than six lives in Nigeria and nearly 1,500 of lives in the West African region.

Nigeria’s first Ebola patient came from Liberia into Lagos, the commercial hub of the country, on July 20. Since then , the Federal Government has mobilised enormous resources to reduce the possibility of epidemic.

According to the federal health authorities, twelve people who contacted Sawyer have been tested positive for the virus, six of them died, while 7 have successfully recovered and sent home.

Gunmen attack army camp in Bauchi, Commander killed


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Unknown gunmen at about 5.20 this morning August 28th attacked an Army camp manned by six armed soldiers at Wunti -Dada, a suburb of Bauchi state, killing the commander of the camp and a soldier.

According to reports by The Nation, the unknown gunmen arrived the camp in two motorcycles immediately after the early morning Muslim prayers and opened fire, killing the commander and the soldier.

Wunti-Dada has been one of the known security challenge points within the state capital with a lot of unusual incidents. Both the Bauchi state Police Public relations officer and the the 33 Artillery Brigade spokesman have refused to comment on the development.

Witches Run The Government – Head of Benin Witches Reveal


Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom in Edo State and Chairman of Benin Forum, the umbrella body of all Binis in the country and Diaspora said unknown to many, witches run the government and make decisions that are binding on all.

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He explained: “There is the upper class; those are the people running the government. They run the government all of us are. And once they make decision in that area, it is binding all over. They think of how the society will grow.

Edebiri who oversees operations of witches and wizards among other traditional functions, said though he is the “departmental head” of witches and wizards in the monarchy, he was not a witch himself but he was only rendering service to humanity by taming their excesses.

Asked where he acquired the authority he uses to tame suspected witches and wizards, Chief Edebiri replied: “Ah, it is the power of God Almighty and that of the Oba of Benin (laughter). We have averted much havoc that these people would have caused in Benin Kingdom.

Speaking to Vanguard, he recalled a time when witches were very brutal in Benin Kingdom until a traditional parliamentary action was endorsed by the great, great grandfathers, to put together a group, which he (Edebiri) is presently the leader, to curtail their excesses.

According to him, in the past, witches were either killed or sent to the evil forest, but now, the erring ones were court-martialed and deactivated to live a new life.

Chief Edebiri revealed that most of the witches are either church singers or something in the church but they do not succeed anywhere the name of Jesus is mentioned.

He said: “I tell you that most of them do not succeed anywhere Jesus is mentioned. And I asked them, do you mean that you people fear the awesome power of Jesus Christ, they said yes. I asked them further, if you say that you fear the power of Jesus, how do you feel when the pastor is condemning you people in the name of Jesus, they said they will be condemning the pastor too. But I can tell that so many of them have been converted to Christianity after passing through this place.”

El-Rufai Tags Modu Sheriff, Gen. Ihejirika As Boko Haram Sponsors


An ex Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Nasir El-Rufai made an incredible revelation in the afternoon of August 28, 2014.

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The ex minister tagged a former governor of Borno State, Modu Sheriff, who has recently defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika (an ex chief of army staff, till January 2014) as Boko Haram sponsors and kingpins.

El-Rufai based his message on the words of a renowned Australian hostage and crisis negotiator Stephen Davis on AriseTV.

Related: Australian Negotiator Reveals Boko Haram Sponsors And Plans

Davis spent 4 intense months in the troubled North-Eastern states. He had been allegedly hired by President Goodluck Jonathan to help rescuing over 200 Chibok girls.

According to APC Chieftain, Davis claimed the information had been disclosed to him by Boko Haram commanders. The terrorists do not hide the fact the pair (Gen. Ihejirika and Modu Sheriff) has been ‘the brain’ and targeted individuals for assassination and execution.

The former minister expressed hopes that this information would further help to expose the abductors of the Chibok girls, the terrorists behind Nyanya bombings in Abuja, assassins of Gen. Muhammadu Shuwa and those who attempted to kill General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.

El-Rufai’s statement triggered a heated conversation, gathered more than 2,500 Likes, shares, and over 1,875 comments at the time of filing the present report. Read the message below:

El-Rufai A Staunch Supporter Of Boko Haram – Ihejirika


Former Chief of Army Staff, General Onyeabor Azubuike Ihejirika on Thursday accused former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufia as one of the frontline Commanders of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Ihejirika declared this while speaking to Vanguard over allegation by El-Rufai that he (Ihejirika) and former Governor Ali-Modu Sheriff of Borno State were fingered as terrorists sponsors. He said he was not surprised that the ‘unimaginable allegation’ is coming from ‘one of the Boko Haram Commanders’.

“The (Commanders) including El-Rufai know where the problem is. He should stop deceiving Nigerians by trying to divert attention”.

“When the Boko Haram operation started, supporters of the sect like El-Rufai said that there was nothing like Boko Haram and that the army was just killing innocent youths.

“If you also remember, not too long ago, some of their supporters including El-Rufai said that I was re-inventing the killing of the Ibos during the Biafra war following government’s determination to rid the country of terrorism.”

“The likes of El-Rufai started the campaign of human right abuses, in order to divert the international attention of the heinous crime being committed by the Boko Haram terrorists,” the former Chief of Army Staff said.

Speaking further, Ihejirika state: “The likes of El-Rufai have been supporting Boko Haram. In fact, El-Rufai and his likes are the same group of people that ensured the army did not to get the requested equipment to deal with this menace once and for all, as they used their cohorts to tell the government that procuring modern equipment were not necessary”.

He also recalled that the APC Chieftain went as far as granting an interview to Thisday Newspaper at their premises, where he condemned security forces for the efforts at ridding the country of these senseless mayhem by the terrorists.

“At the onset of this crisis, I was the first person to declare that the country was at war but group of sponsors led by El-Rufai disagreed, that it was not true.

“It is the same group of El-Rufai that started the human right abuses campaign. It was done in order to block any international assistance after the state of emergency was declared and the sect was initially tamed. That gave Boko Haram time and respite to build up again”.

Furthermore, General Ihejirika said that when the United States was to initially declare Boko Haram a terrorist organization, the same El-Rufai and his group mounted pressure on the international community, using alleged human right abuses as campaign strategy.

The former Army Chief revealed that this same group including El-Rufai have taken further steps in support of Boko Haram, “which I cannot disclose for now”.

Gen. Ihejirika also recalled recent allegations against him, indicating that that he took away N48 billion, an amount of money which is still in the coffers of the Ministry of Defence and can be verified by anybody, adding that he was not surprised that these allegation is coming from the likes of El-Rufai who started the campaign. [Vanguard]

Ebola Outbreak Forces Fast-tracked Vaccine Trials


Safety trials on an Ebola vaccine are being fast-tracked, meaning it could be given to healthy volunteers as early as September, researchers said Thursday.

The vaccine will be given to volunteers in Britain, the Gambia and Mali in a bid to tackle the spread of an epidemic which has spread across west Africa, killing 1,552 so far.

Researchers hope the trials could finish by the end of 2014.

If they are successful, the vaccine could then be given to people infected with Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids.

The move was announced by pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline — which is developing the vaccine with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) — and London-based medical charity Wellcome Trust, which is contributing to a grant to pay for the trials.

“A candidate Ebola vaccine could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK, the Gambia and Mali as early as September, as part of a series of safety trials of potential vaccines,” the statement said.

A total of 3,062 cases have so far been reported but the World Health Organization warned Thursday that the caseload could eventually exceed 20,000.

The trials, which still need ethical and regulatory approval, will be funded by a £2.8 million (3.5 million euro, $4.6 million) grant from the Wellcome Trust, Britain’s Medical Research Council (MRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

The Oxford study will involve 60 healthy volunteers, while those in the Gambia and Mali will each involve 40.

This will also allow GSK to make some 10,000 extra doses of the vaccine so that if the trials are successful, it could be made available to the WHO quickly.

Safety tests of the vaccine will take place at Oxford University alongside a US trial run by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Buhari To Declare Intention To Run For Presidency In 2015


Former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to declare for the presidential race early next month on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as soon as he concludes his nationwide consultations, his political aides have confirmed to Thisday.

“General Muhammadu Buhari has been holding consultations with stakeholders cutting across the divide on the next year general election,” said one of his aides who craved anonymity.

“Those he has been meeting include politicians, both within and outside the APC, religious leaders, opinion leaders, youths and market women in every state of the federation and the feelers we are getting are encouraging.

“We are rounding off with the consultations and within the next few days, General Buhari would publicly declare for the race and it is our hope that he would not only emerge the presidential candidate of APC but would eventually be elected come February 2015,” he said.

Buhari’s aides boasted that the former Presidential candidate under the All Nigeria Progressives Congress (ANPP), one of the parties that merged to form the APC, still commands unequal popularity among the grassroots and therefore he stands a better chance than other party bigwigs like former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Governor Musa Kwankaso of Kano State.

“If General Buhari declares today, that is where our people would go. Who else would run against him in the north? Who else do you think the party would prefer to a man who single-handedly secured 11 million votes despite the rigging machinery of the PDP in 2011? General Buhari is the president in waiting, that is the truth,” he said.

Also speaking on the forthcoming elections, another Thisday source, who is a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC said the modified open ballot system adopted by APC to decide the presidential candidate of the party was a welcome development.

“We are all in support of the method but it has not been finalised yet. If you look at it very well, it would allow every aspirant to campaign as if it were the real general election. It is a system that involves all party members. And let me tell you, whatever method of voting that is adopted, General Buhari would emerge the presidential candidate of our party,” he said.

Leicester City Sign Esteban Cambiasso


Leicester City have announced the signing of former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiaso on a free.

The 34-year-old had been without a club since being released by Inter at the end of last season.

‘Foxes’ coach Nigel Pearson persuaded the ex-Argentine international to move to the Premier League newcomers, despite interest from River Plate in his homeland.

Esteban Cambiasso Joins Leicester City on a Free.

“Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Esteban Cambiasso on a one-year deal,” a statement on Leicester’s website confirmed.

The ex-Real Madrid footballer will wear the number 19 shirt and could be in contention for Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.

Cambiasso was a key member of Inter’s 2010 treble-winning side as he helped Jose Mourinho’s side lift the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League.

He made over 300 appearances for Inter after moving to Italy from Real Madrid in 2004. However, he was deemed surplus to requirements in the close-season, despite making 32 Serie A appearances last term.

Cambiasso also made 52 appearances for Argentina, scoring five times, before retiring from international duty in 2011.

Gunmen Kill Couple, Child, Maid In Lagos


A man, his wife, his child and their maid were yesterday killed by gunmen, who stormed their apartment at Unity Estate, Akowonjo area of Egbeda, in the early hours of yesterday.

The gunmen suspected to be hired assassins, stormed the building at about 2am and fired shots, apparently to wade off intruders, Vanguard learnt.

A resident of another flat in the block, who pleaded anonymity, said there was an argument between the gunmen and owner of the flat whose identity could not be immediately ascertained.

“The gunmen scaled through the fence of the building and held the gateman hostage.

“They beat the gate man, tied his hands and asked him to leave the vicinity, threatening to kill him if he alerted the Police.

“They, thereafter, made straight for the flat from where we heard argument. We heard the owner of the apartment shouting ‘no, no’. We did not know what the argument was about. The next thing we heard were gun shots, with the victim still shouting ‘no, don’t,’ but the assassins continued to fired intermittently.

“Sound of the gun shots died down when it was 4 am. But nobody dared to go to the affected flat until daylight,” the neighbour told Vanguard.

It was gathered that policemen later arrived and took the corpses away.

Ribadu Must Not Be Granted Waiver; He Lacks Electoral Value – Edwin Clark


Former Federal Commissioner for Information and South South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday, slammed the former boss of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as having no electoral value.

He therefore warned the national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu, and leadership of the party against granting waiver to him, describing the move as a calculated political plot against President Goodluck Jonathan.

Addressing journalists at his Asokoro residence in Abuja, yesterday, Chief Clark raised alarm that granting a waiver to Ribadu to contest the party’s governorship primaries in Adamawa State would amount to a serious conspiracy against the President, since the former EFCC chairman had no electoral value.

He however urged the leadership of the party to urgently grant waiver to erstwhile Military Administrator of Lagos and Borno states, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa and Marcus Gundiri, a former guber aspirant on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

According to him, both Marwa and Gundiri are good materials with electoral values.

In a six- page letter to the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, entitled, ‘An open letter from Chief E.K. Clark to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu on the fifth columnist sponsorship of Alhaji Ribadu Against Mr. President in 2015,’ Clark said: “Welcoming Alhaji Ribadu so enthusiastically, granting him an obnoxious waiver to pick up party governorship nomination papers is nothing other than grand plan against our President, party and the innocent people of Nigeria.

“How can we so brazenly break our own rules to destabilise our party, if not in a dangerous palace coup in the interests of high-level elements within and beyond the party for reasons best known to them? What is this man of many, and no distinct colour, bringing into the party? His antecedents are many; alas, not clean:

“Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu burst onto public consciousness, comfortable with a very irregular appointment into an office his rank did not qualify him for. He was comfortable, and did not consider it corruption of the established order, a promotion that catapulted him over his seniors to justify his awkward appointment.

“The former EFCC chairman has eventually been exposed as a willing vassal seemingly, accepting to pay for all that largesse to undertake the under- hand political calculations of his Boss.

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“He harassed the then Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from pillar to post, with ever-increasing accusations, none of which held ground all the way to Supreme Court of Nigeria. By the way, My Chairman, it was Vice-President Atiku who introduced Alhaji Ribadu to President Obasanjo for his very high-profile appointment: see how he repaid him with a big dose of ingratitude?

“This serial ingrate did, and has continued to do the same to President Goodluck Jonathan, who also compassionately brought him back from exile, out of political oblivion and dire economic straits, and rehabilitated him with a high-profile appointment. He will yet repay in similar ingratitude!”

Clark also alleged that Ribadu was involved in the impeachment of an unnamed governor of the party in the past, adding that even when the President saved him from public disgrace by converting his dismissal to retirement as Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ribadu had refused to show gratitude to the President.

Speaking further on why the leadership of PDP must not grant Ribadu a waiver, Chief Clark noted that his attack was not on the former EFCC boss because he was not important, but because of the conspiracy he alleged was being plotted against the President by some people.

He wondered why Ribadu should be granted a waiver, having joined the party less than a month ago, against the interest of standing loyalists to the party.

“In the 2011 election, Alhaji Ribadu ran for President on the platform of ACN, lost at his family home polling booth, and also in his ward, scored a mere 32 votes in Yola, and 32,786 total in Adamawa, against Buhari’s 344,526 and President Jonathan’s 508,314,” Clark added.

“My respected chairman, is this the paperweight politician in his Adamawa State which gave the President the second highest number of votes, behind Taraba, that is being celebrated as a viable candidate to fly the party’s flag in 2015? A presidential candidate turned governorship aspirant, being celebrated? And you are from that zone, and should know much more than I.

“Why do we seem so unmindful of the collateral damage this abnormal development, its timing and all, would cause the party, in terms of loss of enthusiasm, indeed, membership in massive numbers.

“Has something gone into our eyes and brains, or are we all locked in the voodoo charms of some fifth-columnists working out some wicked, unpatriotic, subterranean agenda, in league with our opponents, to undercut the President, therefore, the party and nation?”

Osagie Slams Decamping APC Members, Praises Tinubu


The Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Samson Osagie, yesterday, berated the politicians decamping from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Osagie wondered why those who claimed they wanted change were always the first to bail once their desires are not met at their political parties.

He also absolved Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of blame over the exit of some members of the party.

“I have observed with great dismay that some so called political heavy weights who shouted on top of their voices to clamour for change in the nation’s political landscape are the ones who are quick to decamp ones their immediate interest is not met. They are the once who will quickly blame Tinubu of having overbearing influence in the running of the APC and I ask how?” said Osagie, who represents Uhumwonde/Orhiomwon federal constituency, Edo State, in reaction to the comments by Chief Tom Ikimi, who resigned from APC Wednesday, after citing alleged dictatorial tendencies of Tinubu in the party.

“Unlike the Jagaban (Tinubu), these persons have no record of staying outside the comfort zone to remain consistent in opposition party for long and this attitude worries us the younger generation of politicians so greatly. Some of our self-acclaimed leaders should learn to live by certain guiding principles and bequeath to generations coming behind a political tradition that instill confidence rather than jump ship once an ambition is not meant.

“Like or hate Asiwaju, he has remained very consistent with opposition politics since 1999 even with all the might of the Federal Government, which sought to forcefully coerce the whole of South West into the ruling party at the federal level. But he remained dogged and fought back, today at least four out of the six states in the zone are firmly in the grip of the opposition party.”

NLC Calls For Blockade Of Routes To Forests Occupied By Boko Haram


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the Federal Government to adopt starvation tactics in the fight against the Boko Haram by blocking all the routes leading to the forests in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states where the sects operate from.

President of the NLC, Abdulwaheed Omar, who made the call at the commissioning of the N150 million secretariat called Federal Might House built by the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Federal Council in Abuja, yesterday, noted that if the number of troops deployed to monitor elections in Ekiti and Osun states was sent to the entry and exit of the forests, the terrorists would be forced to surrender.

Comrade Omar noted that civil servants had become the highest casualty in the act of terrorism, stressing that with a change of tactics, the insurgents would be forced to surrender.

“The issue of insecurity is a very serious one and we really want to call on government to intensify efforts.”

MASSOB Calls For Release Of Corpses Of Members


Movement for Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has called on the Police to release the bodies of its members who died during the recent factional crisis between some members from Onitsha and those at the group’s headquarters at Okwe.

The group in a statement by its Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu, in Umuahia, said the families of the slain members were worried and complaining of the unavailability of the bodies of their children.

Madu alleged that he had received threats on account of alleged statement credited to him that he was ready to die in defence of Chief Uwazuruike.

He therefore clarified that he never said he would die in defence of Uwazuruike but only said any assassination attempt on him would be resisted.

“Concerning the falsehood being circulated among our members that some members are planning to assassinate Uwazuruike, I did not vow to die for Uwazuruike in his defence, rather I said that such a plan will be resisted and some members may even die in his defence.

“I have received series of threat calls and text messages over my life and family. I appeal to the police to release the bodies to assuage the worries of their family members,” the MASSOB Information Director said.

Oyo Workers Jubilate As Ajimobi Increases Salaries By 30%


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Oyo State government has announced a rise in civil servants’ salaries after a meeting with the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC).

Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday broke the news to workers, who were queuing to board the free Ajumose buses at the Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

He said the union would brief the workers on the details of the salary increase, adding that the raise range was between 10 and 30 per cent, depending on the grade level of each worker.

Thousands were excited as the news of the salary increment got to civil servants.

This came barely 48 hours after the governor approved the outstanding promotions of teachers.

The governor, who expressed his administration’s commitment to the welfare of workers, added that the 10 Ajumose buses would convey workers free.

He noted that his administration had, since inception, introduced innovations into the civil service to improve the workers’ welfare.

Ajimobi said the salary increment would boost their morale, and enhance their commitment and dedication to duties.

The civil servants prayed for the governor and the success of his administration.

Commenting on the free buses, two civil servants, Mrs. Adejumo Janet and Mr. Iyanda Yekini, praised Ajimobi, stressing that the initiative had saved them money spent on transportation.

A worker, who identified herself simply as Ester, said: “This is novel. We have never had it so good. New things happen successively for the civil servants in the past three years. There is no strike any longer as we used to have in the past because the governor has been doing what the workers asked for, even beyond our expectation.

“We have promotions; no one is sitting over our promotions again. We have free buses to take us to work and drop us at the close of work. We enjoy good relationship with the government – our employer. What else will pitch the workers against the government?

“And now, we were told that we are going to enjoy up to 30 per cent salary increment. We are very happy for this and we shall continue to give all our support to ensure that the governor succeeds.”

Ebola death in Nigerian city of Port Harcourt: full text of Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s state broadcast on Thursday, 27 August 2014


Ebola death in Nigerian city of Port Harcourt: full text of Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s state broadcast on Thursday, 27 August 2014.

Dr. Ike Sam Enemuo died last Friday August 22 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be Ebola virus. The state
ministry of health, on becoming aware of his death, commenced investigation and contact tracing.
And as at today, about 100 contacts from the hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients from the hospital where the late
Enemuo was treated have been identified and restricted.
Different locations are been decontaminated. Our investigations revealed that a staff of the Economic
Community of West African States, on the day that the late Sawyer who died of Ebola, made a trip to Port Harcourt were
he went into a hotel and met with Dr. Ike (Enemuo). About a week after his departure, Dr. Ike took ill and was rushed to the hospital with symptoms of fever diarrhea.
In the course of treatment, the doctor became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation.
In three days, late Dr. Ike died. Dr. Ike’s widow, who is also medical person and who also took care of him, has taken ill
and has been quarantined.
Diplomat, who was seen by late Dr. Enemuo is alive and well.
There is no need to panic. Everybody should remain claim and go about their normal duties.
The Government of Rivers state is doing everything possible to contain the effect and spread of Ebola virus. We have the
material and human resources we need to fight and defeat the virus. Officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and
international agencies are all already working with the Ministry of Health to contain and combat the various.
Now, we must all endeavour to adhere to the basic rules.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and avoid unnecessary body contact. Anybody with symptoms indicative of diarrhea,
vomiting, excessive abdominal pain and bleeding should call our emergency number – 08167733939 and 07036321076 –or call our emergency centre – 112.
Early detection and appropriate medical attention increase the chances of survival of an infected person. People have
survived Ebola and more people can survive it. There is no need to hide or run away. Seek immediate medical care. Call our Ebola help line. Together we can contain and defeat Ebola.#

NB: Please share this information for better understanding of the situation in Port Harcourt.

Presidential Ambition: I’m Still In The Process Of Consultation, Says Kwankwaso


Rabi'u KwankwasoGovernor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state has opened up on his purported presidential aspiration, saying he is still consulting with his constituents on whether he should contest for the highest office in the land come 2015 or not.

The governor made the disclosure on Wednesday when he hosted former lawmakers who served with him at the National Assembly from 1992 to 1993.

“As you know, we’re still in the process of consultation. I am yet to declare (my presidential ambition), if I had declared last week without consulting or seeing you, I believe many of you would have taken offence. I have many constituencies, my hometown, my local government and they stand by me”, he said.

Lamenting the rising security challenges in the country, Kwankwaso said only committed leadership could save the situation and appealed for support for the military and other security agencies.

“It is very sad that this country has to go through this crisis. Let me say that we must support our military and other security agencies. I believe that this is the area that all of us should support our Commander-in-Chief under this difficult circumstance so that he can take this ship to the shores of 2015. And from there by the grace of God and with your commitment, we’ll make him step aside and get a better leadership in this country”, he said.

The Kano governor also condemned the “politicization” of security agencies, saying security officials who are interested in politics should first resign their appointments before uttering political statements.

“You cannot be occupying the position of senior security officer or spokesperson and instead of talking about what is happening in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, briefing the public, people are busy abusing politicians”, he added.

2015: Sultan Cautions Politicians Against Do-Or-Die Attitude


sultansokoto600Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday, called on politicians to drop their “do-or-die” attitude as the nation moves towards the 2015 general elections and urged those in positions of authority to eschew divisive tendencies.

The Sultan spoke when he received former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who was in Sokoto to commission and inspect some projects executed by the Governor Aliyu Wamakko administration.

“Politicians should play politics of love and respect, not rancour, bitterness and hatred. Politics should not be a do or die affair”, he said.

He added that public office holders should have the fear of God and work to enhance the living standard of the people, noting that if leaders have the interest of their people at heart, the people would in turn repose confidence in them.

Earlier, Atiku Abubakar described the Sokoto caliphate as a centre of efficient and just governance even as he described Sokoto as a model for other parts of Nigeria.

3 hotel attendants docked for recording customer’s sexual escapade


Three hotel attendants, who allegedly recorded a customer’s sexual affair and demanded a ransom of N10 million, were on Thursday charged before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

 

The employees had used the hotel’s CCTV to record the guest’s sexual exploit with his girlfriend.

 

The accused: Sunday Okon, 23; Rita Emmanuel, 28; and Goodness Akpan, 24, whose addresses are unknown, are facing a four-count charge of fraud, demanding property with menace, conspiracy and indecent practices.

 

Prosecutor Uche Simon told the court that the accused had on Aug. 13 at a hotel in Ogudu area of Lagos conspired to record a guest while sleeping with his girlfriend.

According to him, the accused produced a VCD on it which they circulated to residents of the area.

 

He alleged that they also demanded a N10 million ransom and threatened to post it on the facebook if the man failed to part with the money.
“The accused actually posted it on the facebook between Aug. 13 and 23.’’
Simon said the offences contravened Sections 136, 166 (d), 299 and 409 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused may be sentenced to a minimum of three years each on conviction.

The three men pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

The three attendants were taken to Kirikiri Prisons pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions.

 

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. J. Awope, adjourned the case to Sept. 19 for further hearing.

Adamawa: Seven Aspirants Seek Ribadu, Marwa, 3 Others Disqualification


PDPThe scramble for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sole ticket for the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, has reached heightened levels with seven out of the 14 aspirants calling for the disqualification of five of their co-aspirants from the race, alleging that they are not members of the PDP.

The petitioners are – Umar Ardo, Ahmed Gulak, James Barka, Andrawus Sawa, Abubakar Girei, Idi Hong and Awwal Tukur.

In their petition dated August 28 and addressed to the leadership of the party, the aspirants listed for disqualification are Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Buba Marwa, Mohammed Modibbo, Marcus Gundiri and Aliyu Kama.

The petitioners stated that the five aspirants are not members of the party and therefore should not be allowed to contest the election.

They said, “While on personal level we have absolutely no reason to wish to inhibit them from contesting the governorship of our state under the platform of our great party – for they are all eminently qualified.

“But on the principle of playing a healthy political game, everybody must play according to the rules of the game. On this ground therefore we object to their contest as their participation will be an aberration to the election process. The issues against them are both constitutional and moral.

“Constitutionally, Mallam Ribadu, Engr. Gundiri and Dr. Modibbo joined the PDP for the first time only recently, while Marwa and Kama returned to the PDP also only recently after earlier defecting from PDP to other political parties.

“Going by the provisions of Sections 50 (9) and (10) and 8 (b) of the Constitution of the PDP 2012 (as amended), Ribadu, Gundiri and Modibbo are required to sustain continued membership of the PDP for a minimum of two years to be eligible to contest for the post of Governor; while Marwa and Kama remain on probation for at least one year, during which they will not be eligible to vote or be voted for except they are granted waivers as stipulated.

“Both sides have not met the requirements. The purpose of the waiting period, subject to waiver, is to test the fidelity of persons who have joined or decamped to the party.

“These provisions are important as they are actually meant to ensure that only credible and loyal members of the party are allowed the benefits and privileges of the party and also to ward off the proclivity of Nigerian politicians to defect from one party to the other at will without consequences”.

In his reaction, Ribadu, who spoke through an aide, Abdulazeez Abdulazeez, said “those huffing and buffing over the entrance of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu into this race portray themselves as empty shells that they are.

“The attempt to truncate a legitimate process is totally condemnable and uncalled for.

“There is no basis for opposition to granting of the waiver. We don’t seek for advantage over any aspirant. What we advocate for is for everybody to be allowed to participate in an open and transparent manner. No party member is superior to another”, he said.

Madagli, Gwoza Under Seige, Controlled By Boko Haram, Says Catholic Diocese


Boko-Haram-ShekauThe Director Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Fr. Gideon Obasogie, on Thursday said Boko Haram insurgents have taken over the entire Madagali town in Adamawa State and Parish Rectory of the Catholic Church in the area.

He also lamented the unfettered advancement of the insurgents in the Gwoza part of Borno State, which the insurgents have already declared as their Caliphate.

A statement signed by Fr. Obasogie reads: “The Boko Haram sect has advanced greatly in their rampage and killings, to the extent of declaring a Caliphate in Gwoza local government area of Borno State, a town bordering Borno and Adamawa States.

“As it is well known, the catholic diocese of Maiduguri covers the whole of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States, the three states under strict emergency role.

“Apart from the churches within Maiduguri that have great share of such attacks by the terrorists group, all the churches on the major road linking Maiduguri and Adamawa State have been closed down due to same acts of terrorism. St Timothy’s Bama had been under siege since last year.

“The Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Cosmas had long been relocated to a different Parish. At the early part of this year, St. Peter’s Pulka was badly attacked. Thanks to God, the Pastor Fr. James John was luckily unavailable. The terrorists searched and wanted to kill the holy Priest of God.

“Lately, precisely on Friday the 22th August 2014, the dreaded group had moved steadily and yet more boldly into Gwoza which is in Borno State and the neighbouring Madagali local government area in Adamawa State, declaring a caliphate.

“The assisting priest of St. Denis Madagali, Fr. Aiden Ibrahim, fled the parish with some of his parishioners to the mountains, upon hearing serious fire battle from the terrorists. Since the curfew declared afterwards was dusk to dawn, they had to travel on foot through the mountains to Michika a neighbouring LGA where movement was free.

“Since then Madagali and Gwoza had been greatly under siege and strictly controlled by the Boko Haram insurgents”, the statement read.

Police Pick Up Rivers LG Boss For Destroying Jonathan’s Billboard


Googluck-Jonathan-campaignFor allegedly destroying a billboard bearing the portrait of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Rivers State Police Command yesterday arrested the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Omuma Local Government Area of the state, Emeka Nwogu.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Special Duties, Dickson Umunnakwe, who confirmed the development, said the chairman was arrested at his Port Harcourt residence.

He said the council chairman was accused of directing policemen attached to him to destroy the billboards bearing the portrait of President Jonathan, adding that Omuma was arrested in the wee hours of yesterday and taken into police custody.

The commissioner, however, said there was no evidence linking the council chairman with the destruction, adding that “the council boss is being victimised by the police for no just cause”.

“The caretaker committee chairman of Omuma was arrested yesterday by the Rivers State police command. I called the commissioner of police and he confirmed to me that the council boss was arrested. I pleaded with him to release the man. The chairman of Omuma caretaker committee is known to me and he is not a violent person. I don’t want to believe that he ordered the destruction of Jonathan’s billboard”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Assistant Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Grace Koko, told a radio station in Port Harcourt that she was not aware of the arrest of Mr. Omuma.

Osun Guber: Omisore Submits 850-Page Petition, Seeks Cancellation Of Result In 17 LGAs


omisore-aregbeThe Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the August 9 Osun State ‎governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has filed a 850-page petition before the state governorship Elections Petition Tribunal at the state High Court Osogbo, challenging the result of the poll.

In the petition, Omisore challenged the results of 17 Local Government Areas of the state in the election in which the All Progressives Congress candidate, incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola, was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Accompanied by the state chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ganiyu Ola-Oluwa and other chieftains of the party, Omisore told the reporters that “I will reclaim my mandate through the tribunal”.

No fewer than seven Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SANs) were engaged by the PDP candidate to prosecute his case before the tribunal.

In the petition, Omisore is seeking an order of the tribunal to cancel the results of the August 9 Governorship election in 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Local Government Areas include, Ifelodun, Olorunda, Osogbo, Ejigbo, Ede South, Ede North, Ilesa West, Ilesa East, and Ila among others.The PDP governorship candidate also called for fresh conduct of the governorship election in the affected 17 Local Government Areas.

In addition, he is seeking the order of the tribunal to declare him the authentic winner of the August 9 Governorship election.

He stated that “the last Governorship election was marred by careless rigging perpetrated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) through the Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES) cadets”.

The Secretary to the tribunal, Mr Muhammadu Adamu Aliyu, who received the petition on behalf of the tribunal chairman, assured that the tribunal would carry out its duties without fear or favour.

Ebola In P/Harcourt: Remain Calm, Everything Is Under Control, Says Amaechi


Rotimi-AmaechiGovernor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State yesterday urged people of the state not to panic over the death of Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Amaechi, in a special broadcast on the dreaded disease, admonished them to remain calm, saying his administration in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, had put measures in place to contain the disease.

The Rivers governor said: “My dear people of Rivers State, we woke up this (yesterday) morning to the sad confirmation that the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease has claimed its first victim in Rivers State. Dr. Iyke Sam Enemua died last Friday, August 22, 2014, as a result of what was suspected to be Ebola Virus Disease.

“The State Ministry of Health, on becoming aware of the conditions of his death, immediately commenced investigations and contact tracing. As at today (yesterday), about 100 contacts from a hotel, patients of Dr. Enemua and patients of the hospital, where the late Enemua was treated, until his demise, have been identified and restricted. The different locations are being decontaminated.

“Our investigations reveal that an employee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the team that received the late Dr. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, who died of ebola haemorrhagic disease in Lagos, Nigeria, made a trip to Port Harcourt, where he checked into a hotel and met with Dr. Iyke Sam Enemua.

“About a week after his departure, Dr. Iyke Enemua took ill and was rushed to a hospital, with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting. In the course of treatment, the managing physician became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation. A few days later, Dr. Iyke Enemua died, precisely on August 22, 2014. Dr. Iyke Enemua’s widow, who is also a medical doctor and who cared for him during his illness, has taken ill. She is being quarantined. The diplomat, who was seen by the late Dr. Iyke Enemuo, is alive and well”.

Amaechi, who is also the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) chairman, urged all Rivers people to go about their normal businesses, stating that the state government was doing everything possible to contain the effects and spread of the Ebola virus.

He assured that his administration has the material and human resources needed to fight and defeat the deadly virus.

Amaechi said: “Officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and other international agencies are already here (in Rivers State), working with the state’s Ministry of Health, to contain and combat the virus.

“We must all endeavour to adhere to basic hygiene rules. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid unnecessary body contacts like shaking of hands.

“Anyone with symptoms indicative of diarrhea, high fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive weakness of the body and unexplained bleeding, should call these our ebola emergency numbers: 08167733939, 07036321076, 08033124314 or our state emergency call centre: 112”.

Gowon, Govs, Catholic Cardinals Bid Dora Akunyili Farewell In Anambra


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The remains of late former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, was committed to mother earth yesterday in Agulu, Aniocha local government area of Anambra State.

Akunyili, who died on June 7 at the age of 59, was buried at exactly 2.15pm in the family compound.

The Madonna Catholic Church venue of the service, was filled to capacity with people outside the church outnumbering those inside the premises.

The church, which wore a new look for the event, had never witnessed an event of this magnitude in the last six years, one of the church priests admitted.

At least 27 Catholic Bishops and over 150 other priests attended the burial of the former director general of the National Agency for Food, Drug administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Francis Cardinal Arinze from Rome and John Cardinal Onaiyekan from Abuja and three other Archbishops, also graced the burial ceremony.

Other prominent Nigerians that stormed Agulu to pay their last respects to the late Amazon include former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), his wife Victoria; former Vice President Alex Ekwueme and wife Beatrice; and the wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Bola.

Others were – Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Isah Yuguda (Bauchi), wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Josephine Elechi, her Abia counterpart, Odochi Orji and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha.

Also in attendance were former Governors Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Peter Obi, Senator Chris Ngige, Dame Virgy Etiaba, Minister of Information and Communications Labaran Maku, and Sen. Joy Emodi.

In his homily, Rev. Damain Akpunonu said Akunyili’s death was a tragedy that wanted to reap the family and the country apart.

“We have come here today not to bury Dora, to bury her is to concede victory to death. But Jesus Christ has conquered death”, Rev. Akpunonu said.

APC: Pro-Jonathan Rallies Flouting Ebola Control Measures


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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately halt the rallies being organized across the nation in his support by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), saying the rallies are jeopardizing Nigeria’s efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

“Mr. President, you said your ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. But the TAN rallies for your re-election are endangering the lives of thousands of Nigerians in these days of Ebola. Some things must simply transcend politics. This is one of them. Please stop the rallies now”, the party said in a statement issued in Ilorin on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

It said the President must in particular ensure that the rally slated for Port Harcourt on Saturday is stopped, in view of the spread of the Ebola virus to the Rivers capital and the fact that 100 people have been placed under surveillance there following the death of a medical doctor from a suspected Ebola disease in the city.

“If TAN goes ahead to organize its rally in Port Harcourt, can anyone guarantee that none of those who have had contact with the medical doctor will attend? It can only be better imagined the kind of danger that those who will attend the rally will be subjected to. Therefore, President Jonathan has a historic opportunity to put the well-being of his compatriots above politics, for once”, APC said.

The party reminded President Jonathan of the statement he made on Aug. 8th, 2014, when he was declaring the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria a national emergency, thus: “Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies should, in the meantime, discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons or place others at risk”.

It also reminded the President that his administration has postponed the resumption of private and public primary and secondary schools across the nation as part of the measures to curtail the spread of the virus, wondering what message the same government was sending to Nigerians by allowing TAN rallies to continue.

“Mr. President, add this to the fact that Nigeria’s economy is losing millions of dollars to the Ebola disease, and you will realize that the need to control the disease supersedes personal political considerations”, APC said.

The party said the TAN rallies in Awka and Ibadan, and the forthcoming ones in Port Harcourt and elsewhere flout the advice by the President against large gatherings that can encourage the spread of the disease.

It described as untenable the argument that the rallies are not being organised by the government, hence the President has no control over them.

“Mr. President, you are the sole beneficiary of these rallies. Top officials of your administration, led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim, have been attending the rallies. The signatures being collected by TAN are ostensibly to encourage you to run again. So this is your show”, APC said

The party wondered how President Jonathan can, on one hand, be complaining about the stigmatization of Nigerians by other countries over Ebola and, on the other hand, turning a blind eye when his supporters are doing things to flout the Ebola control measures put in place by his Administration.

“The embassies of the foreign nations in Nigeria are seeing all that is happening. They are seeing how the efforts of the federal government to control Ebola are being sabotaged by the supporters of the President. How then can we complain when our citizens are stigmatized abroad? How can we complain when the foreign governments issue travel advisories to their citizens coming to Nigeria? How can we complain when they start barring Nigerians from coming to their countries on account of the Ebola virus?

“This is why we are calling on President Jonathan to call his supporters to order today. We are also calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the President not to endanger the lives of Nigerians simply because of his personal ambition”, it said.

Govt Has Hired Professional Snipers To Kill Me – Sheik El-Zakzaky Cries Out


Ibrahim el-ZakzakyLeader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, has raised the alarm over plans by the country’s security agencies to assassinate him. To this end, he alleged that a professional marksman has been brought in to carry out the act.

Sheikh El-Zakzaky, who spoke at the end of a weekly Tafsir held at the Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, Kaduna State, Wednesday, said he had uncovered a plot to unleash further violence on the forthcoming fortieth day prayer session for members of the movement recently killed in a confrontation with soldiers in Zaria, scheduled for next Wednesday.

According to the Islamic cleric, the government still wanted to shed more innocent blood.

“The fact is that they have killed three of my sons; specifically, they still want more; it is my life they are after now at all costs.

“These days, we pass by pre-planned security ambushes whenever we went to or come back from Hussainiyyah. On Monday, they ignited a false flag chaos at one filling station with the full intention to shoot. We don’t know why they stationed soldiers there. They are still there since after the incident occurred.

“The government has its own “Shia” among the security, whom they use to ignite and instigate chaos. They were told to be on red alert, as they were going to be attacked”, he said.

According to the Sheik, “A group of snipers in suits, headed by one professional sniper called Nyam, was on standby. Nyam and his team were seen passing along Hussainiyyah to where they were lodged. They were specially brought here to kill”.

He further alleged that the sole aim of the authorities was to cause chaos and anarchy in the country, not minding the consequences.

“We have information that they planned to detonate bombs during the fortieth day prayer congregation. They have also produced many red and black flags with Ya Husain inscription. The flags are there in the barracks right now. It is possible they will unleash an offensive, then place a flag there and attribute it to Shi’a. They may also use the flags to infiltrate the fortieth day prayer session, and be part of it.

“We also learnt that they are going to receive a delivery of dangerous weapons that would be used for the first time on us”, Sheik Zakzaky told his congregation.

2015: APC Launches ‘Winning Formula’ In Ilorin


APC-Logo1Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday launched what it called a winning formula code named “1 for More”.

The winning formula, which is the brain-child of a former minister of state, women affairs, Princess Funke Adedoyin, was launched in Ilorin, Kwara State.

“1 for More” initiative entails the appointment of a woman as APC ambassador and the woman in turn woos four members of other parties into APC. The four recruits are also expected to woo four persons each into the party and so on.

Unveiling the logo of the formula, the national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, said with the new formula, the main opposition party was set to sweep the PDP out of power next year.

Represented by the vice chairman, South-West, Mr Segun Oni, Oyegun urged Nigerians to vote massively for APC in 2015 “so that Nigeria can begin the journey to greatness”.

“Nigeria has no business with poverty and insecurity. This is the time for Nigerians to reject what we do not want”, he said.

Oyegun continued: “Princess Adedoyin has given us the winning formula with which to win the 2015 general elections. The initiative will be replicated in all the states of the federation”.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, said that his administration had implemented policies that benefited the womenfolk in the state.

According to Gov. Ahmed, his administration has created platform that has improved the economic base of the womenfolk in the state.

Impeachment Of Enugu Deputy Gov Reckless Show Of Power – Ex-Deputy Govs


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Former deputy governors under the aegis of Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria (FFDGN) on Thursday faulted the impeachment of the Enugu State Deputy Governor, Dr Sunday Onyebuchi, describing the development as a reckless show of power by both the governor and state House of Assembly.

Rising from an emergency meeting yesterday in Abuja, the Forum appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter to correct the anomaly, and also called on the National Judicial Council “to quickly investigate the judge who constituted the panel over chicken allegations and determine whether or not he had sufficient evidence to act as he did, with no weighty allegations of corruption or any constitutional impeachable offence against the Enugu State Deputy Governor”.

Some of the former deputy governors at the meeting include that of Abia State, Chris Akomas; Osun, Erelu Olusola Obada; Plateau, Pauline Tallen among others.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the chairman of the forum, Abdulmalik Mahmoud, described the impeachment as “Reckless show of power by the governor of Enugu State and the State House of Assembly”.

They advised “The governor to learn from recent history in Nigeria in respect of governor-deputy relationships”.

Mahmoud pointed out that the operation of a poultry in the official quarters of the deputy governor cannot be interpreted as gross misconduct.

“Many governors and their deputies do keep livestock (cattle, goats, rabbits, chicken etc) in their official quarters and this is a common knowledge all over the federation. Why should that of Enugu State deputy governor earn him impeachment?

“The constitution is clear on what constitutes impeachment offences and the process leading to impeachment. What has happened in Enugu State is an anomaly that must be re-visited forthwith”, he maintained.

Niger East By-Election: APC Candidate Is Like A Son To Me – IBB


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Former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for this weekend’s Niger East senatorial by-election, Barrister David Umaru, is like a son to him and promised to treat him as such.

The former Nigerian leader’s comment is coming on the heels of the confidence expressed by the national chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun that Barrister Umaru will emerge victorious in the by-election scheduled for tomorrow.

IBB as he is fondly called by admirers, who hosted APC leaders led by Odigie-Oyegun and the governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso at his hilltop mansion in Minna, the state capital, said that Barrister Umaru has been a member of his household and so not new to him.

He stated that “David Umaru is like a member of my family; I see him like my son and I will do to him what a father does to a son. I will surely do. His wife and my children always share ideas together, his wife and my children also schooled in the same school”.

IBB congratulated Mr. Odigie-Oyegun on his emergence as the national chairman of APC, adding that he has the capacity to lead and congratulated the party for his emergence.

The former military ruler called on all the parties to ensure peace during the by-election and for the wish of the people to prevail adding that Niger State is a home of peace and commended them for doing a good job.

Earlier, the national chairman of APC said that the team was in Niger State to find out about the popularity of David Umaru that they have been hearing about and that they were impressed with what they saw on ground.

According to him, the country needs change and the time for change has come because people are saying the government at the centre is corrupt, but those who are saying the government is corrupt are just praising the government because what is on the ground is worse than corruption.

The APC chairman noted that the problem of Nigeria has gone beyond building roads, bridges and other infrastructures because what Nigeria needs is general change of psyche and attitude hence if it is not changed, the generation to come would look at corruption and other aberrations as a way of life.

Chief Oyegun said, “We need you (IBB) to support us to change the psyche of Nigeria because permanent damage has been done to the psyche of our people, the trend must change”.

Also speaking to journalists after the visit, he stated that they were to hold a rally in Minna but were denied use of the state polo playing field, describing the development as a crude way of politics that should not be condoned in a civilized society.

“We find a way to talk to our supporters in a very quiet place but it is not good that we were denied venue to hold our rally”, he said.

Ladies Fall Over and Go Wild For Iyanya At Cokobar Anniversary Show In London


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He’s every man’s man and definitely the ladies man, hate it or love it; that is exactly what Iyanya is.

On Monday 25th August 2014, the Triple MG henchmen performed at the Cokobar Anniversary celebration concert in London, UK.

He was joined on stage by Ice Prince, Emma Nyra, Awilo Longomba, and Chidinma.

Iyanya pulled all the stops to wow the ladies including taking off his shirt so that his abs and biceps can be on full display; obviously, they loved it.

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Yvonne Okoro Dishes Out Advice On Overcoming Obstacles In Life At OphanAid Africa Event In Accra


The pretty and and very well endowed Ghollywood actress has shown that she has a good heart behind all that her hot body.

The Ghanaian actress encouraged the underprivileged youth to be focused in life and make the right choices in their careers.

The “Contract” actress also advised them not to give up on their dreams of becoming successful people in life just because of what people may think of them.

Yvonne said this and more when she visited the OphanAid Africa‘s Young Adults Support Services Ghana (YASS Ghana) at Medina, Accra, Ghana on Friday 22nd August 2014.

The non-profit organization helps rescue vulnerable children in need of care, as well as help trace and unite children with their families

She talked about her personal and career experiences, as part of her social responsibility.

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There’s something I learnt which is letting your imperfections shape you into being almost perfect or perfect in human eyes. No matter what career path you choose, people would come at you with full force.

People would pull you down because it is in our nature as Human Beings to criticise and to remember the bad that others do, but there is the point where you need to keep your focus and work harder.

You can choose to let people get at you or you could make your mind up to succeed regardless. The truth is, some of the things people say would be true and constructive; but develop an ear with filter.

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Health minister confirms Ebola death, two other cases in Port Harcourt


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 On Tuesday August 26th, Nigeria’s Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu said there was only case of Ebola in Nigeria, now he’s confirmed that a doctor indeed died in Port Harcourt from Ebola. His name is Ikye Enemoah.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja today, the Minister said the doctor died on Friday Aug. 22nd after treating a diplomat who had direct contact with Patrick Sawyer, the first case of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria. He said laboratory analysis on his corpse showed he died from Ebola.

“Following the report of his death by the doctor’s widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from EVD (Ebola Virus Disease” the Minister told reporters in Abuja

He also confirmed to reporters that two people in Port Harcourt have contracted the Ebola disease, the doctor’s wife and the diplomat he treated. The wife has been quarantined and the diplomat under surveillance. So Ebola has moved from Lagos to Port Harcourt?

Photos From Iyabo Ojo’s Upcoming Movie, ‘Beyond Disability’ Starring Desmond Elliot


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Nollywood actress, more popular for yoruba movies, Iyabo Ojo is working on her upcoming movie Beyond Disability which features stars like

 

Desmond Elliot, Ini Edo, Ngozi Nwosu, Halima Abubakar and even her teenage children.
The movie sure looks like a must watch…..
The movie shoot started on August 16th.
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Ogun University students carpet Amosun for banning SUG


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The Students Union Government of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State has, in strong and clear terms, denounced the ban of its activities by the Ibikunle Amosun-led government in the state, stressing that the proscription tramples on their right to freedom of association.

In a press release signed by the union’s Public Relations Officer, Bamgbopa Olawale, and sent to DailyPost, the students described as a “mother of all lies” and a “diversionary tactics,” the state government’s claim that they were being sponsored by the opposition party in the state.

Find details of the press release below…

STUDENT’S UNION GOVERNMENT

OLABISI ONABANJO UNIVERSITY, AGO-IWOYE, OGUN STATE

288\2014

PRESS RELEASE

We express gratitude to God for His guidance and direction so far, in spite of all the odds against us since the beginning of this struggle. We have been recipients of harsh policies and decisions, yet, our resolve and determination to see this through a logical end, remains unbending, unyielding, and even more solid than it was when we set out to fight this noble course.

INSINCERITY OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT

Since the beginning of this struggle, the Ogun State Government has shown itself to be insincere with the way it has used propaganda, told lies and peddled untruth against the innocent and lawful OOU students. Since we started, we have been very clear in what we want, but that has not stopped us from attending invitations and meetings called by the State Government. The only meetings the president of the Union, refused to attend was meetings which venue is the Legislative House of the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Tola Banjo, and which in most times are fixed at night. The state Government going on air to say we have refused to attend proper meetings because we have ulterior motives and alleged being sponsored by opposition is a grand lie from the pit of hell.

The second day of our peaceful protest to Abeokuta, 15th of August, the Governor, Senator Amosun requested for 7 days to resolve our issue, that he is not aware of certain things. Considering him coming out publicly to say that, we suspended the peaceful protest, and returned to our various campuses. Five days into the 7 days, there was no call or invitation from the State Government. Our students were obviously angry and prepared to storm Abeokuta peacefully as we told the Governor on the last day of the protest. On the 6th day, however, we were invited to a meeting with the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, who chaired the meeting, with Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Student Affairs, Mr Ikechukwu Clement, present from the State Government side. After making our demands clear to them, we were told they were taking the demands to the Governor, since that afternoon around 1:25pm, we never saw them again, around 8:35pm that we decided to leave after calling the commissioner of Education and he wasn’t picking up his calls or replying text messages and SA’s phone was switched off also.

The next morning they invited us to another meeting. Following their antics the previous day, we were reluctant to attend the meeting, but for the sake of history, we attended. Around 9: am we entered Abeokuta on that Friday, they never attended to us, anytime we ask the Commissioner of Education, he would reply that they were coming. After waiting till around 7:45pm, we called the commissioner of Education and he told us that he would advise us to return to our campus, thinking that the government in their usual manner like the way they rushed to the media to announce fee reduction without mutual agreement in any meeting, all to score political point. We thought, they will announce the implementation of it commencing in our own current session, 2013\ 2014 and other demands on the media. However, to our chagrin on Saturday, the Government announced the shutting down of our institution with shallow, baseless and unreasonable premise.

ON ACCUSATIONS OF BEING POLITICALLY SPONSORED

The State Government’s claim that we are being sponsored by the opposition is a mother of all lies and is diversionary tactic. We are not surprised because history has shown that irresponsible and irresponsive Government as we do have them in this part of the world, always look for hiding places when confronted with genuine agitations. During the ‘Alli- Must- go’ struggle of the 70s, the protesters were accused of being politically motivated by the Federal Government. During OAU students’ struggle, the students were accused of being sponsored by the APC. During LASU students’ struggle, the State Government of Lagos said they were sponsored by ‘fifth columnist’ and the Minister for State on Defense, Amb. Obanikoro. We don’t expect our own case to be different. But for record’s sake, we state it boldly that we are neither sponsored by any political party nor political actors. This is why we have been careful from the beginning of this struggle. If the State Government is confident of all it claims that we are being sponsored, let it publish the names of our sponsors and the name of the student leaders involved with proof. Our agitations are premised on truth and conviction in what is right, since 2011 that we have this exorbitant fee, nothing less than 600 students have dropped out from the school. More than 200 have applied for Leave for absence to leave school that session and come back when they have the money. Unfortunately, many left without coming back, coupled with poor funding of the University. Why then will the students fold hands as government systematically snatch Tertiary Education from them?

ON GOVERNOR AMOSUN’S OGTV ANTICS

The recent interview or show called, my stewardship, by Governor Amosun televised on OGTV (Ogun State owned media outfit) is a case of misuse of state resources.

The money that the State Government has spent on propaganda, lies and influencing the media since we started this struggle, if properly channeled would have an impact in the development of our University. If Governor Amosun is convinced in the things he said on OGTV, we challenge the state Government to come back to OGTV and invite us to a debate on OGTV, not making it a one-way discuss. How can he claim that we were masked during our protest? What development especially infrastructural developments are they referring to in OOU from the government?

ON OTHER 10 OGUN INSTITUTIONS’ PROPAGANDA.

It is beyond doubt that only our school, OOU, pays the highest, more than three or four times what other institutions pay in Ogun State. Let it be put straight, it is only OOU that started the agitation for reduction in tuition fee. However, because the state government is more interested in scoring political points and also some Union leaders have been a puppet to the Deputy Speaker, Tola Banjo, which he make use of for political agenda, the state Government extended the rushed cooked reduction to them, which they were surprised of as they never expected it.

Moreover, the other institutions are currently in their second semester for the session of 2013\2014 which means majority of them have paid the fees, set for first semester examination unlike OOU that just started his 2013\2014 session. Therefore, how justifiable is their demand for implementation of the reduction in their already gone 2013\2014 session. Unfortunately, they also asked for this only at the last meeting after information at our disposal pointed to the feet that the state government through the Deputy speaker, Hon. Tola Banjo had instigated them to demand for it, with some collecting nothing less than 150,000 naira. All of these to show to the public that indeed OOU is merely being troublesome and political since 10 out of 11 schools have accepted the Government’s offer and even journeyed for an appreciation demonstration to the Governor. To us this can’t intimidate us as Late Gani Fawehinmi once remarked, continue to stand even if you are standing alone.

ON SHUT DOWN AND PROSCRIPTION OF OUR UNION

It is highly unfortunate that the Governor shut down the Institution after he requested for 7 days, which expired without any positive outcome from him. This clearly shows that the Government is immature and undemocratic. The Lagos State Government for more than 8 weeks of the agitation for tuition fee reduction by the students, never for once shut down the school on the order of the Governor, as the shutdown was done by the Lasu management

To us, the Student s’ Union Government of Olabisi Onabanjo University remains, because its formation is by the entire students and therefore, no management, acting on the directive of the Ogun State Government can proscribe it . There is freedom of association, which is entrenched in the 1999 Constitution of the country, and this section forms the undeniable constitutional bases of our students’ Union.

However, it is apparently incongruous, sad and depict that the Ogun State Governor is civilian in appearance but military in approaching issues, especially sensitive one like ours. We wonder how a government that professes progressiveness and democratic, will shut down a school and attempt to proscribe the Union just because they have superior argument in fighting for their rights?

We therefore unequivocally, demand the immediate re-opening of our institution as the school was set up by an act of the Horse, and so, shutting it down alone by the executive arm is unconstitutional and barbaric. This is not to claim that we want the school reopened at the expense of our demands ab-initio. The reopening of the school must also come with meeting our demands. Mean while, contrary to school management’s claim of the existence of Parents –Teacher s forum, we want the public to know that there is no existence of such forum in our school. And for the Journalists, just ask any student of OOU, if there is any existence of such forum. Let it be known that any plan to put in place Care taker Committee will be massively resisted by the students and will only complicate issues.

TO OUR STUDENTS (OOUITES)

We salute the courage and support of our students since this struggle began especially since day 1 of our peaceful protest to Oke-Imosan, Abeokuta. In our Congress, even the Union leaders were shocked by the deluge of determined students (OOUITES) present. Your determination to fight this course to the end has been our motivation. We salute all our students that have remained in the school, despite the State Government’s threat and influx of police and military men. We are convinced that we shall win this struggle, regardless of intimidation, threats, and propaganda against us. Our next move requires all hand to be on deck. At this juncture, Barrister Femi Falana, the principal officer of Falana and Falana Chambers on pro-bono, is now the Legal Adviser of the Union on this case, as it is obvious that Government can be funny at times. Sequel to this, the leadership of OOU students Union wishes to express our profound gratitude to the Legal icon for accepting to take up this historical task.

For record purpose, it must be reiterated that on no account has OOU Union Leader(s) solicited for any financial support/assistance from any political group/ party/individuals to promote our struggle. The public should therefore be weary of any person(s) going about asking for fund under the disguise of OOU students Union.

On the final note, we extend our appreciation to every organization (JAF), National body of NANS movement, NANS ZONE D, the Union Leaders of LASU, and every well meaning individual, Comrades and our ever-rugged Students who have been standing by us.

OUR DEMANDS

  1. More reduction in tuition fee which is in tandem with the economic reality of the State
  2. Implementation of the reduction for 2013/2014 academic session

  3. Proper funding of the University

  4. Completion of the Hostel or immediate transfer to the school management

  5. Immediate reopening of Olabisi Onabanjo University

  6. Total removal of all security operatives (SSS, MOPOL, OP-MESSA, POLICE)

  7. Non victimization of our Students or Students Leaders

In the face of exorbitant tuition fees, OOUITES shall emerge victorious.

Aluta continual

Victoria Ascerta

E-Soleto

E-Africa

Signed:

Ifade Olusegun (Socialist)

President

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Bamgbopa Olawale (Walerio)

Public Relations Officer

YOU ARE THE BOKO HARAM KING; GEN. IHEJIRIKA REPLIES EL-RUFAI


YOU ARE THE BOKO HARAM KING; GEN. IHEJIRIKA REPLIES EL-RUFAI

Nasir El-Rufai is Boko Haram Executive Commander..

The (Commanders) including El-Rufai know where the problem is. He should stop deceiving Nigerians by trying to divert attention. When the Boko Haram operation started, supporters of thesect like El-Rufai said that there was nothing like Boko Haram and that the army was just killing innocent youths.”

““If you also remember, not too long ago, some of their supporters including El-Rufai said that I was re-inventing the killing of the Ibos during the Biafra war following government’s determination to rid the country of terrorism.”
“The likes of El-Rufai have been supporting Boko Haram. In fact, El-Rufai and his likes are the same group of people that ensured the army did not to get the requested equipment to deal with this menace once and for all, as they used their cohorts to tell the government that procuring modern equipment were not necessary”.

“At the onset of this crisis, I was the first person to declare that the country was at war but group of sponsors led by El-Rufai disagreed, that it was not true”

“It is the same group of El-Rufai that started the human right abuses campaign. It was done in order to block any international assistance after the state of emergency was declared and the sect was initially tamed. That gave Boko Haram time and respite to build up again”.

“same group including El-Rufai have taken further steps in support of Boko Haram, “which I cannot disclose for now”.

“There is no need or reason to hide or run away” – Amaechi speaks on the discovery of Ebola in Rivers


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Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, on Thursday, issued a statement on the recent challenge of the Ebola Virus Disease in the State.

The Governor’s statement read in full:

“My dear people of Rivers State, we woke up this morning to the sad confirmation that the dreaded ebola virus disease has claimed its first victim in Rivers State.

Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo died last Friday, August 22, 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be ebola virus disease. The State Ministry of Health on becoming aware of the conditions of his death, immediately commenced investigations and contact tracing. As at today, about one hundred contacts from a hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients of the hospital where the late Enemuo was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted. The different locations are being decontaminated.

Our investigations reveal that:

  1. A staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the team that received late Dr. Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American diplomat who died of ebola haemorrhagic disease in Lagos, Nigeria made a trip to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and met with Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo.
  2. About a week after his departure, Dr. Iyke Enemuo took ill and was rushed to a hospital with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting. In the course of treatment, the managing physician became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation.

  3. A few days later, Dr. Iyke Enemuo died, precisely on August 22, 2014. Dr. Iyke Enemuo’s widow, who is also a medical doctor and who cared for him during his illness has taken ill. She is being quarantined.

  4. The diplomat who was seen by late Dr. Iyke Enemuo is alive and well.

There’s no need to panic. Everyone should remain calm and go about their normal businesses. The Government of Rivers State is doing everything possible to contain the effects and spread of the ebola virus.

We have the material and human resources we need to fight and defeat the deadly virus. Officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and other international agencies are already here working with the state ministry of health to contain and combat the virus.

Now, we must all endeavour to adhere to basic hygiene rules. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid unnecessary body contacts like shaking of hands.

Anyone with symptoms indicative of diarrhea, high fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive weakness of the body and unexplained bleeding, should call these our ebola emergency numbers: 08167733939, 07036321076, 08033124314 or our State emergency call centre: 112.

It is a known fact that early detection and appropriate medical attention increases the chances of survival of an infected person. People have survived Ebola and more people can survive it. There is no need or reason to hide or run away. Seek immediate medical help. Call our Ebola help lines.

Together, we can contain and defeat the ebola virus.

Thank you, stay safe and God bless”.

Ohakim’s Policy statements as HE Consult IMO PDP state EXECUTIVE ahead of 2015


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To recall all sacked workers the first day in office if he get party ticket and re-elected.

Implement and complete his developmental projects and programmes

To create more jobs and recreate our environment.

To recall immediately the 10,000 graduate jobs.

Said PDP state Executive will not be dissolved. They will conduct the prameries.

He will officially make open declaration on 13th of September.

He apologise for any wrong doing of his administration, apologie on behalf of his appointees and field workers.

That this period of his been outside,due to political accident of 2011, he have learnt a lot of lessons and will be a better person to serve imo and deliver development to imolites.

That he will leverage on his experience and not coming to learn on the job.