SEE More Pictures of Late Shekau II, Boko Haram Impostor Leader Killed in Konduga Battle [WARNING!]


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NewsRescue- We exclusively revealed that the now late Boko Haram leader depicted in recent videos released by AFP is an impostor of the first Shekau who was killed in August 2013. The comparison photo below shows the newer Shekau and the initial Shekau.

Boko Haram leader, Shekau is believed to be dead with several imposters faking him in recent videos

Here are more pictures of the recently killed Shekau II, whose real name is Bashir Mohammed according to intelligence reports.

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Muscular Shekau, now late

Image of terrorist killed in Konduga battle. No confirmation if this is Shekau II

 

6 Ways You’ll Know If She’s Cheating, According To A Girl


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Hello, my sexy bros. I hope you are not being cheated on! I really mean that, because that’s shitty, and I’m sorry.

Anyone in a relationship with a paranoid personality may be going through unnecessary periods of panic and artificial, self-imposed calm. Don’t torture yourself.  If you think your partner is cheating, here are six ways that you WILL know about it.

I was actually inspired to write this article by a real-life situation that I personally caught.  Fortunately, I was not the one cheating…. And that better apply to you as well!

  • Her shady locked phone and password hiding tactics.  We all have them, men and women, but what exactly are they trying to protect?  There is always a chance those random texts from “random” boys from her “random” past are from the boo she’s banging on the side.  Sooner or later these defensive techniques will unravel.
  • Her late evening returns from the “office.”  Listen, if she’s going to use the old excuse of working late, do not let her stumble into the living room drunk at 3am.  Things are not adding up here, and it’s so obvious that it’s offensive.  I once witnessed this pitiful act at my friend’s house.  If she’s not cheating, then she might have a drinking problem, which isn’t any better.
  • Poor excuses to go out.  When she says she has to help someone around her house when your own house is a pigsty, it’s clear that she’s trying to escape.  Soon enough, everyone is going to put the clues together and figure out who exactly she’s helping.
  • Follow your gut.  If she says she’s going to a specific location, I.E. her buddy’s house, but you have a feeling in your gut that she’s lying, follow your instincts.  I am not saying to be overprotective, but please listen to your heart.
  • Lack of sex.  If you two had an oversupply of sex in the beginning and now you haven’t had sex with her in several weeks, she might be getting her goods rubbed elsewhere (thought it’s not the only explanation).  Any drop in sexual chemistry is something to investigate.  Come on, how many times can she keep saying she has a yeast infection?  
  • Social media is every creeper’s God-given gift.  If you are friends on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram with her gals, then take an extra little look into their locations and photos to make sure her story is matching up.  After all, she is your girl, and if you have the sneaking suspicion that something is happening, you want to know!

I’m not trying to scare you, but you should know guys aren’t the only ones who cheat.  If you do discover that your woman is cheating on you, I hope you’ll keep a level head and realize she’s not good enough for you.  Everyone, bros and babes, deserve someone who puts them on a pedestal and realizes their awesomeness.

Tasha

Cool FM To Celebrate 16th Anniversary Party On Oct 1st


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Cool FM 96.9 is rolling out the drums to celebrate its 16th anniversary in grand style. According to a state­ment from the platform, the celebra­tions will be marked with a flurry of activities in a week long activities, which will include a football friendly match between OAPs and fans and a cinema hangout session with OAPs, guests and fans at the Genesis Cinemas. Among others the event would also include

an exclusive party host­ing employees, guests and fans at Rhapsody’s, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Currently, Cool FM has more than 892,000 online visitors and followers, with more than one mil­lion listeners monthly. The platform has won awards including Celebrity Media Awards’ Most Popular Radio Station and Nigerian Broadcast­ers Award for Best Radio Station among others.

Meanwhile, Cool FM will also celebrate its sister-station, Nigeria Info, as it marks its third year an­niversary on the same day.

Cool FM is one of Nigeria’s premier radio stations broadcasting in major cities across the country 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Launched on October 1, 1998, in Lagos, it has out-stations in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.

Yoruba Actresses, All Look Stunning In White Outfits At Ekiti Event – Photos


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Popular yoruba actresses like Iyabo Ojo, Fathia Balogun. Ronke Odusanya, Dayo Amusa, Ronke Oshodi Oke, Liz Da Silva, Mide Martins, Sikiratu Sindodo all looked stunning in white outfits at an Event in Ekiti state.

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Paul And Peter Okoye, Psquare Finally Reveal The Truth Behind Their Fight


On the latest episode of Olisa Adibua’s “The Truth”, Peter and Paul Okoye of Psquare finally addressed their much publicized fight which threatened to cause a split between the music duo.
According to the Okoye brothers, their fight was never

about women or money. Rather it was about the fans, it was about picking songs they believe their fans would love. Read Excerpts below:

You guys had a little rift not too long ago, everything is settled now. What was it about?
PETER: The truth and nothing but the truth is it had nothing to do with money, it had nothing to women, it’s just a normal thing like where you argue or quarrel with your sibling. It’s normal. The only sad thing about it is that it got out. After all, when it was happening, we were still performing shows. So people took our private life to our business which I don’t blame them. But the fact that they took it too far. I and Paul are.. it’s not even a rift, the thing was mere argument.

What was the argument about?
BOTH: It was about music.

And it just got of hand or what?
PAUL: Ok, let me give you an example of what it’s like. You see… when it comes to music I am somebody that even if I want to bring something new, the new stuff I bring I still want to maintain it us but he wants to bring something different. And for me, it was like you cannot change how we do things, if you want to change, do it gradually. But you can’t just switch fast, it’s going to affect, it’s going to hit us So it had to do with the music, the song selecting because there were songs he preferred and there were songs I preferred. And this thing has happened before during the days of ‘Do Me’.

PETER: Like you remember during the days of “Do Me’, I never liked “Do Me’.  I never liked “Do Me’. How we finally ended up selecting that song was Jude because we had about 28 songs. He said “Peter, choose your best 5, Paul choose your best 5″. Paul’s best 5, “Do Me’ was inside, I never selected it. That was how we released that album although Paul won because in that album, “No One Like You”, “Ifunanya”, most of his own selection went far but mine was more like …it happens in every album. You know the truth, let me be very honest, this whole fight, quarrel between PSquare is for the fans that we were fighting for. Because we were trying to bring out the best. If we had just done it anyhow, at the end of the day we will start looking for who to blame.

Ibinabo Fiberesima Fixes Wedding Date And Shares Her Sweet Proposal From Her Man


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AGN President, Ibinabo Fiberisima has revealed she will be getting married this December to her Igbo fiance.

The never married before mother of 5 says she found love in the arms of an old schoolmate at the University of Ibadan. She further revealed:“I know I am blossoming but that is what happens when you are in love. I have found my soulmate, my friend, my brother and that is why I am glowing. It’s not that I suddenly found love, the love has been there and we have been best of friends since our school days at University of Ibadan and when we met again years after, we remained best of friends. His kids and mine have always been wondering how the both of us can be this close, almost like brother and sister. I think they planned it. They were like why don’t you two just get married and we started thinking and after a while, we felt this is God telling us its time and that’s it”

On her Proposal:

“I think it was God’s will because I just said yes without thinking about it. Everything was just perfect. Perfect timing also. He is an Igbo man. I think the kids planned it more than we did. That’s how it is because the day he asked me, his kids were calling and the kids were all abroad while we were in Nigeria so everybody was eager to know my reply. The kids were like daddy have you asked, mine were also calling to say mummy hope you said yes. It was a beautiful moment and everyone was happy” she said.

On her proposed December wedding:
“We are getting married in December. The actual date has not been fixed yet but it is specifically in December. Everything is in progress by the grace of God”
On what she admires about her fiance:
“He looks after a woman every well. He adores me and he is a family oriented man. He loves his family. He loves us totally and he is committed to his work. He encourages me a lot in what I do and we pray a lot. We have the fear of God which is paramount in our relationship. I think we are heading the right direction and of course with my kind of lifestyle, and the kind of work that I do, every man would withdraw but no, he is always there, giving me the strength, support and ideas to better what I am doing. So I really do admire him”
Culled from City People Magazine

Police Detonate 2 IEDs At UNIUYO Hostel


The police command in Akwa Ibom said it had detonated two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) found in the male hostel of University of Uyo (UNIUYO).

Confirming the incident in Uyo on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Etim Dickson, told newsmen that the explosives were home-made.

Dickson, who said that the IEDs were likely produced by science students of the university, said investigations had commenced on the matter.

He assured the students on campus and parents not to entertain any fear about possible breakdown of law and order in the university community.

He said “the incident has been properly taken care of, we urge students and employees of the institution to go about their normal businesses.”

The IEDs were discovered by the campus security squad known as Operatives of Peace on Campus Initiative (PCI).

The Anti-Bomb Squad of the Nigeria Police had on arrival at the students’ hostel detonated the two improved explosive devices and conducted a search round the other hostel rooms. [NAN]

Senator George Akume Blasts Oritsejafor And CAN Over Immoral Activities


Senate Minority leader, Senator George Akume has blasted Pastor Oritsejafor and the Christian Association of Nigeria over their hampioning a “clearly criminal, immoral and unethical act” and attempting to mask it with “religious grandstanding”.

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Senator Akume said: “[Oritsejafor's] arguments are unsustainable because he has vicarious liability at several levels, One, the vessel used for criminal activity belongs to him.

Secondly, he commercially leased the vessel to Eagle Air, which is a company he holds an interest in and which in turn further leased same to the company that converted it to commercial use with his full knowledge and approval. The chain of ethical liability is unbroken”

Akume went ahead and ridiculed CAN’s official response to the problem, saying that the group can now be labeled as a political entity since the installation of its current leadership.

“Since the present CAN leadership came on board, CAN has become a sorry appendage of the villa. It has become politically partisan, obscenely materialistic and the voice of the oppressor rather than the oppressed.

The situation degenerated to a state that the single largest block of CAN, which is, the Catholic Church suspended itself from the national leadership of CAN until “sanity” returns to the leadership,” Akume said.

He furthered: “The present leadership of CAN has never raised a comment on the legion of scandals President Jonathan has buffeted Nigerians with.

CAN was not heard on the fuel subsidy scam, pension scam, kerosene scam, Deizani’s myriad of sleazes, etc. etc. Rather, CAN is badmouthing any Nigerian who dares to admonish or even interrogate the series of controversies Pastor Oritsejafor is visiting on Christendom.”

Akume then pleaded to Oristejafor to sell his private jet and use the money to help build back the churches destroyed by Boko Haram in the northeast”.

 

It would be noted that in a statement, the Chairman of The Buhari Vanguard, Jasper Azuatalam, demanded that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor be arrested for his involvement in the South African arms smuggling operation foiled, when two Nigerians and an Israeli man were stopped in South African with close to $10million (N1.7bn) in cash.

Trigger-Happy Soldiers Cause Pandemonium In Yola


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The pandemonium was said to have been as a result of some soldiers on patrol who shot into the air few metres from the Federal College of Education, FCE, in Yola.

The shot was said to have scared away many students of the institution and other passers-by, making everyone to run for safety. Witnesses from the event made it known that the soldiers who shot into the air were part of the troops drafted to fight insurgents in the Northern parts of Adamawa state that have been rocked by insurgency for nearly two months.

One of the victims who is an injured pedestrian, Garba Musa, told newsmen saying: “We had to run for our lives, fearing that Boko Haram are again on the loose. He added that several people, particularly female students who were about to enter the college, got injured while scampering for their lives.

Also, another victim, Sani Daji, said that he was about to board a bus when he heard sporadic gunshots. He further said that the gun shots got many frightened which made them to be injured while trying to scramble for a safe place.

“See how our vehicles are now damaged, and no one among the soldiers could deem it fit to say sorry, they just zoomed-off. Only in Nigeria will you see security operatives firing shots unprovoked. “They are just trigger happy,” said Lawal Garba, whose Honda Accord vehicle was damaged.

However, the Public Relation Officer of FCE, Yola, Bashir Abdullahi, confirmed the event saying that soldiers went on a shooting spree, adding that it happened close to the college.

Although efforts to talk to Mr Jafaru Nuhu who is the Army spokesperson proved abortive, the college spokesperson also confirmed the event saying: “Yes, we heard that during their show of force, there were shots into air by soldiers but I cannot confirm whether there was loss of lives”.It would be recalled that just recently, as the Federal Government continues to wage war against terrorism in Nigeria, the Catholic church in Nigeria has announced that no fewer than 25 towns are under the outlawed Islamist group Boko Haram  in northern Nigeria.

PDP Commences Nationwide Performance Tour


The Publicity Directorate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday began a “comprehensive nationwide performance tour” to publicise projects executed by its elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.

This came as part of response to criticisms by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the decision of the PDP to field President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s sole candidate in the 2015 presidential elections.

The tour, which began on Monday, was expected to publicise all projects executed in all sectors of the economy since the PDP assumed power in 1999.

Mr Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, had earlier at a news conference, said the projects would include those executed in the various constituencies.

He added that it would also include interventions, using special bodies such as NDDC, PTDF, CBN and SURE-P.

The tour, he said, would entail a comprehensive sector-by-sector appraisal of the performance in all nooks and crannies of the country and the successes recorded in transforming the lives of citizens.

He said the tour, which was not a campaign, was different from the Good Governance Tour recently organised by the Ministry of Information.

He said it was so because its focus would be on projects executed by PDP elected or appointed officials, adding that it would also focus on Federal Government and state governors` projects nationwide.

According to him, there is no state, local government or ward in the country that had not been positively affected by projects executed by PDP governments at all levels.

Such projects, he said, abound in non-PDP states and many Nigerians erroneously gave credit to the opposition.

He said this was in addition to constituency projects by federal and state lawmakers, which were mobilised by the PDP-led Federal Government.

He said that the opposition party in former PDP controlled states, now claimed such projects, adding that the tour would address this and return the credit to the party.

Metuh added that the rapid growth in the private sector was due to the PDP-led Federal Government’s “well articulated reform policies and programmes in key sectors of the economy”.

2015: Mark Cautions APC, Denies Plot To Postpone Elections


Senate President David Mark on Monday denied the wide spread statement credited to him, suggesting a ground plot to postpone the 2015 general elections.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja.

Mark was reacting to a statement credited to the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, purporting that he (Mark) called for the postponement of the 2015 election.

The statement, therefore, cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to desist from misleading the public, denying that Mark made such a speech at plenary on Sept. 16.

It said that the development was a disservice to Nigerians.

Mark recalls that in the course of debate in the chambers on that day, he maintained that the issue of insurgency, which was the subject of the debate, must be addressed now and not election matters.

According to the Senate President: “I did not call for the forthcoming general election to be postponed.” [NAN]

Islamic State Urges Musliims To Kill Americans, Europeans


The Islamic State has sent direct threats to some western nations in a 42-minute propaganda video, which has been circulated on social media, urging Muslims to launch attacks on civilians in France, Australia and Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News reported.

The audio, which is in Arabic but translated in an 11-page document online, calls on Muslims everywhere to attack anyone involved in the US-led coalition against it.

In the video, which has been uploaded to Twitter, IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said Muslims should kill “disbelievers” in countries that support “in any manner” the military action against the group in Iraq.

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State … kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” Adnani is heard saying, according to the translated document.

“Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.”

He also tells supporters they are “like predatory warriors” who “face death bare chests”.

“What threat do you pose to the distant place of Australia for it to send its legions towards you?”

The audio threat mirrors earlier threats issued by IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL, which warned that it planned to kill American journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff as well as British aid worker David Haines.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s spokesman told the CBC that he condemned the recording and that his country would continue to support efforts to defeat IS.

2015: Kwankwaso Faults PDP’s Endorsement Of Jonathan As Undemocratic


Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has described the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2015 Presidential election as undemocratic.

“Since the five governors decamped from PDP to (All Progressives Congress) APC, I told Nigerians that PDP will become a weaker party whose democratic value will erode. Now the stakeholders of the party have come out to say that they have chosen President Jonathan as their party’s sole presidential candidate without going for primaries,” said Kwankwaso, while receiving the report of a consultation committee on his Presidential ambition.

“I am assuring you that APC leaders are committed to do justice in all of the forthcoming party primaries be it at state and National Assemblies, governorship and even that of the presidential election.

“APC will give everybody, especially, delegates right to choose the best candidates.”

He claimed that when he and some of his colleagues were in the PDP, there was no time a candidate was forced on them without holding primaries.

According to him, even those offended in the PDP by then sitting President Olusegun Obasanjo were also consulted for reconciliation as part of democratic process of healing the wounds of the party.

Reacting to the consultation report, Kwankwaso said he would study the recommendations and decide whether to contest for the presidential election or not.

Retired Police Officer Kills His Wife, Then Himself In Ogun


A 60-year-old retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sunday Isokpehi has shot himself and his 40-year-old wife, Gladys, to death, Ogun State Police Command disclosed.

The Command, according to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, will unravel the circumstance that prompted the action. He said the Command would investigate whether or not the late Police officer legally acquired the double-barrelled gun he used to perpetrate the crime.

The late Isokpehi was reported to have shot his wife to death on Saturday after returning to their home in Ota area of the state. He had accused her of being drunk, when he shot her, and shortly after killed himself.

Adejobi said contrary to reports that late Isokpehi was a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, the officer retired as Assistant Superintendent of Police, adding that he did not kill his son.

“We are still investigating the immediate and remote causes of the tragic incident. We will find out whether the man was depressed or was under any influence, because a normal human being will not open fire on his wife and then kill himself.

“We will investigate how he got the double-barrelled gun he used to commit the dastardly act.”

He said Isokpehi retired in March from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit, Lagos Police Command, and was living in Eledi area in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government.

Keshi To Remain Super Eagles Coach On A Match-by-match Basis


Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi will not be offered a new contract just yet; he will be hired on match by match basis, a Vanguard source has revealed.

This came following the failure of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to conduct the election of its executive committee that is supposed to sort out the contract of the Super Eagles coach.

As long as the NFF exco is yet to be elected, Keshi’s services will be needed on a match-by-match basis, a Vanguard source affirmed.

“For now, that is the much management can do.”

“Management cannot go ahead and employ the coach because it is not known whether the new board would want him or not,” the source said.

Although there had been rumours that Keshi was leaving the Super Eagles after the World Cup, he had stayed on with the Eagles despite being out of contract. His future with the team he led to Nations Cup glory however remains uncertain as the NFF continues exploring ways by which it can regain its stability, starting with the September 30 elections of a new board in Warri.

The board led by Aminu Maigari was ready to let Keshi go after the 204 World Cup, but the crisis that followed in the country’s football governing body meant Keshi would stay on as he was contacted by the Sports Minister’s who asked him to lead the team through the first phase of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers.

Why The 2022 World Cup May Not Take Place In Qatar


Qatar promised air-conditioned stadiums to ensure its extreme heat does not stand on the way of it hosting the World Cup in 2022, but as it stands, FIFA may find a new host.

This was revealed by a top FIFA official who said the oil-rich nation will not host the World Cup in 2022 because of scorching temperatures.

“I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Theo Zwanziger, a German member of FIFA, said in an interview with Sport Bild Plus.

The former head of the German football federation (DFB) cited high summer temperatures as the reason Qatar would lose the right to host football’s global showpiece.

“As Mr Zwanziger himself says, it’s his personal opinion,” a FIFA spokesman responded to AFP subsidiary SID when asked about the German’s statement.

“Doctors say, and I had insisted on this point in the protocol, that they cannot guarantee that a World Cup can be held in summer in these conditions,” Zwanziger said.

While Qatar has reportedly developed stadium cooling systems, Mr Zwanziger said “the World Cup involves not only stadiums. There are fans coming from the four corners of the world who will be concerned by the heat”.

“The first incident putting a life in danger will be subject to an investigation. And that, nobody in the FIFA Executive Committee would want to reply to.”

But in an interview with Die Welt newspaper, Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Qatar 2022 organising committee, declared himself “sure that the 2022 World Cup would take place in Qatar”.

“No, I’m not worried. Firstly because there’s no basis to lose the World Cup,” he said.

“And secondly because it’s the first World Cup in the Middle East.

“When people think of this region, it’s rather in terms of conflict. The World Cup will be an occasion to unite peoples. It will leave a positive heritage.”

Controversy has plagued FIFA’s awarding of the World Cup to Qatar in 2010, with summer temperatures in the Gulf emirate reaching the upper-40s Celsius.

The idea of switching the World Cup to cooler winter months does not sit comfortably with all officials of Europe’s big leagues.

Gas-rich Qatar has also come under the spotlight over foreign workers’ rights as well as accusations that corruption played a part in winning the right to host the World Cup.

Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper has alleged that former Qatari football boss Mohamed Bin Hammam paid more than $5 million to gain support for the emirate ahead of the vote.

Qatar has strongly denied the allegations.

Mutiny: Condemned soldiers receive inhuman treatment, moved to Niger, Lagos states


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The 12 soldiers tried for mutiny and condemned to death by a military court-martial have been moved to military facilities in Kainji in Niger State and Lagos.

Leadership reports that they were moved to an underground cell at the military intelligence Headquarters in Apapa, Lagos State.

The newspaper sources said the soldiers are facing inhuman treatment at the underground cell where they were kept.

The source said, “About 10am on Sunday, somebody called to tell me that the condemned soldiers were about to be moved to an unknown destination. While going, they (officers conveying the condemned soldiers) stopped over at Kanji, Niger State, to drop some people and then moved to Lagos from there.

“When they got to Lagos, they were taken to Military Intelligence Headquarters where they were kept in an underground cell without any window. Since the death sentence was passed on them, they have not been well fed.

“With the kind of treatment meted out to them, their chances of survival are very slim. They still have the right of appeal and should be treated well so that they don’t die in custody before the appeal is filed, heard and determined”.

A cross-section of Nigerians have been appealing to the military authorities to reduce the sentences on the soldiers, with some urging President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.

Confusion, As The Nigerian Army Cannot Tell If Shekau Is Dead Or Alive?


Fresh claims have emerged in Nigeria that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or at least someone impersonating him, may be dead, but how sure are we, as this is not for the first time he will be declared dead by the Nigerian military, only for him to show off in a new video.
Rumours have been flying since last Thursday when the military tweeted that “a seriously wounded high ranking terrorist leader” had been captured during clashes in Konduga, Borno state, in the country’s strife-torn northeast.

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The unnamed militant was wounded and said to have been treated at a military medical facility, top brass said, as they trumpeted their apparent success over the insurgents.
Speculation moved into overdrive at the weekend when a photograph began circulating of a heavily bearded man said to have been killed in Konduga and talk of an imminent government announcement.
“At this point, I will not be able to confirm or deny the information,” army spokesman General Olajide Olaleye told AFP on Monday. “Investigation is ongoing.
“(Defence spokesman) Major General Chris Olukolade will be able to throw more light on the issue very, very soon. Be on the watchout,” he added.
But with two previous public statements about Shekau’s death, the military has some potentially tricky explaining to do.
Police in the city of Maiduguri said on July 30, 2009 that Shekau — then deputy to Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf — was one of about 200 members of the group killed during clashes.
But he then appeared less than a year later in video clips.
The security taskforce in northeast Nigeria on August 19 last year issued a statement saying Shekau “may have died” from a gunshot wound after a clash with soldiers on June 30.
Several weeks later, another video emerged.
There have been 10 Boko Haram videos since last September, the latest of them on August 24, when “Shekau” proclaimed the captured Borno town of Gwoza as part of an Islamic caliphate.“Here is Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, original… I want the whole world to know that I’m alive by the grace of Allah,” a bearded man in combat fatigues and sporting a military assault rifle says.
The military high command in Abuja has never confirmed the claims about Shekau’s death.
Some claim that he actually died in 2003 and his name has been used since by at least two others.
But with no concrete proof of Shekau’s demise provided by the authorities, rumours have persisted.
The military’s Olukolade has previously dismissed talks about whether Shekau is alive or dead as immaterial.
“That’s not the issue in this matter. They’re all terrorists,” he told AFP in an interview earlier this year.
Marilyn Ogar, spokeswoman for Nigeria’s secret police the Department of State Services, told reporters on May 13 this year: “What I know is that the original Abubakar Shekau is dead.
“The person claiming to be the national leader (of Boko Haram) is not the original Abubakar Shekau.”
Unsurprisingly given the precedents, analysts were sceptical about the latest claims.
Ryan Cummings, chief Africa analyst at Red24 risk consultants in South Africa, said it was unlikely that as Boko Haram commander, Shekau would be in the thick of battle in Konduga or anywhere else.
“A more likely scenario is that Shekau remains stationed at one of Boko Haram’s central operational and logistical bases which are claimed to either be located within Sambisa Forest or the Mandara Mountain range which straddles the Nigerian and Cameroonian border,” he added.
But Jacob Zenn, from the Jamestown Foundation think-tank in the United States, said the death of a body-double in Konduga was plausible.
“It’s important to note, however, that Shekau may have had ‘doubles’ who appeared in some videos. And the army has a record of being incorrect about claims of Shekau’s death,” he said.
“So it may be important to wait until the video from Shekau — or someone who purports to be Shekau.”

South African Media Blast Nigeria And T.B Joshua


sa militaryFrom Guardian & Mail to Sowetan and Sunday Times, South African newspapers have come hard on the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), its pastor, Prophet T.B. Joshua, the federal and state governments and the rescue agencies.  As far as they are concerned, the tragedy was handled with levity.

 

The Sunday Times, in a report titled ‘Blood on their hands’ said the management of the tragedy has been characterised by chaos, incompetence and lies.
South African Minister Jeff Radebe yesterday urged the Federal Government to investigate the “tragedy”. Radebe said 84 South Africans who were part of visiting church groups had died in the September 12 incident. He was speaking at an air force base north of Johannesburg where 25 South Africans who were injured returned for treatment.“As the first full picture of the horror of the Nigerian church collapse surfaces, South Africans are left wondering how many lives could have been saved if Pastor TB Joshua’s church and Nigerian authorities had co-operated fully in rescue attempts,” the newspaper said.
Other newspapers, such as The City Press, also carpeted the Synagogue church for not co-operating with rescue agencies.
Mail & Guardian on Sunday, however, said the rescue efforts later improved, but it was too late.
Said the newspaper:  “Nigerian authorities and church members have made a U-turn on co-operating with South Africans at the collapsed guesthouse tragedy, following a diplomatic skirmish, which saw an entire week fritter away while vital efforts to save lives were blocked.
“A diplomatic source from South Africa confirmed that the Nigerian authorities have proven to be far more co-operative since Friday, a week after the devastating collapse that has seen the largest number of South Africans killed outside of the country since even the downing of the Helderberg airliner in 1987 which killed 71 South Africans.
“The stress on scarce skills in the field followed the shock decision by Nigerian authorities to turn down help from South Africa earlier in the week, including one of the continent’s best search and rescue teams.
“Search and Rescue South Africa was placed on standby by the department of international relations, Sunday Times reported, but by Sunday last week it was too late.
“Gift of the givers, a South African-based Islamic relief organisation, were initially blocked in their efforts to access mortuaries and hospitals in Lagos to find South African hurt and deceased South Africans.
“In addition, the crucial 24 hours after the collapse, when survivors could have been found in the rubble, was missed as information about the collapse was at a black-out with Nigerian authorities failing to communicate with their South African counterparts in time, and church staff and goers proving downright hostile.”
The paper said building collapses happen repeatedly in Nigeria “because of the use of substandard material and flouted construction regulations”.
Mail & Guardian added: “It is believed that the building was in the process of having additional stories added without first securing the foundations, although Joshua has blamed it on a mysterious attack, citing the appearance of an aircraft above the building shortly before the collapse.”
The South African Press Association, the country’s news agency, also did an unflattering profile of Prophet Joshua, which were run by some of the local newspapers. The profile said Joshua claims he has power to cure anything, from AIDS to cancer.
The papers also made a mince meat of Joshua’s wealth, quoting the Forbes’ list as their proof that he had made so much money from his work as a pastor. A report sought out a past visitor and got her to reveal that each person who came on her team of 150 paid R20,000 each to make the trip. The papers were, however, fair enough to   give space to people who also had good words to say about Joshua and the church.
One of such is opposition leader Julius Malema. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader said: “I am in touch with the elders of the church. They are doing everything in their power to ensure that every individual that was there is accounted for and that the rescue mission continues.”
Malema said despite what happened, Joshua remains a great man, who should continue to inspire hope. He said he was at Synagogue for seven days, adding that at the time, no less than 16 000 people were in attendance at the church “and 50 per cent of those were from outside Africa”.
He said: “Yes, I was there to create friendship and take lessons from the prophet. He is my brother, we talk now and then. I also received spiritual guidance from him. The church is very big, he has a lot of followers. He receives people from all corners of the world, both rich and poor. They go there for different reasons and they all want to be blessed by the man of God.
“When I was there, I was treated very well. The hospitality is so amazing. The people who looked after us there did it with passion. They love what they are doing and they respect people. We also would like to say to the prophet that he should find strength during this difficult time. This is a testing time for him.
“He is a very good man. He inspires hope in hopeless people. We hope he will not be discouraged. He must continue to inspire hope and feed the children of God. When I went to his church, he never asked for a cent from me. TB Joshua never preached about money and he never insisted on having contributions for the church.”
Another report queried the theory by Joshua that the building came down after an attack by Boko Haram, saying that the collapse was most likely caused by not following the standard.
The papers also focused on South African prominent citizens who have visited Joshua for one reason or the other. The legendary Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ranks among South African powerful figures who have bowed before Joshua. She was interviewed on Joshua’s Emmanuel Tv in 2011 after her visit and she had nice words for the church.  Others include Springbok rugby players Joost van der Westhuizen, Ruben Kruger and Wium Basson, who died at his Pretoria home on April 21, 2001. He was 25. Basson, who played for the Blue Bulls, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Doctors could not do anything to help him and gave him a few weeks to live. He flew to Lagos, to consult Joshua. But, for some reason, he could not see Joshua after waiting for hours on a queue. He returned home and died almost immediately.
Kruger, who had a brain tumour, died in Pretoria in January 2010, after battling brain cancer for 10 years. His visit to Joshua could not save him.
An article by Jacques Pauw in City Press literally tore Joshua to pieces. Pauw had visited Synagogue once to do a documentary on the church and its pastor’s miracles. His findings did not support Joshua’s claims.
His words: “Ruben Kruger, a veteran of 36 tests in the green and gold, returned after a week in Nigeria and declared that a Pentecostal preacher he called the Prophet had healed his brain cancer.
“Temitope Balogun “TB” Joshua prayed for him in the Synagogue Church of All Nations compound while thousands of people sang, danced and wailed, Kruger said.
“As Joshua bent over him and implored the demon to be gone from his body, Kruger felt the tumour leaving him. He was cured, Joshua declared, handing him oil to rub on his head.
“I no longer have to drink my chemo pills,” Kruger said on his return. “You cannot describe the feeling to anyone who has not experienced it. It was an unbelievable – or should I say believable – experience.”
“The floodgates opened and the Prophet’s newest converts were white, mostly Afrikaans and relatively conservative. They swopped the NG and Hervormde churches for a Nigerian “turn-or-burn” approach to redemption.
“It took me some time to understand why the ­Afrikaner psyche found Joshua so irresistible. Why were they prepared to seek salvation in a ­country they perceived to be drowning in greed, ­political rot and economic decay?
“Christianity Nigerian-style was worlds apart from the chains and shackles of Calvinism. Joshua unchained them. He allowed them to worship with a gusto and fervour previously thought unseemly.
“That the new messiah was black and his church in Africa’s biggest and maddest metropolis only added to the allure.
“A year or two after Kruger returned from Lagos, I made the same journey. On the plane was another Springbok rugby ­player, 25-year-old lock Wium Basson, who was dying of liver cancer. He was accompanied by his mother, Cloeté Geldenhuys, and had to get special permission from SAA to make the journey.
“I was making a TV documentary and my challenge to Joshua was straightforward: allow me to film how you heal Basson. If you succeed, I promise I will show it to the world.
“When we arrived at Joshua’s compound, the TV team and I were in effect incarcerated. For two weeks, we were forbidden to leave the grounds.
“We were told we could not drink or smoke, and had to attend services and events with the pilgrims. While I stayed in a dormitory with other pilgrims, Wium and Cloeté set up camp in a private room.
“The church took away the young man’s morphine and pain pills. During our first interview, a softly spoken, affable Joshua said it would be easy to heal Wium because he had nothing but a “little sore” on his liver.
“At Sunday sermons, the afflicted lined up with placards stating what condition they needed healed. There were lines of people seeking a cure for HIV/Aids, ­cancer and heart conditions, business failures, wandering spouses and dull brains.
“A festive, almost joyous atmosphere filled the compound as churchgoers sang, clapped and danced. Evil spirits were cast out and those set free by the Prophet writhed in the dirt while vomiting out the demons.
“Joshua prayed for every person in the line and declared them all healed. He ordered them to stop using any medication and trust in God.
“Among the pilgrims was Capetonian John Rindel, who was suffering from full-blown Aids and already had dementia.
“He had arrived at the church several weeks before we did, was prayed for by Joshua and declared completely healed.
“He had stopped taking his medicine and showed remarkable improvement. Scientists refer to this as the “placebo effect” of faith healing. A patient can experience genuine pain relief and other ­symptomatic alleviation after being prayed for.
“The relief is short-lived and the patient soon returns to his original condition. The internet is filled with reports from organisations like the American Cancer Society and the British Medical Journal that found no evidence faith healing can cure physical ailments.
“On my request, Rindel agreed to go for two independent HIV/Aids tests when he returned to South Africa. Both showed he was still positive. He died a short while later.
“The BBC recently investigated the London branch of the church and reported that three women had died after being “healed” and told to stop taking their HIV/Aids medication.
“I challenged the pilgrims to provide me with medical proof that they had been healed. None did. Ruben Kruger died in 2010 just before his 40th birthday.
“And Wium Basson? Joshua never prayed for him. He said God had not sent him a message to do so. The young man left the church broken, disillusioned and at death’s door. He died a few days after returning to South Africa.
“Before I left the church, Joshua handed me, and the camera and sound people, thick envelopes full of hundred dollar notes. He wanted to be sure we’d produce a positive programme. We gave the envelopes back.
“A year or so after the programme aired – and generated a massive response from people who called us accusing Joshua of all sorts of misdeeds – the preacher produced a video of a 76-year-old South African man named Moses he said he’d brought back from the dead.
“Moses was among a group of South African pilgrims in Lagos when he had a heart attack in the dining room. Videos distributed around the world showed three pilgrims, one a doctor from Bloemfontein, trying to resuscitate Moses.
“They failed, the videos reported, and Moses was carried into another room. Joshua walked in, bent over him and commanded: “In the name of Jesus, rise!”
“Moses opened his eyes. It later emerged that Moses had been both alive and ­breathing when he was carried from the dining hall. He’d been resuscitated, not resurrected, and clever editing created a fake miracle.
“I understand the despair of terminally ill people and why they grasp at final straws. My father died of lung cancer and might well have made the journey to Lagos.
“I am just glad he is not here any more to become a victim of a ravenous tick that feasts on the blood of the ignorant, ­gullible and desperate.”
The South African media also granted space to many who have critical questions to ask about the tragedy. One of such is President of the Rhema Family Church and the co-chairman of the National Religious Leaders Council, Ray McCauley, who queried why information took late in coming.
He said: “We are in mourning and would not like to start pointing fingers. Be that as it may, we urge both our government and the Nigerian government to get to the bottom of this unfortunate incident so as to assist the families to bring closure to their pain by at least understanding what happened.”
Founder of Gift of Givers Imtiaz Sooliman also queried what he described as “the refusal of help by Nigeria”. He said his men were chased away from Synagogue when they tried to help. He said it was too late by the time officials started opening up to help from South Africa.
In all, the general opinion in South Africa, as portrayed by their media, is that the root of the matter should be determined. They obviously will be watching to see whether or not the matter will be swept under the carpet, like they claim Nigeria is used to.
With these loads of negative reports, what kind of reception awaits Joshua when he visits South Africa? He sure still has a large following, but the media will be waiting to pounce on him

Police Detonate Two IEDs At Male Hostel Of UniUyo


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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it had detonated two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) found in the male hostel of the University of Uyo on Monday.

Confirming the incident in Uyo, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Etim Dickson, told newsmen that the explosives were home-made.

The police spokesman specifically said that the IEDs were likely produced by science students of the university and said investigations had commenced on the matter.

Dickson assured the students on campus and parents not to entertain any fear about possible breakdown of law and order in the university community as everything was under control.

He said “the incident has been properly taken care of, we urge students and employees of the institution to go about their normal businesses”.

It was learnt that the IEDs were discovered by the campus security squad known as Operatives of Peace on Campus Initiative (PCI).

The Anti-Bomb Squad of the Nigeria Police had on arrival at the students’ hostel, cordoned off the area before detonating the two IEDs and conducted a clean sweep of the other hostel rooms.

INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration In Anambra, Bauchi, 10 Others


voter registrationThe Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday extended the Phase II of the Continuous Voter Registration for seven days in 12 states.

The extension, according to the commission’s daily bulletin in Abuja, begins from September 28.

It noted that the exercise was taking place at the local government areas of the affected states from 8 am to 4pm daily.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected states are – Anambra, Bauchi, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, FCT, Jigawa, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo, Sokoto and Yobe.

“The extension of Phase II of the exercise is occasioned by the large turnout of eligible voters and the heavy rains that coincided with the exercise which took place from August 20 to 25”, the commission added.

INEC, however, advised eligible voters in the affected states to take advantage of the extension to register, to enable them to vote in the 2015 general election.

Acting IGP Orders Crackdown On Baby Factories Nationwide


IGP-Suleiman-AbbaThe Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, has ordered a crackdown on illegal baby factories across the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu, in a statement yesterday, said the order was aimed at checking the illicit booming trade in babies.

Ojukwu said the IGP had directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of zonal commands, commissioners of police and other police field commanders to put measures in place to end the trend.

“While reiterating that all the motherless babies’ homes and centres in their respective domains should be properly monitored so as to nip in the bud the trafficking of babies within and outside the country, the IGP directed that all police personnel be thoroughly lectured on this subject”, he said.

Rigging 2015 Election Will Result In Revolution – Shehu Sani


Shehu_SaniKaduna based civil rights activist, Comrade Shehu Sani, has warned that there will be dire consequences, if the 2015 general elections are rigged.

He spoke yesterday in Kaduna during a visit to People Living with Disability.

He regretted that billions of naira meant for development were being stolen by politicians, resulting in poverty and insecurity.

Sani, who is seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the Kaduna Central Senatorial District election, described the deplorable condition of people living with disability as “worrisome”.

The activist urged northern leaders to revive the agricultural sector and textile industries to end poverty and social vices.

Sani said: “If the 2015 general election is rigged, we are heading for revolution. I am here to identify with the poorest in our society. These people are victims of corruption, injustice and failed governments. The poor have been neglected and they represent revolution. For northern Nigeria to progress, we must end insurgency and fund the education sector. We must revive our textile industries and invite foreign experts to come and invest”.

Chairman of People Living with Disability, Muntari Saleh, said they were in support of an automatic ticket for Sani based on his support to the less privileged and fight for the masses.

Boko Haram: There Was No Raid On Nigeria’s Territory By Cameroon Troops, Says DHQ


dhq CHRIS-OLUKOLADEThe Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday debunked reports mostly on social media that Cameroonian troops killed the purported Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a cross border raid into Nigeria.

Reports had quoted a Cameroonian military source as saying Shekau was killed during a cross border raid and aerial bombardment deep inside Nigeria by the Cameroonian military.

But the DHQ in a tweet stated that: “There was no raid whatsoever in any part of Nigeria’s territory in pursuit of terrorists as claimed in some reports allegedly quoting Cameroon military authorities.

“All operations ongoing in the environs of Konduga and all associated border location within the country are completely being undertaken by Nigerian troops”.

Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters also claimed yesterday that 10 Boko Haram insurgents had surrendered to troops in Kuwari district, Konduga, Borno State.
It said in a statement on its Twitter handle yesterday, “Another Set of 10 Terrorists yesterday surrendered to Troops at Kawuri,” adding that: “In custody for necessary security debriefing”.

Lamido: I’ve Been Harassed, But I’ll Remain In PDP And Fight My War


Sule-lamidoGovernor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has asked the opposition to fight its own war, saying he will fight his in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Lamido spoke yesterday when he hosted a delegation of the PDP on a performance assessment tour in Dutse, the state capital.

His re-affirmation of faith in the ruling party should put to rest continued speculations that he might dump the PDP for the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 general election.

Affirming that he was aggrieved with the party at a stage, he knew how to fight his battle within the party, noting that he would remain there despite challenges.

“I will fight my own war in PDP, I cannot fight war for the opposition, let them fight their own war”, the governor said.

Lamido had been part of the group of seven PDP governors that formed the now rested New PDP, but stayed back when five of his colleagues left to join the APC. He had also reportedly set his eyes on contesting against President Goodluck Jonathan for the PDP presidential ticket – a report he denies – but endorsed the president last week as the PDP’s sole candidate.

“I will remain a loyal member of the PDP, other parties are association of entrepreneurs”, he added.

The governor, however, warned stakeholders of PDP against making inferences that could portray the party as belonging to one tribe or religion.

“Thirteen years ago where were these people? We will not allow anybody to take away our finished product”, he said.

He noted that if the defection that rocked the PDP had occurred in the APC, the latter would have collapsed by now.

“Take away people who left the PDP from the APC, you will have nothing left in the APC”, he said, adding that APC leaders were invented by PDP.  Citing former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as one of them, Lamido asked:  “How can our own invention now fight us?”

He said: “I have been maligned, I have been harassed, but I remain in PDP”.

The leader of the delegation and PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, said the team was impressed by the achievements of the Lamido administration.

Turning Against Jonathan Amounts To Total Betrayal, Ingratitude – Shagari


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Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, yesterday said he is in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election because he has done much for the people of Sokoto State.

Shagari, a former Minister of Water Resources during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, said it amounts to ingratitude and total betrayal for leaders of the state to now turn their back against “the man who has shown love and respect to the people of the state on so many occasions”.

He said President Jonathan gave him and Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko all the support needed to win the 2011 governorship election in addition to the one billion naira donated for the victims of 2010 flood disaster in the state.

The deputy governor, who spoke at the sensitization workshop for peace, religion and ethnic tolerance in Nigeria, organized by Jonathan Actualization Movement (JAM) for the North-West zone, held at Giginya hotel, Sokoto, said the Jonathan administration has continued with the second phase of Goronyo dam irrigation project.

He further pointed out the appointment of the Sultan of Sokoto as the permanent national Amirul Hajj as another reason why the people of Sokoto are indebted to the President.

“Jonathan is our father, he is our mother, he is our grandfather and great grandfather, we believe in him and we are firmly standing for his re-election, on this there is no going back”, he said.

Niger 2015: Aliyu Urges PDP Aspirants To Meet, Pick Consensus Candidate


Babangida AliyuGovernor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has asked the three aspirants presently serving in his government but angling for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket for 2015 to reach a consensus among themselves.

The governor, who stated this yesterday at the 1st Niger State Investment Climate Summit in Minna, the state capital, said two of the aspirants have already sent their letters of intent to him while the third one said he is still consulting.

“In order to avoid unnecessary acrimony that will generate bad blood, I am asking all the aspirants to meet and peacefully pick one of them to fly the party’s flag in the 2015 governorship polls”, he said.

He identified his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Mu’azu Bawa and chairman of Wushishi Local Government Council, Alhaji Sa’idu Wushishi, as the aspirants presently serving in his government but who want to contest the election, adding that there are five others also seeking the ticket.

Gov. Aliyu said it has been his prayer for whoever is succeeding him to come from among those that served the present administration, stressing that with a candidate from within, there will be hope of continuity of the good work his government had started.

“My interest in a person from within taking over from me is informed by the need to have somebody that will continue the good works and policies we have put in place”, he added.

The PDP has already zoned the governorship ticket for the state to the North Senatorial District where all the aspirants mentioned by the governor hail from.

A Northern Christian Presidential Candidate for the APC – Femi Aribisala


To be truly progressive, the APC must not just talk progressivism, it must walk progressivism.

The fact that Nigeria is a country with some 350 ethnic groups makes it imperative that we must always be politically mindful of ethnic, religious and regional considerations. Failure to do this on the idealistic grounds that the quality of our public officials is more important than their ethnic and religious origin is bound to be problematic.

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Nigerians are yet to believe, if we ever will, that the competence of a president is more important than his ethnicity. In any case, the background of a president is without prejudice to his ability. There is no ethnic group in Nigeria that does not have people who can be excellent presidents. However, if issues of federal character and ethnic-balancing are not addressed in Nigerian politics, even the best presidential materials will become ineffective.

The average Nigerian is not a sophisticated voter. Therefore, people like me will continue to analyse Nigerian politics from the perspective of the need for regional and ethnic-balancing.

Northern agenda
The APC is seen as a vehicle for Northern domination of Nigerian politics and many people are implacably opposed to this. Although the APC claims not to subscribe to zoning, everyone knows its 2015 presidential candidate must come from the North, otherwise the centre will no longer hold.

Certainly, all those insisting the North must regain power have flocked to the APC precisely because they see it as the vehicle for realizing their dreams.

There is also widespread perception that the APC is sympathetic to the Boko Haram. Fani-Kayode, a former APC member, complained that the APC is the political wing of the Boko Haram in the same way that Sinn Fein was the political wing of the Irish Republican Army in Britain. Indeed, for the longest time, some APC members were Boko Haram apologists. Murtala Nyako even claimed the Boko Haram was a Southern hoax. He called it a “phantom.” Muhammadu Buhari sought political amnesty for the Boko Haram; demanding the insurgents should be given the same golden handshakes as the militants of the Niger Delta.

Therefore, it will not be easy getting non regionally-chauvinistic votes for a Northern APC presidential candidate in 2015. If that Northerner is a Muslim, it would be harder still. The Boko Haram insistence that Nigeria must become a Muslim Caliphate and the systematic bombing of churches and killing of Christians in the North ensures that religion will be a major factor in the coming election.

Southern strategy
While Muslims may have no qualms voting for a Christian president, Christians are likely to see the defeat of an incumbent Christian president by a Northern Muslim as succumbing to Boko Haram. That feeling is unlikely to be assuaged by a Southern Christian vice-president, in the same way that the demands of some Northerners for a Northern president have not been assuaged by the fact that the current vice-president is from the North.

The blunder of Atiku Abubakar in stating that the North will not be voting for President Jonathan in 2015 betrays the Northern bias of the APC. If the North will not be voting for a Southern candidate, why would the South vote for a Northern candidate?

A Southern Christian presidential running-mate in 2011, in the person of Pastor Tunde Bakare, did not help Buhari, who remains a hard sell in the South. Buhari was only able to muster a measly 391,922 votes from the South, out of a total of over 38 million votes cast nationwide. That is conclusive proof that fielding Buhari yet again as the Northern presidential hopeful, on a fourth time lucky gambit, is bound to fail. Chances are Buhari would get even less votes this time out than he did in 2011.

The challenge for the APC is to get Southerners to vote for a Northern APC presidential candidate in 2015, in spite of the current regional and religious polarization of Nigerian politics.

The APC desperately needs a Southern politician to balance its Northern presidential ticket.

However, such politician cannot come from the South-East or the South-South.

In spite of the presence of men like Rochas Okorocha of the South-East, and Rotimi Amaechi of the South-South, the APC has little chance of getting significant South-East and South-South votes.

These geopolitical zones remain Jonathan strongholds. Their voters are not likely to agree to truncate Jonathan’s South-South presidency in exchange for a Northern president and a South-South or South-East vice-presidency. If APC is to get vital Southern votes in 2015, the answer lies in the South-West; a region of residual APC/ACN political strength.

Game-changer

The APC needs a vice-presidential candidate with sufficient political clout to galvanise South-West votes. There is only one man in South-West politics today that can conceivably marshal bloc South-West votes for the APC in 2015. That man is none other than Babatunde Fashola! As far as the APC is concerned, Fashola is the game-changer!

This truth will be very bitter for die-hard Tinubu supporters. But the fact is that Fashola, and not Tinubu, is now the poster-boy for the APC in the South-West. In spite of having the second-largest bloc of voters among the six regions in the country, the South-West had the least number of voters in 2011. Only 34% of the South-West’s 14 million voters bothered to vote. Fashola could conceivably invigorate South-West voters in a way no other politician currently on the horizon can.

Fashola as APC vice-presidential candidate will do for a Northern candidate what Bakare could not do for Buhari in 2011; he will clean up South-West votes. If nothing else, Fashola has a legacy of eight years of tarring roads, building bridges and planting grass and flowers in Lagos. Moreover, he does not come with the political baggage of Bola Tinubu, who has become a political liability, even in the South-West.

Unlike Tinubu, Fashola has not antagonized the Afenifere and the Yoruba Obas. Indeed, the coming regional elections in the South-West are shaping out to be as much about the need to bring an end to the domineering politics of Tinubu as anything else. With Tinubu on the ticket, allegations of certificate forgeries, inordinate land-grabs, nepotism, alpha beta scams, toll-gate deals and anti-democratic manipulations will come to the fore. Therefore, in contrast to Tinubu, Fashola is a breath of fresh air.

Neutralisation of Tinubu
A Fashola vice-presidency would have the added political bonus of spelling the end of the political pretensions of Bola Tinubu in the South-West. Vice-president Fashola will quickly upstage “party leader” Tinubu. A Fashola vice-presidency would mean, to all intents and purposes, the passing of the baton from Tinubu to Fashola. It would spell the end of the self-appointed “godfather” of South-West politics. Therefore, Tinubu can be expected to say to a Fashola vice-presidency: “over my dead body!”

But the fact of the matter is that the APC only has a chance in the coming presidential election “over the dead body” of Tinubu. Tinubu must be marginalized in any marketable APC equation.

Any attempt to accommodate him inordinately, as happened in the rigging of Oyegun as party chairman with the collusion of APC governors, will turn far more ugly and disastrous for the party than it was the last time. To have any reasonable chance of success nationally, APC must have a viable South-West policy. That means its presidential ticket must be built around one man: Babatunde Fashola.

Fashola as APC vice-presidential candidate would be a stroke of genius for the APC in addressing yet another liability of the party: its widespread perception as a Muslim party. This perception has come about because Bola Tinubu’s ACN never ever fielded a non-Muslim candidate as the governor of any South-Western state. When the APC registered as a political party with INEC, 17 of its 18 board-members were Muslims. For months until recently, all members of the APC national executive were Muslims. Foolishly, the APC even rationalized its earlier plans for a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket on the pages of the newspapers.

However, the vice-presidential candidacy of Babatunde Fashola would prescribe a Northern Christian as APC presidential candidate, for the simple reason that Fashola is a Muslim. The emergence of a Northern Christian as APC presidential candidate would open many doors closed to the APC politically. In one fell swoop, it would dispel all notions that the APC is the political arm of the Boko Haram because the last thing the Boko Haram want is a Christian president.

Changing of the guard
APC fools no one by talking power shift and then touting people like Buhari and Kwankwaso as its presidential hopefuls. How does another Hausa-Fulani president of Nigeria speak power-shift? This is Atiku’s bargaining-chip; that power needs to shift from the North-West and the North-Central to the North-East. Unfortunately, apart from supposedly having a fat war-chest, Atiku is not sell-able as president of Nigeria. He has tried before and failed woefully. In any case, Atiku is a Muslim.

There is need for power shift in the North from Moslems to Christians in defiance of Boko Haram threats.

A Northern Christian as APC presidential candidate will achieve this. It will make the party more attractive in the predominantly Christian South, where voters may be dissuaded from voting for a Northern Muslim president in this era of Boko Haram insurgency. It will also open the APC to Northern Christian votes which might not be forthcoming otherwise. It must be pointed out that there are far more Christians in the North than many realise. Adamawa, Benue, Nassarawa, Plateau and Taraba all have majority Christian populations; while Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kogi, Kwara and Niger have significant Christian populations.

For the APC to have even a look-in in the coming presidential elections against an entrenched PDP, it needs a fresh slate from the political has-beens of Atiku, Buhari and Kwankwaso that it is still currently touting as its presidential hopefuls today. To be truly progressive, the APC must not just talk progressivism, it must walk progressivism. A Northern Christian presidential candidate will definitely give political backbone to APC’s progressive pretensions; neutralising the damage done by its earlier suicidal plans for a Muslim/Muslim presidential ticket.

$9.3m Arms Deal: Northern Muslims Allege Cover-Up By FG, Ask EFCC, NASS To Wade In


Sultan-JniThe umbrella body of Muslims in the North, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, on Monday in Kaduna, urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, to probe the controversial $9.3m impounded by the South African authorities about a fortnight ago.

The said $9.3m was smuggled into Johannesburg, South Africa, by two Nigerians and an Israeli in a private jet the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has admitted he has ‘residual interest’ in.

The money was said to be meant for the procurement of arms for intelligence agencies in Nigeria.

The money, valued at about R102m, was frozen by the South African authorities.

The JNI in a statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu-Abubakar, queried the circumstances surrounding the $9.3m allegedly meant for the procurement of arms for the government, asking relevant bodies to look into the deal.

The JNI stressed that it was important for the government or its agents to clear the air on the smuggled money, rather than allowing unguarded utterances to take pre-eminence in the ongoing controversies surrounding the deal.

JNI said, “Our senators at the upper chamber and representatives members at the lower chamber must rise to the occasion for special discussion on the matter as urgent public interest revolves round it, as it relates to threat to national security.

“EFCC must wholly play its role in this direction by prosecuting those involved to adequately face the wrath of the law. It doesn’t matter whose ox is gored.

“All relevant government agencies must also discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour, showing the world that our country is serious.

“For its internal and external integrity, government must stay off dabbling into issues which the Nigerian Law had properly addressed. We have been saying that certain elements are now fond of breaking the law with impunity, feeling super and above the law”.

The body noted further that it could smell a rat in the way and manner the Federal Government attempted to cover-up the entire failed deal, adding that there was more to the explanation given by the government on the matter.

They queried, “The following posers are instructive: Is government short of official agents which necessitates assigning non official ones? Why was any of the planes in the Presidential fleet of jets not used?

“With the current trend of cashless financial transaction why is such a huge amount carried in cash? Isn’t arms deals executed via third party?

“Where is the Ministry of Defense and the office of the National Security Adviser? Was due process followed through relevant government agencies? Are bilateral matters dealt with in that way?”

The organization, while appealing that justice be done by all concerned in order to serve as a deterrent to those who feel they are above the law, insisted that the government should release the real fact on the issue

It added: “We at the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) are in disbelief over the recent news at both national and international media of impounding of a private jet in South Africa, laden with $9.3m in cash, purportedly to buy arms in that country.

“What is more shocking is the said government’s full knowledge of it, despite its illegality and the attempt to intervene in such a scandalous matter which attracts the full weight of the law to address. There is more to the explanation given by the government on the matter.

“Therefore government should tell Nigerians the real fact on the issue. We hope the matter will not be wheedled with. However, we note with dismay the unguarded utterances of some leaders that they will call on their followers to defend themselves. Also we note the uncourteous speeches attacking other leaders, which leave much to be desired and overheat the polity”.

“Iheanacho is not ready for Super Eagles, we don’t need Obafemi Martins” – Keshi


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Stephen Keshi has ruled out the possibility of Kelechi Iheanacho and Obafemi Martins, turning out for the Super Eagles in the forseeable future.

There have been calls for both players to be included in the national team, but in the case of Manchester City prodigy Iheanacho, the Eagles coach says he is too young and needs more experience.

“Iheanacho hasn’t been playing in the Premier League and it simply tells you that Manchester City wants him to get more experience,” Keshi said of the 17-year-old.

“He is not part of the team (City) at the moment and he has to get more experience and maybe see if he has what it takes to be there.”

The Big Boss also applauded Martins’ desire to return to the squad, but stated that he might not be invited as he needs to give a chance to younger players.

He said: “For Obafemi Martins, it’s good to indicate interest to play for his country, as a former player of course.

“But we have other players out there in his position, younger players. So we have to give younger players a chance and the opportunity to grow,”

Ekiti Workers To Receive August Salary This Week, Says Fayemi


Kayode FayemiThe outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has assured workers in the state that their salaries for the month of August would be paid before the end of this week.

Fayemi, who gave the assurance on Monday during the flag off of his ‘Thank You’ tour of the 35 councils in the state, also denied looting the treasury.

He said public funds in the last four years had been judiciously spent even as his administration had not defaulted payment of salaries since it came on board in October 2010.

The governor added that the state government used to get overdraft to pay salaries before the state gets allocation until the incoming Peoples Democratic Party administration approached the bank in June and warned it against honoring such loan requests.

Highlights of the tour include the commissioning of road projects as well as community empowerment projects.

Fayemi said the developmental projects, which included intra-township road projects, civic centre and palace projects, were the manifestations of the promises he made to the people in 2007 during his electioneering campaign.

He said, “We are a civil service state and many of our workers are agitated on what is happening to their salaries. Very soon, the efforts that we are making to ensure that their salaries are paid would yield fruits.

“This is the first time in four years of being in office that we have not had the payment of salaries as and when due. And the reason is simple: first the resources of the state has dwindled considerably.

“The allocation had reduced by 40 per in many states, not just in Ekiti and as a result of that, we also had a shortfall in what comes to Ekiti. What we have done in the last six to eight months is to reach an understanding with our financial institutions to help defray salaries so that when we have money, we can defray whatever remains on our behalf”.

Journalist Fejiro Oliver Detained by the SSS in Minna


The Missing journalist, Mr Fejiro Oliver is being detained by the Directorate of State Security (DSS) attached to Niger State in Minna, Elombah.com has learnt.

Sources within the Intelligence Agency said Fejiro Oliver is in their custody and will be charged with attempt to extort 50 million Naira from Niger State Government.

Mr Oliver was abducted on Saturday, September 20 during a proposed meeting with the Secretary to Niger State Government (SSG).

 

Elombah.com, however, was informed that the charge of extortion is an afterthought as no monetary issue was ever raised before or in the course of discussions between the Niger State government and the abducted journalist.

Speaking with Elombah.com during a telephone conversation, the wife confirmed that money was never part of their negotiation as personnel of the state government merely invited him to proffer documents debunking the disparaging report the journalist wrote against Niger State Government alleging corruption.

Mr Oliver had written an extensive report wherein he disclosed monumental corruption perpetrated by the state governor, Babangida Aliyu including decaying infrastructure.

Fejiro Oliver went missing after travelling from his Asaba base to Abuja on the invitation of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, SSG, Saidu Ndako, on Friday.

The Niger State government had earlier stated that they kidnapped the activist journalist so as to unmask him and go after all pseudo journalists on the internet..

The government in a sponsored editorial stated they “intends to introduce the “factor’ called Fejiro Oliver” adding that “The real face behind the mask will soon be revealed for all media practitioners to see, feel and discern.”

The State government said “When that is done, Nigeria would have managed to take off a couple of fake media practitioners off the street and those warming up to take up such disgraceful trade will be deterred”

The investigative online journalist, public affairs commentator and activist Mr Fejiro Oliver is an investigative reporter with online news medium, Elombah.com. Two weeks ago he told the management of Elombah.com that he has been hired by the emerging online news medium- Daily Voice NG as a Managing Editor, but will start work from October 1.

Speaking to elombah.com yesterday, Mr. Ejiro’s wife said she last spoke with her husband on Friday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of Mr. Ndako. She also stated that Ndako had wanted her husband to meet in Minna, but her husband insisted on meeting in Abuja,somewhere in Maitama District.

Another friend of Fejiro confirmed to elombah.com that Mr Fejiro was last heard of Saturday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako.

Fejiro’s friend who had been waiting to pick the missing journalist at Abuja told elombah.com that Mr Fejiro had carried-out extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under the Governor Babangida Aliyu dispensation. After his investigation, he formally sought the response of the Niger State Government by contacting the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki and the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor, Mr Israel A. Ebije.

Instead of responding to the issues pertaining to the alleged corrupt practices of governor Babangida Aliyu, the CPS, Mr Ebije in an electronic mail he sent to Fejiro Oliver threatened and warned him to desist from going public with the report (the outcome of his investigations).

In an editorial by Daily Voice NG few days ago, the security agencies and the general public were alerted of the threat to the life of Mr Fejiro Oliver by the Niger State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor.

Contacted the Secretary to the Niger State Government confirmed to elombah.com that he had spoken to Mr Fejiro last week regarding his report on the Niger State Government that was carried another online medium. He accused Fejiro of trying to blackmail and embarrass the state government and expressed unhappiness at Fejiro’s approach to his profession.

http://www.elombah.com

 

DSS Arrests NTA Reporter Over Bribery Allegation


28-year old staff of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Sampson Oghenedoro, has been arrested and paraded by the Department of State Services, DSS, Niger State command, for allegedly demanding N50 million from the state government to stop him from broadcasting a story on alleged fraudulent activities within the government.

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According to P.M NEWS report, Oghenedoro, who works with the NTA in Asaba, Delta state, as a producer/cameraman, operates under the name Fajiro Oliver, was paraded on Monday, 22 September, 2014, in Minna, Niger State capital.

Speaking on the matter, DSS director in Niger state, Dr. Larry Obiagwu said that the suspect was picked up by his men at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while on his way to Minna to collect the said amount.

Obiagwu informed that Sampson and two others, Stanley Gene and Francis Arinze, both now at large, co-founded the Secret Reporters Group (SRG) with the alleged sole objective of blackmailing government officials and heads of organisations for pecuniary benefits.

He said that in July and August, the suspect told top officials of the Niger state government on a threat to expose fraudulent activities taking place within the government or be paid N50 million to drop the story.

The DSS director further stated that Sampson and his accomplices did not carry out any investigation on the Niger state government.

However, the suspect, while speaking with journalists, denied knowledge of the alleged demand of N50 million from the state government, saying he was only on his way to Minna to balance his story.

We abducted Nigerian Journalist to teach others a lesson – Niger State Govt


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The Niger State government has stated that they kidnapped an activist journalist so as to unmask him and go after all pseudo journalists on the internet. Fejiro Oliver, is missing after travelling from his Asaba base to Abuja on the invitation of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, SSG, Saidu Ndako, on Friday.

In a badly scripted editorial published on one of their websites yesterday, the state spokesman said “This editorial only intends to introduce the “factor’ called Fejiro Oliver” adding that “The real face behind the mask will soon be revealed for all media practitioners to see, feel and discern.”

 

The State government said “When that is done, Nigeria would have managed to take off a couple of fake media practitioners off the street and those warming up to take up such disgraceful trade will be deterred”

The investigative online journalist, public affairs commentator and activist Mr Fejiro Oliver is an investigative reporter with online news medium, Elombah.com. Two weeks ago he told the management of Elombah.com that he has been hired by the emerging online news medium- Daily Voice NG as a Managing Editor, but will start work from October 1.

Speaking to elombah.com yesterday, Mr. Ejiro’s wife said she last spoke with her husband on Friday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of Mr. Ndako. She also stated that Ndako had wanted her husband to meet in Minna, but her husband insisted on meeting in Abuja,somewhere in Maitama District.

Another friend of Fejiro confirmed to elombah.com that Mr Fejiro was last heard of Saturday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako.

Fejiro’s friend who had been waiting to pick the missing journalist at Abuja told elombah.com that Mr Fejiro had carried-out extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under the Governor Babangida Aliyu dispensation. After his investigation, he formally sought the response of the Niger State Government by contacting the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki and the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor, Mr Israel A. Ebije.

Instead of responding to the issues pertaining to the allege corrupt practices of governor Babangida Aliyu, the CPS, Mr Ebije in an electronic mail he sent to Fejiro Oliver threatened and warned him to desist from going public with the report (the outcome of his investigations).

In an editorial by Daily Voice NG few days ago, the security agencies and the general public were alerted of the threat to the life of Mr Fejiro Oliver by the Niger State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor.

Sequel to this state of affairs, the SSG of Niger State had scheduled an appointment with Mr Fejiro in Abuja. As at the last time contacts were made with him, he was in Abuja for the sole purpose of meeting with the SSG. Subsequently calls to all his known GSM lines last night proved abortive. His lines were either not reachable, switched off or busy. Up to this time, efforts to get in contact with Mr Oliver have not yielded fruitful results.

Contacted the Secretary to the Niger State Government confirmed to elombah.com that he had spoken to Mr Fejiro last week regarding his report on the Niger State Government that was carried another online medium. He accused Fejiro of trying to blackmail and embarrass the state government and expressed unhappiness at Fejiro’s approach to his profession.

He however denied knowing of Fejiro’s whereabouts but promised to enquire from the Chief Press Secretary as he himself was just “coming into town.

In an editorial sponsored by the Niger State government on Servant Media yesterday, and titled: “Editorial: Fejiro Oliver “stomach journalism’ the bane of online media practice”, the Niger State government accused Fejiro of practicing quack journalism and then stated inter alia:

“The case of Fejiro Oliver (pen name) peddling fountains of fallacies against the Niger state Governor Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu for pecuniary gains should serve as a clarion call on the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Press Council and the revered Nigerian Guild of Editors to screen practitioners and also regulate online media organizations.

“For clarity sake, Fejiro Oliver, a self-acclaimed journalist/activist falls into the class of those earlier referred to as quack journalists trying hard to reduce the journalism profession to nothing.

“His activities and antecedents clearly portray him as a harbinger of falsehood, promoter of junk journalism, serial liar, cheap blackmailer and attention-seeker whose stock in trade is to frame up dirty stories about people with the sole aim of extorting money.

“He has limited understanding of what freedom of the press, freedom of Information Act is especially as he claims he has government documents to indict the Niger State Governor, in his “Chronicles of Corruption” epistle. He never bordered to take into cognizance the source of document, whether or not there was cash backing, whether or not the project was executed, whether or not the project was consistent with specification.

“Keen observers of the Nigerian media woke up recently to read barrage of poorly scripted articles and badly conjured PR stunts on the social media where elements believed to b sponsored by one Fejiro Oliver tied his dramatic disappearance to top ranking members of the Niger State Government, with the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Idris Ndako and Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Israel Ayegba Ebije as his ‘abductors’

“This editorial only intends to introduce the “factor’ called Fejiro Oliver. The real face behind the mask will soon be revealed for all media practitioners to see, feel and discern. When that is done, Nigeria would have managed to take off a couple of fake media practitioners off the street and those warming up to take up such disgraceful trade will be deterred.

“He calls himself a journalist but in the real sense he is as a desperate mercantile writer or hireling commissioned to malign others mainly for pecuniary reasons. He does this unholy business just to pay his bills, not minding the pains his actions inflict on the practice and on Nigerians.

“Mr Oliver prides himself both as a journalist and rights activist. It is therefore instructive to say that Mr Oliver has no clear understanding of what he claims he is. Are journalists trained to become activist? A simple definition of the English Language defines a journalist as a professional who report events.

“Journalism and activism are two different activities. A journalist cannot and shouldn’t present himself as an activist. An activist pursues a narrow objective as against a journalist’s task of furthering the interest of everyone from a broad and objective perspective. An activist judges, as against a journalist’s unbiased, objective and non-aligned role.

“Mercantile journalists are no doubt in the minority. They remain shadowy and unknown. They live and operate quietly in their cocoons daily strategizing or targeting individuals to prey on. They fabricate stories, dress them in borrowed robes and parcel them to government offices just to attract attention. Pristine journalism practice places more than enough emphasis on openness and objectivity. The profession frowns at dishing out lies and falsehood for pecuniary reasons.

“As you read through these lines, Mr Fejiro Oliver and his platoon of media scavengers have concluded plans on how to make ‘fortunes’ from the Niger State Government through cheap blackmail. Having been sacked and humiliated from Secret Reporters where he worked as its Editor for serial unprofessional conducts, Mr Oliver has moved to one obscure, mushroom and relatively unknown online media platform, Daily Voice NG as its Managing Editor. His restriction to the social media is a clear proof of his inability to fit into the highly competitive and professionally driven mainstream media circle. I dare him to challenge this incontrovertible fact.

“He is bent on extracting money from the Niger state government either by hook or crook, hence his resolve to gather spurious materials as evidence for his evil machinations. As stated earlier, Journalists and indeed Nigerians will know who he truly is very soon.

“It is therefore important for stakeholders in the media practice to adopt stiffer ethical measures to stem the ugly trend of quackery in the noble profession of journalism.

“For too long the regulatory bodies in the practice of journalism have turned a blind eye an attitude largely responsible for every Dick, Tom and Harry who can manageably pen line of thoughts to be all over the cyber space dishing falsehood on the platter of ignominy.

“The earlier drastic actions are urgently taken to spot, name, discourage and exposé these elements who perennially parade themselves as trained journalists from doing further damage to this cherished profession, the better for the profession and its practitioners.”

http://www.elombah.com

 

Student Allegedly Detained On Orders Of Katsina Governor For Criticizing Him On Facebook


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It would surprise you to know that the freedom of speech right in Nigeria’s democracy isn’t really free; also, be careful what you say on social media sites.

Reports claim that the Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, ordered that a student who criticized him on Facebook should be detained indefinitely.

According to Premium Times, the student named Abdulmalik Sa’idu has been in jail for over 20 days now as a result of Shema’s orders.

Sa’idu is said to have posted details of an alleged fertilizer scam in Katsina state on his Facebook page.

Reports state that he received a phone call on August 28th from someone at the Katsina State government house, saying there was a message he had to receive at the governor’s residence.

However, upon his arrival, he was arrested and taken to Batagarawa Police Station, where he was detained.

His father, Maiyawo Sa’idu, said that his son had not been charged for any crime, but had been accused of cloning the governor’s number in order to dupe a commissioner of N3 million.

“I think they are trying to frame him. I know my son cannot clone the governor’s number and call a commissioner to put three million into his account,” said Maiyawo.

He also revealed that before his son was detained, state government officials had warned him to stop criticizing the governor on Facebook.

GOV. BABANGIDA ALIYU: RELEASE FEJIRO OLIVER NOW!


This is to alert the human rights community, security agencies, the media, civil society organizations and the general public of the sudden disappearance of  Mr. Fejiro Oliver, a dreaded investigative online journalist, public affairs commentator and activist. Mr Fejiro Oliver until recently was the Editor of Secrets Reporters and an investigative reporter with online news medium, Elombah.com.. Mr Fejiro was last heard of on Friday 19th September, 2014 while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako. Mr Fejiro had carried out extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under the Governor Babangida Aliyu dispensation.

After his investigation, he formally sought the response of the Niger State Government by contacting the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki and the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor, Mr Israel A. Ebije. Instead of responding to the issues pertaining to the allege corrupt practices o Our apprehension has been further worsened by the strange fact that Mr Fejiro Oliver has not posted any update(s) on his ever active Facebook Timeline and Twitter handle today.

We have not been able to establish contacts with his family, especially his lovely wife. We are therefore constrained to issue this interim public statement while also taking further steps on this matter. Let it be known that Mr Fejiro Oliver is not alone. Any attack on his person or life will be treated as an attack on his constituency; the human rights community and the media. Since Friday, Oliver has been missing and nowhere to be found. Below is the flight ticket booked by the SSG and sent to Oliver’s email: editor.dailyvoiceng@gmail.com via the SSG personal email address: saidunidris@yahoo.co.uk

Ice Prince Shows Off His $13,000 Golden Teeth (PHOTOS)


The Rapper took to his instagram yesterday afternoon to show off his Gold Grill..

What Tonto Dikeh Don’t Know How To Do


It is a must that every woman should know how to cook because it is the gateway to a man’s stomach.

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, does not want to be left out especially now that her house help is seeking admission into the tertiary institution.
She took to her social media page to disclose that she wants to learn how to prepare local dishes especially soup.
Tonto explained that of the local soups, she prefers Okoro soup more with fufu.

The actress noted that for her to learn the cooking, she wants to clear the stock of salads she had prepared to eat just to look good.

Displaying her Salad dish on her page, Tonto urged fans that they could eat whatever they wished just please themselves and necessarily her own way.

EPL Update: Lampard stings former club, Everton stutters at Goodison


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Frank Lampard equalized to earn a draw for the Citizens in a tame affair.

Manchester City and Chelsea had to share the spoils in the late fixtures of the Barclays Premier League.

In a game that failed to live up to expectations, the visitors resorted to defending while the Citzens sought to create chances.

They were almost rewarded for their drudgery, but Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois saved a Sergio Aguero shot from 12-yards.

The Second half continued in the same fashion- City looking for spaces to exploit in Chelsea’s rock solid defense.

But they were dealt a major blow in the 66th minute when Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a cynical challenge on the inform Blues hit-man Diego Costa. Bacary Sagna was brought on for Dzeko to cover defensively.

However, the numerical advantage paid dividends. Costa found Hazard, and the Belgium’s cross was met gracefully at the far post by substitute Andre Schurrle.

Diego Costa could have had his name on the score sheet too but his effort agonizingly hit the woodwork.

Frank Lampard was introduced to applause from both sets of fans. The Midfielder, on loan from New York city FC had the final say.

James Milner turned a cross back at the far post, Lampard in a decent spot capitalized on Branislav Ivanovic’s misdemeanor, then sent a thunderous volley that Courtois couldn’t stop.

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In Goodison Park, Everton welcomed a familiar foe Crystal Palace.

Roberto Martinez men were fully confident ahead of the clash at the back of a 4-1 demolition of Wolfsburg in the Euorpa League.

Julian Speroni had no say to Romelu Lukaku side-foot shot as early as the 9th minute to draw first blood. Samuel Eto failed to capitalize on some vital goal-scoring opportunities at his disposal afterwards.

The Toffees were made to rue the lackluster display infront of goal when Tim Howard fouled James McArthur in the box, resulting in a penalty for the visitors. Mile Jedinak had no qualms burying it to the far corner.

It soon got from bad to worse for Roberto Martinez’s men. Fraizer Campbell was at the end of a howler from Tim Howard, to head in and send the away fans to seventh heaven.

Yannick Bolasie then scored to give Palace a commanding lead. Leighton Baines scored a penalty late for Everton to give a tensed final minutes.

But Neil Warnock’s men held on to repeat the scoreline they produced at Goodison in April.

In other EPL Games: Tottenham 0 – 1 West Brom

Suspected Mad Man Kills 2 Girls In Bauchi


Bauchi state Police Command has arrested one Musa Sale for stabbing two girls to death in Sabon Garin Sade village of Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The command, in statement made available on Sunday, said the culprit, aged 6o and suspected to be insane, went berserk on Saturday evening, killing the girls and injuring others, using a sharp knife.

The statement, signed by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said one of the injured, six-month-old baby girl, Maryam Disu, narrowly escaped death after the culprit slit her throat.

It gave the names of the two girls killed as Ilawisa Abdullahi and Ummi Saidu, aged two and 12, while two other persons, Ilu Masani and Hassan Garba, were also injured, along with the baby.

“The suspect killed two girls Ilawisa Abdullahi and Ummi Saidu aged 2 and 12 years respectively.

“Two other persons Ilu Masani and Hassan Garba were also attacked and injured by Sale,” it said.

The command said that the corpses of the deceased had been released to their parents after an autopsy was carried out, while the injured had been admitted at the General Hospital, Darazo.

It said investigations into the matter had commenced. [Vanguard]

Troops Hitting Boko Haram Hard Some Members Are Surrendering – DHQ


Some Boko Haram terrorists have begun to surrender with their weapons voluntarily following relentless onslaught by troops, the Defence Headquarters has disclosed.

“Some of them submitted themselves and their weapons to the leadership of the troops in Konduga during a further campaign at the weekend,” the DHQ said in a statement posted on its website on Sunday.

“As the heat on the terrorists continues, five terrorists surrendered on Saturday (Sept. 20) with all their weapons to troops at Konduga pleading for mercy.”

According to the statement, other captured terrorists who refused to surrender have also been giving useful information on the subsequent plans of the group in an apparent effort to cooperate.

The DHQ recalled that in the last few days there had been several attempts by desperate terrorists to gain entry into Konduga which were foiled by the troops.

The terrorists’ move, according to the statement, is aimed at recovering the bodies of their prominent fighters who died in previous encounters in the area.

The DHQ also said that its troops had recovered more weapons during mop-up operations while some of their terrorists’ vehicles had been destroyed.

Woman Who Supplies Guns To Armed Robbers Arrested By The Police


She is the wife of a late daredevil armed robber, but she does not just sit down when her husband robbed, she was the supplier of arms to her husband’s gang and other armed robbers.

This was revealed by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja Lagos, who arrested the 34-year-old woman for selling guns to armed robbers.

Sarah Emmanuel, an indigene of Ogun State used to hawk wares before she went into illegal arms supply, SARS supplied.

The mother of two was apprehended after some armed robbery suspects arrested by SARS operatives revealed during interrogation that they bought their guns from her.

It was gathered that the suspect and her friend, one Modinat, who is currently at large used to buy locally made guns from a border town between Benin Republic and Nigeria and re-sell same to armed robbers.

“I live in Sango Otta, I have two children; the first is 10 years old while the other is six. I am a trained hair dresser,” the suspect said in her confession.

“I was arrested because my friend Modinat escaped. We have been friends for six years. She asked me to accompany her to Idiroko where she told me of her plan to purchase a gun for one Ismaila, her armed robber lover from whom she collected N25, 000. I only accompanied her to Ifonyin once.

“It was after Ismaila’s arrest by operatives of SARS that he confessed that he bought the guns from Modinat and I.

“When the officers went to arrest her she escaped and I was arrested instead. I only accompanied her to Ifonyin once.

“I am a widow and my husband, who was an armed robber was killed by police, we were married for ten years but I didn’t know he was an armed robber before he was killed.

“My husband was actually killed two years ago during a robbery operation at Ilasa. Before I was arrested I was involved in street trading. If the police release me I will assist them to arrest my friend Modinat.”

Grandmother, 2 Others Arrested For Slaughtering And Cooking 9-year-old Boy


Strange things are happening these days, especially with several reports of grannies killing their grandchildren, the latest being a 9-year-old boy allegedly killed used to prepare pepper soup.

Three people, including the paternal grandmother, have been arrested by the Niger State police command, for complicity in the murder of the boy. The incidence happened in Koso village in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, Mr. Olusola Amore, told newsmen that the family of the late boy had reported Liman Doo Mohammed’s mysterious disappearance to the police on the 9th of last month.

However, another report hinted the police that they should beam their search light on the paternal grandmother of the deceased, because he was last seen in her company.

He said based on this vital information, detectives were put on red alert to closely monitor the grandmother, called Fatima Sarki’s movement.

Also arrested with her were other relations suspected to be her collaborators.

Amore said on interrogation, the grandmother confessed to have been involved in the dastardly act and mentioned one Zhitsu Aliyu whom she said actually slaughtered the boy.

Another accomplice mentioned was one Amina Musa, who was accused of helping to cook the boy’s remains.

All the suspects have been charged to court on a three count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and cannibalism.

“The pots and plates the suspects used in cooking and serving themselves with the said cooked human flesh were recovered and are now exhibits,” the commissioner said.

Police Kill Two Wanted Kidnappers In Enugu


Enugu State Police Command has reduced by two the names on its wanted list after killing members of a notorious robbery/kidnap gang for allegedly terrorizing residents of Trans-Ekulu and its environs, in a fierce gun battle.

“A joint operation on September 19 led to the arrest of two notorious armed robbery suspects who had been terrorizing the lives and property of the good people of Trans-Ekulu and its environs.” said Ebere Amaraizu, Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) in a statement at the weekend.

“Our operatives swooped on them, following intelligence report as they were about to carry out their nefarious activities on that fateful night while operating in a Golf, Volkswagen car with Enugu taxi-cab colour along Enugu-Onitsha expressway by Trans-Ekulu axis of the state.

“The hoodlums who were four in number, on sighting the operatives who already had taken their positions, opened fire on them and in the ensuing gun duel,two of the suspects were fatally injured, leaving them dead, while the rest believed to have sustained bullet wounds escaped into the bush.

“Among the deceased suspects is the leader of the gang, simply called Udochukwu, and his cohort also identified as Onyebuchi. They had been on the wanted list of the operatives over some killings in Trans-Ekulu and Abakpa, including the last two weeks incident of killings at a filling station in Trans-Ekulu, among others.

“Manhunt on the escapee gang members have been intensified by the operatives. The state command is also appealing to hospital operators and good people of the state with information about anyone with injury/injuries suspected to be that of bullet, to report promptly to any nearby Police Division or contact the state command,” he said.

Fayemi Goes On ‘Thank-you’ Tour Today As He Prepares To Leave Ekiti Governorship


Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, will today embark on thank-you-tour of all the 35 council areas in the state, even as the government has scored itself passmark in the administration of the state in the last four years.

Specifically, the government scored itself high in youth empowerment, social security scheme, urban renewal, improvement in the standard of education and peaceful co-existence of the people of the state.

Fayemi is expected to commission no fewer than 60 projects including the legacy projects in all the 35 council areas during the two week tour to mark the end of his tenure in office

At a briefing, weekend, to herald the tour, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu, said the present government had surpassed the preceding governments in all the areas earlier highlighted.

Adaramodu said “Fayemi gave core subjects and Rural Allowances to teachers and this had never happened in the history of this state. As part of our efforts to encourage teachers, we distributed about 18,000 set of computers to them to boost their knowledge of ICT , aside the 30,000 distributed to students. So , Fayemi is not an enemy to our teachers. [Vanguard]

Delta Community Protests Marginalisation


The People of Okpaka, Opete Communities, Urhuegwior, in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State yesterday cried out to the Delta State government, demanding to be recognised in the scheme of things before the expiration of governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration.

Speaking through the President-general of Okpaka Community, Olorogun Godwin Edoja, at his country home in Okpaka, the community lamented the poor state of infrastructure in the community since 2011.

He said; “The entire people of Okpaka/Opete, Urhiegwior, have never benefited anything from the time till date. There has been no recognition from the local council either.

We want stakeholders and indigenes of the communities to be recognized because we gave over 80percent votes to the governor in the 2011 election.” “We have been voting for PDP at the local, state and federal levels so we deserve to raise alarm when not being recognized in the system, he said. [Vanguard]

OPC Suspends Ekiti Co-ordinator Over Anti-congress Activities


The National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams has suspended the co-ordinator for Ekiti State, Prince Niyi Ogundipe, for activities deemed as anti-congress.

In a letter entitled, “Your suspension as Ekiti State Coordinator,” the OPC explained that despite several warnings by the elders of the congress to ensure that Ogundipe followed the line of responsibility as a state coordinator, “you have continued to behave in a manner that is capable of dragging the name of the congress in the mud.

“It has come to the notice of the organization that you have consistently involved yourself in activities deemed as anti-congress. It is also noted that you have consistently absented yourself from all activities of the congress, including absenting yourself from the meeting of National Coordinating Council, NCC, which is the highest decision-making arm of the congress.”

“Therefore, after a meeting of the NCC, during which your matter came up for discussion, it was unanimously agreed that you should embark on an immediate suspension from all activities of the congress.”

Balewa’s Son Undeterred By Jonathan Endorsement, Insists On Contesting For PDP Presidential Ticket


Jahlil-BalewaThe son of Nigeria’s first Republic Prime Minister, Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa and ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, has said he will contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Tafawa-Balewa condemned the plot by the national leadership of the party to shut the door against other presidential aspirants by adopting President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party.

The medical doctor turned politician was reacting to the adoption of Jonathan by the party’s National Executive Committee at its meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

With the adoption, the party said it expected all members of the party including those nursing presidential ambitions, to drop it and support President Jonathan.

But Tafawa-Balewa said he would not be intimidated with such decision.

In a statement on Sunday, he said that such endorsement was undemocratic.

He said, “I’m not intimidated by the decision of the PDP governors and the party to support the second term aspiration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“What type of democracy do we have? Is the PDP a communist party? Where is the place of internal democracy?”

According to him, the greater majority of Nigerians had been yearning for a leadership capable of fulfilling their high expectations and aspirations.

He asked Nigerians to listen to facts and that they should not be carried away with the party’s decision.

“What Nigerians need and where they want the country to be in future are paramount issues. We need to put our ideas before the people and allow them to decide”, he added.

Promising to make Nigeria an industrialized country, Tafawa-Balewa said his administration would ensure zero unemployment, better education, maximum security and increased power supply.

“Nigeria needs to move from Third World to First world”, he said.

On the financial implication of running for the presidency, Tafawa-Balewa insisted that good Nigerians would support him fully.

Lagos Postpones Schools’ Resumption To Oct 8


schoolThe Lagos State Government on Sunday said primary and secondary schools in the state would no longer resume on Monday, September 22 as earlier announced.

The schools would resume on Wednesday, October 8.

The state joined other South-West states to defer resumption of schools to next month.

The states had said the shift in dates would accommodate the October 1 Independence day and the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

Prolonged Power Outage: Jonathan Commends Patience Of Borno People


president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitThe Federal Government said on Sunday that it was doing everything possible to restore power supply to Borno, following an outage of about three months caused by attacks on power facilities by insurgents.

Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State for Power, gave the assurance after inspecting some of the facilities in Maiduguri.

“Mr. President commends the patience of the people of Borno over the long power outage. This unfortunate incident has never happened in the history of the state.

“The Federal Government has taken all necessary measures to secure power installations, not only in Borno, but across the North East.

“I wish to appeal to our people to cooperate with security agencies for the protection of power infrastructure in the state”, he said.

The minister said government had approved the upgrading of the Baga road power substation, to improve its output.

“I want to assure you that work on all on-going power projects in the state, is being fast-tracked.

“Just few days ago, an approval was given for a new transformer to complement the Baga road substation, which is now over-loaded and aged.

“This is the first addition to the transmission capacity in Borno, since Maiduguri station was commissioned several years ago”, he said. (NAN)