Kaduna bomb attack on Buhari is APC’s image laundering strategy – PDP


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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has advised APC leadership to consider looking inwards, if they believe the July 23 bomb attack on retired Gen. Mohammed Buhari was an assassination attempt.

According to NAN reports, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, gave the advice in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

However, the spokesman noted that the attack affected Buhari’s convoy.

The statement described as laughable attempts by APC leaders to use the bomb attacks to absolve itself of blames of encouraging insurgency in the country.

It further described earlier statements by the APC and its governors “as failed attempts at image laundering’’.

“Indeed, they have failed in this laughable and condemnable attempt to launder their horrible image”, the statement quoted the PDP spokesman as saying.

It added that APC’s true identity “ as a party supportive of violence and disunity in the country is already well known to all’’.

“Nigerians will recall that when the news of the attack broke out, the PDP took the high moral ground of condemning the development and sympathised with Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

“We also called for a thorough investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“We are therefore disappointed and disgusted that the APC leaders chose to use the ugly development to embark on image laundering’’, the statement said.

It added that APC`s hasty attempts to indict the Presidency and the PDP while exonerating itself had raised issues regarding what really happened.

This, it added, was especially so now that a suspect connected to the bombing had been arrested.

The statement wondered if the attack was a set-up aimed at scoring some political points.

It added that if it was indeed an assassination attempt, it may have been engineered by internal frictions and crisis of ambition within the APC.

It alleged that it may have to do with some other presidential aspirants in the APC who see Buhari as a threat and obstacle to their ambitions.

“Or could it be APC’s desperate strategy of trying to disentangle itself from the internationally acknowledged link with terrorists and possibly undermine the planned probe of their involvement by the United Kingdom’’.

It held that these questions had become pertinent considering the fact that Buhari pose no threat whatsoever to any candidate the PDP might project for 2015 elections.
It stressed that Buhari lost three times to the PDP in presidential elections in the past and would lose the fourth time if he emerged as APC candidate in 2015.

The statement maintained that the APC cannot in anyway exonerate itself from the insurgency ravaging the country.

According to it, the APC had been promoting insurgency through the utterances and actions of its leaders, thinking that the insurgents were after President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP.

It noted that if APC leaders had joined well-meaning Nigerians in condemning acts of terrorism earlier, those behind it would not have been bold enough to get it to the current alarming level.

The statement reaffirmed PDP`s commitment to peace and the welfare of Nigerians, adding that Jonathan remained a peace-loving, godly and humble man.

It held that Jonathan as PDP leader had continued to reiterate that no political ambition was worth shedding of blood

South Africa snubs Keshi, appoints Mashaba as new coach for Bafana Bafana


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Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has been named the new Bafana Bafana coach by the South African Football Association (SAFA).

His appointment to replace Gordon Igesund, puts an end to speculations linking Stephen Keshi with the post.

It is Mashaba’s second stint in charge of the team and he has spoken of his delight to be SAFA’s choice.

“My first work would be to thank Mr Jordaan as well as the entire national executive. Words fail me. I’m sure I won’t disappoint,” Mashaba said.

“I will pull out all the stops to make sure that our people become part and parcel of our national team. The only way to do that is by bringing results.”

President of SAFA Danny Jordaan explained why the 63-year-old was picked as their new national team manager.

“Everyone spoke in support of the national executive,” Jordaan said. “We eventually had a list of 16 people who indicated their interest in taking this job. Ultimately that list was submitted to our technical team.

“We asked them to reduce the list to a short-list of names to be placed before the NEC, for the NEC to take a final decision. They placed before the NEC two names… that of Carlos Queiroz and Shakes Mashaba.

Keshi is reportedly in talks with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over a new deal.

Don’t negotiate with Boko Haram – Islamic Council warns Sultan of Sokoto


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The council asked the traditional ruler to be careful not to delve into any kind of dialogue with the sect until he receives an official approval from President Jonathan as he may regret such action later.

Their reason is founded on the ground that the Monarch might be blackmailed by the government if he goes ahead to negotiate with the terrorist group, especially on the over 200 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School abducted by the sect on April 14, without seeking government’s permission and approval.

Recall that some Muslim leaders, under the aegis of Concerned Muslim Professionals wrote to the Sultan earlier in July, asking him to lead the dialogue with the Boko Haram sect.

The group told the Monarch, who doubles as the President-General of the NSCIA, to use his position and engage members of the sect in a dialogue that would make them stop their campaign of killings.

However, the Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, told Punch that the President-General of the council should not be forced into taking up the task of negotiating with the terrorists.

He said, “The Muslim community had always been taking action; it had always been appealing to the people (Boko Haram) but Muslim leaders are also cautious because in your process to go out to look for these people; if in the process you’re caught talking with them, the government can even turn against you and say you’re part of part of Boko Haram.

“No matter the level of the Muslim leader, he has to think twice before he begins to communicate with these people (sect) because the same government that you want to work for can turn against you and accuse you of complicity; and you will be on your own.

“They (government) have enough machinery to present you as a devil such that members of your family will believe that you’re a devil.”

He added thus: “I am not the Sultan but fortunately, the Sultan has dual status; traditionally, he is the Sultan of Sokoto; religiously, he is the leader of the Muslim community. I relate with him as far as his mandate as the leader of the Muslim community is concerned.

Nollywood Actor Jnr Pope Odonwodo gets married [PHOTOS]


Nollywood Actor, Jnr. Pope Odonwodo got married to his heartthrob, Jennifer Okpuno in an intimate ceremony in Asaba on Saturday.

The two got engaged in September 2013.

The Actor who shared photos from their wedding on his Instagram page said: “And it is done, to God I owe all the glory”

A few personalities in the entertainment industry as well as Nollywood were present at the ceremony.

See photos below:
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Man spends 23 years in prison for refusing to bribe policeman


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An ex-convict, Calistus Ike who was in prison for 23 years, has sadly revealed how he was sentenced for failing to bribe a Policeman with N200 in 1989.

He spent twenty three years as an awaiting trial inmate and was due to spend another 16 years on the death row, but for the intervention of a France- based human right group, Avocats Sans Frontieres, ASFF, also known as ‘Lawyers Without Borders France’.

Through the human right group, the Edo state government, pardoned him and approved his release from prison.

Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard, Calistus Ike counted himself as a “lucky-survivor”. He added that so many innocent Nigerians were currently languishing in various prison facilities across the federation.

“The unfortunate thing is that some of the people I left in prison did not even have a case-file. Some of them had stayed as awaiting-trial inmates for more than 10 years. It happened to me in the year 1989. I was resident in Benin, the Edo state capital. There was a man that lived in the same compound with me. His wife had stomach problem and he asked me to lead him to somewhere to collect a root(herbal medicine) for his wife.”

“We went there about 5pm. After escorting him to the place where he collected the medicine, I returned to my house. The next day, I went to do my business. I did not know that the same man had engaged police to look for me and the other man that gave him the root, a man I didn’t even know. When I heard that police came to look for me, I inquired about the station they came from and went there myself. ”I reported myself and asked why they came to look for me.

“They told me that there was an allegation that I conspired with the man we collected medicine from his house and broke into my neighbour’s house- who was the same man I accompanied to get the roots for his wife- and stole his properties.

“I never knew that they had equally arrested the man that gave us the root.

“Thereafter, the policeman handling the case insisted that I must write a confessional statement otherwise he would deal with me. I refused to write anything. I told him that I would only narrate the exact thing that happened.
It was at that juncture that he started beating me with ‘Koboko’. He flogged me mercilessly that day. I was tortured until the D.P.O in charge of the station asked him to stop and just take my statement.”

“After I gave them my statement, the same policeman that flogged me, came back and said that he could not find any evidence to pin the alleged crime on me. He said that he had concluded all the investigations and found nothing against me.

”However, he said I should give him N200 so that he would drop the case and allow me to go home. Remember, we are talking about 1989. As at that time, that amount was big money to me.
So, I told him I had no such money to give out. I stood my ground that I was innocent of the charge and even asked them to take me to court if indeed they thought that I had a case to answer.”

“Within two days, the policeman took the matter to court. We went to court, at the Magistrate court, the policeman freed the other man I was accused with and pinned the whole charge on me. From the Magistrate court, he took me to the Military Tribunal where the case changed overnight. From the original allegation of ‘burglary and theft’, I was charged with armed robbery. Whereas the Policeman and that my compound man whose properties were allegedly stolen, as well as his wife, testified before Tribunal, I had no one to testify for me. I was left with only God and no one else.”

“After a long run of the trial, I was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime I never committed or even imagined. I never for once had such dream for my life, but I was condemned to death. Nonetheless, my faith in God never wavered, I kept asking him to vindicate me. I was in death sentence cell in Edo state for over 14 years. After then, I was transferred to Enugu prison.”

“One day, I was there, inside the prison with other inmates when information got to me that there were some people from France that were helping inmates in Benin prison. I quickly called my brother and asked him to take my plight to those people, maybe they could help me to regain my freedom. By the special grace of God, within three months, I was let loose from the grip of the wicked of this world and I thank God for it. What I however want Nigerians to know is that there is great level of injustice in our judiciary and because of that, many innocent people have died for crimes they never committed.”

“Some of our lawyers are not helping matters. All they are interested in is money. Some cases they know they don’t have the capacity to handle they will just force themselves into them and their clients will be condemned and killed. Before my very eyes, I witnessed executions that took the lives of over 48 young and energetic men and women . It is a painful thing to experience.”

“I was released in 2012. After I was arrested in 1989, I stayed as awaiting trial inmate for seven years, and stayed on death row for 16 years. My case did not go up to the Supreme Court. It was tried by the military tribunal so I didn’t even have the opportunity to go on appeal. My experience in the prison was very traumatic. That place is hell on earth! Some of the prison warders are very wicked- even though there are some good ones too. The bad ones are tormentors. They torment inmates at will. The food inside there is nothing to write home about. Roofs of some of the cells leak badly when it rains.

“It hurts me when I see them on TV claiming that they are reforming the prisons. I am telling you today that they are doing nothing. Anyone that is so convinced that our prisons are better now should volunteer and spend a weekend inside any of our prisons. The hardship inside there is better imagined than experienced. I saw hell! If the government gets up now and say they are reforming prisons, they are doing nothing! I am saying this because I experienced it for 16 years on the death row,” he concluded.

KICC’s Matthew Ashimolowo’s son weds in London [PHOTOS]


The first son of the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, London (KICC), Tomi Ashimolowo got married at the KICC Prayer City Tent on Saturday, 26 July 2014.

In the presence of close friends, family and acquaintances, Tomi Ashimolowo, exchanged his marital vows with his Sierra Leone heartthrob, Dorothy Jeneba Kamara

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo as well as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye were present at the ceremony.

See photos from the ceremony below:
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Northern leaders have failed us – Arewa Youths


President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, recently took a swipe on all former heads of state from the North when he accused them of contributing to the backwardness of the region.

The youth leader also blamed some delegates at the ongoing national conference who kicked against establishing a special fund to rehabilitate the North-East.

Shettima told Punch that all northern leaders who had ruled the country as well as other northern elites failed to lift the region when they had the opportunity to do so. According to him, they have plunged northerners into poverty.

The AYC leader said, “What they have been able to bequeath to the region is backwardness, illiteracy, poverty and lack of employment. There’s poverty all over the northern region as a result of their bad stewardship; lack of accountability and transparency.

“For more than two decades of their being in power in Nigeria since independence and having the opportunities to transform the North, they failed to lift up the region. That’s why today the northerners receive all types of insults from their southern counterparts.

“None of the leaders -name any of them -has been exceptional. They have not done anything.

But on the contrary, a the National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Mohammed flayed Shettima for apportioning blame on norther leaders.

According to him, many of the northern former heads of state are men who want the best not only for northerners but for the whole nation.

The ACF chieftain said, “We are worried about Nigeria. It’s not really time to apportion blame. It’s true northerners had ruled the country more than any other regions. Nonetheless, I will tell you these leaders are good men. They are not the cause of the North’s problems.

“I won’t say they’re the cause of our woes. What he (Shettima) said is grandstanding; he’s only doing political grandstanding. Young people like him like to make all the noise. They’re not aware of the tricks and intrigues of politics,” he added.

Corpse of first Ebola patient in Lagos burnt


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The remains of the first victim of Ebola Disease in Nigeria, who died in Lagos on Friday, has been cremated.

Vanguard reports hat the cremation was witnessed by officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, led by its Project Director, Professor Abdulsalam Nasidi, among others.

No reason was however given by the State government at the moment, but DailyPost observed that it might not be unconnected with the deadly nature of the virus.

Recall that in 2013, the Lagos State Government introduced its Voluntary Cremation Law under which a person may signify interest to be cremated at death or a deceased’s family members who must attain the age of 18 years, can decide to have the corpse of his or her family member cremated.

Refuge camp: Picture Of Delta State North Asaba Area During The Civil War



Tips on how to prevent Ebola Virus Disease


The fast killer, Ebola virus, has been confirmed in a hospital near Obalende in Lagos on a 40years old Liberian. There is panic in the air but you can stay free from the deadly virus. Check out the details below…

WHAT IS EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE?
Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by ebola viruses. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus with a fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease has a
case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent, this means about 90 per cent of individuals that suffer from the disease could die.

TREATMENT
No vaccine for EVD is available. Several vaccines are being tested, but none are available for clinical use. TRANSMISSION

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.
Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.
Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.
Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.
Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating patients with suspected or confirmed EVD.

 

PREVENTION:
Wash your hands frequently. As with other infectious diseases, one of the most important preventive measures for Ebola virus is frequent hand-washing. Use soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water aren’t available.

 

Avoid bush meat. In developing countries, wild animals, including nonhuman primates, are sold in local markets. Avoid buying or eating any of these animals.

 

Avoid contact with infected people. In particular, caregivers should avoid contact with the person’s body fluids and tissues, including blood, semen, vaginal secretions and saliva. People with Ebola are most contagious in the later stages of the disease.

 

Follow infection-control procedures. If you’re a health care worker, wear protective clothing — such as gloves, masks, gowns and eye shields. Keep infected people isolated from others. Carefully disinfect and dispose of needles and other instruments. Injection needles and syringes should not be reused.

 

Don’t handle remains. The bodies of people who have died of Ebola disease are still contagious. Specially organized and trained teams should bury the remains, using appropriate safety equipment.

 

Avoid traveling to areas of known outbreaks.
Watch out for people with flu-like symptoms and sudden fever.Those who notice “strange feeling or symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus, which ranges from fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and joint pains, which are all symptoms of other ailments, are urged to visit competent health facilities.

I’ve Been Managing Diabetes Since 1996 – Veteran actor Jide Kosoko


At the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Lecture Series, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, on Tuesday, some entertainment practitioners spoke about their most intimate struggles health-wise. One of such revelations came from popular actor and a national leader of the Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners, Prince Jide Kosoko. While commenting on what he described as the nonchalant attitude of actors to healthcare, Kosoko shocked the gathering with a tale about his struggle with diabetes.

He said, “I have been living with diabetes since 1996 and I don’t look ill or take my health for granted. I am very close to my doctors. I keep the relationship sacred because they have really helped me in many ways. I have never fallen ill or had an emergency because I pay special attention to my diet and body.
“Many of these artistes don’t take their health seriously and it is a serious challenge for us. Sometime ago, an insurance company came to institute an insurance cover for the association and because they had dropped a huge amount of money, we simply asked all the members to pay a token of N1,000 each to have access to unlimited healthcare.
But you won’t believe that out of over 12,000 members, less than 800 indicated interest in the scheme and paid the money. Since it was not up to what was invested and required of us, so we had to jettison the idea. The government can also assist by ensuring strict compliance in line with enabling laws.”
On her part, Nollywood actress-turned singer, Jennifer Eloigu, expressed displeasure over what she described as her colleagues’ apathy to healthcare and other ‘serious issues’. She noted that the turnout was poor because it was not all about showing off shoes and bags or popping champagne the turnout is poor.
She said, “It’s unfortunate that artistes are seen as not being interested in serious issues that require intellect. We are not the most hit by the situation or ailment, but because we are in the public domain everything that concerns us is in the open for public scrutiny.
“The next man does not have genuine love or concern for you and you are scared to tell him when you have a headache. If we take insurance as we have been advised to do, artistes can save themselves the embarrassment whenever they need a life line to treat themselves.”
The session – organised in partnership with the National Health Insurance Scheme of the Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Medical Association – initially witnessed a large turn-out of Nollywood personalities, including Saidi Balogun, Kene Mkparu, Charles Novia, Kenneth Okolie, Yomi Fabiyi, Aishat Abimbol, Jennifer Eliogu and Bayo Alinko Bankole.
Hosted by comedian Julius Agwu, the evnt also had in attendance some music stars and stand-up comedians, such as Nikki Laoye, Gbenga Adeyinka, DJ Jimmy Jatt, OJB Jezerel, Audu Maikori, Cally Ikpe, Omawumi, Sunday Are, Chris Ubosi, Koffi, Adewale Ayuba, Daddy Showkey, Terry G, Lami Phillips, Tee A and Sheyman.
However, no sooner had the event started than some of the guests began to leave, while others simply resorted to granting interviews on the red carpet while the host, Agwu, begged them to return to the hall.
Some of the subjects discussed at the convention include the health implications of celebrity life styles, benefits of health insurance policies, and the role of government in health insurance policies.
In her remarks, the Managing Director of Avon HMO, Adesimbo Ukiri, said, “In recent times, the Nigerian entertainment sector has lost a number of its members due to health complications. The unfortunate thing is that some of these health complications are treatable. In some cases, the entertainers are forced to appeal to the public for funds to treat themselves. I think the entertainment and health insurance industries should work together to proffer solutions to this problem. Collaboration between the industries will surely put a stop to the needless deaths.”
On his part, the initiator of the project, Seun Apara, said, “Many newspapers and journals have written several degrading stories about our entertainers because of the much undignified and demeaning acts of soliciting funds whenever they are down with critical ailments. This act of begging has actually helped keep most of them alive, as it has culminated into generous donations from fans and government alike.Source Punch

meet the new lady in Dbanj’s life ‘Adama Indimi’ (Photos)


Dbanj and Jim Iyke seems to have similar traits which is dating very rich and influential ladies, well Dbanj is better in the game than Jim.lol. Bangalee is no longer dating A list actress Genevieve Nnaji neither is he dating Jennifer Obayuwana, the daughter of a rich businessman.
Dbanj is now dating the gorgeous billionaire daughter Adama Indimi whose dad is the chairman of Oriental Energy Resources, they once dated in 2012 but they are now back together for real about three months back. Adama was present at D’banj’s mum’s birthday last weekend in Lagos.
Dbanj’s parents are in support of their relationship, seems we would hear wedding belles very soon.

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West Brom boss says he never watched Ideye play before buying him for £10m


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West Brom manager Alan Irvine, has confessed that he never watched Brown Ideye play, before splashing a club-record £10m on the striker.
Ideye completed his move to the Baggies from Dynamo Kiew this week, with the Premier League team almost doubling the £6m they paid for Stephane Sessegnon – their previous biggest spend.
Irvine admits he also saw a DVD of the Nigeria international, but is optimistic he can replicate the form of his compatriot Peter Osaze Odemwingie at the Hawthorns.
“It would be fantastic if he could have the same impact as Peter Odemwingie did,” Irvine said.
“I don’t know much about Brown Ideye – I’ve not seen him live, but people we trust have done.”
“It’s not necessarily something that is detrimental to me not to have seen him live, though ideally I would like
to because that’s how I like to do my work.
“But we’ve done our research on him and what we have done is found decent players in the past in this way.”

“Ibinabo is a small girl, she doesn’t know anything ” – Mr Ibu


Last week, AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima fired shots at John Okafor for telling her to step down and not run for 2nd term .She said “Replying Mr. Ibu would be trading intelligence with ignorance “..Mr Ibu has fired back in a new interview with Punch 

“I was the chief coach for AGN for four years. If I’m not a member, why would I be appointed? She is just looking for something to hold. The issue is that she is a small girl, she doesn’t know anything and I was trying to correct her but she was seeing it as if I was abusing her.
“I am not abusing her; she is a good person, I must tell you. But she does not know what administration is all about, she should leave it. I’m only respecting her because of the people who are connected to how she became the president of the Guild, otherwise I would have told her straight that she can’t do it.

“How can she be the president of AGN and all the states have two chairmen each and she cannot resolve the conflict and the Board of Trustees is not in order. They are not one and she cannot resolve it?
“She selects people and gives them post. It is not proper and she is killing herself the more. If she cannot rule, let her come down. Everything about this Guild is what you know.”

On her allegation that he goes to Aso rock to beg

“I have never been to Aso Rock before, so I don’t even know how the buildings are. If she wants to go for second term, no problem but I told her instead of going there to make more enemies for herself, let her stop. If she wants to go, it’s not my business. Was I the one that took her to court? She has about three cases lying in the court as I speak to you. I’m not the one that took her to court. I don’t pretend.”

60 students escape death on Thursday as Enugu Shuttle bus got burnt


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About 60 students of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), narrowly escaped death on Thursday, following a mysterious fire that engulfed a Shuttle bus conveying them from the institution to the city.
The bus caught fire, few metres away from the Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS), Enugu and the Nigerian Television Authority, (NTA), Enugu.


Although there were no deaths, many of the students and other passengers sustained serious injuries in the near stampede that resulted while escaping to safety through the widows and other exit available spaces in the bus.
Valuables including Laptops and handsets belonging to the students were also completely destroyed by the fire.
According to reports, the timely alert by detached policemen from Independence Layout, Enugu, saved the lives of the students.
One of the survivors, Vivian, narrated how the security operatives suddenly stopped the driver, raising the alarm that fire was oozing out from the vehicle.
“We were saved by God through the policemen who were coming behind us. They stopped our vehicle and shouted to us to come down quickly. We jumped out. I thank God nobody died in the inferno,” she said.
Another survivor, Ebere Okechi said “I lost my Nokia phone, all the passengers inside the vehicle did not know that the shuttle bus was burning,  outsiders were shouting fire, fire before we started jumping out from the bus.”
Confirming the incident, the coordinator of the Coal City Shuttle Bus, Nnaemeka Ojibe, said the fire was caused by faulty battery.

Controversial Singer Maheeda States Reason Why Prostitution Should be Legal in Nigeria


 

She’s been there, done that, and thinks it is okay for it to be legal.

In an interview with Vanguard, rising singer Maheeda who often makes headlines for her racy photos, and unfiltered statements says prostitution should be legal in Nigeria.
Maheeda states since it is everywhere, she sees no reason why the government should delay in making it a way of life.
“…I think prostitution should be legalised. I have been there, I have been with these girls .
I have been to Holland where I think it’s legal. It won’t be bad if it is legalised because it’s everywhere anyway. So it’s better if it’s legalised.” she said.

“It was a stunt.I’m a star..I can’t be broke” – Afrocandy on why she begged Nigerians for money


Recall when Afrocandy was crying in social media and asking Nigerians to help her pay her daughter’s school fees? Some people like Derenle even contributed..Well, she claims it was a stunt. She told Vanguard

A university in Connecticut gave her full scholarship and she turned it down because it was four hours drive from home. She’s an Honours student. She had an Honour group and they all agreed to go to Connecticut together, later the others opted out.And because she doesn’t want to be lonely, and that’s why she wanted to go to another school. But she didn’t have a scholarship for that one. So, I decided to pull a stunt…..

it wasn’t that I was broke. I can’t be broke. I’m Afrocandy, I’m a star.When you have an Abraham as a father, you can’t be broke. I only need to make phone calls and I get all the money I need. Am I not Afrocandy, why would I beg? When I posted the request online, my fans were mad at me. I explained to them that I just wanted to pull a stunt.I wanted to make my daughter accept the scholarship. I wanted to use one stone to kill two birds. I felt that if I did it and raise money, fine. If I don’t, no problem. I could use the money to buy wigs.

Human Rights Activist/Lawyer Bamidele Aturu Laid to Rest in Ondo


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Earlier this month, Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer Bamidele Aturu passed away at the age of 49.
On Friday 25th July 2014, he was laid to rest in his country-home of Ogbagi Akoko in Ondo state, with friends, family and admirers in attendance.
His body was briefly laid at the Ajatu High School in Ogbagi Akoko. Also present at the ceremony were Aturu’s deputy Chisa Anyanwu and actor Babatunde Omidina (Baba Suwe)
His wife Bimpe Aturu and children Erioluwa and Tobiloba were also in attendance
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President Jonathan: 2015 Elections Will Surprise the World


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On Thursday evening, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan assured Nigerians that the 2015 general elections would be transparent, and peaceful despite the security issues presently facing the country.
He made the statement when senators, ministers, former government officials and diplomatic corps, visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to break the Ramadan fast.
“I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next year.
But let me use this unique opportunity to reassure you and I am conveying this to my brothers, your heads of government, that our elections next year will be free and fair. It will be peaceful in nature that will even surprise the whole world.” he said.
Jonathan is yet to declare his interest in running for Presidency, but from this statement, it can be assumed he will be running again.
Photo aboveHRM Lamidi Adeyemi III Alaafin Oyo & Lagos Deputy Governor Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire welcoming President Jonathan on his arrival in Lagos on Friday 25th July 2014 | Credit: Reuben Abati

“For failing to bribe policeman with N200 I was sentenced to death”


                          Calistus Ike… freed after 23 years in prison and 16 years on death row

Narrating the story of his life, Ike said: “It happened to me in the year 1989. I was resident in Benin, the Edo state capital. There was a man that lived in the same compound with me. His wife had stomach problem and he asked me to lead him to somewhere to collect a root(herbal medicine) for his wife.

”We went there about 5pm. After escorting him to the place where he collected the medicine, I returned to my house.

”The next day, I went to do my business. I did not know that the same man had engaged police to look for me and the other man that gave him the root, a man I didn’t even know. When I heard that police came to look for me, I inquired about the station they came from and went there myself. ”I reported myself and asked why they came to look for me.

They told me that there was an allegation that I conspired with the man we collected medicine from his house and broke into my neighbour’s house- who was the same man I accompanied to get the roots for his wife- and stole his properties.

”I never knew that they had equally arrested the man that gave us the root.

Thereafter, the policeman handling the case insisted that I must write a confessional statement otherwise he would deal with me. I refused to write anything. I told him that I would only narrate the exact thing that happened.

”It was at that juncture that he started beating me with ‘Koboko’. He flogged me mercilessly that day. I was tortured until the D.P.O in charge of the station asked him to stop and just take my statement.

”After I gave them my statement, the same policeman that flogged me, came back and said that he could not find any evidence to pin the alleged crime on me. He said that he had concluded all the investigations and found nothing against me.

”However, he said I should give him N200 so that he would drop the case and allow me to go home. Remember, we are talking about 1989. As at that time, that amount was big money to me.

So, I told him I had no such money to give out. I stood my ground that I was innocent of the charge and even asked them to take me to court if indeed they thought that I had a case to answer.

”Within two days, the policeman took the matter to court. We went to court, at the Magistrate court, the policeman freed the other man I was accused with and pinned the whole charge on me.

”From the Magistrate court, he took me to the Military Tribunal where the case changed overnight.

From the original allegation of ‘burglary and theft’, I was charged with armed robbery.

”Whereas the Policeman and that my compound man whose properties were allegedly stolen, as well as his wife, testified before Tribunal, I had no one to testify for me. I was left with only God and no one else.

”After a long run of the trial, I was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime I never committed or even imagined. I never for once had such dream for my life, but I was condemned to death.

”Nonetheless, my faith in God never wavered, I kept asking him to vindicate me.  I was in death sentence cell in Edo state for over 14 years. After then, I was transferred to Enugu prison.

”One day, I was there, inside the prison with other inmates when information got to me that there were some people from France that were helping inmates in Benin prison. I quickly called my brother and asked him to take my plight to those people, maybe they could help me to regain my freedom.

”By the special grace of God, within three months, I was let loose from the grip of the wicked of this world and I thank God for it. What I however want Nigerians to know is that there is great level of injustice in our judiciary and because of that, many innocent people have died for crimes they never committed.

”Some of our lawyers are not helping matters. All they are interested in is money. Some cases they know they don’t have the capacity to handle they will just force themselves into them and their clients will be condemned and killed.

”Before my very eyes, I witnessed executions that took the lives of over 48 young and energetic men and women . It is a painful thing to experience.

”I was released in 2012. After I was arrested in 1989, I stayed as awaiting trial inmate for seven years, and stayed on death row for 16 years.

”My case did not go up to the Supreme Court. It was tried by the military tribunal so I didn’t even have the opportunity to go on appeal.

”My experience in the prison was very traumatic. That place is hell on earth! Some of the prison warders are very wicked- even though there are some good ones too. The bad ones are tormentors. They torment inmates at will.

”The food inside there is nothing to write home about. Roofs of some of the cells leak badly when it rains.

Getting good medication is rather a luxury too big to imagine, except in critical cases or upon an order of the court.

In the prison, every inmate is left to his own fate. Inmates are suffering badly even the awaiting trial inmates too.

”It hurts me when I see them on TV claiming that they are reforming the prisons. I am telling you today that they are doing nothing. Anyone that is so convinced that our prisons are better now should volunteer and spend a weekend inside any of our prisons. The hardship inside there is better imagined than experienced.

I saw hell!

”If the government gets up now and say they are reforming prisons, they are doing nothing! I am saying this because I experienced it for 16 years on the death row”.

There is no doubt that it is the case of men like Ike that has continued to sustain the debate for the abolition of the death penalty in Nigeria, in view of the seeming legal loopholes that have made the call justifiable.

In a recent conference it held in conjunction with the European Union, EU, in Abuja over the swelling number of inmates facing the capital punishment in Nigeria, the ASFF, said it had since 2011, launched a project with the aim of restricting the pronouncement of capital punishment in the Nigerian justice system.

The ‘Saving Lives’ project which is being run in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and Access to Justice, has offered pro-bono legal services to over 140 detainees facing capital punishment.

The project is currently running in seven target states: Abuja, Benue, Edo, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau and Lagos.
The legal manager of the project, Mr. Kola Ogunbiyi, said the group was able to engage prerogatives of mercy committee members in the target states.

“One of the cases that was profiled, thanks to our intervention, is the case of Lasisi Yusuf, a Kogi state indigene who had been on death row for over 16 years in Kaduna prison and was pardoned by the Kogi state governor. So far, out of the 19 requests tendered before the committee, seven have been granted.

“In recent times, specifically in May 2014, ASFF set a precedence in the enforcement of the rights of detainees on death row in the case of Maimuna Abdulmummi and Thankgod Ebhos.

“Maimuna Abdulmumini was a child bride who was alleged to have killed her husband at the age of 13. She was tried and sentenced to death by a Katsina state high court.  ASFF was able to secure judgment for Maimuna at the ECOWAS community court of justice which ordered that she be awarded damages for the violation of her rights as contained in regional and international legal laws.

“Thankgod Ebhos, who was the fifth inmate of the inmates of Edo prison, had an order from the same court for stay of execution granted to him and the government was also instructed to strike out his name off the death row list.

“While these cases are far from over, it is important to note that with our intervention in matters like this, we expect maximum adherence to due process in the prosecution of death penalty related cases. In all, 35 inmates facing death penalty have been released on court order and 88 cases are still ongoing before different courts across the target states.

“We are not saying that someone who committed an offence should not be punished, our argument is that the execution of death penalty will never be a solution or serve as a deterrent. We also know that some innocent persons have been erroneously tried and executed.

“90 per cent of cases in criminal matters are based on confessions. It stands on record that it is usually the indigents, illiterates or ignorant people that are mostly executed. Sometimes, they don’t even have anyone to defend them”, he added.

Investigations by Saturday Vanguard revealed that statistically, there were about 700 inmates on death row in Nigeria in 2003. The number almost doubled within a spate of 10 years, with a total of 1223 inmates condemned to death by 2013. In fact, four condemned prisoners were executed in 2013 after a suspension that started in 2006.

More so, from 1970 until 1999, there have been 2600 executions in Nigeria, with an average of 87 executions per year. And since 1999, 26 condemned inmates have been executed in the country.

Research has further shown that 98 per cent of condemned prisoners in Nigeria are people accused of armed robbery and/or culpable homicide (murder). Legally, such offence ought to be proved beyond every reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction. But how well this burden of proof which is usually on the state has been effectively discharged, remains a story for another day.

Remarkably, death penalty has been part of the Nigerian justice system for centuries, even prior to the colonial era.

We need not forget that the movement towards the abolition of capital punishment in the country started in response to the unprecedented rate of executions of Nigerian citizens by it own government under the military regimes that preceded and followed the civil war.

This unbridled usage of death penalty as legal punishment reached a climax on November 10, 1995 with the gruesome execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and some of his companions by the late Sani Abacha’s military regime.

That particular incident drew flakes for the country from notable world leaders, including the late Nelson Mandela, and also culminated to the banishment of Nigeria from the commonwealth.

In spite of the outrage that trailed the executions, the Supreme Court in December 1998, in its judgment in the case of ‘Kalu vs The State’, went ahead and upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty.

However, in 2003-2004, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed the then Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Akinlolu  Olujimi, to set up the National Study Group on Death Penalty- which eventually conducted a debate on the maintenance or the abolition of death penalty in Nigeria.

Even though the consensus backed the abolition of capital punishment in the country, with the result of the national debate published in various newspapers, yet, the status-quo has remained.

Woman’s Face Gets 26 Stitches After Husband Battered Her Over Piece of Fish (PICTURED)


 
Alhaji Kamoru, she details, delivered several punches to her face. She said she bled for hours and was further locked up in a room for three days before she escaped.
Mrs. Fatima Bankole, 34, was battered by her husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, for taking piece of fish from the pot to break her fast.

The victim is first of three wives of Alhaji Kamoru, at residing at Hasan Close, Alasia, Ijanikin in Lagos State.
The bruising attack happened on  the 16th of July, when the third wife reported to their husband that their senior wife took fish from the soup to break her fast. The husband, according to witnesses, did not listen to her excuse before attacking her.
According to the victim, Mrs. Fatima Bankole, their husband had always physically abused her, but the incidence of  July 16th was more brutal.
She narrated that they had made a roster between two wives, due to the absence of the third wife who was away at the period, to cook for 15 days each. The victim said she had completed her period, and it was turn
of the last wife. She said they would normally serve the husband first, followed by the children before the wives would serve themselves.
On the day she was to be attacked, Mrs. Fatima said the last wife had finished her cooking and served their husband and the children. She then went for her own meal.
But soon after, the last wife complained to her husband that Fatima took a larger chunk of the fish in the pot. Their husband, Alhaji Kamoru Bankole, queried her, but she said that she only took a little out of it, stating that the fish was in pieces and mixed in the stew. Her explanations, however, got her in trouble with their husband. Alhaji Kamoru, she details, delivered several punches to her face. She said she bled for hours and was further locked up in a room for three days before she escaped.
She said neighbors then took her to the hospital for treatment. That was the cruelest from her history of experience of assault by their husband, Mrs. Fatima said. From experiences she recounted, she recalled how her hair was pulled out of her head, which resulted in grievous head injuries.
Saharareporters learned that police have now arrested the husband, following outcry and petitions by the Women Arise civil group in Lagos. He will be arraigned in court next week.

Refrigerator Dealer From Imo Caught With Cocaine At Lagos Airport


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Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have prevented a 35-year-old refrigerator dealer, Alinnor Celestine from smuggling 1.1kg of substances that tested positive for cocaine to Germany. The suspect who ingested sixty wraps of narcotics was caught at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos with the help of scanning machine during the outward screening of Turkish Airline passengers.

NDLEA commander at the airport, Mr. Hamza Umar said that the suspect was to deliver the drugs in Frankfurt, Germany. According to Hamza, “the suspect who tested positive for drug ingestion was to deliver the cocaine at Frankfurt. While under observation, he excreted 60 wraps of white powdery substances that tested positive for cocaine weighing 1.1kg”.

In his statement, the suspect said that he was only looking for what will sustain his family. “My name is Alinnor Celestine from Imo State. I attended Community High School Aba, Imo State and could not further my education due to lack of money. I am married with three children and sell refrigerator parts in Lagos. My goods got lost on transit and I am yet to recover financially. I was looking for assistance when I was introduced to drug smuggling. It was my last resort to sustain my family. They assured me that I will not be caught and also promised to pay me the sum of 3,000 Euros. Everything is like a dream to me now” he stated regretfully.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade called on members of the public to shun drug trafficking and report drug cases to the nearest NDLEA office. “I call on members of the public to always shun drug trafficking and report suspected drug dealers to the Agency. Let us unite in promoting peace and development in our country. I am pleased with the arrest and our officers will remain vigilant to arrest anyone with narcotics at our airports” Giade stated.

The suspect will soon be charged to court.

“Imo Assembly Members Were Given N2.6 Billion To Impeach Me” — Okorocha


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…Says Igbo Leaders In PDP Are Cowards
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has revealed the unsuccessful attempts made by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abuja to remove him from office.
Speaking at the inauguration of the state executive of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday at the International Conference Centre in Owerri, Okorocha disclosed that the 26 out of the 27 members of the Imo State House of Assembly were brought to Abuja and given N100Million each to impeach him.
He said that one of the lawmakers even brought his own money to him (Okorocha), a development he said that shocked him to shrink at the extent of desperation the PDP could go to be in power.
The governor queried “What have I done wrong in Imo that these people will be after me like this? Haven’t I done everything that I promised to do for Imo people?  PDP has so annoyed me and they have forgotten the kind of person I am”.
Okorocha expressed regret that all the people that milked the state dry were now in PDP and had been ganging up against him and the people of the state, an act he said he must frustrate.
According to him, the gang up started from Oguta Local Government Area during the run up to the Oguta Constituency rerun election where the PDP candidate, Eugene Dibiagwu and some thugs, acting on the instruction of their masters, blocked his convoy from entering the community.
This, he said, was followed up by Senator Chris Anyanwu who was used by the PDP to ram into his convoy at Azara Egbelu near Owerri.
“Yet, I didn’t react negatively as I am expected because that was a bridge of protocol and security.”
The governor said the worst that happened to him was another gang up in Oguta during the burial of Late Jurist, Justice Chudifu Oputa “where Ohakim, Araraume, Chris Anyanwu, Udenwa, Ilomuanya and others were present and running up and down like rats. I paid N10million for the late Jurist’s hospital bill and another N25million for the burial arrangement and additional N6million to pave the state High Court Premises in honour of Justice Oputa. Then I moved with the state entire state executive council to pay my last respect to an achiever. I went to the altar to speak as the number one citizen of the state, a microphone was snatched from my hand. Which governor in Nigeria would have tolerated all these? PDP has annoyed me o and they have forgotten who I am”.
He said having failed in their bid to bring him down at all cost, the PDP started paying N5000 each to bus and keke drivers and people at newspaper stands to castigate the APC as a Muslim and Boko Haram party because I prevented them from bombing a church here, insisting that APC is not Boko Haram.
He insisted that he had achieved more in three years than the 12 years of PDP put together, adding that he had no basis for comparism when put side by side with the likes of Arthur Nzeribe, Araraume, Ohakim, Chris Anyanwu, Udenwa and others.
Okorocha describe Igbo leaders in the PDP as cowards who see good and call it bad because of the paltry position they want to protect in the party
In his word, “That’s why they will always go to Abuja to say I have done nothing and that free education is not real. Onye na-esighi ike, akuo nwanne ya ihe, ya sin a nwanne ya na-acho okwu (meaning: a coward would always claim that his oppressed brother is troublesome)”
While charging the newly inaugurated state executive of the party to challenge the opposition with the Rescue Mission projects in all their communities across the state, he donated 150 units of Siena and Passat cars for the state and local government officers of the party.
Meanwhile, there was no national officer of the APC that attended the event, not even Senator Osita Izunaso from Imo state, fueling more speculation that the governor wants to quit the party.


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 Dep Gov  Sunday Onyebuchi

As Onyebuchi lobbies to save job

The impeachment noose hanging on the neck of the embattled Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi, was tightened yesterday as the House of Assembly passed a motion asking the Clerk, Christopher Chukwurah, to serve the impeachment notice on him through substituted means.

As if waiting to be directed, the clerk shortly after yesterday, sitting proceeded to the official residence of the deputy governor at the Government House as well as his private residence within the city to hand over the six-page document.

This is coming as strong indications emerged that the deputy governor had been in Abuja, lobbying notable stakeholders from the state and beyond to help save his job.

He was said to have also visited top leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja exonerating himself of any wrongdoing.

Apparently as a result of his lobby mission in Abuja which was equally seen as subtle way of evading service of the impeachment notice as required by the constitution, the deputy governor could not attend the weekly State Executive Council meeting which held Wednesday evening at the Government House, Enugu with Governor Sullivan Chime presiding.

But, incensed by the inability of the clerk to serve the impeachment notice on the deputy governor 48 hours after he was directed to do so, the assembly reaffirmed its determination to go on with the impeachment as it asked the clerk to carry out the assignment without further hinderance.
The clerk had informed the assembly through an affidavit he personally deposed during its Thursday sitting that he had been unable to serve the embattled deputy governor because of his non-availability in the state since last Tuesday.

Following the information, the Leader of the House, Hon. S.K.E. Udeh Okoye, had moved a motion asking that the notice of impeachment be served through substituted means.

The motion, which was seconded by the Deputy Leader and member representing Uzo-Uwani State Constituency, John Ukuta, had prayed the assembly to mandate the clerk to post the impeachment notice at three different places including the gate of the deputy dovernor’s official residence in the Government House, the gate of his private residence at salvage crescent, GRA, Enugu and sending it to his email address.

The assembly after accepting the motion unanimously with all the 24 members present adjourned sitting till Thursday next week, when the issue is expected to resume for further debate.

When contacted on whether or not the notice had been served as directed by the assembly, the Public Relations Officer, Jonas Ugwuanyi, confirmed the service.

The assembly presided over by the Speaker, Eugene Odoh, had on Tuesday commenced impeachment proceedings against the deputy governor, accusing him of committing various acts of misconduct that bother on abuse of office and disobedience to the lawful directive of the governor.

The governor had shortly after the notice of impeachment against his deputy issued by the assembly, told THISDAY exclusively that he had given the deputy governor the option of resigning from his position before the commencement of the impeachment proceedings against him. The governor said before the problem between him and his deputy blew open, he had tolerated a lot from him all in a bid to protect “our common family called PDP.”

He said rather than possibly accepting the option of resigning and show remorse over his activities, the deputy governor remained defiant.

Germany-bound Refrigerator Dealer Arrested With Cocaine


The National Drug Enforcement Agency [NDLEA] has arrested a 35year old refrigerator parts seller , Celestine Alinnor  with 1.1kg of cocaine.

Alinnor was on his way to Germany when he was detected by a scanner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport during a check-in process of a Frankfurt bund , Turkish airline.

According to Head , Public Affairs of NDLEA  Ofoyeju Mitchell who  issued a statement on the incident , the suspected drug carrier ingested 60 wraps of the substance which tested positive on testing.

Ofoyeju quoted NDLEA commander , Mr. Hamzar Umar as saying that the suspect was to deliver the drugs at Frankfurt Germany

“The suspect who tested positive for drug ingestion was to deliver  the cocaine  at Frankfurt .While under observation , he excreted 60 wraps of white powdery substances that tested positive  for cocaine weighing 1.1kg”. he said.

According to the agency, the suspect accepted that he was guilty of the charges levelld against him. He explained that his goods got missing and he needed money to take care of his wife and his three children.

“I was looking for assistance when I was introduced to drug smuggling . It was my last resort to sustain my family. They assured me that I will not be caught and also promised to pay me sum of 3,000 Euros .
Everything is now like a dream”, the suspect allegedly lamented.
According to Ofoyeju, the chairman/chief Executive of the NDLEA , Ahmadu Giade pleaded to the public to shun drug trafficking and report drug cases to the nearest NDLEA office

Countdown for Al-Makura as Chief Judge Inaugurates Investigative Panel


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 Governor Tanko Al-Makura 

In what may well be the beginning of the end for Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, the Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko yesterday inaugurated a seven-man probe panel as directed by the state’s legislators.

This is coming on the heels of the controversy trailing the outcome of the meeting involving President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nasarawa State lawmakers over the impeachment of Al-Makura.

The list of members of the investigative panel has Yusuf Usman as chairman while Mohammed Keana, Joel Galadima, Abdul Usman, Samuel Chaku, Mohammed Usman, and Daniel Chaga are members.

The chief judge urged the members to discharge their duties in line with section 188 subsection 1 -11 of the Nigerian constitution 1999 which states that “a panel appointed under this section shall have powers and exercise its functions in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed by the house of assembly and within three months of its appointment, report its findings to the house of assembly”.
The lawmakers may well make good their threat to impeach Al-Makura for alleged gross misconduct and misappropriation of the Sure-P and UBEC funds which accrued to the state under his administration.

The lawmakers had on Wednesday said they would continue with the bid to impeach the governor and passed a motion directing the state Chief Judge to set up the seven-man probe panel.

The resolution and subsequent directive, however, did not go down well with the four All Progressives Congress lawmakers who protested at the session.

The APC had accused the ruling PDP and the presidency of fuelling the impeachment to stifle opposition, an allegation the presidency denied
President Jonathan had Thursday, met with the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House, Alhaji Musa Ahmed who led five other lawmakers to a close door meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting with the lawmakers came barely 24 hours after the state assembly asked the state Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate allegations of “gross misconduct” leveled against Al-Makura.

Goddy Obodo, A Disgrace To Oil Producing Areas Says Group, Flays Orlu Mayor’s Rep Ambition


the Mayor of Orlu zone in Imo State, Dr Goddy Esom Obodo, has come under fire by his kinsmen who declared him a spent force and never-do-well political marabout not worthy to hold office on behalf of the oil producing areas of Imo state.
According to a statement by the Imo Oil Producing Areas Consultative Forum (IOPACF), signed by Comrade Nyenke Thomas and Dr Chris Okorie Chairman and secretary respectively, made available to Trumpeta, the continued stay of Obodo in public office representing the interest of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta, the two oil producing councils of the state, is not only meaningless but also a colossal waste to the people of the area.
The group which comprises progressive elements in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta LGAs blasted Obodo for his recent comments concerning some political leaders in the area who his branded as failures because they are more competent than him to run for the House of reps position.
While stating that Obodo has nothing to show to Ohaji/Egbema people for being in power since 1999 till date, than a wretched bungalow used for pedestrian brothel that encourages immoral debasing acts in his Amafor country home, Ohaji, the forum noted that his flair for engaging in politics of the stomach as a fair whether politicians has rubbished his integrity, image and standing before his constituents.
The group recalled that Obodo’s significant achievement as member representing Ohaji/Egbema in Imo Assembly (1999-2003) was only dumping ANPP to PDP because of easy lucre offered him by the power that be at the executive arm of government, and arrogating to himself the ludicrous nickname of “Prince of the Oil Kingdom” as a power hubris and over ambitions politicians.
“As a commissioner during the regime of Achike Udenwa years ago, Obodo failed woefully in proving to Ohaji/Egbema why he should be the eye of the people in the governor’s cabinet as no kilometer of road was ashphalted when he was commissioner of works and later that of commerce and industry that was after he failed to move or pass a motion that touched the lives of Ohaji/Egbema people. His record was making his brother the traditional ruler of his autonomous community. He had nothing to bequeath to his people during Ohakim’s era, it was unfortunate that after unsuccessful attempts to have his wife appointed member of LGA caretaker committee, Obodo became OCDA Board chairman courtesy of his then brother and speaker Rt Hon Goodluck Opiah. But in his treacherous approach, he was shoved aside” the group began.
“We have again watched with great amazement as Obodo is on the throne again to represent interest of our people. But his presence in Okorocha’s government is a minus because Ohaji/Egbema and indeed Oguta are losing from the good leadership the governor is offering Imolites. The poor leadership qualities Obodo and his cronies are offering to Okorocha may have prompted the governor to blame continuously blame Ohaji/Egbema leaders working with him for the underdevelopment and eventual denial of basic amenities to people of the area by Rescue Mission government”
The group regretted that leaders like Obodo kept sealed lips when Imo Poly courses were taken away from Umuagwo to other areas, Adapalm sold without consultation to leaders of the area, Umuokanne General Hospital removed and no state government road by the present administration whereas he was accused of excelling in instigating intra-party rivalry in APC and working against real leaders and political messiahs of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta people.
While warning him to desist from such unpatriotic acts, the group informed Obodo that his Reps ambition is a wild goose chase as no right thinking person from the Federal constituency will consider supporting a party ticket to not to talk of voting for him during the main election because of his sordid past. “He is a political leper and encumbered specie for any election in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta. What has he been able to do for our people since he became Mayor of Orlu zone to aspire for Reps for the Federal constituency? That could be the reason ACN regretted field him in 2011 for Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta, Oru West Federal Constituency, the Imo Oil Producing Areas Constitutive Forum, a socio-political group in the area queried

Is Jim Iyke Dating Sandra Benede?!?


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So, this new development just makes the whole Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari love story look more like a publicity stunt.

I mean, Jim Iyke launched a new Instagram page and instead of Nadia Buari’s photos, he’s uploading sexy photos of another lady in skimpy outfits and he’s using flirty, affectionate captions for them; or am I reading too much into this?

Nollywood Bad Boy, Jim Iyke is switching up the script and he has got all of us confused.

Jim in the last few days debuted his Instagram page and he’s been uploading photos of model, Sandra Benede, on it, and just two of his fiancée, Nadia Buari.

Funny thing is that this affection is reciprocal as Sandra Benede is showing Jim off too.

She has been commenting on Jim’s photos, uploading his also on her IG page and all of them are with affectionate captions too.

Check them all out below…. What’s happening, Jim???

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Kidnapped Lawmaker Released, Beaten To Coma


Barely 24 hours after the Ebonyi State House majority leader, Hon Sam Nwali, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen at his residence along Watchman street in Abakaliki, he has regained freedom, but in poor condition.

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The Ebonyi State member, representing Ikwo North State Constituency, who is believed to be a strong supporter of the new Speaker-elect, Hon. Helen Nwobasi, was beaten to a coma before being released yesterday afternoon by his abductors, according to LEADERSHIP.

Although he has been receiving medical treatments since then, all the efforts of newsmen to speak with him proved abortive, as journalists were barred from having any close contact with the just-released beaten politician.

The politician’s colleagues, like the new Speaker, the Ebonyi State Governor Chief Martin Elechi, Hon Frank Onwe, who is the lawmaker for Ohaukwu North State Constituency, were, however, seen trooping into the State Security Service office to speak with their released colleague.

Military Men Arrest Suspected Kaduna Bomber


A bomber who is allegedly said to be connected with the Kaduna explosion targeted at  retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and a former military ruler of Nigeria Former Head, General Buhari has been arrested.

suspectedbomberAccording to a statement that was released on the Nigerian Military website, the suspected bomber was dressed as a woman clad in a female garb and brazier thereby deceiving everyone that comes around him. He was however arrested by the patrol team that came to the location of the explosion almost immediately it happened.

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It was reportedly said that the suspected bomber was caught while trying to sneak away into the crowd of people who were shocked by the explosion. If not for the swift attention of the military men, he would have been mobbed by the youths in the area. The bomber is being interrogated. It would be recalled that the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria made it known that the intent of the architect of the twin blasts in Kaduna on Wednesday was to trigger civil unrest in the country.

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Fake-Soldier Arrested In Lagos


A fake ex-soldier, Benjamin Ifada who allegedly contacted a police division to buy two pistols for the sum of N300,000 has been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Lagos State Police Command

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The 54-year-old Ifada was first apprehended by the Idimu Police Division, from where the Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, ordered that his case be transferred to the SARS where he was being investigated by the operatives, PUNCH Metro learnt.

Apparently before his arrest, it was learnt that Ifada who claimed to be with the British Army Regiment Home Office had been using the appellation, Captain Benjamin Ifada (retd.).

The police said the suspected fake soldier usually visited the Idimu Police Division, and tried to gain recognition as a retired military officer.

However, it was gathered that Ifada allegedly approached the armourer in the division, and said he needed to buy some AK-47 rifles. The divisional armourer was said to have declined the request. After two months, the fake ex-soldier was said to have shown up again at the division requesting to purchase pistols.

It was gathered that the armourer alerted the DPO, and the DPO in turn took up Ifada’s case to the CP. The suspect had further allegedly sent a text to the armourer, requesting how much he would pay to purchase the pistols.

In a bid to catch in the act, it was learnt that the armourer played along and charged N150,000 for one pistol.

Ifada was said to have proceeded to the division, where he selected a revolver and a berretta pistols in the armoury. He was subsequently arrested.

It was gathered that immediately the suspect was arrested, a search was also conducted in his house on Idowu Alimo Street, Idimu Road, where the police recovered items such as a walkie-talkie, a N300,000 cheque in his favour and a full military uniform.

Ifada, however, told the police that he was sent by a friend, one Kalu, with the cheque to buy the pistols. Its been learnt that efforts were ongoing to get the said Kalu.

Ifada explained that he had lied to the Idimu DPO that he was a retired captain and had made an Identity Card for such to be able to purchase the ammunition.

He said: “I am into security equipment. I made the ID card for myself to ease my movement within security circle. I had told the DPO that I was a retired captain, because I loved to be a captain. I have never used the ID card to do anything negative..

“I met Kalu while passing through the Gowon Estate. When I inquired, I was told that Kalu was building a hotel in the area. So, I met the man to do business with him. I told him I was into electric fencing and could also install security cameras. He said he would take me to his house in Lekki. He also asked if I was a Christian, and I said yes. He signed a cheque of N50,000 saying he was sowing a seed for me.”

Human rights lawyer, Bamidele Aturu buried in Ondo amid tears, tributes


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The remains of frontline activist and lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, have been committed to mother earth amid tears and eulogies at Ogbagi, his birthplace in Akoko, Ondo State.

His final home journey began on Tuesday with a day of tributes at the Abibat Mogaji Millennium Secondary School Playground, Agege, Lagos, at 1p.m.

Also, human rights activists, lawyers, jurists, labour leaders, members of civil society organiations and a host of others on Tuesday, paid glowing tributes to the late activist and lawyer, at a special colloquium organised in his honour.

The colloquium tagged: “Struggle for Social Change in Nigeria” took place at the Abibatu Mogaji Model Secondary School, Dopemu, Agege, Lagos, South-West Nigeria.

Earlier on Wednesday, a service of songs was held in his honour at the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Abibat Mogaji Millennium Secondary School Playground, Agege at 5pm.

It was followed by candle light procession/solidarity night at the same venue.

A funeral service by the Redeemed Christian Church of God at 10am would precede his interment at Ogbagi on Friday.

Aturu passed on at the age of 49 after a brief illness.

Left to mourn him are his wife, Adebimpe, children, aged parents, siblings and several other relations.

PHOTOS: River Mysteriously Turns Blood Red, No One Knows Why


The waterway that runs through the city of Wenzhou, in southeastern Zhejiang province in China, turned bloody red leaving locals in a state of shock.

According to the residents of the area, where an unusual incident occurred, it has never happened before. The variant with an industrial contamination has been excluded as there are no chemical plants along the waterway length.

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The witnesses claim that the at 4am the water flow was normal but by 6am it had changed colour and turned into “blood”. As there’s still no explanation what could happened to the water officials are taking water samples to find out the reason of the phenomenon.

Wenzhou is a well-known town in East China’s Zhejiang Province. The place is surrounded by mountains on three sides with the front of the city facing the Pacific ocean.

It is not the first time rivers turn red in China, in 2012 the Yangtze River also changed colour. There are different theories what could provoke the colour-change of water, including sand distribution due to upstream flooding, dye pollution and even the start of the Apocalypse.

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Rapper Naeto C and his wife Nicole welcomed a daughter this afternoon July 25th in a UK hospital. Naeto C was with his wife as they welcomed their second child. The couple, who married in 2012, already have a son…and now a girl. They must be thrilled. Big congrats to them!

Liberian man infected with Ebola Virus in Lagos has reportedly died


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Yesterday the Lagos State Ministry of Health said a Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Lagos. The man, Patrick Sawyer, (pictured above) has reportedly died.

According to reports, Patrick died yesterday night at the First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos where he’d been receiving treatment. His condition was said to have worsened.

Sawyer, who was an official of the Liberian Ministry of Finance, arrived in Nigeria on Sunday July 20th for a conference.

Governor Okorocha gives shoot-at-sight order for cultists in Imo state


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In a bid to tackle the increasing spate of cult activities in the state, the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha yesterday, July 25th gave a shoot-at-sight order for cultists to security operatives attached to Ohaji Egbema LGA where 6 people were killed during a clash between two rival cult groups known as Day-Gbam and Day-Well.

The governor gave the directive when he paid a visit to the troubled local government area, plagued with cult activities, where residents are said to be living in constant fear.

The governor inaugurated an Anti-Cult Task Force, which comprises of the Army, Police, SSS and the Imo Security Network, and gave them an order to shoot cult members at sight. The anti-cult task force will be deployed to troubled areas in the state to search for and move into cultists’ dens as part of measures to improve security situation in the State.

Victims of Kaduna blast pictured in ‘hospital’ [PHOTOS]


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Kaduna state Governor, Mukhtar Yero, pictured above visiting some victims of Wednesday July 23rd bomb blast in Kaduna state that killed at least 25 people. The injured are pictured in a ‘hospital’ in the state.

 

Impeachment: Fear grips Ebonyi lawmakers over threat text messages


Some members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly loyal to the new Speaker have raised the alarm over threat to their lives as following the political crisis in the state.

The alarm came barely two days after one of them was abducted by unknown gunmen.

This is coming at a time the people of Ikwo North state constituency have also passed a vote of no confidence on the member representing their constituency, Hon. Sam Nwali.

They argued that their representative does not deserve to serve them any longer because of his role in the impeachment of the former Speaker.

But the lawmakers, who addressed journalists in Abakiliki on Friday, said although the threat was linked with the impeachment of their former speaker, Rt Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, no amount of threat and intimidation would deter them from stamping their authority.

The 15 members who are loyal to the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Helen Nwobasi expressed dismay over the level of desperation currently being displayed by some top politicians in the State.

Speaking, on the matter, the member representing Afikpo South West constituency, Hon. Eni Uduma Chima said that the impeachment remains valid and cannot be upturned.

He said, “We have been receiving threat messages from some top politicians over this matter.”

Also, the Speaker, Helen Nwobasi urged Nigerians and Ebonyians not to be deceived by the activities of those members she described as dissidents.

“As a result, any claim by Nwazunku and his few supporters that his impeachment has been or would be reversed should be seen as a political and constitutional impossibility”.

Osun Election: SSS Shut Down Office Of Research Company


Operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) have stormed the Lagos headquarters of the Research & Marketing Services Limited (RMS), a leading Market Research Agency in West and Central Africa, said to be conducting an opinion polls for the Osun State governorship election, reports have said.

The operatives, before sealing up the office harassed and arrested staff, and also confiscated undisclosed documents, laptops, phones and other electronic devices from the company, reports Osun Defender, a news outfit in the state.

“The menacingly-looking operatives refused to grant any interview, simply saying “orders from above,” the news outfit said.

The organisation has already concluded opinion sampling in the 30 LGs in the state, according to Osun Defender, before the SSS swooped on the research company.

Pics: Pope Francis having lunch with Vatican staff at their cafeteria


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What a man! Pope Francis pictured above after he popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria this afternoon where he lined up, tray in hand, along with stunned workers and had lunch with them. See more photos below.

 

Soldiers reportedly kill Sheikh Zakzaky’s son, 11 others in Zaria


 

Report reaching DailyPost indicates that some persons dressed as soldiers have killed 10 members of an Islamic movement in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Among them is a man identified as Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky, son of controversial Islamic leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqub Zakzaaky and another Muslim sister with her child on her back.

It was gathered that the ‘soldiers’ opened fire on Quds procession, which held after Jumaat prayers in the state on Friday.

247ureports gathered that the procession, which took off from S/gari Jumaat Mosque reached Kofar Doka peacefully with no incident, however, turned soured when some ‘soldiers’ attacked them at PZ junction in Zaria.

The ‘soldiers’ allegedly shot Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky, the son of the cleric, and he was taken away by the Muslim brothers to immediate medical treatment.

Several other Muslim brothers were also shot in the incident.

Over 40 Muslim brothers also sustained various degrees of injuries from gun shots.

Nnimmo Bassey: GM promoters promote poverty and dependency in Africa


The recent article, GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty, published in the Guardian’s PovertyMatters Blog on 21 July 2014, is a thinly veiled attack on those of us in Africa and elsewhere who are deeply skeptical of the supposed benefits that genetically modified (GM) crops will bring to the continent. Based on a report by London-based think-tank Chatham House, it represents paternalism of the worst kind, advancing the interests of the biotechnology industry behind a barely constructed façade of philanthropy.

The report itself, compiled from an ‘expert roundtable’ and interviews with donors, policy-makers, scientists, farmers and NGOs (none of whom are identified), makes several erroneous and contradictory arguments concerning the lack of uptake or impact of GM crops in Africa. Firstly, with breathtaking arrogance, it dismisses the massive groundswell of opposition to GM crops emerging across the globe (including here in Africa) as a European-led phenomenon. It further credits lack of uptake to a concerted campaign of ‘misinformation’ by opponents of GM crops and onerous biosafety regulation, resulting in negative political judgments and a ‘treadmill of continuous field trials’.

To take each in turn, perhaps the report’s authors were simply unaware of global opposition to GM crops, or missed the recent Malawian civil society response to Monsanto’s application to commercialise Bt cotton on the country? Or dismissed the recent mass community protestors in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda as merely puppets of European NGOs? That Mexico, the centre of origin of maize, has banned the cultivation of GM maize within its borders was similarly overlooked, as was Peru’s 10-year moratorium on GM crops, enacted in 2012. In 2013 India’s Supreme Court declared an indefinite moratorium on all GM food crops, citing major gaps in the country’s regulatory system, while protests led by farmer groups in the Philippines have curtailed field trials of GM Brinjal (aubergine).

Even in the United States public opposition to GM crops has been growing for some time. Over 500,000 people have written to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the rejection of Dow Chemical’s application for several GM crops tolerant to 2,4-D based herbicides. Unperturbed by the prospect of legal action from the biotechnology industry, several States are pressing ahead with laws for the labeling of GM food.

To argue that onerous laws and political expediency has created a situation of ‘continual field trials’, as the Chatham House report does, misunderstands or misrepresents several key issues at play. For example, the report cites ‘stringent’ liability laws across the continent as major hindrance to the research process.

Moreover, the vast majority of GM crops grown worldwide are either tolerant to the application of herbicides, produce their own pesticides (Bt crops) or are a combination of the two. There is good reason that the ‘pipeline’ of new GM crops and traits, such as drought tolerant or nutritionally enhanced African ‘orphan’ crops, has not materialized; they are all profoundly more complex process than what has so far been commercialized. The fabled ‘Golden Rice’ (engineered with extra vitamin A) has been in development since the early 1990s. While this has been going on, the government of the Philippines (one the target countries) has been remarkably successful in lowering vitamin A deficiency using cheap, low-tech solutions.

And here we get to the crux of the matter as citizens of Africa and the global south. The obsession in promoting GM crops in Africa, exemplified in this instance by the new Chatham House report, diverts attention and resources away from a plurality of genuine and localized solutions and flies in the face of the recommendations of independent science.

The landmark IAASTD report of 2008 (resulting from the input of over 400 global scientific and agricultural experts) was highly dismissive of the potential of GM crops to benefit the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities, and called for a shift towards agro-ecological practices. These sentiments have since been echoed by numerous individuals and organisations, from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food to the United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report of 2013, titled ‘wake up before it is too late’.

Research by the ETC group has shown that small-holder farmers produce 75% of the world’s food, but only use about 25% of the world’s agricultural resources. The industrial agriculture chain only produces about 25% of the world’s food but uses 75% of the planet’s agricultural resources. Imagine the gains that could be made if even a fraction of the resources propping up the industrial food system were channeled into alternative systems.

Africans reject GMOs because the technology has not delivered on any of its promises and poses significant long-term threats to our environment and peoples. Though the issue of risk is given little attention in the report, lest we forget that in late 2013 nearly 300 scientists and legal experts from around the world signed a statement affirming that there is “no scientific consensus on GMO safety”. That GM’s proponents can claim to the contrary merely reflects the undue influence the biotechnology industry has on the scientific process.

Further, are the philanthropists who are supporting GM development and pressuring Africa to open up also heavy investors in the biotech sector? For example, the relationship between Monsanto and the Gates Foundation is well documented. Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta are all heavily involved in the G8 New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition, the sharp end of the Green Revolution push in Africa. No matter how much these forces maneuver to seem altruistic rather than predatory, the smoking gun always seems to be visible. The combined forces of Big Agribusiness and Big Philanthropy have been so effective at pressuring our governments that some of them see biosafety laws as mere instruments to opening up our nations to the biotech industry and their local surrogates.

The bottom line is that this is a fight for food sovereignty – for the rights of people to grow food that suits their environment, protects their biodiversity and serves their ability to eat foods that are wholesome and culturally acceptable. Policies must support systems of agriculture and food production that does not distort or damage local economies.

We must not blindly or willfully promote policies that build neocolonial structures that lock in poverty by upturning tested local agricultural knowledge, promoting land grabs through large-scale industrial farming and create dependency on artificial seeds and chemicals. True food security can only be assured by food sovereignty.

Nigeria is on the verge of a break up – Bishop Oyedepo says


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Speaking recently on the spate of bombings and attacks in the country, GO of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo said that Nigeria is on the verge of a break up.

“I hope that we are willing to find solution to it. I would be the last person in this world to believe that government has not discovered those who are behind Boko Haram. Otherwise, we don’t have any intelligence service in our country. Are they sacred cows that cannot be brought to book? Until we cut the source of their supplies and get those who are involved, we cannot stop them. But the danger is this, and I must say it here, we are at the verge of a break up. That is the truth. It’s unfortunate. The Nigerian nation is too intelligent to claim not to have discovered those who are behind this. So, I really believe it’s all in the hands of the authorities to decide whether they want to confront the issue headlong or to keep watching it until Nigeria breaks up……All that the church can do is to pray. The church is not in power, it has no political power. And when invited, we give advice, when required or called upon. You can’t call someone and say can I advise you?” – Bishop David Oyedepo

Army Chief Tasks Soldiers On Maintaining High Security Standards


Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Kenneth Minimah has urged officers and men of the Nigerian Army to be vigilant and to observe high level security standards.

Minimah made the appeal on Friday at the end of his maiden familiarisation tour of facilities of the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army from 22-25 July.

“I urge everyone to embrace a very high level of security, vigilance, barracks security, amongst and within ourselves; we must be our brothers’ keeper and we must keep ourselves too.

“If you find anyone behaving in a very suspicious manner, be it in the street, in the town, or in the barracks, stop, question that individual.

“You don’t leave it that nothing concerns you; something must concern you.

“Barracks sanctity, barracks security, cannot be left to God; it must be we; it is we that will protect the barracks.

“It is we that will protect the city; it is we that will protect the nation; the normal Nigerian of leaving everything to God should not be there in security.

“We must man the element and ingredient of the security apparatus and mechanisms of our nation, of our army and of our barracks.”

NAN reports that among facilities he inspected in Lagos were the Directorate of Islamic Affairs and the Catholic and Protestant Chaplaincies.

The others were the Nigerian Army Small Scale Drug Manufacturing Unit at the Headquarters, the renovated Brigade Complex and the quarter-guard at the Ikeja Cantonment.

The Chief of Army Staff also interacted with officers and men of Bonny, Ikeja and Ojo Cantonments.

Adamawa acting Governor sacks heads of state-owned media organisations


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The Acting Governor of Adamawa state Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has sacked chief executives of the state-owned media organisations.

Those affected are Usman Ahmed Dadah, General Manager of State Television, ATV, Umar Sambo Abubakar, State Radio, ABC and Madam Ninah Pepeh, General Manager, Adamawa Press Limited, publishers of The Scope Newspaper.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdullahi Liman Tukur, named the new General Managers for the outfits.

They are: Alleni Ethan Dah, General Manager, ABC Yola; Yusuf Nadabo Usman, General Manager, ATV Yola and Saidu Modibbo Hassan, General Manager, APL Yola.

The statement also announced the appointment of Dr. Kaletaowa Farauta as the new chief Executive Officer for the Adamawa State Basic Education Board while Alh. Danjuma Adamu took over the secretary job.

PHOTONEWS: Bamidele Aturu laid to rest in Ondo


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Enforcement Of New Drivers’ Licence By FRSC Illegal


Some lawyers in Abuja have described as illegal, the plan by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to begin enforcement of the new drivers’ licence and number plates on 1 August.

A cross-section of the legal practitioners told NAN on Friday, in separate interviews that FRSC cannot compel motorists to do so because of conflicting judgments.

According to Chief Chris Uche, SAN, it was a nullity for the commission to choose one judgment out of three judgments on the same issue as they like for enforcement.

“It is not lawful for the FRSC to just choose or pick one judgment out of three judgments of courts of coordinate jurisdiction for execution,” he said.

He said that the only option available to the FRSC was to wait for the court of appeal to decide on the matter, since there were two subsisting judgments against them.

Another lawyer, Tob Kekemeke, who is based in Jos, faulted FRSC’s threat to begin impounding the vehicles of motorists who do not have new drivers’ licence and number plates.

Kekemeke said the decision of the Anambra High court was tantamount to “disorder having regard to the preceding judgments of the Lagos and Abuja Federal High Courts on the issue”.

“FRSC must wait for the outcome of the appeal it filed instead of trying to enforce one of the three judgments of courts of equal jurisdiction that is in its favour,” he said.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Funke Adekoya, said the Anambra State High Court, Federal High Court as well as the FCT High Court were courts of coordinate jurisdiction and could rule on the matter.

She said even if a matter was raised in terms of management and control of a federal agency, it could be formulated to fall within the jurisdiction of a state high court.

Speaking on the conflict in the rulings, Adekoya advised the persons who got judgment in the Federal High Court to seek to enforce the judgment to stop the Federal Road Safety Commission.

She, however, said the matter could only be determined by the Court of Appeal.

“It depends as to whether the state high court was made aware of a decision from another court. That is why we have a Court of Appeal. So, the Court of Appeal will determine it at the end of the day.

“The people who got the judgment in the Federal High Court could seek to enforce that judgment and that will then stop the Federal Road Safety Commission,” she said.

Similarly, a Lagos-based lawyer, Adamu Alimi, said the courts were of coordinate jurisdiction, as such only a court of higher jurisdiction could settle the matter.

“Last week, the same thing happened in the US with respect to the Affordable Care Act.

“One court in the morning took to a decision saying that only the state exchanges can give health insurance subsidy but later that day, another court of coordinate jurisdiction said federal exchanges can give that subsidy.

“So, in a situation like this, it is not invalidation, they gave contrary decisions; it is now left for a court of a higher jurisdiction to resolve the issue,” he said.

Alimi, however, said that if the Federal High Court had ruled that redesigning of new number plates was not covered under the provisions of any law in Nigeria, the FRSC has nothing to enforce.

NAN recalls that Mr Chidi Nkwonta, FRSC Lagos Sector Commander, on Tuesday announced that the commission would begin enforcement of the new drivers’ licence and number plates on 1 August.

He said that the decision was sequel to a judgment of an Anambra High Court which gave the FRSC the go-ahead to impound defaulters.

“Nigerians must discountenance that first misleading judgment and take this one because we are going to continue enforcement as from 1 August 2014.

“So, while we are still waiting for the appeal we are going to go on with this other judgment,” Nkwonta had said.

It would be recalled that the Anambra Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi on 30 June, in his judgment held that FRSC’s directive to change old drivers’ licence and number plates was legal.

However, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Lagos on 26 March declared that the FRSC had no legal authority to impose new number plates on motorists in the country.

“The ongoing exercise by the FRSC to replace the old number plates with a new one is illegal and unconstitutional because there is no law empowering it to carry out the exercise,” he said.

Also, Justice Adeniyi Ademola of an Abuja Federal High Court had on 20 May restrained the FRSC from enforcing the new drivers’ licence and vehicle particulars on motorists.

“The commission’s planned action is tantamount to executive recklessness, as the FRSC cannot amend any act of the National Assembly or promulgate another one.

“The court is also mindful of the recent judgment of a Lagos High Court on the same subject matter,” he said.

4 Feared Dead As Soldiers, Shi’ite Muslims Clash In Zaria


Four people were reportedly killed by soldiers on Friday afternoon, following a clash between soldiers and members of Shi’ite Islamic sect at PZ area of Zaria, Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

According to an eyewitness, the incident happened when members of the sect abducted two soldiers who attempted to stop the sect members from procession marking the Qudus Day, a day set aside by the Shi’ite movement in Nigeria in support of the Palestinian struggle in the Middle East.

The intervention of some soldiers to rescue their colleagues from the angry sect members numbering over 300 triggered the violence, as soldiers allegedly started firing gunshots to disperse the increasing crowd. One of the victims was said to be the son of renowned Islamic preacher Sheikh El-Zazzaki, leader of the sect.

The clash, which lasted for over two hours, however, paralysed business activities in the ancient city, as traders hurriedly closed down their offices and shops and rushed to their homes for fear of being caught up in the attack.

When contacted, spokesman of 1 Division of Nigerian Army, Colonel Usman Abdul, declined commenting on the matter, saying he was yet to get the full details of what happened. [Channels]

The King Returns: Drogba Re-Signs for Chelsea


Didier Drogba has re-signed a one-year deal with Chelsea.

The Ivory Coast international, who won ten trophies in his first spell at Chelsea from 2004 and 2012, was a free agent after leaving Galatsaray.

Reports had suggest the 36-year-old was weighing up his chances and opportunities, with manager Jose Mourinho saying the forward “belongs” at the club he left after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 2012.

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“It was an easy decision – I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again,” he told the club’s website

“Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

“My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career.”

Jose Mourinho said: “He’s coming because he’s one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he’s not protected by history or what he’s done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history.”

He scored a total of 157 goals in 342 appearances in his previous eight-year stay at Stamford Bridge and was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player in a poll of fans in 2012.

His 34 goals in European competition remains a Chelsea record, as do his nine strikes in nine cup finals.

Having joined Chelsea from Olympique des Marseille for £24m in July 2004, and went on to win three Premier League titles, Four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League.

After quitting the ‘Blues’, he had a brief spell at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, before joining Turkish League outfit Galatasaray in January 2013 and scored five goals in 13 league games as the Istanbul club won the title.

He netted 10 times in 32 matches as Gala reached the last 8 of the Champions League- where they were knocked out by Chelsea- and finished runners-up to Fenerbache in the league.

The former Caf Player of the Year has been named in Ivory Coast’s squad in all three of the nation’s World Cup appearances, taking his caps total to 104 with 64 goals scored.

Commonwealth Games: Amalaha Clinches Nigeria’s First Gold in Glasgow


Team Nigeria clinched its first medals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in the women’s individual events, as efforts from the Weightlifting duo of Chika Amalaha and Nkechi Okpara helped the country move up the medals table

Amalaha, 16, beat Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua, 30, and Santoshi Matsa, 20, of India, to Gold in Group A of the women’s 53kg class at the Clyde Auditorium on Friday.

The Rivers-state born athlete, who weight: 53Kg/116lbs, put up an impressive performance which quickly project Nigeria to seventh on the medal standings (as at time of report), after lifting a total of 196kg weight to claim the contest against Toua’s 193kg and Matsa’s 188kg.

Chika Amalaha Claims Team Nigeria's First Commonwealth Gold. Image Credit: Face Book. Chika Amalaha's Profile.

Meanwhile, Okpara, 18, claimed Team Nigeria’s first medal of the championship on Day one, with her third-place performance in Group A of the women’s 48kg class at the same venue.

The Abia-born athlete hoisted a total weight of 162kg, 8kg less than silver medalist, 19-year-old Mirabai Chanu Saikhom’s effort and 11 less than Sanjita Khumukcham, 20, who claimed gold. Both Saikhom and Khumukcham are competing for India.

More of Nigeria’s medal hopefuls returns in the weightlifting event scheduled for Saturday.