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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

APC Chieftain Lauds Okorocha’s Free Education Policy In Imo


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

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

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

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

Why Nigerian Youths Must Actively Participate In 2015 Elections – YOWICAN


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imo Community Deserted As Rival Cult Groups Clash


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

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

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

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

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

Tinubu, Other APC Leaders Have Lost Focus – Presidency


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Source News Express

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nasarawa Lawmakers List 16 Impeachable Offences Against Al-Makura


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

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

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

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

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

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

They asked the governor to clear himself of the allegations.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Borno To Reopen Public Schools After Ramadan – Commissioner


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amaechi Unveils Technological Device For Monitoring Road Projects


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE LOOTING OF 4.7 BILLION NAIRA EHIME MBANO COUNCIL FUNDS


 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

May 2011 N85,446,174.57

June 2011 N125,175,037.01

July 2011 N221,845,812.34

Aug 2011 N129,756,320.63

Sep 2011 N131,700,689.53

Oct 2011 N153,967,818.87

Nov 2011 N209,908,845.85

Dece 2011 N132,278,154.74

Jan 2012 N149,320,439.49

Feb 2012 N132,400,040.69

March 2012 N165,370,094.87

April 2012 N133,793,641.62

May 2012 N124,085,972.85

June 2012 N124,230,364.20

July 2012 N118,368,752.75

Aug 2012 N152,419,302.08

Sep 2012 N118,591,966.62

Oct 2012 N116,899,806.61

Nov 2012 N154,532,873.52

Dec 2012 N204,348,801.60

Jan 2013 N153,345,945.12

Feb 2013 N125,849,064.45

March 2013 N165,370,094.87

April 2013 N157,254,539.31

May 2013 N167,009,580.62

June 2013 N171,896,176.06

July 2013 N131,908,855.12

Aug 2013 N154,505,509.27

Sept 2013 N131,509,876.03

Oct 2013 N118,591,966.62

Nov 2013 N153,967,818.87

Dec 2013 N209,908,845.85

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

 

 

Graduate, PGD Holder Arrested For Car Snatching In Lagos


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

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L-R: Coker, Nwoke and Odu

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

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

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

 

Photos From Jude Okoye & Ify Umeokeke’s Wedding


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

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Jude Okoye and friends

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

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

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

Check out more photos below:

 

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Jude Okoye and friends at his traditional wedding

Jude Okoye's traditional wedding

Jude Okoye's traditional wedding

Wishing the couple a happy married life!

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Adamawa Impeachment: APC Resorting To Blackmail – PDP


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signed:

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

Adamawa Acting Governor Appoints New SSG


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(NAN)

My Deputy’s Resignation Illegal, Says Nyako


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

FIFA suspension: FG stops N253m monthly payments to NFF


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

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

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

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

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

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

Senate Confirms FRSC Boss, Chidoka, Suleiman As Ministers


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

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

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

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

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

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

2015: Jonathan is obsessed with re-election – APC


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Jonathan seeks $1bn loan to tackle Boko Haram


imageDetermined to bring the activities of the Boko Haram sect to an end, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday forwarded a letter to the National Assembly, asking the lawmakers to approve a $1bn external loan for the Federal Government to battle the insurgents.

The letter dated July 15, 2014, was read on the floor of the Senate and that of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, by the Senate President David Mark and Speaker Aminu Tambuwal respectively.

The president in the letter, explained that his government needed the external loan to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of the Armed Forces and security services in order to enable them wipe out the terrorists.

The letter entitled, “Tackling Ongoing Security Challenges: Need for Urgent Action”, reads in part, “You are no doubt cognisant of the ongoing and serious security challenges which the nation is facing , as typified by the Boko Haram terrorist threat. This is an issue that we have discussed at various times.

“I would like to bring to your attention the urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of our Armed Forces and Security Services to enable them more forcefully to confront this serious threat.

“For this reason, I seek the concurrence of the National Assembly for external borrowing of not more than $1bn, including government to government arrangements for this upgrade.”

Recall that the National Assembly had in the N4.6tn 2014 Budget provisions, appropriated N968.127bn for Defence on account of the Boko Haram insurgency.

His request may be considered today (Thursday) on account of its urgency because both chambers of the National Assembly may embark on their annual long recess today till the end of September, 2014.

Osun guber: PDP will claim the state — Jonathan


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As preparations continue ahead of August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State, President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would reenact what it did in Ekiti State last month, as the party was set to reclaim the state.

Jonathan maintained that those presently occupying the Government House, in Osun state did not get into office through the poll.

Speaking on behalf of the president during a meeting of PDP national campaign organisation for Osun State at Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja, chairman of the Committee, Vice President Namadi Sambo said the forthcoming election in the state would be free, fair and credible.

Sambo, said President Jonathan had promised that in Osun State, the election would be free and fair, adding that it would be “one man, one vote, one woman, one vote and one youth one vote.

“We all know Osun State belongs to PDP, people there now never got there through the poll”, he said.

Also at the meeting were Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha; Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih; Chief Bode George; Chief Ebenezer Babatope; Erelu Olusola Obada; Minister of State, Works, Adedapo Adeyeye; Minister of State, FCTA, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide; Political Adviser to the President, Prof. Rufai Alkali; Political Adviser to the Vice President, Alhaji Abba Dabo; Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, Chief Olusola Oke; and some members of the National Working Committee, NWC.

25 pro-Amaechi lawmakers dump PDP for APC


The 25 pro-Governor Chibuike Amaechi lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly have unanimously dumped the party that brought them to power, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The lawmakers formally announced their defection to the All Progressives Congress, (APC) on Wednesday.

About 13 of them were present at the sitting where the announcement was made.

Declaring this during plenary, Leader of the House, Chidi Lloyd, said they have ceased to be members of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP).

Lloyd added that further correspondence to them should bear the APC.

“The 25 pro-Amaechi lawmakers have asked me to declare our formal defection to the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

“Henceforth, 25 of us should be referred to as All Progressives Congress members.

“We are telling the world today that we are all members of the All Progressives Congress. All correspondence to us should describe us as APC members”.

On his part, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Leyii Kwanee said the defection became imperative following their continuous suspension by the leadership of the PDP in the state.

Kwanee noted that the members craved for a platform to allow them run elections as 2015 approached.

Responding to the defection, the Speaker of the House, Otelemaba Dan-Amachree requested other members to formally document their decision.

Meanwhile, one of the pro-Amaechi lawmakers, Golden Chioma, who was kidnapped by gunmen, has been freed by his abductors.

His release, Wednesday morning, came less than 24 hours after the seventh Legislative Assembly, in a motion of urgent attention, appealed to the suspected kidnappers to free him unhurt.

The lawmaker, who is representing Etche Constituency 2 and Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, was abducted by unknown gunmen on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.

Leader of the House, Chidi Lloyd confirmed the development to the media in Port Harcourt.

It could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom.

Arewa Youths give Southerners two-week ultimatum to leave


A group of Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Development Foundation, has given two-week ultimatum to southerners currently living in the north to relocate to their respective states to enable northerners who would be returning home have a space.

This directive was contained in a statement read and jointly signed by the group’s national president, Mr Aliyu Usman and its secretary, Comrade Alfred Solomon, during a visit by the group to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sunusi II, in his palace.

The group described the recent arrest of all imams of Juma’at mosques in Abia State, the arrest of northern traders, the happenings at the national confab, among others issues, as regrettable.

It said, “in the event that all the resolution failed, we call on all northerners to rise and support agitations for a peaceful dissolution of this union called Nigeria, for every region to go its own way.”

While addressing the youths, the Emir of Kano called on youths to be ambassadors of peace and imbibe the culture of peaceful coexistence

He said: “We should not forget that it is natural for people of different minds and cultural backgrounds to live in one entity called a nation. I, therefore, urged you to imbibe the culture of peaceful coexistence.”

Nyako’s sack: Al-Makura runs to Jonathan to stave off his own impeachment


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Twenty-four hours after his erstwhile colleague in Adamawa state was removed as Governor by the state’s legislature, Nasarawa state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, may not suffer similar fate soon as he has begun moves to forestall the attempt to remove him.

DailyPost gathered that Al-Makura left Lafia, the state capital yesterday afternoon for Abuja to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the matter.
He had held series of meetings with his aides and party officials on how to resolve the impasse.

Speaking to journalists at Shendam Road Assembly complex, clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Ego Maikeffi, disclosed that after several attempts to serve the impeachment notice on the governor, he was denied access into the Government House.

Ego stated further that in line with the directive of the Speaker, he is set to serve the notice through the media.

Reacting, an official of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Mark Neto said the state Assembly would be doing a disservice to the state if they had a catalogue of such gross misconduct and refused to take action.

Mr. Netonoted that the PDP hierarchy in the state would have preferred the party to slug it out with Al-Makura at the poll but regretted however that “posterity would not be fair to the members if they gloss over such grievous misconduct”. He denied that the PDP embarked on impeachment move because it was afraid to face Al-Makura at the polls.

The immediate past state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Stanley Buba, on his part called on Governor Al-Makura to address the allegations levelled against him promptly, saying that the Assembly was only discharging its constitutional duty.

Meanwhile, prominent traditional rulers in the state led by the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai, as well as influential indigenes are expected to join Al-Makura in Abuja today so as to solicit the president intervention.

Nyako impeachment: PDP cautions APC against inciting the people


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned the All Progressives Congress, APC, to desist from making comments that will incite Nigerians.

The PDP’s statement followed developments trailing the impeachment of former Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako.

In a statement signed by the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party said, “Our attention has been drawn to yet another inflammatory
address by the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun wherein he resorted to wild and unfounded allegations to cause confusion and incite the people against the President, the PDP and institutions of government.

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

“We note that this onslaught against the legislature is not spontaneous.

“Nigerians may indeed recall the vicious attack on the National Assembly early this year wherein the APC also raised a false alarm that federal lawmakers were
being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP.

“We invite Nigerians to note the anti-democratic and anti-Nigeria actions of the APC.

“Indeed, never in the history of this country has an opposition constituted itself into a rebellion against our dear nation and its corporate existence”.

“Never in the history of this country has the opposition sought spiritedly to cause confusion to destabilize our nation using wild allegations and lies; never has an opposition resorted to supporting insurgency and instigating violence through their utterances for political capital; never has an opposition taken it upon itself to continue to insult and attack the person and office of the President and government institutions for parochial
interests.

“We in the PDP believe in Democracy and the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution.

“As such, we have never and will not for any reason whatsoever interfere in the activities of the legislature at any level.

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

“Nobody is above the law or above the will of the people.

“Also they must note that the law does not exonerate an erring official simply because he is in the opposition”, the statement added.

More Than A Crush! Wizkid Confirms We Should Expect His Duet With Rihanna


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When Singer Wizkid tweeted that Rihanna called him amazing a few weeks back, he did not confirm whether there was a duet in the works or not.

But Wizkid decided to give his fans something to be excited about as he confirmed to Beat FM’S Toolz that

he actually recorded a song with sensational bad gal Riri.

Wizkid also collaborated with Rihanna’s ex boyfriend, Chris Brown……

Check out excited fans response on twitter below:

Davido Dismisses Claims He Collected His BET Award Backstage.


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Nigerian singer, Davido won the BET Award for Best African Act 2014, and while lots of his excited fans congratulated him, some others felt it was wrong for him to have been given the award backstage by the BET organizers and not on stage with other award winners.

In an interview with Channels TV, Davido cleared the misconception, saying:

‘There are about 15 categories that are not mentioned in the show.When I won my award,because they do the pre-show just like MTV MAMAS i instagramed it immediately before the show started so people were speculating that I got my award backstage.No.but after I collected my award, I took the picture backstage with my phone .But if you watch the BET Award they show here, you would see I collected my award on stage.’

Nyako May Still Return To Office – Nigerian Lawyers


Following the impeachment of Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state, some lawyers have said the embattled governor could still return to office if he challenges his impeachment in court.

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Speaking yesterday with Daily Trust, a lawyer named Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) said the impeachment had a lot of constitutional irregularities.

Falana explained, “The police orderly of the acting chief judge was withdrawn and replaced with soldiers who forced him to set up the impeachment panel.

“The governor challenged the method adopted by the House of Assembly for the impeachment in court. The acting chief judge inaugurated the panel when his tenure had expired and in utter contempt of court, the panel and the House proceeded to impeach the governor.”

He added that the swearing in of the speaker as acting governor was illegal as Gov Nyako had not received his deputy’s resignation before his impeachment.

Another lawyer, Festus Keyamu described the impeachment process as politically motivated rather than for national interest. He however said the the procedure adopted followed the constitution.

Also speaking on the matter, a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch, Monday Ubani, said the embattled governor can still go to court to challenge the process of his impeachment.

According to him, if some of the reports about the proceedings are true, all hope is not lost for Nyako who has a good ground to challenge the impeachment.

Speaking on the tenure of the acting governor before a new election, Ubani stated that the acting governor must conduct a new election within three months as stipulated in the  constitution.

The Governor Nyako, who was accused of misconduct and misappropriation of funds was on Monday, July 15, impeached, while his deputy, Bala Ngilari, tendered his resignation letter.

NSCDC officials beat up JAMB staff in Kogi


Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) yesterday morning stormed Kogi State office of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and assaulted some staff.

The invasion was led by one R.C.M Jegede who allegedly ordered his men to shoot any staff member who refused to ‘cooperate.’

Similarly, journalists who were at the NSCDC Command to seek reaction of the state Commandant, Dayo Adesuyi,, were assaulted by operatives of the corps who ordered them out of the premises.

One of the officers, Akusebio T. O. even threatened to order his boys to beat them, even as he ordered that the tyres of their vehicles be deflated.

A witness said NSCDC personnel, numbering over 200 stormed the JAMB office at Zone 8 area of Lokoja, with arms and beat up some staff in an attempt to arrest the security guard manning the office.

Speaking with journalists, JAMB coordinator in Kogi, Daniel Agbo said the NSCDC had earlier written a letter to the board, saying that the security outfit it was using, Spytech Security, was not registered with them and as such must be disbanded.

“When we received the letter, we forwarded it to the headquarters for appropriate action. We were still waiting for response when NSCDC stormed our office. I took them to my office to discuss the issue, but as we were discussing, I heard commotion within the premises so I decided to go out and check what was happening,” he said.

He said when he got out, he was surprised to see NSCDC operatives who had surrounded the office, assaulting some staff. Some were stripped naked, beaten up and dragged around.

Mr Agbo, who showed journalists bruises all over his body, expressed surprise at the commando-like manner the NSCDC handled the matter.

Continuing, he recounted that, “One Victoria Tasio, Adiza Adams and some other staff were seriously beaten up too and they lost their phones. The office also lost money and scratch cards as the officer who was stripped naked is the one in charge of selling JAMB scratch cards”, he said.

Also, the JAMB accountant and one Ada Ugbole were also stripped naked and beaten black and blue before being dragged to the NSCDC office about 100 metres to the JAMB office.

Nigeria rise to 34th in newest FIFA rankings


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The Super Eagles are now ranked 34th in the world, according to the latest FIFA rankings released today.

Nigeria were eliminated in the second round of the 2014 World Cup, after a decent showing where they also drew 0-0 with Iran, beat Bosnia 1-0 and lost 3-2 to Argentina in the group stages.

This means the African champions are now third in Africa, only behind Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire, who are ranked 24th and 25th respectively.

World champions Germany, are now second in the world after Spain.

Police Arrest Dare Devil Robbers That Disguises As Ladies


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An unsuspecting womanizer would easily fall into their traps seeing their feminine faces made-up with cosmetics, with weave-on hairdo that dangles on both sides of thei…r broad shoulders.
Their coated lips look inviting. No doubt, countless men must have fallen prey to them. Many passersby who thronged the state headquarters of the Police command at Eleiyele, Ibadan to catch a glimpse of these attractive “women” could not hide their disbelief.
Though, their chests were flat which should convince doubting Thomases that the suspects were not women, some still insisted on seeing their private parts due to their looks.
But, behind these deceptive looks are more than meets the ordinary eye. The hearts of both Omooba Oyewole and Lawal Kabir are fortified with cold steel. They are suspected dare-devil robbers. If they have conscience, it must be made of solid concrete.
One of the suspects, Lawal Kabir whose eyelids blink momentarily like a doll in the old Kingsway Store claims to be a devout Muslim and considers only Fridays and the Ramadan period as sacred days in the whole year when he thinks he should not engage in armed robbery.
These days, especially Fridays, he said, he would go to the mosque to pray to God to forgive all his criminal tendencies only to continue his devilish acts thereafter. In fact, the suspect said he was arrested on Friday after observing the Jumat prayers.
Given their looks, one needed no soothsayer to discern that the suspects had carried out numerous deadly attacks on their victims even though they admitted to have participated in no fewer than four successful robbery operations.
According to them, they had made people cry in places like Osun, Sawmill, Iyana-Agbala and other places when they unleashed terror on them. Knowing their days of reckoning had finally come, the eight-man gang confessed some of the crimes they had committed to Crime Alert.
Ayodele Olaitan, who wore a mask, one of the tools they use in their nefarious activities shook his head in regret and said: “It was my friends that pushed me into this. I joined the gang sometime ago and I have participated in at least three robbery operations.
I am not the owner of the mask you see on me. It belongs to one of us called pastor. He is dead now. I regret all my actions. I didn’t realize we could be caught. But, now the game is up, “ he said as he burst into tears.
Like other criminals, Lawal Kabir said he was pushed into the criminal world as a result of an unsuccessful business venture. “I took to robbery when my plumbing work was not booming.
Three years after my freedom as an apprentice, I tried all I could to make both ends meet, but things did not work for me. I first stayed in Lagos before I later came to Ibadan where I was introduced to a gang of armed robbers. I have participated in four armed robbery attacks.
I went with them to Osun State, Ibadan, Sawmill and Iyana -Agbala. I was arrested on Friday after I finished praying in the mosque. Somebody we call a pastor, also a member of the gang called me without knowing the police had already arrested him.
I don’t rob on Fridays and during Ramadan. I used those periods to pray to God to forgive me my sins. I know what I was doing was wrong but it was difficult for me to break away from it.”
Another member of the gang, Biola Alaba who wore a weave-on hairdo said they were eight in number and that they were arrested at a drinking joint while preparing to carry out a robbery operation at Bodija area of the city. He denied ever killing any of their victims.
“How can I commit two sins at the same time. I cannot rob and kill at the same time. It is unfair to rob someone of his belongings and kill him. We don’t even rape our victims, “ he said.
As for Sunday Omooba from Ogbomoso who says he is a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, he narrated how he took charge of the armoury for the gang. “I helped them get bullets through one man. I just call the man any time I need bullets for the gang.
I don’t rob with them. In fact, I did not know that they were using the bullets to rob. I also supplied that pump action gun to them. I bought the gun for N70,000 from a friend. If I knew that they would use the weapons for robbery, I would not give them.”
The Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case alleged that Omooba supplied the pump action gun and killed the owner of the gun so that he could get the gun from him and did not give the money he promised to give him.
Other suspects who are car snatchers including those who bought the stolen vehicles from them were also arrested in Kaduna and Kano. Two of the suspects, Dolapo Olayinka and Yusuf Ibrahim, robber and accomplice respectively; gave their own accounts. Olayinka said he only used his commercial motorcycle to convey the robbers who dispossessed people of their items. He recalled how they crossed a woman’s vehicle and took N20,000 from her at gun point.
The owners of the stolen vehicles were at the police command to identify their vehicles. All of them pleaded anonymity for fear of being attacked by yet-to-be-identified members of the gang.
One of them said his car, a Toyota Camry, was snatched at gunpoint on October 1, last year around 8pm and he reported at the Special Anti robbery squad.
He specifically commended the efforts of one SP Sola Aremu, the O/C SARS, Ogbomoso and his boys for going ahead to recover the car. He said: “I am full of thanks to the police. I never thought I could recover my car again. The SARS in Ogbomoso acted promptly. I have never seen police work like that.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa said, “sequel to tip-offs about a criminal hideout at a mechanic village, Iyana Church, Ibadan, a raid was organized and SARS operatives arrested the following suspected armed robbers: Olaitan Ayodele, Abiola Alaba, Oyewole Ogunwole, Adedeji Mustapha, Omooba Oyewole and Adedeji Mustapha. On interrogation, they all confessed to their past and present crimes within and outside Oyo State. They also confessed to have attacked and robbed two police officers.
All the people they confessed to have robbed were contacted and they corroborated their confessions.
In order to recover some of their loot as well as arms and ammunition, a search was conducted in the house of the leader of the gang, one Ayodele Olaitan along Airport Road, Ibadan and the following exhibits were recovered; one pump action gun, one English cut-to-size double barrel gun, one single-barrel gun, locally made cylinders and many others.

B*O*M*B S*H*E*L*L: Gov Rochas Okorocha Will Go to Benin Prison in 2015- Robertson Ekwebelem


 

The lawmaker representing Onuimo state constituency in the Imo house of assembly, Prince Robertson Ekwebelem has stated recently in a meeting in Owerri that the Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha will be higly welcome in Benin Prison in 2015 for gross misconduct and financial recklessness.

Prince Robertson Ekwebelem, made this statement in meeting was attended by the former governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim and hosted by Chief John Enyiogasi porpulary known as OK 2000.

In attendance were also the, Chairman of Ndi Imo Youths Development Initiative (NIYDI) Kingsley Nduka, the President Imo Youth Vanguard, Ifeanyi Njoku, the Student Union Government President of FUTO and Alvan Ikokwu college of Education. Prince Robertson Ekwebelem told the gathering how Rochas betrayed the mandate of the people of Imo. He stated that “Governor Rochas is a lawless governor and has owed the Imo lawmakers of 36months salary.”

Prince Robertson Ekwebelem said “the Benin Prison meant for hardened criminals will welcome Rochas Okorocha in 2015 if he continues with his financial recklessness and disobedient of rule of law. The lawmaker was not happy how the governor has been misappropriating fund meant for the people and how the governor has been shying away from human development of Imo. He stated how the governor hurriedly went to Turkey with over 176 entourage4s to lavish the state fund worth millions of naira.

During the meeting, Chief Okey Enyiogasi also stated categorically that the Imo lawmakers have not represented the people of Imo properly and that 70% of the present lawmakers in Imo will not be re-elected in 2015 as Imolites are angry with the present lawmakers.

Chief Ikedi Ohakim who also spoke stated that what governor Rochas is doing is kangaroo projects. He said how over 1.5 billion Naira was spent for fake propaganda by Okigwe sons to rubbish his name. He told the gathering that Rochas should explain what happened to the over 37billion Naira he left he handed over to him deposited in various bank accounts for the state. He also said Rochas should explain the disappearance of 35 generators meant to power street lights in Owerri. Ikedi said he had over 1,000 petitions while he was the Imo state governor but none found him guilty. Ohakim also agreed with Ekwebelem that the Benin Prison will welcome Rochas Okorocha in 2015.

Meet the prankster who disrupted the World Cup final match (See Photos)


 

While the second half of the 2014 World Cup finale was going on, an invader crashed the party match by running across the pitch with the words “Natural BORN Prankster” written across his chest.

The pitch invader, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, also attempted to kiss German player, Benedikt Hoewedes.

TV broadcasts around the world cut away from the unplanned “action” in order to discourage aspiring invaders.

The pitch invader, a YouTube star with more than six million subscribers, is a Russian comedian renowned for his public prank videos.

He was, however, swiftly carted off the pitch by security agents.

Thankfully no one was hurt. More pics after the cut:

Reps urge IGP to probe Egbema killings


ABUJA—THE House of Representatives yesterday urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to probe the killing of civilians by suspected cult groups at Egbema, Imo State.
The Reps in plenary, asked  the relevant security agencies to immediately provide enough personnel in strategic locations at Egbema.

The members also called  on the National Emergency Agency, NEMA, to urgently provide relief materials to the displaced victims of the attacks.
It condemned the attacks in villages and communities at Egbema by the cult groups.
The House’s decision was sequel to a motion moved by Gerald Irona, PDP-Imo,  which was unanimously adopted without debate.

According to Irona, the suspected members of the cult groups on July 9, invaded Ukkwugba in Obiakpu, Egbema clan and killed two persons.
He explained that on July 13, a rival cult group in a retaliatory attack, invaded Obiakpu main town and killed four innocent persons, including a community leader.

Irona said same cult group had killed over forty persons between January 2012 and June 2014.
He said that during the attack, several persons were abducted and taken hostage.
The lawmaker noted that the continued attacks could spread to other neighbouring villages.

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Meet 10 Hollywood/British Actors And Actresses Of Yoruba And Igbo Origin


Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Hakeem is a Hollywood actor, born on October 1, 1962, in Lagos State to Nigerian parents from Abeokuta, Ogun State.

He has featured in several hit movies such as Hotel Rwandan, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and many TV series: 24, Lost, Law & Order, Criminal Minds amongst others.

He has also featured in blockbuster Nollywood movies like: Last Flight To Abuja and Black November

Hakeem is a brand ambassador for telecommunications company Etisalat Nigeria.

Chiwetelu Umeadi “Chiwetel” Ejiofor

Ejiofor is a British actor born in London’s Forest Gate to Nigerian parents. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.

In 1988, when Ejiofor was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry. His father was killed, but Ejiofor survived. He was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead.

In 2014, Ejiofor starred in the Nigerian film Half of a yellow sun alongside, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje and other Hollywood acts. He also has and Oscar Nomination and BAFTA award for Best Actor.

WALE

US Rapper Wale, real name Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, was born to Nigerian parents both from Yoruba tribe, Ogun State, but grew up in the USA.

Wale, aside being one of the top rappers in the US, has also become popular in Nigeria.

He has done collaborations with singers like Wizkid in ‘Nobody But You’, Olamide in ‘Make Us Proud’. The Maybach Music superstar, Wale, visited his motherland in December 2013.

Taio Cruz

British singer, Jacob Taio Cruz, real name Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere, is of Nigerian heritage. He was born on April 23, 1985, in London to a Nigerian father and a Brazillian mother.

Cruz, who started writing songs when he was 12, was signed on a USpublishing deal at just 18 years of age.

He began his song-writing career at the age of 19 and has won several awards some of which are: BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP Awards and American Music Awards.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Hollywood actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was born on August 22, 1967, in Washington, D.C to Nigerian parents.

Aside being fluent in Yoruba, he is also fluent in several languages such as: English, Italian and Swahili.

He has featured in movies like The Bourne Identity, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Mr. Eko on Lost, Simon Adebisi on Oz, The Mummy Returns amongst others.

Adetomiwa Edun

British actor Adetomiwa Edun was born in 1984 to a Nigerian father from the Yoruba tribe and a half-Ghanaian, half-English mother.

Edun, who moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 11, has featured in movies like Slaves, Law & Order: UK, The Hour, Passengers.

He is popularly known for his role in the TV series, Merlin, when he played ‘Sir Elyan’ and he became the second black in 2009 to play Romeo at the Globe Theatre.

In addition to being fluent in English and Yoruba, he speaks French.

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a British actor born on June 12, 1977, to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother.

The comedian, actor and writer has written several award-winning stage plays in the UK.

He is also a well-known face on British TV having starred in the highly popular The IT Crowd. He made his Hollywood debut in 2012 after starring in the comedy The Watch alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill.

David Oyelowo

Hollywood actor David Oyelowo was born on April 1, 1976, in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents.

He has featured in movies like: The Butler, Small Island, Jack Reacher, The Last King Of Scotland.

In March 2010 he played the part of Keme Tobodo in the BBC’s drama series ‘Blood and Oil’ (a film about Niger-Delta area of Nigeria).

Adepero Oduye

American actress Adepero Oduye might not quickly ring a bell but she featured in hit movie ’12 Years A Slave’ alongside British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Adepero Oduye is born to Nigerian parents from Yoruba tribe. She played Alike in Pariah (2011), TV series, Law & Order amongst others.

She has received several awards, including a nomination for Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

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Hope Olaide Wilson

Hollywood actress Hope Olaide Wilson was born on August 16, 1985, to Nigerian parents from the Yoruba tribe.

Hope Olaide Wilson, who moved to the United States in 1996, has featured in Tyler Perry’s movies ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’, ‘After the Dark and Faith and Dreams’ amongst others.

She is also fluent in English, French, and Yoruba.

She won the 2009 Diversity Awards Female ‘Nova’ Award Recipient for promising talent.

MORE Naked Super Sexy Photos Of Venus Williams Released


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  Turns out it wasn’t just Serge. Tennis star Venus Williams, gold medalist snowboarder Jamie Anderson, swimmer Michael Phelps, Major League slugger Prince Fielder and NFL star Marshawn Lynch also posed nude for ESPN the Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which hits newsstands Friday.
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Mike Ezuruonye Supports Genevieve: ‘I’ve been very selective with the movies I feature in now……’


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Nollywood actor, Mike Ezuruonye, has criticized upcoming actors/actresses in Nollywood, describing them as fame seekers rather than craft developers.

According to the actor, the movie industry is developing especially with quality sounds, compared to what was obtainable in the past. He also stated that cinemas are helping to fight the menace of piracy.

He noted that in the midst of this development, up and coming acts are not ready to develop themselves in the craft; rather they are after the fame.

The actor also explained that the reason why it looks as if he is no more in the industry is that he selects the kind of scripts that is brought to his table so as not to offend his fans with some kind of movie roles.

‘I’ve been very selective with the movies I feature in now. You’ll get to a level you have to be careful the kind of roles and movies you accept and still not offend your fans because you owe them a lot of allegiance. So I believe I should be acting in movies that will put me in a better light and help take my career forward to the next level.’

Rapper Andre Johnson now has no private part


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Here’s an update on rapper Andre Johnson who made headlines this past April when he cut off his own man-hood and jumped off a building (read here). He survived that mess but he’s now penisless!

Yesterday Andre spoke to E! News exclusively about why he cut off his man-hood…and how he’s living life without it.
“Yes, I was using drugs that night, but I was in complete control. I cut it off because that was the root of all my problems. My solution to the problem was the realization that s*x is for mortals, and I am a god…Those kinds of activities got me into trouble, and I came here to be a god.”

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There were reports that doctors were able to reattach Andre’s man-hood, but he said that isn’t true.
“Doctor’s weren’t able to repair anything. But, it still gets hard, the little bit that I got. I still got some man-hood that works. It’s not the size of the prize, it’s the motion of the ocean. There’s no mystery to it, but they couldn’t reattach it. A man-hood is a man-hood is a man-hood.”
“I wasn’t having that much s*x up to that point anyways. My days of reproducing are over. But now I’m a reborn man.” Continue…
Andre recalls the incident…
“I didn’t want to kill myself. That was just my response to the demons. They were doing their best to get to me, but being alive solidified my thoughts…I’m alive, man-hood or no man-hood.”
“I had a psychologist I was seeing after I was released from hospital but I was quickly okayed after they said I had all my marbles…the lights were on in the attic.”
“People perceived me as crazy, so I never wanted to speak wholeheartedly on the matter. But now, in retrospect, the truth must be told.”
“Me and RZA (his music label) came to an understanding. I still write music, but I love comedy and we’re going to have a Wu-Tang writing team. I’m going to do stand up along with making music.”

World Champions Arrive to a Hero’s Welcome In Berlin


Germany World Cup stars finally arrived in Berlin, after a few-hour delay, to a sea of fans gathered in high expectation of the start of the victory parade.

The plane carrying the victorious ‘Die Nationalmannschaft’ squad touched down at the capital’s Tegel airport at 09:08 (Nigerian time).

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans awaited- a handful of whom lined the team’s open-top bus route- drenched under the scorching sun to give coach Joachim Low and his players heroes’ welcome, after clinching their historic fourth title.

Hundreds of Thousands of Fans Awaits Germany National Team in Berlin. Image: Twitter @DFB_Team_EN

A giant party was held at the Bradenburg Gate- the giant neoclassical triumphal arch located in the western part of Berlin, where captain Philip Lahm and his team-mates thronged on to a giant stage in batches before displaying the trophy.

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Coach Low was among the first batch of entrees in the giant stage, alongside his technical staff.

Germany's Open-Roof Top Bus Parade in Berlin. Image: AFP.

The 54-year-old Schonau-born former West Germany attacking midfielder told the celebrating fans that Germany’s triumph is victory for all the country.

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“We are all world champions,” Low said. “Of course we are all overjoyed now to be with the fans.”

Mario Gotze (L) and Julian Draxler (R) on the Open-Top Bus. Image: AFP.

Mario Gotze, who was among the second group of players onto the stage at the Bradenburg Gate, scored a 113th minute goal against Argentina at the Maracana, as Germany became the first European nation to clinch the World Cup on South American soil on Sunday.

The Germans celebrate their triumph in the Amazons of Brazil, happily posing for pictures and dancing the conga on stage.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who won the Golden Gloves of the tournament then tried his best Superman impression, while the Berlin carnival continued.

Coach Joachim Low and His Technical Crew On Open-Top Bus. Image: AFP.

Sea of Crowd Awaits the triumphant German National Team in Berlin. Image: AFP.

Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Co On the Open-Top Bus in Berlin. Image: AFP.

Germany National Team Arrives In Berlin After Winning Fourth World Cup Title in Brazil. Image: AFP.

By Next Year Igbos Will Take Over From Fashola – APGA Leader Umeh


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In a brave and controversial statement, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) leader Chief Victor Umeh told reporters that come 2015, Lagos will be under the APGA flag.
Umeh, who gave an interview to The Punch reporters, said in 2015 Lagos elections only 2 million votes are needed to gain the gubernatorial position, and, with over 10 million Igbos and half that number sympathetic with the APGA cause, there is more than a high chance of this becoming a reality.

More excerpts of the discussion are below:

You talk about capacity; how many supporters does APGA have in Lagos?

If democracy is about the electorate, APGA has what it takes to win elections in Lagos. The Igbo in Lagos today are more than 10 million, not to talk of other non-indigenes, who are not loyal to the APC. Although not every Igbo man will vote for APGA, but those who we know as our potential supporters and sympathisers are more than five million. If what is required to get to Alausa is about two million votes, which no one has surpassed, APGA will get it. Election is not about the elite; it’s about the ordinary people who will go out and cast their votes.
Do the victories of APGA in Anambra and Imo states automatically translate into victory for the party in Lagos?

I’ve told you that the population of the Igbo in Lagos is more than the population of any state in the South-East because they are combined here. But this is not an Igbo agenda; I’m only saying it because every party has its sympathy base. The APC has Yoruba sympathy. However, a Yoruba man can also run on the platform of APGA. We also have the sympathy of those who believe that one man cannot control Lagos because it’s a cosmopolitan state.

Do you really believe an Igbo man can become a governor in Lagos State?

I believe it 100 per cent. I was born and raised in Lagos. If you are born and bred in a place and you see that the place is not well run, what do you do? You go for the government. That was why I ran in 2003. It was my candidacy that made them pick two Igbo people to be part of the government in Lagos – Ben Akabueze and Joe Igbokwe. It was just to deceive novices that Igbo people are in government. Except the Awori, nobody owns Lagos. Most of the people claiming Lagos came from nearby Yoruba states.

Source: Punch

Kannywood Actress Denies Dating Kannywood Actor/Glo Ambassador Ali Nuhu


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One of Kannywood’s finest, actress Fati Mohammed popular for her roles in movies, such as ‘Sangaya‘ and ‘Marainiya,’ says she is through with Kannywood men.

According to the actress, after eight years of marriage to two different men from the same industry, she was done with that aspect and could actually hold and discipline herself after adopting an upcoming popular actress as her child.

‘One, I have vowed never to marry from Kannywood again. Both my ex-husbands came from Kannywood. Two, I will not act again. But I have a production company; very soon I will be producing films,’ she stated.

In a swift response, the actress cleared the air about speculations that she was once having an affair with wave making Kannywood actor and Glo ambassador, Ali Nuhu.

She said that such incident never occurred neither did Ali ever asked her out. ‘Ali Nuhu has never dated me. If you ask of my role model I would mention Ali Nuhu a hundred times; in fact, I don’t call his wife by her name, I call her aunty. I am very close to them. During my second wedding, he was the one that gave me out; he was my Waliyyi.’