Ibinabo Fiberesima re-elected as AGN President


Critics have blasted Ibinabo over AGN Presidential seat, but despite all the criticism, she got re-elected for a second term as AGN President (Actors Guild Nigeria) president.

Wizkid N 2Baba Arrive At Accra For Hennessy Artistry Concert Tomorrow


2Face Idibia and Wizkid have arrived at Accra, Ghana ahead of the international concert taking place this weekend, October 18th.

The concert will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre and will feature incredible performances from South African artistes like Mafikizolo, MzVee, and 4×4.

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OHAKIM AT OBAZU MBIERI


Dr Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Vitalis Ajumbe, Bar Ken Njemanze, Chief Lemmy Akakem, Representative of Abia State Governor, Hon Samdady Anyanwu, Hon Obinna Okwara, Sir Emma Ohakim, Chief Regis Uwakwe, Major Emenike, Nokky Ebikam (VOICE OF IMO) Dr Chuck Chukwuemeka, Hon Kelechi Okpalake, Hon Mrs Rubby Emele, Dr Otuekere, Hon Ethelbert Okere, etc Storm OBAZU MBIERI on Solidarity to CONA who was Celebrating her Golden mother who died at the ripe age of 96yrs.

Truly, it was celebration, we can’t mourn a woman who have achieved alot while alive and died at age 96yrs.

Though in Igboland, we mourn, but this death what celebration.

What do u say @ 96yrs.

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Imo Speaker Shuns Plenary Over Fear Of Arrest


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The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, yesterday avoided sitting over fear of being arrested by the members of the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja in connection to the purported court judgment of a Calabar High Court which the House acted upon to conclude that Eze Cletus Ilomuanya was liable to criminal conviction.

His positition was however taken by his deputy, Hon. Donatus Ozoemena, who presided over the House.

It would be recalled that the Imo State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC Hilary Eke, was arrested by the police authorities and arraigned before a Magistrate Court, in Abuja, where he was not only docked for alleged forgery and defamation of character but also detained at Kuje Prisons, Abuja, until stringent bail conditions imposed on him are met before granting him freedom.

This followed a petition to the police by the embattled Eze Ilomuanya over an advertorial the APC chairman placed in national dailies where he claimed that a Calabar Court had convicted Ilomuanya some years ago.

Ilomuanya himself had been having altercation with the Okorocha government since 2011. The governor vowed to dethrone him for practically getting too involved in politics and openly prevented him from being accepted in any community in Orlu Senatorial Zone during the 2011 election that Okorocha eventually won.

Okorocha has since dethroned ILomuanya and replaced him with another person as traditional ruler.

Pique by the public notice placed by Ekeh, Ilomuanya reported to police claiming that Eke be investigated and source of the “purported” judgment which according to his lawyer does not exist be unravelled.

Aware that Ilomuanya had included the names of the speaker and some members of the state legislature to be investigated by the police, 247ureports.com learnt that Speaker Uwajumogu and about five Members of the House had been alerted that they were likely going to visit police headquarters in Abuja to also explain how they received, acted and confirmed that a petition by one Clement Obodo, later named Ikechukwu Obi, that referred to the said Calabar Court conviction.

Based on the foregoing, a fresh petition was reported to have been filed against the state lawmakers who on December 13, 2011, allegedly adopted a resolution on report of an adhoc committee set up by the Speaker based on the said petition. Ilomuanya’s lawyer may have asked the police to also verify the source of the petition which the lawmakers deliberated on and evidences the House relied on to adopt the report asking the governor to go ahead and dethrone Ilomuanya based on their conviction arising from the petition.
The Uwajumogu led state legislature in a suspicious manner claimed it received a petition from one Clement Obodo alleging that Ilomuanya suffered criminal conviction in a Calabar Court which should disqualify him from holding the position of Obi of Obinugwu Ezeship. The suspicion became rife when the House changed the name of the claimant from the said Clement Obodo to Ikechukwu Obi after Obinugwu people trooped en masse to the Assembly complex to protest the lawmakers’ action by stating that no Obinugwu person bears the name “Clement Obodo”.

On the said day of Dec 14, 2011 day the Assembly members took on the members, it took them only three hours to act on a report of the committee hurriedly raised by the speaker, an action that is averse to due process in the legislature. Members of the committee were Honourables Innocent Ekeh, (Owerri West) Kevin Obioha (Njaba) Adaku Ihuoma (Ahiazu) and Acho Ihim (Okigwe). The committee is headed by member representing Ngor Okpala, Emeka Nwofor.

According to the report of the committee, after conducting investigation, the governor should go ahead based on their conviction of the sanctity of the purported petition as alleged by the Obi.

However, Ilomuanya rushed to court to counter the resolution of the House and succeeded in obtaining judgment through Justice Nnadi who on March 20th, 2013 quashed the decision of the House. Till date, the state legislature has neither challenged the court action nor reacted that their resolution was based on existing facts.

Since the Imo Assembly are regarded as partners in propagation of the purported Calabar Court matter, police men acting on the petition are said to be launching man hunt for the elected members of the House, believed to have been involved in the resolution, a reason it was learnt, the speaker avoided plenary.

Our reporter learnt that one of the members of the committee, Kevin Chino Obioha has been secretly begging Ilomuanya to forgive him for being a member of the committee that pushed in the report, saying he had join for fear of being suspended

Nigerian Artistes Are Going Into Politics For Money – Clarion Chukwura


Known for stirring up controversies in the Nollywood scene, actress Clarion Chukwura is at it again!

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The seasoned actress has made it known in a recent interview with Punch that all the performers, especially Nollywood practitioners, who are joining partisan politics are sheer hypocrites. Clarion reiterated saying that most of the artistes who go into politics do so because they are not getting much money from their various jobs as entertainers.

In her words; “The motive of those who are embracing partisan politics is purely monetary. Let us call a spade a spade. If you tell me that you want to go into politics to serve the people, I would want to look at your record first.

“I want to see what you have done to better the lives of the people in your immediate community. How many boreholes have you sunk in the community? How many hours of community service have you given for free over the last four or five years? How well are you known as somebody who yearns for improvement in social development?”

The astute actress who is known for having a thing or two against the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria also aired her opinion on the fact that all Nollywood stakeholders are not treated fairly as they ought to be treated. She said:

‘I observed that some people already felt that being in charge was the same thing as being in a position to hobnob with top politicians in the corridors of power and to get money from various interest groups in the country. And there was so much desperation on the part of the leadership of the guild to hold on to power because they see their position as a platform to make money”.

“In Hollywood, you don’t just post the picture of a star actor or actress on your blog. Some popular bloggers are doing that in this country and walking away with a lot of money. You don’t organise award events, such as the Nollywood Movie Awards, without paying for using the name ‘Nollywood’. Since the word ‘Nollywood’ is a trade mark for the Nigerian film industry, you have to obtain a license before you can use it.”

It would be recalled that just recently, the 2014 AMAA Best Actress winner  made it known why she is bitter towards AGN president Ibinabo Fiberesima.

APC Leadership Blasts Jonathan’s Aide


The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has blasted Doyin Okupe, the Special Adviser on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, over the comments credited to him.

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The National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, on Thursday said Okupe lacks knowledge of history as well as practical reality.

He described as vague and unrealistic if the People’s Democratic Party- led Federal Government believes that it would defeat the main opposition party in the 2015 general election.

“Well it means that they are not good students of history and they are not realistic and practical. Before now, there was no truly national alternative in this nation; before now, we had the ANPP that was domiciled in the North East, we had the ACN that was domiciled in the South West and off course they had members all over the places. We had APGA that was largely domiciled in the South East. These three forces have been wielded together. Today we have a national party that is represented, the APC, strongly in every corner of the country. Today man, woman, child are crying for change and the dynamics are different and l pray they continue to mis-read the signs of the changing times and that would be good for us,” Oyegun said.

Buhari’s Team Advises Presidency

Meanwhile, the Campaign Organization of the former head of state, Gen. Mohammodu Buhari has advised the presidency to carefully go through Buhari’s declaration speech before resorting to criticisms and defamation.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by a member of the leadership of the campaign organisation, Osita Okechukwu.

He said the statement issued by the presidency was contrary to what is obtainable and assured that Buhari is bringing the long awaited change to Nigeria as clearly stated in his declaration speech.

The team reiterated the provision of maximum security of lives and property, youth employment, and promised to curb the increasing corruption currently bedeviling the country. He described Buhari as a patriot who does not need to school in Harvard to know that millions of Nigerians are struggling with extreme poverty, and barely making a living.

“It is our candid view that if President Goodluck Jonathan has in the past four years provided Nigerians with adequate security, waged strident war against corruption, and ruled according to the spirit and letters of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended; the urgent call of millions of Nigerians for GMB to come and fix the country and stop the dangerous slide of Nigeria into failed state, could not have arisen,” he said.

Okechukwu further hinted that the National Bureau of Statistics Report indicated that the economy continues to deteriorate, with epileptic power supply, collapse of industries, massive food imports and business uncertainty, but the Federal Government continue to tell Nigerians imaginary growth figures.

“In sum, we will restrain ourselves from mudslinging and advise the presidency to do so as well as; for if we are forced to release the ungodly dossier in our docket, the country will troop the streets,” Okechukwu said.

It would be recalled that on October 15, 2014, the Presidency described former vice president Atiku Abubakar

Nigerian Government Begins Ceasefire Talks With Boko Haram


Contrary to earlier stance of the Nigerian government, latest reports inform that it has begun talks with the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, to release more than 200 girls abducted six months ago.

According to a report published by the Voice of America today, Friday, 17 October, 2014, it was gathered that the Federal Government has started negotiating the militant group for them to stop the deadly insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives across Nigeria.

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It was gathered that an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan and a man calling himself the secretary-general of Boko Haram confirmed that discussions are under way in Saudi Arabia.

They explained that the current negotiation between the FG and the Boko Haram was aided by high level officials from Chad and Cameroon.

A member of the terrorist group in Saudi Arabia, who identified himself as Danladi Ahmadu, added that the abducted Chibok girls are “in good condition and unharmed.”

Ahmadu did not explain the conditions under which the girls would be freed.

However, he explained that Riyadh is not involved in the negotiations and there is no independent confirmation by Nigerian government.

It would be recalled that no fewer than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents at a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok in Borno State on 14 April, 2014.

At least 57 of the abducted schoolgirls have been reported to have escaped from the Sambisa forest where they are believed to be kept.

The leader of the terrorist sect, Abubakar Shekau had since threatened to sell the remainder as slave brides, vowing they would not be released until his members captured by the Nigerian military are freed from jail.

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Meanwhile, President Jonathan has been criticised both home and abroad for his slow response to the kidnapping and for the inability of Nigerian troops to quell the insurgency being perpetrated by the Boko Haram militants.

No fewer than 10, 000 people are believed to have been killed from terror attacks staged by the Boko Haram insurgents across Nigeria.

Danbaba Suntai’s Health Causing Tension In Taraba


Reports from Leadership have revealed that the ailing governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai is being protected from his deputy Alhaji Garba Umar due to suspicions that Umar wants to fully take over as governor.

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This was gotten from Senator Emanuel Bwalcha, who made this known to the Senate correspondents yesterday.

Bwalcha also said this suspicion was based on the ceaseless unpleasant actions of the acting governor towards his principal since his involvement in a plane crash.
He also explained that the actions of Umar’s actions and body language is evidence that he was not hoping to see Suntai back in office. This has led the Senate to make the decision to keep the deputy away from the Governor as they are now concerned about Suntai’s health. It was also revealed that Umar nurses a desperation to hold on to power and this  is in turn causing tension in the state.

Bwalcha says: “If we have empirical evidence that you are working towards sacking your principal, and from all available facts, you want him sacked and you are not able to achieve that, now suspicion will begin to emerge that other extra-ordinary means could be used, and that is why, for security reasons, nobody would even allow you to see him.”

It will be recalled that just last month, the Taraba State acting governor Alhaji Garba Umar have insisted that he has no ill will towards Suntai and only wishes him quick recovery.

Suntai, who has openly admitted that he is ill and needs help, suffered serious injuries when a helicopter he was flying crashed near Yola, the Adamawa State capital and since then, he has been undergoing treatment in hospitals abroad in October 2012.

Monalisa Chinda Reacts To Rumoured Reconciliation With Her Ex Husband


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Rumours of an impending reconciliation between Nollywood actress, Monalisa Chinda and her ex husband Segun Dejo Richards with whom she had a child hit the internet some weeks back. There were claims that following pressures from her friends, relations and close associates, she had decided to end her relationship with a wealthy socialite and reconcile with her ex husband. Reacting to the reports in a recent interview with Punch, Monalisa said:

 “I heard the rumour and couldn’t help but laugh, as usual. Around here, we just write anything whenever truly confirmed stories are not readily available. Whatever I do with my private life is my business. But people are free to speculate as it is part of the business.”

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’s Second Son Weds His Fiancee – Photos


The second son of KICC’s Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Tobi, got married to his fiancee, Toyin Omotayo traditionally at Romfod, Essex, UK yesterday. Pastor Ashimolowo’s first son, Tomi got married in July, if you missed the photos, check them out HERE

Meanwhile, Tobi and Toyin’s church wedding will hold tomorrow Saturday 18th October 2014 at the KICC Prayer City in Kent, UK.

More photos below:

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Wande Coal Touches Down In London For Afrobeat All-Star Concert


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The hustle became harder for Wande Coal since he left Don Jazzy’s Mavins record label; but I think the Mushin singer is doing quite well for himself.

Black Diamonds boss, Wande Coal touched down in London a few hours ago ahead of his performance at the ‘Afrobeat All Star Concert’ in London tonight.

The event, which is packaged by Cash Ellz and Que-B entertainment, will feature Wande Coal as the lead artiste. The ‘Baby Hello’ singer will be supported by other Nigerian pop acts like Sean Tizzle, Lil Kesh and Runtown.

Also to feature at the event, DJ Spinall, DJ Unbeatable and DJ Afro will all be on the wheels of steel at the concert, which will hold at Troxy, 490 commercial road, London.

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Muma Gee and Prince Eke Share Their Twins’ Dedication Photos


Check out photos from Muma Gee and Prince Eke’s baby twins dedication ceremony which took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

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Jonathan Expresses Disappointment At Buhari’s ‘Baseless’ Allegation


President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed disappointment at the “reckless” charges made against his administration by General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), advising the former Head of State to conduct his presidential campaign with regard for the truth.

In a statement signed by Reuben Abati, his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Jonathan said Buhari’s statement reflects very badly on his character.

“We have noted with disappointment and regret, the reckless, baseless and unsupportable charges made against the Jonathan’s Administration yesterday by a supposed elder Statesman, General Muhammadu Buhari,” according to the statement.

“We wholly reject the allegations made by General Buhari against the Jonathan’s administration at yesterday’s declaration of his intention to contest the 2015 presidential elections as an irresponsible denigration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s sincere efforts, over the past four years, to positively transform Nigeria.

“It reflects very badly on the character of the political opposition we now have in Nigeria, that a political leader of General Buhari’s stature will deliberately make such false and uncharitable comments about the elected leadership of his country, merely for personal and sectional political gain.

“The falsity of General Buhari’s anti-Jonathan and anti-PDP claims will be obvious to knowledgeable Nigerians and friends of the country, but for the benefit of others we will like to affirm that there is absolutely no truth whatsoever in his charge that “the last 16 years of PDP Government has witnessed a decline in all critical sectors of life in Nigeria” or that “the economy continues to deteriorate”.

“Statistics and rankings from the National Bureau of Statistics, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other international economic agencies give the lie to General Buhari’s claims on the state of the Nigerian economy.

“As is well known, available figures, statistics and ratings show that the Nigerian economy has consistently maintained an unprecedented growth rate of 6-7% under the Jonathan administration. They also show that the Nigerian economy is now the leading economy in Africa and the 26th largest in the world with a gross domestic product of over $500 billion per annum.

“Also contrary to General Buhari’s assertion yesterday, Nigeria’s agricultural sector is thriving under the reforms being implemented by the Jonathan administration as current production figures show and neither manufacturing nor commerce is “down” as the APC presidential aspirant alleged.

“His most uncharitable and inexcusable accusation against the present administration was that election rigging continues to thrive in Nigeria.

“We trust that all patriotic, objective and non-partisan Nigerians will reject that allegation knowing it to be invalid and they will have the evidence of the progressively freer, fairer and ever more credible elections conducted under the Jonathan administration to support their position.

“Despite the other false accusations General Buhari made against the President who he clearly fears to take on in an honest, issues-driven presidential election contest, President Jonathan will continue to carry forward his transformation agenda in the power sector and other areas.

“The President will not be discouraged or deterred from his objective of repositioning Nigeria for accelerated and inclusive socio-economic development by the partisan and jaundiced views of power seekers like General Buhari who cannot see the obvious results of the current administration’s efforts through their blinkered eyes.

“We also draw the attention of Nigerians to the total lack of originality in the hackneyed manifesto offered to Nigerians yesterday by the APC Presidential aspirant.

“All that General Buhari promises to do are already being done by the Jonathan Administration to the acclaim of ordinary Nigerians and there is no evidence before Nigerians that the APC leader and his acolytes can do them better.

“The retired General is free to renege on his well-publicized pledge not to seek elective office as he has done, but we urge him to conduct his presidential campaign with greater regard for the truth.

“We also urge him to eschew unbecoming false accusations against others like a true elder statesman and to focus his campaign on more original ideas for the promotion of peace, stability, unity and progress in our beloved nation,” the statement read.

Student Gets 24-year Jail Term For Facilitating Exam Malpractices


A 20-year-old is set to spend the next 20 months of his life in prison after an Ikeja High Court found him guilty of the three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and examination malpractices preferred against him.

Abiodun Raheem appeared before Justice Kudirat Jose of the Court on Thursday for creating a website that facilitates examination malpractices.

He entered a plea bargain agreement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti-graft agency that arraigned him before the court.

EFCC counsel, Mr Mohammed Bashir told the court that Raheem conspired to commit the offences on Jan. 27 in Lagos.

According to him, the convict created a website which asked candidates sitting for the May/June West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination to visit the website for help.

He said the website offered solutions and answers to questions at a fee of N4,000 to students who subscribe. It also contained the account details of the convict.

Jose sentenced him to eight months imprisonment on each of the count, following his plea. According to her, the sentences would run concurrently from April 1 when Raheem was arrested and detained for the offences.

Inconsolable Kehinde Oshadipe shattered over twin sister’s death.


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Late Taiwo Oshadipe’s twins sister Kehinde (pictured right at her burial yesterday) is said to still be in a daze over her sudden death which occurred on October 3rd after a brief illness. Their family is said to be worried about Kehinde as she no longer eats well, is sometimes seen talking to herself and has been inconsolable since her twin and partner in everything died

“Her family is really worried about Kehinde. She’s not taking her sister’s death well. They were so close and did everything together. Sometimes she’s seen talking to herself. She has even refused to return to the home they both shared.” a family source told LIB

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Uche Jombo tops Nollywood’s Most Influential Women list. See full list


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ICampus mag, owned by Samuel Olatunji, an entertainment and media entrepreneur just released its list of Nollywood’s Most Influential Women and surprisingly Uche Jombo is at No.1. I would have expected Genevieve or Omotola but what do I know? See full list below and tell us if you agree…

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1. Uche Jombo
2. Genevieve Nnaji
3. Rita Dominic
4. Ini Edo
5. Mercy Johnson.

  1. Blessing Effiong Egbe
  2. Kate Henshaw
  3. Omoni Oboli
  4. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
  5. Emem Isong

All hip-hop artists smoke and drink-Ras Kimono


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A lot of our musicians today are doing even worse than Majek Fashek did. I will say this to those who care to know; show me one hip-hop artist who do not smoke or drink and I will show you five reggae artist who do not smoke or drink. Check all the hip-hop artists, they smoke and drink to stupor because they think that it is a way of being inspired.

why we sacked Keshi-NFF


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President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has said that Coach Stephen Keshi was sacked to safeguard him from the wrath of enraged Nigerian fans, who were on the brink of lynching him during Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Sudan.

Pinnick and other NFF Executive Committee members watched with awe, as fans pelted Keshi with water bottles and stones as they demanded for the head of the 2013 AFCON winner at the Abuja National Stadium, venue of the match, which Nigeria won 3-1 to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Morocco.

Chants of “Keshi must go:, “sack Keshi” and “we don’t want Keshi again” rented the air as fans went overdrive in their bid to get their voices heard by the NFF, who swiftly swung into action in the wee hours of yesterday by axing the former Togo and Mali coach.

I am not contesting for the 2015 presidential election-Oshiomhole


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Governor Adams Eric Oshiomhole of Edo State has laid to rest insinuations on his purported bid for the presidential ticket of his party, the All progressives Congress (APC)

In a statement personally signed by him, Governor Oshiomhole said: “following persistent inquiries from friends, political associates and well-meaning Nigerians both at home and abroad over speculations of my interest in the 2015 presidential election, and media comments by my aides, I wish to categorically state that I am not contesting for the 2015 presidential election. My focus now is to continue with our efforts to accelerate the pace of our development programmes to take Edo State to the next level.

“Today, I believe my party, the APC, has enough credible materials to pick from to fly the party’s flag in the 2015 presidential election.

“Anyone conversant with my antecedents will attest that I am not the type who does things half-heartedly. If I had resolved to run in 2015 I would have come out boldly and publicly to declare my intention.

Senator Rashidi Ladoja debunks newspaper reports linking him with APC


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National Leader of Accord Party (AP) and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has debunked newspaper reports linking him with political deals with the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the purpose of next year’s election, describing it as “total and absolute falsehood”.

Ladoja in a statement signed by his media aide, Alhaji Lanre Latinwo, in Ibadan yesterday affirmed that neither his boss nor the party was involved in any alliance talks with any political party.

According to him, it was true that Senator Ladoja was in Ota to visit former president Olusegun Obasanjo as a mark of respect for the former president who had earlier paid him a condolence visit over the death of his mother, insisting that his visit to Ota was not for any political reason.

The aide averred that his principal, Ladoja did not at any time had any political meeting with the APC leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, saying the latter had not visited the Bodija home, Ibadan of his boss, in the last four years.

Six Ekiti APC lawmakers defect to PDP as Fayose takes over as Governor


 

Six members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Ekiti House of Assembly defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday just as the governor, Kayode Fayemi was leaving office.

They are Adeojo Ayodele (Ekiti South West II Constituency), Olowo Ajiboye (Oye II), Adeloye Adeyinka (Ikole I), Abeni Olayinka (Ado II), Fatunba Olajide (Moba II), and Olugbemi Joseph (Ikole II).

Until now, the APC had 25 of 26 members in the House while PDP had only one.
Mr. Fayemi, who is also a member of the APC, left office following the expiration of his four-year tenure.

The defection of the lawmakers, who were called to the podium, was announced as the new governor, Ayo Fayose was being sworn in.

In his inaugural speech, the new governor said the APC was dead and buried in Ekiti State.

Mr. Fayose governed the state between 2003 and 2006 on the platform of the PDP, which then dominated the House of Assembly.

Snoop Dog Gushes About his wife of 25 years (PHOTOS)


He may be renowned for projecting a gangsta image with ladies around him,however 42 year old Snoop shows there is a big difference between public and private life..After days of online beef with Iggy Azalea. the Dog father apologized and posted this photo with his wife ,Shante Taylor with caption” 25 years,still going strong”.
The met in high school have been married since 1997 and have three kids together .In 2004, he filed for divorce but changed his mind because she was with him before fame …and they decided to work it out

How Soldier & Police Inspector murdered WHO staff over N2.8m


The decomposed body of a staff of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Zamfara State office, Bello Abdullahi Kaura, who was allegedly killed by a soldier and a police Inspector about three months ago, has been discovered.
Impeccable source at the WHO office, who pleaded for anonymity, told the Nigerian Tribune, that the deceased was murdered after he was dispossesed of N2.8 million which was meant to cover the expenses of the July immunisation exercise in Anka Local Government Area of the state.
Source said that when the deceased collected the money, he brought the money home and informed his co-tenants (the soldier and a police inspector) about it.

Findings revealed that the next day, which was the day of the immunisation exercise, the deceased failed to report at his duty post, unknown to his colleagues, he was cajoled by his killers to an unknown destination.
Findings by the Nigerian Tribune revealed that the deceased was taken to a bush along Anka-Gummi Road by his murderers where he was killed.His car was stolen and sold for N800,000, while his cell phone, was sold for N3,000, to a teenager in Anka town.
However, nemesis caught up with the alleged murderers, when one of the relations of the deceased discovered that someone was still using the cell phone of the deceased through the anti-theft device, which the deceased had programmed with his number.
Security operatives were then alerted and subsequently, the user of the phone, the soldier and the police officer, were all apprehended.
In the cause of investigation, the embattled soldier and the police took the security operatives to the scene of the incident and the decomposed body of the deceased was discovered.
When contacted, the Commanding Officer of the 232 Battalion, Gusau Lieutenant Colonel U.B. Onachukwu, confirmed the incident but he added that investigation is still ongoing by combined security operatives of the police, State Security and the military.

I Don’t Have A Fixed Price For Shows – Tuface Idibia


Humility! I mean when you mention Tuface’s name it’s alright to add humility to it. Unlike others who have boasted in the past that they charge, N3m, N5m and even N10m for shows and nothing less than that. Tuface while chatting with reporters from Vanguard said he has no fixed price for shows.

‘I don’t have a particular fixed fee, it depends on the kind of show and what it is all about.’

He also spoke about how he handles female fans and how he politely tells them off without making them upset;

For me it’s a case of ‘Hello, thank you very much’, I try to make them know that what they are looking for isn’t possible. I just say ‘Let me introduce you to one of my single friends’.

Toba Falode & Oyams Alamieyeseigha murdered in Dubai


Here’s a press release from the legal chambers of Festus Keyamo regarding the case of Nigerian youths murdered in Dubai: Toba Falode (left) and Oyams Alamieyeseigha (right). Read below…

It is with a heavy heart and sadness that we received the news of the untimely death of a citizen of Nigeria in Dubai, Mr.Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha. It is particularly painful to note that he died in his prime and under questionable circumstances. We send our heartfelt condolence to the Alamieyeseigha family and pray that God grants them the strength and fortitude to bear the loss.

However, we note the swiftness with which the Federal Government responded to this sad and painful news with a call on the U.A.E authorities to fish out the killers of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha.

However, whilst this action of the Federal Government is commendable, it smacks of double standards. Recall that on 15th of February, 2014, Toba (Tyler) Falode was also murdered in hazy circumstances in Dubai. Recall also that the mother, Aisha Falode took it upon herself to carry out some discreet investigation into those circumstances and has since been crying out for justice for her son. Up till this minute, the Federal Government has not issued a single statement calling on the U.A.E authorities to fish out the killers of Toba Falode. The Federal Government has played the ostrich in the case of Toba, leaving the mother and family grieving alone. The question is, with the swift response in the case of Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha, does the Federal Government value the lives of some of its citizens more than others?

More importantly, it must be said that it is the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government towards the earlier cases of Nigerians murdered abroad like the case of Toba that has emboldened foreigners in foreign lands to snuff the lives out of Nigerians without any qualms. If the Federal Government had shown more interest in the case of Toba, perhaps the precious life of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseighawould have been saved.

We hope this is a bitter lesson to the Federal Government and we hereby re-iterate our call on the Federal Government to show more interest in the quest to find the killers of Toba Falode and bring them to justice.

Thank you.

FESTUS KEYAMO, ESQ.

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Muma Gee & Prince Eke share New Pics of Twins – Caesar and Cleopatra


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Muma Gee and actor Prince Eke‘s twins – Caesar and Cleo.
Too cute!


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Halima Abubakar: “I’m Not Dating Ruggedman, It’s Rubbish!”


Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar has shut down all reports that she is dating Nigerian rapper Ruggedman, calls the stories false and rubbish.
In an interview the model turned actress granted with Encomium Weekly on Saturday October 2014 she said “There is no iota of truth in that. In fact, it makes me upset. I don’t even like redsponding to such rubbish insinuations again. Its rubbish and frivolous. I think by now, those thinking in that direction should know that i should be bigger than that kind of rubbish”
Speculation of the pair dating begun when they spotted together at a club all cosy with each other. The Kano born actress admitted that indeed she and the rapper whose real name is Michael Stephen are friends but it

however doesn’t mean they are involved romantically.

Exclusive Photos from the Inauguration Ceremony of Ayo Fayose as New Ekiti State Governor


Ayo Fayose has been sworn in as the new Governor of Ekiti state. He took his oath of office this afternoon Oct.16th. Present at his wearing in were the Governors of Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bauchi and the national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Muazu Adamu. See more photos below:

How Yinka Ayefele’s Dad Died Hours After His 76th Birthday Celebration


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The father of popular yoruba gospel artiste, Yinka Ayefele is dead. He passed away on Sunday, October 12, a few hours after the celebration of his 76th birthday which held in Ipoti Ekiti.

Yinka Ayefele announced his father’s death on his Facebook page; ” Dad is Gone, High Chief J.T Ayefele. Baami, tears’…”
Yinka told journalists that he was with his late father in Ipoti Ekiti for the birthday celebration and that the septuagenarian even followed him to his car and that it was shocking when he was called before he got back to Ibadan that his father had given up the ghost some minutes after he left Ipoti Ekiti.
The late Ekiti chief was hale and hearty weeks and days before his birthday event, and was believed to have had premonition of his death. We were informed  that it was based on that,  he called his children for a celebration party for his 76th birthday, a request that shocked the family, who knew him as a man who didn’t like public gatherings.

His family had obliged and organised a birthday thanksgiving which they all attended at the Anglican Church, Ipoti Ekiti, only for him to die few hours after the celebration.

According To Forbes List, Michael Jackson Is The Highest-Earning Dead Celebrity


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Even in death, Michael Jackson is still making money like the great Legend he was! Michael is currently the highest earning dead celebrity according to Forbes 2014 list of highest earning dead celebrities,raking in an estimated US$140 million in the past year for his estate.

He earned more than twice as much as singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 andcame in second with US$55 million, and three times more than cartoonist and Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz, who took third place with US$40 million.

 “Few celebrities prove the point that there is (financial) life after death better than Michael Jackson,” Forbes said. It is Jackson’s second straight year atop the list. He regained the title in 2013, a year after being pushed into second place by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Alaafin of Oyo And His Wives Celebrate His Kingly Achievements


The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi has celebrated in grand style his achievements as a king.

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The untiring, unrelenting and the handsome old man has rejoiced in his palaced yesterday, counting all his blessings alongside his 76th birthday party.

The Alaafin of Oyo and his four wives welcomed indigenes of the state who came to felicitate with him on his recent birthday and other achievements at his Palace yesterday. While guests were on the watch, the king was said to have spoken to them and even danced!

The wives were also said to be a beauty to behold. Enjoy viewing more photos below:

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It would be recalled that just recently, Alaafin of Oyo, who is one of the most popular monarchs in Nigeria, was spotted with his four gorgeously dressed wives cruising in a private jet.

Lawmakers Stop Immunity For President, Governors


The House of Representative has exposed the President and Governors to legal prosecution or arrest while still in power.

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This was made known on Wednesday by the House after the final process of the constitutional amendment removed immunity clause from President and Governors, the Nation reports.

It was reported that the House at the plenary approved 71 amendments to the Constitution after an executive session.

The House reportedly placed the National Security Agencies, the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, the Police, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, on a first-line charge from Nigeria’s Consolidated Revenue Account.It was gathered that the required compulsory two-thirds (240 of the 360-member House) for the amendment to pass was met as 252 of the 261 members that voted were in favour of the amendments with only eight voting against the decision while one was reportedly abstained.

The lawmakers also approved that the Senate President or Deputy President and Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives are now to receive pension for life.

It was also gathered that the President will henceforth mandatorily address a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year, if the amendments get the Senate’s concurrence and are approved by two thirds of the 36 state Houses of Assembly.

Senate Allegedly Stalls Consideration Of Report

The consideration of the report of the conference committee on the review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as (further amendment) Bill 2014 was allegedly stalled by the Senate although it was listed in the Order Paper.

The Senate explained that the consideration could not hold due to lack of the required number in the House to execute such consideration.

Meanwhile, Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the Order Paper said the House do consider and approve the report of the Conference Committee on the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (Further Amendment) Bill, 2014. This was listed against the name of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who is also chairman, Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution.

But the leadership of the Senate had insisted that the required number of lawmakers for the consideration of the report of the conference committee could not be achieved, hence the consideration of the report is expected to be done in another legislative day.

It was gathered that the leadership of the Senate revealed that the House did not want to be accused of sidelining some senators while considering the report in their absence. It could not be ascertained if the report would be considered today.

In consideration of the 108-page report, the House approved independent candidacy to participate in general elections; life pension for President, Vice President, Senate President, Deputy Senate President, as well as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives if the occupant was not impeached from office.

The House, however, approved Section 7 (1a) which prohibits appointment of caretaker committee by governors while 7(1b) provides for four-year term to democratically elected council. Subsection 7(1c) grant financial autonomy to local governments.

It also approved the immunity clause, Section 4(7a), which states that; in the course of exercising the foregoing legislative powers, no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted against a member of a legislative House in respect of words spoken or written before the House or a committee thereof.

The above were part of the recommendations of the harmonised report of the Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution review adopted by the lawmakers at the Committee of the Whole.

The report is expected to be transmitted to the 36 Houses of Assembly for concurrence, after the Senate’s concurrence.

Responding on the development, Emeka Ihedioha, Chairman, Ad-Committee on Constitution Review explained that comprehensive deliberations with the Senate on the areas of differences was done with due regard to the wishes of Nigerians.

“At this stage, we also urge you to reach out to your respective House of Assembly members whom Section 9 of the Constitution have made critical and distinctive partners, to support the realisation of the recommendations of the Committee here attached, which we believe is another milestone towards repositioning our fundamental legal framework for public good,” Ihedioha said.

Meanwhile, aside loud session in the Senate on September 25, 2014, Thursday, a loan for the Presidency in the amount of USD1,000,000,000 (over N163bn) has been approved with the information on priority spending leaked.

Wizkid Claims He Does Not Charge N1.5M For Collabos, See How Much He Actually Charges!


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Wizkid has recently been accused of charging N1.5m per collabo and not helping to promote the songs after being featured on the songs. The singer revealed to Netng that he does not

charge N1.5m like female singer Saeon said she paid him, but charges nothing less than N10m for a collaboration. He also says he never pays for collaboration because he is confident of himself.

 ‘I charge N10M for collaboration but I don’t charge the people I love. ‘I don’t pay for collaborations because I’m confident of myself’, the singer said.

KESHI PUT THAT MILK DOWN ITS NOT IN YOU


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Apostle Geoffrey Dabibi Numbere is dead


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News just coming in  indicates that Apostle Geoffrey Dabibi Numbere, founder of Greater Evangelism World Crusade has gone to be with the LORD. He died of prostate cancer.  He went to be with the lord on  15th october 2014
May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Biography of Apostle Geoffrey Dabibi
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Apostle Geoffrey Dabibi Numbere is the Founder
and International Director of Greater Evangelism
World Crusade which has its headquarters in Port
Harcourt, Nigeria. Called and commissioned as an
Apostle by God, Apostle Numbere has for over 40
years, taken the Gospel to many countries in
Africa, USA and the far East. He pioneered the
indigenous Pentecostal evangelism first in the
North and then the old Rivers State (now Rivers
and Bayelsa States) of Nigeria. Amidst much
opposition and persecution, many hardships and
trials, he took the gospel to the downtrodden,
underprivileged, forgotten, sometimes very remote
and dangerous communities of the numerous
islands and villages of Rivers and Bayelsa States.
He is also a Bible teacher and has affected many
lives through his books, newspaper articles, and
his weekly television and radio programmes
“Caught Up”. He was a one time chairman of the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South-
South Zone of Nigeria. He is married to Pastor
(Dr) Nonyem E. Nembere (a medical doctor,
author and conference speaker) and they are
blessed with five children (all ordained Ministers
of the gospel) and grand children.

Aftermath of Imo APC Chairman’s Court Case in Abuja Police Ambush Imo Speaker


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Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, and some members of the state legislature may be guests of the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja in connection to the purported court judgment of a said Calabar Court which they acted upon to conclude that Eze Cletus Ilomuanya was liable to criminal conviction.
It would be recalled that the Imo State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC Hilary Eke, has been having running battle with police authorities in the past few weeks culminating in his arraignment before a Magistrate Court, in Abuja, where he was not only docked for alleged forgery and defamation of character but also detained at Kuje Prisons, Abuja, until stringent bail conditions imposed on him are met before granting him freedom.
Embattled Eze Ilomuanya who have been having altercation with the Okorocha government since 2011, petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Abuja, over an advertorial Ekeh placed in national dailies whereby the said APC Chairman claimed that a Calabar Court had allegedly convicted him some years ago. Pique by the public notice, the monarch of Obinugwu reported to police claiming that Eke be investigated and source of the “purported” judgment which according his lawyer does not exist be unravelled.
Similar to what Eke is going through who as at press time is yet to be left of the work, Trumpeta learnt that Speaker Uwajumogu and about five Members of the House are likely going to visit police headquarters in Abuja to also explain how the received, acted and confirmed that a petition by one Clement Obodo, later named Ikechukwu Obi, that referred to the said Calabar Court conviction.
Based on the foregoing, a fresh petition was reported to have been filed against the state lawmakers who on December 13, 2011, allegedly adopted a resolution on report of an adhoc committee set up by the Speaker based on the said petition. Ilomuanya’s lawyer may have asked the police to also verify the source of the petition which the lawmakers deliberated on and evidences the House relied on to adopt the report asking the governor to go ahead and dethrone Ilomuanya based on their conviction arising from the petition.
The Uwajumogu led state legislature in a suspicious manner claimed it received a petition from one Clement Obodo alleging that Ilomuanya suffered criminal conviction in a Calabar Court which should disqualify him from holding the position of Obi of Obinugwu Ezeship. The suspicion became rife when the House changed the name of the claimant from the said Clement Obodo to Ikechukwu Obi after Obinugwu people trooped en masse to the Assembly complex to protest the lawmakers’ action by stating that no Obinugwu person bears the name “Clement Obodo”.
On the said day of Dec 14, 2011 day the Assembly members took on the members, it took them only three hours to act on a report of the committee hurriedly raised by the speaker, an action that is averse to due process in the legislature. Members of the committee were Honourables Innocent Ekeh, (Owerri West) Kevin Obioha (Njaba) Adaku Ihuoma (Ahiazu) and Acho Ihim (Okigwe). The committee is headed by member representing Ngor Okpala, Emeka Nwofor.
According to the report of the committee, after conducting investigation, the governor should go ahead based on their conviction of the sanctity of the purported petition as alleged by the Obi.
However, Ilomuanya rushed to court to counter the resolution of the House and succeeded in obtaining judgment through Justice Nnadi who on March 20th, 2013 quashed the decision of the House. Till date, the state lawmakers has neither challenged the court action nor reacted that their resolution was based on existing facts.
Since the Imo Assembly are regarded as partners in propagating of the purported Calabar Court matter, police men acting on the petition are said to be launching man hunt for the elected members of the House, believed to have been involved in the resolution. Those said to be affected and likely to answer police call is the Speaker, Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Nwafor and his committee members.
Trumpeta learnt that because of their esteemed status, letters of invitation may be extended to visit Abuja police for interrogation.

IMO PDP CHIEFS STOP RETURN OF OKOROCHA THREATEN MASS DEFECTION


IMO PDP CHIEFS STOP RETURN OF OKOROCHA THREATEN MASS DEFECTION FRESH REQUEST FOR ORLU ZONE SENATE RECEIVES ATTACKS TENSION IN IMO APC, GOVERNOR’S CAMP AS MEDIA AIDE DENIES PLANNED DEFECTION

The moves by the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has created problems among PDP members who have threatened to leave the party enmasse if Okorocha is allowed to return to the party for the purpose of his second term bid in office.
Since Trumpeta Newspaper broke the news about Okorocha’s plot to stage a come-back to the party he dumped in 2011 for the All progressives Grand Alliance APGA, under which platform he fought and removed PDP Government from office, Imo PDP top shots have relocated to Abuja, the Nation’s capital where a series of meetings have been going on to frustrate Okorocha’s efforts to take over the party’s structure as its governorship candidate in 2015 election.
Trumpeta can authoritatively report that a great number of PDP members are against Okorocha joining the party, even though no body can constitutionally stop the Ogboko born Ideato South LGA politician pitching tent with any political party of his choice.
This Newspaper learnt that all the PDP Governorship Aspirants in Imo have shown their disdain in the matter, as they believe that Okorocha’s return to PDP will dash their own hopes after sustaining the party all these years.
Not only that, they argue that Okorocha has done every thing possible to destroy PDP in Imo, including occasional insults on President Jonathan, only to now feel that it is in PDP he will realize his 2015 dreams to win a second term election in Imo State.
Okorocha antonogists believe that the Governor had a systematic plot to impoverish Imo PDP followers, which he has been following to the letter since the last three years, and therefore should not be allowed to now reap from where he did not sow.
However, despite all the concern shown by Imo PDP members, Trumpeta learnt that the Presidency is already negotiating to receive Okorocha back to PDP any time from now.
It was learnt that the Presidency yesterday had a crucial meeting with some Imo PDP top shots on the Okorocha matter.
Those in attendance include Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Dr. Mrs. Kema Chikwe, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Senator Hope Uzodinma, Chief ID Nwoga, Col Lambert Iheanacho, Barr. Eze Duruiheoma and others.
Though Trumpeta could not ascertain fully all that transpired in the meeting, but it was learnt that the issue of zoning Imo Governorship topped the Agenda, as it was agreed that even if Okorocha returns to PDP, he should bury the dream of going for a second term as that will make it 16 years Orlu Zone has held to Government House Owerri, to the detriment of Okigwe and Owerri Zones.
Trumpeta learnt that at this juncture emmeseries from Okorocha agreed that the Governor may prefer that Orlu Senatorial seat instead of nothing at all in 2015, a submission which Trumpeta learnt Senator Hope Uzodinma kicked against.
However, Trumpeta sources said the meeting ended without a conclusion on when or whether Okorocha will return to PDP, but independent sources confirmed to Trumpeta that it is just a matter of weeks before Okorocha returns to PDP because the idea is that he should join before the party carries out its delegate elections this month.
But feelers coming from PDP members indicate that the party will lose many followers as thousands of Imo PDP members have indicated interest to leave the party in droves should Okorocha join the party.
Their anger is that Okorocha neither treated Imo PDP members as those in same party with him before he jumped to APGA in 2011, nor did he bother to feel for them as he unleashed draconian policies on them, together with every plot to destroy any thing that has to do with PDP, including demolishing structures erected by former PDP governors in the state.
Meanwhile, the Okorocha plot to return to PDP has cooled activities of the PDP Governorship Aspirants, as they are all now confused of what is the fate of their projects, since Okorocha’s return will destroy all their plans.
Trumpeta has it from a reliable source that President Goodluck Jonathan is disposed to receiving Okorocha within the PDP family, as he is desperate for PDP to take over Imo State in 2015, and to wicken Governor Rotimi Amaechi in Rivers State, and wipe out APC from Igboland, since Imo is the only state in the South East occupied by an APC Governor.
It was learnt that Okorocha will be delighted to join PDP as it will bring him into the good book of President Goodluck Jonathan, and spare him some problems after leaving office. Again Okorocha, it was learnt has discovered that APC cannot fly in the South East, and is now looking for an escape route, since his ambition to be the Vice Presidential candidate of APC may not materialize, while he may also suffer defeat if he executes his second term under APC.
Meanwhile, the centre can no longer hold in the camp of the governor of Imo State following air of disquiet reigning in Government House, Owerri over the rumour mill that Owelle Rochas Okorocha is plotting to return to PDP. While no official had the courage to discuss the matter in the open, most govt officials and office holders have been maintaining sealed lips except for a terse statement from the media Aide to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo denying the move.
An incident that shows that uneasy calm pervades the seat of power is an unsavoury scene between the Speaker Hon. Ben Uwajumogu and security details in Govt House Owerri.
Trumpeta learnt that Uwajumogu was slightly humiliated as a result of the tensed situation in Okorocha’s camp when he was delayed from attending a crucial meeting Okorocha summoned for some monarchs, appointees and party facilitators. It was gathered that as soon as the governor entered for the meeting which commenced at about 2pm in the afternoon, an order was given for no thoroughfare. This was the order until Speaker Uwajumogu arrived. His convoy of cars was not allowed access before he alighted to make it by foot. Same fate befell Anwuka, the SSG before he crossed the hurdles to join the meeting.
Some aspirants under APC for the 2015 election were said to be troubled by the report of Okorocha planned return to PDP as they reserved their comments.
Meanwhile, the statement from Okorocha noted that the governor has never contemplated “and to say the least, does not think about joining the PDP because there is no reason for that either at the moment or in the nearest future especially when PDP is now stagnant in Imo State, thinking about which leg to put forward first”.
The statement noted that the presence of Gov Godswill Akpabio and T.A Orji of Abia State to the governor’s daughter’s wedding is not unusual to indicate he is joining PDP.

Culled from Trumpeta

Siasia appointed U-23 Eagles Coach


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Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has appointed former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia as the new coach of the Under-23 team.The NFF took the decision at its Executive Committee meeting which held yesterday and lasted till the wee hours of Thursday at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.SiasiaThe last time Siasia held that position he won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, losing 1-0 to Argentina in the soccer final, a goal scored by Angel Di Maria for the Argentines.

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Keshi sacked, Amodu appointed caretaker coach


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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked Stephen Keshi, coach of the country’s national team, the Super Eagles. The Cable reports that the decision was made Wednesday night by the executive committee of the newly constituted Nigeria Football Federation, at a meeting at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Keshi, will now be replaced by Shaibu Amodu, a former coach of the team. He will be supported by Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu. Garba Lawal, a former player will serve as the team ‘s coordinator.

Amodu as a caretaker coach, will take charge of the team for the last two matches in the qualifying round for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Keshi’s three-year contract with NFF actually expired at the end of the World Cup in Brazil, where he led the team to the second round of the competition, just after winning the African Cup of Nations.
The team have had a run of bad results since then, losing to Sudan and Congo in the Group A qualifiers and drawing with South Africa. The team rccorded a 3-1 victory over Sudan in Abuja on Wednesday.

But the NFF executives did not seem to be impressed to give Keshi a new contract, more so since Keshi had boasted that he has several African countries waiting to hire him.

2015: elders in Ikot Ekpene adopt Jonathan, Akpabio


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The second term presi­dential bid of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the senatorial ambition of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, have received the unanimous endorsement of leaders, elders and stake­holders of Ikot Ekpene Sena­torial District.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the Senatorial District Elders and Stakeholders’ meet­ing in lkot Ekpene, which was attended by sons and daughters of the area.

In the communiqué, they declared their support for the sole candidacy of President Jonathan and Governor Akpa­bio in next year’s general elec­tions, stating that their leader­ship strides, as evidenced in the eventful governance of the nation and the state in the last seven years, as their reason.

 

2015: Abdulsalami Urges Nigerians To Maintain Existing Peace


abdulsalami-abubakarAs the 2015 general election approaches, former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has advised Nigerians to maintain the existing peace and tranquility in the country.

He gave the advice in Gombe State on Tuesday.

He said; “The most expensive commodity in Nigeria now is peace. So I appeal to Nigerians as we go into 2015 elections, we should do our best to maintain the peace and tranquility in this country.

“So I appeal to all because all of us have a role to play in maintaining the peace in this country. So we must approach the elections with all sense of responsibility”.

The former head of state reminded politicians that “election is not a do or die affair. In any competition, there is a winner and when a winner emerges, the loser should please accept and know that there cannot be two winners at the same time.

“After all, in Nigeria, governance is for four years. Before the twinkling of an eye, it will come and go”.

While assessing the democratic journey 15 years after he handed over, Gen. Abdulsalami said there is always room for improvement as nation building is a never-ending process.

PDP Welcomes Buhari To Presidential Race, Faults His Claim On Electricity, Economy


olisa metuhThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Abuja welcomed the former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to the 2015 presidential contest.

Mr Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, however, in a statement, faulted some claims made by the former head of state at the formal declaration of his intention to join the race.

“While we congratulate and wish him well in his ambition, we have noted some distortions and misrepresentation of facts in his speech and consequently wish to put the record straight.

“According to Gen. Buhari, Nigeria was generating 4,000 MW of electricity in 1999 but has today fallen short of that capacity under the PDP.

“However, the fact remains that as at May 29th 1999 when PDP took office, Nigeria was generating 1,600 MW.

“We urge Nigerians to fact-check on this. Corroboration of this figure can also be sought from the World Bank, the IMF and multiple other authoritative sources”, Metuh said.

He added that it was common knowledge that under the transformative leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria now generated 4,568 MWS of electricity; a triple of what was generated in 1999.

Metuh added that the assertion by Buhari that a growing economy which the PDP inherited in 1999 had been destroyed within 15 years in office does not represent the reality on the ground.

The facts, he said, could be verified from the hand-over notes from the military, the World Bank and IMF which stated that Nigeria was the third largest economy in Africa in 1999, behind South Africa and Egypt.

“The nation is also rated number 48 in the world; our Foreign Reserve at 3.6 billion dollars while our foreign debt stood at 36 billion dollars”, the PDP spokesman further said.

He added that it was incontrovertible that in the last 15 years of PDP leadership, especially the last three years of purposeful administration provided by President Jonathan, Nigeria’s economy had become the largest in Africa.

The country, Metuh said, was the 26th largest in the world, adding that its Foreign Reserve was now over 39 billion dollars while its foreign debts had reduced to less than 7 billion from 36 billion dollars.

He said the fact remained that in the last 15 years under the PDP and the last three years of vigorous application of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, there had been an unparalleled government input in agriculture.

This, he noted, had made production high while the country`s food import had reduced from N1.1 trillion in 2010 to N684 billion currently.

“We understand that the APC is hell-bent on using every opportunity at its disposal to discredit the PDP in quest for political control.

“We urge their handlers to always cross-check their facts and stop making mockery of respected Nigerians in the mould of Gen. Buhari”, Metuh said.

He expressed hope that in the future, Gen. Buhari would not allow himself to be further embarrassed in the course of his political campaign. (NAN)

Presidency Describes Atiku, Buhari As ‘Serial Losers’, Denies Jonathan Tenure Elongation Plot


Atiku Abubakar-Muhammadu BuhariThe Presidency on Wednesday dismissed the report in an online medium which alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan is plotting to use the insurgency in the North-East as an excuse to elongate his tenure illegally by two years.

Briefing State House correspondents, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, described the report as false and a ploy to embarrass Mr. Jonathan.

Okupe also dismissed the declaration by former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to contest the 2015 presidential election, saying they do not pose a threat to President Jonathan’s ambition should he decide to contest because “they are serial failures”.

According to Okupe, owing to the huge pressure being brought to bear on President Jonathan from diverse quarters for him to contest the 2015 election, the president would make necessary consultations and make his decision known “soon”.

Speaking on the declaration by Buhari and Atiku, the presidential aide said: “You know Yoruba people have one proverb which says it is the biggest Masquerade that comes out last. The declaration by the opposition is not really something new. Most of the candidates of the opposition are serial failures. Atiku (Abubakar) has tried twice and has failed, (Gen Mohammadu) Buhari has done it four times and he has failed. If you present yourself for an election, first, second, third and fourth times, what new things are they bringing? Have they gone to school or are they bringing new things.

“We are absolutely unperturbed. The president is going to contest against serial losers. People who never win election. People who have no leadership quality and it is even now worse for them because this president has been given four years a platform which he has demonstrated his administrative capability, efficiency and delivery. It is unarguable that these people in the APC, it is a new and good party, they would become relevant from 2019 upward, not now”, he said.

On the report that the president was planning to use insurgency in the north eastern part of the country to elongate his tenure, Okupe said there was no iota of truth in the report.

“This is something that is not true, this type of false information is quite characteristic and it is the hallmark of Sahara reporters in particular. But still, in order that the world is not misled, I want to state categorically here that there is no iota of truth whatsoever in that statement. There is nothing like that. And this is not the president that would do a thing like that and there is no reason whatsoever for this president to do that.

“This is the same president that, as you must have heard recently, over 12 million Nigerians have signed asking him to come out and run. All the stakeholders in his party, the PDP, have endorsed him and are actually asking him to come out and make his declaration to run and it is quite a logical thing to do because there is no reason of changing the winning team.

“Again, the issue also is that as it is everywhere in the world, endorsement itself is not undemocratic because it is a normal pattern in democratic parlance that when you have a sitting president. And he is interested in a rerun, usually he is given the first choice of refusal and the president is yet to make public his desire, but this news from Sahara reporters is absolutely untrue, it is falsehood and we deny it in all its entirety because it is part of the calculated attempts by the opposition to throw everything into the arena to embarrass this president”.

On when the president would formally make his intention known, Dr Okupe said it is “my believe that it will be after due consideration that he will take an appropriate decision that would be in the larger interest of the party and the nation but I don’t see this being too long from now”.

FG’s Reaction To Death Of Alamieyeseigha Son Smacks Of Double Standards – Keyamo


Festus-KeyamoRadical lawyer and rights activist, Festus Keyamo Esq, has accused the Federal Government of bias in its response to the death of Oyamuyefa, son of former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Keyamo said the swiftness with which the government intervened to resolve the issues surrounding the death of Oyamuyefa, smacks of double standards following the government’s lukewarm intervention in the alleged murder of the son of ace sports broadcaster, Aisha Falode, in the same city.

Oyamuyefa, a student schooling in Dubai, reportedly died in unclear circumstances with some reports saying he might have committed suicide. His family thinks he was murdered and intends to seek justice.

In a statement condoling the former governor and his family, President Goodluck Jonathan said the Federal Government would assist the Alamieyeseigha family to get to the root of their son’s death.

“President Jonathan assures Chief Alamieyeseigha and his family of the full support of the Federal Government as they strive to unravel the true circumstances of the young man’s death”, a statement by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati read.

While commiserating with the Alamieyeseigha family for what he described as a “particularly painful” loss, Mr. Keyamo berated the federal government for showing no interest in the call by Ms. Falode whose son, Toba, was allegedly pushed to his death from a high-rise apartment block in Dubai on February 15.

“Whilst this action of the Federal Government is commendable, it smacks of double standards. Recall that on 15th of February, 2014, Toba (Tyler) Falode was also murdered in hazy circumstances in Dubai. Recall also that the mother, Aisha Falode took it upon herself to carry out some discreet investigation into those circumstances and has since been crying out for justice for her son”, Mr Keyamo said.

“Up till this minute, the Federal Government has not issued a single statement calling on the U.A.E authorities to fish out the killers of Toba Falode. The Federal Government has played the ostrich in the case of Toba, leaving the mother and family grieving alone. The question is, with the swift response in the case of Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha, does the Federal Government value the lives of some of its citizens more than others?”

The Lagos-based lawyer noted that unlike the swift response of the government in the death of Oyamuyefa, the nonchalant response of the government in the death of Nigerians abroad has emboldened foreigners to target Nigerians without consequences.

“If the Federal Government has shown more interest in the case of Toba, perhaps the precious life of Mr. Oyamuyefa Alamieyeseigha would have been saved”, the lawyer said.

Keyamo recalled that despite sending written statement from witnesses, who confirmed that Toba’s alleged murderer confessed to the crime to the Dubai authorities eight months ago, nothing has been done.

“We hope this is a bitter lesson to the Federal Government and we hereby re-iterate our call on the Federal Government to show more interest in the quest to find the killers of Toba Falode and bring them to justice”, he said.

Oritsejafor Calls For Three-Day Prayers, Fasting


Ayo OritsejaforThe Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has raised the alarm over the persistence of wickedness and acts of evil in the country, saying such acts have bedeviled the country and held her back from progressing.

National President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, therefore, called on Nigerians to embark on a three days fasting and prayers simultaneously in all places of worship to atone for sins committed before God.

According to Oritsejafor, the prayers expected to hold simultaneously in churches and places of worship in all states and Local Governments in Nigeria, shall commence on Friday, Oct. 17 and end on Sunday Oct. 19.

The CAN president in a statement which he personally signed on Wednesday in Abuja, said the spiritual exercise became necessary due to the persistence of wickedness and acts “that have plagued our dear nation and is preventing the full rain of blessings on our land”.

He said, “On behalf of CAN, I wish to draw the attention of brothers and sisters in the Lord to the persistence of wickedness and acts that have plagued our dear nation and is preventing the full rain of blessings on our land.

“These acts, as we should have been aware, are not normal and ordinary to some of us and therefore calls for action on our part as spiritual leaders. It is against this background that I call on the Nigerian Christian community to embark on a three-day national fasting and prayer programme for peace and unity in Nigeria and for effectual prayers that the wickedness of the wicked come to an end and the rain of blessings to fall on Nigeria”.

Boko Haram: Military Begins Trial Of 59 Soldiers Accused Of Mutiny, Insubordination


SOLDIERS-MUTINYFifty nine Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday in Abuja appeared in an Army General Court Martial on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny.

All the accused soldiers pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, J.E. Nwosu, an army Captain, alleged that the accused had on August 4, in Maiduguri, refused to join the 111 Special Forces Battalion troops, commanded by Timothy Opurum, a Lieutenant Colonel for advance operation.

Mr. Nwosu said the operation was meant to recapture Delwa, Bulabulin and Damboa in Borno State from the Boko Haram terrorists.

According to him, the offence is punishable under Section 52(1) (a) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The prosecution called the commander of the 111 Special Forces, Lt.-Col. Opurum, as one of the witnesses.

He also tendered the statement of the commander and was admitted by the court and marked as Exhibit P1.

Mr. Opurum, in his testimony, said the Special Forces were tasked with advancing to recapture Delwa to clear the way for other battalions to pass through to recapture Babulin and Damboa from the insurgents.

He said he took off for the operation with only four officers and 29 soldiers as “tasked” after majority of the 174 soldiers in the unit refused to join the operation.

The witness said after he took charge of the Special Forces, he addressed and assured them that they could achieve the task given to them.

He, however, said the soldiers were “hesitant to partake in the operation” in spite of the assurances.

Under cross examination by Femi Falana, who appeared for the accused, Mr. Opurum said 47 of the soldiers who initially refused, later rejoined the forces for another operation.

Mr. Opurum said the 47 came back after he called for reinforcement when they came under attack from the terrorists, who out-numbered them with superior weapons.

Asked if the soldiers refused to fight or refused to join the operation because of lack of superior weapons, he said all units in the North-East had requested for weapons.

On the disciplinary measure taken against the 47 soldiers, who initially refused, he said the process for that was to begin when they were court martialled.

At this juncture, Mr. Falana made an oral application to the court for the record of weapons recovered from the 47 soldiers, when they initially refused to join the operations.

The President of the Court, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yusuf, said the application had been noted “for action” and adjourned hearing till Thursday to enable the prosecution call another witness.

The General Court Martial was inaugurated on Oct. 2 to try 97 soldiers, including 15 senior officers for mutiny. (NAN)

Kwara To Hand Over Grant Aided Schools Back To Owners


Abdulfatah Ahmed2Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has restated the readiness of government to hand over grant aided schools to proprietors who expressed the desire to wholly run the schools.

Ahmed made this known on Wednesday during an interaction with stakeholders in the education sector drawn from faith and community based schools in the state.

He also said that government was ready to fully take over schools whose owners were willing to hand them over to the government.

Ahmed said that government had sent the enabling bill to the State House of Assembly for appropriate legal backing for the new education policy.

The governor assured stakeholders that government would pursue every opportunity to guarantee that every child would have access to quality education for the greater good of the society.

He said the new policy would be guided by transparency, collective responsibility and focus on the future of the Kwara child.

“If we want a brighter future for our children and the nation to compete favourably in the international community, we must be concerned about the quality of education we deliver to the future leaders”, Ahmed said.

He said that government would ensure equity, justice and fairness to make quality education accessible to Kwara children.

Ahmed told the stakeholders that it was imperative for government to review the concept of grant aiding faith and community based schools in compliance with modern realities.

“Every stakeholder in all sectors of the society must comply with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees freedom of worship for all and sundry.

“This is the way we can continue to live in peace”, he said.

The Emir of Shonga, Dr Haliru Yahaya, commended the state government for initiating the session between government and stakeholders in the education sector.

Yahaya said that through dialogue, much would be achieved in sustaining peace in the state, adding that rumour should not be allowed to foster. (NAN)

Kaduna 2015: El-Rufai Urges Supporters To Shun Politics Of Blackmail


Nasir-el-RufaiA former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday in Kafanchan, headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area, asked members of the party to refrain from what he described as politics of blackmail.

The aspirant told party members to rather embrace issue-based politics geared towards national development.

He made the call while on tour of Southern Kaduna as part of his campaign strategy to woo people of the area ahead of the 2015 governorship election in the state.

This marks the second time in less than a month that the former minister would visit Southern Kaduna. The first time was when he visited Fadan Kagoma, the hometown of former governor of the state, late Patrick Yakowa, to formally inform people of the town of his gubernatorial ambition.

Speaking yesterday, El-Rufai urged APC members against responding to politics of blackmail, asking them instead to stick to issue-based politics to encourage development.

The former minister, who addressed the APC members in Kafanchan town, also condemned the series of killings in the area which he described as “ungodly and desecration of humanity”.

He further urged members of the party not to personalise issues, noting that he was not aspiring to govern the state for selfish interest but for the good of the people and the state.

“We shouldn’t personalise issues. It is not about El-Rufai; it is about the state and the people”, he said.

El-Rufai added that “It is about getting capable leadership to run government with justice, fear of God and vision.

“In the name of God, don’t blackmail any one; don’t engage anyone in harsh words; instead play issue-based politics. Like I said, it is not about me.

“I also thank you for ignoring fabricated hate messages being attributed to my person. Thank you for also not replying sponsored campaign of calumny. The beauty is, once you do thorough checks, you will realise that they are politically motivated; they have helped this project immensely because society knows the truth.

“What we need immediately is a government that must sincerely invest in education, health, good governance, economy, infrastructure, population structure and demographic dividend so as to save the future”.

Buhari Declares For Presidency, Describes Boko Haram As ‘Godless Murderers, Kidnappers’


BuhariA former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Wednesday commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their courage in the battle against the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

Buhari, who gave the commendation at the Eagle Square, Abuja, where he declared his intention to contest the 2015 presidential elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the Nigerian military deserved to be celebrated for their perseverance and urged Nigerians to resolve to rid the country of Boko Haram.

“I would like us to place on record our appreciation for the efforts of our Armed Forces under the new leadership and police in confronting these challenges. This is an occasion to celebrate and appreciate their efforts”.

Declaring his interest, the retired army general said: “I humbly wish to present myself before you, before all Nigerians and before God, seeking to be elected as APC’s presidential candidate”.

He said he was in the race because “nearly all are in fear of their lives or safety for themselves and their families due to insurgency by the godless movement called Boko Haram.

“By marauding murderers in towns and villages, armed robbers on the highways and kidnappers who have put whole communities to fright and sometimes to flight”.

Outlining his nine-point agenda, Buhari promised to tackle corruption which he described as “blatant and widespread. The rest of the world looks at Nigeria as the home of corruption. Nigeria is a country where stealing is not corruption”.

Other critical areas he promised to look into if elected are solid mineral exploitation and reviving industries to attract employment and restoring honour and integrity to public service.

The event was attended by prominent members of All Progressives Congress across the country, including Governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo; Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa and Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.

Other dignitaries included ex-Bayelsa governor, Chief Timipre Silva; former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna State, Audi Yaro Makama; ex-Speaker Bello Masari, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Senator Ali Ndume, Senator Magaji Abdullahi, Senator Ibrahim Musa, Senator Anthony Adeyemi, Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, Senator Sadiq Yar’Adua, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, Barr.  Sharon Ikpeazu, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, Mallam Shehu Sani, Brig. General John Shagaya, Senator Kanti Bello, Senator George Akume, Malam Nasir El-Rufai and Dino Melaye.

Information Nigeria reports that the former head of state’s declaration is the fourth since the return to democratic rule in 1999.

In 2003, he contested the presidential election on the platform of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) against Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP but he was defeated.

He again came out in 2007 on the platform of ANPP but lost to another PDP candidate and fellow Katsina State indigene, Umaru Yar’Adua.

In 2010, Buhari left the ANPP for a party he helped build from the scratch – the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) – where he picked the presidential ticket of the party and vowed that the 2011 general elections would be his last shot at the presidency. He, again, lost to a PDP candidate, incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

If he clinches the APC ticket to contest the 2015 presidential poll, Buhari would have contested for the highest office in the land an unprecedented record fourth time.

Taraba Assembly Passes Vote Of Confidence On Ag. Gov. Umar, Speaker


garba-umarThe Taraba House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence on the state Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, and the Speaker, Mr Josiah Kente.

This follows a motion moved by Alhaji Muhammed Abdulkarim, (PDP), representing Ibi Constituency, in the house.

Abdulkarim, in a motion, said the abilities of Umar and Kente in handling the political crisis that engulfed the state occasioned by the return of Gov. Danbaba Suntai from medical trip in London deserved commendation.

“I move to bring to the notice of this house the need to pass a vote of confidence on Umar and Kente given their roles in maintaining peace and development in the state.

“Their leadership qualities deserve commendation by all well-meaning Taraba people to encourage them to do more for the state”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 16 out the 24 members of the house that were present at the sitting unanimously adopted the motion.

Eight members of the house were absent at the sitting. (NAN)