NFF gives Amodu 66-man list


…coach to recall Ike Uche

The Super Eagles interim manager, Amodu Shuaibu yesterday disclosed that a 66-man list has been handed over to him by the technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation to pick players that will prosecute the last two matches in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.
Amodu said that the 66 players include those plying their trade locally as well as on the foreign scene.
The interim manager, who was at the Glasshouse to hold discussion with the leadership of the technical department told sports writers that the current development, is what is obtainable all over the world.
“What the technical department has done for me is very good…they have just provided me with a list of 66 players drawn from both home and abroad. Every Nigerian doing well in whatever league irrespective of the distance will get a look in as we prosecute the remaining fixtures,” he said.
He added that he will hold meeting with his technical crew to draw a road map for the task ahead.
“I will hold meetings with my technical  team with a view to  fashioning out how we can pick the remaining 6 points…it is not for me alone to do the work, it is  for all of us,” Amodu added.

On his position as Director of technical matters in the federation, Amodu said that he made his position known to the NFF board as he believed his on a rescue mission which the federation thinks he can handle.
“I made my position very clear to the president. To make things easy, I wanted to be announced from the technical department where I was already given a job.
“If they decided to return me fully back to the job, I was already given, good and fine, if not…you all know me, I am not looking for a job, what am I simply doing is a rescue job which they have found me worthy to deliver because of my past records,” Amodu concluded.
Meanwhile, Amodu yesterday hinted that out-of-favour Super Eagles striker Uche Ikechukwu may be invited to battle for a shirt as the country struggles for a place in the finals of the 2015 AFCON in Morocco.
Amodu told reporters that he was going to call the Villarreal FC of Spain player on phone to congratulate him for his feat in the Spanish league and discuss the possibility of having him back to the national team.

Cabinet reshuffle: Onwuliri now Minister of Education (State)


President Goodluck Jonathan has redeployed the Minister of Foreign Affairs I, Professor Viola Onwuliri to the Ministry of Education as Minister of State to replace Nyesom Wike who resigned to pursue political ambitions.

Jonathan, at today’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting also named supervisory ministers to replace the ministers who quit the cabinet on Monday.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II Nurudeen Mohammed is now supervising Minister of Information; the Special Duties Minister Tanimu Turaki, now supervising Minister of Labour; while the Minister of State for Health, Khaliru Alhassan is now supervising Minister of Health.
The supervising Minister of Information disclosed this development to State House journalists after the FEC meeting.

Mohammed said the president also directed the Ministers of Defence, Industry and Niger Delta Affairs, Aliyu Gasau, Olusegun Aganga and Stephen Oru respectively to supervise their ministries of state.
It would be recalled that the Ministers of Information, Labour, Health, State for Education, State for Industry, State for Defence and State for Niger Delta, Labaran Maku, Emeka Nwogu, Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nyeson Wike, Sam Ortom, Musiliu Obanikoro, Ishaku Darius respectively resigned to pursue their gubernatorial ambitions.

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APC presidential race: I won’t step down – Kwankwaso


Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday said he will not step down for anyone in the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.

The Kano State governor is among APC’s four presidential aspirants, the others being retired General Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.
Since Senator Bukola Saraki announced he was shelving his ambition to be president last week, Kwankwaso is reported to have come under pressure to step down for Buhari in order to avoid rancour in the party.
There have also been calls for consensus candidacy in APC such that other aspirants would back the former Head of State.
But Kwankwaso told journalists in Kano yesterday he was staying in the race and was not under pressure to quit for anyone.
He also expressed preference for conducting primaries to going for consensus.
“I’m not under any pressure to step down for anybody. In fact nobody asked me to step down for anybody and doing that will not be even good for the party,” he said.

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PDP’ll Reclaim Ogun In 2015, Complete Amosun’s Road Construction Projects – Gbenga Daniel


gbenga-danielA former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Tuesday said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reunited and in pole position to reclaim the governorship seat of the state in 2015 even as he said the party would complete the road construction work being executed currently by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration.

He spoke at the reunification rally tagged ‘OGD returns’ held at the PDP secretariat, Abeokuta.

The former governor said the party lost the 2011 governorship election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, due to the internal wrangling, which led to his forming the Peoples Party of Nigeria.

He said, “After we lost the 2011 governorship election, people appealed to us to settle our differences and re-unite. We thank God today we have reconcile our differences.

“The current government in the state is not a good government. We thank God for the level of work done by the current administration.

“But I want to emphasise that PDP will win the governorship election in 2015 which will enable us to complete the road construction being done by the current administration. We will not only complete them, we will do their inauguration”.

At the reunification rally, which attracted other PDP big wigs such as Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Chief Sule Onabiyi, former Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation committee, PDP South-West, Buruji Kashamu among others, Daniel explained that the current APC-led administration had sold lies to the public about the debt profile of the state in 2011.

According to him, contrary to the allegation that his government left behind a debt of N48bn, the actual debt profile at the time was N3.7bn.

He said, “There was an important term report that showed N13bn debt in 2007. But, in May 29, 2011 it was N3.7bn”.

Daniel also said he found out that the Amosun-led administration has borrowed over N200bn within three years.

Arms Deal: S’Africa Failed Us, They Owe Nigeria An Apology, Says Obanikoro


GEJ-ObanikoroThe immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has demanded an apology from the South African Government to Nigeria for embarrassing the country following the confiscation of $15 million meant for the procurement of military hardware for security agencies to better aid them in the campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Obanikoro said the action of the South African Government was unacceptable, unnecessary and unfair as the two deals, which led to the seizures of the funds, were not legal.

According to the former minister, the South Africans should have a better understanding of the use of cash for arms procurement as that was the procedure they followed in purchasing arms during the long period of their struggle against apartheid.

He pointed out that South Africa failed Nigeria during a period of dire need.

The southern African country, he said, benefitted immensely from Nigeria during the dark days of apartheid rule and rather than repay Nigeria’s good deeds, went all out to embarrass the country.

He said, “What South Africa did to us is unacceptable, it is not fair, it is not just and it was unnecessary.

“Here is a nation that stood by them during their time of need. If there is any country that should understand the need to use cash to procure ammunition or weapons, it is South Africa, because during their days of struggling for liberation, that’s what they were doing.

“They have gone through a very long struggle for liberation to get to where they are today, and most of the weapons they used and procured during these struggle were through cash transactions.

“We were in a very dire situation at that point in time and we needed that push at that particular time and they failed us.

“For me, I can speak now as an ordinary citizen of Nigeria, I think South Africa failed Nigeria and they owe Nigeria an unreserved apology. Look at the other bank transaction that was done through the bank, I think they went out deliberately to embarrass us, and they owe us an apology”.

Recall that South African authorities had seized US$5.7 million arms money from Nigeria, almost one month after another $9.3 million cash reportedly ferried into the country by two unidentified Nigerians and an Israeli for arms purchase was confiscated, bringing the total amount seized to $15 million (about N2 billion).

The matter is being resolved amicably between both countries through diplomatic channels especially after the Nigerian Government threatened to impose strict sanctions on South African companies operating in the country.

Police Parade Dogs That Attacked 4Yr-Old Boy In Lagos


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The Lagos State Police Command has stated that only the courts could decide the fate of the two dogs, which attacked and ate off the scalp on a four year old boy, Omonigho Abraham’s head in Akesan Estate, Igando area of Lagos State, earlier this month.

The command, which paraded the two dogs at its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State on Tuesday, added that the dogs had been medially examined and found to be rabies and Ebola-free.

The State Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti, said it was important to parade the dogs so as to dismiss insinuations that they had been released to the owner.

He said, “We have brought the dogs out so that the public would know that they are still in police custody. They have been examined and show no negative trait. It is only the court that will decide what happens to them. The police cannot decide to kill the dogs”.

A police veterinary officer, Yahaya Usman, also told journalists at the headquarters that the medical record showed the dogs had neither rabies nor other dog-related diseases.

He said, “So far, they have not shown any negative trait. The medical history shows that they don’t have rabies or the Ebola Virus Disease. The dogs are with us, and only the court will determine what happens to the dogs”.

Senate, Reps Disagree On Immunity Clause For President, Governors


The Senate has retained immunity for governors and president, in a move contrary to the position of the House of Representatives as the process leading to the amendment of the 1999 constitution continues.

The upper house ratified 23 new amendments to the 1999 Constitution, approving autonomy for local governments, by amending Section 7 of the constitution.

The Senate also approved independent candidacy for future elections, in its amendment of sections 65 and 106 of the 1999 Constitution.

The Senate also conferred immunity to legislators in respect of words they speak or write in exercise of their legislative duties, amending Section 4 of the constitution.

Section 67 was also amended by the lawmakers, making it mandatory for the president to deliver a “state of the nation address” to a joint session of the National Assembly once a year, while also empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties after failing to meet certain conditions: breach of registration requirements and failure to win any of the presidential, governorship, local government chairmanship elections or seats in either the state of National Assembly.

The amendment also confers exclusive jurisdiction on the Federal High Court for trial of election offences.

The senators ratified that a court or tribunal shall not stay any proceedings on account of any interlocutory appeal; and that where a “force majeure” occurs, the period shall not be counted in the computation of the 180 days for the purpose of determining election petitions.

The new amendments will, thereafter, be forwarded to state houses of assemblies, where each item would require the concurrence of two thirds of the 36 state assemblies.

ORITSEFEMI ACQUIRES N24M RANGE ROVER EVOQUE, MOVES INTO N200M LEKKI HOME (PHOTOS)


Oritsefemi, popular Nigerian singer fondly dubbed ‘Musical Taliban’ has officially moved into his new N200 million Lekki home situated Off Admiralty Way to the excitement of fans, friends and family.

Following his remake of late Fela Anikulapo’s monster hit single ‘Double Wahala,’ the singer continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

Fans presently await the musical video of his ‘Double Wahala’ single, which is expected to feature Nigeria’s biggest musical export, D’banj while a section of his fans have not overcome the euphoria of his deal with Avantar Entertainment management company in Abuja.

The deal does not however, distort activities of his self-founded label, Money Stops Nonsense (MSN).

The singer’s manager, Danku has confirmed Oritsefemi’s latest acquisition adding that his former Ikeja residence is still being retained for social use.

Prior to residing in Ikeja and now Lekki, the singer was a resident of Ajegunle.

Countdown to AY’s ’30 Days In Atlanta’ premiere on Oct 31st begins


The much anticipated AY’s All-Star Cast and BON Award winning Comedy Movie of the Year ‘30 Days In Atlanta’ is finally set premiere at Silverbird Cinemas with a release to other Cinemas across the nation on Friday October 31, 2014.

“30 Days In Atlanta’ is an adventurous love story – spiced with lots of action and hilarious moments. This a-laugh-a-minute story paints, in beautiful colours, the hugely popular (and social media trending)  Akpos character which was created from the AY Show’s Who Wants To Be A Billionaire hilarious skits.

Right from Warri until he landed in Atlanta, Akpos flung his unique personality, showing-off his smartness and foolishness in an exciting mix of rhetoric and witty humour. An impromptu social commentator and self-appointed psychologist, Akpos finds relevance in everything and everyone around them.
The movie which already has 11 nominations  at the upcoming GIAMA Awards in Houston, is described by AY as “a Hollywood meets Nollywood with a Ghollywood twist featuring AY, RMD, Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson, Desmond Elliot, Vivica Fox, Lynn Whitfield, Karlie Redd, Majid Michel, Juliet Ibrahim, Kese Jabari, Rachel Oniga, Ada Ameh and a good number of other actors”.
Movie lovers will be buzzing as they watch their beloved Nollywood stars act alongside Hollywood’s finest” in ‘30 Days In Atlanta which was produced by popular comedian AY from a screen play by Patrick ‘Koinage’ Nnamani and AY himself. The film was directed by Robert Peters.

 

Champions League E-H: 40 Goals in Record-Breaking Night


Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk romped to emphatic victories on Match Day 3 of the European Champions League, when a record 40 goals were scored on a faithful Tuesday night.

Shakhtar’s Luiz Adriano needed 17 record minutes to score four goals en route to equaling Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in a Champions League game with five strikes, as the Ukrainian champions spoiled the recently opened Borisov Arena with goals.

Premier League leaders Chelsea also recorded their biggest ever win in Europe’s elite competition, humbling Slovenian visitors Maribor 6-0.

Bayern stunned one of the best teams in the Serie A Roma securing their biggest ever away win in Europe to maintain a 100 per cent record.

Group E

Ahmed Musa Tries Beating Eliaquim Mangdala During CSKA Moscow's 2-2 Draw With Man City. Image: AFP/Getty

CSKA MOSCOW 2-2 MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to draw concede by the same margin behind closed doors at CSKA Moscow’s Khimki Arena in Tuesday’s early evening kick-off.

Sergio Aguero placed the visitors ahead on 29 minutes and the hardworking James Milner doubled the English champions’ advantage 8 minutes after the half-hour mark.

Substitute Seydou Doumbia converted from close range five minutes after the hour mark and Bedras Natcho leveled for the host late on after Doumbia tumbled in the goal area under a challenge from Alexander Kolarov.

City have now recorded just two points from three rounds of matches and are yet to win a game. For CSKA, who sits bottom of Group E with just a point, the draw puts an end to a run of seven successive Champions League defeat.

ROMA 1-7 BAYERN MUNICH

Arjen Robben (brace), Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Frank Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri were all among the goals as Manuel Pellegrini’s men pulled five points clear of Roma at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Dutch winger, Robben opened scoring nine minutes after kickoff, dribbling Ashley Cole to cut inside and found the far corner with a precise effort.

Muller teed up with Gotze, who deep a precise shot into the corner from outside the 18 yards on 23 minutes. Lewandowski powered home a header from a Juan Bernat cross from the left two minutes later.

Robben snuck behind Cole to bury his second of the night and Muller made it 5-0 from the penalty spot with just 36 minutes on the clock- more goals than Roma had conceded so far in the Serie A this season.

Gervino headed a consolation for the Giallorossi but Franck Ribery chipped a delicate finish over goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis before substitute Shaqiri reacted quickest to collect a rebound by the Roma goalkeeper and complete scoring.

Mario Gotze Celebrates Scoring Against AS Roma With Team-Mates. Image: Getty.

A win for the Bavarians in the return leg of this fixture in a fortnight’s time guarantees their passage into the knockout stage.

Group F


APOEL 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Edinson Cavani’s winner was sufficient for French Ligue 1 champions PSG to maintain their unbeaten start to their 2014-15 European championship campaign.

The Uruguayan striker broke the deadlock in the 87th minute, twisting away from a defender before stroking a short under Apoel goalkeeper.

Laurent Blanc’s side top Group F on seven points while APOEL, who drew with a AJAX three weeks ago, have just a point.

BARCELONA 3-1 AJAX

Barcelona moved four points clear of Ajax and a point behind leaders PSG. In-form Neymar increased his tally for the Catalans in his last five appearances to seven with the opening strike at the Amsterdam Arena.

Lionel Messi doubled Barca’s lead on 23 minutes, turning in Andres Iniesta’s tailored pass, to move level on 69 goals with Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and within two of Spanish striker Raul in the race to top the Champions League all-time leading scorer.

Ajax scored a late consolation through teenage forward Anwar El Ghazi, but the hosts restored their two-goal advantage through their own young substitute Sandro Ramirez.

The match was a happy reunion for Ajax coach Frank de Boer and Barca’s Luiz Enriques, who both played at the Nou Camp between 199 and 2003.

Group G

SCHALKE 04 4-3 SPORTING

New Schalke boss Roberto Di Mateo got off to a winning start in his first European game in charge at the Gelsenkirchen as the German side edged Portuguese visitors Sporting Lisbon courtesy of an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting added time penalty.

The Royal Blues, placed second in the group, now have 5 points from a possible 9 and visit the Sporting two weeks from now.

Manchester United loanee Nani stunned the home crowd on 17 minutes, when he was left unmarked at a corner near the edge of the area to deliver a low shot through a crowded defence into the net from a João Mário low corner kick. The strike was the Portuguese’s second in Europe this season.

Maurício was shown a second yellow card for an careless aerial challenge on Marco Höger to leave the visitors a man down just 33 minutes in.

Chinedu Obasi and Roberto Di Matteo Celebrates Equaliser Against Sporting Lisbon. Image: AFP/Getty.

Chiinedu Obasi leveled scores from the resulting Dennis Aogo’s free kick a minute later, the Nigerian’s header going under goalkeeper Rui Patrício. Obasi then turned provider for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who converted his third in a third group game on 51 minutes.

Nine minutes later, the home team’s captain Benedikt Hoewedes looked to have sealed three points, rising high to head home Kaan Ayhan’s free-kick, but ten-man Sporting got a leverage three minutes later when Ayhan brought down André Carrillo in the box.

Adrien Silva converted the subsequent penalty and, with 12 minutes remaining, headed in unmarked at the far post.

The match was poised for a stalemate end before Schalke were awarded a spot kick which substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting poked in.

CHELSEA 6-0 MARIBOR

Didier Drogba scored his first goal since returning to Chelsea as the west London outfit recorded their biggest Champions League win at home to Maribor.

Didier Drogba Converts His First Chelsea Goal Since Return Against Maribor. Image: Getty.

Loic Remy placed the Stamford Bridge outfit on ascendancy in the 13th minute but it was to be his last contribution after sustaining a “muscular injury” while scoring and was replaced by Drogba.

Drogba then converted a penalty before captain John Terry tapped in a Cesc Fabregas cross just after the half-hour mark.

Mitja Viler scored an own goal on 54 minutes to increase the ‘Blues’ advantage to 4-0 and Eden Hazard scored a penalty before curling home Chelsea’s sixth on the stroke of full-time.

Agim Ibraimi hit the post from 12 yards for Maribor, who sits rock-bottom of the standings with just a point.

The win restored Chelsea’s confidence in reaching the round of 16, with Jose Mourinho’s side sitting top with seven points, two ahead of Sporting.

Group H

BATE BORISOV 0-7 SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Shakhtar equaled the record for the biggest away win in the Champions League history in the demolition of Bate Borisov. The Ukrainians equaled Marseille’s win at MSK Zilina in 2010 as Brazilian striker Adriano scored five.

The win saw them move second on five points, two behind leaders Porto.

PORTO 2-1 ATHLETIC BILBAO

Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 on Tuesday via Ricardo Quaresma’s 75th-minute winner. Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera left it late in the first-half to break the deadlock for the Portuguese hosts, but Guillermo Fernández restored parity on 58 minutes when his nimble footwork allowed him space to slide the ball into the corner.

The Basque side sit bottom of the group with just a point while Bate have three points from three games.

Adama Indimi stuns In New Photos


 

 

Daughter of billionaire industrialist Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Adama who is more into modelling now, proves she’s got all it takes to be a model. She just did a photoshoot for an upcoming fashion label and posted the pictures online. So cute.

BokoHaram trial – FG wants to continue Ndume trial in secret


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The Federal Govern­ment has asked the Federal High Court in Abu­ja to move the rest of the trial, and the rendering of evidence link­ing Senator Ali Ndume, a senator from Borno state, to the Boko Haram sect to a secret hearing for reasons of national security and public safety. Senator Ndume’s trial, before Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has been open to the public since it started.
The federal government’s lawyer in the matter, E.A. Orji, in a motion dated September 23 begged the court to protect the identity of the remain­ing witnesses to give evi­dence in the matter.
“We urge the court to ex­clude members of the pub­lic from the trial.
“We also want the court to protect the identities of the remaining witnesses that shall give evidence in this case. The fundamental rights of the accused have not been violated because his counsel is represented and has not in any way been excluded from the matter.
“It is in the interest of national security and pub­lic safety that the motion should be granted,” he said.

On his part, Ndume’s lawyer, Mr. I. Amaza, in his submission told the court that the request will violate his cli­ent’s right to a fair hearing.
He prayed the court to turn down the request of the prosecution and continue with the trial.
Justice Kolawole adjourned the case to Friday, Octo­ber 24 to make a decision on the request.

Latest Insurgency Attacks Not By Boko Haram – Negotiator


Secretary of the Boko Haram group, Danladi Amadu, has dissociated the sect from the latest attacks and killings in some towns in Borno and Adamawa states, blaming “faceless” groups for the raid.

Amadu, in an interview with the VOA Hausa radio yesterday, also confirmed the ceasefire agreement with the sect and said the “true” sect members have welcomed the ceasefire.

Some towns in the two states had came under attacks by suspected Boko Haram members barely two days after the federal government’s ceasefire announcement.

In the light of this, the secretary, who was part of the announced agreement with the Nigerian government, said “indeed, there was a discussion and any breach on the agreement is not from real Boko Haram members.

“They are some faceless groups, who subject Nigerians to hardships in the name of our group. Secondly, this government’s (troops) bodies is also tarnishing Boko Haram’s name. They go and block roads, kill and
confiscate people’s monies in order to satisfy their superiors.”

He said the security resorted to doing that “so that it would look like they kill Boko Haram, but they are not our members.”

When asked about the latest raid on some towns in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe after the ceasefire, Amadu said “we are not aware of the attacks and there is nothing to indicate that they were our members.”

He urged the Nigerian government to be on alert and expose those perpetuating the atrocities in the name of Boko Haram.

“Every members of our sect has agreed with this ceasefire. Presently, I am about to start a meeting with some members, who are in Nigeria. They called me and showed their support to it and I am going to advise them to stop and to communicate same via phone to our other members,” he said.

Asked on the Chibok girls release, he said “we are not the ones to set the rule for the discussion. It is government that is supposed to set guidelines and time to meet the government of Chad over the issue.

“It is after the meeting of the Nigerian government with Chadian government, that we would be intimated with what they finalised,” he said.

The secretary also said the recent release of some Chinese and Cameroonian hostages by the group was part of the deal reached in the ceasefire, which they began to fulfill by the release.
“We believe in this ceasefire, we believe in having peace in our country and we are ready to show this sincerity by handing over the girls hand to hand,” he said.

He then promised that the group will launch investigation on those that attacked the towns after the ceasefire agreement, to ascertain their identity.

Don Jazzy shares throwback pic of when he used to play for Muma Gee


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Who knew Don Jazzy once played for Muma Gee? He shared this old pic on instagram and wrote;

“Classic throwback of me and some other instrumentalists just before a show. We were playing for the artist Muma Gee. Opening for the late Mariam Makeba @ the Royal Albert hall. Na me sit down for front. Bassist toh badddd.

Source: Instagram

Military arraigns five Lance Corporals over mutiny


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Five Lance Corporals of the Nigerian army were yesterday October 21st arraigned before a military court at the Army Headquarters Garrison, Mogadishu cantonment in Abuja over a two count charge of conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny.

Daily Trust reports that the soldiers are alleged to have committed the offenses in October 2013 after shooting into the air when they received the news of the death of some of their colleagues who were killed by Boko Haram in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

When the two count charge was read to the soldiers, they all pleaded not guilty. The soldiers are part of 59 soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno state, who are standing trial for various offenses ranging from insubordination, mutiny and others.

Folly Coker denies ownership of Mavin Records


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There have been reports online that Governor Fashola’s aide Folly Coker is the real owner of Don Jazzy’s record label, Mavin Records. Mr Coker has rubbished the tale, calling it crap! See the statement that was released today below…

“The gentleman described his alleged ownership of Mavin Records as the figment of the imagination of fantasts. In the last few days, the rumours of Folly Coker, being at the centre of the alleged troubled marriage of Tiwa Savage, 34, and Tunji Balogun, 36, flew around town with quite a few blogs and sites publishing the unsubstantiated claim.

But sources close to the tall and handsome son of Chief Folarin Coker have defended him as having nothing to do with Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records.
“These reports are tissues of lies,” one insider said. “Folly knows Don Jazzy and likes his music a lot. But he has no investment in Mavin Records. These things are pure lies.
“For Tiwa Savage, you cannot even say they are friends, not to talk of lovers. They don’t exchange text messages or anything.
“The story is definitely sponsored – and there’s no iota of truth in it. Legal action has commenced against the fabricators of the damaging tale.”

Armed robbers that killed Newswatch Editor arrested


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The armed robbers who shot and killed the Deputy Editor of Saturday Newswatch newspapers, Toyin Obadina (pictured left0 on February 3rd along the Itoikin Old Ijebu-Ode road, have been arrested by men of the Lagos state police command, eight months after they carried out the dastard act.

The notorious armed robbers named Adeshina Festus, Sunday Samuel, Ibrahim Adeokin and Babatunde Makinde, (all pictured right) were arrested after two members of their gang led the police to their hideout in Ikorodu.

Speaking on how they were arrested, the Lagos state police commissioner, Kayode Aderanti, said;
“Based on the information, a team of crack detectives, led by the officer in charge of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Abba Kyari, swung into action and two suspected members of the gang, Ibrahim Adeokin and Babatunde Makinde, were arrested. Immediate search conducted on them led to the recovery of two cut-to-size locally-made single barrelled short guns, with 12 rounds of live cartridges. During interrogation, they confessed to belonging to a six-man robbery gang who has been terrorising Lagos State and its environs. They also confessed to be responsible for the killing of the owner of a Toyota Yaris car with registration number AKD 701CE, which they snatched and later abandoned with the corpse at Ikorodu. The victim was later discovered to be Mr. Toyin Obadina, the Deputy Editor of Saturday Newswatch. Their confession later led detectives to Ikorodu area where one Festus Adeshina and Sunday Samuel were also arrested. They mentioned Olasheun and Omo Alhaja, who are at large, as members of their gang, while Oke and Benjamin, who they claimed were members of the gang, were killed in a shoot-out with operatives of SARS at Mile 12 area.” he said
On how and why they killed the 50 year old editor, one of the suspects, Shina Festus said Mr Obadina was shot dead by their leader because he tried to struggle his car with them

“We were coming from Imota, while he (Obadina) was going inward. On reaching a bad spot, he slowed down and we blocked him with our vehicles: one in front and the other behind. Four members of the gang came down from the vehicles. While two of them positioned themselves to wade off intruders, Oke and Benjamin went to the man in the car. An argument ensued between Oke and the man, and Oke shot him dead. When one of us asked Oke why he shot the motorist, he got angry and shot the gang member for challenging his authority. At the end of the operation, we collected his phone, laptop and some money we saw in the car. When we got to our hideout, Oke told us that the man struggled with him. We did not know the man was a journalist and my job is to drive the operational vehicle.” he said

Police Commissioner said the suspects would immediately be charged to court.

Source:  Vanguard

Buhari is no match for Jonathan – Ezeife


 
Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, Third Republic governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, is no match for President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ezeife said he was certain that the President would defeat Buhari in 2015 with a wider margin than he did in 2011 – if the retired general emerges the presidential candidate of the APC.
Jonathan has already been adopted as the presidential candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party while Buhari, who was the first runner-up in the 2011 presidential election, is one of the top contenders for the APC’s presidential ticket.
Ezeife told our correspondent on Tuesday that none of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the APC can defeat the President in 2015, and added that Jonathan had divine backing.
He said, “Jonathan appears to be a tool in the hands of God. God does everything with a purpose and it doesn’t appear God has finished with Jonathan. Others can contest for the Presidency, at least, that will

make money to flow around to poor people. There will be no change in Aso Rock after the 2015 presidential election.”

“There will be no contest. Buhari is no match for Jonathan. This is a clear case. Look at how Ebola ended in Nigeria. They are still battling with it in America. Look at the level of development that is going on. The man (Jonathan) always acts as if he doesn’t know what he is doing but he will be doing everything right.
“Now we are talking about ceasefire with Boko Haram. Those who said they would make Nigeria ungovernable have failed. Nigeria is still governable and Jonathan is governing it.”
Ezeife, however, expressed worry that Buhari’s statement may lead to post-election violence if he loses the February 14, 2015, presidential election.
Source: The Punch

National Assembly okays autonomy for Local Governments


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The National Assembly on Tuesday approved financial and administrative autonomy for all the 774 local government authorities in Nigeria by amending section 124 of the 1999 Constitution.
The section provides a consequential provision for making the councils a full third-tier government without undue interference from the state governments.
The ammendment was one of the 22 others approved by the House of Representatives last week and ratified by the Senate on Tuesday.
Both chambers of the National Assembly had through a conference committee harmonised versions of the amendments to the constitution they carried out   last month.
By the development, the National Assembly has ratified all the 23 clauses and sections that had been ammended by both chambers.
The newly ammended document which would be sent to the state Houses of Assembly for consideration, also approved the creation of the Office of Auditor – General of the Local Government as well as the State

Local Government Service Commission.

The section also deleted the State Independent Electoral Commission from the constitution thereby vesting the powers to conduct council elections on only the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The National Assembly also made provisions for Independent candidacy in future elections   by ammending sections 65 and 106 of the constitution.
It   however retained the immunity clause in the constitution for the President and governors which the   House   had earlier removed.
But it conferred immunity on the lawmakers in respect of words spoken or written in the exercise of their legislative duties through amendment to section four. Section 9 of the constitution was also amended by removing the need for Presidential assent in constitution alteration.
The new amendment also makes it mandatory for the President to deliver a State-of-the Nation address to a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year as contained in section 67.
The INEC, by the ammendment, can now de-register political parties for non -fulfillment of certain conditions like breach of registration requirements and failure to secure or win either a presidential, governorship, council chairmanship or a seat in the National Assembly or state assembly.
Another striking feature of the amendment is section 124 which abolishes SIECs and creates the office of the Auditor -General of the Local Government as well as the State Local Government Service Commission.
For the purpose of accountability and efficient service delivery, Section 81 was ammended. The section provides for the funding of the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, national security agencies, the Nigeria Police Force, the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission directly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.
The powers of the Federal Government to impose a minimum wage of all workers on state governments was removed from the exclusive list and moved to the concurrent list.
Also removed from the exclusive list are   Pensions, Railways, and Stamp Duties, Arbitration, Environment, Health, Housing, Road Safety, Youths, Land and Agriculture.
Exclusive jurisdiction was also conferred on the Federal High Court for trial of election offences.
The National Assembly also   provides that a court or tribunal shall not stay any proceedings on account of any interlocutors appeal; and that where a “force majeure occurs, the period shall not be counted in the computation of the 180 days for the purpose of determining election petitions.
Sections 174 and 211 were also amended to establish the Office of the Attorney – General of the Federation and Attorney – General of a state respectively as distinct from Minister of Justice and Commissioner for Justice.
Section 45 was similarly altered to provide for the establishment of the National Assembly Service Commission and State House of Assembly Service Commission.
However the 23 amendments will have to be approved by two-thirds of the state Houses of Assembly before they can become operational.
The Senate President, David Mark, has therefore directed that the report should be forwarded to all the 36 states of the federation immediately.
But after the Senate adopted the report, its Chairman on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang,   kicked against the process of the adoption.
According to Enang, since the Senate debated only eight out of the 23 amendments, it was wrong for it to have adopted the whole report without needed debate.
He was however ruled out of Order by Mark, who quoted the senate Standing Order 53(6) to knock him off his argument.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, explained that   the National Assembly would upon receipt of the report from the state Houses of Assembly, forward the final document   for presidential assent.
Source: The Punch

“I am not in politics to compete” – Desmond Elliot


Over 1000 youths gathered at the Eagles square, Surulere on Sunday Oct. 20th to interact with actor, Desmond Elliot and to endorse his candidature for the APC constituency seat ticket at the Lagos State House of Assembly Representing Surulere constituency one. 
Speaking after the event with journalists, Desmond Elliot said 

“I have plans of taking this above legislative work, I believe 80% of the youths should have access to tertiary education and still earn a living, so we have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Open University on admissions and to grant the students work permit. There is also an empowerment program for the youths which will come up soon; we also have plans for the elderly ones with an insurance scheme”.

 

The actor who graduated from LASU promised wave of change and said he’s assured of winning Surulere for APC as soon as he gets the ticket to run.

Clems Onyeka’s Family vow to investigate his death spiritually


On the 14th of October 2014, Nollywood actor Clems Onyeka list his life after being hit by a stray bullet during a robbery. His family however find it hard to believe the circumstances behind his death. According to leadership.ng, they plan to consult a juju priest to unravel the real cause of his death

Angered by what they described as foul play with the death of a popular Nollywood actor, Clems Onyeka, after he was attacked by armed robbers, who also attacked a bullion van in Asaba, Delta State, relations of the victim have taken their case to a juju priest.They vowed not to rest until they get to the root of the matter.

Some of the aggrieved relations, including Patrick Onyeka told our correspondent in Asaba that the family members resolved to take the case to a juju priest for perspicacious judgment; saying that they do not believe in the stray bullet story as vehemently claimed by the police.
As it were, the robbers, according to dependable sources, trailed the bullion van from the Benin/Asaba Express way through the Summit road and intercepted it along the DBS road before U&I Foundation, where they engaged the police team on escort duty in a fierce gun battle, allegedly killing the popular Nollywood actor by stray bullet.

How Singer Faycol Died


More details have emerged as to how she died. Sources say Feyi collapsed suddenly and was immediately rushed to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Lantoro, Abeokuta where she was pronounced “brought-in-dead”. Feyi was then taken to a church for

prayers and was reported to have opened her eyes but was in a coma for a while before she finally gave up the ghost. Feyi, who was the only child of her parents, has since been buried at the Sagamu Local government Cemetery. May her soul rest in peace. Amen.

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Pasuma’s Track With Tiwa Savage Remains Number 1 For 3 Weeks


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Arguably the most Fuji singer presently, he seems to have successfully made the switch to Hip-Hop.

Popular Fuji music star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma has continued to gather momentum for the release of his first hip-hop album.

The Fuji legend has over the last couple of weeks released a couple of hip hop tracks which have all been well received by his fans worldwide.

Pasuma’s latest single titled ‘Ife’ which features award-winning pop diva, Tiwa Savage, has been receiving rave reviews since it was released a few weeks back.

The Spellz-produced track has maintained the number one spot on the top ten chart of top music distribution site, ‘Spinlet’ for the third week in a row. Spinlet confirmed this via their official Twitter page yesterday, writing:‘Top Ten Chart, Pasuma stays at number one for the third week in a row with ‘Ife’ featuring Tiwa Savage.’

Other hip-hop singles already released by Pasuma include ‘Abo’ and ‘O ti clear’ among others due to follow soon. The video for ‘Abo’ was shot and directed by Clarence Peters.

In the coming weeks, Pasuma has stated that he will be ready with the hip-hop album, which is scheduled to drop in the first quarter of 2015 and as things stand, several more than his regular Fuji music fans are anticipating the album’s release.

Photo: EFCC Arraigns Bureau de Change Operator for $50k fraud


Find the EFCC Press statement below
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, October 20, 2014 arraigned one Abubakar Abdullahi before Justice Dije Aboki of Kano State High Court on one count charge of criminal breach of trust.

The accused, who is the manager of Maisabulu Bureau de Change, Kano, had sometime in April, 2013 upon the instruction of his employer, Alhaji Kabiru Maisabulu, the managing director of Maisabulu Bureau de Change purchased the sum of 50,000 United States dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria on behalf of one Bello Sani Yakassai of Misau Bureau de Change but, converted the said sum for his personal use.
The count reads: ” That you Abubakar Abdullahi being the manager of Maisabulu Bureau de Change sometime in April 2013 in Kano within the judicial division of the High Court of Justice of Kano being
entrusted with certain property to wit: the sum of $50,000.00 equivalent to the sum of N7,780,000.00 given to you by Ahaji Kabiru Maisabulu for onward transmission to Bello Sani Yakassai committed criminal breach of trust in respect thereof and that you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 314 of the Penal Code”
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Based on his plea, Justice Aboki ordered that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody pending the hearing of the bail application and adjourned the matter to November 4, 2014.

Photos: Outgoing Minister of Health hands over to Minister of State


 

 

 

Outgoing Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu pictured above handing over to the Minister of Health for state, Dr Khaliru Alhassa at the Federal Ministry Health office in Abuja today Oct. 20th. Prof. Chukwu resigned from office last week Wednesday October 15, to pursue his political ambition as governor of Ebonyi state

PHOTOS: Staff Bid Obanikoro Farewell As He Tenders Resignation Letter


The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro officially tendered his resignation letter today to pursue his dream as the next Lagos State Governor in 2015. The staff of the Ministryof Defence all came out in their numbers to bid him farewell.  See more photos below:

 

Bank manager arrested for attempting to rob bank in Delta


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A senior bank manager, who allegedly runs an armed robbery gang, has been arrested along with two members of his gang for attempting to rob a bank in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Parading the suspects before newsmen, the police spokesperson, DSP Celestina Kalu said the arrested members of the gang, confessed that their brother who is a staff of the bank, hired them to rob the bank as he told them that a huge amount of money would be transferred from the bank to Ellu village.
The suspects further confessed that the bank worker advised them to ambush the clerk on the road and rob him of the money that would be on transit.
She further said, “The suspects have been charged to court for conspiracy and attempted armed robbery” adding that “a battle axe and other items were recovered from the suspects.”

Footballer Dies after His Acrobatic Celebration Goes Wrong in India


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An Indian player died while celebrating his goal for his club in an Indian football match. His acrobatic goal celebration ended in tragedy as he landed with his head.

According to London Evening Standard News online Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, landed awkwardly and suffered a serious spinal injury as he celebrated scoring an equaliser for Indian team Bethlehem Vengthlang FC last week.

He was treated in hospital after the incident but has since died from his injuries.

Footage from the match, which was televised, shows him landing on his head after completing somersaults to celebrate scoring from close range in front of thousands of fans.

His team mates were set to pile onto him to join in the celebrations, but quickly realised the midfielder was seriously injured.

Footage from the match, which was televised, shows him landing on his head after completing somersaults to celebrate scoring from close range in front of thousands of fans.

I Am Here To Rescue Lagos From Bondage – Obanikoro


Outgoing Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday declared his interest in running for the governorship of Lagos State in the coming elections.

Obanikoro, who spoke when he inspected the ministry’s Quarter Guard set by the Defence headquarters in his honour, as part of activities marking his sendforth, explained that he wants to become the governor of Lagos State in order to rescue the state from unnamed individuals that have put the state in bondage.

“Lagos is under bondage and for the liberation of Lagos; I want to liken it to General Gowon’s phrase that it is a task that must be done.

“As a native Lagosian, I am committed to the liberation of Lagos.

“Commercialisation of Lagos as a way of governance is something we must put an end to,” Obanikoro said.

The minister also expressed hope that the ceasefire deal struck between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect will be successful.

He expressed his appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau and the staff of the ministry for the support given him while in office.

“We came in at a very difficult time for the country and I thank God we have been able to strongly put in hard work to ensure that value is added to what we met on the ground, and some of the successes that we have seen in terms of stability in the country is part of the contribution that we have also made as part of the ministry of defence family,” he said.

“Funding will always be a challenge, the commitment and the effort we have put in so far with Mr. President at the helm of affairs; we are making progress. From a nation of anything goes to a nation where we are bringing about stability. We have conquered the issue of militancy in the Niger/Delta; the Boko Haram issue will also be a thing of the past,” he said.

“I’m excited; things like this don’t come easy, a lot of sleepless nights have gone into it. We must salute Mr. President for the courage and the conviction that we must have peace than to have war,” he stated.

$9.3m Arms Deal: Oritseejafor Is A Man Of God I Can Vouch For – Adeboye


General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye has spoken in defence of the national president of the Christian Association (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor on his alleged involvement in the $9.3 million arms purchase funds seized by South Africa.

“Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of God I trust and I can personally vouch for him,” said Adeboye yesterday, in London, during an ecclesiastical visit.

“I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for he had no prior knowledge. I am sure God will continue to build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail in Jesus name. One anointed cannot attack another anointed. A pastor cannot attack another pastor. Touch not my anointed is what God said. Some Nigerians have questioned the use of Pastor Oritsejafor’s private jet by the Federal Government to convey the money to South Africa, accusing him of involvement in money laundering,” Pastor Adeboye was quoted by Vanguard as saying.

Following the seizure of the fund by South African authorities, some Nigerians have passed derogatory comments at the CAN president, accusing him of having prior knowledge of the deal. The pastor however said the aircraft had been leased out and he had n knowledge whatsoever of who was using it and what it was being used for.

In defence of the the pastor who also founded Word of Life Bible Church, the federal government said he knew nothing about the deal.

“Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect,” said Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, when commenting on the issue.

Fayose: How Can We Spend N3.3bn On The Governor’s Lodge While The People Remain In Poverty?


Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has faulted Dr Kayode Fayemi for spending N3.3 billion on the construction of a Governor’s Lodge when the people of the state live in abject poverty.

“My heart nearly failed me when I got to the new governor’s lodge on last Thursday. The mansion cost N3.3 billion. It was initially awarded for N2.3 billion and later increased to N2.7 billion, while a sum of N640 million was used to procure fittings and furniture,” said Fayose, who spoke while administering oath of office on the new Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Modupe Alade and other Special Assistants in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday.

He continued: “And this building will require N150 million to maintain annually. Ekiti cannot sustain this and we have to do something about it.

“How could a governor be living in such a house when the masses are living in abject poverty?” the governor asked. Ekiti State is one of the poorest states in Nigeria.

Explaining why he chose Mrs Alade as SSG, Fayose said it underscored the enormous respect he has for the womenfolk. He assured that his administration will strictly comply with the 35 percent Affirmative Action for women in government in consonance with the Beijing Declaration of 1993.

He also pledged that his government would protect them through allotment of reasonable appointive and elective positions, especially during the 2015 State and Federal Legislative polls.

“Let me tell the men here who are politicians that some of them will be asked to step down for women in next year’s elections,” he said.

Alleged Drug Trafficking: I’m Not Wanted In US Or Anywhere, Says Kashamu


Buruji KashamuThe Chairman, Mobilization Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, has explained why he cannot be extradited to the Unites States of America to answer questions on alleged drug trafficking.

The PDP chieftain, who was reacting to a call for his extradition by the Anti-Corruption Network in Abuja on Monday, insisted that there was no request for his extradition from any country.

Speaking through his Media Adviser, Mr. Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu said that he would have ignored a leader of the group, Mr. Timi Frank, who made the call, but decided to reply because he wanted to correct the impression given by Frank in his statement.

Oniyokor, in the statement, also said Kashamu was not a wanted person either in the USA or anywhere on the world.

He said, “We are constrained to react because of the attempt to mislead the public.  It is misdirected and mischievous.

“Prince Kashamu is not wanted by anyone. If he is, as claimed by this armorphous group, we challenge it to produce a warrant to that effect or bury its head in shame.

“Frank and his ilk should know that the AGF cannot surrender anyone without an extradition request that has to be subjected to a legal process. Up till date, nothing of such exists and it cannot because Prince Kashamu had been tried in the United Kingdom based on the same indictment at the behest of the United State Government.

“He was freed by the British court when it was found that it was a case of mistaken identity. He did not escape from justice as his extradition case is now cited and has become a reference in British Law books, such as Nicholls, Montgomery, and Knowles on.

“‘The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance’ (Third Edition), and David Young, Mark Summer and David Korker on the ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’, among others. These law books gave a full account of the British court proceedings and the decisions of the court on the same purported indictment.

“By its conduct, the so-called anti-graft group has shown its ignorance of the due process of law or it is blinded by other interests which it seeks to serve, and not the noble cause it lays claims to. Otherwise, it should know that someone cannot be tried over the same allegation by the same party(ies)”.

Robbers invade Church,Kill Pastor in Ogun (GRAPHIC PHOTO)


A 60-year-old pastor, Mr. Joseph Adebo, has been killed by armed robbers who unleashed terror on residents of Oke Ela area in Ilaro, Ogun State.

Punch learnt that the pastor was shot in the chest and his left arm by the robbers. It was further gathered that Adebo was pastor in charge of a Pentecostal church situated at Powerline, Oke Ela in Ilaro.

Our correspondent learnt that the robbery gang, whose number has yet to be ascertained, stormed the area around 3am of Saturday, October 4. They were said to have fired several gunshots into the air to scare the residents as they went from one apartment to the other, dispossessing residents of their valuables.

Punch learnt that when they got to Adebo’s church, an argument reportedly ensued between the robbers and the pastor during which he was shot dead, while the assailants were said to have quickly taken to their heels.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, while confirming the death, said the police were still working on a lead to get the robbers.
He said:

 “The case was reported to the Ilaro Police Division. The pastor was killed by the robbers during their operation. Unfortunately, no suspect has been arrested as of now, but we have a lead we are working on. I do not want to disclose names so that our investigation will not be jeopardised.”

A resident of Oke Ela area, who begged to remain anonymous, said that Adebo might have been alone on the church premises, adding that the clergy was shot dead probably because he did not ‘cooperate’ with the robbers.

He said,
 “The robbers came in the early hours of the morning. No one really knew their number. They were moving around houses, and they did not even spare the church. No service was going on in the church, but the pastor was around. I think he was also the only person in the building.

“He might have been shot because he argued with the robbers. Some neighbours believed he was eavesdropping on the robbers’ conversation, and had wanted to raise the alarm. But when they found out, they got infuriated and one of them shot him, leading to instant death.”

Another resident who gave his name as Olufemi, said neighbours were shocked when they woke up in the morning and found the pastor’s corpse inside the church.

He said

, “When it was morning, we found him in a pool of blood right inside the church building. Everyone was shocked at the sight. After all the commotion, we reported the incident at the Ilaro Police Station.”

I’ve Not Defected To APC, Still Consulting On My Political Future – Tambuwal


Aminu TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has not defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, his Special Adviser on Media, Imam Imam, said in a statement on Monday.

He, however, confirmed that Tambuwal attended a political meeting with Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, on Monday, adding that onsultation on the speaker’s political future is still ongoing.

The statement was in reaction to widespread reports in the social media that the speaker had finally defected to the APC.

The statement read: “Due to various media inquiries about the purported defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, we wish to state the following:

“That today, Monday, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party on a reconciliation meeting to Sokoto but the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a member of the NEC of the PDP, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal CFR, was not invited to the meeting.

“That Rt. Hon Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later invited by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, to attend the meeting of their political family to discuss the political future of Sokoto State.

“That the Speaker, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, duly obliged and attended the meeting.

“That the meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens many of who have no known political affiliation. The most notable being the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji.

“That consultations on the Speaker’s political future continues and the outcome will be made public at the appropriate time”.

Anti-Coourption Network Give FG One Week Ultimatum To Extradite Kashamu To US


ACNA Non-Governmental Organization, Anti-Corruption Network, has given the Federal Government one week ultimatum within which it should ensure that the sole financier of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, is released by security agencies and extradited to the United States for prosecution over alleged criminal charges.

The ACN warned that should the government fail to comply with its demand, it would seek redress in Court.

The organization’s Director (Outreach Services), Mr. Timi Frank, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, said it had written a petition to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), to that effect.

Mr. Frank said the demand became necessary because “his appeal to quash the criminal case against him has failed for the second time in an America Court”.

But the PDP chief has always maintained his innocence, saying he cannot be tried twice for the same alleged offence since he has been cleared by the Courts in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.

The ACN said a man with international warrant on him such as Kashamu, should not be allowed to parade himself in Nigeria as a political leader.

He said, “We have written a petition to the AGF on the need to release Mr. Buruji Kashamu to the security agencies in America looking for him. A man with international warrant on him should not be allowed to parade himself in Nigeria as a political leader

“Buruji Kashamu who is facing criminal charges and trial in an America court in a case with suit No. 94CR17215, escaped to Nigeria and have since refuse to go back.

“His appeal to quash his criminal case failed for the second time in an America Court. We therefore by this notice, ask that if the office of the Attorney General of the Federation refuses to act accordingly within the next seven days, we will go to court to seek redress.

“We are a responsible society and the world is a global village. Criminals should not be granted succor anywhere in the world. As an organisation, we shall always defend the laws of our land and protect our society from intercontinental criminals and crooks. No amount of blackmail, intimidation, harassment or name calling will detract our attention from championing the course of justice as fair play in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We have no other country but Nigeria, so we must do all within our powers to protect the basic sanctity of truth. We will continue to advocate for a just and egalitarian society

Removal Of Immunity Clause’ll Breed Transparency In Governance – HURIWA


HURIWAThe Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria said on Monday that the reccomendation for the removal of immunity clause for all the cadres of elected officers in the 1999 Constitution would institutionalise transparency.

The National Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

“It is a positive development if the process of amending the constitution will result in this sweeping change because that is one basic way to institutionalise openness.

“It will also remove lawlessness on the part of the executives”, Onwubiko said.

Onwubiko said over the years, it had been erroneously believed that Section 308 (1) dealing with the immunity clause, amounted to a licence to commit illegalities.

He, however, said the removal of the clause would be meaningless if the public officers could manipulate the legislature.

Onwubiko said the amendment of the 1999 should also reflect true autonomy for both states and local governments.

He said it had become imperative for the immunity clause to be deleted from the constitution to allow for criminal cases to be filed against any public officer who abused his office.

He said, “The holders of these executive offices who hitherto see themselves as being above the law of the land will be forced to sit up and comply with the rule of law.

“It will help in making sure that the principle of accountability and transparency in governance are maintained.

“They will be well aware that should they commit any criminal offence any member of the civil society can file a case against them in a court of competent jurisdiction”.

Onwubiko, however, said there should be provisions that would make it difficult for opposition parties to take advantage of the amendment to frustrate the government of the day.

“There should be some legal safeguards and guidelines to avoid the pitfalls of opposition politicians latching in on the removal of the law to frustrate the smooth running of government”, he said.

Jonathan Not An Ambitious Politician, Says Clark


Jonathan and ClarkA former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has faulted those describing President Goodluck Jonathan as an ambitious politician, reminding them that when he was chosen to be the running mate to late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007, the then governor of Bayelsa State rejected his nomination.

He said instead of being a vice president, Jonathan said he was content with being the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Bayelsa State that same year.

The Ijaw leader said it took a lot of persuasion for President Jonathan to accept to be the running mate to the late Yar’Adua, adding that if he were to be ambitious as being alleged, he would have jumped at the offer immediately it was mooted to him.

Clark spoke in Abuja on Monday at his residence, when he received a group known as Federal Capital Territory Indigenes and Geo-Political Forum Leaders.

The elder statesman pointed out that despite the pressure from several quarters on the president to formally declare for second term, he has refused, saying such trait was not common in Nigerian leaders.

Clark said, “This is the first time we have a president that is not ambitious. Nigerians are asking him to openly declare for 2015 but he has refused.

“There is peace in Nigeria despite the fact that some people have been planning to make the country ungovernable. We are not in a country whereby only one region or section would be ruling.

“Jonathan didn’t want to become of President of Nigeria, just like Gen. Yakubu Gowon. Jonathan was not ambitious. It was the South-South people who provide the most resources of the country and should therefore be involved in the running and managing of the resources”.

Jonathan’s Aide On Youth Empowerment Joins Imo Governorship Race


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The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth Empowerment, Obi Adim, on Monday obtained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, form to contest the governorship election in Imo in 2015.

Mr. Adim, joined by his supporters, picked the form at the PDP state office on Okigwe Road, Owerri.

He later told journalist that his priority, if elected as governor, would be to reduce the high rate of unemployment among the youth.

“The level of unemployment among the youth in the state is something else and that will be given serious attention if I am elected as governor in 2015”, he said.

Mr. Adim said he had lined up more than 10 companies that would create approximate of 50,000 jobs for the youth, to address the problem.

“Already some of the companies have sent in their letters of intents”, adding that on the day of his swearing in as governor of the state, the companies would sign the agreement.

According to Mr. Adim, some of the companies will go into manufacturing, food processing and packaging, while others will go into ship building facility in Oguta area.

He said that others would venture into affordable housing.

Mr. Adim said “the whole essence is to make Imo progressively business friendly, to attract more companies that would continue to create employment opportunities for the workforce”.

He said that his policies and programmes would be built around 10 key issues that concerned an average person in the state.

He promised to ensure proper medical care, security and affordable housing and environment.

Receiving the aspirant, the state Chairman of PDP, Namdi Anyaehie, assured him of a level playing ground for all aspirants.

“Our duty is to ensure that the process of conducting primaries is transparent”.

(NAN)

2015: Bauchi SSG, Yuguda’s Chief Of Staff, Six Others Resign To Contest Election


Isa YugudaaAhead of the 2015 general elections, eight members of the Bauchi State Executive Council have resigned their appointments to contest various positions.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Principal Private Secretary to Governor Isa Yuguda, Adamu Alkali, on Monday in Bauchi.

According to the statement, the members include the Secretary to the State Government, Aminu Hamayo; Chief of Staff, Government House, Abdulkadir Mohammed, and Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Abubakar Fago.

Others are the Commissioner for Agriculture, Isa Wabu; Commissioner for Water Resources, Bappah Azare, and Commissioner for Envirnoment, Tasiu Mohammed.

Some other members of the cabinet that also resigned included Commissioner for Works and Transport, Sani Bura, and Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Mohammed Lassi.

Meanwhile, Mr. Yuguda has approved the appointments of Mahmood Maijama’a as Acting Secretary to the State Government, and Tanko Dutse, as Chief of Staff, Government House.

While Mr. Maijama’a is the state’s Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Dutse was a former Commissioner for Agriculture during Mr. Yuguda’s first tenure.

The statement said that the governor has directed the outgoing commissioners to handover the activities of their respective ministries to their permanent secretaries pending the appointment of new commissioners.

While wishing the outgoing cabinet members luck and Allah’s guidance in their political ambitions, Mr. Yuguda thanked them for their meritorious service to the state.

(NAN)

PDP Commends TAN For Successful Conclusion Of Pro-Jonathan Rallies


TAN North West RallyThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday, officially recognized the role of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, in getting President Goodluck Jonathan re-elected in 2015. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, congratulated TAN for its “Pro Jonathan Rallies”.

The statement reads: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to congratulate the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) for successful conclusion of its sensitization rallies across the country in support of our sole Presidential candidate, His Excellency, Dr. Gooduck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.

“The party notes that through these rallies, the numerous achievements of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration were adequately projected to the Nigerian populace and the international community.

Metuh said further “The TAN movement, which is a novelty in the nation’s political development, has indeed deepened democracy and broadened citizen participation in the polity.

“The collection of over 17 million signatures in support of President Jonathan during the rallies, is a clear demonstration of the far-reaching acceptance of our standard bearer and his party.

“The PDP particularly notes the unique contributions of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah,  the leader and the brain behind the TAN movement even as we recognize the willingness of TAN to work with our great party in furtherance of our collective objective ahead of the 2015 general elections”, Metuh said.

Kashamu’s Your Creation, Ex-Senate President Tells Obasanjo


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The Senate President in the short-lived Third Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute, has faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that he cannot be in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which parades an ‘indicted criminal’ in the person of Chief Buruji Kashamu, as its leader in the South-West.

Kashamu is the Chairman, Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in the Southwest and self-styled leader of the party in the region.

Ebute, in an open letter addressed to the former president, copies of which were made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, accused Obasanjo of double standard.

He recalled that Kashamu was a creation of Obasanjo, who the ex-president used in fighting his many political battles especially against the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel.

The former senate president was reacting to Obasanjo’s response when the national leadership of the party begged him recently that he should return to the party and lead it.

In his response to the pleas, Obasanjo stated that one of the reasons why he was uncomfortable participating in the activities of the party was due to the fact that a certain drug baron was made the leader of the PDP in the South-West geo-political zone.

He had said, “For instance, as a former President of Nigeria, the chairman of West Africa Commission on Drug and a member of Global Commission on Drug, I cannot accept that the zonal leader of my political party and, worse still in my zone, will be an indicted drug baron wanted in America.

“How do I explain that to friends outside Nigeria? This is only one of the many issues that I have pointed and still pointing out. I have national and international standard to maintain and reputation to keep and sustain”, Obasanjo said

In his letter, Ebute said without Obasanjo, perhaps Kashamu would have remained unknown, adding that it would be wrong for the former president to now turn around and be criticising his former associate.

He said, “I wish to recall, sir that when the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, seized the PDP structure from you in 2008/2009, it was this same ‘drug baron’ whom you aligned with to create parallel party structure and institute legal action against the party.

“It was this same man, who secured the court judgment that eventually got your faction of the PDP recognised by the national leadership ahead of the 2011 general elections.

“Your daughter, then Senator Iyabo Obasanjo, worked closely with this same Kashamu to protect and defend your sagging and diminishing political interest and relevance in your local turf in the state.

“This was a period when Buruji’s frequent visit to your Abeokuta Hill top residence was always greeted with celebrative feasting on bowls of pounded yam and egusi soup.

Sultan In Asaba For Uduaghan’s 60th Birthday Lecture, Preaches Unity, Dialogue


SULTAN-UDUAGHANThe Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for continued dialogue among Nigerians.

The sultan made the call in Asaba, the Delta State capital when he visited Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Monday ahead of the lecture on Anger Management organised to mark the governor’s 60th birthday.

Alhaji Abubakar III described the Delta State governor as a trail-blazer in engaging in actions that unite Nigerians despite their ethnic and religious persuasions.

“I am in Asaba to take part in the discussion on issues affecting our nation. We should thank the Governor for thinking in that direction, we should continue to talk, if we want the country to be great, we should close ranks.

“To find solution to Nigeria’s problem, we must come together and talk to one another. The more we talk to one another, the more we understand one another, I believe strongly in the application of dialogue to settling all issues”, stressing, “we must continue to look at ourselves as one and as the two major religions in the country preach, we must love one another”.

He observed that peaceful co-existence and harmony could only be achieved by Nigerians when they engage themselves in frank dialogue rather than relying on persons that do not understand the cultural, religious and ethnic colouration of the country.

The Sultan stressed, “we must come together to fight our common enemy because disease does not know religion or tribe just like poverty.

“We are Nigerians by virtue of God’s creation, we must continue to look at ourselves as brothers, love one another as we are created by one God despite our different tribes and religion”.

In his response, Uduaghan thanked the sultan for coming to Delta State for the lecture and described him as a bridge builder, who believed in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

“Since you assumed the throne of your forefathers as the Sultan, you have been one of the greatest ambassadors of peace in Nigeria. You have moved across this country and beyond preaching peace.

“I know that God will reward your efforts to give us peace in Nigeria and I want to assure you that Delta State will continue to partner with you in bringing peace to Nigeria”, Uduaghan said.

Court Sacks Jimoh Ibrahim As Newswatch’s Owner, Stops Sale Of Magazine


 

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday quashed the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) which transferred ownership of Nigeria’s flagship magazine, Newswatch, to wealthy businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, Premium Times reports.

Two minority shareholders — Nuhu Aruwa and Jubril Aminu — had filed a petition, urging the court to nullify the agreement which transferred ownership of the company to Mr. Ibrahim.

The applicants also sought an order restraining the respondents from publishing and selling to the public, Newswatch daily and weekend magazines.

Respondents in the suit are Newswatch Communications Ltd, Global Media Mirror Ltd, Jimoh Ibrahim, Newswatch Newspapers and the Corporate Affairs Commission.

Delivering judgment in the suit on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Buba, upheld all the prayers of the minority shareholders.

The judge also awarded the sum of N15.7 million as damages against Mr. Ibrahim and also gave an order stopping further publications of Newswatch Daily.

Mr. Ibrahim has been locked in a battle for the magazine’s ownership after its founders purportedly transferred the majority shares to him in 2011.

Newswatch, established 30 years ago, was a household name in Nigeria during the military era particularly in the 80’s and 90’s.

‘I shouldn’t have trusted some people’ – Former Plateau Governor has “learned” his lesson


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Former Governor of Plateau, Chief Joshua Dariye, says he regrets trusting many people while he was in office.
Dariye, who currently represents Plateau Central in the Senate, told journalists on Monday, 20 October, that in hindsight, he would do many things differently.
He said, “Looking back at my eight years as governor, and with the benefit of hindsight, there are so many things I would have done differently. But, one clear thing I regret is that I trusted many people that did not deserve to even come near me.”
Senator Dariye said his eyes opened very widely after he left office, which led him to regret associating with, and trusting so many people that turned out to be “green snakes in green grass.”
He urged those in leadership positions to place the interest of the public far above their selfish desires, saying that such sacrifice was crucial for the progress of the country. He added that current leaders should learn to respect their predecessors, if they expected their successors to also respect them after their tenure.

“I think it is an unwritten law of nature; what goes round, must surely come round because history has a stubborn way of repeating itself,” he said.

Mercy Johnson Okojie names new born son, Henry


Actress Mercy Johnson is yet to release a photo of herself and her new born son but has revealed the name herself and husband chose for their new bundle of joy. His name is Henry, which means ruler.

Hopefully, we will get the pic of mum and son sometime this week. Mercy welcomed Henry on Wednesday 15th of October. The couple already have a daughter, Purity.

Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82


Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died. He was 82. According to a statement released by his family, he died at home yesterday evening in his home in Kent, Connecticut surrounded by family. The statement didn’t specify his cause of death but he’d been battling cancer for a while.

“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he’s still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much” the statement read.

He worked as a designer for Balenciaga, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden before launching his label in 1965. He rose to fame in the U.S. for dressing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

He’s survived by a wife, a son, stepchildren and step grandchildren.

Oscar Pistrious sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp


 

For killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in prison by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The following was what she considered before imposing her sentence.
1. Culpable homicide – 5 years in prison
2. For the Tasha shooting which he was found guilty for – 3 years in prison, wholly suspended for 5 years with conditions. The two sentences will run concurrently. His family is not planning to appeal.

He will serve a minimum of 10 months in jail, after that, he’ll be sent home to serve the remainder of his sentence under strict supervision controls. This will be up to South African Correction Services.

Nigerian Law School students release statement, say their DA lied


Some students of the Nigerian Law School have responded to the statements made by the Director of Administration of the Law School yesterday, calling it appalling, contradictory and a blatant lie. They have written to explain some facts that they say are easily evidenced by the law school records. Find the statement below…

The Nigerian Law School has issued a statement in the media claiming that the mass failure of the 2014 results is a lie. It is so unfortunate that an institution like the Nigerian Law School and its new acting DG cannot even stand by their actions and tell the truth.

The Nigerian law school is meant to be an institution that breeds future legal practitioners and Judges of this great country. The mass failure of 5800 students is no joke and cannot be kept hidden. 

There are some students that their whole community or villages had to pull their resources together before paying their tuition fees. Some students parents had to sacrifice and forfeit money they have been saving to maintain their household only so one child in the family can get an opportunity to become a lawyer while others had to endulge in hard labour to pay the fees of the Nigerian Law School which cost 365,000 Naira.
The new acting DG called ONADEKO and his puppet that have been lying in the media should know that the more they lie, the stronger it will make the student who’s lives have been stolen to stand up against such tyranny and oppression. We live in an age of multiple social media networks and an age with a plethora of global communication.
It is written in the article that only 57.01% of students passed and  in the same article it is written that only 1000 students failed. As you can see that makes absolutely no sense. It is written in the article that 5841 regular students wrote this years exam. It can also be easily checked that way more than 5841 regular students took the exam. By records given by the secretary of the law school of Abuja, over 7000 students throughout all the campuses  with 2000 students writing the exam in the law school in Abuja wrote the bar 2 exam and only 1200 are being called to bar with 800 students given conditional passes.
These are facts that can easily be obtained by the law school as it can be given by just inquiring at the Abuja campus. Even if 1335 students were resitting exams with only 88 people passing, that would mean 5665 students failed. This is something that has never happened in the history of any law school in any country. If 5665 students who took the exam for the first time failed an exam that they paid over 300,000 Naira for then it is blatantly obvious that there is a problem with the institution and not the students.
It’s acceptable that some students do not take the exam seriously enough, but it is ridiculous to say that 5665 students which excludes the resit students were not up to standard.
The students will not relent nor tolerate Onadeko’s actions because he can’t steal peoples lives and come out in the media with a blatant lie due to his incapacity to handle the affairs of the Nigerian law school. He has failed as a leader and a legal practitioner due to his actions. If the the students of the Nigerian law school cannot rise up and defend themselves and the results that has been stolen from them,how can they come out and defend people in the society that have been unlawfully affected in different ways.
The mass failure of the 2014 results is a test to the Nigerian law students and they have been charged with the duty of defending themselves and the next set of students after them. If the DG claims that the students are lying, then let him publish the results in newspapers for everyone to see. The students should rely in the capability,integrity and judgement of institutions which the efficacy of their authority supersedes that of the Nigeria Law School such as the National Assembly and the Body of Benchers.
Nigeria has it’s problems,yes! But we have not lost hope in the integrity of all our institutions. They should continue striving for what is right until a proper investigation has been conducted which we believe will reveal the truth about the situation. Rumor has it that the DG called ONADEKO marked some of the answer scripts himself.
If the Judiciary, Body of Benchers and the National Assembly does not investigate the mass failure of the 2014 Law School results will only lead to the conclusion that Nigeria and it’s institutions of knowledge are nothing but play grounds of the heads of institutions who will do what they want,when they want.
The Judiciary and the National Assembly are the ordinary persons institution of hope. If they don’t investigate this foul play under the leadership of ONADEKO as acting DG of the Nigerian Law School and penalize him ,then the Executive arm of government will have to intervene and play it’s role as the protectors of the nations students, youths and institutions in general.

Nicki Minaj Is Smoking Hot For GQ Magazine – Photos


Nicki Minaj is the celebrity model for GQ Magazine’s November edition.On dumping her wild coloured wigs and transforming into a more natural woman she said:

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

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“Police Must Kill the Dogs that Attacked Me” – Omonigho Abraham


 

Omonigho Abraham, the 4-year-old boy who was attacked by two dogs in the Igando area of Lagos State, has said the police and the government must ensure that the dogs that almost took his life are killed.

The little boy, who is in the Burns and Plastic Ward of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, told PUNCH Metro yesterday that he would not return home until the dogs were dead.

Narrating his ordeal, Omonigho, who still had a bandaged head, said he had tried to run from the dogs when they started to attack him but he was overwhelmed.

“I was playing with my brothers when the dogs entered our flat. I could not jump, so they
bit my head. I pinched Gaddafi (one of the dogs), but he did not leave me. It was when I heard the voice of my mummy that I woke up. I want them to kill the dogs; I won’t return home.”

PUNCH reports that the young boy, whose face was still marred with signs of the attack, wore a sad
countenance when he saw the gory pictures of his torn head on his father’s phone. He later started playing games on the smart phone.

A worker in the ward who said the boy’s health had improved compared to when he was admitted said:

“The day they brought him here remains unforgettable for me. I couldn’t eat throughout that day because he looked horrible.”

PUNCH Metro had first reported that Omonigho’s scalp was bitten off by two dogs in their neighbourhood, while he played with his brothers. Residents of the area and some policemen who besieged the scene of the incident had done nothing to rescue him until his mother, Mrs. Abraham  arrived, fought off the dogs and snatched her son from their jaws.

Omonigho’s father, Mr. Odiah, who was angry that the police claimed to have saved the boy berated the police for failing to rescue his son. According to him, the police are attempting to muddle up the investigations. He told PUNCH Metro that he even got a call from the Divisional Crime Officer of the Igando Police Station asking him to come and “order the release of the dogs to their owner”.
He said:

“She asked me to come and agree to release the dogs to the owner or else, they would release the dogs to the owner themselves. She said in the alternative, I should take the dogs to my house.

It was also learnt that the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, paid a visit to the victim at LASUTH. Odiah said:

My wife even told him that at the gate when she was about rescuing the boy, she asked one of the seven policemen to follow her inside, but the police officer said, ‘am I the one that should follow you to go and die?’. My wife said that was what gave her the courage to go inside the rescue the boy,” he added.

Odiah says since PUNCH Metro reported the matter, he has been receiving support from Nigerians. Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, sent his personal medical doctor, one Dr.Ufoma, who discussed the possibility of the victim being flown abroad for further treatment. The Lagos State Government, Ministry of Health, was also said to have refunded money spent on his treatment, and promised to pay all other expenses.

The police spokesperson, Nwosu, also confirmed his visit to the hospital and promised to investigate the allegation. He said:

“I was there on Friday as part of our efforts to show concern. I told the mother that in the midst of all this, what is more important is the life of the boy. If anybody has acted in an unprofessional way, we will investigate and take the appropriate action.”

He said the dogs were undergoing tests and the results would be made public.