Adamawa Imposes 24Hrs Curfew On Mubi, Others As Soldiers, Residents Flee From Boko Haram


Boko HaramInspite of the existing state of emergency and purported ceasefire deal between the Federal Government and Boko Haram, the terrorists, yesterday, overran Mubi, the commercial nerve centre and second biggest town in Adamawa State as well as other neighbouring towns and villages, killing many residents who were unable to escape.

Many of the soldiers and residents were said to have fled to neighbouring local government areas. Fleeing residents said the insurgents also engaged Nigerian troops in a deadly shoot-out.

As at 2pm on Wednesday, it was learnt that the police barracks in the Government Reservation Area (GRA) was overrun by the insurgents while the prison in the town was blown up. This is just as an online news medium, Sahara Reporters, is claiming that the insurgents have taken over the 234 Special Battalion barracks in the town as soldiers fled abandoning their position.

A fleeing resident of Uba town, which is about 30 kilometres from Mubi, who gave his name as Joshua Chinasa, said several people might have been killed during the shooting spree which lasted almost two hours.

He said: “We are in serious trouble as these boys (Boko Haram) have taken over our towns, splitting in groups with some Boko Haram members advancing towards Mararraban Mubi and Vintim, the home town of Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, giving Nigerian troops a hot chase. Mubi has now become a ghost of itself as people in their hundreds are fleeing for their lives. Even here in Maiha, we saw military vehicles zooming off towards Yola, the state capital”.

Ahmad Sajoh, the spokesperson to impeached Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, who also narrated his experience, said he lost communication with his daughter after the advance of the insurgents early yesterday.

He said: “This morning, I got a call from my daughter who is a 200 level student of Adamawa State University, Mubi. She was hysterical. I was in Abuja for a meeting, but her information forced me to head back to Yola immediately. She told me that the insurgents were approaching the town which is the second largest in Adamawa State. I ordered her to leave the hostel and join her cousins to escape the town. I called my father who confirmed the story.

“By the time I arrived Yola airport, the town had fallen to the insurgents. My parents are trapped while my daughter and her cousins are missing. We lost contact for the past six hours.

“My colleague, Mallam Iliyasu of the Bursary Department Adamawa State University, Mubi, who is trapped in the town, said by 2pm the Police Barracks in the GRA was overrun by the insurgents; the Prison was blown open while fighting was going on at the Army barracks.

“The IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camp at Lamorde was thrown into confusion. The new rulers of the town had issued a decree banning all entry and exit to the town. Students who trooped to the motor park are now stranded with most taking refuge in any house that could welcome them.

“The barracks are the least safe locations in the town. So far there are no reported cases of killings or abductions. But fear and apprehension had taken over. No word yet on the incident either by government or the military”.

Meanwhile, in response to the renewed violence, the state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Mubi, Mararaba Mubi and Uba.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Andrew Weyle, who announced this, advised the people to stay away from the roads and other public places.

He said, “Following the escalation of violence by the insurgents, his Excellency the Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala James Ngillari, has approved the imposition of 24 hours curfew on Mubi, Mararaba Mubi and Uba, with immediate effect.

“People are advised to stay off the roads and public places except those on essential services”.

PDP’ll sack Ajimobi From Office In 2015, Says Oyo Guber Aspirant, Makinde


Seyi-MakindeA governorship aspirant in Oyo State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has said that the party would win the 2015 governorship election in the state.

He stated this in Abuja on Wednesday when he submitted his expression of interest form to contest the governorship primaries of the party in Oyo state.

According to the aspirant: “The PDP will sack Governor Abiola Ajimobi from office next year”.

While welcoming Makinde’s delegation to his office in Abuja, the National Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, on Wednesday, described Makinde as a man of the people.

Mustapha noted that the presence of the National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, and other chieftains of the PDP on the entourage of Makinde was an indication that he has notable connections.

Makinde explained that the process of taking reclaiming Oyo from the All Progressives Congress had begun with his submission of the expression of interest form.

He said, “I am proud of the quality of the state executive. I only demand a level playing field during the primary so that the most popular aspirant could emerge as candidate. I know that I will emerge as the Oyo PDP governorship candidate in a free and fair primary.

“All over the world, age, intelligence, vibrancy, passion, integrity and dedication are qualities of great leaders. I have these qualities and I want to offer myself for service of my people”.

PDP Just Making Noise, Cannot Win Lagos – APGA


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apgaThe Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Lagos State, Mr. Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, has told the Peoples Democratic Party in the state that it will not win Lagos State in the next general election by solely relying on President Goodluck Jonathan for support.

The APGA chieftain explained that if former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is a Yoruba man, could not help the PDP win Lagos during his eight years tenure, then it would be an almost impossible task for Jonathan, who is an Ijaw man, to do so.

Umeh-Nzekwe, who was the first organising secretary of the Lagos PDP in 1998, made this known on Wednesday in an interview.

He, however, advised the PDP to support an APGA governorship candidate since the party (APGA), was a more formidable threat to the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.

The APGA chairman said the major personalities in the PDP were not good options because they were once allies of former Governor Bola Tinubu, who is now the APC leader.

He said, “The PDP should stop heating up the political situation in Lagos State because they don’t have the structure; they don’t have the financial capacity to win election in Lagos. As I am talking to you, some of them (aspirants) don’t know their ward chairmen.

“They are just gathering to negotiate national cake, not to win election. It has been their system since 1999. The PDP has only won a House of Assembly seat in Lagos since 1999.

“Their leader, Bode George, has never won his polling unit before and the PDP is his empire. The current chairman, Tunji Shelle, is not a politician. He was George’s subordinate in the navy. There is no way they can win election.

“So, the PDP is just making a noise. Their hope is that Jonathan will help them but if Obasanjo, a son of the soil, could not win Lagos State, it would be naïve to think that Jonathan, an Ijaw man, can win it for them”.

Ekiti Youth Vanguard Urges Fayose To Emulate Fayemi, Declare Assets Now


AYO+FAYOSE1A group of young professionals and artisans in Ekiti State under the aegis of Ekiti Youth Vanguard, have asked Governor Ayo Fayose to declare his assets to the public to demonstrate openness, transparency and accountability, which he had promised during his inauguration.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Charles Fakunle, the group challenged Fayose to emulate his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, by making a timely and public declaration of his assets within his first month in office.

The EYV recalled that Fayemi deposed to the Assets Declaration Form for Public Officers at the registry of the State High Court, Ado-Ekiti, barely a month after he was sworn-in.

“Fayemi is the first chief executive of the state to have made public his worth in cash and assets.

“It is high time we started holding our leaders accountable in this country that is ridden with corruption. So if our governor can come out boldly to say ‘these are my assets and when I leave office, I will declare again and you will see that I have lived a straightforward life,’ that would be very encouraging”, the group said.

According to Fakunle, since Fayose has been making it a public issue that his predecessor had acquired so much, it would only be proper that he publicly declares his assets so the people can know of how little or much he has made outside of politics.

“We now challenge him to also make a public declaration of how little or much he was able to acquire outside of politics. Such move by Fayose will not only reveal the true position of his assets, but also defray rumors that he has acquired properties in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan and Ado Ekiti through some shady means.

“We are also aware of the allegation of N1.3bn fraud hanging on his neck which he has yet to absolve himself of.”

“Declaration of asset at assumption of office and at leaving office is an essential tool for addressing corruption in public office.

“The mere fact that this constitution exercise is not thoroughly done and that the Code of Conduct Bureau saddled with the responsibility to ensure strict compliance with the law is not doing its work does not mean that the requirement should be discountenanced.

“No constitutional provision should be discarded at convenience of a chief executive”, the EYV advised.

Boko Haram: We’ll Prevail In A Little While, Says Minimah


Kenneth-MinimahThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah, on Wednesday assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency would soon be a thing of the past.

Minimah said that the security agencies would address the Boko Haram security challenge very soon.

Speaking while delivering the guest of honours speech at the commissioning of a block of classrooms and the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association Model Secondary School, Kurudu, Abuja, the army chief commended the members of NAOWA for their support to their husbands involved in securing the country against threats especially in the ongoing counter-terrorism war in the North-East.

He urged them to continue to sustain the support to their spouses as they confront the security threats in the country, which he said would soon be a thing of the past.

He said, “Permit me to commend you on the supports you have given us as wives and mothers in our absence as we are busy working on the security challenges of this nation, as you have remained the rock behind us and also shared our pains and joy of this profession.

“I can only pray that all your efforts come out fulfilled at the end so that you share the joy of this very profession at the top that I am.

“I also urge you to continue to identify with the activities of the Nigerian Army especially at this time that we have this security challenges and indeed we will prevail in a little while.

“I wish to assure the National president and all members of NAOWA that the Nigerian Army will always support you and provide an enabling environment for you to achieve your destined and desired objectives”, he said.

Minimah also expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan for his unflinching support to the Nigerian Army in its effort to enthrone peace in the country.

The army chief, who also commended Nigerians for the support to the security agencies, sympathised with them for being at the receiving end of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

“Let me also express our appreciation to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his entire support to the Nigerian Army”.

We’ll Make Rivers Ungovernable If Amaechi Doesn’t Stop Insulting Jonathan, Patience – Bipi Tells Kinsmen


evans-bipi-360x225Kinsmen of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rives State have been urged to call their son to order over the verbal attacks he has been dishing out recently against President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leader of the six anti-Amaechi lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Evans Bipi, who made the call yesterday while speaking with journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, also warned that the state would be made ungovernable for the governor should he refuse to heed the call to stop attacking the President.

Bipi stressed the need for the governor’s kinsmen to call him to order so that he (Amaechi) could conclude the remaining months of his tenure in peace.

He expressed regret that Amaechi had consistently denigrated the president and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, describing the action as an abuse of the governor’s immunity.

Bipi said, “We appeal to chiefs and leaders of Ubima community, Amaechi’s native home to ask their son to desist from attacking the President and his wife if he wants to peacefully conclude the remaining months of his tenure.

“Let me warn that we will make the state ungovernable for him (Amaechi), not minding his immunity if he does not refrain from this irresponsible action against the President and his wife.

“It is regrettable that Rotimi Amaechi has consistently insulted and disparaged a sitting President and his wife with impunity in abuse of his immunity as a governor. May I also warn Amaechi to also stop using the platform and resources of Rivers State for his personal interest”.

He, however, accused the state governor of using N19 billion belonging to the state to organise ‘an extravagant’ rally for the All Progressives Congress.

Bipi said, “We feel pained that we are constrained to take necessary action against him (governor) because of the immunity, which he enjoys. However, we are encouraged by the fact that his arrogant reign as the governor of Rivers State will soon come to an end.

“In less than eight months from now, Amaechi will be made to answer for all his actions against President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Dame Patience Jonathan”.

Challenging the governor to show proof where Mrs. Jonathan, who he once famously called his ‘Jesus’, allegedly sent militants to stage protest against him for refusing to share Rivers money with her, Bipi also accused the governor’s wife – Judith Amaechi – of receiving N36 million from him to support her Empowerment Support Initiative programme.

Reacting to the allegations, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, said it was wrong and irresponsible for anybody to say that the state would be made ungovernable.

He stressed that Gov. Amaechi had nothing personal against the president and first lady, adding that the bone of contention had to do with the neglect of Rivers State and the people by the Federal Government under the leadership of President Jonathan.

He maintained that Amaechi couldn’t have kept quiet as a governor in the face of ill treatment against the people of the state, adding that the lawmaker spoke out of ignorance.

“On the allegation that the governor spent N19 billion for an extravagant rally, they saw the tsunami or the crowd at the stadium and they are now looking for a way to explain it because they have been deceiving the Presidency that the APC is not on the ground in Rivers State.

“That is just the minutest of the crowd. With a snap of the hand, the APC supporters would gather in a larger number than what they saw on Saturday. The people of the state are simply in love with their governor”, Okocha added.

He, however, disagreed with Bipi on the allegations that Mrs. Amaechi collected N36 million from him to support her ESI programme, adding that burden of proof lies on the person making the allegation.

Nigerians In The US Warn Jega Over New 30,000 Polling Units


Nigerians resident in the united states have called on the Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Atahiru Jega against the use of the newly created 30,000 polling units during the 2015 general elections.

In a statement by Dechi Dariye, Abayomi Adeolu and Osahon Osagie, Jega was advised to accept professional recommendations and legislative disapproval on the use of the new polling units.

“We note that the Senate Committee in Nigeria responsible for oversight functions on election management has advised against continuing with the new polling unit allocations because of the limited time required to embark upon a credible process, following international benchmarks. We see this as a realistic corroboration of the Handley recommendations, but sadly, despite public denials by the electoral Commission under your leadership we hear of subterranean efforts to surge ahead with the new polling units, despite professional recommendations and legislative oversight disapproval,” the statement read

“We find it rather curious that despite the length of time which has elapsed between the last election and the imminent one, the conclusions of the scientific report was not prioritized given the bearing it has on the coming election in regard to logistical arrangements. This is why we find it strange that such scientific precision was dispensed with for arbitrariness in the current exercise of Polling Unit creation which has led to unnecessary controversies.”

“In the United States of America, it is unheard of that any agency which relies on legislative approval for funding its functions will deride legislative advice, ignore adverse security reports, gloss over litigation in court, disdain and completely disregard strong public opinion on a sensitive matter like this when ethnic, regional and religious tension is at its highest boiling point. We do not expect that disregard of the legislature will emanate from an electoral umpire.”

The Nigerians therefore advised Jega to do what is right and follow the wise counsel of professionals and the legislature to ensure a well-organised election in 2015.

Man Defiles Teenager For 5 Days In Lokoja


A 28-year-old mechanic, Abdulkadir Salihu, has been remanded in prison by a Lokoja senior magistrate’s court for allegedly abducting and r*ping a teenage girl for five days.

Salihu was arraigned on a two-count charge of kidnapping and r*pe

According to Prosecuting police officer, Corporal Ubi Ubana, a man who identified himself as Adama Ibrahim of Galilee Street, Lokoja reported the matter at the ‘A’ Division Police headquarters and Department of Criminal Investigation, Lokoja on October 23.

Ubana explained that Ibrahim had while reporting the matter alleged that on October 16, at about 1:25 pm, his 13-year-old niece (names withheld) was sent to buy Okro from Adankolo New Layout Market, when the accused cunningly took her into his house on Agbai Street and defiled her.

Ibrahim said Salihu locked up the girl in his room from October 16 to 20 during which he had carnal knowledge of the teenager several times. He eventually released her after the fifth day.

Ubana said investigation was ongoing, but asked that the accused be remanded in prison due to the gravity of his offence.

Mrs Joyce Abdulmalik of the Lokoja Senior Magistrate Court 1, in her ruling, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Medium Security Federal Prisons, Koton-Karfe and subsequently adjourned the case to November 10 for mention.

Family Unable To Pay Hospital Bill After Giving Birth to Triplets


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A couple with five children was recently blessed with a set of triplets. The couple, now with eight kids – five boys and three girls – never envisaged going that far in child bearing. But since circumstance had made it so, Mr. & Mrs. Ifeani Benjamin Amadu, from Ukpo in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, have no option but to accept their fate.Mrs. Amadu told our correspondent that three months into her pregnancy, she had gone for scan only to be told that she was carrying three babies in her womb, a revelation that threw her into fright. 

 Soon after she was delivered of the babies at Ajeromi General Hospital, Ajegunle, Lagos, on Saturday, October 27, 2014, the woman and her husband found themselves in a tight corner. They had no money to offset their hospital bills, which stood at N150, 000.

Mrs. Amadu, while narrating her experiences during and after her pregnancy, pointed out that it was a serious battle. “The pregnancy was not business as usual,” she began. “At a point, my whole body became too heavy that I could not do even very common things. I could neither sleep well nor walk freely. Also, bending and bathing were tough for me. In fact, it was as if I was carrying excess load.”

She told Daily Sun, however, that all the problems disappeared immediately after she was delivered of the babies. People kept trooping to the hospital to see the bundles of joy. It was discovered that the triplets were the first to be delivered in the hospital this year.

Though she had a safe delivery and her triplets were in sound health, paying her hospital bills and taking care of the triplets have become a daunting task. Following failure of the couple to foot their hospital bill more than two weeks after delivery, the triplets and their mother could not be discharged.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Amadu, a National Certificate of Education (NCE) holder and a teacher in a private school earns a very lean salary. Her income and that of her husband are nowhere enough for them to cater for the delivery. “I could not save enough for this delivery because my salary is poor,” she said. “I tried to get a job in a public school as a teacher, but none came my way. So I decided to manage with the one that I have right now. My husband too planned as much as he could for the task ahead, but we never knew that things would work out this way.  Unfortunately, earlier before my delivery, robbers visited us and carted away some money that my husband had planned to invest in a little business. So, that is why we have found ourselves in this tensed situation.”

Mrs. Amadu wants financial support from men and women of goodwill who she believes would have a share in the special blessings being brought by the triplets. “At the moment, we cannot pay the hospital bill due to our severe financial constraints. We are therefore calling on men and women of goodwill like Governors Wille Obiano, Rochas Okorocha, Babatunde Raji Fashola, corporate bodies and other groups and individuals to come to our aid so that we can leave the hospital. I am tired of staying here; I want to go home with my babies,” she said.

Her husband, Mr. Ifeani Amadu, also expressed his feelings. “We have been married for 14 years, and since that time, my wife has been fruitful. In fact, we had closed child bearing after four children. But the pregnancies continued to come. After having five children, we never planned having another, yet the sixth came. As a child of God, I have been feeling so bad to encourage abortion or family planning. But now, we have been forced to do it.”

He believed that the triplets would serve as a point of contact for others. He described the situation, as a serious one and called on Nigerians to come to the rescue of his family. “I have been thinking about how to get out of this situation. My wife and the triplets have spent close to three weeks in the hospital because I have no money to pay their bill. I am appealing to those who are touched by what my family is going through to assist us financially so that we could pay the hospital bill and cater for the babies too.

PDP, Mimiko Reach Truce In Ondo State


Following the defection of Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from the Labour Party, reports say Mimiko and other leaders of the PDP in the state have reached an agreement to work togeth­er in the interest of the state and the country in general.

Sunnewsonline reports that the incumbent governor also promised to be just in his dealings with members of the party during their meeting at the Gov­ernment House in Alagbaka in Ondo State.

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For all the far-reaching decisions that were taken including the sharing of political offices among members of the party.

Jonathan Meets PDP Leaders Over Tambuwal’s Defection


President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday had a closed door meeting with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some governors and leaders of the House of Representatives over the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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It was gathered that the President is worried that the defection of the Speaker could have adverse effect on the political fortunes of the PDP, especially in the forthcoming elections.ThisDay reports that the meeting is against the backdrop of the alleged plans by the Majority
Leader of the House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP, Oyo) and other some key PDP members of the House to challenge Tambuwal’s defection.

It would be recalled that the Tambuwal on Tuesday defected from the ruling PDP to the major opposition party, APC, to contest for the number seat in 2015, in his hometown of Sokoto.

His defection was greeted by calls on him to resign to allow another person from PDP take over the leadership of the House as Speaker. He was said to have expressed optimism that he would remain the speaker of the lower house because PDP will not be able to gather two-thirds majority required by the constitution to impeach him.

Tambuwal was said to have adjourned the House till December 3, as part of efforts to stall and frustrate every move by the PDP to remove him.

Although those that attended the meeting declined to say anything about the outcome of the meeting, there were suggestions that the officials led by the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, strategised on the next step to tackle Tambuwal defection.

Those in attendance are Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Governors of Bayelsa, Henry Seriake-Dickson, Benue, Gabriel Suswam, Gombe, Ibrahim Dankwambo and their Enugu State counterpart, Sullivan Chime.

Others include the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Leader of the House, Hon. Leo Ogor, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Ndudi Elumelu amongst others.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday October 29, 2014, reportedly led more than 50 members of the house to the APC mini convention in Abuja.

Nigerians Donate N98m For Jonathan’s Nomination Form


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President’s spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati, made this known yesterday in Abuja saying that the money was the donations from Nigerians to assist Jonathan with paying for presidential nomination fee and Expression of Interest form worth N22 million.

Jonathan, who is to run for re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), thanked all those groups and individuals who rendered their financial support and expressed his great excitement over the matter.

“I Don’t Expose My Cleavage”- Actress Yvonne Jegede


Nollywood actress Yvonne Jegeda who resumed back to acting after leaving the country for a while to pursue her educational goals has revealed many things about her that will interest you.

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Yvonne, who has been around for a while now has made it known in a recent interview with Encomium magazine that she doesn’t expose her b**bs like her colleagues in the movie industry.

I don’t expose my cleavage, it was a photo shoot. You don’t see me walking on the street with my cleavage hanging out. It was a photo shoot. I felt I have some features that people should know of. Even with that, some people still believe that she has a lot of b**bs but no behind, that is wrong.

I am coming out to showcase. I think the older I get, the more comfortable I am in my skin. You get secured, more confident with age. If I feel very comfortable showing off my curves, my cleavage, excuse me, it is my body. But I will not walk around unclad. I wear whatever I am comfortable with.

The actress who left Nigeria for America for further studies immediately after featuring in 2face’s “African Queen” video.

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She studied International Relations in a University in Cyprus and also made it known that she is not in anyway threatened by any of her colleagues she left behind in the movie industry. She said:

You are there, you have fame, money, good for you. I have a degree, I still have the opportunity to be what I want to be. I think I am one of the best actresses. Whatever it is that they have achieved, I can also achieve, even better. I still respect them because they are my senior colleagues, but it doesn’t change the fact that I am Yvonne Jegede. I still do my best whenever I am on set.

She however explained that her comeback has not been a rosy experience as many movie makers feel her face alone cannot sell their movies.

It wasn’t easy, a lot of people said face cannot sell movie, some will even ask if I can still act. It was one or two people that have been using me. Information travels far when you are on set, that is how a producer kept on giving others my contact.

If anybody should call and ask about the movie they were shooting and the cast, they will give me referral, that was how the word went around and people kept on calling.

Meanwhile, the actress who is a great fan of Genevieve Nnaji and Omoni Oboli a few months back, landed in a messy chest surgery scandal upon her return to the movie industry.

NURTW, Drivers Clash In Ibadan Over Park Levies


Latest reports inform that properties worth millions of naira were vandalised on Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 as a result of a clash that happened between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW and truck drivers at Express Quarry Nigeria Limited, on Kilometre 15, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ekefa Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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No fewer than 27 cars and 17 trucks were vandalised during the tragic incident, according to Punch report.

It was gathered that the fight broke out over the payment of N2, 500 by each truck driver to the NURTW.

Eyewitnesses informed newsmen that due to the dangerous weapons that were used in the fight, many people were injured and taken to the hospital.

It was gathered that prior to the clash, members of the Oluyole Ibadan Granites Sellers and Hauler Association; truck owners, as well as drivers had staged a protest on Monday against further payment of the money to the NURTW office at the quarry.

Investigation revealed that the issue degenerated when some NURTW leaders visited the scene of the incident on Tuesday.

Reports say the fight that ensued afterwards caused heavy traffic along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as vehicles heading towards Ibadan were stuck in the traffic until policemen from the Oyo State Area Command came to restore peace.

Also, some businessmen who had come to the quarry to purchase granite were said to have incurred huge financial losses as a result of the chaos.

Amon the victims of the incident, Dada Oyebamiji, said he lost N1.4m while another businessman, Segun Adesina, said he lost N350, 000.

When newsmen visited the scene of the incident on Wednesday, anti-riot policemen, two armoured personnel carriers, six police vans and a Black Maria were seen there.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Kola Sodipo, who paid a visit to the scene of the incident, urged all those involved in the fracas to maintain peace.

The police boss also promised that those behind the incident would be brought to book.

Tambuwal’s Security Details Withdrawn by FG


The security details attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has been reportedly withdrawn by the Federal Government.

It was gathered by Daily Trust that the security details were withdrawn in the early hours of this morning.

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Early this morning, few minutes after midnight to be precise, top level security report informed the Speaker that orders have been given for the withdrawal of his security details,” a source said.

Tambuwal, as speaker, is entitled to high-level security made up of men from the police, Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Service (DSS).

Tambuwal had on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, formally announced his defection from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Federal Government withdrawing his security details may not be unconnected with his defection.

Following his defection, the PDP national leadership had said the “honourable and responsible” action for the speaker would be to resign from his position as Speaker having left the party that brought him to the House of Representatives in 2011.

The PDP also acknowledged it may lack the two-third support which is required to force the speaker out.

The speaker received a standing ovation on Wednesday when he led more than 50 members of the house to the APC mini convention in Abuja.

Tambuwal, a three-term member of the House, was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).

He has held several offices in the House. In 2005, he became the Minority Leader of the House until he defected to the PDP. Upon his re-election to the House in 2007, he was also elected the Deputy Chief Whip.

Tension At MMIA As Alleged Ebola Victim Lands Nigeria


There was tension and anxiety at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, on Wednesday over the arrival of a Nigerian, who contracted Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, but was cured arrived at the airport aboard Royal Air Maroc, after reportedly being assisted into the country by the Nigeria’s consular officer, Mrs. T. Mohammed.

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The victim identified as Mr. Theophilus Onnakhinon, who reportedly flew from Sierra Leone, has a younger brother, Mr. Chinedu Eroka, who reportedly escaped from the Sierra Leonean authorities.

Although the reason for his younger brother’s absconding is not known, a source at the Port Health at the Lagos Airport confirmed that Mr. Onnakhinon was treated and cured of the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone by the health authorities after spending weeks in their custody

 

Police Rescue Diezani’s Sister From Kidnappers


Madam Osiya Agama, the sister of petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke who was who was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has reportedly being rescued by the police.

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The police reportedly rescued the kidnapped Osiya Agama on Wednesday.

Punch reports that the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, in a text message confirmed the release of the septuagenarian saying:

“This is to inform you that Osiya Agama has been safely rescued during a joint operation by the police, military and the State Security Service. Two suspects were arrested”.

On October 24, it was reported that Diezani Alison-Madueke’s sister was abducted at the Old Port Harcourt /Leventis area of the capital of Rivers State.

Apparently, the victim was kidnapped on her way back from an evening church service on October 21, 2014, according to Punch.

Come To Court Or Be Arrested – Coroner To TB Joshua


Following the collapsed building belonging to Prophet TB which left about 116 persons dead, the prophet has been threatened with an arrest by the coroner if he fails to honour the court’s invitation.

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Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe on Wednesday said TB Joshua is not above the law while reacting to the church’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi’s suggestions as to inviting those who can be of assistance from the SCOAN.

According to Vanguard report, Komolafe who said if TB Joshua cannot come to court should give an explanation stated:

“The court has the power to summon whoever it deems necessary to assist it,” The counsel should advise the Prophet to come. The church is not on trial. It’s not a matter of ego. Nobody is above the law. The court will be fair to all.“If he is an institution with immunity, the court will not even go there. If the man refuses to come, he can be arrested… He has to appear. We summoned The Prophet. We summoned the contractors.”

On September 12 a guest house belonging to the Synagogue church collapsed which killed no fewer than 115 people including 84 South Africans who were present at the time of the tragedy.

Following the collapse of the Synagogue guest house, several groups have called for the arrest and trial of T.B Joshua.

Although the building inspectors attributed the addition of extra floors to the guesthouse, without strengthening the foundations, as the likely cause of the collapse.

Prophet TB Joshua as since reacted to the building collapse saying  a low-flying aircraft was responsible for the collapse, however saying: “Hard times may test me, they cannot destroy me.” In few weeks the truth behind the collapsed building will be revealed”.

Proophet TB Joshua will testify at the inquest on November 5.

Ebola Victim arrives Lagos from Sierra Leone, People Scamper for safety at Airport


There was serious panic at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday as a Nigerian, who had contacted Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone arrived aboard Royal Air Maroc.

The ebola victim, Theophilus Onnakhinon, was flown from Sierra Leone by the airline while his younger brother, Chinedu Eroka, was said to have absconded from the Sierra Leonean authorities. It was not however clear why Eroka absconded.

A source close to the Port Health at the Lagos Airport confided in aviation reporters that the victim had been treated of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and cured of the disease by the health authorities of that country after some weeks in their custody.

The source who doesn’t want to be named as he was not allowed to talk to the media on the issue said that the victim was assisted into the country by the Nigeria’s consular officer, Mrs. T. Mohammed.
The consular officer accompanied the victim into the country in order to avoid stigmatization.
The source said, “It is true that there was Ebola scare at the Lagos airport but the fact is that the victim had been cured of the disease in Sierra Leone before being assisted into Nigeria by our consular officer in that country and immediately he landed, he was handed over to the port health authorities who immediately carried out checks on him and isolated him from the other passengers.

“But, the truth is that we just want to recheck what has already been done by the Sierra Leonean authorities. You know, we cannot take chances again in the country. I can assure you that the situation is under control.”

Giwa to withdraw court case


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Peace may finally return to Nigerian football as Chris Giwa will withdraw his case in court so the country can move forward.
A person who should know told us that during a late night (Wednesday) chat with the president of the country, Goodluck Jonathan, Giwa was told to go back and withdraw the case so that football can move forward in Nigeria.
“When the president of your country talks to you, you have no choice but listen to him so we expect the case withdrawn later today (Thursday) when it comes up in court,” Our source said.
Chris Giwa was voted into office as president of the Nigeria Football Federation on August 26, in an election that was strongly criticized and disputed by the congress of Nigerian football.
World Football governing body, FIFA “ordered” another elections for September 30 which Giwa went to a court in Jos to stop.
Despite a court order stopping the elections, the NFF went ahead and voted Amaju Pinnick as its new
president before the same court in Jos last week nullified the elections ordering Pinnick to vacate the glass house.
With FIFA writing to Nigeria for the umpteenth time giving the country until Friday to put its house in order, this development certainly comes in the nick of time.

Tambuwal: Jonathan calls emergency PDP meeting


 
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday engaged some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in a meeting aimed at taking a common position on the Tuesday defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
The meeting took place hours after the House said the PDP, individuals and groups condemning the defection of   the speaker to the All Progressives Congress should not dictate to it on how to conduct its affairs.
Tambuwal had announced his defection from the PDP before he adjourned sitting till December 3.
The situation made the President to summon the National Chairman of the PDP,   Adamu Mu’azu, to the meeting which had the Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha; the Deputy Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor; and a member from Delta State, Ndudi Elumelu, in attendance.
Some PDP governors such as Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa): Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu) were also part of the meeting.
Top government officials who attended the parley   included the Secretary to the Government of the

Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; the National Security Adviser,   Sambo Dasuki; and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Muhammed Adoke (SAN).

One of those in attendance told one of our correspondents on the condition of anonymity that the meeting centered on how to make Tambuwal vacate his seat as speaker.
“The issue of the Speaker and his exit was one of the fundamental issues discussed at the meeting,” he   said.
The source however did not disclose the decision reached at the meeting.
Another source said that Ihedioha “took the heat at the meeting.”
He did not explain further.
The presence of Adoke and Dasuki at the meeting suggested that they might have reviewed the legal and security implications of the options available to them with the two government officials.
Earlier, Mu’azu had at another meeting   the President had   with a delegation of the Federal Capital Territory Council of Chiefs,   dropped the hint that Jonathan summoned him.
“The President had summoned me for a meeting. I was with him when he wanted to come and receive you and he told me to follow you. I only did follow follow,” he had told members of the delegation.
The PDP had shortly after Tambuwal announced his defection called on him to do the needful by resigning as speaker.
The party, argued through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that since Tambuwal became the speaker on the ticket of the “majority party (PDP), he had no right to continue to occupy the seat.
But the House said on Tuesday that   the PDP and most of the commentators on the issue were “ignorant” of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the House Standing Orders.
The   Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs,   Victor Ogene, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues,   said Tambuwal did not breach any law in defecting to the APC.
He also noted that there was no provision in the constitution prescribing that the speaker must be elected from among the majority party members.
Ogene cited Section 50 (1)(b) of the constitution to buttress his argument.
He said, “The clear provisions of Section 50(1) (b) of the Nigerian Constitution easily settle the worries regarding the continued speakership of Tambuwal – ‘There shall be a Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves.’’’
He also noted that the speaker was elected as the representative of the “generality of Nigerians” and not necessarily because he belonged to a particular political party.
On the views of some “commentators” that Tambuwal should have vacated his office by virtue of the provision of Section 68(1)(g) of the constitution, he replied that the matter was still awaiting judicial decision.
Ogene added, “It is common knowledge that following the defection of 37 members of the House in December 2013, from the PDP to APC, there has been multiple court cases on the matter, thus rendering it subjudice to discuss any likely outcome.
“Everyone is thus enjoined to await the final judicial pronouncement on the issue of defection, which has afflicted virtually all political parties in the land.”
He warned the PDP   against interfering with the lawmakers’ “privilege” and constitutionally-guaranteed freedom to choose their leaders.
Ogene stated, “Additionally, Order 1, Rule 1 (2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives states: ‘ In all cases not provided for hereinafter, or by sectional or other Orders, precedents or practices of the House, the House shall by resolution regulate its procedure.’
“It is in the light of the foregoing that the House wishes to appeal to those who seek to regulate its procedure from outside its hallowed chambers to have a rethink, as the nation’s Constitution, the Standing Orders of the House and precedent – as in the Speakership of the late Edwin Ume-Ezeoke in the Second Republic on a minority platform – have all provided answers to what would have otherwise been a knotty political issue.”
But as Ogene spoke, the PDP through its National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-South, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh,   vowed to do everything within its powers to regain   the speakership of the House.
Ojougboh told journalists at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja that there was no way Tambuwal and other defectors from the party would be allowed to go away with the party’s mandate.
He said, “PDP is a very disciplined party. If you come and steal in the PDP and use the PDP to elevate yourself and get into office when the time comes, God will get you out like the issue of Tambuwal.
“You can see how God has exposed him. PDP will do everything within the law to regain its seat and that is what we are going to do in Edo and Rivers states as well. We are going back to the South-South to regain our seats.”

How man was pushed to commit suicide over N1000 theft in Ebonyi


A 32-year-old man, Mr. Simon Mbam, of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has committed suicide after he was tortured by some villagers for allegedly stealing N1,000 from a shop in the market.
The victim, who jumped into a pond in the area last weekend, found himself in the mess when he left his house in the evening of the fateful day to buy drinks with his friends.
While late Simon and his friends were busy sipping their drinks, the owner of the shop raised an alarm over a missing N1,000 in his carton of drinks, but no customer admitted to haven taken the money.
The alarm raised by the shop owner attracted villagers who stormed the scene and gave the suspects till the following day to return the money or face the consequences.

According to Vanguard, It was learned that the said missing money was found at the door step of the shop, but when the villagers who were determined to get to the root of the matter gathered, the owner of the shop insisted on knowing the person behind the act.
The suspect, who later confessed to the crime, was allegedly beaten by the irate villagers until he started bleeding and losing consciousness.

They demanded that he should be treated like a thief, even as he was fined two goats, two crates of beer and N5,000, which were immediately provided by the suspect’s mother (names withheld).

It was gathered that the village head rejected what the suspect’s mother brought, insisting that an additional N5,000 should be provided so that the matter would be completely resolved without involving the police.

This second demand by the villagers made the suspect, who felt humiliated by the entire process, escape from his captors and jumped into Aku Pond, which was not far from the market square.
All efforts to rescue him on time proved abortive as he drowned before his body was retrieved by the villagers.
Meanwhile, four persons including the village head, had been arrested by the police after the mother of the victim reported the matter.

Malala donates $50,000 to reconstruction of schools in Gaza


Nobel Prize winner and Pakistani education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, has donated $50,000 towards the reconstruction of schools in war-torn Gaza in Palestine. Many public buildings and schools in the Gaza Strip were destroyed by Israeli warplanes and tanks during Gaza’s recent conflict with Israel.

Malala made the donation yesterday Wednesday October 29th after receiving the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the child in Marienfred, Sweden. Speaking at the event, Malala said the money will be channeled through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA to help rebuild 65 schools in the Palestinian territory.

Ohakim been presented with his PDP Nomination and Expression of interest Form purchased for Him by Imo Artisans, Traders and Keke Operators


Ohakim been presented with his PDP Nomination and Expression of interest Form purchased for Him by Imo Artisans, Traders and Keke Operators. The money was raised through contributions, Donations and partnerships in what the group called their Contributions and commitment to ensure Ohakim returns back to Government House and continue to implement those Clear Cut Policies and Programmes that boost Imo Economy

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FIFA’S LETTER TO NIGERIA


The letter with the title; Situation of the Nigeria Football Federation reads thus

We acknowledge receipt of your correspondence dated 27 October 2014 with regard to the latest developments of the situation of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).We take note of the order granted by the Federal High Court nullifying the NFF elections of 30 September 2014 and the fact that some persons claiming to have been legitimately elected previously went to occupy the offices of the NFF causing great confusion among the administrative staff.

We also note that security forces prevented you from travelling to Namibia where you were supposed to represent the NFF at the final match of the African Women’s Championship.As stated in our previous letters dated 9 September 2014 and 2 October 2014, FIFA stressed that should the electoral process and the instalment of the newly elected NFF board be affected by any interference, the case would be brought to the attention of the appropriate FIFA bodies for a suspension of the NFF until the next FIFA Congress due to take place on 28 and 29 May 2015.

The course of events as described in your correspondence clearly shows that interference has not ceased.Under these circumstances and in order to give Nigerian football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy suspension, we inform you that if by Friday 31 October 2014 at midday Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case has been definitively withdrawn from court and that the board elected on 30 September 2014 is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for implementation of the suspension.

We would like to underline the dire effects a suspension could have on Nigerian football. It would for instance mean that no team from Nigeria of any sort (including club teams) could have any international sporting contact (art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes). But it would also mean that neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials could benefit from any development programmes courses or training from FIFA or CAF any longer.We recommend that you contact the main stakeholders and concerned parties to brief them on the FIFA position. We thus hope that by Friday midday, we will receive the requested evidence in order to avoid the adverse consequences of a suspension.

Jerome Valcke

Secretary General -

Freeze Cool FM Abandons Wife for Older PH Lover


The popular on-air-personality is reportedly having issues with his Marriage..According to Yes International Magazine ……
“All is said not to be well with the marriage of popular on-air personality, Freeze. The Cool FM presenter whose real name is Ifedayo Olarinde, has allegedly abandoned his wife and university sweetheart, Ope for an older lover who is said to be based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Freeze and Ope have two children – Ayo and Adun. Interestingly, when YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine sought the handsome dude’s reaction on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at exactly 1.57pm, he first queried whether that was the only reason we called. And when we responded in the affirmative, he said:

“You called to ask about the challenges in my marriage? Do you have work? Common!” When reminded that by calling him, we were doing our work, and professionally too, he said: “Why can’t you talk about national issues? I think you should concern yourself more as a fellow journalist on finding out where the girls are. That’s Bring Back Our Girls. Go and face that one. There is nothing wrong. Okay! Everything is okay. Alright! I don’t discuss my family as a matter of principle. Good or bad, I do not discuss my family. Thank you”.

But his denial notwithstanding, sources close to him insist that not only is his marriage threatened, he’s since abandoned his wife and children, preferring instead the company of an older lover in PH who is said to be a mother of four. Some of his friends have waded in, trying to get him to return to his family and straighten things up with his wife to no avail. Also, his pastor, Paul Adefarasin of the House On The Rock, has equally intervened. Yet a truce has not been reached.

He was said to be in year two when his path and that of his wife, then a Jambite, crossed at UI. Now, the unabashed collector of expensive timepieces and his love are unfortunately having challenges with their union. And a serious one at that.

DEFECTION: PDP Demands Tambuwal’s Resignation



The national leadership of the  Peoples Democratic Party is pushing for the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mallam Aminu Tambuwal over his defection to the APC.
Already, the members  of the National Working Committee of the party had met with PDP leaders in the House concerning the defection.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
He said, “After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Hon. Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority.
“We are not unmindful of the fact that Hon. Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has
not changed.”
It was gathered that the party might be pushing for his impeachment if he refused to resign.

“I’m not bothered that people think I am arrogant” – Wizkid brags


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In a new interview with Encomium mag, Wizkid said he doesn’t care if people think he is arrogant, that he doesn’t love everybody and so doesn’t expect everybody to love him.

Asked if it bothers him that people think he’s arrogant, Wizkid said;

“Bother me? Never! I am not bothered. Honestly I don’t hear people saying it because anytime I go out, I show my fans great love. I do my thing. I don’t have problem with that because I don’t love everybody as well. So I don’t expect everybody to love me too. That’s life” Continue…

Asked if he is terrible person, Wizkid said;

“Terrible? Everyone has opinion about people. But when they say Wizkid is terrible, you need to ask them, “Why is Wizkid a terrible person? What did he do? For four years, I was making music with Samklef, everyone knew his house. I was going up and down, shouting, Samklef Nor Ni. That’s me, I am just trying to be a good person. Whereas everyone cannot like you and everyone cannot hate you” he said.

Asked if fame has in anyway changed him, Wizkid said
“No, fame has not changed Wizkid. The only thing fame has changed in Wizkid is that I added some accessories. I have got nice chains, watches, and nice clothes. Asides that, I am still Wizkid. I no tall, still same height”
He also reacted to his recent controversy with singer Saeon,
“Oh really? She’s bitter about it. I didn’t see the allegation but I gave her hit song. I no try? I did my part. I was in the studio with her, gave her hit song. I no try. That’s not even how much I charge for collaboration, I charge N10 million. I collected N1.5 million from her because of love. I was busy, I didn’t want to do it” he said.
Asked about the comment that he doesn’t charge those he loves, Wizkid said;
“Yeah I don’t charge people I love. I said so but when someone is on your neck everyday for a collaboration and she offers you money, won’t you collect it? If you fail to collect it, they start calling you terrible person. I am just trying to be a good guy”
On his fashion sense, Wizkid said;
“Fresh! Am I not looking fresh? I have always loved chains a lot. For me, I also see chains as investment because they ar gold and diamond. You can always sell anything gold and diamond. It is like an investment for me”.
On why he loves to flaunt his accessories on social media, Wizkid said;
“You know now. I didn’t have accessories when I started my career. Did you see me wearing bling-bling when I did Hola at your boi? No! I hustled to get money to buy them and there is no crime if I show it or flaunt it to my fans because they gave me money to buy them” he said
On where he invests his money, Wizkid said;
“I will say property but most importantly Jewelry. Do you know how much I can sell this chain on my neck when I get broke, God forbid? It’s money and to me it’s investment. I don’t spend money on foolish things. I spend moderately. Besides I am a grown man. I have problems too. I have a child I am taking care of. I have responsibilities, believe it or not” he said
Asked if he is expecting another child, Wizkid said;
“Expecting wetin? Did I tell you I am expecting a child? Yes I didn’t tell you guys when I was expecting my first child because people wanted to kill me but Honestly, nothing like that I am not expecting any child now”
Asked if he is getting married anytime soon, Wizkid hissed and said “Wedding? No!”
Source: Encomium Mag

I Have No Plan To Leave APC – Atiku


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday has Abuja denied reports that he was planning to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

“Our attention has been drawn to a recent publication which alleges that APC chieftain and presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, intends to dump the opposition party APC for the PDM. This information is not only egregiously false, but our investigations have traced it to a senior APC member from the Northeast zone, who is working to further the presidential ambition of another aspirant within the party,” a statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu, Atiku’s Head of Media said.

The APC member was also said to be “working with certain elements in the PDP.”

The statement therefore reiterated Atiku’s resolve to remain with the APC, saying any contrary report is false.

“Atiku Abubakar does not intend to leave the APC for the PDM or any other party. He believes in the change message of the APC.
He believes that APC is progress,” the statement added.

Nigeria Handed Friday Fifa Deadline to Set Aside Court Ruling


Fifa has given Nigeria until midday Friday, October 31, to overturn a court ruling which annulled the recent election into the Executive Committee (EXCo) of its football federation or face international suspension until May 2015.

A Federal High Court in Jos passed a ruling to set aside the Fifa approved Elective Congress of September 30, 2014.

In a letter sent to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday, Fifa said Nigeria must reinstate the newly elected ExCo board, headed by Amaju Pinnick. The World football governing body has earlier warned it would automatically place a global ban on the country till the next Fifa congress, should there be any hindrances to the newly-elected NFF ExCo.

Fifa letter said: “As stated in our previous letters, Fifa stressed that should the electoral process and the installment of the newly elected NFF board be affected by any interference, the case would be brought to the attention of the appropriate Fifa bodies for a suspension of the NFF until the next Fifa Congress due to take place on 28 and 29 May 2015.

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“We thus hope by Friday midday, we will receive the requested evidence in order to avoid the adverse consequences of a suspension.”

Justice Ambrose Allagoa ruled last month’s elections in Warri illegal because the Jos High Court had prior to election date put in place an order that the polls could not be held- which the NFF ignored.

However, 1st vice-president of the newly elected board Seyi Akinwunmi said the NFF did file for “preliminary objection concerning the jurisdiction of the court”, a stance which the court denied.

The injunction was brought by some persons acting on behalf of Chris Giwa, who claims he was elected NFF president on August 26.

Fifa has said it do not recognise the elective congress which took place on August 26 and warned Giwa and his supporters to quit the NFF office.

Nigeria was previously banned from international football in July after another Jos court ordered the removal of the then NFF president Aminu Maigari.

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PHOTO: See How This Celebrity Disgraced Herself In Public


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Boko Haram Kills Again In Borno, Torches Police Station


Attacks by suspected Boko Haram terrorists continued on Monday despite ongoing truce talks, with police station, government lodge and other public buildings and over 250 vehicles set ablaze in Kukawa town, the headquarters of Kukawa local government area of Borno State.

“The insurgents burnt down the Kukawa Divisional Police station and some public buildings in the town,” a resident of the town, Mallam Abor Kanembu told Vanguard.

According to him, the insurgents stormed the town in several Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and moved straight to the police station where they shot sporadically targeting residents. Kanembu explained that Rocket Propelled Launchers and AK47 rifles were freely used.

“I cannot tell the casualty figure because we had to flee the town in fear of our lives,” he added.

Another resident of the town Mohammed Mafindi said that the insurgents killed three civilians and burnt down Kukawa police station, government lodge many houses and other public buildings including clinic and vehicles of the company exploring oil in the Chad Basin area.

“The attack was a reprisal to an attack earlier attempted by the men of the Nigerian police Force, who were on routine patrol in the area in which they opened fire on the insurgents,” Mafindi said.

“The insurgents immediately responded by killing two policemen, and abducted two others while two policemen escaped into the bush,” he added.

Caretaker chairman of Kukawa local government area Alhaji Modu Musa also confirmed the attack, but could not confirm the casualty figure.

Kwankwaso Declares, Pledges To Make Security, Peace Top Agenda Of Administration


Rabiu KwankwasoGovernor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, Tuesday, formally declared his presidential ambition on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), placing security at the top of his agenda for the nation if elected president.

Kwankwaso said it was misgovernance that led the country to its present position, stressing that a government under him will fight to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency and other sectarian violence in the country.

Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters that converged on the Old Parade ground, Abuja, the former Miister of Defence said he was joining the race to help reclaim “our country from the clutches of incompetence and destruction and return it onto the pedestal of peace and progress”.

He accused the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration of using religious, ethnic, sectional and other primordial sentiments to cover, protect and promote corruption in public life, adding that these same sentiments are being used to polarise and divide the country in order to maintain a grip-hold on power.

He stressed that as a nation, we must stand up together as one people to fight corruption, impunity and division, lamenting that every facet of our national life is deteriorating while governance has been reduced to mediocrity, incompetence and impunity.

While acknowledging that the task ahead will not be a stroll in the park, Kwankwaso said: “I have no illusion about the enormity of the challenges. But to save our country, we must walk the journey, however difficult. And we must confront and defeat all the challenges, however monstrous.”

“The first priority of this country at this moment is restoring peace and security in every corner of the land. Lives and properties of our citizens must be protected and secured.

“Boko Haram and all forms of insurgency must be defeated. As a government, we cannot afford to live in denial. Insecurity is escalating at an alarming rate. Little wonder rag-tag insurgents are taking over cities and towns in the Northeast.

“My experiences as Nigeria’s Defence Minister and as Special Adviser on war-torn Darfur and Somalia have shown me that securing a nation and fighting and defeating armed insurgents can only be achieved if the forces are professionally mobilized, properly kitted and equipped, highly spirited, and correctly armed with intelligence and munitions.

“My experiences have shown me that technology must be deployed in addition to mobilizing and cultivating the support of local communities. Cross-border intelligence is a veritable ingredient necessary to defeat armed insurgents”, the presidential aspirant stated.

Kwankwaso’s declaration was witnessed by some dignitaries from the APC incluing Senators Bukar Abba Ibrahim, George Akume, Chris Ngige and Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya. Others were Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor Raji Fashola, Chief Audu Ogbe, former Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, deputy governors of Edo, Yobe and Borno states.

The governors of Kwara and Nasarawa state respectively were represented by their commissioners. Others present include former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu, Some Members of the House of Representatives and members of the Kano state House of Assembly.

The National Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, led some officials of the party to the event.

2015: Jonathan Commissions New Kaduna Govt. House, Warns Against Repeat Of 2011 Post-Election Violence


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Ahead of the 2015 general elections, President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the good people of Kaduna State to do all within their powers not to allow a repeat of the 2011 post-election violence that rocked the state.

It would be recalled that following the announcement of Mr. Jonathan as winner of the April 2011 presidential election, violent protests took place in Kaduna, Bauchi and Katsina, with Kaduna worse hit crises.

However, stressing the need to maintain the peace in the forthcoming poll during the commissioning of the new Kaduna State Government House complex on Tuesday, Jonathan, who is set to formally declare his ambition to seek re-election for a second term, charged the people of Kaduna State not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to breach the peace all in the name of politics.

In his speech, President Jonathan had expressed confidence in the state governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in steering the affairs of the state, saying that as a trained accountant, Yero was prudent with the management of state resources.

He added that the presence of traditional rulers at the ceremony was an indication that Governor Yero was actually working closely with the royal fathers, and urged him to sustain the tempo for peaceful co-existence among the people of the state.

He said, “We all witnessed the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State where many people lost their lives. We should not allow a repeat of 2011 violence in Kaduna in 2015.

“Nobody should deceive you to cause crisis in the name of politics because when ordinary Nigerians agree that there will be peace in Kaduna, there will actually be peace.

“I plead with you to maintain this peace because no amount of soldiers and police will come to your house to maintain peace if you don’t allow peace to reign among you. This is the time to build Kaduna State and the country”.

The president further said he was privileged to have seen to the successful completion of this legacy project, which was conceived in 2008 by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who was at that time governor of the state.

In his speech, Governor Yero commended the vision and purposeful leadership style of his predecessors in office, who initiated various developmental projects aimed at improving the living standards of our people.

The governor said: “The project about to be commissioned here today was executed in six phases at a total cost of N9, 636,578,141.41. Phase one, which provided basic Infrastructure was awarded on October 6, 2008 at a cost of N2, 984,575,579.00.

“The second phase was awarded on September 3, 2009 to provide infrastructure and other provisions at a total cost of N2, 363,764,980.33.

“I am proud and satisfied to announce today that this project was successfully completed through the sustained commitment of three successive administrations of PDP in the state”.

Yero further noted that the present atmosphere of peace and stability existing in most parts of the state was not due to the presence of security forces, “but it is more out of the genuine willingness of our diverse people to live in peace and harmony with one another. This is evident in the growing investor confidence, increase in business activities and rapid expansion of settlements in the state as well as massive influx of people from other parts of the country”.

He stressed that his administration is taking advantage of the peaceful atmosphere to also provide various developmental projects aimed at improving the living conditions of the people.

Meanwhile, shortly after the commissioning ceremony, President Jonathan met with royal fathers in the state led by Chairman of the state council of traditional rulers and Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, and PDP stakeholders behind closed doors for over 40 minutes in the new office complex. It was gathered that 2015 elections formed part of the issues discussed.

$9.3m Arms Deal: Secret Panel Clears Oritsejafor, Asari-Dokubo Of Complicity


ayo oritsejaforA high-powered secret panel raised by the Federal Government to unravel the mystery behind the alleged involvement of the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and ex-militant, Mujahideen Asari Dokubo in the botched $9.3million arms deal in South Africa, has cleared both men of any complicity in the matter.

Recall that a private aircraft belonging to Oritsejafor last month conveyed some unnamed persons and cash to South Africa, with the aim of purchasing arms from the black market to help bolster Nigeria’s fight against insurgency in the North-East.

But following the seizure of the $9.3 million cash meant to finance the deal by South African authorities and the initial slow response of the government to the issue, there were widespread speculations in the media that the CAN president was a financier of insurgency in the country.

There were also speculations that one of the two Nigerians aboard the aircraft, which was briefly detained in South Africa alongside an Israeli security consultant, was the former Niger Delta militant.

But the panel, whose members’ identities were kept secret last night, said it was statutory and legitimate for the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to issue end-user certificate for arms transactions and therefore, dismissed the speculation that the deal was illegal.

According to an impeccable source in Abuja, the panel had submitted its findings to the Presidency.

PRNigeria, a media outfit with close affiliation to Nigeria’s security agencies, released a statement on Tuesday night confirming the development.

The statement said: “A Special Team, comprising security agents, intelligence experts and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has investigated the $9.3m cash-for- arms deal and submitted its report to the Presidency.

“The committee confirmed that the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, had no connection with the transaction.

“It was true that the CAN President’s jet was used, but we found out that it was without his knowledge. As at the time in question, the aircraft was on lease. And you may be aware that the lease trend is peculiar to private jet owners in the country.

“It is the view of the committee that Oritsejafor cannot be held liable for any shuttle made by a lease firm.

“As for the manifest of the plane, the committee also discovered that the Niger Delta activist, Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo, was not among those on board the transaction aircraft. There was no mention of Dokubo in the manifest presented during the investigation”.

The statement added: “The committee’s findings revealed that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has the statutory and legitimate mandate to issue end-user certificate for such arms transactions. The imputations surrounding the role of the ONSA were unfounded, baseless and ill-motivated.

“The decision of South Africa to return $15million to Nigeria lent credence to the legality of the transaction. Certainly, Nigeria had no case to answer”.

PDP Rejects Presidential Aspirants


PDP National Headquarters, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party had turned back two presidential aspirants who were at its national headquarters in Abuja to pick their presidential nomination forms on Tuesday.
The aspirants are Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa and Prof. Akasoba Duke-Abiola.
First to arrive was Tafawa-Balewa, who hails from Bauchi State, and the son of Nigeria’s First Republic Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa.
All the caucuses of the party, including the National Executive Council, had endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate, foreclosing the possibility of any aspirants angling for the party’s ticket.

Mopol Training School Attack: 30 Policemen Still Missing – IGP


Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr Suleiman Abba, sai about 30 policemen were still unaccounted after more than two months of Boko Haram terrorists attack on their training facility in Gwoza, Borno state.

Abba who spoke with state house correspondents yesterday however said that one of the policemen that went missing had returned to his base.

“Last week we were able to identify that one of the missing officers in Gwoza had gone back to his base this time around. So, there can still be some that are in their homes, perhaps refusing to even report to anyone that they are around because of the trauma they went through.

“Or they could still be among the families in some of the villages around there. It is still our hope that they are alive and that they will come out alive” he said.

The Police had declared 35 officers missing following the deadly attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on the Mobile Police Training School, Gwoza, on August 23.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Emmanuel Ojukwu, had confirmed the attack in a statement where he gave the number of missing policemen.

“So far, 35 policemen who are still missing from the facility as a result of the latest attack are being searched for with very promising prospect of locating them,” the statement read in part.

Boko Haram has continued its attacks in Borno despite the ceasefire announced by the federal government on October 17. The government has however insisted talks were ongoing with the Boko Haram and attacks would end soon.

Adamawa Gov Dictatorial, Vindictive – Suspended Council Members


Bala NgilariThe suspension of the entire executive of Gombi Local Government, Adamawa State, by the state government is an act of vindictiveness, some councillors have said.

Eight out of the ten councillors of the local government specifically accused Governor Bala Ngilari of being dictatorial and vindictive.

The councillors said the governor suspended them from office because they refused to be a willing tool in his hand for the removal of the chairman of the local government.

The councillors include, Yohanna Jonathan (Yang Ward), Dominic Irmiya (Liva Ward), Sabo Inuwa (Gombi North), Samaila Umar (Duga Ward), Mohammed Abdallah (Gombi South), and Adama Saidu (Gaanda Ward).

The leader of the councillors, Mr. Jonathan, alleged that their suspension followed series of attempts by the governor, who was recently sworn-in, to influence the removal of the chairman of the council, Rufai Umar.

Mr. Jonathan at a press conference on Tuesday said: “As far as we are concerned, the chairman of the council has done nothing to warrant removal from office as such we declined the offer.

“We don’t know how the decision to remove us was reached because due process was circumvented as we were never given a fair hearing. We remain unfazed by the unilateral action of the state government to suspend us as the decision went contrary to the rule of law”.

Debunking allegations of fraud levelled against him, the suspended chairman of the local government, Mr. Umar, said the allegation lacked substance and credibility.

“The audit committee did not meet to make enquiries only to come up with a fictitious report indicting me of unsubstantiated financial fraud”, he said.

“For the record, I ran the must transparent government among the 21 chairmen of Adamawa State. My suspension has nothing to do with any financial scam but my defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress and as far as I am concerned, the decision remains sacrosanct as it represent the wishes of my people.

“PDP is a spent force as it will lose the coming elections and many of the chairmen of the local governments have told me that they will defect to APC.”

Photo: EFCC Arraigns Three for N93m Loan Scam


Find the EFCC Press release below…

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday October 27, 2014 arraigned the trio of Ibrahim Abubakar, Abubakar Maigaskiya and Bashir Musa before Justice Faruk Lawal of Kano State High Court on two separate charges bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence.

While the 1st accused, Ibrahim Abubakar was docked on a 13-count charge, the duo of Abubakar Maigaskiya and Bashir Musa were slammed with a 2-count charge. The accused persons alongside three others currently at large were alleged to have sometime in June 2009 conspired among themselves and forged documents purportedly emanating from the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, for use in obtaining a N93million loan facility from a new generation bank.

The other suspects are Aminu Garba Gulma, Muhammed Surajo and Yunusa Abdullahi. Because of their absence in court, the charge had to be separated to facilitate the speedy trial of the accused persons that were ready for trial.

While moving the motion to split the charge, the prosecution counsel, M.S Abubakar submitted that in order not to continue delaying the trial of the accused persons present in court and for the purpose of fair hearing the 1st, 5th and 6th accused persons should be tried separately pending the appearance of the other accused persons.

Counsel to the1st accused person M.E Sheriff and counsel to 5th and 6th accused persons did not object to the motion.

The three accused however pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

They were however remanded in prison custody pending hearing of their bail applications. The case was adjourned to October 31, 2014.

IKEDI OHAKIM:ENDORSEMENT THAT MATTERS


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As preparations for the 2015 general elections gather momentum and aspirants for various elective position employ different strategies in marketing themselves to the people, discerning electorates must not be fooled by those who want to rule them. As I will always say; “If we look well enough, we will be able to determine a bad leader during the periods of campaign.” This is because, no matter how a politician tries to pretend, his intrinsic attributes must always rear their heads up.
An aspirant to an elective position who will always want to publicize his endorsement by the elite has clearly shown the people (s)he is seeking to lead that (s)he is an elitist, who will always consider the interest of the elitists paramount when (s)he assumes office.
I do not need to tell you the aspirants who have kept disturbing our ears with the news of their endorsements by topnotch political leaders like; Chiefs Arthur Nzeribe, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Achike Udenwa, etc, but I will tell you about the politicians who have given the ordinary people a sense of belonging by accepting and advertizing their endorsements. The class of people whose endorsement a politician values most is a picture into those who will determine that politician’s policy direction:
IKEDI OHAKIM: Love or hate him, he has successfully relaunched himself into the minds of Imo people. Time has made it possible for the people to realize the lies in the stories they were told about him in the past. Today, he has become the biggest beneficiary of the people’s goodwill. Just recently, a coalition of proletarian based organizations came together to openly endorse his candidature for the upcoming gubernatorial election. This associations which cut across all ages, gender and professions culminated in the donation of the nomination and expression of interest forms to him by the Imo State Artisans Association and declaration of unalloyed support to his candidacy by the Imo State University Students Alliance, 10,000 jobs group, Keke Napep group and various other mass based associations. There was a genuine outpouring of support from those who attended and it needed no analyses for you to appreciate the genuineness of their endorsements.
HOPE UZODIMMA: The Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district is another man whose endorsement came from the ordinary people. Yesterday, at the State Secretariat of the PDP in Imo State, politicians, artisans, students, professionals, youths and women from all walks of life gathered at the PDP office to obtain the nomination and expression of interest forms for Senator Hope Uzodimma to return to the Red Chambers of the national assembly. Hope did not hide his intention to seek the governorship seat, but his people prevailed on him to seek another term at the Senate, because they feel that he still has a lot to offer them at that level.
THE VOICE OF THE ORDINARY PEOPLE IS THE VOICE OF GOD!
KA IMO DI MMA OZO!

FCC JONES

PHOTOS: Ibinabo Fiberisima hangs out with Victorious Super Falcons


AGN president Ibinabo Fiberisima pictured above hanging out with the Super Falcons who won the African Women’s Championship this past Saturday. She shared the photos on her Facebook page. See More pics below:

Stephen Keshi wants Ghana job, but Ghana says ‘no chance


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Former Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed to a Ghanaian radio station, his desire to take up the job of head coach of the Black Stars of Ghana.
While speaking to Happy FM on Monday morning, he said, “I would love to coach Ghana. Having the opportunity will be great. I have not spoken officially to anyone but I will love to lead this team,” Keshi said, adding that his antecedents spoke for itself.
Meanwhile the Ghanaian Football Association, has swiftly moved to kill Keshi’s yearnings, saying the application window for the job is shut.
Fred Crenstil of the GFA spoke to Supersport.com, “Unfortunately, we are not considering any other names and so Stephen Keshi – who we respect a lot – will not be able to make it,”
The Ghana FA are in the concluding stages of assessing three short-listed Europeans which include Swiss coach, Michel Pont, Spanish coach, Juan Ignacio Martinez and former Chelsea gaffer, Avram Grant, who were vetted a fortnight ago, with a final decision to be arrived at in the coming week.

It would be recalled that the current vacancy in the Black stars was created by the September exit of Kwensi Appiah, who took charge of the team in the 2014 world cup, in Brazil.

Resign now, PDP tells Tambuwal


Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to leave office after Mr. Tambuwal officially announced his defection from the party to All Progressives Congress, APC, Tuesday.

Mr. Tambuwal decamped after months of speculation. He had previously denied he was moving to the APC despite openly associating with the party.

The clearest indication he was joining the opposition party came more than a week ago when he attended a meeting of the APC in Sokoto State.

He said the state governor, Aliyu Wammako, had invited him for the meeting after he was snubbed by a visiting PDP delegation to the state, led by Tony Anenih, the Board of Trustees chairman.

His months of denial is believed to have been informed by his concerns about losing his position as the speaker.

The PDP said its National Working Committee has met with its leaders in the House of Representatives concerning the defection of the speaker, and after due considerations.

It said the speaker should do what is honourable since his new party is in the minority.

“After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Hon. Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority,” a statement by the party’s publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, said.

“We are not unmindful of the fact that Hon. Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has not changed.”

I’​m Not Dead – Abiye Sekibo


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A former Minister of Transport, Abiye Sekibo, on Tuesday debunked speculations of his death, which made the rounds on the internet.

Mr. Sekibo, a medical practitioner, told PREMIUM TIMES exclusively that his rumoured death is the handiwork of his detractors.

Reports, early Tuesday, claimed the River State-born politician is dead.

It said Mr. Sekibo died while on his way out of the country for medical attention, adding that a close family associate confirmed the report.

But while speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Sekibo, who sounded surprised at the news, said he is alive and had not even been sick.

He claimed the reports were politically motivated.

“It is unbelievable that people could go this far in trying to destroy another person,” the former minister said. “Election is just by the corner and a lot of people don’t want me around and that is why they are coming up with the rumour. I am not dead. It is all rumour.”

Mr. Sekibo is only one of many Nigerian public officials who were once rumoured to have died in the past when indeed they were alive and healthy.

Finally, Tambuwal defects to APC


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After months of speculation and denial, the speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for main opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Tambuwal formally announced his defection Tuesday at the House plenary. He is required by law to declare formally to his colleague lawmakers.

The speaker, for months, denied he was moving to the APC despite openly associating with the party.

The clearest indication he had joined the party came more than a week ago when he attended a meeting of the opposition party in Sokoto State.

He said the state governor, Aliyu Wammako, had invited him for the meeting after he was snubbed by a visiting PDP delegation to the state, led by Tony Anenih, the Board of Trustees chairman.

Mr. Tambuwal is expected to contest for the governorship of his native Sokoto State.

His months of denial is believed to have been informed by his concerns about losing his position as the speaker.

Shortly after the declaration Tuesday, Mr. Tambuwal adjourned sitting of the lower house of parliament to December 3.

PREMUIM TIMES

The World is fed up with Nigeria – Issa Hayatou


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Nigeria football looks to be, unfortunately, heading into a long, dark night as world football –governing body is set to wield the big stick  today against the most populous black nation on earth.

Even as the Super Eagles still have a chance of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to defend their crown, despite a poor start in the race; even with the Golden Eaglets, the reigning champions of the world, ready to compete at the African Championship to be eligible to travel to Chile to defend their world title next year, and with the Super Falcons reclaiming their continental title in Namibia on Saturday, non –conformity to simple football rules and regulations has put Nigeria at the danger of a big slam.

On Saturday in Windhoek, Namibia, CAF President Issa Hayatou told Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo in clear terms that the world was fed up with Nigeria’s incorrigibility in the area of football administration.

Hayatou’s words: “I had to plead passionately with FIFA President, Mr. Sepp Blatter not to take action on
Nigeria on Friday, because Nigeria was in the final of the African Women Championship and a ban on your country would have been bad for the competition and our sponsors. We all heard the news of the court ruling on Thursday, and the football world is angry with Nigeria. That is the truth.

“The FIFA letter that came to your Federation before the elections of September 30 was very clear about an automatic suspension should there be any interference with the political process, and after the elections went ahead, we all thought you had settled your issues.”

The CAF supremo, at a meeting that had Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Ambassador Biodun Olorunfemi, Nigeria’s Deputy President of the CAF Appeal Board, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, CAF General Coordinator, Mr. Paul Bassey and CAF Media Committee Member, Aisha Falode in attendance, said there was no going back on suspension of Nigeria this week if football matters are not withdrawn from civil courts.

“I appealed to FIFA to give until Monday for Nigeria to put its act together. After that, there is absolutely nothing I can do. It is all very disappointing because we have over 50 National Associations in Africa, but a big country like Nigeria is the one always giving us the biggest headache.

“Nigeria signed to be part of the football world by joining FIFA, and opted to abide by the FIFA –approved Statutes that you have. How many times do we have to tell your country that football matters are not taken to civil courts? If Nigeria no longer wants to be part of the football world, then so be it,” an obviously exasperated Hayatou said. His French words were translated to the rest of the Nigeria delegation by the multi-lingual Paul Bassey.

It would be recalled that FIFA President Blatter and CAF President Hayatou, as well as several National Associations and NFF’s partners and political leaders around the world, congratulated Amaju Pinnick following his victory at the September 30 elections.

NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was, inexplicably, stopped by security operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on his way to Namibia on Friday night with the Sports Minister, monitored the meeting on phone.

On Thursday, the Federal High Court, Jos gave a ruling setting aside the FIFA –ordered elections of 30th September, 2014 into the NFF Executive Committee, stoking the fire of anger at the world body’s Zurich headquarters.

The NFF Executive Committee, led by Amaju Pinnick, has filed for a Stay-of-Execution of the order at the same court, which the court said it will be hear on Wednesday.

Falode, who spoke from Windhoek on Sunday, said it was obvious the Government of Nigeria has to now intervene to avoid the hammer falling on Nigeria football.

“The future of millions of Nigerian youth is being put at risk by some persons who feel they have nothing to lose in the case of a FIFA ban. It is now for the Government to wade in. If we get suspended from international football now, FIFA will not revisit the matter until their 65th Congress on May 29, 2015. That would be too bad for our country’s football,” Falode said.

Brazil’s Female President Re-Elected Again


Dilma Rousseff who has been in power since 2010, has been elected president of Brazil again, after securing more than 51% of votes in the closest election race in many years which took place yesterday in the country. An official count showed her rival, Aecio Neves, taking just over 48% of the vote.

In her victory speech, Ms Rousseff said she wants to be a better president than she has ever been.

Her welfare programmes has been beneficial to a lot of poor Brazilians who came out in their numbers yesterday to vote her in power again.

Though she faced protests last year against corruption, record spending on the football World Cup and poor services, but she scaled through.

Boko Haram Abducts 30 Boys, Girls in Fresh Attack


 

According to a breaking news report on AFP, around 30 adolescents — some of them girls aged as young as 11 — have been abducted in northeast Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram rebels.

“The insurgents… grabbed young people, boys and girls, from our region,” said Alhaji Shettima Maina, who is in charge of the Mafa village around 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

“They took all boys aged 13 and over… and all girls aged 11 and more. According to our information, 30 young people were abducted in the last two days.”

Another village elder, Mallam Ashiekh Mustapha, confirmed the account. Both men said 17 people were also killed in recent days in a Boko Haram attack on the nearby village of Ndongo. Boko Haram, which has been waging a bloody insurgency since 2009, has been responsible for waves of attacks and abductions.

In April, the Islamist rebel group snatched more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria, triggering an international outcry. Kidnapping young women and girls — as well as forcibly conscripting young men and boys to fight for Boko Haram — is a well-established tactic by the militants. Some estimates put the number of women held by the group in the high hundreds. Most are believed to be forced into marriages with rebels.

The latest kidnapping comes despite the Nigerian government declaring a truce with the insurgents and the army retaking control of Abadam in the north-east on Saturday, according to a senior security official in the region. But local chief Maina said his village and areas around it were targeted in nearly daily raids by Boko Haram, and many residents have fled to Maiduguri “for fear of being killed or losing their children”. He said he had pleaded for help from the Nigerian government but that so far none had been forthcoming.

How Boko Haram Raped, Beat & Traumatised us – Female Survivors tell their stories


A New report by Human Rights Watch reveals the damage done to girls and women abducted by Boko Haram .
Its report, Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp: Boko Haram Violence Against Women and Girls in North-east Nigeria, is based on interviews with 30 women and girls abducted between April 2013 and April 2014, plus 16 people who witnessed kidnappings.

The women and girls were held in eight different camps for periods ranging from two days to three months, after being taken from their homes, while working on farms, fetching water or at school.

A 15-year-old girl who was held in a Boko Haram camp for four weeks in 2013 said….

“After we were declared married I was ordered to live in his cave but I always managed to avoid him. He soon began to threaten me with a knife to have sex with him, and when I still refused he brought out his gun, warning that he would kill me if I shouted. Then he began to rape me every night. He was a huge man in his mid-30s and I had never had sex before. It was very painful and I cried bitterly because I was bleeding afterwards.”

One woman said:

“I was dragged to the camp leader who told me the reason I was brought to the camp was because we Christians worship three gods. When I objected to his claim, he tied a rope around my neck and beat me with a plastic cable until I almost passed out. An insurgent who I recognised from my village convinced me to accept Islam lest I should be killed. So I agreed.”

A 19-year-old said:

“I was told to approach a group of five men we saw in a nearby village and lure them to where the insurgents were hiding.” She told the young men that she needed help. “When they followed me for a short distance, the insurgents swooped on them. Once we got back to the camp, they tied the legs and the hands of the captives and slit the throats of four of them as they shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’. Then I was handed a knife to kill the last man. I was shaking with horror and couldn’t do it. The camp leader’s wife took the knife and killed him.”

One 15-year-old girl said:

“I could not stop crying even when the insurgents threatened to kill me if I did not keep quiet. I kept on thinking, is it not better to die now than to face whatever terrible things they could do to me when we get to their camp? Even after I escaped from them and live far away from my village, I am still afraid. I think of death many times. My father tries. He encourages me to forget everything, but it is not easy for me. I have terrible dreams at night.

Many of those interviewed by HRW showed signs of stress and anguish, according to the report, although only the Chibok girls had been offered limited counselling.

Gov. Amaechi reacts to presidential statement, comes for Reuben Abati


Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state has reacted to yesterday’s statement from the presidency where he was advised to stop political rascality and blackmail. Speaking through the state’s Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, Governor Amaechi said there was never a time he discussed First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. He also described Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati as the rascality within the Presidency

“I would want to say that the Presidential Spokesman should be careful for the kind of threats he issues to an elected Governor. He should remember that the President is not a prefect of the governor. He was elected as President just as the Governor was elected as a governor, and Nigeria is a federation. And please, Abati should know his limits and need not attempt to cross his boundaries.

“It is a bit strange to hear the kind of comments coming out of the Presidency and this shows that the statement was already prepared before governor Amaechi spoke. At no point in his speech did Governor Amaechi make any references. His wife was not even discussed because she is not an official of government. I do not understand where or how Mr. Abati got his story, so we just take it that this is one of those clear indications of rascality within the Presidency trying to call a dog a bad name and hang it”.