Family Of Detained 17-year-old Boko Haram Suspect Sues SSS


Family Of Detained 17-year-old Boko Haram Suspect Sues SSS

Family of Muntari Suleiman, who was detained for alleged connection to Boko Haram sect, have filed a suit against the Department of State Security (DSS) demanding his release or arraignment.

The family appealed Federal High Court in Abuja in order to “enforce the fundamental human rights of the accused”. Their interests were represented by the counsel, Barrister Ayuba Abdul, also joining the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Mohammed Adoke (SAN) as the defendant.

The uncle of the suspect, Mr Yakubu Akor, declared that he approached the court after several failed efforts to secure Muntari’s release. The young man was arrested in Ayingba, Kogi State in January and has been kept incommunicado since then.

According to the family, the 17-year-old school leaver, who was seeking admission into the Kogi State University, Ayingba, was arrested while in possession of a laptop only.

The counsel to the DSS, Godwin Agbadoa, explained the court that efforts were being made to produce the suspect from the SSS custody in Lokoja, Kogi State.

The suit has adjourned to March 19 for hearing

2015: Pro-Jonathan’s Youths Plan 2 Million-Man March In His Support


2015: Jonathan's Supporters Plan 2 Million-Man March for Jonathan

Youths for Ebele Jonathan (YEJ) group declared over the weekend that it would mobilise 2 million young people for a march to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 general elections.

Chief Robert Opara, the National Coordinator, announced this plan at an interactive session with journalists after the meeting of the National Working Committee of the organisation.

Opara promised that during a great 2-million march the youths would stand up and say their “YES” to the president. Over 20 millions of young voters would be mobilised to vote for Jonathan in 2015.

The supporters of Goodluck Jonathan also boasted their unique structure.

“At the end of the day we are having over 280,000 members of the management team of this structure across the 8009 wards, 774 local government areas, and 36 states of this country.

“Every local government has 20-man management team, every state has 20 managements and 4 ex-officio, and at the 8009 wards we are more than 70 per cent,” the national coordinator revealed.

YEJ intends to conduct the 2 million-man march in Abuja, gather not less than 100,000 youths in other states.

The group also hope that Nigerians in the Diaspora, through their structures in London, Europe and America would join this initiative.

EYJ is also currently negotiating with the electronic television networks and radio networks to cover the event live simultaneously across the country, searches the way to solve logistics issues.

Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic, Yvonne Okoro Win Big At 2014 AMVCA


The 2014 edition of the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award (AMVCA), which took place in Lagos on March 8, 2014, Saturday, left many stars with smiles, while others went home without awards.

See the FULL list of nominations and their winners below:

Is your favourite actor / actress among the triumphants?

 

Best Movie 2013

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral

Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – Contract    WINNER

Michelle Bello – Flower Girl

James Omokwe – Awakening

 

Best Movie Drama

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life

Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral

Frank Rajah Arase – The Groom’s Bride    WINNER

Jumafor Ajogwu & Chris Eneaji – Murder at Prime Suites

 

Best Movie Comedy

Uche Jombo – Lies Men Tell

Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – Contract

Elvis Chucks – A Wish    WINNER

Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Fighter

Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Hero

 

Best Movie Director

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Tosh Gitonga – Nairobi Half Life

Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract    WINNER

Udoka Oyeka – Living Funeral

Frank Rajah Arase – Price

Amil Shivji – Shoeshine

 

Best Actress In A Drama

Stephanie Wilson – Living Funeral

Veronica Waceke – Higher Learning

Nse Ikpe-Etim – Journey to Self    WINNER

Nkiru Sylvanus – Kiss And The Brides

Ivie Okujaiye – The Volunteers

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Best Actor In A Drama

Juma Rajab Rashid – Siri Ya Mtungi

Majid Michel – Somewhere in Africa

Hlomla Dandala – Contract

Majid Michel – House of Gold

Tope Tedela – A Mile From Home    WINNER

 

Best Supporting Actress

Valerie Kimani – Higher Learning

Jazymn Batchan – Still Standing

Liz Ameye – Living Funeral

Lance Handabile – Love Games

Tamara Eteimo – Desperate House Girls

Bikiya Graham-Douglas – Flower Girl    WINNER

 

Best Supporting Actor

David Mulwa – Higher Learning

Ian Mbugua – House of Lungula

Desmond Elliot – Finding Mercy    WINNER

Bimbo Manuel – Torn

Chris Attoh – Flower Girl

 

Best Actress In A Comedy

Funke Akndele – The Fighter

Funke Akndele – The Hero

Funke Akndele – Return of Sheri Koko    WINNER

Mary Ogbonna – Clinic Matters

Jackie Appiah – Cheaters

Yvonne Okoro – Contract

 

Best Actor In A Comedy

Hlomla Dandala – Contract

John Okafor – Return of Sheri Koko

Osita Iheme – The Hero    WINNER

Osita Iheme – The Fighter

Chinedu Ikedieze – The Hero

 

Best Television Series Comedy/Drama

Grace Kahaki Munthali – Prem Episode 2

Fred Phiri – Love Games Episode 6    WINNER

John Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi

Paul Igwe – The Benjamins

Benson Akindeju – Nowhere to be Found

 

Best Short Film

Vincent Moloi – Berea

Amarachukwu Onoh – Mother Tongue

Amil Shivji – Shoeshine

Walter “Waltbanger” Taylaur – The Wages    WINNER

Enuma Chigbo – The Deadwood

 

Best Documentary

Dr Gilbert Chigbo (Narrator) – The Deadwood    WINNER

Sonia Maingi – Tumanka Goes to School

Peter Murimi – Matatu: My Life, My Art

Peter Murimi – Guardians of the Wild

David Campbell – Shamba Shape Up

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Swahili)

Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life

Jordan Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi

Ann Hamberger – Nina

Njoki Muhoho – Mama Duka    WINNER

Musa Venerable Mziba, Vagabond

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Yoruba)

Afeez Eniola – Arinnakore

Mercy Aigbe – Komfo    WINNER

Abdulrasaq Abdullahi – Edidi

Olatunji Akeem Balogun – Aye Kooto

Olatunji Akeem Balogun – Mufu Olosa Oloko

 

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Hausa)

Yasin Auwal, Umar K, Mazugal – Wana Gari 1 & 2

Hafizu Bello – Bakin Kishi

Abba Muko Yakassai – Habib    WINNER

Nasir Sa’ad Gwangwazo – Runan Jakara

Mikail I. Bin Hassan – Kurman Gari

 

Best Online Video

Stacy McDermott & Neville Ossai – Jungle Jewel: The Short Film

Mary Kaiyare – Deceit

Stanlee Ohikhuare – Kpian’s Premonition

Dorothy Ghettuba, Oyunga Pala – Next Big Host

Amarachukwu Onoh – Mother Tongue    WINNER

 

Best Writer (Drama)

Shirley Frimpong-Manso & Hertey Owusu – Contract    WINNER

Patrick Yaadar & Andy Boyo – Off The Hook

Akpor Kagho – Living Funeral

Fatima Jabbe – Battered

Pascal Amanfo – Single & Married

 

Best Writer (Comedy)

Jigi Bello – Flower Girl    WINNER

Jahmal Holland – Still Standing

Ohis Udofia – Kuti’s Career Palace

Patrick Onyeka – The Place

Seun Arowojolu – Squatterz

 

Best Cinematographer

James Michael Costello – Last Flight to Abuja

Christian Almesberger – Nairobi Half Life    WINNER

Idhebor Kagho – Living Funeral

Imoh Umoren – Have a Nice Day

Themba Masondo – Taxi Ride

 

Best Art Director

Barbara Minishi – Nairobi Half Life    WINNER

Ken Attoh & Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract

Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Apples Miniseries Part 1&2

Kyle Quint – Siri Ya Mtungi

Frank Rajah Arase – The Piece

 

Best Sound Editor

Sola Awoponle – Ilari

Obi Emelonye & Luke Corradine – Last Flight to Abuja    WINNER

Jordan Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi

Carl Raccah – Journey to Self

Maurice Kings – Murder at Prime Suites

Paul Apel – Blue Flames

 

Best Video Editor

Ben Nugent & Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja

Austin Faani Ikechukwu – Battle for Wealth

Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract    WINNER

Chucks Madu Success – Oga On Top

Jack Esterhuizen – Love Games Episode 25

 

Best Lightning Designer

Don Izuchukwu – Brother’s Keeper

Godwin Daniel – Living Funeral

Ifeoluwa Balogun – The Benjamins

Mohammed Zain – Nairobi Half Life    WINNER

Eric Aghimien – A Mile from Home

 

Best Costume Designer

Adeola Ramonu – Adebola Omo Oba

Doreen Estazia Noni – Siri Ya Mtungi

Catherine Kibugi – Sumu La Penzi Episode 5

Ruth Ndulu Maingi – Lies That Bind Episode 2 Season 2

Chiemela Nwagboso – The Kingdom    WINNER

 

Best Make-up Artist

Elayne Okaya – Nairobi Half Life    WINNER

Olabimpe Cole – Lekki Wives

Alex Gakumo – Sumu La Penzi Episode 1 Season 1

Michael Wawuyo – The Felistas Fable

Rehema Samo – Siri Ya Mtungi

Israel Moses – A Wish

Rosemary Obika – Redemption

 

New Era Award Movie – Rita Dominic – The Meeting     WINNER

Trailblazer Award – Michelle Bello     WINNER

Industry Merit Award – Pete Edochie     WINNER

BOKO HARAM : Jonathan Calls For Prayer Against Insurgency


President Goodluck Jonathan, weekend, expressed the Federal Government readiness to stop the acts of terrorism perpetuated by the Boko Haram sect in the North-East of  Nigeria.

The President, who stated this at the 2014 maiden edition of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) annual summit with the theme ‘Church and State Partnership in Providing Quality Education for the Nigerian People’ decried the deterioration of values and morals owing to poor educational policies.

Jonathan assured of governments efforts to confront the challenge of insurgency in the country, while urging the gathering to pray for Nigeria to overcome her current problems.

He said; “I urge you to pray for our dear country to speedily overcome the current challenges we faced, especially, insurgency, terrorism and the heinous killings of innocent children in schools.”

Speaking further on terrorism and the wanton killing of students in Yobe State, President Jonathan further stated that “I believe that with your devote prayers and the strategies we have put in place, we shall surely  surmount these challenges.”

Senate President, David Mark  kicked against the approach of the Boko Haram sect in the killing of students .

According to Mark, the brutal murdering of students was barbaric, adding that “I condemned the senseless and gruesome killings by the so-called disgruntled elements.”

“That’s not the way to express grievances,” Mark said.

Court Orders Okonjo-Iweala To Make Public Details Of 2014 Budget


The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to immediately make public details of all appropriations and statutory transfers in the 2014 budget, in the public interest.

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The order was issued by Justice Abubakar Abdu-Kafarati in his judgment on February 25, 2014, in the legal application No. FHC/ABJ/CS/301/3013 filed by the Centre for Social Justice against the minister.

Mr. Kafarati asked the minister to release to the group and the general public, details of releases in the budget to some key government agencies, specifically, the National Assembly, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; National Judicial Council, NJC; Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC; Universal Basic Education, UBE and National Human Rights Commission, NHRC.

Under the amended Nigerian constitution, the listed offices are considered statutory bodies, whose funding are drawn directly from government treasury, to foster their independence. Their budget details have also not been made public since 2011.

The Executive Director of Centre for Social Justice, Eze Onyekwere, said the group approached the court to compel the minister to respect the law and release the information pursuant under the Freedom of Information and the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

Mr. Onyekwere said that following observed acts of impunity and fiscal lawlessness by government, namely the expenditure of several billions of Naira in the budget without appropriation, fraud and illegal allocation of revenues under various questionable sub-heads, it became necessary that details of such allocations be revealed to the people, who are the owners of the budget under democracy.

But, he said in spite several requests since 2013, the Minister of Finance has continuously refused to comply, accusing her of shielding from sanctions officials in charge of ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs where ghost workers have shown up on their payrolls.

“Government has always claimed it has served billions of Naira from its efforts to rid ghost workers from the system. But, we have always asked, without any response, for details from each MDA prior to and post-verification, including the numbers and names of the accounting officers, in terms of Permanent Secretary, Head of Personnel and Accounts/Payroll officers,” Mr. Onyekwere said.

He said the Personnel Officers are those responsible for certifying that the payroll was consist of genuine workers, while the Accounts officers prepare the vouchers for the Permanent Secretary to signs off, before the authority to incur expenditure, AIE is raised for the final payment. Citing the case of the Budget Office of the Federation, BOF, where it was found recently that prior to the verification, it had more than 1,000 staff on its payroll every month, only for the figure to crash to only 251 afterwards, he said the problem would be resolved if the Minister agreed to expose the perpetrators.

“All we have is a Minister of Finance who has refused to bring out the details of these scandalous findings. Yet, we talk about the commitment to fight corruption. Nigerians are entitled to know. We cannot continue to run a system where some people simply come to loot the treasury and they want everyone to clap for them to go on,” Mr. Onyekwere said.

He condemned the continued appropriation of funds in the budget under Service-wide votes, noting that any allocation for any MDA that cannot be included in its approved budget was subject to misappropriation or diversion.

Mr. Onyekwere said the provision of about N118 billion as personnel cost under service-wide vote in the budget was suspicious and questionable, as this no agency or department of government called “service-wide votes” that has workers that should be catered for separately.

Other questionable appropriations under the service-wide vote include about N21 billion to INEC for “elections logistics and support”, apart from about N45 billion already provided for it in the budget, as well as an additional N1.8 billion for pilgrimages.

Apart from the N150 billion appropriation for the National Assembly, he said the provision for another N100 billion under service-wide vote for constituency projects was fraudulent, as most of the projects neither follow set national vision nor government development agenda.

He frowned at the penchant for government officials to capitalize on the current insecurity in the country to manipulate the system to their selfish ends.

He drew attention to the inclusion of about N475 million and N600 million in the National Orientation Agency, NOA and the Office of the Minister of Finance, respectively, for security equipment.

Another N882.237 million is provided in the Finance Ministry’s budget for rehabilitation/repairs of residential buildings.

“In God’s name what has the NOA and Minister of Finance got to do with security? Does NOA need security equipment to enlighten the people on government programmes? Or does the Minister of Finance need security to prepare the budget or get it approved?

“With government monetization policy, where the perks of office of these high ranking officials should be converted to cash, whose residential buildings does the Ministry of Finance want to repair? Mr. Onyekwere said.

But, the spokesperson to the Minister, Paul Nwabuikwu, said he totally and completely disagrees with the mindset by government critics that it only engages in wastes and corruption.

Mr. Nwabuikwu did not comment on the court order on his boss. But he criticized critics of the budget for always seeing only the flaws, saying this might be as a result of ignorance or politics.

“Government is a human construct, as such can never be perfect. It can only improve. And since a budget is put together by human beings, it cannot be perfect. Let’s stop this culture of negativity and look at the big picture of the budget,” he said.

He said criticisms that do not include the achievements of the administration in the areas of railway rehabilitation, roads construction, privatization in the power sector, and job creations were totally incomplete

Limpopo Crooner, KCee Appointed Peace Ambassador By Patience Jonathan


Limpopo crooner, KCee is one excited man at the moment as he took to social media to announce to his fans how lucky he is to be appointed Peace Ambassador by the First lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan.

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The MTN Ambassador who was recently photographed shaking hands with the First Lady at Aso Villa posted the photo below on his instagram page with caption “Am so honored to be awarded Peace Ambassador By The 1st Lady of Nigeria Dame Patience Jonathan”.

KCEE once revealed in a interview how he was surprised when he found out the President and first lady not only listened to his song but also danced to it. According to him “I Was Surprised When I Heard President and His Wife Dancing, Singing Limpopo”. Capture

Photos: Ese Walter Weds Benny Ark Traditionally


The couple, who had their court wedding few weeks back, yesterday 8th of March, 2014 had their traditional wedding. Coincidentally, yesterday also happens to be Benny Ark’s birthday. We wish the couple all the best. Now what is left is their church wedding. More photos below

I know why Jonathan removed me as minister –Ama Pepple


Ex-Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms Ama Pepple, has explained why President Goodluck Jonathan removed her as minister in September, 2013. The former Head of Service of the Federation, was removed at the time eight other ministers nominated by governors and others opposed to President Jonathan were removed from office.

Pepple told Sunday Sun exclusively in Abuja that she believed it was the same reason that led to her exit from Jonathan’s cabinet.

She wondered what other reason could be adduced for her removal, having been efficient, effective and hardworking.

The former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service Commission, Ministries of Transport, Information and National Orientation, Petroleum Resources, Commerce, Agriculture and Rural Development and Finance, said: “I believe that is what happened. I know.”

According to Pepple, “That must be the reason. Ok, as a minster, how do you think I performed? You are a Nigerian, assessing me. Did I do badly? Was I not efficient, effective and hardworking? I believe so,” Pepple said.

Apart from the policies she pursued in the housing sector as minister, Pepple has to her credit the construction of a mausoleum for the first indigenous President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and  the construction of six federal secretariats across the country.

She spoke on her achievements, while also praying for peace to reign between President Jonathan and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state. Excerpts:

 

How was your tenure as a minister?

Without being immodest, I believe my tenure was very successful and that we made a lot of progress in the housing sector, in very many areas that were not given attention before.

What is it like, being out of public glare?

It is ok. You won’t be in any place forever. Life changes. They say the only thing permanent in life is change. Things must change. You serve, you move out and other people come and serve too and go away.

For me, I believe the peak of my career as a public servant in Nigeria, was as Head of Service of the Federation. And like I tell people, the minister’s job was a bonus that God, through President Jonathan, gave me.

As Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, would you say you achieved all you set out to achieve in the housing sector?

Nearly all. And I believe if others build on what I have already done , the housing sector will make a lot of progress.

How about the housing policy?

I have formulated the housing and urban development policies. When I got there, there was no housing policy. Since 1993 or so, there was no housing policy, no urban development policy. So, when I got to the ministry, I saw  that was the first thing we needed to do. How could we make progress in the sector if we didn’t have a policy that will guide us? I put a committee together, an all inclusive committee which included professionals and  ministry officials . I put them together and I am happy to say that in less than a year of becoming minister, we took the proposed policies to council and got approval, precisely, I think in June, 2012. That was less than a year after I was appointed minister. And we were following up on the guidelines we laid down for ourselves.

Can you expantiate on the guidelines?

When I got there, they had a Public Private Partnership (PPP) unit, but the PPP unit was not really working because when you don’t have enough funds for housing, the best thing to do is to open it up to the private sector. And you need to create an enabling environment for the private sector to be able to function. So, we strengthened the PPP unit and we sent one of the members of staff for training locally and abroad and she became certified. She is an architect and she became certified as a PPP expert.

People talk about PPP but if you don’t have an expert in the field, it is like you are talking from the top of your head. You cannot really focus on what PPP should be. And I think training that young lady to be an expert, helped us. So, some of the houses we built, we provided the PPP.

There was also the public-public collaboration which we were also trying to do in one of the states to provide houses for their health workers.

We also tried to strengthen the Federal Mortgage Bank. We were asking for more funds for them so that they can give mortgages to more people because they handle the National Housing Fund and they are giving mortgages to civil servants at six percent interest and they could pay back in a period of 15 to 20 years, which I think, is very good for civil servants. But they don’t have enough money even now as we speak. I thought they would be recapitalized even with like N100 billion or N200 billion so that the more funds they have, the more mortgages they can create for Nigerians. I hope the new Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company which had just been launched by Mr. President will help to overcome this challenge.

We were also trying to reorganize the Federal Housing Authority (FHA). We started that work but unfortunately, it wasn’t completed. It should have been nearing completion now.

We had many other projects we were doing. We wanted to start the rent-to-own policy because we felt that we could take care of the people in the informal sector. You know the National Housing Fund caters for workers, people who are on a salary. But we believed that we needed to reach majority of our people who are not in formal employment, even people selling tomatoes in the market and  selling yams. We started that and we also started the Cooperative Housing Policy where people such as journalists, can decide to form a cooperative and through that, they  will have access to housing. We launched it in Lagos state and we were doing like 400 houses at a time. It should be completed by now because even towards the end of last year, they were nearing completion. I think the Lagos one, they pay N10,000 per month. I was told some of them, some months they will not pay and later, they will come and pay like five months, maybe they have done some business or market has been good for those who are traders. I think in the long run, it is very good as long as you can have shelter over your head.

Another issue that was worrisome which I addressed, was the National Building Code. By the time I got to the ministry, there was a building code that was passed. It went to Council, but there was confusion that the National Assembly needed to pass an enabling law for it to become operational. And you are supposed to revise it every three years. When I was there, they had not done any review. In fact, at that time, based on the time that the first code was passed, they should have done two reviews but they had not done anything. I put that up, set up a committee, they completed their work, we had a stakeholders’ forum at which they approved it with some amendments. So, we were at the point where the committee was to put all those amendments together and then, take it to Council for approval. I don’t think that has been done yet. I believe that was a big achievement for me at the time. When I heard that they had not done any review and we had so many incidents of building collapse, I decided that one of the ways of stemming it, is to put this code together, enforce it and  ensure that the professional bodies in the built environment enforce the code. It is not just enough to put a code together without enforcement and sanctions.

How about the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) whose mandate is to carry out this function?

They are not directly under us, even though they were part of the people who did the review process.

Housing is still a major problem in Nigeria. What is the way out?

That is why I told you we started all these. And if you drive round Abuja, you will see a lot of estates. They are empty. The cost a lot.

What should the government do about it?

That was what we started doing when I was there. The Cooperative Housing Scheme was very, very crucial for us to be able to produce the houses, especially for people in the informal sector and the low income group. I believe also that more money should be given for producing houses. There was a time I requested for money from the pension fund, unclaimed dividends and things like that for us to be able to have more money to build the houses. Thirdly, for the middle to low income earners, it is the issue of rent-to-own, that a house is built, you rent it, but as you are paying the rent, you are also paying for ownership of the house and when you complete the payment, it becomes yours. We were just about to start that. In fact, there was a land we were given which I had already said we should dedicate to the rent-to-own scheme because we’ve not done it before. But all these were truncated. I think if we follow-up on this, it will take time, but we will see gradually that there would be positive results.

Ministers usually complain of frustrations while in office. Did you encounter any?

I would say maybe one frustration because I kept asking for funds for the ministry. Of course, they provided funds. There is the Prototype Housing Scheme. The government allocates money for that, but it is just a tip of the iceberg. For example, we built 200 houses under the scheme in Gwagwalada and more houses coming up in Suleja under that scheme.

I thought  we needed to focus on the cooperative housing and the rent-to-own schemes, especially for the low income earners.

In the area of public buildings, in 2012, Council awarded the contract for the completion of the construction of a mausoleum for Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, which was stalled for 16 years. I understand it is nearing completion now. The construction of six federal secretariats in Bayelsa, Anambra, Osun, Gombe, Zamfara and Nassarawa States were started during my tenure and they’re in progress.

There are allegations from all fronts that the President is not doing enough, most importantly, in the area of corruption. What is your take on this?

In every society, you will find that there is corruption. It is not only in Nigeria. Maybe you look at the magnitude of corruption. I believe that the President is addressing it gradually, but you will appreciate that it is not something that started during  his tenure because that is what a leader suffers. Once you are the head, everybody will  shift all the ills of society on your head. Most of the challenges  we face didn’t appear in the country for the first time when Goodluck Jonathan became president. These things have been entrenched in our environment. Some of the things that happened, people want to accept that is the norm and for you to break it, it takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of courage and you need support from those yo   u are working with. So, I don’t want a situation where we all see the Jonathan’s administration as corrupt. Let’s look back and see what has happened before and some of the things that he has tried to do to stop it.

The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, came out to say that the President is surrounded by fraudulent and incompetent aides. Do you agree with him?

I don’t want to comment on those issues as a public officer. It is not in my beat. But I think if you read the papers and listen to discussions, those things are being properly addressed.

Given the opinion of people that the proposed national conference may not likely achieve anything for the country, do you think there is need for it?

It is like you are announcing results before people have done the exam. Isn’t it? Give him a chance. Give the conference a chance and I think people are taking it very seriously. You can see that most of the southern groups are meeting, northern groups are meeting, south western groups are meeting, various groups are meeting to marshal out the areas that they want the conference to address.

So, let’s allow it to start. When they have finished and come out with recommendations, if you don’t like them , then you can complain. A school hasn’t done exam, a student hasn’t done exam and you have already concluded that  student will fail, that the school will not do well. I think that is unfair.

So, what do you think women should bring to the table?

We have been talking about 35 percent representation, but most of it has been in governance like in appointment of ministers and the rest. You all know that President Goodluck Jonathan has done very well in that regard and I am one of the beneficiaries. At the time I was minister, we had the highest number of female ministers, 13 in number  in the cabinet  and we have  a female Chief Justice for the first time, a lot of women are holding key positions under President Goodluck Jonathan. But the area that I would like us to do everything that is possible, is in elective offices. We have not really done well in that area. If you talk to the female politicians, they will reel out the challenges they face. Some finance and some will say that the men don’t give them a chance. But I believe we should fight for those areas in elective offices at the local government, state level and the national level. We need to have more women in the state and national assemblies.

Some women at the National Assembly are going for governorship elections. What do you say about that? 

I have read about some of them. I salute their courage. Why shouldn’t a woman be governor? Why shouldn’t a woman be vice president? Why shouldn’t a woman be president? These women who want to contest gubernatorial elections, are women who have been in the National Assembly at the very highest level and they have done well. They are educated, they are experienced and they have been effective. So, I believe they can make a success of it. What does it take to be a governor?

Where would you situate the problem? Would you say women are the very problems for themselves?

Sometimes! Because I believe that if a woman comes out and all of us vote for her, of course, we will have some men to support us. There is no reason why a woman should not be able to win election.

How do you feel when people continue to denigrate this administration which you were part of?

It depends on where you are coming from. If I speak for myself, I think there are a lot of areas where the administration recorded successes. I would say we did well in the housing sector. You know there was a time they were not signing Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and before I left in September, I had signed over a thousand C of Os for 2013 alone so that people can have title to their property and have bank able documents in their hands. Even in things as small as that! And of course, in housing, I believe we did well. And another area is power.

They will come and say power, power, power, power. I know that everybody needs power and we do need power because if we fix power, then every other thing, all these industrialization we are talking about, will all fall into place. The administration has recorded some successes. One critical area, is the area of road construction. I think that there has been massive achievements and improvements on our roads. These roads have broken down for many years. You will know if you travel around. So, it is not something you fix overnight. If we had more money, I believe they will do more. In the area of road construction, I believe that we have done well.

Even at the time we were there, I think there has been a lot of success in the water projects. Even an area that people don’t pay attention to in the area of national planning, I think, if I may say so, I believe we had one of the best national planning ministers we ever had when Shamsudeen was there because he produced the first ever 30-year infrastructure plan for the country, covering all the possible sectors. These are areas people don’t really look at, but I believe we made tremendous progress in that area.

What do you make of the opposition in the country, most importantly, the All Progressives Congress (APC)? Are they playing their role the way it should be played?

I wouldn’t like to comment on whether they are doing well or they are not doing well. All I can say is that in any country, you need a very strong opposition party. It leads to healthy competition and it is good for the county and not opposition for the sake of being opposition. Opposition that is strong enough to be an alternative government. We have in America, the Republicans and the Democrats; while in the United Kingdom (UK), the Labour Party and the Conservatives. So, I will like to see a situation where in Nigeria, also, we have the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a vibrant opposition party that is a credible alternative to the government in power. I believe it is healthy for our polity.

People have been wondering why you have remained silent over the politics of Rivers state. What is actually going on?

You know sometimes, the wise people tell us that silence is golden. So, I decided to remain silent.

Are you still in the PDP or you moved with Amaechi to APC?

No comment.

You left office at the time ministers who were nominated by governors opposed to President Jonathan left office. What actually happened? Was it also in your own case?

I believe that is what happened.

You believe?

I know. That must be the reason. Ok, as a minster, how do you think I performed? You are a Nigerian, assessing me. Did I do badly? Was I not efficient, effective and hardworking?

So, you believe that was why you also left office?

Definitely. I believe so.

There is this issue that President Jonathan removed you from office after you begged for Governor Rotimi Amaechi. Is it true?

My Bible tells me that blessed are the peacemakers.

Nigerians really want to know what happened…

Ok. If you want to hear that story, listen to me. While I was still in the cabinet and this thing is common knowledge because I was not alone with him when I did it. Because I was surprised that week we were removed. I saw it on the pages of newspapers. Ok, I shouldn’t have been surprised because after the incident, I went to Port Harcourt and people were coming to say oh, we heard that you begged the President.

Our elders came from Rivers state. Amaechi was not there. They were led by Victor Odilli. He is the chairman of Rivers State Elders Forum. He was there. Justice Karibi-Whyte was there, Professor Tekena Tamuno was there. These are men in their 80s. There was Professor Fubara who was honoured in the centenary celebration. There was Professor Nimi Briggs who at one time was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). There was Osi Harry, the former Executive Director of Finance, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). There was also Chief. Agbarho, a civil servant and there was also a lady, Dr Constance Sarowiyo. She is from Ogoni and she was much, much my senior in the secondary school. We went to the same secondary school but I didn’t meet her in school. She was one time a commissioner in Rivers state. So, this problem just started, but we could see the signs that it was not a healthy thing. And all of them without exception, spoke and asked that there should be peace, there should be forgiveness and peace so that the people in Rivers state will be comfortable and feel safe in their environment. I added my voice to it and I begged. I also begged Amaechi so that peace can reign. The Bible says blessed are the peacemakers.

Between when you begged the President and when you were removed from office, what was the duration ?

July, maybe August, September. Maybe two, three months. Not more than that.

You begged him in July?

About that time. I can’t remember.

And you left office September?

Yeah.

How did you get the information? Did he tell you to resign, or you read it in the papers or he called you that you were going to leave?

Are you not a journalist? Don’t you know what happened that day? We were told after the Executive Council meeting, the names of the ministries that their ministers were leaving the cabinet.

So, there was no prior information?

Not at all.

How did you receive the news?

What could  I do? The President has the prerogative to hire and fire.

What does your removal from Jonathan’s cabinet portend for the people of Rivers at the time it came?

When we were removed, it was common knowledge, the reasons why we were removed. So, people just accepted it. What do you do? It is the President’s prerogative.

Have you had audience with him since that time?

No, no, no. You want me to go and make appointment that I want to discuss my removal with him? No!

What are you engaged in at present?

Not doing anything except church work. I am a pastor.

Church work?

A lot of it.

Are you still considering politics?

How?

Like going for elective office?

Maybe not this time around. I don’t know.

How soon?

I leave it to God to determine for me. I think I still have a lot to offer this country if called upon to do so.

Are you with Amaechi or with Jonathan?

First, I will say no comments. And I will expand it by saying that both of them are my brothers. One was my boss and still remains my President. And as a mother, I think the day the Rivers elders went to meet him and I had the opportunity of being there, I did what I should do as a mother. And now, I continue to pray that the God of peace will intervene and bring peace to my two brothers so that there will be peace in Rivers State and in Nigeria.

Femi Fani-Kayode: Between Speaking And Sparking By Satguru Maharaj Ji


Late Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode was a very good and close friend. A man of sound political savvy, Chief Remi Fani-Kayode (a.k.a Fani Power), was among those targeted by the British colonial government in Nigeria for their passionate roles in the struggle for our nation’s independence from London. He was, in 1952, detained along with the likes of late Chief Rotimi Williams and late Chief Bode Thomas by British colonial authorities. Alongside late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, late Chief S. O. Ighodaro, late E. O. Eyo, late Adeyemi Lawson and late S. G. Ikoku, he represented the Action Group at the 1957 London Constitutional Conference. Truly, the precious list of Nigerian patriots can never be complete without late Chief Remi Fani-Kayode’s name vividly inked on its broad sheet. I remember working closely with him and Oloye …….. Salami during the struggle to salvage Nigeria from the brink of catastrophe under the military dictatorship of late General Sanni Abacha. Chief was, throughout the period of our joint-effort in liaison with a number of important political groups across the country, a man whose patriotic principles never wavered! As one of the prominent Nigerians who committed priceless resources of time, intellect, private funds and personal liberty to ensure that the British colonial flag (known as The Union Jack) was pulled-off Nigeria’s sky forever, late Chief Fani-Kayode was totally impervious to the idea of leading Nigeria to dis-integration! I will forever respect the sense of dedication to patriotic duty exhibited by Chief Remilekun Fani-Kayode prior to his death in 1995 due to poisoning in Abeokuta where he went to meet with an iniquitous group disguised as friends of national peace and progress!

Today, nineteen years after Chief Remi Fani-Kayode’s death, the name Fani-Kayode continues to resonate in Nigeria’s political air currents. Femi Fani-Kayode is one of late Remi Fani-Kayode’s children. Since the re-birth of democratic rule in Nigeria in 1999, Femi Fani-Kayode has been a consistently loud voice in the country’s political jungle. He has successfully made himself politically conspicuous in present-day Nigeria. I praise his intriguing rise from obscurity to prominence. This notwithstanding, I must say however that his link to progressive relevance in contemporary Nigeria’s political wild of all sorts has so far been more of an abstraction to Me than a reality! I have keenly observed and meticulously studied Femi’s operations on Nigeria’s political landscape since he returned to Nigeria from the Western world after the resuscitation of civilian governance in his fatherland. I have heard him express his views on national issues. I have repeatedly analysed his lines of logic on matters political. I am, after perusing several chapters of ‘his book of contributions’ to Nigeria’s post-military political evolution, convinced that Femi needs to bridle his tongue as far as Nigerian politics is concerned!

Femi is a son of one of Nigeria’s most respected politicians. This fact does not automatically confer on him the deep political wisdom and savvy of his late father. It does not license him to run his lips on national issues without commensurate research. Femi Fani-Kayode does not represent his late father’s huge political estate. That property is obviously too matured for him to inherit! Any thorough and objective comparative audit of Femi’s political culture and his late father’s political legacy will reveal this truth. Good enough, he has not stated anywhere that he is interested in being like his father. He has not made known any personal intention of proceeding from where his father stopped as far as politics is concerned. Truly, Femi is his own man and he must always be assessed as such a person – no association with his late dad’s profoundness! Such is and will always be good for him and for Nigeria as well!

Nigeria’s zig-zag political terrain is a heritage of British colonial iniquity which the county’s divided ethnic nationalities have been quarrelling over for several decades, each claiming either manifest destiny or victimization in the disgracefully backward evolution of the nation since 1914. By the divine grace of Superior Forces, Nigeria has always narrowly escaped booby-traps set on its post-1960 path by treacherous British authorities. There has never been a time when Nigerians gathered themselves as dwellers of a troubled house of enormous positive potentials to discuss how best to re-organize the structure into one big happy family mansion. What we have been experiencing in this country is a political order of mutual suspicion and consistent conflict, leading to gross economic under-performance! While the vast majority of Nigerians lose out to this very ugly situation, British authorities and their Anglo-Saxon relatives spread across the globe gain stupendously, but not without extending some fractions of their loot to their scatterings of ostentatious Nigerian goons, most of whom are Nigeria’s elite political technicians and dubious opinion-leaders. The British engineers of dysfunctional Nigeria have been operating surreptitiously since 1960, ensuring that the trado-Islamic feudalist leaders of its Northern geography maintain tight and tyrannical grip on its political fate as designed and controlled in London! Unfortunately for the feudal landlords of Northern Nigeria and their British benefactors, the resurrection of democracy in Nigeria fifteen years ago came with a divinely plotted and irreversible paradigm-shift of the country political power-balance in favour of its protractedly suppressed Southern section. Any Nigerian keen on knowing the roots of political acrimony in Nigeria should read some published confessionals authored by the likes of Harold Smith (‘Blue Collar Lawman’) and Fredrick Forsyth (‘The Biafra Story’).

Femi Fani-Kayode ranks among the league of contemporary Nigerian politicians who ‘spark’ on the basis of their limited knowledge of the surface wirings of Nigeria’s deep political mess! Nigeria’s newspaper archives are stuffed with loads of unguarded and volatile statements made by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. Many of these lose words have provoked some political enthusiasts to dig deep into his past and privacy. Courtesy of such reactionary efforts, a number of unwholesome details about his life-style have found their way into the public domain. A man is designed to know his strength and limits. He is moulded by training and by talent to be conscious of his level of vulnerability and to be wise enough not to exceed boundaries that separate him from the status of a public nuisance. Femi knows a great deal about Nigerian politics. But then, how much does he actually know of what has been unfolding in political Nigeria since Goodluck Ebele Jonathan successfully humiliated Muhammadu Buhari and his feudal comrades in Dark Age Islamism at the 2011 presidential polls?

It is rather unfortunate that Femi has chosen to lend his voice in either direct or indirect support for the elaborate theatre of mischief being run by those who worked hands-in-gloves with the British to stagnate Nigeria for 39 years after the notorious queen of parasitic England grudgingly agreed to allow Nigerians rule themselves! Having failed to wrestle Nigeria’s political power off Southern hold at the 2011 presidential election, the North’s elite feudal gangsters; led by the Sultan of Sokoto, issued a published threat to render our country ungovernable! When the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode associate President Goodluck Jonathan with gross incompetence, including accusing him of abandoning the North to roast in the wild fires being lit by Boko Haram across its terrain, one wonders if they were alive or present in this country when Muhammdu Buhari issued the afore-mentioned threat and whether they do not find it curious that Northern leaders have been less decisive on the Boko Haram mayhem than they have been in respect of rallying round Rotimi Amaechi since he fell out of favour with President Jonathan! Which is more important: the precious lives of suffering Northern masses or the political ambition of materially ultra-comfortable Rotimi Amaechi?

Right before our eyes, Northern feudalist politicians have invaded Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s APC as part of their silent war against Southern occupation of Nigeria’s highest political office, using fake Islamic sentiments to warm-up their presence in the party and to also secure their vantage positions on its fledgling hierarchy. At this juncture, I ask: how much national progress should right-thinking people actually expect from a leader who is being viciously fought by an adhoc army of elite citizens who, ordinarily, should be co-operating with him to fight off retrogression from the land? The Boko Haram guerrilla fighters that have been shooting and bombing Northern Nigeria after the failed attempt by Buhari and his bead-counting psychotic fellows to seize power by elaborate calumny and fraudulent ballot in 2011 are an invention of Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Adamu Ciroma, Mallam Naisr El Rufai and other elite Northern politicians. These wicked men are sworn to re-taking Nigeria’s prime political power and keeping it forever as the absolute property of their coven!

The North is not Nigeria’s problem! Its feudal leaders are the deadly sources of much of our national troubles! Until we are able to neutralize them and permanently isolate them all from any and everything public valuable in our country, they will continue to use religion and the illicit financial fortune they have been able to amass by stealing 83% of Nigeria’s oil wells to put-up assorted acts and strategic dramas of vile political deceit that connect firmly with the ignorance and flimsiness of privileged Nigerians of the Femi Fani-Kayode ilk! Not long ago, news had it that Femi was in Dutse, the capital city of Jigawa State, to confer with the State’s Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, on options for 2015. His meeting with Lamido was said to have been a close-door session. While in Jigawa, Femi Fani-Kayode was quoted to have stated that recent happenings in the country confirm that President Jonathan does not have the capacity to lead Nigeria. ‘I am here to see my brother and friend, Governor Sule Lamido … I am here to consult with him … ’, said Femi during his visit. It is common knowledge that the destiny of any relationship between a mouse and a cobra is beneficial only to the latter! Does Femi know who the likes of Sule Lamido actually are? Does he know how they operate and what they precisely stand for? With all due respect, Femi Fani-Kayode has a lot of catching-up to do on Nigeria’s political race-track. Sule and Sanusi Lamido along with other members of Northern political oligarchy are recalcitrant spoilers and sworn stagnators of Nigeria whose Islamocentric commitment to anti-Nigeria brigandage is far more genuine than any smile or hug with which they receive any Southern Muslim or Christian as friend! They are leaders who do not care a flying fig about the welfare and progress of the ordinary Northern Nigerian. They eat and live for themselves alone! Are these the type of people Femi now regards as his brothers and friends?!

In the face of organized felony by powerful trouble-makers who are determined to set an entire country ablaze because it no-longer responds to their whims and caprices, a wise leader reaches more for ‘the water-hose’ than for ‘the barrels of combustibles’. Nigeria’s military has the capacity to terminate Boko Haram. Interestingly, the retired military Generals backing the murderous gang know that any escalation of our national army’s operations beyond its present level of engagement in the North against Boko Haram will run at huge cost to innocent civilian lives, a development which rascals like Buhari will hastily exploit to ignite the catastrophic inferno of another civil war in Nigeria! Who says President Jonathan has abandoned the North to the fires of Boko Haram? To the best of My knowledge, it is the feudal political rulers of the North that are doing the abandonment! Just one pronouncement against Boko Haram’s rag-tag guerrilla foot-soldiers from the Sultan of Sokoto is enough to end the spate of violence up North! Why has our dear Sultan not exercised this power of his’ in the face of routine killings of innocent Nigerians across his domain?

I urge Femi Fani-Kayode to stop making careless and volatile statements that practically fuel the secret agenda of the North’s serpentine political class. Femi should stop sparking to the advantage of the real enemies of our national progress! If he is averse to President Jonathan, he has the democratic liberty to criticize him but please our dear Femi, do not sell our already besieged President out to those who have been striving to obliterate our natural and constitutional liberties as free-borns with forced Islamization by trying to use resources stolen from our nation’s oil purse for 39 years and also by committing huge tranches of cash handed-down to them by Arab imperialists to achieve their hooded goal! Between speaking and sparking, the difference is certainly wisdom!

Long Live The People of Ibadan, Long Live The Yoruba Race, Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long Live Africa, Long Live United World. Until I Come your way again it’s Me The Father Of Creation.  Yours Ever Sincerely

My Love and Blessings
Prof. (M.S.A. A. Akinbami Dan Ibrahim)
The Living Perfect Master.

Photo: Nonye Rajis, Nigeria Ambassador to Singapore after a strategic meeting with Gov Okorocha and Deputy


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From the left of the viewer: Their Excellencies, Governor of Imo State,  Owelle Rochas Okorocha, His Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere and Nonye Rajis, Nigeria Ambassador to Singapore after a strategic meeting with a team from European Union led by European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Richel Arrion at Governor’s Lodge, Abuja

“I rejected my boyfriend’s proposal because I can’t afford to be a housewife”-Actress Anita Joseph


We live in a world where ladies loves to be engaged but to our greatest surprise actress Anita Joseph rejected her boyfriend’s marriage proposal last month because she wasn’t ready to become a house wife. In an interview with Encomium she said…

“I rejected it because I cannot be a full housewife.  He wants me to quit acting and become a full housewife. But I am not that type that sits at home all day.  I love working. I love being busy.  He said when we get married, I will quit acting.I have known him for two years and we have dated for a year. I don’t want to disclose his identity, all I can say is that his name is Mr. M.  He is a good guy but he can stab you when he gets jealous.  He is so possessive.”

“He knows who I am.  Why wouldn’t he know?  He saw me on television before we eventually met.  He has been following all my movies.  He is not in support of my career.  He wants me to quit after marriage.  He doesn’t want me out because he doesn’t like my involvement in love scenes.  He doesn’t want people to be looking at me and me exposing myself because of romantic scenes.Of course, I have marriage in mind.  But I am not in a hurry to walk down the aisle.”

Mercy Johnson Shares Cute Photos In Bed With Daughter Purity


 
Mercy Johnson shared this picture of herself and her lil princess who was disturbing her while she was preparing for AMCVA “She won’t let me make up ooooo..Princess purity wer mudiafo…Ready for my hair and make up but my madam won’t let me lol “ she wrote.
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Mercy Aigbe Spotted With Nollywood Legendary Actors, Olu Jacobs & Joke Silva


OBESERE RAPE SCANDAL!!! Victim’s friend tells her own side of the story


Bola Okoro,the friend of the lady who claimed she was raped by Obesere has come out to tell her own side of the story.She told newsmen during a press conference in Oyo that the lady was lying and she introduced her to the musician and the accuser whose real name is Morenike Kikelomo and not Olanike Olaiya that she’s widely been referred to told her she was going to blackmail the musician

“I warned her not to try such a thing and I thought she had taken to my advice. Obesere is my business partner and I introduced Olanike to him in order for him to help her with her business without knowing that she had another plan to malign him. She was with Obesere on Tuesday and called me that she would be coming to Ibadan to check on her child on Wednesday, but I told her to wait; that I was also coming to Lagos for a meeting, and she came to meet me at that meeting.I was not aware that anything was wrong with her until we got to Ibadan, but I was surprised when Obesere called me that Olanike said she was bleeding that I should take her to the hospital,…..

When I inquired about what was wrong, she told me that if I needed money, I should support her plan to collect N10 million from Obesere, but I refused. “I told her that I would never be part of that plan before she proceeded to Lagos and reported the alleged abuse at Okota Police Station. She had been abandoned by her parents because of her waywardness before I took up her responsibility. “I have known Alhaji Obesere for over 12 years and he is a responsible, kind-hearted individual who cannot hurt a fly. I wonder why he would stoop so low as to rape or use a girl for ritual when so many girls are out there who want to have him,”

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Check Out A Clearer Picture Of Rita Dominic’s Outfit @ AMVCA Party


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Funke Akindele Stuns In Blue For AMVCA 2014


“I Can Act A Porn Movie But Can’t Go Nude” – Cossy Ojiakor Reveals


Cossy has been on a low key ever since Afrocandy & Maheeda entered the nudity scene. In a recent interview with sun, she talked about being nude in a  movie. She said

“I’ve not met her but I think she’s a cool babe. I like her guts and Maheeda’s guts as well; they’re doing their own thing. If one way does not work, the other should; they’re paying their dues” I can act in a porn movie but I can never go nude myself. If I have to act with somebody and they use a body double to do the acting, that’s fine. But as for me, I can never go nude. If you insist that I must act nude then you have to use a body double. They’ve done it before. That was when I was dancing for Obesere. They superimposed a dog on me and said I was having sex with the dog. And before I knew it everybody was calling me a porn actor! That picture was photo shopped. I can remember a guy called me up and said he had a picture of me having sex with a dog and I told him to go to hell; he wanted to blackmail me, and then he published the story and my family was embarrassed.”

See Denrenle Edun Defines @ AMVCA 2014


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Actress Mercy Aigbe , Uche Jumbo & Rita Dominic’s Outfit For AMVCA 2014


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Check out what our sexy naija stars wore for AMVCA 2014


Ladies, if you were given the opportunity to wear one of these celebrities outfit, whose outfit would you go for?
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Bovi Calls Denrele A Woman


Bovi shared this photo of him self and his beautiful wife ‘Christabel’ (2nd from the left) with the caption  “Me and three beautiful women at the AMVCA “.

Denrele is fast becoming a fine and sexy girl * In Harry Song’s voice*

Photo: Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere exchanging pleasantries with Ex Gov Udenwa


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Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere exchanging pleasantries with His Excellency, Chief Achike Udenwa recently at Imo Airport

A handshake with both hands in our traditional way is showing respect to an elder. That is the hallmark of leadership.

Pictures From APC Summit


 

 

 

 

 

english premier league table 9/3/14


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PTS P W D L GF GA GD
1 Chelsea 57 26 17 6 3 27
2 Arsenal 56 26 17 5 4 22
3 Manchester City 54 25 17 3 5 41
4 Liverpool 53 26 16 5 5 34
5 Tottenham 50 26 15 5 6 4
6 Everton 45 25 12 9 4 11
7 Manchester United 42 26 12 6 8 10
8 Southampton 39 26 10 9 7 8
9 Newcastle 37 26 11 4 11 -6
10 Swansea City 28 26 7 7 12 -3
11 West Ham 28 26 7 7 12 -5
12 Aston Villa 28 26 7 7 12 -9
13 Hull City 27 26 7 6 13 -6
14 Stoke City 27 26 6 9 11 -14
15 Crystal Palace 26 25 8 2 15 -16
16 Norwich City 25 26 6 7 13 -20
17 West Bromwich 24 26 4 12 10 -8
18 Sunderland 24 25 6 6 13 -13
19 Cardiff City 22 26 5 7 14 -25
20 Fulham 20 26 6 2 18 -32

How catechist, wife perished in auto crash


Less than one month after an altar boy at the  Queen of  Peace Parish Catholic Church, Oboama, Ezinihitte Local Government Area of Imo State died in a motor accident, another round of tragedy has hit the same parish. This time, the parish Catechist, Mr. Cyril Oguh and his wife, Mrs. Comfort Oguh, a retired teacher, all perished in an auto-crash at Chokoneze area on  the Okpuala-Mbaise road.

The couple could not reach the venue of the meeting they were rushing to attend when the crash involving a Volkswagen bus marked NKR51XA and the lady’s motor-cycles on which they were riding occurred on Sunday, February 9th, 2014. Mr. Cyril Oguh and his wife, Comfort left behind seven children – four boys and three girls.   The Catechist, a retired civil servant from the National Bureau of Statistics, Owerri, reportedly died on the spot after the bus allegedly hit them from the rear while the driver was attempting to overtake a vehicle. But the main rider of the motor-cycle, Mrs. Comfort, was said to have bled profusely from both her mouth and nose. She was rushed to a private hospital at Mbaise and later she was moved to another hospital at Umuahia, Abia State capital. And from Umuahia, she was transferred to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH),  Ituku-Ozalla, in Enugu state. Sadly, her condition never improved and she passed on one week after the incident. She was 69 years while the husband was 76. Our reporter, who visited the family of the deceased at Nru village of Oboama autonomous community, was informed that one shocking thing about the tragedy was that the second son of the family, Mr. Tochukwu Oguh was involved in a another crash that almost claimed his life while returning from his station at Ahiazu, Mbaise. Tochukwu is a teacher at Christ the King Church (CKC), Obohia in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state. He sustained injury on his right foot. That was one week before husband and wife got involved in similar incident but could not survive like their son. “I was involved in a motor accident on my way  back from my station one week before the accident that claimed our parents. Although I sustained injuries, I am alright now,” Tochukwu told Sunday Trust as he ran his fingers over the injuries. Recalling how his parents lost their lives, Tochukwu further narrated: “They were going to a meeting at Chokoneze Mbaise. The bus was overtaking and eventually hit them from the back. My father died on the spot while my mother was rushed to hospital but she passed on at the UNTH exactly one week after the accident. He recalled that he was with both parents the Sunday the incident happened, having returned from his station to spend the weekend with them. After the usual weekend interaction, Tochukwu travelled back to his station only to hear of the shocking news about the disaster that befell the family. “My mum was a very vocal woman, always ready to speak her view on any issue,” Tochukwu said. He saw the tragedy as one of those things that happen in one’s life. Madam Comfort was described as “a struggling woman”, who opened a private Nursery /Primary school – Onyekachi Nursery/Primary School, according to the first son of the family, Mr. Chimezie Oguh, 29. He said his mother retired from Group School, Ezuhu Nguru in 2006 while his father retired in 2003 from the National Bureau of Statistics, Owerri. “They loved themselves. Our parents were peaceful. They used to tell me how life is, and how to be a man. They were good in advising people and making things easy for people,” said Chimezie, a father of two kids. He described his father and mother as “total parents” who loved him so much apparently because he is the first son. He recalled that his parents never allowed him to fall into trouble because they were fond of giving him useful advice. On how they were going to bear the loss of both parents, Chimezie, who said he is a building contractor said: “I pray God will lead me to withstand the shocking situation.” The tragedy that befell Mr. Cy as he was fondly called by some parishioners at Queen of Peace Parish Church Oboama, reminded one of similar incident that occurred in the 1980s when a rich man called Okeozu and his wife, from Amaumara autonomous community, Ezinihitte Mbaise were also killed in a motor accident involving a truck and the motor-cycle on which they rode at the time of the incident. Also, the incident reminded one of the accident that claimed the life of a husband and his wife along Emekuku-Owerri road. The man was a driver to one of the prominent traditional rulers in Mbaise. The couple was travelling from Owerri to Mbaise alongside other passengers when the bus in-which they were travelling, got involved in an accident with a tipper loaded with blocks.   The police at Itu Police Station in Ezinihitte Local Government Area, where the matter was reported confirmed the incident and said the investigation is ongoing. The police said since lives were lost, the investigation should be quite painstaking to ensure that no stone is left unturned. When our reporter visited the station, the battered lady’s motorcycle on which husband and wife rode to their death was seen kept on the side of the bus that caused their death. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Leonard Ugbor said he saw the catechist removing his catechist cassock after mass on that fateful Sunday. He said it never occurred to him that he was seeing him for the last time. Fr. Ugbor said he had already communicated to the Catechist Association about the death of their member but that the burial date has not been fixed “He had very good hand writing. He did statistics. He retired from the civil service. He would outline his presentations to me in a very orderly way. He was loyal to constituted authorities and he was always in morning masses,” said the priest. Fr. Ugbor described the late catechist as an articulate and respectful man who was always responding to emergency situations in the parish whenever he called on him. “I was appointed parish priest in 2010. I met him; he worked here all the time on office days – Tuesdays and Fridays. He was always here unless for some emergency, he would excuse himself. At times I would call him to join me during home visitation of the sick people. He was respectful towards me and I believe towards others. In times of emergency, he would always show up when I needed some documents,” he said. He explained that though the late Oguh was the parish catechist, there was a time he was pressured by some people to replace him but he heisted because he felt there was no need for his removal at the time. “He was attending the 7am mass. He used to lead in the Prayer for the Faithful until his sight began to fail him and I had to bring in somebody to assist him,” the priest said. Commenting on the death of the catechist and his wife, the traditional ruler of  Oboama autonomous community where the deceased hailed from, Eze Julius  Amaefule, described it as unfortunate. He said it was very sad that the catechist who served God and humanity died alongside the wife in such a horrible situation. Eze Amaefule advised the children to trust in God in this period of tribulation and temptation, saying that they should live peacefully with their relations now that they are orphans. He said God had destined the couple to die the way they did or else they wouldn’t have died in the crash.  “God brought them and He has taken them,” the royal father said. “There’s no death without God’s hand in it; if God did not destine them to die that way, they wouldn’t have died that way,” he added. At the time of filling in this report, the driver of the bus that caused the death of the couple was still in police detention at Itu police station. However, Sunday Trust was informed that the relations of the driver and the deceased have been holding  series of meetings on how to bury the dead.

Chime escapes kidnap, murder attempt


Sullivan Chime, Enugu State Governor
  • 1 attacker killed, 3 arrested

Over 50 men armed with cutlasses and clubs, yesterday, invaded Enugu Government House and made attempt to either kidnap or murder Governor Sullivan Chime.

The attempt was however foiled by the security operatives stationed in the Government House who were taken unawares but regained control of the premises and pushed the invaders away.

Even though the police could not say exactly the mission of the invaders, about three of the attackers were arrested and handed over to the state police command while one was reportedly shot dead.

Eyewitness inside the Government House told Sunday Mirror that when the invaders attacked in the wee hours of Saturday, only two policemen were at the first Government House gate with unarmed men of National Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, who were matcheted while the attackers broke through with some jumping over the high walls into the Government House.

The eyewitness who said she lives inside the Government House said that guns from retaliating police men at the second gate could not penetrate into the bodies of the attackers; hence many shots were fired by the police.

It was said that the insurgents got up the last gate into the Governor’s lodge but were repelled by security operatives who foiled their attempt and chased them away while three of the invaders were arrested and one shot dead.

Chief Press Secretary to Governor Chime, Mr. Chukwudi Achife, in a statement, said that vigilant security personnel attached to the Government House foiled armed attack on the Government House.

Confirming the incident, Achife, said the attack occurred at about 4.30 am when a group of young men numbering about 50 and carrying machetes and cutlasses invaded the Government House and tried to force their way in.

“The attackers were immediately engaged by the security personnel who shot dead one person and arrested three,” he stated, adding that one security personnel was injured in the attack.

Achife added that the arrested persons along with some of the weapons recovered (machetes) have since been handed over to the Enugu Police Command for further investigations.

Also confirming the incident, Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Mr. Fidelis Ogarabe, told newsmen on Saturday in Enugu, that the armed men struck at the Government House around 4.30 a.m. and attempted to force their way into the premises.

Ogarabe said: ” I left the Government House at about 2.a.m in the morning and was in my house when I received a call from my men around 4 am alerting me of the presence of some armed invaders at the Government House.

“I drove to the place immediately and saw some persons numbering about 50 armed with machetes at the gate, trying to force their way into the premises.

“I ordered my men to move into action immediately and one of them was gunned down while three others were arrested.

“The others threw away their machetes and escaped, ” he said.

He said his men recovered machetes, flags and insignia linked to a cult group. Ogarabe said a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps suffered machete cuts while a military patrol vehicle was also attacked in the bid by the assailants to force their way into the Government House.

In their own account, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ebere Amaraizu said “no fewer than three persons have been arrested by the operatives of the command as investigations into the incident has commenced in full scale.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Adamu Abubakar, has already visited the Government House.

Community Government Council election ends in fracas in Imo


  • Returning officer escapes death

The Imo State Community Government Council (CGC) election conducted yesterday in the 637 autonomous communities in the state ended in fracas and apathy particularly in communities where there are Eze-ship disputes.

While officials of the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs saddled with the responsibility of conducting and supervising the exercise arrived late in most of the polling centres, eligible voters who turned out to exercise their franchise were scanty.

This is even as confusion, accusations and counter accusation and horse trading among the aspirants and their supporters took the centre stage while hoodlums allegedly engaged by interested parties disrupted the exercise.

When the Sunday Mirror visited some communities in the Owerri North Local Government Area such as Akwakuma, Amakohia, Orji, Egbu, Naze, Emekuku, Emii and Ulakwo, few voters were seen waiting patiently to stand behind their respective candidates of choice as prescribed by the state government.

The absence of security officers in the centres visited did not help matters. At Umudibia Community in the Owerri West Local Government Area, there was an open fracas between supporters of the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Godwin Merenini and those said to be opposed to the monarch. The latter led by one Mr. Harold Ndubusi Oparachedo, contesting for the President General of the community, had accused the electoral officers of plotting to impose his opponent, Mr. Ngozi Oparacho, from the opposition group on the community.

Infuriated by the development, both groups reportedly ignited a free for all fight leading to the tearing and carting away of election papers while leaving the electoral officer seriously wounded.

The ugly picture also played out at Umuekwune in the Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area, Abueke in the Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area, Umuariam in Obowo Local Government Area, Amaraku and Anara in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area as well as Imenyi in the Orsu Local Government Area.

For instance, in Imenyi autonomous Community, Osu LGA, the traditional ruler, Eze Lazarus Ezeifedi, was accused of ganging up with the electoral officers to deny the community of their choice candidate as the election was reportedly conducted in a secret place outside the CGC secretariat.

Speaking to Sunday Mirror, Community Liaison Officer (CLO), Prince Chukwuma Akonobi, Town Union President, Livinus Ikeje and the community traditional prime minister, Ichie Godwill Ezeanowe, condemned the role played by the traditional ruler of the community in the election, saying that more than 80 per cent of the population was de-enfranchised.

They called on the state government to nullify the election to protect lives of the people who may take up arms against the oppressors in the community.

The Power Of Passion And The Spirit of the Warrior – By Femi Fani-Kayode


Until you hear the Scotsman play the bagpipes in the early morning mist of the Scottish highlands, you have heard nothing.

Until you hear the Irish maiden sing ”O Danny Boy” on the lush green fields of the Emerald Isle, you know nothing.

Until you hear the Welshman sing ”Men of Harlech” in the beautiful valleys of Pontypool and Pontyprid, you have heard nothing.

Until you see the English rose blossom and bloom in early spring and you hear the British Grenadiers sing ”God Save The Queen”, you have seen nothing.

Until you see the ”Charge of the Light Brigade” and witness the courage of ”the famous 600”, you know nothing.

Until you see the Zulu warrior dance his battle dance on the hills of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, you know nothing.

Until you hear the Ashanti and the Yoruba sing songs of praise to the Living God, you have heard nothing.

Until you see the Frenchman sing ”La Marseillaise” and ”Je Ne Regrette Rien”, you know nothing.

Until you see brave men fight, suffer and die for a noble and just cause, you know nothing.

Until you hear the cries, see the tears, read the words and feel the pain of a wounded, tormented and broken soul, you have seen nothing.

Until you feel the passion of the wounded Messiah on the cross at Calvary, you know nothing.

All these unseen things inspire. They stir the spirit and move the soul. They breath and bleed passion. They ARE passion itself. And passion is the essence of life. It is the food of the compassionate and the sensitive spirit. It is the fuel of noble and courageous souls. It is the stuff of which gods and immortals are made. It is our passport to posterity- our key to future glory.

Yet nothing and no-one epitomises the power of passion more than the spirit of the warrior.

The warrior is noble and strong. His resolve is firm and his commitment is total. His is to kill, to shed blood and to be killed. His is to die for his king and for a worthy cause. His is to protect and lay down his life for his faith, his nation, his people and his loved ones.

What manner of men are these whose spirit speak of such valour and nobility? Consider the ancient Spartans and the Roman warriors of old. Consider the fearsome Vikings who believed that it was a curse to die a peaceful death and that the only way to heaven was to die violently and heroically in fearsome battle. Consider the greatest of all warriors that ever lived, the noble and gallant Achilles.

Consider Alexander the Great who conquered the world with his sword. Consider King David, the greatest of all the kings of Israel, who was a man of blood and war and yet whom God so loved and who loved God more than any other.

Consider David’s “strongmen” who stood with him through thick and thin and who fought for and protected him to the very end. Consider their gallant captain, the mighty Joab and the others, Abishai, Asahel, Eleazer, the Tachomonite, Shammah, Benaiah, Eliam, Igal and Uriah the Hittite.

These were David’s ”strongmen”: all great and valiant men of war whose courage was legendary and whose loyalty to their God and their King was unflinching and unquestionable.

Consider Shaka the Zulu, Beowulf the Nordic king and William Wallace the liberator of Scotland. Consider King Henry V of England who routed the French at the battle of Agincourt even though he was outnumbered by three men to one.

Consider Julius Caesar who came, who saw and who conquered. Consider the great Heracles who was a descendant of the mighty Hercules himself. Consider Spartacus, who turned slaves into men. Consider Samson, who slew a troop with the jaw bone of an ass and yet who fell at the touch of a woman.

Consider Gideon who slew the Midianites, Jeptha who sacrificed his own daughter, Joshua who brought down the walls of Jericho and Jehu, who drove his chariot like a madman, who slew the witch-Queen Jezebel and who fulfilled prophesy by ensuring that the dogs ate her flesh and licked her blood in the fields of Jezreel.

Consider those that laid down their lives for our great and noble faith: Paul of Tarsus, the greatest of all the apostles, who brought the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the gentiles and to the wider world.

Peter the disciple, who became the rock on whom the Church of God was built. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, Stephen, Isaiah, Elijah, Daniel, John and all the other disciples and prophets of old.

For martyrs and heroes that lived and died for God are also gallant warriors who feared not death and who stood firm to the end in defence of their faith.

Consider George Washington who led his troops into battle and whose battle cry was “victory or death”. Consider the charge of the Light Brigade, the sheer courage and discipline of the famous 600, at the battle of Balaclava in the fields of the Crimea.

Consider General Lee at the battle of Gettysberg, Oliver Cromwell at the battle of Nasby, Horatio Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar and King Leonides, with his gallant ”300”, at the battle of Thermopalye. Consider Generals Marshal, Patton, Eisenhower, Rommel and MacArthur in the great battles of the Second World war. Consider the ”Black Scorpion”, General Benjamin Adekunle, with his 3rd Marine Commando at the Battle of Ore. Consider Olusegun Obasanjo at the battle of Owerri and Murtala Mohammed at the liberation of Benin.

Consider Zhukov at the siege of Leningrad and his courageous exploits at the battle of Moscow. Consider Bernard Montgomery, with his fearless ”Desert Rats”, at the battle of Alamein, Charles De Gaulle at the siege of Paris and Chiang Kai-Shek in the war against Japan. Consider Attila the Hun, Ghengis Khan, Peter the Great, Richard the Lionheart, Salahudeen the Compassionate, Katsumoto the Samurai, Hannibal of Carthage and Hector of Troy.

Consider our gallant amazons and female warriors of old- Boudica of East Anglia, Joan D’Arc of France, Elizabeth 1 of England, Amina of Zaria, Moremi of Ife, Golda Meir of the State Of Israel, Margret Thatcher of Great Britain, Indira Ghandi of India, Queen Idia of Benin, Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, Queen Esther of the Medes and Persians, Cleopatra of the Blue Nile and Egypt and Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Consider Generals Foche and Hague at the battle of the Somme. Consider George Armstrong Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn, the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo and Napolean Bonaparte, in his full glory and power, at the battle of Marengo.

Consider Aragorn of Gondor, who won the battle for Middle Earth and who broke the power of the ring. Consider Cyrus of Persia, whose compassion knew no bounds and who allowed Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Consider Lancelot of the Round Table, the most handsome and courageous of all King Arthur’s knights, who was unbeatable in battle and who captured the heart of the queen.

Consider Aslan, the great Lion of Narnia, whose roar filled the land, whose power drove away the winter and who crushed the white witch in battle. Consider Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North and General of the Felix Legions, who fought with strength and honour, who slew the wicked Emperor and who delivered the City of Rome.

Consider Uthman Dan Fodio who spread his faith with zeal and valour and who built a formidable empire. Consider Robert Gould Shaw and the exploits of his ”all black regiment”, the 54th Massachusetts, at the battle of Fort Wagner.

Consider Mohammadu  Buhari at the battlefront in Chad when he drove the enemy from our borders and marched towards of Ndjamena. Consider Halilu Akilu who crushed the Maitatsine and who saved the ancient City of Kano.

Consider Adekunle Fajuyi who laid down his life for his brother, T.Y. Danjuma who avenged a generation and Mamman Shuwa who sang songs into battle. Consider Isa Mohammed who secured our eastern borders and who threw the Camerounians out of the Bakassi Peninsular.

Radar showed missing Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 may have turned back – Malaysia military


Radar tracking a missing Malaysia Airlines flight indicated that it may have turned back from its scheduled route to Beijing before disappearing, and Malaysian rescue teams have expanded their search to the country’s western coast, Malaysian military officials said on Sunday.

“What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback,” Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a news conference.

The flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, after losing contact with air traffic controllers off the eastern Malaysia coast.

STOLEN PASSPORTS

Vietnamese naval boats sent from the holiday island of Phu Quoc patrolled stretches of the Gulf of Thailand, scouring the area where an oil slick was spotted by patrol jets just before nightfall on Saturday.

“Our two rescue boats have approached the two oil spills since 3 a.m. today but we haven’t found any sign of the Malaysian plane yet. Other boats are ready to go to support if needed,” Admiral Ngo Van Phat told Reuters.

Besides the Vietnamese vessels, Malaysia and neighboring countries have deployed 22 aircraft and 40 ships in the search. China and the United States have sent ships to help, and Washington has also deployed a plane.

U.S. officials from Boeing, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration were on the way to Asia to help in investigations, NTSB said in a statement.

The airline has said 14 nationalities were among the passengers, including at least 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians, six Australians, five Indians, four French and three Americans.

There were no indications of sabotage nor claims of an attack. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans – Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi – who, according to their foreign ministries, were not on the plane. Both had apparently had their passports stolen in Thailand during the past two years.

U.S. and European security officials said that there was no proof of foul play and there could be other explanations for the use of stolen passports.

A Malaysian official with knowledge of the investigation said the passengers being checked had bought their tickets through China Southern Airlines, which was code-sharing the flight with Malaysia Airlines.

“We’ve seen the statements about stolen passports, but we cannot validate that,” Hugh Dunleavy, director of commercial operations at Malaysia Airlines, told reporters in Beijing.

“As far as we’re aware, every one of the people onboard that aircraft had a visa to go to China. Which means those passports were in the possession of the Chinese embassy before those visas were issued.”

NO MAYDAY

The 11-year-old Boeing, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent engines, took off at 12:40 a.m. (11.40 a.m. ET Friday) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport when it went missing without a distress call. Aboard were 227 passengers and 12 crew.

It last had contact with air traffic controllers 120 nautical miles off the east coast of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu. Flight tracking website flightaware.com showed it flew northeast after takeoff, climbed to 35,000 ft and was still climbing when it vanished from tracking records.

Boeing said it was monitoring the situation but had no further comment.

Paul Hayes, director of safety at Flightglobal Ascend aviation consultancy, said the flight would normally have been at a routine stage, having reached initial cruise altitude.

“Such a sudden disappearance would suggest either that something is happening so quickly that there is no opportunity to put out a mayday, in which case a deliberate act is one possibility to consider, or that the crew is busy coping with what whatever has taken place,” he told Reuters.

The disappearance of the plane is a chilling echo of an Air France flight that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. It vanished for hours and wreckage was found only two days later.

John Goglia, a former board member of the NTSB, the U.S. agency that investigates plane crashes, said the lack of a distress call suggested that the plane either experienced an explosive decompression or was destroyed by an explosive device.

“It had to be quick because there was no communication,” Goglia said. He said the false identities of the two passengers was “a big red flag”.

If there were passengers on board with stolen passports, it was not clear how they passed through security checks.

Reuters

APC Denies Sacking Consultant…Says If We Have $20Mn, We Wont Look For Money For 2015


 

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has debunked the media reports on sacking of their consultants following the speech delivered by Oby Ezekwasili, which lambasted the party.

In an exclusive chat with Fejiro Oliver on Friday, the party National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed frowned at the report stating that such never happened. He wondered why they should sack their consultant when they had nothing to do with the invitation of Oby.

In a calm tone, the APC stated that Oby’s speech was very right as she delivered a talk which bothered on the leadership of the country and not the APC.

When asked about the media report by Churchill Umoren of the pointblank News which reported that they hired Axerold, their American media consultant for a whooping $20 million dollar; the Party spokesman berated those who peddled the report.

“Is there any party today that can give $20 million dollar to a consultant? They are just shooting. You will never know how much they were hired for because there is client confidentiality, but Fejiro, I can assure you that they were not even hired for $1 million dollar, not even two, three or four. How much did APC spend for their entire registration? Has APC spent $20 million dollars since it started becoming a party? They just sit in one place and cook up figures and of course they know that the people they are feeding all these things don’t know difference”, he stated.

When pressed to disclose the real amount paid, the APC stated that due to client confidentiality, they would not disclose the amount spent, but assured that it was not close to a million dollar. Lambasting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he asked; “how would you even believe that? They think the $20 billion dollars missing is in our pocket? Did they give us part of it? Even if they gave us; we would not use $20 million for consultancy.

“If we have $20 million dollars, we don’t need to look for any money for our campaign again. Don’t mind them. There is Boko Haram, nobody is talking about it; there is power failure, nobody is talking about it. They are talking about sacking consultant, blaming Oby and spending $20 million dollars. Don’t mind them”, he ended.

Jonathan Escapes Air Mishap As The President’s N9bn Jet Refuses To Fly


 

By Punch

President Goodluck Jonathan and some top government officials on Saturday escaped an air mishap at the Minna Airport, Niger State, when a presidential jet developed a technical fault, while they were aboard.

The presidential jet, Nigerian Air Force 001 (5N-FGT), had earlier conveyed Jonathan to Minna for the -Peoples Democratic Party’s North-Central rally which held at the Trade Fair Centre, Minna.

At the end of the rally, the President returned to the airport in company with top government officials, PDP state governors and party chiefs for a trip to Sokoto, from where he was scheduled to return to Abuja.

However, several minutes after Jonathan had bade farewell to those who accompanied him to the airport, and the door of the aircraft was shut, the aircraft failed to move.

After many attempts, crew members and engineers disembarked from the aircraft and made spirited efforts to fix the fault as armed security men took strategic positions around it.

While this was going on, Vice-President Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate, David Mark; all PDP governors, members of the National Assembly and members of the Federal Executive Council were watching under the scorching sun.

When it became obvious that the fault could not be easily fixed, the commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Vice Marshal Uko Ebong, ordered that a smaller presidential jet, 5N-FGW, which conveyed the Vice-President to the state be brought to fly Jonathan.

Jonathan disembarked from the faulty jet at about 3.30pm and quickly moved to the smaller aircraft.

He later left the airport in the smaller aircraft at about 3:35pm, leaving behind some of his co-occupants in the bigger jet.

Sambo also had to join Mark in another smaller presidential jet, 5N-FGV, which had earlier conveyed the Senate President to the state. Senator Barnabas Gemade and a few other dignitaries also joined them.

Those who were with the President in the faulty aircraft before they disembarked included the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu; Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih; former chairman of the party,  Ahmadu Ali; former  Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, and some presidential aides.

At the time of filing this report, engineers were still battling with the faulty jet on the tarmac in the deserted airport while officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria were seen taking notes.

Some security men were left behind to keep watch on the aircraft.

When asked for what was wrong with the aeroplane, an official of FAAN simply said, “The return engine refused to pick.”

Another source who pleaded anonymity, said the hot temperature in the city led to the fault.

“What the commander said was that the high temperature affected the engine of the aircraft,” he said.

When asked why the hot weather did not affect the two other presidential jets, the source explained that the Air Force 001 is “more digitalised than others.”

The incident occurred despite the fact that in the past four years, at least N48bn has been allocated to the Presidential Air Fleet, a range of 11 luxurious aircraft which are at the disposal of the President.

According to the 2014 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan through the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in December 2013, a total of N4.91bn was earmarked for the Presidential Air Fleet.

For the maintenance of the 10 aircraft currently in the Presidential Air Fleet, N1.52bn was allocated.

This was apart from the N747m earmarked for the purchase of aviation fuel for the aircraft already in the fleet.

The government earmarked the sum of N2.66bn for other expenses on the PAF, including international trainings for the fleet’s personnel, rehabilitation/renovation/repairs of the PAF Barracks, completion of a hangar project, tyre bay tools and equipment, insurance premium, cleaning and fumigation services, 797 units of LG 2HP air conditioners for the PAF Barracks and refreshment and meals.

For the year 2013, a total of N7.5bn was allocated the Presidential Air Fleet, while in 2012, N15.6m was allocated for personnel costs; N969m for overheads, which included spare parts, checks, aviation fuel; and N16.8bn was allocated for a brand new plane for the presidency.

In 2011, an N18bn allocation to the PAF was tucked under a N105bn budgetary allocation to the “Intelligence Community.”

Also, in the 2010 proposal, the Presidency had proposed the acquisition of four new aircraft for the presidential fleet and had made a budget provision of N23.4bn in that budget for them.

Experts have put the combined estimated value of the 10 planes in the presidential fleet at about $390.5m (N60.53bn).

How APC Will Beat PDP In The 2015 Presidential Election – Bukola Saraki


 

A former Governor of Kwara State and senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, fielded questions from PREMIUM TIMES Editors, Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Sani Tukur two weeks ago. In the interview, Mr. Saraki speaks on why he defected from the PDP to the APC, the politics of his defection in the Senate, the crisis in the NGF, Kwara politics, the nation’s economy, the politics of 2015 and other sundry issues.

You are a local politician and you go home all the time to interact with your people. That philanthropy that you do every Ileya that causes problem in Kwara, what are you going to do about it to ensure that the processes are better, that there is no death?

First of all, it is wrong to say it causes problem all the time. It is unfortunate that it did happen in some few instances. We have been looking at how to improve on the method, and how to improve on the facility. It is unfortunate really. A lot of people came up with sincere recommendations which we have looked at. Majority of the people who lost their lives are not just strangers, they are people that I know personally. We have become a tight family unit in the set up, so I feel it more than anybody else. These things used to run smoothly. What happened last time was because it was the festivity period and there were a lot of things on the table. We are now looking at how to get it better organised and avoid the unfortunate incident of last year.

Can you tell us in clear terms if our economy is in danger. I ask this because the Minister of Finance has stated repeatedly that our economy is healthy.

Let me give you both the good and bad sides. In today’s global economy, we are growing at about 6. 7%, inflation is down, currency is stable; these are good things happening. But we should always remember that is happening  at a time we have oil at $107 per barrel. At this amount one should see an increase in our Excess Crude Account and increase in Foreign Reserve. Unfortunately that is not happening. For some of us, it is more frustrating because the revenues are down. It should be much higher than that, but because there are lots of leakages. I am sure even the Minister of Finance will agree, even when she was talking about what she has been able to achieve. She was saying that the budget under her supervision is detailed. Those are the good things we have achieved. How can you have a budget when the oil finances that account for majority of the revenue is not transparent?  You cannot say leave oil finances and look at my budget because oil finances is your budget.

So if oil finances is the way it is, when expenses are incurred and the Minister of Finance has not signed off to it. Or you are incurring something which the Minister of Finance has said I don’t want it done! She has on several occasions said that kerosene subsidy is not okay for payment, meanwhile payment is being made. So how can you say such finances are satisfactory?

The Minister of Finance is saying I want to carry out forensic audit. Forensic audit! Money is gone, why? If we tighten all these leakages, there will be more money coming into the system; there will be more money for capital expenditure; deficits will be less; and foreign reserve will grow. But at the moment, our foreign reserve is low, and our currency is very vulnerable.

We are also having low production level of less than 40% and so that too is impacting on our economy. We can do much better.

What do you miss most about Oloye (Mr. Saraki’s late father, Olusola Saraki)?

I think, it is largely his capacity to continue to be there for the people and the ability to absorb all the pressure. He had this indefatigable personality about him to be able to continue and continue. That is huge, and having been able to do that by being in the Senate, party leadership, that is tasking. I think it will take time to build that capacity. Being a good leader goes beyond whatever position you are holding. You must have the ability to be there for the people. It takes time to acquire it because that is what makes you a good politician. Many politicians today are seasonal politicians who only go to the people six months to election. After winning their election that will be it again until the next round of elections.

Being there for the people is not just about money, which is the mistake some people make. They think that it is about money. But people just want to feel you and know that you are always around. They sit down with you and discuss, may be even watch TV and generally do stuff together. People should be free to discuss their problems with you and get your advice.

You can’t say for three years, you can’t do that until election period. How do you know how the man or woman you expect to vote for you lived their lives in the last three years? That is what makes a good politician and I think that was one of the strength of Oloye – having to do that and combine with other responsibilities.

Are you playing that role at the moment?

I am trying because I don’t really have a choice because that is the way we run politics in Kwara. People in Kwara wonder how it is possible for this man or this family to continue to be so relevant. It is because we work hard. Election or no election I am always at home. The others go away as soon as they finish election. Like now, one year to election you will see them arriving. People are not fools. When you are there for them year in, year out, they too will be there for you when the time for election comes. They know that your care for them is not just about winning election.

So are you still going to run for the office of the president, or you will still ….?

Why are you not asking me if I am running for the Senate again? Well, whenever people ask me this question, I always say I am not going to answer that question because there is something I have noticed. When you stand for what is right; or you take a position on what is right; people will easily blackmail you to say the only reason why you are doing what is right is because you want to aspire. That, therefore, belittles what you are fighting for. The issues that I am talking about to me are so germane and crucial to the sustainability of our economy and the growth of this country.

Let me focus on these issues now. We are just forming a party and if we can get all these things done….. The only reason why you aspire for a position is so that certain things are done properly. Once things are done properly, you don’t have to insist that you take that seat. I remember in 2011 when I raised the fuel subsidy issue, that propaganda came that it was because I want to run for president in 2015 – an election that was three and a half years away.

Just because they don’t want to address those issues, the people who were benefitting from it would always find a way to blackmail it. They said there was nothing in it, that the facts were not right. They said the figures I was quoting on the floor were not right, not until Ngozi and former MD of Access Bank formed their committee and they confirmed and informed the president that this thing is real. I know what I went through. So some of these things when you say them, they try to bring politics into it and it is frustrating. These things are the easiest o! It doesn’t take sacking of people. It just needs the political will to say no, stop it! By this time tomorrow N700 million has landed, you don’t need any difficult decision to achieve that.  It’s too early to talk about my political future.

But does your party stand a chance in 2015?

Stand a chance? I like the question. PDP today has 18 states, and two other states that I will say are in alliance with the PDP. APC has 16 states. First of all, if you take these 18 and 16 states, you realize that this is the first time that PDP will go into an election with an opposition party that has as much as 16 states.

If you go back to the time of President Yar’adua and President Jonathan’s last time, you will notice that they have never had that number of states. You know in our politics, it is the states that drive the process. So let’s assume that each party will hold their states and in our own 16 states, we have Kano, Lagos and we have Rivers. That is if you look at the numbers.

Even in the PDP states, there are six states that the PDP has never won in presidential election since 1999. PDP has never won in Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa and Niger. I am calling them PDP states because they have PDP governors, but they have never delivered for the party.

So, take them out of that 18? The reason people are saying PDP might win is because of the incumbency factor, and that they have security and the likes. That is nothing, but a mental psych that people have.

Going by the party registration that we just had, people will be shocked. Just wait for the result. Take Kwara for example – as of last week when they were compiling, because they have not finished yet, but we had 387,000 registered members. Hear my figure o! 387,000! In the last election that we had, Governor Abdulfatah (Ahmed) won by 256,000 voters o, not party members. So if today I have 387, 000 APC members, what do you think will happen?

What I found out from this registration exercise, and I urge you to also go and find out, is that there is a desire for things to be done differently. What is happening is a movement. It is a movement for change in the country. That is where Nigeria is today for whoever doesn’t want to deceive themselves.

So whether APC can win is a non issue. All what we need to do, which is also a challenge for us, is to really present ourselves as a true alternative and that we stand for something different from the PDP. We should carry out our internal processes democratically and I am sure, Insha Allah, APC will win because the numbers are there.

You should be asking, how does PDP think they can win? Because first of all, their states do not have as many voters as our states, and if we now assume that six of their states have never voted for the party in the presidential election, then how?

Just wait and see the total number of registered members of the APC when the numbers are collated; I am sure it cannot be anything less than 16 million.

In the last election, Buhari only scored 12 million. So if as a party, my members are already 16 million, how many votes would I get when we go to voters? I definitely believe that our party is in a very strong position to win. The performance also of some of our governors is going to make it easier.

I know we have work to do in the sense that we have a strong competitor and there are people with ambitions, but we just have to make the necessary sacrifice for collective interest.

The elections are actually for us to lose. I honestly believe that we can win the election.

Al-Qaeda Takes Over Control Of Boko Haram


 

Just few months after Nigerian security forces succeeded in containing to a large extend, the atrocities of members of the deadly Boko Haram sect, the group resurfaced with more deadly attacks.

The group in recent weeks carried out attacks in Adamawa, Borbo and Yobe States killing at least 200 persons withing a week including the 54 school children that were brutally murdered at Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe state.

The question that continued to reverberate around the country after this deadly attack is how the group had become this sophisticated and more deadly even when a state of emergency is in effect in the three northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

However, report by Vanguard seems to have given light to this question as it said

There are very strong indications to suggest that al-Qaeda, the global terror organization founded by the late Osama Bin Laden, may have taken control of the notorious and deadly Jama’atu Ahliss-Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, Sunday Vanguard can report authoritatively.

In addition, it was learnt that some of the camps used by Boko Haram members as safe haven in Cameroun have been detected by Nigeria’s security forces.

The problem, however, according to sources, is that “except Cameroun enters into concrete collaboration with Nigeria, nothing can be done”.

Aqim and Boko Haram

The alleged arrowhead of the take-over, which is the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM, has its headquarters in Algeria.

Intelligence sources disclosed to Sunday Vanguard that members of  Boko Haram had had collaboration with AQIM since 2010.

As far back as 2010, intelligence sources said “the Algerian government had said available intelligence reports confirmed that extremist Nigerian Islamic group, Boko Haram, has linked up with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which has its North African headquarters in Algeria.”

One of the sources added, “The revelation confirms Nigeria’s intelligence services assessment and worries that the previously unknown group has received training and support from al Qaeda.

“Even at that time, Algerian Deputy Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, told journalists that intelligence report showed both groups had been coordinating.

”We have no doubts that coordination exists between Boko Haram and al Qaeda.”

Reuters news agency quoted Messahel as saying “the way both groups operate and intelligence reports show that there is cooperation”.

AQIM was said to have grown out “of a conflict in Algeria between the government and Islamist militants”. An intelligence report said, “In the past few years, it has expanded its activities to include Mali, Niger and Mauritania but was not thought to have reached as far south as Nigeria”.

The report said Algeria’s assessment of ties between AQIM and Boko Haram carries authority because Algeria has the biggest intelligence-gathering operation on al Qaeda of any country in the region.

Sunday Vanguard was reliably informed that “the group sent out some six members to Algeria to learn how to make Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.” A security source said, “Indeed, the students, in the light of Boko Haram’s bombing raids, appeared to have learnt well.

“It was discovered that after the ‘Arab Spring’- a peoples revolution across some North African countries – some of the militia and criminals hitherto nurtured by the fleeing leaders migrated southwards and were the ones largely responsible for and who inspired the civil strife in Mali.”

“The source went further: “It was these same people who moved easterly through Niger Republic and were causing problems in northern Nigeria.

“It was the emergency rule declared by President Goodluck Jonathan, the efficacy of which hemmed the terrorists to the north eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa and even across the Nigerian borders that has restricted their activities to attacking soft targets”.

The source disclosed that the funding the sect members enjoy is not only derived from their robbery activities but from their links with AQIM; the sophistication of their attacks is also as a result of the strong involvement of AQIM.

Camps uncovered

Military sources confirmed that some of the camps used as hideouts by members of Boko Haram have been identified in North-western Cameroun.

Information provided last week by highly dependable sources suggest that the vastness of the border between Nigeria and Cameroun makes it very difficult if not impossible to fully police the area.

“The reality on ground is that it is not possible for Nigeria’s security forces to carry out aerial bombardment of the hideouts of the terrorists,” one of the sources told Sunday Vanguard.

“These camps have been identified but we cannot just go into another country and carry out bombing sorties.

“If the type of collaboration between Niger and Nigeria existed between Cameroun and Nigeria, we would have achieved more successes.

“Even at that, you will agree that our military forces have been intercepting and aborting some of the plans of the insurgents.

“But when people speed in and speed out into another country, you cannot pursue them into another country without the permission of that country”.

Led by the late Mohammed Yusuf, the first major uprising by Boko Haram actually began in Bauchi State on 26 July 2009 when hundreds of the sect adherents launched an attack on the Dutsen Tanshi Police Station. This attack failed, with reports of at least 50 people killed. In the next four days, the group carried out further attacks, with gun battles between the sect and the police reported throughout Bauchi, Kano, Yobe, and Borno States. The worst of the violence occurred in Maiduguri, where the group had relocated from its Kanamma base, Yobe State, a base aptly named Afghanistan.

Prior to July 2009 when the sect’s notoriety waxed strong, its members had been involved in dastardly incidents in Yobe in 2003 and in Kano in 2004. In April 2007, 10 policemen and a divisional commander’s wife were killed in an attack on the police headquarters in Kano.

On 13 November 2008, Yusuf was arrested following an attack on a police station in Maiduguri, in which 17 of his followers were killed. On 20 January 2009, an Abuja High Court granted him bail. This was to be an error, a fatal one.

He was apprehended again in December 2009 after the sect engaged the military in a gun battle lasting almost one week. He was handed over to the police where he died under circumstances that are still alleged to be extra-judicial.

“Jonathan is the most humble person I have ever met, he has Nigeria at heart” – AGN President, Ibinabo Fiberesima


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The President, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima, has described Goodluck Jonathan as the most humble person she has ever met.

“Mr. President is the most humble person I have ever met and I think he has Nigeria at heart.  I think with him, Nigeria will continue to be a better place.” She said when asked by journalists to assess the Nigerian president’s administration.

While marking her one year of reign as AGN president,  the Star Actress, former beauty queen and serial entrepreneur addressed her recent appointment into the board of National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC).

On the appointment, she said “I feel great and I thank President Goodluck Jonathan for the opportunity to serve the industry in another capacity. “

Clearing the air on their controversial visit to the presidency on the 18th of February, the AGN president said, “Visiting President Goodluck Jonathan on February 18, 2014, to confer him with the Grand Patron of our Guild is also a no mean feat.  In case you don’t know, this is enshrined in our constitution. I’m an Ijaw girl.  The President is doing very well.

“He is transforming the country in all the sectors.  In fact, there is so much transformation in every sector.  Anybody that says he doesn’t see it is lying.  I see it. I speak it.  I sing and dance it.   He is about to start doing more things for Nollywood.

“As an Ijaw girl, I will totally and forever stand by my President.  And I know because he has done well in these other sectors, he would also remember us, especially when an Ijaw is AGN president.  For instance, we want him to sponsor the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON), as an Executive Bill.

“He is also going to call for the amendment of copyright laws.  If all these are done, the industry and the country at large is blessed.  Nollywood came out from nowhere, but today, we are a force to reckon with.  Oil cannot forever be our only source of income.

“Our movies and our faces are now exports.  And the sooner the government realize this, the better for us.

“Again, the President and the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan totally love Nollywood and we love them too.”

On the piece of land given to the AGN in Abuja, FCT for its secretariat courtesy of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, she said “It is overwhelming.  It’s a blessing to us.  This is the first time in the history of AGN that a serving president has remembered us.  And we believe that more of this will come to the Guild.

“President Jonathan has been a blessing to us.  We are not even talking about all the intervention funds he has injected to the entertainment industry and Nollywood in particular.  We have $200 million and N3 billion lifeline, courtesy of our President.

She further revealed that the AGN plans for the land “We intend building our AGN headquarters. We are going to replicate the building in every state.  That is identical building so that when people come into a stage, they feel our presence. We have our plan already for a befitting structure at the secretariat.”

Obesere rape scandal: Victim’s friend speaks up


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Contrary to the rape claim by a 29-year-old business woman, Miss Olanike Olaiya, against fuji artiste, Obesere, a woman, Bola Okoro, claiming to have introduced the duo has finally cleared the air by defending Obesere and revealing that Olaiya cooked up the ‘rape claim’.

Mrs Okoro disclosed this in a press conference with journalists on Friday in Ibadan, Oyo State.

“I have been responsible for the upkeep of Olaiya and her daughter, Folawe, for more than five years. Olaiya had earlier revealed to me, a plan to blackmail Obesere for N10 million, but I warned her not to try such a thing and I thought she had taken to my advice.

According to Okoro, Olanike Olaiya was not the accuser’s real name but Morenike Kikelomo and “she had been abandoned by her parents because of her waywardness” before she took up her responsibility.

Narrating how it all began, Okoro said “Obesere is my business partner and I introduced Olanike to him in order for him to help her with her business without knowing that she had another plan to malign him. She was with Obesere on Tuesday and called me that she would be coming to Ibadan to check on her child on Wednesday, but I told her to wait; that I was also coming to Lagos for a meeting, and she came to meet me at that meeting.

“I was not aware that anything was wrong with her until we got to Ibadan, but I was surprised when Obesere called me that Olanike said she was bleeding that I should take her to the hospital,” Okoro said.

“When I inquired about what was wrong, she told me that if I needed money, I should support her plan to collect N10 million from Obesere, but I refused. I told her that I would never be part of that plan before she proceeded to Lagos and reported the alleged abuse at Okota Police Station,” she added.

“I have known Alhaji Obesere for over 12 years and he is a responsible, kind-hearted individual who cannot hurt a fly. I wonder why he would stoop so low as to rape or use a girl for ritual when so many girls are out there who want to have him,” Okoro concluded.

Saraki blasts Jonathan over sack of Sports Minister


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THE immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday faulted President Goodluck Jonathan for sacking Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi as sports minister.

He was sad that the presidency could sacrifice competence for sheer politics.

Abdullahi was dropped last Wednesday for what the presidency sources described as his refusal to openly identify with President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of the 2015 elections, and for his closeness to Senator Saraki.

He had reportedly told the chairman of the PDP Caretaker Committee in the state that he” is not a politician.”

He was, at the time of his sack, outside the country on official assignment.

Notwithstanding, a grand reception awaits the ex-minister in Ilorin, his home town with no fewer than 10 state governors and eminent Kwarans expected to attend.

The date and scope of the reception were being worked out at press time.

But Saraki, who broke his silence on Abdulahi’s sack in response to an enquiry from our correspondent, said the ex-minister had always been a professional right from his time as a commissioner under his administration between 2003 and 2011.

He said: “It is shameful that Bolaji Abdullahi was relieved of his duty as minister mainly because of politics and certainly not for non performance.

“It is disappointing that in the interest of politics we have compromised competence, and invariably denied our nation the progress it deserves.

“I do wish Mallam Abdullahi the best of luck in his future endeavours and I am sure wherever he finds himself he will put in his very best as always with the interest of the nation at heart.”

Speaking on Abdulahi’s character, Saraki said: “I can testify that he has always been professional since he was commissioner under my tenure as Governor in Kwara State. Monumental achievements made under him are still being built upon today.

“As a fellow Kwaran, I am proud of him for showing Nigerians and the world at large what Kwarans are made of.”

He said in spite of the sack, it was difficult to write off the incredible performance of Abdullahi.

He said: “Abdullahi is a great son of Kwara with several milestones at state and national levels. His laudable achievements as Minister of Sports, which include Nigeria’s victory at the last Africa Nations Cup, performance at the Olympics, FIFA World Cup has endeared him to sport lovers and Nigerians in all works of life.”

Meanwhile, about 10 serving governors have indicated interest in the proposed grand reception for Abdullahi in Ilorin to celebrate his meritorious service to the nation.

A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said most stakeholders in the state have also signified interest in the rally.

“We are working out a grand reception/ rally for Abdullahi to only mark his excellent performance in office and to send a message that we should not sacrifice merit for partisan politics,” the source said.

“About 10 governors have indicated interest in the rally. If the PDP can organise unity rally, we also have the right to host merit rally.

“Contrary to the permutations of the presidency, the sack of Abdullahi will backfire for the president in 2015 in the state. Already, public opinion nationwide does not support the action of the president.”

‘Virgin’ undergraduate, 22, raped to death


It was a sad end for 22 year-old Deborah (surname withheld), a 300-level student of Benson Idahosa University, Benin-City, after the girl, said to be a virgin, was raped to death by yet to be identified persons in Benin-City, Edo State capital. The rapists cut her throat after the dastardly act. The family of the deceased has appealed to the Police Command in Edo State to fish out the culprits and bring them to book.

Deborah was said to have been raped between 12 midnight and 1 a.m  after she left  hospital and decided to see one of her friends at Upper Adesuwa.  It was then the rapists allegedly caught up with her. Meanwhile, Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Funso Adebanjo, said the command was investigating the matter. An elder sister of the deceased, Jean, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, lamented that her sister was killed after she was raped.

*The victim on her matriculation day

*The victim on her matriculation day

She narrated the story: “On Thursday, she came to my house saying she  needed some money but I could not give her. She told me she was leaving but I did not know that she had a plan to sell her Blackberry phone. I think while she was saying that, someone had compassion and asked why she would want to sell her Blackberry for that cheap price. So the person removed his SIM card in one of his phones and gave her the phone. But, somehow, she lost the phone and she had no means of communicating with anybody.

“On Friday morning, she was not feeling fine, so she went to hospital. I got a call from a doctor  who said my sister came there without a family member and that she needed blood. “So I got in touch with my mother; we looked for money and rushed to the hospital. But when we got to the hospital, my sister was shouting and disturbing; so they said we should take her to a church.

“My mother took her to a church. Later that night, she told my mother she wanted to go back to the hospital and she left. I did not know she went to  hospital that night and, when she got there, she kept shouting and disturbing people”.

According to the elder sister, the hospital people were angry with Deborah and, at about 11pm that Friday, she left the Sickle Cell Hospital at Golf Course Road for Upper Adesuwa. “How she walked to Upper Adesuwa that night I just don’t know. There is this friend of hers that also visits us, she went to their house,” Jean said. She continued: “They said she got there and was knocking at the gate but nobody opened the gate. It was when she left the gate that the assailants struck, raped her and slashed her throat. In the morning, her friend started saying  some body was knocking at the gate last night and people said they saw a corpse somewhere outside the street. So they ran to the place and found out it was my sister.

“But at about after 9pm that Friday, the cab driver that carried my sister called me and said he wanted to know how she was doing, but I did not know that my sister even went to  hospital that night. I was in church when my husband called me to say  my sister had accident. It was later he told me that she was dead. We went there and the police came to carry her corpse. On Sunday evening, I went to Ugbor Police Station and made a statement. But why I am worried is that I don’t know why the hospital people will allow her to leave at about 11pm that day.

“The hospital people should produce the man who was incharge  that night.  The police said they want to conduct post mortem and that is  where  we are now. My sister was a 300-level accounting and education student at the Benson Idahosa University and a  virgin for that matter. I am appealing to the police to find the killers. I don’t know why they should allow her leave the hospital at that hour when they knew she was not sound”.

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Cossy Orjiakor Talks About Sex In Wide-Ranging Interview


This is one funny interview. In this interview with the Sun Newspapers, the singer and actress opens up on many areas of her life

Read excerpts of the interview below:

It’s like you’ve been lying low for a while. Where have you been?

Yeah (giggles) I’ve been having fun really doing my own thing. But I’m working on a reality TV show designed to give back to society. I have this large heart for giving back, so I want to have a reality TV show where the winners would be encouraged to bring forth proposals which I would sponsor with the little I have. But if I could get sponsors it would be great!

For the past 10 years you’ve been active in Nollywood. Could you share your happiest moment with us?

That was when I started getting recognition back in the days when I just started acting; those were my happiest moments but right now I’m just there.

What’s been your saddest moment?

You should know now (laughter). Imagine all the false stories that they’ve published about me; ‘Cossy Orjiakor has HIV’, ‘Cossy had sex with a dog’, ‘Cossy did this and Cossy did that’. You know, that’s not cool. But I’m a fun person and I dress for the occasion. Like if I’m going for a costume party I’d wear a sexy costume and that’s a party that happens basically in the night. But the thing is that in the morning, when normal people see the pictures of the clothes in the papers, they judge me unfairly. A lot of men including me are ogling right now.

How do you handle your male fans?

I smile if they have the guts to tell me I look good, and I say ‘thank you’.

What if they want more?

I go out on my own most times. I have friends that own clubs, so if I’m bored and want to hang out; I could either go out on my own or with friends. It all depends on my mood. I can see there’s a tattoo on your left boob.

What does it signify?

It’s a rose flower. I got it a long time ago. I just wanted to know what it feels like to have a tattoo; I actually have four.

But having a tattoo on your boob must have been very painful…?

Yes, it was but I just wanted to know how it felt like having a tattoo (laughs).

You come across as a very fun loving and adventurous person. What makes you tick?

I am extremely happy; I tick because I am a happy person. I always see the comic side to everything around me especially in difficult situations. Tell us about your love life; I mean the man in your life now?

I spent my Valentine alone.

Why did you spend Valentine alone?

I went for a party, a costume party where you dress as a sex icon at Galiante, so I wasn’t really lonely.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done lately?

I don’t remember.

But Valentine was only recently…?

(Giggles) I dressed up my dog and painted him; I have a canine. It was supposed to be an Alsatian dog but I was duped. When the dog became big, it was looking more like a local mongrel but just the same I love my dog, so I bought dye and painted it and gave it that unique Alsatian look and then off I went to party.

Who is in your life right now?

You know I don’t talk about men.

But your fans want to know?

I’m not lacking attention but I’m not really in a serious relationship for now.

What determines your fashion sense when you go out?

It depends on the mood I’m in and where I’m dressing for. You dress to impress and sometimes you dress to express yourself.

What’s the craziest thing a fan has done to you after seeing your boobs dangling sodangerously?

(Laughter) Yeah… I’ve had a lot of experiences especially from females. I could allow a female touch my boobs if I am in the mood. You know, they are like, ‘is it real?’ Men don’t really do much these days; it was a long time ago.

There’s this report that you once insured your boobs…?

No, no, no… that was a fake story. I don’t k now where it emanated from but it was funny any way. It all comes from this fake bloggers who compile fake stuff and publishe them online and they look so real.

What are those qualities you look out for in a man?

Physical fitness first and above every other thing; I love abs, I love a guy that works out; I love a flat tummy.

There’s this talk about a lesbian clique running Nollywood. Have they reached out to you? Have you heard about them?

No.

Recently, you were linked with porn actress, Afrocandy. In fact, she offered you a role in her yet-to-be-shot porn movie. Did you accept?

I’ve not met her but I think she’s a cool babe. I like her guts and Maheeda’s guts as well; they’re doing their own thing. If one way does not work, the other should; they’re paying their dues.

What about the porn movie role?

I can act in a porn movie but I can never go nude myself. If I have to act with somebody and they use a body double to do the acting, that’s fine. But as for me, I can never go nude. If you insist that I must act nude then you have to use a body double. They’ve done it before. That was when I was dancing for Obesere. They superimposed a dog on me and said I was having sex with the dog. And before I knew it everybody was calling me a porn actor! That picture was photo shopped. I can remember a guy called me up and said he had a picture of me having sex with a dog and I told him to go to hell; he wanted to blackmail me, and then he published the story and my family was embarrassed.

Those guys must have been mean. Have you forgiven them?

Yes, I don’t have time for that. I always forgive and forget; that’s why I am a happy person.

So, when are you getting married?

When I see the right man I will get married. People have this impression that you’re hot between the sheets. How true is that? I don’t know (blushes). I’m very good though; I believe I’m very good. Do you want to find out? (Giggles).

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done sexually?

I’m extremely adventurous believe me… when you’re adventurous you go with the flow and take over whatever happens; you don’t have a mind set of what you want to do; you just flow. What’s been your greatest sexual experience? If I tell, you wouldn’t believe it.

Are you not scared that the image you project may hamper your chances of getting married someday?

I’ve never lacked male attention; I’ve had my own fair share but I get scared easily because a lot of things about me might change when I get married. They will be like ‘stop this and stop that.’ Your life’s no longer yours and that scares me. When a guy’s coming after you and he’s saying ‘when we get married you’ll stop all this,’ I get scared. Once I hear that I get scared, I am extremely and fiercely independent.

Does that mean you can’t change?

I can never change and I have no apologies. I need someone who will polish me up in what I’m doing, not somebody who’ll change me. Change me to what? That sounds very unappealing.

Why don’t we see you much in movies these days?

The offers that I get are not paying enough, so I’d rather do other things that get me money.

Other things like what?

I work for myself. I get paid to go out and I have tenants that pay me rent; I’m a landlady.

Snoop Responds To 50 Cent Disses About His French Manicure (Instagram)


Snoop Responds To 50 Cent Disses About His French Manicure (Instagram)

And now…Fiddy being Fiddy.

The
other day 50 Cent went at Snoop for sporting a French tip manicure. The day
after that Snoop responded. These are their stories

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And now…Snoop responds.

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Girls go nak£d in Russia to protest against president Putin (See Photos)


Five topless activists from the women’s rights movement Femen protested at New York’s Times Square in their usual style against Russia’s military intervention into Ukraine on Thursday, March 6.

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The women striped off to the waist, baring their breasts to show slogans and signs painted on their bodies, asking for tougher US and EU action against Moscow.
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
The topless protests chests were painted blue and yellow – colours of the Ukrainian national flag – with words “F**k Putin”.
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
The activists tore apart a Russian flag and raise banners slamming Putin’s “occupation” of Crimea asking for US and EU immediate sanctions, “US-EU, stop talking start acting”.
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
Inna Shevchenko, a leader of the women’s movement FEMEN said that the protest was in support of the Ukrainian people, in support of the Ukrainian revolution against Putin, against Russian occupation.
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
According to Shevchencko, Putin is scared of one thing – of the people’s power. He’s not scared of the US or EU. He’s playing games.
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
That is why the activists called on the USA and EU to impose sanctions “much more serious than just restrictions of visas” and freezing of assets of officials.
PHOTOS: Topless Female Protesters Bare Breasts Against Putin in USA
Also several Femen activists were arrested on Thursday while shouting “Stop Putin’s War” in Crimea’s capital Simferopol after carrying out topless protest against Russia’s incursion into Ukraine in front of the regional parliament.

Two People Listed as Passengers on Missing Plane Weren’t Aboard, Said Passports Were Stolen


Two individuals who were on the passenger manifest for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane were not on board the plane. An Italian and an Austrian were both listed as being on the plane, but they confirmed separately to officials that their passports were stolenover a year ago, and coincidentally, both passports were reported as stolen in Thailand.

And because of this oversight, U.S. officials are now concerned that the B777 might have gone missing due to terrorism, though they’re not saying anything definitive yet.

“We are aware of the reporting on the two stolen passports,” one senior official said. “We have not determined a nexus to terrorism yet, although it’s still very early, and that’s by no means definitive.”

The most recent development thus far is that Vietnamese air force planes spotted two big oil slicks around the area where the plane reportedly went missing.

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Foluke Daramola says her husband can marry another wife if he wants to


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In an interview with Vanguard, today, actress Foluke Daramola said her husband of just one year can marry another wife if he so wishes…
Speaking about her husband’s former wife, who he left to marry her, Foluke said:
“It’s not something I want to discuss, because my husband has told me sternly not to discuss his former marriage on the pages of newspapers. He’s capable of marrying more than one wife if he so wishes, so, I don’t see how or why he has to chase his wife out for me. Besides, did he chase her or she left of her own volition? or then, should I say the person my ex hubby is married to chased me out of my former home as well? Well, I decided to walk out of my former matrimonial home for personal reasons.

Sultan Laments Killing Of Innocent Citizens, Tasks Jonathan On Ending Insurgency


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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Saturday appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan, to use everything in his powers to bring an end to mass killings in the Northeast.

The Sultan, who made the remark Saturday, when Jonathan paid him a courtesy call in his palace in Sokoto also noted with sadness, the wanton killings in Northeast, especially the gruesome murder of secondary school students in Yobe state, describing it as worrisome and sheer madness.

“Human life is sacred. I always express sadness over the insurgency in North East and the most worrisome of it is the killing of innocent school children in Yobe.

“This is the height of madness of the insurgency and the killing must be stopped immediately’’, the Sultan said.

The Sultan underscored the need for the President to endeavour to bring all leaders of ethnic nationalities, religious leaders and leaders of political parties to devise ways to tackle this insurgence.

He also expressed worry over threats emanating from various groups and called on the President to ensure a level playing field to all participants ahead of the 2015 elections.

“There should be atmosphere conducive for elections and there must be justice in whatever we do’’, he said.

UDUTH CMD Pleads With Doctors To Call Off Strike


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The Chief Medical Director of the Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Dr. Yakub Ahmed, Saturday appealed to the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), to shelve strike action, saying the Minister of Health did not mandate the management of UDUTH to implement skipping policy for medical and dental staff of the hospital.

He also said the management of the hospital lacked the required N644 million to implement skipping policy for 188 medical and dental workers as well as settle other payments for consultants and other staff for this year.

It would be recalled that the state Chairman of NMA, Dr. Abubakar Panti, told journalists on Friday, that the Association was compelled to resume strike, following the inability of the management of UDUTH to reverse its discriminatory treatment meted out to doctors in its employ by not implementing the directives of the Head of Service of the Federation and Minister of Health on December 19, 2013 to implement Skipping for medical and dental officers. [Thisday]

Boko Haram’s ‘Human Butcher’ Captured


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Nigerian security forces operating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Friday captured suspected terrorists, including one described as “Boko Haram’s lead specialist in human butchery” as they continue their offensive against the insurgents along Nigeria’s border with Chad.

A dusk attack by the terrorists in their bid to overrun markets in communities in the outskirts of Monguno and NNPC at New Marte, Borno State along the border with Chad, was also repelled by the MNJTF.

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade who disclosed the capture of the “human butcher’ in a statement yesterday added that over 50 assorted brands of grenades and 11 AK 47 rifles were recovered from the fleeing terrorists.

He revealed that cordon and search operations are ongoing at the general area while heightened patrols are continuing.

Meanwhile, he said, interrogation of captured terrorists from various locations had been yielding useful information as to their mode of operations. “Among those in custody is a lead specialist in butchering human beings who insists he does not use firearms but daggers and cutlasses for his assignment”, he said.

In the same vein, Olukolade said that troops on stop and search patrol yesterday afternoon in Maiduguri arrested a man suspected to be a terrorist with an unprimed Improvised Explosive Device (IED), who was undergoing further interrogation as at the time of reporting.

The Defence Spokesman further revealed that more assaults and encounters are continuing in other identified locations as intelligence sources confirm the routes being used by the fleeing terrorists.

“Troops have been directed to sustain aggressive patrols in certain areas where terrorists’ actions are anticipated,” he added.

Fire Guts PHCN Control Centre In Osogbo


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A section of the National Control Centre of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Osogbo which provides electricity for Osun, Oyo, Kwara and Ekiti States was Friday day gutted in an early morning inferno.

The fire which started at about 2.00am could not be put off until 9.00am, throwing residents of the area into pandemonium.

It was learnt that some residents of the area moved to other parts of the town in the midnight when all efforts to put the fire out could not yield positive results.

Sources familiar with the situation said the fire was as a result of technical hitch at the centre.

The state Deputy Governor, Mrs Grace Tomori who visited the scene of the incident at 3.30 am allayed the fear of the people of the state that the incident was caused by members of the Boko Haram sect, saying that the state government would investigate the cause of the ugly incident.

It was gathered that it took the combined efforts of the officers of the State Fire Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp and the Nigerian Army before the fire could be put out.

Properties worth millions of naira were lost in the inferno which lasted for several hours.

Most parts of the state had since been thrown into darkness, with the situation expected to persist until necessary repairs are made or the damaged items replaced by the PHCN.

Over 37 Immigration Officers Killed By Boko Haram


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Over 37 officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), have been killed by the outlawed Boko Haram Islamic Sect, according to David Parradang, Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI).

He disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists at the Service Headquarters, Sauka, Air Port Road, Abuja.

Apart from the 37 killed, Parradang said several others have been injured.

“We have about 37 Immigration Officers that died as a result of Boko Haram attacks. A lot of them have sustained serious injuries, some were burnt, and with spinal cord broken,” he said.

Speaking further, the Immigration boss said that they have stepped up border security in the wake of the upsurge in cross-border terror attacks into Nigeria, with over 1000 staff being trained for special patrol to fish out illegal aliens entering the country.

He assured that the NIS in collaboration with other security services were putting up practicable measures to ensure effective control of the porous borders that were constantly being exploited by the foreign elements of Boko Haram Islamic Sect to unleash mayhem in and out of the country.

Concerning the closure of Nigeria-Cameroon border, Parradang admitted that manning the large expanse of northern flank of the nation’s international boundary has been problematic with over 1,400 illegal routes.

In comparison, he said that Nigeria has a total of 84 Control Posts in a land border of over 4000 kilometers alone in the north, but that plans were being put in place to improve boarder control.

“We need to secure our borders. We have the desire, we are committed and determined to secure our borders. We know exactly what to do and we are set out in doing it…we have the resources in doing it.

“We need relevant technology to secure our boarder; the technology that are relevant to us and sustainable.

“We have designed a border patrol mechanism and training over 1000 staff dedicated purely on boarder patrolling”.

“I will like to say that we are very cooperative with all the security agencies in the fight against terrorism. Military has recognised that we have that mandate and respect the fact that we are well trained at identifying foreigners,” he noted.

Mu’azu To Aliyu: Ensure The Return Of Defected Govs Back To PDP


FROM LEFT: VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO; PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF PDP, SEN. ADAMU MUAZU, AT THE NORTH CENTRAL PDP ZONAL RALLY IN MINNA ON SATURDAY (8/3/14).

FROM LEFT: VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO; PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF PDP, SEN. ADAMU MUAZU, AT THE NORTH CENTRAL PDP ZONAL RALLY IN MINNA ON SATURDAY (8/3/14).

The national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu on Saturday once more pleaded with five former governors of the party, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to come back to the ruling party, which he called “home”.

He made the appeal during the North-Central solidarity and unity rally of the ruling party in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Pleading with the former governors and their supporters, the PDP chairman said, “We are willing to welcome them back home and I can assure them that they will be treated equally. Please come back home”.

Mu’azu also directed Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum and Niger State governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, who was the self-styled leader of the “rebel governors”, to do everything possible to ensure that all the five governors that defected to the opposition party return back to the ruling party.

According to the Chairman, “if the Niger state governor as the leader of the G7 and Jigawa State governor can remain in the party, I call on Gov. Aliyu to ensure the return of the other five PDP governors who went to APC.

“Gov. Aliyu saw the light at the end of the tunnel and stayed, your job has not finished, go back and make sure your people (G5) see the light and get them to come back home to PDP”, Mu’azu directed.

He said the party is now better re-positioned to meet the yearning and aspirations of the electorates and commended them for voting the party to power since 1999, even as he promised citizens to expect what he described as more goodies from PDP.

President Goodluck Jonathan in his address, described the ruling PDP as the only stable and democratic political party in the continent of Africa.

Jonathan said that since inception, the party has remained constant and focused in the delivery of its mandate to the people of the country.

He added that the party’s consistency has made it popular not only in the country but beyond the shores of the country and the continent.

According to Jonathan, “Since inception PDP has remained the same. We have not changed our name, we have not changed our slogan, we have not changed our logo, we have not changed our colour. We have remained stable. In fact we are the most stable and democratic party in Nigeria and in Africa”.

Though Jonathan and Gov. Aliyu claimed that the event was not a 2015 election campaign rally, it was gathered that speaker after speaker took turns to assure the president of their support towards his victory at the polls.

Party chieftains from North Central, comprising Kogi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, led by Senate President David Mark and the party’s national vice chairman, Yusuf Ayetogun assured Jonathan of victory at the polls come 2015.

20 Tiv Farmers Killed In Fresh Benue Attacks As Suswam Attends PDP Rally In Minna


fulani-herdsmen[1]No fewer than 20 Tiv farmers were killed yesterday in the latest onslaught by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Ayilamo, Tombo ward, Gaambe Tiev, home town of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State.

All the settlements are in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

Ayilamo, a settlement of over 400 people on the Abinsi/Wukari Highway, was razed by the rampaging attackers.

The hoodlums had, earlier on Thursday attacked Tombo ward, setting ablaze Tse Dzungwe.

The attack also spread to Tse Akpam, Adzege, Uzer and Tse Gbeleve settlements the following day and and yesterday.

Governor Suswam was busy attending the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, North-Central solidarity and unity rally in Minna, Niger State, when the marauders struck.

Information Nigeria recalls that the governor had last month pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene in the frequent Tiv-Fulani herdsmen clash in his state, which he noted that if not nipped in the bud, could become a terrible monster just like the Boko Haram scourge.

It was learnt that residents of Ayilamo, who apparently acted on a tip-off, escaped the impending attack such that when the herdsmen came, they had a free reign as there was nobody to put up a fight.

Houses belonging to prominent persons including Special Adviser on Special Duties to Suswam, Joseph Tsavsar; PDP Organizing Secretary, Moses Audu; a Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service, Shiaondo Alaaga and a correspondent of The Nation, Uja Emmanuel, at Ayilamo were torched.

It was learnt that the police in Ayilamo had also fled four days before the town was over-run yesterday by the invaders.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Daniel Ezeala, a DSP, confirmed the incident and said security operatives are on top of the situation.