Woman Tested For Ebola In Scotland


A woman who fell ill at an immigration facility centre in Scotland is being tested for the Ebola virus, health officials said Friday.

It is thought to be “highly unlikely” that the woman, who British media reported is from Sierra Leone, would test positive, a Lanarkshire health authority spokesman said.

The woman was being held at the Dungavel House south of Glasgow, which is used to house asylum seekers before they are deported from Britain. The facility has a capacity of up to 200 people.

“We are currently investigating a possible case” of Ebola, the spokesman said.

“This is a precautionary measure and it would appear at this stage to be highly unlikely the patient will test positive for Ebola.”

The Ebola outbreak has so far claimed more than 1,000 lives in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

The medical charity MSF has said the outbreak is moving faster than aid organisations can handle while the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated. [AFP]

Germany Defender Mertesacker Retires from International Football


Per Mertesacker has called time on his ten-year journey with the Germany national team, which culminated with winning the World Cup trophy last month.

The Arsenal defender has told the Suddeutsche Zeitung that Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina at the Maracana Stadium, was the “end” of his international career.

The 29-year-old has shifted his attention to winning more silverware at Arsenal, after last season’s FA Cup glory.

Per Mertesacker Quits International Football.

Speaking about the two month he spent with ‘Die Nacionalmannschaft” in Brazil, Mertesacker added: “They were the eight best weeks of our lives.”

After coming through the U-20 and U-21 national team’s ranks, he made his senior debut in October 2004. The ex-Werder Bremen centre-back went on to score four goals in his 103 Germany caps.

He is the third member of Germany’s World Cup-winning team to retire from international duties, heading towards the same direction as captain Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose’s.

Colombian Midfielder Sanchez Joins Aston Villa


Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Carlos Sanchez from Elche for an undisclosed fee.

The attacking midfielder, 28, who impressed at the 2014 Fifa World Cup with Colombia, has penned a four-year deal at Villa Park, subject to international clearance.

“I’m delighted to be here. It was always my aim to play in this country and this league,” he said.

Sanchez spent six years at French Ligue 1 club Valenciennes before joining Elche in 2013.

Carlos Sanchez Vies for the Ball With Brazil's Hulk During their Quarter-Final Clash at the World Cup.

The man nicknamed ‘The Rock’ becomes manager Paul Lambert’s fifth signing in the close season, following the arrival of Joe Cole, Philipe Senderos, kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho.

“Carlos is a very experienced professional who played a prominent role in a Colombian team which captured everyone’s imagination at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil,” Lambert said.

“We’ve beaten other teams to bring him here to Villa.”

Colombia lost to hosts Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Villa kick off their league campaign at Stoke City on Saturday.

Moses to Link Up With Odemwingie On Loan at Stoke


Stoke City are set to beat off competitions from Premier League rivals to the signature of Chelsea winger Victor Moses.

According to Sky Sports News, Stoke are close to securing the services of the Nigeria international winger on a season-long loan.

Moses is set to undergo medical at the Britannia, where he will join forces with his compatriot Osaze Odemwingie.

Aston Villa are keen to hijack the ex-England U-21′s move to Stoke-on-Trent, as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho plans to settle the winger’s future before September 1st.

Victor Moses Has Scored 10 Times in 41 Appearances for Chelsea Since Joining from Wigan in August 2012.

Moses is yet to force his way into the Portuguese boss’ plans, since his return last summer. He spent last season on loan at Liverpool, starting just six Premier League games.

Mourinho is understood to be weighing up his choices about Moses whom he counts as a home grown player in the Premier League and Champions League. However, the Stamford Bridge boss intimated in his pre-Burnley match presser that the Nigerian is once more into the fray of a potential departure, after admitting the 23-year-old could be surplus to requirements on his preferred position.

“Victor’s best position is on the wings where we have many solutions. We have (Eden) Hazard, Willian, (Mohammed) Salah and (Andre) Schurrle but he (Moses) is English and at this moment we have one foreign player who has to leave.

“So until the end of the month, we have to make that decision and Victor is involved in this process. Maybe he stays or maybe he leaves. Because he is English, it is something we have to analyse as well.”

Mark Hughes is believed to have hit bottleneck in his summer-long pursuit of Liverpool’s Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi, 25, who impressed on-loan at the club last time out. His recent £6m bid for Norwich’s Nathan Redmond was rejected.

The Welshman has turned to Moses to secure the natural pace he wants on the forward line.

The ex-Crystal Palace winger joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012 from Wigan for £9m.

On completion of transfer formalities, he will be Stoke’s sixth summer signing, after Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley, Dionatan Teixeira and Bojan Krkic.

Moses featured for the Super Eagles at the 2014 World Cup and started against Iran and France, as the African champions lost 2-1 in the last 16 to the latter.

Surulere: See A Presidential Throwback Photo


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From very humble beginnings, he rose to become the leader of the most populous nation in the African continent.

What you see above is a photo from way back of the present President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria — Goodluck Jonathan.

Police Stop APC Rally To Celebrate Aregbesola’s Re-Election In Ondo


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The Ondo State Police Command yesterday stopped a rally organised to celebrate the re-election of Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The rally was organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo Central Senatorial District.

Excited party loyalists stormed the Arcade Ground in Adegbemile, Akure, the take-off point for the rally, around 7am, but battle-ready policemen, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Kunle Akinwale, ordered them to move the rally to the APC secretariat.

He said: “The command will not entertain any public procession, either political or whatever. You should confine yourself to your party secretariat”.

Akinwale said the directive was in light of the nation’s security challenge.

Addressing a crowd at the party’s secretariat, APC Vice-Chairman in the senatorial district, Prince Adegboyega Adedipe said: “We expected the disruption of the rally. We know we are dealing with adult minors, but people are determined to ensure a positive change, both in Ondo and at the centre in Abuja.

“We thank God for what happened in Osun State. That is why we are celebrating Aregbesola. We are a matured party and we know light will overcome darkness soon in Ondo State”.

The Chairman, Planning Committee for the rally, Otunba Olubunmi Alo, hailed members for turning out largely for the event.

Police spokesman, Wole Ogodo said the rally was halted to prevent a breach of the peace.

2015: Ekwueme, Anyim, Nnamani To Grace Pro Jonathan Rally In Awka


TANFormer Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, are some of the dignitaries expected to join a rally in support of President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election bid.

The rally, which is being organised by a pro Jonathan campaign group, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), is scheduled to kick off in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Saturday.

The group’s Director of Public Communications and Strategy, Dr. Udenta Udenta, who addressed a press briefing in Abuja yesterday, confirmed that the three prominent politicians had accepted to attend the rally.

Udenta added that the rally would be held in the six geopolitical zones, to be crowned with a grand finale in Abuja on September 30.

Udenta said: “The rally, scheduled to take place in the six geo- political zones of the country, will debut in the South-East at the popular Ekwueme Square, Akwa, Anambra State in a blaze of fun-fare.

“Important dignitaries expected at the Akwa rally include former Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former Senate Presidents Chief Adolphus Wabara, Senator Ken Nnamani and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim”.

According to Udenta, serving members of the National Assembly and political appointees from the South-East are also expected to attend the rally.

“At the rally, the people of the South-East zone, who are already overwhelmed by the unparalleled achievements of Mr. President in varied spheres of human endeavours, including massive social and physical infrastructure, human capital development, employment generation and appointments, would place a demand on Dr. Jonathan”, Udenta stated.

The rally is expected to move to Ibadan for the South-West edition on August 23, while that of the South-south zone will come up in Port Harcourt on August 30. The rally will then move to the remaining geopolitical zones at a weekly interval.

Boko Haram Was Created By Power Hungry Politicians, Says ACF Chieftain


boko haramA chieftain of Arewa Consultative Forum and delegate in the just concluded National Conference, AVM Mukhtar Mohammed (rtd), has attributed the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges bedeviling the nation to the actions of desperate politicians, who want to hold on to power in the country at all cost.

He stated this on Thursday during a conference of the Arewa Research & Development Project held in Kaduna.

According to Mohammed, the Boko Haram crisis festered so long because those who are at the helms of affairs lacked political will to tackle and nip the problem in the bud at inception but it has turn to “a monster which will consume even the creators themselves if care is not taken”, he warned.

He also added it was time for the North to think upright and go back to the region they received from their founding fathers in order to salvage it from numerous problems of insecurity and poverty.

“We have to come to our senses and know that our enemies thrive on our disunity and we can only stop them if we unite as a people for the benefit of our region and our country.

“The recent happening in the National Conference where some groups try to smuggle in a new constitution which would have upturned the political landscape of the country is an example. Those of us in the conference know that at no time have we mandated any group to draft any new constitution for the country.

“The leaders of the northern delegates at the confab rose up and mobilize the delegates who spoke in one voice and disassociate ourselves from the new drafted constitution. As I am talking to you, I just receive breaking news from the confab center that the leadership of the confab has seen reason and has treated the drafted constitution as rubbish.

“This shows that when we are united as a people, we can go a long way to fight for our right”, he said.

Presidency Faults Fashola On Rating Of Jonathan’s Administration


Doyin-OkupeThe Presidency on Thursday faulted the position of the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on his rating of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Fashola, at a lecture in Abuja to mark the 50th birthday celebration of former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipreye Sylva, on Thursday, had rated Jonathan’s performance below average in various critical sectors.

Fashola had described the present administration as ‘inactive’ in its first three years and in the fourth year, intends to distribute kerosene, rice and money to the electorate for the purpose of seeking their votes

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, described Fashola’s statement as “blatant and obvious lies, deliberate and skillful misinformation”.

Okuoe said: “Nothing can be further from the truth than this. We admit that Governor Fashola may have been too occupied in Lagos and that may have narrowed his vision or precluded him from appreciating lofty developments by this administration all over the country.

“The government of President Goodluck Jonathan has never lied about its achievements, programmes, commitments and even challenges within the Nigerian context.

“In the last three years, through the execution of its transformation agenda, this administration, contrary to the assertions of Governor Fashola, has made significant achievements in all sectors of the economy.

“We do not disparage any of our great erstwhile leaders, but what we say is that President Jonathan operating on the solid building blocks erected by them has carried developments in Nigeria to global acclaim”.

Ebola: FG Okays Experimental Drug Developed By Nigerian To Treat Patients As Another Nurse Dies


WORLD-NEWS-CONFERENCE-ON-EBOLA-IN-ABUJAAs the total number of deaths from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country rises to four, the Federal Government has disclosed that it is treating eight confirmed cases of persons infected with the virus disease with an experimental drug known as Nanosilver, which it said was declared fit for use by Nigerian scientists.

At a press briefing which had in attendance, the ministers of Information, Interior, Environment and Women Affairs, the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the experimental drug was confirmed fit for use and provided by Nigerian scientists for the treatment of the EVD patients in Lagos.

The Minister of Health, said that they “will follow all the medical research ethics code of Nigeria in administering the drug which includes the patient’s consent”.

Prof. Chukwu also used the opportunity to clarify media reports that 21 persons had been quarantined in Enugu, saying that “only six persons are quarantined in Enugu. Some people assume that merely seeing the lady from a distance will make them to contact the virus, that’s not true”.

He said that the Enugu Ebola case was as a result of one of the nurses who made primary contact with the late American-Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who though quarantined, travelled against the advice of the Incidence Management Committee to Enugu.

“The newly married woman went to visit her husband in Enugu. She did not infect anybody on her way to Enugu as she had not developed any symptoms. You cannot transmit Ebola if you don’t have the symptoms”, he said.

“One of the primary contacts to the Index case disobeyed the incident manager in Lagos and left for Enugu but when she developed symptoms, she immediately contacted a health facility”, said the minister, adding that though the husband of the newly wedded nurse does not have symptoms but because of the intimate relationship, he had to be quarantined also.

According the minister, the nurse and her husband were ferried back to Lagos in special ambulances while insisting that nobody has been confirmed to have Ebola in Enugu for now.

Prof. Chukwu also said that the 21 primary contacts of Mr. Sawyer had been released as they did not show any sign of Ebola after the maximum incubation period of 21 days.

He said currently, 11 persons had tested positive to Ebola, three had died; the Liberian, a nurse and a protocol officer of ECOWAS while 169 were under surveillance.

Chukwu said all of them were secondary contacts to the index case, the American-Liberian, Sawyerr.

‘Let me clarify issues on Ebola scare in some states. The disease is still only in Lagos. None of the contacts in Enugu have tested positive. They’re still under close watch. So all the cases are still confined within Lagos State.”

“The Abia case was a Steven Johnson syndrome, the lady reacted to some antimalarial drug she took and we tested and confirmed that it was not Ebola.

“The Imo corpse from abroad died of gastroenteritis, not Ebola; the Anambra case was not Ebola too and the Abuja case was a diabetic patient who also was HIV positive. It was not Ebola”, he said.

Chukwu continued: “the federal government has prohibited the repatriation of corpses from abroad to Nigeria. We have also prohibited the inter-state transportation of corpses without waiver from the government

“But if you feel differently, you can apply for a waiver accompanied with death certificate and if we are satisfied, we can give a waiver”.

He disclosed that the ministry had granted two waivers so far; two Nigerians who were brought in from India and Kenya.

Boko Haram: Soldiers Intercept 51 Youth Traveling Under The Cover Of Night From Borno To Abuja


ngr-troopsafpThe Nigerian military on Thursday said it had intercepted about 51 youth traveling from Maiduguri, Borno State, to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This was disclosed via an unsigned statement on its website.

According to the statement, the convoy was intercepted around 3 a.m. along Babale, Plateau State on Wednesday.

The youth, travelling in three 18-seater transit buses, were led by a woman, it said.

It added that officers of the Special Task Force were currently trying to unravel the motive of the mass movement of the youth in light of the current security challenges and their suspicious claims.

The statement disclosed that during interrogation, the youth claimed they were being conveyed to Abuja on the orders of a Borno State Government official to meet their relatives for assistance in an economic empowerment programme. It also said the youth had made contradictory statements regarding sponsorship of their mission to the nation’s capital.

The military, however, added that the said official was yet to respond to series of efforts to verify the claims, even as the issue was being investigated to ascertain the genuine mission of the youth.

Emir Of Kano Disowns Facebook, Twitter Accounts


emir-of-kano-sanusi-lamido-sanusiThe Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has distanced himself from any Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account opened and operated under his name.

The emir’s position was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Kano Emirate Council.

The statement, signed by the Dan Majen Kano, Munnir Sanusi, urged people to desist from posting statements on social media using the emir’s name.

The Dan Majen lamented that fraudsters open social media accounts in other to demean the person of the emir by posting provocative and misleading statements.

“Recently, the people operating the Facebook account announced to the public that the emir is issuing free Hajj seats to some four hundred Nigerians which is not coming from neither the emir nor the Kano emirates”, he said.

He also said a twitter handle in the name of the emir was frequently used to publish libelous statements in Mr. Sanusi’s name.

Osun Guber Poll: Marilyn Ogar Is A Great Embarrassment To DSS – APC


Lai-Mohammed2304The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of crass partisanship and unprofessional conduct over its actions and comments on the August 9, governorship election in Osun State.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC also said the spokesperson for the DSS, Ms Marilyn Ogar, should be given proper training and all the necessary exposure so she can speak with knowledge and facts, instead of making baseless and incautious statements.

“It is sad that a spokesperson for the DSS does not know that there is no offence called ‘loitering’ under Nigerian laws. For her to now go on national television to say the APC’s national publicity secretary was arrested for ‘loitering’ in Osogbo on the eve of the state’s governorship election is the height of ignorance and constitutes a great embarrassment to DSS.

“It is even worse that the so-called spokesperson, ever so glib, would make a joke out of such a faux pas by an agency that is supposed to be non-partisan and highly professionalized. How on earth will any human being not be disoriented when 15 hooded gunmen arrest him/her and point their weapons at his/her head as they did to me on that night in Osogbo?

“How can a spokesperson for such a sensitive government agency not understand that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for freedom of movement? On what basis is Ms Ogar questioning what the APC’s national publicity secretary was doing in Osun, when the same fellow has not questioned the presence of Musiliu Obanikoro, Chris Uba and the likes in the same state, or are those people from Osun State?

“Was it not publicly announced that the APC was moving its headquarters to Osun to give support to Governor Rauf Aregbesola? Why didn’t Ms Ogar question the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan or Vice President Namadi Sambo in Osun when they came too, if she was being fair? It is sad that Ms Ogar has turned herself to the spokesperson of the PDP by echoing what that party has said on the Osun election. This is unprofessional and irresponsible”, it said.

Amaechi, Wamakko To Nigerians: Vote Against Bad Governance, Poverty In 2015


Amaechi-AliyuGovernors Rotimi Ameachi and Aliyu Wamakko of Rivers and Sokoto States have called on Nigerians to vote wisely if they want to bid goodbye to poverty, insecurity and bad governance that have marred development in the country in the last four years.

The duo spoke separately in Rimawa town, Sokoto, Thursday at the inauguration of a modern agricultural skills acquisition centre constructed by Wamakko’s administration.

Wamakko said Nigerians should not only be clamoring for change but make it a reality through their votes.

The governors, who are of the All Progressives Congress, described the current leadership at the centre as weak, inefficient and has failed to deliver in all aspects.

According to them, the APC is ready to change the direction of Nigeria and Nigerians to a secure and better nation in the interest of the citizens.

In his remarks, Ameachi said there was need for a total departure from where Nigerians are now, adding that “the only treatment that can cure Nigerians of the Peoples Democratic Party is APC.

“If you remember your childhood days when you have headache, doctors prescribe APC for you and you don’t need any alternative today than APC to bring back the country to life”, he said.

Amaechi, who is chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, described Wamakko as a governor who dispassionately works with honesty and detests corruption to a fault.

Wamakko said APC as a party was built and focused for a better Nigeria, stating that “myself (sic) and Ameachi are like mind with similar ideas aimed at promoting and projecting the party in good light.

“APC is about Nigeria and not ourselves in the interest of transparency, accountability, good governance, food, lives and property security of Nigerians and affordable housing for all”, he stressed.

Nigerians Are Worse Off Today Than They Were Four Years Ago, Says Fashola


Raji-Fashola3-448x336Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State lashed out yesterday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government, saying it has failed Nigerians.

Fashola, who spoke while delivering the former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylvia’s birthday lecture in Abuja, said that Nigerians are worse off than they were four years ago before the present administration came into office.

In the lecture titled “The challenge of democratic governance”, the Lagos governor noted that the present administration continued to lie to Nigerians on many issues, including the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls and the alleged missing oil revenue funds from the Federation account.

According to him, the election of a university graduate as president has not helped to develop the country in the past three years.

He pointed out that All Progressives Congress (APC) states are performing better than the PDP-controlled states.

The governor, therefore, urged Nigerians to vote out the PDP in the 2015 election.

In the lecture, Fashola spoke on political parties, party ideology, people and members of the party, and leadership of government among other sub-topics.

He said: “Until recently, we all used to think that our national development was inhibited by the fact that we never had a university graduate as leader of any national government in an executive capacity.

“We now have two graduates, a zoologist and an architect, at the helm of our national affairs, and I think majority of Nigerians will tell you today that their lives are worse off today than they were four years ago”.

According to Fashola, there is more to leadership than university degree.

“There are needs for more attributes that you can’t find in a classroom or in a school”, he added

Fashola said he found it strange for the government to invite parents of the abducted Chibok girls to the Presidential Villa for commiseration, which he said was un-African.

“The event has been followed by other round of lies. The abduction of the girls have been enmeshed in lies.  They have also lied about the economy, within the same household, within the central bank and the federal ministry of finance, we had very clear difference, whether $48 billion or $20 billion.

“The ideas of the freedom to think, to sleep and to ask questions is too valuable for me to exchange for development under an autocratic or democratic government.

“If the only options left for me to choose were between freedom and development, I for one will rather surrender development than freedom. So, I worry when I hear some people say today that it is part of their achievement that they allow us to express ourselves. I think that is utter rubbish.

“I am really convinced beyond doubt that democracy can still deliver development”.

On political parties, he said: “If we must achieve development in democracy, the vehicle of politics, the political parties must first be developed as first class institutions. The first thing to seek is the idea behind governance and this is often contained in the programme of political parties”.

He said there is clear unmistakable difference between the APC and ruling PDP.

He said: “If you look at the level of progress and development in the states govern by the old and new opposition parties and government, there is a clear daylight in terms of development.

“For example, it is no coincidence that only two states, Lagos and Rivers, governed now by APC governors are executing rail projects on their own mass transit.

“The party in government has lied about when there will be stable electricity for 16 years. An APC state, Lagos has led the way, in showing what is possible. There is power initiative in Egbin, Akute, Lagos Island, Alausa, Ikeja and Lekki to be delivered later this year.

“The party in power decides to continue importing fuel with the attendant disruptions and monumental …, Lagos believes that in a partnership, it is possible, if you provide land, for Nigerians to produce enough petroleum products for consumption and still export within a four year period”.

He continued: “They have lied on security. The first thing they said was that those who are undermining security were in government. Now the story has changed, they say it is the opposition. This is not quite the same thing as bringing down the country because government can be removed by legitimate and constitutional means; that is the ballot box”.

Stressing that the manifestos of political parties across the globe change from elections to elections and need not be cast on stones, he said that there is misunderstanding between endorsement of a candidate and god-fatherism by the ruling party.

According to him, democracy is a participatory government where everyone have a say whether he or she voted or not.

Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Bello Masari, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai.

Others are former Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Audu Ogbe, Senator Olorunmibe Mamora, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni and Senator Chris Ngige.

JTF burns down pirates’ camp in Bayelsa


The Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta has disclosed that troops under its ‘Operation Grand Slam’ have set ablaze a pirates’ camp at Meibegbemo, near Lobia and Furopa communities in the creeks of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.

Armed youth, who occupied the camp, are said to be responsible for robbery attacks on vessels, passenger boats and ferries plying the Furopa channel, while their kidnapped victims were kept in the camp.

The JTF’s joint media co-ordinator, Lieutenant Colonel Mustapha Anka, pointed out in Yenagoa on Thursday that the hoodlums also extend their criminal activities to neighbouring communities of Azuzama and Ekeni in Ekeremor area of the state.

While informing that the criminals cash in on the difficult terrain in the region to perpetuate crimes in the waterways, Anka noted that the camp was set ablaze after it was dislodged by the anti illegal-bunkering squad of the security outfit, which recovered arms and ammunition from them.

According to him, the camp operators are believed to have perpetrated the recent kidnappings and attacks on the Bayelsa waterways, which culminated in the death of some of their victims.

His words: “During a shootout, miscreants escaped to the creeks with several gunshot wounds sustained during the exchange of fire. No arrest was made but caches of arms and ammunition were recovered.

“Other items include six fiber boats with 75hp bow-out engine mounted on them, seven pieces 65hp engine, 12 pieces of mattress, two generating sets, four smoke grenade and five cell phones with 15 sim cards belonging to different communication companies, were recovered.

Also recovered from the hoodlums are foodstuff, refrigerators, freezers and video camera with microphone belonging to African World Web Television presumed to belong to one of their victims.

Kwankwaso accuses presidency of plotting lifetime tenure for Jonathan


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Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has accused the presidency of plotting a lifetime tenure ambition for President Goodluck Jonathan.

The governor while speaking to newsmen in his office on Wednesday described plans to impose a new constitution on the country as a very dangerous development that could trigger serious catastrophe.

According to Kwankwaso, “From the information I have, backers of the new constitution are saying that those who are opposing the idea, who are mostly from the North are a minority, which is not correct. So, tomorrow, they will force it down the throats of Nigerians by all means and the next thing is to start a kangaroo referendum, cook up the figures like they did in Ekiti and force themselves on us. I don’t think that is good enough,” he said.

Speaking further, the governor said it was unfortunate that the presidency and its supporters were busy plotting ways of elongating the president’s tenure when ordinary Nigerians were languishing in poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.

Hear him, “Everyday, people are being killed and maimed, property are being destroyed and as we are sitting, the people of Borno are now living on hills, rocks and in forests while many of them are in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But we are not talking about them, what we are talking about here is how to extend the duration of Mr. President’s term to a lifetime presidency. I am sure that some parts of this country now have flags other than the green-white-green. This is terribly unfortunate,” he added.

“We want to make our position very clear to them and to the entire world that we believe just like they do that what is happening now is so dangerous not only to Nigeria but to our neighbours and I believe the consequences will cut across the continent. That is why we are appealing to the delegates whether from the North, South,
Christians, Muslims, Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and any other tribe to help this country by rejecting this new constitution, because it won’t help the country, its authors and anybody in the country,” he said.

“All people who love this country and clearly understand the situation we are in today, know the likely consequences of the new constitution which the Villa wants to use to start eight years from 2015”, he added.

“We a have seen some of the provisions in it, especially the issue of the seven-year single term which has resurfaced after it was kicked out like polio and Ebola by the National Assembly; the issue of 50 percent derivation, the scrapping of 774 local governments, the listing of 18 additional states and the limiting of the ministers to 18,” he said.

Peter Obi resigns as APGA BoT chairman, cites personal reasons


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Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has tendered his resignation letter as Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Chairman of the Party’s Board of Trustees, BoT.

In a resignation letter addressed to the National Secretary of the Party and submitted at the Party’s Abuja office on Friday, quoted Mr. Obi as saying that he was resigning as Leader and BoT Chairman; an appointment he got in January 2014. He was inaugurated by the National Executive Council of the Party. According to Obi, the appointment was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the party as stipulated by the constitution.

Former Governor Obi cited family and personal reasons, but did not give further details on why he resigned. He however wished the party well in her future endeavors while reiterating the fact that he remains an ordinary APGA member.

Widely acknowledged as the man who kept APGA alive over the past decades, Mr. Obi had recently been denied appointment as a Minister by President Goodluck Jonathan because he refused to defect from APGA to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When contacted, his Media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem confirmed the development. In his words: ” If you recall, my boss was nominated the Leader of the Party and the Chairman of her Board of Trustees in January. The nomination was yet to be ratified by a Convention of the Party, when he submitted his letter of resignation”

“Since the convention will take place next year, people have found it convenient to blame him for the woes of the Party on the reason that he had failed to intervene on matters affecting the party, not knowing that without ratification of his nomination, he had no platform under which to intervene. ”

Mr, Obienyem further said that his boss will remain an APGA member, and would continue to support the Party at all times.

Katsina Governor marries Musa Yaradua’s daughter


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Ibrahim Shehu Shema, the present governor of Katsina state, will today- August 15 tie the knot with Maryam Yar’Adua, the first daughter of former Nigerian president and elder sister to Nafisa who got married to the Bauchi state governor, Isa Yaguda in 2009.

The wedding ceremony is slated to take place at the new Usman Dan Fodio mosque this afternoon.

Recall that in 2009, The Bauchi state Governor, Isa Yuguda also got married to the late Musa Yar’adua daughter, Nafisa

Nigeria rise to 33rd in latest FIFA rankings


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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are now number 33 in the world, according to the latest FIFA rankings released today.

Other African nations also made significant rise, after 13 of the 23 international ‘A’ matches accounted for in the current edition, were 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games.

Such countries include Lesotho (105th, up 26 places), Malawi (106th, up 15 places), Sierra-Leone (50th, up 14 places), Benin (77th, up 14 places), Botswana (86th, up 13 places) and second round losers, Guinea-Bissau (123rd, up 13 places).

Germany still remain the top-ranked team in the world, followed by Argentina and Holland.

FIFA Rankings (Top Ten CAF Zone)

24 1 Algeria
25 2 Côte d’Ivoire
33 3 Nigeria
36 4 Ghana
38 5 Egypt
42 6 Tunisia
50 7 Sierra Leone
54 8 Cameroon
58 9 Burkina Faso
59 10 Senegal

FG orders indefinite suspension of Resident Doctors in Teaching Hospitals


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Resident Doctors in Nigerian Teaching Hospitals have been suspended by the Federal Government starting yesterday August 13th. According to a letter sent out by the Permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, the indefinite suspension is meant to help the Federal Govt ‘appraise the challenges facing the health sector’.

Girl reveals horrific injuries she suffered after assault by boyfriend


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A South African lady took to Twitter to reveal injuries she suffered after a brutal assault by her boyfriend. But why?

 

Primary school teacher defiles 10year old pupil [PHOTO]


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Adeniran Adebayo, (pictured above) a primary school teacher has been arrested and arranged in court by the Lagos state police command for defiling a primary 4 pupil inside the toilet of their private primary school located on Olateju Ilesanmi Street, Baruwa, Ipaja area of Lagos, Punch reports.
Testifying before a Lagos State Chief Magistrate Court in Ebutte Metta yesterday August 13th, the Investigating Police officer from the state Criminal Investigation Department Yaba said he interrogated the little girl three times in which she affirmed that her teacher, Mr Adeniran, who is married with two children, had lured her to the school toilet and forced himself into her and then threatened to flog her if she screamed. Continue…

The police officer investigating the case said;

“I interviewed the victim after the matter was brought to the SCID. She said on the fateful day, she was in school after the closing hours and was waiting for her younger brother, who attended the same school, so they could go back home together. While waiting, she decided to get busy with her assignments. She said it was while she was doing the assignment that the teacher came and said she should follow him. He then took her to a toilet within the school premises and threatened to cane her if she screamed, unzipped himself, undressed the pupil and made love to her. The girl said she was crying while this was on. It was a female teacher, who was passing by that heard her cry. The female teacher came closer to have a better look and immediately the suspect saw her, he quickly zipped up. The pupil said the female teacher told him that being a teacher, he should never have taken advantage of the girl.”

The accused, Mr Adeniran, while narrating what happened to the Chief Magistrate, denied the claims, saying he never defiled the girl

“I am the health teacher of the school. I married five years ago, and have two sons. There are six male teachers in the school. On that day, I didn’t call the girl. I only stood at the gate and asked her and her brother to go home. That was all. I was surprised that after four days, they came to my office and arrested me. The toilet in question has never even been used by anybody.” he said

The Chief Magistrate, O.O. Olatunji, was however not satisfied by his own account, stating that children between the ages of 6-11 never tell lies

“Kids hardly lie, especially when they are between the ages of six to 11. And that’s why I find it hard to believe the account of the defendant. People like you should not be in the society. If like you said there were six male teachers in your school, why did she decide to pick only you? It’s such a big shame,” the Chief magistrate said

The police prosecutor advised the court to remand the accused in prison but he was granted bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum. The judge ordered Adeniran should be remanded in Prison until the bail conditions have been fulfilled. The case was adjourned till October 15th.

Aliko Dangote donates N150million to fight Ebola in Nigeria


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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has donated N150million to help in the fight of the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Foundation, Mrs Adhiambo Odaga announced this at a media briefing at the Ministry of Health, Abuja on Monday. She said the money will be available for the establishment of an Ebola emergency operation centre in Lagos.

“After bilateral discussion with the honourable minister and his team, Dangote foundation has funded the establishment of the Ebola emergency operation in Lagos, that is being done through grant from the foundation of just a little over N150 million,” she said. Continue…

“The strategy that our chairman is deploying is the strategy to respond and to commend government for the effort, and to show that all Nigerians are concerned. We will continue to discuss with the ministry about what additional support can be offered.

“And we also have been approached by several parties who are interested in partnering with the government, and we would continue that discussion.”

Odaga relayed Dangote’s call to all Nigerians to join the federal government in the fight against Ebola, expressing optimism that the disease would be contained.

“The choice of the emergency operation centre as an investment for Dangote Foundation is based on the fact that is the critical platform through which the government is coordinating all that is happening to ensure that the crisis is contained,” she added.

FIFA reinstates Maigari as NFF president


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FIFA has overturned the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was impeached as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation.

This was communicated in a letter signed by Markus Kattner, who is FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General.

“The NFF Congress will exercise its sovereign power through the electoral process which shall be open to everybody and managed by the electoral committees elected by the Congress in their entirety,” the letter read.

“Furthermore, we advise you that President Maigari must preside over the NFF Congress on 26 August.”

Maigari was removed after eight member of the NFF executive board, signed a document on July 24

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan Becomes Highest Paid African Footballer


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He might not be the most famous African soccer star but stats show that he’s raking in the biggest bucks.

The Ghanaian Black-Stars striker Asamoah Gyan has surpassed Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure to become Africa’s highest paid sportsman as indicated by ESPN Magazine’s Money Issue salary survey project.

Gyan who moved from EPL’s Sunderland to UAE’s Al Ain in 2013 on loan – will make a whopping $16 million annually as profits from salaries, endorsements, and private businesses.

Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure comes in second place with a total earning of $322,000 a week and an expected aggregate of $15. 4 million per annum.

*Togo and Tottenham Hotspur star Emmanuel Adebayor, comes in third place with an aggregate earning of $13.3 million per annum.

*While three-time African Footballer of the Year superstar Samuel Eto’o earns approximately $13.337 million per annum.

Nigerian midfielder  John Mikel Obi didn’t make the list – but his modest £75,000 per week salary, fetches him an estimated £4,160,000 pay annually at Chelsea FC

Imo 2015: Ararume Sets Campaign Ball Rolling, Appoints Ogunewe Campaign Director


ifeanyi araraumeAhead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Imo State, one of the major contestants, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, has appointed Hon. Independence Ogunewe as his campaign director.

Ararume also appointed a former senatorial candidate and businessman, Chief Okey Ikoro, as the deputy director general, to ensure his victory at the 2015 general election.

Ararume, in a statement signed by his political adviser, Mr Chinedu Nwogwugwu and made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, said the appointment of Mr. Ogunewe had sent shock waves down the spine of other aspirants from Mbaise clan, which comprises three local governments.

Yero Denies Receiving Security Report Forewarning Him On Kaduna Twin Explosions


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Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State on Wednesday denied ever receiving intelligence report on the deadly twin bomb blasts that rocked the state in July.

Over 70 persons died as a result of the blasts while scores of others were wounded in the blasts which apparently targeted a former Head of State, who is also a national leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and a renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi.

Yero, who spoke through his Director-General, Media and Public Affairs, Ahmed Mayaki, in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, said he had no security report that gave him a forewarning on the twin blasts.

The governor insisted that media report that he had a security report before the blasts was false and aimed at bringing down his reputation as well as cause confusion in the state.

The statement read, “We are aware of an unfortunate and also erroneous report being circulated to media houses on a purported security report that forewarned the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, of the July 23 bombings that occurred in Kaduna metropolis.

“While we appreciate efforts being made by security agencies in maintaining law and order in the state, it is however sad that some persons within the services could peddle misinformation and deliberately spread falsehood to media platforms on the sad event.

“To put the records straight, we wish to state unequivocally that Governor Yero received no security report from the Department of State Security or any of the security agencies warning of an impending bombing in the state.

“As a leader committed to the security of lives and properties of the entire people of Kaduna State, Governor Yero will never treat such piece of information with levity and this has been demonstrated in his handling of sensitive issues since assuming office as governor.

“We therefore view the so called security report on the bombing as another plot by mischief makers not only to bring the person of Governor Yero to disrepute but also to throw Kaduna State into confusion.

“We challenge the so called ‘anonymous source’ of the report to provide proof, if any, of the purported letter written to the governor by the Director of Department of State Service in the state”.

EBOLA: Salt Water Kills Three In Bauchi State


At least three people have been reported to have died, while a pregnant woman also landed in hospital, as a result of excessive intake of salt for the prevention of Ebola Virus in Bauchi State.

According to Vanguard report, an old man in Misau local council and three other adults in Bigi , Gudum Sayawa, and Bayara village, suburbs in Bauchi, northern Nigeria, were the victims of the salt intake exercise.

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An unnamed source was quoted to have said that one of the deceased, Mr. Paul Bigi, 74, drank more than two cups of salted water and also rub some on his body after bathing with the salt water as advised by his children.

“Less than one hour after he took the salt water, Baba started deficating non-stop and he died in the morning around 7am,” the source said.

Also in Gumdum Sayawa, it was gathered that one John Ayuba made use of one bag of salt in one drum of water for bathing and one bag of salt in another drum of water for drinking due to large number of people living in his house.

A family source informed that Ayuba died of diarrhea and vomiting moments later.

Meanwhile, a health worker who did not want his name published, at the Bayara Specialist Hospital informed that a hypertensive patient drank three glasses of water filled with salt.

He said: “A hypertensive patient who drank three classes of salt water was brought by his relatives to our hospital. He did not survive the crisis as his blood level has exceeded the normal range”

In Gudum Sayawa, a pregnant woman, Mrs. Hanatu Kushi, was said to have a miscarriage after taking salt solution.

Mrs Kushi is said to be currently being treated at a private hospital in the area.

When contacted, the Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Sani Malami, denied reports of outbreak of Ebola in the state, saying the rumour was to create unnecessary panic.

He advised the citizens of the state to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases of severe fever to the nearest health facility, assuring that adequate measures have been put in place to treat infected persons.

 

The Ebola virus is believed to have killed no fewer than three people in Lagos since its outbreak in Nigeria in July via Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer.

According to Nigerian Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, 11 people have been confirmed to have contracted the deadly disease while more than hundred of others are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, says at least 1069 people have died of the virus since February this year.

Nigerians and citizens of Guinea, Sierre Leone and Liberia have been advised to wash their hands regularly and avoid contact with animals like monkey, bats, antelopes e.t.c to avoid contracting the Ebola virus.

2015: INEC denies changing timetable to suit presidency


The Independent National Electoral Commission, has denied changing the 2015 election timetable in favour of the Presidency.

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INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, made the denial yesterday in Enugu while speaking at a workshop on ” Effective Coverage of the 2015 General Elections” organised by the Nigerian Press Council for journalists from South East zone.

Jega who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Kayode Idowu, explained that contrary to allegations by some politicians, what the Commission did was simply to combine the national elections on one day , and the state elections on another day based on its conviction that Nigeria was not yet ripe to hold all elections on one day.

He said, “Let me restate here that the allegation by some partisans that the Commission changed the sequence of the 2015 elections when compared with 2011 , is simply untrue.

” In 2011, we had the National Assembly elections first, the Presidential election next, and the Governorship as well as State Assembly elections last. There have been calls from some quarters that Nigeria should hold all elections on one day but that is not possible now, so we decided to hold national elections on one day , and state elections on another day because of the daunting challenges of having all elections on a single day.”

INEC cautioned politicians against sensational comments capable of causing disaffection in the polity, while assuring that the 2015 polls would be more credible as the Commission had plugged all loop holes that cast credibility doubt in the previous exercises .

According to INEC, the timetable for the polls scheduled for February 14, 2015 ( Presidential and National Assembly); and February 28, 2015 ( Governorship and State Assembly) respectively will not be postponed.

The electoral body reaffirmed its earlier stance that nobody would be allowed to vote in the polls without ones Permanent Voter Card.

This, INEC said was to eliminate the potential abuses common with Temporary Voter Card, adding that the use of PVC in the just-concluded Osun governorship poll has proved it could totally eliminate electoral fraud especially multiple registration .

INEC , therefore advised eligible voters to get their PVC during the second phase of voter card distribution slated for August 15 to 17 in 12 states of Yobe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kwara, Anambra, Ebonyi, Ondo, Oyo, Delta and Cross River as well as Abuja.

Appreciating the vital role of the media in facilitating free, fair, and credible elections in any society, INEC appealed to journalists and media outfits to be alive to their traditional role of checking anti- democratic tendencies for the success of the 2015 polls.

INEC, however, express concern over what it called ” worrying tendencies ” of some media practitioners which it identified as : willful inaccuracy and misinformation , sensationalism, inadequate media space for marginalised groups, airing rather than preventing or moderating incitement and hate remarks, as well as partisanship due to proprietorial interests.

It also reminded media houses that ” any form of commercialization of political news is prohibited by section 5.2.12 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code 4th Edition , 2006.”

Ebola: Nigeria Withdraw Athletes from Youth Olympic Games


Nigeria “have resolved to pull out from the Youth Olympics” in China following the discriminatory treatment to her athletes.

Nigeria have pulled out of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, after Team Nigeria’s athletes were quarantined, isolated and barred from getting access to training along with other athletes of the world since arriving at the games village.

Games officials have yet to react to the country’s withdrawal, meanwhile, the discrimination and subsequent quarantine of the athletes is believed to be connected to the Ebola virus outbreak in some part of West Africa.

The decision to withdraw Nigeria’s contingent from the Games was taken after a meeting with Sports Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) president, Engr. Sani Ndanusa and the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye.

Nanjing 2014: Nigeria Pulls Its Athletes from Youth Olympic Games Following Ebola Discrimination.

In a statement on Wednesday the NSC chief, Elegbeleye, protested against the inhumane treatment meted out to the Nigerian athletes, which he termed as “discriminatory”.

The athletes and the officials have been directed to leave China and head back home.

The 2014 Youth Olympics is scheduled to hold between August 16 and 18.

Team Nigeria registered twelve athletes slated to participate in three sports: Athletics, Wrestling and Beach Volleyball.

The first edition of the Games- officially known as Summer Youth Games- was held in Singapore in 2010.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) established the Youth Games in July 2007, with the aim of helping to discover fledgling talents for grooming and further development for prospective Olympic Games.

Ebola Drug Made By Nigerian To Benefit 8 Infected Persons


Eight out of the Nigerians infected with the deadly Ebola disease will benefit from an experimental treatment in Lagos, Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has announced.

Chukwu, who made the announcement, today at a world press conference in Abuja, said a Nigerian scientist has offered Nigeria the drug, ‘NanoSilver’, for testing on those infected with the virus, following the approval by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that experimental treatments are ethical in the case of a pandemic.

“A Nigerian scientist has offered Nigeria an experimental drug, hopefully today, that will reach the treatment centre,” Chukwu said.

Although the health minister declined mentioning the name of the scientist, he assured that the health ministry will ensure that the drug is applied in line with international best practice.

The US had earlier sent experimental drug ZMapp to Liberia after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf requested for the drug. Canada has also promised to donated 1,000 vaccines to the affected countries.

Speaking further, the minister dismissed reports that Eboa has entered Enugu.He said no case of the disease was confirmed in the eastern state.

“A nurse who treated the late Patrick Sawyer disobeyed the Incident Management Committee and traveled to Enugu to visit her husband and was later identified with the symptom. But no one has been infected with the virus in the state apart from Lagos.

“As at today’s morning, we have only six contacts in Enugu who are under surveillance.”

Jonathan fires all resident doctors


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President Goodluck Jonathan has fired all the resident doctors in Nigerian hospitals.
This was contained in a directive by His Excellency to the Federal Ministry of Health to suspend all residency training programme for Nigerian doctors.

The directive was stated in an internal memo dated August 13 and signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, L.N. Awute, to federal hospitals.

Awute said the sack came following an appraisal of the challenges currently facing the health sector.

“Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR has suspended the Residency Training Programme for Doctors in Nigeria indefinitely for the purposes of appraising the challenges facing the health sector”. Mr. Awute said.

The development is not unconnected with the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the country and insistence of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, to go on with their strike despite the national health challenge.

Enugu Deputy Governor slumps in court


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The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi has slumped in court.

He was rushed out of the court hall at about 11.38 am by his wife, Mrs. Nneka Ada Onyebuchi, his children and some of his aides present for medical attention.

The Deputy Governor had arrived the court in company of his lawyers Wednesday morning and began his evidence at 9.30 am but three hours five minutes later, he reportedly collapsed and his wife and others present rushed forward to rescue him.

One of the defence counsels, Mr. Peter Eze, said the Deputy Governor collapsed five minutes after the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo and the state Attorney General, Mr. Anthony Ani, SAN, came into the court.

Eze said that the Deputy Governor was immediately rushed to the hospital while the proceeding was stood down till 2pm.

Mrs. Nwobodo was accompanied to the court at about 11am by the State Attorney General in response to the summons served on her on Tuesday to appear before the panel.

Keshi tells NFF: “I deserve more than N10m monthly”


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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, has told the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), that he should be earning more than the N10m, which he is being offered in his new contract.

Emma Addo, who is Keshi’s spokesperson told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, that the Big Boss has received a bigger offer from an Angolan club.

“Keshi is bigger than N10 million,” he said. “He is not a 5 or 10 million naira coach. A club in Angola is ready to offer him $120,000 (N18 million) a month.”

Keshi’s legal adviser, Francis Koza, was also present at the media briefing and had in his possession, a copy of the new deal the NFF has proposed to Keshi.

“He can cut short his holiday. He is on alert to come but I can assure you he won’t be here on Friday until his contract I’m holding is agreed upon,” Koza added.

“It has to be a give and take arrangement, we would not sign any contract that does not take care of his interest,” Keshi’s spokesperson added.

Another man, who claims to be Keshi’s brother, said in another statement that the coach will not be intimidated into signing a contract extension with Nigeria.

“I want to stress that he (Keshi) will not be intimidated or blackmailed into accepting the contract as proposed by the federation.

“The federation has always been aware of the September 6th qualifying match; this is no excuse to rush our client into signing a contract that he (has) serious objections about certain parts.

“Statements portraying or capable of portraying our client as unreasonable must be avoided. “We hope both sides will be able to reach common grounds on the issues that our client has reservations about.”

Governor Yero never received intelligence report on Kaduna bombings – Spokesman


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Kaduna State Government has denied that it received intelligence report before suspected Boko Haram members hit the state on July 23.

This newspaper recalls that over 100 people were killed in the incident.

The first blast occurred around 12: 45 pm along the crowded Isa Kaita by Alkali Road Junction shortly after the closing of the annual Ramadan Tafsir by a renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi.

About 90 minutes after the first bomb went off, a second explosion ripped through the crowded Kawo area, targeting the motorcade of former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

An exclusive report by DailyPost on Tuesday, told of how the Department of State Security (DSS) allegedly wrote to the State governor, Muhktar Ramalan Yero on a plan by the Boko Haram sect to bomb the state.

“The DSS director had wrote to the governor and advised him to stop the annual closing ceremony of the Ramadan lecture from holding in view of the security threat”, he said.

Reacting on Wednesday, Ahmed Maiyaki, Director of media and publicity to Governor, in a statement faulted the publication.

Describing the report as “unfortunate and erroneous”, Maiyaki said while the state government appreciates efforts being made by security agencies in maintaining law and order, it regrets that some persons within the services could peddle misinformation and deliberately spread falsehood to media platforms on the sad event.

“To put the records straight, we wish to state unequivocally that Governor Yero received no security report from the Department of State Security (DSS) or any of the security agencies warning of an impending bombing in the State”, the statement said.

“As a leader committed to the security of lives and properties of the entire people of Kaduna State, Governor Yero will never treat such piece of information with levity and this has been demonstrated in his handling of sensitive issues since assuming office as Governor.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Yero maintains mutual collaborative efforts with all security agencies in the State and this is evident in the fact that for about twenty months of his administration, there was no single bomb blast in the State.

“We, therefore, view the so-called security report on the bombing as another plot by mischief makers not only to bring the person of Governor Yero to disrepute but also to throw Kaduna State into confusion.

“We challenge the so-called ‘anonymous source’ of the report to provide proof, if any, of the purported letter written to the Governor by the Director of Department of State Service in the State”.

The aide further advised media organizations to uphold the basic principle of journalism hinged on balance and factual reporting by demanding to see a copy of the letter and also seek clarifications from relevant authorities before rushing to the press.

“Governor Yero wishes to call on the entire people of Kaduna State to disregard the erroneous report and go about their lawful businesses without fear as the State Government is ever committed to protecting their wellbeing at all times”, concluded the statement.

Ebola: Fake Nigerian Prince dupes Australian man of $10,000


 

An Australian man, Andrew Sayer who resides in Melbourne is looking for his Nigerian friend, Oghenekohwo and fears he many have contracted the deadly Ebola virus.

He took to Twitter to state that he gave his supposed friend in Port Harcourt $10,000 and he is yet to reply his e-mails.

The conversation on social media is that the man has been duped but thinks his “friend” is down with the deadly virus.

He tweeted “I think my friend in Nigeria may have Ebola. After I sent him that $10k, he hasn’t been returning my emails. I hope he is okay. I think. I’m going to give it a few more days and then see if he responds. Western Union can’t help either. Can anyone help me find Oghenekohwo, he lives in Port Harcourt?”

Patient with Ebola symptoms causes panic at Orile-Agege General Hospital


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Pandemonium ensued at the Orile-Agege General Hospital, Agege area of Lagos, on Tuesday when a patient of dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, was rushed to the hospital.

According to reports, the patient was bleeding all over his body and health workers including nurses, doctors and other patients in the hospital fled from him.

A health official, who craved anonymity, told journalists that authorities of the Orile-Agege General Hospital informed the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital about the patient, saying they do not have the wherewithal to handle the case.

It was learnt that the Ifako-Ijaiye General Hospital declined and called the State Ministry of Health officials who ordered that nobody should touch the patient as government was coming to pick him up.

Officials of the Lagos State Government have since picked up the patient for proper care.

BREAKING: Jonathan appoints Kifasi as new Head of Service


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President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed Danladi Kifasi, the new Head of Service of the Federation to replace Bukar Goni Aji, who is due for retirement on Monday.

Kifasi was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources until this appointment.

A tweet by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Wednesday, revealed this.

According to the tweet; “President Jonathan appoints Mr Danladi Irmiya Kifasi new Head of Service of the Federation as Mallam Bukar Goni Aji retires”.

Adamawa guber election: Tukur’s son denies stepping down for Ribadu


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A leading aspirant for the Adamawa State re-run election, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Awwal Dahiru Tukur, has debunked media reports that he has stepped down for Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Yola, Tukur said he was never under pressure from any quarters to step down for Ribadu nor any time contemplated leaving the governorship race because of the perceived plan by the former Chairman of EFCC to join the PDP.

Although, he explained that Ribadu was his elder brother, whom he held in high esteem, Tukur said the former police officer is a chieftain of APC while he is of the PDP.

“When I saw a story published in the media ,claiming that I have stepped down for Nuhu due to the meeting we had in Abuja, I was surprised . The story is unfounded. I have not withdrawn and I am planning to declare my intention to contest for the party’s primary in the upcoming bye election.”

Tukur further declared that PDP would not allow any imposition of candidate in the bye election, saying that the door of the party was open for any interested candidate who wants to join the fold in line with the party constitution.
“Adamawa of today is not that of yesterday. Our patience should not be taken for granted and my prayer is that issue of imposition should not arise,” he added.

Breaking News: Port Harcourt LGA Chairman slumps, dies


Tragedy this morning struck in the Rivers State capital Port Harcourt following the sudden death of the Chairman of Port Harcourt Local Government Area (PHALGA), Hon. Charles Paul Ejekwu.

“He died after attending a political meeting that lasted till this morning,” a reliable source in Port Harcourt told News Express. “He slumped and died shortly thereafter,” the source added.

News Express learnt that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is crestfallen by the sudden death of Hon. Ejekwu.

A source close to the governor said: “Everyone is mourning. The death has put on hold all activities in the Government House.”

•Photo shows late PHALGA Chairman, Hon. Charles Paul Ejekwu, and wife at a recent public event.

Source News Express

2015 ELECTION DATE


 

All political parties primary will start from October 2, 2014 and end on December 11, 2014.

Presidential and National Assembly Election Campaigns officially starts by November 16, 2014 while Governorship and State Assembly Election campaign starts on November 30, 2014.
The last day for submission of nomination forms by all political parties for Presidential and National Assembly Elections is January 6, 2015, while January 20, 2015 is for the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.

The list of Nominated candidates for Governorship and state houses of assembly will be published on January 17, 2015.
Publication of notice of the poll for all elections will be displayed on January 18, 2015.

The commission also slated November 4-11, 2014 as dates for collection of forms for all elections by political parties.
December 18, 2014 is the last day for submission of forms CF001 and CF002 at the INEC headquarters for Presidential and National Assembly elections, while December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day) is for the Governorship and State Assemblies.

INEC Nigeria.

We are not shaken by Omisore’s loss to APC – Ogun PDP


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Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged its members and supporters “not to be threatened” by the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the August 9 election, while PDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore came second.

In a statement issued yesterday by the state Chairman of the party, Bayo Dayo, the party said, “Notwithstanding the result, PDP in Ogun State remains strong and confident. No cause for alarm.”

The chairman, while urging members of the party to put the election behind them, added that “all wars and battles are not won by a careful and gallant warrior.”

“We urge our teeming members and supporters across the state not to allow the outcome of the election to dampen their enthusiasm but should re-energize us to return to the drawing board for strategic planning and clinical execution.”

“Ogun State is different from Osun State; so are the issues and personalities involved. It is therefore incumbent on us all to work together in order to translate our redemption mission into reality,” he added.

Dayo promised to provide a level-playing field for all aspirants, adding: “As earlier stated, any new member who requires a waiver will be given in our bid to provide the alternative needed by our people.”

The party chieftain urged aspirants for various elective positions in the state to come forward to obtain their forms of intent at the party’s secretariat

Amaechi accuses Wike of massive corruption


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Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has accused the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike of involving in massive corruption during his tenure as Chief of Staff, Government House Port Harcourt.

Amaechi disclosed that Wike deliberately diverted funds meant to build 14 model primary schools in Obio-Akpor Local Government area.

The Governor made the disclosure during his tour of Obio-Akpor Local Government area.

He noted that he was betrayed by Wike’s excessive love for money and power, adding that Wike also tried to frustrate the effort of appointing another Obio-Akpor man, Tony Okocha to replace him as Chief of Staff.

“When I became Governor I appointed an Obio Akpor son as my Chief of staff. That was one of the offences I committed; choosing Nyesom Wike as my Chief of staff. I wonder if that man is truly an Obio-Apkor son by refusing another Obio-Akpor man from being Chief of staff. It is greed.

“Again, another problem you people have here is stealing. Those who steal Government money. I challenge them to a debate on stealing.

“As Governor of Rivers state, I called my Chief of Staff and gave him 14 schools to give to Obio-Apkor people. Did he give it to you” , the people screamed, “No”.

Amaechi also wondered why Wike who is a top official at the Federal Ministry of Education has refused to attract building of schools in some parts of his area, Obio-Akpor.

“Our brother is the Minister for Education. By now, we should have had more schools in Elelenwo (a community in Obio-Apkor). This is somebody I helped to bring up. Anyone who can betray his brother can kill his mother”, Amaechi said.

Meanwhile, a number of youth supposedly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP staged a protest at Rumuomasi in a bid to stop Amaechi’s reception in the area.

The protesters led by the Coordinator of the Grassroot Development Initiative, GDI in Obio-Akpor, Collins Onuwo said Amaechi has failed in the area for refusing to appoint Justice Daisy Okocha as the Chief Judge of Rivers state Judiciary.

This newspaper (Dailypost) reports that the protest which was almost causing chaos was doused by security operatives.

The tour continues with the Governor’s visit to 13 other wards in Obio- Akpor Local government area

7-Year-Old Boy Poses With Severed Head In Syria


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In what may be one of the most shocking photos passed around on social media, a 7-year-old Australian boy is seen holding up a severed head in Syria.

“That’s my boy,” reads the caption reportedly posted by Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist who fled Australia to join the Islamic State militants waging war in Syria and Iraq.

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the photo on Tuesday.

“This image, perhaps even an iconic photograph… really one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed,” Kerry said after a security meeting in Sydney, in remarks quoted by The Associated Press.

“Of a 7-year-old child holding a severed head up with pride and with the support and encouragement of a parent, with brothers there,” Kerry said. “That child should be in school, that child should be out learning about a future, that child should be playing with other kids, not holding a severed head and out in the field of combat.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, also in Australia, commented on the photo on Monday.

“ISIL is a threat to the civilized world, certainly to the United States, to our interests, as it is to Europe, it is to Australia,” Hagel said, according to the Daily Telegraph. “I think reflected on the local newspaper I saw this morning, with the picture on the front page, it’s pretty graphic evidence of the real threat that ISIL represents.”

ISIL is another abbreviation used for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also condemned the image.

“There are more photographs in newspapers in Australia today of the kind of hideous atrocities that this group is capable of,” Abbott told ABC Radio, according to The Australian. “(The) Islamic State — as they’re now calling themselves — it’s not just a terrorist group, it’s a terrorist army and they’re seeking not just a terrorist enclave but effectively a terrorist state, a terrorist nation.”

Sharrouf was convicted in Australia on terror-related charges in connection with a 2005 plot and sentenced to five years in prison, the Washington Post reported. Once released, he was forbidden from leaving the country. However, last year, he used his brother’s passport to flee, Stuff.co.nz said.

And it appears he’s taken his family with him.

Another recent image Sharrouf sent out via social media shows him with three children believed to be his, all in fatigues and holding weapons.

Emir Of Gwoza Escapes From Abductors


The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Idrissa Timta, who was abducted a week after his town was attacked and captured by Boko Haram insurgents has resurfaced after escaping from his abductors.

The emir, it was learnt, was held hostage at one of the mountains of the hilly Gwoza by the insurgents with some of his subjects.

The emir was said to have escaped captivity with some of his subjects on Sunday night due to heavy rainfall which allowed for relaxed watch from their abductors.

According to sources, the emir and one of his district heads also held captive were able to escape with others to Madagali in Adamawa state.

The source revealed that the emir will be taking a trip to Yola where he will board a flight to Abuja. In Abuja, he will be expected to undergo medical checkup.

It would be recalled that the emir was enthroned about three months ago when his father, his predecessor was killed by insurgents in a highway raid. [Thisday]

Jonathan Seeks Co-operation Among West African Countries Over Ebola Epidemic


President Goodluck Jonathan has called for strategic collaboration among West African countries to control and contain the Ebola Virus, with a view to checking its spread and further threat to human lives.

The president made the call on Tuesday, when he received the new Ambassador of Guinea to Nigeria, Mr. Gaoussou Toure, who presented his letters of credence to the president at the Presidential Villa.

Jonathan commended the containment measures so far taken by West African countries that have been affected by the disease.

“A problem that affects one of us affects all. We may need to come together as a region to strengthen our containment measures. I am however pleased that serious measures are being taken to control the spread of the disease,” Jonathan said.

Boko Haram: DHQ Warns Women Not To Meddle In Soldier Deployment


The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has urged women, especially the wives of the military personnel posted to the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri not to meddle with deployment of troops in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists.

In a statement on the DHQ website, the womwn were assured of the Army’s sensitivity to the needs of the family members of soldiers.

“The tension raised following the activities of a group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri earlier today has been addressed. The situation had attracted media attention and elicited a lot of concern from well meaning Nigerians.Although the Situation was quickly brought under control, the issues being raised by the women were clarified to them by the authorities of the 7 Division. It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.

“Furthermore, it was made clear that while the Army remains sensitive to the needs of the family members, it was not normal or proper for any Officer or Soldier to decide where he or she be deployed, neither will such demand be encouraged from spouses in a period of serious operation when the entire nation was depending on the Army to address the security challenges.

“They were however assured that no Officer, Soldier or unit would be tasked without the necessary means to accomplish their task. It was also stated that Troops were not being sent on operation without the necessary arms, ammunition and support as alleged. The recent operations at Bulanbulin and Damboa where terrorists were cleared without a single casualty on the troops was cited.

“The military authorities therefore reassure citizens that the situation has been brought under control, while appropriate action would be taken against any person found ti be involved in the heinous and cowardly acts or attempts to demoralise or discourage the troops by preventing them from obeying lawful orders and command in defence of the country,” the statement read.

We Were Offered N14m Bribe In Osun – DSS


The Department of State Service (DSS),Tuesday, has accused political parties of hunting the agency for rejecting the N14 million bribe offered to its officials in Osun State ahead of the state governorship election last Saturday.

DSS therefore appealed to politicians to desist from habit of dragging security forces into political matter.

Spokesperson for the Department of State Services (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, who stated this during the routine security briefing at the National Briefing Centre, in Abuja said the service could not be induced with money.

“The director that was in charge of election duty for the DSS was asked to come and collect N4 million for himself and N10 million for the men. Because the money was declined, that is the offence that the DSS has committed.

“The rejection of the money is bringing up a lot of misunderstanding between political parties and the DSS, it is unfortunate. I want to tell you, there is a big man occupying a very sensitive position in Osun State, the man should thank his God that it is not the DSS that arrested him with the huge sum of money he was found with.”

Maintaining that agency cannot be induced with money, Ogar said, “We are well paid. I will say it categorically, our operations are well funded, N14 million as against N200 million that was spent, which one will you go for. People should stop using money to entice security forces. The federal government and the people of Nigeria who have engaged us have the capability of taking care of us.”

According to her, if security forces were not fully on ground during the period of the election, the story about Osun State would have changed while reiterating that political parties should as much as possible leave security forces out of politics.

“We thank God that APC won the election in Osun State. There was no bomb blast because there was enough security presence on ground. The security forces that assisted in the election in Edo State were the same ones that went to Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun,” she said.

‘How I wish I were still a virgin at 39′ – talking drum queen Ara says


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Queen of talking drums, Ara, in a recent interview said if at all she has any regrets in her 39 years of living, it would be that she’s no longer a virgin. She however said she looks beyond the regret because she lost it while still married to her now estranged husband and the father of her son, Saliu Olalekan, whom she later found out was still legally married with kids after tying the knot with her at an elaborate wedding ceremony in June 2009.

‘How I wish I were still a virgin. Yeah, but it’s a good thing I have a beautiful son from my previous marriage” she told Encomium.

On the state of her divorce from the father of her son, Ara said;
‘It is not even a divorce. As at the time we got married, he was still legally married to another woman. I wasn’t aware. So automatically our marriage was annulled. We lived together for three years. I don’t have any regret because a beautiful child came out of it. If I say I have a regret, then my son will be a regret. I don’t have to regret it because of my son.” she said