Sesan Ogunro Keeps A Pet Tiger At Home


Some people like dogs, while others are cat people;  but it’s a rare occurrence to see people, Nigerians especially, keeping wild animals as house pets.

Ace Nigerian video director — Sesan Ogunro, who just lost his dad months back; has shown off his king-sized pet tiger.

The famous video director shared the photo on his Twitter page and called it his new pet.

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Ebube Nwagbo Reacts To Reports That She’s Moved In With KCee


There were several online reports days ago that sexy Nollywood actress — Ebube Nwagbo has moved in with former flame KCee.

To make matters worse, reports claim that even after he got married, she never left the scene resulting to his marriage crashing after 3 years.

In reply to the reports, this is what Ebube had to say – “I am in my house in the mainland. I didn’t move into Kcee’s house in Lekki. He is a married man. Let’s stop all these misleading stories.I am currently on set”.

Halima Abubakar, Joseph Benjamin And Dare Art Alade Pay Courtesy Visit To Kogi State Governor


Like I reported earlier days ago, the movie industry and music industry are getting more and more involved with the politics of the country for obvious reasons.

Another show of this, is when beautiful Nollywood actress — Halima Abubakar, Joseph Benjamin and Dare Art Alade pay Courtesy/non official visit to Kogi state Governor,recently.

The Kogi state gov — Idris Wada was all smiles as he was obviously impressed and contented by the stars coming over; evidently with the photo taken above

Niyola’s Fan Accuses Her Of Having Intimate Relations With Banky W

Banky W and Niyola

A war of words broke out between EME star — Niyola and a fan who accused her of having intimate relations with her label mate Banky W.

It all started when Niyola tweeted about the issue of virginity saying she ain’t one but she also isn’t a slut.

Read Tweets Below:

Niyola’s response:

The fan got upset and retweeted a tweet insulting Niyola that photoshop makes her look like Beyonce, while in person she looks like Whoopi Goldberg.

Niyola got fed up, I guess and replied with;

Comedian AY Releases New Promo Photos


Ace Nigerian comedian — AY, has released new photos for his fans to enjoy.

With experience, we know that new photos mean new show or gig on the way.

Here are some photos from the comedian’s recent photo-shoot to promote his annual AY Live Easter Sunday show.

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Pregnant Ethiopian Teenager Convicted by Court over ‘Gang-r*pe’


An Ethiopian teenager, who claimed she was gang-defiled in Sudan, had been
convicted of “indecent acts”.

The 18-year-old woman was three months pregnant at the time of the alleged attack.

She was apprehended after a video of her allegedly being sexually abused was circulated on the social media.

Three men admitted having s*x with the woman, while two of them confessed uploading the video on the Internet. The ‘defilers’ were reportedly sentenced to being whipped.

The trio shall get 100 lashes for adultery, while the two men sentenced to 40 lashes for distributing indecent material, according to women’s rights group Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA).

As concerns, the woman, she has been sentenced to a one-month jail term, but this was suspended because of her pregnancy.

According to the AFP news agency, she was also fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds (approx. N142,500).

The woman had also faced charges of adultery and prostitution, which could have led to a penalty of death by stoning.

She escaped death only because she convinced the court she was divorced, reports SIHA. Now the Ethiopian faces deportation.

The campaign group revealed the woman was house-hunting, when she was lured to an empty property and attacked in Omdurman, just across the River Nile from Khartoum.

The group’s regional director Hala Elkarib condemned the conviction, saying it would prevent women from reporting s*xual abuse.

Sudanese law is based on Sharia and women have been punished for wearing trousers or not covering their hair.

A CBN Governor Should Not Be So Talkative – Lawyer

A legal practitioner, Kenneth Odidika, while speaking on Sunrise, labelled the suspended governor a ‘talkative’ whose good diction and spoken English and “musical voice” is mere theatrics ‘from Hollywood.’

odidika-23895739“For a central bank governor to be in every forum, talking both about the economy and all things that are not related about the economy, that was unbecoming of Sanusi, as Central Bank Governor. I could go as far as saying that Sanusi was irresponsible in discharging or not discharging his responsibilities as central bank governor,” Odidika said.

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Nollywood Actress, Biola Ige Says Men Just Want To Get Between Her Legs


Nollywood Actress, Biola Ige, says she has realized that most men simply
want to have s*x with her and move on.

The Osun state born actress while speaking about her relationship status, she said, ‘I am not dating now. I have grown over the years and realised that most men want to just get in-between your legs.’

Biola who was reported to have suffered a terrible growth of her thyroid gland that affected her neck, tongue, complexion does not seem to be in a rush for relationship said, ‘I have chosen to be on my own and remain focused. If the right man comes and he is truly ready to date and not just to have fun, I will have a rethink.’

Speaking on her ideal man. ‘Is there even an ideal man really? If I say this person is my ideal man and the person does not like you, what will you do?’

RIVERS CRISIS: Governor Amaechi Is Afraid & Federal Govt Will Arrest Him After Jonathan’s Victory –Wike

The crisis rocking Rivers State took a new dimension on Friday when the supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, said that the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, would be arrested after the declaration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as President in 2015.




Wike explained that the Port Harcourt International Airport would be shut, including land and sea borders in the state to prevent the governor from escaping.

The minister spoke in Port Harcourt at the inauguration and handing over of 25 buses to the 23 local government chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

He pointed that the governor was planning to run away after his tenure in 2015, adding that the governor and his cohorts will not succeed.

Making reference to the approval given by the State House of Assembly for the governor to withdraw the sum of N30bn from the State Reserve Fund, Wike added that Amaechi and his cohorts would account for the state fund they have been spending.

“They can sit in Government House and approve whatever amount of money they like for Governor Amaechi to spend. But let me tell you all now, Governor Amaechi and his friends will account for all the monies that they are appropriating and spending now.”

“Once the Independent National Electoral Commission announces the victory of President Jonathan, we will immediately shut down the Port Harcourt International Airport and all land and sea borders in Rivers State to prevent Governor Amaechi from escaping.

“Does he (Amaechi) think we don’t know that he is planning to run away? But he and his cohorts will not succeed. All they can do thereafter is to lock themselves inside the Government House and at the appropriate time, we will go there and pick them up one after the other.

“Believe me; Governor Amaechi will surely account for all our monies that he is frittering away now. We will not allow the looters of our treasury to run away from justice,” the minister said.

Wike, however, noted that no amount of humiliation from the governor or his agents would stop the PDP from winning the 2015 general election in Rivers State.

On Amaechi’s claim that Wike swore with the names of his (Wike) children that he would not betray him (Amaechi) if the governor nominated him for ministerial appointment, Wike said Amaechi was afraid of everybody.

He said, “Amaechi is afraid. We will not beg him. Why is Amaechi afraid of everybody? He is afraid that the Speaker of the House of Assembly will betray him; he is afraid that the Chief Judge recommended by the National Judicial Council will betray him. Why is Amaechi afraid of everybody? When did Amaechi become an oracle or priest that everybody will now make an appearance (before)to swear?”

In his remark, the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, described the governor as a temporary occupant of the Government House and added that the PDP would not allow him to choose his successor in 2015.

According to Secondus, “Rivers State is PDP and Governor Amaechi cannot go against the wishes of the people. He has taken all our money to Lagos to develop the All Progressives Congress.”



Source: Punch Nigeria

If I Was President, I Would Have Sacked Sanusi Months Ago – Charles Novia

Movie producer, Charles Novia, who also known for his scathing criticism, has once again taken a swipe at the Federal Government for not suspending Sanusi Lamido a long ago.

charles-novia-e1359190270853The former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido was suspended by Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday for his involvement in “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct, which are inconsistent with the administration’s vision of a Central Bank propelled by the core values of focused economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline.”

Reacting to the suspension, Charles Novia said:

“If I was the President, I would have sacked Lamido months ago. His cup had runneth over with wines of insubordination, contempt for the Commander-in-Chief and gross financial recklessness amounting to over N60 billion naira unchecked donations based on a nebulous “independence of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

“I am aware that the CBN Act gives full independence to the Central Bank but the act did not state that the CBN Governor should be an authority of Governance unto himself. He had succeeded in creating an opposition Government within the ambits of his independence. There was no hiding the disdain in which he held the President, a barely concealed contempt for the man “wey dey give you chop.”

Speaking further, the movie producer said, “Lamido has a Superiority Complex. Such people would confuse their bluntness for being rebels against a system. A loquacious gift is not a yardstick for political intelligence. Lamido crossed the line between keeping to his brief as CBN Governor and openly canvassing to be the next Emir of Kano or currying favours by donating billions to some institutions in those areas which would aid his royal ambitions.

“For the record, I am as peeved as many Nigerians about the shortcomings of the Jonathan Administration in many areas. I also join millions of people in asking for full accountability of the NNPC ‘missing $20 billion’. But I also know a lot about hierarchical politics and administration.

“The Guy who employs you is your Boss! You disagree with him in private. You don’t come out all prima donna to undermine his authority because you have an opposition Press on your side and a tribal mindset of supporters egging you on. Damn it! I would show you who the boss is, if it was me.

“And you know why Jonathan’s payback is a bitch to Sanusi? Lamido will spend the next few months trying to clear his name over the ‘financial recklessness’ he has been accused of. His credentials have been officially stained. Yes, he would scream that Jonathan is corrupt too but Nigerians have heard that before. Nothing new. What is novel would be the documents which will fly out soon from the Government exposing Sanusi’s hidden deals. That is how politics works.

“And let us be clear about this; there is nothing like clean politics. When you are up there, you always fight for your survival. Even those of you working in offices and corporations know how it works,” he concluded.


Osita Iheme Carrying The Biggest Bible In The World

See Wizkid In New Pictures

Wizzy shared new pictures of himself with fans. He still got the swagg!! More pics below;



Don’t Blame Me if My Clothes Don’t Cover My Bóóbs — Yvonne

Yvonne Jegede, she was one of the 3 ladies featured in Tuface Idibia’s “African Queen” video, made a stunning comeback to acting after several years of being away from the industry in promo pictures that got most men drooling and a lot more people talking. And in a new interview with Vanguard, she explained why she shows off her bóóbs. Excerpts:

You have a penchant for revealing some part of your body, may be your bóóbs. What happened today?

Well, it depends on the clothes. I have big bóóbs, so, if the clothes are not big enough to cover my bóóbs  you would  not blame me for that. I am not the person who made my clothes . I just put the clothes on. It depends on my mood. If I want to expose my back, I will do that. It goes with my mood.

What can you not do without as a very pretty girl?

My eye pack because I love my eyes. I always like to make my lips look good. For the accessories, I can not do without my golden wrist watch. I wear it anywhere I go every day  because it gives me good luck. I like big things and that’s why I had to get a big wrist watch.


Police Urges Fulani Herdsmen, Benue Farmers To Embrace Peace


The Deputy Inspector General of Police Operation Mr Michael Zuokumor has called on Fulani herdsmen and farming communities engaged in fighting in Benue State to embrace peace and dialogue to resolve crises of interest.

Zuokumor made the call Saturday while reacting to an overnight attack by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on communities in Adeke,Guma and Gwer west local Government which so far has led to the dead of over 40 people.

He however assured residents of Makurdi and other towns in the state of efforts by the state police command to return peace and normalcy to the affected areas.

He disclosed that the force had mobilised and chased out the bandits causing trouble in the areas while assuring that the police will do everything possible to ensure that residents will live in peace in their settlement

Syria Warplanes Raid Rebel Stronghold

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Syria’s air force staged more air raids Saturday on the key rebel-held bastion of Yabrud north of Damascus, as clashes also raged on the capital’s outskirts, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that in the northeast, Kurdish fighters seized the town of Tal Barak from jihadists.

Regime forces launched a new wave of aerial and tank bombardment in and around Yabrud, the main town in the Qalamun mountain range and with a mixed Muslim and Christian population, two weeks into a campaign aimed at seizing it from rebels.

The Britain-based Observatory said Saturday’s attacks targeted several mountainous areas around Yabrud as well as the town itself, which was once home to some 50,000 people.

Because of the violence, some “12,800 people” have fled across the border into the Lebanese town of Arsal in just 12 days, the UNHCR estimates.

Shiite forces from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement are supporting the regular Syrian army in Qalamun. Hezbollah says most of the vehicles used in car bombings of its Lebanon strongholds came from Yabrud.

“Hezbollah is fighting to close off the border, while the army wants to secure control of the international highway” linking Damascus and the central city of Homs, an activist in Qalamun told AFP by Skype.

Calling himself Amer, he said he believed the bombing had intensified as the army and Hezbollah “fail to make the advance on the ground they want. So they are besieging and punishing Yabrud”.

In northeast Damascus, fresh fighting raged in Jubar district, one of the areas hit by an August chemical weapons attack, that was followed by a UN Security Council resolution ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal.

Most of Jubar is under rebel control, and it has seen a massive escalation of fighting since February 9 as the army seeks to crush resistance there, the Observatory said.

Meanwhile, Kurds in the northeast battling the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seized Tal Barak town between the main Kurdish cities of Qamishli and Hasakeh.

Fighting over the town killed 25 gunmen, 22 of them ISIL members, from late Friday through dawn Saturday, said the Observatory.

Kurds have fought ISIL for many months in majority Kurdish areas, which the jihadists want to take over because of their resources and strategic location next to Iraq and Turkey.

In northern Syria’s Aleppo, helicopters dropped explosives-packed barrel bombs on the rebel-held Sheikh Najjar area, said the Observatory.

The army’s use of such bombs has been widely condemned as “indiscriminate”.

More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria’s nearly three-year war, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes. [AFP]

35 Killed In Fresh Tiv/Fulani Clash


At least 35 persons have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a fresh attack on the people of Gwer West local government area of Benue State. 80,000 people have been displaced following the attack.

The marauders who sacked six council wards in the attack also killed a 70-year-old woman, one Tyobam at Terhule Antarctic village where she had gone to visit her daughter.

The latest attack which lasted two days came on the heels of a similar attack early in the week, where three villages, including the ancestral home of the paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Tse-Torkula was sacked by the invaders in Guma local government area of the state.

“Our communities have been taken over and we are helpless; the last two days have witnessed unwarranted killings and destruction of property. I can tell you without mincing words that over 35 persons may have been killed in this renewed attack,” an anonymous source told Vanguard.

“Houses, huts farmland and economic trees have all been destroyed , people are fleeing their abode, and the most painful part of it all is that the popular Makurdi-Naka road is no more safe for commuters and motorists alike because innocent road users are daily shot on that road,” the source said.

The Gwer West local government council secretary, Mr. Mark Dewua who spoke to journalists yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital, on the renewed clashes lamented that Naka, the council headquaters was gradually being deserted.

State Governor Gabriel Suswam had earlier in the week raised the alarm over the persistent attack on Benue villages, calling on security agencies to safeguard people’s lives.

NHRC Calls For Impeachment Of Taraba Governor

Danbaba Suntai, Taraba State Governor

Danbaba Suntai, Taraba State Governor

The Nigerian Human Rights Community (NHRC) has called on members of the Taraba State House of Assembly to begin impeachment process against the ailing governor of the state, Dambaba Suntai, to save Taraba from unending embarrassment.

The human rights coalition also called on the Presidency to institute a public inquiry to determine the state of the governor’s health, saying this was necessary to save the governor from the peril imposed on him by his ‘self-serving associates’.

In a statement by the Assistant Executive Secretary, Dr Olu Suleiman, and the Northern Regional Coordinator, NHRC, Naseer Abdulahi, the group advised that the public inquiry should include the civil society, the judiciary, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the police.

The statement said, “What we see in Taraba is exactly what Nigerians witnessed during the tenure of the late President Umaru Yar Adua.

“We wish Governor Suntai long life and we feel strongly that the best way to further prolong his life is for him to stay off the strenuous duties associated with the office of a state governor. He should resign or the House of Assembly should show him the exit door in his own interest.”

NHRC maintained that the associates of the governor had put the people of the state in a very difficult situation, thereby undermining the political and economic development of Taraba.

“Taraba has been a theatre of the absurd since the state governor returned from overseas medical trip after a crash in his small private plane,” the group said.

“A tiny cabal is fronting for the governor, taking decisions on his behalf and at the same time stage-managing the series of his phony public appearances including but not limited to manipulated TV showmanship.

“Suntai’s associates are doing a serious disservice to the integrity of the ailing state governor by over-stressing him beyond his physical capabilities.”

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Allegation on Imo Speaker by Uwadi Kenneth and Samuelson Iwuoha/ The commonsensical position, base on what is obtainable in Nigeria.

Allegation on award of contract by the Speaker.

(1) It is common knowledge that Houses of Assemblies in Nigeria,IMO HOUSE INCLUSIVE DO NOT HAVE A BUDGET AND  AS SUCH CAN NOT AFFORD TO FUND CONTRACTS .So how can an institution that cannot fund contracts give out road contracts in a State where the works ministry is active .

However, it is u unfortunate that some people still do not understand or just don’t want to understand the working of a State legislature. One is baffled when a former media aide who was supposed to be educated on legislative processes parade an advisory letter drafted for the sole aim of informing ministries of outcome of oversight performed on a particular project that even had a bold inscription of HOUSE OVERSIGHT ON IT as a letter of award of contract. 

For our Education, Oversight is that function of the House that has to do with the scrutiny of Executive branch programmes like the role the House Committee on rural roads played that aided the asphalting of many rural roads in Imo State.
To be able to play this role of Oversight effectively and to make sure that the  funds appropriated  for projects where judiciously used for execution of such projects, they toured all project sites for first hand information  to ascertain the name of contractor handling each project, the length, and other facts which  are needed to progress on the job.which was later communicated to relevant ministries and it is the letter that Uwadi and Samuelson is marching on to say the Speaker gave contracts.

(2) Speaker employed 120 workers of which 90 of them were ghost workers.

Was samuelson Iwuoha indirectly calling himself a ghost worker? The Imo speaker has created  employment for over 400 youths in various enterprises he nurtured even before he  became a legislator and indeed has over 100 aides most of them he paid through his  personal resources in other to give our young men a chance in life. It is only  men who                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 are  poor in spirit and resources  will seek to make money through ghost workers.

(3)Uwajumogu abandoned his responsibilities  as a Speaker
The truth is that even the worst critic of the Imo State House of Assembly cannot sustain any argument about the fact that the present House of Assembly have added value; visible and demonstrable value to the system they inherited two and half years ago  by supporting his excellencies rescue mission agenda, which required sacrifice, accountability, hard work, dedication and sincerity to execute and fortunately in Imo State, the electorate have had the opportunity to study the legislative arm of government since the return to civil rule hence the difference is clear
A performing legislator is measured on speech, conduct and being grounded on the operations of his environment.  the primary functions of a legislator  are lawmaking  which the present House led by Speaker Uwajumogu has excelled, having passed over 38 life changing laws and over 131 motions in two and half years,Reprensentation which makes them the mouthpiece of their constituents; judging from the seriousness the present lawmakers attach to petitions or complaints from their constituencies and their ability to attract 15 kilometer of rural roads, a new school for every electoral ward, one hospital and various other projects shows they have also done well in this regard, Oversight to check the  executive arm and ensure that appropriation made for the development of the State are deployed for effective service delivery, on this area the House has also done very well.
  Performance of a Speaker in the legislative arm does not lie in how far it goes fighting other arms of government, the courage to rain abuses on the Governor or raising empty alarm to make money but of sacrifice and maturity to dialogue with other arms to achieve the desired result for Imo People.

Ifeoma Ndubueze Helen- Speaker’s Office




Photo:- Maheeda Also Show Off Her House Help

Showing off house maids is gradually becoming a trend in Naija, First it was Tonto Dikeh now its Maheeda. She shared the picture below with the caption  “Good morning y’all I’m putting the stoplight on my house help she sexy abi! lol she make good okro soup n mio moi , she just made my coffee hmm creamy Oya com marry her lolzzz”

2Face Idibia’s Management Releases Official Statement On Pregnancy Reports

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Earlier this week, Icon Weekly Magazine published a story that 2Face Idibia is expecting his 8th child from a lagos banker by name Teniola She is a graduate of University of Lagos and comes from Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti. 2Face and his wife both denied the story. Here is an official press release statement form his management – 960 Music Group

Read it below;

2Face Pregnancy Rumours Completely Unfounded

February 21, 2014 – A few days ago, a rumour surfaced about 2Face Idibia allegedly getting a young woman pregnant and various versions of the story have emerged since then. 2Face would like to categorically state that these stories are completely false and baseless. The press has published this story in many versions without confirming the authenticity of the allegations. He would like to make it very clear: THERE IS NO TRUTH TO THIS STORY. He would also like to request that the media houses that have already published this story issue retractions without any delay.2Face does not have anything to hide and if the story were true, he would admit it and not try to lie to the public by denying it.

When striving to maintain journalistic integrity, it is important for the press
to make sure that they have irrefutable evidence before publishing potentially
harmful news such as this. In this case, there has been no confirmation of the
authenticity of the rumour.
We do not know what the true motives are behind
the peddling of such a vicious rumor, but we would like to make sure that
everyone knows the truth about it.

Anita Joseph Shares New Photos

The actress recently shared these new set of photos

A 27 Year Old Student Of University Of Ibadan Was Raped & Killed In Her Home

Photo: Taiwo Omolara Shittu raped and killed in own home
A student of University of Ibadan was raped and killed in
on February 19th 2014 in a home she shares with her sister at Opeyemi street,
Gbagi in Ibadan.

27-year-old Taiwo Omolara Shittu, a 500 level student of
the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management was found dead lying
lifeless in a pool of blood at about 5:30 p. m that day.

Her sister
returned from work to meet her dead with her pants down to her ankle and machete
wounds in her head.The murder weapon, a machete reportedly belonging to the man that cuts grass for
them, was found in the room with blood stains.

According to reports, the
labourer, Alakia Adenubi has been arrested in connection with the

Adenubi has denied involvement with the murder of Shittu. The case
has been transferred to the State CID.

Joseph Benjamin & Melvin Oduah Strikes A Pose Together

Melvin shared this photo saying he would love to work with Joseph Benjamin again

Photo:- Rita Dominic’s Outfit

Wike tells Amaechi: “When somebody is born to be betrayed, he would continue to be betrayed”

Nigeria’s Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, has fired back at Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.

The Rivers Governor had at the thanksgiving service of Senator Magnus Abe said there was a prophesy that Nyesom Wike would betray him.

Responding to the comment at an event organised by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Wike said Governor Amaechi caused the reason for his betrayal.

Wike also stated that the PDP in the state can survive without the influence of the Governor. image

imageAccording to him, “for the first time, I heard a Knight of the Catholic Church say that a prophet told him they will betray him. That tells you the kind of Governor you have who would condescend so low. The same prophet in 2010 had told you that Jonathan will not become president.

“When somebody is born and he is born to be betrayed, he will continue to be betrayed. The prophet had told you Nyesom Wike will betray you. They told you that Austine will betray you. Lamido has betrayed you, Aliyu Mohammad has betrayed you. The world has betrayed you. Nobody should deceive you, APC will be crushed in this state”, Wike said.

He also disclosed that he is open to investigation into his office as the former chief of staff.

Wike said the PDP will resist rigging in the 2015 general elections, stressing that President Goodluck Jonathan will be returned in 2015.

“They said one man one vote, is it not? Let them abide by one man one vote. We will resist any attempt to rig election.

“Let me tell you something, in 2015 Jonathan will win Rivers State, and when we win the next election, some will run and carry their plane. We won’t even allow them to take the plane that time. Our eyes are open. The moment Jonathan wins and is declared the winner, we will block all the roads. Nobody will run away. Everybody will remain here to account for his sins”, Wike declared.

Officials of the PDP from the 23 local government areas of the state, including other dignitaries were present at the event.

The first batch of 23 branded PDP buses was also launched and handed over to representatives in the 23 local government areas of the state.

“It is all over for Rochas and his APC” – PDP declares as Jonathan visits Imo

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday declared that the scheduled visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Owerre, Imo State capital (tomorrow), Saturday, will signal the end of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

Speaking to journalists in Enugu, the national vice chairman of the party in the South-East zone, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd) said that the visit would offer the party opportunity of forming a formidable bloc to reclaim the state which it lost to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in 2011.

Akobundu said that the PDP rally in Owerri and the President’s visit “are enough signal to the Rochas Okorocha’s government that the game is over for him and that his ragtag APC government should leave the stage for a people oriented party”.

While describing the rally as “mother of all rallies”, Akobundu stated that until 2011, Imo State enjoyed unfettered economic and social boom under the PDP, expressing regrets however, that under Okorocha/APC government, the state had suffered from economic and social anemia, resulting in the state almost becoming insolvent.

Akobundu called on the people to pitch their tents with PDP now that they had seen the two sides of a coin, maintaining that “the zone’s rigorous effort to reposition the PDP in the five states of the South east and Imo State in particular has resulted in the enormous successes the party recorded since 2011 despite some daunting challenges from the Okorocha led administration.

“With the return of heavy weight, men of timber and caliber like Chief Achike Udenwa, former Governor of Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Chief Mike Ahamba SAN, and thousands of their supporters to the adorable umbrella, PDP in Imo State will move as one formidable family and recapture the State as Okorocha’s deceitful administration has made them to suffer all manner of humiliation, maladministration and economic and social deprivation”.

He commended the President for his sustained infrastructural development of the South East zone, citing the Enugu -Port Harcourt express way being reconstructed, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu which was recently upgraded to an International Airport of high standard, the Enugu -Port Harcourt axis of Maiduguri – Port Harcourt rail-line now rehabilitated as well as the numerous electricity and water projects being sponsored by the Federal Government in the zone as clear a example that the administration had carried the South-East along in its infrastructural and economic development efforts.

He further stated that apart from the provision of dividends of democracy to Ndi Igbo, the PDP led administration under Jonathan has also appointed sons and daughters of the zone to key positions

Gunmen Attack Prison Warders, Abduct Suspected Fraudster


Four gunmen have stunned officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), after abducting an alleged serial fraudster and suspect in a case they are handling.

Spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that the suspect, Princewill Arinze Nwobodo (alias Aboki J. Brown) was abducted by the gunmen within the precincts of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere where he was to be arraigned before Justice Aishat Opesanwo on a 4-count charge bordering on obtaining $92,000 under false pretence.

The commission said Nwobodo had previously been arraigned in two separate courts in Lagos on fraud related charges.

“He was docked on October 25, 2013 before Justice Saliu Seidu of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on a 15-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining under false pretence. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail. His inability to meet the bail conditions confined him to prison custody till Thursday, February 20.”

“In the second court, he was arraigned on November 20, 2013 before Justice Aishat Opesanwo alongside Katchy Okoye and Matthew Usong on a 12-count charge that borders on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence. They were granted bail but could not meet the bail terms,” said Wilson.

He also added that Nwobodo who was brought to court on Thursday from Ikoyi Prison was abducted by the gunmen from the Prison Warders who brought him to court.

Court Orders Police To Pay Peace Corps N5m Over Illegal Detention


A federal high court in Gombe has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N5 million as damages to officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) for arresting and detaining them illegally.

The arrest and detention carried out at Gombe Airport in November last year was declared in illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and breach of the fundamental rights of the plaintiffs by the court.

The men had gone to the airport to receive the National Commandant of the Peace Corps Dickson Akoh who was in the state for a zonal consultative meeting.

The Peace Corps and 9 of its officials led by the Gombe State Commandant Bararebe Alhassan had sued the Police for enforcement of their fundamental rights and N250m compensation for their unlawful arrest and detention by Police without any justification.

Giving judgment in the case of breach of fundamental human rights instituted against the Inspector General of Police, Justice Babatunde Kadiri said that the action of police was barbaric and uncivilized.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had in April last year restrained the State Security Service (SSS) and the police from disturbing, arresting or intimidating men of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) from operating as a lawful registered civil security outfit.

Justice Evon Chukwu subsequently awarded N10 million damages against the SSS and the police for violating the fundamental rights of the Peace Corps men to free association. The two security agencies were to pay the Peace Corps men N5 million each.

Benue Crisis: Worried Suswam Wants Fulani Herdsmen Dislodged


Incessant violent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Benue State which has led to the loss of so many lives has made Gabriel Suswam, Governor of the state call for the dislodgement of the herdsmen.

According to him, once the nomads are allowed to set up their base, they attack anywhere, adding that for their proximity to his state, Kogi and Nasarawa states are not safe from the rampaging nomads.

The governor fielded questions from State House correspondents, shortly after he briefed President Goodluck Jonathan on the development in his state.

At least, seven persons were feared killed Tuesday morning when suspected Fulani herdsmen and some Tiv farmers in Guma local government area of the state

Zimbabwe To Spend $1m To Celebrate President Mugabe At 90

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Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe clocked 90 years on Friday.

After 34 years in power, Africa’s oldest president says he has no intention to retire.

A recent report by New World Wealth puts Zimbabwe last on the fastest growing economies list with a -10%. The negative statistics regardless, the country plans a huge party on Sunday for the nonagenarian, said to cost $1m. Condemnation has risen from different quarters over this, as the country still struggles with its economic crisis.

A freedom fighter for many, Mugabe has drawn criticism and condemnation in the West. His country has been under international sanctions for what Europe and the United States say are human rights violations and lack of reforms.

Review Sanusi’s Suspension In The Interest Of Justice And Fairness – Kano Emirate To FG

a9998e886053941214c079ca649e4dc3The Kano Emirate Council has urged the Federal Government to review the suspension of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in the interest of equity, justice and fairness.

Sanusi is a crown prince of the Kano Emirate.

A member of the Emirate Council and Wali of Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir-Wali, made the call while speaking with newsmen in Kano on Friday.

He said “it is our view that the Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, review this issue by following laid down procedures in the suspension of public officer for equity, justice and fairness.

“As a law abiding organisation, we believe that adherence to the rule of law is paramount and important to any government, more importantly a democratically elected government which preaches and ensures adherence to the rule of law.

“Democracy will never mature if we personalise governance. We need to build an institution, we need to build our democracy and commitment to public accountability is part of building institution”.

Bashir-Wali also said the Emirate was in support of the stand of the House of Representatives on the issue.

Sanusi Suspension: Pet. Minister, NNPC Top Brass Should Also Be Fired – APC senators

Diezani-Alison-SanusiSenators under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have declared the suspension of the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido by President Goodluck Jonathan as illegal and unconstitutional.

The APC Senators noted that they have started compiling all the constitutional breaches and flagrant violations of the laws by President Jonathan, which their lawyers were examining for appropriate and necessary action.

While questioning the reason adduced by the presidency for suspending Sanusi, they (APC Senators) said if the president took the issue of financial recklessness seriously, he ought to have also fired the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The APC Senators through the Minority Leader, George Akume in a statement on Friday, had flayed the suspension of the CBN governor alleging that the development was inimical to good governance and the rule of law.

According to the statement, “The nation has yet again been confronted with another act by   the President, which is inimical to good governance and the rule of law with the illegal suspension from office of the Governor of Central Bank, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

“While one may not question the prerogative of Mr. President to hire and fire, such actions must be guided by strict observance to laid down processes and in the overriding national interest.

“The suspension of the CBN Governor has raised more questions than it addresses the issue of good governance, accountability and the fight against corruption, especially, coming at a time when there are unresolved issues in the petroleum industry, which is known locally and internationally as a cesspool of corruption.

“The whistle blower who should know it all is being illegally and unconstitutionally suspended to safeguard and protect the perpetrators of corruption in the petroleum industry.

“Now that the President has acted illegally and unconstitutionally, he should also now act legally and constitutionally by firing the Petroleum Minister and the top management of the NNPC to restore confidence in the sector.

“The President has serially violated the Nigerian   Constitution, which he swore to uphold. The consequences of these are grievous. The suspension of the CBN Governor by the President is not only an abuse of power but also a gross violation of the Central Bank Act, 2007.

“Under the provisions of Section 11(2) (f) of the CBN Act, the President can only remove the CBN Governor where his request is   supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We condemn in very strong terms this very unfortunate,   unjustified, unwarranted and illegal removal of the Governor of Central Bank, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi under the guise of suspension.

“The President must stop the persistent violation of Nigerian Laws and impunity in governance.

“We call for the immediate reinstatement of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi”, the opposition senators said

No Constitutional Provision For Suspension Of CBN Gov, Says Justice Akanbi

akanbiRetired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, yesterday added his voice to the debate surrounding the suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, saying President Goodluck Jonathan’s action was pre-emptive and ill-advised.

The respected jurist in his reaction to Thursday’s suspension of Sanusi said that, “All I know is that the point has been made that CBN’s governor cannot be removed from office without taking the matter to the Senate for two- third of the Senators’ vote. And there is no provision in the Constitution which I know of that allows the president to suspend him.

“If the president wants him out of office he should follow due process and we cannot resist the temptation that apparently because Sanusi was complaining about what has happened at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), he is now made to face this situation.

“I think it is not in the interest of the president or the country to go through the whole process we went through in the case of Justice Ayo Isa Salami. Because there seems to be some parallel between this and Justice Salami’s in terms of suspension.

“I would have thought that the president, who people say wants a second term, should be careful in listening to advice or acting in a manner that could heat up the polity; or creating an impression that he is beyond criticism. Robust criticisms of government can help.

“I have read what Ladi Williams said, that Sanusi’s action is tantamount to insubordination. He is certainly not talking law. I have read what the like of Aturu have said; people who rarely concern themselves with the rights of the people in government.

“I think any lawyer would want the rule of law to be followed. In my opinion, that rule has not been followed and the President or his advisers should do a rethink over the issue. After all Sanusi is going in June this year”, the pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said.

Court Grants Order Restraining FG, Police, SSS, From Arresting Sanusi

SLS1An order restraining Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke; Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar; the State Security Service (SSS); and any other law enforcement agencies of the Federal Government from arresting and detaining suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – or subjecting him to any form of degrading treatment has been granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Sanusi had a foretaste of what to expect in the hands of the Federal Government following his suspension from office by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, when he was briefly held by the SSS and later released but not before his international passport was allegedly confiscated by the security agency.

Sanusi deemed the actions of the SSS a violation of his right to personal liberty, freedom of movement and right to dignity of his person, as guaranteed under Sections 34, 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Buba Ibrahim granted the order pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Buba fixed Friday, 28th February 2014 as return date for further hearing on the matter.

2015: APC Will Return Power Back To Nigerians – Melaye

dino_melayeAnti-Corruption activist, Otunba Dino Melaye has boasted that the All Progressive Congress (APC) will win the 2015 general elections.

Melaye, who is eyeing the Kogi West senatorial seat come 2015 under the platform of the APC, said the opposition party will give Nigerians the desired changed for a better nation.

The former House of Representatives member said the ball was now in APC’s court to pull the country out of the woods as he declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is celebrating its political obituary.

Melaye stressed that the people of Kogi State were determined to enjoy the dividends of democracy which has eluded them since the return to democratic rule in 1999.

He said: “By the special grace of God come 2015, the opposition will demonstrate that power belong to the people. The structure we have is the masses and the masses of this country more than ever before will demonstrate that power truly belong to them. And for the first time it will be government of the people for the people and by the people because what we have now is the reverse, All Nigerians need to do is to listen to the voice inside them, the voice which has been telling them before now that, APC is the only solution”.

Melaye described the current wave of cross-carpeting from PDP to APC as movement from darkness to light and encouraged Nigerians to move en-mass to the opposition party.

The activist also alleged that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot conduct a free and fair election without the implementation of the Justice Mohamed Lawal Uwais report on electoral reforms.

Port Harcourt Airport, Borders Will Be Closed To Prevent Amaechi From Fleeing After Jonathan’s Victory In 2015 – Wike



After a temporary political ceasefire that came with the redeployment of the controversial police commissioner, Mr. Mbu Joseph, the supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Friday renewed the rivalry between him and Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, when he claimed that the Rivers State governor would be arrested after the declaration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the reelected president of Nigeria in 2015.

Wike argued that the Port Harcourt International Airport as well as land and sea borders in the state would be shut to prevent the governor from fleing.

Wike made this known in Port Harcourt, the state capital at the inauguration and handing over of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) branded buses to the 23 local government areas of the state.

According to the minister, who is nursing the ambition to becoming governor of the oil-rich state, he had gotten wind of the plan by Amaechi to run away after his tenure elapses in 2015, adding that the governor and his cohorts will not succeed.

In apparent reference to the approval given by the State House of Assembly for the governor to withdraw the sum of N30bn from the State Reserve Fund, Wike added that the governor and his co-conspirators would account for the state fund they have been frittering away.

According to Wike, “They can sit in Government House and approve whatever amount of money they like for Governor Amaechi to spend. But let me tell you all now, Governor Amaechi and his friends will account for all the monies that they are appropriating and spending now.

“Once the Independent National Electoral Commission announces the victory of President Jonathan, we will immediately shut down the Port Harcourt International Airport and all land and sea borders in Rivers State to prevent Governor Amaechi from escaping.

“Does he (Amaechi) think we don’t know that he is planning to run away? But he and his cohorts will not succeed. All they can do thereafter is to lock themselves inside the Government House and at the appropriate time, we will go there and pick them up one after the other.

“Believe me; Governor Amaechi will surely account for all our monies that he is frittering away now. We will not allow the looters of our treasury to run away from justice”, the minister said.

Wike also stressed that no amount of intimidation or humiliation from the governor and his agents would prevent the PDP from winning the 2015 general election in Rivers State.

On a recent statement credited to Amaechi that Wike swore on the lives of his children that he would never betray him (Amaechi) if he nominates him for ministerial appointment, Wike said the Rivers governor was afraid of everybody.

He said, “Amaechi is afraid. We will not beg him. Why is Amaechi afraid of everybody? He is afraid that the Speaker of the House of Assembly will betray him; he is afraid that the Chief Judge recommended by the National Judicial Council will betray him. Why is Amaechi afraid of everybody? When did Amaechi become an oracle or priest that everybody will now make an appearance (before) to swear?”

In his remarks at the ceremony, the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, described Amaechi as a temporary occupant of Government House, Port Harcourt, adding that the PDP would not allow him to anoint his successor come 2015.

According to Secondus, “Rivers State is PDP and Governor Amaechi cannot go against the wishes of the people. He has taken all our money to Lagos to develop the All Progressives Congress”.

Financial Recklessness: I Did Nothing Wrong By Donating Funds To Universities, Others, Says Sanusi

CBN-SanusiThe suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has faulted his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, saying it was “unconstitutional” because the presidency did not follow due process.

Sanusi, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Channels Television yesterday, maintained that he would explore some form of legal intervention over his suspension.

He queried the double standards employed in arriving at the conclusion that his leadership of the apex bank was characterized by financial recklessness saying that “just a little over a week ago, the petroleum minister and the GMD of NNPC, sat in front of the Senate on national television, actually saying they have paid billions of dollars on subsidy of kerosene without appropriation”.

This, according to Sanusi was happening in flagrant disregard of an existing presidential directive to stop the payment of subsidy on the product since 2009, wondering why “no one has called this financial recklessness”.

“The NNPC itself has not been audited since 2005” alleging that “they are now rushing to get all those back audits”, he said.

On the findings of the Finacial Reporting Council of Nigeria, which the president acted upon to suspend him, Mr Sanusi asked “if there is any problem in investing in education; building structures in universities; building structures in secondary schools?” or “is there evidence that these contracts were inflated or we awarded the contract to ourselves?” wondering “what exactly is reckless about contributing to education?”

He stressed that the “Central Bank is an independent institution” insisting that “there is a section of the Act that says the president cannot remove the governor without two thirds of the Senate”.

“You cannot go round that section” he continued, noting that “it undermines the entire principle”.

He reminded Nigerians that “the president does not appoint” insisting that “he proposes and the Senate confirms” claiming that the CBN governor is appointed by both the president and the senate and cannot be removed by either independent of the other.

He noted that he wants to seek legal intervention so that “governors coming after me will not refuse to act or refuse to be independent because of fear that they will be suspended”.

New Automotive Policy Won’t Affect Importation Of Tokunboh Cars

olusegun-agangaThe Federal Government has restated its intention to regulate the importation of fairly used vehicles, also known as tokunboh, into the country even as it said that it would not place an outright ban on the practice.

The Minister of Industry,  Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, stated this on Friday during a facility tour of one of the nation’s automobile assembly plants, Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria, PAN, Kaduna.

Aganga said despite the new Automobile Policy now in place, the government would not ban the importation of fairly used vehicles because of its socio-economic benefit to the country.

The minister argued that rather than banning the used imported cars, the country must work towards providing alternative cars.

While explaining that it was standard practice to place an embargo on importation of tokunboh while revamping the auto-industry, Aganga disclosed that it was during one of the Federal Executive Council meetings, that it was decided that there should be no outright ban on tokunboh cars.

The minister, who said he was at PAN to assess how the automobile company was taking the opportunity of the new automobile policy of the government, said  though tokunboh vehicles would still be imported into the country, government would do everything possible to ensure that affordable and new cars were locally produced for Nigerians.

The Minster said, “We study what was done in Pakistan, India, and in South Africa. It is normal that in most countries they ban the importation of tokunboh cars because that will help the demand of the local manufacturers.

“However, for Nigeria, we discussed and we said we are not going to ban tokunboh vehicles because of the socio-economic circumstances we have in the country. We must work towards providing alternative cars before we even consider placing a ban on tokunboh cars.

“So, in Nigeria, we have not banned it yet. If we slow down the demand, it will slow down the pace of growth. If you look at the cars today, for every one new car that is imported, almost six tokunboh are imported into the country. That tells you that the economy of the country is a priority.

“When you see that, as a country you cannot afford to place a ban. The federal executive council has said we are not banning tokunboh vehicles until we have alternative for it. So, tokunboh cars will still come into the country and we will do everything possible to make sure that we can produce affordable and new cars for Nigerians”.

He, however, told PAN that he was ready to see the June deadline when the company would produce its first indigenous car.

Earlier, PAN’s managing director, Alhaji Ibrahim Boyi, said management was committed to repositioning the company for optimum performance.

According to him, “since the new management came on board, the company has embarked on some turnaround strategies”.  He listed the strategies as rebuilding relationship, improving trade and expanding coverage with Peugeot France and, ultimately, commencing “sale, support and assembly of high-quality Peugeot products”.

Court Sentences Husband Accused Of Killing Banker Wife To Death By Hanging

IMG_7229Ayo Arowolo, an unemployed undergraduate accused of killing his banker wife on June 24th 2011 has been sentenced to death by a Lagos High Court, Ikeja.

Presiding Judge, Lateefat Okunnu found Arowolo guilty of one-count charge of murder and ruled that he should be sent to the gallows.

He was alleged to have stabbed Titilayo, then an employee of Skye Bank Plc at their residence, No. 8, Akindeinde Street, Isolo, Lagos.

The judge, Mrs. Okunnu relied on testimonies and evidences of fifteen witnesses including family members of the deceased, investigating police officers, photographers and Chief pathologist of Lagos State to arrive at her judgment.

“The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt. I hereby found you guilty for the offence of murder. You are hereby sentenced to death by hanging”, the judge declared.

Immediately the verdict was pronounced on him, Arowolo, who broke down in the dock clutching to the Holy Bible, shouted many times, “Jesus, why? I did not do it. I cannot die. What would happen to Olamide?”

Olamide is the only product of the two-year marriage between the convict and the deceased.

Sanusi’s Suspension Constitutionally Correct – Ozekhome

mike-ozekhomeConstitutional lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Ozekhome, on Friday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s suspension of Lamido Sanusi as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was in order.

The human rights activist in a contrary opinion to the views expressed by some lawyers argued that the suspension was legally right.

“Constitutionally and legally, what President Jonathan did was correct. He does not require the consent of the National Assembly to do so”, Ozekhome said.

“Anyone who is an employee has to know that he is answerable to his employer. You cannot bite the finger that feeds you.

“The Nigerian Constitution and the CBN Act give the President the authority to suspend or remove the Governor of the CBN”, he said.

Ozekhome, who spoke in a parley with reporters in Abuja, claimed that Sanusi had deviated from his core mandate of leading the apex bank to the path of monetary stability.

“A governor of a Central Bank in any part of the world should be seen and not heard.

“When he should be heard, he should only be discussing monetary policies which will uplift the economy of his country.

“In Nigeria, what we have is a CBN governor that has been fighting the government of his country”, he posited.

Ozekhome alleged that Sanusi had been making very provocative and highly derogatory statements even about the monetary policies of his own country.

“When you say all that, then how do you want international investors to come to the country, when a very reliable figure is saying all these negative things about his country”, he claimed.

The lawyer alleged that the ex-CBN governor had been acting like a political leader or traditional ruler by donating public funds to universities, political aides and at other functions.

He further claimed that Sanusi was not versatile and had committed six blunders on the missing funds from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) within the last two months.

“This variation in figures of the missing funds has caused chaos in the country, which is not supposed to be so”, Ozekhome said.

Sokoto Govt To Spend N120m On Purchase Of Tricycles For Unemployed Youths

keke marwa1 BajajThe Sokoto State Government on Friday disclosed that it would spend the sum of N120 million on the purchase of 300 tricycles to ease movement among its citizens.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Danladi Bako, who made this known in Sokoto, said that the gesture was part of the government’s effort to create job opportunities for the unemployed youths.

On the modalities for distribution, Bako said the tricycles would be available to youths in the 23 local government areas at a subsidised rate.

The commissioner said the gesture would assist the state government to further reduce poverty through job creation.

Supreme Court Affirms Wada’s Election As Kogi Governor

Gov-Wada1The Supreme Court on Friday in Abuja dismissed the appeal brought by a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship aspirant in Kogi, Alhaji Jibrin Isah Echocho, challenging the election of Gov. Idris Wada.

Echocho, a member of the party, had challenged Wada’s emergence as the party’s flagbearer, claiming that he had earlier been elected as the candidate of the PDP in an earlier party primary.

Information Nigeria reports that Echocho had won the January 2011 PDP primaries before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed elections in five states including Kogi.

The justices of the Supreme Court dismissed Mr Echocho’s appeal, declaring that Governor Wada was the duly nominated candidate of the PDP in the 2011 election.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor has described his victory as “freedom received at the highest temple of mother justice”.

A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, said that the governor hopes that the judgment will put an end to the agitation by his opponents to put spanner in the works of his government.

I Can’t Rejoice Over Death Sentence On My Son-In-Law – Slain Banker’s Father

Kolade-and-Titilayo-360x220Father of the slain banker, Mr. George Oyakhire, has said he would not rejoice over the death penalty handed to his son-in-law.

Oyakhire, a retired Nigerian Customs Service officer, told one of our correspondents that he loved Akolade like a son and he was sad that things turned out the way they did.

He said, “The Bible says that you should not rejoice at the downfall of your enemy. I feel bad about all this because this was a boy I assisted in every way I could.

“He even said when giving evidence in court that we were close and this is very true. I assisted him when he needed me and even though he was jobless, my daughter (Titilayo) also helped him.

“I am happy the judge berated Akolade’s parents for telling lies in court. They bad-mouthed my daughter and even claimed that she committed suicide. I am happy that my daughter has been vindicated.  I have also been vindicated because I told the whole truth in court. I leave everything to God”.

Akolade’s marriage to his late wife, whom he met during post-graduate studies at the Lagos State University, produced a five-year-old daughter, Olamide.

Oyakhire said Olamide was too young to be told the truth about her parents but added that she was doing fine.

“When she comes of age and begins to ask questions and is reasonable enough, we will tell her everything that happened”, he said.

Sultan Tasks Political Leaders On Meeting Peoples Needs

sultan-of-sokoto.jpgThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, on Friday charged political leaders in the country to intensify efforts in satisfying the needs of the people.

Abubakar gave the charge in Katsina at the inauguration of Shehu Usman Dan Fodiyo Friday mosque constructed by the state government.

He said that politicians were elected to serve the people and the nation, hence the need for them to give priority to the welfare of the electorate.

Abubakar said that they should try to emulate past leaders who were being remembered for the selfless services they rendered to people.

He urged the followers to continue to pray for the well-being of the leaders and for peace and unity in the country.

The sultan noted that development could only be achieved in peaceful environment, urging Muslims faithful to reflect on the teachings of Islam and respect the faith of other believers

Also speaking, Gov. Ibrahim Shema said that his administration had constructed more than 500 mosques across the state in the past six years.

He urged clerics to continue to pray for peace, unity and stability of the nation.

Shema assured that the state government would continue to execute projects that would improve the living condition of its people.

NAN reports that the 10, 000 capacity mosque was constructed at the cost of N198.8 million. (NAN)

Next Plateau Gov May Be A Woman – Jang



Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau has declared Tuesday, February 25, a public holiday, to enable residents vote for their local government council officials.

Jang announced the holiday in Jos on Friday when he inaugurated the PDP campaign for the election in northern senatorial district.

The governor called for peaceful conduct throughout the election period, saying necessary security arrangements had been put in place for that day.

He said, “I urge all of you that will be participating in the elections to be peaceful.

“All security arrangements have been made, and I have the assurances of the security chiefs that they are fully ready for the polls.

“We will declare Tuesday a public holiday, and as usual, there will be no movement of vehicles; people should come out early to vote for their candidates.

“We don’t rig elections; we win elections, so we must work for victory by coming out to vote as we did in 2011”.

According to him, the outcome of the local government polls will determine the foundation toward re-electing President Goodluck Jonathan as president in 2015.

“I have already told him (president) that he is going to win effortlessly in Plateau. I have told him that he does not need to campaign here”, he said.

Jang also promised that the 17 local government chairmen that would emerge from the polls would work assiduously for the development of the local governments under his supervision.

“For the one year plus that they will work with me, I am sure that the chairmen will work wonders”, he added.

He, however, promised the people that God would give them a governor after His own heart when his tenure expired in 2015.

“It is good to have ambition, but it is not good to be over ambitious; God is going to anoint a governor for Plateau, it may be a woman this time”, he said.

Jang also berated the people for turning away from God often, and blamed that for the consistent bloodshed in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Mr Ignatius Longjang, in his speech at the rally, admonished the people to work for peace.

He said, “We want a successful election, we must avoid violence, bitterness and anti-party activities”.

The state Chairman of the party, Dr Haruna Dabin, said the northern zonal rally was a climax of the rallies in the other three senatorial zones.

Centenary City: Traditional Chief Grumbles As FG Pays N319m Compensation To Host Community

nig centenaryThe Federal Government released N319 million for payment of compensation to residents of Baruwa Community, Abuja, whose farms are to be used for the development of the Centenary City.

The community, which is situated on Airport Road, Abuja, covers 1,200 hectares.

Mr Okechukwu Francis, Director, Resettlement and Compensation in the FCT, made the fact known at an official ceremony for the payment of compensation to residents of the community.

“For this compensation, what we have done is just pay them for the crops and economic trees that will be affected in the development.

“I want to assure residents that compensation would be paid to all those who will be affected in the area. I want to emphasise that we have been fair and just to the community, nobody has been short-charged.

“We engaged the services of registered professionals who are empowered to do the evaluation for the compensation and this was in accordance with the laws of the FCT.

“For this compensation, what we have just paid is for their crops and economic trees. Further discussions are ongoing for the houses that will be affected,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Olatunde Ayeni, a member of the board of the Centenary City, told the News Agency (NAN) that the project was huge.

“When completed, it will be the second largest city development in the whole world.

“This compensation is to ensure that the community people live in peace and cooperate with government.

“Peace in the environment is important. So we are taking time to follow due process so that we can take compensation to the community involved.

“Today`s ceremony is to ensure cooperation of the community and everybody involved to ensure that the development is free from any disturbance and trouble and everybody can benefit”, he said.

However, Mr Monday Kogi, the traditional chief of Baruwa community, said that the money given to the community as compensation was not enough.

Kogi, who received N132, 000 as compensation, said he expected to be paid not less than N1.5 million.

He appealed to the government to cooperate with the community. (NAN)

Ajimobi Signs 2014 Appropriation Bill Into Law

abiola ajimobiGov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Friday signed the 2014 Appropriation Bill of N208.38 billion into law.

Ajimobi presented the 2014 appropriation bill of N188.84billion to the House of Assembly on Dec.19, 2013, but the house increased the budget size to N208. 38billion.

Presenting the bill to the governor for assent, the Speaker, Alhaja Monsurat Sunmonu, said that members of the house identified with the good works and leadership of the governor.

“This is why the house has been performing its legislative functions to complement and sustain the developmental efforts of the governor.

“In consideration of the appropriation bill, the house interacted with the various government ministries, departments, agencies and commissions.

“This is to ensure that the projects in the draft budgets are in line with the transformation agenda of the government”, she said.

Sunmonu said that at the interactive session, the house felt that some projects that would boost the legacy of the present administration were given priority.

According to her, some adjustments are made to accommodate such projects that are given priority.

She, however, pledged the house’s continuous support and cooperation to sustain good governance in the state.

Ajimobi commended the house for taken into consideration the government’s vision to improving the infrastructures for social and economic development of the state.

“I must commend the house for the increase because it will give us the opportunity to develop the state. I thank you for a job well done”, Ajimobi said.

According to him, N97.9billion will be spent on recurrent expenditure as against N110.4billion for capital expenditure. (NAN)