PHOTOS: Don Jazzy Engaged To Atiku’s Daughter?


Mavin Records’ CEO, Don Jazzy is reportedly engaged to Amina Abubakar, one of the daughters of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

According to report, Don Jazzy and Amina have been dating each other secretly. He has proposed to her and she has accepted but he is not sure the father will approve of the relationship.

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Don Jazzy was even said to have bought her range rover car recently.

Findings also revealed Amina had dated D’banj before but the relationship didn’t work out.

Amina Abubakar

Maybe Don Jazzy and Amina will come out with their affair and her father would eventually consent.

Recall he tweeted sometime back that he was rehearsing how to propose.

PHOTO: SEE The Female Teacher Who Had Sex With Her 16-Year-Old Student


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A 25-year-old English teacher at Houston high school who was charged with sexual assault and having improper relationship with a student has been spared going to Prison.

Nikki Scherwitz who will never teach again admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, resigned from her job and was fined $5,000, sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to the charges against her.

The teacher who showed up to an after-prom party on April 20 at a student’s house was said to be drinking, but students insisted she left the party as it was not appropriate for her to be there.
She allegedly ended up leaving with the 16-year-old boy.
She was given probation by prosecutors based on her agreement to send apologies to the mother and the district.
In her letter she said: “I apologize for the behavior I engaged in with a student. I crossed an ethical boundary I never should have crossed. I’m sorry.”

‘I think she should get more than just probation because that’s a kid,’ said Robert Anderson whose grandchild attends the school.

‘I think she should get more than just probation because that’s a kid and you shouldn’t have relationships with a young minor.’

Boko Haram Strike In Yobe State, Burn 29 Students Of Damaturu Boarding School


Last night, Boko Haram militants stormed a boarding school in Damaturu, Yobe State, killing 29 students.

According to the international news agency Reuters, the militants burnt the school to the ground, and many victims died in flames.

The police and military have confirmed the incident.

“Some of the students bodies were burned to ashes,” said police commissioner Sanusi Rufai.

 

 

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How Gunmen Abducted President Jonathan’s ‘Foster Father’ In Otuoke, Bayelsa State


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Chief Inengite Nitabai, the kidnap victim

About ten heavily armed gunmen kidnapped Chief Inengite Nitabai, President Goodluck Jonathan’s first cousin and father-like figure, from his residence in Otuoke, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State.

The kidnappers stormed the Nitabai family compound at between 8 and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Apart from the victim, his wife, three of their children and his wife’s sister were in the house at the time of the attack.

According to Chief Nitabai wife’s sister, 37-year-old Akinobebh Jin, the alarm was raised by one of the sons as he saw the criminals. The family was confused as to what actions to take, she says.

Five of the kidnappers entered the house, barking the orders, some of them followed members of the family to the kitchen. The hoodlums ordered them to lie down, threatening to shoot them. They hit Chief Nitabai’s wife on the head and demanded money, while Mr. Nitabai was hit with the b*tt of a gun.

Mrs. Nitabai agreed to give them money and the criminals followed her to the bedroom. After collecting about N400,000, the gunmen took their victim, forced him into a car and sped away.

Five other gunmen, according to Jin, were guarding the premises and locked the family inside the house before leaving.

Jin herself sustained a minor injury and says the familt is yet to recover from shock.

Joint Task Force men and police officers have been deployed to the place. The road leading to Otuoke had been cordoned off by soldiers.

Chief Nitabai is about 70 years old and is a compound chief in the President Jonathan’s Ebele family. He is a father-like figure to the President, since Jonathan’s biological father died, sources from the family said.

Police officials and other security agencies have swung into action to investigate the incident. Two suspects have been arrested so far in connection with the kidnap, as others managed to escape.

Some soldiers have been guarding the mansion of President Jonathan, others have been stationed at the former hotel belonging to the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

Security Tighten at LASU, as Final Year Students Resume


Final year students of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, resumed on February 24, 2014, Monday, amid tight security.

 

The students were spotted discussing the issues in groups on the campus. The resumption was in compliance with the decision by the management of the Institution, and the Lagos State Government.

Prof. Kabir Akinyemi, the Dean of Students Affairs, confirmed that the university’s portal had been reopened for the final year students alone.

He said the reopening of the portal would enable them to register online ahead of their rain semester examinations.

The don said writing the examinations would also enable the final year students to participate in the June batch of National Youth Service Corps programme.

“We had to consider the final year students because they have overstayed in the school since the ASUU strike had earlier affected them.

“We do not want to prolong their graduation,” Prof. Kabir Akinyemi said.

Prof. Akinyemi further explained that security had been beefed up in the campus to prevent any possible protest.

“We do not want anybody to disrupt the resumption of the final year students as some group had threatened to do so.

“If any group wants to protest they should go to the appropriate authorities and do so, but not by disrupting academic activities in the campus,” he said.

Prof. Akinyemi urged other students to be patient and wait for their dates of resumption.

It would be noted that the newly-admitted students for the 2013/2014 session are to resume on March 10, 2014, while other categories of students are to report on April 1, 2014.

Anichebe is Key to West Brom’s Survival- Brunt


West Bromwich Albion boss Chris Brunt believes Victor Anichebe’s fitness will be key to his side’s Premier League survival hopes.

Anichebe, whose late minute strike helped West Brom climb out of the bottom three in a 1-1 draw with leaders Chelsea less than a fortnight ago, came on towards the end of the first half in Saturday’s draw with Fulham, as a replacement for the injured Billy Jones, before producing a rousing late display and setting up Matej Vydra’s leveler.

And with the hearing of Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ goal celebration gesture set to begin on Tuesday by a Football Association (FA) independent commission, the ‘Baggies’ captain believes the Nigeria international could wreck more havoc against other opponents.

Victor Anichebe Scores a Late Leveler Against Chelsea on February 12.

Victor Anichebe Scores a Late Leveler Against Chelsea on February 12.

“With big Victor (Anichebe) we know we can go more direct,” said Brunt.

“He made a massive difference on Saturday, as he has in other games.

“If we can keep him fit, if we can get him on the pitch, he can cause massive havoc.

“It was only a matter of time before we got one and he played a part in that.”

Anichebe has struggled with niggling injuries this year and with Frenchman Anelka facing a five-to-ten-game ban- pending trial- the 25-year-old remains Brunts only realistic hope upfront

Guess Why Angry Husband Murders Pastor.


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An Assemblies of God pastor in Kenya, Peter Waweru Muchiri has been
killed by an angry husband who accused him of asking his wife to leave
him.

The wife of the accused had gone to the pastor for advice as she was having issues in her marriage. Pastor Peter was said to have advised her to leave her husband and come live with him. Two days later she packed her belongings and left her matrimonial home.

Angered by this, the accused, Elijah Karuri Ndirabu confronted the pastor along the road. He attacked and killed him, after which he submitted himself to the police.

Confirming the incident, the police spokesman, Charles Kortok said the suspect will be remanded until next week when he will be required to answer to murder charges in court, noting that the incident was the second one in a month involving pastors from the Kenya Assemblies of God Church.

He asked pastors to be role models.

Finally Nokia And Windows Phone Users To Get Blackberry Messenger “BBM”


 

nokia-neww-300x2141Dispelling recent reports in the tech blogosphere to the contrary, BlackBerry announced this morning that it is working to bring BBM, BlackBerry’s popular and increasingly cross-platform mobile-to-mobile messaging service, to Windows Phone, in partnership with Nokia. BBM will also be present on Nokia’s new Android-based Nokia X smartphone platform when it launches in a few months.

“BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we are very excited that we will soon welcome Windows Phone and Nokia X users to the BBM community,” said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry in a statement.

“Today marks an exciting moment for Nokia,” agreed Bryan Biniak, Vice President and GM of Developer Relations, Nokia Corporation. “By bringing BBM to the Windows Phone and Nokia X communities, our customers will be able to experience this popular global messaging app.”

BBM, which is short for BlackBerry Messenger, was first introduced by Research in Motion (now BlackBerry Limited) several years ago as a secure and private mobile-to-mobile messaging service for BlackBerry users, building on the earlier PIN messaging capability included in the company’s handsets.

(A PIN is an eight-character personal identification number consisting of letters as well as numbers. Each BlackBerry handset is assigned its own unique PIN at the time of manufacture, in addition to industry-standard identifiers).

BBM has always utilized the PIN system. In the BlackBerry universe, PINs are the equivalent of screen names. They’re akin to public keys. If you know the PIN of the person you want to chat with, you can send an invitation (or friend request, in Facebook parlance) to him or her. If he or she accepts the invitation, you’re then connected, and it becomes possible to initiate and carry on a conversation.

In its early days, BBM could only be used for two-way text conversations. But BlackBerry has since added a lot of new capabilities to BBM, including groups, channels, attachments, integration with other applications, voice calling, video chat + screen sharing, and as of last week, stickers through the new BBM Store.

BBM is superior to text messaging in many ways. It works over Wi-Fi, it’s totally independent of mobile telephone numbers, and there is no one hundred and sixty character limit. Most importantly, messages are confirmed as delivered (D) when they land on the recipient’s device, and confirmed as read (R) when opened by the user. The D’s and the R’s alone make BBM extremely useful.

Last May, at the final BlackBerry Live conference, the company announced it was taking BBM cross-platform, and would make the service available to iOS and Android users in the fall. High anticipation and a leaked version of the app messed up the initial launch plans, but BlackBerry ultimately got the rollout back on track and BBM saw a huge number of downloads in its first few days.

On non-BlackBerry phones, new BBM users are assigned a PIN when they launch the app, since they don’t have a BlackBerry handset with a preassigned PIN.

BlackBerry has continually sought to improve the BBM experience on iOS and Android platforms since the launch last fall. BBM 2.0 for those platforms debuted earlier this month, improving the feature parity with BBM for BlackBerry handsets by introducing BBM Voice and BBM Channels.

In addition, BlackBerry recently figured out how to make BBM available to people still stuck on Gingerbread (the Google code name for an older incarnation of Android). Now BlackBerry is conquering the next frontier by bringing BBM to Windows Phone. It’s a very smart move and it will give true meaning to the slogan #BBM4All, which the company uses on Twitter.

It would be nice to see BBM debut on the desktop later this year as well. Currently, BBM only works on handsets and on BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet (when the PlayBook is bridged to a BlackBerry smartphone).

Since Windows Phone is getting BBM, maybe Windows (and hopefully Mac and GNU/Linux distributions) won’t be too far behind.

Noble Move By Praiz, Who Raised N10m And Saved Baby With Hole In Heart


praizPopular R&B singer Praiz Adejo has managed to raise the money needed for post-surgery treatment of the little girl.

 

In February 2014 the celebrity released some advertisement on his various social media platforms, offering 100% of the revenue from the sales of his callertune ‘Oshé’ towards post-operative care for a baby girl who had just completed an operation to treat a serious heart condition (a hole in her heart).

The girl, named Somaya Olayinka Dahli underwent a successful heart surgery in late 2013. However, her parents were informed that afterwards she would need an expensive treatment treatment, monitoring and care to keep her alive.

When Praiz learnt about the situation, he immediately decided to help the family.

Now it has been announced that Praiz successfully raised the sum of N10 Million via the callertune project.

According to X3M Music act Praiz, “It was sad seeing Somaya go through all that pain. She’s a little girl who shouldn’t suffer like that.”

The grateful parents have already been presented with the money, which will cover all the medical bills.

Ugandan President Bows to Pressure, Signs Anti-Gay Bill into Law


yoweri-museveni-president-uganda_textThe President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has finally bowed to pressure and signed the anti-gay bill into law on February 24, 2014, Monday.

The ceremony took place at the Presidential residence at Entebbe, near the capital Kampala, in front of governmental officials, journalists and a team of Ugandan scientists. The last have also said their word in the controversial decision, after declaring that “no genetic basis for homosexuality exists”.

Uganda’s lawmakers passed the law in December 2013, however, the President refused to immediately sign it.

The anti-gay bill outlaws all the forms homosexuality in Uganda.

First-time offenders would be punished with 14 years in jail. Life imprisonment, as the penalty for acts of “aggravated homosexuality”, is also allowed.

It also makes it a crime not to report gay people, therefore living as openly gay is no more possible in Uganda.

Lesbians are covered by the bill as well.

In his reaction, President Obama described the adopted anti-gay law as “a step backwards for all the Ugandans.”

However, many citizens are quite happy the decision of their President, as it defends “traditional African values.”

It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan has signed into law the Bill which outlaws same s*x marriage in the beginning of January 2014, despite internationational pressure, showing an example to his colleague from Uganda

Barca Pays £11.1m in Neymar Tax Fraud Case But Denies Wrongdoing


Neymar Has Scored Seven Goals in 18 League Appearances This Season.

Barcelona have paid £11.1m to Spanish authorities after they were charged last week with tax fraud in the signing of Brazil forward Neymar, the club announce.

The defending La Liga champions have insisted they had not committed any tax offence but claim the payment had been made due to a “possible difference of interpretation” about the amount they owed after signing the Brazilian wonderkid from Santos in the close season.

Neymar’s parent received £34m of the £48.6m paid Santos for Neymar’s services.

Neymar Has Scored Seven Goals in 18 League Appearances This Season.

At the time of the youngster’s move, Barca said they had paid €57m but it is alleged that, if other contracts are considered, the club have paid a far greater price.

Last week, a judge in Spain ruled there was sufficient evidence against the La Liga giants to continue investigations into the Brazilian’s signing in June 2013.

Sandro Rosell resigned from his position as the Catalans’ president last month following accusations he misappropriated club’s fund. He is presently under investigation but claims innocence.

The club said in a statement: “The board denies the existence of any tax-related crime in relation to the fiscal obligations arising from the signing of the player.

“Given the existence of a possible divergent interpretation of the exact amount of tax responsibility arising from the signing and to defend the club’s reputation and good name, FC Barcelona has this morning made a complimentary tax declaration of a total of 13,550,830.56 euros [...] although we remain convinced that the original tax payment was in line with our fiscal obligations.”

There has not yet been any confirmation as to whether the case would be dropped following the payment made by the club.

Jamaican Sprinter Campbell-Brown Free to Compete Again After Failed Drug Test


Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to resume her career by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), according to her lawyer Howard Jacobs.

The two-time Olympic 200 metres champion was suspended by her country’s national federation last May following a positive test for a banned diuretic, but has now been cleared of any wrongdoing.

“All of her past results have been reinstated and she is free to compete effectively immediately,” says Jacobs.

Campbell-Brown said in a statement: “The final court available to us as athletes have spoken and humbly I say they have confirmed my innocence.”

She added the past few months have brought “much pain and suffering”.

The sprinter’s failed test came at a Jamaica invitational meeting on 4th May and she was provisionally suspended by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association.

Veronica Campbell-Brown Free to Return to the Tracks at Last.

Veronica Campbell-Brown Free to Return to the Tracks at Last.

In October, a Jamaican disciplinary committee review then deemed a reprimand sufficient because the banned substance was not used for performance enhancement.

She however had to wait for the IAAF verdict before she can return to the tracks and it appears the athletic federation handed the case to Cas.

“Yes, I lost out on the opportunity to compete for most of 2013 and the chance to defend my World 200m title, however, I press on,” the seven-time Olympic medalist continued.

“Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoke of the redemptive quality of unearned suffering and I must say I am redeemed.”

Campbell-Brown could return to competition at next month’s World Indoor Championships in Poland with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July also an option.

3 Pastors Face Trial For Over N7.9 Million Fraud


The EFCC has re-arraigned three pastors for allegedly defrauding Angel Estate Residents Association in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos of N7.9 million.

court1The defendants, David Eshiet, (44), Samson Ugbara, (47) and Adesanmi Aderoju, (43), were re-arraigned before Justice Kudirat Jose of an Ikeja High Court.

They are facing a six-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretense, forgery and uttering.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendants were previously arraigned on March 13, 2013 before Justice Olabisi Akinlade.

The trio had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N500,000 each.

During proceedings, the EFCC Counsel, Mr Ben Ubi, said that the re-arraignment was necessitated by Akinlade’s transfer out of the criminal division.

Ubi asked the court to order the defendants to re-take their plea and his request was granted.

He alleged that the defendants had conspired to fraudulently obtain four million naira and 25,000 dollars (N3.9 million) from the complainants.

The prosecutor said that the money was obtained on Oct. 27, 2011, under the guise of helping the complainants to source a loan of 100 million dollars.

He said the association wanted the loan to finance some community projects and that the defendants had obtained the sums as processing charges. Ubi also accused the defendants of forging various documents which were used in facilitating the fraud.

According to him, after collecting the money, the defendants failed to secure the loan as promised, which led the complainants to petition the EFCC.

He said that offences contravened Section 1, (sub-sections 1,2,3) and Section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Ubi said they also contravened Sections 363 and 364 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

NAN reports that the offence of obtaining money by false pretences attracts between seven and 20 years imprisonment, if an accused is found guilty.

All the defendants, again, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Following the re-arraignment, their Counsel, Mr F.O. Udokporoh, urged the court to allow them to enjoy the bail earlier granted to them by the former judge.

The judge acceded to his request and adjourned the matter till May 19 for trial.

REVEALED: The Way Forward For Nigerian Unemployed Graduates


The strength of the economy of any state, they say, is determined by the contribution of the youth. The strength of the youth therefore, cannot be over-emphasized in terms of national growth.

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It is the understanding of the roles expected of these group that a necessitated the need to acquire necessary moral, academic and ethical credential to ensure that one is fit to meet with the demands and the challenges of the society to study.

We cannot compare the relevance of academic certificate as obtained in the classical era of independence and what is obtainable today in the labour market.
Professor Eskor Toyo said, during a social action summit at Aluu, that in the early 60s and 70s, corporate organizations such as banks and insurance company would visit schools and grants the students employment in advance because of the desperate need of human resource.
He added further that some companies would jingle the bell around their host communities for vacant positions in their respective companies.
The graduates of those days had the luxury of choice to pick from as there were jobs at both private and public sectors.
He opined further that it is those who failed secondary schools that usually secure front desk jobs in banks and were handsomely paid.
This was the period that Nigerians who had to travel abroad for any reason would only do so reluctantly.
The chronological phase of event has turned the taste of education sour as the number of unemployed graduates has out weighed the few lucky ones who would stick their neck and balls to any job available even if the “take home pay” would not take them home.
According to publications by the National Manpower Board (NMB) and Federal Bureau of Statistic (FBS), only about 10% of graduates released annually into the labour market from tertiary institution in Nigeria are employed. The survival of the fittest became the rule as even the public sector only have hinge-hole vacant space for the teeming graduates that flood the society.
Former Minister of Interior, Major General Godwin Abe (Rtd) recently said that 43 persons died in the recent recruitment exercise into Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), wherein over 300,000 applied for less than 700 vacancies.
Similarly, 20 persons were reported died during a recent recruitment exercise into Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). The Scramble for desperation for 3000 vacancies by over 195,000 applicants caused the deaths.
Nigerian graduates now find solace in entering for various reality shows and dance hall competitions where the chances of being chosen even as a participant is very slim.
It is on this sad premise that a youth corps member said at the Orientation Camp in Lagos that he “feared that he is leaving the university” as three of his siblings who are already graduates are still at home with their parents.
 “I fear that I might join the wagon of the unemployed” he concluded.
Femi Aborishade of the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR) noted that there is the need for government to revive old and seemingly dead sectors that once and still can contribute to the growth of the economy.
Ajaokuta Steel Company, according to him, is enough to accommodate over 60,000 jobs. Also, the textile industry is fallow in operation but can employ lots of thousands of graduate if revived.
Same are other sectors such as the Railway and the Shipping line that dies about 20 years ago.
He believes that the government can look into these dead industries and use the graduate to revive them, thus increasing the county’s GDP.
The International labour organization (ILO) has estimated that only about 2% of the world GDP committed to social good would abolish poverty from the face of the earth. What stand in the way of allocating 2 per cent of the world GDP is the priority given to the protection of the profits for a few, rather than the needs of the overwhelming majority of humanity.
In other words there is the need to eliminate the chaos and antagonism among individual capital owners, nations, international and regional bodies.

A shared purpose they say, can give moral enemy a common ground.

CAF Pledges Support for Its World Cup-Bound Teams as Kenya Gets CHAN 2018 Hosting Right


Kenya has won the hosting rights of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

This was part of a decision reached during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting held at their headquarters in Cairo on Friday.

“The CAF Executive Committee has designated Kenya as host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), following receipt of necessary government guarantees and complete dossier including the required infrastructure and security,” a CAF press release read.

The Confederation of African Football.

The Confederation of African Football.

The 2016 edition of the CHAN tournament will be hosted in Rwanda.

Meanwhile, the CAF is pledging its complete support to all five teams from the continent due to participate in the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil next summer.

CAF has urged all five teams to be united and ensure adequate preparation in a bid to uphold the continent’s image at the tournament.

Following a meeting with representatives of the five qualified nations namely, Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, the continental body disclosed that the CAF Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo, Cameroon, will be made available for the teams ahead of the tournament with the body covering the cost.

It also said a group of media experts will be selected to provide exclusive reports and information concerning the five qualifiers

Rosicky Will Sign a New Arsenal Contract- Wenger


Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky will sign a new contract according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The 33-year-old Czech Republic international is out of contract in the summer, having featured for the Gunners since 2006, when he joined from Borussia Dortmund.

He has featured 26 times for Wenger’s men so far, scoring his first goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

“Tomas Rosicky will stay,” said Wenger. “We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon.

Tomas Rosicky Will Remain a Gunner- Wenger.

Tomas Rosicky Will Remain a Gunner- Wenger.

“I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club.

“He makes things happen, not with individual dribbling but with individual acceleration of his passing and his runs. Today he is a real organiser on the pitch as well. I like to have him in the team because he gives a real structure to our team.”

The former Sparta Praque midfielder has scored 21 goals in 93 international appearances for the Czech Republic.

K-Switch Expecting A Baby, See What Future Dad Says


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D’Banj’s yonger brother and his Liberian beauty queen girlfriend Meena  Subramani are expecting a baby.

DB records artist officially confirmed this great news in the interview with Encomium magazine.

“Yes, it’s true. My girlfriend is pregnant. It really makes me feel like a man. We’ll get married one day, though I cannot disclose when now.”

We sincerely congratulate the happy future parents and wish them all the best!

See Tinsel Actor, Gideon Okeke’s Amazing Body


Nollywood actor Gidoen Okeke shared a fun shirtless moment while on a break on the set of a new movie. gideon-okeke-february-2014-bellanaija-01-600x599

Talk about heating up Monday. ”…so I found time to cool off at lunch time. #FilmingStillinProcess” he captioned the image.

Mbu Gives Motorists 24-hour Deadline To Obtain Tinted Glass Permit


Former Rivers State Commissioner of Police who was recently transferred to the FCT, Mr Joseph Mbu, announced his arrival in Abuja on Monday, with a 24-hour deadline to motorists whose vehicles have tinted glass, to obtain the necessary permit or be arrested.

Mbu, who gave the ultimatum at a news briefing on the security situation in the territory, also warned that from Wednesday, Feb. 26, vehicles plying the territory without registration numbers would be arrested.

“I want to make this pronouncement now. If you do not have a tinted glass vehicle permit, formally approved by the Inspector-General of Police, and you are not permitted to have tinted glass in your vehicle, you have between today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) to remove it,” said Mbu.

“No vehicle will ply the streets or the highways within Abuja without an identification mark, that is to say, there must be FRSC-approved number plate affixed to your vehicle.

“We are going to enforce this law as from Wednesday this week,” he said.

Mbu appealed to motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations, saying “whatever your position is in the society, I am appealing to you to respect the law.’’

The commissioner reiterated the ban on street hawking, as well as the operations of tricycles in the city areas.

He advised operators of tricycles to strictly operate and restrict their operations to the areas the law of the FCT had approved for them.

Mbu, who said he had assessed the security situation on the Abuja-Lokoja highway, warned criminal elements in the area to steer clear of the territory and vowed to deal with them.

“I have gone to Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada axis up to the boundary between FCT and Kogi to ascertain security measures put in place to secure commuters travelling during the day and at night.

“We want to assure you that we will deal ruthlessly with any group of criminals or hoodlums who engage in unpatriotic violent crimes on that route,” he said.

“My girlfriend is pregnant. It really makes me feel like a man” – Kay Switch Reveals


D’Banj’s younger brother’s girlfriend is pregnant and he is so excited about it.  On Friday, February 14, 2014 ENCOMIUM Weekly put a call through to Kay Switch to ask him about the pregnancy rumour but the artist was so happy about it. He told Encomium:

“Yes, it is true.  My girlfriend is pregnant.  It really makes me feel like a man.”

When he was asked if he is willing to walk down the aisle with her or she will just remain his baby mama, Kayswitch replied:

“Definitely, we will get married one day, though I cannot disclose when now.  By the time we are ready, you will get to know about it.”

Stop Troubling Jonathan Or Lose Your Oil Blocs, Ex-warlord Warns


A Former militant  leader in the Niger Delta, ‘General’ Preye Ekpebide has warned that those fueling crisis in the country on account of President Goodluck Jonathan bid to re-contest for the president in 2015, that they risk losing their oil blocs, should they fail to desist from troubling the current administration.

Speaking in Bomadi, Delta State, Ekpebide warned that even though former warlords have embraced the amnesty programme, it was no guarantee that they would watch and stay aloof, if Jonathan was not treated fairly as demanded by the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria.

“Since this was the first time a South-South person is occupying the number one position in the country, the principle of equity and fairness demands that every Nigerian, wherever they may come from, have equal rights and privileges.

“The peaceful disposition of the South-South region should not be taken for granted as the boys are waiting for Jonathan to declare his 2014 ambition.”

He frowned that the North and the South–West regions have been enjoying the oil blocs from the South-South for more than four decades to the detriment of the region, adding “if they do not want to lose these benefits, they should desist from troubling the Jonathan administration.”

Ekpebide noted that the South-South region was keenly watching the security situation in the North–Eastern states, especially Borno State, describing the development there as a ploy by some group of persons to discredit the Jonathan’s administration which he said, will not work. [Vanguard]

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Boko Haram: APC Warns FG Over Planned Removal Of Borno Governor


Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima Inspecting the ruins of the attack on KawuriBorno State Governor, Kashim Shettima Inspecting the ruins of the attack on Kawuri

The Federal Government has been warned against removing the governor of terror-struck state, Borno.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) gave the warning following reports that the FG plans to remove the elected Governor of Borno and appoint a military administrator to oversee the affairs of the state, under the guise of intensifying the fight against Boko Haram.

The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement in Ibadan on Monday said the presidency should realize that there is always a limit to impunity, and that if indeed anyone should be removed over the protracted insurgency in the state and the entire North-east, it is President Goodluck Jonathan.

”What is happening in the North-east in general and Borno state in particular is failure of leadership at the highest level of government, especially because the imposition of a state of emergency in the three worst-hit states has given the President emergency powers to deal with the protracted crisis.

”As the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Jonathan is in full control of all the instruments of coercion available to the country, which he can and has been deploying at will. If, therefore, some seemingly implacable dead-enders have continued to kill, maim and destroy in any part of the country, no one but the President should be held liable. Everyone knows a Governor does not deploy troops.

”Also, it is trite to say that the raison d’etre of any government is the protection of lives and property. This means that the moment any government fails in that key responsibility, it can no longer justify its reason for existence,” the statement said.

APC said Gov. Kashim Shettima and the entire people of Borno are the victims in the senseless war being waged by Boko Haram, and that they deserve succour and support from the FG, not further victimization by a government which seems to have run out of ideas on how to subdue the sect.

The party said no one should lend any credence to the denial, by the presidency, of the evil plot to remove Gov. Shettima, because the presidency’s words have never been worth the paper on which they are written.

”Several times in the past, this presidency has issued a straight-faced denial only to go ahead and do exactly what it said it won’t. Against such blatant lack of credibility and integrity, we do not believe the presidency’s denial,” it said.

APC said it is becoming increasingly clear that the presidency may be using the state of emergency in the North-east to fight its own political battle and get rid of those it perceives as a stumbling block to its interest in 2015.

The party said if that were not the case, the presidency will not be flying a satanic kite of planning to remove the Governor of Borno when it is clear that this Governor has done everything humanly possible to support the federal government and the brave men and women fighting the sect, in addition to providing succour to the good people of Borno who have been terribly traumatized by the activities of the misguided terrorists.

”The state of emergency has run its initial course and has even been renewed, yet the insurgency continues. That means the federal government must think out of the box to evolve new strategies to tackle the insurgency. One of such is to heighten intelligence gathering that will make it possible for our security
forces to preempt attacks. Another is to win the hearts and minds of the local population so they can do more to help fish out the insurgents,” APC said in the statement.

We’re Still Open To Dialogue With Boko Haram, Says Jonathan


boko-haram-jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has said that the Federal Government is still open to constructive dialogue with the Boko Haram sect to end insurgency in the North East zone of the country.

The president stated this in Abuja on Monday when he declared open an International seminar on the Observance of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Internal Security Operations.

The seminar, held at the National Defence College, was co-hosted by the Offices of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Jonathan called on members of the sect to lay down their arms and table their grievances, if any, before government.

He, however, clarified that while waiting for the response from the sect, the military operations in the troubled areas would continue to safeguard lives and property.

“Our administration has committed tremendous resources and adopted several approaches to prosecuting the fight against terror in Nigeria.

“The declaration of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states is one of the measures taken to contain the activities of the terrorists.

“The National Committee on Peace and Dialogue in the Northern parts of the country was constituted to explore ways of dialoguing with the Boko Haram sect with a view to addressing their grievances, if any.

“I wish to use this platform to renew my previous call to members of the sect to lay down their arms and engage government in a constructive manner in order to address their grievances, if truly they have any reason to do what they are doing.

“However, while we are awaiting a positive response from the Boko Haram sect, it is important to note that government has the responsibility to protect the lives and property of our citizens.

“No efforts will be spared by this administration in discharging that responsibility”.

The president commended the organisers of the seminar with the theme “Engendering Greater Understanding of the Legal Underpinning of Internal Security Operations’’.

He said the seminar, meant to ensure that the efforts to tackle the security challenges in the country were carried out within the confine of the laws, “is apt, most critical and relevant”.

“This seminar comes at the most appropriate time given the degree of security threat facing our country and it is imperative for us to effectively address the threat within lawful and acceptable international norms”, he said.

Jonathan said that because of the ”brutal” manner the Book Haram carried out its attacks, it was impossible to rule out infractions by the military.

He said government had been guided by a commitment that any allegation of human rights abuses and non-adherent to applicable rules of engagement by the military were appropriately addressed.

Jonathan said he had directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs to ensure that relevant human rights and international humanitarian norms were emphasised in the training of members of the armed forces.

He admonished individual members of the armed forces to act within a high sense of responsibility and avoid any criminality in the discharge of their duties.

“We are faced with the challenge of dealing with a group that does not feel oblige to observe the basic tenets of human rights and humanitarian precepts in their modus operandi.

“The group so brutal and so remote from modern civilization, killing innocent people at will.

“To effectively address these challenges, government have had to frequently deploy the military and other security service in maintaining law and order and restoring normalcy.

“However, such interventions sometimes evoke concern on account of perceived collateral damage that may be associated with intense military operations.

“As the Commander-In-Chief, I am particularly concern about the manner in which the men and women of the armed forces discharge their responsibilities in spite of the daunting pressure.

“I will like to reaffirm our commitment to ensure that the military at all time adhere to the rules of engagements”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the seminar was attended by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensaoda, National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar and the Supervisory Ministers of Defence and Police Affairs, Labaran Maku and Olajumoke Akinjide, respectively. (NAN)

Photo:- Sound Sultan Rings Bell At Nigeria Stock Exchange


Singer Sound Sultan was invited by the Nigerian Stock Exchange today where he had the honour of ringing the bell. He shared the picture with the caption “It’s a honor to be called to ring the bell at the Nigeria Stock exchange !” Nice one Naija Ninja

Gunmen Abduct President GoodLuck Jonathan’s First Cousin


 

The president’s first cousin, Chief Inengite Nitabai has been abducted. He was abducted at his residence around 8pm last night in Otuoke, Bayelsa State. The gunmen numbering about 10, walked in quietly into his compound and abducted him without firing a single shot. According to his in-law who witnessed the scenario, the gunmen asked them to all lie down when five hefty men out of them walked into the living. They also asked his wife to give them money, and she gave them the N400,000 at home with her. They moved him into their vehicle and also took away his SUV, before driving off, she said.

Nothing has been heard from the men, but the commissioner of Police and Deputy Commander, JTF, have visited the crime scene. Chief Inengite is 70.

Actor Emeka Ike Was Thrown Out Of Rented Duplex Over Inability To Pay N8.5 Million Rent


According to the Sun….

Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike who has been thrown out of his rented apartment in Magodo GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, over his inability to pay an accumulated three year rent of N8.5 million. The apartment, a twin duplex located at 1, Raji Oladimeji Street, Magodo GRA, was until his ejection, used by Emeka to run his business.  Emeka had in 2007 diversified by establishing a secondary school named St Nicholas College and decided to hire the premises on a five-year lease agreement from an 87-year-old retiree, Chief Samuel Agboola Akintan at the rate of N2 million per annum for the first two years and N3 million annually for the remaining three years, bringing the total rent of five years to N13 million.

Saturday Sun gathered that Emeka was able to get his landlord accept a deposit of N2 million with a promise to pay the rest later. Trouble, however, started when a year after moving in, the popular actor began to default and at a point issued a dud cheque of N1.5 million.
To force Emeka to pay his money and eject him from the property, Chief Akintan through his company, Samak Investments Ltd, had to drag the actor to the Ikeja Magistrate court.Without much delay, the court had on November 22, last year ordered the actor to vacate the premises but his refusal to heed the order led the court Sheriff to carry out  execution of the judgment on January 24 this year when his property was thrown out.

Speaking to Saturday Sun, the octogenarian chairman of Samak Investment Ltd, Chief Akintan wondered why the actor chose to be a pain in his neck He said:

“I never knew this gentleman from Adam. He just came to my house with his wife and I was worried about who he was and my children came to me, saying, Emeka Ike, we know him daddy; he is a nice gentleman. That is how I fell into his hands.”

“When I wanted to take the matter to court, Emeka wrote a letter on February 15, 2012, pleading that I’m his father and that I should halt any court process against him. Even this N2.5 million was paid in 2011, a year to the expiration of the five- year lease. After that, he issued a N1.5 million Zenith bank, Eric Moore branch cheque in my name, dated May 20, 2012, which bounced.“Some people advised me to take him to Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria police; I refused because this boy is a young boy like my son, why would I do that to him; that he should leave my property.”

“After the cheque bounced, my lawyer called him over the phone, he started abusing me, threatening to deal with the lawyer and me. I never looked at what he was owing me in the past but should pay this N1.5 million. If I were to calculate his arrears, he has to pay far more but I am just satisfied  with this N1.5 million.”

He said the recommendation from his children made him enter into the lease agreement of five years which was to expire in 2012. According to him,

“he was supposed to pay for the first two years N2 million each per annum and the subsequent three years N3 million per annum. The total rent for that period of five years should be N13 million. He paid N2 million for the first year and never paid again until three years later when  he paid only N4.5 million and the balance should be N 8.5 million.”

“I can’t walk, so the two times I went there, I was carried like a baby to the court and Emeka didn’t come, but my lawyer went there three times. The magistrate at Igbosere wrote back to the one at Ikeja to go ahead with the matter since Emeka didn’t come. “We went back to the first court and after several adjournments, neither Emeka nor his lawyer put up appearance and we were asked to give our evidence and we did, thereafter, the judgment was delivered. “To give Emeka another opportunity, we got judgment in November 22, but the magistrate in her wisdom said we should give him one month to enable him to get himself together and move out. We were supposed to take possession by December 20, 2013 but we didn’t until January 24, when the Commissioner of Police gave us three policemen led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police to follow the Court Sheriff to eject him. They ejected him and put his property outside.”

When Emeka heard of this unsavoury development, he was said to have gone to Magodo police station and reported that thugs invaded his property after which the police arrested the two guards the landlord had stationed there.

“When in January I went to the premises, even the teachers complained that they had never seen him for many months and had not paid them salaries for nine months. “While I was in Ondo, I got a phone call that Ekeka came to Lagos and went to Magodo police station and reported that thugs invaded his property. Police went there and arrested the guards and he put his own guards and locked the place.”

Sounding emotional, Chief Akintan said:

“I’m a sick man; diabetic for 37 years. I will be 87 by my next birthday and can’t walk. I live at the grace of doctors and what nature can allow me to have. I’m immobile. I had to come back to Lagos to start another process to dislodge him. When I spoke to the DPO, Magodo police station and tendered documents, he said, so, ‘Emeka came here to tell him lies.’ “We have filed a contempt of court against him. We have taken possession of the property and about renovating it. He is going about telling people that the place was not completed when he moved in that he put over N200 million to build it. He has done a lot of damage to the property.  I sent my contractor to assess the damage; he told me that I needed between N10 million and N13 million for renovation. “I have sympathy for Emeka, but unfortunately, he has no sympathy for himself. Emeka went to court to plead that the judgment should be set aside, that I received a kangaroo judgment; that the case should be retried. The court dismissed it, saying it was abuse of court process. I don’t know what Emeka would do again. I have never seen a character like that before. “His former landlord, Dr Shofoluwe was in the same position with me. He is looking for Emeka to pay N3.5 million rent arrears. He was ejected legally. This is the type of man coming to trouble me now and I don’t need cheap publicity.”

When Emeka Ike was contacted, he said

 “there is a position now, because I don’t want people who have not achieved anything in their lives to use unnecessary distractions to gain prominence. It is my money and investments and it is not a national crisis. Maybe people who think I have a larger than life image are trying to use it to make a point and I want to handle it as legal as possible.”

He noted that there can be challenges in business, stressing that he is still in possession of the school.He added that only two entities can close down a school, either the government or the owner of the school stressing that none of that has happened.

“I’m still in possession of the school. It is only the government that has the right to shut down the school if it feels that I’m not capable and I, as the CEO, if I feel that I can’t do it again. Nobody can shut down the school and the case is in court. It should not be seen as a national crisis, I have my business in Abuja and I’m doing very well and right now I don’t like distraction”

Jonathan Surrounded By Incompetent Aides Because He’s Also Incompetent, Says Kwankwaso


GEJ-KwankwasoGovernor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State Monday described President Goodluck Jonathan as an incompetent leader.

He spoke at the Progressive Governors Forum lecture, which held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Kwankwaso, who was reacting to comments by the recently suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at the weekend that the president seems like a simple man, who means well for the country but is surrounded by incompetent aides, faulted the assertion.

Using a popular English adage to counter Sanusi’s perception of the president, Kwankwanso said: “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”.

He also said the All Progressives Congress would dethrone the ruling Peoples Democratic Party next year.

It’s Unfortunate Some Nigerians Do Not See Any Good In The Jonathan Administration, Says Anenih


Anenih2Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, has accused some Nigerians of not seeing anything good in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former Minister of Works, however, pleaded for the support of southern states to Jonathan in the task of governing the nation.

Anenih made the plea in an address he delivered on Monday at the Southern Leaders Summit, which held in Calabar, Cross River State.

According to the PDP stalwart, the president needed the support of the southern states to face the challenges posed by Boko Haram, the global economic recession and unrest, and to keep the country united.

He said, “The unity of this country is not negotiable. We must acknowledge the uncommon leadership the President has exhibited in the face of these challenges.

“Unfortunately, some Nigerians do not see any good in the present administration. This perception must stop”.

Anenih also commended organizers of the summit, which was convened to articulate southern Nigeria’s positions at the forthcoming national conference.

He added, “The response to the National Conference Committee was quite remarkable; so also is the widespread pre-National Conference Dialogue that is going on among various groups across the country.

“I commend President Goodluck Jonathan for his sagacity in giving Nigerians this golden platform to examine areas of concern about the Nigerian federation and find common solutions to those problems that have constituted a hindrance to our evolutionary journey to nationhood.

“I am convinced that the National Conference will strengthen the bonds of unity, the fabric of our federalism and the pillars of our nationhood.  The unity of this great nation is not negotiable”.

Anenih noted that it was heart-warming to see that different groups – nationalities, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and academic institutions – were formulating their positions and preparing well thought-out proposals for the conference.

“This Southern Leaders Summit is, surely, one of the pre-conference fora, which hopefully, will identify areas of common interest to the states of the South”, he added.

Anenih also lamented the inability of the states of the South to speak with one voice, saying the summit would provide a platform to identify common interests.

He said, “There is no doubt that there are many concerns, which they share and need to identify at a platform such as this.

“Our northern counterparts have been known to work together as a united front. We, in the South, must also forge unity and cooperation among ourselves”.

He noted that the participants at the summit were men and women, who he said, had distinguished themselves in their various callings and in the services of this country.

Anenih expressed optimism that the ideas and proposals, which would emanate from the deliberations, would not only be profound but also capable of lifting the country and helping it towards attaining loftier heights.

Gov. Al-Makura Lays Foundation Of 160-Bed Hospital In Lafia


Al-MakuraGov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State on Monday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a 160-bed hospital in Lafia.

Speaking at the occasion, Al-Makura said the project had become imperative considering the increasing health demand of the growing population in the state.

He said the project would decongest the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, and reduce the hours spent by patients waiting to access healthcare services.

Al-Makura said the project was in line with the promised made by the state government to construct three specialist hospitals across the state.

He said that the hospital would be equipped to check medical trips abroad and serve as referral centres for ailments such as Lassa fever, Tuberculosis, Cholera, among other diseases.

The governor also said that the rehabilitation of general hospitals in Awe, Akwanga and Nasarawa-Eggon would soon be completed.

In his remarks, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Commissioner for Health, said the hospital would have 21 departments equipped with state-of-the-arts facilities.

Akabe said the project, being handled by a foreign construction firm, would be completed in 12 months. (NAN)

INEC To Provide Adequate Security For Corps Members, Ad-Hoc Staff In 2015 – Jega


0012583d35776e6256f7fdbb7c5c0dbfThe Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday said that it had put in place security mechanism to ensure that members of the National Youth Service Corps and other ad hoc staff that would be deployed for the 2015 general elections are protected.

The commission disclosed that a lot was also being done to ensure that problems of logistics do not arise in the next general elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, gave these assurances in his paper titled, ‘The 2015 general elections: Conversations with Nigeria’s Female Stakeholders’, which he delivered during a workshop organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund at The Electoral Institute, Abuja.

The INEC boss said the commission had met with the NYSC management to compile the addresses of all NYSC lodges in order to prevent a repeat of the 2011 post-electoral violence during which some corps members were killed in Bauchi State.

Jega recalled that the corps members deployed for that elections were attacked in their various lodges.

He therefore assured that the commission “will be providing security to the NYSC camps before and after elections, and adequate security will be provided for the ad hoc staff that will be deployed during the periods”.

He said, “We give assurance that preparations by INEC for the 2015 general elections are proceeding in earnest. Learning from the experiences of 2011, especially regarding the need for early preparations, the commission has undertaken the task of fundamental restructuring of its bureaucracy, established new policies to guide its work and embarked on far-reaching planning of its operations through a strategic plan, an election project plan and an election management system; these are vigorously being implemented”.

According to him, INEC is at the verge of finalizing arrangements towards making the 2015 general elections more credible and transparent.

He also said that the completion of the “consolidation and de-duplication” of the biometric register of voters, which he said “now has tremendous integrity, much better than the one with which 2011 elections were conducted”.

Jega, however, cautioned that the task of conducting credible and peaceful elections should not be left to INEC alone.

He said, “All stakeholders have important roles to play, not only in the core plans for the elections, but also in ensuring that all Nigerians, especially women, actively participate in the democratic process.

“This will immensely enrich our democratic experience and deepen our political culture”.

He added that the commission had also put in place plans that would ensure increased participation of women in subsequent elections in the country.

Jega noted that the commission was committed to ensuring gender equity as a key aspect of propagation of sound principles of democratic practices in Nigeria.

This, he said, the electoral commission was going to achieve through its gender policy.

Nigeria Governors Forum Accuse Presidency Of Plotting Al-Makura’s Impeachment


FROM LEFT: GOVERNORS BABANGIDA ALIYU OF NIGER; ABDUL'AZIZ  YARI OF ZAMFARA AND CHAIRMAN, FACTION OF GOVERNORS FORUM, GOV. CHIBUIKE AMAECHI OF RIVERS

FROM LEFT: GOVERNORS BABANGIDA ALIYU OF NIGER; ABDUL’AZIZ YARI OF ZAMFARA AND CHAIRMAN, FACTION OF GOVERNORS FORUM, GOV. CHIBUIKE AMAECHI OF RIVERS

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has accused the Presidency of plotting the impeachment of the Nasarawa State Governor, Umar Tanko Al-Makura.

The governors made the allegation on Monday evening after their meeting at the Rivers State governor’s lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, which commenced around 8pm and ended in the wee hours of Tuesday around 1:02am.

It was learnt that members of the state House of Assembly, who are allegedly involved in the impeachment plot, have already started compiling impeachable offences against the governor. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has 19 members in the assembly while Al-Makura’s party, All Progressives Congress, APC, has five members.

The governors, however, described the alleged plan to impeach Al-Makura as an assault on the 1999 Constitution.

Chairman of the Forum, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who read a four-paragraph communiqué at the end of the meeting, described the plan as illegal.

The communique read, “It has come to our notice that the Presidency is plotting to illegally impeach the Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Tanko Al-Makura.

“We condemn this renewed assault on constitutional democracy”.

The governors also deliberated on the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank, Malam Sanusi Lamido by President Goodluck Jonathan.

They said the action was wrong and aimed at diverting attention from the current national discourse on the alleged missing $20bn from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation account.

According to them, “The suspension of Sanusi by Mr. President is in clear breach of the Nigerian Constitution and the CBN Act, 2007.

“The suspension is aimed at diverting attention from the current national discourse on the allegations of corruption and questionable accountability.

“We support the call of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Senate Committee on Finance for a forensic audit of the NNPC Account”.

The governors also reiterated their concern about what they called the deliberate refusal of the Presidency to summon a meeting of the National Economic Council for seven months now.

The governors also argued that the action had scuttled the constitutional opportunity to discuss the “perilous state of the Nigerian economy thus plunging the nation into an economic and political crisis”.

They therefore appealed to the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, to accelerate the hearing on all constitutional cases especially the suit on the Excess Crude Account and other illegal deductions.

On the killings in the North-East by Boko Haram, the Governors Forum condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property, but commended the Nigerian military and other security agencies for their efforts to quell the insurgency.

They called on the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property in the country, especially in the troubled North-East region.

Northern Leaders Not Doing Enough To End Boko Haram Insurgency, Says Oritsejafor


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PAPA AYO ORITSEJAFOR, PRESIDENT (LEFT), CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA, CAN ADDRESSING MAJOR HAMZA AL-MUSTAPHA (RIGHT) AS ALHAJI MOHAMMED SOLE HASSAN (2ND R) AND ENGR. ABDULRAHMAN HASSAN LOOKS ON DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE FORMER IN WARRI MONDAY. PHOTO: AKPOKONA OMAFUAIRE

Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church in Warri, Delta State and National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has said that his problem with most northern political and religious leaders was that they were not doing enough to convince members of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram to stop launching unprovoked attacks on Christians and the country in general.

Oritsejafor, who spoke when Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to ex-Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha, led a team of Nigerians, under the aegis of his NGO, Al-Mustapha Peace, Unity and Development Initiative, on a courtesy visit to the cleric in Warri, accused northern elites of showing little concern for the plight of southerners affected in the crisis.

Al-Mustapha informed his host that he was in Warri to seek his understanding and support for peace and unity in the country in the face of the insurgency in some northern parts of the country and killing of innocent persons by Boko Haram.

According to the former CSO, one of the shocking findings by his group was that some individuals were benefitting from the crisis in the country hence they were at the moment sponsoring propaganda against him and his team for seeking the return of peace and unity in the country.

The CAN president, who said he was impressed by Al-Mustapha’s peace efforts, recalled that about eight years ago, he personally drove to Asaba, the Delta State capital to deliver relief materials to northerners that fled Onitsha and other parts of the East, when aggrieved easterners, on sighting the corpses of their kinsmen that were slaughtered during a crisis in the North, sought to avenge their kinsmen massacre.

Pastor Oritsejafor said, “There must be a way of reaching out to these displaced persons. Look at what is happening in Borno State. It is happening to both Christians and Muslims, but when you listen to the leader of these insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, he said in the last message that they are after Christians and anywhere they find them, they will kill them”.

Herdsmen Attacks: Suswam Warns Benue Residents Against Raising False Alarm


Gabriel-SuswamGov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue on Monday warned residents of the state against raising false alarm following recent attacks by some herdsmen in the state.

Suswam gave the warning in Makurdi while inaugurating the SURE-P committee in the state.

He said it was unfortunate that ‘mischief makers’ were taking advantage of the fragile security situation in the state to raise false alarm over herdsmen attacks.

The governor said that such false alarms often forced some people to flee their homes and exposed them to different forms of hazards.

He assured that the government was taking necessary measures to tackle any crisis in the state and implored the residents of the state to have confidence in the government.

“Do not to allow hoodlums take advantage of the situation to create tension and unrest in your mind”, Suswam said.

He said the government was collaborating with security agencies in the state to safeguard lives and property of innocent citizens in the state. (NAN)

Fashola Meets With Lagos Delegates To National Conference


LEFT:   LAGOS REPRESENTATIVES AT THE NATIONAL CONFAB;  PROF. TUNDE SAMUEL;  PRINCE RABIU OLUWA;  CHAIRMAN,  ALHAJI  FEMI OKUNNU;   GOV. BABATUNDE FASHOLA OF LAGOS;  MR SUPO SASORE (SAN), MR WAHEED AYENI AND MRS OLUFUNMI OSHINOWO-BASHORUN,  DURING THEIR MEETING WITH GOV.  FASHOLA  IN LAGOS ON MONDAY  (24/2/14).

LEFT: LAGOS REPRESENTATIVES AT THE NATIONAL CONFAB; PROF. TUNDE SAMUEL; PRINCE RABIU OLUWA; CHAIRMAN, ALHAJI FEMI OKUNNU; GOV. BABATUNDE FASHOLA OF LAGOS; MR SUPO SASORE (SAN), MR WAHEED AYENI AND MRS OLUFUNMI OSHINOWO-BASHORUN, DURING THEIR MEETING WITH GOV. FASHOLA IN LAGOS ON MONDAY (24/2/14).

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday in Ikeja met with delegates from the state to the forthcoming National Conference on the agenda of the state for the conference.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six delegates include a former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Femi Okunnu and a former Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr Supo Shasore.

Others are Mr Rabiu Oluwa, Mr Waheed Ayeni, Prof. Tunde Samuel and Mrs Funmilayo Bashorun.

Fashola said at the meeting that the state would present its position on issues affecting it and the country strongly at the conference, with a view to getting solutions to them.

He said that a review of the revenue sharing formula, creation of state police and special status for Lagos State, if considered, would impact positively on the state and also promote national development.

Fashola expressed belief in the ability of the delegates to deliver, as they were accomplished Nigerians who had, over the years, contributed immensely to the country`s development.

“I am confident they would do their best with their knowledge and disposition, I doubt if we can have a better set of people than this”, he said.

Speaking on behalf of the delegates, Okunnu, thanked the state government for finding them worthy to present the state`s position at the conference.

He promised that the delegates would do their best to justify the confidence reposed in them.

Okunnu said the position of the state on various issues were not too different from those presented at the national conference held during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He said that the state would also push for independent candidacy in elections, true federalism and a just revenue allocation formula.

According to him, the team will interact with delegates from other states in the South-West geopolitical zone, to forge a common position at the conference which begins in March. (NAN)

National Confab: Southern Leaders To Seek More Powers For Federating Units


GOVERNORS THEODORE ORJI (RIGHT), PETER OBI, OLUSEGUN MIMIKO, LIYEL IMOKE, OLU FALAE AND TONY ANENIH, DURING THE SOUTHERN LEADERS’ SUMMIT IN CALABAR, CROSS RIVER…

GOVERNORS THEODORE ORJI (RIGHT), PETER OBI, OLUSEGUN MIMIKO, LIYEL IMOKE, OLU FALAE AND TONY ANENIH, DURING THE SOUTHERN LEADERS’ SUMMIT IN CALABAR, CROSS RIVER…

Leaders drawn from the various southern states in the country on Monday converged on Calabar, the Cross River State capital, where they resolved to demand the decentralization of power from the centre and strengthening of the federating states at the forthcoming National Conference.

The leaders, who met under the aegis of the Southern Leaders’ Summit, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for summoning the courage to call for a national conference but they also want the decisions reached at the dialogue to be ratified by simple majority of delegates.

In a communiqué read at the end of the summit, which was attended by nine governors, the southern states also agreed to go to the national conference with a demand for an increment in the percentage of revenue derivation from oil and gas, among others.

The communiqué read in parts, “That we propose the designing of one legislative list to be known as federal powers in the Constitution and whatever is not contained in the federal powers is to become the legislative powers of the federating units.

“That in line with the principle of democratic governance, decisions at the forthcoming National Conference should be by simple majority.

“That we endorse an increase in revenue allocation to the federating units in a way that takes cognisance of the new responsibilities and residual powers of the federating units.

“That we agree to an increment in the percentage of revenue derivation from oil and gas.

“That we recommend the removal of solid minerals from the exclusive legislative list”.

The summit also resolved that the president be commended “for his commitment and dogged efforts in fighting the menace of insecurity”, noting that “in spite of obvious security challenges in the country, the president has made remarkable progress in the development of critical sectors of the Nigerian economy, particularly in the areas of power, transport, aviation, agriculture and direct foreign investment”.

The southern leaders also restated their commitment to a united and indivisible Nigeria based on the principles of justice, equity and rule of law, with ample respect and understanding for cultural, religious and linguistic differences.

They further resolved that they “support the re-establishment of a truly federal Nigeria with the following key elements: devolution of powers to federating units, and co-ordinate and equal powers between the central government and the federating units”.

Governors, who attended the summit, include the host governor, Liyel Imoke; Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo; Peter Obi, Anambra; Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa.

Others are Theodore Orji, Abia; Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom; Martin Elechi, Ebonyi; and Sullivan Chime, Enugu.

Also in attendance were a former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae; Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Anthony Anenih; Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba; former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel; Afenifere chieftains, Ayo Adebanjo and Supo Shonibare; former Minister of State for Petroleum, Edmund Daukoro; a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Paul Adah, Third Republic governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, among others.

Governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled states in the South-West; South-South and South-East, however, stayed away from the summit.

Navy Laments Perennial Flooding In Calabar Barracks


Nigerian NavyThe constant flooding of the Nigerian Navy Barracks in Calabar, Cross River State after a heavy down pour has been bemoaned by naval authorities, who have pleaded with both the federal and state government to render assistance towards checkmating the situation, which is said to have worsened.

Speaking yesterday while inspecting units and ships under his command, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obiora Medani yesterday said several attempts by the Nigerian Navy to control the flooding and erosion in Akim Barracks had defied every effort.

“We have a military and civil authorities’ relationship and we have appealed to the civil authorities to help us because the scope of the erosion menace in that barracks is above our resources and we hope this will be done soon”, he said.

The naval chief lamented that year in year out, the Nigerian Navy has sunk in its meagre resources to combat the erosion menace, yet the flooding at the Barracks had only worsened, making it impossible to navigate large parts of the barracks whenever it rains.

He said: “The rains will soon set in and we hope something will be done soon to address the situation. On our part, we are doing the much we can to stem the tide of flooding in the barracks”.

On the state of facilities at the Eastern Naval Command, Medani said he was impressed with the state of preparedness of officers and ratings of the command to combat any form of militancy and piracy in the Calabar –Equatorial Guinea – Gabon waterways, assuring those travelling on that route of their safety.

He said in a few months time, the 100-bed Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar will be ready for inauguration going by the fast pace of work on the project.

“The Nigerian Navy does not condone the abandonment of projects and I can assure you that being a point of reference, efforts are being made to bring life to the place and that will be very soon”, he added.

NSA Reiterates FG’s Commitment To Sensitizing Armed Forces On Human Rights


PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (SECOND RIGHT), MRS BENSAODA (LEFT); COL DASUKI (SECOND LEFT); MINISTER OF JUSTICE MOHAMMED ADOKE (SAN); AND CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA, JUSTICE ALOMA MUKTHAR (RIGHT) AT THE SEMINAR IN ABUJA...YESTERDAY.

PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (SECOND RIGHT), MRS BENSAODA (LEFT); COL DASUKI (SECOND LEFT); MINISTER OF JUSTICE MOHAMMED ADOKE (SAN); AND CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA, JUSTICE ALOMA MUKTHAR (RIGHT) AT THE SEMINAR IN ABUJA…YESTERDAY.

The Nigerian Armed Forces have been deployed in internal security operations in 32 out of the 36 states of the federation, National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) said yesterday.

He also said efforts are being redoubled to tackle the menace of Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.

He, however, assured that the Federal Government will encourage troops to observe human rights, and international humanitarian law norms in their fight against insurgents.

Dasuki made this known at an international seminar on the Imperatives of the Observance of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Norms in Internal Security Operations, jointly organised by his office and that of the Attorney General of the Federation.

The seminar, holding at the National Defence College in Abuja, is being attended by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda.

He said: “As you are well aware, our great country has been grappling with a plethora of security challenges occasioning loss of lives and property.

“These civil disturbances, ethnic tensions and recently, terrorism and insurgency in the North East geopolitical zone have engaged the attention of the government and security agencies as concerted efforts are being made to contain the situation and restore normalcy in the affected parts of the country.

“The declaration of a State of Emergency by Mr. President with the support and approval of the National Assembly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States is one of the several initiatives implemented to address these security challenges.

“While these efforts are ongoing, experience has shown from a post-mortem of the crises situations and robust interaction with the affected communities that although, civil authorities often employ their best endeavours in tackling these crises, they are sometimes overwhelmed by the degree of sophistication both in terms of operational modality and weaponry used by the perpetrators of these crises.

“In the circumstances, it has become imperative to deploy the armed forces in aid of civil authority. It is significant to note that our armed forces are presently involved in internal security operations in about 32 states of the federation.

“I have no doubt that our participation in this seminar is a demonstration of our collective will and commitment to put an end to the spate of mindless killings taking place across the country and to build a progressive and stable society, where we can all sleep under the cover of peace and security. It is our fervent hope that we will realise this objective”.

On the observance of human rights and international humanitarian law norms by troops in their engagement, the NSA added: “The frequent interaction between the armed forces and the civilian population has also come at a cost in terms of human lives and material resources. Allegations of human rights abuses and proportionality of military response to crises situations are issues that have been thrown up within the country, as well as, the international community.

“While the observance of appropriate rules of engagement has been institutionalised in the training of members of the armed forces, it is our conviction, particularly, while organising this seminar, that frequent sensitisation will go a long way to encourage the armed forces to imbibe these norms and promote voluntary compliance”.

Dasuki said the seminar became imperative to guide commanders and troops on their responsibilities; treatment of victims and other vulnerable groups during conflict situations.

He said: “The seminar is therefore designed to sensitise the armed forces and other security agencies on the imperatives of observing human rights, international humanitarian law norms and interrogate issues with the potential of reducing the risk of exposure to prosecution or other unpleasant consequences that could flow from the disregard of these norms.

“This is consistent with our national laws and the obligations imposed by various international legal instruments, including but not limited to the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which Nigeria is a State Party.

“As a State Party to these instruments, Nigeria has the obligation to teach its rules and norms to her armed forces and the general public.

“We are duty bound not only to prevent violations, but also, punish the perpetrators when they occur”.

APC Chieftains Meet In Ibadan, Brainstorm On Unemployment, Insecurity


ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) CHIEFTAINS ACKNOWLEDGING CHEERS FROM PARTY FAITHFUL AT THE LEKAN SALAMI SPORTS COMPLEX, ADAMASINGBA, IBADAN.

ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) CHIEFTAINS ACKNOWLEDGING CHEERS FROM PARTY FAITHFUL AT THE LEKAN SALAMI SPORTS COMPLEX, ADAMASINGBA, IBADAN.

Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday decried the unemployment situation in the country.

They spoke at a forum organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The host, Gov. Ajimobi, saluted the APC leaders for the initiative of proffering scientific solutions to the problems of unemployment in Nigeria.

“Our decision to brainstorm on the national challenge of unemployment at this forum underscores our belief that a mental and intellectual approach to the problems would dissolve the challenge into nothingness in no long a time”, he said.

The governor, who described the problem of unemployment as a global phenomenon affecting many countries in various degrees, noted that the situation in Nigeria was climbing up steadily at a rate of 16 per cent per year.

“We must do something urgently as a nation to reverse this trend”, Ajimobi emphasized, stressing “we must be attentive to the alarm raised by a concerned citizen who warned that of all the aspects of social misery, nothing is as heart-breaking as unemployment”.

Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who delivered a paper entitled: “Visioning Progressive Governance”, said the current unemployment situation in Nigeria was unacceptable.

His words: “Unemployment rate in Nigeria is a danger to the social, economic and political stability of the country. It also impacts negatively on our ambition as a new Nigeria; after all, how can Nigeria, with over 20 million youths who have no jobs, and millions of several others wasting away, claim that we want to be a major power in the comity of nations”.

Okorocha, who said Nigeria could no longer remain insensitive to issues of unemployment, stated that the gathering was aimed at coming up with tangible and workable proposals that would make immediate impact on job creation.

In his speech at the occasion, Tinubu decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, attributing it to the high rate of unemployment, which he described as a ticking time bomb that could explode anytime, if not urgently addressed.

The former Lagos governor, who was represented by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, called on the present crop of leaders in the country to stop protecting their seats and focus on how to find lasting solution to insecurity and unemployment currently bedeviling the country.

“The people of this country are now more determined than ever before to protect the country by way of kicking out incompetent leaders, either at the states or national level”, he said.

In their separate remarks, Gen. Buhari and Gov. Fayemi said there was the urgent need to tackle the unemployment and security challenges facing Nigeria.

In his lecture, Dr. Ayo Teriba, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Associates, noted that unemployment rate had increased three-folds in the last 15 years, with the worst increases taking place between 2007 and now.

Teriba, who spoke on the topic: “Nigeria’s High Growth-High Unemployment Paradox”, said to make democratic governance a tool for delivering economic tangible and enduring economic benefits in the future, Nigeria should make monthly employment data available before the end of each month, fix rail transportation, rethink fiscal policy, re-focus monetary policy and ensure that elected officials accept responsibilities for policy formulation and coordination.

Ogun PDP Advises FG To Strip Obasanjo’s Associates Of Positions In Govt


jonathan_and_obasanjo1The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State has urged the Federal Government to strip associates of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who are occupying some strategic and sensitive offices in the government, of their positions.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Publicity Secretary of Ogun PDP, Waliu Oladipupo, the party said: “Although a good number of them have turned down the former President’s directive that they join the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State, they cannot continue to hold sensitive board appointments in a PDP-led Federal Government and be working against the interest of the party”.

The party appealed to its national leadership and the Federal Government to withdraw all the goodwill and patronage that had hitherto accrued to “Obasanjo and his associates”, courtesy of the PDP-led Federal Government, adding that, “To do otherwise would be tantamount to arming your opponents”.

I’ve Absolute Powers To Suspend CBN Governor, Says Jonathan


jonathan_n_sanusiPresident Goodluck Jonathan has said that he has ‘absolute’ powers to suspend the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from office until investigation into allegations of financial recklessness leveled against him are concluded.

Responding to questions during the Presidential Media Chat on Monday anchored by AIT’s Imoni Amarere and panel of journalists including Grace Ekpo, Goodluck Nnaji of Base FM, Oraifite in Anambra State, and Bolaji Tunji of New Telegraph, Jonathan said ” I will tell you yes. The President has absolute powers to suspend the CBN Governor”.

He added that “The CBN is not even well defined in the Nigerian Constitution. If you look at the Nigerian Constitution, Section 153 talks about executive bodies like Federal Character Commission, Civil Service Commission, Independent National Electoral Commission, the Judicial Service Commission about 14 of them. These are clearly defined. The President appoints, but the Senate must clear. For the president to remove anybody, he must go through the Senate”.

Jonathan stressed that “CBN as the number one bank is not even well defined in the Nigerian Constitution, but the CBN law makes provision that to appoint the governor and deputy governors of CBN and executive directors, president appoints and send to the Senate. But the President has oversight over the CBN, so if anybody tells you that the CBN is a different country, it is not true because for the CBN to change the Colour of the Naira, the President must approve”.

In reaction to speculations that the Federal Government was plotting to arraign the suspended CBN governor, the president dismissed such, saying nothing incriminating had been found on the apex bank or Sanusi.

According to him, “If he has a case to answer, it will depend on the nature of the case. In the public service there are some cases, which are not criminal in nature, such as an act of negligence, or that he skipped a process that he is supposed to follow, this might not lead to prosecution, he might only be sanctioned, indictment or so.

“Prosecution will only come in if a fraud is established. If a fraud is not established, it is just that somebody failed to follow due process or some other issues that are not clearly fraudulent. Nigerians should wait”, he pleaded.

Unguarded Utterances: Jonathan Flays Shettima, Threatens To Withdraw Troops From Borno


GEJ-media-chatPresident Goodluck Jonathan has threatened to withdraw the military from the North-east, especially Borno, following recent unguarded utterances from some people in the troubled region, including Borno State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shettima.

In a presidential media chat televised live from the State House in Abuja on Monday, President Jonathan said he wondered if the Borno State governor would be able to stay in Government House if the federal government withdrew the military for just one month.

Gov. Shettima had last week in reaction to the killing spree by Boko Haram in Izge town of Gwoza local government area alleged that the insurgents were better armed and motivated than Nigeria’s security forces.

But the president frowned at the comment, saying it was unfortunate that a state governor would make such unguarded statement

“The statement is a little bit unfortunate because you don’t expect a governor to make that kind of statement and if the governor of Borno State feels that the Nigerian Armed Forces are not useful, he should tell Nigerians. I will pull them out for one month; whether he will stay in that his Government House; just one month, but I will fly back to take over the state.

“But if what he said is correct, I will pull out the military from Borno State for one month and I will go back and take over the state. A governor should be mindful of what he says.

“Yes, there are issues. No matter how frustrated you are, you don’t make this kind of statement”, Jonathan said yesterday.

He added that the efforts of the federal government in handling the insurgency situation in the North-east should be appreciated and encouraged by all to yield the desired results.

Northern Govs Extol Former President Shagari’s ‘Uncommon Pedigree’ At 89


shehu_usman_aliyu_shagariFirst Executive President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari has been described as “a statesman of uncommon pedigree” by the Northern States Governors Forum as he turns 89 today.

In their tribute to the former president, the governors said that Shagari played politics without rancor or bitterness and placed utmost priority on the values and virtues of constitutional democracy.

The forum’s Chairman and governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary – Danladi Ndayebo – in Minna on Monday, said that “Shagari’s politics eschews bitterness. Even opponents concede that he is a disciplined man, whose life symbolises a rejection of the corrupting influences that distract the commitment of some leaders”.

It further noted that Shagari was the greatest statesman around today, and urged Nigerians to emulate his exemplary life that was characterised by honesty, selflessness and the fear of God.

The forum said it was proud to be associated with the achievements of the former Nigerian leader, especially his contributions to the deepening of the nation’s democracy.

It prayed God to grant the former president excellent health, courage and many more years of selfless service to Nigeria and humanity in general.

APC Is In Position To Change Nigeria For Better’


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Immediate past governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje said yesterday that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is an agent of positive change created to better the lives of Nigerians.

He said that there is no doubt that most Nigerians strongly believe that the APC is in a better position to turn around the fortunes of the country for the better.

The APC, he added, “will stabilize and fix the country”.

Goje, who now represents Gombe Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber, made this known in Abuja while speaking about his defection to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said, “You see I don’t personalize politics. I look at issues. In Gombe State today we believe that APC is in a better position to bring about changes that will go a long way to improve the present condition of the people of Gombe State and Nigeria in general. We believe strongly the APC is in a position to change Nigeria for better”.

On the refusal of the Senate leadership to read the letter of notice of defection by some Senators on the floor of the Senate, Goje said the development did not stop them from registering as members of APC in their states during the last nationwide membership registration of the party.

He said, “We have submitted our letter to the Senate leadership. We have argued the issue on the floor of the Senate. We have registered for APC. There are other Senators who have not come to the floor to announce their defection to the party of their choice but they have gone to the public to declare.

“We are not playing to the gallery. We have gone beyond the level to play to the gallery. In the House of Representatives people have defected and nothing happened. The laws have not changed. Given the same Senate, the same laws, people have been defecting. The law has not changed”.

Asked on the possibility of reconciliation with PDP, he said: “It will be inhuman of me and even against my religion to say that I have no heart of reconciliation.

“Even God Almighty who created us forgives when we go against Him and do the right thing. To say that I don’t have the heart of reconciliation will not be right. I am a human being. If God Himself forgives who am I not to forgive”.

Sanusi Is Still CBN Governor – Jonathan Insists


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Jonathan made this statement during the presidential media chat held on Monday evening.

The President also stressed the fact that Sanusi was only suspended to give room for investigation into the allegation of financial recklessness levelled against him.

He assured that Sanusi will be restored to his position if he is not guilty at the end of the investigation.

Alleged Kleptomaniac, Yetunde Akilapa Returns from Spiritual Home


Upcoming Nollywood actress, Yetunde Akilapa, who recently went through hell after she was caught and beaten up for being at the wrong place at the wrong time has returned from her hometown, Ilesha (Osun) where she was said to have undergone spiritual cleansing from what she earlier described as an attack from her enemies.

yetunde-akilapa1-650x400When ENCOMIUM Weekly got across to her on her mobile phone, a happy Yetunde said all is now over. Not only that, she is back fully in the industry to continue with what she knows how to do best as against her previous plan to quit the profession after the disgraceful episode of Sunday, January 12, 2014.

“Yes, I am now back and ready to continue with my acting career. I am not quitting again. God has finally shamed my critics and enemies. It’s true I have not been around for two weeks.

I was going through a kind of marathon fasting and prayer. First, I had to go to my hometown on my mother’s invitation. That was where I stayed for about two weeks for spiritual cleansing, and I thank God I have triumphed over my enemies. The devil has lost the battle. I am a conqueror forever.”

Probed further if she is now a member of Christ Embassy Church, where she was said to have been delivered of the evil spirit that she claimed was about to ruin her life and career, she reacted:

“I am a member of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ikorodu, where I reside. But I only attend Christ Embassy Church, Agidingbi, Lagos, once in a while.

Even, my friend also introduced me to a Christ Apostolic Church, in Ketu, Lagos, where I also attend deliverance services. I don’t discriminate so far it’s all for my benefit. Now, I am happy that the battle is over. As I speak to you, I am on a movie location with some of my colleagues.

They are all happy that I am back. I pray that any weapon fashioned against me again shall never prosper.”

Ali Baba, Alex Ekubo, Others Dazzle At Screen Nation Awards In London


Several Nigerian stars stormed London today for the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards, also known as the black BAFTAS.

The event was held at the Park Plaza, Riverbank London. Ali Baba anchored the show alongside Los Angeles-based British Nigerian actress, Caroline Chikezie. Stars on ground at the awards were Jimmy Akingbola (ex Holby City), Chucky Venn (Eastenders), Alex Ekubo, Anthony Manjaro, Ashley Walters (Actor and Rapper), Pauline Long (founder BEFFTA Awards), Ken Smart (Meet the McKenzies), T-Boy (Comedian – Don’t Jealous me), Beauty Queen Alexalyn Owuadey (1st Princess Miss Black Africa), Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee and a host of others.

See the photos below:

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Man Falls Asleep Inside Coffin After Attemted s*x On Teenage Corpse


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Villagers spotted Chin Chean’s foot sticking out of a coffin belonging to a 17-year-old girl.

They soon told her horrified family about the 47-year-old necrophiliac .

Chin Chaen told Cambodian police that he started digging at around 10am the morning after attending the teenager’s funeral.

He managed to get inside the coffin but could not have s*x as it was too small.

Cambodia Daily reported that he then fell asleep on top of the body.

Police chief Keo Vutha said: Villagers saw Mr Chean’s foot by the grave at about 6am and told the deceased’s family.

We don’t know at this stage whether he knew the victim when she was alive.” Chin Chaen is known locally as a drug user and has ran unclad around a pagoda.

Lay down your arms, Jonathan tells Boko Haram


President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday called on members of the Boko Haram sect to lay down their arms, saying that the Federal Government was open to engaging the sect in constructive dialogue to end insurgency in the North East zone of the country.

Jonathan stated this in Abuja when he declared open an international seminar on the Observance of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Internal Security Operations.

The seminar themed “Engendering Greater Understanding of the Legal Underpinning of Internal Security Operations”, held at the National Defence College, was co-hosted by the offices of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and the National Security Adviser, NSA.

The president invited members of the sect to table their grievances before the government, had they any.

He however said that the military operations in the troubled areas would continue to safeguard lives and property, while the government waits for the sect’s response.

“Our administration has committed tremendous resources and adopted several approaches to prosecuting the fight against terror in Nigeria.

“The declaration of a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states is one of the measures taken to contain the activities of the terrorists.

“The National Committee on Peace and Dialogue in the Northern parts of the country was constituted to explore ways of dialoguing with the Boko Haram sect with a view to addressing their grievances, if any.

“I wish to use this platform to renew my previous call to members of the sect to lay down their arms and engage government in a constructive manner in order to address their grievances, if truly they have any reason to do what they are doing.

“However, while we are awaiting a positive response from the Boko Haram sect, it is important to note that government has the responsibility to protect the lives and property of our citizens.

“No efforts will be spared by this administration in discharging that responsibility.’’

The president commended the organisers of the seminar, which he said was meant to ensure that the efforts to tackle the security challenges in the country were carried out within the confines of the law, “is apt, most critical and relevant.

“This seminar comes at the most appropriate time given the degree of security threat facing our country and it is imperative for us to effectively address the threat within lawful and acceptable international norms,’’ he said.

Jonathan said that because of the ‘’brutal’’ manner the Boko Haram carried out its attacks, it was impossible to rule out infractions by the military.

Jonathan said he had directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs to ensure that relevant human rights and international humanitarian norms were emphasised in the training of members of the armed forces.

He admonished members of the armed forces to act with a high sense of responsibility and avoid any criminality in the discharge of their duties.

“We are faced with the challenge of dealing with a group that does not feel obliged to observe the basic tenets of human rights and humanitarian precepts in their modus operandi.

“As the Commander in Chief, I am particularly concerned about the manner in which the men and women of the armed forces discharge their responsibilities in spite of the daunting pressure,” the president said.

The seminar was attended by the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensaoda, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar and the Supervisory Ministers of Defence and Police Affairs, Labaran Maku and Olajumoke Akinjide, respectively.