EU Agrees Tougher Sanctions On Russia


The EU has reached an agreement on the first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation with Moscow since the Cold War.

The measures agreed on Tuesday would shut state-owned Russian banks out of European markets and target the defence sector and sensitive technologies, including oil, but exclude the vital natural gas sector, on which Europe is heavily dependent.

The EU’s president, Herman Van Rompuy, said the sanctions were intended to be “a strong warning” but could be reversed if Moscow changed course in Ukraine.

The new sanctions were expected to be finalised on Wednesday, according to diplomats meeting in Belgium.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, also announced on Tuesday that the US was also drawing up fresh sanctions against Russia.

US Expands Sanctions On “Undeterred” Russia


U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that the U.S. is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on Russia as a consequence for its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The new sanctions, which target the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy.

“The major sanctions we’re announcing today will continue to ratchet up the pressure on Russia,” said Obama at the White House.

“Today Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community, setting back decades of genuine progress. And it doesn’t have to come to this. It didn’t have to come to this. It does not have to be this way. This is a choice that Russia, and President [Vladimir] Putin in particular has made.”

He urged Russia to choose a different path, one of “de-escalation, the choice of joining the world in a diplomatic solution to this situation, a choice in which Russia recognizes that it can be a good neighbor and trading partner with Ukraine.”

In a press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said Russia’s actions “have not shown a shred of evidence that they really have a legitimate desire to end the violence and end the bloodshed,” as they say they do.

Russia however denies giving any form of support to the separatists in eastern Ukraine and said that the country remained undeterred by the sanctions.

“I assure you, we will overcome any difficulties that may arise in certain areas of the economy, and maybe we will become more independent and more confident in our own strength,” Reuters quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying in Moscow.

Tank Farms To Be Moved From Apapa-Oshodi Road


The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has disclosed that there were plans to relocate the tank farms along the Oshodi/Apapa expressway as a way of finding a lasting solution to the unending gridlock.

Obanikoro made this known yesterday in Lagos, during his visit to Oshodi/Apapa expressway. He also urged the Lagos State Government to provide a permanent parking bay for trucks, from where drivers could be reached.

The minister explained that the visit became pertinent following the security implication of allowing trucks to use the road as a park.

He, however, applauded steps taken by the Western Naval Command (WNC), to ease the flow of traffic along the expressway, including other areas witnessing gridlock but added that the WNC’s effort might not be a permanent one since it was not its constitutional duty to control traffic.

“I am here to familiarise myself with the activities of the Nigeria Navy around the Ports area because I know that for some time now, we have been looking at the security implication of allowing trailers and trucks to use the road as a park.

“There are plans and we are also working with all stakeholders to ensure that the threat to this corridor is kept under check. It is not easy to just close all these tank farms overnight. What is important now is to call for more vigilance on the part of all the operators.

“I want to assure you that all the security agencies in the country are aware and alert to what is at stake and everything humanly possible is being done to avert any calamity.

“I am happy that, so far, all those trucks have been moved and passage way created so that there could be free vehicular movement around the ports, thus eliminating the security implication of just having trucks and containers littering the entire road.

“This is largely due to the effort of the Western Naval Command’s ability to engage all the stakeholders.”

Obanikoro stated the federal government was doing its best to handle the situation, pointing out that part of its effort was the ongoing construction of a parking bay for trucks at Tin-Can Island Port.

He, therefore, said that this was not time to trade blames but a time for the Lagos State Government to partner with the Nigerian Ports Authority and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the situation.

“I am not going to join Lagos State Government in the blame game. What is important to me is that all of us have a responsibility to the good people of this country and particularly Lagos state.”

New IGP: Jonathan, Police Council Choose Suleiman Abba


Indications emerged, yesterday, in Abuja, that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Police council made up of the 36 state governors and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Mbama Okiro (IGP, rtd) have settled for the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7, Mr. Suleiman Abba as the next Inspector General of Police when incumbent, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar retires tomorrow after attaining the mandatory 35 years in service.

Suleiman AbbaIt was gathered that the authority settled for AIG Abba following convincing arguments that the leadership of the nation’s security forces will be concentrated in a particular zone of the country should the new IG be appointed from the list of names earlier submitted to the President.

Sources told Vanguard that President Jonathan was also under pressure by the North, who insisted that appointing the next IGP from the South-South geopolitical zone would be counter-productive, especially with the security challenges facing the nation.

They argued that with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General K. T. J. Minimah from South-South, Police Service Commission Chairman, Okiro from the South-South, an IGP from same zone would have been interpreted to mean deliberate ploy to use security forces to clamp down on the opposition expected from the North in the 2015 elections.

Five senior officers were said to have been considered as the new IGP and they include one Deputy Inspector General of Police from South-South, another DIG from North West, and three AIG’s, from North West, South –South and North Central zones.

During debates at the meeting for a new police boss, a group argued that Abba’s appointment will amount to favouring a particular zone since he is from the zone as his predecessor as well as former IGP Hafiz Ringim.

Another group, however, countered that during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former IGP Tafa Balogun and the Chief of Air Staff then came from the same zone. Eventually, everybody agreed on the choice of AIG Suleiman Abba as the new IGP.

Abba had served as the Commissioner of Police in charge Rivers State, Deputy Force Sec, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Deputy Force Sec), Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of State CID, FCT Police Command.

He was also ADC to Mrs. Abacha during the tenure of General Sani Abacha as military head state.

The incumbent IGP Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, whose tenure expires tomorrow, July 31, 2014, was appointed the 16th indigenous IGP in January 2012.

Vanguard was further informed that President Jonathan feels comfortable with the AIG zone 7, Suleiman Abba, having worked with him in Abuja for almost two years now. Abba is an alumnus of the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPPS, Kuru.

The new IG will be announced today after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by President Jonathan. [Vanguard]

10-yr-old Boy Arrested For Witchcraft In Rivers


A 10-year-old boy said to have turned into a cat to witch-hunt a family in Iwofe, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has been arrested by the police, reports have said.

According to a resident of the community, a cat jumped into a room from nowhere while the occupants were wide awake. The cat was said to have transformed to a boy as they were planning on how to chase out what they thought was just a cat, he told Vanguard.

The occupants of the room had screamed to attract their neighbours who came to their aid after the cat turned into a boy.

The source also said the boy begged his captors that night not to kill him, naming his accomplice as a 48-year-old man said to have sponsored his evil mission to the family.

The Iwofe Divisional Police Headquarters had since arrested the boy and the 48-year-old man.

“Actually, two people have been arrested in connection to witchcraft activity,” a senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity told Vanguard.

The Rivers Police Command spokesperson, ASP Grace Koko, was later contacted, but said she was yet to be briefed on the issue.

N100m Gift: Community Leaders Cheating Us – Chibok Parents


Parents of the abducted Chibok girls have reportedly cried out that their community leaders have cheated them in the way an alleged N100 million cash gift from the presidency was shared.

The grieving parents were said to have been given the money when they met President Goodluck Jonathan on July 22 at the Presidential Villa.

The Presidency allegedly handed over the money to leaders of the Chibok community in Abuja for onward presentation to parents of the abducted schoolgirls.

According to a report monitored on Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, some of the parents are now alleging that the Abuja-based community leaders have shortchanged them.

One parent, who was among those who visited the President, told BBC that he got only N200,000.

“I got only N200,000 out of the said N100million allegedly received by our leaders in Abuja. Some of us got N300,000 and some less than that.

He also said that he was not comfortable with the way the money was shared among parents of the kidnapped girls.

“Our leaders in Abuja are using the girls to enrich themselves. In fact, some of the parents were screened out of the entourage by the Chibok leaders in Abuja. Many of them are residents of Abuja, not parents of the kidnapped girls”.

Another parent, who was screened out of the delegation that visited the President, said he got only N7,000 out of the money shared.

“I was at the farm when they brought the N7,000 to my house and I collected it. Some of us got even less, some got N300 and below,” he said.

The parents stressed that they were not selling their daughters and that the money from the President just came to them as they neither asked for, nor expected it.

One of the community leaders, Pobu Bitrus, who is also a member of the House of Representatives and was at the meeting with the President explained to the BBC that after meeting with the President, monies were distributed to the parents in envelopes.

“After we met with the president, the parents were given monies in envelopes and that’s all. All other things they are saying about N100million, I don’t know about that,” Mr. Bitrus said.

In its reaction, yesterday, the Presidency however said that it never gave N100 million to parents of the abducted school girls, who were at the Presidential Villa, Abuja last week, saying the story was absolutely false.

Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, yesterday told Vanguard that the government only took care of the parents’ accommodation and feeding and described contrary stories as “absolute falsehood.”

“The President did not give any N100m to the visitors from Chibok. Government took care of their accommodation, feeding and transportation.

“Government’s plan is robust rehabilitation and resettlement of the girls who have escaped so they can continue their education.

“The government also plans to rebuild the school and in general terms, repair damaged infrastructure as a result of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East,” Okupe said.

The abducted girls are still in their captors’ stronghold after being taken from their school on April 14, 2014. Although the government has announced several rescue efforts, including international support, the girls remain missing.

BPP Helping Rivers Save Billions


Director General of Rivers Bureau on Public Procurements, RSBPP, Mr. Franklin Nlerum, has said that the people of the state get value for money spent on projects and the provision of infrastructures, as Governor Rotimi Amaechi had made consistent and effective use of RSBPP, which has led to the state saving billions of naira.

According to Nlerum, huge savings were made following the Bureau’s insistence that projects pass through a rigorous test and due process before contractors could get the bureau’s ‘certificate of no objection’ to commence any project.

The RSBPP boss made this known during a media chat in Port Harcourt. Nlerum said that the Amaechi administration had saved billions of naira from projected costs for various projects across the state through the Bureau’s work.

RSBPP’s primary responsibility is to ensure that money for any project in the state is reasonable and adds value to the state.

“I am always reluctant to talk about savings not because we do not save, but because that is not primarily what the law set us up to do.

“The law set us up to ensure that there is value for money, that Rivers State does not pay more than it should pay for any transaction, that a procurement should be fit for purpose, that there should be competition.

“Now, when you follow the issues, which I consider as procedural regularities, you will find out that there will be savings,” Nlerum said.

He also said the process was part of the reasons the state acquired Automated Road Analysers (ARAN) vehicles, which uses technological means to determine road quality.

He noted that the ARAN vehicles would be used by the BPP in collaboration with the Rivers State Ministry of Works to ensure quality construction and completion of every project.

“We bought the Automatic Road Analyser because we wanted to address a particular problem that is bedeviling not just Rivers State but the entire country, which is roads failing: when do they fail? Do we have any empirical basis of determining when a road is about to fail? What should we do to remedy it?”

Akinwusi Slams ‘Propagandist’ Aregbesola


Candidate representing the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, ‘Segun Akinwusi has slammed the incumbent governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola over last Saturday’s live debate that featured only the governor.

“We have 20 governorship candidates in Osun State. I am the first person to have challenged Aregbesola to a live debate to let us discuss the state economy, the huge debt profile of the state and his so-called achievements.

“Information had it that the so-called international community said to have organised the debate never existed and my two co-contestants of Labour Party and PDP were invited on phone an hour to the programme.

“For the avoidance of doubt, if Aregbesola is manly enough, he should let us sit together to debate about his governance.”

The former Head of Service (HOS) further slammed the governor over the habit of announcing when he pays workers’ salaries.

“The civil servants have done their part by working and the state has the responsibility by paying them. When workers have fulfilled their part of contract, the state government must do theirs as well.”

N100m Presidential Largesse: Chibok Parents Weren’t Given Money After Meeting With Jonathan – Abati


Chibok-JonaThe Presidency last night denied giving any form of cash or monetary gift to some parents of the over 200 school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram sect in April.

Following the visit of Pakistani girl-child education activist, Malala Yousafzai to Nigeria about two weeks ago, where she met with some of the escaped girls, their parents and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group in Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan finally met with an expanded group of Chibok community including all the parents of the abducted girls at the Presidential Villa last week Tuesday.

However, it was reported yesterday that the community was torn apart following a disagreement on the sharing formula of a N100 million largesse purportedly given by the presidency to parents of the Chibok girls.

Reacting to the report, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati said: “The allegation is completely untrue. Nobody distributed any envelope after the meeting.

“The meeting was held in the Villa, a public place. After the meeting, the President left and the parents as well as the children went into their buses in the presence of the media.

“There was no time after the meeting when envelopes were distributed or money was given”.

Stressing that President Jonathan will never do anything to bribe anybody, Abati said: “This issue is not about money. We are talking about human lives here”.

“The allegation is completely wild. What they are claiming is unknown to the President. Whoever is claiming it should prove it because no such thing happened”, he maintained.

The commitment of the President, he said, is to get the girls back safely and not about bribing anybody.

“This is a very serious matter and we will like to appeal to those who want to play politics with it, using all kinds of tricks to ridicule the efforts of the administration, to always appeal to their individual conscience and realize that what we are dealing with here is a very serious matter and not a matter of mischief”, he stated.

Tinubu, Governors Condole With el-Rufai Over Son’s Death


HAMZA EL-RUFAIFormer Lagos State Governor and national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some governors yesterday commiserated with former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on the death of his son, Hamza, in an accident.

Hamza, a graduate of the University of Virginia and United World College of the Atlantic in the United States, died in a ghastly motor accident in Abuja early Tuesday morning.

In their separate condolences, Tinubu, Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) expressed shock over the death of the young El-Rufai.

They noted that no amount of consolation could fill the gap that his death has created and prayed God to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the loss.

A statement in Lagos said Asiwaju Tinubu called Mallam El-Rufai to commiserate with him on the death of his son.

The frontline opposition politician offered words of consolation from the Holy Qur’an and prayed Allah to grant El-Rufai the strength to bear the very painful loss.

Tinubu said: “The news of your son’s death came to me as a shock. It must have been most wrenching for you.  I feel your pain as a parent myself. I can only offer you words of consolation from Allah. He is the one who gives and takes away.

“Be assured that my family and I and the APC family are with you in prayers during this very sad and painful period. God will keep you all that are left behind in His full protection and prevent further danger and deaths in your family.

“You must never let this put you down. Please accept my heartfelt condolences”.

In a statement yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun described the demise of Hamzat as “most regrettable and unfortunate”.

Amosun added: “It is so sad that his life was cut short in a fatal accident at a time he would have been contributing his quota to the development of his fatherland after acquiring a good education.”

The governor prayed Allah to grant the soul of the departed Al-Janah Fridaus and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Gov. Ajimobi commiserated with El-Rufai through a statement yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.

He described the death of the son of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain as unfortunate and disheartening.

Ajimobi said: “It is with deep shock that I received the death of Hamza, a promising young man, in a ghastly motor accident that occurred in Abuja on Tuesday.

“It is even more painful considering the fact that he was snatched by the cold hands of death at the prime of his life”.

Ajimobi described the deceased as a rising star and potential leader of tomorrow.

He urged the former FCT minister to accept the incident as an act of God, adding that nothing could happen to any human being without the knowledge of God.

Ajimobi prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and prayed God to grant El-Rufai and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Yero expressed deep sadness over Hamza’s death.

In a condolence message by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, the governor said he received news of Hamza’s death with shock and grief.

He said: “The demise of Hamza, a young, intelligent young man with bright prospects, is a huge loss to the country, especially to us in Kaduna State”.

Yero urged El-Rufai’s family to take the irreparable loss as an act of Allah, who knows best.

He said: “I urge the entire El-Rufai family, their friends and associates to take solace in the fact that the late Hamza lived a short but eventful lifetime full of positive narrations”.

Yero prayed Allah to grant the soul of the late Hamza eternal rest.

The governor also prayed Almighty Allah to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the loss.

In his condolence message, Aregbesola said death, though the end of everything, came too early for Hamza.

In a statement in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor stressed that whatever comes a man’s way should be seen as an act of God, which every mortal has little or no control over.

Aregbesola said: “We are indeed saddened by the untimely demise of our dear son, Hamza. In as much as we have lost a gem in this young man, we, however, take solace in the fact that only Allah knows what is best for his creatures.

“We, the government and people of Osun, express our heart-felt condolences to the immediate and extended families of El-Rufai.

“We pray that Allah will grant the departed Al-Janah Firdaus”.

Suicide Bombing: Beware Of Strange Females Wearing Hijabs – Police


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Following the new dimension introduced by Boko Haram in its terror attacks, the Borno State Police Command has issued a statement calling on members of the public to beware of ladies covered with hijab and standing by the roadsides or asking to be assisted to find a direction to a particular place, as those ladies might have suicide bomb vests concealed under their dress.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Gideon Jubrin (DSP) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital stated: “the Borno State police command wish to congratulate the Muslim faithful on the celebration of the Ei-del-Fitri, which took place without any incident.

“The command however still cautions residents to be wary of strange females wearing hijabs and moving around crowded places as some of them may be hiding explosives in their under garments with the intention of causing harm to unsuspecting residents”.

DSP Jubrin said residents who sighted such persons should immediately alert the relevant security operatives for proper action.

The latest security warning is coming on the heels of suspension of vehicular movements in Maiduguri metropolis by the military based on intelligence reports that insurgents were planning on causing havoc by detonating cars rigged with IEDs during the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations. The ban was lifted yesterday.

Dokubo Berates Jonathan For Condemning Assassination Attempt On Buhari


Asari-dokubo-478x300A former Niger Delta militant, Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo, has faulted his kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan, for condemning the attack on former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari.

Dokubo, who spoke yesterday in Abuja, also dismissed rumours that he paid those who executed the assassination attempt against Buhari in Kaduna last week.

President Jonathan had condemned the suicide bomb attack on the convoy of General Buhari, heaving a sigh of relief that had the assassination attempt succeeded, Nigeria might have been plunged into turmoil given the huge followership of the former military ruler.

But Dokubo disagreed, saying “I think it is unfortunate that the President made such statement. I do have the capacity to tell the President to apologize, but I still insist that he should not have made such a statement”.

“It’s very unfortunate that a President of a country will be promoting one or two individuals over and above 80 people and others who have been slaughtered by Boko Haram. For me, the President ought not to have made such statement”, Dokubo insisted.

On the alleged plan to kill Buhari and that he paid N5m to the perpetrators of the attack, he said, “I didn’t pay anybody. I have never paid anybody because I have no cause to kill Buhari. He is of no threat to me. He is of no threat to Goodluck. And I don’t operate a twitter account.

“I phoned the SSS Director of Operations immediately I got the report and drew his attention to what is going around. I told him that my lawyer and I are writing a petition. But he told me that there was no such thing. The person arrested never said so”.

Reacting to the allegations that he was working to destroy the North, Dokubo said, “We all knew that in 2011, Goodluck lost in all the North-eastern and North-Western states except Adamawa and Kaduna States. Politically, Goodluck is not expecting the votes of these states if he is going to calculate. These states can be referred to states that are hostile to him.

“I’m an Ijaw man. An injury to one Ijaw is an injury to all. I will continue to defend Goodluck Jonathan because I’m an Ijaw man. I have no apology. I’m an Ijaw nationalist. You can call me an Ijaw bigot. I don’t care. But to say I work for Goodluck is the highest form of stupidity. I don’t work for Goodluck. I don’t belong to the PDP”, he said.

Dokubo said he can prove how Gen Buhari was being funded by the late Libyan ruler, Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Pro-Jonathan Group Warns Against Desecrating President’s Office In The Name Of Politics


TANA pro-Jonathan group, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), has cautioned opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan against disrespecting the nation’s top office in the name of politics.

Co-ordinator of the legal department of the group, Mr Nureni Otutu, stated this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital yesterday.

He said:  “it is only in Nigeria that an individual or group of individuals will hurl insults on the person of the President. Yes there is freedom of speech, this freedom should be exercised with decorum, decency and respect”.

The legal practitioner stressed that the office of the president should be sacred, which must be respected and revered at all times.

He also commended President Jonathan for “the good job he has done”.

Otutu maintained that the outstanding performance of Dr Jonathan is the bond between TAN, the president and the Nigerian masses, because his group is out to promote good governance aimed at making life easier and better for Nigerians.

Otutu said: “President Jonathan is a personification of quality leadership in humility. He has brought decency into the administration of the country, the result of which is landmark accomplishment in almost all the sectors of the economy”.

Tinubu, Akande Visit Buhari In Kaduna


Tinubu and BuhariFormer governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, alongside former interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande and national publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday visited former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari in his Sultan close residence in Kaduna, to commiserate with him over the recent suicide bomb attack that was targeted at him.

The visit and discussions, which held behind closed doors, lasted longer than an hour.

Although Tinubu, who led the team would not take questions from newsmen after their meeting, he however shook hands with reporters present before leaving the Kaduna home of the former military ruler, who is also a national leader of the APC.

It was however gathered from an inside source that Tinubu and the other APC chieftains, who were there to commiserate with General Buhari, also discussed some burning national issues.

According to the source, “the visit is not unconnected with the recent attempt on the life of the general. You should know that the development had continued to attract dignitaries to Kaduna on sympathy visit to him”.

General Buhari too declined to speak to journalists. He simply said, “I have issued a statement before and I cannot say anything contrary to that”.

Nigerian Army To Get New Uniform


Chief of Army StaffThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, has said that officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army will soon be kitted with new sets of uniforms to differentiate them from impostors.

General Minimah, who made the announcement at the end of his official tour of army formations in Lagos State, his first since becoming Chief of Army Staff earlier this year, said the new uniforms which are currently being sewn at the Nigerian Army Tailoring Department in Yaba, will give officers and soldiers a smarter look.

“The Nigerian Army has decided to change the camouflage uniform of the service. We have also decided to make it ourselves so that it will have a uniform look. We will not allow anybody to make them for us. They are currently being made at the Nigerian Army Tailoring Department at Yaba, Lagos State. It will make us look smarter and better”, he said.

Why N/Assembly Turns A Blind Eye To Jonathan’s Impeachable Offences – Sen. Domingo


GEJ-Mark-TambuwalThe Senator representing Edo North, Domingo Obende, has said President Goodluck Jonathan has committed some impeachable offences but the Senate shunned the temptation to remove him from office because it wanted to avoid causing unnecessary chaos in the polity.

Domingo was reacting to the gale of impeachment by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against governors of states controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He argued that the PDP had not been tolerant as the APC.

According to the senator, had the APC been on the rampage like the PDP, Jonathan would have been impeached long ago for the glaring impeachable offences he had committed. Although he did not mention any.

Domingo, who is on the platform of the APC, warned that if the PDP does not soft-pedal on its intolerance and obsession with using impeachment to muzzle the opposition, the nation’s fledgling democracy would be in grave danger.

The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) addressed reporters at his home in Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.

He said: “What is happening is very surprising to some of us. There is danger around the corner. The danger is in the political arena. This is because a political system that ought to be stable, that thrives on impeachment threats does not augur well. What are we even talking about? Who is saying that the President has not committed an impeachable offence?

“The National Assembly ought to be looking at these. But for reasons bordering on the need for stability and because the leadership of the National Assembly is mature in handling issues, we look at Nigeria as an entity that must be salvaged. Of course, the whole of Africa is looking at us as the giant of the continent. Are we going to be a giant in rascality?

“To me, I see it as a clear parliamentary misbehaviour, where governors, who were given the mandate by their people, are not allowed to exercise their rights. And if they sure do, it is only the people who can call for their recall.

“I think if you asked me, there should be a total repeal of these sections of harassment of impeachment (from the constitution).”

While lamenting the flagrant abuse of existing laws before an impeachment can be said to carried out, Domingo posited “Let it go through the court process first and if you win in the courts you can now come to the house and seek for an impeachment and of course they must query the chief judges who will just set up panel without having to know if the cases are right if such a person should be impeached.

“For me, what is happening in Edo state, they know what they are doing now is illegal because the courts have told them to go and obey the law of the house because they are internal laws that govern what they are doing.

“I have never heard or seen two chambers sitting on a state matter. Some are legislating and transmitting to Abuja or to EFCC or wherever.

“We have a body and that is the state assembly commission”.

Boko Haram: Suicide bomber kills 11, injures 37 in Mosque blast near Emir of Fika’s palace


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A lone suicide bomber on Tuesday blew up himself and 11 others as well as injuring 37 people at a Shi’ate Muslim Mosque, otherwise known as Alkali Kalli Mosques near the palace of the Emir of Fika in Potiskum, Yobe state in the troubled northeast, Nigeria.

A medical doctor at the General Hospital, Potiskum, warned against having his name in print told DailyPost that, they have received eleven corpses and thirty-seven wounded from Tuesday night Mosque attack.

According to residents who also spoke to DailyPost, there was another suicide attack at a Majalisa, where Shi’ate Muslims were resting at one of the primary schools in Potiskum.

Sani Alkali Potiskum, a resident who spoke to DailyPost on phone on Wednesday morning told our reporter that the mosque was completely destroyed.

He said,  many  who were confirmed dead as well as the injured have been taken to the hospital.

Sani put the total figure from the attack on the mosque and that of the Majalisa at 55 death, and 78 injured. He told our correspondent that, perhaps, the hospital only gave the number of casualty at the mosque.

“It is a sad situation. I was there. We evacuated both the dead and the wounded to the hospital. This is an attack on innocent Nigerians, who were worshipping Allah, and those who were trying to rest after the day activities. The attackers did not mean well for Islam. They did not mean well for Nigeria.” He said.

He said, it was high time everybody in Nigeria puts politics, religion aside so as to come together to fight the common evil of Boko Haram, otherwise the North may soon be defeated and the South, West and the East may experience the same reality in the north.

“We are under attack by some elements who do not mean well for everybody, including themselves. It pains me when I hear some of our leaders defending the Boko Haram sect. They are helping in destroying the North. This is more than some people are thinking, but these elements are cancer that must be destroyed once and for all, if we are to remain as a country.” He added.

Dokubo Asari Faults Jonathan’s Comments On Buhari


Major political figure of the Ijaw ethnic group in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria known for his populist views and an anti-government stance, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari lambasted President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Abuja.

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It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had commented on the Kaduna attack fews days back, which left at least 82 people killed, according to report and was supposedly targeted at the former Head of State Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) saying Nigeria would have boiled if the former head of state had died in the attack.

However countering the statement of the president and making it known that he is not an ally of the presidency, Dokubo called the statement unnecessary as it is obviously that the president is placing the life of the retired general above over 82 other people that lost their lives in the incident. Punch reports that Dokubo made it known that the utterance of the president is tantamount to making just one insignificant Nigerian uncessarily important at the expense of many others who lost their lives.

Calling the president speech unfortunate, Asari Dokubo revealed that all the hearsay about him being the one that financed the Kaduna blast are just pure lies directed at him to make people see him in a bad light. He further said he does not have a twitter account, adding that all the tweets from the supposed twitter handle that carries his name are not from him.

Armed Robbers Unleashed Mayhem In Bariga


Monday, 28th of July, 2014 will forever remain in the hearts of residents of Popoola and Ore-ofe Streets, in Bariga area of Lagos State as heavily armed robbers took advantage of the festive period to unleash mayhem in the area.

The area which is known for its tight security was invaded by robbers on Monday night due to its relaxed security state during the Eid-el-Fitri celebration causing terrible and indescribable havoc despite the rain.

Vanguard reports that the robbery operation took over three hours which the robbers attacked many residents, stabbing three people. The robbers who took their time, burgled shops, supermarkets, smashed windscreens of cars parked, carefully avoiding houses they know they can be caught with their security despite the Eid holiday.

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The robbers who carted away many valuables including money, phones, laptops etc were said to have used a machete on a 25 year old man making him to sustain injury in his head and back but was quickly taken to a nearby hospital immediately the robbers left.

Although the residents claimed that policemen from Pedro Police Division were called during the robbery, they did not show up early to save the situation. Vanguard however reports that a  Police source said the policemen got to the scene immediately they were notified. It would be recalled that just recently also, hoodlums suspected to be cult members, attacked residents of Akoka, Lagos State robbing them of their valuables.

(PHOTO) Taking No Chances: Jim Iyke Flees Liberia Over Ebola Scare, Gets Featured On UK Daily Mail


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For fleeing Monrovia, Liberia because of fear of the Ebola virus, actor Jim Iyke gets a feature on UK Daily Mail

Actor Orlando Bloom throws punch at Justin Bieber


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The 37 year old actor has been filmed taking a swing at singer Justin Bieber, 20, early this morning Wednesday July 30th in Ibizi while out with friends.

According to TMZ, who obtained the video of the altercation, Justin and Orlando were in popular Cipriani Restaurant which was parked with other celebs including Diddy and Paris Hilton, when the confrontation happened.
“You don’t see Orlando swing (in the video), but the eyewitnesses tell us that’s exactly what happened. We’re told Justin ducked the punch. That’s where the video starts and you hear Justin scream, “What’s up bitch?”. We’re told when Bieber left the crowd applauded.” TMZ reports.
Now why would Orlando Bloom attack Justin? It has to do with his ex-wife Miranda Kerr.

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You see, back in 2012, when supermodel Miranda was still married to Orlando, Justin Bieber and Miranda, 31, met at a Victoria Secrets fashion show and there were reports back then that Justin and Miranda had a thing, a report nobody, including Miranda, ever denied.

About a year later Miranda and Orlando ended their marriage. In April 2014, Orlando was spotted hanging out with Justin’s on-and-off girlfriend Selena Gomez.

After the fight this morning, Justin mocked Orlando by posting a pic of Miranda on his instagram page with a love icon and then quickly deleted it.

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So if Orlando is confronting Justin, does it mean he really did hook up with his ex-wife, Miranda?

Jim Iyke flees Liberia amid Ebola outbreak [PHOTO]


Nollywood Actor, Jim Iyke has fled Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia.

Mr. Iyke who was in Monrovia, Liberia for business, left a few hours ago, following reports of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
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Jim Iyke, via Instagram, revealed that he is scared of the deadly virus and that although his business plans were not concluded, he had to leave.

“Monrovia, unfinished biz (business); Leavin(g) tonite(tonight). Nt (Not) ashamed to admit. Tis ish(issue) scares the Jesus outta me. #Ebola!!!!” he said.

Yoruba actress Omotunde Ogundimu critically ill, in need of financial help


Popular Yoruba Actress, Omotunde Ogundimu, who has been off the movie scene for a while now, is presently battling with fibroid.

According to reports, the mother of three needs about N500,000 to undergo surgery to have the fibroid removed.
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Recounting how the problem started, Omotunde told Nigeria Films thus:

“I noticed it last year before my husband passed away. Anytime we had intercourse, I would always bleed. I took it for something else, so I didn’t really pay attention to it. But when he became sick and we couldn’t have intercourse any more, it (the bleeding) stopped. Then, I didn’t have time to study it at that period too.

“But what I noticed is that my menstrual circle changed, so I would menstruate twice in a month with very heavy flow. So, at that time, I just felt it was one of the signs of menopause because I am way above 40. But last year, I had to go to the hospital to complain and the doctor said I had fibroid, even before the tests and scan were conducted. When the scan was done, it was discovered that the fibroid was fully grown in my womb,” she explained.

Soliciting for help, the Actress admitted that she doesn’t have that kind of money because she has been single-handedly taking care of her three children who have been in school since the demise of her husband.

Iyanya, comedian Wale Gates wade into the Wizkid-Davido war


Pop star, Iyanya Mbuk and comedian, Wale Gate have waded into the ongoing ‘social media war’ between singers,Wizkid and Davido.
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The squabble between the two music stars started few days back with what looked like a harmless tweet from Wizkid followed with a cold and not-so friendly tweet from Davido.

Although, the duo did not mention their names in the tweet, fans are aware that they are at loggerheads, and are already making their meals out of the quarrel that is best described as cold war.

Responding to the issue, the Kukere crooner took to his Instagram page hours ago and wrote:

“Stop talking!!! Let’s release more MUSIC!!! Let’s entertain Our Fans!!! Stop The Hate!!! My Prayer is that we ALL make it”
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Comedian, Wale Gate, also tweeted “Sometimes you wish these artistes learn a little from the past, open beef between artistes is one of the fastest ways to kill a flourishing career. The problem with beef is that it starts to affect the type of music you make, from making feel good happy music, you start writing ‘war’ songs. I have been around long enough to know it is pointless and an unnecessary distraction, only the media gains, not even your fans”

Jonathan denies sharing N100m to parents of Chibok girls


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President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday night, denied that he doled out N100M cash to parents of the Chibok schoolgirls after his meeting with them last Tuesday.

There has been an ongoing report in the media of monetary inducements to the parents, following their visit to the Presidential VIlla.

Jonathan through his Media Aide, Reuben Abati, described the allegation as completely false and incredible, saying neither were there envelopes distributed nor money shared to the parents.

The statement reads: “The allegation is completely untrue. Nobody distributed any envelope after the meeting.

“The meeting was held in the Villa, a public place. After the meeting, the president left and the parents as well as the children went into their buses in the presence of the media. There was no time after the meeting when envelopes were distributed or money was given.

“The president is not part of and will never do anything to bribe anybody. This issue is not about money. We’re talking about human lives here.

“The allegation is completely wild. What they’re claiming is unknown to the president. Whoever is claiming it should prove it because no such thing happened. The commitment of the president is to get the girls back safely. It is not about bribing anybody.

“This is a very serious matter and we’ll like to appeal to those who want to play politics with it, using all kinds of tricks to ridicule the efforts of the administration, to always appeal to their individual conscience and realize that what we’re dealing with here is a very serious matter and not a matter of mischief”.

DailyPost recalls that the parents of the girls had in a Hausa radio program on Tuesday confirmed the report, accusing their community leaders of swindling them in the way the money was shared. They said their leaders were making fortunes out of their misfortunes. The confirmation has further put to doubt the denial by Jonathan’s Spokesman, Abati.

OKOROCHA AND N5.9 BILLION MBAITOLI COUNCIL FUNDS


Some time ago Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State announced his readiness to conduct local government council election in Imo. My townsman by name Okereke rushed and collected the expression of interest form for councillor position. He tried to make me believe that Okorocha was really interested in conducting the council election. Okereke spoke like a man who knows what Okorocha can and cannot do; he spoke like a man who know what commentators like me don’t know but ought to know. And Okereke claimed to know a lot about the Imo State helmsman. But the more he tried to assuage my trepidation and misgiving about Okorocha the more I laughed at him; the more he tried to fine-tune his analysis of Imo political situation, the more i cautioned him not to waste his money . And why not; after all, it was Okorocha we were talking about. Owelle Rochas Okorocha!

After many aspirants in the 305 INEC wards in Imo had procured the expression of interest form, Okorocha directed ISIEC to organize a seminar/workshop for each aspirant at a whopping N5000 per aspirant. Till date no LGA election was conducted. The more than 50Million naira generated from the expression of interest forms and seminar is yet to be accounted for. Okereke is still licking his wounds till today. The worst is that he even sold his plot of land to buy out a ward for my area for 350 ,000 naira. Various autonomous communities willing to have a new political ward were advised to apply with the sum of 350, 000 naira each and Okereke applied for his ward . When multiplied by about 500 autonomous communities that applied, Owelle Rochas Okorocha generated to himself the sum of 175 Million naira which amount is yet to be refunded nor the electoral wards created. Poor Okereke, he is now into drinking due to frustration like my friend Jennifer that Okorocha sacked during the 10,000 jobs saga.

That is Okorocha for you ,the master dribbler. For more than 3 years now he has refused to conduct council election in Imo State. He was elected democratically but he has refused to let democracy exist at the grass root in Imo State. The irony of this madness is that he has looted 132 billion naira funds of the 27 Imo LGA’s in 3 years including 16 billion naira being 13 percent oil derivation funds of Imo oil producing areas. Those who thought he was a saint has since realized that he is the devil in a white sepulchre, allegedly a heavy 419ner.

In fact Dr. (Mrs) Kema Chikwe must be laughing at us now. She was the minister of Aviation who unveiled a fraudulent Rochas Okorocha and sacked him as chairman of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for contract splitting and inflation.The many cases of official corruption, misappropriation of funds and malfeasances in Imo state in the last three years have exposed Okorocha as culpable in the many allegations against him of abuse of office while at the Federal Character Commission, while as the chairman of the ecumerical centre building committee, National Peace Forum and while as contractor who supplied over 774 Prado Jeeps to the Nigerian Police Force in year 2000.

Don’t get me wrong, don’t take this personal, i am only angry and concerned about what Okorocha is doing to Imo State. Within the last three years under him, Imo State has witnessed a galaxy of fraud. These crimes of misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds cut across all facets of the Imo economy. I remember the massive road contract fraud in Imo involving Okorocha and the Imo Speaker, the thieving Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu and his aides, some House of Assembly members and Okorocha’s male and female siblings most of who built roads without effective architectural designs, plans and supervision. In fact many of them just poured coal tar on sand in the name of road construction. It is wickedness to pour coal tar on sand in Imo State and call them tarred roads and in 2 months the rain washes them off.

In reality, the policies of the Okorocha’s government – a government that rode to power on the back of huge support of the mass of people – have mostly been elitist and anti-poor. Working and oppressed people are made to suffer for various policies that are at best cosmetic, but in most cases anti-poor and anti-people.We all know that If the immunity clause is not in our constitution for Governors in Nigeria, Governor Okorocha will be in jail for his diseased and inhibitory actions glazed by his corruptive acts.

When I heard that some youths from Mbaitoli LGA came out last week to endorse Governor Okorocha for 2015 I laughed. Those are hired youths, paid 2000 naira each to come out to sing his praise. Where are the job opportunities for Mbaitoli youths? I don’t know whether Okorocha is a gambler. And even if he were, is he a petty gambler or a high-roller? May be he is a petty gambler. And here is why: he has looked across Nigeria and saw Governors like Amaechi of Rivers State ,Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and several performing Governors who are in their second tenure in office and thought, “Jeeez…why not me?” He has placed a bet! He wants to be Governor again in 2015 and is paying people to sing his praise.

Okorocha has looked at the Imo political loot and wondered: “why will i abandon this loot for Arara or for Kim-kim or for Meka or for Beth or for Kaptain , even for Sunshine? Without me Imo will collapse…nobody is better than me. Without me there will be no Imo…” To reinforce his arrogance, his paid praise-singers, hanger-on, and sycophants have been stroking his ego, encouraging him to do the unthinkable, to dare the gods and tempt fate by contesting again in 2015. ‘’ to hell with the baggers….2015 na me get am’’ Okorocha has declared. As if that wasn’t enough, paid youths from Mbaitoli LGA have roll out the drum for his political extinction in 2015. He is smiling, chuckling, laughing aloud and thumbing his chest. Again, he has placed a bet! I will retire my political enemies in 2015 he has boasted.

Speaking of Mbaitoli LGA, I am asking , what happened to the N5.9 billion naira LGA funds that came to Mbaitoli from FG from May 2011 to December 2013? Governor Okorocha don chop am . The governor has deprived Mbaitoli LGA democracy at the councils and is squandering funds belonging to them and someone is sponsoring youths to sing his praise. The result of lack of elected council men in Mbaitoli is a comatose LGA begging to be attended to. Lack of basic amenities has made Mbaitoli a ghost environment.

From May 2011 to December 2011 the sum of N1.4 billion naira came to Mbaitoli LGA. Where is the money? In 2012 the sum of N2.2 billion naira came to Mbaitoli LGA. In 2013 the sum of N2.3 billion naira came to Mbaitoli. Where are the monies? Imagine what N5.9 billion naira would have done for Mbaitoli if the money was not looted. Yet Okorocha wants us to re elect him again in 2015. Is this fair? He denied us democracy in our council and wants us to democratically elect him again as governor. Who is fooling who here?

Mbaitoli Local Government Area was created out of what used to be called Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Local Government under the leadership of General Ibrahim Babangida on May 11, 1989.Mbaitoli Local Government Area shares common boundaries with Oru, Njaba, Isu Local Government Areas in the North while its Southern boundary is with Owerri North and Owerri West Local Government Areas.Its Western boundaries is Oguta and Eastern side are Isiala Mbano and Ikeduru Local Government Areas.The administrative Headquarters of Mbaitoli Local Government Area is at Nwaorieubi which is situated along Owerri-Orlu Federal Road. Find below the breakdown of N5,900,278,353.78 billion naira that came to Mbaitoli LGA from FG from May 2011 to December 2013 that Governor Okorocha squandered.
May 2011 N117,952,809.03
June 2011 N157,064,316.48
July 2011 N277,757,822.27
Aug 2011 N162,831,371.52
Sept 2011 N164,163,427.26
Oct 2011 N191,554,655.86
Nov 2011 N261,482,672.04
Dec 2011 N164,754,372.39
Jan 2012 N185,958,953.36
Feb 2012 N164,862,729.05
March 2012 N206,007,080.01
April 2012 N166,623,719.92
May 2012 N154,310,663.35
June 2012 N154,577,647.15
July 2012 N147,269,813.59
Aug 2012 N189,777,605.26
Sept 2012 N147,632,400.98
Oct 2012 N145,514,834.53
Nov 2012 N192,305,829.40
Dec 2012 N254,608,123.32
Jan 2013 N191,004,558.29
Feb 2013 N156,585,165.47
March 2013 N206,007,080.01
April 2013 N195,630,100.01
May 2013 N208,194,684.45
June 2013 N214,343,167.68
July 2013 N164,463,309.60
Aug 2013 N192,420,631.18
Sept 2013 N163,949,081.44
Oct 2013 N147,632,400.98
Nov 2013 N191,554,655.86
Dec 2013 N 261,482,672.04
-Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

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Pellegrini demands more from Iheanacho


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Manuel Pellegrini has tasked Kelechi Iheanacho not to rest on his laurels, as the Nigerian youngster continues to impress in pre-season games.

The 17-year-old scored his second goal in two matches, as the current Premier League champions defeated AC Milan 5-1 on Sunday in Pennsylvania.

“We have a lot of young players here with us. We have Kelechi Iheanacho, Greg Leigh, Jason Denayer and several others,” Pellegrini told the club’s official website.

The end of PDP will be ugly – Tinubu


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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, will be humiliated out of power in 2015.

The former Lagos State governor claimed that the impeachment of some All Progressive Congress governors was an attempt to turn Nigeria into a one-party state.

Tinubu’s media aide, Sunday Dare, said this on his Facebook page in a note titled, “PDP, Jonathan are building on quicksand,” on Monday.

The party chieftain in the post strongly flayed the federal Government over the recent bomb attack on a former military Head of State, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

He said, “Olisah Metuh’s recent reaction to the attack on General Buhari and the APC in which he strongly insinuated unreasonably that the APC must have arranged the attack on Buhari is a clear case of dementia. To disrespect General Buhari’s life and dishonour the innocent lives lost in order to score cheap political points is both offensive and unconscionable.

“The sun sets soon for the PDP and the party’s end will be ugly. Under the PDP, Nigeria suffers violence. The PDP takes Nigeria by force.

“The PDP plays with the tiger’s tail by pillaging the economy, brazenly stealing from public funds, subverting the Nigerian constitution, corruption of the police force, military and SSS in a desperate and near-criminal desire to win all elections.

“The truth is out about the culpability of the Presidency and a select few in the military and the President’s cabinet in the ongoing rapacious employment of state apparatus, resources and electoral institutions to impose a one party rule on Nigeria.”

He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was worse than the dictatorship of both General Sani Abacha and General Ibrahim Babangida.

“The military leadership now serves the interest of Jonathan and the ruling party rather than defend the people and the constitution. Once the military is politicised, there goes our democracy,” he added.

2015: Kashamu says PDP does not need LP to win Ogun governorship


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Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, yesterday said the party does not need any alliance with the Labour Party (LP) to win the 2015 general election in Ogun State.

He spoke against the backdrop of a rumoured alliance with the LP in the state under the leadership of the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Speaking in Ijebu-Igbo, his hometown after distributing over 200 bags of rice to the residents to mark Eid-el-Fitr, Kashamu said PDP does not have such a plan.

“We don’t need any alliance with LP or any other party in Ogun State before we can win because we have done our homework very well and have put our house in order to win,” he said.

“Let me make this categorical statement without any fear of contradiction that PDP will not work with LP for the governorship and the presidential elections. Let each party test its popularity and strength before the electorate.”

On the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Osun, Kashamu expressed optimism that the PDP would win in the state convincingly.

“I appeal to Osun people that If they want progress in the state, they should vote for PDP, because that is the only way to progress and prosper,” he said

Former FCT Minister, El-Rufai loses son in auto crash in Abuja


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A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Sunday morning lost one of his sons in a car crash.

Confirming the incident, El-Rufai in a statement posted on his Facebook page wrote: “From Allah, we came and to Him we shall return. Please join our family in praying for the repose of the soul of my son, Hamza El-Rufai who died this morning in a motor accident in Abuja.”

DailyPost recalls that On November 26 2014, Yasmine, eldest daughter of the ex-BPE boss, passed away suddenly in her London apartment after a reported neurological attack.

Yasmine held a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Bath, UK and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics (LSE). She also had a law Degree from the University of London.

In October 2013, El-Rufai’s immediate brother, Ibrahim and his nephew Lawal Sani-Gwandu were also killed in a car crash.

20-year-old man murdered in Edo over N2,000 debt


A young man, simply identified as Frederick, 20, was on Monday murdered by his friend over his attempt to recover a N2, 000 (Two thousand naira), debt.

Fredrick, it was gathered, was stabbed and he bled to death in the ancient city of Benin, the Edo State capital..

An eyewitness disclosed that trouble began when Frederick went to his debtor-friend, Oruma, to ask for the payment of his N2,000 which the latter had borrowed from him some time ago.

But either Oruma did not want to pay or he did not have the money to pay. Either way, altercation ensued, especially as Frederick insisted on leaving with a prized possession of Oruma as a lien.

According to THISDAY reports, Oruma on his part protested and refused, insisting that Frederick could not leave with anything of his. The eyewitness explained that Oruma showed no remorse or the usual piety of debtors. Rather he was boastful and dared Frederick for a duel.

A scuffle soon ensued between the two friends. The debtor was said to have rushed to the corner of the room and picked a broken bottle, which he thrust into the neck of his creditor friend, and pronto tore open the flesh, having cut some veins on the side of the neck.

Expectedly, blood began to gush out like a broken tap. In no time, the entire frame of Frederick was soaked in his blood.

His sight became gory and scary.

That scare repelled all the taxi drivers that were stopped, so he could be rushed to the hospital. No cab was willing to carry him, what with his blood dripping all over.

Frederick, shortly after, began to lose strength.

The people in the neighbourhood feared he may just slump and die, so they resorted to the rustic option of wheeling Frederick to a nearby hospital, wait for it, in a wheelbarrow!

As if he was condemned by cruel fate, his sympathisers wheeled him to a Government Hospital, whose doctors have been on a stretched strike. There was nobody to treat Frederick. Second slipped into minutes, and minutes into an hour, and gradually, but surely, the eyes of Frederick began to eternally shut. His sympathisers were helpless, or so it seemed. The thought to wheel him elsewhere did not come forth. Perhaps they were hamstrung by financial considerations.

While they dithered, Frederick drew his last breath and went to the great beyond, all in pursuit of his N2,000 debt.

His had been a life of struggle, labouring to eke out a living. The Ebonyi-born young man was said to be working in an ice-cream firm in Benin-city along with his friend, turned debtor, turned killer, Oruma.

Meanwhile, men of the Edo State Police Command were said to have arrived to question Frederick at the hospital before he slipped into a state of unconscious, while the suspect was said to have been arrested.

“Stop the fear, I can cure the Ebola virus” – Popular Lagos pastor


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The Founder of Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, says he has found a cure for the deadly Ebola disease.

The clergyman who announced this on his facebook page, disclosed that all that is needed to cure the disease is to lay his hands on a victim and the rest is history.

Drawing inspiration from the late Canadian–American Pentecostal pastor, John D. Lake, Ighodalo wrote thus:
“Several years ago, the Ebola virus erupted in Africa, killing thousands of people without restraint or cure. The medical world was perplexed. A great man of God by the name John G. Lake came to the rescue by laying hands on infected people who were not to be touched.

“With bare hands, cleaning secretion and curing every victim, John. G. Lake along with his Holy Ghost filled team, brought to an abrupt end the spread of the deadly virus. The higher life that put out Ebola in the days of John. G. Lake will do the same through you in your day! At the name of Jesus, Ebola will bow out! Stop the fear! Lake and team are long gone! But I am here, you are here! We can save our world! We have the life of God in us!” Ighodalo wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

He stressed that if he and any member of his deliverance team laid their hands on those infected with the virus, they would not contract the disease.

“And if they drink any deadly thing (Ebola virus included) it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick (those already infected) and they shall recover,” he said.

The Ebola Virus has killed no fewer than 670 people and infected more than 1,000 in Africa.

The disease hit Nigeria when a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer (who is dead now), flew in from his country last week.

Chibok girls: Muslim Group urges FG to negotiate with Boko Haram


The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) has urged the Federal Government to negotiate with the Boko Haram sect to secure the release of the abducted schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State.

The MMWG, in its Eid-el-Fitr message by its Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim AbdullahiIn, charged security agencies in the country to use advanced intelligence-gathering mechanism to locate the sponsors and perpetrators of insurgency in the country.

“The release of the Chibok girls is taking too long a time. As tension, anxiety and uncertainty pervade the nation, the ruling class should know that their utterances, actions and general conducts are responsible for the current state of the nation.

“They could stem the tide of the current crises of insecurity, poverty, unemployment, financial impropriety manifested through corruption and other financial crimes by resolving today to live caring and benevolent lives for the masses,” it stated.

The group also enjoined religious and traditional leaders to live exemplary lives and intensify prayers to solve the problems.

MMWG further hailed the military, the police and other security agencies for their efforts to combat crime in the society.

Five Nigerian Girls Go Missing In Germany


German authorities are seriously searching for 5 missing Nigerian girls who were in Bremen for an exchange programme.The girls are within the ages of 17-19. According to german site, BILD,the girls lived in the city of Hansestadt for 6 months.They had guest families,go to school and were enrolled in Deustch course.In their free time,they attend comet arsten football.Their trainer Sascha Mahler said to the bold newspaper’’On Saturday they were there for training in Buntentor city,everything was normal,at the end they wanted to go to the city to do some shopping,since then they have vanished!.I think they had help and planned their disappearance.they left house key,monthly train tickets,they left their passports and luggage and have deleted their Facebook profile’’Their flight back to Nigeria was supposed to be yesterday Sunday July 27,2014.Their visas have expired as well.
Police Chief Ines Roddewig says ‘’We are not ruling out any crime but it is also clear they didn’t want to take that flight back’’..The police is asking for anyone who knows anything to call them as well.

Davido’s Ex, Releases Raunchy Pictures Of Self


This is very disappointing. I remember I once featured her and Davido when they started their relationship in 2012 which sadly ended so fast. She was such an innocent Ghanaian beauty and most commenters had praised her. Fast forward to 2014, she’s all out

posting half n*ked pictures online. Whatever went wrong. More pictures below.

 


Abuja Based Cleric Predicts Another Bomb Attack In Abuja, Plane Crash Involving Govs


JOSHUA IGINLAThe General Overseer of God of Champion Royal Assembly, Abuja, Brother Joshua Iginla, has prophesied that a lower rank officer of the Nigerian Army will shoot Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, before arresting him.

According to The Sun, Iginla reminded members of his congregation of an earlier prophecy he gave about the Nigerian Air Force helicopter that crashed in the Southern part of Bama, Borno State, wherein he prophesied that there would be survivors three months ago.

The Abuja-based cleric also called on the country’s security apparatus to tighten security in the nation’s capital between today and Wednesday.

He said, “I hear the sound of bomb in the city and I call on security agencies to tighten security in Abuja between Monday and Wednesday”.

He also predicted that a private jet carrying some governors, who are opposed to certain decisions in the country, would crash.

“I have warned them through my broadcast on Champions Television and I have tried to reach out to those I saw in my prediction.

“It is going to happen soon and nobody should blame anybody for it. It is either they retreat from that meeting they want to attend or they will perish”.

On the 2015 general elections, Ignila said he saw President Goodluck Jonathan retaining his seat.

“It is not winning the election that is the issue, but the problem that would emerge after the election. It will make the present insecurity in the country a child’s play”, Iginla added.

We Must Not Give Up On Nigeria – Tinubu


Tinubu1A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday urged the Muslim Ummah to imbibe the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan.

He made the call in his Sallah message to Muslims in the country.

Tinubu also urged them to continue to pray for the unity of the country.

He said, “We must not give up on Nigeria particularly in the face of our current security and political challenges. We shall overcome if we all remain steadfast in our patriotism and prayers.

“We must at all times imbibe the spirit of unity, no matter our religious or political affiliation or ethnic grouping. Nigeria belongs to us all and all must come together to defend our togetherness.

“Those that insist that they are more patriotic than other Nigerians because of different political or religious affiliations must desist. They do this country great harm by seeking to exploit our present circumstances to gain political space and advantage.

“At the end of it all, no one is greater than Nigeria as we will guide our unity with a singularity of purpose and superiority of vision.

“I call on all well-meaning Nigerians of all faiths to seek the face of God at this most trying of times. Insurgency is an unwanted and dangerous guest in our midst; we must be resolute and consistent in confronting it. We can only do this with a united front”.

 

Confab Report Not Ready As Leadership Postpones Resumption Date By One Week


national conferencePlans by the leadership of the National Conference to reconvene August 4, 2014 to consider and approve the final report of the conference for presentation to President Goodluck Jonathan, has been dashed following the extension of the resumption date by one week.

Following the secretariat’s inability to conclude its work, Chairman of the conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (retd), cancelled the earlier resumption date as delegates are to resume on August 11.

The leadership, in a letter to delegates and signed by the Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications, James Akpandem, said the decision to extend the resumption date by one week was to prevent a situation where delegates would return to Abuja on August 4 and discover that there are no necessary materials to conclude the session within the time frame specified in the work plan.

The letter titled, “Postponement of Resumption Date” read in full: “Distinguished delegates, when the management of the National Conference 2014 adjourned plenary session on Monday, July 14, 2014, delegates were informed that they will reconvene on Monday, August 4, 2014 to certify the draft report of the conference to be assembled by the secretariat.

“Substantial work has been done on the various sections of the report as at now and we were hopeful that the entire draft will be ready by the scheduled date.

“However, because of the two-day public holidays declared for Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29 respectively, and the volume of the report, which various sections have to be integrated and produced at the same time, it is becoming obvious that 500 copies of the draft report in the required volumes may not be ready for distribution to all the delegates on Monday, August 4, 2014. This is because external facilities needed to reproduce the volume required became unavailable beginning this weekend because of the long holiday.

“To avoid a situation where delegates return to Abuja without having the necessary materials to conclude the session within the time frame specified in the work plan, conference management decided to move the return date ahead by one week. Consequently, delegates are now required to return for certification of the Conference Report on Monday, August 11, 2014.

“This shift may not affect other schedules already set for the eventual winding up of the 2014 National Conference.

“While management appreciates the understanding and seeks further cooperation of distinguished delegates, it deeply regrets any inconvenience the shift is likely to cause them”.

Following some irreconcilable differences between Northern and Southern delegates, the Monday, July 14 plenary session came to a close without any agreement on the controversial issue of resource control and proposed five per cent national intervention fund for insurgency and internal conflicts.

The conference specifically adopted the report of the Committee on Devolution of Power, but without taking a definite stand on the vital issue of derivation principle and what percentage should be paid to mineral producing areas.

As a soft landing for delegates, the conference left the same problems to President Jonathan by taking a position that he should set up a technical committee on the contentious matter.

The technical committee, according to the delegates, would advise the Federal Government on the sharing formula of revenue which accrues to the Federal Government, the percentage of derivation to oil producing states, the mineral resources fund as well as the special fund for reconstruction and rehabilitation of areas affected by problems of insurgency and internal conflict.

Police Arrest Five Suspected Armed Robbers In Delta


Officers of the Delta State Police Command have arrested five suspected armed robbers along Aladja road, opposite DSC Company, Ovwian.
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The state command spokesman, Celestina Kalu, who made this known to Daily Independent, said the suspects were arrested by the Anti-Crime Patrol team from Aladja Division.
He said the officers accosted the suspects who were six in number (four males and two females) in Golf car.
Kalu said during a search on the car, one of the suspects (male) escaped while another was shot on the leg while trying to escape too.
The force spokesman listed the items recovered from the suspects to include two locally made cut to size single barrel guns, 23 live cartridges, two handsets and a wrap of Indian hemp.
Kalu said the injured suspect had be taken to the hospital for medical attention, and that investigation is still ongoing to arrest the other members of the gang.

22 Year-Old Undergraduate Jailed 20 Years For Kidnapping


A 22-year-old undergraduate of University of Ilorin, identified as Ebenezer Gbadamosi, has been jailed 20 years by a Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State.
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Leadership reports that the convict, who is a 300-level student, had earlier been arraigned before Justice Sulyman Kawu of Ilorin High Court, on a three-count charge of conspiracy to kidnap, threat by means of telephone/SMS to kidnap as well as attempted kidnap.
He was found guilty under sections 2, 3, 5 and 15 of the Kwara State Prohibition and Kidnapping Law, 2010 of the penal code.
“In case No. CA/IL/C.104/2013, the appellate court, in the lead judgment delivered by Justice Hussein Mukhtar, on July 10, 2014, agreed with the submission of the assistant state lead counsel for the respondent, MAI Akande, that the appellate court has the power to re-evaluate the evidence before the trial court and substitute higher sentence for one which the accused person was earlier convicted for by the trial court” the verdict read.
It was gathered that the convict attempted to kidnap the son of an Ilorin- based Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

Babangida Tells Nigerians What To Do About Boko Haram


Governor Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Sunday urged Nigerians to unite and fight terrorism that is currently bedevilling the country.
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Vanguard reports that the governor, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, made the call in his Sallah message to Nigerians on behalf of the forum through a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije.
Aliyu advised Nigerians not to allow insurgency break them, noting that the country’s unity was not negotiable. He promised that government would soon put an end to insurgency.
“Nigeria is a great country and we must ensure that it continues on the part of greatness by making sure that we all believe and have confidence in ourselves again because like all artificial trends, the insurgency will soon be a thing of the past” he said.
The governor, who called on Nigerians to be more security-conscious, also advises against violence saying; “violence is never part of our culture”.
“We have seen the direction the security challenges have plunged Nigeria into and it is, therefore, important that we join hands and wage war against these few enemies in order to enjoy the peace and freedom we have been used to,” he said.
Aliyu, while commending security operatives for their fight against insurgency, also called on Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers and provide useful information that would help curb insurgency to security agencies.
The Governor, who has become famous for condemning the activities of the radical sect, Boko Haram had on July 8, 2014 described the sect’s activities as unIslamic.
The Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, in Hausa language means “Western education is sin”. The terrorist group has its stronghold in the northeastern part of the country, and the neighbouring Cameroon and Niger. It has launched numerous deadly attacks and bombings, which have claimed thousands of innocent lives in its quest to Islamise the country and put an end to what they described as westernisation.
The sect is responsible for the abduction of over 234 school girls from GGSS, Chibok, Borno State. Their menace has attracted attention of the global community. France, U.S, China, Israel, Britain and several others have volunteered to help the Federal Government in wiping Boko Haram insurgents out, as well as rescuing the kidnapped Chibok girls.
Boko Haram, which was designated a terrorist group by the USA in 2013 and sanctioned by the UN in June 2014, started its armed struggle in 2009, after the extrajudicial killing of its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, while in police custody.

FG should apologize to Boko Haram for killing their leader – Bakare says


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Popular Lagos pastor and Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare says one of the ways to end the spate of attacks by terror group, Boko Haram in Nigeria, is for the Federal Govt of Nigeria to apologize to the sect members for killing their leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009.

According to Vanguard, he gave the advise during the state of the nation address at a church service in Lagos.

“The summary execution of the Boko Haram’s former leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009 provided the soil of martyrdom for the nurture and growth of the sect. Government must declare peace first of all; apologizing for the murder of Mohammed Yusuf to the sect members not their sympathizers or bandits.” he said

On the attack on Buhari last Wednesday in Kano, Pastor Bakare said “But for the timely intervention of God, last week’s assassination attempt on General Buhari might have marked the beginning of the end for Nigeria if it had succeeded. We will not also ignore the fact that at the root of the escalation of the Boko Haram crisis was oppression and injustice”.

Otedola Throws Party For Dj Cuppy


Ifeoluwa Otedola popularly known as Dj Cuppy had a 3-in-1 party yesterday, hosted by her parents for her in the city of London. The party was to celebrate her recent graduation from King’s College London, her birthday and her album launch. It held at the 5-star Mandarin Knightsbridge, London.  More pictures below

 

Stupid Bricklayer Tests Nature and Dies Testing Bullet-Proof Charm


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Pandemonium broke out in the Asipa community as an apprentice bricklayer, identified as Rasheed Sulaiman, was shot dead while testing the potency of a bullet-proof charm given to him by a herbalist.

A resident of Asipa, a community in the Ife North Local Government Area, told PUNCH Metro that Sulaiman, on Saturday called his cousin, Siji, to follow him to a secluded place to test the charm. Sulaiman wore the amulet and gave a gun to his cousin to fire at him. The cousin fired the shot and killed Sulaiman instantly.

Residents were unaware of the mission of duo, but the sound of a gunshot was said to have attracted attention of the people of the area to where the incident happened. Siji was said to be found weeping beside the body of the deceased. Siji reportedly explained that the deceased compelled him to shoot at him to test the potency of an amulet.

It was gathered that the deceased, who was known to be a tough guy, could be preparing to use the charm for the governorship election in the state. The incident was said to have triggered panic among the elders of the community who believed that some other youths might have similar charms.

Punch reports the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of Osun state Police Command, Folasade Odoro, could not be reached to react to the incident.

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4 Killed, 7 Injured In New Suicide Attack In Kano


A female suicide bomber in Nigeria’s Kano city killed three people and injured seven others on Monday in an attack targeting women who had lined up to buy kerosene, police said.

This came just hours after 5 people were killed in a bomb attack on St Charles Family Church, Kano and another bomb attack was foiled at North West University, also in Kano.

In the Monday attack, a female suicide bomber detonated an explosive at (a petrol) station in the Hotoro area, badly injuring 10 people.

The suicide bomber was said to have found her way into the crowd of people struggling to buy kerosene at the NNPC mega station before detonating the explosive.

According to Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, four people died in the bomb blast, including the suicide bomber.

“Three of them died in hospital, while seven are undergoing treatment,” Kano police spokesman Musa Magaji Majia told AFP.

P. Diddy Says He Loves Nigeria Names, Gives Himself — ‘OLUWADIDDY’


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Puff Daddy, P. Diddy or Diddy……whatever you know him as, he has been in the music games for ages and still stands firm. I mean, you just can’t help but love Diddy!!

The rapper and businessman took his official girl to the foreign paradise called ‘Ibiza’ along with some friends, and they seem to be having a blast in the tropics!

Producer/Artiste/Entrepreneur and Hip-Hop Heavyweight, Sean’Diddy’ Combs is pictured above with two of his closest Nigerian companions.

He captioned the above photo: ‘#3KINGS OLUWADIDDY NIGERIA I LOVE YOU!!!!!’

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Mario Balotelli Goes Back To Ghana and Taste Jollof Rice First Time In 15 years


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Balotelli has come across as one of the most notorious soccer stars of our time but you cannot deny the talent.

The soccer star is originally from Ghana but adopted by Italian parents; I guess you can take a man out of Africa but you can never take Africa out of him.

The Italian striker posted the photo below on his Facebook page and captioned it: “Back to my Ghanaian roots. Eating jollof rice for the first time in 15 years”

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Back to my Ghanaian roots. Eating jollof rice for the first time in 15 years.

Epic Throwbacks Of Famous Ghanaian Celebrities / Surulere Photos


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JOHN DUMELO

In my usual digging to bring you my esteem readers the best content, I came across this.

Time flies and people change, or do they really change???

I manage to get a hold of baby photos of the biggest names in Ghanaian social light and i want you to help me judge if they really changed.

Some were adorable kids, only difference is, they wanted to be famous than their friends and chase the hollywood dream life in Ghana and Africa.

Some have achieved that dream, others are still on the quest.

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JULIET IBRAHIM

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NADIA BUARI

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YVONNE NELSON

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See How Governor Rochas Okorocha Keeps Fit


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I’m not from any Eastern state in this great country but I can’t help but show my admiration for Governor Rochas Okorocha, one of my favorite politicians; that respect just increased today again.

The Governor of Imo state Rochas Okorocha urged Nigerians to keep fit by sending out a photo of himself riding a bike with of course, security officials following him.

For the ride, Okorocha is seen in a yellow polo shirt, a black clap, and black pants. “I keep fit by riding bicycle regularly, hope you exercise too?” he says.

Rochas Okorocha @GovernorRochas

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My people, my people, I keep fit by riding bicycle regularly, hope you exercise too? pic.twitter.com/UsLqUxollp