#DivorceDrama: Man beats up wife in court ‘for committing adultery’


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A man in Lagos brought his marital troubles out in the open when he descended on his wife and beat her up on the premises of a court.
Olufemi Ogbiyele who appeared along with his wife, Bola at the Ikeja Magistrate court to attend divorce proceedings was said to have assaulted his wife within the court building.
Olufemi had accused his wife of adultery and was allegedly angered by the fact that a family friend pleaded with him to resolve his differences with his wife amicably and out of court.
The Tribune reports:

Olufemi instead grabbed his wife, descended on her and dealt blows on her to the surprise of everyone present.
Reacting to the incident, counsel to the wife, Mr Shittu Oladeyinde, said, “I’m aware that a friend called them to settle their differences out of court. This appeal infuriated Olufemi who flared up, pounced on his wife and beat her up.’’
According to Oladeyinde, “the couple’s problem started on February 11, 2013 when the woman locked herself up in the children’s room after her husband had beaten her. She
later left for her mother’s house.”
The counsel further disclosed that “another lawyer, Mr Taiwo and a pastor met with the husband, asking him to resolve the matter amicably. Olufemi agreed to do so on the condition that his wife stopped working, but Bola objected to this.
“It was after this meeting that he sent a text message to his wife, asking her to prepare her lawyers for a divorce,” he said.
While giving his side of the story, Olufemi told the court that his wife slept with different men when she travelled to the United Kingdom in March 2012.
He further stated that on February 12, 2013, she slapped him when he accused her of stealing his property and even sought the help of one of her lovers who beat him for bringing up such an allegation against her.
In response to the allegations levelled against the man, the second counsel to the wife, Akin Aroyewo, stated that, “In the first place, she didn’t abscond from her matrimonial home on September 1, she rather ran for her dear life when the husband wanted to kill her by hitting her with an iron belt.
“Olufemi is frivolous and temperamental. And these he has shown by abusing court proceedings,” he added.

Threat Letter: IGP Orders Thorough Investigation, Increases Security Presence Around Schools In Makurdi


Abubakar-IGPThe Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar has ordered the strengthening of security in all boarding schools in and around Makurdi, the Benue State capital. The directive is coming on the heels of recent threat letter purportedly issued by elements claiming to be Boko Haram members to two all-boys Secondary Schools – Government College, Makurdi, and Mount Saint Gabriel College Makurdi.

According to a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, CSP, the Benue State Police Command, working in partnership with the State Ministry of Education and the affected school authorities, have strengthened surveillance in the schools and other boarding schools within Makurdi metropolis.

Mba stated that the police have commenced investigations aimed at ascertaining the source and authenticity or otherwise of the said hand-written letter now in possession of the Force.

He also conveyed the Police High Command’s advice to residents of all host communities nationwide where boarding schools are located to continually be on the alert and report any suspicious movement to the appropriate authorities

2015 Campaigns: IBB Advises Politicians To Be Careful And Responsible In Conduct


GOV. IDRIS WADA OF KOGI (L) IN A HANDSHAKE WITH THE EMIR OF ZAZZAU, ALHAJI SHEHU IDRIS, AT THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF A BOOK TITLED "FASTING ACCORDING TO ISLAMIC LAW" IN KADUNA ON SUNDAY (18/5/14). WITH THEM IS GOV. MUKHTAR YERO OF KADUNA STATE.

As Nigerians prepare to go to the polls in 2015 to elect leaders in the forthcoming general elections, former military head of state, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida yesterday warned politicians to desist from engaging in acts capable of setting the country on the path of anarchy.

The former military president, who gave the warning in Kaduna while speaking at the presentation ceremony of two books written by the Director-General of the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu, said politicians must not heat up the polity in their bid to gain acceptance.

He added that “politics is a game that produces a winner and not all contestants will emerge victorious at the polls; therefore, losers must learn to accept defeat with grace and prepare for another race someday”.

Represented by Brigadier General Dantsoho Mohammed (rtd), IBB as he is fondly called, said that as the campaign for 2015 gathers steam, an overheated polity will produce nothing other than chaos in the land.

His words, “I wish to advise politicians to be careful and responsible as they start their campaign train; Nigerians deserve nothing less than the dividends of democracy that will grant minimum comfort for better quality life.

“This is what is required to take the youths off the streets, restore the confidence of the disenchanted and provide succour for the poverty-stricken masses of this country. This is what is needed to check the menace perpetrated by militants and Boko Haram insurgency”.

Speaking at the event, Gov. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State said no amount of fighting or violence can elevate one to political office, but only God, and pleaded for peaceful coexistence among the people of the state and the nation in general.

Speaking earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar tasked people with Islamic religious knowledge to imbibe the culture of educating the common folks with the basic tenets of Islam wherever they find themselves.

The Sultan, who was represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, noted that Nigeria is a country with diverse cultures and religious backgrounds where the natives speak different languages, and called on Muslims to propagate Islam.

In his welcome address, the author of the books – “Fasting According to Islamic Law” and its Hausa version, “Matsayin Azumi A Shari’ar Musulunci” – Dr. Sharehu, said lack of knowledge of Arabic is no more an excuse not to learn the basic facts and principles of Islam.

According to the NTI boss, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam but it must be done as stipulated in the Qur’an, which is why the book was written to enlighten the Muslim faithful on the right way of fasting.

Buhari’s Son In EFCC Net Over Alleged N20m Fraud


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested one Mohammed Buhari, said to be an adopted son of a former military Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari over an alleged N20m fraud.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, Buhari was arrested over a “transaction that has the trappings of voodoo investment scheme”.

He allegedly obtained N20 million from one Mrs Florence Nwokocha, with the aim of investing in a lucrative oil and gas business with promises of mouth watery returns to the investor.

According to the report, Buhari was allegedly introduced to the lady by his account officer at Ecobank Plc and he agreed to pay 30 percent annual interest on the sum to Nwokocha.

It was learnt that once the money was transferred, Buhari withdrew all the money but never fulfilled his agreement of paying any interest to the woman.

Sources at the EFCC informs that the suspect claims he ran into trouble after he lost the bank guarantee, which he secured from another new generation bank.

According to sources, Buhari claimed that the bank voided the guarantee on the ground that the branch of the bank that processed it was not competent to do so.

Buhari is still in the custody of the anti-graft agency as investigations in the case continue.

Akwa Ibom State vs Akpabio: Ant vs Elephant


Since 2007, Godswill Akpabio has been cooking for the people of Akwa Ibom State. Despite the poor taste of the food and the bad cooking that comes with it, the people ate, and are still eating, in silence and with patience. Under self-induced illusion, in addition to empty and meaningless praises by those who have been

lying to him, Akpabio really believed that just because none of those under his governance complained about his style of cooking, it meant that the people were happy and satisfied with his meals. He was wrong!

As soon as he made public his thoughtless and self-serving decision to impose a successor on them, the people decided to band together and form a united front to return the favor that Akpabio has been doing to them since 2007; they are ready to cook for him.

Though the food is yet to be prepared, from all indications, as demonstrated by his recent erratic behaviors, it appears as if Akpabio is scared-stiff on knowing that he will not be able to consume what the entire state is preparing for him. And the people have warned Akpabio that there will be a fight if he refuses to eat their food.

The interesting part of this cooking business is that those who are now leading the fight to cook for Akpabio are the very ones who used to help Akpabio in preparing the terrible meals he handed over to the people on a daily basis. I am referring to the likes of Umanas, the Alberts, the Ekeres, the Etiebets, and the Ekpenyongs.

For this former cooks of Akpabio to be on the other side of the kitchen is a clear prove that in Nigeria’s version of politics, even God may not be able to determine what will happen the next day; remember how God regretted creating man? “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth….’” (Genesis 6: 5-7—NIV).

Moving on…..

The fight between Godswill Akpabio and the people of Akwa Ibom State is like millions of elephants ganging up to fight a single ant. A casual onlooker may be forced to conclude that the ant has no chance of standing up to one single elephant, let alone millions. But in this matter of Akwa Ibom State, the ant has more weapons than the elephants. Let’s say Akpabio is the ant. Akpabio has control of the money and access to the corridor of power at the national level. Those who are ready to fight him have the will and the majority of the people behind them, but with limited money and limited access to the corridor of power. The question then becomes; who will win the fight? To answer the question, let us look at what they are actually fighting for.

The fight between Godswill Akpabio and the people is focused on the matter of him (Akpabio) imposing a successor on them. The people want the nomination process to be free and fair where any qualified indigene can register to contest for governorship, irrespective of political zone, sex, or dialectical origin (not ethnic, because Akwa Ibom State is made up of only one ethnic group—Ibibio). But Akpabio is very resistant to what the people want and as far he is concerned, it is either his choice of a successor or he will render Akwa Ibom State an ungovernable entity.

To be continued——

 

Written by Ikpafak Thompson Essien

The Voice of the Poor Masses; Defender of the Oppressed; Social Critic

 

A native of Ibibio nation of Ubium Republic extraction, now living in the safe and beautiful city of Portland, Oregon, where no AKPF, ADUMA, ADV, and Akwa Ibom State politicians can reach.

The Devil In Al-Mustapha’s Life – a Rejoinder


I feel obliged to respond to the two-series article titled above, by one Mohammed Nasir Fage and published on this portal for a number of fundamental reasons. For one, though a lay person, I still found it fundamentally unethical and quite unprofessional for this online portal to allow it’s platform for the

publication of such high wire slander and libel against an entire family.

Before this was done, a lot of us who visit the Elombah website had viewed its editorial judgment with great respect and not for once did we ever deem it among the click of fringe publications.

I must however point out that unfortunately that perception is changing now.

Secondly, my response, though unsolicited, is informed by the fact that the writer, whose identity gives him away as a Muslim, could throw away all known moral standard and etiquette required by the Islamic religion in dealing with the dignity of fellow human beings.

For the author of those articles to so shamelessly discountenance such lofty Islamic moral values for the respect of the santity of the family institution that calls fpr the strictest proof of allegations of infidelity.

As a mother, I am greatly touched by the writer’s utter disregard for decency, decorum and simple civil conscious when he made those allegations not minding their concomitant effect on the psyche of Almustapha’s two innocent children.

I wondered how the writer would have felt if his own children were to be subjected to such wicked trauma.

Personally I felt that it must take a really wicked,inhuman and ungodly soul to mete such humiliation on innocent children by concocting such evident lies that even touch on their paternity.

My main worry is because I happen to know the two children as friends and school mates of my own daughter whom I can defend with my life from the mischief of the wide, wild, wicked world as accurately symbolized by the author of the libelous article in question.

As it can be noticed, I have this far refused to refer to the author by the names he used particularly the first name because it makes me sick to associate the noble name of the beloved Prophet of Islam who came as a mercy to the world to this slanderous soul more so ascribe that holy name to the authorship of those satanic words. Subhanallah.

As I pointed out earlier I have had a close relationship with the family and am therefore in a privileged position to attest to their sound moral upbringing which I believe is the envy of the writer.

They both went to school in Amman, Jordan and as a mark of their commendable conduct, Ahmad (Babaji) was made head boy which is a highly competitive and coveted position in schools abroad.

And the two of them happened to be recipients of the prestigious American Presidential Award by former US President George Bush.

I can also attest to their conduct in American International School in Abuja with no incident recorded against any of them.

I can particularly vouch for Fatima (Mimi) whom I have had the opportunity of traveling and spending time with along with my daughter.

Fatima comes across as a very humble, shy and respectful little girl that loves to pray, read and avoid the company of boys. The two children were such a role model of good conduct and decency I know of about five families that withdrew their children from school in Amman when the Almustaphas were leaving on completion.

I know that in most civilized climes with operational laws for child protection, the writer of those articles would have been prosecuted for molesting minors since both children are below 18.

These children, whose commendable characters were molded singularly by their mother when they were artificially orphaned at infancy.

Just picture a family that was made to go through the psychological trauma of having their leader incarcerated for a decade and a half not being allowed at the end of it all to feel the pleasure of reunion through mischief and wicked schemes aimed at directly attacking their personality by ungodly people.

I shed motherly tears when I read the article and tried to imagine how those children would have felt at this persistent persecution of their family.

Characteristic of the Fatima I knew when my daughter who was no less worried put a call to tell her that she felt her pain, she sounded unruffled. Perhaps, emboldened by years of persecution and seeking refuge with their creator, Fatima simply but boldly recited Hasbunallah waniimal wakeel.

I am sure that every mother that reads that wicked slander cannot help feelingthe pain of these children and would definitely agree with Fatima that Allah ia sufficient for them and everyone that is deliberately targeted by the pent-up jealousy and envy of identified and unidentified predators.

 

By Saadah Sanusi

 

(Saadau, a mother of three wrote this from Kaduna and could be reached on saadatumaina@ymail.com

Cross Riverians Must Resist the Plan by Governor Imoke to Sell Cocoa Farms


The plan of the Government of Cross River State to sell five Cocoa Farms belonging to Government is in bad taste and must resisted. The people of Cross River State must arouse from their legarthy and self imposed slumber and fiercely resist the attempt by Governor Imoke to. Sell our patrimony and commonwealth to private capital before the end of his tenure

on 29th May 2015.

I recall the sale of the Cultural Centre, Calabar to shop rite some few months ago by Governor Imoke. I recall the sale of Ibiae Palm Plantation to private capital without telling us how much was realized from the sell. Also recall the acquisition of thousand of acres of communal land from poor families in Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area under the pretext that the acquisition was for public interest but the land was eventually given to a Private Company, Songhai. There is rumour that the Governor has extensive interest in the Songhai Farm.

I further recall the acquisition of land from poor families in Ekorinim, Calabar by Donald Duke under the cloak of acquisition for public interest and then turning round to assign these lands to himself using a phony company as a front!  It is crass corruption to acquire land under the guise of public interest and then turn round and hand over or even sell the land to private investment.

The Supreme Court has categorically pronounced that Government has no modicum of power to acquire land under the cloak of public interest and then hand over the. Land to private investor. It seems Governor Imoke and his political buddy, former Governor, Donald Duke as part of programme of action of the ” Three Wise Men” want to sell the entire commonwealth and patrimony of the State to themselves and cronies under the cloak of attracting private investment. Duke sold the Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar; Rubber Plantations in Uyanga, Awi, Boki, Nko, Boki, Oban etc for peanut to his friends and cronies without rendering account.

Since Imoke and Duke took over the governance of the State they have embarked on selling of our estates without doing anything to develop new ones. These estates were developed more than fifty years ago by the government of the defunct Eastern Region under the able leadership of Dr. Micheal Okpara. However Imoke and Duke have mindlessly sold these estates without qualms and failing to disclose how much was made from these sales. Despite selling Cultural Centre, Palm Plantations and then Cocoa farms the Government of Senator Imoke still complain of financial crunch and not having money to pay civil servants and waste. Collectors.

The people of the State must not accept this latest move by the rapacious government of Senator Imoke to sell these cocoa farms to dubious private investors. These farms should be revamped by government so that they provide employment to our teeming army of unemployed youths. I wonder aloud what the government of Cross River State is doing with all these humugous monies it is collecting from every where! Between June, 2013 till now the Government has collected N10 billion being augments from the Federation Accounts for the loss of revenue from 76 oil wells that the Supreme Court of Nigeria held belong to Akwa Ibom. Despite this, the government kept a studied silence and refused to disclose this to us and even include it in the Appropriation Law!

The Government of Cross River State has illegally appropriated billions of allocation to the 18 Local Government Area Councils from the Federation Accounts in addition to its own share from the accounts. Yet, the. Government complains of lack of money. The government should better be careful and not take the civility of the people of the State for granted. I urge all the people of the State especially the communities that owns the lands where these cocoa farms are located to strongly resist the selling of these farms to dubious investors and cronies of the Governor within the am bit of the law.

Okoi Obono-Obla

Our Economy And Our Society’s Security – By Muhammadu Buhari


In the last couple of weeks our country has attracted the World’s attention for the wrong reasons. The dreadful and appalling crime of up to 300 school girls’ abduction has shocked the world’s conscience. News of efforts to rescue the girls has rather overshadowed the World Economic Forum Africa, whose theme was: Forging inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs.

The backcloth of the Forum itself was the statistical exercise that rebased our economy. The result of the exercise made us the largest economy in Africa and placed us among the top 25 in the world. But those numbers are at variance with the lived experience of our citizens. Across the length and breath of this country and in our cities, poverty is so visible, so general and so extreme. Those numbers have no meaning to the well being of the vast majority of our society.

The theme of the conference was also at variance with existing policy priorities. The rebased numbers were weighed in favour of the service sector, particularly the banking sector which contributed about 70% of the growth.

For the rebased economy to affect lives of our citizens in a positive way and for the theme of the conference to have any meaning, we must take a serious look at our economic policy priorities and rebalance our policies in favour of agriculture and manufacturing to take people out of poverty and make them consumers for the expansion of the productive private sector and manufacturing. In addition to create jobs for millions of young unemployed and create opportunities for the millions entering job market every year. Everywhere you go there is display of foreign goods. We are turning ourselves into hawkers of other peoples’ manufactured goods. It makes no sense to maintain policies which close our factories but help keep foreign factories open!

The way out of poverty is to get people to work. Workers should earn reasonable wages for their work and farmers reasonable prices for their produce.

The Government should have a second look at agricultural support. Current efforts on large scale farming are laudable, but it is the small scale farmer across the country who needs support to improve his yield and get out of poverty. The Federal and State Governments should in addition to current efforts concentrate on provision of small-scale credits, inputs (pesticides, fertilizers), extension services and revival of local cooperatives. That way the small farmer will be empowered to produce more and enhance his income.

Industries are in a bad shape. It is a national calamity. Government should look at quick remedial and relief measures. First, help industries with their fuel and power costs. In recent months two countries whose industries are more established than Nigeria’s (India and U.K.) received massive government grants to cover their energy costs. And for the manufacturing sector to thrive in Nigeria the government need to extend and widen the CBN intervention initiative with much lower interest rates and longer periods of repayment.

In this way, we will be on course to develop an economy that is inclusive, a society that is prosperous and at peace with itself, guaranteeing not only prosperity and peace to West Africa but also to Africa as a whole, currently home to the world’s poverty, conflict and insecurity. Nigeria is the buffer and shock-absorber to the West African sub-region.

Our current difficulties notwithstanding, the conference, a private sector initiative was a welcome move to partner with our private and public sectors to compliment our efforts in line with our developmental policy priorities, especially in long term infrastructure while the state concentrates in decisive intervention in health, education and facilitation of pro-poor and support for industry.

We must have a sensible balance between the private and public sectors without ideological preference to either. To attract beneficial long term foreign investors, as opposed to predators, we must dramatically improve on our governance. Our processes must be transparent, our legal system must be professional and law enforcement agencies also professional. Above all, eliminate corruption which is the greatest danger that stands in the way of our progress and peace.

Needless to point out that the best thought-out economic plans and policies can have no effect if the security situation is dire. No one will bring his investment when bombs are exploding and school-girls are kidnapped!

The security situation the country is facing requires a holistic approach: security agencies of the (Federal) government need closer cooperation with civilian security infrastructure which is in place but seldom considered as a part of the security effort. The local government structure from Ward to district to state level is an excellent starting point for an over-all new security initiative.

State-wide effort should be carefully coordinated with federal authorities. It should be a bottom-to-top operation. The bickering between Abuja and the states should cease if we are serious in wanting to win the war and end the conflict. All moneys voted must demonstrably be seen to be spent on security.

The country should also come together with unequivocal support to the government and security agencies in this fight against mindless violence and mad-cap ideologies. The country should have one narrative about Boko Haram. It is an abhorrent, anti-Islamic, anti-religion, anti-human sect. Accordingly, under the auspices of the federal Government prominent representatives of Islamic, Christian, traditional rulers, political leaders, labour leaders, women leaders and the youth should in one and the same forum come together and issue a declaration to demonstrate to the world that public opinion in Nigeria is at one in dealing with the wicked cancer of Boko Haram which is threatening the country’s peace. We should not allow politics, ethnicity and religion to disorganize the country.

The internationalization of this rescue effort is welcome to Nigerians. The command and control should however be led by Nigerians and foreign forces should respect the country’s sovereignty and be wary of local sensitivities.

— General Muhammadu Buhari is a former Head of State.

- May 18, 2014

Gov Al-Makura: Maltreatment of Market Men and Women in Lafia; By Ibrahim Kabiru Dallah


Maltreatment of Nigerian Youths and Students is common since when the Umaru Tanko Al-Makura came on board as the Governor of Nasarawa State ranging from the polarization of the National body of the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA), Unlawful detention of Comrade Yusuf Abubakar Doma, to the over 12 thousands youths that were sacked from

the 13 Local Government in Nasarawa State .

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” – Nelson Mandela

It is not longer news that Nasarawa State Government has forcefully chased market Men and Women out of the Old Lafia Market without an option of where to go, it may be recalled that sometimes around August, 2013, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued a statement to the general public that whoever is interested in the allocation of shops in the “New Ultra Modern Market Lafia” should as a matter of urgency and State interest indicate interest by purchasing an application form at the rate of N10,000 while the yearly subcharges will follow. 

As I write, no ordinary Nigerian citizenry in Nasarawa State was given a single shop after the application in the New Utra Modern Market due to the dubious acts of the Government of the day in the State, all the shops were allocated to the Families and Friends of Governor Almakura, Commissioners, SSA’s, SA’s and other Government officials.

The most painful thing in Lafia is that those in the authority that the shops were illegally allocated to them are now selling the shops now to the ordinary Market Men and Women at rate of N800,000 (Eight Hundred Thousand) upward, to us this is animalistic, barbaric and exploitation of the highest order. This question and so many others are begging for answers, How many market men and women can afford to pay such huge amount of money? Can some move to the new market place without a shop? Where does the government expect those that are selling Grandnut oil, Exercise Books, Shoes, Babbers, Tailors in the old market to pack to? I could go on and on mentioning the names of those that are affected with the unfriendly policy of Al-Makura led Government.

It is widely accepted that no state will developed without putting some individual and groups into pains but it is not accepted in putting people into the angony of poverty in the name of development, what we expected from the government is to put an alternative in place before thinking of sending them out of the old market.

As the old market is parmanently shutdown by the government, the market men and women association has taken it to the street on Saturday to protest the anti people policy of Gov Almakura that will surely add to the level of poverty in the State.

This is State that 70% of its citizens are living in abject poverty as exibited on Saturday where a group of thugs were hired just to earn a living by the government of the day in Nasarawa State to distroy the posters and bill board of one of the gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of PDP called Yusuf Mohammed Agabi.

One would have expected Gov Al-Makura to do a thorough check and sample the opinion of relevant stakeholders in the market before coming up with such a senseless decision. The fact is that the state government has taken this wicked steps in order to add to the pains of the ordinary citizens that are yearning for CHANGE of leadership in the State.

Therefore, without fear of contradiction the only solution to the current predicament in the Lafia old market is for the government to as the matter of National important and poverty alleviation revisits the process that led to the illegal allocation of the New Ultra Modern Market to people that only in government instead of the real market men and women.

Conclusively, I know that some people will shamefully ask that what is the interest of Ibrahim Kabiru Dallah in the ongoing anti people policy of Governor Al-Makura, however, I want the whole world to remember that Nigerian Youths were parts and parcels of those that fought for the return of Democracy back into Nigeria, as such we cannot keep mute while things are moving in the wrong direction in Nasarawa State.

As the countdown to 2015 begins, Nigerian youths in Nasarawa State must be determined to make sure that youths play a central role in the forthcoming elections in order not repeat the maladministration of the present government in the State.

Ibrahim Kabiru Dallah Is The National President, Nasarawa State Youths Networks (NASTYNET) Writes From Lafia, Nasarawa State. @ik_dallah on twitter

Nigerian Soldiers’ Mutiny: Jonathan and a battered espirit d’ corp


Nigerian Army spokesperson, Major General Chris Olukolade in Abuja gave a pacy account of what happened at the anti-insurgency command headquarters in Maiduguri where some soldiers of the newly created 7th Division of the Nigerian Army opened fire on the vehicle of the General Officer Commanding

(GOC) the brigade. But this would sure satisfy only those who saw the incident the way he saw it or rather the way he wanted them to see it.

As reported, some soldiers angered by the death of 12 of their colleagues in a Boko Haram ambush, Wednesday May 14th, 2014 opened fire on the vehicle of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the newly created Maiduguri-based 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed and when he escaped, they proceeded to vandalize his official residence in Maiduguri.

The mutineers were reportedly protesting the killing of 12 soldiers, including two officers, who were ambushed and killed by Boko Haram bandits. The fallen soldiers allegedly requested to spend the night at a village after an assignment because the route was too dangerous at night. However, it was alleged that the GOC, who has now been removed for bad judgment, insisted they return that night, and they ran into an ambush on their way back because of the insistence of their superior officer.

This violent incident no doubt is an ominous development which at best is an uncomfortable pointer that all might not be well after all in our counter-insurgency operations.

Whether anybody likes this or not, the alleged attempted murder of the GOC 7th Division raised several questions some related to the operational welfare of the soldiers on duty and most related to the politics of the nation’s counter-insurgency efforts.

First, no matter how anybody looks at it, protest and revolt in the military are known by the “M” word- Mutiny and this is a capital offence no matter the justification for it. There is no colouring the expression that the conduct/action of the soldiers was outright mutiny in the military culture and there is no explanation or justification to feign otherwise. The military thrives on strict discipline and a do-or-die conformity to the order-is -order code of service because that’s the only way a commander can ensure his troops at the battle front are in unity of purpose-pushing in espirit d’corp. That is that for the military to handle.

Now, it is very apparent that the rank-and-file members of our armed forces are silently unhappy and angry about many things. The Mutiny at Maimalari Barracks: Should Soldiers be exposed to unnecessary and foolish risks because they signed to die if necessary to defend the country? Agreed that cowardice should have no place in military dictionary or life, but some risks are not worth taking as there is a great difference between bravery and outright foolishness.

If the allegation that Nigerian soldiers were being exposed to “unnecessary risks” in our counter-insurgency operation in the northeast particularly Borno state, then there are so many questions for the military high command to answer because success in the nation’s counter-insurgency operations will be elusive if soldiers are taking unnecessary risks due to shortages and absence of a coherent and properly resourced strategy.

The reported mutinous behaviour of the soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army conveys deeper meaning than protesting the killing of their colleagues by the terrorists. One of the allegations we often hear is that our soldiers “are ill-motivated and ill-equipped” to robustly confront the Boko Haram bandits. These allegations were recently lent credence by an anonymous soldier who told the Voice of America (VOA) that they are being sent into battle against terrorists poorly equipped and ill- motivated. No organization should be ashamed to admit that it has problems. Pretending you have no problems doesn’t help anybody because once in a while incidents like the Maiduguri mutiny will continue to crop up.

Dismissing critical issues like these is not too good for achieving effective response in the country’s war against terrorism. Why is this happening now when we have the entire world on ground helping us to address the insurgency scourge? It was expected that when a brigade loses officers and men, the commanding officers should be more pained. But now our soldiers at the hotspots are insinuating that their GOC has deliberately been compromising the operational safety of their colleagues which most times put the soldiers at the mercy of the insurgents. If this be, then the entire issue becomes more serious than we are even taking it because it then becomes a case of sabotage against the national interests.

The Maiduguri incident was not the first time furious soldiers mutinied. It happened on July 5, 2008 during the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua administration when Nigerian soldiers on a UN mission to Liberia openly rioted over allegations that they were being shortchanged in the payment of their entitlements. In particular, they alleged that they were being paid in naira instead of the dollars the United Nations was paying them.

Instead of dealing with their grudges, the mutinous soldiers were court-martialed and jailed. At a court martial presided over by Brigadier General Ishaya Bauka, sitting at Owena Barracks Akure, Ondo State, the 57 mutinous soldiers were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for breaching existing military laws. However, in December, 2010, they were eventually pardoned and recalled to duty by the former Chief of Army Staff, General Ihejirika.

The military authorities should sincerely welcome constructive criticisms and address these critical issues pertaining to the bottled up resentments of ill-motivated junior soldiers, especially at this time when Nigeria is at war with terrorists. And to assure Nigerians of his commitment to the safety of all citizens, President Jonathan and the National Assembly must lead a thorough investigation into these and sundry allegations by junior officers at different hotspots so that these men who are standing for all of us can be proud to flout their espirit d’ corp regalia.

 

By Ifeanyi Izeze

 

(IFEANYI IZEZE is an Abuja-based Consultant and can be reached on: iizeze@yahoo.com. ; 234-8033043009)

#bringbackourgirls: Where are our jujumen?


“Nigeria is the only country in the world where the best is impossible and the worst never happens.” My friend Dr. Dabin is the PDP chairman in Plateau state, with him over the weekend, he told a story of the Igalas of Kogi state. The Igalas have a dancing festival, in which the community is supposed to dance all night, starting from mid-night to the next morning. The

dance is supposed to be uniform by all dancers. However there is a caveat, as at some point as daybreak beckons, the beat changes.

And that’s where the danger lies, and the essence of the festival. If you miss the beat and don’t change your dance steps to the new beat and continue the old dance. You are used as a sacrifice/you are offered and killed to appease the ‘gods’.

While I ruminated over the narrative, for me, it was not about the killing, it was about the change of the beat and the naïve dancer.

So, its the five weeks, we are still looking to #bringbackourgirls, the United States one thought was going to wave the magical wand, storm chibok, niger, cameroun and chad and fish out Shekau and his bandwagon of insane goons. While that doesn’t seem to have happened, one thing though has occurred.

Okay, this is it; Rann is a border town with Cameroun and about 160 kilometers northeast of Maidugiri, the Borno state capital.

 

 

Boko Haram came calling, as usual with their Hilux vehicles and motorcycles laden with explosives, infact we are informed that they had the benefit of an Amoured Personnel Carrier APC (And by the way, I am beginning a campaign to ask car manufacturer Toyota how their hilux has become a terror operational vehicle for boko haram).

The dreaded Boko Haram group was overpowered by vigilance group and what we know as Civilian JTF, this is the catch… “They foiled the attack on the town by confronting the suspected insurgents with weapons and CHARMS TO BLINDFOLD THEM FOR OVER HALF AN HOUR.”

Infact at the end, over 200men of the Boko Haram group were killed, the story continued that about 10 or so of the insurgents with rifles and other ammunitions could not fire any shot. And please don’t ask me why…

Before the attack the residents of the town we are told had fortified the town against any attack, so must of the towns and villages in the Kalabalge Local council have been fortified “spiritually” with dane guns, double barrel rifles and bow and arrows.

Before going far, what strikes one about this story is that it was corroborated by a military that was near mutiny due to so many reasons including poor firepower against a seemingly more formidable foe.

It happened while we were waiting for American commando and marines. It happened while #bringbackourgirls as a message or campaign had hit over 2million retweets.

My fear is that the beat may have changed and we are still dancing to the old tune, as we engaged on the propriety or otherwise of Mr. President not going to Chibok or going to Le’shibok in Paris, the conspiracy theorists spurn more stories. Shettima was in London doing CNN when none of the actors think much of our own NTA on this matter, not that I do either.

If the beat has or can change, the use of voodoo and or juju represents is part of the new beat to #bringbackourgirls. I am not asking you my reader to believe in african scud missile or baba ijebu skype that uses only a basin of water or mirror–no need for electricity or internet connectivity.

But its time I ask, where are the jujumen, the voodoo. Those juju men from Igala, the ijebus noted for their “I go show you” jazz.  Where are the Benin arrangement, una wan carry last.

Maidugiri as is Kano despite strong Islamic core have reputable seer zones, I know a place where policemen go in Zaria to get “cooked”. I mean fortified from bullets and all sorts.

Where are the prophets that see everything, and anything including why Jonathan should not contest. Can’t they see where Shekau is or is it that the Sambisa forest coordinates are too strong or have defied.

If voodoo worked in Rann, should our spritualists not be called to help, can’t our prosperity drone preachers weigh in, they perform miracles and magic, how about the mallams? We really need them now as the beat has changed.

We need that association of witches and wizards that endorsed Jonathan in the last election to fly their drones and help locate our girls and destroy Shekau.

So, while we ‘politik’ on security, on state of emergency, across party lines etc. I end this admonition on this note.

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.

I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson.

She brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other. In the middle of her desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the boy what color the object was. “White,” he answered.

I couldn’t believe he said the object was white, when it was obviously black!

Another argument started between my classmate and me, this time about the color of the object.

The teacher told me to go stand where the boy was standing and told him to come stand where I had been. We changed places, and now she asked me what the color of the object was. I had to answer, “White.”

It was an object with two differently colored sides, and from his viewpoint it was white. Only from my side it was black.

Have we done enough to #bringbackourgirls, or just arguing about who stole what, what is the color of Shekau’s canvass. The beat has changed, let’s call the jujumen, the bokas, or else, would I be still writing on chibok–only time will tell.

 

 

By Prince Charles Dickson

#Bringbackourgirls: Imo State Union Of Elders, Uk Lends Their Voices


PRESS RELEASE

Imo State Elders Union UK condemn in an unmistakable term the unconscionable abduction of innocent secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. The Students did nothing wrong but to go to school

to learn so as to improve their chances of a better future in life.

The abduction of the girls to say the least is odious, atrocious and should be condemned by all right thinking human beings irrespective of their religion and race. As parents and grand-parents our hearts bleed and we feel the distress the families are going through at this very moment. However, we will continue to pray for their safe release.

We also use this opportunity to express our unquantifiable support to all the branches of our Security Services-our brave men and women who daily put themselves in harm’s way to protect the citizens and secure our borders. We appreciate them and will not forgot in a hurry the ultimate scarifies they make with their lives everyday. May The Almighty God protect and guide them in all their daily activities.

‘The security of lives and property is everybody’s problem and we appeal to all Nigerians to support our able and hardworking President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in the fight against terrorism in the country. The truth now is, Nigeria is changed and citizen must adapt to this new reality for a better future for our country’ said Elder Adolph, Chairman Imo State Elders Union UK.

 

 

By Promise Egwu

I’m Pregnant And Don’t Know Who My Baby’s Father Is [Advice Needed]


I know what you think about girls who sleep with several guys outside of a relationship. I was of the same opinion until it happened to me, so here’s my story. Please, don’t judge me, I’ve learnt my lesson the hard way.

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I was dating a guy, he is a year older than me and graduating from the university this year. Just two months ago, we mutually decided to break up because we were not really interested in the relationship anymore. After a night of a passionate good-bye lovemaking, we went our separate ways. A couple of days later, I met a childhood “sweetheart” of mine. We were so happy to see each other, one thing led to another, and, although we didn’t communicate much in all this time, we had s*x. As far as I understand, he treats this encounter as a one-night stand.

Guess what? I’m pregnant. Although I always insist on protection, both times the guys used their own condoms, not mine (I always carry a couple of them with me). Of course, I have no idea which one of the fellows is the father. What should I do about the baby? Suggestions?

I’m 21 And Find It Hard To Choose Among My Three Suitors [Advice Needed]


About a year ago, I ended my long-term relationship (we were together for four years) because I felt it was getting monotonous. Besides, I’m only 21 now, and I’ve been dating this guy since I was 16! Finally, I realized I needed some freedom and experience with other people.

I know I left the boy heartbroken, but, at the time, this looked like the least painful decision.

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Since then, I’ve met and sort of been friendly (and slept with) with two guys. The first one has a girlfriend, but was already on the verge of breaking up with her when we met. The s*x is amazing. He is a really nice guy, gentle, caring, smart, with a job. However, he is taking too long to leave his girlfriend, and I’ve started to suspect he will eventually decide to stay with her.

The second guy is older than me by almost a decade, rather well-doing and confident, single, never married. A dream come true, one would think, but for his short temper. He hit me several times and constantly abuses me verbally. This makes me doubt I want something steady with him, but… he makes up for every such incident in a very generous way, with presents, dinners, trips, etc.

Finally, we’re back on “friendly” terms with my ex (the one I dated for four years). It seems that he got rid of the traits I despised in him, got himself a decent job. Our relationship is much more smooth now that we don’t argue all the time. And he’s still single, indicating he wants me back. The problem with is that I don’t feel anything towards him anymore.

I know I sound like a very egoistic woman, toying with all three, but help me to make my mind! Should I continue considering those three, or move on and look for a fresh start? If not, whom should I choose – the ex I feel platonic towards, the wealthy man, or the one who is the nicest of them all but with a girlfriend?

YOUR CONTINUED SILENCE ON SPEAKER BENJAMIN UWAJUMOGU’S CRIMINAL AND FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES


18th May, 2014.
The Executive Governor
Imo State -Nigeria
Government House
Owerri.

Your Excellency,

YOUR CONTINUED SILENCE ON SPEAKER BENJAMIN UWAJUMOGU’S CRIMINAL AND FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES

I bring to you Almighty God’s love in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
My last letter to you was on the 30th of April 2014. (See the enclosed letter). In the said letter, I pointed out all that needed to be pointed out. I said all that needed to be said.
Your Excellency, on receipt of the letter, I am aware your kitchen cabinet quickly convened a meeting and the content of the letter was discussed. I am also aware that you have had a one on one discussion with Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu. I am aware that you are disturbed by my revelation concerning the criminal and fraudulent activities of Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu. I am equally aware that you have confirmed my allegations against Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu and his aides. Imo citizens and Nigerians are aware that you have confirmed the criminal and fraudulent activities of Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu and his aides.
Your Excellency, as the leader, governor and father of the state, Imo citizens are now waiting to hear from you. The whole world knows that you are the originator of the Imo Anthem. Part of the Anthem says …….. “IMO MUST BE BETTER….. ……….CORRUPTION MUST STOP”.
Your Excellency, how can Imo be better when you, the originator of the Imo Anthem and Executive Governor of the State is silent on the issue of corruption and fraud involving Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu and his aides?
Your Excellency, how can corruption stop in Imo when you, the originator of the Imo Anthem and Executive Governor of the state is silent on the issue of corruption and fraud involving speaker Uwajumogu and his aides?
Your Excellency, how can Imo be better when you, the originator of the Imo Anthem and Executive Governor of the state is silent after confirming that that there is employment racketeering scams at the office of the speaker?
Your Excellency, how can Imo be better when after confirming that Imo Speaker and his aides are involved in road contract scams, you still allowed them to go back to their offices.
Let me quote your brother Governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Chief Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; “If you see or catch a thief and you allow him to be stealing or allow him to go scot free, what have you done?”
“Imo must be better, this is our prayer. Corruption must stop… in our time”
Let us consider the following sir,
1. If an Executive Governor has the power to order for the arrest and detention of Imo speakers aides involved in contract scams, it simply means that the same governor must have powers to sack and prosecute such aides for defrauding the state of road contract funds.
2. In an Executive Governor has the power to ask the Attorney General of the State to write to the Speaker of the Assembly to suspend or sack the Honourable member representing Oru-East Constituency over sundry and legal issues, the same Governor should have the power to ask Honorable members to impeach Imo Speaker over his involvement in various criminal and fraudulent activities as has been confirmed by Your Excellency and Honourable members.
3. If Honourable members could quickly impeach the former Deputy Governor (Sir Jude Agbaso) over a minor road contract misunderstanding, then they should quickly impeach Speaker Uwajumogu over his involvement in monumental road contract scams.
4. If the Executive Governor of the state could set up “State and Rural Roads Monitoring Committee” with Honourable members as chairman and members of the committee, if the governor could dissolve the same committee after about 16 months of its inauguration, then the Governor should have the power to order for the sack of the very corrupt Speaker Uwajumogu.
5. If the Executive Governor could be openly preaching against corruption in the state, the Governor should move against the very corrupt speaker Uwajumogu and his aides to prove that he is serious in fighting corruption.
6. If the Executive Governor could send an Executive bill to the Assembly for the setting up of “Imo State Economic and Financial Crimes Commission”, the State Government should set an example with Speaker Uwajumogu to show that it is serious in the fight against corruption and fraud.
7. If the Executive Governor could successfully fight against ghost workers in our various local government areas in the state and even punish those involved in the act, the Governor should move against Speaker Uwajumogu over his involvement in the ghost workers syndicate scam at the Assembly.
Your Excellency, if you (as the governor of our state) catch a thief and allow him to go scot free or better still, allow him to be stealing, what have you done? With due respect sir, it simply means that you have endorsed corruption in the state with your continued silence on Speaker Uwajumogu’s crimes.
Before I open your mind sir on what I mean by this endorsement of corruption, let me remind you that you are not just my Governor, but you are my big brother and uncle from Orlu zone of the state. While you are from the Ideato Nation of the zone, I am from Nkwerre of the same zone. So I have a lot to protect in this government. I was and am still part of this government, no matter what people are saying. Yes, I may have resigned on the 17th of December 2013 but I am still part of this Government, hence I have been very careful in all my write-ups since I resigned, never to indict, expose or put the Executive arm in bad light. This is my government because I played a remarkable role to bring her in 2011, even though I supported a different governorship candidate. If Speaker Uwajumogu had listened to my complaints of the fraudulent activities in his office and acted promptly, I would not have had the time, boldness, audacity and temerity of informing the world what has been going on. I went public because the man was bent on protecting his very corrupt aides and after further investigations I discovered that his aides were/ are his fronts.
Your Excellency, in trying to explain what your brother Governor, Chibuike Amaechi meant by that universally acclaimed statement; let me drive you down to Okigwe zone in the state to prove that you have truly endorsed fraud, corruption and embezzlement of state funds with your protection of speaker Uwajumogu.
1. In Okigwe Zone, Speaker Uwajumogu appointed a man indicted for fraudulently stealing and diverting the sum of N229.5 Million (belonging to Association of Local government of Nigeria, ALGON- Imo State Chapter) to be the leader of your political structure in that zone. This man is Chief Tony Black Nduka. I challenge Speaker Uwajumogu to make House of Assembly report on Chief Tony Black Nduka public.
2. In the same Okigwe zone, Speaker Uwajumogu appointed his very corrupt chief of staff, Kodichi Anamekwe, the Director General of your political structure. A man you personally indicted for stealing and diverting state funds meant for road projects.
3. The same speaker Uwajumogu has asked Dr. Acho Ihim, a man indicted for fraudulently diverting the sum of N 48,269,274.29k, funds belonging to Okigwe Local Government area, to re-contest for House of Assembly election in 2015.
4. The same Speaker Uwajumogu appointed Mr. Dan Orji, also his very corrupt Special Adviser on inter-governmental matters, an Executive member of your political structure in that zone. A man you personally indicted for defrauding the state.
5. The same Speaker Uwajumogu deceived Your Excellency into appointing Chief Tony Black Nduka as the Mayor of Okigwe zone. A political office.
6. Today Your Excellency, you are allegedly supporting Speaker Uwajumogu’s so called senatorial Ambition. What a tacit support for corruption?
7. And so on and so forth.
Our Lord Jesus Christ told us in the Holy Bible that “If your Right hand will lead you into sin, cut it off. If your right eye will make you end up in hell fire, pluck it out.”
Conversely Your Excellency, your continued protection of Speaker Uwajumogu has already exposed you as a man allegedly neck deep in corrupt practices in this state. Otherwise, how come after confirming Speaker Uwajumogu’s fraudulent activities, you have still continued to have political romance with him. You have allowed his aides back to office after personally confirming their involvement in fraudulent activities. I do not mean any insult or abuse here. But my nature as a socio-political crusader does not allow me to keep quiet when things are going wrong in my socio-political and economic environment.
Your Excellency, the questions Imo Citizens and Nigerians are asking you include;
1. Why is the Governor finding it difficult to ask Speaker Uwajumogu to resign?
2. Why is Rt. Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu still parading himself as the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, despite overwhelming evidence indicting him and his aides in fraudulent activities?
3. Is speaker Benjamin Uwajimogu your front?
4. Why have you not asked other Honourable members to impeach Speaker Uwajumogu over his fraudulent activities?
5. The properties Speaker Uwajumogu acquired with fraud money are traceable and verifiable. I have in fact uncovered more properties in the State capital; in Ikenegbu layout and a palatial mansion located at UDENWA ESTATE, near Concorde Hotels. So why the silence, your Excellency?
6. Why are you endorsing fraud and fraudulent activities with your support for Speaker Uwajumogu’s Senatorial Ambition?
7. How can corruption stop in the state when Your Excellency is actively protecting Speaker Uwajumogu and his aides?
8. How can Imo be better when Your Excellency has openly endorsed fraud in the state with your alleged refusal to see that Madam Monica Anamekwe (The Head of the ghost workers at the Assembly) is arrested, detained and prosecuted for fraudulently earning salary for 3 years without working for it?
It is an acknowledged fact that Your Excellency won the 2011 election without any single support from Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu and his aides. One then begins to imagine and wonder the level of support if any, that Uwajumogu would offer you in 2015 general election, especially with his appointment of people indicted for fraud as your political foot soldiers in Okigwe zone.
Conversely, rather than bringing Your Excellency electoral fortunes, your protection of speaker Uwajumogu will definitely bring electoral damnation and mis-fortune. In my last letter to you dated 30th April 2014, I wrote and I quote, “As 2015 general election draws closer, the way and manner the crisis at the Imo State House of Assembly is handled will surely make or mar your re-election. I say this with due respect because the continued silence of the Executive over the crisis at the legislative arm is worrisome. Imo people are asking; who is Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu to award road contracts? Who is Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu to steal funds running into billions of Naira? Who is speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu to acquire properties with stolen State funds?
Your Excellency, with your continued silence, the opposition now has enough information to battle you with, as 2015 draws closer. I have also sent a reminder letter to EFCC over the criminal activities of speaker Uwajumogu and his aides (see enclosed).
Quoting our Lord Jesus Christ once again, if your Right hand will lead you into sin, cut it off. If your right eye will take you into hell fire, pluck it out”.
As a socio-political thinker in this state, let me humbly inform you that you may fail in the 2015 governorship election, with your continued silence on Speaker Benjamin Chukwuemeka Uwajumogu’s fraudulent activities.

Accept my best and warmest regards
God bless.
Citizen (Dr) Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha
Former Senior Special Assistant on Media
Immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties
18th May 2014.
07032934037, 07045148195
Copy to
1. Presidency
2. National Assembly
3. Fore Head Quarters
4. EFCC
5. His Excellency, The Deputy Governor of Imo State
6. Commissioner of Police Imo State
7. Nigerians
8. Imo Citizens, at home and in Diaspora
9. The press.

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Accra Girl Naked Photos Exposed


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Nigerian soldiers reluctant to fight – US General


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The United States has said that the Nigerian military is becoming afraid of engaging the Boko Haram insurgents.

Testifying on Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Air Force Chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh III, said, ‘We’re now looking at a military force that is, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage. The United States doesn’t have the capacity, the capability to go rescue every kidnapped person around the world.’

The New York Times reported that the US might choose to minimise its involvement in the search for the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram due to doubts over Nigeria’s military capabilities.

The Pentagon’s Principal Director for African Affairs, Alice Friend, also said, ‘The Nigerian military has the same challenges with corruption that every other institution in Nigeria does. Much of the funding that goes to the Nigerian military is skimmed off the top, if you will.’

US officials have also said that its involvement had also been made difficult because Nigerian officials ignored past warnings to soften brutal tactics that only fuelled the Boko Haram’s insurgency.

At Thursday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, officials condemned the kidnappings and committed American aid to help rescue the girls. But they also expressed frustration at Nigeria’s political and military leaders for failing to heed Washington’s warnings about the extremist group.

‘We have been urging Nigeria to reform its approach to Boko Haram,’ Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Robert Jackson, said.

He added, ‘From our own difficult experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, we know that turning the tide of an insurgency requires more than force. The state must demonstrate to its citizens that it can protect them and offer them opportunity. When soldiers destroy towns, kill civilians and detain innocent people with impunity, mistrust takes root.’

A retired Head of the US military’s Africa Command, Gen. Carter Ham, said, ‘My sense is that US Government will remain in a supporting role to Nigeria. I do not think the U.S.G. will seek unilateral action.’

The size of the Sambisa Forest is also believed to make the search for the girls difficult.

‘We are basically searching for these girls in an area that’s roughly the size of West Virginia, so it’s a tough challenge, to be sure,’ state Department spokesman, Marie Harf, said on Thursday. New York Times

Funsho Williams: Court admits exhibits from crime scene


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A Lagos State High Court in Igbosere on Friday admitted as evidence exhibits recovered from the scene of Late Funsho Williams’ murder.

Justice Ebenezer Adebajo admitted as evidence a rope, a knife, a mattress and a cushion which were exhibits presented before the court by CSP Shehu Sanni Wazo of the Nigerian Police forensic department.

Wazo presented the exhibits while being led in evidence before the court by the prosecuting counsel, Mrs. E.I. Alakija.

In the absence of Mr. Bennett Agbo of the police forensic department on whom the court, during the previous sitting, had issued a witness of summon, Alakija had applied for the exhibits to be presented by Wazo.

Wazo also told the court that the blood-stained shirt allegedly belonging to the sixth defendant, Okponwasa Imariebie, could not be presented before the court owing to the short notice of summon.

Alakija applied to the court for the exhibits to be returned to the forensic laboratory to prevent contamination.

However the defence counsel, Mr. Agbara Okezie, in opposing the application argued that since the exhibits had been tendered, same should be left in the custody of the court.

Adebajo, however, overruled Agbara’s objections but upheld that the exhibits be returned to the police forensic department.

Further hearing on the case was adjourned till June 9, 2014.

Obtain govt’s approval before setting up masts, Chime tells Telecom firms


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Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, has advised telecommunications firms to first obtain the approval of the government before setting up their masts in order to avoid defacing of the state’s master plan.  Chime gave the advice when the Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Enugu.

The governor, who reacted to concerns raised by the NCC delegation especially on the challenges faced by telecoms service providers in expanding their networks, Chime advised the firms to collaborate with the government in the establishment of telecommunications infrastructure.

He said, ‘The network providers don’t go to the government.  Maybe they feel it is cheaper or more convenient for them – they just go to the landlords not knowing that government owns most of the land.  ‘Sometimes you find the masts erected dangerously close to where people live.  These issues can be easily managed if they (service providers) talk to the government.

‘They can be given places where they can erect their masts – you can’t just go to a city and set up a mast like that.  So I advise the network providers to talk more to the government.  ‘If you want to lay your pipes or cables, you should talk to the relevant agencies of government.  That will help the network providers and also help the government when we work on roads.’   The governor, however, commended the NCC for the fast revolution in the telecommunications sector, assuring that his government would collaborate with the commission in the area of Emergency Call Services as part of its efforts to ensure security of lives and property in the state.

The Chairman of the NCC Board of Commissioners, Engr. Peter Igoh, said the delegation came to seek the governor’s support towards addressing challenges encountered by service providers.  ‘The issue of right of way, and multiple taxation, deserve attention, there are multiple taxation and regulations that await the service providers at the various levels of government, including the state governments, local governments and even some communities,’ he said.

Igoh added that in most cases, telecommunications masts and other infrastructure become targets for multiple taxation and regulations even when appropriate taxes had been imposed at the federal level.

He urged the governor to support a proposed law which would classify telecommunications infrastructure as public property, and as a result, place them under the special protection of government.

World Cup 2022: Qatar was a mistake says Blatter


FIFA has moved quickly to deny claims its president, Sepp Blatter, suggested Qatar is unfit to host the 2022 World Cup – despite his admission that it was ‘a mistake’ to schedule a summer tournament in the Gulf State.

Blatter, who oversees the game’s global governing body, appeared to cast doubt over Qatar’s right to welcome the football world, following an interview with a Swiss television station Friday.

When asked by RTS if it was an error to award Qatar the World Cup, Blatter said: ‘Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one makes a lot of mistakes in life.

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‘The technical report indicated clearly that it was too hot in summer, but despite that the executive committee decided, with quite a big majority, that the tournament would be in Qatar.’

In October 2013, Blatter set up an executive committee taskforce to examine whether the World Cup in Qatar should be switched to winter because of extreme summer temperatures.

A decision is expected to be made following the conclusion of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Blatter’s comments sparked a frenzy on social media and led to criticism of the 78-year-old and the organization’s decision to award the tournament to Qatar.

But speaking to CNN, a FIFA spokesman said: ‘The comment by the FIFA President concerning the organization of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to Swiss TV station RTS is in line with previous comments on this matter.

Brazil 2014:French Coach sues Nasri’s girlfriend for insulting him for excluding Nasri


A French footballer’s girlfriend could face a fine for her furious Twitter tirade filled with the f-word.

Shortly after France’s World Cup lineup was announced Tuesday, Anara Atanes – the girlfriend of player Samir Nasri – took to social media to express her displeasure that he wasn’t on the roster.

‘F*** France and F*** Deschamps! What a s*** manager,’ the 26-year-old British model posted on her Twitter account.

‘They are idiots! We all know what you meant! F*** the national team and that stupid coach! Nasri is a great player,’ she tweeted.

Atanes later apologized for her comments, saying they were not ‘aimed at the nation as a whole.’

But coach Didier Deschamps filed a civil lawsuit against her Friday, charging that she publicly insulted him.

Lets just get this straight! Im not mad i get my bf for 2 months. I just think theres a level of respect to be had!

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    Deschamps’ lawyer, Carlo Alberto Brusa, told CNN that the lawsuit was filed due to the ‘seriousness of her comments.’

The French Football Federation said it supports Deschamps’ decision to file the suit.

‘The unanimous reaction confirms that all of France condemns these insults,’ the FFF said on its website.

Deschamps defended his decision to leave the 26-year-old midfielder off the squad, telling reporters this week that Nasri ‘is a quality player, but his performance on the French national team is not at the same level as that at (his English club) Manchester City.’

Nasri was handed a three-match ban after swearing at a reporter following France’s loss to Spain in the 2012 European Championship. He was more circumspect this time, tweeting about his omission: ‘That’s life. Another World Cup at home. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’

UEFA fine Man City 60m euros, cap Champions League squad


UEFA on Friday fined Manchester City 60 million euros ($82 million, £49 million) and capped their Champions League squad to 21 for falling foul of financial fair play rules.

Newly-crowned English Premier League champions, Manchester City enjoyed a massive spending spree under billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

But they have paid for that with a massive fine, 40 million euros of which is suspended ‘if the club fulfills the operational and financial measures agreed with the UEFA CFCB (Club Financial Control Body)’.

UEFA said other clubs to have failed the financial fairplay rules were French champions Paris St Germain, Turkish trio Buraspor, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor, Russian sides Zenit St Petersburg, Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan, and Levski Sofia from Bulgaria.

City battled UEFA through to the end, saying there had been ‘a fundamental disagreement’ over the interpretation of the FFP regulations on players purchased before 2010 but that it had ‘decided to enter into a compromise agreement with UEFA’.

They agreed, the statement read, to limit their net spending on new players to 60 million euros.

‘The club’s expenditure on new players for the upcoming summer transfer window, on top of income from players it might sell, will be limited to 60m euros. This will have no material impact on the club’s planned transfer activity,’ City said.

‘The MCFC Champions League squad for the 2014-15 competition will be limited to 21 players. In 2013-14 the club registered 23 players for the competition and used 21.

‘The wage bill of the whole club (playing and non-playing staff) for 2014-15 will need to remain at the same level as that of 2013-14 season.

UEFA’s Investigatory Chamber, which led the inquiry, has powers to impose sanctions, including heavy fines and a wage cap on the squads to appear in next season’s Champions League.

The sanctions package is understood to be part of a settlement offer to the clubs, which they can accept or reject or try to reach an amicable settlement.

But if a club refuses to comply with the Chamber’s ruling, their case would go to a tribunal which would rule on the matter in June.

The sanctions are designed to restrict expenditure on players by clubs who have breached the rules and help them in their efforts to comply with the limits on losses in future seasons.

The ruling came after a week of uncertainty over the timing of the announcement and marked by the sudden death of the man who led the investigation as head of the CFCB, former Belgian prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, on Thursday.

Dehaene, 73, had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year but died after a fall in France

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Ekiti 2014: As lawmaker, I attracted 89 projects – Bamidele


By Julius Toba Jegede
Governorship candidate of Labour Party in Ekiti State Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele has disclosed how he influenced almost ninety federal projects into the state as a federal lawmaker.

He disclosed this Thursday during the continuation of his rally across Ijero Local Government Area of the state.

Justifying his governorhsip ambition, Bamidele revealed that the projects were drawn to towns and villages under his Irepodun/Ifelodun/Ado Ekiti federal constituency between and 2014.

He listed Ado Ekiti, Igede Ekiti, Iyin Ekiti, Afao Ekiti, Are Ekiti, Igbemo Ekiti, Iropora Ekiti, Eyio Ekiti, Awo Ekiti and Iworoko Ekiti as beneficiaries of his quality representation in the House of Representatives from June 6th, 2011.

According to the candidate, the projects included primary health centres, solar-powered motorised boreholes, rural electrification projects and distribution of power transformers. He also listed skills aquisation centres, youth empowerment programmes, among other projects he attracted.

Bamidele noted that these projects were outside the one he personally funded such as scholarship scheme and intervention supplies. He added that several other needs have also been met by his special Fund Management Committee which currently draws his monthly salary as a lawmaker.

He said, ‘It is on record how well I have represented my people and served them well in my previous offices. Even now as a member of the House of Representatives, I have brought home a total of eighty nine life-changing projects to the people of Irepodun/Ifelodun/Ado Ekiti federal constituency’

‘In 2012 alone, I brought home 33 federal projects and these include primary health Centres to cater for health needs of our women and children. In 2013, I came with 27 projects and in 2014, I have initiated another 29 projects for my people totalling 89 in over three years’

‘Also, whenever I spoke about my decision not to collect salary if elected as a governor, some people see this as strange. To the glory of God, in the House of Representatives where I’m today a member, I have not collected my salary. Urgent needs of my constituents are being met daily by a special committee that looks after the fund accrued to it’

‘All these claims are verifiable because prominent Ekiti sons and daughters including traditional rulers are members of the committee. I promise Ekiti people to do more than these if given a bigger chance in governance,’ affirmed the candidate.

He urged people of the area to vote for him on June 21st thereby allowing them to enjoy more dividends of democracy under him as a governor.

Oba  Olanrewaju Adebanji Adeleye the Olukoro of Ikoro Ekiti who received the crowd at his palace urged all politicians vying offices to be of good conduct and allow peace to reign during and after the election.

Most Companies in Nigeria don’t pay tax says Okonjo-Iweala


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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Coordinating  Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, on Thursday urged Nigerians to comply with the tax law if they want government to depend less on oil.
Okonjo-Iweala said this in Lagos at the Stakeholders’ Engagement Forum organised by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). She said 65% of companies had not forwarded their tax returns in the last two years and 75% of registered companies were not in the tax net of the FIRS.
‘This is a launch of our communications with tax payers to hear their ideas, we are accepting that there are areas we may need to hear and improve, but we also want to tell them what we are doing,’ she said.
According to her ‘We have engaged on a process of increasing our non-oil taxes, every Nigerian wants to see us depend less on oil, and more on the other resources of the economy. So we want to share with them that we are actually doing that work now, and that we want them to cooperate with us, let them be ambassadors for good tax compliance. And we wanted to share with them some of the findings because 65 per cent of companies have not filed their taxes for the past two years from the study that was done. A situation whereby 75% of registered companies are not registered in the tax data, we need to step up our efforts.”
The minister lauded Ogun state government for introducing tax compliance into its Civic Education in the curricula of the primary and secondary schools. According to her, the action will help in educating the younger generation about tax payment.

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Kano LG Elections: Fake Ballot Papers In Circulation, Police Restrict Movement


Authorities of Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), said they have discovered thousands of fake ballot papers already in circulation barely 24 hours to Local Government elections in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

Dr. Sani Lawal Malumfashi raised the alarm while briefing newsmen on the readiness of the Commission to conduct rancor-free election.

He said already, all materials needed for the exercise has been ready, and promised to send them to all the polling boots in good time.

According to him, the fake ballot papers in circulation are not known to KANSIEC at all, pointing out that the ballot papers are too

ordinary and do not reflect even the original one printed by KANSIEC.

He stated that KANSIEC ballot papers are customized and scientifically printed and could not in any way be forged or replicated.

Malumfashi added that the discovery of the fake ballot papers will be thoroughly investigated with a view to unravel the masterminds behind it.

‘KANSIEC on its part will play the game according to the rules as provided by the electoral act, I promise that KANSIEC will never be

carried away by primordial consideration,’ he said.

He further stated that KANSIEC has taking into cognizance the mistakes in the past elections and promised that a free and fair election will be conducted and urged the electorates and other stakeholders to be considerate and avoid anything capable of marring the exercise.

Also speaking on the election, Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adenrele Shinaba said the Command has put every machinery in place to ensure maintenance of peace and order during the election.

He added that police men will be deployed in all the polling boots and strategic locations as early as 6 a.m. Saturday, warning that anybody found violating the electoral law and restriction of movement order will be made o face the wrath of the law as there will be no business activities o any kind as the exercise lasted.

According to him, following a directive by the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, a police re-enforcement from Katsina and Jigawa are already on ground to help the Command carry out its duties effectively, adding that sister security agencies will also help to

maintain peace and order during the exercise.
Shinaba also warned residents to adhere to the restriction of movement order, adding that as long as the election lasted, there will be no business or trading of any kind.

The Police boss urged politicians and the electorates to play by the rules, nothing that police will not tolerate violation of the

electoral law no matter whoever that is involved, ‘we will get him or her and make them face the wrath of the law.’

Where Is The Conspiracy Against Nigeria?


By Ola’ Idowu
Since the swallowing of pride by the Nigerian government and eventually acceptance of foreign intervention in the Boko Haram terror bedevilling the nation, I have read, listened and watched many Nigerians propound different conspiracy theories on the part of those coming to help us particularly the Americans. Some say Boko Haram is a CIA project manufactured by the Americans, others say they would not help us for free. A group of people have written articles on the internet saying America wants to contain us as a nation because of our past peacekeeping success in Liberia and Sierra Leone under ECOMOG thus they invented all these crises to destroy us as a nation. A popular Nigerian pastor and former vice-presidential candidate Tunde Bakare even went as far as calling it a conspiracy by the foreign interventionist against Nigeria to ridicule us as a nation.

The question I would pose to everyone with such a mindset is where is the conspiracy against Nigeria? The truth is, we are a nation of conspirators and have over the years conspired against ourselves to eventually bring Nigeria to this sorry end and make us a source of ridicule in the comity of nations. This further amplified by this Boko Haram madness and the Chibok girls debacle. I grew up in a Nigeria where our fathers, mothers, uncles and aunties riddled us with one conspiracy or the other about the country. From the 1963 ‘operation wetie’ in the southwest to how Awolowo was sent to jail. The 1966 Nzeogwu/Ifeajuna led coup to how Igbos were massacred in the north in the same year. The story of how Ojukwu declared secession and led the east out of Nigeria for three years and how federal forces retook Biafra. The conspiracy story of how Dimka killed Murtala Muhammed and Obasanjo became head of state on a platter of wood. The story of M.K.O Abiola’s   friendship with IBB whom he supposedly encouraged to take-over from Buhari/Idiagbon and how IBB later betrayed Abiola by annulling his June 12 Presidential mandate freely and fairly given to him by Nigerians because of a business deal gone wrong between them.The list of conspiracies one has been regaled with growing up in Nigeria goes on and on.

One thing we haven’t learnt over the years is tell ourselves the truth and understand the changing signs and times. Many of us as Nigerians especially the ruling and thieving elites are still stuck in the past and its no wonder the nation keeps startling backwards rather than progress. If anyone calls Boko Haram a CIA project to ensure their prediction that Nigeria would disintegrate as a nation on or before 2015 comes to past and thus the Americans are the ones conspiring against us, I would like to ask such a person some couple of questions they can answer and statements they can reflect on in their own sober moment. Did America or anyone conspire against us after the 1967 civil war when we failed to address any of the issues that led us to war in the first place? After the war we declared a no victor, no vanquished slogan. What was that all about and where has it led us as a nation? What happened to the Aburi accord and the call for a Confederation with every region of the nation managing its own affairs with devolved powers from the central government. Till date what we still have in Nigeria even despite 15 years of unbroken democracy is a Unitary system of government falsely called a Federal government. I’m struggling to find who conspired against us when Obasanjo in 1979 rigged an election and handed over power crookedly to a Grade Two teacher compared to a more qualified candidate from the south who was prepared for the job and not sponsored for it by a cabal. The same ill-prepared teacher was kicked out in 1983 by the jackboot of Buhari/Idiagbon due to their non-performance. Buhari himself was to be kicked out by IBB who brought the worse form of governance the nation had ever witnessed since independence.

He went all the way destroying every fabric of our nation like he had a vengeance against the country. From devaluing the naira for no good reason, to destabilising the education sector. Turning our hospitals to graveyards, underfunding the army and police, all the way to encouraging organised crime like drug trafficking. It was under his watch an investigative journalist was killed with a letter bomb (the first of such incident in Nigeria). IBB kept moving the terminal date for his transition to civil rule programme and at the end he annulled a free and fair June 12 presidential election won by Abiola leading to widespread protest and the birth of Abacha’s regime. Abiola would go on to die mysteriously, while Abacha died in even more conspiratorial circumstances. Abdusalam came, saw and handed over to Obasanjo who made a second coming to power. Obasanjo’s second coming was again another conspiracy hatched against Nigeria by IBB, Aliyu Gusau and the Hausa/Fulani cabal led by the Kaduna mafia. They saw it as a way to placate the southwest over the annulment of Abiola’s victory who was a southwesterner. Obasanjo went on to be a terrible disappointment for all Nigerians and when the northern cabal and rightly so frustrated his third term agenda, he gave them a dying president who he knew was ailing and dying ( See Adamu Ciroma’s 2013 interview in the Sun Daily reproduced on Niaja Pundit: http://www.naijapundit.com/news/ibb-destroyed-the-civil-service-finished-the-economy-his-govt-most-corrupt-adamu-ciroma http://www.naijapundit.com/news/ibb-destroyed-the-civil-service-finished-the-economy-his-govt-most-corrupt-adamu-ciroma )

Add to all these the over-burdening crisis of corruption in Nigeria from the mismanagement of our oil boom under Yakubu Gowon to the N2.8 billion oil money (equivalent then of $2.8 billion) missing under the Obasanjo/Yardua regime in the 70s. The rice importation saga of Umaru Dikko during Shagari’s government. The $12 billion gulf oil windfall scam perpetuated by IBB, and the over $5 billion stolen by Abacha alone. From the depletion of of our foreign reserve by Abdusalam and co in 1998 to the $15 billion looted by Obasanjo (and Abdusalam again) on the promise of regular electricity for Nigerians. The regular looting of our commonwealth through oil imports and fuel subsidy payments, police pension fund embezzlement, numerous scams set-up and still running at the NNPC and in all the different government ministries, agencies and parastatals, with particular mention of the defence ministry as its in the spotlight due to the Boko Haram mayhem, then you know ours is a nation of racketeers. Talk of the defence ministry and I challenge anyone in the ministry to tell Nigerians what our defense policy is as a nation. It took the US designating Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organisation and offering intervention before we realised the nation had a new enemy in Boko Haram and we are effectively at war with guerilla forces.

An effective Defense Policy would have involved the foreign ministry, defence ministry (three arms of the armed forces), intelligence agencies (NIA, DSS, Police, Immigration etc.), the senate’s committee on intelligence services and foreign affairs in crafting a Nigerian Defense Policy. If we had such a policy over the years particularly since the advent of democracy in 1999 and constantly updated, we would have noticed the influence of Iran/Hezbollah terror cells in the country and the would have shaped our intelligence, foreign affairs and defense policies towards Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Our foreign relations with our neighbours like Cameroon, Chad and Niger would have shaped how well we defend our porous borders against such countries. The United States since 1997 had been succinctly calling for the establishment of their military base in the northern part of Nigeria. They made more intense calls under Obasanjo’s government in 2000-2001 and as recent as 2007 AFRICOM (The US African Command) still made the same request and yet we rejected it. Guess where the Americans wanted their base established in the north? Maiduguri, Borno state!. This was long before the advent of Boko Haram. With the latitude and longitudinal placement of Borno state and the fact that it shares borders with Chad, Niger, and Cameroon and is accessible by road to Sudan, the Americans saw it as a perfect place to establish a base and surveillance satellite network to check the spread of Al-Qaeda moving into North, West and Central Africa. The Americans have long been concerned about the dense and mammoth nature of the Sambisa Game Reserve and other forest ranges in Borno and Yobe state knowing it can hide perfectly a terrorist contingent. So tell me how they would then go on to manufacture Boko Haram to conspire against Nigeria when they always harboured fears of such a monster starting off in the first place?

We kept turning down their request for a military base in Borno and did not even understand their reasons for such request other than our usual fear and talk of conspiracy. When they warned us in 2004 that Al-Qaeda had infiltrated the northern part of Nigeria, Obasanjo brushed it aside with his usual unseriousness. His nonchalance to Sani Yerima’s (a Sudan trained Al-Qaeda operative) declaration of Sharia in the north as governor of Zamfara shows our lack of a National Defense Policy which would have identified who our enemies were and we would have tackled it headlong. Today no one in the north is practicing Sharia as everyone is avoiding Boko Haram bombs which was the original intention in the first place and declaring Sharia was just the sensitisation phase. Maybe we are now waiting for the US to help us write a Defense Policy and help our nation define who its enemies are. The truth for 50 years or more we have been pretending to have a government or governance in Nigeria, but what we had instead particularly at the centre is a thieving cabal mostly sponsored by the Hausa/Fulani cabal to hijack government for their own personal needs and glory. These men and their cronies who have ruled and ruined Nigeria do not love us, they only love themselves and have brought Nigeria to the edge now. There is no such thing as a conspiracy against Nigeria, we ourselves are the conspirators and the conspiracy against our dear nation.

On the Army, FG And Chibok Girls
My heart still goes out to the over 246 Chibok girls still in Boko Haram’s clutches and its quite disheartening that these whole drama might have an unfortunate ending if not handled properly.

Its also quite disheartening the recent episode that occurred in Maimalari barracks in Maiduguri when soldiers of the 7th division fired at their now ex-commander for sabotaging their efforts. Soldiers sent on an assignment told their ex-commander they wanted to sleep over in Chibok that night and make their way back to Maiduguri the next morning for fear of an ambush. The commander insisted they travelled that night and the soldiers true to their fears ran into a Boko Haram ambush killing 12 of them (military claim its five). To explain the insanity in the decision the commander a certain Major-General Abubakar Muhammed made, lets talk a little about the now famous Chibok town. The trending town has no road access- no single tarred road in the entire council area. So for people like Asari Dokubo, Patience Jonathan and Kema Chikwe who wondered where the parents and teachers of the girls were, the answer is they would have needed a chopper to get into Abuja to protest. According to reports commuters often have to meander through contoured earth-road best described as cattle routes to get anywhere. A Borno state government driver conversant with the area said the road has been like that since 1970’s and each time a driver was sent on a trip there it was like been sent on a journey to hell.

A federal highway leading to the town has remained unattended to for years and the construction of the 20 kilometre Damboa-Chibok-Mbala road was approved in September 2009 for N1.24 billion and yet was not built. The Borno state government in 2013 went on to list the same road (despite being a federal highway) as part of the roads it wants to use in linking 33 towns in the state that would cost N36 billion and has yet to start work on it (See Ola’ Audu’s story: Welcome to world famous Chibok: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/160455-welcome-to-world-famous-chibok-home-of-over-250-abducted-schoolgirls.html http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/160455-welcome-to-world-famous-chibok-home-of-over-250-abducted-schoolgirls.html ). So for any commander to have ordered his boys to travel back at night on such a road to Maiduguri, before any probe of the alleged mutiny of soldiers, the commander should be court-martialled and interrogated by security forces for sabotage and treason. He should not just be fired and the case forgotten he should be treated as an enemy of the state. Also, the commander or senior officers that left nine soldiers to guard a military outpost near Gwoza containing heavy weapons including mortar bombs should be tried and treated as enemies of the Nigerian state. On February 12 this year according to sources, dozens of Boko Haram fighters attacked the remote military outpost in the Gwoza hills area. They came with trucks mounted with long range heavy machine guns (BMGs) and opened torrents of fire. The nine gallant soldiers picked off like cherries 50 Boko Haram fighters who had little cover, but they themselves lost their lives ( a video of the dead soldiers is available on Saharareporters). Boko Haram made away with the base’s entire armoury stockpile of 200 mortar bombs, 50 rocket-propelled grenades and lots of ammunition. If no commander is brought to book for these, then the Nigerian military does not love itself and hates its soldiers. Why on earth would just nine soldiers in a remote village be guarding such amount of firepower?

Would it not have been sensible to relocate all such bombs and ammunition to safer territories like Maiduguri including most of the soldiers and only leave soldiers in places or towns you know you can defend? Isn’t time the military realises fighting faceless guerrillas like Boko Haram require special forces who go on specific missions based on intelligence and reconnaissance? When was the last time we heard that the army successfully ambushed a Boko Haram convoy of fighters? The list of questions would go on forever if I have to ask.

As for the Federal Government (FG)   its time to negotiate with Boko Haram but only after we are sure of proof of ownership. That is we are sure Boko Haram have all of the girls and none have been sold off to anybody. The FG must not lose their temper during negotiations no matter the request or provocations from Boko Haram. They should state what conditions they can meet and if that would be enough to get the girls released. Releasing high-value terrorists like Kabiru Sokoto and co back to Boko Haram is a no no. If they want their wives and kids in detention or anybody not directly linked with terrorism fine but no high-value terrorist in detention should be released to them. As for any Nigerian still dreaming of a rescue operation by US or Britain to free the girls, I would say stop dreaming. The Nigerian army do not have such capability in hostage rescue and even the best of US marines cannot rescue over 246 girls who have been separated in different locations and guarded by deranged militants. The option of forced rescue is unfortunately out of the question, we need to either negotiate with Boko Haram or leave the girls with them till Shekau is captured or destroyed like I mentioned in my last article: ( http://saharareporters.com/article/musings-boko-haram-and-their-sponsors-its-time-stop-them-or-they-stop-nigeria-ola%E2%80%99-idowu http://saharareporters.com/article/musings-boko-haram-and-their-sponsors-its-time-stop-them-or-they-stop-nigeria-ola’-idowu ). The earlier we make up our mind what to do to get the girls back the better!!

Ola’ Idowu a Management Consultant and Researcher writes in from the UK. frenchcoast2@gmail.com mailto:frenchoast2@gmail.com

Ooni Blasts Tinubu Over Derogatory Comments on Yoruba Obas


Says, ‘We stayed with our people when you ran away’

THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, has  responded to a statement credited to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, that ‘there were three good traditional rulers in Yorubaland,’ saying it was the traditional rulers in the South West that held their subjects together, giving room for people like him (Tinubu) to actualise his political ambition.

Oba Sijuwade said this  while addressing the audience at a two-day conference of foremost traditional rulers in Osun State on the overall development of the state, in Osogbo.

The traditional ruler said he had to express his protest over the statement credited to Tinubu on behalf of the majority of Yoruba rulers in Nigeria.

According to Oba Sijuwade, Tinubu had forgotten that ‘when our country was upside down, it was the traditional rulers in this country that saved the situation. If we left the country as politicians did, there would have been no state for the leader of APC to rule when he came back.

‘Two among the three obas mentioned by him were the best friends of the late military head of state, General Sani Abacha and among them, one was on the paylist of the late General and one lifted crude oil allocated to him by General Abacha. You can ask them, Abacha gave me money on more than one occasion, but I refused.

‘And if you want to talk of the annulment of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola’s election, these two/three traditional rulers should be properly investigated, because they were neither here nor there,’ the traditional ruler said.

He also used the medium to caution political leaders against unguarded and unfounded statements which had to do with traditional rulers, to always be sure of their facts before going public.

‘If any of our leaders wants to make a categorical statement on an important issue like the Oba in Yorubaland, he should please try to check records to know exactly what each one of them has done, because there is so much blackmailing and, fortunately, the late Abacha’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) is alive and he is in a position to tell the world the obas who were close associates of his late boss,’ Oba Sijuwade added.

The two-day programme had in attendance, the governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, his deputy, Mr Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, traditional rulers in the state as well the Alake of Egbaland, Oba (Dr) Aremu Gbadebo; the Olowo of Owo kingdom, Oba (Dr) Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi, who was represented by Dr Okajare Solomon.

In his presentation, Oba Olateru-Olagbegi preached unity among the obas, saying, ‘genuine unification of Yorubaland can bring back the much-cherished heritage of love, unity and solidarity of our forebearers.’

Speaking at the programme, Governor Aregbesola, who described the traditional rulers as custodians of culture, further enjoined them to ensure peace in their domains.

‘Traditional rulers are powerful, reverred in Yorubaland and their subjects attest to this. Therefore, I urge you to use your influence in your various domains to ensure that peace reigns perpetually beyond election period,’ he said.

Nigerian Tribune

Boko Haram Terrorists Arrested By Citizens In Dikwa Say Abducted Girls Are In Sambisa


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Eight Boko Haram terrorists who came to get food and items from Goym village in Dikwa local government, Borno state were arrested by visiting Civilian Joint Task Force men who came from Gwoza. The terrorists who came in a hilux truck with some motorcycles were arrested at 4pm Friday evening.

Upon interrogation, the terrorists revealed that the 234 girls abducted from Chibok were still in Sambisa forest and that they had been divided into three groups. They describe the camps in Sambisa as very large. They said they were sent by their leader to get items including clothes for the girls. Dikwa local government is one of the local governments that is a boundary of Sambisa forest, and is near Gamboru-Ngala where 300 civilians were killed recently.

The civilians hoped military support will be sent to Dikwa immediately as it is likely the terrorists return when they find their men were arrested. They also hope ‘the Americans’ will act on this intelligence to rescue the abducted girls.

Maiduguri also remains on high alert as two Boko Haram members arrested by the Civilian JTF two days ago, one pretending to be a phone card seller at Tashai Kamla market told them Boko Haram was planning to attack and massacre men, women and children in the capital city any day now.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah for http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something]

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Obiano Inaugurates Awka Capital City, Investment Promotions Boards


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Two months after he was sworn in as the executive governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has inaugurated two boards, the Awka Capital Territory Development Board and Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency respectively to expand the frontiers of effective governance in the state.

The 9-man Awka Capital Territory Development Board is led by an indigene of the capital city, Chike Egwuatu while the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency is headed by the traditional ruler of Umuoji, Igwe Cyril Igweze,

Obiano’s move was in response to the endless clamour by Ndi Anambra for a befitting capital that would reflect the enormous endowments of the people of the state. It was also in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the electorate when he ran for governorship in November 2013.

Inaugurating the Awka Capital Development Board, governor Obiano urged the team to look beyond what is on the ground and the limitation of resources to provide a structural design that would give the city a befitting status.

The governor also explained that the committee’s terms of reference include to accelerate infrastructural development of the Awka Capital Territory, prepare a master plan for the capital territory and for the land use in respect of the town planning within the capital territory, implement the Awka capital territory master plan and provide infrastructural service in accordance with the master plan.

Also speaking while inaugurating the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency led by Igwe Igweze , governor Obiano mandated the Agency to interalia, coordinate and monitor all investment promotion activities in the state, initiate and support measures which would enhance the investment of climate in the state for both Nigerian and non-Nigerian investors, promote investments directed at the state in and outside the country through effective promotional means and collect, collate, analyse and disseminate information about investment opportunities and sources of investment capital.

The governor who charged them to advise on availability, choice or suitability of partners in joint ventures and public-private partnership projects, identify specific projects and invite interested investors for participation in those projects as well as initiate, organize and participate in promotional activities such as exhibitions, conferences, summits and seminars for the stimulation of investments both locally and internationally.

In addition, he urged them to maintain liaison between investors and Nigerian Investment Protection Commission, federal and state ministries, government departments and agencies, institutional leaders and other authorities concerned with investments, provide and disseminate up-to-date information on incentives available to investors, and assist incoming and existing investors by providing support services and advice to state government on policy matters including fiscal measures designed to promote the industrialization of the state and general development.

Awka Capital Territory Development Committee chairman, Egwuatu and his counterpart Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, Mr. Ifejika thanked the governor for the opportunity given them to serve the state and expressed the hope that they would bring their wealth of experience to bear on their assignments for the betterment of the state.

Two men arrested for burying woman alive


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Two American men have been accused of burying a woman alive, according to court documents released Friday after the pair were arrested and charged with murder.

One of the two men, a 36-year old landscaper, knew the victim, Fatima Perez, a 41-year old mother of two, who was reported missing Monday evening in the city of Camden, New Jersey.

According to Camden police, Perez went out Monday to buy a car with $8,000 in cash. The landscaper, Carlos Alicea-Antonetti, had agreed to drive her to where she was to make the purchase.

But, according to a court document, the two had an argument in the course of which, Alicea-Antonetti told police, Perez fell from the van.

She got back in, at which point Alicea-Antonetti went to pick up his employee Ramon Ortiz, 57.

The two men gave different accounts of the events that followed, but both have admitted the young woman was buried alive in a wooded area south of Camden, in an improvised grave dug by Ortiz.

They pulled her out of the back of the van, where she was tied up and her mouth and eyes covered by duct tape.

Ortiz led police to her body on Wednesday, in a grave hidden under branches, near Monroe Township.

Police found nearly $7,000 in cash with Alicea-Antonetti when he was arrested.

The autopsy confirmed that the young woman suffocated to death, the court documents said.

The two men, charged Thursday, have been jailed, with bail set at $5 million.

Camden, a city of 77,000 residents, is one of the poorest and most violent cities in the United States.

Joke: Love at the White House



 Mr. and Mrs. President come home to the White House after a Democratic dinner party and Mr. President is very tense.
Mrs. President feels sorry for him and pours him a glass of brandy.
She takes him by the hand and leads him to the fireplace where a fire is crackling beautifully.
Mrs. President sits in a chair with Mr. Presidents brandy without giving it to him as she unclasps her dress exposing her full supple breasts.
She puts her finger in the brandy, swirls it around then rubs the brandy on her nipple.
Mrs. President begins to moan softly as her nipples become erect.
Mr. President likes what he sees and kneels in front of Mrs. President and gently starts to lick the brandy off her nipples.
Mrs. President moans louder as she lays her head back in pleasure.
Mr. President moves his hand down to the bottom of her dress and lifts it up to surprisingly find Mrs. President wearing no underwear and her well shaven lips are moist from excitement.
Mr. President uses his finger to open her luscious flower and plays with her erect hood while still tonguing her nipples.
Mrs. President is squirming with desire. No longer can Mr. President contain himself so he takes out his throbbing member and slowly slides it into Mrs. President’s wetness.
Mr. President starts to thrust harder and harder watching Mrs. President’s breasts bounce with every force.
Mr. President sucks on Mrs. President’s nipples as he pushes himself inside her deeper and deeper causing Mrs. President to intensely climax.
Mr. President becomes ultimately excited by his wife’s climatic moans and peaks with her.
As they both reach their zenith together, they hold each other closely.
Mr. President stayed inside Mrs. President laying his head on her breasts while he softened.
They both kissed each other and exchanged I love you.
Mrs. President asks, How do you feel Mr. President sir?
Mr. President replies,? I feel so good I think I may actually side with the Republicans?

Ohakim, Araraume In Fresh Governorship War As Ex Imo Governor Declares For 2015 Election, Mobilizes Aides


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The 2015 Imo Governorship race is assuming a new turn as the immediate past Governor of the state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim concludes plan to declare his interest to run.
Trumpeta learnt that the former Governor who landed Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport yesterday at about 3.30pm with a tumultuous crowd of followers and some top shots of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, waiting him, headed straight to his country home, Okohia in Isiala Mbano LGA, where he went into a wide consultation meeting with PDP stalwarts and some locals on his 2015 Governorship ambition.
Although Ohakim has not made official statement on the matter yet, sources close to him said it is just in a matter of days before for the former Governor to make it open and will not exceed Saturday.
With Ohakim’s interest in the 2015 Imo Governorship election, it brings him face to face against his “brother” Senator Ifeanyi Araraume again, with whom he did a political battle that stretched from 2007 to 2010 in Tribunals and courts.
Araraume had earlier declared his interest to run for the 2015 election. Both Ohakim and Araraume hail from Isiala Mbano LGA, in Okigwe political zone of Imo state.
It would be recalled that while Ohakim ran under the platform of Peoples Progressive Party PPA in 2007, Araraume hoisted the PDP flag then and in the end Ohakim was declared winner after which his “brother” kept him busy in the courts for nearly four years his tenure lasted.
In 2011, both “brothers” clashed again as Ohakim went for a second term under PDP platform, while Araraume flied the flag of the defunct ACN and lost, with Ohakim also losing his seat this time around to the incumbent Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
However, many political pundits believe that Araraume contributed to Ohakim’s failure in 2011 as he caused the then Governor to lose thousands of Okigwe zone votes that would have handed him a second term success.
Will both gladiators re-enact the 2007 and 2011 political imbroglio which caused Okigwe zone the Imo Governorship in 2011?
Already, political observers believe that Ohakim’s joining the fray has changed the equation, as more interested parties from Okigwe zone may join the race, even as many had believed that it was the turn of Owerri zone, and therefore kept their ambitions unhold, leaving only Araraume from Okigwe till now.
It was also said that Orlu zone will soon join the race now as Ohakim’s interest has sparked off a lot of political reactions from hitherto quiet political cells in Imo state.
However, most of Ohakim’s followers who spoke to this Newspaper believe that it was the proper thing for the ex Governor to do, by joining the 2015 Governorship race and complete his and Okigwe zone’s tenure which was cut short in 2011 through political horse- tradings, intrigues and sale-outs.
Observers believe that the die is now cast, as more big masquerades will join the Imo state 2015 Governorship race, with Ohakim’s unveiling.
Will Ohakim be the last of the masquerades? Certainly not, as more politicians are bound to throw in their hats into the ring now as the Imo political atmosphere gradually reaches the apogee.

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Graphic Photos:- Man dies trying to dig skull from grave in Osun state


There was pandemonium in Ilobu town, Irepodun local government area of Osun state in the early hours of Wednesday, when a dead man was discovered in an open grave with a shovel beside him. According to residents, the man who was described to be middle aged may have been attempting to exhume a corpse for ritual purposes from the grave he was discovered stone dead.

Saturday Tribune gathered that the victim and his partners in crime allegedly came to Tonto compound in the early hours of Wednesday with a plot to exhume the corpse of an aged woman and sever her decomposed head, allegedly for ritual purposes.

A credible source in the community, who did not want to be named, told Saturday Tribune that “this particular corpse was buried five years ago and the suspected ritualist attended the burial in Ilobu.”
He explained:

“There are indications that he did not dig the grave alone. What we discovered is that he may have been attempting to cut off the head of the corpse when something suddenly hooked him as he managed to force half of his body into the grave to cut off the head.

He got hooked and died on the spot, a development which possibly compelled other ritualists to run away from the scene so that they may not be affected by the mysterious thing that killed (their colleague).”

While commenting on how the residents of Ilobu got to know about the incident, since it happened in the wee hours, the source said a woman who was hawking ogi (a local corn meal) early in the morning of Wednesday spotted the torso of the suspect sticking out of the grave and raised the alarm.

“His corpse was discovered around 6.30am and his head was covered in mud. The residents here alerted the police division in Ilobu and they later came to evacuate the body and put it in their van before taking him away,”

Saturday Tribune was informed that the remains of the suspected ritualist were subsequently taken to and deposited at the mortuary of the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, the state capital.

When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, said he was aware of the incident, and that the police would conduct investigation to determine what led to the suspect’s death. He said the police could not confirm that the suspect was a ritualist because of the circumstances surrounding the discovery of his corpse at a grave in Ilobu; that they would have to investigate the matter before giving any concrete information on the incident.

A few weeks ago, no fewer than four suspected kidnappers were burnt to death in Osogbo and Ikire after they were accused of kidnapping.

Actor Benson Okonkwo Shares More Sexy Photos


One of nollywood sexiest actors, Benson just released new set of jungle photos. I know some ladies are drooling already…lol

 

Photos:- Rihanna steps out braless & grabs her boobs


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Rihanna debuted a new look with an eye catching weave color as she took her courtside seat for the latest Los Angeles Clippers game on Thursday. She was accompanied, as always, by close pal Melissa Forde as she watched the increasingly popular LA basketball team go head to head with Oklahoma City Thunder – a game they went on to lose 104-98. But while the Clippers struggled on court, Rihanna’s spirits remained high as she leaped out of her seat while cheering them on in a skimpy white vest top and skinny jeans.
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She's pleased: Despite the defeat Rihanna was in high spirits as she occupied her courtside seat

Good times: Rihanna took in the game with close pal Melissa Forde
Loving it: Barbadian beauty Rihanna has been a regular fixture at Clippers games in recent weeks
Check it out: Rihanna seemed to enjoy catching a glimpse of herself on the stadium screens
Raunchy: Rihanna playfully cuys her left breast while watching Los Angeles Clippers take on Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday
So close: Fans are on their feet as the Clippers lose on Thursday
Attention grabbing: Rihanna went braless in her skimpy white top, ensuring she was the centre of attention despite the action on the court
A new fan: Rihanna chatted to the gentleman beside her as she caught up on the action on the court

Aminu Ogwuche, Boko Haram Ringleader, Became Radicalised While Studying


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Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, a suspected mastermind behind Boko Haram’s April 14 Nyanya explosion in Abuja that claimed lives of about 75 persons, is said to have been radicalized while studying at a South Wales university.

On May 14, Ogwuche, now 29, was arrested in Sudan and is expected to be extradited back to Nigeria.

He studied for a degree in Business Science at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) from 2007 to 2010, but failed to finish the course. During his time at the university, he was a regular at the campus prayer room and a member of the debating society.

His college friends expressed their shock upon learning the news about Ogwuche’s alleged involvement in the Boko Haram terrorist acts.

Speaking to WalesOnline, the university representaitve said Ogwuche did not show any indications of extremist behaviour when he was a student.

Mustafa Ja, a Dutch student who studied at the university from 2009 to 2011, said Ogwuche did not appear to him as someone with radical views. Another student, Anju Moro, said Ogwuche was a devout Muslim and seemed serious but “harmless”.

According to WalesOnline, Ogwuche’s Facebook posts gradually became more and more extreme, and his profile picture is of a lion with the word Asadullah, meaning Lion of God.

In 2010, he posted on his Facebook wall: “Those who strive in the path of Allah love death like the kuffar love life, hahaha. Let them know, we are always ready to meet our lord anytime he wills.”

In 2011, he wrote, “The only punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned.”

Another post said: “We warn you to give up your disobeyance to Allah and surrender to him or wait we bring your humiliation then you will be regretful and on the knees.”

While composing messages of hate, Ogwuche tried to advertised himself as a respectable business professional: “I used to be in the military back at home and my goal now is to be a successful businessman,” he wrote in his online resume.

Ogwuche is also a member of Paltalk – the world’s largest online video chat community boasting more than four million members that is being abused by Muslim extremists to preach hate.

Ogwuche is a UK-born ex-Nigerian military intelligence officer (2001-2006) and army defector. For allegedly being involved in terrorist activities, he was arrested in Abuja in November 2011, as soon as he landed on Nigerian soil from the UK. However, in October 2012, he was released on bail to his father, Col. Agene Ogwuche (rtd.).

It would be recalled that five other suspects who confessed to playing a role in the Nyanya explosion, were apprehended by the State Security Service and are to stand trial in the nearest time. Ogwuche’s father, Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, was also arrested by the SSS for breaching the 2012 bail bond according to which he had obliged to produce his son for questioning whenever required.
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Most Nigerian Celebrities Live Fake Lives – Duncan Mighty


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Why most artistes who hit the spot light and achieve fame would seek to move into Lagos, which is believed to be the central city for entertainers and the like, the Ikwerre born singer has chosen to remain in Port Harcourt and explained why in a recent interview.
According to Duncan Mighty, his presence in Rivers state has gotten a lot of entertainment stake holders to notice the state and increase it’s popularity.
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“I conquered the Lagos market with my first album and I think Nigerian artistes should be able to maximize fame and victory from any part of the country. The fact that I remain in PH city has attracted more entertainment stakeholders to the state, thereby boosting their popularity. I wish other Nigerian celebrities can do or say same about their states of origin.” He said.
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The artiste also went further to blast his colleagues in the music industry, who he says are living fake lives and claiming to own more than they actually do.

“A lot of Nigerian artistes lead fake lives. They claim to be what they are not, just because they want to meet up their peers and fellow artistes.

“I live in my own house, it has a swimming pool, lounge and studio and I make bold to say I didn’t buy it. I built it from the scratch. But a lot of these artistes will claim they bought a house for N300m or N400m.
“But I didn’t spend up to that amount to build my house. If you have that amount, say N500m, you don’t go and buy one property. There are many things to do with money. They claim they have state-of-the-art cars, but that is not my priority. I have choice cars, but it takes a lot of money to maintain such cars.”
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Fake NANS President to Spend 12 Years in Prison for Fraud, Impersonation


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Ebiloma Abdullahi

On Friday, an impersonator and fraudster was sentenced to 12 years of jail time by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Ebiloma Abdullahi was arraigned in November 2009 on a 7-count charge of impersonation, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence. The convict was, however, discharged and acquitted of five charges.

It has been established that in 2008, he paraded himself as a student of Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, and assumed the position of the National President of the National Association of Nigeria Student (NANS). He paid courtesy visits to Bauchi State governor Isa Yuguda and former Chairman of the Nigerian Football Association Alhaji Sani Lulu from whom he obtained the sum of N500,000 under the false pretense, promising the money would be used to mobilize Nigerian students to support the Super Eagles.

The presiding judge found the accused guilty for forgery and obtaining money by false pretense, and consequently sentenced Abdullahi to two and 10 years for each count respectively. The sentences are to run concurrently.
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Dora Akunyili’s Brother And Hubby Join Her In India


Dora Akunyili’s media advisor, Isaac Umunna has come out and denied reports going through social media that The former NAFDAC boss and former Minister of Information is dead.

Isaac said: “My attention has been drawn to the rumour circulating on social media claiming that immediate past Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, is dead.

“I have also received several enquiries in this regard,” Mr. Umunna said in a statement on Friday.

The media advisor continued saying these sorts of rumours was extremely “baseless, but also the height of wickedness”

The rumours gained momentum last weekend when reports started to surface saying the former Information Minister who is suffering from Cancer has deteriorated and that she had been flown to India for treatment.

Mr. Umunna said, “I spoke with Dora’s husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili, and her brother, Dr. Francis Anayo Edemobi, both of whom are with her in the hospital, and they both assured me that she is responding to treatment.

Mr. Umunna explained saying that Mrs. Akunyili felt very sick last weekend and was told by her doctors in Abuja to fly to India on Sunday for full medical attention.

He also took the opportunity to thank Nigerians for praying for her, He said: “She is grateful to Nigerians for their prayers and remains confident that Almighty God will hear our prayers and grant her quick recovery.

“The public is advised to disregard any rumours or reports to the contrary. Those engaged in spreading this satanic rumour should desist. What Prof. Akunyili need at this time is not prophesies of doom or alarming false reports about her health condition but continued prayers and best wishes,” Mr. Umunna said.
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Ini Edo Says “It’s a Dream Come True” As She Is Offered Scholarship to Study Law


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Nollywood actress — Ini Edo still hasn’t had a baby after years of marriage but at least she has some good news.

The actress has just been offered scholarship to study law in The National Open University of Nigeria hence may stay off the movie scene for a while.

Holding her admission letter for all to see, she took to her Instagram page to share the good news.

“So I have been offered scholarship to study law in the national open university of Nigeria.i jus got my admission letter n am super excited. It’s a dream come true… Awesome God” she says

Confessed Witch Actress Camilla Mberekpe’s Son Confesses He Is Also A Wizard


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One year after actress Camilla Mberekpe was delivered at TB  Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nation, her son and Nigeria’s Got Talent finalist Freedom was delivered from a spirit that allegedly possessed him after his sister died in his arms.

Samuel confessed that he was the Prince of Persia; that he was further possessed through addictive computer games and browsing the internet for information about the Illuminati.)

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Woman Posts Her Pastor’s Nude Photos Online – SEE PICS


What could have led a happily married pastor into such big mess? You guess is as good as mine:

According to EEW magazine, Pastor Charles Jenkins, a Grammy award-winning songwriter, author and a senior pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, has unpleasant photos of himself, displaying his bare body, floating around the internet. 

EEW states that the photo of the multi-Stellar award-winning recording artist was posted online by a woman who is attempting to force the pastor to pay her money that she says he owes her.

 

 
Jenkins appears in the picture completely nαkéd, brushing his teeth in front of a mirror and apparently unaware that his picture is being taken, according to EEW. This is the first time that the recording artist, music producer, and senior pastor has stolen the limelight for anything except proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom of God. See the photo…
In a recent Black Entertainment Television (BET) interview, Jenkins said that it was important that leaders of the community, especially Christian ones, lead by example so that the next generation will know how to act and think.
Jenkins went on to say “There’s a passage that says a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children. That’s not just materialistic; money, stuff, or things.” He continued, “It is important to set up the next generation in terms of principles, precepts and best practices.” 

Sadly, Jenkins is not the only famous pastor that has been criticized for inappropriate photos. Pastor Deitrick Haddon was also in 2008 after an alleged affair with Simone Lewis.

 

Car Produced By Nigerian Students Passes International Evaluation Test


‘Tuke-Tuke’ car produced by the Nigerian students has successfully passed international technical evaluation test held in the Netherlands, Punch reports.

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Photo: Uniben students introduce Tuke-Tuke car

According to the official statement by the Media Manager of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Mr Precious Okolobo, the auto introduced by the University of Benin students thus qualified to race at the 2014 Eco Marathon in Netherlands, which is to be held on May 17.

Meanwhile another Nigerian car, made by the students from the University of Lagos is reportedly still in process of technical evaluation, the result of which will be known today.

The statement reads in part:

“Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy efficient vehicles. The winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy… All cars are expected to pass a strict technical inspection to check that they are fit for purpose and safe before they are allowed to race.”

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Photo: Tuke-Tuke

It was also mentioned that according to the marathon criteria the best car is the one that would drive farthest with the least amount of fuel.

The Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Mr Ben Van Beurden, congratulated the Nigerian students saying that the country, saying:

“The energy, the enthusiasm and the innovation that has taken place, and the fact that we have a Nigerian team here participating is an incredibly milestone.”

Emergency Rule: Tenure Of Affected Govs May Be Extended – Reps


290513house-of-reps-2-300x225The House of Representatives yesterday said it approved the letter forwarded by President Goodluck Jonathan requesting a six months’ extension of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in order to give legal backing to the offer of assistance from France, America, the United Kingdom, Israel and other countries to come into force.

The House yesterday approved the request, which was read on the floor by the speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Tuesday and extensively debated on Wednesday in plenary, before security chiefs were summoned to brief the House in a closed door session on progress made so far before a vote was taken on whether to extend the state of emergency or not.

The Service Chiefs comprising Chief of Army Staff, Major General Kenneth Minimah; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin; National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd); Director-General of Department of State Services, Eta Ekpeyong; Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu; and the Director General of NIA were present, but the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alexander Badeh, was absent from the closed-door meeting which lasted over two hours.

The rep members, rising from the executive session after they were briefed by the security chiefs, took a vote on the matter and the majority gave approval while a few members voted against it.

In a chat with journalists after plenary, chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, flanked by his deputy Hon. Victor Ogene, Hon. Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi, Hon. Ralph Nnanna Igbokwe and Hon. Yacoob Bush Alebiousu, said they could not afford to not approve the president’s request after service chiefs informed them that Nigeria was at war and must be equipped in all ways to fight back.

“Section 180(3) provides that If the federation is at war, as the service chiefs has told us that the country is at war — it can be civil war or insurgency war — the territory of Nigeria is physically involved and the president considers that it is not practicable to hold election, the National Assembly by resolution could extend the period of four years from time to time. And no such extension shall exceed the period of six months at any one time”, the lawmakers stated.

“This is the only way we can bring an end to this reign of terror”, Mohammed said, adding: “We had a session with the service chiefs on the progress reports on the emergency extension as to how far has it gone and what are those things that have been defaulting their operations. Having listened to them, for the interest of stability and a stable nation, we have decided as the House to vote unanimously for the extension of the emergency in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe for another period of six months.

“We were told that there is progress that has been made; in the last extension it will soon be crowned with success, especially now that they have foreign collaborators who are helping in fighting this terrorism.

“As a responsible institution, we decided to give them approval to be able to get the desired result. It is their responsibility to provide us with the security of lives and property. We know that this is the only way we can end this terrorism. We have all the assurances by the service chiefs”.

Commenting on the welfare of troops in the battle front, which has come under scrutiny in the last few days, the Reps’ spokesperson said the top military brass at the executive session assured them that entitlements of troops were being given as at when due along with other incentives to boost their morale.

Giving another reason they approved the request, Mohammmed said that they wanted to provide “a legal framework to accommodate these people (countries offering foreign assistance)” and the amendment of the Emergency Powers Regulation Act will take care of it.

On rescue operations of Chibok schoolgirls, he said they were told that “they are making progress and very, very soon, they will unite with their families”.

Jonathan Cancels Visit To Chibok Over Security Fears


jonathan-and-hollandeThe planned visit by President Goodluck Jonathan to Chibok, Borno State, the scene of last month’s abduction of over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, on Friday, has been cancelled.

Reuters had reported on Thursday that the president was billed to visit Chibok today, one month after the school girls’ abduction before jetting out to Paris, France, to participate in a summit convened by President Francois Hollande to discuss fresh strategies on Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in West and Central Africa.

However, 24 hours later, Reuters would report via a tweet that “Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan cancels first visit to village from where schoolgirls were abducted from over security fears”.

Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in a statement yesterday said Jonathan would be accompanied to Paris by the Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd), the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) as well as other principal aides and advisers.

According to the statement, President Jonathan will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit on Saturday.

Boko Haram: The Federal Government Was Deaf, Dumb And Blind To The Reality – Shettima


Kashim-ShettimaGovernor Kashim Shettima of Borno State berated the Federal Government last night over what he termed its slow response to the kidnap of the over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

According to him, the FG was busy politicizing and apportioning blames for the April 14 incident when what was required was a timely intervention.

He added that if not for the global outcry over the incident, the government would not have commenced a search for the girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from their hostels.

Shettima made these views known in an interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour in London. With him was the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Women Leader, Barrister Sharon Ikeanor.

Shettima said it took President Goodluck Jonathan a while to take action.

He said: “It took a while. For the first three weeks, we were politicking. And there is a whole lot of difference between governance and politics. Instead for us to pointedly address the problems, we were busy looking for scapegoats”.

The governor, who described Boko Haram fighters as “a bunch of raving lunatics, who are taking cover because they have violated every single belief of the religion of Islam”, said the Federal Government must do everything possible to bring back the girls, even if it would require “talking to the devil”.

He said: “We need to get these girls back and we don’t have time on our side. It is too painful; this is how it would be if our own daughters are involved. So the issue of not negotiating with the terrorists is out of the context. If it means talking to the devil…if Mr. Devil can come down and we can get back our girls.

Gov. Shettima, who was reprimanded by the presidency for crying out that the insurgents are better motivated and equipped than Nigerian troops battling the insurgency, spoke of how he warned the Federal Government of the danger of allowing Boko Haram to fester.

His words: “…And the fact in all these things is that, three years ago, I was repeatedly telling them that before long, that this is not a minor problem, that if it is not handled with tact and care, it is capable of metamorphosing into a conflagration that might consume the whole North. But the Federal Government was deaf, dumb and blind to the reality.

“We need a holistic approach to solve the issue; military approach is not the only option because Boko Haram is a phenomenon grown out of social exclusivity, poverty, hunger, joblessness, hopelessness, illiteracy… These are very dangerous cocktail or mixture that can really explode anywhere”.

Does he believe the abducted girls would be abducted? Shettima said: “I am an optimist. I believe that they would be found and this is one thing that is agitating the mind of everybody… Believe me, we are working assiduously; we are getting information and anytime we get information, we relay it to the military for them to take it to the next level. Certainly, we got some information two, three days ago and we obliged them (military) with the information we got; and we are working with the local communities because we have a very robust platform of local people, who have been sensitised to report to us any unusual movement, be it of vehicular or human traffic. And they are doing a good job.

“We have gone out of our way to assure them (parents) and we are partnering with the military to provide adequate security and we are buying into this school programme championed by Gordon Brown, so that our schools can be better secured. I have to thank the global community for bringing the whole issue on the spotlight”.

Ibori Still Has A case To Answer – Court of Appeal


The Benin Division of the Court of Appeal has announced that the former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was convicted by a London Court for money laundering and currently serving his 13-year jail term still has a case to answer.

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*Fomer Delta State Governor, James Ibori

This was made known on Thursday, after a ruling from a three man panel of justices in Benin.

It would be recalled that 6-years ago, Justice Marcel Awokulehin of Asaba High Court struck out a 170-count charge of money laundering filed against the former governor by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Following Justice Ibrahim Saulawa’s ruling, which was assented by Justices P. M. Ekpe and H. A Barka, the judges unanimously trashed justice Awokulehin’s ruling.

It was gathered that the anti-graft agency went to the appellate court, and urged them to revoke the previous judgement on the bases that the court made a mistake in law on the following grounds-  that the trial judge looked at the proof of evidence and evaluated same as if the prosecution had called all its witnesses and trial has been concluded, that the procedure is by way of summary trial and not trial by indictment or information; and that the proof of evidence clearly shows a prima facie case has been disclosed against the accused/respondent and that His Lordship erred when he held that no case was disclosed.

Boko Haram: Discordant Tunes From Top FG Officials Confusing – APC


apc-logoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Federal Gvernment to immediately put an end to the discordant tunes emanating from the highest echelons of government and speak with one voice on issues concerning the ongoing efforts to find and rescue the school girls abducted by Boko Haram.

APC in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the conflicting statements emanating from top government officials over the conditions given by Boko Haram for releasing the girls are totally unwarranted and could send the wrong signals to the insurgents and hinder the efforts to ensure the safe return of the over 200 female students.

The opposition party advised the government to designate a spokesman, be it the minister of information or whoever it deems fit, to be responsible for relaying to the public any relevant information concerning the search for the missing girls on daily basis, instead of allowing a cacophony of voices on the issue.

“Information management is key if the government itself is not to jeopardise ongoing international efforts to find and rescue the girls, and the government must move fast to keep the nation informed through an established channel, in line with global best practices under such circumstances”, APC said.

The party noted that while Interior Minister, Abba Moro and Senate President David Mark have said the government would not negotiate the release of the girls, Information Minister, Labaran Maku, Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri and Special Duties Minister, Alh. Taminu Turaki, have have hinted that the FG will do whatever it takes to free the girls, including negotiating with the insurgents.

“To compound matters, President Goodluck Jonathan was widely quoted in the local newspapers on Thursday as saying the government would not release the incarcerated Boko Haram members in exchange for the girls.

“This kind of utter confusion is a window view into the inner workings of the federal government as far as this critical issue of finding and freeing the girls is concerned, and it is unfortunate.

“This is the kind of befuddlement that has characterised the FG’s response to the Boko Haram crisis and led to a sorry state where a nation widely acclaimed for its global peacekeeping role is now at the receiving end of a global effort to save it from itself”, APC said.

Top Nollywood Actresses Thrill Crowd At Mushin Market Under The Rain (See Photos)


Top Nollywood actresses, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Iretiola Doyle and others on Wednesday entertained a large audience at Mushin Market in Lagos with their stage play, ‘Hear Word’.

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Ireti Doyle, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Bimbo Akintola performing at Mushin market

Despite the fact that it started to rain, the actresses continued in their thrilling market show which attracted a large crowd.

Hear Word‘, directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, is a play, which explores the challenges everyday Nigerian women face.

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Joke Silva dancing at Mushin market

It will be staged at the MUSON Center in Lagos on May 17th 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st 2014.

The stage drama will feature Nollywood actresses like Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Iretiola Doyle, Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, Kate Henshaw, Dakore Egbuson Akande, Ufuoma McDermott, Rita Edwards, Zara Ejoh, Debbie Ohiri, Odenike and several others.

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Taiwo Ajai-Lycett performing

It would showcase true stories of triumph from 20 different Nigerian women from all walks of life.

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Ireti Doyle, Ifeoma Fafunwa and Joke Silva

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According to the producer/director, Ifeoma Fafunwa, Hear Word is where the highest quality of performance art comes together to express the potential of Nigerian women.

She said, “We are working towards pure art and Nigerian excellence as we highlight these real and difficult issues facing Nigerian women.

“It is a celebration of the Nigerian woman to be shared with the world. As the characters reveal themselves, you may recognize your sister, your mother, your friend, your wife and perhaps even yourself.”