WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT WANDE COAL


Many lovers of Black Diamond Boss, Wande Coal, don’t know he has a younger brother who is following his footsteps in music.wande coal

The dark-complexioned dude, who looks so much like Wande Coal, is fondly called Tee Josh, but his real name is Towa Ojosipe. He is Wande Coal’s only sibling.

Born in Lagos Island to Chief Ibukun Olufunto and Mrs Omolara Oluwayemisi Ojosipe, Tee Josh has always been around his elder brother since Wande Coal became a star several years ago during the Mo’ Hits days, learning and improving himself to become a notable musician too.

After completing his education, graduating as a System Engineer from University of Lagos in 2013, Tee Josh, who recently completed the mandatory one year youth service, is ready to make his official entry into the music scene anytime from now.

Tee Josh was recently on a music tour of the United Kingdom with his elder brother, Wande Coal and will be dropping his debut single anytime soon. It is being rumoured that Tee Josh is most likely to be the first official artiste Wande Coal will sign onto his Black Diamond Label.

Whether Tee Josh will match or surpass his elder brother in the music industry is what many cannot vouch for at the moment, but all fingers are crossed for now as the young singer proves his worth.

Consensus candidacy: APC presidential aspirants hold meetings


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The four presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC have been meeting in Abuja to reach a consensus on who would eventually fly the flag of the party in next year’s elections.

The four aspirants jostling for the ticket of the party and have purchased their nomination forms for the contest included former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari. The two others were the incumbent Governor of Kano State, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso and the Founder and Publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah who picked his own form last week.

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Vanguard gathered, is also interested in the office but was yet to pick his nomination form.

An APC source in Abuja, who confided in Vanguard confirmed the meetings of the presidential aspirants.

A highly placed officer of the party at its national secretariat in Abuja, said it was a normal democratic process for the four aspirants to agree among themselves on who would eventually become the party’s candidate. He however said the party has not, at the moment, set up any committee for the exercise that is scheduled to hold on December 8, 2014.

“It is a normal political process. But as a party, we have not really set a committee. The aspirants themselves are working to get a consensus. Several interest groups around the aspirants are also exploring every opportunity for consensus.

The source also dismissed the reports that governors on APC platform were asking for vice presidential plot, saying that what was important to the party was the emergence of marketable presidential products.

He said: “I am not aware of the governors asking for the VP slot. At no forum have I heard that. I am a high ranking member of the party, if that happened, I should have known. It is a mere speculation. The important thing is to produce a candidate and the running mate that will win vote for us.

Another party source said that “A lot of meetings are going on among the aspirants”.

Jonathan’s declaration tomorrow to run in six world cities


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By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North, Emman Ovuakporie & Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA—Security men drawn from Nigeria’s major formations took over the streets of Abuja yesterday ahead of the formal declaration by President Goodluck Jonathan today to run for a second term in office.

This happened as the four presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC have been holding series of meetings to essentially reach consensus on who would eventually fly the flag of the party in the 2015 general elections.

Meanwhile, reacting to automatic tickets given to 40 senators by President Goodluck Jonathan, members of the House of Representatives insisted yesterday that the same priviledge should be extended to them.

Three top ranking lawmakers, who spoke to Vanguard under the condition of anonymity said the situation on ground in the House is far more precarious than that of senate.

According to one of the lawmakers, who is from the South East zone, the two chambers have a lot of role to play to protect the President.

He further explained that ”One thing is certain, if we members of the House of Reps are not given automatic tickets like our Senate counterparts, we will properly help the main opposition to rock the boat.

“Some of us have been denied the opportunity of coming back by the ambition of our governors who now dictate our collective interest through the enormous powers that the President has given to them”.

Another senior member of the House told Vanguard: ”By Tuesday this week, we will let the leadership of our party know our position. We will fight for automatic tickets with all methods except violence. Afterall what is sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose. The president should do the needful before we resume on December 3.

“Our resumption will go a long way to determine how we will survive the present situation though we may not sit for more than six days but those six days will be explosive.”

A lawmaker from the South South also spoke in the same vein saying: ”Except those of us that are confirmed to be traitors, the rest of us that had played a role in protecting the president should get automatic tickets.

“The truth of the matter is that some of us are not dedicated because when we invite them to our caucus meeting they always give excuses.

“On the floor of the House, you don’t see them and in our meetings, they don’t show up and we know them too well”.

On the President’s formal declaration today, security men, including anti-terrorism personnel had positioned themselves in all strategic positions in and around the Federal Capital Territory as at yesterday afternoon, frisking commuters and motorists.

An insider told Vanguard that the declaration, which is slated for the Eagles Square in Abuja, would hold simultaneously in six cities of world.

According to a presidency source, four of the cities where the events will be held are in the United States of America: Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston while the other two are London (United Kingdom) and Johannesburg (South Africa).

However, while those in London and Johannesburg, whose time zone is similar to Nigeria will join the event live, others in the U.S. with different time zone, will join later.

Vanguard learnt that the declaration by Jonathan was delayed to ensure that there was no opposition to his candidature so as to give him the maximum support to defeat his opponents in the main election.

A source said it was in a bid to appease all party members that Jonathan overruled the National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to sell nomination forms to other presidential aspirants, even though he had been adopted as the sole candidate for the poll.

It was learnt that the last week’s late decision by the NWC to sell nomination forms to two of its presidential aspirants, son of Nigeria’s late prime minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr Abdul Jelil Tafawa Balewa and Mrs Zainab Duke-Abiola, was as a result of the order handed over to them by the President.

The Presidential source said: “President Jonathan summoned them to a meeting and directed that the two be allowed to purchase the forms and participate in the presidential primary at the party’s convention.

“They had to reverse their decision as they were told that it was undemocratic to stop anybody from the process. No one should be denied the chance to participate in the election just because the President was endorsed by the party.”

However, one of the aspirants, Dr Tafawa Balewa has withdrawn from the contest following intervention by Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark.

 

APC gov aspirant arrested over PDP agent’s killing


AN electoral agent of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was allegedly shot dead at Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos, yesterday, during the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card, PVC, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The deceased, identified as Sikiru Ogboye, was allegedly shot dead at Oriledu, Ibeju Lekki, by suspected thugs while he was monitoring the PVC distribution. Vanguard learnt that the incident was reported at Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, following which the culprits were reportedly arrested.

A chieftain of PDP in the state, Chief Bode Oyedele, condemned the killing and blamed the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the incident.

It was learned that a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, (name withheld) was being questioned by the police in connection with the killing.

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Kayode Aderanti, confirmed last night that the APC governorship aspirant was being questioned over the incident, saying a pump action gun was found in his car. He said: “It is true; I warned earlier that anybody, no matter how lowly or highly placed, found with illegally acquired weapon must answer for it. The man needs to tell us what he was doing with a pump action found in his car and if his explanations are not satisfactory, we’ll take him to court.”

Reacting to the development, Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation said in a statement: “An electoral agent of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State has been shot dead, Sunday afternoon, while monitoring the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC). Mr. Sikiru Ogboye, a PDP Agent, was shot dead, allegedly on the orders of a chieftain of the All People’s Congress (APC) by suspected thugs, while he monitored the PVC Distribution exercise.

Musician Omawumi Blasts Eki Igbinedion’s Hotel


The singer took to twitter to blast Eki Igbinedion’s hotel over poor services. Eki Igbinedion is the wife of the former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion.

Nigerian Footballer Mikel Obi Throws Birthday Party For His WHITE Girlfriend


Mikel Obi’s girlfriend Olga Diyachenko turned a year older over the weekend and the footballer threw her a small get together at their favorite restaurant.

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You Need SEE What Denrele Is Wearing This Time! [PHOTOS]


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Prominent Evangelical Pastor, Wife Among 9 Dead in Bahamas Jet Crash


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A private Lear jet with nine passengers on board crashed on approach near Grand Bahama International Airport, killing everyone on the plane, including a prominent evangelical pastor and his wife.

“The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised unofficially that the aircraft was destroyed and that there were no survivors,” the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The Lear 36 Executive Jet had taken off from the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed about 5 p.m. local time today, as it was coming in for a landing at Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport.

Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth were killed in the crash, Kelley Jackson, a spokeswoman from the Andrew J. Young Foundation told ABC News.

“Ambassador Young expresses his deep sadness over the tragic death of his friends Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe,” the organization posted on its Facebook page tonight. “He offers condolences to the Munroe family and the families of the other souls who lost their lives as a result of this shocking plane crash.”

Munroe and his wife were on the way to the Global Leadership Forum, which was organized by Munroe and was scheduled for this week in Freeport.

A posting on Munroe’s Facebook page said the event would go on for two and a half days.

“This is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted. Please keep his family and the ministry in prayers,” the post said.

Dr. William M. Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University where Munroe was a student, expressed his sadness at the loss of an “outstanding ORUalumni and friend.”

A spokesperson at the Bahamas Air accident investigation and prevention unit told ABC they understand that it may be the plane of a prominent minister in the Bahamas, but officials have declined to identify the victims.

Based upon the flight plan information that was registered at the point of the departure, officials are of the opinion that the plane was the only aircraft in the area at the time, so they are going on the assumption that it was a prominent minister on the aircraft, the spokesperson said.

It was not yet known what caused the crash, and police and rescue teams were on the scene, but a full investigation would only begin at daylight, officials said.

“The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised that there were some fatalities and we are awaiting confirmation from the Royal Bahamas Police Force as to whether there were any survivors,” The Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement. “The Grand Bahama Airport Company Crash Fire Rescue Department responded to the incident, and the Police and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue (BASRA) are presently on the scene.”

(ABC News)

Battle with Red Devils: Onazi visits TB Joshua for prayers


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BY EMMA NJOKU

Super Eagles’ workaholic mid­fielder, Ogenyi Onazi, has re­vealed that he would seek the face of God at the Synagogue of all Na­tions ahead of Saturday’s crucial Africa Cup of Na­tions qualifier against the Red Devils of Congo in Brazzaville.

The Lazio of Italy mid­field gem has set his sights on victory in Congo over the host in this weekend’s win or burst encounter but has called on Nigerians to unite in prayers for the success of the team.

A proud member of the Synagogue of all Nations, Onazi, expected to arrive in Nigeria last night, in a release by the Media Of­ficer of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya, declared:

“Once I arrive in Nige­ria, I will go to my father in the Lord (Prophet TB Joshua) to pray with me, because I want the Nations Cup ticket and I know we can win in Congo. We must also cooperate and forget past differences to achieve our aim”.

Preparations for the make or break Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo Brazzaville in Point Noir is expected to begin today follow­ing the arrival of invited Nigerian league stars in Abuja on Saturday, after a highly impressive 1-0 win over Ghana in the maiden Restoration Cup at the ultra-modern Akwa Ibom International Stadium last Friday.

The players that came into camp with Head Coach Stephen Keshi, his assis­tants and other members of staff of the national team are goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, Warri Wolves skipper, Azubuike Egwue­kwe, Solomon Kwambe, scorer of the epoch mak­ing goal in Uyo, Emem Eduok, Nasara United’s Tony Edjomari, Christian Osaghuna Ighodalo, Gbo­lahahan Salami and new comer Kingsley Sokari.

The players are nested at their usual abode in Bolton White Apartment, Zone 7, Abuja and Keshi said all invited players should be in camp latest today.

“We have no time for this game and the players know, so all of them must be here early enough for the trip to Congo”, Keshi declared.

[PHOTOS] Meet King Sunny Ade’s Beautiful Wives


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As we all know,Legendary Juju artist, King Sunny Ade allegedly has several wives. We came across a photo of his seven “official” wives, the ones who are acknowledged by him. He recently said he doesn’t know the number of kids he has fathered and also revealed he has decided to stop having more kids. His wives sure look really happy together,don’t they?

[PHOTOS] 2face Idibia’s father is laid to rest


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The remains of Chief Michael Agbo Idibia, father of music legend, Tuface Idibia has finally returned to his country home of Amufu Ejeba community in Enumoga Ehaje, Okpokwu LGA of Benue State.

Remains of chief Idibia was conveyed in an ambulance with registration number Abuja CT 191 A10.

Interestingly, when the internationally acclaimed star, Tuface alighted from the SUV, the chant of Tubaba, Uja, Ino, Tuface rented the air from his kinsmen and old boys.

Tuface was immediately ushered into a waiting room from the hands of his brethren by the security men.

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Graphic Photos from First Bank Bomb Blast in Bauchi (Viewer Discretion)


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A bomb explosion rocked Azare town of Bauchi State today, killing scores of bank customers withdrawing money from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) of the First Bank Nigeria PLC.

According to eyewitnesses, the blast occurred around 10:30am after an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) was sneaked into the bank premises and kept close to the major ATM machine. A medical officer working with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Azare, told Channels Television that 18 bodies were brought to the mortuary while the 35 capacity female ward of the hospital was allocated to those brought with various degrees of injuries.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, detectives have begun investigation into the incident, with five suspects already arrested. The identities of the suspects were however not disclosed.

Azare town have had its fair share of terrorists attack since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency as last three weeks, an explosion at the Yankari Motor Park of the town went-off killing 13 people while over 20 others sustained injuries.

Photo credit: @MusadiqZ & @Awwala

 

Woman whose police husband ran over her with a bus tells her horrific story


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If there is a day 25-year-old Dupe will always regret, it is when she met 34-year-old police corporal, Lucky Ikharia, in 2013.

According to Saturday Punch,Dupe lies in excruciating pain in a room where she is receiving treatment at a traditional orthopaedic treatment centre in Mushin, Lagos on Wednesday – six days after an attack that has left her paralysed, she said of the events that led her husband to run over her with a bus.

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Unfortunately, the young woman has not been told by the family that after her husband attacked her, leaving her for dead, he also went home to stab their one-year-old toddler to death.

“They told me he took my son to his hometown. Please, help me seek the help of police authorities to ensure he brings my son back,” Dupe told our correspondent, oblivious of the tragic truth.

Members of Staff at the centre said they had not been able to move the young woman for an X-ray because the injuries on her back were extensive and feared her spine might have been affected.Dupe’s left leg and shoulder were completely crushed in the attack. Her relations fear that her spinal cord might have been crushed as well. Unfortunately, financial problem has limited their options for medical intervention to the current traditional treatment centre where she is being cared for.

The young woman cannot sit up on her own and can hardly turn her sides on the bed. To dress the wound on her back she is usually propped up on the wall.

“When the vehicle first hit me and ran over my legs, I tried to lift myself up but my strength failed. Then I saw the vehicle reverse. I thought that was the end of my life. That was when I realised it was my husband. I could not crawl out of the way anymore. I just lay back on the ground. This time, the ran over me completely; the bus’ tyres ran over my shoulder, my back and down to my legs. Then, he sped off,” Dupe said.

It was obvious the vehicle’s tyres narrowly missed her head. Our correspondent saw an extensive injury that ran from her neck through her back, down to her legs. The photos of the injury are too gory for publication.

Each word Dupe spoke was with a lot of pain.

Ikharia has not been seen since the alleged attack and murder of their child at their Kale Close, Mafoluku, Oshodi residence. He was said to have tried to kill himself as well but survived and it is believed his police colleagues at the Makinde Police Station are hiding him.

The policeman allegedly attacked his wife following a fight about a missing N2,000, which he reportedly saved in the house.

Dupe gave a narration of how she came to be a victim of an abusive husband, who finally wanted to kill her.

“He beat me all the time. I could not question him because I got punched and slapped every time I opened my mouth and he did not like what I said,” she said.

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Asked why she did not simply leave the man, she said she believed he was going to change.

She said, “When I met him, he was living in a patrol vehicle. He told me he liked me and was nice at the time. I did not know he had no home. Anytime I visited him, it was always at his friend’s place.

“Then one night, I met him in the vehicle he was sleeping in, I asked why he could not get an apartment, he said his ex-wife, a policewoman he had just separated from, sent him packing. The woman was the one who rented the apartment.

“I already had two children from a previous marriage but I told him he could come over to stay with me.

“Within the period he was living with me, I got pregnant and we had to go to the registry to formalise the union. When I asked to meet with his family, he said if I valued my life, I should not make an attempt to contact them. He said they were trying to destroy his life and he had to distance himself from them.”

Dupe said one of his husband’s sisters, who came for the registry ceremony, told her that Ikharia already had two previous wives apart from the policewoman.

Dupe said her husband’s behaviour changed immediately he packed into her house.

She said, “He told me he wanted to buy a bus and begged me for some money, I took a loan and sold my jewellery. I paid a larger part of the cost. That is the same vehicle he used to run over me.

“When I was pregnant, he gave me some drugs to abort the baby but that did not work. There was a time he threw my baby out of the window.

“Our quarrels were always just before the end of the month when he was supposed to get his salary. He always did that so I would not have the courage to ask for money for the upkeep of the house.

“I wondered why he would lock me out of the same house I rented with my money and take my baby away. I had been warned but somehow I kept hoping that he would change.”

Dupe, who was a filling station attendant before her ordeal said there was a time she paid N80,000 for a freezer which the seller refused to deliver. She reported the case to her husband.

“I thought being a policeman, he would be able to retrieve my money. My husband arrested the man, got the money. He told me he had collected the money but that he used it to settle a debt. That was the last time I heard about the money,” she said.

Our correspondent spoke to Dupe’s mother, an elderly woman who said she would prefer anonymity.

The devastated mother asked for discretion when speaking with Dupe since the family had not notified her of the tragic murder of her baby.

She said, “We will not tell her until much later when she is well. I have always known that Lucky was an animal. He beat her all the time. He would destroy her phone after each beating so that she won’t be able to contact us.

“We asked for his family but we got no reply. When my daughter became pregnant for him, I even suggested she aborted the baby, but my daughter refused. She was so adamant about him. We told her to leave the policeman but she did not listen. Now see what has happened.

“The problem now is that we have no money to take care of her. We can only appeal to well-meaning Nigerians to come to our aid so that Dupe can be well again.”

But police authorities said all these are allegations they are trying to unravel.

Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Mr. Kenneth Nwosu, told our correspondent on the phone that an investigation has started and could not disclose too much information at the moment.

“We cannot say anything for certainty for now because all these allegations have to be pieced together. There are still some information that have not been verified. We will release information as time goes on,” Nwosu said.

Tambuwal no longer entitled to security details -Adoke, IGP


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The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, have insisted that  the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, is no longer entitled to security details.
They argued that Tambuwal had ceased to be a member of the House and its Speaker, having defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, which in 2011 sponsored his election into the House of Representatives, to the All Progressives Congress.
They maintained that Tambuwal had now become an ordinary citizen, who was no longer entitled to the privileges attached to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
These are the contentions canvassed by both the Inspector-General of Police and Adoke in a joint counter-affidavit, which they filed before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, in response to the suit by Tambuwal and the APC.
The IGP and the AGF are the 5th  and 7th defendants in the suit respectively.
The plaintiffs filed the suit to challenge the withdrawal of his security details, alleged threat by the PDP to declare his seat vacant and remove him as Speaker.
The lawyer, who represented the IGP and the AGF, Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN), argued that the police authorities could not be accused of breaching the Constitution by withdrawing Tambuwal’s security details, since he (Tambuwal) had lost his seat as House member and Speaker.
The counter affidavit, which was deposed to on behalf of the AGF and IGP by one of their lawyers, Nnamdi Ekwem, read in part, “The 1st plaintiff (Tambuwal) vacated his seat in the House of Representatives as a member of that House, when he became a member of the 2nd plaintiff (All Progressive Congress) in October 2014, having been elected in 2011mon the platform of the 1st defendant (PDP).
“The seat of the 1st plaintiff in the House of Representatives  became automatically vacant by virtue of his defection to the 2nd plaintiff (APC) and consequently ceased to be the Speaker of the 3rd defendant (the House of Representatives).
“The first plaintiff is not constitutionally entitled to security details and as such, the 5th defendant did not contravene any law by its withdrawal of the 1st plaintiff’s security details. The withdrawal of the security details of the 1st plaintiff was necessitated by the fact the he had vacated his office as a member of the House of Reps and consequently ceased to be the Speaker of the 3rd defendant.
“The 1st plaintiff is no longer a member of the House of Representatives and as such not entitled to any right or privilege attached to the office of the Speaker of the 3rd defendant. That, the 1st plaintiff, as an ordinary citizen of Nigeria, was not exposed to any danger of bodily harm because of the withdrawal of his security details.”
The other defendants in the suit are the PDP, its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, the House of Representatives, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, and the Independent National Electoral Commission

Gunmen Assassinate Driver To Nasarawa State Governor


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Unknown gunmen on Saturday morning assassinated Abdullahi Mairuwa, the head driver to Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura.

The late Mr. Mairuwa, who was in charge of all drivers attached to Government House, Lafia, was travelling to his home town in Keana local government area of the state in the company of his wife, Salamatu, when he was assassinated close to Tudun Adabu along the Obi-Keana-Awe road around 8.30 a.m. Saturday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Umar Numan, confirmed the development, saying detectives have been drafted to the scene of the incident.

“We are aware and have mobilized to the scene to recover the corpse and we have already commenced investigation into the incidence,” Mr. Numan said.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that Mr. Mairuwa’s killers shot him at close range in front of his wife and sneaked away through a bush path.

Family sources told this newspaper that his killers told his wife not to panic as they were only after her husband before shooting him twice on the chest.

The remains of the late head driver has been moved to Keana his home town as sympathizers from Lafia and within continue to troop to his Lafia residence pay condolence visit.

70-year-old Found With Ammunition Arrested In Enugu


Operatives of No 3 Police Mobile Force, Enugu have arrested a 70-year-old for allegedly being in possession of 20 live cartridges.

The suspect, who was nabbed during a stop and search operation at Ozalla, along Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway, hails from Amanato, Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the arrest.

“The suspect was arrested for being in possession of 20 live cartridges which was concealed under his vehicle driver’s seat,” he said.

“The eagle-eyed operatives had stopped one Volvo wagon with registration No Al 599 AKL, red in colour and, in the course of the search conducted in the car, a bag containing 20 live cartridges of bullets hidden under the driver’s seat was discovered.

Amaraizu investigations have commenced on the matter.

PDP Postpones National Convention


The national Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed the party’s National Convention, earlier slated for December 6, to December 10 and 11.

The party also yesterday extended the submission of expression of interest and nomination forms by President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election by one week. Submission of expression of interest and nomination forms for governorship aspirants was also extended by one week.

According to Vanguard, the ruling party has also postponed its governorship primary election to December 8 and has the Senate primaries till December 7.

The party had in the 2014 guidelines released after the 66th National Executive Committee meeting, fixed the governorship primary election for November 29 while the Senate primary election would have taken place November 22.

President Jonathan had earlier been expected to submit his nomination and expression of interest forms yesterday, but with the new timetable released by the party, Jonathan will now submit his forms on November 15. Governorship aspirants will submit their forms on November 14.

Army Releases 125 Boko Haram Suspects


The Nigerian Army has released another 125 persons arrested for allegedly having links with Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

The Army had on Thursday released 42 persons to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, after they were investigated and found to have no links with the group.

One of the suspects released, Salisu Adamu, a 3rd year chemistry student at the University of Maiduguri, had said that he was among thousands of innocent Nigerians illegally arrested, detained and tortured for more than three years by the military.

While handing over the new set to Shettima, spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Colonel Sani Usman, said 254 persons were intercepted fleeing the state after an attack on Boko Haram strongholds in September.

According to him, the arrest was made in Biu on 23rd September and after proper investigation, the 125 men now handed to the governor were found to be innocent.

Tinubu Reacts To PVCs Distribution In Lagos, Says PDP, INEC Have Merged To Stop APC In 2015


Bola TinubuA former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission have “merged” to ensure that his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not retain power in Lagos next year.

Tinubu noted that just as three legacy parties merged to form the APC and become a more formidable opponent of the PDP, the INEC had also joined forces with the PDP to ensure that the ruling party maintains its hold on power in 2015.

Tinubu made this position known at a press conference to address the “shoddy” Permanent Voter Card distribution in Lagos on Saturday.

The APC national leader, who berated INEC over the manner it conducted the PVC distribution, said the commission had no excuse for failing to put its house in order.

He said, “Just as we (APC) merged to form a formidable opposition party, they have merged with Jonathan to form a formidable rigging machine.

“This exercise is a colossal failure. INEC has the responsibility to give us a date when the exercise would start which they did. They were the ones that picked the date. On the eve of the exercise, they announced they could only carry out the exercise in 11 Local Government Areas out of the 20 recognised by the Federal Government.

“Rather than outright boycott, we endured the frustration and appealed to the public to participate. Our field report and personal experiences indicated that the exercise in those 11 LGAs failed and it is unacceptable. In some instances, you didn’t find INEC and then in some, they did not start on time”.

The former governor said if four months to the election, INEC had yet to put its house in order, it was safe to conclude that it could not conduct a free and fair election next year.

He insisted that INEC must explain in full detail why it reduced the number of registered voters in Lagos from 6.2 million in 2011 to 4.8 million in 2014.

He argued that INEC’s excuse that it reduced the figure because there were many cases of double registration in 2011 was not tenable. He, therefore, questioned the commission’s right to “disenfranchise 1.4 million Lagosians without recourse to a court of law”.

He said, “You cannot automatically, without a court of law, disqualify them, you can only suspend them and give them another opportunity to register. To me, this exercise has failed, it is not acceptable, and we consider it as a rigging exercise. INEC has colluded with the presidency and the opposing party to rig the election from the data to the end”.

He warned that the APC would embark on protests across the state if things were not corrected and urged INEC to publish the names of those who were removed from the voter register.

He also advised INEC to return to the drawing board and start the exercise afresh.

Reacting to the APC chieftain’s allegation, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, said there was no reason for the commission to merge with the ruling party.

“INEC has not filed any paper with the country’s Corporate Affairs Commission to be merged with the PDP. It is not a political party”, Idowu said.

He added, “I don’t understand what he meant by INEC merging with the PDP. The Permanent Voter Cards exercise is being conducted without any political colouration. And this exercise is not being conducted in PDP-controlled states alone”.

2015: Presidency, PDP, Senators Agreement Cannot Threaten Govs Senatorial Bids – Aliyu


Babangida AliyuThe Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, has declared that the clash of interest between governors and senators in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would be resolved by the electorate.

It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan and the national leadership of PDP allegedly reached an agreement with the party’s caucus in the Senate to curb the intimidating influence of state governors in the affairs of the party, especially in the area of primaries.

The Presidency, PDP and the senators at a meeting on Thursday night, which held at the presidential villa, Abuja, reportedly also agreed that certain final-term governors would have to forego their senatorial bids in 2015 to enable some ‘experienced’ senators in the affected states to clinch the PDP ticket to be re-elected into the Red Chamber come 2015.

And where such governors insist on contesting the PDP senatorial ticket with incumbent ‘experienced’ senators, the meeting reportedly agreed that the governors would automatically have no say on who succeeds them in office because most of the affected states’ chief executives are bent on imposing their successors.

Reacting to the development, Aliyu, who is eyeing the Niger East Senatorial seat after the expiration of his 8-year tenure as governor in 2015, said despite the decision of the Presidency, “the most important factor is the will of the people”.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Israel Ebije on Saturday, the governor insisted that only the wish of the electorate would prevail.

He said people must understand that politics should not be played on a platter of sentiment or bargained with the value of market commodity.

“No agreement reached anywhere with anybody can in any way threaten governors’ ambition for the senate.

“It is, therefore, instructive to intimate that the 2015 elections will be very interesting especially in the area of political mettle.

“It is, therefore, instructive to intimate that the 2015 elections will be very interesting especially in the area of political mettle.

“Governors or senators expressing concerns on any kind of agreement reached are only expressing myopic understanding of the matter on ground and not sure of their political value”, Ebije said.

He stated that what should be of concern is the personality and marketability of the aspirants. “The next general election is for the people to choose, based on performance and not on agreement or bargain. It is a pendulum that will certainly swing in favour of the most qualified politicians”, he added.

Group Assures Jonathan Of 4m Votes In South-West


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President Goodluck Jonathan has been advised not to lose any sleep over the 2015 presidential election because he will get a minimum of four million votes in the South-West to ensure his re-election, a group known as the G15 Victory Platform, has assured.

The group, which said its primary mission was “to secure total victory” for Mr. Jonathan “throughout Nigeria in general and the South-West in particular”, boasted that it would secure more than the targeted figure

“So far, with the level of acceptance and goodwill expressed by the masses for Mr. President, we are confident of surpassing our target. To ensure that we are not chasing shadows, we have put in place a monitoring device to determine our growth rate, for example, we have the names, the phone numbers of all our members in our database including their voter card numbers”, the group stated.

According to G15 National Director-General, Igbasan Emmanuel, the group’s aim is not an impossible task, adding that the Dr. Jonathan will trounce the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the poll.

He said, “In 2011 presidential election, more people voted for the president than they voted for the candidate of the opposition. Greater number of people will equally vote for Mr. President in the forthcoming election because ordinary Nigerians believe in President Jonathan”.

Igbasan added in the statement that Lagos State would not pose a stumbling block to the PDP’s quest to win the south-west for President Jonathan in 2015, arguing that whatever success Governor Babatunde Fashola has recorded in his eight-year tenure is at the detriment of the masses.

“The achievement of Governor Fashola, which came at a huge cost to the poor masses, will not affect the chances of Mr. President. On the contrary, the poor masses upon whose votes the governor came into office, who are now marginalised and short-changed have vowed to vote massively for the PDP in the forthcoming elections”, the G15 director-general said.

The group, while acknowledging that the current administration had not favoured the south-west in terms of political appointments according to the zoning pattern in the PDP, pledged that it would not fail to deliver the region to the president.

Commenting on the prevalent security challenges in the country, Igbasan noted, “It is true that we are facing dire security challenges all over the country at the moment, but everything possible is being done by the Federal Government to make Nigeria a safe and secure nation for all. That the terrorists have been curtailed to just three states is a pass mark given the backdrop that their mission was the total Islamisation of Nigeria.

“Rather than politicising security issues all hands must be on deck to checkmate the bad elements in our midst. The state governors must allow the quick passage of Local Government autonomous Bill so that LGAs can perform their constitutional roles of chief security officer of their respective councils. Every nation has its own measure of security breach. The supreme sacrifices paid by our gallant soldiers on the war front should not be sacrificed on the altar of selfish politicking”.

Mu’azu Gets Bitter Taste Of Twitter, Tells Nigerian Youths To Learn To Communicate Without Insults


National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu got a bitter taste of the use of social media yesterday as he reacted to the lack of decorum among some users of popular micro-blogging site, Twitter, saying as “a 59-year old grandfather, father, elder and leader, I wonder why any of my children here will not engage me with decorum”.

In a series of tweets, which he signed off with the initials – hashtag (#)AM – the PDP chairman stated an interesting fact that the politicians, whom some Nigerians fight and kill themselves over, treat each other with respect and never insult each other.

See his tweets below:

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Insurgency: PDP BoT Member, Iwuanyanwu, Calls For Summit Of Ex-Military Officers In S/East


emmanuel iwuanyanwuChief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a PDP chieftain, has charged the Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership to summon a meeting of all retired senior security officers of South East extraction to discuss the security of the zone.

Iwuanyanwu, a member of PDP Board of Trustees, made the call in Owerri on Friday at a news briefing on some nagging national issues.

The business mogul was reacting to the ceaseless upsurge of insurgency in some parts of the country in the wake of the forthcoming general elections.

Iwuanyanwu urged the Ohaneze Ndigbo to constitute a security committee from the retired senior security officers of the Army, Navy and Police that would work closely with the five South East governors.

“We do not need to wait until we are attacked before we start discussing security problems”, he said.

Iwuanyanwu said they would detect early signs of security breaches and advise on the best way to tackle them.

He said that every patriotic Nigerian should be more concerned with the unity, progress, peace and prosperity of the country.

Iwuanyanwu warned that if the 2015 elections was not properly handled, it could deteriorate to a point that it might be difficult to control.

“I therefore strongly suggest that since the South-South region has gone four years out of the constitutional eight years, it (South-South) should be allowed to complete the eight years”, he said.

Iwuanyanwu appealed to politicians from the South East, who he said are legitimately and rightly demanding for Presidency, to subjugate their ambition to the unity, peace and stability of the country.

He urged such people to support the South-South after which the “Presidency will go to the North”.

Iwuanyanwu said that the South-South had contributed substantially to the economic and social development of Nigeria.

“If they are denied the opportunity to serve their normal tenure of eight years, it may be viewed as an act of bad faith.

“We cannot afford at this moment to open up a new frontier of crisis in the South.

“In effect, in four years time, all Nigerians will support the presidency going to the North. After eight years in the North, the presidency will come back to the South.

“When it comes to the South, it will automatically be the turn of the South East as South West and South-South zones have had their turns,” he said.

He expressed concern at what he termed the “bloody assassination of some innocent citizens of the country and the criminal occupation of large territories by the Boko Haram sects”.

He called on Nigerians, especially leaders of the restive zones, to rise to the challenge and support the Federal Government’s efforts to restore normalcy to the troubled areas. (NAN)

Impeachment: My Fate’s In The Hands Of God, My Colleagues – Tambuwal


Aminu Waziri TambuwalEmbattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Saturday said his continued stay in office as the number four citizen of the country, cannot be decided by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

The Speaker said this on the sideline of the All Progressives Congress, APC, North-West Zonal Executive meeting in Kaduna.

According to him, only God and his colleagues in the Green Chambers can decide his fate.

Tambuwal said, “I am here for the first time to attend the zonal meeting of the North-West of APC, my political party.

“As for my fate in the National Assembly and Speaker of the House of Representative, it is in the hands of God and members of the House”, he said.

It was learnt that Tambuwal, who came to the meeting without his security details, was surrounded by party members and associates as has been the practice since the withdrawal of his police escort over a week ago following his defection from the PDP to APC.

Earlier, the APC Vice-National Chairman, North-West, Mr. Inuwa Abdulkadir, had told the gathering that the meeting was to address topical issues bothering the party in particular and the nation in general.

He said “issued that will bring about national harmony and promote national development among others are what we are here to discuss”.

Abdulkadir said APC was waxing stronger by the day, based on the calibre of people, who continue to join the party, among them Tambuwal.

He described the development as a sign that the party was the only political platform that could bring about the change Nigerians desired.

The vice national chairman also advised Nigerians to ensure that they collected their voter cards, cast their votes and ensure that their votes were counted.

APC Students Ask Jega To Resign Over Shoddy Handling Of PVCs Distribution


permanent-voters-cards-pvcThe students’ arm of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have frowned at the state of education in the country, and vowed to resist any planned hike in tuition fees.

In a statement issued at the weekend, the students said they plan to mobilise over 47 million students to ensure maximum youth’s participation beyond the 2015 general elections.

“Our attention has been drawn (to) plans by the federal government to increase tuition across all federal institutions, we will resist any attempt to make education unaffordable to the masses”, said the statement signed by Emmanuel Damilare, Interim Publicity Secretary, APC-Campus Connect at the university.

The students expressed dissatisfaction with the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, describing it as a strategy to disenfranchise the populace.

“It could be recalled that the PVCs distribution has been postponed in nine local government areas in Lagos from November 7-9 according to a press statement released by Adekunle Ogunmola, the resident electoral commissioner of INEC in Lagos State, who claimed that they had to cancel the distribution in those areas because they are yet to take delivery of their PVCs”, said Mr. Damilare.

“In Rivers State, the distribution of PVCs was also postponed in seven local government areas, though no specific reasons was given but we foresaw the same technical manoeuvre by the commission”, the statement said.

The students called on Prof. Attahiru Jega, the INEC Chairman, to resign if he is incapable of discharging his duties.

“We can’t imagine if this are roadmaps to 2015, but we are prepared to resist any forces that propagates peaceful, free and fair election, as we will just not vote but protect our votes”, said Mr. Damilare.

The students also blamed the insecurity in the country’s North-East region on the indifference of President Goodluck Jonathan.

They also decried the withdrawal of the security details attached to Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“As students of history, we clearly know that all arms of government (has) their functions and it wouldn’t be fair on democracy if we can’t distinguish between the military era and the former, the misuse of power on the instruction of the Presidency… Of what business does the police have to interpret the law?

“At the alarming state of the nation marred by insecurity, the main reason of withdrawing the security operative attached to the number four citizen of the federal republic of Nigeria is to expose him to risk which outcome can be dangerous, we will definitely hold the IG (Inspector General) for any risk on the Speaker at the House of Representatives”.

Wizkid: “I Invest Heavily In Gold To Secure My Future”


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“I fit die on top your matter aaaayyy”…………….that’s what half the celebrities that have issues with Wizkid are singing right now, LMAO!

The superstar singer, Wizkid while speaking to a PM News reporter has explained how he is trying to secure his future.

According to him, he invests in Gold and properties even though people think investing in Gold is vanity, it is a very good business he said.

Where are you investing all the millions you are making now?

I invest heavily in properties and jewellery. I spend more on gold. I have heard some people say they are vanities but I tell you, they are very good investments.

About being arrogant and acting like a terrible person, he said;

Well, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. And you should also check those who claim I am a terrible person. I am not and my people know that. Whatever any one feels, he should not blame me for it. Everyone cannot like you; same as everyone cannot hate you. I am just being me and also being a good person. Fame has not changed me; it only added some accessories to my collections. People say I am arrogant and it does not bother me because I still show my fans love and they do same in return.

Serena Williams: “My Bum is too Big to Do a Marathon”


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Serena Williams, the love of my life….hehe!!

The sexy and very voluptuous tennis champion — Serena Williams has stated a fact that most people already know.

In a Q & A session with her fans on Twitter when someone asked her this question.

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi receives seized travel passports from SSS


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The SSS yesterday November 8th returned the international travel passports (diplomatic & standard)  of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, which they seized a few months ago after he was removed as the head of the Central Bank.

His diplomatic passport was seized at Lagos airport on his return from Niger Republic while his standard passport was seized at the Kano Airport when he tried to travel to France.

The passports was returned to him at his Palace yesterday following his recent reconciliation with president Jonathan.

 

Source: LIB

We are struggling to stay afloat, First Consultant CMD recounts experience since hospital was reopened


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The Chief Medical Director of the First Consultant Hospital where the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in Nigeria, says as an organization, they are struggling to float after reopening for business last month. In an interview with Tribune yesterday, Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri said himself, his staff and their families still face firsthand stigmatization even after being certified free of the Ebola virus

“Since re-opening, we have witnessed firsthand what it means to be stigmatized. At a time when you would think we would be appreciated for our professionalism in containing Ebola, we are enduring a significant depletion in patient-turn up. We are down on numbers by a factor of about 90%. But for the generosity of friends and family, Aledo Peterside, Tunde Ayeni, Diamond Bank, etc., this business would have collapsed. Even now, we are struggling to stay afloat. It has been very tough indeed.”

“The loss of Dr Adadevoh, Dr Abaniwo, Evelyn Uko and Ejelonu, four key members of our team, the first two of who were the most senior of our medics and members of the Hospital Executive Committee, has been hard. They were colleagues, they were family. We are talking of a lifetime of working as a close team – as confidantes, as family. So, yes it’s been very tough. As well as our fallen heroes, we have many of the survivors here. Medics, who placed their lives on the line to avoid Ebola spreading to the general public; they suffered the trauma of threats to their lives and the horror of rejection, in many cases, simply because they once had Ebola. The families of our people have suffered horrendous victimisation too. Children of the dead hounded out of rented homes just when they needed compassion; the husband of a sufferer thrown out of his job simply because the employer learned of his wife’s condition. The pain, the suffering, the horror goes on and on. Still, our people are back at work, doing what they do best – caring for the ill. For the hospital, we are inching back to life. As you know, the place was shut down for nearly three months while it was decontaminated by the WHO. So, our business was essentially shut in all that time, though our expenses, salaries, among others, continued to run” he said.

Photos: Celebs and their unbelievable lookalikes from years ago


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Jennifier Lawerence and Zubaida Tharwat, an Egyptian Actress born in Alexandria in 1940. See more lookalikes below

Jason Segal and Lee J. Cobb, a famous American actor that died in February 1976

Jimmy Fallon and Mahir Cayan, a Turkish politician who was killed in the 1970’s.

Christina Aguilera and Ginger Rogers, an American actress born in 1911 in Missouri.
Orlando Bloom and Nicolae Grigorescu, a founder of Modern Romanian Painting that died in 1907.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rose Wilder Lane, an American journalist and novelist born in 1886.
Conan O’Brien and Marshall Henry Twitchell, a Republican senator in Louisiana during the Reconstruction. Born in 1840 and died in 1905.
 Alec Baldwin and American President Millard Fillmore, who died in 1874.

 Bruce Willis and Douglas MacArthur, the famous WWII General that died in 1964.

Justin Timberlake and this mug shot of a criminal from the 1800’s

Jay Z and this man from Harlem who was photographed in 1939

Ellen Degeneres and Henry David Thoreau, an American author, poet, and philosopher born in 1817 in Concord, MA.
 Zach Galifianakis and Louis Vuitton, a French businessman that founded the famous leather goods company named after him.
 Johnny Depp and Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher that died in 1860.
Source: Popwebnews.com

Pic of the private jets used for Olu of Warri son’s wedding yesterday


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Yesterday I told you guys about the family in Benin that sent quite a few private jets to Lagos and other parts of the country to pick up their wedding quests. Well, this twitter user has corroborated that story. I know they sent a few to Lagos almost every hour to pick up entertainers performing at the event and special quests.

15 people drown as bus plunge into River in Sokoto


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At least 15 people drowned in Rima, Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State, when a vehicle they were traveling in plunged into a river on Friday morning November 7th.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the deceased were traveling back to their hometown, Dan-Wawaru, from Takakume, a village near Rima, when the accident occurred.

Spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, Al-Mustapha Sani, said the vehicle was conveying 17 persons at the time of the accident and that only two survived. He said the cause of the accident had not been ascertained, and that the remains of the deceased had been evacuated and have since been buried by their respective families according to Islamic rites.

Source: NAN

11 Fulani Mercenaries Killed By The Army In Nasarawa


At least, 11 gunmen suspected to be Fulani mercenaries have been killed by the Military Task Force (MTF) on Obi-Keana road in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, the area where the head driver of Governor Umar Al-Makura was murdered.

The gunmen, dressed in military uniform, were disturbing the peace of the area and also extorting money from both farmers and passers-by, reports Nigerian Tribune, citing a top security operative.

One of the villagers who was able to escape from the scene of the operation rushed down to a nearby military checkpoint to lodge the complaint, the report said.

“When the man got to the military checkpoint, he accused the soldiers, saying that their colleagues were forcefully extorting money from farmers, a situation which triggered arguments between the complainant and soldiers,” the report quoted a witness as saying.

“As they were arguing, another person rushed down to complain to them about the same issue. The soldiers left immediately to confirm the authenticity of the story, but when the gunmen sighted the soldiers, they opened fire on them. The soldiers responded immediately and, at the end of the operation, 11 mercenaries were gunned down, while others fled into the bush with gun wounds,” the witness said.

Al-Makura’s driver, Abdullahi Mairuwa, had been shot dead at Tudun Adabu village in Obi Local Government Area in the early hours of Saturday by unknown gunmen.

State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ismaila Numan, however could not confirm the development as he said it was a military operation and therefore, he could not make any comment on the operation.

AZARE BLAST SURVIVORS: Our lucky escape


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Following the Friday’s explosion at First Bank, Azare, Bauchi State, which left seven dead and 10 injured, some of the victims have relived the attack.

Victim of the bomb blast at Azare First bank on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare

A witness said the bomb blast occurred at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of the bank as customers were on queue to make withdrawals around 9a.m.

He said some people were killed instantly while others died as they were being taken to hospital.

Other witnesses said mostly affected were Bauchi State civil servants waiting to collect their salaries.

Some of the victims, who sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, are grateful to God for sparing their lives.

Recounting what happened, Mohammed Garba, a civil servant, said the bomber came to the ATM machine and joined the queue.

‘’The bomber was not a female because I saw him; he was wearing white Caftan. He joined the queue, carrying something that looked like a bag”, he said.

“ You know First Bank is usually patronized by many residents, particularly civil servants. There were like 25 customers waiting to make transactions. I was the second to the last person on the queue before the bomb exploded.

“When the bomb exploded, the whole place was covered with smoke and human parts littered the ground. I was lucky that I did not sustain injury. When I recovered, I quickly left the scene before.

A student at the College of Education, Azare, who did want to mention her name, said she lost her colleague in the incident.

She said, “ I saw Suleiman last on Wednesday. It was one of my friends who called to inform me about his death. I asked several people who confirmed that he was at the ATM when the blast took place”.

She claimed that there was pandemonium after the blast as hoodlums took advantage of the situation to attack innocent residents.

Another survivor, who spoke anonymously, said most of the dead were civil servants trying to withdraw their salaries.

He said, “Most of the victims were civil servants because salaries were being paid and the queue was quite long. I just arrived the bank,  not up to five minutes, when I heard an explosion that almost shattered my ear drums. I immediately started running for my life.”

Meanwhile, five suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack.

According to Bauchi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, out of the 10 people that sustained injuries, five have been discharged from hospital.

He said detectives had begun investigation into the incident.

 

2015 DEAL: 40 PDP senators get automatic ticket


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President Goodluck Jonathan has finally agreed to allow the bulk of senators elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be granted automatic tickets to contest in the 2015 elections.
Although details of how the arrangement would be worked out were not available, Sunday Vanguard gathered that the lawmakers and Jonathan agreed that at least 40 senators be given automatic ticket and allowed to return to the legislature if they win the election.The president had met with PDP senators last Wednesday where the lawmakers allegedly tabled their grievances for Jonathan to address.A source at the PDP national headquarters in Abuja told Sunday Vanguard that the senators initially requested that all of them be given right of refusal so that there won’t be rancour that usually trails party primaries.However, it was pointed out that such an option may not be popular because some of the senators are not particularly sell-able to the electorate because of their abysmal performance.The new agreement reached between PDP senators and Jonathan may pitch the president against some of the party’s governors who want to go to the Senate after their tenure next year.

Governor Seriake Dickson denies using N24b on Glory Land Castle


dickson*Faults Newspaper report on Govt Houses costlier than Nigerian universities - The Bayelsa State Government has described as mischievous, a deliberate propagation of falsehood carried in a national Newspaper of Saturday November, 8 2014 with the headline: “Govt Houses costlier than Nigerian universities” with two photographs, captioned “State House, Bayelsa.”

 

It was also reported in same Newspapers that, “The Glory Land Castle” located in the heart of Yenagoa gulped at least N24bn.

 

But Governor Henry Seraike Dickson in statement issued on Saturday in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said the government did not spend up to N24bn on “The Glory Land Castle.”

 

According to him, the report was done with mischievous intent to deliberately portray the “Restoration Administration” (Dickson’s administration is popularly known) in bad light.

 

He said, “The Bayelsa State Government wishes to point out that, the photographs appearing on the front page and on page 12 are not pictures of the “State House, Bayelsa” and New Bayelsa Governor’s office as captioned.

 

In the first place, the name “State House, Bayelsa” does not exist anywhere and both the story and the said pictures it is a figment of the imagination of the author of the said piece of write-up.

 

“The story is same of the New Bayelsa governor’s office, which is still under construction and have no resemblance of any kind with the picture on page 12 of same paper.

 

“Furthermore, the insinuation that, so much money is being spent on putting up an office complex for the Governor to the detriment of the State University, is again totally false and a deliberate attempt at portraying the Restoration Administration in bad light.

 

“For the avoidance of any doubts, we want to place on record that, the administration of Hon. Seriake Dickson has made massive investments in the educational sector, including the State owned Niger Delta University and it will be too bad for anybody to feed the unsuspecting public with wrong information, when the facts are clearly there for all to see and substantiate.

 

“It is also clear that, the author is either ill informed or decided to feed the public with falsehood, as the structure referred to as the ‘Glory Land Castle’ did not cost as much as quoted, but it is not a part of Government House. It has since over two years ago, been converted to a six-star hotel and forms an integral component of the new Tourism Island to boost tourism in the State.

 

“The Government frowns at this and calls on the public to disregard the publication, as both the story and the pictures, does not represent the reality on the ground, in bad taste and the handiwork of mischief makers, who are just out to rubbish the good works and positive intentions of the Bayelsa State Government under Hon. Seriake Dickson.

 

“The Bayelsa State Government is also using this opportunity to call on members of the press, who have been of immense support to the administration, to always cross check their facts, before publishing their stories.”

Ambodes meets Lagos Assembly Members, Gets standing ovation


ambode*Commences tour of Local Governments – Frontline governorship aspirant in Lagos State on the platform of All Progressive Congress, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, got a major boost to his candidacy on Thursday when he hosted honourable members of the Lagos House of Assembly to a dinner.

The private dinner held on Thursday night in Ikeja, Lagos.

Apart from the massive attendance recorded at the dinner and strategic consultation meeting, the legislators also greeted Ambode’s passionate speech with a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes.

36 out 40 members of the House attended the event, a development that further affirms Ambode’s popularity and acceptability across board.

At the dinner, Ambode presented himself as an informed, articulate but humble candidate who does not only profess respect for the legislative arm of government but one who also submits himself totally to the authority and guidance of the party.

In addressing the honourable members, he spoke about his desire to build on the achievements of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN, both of whom he worked with as Accountant General and Permanent Secretary in the state.

He also highlighted his core programmes under the acronym LAGOS – Leadership, Accountability, Good Governance, Opportunities and Service and promised not to let the state down if he secures the party’s nod at the primaries on December 2.

Meanwhile, Ambode who had a talk-of-the-town declaration at the Onikan Stadium last month will commence a tour of the 20 local government areas in Lagos from this Monday. According to a release from the Media and Communications Team of the Akin Ambode Campaign Organisation, the tour of the LGs is in furtherance of Ambode’s respect for party institutions and belief in reaching out to all and sundry.

PDP Releases New Timetable for Primaries: Moves Presidential Primary to December 10/11


jonathanThe National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced a review of the dates of its primary elections including the national convention. Political analysts say the change is to accommodate the agreement reached between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate,

In a statement Saturday signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party said in the reviewed dates that  the national convention earlier slated for December 6 has now beeen moved to December 10 and December 11, while the date for the President who is the sole candidate of the party to return his completed form to the national secretariat of the party is now November 15.

The screening and appeal (if any) of President Jonathan as the sole candidate of the party is now slated for November 26 2014. .

The new date for the return of completed governorship forms is November 14 and the Screening and Appeals of the governorship aspirants is between November 22 to 25 and the governorship primary election is billed to hold on December 8 and appeal, if any is slated on December 9 2014.

The  new date for the return of completed nomination forms for the National Assembly aspirants of the party is November 14 and Screening and Appeal is November 19 to 21, while the House of Representatives Primary election is December 6 2014 and the primaries for the senatorial aspirants is now December 7 2014 and appeals is slated for  December 8.

The new dates for the state assembly primary election are now November 29 and appeals if any are November 30.

See the full Press statement below.

Press Statement: PDP NWC Reviews Timelines For Primaries

In exercise of its powers under Section 29 (2) (a) and (b) of the

Constitution of our Great Party (2012 as amended), the National Working

Committee (NWC) has approved the review of timelines (Time-table) for

the conduct of Congresses/Primaries preparatory to the 2015 General

Elections.

The new time-table which supercedes the earlier one is as follows:

A. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY:

a. Return of Forms –             06/11/14 (Completed)

b. Screening –     07-09/11/14 (Completed)

c.  Screening Appeal –     10/11/14

d    House of Assembly primaries-                29/11/14

e.  Appeals             30/11/14

B. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:

a. Return of Forms –                 14/11/14

b. Screening and Appeals –                 19-21/11/14

c.  House of Representatives Primaries –            06/12/14

d. Senate Primaries           –      07/12/14

e.    NASS Appeals   –      08/12/14

C. Governorship:

a. Return of Forms –                 14/11/14

b. Screening and Appeals –                 22-25/11/14

c.  Governorship Primaries –                        08/12/14

e.      Appeals                 09/12/14

D. PRESIDENTIAL:

a. Return of Forms –                 15/11/14

b. Screening and Appeals –                 26/11/14

c.  National Convention     10-11/12/14

It is noted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

has been notified of the review.

Signed:

Abubakar Mustapha MFR, mni

National Organizing Secretary

November, 8, 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan along with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Friday succumbed to pressure from PDP senators protesting their losses at the November 1 ward congresses of the party by agreeing to give automatic tickets to two incumbent senators from each state at the 2015 polls.

The decision was a swift reaction to a week boycott of plenary sessions by the Senate and simultaneous declaration of solidarity for the defection of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from PDP to APC on October 28 with a threat to team up with the House to impeach the president if that became an option to explore.

However, in a swift response to the Senate’s action and their level of bitterness over alleged moves by governors to unseat them next year, Jonathan along with NWC members of PDP met with the aggrieved senators at the First Lady’s House in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday night where it was agreed that at least two senators would be given return tickets to the Senate.

DSS Returns Lamido Sanusi’s Travelling Passport


sanusiThe Department of State Security (DSS) has returned the passport of the former CBN governor and now and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, back to him. The development comes barely a week after the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir.

The State Director of the State Security Services, (SSS), Bassey Etang handed over the two travelling passports to the Kano emir at his palace on Saturday.

Confirming the handover of the passport, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kwankwaso on Chieftaincy and Emirate Council Affairs, Alhaji Tijjani Mailafiya, pointed out that Emir Sanusi  got back his travelling passports on Saturday morning.

Emir Sanusi’s diplomatic travelling passport was seized at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos when he returned from Niger Republic, while the other local passport was seized at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport when he was about boarding Turkish Airlines to France.

Mr. Sanusi had sued after the SSS seized his passport on February 20 shortly after he arrived Lagos from Niger, where he had gone to attend a meeting of governors of central banks in the West African sub-region. He had then been suspended from office in absentia.

Shortly after his plane landed at the ExecuJet Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, he was accosted by SSS operatives who detained him briefly and insisted he must surrender his passport.

Speaking on the release of the passport Saturday, Mr. Mailafiya  thanked the Kano state government for being in the vanguard of those who pressed for the release of the document.

Some Nigerians may however see the handing over of the document as President Goodluck Jonathan’s direct gesture of saying everything is now alright between him and the Kano Emirate Council.

After nearly a year of bitter relations, President Jonathan and the Emir met on October 30 in Abuja and reconciled differences that once drove both men to the extremes of their offices.

Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was fired by the president on February 20 after accusing the government of diverting $20 billion oil revenues.

The government denied the claim, and in turn, accused Mr. Sanusi of “financial recklessness”.

After leaving office, Mr. Sanusi was appointed the Emir of Kano in June, assuming one of the most powerful traditional stools in Nigeria.

His appointment by Kano State’s Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, a member opposition All Progressives Congress, was opposed by the presidency which ordered the emir’s office blockaded for days.

The emir reportedly initiated peace moves, and the two men met for the first time in July during the breaking of the Muslim fast, a yearly routine in which the president meets top government officials who are Muslims and other prominent Islamic leaders in the country.

Our sources say the October 30 meeting sealed the reconciliation moves between the two sides.

The emir was accompanied to the meeting by all senior members of the Kano Emirate council, while Vice President Namadi Sambo, the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali also attended the meeting.

Days after the meeting, the President asked the SSS to release the Emir’s passport as a further proof that he had buried the hatchet and was now ready for a warm relationship with the traditional ruler and his emirate.

Tony Obuh: Why Uduaghan Is Ready To Fight To Finish


uduaghanAfter a three-hour meeting, President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) conceded automatic tickets to 40 out of 72 PDP Senators to return to the Red Chamber.

The President and the PDP will however engage the governors of the party to allow experienced Senators to come back in 2015.

Jonathan said it pays the nation to have built a stronger legislature than starting afresh all the time.

But governors interested in picking their successors might not be given senatorial ticket.

“We (PDP LEADERSHIP) also reached a consensus that governors interested in imposing their successors should forget senatorial tickets “To avoid rancour, there may not be senatorial primaries where concessions had been granted”.

Also enjoying concession are Maccido Muhammad Ahmed, Abdullahi Danladi, Hassan Abdulmumin, Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, James Manager, Emmanuel Pualker, Heineken Lokpobri, Tukur Bello, Hassan Barata, Lidani Joshua, Alkali Saidu Ahmed, Andy Uba, Margery Okadigbo, Magnus Odion Ugbesia, Garba Gamawa Babayo and Adamu Gumba.

Gov. Uduaghan’s dream to replace Senator James Manager may await Joseph’s divine interpretation.

EFCC should not wait to invite Gov. Uduaghan ( who automatically loses his so-called IMMUNITY ) and Tony Obuh (his man Friday ) to shed more light on Ibori’s $15M mystery money to Ribadu.

Remember when Gov. Uduaghan was asked by the FG authorities, if Delta State Treasury Vault was “$15M short”, he (Uduaghan) said “NO”,  however when FG decided to “transfer ” the mystery $15M funds into FG Account, my brother Uduaghan fell into FG’s trap and cried and said that ” he had just been informed by his aides (Tony Obuh et al), that the money actually  belongs to Delta State” , however Delta State Treasury remained “INTACT”.

Where were Tony Obuh and Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan when Ibori had a field day transparently and translucently looting Delta State Treasury?

Deltans are no fools or idiots.

More Fallout from Delta 2015.

Anam/OO

Issele-Azagba, Delta State.

APGA Crisis: Umeh sacks Shinkafi


umehThe crisis plaguing the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has intensified as the National Secretary, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, has been suspended by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh.

His suspension, it was learnt, followed his call for the resignation Chief Umeh, because of his senatorial ambition. This, it was gathered, angered Umeh, hence his decision.

Meanwhile the rank and file of the party are querying whether Umeh has the power to sack the national secretary. Besides, members are challenging the leadership on the decision to appoint Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano as the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), when he is still in power.

They claimed the party constitution said no sitting or elected official should hold such a position, adding that Obiano’s appointment violated the constitution.

According to Hon Eneh Victor Chigozie: “Obiano cannot be APGA chairman board of trustees. It is a clear violation of APGA constitution. APGA constitution in article 25 clearly states that no member or official of the party will hold dual position. It went further to state that any officer or member is assumed to have resigned his position if elected into another office.

“This article specifically mentioned APGA president, Vice president, Governors and their Deputies etc.

“Obiano should resign as governor and take up Umeh’s BOT chairman Greek gift. Umeh is a master in giving someone salt and provoking the god of rain against him. Umeh has raped and continued to rape APGA constitution. But hopefully, the Supreme Court will put a stop this one man show in APGA.”

Another source of crisis in Anambra State, follows the party’s decision to select three candidates as delegates, leaving out the executives in the 326 wards in the 21 councils.

They are to join the local government chairmen, councillors and their deputies.

The party also gave the Anambra South ticket to one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bigwigs, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, to displace former Deputy Governor Dr. Okey Udeh and the ex-Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe.

Chieftains and members have threatened to quit APGA if the leadership allowed such an anomaly.

Udeh, it was gathered, was to vie for the Anambra South ticket with Ndukwe before his decision to quit the party.

Elombah.com also learnt that APGA had concluded arrangement to present Ukachukwu as its Anambra South candidate, leaving out Udeh and Ndukwe, who had bought the nomination and expression of interest forms.

Victor Chigozie told Elombah.com: “So far this is how Umeh sold APGA tickets to highest bidder: Anambra North- Alphosus Igbeke Ubanese, Anambra south- Nicholas Ukachukwu, Anambra central- self, Imo state- Iheanacho, Abia state- Udensi, Enugu state- Umeh endorsed Ugwuanyi(PDP candidate), Ebonyi- non yet.”

He urged APGA Members to take a critical look at all these aspirants Umeh collected money from and endorsed and tell me if any of them is an APGA member. All of them are not up to 6months old in APGA.

Calling Umeh’s APGA, a party of cash and carry, Eneh said “This is how Umeh is destroying APGA killing our support base. All he cares is his pocket, while our real members have no opportunity to advance their political career under Umeh APGA.”

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Wilie Obiano yesterday added fuel to the crisis when it emerged that he assured all the APGA members of the State House of Assembly of automatic ticket. In a caucus meeting he attended Friday night with the 20 members of APGA caucus in the house, the governor assured them their seat is safe.

In a timetable entitled: “APGA schedule of activities for primary election 2014” made public last month by the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, the party had pegged the nomination and expression of intent forms for state House of Assembly at N1.2million.

According to the timetable, Ward congresses for the election of 3 ad-hoc delegates will come up on November 12, 2014, while State House of Assembly primaries will take place on November 18, 2014, but at the party caucus meeting last night, Obiano asked the House members to submit 3 names of their nominees for the Ward Congress who will be automatically “elected” as delegates, thus sidelining the Ward Congress chairmen.

Obiano also assured that any aspiring delegate that may pose problems for them at the Ward Congress will be disqualified from taking part.

“To fund the project, the amount of three hundred thousand Naira, N300,000 has been deducted from the account of each House member and transferred to the account of the APGA state chairman, Chief Kwentor”, a insider told elombah.com

Already new aspirants hoping to become lawmakers in the state have complained that the governor’s pronouncement is inimical to the party interests while flouting the shutting off internal democracy in the party.

While observers suggested that the members should test their popularity and continued relevance at the primaries, a close source to the member of the State House of Assembly representing Nnewi South has assured Elombah.com that her seat is safe going by the governor’s assurances.

Catholic Church Hails Obi over Papal Honour


Obi greeting PopeIn appreciation for his good work and personification of sound Christian principles in public service and his fruitful collaboration with the Church, the former Governor of Anambra State has been awarded the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester, Pope and Marty.

This order is one of five Orders of Knighthood awarded directly by the Pope as Supreme Pontiff and head of the Catholic Church and as Head of State of the Vatican City.

The award which was usually on the recommendation of the Papal Nuncio or the person’s Diocesan Bishop, in Obi’s case, His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, is usually a call for greater service to the Church and humanity is associated with great privileges and dignity.

Though the award was granted by Pope Francis 1 to Mr. Peter Obi on the 31st of July, 2013, he delayed the investiture, preferring that it should be done after he has left office in line with his belief that honours and dignities that are not time-bound are better granted after one leaves office to allow for more objective assessment of the person.

Reacting to the development, the Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor congratulated Obi on the award and described it as an honour most deserving.

He said that Obi as the governor of Anambra State was able to deliver democracy dividends to the 177 communities in Anambra State and rehabilitated a whole lot of schools and hospitals and even built new ones. He recalled that Obi returned schools to their original owners, the Church, adding that Obi’s foresightedness placed Anambra State where it was today.

He stated that the recommendation to the Supreme Pontiff was borne out of Obi’s humble disposition and the great role he played in dislodging people of questionable character from the state, return of school to the Churches and for ensuring that Ndi Anambra remained the pace setters both in education and commerce.

In the same vein the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, His Lordship Most Rev Hilary Odili Okeke who was obviously short of words in a telephone chat described Obi’s papal knight award as simply “great, awesome and deserving.”

Obi will be honoured together with his Commissioner for Works, Arc. Callistus Ilozumba with the same award and the Catholic Church in Awka Diocese has chosen December 21st, the day of the investiture to say a big thank you to Obi for offering Purposeful leadership to the state for 8 years.

Caption for the pic: Peter Obi (left), greeting  Pope  Francis I ( right) shortly after  the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II   at the Vatican recently.

Photo: Cameroonian Artiste, Xcellente Slumps At Wazobia FM


A Nigerian based Cameroonian artiste, Xcellente has slumped at Wazobia Fm radio station while visiting them as they celebrate the 7thanniversary in a week-long celebration. The artiste who is known for his popular single- Ella slumped immediately after stepping out of the building and was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital by some staff of the radio station. Nobody knows what happened to him, but we are glad he is alive, a source said.

Photos: Meet Ibinabo Fiberesima’s Soon To Be Family


The AGN president will be getting married next month to her fiancé, Uche Egbuka whom she has known since they were in the university. Ibinabo and Uche went their separate ways, got married with kids and today they are back together and getting married next month. See more photos of Ibinabo, her fiancé and their children all after the cut.

Activists Wants Oyedepo Stopped From Opening Uk School For Linking Disobedience To Witchcraft


Human rights campaigners and the National Secular Society are urging the United Kingdom government to turn down a request by Bishop David Oyedepo’s church, Winners’ Chapel International, accused of linking poor discipline to witchcraft, to open an independent school in Kent.

According to the BBC, Winners’ Chapel International, which is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission, wants to open the school at its Dartford site.

“The church, whose leader Bishop David Oyedpo was filmed accusing a woman of being a witch, declined an interview,” reports BBC.

The organisation, which has its headquarters in Nigeria, is known as Living Faith Church Worldwide and also Winners’ Chapel International (WCI).

Bishop Oyedepo, its leader in Nigeria, has been shown on YouTube slapping a woman and accusing her of being a witch.

His son David Oyedepo Junior is the pastor at WCI’s European headquarters in Dartford, where the church organisation wants to open Kingdom Heritage Model School for children aged four to seven.

But groups including the National Secular Society (NSS) have raised concerns amid claims the church links child “disobedience” to witchcraft – citing the David Oyedepo Ministries website, which states “disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft”.

Stephen Evans, from the NSS, told BBC that the Metropolitan Police had investigated 27 cases of child abuse related to witchcraft this year.

He said: “There’s a need to be vigilant and there’s a need to tackle this.

“You don’t do this by allowing organisations that believe in witchcraft and are associated with witch-hunting to open in the UK.”

The Charity Commission confirmed concerns raised about Winners’ Chapel International included conflicts of interest and the charity’s financial management.

In 2011, Bishop Oyedepo’s fortune was estimated at $150m (£94m).

Source

Music Premiere: Presh | I No Dey Lie Ft. Tiwa Savage (Prod. By Shizzi)


Music Premiere: Presh | I No Dey Lie  Ft. Tiwa Savage (Prod. By Shizzi)

Eric Manny Entertainment Presents its frontline acts ‘Presh’ in his brand new stellar single featuring multiple award winner ‘Tiwa Savage’ Digest this new single and you would agree that Presh is back for a full takeover! ‘I no dey lie’ was produced by serial hitmaker ‘Shizzi’ & the video which was directed by Sesan premieres […]

Music: Ben 7 | Wetin I Do


Music: Ben 7  |  Wetin I Do

Just after the release of audio and video version of his hit song Leave am lyk dat, the young talent Ben 7 discusses his life experience in a song. On a South African cum Afro beat, he expresses himself about an event which occurred to him. This is a mid tempo jam sure to make

New salary for police soon


Officers and rank and file of the Nigeria Police would soon enjoy salary review to boost their work rate and also improve their welfare.

Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Kayode Aderanti, revealed this on Thursday during an official visit to ‘Area K’ of his command.

He said the Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has given the assurance with a view to also motivating them.

The CP also encouraged the police to see the Police Microfinance Bank as their facility to become house owners rather than chasing accommodation in the overpopulated baracks.

2015 Presidency: Tafawa Balewa’s son withdraws for Jonathan


The son of former Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Jhalil on Thursday said he has withdrawn his intention to run for the Presidential primary election and pledged support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jhalil Tafawa Balewa stated this in Abuja, during a press conference organised by the foremost Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark.

Balewa’s statement laid credence to an earlier statement made by Clark that he has succeeded in intervening to make peace between Jhalil and President Jonathan.

Clark said he had made peace between Jhalil Tafawa Balewa and Goodluck Jonathan, saying the relationship between the two politicians dates back to 2005 when the latter was deputy governor of Bayelsa State.

“The same relationship continued in Abuja, when Jonathan became the President. In deference to their old ties, Jhalil, has formally withdrawn his aspiration to contest the presidential election in the 2015 general elections,” the elder statesman told a press conference.

ALGON chiefs chased out of office


The national leadership of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) was yesterday chased out of the office in Abuja in compliance with a judgment of a Federal High Court which resolved the crisis rocking the association in favour of the Board of Trustees (BoT).

The national secretariat of the association located on the sixth floor of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) building in Maitama, Abuja, was also forcefully taken over by the ALGON BoT with the support of police mandated to enforce the court order.

Chairman of ALGON BoT, Mr. Umar Kassim Ibrahim, who led the police to recover the office complex, told journalists that the action was to put an end to the era of impunity, arrogance, and lawlessness in the body by the former leaders of the association.

He said the tenure of the former President of ALGON, Chief Nwabueze Okafor, had expired since January but he refused to vacate office despite no longer being a local government boss.

Ibrahim stated that in spite of several court judgments and orders against his continued stay in office, Okafor allegedly disregarded and disobeyed the orders.

He said explained that police had to be brought in so as to force the former leaders out of office.

Ibrahim’s words: “By our constitution only serving chairmen of the 774 local government areas in the country are eligible to be ALGON members and to hold offices as officers.

“The moment your tenure expires as a local government chairman, you have to automatically vacate office for the new officers but in the case of Nwabueze Okafor, his tenure as Chairman of Enugu South Local Government expired since January. He had handed over to his successor, Mr. Victor Oguejiofo Agbo.

“But unfortunately, the same Nwabueze refused bluntly to vacate office as ALGON President even when his is no longer a council chairman, so we have to invite the law enforcement agents to do their lawful duty.”

Ibrahim said a six-man interim committee had been set up to hit the ground running and conduct election for new ALGON officers within 30 days.

The interim committee is headed by Dr. Emmanuel Loman with Mr. Amodu Okandeji, Kwara ALGON Chairman, as legal adviser.

Others are Prince Cornelius Nnaji from Enugu, Khalid Ibrahim from Jigawa, Mrs. Comfort Olarewaju from Delta, Maina Gana from Yobe and Olanrewaju Ibrahim, who will act as deputy chairman, treasurer, financial secretary respectively.