Wednesday, 30 January 2013

South African Billionaire to Donate Half His Wealth to the Poor

South Africa's richest black man, Patrice Motsepe, has announced he is giving away half his wealth to improve the lives of the poor.

The mining magnate said the money would be handled by the Motsepe Foundation to address education and health issues.

He said he was inspired by the word's two wealthiest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who are encouraging billionaires to donate to charity.
Forbes' rich list estimates that Motsepe has a net worth of $2.65 billion .

Nigerian Police Pension Thief Arraigned, Remanded To Jail By Another Judge

A Nigerian public official involved in the theft of some $203million police pension fund has been remanded in prison custody by another judge some 48 hours after a public outrage greeted his light sentence on Monday.
Justice Adamu Bello remanded John Yakubu Yesufu to jail this morning after he was freshly charged to court for failure to disclose his assets.
Mr. Yesufu had earlier been sentenced to two years maximum prison term with an option of $1,500 last Monday after he pleaded guilty to stealing $203 million while administering the Nigerian police pension fund.
The new judge denied Mr. Yesufu bail and ordered him sent to jail until March  for the next trial date.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Dutch Court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers damages for spill

In a landmark verdict, a Dutch court, Wednesday morning, ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, a subsidiary of the global petroleum company, Shell, to pay damages in just one of the five cases brought against it by farmers in Nigeria's oil rich Niger Delta at the Hague.

The court dismissed four other cases brought against the oil giant. It ruled that those oil spills were not caused by defective maintenance by Shell, but by sabotage from third parties.

Details later.

Source: Premium Times

Emmanuel Eboue twitter Account is Fake

It now seems like the rantings of Emmanuel Eboue which Nigerians have been monitoring on the Social media is fake.

If Reports just reaching Nedu Echianu's blog is anything to go by, the Eboue twitter account (@Therealeboue) is a parody opened by another Nigerian (can you Imagine that!!!!)

"Nigeria is the Soil and not the Giant of Africa"- Emmanuel Eboue

Ivory Coast International and former Arsenal Defender, Emmanuel Eboue has stirred up anger among Nigerians in the social media following  his recent comments on twitter.

Eboue who currently plays for Galatasaray in the Turkish League will be part of the Ivory Coast team to face the Super Eagles in the Quarter final of the Africa cup of Nations.

The Ivorian  seems to have very little respect for Nigeria and Nigerians.

Take a look at some of the offensive tweets.

SSS Parades Kidnappers of Nkeiru Sylvanus

The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday paraded six suspects, including a dismissed Police Constable, in connection with the kidnap of Nkiru Sylvanus, the Senior Special Assistant to Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the service, Marilyn Ogar, paraded the suspects at a joint news conference with the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba.

PHOTOS: Woman with the Longest Hair

Dai Yue Qin, better  known as Miss Dyq, is the Queen of long hair in China. Born in April 1964 in Tong Xiang (Zhejiang province, South China), she began to grow long hair at about 14.

Everybody admired her two long and thick black shiny braids so she decided never to cut it off.

It takes her about 1 to 2 hours to comb her tresses which are 420 cm in length now (almost 14 feet!).

The washing of that shiny flood of hair needs 5 to 6 hours every two weeks.

More pictures... 

Monday, 28 January 2013

Boko Haram Declares Ceasefire

A group claiming to be a faction of the Boko Haram sect has declared a cease fire after holding talks with the Borno State Government, North East Nigeria.

The group led by one Abu Mohamed Abdulazeez declared the seize fire in Maiduguri at about 3:00 p.m. on Monday. 

Premium Times reports that the  talks had been on for a while.

Ladies Take Note: 7 things Men Fear The Most

Weakness and men don’t mix. With protector/provider ingrained in their DNA, men believe it’s their primal job to be strong. 

If outside influences upset a man’s strength or ability to provide and protect, the man may experience angst, stress and a desperate desire to regain control. However, since men are unlikely to share their feelings, the silent anxiety affects their relationships in untold ways.

The man wants to solve, push through or dispel his fears, but he doesn’t want to admit them to others. Meanwhile, his significant other can sense his worry, but may not be able to put her proverbial finger on the issue, which results in a disconnection and lack of understanding. She might think he is being distant, cheating, uninterested or worse.

As problem-solvers, men look for the fastest, most effective ways to work through issues, and many think the best way is to do that alone. But therein lies the main challenge for relationship dynamics: He wants to work through it alone and thus fails to communicate it, and his companion knows something’s wrong, but doesn’t know what it is, and may assume it has something to do with her, even if it doesn’t.

So, what’s your guy scared of? Here are the top seven things men worry about:

$1 Million Gold and Diamond Bra up for Sale

A Birmingham shop is selling a bra made of 18 carat gold with over 500 carats of diamonds for a whopping $1 million.
The diamond laced lingerie, sold in Birmingham Estate and Jewelry Buyers, was created by the store owner Anthony Aubry, who named the bra after his wife, Rita.

According to Aubry, the bra took over three months to design and it took a group of workers almost a year to create.
Aubry said the main difference between his design and the famous Victoria Secret one million dollar “Fantasy” bra is that the masterpieces of that chain store have “material in them and the diamonds are embedded in the fabric.”
Aubrey’s bra however is said to be solid gold.

Mali: Al-Qaeda allies plot revenge attacks in Nigeria

Two Nigerian affiliates of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb — Boko Haram and the Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina fi Biladis- Sudan — are planning major reprisals to protest Nigeria’s participation in the Mali war.
Nigeria has deployed forces in northern Mali to flush out the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist groups who have taken control of the vast desert territory.

AFCON 2013: CAF dismiss Referee Of Nigeria Zambia Match

Egyptian referee, Ghead Grisha, who was at the centre in the Group C match between Nigeria and defending champions Zambia in Nelspruit on Friday, has been sacked from the 29th Africa Cup of Nations.

Grisha hugged the headlines on the negative side when he awarded a controversial penalty against the Super Eagles four minutes from time, which enabled Zambia to draw level in the game at Mbombela Stadium.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Meet Africa's First Female Billionaire: Isabel dos Santos

Isabel dos Santos, the eldest daughter of Angola's president, has become Africa's first female billionaire, US financial magazine Forbes has said.

The 40 year old's shares in several Portuguese firms, including a TV cable company, and an Angolan bank put her on the billionaires' list, Forbes said.

Her first venture was a restaurant in Luanda called Miami Beach, said the magazine that tracks the world's rich.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

7 Reasons Why Men Cheat

Could it be intimacy, control, or…just being a sex addict? Sex and relationship experts spill on the top reasons why men cheat.

1. They're Avoiding Intimacy

"Some men cheat to avoid any real intimacy. Intimacy scares them, so they distance themselves from their wife or girlfriend by cheating on her," says psychiatrist Gail Saltz, MD. This way they never have to fully rely on someone else, so they can't get hurt. Yeah, it makes sense in their minds…

VIDEO:President Jonathan's CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Sullivan Chime, Is That You?

Enugu state Governor, Sullivan Chime has been out of the country on medical treatment for over five months now, some say he is in India others say United Kingdom.

In this undated picture, he is seen with the governors of Akwa Ibom, Benue and Rivers state in London...

What do you think is the intent of the publicists who have made the picture go viral on social networks, especially coming at the time a certain group are calling for the Deputy Governor to be given the necessary powers to act in the absence of the Governor?

President Jonathan’s Military Guards Dismissed for Rape, Extortion

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday in Abuja dismissed four soldiers accused of rape, extortion and assault.

The soldiers include one corporal and three privates, who were attached to the Guards Brigade, an arm of the Nigerian Army, Abuja.

The Guards Brigade, which has three battalions  (7, 176 and 177), is a special unit of the military that oversees the security of the President and Aso Rock. President Goodluck Jonathan lives in Aso Rock.

Brig-Gen Emmanuel Atewe, the Commander of the Brigade, said the soldiers were said to have abducted and raped some women at a garden in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.

The commander, who was represented by Maj. Peter Elayo, said the Federal Radio Corporation (FRCN) reported the incident on Jan 14.

Mr. Atewe said that the report made the brigade to institute a Board of Inquiry to investigate the circumstance surrounding the allegation with a view to taking punitive action to prevent future reoccurrence.

“The board whose report has already been submitted was able to establish that the four soldiers, during the period, abandoned their duty post to an unauthorized destination.
“The investigation led to their trial and they were found guilty of misdemeanor and abandoning their location where they were officially deployed, thereby compromising security.
“The soldiers have subsequently been dismissed from service in line with service discipline,’’ Mr. Atewe said.

Culled from Premium Times

Monday, 21 January 2013

Nigerian Government Suspends Importation of Private Jets

Nigerian billionaires planning to buy private jets have been stopped from doing so as the Nigerian Government has suspended the importation of private airplanes, helicopters and other lighter aircraft into the country.

Sources in the Ministry of Aviation said the suspension, which took effect a few months ago, would continue until the formulation of a new policy on importation of private jets and helicopters.

The sources revealed that the new policy, currently being drafted by the ministry, would take into cognizance several issues regarding the importation of private jets into the country.
Top government officials, however, said the Aviation ministry had yet to determine when work on the policy would be completed and, as such, there was no definite date for the removal of the suspension.

The Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi, confirmed the development.
Obi, however, stressed that the suspension did not affect the importation of commercial and passenger jets being used by domestic airlines.

He said, “The domestic airlines are free to bring in their normal passenger planes. But the suspension only affects private jets. The government is trying to work on a new policy for the private jet.

Henry Okah Found Guilty of Plotting 2010 Independence Day Bombing

A South African court this morning found Henry Okah guilty of terrorism charges leveled against him by the Nigerian government.
The sentencing has been fixed for January 31 or February 1 and Mr. Okah risks a life jail. He however has room for mitigation.
Premium Times reports that the South African authorities had in October 2012 opened the trial of Mr. Okah, former controversial leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, two years after he was arrested for allegedly masterminding the Independence Day bombing that killed more than a dozen people in Abuja.

VIDEO: Failed Assasination Attempt on the Emir of Kano

An amateur video taken immediately after the failed assassination attempt on the Emir of Kano, North West Nigeria, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

JAMA’ATU ANSARUL MUSLIMINA FI BILADIS-SUDAN Claims Responsibility For Attack On Mali-Bound Nigerian Troops In Kogi State …Warns Of More Attacks

Just when the security agencies and Nigerians are about to heave a sigh of relief that the fight against dreaded Islamist group, Boko Haram, is gradually being won, the JAMA’ATU ANSARUL MUSLIMINA FI BILADIS-SUDAN aka JAMBS, came into existence.

Believed within security circles to be a splinter group of Boko Haram, the sect claimed its biggest attack yet when it assumed responsibility for the daring pre-dawn attack on SARS headquarters in Abuja. 

40 Decomposing Bodies Discovered in Anambra River

It was a gory scene, Saturday as the people of Amansea in Awka, Anambra State, South East Nigeria discovered  40 dead bodies floating in a River in their community.  

People from the community and some neighbouring ones besieged the Ezu river yesterday to catch a glimpse of the dead bodies. 

The river is at the boundary between Enugu and Anambra states and the dead bodies were found at the old Enugu-Onitsha road area of the river.

The corpses whose identities were unknown, were suspected to have been dumped in the river Friday night by unknown persons.

The traditional ruler of Amansea said the community had never witnessed such a gory sight before, while the Commissioner of Police in the state said the dead bodies remained a mystery as there had been no communal clash in Enugu or Anambra where many people were killed. He said investigations are ongoing...

Meanwhile the governor of the state, Peter Obi, has cut short his working trip abroad to return to the state to enable him visit the scene.

The horrifying pictures are next (Viewer Discretion is strongly advised)

Emir of Kano Escapes Assasination Attempt

Militants driving a smashed SUV and motorbikes threw an Improvised Explosive Device at the convoy of the The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, and then shot at his official vehicle, killing his driver and three of his guards.

Friday, 18 January 2013

BREAKING NEWS: President Jonathan Pays Unscheduled Visit to Police College, Ikeja

Reports just coming in says President Goodluck Jonathan is currently inspecting the Police training School in Ikeja Lagos.

The President who was said to be on his way to an ECOWAS meeting in the Ivory Coast, made a detour to the Police College, totally surprising his aides.

The police authorities were said to have been caught unawares and had in fact rented the college to host a private wedding, which is illegal. 

President Jonathan demanded that the top brass explain these actions to which they had no sufficient answers. Upon hearing this the President immediately commenced an inspection of the college, starting with the student hostels where he discovered dilapidated conditions including no beds and toilets in the rooms.

At the time of this report, the inspection is on-going. President Jonathan is moving from hostel from hostel on his inspection of the college.

The visit might not be unconnected with a recent piece by Channels television, detailing the dilapidated nature of the training school.

Malian Terrorists Detected in Nigeria

As the nation prepares to send troops into battle in Mali, “terrorists” have been spotted entering Nigeria to create havoc, a high-level Army officer was reported to tell newsmen at a recent press conference in Jaji, Kaduna State.

Army Chief of Staff (COAS) Azubuike Ihejirika, who did not offer evidence, claimed that terrorists trained in Mali had already arrived on Nigerian shores. But the military “was not resting on its oars” and are winning the war against terror,” he said.

National Embarrassment: Some NYSC Members Cannot Read nor Write

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Nnamdi Okore-Affia, yesterday said there were many corps members who could neither read nor write.
This shocking news was reported by National Mirror, according to the Newspaper, the DG made the disclosure at the opening of the 2013 Batch ‘A’ Pre-Mobilisation Workshop holding in Ilorin, Kwara State, 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Nigerian army to dismiss Personel Acussed of Rape

The Nigerian Army has said it will dismiss the soldiers alleged to have abducted and raped some women at Wuse zone 2, Abuja last December.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Bola Koleosho, however, did not disclose the number of soldiers involved in the scandal.

Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria's Capital city, Koleosho said the suspects had been identified and  would be dismissed from the force on Friday.

"You are a Failure" Ex Militants blast Jonathan

Two ex-militant leaders, in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, Dr. Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, popularly known as General Boyloaf and ‘Commander’ Ateke Tom on Wednesday described as disappointing the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan in developing Nigeria and the Niger Delta region.

Both men who were former warlords of the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta insisted that Jonathan had performed woefully in the areas of infrastructural development and fight against corruption.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Defence Minister Slumps at Armed Forces Remembrance Day

Minister of State for Defence, Mrs. Olusola Obada, Tuesday slumped at the celebration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja where President Goodluck Jonathan, along with other top government officials and members of the diplomatic corps had gathered to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes.

Premium Times reports that the event was also held across the country where governors and others laid wreaths and paid tributes to members of the nation’s armed forces who had died in the course of defending the nation’s territorial integrity or during peacekeeping.
The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, playing of the Last Post, a minute’s silence, laying of wreaths and releasing pigeons, as a mark of peace.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Civil Society Activist Says Niger Delta Minister is a Victim of Blackmail

Following calls by the Civil Liberties Organisation CLO for the removal of the Minister of works and Housing, Mr. Mike Onolememen, and his counterpart in the Niger Delta Ministry, Elder Godsday Orubebe for what the Organisation described as the failure by the two ministers  to complete the construction of the East west Road, the Coordinator, Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Dr. Gabriel Nwambu says the call is part of a series of witch hunt against the Niger Delta Minister.
Rivers State Chairman of CLO, Mr. Steven Obodoekwe, in an interview with the Punch Newspaper earlier this week had lamented that the road which links the South South states had claimed over 200 lives due to its deplorable state.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Boko Haram top Man Arrested in Ex-Lawmakers House

A wanted member of the Islamic terrorist sect, Boko haram, has been arrested at the Abuja home of an ex-member of the House of Representative from the North. 

The terrorist, Hassan Pagi Bukar, is an expert in obtaining stolen vehicles for the sect to use in its suicide bombing.

Hassan Pagi Bukur was arrested on Saturday in the Gwarinpa district of Abuja at the private residence of Honourable Tijani Umar Kumalia, a member of the lower house between 2003 and 2007, according to reports in the local media, which quoted an unnamed security source. 

It was also discovered that the gate man of the ex-representative has also been established to be a member of Boko haram. 

The two are now in police custody.

Former Edo State Governor, Lucky Igbenedion Barred From Entering USA

Reports credited to online news media, Sahara Reporters say former Governor Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State may no longer be allowed to enter enter the United States.

SaharaReporters claimed to have obtained the information from sources close to it in Washington, DC. 

One of the sources revealed that the American consular authorities had written to Mr. Igbinedion to tell him that he was no longer welcome in the US.
Another source indicated that the former governor, who has been convicted for corrupt practices shortly after  his governorship term, had multiple entry visas to the US. "However, he has received a letter revoking his visa," said the source.
EFCC documents indicate that Mr. Igbinedion who was a two-term governor in Edo State, looted the state's  treasury.
The source said the US government was reviewing the files of some of Nigeria's current and former government officials and will deny them visas once they are deemed undesirable on account of their engagement in corruption.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

EFCC Arrests Former CBN Governor, Soludo

Reports just coming in from Sahara reporters says officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission this afternoon arrested the immediate past Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo in connection with the Australian polymer banknotes bribery scam.

The online news Agency claims that a close relative of Mr. Soludo confirmed to it that operatives picked up the former CBN governor in Abuja a few hours ago.

It also said a government source informed it that Mr. Soludo is facing interrogation by the EFCC at its Abuja office with regards to his role in the bribery of CBN officials by an Australian currency mint company, Securency.
The source said about a dozen other CBN former and serving officials have also been apprehended for questioning on the deal.

EFCC spokesperson has so far not been reached for confirmation of the arrest.

"Beware of Fraudsters: We are not Recruiting" - FRSC warns Job seekers

The Federal Road Safety Corps, the lead Agency in Road safety in Nigeria has warned Nigerians on activities of fraudsters who have created a fake recruitment portal, under the guise of extorting money from desperate job seekers to join the Corps.

This is contained in a statement released by the Corps public education Officer, Jonas Agwu in Abuja.

The statement added that the scammers have placed an FRSC recruitment exercise advert for 2012/2013 on the internet with a directive for prospective candidates to purchase forms on-line through a non-existing First Bank account for the sum of ten thousand Naira.

The FRSC named one Dr. Gbenga as one of the persons who claimed to have been authorized by the Corps to carry out the recruitment exercise.

Disturbed by this trend, the management of the Federal Road Safety Corps dissociated itself from the criminal act and advises the general public especially, job seekers to disregard such unauthorized and mischievous publications as the Corps has no immediate arrangements to embark on any recruitment exercise.

Veteran Sports Journalist, Ayo Ositelu is Dead

A foremost Nigeria sports journalist, Ayo Ositelu, is dead.

Premium Times reports that Mr. Ositelu died on Wednesday night according to Ace journalist and family friend, Kayode Tijani, who confirmed the death after speaking to the deceased’s wife.

“I can confirm now that Deacon AYO OSITELU is indeed DEAD. Spoke to his wife. He was watching TV with her and next he was dead. Am in SHOCK!” Mr. Tijani said on his tweeter handle.

The deceased was a respected sports journalist and was the compere when tennis greats, the Williams sisters, came to Nigeria for an exhibition match in November 2012.

While pouring encomiums on the deceased, Mr. Tijani said “Deacon Ayo Ositelu told me never to detest those who wrong me, betray me/ are mean to me but still be nice and civil to them.”

He described Mr. Ositelu as a complete gentleman, principled and trustworthy.

As a sports journalist, Mr. Ositelu dabbled into politics emerging as the Chairman of the Ejigbo Local Council in Lagos State.

Super Eagles 23 Man Squad For AFCON

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude (Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)

15 Things You Did Not Know About Patience Jonathan

I stumbled on the piece you are about to read on of the facts stated here have not been verified by Nedu Echianu's Blog.

1-She is older than President Goodluck Jonathan. She was born in Port Harcourt on the 25th October 1957 while the don himself was born on 20th November, 1957. Ok, just like a month difference in age.

UNIBEN Officials Disown Claims of Cure for HIV

The University of Benin has disowned claims which has been widely circulated in the Nigerian media that its researchers have found a cure for HIV/AIDS.

The refutal comes a day after one of its professors, Isaiah Ibeh, announced a new drug which he said was capable of wiping out the virus from a patient in 30 days.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

National Hospital Confirms Death of Conjoined Twins

The story of conjoined twins delivered by one Safiya Sani on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Mararaba Medical Centre, Mararaba Gurku in Nasarawa State, North Central Nigeria took a turn for the worse as the twins have been confirmed dead. (Check out the original story HERE)

National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital  on Tuesday confirmed the death of the conjoined twins, saying they did not die during separation.

"You are Confused and Unstable" President Jonathan blasts OBJ

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has again lashed out at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as a confused man unstable in his views regarding government’s handing of the protracted Boko Haram insurgency.

President Jonathan, who spoke through his spokesperson, Reuben Abati, was reacting to  Obasanjo’s comment in a CNN  interview that the president had been deploying excessive force and exploring little or no dialogue in solving the Boko Haram problem.
“To deal with a group like that, you need a carrot and stick. The carrot is finding out how to reach out to them. When you try to reach out to them and they are not amenable to being reached out to, you have to use the stick,” Mr. Obasanjo reportedly said.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

University of Benin Discovers Cure for HIV

A cure for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, has been discovered, a Professor at the University of Benin said on Tuesday.

Isaiah Ibeh, the Dean of the School of Basic Medical Science of the University, said in Benin that the herbal drug has undergone “series of successful tests”.

“We are at the threshold of making history, in the sense that we seem to have with us something that will permanently take care of what over time seems to have defied all solutions.

"No Place for Gay Marriage in Nigeria" - Senate President, Mark

In the face of growing pressure from the international community and human rights activists demanding the legalization of same sex marriage in Nigeria, President of the Senate, David Mark, has insisted that that the bill prohibiting same sex marriage is “irrevocable.”

The senate president said on Sunday in Abuja that in spite of the pressures from some quarters, the “law has come to stay.”

Plans To Fly Gov Chime Home Fails As His Health Deteriorates

From all indications, the absence of Enugu state Governor, Sullivan Chime from office for over three months will continue following a botched attempt to fly the ailing Governor back to the country in December from India to celebrate Christmas and New Year with his family.

An investigation by Leadership Newspaper says the failed attempt was as a result of the deterioration of his health.

Monday, 7 January 2013

NEMA Confirms INEC Fire says no Casualty Recorded

The Head of Abuja Operation Office of the National emergency Management Agency NEMA, Ishaya Chonoko has confirmed a firebreak that occurred this morning (Monday 7th January) around 11am, gutting an office in the Annex Building of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, the timely response of rescue officers especially firefighters from the Federal and FCT Fire Service put the situation under control and stopped the fire from affecting other buildings within the premises.

Speaking further he said only one office (Office of the Director of Registry) was affected and  there was no record of casualty because of the swift response to the distress call. 
The INEC Office is behind the Office of the National Emergency Management Agency in Maitama Abuja.

BREAKING NEWS: INEC Headqurters on Fire

Reports just reaching Nedu Echianu's blog indicate that the ICT Department at the Independent National Electoral Commission headquarters in Maitama, Abuja is currently on fire.

A staff of the media unit by name Chinwe confirmed the incident in a telephone chat with Nedu Echianu's blog, she however stated that operatives of the Federal fire service and the National emergency Management Agency are on hand to put out the fire.

Details soon.  

17 year Old Gives Birth to Conjoined twins

A 17-year -old woman, Safiya Sani, was delivered of conjoined twins at the Mararaba Medical Centre, Mararaba Gurkuin, Nasarawa State, last Thursday.

Reports say Dr. Angela Smart the medical superintendent of the health centre during an interview with newsmen revealed that the woman was referred to the hospital at 10am on Thursday from Mararaba Primary Health Centre when they were not able to deliver her of the babies.

Nigerian sworn in as councillor in Belgium

Nigerian-born Collins Nweke, was last Friday sworn in as Councillor of West- Flanders Constituency in Belgium.

Mr. Nweke, a member of the Belgian Green Party, was re-elected last year having made history in 2006 when he became the first non-Belgian born politician to win an elective position in West-Flanders.

With his re-election, Mr. Nweke’s mandate includes issues bordering on the economy, social policy, international development and minority priority.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Dino Melaye; a Justice Crusader or...? By Dr. Nwambu Gabriel

The Global Centre for Conscious Living Against Corruption (GLOCCOLAC), an Anti- Corruption Civil Society Organization has once again beamed its search light on the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and took an in-depth investigations and fact finding exercise on the allegations against the Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe.

Corruption has indeed ravaged the economies of so many countries with Greece inclusive. Nigeria is at the centre stage with staggering revelations and evidences of corruption emerging daily. Corruption is greatly responsible for the high poverty in the Nigerian nation; this explains why the majority of the nation’s population are determined to fight this hydra headed monster to a halt. But in doing this, it becomes inevitably pertinent to insist on proper verification and fact- finding of information especially about public servants before feeding the public as allegations of corruption are grave offenses. Fight against corruption must therefore be objective, precise, unearthing the truth, facts and realities of every corruption allegation as proof beyond all reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction as the case may be. For the purpose of clarity, let’s analyse these points one after the other.

First, Mr Dino Melaye once alleged that the Minister of Niger Delta awarded phantom contracts to communities and project sites that were not in real existence. GLOCCOLAC visited these communities as stated in the project title/description, that is, Canalization/River Training at Foupolo Bulou Ndoro Creek, Canalization at Odoubou Ogbobagbene and the site for Land Reclamation/ Shoreline Protection at Ogbobagbene in Burutu LGA of Delta State and discovered that these communities do not only exist in its real sense, but that Nigerian citizens are resident in these communities with well institutionalized King, Chiefs and Youths organizations respectively. We also discovered that the project sites are in true existence with visible evidence of remarkable jobs executed by contractors. The situation even calls for more concern as these sites are with overwhelming glaring evidence inspite of the unprecedented flood witnessed in 2012 across the nation.

Secondly, Mr Melaye also alleged that the Minister inflated the contract sum from 6 billion to 29 billion naira and paid contractors all the sums up front. Investigation did not only reveal that the total contract sum was not only N6,060,947,257.00, but that the Ministry indeed owed the contractors due to poor budgetary allocation as only a mobilization sum of N909,142,090.00 was paid contractors.

Again, Mr Melaye also ill-informed Nigerians that by the River Training/ Canalization as stated in the job title/description, the Ministry trained the contractors and still awarded the contracts to same contractors so trained by the Ministry. Unknown to Melaye, River Training is a technical term used to describe the process of channelling a river to take a particular flow course.

Fourthly, Mr Melaye also alleged that SETRACO built a mansion as bribe in the Minister’s parcel of land at Mabushi for the Minister having awarding a portion of the East- West road construction to SETRACO. Upon thorough and extensive investigation by GLOCCOLAC including a search in Abuja Environmental Geographical Information System (AEGIS), it was revealed that the property i.e. both Land and building does not belong to the Minister. It is the knowledge of Nigerians that any particular Ministry may decide to rent an accommodation for a Minister. This, from an extensive investigation is what the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has done. Such act cannot be defined as corruption in any way.

Again, the same Dino Melaye has also published some land titles, alleging that the undeveloped, empty land, for which our investigation reveals is located in the bush and remote suburb area of Abuja, belongs to the Minister. It is an open knowledge that every Nigerian citizen and indeed the Civil Servants reserve the right to apply and indeed pay for such land allocations if granted. Now, from our investigations, the Minister as a public servant has applied and acquired empty land following due process. Owning undeveloped land in the bush, undeveloped area of Abuja by the Minister via a constitutional legal means as he has done is therefore legitimate and does not transmit nor tantamount to corruption by any definition as provided by law.

The Global Centre For Conscious Living Against Corruption (GLOCCOLAC) therefore believe strongly that these allegations by Mr Dino Melaye is orchestrated. This is definitely not how to fight the corruption war. It is built in bad faith and therefore witch- hunting. This sort of baseless, unfounded allegation built on the premise of acquisition of kangaroo popularity by mutilating the integrity of persons who have distinguished themselves in selfless quality service delivery that has direct bearing with the lives and aspiration of citizens as patriots of the Nigerian nation must stop. We must state here that being sponsored to black-mail, mutilate and subject the image of innocent, law abiding citizens is by itself corruption epitomized.

In a telephone discussion, the minister said he was not ready to discuss issues concerning the masterminds of the falsehood but that he is heading to the court to seek redress.

We advise Civil Society Organizations to insist on proper verification and fact finding before feeding the public so that the well-deserved reputation of Civil Society Organization will not be eroded with baseless, unfounded accusations.

While we reaffirm our commitment to a genuine corruption combat, we warn corrupt officials in government to immediately desist forthwith as GLOCCOLAC will not hesitate to expose corrupt official and ensure that perpetrators of this heinous crime face the full wroth of the law. We enjoin all Nigerians to remain united as together we fight this monster of corruption which has ravaged our nation to a standstill.

Long live a corrupt-free united Nigerian nation.



Indian Politician Suspended After rapeing married woman

The ruling Congress party in India's Assam state has suspended a politician accused of rape after he was set upon and beaten by crowds in a village.

BBC reports that Bikram Singh Brahma was arrested on Thursday after the victim's husband reported the alleged rape.

National TV showed footage of the politician being stripped of his shirt and slapped by women.

VIDEO: Kevin Prince Boateng walks out of Friendly match Following Racist Chants

AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng took an amazing stand against racism on Thursday after the Ghanaian was racially abused in a friendly match at minnows Pro Patria.

Midway through the first half at the fourth divisioners, as Boateng was on the ball near the touchline, the Milan number 10 lost complete interest in the game as he stopped playing, picked up the ball and whacked it at a hoard of Pro Patria fans sitting in the stands.

According to multiple Italian reports, the Pro Patria supporters were heard loudly racially abusing Boateng and Milan’s other black players throughout the match.

Incensed at the deplorable treatment he was being subjected to, Boateng ripped off his jersey and immediately stormed off the pitch.

Within a matter of seconds, Boateng was joined by his AC Milan teammates as well as the Pro Patria players, and the game was brought to a dramataic halt.