Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Buhari’s Daughter Not Married To Anambra Man

Buhari's Family

It has been confirmed that no biological daughter of Muhammad Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is married to a man from Anambra State or any of the southeast states. 

Corruption Allegations Stall War on Terror: GOC Writes President Jonathan

Online newspaper, Sahara Reporters says a desperate letter to President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President David Mark has been leaked to it this past weekend.
The letter said to have been written by a commanding officer stationed in  Nigeria's northeast  details several troubling issues plaguing troops combating Islamist terror group Boko Haram  in the region.  

Below is the full text of the officer's letter addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan

Friday, 12 December 2014

Police Arrest 13yr old girl wearing explosives-packed vest in Kano


The 13 year old girl (pictured above) wearing an explosives-packed vest was arrested in Kano state yesterday December 11th. The girl was arrested after she and her male accomplice walked into a clinic seeking medical treatment. Suspicious hospital staff alerted police who immediately arrested the two.
On searching her, Police discovered explosives hidden under her hijab. The police later revealed that the young girl was from Bauchi and was part of the 'suicide team' that attacked a market in Kano on Wednesday Dec. 10th.

Okorocha Picks Imo APC Governorship Ticket from Son Inlaw

After losing the All Progressives Congress APC Presidential ticket to former Head of state Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.) Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has picked the governorship ticket of the party following the withdrawal of his son inlaw, Uche Nwosu who reports say was secretly handed over the ticket while the governor was in Lagos for the APC Presidential Primary.

Okorocha's son inlaw who is also the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning was said to have withdrawn to pave way for Okorocha's re-election as governor.

Speaking before the ratification of the Governor’s candidature, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Mr. John Alamba, said that the party had the power to substitute any candidate that withdraws from the race.

Nwosu, in his brief speech said that his withdrawal from the race was based on personal and family reasons, adding that the interest of the party supersedes his personal ambition.

 He urged the party members to give same support and solidarity to the new candidate, Governor Okorocha.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Atiku Congratulates Buhari on Victory in APC Presidential Primary

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has congratulated one time Head of state, Muhamadu Buhari on his victory in the APC Presidential Primary.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

NNPC Disowns Phantom Facebook Account of Its GMD

The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday distanced its Group Managing Director, Dr. Joseph T. Dawha from a running Facebook account opened in his name by some nondescript scam artistes.

The NNPC in a statement said that the bogus Facebook account which bears a concocted version of Dr. Dawha’s profile is designed to hoodwink unsuspecting users of Facebook into correspondence with a view to defrauding them.
The statement advised members of the public “to disregard any such account stating that the GMD has no Facebook account”.

Group General Manager
Group Public Affairs Division
NNPC, Abuja

Nigerian Military Regain Control in the war Against Boko Haram

This is an on the spot account by a Premium Times reporter who the paper says is in the eye of the storm in the North East of Nigeria currently ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency...

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dozens Feared Killed in Latest Maiduguri Market Bomb Blast

Many persons are feared killed in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday after two explosions went off at the Maiduguri main market, where two suicide bombers last week detonated deadly explosives, killing themselves and several other people.

Friday, 28 November 2014

BREAKING: Many Feared Dead as Bomb Explosion Rocks Kano Mosque

Reports just coming in says a bomb has gone off at the central mosque in Kano, though the casualty figure has not been confirmed some online sources say many have been killed.

Details later....

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Two Female Suicide Bombers Set off Explosives in Maiduguri Market

Report just coming in says two female bombers detonated bombs at the Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno state, North East Nigeria, killing many and injuring others.
It is believed that a third suicide bomber was apprehended before she could detonate her bomb. 

Monday Market, where the blast occurred, is reported to be the largest market in Maiduguri metropolis. 

Reports say the bombs was detonated near a roundabout close to branch by a woman wearing a religious veil. 
Two female bombers have detonated bombs at the Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno state, killing many people. According to a security source who confirmed the blast to TheCable, a third suicide bomber was apprehended before she could detonate her bomb. Monday Market, where the blast occurred, is the largest market in Maiduguri metropolis. A member of staff of a bank located inside the market told TheCable on phone that one of the bombs was detonated near a roundabout close to branch by a woman wearing a religious veil. “There was a bomb blast in Monday market branch; The bomb shook the entire market,” he said. “The fire service station at the market and heavy military presence around the area are busy moving dead bodies out of the area. Many shops were destroyed; the casualty level is very high although it is yet to be determined.” Banks in the area immediately shut down operations for the day.

Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-2-female-bombers-strike-maiduguri | TheCable

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Nigeria's Parliament Shutdown as Police Invade Complex

Some MPs jumping over the gates of Nigeria's Parliament Building

Nigeria's Parliament was earlier today a beehive of chaotic activities as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal was prevented by armed police and masked operatives of the Department of State Services popularly known as SSS from entering to the green champers of the House to preside over plenary.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Former England Goalkeeper, David James Goes Bankrupt, Sells off his Treasured Possessions

Former England goalkeeper David James' football memorabilia has been auctioned off after the star went bankrupt.

According to the BBC, James, 44, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, was declared bankrupt in May despite earning around £20m.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Speaker of Nigeria's Lower House of Parliament, Aminu Tambuwal Joins Presidential Race

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal who recently defected from the ruling People's Democratic Party PDP to the opposition All Progressive Congress APC has declared his intention to contest for the office of President in next year's Presidential election.

Reports say Tambuwal has already picked up his declaration of intent form from the APC secretariat thereby joining others such as former Head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari rtd, Kano state Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda Isaiah and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar who have all declared intention to pick the party ticket for the election.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Female Suicide Bomber Hits Federal College Of Education Kontangora In Niger State

A lone female suicide bomber has detonated a bomb at the Federal College of Education Kontagora in Niger State. Apart from the suicide bomber, no one died in the attack. Security sources told online newspaper, Saharareporters that several students sustained injuries from the attack.

Monday, 10 November 2014

UPDATE: 47 Dead and 79 Injured in Potiskum School Bomb Blast-Nigeria Police

47 students of Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe state, North East Nigeria have been confirmed dead while 79  others are said to have been injured after this morning's bomb blast at the school.

The information was released by the Nigeria Police on their twitter handle.

Renowned Preacher, Dr. Myles Munroe And Wife Killed In Bahamas Plane Crash

Very shocking news coming out of the Bahamas indicates that internationally renowned preacher and founding Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, Dr. Myles Munroe, has been confirmed dead along with his wife, Ruth, after a ghastly plane crash in Grand Bahama on Sunday according to the Bahamas Tribune.

Many Students Feared Dead as Bomb Explodes in Potiskum School

Report just coming in says a bomb explosion has occurred at Government Science  Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State this morning during the school's Assembly, killing many students and injuring several others.

Details of the attack is not yet clear, but it could be linked to the Boko Haram sect known to have attacked schools in the North East of Nigeria

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Unknown Gunmen Abduct Ribadu's Brother

Report just coming in says gunmen have abducted Sani Ribadu, the younger brother of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu.

A brother to Mr. Ribadu, Arabi Ribadu, s reported to have informed online newspaper,   PREMIUM TIMES that Sani was abducted in his farm in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, on Sunday.

“He was abducted by gun wielding men in his farm along Fufore road at about 5 p.m. this evening,” he said.
He also said the abductors took away their victim and abandoned his car.
“Up till this moment, there is no communication from them,” he said.
Efforts to speak with the police spokesperson in Adamawa State has been unsuccessful as his phone was switched off.

Adamawa is one of the states worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, with Mubi, the second largest town in the state, now under the control of the insurgents.

PHOTOS: This is Lagos, Beautiful Pictures of Nigeria's Centre of Excellence

Pictures they say speaks louder than words, so just sit back and enjoy pictures of the city of Lagos (South-West Nigeria) you might not have seen anywhere else...the Pictures are after the cut.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Gunmen Assassinate Aide to Nasarawa State Governor, Al-Makura

Report just coming says unidentified gunmen earlier today (Saturday, 8th Nov) assassinated  Abdullahi Mairuwa, the head driver to Nasarawa State Governor,  Umaru Al-Makura.

The late Mr. Mairuwa, who according to Premium Times was in charge of all drivers attached to Government House, Lafia, was traveling 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.

Governor of Troubled Borno State, Kashim Shetimma Hands out Cash Gift to Children

Governor of Nigeria's troubled North Eastern state of Borno, Kashim Shettima has been pictured handing out cash gift to children, the pictures which are almost going viral on the internet has raised a lot of questions. 
One of such questions is; in a state ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency, massive poverty and infrastructural dilapidation, is cash handouts the best alternative to alleviate the suffering of the people?

5 Greatest Sports Teams of All Time


Former All Black John Kirwan has suggested that the current New Zealand rugby union team are the best in his country's history.
So BBC Sport decided to throw the question over to its audience: Who are your best team ever?
Responses ranged from Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls to Australia's all-conquering 1990s cricket team.
However, the top five was dominated by one sport.
It was history's great football teams that overwhelmingly stuck in their memory. 

Photo of the Day

Former Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohakim steps out with his Beasts...ermm sorry Dogs...

Concerns About Eminem's Health as He Appears Gaunt at Wall Street Journal Event

Is that the real Slim Shady? Eminem appeared at the Wall Street Journal's Innovator Of the Year Awards in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 5, and looked noticeably aged and gaunt.

Wearing a black beanie, Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, looked worn beyond his 42 years of age.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Autopsy after Suicide of US Actor Robin Williams Finds no Trace of Alcohol or illegal Drugs

Robin Williams was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of his suicide, authorities in California have revealed.

The actor, 63, was found dead in his California home on 11 August in what authorities soon ruled a suicide.

Police Arrest 5 Suspects in Azare, Bauchi Bomb Explosion that Killed 13

Reports say thirteen people have been confirmed dead in Friday’s deadly bomb attack on Azare town in Bauchi state.
 According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, 10 other people suffered various degrees of injuries in the explosion.
 Ojukwu, a commissioner of police, also said detectives have begun investigation into the incident, with five suspects already arrested.
The identities of the suspects were however not disclosed.
A twin explosion had occurred at the premises of the Azare branch of First Bank earlier today.
A witness said the bomb blast occurred at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of the bank as customers were queuing to make withdrawals at around 9a.m.
He said eight people were killed instantly while others died as they were being taken to hospital.
Other witnesses said mostly affected were Bauchi State civil servants who were waiting to collect their salaries.

Premium Times

2 Feared Dead in Stampede at Akwa Ibom New Stadium

Two persons were feared dead and 20 others injured in a stampede at the entrance of Akwa Ibom International Stadium on Friday during its inauguration.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that crowd control was a difficult task in spite of the road blocks mounted some kilometres away from the stadium.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes 2014

Floyd Mayweather
This is a list of the highest-paid athletes in the world for 2014 as ranked by Forbes magazine on their earnings...take a look at the table after the cut.

10 Habits To Give Up If You Want To Be Happy

While happiness may not be possible all the time, in many cases our happiness depends on choosing to be happy. It's as simple as that.

Unfortunately, we complicate our lives to the point that we're unable to recognize happiness when it appears right in front of us.

So how to clear the slate? Here are 10 things you'll need to give up in exchange for your happiness.

Schools Shutdown as Boko Haram Attacks Spread to Gombe State

The Gombe State Government, Wednesday, ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state, a day after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked two towns in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that parents who took their children to school on Wednesday were told to take them back as the schools had been closed on the orders of the government.

Photo of the Day

President Goodluck Jonathan with interim Head of State of Burkina Faso, Lt. Col Isaac Zida at the Ouagadougou Airport on Wednesday....

President Jonathan is one of Heads of state from West Africa attempting to find a solution to the political crisis in Burkina Faso following the resignation of long time President, Blaise Campaore after a mass protest.

Picture courtesy of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Boko Haram renames captured Adamawa town, Mubi, “Madinatul Islam”

Contrary to the claim by the Nigerian military that it is on top of the security challenge in the commercial town of Mubi in Adamawa state, the dreaded Boko Haram sect is consolidating its position in the the captured town and has indeed renamed it “Madinatul Islam” meaning the city of Islam.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Full transcript of Shekau’s latest video on ceasefire deal, Chibok girls

Below is the full transcript of the video clip released by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. He spoke in Hausa but his speech was translated to English by  Ola Audu of Premium Times...

BREAKING NEWS: Many Killed in Suicide Bomb Attack in Yobe

Reports just coming in say a bomb attack has been confirmed in Potiskum, Yobe state, North -East Nigera.

Eye witnesses say a suicide bomber targeting members of the Shiite group, Islamic Brotherhood of Nigeria, detonated his explosive vest, killing many instantly.

Dangote Cement now to Sell for N1000 a bag

In a move that will raise the stakes in the rapidly evolving Nigerian cement market, leading cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc has announced huge cuts in the price of the essential product.   

A step that will make cement cheaper than it has ever been since 2005, the new price regime announced by the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, said the Company has pegged the Dangote 32.5 cement grade at N1,000 per 50 kg bag, while the higher 42.5 grade is to sell for N1,150 per bag.

Nigeria Detains Military Commanders For Abandoning Mubi To Boko Haram

Five military commanders have been handcuffed and detained at the military police guard room at the 23 Brigade headquarters in Yola Adamawa state for abandoning Mubi in Adamawa state to Boko Haram militants last Wednesday.

The commanders whose names and ranks were given as Colonel Ibrahim, Lt. Colonel Magaji and three others abandoned the 213 Brigade headquarters a few minutes after Boko Haram militants reached Mararaba and Hildi on the outskirts of Mubi.

Nothing Should Happen to Tambuwal-NLC Warns Federal Government

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has called for the immediate restoration of the security details attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, withdrawn last week by the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba following the defection of the Speaker from the ruling PDP to the opposition APC.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

41 Boko Haram Members Beheaded by Civilian JTF in Biu

No   fewer   than   41 suspected members of Boko Haram sect were killed and beheaded by men of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a.k.a Civilian JTF, at Biu, Borno State following a failed attempt by the insurgents to overrun the Sabon Gari village, in Damboa Local Government Area of the state, Thursday.

Happy New Month

As we gradually get to the end of 2014, I want to use this opportunity to wish all readers of this blog a wonderful and happy new month of November, may God keep us all to see the end of this year, the beginning of the next and beyond.

23 Persons Killed as Bomb Explodes in Gombe Motor Park

A deadly explosion that ripped through a bus station in central Gombe Friday, killed at least 23 people and injured many more, the News Agency of Nigeria, has reported.
NAN quoted a hospital source as stating that at least 23 bodies were deposited at Gombe Specialist Hospital, while the injured were taken to other hospitals for treatment.

Boko Haram Releases New Video; Denies Ceasefire with Federal Government

Boko Haram denied that they had agreed to a ceasefire in a new video obtained on Friday by AFP, describing the Nigerian government claims as a lie and apparently ruling out future talks.

The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, also claimed the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok, in Borno state, in April had converted to Islam and been married off.Chibok-details

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hackers Invade FAAN MD's Facebook Account

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said some unscrupulous persons have hacked into the Facebook account of its Managing Director, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, and are now using the channel to solicit for funds.
Making this known in a statement, Yakubu Dati, General Manager, Corporate Communications said the act clearly violates Engr. Dunoma’s privacy and must be stopped henceforth as the laws of the land frown at it.
While warning the perpetrators of the unscrupulous act to desist from it, the statement called on the general public to disregard such financial pleas from the hackers on the platform.

Governor Okorocha Declares free tests for Prostate and Breast Cancer for Imo People

The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on men from 40 years and above and women in the State to come to the ultramodern Ochiedike Dialysis and Diagnostic Centre, Owerri and receive free tests for Prostate and Breast Cancer respectively.

Brand New Song "Awele" by Dream FM's Jude Dawam


Jude Dawam, on air personality at Dream FM, Enugu recently got into the studio and came out with this nice track "Awele", featuring Slim Brown.

Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke’s Kidnapped Sister Regains Freedom

Rivers state Police Command has confirmed that Osiya Agama, sister of the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was kidnapped nine days ago, finally regained her freedom from her abductors on Wednesday evening.
In a statement by Rivers state Police Command Spokesman, Ahmad Muhammad, he said the rescue was due to the combined efforts of the Police, Army and Department of State Security.

President Jonathan Orders Re-instatement of Keshi as Super Eagles Coach

Reports say President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate reinstatement of Stephen Keshi as the Super Eagles coach.
The order, according to the Eagle Online was issued during a meeting Jonathan had with the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night.
The President was said to have expressed belief in the ability of Keshi to qualify the Super Eagles for the Nations Cup.
The Big Boss, as Keshi is fondly called, led Nigeria to win the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and also qualified the Super Eagles for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Presidency Orders Withdrawal of Tambuwal's Security

Two days after formally communicating his defection to the All Progressives Congress, the security details of the Speaker of the House of Reps, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, have been withdrawn,  sources say the order came from the Presidency.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Finally, Jonathan Announces bid for re-election

President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will pick his nomination form on or before the expiration of the deadline given to all aspirants, by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
He stated his decision at a private meeting with governors held at the House 7 wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

First Lady, Patience Jonathan Resigns Appointment As Bayelsa Perm Sec

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has resigned her appointment as a “Super” Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa State Civil Service.

It was gathered that the resignation followed  alleged  final breakdown in relationship between the First Lady and the Governor of the state, Mr. Seriake Dickson.

Nationwide Strike Imminent as NLC Condems Removal of Wages From Exclusive List

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has condemned in strong terms the removal of Wages from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent Legislative list by the National Assembly in the on-going fourth amendment exercise to the 1999 constitution, saying it is considering a total strike action to protest the decision.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Senate Moves to Abolish BSC/HND Dichotomy

A Bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between first degree and Higher National Diplomas, Wednesday passed through second reading at the Senate but not without a prolonged debate which almost led to the Bill being thrown out.

The Bill brought to the floor of the Senate chambers by Senator Ayo Akinyelure representing Ondo Central sought to place degree and HND holders at the same level both in the public and private sector.

Listen to my full report on the debate...