Thursday, 31 December 2015

No Plan to Spend N50bn on Cars - Senate

The Senate today (Thursday) has described as untrue the claim that it planned to purchase cars that will be worth N50bn as claimed by President Muhammadu Buhari in his maiden media chat on Wednesday.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said while the Senate is contemplating purchasing cars, it does not intend to spend anything close to the various figures of N4.5bn, N6bn or N50bn as being bandied around.

Court of Appeal sacks Abia state governor Ikpeazu, declares APGA’s Alex Otti winner

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, has removed Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor of Abia State.
The court also declared Alex Otti of the All Progressives Grand Alliance the winner of the April 11 and April 25 supplementary elections in the state.
Delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Mr. Otti, the five-member panel, headed by Justice Oyebisi Omoleye, said the APGA candidate scored 164, 444 valid votes to defeat Mr. Ikpeazu who scored 114, 444 votes.

Appeal Court reverses APC, Alhassan’s victory at tribunal

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday reversed the judgment of the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had on November 7, 2015 sacked Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party and ordered the All Progressives Congress’ governorship candidate in the state, Aisha Alhassan, to be sworn in his stead.

Abduction scandal: Davido apologises to Dele Momodu, fans

Music star, Davido, has apologised to Dele Momodu and his fans for his conduct over the baby abduction drama which has rocked his plans and been in the news since Tuesday.
“Mr. Dele Momodu I Apologise but …U didn’t have to…,” the artist, who had engaged the Ovation Magazine publisher in a war of words, tweeted minutes ago.

Buhari signs 2015 budget implementation extension into law

President Muhammadu Buhari, has appended his signature to an Act of the National Assembly which authorised the executive to extend the implementation of the Capital vote component in the 2015 budget beyond December 31, 2015.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters ( Senate ), Senator Ita Enang, confirmed the development in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

New Year: Pray for the Nation, Ekweremadu Charges Nigerians

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to work and pray for the peace and progress of the country in the New Year.

Senator Ekweremadu who made the call  in his New Year message signed by his Special Adviser (media) Uche Anichukwu said that despite the economic challenges of the moment, Nigeria made tremendous progress in nurturing democracy and preserving the peace and unity of the country.

Don't let my husband die in custody - Dasuki's wife begs for his release

Sambo Dasuki’s wife on Tuesday night created a scene at the headquarters of the Department of State Security Service (DSS).

She was heard begging the DSS officials not to let her husband die in custody and asked to be arrested with him as she can no longer endure seeing her husband in the state that he was. He said that Col. Dasuki was not going to run anywhere and questioned the motives of the government which has shown flagrant disregard for court rulings. According to Mrs. Dasuki.

Biafra: Why I can’t release Kanu – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, explained why he cannot release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The President disclosed that Kanu has two passports, one Nigerian, one British and came to the country without using any passport.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Nnamdi Kanu never apologised to Buhari – MASSOB, IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has described as blatant lies, the claim that its incarcerated leader and founder of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdui Kanu has expressed regrets and apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders for his alleged uncomplimentary remarks and statements against them to facilitate his release.

Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting a woman

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal charge brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.
The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the 78-year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career.

My mum sold pure (satchet) water so I could play football - Odion Ighalo

Super Eagles Invitation:
Yeah, when I was playing back in Italy and in Norway, I was watching the Super Eagles and praying that by God’s grace my turn would come to play for them. So, when the time was getting closer, I was having more experience in playing in bigger leagues and the time came and I said this is my time to take the chance, and give every opportunity to do well and have chance to be invited again for the next game. So, I am here, I want to always give my best.
European Career:

#BudgetOfYams: Social media users react to 2016 Budget

Biafra – Nnamdi Kanu apologises to Buhari,Jonathan

Following his continued incarceration, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra , Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed regret for referring to President Muhammadu Buhari as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile in his radio broadcasts., Kanu who has been charged along with two others by the Federal Government before a Federal High Court in Abuja on six counts of treason and other ancillary offences, said he intended to write a private letter to Buhari to express his apology to the President, Punch reports.
He also apologised to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders for “some uncomplimentary things” he said about them.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Our signatures forged to suspend Shehu Sani – APC ward exc

The Tudun Wada Ward executives of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, on Tuesday dissociated themselves from Monday’s suspension of a senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, from the party.
Mr. Sani was on Monday suspended for a period of 11 months by the party at Tudun Wada Ward, where he registered.

Kaduna State chapter of APC suspends senator Shehu Sanni

The Tudun Wada ward of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, on Monday, suspended the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, Shehu Sani, from the party.
The senator is a registered member of the party from the ward.
In a letter to the senator dated December 27, the party said the suspension is for a period of 11 months.

110 journalists killed in 2015

A total of 110 journalists were killed around the world in 2015, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday, noting that while many died in war zones the majority were killed in supposedly peaceful countries. Sixty-seven journalists were killed in the line of duty this year, the watchdog group said in its annual roundup, listing war-torn Iraq and Syria as most dangerous places for journalists with 11 and 10 fatalities respectively, followed by France, where eight journalists were killed in a jihadist assault on a satirical magazine.

Buhari to host first Presidential media chat on Wednesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will host his first Presidential Media Chat tomorrow (Wednesday, December 30, 2015).
In the course of the programme, which will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), President Buhari will answer questions from a panel of journalists on a broad range of current national issues.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, said the Presidential Media Chat will begin at 7.00pm.
The statement said other television and radio stations in the country may hook-up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their viewers and listeners.

We will resist removal of fuel subsidy through the back door - NLC

The Nigeria labour Congress has vowed to resist the proposed "temporary" removal of petroleum subsidy by the Federal government.

The following is the complete text of the statement signed by the General secretary of Congress, Peter Ozo Esonu expressing labour's dismay at the proposed "back door" tactics used by government to withdraw subsidy.

Monday, 28 December 2015

30 Feared Dead as Suicide Bombers strike In Adamawa

Scores of people were feared killed Monday when two female suicide bombers attacked a busy motor park in Madagali town of Adamawa State.
A witness, Danladi Buba, said the two female suicide bombers detonated bombs at a mini market near a motor park around 9am, killing many people.
“About 30 people were killed with 16 others injured,” Mr. Buba said.

Breaking: Many killed as fresh explosion rocks Maiduguri mosque

At least 20 persons were killed in a fresh explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque.
The explosion sounded as residents speculated that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Massive gunfire in Maiduguri as Boko Haram engage Nigerian military in shootout

Gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram were on Sunday evening involved in a shoot-out with soldiers in Aladuwari village – about 2 km away from Maiduguri.
Online newspaper, Premium Times reports that the attackers arrived the area at about 6 p.m. local time.
Also at about 8 p.m., two suicide bombers, believed to be females, detonated explosives near FOMWAN school in Jiddari area of Maiduguri. The casualty figure from the explosions is yet to be ascertained.

Army Nabs 7 Boko Haram Bomb Experts

Nigerian Army troops in Kaduna State have foiled another insurgent attack, with the arrest of seven suspected Boko Haram members who specialise in bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Drunk Policeman shoots dead three persons and kills himself

A drunk policeman, Stephen James, on Saturday shot dead three male customers at a hotel in the Ketu area of Lagos State. Punch newspaper reports that among the deceased were twin brothers identified as Taiwo and Kehinde Oyesunle and their friend known simply as Jeje. The twins were the only children of their mother.

Boko Haram kills 14 and destroy entire village in a bloody Xmas day attack

At least 14 people were killed and several others injured by Boko Haram gunmen in a Christmas Day attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria, vigilantes said Saturday.
Attacking astride bicycles, the jihadists invaded Kimba village in flashpoint Borno state around 10:00 pm on Friday, opening fire on residents and torching their homes.
“The gunmen killed 14 people and burnt the whole village before they fled,” Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram, told AFP.
“Not a single house was spared in the arson,” another vigilante, Musa Suleiman, said after visiting the razed village.

Businessman dies hours after ‘prophetic’ Christmas Facebook post

In a strange twist of fate that has sent the Nigerian online community into shock, a businessman, Egheomhanre Eyieyien, hours after a clairvoyant Facebook post, died on Christmas Day.
In the commemorative message posted at 8.05am same day, Egheomhanre wrote, “I hear in my spirit the words; an unusual Christmas Day; an uncommon day; completion; conclusiveness; unmistakable proofs, ear-tingling testimonies… to the person who can believe God. Merry Christmas!”

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Embattled Louis Van Gaal waves goodbye to United fans

Is this the end of the road for Louis van Gaal? The Manchester United manager is understood to be on the brink of losing his job after his side suffered their fourth consecutive Premier League defeat, losing 2-0 to Stoke City on Boxing Day.

2015 prophecies that never came to pass

As 2015 gradually comes to an end, Leadership newspaper takes a look at some prophecies on the 2015 general election which did not materialize.

We will do everything possible to persuade Boko Haram to embrace peace- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed that Nigeria is a blessed country, bestowed with material and human resources, but its main problem has always been how the citizens can organise themselves and get the correct leadership in place. He made the observation yesterday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when a delegation of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Christian Community paid him a Christmas visit.

Saraki mourns victims of Anambra gas explosion...urges strict adherence to safety rules

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed grief over the deaths and injuries recorded as a result of gas explosion at Nnewi, Anambra  State on Christmas eve.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja commiserated with the families that lost loved ones in the inferno and wished those that were hospitalized quick recovery.

Christmas: Aisha Buhari visits woman abandoned by husband in hospital

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, yesterday, expressed her unhappiness over the abandonment of one Mrs Hellen Agada, a patient with multiple operations by her husband after admission.
Mrs Aisha Buhari said this when she visited the Kubwa General Hospital, Abuja, to mark Christmas with the patients and personally distribute gifts.

Friday, 25 December 2015

10 reasons why you should marry a Nigerian

Nigerians are some of the happiest people in the entire world. Even with all the daily challenges. What could be better than spending the rest of one’s life with one of the happiest people in the world. If you need more reasons we’ve got it covered.

Petrol to sell at N85 per litre in January 1 2016

The Nigerian Government would on January 1, 2016 reduce the pump price of petrol to N85 per litre.
The product officially sells for N87 per litre, although it sells for higher prices in some states of the federation.

Tragedy: four burnt to death and four injured in Anambra gas explosion

The industrial town of Nnewi, Anambra State was thrown into mourning yesterday as an industrial Gas plant suddenly exploded killing four persons and injuring four others.
The explosion occurred at the Inter Corp Oil limited (LPG Gas Plant) a member of Chikason Group at about 11 am.

Remembering Christmas By Reuben Abati

Christmas looks so different these days from what it was when I was growing up. It is so different it is almost unrecognizable. In this same country, in the 70s, Christmas was a season of celebration, but also of spiritual upliftment, joy abundant, hope, reaffirmation of faith in the certainty of Salvation, and the ritual of that which begins, and that which ends, as a New Year beckoned.

Seasons greetings from Nedu Echianu's Blog

Once again, it is that time of the year when we mark the birth of our dear Lord Jesus Christ whose birth brought hope to mankind and whose death redeemed us from the stronghold of sin and condemnation.

Wishing all my family, relatives, friends and well wishers a very merry Christmas and a wonderful and fruitful 2016.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Photo of the day

It's Christmas eve and I really hope that electricity supply in my neighbourhood improves as we mark the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, it's been abysmal these days.

Blood bath averted in Maiduguri as Civilian-JTF intercept bombs concealed in food flasks

Thousands of Muslims celebrating Maulud, which is the birthday of holy Prophet Muhammad, on Thursday escaped what would have possibly been an all-time record calamity, had some eagled-eyed vigilante operatives not intercepted five food flasks filled with bombs outside a popular Maiduguri mosque.

Why we accepted N120million from ex-NSA Dasuki - Newspaper proprietors

The Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, NPAN, has dissociated itself from the alleged unlawful diversion of $2.1 billion meant for the procurement of arms by the immediate National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
In a statement released after an expanded executive meeting of the association, NPAN said the N120million it received from the office of the NSA under Mr. Dasuki was compensation for seizure and disruption of newspapers circulation by security forces between June 6 and June 8, 2014.

Christmas: Ekweremadu insists on Nigeria's Unity

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged the Christian faithful to follow the footsteps of Christ and pursue peace, unity, and love towards all men.

Senator Ekweremadu who made the call in his Christmas message, said a nation divided against itself would never be able realize its full potentials.

Buhari budgets N2.3bn for ex-presidents in 2016

Eleven former Presidents, Heads of State and former Vice Presidents/Chiefs of General Staff are to share N2.3 billion as entitlements in 2016.
This was contained in the summary of the proposed budget 2016 presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Somalia and Brunei ban Christmas celebration

Somalia has issued a ban on Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority country after the Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei announced a similar prohibition earlier this month with the threat of five years in jail.

Nigerian Military has met December deadline to defeat Boko Haram - Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Wednesday that the Nigerian military had met the December deadline to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists. The minister said this during his maiden meeting with editorial heads of media houses in Lagos. President Mohammadu Buhari had, upon assuming office, issued a December 31 deadline to the military to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.

Road traffic offenders will not be spared irrespective of status in society - Akpabio

The Yuletide season is upon us and as the massive movement on our highways which is synonymous with the season begins, the Federal Road Safety Commission Zone RS2 Lagos has warned all road users that there is no other influence on the road that causes road crashes but attitude of road users. That every road user has the right to use the road but such must meet all best road safety practices to ensure being alive and healthy into 2016 which is few days from today. This warning was handed down by the Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio Zone 2 to motorists apprehended by FRSC operatives while monitoring traffic and deployment of Federal Road Safety Corps Operatives along Lagos -Ibadan expressway on Wednesday 23rd December 2015 for the End of year Special Patrol. 

Nnamdi Kanu: drama in court as Judge seeks to withdraw from case

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-styled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), took a new dimension on Wednesday as he expressed objection to the fresh six-count criminal charge filed against him and the judge recused himself.

Angry Louis Van Gaal cuts short pre-match press conference

Louis van Gaal stormed out of Manchester United's pre-match press conference ahead of their visit to Stoke City on Saturday after answering only two questions.
The Dutchman has come under intense pressure in recent days after a 2-1 loss to Norwich City saw United fall nine points behind leaders Leicester City in the Premier League table.
Recently-sacked ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is the favourite to replace Van Gaal in the Old Trafford dugout should the 64-year-old be dismissed.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Aero ladder saga: Airline blames Bauchi Airport manager

Acting Managing Director/Accountable Manager, Aero Contractors Airline, Captain Russell Lee Foon has said that the airline was forced to use a ladder to disembark its passengers on flight 5N-BLG, a Boeing 737-500 from Abuja to Bauchi because the Bauchi Airport manager failed to provide the air stairs needed to disembark and board passengers.

No agreement between Manchester United and Mourinho says Mendes

Manchester United have not approached Jose Mourinho about replacing Louis van Gaal and there is no agreement between the two, according to agent Jorge Mendes.
The Portuguese has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford following his departure from Chelsea last week.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Presidency’s social media platforms suffer irregular updates

There is an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and their media aides are gradually losing popularity on social media due to irregular updates of their social media pages.
Online search shows that the managers of the popular accounts rarely update them. And when they do, the posts are usually not engaging enough to attract conversations or debates.
For instance, the President’s Twitter handle, @MBuhari, by which he endeared himself to millions of voters before the last presidential election, has not been attended to since September 6, 2015.

Buhari's budget: a big fraud - PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has described the N6.8tn 2016 federal budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday as a big fraud.
It also described it as an executive conspiracy which it said was tailored towards mortgaging the future of the nation.

President Buhari apologises to Nigerians for continued fuel scarcity

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday apologised to Nigerians over the long queues being experienced at petrol stations across the country.
The president made the apology while presenting the 2016 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja.