Sunday, 31 January 2016

AEDC to Commence Free Installation of Prepaid Meters in FCT


The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said it would start free installation of prepaid meters pilot scheme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in February.
Mr Abimbola Odubiyi, the Executive Director of the company’s Regulatory and Stakeholders Relations, said this on Sunday in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan opens up on his reasons for easily relinquishing power


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken of the tensed moments he faced on March 28, 2015 ahead of his decision to concede victory to President Muhammadu Buhari after that year’s presidential election.
“I was actually in that valley on March 28, 2015”, he said.
Jonathan also narrated why he relinquished power to Buhari, saying he did not want Nigeria to slide into a theatre of war, with his fellow county men and woman dying, and many more pouring into other nations in Africa and beyond, as refugees.

Arsene Wenger meets new Arsenal signings


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has met Nigeria junior internationals Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze.

The two stars are set to complete their moves to Arsenal and met Wenger yesterday at the club's Colney Training ground alongside former Gunner and Super Eagles legend Kanu Nwankwo.

Lassa fever: two persons confirmed dead in Nasarawa


No fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead at the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, North Central Nigeria, following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
The state commissioner for health, Dr Daniel Iya, confirmed the incident in Lafia during a public hearing organised by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly’s committee on health.
Iya disclosed that one victim was still under surveillance while another has been discharged.
He said the state did not have an isolation unit but only isolation rooms at the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, adding that there was no single isolation unit for the treatment of Lassa fever across the state.

Many killed as Boko Haram resumes attacks on Maiduguri


Several people have been reportedly killed as the military engaged militants suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect in a fierce gun battle that reportedly lasted for hours on Saturday.
The insurgents were said to have attacked Dalori and Walori villages, on outskirts of Maiduguri, at around some minutes past 7pm on Saturday night.
Dalori village is a few kilometres away from an Internally Displaced Persons camp, which is said to be the most populous IDP camp in the country.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Arms Deal: EFCC closes in on Obanikoro’s children over N4.8billion


Two sons of former Minister of state for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Messr Babajide and Gbolahan Obanikoro are currently on the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Sources at the anti- graft agency disclosed that N4,745,000,000.00 was traced to a company, Sylvan McNamara Limited, in which they have interest.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Deadly attack rocks mosque in Saudi Arabia


At least four people were killed and 18 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry has said.
Saudi authorities prevented two suicide bombers from entering Imam Rida Mosque in Mahasen neighbourhood in the al-Ahsa region during Friday prayers, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, citing a statement by the ministry's spokesman.
"When security men stopped them, one blew himself up at the entrance of the mosque and there was an exchange of fire with the other. He was wounded and arrested wearing an explosive belt," the spokesman said.

EFCC arrests one of its operatives for extortion during investigation on arms deal


An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrahman Mohammed Biu, a deputy detective superintendent, has been arrested for offences bordering on extortion, influence peddling and impersonation, the commission said in a statement Friday.
The officer was arrested on Monday following intelligence report alleging that he extorted $150,000 from some military officers on the pretext that he would help give them a soft landing in the ongoing investigation into the arms deal scandal.

Supreme Court did not sack Senator Oduah, Lawmaker's media team insists


Following widespread reports that the Supreme Court had sacked the Lawmaker Representing Anambra North, Senator Stella Oduah of the Peoples Democratic Party, her media team have described the news as a mere misinterpretation of the Supreme Court ruling and ‎should be disregarded in all entirety.

The following is an extract of the Supreme Court Judgement released by the Senator's press office:

NCPC releases package cost for 2016 Easter Pilgrimage


The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), John kennedy Opara has announced the package price for 2016 Easter Pilgrimage Exercise to Israel.

He disclosed this in his office in Abuja, saying the package cost of 2016 Easter Pilgrimage to Israel will cost each intending pilgrim the sum of N461, 440. (four hundred and sixty one thousand, four hundred and forty Naira only)

Court denies Nnamdi Kanu bail


A Federal High Court in Abuja has denied bail to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and his two other co-accused.
Kanu and two others are being prosecuted for treasonable felony and other offences bordering on their agitation for secession of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
Justice John Tsoho in rejecting the accused persons’ bail application on Friday held that they were not entitled to bail as they failed to show that they would not continue to commit the alleged crime for which they were being prosecuted.

Seize any money I own in foreign accounts, Akpabio challenges FG


Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied owning any property in Dubai, United Arab Emirate or any other foreign country.
Akpabio in a statement on Friday by his his media assistant, Anietie Ekong, challenged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to seize any money found in a foreign bank account bearing his name.

Supreme Court sacks Senators Andy Ubah, Stella Oduah and all House of Reps members representing Anambra State


A full panel of Nigeria’s Supreme Court of Nigeria today in Abuja sacked the entire contingent of senators and members of the House of Representatives from Anambra State. The decision swept away a host of lawmakers from Anambra State who were illegally foisted on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonathan.
The court’s ruling ended the senatorial tenure of former Aviation Minister and first term senator, Stella Oduah, and aborted the legislative career of former presidential aide, Andy Uba.

Drama in court as Nnamdi Kanu rejects own lawyer


The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has asked that the lawyer who served as his lead counsel in previous sittings, M. U. Udechukwu, step down for Chucks Muoma.
Mr. Kanu wrote to the court, ahead of Friday’s sitting, asking that there should be a change in his representation.
Mr. Kanu is facing charges of treason. The court is to rule on his bail application today.
In the letter, read during a dramatic session, the judge, John Tsoho said he was asked to change Mr. Kanu’s lead counsel, because according to Mr. Kanu, the person who represented him in previous sittings was different from the person he had instructed.

Many killed as Suicide bomber detonates vest in Adamawa


A boy on Friday detonated a suicide vest at a crowded market in Gombi town in Adamawa State, Killing many according to witnesses.
Daily Trust reports that a vigilante leader confirmed the incident to in a telephone interview saying 20 persons including the bomber died in the blast.
Gombi was recaptured from Boko Haram in 2014 and since then, the insurgents have made several failed attempts to retake the town from the Nigerian military.
The military authorities at the 23 Armoured Brigade in Yola was not immediately available for comment.

Senator Oduah Calls for  Inland Container Terminal in Onitsha


Senator Stella Oduah (Anambra North) has called for the establishment of an inland container terminal in Onitsha, Anambra State to enhance production. ‎

Speaking at the interactive session of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions, she emphasized the need to encourage more export in th‎e face of the dwindling economy.

UK newspaper calls ex-President Jonathan an “ineffectual buffoon”


The Economist, an English-language weekly newspaper owned by the Economist Group, has described Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan “an ineffectual buffoon”.
In an article titled “Nigeria’s economy Crude tactics”, the newspaper said: Buhari’s government has cracked down on corruption, which had flourished under the previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon who let
politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity.”

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Arms deal: EFCC detains ex-Chief of Air Staff, Amosu


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained the immediate past Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.
Amosu was detained as he honored EFCC invitation on Wednesday.
A senior operative with the commission told Vanguard that Amosu had been helping the agency in the investigation into the procurement of arms for the armed forces between 2007 and 2015.

Buhari vows not to devalue the Naira despite steady slide


President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that further devaluation of Naira would kill the currency, insisting that it was one decision he was not ready to take at the moment.
The president said he was not also ready to inflict more hardship on the poor citizens of Nigeria who have already had doses of penury.
He stressed that while export-driven economies could benefit from devaluation of their currencies, Naira devaluation will only result in further inflation and hardship for the poor and middle classes in Nigeria's import-dependent economy.

Tompolo now agrees to face EFCC


Former General Officer Commanding, GOC, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, Government Ekpumupolo, alias Tompolo, made a u-turn, Thursday, saying he would appear before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, which issued a bench warrant for his arrest, January 14, but “at the appropriate time.”
The bench warrant followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which had filed different charges against Tompolo, including diversion of N34 billion belonging to the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency, NIMASA to personal use and laundering of N22.6 billion.

The 12 commandments for a successful marriage


1. There is nothing that threatens the security of a wife than the thought of another woman competing for the attention and affection of her husband. Nothing is more painful. Nothing is more disrespecting. Nothing is more insulting. Nothing is more belittling and degrading.

2. Marriage flourishes when the couple works together as a team; when both husband and wife decide that winning together is more important than keeping score.
Good marriages don't just happen. They are a product of hard work.

Senate President Bukola Saraki responds to Obasanjo's letter to the National Assembly


Yesterday, I acknowledged that i received a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he called the attention of the National Assembly to some issues.
I will want to assure President Obasanjo that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation. It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the finances of the National Assembly.

I will not speak on arms deal scandal now - Jonathan


Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he cannot speak on the current $2.1bn arms scam now because the matter is in court.
A former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, and others are currently standing trial for their alleged role in the scam.
Jonathan, however, said in due time, he would tell his own side of the story.
The former President said this in a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Imo state is broke - Okorocha


Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed that the state is insolvent, as its monthly wage bill has outstripped its monthly statutory allocation from the Federal Government. The governor said monthly servicing of the bailout fund has further compounded the situation.
This was just as he reiterated that there was no going back on the state government’s decision to concession the management of parastatals.

Photos: PDP supporters celebrate Wike's Supreme Court victory


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Why I shunned Bello’s inauguration – Faleke


Deputy Governor-elect of Kogi State, Mr. James Faleke, has said he was not invited to Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony and that he had no reason to attend the event.
He explained that this was because he was challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare the November 21 governorship election inconclusive in court.

Supreme Court victories: Ekweremadu Congratulates Wike, Umahi


The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his Ebonyi State counterpart, Governor Dave Umahi, on their victories at the Supreme Court today.
Reacting to the verdicts of the Supreme Court, which upheld the April 2015 governorship elections in Rivers and Ebonyi States, which were won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, Senator Ekweremadu thorough his Special Adviser (Media) Uche Anichukwu commended the apex court for preserving the mandate of the people.

6 Things Every Nigerian Bank Customer Should Know About CBN's New N50 Stamp Duty


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently announced the implementation of a N50 stamp duty on every transaction starting from N1,000.
Here's what you need to know about the CBN’s N50 stamp duty:
1. This announcement affects only current account holders and not savings account holders.
2. It does not affect salary accounts or student savings accounts.
3. The new policy includes all receipts by a bank or financial institution in acknowledgement of services rendered, in respect of teller deposits and electronic transfers for the value of N1000 and above.

Obasanjo writes Saraki and Dogara, accuses National Assembly of corruption


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written the National Assembly accusing the lawmakers of corruption, impunity, greed and of repeatedly breaking the nation’s laws.
In a letter dated January 13 and addressed to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the former president specifically accused the lawmakers of fixing and earning salaries and allowances far above what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission approved for them.
He also alleged that most of the 109 senators and 369 members of the House of Representatives were receiving constituency allowances without maintaining constituency offices as the laws required of them.

Supreme Court upholds Nyesom Wike's Election as governor of Rivers state


The Supreme Court has upheld the outcome of the April 11 governorship election that brought Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to power.
The apex court in an unanimous judgment, restored the declaration of Wike as the valid winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

CHAN exit: Oliseh, NFF apologise to Nigerians


Coach Sunday Oliseh said that losing 1-0 to Guinea in yesterday’s last group C match of the Africa Nations Championship, was something he and his team did not envisage.
He regretted the loss coming after the Super Eagles have chalked up four points from their two previous matches and only needed a draw against Guinea to advance to the quarter-final.

PDP agents trying to destroy my relationship with Buhari - Tinubu


The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says there is a deliberate plot by some individuals to rub his name in the mud through fictitious reports in various blogs and the social media.
He said the smear campaign was tagged, ‘Destroy the reputation of Tinubu and his relationship with Buhari’.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Marry two women or go to jail, Eritrea President tells men


Men in Eritrea have been asked by the President Isaias Afwerki-led government to marry more than one wife or risk being jailed for life.
This is contained in a statement in Arabic by the Grand Mufti (the highest official of religious law in the country) which scanned copy surfaced on social media sites on Thursday last week.
In the statement, Eritrea called for all men in the country to marry at least two wives and the government assured the men that it would pay for the marriage ceremonies and houses.
According to the government, the order is because there is an acute shortage of men occasioned by causalities during the civil war with Ethiopia.

Crystal Palace sign Adebayor


Crystal Palace have signed free agent Emmanuel Adebayor on a six-month contract.
Goal.com reports that the Togo international was released by Tottenham in September and has been without a club since, but has now signed a deal with the Eagles until the end of the season.
Palace boss Alan Pardew has made clear his desire to sign a striker this month and the club have also been linked with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Loic Remy and Emmanuel Emenike.

Super Eagles crash out of CHAN 2016


The Super Eagles Tuesday crashed out of the CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) in the group stage after suffering a defeat to the Syli Stars of Guinea.
The 1-0 victory at Umuganda Stadium, Gisenyi ensured the Guineans progress while the Eagles will play no more part in the tournament.

Oil price rises above $30 per barrel


Oil rose further above $30 a barrel on Tuesday on hopes that OPEC and non-OPEC producers may reach deal to tackle one of the biggest supply gluts in decades.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is making renewed calls for rival producers to cut supply alongside its members. Russia, seen as key to any deal, has so far refused to cooperate.
Iraq’s oil minister said on Tuesday he saw some flexibility for a deal between OPEC and non-OPEC. Brent crude rose 17 cents to 30.67 dollars a barrel. U.S. crude was up seven cents at 30.41 dollars.
“Without a production agreement, fundamentals point to lower numbers,” said David Hufton of oil brokers PVM. “With one, oil becomes a 40-to-60 dollars-a-barrel market.”


Reuters/NAN

Surprise! As Fayose visits Aregbesola


Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state and fierce critic of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government, visited Rauf Aregbesola, his Osun state counterpart, on Tuesday.
The Cable reports that the visit came as a surprise to so many, as both men are known to be political opponents.
Apart from belonging to different political parties – Fayose is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Aregbesola belongs to the APC – the two governors have been very critical of one another.

Reasons why Carrot should be part of your daily meal


The health benefits of carrots include reduction of cholesterol, prevention from heart attacks, warding off of certain cancers, improving vision, and reducing the signs of premature aging.
Carrots have the ability to increase the health of our skin, boost the immune system, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular health, detoxify the body, and boost oral health in a variety of ways.

APC is broke - Oyegun


Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the party is suffering from “strains of funding,” but it does not intend to bother President Muhammadu Buhari as raising funds for the party is not part of his national assignment.
Oyegun, who stated this at an interactive session with newsmen at the APC headquarters in Abuja, said the party was working to raise funds within itself.
“The party is suffering from the strains of funding.
“We are working to raise resources within the membership. We have not asked for rescue from the president because it is not part of his national assignment,” he said.
Oyegun also commented on the general state of the nation, lamenting that the present government inherited a prostrate economy.
“Buhari inherited a collapsed economy. What we are doing is to clear the debris. There will be plenty of good news in the next few months. We have to put up with the present deprivation. But, we will smile tomorrow,” he said.
Speaking on the anti-corruption campaign of the Buhari administration, the APC national chairman said government was not selective in its fight, but, added that the probe of the immediate past PDP administration was necessary because the erstwhile ruling party held Nigeria down for 16 years.
“We are investigating yesterday. Let tomorrow investigate us,” he added.
Also, Oyegun pleaded with Nigerians to exercise little patience with the party, assuring that the current hardship experienced by Nigerians will soon be over in few months.
The APC boss admitted that the party was equally feeling the pains and agonies many Nigerians are currently passing through, even as he attributed the hardship to the misrule of the opposition party in the last 16 years.
“Let me start by saying that our party, the APC is very much aware of the hardship Nigerians are going through. It is as a result of the 16 years misrule the PDP government has plunged this country.
“Apart from the party, I must also say that one of the main concerns of Mr President is that he is fully conscious and aware of the tough times people are going through. I want to give you the assurance to pass to the people that everything is done to stabilise the economy and ameliorate the sufferings and deprivations that people are going through.”
“I want to think that many Nigerians understand why things are the way they are today. The Buhari administration inherited a prostrate economy. Nobody envisaged that there would be near total collapse of the price of crude oil.
“When you juxtapose that with our consumption habits where we intend to import virtually everything from toothpicks to the choicest Champagne products, all of these put pressure on the foreign exchange stock of the nation which as a result has given rise to lots of the issues that Mr President is dealing with today…”

EFCC arraigns ex-NIMASA boss, Akpobolokemi, on fifth charge


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has again arraigned a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, on 13 counts of alleged N754.7m theft.
Akpobolokemi was arraigned alongside six others on Monday before Justice Raliat Adebiyi of a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Zaria Massacre: Islamic Movement in Nigeria release names of missing members


The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has released 705 names and photographs of people it said are its members missing since December 12 and 13, 2015, when Nigerian soldiers carried out raids on the sect’s bases in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The raids took place after members of the sect barricaded a road, stopping the convoy of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The Army said it used force as the blockade was an attempt on Mr. Buratai’s life. The Shi’a group denies attacking Mr. Buratai.

Falana fighting me because I hurt the interests of his corrupt sponsors - Okonjo-Iweala


Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy, says Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, is desperate to link her with the $2.1bn arms scandal because she “hurt the interests of his corrupt sponsors” during her time in office.
On Sunday, Falana had urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute and arrest Okonjo-Iweala for failing to “prevent systematic and widespread corruption” in the previous administration.

Enough of this Change Mantra - Okogie tells Buhari


The Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to retool and lead by example on all fronts or risk plunging Nigeria into a state of despondency.
In a statement by the Director of Social Com­munications of the Diocese, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, Okogie accused the president of acting disdainfully towards the judicial authorities while millions of Nigerians are abandoned to face unimaginable social problems.
Okogie said, “He (Buhari) must retool, refocus and aggressively face the social, economic (fiscal and monetary) problems we have head-on, without letting the anti-corruption drive look like a political distraction.

National Assembly finally deletes names of David Mark and 8 others from its website


The management of National Assembly has finally deleted the bio-data and photographs of former Senate President, David Mark and eight other senators from its website.
Daily Trust had reported that Mark and 11 other senators that were sacked from the senate last year by the Court of Appeal were being paraded as serving lawmakers on the website of the National Assembly.
Mark had been at the National Assembly since 1999, representing Benue South Senatorial District until November last year when his election was nullified. He was Senate President from 2007 until his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost control of the senate in 2015.

How Fulani herdsmen abducted and murdered Delta Monarch


Despicable, abominable, horrible, detestable, repugnant, name it. But words are not enough to express the act that has caused agony for the people of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Their monarch, HRM Akaeze Edward Ofulue III, abducted 19 days ago at about 4.00 pm, on January 5, 2016, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, was discovered stone dead 15 days after the creepy incident.

Van Gaal about to lose his job


Louis van Gaal is close to getting sacked after
Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward spoke to senior players about the Dutchman’s methods.
According to The Daily Mail, Woodward is now aware that the United players are unhappy and Van Gaal has lost the support of the dressing room.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

8 signs you need to quit your relationship


People get into relationships with hope that it would last for a very long time, but that isn't always the case sometimes.
When a relationship becomes unbearable due to certain unpleasant circumstances, then you might consider ending it.

Femi Falana petitions ICC, calls for arrest of Okonjo-Iweala


Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela, former minister of finance, for failing to “prevent systematic and widespread corruption” in the previous administration.
“The failure of a former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to prevent widespread and systematic corruption including the re-looting of the Abacha loot amounts to complicity under the Rome Statute, and therefore fits the legal requirements of a crime against humanity."
In the petition addressed to the prosecutor of the world body, Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the ICC, Falana also sought the prosecution of Dasuki, saying his trial by the current administration should not stop the international body from probing him.

Below is the full text of the petition:

Federal government fires top ranking Civil servants for fraud


Some top officials of the civil service have been dismissed by the federal government for extorting money from 400 applicants and offering them employment illegally.
Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, made the disclosure on Saturday in Lagos during a meeting with some selected on-air-personalities.
The meeting was part of the minister’s five-day consultations with critical stakeholders in the media industry.

Buhari’s economic policies: the height of foolishness - Financial Times (UK)


The leading international business publication in an article by , Steve Johnson, the deputy editor of the Financial Times, said the economic policies of the Buhari administration is doomed to fail because it is tailored after Venezuela's exchange rate policy and China's failed equity market strategy.
The article faulted the circuit breaker on the Nigerian stock exchange, which pauses trading for 30 minutes if stock prices fall 5 per cent and will cease for the day if it is triggered twice in a session, or after 1:45 pm.