Thursday, 31 March 2016

Nigeria billionaire, Ifeanyi Ubah, gets 10-match ban, N2.5 million fine for slapping goalkeeper


Nigeria’s League Management Company has slammed a N2.5 million fine and a 10-match ban on billionaire businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah, who was caught on camera slapping Heartland FC goalkeeper, Ebele Obi.
The LMC toughened its punishment for Ubah after video evidence nailed him.
The regulator however said in a statement on Thursday that the billionaire businessman can appeal against the ruling if he deems so.

Buhari replies National Assembly, insists he won’t sign 2016 budget without full details


President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Washington DC that he will critically review the 2016 Appropriation Bill passed by the National Assembly before assenting to it.
Speaking at a meeting with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, President Buhari said that in view of the controversial alteration and padding of the budget proposals, he needed to review the appropriation bill to be certain that its contents tallied with the authentic budget proposal presented to the National Assembly.

PDP’ll produce Saraki’s successor if he’s removed —Nwaoboshi


Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP, Delta North, said yesterday that if President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, was removed from his present position by the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, the opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would produce his successor.
Nwaoboshi, who noted that Saraki had been obeying the court, said until he was proven guilty, no amount of blackmail would make senators elected on the platform of PDP shift ground and support for him.

It’s foreign coach or I quit – Pinnick


President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has threatened to quit his position if Nigeria does not hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
A distraught Pinnick who watched the Eagles fail again to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations coming up in Gabon promised to hire a foreign manager for the Eagles in two weeks time.
''There is nothing to worry about the payment of salary for the foreign manager. His wages is going to be taken care of by the private sector. We've concluded that and it will not cost Government anything''.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Today's Photo

Cameroonian Bomber Not One Of The Abducted Chibok Girls


The girl who was arrested while attempting to blow herself up in northern Cameroon is not among the 276 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok community in Borno state.
According to the BBC, a Nigerian senator disclosed this but refused to disclose the identity of the girl, who was said to be heavily drugged at the time of her arrest.
She had told investigators that she was one of the Chibok schoolgirls.

Late Colonel Inusa laid to rest


The late Colonel Sumaila Inusa, who was recently abducted by unknown persons and later found dead has been laid to rest.

May his soul rest I perfect peace.

I never slapped my deputy − El-Rufai Insists


Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai said on Tuesday night that he has never quarrelled with, nor slapped his Deputy, Barnabas Bala.
The governor said Bala has been his friend since they both attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State several years ago.
While the governor had First class honours, studying Quantity Survey, his Deputy, graduated with First Class honours in Architecture from the same Ahmadu Bello Unversity, Zaria.

LMC sanctions four clubs, reprimands other clubs officials for rules infraction


Following some infractions recorded across some match centers over three match days, the League Management Company (LMC) has issued summary jurisdiction notices to clubs and individuals found culpable and imposed fines and warnings against further commission of the offences.
Some of the clubs include Sunshine Stars, Plateau United, FC IfeanyiUbah, Heartland and Giwa FC while the individuals are PROPRIETOR of FC IfeanyiUbah, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, Heartland goalkeeper, Ebele Obi and the Media Officer of Rangers International, Forster Chime who were all charged for various breaches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) regulations on match days 7, 8 and 9.

CBN recruitment scandal: Job titles for Buhari, Ministers’ relatives ‘released’


News website, Sahara Reporters, has published the positions and job titles of 91 children and relatives of politically exposed person secretly recruited by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Top government officials and party members whose children or relatives were secretly hired by the bank include President Muhammadu Buhari, whose niece was employed; former Vice President Abubakar Atiku; Mamman Daura, a close ally of the president; Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase; the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, whose sons were hired, and the Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau.
The recruitments have drawn widespread condemnations from Nigerians.

Ask Buhari to release me from prison, Kanu begs UK Govt


The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has urged the British Government to intervene in his case by asking President Muhammadu Buhari to release him from prison.
Kanu who is facing treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, approached the British government through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Federal government directs the activation of BASA with Israel


President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate activation of Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) signed in 2013 with the State of Israel.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, John Kennedy Opara disclosed this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport, Abuja at the departure of Niger, kaduna and Adamawa pilgrims to the Holy Land under the NCPC Easter pilgrimage programme.

(Photos) Teacher Strips Naked And Tries To Rape A Student In Broad Daylight


Photos have emerged of a naked high school teacher in Guangxi province trying to rape a female student on campus. The incident occurred around noon time on March 28 at Taiping High School in Lingshan County, the People’s Daily Online reports.

NIMET warns of more hot days, warm nights, heat waves


With the global average air temperature of the earth hitting 1°C hotter than at the beginning of the 20th century, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Nigerians to brace for more hot days, warm night and heat waves.
A statement by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Eva Azinge noted that with the long residence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the current warming would continue beyond 2100 even when the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced.

N5m falls off moving bullion van in Lagos


Men of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, (Task Force) have recovered N5 million that fell-off a moving bullion van along Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja.
Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force Superintendent of Police, SO, Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that two Police officers attached to the agency recovered the money.

Buhari withholds assent on 2016 budget


President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sign the 2016 budget a week after the document was sent to him by the National Assembly, presidency officials said Tuesday, further delaying the implementation of a budget the government hopes will help Nigeria out of its present economic crisis.
A top presidency official said Mr. Buhari could not sign the budget because the passed budget had no details.

Rivers re-run: INEC releases more results


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, released more results of the last re-run elections in Rivers State.
A summary of the result, in a statement by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, showed that at the federal constituency level, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, won Port Harcourt constituency 1, Port Harcourt constituency 2 , Obio/Akpor, and Abua Odua, Ahoada East.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Abducted Nigerian Army officer found dead


The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its officer kidnapped on Sunday has been killed by his abductors.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to regrettably inform the public that Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was kidnapped on Sunday 27th March 2016, was found dead today at about 6.00pm,” spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that most likely the late senior officer was killed same day he was kidnapped by his abductors. This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village off Eastern Bypass Kaduna, Kaduna State.
“Arrangements are in progress to move the body to 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna. May His soul rest in peace, Amen.

EgyptAir hijacker arrested


A hijacker who seized an Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, officials said on Tuesday.
“The hijacker has just been arrested,” Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Twitter, without providing further details.
A man emerged from the aircraft and then walked across the tarmac and raised his hands to two awaiting counter-terrorism police officers, an AFP correspondent reported.
They laid him on the ground and searched him for around two minutes before taking him away.
The hijacker had claimed to be wearing an explosives belt when he took over the plane.
Police had yet to enter the aircraft 30 minutes after his surrender.

Facebook Post that will leave you pondering


After the unfortunate fire incident that razed shops at the Abubakar Rimi market in Sabon Gari, Kano, a Facebook post by one Nura Lawal tends to reignite debate on the supposed unity of Nigeria.

Hijacked EgyptAir Plane lands in Cyprus


An Egypt Air flight MS181 from Alexandria to Cairo has been hijacked and has landed in Cyprus.
The hijacked Egypt plane landed at Larnaka airport with a bomb suspected on board, a Cyprus official has said.
Reports say all the passengers have been released, except cabin crew and 5 foreigners, after negotiations with hijacker.

Monday, 28 March 2016

IPOB claims to have uncovered Plot to kill Nnamdi Kanu


The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Monday alleged it has uncovered another plan by the Federal Government, Department of State Service, DSS and three South East Governors and some National Assembly members to eliminate its leader and Director of Radio Biafra Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Officer, Mr Emma Powerful said "the plot by FG, DSS and three Governors from the Southeastern States to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra on his way to next court date.

Panic in US capital as gunman fires shots in Capitol Hill


U.S. Capitol police shot a male suspect Monday afternoon following reports of gunfire at the Capitol Visitors Center.
A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel, but no U.S. Capitol Police officers have been injured.
The Capitol complex remains on lockdown.
According to a notice sent to Senate staffers, and no other suspects appear to be at large.
"There has been an isolated incident at the U.S. Capitol. There is no active threat to the public," the D.C. Police Department tweeted.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Fuel Scarcity: Tinubu blasts Kachikwu


“Kachikwu’s flippancy was out-of-line. He was basically telling Nigerians that they should be lucky that they are getting the inadequate supply they now suffer…”

Apparently appalled by his seeming lack of empathy and manifest arrogance, a former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, lampooned Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State, Petroleum, for telling Nigerians that he “was not trained as a magician”, a reference to the lingering fuel scarcity that appears to be defying efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Easter: Ekweremadu Preaches Forgiveness and Sacrifice


The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues of forgiveness and self-sacrifice as exhibited by Jesus Christ in order to move the nation forward.

Ekweremadu, who stated this in his Easter message signed by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, said recrimination, unforgiveness, and selfishness were major clogs in the nation’s wheel of progress.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Detained suicide bomber in Cameroon says she is one of Chibok girls


A suspected suicide bomber intercepted in northern Cameroon on Friday before she could blow herself up claimed to be one of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014, military and local government sources said.
Two girls carrying explosives were stopped by local self-defense forces in the village of Limani, in an area of northern Cameroon that has been the target of frequent suicide bombings in recent months.

Buhari disowns #Istandwithbuhari advocacy group


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday dissociated himself from an advocacy group, #Istandwithbuhari, and demanded that the group should immediately stop claiming any alliance with his administration.
Buhari’s position was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, Buhari demanded that those behind the group should stop using his name and that of his wife, Aisha, to promote themselves and their activities.
The statement read in part, “Among other reasons, we have found it necessary to distance the Presidency from the #Istandwithbuhari group because its premature and ostentatious celebration of the present administration’s achievements is totally inconsistent with President Buhari’s philosophy of service with humility.
“While the present administration has indeed recorded significant successes in its priority areas of improving security across the nation, ending the Boko Haram insurgency, curbing official corruption and revamping Nigeria’s economy, President Buhari is well aware that his government still has a lot of national challenges to overcome.
“The President prefers to give his fullest attention to addressing those challenges without the unsolicited and unwelcome distraction of untimely praise-singing from groups with dubious and questionable motives.”

Panel indicts over 300 ONSA contractors, recovers N7B


Three hundred persons and firms have been indicted by presidential panel for “partial” or “non-execution” of the contracts awarded them by Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) between 2011 and 2015.
The committee has recovered over N7billion from those indicted.The indicted companies are to refund another N41 billion.
These are contained in a statement issued last night by Mallam Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The committee, the statement said, recommended further investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to determine whether another N75 billion should be recovered from some of the companies.
The committee, headed by Air Vice Marshal JON Ode, is different from the one investigating the breach of the Defence Arms and Equipment Procurement Act in the award of contracts ONSA.
It found that one of the indicted companies, Societe D’Equipment International was overpaid by 7.9 Million Euros and $7.09 Million.
It noted that many contractors were apparently over paid, while others were given full upfront payments contrary to their contract terms and agreements.
The panel also uncovered evidence of payments to individuals and companies by ONSA without any contractual agreement or evidence of jobs executed.
The committee discovered that some companies failed to fulfil their tax obligations for contracts executed.
It recovered some of the funds from these individuals and organisations amounting to N3,537,549,223.04, $8,000,000.00 and houses worth 512,000,000 from 32 companies.
The Panel also established that some individuals and companies received money without evidence of contractual agreements or jobs done.
The amount received by these individuals was N7,104,925,000.
It directed some companies that failed to execute contracts or did so partially to make refunds.
The total amount to be refunded is N19,896,539,125.20, $43,771,433.73 and two houses in Abuja worth N260,000,000.
Fifteen firms, the panel said companies were awarded contracts that require further investigation to ascertain their status. The total value of the contracts in this category was N11,726,571,161.00, $202,136,890.00 and €4,114,752.96.
The companies include: “Abrahams Telecommunication Limited and Value Trust Investment Limited RC 1050628 and RC133792, Bilal Turnkey Contractors Limited RC 616389, Circular Automobile Limited RC 953549, Continental Project Associates Limited RC 1201210, Da’voice Network Solutions Limited RC 658879.
Others are Foretech Investment Limited RC 759046, Forts and Sheild Limited RC 1148793, GDP Associated Limited RC 830715, Hakimco Automobiles – RC 904389, Hamada Properties and Investment Limited RC
635720, International Resources Management Company RC
228657, Investment Options Limited – RC 133484, Jakadiya Picture Company Limited RC 270972, JBE Multimedia Investment Limited RC 48875, Kamala Motors Limited RC 845545, Key Information Services Limited RC 297516.
Also investigated are Leeman Communications Limited RC 499781, MCAF Associates RC 734745, Moortown Global Investment RC 968416, Syntec Nigeria Limited RC 220165, Trafiga Limited RC 1098961, Trim Communications Limited RC 261180, Securicor Emergency and Safety RC 431246, Sologic Integrated Services Limited RC 744982, Wada Autos Limited RC 1082513, Zukhruf Nigeria Limited RC 306244, 2020 Nigeria Limited RC 1090292 and A and B Associates Limited RC 279980.
The individuals and companies that received payments without contractual agreements include: Bello Matawalle, Brig.-Gen. A.S. Mormoni-Bashir (the former Principal General Staff Officer at the ONSA, who is still serving), Alhaji Umar Sani, Dr Yakubu Sanky, Baba Bala, Ambassador Clement Layiwola Laseinde (a Director in the ONSA), an architect from Baitil Atiq Travels and Tours.
Others are Alhaji Shuaibu Salisu (the former Director of Finance and Administration at (ONSA), Col. Bello Fadile (rtd) (Special Adviser to Lt Col Sambo Dasuki; former NSA), Mr Otunla Jonah Niyi, Otunba Adelakun, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, Dr Tunji Olagunju, Miss Oluwatoyin Oluwagbayi, Lt Col MS Dasuki (rtd) (the former NSA}.
Also listed are Maipata Mohammed Abubakar, Mohammed Suleiman from Musaco investment and properties, Ibrahim Abdullahi also from Musaco investment and properties, Alhaji Aliyu Usman, and 18 other officers that served in the ONSA.
The companies that failed to execute contracts or did so partially, and have been asked to refund various sums are: A and Hatman Limited, Abuja Consulting Limited, Afro-Arab Investment, Agbede A Adeshina and Co, Aleppo Systems Nigeria Limited – RC 947255, Amp Africa Holdings and Solar Services, Apple Drops Nigeria Limited – RC 1102219, Apt Security Limited – RC 165189, Autoforms Integrated Enterprises Limited – RC 1234829, Axis Consulting Services Limited – RC 1151145, Belsha Nigeria Limited.
Community Defence Law Foundation – RC/IT No
56854, Complus International Service Limited, Cosse Limited – RC 316214, Daar Investment and Holdings Limited, Dalhatu Investment Limited – RC 404535, Destra Investment Limited, Development Strategies International Limited – RC 361191.
Others are DFX/White Zebu BDC – RC787658/RC1049919, Duchy Concepts Limited RC392281, Fara Security Limited RC 694607, Fimex Gilt Nigeria Limited RC 143150, First Aralac Global Limited RC939512, Fix-HYL Global Investment RC1129654, Good year Properties Limited RC1168828, Image Merchant Promotions Limited RC 416703.
Interglobal Limited RC 189188, Jos Peace Dialogue Forum CAC/IT/No75434, Kakatar Limited RC 443321, Leaderette Nigeria/Norden Global RC 422129/RC1119925, London Advertising Limited UK BASED, Mithra Oil Limited RC 620979, NigerLink BOG (Under Musaco Investment)
RC 834592, Iban Global (Under Musaco Investment), Musaco Investment (Bank Charges), Mystrose Limited RC 475579, NAF Holding Company Limited.
Also listed are: Peach Tree Communications Limited RC 410115, Perception BDC RC 740741, Pioneer Ventures RC 69776, Proptex Nigerian Limited – RC 116801, Prosedec Interglobal Limited RC 619845, Real Property Investment Limited RC 294761, Sinash Communications Limited RC 333134, Skytick International Limited RC 798693, Soject Nigeria Limited RC 74991, StellaVera Development Company Limited RC 713258.
Others who defaulted on their contractual agreements include Teracon AG SWISS BASED, Wehsec Farms Limited RC 713258, African Cable Television Limited RC 1113903, BCN Nigeria Limited RC 50969, Brains and Hammers RC 655673, Concept Options Ultimate Limited RC 604167, Elizade Nigeria Limited RC 11544, Emerging Platforms Limited RC 922205, EMI System Nigeria Limited RC 248986, Hadassa Investment and Security RC 709085, Kala Consulting Solutions Limited RC 98562, Pioneer Ventures, Nan Bizcom Nigeria Limited RC 680708, Nerres Limited RC 1138835, Plectrum Consulting Limited RC 937931, Protech Consultant RC 301426, Summit Publications Limited RC 304671, Telios Development Limited RC 468351, Urban Abode Nigeria Limited RC 651613, RCN Networks Limited RC 439720, Sail International Limited RC 97863, Suburban Broadway Limited – RC 469689, Geronimo Middle East and Africa, Julius Berger RC 6852, Romgat Morgan Nigeria Limited RC 902020, and Stallion Motors Limited RC 178627.
Contracts awarded to the following companies are to be further investigated: 2020 Nigeria Limited RC 1090292, Acacia Holdings Limited RC 940978, Africair Incorporated US Company, Augusta Westland Limited, Almond Project Limited, Bam Project and Properties, Bob Oshodin Organisation Limited RC 790662, Coral Builders Limited RC 397748, Dan Clington Nigeria Limited RC 940978, Law Partners and Associates BN/UY/004566, Magnificient 5 ventures Limited BN/2299463, MPS Global Services Limited.
Others are One plus Holdings Nigeria Limited RC 695999, Quadsix Nigeria Limited RC 1177968, and Reliance Reference Hospitals.

The Nation

Signs of the times (by Reuben Abati)


“Easter greetings”
“Ok”
“I am greeting you”
“I see”
“Are we quarrelling? Or you have malaria?”
“Can’t you see that I am just not in the mood?”
“Not in the mood to say same to you?”
“Okay. Same to you”
“This is the season of love, you know. Our Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary so we may have everlasting life. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can be saved.”
“Keep preaching”
“We must learn to love others and be prepared to imbibe the virtue of sacrifice.”
“I have never pretended that I want to be like Jesus Christ. Thank you.”
“His teachings. His example.”
“Good. But look, listen to me, just don’t go to Kaduna and go about preaching to people. I hope you know. Keep your teachings to yourself.”
“Even on a Good Friday? Oh, come on. Nobody can stop us from proclaiming The Word. And we need the message of love, sacrifice and salvation in this land.”
“Sacrifice? Have we not sacrificed enough?”
“It’s never enough.”
“We haven’t had electricity in our neighbourhood for a whole week. We can’t even afford to keep running the generator”
“All that will change.”
“When they have told us there will be fuel scarcity till May? You may add two more months to that.”
“No, oh. The Minister was misquoted. He has since clarified his statement. He said he was just being sincere.”
“Meaning?”
“Meaning the journalists who reported the story added salt and pepper to his statement.”
“But have you seen the queues at the fuel stations?”
“Seen? I spent a whole day looking for fuel yesterday.”
“Very good. Don’t complain. You were making sacrifice.”
“I love my country, no matter what. All we need is just love.”
“Say that to the over 3 million workers in the food and beverages industry who are about to lose their jobs.”
“I read that. It is rather scary.”
“Many companies are shutting down, or downsizing, or they are unable to pay salaries.”
“Have faith. All that will change. All these companies sacking people up and down should also try and make some sacrifice.”
“Business is business”
“Business should have a human heart. Sometimes, when I read all those figures about people being retrenched, I suspect sabotage.”
“How convenient?”
“What I am saying is that Corporate Nigeria should be prepared to support the people and the government.”
“Corporate Nigeria should transform into a wing of the Red Cross. Very nice. Well, for your information, the economy is imploding, the Naira is sick, there is no electricity, no this, no that, and so businesses are being disabled.”
“All that will change.”
“You keep saying things will change. You know I don’t like slogans.”
“The Minister of Finance will soon write another article about it, and maybe if you have been reading…”
“What article?”
“She likes to write essays to explain things. Newspaper essays.”
“And who reads that?”
“You should. In one recent article she said, “we are undertaking an ambitious counter cyclical strategy to stimulate our sluggish economy….”
“Counter cyclical strategy. Please, I don’t want to read essays.”
“Don’t worry. Even that will change”
“Go and say that to all the workers who will not be paid salaries this month end. Go to the streets of Osun and tell the workers that in case they don’t receive their salaries, they should be prepared to make sacrifice. And that they should understand why their state got only N6 million allocation this month.”
“In the spirit of Easter, yes. Why not?”
“If they stone you, don’t expect any sympathy.”
“Man shall not live by bread alone.”
“Can you stop?”
“We should never lose hope.”
“Sorry, the people want to live by bread. Right now, yes. And I can tell you they want to eat rice too”.
“Rice?”
“Yes, rice? Now that the importation of rice through land borders has been banned, the cost of rice has gone up again.”
“Land borders? So, rice can only be imported by air or water? I don’t believe it.”
“I know many families who have stopped eating rice in this country.”
“It is not that bad. Ah. People like to exaggerate things. That is why I talk about blackmail and sabotage. There are saboteurs in this country. Economy no good, economy no good, some of the banks are declaring hundreds of billions as profit!”
“Who is sabotaging who?”
“You should answer the question yourself since you seem to know it all. Everything I say, you just wave it aside. What’s eating you up?”
“Nothing. But you too, you are beginning to sound like members of the National Assembly.”
“What have they done again? I know many of the members seem to have a special talent for comedy.”
“You know the other day, the House of Representatives hosted the gentleman who graduated with a 5.0 Grade Point Average from the University of Lagos. Good idea, but do you know what the Speaker of the House said?”
“No”
“He told the fellow that if he wants to succeed in life, he should not let three things get into him”
“Which are?”
“Money, women and alcohol”
“Alcohol, yes. I understand that part about alcohol, but money and women?”
“Male chauvinist. Hypocrite.”
“And the female members of the House did not protest?”
“By now, they must be used to their male colleagues always making snide remarks about women.”
“Do you know the Speaker’s wife?”
“What has that got to do with this matter, if I may ask?”
“She should be the one to help settle the matter on behalf of all Nigerian women. He should deny him food, and constantly remind him that it is not good for him to allow a woman get into him.”
“Some of these people are tyrants at home, you know. They won’t even allow their wives to express an opinion. And I tell you, don’t offer advice to other people’s wives. That can be dangerous.”
“But have you heard?”
“What again?”
“The Federal Government is planning to organise a town hall dialogue between herdsmen and farmers to address the issue of constant violence between the two groups.”
“Dialogue? What dialogue? To be attended by the people of Agatu and the herdsmen who slaughtered them? And who are walking free, beyond justice?”
“Dialogue is always healthy”
“Justice first. The solution is simple. Create grazing reserves. Set up ranches. This is the 21st Century. Nobody should graze cattle on highways, airports and on farmlands.”
“There are cultural issues involved.”
“I don’t know what you are talking about. They have cattle in other parts of the world too. Nobody sheds human blood to preserve the blood of cattle.”
“I think you should attend the dialogue and offer some ideas.”
“I have said my bit. Certain things are just straight-forward. Look at the case of the three girls who were abducted from Babington Junior Seminary in Ikorodu, Lagos state.”
“Yes?”
“The principal of the school is saying the suspect in the matter has been sending text messages asking for forgiveness and prayers”
“He certainly needs prayers.”
“No. He doesn’t need prayers. He should be handed over to the police and made to pay for his crime. He abducted three young girls for six days and he is asking for prayers! We pray too much. We talk too much. And it is a shame that anybody is listening to his request for prayers.”
“Young girls in Nigeria are really endangered. I was reading another story about a female student at the Queen’s College, Lagos, whose parents reported that she was molested by a male teacher.”
“I read that too. But there are too many versions of that story. What is certain is that the right of young girls to grow up without being molested and abused by older men must be protected. You check the newspapers, there is a hardly a day you won’t read a story about young girls being raped or abducted. What is wrong with Nigerian men? Grown up women no longer appeal to them?
“Please don’t generalise. Say some Nigerian men. Don’t join people who label all Nigerians.”
“Okay. Okay. At least, I can vouch for you. And I am certainly a gentleman. And if anyone is caught abusing a girl-child, that person should be punished.”
“In the UK, they just sent a footballer to prison for six years for having unlawful carnal knowledge of a 15-year old girl.”
“Good. Good. Who is he?”
“Adam Johnson. He used to play for Sunderland.”
“Never heard of him. But I hope Yunusa Yellow and all such men in Nigeria also get their day in court.”
“What’s the latest from Rivers State, after the re-run election?”
“Nothing. Bad blood. Politics of hate. Rivers of blood. My heart goes out to the families of all the people who were murdered during that election.”
“That was sad. It is so painful to see how people shed blood because of politics.”
“Oh, you are not talking about sacrifice, again?”
“I am not talking about that kind of sacrifice. If people have to die to elect their own representatives, it is a sign of sickness in society.”
“Looks like INEC has changed. If they can’t organize common re-run, how will they manage a general election?”
“Ha.”
“Too much ego in that their Rivers state. It was a fight-to-finish re-run. I just hope the outstanding elections will not again result in violence.”
“In fact, no member of the NYSC should agree to serve as an ad hoc staff for INEC again in Rivers state.”
“Governor Nyesom Wike says the state government will immortalise Samuel Okonta, the youth corps member, who was killed. He has also increased the monthly allowance for youth corps members serving in the state”
“Immortalise?”
“Yes”
“But will that bring the dead back to life?”
“I know. Really sad. National service yes, but these youth corps members should not be exposed to danger. You remember how they are always the victims during elections.”
“I do. Nobody at all should die during elections. Electoral violence must be prevented by all means and whenever it occurs, sanctions must be applied.”
“Yes.”
“Anyway, no government has ever promised magic.”
“Well, at least, they now have a budget. Has anybody analyzed what was passed by the National Assembly?”
“Please. The analysis is enough. Enough analysis.”
“I think the Ministry of Finance will still make some presentations.”
“Can you tell them not to bother? Ha, ha. Wetin?”
“Have a Happy Easter.”
“You, too.”

Nigerian Army begins forensic analysis of Shekau's new video


The Nigerian military is utilizing forensic analysis to examine a supposed new video from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in order to determine its authenticity.
The video shows Shekau telling his followers to end their violent tactics and to embrace peace.
A top military officer said that the supposed surrender of the leader will not stop the military’s pursuit of Boko Haram.
“The ongoing campaign against insurgency and indeed Boko Haram is being intensified most especially in the Sambisa forest and its environs in order to further degrade and demystify the sect and bring them to their knees,” the officer said.
“We are aware of the video but we are subjecting it to thorough forensic investigation.”
The supposed recording of Shekau marks the first time he had been heard from since March 2015, when he recorded an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and rebranding Boko Haram as the Islamic State West Africa Province.
The video’s poor quality has raised suspicions, as the terrorist group’s former videos were shot in higher definitions. Additionally, this video was posted on YouTube, while in the past, Boko Haram used ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts to share their videos. Some have questioned whether or not the man depicted in the video is Shekau.
SaharaReporters contacted Ronald Sandee, a former senior counterterrorism analyst at Dutch Military Intelligence, to examine the video.
"I think it is a fake video; a cut-and-paste job to try to influence some of his followers. It's not really professionally done. And why would Shekau turn around and surrender? It does not make sense." he said.
"I do not believe this is a genuine Shekau video."

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Adam Johnson jailed for six years


Footballer Adam Johnson has been jailed for six years for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15.
Sentencing the ex-Sunderland player, Judge Jonathan Rose told him he had abused a position of trust and caused his victim "severe psychological harm".

Chelsea Congratulates new Super Eagles Captain, Mikel


Chelsea Football Club, has congratulated the new skipper of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi.
Mikel was named as the captain  at a media conference ahead of two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt.

Shekau speaks of his end in new video


Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who was reportedly killed, has appeared on video for the first time in more than a year on Thursday.
In a video devoid of his usual confidence talk and defiant bluster, the terror group leader rejected the rumours of his death but signalled that his time as chief of the jihadist group may be coming to an end.

Mikel Obi is new Super Eagles Captain


Chelsea star Mikel Obi is the new Nigeria captain after Ahmed Musa relinquished the position on Thursday, saying this was to clear “a mix-up”.
“Something happened before I was made the captain of the Super Eagles. There was a mix-up,” Musa told reporters in Abuja.
“But right now, we have a new administration. Mikel is my senior and a big brother. So, Mikel is the captain, not me.”

Johan Cruyff: Netherland's great dies of cancer aged 68


Netherlands footballing great Johan Cruyff has died of cancer aged 68.
Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, was European footballer of the year three times.
He won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax from 1971, coached Barcelona to their first European Cup triumph in 1992 and helped the Dutch reach the 1974 World Cup final, where they lost 2-1 to West Germany.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.

CCT okays Saraki for trial


The Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed an application by the senate president, Bukola Saraki, for false asset declaration charges against him to be dropped.
Mr. Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, had argued that the 13-count charge was invalid procedurally because the Code of Conduct Bureau which filed the charges, failed to allow Mr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law.

Rivers State To Immortalize Dead Corps Member


Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the late corp member, Mr Samuel Okonta who died during the re-run election in the sate will be immortalized.
Speaking at the NYSC Headquaters in Port Harcourt, he said the death of the young man was really sad and promised to assist police in every possible way to carry out a proper investigation.

Kachikwu's comments on fuel supply misinterpreted - NNPC


The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has said that Dr Ibe Kachikwu's 'sincere' assessment of the fuel supply scenario was misinterpreted during a brief chat with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa Wednesday.
The Corporation in a statement decried what it termed ``misinterpretation’’ of an otherwise benign and sincere assessment of the fuel supply scenario by Dr. Kachikwu at the Presidential Villa after leading members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, to a meeting with Mr. President.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

No immediate solution to fuel scarcity - Kachikwu


The Federal Government has said that Nigerians will have to endure the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country for the next two months.
Speaking to State House correspondents on Wednesday after leading union leaders in the sector to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu said the efforts put in place by the government would begin to yeild results in the next two months.

Senator Marafa denies truce with Pro Saraki Senators


A prominent member of a group of senators opposed to the election of Bukola Saraki as Senate President, has denied that a meeting between his group and supporters of Mr. Saraki, Wednesday, sought to canvass support for the embattled senate leader who is facing corruption trial.
Kabiru Marafa, the spokesperson of the so-called Unity Forum, said the meeting with the Like Minds group was beyond Mr. Saraki, and was about forging a united All Progressives Congress, APC.

National Assembly passes controversial 2016 budget


After months of scrutiny, the Senate today, Wednesday 23, passed the 2016 N6.07trillion Appropriation bill into law.
This, the Senate said, became necessary following satisfactory sectoral explanations which showed that the nation stands to benefit from the the budget.
The motion to pass the bill into law was moved by Senator Danjuma Goje and seconded by Senator Andy Uba.

Two brothers named as masterminds behind Brussels terror attack


Brothers Khalid and Brahim El Bakraoui have been named in local media as the suicide bombers who killed at least 11 people and injured dozens more when they detonated explosives in the busy departures hall of Brussels Zaventem Airport on Tuesday morning.
Belgian public broadcaster RTBF said police sources had confirmed the names of the two men, who were previously known to local police, the BBC reports.

Anti-Saraki Senators back down, rally round embattled Senate President


Some All Progressives Congress senators who opposed the election of Bukola Saraki as Senate President, held a rare meeting Tuesday with Mr. Saraki’s key supporters from the same party, casting aside differences that for months polarised the ruling party’s senate caucus.
The meeting between the anti-Saraki group’s so-called Unity Forum and pro-Saraki’s Like Minds, had in attendance 10 senators – five from each of the two camps. It took place at the Asokoro residence of Aliyu Wammako, a former Sokoto State governor.
Mr. Wamakko confirmed to Premium Times that the talks held.

Detained Ekiti lawmaker released by DSS


Mr. Akanni Afolabi, of the Ekiti State House of Assembly who became the subject of a death scare in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS last week has regained his freedom. Afolabi who was freed after 18 days in detention was, however, immediately admitted in a private hospital in Abuja for treatment.
The lawmaker was very weak and could barely speak when Vanguard visited him at the hospital even as he kept repeating “I am not well. I am sick. I am sick.”

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Nigeria Customs Service re-imposes restriction on rice

Nigeria Customs Service has re-introduced the restriction order on  importation of rice through land borders across the country.
A statement signed by its Public Relations Officer PRO Wale Adeniyi outlined the following:

1. Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) gave the approval for the reversal of an earlier policy in October 2015 which allowed rice imports through the land borders, once appropriate duty and charges were paid.

Shocking details of how suspended PTAD boss, others made N40m monthly from Pension funds

An online news portal, Per Second News says it has obtained exclusive details of how suspended Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) boss Nellie Mayshak, made a whooping N40m monthly through interest rates in commercial banks.

Terror attacks reported in Brussels


Belgian police told AFP on Tuesday that a blast at a metro station near the EU institutions in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, caused deaths and injuries, without offering further details.
“There are wounded, There are dead. I don’t know how many,” a police officer told an AFP reporter as he escorted a woman away from the blast scene.
A Belgian prosecutor in a statement confirmed the explosion at the Maalbeek metro station.
At least 21 people have been reported dead in the airport and metro blasts.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Rivers rerun: one NYSC Corps member confirmed killed


The National Youth Service Corps has announced the death of a corps member, Okonta Samuel, with call-up number RV/15B/5539, during the re-run elections in Rivers State.

A statement on Monday said Mr. Samuel, who served at GCSS Ukpeliede, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Ahoada West Local Government Area.

APC calls for cancellation of Rivers rerun election


The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday said Saturday`s re-run elections in the State were not credible and should therefore be cancelled.
Davies Ikanya, Chairman of the party in the state, made the call at a news conference in Port Harcourt.
Mr. Ikanya said the outcome of the elections were not acceptable because the process was not free, fair and credible.

Incredible! 27 Men Caught Gang-Raping The Sacred Statue Of A Hindu god


In what may come across as one of the weirdest cases of r*pe in recent times, dozens of men have been caught gang-raping a statue of revered Hindu god.
The Indian police arrested the 27 men on Friday, March 18, in the state of Odisha, India, for the alleged “sexual assault” of a holy statue of the Hindu god, Ganesh.
The crime, which took place on Tuesday night, shocked the entire country, who had already been shaken by several sexual scandals over the last few years.
According to WNDR, the 27 accused are presumed to be part of a larger group of men who pierced a hole in the abdominal area of a temple statue, before engaging in s*xual intercourse with it.