Friday, 23 June 2017

Supreme Court Voids Herman Hembe’s Reps Membership, Declares Dorothy Mato Winner

The Supreme Court, on Friday, has declared as null and void the election of Herman Hembe into the House of Representatives, while also declaring Mrs. Dorothy Mato the winner of the All Progressives Congress ticket for Vandikwa/Konshisha Federal Constituency of Benue State.

Hembe was elected into the House of Reps in 2015.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue certificate of return to Mato.

Supreme Court Sacks Senator Danladi, Orders Him To Refund Salaries, Allowances

The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday, ordered Sen.Sani  Abubakar Danladi, representing Taraba North Senatorial District, to vacate his seat and refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days.

The court also declared Alhaji Shuaibu Isa Lau, as the senator representing Taraba North.

The order was contained in the judgement of the court on the appeal filed by Lau.

Nigerian Airports Ready For Sallah Celebration - FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured all airport users that Nigerian airports under its management are fully ready to play host to all air travelers especially during this Sallah celebration.
A statement signed by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs) said Airport security and other logistics have been upgraded and strengthened to provide for the expected increase in passenger traffic in and around our airports.

Saraki Unperturbed By FG's Appeal Against CCT Ruling

Following the decision of the Federal Government to file an appeal against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which upheld the plea of no case submission he made on the 18-count charge of false asset declaration preferred against him, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, wishes to reiterate his earlier position that he remains unperturbed by the development.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

NCPC To Commence Pilgrimage For Judges And Magistrates Next Year

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Rev. Tor Uja has said that the Commission would commence a special pilgrimage to Israel for Judges and Magistrates next year. He made this known in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice, Walter Onnoghen at the Supreme Court, Abuja. 

Nnamdi Kanu: South East CSOs Defend Ekweremadu, South-East Senators

*Blames Federal Government for Escalation of Pro-Biafra agitations
The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations and the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, have thrown their weight behind the role played by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and the South East Caucus of the Senate in the perfection of bail of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

It blamed the Federal Government for the escalation of pro-Biafra agitations and feelings of alienation by South East people, which, it said, resulted in the total shut down of the South East on the 30th of May 2017 in commemoration of Biafra Day.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Man Jailed For Dangling Baby From Window In Algeria

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook.
The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: "1,000 likes or I will drop him."

Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN Made Historic Milestone in System Stability

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has, for the first time in the last 20 years, maintained grid frequency stability within the operating band of 49.5Hz to 50.5Hz for 24 consecutive hours.This important milestone, which was achieved on the 14th of June, 2017, is a key pointer to the gradual and consistent improvement in the stability of the nation’s transmission grid.

In a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Seun Olagunju, the Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed and the entire management once again expressed appreciation to the Generation Companies nationwide for complying with the Grid Code rule, which requires them to maintain the required frequency control.

Constitution Amendment: Why Government May Not Fund Political Parties Now - Ekweremadu

…Says high level consultations ongoing
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has blamed the withdrawal of government subventions for political parties on abuse, noting that it was still inadvisable to reintroduce it.

He also said that high level consultations were in top gear to obtain the views of critical stakeholders about the ongoing constitution review.

The Deputy President of the Senate spoke when the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) visited him at the weekend on the ongoing constitution amendment.

Senate Orders Committee to Start Treating Petitions on Corruption

The Senate has expanded the responsibilities of one its Committees to include taking petitions from members of the public on allegations of corrupt practices in any government establishment across the country.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who stated this in his speech at the 11th Annual Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association - Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) in Lagos, on Sunday, said the decision was part of its anti-corruption policy aimed at eradicating the menace in the country.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Statement By Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki On His CCT Acquittal

Today, June 14, 2017, the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted me on a case of false declaration of assets, which started in September 2015. 

You would recall that at the beginning of the trial, I maintained that I will clear my name. The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position. With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts and our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice. 

CCT: Saraki’s Acquittal, Sweet Victory for Democracy- Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described as “victory for democracy”, the discharge and acquittal of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Reacting to the Tribunal’s verdict on Wednesday, Ekweremadu said it did not come to him as a surprise given that, like the trumped up forgery and conspiracy charges slammed against himself and the Senate President, but which was later withdrawn by the Federal Government, the CCT trial was hatched in the coven of evil politics and was, therefore, bound to fall like a pack of cards.

CCT Clears Saraki of false asset declaration charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has dismissed charges of false asset declaration against Senate President Bukola Saraki.
On May 4, the senate president told the tribunal that he would file a no-case submission, which implies that he is not opening a defence but asking the tribunal to discharge him of the charges because there is no case against him.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Buhari Directs Osinbajo To Sign 2017 Budget

Following the receipt of a full brief on the 2017 Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly, and to buttress the unity at the highest level of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated that it is in the interest of the nation's economy for the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to sign the Appropriation Bill into law.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Asking If I’m Biafran Is Like Asking If My Name Is Asari Dokubo – Ex-Militant Leader

Ex-leader of Niger Delta militants, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has noted that anyone in the South-south and South-East region of the country, who denies Biafra and its struggle, is only doing so for fear of death or being incarceration.

He admitted that there are so many Igbos, Ijaws and other tribes in the “Biafran land” who have refused to identify with the on-going struggle, adding that those persons are doing so out of fear that the Nigerian state will deny them their rights.

Ignore Quit Notice: South East Senate Caucus Tell Igbos

The South East Senate Caucus on Thursday asked Igbos residing in the North to ignore the quit order handed down by some Arewa youths.

The Caucus in a statement in Abuja by its Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe described the quit order by the Arewa youths as poisonous, irresponsible and one that was aimed at dealing a deadly blow to Nigeria's unity.

Ethnic Agitations: Saraki Appeals For Tolerance Among Nigerians

Amid rising ethnic agitations in some parts of the country, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians to tolerate each other and display understanding because there is strength in unity.

Saraki spoke when the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, led by its Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam, visited him at the National Assembly in Abuja. 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Manchester United: Richest club in Europe

Manchester United have moved clear of Real Madrid as the most valuable football club in Europe, a report by auditors KPMG has found.
United have been valued at €3.004 billion (£2.61bn), ahead of both Real (€2.895bn) and Barcelona (€2.688bn). KPMG had estimated Madrid and United as being worth €2.9bn at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

AUDIO: BIAFRA – Ojukwu’s Speech For Posterity

U.S. Classified Files Reveal Untold Story Of Ojukwu, Biafra By Americans, Others

Secret American diplomatic dispatches, spread over 21,000 pages, provide previously unknown information about the Nigerian Civil War...

Early in the morning of 1 July 1967, Nigeria’s young head of state, Colonel Yakubu Gowon, was feeling uneasy in his office at the Supreme Headquarters, Dodan Barracks in Lagos. The unease was a result of his being ceaselessly pressured to authorize a military invasion of the breakaway Republic of Biafra.

Saraki to IDPs: Government Will Not Forget You...Visits Camp In Abuja

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some parts of the country that government will continue work to ensure their security, social and economic wellbeing as well as safe return to their homesteads. 

Saraki who said the government will not forget the displaced persons was speaking when he led a Senate delegation on a visit to the IDP camp at Kuchigoro, near the Games Village, Abuja, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja.

Raid: Ekweremadu Commends Arraignment of Whistle Blower, Calls for Further Investigation

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commended the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotun, on the prosecution of one of the false whistle blowers, whom police alleged misled them into raiding his official guest house in Abuja on Friday, May 26.

Reacting to the arraignment of the suspect, Ahmed Echodo, before an Upper Area Court, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday, Ekweremadu said such would serve as a lesson to other false whistle blowers and agencies of government.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Abubakar Momoh: An Irreplaceable Loss - NLC

The sudden death of Professor Abubakar Momoh, Director General of the National Electoral Institute has been described as a big blow to the Labour Movement and an irreplaceable loss.

A statement released by the General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Peter Ozo-Eson said; "in Professor Momoh, we have lost a true friend and an irrepressible ally.
"He was an intellectual titan, an uncommon progressive, a committed Unionist and a core nationalist.

FAAN Refutes Recruitment Rumours

The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has refuted an online rumour going round that the Authority is presently recruiting into her staff fold.

The  Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta, who dispelled the rumour today in Lagos advised members of the public to beware of fraudsters, who pose as staff of the Authority, with the intention of duping innocent applicants.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Don’t Be Provoked Into Armed Struggle, Ekweremadu Admonishes Ndigbo

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged Ndigbo not to allow themselves to be provoked into any armed struggle, but to continue to sustain peaceful agitation for equity and justice within the Nigerian commonwealth.
He reiterated that the minimum Ndigbo demands from Nigeria was the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to enable them enjoy equity and actualise their potentials.

Ekweremadu Commends FG for 27km Road Project

The Deputy of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commended the Federal Government for its efforts at building critical road infrastructure to boost agriculture and economic diversification in the country.

Ekweremadu stated this at the weekend when he inspected the ongoing construction of the 27-kilometre Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburumbu-Nara Road, with a spur to Oduma.

Ekweremadu said lack of access roads to evacuate agricultural products had remained a huge setback for agriculture in the rural communities across the country, thereby leading to wastage, while also making farming appear an unprofitable ventures to many.

Saraki: Let's Sustain Democracy By Building A Strong Economy

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted and united  effort by all Nigerians to build a strong economy as a means of sustaining the nation's democracy.

Democracy Day: Ekweremadu Harps on Constitutionalism, Rule of Law

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has stressed the need to uphold constitutionalism and the rule of law to speed up the growth of the nation’s democracy.

Ekweremadu stated this in his Democracy Day message to Nigerians.

He maintained that the real blessing and difference between democracy and undemocratic forms of government was the guarantee of human rights and rule of law.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Senate To Partner US Chamber of Commerce on ICT For Job Creation

The Senate has pledged its preparedness to work with the US Chamber of Commerce African Business Centre to develop the nation's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector towards diversifying the nation's economy and creating jobs.

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki made the pledge in Abuja when the Group led by Ms. Leila Ndiaye visited him ahead of the launch of the ICT Working Group in Abuja.

Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, thanked the US Chamber for their interest in working together with relevant agencies to develop Nigeria's ICT sector.

Friday, 12 May 2017

How Bullion Van Rammed Into Governor Amosun's Convoy

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, yesterday on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, experienced what ordinary motorists go through at the hands of reckless bullion van drivers as he narrowly escaped disaster when a Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s bullion van rammed into his convoy. 

Supreme Court Upholds Election of Okezie Ikpeazu As Abia State Governor

The supreme court has upheld the position of Okezie Ikpeazu as Abia state governor.
On June 27, Okon Abang, a judge of the federal high court, Abuja,  ordered Ikpeazu’s removal on the allegation that he submitted false tax documents to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

TCN Energize 40MVA 132/33KV Mobile Power Transformer At Damboa

The transmission Company of Nigeria has successfully installed and energized a 40MVA 132/33kV mobile power transformer at the Damboa Transmission Substation in Bornu State, on May 7th, 2017.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Today's Photo

Children at IDP camp, Durumi, Abuja are pictured looking at their reflections on a vehicle!

Photo: Haye Okoh

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Senate To Probe Bureau for Public Procurement

Despite the push by the current administration to rid the country of corruption, lawmakers in the Senate have insisted that the effort will yield no tangible result until there is a total overhaul of the public procurement system in the country which the lawmakers believe is the root cause of corruption in Nigeria.

The Senate has therefore mandated its committee on public procurement to begin an investigation into what they described as monumental corruption in the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP, an Agency which was set up by law to monitor the procurement of contracts.

N4 Billion Scandal: BBC Apologises To Sanusi

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has tendered unreserved apologies to Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, over incorrect reports that he was under investigations regarding mismanagement of funds belonging to the Kano emirate.

In a letter by Jamie Angus, BBC editorial director, the media outfit expressed its apologies to the royal father for the incorrect report.

Unpaid Nigerian Journalists Lock Broadcast Station, Commence Indefinite Strike

Unpaid journalists and staff of the ‎Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, OGBC, locked up their offices as they began an indefinite strike on Wednesday morning.
The indefinite strike commences after the expiration of three separate notices the radio workers gave the management on the non-payment of their entitlements put at about N148,260,000

Monday, 8 May 2017

New Caf President Ahmad Refuses To Accept A Salary

The new Confederation of African Football Caf President, Ahmad Ahmad, says he has refused to accept a salary from African football's governing body.
His election in March ended Cameroonian Issa Hayatou's 29-year reign.

PHOTOS: Buhari Meets Osinbajo, Saraki, Others Before London Trip

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday night met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Zamfara State Governor, Abubakar Yari ahead of his trip to London.

Saraki Hails Buhari, Security Forces on Release of 82 Chibok Girls

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, security operatives, and the international Red Cross on the release of 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls, that were part of the group abducted by Boko Haram in 2014.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki expressed delight at the development, saying that the prayers and well-wishes of Nigerians and the global community had led to the return of “more of our daughters.”

Saraki Condoles Families of Lagos-Ibadan Highway Accident Victims

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the road accident which claimed about 26 lives at the weekend on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Saraki, in a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that the tragic loss of lives on the highway has become almost a daily occurrence, hence, there is need for immediate action to get the private sector involved in the funding and management of the road.

Africans Traveling In Africa: Eliminating The Difficulties And Advancing Integration By Akhator Joel ODIGIE

No doubt, most of the observations and views contained in this piece as they relate to movement within Africa by Africans are not new. In fact, they are so stale to the point that they are considered “normal” given their relentless persistence and occurrence, and more so because we seem helpless. The decision to bring them to your attention is to reject the last opinion about helplessness, and to rather argue that we must strive in our little contributions to ensure that Africa works for Africans, at least on the issues of integration and migration.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Manchester United Agree Personal Terms With Antoine Griezmann Over £280,000-A-Week Contract

Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Antoine Griezmann over a contract worth £72.8 million, according to reports.

Diego Costa Reportedly Signs Pre-Agreement for €90M Tianjin Quanjian Transfer

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has reportedly signed a pre-contract agreement with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian for a fee of €90 million (£76.2 million).

The Spaniard will reportedly earn €30 million (£25.4 million) per year in China and will leave Stamford Bridge this summer, paving the way for manager Antonio Conte to enter the transfer market for a new striker.

Uefa Considers Change To Way Penalty Shootouts Are Staged

Penalty shootouts in football could be transformed to make them fairer under new plans being looked at by Uefa.

The sport's European governing body is already trialling a new way for penalties to be taken in decisive shootouts.

Instead of teams alternating spot-kicks, Uefa is considering a new system similar to the tie-break in tennis.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

It’s No Movie, BankyW and Actress Adesua Etomi Announce Engagement

Popular RandB singer, Bankole Wellington, also known as Banky W, has announced his engagement to actress Adesua Etomi.

The singer who has been under pressure to get married revealed this on his Instagram page @Bankywellington in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to him, he secretly proposed to Adesua in February 2017.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu Raises Alarm On Fresh Plot To Unseat Him

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has raised alarm over what he described as a plot by the Federal Government, using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, local and international media to remove him from office and rubbish his political career with a false allegation of corruption.

12 Things You Might Want To Delete From Your Facebook Page

With billions of users, Facebook is one of the most powerful influencers in the world.
But with anything that powerful, you have to be careful how you deal with it.
While Facebook says protecting the privacy of its users is of utmost priority, there are certain pieces of information you might want to consider not having on there, like your home address, or where you went to school.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Saraki to FG: Set Up Review Panel on Workers' Demands

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has advised the Federal Government to immediately constitute a panel consisting of stakeholders to work on demands of Nigerian workers for increased wages and arrears of pension, promotion and allowances.

Saraki while speaking with newsmen at the Eagles Square, Abuja, venue of the 2017 May Day celebration, said if the workers had allowed the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, to address them, he would have announced some plans that the government had for the workers.

Ekweremadu Reiterates Call for N50,000 Minimum Wage

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated his call for the implementation of N50,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

Ekweremadu stated this in his goodwill message to workers on May Day.

He said the current N18,000 minimum wage was no longer realistic given the hyperinflation in the country, which he said had made it difficult for overwhelming majority of Nigerian workers to afford the basic needs of life.

"I Joined Politics to Address Marginalisation" – Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweramadu, has said that he joined politics to address the problem of marginalisation at all levels of government.

This was even as he assured that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State was too focussed on improving the welfare of the people to loose sleep over a few defectors to other parties.

Ekweremadu spoke at his Enugu residence while receiving leaders of Udi North Forum, Enugu State, who paid him a courtesy visit on Sunday.

4 Simple Ways To Protect Your Smartphone.

Jumia recently confirmed a steady increase in the adoption and use of mobile phones in Nigeria, that means so many users are open to losing important data and information.
Data that can be lost are an email address, social media details, bank details and other private information. Smartphones contain loads of personal information and it is important every user take the best possible steps to secure them.
These tips should help better secure your