Friday, 31 March 2017

Senate To Receive Final Report on PIGB on April 24

Barring any last minute changes, the Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum (Upstream, Downstream and Gas), will on 24th April lay the final report of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) before the Senate for consideration and approval.

According to a schedule on the final stages of the committee's work, members of the committee will on Tuesday 4th April, 2017, hold their final joint meeting at a one-day  retreat in Abuja.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

VIDEO: Game of Thrones Season 7 Promo

The seventh season of Game of Thrones will be out later this year, I cant wait ...and i know that all lovers of this massive and spellbinding project cant wait to see it too.

Missing Indonesian Farmer Found Dead in Belly of Python

A missing farmer has been found dead inside the stomach of a four-metre long python in Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province, media reports said Wednesday.

Residents in Karossa district caught the snake on Monday while they were looking for Akbar, who had failed to return home after leaving his home to pick palm oil fruit in a nearby plantation the previous day, the Kompas daily reported.

Abia Headmistress Demoted for Embarrassing Ikpeazu’s Wife

The headmistress of a primary school at Amaetiti Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area, Abia State, Mrs. Maryleen Ezichi, has been reportedly demoted to a classroom teacher for allegedly embarrassing the wife of Abia State governor, Nkechi Ikpeazu.

It was gathered that Ezichi has been transferred to the Ukwa-East Local Government Area — about 140 kilometers from her former school — to serve as a deterrent for her ‘impunity and lack of respect for constituted authority’.


The headmistress, it was learnt had, during an interactive session with Ikpeazu’s wife after the inauguration of her free meal programme for primary school pupils in her school, complained that ‘teachers were being owed several months of salary arrears and allowances’.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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Customs seal Kano senator’s house, seize 13 vehicles

The Comptroller-General of Customs Compliance Task Force, says it has impounded 223 vehicles 13 of which belong to a senator in Kano State.

The task force also said that it seized other items, including foodstuffs worth N269.5m in Kano and Jigawa states within eight months.

Friday, 24 March 2017

BREAKING: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Freed After 6 Years in Jail

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been from detention Friday after a six-year imprisonment following his overthrow during the Arab Spring. 

Mubarak was released from a military hospital in Maadi and is now back at his home in a Cairo suburb, his attorney, Farid El Deeb, told CNN.

An Egyptian security official says ousted President Hosni Mubarak is back at home, free following his release from custody after legal proceedings that took years during which the country witnessed major upheavals.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

I Never Threatened to Shut Down Government says Senate Spokesman Sabi Abdullahi


Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has described as mischievous, fabricated and outright falsehood, the story circulating on some online media that he threatened that the Senate would shut down the Federal Government.

"My attention has been drawn to a fabricated report on some online media in which I was said to have spoken on behalf of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and threatened that Senate would go "to court and stop the entire government from working".

Killers of Cynthia Osokogu Sentenced to Death

Killers of Cynthia Osokogu, the Nasarawa State University postgraduate student murdered by her Facebook friends, Okwumo Nwabufo and Olisaeloka Ezike have been sentenced to death by a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere. 

Cynthia Osokogu was allegedly killed on July 22, 2012, at Cosmilla Hotel, Lakeview Estate, Festac Town, Lagos. However, in a judgment on Thursday, Justice Olabisi Akinlade who found the accused guilty as charged by the state sentenced them to death for murder. 

Dino Melaye Slams N5 Billion Libel Suit Against Sahara Reporters

Chairman Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye has filed a five billion Naira libel suit against online newspaper, Sahara Reporters accusing it of blackmail and violation of his fundamental human rights through one of its publications which alleged that he did not graduate from Ahmadu Bello University ABU as claimed.

Speaking to newsmen at the FCT High Court where the case was instituted, Melaye said the case will serve as a precedence to tackle other instances where dubious media organizations write false and malicious stories against Nigerians in order to rubbish their image or extort money from them.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Senate Asks Customs CG, Hameed Ali to Resign

The Senate has declared the Comptroller General of Customs, Retired Colonel Hameed Ali as unfit to hold public office and urged him to immediately resign from office.
This follows the failure of the Customs boss to appear before the Senate in appropriate Customs uniform to explain the proposed check on cars in the country to ensure appropriate payment of custom duty.

The Senate also insisted on the cancellation of the proposed check which they described as unacceptable and not in the interest of ordinary Nigerians, urging the Customs Service to find effective ways of collecting duties at the borders.

VIDEO: “I Did Not Deny My Family” – #BBNaija’s ThinTallTony Explains His Strategy

Big Brother Naija’s latest evicted housemate ThinTallTony has said he did not deny his family while on the show and the BJ we thought we saw wasn’t real. This happened during his interview with BeatFM yesterday.

According to TTT, before going into the show, he had a conversation with his wife and because they are very private people who like to keep their private lives private, they agreed he should keep his family out of the show.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Senate To Probe N298m SUV Linked to Saraki, Melaye’s Certificate Forgery Scandal

The Senate, on Tuesday, decided to investigate the allegation that an armoured Range Rover car said to worth N298m and seized by the Nigeria Customs Service belongs to the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki.

The move was based on a point of order raised by former Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, who also called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the certificate scandal involving Senator Dino Melaye.

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger Joins MLS Side Chicago Fire

Manchester United have agreed to let midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger join MLS side Chicago Fire.
A deal between the clubs was agreed on Monday and is subject to a medical and visa being secured.
The former Germany captain, 32, has signed a one-year contract, according to the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

Monday, 20 March 2017

FIFA Ban Ghana Referee Lamptey For Life Over S/Africa Vs Senegal Error

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life by Fifa for what it calls "match manipulation".

The ban results from a penalty he awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November.

He penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, but replays showed the ball hit his knee.

Ekweremadu Decries Discriminatory Admission Practices…Wants mission schools returned to original owners

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has raised the alarm over what he termed discriminatory practices in the admission of prospective students into public educational institutions.

This was even as he strongly canvassed the return of schools hitherto belonging to the Church and other religious organisations to their original owners, noting that government had fared badly in building upon the successes recorded before the forceful takeover.

Norway is The Happiest Place on Earth

Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report - toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position.
The World Happiness Report measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why.
Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last.
Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

Senator Dino Melaye Accuses Sahara Reporters of Spreading "Fake News"


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North East Humanitarian Crises: We Failed to Learn from Our Past - Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has traced the raging humanitarian crisis in the North East of Nigeria to the nation’s failure to draw lessons from the civil war to build her internal capacity and mechanisms for managing such situations.

This was even as he reaffirmed the National Assembly’s commitment to going the extra mile to bring succuor to parts of the country facing humanitarian challenges.

Dino Melaye: Why Buhari Can't Re-present Magu's Name to Senate

Chairman, Senate  Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye has said that following the Senate rejection of the nomination of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC) on two different occasions, President Muhammadu Buhari cannot validly re-nominate the same candidate again.

Ibori Appeals 2012 Fraud Conviction

Disgraced former governor of Delta State, Mr James Ibori, has appealed his 2012 fraud conviction by a United Kingdom court.

A Southwark Crown court had on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250m from the treasury.

UNICAL lecturer’s assassination sparks cult war in Calabar

Thursday’s assassination of a lecturer in the Department of Accounting, University of Calabar, Dr. Emmanuel Igbeng, by gunmen has sparked cult war in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
 

Punch reports that at least, seven other persons have been killed within three days following the renewed clash between KKK and Vikings.

Friday, 17 March 2017

El-Rufai to Buhari: “Our APC administration has failed”

Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, in an alleged memo to President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2016, told the President that the All Progressives Congress, APC, party “has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption.” He also said in the letter that, ““Overall, the feeling even among our supporters today is that the APC government is not doing well.” 

Former Enugu State Governor Chime Dumps PDP

A former Governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime, has confirmed that he has left the PDP.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Friday in Enugu, Chime said that his decision to quit the PDP was because the party was “no longer in existence in the true sense of it’’.

Ahmad Ends Hayatou’s 29 Years Reign as CAF President

Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office to usher in a “new dawn” for the sport on the continent.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed.

Sierra Leone Pastor Discovers 706-carat Diamond in Village, Hands it Over to Government

A pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the largest uncut diamond found in more than four decades in this West African country and has turned it over to the government, saying he hopes it helps to boost recent development in his impoverished nation.

Pastor Emmanuel Momoh found the 706-carat alluvial diamond in Yakadu village in Sierra Leone's diamond-rich east, and it was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday, said presidential spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay.

Nigeria’s exports to South Africa hits N552.2 billion in 2016

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said that Nigeria’s exports to South Africa hit N552.2 billion (R23 billion) in 2016.
According to a statement from the country’s Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday, Mr. Davies said South Africa’s exports to Nigeria slightly declined to about N153.7 billion (R6.4 billion) in 2016.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

NBC Releases Statement Over Poisonous Benzoic Acid In Soft Drinks

The Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, has reacted to the viral story and verdict delivered by a Lagos court which stated that consumption of Fanta, Sprite with Vitamin C is poisonous.

The court which attributed the poisonous nature to the Benzoic content in the drinks faulted the NBC for having failed Nigerians in carrying out its duty.


In reaction, the NBC issued a statement which reads:

Senate Is Not The Right Place For Magu's Trial - Senator Ali Ndume

NAFDAC reacts to court ruling declaring Fanta, Sprite poisonous with Vitamin C

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has filed an appeal and a motion to stay execution of a judgement on Sprite and Fanta soft drinks.
An Igbosere High Court had ordered the Agency to compel the Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, Plc, to carry a mandatory warning on its Fanta and Sprite products, stating that the contents should not be taken with Vitamin C in order to avoid poisoning.

Complete Text of the DSS Letter to the Senate that Indicted Acting EFCC Chairman, Magu



RE: NOMINATION OF MR IBRAHIM MAGU MUSTAPHA AS EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC) SECURITY REPORT OF THE NOMINEE
Your letter NASS/CS /SA/01/17/ 08 /02 dated 7th March 2017 requesting for security report on the above named nominee refers The security report being requested for on Ibrahim Magu MUSTAPHA the nominee or the Executive Chairmanship position of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has already been submitted to the Senate via this Services’ letter No. SV.114/ 2 of 3rd October 2016 containing fourteen (14) paragraphs.
Please accept once again the assur­ances of the esteemed regards of the DGSS.
O. ADAMS

For: DIRECTOR-GENERAL, SS

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Kwankwaso denies rumours that he is leaving the APC

Former Kano state governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has denied media reports that he has left the All Progressives Congress.

Kwankwaso who is the senator representing Kano central senatorial district on the platform of the APC said the rumours were sponsored by his detractors.

Kwankwaso made the clarification through his former commissioner for state affairs, Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, who spoke to Thisday on Tuesday, March 14.

Top 5 Ideas for Lent 2017

Is Easter not more special? We often spend so much energy and money on Christmas that we sort of fall into Easter without spending time prior to this beautiful event, contemplating, preparing our hearts and been mindful.
Do you celebrate Lent every year, the season that leads up to Easter? Are you looking for the perfect ideas for Lent? Then you have the right article for this.
Lent is a period of sober reflection, self-examination, repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and end on the Saturday before Easter.
Here are a few perfect ideas for you and your family:

Customs Suspends Proposed Check on Vehicles for Payment of Duties

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS has suspended its proposed check on vehicles in the country to ensure that they paid the right customs duties, the move which had been loudly rejected by Nigerians led to a resolution by the Senate that it be stopped pending a meeting between the Comptroller General of Customs Retired Colonel Hameed Ali and the Senate committee on Customs. 

The service has now bowed to pressure by suspending the move as contained in the following letter signed by the Acting Public Relations Officer of the Service, Joseph Attah.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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Kwankwaso, 10 Kano state lawmakers dump APC for PDP

Former Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has, Tuesday, reportedly defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. 

According to reports not yet authenticated, Senator Kwankwaso defected with 10 Kano state lawmakers. His defection may not be unconnected with his ordeals with the ruling party. 

Ekweremadu Calls For Better Treatment of Nigerians Working in Chinese firms...As Chinese Investment in Nigeria Hits USD13 Billion

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on the Chinese government to ensure the proper and fair treatment of Nigerians working in Chinese firms in Nigeria.

He made the call when he received the Deputy Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Mr. Jin Ping, who paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly, Abuja, on Tuesday.

Hameed Ali writes Senate, says won’t appear before lawmakers on Wednesday

The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, Hameed Ali, has written the Senate, notifying the lawmakers he will not appear before them on Wednesday as expected. ‎
The Senate Clerk read Mr. Ali’s letter on Tuesday.
He was summoned last Thursday over the planned clampdown on vehicles without duty payment.

VIDEO: See How Nigerian Champions Rangers were Hammered by Zamalek of Egypt

Nigerian Champions, Rangers International of Enugu  got hammered 4-1 by Egyptian giants Zamalek in the CAF Champions league, woeful defending on the side of Rangers responsible for the goals.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Gunmen Kidnap UNICAL Lecturer on Campus

Gunmen on Friday kidnapped a lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Calabar, Prof. Edet Ekpenyong, while he was jogging on campus.

The lecturer was said to have been kidnapped close to his residence during his morning routine exercise and dragged for over 100 metres on the road by his abductors.

This is coming barely one week after workers of the institution under the aegis of Academy and Combined Concerned Workers raised the alarm over an alleged plot to kidnap some principal officers of the institution.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

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VIDEO: Model Loses Her Temper And Slaps Man on Live TV

All countries have their own particular styles of television entertainment. While the U.S. seems to love its abundance of housewives and singing shows, you’d be hard-pressed to find Brazilian TV without a few models in thongs. And one recent broadcast shows how potentially problematic that can be.
Reportedly taped in 2016, but only recently uploaded online, a Brazilian television segment on sunscreen took an unwelcome turn when a presenter applying cream on the body of a model appears to touch her inappropriately.

Apostle Suleman Raises Alarm, Says Keyamo Plots to Clone his Voice, Kill Stephanie Otobo

The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has raised the alarm that a legal practitioner, Festus Keyamo “and his paymasters” have concluded plans to unveil a cloned video clips to prove that he had an amorous relationship with a Canada-based stripper, Stephanie Otobo. 

The cleric also claimed that there were plots to kill or terribly harm Stephanie Otobo and frame him or his agents as being responsible for the heinous act. Suleman in a statement by his Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu, issued yesterday in Abuja, said intelligence available indicated that Keyamo and his paymasters were bent on nailing the him for daring to stand against and speak up against the ploy by leaders of a section of the country against Christians. 

Why Germany Must Support Nigeria's Economic Recovery Effort

Head of Bundestrat, the upper chamber of the German Parliament, Ms Malu Dreyer, has said that Nigeria as the leading country in Africa must be economically strong and therefore deserved the support of a European giant like her country.

Dreyer who spoke at the weekend while receiving a delegation of the Senate led by its President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, in Berlin said Germany attached great importance to the strong relationship with Nigeria and will support the on-going economic recovery programme in the country.

She said the country will look towards extending the special partnership and grassroots co-operation which it presently has with Rwanda to Nigeria and that more exchange programmes between the two countries should be initiated.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Economy, North-East, power dominate Senate meetings with Germans

The issues bordering on how to forge strong economic co-operation, assistance for rebuilding of the insurgency ravaged North-East zone and how to benefit from the advanced technologies for energy supply dominated the various discussions held Thursday by a Senate delegation presently in Berlin, Germany.

A statement by Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity) to Senate President stated  that from the meeting with the Vice President of the lower chamber of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, Mr. Johannes Singhammer to the ones with top officials of the think-tank group, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German-African Business Associations, the Foreign Office and members of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with the English and Portuguese speaking States of West and Central Africa, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki who led the Nigerian delegation was consistent with the message as he maintained that Germans must prove in action that Nigeria was actually very important to their strategic interests in Africa.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

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Senate summons Customs boss to appear in uniform

The Senate has issued an ultimatum to the Comptroller General of Customs, Colonel Hamed Ali retired to appear before it in plenary on Wednesday 15th of March in full Customs uniform or risk a motion for his sack.
The latest invitation follows a motion by Senator Dino Melaye who lamented that the Customs boss has continually disrespected his office by refusing to put on the appropriate uniform of the organization.

VIDEO: Tonto Dike's heartbreaking interview on domestic violence

The following video is the heart breaking Tonto Dike interview in which she talks about her child and the domestic violence she has been through in the hands of her husband.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Be bold for change: Saraki urges Nigerians on International women’s day 2017

The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has celebrated the 2017 theme of International Women’s Day, ‘Be Bold For Change’, in recognition of all women in leadership throughout Nigeria! 

In a Press Statement signed by his Special Assistant on Gender Advocacy, Ms. Fatima Mohammed Kakuri, Saraki stated that International Women’s Day presents an opportunity every year for us to recognize and celebrate the talent and achievement of Nigerian women and girls.

Xenophobic attacks: Senate cancels trip to South Africa

The Senate has announced the cancellation of the planned trip, by its delegation, to South Africa over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in that country.

Briefing plenary after a closed-door session of the upper legislative chamber Wednesday morning, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, said the cancellation became imperative to avoid multiple delegations to the Southern Africa nation.