Thursday 6 October 2016

Breaking | FG withdraws forgery charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu

The Federal Government of Nigeria has filed a motion to withdraw the charge of criminal conspiracy against Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

An affidavit in support of the motion was filed before the High Court of Federal Capital Territory on Thursday by a litigation officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Odubu Loveme.

Messrs. Saraki and Ekweremadu, as well as a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and a former Deputy clerk, Ben Efeturi, were first arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu on June 10, 2016 via charge No. CR/219/16.

#EdoDecides: INEC presents certificates of return to Obaseki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday in Benin, presented certificates of return to Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, winners of Edo gubernatorial election.

Dr Mustafa Muhammed, INEC National Commissioner in-charge of South-South zone, presented the certificates to the governor-elect and his deputy.

In a brief remark, Obaseki said he dedicated his victory to God Almighty, adding that one of the reasons he contested the poll was to expand and attract resources into state.

N4 billion Fraud: EFCC arrest ‘wonder bank’ operator in Enugu

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday arrested the Managing Director of “Lets Partner With You Ltd”, Mr. Patrick Shanchi Nwokike at his residence in Enugu, Enugu state.

It was gathered that his arrest was following over a hundred petitions from across the country over his alleged operation of a Wonder bank.

Petitions from a cross section of Nigerians and cutting across religious, gender, ethnic, economic and social class, indicate that the company had over the past five years solicited and obtained deposits of more than N4,000,000,000 (Four Billion Naira Only) from the general public with promise of mouth-watering interest in return.

Tanko Yakasai blames current economy mess on below par appointee of Pres Buhari

Second Republic politician, who was once the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has affirmed that some current members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet are incompetent.

According to him, most of the appointees do not posses what it takes to serve as minister, hence the reason for the current confusion and economic mess.

The elder statesman also believes that the much-publicized anti-corruption crusade championed by the current government was overrated, adding that the presidency was only using the anti-graft agency as propaganda tool to punish preserved political enemies.

Typhoon Chaba Hits South Korea, Six Killed

At least six people have been killed after Typhoon Chaba battered South Korea, authorities said.

The southern cities of Busan and Ulsan were worst affected, as well as the resort island of Jeju.

Transport, schools, factories and the country's main port ground to a halt. Footage showed muddy floodwaters rushing through city streets.

NFF to offset Super Eagles’ Tanzania Match Bonuses

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has promised to offset the Super Eagles win bonus for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania.

The Eagles defeated the Tanzanians 1- 0 in September during a final 2017 AFCON qualifier in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital in southeast Nigeria.

Yemi Osinbajo says Corruption Largely Affected Anti-Insurgency War

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says massive corruption that existed in the Armed Forces over the years is the major reason the Boko Haram insurgents ravaged the northeast with ease over the years.

The Vice President made the observation on Thursday at the convocation ceremony for cadets of 63 Regular Course and Postgraduate students of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Kaduna state.

He noted that Boko Haram terrorists gained more grounds in the region over a long period due to the failure of the previous administration to provide the needed equipment, supplies and welfare for the fighting troops in theatre of operations.

Lagos School Kidnap: Police Rescue Two Persons

Two of the five people kidnapped from the Model College, Igbo Nla in Epe area of Lagos have been rescued by the Police operatives deployed to the area.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said that efforts are on to rescue others as more operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been deployed.

Two students, a teacher, two vice principals of the school were kidnapped by suspected militants in the early hours of Thursday.

Ondo Guber: PDP Plans Reconciliation ahead of Polls

The former national secretary of the PDP, Professor Adewale Oladepo, says they are setting up a 24-man committee to reorganize the party.

This is part of ongoing efforts by leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party  to put their house together, ahead of the Ondo governorship election.

Professor Oladepo stated this at a press conference in Abuja on the activities of the party in the last two weeks after the two factional leaders agreed to work together.

ECOWAS, UNHCR Sign MoU to Resolve IDPs, Others Issues

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Community of West African States, to jointly improve the situation of displaced people in the West African sub-region.

The UNHCR  has also predicted that people living in the Bakassi area may not be able to prove a link with either Nigeria or Cameroon in the nearest future.

The commission’s representative to Nigeria, Mrs Angele Dikongue-Atangana, made this known at a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

Banky W narrates his journey so far in music, Nollywood

Nigerian entertainment has continued to evolve, and a few entertainers such as Olubankole Wellington Popularly known as Banky W, have stood out in the ever changing industry.

With his unique RnB style of music which has earned him a good place in the hearts of many, he has gone beyond being a top RnB singer, to being one of Nigeria’s top music executives.

Banky W was introduced to the music industry as a sleek singer with his cover version of Rihana’s ‘Umbrella’.

Plateau United 0 Super Eagles 3: Eagles cruise to victory in warm up match

The Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated local league side, Plateau United, 3 – 0 in a test match at the National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Anderson Esiti’s goal and Alex Iwobi’s brace gave the Eagles a whopping victory over the Nigerian Premier League club.

Coach Gernot Rohr lined up his players for the practice game as he intensifies Nigeria’s preparations for Sunday’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola.

Nigeria Customs impounded goods worth N101.5m

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone ‘A’ Federal Operations Unit, Lagos, says it intercepted prohibited items with a duty paid value of N101.5 million in September.

Area Controller, Umar Dahiru, told newsmen on Thursday in Lagos that the unit also recovered N30.1 million on false declaration, undervaluation and evasion of duty payment from vehicles and other goods.

After God, Give Your Parents Not Pastors – Reno Omokri

Former aide to the former president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has shared his thoughts on the hierarchy of giving among Christians in the society.

The former presidential aide took to his social media page on Facebook to write:

Ghanaian Coach says too much sex is hindering his players

Malik Jabir, a Ghanaian coach has said that Ghanaian players are not reaching their potential and optimum energy levels due to too much sex with girls.

The coach said that the players are more interested in sex than improving on themselves and skills.

He said this on national radio when talking about the team.

Kim Kardashian’s family might have fake Robbery Case – Wendy Williams

Popular TV Host, Wendy Williams has expressed her view on the Kim Kardashian’s alledged robbery attack.

While a lot of people showed sympathy for the attack, few persons have their reservations  about the whole scenario and Wendy Williams  has openly said she thinks it was staged because  the Kardashians are “souless.”

Oh No! Is Drake cheating on Rihanna with Dakota Gonzalez?

Drake and Rihanna who both seem to be in a relationship  might be having  a rocky affair at the moment as Drake is reportedly  cheating on Rihanna with an Instagram  model, Dakota Gonzalez.

According  to Life and style magazine, Rihanna has already broken up with Drake because of his closeness to the model, as they are seen together in most places and are said to be romantically  involved

PHOTONEWS: Decay State of Federal Government Road in Ekpoma, Edo State

If you have ever ply Benin-Auchi road you would notice the bad state of the road especially at Ekpoma axis where vehicular movement is delayed for hours due to the heavy traffic caused by the state of the road.

I have witnessed this and it was a terrible experience. From the pictures above you would not recognize that this is supposed to be a major road which travellers coming from the North linking to other parts of the country would eventually ride through.

Federal Government to setup National Agency for Cancer Control

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has announced that Federal Government is tinkering with the possibility of setting up National Agency for Cancer Control (NACC) in Nigeria.

The Minister made this known during an audience with Director, Head of Eastern Europe, Middle East, African (EEMEA ) region, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Pharmaceuticals Division Dr. Peter HUG in Abuja.

The minister explained that the institution, when establish would be responsible for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care for cancer patients. It will also provide leadership and technical direction for cancer control in Nigeria integrating services provided by the National Cancer Centre and in cooperating a cluster of public and private tertiary Hospitals.

President Buhari receives Leadership Man of the Year Award (PHOTOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari has been named the Leadership Newspaper Man of the year.

Mr. Buhari was named alongside the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan and former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega.

Photos Slides of Celebrity flaunting 'too much skin' on Red Carpet

The transition of our fashion industry has seen lots of celebrities proudly revealing 'too much skin" ... Some have justified their outfit by saying they are proud of their body. These trends have even ventured into Nigeria Entertainment Industry.

OMG! Meet, Ekaterina Kostjunina the Hottest Female Referee in the World (Photos)

Little would believe a pretty lady would be seen on a football pitch not as a spectator or a player but as a match official, Yes that is what Ekaterina Kostjunina, a young woman with a career as a professional referee is doing.

Kostjunina recently whistled up a social media frenzy by posting a series of scantily-clad photos on Instagram.

FIRS Chairman, Babatunde Fowler Elected President of Africa Tax Body

Babatunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), has been elected president of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), according to The Cable.

At the election, which held in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday, Fowler polled 13 votes ahead of the four secured by his Togolese opponent.

Want to know if your Partner is Cheating? Here are 13 Hidden Signs

When your partner is cheating, you might notice it if you really pay attention. According to Dailystar, here are 13 ways to know your partner is cheating. These 13 ways was provided by people on Reddit after someone asked "What are some signs your partner has cheated on you?".

1. "They start accusing you of cheating."

2. "Phone habits can change – they suddenly carry it around religiously, spend more time in the bathroom on it, start using a lock screen which doesn't show notifications, etc."

3. "A completely unrelated reason for needing to go on birth control is a big red flag."

JUST IN: Gunmen abducts VP, teacher, two pupils in Lagos school

Gunmen who came in a speedboat stormed Igbo Nla Model College in the Igbo Nla, Epe area of Lagos State on Thursday and abducted four persons in the school.

According to Punch, it was learnt that the abductors who shot sporadically into the air, initially took four pupils, with the vice-principal and a teacher and headed for the waterway.

House of Reps to investigate ATM charges by banks

The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved to investigate the N65 being charged customers by commercial banks for Automated Transaction Machine.

The house directed its Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the charge and other related rates paid by banks’ customers.

18-year-old JSS pupil in court for stealing N200, using charms

An 18-year-old secondary school pupil, Sadiq Adegbite, who allegedly stole N200 from a fellow pupil and used charm to harass other colleagues, was on Thursday brought before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, a pupil of Junior High School, Ogudu, Lagos, is facing a three counts of conspiracy, stealing and disorderly conduct.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, said the complainant, a 15-year-old student of the school, came to Ogudu Police Station to report the incident.

JUST IN: Ekiti State Assembly suspends lawmaker for 180 days

Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday suspended a lawmaker representing Ikole 1, Gboyega Aribisogan, for 180 legislative days‎ for alleged anti-party activities.

More details coming soon!


Ekiti State | ‘Fake’ audio scandal rocks State Assembly

Ekiti State House of Assembly has been hit by crisis following the removal of the member representing Ikole Constituency 1, Gboyega Aribisogan, as Information Committee chairman.

Aribisogan’s sack and his replacement with the member representing Oye Constituency 1, Samuel Omotoso, is believed to be a prelude to his recall from the Assembly.

The embattled lawmaker was accused of holding secret meetings with Senator Buruji Kashamu, Lagos lawyer Femi Falana and other personalities perceived to be enemies of Governor Ayo Fayose.

Chinese companies to invest $70 Billion to Nigerian Petroleum sector

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Wednesday, said Chinese private sector companies had pledged an additional investment of $70bn to the Nigerian economy.

Kachikwu said this while addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the Council was briefed on the outcome of the ministry’s China roadshow which took place in January.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon's successor revealed

Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres was poised to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations following a decisive straw poll by the Security Council on Wednesday.

Guterres, who served as prime minister from 1995 to 2002 and was the UN’s refugee chief for 10 years, won backing from 12 of the 15 council members — most importantly from four of the five veto-holding powers.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin emerged from the council chamber along with the 14 other ambassadors to declare that Guterres was the “clear favorite” to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the world’s diplomat-in-chief.

Scottish Nobel prize winner ridicule Donald Trump

The Scottish-born winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry took a jab Wednesday at US presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has bragged that he was “smart” to avoid paying taxes.
“I am not very smart. The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) will run off with a third of it,” said Northwestern University professor Fraser Stoddart, referring to his portion of the eight million Swedish kronor (around $933,000 or 832,000 euros) award, which he shares with Jean-Pierre Sauvage of France and Bernard Feringa of the Netherlands.
“Did you all get that? I’m not very smart,” Stoddart added, to laughter and applause during a champagne-fueled press conference to celebrate the Nobel win.

FEC approves procurement of three 150 MVA‎ transformers for Shiroro, ‎Oshogbo, Ondo station

The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr. Fasola also that FEC approved the procurement of three transformers of 150 MVA‎ to be installed in substations in Shiroro, ‎Oshogbo and Ondo. According to him, the purpose was to expand the transmission capacity of electricity around the country.
“As you know the Transmission Company of Nigeria‎ is the manager of the transition system which is the transporter of electricity, in that it provides service to the generation company to whom they evacuate power and to the distribution company to whom they deliver power.

World Health Organisation (WHO) warns of new cancer cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a 70 percent increase in new cases of cancer in the next two decades.

About 8.2 million people die yearly from cancer, an estimated 13 percent of deaths worldwide.

WHO noted that there are over 100 cancer types, each requiring unique diagnosis and treatment.

These are part of revelations by the global health watchdog as the world marks this year’s World Cancer Month, wit the It has the theme, ‘We can. I can’

You must face trial over corruption allegation - Court tells Stella Oduah

A Federal High Court in Abuja has declined former Aviation Minister Mrs. Stella Oduah’s request to stop the Federal Government from investigating her tenure between 2011 and 2015 and prosecuting her.

Justice Adamu Kafarati who gave the ruling yesterday held that the fundamental right enforcement suit by Mrs. Oduah lacked merit and bereft of any cause of action.

Justice Kafarati upheld the objection raised by the respondents, to the effect that the court lacked the requisite jurisdiction to hear the case, which subject matter was outside the ambit of Chapter Four of the Constitution.

Federal Government to Buy Vehicles worth N3.5 Billion from Local Manufacturers

The federal government has given its nod for the purchase of 350 operational vehicles for the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS. This followed a memo presented by the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulraman Dambazzau (rtd) to the Federal Executive Council, FEC.

Briefing newsmen at the end of FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday, Dambaazzau who was joined by his colleagues, Mr. Babatunde Fashola from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and Mr. Ibe Kachikwu from Petroleum Resources said that development was part of the effort to strengthen the criminal justice system in Nigeria.

Sokoto Sultan | Suicide bombers will go to hell

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday said religions abhor killing.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Abubakar spoke when Innocent Idibia, a musician popularly called 2Face, paid him a courtesy call in Sokoto.

REVEALED: Buhari in possession of letters to indict Jonathan of corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari is in possession of some letters, written by former President Goodluck Jonathan, to request “off-budget funds.”

This was contained in Buhari’s authorised biography, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, written by Prof. John Paden and presented to the public on Monday.

An online dictionary defines “off-budget funds” as funds not provided for or included in the regular Federal Government budget; funded by sources other than the federal budget.

#EdoDecides: We will expose PDP in court - Gov Oshiomole

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that the All Progressives Congress will lead evidence at the election petitions tribunal to show how the Peoples Democratic Party allegedly benefited from an electoral fraud during last Wednesday’s governorship poll conducted in the state.

Oshiomhole noted that, contrary to claims by the PDP that its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, was allegedly denied victory in the election, he (Ize-Iyamu) “is not worth 50,000 votes”.

The governor spoke while addressing some APC youths during a road show held from Five Junction to Dawson Road, shortly after a visit to the crown prince of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Highness Eheneden Erediauwa.

Militants give conditions to Buhari for amnesty

A group of Niger Delta militants operating in Rivers State has made a 10-point demand that must be met before they will accept the amnesty offered by Wike.

The group, which identified itself as Egi Freedom Fighters, warned that it would reject the state amnesty programme, unless all the conditions were met.

The militants, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, and signed by their spokesperson, Jennifer Black, requested the rebuilding of houses destroyed during a military raid of Egiland.

Western policies impeding Nigeria from improving Power Supply - Kemi Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has accused western powers of being a stumbling block to Nigeria’s plan to improve power output through the use of coal. Adeosun said this on Wednesday in Washington during a discussion on the importance of addressing infrastructure gaps in developing countries at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund General Meetings.

She said that improving power supply was the cornerstone of the current administration’s goal towards economic development, yet finding it difficult to get support from the western community. “We want to build a coal power plant because we are a country blessed with coal, yet we have a power problem.

#DasukiGates: Why FG has not released Former NSA, despite ECOWAS court ruling

The Federal Government said yesterday it did not immediately comply with the judgment of an ECOWAS Court to release former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, Rtd, because of the need to study the document.

The government also yesterday moved to consolidate the charges against Dasuki, barely 24 hours after the ECOWAS Court judgement Salihu Isah, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the government needed to fully understand the content of the court’s proceedings and judgement before reacting. “We cannot just react. We will first of all study the judgement to understand its content before taking a stand,” he said.

UK to assist Nigeria recover N500 Billion diverted oil bloc money

House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee investigating alleged corruption, malpractices and breach of due process in the award of Oil Prospecting Licence, OPL, 245, yesterday said the United Kingdom Prosecution Service has agreed to help Nigeria recover $1.1 billion diverted oil bloc money. Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, Razak Atunwa, who disclosed this when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and representatives of Shell and Nigeria Agip appeared before the committee, vowed that all the funds meant for the federation account, would be recovered

A well-paid teacher is a better teacher but is a well-paid legislator a better legislator?” - Sen Murray-Bruce

Senator representing Bayelsa east, Ben Murray-Bruce has called for a reduction in the salaries of politicians.

In a message posted on Facebook, the lawmaker lamented the plight of teachers, saying they deserve better pay.

Bruce said Nigeria would be a better country if teachers were properly remunerated.

Gov Ayodele Fayose: "I am the real change"

Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, has declared himself “the real change”. The catchword ‘change’ was what the All Progressives Congress (APC) sold to Nigerians in the buildup to the 2015 general election, which it was largely successful in.

But Fayose, fierce critic of the APC, appropriated the catchword on Wednesday when he hosted teachers at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

At the even meant to commemorate the World Teachers’ Day, he displayed a poster bearing the inscription: ‘Fayose The Real Change’.

The Coming Realignment in Yorubaland - Femi Fani Kayode

Here's an opinion piece from Nigeria's ex Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode in which he eulogized several Nigerian politicians. I emboldened the part where he got down to business.

There are two events that are of major significance this week. The first is the birthday of a man of immense integrity and a great son of the Yoruba by the name of Olusegun Rahman Mimiko who was 62 years old on October 3rd.

Much has been said about him over the last few years and encomiums have been deservedly showered on him from all quarters for his birthday. I will only add this: ever since I have known Mimiko when he was a senior colleague in President Obasanjo’s cabinet he has been kind, forthright, courageous, honest, consistent, clear-thinking, hard-working, and God-fearing.

Kidnappers release Former Minister and Husband

The immediate past minister of environment, Mrs. Laurentia Laraba Malam and her husband, Mr. Pius Malam, who were kidnapped on Monday along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway have regained their freedom, the Kaduna state Police Command has confirmed.

The Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman confirmed their release, saying the couple were in good health and freedom.

Recession What? Sen Dino Melaye acquires N180 million Rolls Royce

In spite of the economic recession in the country, Sen Dino Melaye has acquired a 93-year-old Rolls Royce estimated at N180 million.

Mr. Melaye, a first-time senator who represents Kogi Central, owns a fleet of luxury and antiquated cars worth billions of Naira.

He has at least 28 of the expensive cars parked at his upmarket residence in Maitama Abuja, according to the news website, Sahara Reporters.

#EdoDecides: Ize Iyamu plan 100-Day protest across Benin

The Centre for Patriotic Leadership Initiative (CPL) has said it will start a 100-day protest action in Edo State.

The action, the CPL said, was intended to show its members’ displeasure with the outcome of last week’s gubernatorial election in Edo State.

Check out these beautiful photos of a working-class-lady on UNIFORM

The lady in the photos is Gail Golden, an IT / Cyber Security consultant based in Houston & Los Angeles – and she’s being referred to as a #WCK (Work Clothes Killer) all over social media.

Who says you can't be a working class and still be classy! She is just too hot!