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Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 07:04 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, on Thursday reacted to the accident involving President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf.

    Fayose, a fierce critic of the current administration, wished the president’s son a speedy recovery.

    In a tweet via his Twitter handle, Fayose prayed for God’s healing hands on Yusuf.

    The tweet reads, “I wish the President’s son, Yusuf speedy recovery.

    “May the healing hands of God be upon the young man and may God be with the First Family at this trying time.”

    Yusuf was unconscious Tuesday night after a ghastly bike accident in the Gwarimpa area of the nation’s capital.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 07:00 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
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    Ministry of Petroleum Resources has reacted to report on social media of a purported memo by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari on the fuel crises.

    Idang Alibi, Director of Press, in the ministry in a statement said the message and its content is false.

    He noted that, “This is not a time for diversionary issues as the Petroleum Sector is dealing with a serious National issue. We are focused on collaboratively finding an urgent solution to this crises.

    “The Minister of State continues to monitor the current fuel situation and to work with NNPC and DPR to continue to execute already communicated ministerial directives to maximally flood the market with products and prevent and penalize any sabotage attempts at diversion by any culprit.

    “The Minister of State appreciates the pain Nigerians are going through but urges calm and understanding as NNPC is doing everything possible to immediately end this fuel crises situation.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:57 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Aisha, mother of ailing Yusuf and wife of President Muhammadu Buhari has been placed in bed rest at Cedacrest Hospital in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

    DAILY POST reliably gathered this Thursday night.

    The private health facility is where Yusuf was rushed to Tuesday night after his involvement in a bike accident.

    A source told our correspondent that top government officials – elected and appointed – visited the hospital today.

    “Ministers, Governors, EFCC chairman among many others were at Cedacrest today”, he said.

    “Yusuf is not in good shape. His condition has taken serious toll on his mother, Aisha.

    “I can confirm to you that she was still on bed rest as at this evening”, he said.

    Meanwhile, staff of the presidential villa earlier on Thursday in Abuja offered special prayers for the quick recovery of the president’s son.

    The prayer session, which was held immediately after the afternoon (Zuhr) prayer, was led by the Chief Imam of Aso Rock Mosque, Abdulwahid Suleiman.

    Suleiman prayed almighty God to continue to guide and protect the first family and all Nigerians.

    He also prayed for peace, tranquillity and progress to reign supreme in the country.

    Among those at the prayer session were the President’s Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Lawal Abubakar; Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; the president’s Chief Personal Security Officer, Abdulkarim Dauda, as well other presidential aides and staff of the villa.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:54 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
  • The Executive Secretary of Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), Olufemi Adewole, on Thursday said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) lied when it said members of the association owed the government-owned oil firm N26.7bn.

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    According to Adewole, members of DAPPMA had, in the past one month, paid over N90bn for petrol supply but had yet to receive any cargo from the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of NNPC.

    The NNPC had earlier attacked DAPPMA over a claim by the association that its members had no petrol in their various tanks despite NNPC’s claims of importing millions of litres of products.

    NNPC also stated that DAPPMA members owe it the sum of N26.7bn for products received from the corporation, adding that the statement credited to the association on the fuel supply situation, especially Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) was “very unfortunate.”

    But in his reply to NNPC’s claims, Adewole, via a statement issued to journalists, said it was unfortunate for the national oil firm to attack and accuse marketers falsely.

    He said, “It is an undisputable fact that DAPPMA members have paid for petrol supply (with bank funds) for over one month, the value of which is in excess of N90bn, yet PPMC/NNPC had no cargo to allocate to them.

    “As such, how can we be held responsible for hoarding?

    “PPMC/NNPC does not transact business with DAPPMA members on credit, hence we are not aware of any indebtedness to PPMC/NNPC by our members.

    “We again reject any attempt to blame marketers for the shortfall in supply, as it is not our making since NNPC has been the sole importer since October 2017.”

    Adewole said marketers had continued to sacrifice to keep the country wet with fuel despite over N600bn debt owed DAPPMA members and over N800bn owed marketers as a whole by the Federal Government.

    He said, “The essence of our initial press release was to shed light on salient issues surrounding the shortfall in current petrol supply which is presently solely handled by the NNPC. It was not an attempt to join issues with PPMC/NNPC with whom we are partners.

    “NNPC’s view of our press release stating our side of the story and seeking to defend marketers for the very first time against the unwarranted accusations of hoarding and profiteering is rather unfortunate.”

    The association, however, assured Nigerians, irrespective of NNPC’s stance, that all possible steps were being taken to cooperate with PPMC/NNPC to eliminate the fuel queues nationwide within the next few days.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:49 AM - Forum: Global Gist - No Replies
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    Saif al-Islam Gadafi, the son of former Libyan leader, Gadaffi will contest the upcoming presidential election in the country.

    Libya’s next election comes up in 2018 and spokesperson for Gadaffi family, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul, told Egypt Today that Saif al-Islam has the support of the citizens.

    al-Soul also said son of the former dictator has the credentials required to end the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow of his father Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.

    He said, “Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018.

    “The platform includes some procedures that Saif al-Islam hopes the United Nations would adopt to help Libya move from the incumbent transitional period to stability.

    “Saif al-Islam plans to impose more security and stability in accordance with the Libyan geography and in coordination with all Libyan factions.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:46 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Abdulmumin Jibrin, the suspended member of the House of Representatives, on Thursday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

    Jibrin, told State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with Buhari, that his encounter with the president was “a meeting between a son and a father.’’

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    He dismissed the assertion that he was in the villa to seek presidential intervention over his political crisis in the House of Representatives.

    He said: “I cannot comment in that regard. The most important is that I saw him and he is a very high spirit. I greeted like a son and he spoke to me like a father.’’

    On the agitation for his recall by some concerned individuals, Jibrin, who has been on suspension for the past 16 months, said it was only normal for people to cry for justice in the society.

    “Of course Nigerians like justice, my constituency has been suspended for 16 months.

    “So, is only normal that people will talk and ask questions, why are we not back on the aspect of court case that has been lingering in the court for the past 16 months.

    “I think these are some of the reasons people are raising issues in the public glare,’’ he said.

    Commenting on the recent recall of Sen. Ali Ndume by the Senate, Jibrin said his situation was similar to that of Ndume, saying that Ndume was however lucky to be recalled.

    “That is the interesting thing about the situation. The same case, similar case, identical case was dispense with within two months but I’m is still hanging in the court system but again I know the Nigerian judiciary is just so I’m pretty sure that soonest I will be able to get judgement and my constituency will soon get back to the house.’’

    “For every situation like this there is always an opportunity to learn, is a learning curve, so is fine,” the lawmaker added.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:41 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah has revealed why he made a last minute detour from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and subsequently support Governor Willie Obiano during the state governorship election.

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    Ubah, who had earlier contested for the ticket of the PDP to run against Obiano, described APGA as the only outstanding institution owned by the Igbo people today, saying that Aka Ikenga, Ohaneze Ndigbo and others were mere pressure groups.

    He said, “If the Igbo people do not wish to lose their name in Nigeria, then they must join the APGA. APGA is the only Igbo institution today that is standing, that is recognised by the Nigeria constitution.

    “Again, I supported Willie Obiano because he was being unduly victimised by people who had had their turn long ago in governance. What I didn’t like was that a former state governor was throwing his weight around as the king maker in Anambra.

    “If you go to states around the country, you will realise that those who have had their time as governors have all carried on with their lives, leaving their successors to have their time. But here, a former governor did not want to retire.

    “That was why I decided to join the battle for APGA. Ohaneze, Aka Ikenga and the rest are all pressure groups, the one that is recognised is APGA. The name of Igbo will not go underneath, already we are waiting to deliver Umeh for Senate this January. By 2019 we will replicate same in states in the south east.”

    Ubah expressed confidence that APGA would make an impressive showing in 2019, saying that Imo was already in the party’s kitty.

    “Imo has always been an APGA state, and all we need to do is to go and take back the state because our root is very strong there,” he said.

    On who the party would support in the 2019 presidential election, Ubah said this would be decided after strong negotiations.

    He said the whole country has already seen from the governorship election that Anambra is APGA in its entirety and that whoever wants to win the state must come to the leaders of the party for negotiation.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:32 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
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    David Adejo, a journalist with The Nation Newspapers, has narrated how Nollywood actres, Kate Henshaw allegedly assaulted him at an event in Lagos.

    Adejo said the incident happened at the presentation of a book entitled ‘Loud Whisper’ written by Bisi Fayemi at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    The photojournalist wrote on Facebook, “In the course of doing my work as a photojournalist with The Nation newspaper, I needed to capture images of the event which I was duly invited to.

    “Looking for a vantage point during the unveiling of the book, I scurried to take images. However, to my utter consternation, I saw no other person than Kate Henshaw, who was co-mc of the event who started harassing me and other photojournalists present.

    “All of a sudden, she started hurling insults on the photojournalists as they went about their duty. She freely called us names such ‘fools, animals’ and even asked, “are you crazy?” None of us liked it but at that point, we just focused on taking our pictures.

    “After the event, I went and complained to Joke Silva who was also a co-MC to report Kate Henshaw to her and asked that the Nollywood actress should apologise to the photojournalists present, including myself for her unruly behaviour because we were angry at her unruly behaviour.

    “But she rain insult on me and as a messenger, I told my fellow lens guys that Kate wouldn’t apologise. And truly, she did not. Rather, while I was filling my report to office, Kate went after me pointing fingers at me, calling me names, insulting me and even hitting me on the head.

    “She even asked me to come for a fight, saying she can comfortably beat me. “You big head, Pig, Fool, dirty man,” she shouted as she pushed my laptop to the floor.

    “A colleague from The Tell magazine, Kehinde Shonola, pleaded with Kate but it was the turn of the middle age man to get his portion of insult. Other photojournalists at the event were afraid to talk to Kate so that they would not be insulted by her.

    “Some said it is her usual attitude to insulting men at events and that she has no respect for anyone that asks her to stop. I think Dr. Joe Oke-Odumakin needs to take her campaign to Kate Henshaw and tell her to be more courteous.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:29 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • A new twist has been added to the arrest, arraignment and remand of the Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, for alleged murder.

    This is as the police have revealed that the victim who died in the heat of the attack on the hotel owned by Obasoyin was an armed robber killed in self-defence by the monarch’s boys.

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    Obasoyin and five others were arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were remanded in Ado-Ekiti.Prison.

    They facing charges of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder.

    There was tension in Odo Oja area of the town on Thursday where the Olukere’s palace is located as his chiefs and subjects demanded his unconditional release, alleging victimization.

    They are asking questions on why the Olukere who was the complainant in the case suddenly became the accused and was clamped into detention.

    One of the chiefs under Olukere, the Saya, Chief Foluso Olowolafe, accused the state government of masterminding Obasoyin’s incarceration which he described as “unfortunate.”

    However, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, a
    Superintendent of Police (SP) said the deceased stabbed a loyalist of Olukere who trailed the gang that attacked the hotel to Ojumose area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

    Adeyemi said: “We received a report of the owner of the hotel, the Olukere, that armed robbers attacked his hotel, so SARS people mobilized by the Olukere and his boys trailed the robbers to Ojumose in Ado-Ekiti.

    “On getting to Ojumose, when the robbers discovered that they were being trailed, they stopped and attacked the Olukere and his boys.

    “The robbers used their bottle to stab one of the boys in the
    Olukere’s entourage and in defence, one of the robbers was stabbed, a robber died and the other one was injured and receiving treatment in the hospital and is under investigation.”

    Former old Ondo State Governor and prominent Ikere indigene, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, urged the Police to carry out in-depth investigation on the incident.

    The ex-governor who condemned the attack on the hotel said the Olukere he knew would never kill an individual. He urged residents to be calm and refrain from any act that could lead to breakdown of law and order.

    Olumilua said: “I don’t think he (Obasoyin) killed anybody but the Police are investigating and we will wait for the outcome of their investigation.

    “They said that the Olukere was involved in killing and I said that is not true. What is true was that his hotel was destroyed but why did they keep the Kabiyesi in custody? That is sad.

    “What we are saying is that there must be peace in Ikere because some people can get out of control and if there is breakdown of law and order, people will suffer.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:24 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
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    An Ikeja Chief Magistrate’s Court on Thursday remanded one Titi Seun, 25, after pleading guilty to stealing two phones worth N104,000.

    The Magistrate, Mrs Y.O. Ekogbulu, in her ruling, said the accused, whose residential address is unknown, is to remain behind bars in Kirikiri Prisons pending sentence at the next date of adjournment.

    The Prosecutor Clement Okuoimose had told the court that the accused committed the offence on Dec. 6 at Dopemu, Agege, Lagos.

    Okuoimose said the accused stole two phones valued at N104,000, property of Mr Samuel Ikenna, using a rope.

    The offence, he said contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 which prescribes three years jail term as penalty.

    “The accused stole the complainant’s Samsung J7 valued at N96,000 and an itel phone worth N8,000 totalling N104,000.

    “The complainant woke up from sleep and discovered that his two phones which he was charging had disappeared.

    “He saw a long rope with nail which the accused used to remove the phones from the charger.

    “The complainant called the phones several times but the accused refused to pick and he called one of the phones several days later and a lady picked it and told him that the owner was not around.

    “The complainant told the lady to give him her own number in case he calls the owner’s number and it is not going through he can call her and that he has an important message for the owner of the phone.

    “The lady gave the complainant her number and that led to the arrest of the accused,” the prosecutor said.

    The accused, who later confessed to the crime, attributed it to the handiwork of the devil as he pleaded for mercy.

    The magistrate, however, adjourned the case till January 10 for sentence.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 06:09 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 21-year-old-man identified as Isreal Oluranti for allegedly stabbing his 18-year-old friend, Farooq Olusegun, to death.

    It was gathered that Oluranti and Olusegun attended a birthday party with their friends on Christmas Eve.

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    Confirming the incident, police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Wednesday said the incident occurred at Ope-Ilu part of Agbado in Ifo Local Government Area of the State.

    Oyeyemi said on December 25, trouble started when an argument ensued over a missing phone with the deceased accusing the suspect of taking it.

    “This infuriated the suspect, consequent upon which he took one of the beer bottles around, broke it and stabbed the deceased on the chest,” Mr. Oyeyemi added.

    He said the victim was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital but died in the way.

    “The father of the victim, Kolawole Abiola lodged the complaint at Agbado Divisional Headquarter and the DPO, Omonijo Sunday detailed detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested,” he explained.

    Mr. Oyeyemi added that commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the Homicide Section of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 05:59 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
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    A 14-year-old girl, who was raped continuously and impregnated by a 70-year-old ex-soldier, Shuaibu Ahmed, has revealed why she didn’t expose the evil deed earlier.

    According to the teenage girl, Ahmed gave her N100 the first time he raped her, adding that she continued to allow him sleep with her because he threatened to kill her.

    The 14-year-old narrated to Vanguard how the man allegedly forcefully had sex with her continually.

    The incident happened at Ago Tapa area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

    The unsuspecting father of the victim found out his daughter was pregnant after he was told by a neighbour that his daughter was carrying a five-month-old pregnancy.

    She said, “Sometime last year or thereabout, my sister sent me to Papa Soldier’s (the suspect) house to collect some compact discs for her.

    “The man was sitting in front of his house when I got there. He said the CD was inside on the table. As I went inside, he tiptoed in after me and hurriedly locked the door when I had entered. He removed my clothes, underwear and forced himself on me.

    “I tried to shout, but he blocked my mouth and threatened to kill me. After he was through, I saw some whitish substance on me. It was then he told me he had deflowered me and that I should not tell anybody about it. Since then he has been having sex with me and each time he would warn me and even threaten to kill me.

    “At times, he will give me N100 or N200. The day he deflowered me, he gave me N100. I was not enticed by money; it was his constant threats that frightened me.

    “I could not tell anyone because I didn’t want to die. I just finished JSS 1. I had not started menstruation when he first forced me. It was after that encounter I started seeing my period.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 05:39 AM - Forum: Celebrities - No Replies
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    Nigerian artiste, Davido on Thursday spoke about rift between Psquare.

    This was in response to questions on why they did not perform at his N30 billion concert.

    The ‘OBO crooner’ preaching unity on his snapchat page said the Psquare brothers could not perform at the show because Paul had a show in Calabar.

    Davido on Wednesday night stunned the crowd as the Mo’Hits crew performed on stage.

    The Mo’Hits crew comprising of Don Jazzy,, D’Banj, Wande Coal, Dr Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu and D’Prince had gone on a very painful split in 2012 over several internal disagreements.

    According to him, there is no beef between the brothers as reported.

    He said “Let us preach unity, Psquare were ready to perform but one of them Paul was not present but Peter Okoye was at the show.

    “He already had a show which made it impossible for them to perform alongside Mo’hits crew.

    “Both guys are lovely guys trust me there is no problem.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 05:36 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
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    Controversial journalist, Kemi Olunloyo, has finally spoken from prison.

    Ms. Olunloyo called for democracy in Nigeria, while announcing that she was still in Port-Harcourt prison.

    She confirmed the development via a post on her Instagram page.

    The controversial journalist was sent back to prison sometime in October for allegedly defaming Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries.

    She wrote via Instagram, “I’m still being held in Port Harcourt max prison.

    “I’m in high spirits, very soon Nigeria will return to democracy -madam koo.

    “Journalism is not a crime, support investigative journalism. “Kemi Olunloyo speaks from prison.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 05:33 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    Alexis Sanchez scored two second-half goals, as Arsenal saw off Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park on Thursday night.

    The Gunners were looking for a rare away win this season, while the Roy Hodgson’s side was seeking to extend their unbeaten run at home.

    Shkodran Mustafi opened scoring for Arsenal with a composed finish, but Andros Townsend equalized for Palace at the start of the second half.

    Sanchez scored twice to give Arsene Wenger’s men a comfortable lead, before James Tomkins headed in a late consolation.

    The win takes Arsenal to sixth place with 37 points, while Palace are 16th with 18 points.


Posted by: Watchtower - 29-12-2017, 05:30 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
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    World football governing body, FIFA has presented badges to 29 Nigerian referees.

    Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Referees Association, Kelechi Mejuobi, said 22 men and seven female referees received the badges.

    They are 14 centre referees and assistant referees, four futsal referees and four beach soccer referees.

    According to him, the seven women are all football referees and assistant referees.

    He explained: “From the 2017 approved referees, Abubakar Ago – from male football – Hadiza Musa – from female football – and Ushie Micheal – from beach soccer – all retired and have been replaced by three young referees – Abubarka Abdulahi (men’s football), Patience Madu (women’s football) and Olayinka Olajide (beach soccer).

    “The referees received their FIFA badges from the Nigeria Football Federation officials in Kano and are available to officiate in any continental game – as well as domestic matches.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 07:29 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
  • Raheem Sterling scored the only goal as Manchester City defeated Newcastle United 1-0 on Wednesday night at St. James Park.

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    It was Pep Guardiola’s 18th win in a row, as City continue to march towards the Premier League title.

    City wasted a lot of chances to make the score line more comfortable, after Sterling ran onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to open scoring in the first half.

    They now top the table with 58 points, 15 more than city rivals Manchester United.

    City’s last league game of the year, will be away to Crystal Palace on Sunday.


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:35 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode says the motorbike accident involving President Muhammadu Buhari’s son is a sign from God for him to resign.

    Yusuf Buhari presently unconscious in the hospital suffered brain injury after he was involved in a bike accident on Tuesday night.

    The ex-minister likened President Buhari to Pharoah in the Bible who refused to yield to the voice of God to let the people go thereby bringing evil on himself.

    In his tweets on Wednesday, Fani Kayode emphasised that Buhari’s health and son’s accident are signs from God for him to let Nigerians go.

    “God told Pharaoh to “let my people go” Pharaoh asked who He was? 

    “God told him “I am the I Am, that I Am” and sent signs of His awesome power.

    “It cost Pharaoah both his own life and that of his son.

    “Signs have been sent. Next comes the axe. Let God’s people go!

    “I pray that the son of President Buhari recovers quickly and I wish him well. I also pray for all those Nigerians whose loved ones were either murdered, met with an untimely death or tragedy over Christmas. May God grant us all peace and good health as we enter the new year.‎” He wrote.


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:31 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti state governor, has criticised Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over his recent claim regarding fuel subsidy.

    On Tuesday, Osinbajo had said the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) bears the cost of fuel subsidy and not the federal government.

    His comments came after Maikanti Baru, NNPC group managing director, said the landing cost of petrol is now N171 as against the official retail price of N145.

    But speaking on Wednesday, Fayose wondered if there was any difference between the NNPC and the federal government.

    In a statement issued by Lere Olayinka, his spokesman, the governor asked: “What is the difference between NNPC and the federal government? Who is NNPC and who is federal government? Is NNPC now an autonomous agency of the federal government?”

    He said contrary to what is being presented, the NNPC does not have the rights “to swap crude oil for subsidy” nor to spend money it generates from the sales of crude oil.

    He asked: “Where is NNPC getting the money with which it is subsidising petrol with N26 per litre? Is NNPC spending money from the sales of crude oil that should be paid into the federation account to pay subsidy?

    “I like the vice-president, he is a pastor and I don’t believe that he will also join others in Buhari’s government to lie to Nigerians.

    “However, this one that he presented NNPC as an agency of the federal government that can allocate fund without the approval of the president is very strange to me.”

    Fayose also wondered where the money “is coming from” if subsidy is being paid by the NNPC.

    “Is it from sales of crude oil? Does it now mean that the NNPC is spending part of the proceeds of the sale of crude oil outside allocation to the federal government by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC)?” he asked.

    “We were in Nigeria in May 2016, when the federal government announced the removal of subsidy on petrol and went on to increase the pump price of petrol to N145 per litre.

    “The same APC people, who protested against removal of subsidy and increment of petrol price to N140 in 2012, defended the removal in 2016 and increment of pump price to N145.

    “In 2017 budget of the federal government, provision was not made for the payment of fuel subsidy, so also that of 2018. So where is the N26 they are subsidizing one litre of petrol with coming from? Is the Buhari-led government spending fund not appropriated by the national assembly?”


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:23 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    Former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to motorbike accident of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf

    Yusuf Buhari presently unconscious in the hospital suffered brain injury after he was involved in a bike accident on Tuesday night.

    Reno in reaction called on all Nigerians to set aside their differences towards President Buhari and pray for speedy recovery of his son.

    He wrote in his tweets “Today should be a day when all of us Nigerians put our partisanship aside and join with the @MBuhari family to pray for the quick recovery of his son, Yusuf Buhari.

    “There are things that divide us. But a thing such as this should unite us in wishing well to the first family.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:18 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
  • The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Sector Reforms, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu has revealed how the federal government plans to spend the $321 million stolen by late Head of State, Sani Abacha, which was recovered from Switzerland.

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    According to her, the funds will be spent on social development programmes.

    Speaking in an interview with SUN Newspaper, Ibekaku-Nwagwu expressed the need for Civil Society Organisations and the media to monitor the use and also hold government accountable.

    She said: “It is important that CSO and the Media should be able to have the capacity to continue to hold government accountable on all fronts.

    “Recently, we attended the Global Forum on Assets Recovery in Washington D.C. And CSOs from Nigeria were part of government delegation where Nigeria signed an MoU with Switzerland and World Bank on the return of the $321 million.

    “We urge the CSO and the Media to monitor the funds which Nigeria has agreed to invest in social development, particularly in the cash transfer programme that the president is ready to implement.”

    She revealed that the cash transfer programme will be managed with the World Bank and CSO.

    According to her, “the idea is that CSO will have all the information to be able to know who and who is benefiting from the funds, who and who are actually poor and who are benefiting.”


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:14 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - No Replies
  • [Image: Femi-Fani-Kayode-August-2014-BellaNaija....00x437.jpg]

    Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, has reacted to the emergence of George Weah as the President of Liberia.

    The ex-minister while congratulating the former world footballer of the year, said Weah’s victory was well deserved.

    In a tweet via his social media handle, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain said Prophet T. B. Joshua’s prayers helped in paving the way for Weah.

    Fani-Kayode wrote: “I congratulate George Weah on his election as the President of Liberia.

    “I thank God for his life and for that of Prophet T.B. Joshua who prayed for him and assured him of victory when he visited him in his Church in Lagos a few weeks back.

    “This is a well deserved victory!” The 51-year-old former World Footballer of the Year won thirteen out of the fifteen counties with his 73-year-old opponent Joseph Boakai getting only two (2) counties.

    Weah becomes the 25th President of Liberia.


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:09 AM - Forum: Gossip - No Replies
  • The Presidency has confirmed that Yusuf Buhari had a bike accident on Tuesday night.

    It said the incident occurred around Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

    Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday disclosed that Yusuf “broke a limb and had an injury to the head as a result”.

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    “He has undergone surgery at a clinic in Abuja. He is in a stable condition,” he added.

    “The President and his wife, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, are thankful to Nigerians for the good wishes and prayers for their son,” the statement concluded.


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 06:05 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of providing cover for huge corrupt acts directly involving the interests of members of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the on-going fuel crisis in the country.

    The opposition party also urged officials of the federal government to stop dishing out falsehood to suffering Nigerians.

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    PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Wednesday said it was completely reprehensible that the APC and the Federal Government had continued to stick to lies, particularly on the real reasons behind the biting fuel scarcity as well as their exposed attempt to pilfer $1bn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).

    The PDP charged the APC-led Federal Government to tell Nigerians the truth regarding its handling of fuel related funds, particularly the circumstances surrounding the exposed diversion of fuel funds in sleazy oil subsidy payouts, rather than dissipating its tenuous energy on name callings.

    The party also tasked the APC Government to speak out on reports of fraud in the oil regime whereupon 18 unregistered companies were used to lift and divert $1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in the last one year.

    “This APC Government is not only grossly incompetent and corrupt, but also a champion in the use of lies and manipulations against innocent and unsuspecting citizens.

    “We all know that it was convenient for the APC Presidency to promise Nigerians that it will no longer import fuel only because the PDP government had already laid the foundation including revamping the refineries and ensuring a domestic production of 5 million litres out of the 25 million litres daily domestic consumption.

    “Sadly this incompetent APC government, in its almost three years, has not added one litre to the 5 million litres which the PDP administration was producing.

    “Instead of improvements, the APC has wrecked the system and now pushing the nation to depend solely on importation, while engaging in heavy sleazes in hidden subsidy regimes.

    “Is it not also ridiculous for the Federal Government, in its bid to cover for its ineptitude and oil subsidy corruption, to announce that it is the NNPC and not Nigeria that is paying for the so called fuel subsidy?

    “The question is; who owns the NNPC? Is it not Nigeria? Can NNPC spend a kobo without the authorization of the Presidency? Has President Muhammadu Buhari ceased to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Minister of Petroleum Resources?

    “Moreover, if the NNPC, which is under his purview, has been paying fuel subsidy, who authorized the payment and who are the beneficiaries? Nigerians need to know the truth on this subsidy regime.

    “We therefore challenge the APC- Federal Government to come clean on these issues and stop telling lies to Nigerians who have suffered enough under its deceptive, inept, uncoordinated and wicked regime.”

    The PDP however urged Nigerians not to be forlorn adding that it has repositioned to stand with the people in the inevitable mission to rescue and restore the nation to the path of prosperity once more come 2019.


Posted by: Watchtower - 28-12-2017, 05:59 AM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • A 21- year old man, Israel Oluranti, has been arrested by officers of the Ogun State Police Command for stabbing one teenager, Farooq Olusegun, to death.

    Oluranti allegedly stabbed Farooq with a bottle at Ope-Ilu area of Agbado, Ifo local government area of the state on Christmas Day and the victim died shortly after the attack.

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    The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident followed a heated argument between the assailant and the victim over a missing phone.

    “Trouble started when an argument ensued over a missing phone. The deceased accused the suspect of being in possession of the phone.

    “This infuriated the suspect consequent upon which he took one of the beer bottles around, broke it and stabbed the deceased on the chest.

    “He was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital but gave up the ghost before reaching the hospital. The father of the victim, Kolawole Abiola, lodged the complaint at Agbado Divisional Headquarter and the Divisional Police Officer, Omonijo Sunday, detailed police detectives to the scene where the suspect was promptly arrested.

    “However, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to Homicide Section of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation,” Abimbola stated.


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