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Posted by: slimsaint - 15-02-2019, 11:48 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The winner of the 2019 Presidential election has been revealed by a powerful Nigerian herbalist.[Image: Atiku-and-Buhari.jpg]
    Buhari and Atiku
    A herbalist, also the Otunba Isegun of Osun State, Alhaji Olarinoye Opeyemi Mudashiru has predicted wide margin of victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election holding across the country on Saturday.
    In a statement on Thursday, Mudashiru said Buhari would beat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with at least two million votes.
    According to him, “I, the Otunba Isegun of Osun State from Inisha in Odo-Otin Local Government area of the State, hereby use this medium to assure our President, Muhammadu Buhari that he will be victorious in Saturday’s presidential election.

    “I also want to assure the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that he should put his mind at rest concerning the Presidential election slated for 16th February.

    “We have consulted with our ancestors and it is confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari will be re-elected. As a matter of fact, President Buhari will beat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with at least two million votes.”

    He also said both the presidential and national assembly elections would be conducted peacefully by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) without any threat whatsoever to the security of the country.

Posted by: slimsaint - 15-02-2019, 11:46 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Igbos have been told to vote en masse in the upcoming election by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.[Image: kanu-isreal(1).jpg]

    Nnamdi Kanu
    The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has called off the election boycott in the south-east region of the country. Kanu in an audio message also asked the Igbos to come out in their numbers and vote during Saturday’s presidential election.
    He also tweeted the information on his Twitter writing: "Having confirmed this evening that all our preconditions and terms have been met, signed, sealed and delivered; I hereby call-off the election boycott across Biafraland on Feb. 16, 2019. I dedicate this historic victory to the formidable #IPOB family worldwide."
    Kanu had been calling on the Igbos to boycott any election held in Nigeria until the government agrees to a referendum regarding IPOB’s quest for a sovereign state of Biafra.
    According to a report by TheCable, just two days ago, Kanu had told BBC Igbo that IPOB will ‘shut down’ the south-east and ensure voting does not take place in the area.
    However, in the broadcast obtained Thursday night, Kanu said unnamed individuals have met the demands given by the group before any election could be held in the south-east.
    He said: “Earlier today, February 14, 2019, I received confirmation from our team that all of our pre-conditions played before those kicking off to call off the elections have been met. And in view of that, I hereby lift the boycott of elections.

    “IPOB was very steadfast, we have fought a very good battle; we have made it very clear to all and sundry that we are very determined and this is victory for IPOB and for the emancipation of Biafra.”
    Kanu expressed hope that those who agreed to the group’s demands will implement them.
    He asked the Igbo to spread the “good news” but added the group’s resolve remains the same: a sovereign state of Biafra.
    “We said it from the beginning, nobody should expect us to participate in any form of elections unless our demands are met. And I am glad to tell you that they have acceded to our demands and it will be fully implemented,”  he said.
    “I therefore ask each and everyone of you to take this good news to all our towns and villages that the boycott has been lifted. And we will all go about on the 16th of February to discharge whatever duties we have or whatever beliefs … for groups and individuals.

    “Never again will they take IPOB for granted, and never again will people underrate our resolve. We have showed it to them and we shall continue to demonstrate it until Biafra republic is restored. I thank you very much and may God be with you.”
    It is not clear who the IPOB leader is rooting for in Saturday’s presidential election.

Posted by: slimsaint - 15-02-2019, 11:44 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Fayose, in his reaction to the sealing off of the radio station, described it as a prelude to alleged rigging the APC intended to perpetrate on Saturday and March 2.[Image: Fayose%20and%20Fayemi.JPG]

    private radio station in Ado Ekiti, Our Peoples FM 104.1, believed to be owned by a former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, was sealed off on Thursday by the state government for non-compliance with regulations.

    Officials of state Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and policemen from the Counter Terrorism Unit moved to the radio station and ordered the workers out after pasting the notice of closure on the building.

    Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Mr Ademiloye Fasiku, said, “We are here basically to enforce compliance with urban development plan of government. We have given them notices but they never responded. We asked them to submit their approved plan for clearance but nothing was done.

    Fasiku claimed four letters were written to the station on the need to comply with regulations, saying all the pleas were rebuffed.

    Fasiku, who noted that there were discrepancies in the approved purpose for the building and mast, said, “Following these discrepancies, a penalty charge of N985,000 was recommended but was not paid.”

    But the General Manager of the station, Mr Layi Oyawa, who said he did not receive any letter from the ministry, said, “The only letter I got was from the Signage and Advertisement Agency. Why is this coming at this time? However, we are going to address it the legal way.”

    Oyawa condemned the manner the station was closed down, describing it as brutish.

    He said, “The police that the staff of the ministry brought slapped me. They assaulted me and tore my suit; this is uncalled for. They said they wrote notices to us, who did they address them to? From whom did the letter emanate?”

    Fayose, in his reaction to the sealing off of the radio station, described it as a prelude to alleged rigging the APC intended to perpetrate on Saturday and March 2.

    The former governor, in a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, said, “From information made available to the public by the radio station, the government requested for payment of N175 million as Signage Fee, which for all intent and purposes, was ridiculous.

    “It is sad that Fayemi chose to take laws into his hands by ordering policemen attached to him to invade a private business premises and close it down without order of any court.”

Posted by: slimsaint - 15-02-2019, 11:41 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • After refusing to appear in court, suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has finally arrived at the CCT.[Image: onnoghen.JPG]
    The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen has finally appeared in court on Friday.
    This is coming after the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday issued a bench warrant for Onnoghen's arrest.
    The application followed Justice Onnoghen’s failure to appear before the tribunal to enter his plea to the six-count charge pending against him.
    Justice Onnoghen who was accused of failing to declare his assets as prescribed by the law, as well as operated foreign bank accounts in contravention of the code of conduct for public officials, had on three previous dates, refused to appear before the CCT for arraignment.

Posted by: slimsaint - 15-02-2019, 11:39 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • It should be noted that Atiku did not hold a rally in the state, but his wife, Mrs Titi Abubakar had visited the state to campaign for her husband.[Image: Atiku5.JPG]

    A former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on Thursday was engaged in a last minute push for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar ahead of Saturday’s poll, blaming inadequate timing for the former Vice President’s inability to conduct open rally in the state.
    Daniel, who is the Deputy Chairman of PDP Presidential Campaign Council (South), led Atiku’s campaign train to Ogun Central and West Senatorial districts, ahead of the election.
    Daily Trust reports that Atiku did not hold a rally in the state, but his wife, Mrs Titi Abubakar had visited the state to campaign for her husband.
    Daniel, in an interview with newsmen today on the sidelines of the tour, noted that “Ogun is already a done deal for Atiku.”
    He said: “He (Atiku) has been to Ogun State on a number of occasions. It’s just a question of strategy. Sometimes you go and do big rallies. But don’t forget rallies that are done like that are meant to collect the converted. And you know our Ogun State is a very sophisticated environment. I think we have done what we need to do.

    “For instance, yesterday, he was to be in Abuja and we cancelled Abuja. Time is very short. Part of the situation here is that we are quite sure in Ogun everybody is rooting for Atiku. It’s a done deal as far as we are concerned.”
    The former Governor warned Nigerians to resist rigging and any attempt to postpone the election, saying such move may amount to derailing transition in Nigeria.
    He also pointed out that the PDP candidate has demonstrated that “he has the capacity to restructure and he would restructure our country.

Posted by: Eagletale - 15-02-2019, 06:10 AM - Forum: Opinion Page - No Replies
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    Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation has reacted to broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

    Buhari had during his speech urged Nigerians to vote right in Saturday’s presidential election.

    He also assured Nigerians of free and fair elections.

    But, reacting, Fani-Kayode said he observed that Buhari slurred all through his speech.

    According to him, this showed that Buhari is a ‘Shadow of himself’ who needs a hospital and not re-election on Saturday.

    Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I watched as Buhari slurred through his broadcast just now and I felt nothing but pity for him.I asked myself “look at what the troubler of Nigeria has been reduced to?

    “He is a shadow of his former self and a pitiful sight.This man does not need a 2nd term: he needs a hospital.”


Posted by: Eagletale - 15-02-2019, 06:05 AM - Forum: Lifestyle - No Replies
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    Omamen Iyawe, the wife of Pastor Idahosa Iyawe, Assistant Pastor of The StandPoint Church, Abuja, who died on March 4, during Sunday service, will be buried tomorrow after a service of songs at Word of Faith field, opposite CGMi Faith Arena, Benin City, Edo State by 10:00a.m.

    An earlier service of songs was yesterday evening held in her honour at Daughter of Abraham Hall, opposite Setraco headquarters, Mabushi Express, Abuja. According to the church, “the 29-year-old mother of one was deeply and intensely lost in worship, lifted up her hands and was called to a higher place of praise and worship when she suddenly slumped and died during service last week.”

    In a tribute, the church said: “The StandPoint Church together with the families of the Iyawe’s and Obaseki’s, soberly announce to the public the passing of Mrs. Omamen Iyawe, a profoundly treasured mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. It was a glorious exit. As Oma, deeply and intensely lost in worship, lifted up her hands, she was called to a higher place of praise and worship.

    “Oma was a beautiful soul, an admirable shining example, and a source of inspiration to many people in and outside The StandPoint Church. Oma will surely and terribly be missed by many. We cry and we grieve, but we also rejoice in this glorious translation because we know that Omamen Iyawe is not in our past, but alive in our future.”

    Her bereaved husband, who was married to her for two years before her death also took to social media to mourn her.


Posted by: Eagletale - 15-02-2019, 05:59 AM - Forum: Business - No Replies
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    Jumia and Konga, two major players in the eCommerce market are creating visible excitement in the space with eye-catching listing of their shares on the international market.
    Jumia is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in New York this year which will reportedly see the business valued at $1.5 billion. Elsewhere, Konga, Nigeria’s biggest Omni- channel eCommerce group, is also reportedly set for a major listing on either the London Stock Exchange or New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by the last quarter of 2020.

    Konga Group is set for an initial public offering that will see the eCommerce giant valued at about $3.2b, further shoring up the potential of the eCommerce industry in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest market.Investigations reveal that Mark Jessey, a prominent stock analyst on NYSE had hinted of the strong possibility of aKonga IPO before the end of next year.

    A move which, according to him, is a much sought-after one by investors, many of whom have followed within the last 8 months the huge strides and trajectory of the business which came under new ownership after the exit of previous majority investors, Naspers and AB Kinnevik.

    While Jumia’s successful listing could help MTN reduce its debt which unconfirmed reports indicate to have increased to over five billion dollars in June from about $4.1b at the end of 2017, Konga’s imminent IPO is one that should see the business excite a horde of potential investors, going by the current standing of the company.

    Commenting on the likely listing of Konga, Chris Uwaje, Africa chair for IEEE World Internet of Things (WIoT), noted that the company has added huge value to the e-commerce landscape which should see its value gross over $3.5b.

    “Within the last seven months, I am aware that the new owners of Konga have repositioned the company strategically and upped the overall value of the business. Konga could claim to be unarguably the most structured e-Commerce company in Africa, with huge infrastructure and technology back-bone which is rare in Africa and which is the strength of global players such as Amazon and Alibaba.

    In valuing Konga, you must consider its strategic 360 degrees Omni-channel strategy, their Central Bank of Nigeria-licensed mini bank – KongaPay which I am sure cannot be valued anything less than $750m and best in Africa digital logistics division known as Kxpress with a nationwide network. I know Konga is likely the only company that does about ninety percent of her long haul and last mile deliveries in the continent.


Posted by: Eagletale - 15-02-2019, 05:53 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    From the United States (U.S.) yesterday came the advice that the Nigerian electorate should shun every act of violence that may mar the conduct of peaceful, credible and fair polls. It cautioned: “Election is not war, vote not fight.”The U.S. Consul General in Lagos, John Bray, admonished the citizens to come out en masse tomorrow with their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) to elect credible people-oriented candidates that would effectively represent them and improve their lot.
    Bray, who spoke yesterday in an interview with BBC Pidgin, said America was interested in the peaceful conduct of the general elections. He urged Nigerians not to sell their votes, saying the future of the country was dependent on the outcome of the polls.“I beg you all to come out from your house on Saturday with your PVCs to vote any candidate of your choice. Please, election is not war, don’t fight anybody because of vote, and don’t sell your vote to eat rice,” he advised.

    Besides, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, yesterday disclosed that there are over one million dead persons on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s voters register.Specifically, he said the party has evidence that over 1,050,051 dead voters will vote at the polls.

    Addressing journalists in Abuja, Secondus also alleged that there has been a coordinated approach to register foreigners as voters, mainly from Niger Republic and Cameroon, adding: “That is why INEC has established so many polling units along the border with Cameroon and Niger.“It is clear that INEC did not do a cleanup of the voters register before it was published. In previous INEC administrations, this was mitigated by administrative arrangements where voters did accreditation in the morning and voted at noon.

    “So, if a voter wanted to vote twice, say at A and B, they would have to go to A and get accredited, then go to B and also get accredited, and then go back to A to vote and then to B to vote – an onerous regimen that prevented cultivating.”He explained that in the new continuous voting regime, this administrative support measure has been disposed of, specifically to facilitate multiple voting by a large number of All Progressives Congress (APC) members.

    “The voters register contains the data of dead voters. Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) of dead voters were printed and distributed nationwide. Government data shows that the gross death rate in Nigeria is 12.5 per 1,000 lives. We have evidence that over 1,050,051 dead voters will vote in this election,” he stated.He stressed that INEC and President Muhammadu Buhari had decided that dead voters would cast ballots, noting, “The idea of ghost voters is consistent with the nature of this virtual President.”

    Secondus also alleged that there is a deliberate manipulation of security agencies, saying, “multiple intelligence sources available to us shows that the APC, in conjunction with INEC through their ICT situation room has concluded plans to manipulate the outcome of Saturday’s election.” Citing areas where plans have been concluded to manipulate the process, he said this is done, “by deliberately corrupting INEC voters register to induce suppression in PDP’s strongholds with the aim of disenfranchising at least four voters by corrupting their names on the voters register.

    “The strategy is to create artificial problems where at least four registered voters can be disfranchised in PDP strongholds. The target is to adequately limit the estimated members of PDP who would want to vote in their areas.”The PDP National Chairman, however, demanded that government should respect the people’s wish, adding, “INEC calls an immediate meeting of political parties participating in the presidential election and appoint representatives to oversee their work.”

    Similarly, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the wishes of Nigerians and vacate office if defeated at the polls, saying Nigerians would not renew his tenancy in the presidency. Atiku, who spoke yesterday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, his home state, during his final campaign rally said that the leadership of Buhari had not only factionalised the county along ethnicity and religious lines, but had imposed avoidable hardship on Nigerians due to the shortsightedness of the administration.

    The former vice president, who said that his party handed over the country to the APC intact, pointed out that Nigeria had remained a ghost of itself due to the maladministration and display of leadership incompetence by the Buhari’s government. Atiku, who also asked the Adamawa State governor, Muhammed Jibrilla Bindow, to arrange his personal belongings preparatory to what he described as March 2nd 2019 send forth for the governor, noted that the incoming government of PDP would not tolerate indolent leaders at all levels of government.“APC government brought disunity, poverty, privatisation of corruption as only APC members are not corrupt, according to Buhari government. APC national chairman said whatever you do fraudulently, just join APC and your sins will be forgiven, meaning APC is haven for corrupt people.

    “I want you the people of Adamawa State to know that I am not in Yola for campaign, but to inform you that Nigerians have picked your son as the next president of Nigeria, so that I can come and rescue the country from total collapse as we are seeing now,” he stated.But the Federal Government yesterday cautioned the PDP against throwing the country into anarchy out of its alleged desperation to grab power at all cost, saying Nigeria’s unity and survival override any party’s ambition.

    Information and CultureMinister Lai Mohammed who gave the warning alleged that the latest manifestation of PDP’s avowed determination to discredit the results of the 2019 elections was the statement credited to the opposition party that it lacked confidence in INEC and the party’s decision to set up what it calls Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) system.

    He said the alleged attempt by the PDP to discredit the results of the yet-to-be held 2019 general elections was an invitation to anarchy.
    ‘’Consistently, the PDP has been attacking the two national institutions that are most pivotal to the elections – the INEC and the police. This is part of the party’s strategy to erode confidence in the institutions, preparatory to faulting the outcome of the elections.

    ‘’We have also been calling national and international attention to this strategy by the PDP. We warned that the PDP will do everything to scuttle the polls, failing which the opposition party will work to discredit the results. The persistent accusation of planned rigging of the polls, which is not evidence-based, the not-so-subtle threat of violence issued by the PDP at its press conference on Wednesday and the setting up of the PVT are all geared to achieve one objective: discredit the election results.’ ’

    Also, the presidential candidate of People’s Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has, in an interview with The Guardian, agreed that one way to check rigging is for “INEC to announce/publish the number or lists of collected and uncollected PVCs and deduct the same from the number of registered voters to enable the world to know how many people are qualified to vote.

    Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, urged Nigerians to protect their votes and elect the candidates of their choice. The monarch spoke yesterday at the 2019 Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture, themed “Towards Credible, Peaceful and Participatory Election-Moving Nigeria’s Democracy Forward” organised by the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF).

    According to him, the foreign observers are concerned about the general elections due to the country’s population and being the giant of Africa that other African countries are looking up to.“I call on all Nigerians to vote the candidates of their choice and protect their votes because the commoners who queue up to vote are the ones that choose who their leaders should be and the government must listen to them when they get to power,” he said.

    The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido, challenged young people to take the mantle of leadership by 2023, urging them to be resilient and courageous because the future lies with them. Sanusi urged the elder statesmen to tutor the younger generation by giving them chance to hold political offices in the country

    “Given the history of our country young people have shown resilience and courage, and by 2023 they will do great exploits. The older ones should tutor the young ones, so by 2023 they will be happy that the younger ones are what they wanted them to be. Give the younger ones a place to govern the country,” he said.

    In his goodwill message, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, urged all security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be independent in the discharge of their duties, adding that the UN would support the country’s general elections.

    Former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former Botswana President, Festus Mogae urged Nigerians to vote their conscience and not to see the election as a do or die affair.The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi admonished Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice symbolised by Valentine for their conduct during tomorrow’s general elections.He gave the charge in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare.

    Ooni Ogunwusi said Nigerians should express love of Valentine beyond romantic displays and exchange of gift items by emphasising peaceful coexistence and treatment of one another as members of the same family.He urged politicians to avoid utterances that could heat up the polity and be accountable to the people.

    “The days of politicians coming for votes and disappearing after elections are gone for good, measures are currently being put in place to hold you all accountable,” the monarch said.Besides, in Kaduna yesterday, not less than 438 security operatives conducted a show of force in the metropolis and its environs towards ensuring the conduct of peaceful elections.

    The security agencies that participated in the exercise included 1 Division Garrison of the Nigeria Army, the Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS) and the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC).
    Kaduna is one of the states that are prone to crises, as a little ethno-religious and political misunderstanding usually erupts and degenerates into full-blown violence.

    The Brigade Commander, 1Division Garrison Kaduna, Brig-Gen Jimmy Akpor, said the show of force was to create an enabling security environment for hitch-free elections.He disclosed that the same composition of security forces and agencies also carried out a similar show of force in Zaria, Kachia and Birnin Gwari simultaneously to show their resolve to guarantee a secure environment before, during and after the elections.

    “In line with the Nigerian Army Timeline for the 2019 general elections, all formations were tasked to conduct a simultaneous ‘Show of Force’ in major cities and towns within their various areas of responsibility today (yesterday) 14 February 2019.”He said more than 67 assorted operational vehicles and 438 personnel of various services, forces and agencies participated in the Kaduna exercise.


Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:52 PM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • A man's corpse has been found with some vital body parts missing in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
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    Photo of the mutilated body
    Barely 48 hours to Nigeria’s general elections, political thugs were said to have murdered a middle-aged man close at a ghetto area in Ibadan, leaving his severed body dropped close to a popular joint in the area.
    The man, said to have been murdered overnight of Wednesday, at Asaka, along Gege area at Ibadan surburb, was found with his head cut off, genitals and intestines removed at the location  where his body was dropped.

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:50 PM - Forum: Crime - No Replies
  • Luck has finally ran out on six internet fraudsters after they were nabbed with 200 female panties in Ijebu.
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    The police division in Okpanam community, Delta State has arrested six suspected ritualists with 200 female pants in the area.
    The Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Chucks Orisewezie, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, told newsmen in Asaba that they include: Chucks Okolie, Francis Ogbereh, Collins Ederah, Felix Nnamdi, Goodluck John, and Steve Akpokona.

    “The suspects were arrested upon intelligence gathered by the police detectives in the bush of Okpanam community where they allegedly packaged the underwears into a sack and were about moving out of the area.

    “The police detectives recovered two hundred female pants from the suspects including N120,000, some fetish materials, three cut-to-size guns. “They confessed that they were working for some native doctors in faraway Ijebu Ode in Ogun State”.

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:47 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The militant group threatened that Nigeria should be prepared for a perpetual recession if Buhari insists on imposing himself on the people.
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    Niger Delta militants
    The Niger Delta militant group popularly known as Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has given a nod the presidential aspiration of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), leaving a warning that if President Muhammadu Buhari should rig his way back to office, it would once again cripple the Nigeria’s economy.
    Avengers, who, through its spokesperson, Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibowho, in a statement, flayed the planned adoption of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All People’s Congress (APC) by other groups of militants in Niger Delta region, said Nigeria should be prepared for a perpetual recession if Buhari insists on imposing himself on the people.
    “As a warning and closing note; we want to resound it to members of the International Community, multinational corporations and subsidiaries’ operatives to withdraw their workforce and services from Niger Delta within the period of this elections,” Avengers said.
    It also said: “We are in charge of the struggle now and our strike teams are active and gallantly waiting to receive instructions from the high command to cripple the Nigerian economy again if Buhari is rigged back to office. And this time, it will be a perpetual recession for Nigeria, as we shall not relent until oil stops to flow in the pipes that braces our feet in our land.”
    “We are adopting Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the sole candidate to be voted for by all the people of the Niger Delta as a result of his political ideology, which is in tandem with our agitation for equitable and fair principles of federalism.
    “The high command is convinced that when elected come February 16th, 2019, the government of Alhaji (Dr) Atiku Abubakar will not only restructure Nigeria, but will reverse the inimical ownership rights to natural resources alongside promises that falls within the basis upon which we declared” ‘Operations Red Economy’ against the evil government of Nigeria.

    “We use this medium to advise Alhaji Abubakar that when elected into office, the cardinal demands of restructuring of Nigeria should kick start within six (6) months to forestall further agitation from the Niger Delta,” Avengers said.
    Avengers in its statement said, the warning to the multinational corporations was an alert for them “not to be casualties to the ongoing securitisation and provocation in the Niger Delta by the Nigerian military command.”

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:46 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • It was all praises for Buhari as the crowd intermittently chanted,"Sai Buhari", "Sai Baba", President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Katsina for the APC rally.
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    President Muhammadu Buhari arriving katsina
    President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday made a tumultuous entry into the stadium with a surging crowd trailing his motorcade.

    Security operatives had a hectic time preventing the crowd from entering the already filled 35,000 capacity Muhammadu Diko Stadium in Katsina where the grand rally to mark the end of the campaigns held.

    Aside taking over all the seating terraces and the main bowl of the stadium, many other climbed all the available polls erected for facilities inside the stadium.
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     It was all praises for Buhari as the crowd intermittently chanted“Sai Buhari’’, “Sai Baba’’.

    Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), took to the dancing floor to herald his turn to speak on their mission to Katsina.

    Speaking in Hausa language, he turned to smiling Buhari and said: “Today you should feel fulfilled. You have demonstrated your honesty and integrity.’’

    You will go down in history as the first sitting president who visited all the 36 states and FCT to campaign and for the affection people showed.

    “You cannot be loved by everyone. It is in the Bible. But you touched the lives of poorest of the poor.

    Those who pauperised the people cannot be on your side, but the beauty is that everyone has one vote.

    The one with majority will emerge. I have every confidence that by this time on Saturday indications will emerge that you are victorious.

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     You have taken on corruption and corruption is fighting back, but you have overwhelmed those who welcome corruption.

    All those you have empowered, including farmers and small traders would support you.

    You have tried to curb rural urban migration.

    The opposition PDP has promised to revive structural adjustment programme and sell out major assets.

    “President Buhari has not come into government to show bad behaviour. We will not support violence because of elections. We will not support war because the President knows the meaning of war because as a General he fought war before.’’

    Oshiomhole, presented the governorship flag to the contestant, Aminu Masari.

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Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:44 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • President Buhari and former US President, Bill Clinton, today engaged in a telephone conversation.
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    President Muhammadu Buhari
    Former United States President, Bill Clinton, has engaged in a phone discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari.
    Disclosing this in a statement on Thursday, a presidential spokesperson, Mr Femi Adelina, said, President Buhari thanked Clinton for his continuous support for Nigeria and the growth of her democracy.
    Buhari, who is seeking a second term in office as a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the statement said, promised Clinton that Nigeria’s elections would be free, fair and credible.
    President Buhari, it was said, described Clinton as a friend of Nigeria and commended his constant support for the peace, stability and progress of Nigeria under a democratic dispensation.

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:40 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • As the Presidential election approaches, Olu Fasan attempts an analysis of the chances of the two major candidates going into the elections.
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    Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari

    This Saturday’s presidential election features a motley crowd of candidates, about 76 in all! Yet, despite the dense thicket of candidates, only two really matter. The contest is between two recurring faces in Nigeria’s political space: President Muhammadu Buhari, of All Progressives Congress, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, of People’s Democratic Party. Both candidates are very different personalities, with diametrically opposite visions and values. But neither possesses, holistically, the qualities needed for a country’s leadership, and, indeed, each has devastating flaws. Thus, Nigerians must decide, based on key evaluative factors, which of the two candidates is the lesser of two evils.

    There are three critical qualities that any leader must possess. These are vision, competence and values. A leader must have the right vision for his or her country; must have the ability to provide competent and knowledgeable leadership to deliver that vision; and must have the right values, the right moral standards. Put differently, he or she must have character and integrity!

    Now, of the two candidates, Atiku is the one with the right vision for this country. His bold market-based economic reform plan and his far-reaching political and institutional reform agenda, with political restructuring at its core, are what Nigeria needs to progress and prosper. By contrast, Buhari believes that Nigeria’s problems start and end with corruption. But he is utterly wrong, because corruption, insecurity and poverty are symptoms of deeper underlying structural economic, political and institutional defects. Yet, Buhari has no plans to reform Nigeria’s economy, polity and institutions.

    What about competence? Well, the consensus worldwide is that Atiku would be far more effectual than Buhari. He would assemble a far stronger technocratic cabinet and a more robust economic team, as well as brighter aides, than Buhari has done and can ever do. What’s more, he would run a very inclusive government, drawing talents from across Nigeria the way Buhari has never done and can never do.

    So, if vision and competence are the only determining factors in Saturday’s election, Atiku should beat Buhari. But, no, they are not: values count too. And here, Atiku suffers from widespread negative and damaging perceptions. He may not have stolen from government’s treasury, but he’s believed to have exploited his positions and loopholes in the system to enrich himself massively. This view is shared internationally. A British journalist recently described Atiku as “a billionaire about whom questions have been asked”. And that’s the mildest comment you would read about him on the issue.

    Buhari is viewed as someone who lacks an understanding of economic fundamentals, whose policies have damaged investors’ confidence, undermined business growth and impoverished Nigerians (unemployment rose from 8.2% to 23% under him). Yet, despite his double standards and hypocrisy in fighting corruption, he still has a reservoir of goodwill on the issue. In contrast, Atiku is seen as someone whose reform proposals could positively transform Nigeria’s economic and political landscapes, but who may be lax about tackling corruption.

    That’s the real conundrum. How do you choose between a visionless and incompetent candidate, but who, presumably, has integrity and a visionary and competent one, who, nevertheless, carries a lot of baggage from his past, and whose future intentions and motivations are still questioned by many?

    President Buhari is a puritanical socialist. Like medieval puritans and religionists who hated merchants and traders, Buhari runs an anti-business administration. His authoritarian government uses coercion, domination and control as policy tools. When a Buhari loyalist, Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, threatened foreigners with violence and death last week, he was simply echoing pseudo-democratic socialists like President Nicholas Maduro of Venezuela. Buhari’s disregard for the rule of law and business has damaging effects on Nigeria’s international image and investor-friendliness. But so, too, does corruption!

    I wrote last week that a vote for Buhari is a vote for more dysfunctional government, with potentially endless tuff war between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the cabal. Well, I would also argue that a vote for Atiku is a vote for Babangida Mark II. Here’s what I mean.

    When General Ibrahim Babangida overthrew Buhari as head of state in 1985, he replaced his socialist policies with liberal ones. Babangida launched elaborate political and economic programmes. Similarly, if elected, Atiku would embark on a political restructuring programme and launch market-based economic reforms that contain the same elements as Babangida’s structural adjustment programme, such as floating the naira, subsidy removal and privatisation. But alongside his reforms, Babangida also tolerated corruption. Atiku recently said that, if elected, “I will enrich my friends”, and floated the idea of “corruption amnesty”. These must raise concerns that he would run a government shaped by patronage networks.

    In fairness, Atiku’s manifesto contains an elaborate anti-graft strategy. However, it’s difficult to escape the feeling that he would, like Babangida, consider some slippage in fighting graft a reasonable trade-off for his far-reaching political and economic reforms.

    Yet, all that said, given his commitments to structural economic and political reforms and the possibility that he would run a more responsive government, compared to Buhari’s arrogant, inept and dysfunctional administration, Atiku is the lesser of two evils!

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:38 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • According to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner the vehicle carrying non sensitive materials to Logo area of the state was attacked by people in military uniform.
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    INEC election material
    The Independent National Electoral Commission in Benue State on Wednesday said that hoodlums who dressed in military uniform attacked the commission’s vehicle.

    The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, disclosed this when addressing journalists on the preparation for Saturday’s election late Wednesday.

    According to him, the vehicle carrying non sensitive materials to Logo area of the state was attacked by people in military uniform.

    Yilwatda, who was answering questions about the possibility of hoodlums who camouflage as policemen said, “This is true. Recently, our vehicle which was conveying non sensitive materials was attacked along Logo area by people in military uniform.”

    The REC said that efforts were ongoing to stop this, because the Commission had said that security men participating in the election would be accredited.

    He stated further that 22,000 ad hoc staff made up of able people and People Living With Disabilities have been recruited for the conduct of the 2019 general elections in the state.

    The REC added that the 22,000 ad hoc staff would work in 5,102 polling units, stressing that 3,000 trained people are on a standby in case of any eventuality.

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:37 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • A mother-of-two has lost her life in a tragic circumstance after being beaten to death by her landlady and daughter.
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    The victim on the floor
    A landlady and her daughter, identified as Damilola, are currently on the run after beating a tenant, Mama David, to death, during a fight in Lagos.
    The tragic incident happened, last night, at No 6 Odunsi street, Bariga. Damilola and her mom were said to have joined forces to tackle the deceased who was a mom of two.
    The duo, however, fled after they discovered that Mama David had given up the ghost. The police later came to take a co-tenant named Obele, for questioning.

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:35 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Bode George, a member of the main opposition party has criticized governor El Rufai for threatening foreign observers.
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    Governor Nasir El Rufai
    Chief Olabode George is a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
    The Atona Oodua of the Source in this interview with Temidayo Akinsuyi speaks on Saturday’s Presidential election, developments in Lagos and other issues.
    The 2019 presidential election takes place this Saturday. What is your message to Nigerians?
    I want to appeal both to the voters, the managers and the security agencies. Our nation is at the crossroads. This election will decide the future of our country and the generations to come. Therefore, we must play the games according to the rules. Nigeria by the creation of Almighty God is a nation like a beacon on the hill. It means that whatever happens in this nation ricochet all across Africa. It is a semblance of America and the rest of the world. If it goes well here, the rest of the world will be guaranteed that all will be well in Africa. We are no longer a dark continent. It is just the mismanagement; the lack of respect for the rule of law. Those are the issues that are making us look as if we are in the Stone Age. In this elections, let us reflect civility and respect for the rule of law. Let whatever we do be accredited as being done in any civilised world. We are no longer a pariah nation. The whole world is centred on what happens this Saturday. I pray that the Almighty God will make us prove that we are competent and civil enough to manage ourselves. My final appeal to Nigerians is that on that day, it will be a day for this nation to come of age or to go down. Let the will of the people be respected.
    For those who have been making inciting statements, what message do you have for them?
    There are some people who have been making unsavoury comments, saying foreign observers will go back to their countries in bodybags. Is that not the peak of lunacy? Foreign observers are coming to monitor elections, and you, a senior public official said they will go back in bodybags? .For a man that educated to be running riot is alarming. He should withdraw that statement and admit that it was a slip of the tongue. It is unacceptable, scandalous and absolutely sacrilegious.
    Given the roles allegedly played by the security agencies in previous elections, especially the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun, as a retired senior officer in the Nigerian Navy, what is your admonition to the security agencies?
    They should remember that they took an oath to defend the lives and properties of the people of this country. They are not enemies of Nigeria. They are Nigerians and so it will be illogical and unreasonable to turn weapons against your fellow countrymen. Those who are young now may not remember the crisis of 1963 in Western region when the elections were openly rigged. That little crisis which people dismissed that it was just within the Western region engulfed Nigeria into a civil war. No nation goes into a civil war twice and survived. We love peace and sanity.
    We want good governance; we want an administration that will improve the economy, give jobs to the people; that will allow people to live anywhere they want without any encumbrances. The days of these tribal madness and religious bigotry that people have been playing can no longer old. I am a Christian. My older sister got married to a Muslim. Today, she is an Alhaja but she is still my sister. Your religious beliefs are your religious beliefs. It has nothing to do with your managerial skills.
    Setting one tribe against another is no longer acceptable in a civilised setting. To me, what should be paramount to Nigerians is the need to get the best man to manage our affairs. I am happy that the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar has spoken about restructuring. That is a very good thing. We are not saying ‘take power from here to there’. I have been to all the nooks and crannies of this nation. There is no state that God has not endowed with something, be it mineral resources, agriculture or human. So, they should go and develop all those resources for the benefit of the people. Centralising everything in Abuja and saying life begins and stops there hasn’t worked and it will never worked.
    Source: Independent

Posted by: slimsaint - 14-02-2019, 09:33 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • Haruna's sack was contained in a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission, Malam Lawal Yakubu.
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    File Photo
    Taraba State Government has sacked Alhaji Haruna Kawuwa who is the husband of Safiya who died along with eight others in a stampede during the APC presidential rally in Jalingo last Thursday.
    Haruna Kawuwa, before his sack, was Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) in Ardo-Kola Local Government Council in the state.
    Haruna’s sack was contained in a letter with reference no LGSCSAR/S/vol1334 and dated 13 February 2019. It was signed by the Permanent Secretary Local Government Service Commission, Malam Lawal Yakubu.
    The letter, however, did not disclose the offence committed by late Safiya’s husband but it was gathered that Governor Darius gave the order for the sacking of Malam Haruna for allowing his wife to attend an APC rally.
    The junior brother of Mr. Abel Peter Diah, Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly has been appointed to replace Malam Haruna.
    Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has condemned the sacking of Malam Haruna Kawuwa.
    The publicity secretary of the party, Mr Aaron Artimas said the action of the state government was undemocratic and inhumane.

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Posted by: Eagletale - 14-02-2019, 05:59 AM - Forum: Opinion Page - No Replies
  • [Image: 76E5A905-8C3D-4E03-9594-D679BE91F755-768x432.jpeg]

    Bola Ahmed Tinubu is an ugly and repugnant little creature who lives in and presides over the affairs of Lagos state.

    He comes from a long line of slave-dealers even though he is of questionable parentage. He hails from a small town in Osun state called Iragbiji and many claim that his real name is not Bola Ahmed Tinubu but rather Hameed Sangodele or Yekini Amoda Ogunlere or Bobo Chicago

    Whatever his real name is or whatever anyone chooses to call him, at every available opportunity this creature insists on insulting President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan accusing them of deceit, theft, incompetence, graft, corruption and all manner of atrocities.

    He claims to be holier and better than them yet the truth is that he is not fit to be used as toilet paper to clean their either of their rectums.

    He suffers from low self-esteem, he has no conscience and he will do anything or sell anybody for money and power.

    He is a traitor to the Yoruba, a traitor to the south, a traitor to the progressives and a traitor to the oppressed. He is the Judas of Nigeria, the first born of hell and the supreme leader of the accursed.

    He is a conflicted, compromised, corrupt, filthy, parasitic and sociopathic leech and a professional loafer that has sold his soul to satan and that has traded his nation, his people, his heritage, his conscience and his honor to Beelzebub in return for a few choice morsels at Buhari’s table.

    The truth is that he is not fit to be Obasanjo’s or Jonathan’s houseboy let alone join issues with either of them or insult them in the way that he has been doing.

    I advise him to respect himself, to seal his lips and to prepare for his retirement to Iragbiji after his candidate and master is thoroughly defeated and humiliated in saturday’s election.

    I urge him to appreciate the fact that all the blood that has been shed over the last three years by the Buhari government, their security forces and their secret and covert associates and allies, including the Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram, ISIS West Africa and the Malian Fulanis, remains firmly on his hands and that both he and his impish little dwarf and pliant midget called Yemi Osinbajo, will be called to account and be brought to justice for the shedding of that blood.

    There are principally five people that many consider to be incurable lepers and treacherous collaborators and that they hold responsible for the suffering, humiliation and deprivation of the people of the south and the Middle Belt over the last three years and six months and when the time comes we shall bring them to justice.

    The first is the fraud called Bola Ahmed Tinubu who literally worships Buhari and literally prays and makes supplications to him every night .

    The second is the foul-mouthed, pot-bellied creek Haramite from Rivers state called Rotimi Amaechi who has sold his own people down the river, who said that saturday’s presidential election would be “a battle and not an election” and who has threatened violence against the people of Rivers state for the sake of Buhari.

    The third is the pamper-wearing and over-bloated pregnant frog from Imo state called Rochas Okorocha who once said that Buhari was the best thing that has ever happened to the Igbo since sliced bread.

    The fourth is the cruel, violently aggressive, abusive, mentally-unstabe delinquent and unconciable sociopath from Kogi state called Yahaya Bello who once said “Christians are angry with Buhari only because they can no longer steal to pay tithe”.

    And the fifth is the utterly shameless and spineless quisling and cowardly modern-day Uncle Tom from Plateau state called Solomon Lalong who once said that Buhari taught him “how to run” his state as governor.

    These five unhinged and malevolent personalities, with Bola Tinubu acting as their leader and the proverbial “chief slave” to the vicious and ugly hegemonist tendency and feudal cabal that Buhari represents, have done much harm to the cause of the Middle Belt and the south. They have also joined hands and forces with the enemies of God and sought to undermine the Church and destroy the Christian faith.

    They are nothing but minions and acolytes of the salafists and wahhabists of the core Muslim north and they are perfect examples of those that have variously and rightly been described as “useful idiots and accursed slaves”.

    We shall not forget their contributions to the suffering and bondage of our people and neither shall we forget their wickedness, insensitivity and cruelty.

    Permit me to share just one example of that cruelty here. One of the most notorious and egregious acts of wickedness that Tinubu has ever indulged in is the fact that he encouraged his puppet governors in Lagos state to prosecute Prophet T.B. Joshua’s SCOAN Church after the Church went through the trauma, hardship and tragedy of being bombed by a group of callous and heartless terrorists a few years earlier resulting in the death of almost 200 innocent souls, most of whom were foreigners.

    Tinubu knew the facts and knew what really happened but because he hates the Church so much he sought to cover up the truth and instead joined hands with others and blame the bombing of the building on the victims, the Church itself and the man of God, alleging that the structure was not well-built and that it had a faulty foundation.

    This is not only a lie from the pit of hell but also wickedness in its most graphic and unadulterated form and it has undoubtedly resulted in a deep spiritual wound on Bola Tinubu and his entire political family. I have no doubt that as a consequence of this alone God’s judgement will stalk them all the days of their lives.

    Yet it does not stop there and Tinubu is not the only one that is under the judgement of the Living God. His master Buhari is as well and perhaps even more so.

    In Exodus 14:4 the Holy Bible says, “I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord”.

    We are witnessing the full manifestation of this scripture unfold before our eyes today as our very own Pharaoh and his army of Egyptians are being humiliated, brought down to their knees and stripped naked before the entire world.

    The Lord has hardened Pharaoh Buhari’s heart unto destruction and he and his entire brood of blood-sucking and flesh-eating demons in human skin are about to experience their “Red sea” moment.

    They will meet a bitter and tragic end and the Lord’s name will be glorified. The clock is ticking and the bell tolls for them.

    Just a few days ago Obasanjo said “if we expose those in Buhari’s government they will not only go to jail but they will also go to hell”. I have no doubt that this is true.

    The hottest place in hell has been reserved for Buhari and his political associates who I can best describe as a congregation of incorrigible crooks and scammers and a lawless congress of sadistic and irredeemable miscreants and baboons. By God’s grace, when the time comes, they will enter into the burning flames of hell head-first.

    Given the fact that their candidate faces imminent defeat and a massive disgrace in the presidential election in a few days time, they would do well to leave Obasanjo and Jonathan alone and concentrate their efforts on asking God for forgiveness for their many atrocities and redeeming themselves before the Nigerian people.

    Permit me to conclude this contribution with a word to Buhari himself.

    You complain that the USA is supporting in-coming President Atiku Abubakar yet in 2015 when you were their candidate you did not complain.

    Those that lack foresight together with the ignorant, cowardly, misgiuded and evil in our midst, with the help of Barack Obama, put you in power in 2015 and those that have foresight together with the courageous, wise, insightful and righteous in our midst, with the help of Donald Trump, will get you out in a few days time!

    Things have really changed three years and six months down the line. Three years ago could you ever have imagined that you, your party National Chairman Adams Oshiomole and your Vice President Yemi Osinbajo could be booed and stoned at your own party rally in Abeokuta?

    Three years and six months ago would you ever have believed that your chief slave and chief priest, Bola Ahmed Tinubu would, out of anger and frustration, throw your party flag on the floor in full glare of the television cameras and the public at the same rally?

    I doubt it! Yet these things happened before your very eyes and it was all provoked and orchestrated by one of your favourite associates and political sons, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state.

    As far as I am concerned this is the doing of the Lord and it is marvellous in our sight!

    The Holy Bible says “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God”. If you do not know and appreciate that already you soon will.

    I suggest that you open your eyes Buhari, smell the coffee, throw in the towel and prepare to retire to Daura with your merciless and ruthless cabal!

    Like Tinubu’s expired milk, all things have a time-limit and an expiry date and yours has finally come. The bitter truth is that it is not Obasanjo that is the expired milk which needs to be rejected, dumped and thrown away but rather it is you.

Posted by: Eagletale - 14-02-2019, 05:38 AM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • [Image: 6C575DC1-5845-407F-A6E6-586DFBA01032.jpeg]

    President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the electorate to give the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) another four years to complete all the ongoing developmental projects and to initiate fresh ones.

    The president, who made the appeal at the Federal Capital Territory’s Presidential rally of the APC, said his administration would continue to ensure efficient utilization of the nation’s scarce resources in the provision of infrastructural facilities across the country.

    He assured citizens that government would continue to use the little resources at its disposal to make life better for them.

    He said: “We have done a lot to start building the infrastructure – the roads, you know it more than I do; the railway and then power – we are going to get them done.

    “If you give us the next four years I assure you, you won’t regret it.’’


Posted by: slimsaint - 13-02-2019, 06:49 PM - Forum: Lifestyle - Replies (1)
  • The long arm of law has finally caught up with three Nigerian men and a Brazilian woman for smuggling drugs.

    Three Nigerian men and a Brazilian woman, who were allegedly carrying 6.492kg of cocaine, worth ?38.95 crore, concealed in the rings stitched on curtains for it to pass through the rod, were arrested from Andheri (West) Mumbai,  on Sunday morning, February 10.
    The men identified as Febia Onkonkwo, Simon Agbata, and Michel Hope, along with a Brazilian woman identified as Carla Pinto Iris, were arrested under various sections of the NDPS Act.
    The seized drugs were supposed to be supplied to Johannesburg, South Africa and Auckland, New Zealand.
    Police had got a tip-off that three Nigerian men and a Brazilian woman were carrying narcotics in their bags, but on intercepting them, they only found curtains in the bags.

    “Our team grew suspicious on finding so many curtains,” said Manoj Kumar Sharma, additional commissioner of police, west region.
    The team, headed by police inspector Daya Nayak, then started to check the curtains. On opening the rings, they found thin tubes containing white powder fitted around it. Each of the 78 curtains had eight rings carrying cocaine.
    The police seized the substance and arrested the four accused – Niras Okhovo, 35, Simon Agobata, 32, Michael Hope, 29, and Brazilian national Karle Iris, 41 – who were on their way to meet a fifth accused, after which they were to send it via couri
    The woman, who was arrested in connection with a drugs case, was released from Byculla jail recently.
    Police have also retrieved the machine which the accused used to roll the tubes. A raid at the Koparkhairane residence of the accused led the police to multiple passports, but none of them is in their names.

    “The fifth accused is absconding. We will arrest him soon. We are also tracking the courier companies that sent the consignments in the international market. We are enquiring whether they have any role in it or not,” said Nayak.
    A source said they suspect the cocaine was initially sourced from Afghanistan and was supplied to dealers in the international market.
    Police said they will be able to ascertain the supplier after further interrogation of the accused. Sources said they have so far retrieved three courier receipts from the accused, two of which are to Johannesburg and one to Auckland. Police said one of their consignments recently reached South Africa, which will reach the destination soon.

    "We were surprised upon recovering a number of curtains, curtain rings and rods from them. The drugs were being concealed inside the curtain rings and rods, and packed in small boxes to hide from agencies. We are also verifying if courier agencies are involved in the smuggling. As of now, probe has revealed that the accused has already supplied one consignment to South Africa" Manoj Kumar Sharma said,

    "This seems to be a bigger international drug cartel and we are digging deeper to reach this gang. The involvement of some Indians cannot be denied," he added.
    All the accused were produced before the Bandra magistrate court and sent to police custody till February 16.

Posted by: slimsaint - 13-02-2019, 06:45 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the PDP arrived at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja to sign a peace accord.

    Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari shake hands at the Peace Accord
    President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the governing All Progressives  Congress (APC), and former vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday shook hands at the second peace accord aimed at having a peaceful election.

    They shook hands at  the prompting of former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is leading the ECOWAS observer mission.

    Meanwhile, President Buhari has urged fellow presidential candidates in the coming elections to commit to the final outcome as announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

    In the same vain, Atiku has said like former President Goodluck Jonathan, his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
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    Also present at the peace accord signing is Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Abdulsalami Abubakar, the chairman of the National Peace Committee.

    Patricia Scotland, the secretary-general of the Commonwealth; Mathew Kukah, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, as well as other members of the National Peace Committee (NPC), are in attendance.

    Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, is also present at the ICC to witness the historic event.

    Speaking at the event, Atiku said the Nigerian democracy has matured over the years, with the support of the international committee

Posted by: slimsaint - 13-02-2019, 06:33 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
  • The electoral body has appealed to voters on the proper way to thumb print on the ballot paper while voting on election day.

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    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged voters to ensure that ink does not spill beyond the box meant for a party to another while marking the ballot papers when voting.

    The electoral body made this appeal while reacting to “false reports” that only the index finger is approved for marking the ballot papers.

    “INEC’s attention has been drawn to fake news making rounds that the index finger is the only finger approved for marking a ballot paper. This is false,” INEC said.

    It described the rumour as “false”, noting that “at the point of registration, all ten fingers were captured. So any finger can be used for marking a ballot paper.

    “Make sure that your mark is inside the box of your party of choice and does not stray into another box.”

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