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Posted by: Watchtower - 03-11-2017, 04:50 AM - Forum: Crime - Replies (1)
  • [Image: Osayomore.jpg]

    Ace musician, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph who was kidnapped on October 3 shortly after he performed at the one year coronation anniversary of the Oba of Benin has been released.

    He was said to have regained his freedom in the early hours of Thursday.

    His first son, Osayomore Joseph Jr, who confirmed his release to journalist, expressed joy, adding that the family is making arrangement for a medical check up.

    According to him, ¨my father has been released but he is not too healthy so he is currently in the hospital taking treatment. It has not been easy for us as a family but we thank God he is back home. We are trying to give him the best medical care he deserves.

    ¨So he is in the hospital now and it is our prayers that everything goes well so he can rejoin his family in good health because we have really suffered all these while, it has been very traumatic for us and not a good situation that you can even pray for your enemy. We thank God he is home alive.¨

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/02/breaking-...s-freedom/

Posted by: Watchtower - 03-11-2017, 04:16 AM - Forum: Crime - Replies (1)
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    Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has alleged that the ministry of power spent $385 million on a project that was not appropriated by the national assembly.

    Speaking on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Melaye said the project which he identified as “fast power” was meant to build generating plants that would add power to the national grid.

    “Sometime last year, the ministry of power sector came up project they termed fast power. The project is supposed to be for the building of new generating plants to add power to our grid,” he said.

    “There are few questions I need to ask. Up till date, there is no detail on this new generating plant. There is no appropriation by national assembly for this project. The ministry has spent $35 million on the affirmed fast power project that has no appropriation or no detailed feasibility study. How and when was this money appropriated?

    “Out of this money, $29 million was purportedly paid to General Electric for turbine while $6 million was paid to others. This is a monumental fraud. We need senate to investigate this after moving a substantive motion. To continue the anti-corruption fight.”

    He also said in 2013, the federal government raised $1 billion from Eurobond, out of which $350 million was given to IBEX, a company.

    Melaye alleged that the money was stolen.

    Source: https://www.thecable.ng/melaye-power-min...-nassembly

Posted by: Watchtower - 03-11-2017, 04:11 AM - Forum: Crime - Replies (1)
  • [Image: Saraki-denies-defecting-to-PDP.jpg]

    Senate President Bukola Saraki says Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), cannot stop the upper legislative chamber from doing its job.

    Saraki said this on Thursday after Francis Alimikhena, chairman of the panel set up to probve Idris, told his colleagues that the IGP failed to appear before his committee.

    On Wednesday, Alex Iziyon, counsel to the IGP, had told Alimikhena that his client could not appear because the case was in court.

    Reacting to Alimikhena’s report, Saraki said as the chief law enforcement officer, Idris should know the law.

    “As the chief law enforcement officer, he should know what the law is and he should know that he cannot stop the senate from doing its job. There are several judicial pronouncements on this issue and I expect him to know these things,” Saraki said.

    “He should be advised to do the right thing and appear before the senate. If he has nothing to hide, he should appear before the committee like any other Nigerian.”

    Source: https://www.thecable.ng/appear-probe-pan...-tells-igp

Posted by: Watchtower - 03-11-2017, 04:04 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
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    Former President Goodluck Jonathan says Africa has to begin to dream it will catch up with the rest of the world on technological advancement.

    Speaking at the 2017 roundtable of the African Presidential Leadership Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, he said there is a need to recognise the most brilliant students and focus on building them to bring about the development of the continent.

    Jonathan advised African governments and the private sector to invest more in education as a means of bringing about the “required economic advancement and repositioning”.

    The programme, themed ‘Addressing Africa’s Educational Challenges in the 21st Century’ brought together seven former African presidents and business and political leaders on the continent.

    “Africa does not only need to produce world-class scientists and engineers, but also needs to retain them on the continent,” he said.

    “The truth is that God did not bless all of us equally with the same quality of brains. The distribution of the human brain is not uniform.

    “In that case, for us to develop as nations and as a continent, we must devise ways of sorting out our best brains and encouraging them to fully develop themselves.

    “The efforts and contributions of those few ones are enough to change society. Such brains can catapult Africa into the technological revolution age.

    “If Africa must progress, a reasonable percentage of our best brains must go into education.

    “If you look at the percentage of quality manpower that go into education in some countries you will realise that we still have a long way to go, because quality education drives development.

    “For instance, research has shown that in countries with very good education profiles like Sweden, six out of the best ten brains will be retained to teach others while in a place like the United States about three out of their ten best brains will go into teaching.

    “But in Africa, none out of its ten best graduates will remain in teaching. What this tells me is that Africa needs to realise that incentivising the education sector is key to its advancement.

    “The mainstream education is there and we must continue to encourage it. But besides that, we should be able to deal with the question of how to nurture the brains that will technologically revolutionise Africa.

    “We must retool our education curricula in line with the technological requirements of the 21st Century. We must produce technically competent people.”

    Others in attendance include  Dramani Mahama, former Ghanaian President, Rupiah Banda, former Zambian President, Karl Offman, former President of Mauritius, Amani Abeid Karume, former prime minister of Zanzibar and Jakaya Kikwete and Frederick Sumaye, former Presidents of Tanzania.

    Source: https://www.thecable.ng/jonathan-dream-w...rest-world

Posted by: Watchtower - 03-11-2017, 02:30 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
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    A political group, Sunshine Integrity Vanguard, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will split before the next general elections.

    It noted that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would regain power in 2019, lamenting that Nigerians were tired of unfulfilled promises of the Buhari government.

    A statement by its coordinator, Andrew Ogunsakin, said since 2015 that the APC took over power at the centre, “things have been getting worse without any solution in sight.”

    It added that if the PDP was able to complete the ongoing reconciliation moves successfully, “there is no way the APC can survive till 2019.”

    “We have no doubt that the PDP is now getting stronger and the leaders reconciling and preparing to take over power from the APC. The people are tired of lies and propaganda from the APC.

    “We thought the APC would bring real change to the country, but for the past two years, all promises are not being fulfilled and we want the real change, come 201

    “The anti-corruption fight is nothing to write home about, it is only targeted at some perceived political enemies and you are not a thief if you are a member of the APC.

    “From what the people are saying on the streets, PDP is the party to beat come 2019″, the statement concluded.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/02/apc-will-...019-group/

Posted by: Gr8willy - 02-11-2017, 08:50 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • Sule Lamido, former Governor of Jigawa State and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, says the thieves in the ruling All Progressives Congress are bigger than the ones in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

    “When they say we’re thieves, it is the smaller thieves that remained in the PDP; the bigger thieves are in the APC,” said Lamido, who described the ruling party as a rented house whose roof is about to collapse.

    He advised all APC members to run back to their former parties because no sane person would stay in a house about to collapse.

    “Anybody who is sane should leave the APC because it is a contraption,” Lamido told Daily Trust in an interview.  “They are all coming from their own homes into a rented house and it is collapsing.

    “So, run away before the house falls on your heads. Those who came from the AC, PDP and even Buhari who came from the CPC should move out and go back to their homes, because this house is caving in. Nobody is safe in that house.”

    Lamido, who has written a letter to PDP to announce his 2019 presidential ambition, said the APC had failed to deliver good governance two years after it used propaganda to win an election.

    “Two years after we were blackmailed, terrorized, harassed, demonized out of power with these lies upon lies upon lies by people who are least qualified to be in government, I said, ‘look, what’s Nigeria today?’

    “I mean a party of propagandists has taken over and today in Nigeria, the way we’re being fought, the way we’re being demonized, the way we’re being harassed and maligned is simply beyond what you imagine because this is a party.

    “Here’s a government in Nigeria which is fond of mocking its own citizens. Anything you say, they mock you. They call you wailing-wailer. But government should give me comfort; government should inspire me; it should motivate me so that if I’m wailing, it should say, ‘look, what’s your problem?’ And then cure my problems; you don’t mock me.

    “There was a time I came to Abuja in the night and throughout there was no light. I mean it was in total darkness like we are in the Stone Age and if I’d talked, they would say, ‘Sule Lamido is wailing, wailing-wailer’. I’m wailing because I want something called a civilized environment.”

    Lamido said it was an irony that APC demonised PDP but majority of the party members were once in PDP. He said the big thieves left the PDP to APC, leaving only the small thieves in PDP.

    “Look, the APC is a creation of the PDP. When [Chief John Odigie] Oyegun calls us evil, when Lai Mohammed call us shameless, it’s because they don’t know what is called evil or shame because their government is a creation of evil and shame, because it was fertilized by the PDP.

    “The APC government is our own daughter, our son because the PDP made them. Minus the PDP, there would be no APC,” he said.

    “Come on! Where would they be? So people like Oyegun, who were out of circulation before coming to government, are now talking because they found the evil in the PDP, simply because it made them. All of them today are the creation of the PDP.”

    Lamido is hopeful that PDP would win the 2019 presidential election even if Buhari seeks re-election.

    “The Buhari of today is not the Buhari of 2015. One, he is fatigued. Two, he is faced with what you call political party management under democracy.

    “It is not where you give orders; here you have to build some consensus. You can see he cannot even relate well with the Senate President of his own party. So, the Buhari of today is not the Buhari of 2015.”

Posted by: Gr8willy - 02-11-2017, 08:38 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari but fell short of adopting him as the party’s 2019 presidential candidate.

    National chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, also got an unanimous vote of confidence from participants at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja.

    The resolutions  were confirmed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi.

    “The motion that was put was after the Minister of Agriculture had briefed the NEC about the activities and achievements of his ministry, one of the NEC members said we should move a motion passing a vote of confidence on Mr. President.

    “There was no formal motion moved on the issue of second term for Mr. President.
    “Somebody in the crowd shouted that we should move a motion and we don’t even know that member.
    “But the motion that was formally moved was that NEC should pass a vote of confidence on Mr. President and that was after the brief given by the Minister of Agriculture, especially when he said that by 2018, Nigeria will have no need to import a single grain of rice.

    “That is the context and I need you to understand that very well”. He said.

    Also addressing news men after the NEC meeting of the party, the speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, says the party didn’t discuss who would be the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election as it was not part of the agenda for the meeting.

    Recall the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, when he was questioned by newsmen, after his closed door meeting with the president, had also declined making comments about a second term for President Buhari.

Posted by: slimsaint - 02-11-2017, 07:47 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • [Image: Okezie-Ikpeazu-min.jpg?acc2f4]Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State has insisted that people of the South-East have shown more faith in the unity of Nigeria than any other region.

    Ikpeazu said due to the faith Igbos had in Nigeria, they were found all over the country, including Sambisa Forest.

    Speaking with newsmen, the governor said people of the South East have business ventures scattered all over the country, an indication that they believed in one Nigeria.

    According to Ikpeazu, “If the questions we ask in this country today are whether there are inequalities, there are gaps, there are people who don’t feel that they have been fairly treated either as an individual or as a family or as a geopolitical zone, the answer is yes.

    “There is agitation in the north east, there is agitation in the south west, of course there is agitation in the south east but I dare say that there is no other ethnic group in this country that has as much faith in Nigeria as a country, one united country than the people of the south east, that is why they are in Sambisa.

    “You can count how many big businesses belonging to the south westerners that are in Aba. You can count how many big businesses belonging to the people from the north east, north west, north central that you can find in Owerri, you cannot find a four storey building belonging to somebody from the north east anywhere in the south east.

    “But if you go to Kano, you don’t count three hotels before you count that of somebody from the south east. What it means is that we are the people that have demonstrated faith in the united Nigeria.”

Posted by: Gr8willy - 02-11-2017, 01:11 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to set aside the subpoena ordering him to appear in court as a witness to testify in defence of a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh.

    In the alternative, the ex-President sought an order directing Metuh to deposit with the court for and on his behalf the sum of N1bn to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel from his home town, Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja.

    The money, according to the former President is also to cover the time that he might spend appearing before the court as President of Nigeria between 2010 and 2015.

    The Jonathan contended that his request was in line with the provisions of Section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

    Following separate applications by Metuh, Justice Okon Abang had issued two separate subpoenas ordering Jonathan and the detained former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, to appear in court on Tuesday.

    Justice Abang had while ordering Jonathan to appear in court directed the court bailiff to ensure the service of the suboena on him within five days.

    Jonathan and Dasuki were summoned by the court upon applications by Metuh requesting that they be ordered to testify in his defence with respect to the sum of N400m which he was said to have received fraudulently from the Office of the NSA in 2014.

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, for allegedly receiving N400m fraudulently from the NSA office and on charges involving cash transaction involving $2m.

    Among the grounds of the motion filed on Monday by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) on behalf of Jonathan was that the evidence sought to be obtained from the Jonathan would amount to an invasion of his privacy, and family life as provided for in Section 37 of the Constitution.

    In addition, the ex-President contended that the evidence sought to be obtained from him was likely to expose him to a criminal charge, penalty or forfeiture.

    He further argued that the subpoena was vague and obtained on frivolous ground.

    Jonathan added that the subpoena was obtained in bad faith as it was meant to embarrass him.

    He argued that Metuh was not his personal aide or an appointee and so could not have dealt with him (Jonathan) directly under any circumstance to warrant the invitation of the applicant to testify in the charge.

    He also submitted that there was no nexus between him and Metuh and the charge for which Metuh is standing trial.

    He said he knew nothing about the charges preferred against Metuh.

    An affidavit filed in support of the motion read in part, “That he (Jonathan) as the then President of the Federal Republic (2010-2015), appointed ministers and different persons to carry out the day-to-day running of the government activities and such appointees are those who directly related with the President and not third parties, such as the 2nd respondent.

    “That it is such appointees that can explain daily government’s transactions which they directly supervised and not the President who was the overall boss.

    “That the 2nd respondent, Olisa Metuh, was never at any time a personal aide or appointee of the applicant.

    “That he (Jonathan) knows nothing about the seven charges for which the 1st defendant/ 2nd respondent is standing trial before this court and has absolutely nothing to testify about before this court.

    “The he, as a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the event that this honourable court refuses prayer one on the motion paper, shall require the sum of N1,000,000,000.00 (one billion naira) only, to cover travelling expenses for himself and his security personnel, from his home town Otuoke, in Bayelsa State, to Abuja, and also for logistics, and provision of tight security to cover any period of time that he might spend appearing before this court as President of Nigeria between 2010 and 2015.

    “That Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, OFR, the lead counsel in this matter, informed me under the same circumstances stated in paragraph 4 above, and I verily believe him, that by virtue of the provisions of section 241(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, the applicant is not bound to attend to court except the 2nd respondent herein (Olisa Metuh), who applied for the issuance of subpoena ad testificandum on him, pays for his travelling expenses.”



    Source: http://punchng.com/subpoena-jonathan-ask...-expenses/

Posted by: Sholzy - 02-11-2017, 12:31 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies
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    The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has described ‘Executive Governor’, ‘Your Excellency’ appellations commonly used in Nigeria as unconstitutional.

    He also said he would prefer to be addressed simply as ‘The SGF’ without the prefix of ‘Your Excellency’.

    The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has described ‘Executive Governor’, ‘Your Excellency’ appellations commonly used in Nigeria as unconstitutional.
    He also said he would prefer to be addressed simply as ‘The SGF’ without the prefix of ‘Your Excellency’.

    Boss Mustapha stated this yesterday as he received handover documents from former acting SGF, Dr. Habitat Lawal.

    He described some nomenclatures used to glorify high offices in Nigeria as banana peels.
    “I will make a passionate appeal. I don’t know where you people get this ‘Your Excellency’ from. Some of the nomenclatures are banana peels.

    “I often hear people say ‘Executive Governor,’ I say look at the constitution, there is nothing like executive governor. It is Governor of a state,” Mustapha said.

    The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has described ‘Executive Governor’, ‘Your Excellency’ appellations commonly used in Nigeria as unconstitutional.
    He also said he would prefer to be addressed simply as ‘The SGF’ without the prefix of ‘Your Excellency’.

    Boss Mustapha stated this yesterday as he received handover documents from former acting SGF, Dr. Habitat Lawal.
    He described some nomenclatures used to glorify high offices in Nigeria as banana peels.
    “I will make a passionate appeal. I don’t know where you people get this ‘Your Excellency’ from. Some of the nomenclatures are banana peels.
    “I often hear people say ‘Executive Governor,’ I say look at the constitution, there is nothing like executive governor. It is Governor of a state,” Mustapha said.

    According to him, when political office holders begin to apply executive tag, they begin to softly conceptualise the people to take absolute authority.

    “I want to simply be addressed as SGF please”, Mustapha told those in attendance at the brief ceremony.
    “I don’t claim any superior experience or skills other than the grace of God,” he added.

    Meanwhile, Lawal who occupied the SGF post in acting capacity for six months, has reverted to her position as Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/02/sgf-musta...nclatures/

Posted by: Sholzy - 02-11-2017, 10:06 AM - Forum: Conflicts - Replies (1)
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    Twitter user @opecole has publicly called out a guy who he claims stole his phone and accessed his bank account, using the banking details stored on the phone. He shared the guy's pics along with banking transactions he claims not to have authorised.

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    Source: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2017/11/...count.html

Posted by: Sholzy - 02-11-2017, 09:45 AM - Forum: Events - Replies (1)
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    This is a sad news coming from Port Harcourt, River State.
     
    According to the African Health Development Initiative on Facebook, 'Christopher Ojika aka 'Scanner' was shot in the chest and stomach on Saturday 28th October 2017 at about 4pm. He was shot as he returned from an ATM where he went to withdraw money to fix his vehicle which was being attended to at a nearby mechanic workshop.

    This happened in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Port Harcourt is too rough you might say but it might interest you to know that it was not the gunman's bullet that killed the fine young gentleman who was so full of promise. It was the rot in our Healthcare Delivery System, the Health Worker's poor attitude to work, total disregard to the Hippocratic/Florence Nightingale's oaths and our total disregard for human life'.

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    The report continues to say, 'the young man having been shot fell on the floor and was calling for help, everyone took off in a million directions and fortunately a brave Good Samaritan decided to assist the young man who identified himself and asked to be rushed to First Rivers Hospital where he received treatment under his company cover.

    Upon arriving the hospital he was not attended to, he even identified some nursing staff at the facility who had attended to him in he last and beckoned on them to help him, his appeal fell on deaf ears as a ?doctor came out and asked that he be referred.

    Those attempting to help the young man decided to rush him down to the Military Hospital Port Harcourt believing that will be the 'best' place for gunshot wounds to be attended to. Alas they were wrong as first aid was administered and he was referred to The Teaching Hospital......

    At this point I can only say that Mr Christopher was confirmed dead at about 3am, he had remained conscious while waiting to be taken to the theatre and died 11 hours after being shot without being operated on......
    Money was not a problem as everything requested for was provided......
    Who really killed Mr Christopher "Scanner" Ojika????

    Let's use our tongues to count our teeth and remember that we are all human beings......
    "..........I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life to the service of humanity......""........The health and wellbeing of my patient shall be my first consideration......."

    ".........I will maintain the utmost respect for human life......."

    ".......I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice........"

    Excerpts from the Hippocratic Oath sworn by Medical Doctors at the time of induction. The Nightingale Pledge recited by Qualified Nurses during the pinning ceremony is similar. Christopher was snatched from his young beautiful wife who is carrying the child they've both been longing for

    Source: https://www.lindaikejisblog.com/2017/11/...court.html

Posted by: Sholzy - 02-11-2017, 09:36 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
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    MYNATION NEWS – Current report disclose that members of the Senate on Wednesday demanded development commissions for their respective geopolitical zones.

    Base on report the demands were made during the debate on a motion moved by Senator Danjuma Goje and co-sponsored by members of the North-East caucus, titled, ‘The Assent to the North-East Development Commission.’

    Several senators who spoke congratulated their North-East colleagues and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the NEDC Establishment Bill a speedy assent.

    They, however, blocked the move to include Kano and Plateau states among the states to be covered by the NEDC.

    They also called for a similar support whenever other geopolitical zones present their demand for a similar development commission.

    The Senate, however, unanimously granted prayers of the motion to “commend the President for his assent to the North-East Development Commission Bill and commitment to the plight of the North-East geopolitical zone; and to commend the Senate President and the leadership of the 8th Senate and distinguished senators for their support which would see to the restoration of normal life in the North-East.”

    The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government “to make adequate financial provisions in the 2018 budget for the commission’s appropriate take-off” while urging the donor agencies to continue to support the North-East through the newly established commission.”

    They however rejected an additional prayer which urged the chamber to include Kano and Plateau states, which were removed at the committee stage, in the subsequent amendment to the NEDC Establishment Act.
    Seconding the motion, Senator James Manager (Delta-South), recalled that the bill received massive support in the National Assembly and was speedily assented to by the President.

    He stated that there was the need to accelerate the establishment of the South-East Development Commission.

    Manager said, “The federal roads in the South-East are in a terrible state. I am not from the South-East, but that geopolitical zone needs urgent attention. If for some reasons, the (road construction) contracts have been awarded and they are not done, this should be looked into.

    “The SEDC bill has passed second reading but I don’t know where that bill is now. If that bill is ready, bring it to the floor and let us also pass it. From the mood in which I saw the President few days ago, he will sign it.”
    In his submission, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-East), who also congratulated the North-East on the NEDC establishment, called for support from North-East senators when other geopolitical zones come up with similar bills.

    Senator Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara-Central), however, pointed out that he was opposed to the NEDC bill from the onset as it was unfair to other zones. According to him, the North-West is suffering from a security challenge similar to Boko Haram.

    He said, “I rise to congratulate the people of the North-East and Mr. President for assenting to this important bill. I opposed this bill during its second reading because I believed that it was not the way to go about it. I do believe that the North-East suffered a very terrible and devastating war called Book Haram. But I believed that time that the North-East required an adequate arrangement that would solve the problems caused by the war on Boko Haram and not a permanent structure.

    “The second reason was that there was no justice in the bill because Kano and Plateau states, and even the FCT, suffered the consequences of Boko Haram. We included Kano and Plateau in the commission. But as it came out from the conference committee, Kano and Plateau were excluded.”

    Source: http://mynationnews.com/2017/11/02/senat...ommission/

Posted by: Sholzy - 02-11-2017, 09:26 AM - Forum: Sports World - No Replies
  • [Image: Argentinas-Lionel-Messi-celebrates-afte.jpg]

    Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi will not be on parade at the Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, venue of the pre-World Cup friendly between Argentina and Nigeria on November 14, 2017.

    According to Ole Argentina, manager of the two-time world champions, Jorge Sampaoli has opted not to field his skipper against the Super Eagles.

    And it has been suggested that the striker will only feature against World Cup hosts Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on November 11.

    This same scenario happened in the Albiceleste’s last international friendlies against Brazil (June 9) and Singapore (June 13), when Messi went the distance against the Seleção but was omitted from the match day squad against the Asians.

    Across all levels, Lionel Messi has faced the Nigerian national teams five times in the past and has scored six goals, including four against the Super Eagles.

    Meanwhile, VfB Stuttgart left-back Emiliano Insúa was handed a late call-up by manager Sampaoli on Tuesday, as replacement for the injured AC Milan star Lucas Biglia, who suffers from an inflammation in the patellar tendon of his left knee.

    Source: http://www.thebreakingtimes.com/messi-pu...tina-game/

Posted by: Sholzy - 02-11-2017, 09:23 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
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    POLITICS – Fresh report as the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze, yesterday frowned at what it called the continued refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a South Easterner the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, even after the ruling party zoned it to the region.

    According to information gathered in a statement signed by Ohanaeze President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the body said that the President has failed again to play the father figure which his office demands in presiding over a plural and divergent society as ours, adding that the President’s action has further denied the people of the region a strong place in the executive arm of the administration.

    Nwodo expressed regret that the President by his action has failed to seize the opportunity of running an inclusive government and assuaging the feelings of Ndigbo by side tracking them again in the appointment of the SGF.

    “It also shows the President’s insensitivity to the over flogged issue of marginalization of Ndigbo by his administration.

    “We had thought that the recent meeting of South East leaders with the President at the Aso Rock Villa opened an avenue for a new relationship with the zone which appointing an SGF from the area would have helped to cement especially as the ruling party originally zoned the position to the region.


    According to Chief Nwodo, the President’s remarks on the South East Ministers in his cabinet during the meeting could not have been a good reason to continue sidetracking them of a position zoned to them especially when such appointment would have helped to heal wounds and reconcile a disgruntled people.

    Chief Nwodo said it’s saddening that the President who has had the enviable opportunity of working across the country in his military career and has been a huge player in the polity for almost two decades, cannot find somebody from the South East he can trust for the SGF position.

    The Ohanaeze finally urged the President to open his mind and have a positive attitude about Ndigbo whose contributions to the socio economic and political development of the country is not in doubt.

    Source: http://mynationnews.com/2017/11/02/war-a...bo-as-sgf/

Posted by: Gr8willy - 02-11-2017, 06:39 AM - Forum: Conflicts - Replies (1)
  • MAKURDI—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has reiterated his commitment to approach the International Criminal Court, ICC, at The Hague, to have Benue people protected from herdsmen attacks as the Open Grazing Prohibition Law comes into effect today.

    Addressing thousands of Benue people, including youths and non-indigenes resident in the state under the aegis of Street Movement Against Ravages in Benue, during a solidarity/sensitisation walk to mark the end of open grazing in the state, the governor said he will not renege on his avowed determination to protect the lives and properties of the people.
    Represented by his Deputy, Mr. Benson Abounu, Governor Ortom said: “As a law-abiding government that believes in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we will not shy away from our responsibilities to protect the lives of all the inhabitants of Benue State against any forceful perpetration of criminal injustices.

    “That is why this law came into being, And from November 1 (today), the law will come into full force because for close to five years herdsmen killed thousands of Benue people and it was almost becoming a pogrom.

    “If it means going to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, talking to people, sensitising, singing and shouting, this government will go the whole hog to protect the lives and properties of our people.”

    Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo communities back Ortom

    Earlier, speaking on behalf of the Benue Youths Forum, Mr. Daniel Nyikagh, who declared the support of all Benue youths for Governor Ortom, said: “The law is the panacea to the pogrom we witnessed in our state; it is not intended to chase anyone away, but to ensure peaceful coexistence.

    Speaking on behalf of displaced persons, Reverend Father Solomon Mffa, said: “President Muhammadu Buhari must speak out against the activities of herdsmen in the country, because the killing of innocent persons is worst than corruption.”

    The leaders of Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa communities, who spoke at the occasion, pledged their support for Ortom, the law and its full implementation.

    Many of the participants bore placards with inscriptions such as ‘No more wild grazing in Benue,’ ‘Benue people stand with Governor Samuel Ortom,’ ‘Herdsmen respect our laws,’ ‘We are tired of burying our people’ and ‘Open grazing prohibition law is for peaceful coexistence.’

    Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/graz...men-ortom/

Posted by: Gr8willy - 02-11-2017, 06:23 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • Reps probe 37 federal varsities over AuGF’s queries
    ABUJA—MEMBERS of the House of 
    Representatives’ Public Accounts Committee, PAC, yesterday, commenced a large scale investigation into the finances and expenditures of the 37 federal universities across the country, with respect to their level of compliance with the Public Service Financial Regulation, PSFR.

    This followed the decision to act on pending queries by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation since 2014, urging the National Assembly to compel the institutions in question to explain the rationale behind their violation of the PSFR.

    Towards this direction, the committee, led by Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers), grouped its members in six different units based on the country’s geo-political zones to under take the probe.

    Chinda, who inaugurated the six sub-committees yesterday, told his colleagues that each of the sub-committees had up to four weeks to turn in their reports.

    He said: “If at the end of four weeks, and the assignments are not concluded, the sub-committees stand dissolved. We will not for any reason extend the time given the exigencies of the matter.

    Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Onnoghen to open Reps’ summit

    Meanwhile, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Dr Alex Otti; Fianance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, are expected to attend the Legislative Economic Summit organised by the House of Representatives.

    The two-day summit, with the theme, “Legislative Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development, is scheduled to hold November 6 and  7 at International Conference Centre, Abuja with the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara;  Audu Ogbeh, Tunde Fowler and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State expected to deliver presentations.

    Bode Ayorinde, chairman, Tactical Committee on Economic Recession, while speaking on the reason for the summit, expressed optimism that it would afford policy makers, members of the parliament at both federal and state levels, captains of industry, the academia, organised labour, civil society and non-governmental organisations the opportunity to interface and proffer lasting solutions to the economic downturn in the country.


    Source. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/reps...s-queries/

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 05:11 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - Replies (1)
  • [Image: a7f359dedbaae17e9023ec4dbe95b5e2.jpg]

    The Anambra state police command says two suspects behind the attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in the state, are murder convicts in South Africa.

    The command gave the names of the suspects as Prince Charles Obi (a.k.a Gozila) and Dickson Nwodi.

    Unknown gunmen had invaded the church on August 6, killing 18 worshipers.

    Ten people were also injured in the attack which occurred during an early morning mass. Police and the state government later blamed it on a drug war between two brothers.

    Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Garba Umar, the state police commissioner, said the two suspects were currently in South African prisons.

    He said Obi and Nwodi, from Nnobi and Oba communities respectively, had mandated one Quintus Anayo, also based in South Africa, to inform Ozubulu elders that they were behind the invasion.

    The commissioner said Anayo’s account corresponded with the findings of police in the matter.

    He added that the command had already established contact with INTERPOL in a bid to extradite the suspects.

    Umar also said the police were intensifying arrangements to arraign the three suspects earlier arrested in connection with the killings.

    TheCable had done a close-up on one Bishop, a philanthropist from Ozubulu, who was said to be the target of the church attack.

    Source: https://www.thecable.ng/police-ozubulu-c...uth-africa

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 05:07 AM - Forum: Gossip - Replies (1)
  • [Image: Asiwaju-Bola-Ahmed-Tinubu-APC.jpg]

    Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has lost his first son.

    A source told TheCable that Jide, who was hale and hearty, died suddenly on Wednesday.

    “He was not sick. As at last night, he was full of life. But we leave everything to God,” the source said.

    Henry Ajomale, chairman of the APC, confirmed the tragic incident and appealed to members of the party to commiserate with Tinubu.

    Details of the incident are still sketchy.

    Little is known about Jide, who is being confused in news reports with another Jide Tinubu, younger brother of Wale Tinubu, the CEO of Oando Plc.

    Wale’s brother is a maritime lawyer and promoter of TSL Limited.

    Source: https://www.thecable.ng/breaking-tinubus...s-suddenly

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 05:02 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - Replies (1)
  • [Image: FEDERAL-EXECUTIVE-COUNCIL-MEETING-Abba-K...-Ita-1.jpg]

    Top government officials of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government on Wednesday watched a confrontation in Aso Rock between head of the service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita and chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari for about ten minutes.

    The fight took place right inside the council chambers of the presidential villa.

    According to The Cable‎, the reason for the confrontation was a letter written by Oyo-Ita indicting President Buhari in the reinstatement of Abdulrasheed Maina, which somehow found its way in the media.

    In the memo addressed to Kyari, Oyo-Ita maintained that the president knew about the reinstatement of Maina and that she warned him there would be a public backlash.

    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Kyari were seen questioning Oyo-Ita at 10.55am just before the swearing-in of Boss Mustapha as secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and the launch of the 2018 armed forces emblem.

    Oyo-Ita, usually calm, was seen angrily gesticulating in the heated argument with Kyari.

    She returned to her seat and angrily stood up again, this time heading straight to Osinbajo, who also had a brief discussion with her.

    Babagana Monguno, retired major-general and national security adviser, then joined the conversation.

    Mustapha, meanwhile, started his job as SGF as a peace maker by trying to calm Oyo-Ita.

    Finally, Femi Ipaye, the deputy chief of staff, asked Oyo-Ita to return to her seat as the scene attracted the attention of everybody in the chambers. She promptly did.

    Those in the chambers included Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, CJN Walter Onnoghen, APC chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, Governor Jibrila Bindu.

    Also present was the chief of defence staff, service chiefs, the inspector general of police and heads of paramilitary services.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/01/maina-com...e-oyo-ita/

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 04:50 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • [Image: Nnia-Nwodo-President-Ohaneze-Ndigbo-480x320.png]

    Ohanaeze, the umbrella body of Ndigbo, has frowned at the “continued refusal” of President Muhammedu Buhari to appoint a South Easterner as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.

    The body said in a statement on Wednesday signed by its President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, lamented that Buhari has “failed again to play father figure which his office demands in presiding over a plural and divergent society as ours.”

    “The President’s action has further denied the people of the region a strong place in the executive arm of the administration”, he protested.

    The Ohanaeze boss expressed regret that the President by his action has failed to seize the opportunity of running an inclusive government and assuaging the feelings of Ndigbo by side tracking them again in the appointment of the SGF.

    “It also shows the President’s insensitivity to the over flogged issue of marginalization of Ndigbo by his administration”

    “We had thought that the recent meeting of South East leaders with the President at the Aso Rock Villa opened an avenue for a new relationship with the zone which appointing an SGF from the area would have helped to cement especially as the ruling party originally zoned the position to the region.”

    Nwodo stated that the President’s remarks on the South East Ministers in his cabinet during Igbo leaders’ meeting with him, could not have been a good reason to continue sidetracking them of position zoned to them especially when such appointment would have helped to heal wounds and reconcile a disgruntled people.

    Nwodo said it is saddening that the President who has had the enviable opportunity of working across the country in his military career and has been a huge player in the polity for almost two decades, cannot find somebody from the South East he can trust for the SGF position.

    Ohanaeze, however, urged Buhari “to open his mind and have a positive attitude about Ndigbo whose contributions to the socio economic and political development of the country is not in doubt”.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/01/sgf-youre...outh-east/

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 04:46 AM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)
  • [Image: IMG-20160920-WA0017.jpg]

    The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has stated that the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to expand his cabinet and appoint more Ministers was a betrayal of his promise.

    The party recalled that Buhari had promised to run a lean government as a way of conserving funds.

    National Chairman of the party, Engr. Yabagi Sani in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday said it was unfortunate that the same President who promised change had refused to be consistent and faithful to all the promises he made to the Nigerian people.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had told the National Executive Committee of the party on Tuesday that “the compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded to bring in more supporters at Federal Level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the process.”

    The ADP said “It is sad and very disappointing that President Buhari who promised CHANGE has refused to be consistent and faithful to all the promises he made to the Nigerian masses.

    “His attitude towards corruption allegations against his close associates, his unprecedented tribal/kinsmen appointments and penchant for refusing to talk when Nigerians needed his voice of assurance mostly, have proved that his body language, in the beginning, was a mere gimmick.

    “We want to advise that what he needs is not the appointment of additional ministers but to make himself more accessible to the current cabinet members so as to achieve synergy and success.

    “The current Cabinet members have been working with a President they only see on FEC meeting days and hardly had the opportunity to discuss personal challenges or aspirations except through the Chief of Staff or the now replaced Secretary to the Government (SGF). If the President continues to run the government by proxy, history may not be kind to him in the final analysis.”

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/01/cabinet-r...rians-adp/

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 04:40 AM - Forum: Hot or Not - Replies (1)
  • [Image: cows.jpg]

    The police in Adamawa State have arrested 200 cows for invading a farmland at Yolde-Pate in Yola South Local Government Area.

    Adamawa police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said this was following clash between herdsmen and farmers last Saturday over encroachment into farmlands.

    The police applauded the affected farmers for exhibiting maturity by not taking the law into their own hands.

    He also commended the herdsmen for accepting responsibility for the destruction by their cattle and their commitment to pay for the damages.

    He said that all the aggrieved farmers were shortlisted for possible compensation, while the arrested cattle were handed over to the District Head of Yolde Pate for safekeeping.

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/01/police-ar...cows-yola/

Posted by: Watchtower - 02-11-2017, 04:37 AM - Forum: Naija Diaspora - Replies (1)
  • [Image: india-man.jpg]

    The Indian school staff who allegedly raped an 11-year-old Nigerian school boy has been arrested by police in Greater Noida.

    This followed protest by Africans in front of the school where the boy was allegedly sodomized.

    According to Hindustan Times, the school principal said the accused, Ashok Mishra, 35 who has been working as an administrative assistant for five years has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

    She said ”Mishra’s job was to ‘screen’ visitors of the principal. He also used to sell school diaries, resource books and uniforms to students. He had access to the entire building, including the teachers’ staff room.”

    “On Monday, two police officers had come to our school to inquire about Mishra. Since he was entrusted with installing GPS in school buses, I thought the police wanted to talk to him about that but it was at 9.45pm that I got to know that he was in police custody.

    “He was a trusted member of the staff and was respected by everyone. We have never had any complaints regarding his behavior.”

    “We have started the process of installing the cameras and the wiring is still being done. GPS devices are also being installed in the buses. However, due to Diwali vacations, the entire process could not be completed.”

    “We have constituted a six-member committee to investigate the incident and for now, we have suspended Ashok Mishra. We will restart the child counsellor services.”

    The Investigation officer, Girish Kotiya said “The accused has been sent to judicial custody. We are probing this case from all possible angles.”

    Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/11/01/police-ar...erian-boy/

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