Police quiz Fintiri over alleged contract scam


BY UMAR YUSUF
The sacked Acting Governor of Adamawa State and Speaker of the of the state house of  Assembly, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has been  quizzed by detectives from the Force headquarters of the Nigeria Police in Abuja over alleged contracts inflation.

The detectives stormed Yola yesterday and invited the Speaker to the State Police headquarters where he was quizzed for over four hours. The former Acting Governor was alleged to have awarded contracts for projects in Michika and Madagali the two local governments that have been under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents since August this year.

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He is also accused of inflating contracts for the electrification of street lights in Yola, the state capital from N 283m to N 2.3 Billion, while other contracts were awarded by his Transition Government did not follow the normal tenders process.  The speaker, who appeared before the detectives with volumes of files was however released after he was questioned for hours.

The State House of Assembly Committee chairman on Information, Mr. Adamu Kamale confirmed the development to newsmen Friday in Yola.

“There is a petition by a faceless person alleging among others that the Speaker spent N2.8 billion for Jimeta streetlight project.

“ The real issue on ground is that the contract was awarded at the cost of N283 million .

“The policemen who said they were from the Inspector General of Police were shown the documents of the contract other documents to counter the allegations in the petition”, Kamale said.

Kamale expressed concern over the development wondering why policemen would be deployed from Abuja on “ a baseless allegation by a faceless persons”.

“ Some people are out there to tarnish the image of Fintiri knowing full well that he has done excellently well.

“ This must be stopped; he is supposed to be honored for a job well done as acting governor.

“ For instance, the street light project was awarded by past administration at the cost of N1.8 billion but luckily for the people of Adamawa the money was not paid until Fintiri came in and review it downward to N283 million “, Kamale said.

 

Oduah Set To Battle Emordi, Okadigbo For Anambra North Senatorial Seat


stella-oduah-senateThe former Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, has begun mobilisation of the stakeholders’ support for her ambition to contest the Anambra North Senatorial District seat in the 2015 general elections.

Addressing supporters in Onitsha on Friday, Oduah said she would provide effective representation and credible voice for the zone.

The zone comprises seven local government areas in Anambra State – Anambra West, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Oyi, Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru.

She said the zone would be restored to its pride of place where the people’s creativity and entrepreneurial skills would top her priority, if voted into power.

Oduah, who had already picked the nomination form, announced her campaign team members, including Chief Okwudili Uzoka as Chairman; Mrs Stella Odife, Dr Alex Obiogbolu and Chief Basil Ejidike.

Uzoka, Chairman of the Campaign team, lamented that the zone had suffered poor representation at the federal level.

He expressed the confidence that Oduah’s record and achievements had helped to restore the pride of the people.

Oduah will battle Senator Joy Emordi and Senator Margery Okadigbo, the incumbent and widow of former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, for the PDP ticket. (NAN)

Mob Burns Lecturer To Death For Crushing Five Pupils To Death In Taraba


MobA lecturer at the Taraba College of Education (COE) Zing, Kassimu Umar, was on Friday burnt to death in a mob action after he allegedly hit and killed five primary school pupils with a vehicle he was driving.

Joseph Kwaji, the Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), of the Taraba Police Command confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo.

He said that the mob forcefully removed Mr. Umar from the Pupule Police Outpost, where he went to report the incident, and the mob burnt him to death.

“In the early hours of today, one Kassimu Mr. Umar, who is believed to be a lecturer with COE, Zing had knocked down five primary school pupils in Zing, who all died on the spot.

“After he reported the incident to the Pupule Police Outstation, irate youths in their hundreds, stormed the station, dragged him out and lynched him.

“Our investigation revealed that the lecturer was trying to dodge a trailer, when he ran over the pupils whose ages ranged between eight and 11 years”, he said.

Mr. Kwaji said that the matter was under investigation, adding that no arrest had so far been made.

(NAN)

INEC Earnestly Preparing For The 2015 Elections, Says Jega


Jega-PUChairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said that the body is putting everything in place for the smooth conduct of the 2015 elections.

Speaking during a public lecture on “Values, Electoral Systems and the Importance of Successful Elections In Nigeria’s Foreign Policy” at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos on Thursday, Jega said: “Our preparation for 2015 elections have three focal points namely, structure, policy and plan. In structure, we have taken a long and deep look at INEC as an institution –its structure and processes, as well as its human resources. In policy, we have focused on developing new policies to guide our work and create the right normative framework for successful election management in Nigeria.

“Finally in planning, we have focused on both strategic planning. The following are some details of what the Commission has done in the past 24 months as it prepares for 2015 elections”.

Jega added that a Strategic Plan (2012 to 2016), and a detailed Strategic Program of Action have been formulated and are being implemented.

“A detailed Election Project Plan has been drafted, and is being implemented to ensure seamless execution of specific tasks leading to the 2015 elections. A comprehensive re-organisation and restructuring of the Commission has been completed, drawing from the recommendation of a highly rated management consulting firm”, he said.

The INEC boss said that it should always be borne in mind that Nigeria is still a country in transition. “In the sense of consolidating democratic structures and practices. We are still nurturing a democratic political culture after years of military rule and the anti-democratic tendencies it fostered. “Consequently, our electoral system is yet work in progress and calls for the implementation of reform measures that are aimed at incremental positive changes that are sustainable. Democratisation, in all societies, is neither swift nor smooth sailing. It is always a long and tortuous process that takes place in incremental waves”.

He disclosed that some of the lessons that the INEC learnt from the reviews of 2011 elections include that good elections are about adequate and timely planning. “We have come to learn that there is no alternative to planning and preparing adequately. Election projects in a country like Nigeria are massive undertakings and require very professional planning”.

Folly Coker Denies Romantic Affair With Tiwa Savage, Says He’s Not Owner Of Mavin Records


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Folly Coker, the upwardly-mobile senior aide of Gov Babatunde Fashola, who was rumoured to be dating sensational singer, Tiwa Savage, has described the tale as untrue.
Coker also described his alleged ownership of Mavin Records, supposedly owned by renowned producer, Don Jazzy, as a figment of the imagination of some idle minds and jobless individuals.
In the last few days, the rumour of Coker, being at the centre of the alleged troubled marriage of Tiwa Savage, 34, and Tunji Balogun, 36, had been making its rounds at some blogs and social media sites.
But an undisclosed source close to the tall and handsome son of Chief Folarin Coker defended him as having nothing to do with Tiwa Savage and Mavin Records.
“These reports are tissues of lies, the undisclosed insider said. “Folly knows Don Jazzy and likes his music a lot. But he has no investment in Mavin Records. These things are pure lies.
“For Tiwa Savage, you cannot even say they are friends, not to talk of lovers. They don’t exchange text messages or anything.
“The story is definitely sponsored and there’s no iota of truth in it. Legal action has commenced against the
fabricators of the damaging tale,” the insider said.
Reports of the trouble in the marriage of Tiwa Savage and Tunji Balogun, who wedded on April 26, 2014 have gained grounds, but the couple have denied any hint of a hiccup in their marriage. (NAN).

South Africa returns seized $15m to Nigeria


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The South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said in a news conference on Friday that the $15m earlier seized from some Nigerians by the South African Government had been released to Nigeria.
The South African Government had, on September 5, 2014, seized $9.3m cash belonging to Nigeria and a month later seized another $5.7m, claiming that both funds were to be used for illegal purchase of arms, www.thecable.ng reported.
However, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, said the transactions were legal, urging the South African Government to stop actions that could degenerate to a diplomatic showdown.
The South African Government on October 14, 2014 said it would return the money to Nigeria.
Mnguni also spoke on the collapsed building in the Synagogue church in Lagos State and its effect on the relationship between the two countries.
He said that the two countries had come a long way and that the development would only make them remain stronger.
“South Africa’s relations with Nigeria has come a long way, so now this actually will make us much closer, to

see how we can close some of these gaps that result in such accidents,” he said.

The South African ambassador added that the seizure of the funds was in no way related to the Synagogue collapse.
“South Africa’s relation with Nigeria is priceless; it cannot be sold for $15m,” he said.

Source: The Punch

I don’t mind dating a younger man now – Ara


 
Now single drummer girl, Ara, has said she is ready to give marriage another shot now that she and her once Iceland-based hubby have divorced.
In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats recently, Ara said she wouldn’t even mind going for a younger guy if he comes around her.
“When I meet the right person and fall in love, I will consider marriage. I really want to fall in love again. I don’t believe in marriage just for its sake. If a younger guy comes up to me, I don’t mind dating the person. I don’t mind marrying somebody who I am older than. I have spoken to a couple of people and they don’t see anything wrong with it. If the person has a mature mind and is committed, then it is not a big deal.”
When asked if she is not looking for somebody who she can control and manipulate, the singer said she is not the overbearing type and she never exhibited such trait in her former marriage.
“I am not that kind of person. I am the most submissive wife. I am ‘mumu’ for love. You can ask my ex, he can tell you. There was never a day I didn’t ask him what I should cook even though I was the breadwinner.

I would always ask him what he wanted. And whatever he said, if we didn’t have it, I would jump on an okada and enter the market to go and buy the stuff. I am a hopeless lover,” she said.

Ara revealed that she and her ex are still “good friends” because, “we have a child together. My boy is six years already. He has remarried. I am not envious that he got married again. God forbid! When he calls me, I always ask him if his wife isn’t around. I would also ask him if his wife knows that I am not interested in him. I don’t know her and I don’t know her name. I wouldn’t want her to feel I want to take her husband again. So I tell him I hope the wife knows that I am not interested and that his calling me is just to find out about his son. I wouldn’t want to make any woman unhappy.

SCOAN Building Collapse: T.B. Joshua To Appear Before Lagos Coroner On Nov. 5


SCOAN-TBProphet Temitope Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, will on Nov. 5 appear before a coroner’s inquest investigating the recent collapse of its guest house.

The Lagos State Coroner, Mr Oyetade Komolafe, announced Joshua’s appearance on Friday at the resumption of the inquest at an Ikeja High Court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the inquest was instituted under the Lagos State Coroner’s System Law No. 7 of 2007 for the purpose of unraveling the cause of the incident.

NAN recalls that no fewer than 115 persons were reportedly killed, with the majority being South Africans after the six-storey building collapsed on Sept. 12.

Komolafe said the physical appearance of the church’s founder was important to the inquest, adding that his lawyer, Mr Jude Nnadi (SAN), should advise him accordingly.

“The court has summoned him, let him come and tell us what he knows. He cannot sit over there and be sending words to us that he cannot come.

“The court has said that for the purpose of what we are doing that he should come over,” the coroner said.

He said the contractor in charge of the collapsed building and the witnesses of the Police would also testify on Nov. 5.

Komolafe also directed the church to provide the list of the people lodged at the collapsed building to the court at the next adjournment fixed for Oct. 28.

“We must expedite action on the issue of the bodies knowing full well that majority of them are not Nigerians.

“One of the most important thing for us is to identify these bodies”, he added.

Meanwhile, a Chief Operational Officer with the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Musiliu Adebayo, has told the court that the building collapse was not caused by an explosion.

“The number of people rescued would not have been possible if there was an explosion before and immediately after the collapse,” Adebayo.

Also testifying, Mr Bamidele Oladiti, Zonal Head, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Ejigbo Area, said its officials helped to reduce human and vehicular traffic after the incident.

Speaking to newsmen after the hearing, Mr Louis Mnguni, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, said the unfortunate incident would not affect the relationship between both countries.

“The South African relation with Nigeria comes a long way. We established this relation during the struggle against apartheid. This actually will make us work closer together”.

He also said that the incident was not the reason his country seized the $15 million meant for the purchase of arms from Nigerian dealers.

“The South African relation with Nigerian is priceless; it cannot be sold for $15 million. These are two separate incidents”.

Mnguni said the South African Government was putting plans in place to return the corpses of the victims to their relatives after the inquest. (NAN)

Ex-Kebbi Gov, Adamu Picks PDP Form To Contest Senatorial Election


Adamu Aliero[1]The former Kebbi Governor, Alhaji Adamu Aliero, on Friday declared interest to contest the Kebbi Central Senatorial District in 2015 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Aliero, represented by Alhaji kabiru Giant, obtained the senatorial nomination form in Birnin Kebbi.

He enjoined the members of PDP to unite towards realising the objectives of the party in the 2015 general elections.

He said the decision to contest the seat was after due consultations with stakeholders, friends, family members and the desire to develop the area.

He called on party faithful to support his ambition, for unity and progress of the party and development.

Aliero was elected senator repsenting Kebbi Central Senatorial District from 2007 to 2008 from where he was appointed Minister of the FCT by late President Umaru Musa Ayar’Adua until 2010 when then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan his cabinet. (NAN)

Former Imo Speaker Rt Hon Goodluck Nanah Opiah Picks House Of Reps Form


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Former Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly Rt Hon Goodluck Nanah Opiah, yesterday picked his nomination and expression of interest form of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to contest the Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta, Oru West Federal Constituency House of Reps seat in the forthcoming general election.

The former Speaker , while addressing his supporters who thronged the state party secretariat in a show of solidarity with his aspiration, called on the people of the area to support and vote him to represent them at the House of Reps so as to attract massive dividends of democracy to the area.

Opiah assured the people that he would use his vast experience and exposure both in the private and public sector to attract the needed development to the area through quality legislation.

He stated further that, “he would use his connections to address the perennial problems of roads, electricity and unemployment among many other problems facing the good people of the constituency.

 

Mob sets lecturer ablaze for killing five pupils in auto crash


 

Jalingo – Alhaji Kassimu Umar, a Lecturer at the Taraba College of Education (COE) Zing, was on Friday burnt to death in a mob action after he allegedly hit and killed five primary school pupils with a vehicle he was driving.

Mr Joseph Kwaji, the Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), of the Taraba Police Command confirmed the incident in Jalingo. He said that the mob forcefully removed Umar from the Pupule Police Outpost, where he went to report the incident, and the mob burnt him to death.

“In the early hours of today, one Kassimu Umar, who is believed to be a lecturer with COE, Zing had knocked down five primary school pupils in Zing, who all died on the spot.

“After he reported the incident to the Pupule Police Outstation, irate youths in their hundreds, stormed the station, dragged him out and lynched him.

“Our investigation revealed that the lecturer was trying to dodge a trailer, when he ran over the pupils whose ages ranged between eight and 11 years,” he said.

Kwaji said that the matter was under investigation, adding that no arrest had so far been made. (NAN)

How I was setup and ordered to be given 24 lashes at NDLEA – Baba Suwe


Baba Suwe is yet to recover from the damage resulting from  his arrest for suspected cocaine smuggling  .The veteran yoruba comedian and actor has maintained his innocence and is still demanding for an apology from the NDLEA (National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ),to help salvage his reputation.In an interview with Nigerian Tribune, he revealed how it all started

It is a long story. What they did tarnished my image. It really hurt me. Theatre is the only way I make money and when my films hit Idumota, it makes the most sales in the industry. I make money from my rental business and as a master of ceremony within and outside Nigeria. The incident affected all that.
The trip I wanted to make when the incident happened was for a friend’s baby’s naming ceremony. I was asked to be the MC at the christening ceremony. I just got back from London about a month before then, from a movie production with Sanyeri. I was at the airport that day with my sibling and a friend.
My friend even had with him, dundu (fried yam) and akara (bean cakes) which we ate at the airport. That was around 8.30 p.m.
I had got a camera from someone around 10.30 p.m. and was about to board when the incident began to unfold. I had walked past NDLEA officials when a lady among them called me, ‘Baba Suwe, go and see the person standing there.’ I went to see the person she pointed at and was surprised when the person took me directly to their scanning machine. I was even more surprised when he told me I was positive. He said I was a drug pusher and I told him I was not. It all seemed like a setup to me. Before I realised what was going on, I was taken upstairs, to their boss’s office and the boss started throwing accusations at me. ‘Baba Suwe, you are a drug pusher. You deal in cocaine,’ he said and I immediately refuted the accusation.

As if that was not strange enough, he ordered one of his boys to give me 24 lashes of the cane. I couldn’t believe my ears. I asked what that was for and the guy he ordered to cane me just looked at me, smiled and left.
It was when he came back that I realised that the situation was serious. They sat me down for a thorough interrogation which lasted till the next day. In the morning, I pleaded with them to, at least, release the man who was arrested with me because he had to be at his child’s christening. They eventually released him that morning and then transferred me to their hospital where they flushed my system but did not find any drug in me.
At this point, their boss even pitied me. He told me he heard they did not find any drug in me and I answered in the affirmative. They took me back to the airport and I thought they were going to release me, but I was again taken to the general hospital, where they conducted series of tests on me but still couldn’t find anything. The only thing they did not do was to open me up and I would have been happier if they had done that because I am sure they still would not find any drug in me. At least, by then, it would be clear that there was nothing in me.

How were you treated while you were being held there?

They maltreated me for the 19 days that I was there. I slept on metal chairs. I was taken to another hospital again and yet, nothing was found. At this stage, my son had got a lawyer for me. The lawyer, in confidence, asked me if I was dealing in drug for real so as to know how to run their case and I told him that I was doing no such thing. I told him I had travelled to many developed countries with sophisticated and automated airports and I had never had any case with them.
I was eventually charged to court and it was then that it came to light that they had gone to court behind my back even when I was in detention and had gotten judgment. I had no idea. It was the judge in this (new) court that blew things open and told them that he was giving them three days and if they did not find any drugs in my system, I would be discharged.
I was taken to another hospital in Victoria Island the next day where tests were conducted on me again and nothing was found in me. They scanned and flushed me and they almost killed me this time around, but still, nothing was found.
We appeared in court the third day and the judge, having heard what happened, asked the NDLEA the result they got from the hospital, but there was nothing to show. The judge then asked me if I could identify the NDLEA official who took me to the hospital and I did. The official I identified, in his own defence, said it was an order from his superiors. Eventually, the judge ruled in my favour and charged NDLEA with defamation of character and ordered them to pay me N25 million as compensation and make a public apology in two national dailies to clear my name. But they are yet to do any of those things.

What is the situation on the case now?

That case is on as we speak. We don’t know how it will end. I am yet to get any compensation from NDLEA and they did not even apologise. Even if they did not pay me a dime but only apologised in the newspapers, I would be satisfied. I hate being implicated and that was exactly was happened.
I actually excreted more than 25 times the first day and nothing was found in my faeces. All the faeces were kept for record purpose.I believe that someone was behind it all. I don’t know who or why he did it. It could be jealousy, but there is no smoke without fire.

Many believe that you used charm to hide the drug…

I did not use any charm. If there was a charm for drug dealing, I believe the herbalists would be the ones doing drug business themselves. It is said that nobody could have cocaine in their system for more than two days and survive it. I was in detention for 19 days. I love being in company when travelling, so, would I be dealing in drugs and be travelling with people, different people for that matter? I did not use charm. I am not a cocaine pusher, so, I need no charm to cover anything up. God has blessed me in the movie industry and all the wealth and fame I got was from making movies.

Church Building Collapse: TB Joshua donates $4,500 to each collapse victim’s family


In the aftermath of the Synagogue guest house building collapse on September 12, TB Joshua is donating R50,000($4,500/N750,000) to each victim’s family .According to spokesman Kirsten Nematandani…

“We have done a full audit of each family’s financial needs and assisted with various household expenses as many of the deceased were breadwinners,Household expenses varied from rent money to school fees and groceries.”The church has pleaded with the Nigerian government to expedite the repatriation process in order for families to bury the deceased with dignity and receive closure,”

Nematandani said the church had travelled to all provinces in the past few weeks to visit, counsel and assess families’ financial needs and assist where possible.

Ex-Kaduna MILAD, Umar, Accuses Govs. Of Excessive Borrowing From Banks To Fund Campaigns


Dangiwa UmarA former Military administrator of Kaduna State, Col. Dangiwa Umar (retd), has described the existing trend where some state governors borrow money from commercials banks and other financial institutions for the purpose of financing dubious projects, as dangerous.

Umar in a statement Friday, said: “It has become necessary to alert the nation of a dangerous, indeed an explosive scheme, by which some state governors are mortgaging the future of their states through excessive borrowing from commercial banks and other financial institutions to finance projects of dubious viability.

“The motive is entirely unclear, but one suspects it is either to fraudulently acquire campaign funds, as next year’s elections approach, or retirement benefits. Some of them are also desperately selling off states’ assets, including shares and other long-term investments”.

He added: “In a situation where states’ legislatures have reduced themselves to all but an arm of the executive, it is unrealistic to expect them to check and stop this fraud. We, therefore, appeal to the anti-corruption agencies to intervene.

“We also warn banks to desist from connivance with those governors. They need to be reminded of their civic responsibility and banking ethics to protect the helpless public. They must be aware that most of these states have already lost the capacity to meet their financial obligations due to huge debt burden and diminishing source of revenue resulting from falling oil revenue.

“The bankers must not forget that in the past, collapse of oil prices in the world market have often led to widespread collapse of Nigerian banks, because they never learned to say ‘no’ to prodigal, but cash-strapped state governments in such critical periods”.

Chinese Embassy Donates Vehicle To FCT Police Command


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The Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Mr Gu Xigotie, has described Nigeria as “a very important partner of China in Africa”.

Xigotie made the remark on Friday after he donated a Peugeot 301 car to the FCT Police Command to assist it in fighting crime in the territory.

He lauded the command for providing security for the embassy and other foreign missions in the territory.

He said, “We are very pleased with the FCT Police Command, this donation is just a reflection of the closeness of relations between the embassy and the command.

“It is also a reflection of the relationship between our two countries”.

The ambassador also commended Nigeria for its ability to contain the Ebola Virus Disease.

He said, “I will like to seize this opportunity to congratulate the government and people of Nigeria for the achievement in preventing and containing the EVD.  Right now, Nigeria is Ebola-free”.

Responding, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, the Acting Commissioner of Police in the FCT, described the donation by the embassy as a vote of confidence on the force.

Inalegwu said the police would continue to build relations with its immediate community as policing was about the community.

He thanked the embassy for the donation, describing it as one of the command’s critical partners in the territory. (NAN)

2015: Buhari To Be Adopted As APC’s Consensus Candidate As Tinubu Shows Support


The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to adopt former Head of State, Gen. Mohammed Buhari (rtd) as its consensus candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

This came as the party’s national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in the course of the party’s October 17, 2014 National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, openly declared his support for Buhari

Tinubu’s open support for Buhari was hinged on the popularity of Buhari as supported by different opinion polls conducted recently in the country, reports Vanguard, citing a source at the national secretariat of the APC.

The source added that Tinubu, who was excited by Buhari’s 12 million votes in 2011 presidential elections has decided to bankroll the campaign of Buhari – who some said took a loan for his nomination form – to any length it will take to win the votes of the majority of Nigerians.

The Vanguard source noted that APC believes that only Buhari can beat President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections.

“Tinubu said it openly that day that he would support Buhari. He told everyone who was present,” the source added.

While Buhari has been favoured in many quarters, the source told Vanguard that the party may find a way to bypass Presidential primaries, as Atiku Abubakar has a structure to win delegate election.

A mini convention will therefore hold next Wednesday to enable the party amend some portions of its constitution.

“Principally, we proposed certain amendments to the constitution of the party that will allow the party to function much more efficiently and to that extent we will hold what I call an extraordinary convention of the party on the 29th of this month in Abuja to submit the proposals for the amendment to the national convention of the party,” Lai Mohammed, APC’s national publicity secretary had told Journalists at the end of the NEC meeting on October 17.

Fayose Swears In Judge Who Headed His Impeachment Panel In 2006


Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose yesterday swore in the man who headed his impeachment panel in 2006, Justice Bamidele Omotoso as judge in the state, to the surprise of many.

Omotoso, who is an Ado Ekiti based legal practitioner had been cleared by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to be made a judge in the state, but the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi failed to swear him in. Fayose has however gone against the advice of some of his supporters to swear him in as judge in the state.

“Few days after my inauguration, some people came to me and reminded me of the role played by Omotoso during my impeachment saga. They said I should not swear him in as a judge of the state High Court.

“I am not here to revenge, vengeance belongs to God,” Fayose said at the official swearing in ceremony of Justice Omotoso.

The governor noted that the inauguration of Omotosho as a judge, two years after he was cleared for the post by the NJC, was a demonstration of a forgiving spirit.

Fayose also announced the promotion of an official of the state Ministry of Justice, Mr Lawrence Ojo who signed his warrant of arrest papers at Ikoyi Prisons during his murder case to position of Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.

Present at the ceremony were the state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, who Fayose declared readiness to work with for the good of the state.

“I plead with the other two arms of government (legislative and judiciary), that Ekiti should come first. You may not like my face and I may not like yours, but Ekiti should be number one.”

“I am ready to work with the Assembly. I am a man of uncommon history, coming back to office after eight years is divine. I have a stern warning from God; ‘do not avenge’.

“There is nothing personal I have against the judiciary.

“People would want to be where you are and life is about struggles. We need more judges and we will help in making them comfortable in the discharge of their duties.

“There is need for fair hearing. I want the other arms of government to give my administration a fair hearing and the chance to perform,” he said.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presently holds majority seat at the State House of Assembly.

Top-7 Reasons Why Some Nigerian Ladies Are Still Single


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Being single probably is one of the top problems among Nigerian girls. But only some of them understand that the problem can be not only in men. They also can change something about their selves, if they don’t want to end up alone in a company of cuddly cats.

So here are some typical reasons you can easily give up, to reduce chances of being alone:

1. Celebrity gossips
For God’s sake, stop following fake celebrity gossips and watching reality shows as crazy. These things are fake in almost every case, and, as well as developing your stupidity, they may also form unnatural life priorities.

2. Doing charges
Even if you are a self-confident and independent Nigerian lady, don’t forget about learning to cook and doing home chores. Gender equality is a good thing, but it is not a reason to turn your house into a mess. And don’t forget that Nigerian men love good cooking!

3. Less makeup
Too much makeup is not doing good for you. The truth is that lots of men are indifferent to makeup. Many of them even don’t like it at all. So it is better to forget about high school and to look more natural.

4. Don’t give your number to any guy you can
Any man would disgrace if your phone rings often and you will be laughing and chatting with other guys. You may not be a playgirl, but a guy can think that you are.

5. Wrong presentation
Some Nigerian girls try to dress attractive, but it turns out that they are ridiculous. Your dressing style determines kinds of men who are attracted to you. Remember, not all clothes that look sexy are good for a seriously searching for a soul mate single lady.

6. Bad manners
When you want to look “attractive” or “hot” for a man, don’t think it can turn into something serious. Your wisdom, inner beauty and good manners are factors which makes a man stay with you, keep faithful and have long-term relationship. If you rely only on your good appearance, don’t be surprised if a guy runs away after accomplishing his “evil” mission.

7. Too much advice from friends and relatives
Of course, family values is important in Nigeria, but remember that it is you who are going to live with this person, NOT your friend or relative. Let them have their own life and you will enjoy yours!

Source: Naij

‘We Women Are Enemies To Ourselves’ – Nollywood Actress, Toyin Aimakhu


Nollywood Actress, Toyin Aimakhu
Nollywood Actress, Toyin Aimakhu

Nollywood Actress, Toyin Aimakhu has shared her opinion about women being enemies to themselves and how some of they go about ruining other people’s matrimonial home.
The popular Yoruba actress took to Instagram to share her opinion, while giving a piece of advice to those women who indulge in such act.
Read below:

OBIRIN LOTA OBIRIN do u knw what dat means we women r enemies to ourselves,we women are always the cause of we women’s tears and pains.
1.men r weak in nature dey just act strong cos dey r the head. 2.u knw a man is married bt shed crocodile tears wen he’s going home to meet his wife n kids,and men hates to see women in tears 3.some will even go as far as calling and insulting the wife. 3.men has alot of pity for women…We women destroy alot of we women’s happiness and homes, why not get ur own man and starts from the scratch. .4.women back bites
women.

5..women criticises women alot..6.women say alot of bad stuffs abt we women to people men are very weak dats y dey fall victim most times and dey hate to see women cry…7..u want a man knwing fully he’s happily married with kids leaving the wife miserable and sad..8..wen a woman is in a relationship wit a man u say alot abt ur friends not thinking cos birds of a feather flocks together.9.wen ur friends sees u r happy all they want is just to destroy it or dey want that thing dat gives u happiness…(hmmm women)women pls let’s start supporting ourselves and showing love..
Pls wen a man is married chase him to his family so dat u can have a happy home(If na money u wan collect,collect am,bt am not saying is a good thing o)whenever dey r saying bad abt anoda woman support her stand for her let’s be our sister’s keeper.pls this is my thought..
NB pls Dnt mind my english I’m a nigerian and not British… thanks alot and love u all..pls remember I said my own personal thought..
Toyin is happily married to actor, Niyi Johnson. They got married in July 2013.
The Edo state born Yoruba actress, Toyin is one of the top actresses doing well in the Yoruba movie industry. Toyin who has featured in several yoruba movies has also produced few movies likes of Alakada.
Toyin has a National Diploma in Marketing from Iree Polytechnic and she also studied Philosophy at the University of Ibadan.

Nigeria’s Supreme court sacks Delta state lawmaker, orders salary refund


 
The Supreme Court on Friday sacked a member of the Delta State House of Assembly representing Ugelli North Constituency II, Mr. Edoja Akpodiete.
The apex court ordered him to refund to the state coffers all the salaries and allowances he had collected since he had been occupying the seat since 2011.
It was the first time the Supreme Court would be ordering any person to refund the money earned from office that he or she illegally occupied.
In its lead judgement delivered by Justice Walther Onnoghen, the Supreme Court ordered that Mr. Jenkins Gwede of the Democratic Peoples Party to take over the seat from Akpodiete.
The court held that the Independent National Electoral Commission had wrongfully issued the certificate of return to Akpodiete even when it was aware that he had ceased to be the sponsored candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party over 45 days before the state House of Assembly election was conducted on April 26, 2011.
The apex court described INEC’s action as worrisome and therefore awarded a cost of N650,000 each

against the electoral body and Edoja.

The court affirmed the documents tendered by Gwede’s lawyer, Mr. Ikhide Ehighelua, showing that the DPP had notified INEC of its choice of Gwede as its candidate after Akpodiete formally withdrew from the election and the party returned the N2m he paid for nomination form to him.
Justice Onnoghen held that the INEC had “foisted on the electorate of Ugelli North Constituency II of Delta State House of Assembly a pretender to the seat who not only withdrew from the election in writing but collected the deposit he paid to the 4th respondent (DPP) for the said election.”
It therefore ordered that the 1st respondent (INEC) to issue the appellant with a certificate of return in respect of the House of Assembly election held on April 26, 2011.
A Federal High Court in Asaba had dismissed Gwede’s case in a judgement delivered on June 27, 2012 for lack of jurisdiction to entertain the matter because it was election related.
Through his lawyer, Mr. Ikhide Ehighelua, Gwede had appealed to the Court of Appeal in Benin which in its judgement delivered on May 22, 2013 had resolved the issues raised in his favour but refused to make any consequential order.
Source: The Punch

Sen Abaribe Joins Abia Gov Race, Vows To Bring Competence, Strong Values To Governance


Enyinnaya AbaribeChairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, has promised to grant autonomy to Abia local governments if he is elected as the state governor in 2015.

He said this on Friday in Abuja after picking the Peoples Democratic Party nomination and expression of interest forms to contest 2015 Abia governorship election.

Abaribe also promised to organise local government election in the state if he was elected.

He, however, added that aspirants waiting to be endorsed for 2015 governorship election were not ready for such position.

He expressed the hope that there would be no imposition or a consensus candidate in Abia.

He said, “We are all going to the field and the best man is going to emerge and that best man is Abaribe”.

Abaribe, a former Deputy Governor of Abia, contested the state governorship election in 2003 but lost but later went to the Senate.

“I think we have come a full circle and everybody in Abia knows that today there is the need to bring in somebody who will bring peculiar qualities and some very strong characters and values to governance”, he said.

He promised to bring competence, character, integrity and strong values to governance if elected.

The aspirant added that Abia currently had deficit in virtually every aspect of its economy, stressing that his desire was to ease the burden on the people of the state.

“I intend to do so, and God willing, I will do so”, he said. (NAN)

2015 Elections Will Be Bloody, But Jonathan Is Coming Back, Says Prophet Ayorinde


Samson AyorindeAhead of his formal declaration to run for a second term in office, President Goodluck Jonathan has been warned to be wary of disgruntled elements that might desperately make attempts on his life in a bid to remove him from power and foil his ambition to contest in the 2015 general elections.

Giving the warning while speaking on the state of the nation, the president and founder of the World Evangelism Bible Church, (WEBIC) Incorporated, Ojota, Lagos, and Chairman of Faith Television, London, Prophet (Dr) Samson Ayorinde, also warned that the forthcoming elections would be “bloody”.

The Architect turned tele-evangelist advised Jonathan to prioritize dialogue with Boko Haram and ensure its actualisation soonest to minimise incessant attacks by the insurgents on the citizenry, prior to the elections.

“2015 general elections is going to be bloody, But God will protect His own and sanity will reign. We are praying. But it is going to be bloody. There is no remedy. That time of battle is usually the time that things juggle up. We can only minimise the impact. Normally, the Boko Haram attacks, as it gets to the election, become heavier, and the counter attacks to get them under control also become heavier. In the places where these happen, they will declare a State of Emergency, so elections cannot hold in those states”, he said.

Ayorinde, however, predicted that Jonathan would emerge winner of the presidential election in 2015 once he shakes up his personal security.

“Jonathan is coming back into office as the president in 2015, unless he dies. They have made attempts to kill him, and they will make other attempts. If they do it by violence, the South will secede. At the end of the day, the country will either be regional with a confederation, which Awolowo had predicted a long time ago, or we stay as Federal Republic of Nigeria, which everybody will have to agree to because united we stand, divided we fall”.

Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji Pays ‘Thank You’ Visit To Bishop Ademowo


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Recently discharged and acquitted Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Friday, paid a ‘thank you’ visit to the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Diocesse and Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, The Most Reverend Dr Ephraim Adebola Ademowo, for his support throughout the period of his trial in the High Court by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for money laundering.

Ikuforiji, who was accompanied by his wife, Pastor Mayowa, told the Bishop that he appreciated his support in the last three years of his trial at the High Court. “You always assured me to be calm and to pray and that God would take control and indeed God took control as you rightly said”, he said.

The speaker informed the clergyman that he and his wife are part of the Anglican family because they both wedded in the Anglican Church 29 years ago, “so we see you as a father and we are happy to be with you. I thank you for all that you have been doing, for your support and assistance and also for your support and assistance to government of Lagos state. We say a big thank you and we solicit for your continuous support.

“I am sure with men of God like you and a few others who stand solidly behind the government of Lagos State, we can continue to be hopeful that God in his infinite mercy will take us to a higher height”, Ikuforiji said.

Responding to questions from reporters, Ikuforiji said, “I deem it fit to come and say a big thank you to our father here, for the support he personally has given me over the years, especially since the issue of the EFCC investigations and the court came up. He has always supported me with prayers, good words, and he is always counselling me.

“And the fact that he also showed clearly he trusted my person, he believes I was not the type that detractors were trying to paint before the world. And he was always reassuring me that he knows that God will vindicate me at the end”.

The speaker, who recently declared his governorship ambition for Lagos State, added that now that the court has delivered ruling, it was only proper and right for him to come and say “thank you daddy for the support. And that is exactly what I have done and that is why my wife is here with me to say thank you to him”.

Welcoming the Speaker earlier to his residence, Bishop Court, Marina, Bishop Ademowo congratulated Ikuforiji over the outcome of his case with the EFCC, noting that Mr. Ikuforiji is somebody who is close to him and has only come on a courtesy visit. He prayed with the speaker.

Gov. Yari Heads APC’s 18-Man Extraordinary Convention Committee


APC-Logo1The All Progressives Congress on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated an 18-man committee for its mini convention scheduled to take place in Abuja on Oct. 29.

The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John oyegun, who inaugurated the committee, urged members to work to achieve the mandate of ensuring a hitch-free convention.

The Chairman of the committee, Gov. Abdulaziz Abubakar of Zamfara, who responded on behalf of the committee, assured that the expectation of the party on the convention would be achieved.

Abubakar said, “The mandate given to me as far as the committee is concerned is to ensure that we have a successful convention.

“This convention is to ratify some sections of our constitution.

“As party men and women, we are ready to work round the clock to ensure that this convention is successful”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chief Timi Silva, a former Bayelsa Governor, will serve as the secretary of the committee.

The party’s National Vice Chairmen in the six geopolitical zones of the country are members of the committee.

Others are former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje; Sen.  Robert Boroface, Aisha Ibrahim, Alhaji Bala Borodo, Temi Harriman, Dr Anyim Nyerere and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party’s National Publicity Secretary.

Sen. Osita Izunaso, APC’s National Publicity Secretary; Alhaji Mai Buni, the National Secretary and Dikko Radda, the Welfare Secretary are also members.

About 2,000 delegates, three from each of the 774 local government areas of the country are expected to participate in the mini convention, which will be observed by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Former NBA President, Wali Released By Kidnappers After 13 Days


The immediate past National President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Okey Wali, SAN, has been released after 13 days in the kidnappers’ den.

According to the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, Wali was released Thursday night. He however did not say if a ransom was paid to the kidnappers to secure his release.

The former NBA president was abducted in Rumualogu area of Obio Akpor Local Government area, Rivers State, while on his way to see his brother, reports have said.

Also confirming Wali’s release, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN, who succeeded Wali as NBA president said in a statement that Wali was released from captivity around 11pm.

“I have personally spoken to him and can confirm that he is hale, hearty and in good spirit,” he stated.

He extended Wali’s appreciation to members of the Bar and the Bench, the security agencies, friends and family for their concern, support and prayers during the period of his ordeal.

Alegeh commended members of the NBA for keeping calm throughout the period of Wali’s abduction and for “not taking any steps that may have directly or indirectly jeopardised the efforts for his safe release which have now yielded positive results”.

The NBA president also expressed appreciation to the security agencies for their efforts to ensure Wali’s release.

“The Nigerian Bar also wishes to place on record its appreciation of the efforts of the security agencies in securing the safe release of Okey Wali, SAN. The Director General of the State Security Services [SSS], the Inspector General of Police and the SSS State Directors and Police Commissioners in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states who worked tirelessly to secure his safe release deserve special mention.

“While we celebrate the safe release of Okey Wali we must hasten to reiterate the fact that the spate of kidnappings and general state of insecurity in Our Country is cause for great concern,” he said.

Osio Agama, a sister to Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was also reported to have been kidnapped in Port Harcourt on Tuesday night. She is yet to regain her freedom.

‘Having A Tattoo Makes Me Feel Like The Devil’s Child’ – Ego


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Lagbaja’s former singing partner, Ego has said even though she loves tattoos and wanted to get it at a time, she’s glad she didn’t because it makes her feel she is the devil’s child. Here’s are reasons for not having tattoos.

My first reason borders on religion. There is a part of the Bible that is against writing anything on your body. I feel if I do it, I am the devil’s child. At a time I wanted to get it, I went to the tattoo parlour but for a weird reason, it did not happen. It was like a phase and after a while, I got over it. I actually wanted to choose between tattoo and my dreadlocks; I could not have them both, she told Punch.

Why I Won’t Be Getting Married Now – Harrysong Reveals


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Harrysong has revealed to The Sun newspaper why he won’t be getting married any time soon. According to him, marriage is the last thing on his mind because he is still very much busy with music for now.

It’s very far-o. I need to adore that woman that I would pro­fess my love to and I need time for that. I don’t have that time now; I am still very busy with the music, he said.

Twitter reacts as mammoth crowd throng APC Mega Rally in Rivers (PHOTO, TWEETS)


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In preparation for the upcoming elections, the major opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC, is presently holding its Mega rally in Rivers state, and the mammoth crowd shows the party’s support base in the state.
It’s a full house as all APC leaders, party chieftains and faithfuls, and thousands of supporters are present at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Greater Port Harcourt City.
The host Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has led majority of the state National Assembly members to the rally, which is being showed live on Channels and NTA, with viewers accusing the latter television station of muting the audio intermittently.
Read Twitter reactions below:

Military Raises Doubt Over Ceasefire, Fears SImultaneous Attacks Across The North


Military sources have disclosed that intelligence gathered indicate that Boko Haram was plotting deadly attacks across Nigeria’s north, raising doubts among military ranks about the ceasefire the federal government said it agreed with the sect.

“We are in receipt of intelligence reports heralding simultaneous attacks across the north with the aim of bringing the region down at a go. They intend to make it wide and to stretch us beyond capacity with deadly attacks across the north. We are in receipt of other details about their fortified capacity and movement across Mali, Niger, Libya, Somalia, Cameroon and Chadian axes to get us on all angles,” Vanguard quoted the source as saying.

“Many confessions of those we arrested at different battle zones and entry points into the country corresponded with the intelligence reports at hand,” the sources added.

The Federal Government had last Friday announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram and that negotiations were on to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls, but the announcement has been followed by series of attacks suspected to have been perpetrated by the sect, including the alleged abduction of about 60 women and girls.

Self-acclaimed Secretary General of Boko Haram, Mallam Danladi Ahmadu, who has been representing the sect in talks with the FG has however blamed the recent attacks on armed robbers and hired assassins among other criminals, saying they have infiltrated the terrorist group, and they were the ones breaching its cease fire agreement with the government. He assured Nigerians that the agreement is still on course. He made this known on an Hausa Service programme of the Voice of America, VOA, monitored in Yola, Adamawa State.

Ahmadu stressed that the final meeting between the group and the Federal Government to finalize the ceasefire agreement has been scheduled for Monday in Ndjamena, Chad. The meeting will be supervised by the Chadian leader, Idriss Derby.

He said that the Chibok girls would surely be released on Monday to the Chadian President, Idriss Derby for onward presentation to the Nigerian government.

Ahead of the Monday meeting, Ahmadu said an enlarged meeting of the Boko Haram group will hold this weekend, stressing that the final ceasefire and the release of the Chibok girls will definitely happen.

Supporters Protest Alleged Plot To Impeach Fayose


A crowd of supporters of the Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose were seen on the streets protesting the alleged plan of state House of Assembly to remove the governor.

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The crowd of protesters, who are members of a group called Positive Minds Club for Teachers, were at Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, with placards bearing various inscriptions criticising the Assembly. They moved from the popular Fajuyi Park to Ijigbo roundabout where they were addressed by two of their leaders.

Some of the placards which they carried had on them inscriptions such as: “No to impeachment,” “We want peace in Ekiti,” “Return the N100m bribe to your leader,” “No going back on June 21 election result” and Tinubu stay away from Ekiti,” among others.

However, the group’s President, Mr. Ojo Patrick, and Treasurer, Mr. Bello Akande, made it known that they are ready to mobilize the people of the state to move against any plan to remove the governor as there are underground plans to do so.

Patrick said, “It is a peaceful protest and the police are here to ensure that the protest is not hijacked. We are going to maintain peace throughout the protest.“We just want to show to all Ekiti people that we stand by the result of the last governorship election and our mandate.

“If the members of the House of Assembly want us to come and dialogue with them, we are ready. We learnt that they went for a meeting in Lagos State with Tinubu and each of the lawmakers collected N50m while the Speaker got N100m to impeach the governor and to make sure that Ekiti State is made ungovernable for Fayose.”

Patrick, however appealed to the lawmakers “in the interest of all Ekiti people to stay clear of any move to impeach the governor.”

Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly had a press meeting on Thursday making it known that they did not collected money to remove the governor.

The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Churchill Adedipe, said the meeting they held in Lagos was to discuss the forthcoming All Progressive Congress presidential primary.

It would be recalled that just recently, the Ekiti State Government released the images demonstrating the opulence in which former Governor Kayode Fayemi and his family lived while he was the Ekiti governor, a state in debt and which had difficulty paying its workers their salaries.

APGA Is Dead In Imo — Agbaso


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APGA Is Dead In Imo — Agbaso

…Says I Moved To PDP with 98% members

•Begs Imolites To Forgive Him For Giving Them Okorocha As Governor In 2011

An apex leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imo State, Chief Martin Agbaso Fridayformally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, declaring APGA as being dead in the state.

This is even as Agbaso passionately pleaded with the people of the state to forgive him for the mistake he made in giving them Owelle Rochas Okorocha, a man he did not know very well, as the state governor in 2011.

Addressing the national vice chairman of the party and the state working committee of the party at the party’s state secretariat, Owerri, Agbaso said he left the party with about 98 per cent of the faithful in the state, saying that what was left of the party after Rochas left had now joined him to the PDP.

The former APGA leader disclosed that he was deceived by Okorocha’s outward appearance as a genuine philanthropist when he paraded his Rochas Foundation College as one of his good deeds.

He said he returned to the PDP because the party remains the only one that holds the address to the state government house.

Agbaso also apologized to the PDP for collecting the address to the government house from them in 2011, promising however to make amends by deploying all his strength and resources to ensure the party wins the 2015 elections.

He vowed to mobilize support for President Goodluck Jonathan, who he said had transformed the country to be better than it was in 2011.

Welcoming him to the party, the national vice chairman of the PDP (South East), Col. Austin Akobundu said he and many other members of the party were now very politically fulfilled for receiving Agbaso back and described him as a foundation member of the party who only left because of the injustice meted out to him.

He urged anyone who left the party as a result of injustice meted to him or her to return because the PDP was now a very decent party, where everybody was treated with dignity.

The PDP boss announced that the National Working Committee of the party had already granted waiver to Agbaso to pursue his political aspiration in whatever way he wants

Diamond Bank CEO/GMD resigns to pursue political ambition


Mr Alex Ottih (pictured left), the Chief Executive Officer & Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank resigned his position as GMD of the financial institution today Oct. 24th to pursue his political ambition. He plans to run as governor of Abia state in next year’s general elections.

The bank’s board have appointed the Deputy Group Managing Director of the bank, Uzoma Dozie (pictured right) as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ex-NBA President Okey Wali released after 13 days in captivity


Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Okey Wali, who was kidnapped on Oct 11th in Port Harcourt by unknown gunmen, has been released. According to a statement released today and signed by the current President of the NBA, Mr Augustine Aleghe, Mr Wali was released around 11pm last night after spending 13 days in captivity.

The statement did not state where Mr Wali was released and if any ransom was paid for his release.

Manchester United to make £90 million bid for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale


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In what will be the most expensive acquisition in football history, Manchester United have signified their intention to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in January with talks set to begin over a £90 million deal.
If the deal sails through, Bale will be breaking his own record of an £88 million move from Tottenham Hotspurs to Madrid in 2013.
In the past couple of weeks, it’s been rumoured that United want to sign him after it became clear that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be making a return to Old Trafford.
According to reports in Spain, United are confident of bringing in Bale and are planning to start talks with Madrid in the coming weeks.
Red Devils manager, Louis van Gaal has reportedly gotten the go-ahead to spend big in the January transfer
window.

DRAMA: Zimbabwe’s First Lady Declares Intention To Succeed Husband As President, Calls For VP’s Resignation


There is a little political war going on in Zimbabwe as first lady intends to succeed husband as president.

The first lady Grace Mugabe yesterday announced her candidacy to succeed her husband, 90-year-old president Robert Mugabe, when he leaves office.

“People say I want to be president, why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?” the 49-year-old said when addressing veterans of the country’s liberation struggle in Mazowe.

According to ioL News, Mugabe called on Vice President Joice Mujuru, regarded as one of the top contenders to succeed the president, to resign.

“There are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru,” she said, adding that her husband’s deputy would take Zimbabwe “back to where we were before independence.”

Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, has travelled several times for medical care abroad, sparking speculation that he could step down before his term ends in 2018.

Finally, Nigeria takes cybercrime serious


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The Senate has passed a law criminalising electronic and cyber related crimes in the country. The Bill, sponsored by Senator Adegbenga Kaka, is seeking to ensure cyber security and prevent online fraud.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu at Thursday’s session said, “The senate has, by this development, criminalized all intended actions made through the computers and other electronic apparatus to commit fraud and to forcefully hack or destroy data.”
Presenting the Report of the Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Cyber Crime Bill 2014, Umaru Dahiru (PDP-Sokoto) said the joint committee had consulted widely before arriving at the report.
Dahiru said the bill was read for the first time on Nov. 16, 2011, adding that the Senate considered its general principles and application on Feb. 28, 2013 after extensive deliberations.
According to him, the bill seeks to provide a legal framework for the implementation and evaluation of response and preventive measures in the fight against cybercrime in line with international best practices.
Dahiru also said it provided for a legal framework for the prohibition and punishment of electronic fraud and cybercrime while promoting e-government services and transactions between public and private bodies.
He further said that it criminalised certain acts and omissions in line with the regional and international best practices, adding that the document provided procedural guideline for the investigation of such offences.
Dahiru said the legislation defined the liability of service providers to ensure that the national interest was not compromised.
The new law seeks to secure computer materials against unauthorised access or modification. It is also aimed at preventing unauthorised

More Photos From The Mavins UK Concert, Tiwa Savage ‘Lights Up’ The Stage As Always!


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The Mavins doing their thing at their London concert which held last night at the o2 Indigo London.

Enjoy the lovely photos below:

Photo source: Daniel Sync

Re-Elected AGN President Ibinabo Fiberesima Shares New Photos


Boss Lady, AGN President, Ibinabo Fiberesima has shared new photos. You can tell the lovely mom of 5 is in a good place right now. She has been re-elected for a second term as AGN President and she is getting married for the 1st time at over 40 years of age.
More Photos Below:

 

Newly Single Ini Edo Also Shares New Photos


 

 

4 months after, Kefee’s Branama still closed


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Sources have revealed that four months after the death of pop-gospel sensation, Kefee, her usually crowded restaurant, Branama Kitchen located in Mende, Maryland, Lagos remains shut.

The award-winning singer and vocalist died as a result of lung failure after being in coma for 15 days in a hospital in the United States of America (USA) in June 2014.

According to neighbors in the restaurant’s vicinity, reporters were intimated that  no one has been to the restaurant since it was shut down on Friday, June 15 a few days after the singer’s death.

When the singer’s husband was contacted, he said  he does not want to speak on anything concerning his late wife anymore.

Kefee opened the restaurant in February 2012 amid pomp and pageantry and kept herself busy with making delicious meals for her guests.

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Daddy Showkey poses with governor Emmanuel Uduaghan


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The number 1 citizen of  Delta state — governor Emmanuel Uduaghan clocked 60 on October 22, 2014 and the birthday didn’t go unmarked beyond the corridors of power.

The two-term serving governor was born on October 22, 1954 in the Warri North area of Delta State and while wishing him a happy birthday via social media, veteran musician Daddy Showkey shared a picture of himself and the governor with the caption, ‘i beg this man na 60 but him look like, happy birthday your excellency god bless u’.

Daddy Showkey has in the last two months intensified efforts to return to the mainstream  music scene with the release of a new single featuring Harysong tilted ‘Asalamabez.’

imo news today 24/10/14


On the dailies today

Weekend Announcer:
* Jonathan’s aide picks Imo PDP Guber form
* APGA raises cost of Guber form to N12m
* Chris Anyanwu challenges Rochas over N357bn account
* INEC creates 150 extra polling units in Imo
* Chikwuem Onuoha picks reps nomination form

Nigerian Horn:
* 2015 Imo Guber: Owerri leader tip Madumere
* Chikwem lambast Omegara
* JAFAC foundation settles N.7m patient’s bill

Weekend Trumpeta:
* Battle for Rochas successor begins
* Captain Ihenacho’s adoption suffers fresh set back as Okey Eze, others set for APGA Guber primaries
* 2015 shocker: Imo PDP breaks up
* Ex-Imo commissioner on the run over IBC N39m fraud
* Senator Christy Anyanwu declares for governor, dismisses gender problems
* Imo students assembly counters Okorocha’s free education, demand bursary
* APGA leader Martin Agbaso declares for PDP today

Whitepaper:
* PDP’s coup against Guber aspirants using high nomination fees fails in Imo
* Rochas appoints Madumere, Ejiogu heads of committee on projects, NDDC, FERMA and constituency projects
* Owelle appoints Prince Ogbeama as a principal officer

by Mazi

OHAKIM STORM’S IMO: Promise to put smiles in the face of Imo People.


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His Excellency Dr Ikedi Ohakim will tomorrow Friday 24th October arrive the Clean and Green State of Imo after a two weeks of Political consultation with Presidency and PDP National Headquarters on his renewed zeal and commitment to see to the overall development and transformation of Imo landscape with sound policy framework and developmental blueprints.

He have expressed his love and hands of fellowship to PDP party faithfuls and stakeholders, especially respected IMO Son’s and daughters who have indicated interest to Governor our dear state by picking of Party Nomination and expression of interest Forms.

He appeal to them to partner and build a solid Team with him as they together reclaim Douglas House and serve the good people of Imo State with sincerity of purpose. He promised to right the wrongs and ensure all are carried along in the scheme of things.

He thank the Keke Operators, Imo Artisans and Members of 10,000 Job beneficiaries who contributed to pick Nomination Form for him.

As a show of appreciation and gratitude, he promised to recall the 10,000 graduate Jobs on the 29th of May 2015, the day his brother and friend Owelle Rochas Okorocha will handover to him to complete his constitutional required 2nd tenure and peacefully handover to good people of Owerri Zone in keeping to the Spirit and letter of Imo Charter of Equity.

He promised Imo Youths of 40% of political appointments in his second coming, 25% for women and 20% for professionals,while Honouring our Leaders and Stakeholders.

He therefore, enjoin all to celebrate with Him at his country Home Okohia Isiala Mabno tomorrow as Imo Artisans, Traders, market men and women, keke operators, Youth Organisations, Student Communities adopt him to re-introduce the magic ward he employed in his first tenure which boast Imo economy, ensures that money circulates, create Jobs, initiate pragmatic and positive police framework, solid infrastructures, ensure rule of law and social security.

Come One, Come All.

IFEANYI CY NJOKU

Rivers: Politicians step up struggle to succeed Amaechi


BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME

The race to succeed governor Chibuike Amaechi has assumed feverish pitch   in Rivers State. In the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP where about twenty persons have so far indicated interest to contest the governorship election the party is largely divided along the lines of those opposed to the governorship bid of former Minister of state for Education, Mr Nyesom Wike and those on his side.

Those against Wike’s governorship ambition   say it would be unfair for the former minister to succeed Governor Amaechi who is from the same Ikwerre ethnic nationalit.

According to one of the governorship aspirants, Mr Gabriel Pidomson,   Ikwerre would have done eight years by the time Amaechi ends his tenure in 2015 so the proper thing to do would be to give other ethnic groups opportunity to compete for the plum job.

Though Governor Amaechi is no longer of the PDP but he shares the sentiments of those opposed to another governor from Ikwerre. According to him, for sake of fairness other ethnic groups should be given the chance.

Crack in the party

Meantime, the leadership of the PDP   in the state has ruled out zoning of offices, insisting that offices should be competed for. State Chairman, Mr Felix Obua said the party was promoting the values of democracy with its resolve, stressing that only the best and widely accepted would fly the party’s flag in all elections.

The crack in the party played up clearly when the National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu in company of Mr Wike and some other national officers of the party made a stop over visit at the party’s secretariat on Aba road recently. Virtually all other governorship aspirants except Prof Don Baridon boycotted the event

Some of them told Vanguard that they were not aware of the visit of the National Chairman. Meantime, what many viewed as the climax of the tension in the party manifested at the Legacy House, Abuja where supporters of Wike and those opposed to him allegedly clashed leaving several persons injured.

Apart from the opposition to Wike’s aspiration, the Ogoni have been arguing that it is their turn to produce a governor for the state.

According to the President of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, Mr Pyagbara Legborsi, the Ogoni had never being governor, deputy or speakers since the creation of the state, stressing that it was time for other tribes to reward their loyalty and support in the past.

He said the Ogoni’s had campaigned and supported others to be governor in the past, so this should be time for others to support any of their son’s to clinch the job.

There is also another twist to the governorship tussle.

This time it is coming largely from the riverine part of the state. Nimi Walson Jack, also a governorship aspirant and several others from the riverine part of the state have argued that power should rotate between the upland and riverine divides of the state.

According to Mr Walson-Jack the riverine/upland dichotomy is the natural divide that had allegedly guided how occupants of Brick House, Government House were selected.

He said the divide informed why whenever the state had a governor from the riverine area an upland person would be the deputy and vice versa.

There are those who say that power should rotate along the three senatorial districts. Proponents of the foregoing insist that only Rivers South East senatorial district has not produced a governor since creation of the state. Coordinator, Rivers South East Renaissance Movement, Mr Dornu Nwinang , said other senatorial districts have had a feel of the office except the Rivers South East senatorial district. “ This should be our turn. He insisted

He said the upland and riverine divide are in the Rivers south east senatorial district . “ Upland and Riverine people are in this senatorial district. The Opobo are here as riverine, the Oyigbos are also here as upland. These are just some examples that you find upland and riverine   in this senatorial district “, he said.

Already, within the PDP alone some of the aspirants who have indicated interest in governornorshig include Senator Lee Maeba, Engr Bekinbo Dagogo Jack, Bar Dumu Lulu Briggs, Engr Emma Georgewill,Oseleye Ojuka, Chief Larry Harrison and so on.

In the APC, the top contenders for the party’s ticket are Senator Magnus Abe who represents Rivers South East senatorial district and Hon Dakuku Peterside, member representing Opobo/Nkoro federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

Though they have not made their intentions formal, party members said the duo have been building political structures all over the state. Some members of the party who spoke to the Vanguard said Governor Amaechi may decide who picks the party’s ticket at the end of the day. According to sources, the governor as the state leader of the party may not want the APC to suffer internal crack before the general polls.

Aspirants

*Senator Lee Maeba

*Senator Magnus Abe

*Hon Dakuku Peterside

*Mr Nyesom Wike

*Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs

*Dr Abiye Sekibo

*Prince Tonye Princewill

*Senator George Sekibo

*Engineer Emma Tubotamuno Georgewill

*Faafaa Dan Princewill

*Hon. Ibinabo Michael West

*Nimi Walson-Jack

*Lancelot Anyanya

Jonathan Finally Declares Interest In 2015 Election


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President Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday finally declared interest in contesting the 2015 presidential election. He told Peoples Democratic Party leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that he would procure nomination form of the party before the deadline. He has also set up a presidential declaration committee saddled with the responsibility of coming up with a formal programme for his declaration. The committee is headed by a former Minister of Defence, Dr. Haliru Bello. The declaration would be held between November 7 and 15.

Plateau APC Ready To Welcome ‘Rejected’ PDP Members – Shagaya


APC-PDP.jpgThe All Progressives Congress in Plateau State has expressed readiness to welcome members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose bid to return to the party was rejected by the state chapter of the party.

The state PDP had asked some of the members aspiring to be governor, to stop parading themselves as members of the party and to stop using the party’s logo and platform for their campaigns.

The members include former governors Joshua Dariye and Fidelis Tapgun, Mr. John Alkali, Mr. Jimmy Cheto and Jonathan Sheni.

Former interim chairman of APC, Gen. John Shagaya (retd), who spoke in Jos on Wednesday, said the party’s doors were open to joyously receive the rejected PDP members.

He said, “We are optimistic that the aggrieved members of PDP would defect to APC as the crisis in the ruling party deepens. On our own, we are set to destabilise the PDP in the state and ensure victory for our party in the general election come 2015. We are happy about the mistakes the ruling party in the state is doing.

“What is happening now was bound to happen and our party could provide an alternative for disgruntled members, who are unhappy with the way they have been treated in PDP”.

Shagaya, who was the immediate past Senator representing Plateau South, also disclosed that he would be seeking reelection into the seat in the 2015 elections.

ACF Hails FG On Ebola, Calls For Similar Commitment In Fight Against Insurgency


ACF-chairmam-Ibrahim CoomasieThe pan-northern socio-political organization, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has commended the Federal Government on its feat in containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which earned the country accolades from the World Health Organisation.

The Forum, however, urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to commit such zeal and determination with which the virus was stopped, to put an end to the ravaging insurgency in the Northeastern part of Nigeria.

Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammed Ibrahim in a statement in Kaduna State on Wednesday, ACF said it received with great relief the news that Nigeria has been certified Ebola free by the WHO.

The statement read in part: “The ACF received with great relief the news that the WHO has certified Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus that found its way into the country through one Liberian called Dr. Sawyer who had the Ebola disease and died in Lagos.

“The virus created a threatening scenario to the Nation. However, with the efforts of the Lagos state government, prompt and total support of the Federal Government and concurrent actions of states government, health institutions and agencies, the threat posed by the Ebola virus was effectively contained.

“ACF reiterates its call on Government and all Nigerians to demonstrate similar commitment and spirit towards the security challenges facing the country especially the insurgency in the North-East region in order to restore peace and normalcy in the affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa”.

Group Rebukes ACF, NEF For Opposing Jonathan’s Re-Election


jonathan_2015The Transformation Agenda Solidarity Forum, TASOF, on Wednesday dismissed the alleged opposition of the Northern Elders Forum and the Arewa Consultative Forum to the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, saying their view was not representative of the entire northern people.

The group, led by a former Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Alhaji Muhhamadu Gwaska, said this at a press conference in Abuja.

Gwaska described an anti-Jonathan re-election statement credited to NEF as “unguarded”, adding that both the ACF and NEF lacked the mandate to speak for the North.

Describing TASOF as a promoter of Jonathan’s re-election bid in 2015, Gwaska said northerners would not require “agent provocateurs” to think for them.

His words: “As a group with strong membership of distinguished northerners, TSAOF wishes to categorically repudiate the statements and actions of the so called ACF or NEF and that they do not have the mandate of the North to speak for the North.

“They are on their own and are motivated by narrow and parochial interest. Northerners have their own minds and do not need agent provocateurs to think for them”.

According to TASOF, the so-called elders were only pretending to speak for the North, when in the real sense they had contributed to the region’s stagnation.

“TSAOF has noted wit revulsion the unguarded utterances of some mischief makers who masquerade as northern elders and pretend to speak for the entire North regarding the political future of this country.

“In a publicised statement credited to a group known as Northern Elders Forum and signed by Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the group alluded to what they called ‘decision by the North to stop Joanthan’s reelection’ come 2015.

“It is ironical that the same men whose politics, practices, actions and inactions over the years, contributed in no small measure to stagnate the progress of the North are now heating up the polity with their false sense of Messiah”, Gwaska said.

The group lauded the Jonathan administration for its “various life-changing projects and programmes he (Jonathan) had cited in the region”.

I Have Lost Election Only Once; Jonathan Will Be Easy To Beat In 2015 – Kwankwaso


Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said that he would find it very easy to beat President Goodluck Jonathan during the 2015 elections, if he wins the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I have contested elections 12 times, I won 11 times, and lost only one from the ward, local government, state and national assembly level,” he boasted while speaking with journalists in Ilorin ahead of the APC governors’ meeting in the Kwara State capital.

According to him, power of incumbency does little or nothing in ensuring a candidate wins elections these days. He gave an example as Dr Kayode Fayemi’s loss in Ekiti.

While talks about adopting a consensus candidate is making rounds in the party, Kwankwaso expressed determination to see his quest to emerge as the candidate of the APC to the end, saying he had no plan to step down for anybody. He said he is the most qualified for the job.

Kwankwaso has General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Alhaji Nda Isaiah to compete with in his quest to become the flag bearer of the APC for the 2015 presidential election.

His words,

SURE-P Receives N441bn In Two Years – DG Budget Office


surepThe Director-General, Federal Budget Office, Dr Bright Okogu, on Wednesday said Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) received N441billion for its programmes from 2012 to date.

Okogu made this known in Lokoja while presenting a paper titled “Three Years of Delivering SURE-P mandate: The Benefits and the Costs” at a two-day stakeholders’ conference organised by SURE-P.

He said that although the programme had an annual allocation of N180 billion from the Federation Account, it received N126 billion in 2012, N180 billion in 2013, and N135 in 2014 billion.

He said that the subsidy funds would have been utilized in other ways but that the establishment of SURE-P for the use of the money was on the insistence of President Goodluck Jonathan “after wide consultations with Nigerians”.

According to him, in line with its mandate, SURE-P intervened in social safety net, health, road infrastructure, bridges and rail transportation, among others.

“The purpose is to do what the people can see and enjoy”, he said.

Okogu, however, expressed that the declining crude oil price may adversely affect the operations of SURE-P, explaining that SURE-P fund was dependent on the gap between the pump price of petroleum products and crude oil price.

“Survival of the SURE-P is contingent on the continued price gap”, he said.

He stated competition in the global oil market may get tougher in view of the changing dynamics in the market and discovery of oil in many African countries.

Okogu also called for reintroduction of toll gates on roads to provide the necessary funds for their maintenance rather than leaving such expenditure to the government or SURE-P alone. (NAN)