We abducted Nigerian Journalist to teach others a lesson – Niger State Govt

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The Niger State government has stated that they kidnapped an activist journalist so as to unmask him and go after all pseudo journalists on the internet. Fejiro Oliver, is missing after travelling from his Asaba base to Abuja on the invitation of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, SSG, Saidu Ndako, on Friday.

In a badly scripted editorial published on one of their websites yesterday, the state spokesman said “This editorial only intends to introduce the “factor’ called Fejiro Oliver” adding that “The real face behind the mask will soon be revealed for all media practitioners to see, feel and discern.”


The State government said “When that is done, Nigeria would have managed to take off a couple of fake media practitioners off the street and those warming up to take up such disgraceful trade will be deterred”

The investigative online journalist, public affairs commentator and activist Mr Fejiro Oliver is an investigative reporter with online news medium, Elombah.com. Two weeks ago he told the management of Elombah.com that he has been hired by the emerging online news medium- Daily Voice NG as a Managing Editor, but will start work from October 1.

Speaking to elombah.com yesterday, Mr. Ejiro’s wife said she last spoke with her husband on Friday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of Mr. Ndako. She also stated that Ndako had wanted her husband to meet in Minna, but her husband insisted on meeting in Abuja,somewhere in Maitama District.

Another friend of Fejiro confirmed to elombah.com that Mr Fejiro was last heard of Saturday while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako.

Fejiro’s friend who had been waiting to pick the missing journalist at Abuja told elombah.com that Mr Fejiro had carried-out extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under the Governor Babangida Aliyu dispensation. After his investigation, he formally sought the response of the Niger State Government by contacting the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki and the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor, Mr Israel A. Ebije.

Instead of responding to the issues pertaining to the allege corrupt practices of governor Babangida Aliyu, the CPS, Mr Ebije in an electronic mail he sent to Fejiro Oliver threatened and warned him to desist from going public with the report (the outcome of his investigations).

In an editorial by Daily Voice NG few days ago, the security agencies and the general public were alerted of the threat to the life of Mr Fejiro Oliver by the Niger State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor.

Sequel to this state of affairs, the SSG of Niger State had scheduled an appointment with Mr Fejiro in Abuja. As at the last time contacts were made with him, he was in Abuja for the sole purpose of meeting with the SSG. Subsequently calls to all his known GSM lines last night proved abortive. His lines were either not reachable, switched off or busy. Up to this time, efforts to get in contact with Mr Oliver have not yielded fruitful results.

Contacted the Secretary to the Niger State Government confirmed to elombah.com that he had spoken to Mr Fejiro last week regarding his report on the Niger State Government that was carried another online medium. He accused Fejiro of trying to blackmail and embarrass the state government and expressed unhappiness at Fejiro’s approach to his profession.

He however denied knowing of Fejiro’s whereabouts but promised to enquire from the Chief Press Secretary as he himself was just “coming into town.

In an editorial sponsored by the Niger State government on Servant Media yesterday, and titled: “Editorial: Fejiro Oliver “stomach journalism’ the bane of online media practice”, the Niger State government accused Fejiro of practicing quack journalism and then stated inter alia:

“The case of Fejiro Oliver (pen name) peddling fountains of fallacies against the Niger state Governor Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu for pecuniary gains should serve as a clarion call on the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nigerian Press Council and the revered Nigerian Guild of Editors to screen practitioners and also regulate online media organizations.

“For clarity sake, Fejiro Oliver, a self-acclaimed journalist/activist falls into the class of those earlier referred to as quack journalists trying hard to reduce the journalism profession to nothing.

“His activities and antecedents clearly portray him as a harbinger of falsehood, promoter of junk journalism, serial liar, cheap blackmailer and attention-seeker whose stock in trade is to frame up dirty stories about people with the sole aim of extorting money.

“He has limited understanding of what freedom of the press, freedom of Information Act is especially as he claims he has government documents to indict the Niger State Governor, in his “Chronicles of Corruption” epistle. He never bordered to take into cognizance the source of document, whether or not there was cash backing, whether or not the project was executed, whether or not the project was consistent with specification.

“Keen observers of the Nigerian media woke up recently to read barrage of poorly scripted articles and badly conjured PR stunts on the social media where elements believed to b sponsored by one Fejiro Oliver tied his dramatic disappearance to top ranking members of the Niger State Government, with the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Idris Ndako and Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Israel Ayegba Ebije as his ‘abductors’

“This editorial only intends to introduce the “factor’ called Fejiro Oliver. The real face behind the mask will soon be revealed for all media practitioners to see, feel and discern. When that is done, Nigeria would have managed to take off a couple of fake media practitioners off the street and those warming up to take up such disgraceful trade will be deterred.

“He calls himself a journalist but in the real sense he is as a desperate mercantile writer or hireling commissioned to malign others mainly for pecuniary reasons. He does this unholy business just to pay his bills, not minding the pains his actions inflict on the practice and on Nigerians.

“Mr Oliver prides himself both as a journalist and rights activist. It is therefore instructive to say that Mr Oliver has no clear understanding of what he claims he is. Are journalists trained to become activist? A simple definition of the English Language defines a journalist as a professional who report events.

“Journalism and activism are two different activities. A journalist cannot and shouldn’t present himself as an activist. An activist pursues a narrow objective as against a journalist’s task of furthering the interest of everyone from a broad and objective perspective. An activist judges, as against a journalist’s unbiased, objective and non-aligned role.

“Mercantile journalists are no doubt in the minority. They remain shadowy and unknown. They live and operate quietly in their cocoons daily strategizing or targeting individuals to prey on. They fabricate stories, dress them in borrowed robes and parcel them to government offices just to attract attention. Pristine journalism practice places more than enough emphasis on openness and objectivity. The profession frowns at dishing out lies and falsehood for pecuniary reasons.

“As you read through these lines, Mr Fejiro Oliver and his platoon of media scavengers have concluded plans on how to make ‘fortunes’ from the Niger State Government through cheap blackmail. Having been sacked and humiliated from Secret Reporters where he worked as its Editor for serial unprofessional conducts, Mr Oliver has moved to one obscure, mushroom and relatively unknown online media platform, Daily Voice NG as its Managing Editor. His restriction to the social media is a clear proof of his inability to fit into the highly competitive and professionally driven mainstream media circle. I dare him to challenge this incontrovertible fact.

“He is bent on extracting money from the Niger state government either by hook or crook, hence his resolve to gather spurious materials as evidence for his evil machinations. As stated earlier, Journalists and indeed Nigerians will know who he truly is very soon.

“It is therefore important for stakeholders in the media practice to adopt stiffer ethical measures to stem the ugly trend of quackery in the noble profession of journalism.

“For too long the regulatory bodies in the practice of journalism have turned a blind eye an attitude largely responsible for every Dick, Tom and Harry who can manageably pen line of thoughts to be all over the cyber space dishing falsehood on the platter of ignominy.

“The earlier drastic actions are urgently taken to spot, name, discourage and exposé these elements who perennially parade themselves as trained journalists from doing further damage to this cherished profession, the better for the profession and its practitioners.”



Student Allegedly Detained On Orders Of Katsina Governor For Criticizing Him On Facebook


It would surprise you to know that the freedom of speech right in Nigeria’s democracy isn’t really free; also, be careful what you say on social media sites.

Reports claim that the Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, ordered that a student who criticized him on Facebook should be detained indefinitely.

According to Premium Times, the student named Abdulmalik Sa’idu has been in jail for over 20 days now as a result of Shema’s orders.

Sa’idu is said to have posted details of an alleged fertilizer scam in Katsina state on his Facebook page.

Reports state that he received a phone call on August 28th from someone at the Katsina State government house, saying there was a message he had to receive at the governor’s residence.

However, upon his arrival, he was arrested and taken to Batagarawa Police Station, where he was detained.

His father, Maiyawo Sa’idu, said that his son had not been charged for any crime, but had been accused of cloning the governor’s number in order to dupe a commissioner of N3 million.

“I think they are trying to frame him. I know my son cannot clone the governor’s number and call a commissioner to put three million into his account,” said Maiyawo.

He also revealed that before his son was detained, state government officials had warned him to stop criticizing the governor on Facebook.


This is to alert the human rights community, security agencies, the media, civil society organizations and the general public of the sudden disappearance of  Mr. Fejiro Oliver, a dreaded investigative online journalist, public affairs commentator and activist. Mr Fejiro Oliver until recently was the Editor of Secrets Reporters and an investigative reporter with online news medium, Elombah.com.. Mr Fejiro was last heard of on Friday 19th September, 2014 while he was in Abuja to honour an appointment at the instance of the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako. Mr Fejiro had carried out extensive investigation into the activities of the Niger State Government under the Governor Babangida Aliyu dispensation.

After his investigation, he formally sought the response of the Niger State Government by contacting the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki and the Chief Press Secretary to the Niger State Governor, Mr Israel A. Ebije. Instead of responding to the issues pertaining to the allege corrupt practices o Our apprehension has been further worsened by the strange fact that Mr Fejiro Oliver has not posted any update(s) on his ever active Facebook Timeline and Twitter handle today.

We have not been able to establish contacts with his family, especially his lovely wife. We are therefore constrained to issue this interim public statement while also taking further steps on this matter. Let it be known that Mr Fejiro Oliver is not alone. Any attack on his person or life will be treated as an attack on his constituency; the human rights community and the media. Since Friday, Oliver has been missing and nowhere to be found. Below is the flight ticket booked by the SSG and sent to Oliver’s email: editor.dailyvoiceng@gmail.com via the SSG personal email address: saidunidris@yahoo.co.uk

Ice Prince Shows Off His $13,000 Golden Teeth (PHOTOS)

The Rapper took to his instagram yesterday afternoon to show off his Gold Grill..

What Tonto Dikeh Don’t Know How To Do

It is a must that every woman should know how to cook because it is the gateway to a man’s stomach.

Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, does not want to be left out especially now that her house help is seeking admission into the tertiary institution.
She took to her social media page to disclose that she wants to learn how to prepare local dishes especially soup.
Tonto explained that of the local soups, she prefers Okoro soup more with fufu.

The actress noted that for her to learn the cooking, she wants to clear the stock of salads she had prepared to eat just to look good.

Displaying her Salad dish on her page, Tonto urged fans that they could eat whatever they wished just please themselves and necessarily her own way.

EPL Update: Lampard stings former club, Everton stutters at Goodison


Frank Lampard equalized to earn a draw for the Citizens in a tame affair.

Manchester City and Chelsea had to share the spoils in the late fixtures of the Barclays Premier League.

In a game that failed to live up to expectations, the visitors resorted to defending while the Citzens sought to create chances.

They were almost rewarded for their drudgery, but Chelsea’s keeper Thibaut Courtois saved a Sergio Aguero shot from 12-yards.

The Second half continued in the same fashion- City looking for spaces to exploit in Chelsea’s rock solid defense.

But they were dealt a major blow in the 66th minute when Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for a cynical challenge on the inform Blues hit-man Diego Costa. Bacary Sagna was brought on for Dzeko to cover defensively.

However, the numerical advantage paid dividends. Costa found Hazard, and the Belgium’s cross was met gracefully at the far post by substitute Andre Schurrle.

Diego Costa could have had his name on the score sheet too but his effort agonizingly hit the woodwork.

Frank Lampard was introduced to applause from both sets of fans. The Midfielder, on loan from New York city FC had the final say.

James Milner turned a cross back at the far post, Lampard in a decent spot capitalized on Branislav Ivanovic’s misdemeanor, then sent a thunderous volley that Courtois couldn’t stop.


In Goodison Park, Everton welcomed a familiar foe Crystal Palace.

Roberto Martinez men were fully confident ahead of the clash at the back of a 4-1 demolition of Wolfsburg in the Euorpa League.

Julian Speroni had no say to Romelu Lukaku side-foot shot as early as the 9th minute to draw first blood. Samuel Eto failed to capitalize on some vital goal-scoring opportunities at his disposal afterwards.

The Toffees were made to rue the lackluster display infront of goal when Tim Howard fouled James McArthur in the box, resulting in a penalty for the visitors. Mile Jedinak had no qualms burying it to the far corner.

It soon got from bad to worse for Roberto Martinez’s men. Fraizer Campbell was at the end of a howler from Tim Howard, to head in and send the away fans to seventh heaven.

Yannick Bolasie then scored to give Palace a commanding lead. Leighton Baines scored a penalty late for Everton to give a tensed final minutes.

But Neil Warnock’s men held on to repeat the scoreline they produced at Goodison in April.

In other EPL Games: Tottenham 0 – 1 West Brom

Suspected Mad Man Kills 2 Girls In Bauchi

Bauchi state Police Command has arrested one Musa Sale for stabbing two girls to death in Sabon Garin Sade village of Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The command, in statement made available on Sunday, said the culprit, aged 6o and suspected to be insane, went berserk on Saturday evening, killing the girls and injuring others, using a sharp knife.

The statement, signed by the command’s spokesperson, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said one of the injured, six-month-old baby girl, Maryam Disu, narrowly escaped death after the culprit slit her throat.

It gave the names of the two girls killed as Ilawisa Abdullahi and Ummi Saidu, aged two and 12, while two other persons, Ilu Masani and Hassan Garba, were also injured, along with the baby.

“The suspect killed two girls Ilawisa Abdullahi and Ummi Saidu aged 2 and 12 years respectively.

“Two other persons Ilu Masani and Hassan Garba were also attacked and injured by Sale,” it said.

The command said that the corpses of the deceased had been released to their parents after an autopsy was carried out, while the injured had been admitted at the General Hospital, Darazo.

It said investigations into the matter had commenced. [Vanguard]

Troops Hitting Boko Haram Hard Some Members Are Surrendering – DHQ

Some Boko Haram terrorists have begun to surrender with their weapons voluntarily following relentless onslaught by troops, the Defence Headquarters has disclosed.

“Some of them submitted themselves and their weapons to the leadership of the troops in Konduga during a further campaign at the weekend,” the DHQ said in a statement posted on its website on Sunday.

“As the heat on the terrorists continues, five terrorists surrendered on Saturday (Sept. 20) with all their weapons to troops at Konduga pleading for mercy.”

According to the statement, other captured terrorists who refused to surrender have also been giving useful information on the subsequent plans of the group in an apparent effort to cooperate.

The DHQ recalled that in the last few days there had been several attempts by desperate terrorists to gain entry into Konduga which were foiled by the troops.

The terrorists’ move, according to the statement, is aimed at recovering the bodies of their prominent fighters who died in previous encounters in the area.

The DHQ also said that its troops had recovered more weapons during mop-up operations while some of their terrorists’ vehicles had been destroyed.

Woman Who Supplies Guns To Armed Robbers Arrested By The Police

She is the wife of a late daredevil armed robber, but she does not just sit down when her husband robbed, she was the supplier of arms to her husband’s gang and other armed robbers.

This was revealed by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja Lagos, who arrested the 34-year-old woman for selling guns to armed robbers.

Sarah Emmanuel, an indigene of Ogun State used to hawk wares before she went into illegal arms supply, SARS supplied.

The mother of two was apprehended after some armed robbery suspects arrested by SARS operatives revealed during interrogation that they bought their guns from her.

It was gathered that the suspect and her friend, one Modinat, who is currently at large used to buy locally made guns from a border town between Benin Republic and Nigeria and re-sell same to armed robbers.

“I live in Sango Otta, I have two children; the first is 10 years old while the other is six. I am a trained hair dresser,” the suspect said in her confession.

“I was arrested because my friend Modinat escaped. We have been friends for six years. She asked me to accompany her to Idiroko where she told me of her plan to purchase a gun for one Ismaila, her armed robber lover from whom she collected N25, 000. I only accompanied her to Ifonyin once.

“It was after Ismaila’s arrest by operatives of SARS that he confessed that he bought the guns from Modinat and I.

“When the officers went to arrest her she escaped and I was arrested instead. I only accompanied her to Ifonyin once.

“I am a widow and my husband, who was an armed robber was killed by police, we were married for ten years but I didn’t know he was an armed robber before he was killed.

“My husband was actually killed two years ago during a robbery operation at Ilasa. Before I was arrested I was involved in street trading. If the police release me I will assist them to arrest my friend Modinat.”

Grandmother, 2 Others Arrested For Slaughtering And Cooking 9-year-old Boy

Strange things are happening these days, especially with several reports of grannies killing their grandchildren, the latest being a 9-year-old boy allegedly killed used to prepare pepper soup.

Three people, including the paternal grandmother, have been arrested by the Niger State police command, for complicity in the murder of the boy. The incidence happened in Koso village in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, Mr. Olusola Amore, told newsmen that the family of the late boy had reported Liman Doo Mohammed’s mysterious disappearance to the police on the 9th of last month.

However, another report hinted the police that they should beam their search light on the paternal grandmother of the deceased, because he was last seen in her company.

He said based on this vital information, detectives were put on red alert to closely monitor the grandmother, called Fatima Sarki’s movement.

Also arrested with her were other relations suspected to be her collaborators.

Amore said on interrogation, the grandmother confessed to have been involved in the dastardly act and mentioned one Zhitsu Aliyu whom she said actually slaughtered the boy.

Another accomplice mentioned was one Amina Musa, who was accused of helping to cook the boy’s remains.

All the suspects have been charged to court on a three count charge of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and cannibalism.

“The pots and plates the suspects used in cooking and serving themselves with the said cooked human flesh were recovered and are now exhibits,” the commissioner said.

Police Kill Two Wanted Kidnappers In Enugu

Enugu State Police Command has reduced by two the names on its wanted list after killing members of a notorious robbery/kidnap gang for allegedly terrorizing residents of Trans-Ekulu and its environs, in a fierce gun battle.

“A joint operation on September 19 led to the arrest of two notorious armed robbery suspects who had been terrorizing the lives and property of the good people of Trans-Ekulu and its environs.” said Ebere Amaraizu, Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) in a statement at the weekend.

“Our operatives swooped on them, following intelligence report as they were about to carry out their nefarious activities on that fateful night while operating in a Golf, Volkswagen car with Enugu taxi-cab colour along Enugu-Onitsha expressway by Trans-Ekulu axis of the state.

“The hoodlums who were four in number, on sighting the operatives who already had taken their positions, opened fire on them and in the ensuing gun duel,two of the suspects were fatally injured, leaving them dead, while the rest believed to have sustained bullet wounds escaped into the bush.

“Among the deceased suspects is the leader of the gang, simply called Udochukwu, and his cohort also identified as Onyebuchi. They had been on the wanted list of the operatives over some killings in Trans-Ekulu and Abakpa, including the last two weeks incident of killings at a filling station in Trans-Ekulu, among others.

“Manhunt on the escapee gang members have been intensified by the operatives. The state command is also appealing to hospital operators and good people of the state with information about anyone with injury/injuries suspected to be that of bullet, to report promptly to any nearby Police Division or contact the state command,” he said.

Fayemi Goes On ‘Thank-you’ Tour Today As He Prepares To Leave Ekiti Governorship

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, will today embark on thank-you-tour of all the 35 council areas in the state, even as the government has scored itself passmark in the administration of the state in the last four years.

Specifically, the government scored itself high in youth empowerment, social security scheme, urban renewal, improvement in the standard of education and peaceful co-existence of the people of the state.

Fayemi is expected to commission no fewer than 60 projects including the legacy projects in all the 35 council areas during the two week tour to mark the end of his tenure in office

At a briefing, weekend, to herald the tour, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu, said the present government had surpassed the preceding governments in all the areas earlier highlighted.

Adaramodu said “Fayemi gave core subjects and Rural Allowances to teachers and this had never happened in the history of this state. As part of our efforts to encourage teachers, we distributed about 18,000 set of computers to them to boost their knowledge of ICT , aside the 30,000 distributed to students. So , Fayemi is not an enemy to our teachers. [Vanguard]

Delta Community Protests Marginalisation

The People of Okpaka, Opete Communities, Urhuegwior, in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State yesterday cried out to the Delta State government, demanding to be recognised in the scheme of things before the expiration of governor Emmanuel Uduaghan’s administration.

Speaking through the President-general of Okpaka Community, Olorogun Godwin Edoja, at his country home in Okpaka, the community lamented the poor state of infrastructure in the community since 2011.

He said; “The entire people of Okpaka/Opete, Urhiegwior, have never benefited anything from the time till date. There has been no recognition from the local council either.

We want stakeholders and indigenes of the communities to be recognized because we gave over 80percent votes to the governor in the 2011 election.” “We have been voting for PDP at the local, state and federal levels so we deserve to raise alarm when not being recognized in the system, he said. [Vanguard]

OPC Suspends Ekiti Co-ordinator Over Anti-congress Activities

The National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams has suspended the co-ordinator for Ekiti State, Prince Niyi Ogundipe, for activities deemed as anti-congress.

In a letter entitled, “Your suspension as Ekiti State Coordinator,” the OPC explained that despite several warnings by the elders of the congress to ensure that Ogundipe followed the line of responsibility as a state coordinator, “you have continued to behave in a manner that is capable of dragging the name of the congress in the mud.

“It has come to the notice of the organization that you have consistently involved yourself in activities deemed as anti-congress. It is also noted that you have consistently absented yourself from all activities of the congress, including absenting yourself from the meeting of National Coordinating Council, NCC, which is the highest decision-making arm of the congress.”

“Therefore, after a meeting of the NCC, during which your matter came up for discussion, it was unanimously agreed that you should embark on an immediate suspension from all activities of the congress.”

Balewa’s Son Undeterred By Jonathan Endorsement, Insists On Contesting For PDP Presidential Ticket

Jahlil-BalewaThe son of Nigeria’s first Republic Prime Minister, Dr. Abdul-Jhalil Tafawa-Balewa and ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, has said he will contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Tafawa-Balewa condemned the plot by the national leadership of the party to shut the door against other presidential aspirants by adopting President Goodluck Jonathan as the sole presidential candidate of the party.

The medical doctor turned politician was reacting to the adoption of Jonathan by the party’s National Executive Committee at its meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

With the adoption, the party said it expected all members of the party including those nursing presidential ambitions, to drop it and support President Jonathan.

But Tafawa-Balewa said he would not be intimidated with such decision.

In a statement on Sunday, he said that such endorsement was undemocratic.

He said, “I’m not intimidated by the decision of the PDP governors and the party to support the second term aspiration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“What type of democracy do we have? Is the PDP a communist party? Where is the place of internal democracy?”

According to him, the greater majority of Nigerians had been yearning for a leadership capable of fulfilling their high expectations and aspirations.

He asked Nigerians to listen to facts and that they should not be carried away with the party’s decision.

“What Nigerians need and where they want the country to be in future are paramount issues. We need to put our ideas before the people and allow them to decide”, he added.

Promising to make Nigeria an industrialized country, Tafawa-Balewa said his administration would ensure zero unemployment, better education, maximum security and increased power supply.

“Nigeria needs to move from Third World to First world”, he said.

On the financial implication of running for the presidency, Tafawa-Balewa insisted that good Nigerians would support him fully.

Lagos Postpones Schools’ Resumption To Oct 8

schoolThe Lagos State Government on Sunday said primary and secondary schools in the state would no longer resume on Monday, September 22 as earlier announced.

The schools would resume on Wednesday, October 8.

The state joined other South-West states to defer resumption of schools to next month.

The states had said the shift in dates would accommodate the October 1 Independence day and the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.

Prolonged Power Outage: Jonathan Commends Patience Of Borno People

president-goodluck-ebele-jonathan-official_portraitThe Federal Government said on Sunday that it was doing everything possible to restore power supply to Borno, following an outage of about three months caused by attacks on power facilities by insurgents.

Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State for Power, gave the assurance after inspecting some of the facilities in Maiduguri.

“Mr. President commends the patience of the people of Borno over the long power outage. This unfortunate incident has never happened in the history of the state.

“The Federal Government has taken all necessary measures to secure power installations, not only in Borno, but across the North East.

“I wish to appeal to our people to cooperate with security agencies for the protection of power infrastructure in the state”, he said.

The minister said government had approved the upgrading of the Baga road power substation, to improve its output.

“I want to assure you that work on all on-going power projects in the state, is being fast-tracked.

“Just few days ago, an approval was given for a new transformer to complement the Baga road substation, which is now over-loaded and aged.

“This is the first addition to the transmission capacity in Borno, since Maiduguri station was commissioned several years ago”, he said. (NAN)

Insurgency: No One’s Safe, Not Even Jonathan – Balarabe Musa

Balarabe Musa-GEJSecond Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa, has said that for the 2015 general elections to be fair, free and credible, the masses should be ready to embark on what he described as peaceful revolution that could usher in leaders the people de­served.

Musa, who is the National Chairman of deregistered Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), added that since the country’s political system had been hijacked by money bags, the hope of the masses getting credible lead­ers through their voting power would be almost impossible.

The PRP leader listed moral, social, coup plotting, and constitutional types of revolu­tions Nigerians should choose from to en­sure the enthronement of credible leadership in the country come 2015.

The former governor, who was fielding questions from newsmen at the weekend shortly after meeting with mem­bers of the National Executive Committee of the party to find alternative political strate­gies following its deregistration by Independent National Electoral Commis­sion (INEC), said PRP would continue to fight for the cause of the masses.

He also decried the state of insecurity in the country, stressing that nobody in the country, including President Goodluck Jona­than is safe in the present circumstance.

Balarabe Musa said, “I know Nigeria’s situation, it is impossible to have free, fair, credible and transparent election leading to democratic mandate. We need a revolution, we need peaceful democratic revolution or otherwise to bring about the condition that will bring about free, fair, credible and trans­parent election that will lead to legitimate leadership. Let us be objective; elections to­day are decided by three factors; first, money power, second, incumbency, and now we are facing the third one, balance of terror, that was how elections were decided in Ekiti and Osun States. The ruling party, PDP can do and undo with the peoples votes. So revolu­tion is the answer whether peaceful or other­wise.

“There are three types of revolution, I can tell you. First, there is moral revolution, where Nigerians decide to have free, fair and trans­parent election and protect their votes. But is it possible in Nigeria? Can you use moral persua­sion to change things in Nigeria? The second one is constitutional, let the National Assem­bly enact laws that can lead to this. But can the National Assembly do it? The third possibility is a plotting of a coup, we don’t want it as a people, but is it impossible? The fourth one is the real one which is social revolution.  People in Nigeria should stand to protect their rights in a revolution. It had happened in other coun­tries, and Nigeria is not unique. What is unique in Nigeria that we will say what happened in other countries cannot happen here. We made that stupid position in 1966, where nobody thought of a coup, everybody said, no, coup was not possible in Nigeria. But coup came in 1966, what did we do? Now people are say­ing that because of the money power of these political parties, we cannot have free and fair elections. We say no, people can change their positions.

“State of the nation is all about nega­tivity. However, one thing that is impor­tant today is that we still have one Ni­geria despite negative things happening to it and the citizens. Many things are wrong in our political system, and it is not possible to change the government even in a free and fair election because of money bags who use whatever they can to be declared winners in the elections.

“In elections like the National As­sembly, Governorship and even the Presidency, the elections are decided by money bags, and also incumbency fac­tors prevail in these elections. The role of money bags, for instance, will force Lo­cal government chairmen to do anything to retain powers.

“Besides the state of the nation, in­security in the country is so much that anything can happen to anybody even the President himself is not safe, after four months nobody, even the govern­ment can tell us the true position of the abducted Chibok girls

“Whether PRP is deregistered or not, it remains a movement, whether we can contest election or not, PRP remains a movement. We want to change Nigeria for the better, whether we are political party or not. So those who don’t want to see PRP exist are wasting their times.

“In the first place, INEC has no power to ban any party. We are exercising our fundamental human rights as Nigerians. Do you expect me as Balarabe to call a meeting of PDP or APC; I can only call a meeting of like-minds, whether under PRP or as assembly of Nigerians of like-minds.

“Do you know that Fresh Democratic Party (FDP) went to the Federal High Court over its deregistration and the court declared the deregistration null and void as well as unconstitutional”.

Bayelsa Monarch Hails Jonathan’s Endorsement, Calls For Northern Support

GEJThe paramount ruler of Epie Kingdom in Bayelsa State, The Obenibe XI, King Malla Sasime, has commended the National Executive Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); the party’s Governors’ Forum and members of its Board of Trustees (BoT) for taking what he called “the bold, politically sensible and socio-economically prudent decision” to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan as their sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election.

The monarch said in a press statement at the weekend that the Epie Kingdom, which he described as “President Jonathan’s second home”, is happy with the transformational strides of the president, saying that “it makes a lot of sense to recognize that fact, congratulate him and urge him to do more”.

Noting that the people of Epie Kingdom “are simply proud of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan”, the traditional ruler called on the people of Northern Nigeria to “please reciprocate and consolidate the political synergy between the North and the South-south”,

“Let’s face it: Will it be too much to ask that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a minority, be given another four years? King Sasime asked, adding, “Are we saying that what was good for the South-west and other geo-political zones in the North is not good for the minorities?”

Five Boko Haram Fighters Surrender, Plead For Mercy – DHQ

boko haram-seized weapons-soldiersThe Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said on Sunday that five Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered after the Nigerian military mounted intense ‘heat’ on them in the battle for Konduga, Borno State.

The insurgents were also said to have pleaded for mercy after surrendering their weapons.

The DHQ, which made the disclosure in a tweet on Sunday, said some captured insurgents were already giving useful information.

The tweet said: “As the heat on terrorists continues, 5 terrorists yesterday surrendered with all their weapons to troops in Konduga pleading for mercy

“Other captured terrorists have also been giving useful information on the subsequent plans of the group in an apparent offer to cooperate”.

Ban On Police Road Blocks, Checkpoints Still In Force – Acting IGP

checkpointThe Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has stated that the order banning the setting up of police road-blocks nationwide is still in force.

The immediate past IG of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, had placed an indefinite ban on mounting of road-blocks nationwide by policemen. But there are reports that the checkpoints, sometimes used to harass and extort bribe from motorists, are beginning to resurface.

But in a statement on Sunday by the Force spokesman, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the acting IGP had re-issued directive to all commands and formations to dismantle all road-blocks and ‘permanent’ checkpoints.

“The IGP warned that all semblances of police road-blocks and permanent check-points reportedly re-emerging in some parts of the country, especially in the South-East, South-South and South-West geo-political zones of Nigeria should immediately be dismantled.

“The IGP who described the trend as a serious violation of subsisting order on road-blocks warned that severe sanctions await any command, formation or personnel that violate the order”, the statement added.

The IGP was also quoted to have charged State Commissioners of Police and heads of formations to ensure total compliance with the order.

In place of road blocks, the Mr. Abba had ordered extensive visibility patrol and effective surveillance on roads nationwide.

Check Out Chika Ike’s New Look

The actress really looks like she has lost some weight, and we must say, that it certainly suits her! Because she looks gorgeous!

What Dorobucci Really Means – Dr Sid Finally Reveals

Dr Sid, born Sidney Onoriode Esiri no doubt is now one of the leading musicians ruling the Nigerian airwaves.

A dentist turned songwriter and singer, Sidney hails from Delta State but grew up in Lagos.

His legendary hits include Pour Something and recently Surulere under Mavins Records.

He also featured in the reigning hit Dorobucci, a hit number done by his friend and boss, Don Jazzy.

He just recently got married to his girlfriend and long time fiancée Simi Osomo. In this exclusive interview with Potpourri, he talks about his career, music and more:

What have you been up to?

I just got married so I’ve been up to that lately but musically, we’re working on promoting some more singles off the Seduction album.

We’re going to be pushing out a few videos in a couple of weeks, for a few songs.

You’ve done ‘Baby Tornado’ video, is there going to be another video?

The album has 20 tracks; 18 songs and 2 bonus tracks and we’ve promoted a few songs.

Last year, we started with singles before the album came out. Some of the singles were Lady Don Dada, Love Mine and Talented.

We also had Baby Tornado and then we had Baby Tornado remix which we just dropped a video for this year.

We promoted Surulere and Kilon wa too with videos as well.

And then Baby Tornado came out. We have a few more songs like Oyari which features Tiwa Savage, Chop Ogbono and a song called Nwayi Oma which features Emma Nyra

Which video are you shooting next?

I’ve shot a few videos; I’ve shot over four unreleased videos.

We’re just waiting to decide when the best time to release them is.

How has your career been so far?

It’s fantastic. Every career has ups and downs and right now, we’re on an upward movement, and we’re very excited about that.

Have you done the Seduction tour?

I did the Seduction UK tour in February and we toured a few cities in Nigeria; Benin, Abuja and some other places, but we’re going back on a tour by the end of the year.

It’s going to be busy and hectic so there’s not too much time to schedule, we’re booked almost every weekend.

Is it in Lagos or abroad?

We planned a Euro tour but we had to move it to next year because there’s so much going on in Nigeria at the moment.

We got too many bookings to be gone for a long period of time so we pushed the European tour to next year.

This year we have two Mavin concerts coming up in Nigeria; one in October and then on December 24th, Christmas Eve in Lagos

Who is your biggest inspiration in music?

I don’t have inspirations; I only have people I respect.

I respect what they’ve done with their music and what they‘ve done with their brands. I respect Jay Z, P Diddy, Beyonce and R Kelly.

I respect different people for different reasons because there are aspects of their careers and lives that I admire.

The Baby Tornado video, where did you shoot it?

Baby Tornado video was shot in London with the X factor winner Alexandra Burke.

It was a very beautiful production, I totally enjoyed it

How did you guys meet?

She’s a very close friend to my wife but apparently, she has been trying to do music with me for a long time and she just happened to ask my wife.

Introductions were made and music was created.

It could not have been easy getting Funke Akindele, Helen Paul to be in your Surulere video?

They’re all personal friends of mine.

These are people I’ve known for a long time and when I asked them to be part of the video, they were all excited and they all made that video absolutely fantastic.

As a matter of fact, I think I need to tweet at them today and just tell them ‘Thank you’ for all the nominations we’re getting

How did you feel getting the MTN ambassadorship?

It’s a beautiful thing for a brand like MTN to recognize that a brand like Dr Sid is strong enough to represent their brand. Obviously, you know that Dr Sid has something to offer and bring something to the table, so I feel very honoured and excited about the possibilities

What is the idea behind Mavin Records?

Mavin Records is a lifestyle brand, it’s a total package. It’s love, responsibility, passion, it’s everything.

When you say a lifestyle brand, it’s how you live. Mavin stands for anything that is a genius and amazing.

Mavin is Dorobucci.

It’s a brand that stands for perfection and excellence and that’s what we always try to bring when it comes to the music industry.

Many people want to know the meaning of Dorobucci, what is Dorobucci?

Dorobucci means a person or an individual that is awesome, amazing, rich, swagged-out, sexy and buff. Any word that qualifies greatness, that’s Dorobucci.

‘Bucci’ means anything that is amazing, fun. Doro makes Bucci a person, Doro personifies Bucci so you’re Doro, and I’m Doro.

This table is Doro, anything is Doro.

How has marriage life been so far?

Marriage life is beautiful. I’m enjoying it. Can’t you see that I’m glowing and shining all over?

Are you planning honeymoon?

That is something that is personal between me and my wife

What attracted you to your wife?

My wife is beautiful, she’s intelligent and she’s the most amazing human being I’ve ever met

What has been the high point of your career?

It must be being nominated for my first MTV award and performing at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

Then winning my first award at Headies and performing alongside some of the biggest international artistes like Jay Z and Beyonce before all those people.

So, I guess I pretty much have a lot of high points

How is it like working with Don Jazzy and the whole Mavin crew?

It’s a refreshing experience.

There are a bunch of talented people in Mavin Records and we all come together to create beautiful music and it’s a lot of fun.

Loads of talents in the room

Davido Finally Makes Peace With Wizkid (LOOK)

David Adeleke, famously known as Davido, appeared to have moved on after his twitter war with Wizkid. The two MTN amabassadors were involved in twitter brawls weeks back with Davido warning Wizkid not to rubbish him on social media.

If the news on social media is anything to go by, then Davido does not nurse any grudge about Wizkid anymore. His fans were shocked during the week when the Aiye crooner took to his twitter account to send congratulatory messages to Starboy Wizkid and Psquare

Davido might have just demonstrated remarkable maturity when he took to twitter to shock many fans with a congratulatory message to Starboy Wizkid and Psquare on the release of their new albums which are already making waves.

‘’Congratulation to both PSQUARE and WIZKID on their album release. May God continue to bless ya’all! OBO”.

The BET award 2014 winner also took time to wish music legend 2face a happy birthday. Davido, no doubt, has won over more fans with this new development.

The Carter Pedestrian Bridge Needs Urgent Attention

The Lagos state or federal government is currently repairing the Eko Bridge which cracked recently. Now it’s time for them to pay attention to the Carter Pedestrian Bridge. It needs urgent attention as the bridge is deteriorating. There are fears that it might collapse as there are many cracks on it. Biko let’s do something about it…

Tinsel Actress Covers Naija Juice Magazine…

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Kenya’s ‘Tinsel’ actress Lizz Njagah has landed the cover page for the September edition of Nigeria’s prestigious Magazine ‘Naija Juice.’ The ‘House of Lungula’ actress is seen on a yellow sleeveless top accompanied with a multicoloured skirt as she spot a stunning look on the cover page. Having played the leading lady Kingo’ra in the Greece/Kenya film titled Return Of Lazarus in November, 2011, Njagha’s profile has continued to rise and she bagged the best actress award in London Greek Film Festival in 2013. lizz-njagah Lizz Njagah3…
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Photo: Annie Idibia & Funke Akindele At Senator Ita-Giwa’s Daughter’s Wedding Today

Photo: Paul & Anita Okoye Looking Stylish As They Head To Church

Paul Okoye of P-square shared this photo of himself and his wife Anita as they were heading to church this morning. Beautiful couple…

IBB’s Health Not Deteriorating – Aide

IBBFormer military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (retd), has extended his medical trip to Germany by two weeks, one of his aides disclosed on Sunday.

Gen. Babangida, who was billed to return yesterday, extended his stay by two weeks on the orders of his doctors, to enable him have enough rest, one of his aides said in Minna, the Niger State capital last night.

IBB, as he is fondly called by admirers, departed the country on September 6 accompanied by his second son, Aminu, for a routine medical checkup for a nagging back ache, it was learnt.

The aide, however, dispelled reports circulated in the social media that the health of the former military leader has deteriorated.

He said: “It is true that oga (IBB) has postponed his return date from Germany. He was expected (yesterday) but we learnt his doctors asked him to stay behind for some observation.

“Since he left, for a routine two weeks medical checkup we have been in regular contact with him. We speak with him everyday. He is in good frame of mind and in good health”.

In response to an inquiry that doctors might have extended IBB’s stay because of his deteriorating condition, the aide said: “We are in constant touch with him. His health is not failing. He was only asked to rest formore days. Oga is in good health”.

$9.3m Deal: Kaduna Youths Berate El-Rufai Over Comment On Oritsejafor

Ayo Oritsejafor-El-RufaiSome youths in Kaduna State on Sunday berated a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial aspirant, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, for disparaging the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, over the latter’s alleged involvement in the $9.3m cash, which was smuggled to South Africa.

Two Nigerians and an Israeli were arrested for failing to declare the money when their private jet, allegedly owned by the CAN President, flew into an airport in South Africa.

The money was said to be meant for the procurement of arms for intelligence agencies in Nigeria.

The money, valued at about R102m, was frozen by the South African authorities while the aircraft which was initially seized, has been released following the purported intervention of the Nigerian government. Ever since, controversies have continued to trail the smuggled money, with fingers allegedly pointing at the CAN president as a sponsor of terrorism and money launderer.

However, the youths, under the aegis of the Kaduna Patriotic Youths for Development, condemned the former FCT minister over a comment they claimed disparaged the personality of Oritsejafor.

The youths, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday by the National Coordinator, Mr. Danladi Husseini-Abubakar, and the General Secretary, Ishaku Irimiya, respectively, said the attack on the CAN leader was an attack on all Christians as well as the Church of God, which must not be treated with levity.

According to the statement, El-Rufai’s audacity for calling the CAN leader ‘irresponsible’ was a reminder of his tyrannical reign as the FCT minister under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

They, therefore, called on the former minister to retract the negative statement and tender apology to the ‘man of God’.

The statement said, “It is unfortunate that the former minister has remained consistent in his quest to smear the CAN President and indeed the Church of God. This is not the first time El-Rufa’i has deployed his verbal venom and obvious deep hate for the CAN leader and indeed the organisation and community he leads.

“We view el-Rufa’i’s penchant for using abusive and berating statements against CAN leadership as a crass display of arrogance and disrespect for the entire Christian community in Nigeria, which Pastor Oritsejafor leads.

“The former minister is known for his disrespect for elders and leaders at all levels in this country. Little wonder he has no one to guide his actions which are becoming inimical to the credibility of his own personality as an accidental elite.

“Nigerians will never forget how el-Rufai flouted court injunctions to indiscriminately demolish homes while rendering thousands of families homeless, including the highly respected late Justice Bashir Sambo, whom he threw out of his home in the middle of a storm”.

The group also urged the people of the state to be wary of the former minister’s plot to contest the 2015 governorship election in the state on the platform of APC.

“Kaduna people must be wary of this accidental politician, who has no respect for human dignity. We have fear for the people and we want them to reject el-Rufa’i and halt his inordinate political ambition even before the primary election of his party. It is clear that his arrogance has not left him and he certainly plans to unleash another regime of tyranny on the people”, it said.

2015: Jonathan To Decide Sambo’s Fate, Says PDP


The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said Vice-President Namadi Sambo’s fate as running mate to President Goodluck Jonathan for the 2015 presidential election is to be decided by the president himself.

But the party, however, hinted that since both men had been working together harmoniously since they assumed office more than three years ago, the president might continue with him.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday, added that President Jonathan had yet to accept his adoption as the party’s sole candidate for 2015.

Metuh also addressed the journalists on the planned nationwide tour to be embarked upon by the party’s national leadership where he said the party’s achievements would be showcased.

It will be recalled that the National Executive Committee of the party at its 66th meeting in Abuja on Thursday, adopted Mr. Jonathan as its sole presidential candidate for the 2015 election.

In his response to the adoption, which was endorsed by all organs of the party including the party national caucus, Board of Trustees, and the PDP Governors Forum, the president said he was humbled by the decision.

He, however, did not say whether he was responding on behalf of himself only or him and Sambo. This is even as speculations are rife that Governors Ibrahim Shema and Isa Yuguda of Katsina and Bauchi States respectively, are jostling to edge out Sambo.

The general perception within the party is that Sambo’s electoral value in his Kaduna State base has continued to witness a steady decline, a situation which they believe could adversely affect the party’s electoral fortune in the zone.

But Metuh warned against “unhealthy speculations” regarding the choice of Jonathan’s running mate.

According to him: “The President is yet to communicate his acceptance of the endorsement to the party and the nation.

“We should wait for the President to announce his running mate instead of jumping the gun. I believe the incumbent Vice President enjoys the confidence of the President”.

On the nationwide project tour, which is expected to start from today and would cover insurgent-ravaged Yobe and Borno States, Metuh said it is meant to showcase the achievements of the party at the local, state and federal levels.

“Indeed, there is no state, local government or ward in Nigeria that has not been positively affected by projects executed by PDP governments at federal, state and local government levels.

“Such projects abound in non-PDP states and many Nigerians erroneously give credit to the opposition, which they eagerly accept.

“Also, in states formerly controlled by the PDP, such as Edo, Rivers, Nasarawa, Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, among others, the opposition parties, now in control are laying claims to our projects.

“This tour will ‘recover’ our projects claimed by the opposition and return the credit to the PDP.

“We therefore urge all Nigerians to be part of this laudable project as we catalogue our collective successes under the PDP-led administration.

“In this regard, we wish to state that as we embark on our performance tours, we will no longer focus on answering to diatribes of the opposition.

“Our answer to such is that we meet at the polls in 2015. All members of the party are by this directed to comply accordingly”, Metuh said.

WWE Night Of Champions 2014 (9/21/14)

The PPV opened with a video package on how the new WWE Title belt was made and engraved, similar to how college football introduced the new college football playoff trophy. Included in the video were clips of classic wrestling champions, including Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, and Ric Flair. Now, John Cena challenges Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Title in a re-match from Summerslam. Live in the arena, full fireworks and pyro shot off before WWE went to shots of the Nashville crowd. Cole said every title is on the line tonight and they will be celebrating the prestige of the titles. First up was the WWE Tag Title match. Cole and Co. hyped the match as WWE flashed forward photos of past tag champions, stopping on Edge & Christian.

1. WWE Tag Team Championship: Goldust & StarDust vs The Usos

As the match started, Cole said Big Show made a really good point on the pre-show about this match – both teams are brothers. That was it. Cole let his sentence hang in the air, serving up a softball for JBL to have a field day on Cole’s comment. The challengers controlled the action early on, then started tagging in and out working over Jimmy. “Uh-so” chant tried to rally Jimmy, but the Rhodes Bros. continued to work over Jimmy. The referee put on medical gloves as the Rhodes Bros. continued to work on Jimmy, as apparently someone was cut open. Jimmy rolled to the ring apron for a breather, then the challengers went back to work on Jimmy. The cut appeared to be on Uso’s right hand. Jimmy finally broke free of the challengers and tagged in Jey, who cleaned house. Jey butt-splashed Cody, then sidekicked Goldust, but Cody caught Jey with a reverse DDT for a two count. Reset at 11:20 with Cody trying to trap Jey in the ropes to slap him around. The ref reprimanded Cody, who then charged Uso and flew over the top rope to the floor. More flying bodies on the outside and all four men were KO’ed on the floor.  Back in the ring, Cody blocked a top-rope splash by getting his knees up. Cody then scored a roll-up for a quick three count to win the cosmic key.

The winners of the match and NEW World Tag Team Champions: Goldust & Stardust

Backstage: Dolph Ziggler, standing next to his stunt double R-Truth, cut a promo on The Miz ahead of their Intercontinental Title match tonight

WWE U.S. Championship: Sheamus vs Cesaro

Sheamus and Cesaro started off with a clean match until Cesaro slipped in a slap to the face, angering Sheamus. Cesaro used that against Sheamus to uppercut him out of the ring to the floor. Back in the ring, Cesaro slowed the pace and worked on Sheamus with a mathold. Sheamus escaped, then ran into a big clothesline from Cesaro for a two count. Cesaro followed up with a running uppercut in the corner, then another. But, Sheamus responded with an Irish Curse backbreaker. And another, but Cesaro escaped a pin. Sheamus wanted Ten Forearms on the ropes, but Cesaro blocked. Cesaro then wanted a top-rope move, but Sheamus blocked him and delivered sort of an overhead sit-out slam for a two count. Interesting move.
Reset at 9:30 with Cesaro shooting Sheamus off the ropes for a pop-up European Uppercut. Sheamus escaped a pin, then back-elbowed Cesaro and knee-lifted him into a bodyslam for a two count. Sheamus was the first man to his feet and he wanted the Brogue Kick, but Cesaro ducked and tried a quick roll-up, but Sheamus kicked out. Butterfly suplex by Cesaro, but another kick out. Neutralizer blocked, but Cesaro came back with a big slam out of the torture rack for a close two count. Reset at 12:00 with the crowd buzzing over the close calls. Cesaro slowly stalked Sheamus, then he slapped him around several times. Sheamus stood up to respond, but Cesaro uppercut him over and over. Sheamus then shoved Cesaro away, so Cesaro big-booted him right in the face. More punches and body shots. The ref reprimanded Cesaro and pulled him away, then Sheamus exploded out of the corner with the Brogue Kick. He fell on top of Cesaro for the three count and the win

The winner of the match: Sheamus

Backstage: Big Show told Mark Henry that he’s not out there alone facing Rusev and defending America tonight. Show pulled out new ring gear for Henry with a U.S. flag patch. Show said he believes in Henry and he needs to tear Rusev’s head off. Henry said that will happen “because that’s what I do.”

Justin Roberts introduced former Raw guest stars Florida Georgia Line to the ringside area. The duo made their way to ringside to join commentary for the next match. The duo said they will be part of “Tribute to the Troops” in December. JBL excitedly talked up their involvement in Troops, then Cole transitioned to an Intercontinental Title match up next.

WWE Intercontinental Championship: The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) vs Dolph Ziggler (w/R Ziggler)

Back and forth early on as the announcers plugged Fla. Ga. Line’s new CD out next month. The commentary continued to focus on other things besides the match and the IC Title as Miz worked over Ziggler. Ziggler made a comeback, then went for the Fameasser, but Miz blocked. Ziggler then clotheslined Miz and himself over the top rope right in front of the announce position.
Ziggler rolled Miz back into the ring, but Sandow yanked down Ziggler on the ring apron as the ref focused on Miz. This brought over Truth, who took a beating from Sandow. Sandow then got in Florida Georgia Line’s faces and shouted at them. Fla. Ga. decided to stand up and get in Sandow’s face, then Sandow egged them on, so they shoved Sandow down to the floor. Truth then chased Sandow away. Back in the ring, Ziggler superkicked Miz in the mouth, but it was only good for a two count. Reset at 7:30 as Lawler noted a match was still going on. Miz slapped on the figure-four leglock mid-ring, but Ziggler fought off the hold and grabbed the bottom rope for a break. Ziggler recovered to his feet, but Sandow ran down to the ringside area and distracted Ziggler. Miz then rolled up Ziggler and hooked the tights for a three count to win the title.

The winner of the match and NEW Intercontinental Champion: The Miz

Post Match: The announcers sold indignation over how Miz won the title as Sandow and Miz celebrated ringside. Ziggler sold dejection and shock in the ring. Then, the announcers moved on to thanking Fla. Ga. Line for their involvement and plugged their CD. Back to a final shot of Ziggler still stunned

Seth Rollins comes out and takes the mic and says life’s crazy at times. One minute you’re on top of the word and the next you’re Roman Reigns and he got word that Reigns was rushed to hospital but emergency surgery is no excuse for not showing up. But in the interest of fairness and justice he’s giving Reigns 10 seconds to get to the arena and face him or he’ll have to accept Reigns’ forfeit and accept the victory. Rollins then instructs the referee to ring the bell and administer the 10 count. Rollins says he’s disappointed because he was looking forward to competing tonight and being all about opportunity and the opportunist he is, he’s going to issue an open challenge to anybody in the locker room. On the big screen we see a car pull up and Dean Ambrose steps out and makes his way into the arena. Ambrose charges the ring and unloads on Rollins taking the fight out into the crowd. The fight returns to the ring where  Ambrose takes a steel chair and brings it down on Rollins before security subdue him and place him in handcuffs as Triple H looks on

We go up to the panel where Renee and company discuss the previous 3 matches iovolving 2 title changes as well as previewing the next match which is Mark Henry vs Rusev

Mark Henry vs Rusev

Henry and Rusev start clobbering each other with Henry gaining the upperhand sending Rusev to the outside. Rusev back in where Henry continues the clubbing blows followed by a headbutt. Rusev back to the outside and Henry keeping him from re-entering the ring. rusev back in delivering kicks but Henry with a headbutt and once more sent to the outside. Henry exits the ring and Rusev drives Henry spine first into the steel steps. Henry pushes Rusev away and re-enters the ring. Rusev charges into Henry. Rusev once more charges smashing into Henry’s chest and abdomen as Henry falls to the mat. Rusev with a series of falliing headbutts. A series of stomps to Henry and now Rusev keeps Henry grounded with a submission hold as Lana looks on, Side russian legsweep by Rusev using all his weight to hold Henry down. enry gets to his feet as Rusev delivers a knee but Henry breaks the hold and delivers clotheslines to Rusev.  Rusev off the ropes with a spin kick. Rusev with a boot to the injured spine and Rusev trying to lock The Accolades in. Henry getting to his feet. Rusev rakes the eyes and delivers a kick to the midsection. Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry tries to cover Rusev but Rusev rolls to the outside. Henry grabs Rusev by the hair but Rusev delivers a kick to the face. Rusev on the apron steps back into the ring and delivers another kick and goes to lock in The Accolades one more time forcing Henry to tap out.

The winner of the match: Rusev

Chris Jericho vs Randy Orton

Jericho unloads on Orton as the referee tries to step between him and Orton. Orton with a right hand turning the tables. Shoulderblock by Orton. Dropkick and clothesline sends Orton to the outside and baseball slide to Orton. Orton’s head bounced off the announce table and driven into the steel steps. Jericho back in and Orton with a kick to Jericho. Clothesline in the corner by Orton. Jericho trying to fight back and Orton runs into the boot. Jericho goes to the top rope but Orton gets to his feet and ciuts Jericho off.  A right hand by Orton. Orton to the top rope, hooks Jericho up and delivers a superplex. Orton wearing Jericho down. Jericho gets to his feet fighting back. Jericho sent to over the top rope to the floor. Orton follows and picks Jericho up throwing him into the barricade. Backbreaker off the barricade by Orton. Orton with a backbreaker on the anounce table. Orton throws Jericho back into the ring. Chinlock on Jericho. Crowd starts a Y2J chant, Jericho gets to his feet and tries to fight back. Boot to the face and chops by Jericho. Jericho with a series of shoulder blocks. Irishw hip reversed by Orton. Powerslam to Jericho. Jericho misses with a knee drop and Jericho connects with a dropkick. Irish whip by Jericho, Orton reverses sending Jericho over the ropes and he lands on the apron delivering a right hand. Orton dropped on his face by Jericho. Orton with the backbreaker. Orton goes for the RKO, Jericho counters with the Lionsault. Jericho goes for the Walls and Orton counters sending Jericho into the corner shoulder first. Jericho counters Orton’s punt kick and rolls him up. Jericho locks The Walls in as Orton tries to crawl to the bottom rope. Jericho drags him back to the centre of the ring. Orton counters landing punches to the had sending Jericho to the outside. Orton hits the draping DDT. Jericho sets up once again ready to strike with the RKO. Jericho slowly gets to his feet and delivers The Codebreaker. Jericho to the top rope yelling for Orton to get up. Jericho off the top rope and Orton hits the RKO mid-air and covers him for the three count

The winner of the match: Randy Orton

WWE Diva’s Championship: AJ vs Paige vs Nikki Bella

Before the bell sounded, Paige and Nikki had a face-to-face confrontation and shoving match while A.J. just sat back and watched. They stopped and then went after A.J., who tried to avoid a two-on-one early on. A.J. and Paige then cleared Nikki from the ring so they could have a one-on-one battle. But, Nikki interrupted. They got rid of her again, then Paige acted sorry for attacking A.J., but she attacked her again. Nikki interrupted again and A.J. nearly submitted her to the Black Widow, but Paige interrupted. For the next sequence, Nikki had Paige pinned, but A.J. interrupted. Nikki then angrily tried to knock A.J. out of the ring, but A.J. reversed and sent Nikki out of the ring. A.J. followed up on Paige with the Black Widow, which Paige tried to reverse, but A.J. held on and forced Paige to tap.

The winner of the match by submission and NEW Diva’s Champion: AJ Lee

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena vs Brock Lesnar

The match opened with Cena charging, Lesnar tackling him, and Lesnar driving him right into the corner, just like at Summerslam. Cole wondered if this would be a repeat or re-run, but Cena blocked Lesnar and hoisted him in the air for a quick Attitude Adjustment. Cena immediately covered, but Lesnar kicked out at one. Lesnar then slapped on the kimura lock, but Cena reached the ropes for a break. Great sense of urgency that the match could end at any time here. Lesnar drove a knee to Cena, then went for a German Suplex and connected. But, Cena came firing toward Lesnar with clubbing blows, only to have Lesnar put a knee in the gut again. Back to the kimura lock trying to snap Cena’s arm. But, Cena made it to the ropes again. The announcers wondered if Cena is completely healed from Summerslam as Lesnar followed up with another German, dropping Cena on the back of his neck. Uncomfortable landing for Cena, who kicked out of a pin. Lesnar nailed the Three Amigos suplexes, but Cena desperately tried to fight back with clubbing blows, only to have Lesnar smash him back to the mat. Knee to the gut. Lesnar went back to stalking Cena, which Cena used as an opening to try to attack Lesnar, only to have Lesnar smash him with a big clothesline. More punishment from Lesnar. Lesnar stalked Cena again, giving Cena another opening to brawl with Lesnar, only to have Lesnar absorb and drive big shoulder thrusts to Cena’s gut. Cena back on the mat at 8:30.
Cena suddenly fired back with forearms and elbows and punches and any offense he could muster. He tried the AA, but Lesnar switched behind and smashed Cena to the mat with a German Suplex. Lesnar came up bleeding from the nose and stalked Cena for more punishment. More knees to the gut. Cena sold pain as Sign Guy tried to start a slow-clap rallying Cena. But, Lesnar simply hoisted Cena in the air and ran him clear across the ring to an opposite corner. Lesnar gave Cena an opening, though, and Cena suddenly sprung on Lesnar for an AA. Only a one count on a quick cover, though. At 12:00, Cena dropped Lesnar on his belly and slapped on the STF. Cole frantically asked if Lesnar is going to tap out, but Lesnar rolled across the ring into the kimura lock. Cena fought the hold as Lesnar wrenched back on the mat. Suddenly, Cena lifted Lesnar into the air and smashed him into the corner, but Lesnar maintained the hold. A second smash into the corner allowed Cena to escape. Cena then hit a third AA. No pin. He went for the STF. Heyman screamed at Lesnar to escape and he grabbed the bottom rope, but Cena pulled Lesnar back to the middle of the ring without a rope-break. No tap out. Cena went for another AA and he covered Lesnar, but Seth Rollins suddenly stormed the ring and smashed Cena with the MITB briefcase for a DQ.

The winner of the match by disqualification: John Cena

Post Match: Seth Rollins looked like he was about to cash in his MITB briefcase but Cena returned to unload on Rollins as Rollins ran back up the ramp preventing the cash in from taking place. Behind Cena, Lesnar got to his feet. Cena turned around and Lesnar hit the F5 to close out the PPV

-End Show-

Benue To Create Additional 12 Local Government Councils – Suswam

gabriel_suswamGov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue said arrangements had been concluded to create 12 additional local government councils in the state in order to stimulate grassroots development.

Suswam who spoke on Saturday in Vandeikya Local Government Area, during the flag-off of the state’s free medical services, said the seven-man committee charged with the responsibility would soon be inaugurated.

Suswam explained that the creation of additional 12 local government councils from the 23 existing ones would not be based on family lineage and development associations.

He advised the people of the state not to base their agitations for new councils on such sentiments.

Suswam assured that the new local government to be created would be viable and feasible because it had been done in other states.

On the free medical services, he explained that the scheme was in tandem with his economic blueprint of providing a healthy and prosperous society.

He said Benue had not recorded any case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and assured the people that proactive measures were taken to prevent its outbreak.

The governor said the state Ministry of Health had already trained teachers on how to handle possible Ebola cases.

Dr Terver Tule, the Executive Secretary, Benue Hospitals Management Board, who also spoke, said 81 people had benefitted from free surgical operations, while many patients were treated for different ailments. (NAN)

Taraba Assembly Moves Against Suntai As Speaker Unveils 5-Man Medical Panel

Danbaba Danfulani SuntaiThe Taraba State House of Assembly has set up a five-man medical team to investigate the “true state of health” of Governor Danbaba Suntai, who is recuperating from injuries he sustained from a plane crash on October 25, 2012.

The Speaker, Josiah Sabo Kente, in a statement on Saturday, said the need to constitute the medical panel has become necessary following a unanimous demand by members of the state’s executive council.

It would be recalled that prior to Suntai’s return from United Kingdom where he went for further treatment penultimate Saturday, the state’s commissioners and advisers had written the lawmakers to constitute a medical panel to ascertain the “mental and physical condition of the governor” – whether he is capable of steering the affairs of the state.

The move is seen by many as the first bold step taken by the acting governor, Garba Umar, to unseat his boss and be confirmed as substantive governor, with an eye on the forthcoming Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) governorship primaries.

Umar has indicated interest to run for the 2015 governorship election and his posters are already out.

The five-man medial team has Prof. B.B Shehu as Chairman, with Dr. Inusa Samaila, Prof. Peter Alabi, Dr. Shehu Sule and Dr. Ahmed Kara as members. Kara is the personal physician to the governor.

The Speaker said: “consequent upon the receipt of the resolution by the Taraba State Executive Council after its meeting on September 10, 2014, evoking the provision of section 189 (1) (b) and 189 (4) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which requested me to appoint a medical panel to verify the health condition of Governor Danbaba Suntai, I hereby constitute the medical team”.

For the purpose of clarity, Section 189 (Subsection 1) of the Nigerian Constitution provides that “The Governor or Deputy Governor of a state shall cease to hold office if (a) by a resolution passed by two-thirds majority of all members of the executive council of the state, it is declared that the Governor or Deputy Governor is incapable of discharging the functions of the office, and (ii) The declaration in paragraph (a) of the subsection is verified after such medical examination as may be necessary by a medical panel established under subsection 4 of this section in its report to the Speaker of the House of Assembly.

(2) “Where the medical panel certifies in its report that in its opinion the Governor or Deputy Governor is suffering from such infirmity of body or mind that has renders him permanently incapable of discharging the functions of his office, a notice thereof signed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly shall be published in the Official Gazette of the Government of the State.

(3) “The Governor or Deputy Governor shall cease to hold office as from the date of publication of the notice of the medical report pursuant to subsection (2) of this section”.

The statement also said the panel would soon be inaugurated.

2015: Kwankwaso Knocks PDP For Endorsing Jonathan As Sole Candidate

Governor-Rabiu-Musa-KwankwasoGovernor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kno State has again lampooned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as undemocratic. He said the fact that the party recently adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its flag bearer in the 2015 general election is further testimony to the undemocratic stance of the party.

“Since the five governors decamped from PDP to APC, I told Nigerians that PDP will become a weaker party whose democratic value will erode. Now the stakeholders of the party have come out to say that they have chosen President Jonathan as their party’s sole presidential candidate without going for primary election”, Governor Kwankwaso noted.

Kwankwaso spoke while receiving reports from committees sent out to the 36 states of the federation for consultation on calls for him to contest the 2015 presidential election on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, at Africa House, Kano Government House on Saturday.

The governor noted that the PDP leaders, without consultation with appropriate party supporters, took the decision to adopt Jonathan, stessing that this development would not allow the party delegates to choose the best candidate for the party, which portends victory for the prospective APC candidate.

“I am assuring you that APC leaders are committed to do justice in all of the forthcoming party primaries be it at state and National Assemblies, governorship and even that of the presidential election”, maintained Kwankwaso, even as he stated that “the party will give everybody, especially delegates right to choose the best candidates”.

The governor recalled that when he and some of his colleagues were in the PDP, there was no time when a candidate was forced on them without holding primary election, adding that even those who were offended in the party by then sitting President like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, were also consulted for reconciliation as part of democratic process of building the party.

Governor Kwankwaso pointed out that present leaders of PDP have shown that they are not democrats. He claimed that PDP would definitely lose the 2015 general election because of the leaders’ sheer incompetence and undemocratic attitude to governance.

Continuing, the Kano governor alleged that there was never a time that money politics is being played in Nigerian democracy more than now, accusing the Jonathan administration of using US dollars to influence party leaders. He, however, averred that money will not translate to victory at the polls for PDP.

According to him, money politicians are never and would ever be mindful of people’s suffering, assuring that he, as a governor, would continue to expose such people so that the electorate will identify and avoid them during elections.

TAN N/East Rally: Adamawa Will Deliver Highest Vote For Jonathan In 2015 – Fintiri

Screenshot (47)Delegates of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) from the north-east, represented by six states have pronounced their allegiance for President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he is the answer to Nigeria’s problems.

The North-east rally of the Tranformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, a pro-Jonathan group, in Gombe State on Saturday, disclosed that one million people in the region had already put pen to paper urging Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to seek a second term as president.

The Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, expressed the region’s gratitude to President Jonathan for appointing citizens from the region into various strategic positions under his administration.

“We are grateful to President Jonathan for the transformation of our state in different facets of live, particularly in the construction of roads and the development of various institutions in the state.

“From all indication, we have seen everything on ground to show that the security situation in the north-east, particularly in Adamawa will be a thing of the past”, he said.

Fintiri said that the region would support President Jonathan if he decided to run for a second term in office, pledging that the state would make history in 2015, as “a state that will give the highest vote to ensure that president Goodluck Jonathan continues in Aso Rock”.

Ebola: Fashola Visits First Consultant Hospital, Pledges To Replace Equipment Discarded During Decontamination


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has assured First Consultant Medical Centre of the support of his government towards mitigating the impact of the losses it incurred during the treatment of the index case of the Ebola virus disease and the attendant crisis that ensued.

The governor made the pledge when he led top officials of the state government on a visit to the hospital in Obalende, where the index case, American-Liberian, Mr Patrick Sawyer, was admitted before he died.

Fashola said  the government would help in the replacement of equipment discarded in the process of decontamination and would provide other forms of support to help the hospital get back fully on its feet.

He commended the hospital for its sacrifice in the fight to contain the virus, saying the government was proposing a law designed to boost the capacity of health professionals and guarantee their safety at work.

Recall that four health workers who had contact with the late Sawyer in the hospital died while four others tested positive to the virus but were successfully treated in quarantine.

Consequently, the hospital was shut and decontaminated, leading to the discarding of equipment worth millions of naira.

Fashola said: “You need to let us know how we will help and, certainly, we will help.

“One of the ways the state government will be assisting the hospital is to replace all the equipment discarded during the decontamination process.

“This is the first thing we will be doing to replace the tools, but, most importantly, we will also be supporting the personnel, because they are the most important tools.

“On law, there is the Public Health Law and you were right to have acted the way you did. We are also considering the amendment to that law.

“And when the executive bill goes to the parliament in a couple of weeks, I have asked them to list it for consideration to see what we can do in the law to strengthen capacity going forward”.

Fashola said he visited the hospital as part of the post-Ebola damage control measure. He added that his visit was to pass a message that people should not live endlessly in fear over problems but they should always confront them and move on with their lives afterwards.

The governor commended all those who helped in the containment of the deadly virus disease in the state, saying their support helped to avert what could have been a tragedy.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri, thanked the governor for the visit, saying it had helped to enliven the atmosphere at the hospital and boost the morale of the personnel.

According to Ohiaeri, the hospital paid a huge price in containing the virus as it lost four workers, including a medical consultant, Dr. (Mrs) Stella Adadevoh.

The CMD further noted that some other workers tested positive to the virus while caring for the index case but were subsequently sent to quarantine and treated.

While saying the hospital had learnt an invaluable lesson from the experience, he said the institution would be more than willing to share such to better what had happened.

“The state government and the hospital must share the experience so that we can better what has happened.

“A lot of things happened and the most important thing now is to go back to the basics”, he said.

Oyedepo Defends ‘Exorbitant’ Fees Charged By Private Varsities, Reason He Doesn’t Reply Critics

wpid-david+oyedepo.jpg.jpegPresident and founder of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has defended what many consider to be the exorbitant tuition fees charged by the church’s schools, describing the provision of quality education as an expensive venture.

Oyedepo defended the fees while addressing journalists on Friday in Ota, Ogun State, at a media chat organised as part of activities to celebrate his 60th birthday coming up on September 27, 2014.

Private schools, especially faith-based ones in the country, including Covenant and Landmark universities, owned by the church, are often criticised for being too expensive for average Nigerians to afford.

But the popular cleric highlighted some of the church’s humanitarian programmes which include providing scholarships and bursary awards to assist disadvantaged and brilliant students.

He said, “I’m sure we all agree that education is expensive. Education carries cost; nothing of value is free. Our mission for years long, before we started any university or secondary school, was a bursary awarding church and we have not stopped doing that till tomorrow”.

Oyedepo said that the church was committed to providing quality education to youths, adding that many Nigerians complain about the cost of education in private universities because they have got their priorities misplaced.

“Our problem most of the time is priority; an average Nigerian can spend N1m on burial but to spend N200,000 on education (is a problem), because of wrong priority.

“On a yearly basis, we have N1.5trn that Nigerians spend to overseas universities, so people thrive on it. Nigerians spend N463bn a month on recharge cards, how much are they paying for schools fees? So it’s all a matter of priority. This is the largest market for telephone in the world. Now, to pay N500,000, some people have only one son, they have huge business and houses all over the places, they will never pay it”.

Speaking further, Oyedepo, who seems to have developed thick skin to many controversial reports about him on the social media, revealed that it is a waste of time to respond to his critics.

He said, “My understanding of opposition, persecution is simply someone’s opinion harshly expressed. Everybody has a right to his opinion. Today, millions follow after Christ but you will be surprised that when you get to Israel some people do not believe that Christ has come.

“People have rights to their opinions. I naturally don’t feel it’s necessary (to respond). The energy I would need to react, I can use it to make moves. I have enough to think about than start running after a man who says you are a fool.

“If he says you are a fool and you are behaving so, then he’s right. If you leave your job and start pursuing somebody who says you are a fool, he has already said so, your going around doesn’t change it. So why going around, why don’t you settle on your job and make moves?

“I’ve also come to understand that those who make news hardly watch them, they are so busy making news while others are busy watching”.

Asked about the challenges he has faced in life and in his ministry, Oyedepo said he had never focused on his challenges but rather, has been fuelled by them.

He said, “Life essentially is full of challenges, it is those challenges that make champions. You can’t emerge a heavy weight boxing champion except you receive punches. You can’t change classes in school except you write exams.

“So to me, life is an adventure in challenges and I’ve said often that it is normal to be challenged but it’s unscriptural to be defeated. Challenges are the stepping stones for the making of champions”.

In 1981, at the age of 27, Oyedepo, who would later become a household name in Nigeria and beyond, started his ministry in Ilorin, Kwara State and sited his first church two years later in Kaduna State.

At the media chat, he said that the church, which had humble beginnings, is now located in 63 countries in the world and that the Faith Tabernacle, Ota, where he is the presiding Bishop, plays host to “over 200,000 worshippers every Sunday morning in four services”.

SCOAN Building Collapse: FG Investigating Mystery Aircraft, Says Obanikoro

SCOANSenator Musliu Obanikoro, the Minister of state for Defence, on Friday said investigations were ongoing to unravel the mystery of the aircraft that allegedly caused the collapse of a guesthouse belonging to the Synagogue Church.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Synagogue Church of All Nations had claimed that an unidentified aircraft had hovered above the building many times before it finally came down.

No fewer than 86 persons died while many were seriously injured when the six storey building collapsed on Sept 12 in Lagos.

Speaking with newsmen after a condolence visit to the Church, Obanikoro urged Nigerians to remain calm as the mystery would be unravelled.

“We must not pre-empt the outcome of the investigation.

“The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the police and the police will do all it can to conclude investigations swiftly.

“My appeal is that people should wait for the outcome of the investigation”, he added.

“Human lives are involved and so the issue must not be trivialised or politicised.

“I am here to commisserate with the Church and all the people that lost their lives”, the Miinister said.

He, urged journalists to be mindful of what they write while reporting the incident.

“We must remember that the families of those that died are there and so we must try not to hurt them more with our reportage”.

Kidnapped Girl R*ped Everyday By Boko Haram Members – Stephen Davis

A girl, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents was r*ped everyday, sometimes several times a day by groups of men, Australian Boko Haram negotiator, Stephen Davis has revealed.

Davis made this known in his reply to leader of Niger-Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, who has once expressed doubts about the kidnapping of the Chibok girls.

“While Asari may not believe any girls were kidnapped, let me assure you that hearing the stories of some girls who have escaped from Boko Haram camps is a sobering experience. There are many girls who have been kidnapped apart from the girls from the Chibok school,” said Davis.

“The kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram has been going on for at least a year. Initially Boko Haram kidnapped girls because the fighters could not go back home to their wives. They used the kidnapped girls. Girls tell how they were defiled every day, week after week.

“One girl was defiled every day, sometimes several times a day by groups of men. Some did not survive the ordeal. The escaped girls tell harrowing stories of r*pe and abuse. They are traumatised and require medical treatment and counselling. These girls are testament to the horrifying truth about the kidnappings.”

Reacting to Asari’s comments after the former militant accused him of naming alleged Boko Haram sponsors in order to embarass Jonathan, Davis said Asari was right to say the two knew each other very well from the days of militancy in the Niger Delta. He also denied that President Obasanjo put him up to naming the alleged sponsors of Boko Haram.

I read with interest Asari Dokubo’s comments published on September 14 in the Daily Post.

Asari is quite correct in saying that he knows me well and has met members of my family. In 2004, the Niger Delta was aflame with conflict. Asari, Ateke Tom and Tompolo were waging a fierce war against the Nigerian federal and state governments. Many people had been killed.

Nigerian military were having trouble contending with Asari’s guerrilla warfare. Small, highly mobile and heavily armed militant forces in fast boats struck across the Niger Delta targeting oil installations and military posts. Nigeria’s oil output at one point dropped to as low as 600,000 barrels per day and on average was halved to one million barrels per day.

This was a devastating blow to Nigeria’s economy and the operations of the major international oil companies. Apart from the economic impact, communities were suffering from the conflict with many innocent people killed in military efforts to purge the communities of militants.

My wife and I were living in Port Harcourt and, in 2004, I explored the idea of a peace deal with an Ijaw friend, Von Kemedi. As an Ijaw, he knew Asari who was also Ijaw. Von was able to make contact with Asari who agreed to meet with me.

Von and I subsequently travelled through the swamps in a speed boat to Opurata village to see the damage to villages before transferring to a canoe that we paddled to another village from where we were met by Asari’s men in another fast boat. With a blindfold on we were taken to another island where we waited until another boat escorted us to Asari’s camp. A vigorous discussion took place that night surrounded by Asari’s well-armed fighters. By the end of the night, the foundation of a peace deal has been set down.

I subsequently took the peace proposal to President Olusegun Obasanjo and found him ready and willing to support peace and disarmament. The deal also encompassed demobilisation and a programme to reintegrate the militants back into the communities. This required a skills training programme which President Obasanjo supported. A final essential element was weapons surrender and destruction. The protocol used was that set down by the UN and was agreed by both sides.

I stayed in close contact with Asari by satellite phone each evening around 5pm. We worked out the details of the peace process. The first step was a ceasefire. The ceasefire was set in place on September 8, 2004, but in the following days was broken three times and each time it was the Nigerian military that broke the ceasefire. Even when under fire during a ceasefire breach Asari, honoured his word and withdrew, firing only for self-protection.

To complete the peace deal, President Obasanjo directed me to oversee the extraction of Asari and his key commanders in September 2004. I travelled to the Niger Delta with a handful of SSS men headed by Fubara Duke, an Ijaw man known to Asari and trusted by President Obasanjo.

At 1am on September 29, 2004 Asari, and his commanders met us at Abonnema Landing in the Niger Delta and we proceeded to Port Harcourt airport where we boarded a plane at dawn to take us to Abuja and direct to President Obasanjo in the Cabinet Room. That day was punctuated with amazing revelations as Asari recounted events that led him and his men to defy the government and launch a guerrilla style campaign.

Asari always kept his word to me. He gave me an undertaking on the ceasefire and kept it even in the face of breaches by the military. When it came to time for weapons surrender, he asked me how many weapons I wanted him to surrender. I said, ‘ Asari you have 3,000 men, so I want 3,000 weapons.’

Asari gave a commitment to hand over 3,000 guns, 100 general purpose machine guns and some rocket launchers which were subsequently destroyed in a series of public destructions to UN standards overseen by the Army at Bori Military Camp in Port Harcourt in mid-November 2004.

President Obasanjo kept his word and on October 1, 2004 the peace accord was announced and Asari and his commanders returned to the Niger Delta.

Asari is correct is saying I never paid him anything. I never paid anyone and no one paid me either by way of funds or favours. President Obasanjo did not offer to pay me for the Niger Delta peace accord and I did not seek payment. The peace deal was built on trust. I went to Asari’s camp unarmed and without any security.

Asari and his key commanders travelled with me and the small SSS contingent totally unarmed. We trusted each other with our lives and that built trust. There can be no peace without trust. Without trust, there is merely a ceasefire which will eventually be broken and the fighting resume.

Asari said in his interview with the Daily Post that President Obasanjo broke his word. I am not so sure of that. What I think Asari may be referring to is the demobilisation and skills training that did not materialise after the peace accord. Funds were to be set aside to train the ex-militants for employment and to reintegrate them back into their communities. This phase of the work was to be undertaken by the state governors.

By March 2005, a full six months had passed without any sign of training and reintegration. It was no surprise then to find 200 Niger Delta ex-militants had been recruited by foreign mercenaries to participate in a coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea. The ex-militants were intercepted as they departed Warri in a ship bound for Guinea. They had each been promised $5,000 and an AK47.

Had the promised skills training and reintegration been implemented, these young men probably would not have agreed to join the coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea. So Asari is right but it was more likely that the governors were not sincere and not former President Obasanjo. It was the governors that had armed, promoted and used the gangs for political purposes in much the same way that former Governor Modu Sheriff was alleged to have done in Borno State..

It was this failure to honour the agreement to demobilise by providing skills training and reintegration that fuelled discontent and provided the conditions that formed MEND which added bombing and kidnapping to its mode of operation.

Contrary to Asari’s understanding, former President Obasanjo did not bring me to Nigeria on my recent trip to seek the release of the Chibok girls or for any other purpose. Nor did President Jonathan or anyone else. I came to Nigeria in April this year to seek the release of the Chibok girls at my own expense and of my own volition because I could see no progress on the release of the kidnapped girls.

While Asari may not believe any girls were kidnapped, let me assure you that hearing the stories of some girls who have escaped from Boko Haram camps is a sobering experience. There are many girls who have been kidnapped apart from the girls from the Chibok school.

The kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram has been going on for at least a year. Initially Boko Haram kidnapped girls because the fighters could not go back home to their wives. They used the kidnapped girls. Girls tell how they were defiled every day, week after week.

One girl was defiled every day, sometimes several times a day by groups of men. Some did not survive the ordeal. The escaped girls tell harrowing stories of r*pe and abuse. They are traumatised and require medical treatment and counselling. These girls are testament to the horrifying truth about the kidnappings.

But the Chibok kidnappings were only the start of my recent journey to Nigeria. It soon became apparent the (alleged) sponsors did not want any interference in their plan. The “political Boko Haram” which (allegedly) started out as Sheriff’s ECOMOG (so named after the military peace keeping forces operating in Liberia at that time because an SDP – Social Democratic Party- candidate was protected from an angry mob in Bama by a group of youths supporting the SDP) that targeted his political opponents in the 2003 and 2007 elections have since mutated into the Boko Haram we see today that terrorises through beheadings, butchering innocent villagers, bombing innocent people at shopping malls and in churches, defiling and kidnapping.

It is true that Sheriff fell-out with Yusuf and the allegation stands that when the military captured Yusuf in late July 2009 and handed him over to the police in Borno State, he was allegedly executed on Sheriff’s instruction. Thus the root of the perception that Sheriff cannot be a sponsor but a hated enemy of Boko Haram. But the core of the old Yusufiya is no longer part of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is a mutation of political Boko Haram and Shekau’s Ansaru. The Yusufiya grew out of the Izala movement and had great respect for Izala. Boko Haram now beheads Izala followers. The “slaughterers” work with the political assassins and suicide bombers.

The sponsors of Boko Haram do not care how many innocent Nigerians are slaughtered, how many women are defiled, how many girls and boys are kidnapped, how many villages are plundered. I have met too many victims to say, “It is not my problem”.

We are each diminished if we allow such crimes against our fellow citizens to persist. The Nigerian military is diminished if it uses Boko Haram tactics to address the problem. Evil will flourish and triumph if good men and women do nothing.

Many Nigerian politicians have said little and done nothing to curb the slaughter of Nigerians that is being supported by the sponsors. While fathers die to protect their daughters and wives are defiled and butchered the sponsors of Boko Haram are accorded privileges and protection.

They fly in private jets and are accorded military protection. Are the sponsors of Boko Haram so far above the law? Have the citizens of Nigeria lost the right to bring these men to justice? Who will stand up for the poor and oppressed who are being slaughtered and defiled in their hundreds? By the grace of God we trust that good men and women will stand up and justice will prevail.


Lamido’s Conditions To Support Jonathan’s Re-election Bid

Having earlier distanced himself from the initial endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election by the North-West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido might have changed his mind.

Lamido’s poster for 2015 presidential election, with Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as hos running mate have emerged at several times during the last two years, but the governor now wants to support his president, provided some conditions are met.


According to Vanguard, Lamido changed his mind after Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu reportedly told the Jigawa governor that Jonathan had accepted to abide by all the commitments that he made to Jigawa people during his electioneering campaign in the state in 2011.

Top on the list of the commitment extracted from Jonathan for Lamido is that the Presidency will refund the sum of over N15 billion expended by Lamido to build the Dutse International Airport, a project which the Federal Government promised to undertake but failed.

The Presidency also agreed to undertake the immediate construction of the Auyo Irrigation Project, which was started by the Shagari Administration but abandoned and has remained an electioneering topic by successive presidential candidates and parties.

It was also learnt that the Federal Government agreed to construct a major road in the state to connect the state-owned university at Kafin Hausa, as a means of appeasing the governor and his people.

A top source in Jigawa told Vanguard that Lamido accepted to support Jonathan’s candidature at the PDP NEC meeting in Abuja on Thursday because according to him “there has been a commitment” by President Jonathan to fulfill his campaign promises to the people of the state.

“All along, Governor Lamido had insisted that he would only support the president if he fulfilled his campaign promises to the state and not that he wanted to replace him as some persons were insinuating, a top official said.

But the Director of Press to Governor Lamido, Mr. Umar Kyari, who spoke on the phone from Saudi Arabia, pointed out that the governor had never had any disagreement with Jonathan on the issue of running for the same office.

“As a matter of fact, the governor has never declared his intention to challenge Jonathan in the Presidential race but it was only his admirers, who suggested that based on the brilliant performance he has put up in the state, he could replicate same if he becomes the president of Nigeria,” Umar explained.

“It must be made abundantly clear that governor Lamido has never told anyone that he was going to challenge Jonathan in the presidential election in 2015,” the spokesman stressed.

Jonathan Thanks S’West PDP For Re-election Endorsement

President Goodluck Jonathan was in Lagos yesterday, where he expressed gratitude to the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for giving him the right of first refusal to as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 Presidential election.

Addressing party members at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, at the South West sensitization and unity rally, Dr Jonathan said “I thank the party for giving me the right of first refusal, that is what happens in advance democracies. It also shows that our democracy is maturing.

“There are no dictators in the PDP. There is no one who will determine the councillor, local government chairmen, state House of Assembly member, House of Representative member, Senator, governor and even president.

“The decision is by the people, for the people and that is why the PDP will continue to new things. The Vice President and I have promised not to disappoint the people; the PDP will continue to do the right thing and we promise you that we will not disappoint you.”

The president spoke about the achievement of his administration since inception, saying that the Transformation Agenda was on course. “You will see that the government is moving. The signs are there though we have not reached where we wish to reach but government is focused.

“The Transformation Agenda is on course. We will continue to make sure that we create jobs for our youths, the job creation, the VP mentioned, we are taking it from various angles. In terms of education, we are making sure we improve the quality of education and also enlarge the facilities.”

Speaking further, he said “when we came on board, we noticed that a state in the south west did not have a federal university. We built a federal university there, it is a small university but we will continue to improve it.

“We’re improving small and medium industries to create jobs for our people and we are providing soft loans to make sure young men and women are employed. We are promoting youth programmes.

“If we continue to create 3.5 million jobs every year in the next few years, we will see that the unemployment rate will continue to drop.”

He, however, urged party members to observe a minute silence for those who lost their lives, recently in a building collapsed, at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos.

Commiserating with those who lost their lives in the collapsed, he said “My first port of call was where a six-storey building collapsed and 80 people where found dead and over 130 people were injured. It was a very sad incident for us and the international community because most of the people who died in that building collapse were non Nigerians. About 65 of them were South Africans. I spoke with the President of South Africa to send our own condolence.”

Yuguda Drums Support For Jonathan’s Declaration Of Ending Insurgency By Mid-October

Isa-YugudaGovernor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has expressed total support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent declaration of a deadline to finally stem insurgency by the middle of October, describing the target as realistic if only all well-meaning Nigerians support the president.

Mr. Jonathan set the deadline in Abuja on Thursday at the 66th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in reaction to fresh insurgency of the Boko Haram sect, which he affirmed is a secessionist agenda.

Gov Yuguda told reporters in an interview in Abuja yesterday that with President Jonathan’s ongoing stepping-up of the anti-insurgency infrastructure to stem increasing threats to the unity and stability of the country, all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians should fully support and back the president’s declaration towards attaining the target of finally crushing the insurgency before the end of October.

“If there is anytime our president deserves and direly needs our fervent prayers and unconditional support, it is now. The best all well-meaning Nigerians can do in the present circumstances is to rally round President Goodluck Jonathan and support him in steering the ship of the Nigerian state successfully at this critical moment”, he said.

Yuguda condemned the recent bombing and attacks in Kano and Kaduna, describing them as cruel, callous and barbaric. He prayed that the blood of the innocent victims of the senseless killings will continue to haunt the perpetrators.

According to him, it is now clear that the present insurgency in the country is a common enemy to all Nigerians irrespective of region or religion, state or status, wondering why not even s*x, age or political affiliation of any Nigerian means anything to the insurgents.

“A common enemy needs a common response. This common response should start with our collective prayers for the present leadership of the country. It is now also clear that insurgency is taking a secessionist dimension. Our support for the president is the first guarantee that they can and will be crushed”, Yuguda said.

Adamawa IDPs Reject Relief Materials Donated By State APC


Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Madagali, Gulak, Michika and Bazza local government areas of Adamawa State have rejected relief materials donated to them by the Adamawa State chairman of All Progressives Congress, Hon. Binta Garba Masi.

The IDPs said what was paramount to them was the return of peace so they could go back to their homes and continue with their major preoccupation which is farming.

Hon. Masi was accompanied by members of the state exco of the party to Ribadu Square, the venue of the distribution of the relief materials.

The displaced persons maintained that no amount of food or relief materials would solve their problem, unless something urgent and lasting was done to enable them go back to their ancestral homes.

“All we need is peace not assistance with relief materials”, the aggrieved IDP’s told the APC chairman.

Gulak and Madagali are in Madagali local government area, while Bazza and Michika are in Michika local government area.

Hon. Binta Garba Mai hails from Bazza.

Australian Senator Says Sharia Law Involves Terrorism

Australia’s Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie has yet again called for Sharia law supporters to leave the country, claiming that the law involves terrorism.

According to Lambie, who claims she has no problem with Muslims, the Islamic legal system “obviously involves terrorism” and its followers need to instead follow Australian law “100 percent”.

“If you are not going to show your allegiance to our constitution and to Australian law, then get out,” she told ABC’s Insiders.

She is also not relenting on her call for the ban of the burqa headdress, arguing that it is a security risk.

“I believe it is a national security issue,” she said.

“It is just like anything else, it is like a motorbike helmet. It’s like a balaclava. I will not allow you to wear that into my office because it is a security risk.”

People should be able to show their faces and “they shouldn’t feel that they need to be oppressed, to be able to hide their faces,” she said.

“I think that’s the way for the future of Australia.”

The Senator defended her decision to post a photo online of the first female police officer in Kandahar who was murdered by the Taliban, while calling for the headdress to be banned.

“What I was showing people is how heroic she was,” she claimed of the picture of Malalai Kakar, shown wearing a burqa and holding a gun.

“I am choosing this woman because she is a bloody hero. What she done was extremely heroic and she should always be remembered for that.”

Senator Lambie also said she “absolutely” stood by her call for Sharia law supporters to pack their bags and leave Australia.

When asked what she understands Sharia law to mean, the PUP Senator said it “obviously involves terrorism”.

“It involves a power that is not a healthy power.”

You can’t follow both Sharia law and Australian law, she claimed.

“You can’t have 50-50.”

The former soldier said the government was “heading in the right direction” tackling the issue of terrorism at home.

“It needs to go in hard and fast.”

You Have To Be Prudent With Resources To Win Elections; PDP Tells Its Govs, Officials

National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, told all its governors, federal and state legislators, ministers, chairmen of locals, all appointed and other elected officials to be prudent in the management of resources if the party must continue to get the votes of Nigerians in presidential and general elections.

The PDP however reiterated its call on Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, religion, region or party affiliation to live in unity and remain peaceful.

The party however urged Nigerians to emulate the people of Scotland who have chosen to preserve their more than 300 years union by voting to stay in Britain irrespective of challenges of ethnic diversity.

According to Metuh, the decision by the Scots has shown that “citizens can indeed push through their resolve to live together and peacefully as one people with a common destiny despite their differences, perceived or real.

“We might be different in our tongues, tribes and religious affiliations but, as one people, let us not dwell on these differences but rather magnify those things that bind us together so that we continue to live together in peace, love and unity.” [Vanguard]

Medical Panel To Probe Health Status Of Danbaba Suntai

Taraba State governor Danbaba Suntai’s health status is to be ascertained by a medical panel.


According to Sunnewsonline, the Taraba State House of Assembly has set a five-man medical team to probe health of Danbaba Suntai. The ailing Taraba State governor has just returned from yet another trip to the United Kingdom where he received treatment since June 2014.

In a yesterday’s statement, Taraba Assembly Speaker Josiah Sabo Kente, said the medical panel had been raised following a unanimous demand by mem­bers of the state’s Executive council. Before Danbaba Suntai’s return from the UK, the state’s commissioners and advisers had stressed the necessity to ascertain the “mental and physical condition of the governor”. Thus, they were asking to determine whether Danbaba Suntai is capable of steering the affairs of the state.

Prof. Bala Shehu was named as chairman of the panel, with other members being Dr. Inusa Sa­maila, Prof. Peter Alabi, Dr. Shehu Sule, and Personal Physician to Suntai, Dr. Ahmed Kara.

Danbaba Suntai’s camp reacted by describing the meaures as “illegal”.

It would be recalled that Danbaba Suntai sustained major injuries when his aircraft crashed near Yola, Adamawa State on August 25, 2012. Multiple media and medical reports, as well as specualtions by those privy to the governor, indicate that Danbaba Suntai is still suffering from the consequences of the crash, both physically and mentally.

SCOAN Collapse: Surviving South Africans To Go Back Home

South Africans injured in the collapse of the Synagogue, Church of all Nations’ guest house are to be evacuated by a government-sent South African aircraft.


Recall that the tragedy struck on September 12.  At least 86 persons are reported dead, 84 South Africa nationals among them.

South African officials said on Saturday they were not planning to return the bodies of the deceased to the country at least for a week because of the ongoing identification procedures by South African forensic experts.

The next-of-kin of only ten dead South Africans have been notified so far thanks to the identity documents found on the deceased.

The aircraft, which was to leave for Lagos early on Sunday, would remain briefly on the ground while loading the injured South Africans before returning. Medical personnel would be on board to treat them in the air.

About 30 South Africans are believed to be in hospital in Lagos. The government’s announcement that it will repatriate them will come as a relief to humanitarian workers who have battled to gain access to them in Lagos.

No conflict between South Africans and Nigerians?

In a related development, the South African government debunked reports of a “diplomatic spat” allegedly caused by the way the tragedy was being handled by the Nigerian authorities.

According to some reports, President Goodluck Jonathan and his government had offended Pretoria by taking too long to express condolences to South Africa.

After a slow start, which it blamed partly on the lack of co-operation mainly from the SCOAN, the South African government has now mobilised a major effort to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. Forensic experts, doctors to and welfare counsellors were sent to Lagos to help the injured and their families.

Meanwhile an audio file purporting to record TB Joshua, head of the SCOAN, Nigerian journalists on how to report the story of the collapsed church has surfaced on the internet.

Furthermore, reports in South African press indicate that the Nigerian government “seems to have made a deliberate decision to block entry to South African journalists to avoid negative publicity”. No South African media houses have been able to get visas for their journalists to enter Nigeria.

On Saturday, President Goodluck Jonathan visited the collapsed guest house, promising to investigate the cause of the tragedy.

2015: Abubakar Says He Is More Experienced Than Jonathan

A former Vice-President of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, said that he is more experienced than President Goodluck Jonathan in the field of running the country.


In an interview with French news agency (AFP) on Friday, the Adamawa State-born politician blamed the escalating spate of insurgency and violence in most parts of the North-East especially Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States on Jonathan.

According to Atiku Abubakar, Jonathan’s administration had done nothing significant to address the fundamental issues and to improve the lives of the populace.

“This insurgency shouldn’t have lasted even six months. Within weeks, we (Obasanjo and I) crushed it because we did not neglect military training and, of course, we did not lack the leadership and the capacity to take decisions.

“I told Nigerians that Jonathan did not have the capacity; he didn’t have the experience. He didn’t have anything and yet they gave him the chance, the opportunity. And they can now see the chance and the opportunity they gave him. Of course, I’m more experienced than he is. I believe my capacity cannot be compared with his, in all respect,” Abubakar said.

Atiku continued slamming the administration for failing to initiate innovative reforms that would sporadically transform key sectors of the society.

Earlier this month, Atiku Abubakar revealed his intention to fight for the presidential chair after having lost out to Jonathan at the PDP primaries three years ago.

Though, he is currently with the main opposition party, the APC (All Progressives Congress), it is yet unclear if he would be handed the party’s ticket ahead of the likes of Muhammadu Buhari, a former Military Head of State, and Aminu Tambuwal, incumbent Speaker of the lower legislative arm of the National Assembly.

IN PICTURES: Jonathan’s condolence visit to Prophet T.B Joshua’s church

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday visited the collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Lagos, promising to investigate the cause of the tragedy as the death toll hit 86, rescuers said Saturday.

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Jonathan promised to investigate the cause of the September 12 collapse of the guesthouse at Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) which left scores trapped in the debris, and many others still suffering from injuries.

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