Impeachment rumour: Tension in Oyo



THERE was palpable tension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Wednesday, as rumour filtered through into town that 24 members of the Oyo State House of Assembly had served impeachment notice on the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The rumour almost became rife as heavy security presence was noticed in specific areas in Ibadan, the state capital, especially around the Secretariat area, where the state assembly complex was situated.

People in the state credited their sources to social media network and said breaking news aired on a private television station based in Lagos.
It was alleged that 24 lawmakers had signed the impeachment notice to be served on the governor and that the symbol of the House, the Mace, had been taken into the custody of the ’24 lawmakers’ believed to have been working on the project.

As soon as the news filtered to town, people started making contacts to confirm the information, especially when the House is on recess and billed to resume on August 28, 2014.

As at Wednesday morning, both the speaker and the governor were not around in the state.

But the Chairman, Parliamentary Caucus, Honourable Fatai Salam, while addressing newsmen at the Conference Hall of the Assembly complex debunked the rumour.

Flanked by 10 members of the seventh Assembly, Honourable Salam said there had not been any allegation of misconduct against the governor that can warrant notice of impeachment.

He added that the House is on recess, expected to resume August 28.

According to him, “the seventh Assembly, since inception, has been enjoying good relationship with each other and has no plan to disrupt the existing peace in the state.

When contacted on the heavy presence of security personnel around major spots in Ibadan, the image maker, Oyo State Police Command, SP Olabisi Ilobanafor, said there has been presence of police on the streets before now, adding that “it is one of the routine of security agents to protect the lives of the residents.”

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A lawmaker of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oyo State House of Assembly has opened up on the bickering in the House.

The lawmaker, representing one of the constituencies in Ibadan, told the Nigerian Tribune on Wednesday that there was no plan to impeach Governor Abiola Ajimobi but that they had issues with the Speaker, Right Honourable Monsurat Sunmonu.

He spoke against the background of a report that 24 lawmakers have endorsed impeachment notices against the governor and the Speaker.

The lawmaker, who does not want to be named yet, said “You can quote me. The problem of Oyo State House of Assembly is Alhaja Monsurat Sunmonu.

“As far as the Oyo State House of Assembly is concerned, there is no impeachment plan against the governor. The governor is a man of the people; he is a performer and up to expectation.

“The 18 lawmakers in the APC caucus in the House are solidly behind him and I can vouch 100 per cent that we are for the governor. Any impeachment notice must be backed by two-thirds of the House and we are behind the governor.

Asked if the APC lawmakers were behind the Speaker, he said “I don’t want to say whether anybody is behind the Speaker or not but I want to be quoted that the problem of Oyo State House of Assembly is Alhaja Monsurat Sunmonu.

“We the 18 APC caucus in the House will make our colleagues in the opposition see reason why they should not rock the boat in any way. We believe the boat cannot even be rocked because it is standing upon the foundation of God.

“We are aware they (the opposition lawmakers) have been meeting and strategising. We are aware they are expressing some grievances. But we believe the grievances are issues that the governor will resolve. “

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PDP Delegates Adopt Gen. Marwa For Adamawa Governorship Seat


Former military governor of Lagos state and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Adamawa state, retired General Mohammed Buba Marwa was today adopted as the PDP governorship candidate in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state by all the 335 delegates of the party from all the 77 wards in the Adamawa Central Senatorial district.

Chairman of the PDP in the district, Alhaji Danjuma Iliyasu who spoke at a meeting where General Marwa was assured of the party’s ticket said their decision was based on the former envoy’s unbeatable records of service in Borno and Lagos states where he had served as military administrator before. The party’s chieftain said it is the desire of everybody in Adamawa state to see such enviable performance replicated in the state.

Iliyasu lamented that while most states in the federation were enjoying dividends of democracy, the reverse is the case in Adamawa due to bad leadership, adding that it has therefore become a challenge to the delegates and all Adamawa citizens to rally round Marwa in order to transform the state in terms of socio-economic development of the state. He stressed that the deplorable condition of the state calls for total support for Marwa so that he can bring his development expertise to bear in Adamawa state which he said is seriously begging for infrastructural development in all facets.

Addressing the delegates and PDP leadership in the Senatorial District, General Marwa thanked them for his endorsement and pledged to provide the state a purposeful leadership that would be the envy of all in the country if given the opportunity. He assured them that socio-economic and infrastructural development would top his  priorities if elected, adding that he would equally offer compulsory free qualitative healthcare services and free education for Adamawa children and youths who he said are the bedrock of development in any society.

He appealed to them to keep faith with his  endorsement  and pledged to also keep faith to the confidence reposed in him even as he debunked the rumour making the round that the presidency had already imposed a gubernatorial candidate for the party in the next elections, saying that such was the machination of mischief makers out to dent the good image of President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidency. To be sure that all the delegates support the endorsement read by the Chairman of the party, it was learnt that Marwa asked all delegates who will truly vote for him in the coming party’s primary to signify by raising up their hands and all the 335 delegates raised their hands supported by their chorus voice votes.

Following the impeachment of Admiral Murtala Nyako as governor of the state by the state lawmakers, another election is due to be conducted to elect a substantive governor within the next three months.

“Why We Didn’t Welcome Okorocha Back To APGA” —Party Chieftain


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 The vice chairman of the All Progressive Grant Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, Chief Cyril Duruaku has given reasons the party refused to accept the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha back to the party when he made the attempts to return.
Governor Okorocha was reported to have made attempts to return back to APGA (a party that gave him his current mandate as the state governor) through Chief Maxi Okwu’s faction of the party.
The governor was said to have sponsored the Abuja High Court Suite that removed the erstwhile national chairman and secretary of the party, Chief Victor Umeh and Alhaji Sani Shinkafi as well as the current appeal at the Supreme Court so as to enable him safely return to the party.
But, speaking with journalists in his office, the APGA chieftain said he was aware of the serious moves made by the governor to return back to the party, saying the major stakeholders of the party in Imo known as The Ambassadors rejected his return.
The Ambassadors are the group of people known as Agenda who worked for the governor in the past.
According to him, the major reason was that the governor who recognized that political party is just a vehicle that takes one to his destination did not pay any fare with which the vehicle could be maintained to carry others to their destinations.
He said the rejected the governor’s bid to return back to the party because he had shown that he is a rolling stone that gathers no more.
“His intention was to kill the party in Imo. That’s why he left the way he did without one day appreciating what the party did for him. If a party is only a vehicle, it is incumbent on him to pay his fare when he disembarks so that the vehicle can be maintained to carry another person”, he said
He said when the governor’s intention did not materialize he decided to return back to the party
Duruaku however said that the party no longer had factions as  according to him, all the factions led by Victor Umeh, Captain Ihegworo and Maxi Okwu were all coming together to forge a common front through the instrumentality of a group known as the Unity Forum.
 This he said is because the party cannot go into 2015 elections with factions.
To reclaim the Imo Government House in 2015, the party leader disclosed that the party had made arrangements to embark on local government rallies to draw more support from the rural people who had been expecting them to reach out to them.
On the problem between the two governorship aspirants in the party—Chief Martin Agbaso and Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho—he said it is part of politics that aspirants should be fighting to outwit one another, saying that such politics would not have any negative effect on the party’s chances of winning back the governorship position.
It would be recalled that following the description of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a Muslim and Boko Haram party by the Igbos and the consequent defection of all reasonable members of the party to either the PDP or APGA, the governor had been making moves to dump the party for one that has better identity.
He has also been reported to have approached the Labour Party for safe landing. This is notwithstanding the recent visit of former governor of Bayelsa State and President Goodluck Jonathan’s political henchman, Deprieye Alamieyesegha to him last week, fueling more speculations that he has made up his mind to quit APC

Nigerian Air Force Helicopter Crash: Missing Crew Member Found Alive


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The Engineer crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35
Helicopter earlier declared missing has been found alive.

The crew member who was declared missing when his body could not be
located in the vicinity of the crash resurfaced at the military
Headquarters in Maiduguri today, having trekked through the bushes
after the crash.

It is thus confirmed that Flight Lieutenant NM Halilu, Co-Pilot and
Warrant Officer Augustine Nwanonenyi, the aircraft technician survived
the crash while Flight Lieutenant Onyeka Nwakile was the only one lost
in the crash. The family of the officer has been duly informed while
the two survivors are in stable condition but receiving medical
attention.

Meanwhile, search and rescue operation on the incident has been
concluded, while investigation into the crash continues.

Press statement by General Muhammadu Buhari on the bomb blast affecting his car and the rest of the convoy vehicles


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I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today along Ali Akilu Road, Kawo -Kaduna at about 2:30pm on my way to Daura.

The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car but was blocked by my escort vehicle. We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly denoted the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy.

Unfortunately, when I came out of my vehicle I saw many of dead bodies littered around. They were innocent people going about their daily business who became victims of mass murder.

Thank God for his mercy, I came out unhurt but with three of my security staff sustaining minor injuries, they have since been treated in hospital and discharged.

 

 

General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), GCFR

4A/B Sultan Lane

Off Sultan Road

Box 1163 Kaduna

Wednesday 23, July 2014.

Abia Govt Demolishes Kidnapper’s House


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Abia State government has demolished a building belonging to one Ogbuonye Ogbonna Daniel due to his involvement in kidnapping activities in the state.
Security Adviser to Abia State Governor/State Task Force Chairman, Capt. Awa Udonsi Agwu (Rtd.), who spoke to newsmen after the demolition of the bungalow at Umuariaga Oboro in Ikwuano LGA, said the measure is to serve as deterrent to other kidnappers and those nursing the idea to enter the illicit business.
He said that the state government abhors kidnapping and would stop at nothing to stamp the menace out of the state.
According to him, other kidnappers who have property in the state will have them pulled down once the government identifies such property and assured that the process is an on-going one.
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Meanwhile, residents of Umuariaga who spoke on condition of anonymity have applauded the state government for embarking on the demolition exercise,pointing out that they have been living in fear due the activities of some suspected kidnappers operating in the area.
It would be recalled that not long ago, a hotel belonging to another kidnapper at Afaraukwu was demolished by the state government in its bid to flush out kidnappers from the State.

PICTURES Of General Buhari’s Car Attacked In Kaduna


Two bomb blasts rocked the Kawo area of Kaduna in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

The second, which occurred at Kawo area, was aimed at former Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari.

Gunmen rammed a vehicle into his convoy, firing shots at it.

According to reports, two of Gen. Buhari’s bodyguards were slightly wounded in the attack, he however escaped unhurt.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on General Buhari. It is uncertain at this point if it was carried out by members of the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram.

See photos of the scene with Buhari’s bullet-riddled car:

SEE The New Emir Of Kano, Lamido Sanusi And President Goodluck Jonathan Hugging Each Other In Aso Villa (PHOTOS)


 

President Goodluck Jonathan and former Central bank Governor, and now newly installed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi met at the Presidential Villa in Abuja today to break the Ramadan fast with the President. The reconciliation meeting was brokered by the Sultan of Sokoto, Saa’ad Abubakar.

This will show all of you who are easily divided along ethno-religious lines that this crooks are united at the top. Its only at the bottom that they do all they can to divide us along tribes, tongues and religion.
Peep more photos when you continue:

“Keep forming love while I’m Fucking your man Wizkid”- Lady attacks Tania Omotayo on twitter


 

These days,girls are not smiling ..Last night, a  Houston based Nigerian lady ,Caroline Ikpea attacked Wizkid’s girlfriend, Tania Omotayo on twitter.She claims she’s getting down with Wizkid while Tania is claiming love..According to reports,he spends time with her  whenever he is in the USA………

This would be the second time a lady is accusing him of cheating.Last year,an Ethiopian girl openly called him out for disturbing her friend….

Actress Halima Abubakar shows off her dangerous curves


 

This is natural no silicone .Curves of life …

Joseph Yobo & Wife Adaeze all loved up in New Vacation Photos


Since Joseph Yobo returned from the World Cup, he and his wife have been jet-setting and are currently on vacationaround the world.. They got married in 2010 and and after one kid, still look like spinsters..
Aren’t they such a beautiful and stylish young couple….

#ThingsFatPeopleSay – “Losing weight will spoil my brand”- Actress Eniola Badmus


Celebs like Jennifer Hudson decided to lose so much weight because of the pressure to be skinny which has honestly affected  her career. However ,actress Eniola Badmus feels her weight is her identity and took her this far so losing much weight would be losing her brand.She was on Rubbing Minds on Channels TV and she said
“My size frame is a major one. We really do not have people in the industry that has my size.Even if I want to lose weight I will not want to go down so much because it will spoil my brand.I may just lose one or two sizes. Losing my weight will not make me who I am. I do not want to drag with size 10 people in the industry. They are much”

GRAPHIC PHOTOS! Dead Bodies: Kaduna Bomb Blast Kills Dozens Of People


Gen Buhari's bullet proof car after the bomb blast targeted at him today in Kaduna

Gen Buhari’s bullet proof car after the bomb blast targeted at him today in Kaduna

 

 

Aide insists Umeh is no threat to Ngige’s senatorial ambition


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Following the declaration of his senatorial ambition last weekend by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, his rival, Senator Nwabueze Chris Ngige says he has nothing to worry about.

Ngige, who is currently representing the Anambra Central senatorial district spoke through his media aide, Chief Charles Amilo.

Chief Amilo in an exclusive interview with DailyPost said that Umeh was the least of the problems of the distinguished senator as his declaration speech during his 52nd birthday had not even been discussed by the Ngige camp.

He dismissed with a wave of the hand the opinion that the Anambra Central Senatorial election in 2015 may be a replica of the 2011 battle between his boss and late Prof Dora Akunyili, insisting that Umeh would be an easy win for the Ngige camp.

While noting that it would be a disadvantage for APGA to field Umeh, he stated that unfortunately, Umeh who is the national chairman of the party, would go ahead to issue himself the party’s nomination form.

According to him, “Umeh is the national chairman of the party, but you must know that he has never stood for an election in his life. Not even as a councilor. He should go ahead and pick the nomination form and appoint himself as the candidate of the party, and we will deal with that.

“Umeh has no clout, he is not in the mold of late Dora Akunyili, who was the Director General of NAFDAC, where she performed very well and also a minister of Information, and a bright scholar, yet Ngige defeated her.

“Oga is not losing sleep about the declaration of Umeh, he has a lot of things to do, and he is going about his senatorial duties. In the next few weeks, he will commission transformers to be distributed to communities in Anambra; they have already been connected to the national grid.

“In the whole place, there are evidences of the things he has done as a senator, and his job when he was the governor of the state is still speaking for him till date. We are waiting for Umeh to buy form and meet us in the field.

“We know he will be planning how to rig the election, as that is the only thing he knows how to do”.

“Arewa Youths’ call for Nigeria’s dissolution is a treasonable offence” – Ohaneze Youth Council


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The Ohaneze Youth Council, OYC, on Wednesday, slammed the Arewa Youth Development Foundation for its call for the dissolution of Nigeria as a country.

 Ohaneze Youths in a statement by its National President, Okechukwu Isiguzoro,described it as a big offence that should attract treason charges.

OYC also condemned the demand by the Arewa Youths for Southerners in the North to leave within two weeks and for Northerners in the South to do the same, saying that it was “uncalled for and unconstitutional”.

The Igbo in its statement said that “it was shocking that at this time Nigeria is passing through serious security breaches, some misguided youths under sponsorship by fifth columnists could be making divisive calls inimical to their fatherland.

“Our concern about the shameful outing in the palace of Emir of Kano is that the youths of the region who have been notoriously misruled for long by the same people that sent them on the dirty mission should have rather questioned their sponsors on their ignoble roles in bringing the region and Nigeria to its present situation.

“The same people that foisted penury, deprivation and frustration on the innocent talakwas (commoners) of the North are now sending them mischievously on an errand that threatens Nigeria’s unity. Our message to the contemporary youths of the North is to resist the attempt of the fifth columnist and merchants of topsy-turvy politics to herd them into an ill-fated mission”.

He urged other Northerners to resist those who hide under the cloak of the region to cause confusion and chaos, stressing that “we know these few elements that pretend to be the conscience of the North and we also know the true conscience of the North”.

He added that “Our attention has been drawn to a provocative warning against Ndigbo by the Arewa Consultative Forum, threatening to interfere with Igbo businesses in the North. This is also on the heels of the call by the Arewa Youth Development Foundation for Southerners to quit the North within two weeks.

“This is a similar approach to the event that culminated to the unfortunate crisis of the middle of late 60’s when undue sentiment, emotional outburst and propaganda were allowed to take the better part of reasoning of some people in the North. Later, millions of innocent Igbos and Easterners were to pay the supreme sacrifice”.

“The truth is that there is no single threat to any Northerner in the South East or Igboland. They are here doing their normal businesses and unmolested by anybody. The Governors of the zone as the Chief security officers of their various states only took constitutional measures to safeguard their states against insecurity, especially in view of the recent discoveries and arrests of Boko Haram suspects in the zone.

Do the Arewa people want the South-East Governors and people to keep quiet in the face of Boko Haram threat to the zone?” He queried.

Rivers APC condemns harassment of Oby Ezekwesili at Abuja Airport


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The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has condemned the harassment of the former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, by the operatives of the Department of State Security at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The state Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, said in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media, Chukwuemeka Eze, that the action of the SSS operatives was unwarranted, shameful and a throwback to the dark days of military dictatorship.

Ikanya also described the action of the security operatives as barbaric, wicked, unjust and a slap on the faces of the abducted Chibok girls, who had spent over three months in Boko Haram’s custody.

For SSS operatives to attempt to confiscate the travel documents of Mrs. Ezekwesili and seek to prevent her from boarding her flight just because she is leading the campaign to get the Goodluck Jonathan administration to do something meaningful to free the abducted Chibok schoolgirls speaks eloquently about the government’s lack of seriousness in looking for these innocent girls who were in the first place, abducted because government abdicated its responsibility of providing their school with the needed security,” he said.

This means that Nigeria has returned to the dark days of military dictatorship when the rights of Nigerian citizens were trampled upon with impunity.

The Chairman lauded the former minister and her group for refusing to be intimidated and continuing with the ‘BringBackOurGirls’ campaign in spite of efforts by the Presidency to force them to shun the campaign.

He said, “The Rivers APC commends Dr. Ezekwesili and her group for refusing to be cowed and for forging ahead with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign despite all efforts by the Presidency to get them to abandon the struggle.

“We are happy that this act of tyranny aimed at intimidating Dr. Ezekwesili has failed woefully. We appeal to this woman of rare courage and her group to soldier on until the Jonathan administration does the right thing by rescuing and bringing home the over 250 schoolgirls abducted from their dormitory by the Boko Haram sect on the night of April 14.

“We are happy to note also that the SSS operatives later allowed reason to prevail by releasing the travel documents of this great amazon of our democracy and allowed her to travel for her scheduled London event

Impeachment: Enugu Deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi goes into hiding


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The embattled Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi has gone into hiding, DailyPost learnt.

Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly commenced impeachment proceedings against him on Tuesday.

Onyebuchi is believed to have incurred the wrath of the state government for nursing ambition of going to the Senate in 2015.

However, the lawmakers accused him of certain allegations, which included rearing chicken in his official quarters at the Government House.

A source told DailyPost that it has been difficult for the Clerk of the House to serve Onyebuchi the impeachment notice, as he has reportedly left Enugu and is presently taking refuge in one of the states in the South-East.

The Deputy Governor, whose last official public function was at the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Academy in Udi, Enugu State, has reportedly fled his private residence in the state.

Onyebuchi, who represented Governor Sullivan Chime, commissioned the FRSC Academy.

For nearly two years, he has lived in his private residence, following a slow-pace renovation work going on at his official quarters.

DailyPost gathered that when the House resumes plenary tomorrow, Thursday, the lawmakers may resort to serving the impeachment notice on him through the media.

“Bomb blast was an assassination attempt on my life” – Buhari


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Nigeria-s former military President, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), says he narrowly escaped assassination on Wednesday.

He spoke shortly after escaping a bomb attack in Kaduna State.

Acoording to him, “I am personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today at about 2:30pm on my way to Daura.

“The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast moving vehicle that made many attempt to overtake my security car, but was blocked by escort vehicle.
“We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly detonated the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy.

“Unfortunately, when I came out of my vehicle, I saw many dead bodies littered around. They were innocent people going about their daily business who became victims of mass murder.

“Thank God for His mercy, I came out unhurt, but with three of my security staff sustaining minor injuries. They have since been treated in hospital and discharged”.

Asari-Dokubo’s Group Warns Northerners To Vacate The South


The Mujahid Dokubo-Asari-led Niger Delta Peoples Salvation Front, NDPSF has warned Northerners living in the South to leave the region.

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This is coming on the heels of a 2-week ultimatum given by a group of Northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Development Foundation (AYDF), to Southerners currently living in the North, to relocate to their respective states.

According to National Mirror report, the Asari-led group who said the southerners are not slaves to the north, called for a ‘Republic of Niger Delta’.

Responding to what they termed, ‘arrogance of youths of the North’ who, recently in Kano, demanded the breaking up of Nigeria, thousands of Niger Delta youths, yesterday, July 22 took to the streets of Ughelli, in Delta State, in a ‘State of the Nation Road Walk’.

They described the call by the northern youths as misguided and deliberately planned to provoked the south.

The youths carrying placards, warned all northerners resident in the region to vacate, while also criticising former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwezili,the convener of the #Bring- BackourGirls# campaign. They accused her of being used as an ‘agent supremacist’ against President Jonathan’s administration.

The Asari- Dokubo’s NDPSF spokesman, Comrade Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro, warned that should anything happen to any Niger Deltan in the north, the Niger Delta youths will not hesitate to retaliate.

The arrogance of the north is getting petrifying and the south is not afraid of such antics,” he said.

It would be recalled that on Monday, July 21, a group known as Concerned Arewa Citizen had submitted a bill to the Kaduna House of Assembly seeking a law for the registration of southerners in Kaduna and other parts of Northern Nigeria.

Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, an ex-Niger Delta miltant was born in 1964. He is a major political figure of the Ijaw ethnic group in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He founded the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force.

Fire At Kano Airport, Fire Brigade Avert Tragedy


A fuel tanker feeding a Turkish airlines aircraft at the Aminu Kano International Airport was allegedly caught on fire last night, July 22/23.

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Premium Times reports with reference to an eye witness that but for the quick interference of the fire brigade, the place would have been hit by the dire tragedy.

While the fuel tanker burnt completely, the passenger jet Airbus 340 scheduled to be heading to Istanbul was partly damaged.

Garba Shehu, the Media Consultant to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was supposed to board the abovementioned plane, confirmed the development saying:

“The Airbus 340 aircraft which had the burning truck under its wings made a miraculous escape following a decision to tow it away from the fire just in time before the fuel-laden tanker burst into a towering flame. The flight taking my family and I, among many other passengers to Istanbul from Kano was cancelled a short while ago following indications that the aircraft, even though not destroyed, was partly damaged on its wing. Fire engines at the airport emptied their contents without any serious impact on the raging fire, which burnt without let until it had consumed the oil tanker.”

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Neither the airport representatives, nor the Turkish Airlines could be reached for comments, as at the time of filing this report.

It would be recalled that in April, 2014, a similar accident occurred in Kaduna as fire enfulged the State airport control tower and was temporarily closed. Only the next day, when a new mobile control tower was transported to the airport from Abuja, it became possible to resume the normal activities. However the cause of fire is yet to be determined in the course of the ongoing investigation.

Chimamanda Adichie Poses For Riposte Magazine


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Award winning writer Chimamanda Adichie photographed by one of Nigeria’s best photographers Lakin Ogunbanwo for Riposte Magazine. See more photos below…

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Security man commits suicide at popular fast food joint in Akute


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One of the security men at a popular fast food joint in Alagbole, Akute, a Lagos/Ogun suburb committed suicide in the early hours of today, Wednesday July 23rd. The security man whose name the company management chose not to disclose, hanged himself inside the kitchen of the fast food joint before it opened for business today.

The middle aged security man was said to have deleted all his phone contacts which made it difficult to contact his relatives. His body was removed this afternoon around 3:10pm from the eatery and taken to the mortuary. Won’t show you a pic of his body but there’s a pic of his corpse being removed below

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Bomb blast in Kaduna leaves at least 25 people dead


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A bomb concealed in a red Volkswagen golf car one went off this afternoon July 23rd along Alkali road which leads to the popular Murtala Square in Central Kaduna killing at least 15 people.

According to eyewitnesses, the bomb went off as a prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, drove past the road. They believe the bomb was target at his convoy but according to witnesses, the cleric escaped unhurt while passersby were killed. At least 25 bodies have so far been receovered

Other witnesses said the bomb was targeted at thousands of Muslims who gathered at the Murtala Square for Ramadan Tafsir under the leadership of Sheikh Bauchi. (pictured above)

The cleric is said to be an outspoken critic of Boko Haram and was on his way to the Murtala Square when the bomb went off.

Update: second bomb explodes in Kawo motor park area near I Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna

Enugu Deputy Gov. to be served impeachment notice for rearing chickens in Govt house


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22 out of the 24 members of the Enugu State House of Assembly yesterday July 22nd passed a resolution to serve the state deputy Governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, an impeachment notice over allegations of operating a commercial poultry farm within his official quarters in the state capital.

According to the lawmakers, the state deputy governor’s action contravenes their Feb 12 2013 resolution which ‘prohibited the maintenance and operation of a commercial livestock and poultry farms within residential neighborhoods in Enugu Metropolis in promotion of public health standards’.

They say an earlier directive by the state Governor, Chime Sullivan, to have the said poultry relocated by relevant ministry officials was disobeyed by the deputy governor who afterwards resorted to inviting pressmen to castigate the Governor. Continue…

The impeachment notice reads in part;

“Consequent upon the intimidation of the relevant officials of the government by the Deputy Governor in respect of the matter aforesaid, the governor of Enugu State (herein after referred to as “ the Governor via letters with reference numbers : GHE/CAO/31/239 and GHE/CAO/31/240 dated 24/12/2013 and 27/12/2013 respectively, directed the Deputy Governor to relocate the commercial poultry farm out of the premises of his official residential quarters , which is also within the general premises of the Government House Enugu and adjacent to the Governor’s office.
“The Deputy Governor further defied the directive herein and in a most discourteous manner and in utter disregard of the office of the governor, responded via a letter dated 8/1/2014, insisting that he would not relocate his commercial poultry farm from the premises of his official residential quarters.
“When the government through the appropriate Ministries and departments relocated the birds and cleared the premises of the noxious stench emanating therefrom, the Deputy Governor wrongfully deployed the resources and powers of his office as deputy governor to invite the press and openly castigated the government and her officials, thereby impugning and denigrating the authority and office of the governor and embarrassing the government.” it read.
The Deputy Governor is also being accused of constantly disrespecting the state Governor which obstructs the peaceful administration of the state.

Trouble Rocks Actress Bukky Wright’s 2nd Marriage!


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Not again! Nollywood screen goddess, Bukky Wright’s second marriage to her husband, Adewale Onitiri, may have collapsed!



The crack in the marriage, according to reports, became wider due to the distance between the couple, who live far apart.  

While Bukky returned to Lagos, Nigeria for her career and to run her businesses, her husband, whose first wife died of cancer related issues, stayed in Trenton, New Jersey, where they got married.

He is a Street Superintendent in Trenton with his three children in his care. 

Trouble reportedly reared its ugly head after Superintendent Onitiri returned to Nigeria unannounced, only to meet his wife’s absence at their Ajah, Lagos home.

 It was further alleged that the Kani star lied about her whereabouts when he asked where she was. 

With other unconfirmed tales of his wife’s alleged escapades in the country while he was in America, Mr. Onitiri was said to have been angry and requested she leave the couple’s Ajah, Lagos home. 

The relationship between the couple has since been shaky since the last incident, thus causing speculation and anxiety over the marriage.

Singer 9ice Impregnates Lover, To Marry Her Soon – Photos


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Even though 9ice has been off the music scene for a while now, love has found its way into the singer’s heart once again.

There are reports that 9ice’ lady love, Olasunkanmi Ajala is currently heavily pregnant with their first child. The couple started

dating about three years ago and have been living together for a while now.

Plans by close friends are already on the way for a baby shower which is slated for the first week in August 2014  after which she will leave for Houston to have the baby.

Their Nikkai ceremony has been planned for later this year- after Olasunkami delivers their baby

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Wizkid’s ‘Other Girl’ Caroline At War Against Tania Omotayo – Photos


Social media is now the best place for celebrity battles, displaying of wealth and talents and now more recently, finding out your celebrity partner has another girl…..

The latest news on social media is from Wizkid’s other girl, Caroline.  While we

don’t know how true her allegations are, she boldly lays claim to Wizkid as she sends series of messages to Wizkid’s main squeeze, Tania Omotayo on Twitter affirming her position in the superstar’s life.

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Pita, Frank Edwards, Mike Abdul, Lara George Dominate At The Crystal Awards 2014


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It’s good to see that Gospel singers in Nigeria have their own award gala where the best gospel talents in the country are recognized.

It was a massive turn out as everybody that matters in Nigeria’s gospel circle was present at the Muson Centre in Lagos yesterday, as the 2014 edition of The Crystal Awards was staged.

In attendance were notable names like Bolaji Mogaji, Kayode Olusoji, Moji Olusoji, Frank Edwards, Mike Abdul, Monique, Rasqui, Nene Soul Diva, Sabina, DJ Gosporella, Nikki Laoye, etc.

One of the high points of the event, was Olutola Omoniyi of Praiseworld Radio team proposing to to his girlfriend, when he came on stage to present the award for the Best Urban Inspirational Gospel song.

Full list of Crystal Awards 2014 recipients below:

1. Artiste of the Year: PITA
2. Song of the Year: “Morire” by Mike Abdul
3. Best Male Vocalist: Frank Edwards
4. Best Female Vocalist: Lara George
5. Best Praise Song: “Twale” by PITA
6. Best Worship Song: “Only You” by Nikki Laoye
7. Best Group: Tehila Crew
8. Best Rap/Hip Hop: IBK Spaceshipboi
9. Best Choir: Grace Assembly Choir
10. Album of the year: “Justified” by Eben
11. Best New Artiste: Preye
12. Best Video: “You Are Great” by Ayo Vincent ft. Joe Praize
13. Best Traditional Gospel: Okiki Jesu
14. Best Producer: Wilson Joel
15. Best Reggae: Buchi.
16. Best Video Director: Yinka Davids
17. Best On-air Personality: DJ Gosporella
18. Best Male Artiste In Diaspora: Lawrence Ikiri
19. Best Female Artiste In Diaspora: Isabella
20. Best Rock: Joe Praize
21. Best Use Of Instrument: Mike Aremu
22. Comedian of The Year: Akpororo
23. Best Collaboration: “Hail My King” by Obiwon ft. Frank Edwards, Eben & Kenny K’ore
24. Best Urban/Inspirational: “Badman” by Henrisoul

EVERGREEN AWARD: Pastor Joseph Adelakun Ayewa.

Mo Abudu Celebrates EbonyLife TV’s 1st Anniversary With Gov And First Lady Imoke And Other Celebs – Photos


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A tour of the Ebonylife TV studios was given to guests that came to celebrate with Ebony Life TV on its first anniversary and a live Pop-Up activation titled “The Studio Experience“.

“As we celebrate again, the first anniversary since our launch one year ago, I express my deepest thanks and heartfelt gratitude to God and to everyone in the EbonyLife TV family”, Mo Abudu said.

Present at the event were the Governor of Cross River Liyel Imoke, his wife Obioma Liyel-Imoke,  Gabriel Afolayan, Jadesola Osiberu, Adebola Williams, Kemi “Lala” Akindoju and Zeez.

To mark the first anniversary of EbonyLife TV, the chairman and CEO of the lifestyle and entertainment network Mo Abudu hosted guests to a live Pop-Up activation titled “The Studio Experience“.

The event was held on Sunday 20th July 2014 at the Tinapa Studios in Calabar.

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UWAJUMOGU, OKOROCHA AND IHITTE UBOMA COUNCIL FUNDS


Since I started pointing out the  funds looted by the governor Rochas Okorocha’s government  and their lack of arithmetic knowledge of governance, I have been branded so many unprintable names by a selected group of unproductive, uninformed, money hungry, favour seeking, paranoid supporters of the government and accused of being sponsored by political opponents .But this is not true. I am only a concerned citizen of Imo State that is angry  that Imo youths have no jobs and angry with what the thieving political elites currently in power  are doing in Imo State.

I’m disappointed that the governor’s supporters resorted to name-calling rather than addressing issues of stealing and  poor performance raised, but I’m not surprised given this  present Imo government  hooliganism way of confronting those who disagree with them. They are holding Samuelson Iwuoha illegally in detention for 2 months now for talking. No matter what they plan to do to me , i must talk. It is my right to talk as long as i am saying the truth.

June 6th 2011 was a day in Imo state that many people will not forget in a hurry. June 6th 2011 not only hurt; it was a day of woe for 10,000 workers in Imo state. On June 6th 2011, like the military-imperator that he is, Chief Rochas Okorocha the Governor of Imo State announced the sack  of 10,000 Imo youths. The Governor called it the so-called Ohakim’s 10,000 jobs. But a  job is a job, whether Ohakim’s job or not, at least it is a job handed over to  10,000 Imo  youths.

Okorocha  announced to everyone who has ears that Imo State cannot pay the salaries of the 10,000 legally employed graduates and had to send them into a long night walk. To Okorocha, that  was good for them, unemployment, the angry hunger, that was what  they deserve. The 10,000 suspended workers went home peeking into windows, watching tired housewives trying to fight off their beer-maddened husbands. Some of them became drunks like my friend, poor Jenifer, angry and lost like the whistle of a passing train.

The disengaged workers in their thousands staged several non violent demonstration in Owerri the state capital ,demanding for their reinstatement to no avail. Okorocha turned  deaf ears .I watched my friend Jenifer drink away her sorrows  daily in the night. I felt  her plight and the sadness  was so great. I heard her tears; I heard the tears of her parents. It was  like cigarette smoke climbing a chapel of dark vines.

The same man who together with Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu (Speaker of Imo House of Assembly )sacked  10,000 youths in Imo State is the same man that connived with the same Speaker to siphon  our local government funds. These men want us  to vote  them in  again  in 2015. Okorocha wants to be re-elected as governor while Uwajumogu wants to become Senator. A  stealing governor and a stealing Speaker of the House of Assembly  as well as  a stealing Chief of Staff to the governor all want  our vote in 2015. Odikwa egwu o.

It is also too bad to note that the thieving  Imo State House of Assembly Speaker Mr  Benjamin Uwajumogu is  part of the policies which have worsened  the prevailing plight of the Imo  masses. It is on record that the high catalogue of withdrawals, misappropriation, disregard to public procurement rules, happen with the consent of the Imo Speaker . Uwajumogu connived  with Ali Baba(Okorocha) , aided and abetted gross financial impropriety in Imo state.

 

Mr Benjamin Uwajumogu is from Ihitte Uboma LGA. Ihitte Uboma have you asked what happened to your council funds for 3 years now? Join me to ask  Ali Baba and his thieving Speaker: where are the local roads for Ihitte Uboma, where are the health care centres, good schools and standard markets for Ihitte Uboma? What about water for Ihitte Uboma. What about jobs for Ihitte Uboma Youths? Where are the projects  for  development in Ihitte Uboma? Lack of basic amenities has made Ihitte Uboma   a ghost environment .Where is the 4.6 billion naira that came from FG  to Ihitte Uboma  LGA from  May 2011  to December 2013?  Uwajumogu and his Oga Rochas don chop am vugavuga. Yet they want our votes in 2015.

Ihitte/Uboma is a Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Isinweke. It has an area of 104 square km and a population of 120,744 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 472. Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area is located on the Eastern part of Imo State. It is washed on the East by Imo River which separates the Area from Umuahia Local Government Area of Abia State. On the North, it is bound by Okigwe Local Government Area while on the West it is bound by Ehime Mbano Local Government Area. Southwards, it shares boundaries with Obowo and Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Areas. It has a land Area of 109 square Kilometers. It is accessible from Owerri through Aguneze Road and lies on the Federal Trunk A road from Umuahia to Anara.

From May 2011 to December 2011 the sum of N1, 190, 078,853.54 came from FG to Ihitte Uboma LGA. From January 2012 to December 2012 the sum of N1, 655,419,306.48 came from FG to this council..From January 2013 to December 2013 the sum of N1,799,486,610.76 came from FG to the same  LGA making a total of N4,644,984,770.78 . What happened to these monies? Uwajumogu and his Oga don wack am. Imagine how developed Ihitte Uboma would have been with  4.6 billion  naira .

This  capitalist  thieving  Speaker, the Bertie Smalls of Imo State and his Oga  , unless removed from power   will  always and would always directly loot Imo monies  that ought to be used to better the lot of the vast majority of the  Imo  population. Find below the total breakdown of money that came from FG to Ihitte Uboma LGA from May 2011 to December 2013 that was squandered.

May 2011 N91,533,112.46

June 2011 N122,366,508.21

July 2011 N216,947,627.45

Aug 2011 N126,836,608.57

Sept 2011 N128,840,145.59

Oct 2011 N150,262,794.29

Nov 2011 N205,191,710.72

Dec 2011 N129,221,316.62

Jan 2012 N145,898,474.40

Feb 2012 N129,343,769.80

March 2012 N161,598,126.95

April 2012 N130,699,645.22

May 2012 N121,220,078.42

June 2012 N121,353,541.63

July 2012 N115,618,264.43

Aug 2012 N148,936,863.47

Sept 2012 N115,828,556.05

Oct 2012 N114,176,087.55

Nov 2012 N151,007,223.80

Dec 2012 N199,738,674.76

Jan 2013 N149,835,002.80

Feb 2013 N122,934,999.56

March 2013 N161,598,126.95

April 2013 N153,803,678.84

May 2013 N163,307,367.48

June 2013 N168,099,844.56

July 2013 N128,957,614.78

Aug 2013 N151,091,500.57

Sept 2013 N128,575,414.16

Oct 2013 N115,828,556.05

Nov 2013 N150,262,794.29

Dec 2013 N205,191,710.72

-Kenneth Uwadi, Mmahu-Egbema, Imo State, Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil Name Dunga New Boss


Brazil have announced that Dunga will return to take charge of the national team, four years after guiding the country to the quarter-finals of the Fifa World Cup.

The former Internacional boss, 50, captained Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title- their fourth triumph.

His first spell with ‘A Selecao’ began in 2006. He then managed Brazil to their second straight Copa America title the next year before advancing into the last eight of the World Cup hosted in South Africa, where they lost out to eventual finalists, the Netherlands. Dunga was dismissed by the CBF in July 2010.

Dunga Returns for a Second Spell With the Brazil National Team.

He’s nine-month spell with Internacional- the club with whom he started and ended his playing career- ended in October last year after a series of losses.

“I am immensely happy to be back,” said Dunga.

He replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who stepped down after reaching the semi-finals of the 2014 tournament hosted on home soil, but suffered a 7-1 humiliation by eventual champions Germany.

Scolari and his backroom staff all left their post since the World Cup ended last month.

The former Kuwait and Portugal coach led Brazil to their fifth World Cup triumph in 2002.

Photos From Stephanie Okereke’s Acting Debut In Hollywood – Photos


Stephanie Okereke-Linus shares photos from the set of her Hollywood movie titled, Bonville Redemption.

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Photos From King Sunny Ade’s Daughter’s Wedding


King Sunny Ade gave away one of his daughter’s in marriage in Ondo state over the weekend.

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Actress Angela Okorie Shares New Photos


Nollywood actress, Angela Okorie shares lovely news photos…….
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Davido Speaks On Flaunting His Wealth On Social Media


Award winning singer, Davido like some of his other colleagues flaunts his hard earned money and luxury items on social media as many times as he can without a care in the world.
In a recent chat, the young and vibrant singer speaks on why he flaunts his wealth on social media. He said:
 

“I don’t call it flaunting of wealth. It is my car, my money and it is even my page. You don’t have to follow me on instagram. You don’t have to follow me on social media. It would have being different if I was advertising all this on a billboard. I am not doing that” he said.

 

Culled from Encomium Magazine.

Adamawa: Ex MILAD, Marwa, Declares Guber Ambition


Buba-MarwaFormer military administrator of Lagos and Borno States and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Brig-Gen. Muhammadu Buba Marwa (rtd) has declared his intention to contest the forthcoming Adamawa State governorship election following the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako and ‘resignation’ of his deputy, Bala James Ngillari.

Marwa, who made the declaration at the Conference Hall of Lelewal Motel in Yola, the state capital yesterday, took time to tell the delegates and party leaders of Adamawa Central Senatorial District his reasons for joining the race again after failing in previous attempts.

He said, “You are aware of the development in our state as the governor was impeached while his deputy had resigned and the speaker is acting governor necessitating the conduct of an election in the next three months as stipulated by the constitution”.

But in a swift reaction, another PDP chieftain in the state and a former gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Umar Ardo, has declared the aspiration of Marwa null and void, saying the party will never accept his aspiration as he remains a fugitive and prodigal son having defected to the Congress for Progressive Change, which later became APC, before defecting back to the party recently.

Ardo said the party’s constitution was clear on people who defected out of the party and later returned, saying such a party member would have to wait for a year before been eligible to contest for any office or has to be given waiver.

Former Minister, Ezekwesili, Narrates Encounter With SSS Operatives At Abuja Airport


former-world-bank-vice-president-for-africa-mrs.-oby-ezekwesiliA former Minister of Education and one of the coordinators of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Dr (Mrs) Obi Ezekwesili, has spoken out about her Monday encounter with operatives of the Department of State Security Services at the Abuja International Airport.

Ezekwesili, who was delayed and harassed by SSS operatives for over 40 minutes at the airport, was traveling to London to appear on a scheduled programme of the BBC, HardTalk.

While in London on Tuesday, the former minister and retired Vice President of the World Bank (Africa), who is also a trustee of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, narrated her ordeal during her visit to the association members in that country, as contained in a statement by the CANAN Executive Director, Pastor Laolu Akande:

“I arrived at the airport yesterday (on Monday) to travel to London on British Airline. First, after the luggage screening section, I moved to the Customs people, sitting right next to it and do a more thorough bag search. Rather than they handling my luggage as is the practice, there were three SSS men, who rudely took over before they could do so, and ordered me to open my bag.

“I was travelling light, with just my hand luggage leather roll on and my computer bag. I placed the bag for them (to see) and one was already furiously frisking through it when the Customs advised that a woman be allowed to do it. She was allowed and she did it.

“She finished, zipped up the luggage and they said I could proceed. But I asked that the computer bag be also searched, and they did.

“I went on to do my checking and got my boarding pass, and was swiftly done. I arrived the Departure Immigration Desk at about 7.15am and presented my passport and forms. The Immigration staff did his processing and handed to the SSS official. Usually, their entire process lasts no more than five to 10 minutes on a passport.

“As a frequent traveller through our Lagos and Abuja airports, I speak based on experience and evidence. Even on the same day, the process for other travellers that I witnessed did not last more than five minutes. But on Monday, it became five, 10, 15 and 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 minutes for the Departure Desk processing for me, with no explanation given except “We act under instruction.

“He responded, “I am not doing this personally madam. I am simply acting based on instruction, and you of all persons should understand that.

“When it was 20 minutes into the process, and with BA announcing the final boarding call for the 8am flight, the officer walked out of the cubicle, heading off. I followed him, asking where he was going without giving back my passport nor an explanation on why it was being withheld. His nonchalant response was “just wait. I am trying to help you.

“It became evident that they withheld the passport to detain me at their departure desk in order to miss the flight. That was when I tweeted @ 7.37am “@obyezeks: Is this a democracy? I am being detained by the SSS @ Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The SSS has refused to give my passport to me.” At 7.41am “@obyezeks: On my way to London this morning for my @BBCHARDtalk appearance billed for tomorrow and the SSS has detained me by withholding my passport.

“At that point, I brought out my phone to record him even as I asked for the passport. He got angry and charged at me that he would seize my phone. Then his colleague screamed at him a third time to handover the passport. He did”.

WE PLEAD WITH IMO POLICE COMMISSIONER TO LET CITIZEN IKENNA SAMUELSON GO!


WE PLEAD WITH IMO POLICE COMMISSIONER TO LET CITIZEN IKENNA SAMUELSON GO!

 

MEMO TO: PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN AND PRESIDENT BARRACK OBOMA.

 

The Good people of Imo State should Note:

  1. The so called cult Group that went on rampage and killed one of their own has exonerated citizen Samuelson- that means citizen Samuelson is INNOCENT.
  2. On whose account is the forensic this and that for?
  3. Speaker Uwajumogu and his Oga at the Douglas House are hiding under Forensic results to delay Samuelson’s release because they know he is innocent.
  4. Speaker Uwajumogu should know that No condition is permanent. Tomorrow belongs to Samuelson! Soon Uwajumogu will beg Samuelson!

 

It is a worthwhile that Citizen Ikenna Samuelson and wife are  set free because for close seven weeks (3rd June 22nd July 2014) now the good people of Imo State have been fed with false allegations of Samuelson being an accomplice to an alleged murder case, after some cult groups went on rampage. Samuelson is not, and has never been a cult member, and cannot be a cult member for whatever reason. The only thing Speaker Uwajumogu and Co has against citizen Iwuoha is that he (Samuelson) complained about the ill treatment the Imo Speaker meted to him as his former S.A. on media.

The Imo Commissioner of Police in his wisdom have tried severally to resolve this matter. On each attempt, the legislative and Executive powers have blocked his honest efforts. But No power is greater than that of God Almighty. There is always a tomorrow. The Good people of Imo State are anxiously, waiting to hear or see the evidences and findings from the investigative reports of Samuelson’s involvement but to No Avail. Behold an opportunity they have been looking for did come. Show Imo people EVIDENCE of Samuelson’s murder allegations. We plead with Imo Commissioner of Police to use his Executive powers to let this INNOCENT people go out of this Speaker Uwajumogu and Co. induced captivity. Samuelson did tell the whole world of the devilish plan by Speaker Uwajumogu and Co. to Rope him in. they staged that coup. Hold Speaker Uwajumogu and Co. Responsible on whatever happens to citizen Samuelson and family… Samuelson is now a Political Prisoner of Uwajumogu and Co. let the Nigerian public and the International Community known this…

 

Signed:

Edison Jones, Ike Maginus & Deborah Cynthia

For Free Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha & Wife

Global Initiative, Washington, Vianna and Berlin.

 

CC:

-       President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

-       Barrack Oboma of the United States

-       Inspector General of Police

-       Senate President Senator David Mark

-       Senator Ike Ekweremadu

-       Senator Chris Anyanwu

-       Senator Hope Uzodinma

-       Barr. Festus Keyamo (SAN)

-       To Men and women of Goodwill

 

 

 

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HURIWA Urges INEC To Call Metuh, Lai Mohammed To Order Over Inflammatory Statements


Lai-Metuh1A non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has expressed concern about the adverse effects the gale of impeachment and attempted impeachment of state governors is generating across the country.

It called on the Nigerian political class to declare a general period of national truce.

HURIWA, in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, called on the national leaderships of the various political parties as well as strategic national political stakeholders to convoke a self-funded national political peace conference to sign a memorandum of understanding on the enforcement of the national period of peace, quiet and tranquility to be supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The group also asked President Goodluck Jonathan to direct his retinue of aides to desist from issuing messages that only create further disunity and polarisation of Nigerians along political divides.

“Presidential aides must not turn their offices to partisan war fronts since they are called to offer national service to the Fatherland through the office of the President of all Nigerians elected by the electorate that cut across all party affiliations”, it said.

“It is unthinkable that politicians are apparently chasing after rats even while the Nigerian house is on fire. This attitude is satanic and reprehensible because if nothing concrete is done to join forces with the current Federal Government to wage result-oriented battle against the armed Islamic insurgents, then soon we may not have a country to call our own”.

HURIWA also called on INEC to as a matter of urgency, call to order, with a threat of sanction, the national publicity secretaries of the ruling PDP and the opposition APC and compel them to stop making seditious statements capable of truncating the current democratic atmosphere in the country.

It added, “INEC must act fast and be decisive in ensuring that political parties registered under the Nigerian constitution are not converted to weapons of generating national disunity and war among the different segments and fault lines inherent in the Nigerian state.

“INEC must save the Nigerian democracy from collapsing under the heavy fire power of hate messages that are spewing out from the offices of the national publicity secretaries of both the Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress.

“The office of the National Security Adviser to the President should also be concerned about the ugly turn of hate messages that are churned out by the two leading political parties of Nigeria because these divisive and emotional sentiments are clear and present danger to Nigeria’s national security”.

We’re Working Hard To Win More States In 2015, Says APGA


victor umehThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh has charged members to roll up their sleeves and work as the party is set to not only reclaim its mandate in Imo State, but also win more states in the next general elections.

He said efforts would be redoubled to reposition the party ahead of the 2015 election.

Umeh spoke in Abuja at a ceremony marking the inauguration of the 21-member Caretaker Committee for Imo State by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

The APGA Chairman said: “We are working hard to make sure that we take back our mandate in Imo State. Do not allow your personal interest to hinder the job you need to do. You are to work for the party and not for any individual.

“The leadership of the party is working hard to win more state in the 2015 and we are not leaving any stone unturned. Open doors to everybody who want to join the party for progress. There are many people who were disappointed and want to join; please embrace them. If we do not win elections, the party will die and we do not want that to happen.

“Following the dissolution of the Caretaker Committee of our party in Imo State by the National Working Committee at its meeting at the National secretariat on June 24, 2014, the NWC at its meeting of July 11, 2014 reconstituted and approved the following membership of the Caretaker Committee in Imo State, pending the conduct of the next state congress”.

Former Commissioner in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Peter Ezeobi, heads the caretaker committee.

Other members of the committee include: Deputy Chairman, Dr. David Iwuagwu; State Secretary Victor Chidi Diala; Vice Chairman Okigwe; Chief Ben Ogbuehi; Vice Chairman Orlu Sir Eugene Obi; Vice Chairman Owerri Dr. Chima Nwosu; Organising Secretary Chief John Iwuala; and Women Leader, Mrs Uche Duruzoe Agbasi.

Others are: Treasurer Jerry Okoro; Legal Adviser Mr. Ikechukwu Ikeji; Assistant Secretary, Pastor Innocent Udunwoke; State Auditor, Obinna Ibe; Assistant Organizing Secretary Emeka Diwe; Assistant Publicity Secretary George Nkworji; Assistant Treasurer Uzozie Gregory; Youth leader Emeka Nwankwo; Financial Secretary Hon. Damian Oguh; Assistant Youth Leader Hon. Ray Chukwuma Metu; State Welfare Secretary Lady Bernadeh Omeiri; Assistant State Auditor  Stephen Anugom; Ex-Officio Members are: Mrs. Chika Ononiwu, Evan Nwakanma, Chief Solomon Eze, Chief Eugene Nzeme and Mr. Okeke Uvhenna Cyprian.

EFCC Quizzes Ex-Adamawa Deputy Governor • Declares Nyako Wanted


EFCC-300x195Impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He is wanted in connection with the ongoing probe of alleged mismanagement of public funds during his tenure as governor for more than seven years.

Nyako was impeached by members of the State House of Assembly following his indictment by a seven-man investigation panel headed by Buba Kaigama.

Of the 20 allegations levied against him, the House of Assembly found Nyako ‘guilty’ of 16 before sacking him from office on July 15.

Some of the allegations were alleged diversion of N2.3billion meant for workers’ salaries; illegal diversion of N1billion earmarked for the State Scholarship Trust Fund; diversion of N142million emoluments of workers; fraudulent award of contracts of N8billion, among others.

This is just as his erstwhile deputy, Bala Ngilari, was also quizzed by the EFCC on Tuesday for about three hours, in connection with the said alleged fraud in the management of the state resources.

He was released on administrative bail.

Confirming the development, EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the decision to declare Nyako wanted was borne out of the agency’s inability to serve him summons either in person or through other means.

According to Uwujaren, “there has been an ongoing probe, even when he was governor, but we could not invite him then because of the immunity he enjoyed.

“When he is no longer a governor, all efforts to even serve summons on him were abortive, as he could not be reached at all.

“He could also not be contacted, either personally or through others means of formally inviting him to answer certain questions concerning the investigation being carried out in the state. The commission had no choice but to declare him wanted.”

He added that “I can also confirm to you that the former deputy governor (Ngilari) was here (EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja) today (Tuesday)”.

No going back on Al Makura’s impeachment – Nasarawa lawmakers


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Despite the uproar generated as a result of the impeachment move against Governor Al-Makura, the Nassarawa State House of Assembly, yesterday, said it would continue with the impeachment processes against the Governor.

The chairman, House Committee on Information, Baba Ibaku, while disclosing this to Vanguard said the protests by the Governor’s supporters would not retard them from the impeachment process.

Nasarawa Assembly directs Chief Judge to set up investigative panel


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The impeachment saga revolving round Governor Tanko Al-Makura has taken a different turn as the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has directed the state Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko, to quickly inaugurate a 7 man panel to investigate Governor Tanko Al-Makura, who is being accused by  the lawmakers of committing offences that contravene the state law.

The lawmakers resolved on the impeachment option against the governor last week, levelling some 16 offences against his office.

The House has however directed that a seven-man panel will examine the charges, stating that the panel would be announced by the Chief judge of the state.
Premium Time reports that the Speaker of the state Assembly, Musa Mohammed, (PDP – Nasarawa Central, issued the directive, after a motion was moved by the majority leader , Godiya Akwashiki (PDP), representing Nasarawa Eggon West constituency.

The motion was immediately supported by Mohammed Baba Ibaku (PDP), representing Udege Loko constituency, and it was unanimously adopted by all 20 PDP lawmakers.

However, the four All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in the house rejected the resolution.The investigative committee will send its report to the House within seven days.

Al-Makura has been under fire since the past weeks over the move to impeach him by the State Assembly. The move has however generated series of controversies in the state as supporters of the Governor last week stormed the street in protest against the lawmakers.

Osun 2014: INEC National Commissioner arrives state for supervision


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National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ambassador Ahmed Wali, yesterday arrived Osun State.

He is expected to lead supervision in the August 9 governorship election.

A press statement issued by the Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Commission in Osogbo, Mrs Adenike Tadese, said the deployment by the leadership of the Commission was to enhance transparency and fairness during the election.

Chibok girls: Four more parents die of heart failure


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Four more parents of the abducted girls from Chibok area of Borno State have died of heart attack like the seven others announced by the Borno state government earlier, thus raising the number to eleven.

The National Chairman, Chibok community, Pogu Bitrus, made this known on Tuesday.Seven of the parents had earlier died of trauma.

Recall that the Cable online newspaper quoted Bitrus as saying that seven of the parents of the girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect on April 14 from their hostel at Government Secondary School, Chibok, died of heart attack and frustration.

Bitrus was said to have made this disclosure on July 5, this year.

“One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of a coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters until life left him,” Bitrus said on Tuesday.

The community leader added that at least, four more parents died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses.

It was gathered that seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari early this month.
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“No court can stop PDP from changing any state exco” – Edwin Clark


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The leader of the South South geopolitical zone and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Edwin Clark has said that nobody can stop the party from making any changes in any state chapter of the party where it deems fit to do so.

Chief Clark said this during an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja over the weekend on the recent court order obtained by one Chukwuemeka Aaron, a crony of the Junior Minister for State, Nyeso Wike. Aaron had gone to court asking it to order INEC to recognise the state exco led by Felix Obuah. The Court presided over by Justice Chukwu had granted Aaron’s prayers which also include an order restraining the National office of the party from dissolving the exco until the expiration of its four-year tenure.

Another order made by the court which also contradicts the constitution of the party is that the party should not accept any list of candidates for election except from the Obuah-led exco.

But Chief Clark who revealed how he has fought for the good of the people of the zone as he is still doing in the on-going National Conference, said that it was wrong for anybody to seek to contravene the laws of the PDP by going to court to obtain a suspicious court order.

The one time Minister of Information known to be vocal on National issues particularly the Niger Delta took a swipe at those whom he said want to hold the President to ransom for the 2015 election. He said, “they want to hold the President to ransom because of their selfish interest but we will never allow that. Nobody can stop the party from making changes necessary to unite our members to ensure total victory at the polls”.

Meanwhile, there are indications that the ruling party, PDP, may disregard the Court Order obtained by Wike. The Party, according to Hon. Lolo Ibieneye cannot afford to risk INEC’s sledge hammer since the state exco currently is not properly constituted. “It is a 2-man Exco and that falls short of the requirements of the law”, he said.

11 Parents Of Chibok Girls Dead Since Abductions


No fewer than 11 parents of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped inside the Government Girls Secondary School, in Chibok, Borno State have died since Islamists extremists, Boko Haram, perpetrated the act, latest residents report.

According to the report, since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls on 14 April, 2014, their hometown, Chibok and its surrounding villages are still under siege from Boko Haram insurgents.

A health worker, who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists, informed that seven fathers of the kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month.

It was also gathered from a community leader, Pogu Bitrus, that at least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses that the community blames on trauma due to the mass abduction 100 days ago.

“One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him,” said Bitrus.

Only on Tuesday, 22 July, 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan met with many parents of the 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and some classmates who managed to escape from their captors.

For months the parents have been asking to see the president and he finally agreed last week to a request from Pakistani girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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Chibok, the town where the girls were kidnapped, is cut off because of frequent attacks on the roads that are studded with burned out vehicles. Commercial flights no longer go into the troubled area and the government has halted charter flights.

The Associated Press also reported that Boko Haram is closing in on Chibok, attacking villages ever closer to the town. Villagers who survive the assaults are swarming into the town, swelling its population and straining resources.

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A presidential committee investigating the kidnappings said 219 girls are still missing. But the community says there are more because some parents refused to give the committee their daughters’ names, fearing the stigma involved.

Most of the abducted schoolgirls are believed to be held in the Sambisa Forest – a wildlife reserve that includes almost impenetrably thick jungle as well as more open savannah.

The forest borders on sand dunes marking the edge of the Sahara Desert. Sightings of the girls and their captors have been reported in neighboring Cameroon and Chad.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan insists his government and military are doing everything possible to ensure the girls’ release. The Defense Ministry says it knows where they are but fears any military campaign could lead to their deaths.

After three months, few Chibok residents believe all the schoolgirls will ever return home.

According to a new video released this week, the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau repeated his demands that Jonathan release detained extremists in exchange for the girls. An offer Jonathan has so far refused.

Era of imposition is over in PDP – Fayose


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Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, said the era of imposition of candidates for elective offices in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was gone.

Fayose stated this at a meeting he held with aspirants for legislative and local government elective positions on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti.

He said both the national and state chapters of the party had learnt a lot from the process that led to his election as governor.

“It is now evident that imposition of candidates for political offices does not produce popular candidates and is capable of making a party to lose sympathy of the electorate,’’ he said.

The governor-elect told the aspirants that the party would screen each aspirant before they could be allowed to participate in the election.

He therefore urged all aspirants not to bribe any party leader as such would not help them.

Fayose also said that the party would not hesitate to sanction any erring member who remained in the party and still work against it.

He said his government would ensure that all members of the party benefited from one thing or the other during his tenure.

The State chairman of the party, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, for supporting the party to win the Ekiti governorship election.

One time Education Minister, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, solicited the people of Ekiti and party members’ support for the governor-elect to enable him perform better than the outgoing administration.

“SUPPORT MR. PRESIDENT, ARMED FORCES WITH PRAYERS”-AKWA IBOM GOV’S WIFE


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Nigerians have been advised to persevere in prayer for the safety of the Chibok girls and for divine guidance for President Goodluck Jonathan and the armed forces as they work to secure their release. The call was made by the wife of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio at a solemn assembly organised by the state government to mark 100 days after the abduction of more than 250 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.
Addressing a group of girls who attended the prayer session from various schools across the state, the governor’s wife said: “Just thinking about them and their situation brings tears to our eyes. They are young people like you and I know as innocent children, God will hear your prayers and bring your friends back to their parents.
“It is a difficult time for our nation. We must persevere in prayer for the safety of those young girls. But we must not also stop praying for Mr. President and our security agencies, for God to give them the courage and wisdom they need to deal with this challenge. Only God can reward the wonderful, self-sacrificing work of our security forces. We must keep praying for them, because if we stop praying for them they will make mistakes.”
The governor’s wife also used the occasion to warn the school children to be on guard against child trafficking and baby factory syndicates who specialise in abducting or enticing young girls with gifts only to lure them into prostitution and baby factories where they are forced to have babies who are later sold. She advised the children to take full advantage of the state’s free education programme and to watch out for predators whose aim is to truncate their education and ruin their future. “I will give all of you my phone number after this event. Call me directly any time you feel you are in trouble or if anyone tries to take advantage of you” she told the children.
The event which featured prayer, benediction and praise sessions was attended by the state’s Deputy Governor Lady Valerie Ebe, the Secretary to the State Government, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, members of the state executive council and girls from some secondary schools in the state.

RE-PDP PARADES ROGUES AS ASPIRANTS BY NICK OPARANDUDU: THE WORSE UNGUIDED COMMENT OF A POLITICAL VAGABOND


CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)
OWERRI ZONE CHAPTER
 
 
RE-PDP PARADES ROGUES AS ASPIRANTS BY NICK OPARANDUDU: THE WORSE UNGUIDED COMMENT OF A POLITICAL VAGABOND
 
Our attention has been drawn to a publication on the front page through page two of the Nigerian Horn Newspapers of July 14th-15th, 2014 wherein our great party, the People’s Democratic Party was labeled as a platform that “PARADES ROGUES” which was credited to the current Commissioner for Internally Generated Revenue and Pension Matters in Imo State, Mr. Nick Oparandudu.
 
As much as we, the CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY in Owerri zone, the hub of Imo State cannot join issues with this advocate of dogmatism and political vagabond, we will also not sit and watch him and his likes disparage the reputation and integrity of PDP in Owerri zone in particular and Imo State in general.
 
As we all know especially in Owerri zone, Nick Oparandudu is a no body, but an ordinary political beggar who cannot command the respect of his immediate family owing to his stiff stinginess, arrogance, pride and gossip.
 
The  unprintable comment  spearheaded by Mr. Nick Oparandudu, the Commissioner for IGR and Pension Matters, who  incidentally  is  warming up to occupy the Owerri zone senatorial seat in 2015 can only be described as the highest level of political accident ever seen, witnessed or heard by an aspirants in the 21st century.
 
As bona fide indigenes of our dear and only zone, (Owerri), Mr. Oparandudu’s character and disposition disqualify him from wining any elective position in the state; he does not command any followership in his fathers’ compound as most of the youths in his immediate family have refused to join APC because of him. Mr. Oparandudu’s penny-pinching life style, rather than attract followers, repel them.
 
By every record available to us, he is clearly incapable of winning ordinary village Chairman in his compound, let alone his polling booth. Mr. Oparandudu  is  largely  perceived  as  one  of  those  appointees  of  the  present administration  who  have  failed  to  use  their  positions  to  attract  supporters  to  the Governor.  In fact, his attitude to people makes them hate the present government the more.
 
In addition, his actions and utterances are nauseating. That Mr. Oparandudu even contemplated presenting himself to represent Owerri zone in the hallowed chambers of senate is indeed preposterous, to say the least. 
 
It may be umpteenth to remind Mr. Oparandudu that many people have sharpened their swords and corked their firearms, waiting for him and his aspiration as revenge for what they consider wasted three years of appointment while wasting the internally generated revenue of the state in hotels, overseas and on women. Those three years cannot be said to have benefited the people of Owerri North LGA where he comes from let alone Owerri zone in general apart from Nick and Nick alone.
 
People like him do not deserve more empowerment. We honestly wish to advise Mr. Oparandudu that his desire to ascend to the Senate will suffer a great set back even before the race commences if his obsession with unguided comments against his possible political rivals is not stopped forthwith. He should desist from inciting the general public rudely or make his brothers and sisters his political opponents when they are not.
 
May we sound it very loud that Mr. Oparandudu does not belong to our political class but only hangs in balance. We do not know the quality Governor Rochas Okorocha saw in him that led to his appointment as a Commissioner in the state when his immediate family sees him as a political failure whose appearance in any administration attracts individual hatreds.
 
 As Concerned Members of our Great Party in Owerri Zone, we hereby advice Governor Okorocha, all Commissioners and other Appointees from Owerri zone to begin to distance themselves from Mr. Oparandudu and offload him from this present government as he is more of political liabilities than assets.  We also reiterate that our hated for the Rescue Mission Government led by Governor Rochas Okorocha is because Mr. Nick Oparandudu is involved and until he gives way, we shall not consider partnering with this administration.
 
Lastly, we wish to restate our unalloyed support to our great party, the People’s Democratic Party and Barr Anyaehie’s led state executive believing that the unwarranted and unguided comment of a political refugee, Mr. Nick Oparandudu will never deter us from achieving our mandate in 2015.
 
Chief Iwueke John-Bright                             Dr. Joe Ikpeama
(Owerri Zonal Coordinator)                                         (Publicity Secretary)