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To week started on a positive note, as it was announced that Nigeria has emerged the largest economy in Africa.

Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan beat off a sustained challenge from Vietnam’s Van Cong Le to win gold at the IPP Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai.

World Wrestling Entertainment star, James Hellwig, popularly known as Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday passed on at the age of 54.

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed a budget of 4.695 trillion Naira for the 2014 fiscal year.

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Nigeria Emerges As The Largest Economy In Africa After GDP Rebasing.

Statistician-General of Nigeria, Dr. Yemi Kale announced at an event in Abuja on Sunday, April 6, 2014, that Nigeria has emerged the largest economy in Africa.
He announced that the current GDP of the country stands at $510 billion, and according to him, this makes Nigeria the largest economy in Africa.

Explaining the concept of GDP and how it is calculated, in a presentation on the process of rebasing the nation’s GDP, Dr. Kale noted that rebasing does not imply new figures only, but shows clearly the performance of the economy in data form.

He noted that rebasing and re-benchmarking of the GDP was just one of the things the country needs to get its statistics right.

Yakubu Adesokan Wins Gold at IPC Powerlifting World Championships

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Nigeria’s Yakubu Adesokan beat off a sustained challenge from Vietnam’s Van Cong Le in what was considered an incredibly tense men’s -49kg, which saw the world record fall three times at the IPP Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai.

The gold medal looked to be Le’s after the 29 year-old broke Adesokan’s world record with a lift of 177kg in the second round, and improved it further still with a 180kg lift in the third round.

However, Adesokan showed true champion qualities with a final lift of 181kg to take back the world record and complete a unique Grand Slam of Paralympic, world and Commonwealth titles.

Russia’s London 2012 silver medalist Vladimir Balynetc (166kg) finished third, whilst the junior world record went to 15 year-old Iranian Mohsen Bakhtiar (131kg) who finished tenth overall.

WWE’s Ultimate Warrior Dies At 54

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World Wrestling Entertainment star, James Hellwig, popularly known as Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday passed on at the age of 54.

It was reported that the wrestler while on a walk with his wife fell and died, he is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters, Indiana and Mattigan.
Before his death, during his final public appearance – his first on WWE Monday Night Raw since 1996 – the wrestler spoke about his legacy. “No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” he told the audience.

“Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalised by the storytellers – by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever”.

Ultimate warrior has wrestled with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, British Buddog, Sean Micheal, Hitman, The Rock and Kamala amongst others.

Nigerian Senate Passes 4.6 Trillion Naira 2014 Budget

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday considered and passed a budget of 4.695 trillion Naira (about 29.3 billion dollars) for the 2014 fiscal year.

The amount represents an increase of 53 billion Naira from the initial 4.642 trillion Naira presented to the National Assembly on December 19, 2013 by the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan.

Of the amount, 408.7 Naira was approved for statutory transfers, as against the 399.7 proposed by the executive.

The sum of 712 billion was approved for debt service as proposed.

The Senate also approved the sum of 2.5 trillion Naira for recurrent non-debt expenditure while the sum of 1.1 trillion Naira was approved for capital expenditure for the 2014 fiscal year.

In the proposal presented by the executive, the recurrent expenditure was 2.4 trillion Naira and the capital expenditure was 1.1 trillion Naira.

The approval was based on an oil price benchmark of $77.5 per barrel, Crude oil production of 2.3883 million barrels per day, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 6.75 per cent, Inflation rate of 9.5 per cent and Exchange Rate of 160 Naira to $1.00.

While presenting the budget Okonjo-Iweala said: “This budget is the budget for job creation and inclusive growth; meaning that it is a budget which will continue the president’s transformation agenda for several sectors of the economy.

“The budget is going to support the push in agriculture. It will kick-start the housing sector where we can create more jobs.  It is designed to promote our policies that would support manufacturing because jobs would be created there.

“Industries will also be created in solid minerals. All these support will continued to be unleashed.  Job creation is the key to really solving the problems of the Nigerian economy.”

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Maylasian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, on Monday, informed the families of those missing on flight MH370 that the plane likely crashed in the Indian Ocean west of Perth.

Authorites of Bowen University, Osun State shut down the school till April 1, following students’ protest

Former Director-General of NAFDAC and former Federal Minister of Information & Communication, Dora Akunyili denies reports that she is critically ill.

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed, Zenith Bank MD, Godwin Emefiele as the next CBN governor

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday declared toll collection on the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge illegal

The murder trial of South African Paralympic and Olympic track star, Oscar Pistorius, was on Friday, adjourned to the 7th of April.

Nigeria singer/rapper Zara Gretti on Friday, passed on at the age of 28.

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Bowen University Shut Down Following Students Protest

The authorities of Bowen University, Osun State, have sent their students packing and directed that the school be closed down till April 1, following students’ protest which took place on March 19.

The protest was sparked by angry students over lack of electricity, water supply and plans by the authority to increase the school fees.

Some of the students revealed that power would be switched off at 8am, switched back on by 8pm and switched off again at 11pm. They also alleged that the time table given for eating is mostly during classes.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Matthew Ojo said that the decision was to allow for investigation into the cause of the unrest which left several vehicles and school infrastructure worth millions of naira destroyed.

Dora Akunyili Denies Reports Of Critically Illness

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Federal Court Declares Toll Collection On Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge Illegal

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has declared the collection of toll, on the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, illegal.

Justice Saliu Saidu, who delivered the judgment on Thursday, held that there was no law in Lagos State authorising the collection of toll on the bridge.
A human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, had filed a suit challenging the power of Lagos State to collect toll on the bridge.

In his judgment, Justice Saidu said that the power to control the Lekki Lagoon and other Federal Navigable Waterway lies with the Federal Government, adding that, although the Federal Government had given some authority to the state to construct the bridge, there was no law authorising or permitting the collection of toll on it.

He also insisted that the bridge is not a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative for which the collection of toll can be allowed.

Addressing journalists after the judgment was delivered, Adegboruwa said that he would challenge any law the state may make to validate toll collection on the bridge.
“For now, everybody in Lagos State should be free to pass through that bridge without paying any money,” he said, maintaining that the bridge was built with tax payers’ money hence “we cannot pay tax to build a bridge and pay another money to use it.”

Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Trial Adjourned Until April 7

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The murder trial of South African Paralympic and Olympic track star, Oscar Pistorius, was adjourned on Friday until April 7.

At the resumption of the trial Pistorius is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid a possible life imprisonment.

Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings for more than a week due to the illness of one of the legal assistants who has been sitting at her side throughout the trial, one of the most high-profile in South African history.

Prosecutors took 15 days to lay out their case against the 27-year-old, arguing he deliberately killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year by firing four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through a closed toilet door.

Several neighbours testified to hearing a woman’s terrified screams before a volley of shots, countering Pistorius’ assertions that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the toilet cubicle in the middle of the night.

If found guilty of murder, Pistorius faces at least 25 years in prison.

Nigerian Rapper/Singer, Margret Mary-Joseph A.K.A Zara Gretti Passes On At The Age Of 28.

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Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan in a Presidential Media Chat on Monday insisted that he has absolute power to suspend the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), amongst other issues that he addressed.

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality on Monday

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect attack and kill students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State north-east Nigeria.

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested and will soon charge to court, 12 suspects connected with the torture of 3 women at Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, writes to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations.

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PRESIDENT JONATHAN HOLDS MEDIA CHAT

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At a Presidential Media Chat held in Abuja on Monday, President Jonathan touched on some issues of national interest – the National Conference, suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Kerosene subsidy, power stability and the insurgency in the north-east.

He pointed out that “Mr Sanusi is still the governor of the CBN”, explaining that the suspension was not an outright removal.

“The issue of suspension and removal are different. The CBN Act specifies that the two-third of the Senate will have to give approval to the ‘removal’ before it is implemented. They are not to give an approval before a suspension,” he said.

“Sanusi’s issue is that of financial auditing and we must allow the Financial Reporting Council to work and if Sanusi has no case to answer, when the investigations are over, he will not be prosecuted.”

The Nigerian president pointed out that “when dealing with the treasury of a country, you must be careful”, emphasising that no president will wake up and take a decision when the Central Bank is involved.

He reassured Nigerians and the international community that the suspension would not affect the leadership of the Central Bank.

The President also said that the National Conference would begin on March 10 after the inauguration of the chairman, deputy chairman and the secretary in March 3.

The modalities of the conference had specified that issues bordering on the disintegration of Nigeria are no go area and President Jonathan explained that the report submitted by the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference showed that only one person raised the issue of disintegration of the country during their tour of the six geo-political zones.

“The conference is necessary to prepare the new administration with a mindset that Nigerians have chosen a way they want to go,” the President said.

He expressed optimism that the conference would engender a lot of changes, but stressed that the administration would not be affected by the outcome of the conference.

The president reassured Nigerians that the government was doing its best to ensure that insurgency in the north-east would end soon.

He sympathised with those affected and assured them that the security agencies were all involved in the war on terror.

“It is not easy, but we will get over it. All security agencies are working on Boko Haram. Intelligence agencies, security agencies all are involved, not just the army.

“The approach of terrorists is different and that has made it more difficult to confront them.

“I know that the communities are worried. Even if I were them I would have felt the same way. We will continue to improve on our strategy,” he said.

UGANDA’S PRESIDENT SIGNS ANTI-GAY LAW

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, has signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality on Monday, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a U.S. warning that it will complicate relations.

The new bill strengthened existing punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for “aggravated homosexuality” – including sex with a minor or while HIV positive. It criminalized lesbianism for the first time and made it a crime to help individuals engage in homosexual acts. Gay rights activists in Uganda said they planned a legal challenge.

Ugandan officials broke into loud applause as President Yoweri Museveni put his signature to the document in front of foreign journalists at his State House outside the capital.

Western donors immediately criticized Uganda. Norway and Denmark said they were withholding or diverting aid money and Austria said it was reviewing assistance. Britain, a big donor, condemned the new law but did not mention aid cuts.

BOKO-HARAM UNLEASHES MORE HAVOC

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Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have attacked and killed some students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State north-east Nigeria.

Witnesses said the students were attacked in their hostels at night and slain by the hoodlums instead of the usual gun to avoid the attention of security men within town.

The Federal Government College Buni Yadi is a co-educational institution located some 55 kilometres south of Damaturu the Yobe State capital.
Buni Yadi is the capital of Gujba Local Government Area of the state.

The attack is the fourth recorded on schools in Yobe since the commencement of the insurgency as GSS Damaturu, GSS Mamudo and College of Agriculture, Gujba were attacked last year.

EJIGBO PEPPER THIEVES MOLESTERS ARRESTED

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested and will soon charge to court, 12 suspects connected with the torture of 3 women at Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos.

Two of the victims who were young girls were arrested along with their mother, tortured and dehumanized by persons who claimed to be members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) providing security at the market, and some market association officials who subsequently extorted the sum of 50,000 Naira from the father of the victims in return for their freedom.

The suspects include: Isiaka Waidi (the Baba-Oja of the market) said to be the mastermind of the dastardly act which culminated in the arrest, debasement, torture and extortion of 50,000 Naira, Haruna Abdullahi and Buhari Yusuf who mixed the concoction of pepper and alcoholic spirit that were applied on the bodies, including the privates of the victims.

Others include Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Oloruntoyin Dauda a.k.a Iya-Oja, Adekunle Adenuga, Jimoh Busari and Azeez Akinosun.

The Police have also declared wanted the following suspects: Tiri, an alleged member of OPC who was captured in the video footage and alleged to have stripped naked one of the victims, Ajoke Agoma, mother of the two other female victims in the presence of her husband, Otepa Oluronti, Akeem and Michael Abolore whose whereabouts are yet unknown but who have been implicated in having played active roles in the heinous crimes against the victims.

Meanwhile, the IGP has commended the Human Rights, Civil Society, and Women Support Groups as well as the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice and all other stakeholders whose important contributions have tremendously assisted the Police in the matter and others relating to human dignity, safety and security. He called on the public to assist the Police with information that would lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.

Queen Elizabeth Congratulates Nigeria On Centenary Celebrations

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Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has written to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of Nigeria’s centenary celebrations.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed this in a statement.

Britain’s Minister for Africa, Mr. Mark Simmonds, delivered to President Jonathan late on Wednesday, a written message by Queen Elizabeth II, in which she conveyed her best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the people of Nigeria.

“On the occasion of the Republic of Nigeria celebrating 100 years since the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria, I send the people of Nigeria my warmest congratulations.

“I have fond memories of my first visit to Nigeria in 1956 and again in 2003 as Head of the Commonwealth.

“The links between our two countries have deepened over the past 100 years and I hope they will continue to do so.

“I would like to convey my best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the people of Nigeria,” the British monarch wrote.


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To kick off the week, President Goodluck Jonathan worshipped with Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the Olive Tree Parish of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Banana Island, Ikoyi Lagos.

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola signed the No Smoking in Public Places Bill into law.

Senior Special Adviser on Special Duties to Vice President Namadi Sambo Senator Isaiah Balat dies.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has appoints Brig.-Gen Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa as his new Chief Of Staff.

The Nigerian Senate confirms eleven 11 ministerial nominees.

Nigerian government rolls out a schedule of events for centenary celebrations.

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was suspended from his post as Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor on Thursday

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Jonathan Attends Church Service With Adeboye

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The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Sunday called on Christian faithful to pray for the peace of the nation.

He made the call while worshiping at the Olive Tree Parish of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Banana Island, Ikoyi Lagos, alongside the General Overseer of the Church, Enoch Adeboye.

Other dignitaries who were present at the service include the Minister of State for Abuja, Mrs Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulure, Wife of Lagos State Governor, Abimbola Fashola and other ministers of RCCG.

While addressing the congregation, President Jonathan maintained that the issue of Boko Haram and other crime related cases remain top priority in his agenda.

In line with the assurance by the president that the issue of Boko Haram would be tackled, the general overseer of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye expressed belief that Nigeria would be great.

Fashola Signs Anti Public Places Smoking Bill Into Law.

The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has signed into law the No Smoking in Public Places Bill.

Governor Fashola who assented to the bill at the Lagos House, Ikeja, was optimistic that the law would further strengthen the State Government’s commitment towards protecting lives of the citizens.

According to the law, people who smoke in public places will risk a three year jail term.

The bill prohibits smoking in areas designated as non-smoking areas, including museums, public toilets, library, nurseries, day care centers and any facility used for the care of infants.
The law also mandates owners of public places to place signs with the inscription; ‘No Smoking’ or symbols as part of enlightenment for smokers and would-be violators of the law.

It also mandates them to create areas far from the vicinity where people could smoke. Non-compliance by owners of public places, according to the law shall attract a fine of 100, 000 Naira or 6 months imprisonment, or other non-custodial punishment that the judge may deem fit.

In the case of a corporate organisation’s refusal to place a ‘No Smoking’ sign or symbol within its premises, any personnel in the management of the corporate body would be liable to a fine in the sum of 250, 000 Naira upon conviction. This may be a director or manager in the organisation.

According to the bill, anyone who repeatedly violates the provisions of the law, on conviction shall be liable to a fine of 50, 000 Naira or 6 months imprisonment or both. While anyone who smokes in the presence of a child shall be liable on conviction to a fine of 15, 000 Naira or 1 month imprisonment.

Iasaiah Balat Dies

The Senior Special Adviser on Special Duties to Vice President Namadi Sambo and a former People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Kaduna state in 2007, Senator Isaiah Balat is dead.

He died at the National Hospital, Abuja, after suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

President-General of Southern Kaduna Progressive Union (SOKAPU), Dr Ephraim Goje who confirmed the death of Balat said the people of the state have lost a rare gem and bridge builder in the politics of Kaduna state.

The late Balat was a former minister of state for works during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration and a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria from 2003-2007.

President Jonathan Appoints Oladehinde Arogbofa As New Chief Of Staff

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has appointed Brig.-Gen Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa  as his new Chief Of Staff.

Brig-Gen. Arogbofa, a retired Officer of the Signals Corps of the Nigerian Army, takes over from Mr Mike Oghiadomhe who resigned last week.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the Prsident on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, “the new Chief of Staff to the President was born on November 10, 1952. He hails from the Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State.

“In addition to administrative capabilities and experience garnered from a distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen Arogbofa brings an impressive array of academic qualifications to his new job” he said.

They include a Diploma in Communications Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Sciences Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, USA and a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Science from the United States Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The new Chief of Staff holds several military honours and awards including Mss, Fss, Fsc and Fwc and is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
His appointment is with immediate effect and he has taken up his new post at the Presidential Villa.

Nigerian Senate Confirms 11 Ministerial Nominees

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed eleven out of 12 nominees forwarded to the legislature by President Goodluck Jonathan as ministers.
The  ministers are Musiliu Obanikoro, Mohammed Wakil, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Mrs Akon Eyakenyi, Mrs Lawrencia Mallam, General Aliu Gusau Mohammed (Rtd), Mr Boni Haruna, as well as Dr Khaliru Alhassan, Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan, Asabe Ahmed and Dr Tammy Danagogo.
The screening of the 12th nominee, Hadjia Jamilla Salik from Kano State was deferred.

Federal Government Rolls Out Cetenary Celebrations Schedule
The Nigerian government has rolled out a schedule of events for the centenary celebrations.

A schedule read out to reporters by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku and others at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja, showed that the celebrations would begin on February 25 with a charity ball dinner, headed by General Yakubu Gowon, to raise fund for charity at the Eko Convention Centre.

Senator Ayim said that over 28 Heads of State and government had indicated interest to attend the celebrations which would also witness a centenary award to over 100 outstanding Nigerians over the years.

According to the schedule, February 27 will feature an international conference on Human Security, Peace and Development in Africa while a live concert will hold by 7:00pm of same day.
The highlight of the event will be a multi-media show, comparable with any other big event anywhere in the world.

The 100 outstanding Nigerians will be honoured at the centenary dinner by the president on February 28 and a public presentation of the transformational work of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration will also hold on the same day.

January 1, 2014 marked 100 years since the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates into Nigeria by Lord Lugard.

Sanusi Suspended By President Jonathan

The erstwhile governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was on Thursday suspended from the post by President Goodluck Jonathan. For more on his suspension, his nominated replacement and his reaction, click here, here and here


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Formula 1 legend, Michael Schumacher battles for life after ski fall President Goodluck Jonathan promises regular power by mid-year FRSC implements mobile court for traffic offenders ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ actor, James Avery dies at 65 Police arrest rivers lawmaker, Chidi Lloyd over alleged murder.

Michael Schumacher Battles For Life

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Seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was fighting for his life on Monday after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps resort of Meribel, doctors said.

“We can say that his condition is life-threatening,” Jean-Francois Payen, head anaesthetician at the CHU hospital in the eastern French city of Grenoble, told a news conference.

The retired motor racing great, 44, slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort where he has a vacation home. Initial findings indicated the blow was so hard that Schumacher’s helmet had shattered.

Schumacher was initially conscious as he was transported to a local hospital in Moutiers and then to Grenoble. However, his condition deteriorated sharply afterwards.
Schumacher’s condition is currently reported as being, “stable but critical”.

Schumacher is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 race victories in a career spanning more than two decades. He left the sport last year after a less successful three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. He lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.

President Goodluck Jonathan Promises Regular Power By Mid-Year

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, says power will be reasonably stable across the country before the middle of 2014.

The promise comes months after the conclusion of the first phase of the privatisation process of the power sector.

President Jonathan told a congregation of Christian Faithful in a New Year Service in Abuja on Wednesday that his administration would do its best to ensure a vibrant economy, create more jobs, uphold good governance and provide food for Nigerians.

The year 2014 is a special year in Nigeria’s history, as it marks modern Nigeria’s 100 years of existence.

The president said that the expected stable power supply before the middle of the year would stimulate the economy.

In a new year message, President Jonathan had urged all Nigerians to place the higher interests of national unity, peace, stability and progress above all other considerations and work harder in their particular fields of human endeavour to contribute more significantly to the attainment of the country’s collective aspirations.

FRSC Implements Mobile Court For Traffic Offenders

Motorists who violate traffic rules and are apprehended by officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, will now have a date in court for prosecution.

As part of a safety initiative for the festivities, the corps set up quick response for road incidences and the mobile court is part of that package.

Officials of the corps said that the measure is not punitive but would further deter people who before now would only be asked to pay fines for contravening traffic rules.

They also revealed that the enforcement of the mobile court seems to have more effect than ordinary patrol as people are scared of being taken to court, because they are aware that being convicted is a dent on their image.

The new system, according to the officials has seen close to 928 traffic offenders arraigned, while about 785 of them have been convicted, with 143 discharged by the court.

‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Actor, James Avery Dies At 65

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Avery’s death was confirmed to CNN by his publicist, and more widely in a Twitter message on Wednesday by one of the actor’s TV co-stars, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on “Fresh Prince.”

“I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly,” Ribeiro said in a tweet.

According to the celebrity website TMZ, Avery died on Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, from complications he suffered after recent open-heart surgery.

The Atlantic City, New Jersey native gained fame on television playing family patriarch Uncle Philip Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which starred Will Smith as a young rap artist from a tough Philadelphia neighborhood who ends up living with well-heeled relatives in the affluent Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.

The sitcom, which ran on NBC for six years, was built largely around the clash of cultures between the refined lifestyle of Banks his household and the brash, freewheeling attitudes of his nephew.

 

Police Arrest Rivers Lawmaker, Chidi Lloyd Over Alleged Murder

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested the Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Chidi Lloyd, for alleged murder of Mr Kingsley Ejeuo and a Police Sergeant, Mr Urang Obadiah.

A statement issued by the spokesman for the police, Mr Ahmad Mohammad, said that “Mr. Lloyd was arrested on his way to join the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in his private jet in order to escape justice”.

The statement added that “Mr Lloyd knocked down Mr Obadiah while pursuing Ejeuo, identified to be his political opponent”.

According to the police, Mr. Lloyd, who is still standing trial for his involvement in the fracas that took place in the Rivers State House of Assembly on July 9, 2013, was said to have rammed into Ejeuo’s Passat car with a bulletproof vehicle and killed him (Ejeo).

The statement read: “Hon. Chidi Lloyd on December 30, 2013 while pursuing his political opponent knocked down Sgt. Urang Obadiah while he (Obadiah) was trying to stop him. He killed him and went ahead to crush the Passat car which Mr. Kingsley Ejeuo was driving and killed him.

“The Police thought that it was a mere accident, which ought to have been manslaughter.”

The police further stated that Sgt. Urang Obediah died on the spot.

However, in a swift reaction, the Senior Special Adviser on Media to the Rivers State Governor, Mr Paul Iyofor, in a telephone interview with Channels Television faulted the police’s claims, saying that the “Rivers State Police Command had released a completely distorted and untrue account of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd on January 2, 2014.”

He pointed out that “it was when the governor got to Abuja that he was told that Chidi Lloyd was arrested in his house; in the presence of his family and lawyer.
“The lawyer confirmed to the press that the arrest was made in Chidi Lloyd’s house.”

He noted that the State Police Commissioner had grounded the plane that “was supposed to take the governor from Port Harcourt to Abuja because he was about to escape with Chidi Lloyd.”

“Chidi Lloyd was not with us. He was nowhere near us,” he insisted.

“While the governor was speaking to the I.G, the commissioner was shouting at the top of his voice, he showed disrespect and disregard to the governor. He was shouting, trying very hard to disrupt the conversation between the governor and the Inspector General of Police,” he explained.

Iyofor berated the strained relationship between the governor and the police commissioner and urged him to respect the office of the governor of Rivers State if he would not respect Rotimi Amaechi.

Lloyd is currently facing trial for hitting another lawmaker, Mr. Michael Chinda, with a mace on the head some months ago.

He presented himself to the Nigeria Police after the video clip of the unruly act went viral.

A six-count charge, including attempted murder was filed against him, but he was granted bail in order to receive medical attention after sustaining injury during the July 9, 2013 free-for-all, in the chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

 

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Former South African President, Nelson Mandela was on Sunday buried in his ancestral village of Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its over five months old strike on Tuesday.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) has announced its plans to commence an industrial action in the first week of January.

Medical workers in Nigeria began a five-day warning strike on Wednesday.

Controversy as alleged letter to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo from his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, surfaces.

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday announced plans for a policy that makes it compulsory for commercial bus drivers and conductors to wear uniforms and badges from next year.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), announced a Mass Failure in the 2013 November/December SSCE Exam

 A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the 2011 Christmas day bombing, in Niger State, Kabiru Umar also known as Kabiru Sokoto to life imprisonment.

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Nelson Mandela Buried

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The body of Nelson Mandela has been laid to rest in his ancestral village, Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, ending 10 days of mourning in South Africa.

The Sunday burial of South Africa’s first black president was attended by family members, African leaders, celebrities and businessmen from Europe and the United States.

Mandela, who was described as the last great liberator of the 20th century by US President, Barack Obama, died at the age of 95.

Military helicopters flew over as pallbearers placed Mandela’s casket over the grave after the funeral ceremony.

South African television showed Mandela’s casket at the family grave site, but stopped broadcasting the event before the casket was lowered at the request of the Mandela family.
The state funeral began at 7:55am local and was attended by 4,500 guests.

Prominent mourners included Britain’s Prince Charles and US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, US TV talk show host, Oprah Winfrey and British businessman Richard Branson.

ASUU Suspends Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its over five months old strike.

ASUU Chairman, University of Lagos Chapter, Dr. Karo Ogbinaka told Channels Television that the union decided to suspend the strike after a marathon meeting held in Minna, Niger State capital on Monday.

In attendance at the meeting, which ran till late in the evening, were all the ASUU branch chairmen and secretaries, the national executive members of the body, coordinators and past leaders, including 56 members from 52 universities.

Dr. Ogbinaka said that, in line with procedures, the different chapters of ASUU would hold congress meetings on Wednesday to inform members and managements of the institutions of the latest development.

“We expect the students to resume and expect their members to go back to class immediately after the congress meeting and we expect the government to keep to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),” Dr. Ogninaka stated.

 

PENGASSAN Announces Plan To Strike From First Week In January

The National President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), Babatunde Oguns has announced plans by the association to commence an industrial action in the first week of January.

The association has expressed its seriousness to carry out this threat if the Federal Government fails to rescind its decision to privatise the nation’s refineries.

Addressing members of the association at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Abuja, Mr Oguns, flanked by the Deputy President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers, said that the planned privatization is an attempt to hand over the nation’s refineries to cronies of the Federal Government.

He said that an indefinite strike will be declared in the first week of January 2014, to press home their demand on the Federal Government not to sell the nation’s refineries in the name of privatization.

“If between now and 24th of this month (December), government does not retract that every statement that has been made has been put on hold while further engagement is made, and everything we have to do is hinged on PIB (Petroleum Industry Bill) by first week of January, be rest assured that PENGASSAN and NUPENG will go on indefinite strike.”

He further said: “You cannot sell something without a model, without Nigerians knowing exactly what you are doing…the nature in which they do business in the oil and gas industry is fraught with secrecy. There must be a retraction first and it’s what they will make public, so Nigerians will know that it is on hold.”

Medical Workers Begin Five-Day Warning Strike

Medical workers in Nigeria began a five-day warning strike on Wednesday, to force the government to consider its request for needed reforms in sector.

The Nigeria Medical Association in a communiqué issued in Minna after its National Executive Council’s meeting said the association was constrained to declare an industrial action with effect from Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in recognition of the extremely poor progress in the resolution of the demands of the association.

The association’s last ultimatum issued to the government expired on Saturday, December 14, 2013 and the association is insisting that there is no going back on their demands.

Controversy Surrounds alleged letter to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo from his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello

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After Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s critical letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, his daughter Iyabo Obasanjo has allegedly sent him an equally scathing letter.

Senator Iyabo Obasanjo in her letter allegedly accused him of having an egoistic craving for power and living a life where only men of low esteem and intellect thrive.

In the 11-page letter dated December 16, 2013 exclusively obtained by Vanguard online, Iyabo accused her father of orchestrating a third term for himself as president, cruelty to family members, abandonment of children and grandchildren, and also, a legendary reputation of maltreatment of women.

Iyabo who forswore further political engagements in Nigeria denied any political motive for her missive, and described Nigeria as a country where her father and his ilk have helped to create a situation where smart, capable people bend down to imbeciles to survive. She particularly noted her experience as chairman of the Senate Committee on Health when she led the committee on a retreat appropriated for in the budget only for her to be prosecuted for it.

Iyabo, first child of the former president, started the letter titled, Open Letter to my Father with a 4th century Chinese proverb by Mencius which states: “The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”

Lagos Announces Plan To Make Commercial Drivers And Conductors Wear Uniforms And Badges

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said plans are in the offing to introduce a new taxi policy that makes it compulsory for the commercial bus drivers, conductors to wear uniforms and badges in the New Year.

The state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, revealed this at a stakeholder’s forum held at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.
Opeifa said that the move was part of state government’s determination to transform the public transport industry, enhance professionalism, ensure standards and safety of the people.

He said that with the new public transport management system, the state government would re-introduce the routing system in order to ensure even distribution of vehicles and non-hiking of transport fares, especially during peak periods.

According to him, the routing system is in line with Regulation 20 of the Road Traffic Law with stipulates that  no commercial vehicle shall ply any route other than that for which it is authorised.

Opeifa said that aside from the routing system, the commuter vehicle operator was expected to register himself, the driver and conductor before getting a commercial vehicle operator license.

The Commissioner, who said that about 200 Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) had been trained to handle the documentation, appealed to commuter vehicle operators and transport unions to go to any of the 21 vehicle inspection service centres in their localities, while the drivers and conductors should go to any of the five Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) in their division.

WAEC Announces Mass Failure in 2013 November/December SSCE Exam

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has expressed worries over the decline in performance of students in the 2013 November/December Senior School Certificate Private Examinations.

Announcing the results for the 2013 edition of the examination in Lagos today, the Head of the Nigeria National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Charles Eguridu, said that only 29.17% of the 296,827 candidates that sat for the exams obtained credits in five subjects including English and Mathematics, as against 37.97% and 36.07% recorded in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

The HNO said that candidates will be able to check details of their performance on the council’s result website within the next 36 hours and revealed plans to work with state governments across the country on ways to improve teaching and learning.

Christmas Day Bomber, Kabiru Umar Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

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 A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has sentenced the mastermind of the 2011 Christmas day bombing, in Niger State, Kabiru Umar also known as Kabiru Sokoto to life imprisonment.

The incident which left 44 people dead happened at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State when a car packed with explosives rammed into the gates of the church.

The court also found Kabiru Sokoto guilty of planning to bomb the Police Headquarters in Sokoto State.

Aside the allegation that he trained over 500 men on how to manufacture and detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Federal Government said that he had prior knowledge that the sect planned to bomb the church on Christmas day but failed to disclose it to any law enforcement officer as soon as reasonably practicable.

He was said to have between 2007 and 2012, at Mabira Sokoto, Sokoto State, facilitated the commission of terrorist acts, including planting bombs at Police Headquarters and some government organisations in the state.

Though he was previously arrested by the Police in Abuja on January 14, 2012, he was, however, declared missing two days later.


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Tens of thousands of South Africans were joined by top world leaders for the national memorial service of Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.

The Nigerian Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) finally reached an agreement on terms to end the ongoing strike action by the union.

Ex-President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo writes strong-worded 18-page letter to Goodluck Jonathan.

On Thursday, the Boko Haram sect released a video threatening to attack the United States.

The Rivers State Police Command on Thursday, barricaded the Rivers House of Assembly and dispersed protesters with tear gas.

President Goodluck Jonathan and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo surprisingly met in Kenya on Thursday in the aftermath of the latter’s open letter.

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World Leaders Attend Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

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Tens of thousands of South Africans joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela which was held at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

It was one of the biggest gatherings of international dignitaries in recent years, with more than 100 current or former heads of state or government attending.
Introducing the proceedings, the master of ceremonies, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that Mr Mandela&#39s “long walk is over… and he can finally rest”.

South African President Jacob Zuma made the keynote address. He said Mr Mandela was “one of a kind… a fearless freedom fighter who refused to allow the brutality of the apartheid state to stand in way of the struggle for the liberation of his people”.

Mr Zuma announced he was renaming the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where Mr Mandela will lie in state, as the Mandela Amphitheatre.

Earlier US President, Barack Obama delivered a rousing speech, to huge cheers. He said: “It is hard to eulogise any man… how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice.”

He said Nelson Mandela had taught the world the power of action and the power of ideas, and that it had taken a man like Mr Mandela to free not only the prisoner but also the jailer.

Mr Obama said: “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. While I will always fall short of Madiba (Mr Mandela&#39s clan name), he makes me want to be a better man.”

On his way to the podium, President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations that have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

Other notable figures at the memorial included; UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, fellow Robben Island inmate Andrew Mlangeni, Mr Mandela&#39s widow, Graca Machel, ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao, President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband and former British Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major.

Three former US presidents, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, were also there, as were Francois Hollande of France, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Zimbabwe&#39s President Robert Mugabe.

Other mourners in attendance were Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Sir Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel.

The ceremony was closed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who asked the crowd to rise to their feet for a final tribute.

Federal Government, ASUU Reach Agreement

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have reached an agreement to end the over five month old strike by ASUU. The lecturer’s association has however said that its members may return to work next week.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike told journalists at a meeting with the leadership of ASUU, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commission and five vice- chancellors of universities that all contending issues between the parties have been resolved.

The parties signed a document to seal the agreement which spells great hope that the over five-month old strike may be called off within one week, although the president of ASUU, Professor Nasir Faggae declined to say what was contained in the document.

ASUU’s demands include the upward review of the retirement age for professors from 65 to 70; adequate funding to revitalise the university system; progressive increase of budgetary allocations to the education sector by 26 per cent; transfer of federal government property to universities; setting up of research and development units by companies; payment of earned allowances; and renegotiation of the signed agreement.

The agreement between the two is reached barely 24 hours after the Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe presented a proof of payment of N200 billion into an account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The strike began on July 1st 2013 and lasted for over five months before this resolution was reached.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo writes strong-worded 18-page letter to Goodluck Jonathan

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has written a letter to the President, accusing Nigeria’s number one citizen of performing below par and taking actions calculated at destroying the country.

In an 18-page letter dated December 2nd, 2013 and titled, “Before it is too late,” Obasanjo said, “Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped.”

The letter which became public on Wednesday, noted that Jonathan failed to deliver on his promises to the Nigerian people, to stem corruption, promote national unity and strengthen national security.

According to the former head of state, President Jonathan, who is a member of his political party, PDP, betrayed God and the Nigerian people that brought him to power, rather than take steps to advance Nigeria’s interest and up the standards of living of Nigerians.

He added that President Jonathan has been pursuing selfish personal and political interests based on advice he receives from “self-centred aides”.

On the President’s rumoured 2nd term agenda, Obasanjo disclosed that Jonathan had told him before the 2011 election that he would not seek a second term but the president’s refusal to keep that promise cast him as a man without honour, Mr. Obasanjo said.

Although the President is yet to declare his intentions to run in the 2015 elections, such a move would be “fatally morally flawed” for Mr. Jonathan, according to Obasanjo.
Mr. Obasanjo added, “As a leader, two things you must cherish and hold dear among others are trust and honour both of which are important ingredients of character. I will want to see anyone in the Office of the Presidency of Nigeria as a man or woman who can be trusted, a person of honour in his words and character.”

Obasanjo also accused Mr. Jonathan of anti-party conducts – supporting opposition parties’ candidates in governorship elections in Lagos, Ondo, Edo and Anambra states at the detriment of PDP’s own candidates –, and of pitting party members against one another.

Speaking on the on-going PDP crisis, Obasanjo said “whatever may be the feud in PDP and no matter what you or your aides may feel, you as the party leader have the responsibility to find solution, resolve and fix it.”

Boko Haram Threatens To Attack U.S In New Video

A new video allegedly released by the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau and obtained by journalists on Thursday in Maiduguri the Borno state capital has threatened to attack the United States for her desire to join forces with Nigeria to fight terrorism and insurgency.

The United States had in November classified Boko Haram as a terrorist organization that has links with international terrorist group, Al-Qaeda.

Boko Haram in the video, vowed to take its violent campaigns to the U.S for her pledge to partner with Nigeria to fight terrorism.

“After that you said so many things. By Allah, you are lying. Were you truthful, oh America, you would have been truthful inside your country, you bloody liar. May Allah’s curse be on you,” the man believed to be Shekau, said in the video.

“This message is intended as a glad tiding. Allah the Almighty has given us victory in the attack we launched inside Maiduguri on the 2nd of this month.
“We stormed the city and fought them (and) Allah blessed us with lots of booty.

“They call us Boko Haram but we are not Boko Haram. We are Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad whose leader is Abubakar Ash-shakawy, who in the past committed a lot of infractions but when he followed the Quran and the prophet’s teachings, today even Obama fears him, Francois Hollande fears him, Benjamin Netanyahu fears him, the whole world fears him. Why? Because he holds on to Allah the Almighty.

“You are boasting you are going to join forces with Nigeria to crush us, bloody liars. You couldn’t crush us when we were carrying sticks, is it today when we storm your barracks and commandeer your things one after the other, killed you in numbers that you are going to crush us? The man believed to be Shekau continued saying in the video.

“Where were you when your World Trade Centre was bombed, including your Pentagon when you were faced on your turf? Liars! May Allah protect us. This is a message from this small destitute who has become a nightmare to infidels” said Shekau who made the speech on the victory they achieved in Maiduguri.

The message vowed to continue with the attack not just in Maiduguri but the whole world and reminded those who care to listen to repent and turn to Allah.

“By Allah we will never stop. Don’t think we will stop in Maiduguri, tomorrow you will see us in America itself. Our operation is not confined to Nigeria; it is for the whole world”.

Police Barricade Rivers House of Assembly, Disperse Protesters With Tear Gas

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The Rivers State Police Command on Thursday dispersed a crowd at the state House Of Assembly with tear gas, after the state lawmakers held their plenary on the streets outside their premises.

Twenty-five out of the 26 members of the house had converged on the assembly to sit in compliance with a High Court order barring the National Assembly from taking over the functions of the assembly.

Trouble began to brew after the police barricaded the entrance to the state House of Assembly, forcing the lawmakers to hold their plenary in the open.

The lawmakers had gone to the House of Assembly with the intention of resuming the business of law-making after a Federal High Court in Abuja voided the resolution of the National Assembly to take over the legislative functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The court faulted the decision on the ground that the National Assembly cannot assume the law making functions of the House of Assembly when there were no facts that the assembly was unable to carry out its functions.

In nullifying the resolution, Justice Abubakar Mohammed restrained the Senate, the Senate President, the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the House of Representatives from assuming the law making functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The court also ruled that “the National Assembly does not have the powers to direct the Inspector-General of Police to re-deploy the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, or any other Police officer in the River State Police Command”.

Channels Television’s Rivers State correspondent reported that while the lawmakers insisted on entering their official place of work, the Police claimed that it had not been served with any authorising letter to permit them to enter into the premises.

The lawmakers resumed plenary on the road, but were chased out of the place by the police with tear gas.

Some persons suspected to be hoodlums resisted the Police’s action, as tear gas and gun shots rented the air.

Obasanjo Meets With Jonathan In Kenya

President Goodluck Jonathan and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday had breakfast together in Nairobi, Kenya.

Both men were among other African leaders that graced the 50th Independence Anniversary celebration of Kenya on Thursday, December 12.

Obasanjo’s visit was said to have taken everybody by surprise as it contradicts the expected nature of the relationship between both men, owing to recent public criticisms of the President by Obasanjo.

The unexpected meeting held prior to the anniversary event which was held at the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi with former president, Obasanjo paying a surprise visit to President Jonathan at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi where they had a private breakfast together.

Obasanjo, who had the breakfast with President Jonathan had written a strongly worded letter, which went public earlier this week, accusing him of performing below par and taking actions calculated at destroying the country.

Meanwhile, in his speech, at the event, President Jonathan called on all Kenyans to unite. According to him, there was no alternative to unity if Kenyans must move their nation forward. In building their nation, Jonathan told Kenyans that they must make unity their focal point.

He said that the destiny of Kenya lies with its people and as such, the people must strive hard to take their country to a greater height. President Jonathan said that he was happy that former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga was present at the event and working with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Nobody can love you more than Kenyans, so you all have to jointly develop your country. All Kenyans should come together to form an inclusive society.

“Since 2007, many African countries like Kenya have been celebrating 50 years of independence and freedom, our founding fathers talked of political freedom to be followed by economic freedom.

“The present generation of African leaders must work hard on science and technology as well as industrialisation, so that there could be economic development and freedom” Jonathan stated.

Obasanjo was said to have sat quietly during the event and was making calls on his mobile phone at intervals while the event lasted.

 

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Oba Adebiyi Adesida, the Deji of Akure was announced dead on Sunday Willie Obiano was announced by INEC as the winner of the Anambra State Elections
ASUU on tuesday rejected the Federal Government’s order to resume Nigeria&#39s Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina was awarded the Forbes Africa Person Of The Year
A petroleum tanker on Thursday caught fire At Conoil filling station, Abuja Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday evening.

Nigeria drawn against Iran, Argentina and Bosnia in Group F of 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Deji Of Akure Dies At 63

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The Council of Traditional Chiefs in Akure Kingdom, Ondo State capital has officially announced the demise of the Paramount Ruler of the Kingdom, Oba Adebiyi Adesida.
The King was earlier reported to have passed on in his palace at about 2.30 am on Sunday, December 1, after a brief illness.

Speaking to Journalists at the premises of the King’s palace, after announcing the demise of the King, The Sao of Akure Kingdom, High Chief Moses Adebayo said that the news of the Deji’s death was a rude shock and a highly unfortunate incident to the entire people of Akure.

Some indigenes of the town who spoke to Journalists also expressed sadness on the untimely death of their King.

The late Oba Adebiyi Adesida was enthroned as Deji in September 2010. He was until his death the Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers in Ondo State.
He died at the age of 63 after 3 years on the throne.

 

APGA Candidate, Obiano Wins Anambra Elections

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Willie Obiano winner of the governorship election after securing a total of 180,708 votes in the supplementary elections conducted on the 30th of November 2013.

In the final result as announced Sunday morning, Obiano polled a total of 180, 178 votes while Tony Nwoye of the PDP came second with 97, 700 votes.

Chris Ngige of the APC and Ifeanyi Ubah of the Labour party came third and fourth, respectively, with 95, 963 and 37, 495 votes.

According to the results already released by INEC, total number of votes cast is 442, 242; total number of valid votes stood at 425, 254 and total number of rejected votes put at 16, 988.

APGA won in 16 council areas- Aguata, Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Ekwusigo, Ihiala, Njikoka, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North and Orumba South.

The PDP won in Oyi and Dunukofia, APC won in Idemili North and South, while labour party won in Nnewi North.

ASUU Rejects Government’s Order To Resume

The striking Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) has rejected the Nigerian government’s ‘Back to Class’ order, describing it as a political blackmail.

The government had on November 28 threatened to sack lecturers that failed to resume duties by December 4.

Responding to the seven day ultimatum issued by the Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, the union maintained that it would not be cowed by the threat.

“We shall never succumb to this. Our country is our union’s constituency. We shall bow only to what we, as academics, are convinced will serve the interest of Nigeria and its people,” the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Mr. Nasir Fagge, told reporters on Monday in Abuja.

The Federal Government, in a meeting with the uinon, agreed to deposit part of the funds that the union had requested for the revitalisation of public universities in Nigeria to meet international standard. President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the union was at the meeting held on November 4, but the union said it had simply added clauses that will guard against failure of implementation.

“ASUU’s invoking of the non-victimisation clause, rather than being an introduction of a new demand, is a common position that the government should know about,” Mr. Fagge said.

The members of the union suggested that the 200 billion Naira (about 1.3 billion dollars) agreed upon, as 2013 revitalisation fund for public universities, be deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria and disbursed to the benefiting universities within two weeks.

“Out of the 52 branches of ASUU, 48, which is 92 per cent, advised conditional suspension of the strike if certain conditions are met,” the union’s leader said, emphasising on the unions readiness to suspend the strike if the agreement is met.

The salaries of the lecturers of the Federal universities have not been paid since they embarked on strike on July 1, but the  union has said that the suspension of their salaries would not deter them.

“If the agreement is implemented as it is, within 3 to 5 years, we will see Nigerian Universities competing effectively with their peers in Africa, Asia and to an extent those in the western world,” he said.

The union urged the Federal Government to implement the agreement to enable them go back to class.

Akinwumi Adesina Awarded Forbes Africa Person Of The Year

Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has been awarded the prestigious Forbes Africa Person of the Year defeating four other prestigious nominees for this continent wide prize.

Adesina was nominated for his bold reforms in Nigeria’s agriculture sector ahead of other nominees, Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group and Chairman of the Zenith Bank Group, Jim Ovia, Strive Masiyiwa, founder of global telecoms group, Econet Wireless in Zimbabwe and South African mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe.

Adesina’s initiatives have empowered more than six million farmers across Nigeria to embrace agriculture as a business.

He has been described as a passionate defender of African farmers, relentless in unlocking opportunities for farmers and changing Africa’s narrative on agriculture to wealth creation, away from poverty reduction.

“I am truly honoured and humbled by this prestigious award, which I dedicate to Africa’s farmers and the new cadre of young business entrepreneurs who have discovered the hidden gem for sustainable wealth creation on our continent – Agriculture,” Adesina said reciving the award.

“Adesina has totally revolutionized agriculture into a business, and banks and private investors are all moving to the agriculture sector. He has made agriculture very exciting, turning it into Nigeria’s new oil” said Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings.

Often referred to as ‘Africa’s leading development entrepreneur’, he was appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as one of the 17 global leaders, along with Bill Gates, to help the world to achieve the Millennium Goals.

Bill Gates, who sits on the Eminent Persons Group that advises President Goodluck Jonathan on Nigeria’s agriculture, called Adesina’s policies and reforms of agriculture “extraordinary”.

Sharing his vision for a food secured continent, Adesina said he dreams of a future where Africa’s vast savannas are revived with crops, where large commercial and smallholder farmers co-exist and both prosper. Where rail, road and port systems are improved.

The minister for Agriculture attributed the huge achievements his ministry ministry had made to the immense support of Nigeria’s President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Tanker Catches Fire At Conoil Filling Station

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A huge fire outbreak occured at a Conoil Gas station in the Central Business District of Abuja.

The fire started at about 3:00 p.m at the Conoil filling station which is opposite the headquarters of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The fire reportedly occured when a tanker was trying to transfer fuel to one of the station&#39s underground reservoirs.

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

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Former South African president, Nelson Mandela on Thursday died after suffering from a recurring lung infection.

Aged 95, the death of Mandela was announced by South African President, Jacob Zuma.

Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.

He had been receiving intense home-based medical care after three months in hospital.

In a statement on South African national TV, President Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace, adding that “Our nation has lost its greatest son,”.

Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994-1999.

He was the first black South African to hold the office. His birthday, June 18th is celebrated as a national holiday in South Africa.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

He had rarely been seen in public since officially retiring in 2004.

“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves,” Mr Zuma said.

“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”

Born in 1918, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943, as a law student.

He and other ANC leaders campaigned against apartheid (white-only rule).

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964, but was released in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from strict racial segregation.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He stepped down after five years in office.

After leaving office, he became South Africa’s highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country’s right to host the 2010 football World Cup.

He was also involved in peace negotiations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and other countries in Africa and elsewhere.

Nigeria To Face Argentina For Fourth Time In 2014 FIFA World Cup

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The draws for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was today held in Bahia, Brazil with Nigeria drawn against Iran, Argentina and Bosnia in Group F

Next door neighbours Cameroon were drawn with five time champions Brazil, North American heavy weights Mexico and 1998 World Cup 2nd runners up Croatia in Group A.
North Africans Algeria are up against Belgium, Russia and South Korea, co-hosts of the 2002 edition of the competition in Group H.

Ghana will be facing Germany, United States and Portugal in Group G while the Elephants of Ivory Coast will be facing 2004 Europeans champions Greece, Asian champions Japan and Colombia in Group D.

 

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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday donated N21m to the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School for the provision of bunk beds in the 245 rooms in the school.

Microsoft founder, Bill Gates was in Nigeria to meet with leaders over the Polio eradication program
On Tuesday, the Nigerian ruling party, PDP suspended the quartet of Abubakar Baraje, Sam Sam Jaja, Ibrahim Kazaure and Olagunsoye Oyinlola for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.

Also on Tuesday, A former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) and a renowned writer, Professor Festus Iyayi, died in an auto crash on his way to Kano for a meeting of the union.

The United State has designated Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organisation.

The Senate has rescinded its earlier resolution to invite the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to brief lawmakers at plenary on the state of the aviation sector and the high number of plane crashes and aviation incidents in the country.

A member of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mustapha Umar, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for throwing explosives into a plaza occupied by Thisday newspaper and two other newspaper publishers in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

Polio Eradication: Bill Gates Expresses Satisfaction With Nigeria Partnership

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In a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives, Bill Gates pointed out that the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensuring that increased resources were being assigned to the hot areas to ensure that quality delivery in the areas was improved substantially was a satisfactory one.

“The goal of saving lives is a very realistic goal. Through these efforts I do think that children who do survive will be far healthier and able to take advantage of their education and contribute to the success of Nigeria,” he said.

Bill Gates expressed optimism that the visit would strengthen the foundation’s partnership with Nigeria and do more in the provision of quality health for Nigerian women and children.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, said that the National Assembly would improve funding for the eradication of polio in the 2014 Appropriation Act.

Business mogul and the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, was also present at the meeting.

“Both of you, yourself (Bill Gates) and Dangote have proven that business and compassion are not mutually exclusive. They can be combined for the good of humanity,” Hon Tambuwal said.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a private foundation with the primary aim of enhancing healthcare, reducing extreme poverty and expanding educational opportunities and access to information technology.

PDP Suspends Baraje, Oyinlola, Others

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the quartet of Abubakar Baraje, Sam Sam Jaja, Ibrahim Kazaure and Olagunsoye Oyinlola for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.

The suspended members have been asked to report to the party’s disciplinary committee. The party further advised members of the party not to engage in any form of party activities with them.

The suspended officials are reported to be the main pillars behind the G-7 governors in the New PDP.

In a communique read by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Olisah Metuh, the party noted that “The National Working Committee, In line with its constitutional right and provisions of the constitution, has after preliminary hearing, as stated in our constitution suspended forthwith from the PDP the following; Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Dr. Sam-Sam Jaja, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure”.

The suspension according to Metuh “is for breach on Sections 58(1) (B) (G) (H) and (I).” adding that the “provision of our party which stated that anyone who does or say anything likely to bring the party into disrepute, hatred or contempt has committed a disciplinary offence”.

“Anyone who engages in disorderly conduct at meetings or rallies at any party functions including walk outs at conventions is guilty for an offence against our constitution” he said.

Metuh further added that “anyone who engages in unauthorized publicity of disputes within the party or creates a parallel party organ at any level is guilty of an offence against the constitution of the party”.

Meanwhile, the suspended Olagunsoye Oyinlola said the suspension of the quartet is a vindication of the injustices they have been protesting against noting that ”This is part of the impunity we are protesting against. None of us has been queried or requested to give explanations for any alleged offence”.

He also wondered why “they decided to leave out the serving state governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives who have been very vocal” if they are reacting to the issue of the new PDP.

He maintained that it is “all an attempt to circumvent the ruling of the Court of Appeal. Certainly, the last has not been heard about this matter and I am sure that truth will prevail over falsehood”.

Fashola Donates N21 Million To Law School
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday donated N21m to the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School for the provision of bunk beds in the 245 rooms in the school.

Fashola announced the donation at the 50th anniversary lecture and celebration of the Nigerian Law School which held in Lagos.

The governor, who charged the law students to set standard in the legal profession, also tasked them to be determined and remain focused when the competition in life becomes tough.

He said he considered himself extremely lucky having been tutored both formally and informally by the right kind of teachers.

The guest speaker, Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) in his lecture entitled ‘’Legal Education and Legal Profession: A Reality Check’’ stressed the need for quality legal education even if the students have to pay for it.

The lawyer stated that legal education in the 1960s cannot remain the same in 2013 adding that the curriculum has to be broadened and updated to what is obtainable in the legal practice.

Ajogwu urged lawyers to at all times put in mind the knowledge of law, practice of law and the business of the law and should endeavour to give back to the society.

He said ‘’somebody has to write a cheque for education, legal education in the 60s and the 80s cannot be the same in 2013. Law and the practice of law have changed significantly from what it was in the early days’’.

He also urged the Council of Legal Education to be transparent in its assessment of law facilities across the country and the ranking of their intakes into the school.

Former ASUU President Dies In Auto Crash

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A former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) and a renowned writer, Professor Festus Iyayi, has died in an auto crash on his way to Kano for a meeting of the union.

The accident occurred on Tuesday at about 12.30pm, local time, at Banda village near Lokoja the Kogi State capital when a security backup Hilux of the Kogi State government had a head-on collision with the car conveying the professor and other members of the union.

Professor Festus Iyayi, 66, died on the spot while other victims are receiving treatment in the state specialist hospital in Lokoja.

Those injured are said to be responding to treatment, while the remains of professor Iyayi had been deposited at the state specialist hospital morgue.

Professor Iyayi, a renowned academic and award-winning writer, rose to national prominence in the 1980s with his courageous leadership of ASUU in its struggle for a better working environment for teachers and academics in the nation’s university system.

He rose to the position of president of the national organization in 1986, but in 1988, the union was briefly banned and Iyayi was detained.
Professor Iyayi won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature for his book Heroes in 1988.
ASUU has embarked on a nationwide strike on July 3 halting academic activities in all Federal and State government Universities.

US Blacklists Boko Haram, Ansaru As Foreign Terrorist Organisations

The U.S. has designated Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Ansaru militant groups as foreign terrorist organisations.

The state department described the move as “an important” step to help Nigeria “root out violent extremism”.

“These designations are an important and appropriate step, but only one tool in what must be a comprehensive approach by the Nigerian government to counter these groups,” a State Department statement said.

This means that the U.S. justice system is now empowered to block all financial dealings or transactions between America and these organisations.

The groups have been responsible for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria, including attacks on churches and mosques and a 2011 suicide bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja, the statement said.

“By cutting these terrorist organizations off from U.S. financial institutions and enabling banks to freeze assets held in the United States, these designations demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and its efforts to address security challenges in the north,” Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama’s top homeland security and counter terrorism adviser, said in the statement.

“We encourage Nigeria to pursue a comprehensive counter terrorism approach that uses law enforcement tools effectively, creates economic opportunity and ensures that human rights are protected and respected,” she said.

Senate Cancels Meeting With Oduah

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The Senate has rescinded its earlier resolution to invite the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, to brief lawmakers at plenary on the state of the aviation sector and the high number of plane crashes and aviation incidents in the country.               

The minister of aviation was supposed to appear before the senate at plenary on Thursday, to explain the reason behind the series of air mishaps in the country.

The senate minority leader, Ganiyu Solomon, said lawmakers had reached a unanimous decision at an executive session last week to rescind the senate resolution to invite the minister.

The minister of aviation will now appear before the senate committee on aviation instead.

 

Thisday Building Bomber Jailed For Life

A member of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mustapha Umar, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour for throwing explosives into a plaza occupied by Thisday newspaper and two other newspaper publishers in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

Delivering the sentence in an Abuja court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said that the evidence presented by the prosecution showing the convict’s confession and his reasons for committing the crime indicated that he had no dignity for human life and should be removed from the public to forestall future occurrence of the incident.

The Federal High Court Judge also ordered 150 million Naira (about 943, 000 dollars) compensation to the families of the three persons who lost their lives in the incident.
He said the compensation could be handled by the Nigerian government committee on compensation.

Umar, arrested on April 26 2013, was brought before the court for the first time in February 2013 on a one-count charge of terrorism filed by the Nigerian Police Force.
He was said to have driven a white Honda Accord car with registration number AL 306 MKA with improvised explosives devices into the premises of SOJ Plaza with the intention to detonate the explosive devices within the premises.

The incident claimed the lives of three persons and caused several degrees of injuries on others.

Umar had pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming he was a passer-by and a trader dealing in local perfumes, when he was arrested by the police and subsequently forced to admit that he committed the crime.

The court dismissed his claims, saying his alibi has tissues of lies.

Justice Ademola said he believed the video evidence where he confessed that he was a member of the deadly Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram and the testimonies of ten witnesses comprising of police officers who participated in the investigation.

“The prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and agreed that the accused committed the offence for which he was charged,” Justice Ademola said.
The defence lawyer Nureini Suleiman pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy saying the accused is a young man whose family and aged parents depend on for their livelihood.

He told the court that the accused was a first time offender.

Despite his pleas, the accused was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Police Force, Mr Frank Mba, described the ruling as a testimony of the force’s commitment to tackling terrorism in Nigeria.

Beside the conviction of the accused, the court ordered that the Honda Accord car used by the accused for the dastardly act be forfeited to the Nigerian government.
Mustaphar Umar has been escorted to the Nigerian Prison for the final time to serve his jail term.


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On Sunday, Nigeria joined other countries in witnessing a partial eclipse of the sun

The Anambra State Government renamed the state University after the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu.

On Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan met with leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) to deliberate on the current strike action.

The Transmission Company of Nigerian alerted the country of a 400 megawatts drop in electricity generation.

On Tuesday, the Great Nigera House Building was engulfed by fire

On Friday, the nations under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets won the Fifa U-17 World Cup in the UAE, by beating Mexico 3 nil in the final match.

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Nigeria Witnesses Partial Eclipse Of The Sun

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A partial eclipse of the Sun was witnessed on Sunday in Nigeria confirming the forecast by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

Between the hours of 1:00pm to 16:00pm, local time, residents in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, experienced a flush of sunlight and mild darkness.

The Director General of the agency, Dr. Saidu Mohammed, told reporters that the eclipse would not affect satellite communication.

He advised Nigerians to remain calm, as there was nothing mystical about it.

The eclipse, which occurred at exactly 1:03pm, local time, could only be seen through binoculars or a telescope by projecting the sun’s disc onto a sheet of card or paper.
Some people also used eclipse glasses which filter sunlight.

Anambra State University Renamed After Ojukwu

Anambra State University in Uli has been renamed after the Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in celebration of his 80th posthumous birthday.

The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, announced the renaming in a live broadcast on the television station of the Anambra Broadcasting Service.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to restoring standards which demand a simultaneous transformation of all sectors and the recognition of role models.

He urged the people of Anambra State to continue to seek ways of making the state a great one.

Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician. He served as the Military Governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966.

He was the leader of the unsuccessful breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a Nigerian politician from 1983 until he died on November 26, 2011, aged 78.

 
ASUU STRIKE: Jonathan Meets With Union Leaders

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President Goodluck Jonathan has met with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as part of the ongoing efforts to end the industrial action by the lecturers. 

The meeting which took place at the Presidential Villa came on the heels of several failed attempts to get the lecturers to return to the classrooms.

The meeting also had in attendance, Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, Minister of Education, Yesom Wike, President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar and the Chairman of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie.

The ASUU team was led by its President, Nasir Fagge.

The meeting which lasted 13 hours raised hopes among Nigerians, and there were expectations that the President stepping in personally would yield an immediate result, but ASUU President, Nasir Fagge insisted that it was too soon for the union to make any statement until members are briefed on the meeting.

“We now have a message from Mr. President that we are going to take to our members, and we are expecting that our members will respond appropriately to the message of Mr. President.”

When asked about the possibility of going back to the classrooms, Mr. Faggie said “that is up to our members.”

It will be recalled that the legislative arm of the government had stepped into the 4 month old ASUU crisis by appealing to the lectures to embrace a dialogue with the government towards finding a “win-win” resolution to it.

Senate President, David Mark remarked that “national interest is at stake as students have been out of classrooms for about 4 months now and that is not in the interest of anybody. We are not happy, the parents are not happy and the Government is not happy…it’s only proper that we have it resolved as quickly as possible.”

 

Great Nigeria House Building Engulfed By Fire In Lagos

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The Great Nigeria House, a 15-storey building, situated along Martins Street, off Balogun, on the Marina, Lagos Island was on Tuesday, engulfed in fire.

According to the Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, the fire started at 6:30 am, when fire fighters from Onikan Fire Station responded.

Eyewitness said that the fire started on the 1st floor of the building with many traders and neighbours worried about it spreading to other buildings and trying to salvage their goods. However, the fire fighters were successful in preventing its spread to other buildings around the skyscraper.

The fire, whose cause is not yet known, halted all commercial activities in the popular Balogun market, but no life was lost as the building housing many offices had not opened for business when the fire started.

The fire was put out the next day, about 36 hours later.

 

TCN Alerts On 400mw Drop In Electricity
Starting from Monday, November 4, there has been a 400 megawatts drop in electricity generation in Nigeria, which would lead to blackout in some areas.

The information is from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, which added that due to the expected drop in electricity, there would be rationing of power supply.

A statement issued by the TCN explained that the drop is as a result of the Shell Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC) scheduled maintenance work on Okoloma Gas Plant supplying gas to Afam VI Power Plant.

According to TCN, the shutdown of Afam VI Power Plant became necessary to allow SPDC inspect and carry out routine maintenance work on the Okoloma Natural Gas Station in Afam, Rivers State, to ensure its technical integrity.

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on its part said that maintenance work on Okoloma Gas Plant is important to guarantee continuous and uninterrupted supply of gas to Afam VI for power generation into the national grid.

TCN, while apologising for the inconveniences the 6-day power rationing will cause the Federal Government and electricity consumers nationwide, assured Nigerians that “the maintenance work is in line with efforts to improve power supply in the country.”

However, despite the 400megawatts drop in electricity supply, the Federal Government remains confident that power supply will improve sooner than later.

Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprise, Ibrahim Baba Gana, expressed this optimism while appearing as a guest on Channels Television flagship News At Ten. He said that due process was followed in the handover of the sector to private operators, and all investors are bracing up to ensuring that adequate power supply is made available.

 

Golden Eaglets Win World Cup

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Nigeria’s under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets have won the Fifa Under 17 World Cup in the UAe, by beating Mexico 3-0.

This would be the fourth time the country would win it, after winning in 1985, 1993 and 2007.


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On Sunday, an IRS Airline plane made an emergency landing in Kaduna.

In the wake of the World Cup Qualifiers play-off first leg victory over Ethopia, the Nigerian Football Federation on Tuesday, announced a friendly match between Nigeria and Italy.

Messages of peace as Nigerians joined the world in celebrating Sallah on Wednesday.

The United States Congress on Wednesday passed a bill to end the Government shutdown.

Nigeria was elected unopposed into a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

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IRS Airline Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Kaduna

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 Another air disaster was averted on Sunday as a plane belonging to IRS Airline made an emergency landing in Kaduna, state.

It was reported that the aircraft’s hydraulic system developed a problem warning, thereby forcing the pilot to take a precautionary measure by asking ground control to confirm that all gears were down and locked.

“The front tyres didn’t come out on time and the pilot had to land the plane without its tyres out,” an airport source said.

The plane, which had 89 passengers on board, was carrying passengers from Lagos to Kaduna and thankfully, there was no casualty.

This incident occurred just about a week after a chartered Associated Airlines plane crashed in Lagos seconds after take-off, killing 15 people.

 

Super Eagles To Play Italy In London
Moments after securing victory over Ethiopia, the Nigeria Football Federation and its match agent, Jairo Pachon confirmed an international friendly against Italy to be played in preparation for the 2014 world cup in Brazil.

The match against the former world champions will be played in London on November the 18th.

In a related development, the NFF reported the attack on the Super Eagles’ team bus in Ethiopia to FIFA.

Real Betis midfielder Nosa Igiebor was hurt when angry Ethiopia fans attacked the Super Eagles bus following Sunday’s home defeat.

NFF Vice President Mike Umeh said the incident has been reported to the FIFA security team at the match venue and he hopes action will be taken.
Igiebor, who was a second-half sub in Sunday’s showdown, was the unlucky one as the stone slashed his right palm leading to profuse bleeding that was immediately attended to by team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran.

Governors Issue Messages Of Peace, Tolerance As Sallah Is Celebrated

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Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State congratulated Muslims on this year’s Eid-el Kabir, even as he urged them to galvanise their energies towards the development of the country.

In a congratulatory message, Governor Imoke enjoined the Muslim Ummah, Nigerians and indeed all people of goodwill to remember the significance of the celebration which is sacrifice, obedience and love.

According to Imoke, “as we celebrate this special season of Eid-el Kabir, I wish to charge you to direct your thoughts and energies in a positive way to help our nation realize its dreams of a better place for us all. Let us use the guiding spirit and philosophy behind the celebration to join hands with people of other faith to bring about peace in Nigeria, as it is one of the necessary requirements for development.

“As we share with one another love, let it be a reminder to us at all times that there is abundant premium in fidelity to Allah’s injunctions.
He also appealed to Muslim brothers and sisters “to continue to pray for the nation and her leaders for Allah to guide and direct our thoughts towards purposeful and selfless service.”

In a similar event, the Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, led other state executive council members to join the Muslim faithful at the prayer held at the Lantoro central praying ground in the state capital.

During his address, the governor thanked the people of the state for supporting his administration policies and programmes while requesting for more support.

The Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed also charged Muslims that the Nigeria project must not fail.

In a message, signed by his chief press secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahaab Oba, to mark this year’s Ed-el Kabir celebration, governor Ahmed urged Muslims  to pray for peace and success of the nation.

According to Ahmed “our existence as a country is God’ ordained. We must entrust its success onto him. This celebration is another opportunity to pray for the strengthening of good neighborliness and nation building, through sacrifice and selfless service”.

Futhermore, the Ekiti state Governor, Kayode Fayemi advised the Muslims in the state and Nigeria in general to remain steadfast in their faith in the Almighty Allah who has given them the opportunity to witness another Eid-el-kabir.

Speaking at the praying ground in Ado Ekiti, governor Fayemi said Ekiti is one of the most peaceful states in the country and would continue to be peaceful to ensure a smooth and peaceful conduct of the governorship polls next year.

He added that Nigerians, irrespective of their religion should see themselves as brothers and sisters and stop the killing of one another. Therefore, the nation’s security agencies should rise up to their responsibilities so as to provide adequate security in the country.

 

The United States Congress Passes Bill To End Government Shutdown

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The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened worldwide financial calamity.

Capping weeks of political brinkmanship that had unnerved global markets, President Barack Obama quickly signed the spending measure, which passed the Senate and House of Representatives after Republicans dropped efforts to use the legislation to force changes in his signature healthcare law.

The White House budget office told hundreds of thousands of federal workers, the bulk of who had been idle for the past 16 days, to be ready to return to work on Thursday.

Taking the podium in the White House briefing room on Wednesday night, Obama said that with final congressional passage, “We can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people.”

“Hopefully next time it won’t be in the 11th hour. We’ve got to get out of the habit of governing by crisis,” Obama said. He outmaneuvered Republicans by holding firm in defense of “Obamacare” to win agreement, with few strings attached, to end the 16-day shutdown.

The standoff between Republicans and the White House over funding the government forced the temporary lay-off of hundreds of thousands of federal workers from October 1 and created concern that crisis-driven politics was the “new normal” in Washington.

While essential functions like defense and air traffic control continued during the crisis, national parks and agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency have been largely closed.

In the end, the Democratic-led Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure on a 81-18 vote, and the Republican-controlled House followed suit 285 to 144. Obama signed the 35-page bill just after midnight.

 

Nigeria Secures U.N. Non-Permanent Seat

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Nigeria has been elected unopposed into a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, with a total of 186 out of a possible 193 votes.

A statement released on Thursday by the Presidency said it is a resounding victory for the country, and it also shows that Nigeria’s effort to ensure peaceful coexistence in the African region has not gone unrecognised by a majority of member-countries in the body.

“On behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, President Jonathan wishes to convey his sincere appreciation of the support of all member-countries of the United Nations who voted for Nigeria’s election to the Security Council.

The President believes that the endorsement of Nigeria’s candidature for the Security Council seat by the vast majority of member-countries is a glowing expression of support and encouragement for Nigeria’s active participation in the promotion of peace, security and political stability in Africa and other parts of the world.

This is the fourth time since it became independent in 1960 that Nigeria is being elected to the UN Security Council. It is also the second time (2010-2011 and 2014-2015) that Nigeria will be elected to the Council under the Jonathan Presidency.


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On Sunday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority suspended the license of Dana Airlines in the wake of last Thursdays’ Associated Airlines plane crash.

The parents of the victims of the Aluu killings held a one-year memorial service in honour of their sons on Monday.

A petrol depot exploded in Apapa on Tuesday, destroying properties in its wake.

On Wednesday, Super Eagles coach – Stephen Keshi assured Nigerians that his team would qualify for the 2014 world cup in Brazil.

On Thursday, first civilian Governor of Plateau State and Nigerian political stalwart Chief Solomon Lar passed on at the age of 80 in the United States of America.

It was announced on Friday by the Accident Investigation Bureau that the pilot of the crashed Associated Airlines plane was informed before takeoff of the faulty engine of the plane.

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Dana Airlines’ License Suspended

24 hours after the suspension of the operating license of Association Airlines, the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Fola Akinkuotu on Monday announced the suspension of Dana Airlines license with immediate effect.

No reason was given for the suspension, but a senior official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said that the suspension is to enable them conduct an operational auditing.

This would be the third time the license of the airline would be suspended since one of its planes crashed into a two-storey building at Iju railway, Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos in June 2012 where all 153 people on board the aircraft were killed.

Aluu 4’s Families Hold Memorial Service

A year after the gruesome murder of four students of University of Port Harcourt in Aluu, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, some government officials, students and civil society organisations joined the parents of the deceased in holding a one year memorial service in commemoration of their death.

Making their feelings known to journalists shortly after the memorial service, parents of the four students killed at Aluu also disclosed the vacuum the killing had created in the life of their families in the past one year.

Mother to one of the students, late Lloyd Toku-Mike, Mrs Jane Toku-Mike said, the death of her son in the past one year has not only created a vacuum in the family but has encouraged her to prophesy and commit her children to consistent prayer life to avert repetition.

In the same vein, Mrs Chinwe Biringa, mother to late Chiadika Biringa has commended the media for its objectivity and investigative skills, urging the judiciary to rise to its responsibility of speedy dispensation of justice.

Also, Mrs Faith Friday Elkanah, mother to late Friday Elkanah and Mr Obuzor Josiah, father of late Ugonna Kelechi Josiah described the death of their children as a painful loss to the family and the society at large.

Delivering a lecture at the event, a lecturer with the University of Port Harcourt in the Social Sciences Department, Eze Chris Akani called for exemplary moral values in the society to avert crime against humanity.

 

Petrol Depot Explodes In Apapa

A local petroleum depot exploded in Apapa local government area of Lagos state on Tuesday claiming two buildings, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

 

The accident occurred at number 12 and 14 of Edmor Street by Wilmer crescent in Olodi, Apapa, claiming no lives but resulting in the evacuation of the occupants of the buildings.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Information and Public Relations Officer of NEMA who said that the state and federal fire services were called to respond to the emergency as soon as they were informed, faulted the location of the depot.

“I think it’s carelessness by the management of the depot” because erecting such a structure in a densely populated residential area is wrong, he said.

He stressed that residents should have protested such in the first place.

A Divisional Police Officer who visited the scene on Wednesday morning declined to comment stating that he was not authorised to do so.

Keshi Assures Fans Of World Cup Qualification

Super Eagles Head coach, Stephen Keshi on Wednesday expressed his team’s readiness to take on and defeat the antelopes of Ethiopia on Sunday to ensure qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking at a media parley in Abuja, Mr. Keshi said the team is ready to engage the Ethiopians on any kind of pitch as their focus is to qualify for the World Cup on a clean slate.

Keshi, who had earlier described the Abuja national stadium pitch as substandard, said the level of commitment displayed by the players excites the coaching crew and thus, the Eagles will definitely fly over the Ethiopians.

Solomon Lar Passes On

First civilian governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar passed on in a US hospital of what family sources described as old-age related ailment on Wednesday. He was aged 80.

Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Abraham Yiljap, confirmed his death to the media, saying the family had contacted Governor Jonah Jang to inform him about Lar’s demise.

Jang, in a statement signed by the Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Mr. James Mannok, said that Jang was shocked when he received the news.

He described the elder statesman as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan and Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); and Liyel Imoke (Cross River); a former Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Dr. Junaid Muhammed had expressed shock at the late politician’s death.

Jonathan, who expressed sadness over the death Lar, described it as a national loss.

He observed that the late politician would be remembered for the exemplary humility, great vision, wisdom and maturity which he brought to political leadership in Nigeria for over 50 years as a legislator, executive governor, party leader and a highly revered elder statesman.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President urged the deceased’s family and associates to take solace in the knowledge that he lived a long and most fulfilled life.

Also, the PDP, the Baraje-faction of the party and other eminent Nigerians had also commiserated with the family of the deceased.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the death of the politician had “left a big vacuum not only in the party but in Plateau State and the nation at large.”

The party described Lar as a quintessential politician and patriot, who sacrificed the greater part of his life for the entrenchment of true democracy and an egalitarian nation.

Metuh further said the “PDP at the national level will participate fully in ensuring that Chief Solomon Lar is given an equivalent of a party national burial.”

Also, the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led PDP in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, said that the country had lost a rare gem with the death of Lar.

The New PDP described Lar as a colourful politician of substance, a first-class patriot and an accomplished administrator.

The Northern States Governors Forum also described the death of the first civilian Governor of the old Plateau State, as a devastating loss to the people of Plateau State in particular and the nation in general.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, said with the death of Chief Solomon Lar, Nigeria has lost a patriot of uncommon courage.

The forum’s condolence was contained in a statement signed by Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo.

Crashed Associated Airlines Plane Pilot Insisted On Take-Off Despite Bad Engine Warning – AIB

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) probing the crash of the Associated Airlines plane has revealed that the aircraft took off with a faulty right engine.

The AIB made this known through a preliminary report on the accident which led to the loss of 15 lives.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Commissioner in charge of accident investigation, Captain Mukhtar Usman stated that the investigation conducted on the cockpit voice and flight data recorders of the aircraft showed that the faulty engine was noticed shortly before take-off.

He also said that the insistence of the Pilot to fly the aircraft despite an automated warning from the on-board computer voice machine indicating that the take-off flaps were not in a correct position may have contributed to the crash.


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On Sunday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority suspended the license of Dana Airlines in the wake of last Thursdays’ Associated Airlines plane crash.

The parents of the victims of the Aluu killings held a one-year memorial service in honour of their sons on Monday.

A petrol depot exploded in Apapa on Tuesday, destroying properties in its wake.

On Wednesday, Super Eagles coach – Stephen Keshi assured Nigerians that his team would qualify for the 2014 world cup in Brazil.

On Thursday, first civilian Governor of Plateau State and Nigerian political stalwart Chief Solomon Lar passed on at the age of 80 in the United States of America.

It was announced on Friday by the Accident Investigation Bureau that the pilot of the crashed Associated Airlines plane was informed before takeoff of the faulty engine of the plane.

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Dana Airlines’ License Suspended

24 hours after the suspension of the operating license of Association Airlines, the Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Fola Akinkuotu on Monday announced the suspension of Dana Airlines license with immediate effect.

No reason was given for the suspension, but a senior official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said that the suspension is to enable them conduct an operational auditing.

This would be the third time the license of the airline would be suspended since one of its planes crashed into a two-storey building at Iju railway, Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos in June 2012 where all 153 people on board the aircraft were killed.

Aluu 4’s Families Hold Memorial Service

A year after the gruesome murder of four students of University of Port Harcourt in Aluu, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, some government officials, students and civil society organisations joined the parents of the deceased in holding a one year memorial service in commemoration of their death.

Making their feelings known to journalists shortly after the memorial service, parents of the four students killed at Aluu also disclosed the vacuum the killing had created in the life of their families in the past one year.

Mother to one of the students, late Lloyd Toku-Mike, Mrs Jane Toku-Mike said, the death of her son in the past one year has not only created a vacuum in the family but has encouraged her to prophesy and commit her children to consistent prayer life to avert repetition.

In the same vein, Mrs Chinwe Biringa, mother to late Chiadika Biringa has commended the media for its objectivity and investigative skills, urging the judiciary to rise to its responsibility of speedy dispensation of justice.

Also, Mrs Faith Friday Elkanah, mother to late Friday Elkanah and Mr Obuzor Josiah, father of late Ugonna Kelechi Josiah described the death of their children as a painful loss to the family and the society at large.

Delivering a lecture at the event, a lecturer with the University of Port Harcourt in the Social Sciences Department, Eze Chris Akani called for exemplary moral values in the society to avert crime against humanity.

 

Petrol Depot Explodes In Apapa

A local petroleum depot exploded in Apapa local government area of Lagos state on Tuesday claiming two buildings, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

 

The accident occurred at number 12 and 14 of Edmor Street by Wilmer crescent in Olodi, Apapa, claiming no lives but resulting in the evacuation of the occupants of the buildings.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the Information and Public Relations Officer of NEMA who said that the state and federal fire services were called to respond to the emergency as soon as they were informed, faulted the location of the depot.

“I think it’s carelessness by the management of the depot” because erecting such a structure in a densely populated residential area is wrong, he said.

He stressed that residents should have protested such in the first place.

A Divisional Police Officer who visited the scene on Wednesday morning declined to comment stating that he was not authorised to do so.

Keshi Assures Fans Of World Cup Qualification

Super Eagles Head coach, Stephen Keshi on Wednesday expressed his team’s readiness to take on and defeat the antelopes of Ethiopia on Sunday to ensure qualification for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking at a media parley in Abuja, Mr. Keshi said the team is ready to engage the Ethiopians on any kind of pitch as their focus is to qualify for the World Cup on a clean slate.

Keshi, who had earlier described the Abuja national stadium pitch as substandard, said the level of commitment displayed by the players excites the coaching crew and thus, the Eagles will definitely fly over the Ethiopians.

Solomon Lar Passes On

First civilian governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar passed on in a US hospital of what family sources described as old-age related ailment on Wednesday. He was aged 80.

Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Abraham Yiljap, confirmed his death to the media, saying the family had contacted Governor Jonah Jang to inform him about Lar’s demise.

Jang, in a statement signed by the Director of Press Affairs to the Governor, Mr. James Mannok, said that Jang was shocked when he received the news.

He described the elder statesman as a pillar of democracy in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan and Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); and Liyel Imoke (Cross River); a former Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Dr. Junaid Muhammed had expressed shock at the late politician’s death.

Jonathan, who expressed sadness over the death Lar, described it as a national loss.

He observed that the late politician would be remembered for the exemplary humility, great vision, wisdom and maturity which he brought to political leadership in Nigeria for over 50 years as a legislator, executive governor, party leader and a highly revered elder statesman.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President urged the deceased’s family and associates to take solace in the knowledge that he lived a long and most fulfilled life.

Also, the PDP, the Baraje-faction of the party and other eminent Nigerians had also commiserated with the family of the deceased.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the death of the politician had “left a big vacuum not only in the party but in Plateau State and the nation at large.”

The party described Lar as a quintessential politician and patriot, who sacrificed the greater part of his life for the entrenchment of true democracy and an egalitarian nation.

Metuh further said the “PDP at the national level will participate fully in ensuring that Chief Solomon Lar is given an equivalent of a party national burial.”

Also, the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led PDP in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, said that the country had lost a rare gem with the death of Lar.

The New PDP described Lar as a colourful politician of substance, a first-class patriot and an accomplished administrator.

The Northern States Governors Forum also described the death of the first civilian Governor of the old Plateau State, as a devastating loss to the people of Plateau State in particular and the nation in general.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, said with the death of Chief Solomon Lar, Nigeria has lost a patriot of uncommon courage.

The forum’s condolence was contained in a statement signed by Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo.

Crashed Associated Airlines Plane Pilot Insisted On Take-Off Despite Bad Engine Warning – AIB

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) probing the crash of the Associated Airlines plane has revealed that the aircraft took off with a faulty right engine.

The AIB made this known through a preliminary report on the accident which led to the loss of 15 lives.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Commissioner in charge of accident investigation, Captain Mukhtar Usman stated that the investigation conducted on the cockpit voice and flight data recorders of the aircraft showed that the faulty engine was noticed shortly before take-off.

He also said that the insistence of the Pilot to fly the aircraft despite an automated warning from the on-board computer voice machine indicating that the take-off flaps were not in a correct position may have contributed to the crash.


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Nigeria celebrated her 53rd year of Independence on Tuesday with President Goodluck Jonathan addressing the country.

Same day, the association of resident doctors in Nigeria declared a nationwide strike.

Other Nigerian university unions joined the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike on Wednesday.

Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on wednesday announced his plan to construct a 1,000 bed hospital in his native Kano.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria on Wednesday denied £3,000 British visa bond.

On Thursday, Nigerian security forces announced the capture of some Boko – Haram suspects.

And in what must be the biggest news of the week, on Thursday, the plane carrying the corpse of the late ex Governor of Ondo State alongside some family members and friends crashed in Lagos.

 

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Nigeria Celebrates Independence
Nigeria on Tuesday marked her 53rd year of independence from the British and reflective of the prevailing situation in the country, celebrations were muffled amidst security fear and hard economic times. Some did not celebrate however because according to them, there was nothing to be celebrated.

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The president of Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan addressed the nation in a broadcast televised nationwide by the Nigerian Television Authority but his message of hope and re-assurance was met with apathy by the majority of the populace with a good number of people taking to social media to complain about not even having power supply to watch the broadcast.

Association Of Residents Doctors Embark On Nationwide Indefinite Strike

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Immediately registering their grievances with the state of the nation, the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) on Tuesday declared an indefinite strike action following the failure of the Federal Government to empower residency training in the country.
Addressing a news conference in Kano, the association’s National President,  Dr. Jibril Abdullahi threatened that all state hospitals will be shut down if the Enugu State Teaching Hospital did not implement the consolidated medical salary structure within 21 days.
According to the association, the persistent unwillingness of the Federal Government to articulate a comprehensive guidelines for residency training in Nigeria has eventually led to inadequate funding of residency training, citing the failure of the recently re-introduced overseas clinical attachments for resident doctors and of course the incessant industrial disharmony in many training centres as some of the reasons for the resident doctors industrial action.
Consequently, the NARD National President Dr.Jibril Abdullahi resolved that until the federal government produces a blueprint on residency training with immediate effect and sort out all irregularities on the implementation of the integrated payroll and personnel information system, IPPIS, the strike will continue to be total and indefinite.

SSANU, Others Join ASUU In Indefinite Strike

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In a continuance of the ever-increasing long chain of strike actions embarked upon by Nigerian workers, The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff Union Of Universities (NASUU) on Wednesday,  declared an indefinite strike action over two months’ of unpaid salaries.
In an interview with Channels Television, the SSANU Public Relations officer in Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nura Garba says the federal government has not paid their August and September salaries, the situation which the union says has caused progressive hardship among its members.
The union through its Public Relations Officer SSNU, BUK chapter, Nura Garba demanded that its members’ two month salaries be paid and that the federal government should stop punishing them with ASUU

Dangote To Construct 1,000 Bed Hospital In Kano

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Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said on Tuesday that he would construct a 1,000-bed hospital in Kano to improve health care delivery within the state.

Alhaji Dangote announced this while laying the foundation of Mariya Sanusi Dantata Ultra-Modern Theatre and diagnostic complex at Murtala Muhammed Hospital in Kano metropolis.

He said the project would make health care delivery easier and accessible to the people of the state.
Dangote said the gesture was meant to support government’s efforts in achieving a sound health programme for its people, adding that only healthy people can contribute meaningfully to the growth of the economy.

British High Commissioner To Nigeria Denies £3,000 British Visa Bond.

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Carter on Wednesday cleared the air on the controversies trailing the decision to introduce a £3000 visa bond by the British government.

Carter assured that “there is no change to our visa service, there is no change to our visa policy at the moment” adding that “it (Visa Bond Policy) does not exist”.
He noted that it is a policy that the British ministers “are still considering” insisting that at the moment “there is no visa bond; there is no requirement on anybody to pay £3000 or any thousands of pounds to get a British visa”.

He said the British government is only trying to deter those who are tempted to over stay their visa “not just in Nigeria” stressing that it is a problem “we have with many countries”.

He said the Visa Bond Policy is one of a series of policies being considered by the British government, promising that “we will be informing the Nigerian government, if it concerns Nigerians, and make sure it is properly advertised”.

He then stressed the importance of Nigeria’s relations with the United Kingdom especially in trade and investments.

Nigerian Security Forces Announce Capture Of Boko – Haram Suspects.

Three days after the killing of innocent students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba in Yobe state, military authorities have confirmed that 15 suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been arrested in connection with the killings.

Spokesman of the 3rd division special Operation Battalion Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazarus in a statement to the press on Thursday in Damaturu the Yobe state capital, stated that several members of the terrorists group were also killed in ground and air strikes carried out by officers and men of the command.

“After the attack on the college of Agriculture in Gujba, our men carried out an operation around the Gujba axis and a camp of the insurgents was raided and several members of the terrorist group were killed, while 15 others were arrested” Eli Lazarus said.

Those arrested according to him are currently being investigated, where they will give the force useful information as to how to track down the perpetrators of the heinous act.

He said the military plans to come up with new measures of strategy that will curtail the activities of the insurgents and will continue to strengthen its collaboration with the civil populace so that timely and useful information can always be divulged to it in order for the military to continue to maintain peace in the state and the country as a whole.
 
Plane Carrying Late Olusegun Agagu’s Family & Corpse Crashes

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On Thursday, the plane carrying the corpse of the late ex Governor of Ondo State alongside some family members and friends crashed in Lagos.
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President Goodluck Jonathan Reshuffles Cabinet, Sacks Nine Ministers
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday shocked members of the Federal Executive Council as he sacked nine members of the council.

 

Topping the list of Ministers sacked Wednesday was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, OlugbengaAshiru, Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamshudeen Usman and Professor Ruquyatu Rufai, Minister of Education.

Others are Hajia Hadiza Mailafia (Environment), Ms. Ama Peppel (Housing), Minister of state for power Zainab Kuchi; Minister of state for defence Erelu Olusula Obada, Minister of state for Agriculture  BukaTijani as well as  Minister of science and tech- Professor Ita Bassey Ewah.

 

Late Goldie’s Husband Finds Love Again
Seven months after the death of late singer Goldie Harvey on February 14, 2013, her husband Andrew Harvey has found love again. He was photographed kissing a Malaysian woman at his birthday party which held a few weeks back at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.

He came into the limelight with the release of wedding pictures of her and Goldie which killed speculations of former Big Brother housemate getting married to Prezzo.

 

 

Kunle Afolayan Reveals More Characters In October 1 Film
Popular Yoruba Actor and producer KunleAfolayan has revealed more cast members for his upcoming movie, October 1.

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The pictures were released on Facebook and Twitter and sees veteran actor and broadcaster Sadiq Daba play lead character Inspector Dan Waziri. Deola Sagoe of Haute couture plays the legendary Funmilayo Ransom Kuti.
The movie is set to be released on Independence Day, October 1st.

New Delhi Gang Rapists Sentenced To Death
Four men convicted for fatally gang raping a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi last December were sentenced to death on Friday, the 13th of September, 2013.

 The four suspects were teary eyed as they entered the cramped room dressed more smartly than on Tuesday when they were convicted of a string of charges including murder and gang rape.

Apple Releases Cheaper iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its 2013 iPhone models – the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C to rival several new released Android phones. The phones spots different colors as found in Nokia Lumia Phones as opposed to the black and white apple have been known for since inception in 2007.

 

Going overboard for the first time, Apple launched two new iPhone versions, a high-end device (iPhone 5S) and a lower-priced handset (iPhone 5C)
The company did say that by the end of September it will have activated over 700 million iOS devices.

 

Undergraduate Ingests Liquid Cocaine Packed Inside Condoms
A 32-year-old undergraduate, ChizobaNwabuwa, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for ingesting 25 wraps of male condoms filled with cocaine.

 

In a statement by the NDLEA’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency said the arrest was made at the newly upgraded AkanuIbiam International Airport, Enugu State. The 32 year old who claimed to be a 400 level student of Fine and Applied Arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said he was lured by the promise of 500,000 which he claimed he wanted to use to develop his own art gallery.

 

 


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President Goodluck Jonathan Reshuffles Cabinet, Sacks Nine Ministers
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday shocked members of the Federal Executive Council as he sacked nine members of the council.
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Topping the list of Ministers sacked Wednesday was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, OlugbengaAshiru, Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamshudeen Usman and Professor Ruquyatu Rufai, Minister of Education.
Others are HajiaHadizaMailafia (Environment), Ms. AmaPeppel (Housing), Minister of state for power ZainabKuchi; Minister of state for defenceEreluOlusulaObada, Minister of state for Agriculture  BukaTijani as well as  Minister of science and tech- Professor ItaBasseyEwah.
Late Goldie’s Husband Finds Love Again
Seven months after the death of late singer Goldie Harvey on February 14, 2013, her husband Andrew Harvey has found love again. He was photographed kissing a Malaysian woman at his birthday party which held a few weeks back at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
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He came into the limelight with the release of wedding pictures of her and Goldie which killed speculations of former Big Brother housemate getting married to Prezzo.

KunleAfolayan Reveals More Characters In October 1 Film
Popular Yoruba Actor and producer KunleAfolayan has revealed more cast members for his upcoming movie, October 1.
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The pictures were released on Facebook and Twitter and sees veteran actor and broadcaster SadiqDaba play lead character Inspector Dan Waziri. DeolaSagoe of Haute couture plays the legendary Funmilayo Ransom Kuti.
The movie is set to be released on Independence Day, October 1st.

New Delhi Gang Rapists Sentenced To Death
Four men convicted for fatally gang raping a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi last December were sentenced to death on Friday, the 13th of September, 2013.
INSERT PICTURE 6- ALLIGN RIGHT AND PUT NEXT PARAGRAPH ON THE LEFT OF IT
The four suspects were teary eyed as they entered the cramped room dressed more smartly than on Tuesday when they were convicted of a string of charges including murder and gang rape.

Apple Releases Cheaper iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
Apple on Tuesday unveiled its 2013 iPhone models – the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C to rival several new released Android phones. The phones spots different colors as found in Nokia Lumia Phones as opposed to the black and white apple have been known for since inception in 2007.
INSERT PICTURE 7- ALLIGN LEFT AND PUT NEXT PARAGRAPH ON THE RIGHT OF IT
Going overboard for the first time, Apple launched two new iPhone versions, a high-end device (iPhone 5S) and a lower-priced handset (iPhone 5C)
The company did say that by the end of September it will have activated over 700 million iOS devices.

Undergraduate Ingests Liquid Cocaine Packed Inside Condoms
A 32-year-old undergraduate, ChizobaNwabuwa, has been arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for ingesting 25 wraps of male condoms filled with cocaine.
INSERT PICTURE 8- ALLIGN RIGHT AND PUT NEXT PARAGRAPH ON THE LEFT OF IT
In a statement by the NDLEA’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the agency said the arrest was made at the newly upgraded AkanuIbiam International Airport, Enugu State. The 32 year old who claimed to be a 400 level student of Fine and Applied Arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said he was lured by the promise of 500,000 which he claimed he wanted to use to develop his own art gallery.


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Osun State Government on Wednesday received 26 of its homeless indigenes residing in Lagos State.

President Goodluck Jonathan, Don Jazzy pay condolence visit to Governor Fashola over father’s death.

The Ministry of Communications Technology has officially launched the Tinapa Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) Incubation Centre in Calabar, the Cross Rivers state capital.

Recurring fire outbreak shuts Down Nairobi Airport.

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Lagos State Repatriates 26 Homeless Osun State Indigenes
Osun State Government on Wednesday received 26 of its homeless indigenes residing in Lagos State.


Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The Special Assistant to the Osun State Governor on Youth, Sports and Special Needs, Mr. Biyi Odunlade, received the destitute at the National Youth Development Centre, Ode-Omu.
They included 19 males, five females and two children.
Odunlade said, “Lagos State wrote to us to come and take 46 of our indigenes. We sent one of our directors to Lagos to go and assess the situation. When our director got there, he conducted a personal screening for the persons and discovered that some of them are from Oyo and Ondo states.
“His screening, in the presence of Lagos State officials, brought the number of the homeless to 26. This is the number of persons we are receiving today.”

Odunlade said the destitute would receive medical treatment, explaining that after their rehabilitation, they would be united with their families.

President Goodluck Jonathan, Don Jazzy Pay Condolence Visit To Governor Fashola


Fashola and Don Jazzy

Many have been sending their condolences to Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola whose father died in the early hours of Monday, August 5, 2013.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Lagos State at the Lagos House, Marina, to commiserate with the Governor over the death of his father describing the deceased as a blessing to the people of Nigeria.

Also paying a visit to the governor’s office on Wednesday was Mavin Records CEO, Michael Collins Ajereh aka Don Jazzy.

The President was accompanied by some members of his Cabinet including Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and  the Minister of Sports & Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

FG Launches Tinapa Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship (IDEA) Incubation Centre
The Ministry of Communications Technology has officially launched the Tinapa Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) Incubation Centre in Calabar, the Cross Rivers state capital.
IDEA is collaboration between the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA and the private sector to facilitate the development of the software industry in Nigeria through the provision of office space, mentoring, software development and testing tools and support grants.
The IDEA centre was launched on Friday at the Tinapa Knowledge City, Calabar-Cross River State.


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Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, said the IDEA incubation Centre remained a federal government intervention programme aimed at accelerating  the development of the software industry in Nigeria by nurturing and helping Nigerian software developers attain global recognition and success.

Recurring Fire Outbreak Shuts Down Nairobi Airport
A fire engulfed Kenya&#39s main airport on on the 7th of August, forcing the suspension of international passenger flights and choking a vital travel gateway to east Africa.


Nairobi airport

The airport was shut after the large fire in the international arrival hall forced inbound flights to be rerouted.

As at noon of Wednesday, the domestic and international cargo flights resumed business but in the early hours of Thursday, the fire that shut down and extensively damaged the International Airport (which is crucial to Kenya&#39s export industry) appeared to have restarted.

There was no immediate word from authorities about the new fire but it has been said that there were no casualties.

 


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Britain will commence the £3,000 tourists’ visa bond in November, despite outcries in the six listed Commonwealth countries, Nigeria has threatened to retaliate.

The publishers of Global News on the 31st of July arrested in connection with a scandalous story involving Tunde Folawiyo, the business magnate and entrepreneur.

There’s been reason to believe that there might be a cabinet shake-up as President Goodluck Jonathan called for an emergency Federal Executive Council meeting on Friday.

Nigerian striker Michael Eneramo who has just signed a 2-year deal with Turkish side, Besiktas, will earn N255million per year.

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Britain To Implement £3,000 Visa Bond In November, Nigeria Threatens Retaliatory Action
Britain will commence the £3,000 tourists’ visa bond in November, despite outcries in the six listed Commonwealth countries. Financial Times report quoted the Home Office as saying.

The Commonwealth countries to be affected by the policy which was announced in June are Nigeria, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The affected countries are considered to be source of “high risk” tourists to the UK.

Some visitors from the six countries, under the scheme, will be asked to pay a £3,000 cash bond in return for visitor visas that allow them to stay in the UK for up to six months.

There have been outpours of anger by governments of the affected countries, especially Nigeria and India against the policy.

On Tuesday, there were indications that the Federal Government of Nigeria would  opt for a  retaliatory measure  if the United Kingdom went ahead to implement its  proposed £3,000 visa bond.

Nigeria was said to have made this known during a private meeting between  Foreign Affairs Minister,  Olugbenga Ashiru,  and  British High Commissioner,  Andrew Pocock, in Abuja.

A protest in India last month forced the British Prime Minister David Cameron to declare that final decision had not been taken on the policy, while the Nigerian government asked Britain to renounce the scheme.

Publishers Of Global News Arrested Over Publication Of Scandalous Story
The publishers of Global News on the 31st of July arrested in connection with a scandalous story involving Tunde Folawiyo, the business magnate and entrepreneur.

Segun Ogunbunmi of Global News and Kunle Rasheed of Global Excellence were arrested after publishing a story in Global News which alleged that Mr. Folawiyo had been involved in an affair with former beauty queen Ifeoma Williams.

Mr. Folawiyo had responded, through his solicitors, demanding a full retraction of the story as well as a public apology. In a letter, Folawiyo’s solicitors gave Mr. Ogunbunmi a maximum of 7 days to issue a satisfactory apology.

The letter, dated 12th July, warned that Mr. Ogunbunmi was liable to face criminal charges based on the defamatory nature of the Global News article. Following Mr. Ogunbunmi’s failure to retract the story, the matter was reported to AIG of Zone 2 as well as Umar Manko, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police in another letter.

The arrest of Messrs Ogunbunmi and Rasheed was a direct result of an investigation of criminal libel as investigated by the police. It was also instructive to note that the pair had failed to respond to several invitations by the police and were consequently detained in Zone 2 police headquarters. Mr. Rasheed has since been released while Mr. Ogunbunmi remains in police custody.

Fear Grips Ministers As President Goodluck Jonathan Plans Cabinet Shake-Up
There’s been reason to believe that there might be a cabinet shake-up as President Goodluck Jonathan called for an emergency Federal Executive Council meeting on Friday.

Many ministers were gripped with fear as the news that the president has called for the meeting when it’s a known fact that the FEC holds its statutory meetings on Wednesday.

It was gathered that with last week’s resignation of the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Pate, a cabinet shake-up was imminent.

A minister, who spoke with The Punch said, “There is fear among my colleagues that a cabinet shake-up is imminent. Currently, there is no minister of defence and the minister of state for health has just resigned.

“Some of my colleagues have indicated their intention to contest governorship elections in some states. Such people will leave the cabinet. We do not know the agenda of the meeting. When will get there, we will know.”

Contrary to the popular news of emergency meeting, it was learnt that President Jonathan had informed cabinet members of the impending meeting during the last statutory meeting of the council on Wednesday.

A Presidency source said, “There is nothing hidden about it. The President announced at the beginning of the last meeting that an emergency meeting will hold for about one hour or two on Friday.

Nigerian Striker Michael Eneramo Signs With Besiktas, To Earn N255million Per Year
Nigerian striker Michael Eneramo who has just signed a 2-year deal with Turkish side, Besiktas, will earn €1.2 million (approximately N255million) per year. He will also earn €10,000 per-match bonus.
 
The Turkish football club released a statement on Monday, it read;
“Michael Eneramo has agreed terms with Be?ikta?. Eneramo will earn €1.2 million per-season in addition to a €10,000 per-match bonus.

Eneramo will also earn the same salary in 2014-15 and 2015-16 if selected for the squad over 30 times over the course of each season.”

Michael had been playing for another Turkish club, Sivasspor for a year and a half before joining Besikta.

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The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in partnership with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), on Tuesday, inaugurated e-ticketing to facilitate easy booking of motorists for road traffic offences.

The Senate said Nigeria will not accept the visa regime proposed by the United Kingdom seeking to compel Nigerian visitors to deposit 3,000 pounds bond before travelling there.

President Goodluck Jonathan issued a statement on Thursday congratulating  Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola as he clocks 50 on Friday, June 28, 2013.

The Federal Government on Thursday said it recovered the sum of £22.5million confiscated from one Raj Arjandes, an alleged Indian associate of the late General Sani Abacha.

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FRSC Partners With UBA To Introduce E-Ticketing For Traffic Offences
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in partnership with the United Bank for Africa (UBA), on Tuesday, inaugurated e-ticketing to facilitate easy booking of motorists for road traffic offences.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Osita Chidoka, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, said the bank had donated the first set of 60 hand-held devices for the e-ticketing.

According to him, 10 other devices have been donated by another bank for the programme.

Chidoka said the e-ticketing would initially take off as a pilot scheme in Lagos, Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said that with the introduction of the system, the FRSC would gradually move away from the conventional method of booking traffic offenders, which he described as obsolete and time-consuming.

The corps marshal said the new system would enable the FRSC to track habitual offenders, improve data management and reduce time spent in booking offenders.

Nigeria To Take Reciprocal Action Against UK 3,000 Pounds Bond Imposition On Immigrants
The Senate said Nigeria will not accept the visa regime proposed by the United Kingdom seeking to compel Nigerian visitors to deposit 3,000 pounds bond before travelling there.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Matthew Nwagwu, said this in Abuja on Tuesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Mr. Nwagwu said Nigeria would take reciprocal action against British citizens once it received formal notification of the policy from the U.K. immigration authorities.

He pledged that the Senate would deploy necessary legislative action to ensure that Nigerian immigration authorities embarked on action commensurate with the “obnoxious U.K. policy”.

Mr. Nwagwu said that Nigeria is still awaiting a formal communication from the U.K. Government on the new visa policy.

He said: “When they inform us officially on this policy, we will respond to them officially. We will not accept it if Nigeria is branded among the countries they are targeting.”

President Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Babatunde Fashola At 50
President Goodluck Jonathan issued a statement on Thursday congratulated  Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola as he clocks 50 on Friday, June 28, 2013.

In a statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan conveyed warm felicitations to Governor  Fashola in a letter  and prayed that God Almighty will grant him many more years of commendable service to the people of Lagos and Nigeria.
 
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to express warm felicitations to you on the landmark occasion of your 50th birthday anniversary.
 
“As you deservedly celebrate this glorious day, it is my prayer that Almighty God, who has richly prospered you and ordered your every step this past half century, will continue to bless you with good health and fulfillment in the many more years of worthy service ahead of you,” the President said in the letter.

FG Recovers £22.5m Sani Abacha Loot
The Federal Government on Thursday said it recovered the sum of £22.5million confiscated from one Raj Arjandes, an alleged Indian associate of the late General Sani Abacha, by the Royal Court of Jersey in 2011.
 
It also disclosed that plan to retrieve the €175 million recently seized from the Abacha family by the Principality of Liechtenstein was ongoing.


Attorney General of the Federation Mohammed Adoke

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke (SAN), who disclosed these while giving the three-year performance report of the Federal Ministry of Justice and its agencies at the ongoing Ministerial Platform in Abuja, also said his Ministry  saved the Federal Government about N672.6 billion in court damages and judgment debts between 2011 and 2013.

He also disclosed that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)   seized a total of 607,104.27kg of illicit drugs (comprising cocaine, heroin, cannabis sativa, psychotropic substances and methamphetamines) within the period while the Legal Aid Council (LAC) completed 5974 cases (both criminal and civil) within the period.

According to Adoke, the National Copyright Commission (NCC) seized a total of 4,561,813 valued at N4.8billion within the period even as he disclosed that the agency&#39s effort has resulted in “drastic reduction in the level of piracy, about 50 per cent increase in the profit margin of certain genuine investors in the copyright-based industries, creation of employment and boost in tax earning of government from the industry practitioners.”

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, was on Wednesday awarded the accolade of Central Bank Governor of the Year, by the African Banker Awards.

An oil tanker was on Tuesday attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa and abducted an unknown number of crew.

The Joint Task Force on Thursday uncovered a Lebanon-based Hezbollah armoury and terror cell in Bompai, Kano State.

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, endorsed a 14 years jail sentence with no option of fine for same sex couples. The House also outlawed gay clubs and societies in the country.

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CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi Emerges Central Bank Governor Of The Year
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, was on Wednesday awarded the accolade of Central Bank Governor of the Year, by the African Banker Awards.

The award, which has now been won thrice by Sanusi, according to a statement, was in recognition of his outstanding work in sustaining banking reforms.

The statement noted that Sanusi has also “ensured macro-economic stability, protected the independence of the Central Bank and enhanced many aspects of the Nigerian Banking including adoption of new technologies for financial inclusion; continuous modernisation and more transparent disclosures.”

The Award Committee also said Sanusi “has been continuously singled out by many of your central banking peers, international bankers, investors and development partners as a reformist governor with integrity, candour, energy and exceptional courage.
“There is no doubt that Africa’s improved reputation today is in large part owed to the achievements of leaders like you, and IC Publications as well as our event partners wholeheartedly cherish your exceptional contribution to the economic development of the African continent.”

It can be recalled that Sanusi was recently awarded the accolade of Central Bank Governor of the Year, Sub-Saharan Africa, by the global business magazine, Emerging Markets.

The African Banker Awards now in its 7th edition, is designed to promote entrepreneurial excellence and world-class practices in banking and finance in Africa. They honour achievements in financial institutions and individuals who have contributed significantly to the reform, modernisation and expansion of the continent’s banking and financial system.

Pirates Kidnap Oil Tanker Crew Off The Coast Of Nigeria
An oil tanker was on Tuesday attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa and abducted an unknown number of crew.

The Nigerian-flagged MT Matrix was boarded by gunmen in the early hours of Saturday around 40 nautical miles off the coast of oil-producing Bayelsa state, two security sources said, in a stretch of water often targeted by pirates in recent months.

There were 12 Pakistani and five Nigerian crew aboard the vessel when it was attacked.

A spokesman for ship operator Val Oil Trading, who declined to give his name, confirmed there had been an “incident”, without giving further details.

Andrew Varney, of British-based security firm Port 2 Port Maritime, said the Matrix’s low freeboard – the distance between a ship’s railings and the water – and slower speed made it vulnerable to being boarded.
“This latest incident further highlights the ability of these determined, adept criminals to attack vessels underway and the increasing migration from cargo theft to risk of kidnap for ransom,” Varney said.

JTF Uncovers Lebanon-Based Hezbollah Terror Cell In Kano
The Joint Task Force on Thursday uncovered a Lebanon-based Hezbollah armoury and terror cell in Bompai, Kano State.

The force, which said it found large cache of arms and ammunition, also confirmed the arrest of three persons in connection with the armoury and the cell.

A Lebanese national currently out of the country reportedly owns the premises where the armoury and the cell were found at No 3, Gaya Road, off Bompai Road in the ancient city.

A statement by the JTF spokesman, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, said the JTF operatives, comprising officials of the 3rd Army Brigade in Kano and the State Security Service conducted the operations.

The operatives, he said, uncovered an underground bunker in the premises where large quantities of assorted weapons were hidden.

Iweha, who said the construction of the bunker was special, listed anti-tank weapons, rocket propelled guns and anti-tank/personnel mines as some of the dangerous weapons found in the premises.

He added that the weapons and ammunition were concealed in coolers, drums and bags.

According to him, the latest recovery followed an ongoing robust counter-terrorism investigation by the SSS.
The SSS said the weapons  were intended for use against “Israeli and Western interests.”

Hezbollah is a Shia military and political movement based in Lebanon considered by the United States to be a terrorist organisation.

Reps Approve 14 Years Imprisonment For Same Sex Marriage
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, endorsed a 14 years jail sentence with no option of fine for same sex couples. The House also outlawed gay clubs and societies in the country.

The lawmakers took these decisions while considering the report on a “Bill for an Act to prohibit marriage or civil union entered between persons of same sex, solemnization of same and other matters related”.

The House also placed a 10 years jail term for members of gay associations or those engaged in gay processions. The lawmakers resolved that any marriage or civil union entered into by persons of same gender is prohibited.

The bill on same sex was introduced on the floor of the House last year. A public hearing on the matter was held in October, 2012.

The senate had also passed a bill prohibiting same sex union with similar jail terms for offenders.
With the consideration of the report, the bill will now wait for harmonisation with the senate’s version.

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Chinua Achebe Laid To Rest. His burial was attended by president Goodluck Jonathan (who literally held up Achebe’s book), Ghana’s President John Mahama, most of the Eastern states governor and members of the international community of writers.

US foremost Magazine Forbes has released its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women and Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ranks 83rd.

Five suspected money launderers were intercepted by the Murtala Muhammad Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service with $2.7m (N432m) while attempting to travel abroad.

Former Head of State and Presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change, Major-Gen. Mohammed Buhari (rtd), and the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju  Tinubu, will be in Kagoro town, Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State today, Saturday for a seminar.

Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has faulted Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for questioning the competence of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Two Briton with Nigerian descent who were later identified as Micheal &#39Muhajid&#39  Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale have  hacked a British soldier to death while shouting Islamic slogans in Woolwich south London.

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Chinua Achebe Laid To Rest – Jonathan, Mahama Rebuild School In Achebe’s Memory
The body of renowned author and Professor Chinua Achebe was buried on Thursday 23rd of May 2013 at his country home in Ogidi, Idemili North LGA of Anambra state. His burial was attended by president Goodluck Jonathan (who literally held up Achebe’s book), Ghana’s President John Mahama, most of the Eastern states governor and members of the international community of writers.

Other mourners at the funeral included representatives of various presidents and heads of government in Africa and across the world, members of the diplomatic missions in Nigeria as well as Governors Theodore Orji (Abia), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Sullivan Chime (Enugu) and Martin Elechi of (Ebonyi), Second Republic Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme; Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala amongst others.

Achebe who died on the 21st of March in Boston, the United States at the age of 82 was lowered into the ground at about 4:30pm.

President Goodluck Jonathan, while addressing the mourners said the Federal Government and the Government of Ghana would collaborate to rebuild the St. Philip’s Central School, Ogidi, Anambra State, where the late Prof. Chinua Achebe had his primary education.

Jonathan, who recalled that Achebe’s first book, Things Fall Apart, written before the country’s Independence in 1960 was prophetic, said his last book, There was a Country was full of lamentations. He also said Achebe’s decision to turn down national honours twice was not an indication that he hated Nigeria, but rather a pointer to the fact that he wanted things done properly in his country.

Various speakers, including Mahama and the former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, on the occasion eulogised Achebe and his ingenuity as a literary legend and social crusader.

Mahama who said he regrets meeting Ahebe “at the sunset of his life,” commented he was much more than a writer, noting that the professor of Literature was active in social crusade, education and other areas of life.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha said Achebe ranked only second to Nelson Mandela in Africa, while the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Viola Onwuliri, said the author of Things Fall Apart boosted the image of Nigeria abroad despite not being a professional diplomat.

Achebe’s mourners and admirers however felt Jonathan’s promise of rebuilding the school was not enough honour for the late icon saying they expected Jonathan to rename a public institution or a monument after him.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Is 83rd Most Powerful Woman In The World – Forbes
US foremost Magazine Forbes has released its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women and Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ranks 83rd.

According to Forbes, the list is made up of 100 women who made the most impact. They include top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities.

Okonjo-Iweala moved down from the 81st position to the 83rd.

Joyce Banda, president of Malawi, is up from the 71st position to the 47th and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia, ranks 87th on the list.

Angela Makel, German chancellor and a member of the 27-member European Union retains the number one slot.

Dilma Rousseff,  president of Brazil; Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States and Hilary Clinton round up the first five list, ranking second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Others include; Beyonce Knowles Carter; media mogul, Oprah Winfrey; actress Angelina Jolie; actress Sofia Vergara; musician Lady Gaga; TV personality Ellen DeGeneres amongst others.

Suspected Money Launderers Arrested At Murtala Mohammed Airport With $2.7m
Five suspected money launderers were intercepted by the Murtala Muhammad Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service with $2.7m (N432m) while attempting to travel abroad.

The Public Relations Officers of the command, Mrs. Thelma Williams, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos that the arrests were made between January and March 2013.

She said the command also arrested 12 suspects with $13.8m (N2.2bn) dollars from September to December 2012.

Williams said there was no law banning travellers from taking money out of the country but the money must be declared by the traveller before being taken out.

She said, “From $10,000, there must be a declaration. We have a form there on which travellers make a declaration stating the source of the money they are carrying and what that money is meant for. We’ll leave one of the forms here and send a copy to EFCC.

She said the five suspects and the monies involved had been handed over to the EFCC for further interrogation.

Buhari, Tinubu, Fashola And Other Leaders Gather In Kaduna Today
Former Head of State and Presidential candidate for the Congress for Progressive Change, Major-Gen. Mohammed Buhari (rtd), and the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju  Tinubu, will be in Kagoro town, Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State today, Saturday for a seminar which will be in the form of a rally and that has already  mobilized women, youths and groups/associations  to receive the visitors.

Maj. Gen. Mohammadu Buhari Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola

The seminar, it has been said will be used to deliberate on alternative leadership for the North, especially Kaduna State and a way forward for Nigeria’s government.

The seminar  with the theme ‘A Decade of Democracy: A Region at Cross Roads’, will be chaired by former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibrahim Iko (rtd).

Dignitaries and opposition leaders expected at the seminar include: Governor of Lagos State,  Babatunde Fashola  (SAN); Governor of Nasarawa State, Alh. Tanko Almakura; former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Ahmed Shekarau; former Governor of Benue State, Senator George Akume; Senator Mohammed Saleh, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone; and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Mallam Nasir El-Ruffai.

Buhari Condemned For Jonathan’s Administration Derogatory Statement
Elder Statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has faulted Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) for questioning the competence of President Goodluck Jonathan.


Chief Edwin Clark

Clark said this while fielding questions from newsmen at a press briefing, in Abuja, on Thursday.

He was responding to comments attributed to the former Head of State, who was reported to have said Jonathan lacked the competence to deal with Nigeria’s challenges.

Buhari who was the Presidential candidate of the CPC in the 2011 elections had made the statement last week at the party’s national convention in Abuja to ratify the planned fusion of the CPC, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) into All Progressive Congress (APC).

Islamic Radicals With Nigerian Descent Hack British Soldier To Death
Two Briton with Nigerian descent who were later identified as Micheal &#39Muhajid&#39  Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale have  hacked a British soldier to death while shouting Islamic slogans in Woolwich south London.

Although Prime Minister David Cameron described the incident as a terrorist attack, the two suspects seem to have acted alone without any link to a sect in Nigeria.

A dramatic clip filmed by an onlooker just minutes after the killing showed Micheal &#39Muhajid&#39  Adebolajo with hands covered in blood, brandishing a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife.

“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day,” Micheal in his 20s or 30s, wearing a wool jacket and jeans and speaking with a local accent, shouted in the footage obtained by Britain&#39s ITV news channel.

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The Victim, who has been identified as 25-year-old Lee Rigby, before being stabbed to death, was knocked over by a blue car which then rammed into a lamppost. The attackers pounced on him in broad daylight in a busy residential street.


Lee Rigby

Witnesses said they shouted “God is greatest” in Arabic while stabbing the victim and trying to behead him.

“I apologize that women had to witness that, but in our lands our women have to see the same thing. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don&#39t care about you,” the videotaped man said before crossing the street and speaking casually to the other attacker.

The two men were later arrested by Brist policemen after a faceoff that ended in a shootout leaving the two injured. They are presently being treated in the hospital under police supervision.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a visit to France to return to London and chair an emergency national security meeting. President Jonathan has since made a statement condemning the act.

Sources:
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Citizen
Reuters

 


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The uncertainty and panic the plot to bomb 16 landmarks including the popular Third Mainland Bridge, tank farms in Ijora and Apapa as well as the popular Shoprite stores caused in Lagos was yet again brought to the fore Thursday when rumours of the bomb threat filtered into Shoprite in Lekki, Lagos.

The police in Imo have arrested one Chimezie Osuigwe, a retired vice-principal, for the alleged murder of his 78-year-old mother in 2003. Osuigwe was arrested after the embalmed body of the septuagenarian was discovered in a cupboard at his house by a family member.

38-year-old midfielder David Beckham has announced his retirement from soccer.

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Shoprite Gets Bomb Threat In Text Message
The uncertainty and panic the plot to bomb 16 landmarks including the popular Third Mainland Bridge, tank farms in Ijora and Apapa as well as the popular Shoprite stores caused in Lagos was yet again brought to the fore Thursday when rumours of the bomb threat filtered into Shoprite in Lekki, Lagos.

The text message which emanated from an unknown person or group allegedly promised to blow up all Shoprite shops in Nigeria one after the other.
The inflammatory text message was said to have caused panic as customers alike purportedly fled the store as well as the mall housing Shoprite.

Although the person did not disclose the reason for his vendetta, he claimed they had already infiltrated the area and planned to plant the bombs in packets of juice in the massive store.

The text message read in part: “It is true, we do not deserve amnesty but you will even be surprised how I got your number. We came to Shoprite on a mission to drop a bomb.

“That day, we hid into Five Alive packs. We are from Niger. Someone gave us your number from Abuja. We will make sure we destroy every shoprite…(sic).”

However, police sources said the state command had begun investigation into the threat and plans to uncover the identity as well as round up the masterminds and bring them to book.

Missing 78-Year-Old Woman Found In Son’s Cupboard After 10 Years
The police in Imo have arrested one Chimezie Osuigwe, a retired vice-principal, for the alleged murder of his 78-year-old mother in 2003.

Osuigwe was arrested after the embalmed body of the septuagenarian was discovered in a cupboard at his house by a family member.

According to Mr Musa Katsina, the Commissioner of Police in Imo, the woman, Mrs Lucy Osuigwe, was declared missing since 2003.

Katsina told newsmen at the house in Ejemekuru in Oguta Local Government Area on Monday that the embalmed body had been kept in that condition since 2003.

“The corpse of Mrs Lucy Osuigwe, who was declared missing in 2003 was found in a large cupboard inside a shrine in a private room in a circumstance depicting ritual practice.

“The embalmed body, which was kept in that condition for about 10 years is believed to have been placed in the wardrobe by her son, Dr Chimezie Osuigwe, a devotee of the Guru Maharaji Sect.

“Preliminary assessment of the scene of crime revealed that the woman must have been murdered by the son for ritual purposes,” he said.

The commissioner said that plans were on to arrest other members of the sect who visit Osuigwe’s shrine.
He said the body would be handed over to the forensic team of the command to determine the cause of death.
He also said the suspect would be held for first degree murder until the cause of death was established

David Beckham To Retire At End Of Season
38-year-old midfielder David Beckham has announced his retirement from soccer.

David Beckham, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will retire after the season.

Beckham, whose curling free kicks became his signature as a player, has two more matches left at PSG – against Brest on Saturday and at Lorient on May 26. He has been giving his salary to a children&#39s charity.

He has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and currently plays with PSG. He is worth about $220million.

Beckham is now living in London with wife Victoria, a former &#39&#39Spice Girls&#39&#39 singer, and their four children.

&#39&#39I wouldn&#39t have achieved what I have done today without my family. I&#39m grateful for my parents&#39 sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams, I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period.&#39&#39 Beckham said.

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Imo State Police Command has raided a baby factory syndicate rescueing 17 pregnant teens and arresting the impregnator in the state.

Leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force,  Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has dared the  House of Representatives and leaders of northern Nigeria to arrest him if they can, stating that if he is arrested “Nigeria will be history.”

Members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North on Thursday met behind closed doors with the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State and other  suspected members of  Boko Haram currently being held inside the Kuje Prisons, Abuja.

A military helicopter, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, thursday crashed at the airbase of the Special Operations Group (SOG), Nigerian Air Force, located at Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt.

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Police Raid Baby Factory, Rescue 17 Pregnant Teenagers In Imo State
Imo State Police Command has raided a baby factory syndicate rescueing 17 pregnant teens and arresting the impregnator in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, while speaking with newsmen at the State Police Headquarters, Owerri on Thursday said the Command has clamped down on illegal motherless babies homes, as well as rescued 17 pregnant teenagers.

According to the Imo police boss, one of the illegal homes, Ahamefula Motherless Babies Home, located in Umuaka, Njaba local council area, is allegedly owned by a middle aged woman simply identified as “Madam One Thousand” who it was revealed is now at large.

Mr. Katsina equally disclosed that during the police raid, no fewer than 11 minors, who were possibly waiting to be sold to prospective buyers, were rescued by the Command.

The bizarre aspect of the police finding was that a 23-year old boy, simply identified as Oyibo, was fingered as being responsible for impregnating the expectant girls, whose ages ranged between 14 and 17.

The Imo police boss equally paraded the 55-year old security man, Mr. Uzoamaka Okoli, from Nempi, Oru West local government area of the state, employed by the fleeing owner of the babies home and the 23-year old Oyibo, who has allegedly confessed to being responsible for all the pregnancies.

Nigeria Will Be History If I’m Arrested – Dokubo-Asari
Leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force,  Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, has dared the  House of Representatives and leaders of northern Nigeria to arrest him if they can, stating that if he is arrested “Nigeria will be history.”

The House Of Representatives, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and northern leaders, had called for the arrest of Dokubo over alleged “inciting statements” capable of causing disaffection in the country, earlier in the week.

Dokubo said; “I stand by my statement which I made in my early press conference. There will be no peace, not only in the Niger Delta, but everywhere, if Goodluck Jonathan is not president by 2015.

“I want to refresh your memories with comments made by these northerners, who had in the time past threatened war and break-up of Nigeria.

“In 2010, one Lawal Kaita said and I quote: ‘Anything short of a Northern President is tantamount to stealing our Presidency. Jonathan has to go and he will go. Even if he uses the incumbency power to get his nomination on the platform of the PDP, he would be frustrated out…The North is determined, if that happens, to make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan or any other Southerner who finds his way to the seat of power on the platform of the PDP against the principle of the party’s zoning policy’.

“Today insurgent groups, in furtherance to Kaita’s call a’re wreaking havoc, attacking military barracks and seizing weapon, but we will not sit and watch. Kaita made this statement, nobody arrested or call for the arrest of this fellow,  today he is walking free.

“Buhari made this statement in 2011, he was never arrested and nobody ever called for his arrest…
He added, “I am not afraid of arrest. I am saying it bold and clear without mincing words, that the consequences of my arrest, Nigeria will be history.

“The last time Obasanjo arrested me, my arrest reduced Nigeria oil production to 700,000 barrels per day.  This time, it will reduce it to zero barrel, and we will match violence with violence, intrigues with intrigues. We are ready for them. Goodluck Jonathan will complete his tenure of two terms, whether they like it or not.
“I am daring them to arrest me if they can. If they don’t, they are cowards and shame on them.”

Amnesty Panel Meets Kabiru Sokoto And Other Imprisoned Boko Haram Members
Members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North on Thursday met behind closed doors with the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State and other  suspected members of  Boko Haram currently being held inside the Kuje Prisons, Abuja.

Mr Nuhu I Zuru, an Assistant Controller of Prisons, was on hand to receive members of the committee during the visit. The committee members met with all the suspects separately.

The consultation was in furtherance of the committee’s mission of consultations with major stakeholders that the committee members felt could assist them to get more information and perspective of the security challenges  in the country.

Chairman of the 23-member committee, Mr. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki said the Boko Haram sect members gave the committee full cooperation but did not disclose what was discussed.

A mild drama however played out inside the prison yard when about five other inmates protested the planned amnesty for members of the sect while those of them in prison for minor offences had no such privilege. The aggrieved inmates were quickly chased away from the vicinity of the meeting venue.

Fire Fighter Plane Crashes In Port Harcourt
A military fire fighter plane, belonging to the Nigerian Air Force, Thursday crashed at the airbase of the Special Operations Group (SOG), Nigerian Air Force, located at Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt.

The aircraft crashed at about 10am when the pilot tried to land the plane.
The number of people on board could not be ascertained but a source said there were three air force personnel on board and that they were unhurt.
Efforts by newsmen to get more facts about the incident proved abortive as the authorities of the base shut the gates leading to the crash site and refused to speak to the press on the incident.

The crash of the air force plane came a few days after an  Alpha jet fighter, belonging to the Nigerian Army, had  crashed  a few days ago some 37 miles (60 kilometres) west of Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic, killing both pilot and co-pilot on board.

Sources:
Vanguard
The Punch
ThisDay

 

 


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