BREAKING NEWS… Governor Okezie Ikpeazu will this friday,January 20, 2017 perform the ground breaking ceremony of the OSISIOMA FLYOVER, the FIRST EVER FLYOVER IN ABIA STATE.

The flyover which is designed to cover the areas around the Osisioma Junction in Aba will ease traffic flow on the Enugu PH Express way, making it smooth for travelers who have no plan to drive into Aba to continue their journey on the expressway. Since the creation on Abia State 25 years ago, indeed, since the creation of the Old Imo State in 1976, no such project has ever been undertaken by any government. Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu is doing it. …

Fatal error: How over 100 people died as Air Force bombs IDP camp.

"Buhari pleads for calm, says it’s a “regrettable operational mistake”. MAIDUGURI—JUST as the nation generally, and Borno State in particular was about coming to terms with the suicide bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri, tragedy struck again in Borno State,yesterday. No fewer than 100 innocent civilians were killed in a mistaken air strike by men of the Nigerian Air Force of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in the North-East, in a coordinated attack on a supposed group of terrorists gathering in Kala Balge Local Government Area of the state. Sources said the air strike was carried out on one of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps in Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge council, in which civilians were killed, while two soldiers, staff of International Committee of Red Cross, ICRC and Medicine San Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) were critically wounded. A close government source, who did not want his name mentioned said, “more than 100 innocent civilians were killed in the incident.” The Nigerian Air Force was said to be carrying out mop-up operations against the insurgents in the North-East when the incident happened. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the Federal Government will help the state government in attending to the victims of the accidental bombing. The President who received the news with deep sadness and regrets, described it as regrettable and pleaded for calm. He condoled with the families of the dead, wishing the wounded divine succour and full recovery even as he sympathized with the Borno State Government. He prayed God to grant repose to the souls of the dead of “this regrettable operational mistake.” Confirming the incident at a news conference held at the Theatre Command Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday, Major-General Lucky Irabor said upon receiving an intelligence report that some Boko Haram elements were regrouping in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, he quickly ordered men of the Air Force to address the problem. He regretted that the strike was conducted in the area, unfortunately locals and other civilians were killed alongside remnants of insurgents, who were regrouping. “This morning (yesterday), we received reports about gathering of Boko Haram terrorists somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government area of Borno State. We got a coordinate and I directed that the air should go to address the problem. “Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that the locals somewhere in Rann were affected. “We are yet to get the details of the casualties. But we heard that some civilians were killed, others were wounded and we also have two of our soldiers that were also wounded. Among some that were wounded were local staff of the Medecines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) as well as ICRC,” Irabor said. Kala Balge is east and about 180 kilometres drive from Maiduguri, the state capital. Also confirming the incident, military spokesperson, Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar confirmed the incident but explained that it was an error that the military deeply regrets. He explained that soldiers got information of movement of Boko Haram members and deployed ground troops and air cover to tackle the terrorists. It was the air support that mistakenly dropped the bomb, he said. It was further learned that the state government has already ordered all hospitals in Maiduguri to be prepared to receive and promptly treat the injured. Also, an International Red Cross, ICRC, helicopter has been deployed to the camp to evacuate the wounded to the various hospitals. Governor Shettima orders emergency medical response: Following the unfortunate incident, Governor Kashim Shettima has ordered the state Ministry of Health to set up emergency units in all medical hospitals under the state government located in Maiduguri with the state Specialist Hospital, the Professor Umaru Shehu Hospital and General Muhammad Shuwa memorial hospital, all placed on standby in readiness to carry out emergency treatment. The governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, said in a statement yesterday that Governor Shettima received the news with very deep concern while he has channelled his focus on ensuring that all the victims, particularly those with severe injuries are provided urgent medical treatment. “As at this evening (yesterday), the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has deployed a helicopter which is on ground at Rann to begin evacuation of victims, starting with those with the most critical health conditions. The MSF (Medecines Sans Frontieres — Doctors Without Borders) along with officials of the state government have been first responders. Governor Shettima commends MSF for its rapid response in providing first aid treatment to victims at the scene. “While Shettima is working to ensure that all victims are evacuated as soon as possible, the state Commissioner of Health has mobilized medical doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists and other health officials in all hospitals owned by Borno State Government, while ambulances have also been deployed. The medical experts are currently on standby with emergency consumables set for treatment of victims soon as they arrive Maiduguri. “Casualty figures are yet to be ascertained but from information available to the governor, there are records of deaths with many persons injured. The governor’s heart is with families of all those affected and urges citizens to pray for the repose of the souls of those dead and the speedy recovery of the injured. “Governor Shettima looks forward to formal communication from the military to ascertain what happened and will brief the media should there be the need to do so. For now, all focus should be on the evacuation of victims and the provision of emergency medical services to them with the hope that they quickly recover,” Gusau said. Accidental strike saddening- The Nigerian Air Force, in a statement by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, expressed sadness over the incident. Famuyiwa in a statement, yesterday, said: “NAF is saddened by today’s (yesterday) accidental air strike by its fighter jet at Rann in Kala Balge area of Borno State in which some innocent lives were lost. “While available information is sketchy, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole is taking appropriate steps to avail us with details of the incident. The loss occasioned by this unfortunate incident is deeply regretted. “NAF commiserates with those affected and their families and would update the public as soon as detailed facts emerge from the investigation.” Dogara, Saraki regret incident Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, regretted the incident involving IDP camp, in Borno. Dogara in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, condoled with the families of the victims and prayed God to comfort them. He also prayed for quick recovery for the injured, and urged the military to investigate the incident so as to prevent future occurrence. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, yesterday, conveyed his deep regret over the accidental bombing of the Rann Community in Borno State. Saraki, in a statement on his social media handles said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of today’s accident in Rann Community of Borno State. “I pray that the souls of the victims may rest in peace. I wish the victims speedy recovery, and I pray that incidents like these never reoccur again. Vanguard…

“No police officer has the right to check your phone” – Lagos Police PRO

Lagos State Police PRO, Dolap Badmus. Credits: Linda Ikeji TV/youtube For a long time, Nigerians have asked if it’s right for police officer to search your mobile phones during a routing stop and search exercise on the road. Now, the Lagos State Police PRO, Dolap Badmus in a Chat with Linda Ikeji TV has shed more light on the issue saying it is wrong. In her words, ‘Your phone is private, it’s your private property because people do alot of private stuffs on their mobile phones so it’s wrong. Police officers have no right to do that except there is a reasonable ground to do so’. Video below: …

AGUORU’S TANTRUM, REFLECTIVE OF ABIA TOTEM BY Don Norman Obinna

“You can’t fight a sitting governor and succeed be¬cause he has many arsenals to use against you, and if he unleashes them you cannot survive,” Senator T. A. Orji This quote was impishly extracted from a news story published in Authority Newspaper of January 10, 2017 with the headline-It’s Perilous Fighting Incumbent Governor- wherein our amiable Sen. Theodore Orji responded to questions bothering on political quandary in Abia state which has degenerated into mudslinging where all sorts of propagandistic weapons have been deployed by gladiators and their supporters to tarnish his reputation and that of the governor with outlandish claims. Piteously, the sentimental driven author – my very good friend and brother, Uche Aguoru -whose motive was to generate cockamamie feedbacks from anythingarians subtly made them seethe with this distorted statement –“Rather than advice him to pay Abia workers whom he is starving to death you are introducing him to more arsenals to unleash on Abians for speaking their minds. Well done Ochendo we are waiting.” The author clearly defined his agenda (which was to elicit coarse feedbacks against Sen. Orji), to favour his political divide when he twisted and/or adulterated the exact words of Sen. Orji with the embellishment – “….Introducing him (the Governor), to more arsenals to unleash on Abians for speaking their minds.” Sadly like an old clothe waiting for the minutest of touch to tear, his army of anythingarians with no effort to ascertain the verisimilitude of the quote by either getting the copy of the newspaper descended frustratingly on Sen. Orji with comments which apparently contrasted his affable personality that epitomizes humility and munificence. It’s on record that nobody has been coaxed with brute force by the Abia State government for criticizing its policies and administrative style. In fact recently through his Chief Press Secretary, the Governor of Abia State Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu reaffirmed his willingness to listen to advice as well as accept positive criticism from political opponents and citizens without prejudice. Interestingly, Mr. Aguoru has been a known critic of the present administration. In all his write-ups against the state government and other top government officials and representatives he has never mentioned of any attempt by the government through its security agencies or aides to brutalize him or circumscribe his freedom of expression. In fact his latest disparagement of Sen. Orji by consciously quoting him out of context to make mockery of his personality and position as a Statesman underscores the level of total freedom he enjoys yet he has the impudence to allude that Ochendo was trying to introduce the Governor with more arsenals to unleash on Abians. Isn’t that ludicrous? Apart from underscoring his parochialism, the author comprehensively gave respiration to the hypothesis of our brothers from the neighbouring States that the totem of Abia politics is character assassination. What a shameful way of projecting ones state. It is very apparent that the failure of some Abia politicians to dislodge the solid political structure of Sen. Orji built exclusively on global acceptable norm during the 2015 general elections has led to the present campaign of calumny against his iconic personality which the Abia pejorists have deliberately entangled with politics. For instance political scientists and those of us who are au fait with politics will agree with me that politics involves the followings • The process of making and execution of governmental decisions or policies • The authoritative allocation of values; or who gets what, when and how • The quest for power, order and justice • The art of influencing, manipulating and controlling others • A process of resolution of conflict in the society • A struggle among actors pursuing conflicting desires on public issues • The activity (negotiation, argument, discussion, application of force and persuasion) by which an issue is agitated or settled. Based on these assumptions therefore, anyone who tries to cast aspersions and/or discolor Sen. Orji’s personality and moral values does so wickedly. And pathetic enough the Abia pejorists have spent all their valuable time on political minutiae; little wonder they have failed to make positive progress. The subversives with political affiliations and vested interests are the ones raising false alarm and fanning the embers of disunity on social media with all kinds of convoluted articles. Nonpartisan Abians are busy supporting the present government with their taxes in her efforts to accelerating development in Abia State based on developmental precursors laid by Sen. Orji popularly referred to as Ochendo by admirers. They know that Ochendo is justice personified because he upheld the precept of Abia Charter of Equity which ensured the emergence of Ukwa-Ngwa man as the governor of Abia State for the very first time, thereby ensuring our continuous peaceful coexistence. They are very much aware that Sen. Orji is embodiment of humility; reason being that there were no records of assassination of political opposition stalwarts during and after his tenure They will tell you that Sen. Orji is the epithet of kindness because he introduced egalitarianism in Abia State leading to financial freedom enjoyed by neglected Abia youths during his tenure with mouth-watering empowerments. I can go on and on to adumbrate his qualities which his detractors have subjugated to the background in favour of his idiosyncrasies which are not exclusive, in their wild-goose-chase. Only roguish, impious and unappreciative persons will refer to Ochendo as evil, because aside his legislative oversights he introduced annual scholarship scheme worth N24 million (which has so far produced 120 beneficiaries), for indigent/physically challenged undergraduates in his constituency. If the so called saints who we are being daily hoodwinked to accept will take up such responsibilities as Sen. Orji, Abia would indeed be a place of Eldorado. Don Norman Obinna is the Media Adviser to Sen. T.A…

THE SALARY CONUNDRUM IN ABIA STATE BY ADA KALU

This is, perhaps, the most touchy issue at the moment in the state and it appears to overshadow the many achievements this government has recorded in less than two years. This is not surprising though. Salaries are sensitive. Peoples' lives depend on them. A worker is entitled to his wages. Salaries are not gifts, they are entitlements of a worker. It is not a favor by the government. Governments have an obligation to pay salaries to her workers. This point must be made. A situation where salaries are owed for months is unusual. For me personally, it is painful. Coming from a background where salary payment is taken for granted, it's a challenging transition for me. I am not a politician, at least, not yet. So I do not believe that anyone should play politics with workers' salaries. For Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, it is even more painful. In my interactions with him both before this time and now, I see deep pain in his eyes each time he addresses this issue. As someone who spent a greater part of his adult life working as a teacher and living on his salaries, the salary situation makes him very sad. This I can tell you. Of course, being a political environment, political enemies of the government and established fifth columnists have found the issue very interesting. It has become a potent arsenal for them to shoot relentlessly at a government that they never wanted and have done everything to embarrass. This is understandable. Let me state this very clearly that no one is sitting on the salaries of workers in Abia State. No one is REFUSING to pay salaries. The situation is not one where the money is stacked somewhere and someone is simply refusing to pay. I know it's difficult trying to explain this kind of situation. I know it's hard for someone who is owed to even understand what you are saying. But we must explain. This is the burden of government. My position has been and will continue to be that governments are established primarily for the benefit of the people. Governments must be accountable to the people and at all times, governments must communicate with the people. While we celebrate the achievements of this government which are many, we must admit our challenges and try to explain why these challenges exist. This is what a responsible government does. As Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Communications, my job is clear. To communicate with the people, not just on the good sides but to be bold enough to talk about the downsides. This is a responsibility I owe the Governor and the people of Abia State. It is a job I simply have to do. So what are the issues here? Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu became Governor at a very peculiar time in our history as a state. The state of social and economic infrastructure were appalling. There were no roads anywhere. In Aba, the main commercial Centre of the state, not one single road was good. Federal and state roads were in an unbelievable state of disrepair. Of course there were piles of salary arrears. The morale of the people were at an all time low. However, at the time he took over, federal allocations were still stable and Dr. Ikpeazu went to work immediately. There was no time to waste. On his very first working day in office, he was on the streets of Aba flagging off road construction. Salaries were regular within the first six months in office. Save for the inherited arrears, this government paid salaries regularly then. Then the country entered recession and revenues fell badly. Let me say at this point that since it's creation, Abia State has survived mainly on federal allocations. There has not really been any concerted effort to focus attention on internally generated revenues and because the cash flow from Abuja was good, we carried on as if all was well. Please note too that this is not peculiar to Abia. Most states in Nigeria depend on Abuja for survival. This is a fallout of the strange FEEDING BOTTLE FEDERALISM we practice in Nigeria where every month, states go to Abuja and queue up for federal alllocations. Over these years, only Lagos State took deliberate steps to work on their internal revenue. Anambra State has also, in the last administration started the process. The rest of the states, including Abia depend on Abuja for survival. This is the truth. While we enjoyed the cash from Abuja every month, we neglected our internal sources of revenue. Aba was neglected. The commercial and economic potentials of the town were forgotten. Since the late 1980s, Aba was forgotten. Why not? The cash from Abuja was flowing. So why bother? But that's the easy part. The bubble was going to burst soon and it did burst. Oil revenues plummeted. Global oil prices crashed and the Nigerian economy was in trouble. Allocations to states dipped dangerously. In Abia, it went down at a point to 1.6 Billion Naira. Meanwhile, the monthly salary bill for the state then stood at 2.4 Billion…

Political Statement; We can’t afford to go against Umahi –Nwifuru, ESHA Speaker

Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru is the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly. He bared his mind on various issues including the synergy between the legislature and Executive in moving the state forward. You were a member of the fourth Assembly which was characterized by crises, suspensions and impeachments, but this current Assembly appears to be stable, what is the magic? The peace we are enjoying in this current Assembly is from God. And that is why we are one and united in the pursuit of our legislative duties for the well-being of our people. And I thank all my colleagues for their support. This 5th Assembly under your speakership is yet to oppose any bill or request from the executive arm of the government making some people to regard this House as rubber stamp; what is your take on that? This honourable House has no good reason to oppose any request of a man God carefully sent to people of Ebonyi State to help us at this critical time. He has proven over time of his honesty, sincerity, commitment and passion to develop the state. This is a governor for the first time since the creation of the state who openly told Ebonyians that he has made for the state over a billion naira from fixed deposit accounts. We have seen that he has nothing to hide and that he is thoroughly committed to the development and growth of the state. So, our constituents will not be happy with us if we oppose him. We will continue to support him to develop our state for us. What are the expectations of Ebonyi people in 2017 legislative year? First of all, we will ensure a speedy passage of the 2017 appropriation bill and monitor its implementation to ensure that our people get the best from this government. Again, we will make good laws that will better the lives of our people. Ebonyians have been calling for the establishment of industries to complement farming and to absorb the teeming youths in the state; we are going to ensure that all these are put into action through our robust legislation. I was privileged to be part of the state delegation to China. That trip was part of the series of government efforts to attract investors and build indigenous industries to help our people. In China, we saw a lot of things .In China we saw a lot of facilities that were not presently necessary but they were built for the purpose of tomorrow. I assure you that before the end of Umahi’s second tenure, all the three senatorial zones must have at least one formidable industry. Ebonyians should be patient with the government because this is a government that has plans to improve their lives. Already, a department has been put in place by the governor to assemble talented Ebonyians and train them for our own indigenous industries. Just a matter of time, you will begin to see results. The APC recently took a swipe at this government over what he described as poor performance in the face of huge allocations accruing to the state; what is your position? The so called factional chairman was either misinformed or merely being economical with the truth. Even a cursory look at the performances of this government would reveal to you a leader who is in a hurry to uplift the living standard of his people. I challenge him to do a ministry by ministry study of this government and he would discover a government in a holistic developmental stride. Within one year and few months in office, this government under the leadership of Governor David Umahi has offered more services and democracy dividends beyond the expectations of Ebonyi people; that is why everywhere you go within the state, people are already endorsing him for a second term. The appointment of some APC, APGA and other opposition chieftains into the government by Umahi is said to be causing ripples among the ranks of PDP, what is your take on that? I don’t think there is any problem within our party because of the kind gesture of our kind governor to opposition members in the state. The true position is that politics is over. It is time for governance. And as the governor of Ebonyi, our governor is not restricted to a particular party. He is both the governor and father of the whole state and therefore is obligated to carry everybody along. What the governor set out to do in the appointment of over 200 young Ebonyians into the government is to empower them as he promised during his campaign. We are aware of some persons that worked for our party during the election who have not been given appointment. So, when such people see some other persons who worked against our party being appointed into government, they would naturally feel bad. But that is the dynamics of politics. My advice to those who have not been given anything is that they should be patient with the government even as the governor is doing everything possible to provide enabling environment for every Ebonyian to actualize his or her potentials. …

Tension: 50 Killed, 120 Injured As Nigerian Military Mistakenly Bombs IDPs Camp, As Red Cross Loses Six Staff

Buhari ‘regrets’ civilian bombing A total of 50 people were killed and 120 wounded when Nigerian fighter jets “mistakenly” bombed people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency and aid workers in north-eastern Borno state, Reuters news agency is quoting medical charity Doctors Without Borders as saying. The International Committee of the Red Cross said that six of its staff were killed in the air strike, AFP news agency is reporting. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhadri deeply regrets the “accidental” killing of civilains in an air strike by the military in a remote part of north-eastern Nigeria, his media adviser Femi Adesina has said. The air force was engaged in the “final phase of mopping up insurgents” when “this regrettable operational mistake” happened, he…

ESCAPE CHARITY N.G.O SCHOLARSHIP NEWS/ALERT UPDATE FROM IDF NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:ENGR EDMUND MEZUE AND IDF NATIONAL PRESIDENT VIA IDF NATIONAL SECRETARY TO ALL IDEANIANS AND MEMBERS OF THE FORUM.

We wish to bring to your notice that in line to the scholarship scheme of the Escape Charity International N.G.O launched last year, Arc. Mrs Ijeaku Mezue shall be taking care of the Jamb exams of 2017 for 27 students of the Ideani Community Secondary including las t sessions senior prefect. So, if your wards is among the Escape Charity Scholarship Awardee who is in SS 3 and shall be writing Jamb this year 2017, Please take note and do not give him or her money for jamb as Escape Charity International N.G.O headed by Arc. Mrs Ijeaku Mezue has taken care of it. IDF N.G.O has taken it up to be updating Ideanians on all the outcome of the Scholarship …

University Of Maiduguri Bomb Attack: Shekau Claims Responsibility

The leader of terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau Leader of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has claimed responsibility  Monday’s attack on University of Maiduguri. Shekau claimed responsibility for the attack in a YouTube Audio recording where he said that the terrorist group attacked the mosque  because ungodly things were done  in the Mosque. Speaking further Shekau said; “The bomb that happened this morning, it’s my people. Don’t deceive people that it’s a mosque, how would you build a mosque and do ungodly things in it.” “We are not angry with Nigeria. You didn’t kill anyone in Sambisa. We are praying that we don’t change; Koran is our teacher; this is the message we are sending to you. Are you [Buhari] as powerful as God? “You should know it’s Shekau talking and I’m alive and it’s we that did it, even if King Pharaoh repents, we will not accept…

Biafra Alert:Buhari, Ministers Shun South-East Summit After IPOB Threat

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday stayed away from the maiden South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu, which started about 48 hours after some pro-Biafra agitators warned him not to set foot in Igboland. Buhari was meant to be the Chief Guest of Honour at the summit, which held in the Enugu State Government House, according to the programme of the event. Although the President was expected at the event, as noted by several speakers who spoke during the event, he did not show up, neither was he represented. Also, ministers from the South-East, who were slated to make presentations at the event, all stayed away. A pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, had in the build up to the summit, issued a statement, warning Buhari to stay away from the South-East, in his own interest. IPOB, whose leader, and director of pirate radio channel, Nnamdi Kanu, is being held by the Federal Government, accused Buhari of ‘persecution’, and threatened ‘a breakdown of law and order’ should the President attend the summit. While no mention of the IPOB warning was made throughout the opening session of the summit, Buhari’s absence was a major talking point as several speakers expressed surprise, and confusion, at the development. The Chairman of the South-East Security and Economic Summit, former power minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, in his opening remarks, observed, “We have not seen the President.” Later on, in a presentation by the summit committee, Nnaji had to substitute Buhari’s name with that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who attended the event as the ‘Distinguished Guest of Honour’, in the introductory part of a prepared address where he was to thank Buhari for attending the occasion as the Chief Guest of Honour. Instead of thanking Buhari for gracing the occasion as the chief guest of honour, as stated in the prepared address, Nnaji thanked Obasanjo for attending the event as the distinguished guest of honour. Nnaji also thanked the Enugu State government for undertaking to sponsor some aspects of the President’s visit. The chairman of the event, former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, drew attention to Buhari’s absence. “I was going to start by saluting the representative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but I have not been told of such a person,” the retired diplomat said. Anyaoku went further to express regrets that Buhari was not present at the event. Rounding up his address with a call for the restructuring of the country, he said, “I had hoped that Mr. President would be here to hear me. “Like Cato, the Roman senator who always ended his speeches by calling for the destruction of Carthage until his call was heeded, I will restate my assertion that if the Nigerian federation is restructured to have less federating units, this country will achieve greater stability and faster pace of development, and there will no longer be a need for the Federal Government to bailout many of the non-viable 36 states.” Source; News …

Exposed!! Dead Igbo-Us Soldier Was Threatened By His Wife Before They Killed Him

Dead Igbo-Us Soldier Was Threatened By His Wife Before They Killed Him Chuks Okebata, who is a Nigerian US soldier and a native of Umuduruorie Umuomumu Mbieri in Mbaitoli, Imo state was murdered after he came back home to Nigeria. The US soldier was abducted and killed when he came home to celebrate the Yuletide and New Year holidays with his family in Imo state A Facebook user, Ada Mbaeri, who said he was her brother recently shared videos of his wife threatening to call the police on him before he came to Nigeria and got murdered. In the videos shared on Facebook, it could be seen that his wife threatened to send Okebata to jail unless he left their home and two sons. The two boys who did not want their father to go anywhere were weeping uncontrollably when the deceased told them he was leaving so that he wouldn’t end up in jail. The deceased returned home to Nigeria after being away for so long and ended up dead after a few days into his visit. He was abducted and shot dead on Thursday, January 12. A sum of N2.5 million has been placed as a reward for anyone with information on the…

Meet The 63-Year-Old Grandma That Set The Internet Ablaze With Her Hot Super Sexy Photos, She Could Possibly Steal Your Grandpa, Father And Even Your Hubby

Do you really think she is 63 as claimed? Completely hot photos of a 63-year-old grandma called Bo Talley has left everyone confused if she’s really 63… Bo Talley is an event manger and owner of a special events company. Bo Talley is evidence that black indeed never cracks. The pretty grandma is passionate about health and fitness which is how she has managed to maintain such great looks and stunning figure. Pictures of the grandma circulating has people doubting if she is truly 63 years of age as she claims. See photos above 1. Yellow stunning 2. Fresh to death 3. Always fly 4. Jumpsuit rocking …

Breaking News Again: Many Feared Dead As Military Bombs Borno Community: Its Unbelievable? What a Military Lacuna?

•Nigerian Air Force Jet in flght. Dozens of civilians have been feared killed during an airstrike by military troops on targeted Boko Haram location in the eastern part of the state. Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Lucky Irabor, while confirming the incident told newsmen in Maiduguri that the military conducted airstrike on a location where Boko Haram were reported to have gathered. The incident occurred Tuesday morning. “We got information that Boko Haram terrorists were gathering somewhere in Kala Balge Local Government. We coordinate our air component and strike the location but somehow, some civilians were killed,” he said. Gen Irabor disclosed that some civilians and two humanitarian workers from the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) and Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) were wounded in the incident which he described as disturbing. “Two of our soldiers were also wounded,” he added. He said the military has already sent helicopter to evacuate the wounded persons. He could not comment on whether or not the incident was a tactical error by the military. He said it was rather the cost of war, urging the people to work together to ensure peace return to the troubled northeast states. He said the military will investigate the cause of the problem. “It is too early for us to determine whether it was an error or not. We have at no time targeted the civilians whenever we carried out our operations and wherever they are gathered,” he maintained. He said the military was yet to ascertain the number of persons killed in the airstrike, adding that the death of innocent person in the course of operation was rather disturbing to the military authority and the institution.  (PRNigeria)   What a sad and pitiable story, Nigeria has become a theater of emergency for african magic movies.  Source  News…

Jonathan becomes first African leader to win Martin Luther King human rights award

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was awarded in the US on Thursday for his leadership in human rights in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. Jonathan, who was awarded in recognition of his leadership in “human rights, social justice and universal fight for freedom”, becomes the first African leader to be so honoured. The presidential award was presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by the late American human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr, best known for his human rights struggles and the I-have-a-dream speech. In statement on Friday, the former president expressed his pleasure in being so honoured and also meeting the sister of the famous human rights activist. “I thank Dr. Charles Steele Jr, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and the executive of the SCLC for honoring me today,” he said. “It was also a pleasure to meet Naomi King, the sister of the late American Civil Rights leader and founder of the SCLC, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was kind enough to attend the event and identify with the goals and aspirations of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. “By this award, I am further inspired to continue to work for the advancement of democracy, peace and progress in Nigeria and Africa.” Jonathan is billed to be in the US for the 2016 Hope Global Forums conference, where he is expected to Succeed the 42nd president of the US, Bill Clinton  as keynote speaker. In the letter sent to Jonathan in December 2015, he was invited to join the biggest 500 companies in the world in their promotion of King’s human right ideals. “We invite you to join Fortune 500 CEO’s, private investors, financial leaders and government officials to connect and collaborate on this vision,” the letter had read. “With the theme ‘Reimagining the Global Economy: Inclusive Economics’, the annual meeting is set against the backdrop of the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend and gathers leaders from government, community and the private sector to outline a vision for the modern global economy.” Jonathan was earlier in Florida to welcome his second grandchild, delivered by his adopted daughter, Inebharapu…

MMM: The fool and his money are parted: By Yinka Odumakin.

THOSE who were in Lagos around 1991-2 would remember Forum Finance located on Allen Avenue in Ikeja,a company that employed a number of young men and women in flashy cars going about town duping the gullible of their hard earned money .Its famous advert was “Forum go double your money!”. It paid outrageous returns to its earlier investors and this made many fools to part with their money . By the time the bubble burst,it was sorrow and tears for thousands of unwary who lost their fortunes to the Ponzi scheme . Ponzi schemes are named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant who perpetrated a legendary scam. Actually, he wasn’t the inventor of this type of scams – it was called “Robbing Peter to pay Paul” schemes – but his was so large that his name became synonymous with it. Ponzi started a business buying and selling a type of postal coupon and promised investors a 50% return on their money within 45 days (compare this to an annual 5% interest for bank savings account at the time). Money from investors Ponzi’s early investors did get their money doubled and even tripled in a short amount of time. This, and glowing newspaper reports at the time about his company, the Securities Exchange Company got him a lot of money from investors. At one point, Ponzi took in $1 million in a three-hour period from investors. All in all, about 40,000 investors invested about $15 million in Ponzi’s scheme in nine months between 1919 and 1920 (about $184 million in 2017 value). Failed Scheme: When it was discovered that Ponzi was paying old investors with money from new ones, his scheme collapsed and he was sent to jail … for five years! After serving his federal sentence, Ponzi was sentenced by the State of Massachusetts for an additional nine years, but he skipped town. Ponzi ended up in Brazil, where he spent his last years in poverty and sickness. Before he died, Ponzi gave one last interview where he confessed to his crime. “My business is simple. It was the old game of robbing Peter to pay Paul. You would give me one hundred dollars and I would give you a note to pay you one-hundred-and-fifty dollars in three months. Usually I would redeem my note in 45 days. My notes became more valuable than American money … Then came trouble. The whole thing was broken.” (Zuckoff, Mitchell, Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend,The Mavrodi scheme: Mavrodi was a Russian scammer who along with his brother Vyacheslav Mavrodi and Vyacheslav’s future wife Marina Murayveya, founded the MMM company in (the triple Ms came from the surnames of these three people). In the early 1990s, MMM promised dividends of 1,000%, promoted itself heavily in TV ads, and delivered on its promise. At its peak, Mavrodi’s company was taking in more than $11 million a day from the public! Within five years, Mavrodi took in $1.5 billion from at least two million people. When the whole thing unraveled and the police raided MMM offices for tax evasion, Mavrodi pulled another fast one: he convinced his “investors” that it was the government’s fault that they lost their investment. He even ran for the Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) to get the government to initiate a “payback” programme … and he was elected! That was a good thing because he got himself a parliamentary immunity. When his immunity was later revoked, Mavrodi went on the lam. In 2003, he was arrested , fined $390, and sent to a penal colony for four-and-a-half years. That translates to about $38,052 swindled per hour in the slammer. MMM surfaced in Nigeria in 2016 with a promise on 30 per cent return on any money into the scheme in 30days! House of Reps intervention The House of Representatives did one good in its life by warning people against this scam. It asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Central Bank, CBN, of Nigeria to immediately go after the promoters Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, otherwise known as ‘MMM’ in Nigeria. Lawmakers strongly opposed the investment scheme, which lately gained popularity among Nigerians in the wake of the current economic recession in the country. The Chairman, House Committee on Telecommunications, Mr. Saheed Fijabi, had in a motion, drawn the attention of the House to the growing popularity of the scheme among Nigerians. “The scheme entered the Nigerian circle in 2016, capitalising on the high level of unemployment and poverty to deceive unwary Nigerians into falling prey to their antics”, Fijabi stated. He added that the fact that MMM was not regulated by law or approved by the CBN as a secure business venture, made Nigerians more vulnerable. Nobody did anything. By December 2016 when the company froze the accounts of its 3m “muguns’ it had raked billions of Naira unhindered . The level of our ethical collapse was seen with images of worship places that should teach the right values about wealth creation organizing Ponzi seminars for MMM in their auditoria. How low can it get for a country . Our security agents who were raiding Bureau De Change operators months ago are not yet on record to have gone after the MMM operators who are not known to gave been licensed by the CBN to carry out any financial operations in Nigeria. Is there a government here ? My heart sank when I saw Nigerians in their hundreds dancing and holding a vigil on the eve of the January 14 promise by the Ponzi schemers to start another round of duping session. My conclusion was that these people are irretrievably damaged psychologically and it would take a major shock in the system to get them to reason like normal cognitive human beings on this side of eternity. Is their fault totally ? No,I think the wayward Nigerian system which places emphasis on “sharing” has turned them into playthings in the hands of scammer because of expectations of free money in the order of our allocation…

Child Trafficking: Security Operatives Rescue 145 Minors In Jos

A total of 145 children have been rescued by security operatives in Jos, north central nigeria after two trucks conveying the minors were intercepted by security agents at a check point. The children – all male and within the age range of four to eight years – were rescued by members of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven. The Public Relations Officer of the Plateau State Police Command, ASP Mathias Tyopev, told Channels Television that they were being transported from other states to states within the north central region, with Plateau as a major route. “On Thursday 12th January, 2017 the special task force, Sector 2 located opposite University of Jos intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children from Bauchi and Jigawa states to Plateau, Kaduna and Nassarawa states. “Our investigations further reveals that these children who are all male were to be taken to places where the three mallams who were coordinating the movement have not even visited,” he said. Channels TV correspondent discovered that the children were being transported in a truck ordinarily meant to carry farm produce such as grains, animals and other goods across the states. It was converted to convey the minors under harsh and unfavourable weather conditions in which the children were stacked alongside grains without any comfort for such long distance journey. Since their rescue, the children have been in the custody of the Nigeria Police at their headquarters in Jos, while investigation into the matter continues. They were seen with the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr Peter Ogunyanwo, who was supervising the distribution of food and other welfare materials to them. The suspects, comprising two drivers, eight conductors and three accompanying instructors were still in the custody of the Police and they have been providing information about how they came about the children and their destination. The Police say it would soon embark on the process of establishing contact with the state governments of Jigawa and Bauchi for the return of the children to their…

GUSH! How A Fraudster After Posing As TY Danjuma’s Son Clinches Top Job At Ministry Of Niger Delta {Must Read}

How A Fraudster After Posing As TY Danjuma’s Son Clinches Top Job At Ministry Of Niger Delta Ministry of Niger Delta – This is a concise account of how a serial fraudster hijacked a big job opportunity by impersonating a prominent Nigerian. A serial fraudster, Matthew Obobo Solomon, has duped the Nigerian government into offering him a top job at the Ministry of Niger Delta after posing as a son of retired Army General and former Minister of Defence, TY Danjuma. Ministry of Niger Delta – This is a concise account of how a serial fraudster hijacked a big job opportunity by impersonating a prominent Nigerian. A serial fraudster, Matthew Obobo Solomon, has duped the Nigerian government into offering him a top job at the Ministry of Niger Delta after posing as a son of retired Army General and former Minister of Defence, TY Danjuma. Few readers who noticed the classified advert drew the attention of Mr. Danjuma, who simply dismissed Mr. Solomon’s claims as spurious and puerile without issuing a disclaimer in the national dailies. Daily Nigerian gathered that in order to perfect his plan, Mr. Solomon established contact with one the distant relatives of Mr. Danjuma and told him that Mr. Danjuma was his father, and that he was born out of wedlock. According to some of Mr. Danjuma’s relatives, Mr. Solomon, who moves around with siren and bodyguards in the Niger Delta region, claimed that he decided to trace his roots after his dying grandmother told him that TY Danjuma was his father. “When we asked him why he made no attempt to confront TY Danjuma with the issue, he said Danjuma will kill him. Based on that premise, we took him to the village without Danjuma’s knowledge and organised a homecoming, where he was renamed Tikari,” said a source who craved anonymity. After the baptism of Mr. Solomon at a Takum village in Taraba State, he again changed his name to Tikari. Sources told Daily Nigerian that a year or so after the placement of the classified advert, Mr. Danjuma started receiving torrents of complaints on one Matthew TY Danjuma duping government agencies and individuals, while parading himself as his son. “It was after the embarrassment became out of hand that TY Danjuma decided to issue a disclaimer,” said a family source. It was gathered that Mr. Danjuma’s disclaimer did not stop Mr. Solomon from name-dropping and seeking government contracts, appointment and favours until after securing a lucrative job. On October 14, 2016, a statement by the minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, announced the appointment of Mr. Tikari T.Y. Danjuma as the Coordinator of Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme. But a month after Mr. Solomon’s appointment, several groups in the region petitioned the ministry that he was a fraudster, and that Mr. Danjuma was not his father. “Even if TY Danjuma were his father, the job is ideally not for people from Taraba State,” said one of the petitioners. But Mr. Solomon’s job at the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs suddenly came to an end a few months after his appointment. A statement by Mr. Usani’s spokesman on January 6 said, “The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has alerted the general public to be wary of the activities of Mr. Tikari T.Y Danjuma whose appointment as the coordinator of the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme was terminated in December, 2016”. The statement continues, “According to the Minister, in spite of his sack by the Federal Government, Mr. Tikari has been parading himself as the Coordinator of the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme. “Usani reiterated that anyone who relates with Mr. Tikari in such capacity is doing so at his or her own risk. The Minister stressed that Tikari was no longer operating on behalf of the Government and any action of his in such capacity is illegal. “In a letter addressed to Tikari and personally signed by the Minister to this effect, The Minister said: ‘Recall that you were appointed as Coordinator of the Niger Delta Riverine Protection Programme with a mandate to recover arms from the Niger Delta militants, three months after this assignment, there has been no visible outcome, to this effect, your appointment is hereby terminated forthwith.” It was reliably gathered that apart from receiving several petitions against Mr. Solomon (Tikari), Mr. Danjuma personally wrote to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, disclaiming him as his son. Investigations show that Mr. Solomon’s parents are all alive, and he had a history of duping individuals, including governors, ministers and other heads of government agencies. Sources said Mr. Solomon was a militant and renowned oil bunkerer before deciding to change his identity to gain favours. Efforts to speak with Mr. Solomon proved unsuccessful as his mobile number was not getting…

Boosa: Niger Delta Should Have Special Development Status – VP Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday paid a visit to the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, recommending that the region should have a special development zone status. Osinbajo was accompanied by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu and was received in Delta State by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. In his address of welcome, entitled: ‘We must prepare for the future’, he advocated sustainable development for the Niger Delta region. “An Area Of Poor Infrastructure” “The Niger Delta that we see today, including this great kingdom, is an area of poor infrastructure – few schools, few hospitals, and severe pollution. “The Niger Delta of today, is one of daily pipeline vandalism. In 2014 alone, there were over 3,700 incidents of pipeline vandalism. “The Niger Delta of today is one where, aside from environmental degradation, between 1998 and 2015, over 20,000 persons have died from fire incidents, arising from breach of the pipeline. “Everywhere you go, there are signboards of proposed projects, mostly uncompleted or abandoned altogether. “Many of the initiatives to change the story, have not been able to make the big changes required,” the Vice President stated. Citing several examples, dating back to the 60’s, down to the present day amnesty programmes, the Professor Osinbajo said many of such programmes have not been able to meet up with their objectives. However, he charged the people, stressing that “the future, is not a future of environmental degradation, poor infrastructure, poor roads”and the likes. Rather, it is a future of “progress and development” but according to him, “there is no time, as the future is already here”. He then stated that in order to ensure that the future is not worse than today, three things must happen. Also he believes that while the government plays its own part, the people have to combine efforts with it, in order to realise the desired development. One of such things, he stressed, was that the people “must recognise the unique environmental and terrain challenges of the Niger Delta. “We must recognise that the Niger Delta is a special development zone for this nation. “It means that the Federal and State governments, the National Assembly representatives, along-side the NDDC and the civil society representatives, of the Niger Delta people must sit together, develop, plan and fund an arrangement for rapid development,” he stressed. Also, in furtherance of development in the region, Professor Osinbajo revealed that the Pan Niger Delta Forum had come up with 16 dialogue issues that would be extremely helpful in ascertaining its key development priorities. He stated that the region must also hold some of the international oil companies, to their agreement with host communities. “We must promote indigenous participation in oil companies,” he added. He also hinted that in the 2017 budget, provision had been made for the commencement of the Lagos-Calabar railway. (the coastal railway). Mr Osinbajo is expected to also visit a number of oil communities across some Niger Delta states, where he is expected to address issues affecting the region and bring an end to militant attacks on Nigeria’s oil and gas facilities. According to a statement from the Office of the Vice President, Professor Osinbajo would also be visiting Bayelsa and Rivers States at a later date to be announced. Spokesperson for the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, described the move as further demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s readiness and determination to comprehensively address the Niger Delta…

N3.98bn Water Project: Umahi Orders Contractor Back To Site

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has directed Ganza Engineering Ltd, the company handling the N3.98bn Ukawu water scheme in Okawu, Onicha L.G.A to immediately return to site. Umahi,who gave the order while inspecting the water project,awarded by the immediate past administration in April 2008,expressed disappointment with the quality of work and the speed of the contractor in handling the project. "Tell Ganza to  return to work immediately. We will schedule a meeting with the contractor for Friday",he told the site Engineer by the bank of Ukawu river. It will be recalled that,the Ukawu water project was initiated by the former governor of the state,chief Martin Elechi,together with Oferekpe water scheme. While Oferekpe water project was completed without reticulating water to serve Ebonyi people,the Ukawu water project which had a completion period of two years,has remained a ghost of itself. It was gathered that the contractor which had received N2bn payment requested that additional N4bn be paid by the state government to enable his company continue work on the project. Governor Umahi ,who was visibly unhappy on seeing the poor quality , sat down on a concrete deck up the water scheme looking at the contract details and shaking his head intermittently. He inspected the project in company with the Commissioner for works,Engr.Fidelis Nweze,Senior technical Assistant to the governor on projects ,Engr. Oka Uchechi, chairman of Onicha LGA,Mrs Elizabeth Onwe and other top government functionaries. Umahi had earlier inspected Hilltop/Nwofe/Agbaja Road,Presco flyover,Akanu Ibiam round about flyover among other state projects. PhotoUpdate: Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi(seated) scrutinising details of the Ukawu Water project in Okawu, Onicha Local Government Area. With him are the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Fidelis Nweze and Senior Technical Assistant on Projects, Oka Uchechi (right) PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT NOW # EbonyiGaAkariAbuja # Ebonyi_Is_On_The_Rise # EbonyiIsWorking # DaveIsWorking …

THANKS TO IDF NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF STANLEY MEZUE(THE GREAT IKEMBA OF IDEANI) FOR ALL YOUR ADVICE TODAY, IT WAS WONDERFUL TO BE WITH YOU FOR JUST A LITTLE HOURS.

Staying with our humble IDF National Vice President for an advice, discussions and way forward of the forum. It was truly a wonderful period to stay with the man that put smile on all the youths via sports. He has given his advise on the way forward and to promote the sports in the 2017/2018 season, Mass transit, and the forum at large. He has also informed the forum to be optimistic on the forum and to make contributions and rules via comments and post that shall drive our community to a greater height. He also fulfilled his promise to reward the LOC chairman in a great way and urge him to make greater plans for the 2017/2018 season Last year, he gave me some expensive gadgets and laptop to improve on the welfare and to do the secretarial job effectively saying that the National Secretary has alot to do and we shall continue to support you. Thanks alot our great Ikemba and your impact on the forum has made us come this far and we the LOC shall do a better job this year as more teams has indicated interest to participate. …

What? Catholic Priest With Loaded Ak-47 Causes Uproar Inside Church (Must See)

A photo of a military catholic priest ministering at a podium with a rifle strapped to his arms has generated a social media debate. The photo was taken at the St. James Catholic Cathedral located in the military base in Yobe state during the height of the Boko Haram insurgency. The priest is seen with his Ak47 rifle strapped to his shoulders as he carries out his ministry to his congregation. Some Nigerians reacting to the photo have commended the clergy man for being alert in church. Others however, faulted the priest for carrying a gun in the Cathedral. They said the priest lacked the courage to believe that God can fight his battles. Another group suggested that carrying guns to places of worship could help reduce insecurity in the country. Where do you stand on the issue, do you think carrying guns to places of worship is the solution to insecurity in the country?…

Professor, Three Others Dead As Explosion Rocks University Of Maiduguri

Four people have been killed in a suicide attack that occurred in the early hours of the morning at the University of Maiduguri. A professor of Veterinary Medicine identified as Aliyu Mani, is one of those killed in the early morning attack. Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven year old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque. Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, told journalists at the scene of the incident that four people had died in the attack. According to the CP, two people died on the spot while two others died in hospital. Others injured have been evacuated to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The attack was the first on the university since the nearly six-year-old insurgency began. End of first semester examinations are currently ongoing at the…

BBOG Arrives Northeast On Guided Tour

The BringBackOurGirls Group and a Federal Government delegation are in the North East to witness efforts by the military to rescue the remaining abducted Chibok School girls. Before they left the Abuja airport, there was a mild drama as the group insisted that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed boards the same aircraft with the BBOG delegation. The initial plan was for the BBOG delegation to be conveyed to Yola alongside some journalists while the Minister will join another aircraft. But that was turned down at the airport tarmac by the BBOG delegation, who insisted that none of their member will board the flight if the Minister is not joining them. After a series of explanations, the Minister conceded to joining other participants in the same flight. The government delegation also included the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar. Meanwhile, on arrival at the Air Force Base in Yola, the Nigerian Air Force briefed on their operations so far. The Commanding Officer, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun explained that over two billion naira was spent in 2016 to ensure a functional air component of the Operation Lafiya dole. Air Vice Marshall Balogun informed members of the Bring Back Our Girls group that efforts were on to find the remaining abducted Chibok schools girls and other persons, who were abducted by the Boko haram insurgents. He added that the latest release of abducted persons was secured between January 7 and 12 and they have been handed over to the troop in…

FUNAI to Kick-Start Faculty of Medicine in October 2017

According to reports, the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State is to kick-off its Faculty of Medicine come October 2017. This was hinted by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba during the University Management Meeting held on Monday, 9th January, 2017. The Vice Chancellor stated that the programme would commence by the 2017/2018 academic session, and stressed the need for the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences to be properly re-organized to be in tandem with NUC benchmark and as a precursor for the take-off of the Medical programmes. To press home the commitment of the University to this course, Prof. Nwajiuba immediately constituted a steering committee to champion the swift implementation of all decisions that would lead to the establishment of the new Faculty. The Committee is headed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Elom and included the Former Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Director of Academic Planning, Prof. Kevin Nwogu, former Chief Medical Director, FETHA, Dr. Paul Ezeonu, Head, Department of Anatomy, Prof. Uche Nwachi and Ag. Director, Health Services, Dr. Henry Aloh as members. Other members of the Steering Committee are the Director of Physical Planning, Works and Services, Dr. A.I Ezeocha, the Head of Legal and General Administration Unit, Barr. Ogochukwu Onuorah, representative of the Bursar and the representative of the Registrar as Secretary. The Vice Chancellor urged them to swing into action immediately and ensure that the University is fully prepared to host an NUC Resource Verification Team on the programme by March 2017. When eventually started, the Faculty of Medicine would be the 8th Academic Faculties of the University, and another watershed in the administration of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nwajiuba, as he strives to take the University to greater heights. …

COURT JUDGEMENT/ MATTERS ARISING AS REGARDS TO ON-GOING LEADERSHIP CRISIS BETWEEN MR TOCHUKWU NWOKOYE AND MR IKECHUKWU(OGWALI) By Ada Awka on Facebook

Facts: 1. The crisis was instigated by Hon Keluo Molokwu 2. Nwokoye from umudioka has ruled Ezioka Youth Assembly for not less than 10 years. 3. Nwokoye was forcefully dethroned. Then Chisom (Mmiri) from Umuogbunu took over as he was also ruled for 6 years. 4. Ikechukwu (Ogwali) from Umuogwali took over the mantle of leadership. Question: 1. What's Nwokoye fighting for? 2. Is Nwokoye born to rule Ezioka Youth forever? 3. Is Nwokoye above the law? Submission: I believe that all contentious issues will be tackled as soon as possible. I am sure that Ezioka will resolve this crisis and come out stronger. Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity!! more details...... …

Tension Again: MMM Nigeria Put Big Investors On Hold As The Ponzi Scheme Reopens

Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, a Ponzi scheme known simply as MMM, on Friday opened for business after one month of break, but investors in the scheme have remained stranded as they still cannot access their funds. MMM had announced the resumption on its Twitter handle, saying it was “now open” even though it had initially promised to reopen today, Saturday, January 14. In the message, the scheme’s founder, Sergey Mavrodi, said because of the likely deluge of requests from participants, payments would be gradual and have limits. He also said it would prioritise payments to participants with small amounts, which were not specified, and that big investors would have to wait longer. “Please, be prepared to wait for a couple of days. We are certain things will then calm down, and the system operation will return to normal. “We’re the ones setting limits, so it’s completely under our control, and we are not expecting any emergencies in principle. Have no fear and go on about your business as usual. “As the system is socially oriented, we will make paybacks to the poor and the economically disadvantaged in the first place; it means to the members with small PH (Provide Help) amounts. The richer can wait. Moreover, we’ve warned you repeatedly to only provide help with amounts that are not critical for you.” With about three million Nigerians involved in the scheme and huge investments at stake, the freezing of the MMM’s accounts a month ago had sparked fears that the ponzi scheme had crashed. Meanwhile, some investors have expressed their frustrations as they might have to wait much longer to recover their much needed money from the scheme. Some of the participants told Saturday PUNCH that their funds that were tied down in MMM were meant for various uses including purchase of goods, payment of tuition, debts, rent and others. The fears and frustrations are further heightened by MMM’s declaration that it would introduce bitcoins as the new mode of payment ahead of its comeback, which some participants of the scheme have described as confusing. For example, Frank Bunna who deals in computer accessories at Olugbede market in Idimu, Lagos, said he was stranded as he had invested all the money for his goods in MMM. The Igbo trader, who was looking dejected when our correspondent visited the market, said his future was dashed as he expressed disappointment that he would not be able to get his money back today (Saturday). He said, “This is my life! How will I live? I invested N2m! Look at my shop, it is totally empty. I invested the whole money for my business on this MMM; I even borrowed N300, 000 that I added to it. I spent six days in the hospital as soon as I heard the account was frozen. I am hypertensive so my blood pressure shot up when I heard the news. To hear that I would not be paid immediately means that I am dead.” Another Lagos resident simply identified as Korede, who invested over N500, 000 in the scheme, said, “There is going to be crisis in my home. I borrowed my wife’s N300, 000 to invest in the scheme. I didn’t tell her, but I guess she’s suspicious now. “I promised to return the money December ending, but couldn’t. That was when MMM froze our accounts. It appears that there is going to be some delay before I can get the money. I just hope my wife will forgive me in case this thing fails. To be sincere, I am afraid.” An undergraduate of the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, who identified himself as Chiboy because he did not want his parents to know he invested his tuition and money meant for his dissertation in MMM, said he had been left stranded since December 2016, when MMM was suspended and desperately needed his money back. “I had thought that I would be able to get my money back immediately MMM reopened but from what I heard, it would not be possible. My mother will kill me. I don’t even know what to do,” he said. A teacher in a private secondary school in Egbeda, Lagos, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the bursar of the school had invested N1.5m belonging to the institution in the scheme before the scheme was suspended last month. According to the teacher, when the bursar could not provide the money, he was sacked by the school management and asked to sign an undertaking to return the money when MMM reopened on Saturday, January 14. “The bursar has since been arrested and in his undertaking, he had said he would get the money back immediately MMM resumed operations. But with this development, it will take some time before he can get paid, and that is if he gets paid at all,” the teacher said. A travel agent in Lagos, who identified himself as Mr. Oduntan, lamented that he has been going through difficulty after investing N900, 000 meant for paying his rent in MMM with the hope that he would get about N1.2m in return. Oduntan said he was desperate to recover his funds as his landlord had been on his neck since then. Also, a banker in a new generation bank in Ikeja, Lagos, told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity that three of her colleagues were sacked for introducing some customers to MMM. According to the banker, his colleagues were sacked after the aggrieved customers officially complained to the bank manager that they were stranded because they had invested in MMM, which was introduced to them by some employees of the bank. The source said, “The customers said they needed their money back. They blamed some of my colleagues for introducing them to MMM and the bank had to sack them. “One of the customers complained that the money he had put in MMM was meant to roof his house and that his planned relocation to the house has had to be delayed because of that. Another one said the money he had invested in MMM was meant to pay his debts while another said the money was meant for his wife’s business.” Another banker working in a commercial bank in Akute, Ogun State, also said one of her colleagues was sacked for investing N2m he had loaned from the bank in MMM and was unable to pay back the loan. A barbing salon operator in Ilorin, Kwara State, Adejare Lawal, who spoke with one of our correspondents on Thursday, said he had invested money belonging to some of his colleagues, which was from their contributory scheme, in the investment. According to him, he invested around N350, 000 in November, hoping to get a profit of at least N80, 000 by the second week of December before accounts were frozen. “This is the biggest risk I have taken in my life and at the moment all I can think about is how to get the money back. I was the one coordinating the barbers’ association’s contribution in my area and I invested it in MMM.” In Oyo State, an estate agent, Mr. Funso Ogungbade, said he had invested the sum of N3.5m, part of which was from the rents he had collected from tenants on behalf of some landlords, in MMM. “My target was that by Saturday, everything would be sorted out but as it is now, I cannot get the money back soon. MMM is saying that it will start by paying the people with small funds and that it will also put a peg on how much we can get,” he said. A student at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, simply identified as Wole, said he had invested N50, 000 into the scheme a week before it froze all accounts. Another MMM investor, who simply identified himself as Olayinka, said, “I’m desperate to recover my money. All my investment has gone into it,” he added. Olayinka, who lost his job over a year ago, said he had invested N700,000 that was paid to him as entitlement in MMM, given how profitable the scheme was before it collapsed. He said, “I have been counting down since the day MMM announced the closure. Everything I had went into it so I am seriously stranded.” Another MMM investor, Miss Janet (surname withheld), said, “I lied to my brother to lend me money to pursue my Master’s programme. I’ve not been working for some time, and he was the one who advised me to go for a postgraduate degree. So, when I asked for money, he gave me N150, 000. “With the way it was booming, I invested my N600, 000 in it, including the money I had saved from my previous workplace. So, I’m in a fix as I’m talking to you.” Our students invested school fees in MMM –VC On January 11, 2017, the Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labode Popoola, told journalists that the school’s authorities would publish in national newspapers names of students who owe tuition, claiming that some of them had invested the money in the MMM scheme. Noting that the affected students had owed since their enrolment, Popoola said it had come to the knowledge of the school that most of them were enrolled in MMM. He disclosed that the cumulative debt being owed the school by the students was N2bn. He said, “We are aware that parents of most defaulting students had given them their school fees and it was revealed that the students had diverted the monies into the MMM scheme.” Confusion mounts over bitcoin Findings showed that more Nigerians have been searching for information about bitcoin on the popular search engine- Google. For instance, between Thursday and Friday, search for “where to buy bitcoin in Nigeria” on Google Nigeria rose by 200 per cent, according to Google Trends. Search for “MMM bitcoin” rose by 150 per cent; “What is bitcoin all about?” rose by 160 per cent; while “meaning of bitcoin” rose by 60 per cent. One of the participants who spoke with Saturday PUNCH, Bunna, said he had no idea of what bitcoin meant and that the more he asked questions about it, the more confused he got. “I don’t know what bitcoin means. Don’t even bother explaining how it works to me because many people have tried and they left me more confused,” he said. “Once I get paid, I don’t even want to be part of any MMM again. God knows that nothing in this world will make me do this nonsense again. While other people were celebrating Christmas, I was in the hospital. Even now, I have yet to recover, so why do you think I would want to do this kind of thing again?” Wole, a LAUTECH student, said, “Another problem now is the introduction of bitcoin to the platform. I have yet to fully understand how it operates. I will read more about it so as to know how to go about withdrawing my money. I just hope the system wouldn’t crash.” Speaking about the bitcoin option recently introduced, Janet said, “Whether bitcoin or no bitcoin, I want my money, possibly today (Friday).” Chiboy said he had only heard of bitcoins and was not interested in “such things.” Olayinka said, “They wouldn’t dare introduce bitcoin at this time. But if they do, we are at their mercy. I just want my money back.”…

Tension Again: MMM Nigeria Put Big Investors On Hold As The Ponzi Scheme Reopens

Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox, a Ponzi scheme known simply as MMM, on Friday opened for business after one month of break, but investors in the scheme have remained stranded as they still cannot access their funds. MMM had announced the resumption on its Twitter handle, saying it was “now open” even though it had initially promised to reopen today, Saturday, January 14. In the message, the scheme’s founder, Sergey Mavrodi, said because of the likely deluge of requests from participants, payments would be gradual and have limits. He also said it would prioritise payments to participants with small amounts, which were not specified, and that big investors would have to wait longer. “Please, be prepared to wait for a couple of days. We are certain things will then calm down, and the system operation will return to normal. “We’re the ones setting limits, so it’s completely under our control, and we are not expecting any emergencies in principle. Have no fear and go on about your business as usual. “As the system is socially oriented, we will make paybacks to the poor and the economically disadvantaged in the first place; it means to the members with small PH (Provide Help) amounts. The richer can wait. Moreover, we’ve warned you repeatedly to only provide help with amounts that are not critical for you.” With about three million Nigerians involved in the scheme and huge investments at stake, the freezing of the MMM’s accounts a month ago had sparked fears that the ponzi scheme had crashed. Meanwhile, some investors have expressed their frustrations as they might have to wait much longer to recover their much needed money from the scheme. Some of the participants told Saturday PUNCH that their funds that were tied down in MMM were meant for various uses including purchase of goods, payment of tuition, debts, rent and others. The fears and frustrations are further heightened by MMM’s declaration that it would introduce bitcoins as the new mode of payment ahead of its comeback, which some participants of the scheme have described as confusing. For example, Frank Bunna who deals in computer accessories at Olugbede market in Idimu, Lagos, said he was stranded as he had invested all the money for his goods in MMM. The Igbo trader, who was looking dejected when our correspondent visited the market, said his future was dashed as he expressed disappointment that he would not be able to get his money back today (Saturday). He said, “This is my life! How will I live? I invested N2m! Look at my shop, it is totally empty. I invested the whole money for my business on this MMM; I even borrowed N300, 000 that I added to it. I spent six days in the hospital as soon as I heard the account was frozen. I am hypertensive so my blood pressure shot up when I heard the news. To hear that I would not be paid immediately means that I am dead.” Another Lagos resident simply identified as Korede, who invested over N500, 000 in the scheme, said, “There is going to be crisis in my home. I borrowed my wife’s N300, 000 to invest in the scheme. I didn’t tell her, but I guess she’s suspicious now. “I promised to return the money December ending, but couldn’t. That was when MMM froze our accounts. It appears that there is going to be some delay before I can get the money. I just hope my wife will forgive me in case this thing fails. To be sincere, I am afraid.” An undergraduate of the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, who identified himself as Chiboy because he did not want his parents to know he invested his tuition and money meant for his dissertation in MMM, said he had been left stranded since December 2016, when MMM was suspended and desperately needed his money back. “I had thought that I would be able to get my money back immediately MMM reopened but from what I heard, it would not be possible. My mother will kill me. I don’t even know what to do,” he said. A teacher in a private secondary school in Egbeda, Lagos, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the bursar of the school had invested N1.5m belonging to the institution in the scheme before the scheme was suspended last month. According to the teacher, when the bursar could not provide the money, he was sacked by the school management and asked to sign an undertaking to return the money when MMM reopened on Saturday, January 14. “The bursar has since been arrested and in his undertaking, he had said he would get the money back immediately MMM resumed operations. But with this development, it will take some time before he can get paid, and that is if he gets paid at all,” the teacher said. A travel agent in Lagos, who identified himself as Mr. Oduntan, lamented that he has been going through difficulty after investing N900, 000 meant for paying his rent in MMM with the hope that he would get about N1.2m in return. Oduntan said he was desperate to recover his funds as his landlord had been on his neck since then. Also, a banker in a new generation bank in Ikeja, Lagos, told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity that three of her colleagues were sacked for introducing some customers to MMM. According to the banker, his colleagues were sacked after the aggrieved customers officially complained to the bank manager that they were stranded because they had invested in MMM, which was introduced to them by some employees of the bank. The source said, “The customers said they needed their money back. They blamed some of my colleagues for introducing them to MMM and the bank had to sack them. “One of the customers complained that the money he had put in MMM was meant to roof his house and that his planned relocation to the house has had to be delayed because of that. Another one said the money he had invested in MMM was meant to pay his debts while another said the money was meant for his wife’s business.” Another banker working in a commercial bank in Akute, Ogun State, also said one of her colleagues was sacked for investing N2m he had loaned from the bank in MMM and was unable to pay back the loan. A barbing salon operator in Ilorin, Kwara State, Adejare Lawal, who spoke with one of our correspondents on Thursday, said he had invested money belonging to some of his colleagues, which was from their contributory scheme, in the investment. According to him, he invested around N350, 000 in November, hoping to get a profit of at least N80, 000 by the second week of December before accounts were frozen. “This is the biggest risk I have taken in my life and at the moment all I can think about is how to get the money back. I was the one coordinating the barbers’ association’s contribution in my area and I invested it in MMM.” In Oyo State, an estate agent, Mr. Funso Ogungbade, said he had invested the sum of N3.5m, part of which was from the rents he had collected from tenants on behalf of some landlords, in MMM. “My target was that by Saturday, everything would be sorted out but as it is now, I cannot get the money back soon. MMM is saying that it will start by paying the people with small funds and that it will also put a peg on how much we can get,” he said. A student at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, simply identified as Wole, said he had invested N50, 000 into the scheme a week before it froze all accounts. Another MMM investor, who simply identified himself as Olayinka, said, “I’m desperate to recover my money. All my investment has gone into it,” he added. Olayinka, who lost his job over a year ago, said he had invested N700,000 that was paid to him as entitlement in MMM, given how profitable the scheme was before it collapsed. He said, “I have been counting down since the day MMM announced the closure. Everything I had went into it so I am seriously stranded.” Another MMM investor, Miss Janet (surname withheld), said, “I lied to my brother to lend me money to pursue my Master’s programme. I’ve not been working for some time, and he was the one who advised me to go for a postgraduate degree. So, when I asked for money, he gave me N150, 000. “With the way it was booming, I invested my N600, 000 in it, including the money I had saved from my previous workplace. So, I’m in a fix as I’m talking to you.” Our students invested school fees in MMM –VC On January 11, 2017, the Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Prof. Labode Popoola, told journalists that the school’s authorities would publish in national newspapers names of students who owe tuition, claiming that some of them had invested the money in the MMM scheme. Noting that the affected students had owed since their enrolment, Popoola said it had come to the knowledge of the school that most of them were enrolled in MMM. He disclosed that the cumulative debt being owed the school by the students was N2bn. He said, “We are aware that parents of most defaulting students had given them their school fees and it was revealed that the students had diverted the monies into the MMM scheme.” Confusion mounts over bitcoin Findings showed that more Nigerians have been searching for information about bitcoin on the popular search engine- Google. For instance, between Thursday and Friday, search for “where to buy bitcoin in Nigeria” on Google Nigeria rose by 200 per cent, according to Google Trends. Search for “MMM bitcoin” rose by 150 per cent; “What is bitcoin all about?” rose by 160 per cent; while “meaning of bitcoin” rose by 60 per cent. One of the participants who spoke with Saturday PUNCH, Bunna, said he had no idea of what bitcoin meant and that the more he asked questions about it, the more confused he got. “I don’t know what bitcoin means. Don’t even bother explaining how it works to me because many people have tried and they left me more confused,” he said. “Once I get paid, I don’t even want to be part of any MMM again. God knows that nothing in this world will make me do this nonsense again. While other people were celebrating Christmas, I was in the hospital. Even now, I have yet to recover, so why do you think I would want to do this kind of thing again?” Wole, a LAUTECH student, said, “Another problem now is the introduction of bitcoin to the platform. I have yet to fully understand how it operates. I will read more about it so as to know how to go about withdrawing my money. I just hope the system wouldn’t crash.” Speaking about the bitcoin option recently introduced, Janet said, “Whether bitcoin or no bitcoin, I want my money, possibly today (Friday).” Chiboy said he had only heard of bitcoins and was not interested in “such things.” Olayinka said, “They wouldn’t dare introduce bitcoin at this time. But if they do, we are at their mercy. I just want my money back.” …

Ifeanyi Ubah FC Ready to Host Africa

Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium is ready to host Africa! Our vision to build the best privately-owned football stadium in Africa is finally a reality as we p repare in earnest to host Africa in this season's CAF Confederation Cup competition. It is all about what one sees. The power of vision is one that cannot be blighted by inertia once it is anchored on human advancement. What started as a mere dream has today been actualized. We are very proud and thankful to Almighty God for the mileage we have attained. What once existed in the mind has been translated from its theoretical state to a structure that would impact positively to humanity. By the grace of God, we have been able to transform what could once be referred to as a "playground" into a world class stadium in less than 12 months. Today, we are strategically positioned and poised to take on Africa. In just under two years, we have been able to reach enviable heights, winning two trophies in as many years of our existence, an unprecedented feat. Our first hurdle, Al Masry of Egypt would be visiting in a few weeks time and we are set to welcome them to Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi, Anambra State. We are positive and quietly confident of a successful outing at the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup competition as we aim to make Nigeria proud. I also wish to specially congratulate FC Ifeanyi Ubah's coaching crew led by Coach Yaw Preko for a well-deserved victory at the 2017 NFF Charity Cup, a feat that has made us Champion of Champions. This trophy is a new year gift to our teeming fans for their unflinching support and a reminder to the football world that we are set to conquer Nigeria and Africa. Not many are aware of Yaw Preko's input towards the solidity and fluidity of the team so far and as such, I wish to use this medium to thank him for his contribution so far. Permit me to reiterate my staunch belief in Preko's ability and capacity to lead FC Ifeanyi Ubah on a quest to successfully conquer Africa. In view of this, I wish to publicly pass a vote of confidence on Coach Yaw Preko while I pledge to provide him with all the necessary support he needs. To our teeming fans, get ready to ride through thick and thin with us as we embark on this journey together to conquer Africa. Anyi bu ndi mmeri! Thank you and God bless. …

You ain’t see something yet, Ebonyi to become 2nd Dubai – Chief Augustine Umahi

Ohaozara stood still for Gov Umahi at the inauguration of Akubaraoha Youth Assembly executives yesterday. The event featured the timbers and calibers of Ohaozara LGA, top govt functionaries, Ohaozara good people and several top functionaries accross the state. At a briefing from Chief Augustine Umahi to press men, he enphasized that the current developements ongoing in Ebonyi is just a starting point as Ebonyi will soon be competing with high profiled cities like Dubai. He didn't stop at that, he stated that he will be handing over 5 PDP Governors from South East, Nigeria before his tenor as the South East PDP Chairman will elapse. He cajoled other paties claiming to be existing in Ebonyi to first of all learn how not to tell lies. according to him, Ebonyi has gone digital and no longer need people with brooms to keep it clean. He however challanged them to start doing visible thing which can make them popular and not sitting at home and claiming to be a political party. The pictures below display some dignitaries who were present at the event on Friday. PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT NOW # EbonyiGaAkariAbuja # Ebonyi_Is_On_The_Rise # EbonyiIsWorking # DaveIsWorking …

BREAKING: Boko Haram Goes On Rampage In Adamawa State, Killing Scores Of Residents {Must See}

Sent packing from the Sambisa forest in Borno state, members of the Boko Haram terrorist sect have reportedly gone on rampage in the Madagali area of Adamawa state with multiple explosions. Daily Trust reports that three bombs exploded in Madagali town in the northern part of Adamawa state, with many currently dead. The report quoted witnesses as saying the three explosions occurred in the morning of Friday, January 13 at a crowded motor park on the outskirt of the town. Though the casualty figure has not been formally revealed, security agents and rescue workers are said to be evacuating the dead from the scene. The report also quoted a local official as confirming the incident and saying details of the attack were not clear yet. The report said the spokesperson of the 28 Task Force Battalion in Mubi, Major Bakare Akintoye could not be…

MMM TENSION: SEE 3 SHOCKING NEW CONDITIONS SET BY MMM GUIDERS UPON THE RETURN

The administrators of MMM have decided to stick to their words by resuming the scheme a day earlier than the proposed date. This is a sweet relief as participants who had money in the scheme had panic attack when the money doubling scheme suspended their operations. However, millions of Nigerians who were affected by the suspended scheme can rejoice as their day of celebration has come. After being mocked by non-participants, the sweetest relief they could ever have is the return of the Ponzi scheme. Many of the participants were left in doubt as they waited anxiously for January 14th, the day the scheme was meant to be reopened as stipulated by the administrators. The portal being opened ahead of the st time made it even better for everyone affected. While you are busy rejoicing over the come back, there are new conditions set by the scheme that you need to know. This will determine how long you will have to wait before getting paid and how active you will be from this point. Find below the nee conditions set by the guiders upon the return of the scheme: 1. Payment of certain amount per day The guiders know that they are going to experience a rush upon the return of the scheme. Therefore, they have decided to activate internal output limits which will keep them in total control of the money going out. This means there is a restriction on the amount of money that can be paid per day. This according to them is to ensure stability and help them the scheme kick off properly. They are mindful of the fact that their members are in doubt and may want to pull out. 2. Members with small The scheme is aware of the fact that they are most likely to be bombarded by Get Help (GH) requests thus, they are going to make gradual paybacks. In line with the condition above, payments are most likely to be made to those who are ‘poor and economically disadvantaged’ first before reaching out to the richer participants. In other words, members with small Provide Help (PH) will benefit from the scheme before members with large PH. 3. The rich participants have to wait With the scheme struggling to get back into operation and while holding on to the past glory, the guiders have decided to hold on with the payment of the rich participants. This means that the rich ones will have to wait till they attain the stability that will make the scheme kick off. The guiders backed their decision on this up by saying they warned participants repeatedly to only provide help with amounts that are not critical to them. They charged them not to be tragic about their decision. As usual, they appreciated the loyalty of their participants. Check out the conditions in the notice sent out by the ponzi…

THANKS TO IKEMBA(IDF NATIONAL VICE CHAIRMAN) FOR ALL THE APPRAISALS ON THE FINAL DAY OF IKEMBA TOURNAMENT: YOU MADE ME SHINE LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS STAR AND THE PROMISE OF REWARDS AND GIFTS IN RETURN FOR GOOD WORKS

I wish to use this medium to appreciate and thank in a special way the great Ikemba of Ideani (Chief Stanley Mezue) who is the sole sponsor of the IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT for 2016/2017 season for his appraisals and showers of good thanks to me on the last dat e of the grand finale of the Ikemba Super cup tournament. He was delighted that we have someone like Prince Joe in Ideani who has the energy and above all do not mind the antics of critics to execute a task no matter how hard it was. He also said that the people of Ideani should thank him so much for making the Ikemba Tournament a success. He said he believed that with him, the next Ikemba tournament shall improve greatly saying that the 2016/2017 season was a wonderful tournament and that 2017/2018 shall even be more greater. He promised to reward Prince Jonathan Izuchukwu with gifts and rewards saying that the reward for good job is for more job. Based on this, i wish to personally Thank him and on-behalf of the LOC, that i appreciate all the appraises but insist that without him it will not be possible. Thanks IDF National Vice Chairman, Thanks alot sir, Thanks our great Ikemba, we love you so much. …

Super Eagles Move Up To 50th In FIFA Ranking

Super Eagles of Nigeria, have moved a place up to 50th spot in the first football ranking for the year. The slide movement, places Nigeria as the 7th best playing nation in Africa. Senegal would head to this weekend African Cup of Nations as the best playing nation in Africa and 33rd in the world and are closely trailed by Cote D’ivoire in second place. The Pharaohs of Egypt are third in the continent and 35th in the world, while Tunisia dropped to the fourth spot and are ranked 36th in the world. Desert Foxes of Algeria and Congo Dr on the other hand, are ranked in fifth and sixth respectively. There are however no changes in the world’s top ten…

UNFPA Promises More Humanitarian Support In Borno

Governor Kashim Shettima on Wednesday commended the United Nations Fund for Population for sustaining its humanitarian support towards rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast. Shettima made the commendation when the Executive Director of the UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Oshotimehin, visited him in Maiduguri. The Governor said: “We want to thank you for your support on health care, reproductive health, population growth and your humanitarian concern for the people of Borno state.” Professor Oshotimehin, in his remark, said: “A recent World Bank peace building assessment showed that about 9 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of properties was destroyed by Boko Haram and Borno suffered about 6.7 billion dollars’ worth of destruction. “About 201 primary and secondary healthcare facilities were completely destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents, while about 665 municipal buildings, including police stations and offices across the 17 local government areas were also destroyed by Boko Haram. “Your Excellency, I am sure one of your concerns is the girl child education; the girl child education is one area of great concern to us too. “We are passionate about the girl child education because presently about 62 million girls are out of school. “So we want you to assist us in the area of girl child empowerment.” He had earlier pledged to sustain the humanitarian support to the government of Nigeria in order to restore normalcy and security to the North East. “We are the only agency, UNFPA that is actively taking deliveries in the IDPs; we are taking care of women already and we are going to continue doing what we are supposed to do. “Of course, now that we are building resilience for the communities, we have to ensure that indigenes have facilities like the antenatal care. “On the issue of empowerment, we will ensure that we work with the state government to ensure that the people get back to their livelihood. “One thing that is very critical is the issue of girl child education; it is so critical because that is when we can actually achieve the needed change,” Oshotimehin said. However, he advised the governor to intensify efforts to educate the girl child in order to build societies and communities. The UNFPA boss pledged that the organisation would work with the Borno government to assist women to space their births. “We must work with governments and we must respect governments; we as the United Nations must have that synergy and work with other colleagues so that we can achieve effective response in Borno State. “We will stand solidly by you and we will support you in every possible way because we are determined to give optimal services to the IDPs,” Oshotimehin…

President Buhari Congratulates James Ayatse As Tor Tiv

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Professor James Ortese Ayatse on his election as Tor Tiv, the paramount ruler of the Tiv people. Professor Ayatse, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, is also the pioneer and immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State. The President believes that the academic’s emergence as the paramount ruler of the Tiv people is an affirmation of his strength of character, integrity and moral authority, garnered over the years as a lecturer, erudite scholar and administrator. While urging all his subjects to rally round the new monarch to make his reign a resounding success, President Buhari urged the fifth Tor Tiv to use his revered office as a veritable platform for conflict prevention, peace building and development in the grassroots. He commended the transparent process which led to the emergence of the royal father after the demise of his predecessor in 2015, HRH Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV. The President offered his best wishes to the new monarch, as he prepares to ascend the throne of his ancestors. He pledged that his administration would continue to recognise traditional institutions as key partners in progress, so as to find lasting solutions to sensitive issues in…

UNIOSUN Students Divert School Fees To MMM; Owe School 2b Naira, VC Alleges

Authorities of Osun State University have cried out over the alleged two billion Naira debts being owed the institution by most of their undergraduates who have refused to pay their tuition fees. According to the university authorities, the students have, since the inceptions of their various degree programmes, refused to balance up the payment of their tuition fees, stressing that they now owe the institution about two billion Naira. While addressing reporters on the university campus, the school Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Labode Popoola, claimed that a large per cent of the students diverted their school fees to the MMM scheme. Publishing Their Names Professor Popoola, who said that the university had allowed part payment of tuition fees in its effort to ensure that payment of fees did not become a huge burden on parents and guardians, expressed regrets that students abused the opportunity by refusing to pay their fees as and at when due. He, therefore, disclosed that the school authority would expose the students’ debtors by publishing their names and addresses on pages of newspapers stressing that the university would enforce its full rules and regulations on defaulters. Part of the regulations to serve as punishment to defaulters are that students, who are yet to pay up their school fees, would not be allowed to attend classes and write examinations unless they pay. The VC expressed worry that parents of most defaulting students had given them their schools fees but maintained that the students had spent the monies while some diverted their fees to the MMM scheme. “The University has decided to call this press conference to educate and enlighten the stakeholders in particular and the public in general about the financial position of the Osun State University. “Osun State University, being a public institution, is financed from grants from the State government and she also heavily relies on school fees from its students and other Internally Generated Revenues. The State Government under the leadership of Mr Rauf Aregbesola, when he came on board, reduced the school fees. “I wish to confirm that the University has not increased its school fees despite the economic recession. The University remains one of the few State owned institutions that charge modest fees. In all matters concerning our students, their interests remain our paramount consideration. “Meanwhile, I wish to let the public know the current amount being charged since 2011: Programmes Amount per session. Freshers: Science 100,000 Naira and 110,000 Naira; Law (including Nursing Science) 125,000 Naira and 135,000 naira; Non-Science, 95,000 Naira and 105,000 Naira; Acceptance fee, 40,000 Naira; Admission Checker, 2,000 Naira; Medical Fee, 15,000 Naira, Matriculation fee, 5,000 Naira and Late registration fee is 10,000 Naira per semester. “From the breakdown above, it can be seen that the highest school fee for staylite is 125,000 Naira in a session for law and nursing science students; whereas there are some private secondary schools in Osun State that charge about 150,000 Naira and above per term. “It is, however, disheartening to note that the University has discovered that despite the fact that the University operates an enviable stable academic calendar, mobilises its graduating students Youth Service without delay, many of our students still owe school fees running to two billion Naira. “If this trend continues, there is no way the University could perform its financial responsibilities. “Henceforth, Senate at its meeting has approved the implementation of the following guidelines: (i) that all students who fail to register will no longer be allowed into lecture rooms and will not be allowed to write examination; (ii) that only students who fulfil the requirement would be allowed to write examination; (iii) that the policy of 70% attendance at lectures for students will be strictly enforced; (iv) that new students are to pay school fees in full and on time for retention of their studentship; (v) that names of defaulters will be published soon. “All parents and guardians are hereby advised to warn their children and wards to pay their fees on time and not to divert their school fees to other areas,” Professor Popoola said. But the students have begged the university management to give them three weeks to pay up their school fees. Speaking with Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, an undergraduate of the university, Mr Akinlade Boluwatife, asked the management to re-open the students’ portal that had been closed, stressing that students should be given the chance to pay their school fees within the next three weeks. The MMM ponzi scheme had frozen confirmed funds provided as help by members, promising to lift the measure on January 14, which is three days away. It has continued to reassure members that their funds were safe and that they would Get Help once the measure was…

BOMBSHELL!! Release Nnamdi Kanu, Let Biafra Go Their Way Before Asking Me To Hand Over Power – Yahya Jammeh Tells Buhari {Must Read}

The outgoing Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has accused Buhari, for asking him to step down for a democratically elected president. He said Buhari has no moral right to ask me to handover power, when Nnamdi Kanu is still in the prison for no reasons. He made it clear that President Buhari is holding Biafrans captive in Nigeria. We know he hate them, so he should let them go for his own good. However, until the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is released, Buhari should stop interfering with issues concerning my country! Yahya Jammeh of Gambia. – True Or…

Bauchi Security: Police Smash Kidnap Syndicate

The Bauchi State Police, have apprehended a gang of kidnappers that have been terrorising citizens in the state, in the northeast region of Nigeria. The state Police Commissioner, Zaki Ahmed, told journalists at a press briefing in Bauchi that a renowned hunter in collaboration with officers of the command, effected the operation on Yuga forest in Toro local government area. According to him, the kidnappers den was raided and 48 hostages held captive by the abductors, were rescued during the operation. No fewer than 19 suspected kidnappers were arrested at various locations across the state including an informant and negotiator of the kidnappers. The police also exhibited dangerous weapons recovered from the raid. As the collaboration between the public and the police towards fighting crime continues to yield positive results in the war against crime, there are hopes that the insecurity in and around the state would come to an end…

Nigerian Army Recovers Corpses Of Commanding Officer And 15 Soldiers Killed By Boko Haram {Must See}

The Nigerian Army said it had recovered corpses of “one officer and 15 soldiers’’ earlier declared “Missing in Action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno on October 16, 2016. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this at a weekly review of Operation Rescue Final at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, on Wednesday, January 11. “The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line area in Maiduguri. “Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt.-Col. K. Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer (CO) of 223 Tank Battalion. “They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery with full military honours,’’ Irabor said. President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world. The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony. Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the…

OMG!!! Heavily Preg.nant Woman Enters BRT Bus And This Happens Next (Must See)

God is indeed miraculous! On Wednesday, January 11, a middle aged woman was reported to have delivered her bouncing baby boy inside a BRT bus. According to eye witnesses, they disclosed that the woman delivered her baby around 9am along Ketu/Mile 12, Lagos. They added that, she had boarded a bus to Irawo bus stop, going to the hospital believed to be at Iyanapaja but the baby could no longer wait. As soon as she entered the bus, she suddenly became uncomfortable and restless and immediately, other female passengers joined hands together and delivered the baby, as they covered the newborn baby with a cloth. Other passengers were transferred into another bus as the woman was then taken to the…

Nigeria Severs Diplomatic Ties With Taiwan

The Federal Government of Nigeria, says it is pledging its support for a “One China” policy by cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Taiwan is not a country that is recognised under international law, therefore the federal government has ordered the closure of its office in Abuja. He disclosed this at news conference in the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday. “Taiwan will stop enjoying any privileges because it is not a country that is recognised under international law and under the position we have taken internationally, we recognise the people of China,” the minister said. He further explained that “Taiwan will not have any diplomatic representation in Nigeria and also they will be moving out of Abuja to Lagos, to the extent that they function as a trade mission with a skeletal staff. “Chinese government does not oppose trading with Taiwan as long as there is no formal contact with the government that will suggest recognition of Taiwan as a sovereign country.” Also according to him, Nigeria was not forced to take the decision, as the country recognised the People’s Republic of China as a country. This he said, was because Nigeria was one of the leading African nations that fought for China to reclaim its seat at the UN Security Council from Taiwan. Taiwan on the other hand, has objected to this move saying the Nigerian government is being pressured by China to isolate it- a claim Mr Onyeama denied. Meanwhile, the small island nation is hoping that Nigeria could leave room for further discussion based on the policies of mutual benefits and…

Ali Ndume Faults Process Which Removed Him As Senate Leader

The former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, removed on Tuesday is dissatisfied with the process of his removal. Senator Ndume’s removal was announced at the resumption of plenary after the yuletide break. Thirty-nine Senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had signed a resolution, passing a vote of no confidence on senator Ali Ndume as the Senate Leader. After his removal, Senator Nduma told reporters that he was not aware the party had decided to replace him with Senator Ahmed Lawan. On Wednesday, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who announced the resolution of the APC caucus, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted that there was no crisis in the National Assembly. He said the institution was bigger than every Senator. “There is no crisis in the National Assembly. Things like this aways happen. Everything is calm and fine,” he said. Asked to react to comments in some quarters that Senator Ndume was sacrificed, he laughed and said: “do I look like someone that does things like that?” After Wednesday’s plenary session, Senator Ndume faulted the process of his removal, but said he has accepted it in good…

Reps To Probe FRC Over Corporate Governance Code

The House of Representatives has ordered its Joint Committee on Delegated Legislation and Public Accounts to carry out a public hearing on the activities of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria. The F.R.C. had introduced the Corporate Governance Code which led to the stepping aside of General Overseer of the Redeemed Christians Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. The new regulation pegged the leadership tenure for religious leaders at 20 years. The House took the decisions after considering a motion sponsored by Minority Leader, Representative Leo Ogor, who described the Council’s action as unconstitutional. Former FRC Executive Secretary, Jim Obazee Representative Ogor accused the Council of usurping the powers of the National Assembly, wondering where the Council derived its powers as encapsulated in the Code of Corporate Governance for the bodies, without the approval of the Legislature. The House at its plenary asked the Council to suspend the code while the panel investigating its activities is expected to submit a report within four weeks. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, sacked the Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRN), Mr. Jim Obazee, and ordered the reconstitution of its board. The President consequently appointed Mr Daniel Asapokhai as the new Executive Secretary and Mr Adedotun Sulaiman as the new chairman of the council. New FRC Chairman, Mr Adedotun Sulaiman President has also instructed the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, to invite the 19 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and private sector organisations specified in the FRC Act to nominate members of board of their…

LAGOS PASTOR ARRESTED, CHARGED TO COURT FOR DOING THIS TO CHURCH MEMBER

WILL THIS ACT ALSO BE BLAMED ON RECESSION? On Wednesday, January 11, a 45-year-old pastor, Dominion Ayendi, who allegedly defrauded his church member, Godwin Omaja, of N700,000 appeared before an Ikeja Magistrate court for mention. The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu disclosed that the man of God defrauded his church member of such an amount under the pretence of using the money to execute a contract. He said: “The accused solicited for the complainant’s assistance, claiming that he secured a contract to be executed in Cross River, and that he was financially handicapped. He collected N700,000 from the complainant with a promise to pay back within three weeks, but did not pay.” It was further reported that if found guilty the pastor may be jailed for 15-years but he pleaded not innocent and granted bail of 150,000 with two sureties. Pastor Ayendi, who resides in Abule-Egba, Lagos, was charged with conspiracy, fraud and…

UN To Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary Executions, Dr. Agnes Callamard, has confirmed that she is probing the “recent allegations of killings of over 800 citizens mostly women, children and the elderly in Southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen, and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and provide reparations to victims”. This followed a petition dated December, 30 2016 and sent by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). The development on Dr. Callamard’s investigation on the killings was disclosed on Wednesday by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni. In a communique sent to SERAP on Wednesday, Dr. Callamard said: “Many thanks to SERAP for your petition. I am writing to confirm that I have well received it and will review it with great attention. I will update you on follow-up interventions.” In its response, SERAP said: “We welcome the attention by the Special Rapporteur to the matter and her commitment to pursue justice and accountability with respect to the killings in Southern Kaduna.” It would be recalled that SERAP had in its petition to Dr. Callamard expressed “concern over the killings of citizens in Southern Kaduna of Nigeria, amounting to serious violations of the rights to life, security of the human person, respect of the dignity inherent in a human being and rights to property guaranteed not only by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) but also the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.” “SERAP contends that Nigerian authorities have failed and/or neglected to respect these human rights and to exercise due diligence to ensure that these rights are not violated by private individuals such as herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators. “The Nigerian government should therefore be held accountable for failing or neglecting to guarantee and protect the rights of the people in Southern Kaduna, regardless of whether such violations are directly or indirectly attributable to the state or its officials.” “SERAP is concerned that the Nigerian government has failed and/or neglected to create an environment in Southern Kaduna to end the unlawful killings by failing to move their legal and institutional machinery towards the actual realisation of these rights. It is in fact the failure by the government to take adequate measures to prevent the violence which has contributed to the increasing number of victims.” “SERAP believes that the killings would not have taken place if the Nigerian authorities have taken measures to prevent their happening and to address persistent impunity of those responsible for the violations and abuses. The lack of accountability for the attacks by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country has continued to create a culture of impunity which clearly is not compatible with the rule of law in a democratic society.” “According to the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna State, a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages across the four Local Government Areas in the state ridden by crisis. “The church leaders also said that 57 people were injured; farm produce estimated at N5.5 billion were also destroyed, and a total of 1,422 houses and 16 churches were burnt during the attacks. “The affected communities are spread across Kaura, Sanga, Jama’a and Kauru Local Government Areas where there had been persistent attacks on communities by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen.” SERAP therefore urged Dr. Callamard to prevail on the Nigerian authorities to; • Take measures to urgently secure the right to life, security and dignity of the human person and right to property of citizens in Southern Kaduna. • To prevent further attacks and killings by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators. • Carry out an effective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings and identify the perpetrators to bring them to justice and provide reparations to victims. • Provide a framework of security for the protection of life, and protect the lives of those individuals at risk from unlawful attacks in Southern Kaduna. • Also to provide an effective remedy and reparation for the…

Doctors Battle To Save Girl Knocked Down By Hit And Run Driver In Osogbo

Doctors are battling to save a 16-year-old girl after she was knocked down by a hit and run driver in Osogbo area of Osun State. The driver of the car with registration number Lagos EC 310 SMK on Saturday rammed into the New Orisunbare Market at MDS area in Osogbo, and knocked down the girl. Eyewitness said men of the Osun State Ambulance Service got to the scene on time and took the girl away. The victim whose name could not be ascertain by Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq, sustained serious injury and was immediate rush to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LTH). She was in coma when she was brought to the hospital and officials said they could not handle her case. She was eventually taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife. The eyewitness said that the driver ran away to avoid mob action. The car also hit another car with registration number Lagos LND 186 BK from behind and the second car tumbled in the middle of the road. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission controlled the traffic at the scene as policemen from State Traffic Section evacuated the two cars from the scene. The eyewitness further said that some policemen were chasing the car believed have contravened traffic rule at Ola-Iya junction. He had refused to stop when the traffic light was on red. A commercial motorcycle operator who was coming behind the car when the incident occurred told Bosede that the driver lost control while trying to evade arrest as the policemen chased him. “I was coming behind the car. He was on top speed because two policemen that were inside a Korope (mini commercial bus) were chasing him. He knew they were chasing him and he was running fast. “That was why he hit another car, knocked down a girl and rammed into a shop in the market. The policemen that were chasing the car, one male and one female disappeared immediately the accident happened. “It was God that saved me and my passenger. See my leg, I also sustained injury. But I thank God. The lady that was knocked down sustained serious injury on her head and her body was also shattered. I just pray that she would survive but I doubt it,” the Okada rider narrated. The spokesman for the police in the state said the policemen at Ola-Iya junction could not have chased the car because there was no vehicle attached to them. She assured reporters that the matter would be investigated…

How To Identify A Suicide Bomber Or An Accomplice

Suicide bombing has claimed several lives in Nigeria’s northeast, in the heat of insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists. Heightened counter-terrorism operations in the northeast have reduced the insurgents’ activities that have been on in the area in the last seven years. Forced out of their enclaves, last bastion in Sambisa forest and territories they have occupied, the terrorists have taken to attacking soft targets, mostly with suicide bombers who are more of young females. The challenge for most victims have been the inability to identify a suicide bomber or persons suspected to be having Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to their body, waiting to be detonated. Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, asks residents in northeast to be wary of fleeing terrorists In the midst of the counter-terrorism operations, the Nigerian Army is making attempts to sensitise the public on how to identify a suicide bomber or their accomplice. The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, stressed the need for residents of different communities in Nigeria’s northeast and other cities to be wary of fleeing Boko Haram members that could infiltrate their settlements and carry out attacks on soft targets. He hinted that the process of coupling an IED would require inputs from different persons, making it possible for observant persons to know that crisis was imminent. “Terrorists are normal human beings that mingle with the public. Whenever you are coupling an IED about 10 other persons will be in the chain of it. If the public are more vigilant they will notice something amiss,” he said. Giving further hint on how to identify a suicide bomber, Brigadier General Usman said: “When you see somebody buying bells of nails and you know for sure he does not have the capacity to buy that quantity of nails and you know him full well to the point that he is not embarking on a building project. “Sometimes you will see somebody in the night moving about when every other normal human being is sleeping or somebody, wearing a winter coat when actually it is so hot. His mode of dressing is so awkward that you will think that you are in a winter society. In most cases they are odd”. He urged Nigerians to report suspected persons to security agencies within their locality to save lives, stressing that the war on terror could not be won by the military alone. According to him, one strategy that the military had employed that is yielding result, is the establishment of Joint Task Force (JTF) with residents of communities in the northeast, whom he said aided the ousting of terrorists from territories they occupied. “The JTF has been operating in the locality and they are familiar with the culture. “They know the mode of dressing of people within a locality and that, a soldier posted to the area, may not know. They can identify when there is something strange about a person’s dress. “It is very important that we involve the people that are on ground,” he said. International community providing support to the Nigerian military had advised the forces to involve locals in the war against terror to enable them quickly differentiate terrorists from other…

BBOG In Third Day Campaign Pushes For Soldiers’ Welfare

Members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group have again reconvened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, this time, in addition to seeking the release of the abducted Chibok girls, they are pushing for soldiers’ welfare. The co-convener of the group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, told Channels Television that the focus of the third day gathering was to press for a better welfare for soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army. Dr. Ezekwesili explained that the group was appalled with the way soldiers at the war front were treated by the authorities. She said Tuesday’s protest, apart from seeking the release of the remaining Chibok girls, would also focus on what she called the military project and welfare of the officers. Recently, a video emerged where soldiers were seen protesting non-availability of water and ammunition needed to prosecute the war against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast. Depressed looking Rakiya Abubkar was recovered by troops of the Nigerian Army on January 5. Several soldiers have been killed in counter-insurgency war in the northeast while some have been maimed. Boko Haram terrorists had in 2014 April abducted over 200 girls from their school’s dormitory in Chibok. Since their abduction, less than 70 of the girls have been rescued by the military. The BBOG group has held series of protests to make the government heighten efforts to rescue the girls. Last week, one of the girls was recovered with her six-month baby. The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, confirmed the girl’s recovery on January 5. He stated that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, during investigation of arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists, discovered one of the abducted Chibok School girls, Rakiya Abubkar, with her six months old…

DSS Arrests Terror Suspects, Chronicles Early 2017 Successes

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has recorded major successes with the arrests of some terror suspects which have further degraded the capability of criminal elements to operate in the country. A statement by the agency on Tuesday chronicles a number of notable arrests of crime suspects in different parts of the country in January 2017. The crimes for which the arrests were made are mainly Boko Haram activities and kidnapping. The DSS noted that these successes were recorded as a result of proactive and credible intelligence offered by patriotic citizens, and the effective cooperation of sister agencies and other relevant stakeholders. The Service restated its determination “to sustain the tempo within the provisions of the law as part of its drive towards ensuring the security of lives and property of all law-abiding residents and citizens in the country”. The full text of the DSS statement is reproduced below: PRESS RELEASE In its determined counter-terrorism efforts to consolidate on the gains it has made in the sustenance of offensive against identified criminal gangs, kidnap syndicates and terrorist elements across the country, the Department of State Services (DSS) has recorded major successes which have further degraded the capability of these elements to operate in the county.     On 1 st January, 2017, at Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA, Taraba State, Bale Kolomi GREMA and Kolomi ADBA-AJI were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in boko haram terrorist activities.   Also on the same 1st January, 2017, a kidnap suspect, Amadu BELLO, was apprehended at Hotoron Arewa, Nasarawa LGA of Kano State for his involvement in a kidnap operation at Zomo village, Ningi LGA of Bauchi State from which he got a share of N3m from the ransom.   In a related development, on 6 th January, 2017, one Paul ALI (aka Simplee), a high profile leader of a kidnap syndicate was arrested at Hill Flower Hotel, Asaga Ohafia, Abia State. ALI, who operates camps at Ikot Abasi and Mbo LGAs of Akwa Ibom State, is responsible for notable kidnap incidents across the Niger Delta. He is also a member of the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF) which has carried out attacks against oil installations in the area. At the time of his arrest, ALI, with his associate, Chidiebere KANU was planning the kidnap of a Federal Lawmaker and an expatriate.  KANU is presently at large. In another incident, two (2) suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Ibrahim MALA and Abdallah MODU were arrested on 6 th January 2017 at Amba and Gudi villages of Kokona LGA of Nasarawa State. The suspects who are indigenes of Maiduguri, Borno State, had fled the military action in Borno State and were regrouping in the State under different trade covers. While MODU sells children’s wears, MALA, who trades in perfumes, confessed to his membership of the sect and disclosed that he (Mala) joined the Yusufiyya faction in 2007.  Similarly, Abdulkarim DAHIRU, a key terrorist commander and an indigene of Okengwa, Okene LGA of Kogi State, was arrested at the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja. Suspect was identified as the main coordinator of several kidnappings as well as other robbery activities in Kogi and Edo States. Furthermore, security operations conducted from 3 rd to 7 th January, 2017, across some flashpoints in Lagos State led to the arrest of seven (7) kidnap suspects, six of whom, namely; Gilbert Koku NELSON, John NELSON, Adekoya KAZEEM, Muhammad LAWAL, Abu YAHRO and Kelvin NWANAJI; were arrested in connection with the kidnap of a management staff of Dangote Company. The two (2) other suspects, Abdullahi BELLO, a Custom Officer and Bello GUMEL, were apprehended at Navy Town, Ojo LGA, and Naval Base, Alakija, respectively, in connection with the kidnap of another Custom Officer, on 20 th December, 2016.  Members of the above gang specialized in spying on senior company executives and laying ambush for kidnap and robbery operations for huge ransoms. On 7 th January, 2017, one Muhammad AUWAL was arrested at Andaza village, Kiyawa LGA of Bauchi State in conncetion with boko haram terrorist activities. AUWAL who was arrested with the sum of three hundred thousand Naira (N300,000.00) on him, is believed to be a drug supplier to the boko haram sect in Sambisa Forest. Also on 7 th January, 2017, the Service also arrested the trio of Elijah AWUA, Joseph EJAKA and Hope NATHAN, at Kanshio, Otukpo road, Makurdi, Benue State. The suspects are members of a notorious kidnap syndicate that has been responsible for several kidnap operations in Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau States.  Their most recent venture was the gang’s abduction of a staff of Radio Benue, Makurdi on 2 nd December, 2016. Suspects were arrested with a silver coloured Toyota RAV4 vehicle marked ABJ AQ 720 KUJ. Two (2) other members of the syndicate identified as Gabriel JOSHUA and TIMOTHY (FNU) are currently on the run and being trailed. On 8 th January, 2017, one Bello MOHAMMED (aka Awilo), the leader of a syndicate that specialized in car theft and burglary in Gombe State was arrested at Jekadafari area of Gombe metropolis of the State.  MOHAMMED confessed to being the kingpin of the syndicate    in the State. His confession led to the arrest of an associate, Abdullahi IBRAHIM (alias DIBAL) who is seen at the arrowhead of the gang in the North East. IBRAHIM also disclosed that he has stolen ten (10) cars in Gombe.  Based on his confession two (2) buyers of the stolen cars identified as Surajo Ali GOMBE, and Danjuma BAKA, have been arrested. On 8 th January, 2017 about 1500 hours, one Elijah OYEBODE, aged twenty-two (22) years, was arrested in connection with the disappearance of one Damilola Rofiat ADEBISI (F),  a 400 level student of the Department of Chemistry Education, Osun State University, Ipetu-Ijesa campus, Oriade LGA. The incident occurred on 22 nd December, 2016. OYEBADE confessed to picking the victim along with two (2) other men on 22 nd October, 2016 and claimed to have dropped them off at a house in Ikirun. Investigation is ongoing. The Service also arrested four (4) suspected fleeing members of the boko haram; Fanayi Bukar HASSAN, Butame HASSAN, Kologoni BUKAR, and Amina ABUBAKAR on 10 th January, 2017 at Oko-Oba, Ifako-Ijaiye LGA of Lagos State. They are suspected to have fled to the State to evade arrest in the ongoing military offensive in the North East. Same day (10 th January, 2017), at Okene town, Adavi LGA, Kogi State, the leader of the boko haram sect in Okene, Abdullahi MOHAMMED aka Huja, was arrested. Subject had been responsible for the coordination of boko haram activities in Okene axis of Kogi State. It is important to state that these successes were recorded as a result of proactive and credible intelligence offered by patriotic citizens, and the effective cooperation of sister agencies and other relevant stakeholders. This Service wishes to restate its determination to sustain the tempo within the provisions of the law as part of its drive towards ensuring the security of lives and property of all law-abiding residents and citizens in the country. Tony OPUIYO Department of State Services Abuja. 10 th January, 2017. …

FG Suspends Law That Forced Adeboye To Step Down As RCCG General Overseer

The Federal Government on Monday suspended the controversial Corporate Governance Code which was issued on October 17  by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. The suspension was disclosed in a statement by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah. In the five paragraphs statement issued by the minister’s Strategic Communication Adviser, Constance Ikokwu, the minister said the code was suspended in order to carry out a detailed review of its application. The review, according to the statement, would now involve extensive consultations with stakeholders upon the reconstitution of the board of the FRC. The statement quoted the minister to have said that government remains committed to restoring and enhancing market confidence and improving the ease of doing business in the country. The statement reads in part, “The Corporate Governance Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria has been suspended, pending a detailed review, extensive consultation with stakeholders and reconstitution of the board of the FRC. “Government remains committed to restoring and enhancing market confidence and improving the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. “Government is committed to strengthening FRC and enhancing its capacity to fulfill its core mandate.” The FRC is one of the parastatals under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and it is responsible for setting and promoting compliance with standards for accounting, financial reporting and auditing in Nigeria.   It also regulates the practices of professionals involved in financial reporting and promotes good practices in financial reporting and corporate governance in Nigeria …

Ortom, Al-Makura To Visit Agatu Jan. 18 For Mediation Talks

Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state on Tuesday evening joined his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, in a joint security meeting at the government house, Makurdi. The meeting bordered on the issues of insecurity affecting the border towns of Agatu and Loko where herdsmen cross the River Benue into Agatu, giving rise to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen. Journalists were barred from the meeting as it was held behind closed doors. At the end of the meeting, both governors said that they had agreed to visit Agatu Local Government Area in Benue state to mediate between the warring parties of Fulani herdsmen and Agatu indigenes who have been at loggerheads for the past five years over cattle grazing. Briefing newsmen on Monday night at the government house Makurdi, Governor Samuel Ortom said that it was imperative, both Agatu indigenes and Fulani herdsmen forgive each other and forge a common front for the return of peace to Benue and Nasarawa border communities. On his part, Mr Al-makura said that he remained committed to achieving peace between residents of Agatu in Benue state and Loko in Nasarawa. The security council of both states, including traditional rulers visit Agatu on January 18, 2017. Attacks by herdsmen on different communities in the states have led to the deaths of hundreds while thousands have been displaced. There have been several calls on both state governments to address the issue, the latest being a call on Benue lawmakers to pass the open grazing prohibition bill that will streamline the activities of herdsmen in the state. Hundreds of victims of herdsmen attack in Benue State stormed the State’s House of Assembly complex under the aegis of Movement Against Fulani Occupation in peaceful…

NOTICE TO ALL THE LOC AS MORE FEMALE TEAM INDICATE INTEREST FOR 2017/2018 IKEMBA TOURNAMENT

I wish to inform all the LOC that this year tournament for 2017/2018 shall be full of packages and we shall not tolerate african time as did in the last tournament. I also wish to inform you all that we have started getting names for the female teams that shall compete for the 2017/2018 and we need more female teams to register. Someone has accepted to sponsor the chess and scrabble games in the forthcoming Ikemba tournament as someone whispered inculcating Ideani marathon on the Ikemba tournament and we are expecting more positive reports and ideas. The above reports shows that the 2016/2017 Ikemba tournament was the best so far organised in Ideani and the LOC promises to do more in the 2017/2018 edition and to improve as the year passes by. …

THANKS TO ALL THE SPECIAL GUEST THAT ACCOMPANIED THE GREAT IKEMBA: CHIEF STANLEY MEZUE AT THE IKEMBA OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONY.

We wish to thank the people that make it happen this December, who are our special guest at the opening and closing ceremony of the just concluded Ikemba super cup tournament for 2016/2017 season. They are: 1. IDF National President: Chief Col. A.C Mezue(Rtd) 2. IDU President General: Comr. Emma Iykema Okpala 3. IDF PATRON: CHIEF LEON MEZUE 4. Apostle Sunday Chikendu 5. Mr. Maduka Agwubuilo 6. Engr. Builder Edmund Mezue 7. Hon. Prince Ezeude 8. Hon. Obidi Mgbemena 9. Women leaders 10. Nze Celestine Mezue 11. Hon. Gabriel Udolisah Gabriel, our sponsor and ABIOKO INTERNATIONAL 12. Anambra State FA 13. Comr. Patrick Abuchi Akudolu 14. Ndi Ichies 15. Reps from all the villages. 16. LOCs of all the villages. 17. Female teal reps. 18. Okwy Udoh 19. Syvester Udoh 20. Nkem Okafor 21. Princess Chikodili 22. Agatha Okwunna 23. Onyedika onwughalu 24. Engr. Udolisah 25. Perpetual Ogbuagu 26. All the village Ichies 27. Iron Lady Atu-okoye Leticia Uzoamaka 28. Ezenwelu Nwakaego Onyiuke 29. Ide civil 30. Amilo Agwubuilo 31. Radio and TV station 32. Video coverage personnels and over 14,4500 fans that came to motivate their teams. We say thank you so much for making it happen and to put smiles on the faces of our youths in the last concluded IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT 2016/2017 SEASON. BE BLESSED. …

F.B.I. Arrests Volkswagen Executive on Conspiracy Charges in Emissions Scandal

A Volkswagen display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday. The company has acknowledged that it fitted 11 million diesel cars worldwide with illegal software that made the vehicles capable of defeating emissions tests. Credit Paul Sancya/Associated Press The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Volkswagen executive who faces charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two people with knowledge of the arrest said on Sunday, marking an escalation of the criminal investigation into the automaker’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. Oliver Schmidt, who led Volkswagen’s regulatory compliance office in the United States from 2014 to March 2015, was arrested on Saturday by investigators in Florida and is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Detroit, said the two people, a law enforcement official and someone familiar with the case. After a study by West Virginia University first raised questions over Volkswagen’s diesel motors in early 2014, Mr. Schmidt played a central role in trying to convince regulators that excess emissions were caused by technical problems rather than by deliberate cheating. Much of the data presented to regulators was fabricated, officials of the California Air Resources Board have said. Mr. Schmidt continued to represent Volkswagen after the company admitted in September that cars were programmed to dupe regulators. He appeared before a committee of the British Parliament in January, telling legislators that Volkswagen’s behavior was not illegal in Europe. Lawyers representing Mr. Schmidt did not respond to requests for comment late Sunday. Officials at the Justice Department also declined to comment, as did an F.B.I. spokesman in Detroit. In a statement, Jeannine Ginivan, a spokeswoman for Volkswagen, said that the automaker “continues to cooperate with the Department of Justice” but that “it would not be appropriate to comment on any ongoing investigations or to discuss personnel matters.” Lawsuits filed against Volkswagen by the New York and Massachusetts state attorneys general accused Mr. Schmidt of playing an important role in the carmaker’s efforts to conceal its emissions cheating from United States regulators. Starting in late 2014, Mr. Schmidt and other Volkswagen officials repeatedly cited false technical explanations for the high emissions levels, the state attorneys general said. In 2015, Mr. Schmidt acknowledged the existence of a so-called defeat device that allowed Volkswagen cars to cheat emissions tests. Volkswagen eventually said that it had fitted 11 million diesel cars worldwide with illegal software that made the vehicles capable of defeating pollution tests. The software enabled the cars to sense when they were being tested for emissions and turn on pollution-control systems to curb emissions at the cost of engine performance. But those controls were not fully deployed on the road, where cars spewed nitrogen oxide at up to 40 times the levels allowed under the Clean Air Act. James Liang, a former Volkswagen engineer who worked for the company in California, pleaded guilty in September to charges that included conspiracy to defraud the federal government and violating the Clean Air Act. But Mr. Schmidt’s arrest brings the investigation into the executive ranks. The arrest came as Volkswagen and the Justice Department neared a deal to pay more than $2 billion to resolve the criminal investigation into the emissions cheating. The company or one of its corporate entities is expected to plead guilty as part of the deal. The settlement could come as early as next week, barring any last-minute hiccups, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations. The German automaker has been eager to put the Justice Department investigation behind it before President-elect Donald J. Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20. American prosecutors had traveled to Germany in recent months to interview Volkswagen executives, according to German prosecutors. The criminal case against Volkswagen, and the potential guilty plea, set it apart from other recent auto industry investigations. In settlements with General Motors and Toyota over their handling of safety defects, for example, the companies agreed to pay large fines, but did not plead guilty. Prosecutors are also mulling criminal charges against Takata, the Japanese manufacturer under criminal investigation for its defective airbags. Volkswagen has already agreed to pay up to nearly $16 billion to resolve civil claims in what has become one of the largest consumer class-action settlements ever in the United States, involving half a million cars. Under the settlement, most car owners have the option of either selling their vehicles back to Volkswagen, or getting them fixed, provided the automaker could propose a fix that satisfied regulators. The scandal has affected many Volkswagen and Audi models, including the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat diesel cars. …

Great News From Ultimate Cycler Network To All Those Who Has A pending Payment In Their Account

With Respect to the on-going Ultimate Cycler Pyramid Network payment procedure, We have instructed that the grace has given enough to those who has failed to comply to the rules of the pyramid by not paying or to be paid pending payments on their pyramid that soon the network shall start to penalize or block those who has not complied. So, if you have any pending payments or that you have someone to pay on the network, you are advised to do so to avoid facing the wrath of the rules of the Network. We understand that the year has just begun and more people has started to develop their network to make money, we are giving the grace of 15th February, 2017 who has any pending payments or to get paid to do so or risk his or her account. Thanks and Happy New Year to you all at Ultimate Cycler…

The Important Thing In Life By Stanley Nwadike

When I come to your house and I see a wine bar, flat screens, DSTV connection and Home theaters without seeing a book shelf or study point or library slot, then your house is a mini burial ground or perhaps a cinema. This things are not out of place but they make us local champions if we dont read and research. Books are better than Facebook/television. We internalize more when we read quality books. Reading Is Not For Students Alone but for Everyone! Be A Reader in 2017.   …

NOTE ON LIGHT ISSUES IN IDEANI

We wish to inform the forum and the concerned people of ideani that sooner or later, the issues of light shall be a thing of the past in Ideani as the administration has taken it up as a priority to provide light for its populace, seeing its what the people need for now. Prince Joe has decided to be involved on the contract issues as the information manager and to update ideanians on all the pros and cons involved in the contract saga while d iscussing with the PG, it was spelt out that the contract sum shall be done on specification and should not allow sentiment to come into the contract. Based on the said or aforementioned, lets be optimistic that light shall be made available for us this year while apologising for not making it a reality last year since its on a measure beyond our control. Thanks, Ideani is blessed.   …

Opposition Has Nowhere To Sweep In Ebonyi, Says Umahi

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, says there is no where in his state for any opposition political party to sweep. Umahi, who spoke when a delegation from Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo Federal constituency as well as stakeholders from Onicha-East constituency paid him a new year homage in Ohaozara LGA , explained that his efforts to transform the state had made it impossible for broom to be useful . The governor, who apparently was making reference to the All Progressives Congress and its symbol in the state, added jokingly that “our people doing handiwork have refused to produce brooms again.” A statement on Saturday evening by Umahi’s Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, however quoted the governor as having said that the only recognisable APC member in the state was President Muhammadu Buhari. Umahi, according the statement, said: "When you have broom in Ebonyi State where will you sweep? Is there any place to be swept? Is Ebonyi not clean? Is Ebonyi not neat? “ There is nothing to sweep. They have to take it(broom) to places that are dirty and continue their sweeping . But in Ebonyi State and because of the kind of people in APC , our people doing handiwork have refused to produce brooms again. So, there are no brooms in Ebonyi State because we have made everywhere to be very clean. “When you're walking on our roads you will be seeing yourself because the light will be on. So you will be seeing your shadow on the road. So there is nothing to sweep." The governor however poured encomiums on President Buhari, saying he is the only recognisable APC member in Ebonyi State. The President, said the governor , regards Ebonyi State with deep affection unlike APC members from the state who do not care for the welfare of the people. Pledging Ebonyians unflinching loyalty to the Buhari administration, Umahi said the only vote APC would get in the state would be that of the President. His words, " I have always said that APC is one man and that's the President. The President is a man with good character and that's why we are supporting him and he is supporting Ebonyi State. “Ebonyi State is very dear in the heart of the President but not in the hearts of he masqueraders who have not given anybody chalk. “If APC will get a vote in Ebonyi State, it will get vote by the President alone and nobody else." Governor Umahi explained that his purposeful leadership which, according to him, is anchored on God, has brought enormous peace and made no other party to exist in the state. He advised the people not to be deceived by those who had opportunity to help others but rather used it to care for themselves alone. Umahi added, "We have seen the need for unity in Ebonyi State. We've seen the need for equity and fair play in the land of Ebonyi and God is helping us so much in this direction because that's why we have absolute peace in Ebonyi State and that's why there is no other party. "People have been deceiving our people for years. Every time they deceive our people and they have had opportunity to buy houses in Abuja. Whom have they sent to school? Whom have they paid their school fees. The time of deceit is gone."   …

ITS TIME TO DECIDE: TO VOTE ON THE CHANGE OF NAME OF IDF SEE RESPONSE, PLUS VOTES:

At the meeting yesterday, it was concluded that the new name be drawn into 1. INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2. INTEGRITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM AND 3. ANY OTHER NAMES THAT SHALL HAVE OUR IDF INCULCATED. So, which one amongst the three names shall be accepted. Voting starts now... Like Show more reactions Comment Share 1 1 Comments Okide Peter-mary What is wrong with Ideani Development Forum pls? Like · Reply · 4 · Yesterday at 10:29am Jonathan Aniekwe Status quo should be maintained pls. No new name should be adopted. Like · Reply · 1 · Yesterday at 10:58am Oliseh Ugonweze Pls let us use number 1 Like · Reply · Yesterday at 11:37am Prince Jonathan Izuchukwu @ okide peters, we are an N.G.O and its not only for ideanians but for a global impact even though our headquarter office lies in ideani and that decision was taken in our meeting at the empowerment center. yes other communities needs our services and we ought to deliver....our N.G.O is for global impact and ideani as a points of contact Like · Reply · 23 hrs · Edited Uchenna Nwandu 1 Like · Reply · 17 hrs Chinedu Collins Ifediorah But I suggest that the name of our town should be attached to all of the aforementioned, irrespective of being a non governmental org. or not, less the purpose will be somehow defeated. Unlike · Reply · 1 · 16 hrs 1 Reply Ugochukwu Atuokoye PRINCE JOE MAKE SURE THAT THIS FOURM PUT LIGHT FOR US B4 FEB ENDS THEN YOU CAN CHANGE THE NAME THANKS Unlike · Reply · 1 · 15 hrs · Edited 1 Reply Atu-okoye Leticia Uzoamaka But ideani Development forum ( IDF) is already registerd. Then why changing the name again Unlike · Reply · 1 · 14 hrs Uchegbu Ikenna Let's use 1 Like · Reply · 6 hrs Chinedu Livinus Nzegwu i don't think changing of the name will yield anytin because the name ideani development forum attracts ideanians particular but any other name may attracts non ideanians but the truly ideanians may not b able to join.i stick wit ideani development forum Like · Reply · 1 hr · Edited Okide Peter-mary Hmmmm. My bro. Joe, having Ideani attached to the name has nothing to do with governmental or non governmental organisation. Name speaks volume of whatever a group represents. If you choose integrity ......(whatever) do you represent that, when you have some members here who have no regard to anything close to integrity let alone respect to elders. Unlike · Reply · 2 · 52 mins · Edited Prince Jonathan Izuchukwu The essence is to give us a wider scope but whatever the majority wants, it stands and the forum N.G.O is for both ideanians and non ideanians. but ideani remains our center points Like · Reply · 9 mins Prince Jonathan Izuchukwu @ iron lady leticia, we want to apply for the change of name at the C.A.C if the decision is reached Like · Reply · 8 mins Prince Jonathan Izuchukwu @ chinedu, the forum is not only for ideanians but its a national N.G.O thus the name ideani is indicating its origin Like · Reply · …

Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland

TImipre Sylva who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state was conferred with a chieftaincy title in In Igboland. The former governor of Bayelsa and the APC leader in the state was in a ceremony conferred with the title of "Ikemba-1" of Enugu - Ukwu and Umunri, in Anambra State. The ceremony took place on Saturday, January 7 amidst dancing and funfair. The title which translates to Strength of a City was “in recognition of his selfless political contribution(s) to the success of the Buhari's Government” according to a statement on APC News TV. See photos of the ceremony below: Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland Timipre Sylva conferred with chieftaincy title in Igboland …

Former Gov. Of Beyelsa Timipre Sylva Confered With Ikemba 1 At The Enugwu-Ukwu Igu Aro; He Was Named After The Great Ikemba Of Ideani, Who Is Doing A great Work In Ideani

Just as the people of Ideani are celebrating the impact of the Great Ikemba of Ideani who single-handedly sponsored the Ideani sports tournament for 2016/2017 season and who has promised to do more in the 2017/2018 season comes the title chieftancy award of IKEMBA 1 OF ENUGWU-UKWU to the Former Governor of Beyelsa; Hon. Timipre Sylva by the enugwu-ukwu empire. The people of Ideani and most people in Anambra that knew the Ikemba of Ideani believed that the name might have be borrowed from the Ikemba of Ideani. The reasons behind that was that the name IKEMBA is a great name and they believed that the former governor most have performed well to be given such name. They said this because they saw the Impact of the great Ikemba of Ideani and believed he would perform more. See photos; …

HUSBAND SNATCHERS: CHECKOUT 8 POPULAR NOLLYWOOD ACTRESSES WHO MARRIED OTHER WOMEN’S MEN (SEE PROOF)

1.    Nuella Njubigbe: Nuella’s name has been alien to 99.8% of Nigerians until news hit the blogosphere a fast rising actress broke her colleague’s home. And of course, she was quick to dismiss the news she was sleeping with ace nollywood producer, Tchidi Tchekere — the producer who is married with 3 kids to sophia tchekere, another beautiful actress, the producer ended his six years marriage with Sophia and moved in with Nujella at a new apartment in ajah. 2.    Mercy Johnson: As far back as 2011 Mercy Johnson started the trend of husband snatching in Nigeria Naijanewsrave recalls one Mrs lovely okojie issued a public plea to mercy Johnson to please release her husband and find a single man for herself. The poor woman and mother of two pleaded with the female actress but she turned deaf ear to the woman plea In case you missed it, you can read the letter below; My name is Lovely Okojie, legal wife of Prince Odianosen Okojie, the man Mercy Johnson is set to wed in a few weeks. I was refered to you to help me share my story after all else had failed to stop another woman from breaking my home. I used to have a sweet home but now Mercy Johnson is trying to destroy it. I’ve not been able to stop crying or sleep well for the past few months. I’m appealing to the world and whoever knows her to please tell her to leave my husband alone. I’m married to this man and there has never been any divorce paper signed. We are still legally married, he’s the love of my life and the father of my two lovely kids. We got married back in 2006 in Regio-Emilia, Italy, attached are pictures of the wedding. At the moment, he’s busy in Nigeria planning to wed Mercy Johnson, abandoning me and our children. Fellow women is this fair? So with all the single guys out there, Mercy could not find her self one. How can a woman not care that she’s destroying the home of another woman, all in the name of getting married desperately. I’m in terrible pains. What do I tell my children? I feel touched anytime I read the woman’s heart cry, what a wicked world. The letter didn’t stop odianson okojie from getting married to mercy Johnson at the Christ embassy church in oregun Lagos. My advice to every woman out there is to be cautious when you see all the single female celebs in your home. They don’t come for struggling men, they go for big fishes who will give them all the glitz and glamour attached to a celeb life. If your husband maintain they are just business partners, all you need do is make sure your curb your husband or be close friends with them by crook, fire, thunder or brimstone. (-naijanewsrave) 3. Mercy Aigbe Gentry: You all know she married a POLICEMAN so i would be brief. Mercy Aigbe married her colleague husband, bimbo akinsanya, she initially debunked it, she called it a rumour until we saw pictures from the wedding. Well, rumour has it that she married her husband, Larry Gents, an hotelier for his money. Mercy’s hubby has two wives. She is number two and she’s very happy playing that role. In one of her recent interviews, the yoruba actress shared her experience in a polygamous home She said; “There is no problem because my lyale (The first wife) doesn’t even live in Nigeria. She lives in the US with her kids, and she hardly comes around. In Nigeria, I’m the only wife and she is like a senior aunty to me. It is people outside that create problem, when there is no problem. She has lived abroad all her life; she hardly comes home. She is even happy I’m married to her husband. She is like a big aunty we talk all the time,” 4. Ini Edo: When news of Ini Edo snatching an innocent woman’s husband hit the blogosphere, the actress was quick to rubbish the media for improper reporting. The actress was warned by his wife not to go near her promiscous husband as she would end up miserable. Ruth who was then married to the man warned Ini to steer clear off, she made mention of how her husband abandoned her and the family when she had cancer. See the open letter Ruth had written in 2007 “Hi Ini, I have information that you are having an affair with my husband, Philip Ehiagwina. He has been deceiving girls all over the place, making them believe he has heaven and earth. You are not the only girl obviously, but Ini watch your back so you don’t regret, I have nothing against you but a piece of advice. I heard that you might be pregnant for him, if it’s true, good luck. I called your manager and told her everything. You are a very pretty girl and should know how to respect your body. Do not be carried away by flashy things cause that could be deadly too. All that glitters isn’t gold, remember.” As the Igbo would say it, to be forewarned is to be forearmed, Ruth has now been vindicated after the crash of her marriage with the man. Erm, we shouldn’t be one-sided here, there were reports online Ini Edo was found at different clubs on the island drunk and stoned, looking totally embarrassing for a married woman. 5. Funke Akindele: The handwriting was clear for aunty Funke to see, why on earth would you walk down aisle with someone who already has 6 kids from 3 women? She married one Mr Oloyede in a very glamorous wedding and I tell you, that is the shortest celebrity wedding in the Guinness book of records, the actress was divorced in the most bizarre away ever, she got to find out the Mrs in her name flew out of the roof on Facebook. We are waiting for her to come out and tell us she was blinded by Ibadan jazz(charm) 6. Flakky Ididowo: Nollywood Yoruba Actress Flakky Ididowo secretly stole and married her Chicago based business man, Femi Anibaba whom she met 3years ago through her colleague Liz Da Silva. Naijanewsrave also reported that the two love birds were planning for their white wedding in a grant style until news hit the media she allegedly ‘snatched’ another woman’s husband The wife of Femi Anibaba, Folape Sokoya claims she has been married to the millionaire dude for 12years and that they have three Children together, but flakky ididowo didnt give a flipping coin, she went ahead to cage the man. Wonderful 7. Stella Damascus: Aunty Stella popularly known and labelled as agbaya(a reckless cougar) by Toyin Aimakhu, her colleague and vice president of Actor’s Guild Of Nigeria(AGN) Before the beautiful couples marriage hit the rock, report went viral that Aunty Stella was harbouring Doris Simeon’s husband but she debunked it, called it an absurd and senseless report. 8. Foluke daramola: This one is hardcore and has no iota of shame in her, mother of all gangsta. She snatched the husband of a pastor, leaving the poor woman home broken. Bukola, a Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, packed out of her matrimonial home in Omole, Lagos and went away with her three children and bulk of the family’s property. I can vividly remember at that time Foluke vehemently denied the allegation in an interview she Granted. The actress, who wondered why a woman could pack out of her matrimonial home all because of rumours, maintained that the matter between the once happy couple had nothing to do with her. Read the interview below; ” The issue between Mr. Kayode Salako and his wife, Bukola doesn’t have anything to do with me. I have not met Pastor (Mrs.) Bukola Salako before and I don’t have any idea of what is going on in their house. From what Kayode told me, they have been married for 13 years and the woman left with their properties and four days later, she sought for divorce, is that about me? “Whatever problem they have in their family is beyond me, for a pastor to leave her house just like that and pack all the properties and sought for divorce is beyond me. Did I go to their house with cutlass to ask her to leave, what would I do that for? “All I have with Mr. Kayode Salako is about Change Agents of Nigeria Network, so I don’t know anything about what is going on in their family,” she quipped However, The Nut Shell broke when Foluke Daramola’s very Close friend Bukola Fasuyi Came out of the Closet and Exposed All of her secretes, She Revealed How she introduced Foluke to Kayode And accused them of having an improper marriage and also verified the fact that Foluke used diabolical means with the help of an herbalist to obtain Kayode…

Must Read:Fayose Reacts To Sacking Of Six Police Aides Attached To Gov Wike, Says – The Nigerian “Police Have Merged With APC”

Ekiti State Governor, has described the sack of six police officers attached to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike as “the height of political victimisation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government just because the policemen were among the patriotic Nigerians who foiled the attempt by the party to rig the Rivers State rerun elections.” Governor Fayose, who described the six police officers as heroes of democracy, said “their names will be written in gold in the comity ofdefenders of the people of Rivers State and whenever normalcy returns to our body polity, they will surely regain their job.” Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose questioned the police authority on what it has done in respect of the Police officers that Nigerians have seen on videos, hijacking ballot boxes. “Funny, they claimed that the six police officers, while in the convoy of Governor Wike misused the firearms in their possession and I have asked myself, who did they shoot with the firearms said to have been misused? “The policemen simply did their job by protecting their principal and punishing them for performing their duties can only be meant to discourage policemen from protecting Governor Wike and other opposition Governors.” The governor also challenge the police to tell Nigerians the report of its investigations on the murder of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Alkali, and his driver during the Rivers State rerun elections. He said; “Since Christian Chukwuemela Ekikeme, a member of the gang that killed DSP Alkali, and his driver reportedly linked a certain Mr Kachi Nwokocha, who is a top member of the APC and an aide of the Minister of Transportation and immediate past governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi as sponsor of the gang, the police has been silent on the murder. “Up till today, the man mentioned as the sponsor of the gang that allegedly killed the DSP has not been questioned by the police. “Why didn’t the police handle the murder of DSP Alkali and his driver with the speed of lighting that it handled the dismissal of the six police officers? “Why are Nigerians not being told anything about the murder and the involvement of an APC chieftain just the way the police paraded the six police officers?” He said “it is sad that instead of focusing on those who killed its men, the police is now acting as an arm of the APC by punishing whoever acted against the wish of the vindictive leaders of the…

Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Respects Mikel’s China Move

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is pleased that Captain Mikel Obi can feature on a regular basis after his move to the Chinese Soccer League Premier League leaders, Chelsea announced that Mikel has joined Tianjin Teda in a deal worth 140,000 pounds a week. The German tactician believes other Nigerian players will use the January transfer window to find new clubs. “Some are not playing in their clubs and now is the month, very important January when they can change clubs to play and have competition. “It is very important that Super Eagles players have competition in their clubs. “He (Mikel) did not play much in the last month. He played in the Olympics, don’t forget it – he played all the games. He also played all the games for Super Eagles but (only) did not play in Chelsea. “So I am happy that he can play now in China. It is always better to play in China than to stay in Chelsea and not play. “He is now nearing the end of his career and it is normal that he is looking for a good contract,” the coach…

Rooney Equals Charlton’s Record As Manchester United Thrash Reading 4-0

English Forward Wayne Rooney has equaled the record of Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer previously set by Sir Bobby Charlton. The 31-year-old made the feat on Saturday when he netted the opener in an FA Cup match against Reading. Anthony Martial consequently added a second eight minutes later as his side dominated the first half. Marcus Rashford netted the third before doubling his tally after a horrible error by Reading keeper, Ali Al Habsi. It was a happy day for the hosts at the Old Trafford, as they ease to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory in a match witnessed by Sir Charlton whose record had stood since 1973. With the goal, the England captain now has 249 goals in 543 games, reaching the landmark of 215 matches and four seasons quicker than his predecessor. He had also exceeded Charlton’s England scoring record of 49 goals in 2015 and has since taken his tally to…

Amosun Commits To Purposeful Leadership In Ogun State

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reassured residents of the state of his administration’s resolve to pursue purposeful leadership and good governance. Governor Amosun said the resolution also included rebuilding the socio-economic fortunes of the state in order to bring to fruition the dreams of the state’s founding fathers. He made the remarks on Wednesday in Abeokuta, at the sendforth ceremony for the Ogun State Head of Service, Mr Olusola Adeyemi. Mr Adeyemi, who was bowing out after 35 years in service of the state, was celebrated with 16 other permanent secretaries in the state in southwest Nigeria. The governor used the occasion to urge the support, cooperation and understanding of the state workforce in the discharge of government programmes and policies. The outgoing Head of Service, in his remarks, thanked Governor Amosun for giving him the opportunity to serve the state. He commended the development strides of the governor and asked those in service to remain loyal to the…

Pastor Adeboye Steps Down As General Overseer Of RCCG

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has stepped down as the leader of the church in Nigeria. It was gathered that Pastor Adeboye would maintain oversight of the church across the world, which now has presence in over 190 countries. The 75-year-old revered cleric was said to have announced his retirement from the leadership of the Nigerian church on Saturday during the Annual Minister’s Thanksgiving at Shimawa area of Ogun State. The announcement was said to have been made in the presence of Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, alongside other senior pastors of the church. Pastor Adeboye took over the leadership of the RCCG from late Pa Josiah Akindayomi, who founded the church in 1952. He has named Pastor Joshua Obayemi as his replacement, and asked members of the church to pray for the new leadership. A Facebook post by Stealth Scouts NG, which was shared on Pastor Adeboye’s wall, read “It was with great shock that the congregation of all RCCG pastors and ministers received the announcement of the General Overseer of Pastor E.A. Adeboye that he will no longer be general overseer. “He immediately announced the new Overseer as Pastor J.O Obayemi, Pastor J.F Odesola as Secretary and Pastor J.A. Adeyokunnu as the new Treasurer. “The announcement was made during the church’s annual thanksgiving held at the 3km by 3km new auditorium today, 7th January,…

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What? Unease As Secret Female Circumcision Persists In Osun

Recent Developments in some parts of Osun State show there is still low level of compliance to the campaigns against female circumcision by the wife of the Osun State Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola. A visit to some parts of the state believed to be indulging in the female circumcision by Channels Television’s correspondent in Osun State, Bosede Sodiq, revealed that some of the residents are still opposed to the idea of putting a stop to the act for many reasons‎. In Osogbo, there are certain families whose sole occupation is circumcision. People who want their female children circumcised go there secretly to avoid the wrath of government officials. The situation is the same in other parts of the state. Many people are yet to agree that female genital circumcision is not good for their female children. Pa Kareemu Adebayo, who specialises in circumcision, told Channels Television that majority of his colleagues in the state had dumped the job. He, however, said that those without any other means of livelihood might still engage in the practice secretly. He pleaded with such people to desist from the act. “We inherited the job from our parents. I have performed circumcision for a very long time, but I stopped it since the wife of our governor said we should not do it again. I was able to dump it because I have another job. I am a bicycle repairer. Those who do not have any other job will find it difficult to stop the practice,” Kareemu explained. Another specialist in circumcision, Mr Fatai Alabetutu, explained that many of them could not desist from the act because it was their only means of livelihood. He said that the government had not given them any alternative source of income that would enable them to feed their families when they dump circumcision and that they would not want to become beggars. In fear of being punished by the state government, an elderly man, Pa isola Alabelewe, told Bosede that he had stopped circumcising female children. “What else do you want me to say when the government said we should not do it again? Or don’t you know that the government is powerful? “I don’t want government’s trouble please,” Pa Isola Alabelewe, who specialises in circumcision in Osogbo, Osun State, said in reaction to the efforts of the state government at eradicating female genital mutilation. Also, Pa Adetunji Olalekan was not ready to talk to anyone about circumcision because of the suspicion and fear of government officials and security agents. However, after much persuasion he said: “I have stopped circumcising female children since government forbade it. So I do not have anything to say about it”. Many believe that uncircumcised female children have high desire for sex and are unable to control their sexual urge. But a gynaecologist in the state, Dr Lekan Awolola, has a different perception about circumcision of girls. While speaking on the consequences of female circumcision, he said that women who were circumcised could experience continuous bleeding during labour, suffer from acute urinary retention, injury on the adjacent structure of the genital, among others. Endemic In Female Circumcision A medical expert, who preferred not to be named, said the level of enlightenment and sensitisation on female genital mutilation was low. He asked the state government to step up campaign against the practice. He, however, lauded the efforts of the wife of Osun State governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, on community sensitisation to discourage the practice. Mrs Aregbesola on her part described the prevalent rate of female circumcision in the state as worrisome and vowed to continue to mobilise the people to eradicate the practice. She listed the dangers and disadvantages of female genital mutilation and advised those practising it to stop and allow the female children to enjoy sex when they grow up. The Governor’s wife noted that the reason adduced by those who engage in the practice was not tenable, adding that they are just inflicting lifelong trauma on the female children and denying them sexual pleasure, simply because of cultural belief and tradition. She said investigations had revealed that none of the reasons adduced by the perpetrators has medical support. The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Lagos Liaison Office, Dr. Omolaso Omosehin, told Bosede that the effort to stop female genital mutilation in the state was yielding positive results. He advised Mrs Aregbesola and other development partners not to relent in the campaign. The Chairman of Osun State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Adeleke Ogunsola, said the state was one of the six most endemic in female circumcision in Nigeria, and warned perpetrators to desist from the act or face the full wrath of the law. Brandishing copies of the law of the state that prohibits the practice, he warned that after the ongoing campaign and widespread awareness in all the nooks and crannies of the state, violators would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others. However, despite the efforts of the governor’s wife, the UNFPA said the state still recorded the highest number of circumcised females in Nigeria, with over 76.3 per cent. A gender analyst in the UNFPA, Mrs Damilola Obinna, said the statistics was arrived at after a survey by the organisation, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2015. After a data collation and analysis, it was discovered that Osun had 76.3 per cent prevalence, Ekiti, 71.2, Oyo, 69.7, Ebonyi, 55.6, Imo, 48.8 and Lagos, 44.8 per cent. On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the Osun State Ministry of Health, Dr Akinyinka Esho, said there had been improvement in the efforts at eradicating female genital mutilation in the state since 2015 when the UNFPA data came out. According to him, concerted efforts had led to drastic reduction of the practice. Esho said one the approaches taken to eradicate the practice was the sensitisation of stakeholders, including those who perform the circumcision. During the campaign, tagged “Stop Female Genital Mutilation,” held in Osogbo, the state capital, traditional rulers and community leaders openly declared their resolve to desist from the practice, and promised to take the campaign to their various domains. Speaking on the matter, Governor Rauf Aregbesola said that female circumcision under the pretext of cultural beliefs was callous and cruel. The governor said neither Islam, Christianity nor traditional religion supported the practice. The coordinator of a group championing the female genital mutilation war, Mrs Aduke Obelawo, however, said the practice had declined in the state owing to sensitisation efforts in various communities. “Let those who know inform others, that there is zero tolerance to female circumcision in Osun State. We shall continue to intensify this campaign. Those that are still practising it must desist or they will be prosecuted when apprehended,” Obelawo said. Religious Perspective Bishop Seun Adeoye of the Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry, Rehoboth Arena, Okinni in Osun State, described female circumcision as an act of inhumanity against children. Saying that Christianity does not support the practice, he added that there was no instruction in the Bible to back it. “I have never read in the Bible where Christians are told to circumcise their female children. Therefore, it is anti-God and unacceptable. It is man’s inhumanity to womanhood. “Those who engage in this dastardly act are doing so for their selfish desires. It must be banned. Female genital circumcision has to stop,” Bishop Adeoye said. A traditional ruler in the state, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Almaruf Magbagbeola, urged the people to desist from female circumcision, saying that the belief that a woman whose genital was not cut would be promiscuous was unfounded and baseless as far as Yoruba tradition and culture are concerned. “Those who claim that a woman would be promiscuous if she was not circumcised are not saying the truth because such assertion has no basis in our culture and tradition. Any woman that wants to be promiscuous would be, regardless of whether she was circumcised or not. “What about those circumcised and are still promiscuous. I wish to join the campaign against female genital mutilation as is being championed by Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola,”’ he said. The leader of the Islamic Movement in Osun State, Malam Isiaq Muhammadu Jamiu, said Islam was indifferent on the issue of female circumcision. He explained that according to the tradition of Prophet Muhammed, female circumcision is not a crime, neither does the refusal to engage in it constitute a crime. Malam Isaq said: “Islam does not prohibit circumcision of female children; but it mandates the circumcision of male children. Refusal to circumcise a female child would not attract any punishment from God. “Also, if any parent decide to circumcise his child, he has not done anything wrong. However, it must be done by an expert. One of the Hadiths of Prophet Muhammed cautions anyone who wishes to circumcise his or her daughter to get an expert so that the genital would be cut properly. Also, circumcision should not be criminalised. It should be…

Alleged Yahoo Fraud: Magistrate Withdraws From Oluwo’s Case

Magistrate Olusola Aluko, who ordered the arrest of a prominent traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, has withdrawn from the case. He says his decision became necessary after police failed to arrest the monarch since last year that he issued the bench warrant of arrest against Oba Akanbi. At the court sitting in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, on Friday, Magistrate Aluko announced his decision to ‘hands off’ the case because of the dimension it had taken. Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Soji Oyetayo, told the court that he had filed a notice seeking the leave of the court to withdraw the suit because his client had decided to discontinue the case owing to intervention of some eminent Nigerians in Osun State and some Yoruba leaders. The Magistrate explained that he was not willing to listen to the counsels to the parties in the matter since he had already stepped down the substantive matter. But counsel to the respondent, Mr Laide Yekini, pleaded with the Magistrate to listen to him and consider the notice of discontinuance of the matter brought before the court by his colleague. The Magistrate insisted that he would not entertain the withdrawal of the case and the counsel to the respondent said he wanted the court to record it appropriately that a notice of withdrawal of the case was brought to the court and the judge refused to entertain it. As a result of this, the Magistrate agreed to attend to the application seeking the withdrawal of the suit and the counsel to the plaintiff moved the application. In his ruling, Magistrate Aluko said for the sake of consistency, he would not make any pronouncement on the withdrawal of the suit and that he would withdraw from the cease and refer the case back to the Chief Magistrate for further action. He adjourned the matter till February 15. Needless War After the court session, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Ahmed Adekunle Oyelude, who spoke for other traditional rulers said: “On behalf of members of Iwo Traditional Council‎, we have amicably resolved the needless rift between the two brothers, Oluwo-Oke and the Oluwo. “It has been resolved in the Yoruba way and that is why you can see the Oluwo Oke withdrawing the case and you can see we have demonstrated the traditional institutions respect for the judiciary and we will continue to hold the judiciary in high esteem. Oluwo of Iwo will continue to respect the judiciary. “Oluwo of Iwo could not make it to the court today because he is indisposed. We are all human beings. God has enforced His order and by the Grace of God, the Oluwo will be on his feet before the next adjournment and he will come and do the needful‎. This is needless war. We want all of you to know that everything that emanated as a result of this needless issue is regretted. Oluwo holds all of you and Iwoland and Nigeria especially, in high esteem. He will continue to respect the sanctity of the judiciary. He is a foremost traditional ruler and an Apostle of alternate conflict resolution, he has used his money to rehabilitate the court and he will not do anything to undermine the judiciary. In a chat with reporters after the court’s sitting, the plaintiff, Oba Akadiri Lamidi Adeoye, said he withdrew the case because of the intervention of the former President, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo and the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola who persuaded him to embrace amicable resolution. “Our former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, called me and our Governor also intervened and asked me to withdraw the case from the court. That is why I decided to do so. I respect this people so much, they are men of integrity and that is why I obeyed them. “Some of those who intervened are older than me and I cannot say because I am a king, I will not respect them. They are people who should be respected and that was why I followed their advice,”he said. The Oba further told reporters that he was not coerced or forced to drop the case “as many may want to insinuate”. “Even the Traditional Council in Osun State intervened. So, what else do I want than to accept. If the case is taken to the supreme Court today, we will win the case but because of those who have appealed to us to drop the case, we just have to obey,” the oluwo-oke explained. The Oluwo-Oke had dragged his brother king, the Oluwo of Iwoland to court over superiority issue between the duo which eventually pitched their subjects against themselves and almost turned violent in Iwoland and its suburbs. He accused Oba Akanbi of presently making money through the internet fraud otherwise known as “Yahoo Yahoo” and was using his palace as a cover-up. But Oba Akanbi reacted to these allegations in a 13 paragraph affidavits through the Aremo of Iwo land, Mr Adelani Akanbi, describing the application filed against the Oluwo of Iwo by Oba Adeoye as “scandalous, vexations and designed to embarrass, blackmail and ridicule the monarch in the view of right thinking members of the…

Shhh, Your Washing Machine Might Overhear You

LAS VEGAS — Alexa, are you spying on me? It's a fair question in light of attempts by authorities investigating the slaying of an Arkansas man to obtain voice recordings collected by an Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa digital assistant. Yet the popularity and capabilities of voice-enabled products such as the Echo continue to grow. At the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, which opened Thursday, Whirlpool, Samsung and other manufacturers are unveiling new ways to use voice services to control laundry machines, refrigerators and other home systems. Consumers are apparently willing to trade a certain amount of privacy for convenience. So what exactly is being collected, stored or shared ? To work, the Echo is always listening. Once it hears someone utter a keyword, such as "Alexa," it shares what it hears with Amazon's servers to process a response. Those conversations are then stored indefinitely. Google's Home speaker works in a similar fashion. The Echo "has to listen to everything. That's kind of disturbing," said Ryan O'Leary, vice president of WhiteHat Security's threat research center. "It doesn't capture voice until it hears the keyword, but it could. You're trusting the devices to not do that, but it's entirely possible." In the Arkansas case, authorities investigating the death of a man found floating face-up in a hot tub at a friend's home requested the contents of the home's Echo and Amazon's stored recordings in hopes they might contain evidence. The friend is charged with murder. A judge has signed off on the search, but Amazon has balked. Amazon has declined to comment specifically on the case but said the company objects to "overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course." Some experts worry that allowing such a search would erode people's privacy. "It's not necessarily a direct threat for the average person, but the same thing can be said with any kind of privacy concern," O'Leary said. "People say you shouldn't be concerned if you're not doing anything wrong, but that's a dangerous precedent to set." Meanwhile, companies keep asking consumers to invite them into their homes. Whirlpool is adding Alexa voice control to its smart-home appliances, including a washing machine, a stove and a refrigerator. Someone can instruct the oven to pre-heat to 400 degrees by speaking a command to an Alexa-enabled device, such as the Echo. Simplehuman has a voice-activated trash can, and GE Lighting has a table lamp using Alexa voice control. For now, voice control is mainly an add-on feature rather than a core component of gadgets. It's there for those who want to use it, but it's not essential for the product to function. Many manufacturers are opting to use Amazon's Alexa service for now, though some are embracing voice systems from Google, Apple or Samsung. Nvidia's Shield TV streaming device, for instance, employs Google's Assistant service so viewers can control video playback or find out the weather with just a voice command. Meanwhile, Samsung's new Family Hub lets people use their voice to add items to shopping lists and order groceries online. CES chief economist Shawn DuBravac said as many as 700 companies could announce Alexa-integrated products during the gadget show, on top of more than 1,500 existing ones. As the smart home becomes more entrenched, DuBravac said, voice control could change the way we interact with technology in much the way the mouse did in the 1980s. "Connected microphones are starting to appear in everything from cars to children's toys," said James Plouffe, lead solutions architect at mobile-security company MobileIron. "Consumers should think carefully about how comfortable they are with the prospect of a live mic in common household items." Because Amazon says it uses information gathered by the Echo to improve its voice technology, that information has the potential to "live forever" online, Plouffe said. The issue first grabbed headlines a couple of years ago, after Samsung said sensitive conversations could be captured by its voice-controlled smart TVs. Based on the flood of new voice-controlled gadgets headed to market, tech companies are betting that consumers will get over their fears. Derrick Dicol, executive director of Comcast's Xfinity home, which uses voice controls in its home automation products, noted that people had to get used to sharing their banking information online. "This is less invasive than that," he said. "It's just a different thing people have to feel comfortable with." …

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Diezani’s Allegedly Stolen $153m

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sum of $153,310,000, which a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueze, allegedly siphoned from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and stashed in three banks in the country. Out of the allegedly stolen $153.3m, a sum of N23,446, 300,000 was said to have been kept in Sterling Bank Plc, N9,080,000,000 in First Bank Plc and $5m in Access Bank Plc. After ordering the temporary forfeiture of the monies to the Federal Government on Friday, Justice Muslim Hassan gave Sterling Bank and any other interested party 14 days to appear before him to prove the legitimacy of the monies, failing which the funds would be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. The judge made the order in favour of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which appeared before him on Friday with an ex-parte application seeking the temporary forfeiture of the funds. In a nine-paragraph affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application, an EFCC investigator, Moses Awolusi, claimed that the anti-graft agency discovered through its investigations how sometime in December 2014 Diezani invited a former Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, to her office where they hatched the plan of how a cash sum of $153,310,000 would be moved from NNPC to Okonkwo to be saved for Diezani. According to Awolusi, Diezani instructed Okonkwo to ensure that the money was “neither credited into any known account nor captured in any transaction platforms” of Fidelity Bank. Awolusi said Okonkwo accepted and implemented the deal leading to the movement of $153,310,000 from NNPC to Fidelity Bank. He said two former Group Executive Directors of Finance and Account of NNPC, B.O.N. Otti and Stanley Lawson, helped Diezani to move the cash from NNPC, Abuja to the headquarters of Fidelity Bank in Lagos. Awolusi said in a desperate bid to conceal the source of the money, Okonkwo, upon receiving it, instructed the Country Head of Fidelity Bank, Mr Martin Izuogbe, to take $113,310,000 cash out of the money to the Executive Director, Commercial and Institutional Bank, Sterling Bank Plc, Lanre Adesanya, to keep. He said the remaining $40million was taken in cash to the Executive Director, Public Sector Accountant, First Bank, Dauda Lawal, to keep. The investigator said out of the $113,310,000 handed over to Adesanya, a sum of $108,310,000 was invested in an off balance sheet investment using Sterling Asset Management Trustees Limited. He said the $108,310,000 was subsequently changed to N23,446, 300,000 and saved in Sterling Bank. Awolusi said the EFCC had recovered the N23.4bn in draft and had registered it as an exhibit marked, EFCC 01. The investigator said the EFCC had also recovered another $5million out of the money kept with the MD of Access Bank Plc, Mr Herbert Wigwe. He said the $5m was recovered in draft and had been registered as an exhibit marked, EFCC 02. According to him, First Bank’s ED, Lawal, had converted the $40million kept with him to N9,080,000,000. Awolusi, however, said that the EFCC had recovered that also in draft and registered it as Exhibit EFCC 03. Moving the ex-parte application on Friday, the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, urged Justice Hassan to order the temporary forfeiture of the funds to the Federal Government and to order Sterling Bank and Lawal, who were joined as defendants in the application, as well as any other interested parties, to appear in court within two weeks to show cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. Oyedepo, who said the application was brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and Section 44(2)(‘) of the 1999 Constitution, said granting the application was in the best interest of justice. After hearing him out, Justice Hassan granted the order and adjourned till January 24, 2016 for the respondents to appear in court to show cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal…

NOTICE OF IDF MEETING AND IDEANI NEWS…FROM IDF NATIONAL SECRETARY

IDF caucus meeting holds at the empowerment center this Saturday, 7th January, 2017 by 10am. If you are not around in our 1st two meetings last week, be there tomorrow as powerful packages are being unveiled. Our key issues of discussion lies on education and international partnership in ideani as we work on executing the last year educational programmes and others vital issues of essence for the development of the forum and our community. We shall also be working and discussing on our platform of good development via skill acquisition, training and human development. Ikemba tournament was a huge success as the ideanians appreciates the great Ikemba for such sponsorship via putting smiles on the faces of ideanians. Ideani day was a huge success…

FG To Renegotiate 2009 Agreement With ASUU

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the membership of a Federal  Government team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement with the staff unions in the Federal Universities, Federal Polytechnics and Federal Colleges of Education. This is aimed at engendering sustainable peace and industrial harmony in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. The 16-member team is chaired by Dr. Wale Babalakin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Babalakin, who was adjudged the best pro-chancellor at the time of the negotiations in 2009, headed the agreement implementation committee then. In a related development, President Buhari has also approved the reconstitution of the governing councils of University of Port Harcourt and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, which were dissolved in the recent crises that engulfed the two institutions. The new governing councils would serve for a term of four years, in the first instance, effective from December 28, 2016. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who announced these on Friday, said that the renegotiation team wiould dialogue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non Academic Staff Union of Associated and Allied Institutions (NASU). The government team comprises the following: Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN; (Chairman) Prof. M.M. Jibril, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lafia; Prof. Nimi Briggs, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja; Senator GbemisolaSaraki, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke; Arc. Lawrence Ngbale, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; Prince Alex Mbata, Pro-Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri; Prof. OlufemiBamiro, Pro-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun Representatives, Federal Ministry of Education Representative, Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment 10 Representative, Federal Ministry of Finance Representative, Federal Ministry of Justice Representative, Federal Ministry of Budget & National Planning Representative of the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC) Representative of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of theFederation (OSGF) The new chairmen and members of the governing councils of the two universities are as below: S/N University Members Designation State Zone 1 Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi Chairman Ogun S/West 2 Prof Felix U Madubuike Member Anambra S/East 3 Mr.InoweiAkono Member Bayelsa S/South 4 Mr.AdekunleSanni Member Oyo S/West 5 M. Muhammad Bello Kaoje Member Kebbi N/West 1 University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt Prof MvendegaJibo Chairman Benue N/Central 2 Chief Johnson Okafor Member Imo S/East 3 Mr. Joseph Fafi Member Bayelsa S/South 4 Haj.Lubabatu Lawal Ammani Member Zamfara N/West 5 M. Bello Dukku Member Gombe N/East …

Sambisa Clearance: BBOG Querries FG On Chibok Girls’ Whereabouts

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group says the federal government must explain how the Sambisa forest was declared seized without an account of the whereabouts of the Chibok girls who were purportedly all kept there. The chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Mr Tsambido Hosea, spoke to Channels Television, alongside one of the conveners, Aisha Yusuf at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Friday. He wondered why the military that claimed it was careful about clearing Sambisa forest so as not to hurt the girls, finally captured the territory without securing any of the girls. Although the group commended the government for the recent rescue of Rakiya Abubakar and her infant child, they questioned the government’s handling of the search for the girls. It was a gathering to mark the 998th day of the Chibok girls in…

Cyber Attacks on Infrastructure Will Pose Threat To National Security in 2017, Experts Say

If cyber criminals pilfered data and money from companies in 2015 and American democracy was allegedly hacked in 2016, what's in store for this year? Entrepreneurs and cyber security insiders say 2017 will be the year that a big cyber attack will threaten U.S. national security by jumping from the online world to the physical world to deliver destruction. Bringing down a public utility or power plant or critical infrastructure that runs our lives will be the target. Barak Perelman, CEO of Indegy, which helps utilities, energy providers and critical infrastructure companies protect industrial control systems from cyber threats, says every world leader and business should be aware of how severe of a threat an attack on infrastructure poses to the lives of citizens, employees and population centers. Perelman, who served in the cyber command division of the Israeli Defense Force, says he knows first hand just how vulnerable public utilities are to hackers: his job while serving in the IDF was to protect the nation's infrastructure. During his service, he realized that most control systems did not have proper security protocols and after leaving the IDF he started his company. Most infrastructure control systems were built in the 1980s and 1990s when cyber security was not a concern and therefore lacked any real defenses to intruders, Perelman says. Some control systems are connected to the internet without firewalls or other security protocols, he says, leaving the door open for nation states, terrorists and lone wolf hackers to shut down electrical grids or power plants. "We are seeing indicators across many industry sectors that these threats are real," says Perelman. "This is reflected by the fact that many industrial organizations that were never concerned about external attacks in the past are now actively working to put defenses in place to protect their operational networks against cyber-physical threats." Perelman says utilities and energy providers could also suffer collateral damage from malware that was not intended to attack a specific organization. Once malware is released online, it can spread across facilities, companies and industries, he says, because the same technology, made by just a few global equipment manufacturers, is in place at many different types of facilities. This means that if a piece of malware infects one piece of critical infrastructure through the control systems, other facilities with the same type of control system are also vulnerable to that piece of malware. A cyber attack shutting down a power grid sounds like a far-away nightmare scenario, but it's happened before. According to the Reuters, cyber attacks have left some citizens in Kiev, Ukraine, without power over a weekend in December. The hack allegedly originated in Russia, Reuters reported. While critical infrastructure doomsday scenarios are possible, entrepreneurs also have to worry about more direct cyber threats to their businesses. Gary Steele, CEO of cyber security company Proofpoint, says that 2017 will bring "hyper-targeted" attacks -- cyber crooks or corporate competitors that will target individuals for very specific ends. Over the last couple of years, hackers have duped companies out of hundreds of millions of dollars via what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls "business email compromise" in which a hacker sends an email posing as an employee's boss asking them to pay a vendor with a wire transfer. If the email is convincing enough, the employee will not call or approach the boss until it's too late. But Steele says hackers will start targeting specific people and use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to spread malware via malicious links or other tricks. Steele says that since nearly every employee has a smartphone, the risks to companies and customers has risen. He says hackers build fake apps that pose as popular apps for the purposes of stealing information or money. He says employees could jeopardize a company by downloading malicious apps and connecting to a company's wifi. "Every company, no matter it's size, needs to take cyber security seriously," says Steele. "Cyber security has never been more important than it is now. Every business should be asking itself, 'How do we protect our employees and customers?'"   …

wow..T-Mobile Says Unlimited Plans Will Be Only Option

NEW YORK — T-Mobile said unlimited plans will be the only option for new customers even though they are more expensive than some of its old, limited plans. The company had said in August that it was phasing out its other plans in favor of unlimited. On Thursday, T-Mobile said those limited plans, which executives called a "relic," won't be sold anymore starting Jan. 22. Existing customers can keep their current plans. While some existing customers could switch to the $70-a-month unlimited plan and save money, others would pay more, according to prices on T-Mobile's website. Most customers who just pay for one or two lines or who have a lower-data plan — two gigabytes per line — would save money by sticking to what they have. For example, a family of four getting two gigabytes per line was paying $100 a month; with the unlimited plan, that costs $160. T-Mobile is still trying to lure users who don't use much data by offering them a $10 credit if they use two gigabytes or less per line. A smaller rival, Google's "Project Fi," already credits customers for data they don't use. And T-Mobile's unlimited plan isn't exactly unlimited. If the network is busy, T-Mobile may slow speeds on customers that used more than 28 gigabytes. And video gets degraded to DVD-level quality unless customers pay an extra $15 a month for high-definition video and some other upgrades. The company will still offer cheaper prepaid plans as well, where you pay upfront. T-Mobile also said that wireless bills will no longer come with taxes and fees on top of advertised prices for the unlimited plan. T-Mobile said it isn't raising prices to factor in the fees. Those extra charges typically come to about several dollars per line, Mike Sievert, T-Mobile's chief operating officer, said in an interview. T-Mobile announced the new policies at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. The show runs through Sunday. …

2017 tech trends: ‘A major bank will fail’

If 2016 seemed politically tumultuous, 2017 promises to be equally tumultuous on the technology front. The pace of change is accelerating at a dizzying rate, with profound implications for the way we we work, play and communicate. So what are the big technology trends to watch out for in 2017? Cybersecurity Cybersecurity will undoubtedly be the dominant theme of 2017, as all tech innovations could be undermined by data thefts, fraud and cyber propaganda. Forget Kim Kardashian, it's hacking that could break the internet - and much more besides. As accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election continue to reverberate around the world, hackers - whether private or state-sponsored - would seem to be getting the upper hand. Prof Richard Benham, chairman of the National Cyber Management Centre, gives a dire warning: "A major bank will fail as a result of a cyber-attack in 2017 leading to a loss of confidence and a run on that bank." In November last year, hackers stole £2.5m from 9,000 Tesco Bank customersin a raid the UK's Financial Conduct Authority described as "unprecedented". Image copyright PAUL ELLIS Image caption Last year Tesco Bank seemed to be offering free cash withdrawals to hackers, too And the more connected the world becomes - think connected cars, smart homes, sensor-laden cities - the more opportunities for hackers to break into the system and wreak havoc. "The internet of things (IoT) and industrial internet of things (IIoT) will play a larger role in targeted attacks in 2017," says Raimund Genes, chief technology officer at cybersecurity company Trend Micro. "These attacks will capitalise upon the growing acceptance of connected devices by exploiting vulnerabilities and unsecured systems to disrupt business processes, as we saw with Mirai." The firm also predicts that throughout 2017 criminals will continue renting out their ransomware infrastructures - the tools that enable hackers to break in to your system, encrypt all your data, then demand a ransom to decrypt it. Hackers can achieve the same result by knocking out your website or factory control systems in a DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack - flooding your computer servers with so many requests that they cease functioning. And hackers are not just interested in stealing data and making money from it, warns Jason Hart, chief technology officer in charge of data protection at Gemalto, a digital security company. Image copyright  THINK STOCK Image caption  Are hackers beginning to get the upper hand? They're altering it, with potentially dire consequences. "It's scary, but data integrity attacks have the power to bring down an entire company and beyond; entire stock markets could be poisoned and collapsed by faulty data. "The power grid and other IoT systems, from traffic lights to the water supply, could be severely disrupted if the data they run on were to be altered," he says. As well as poorly-secured devices, gullible humans will continue to be targeted, with so-called "business email compromise" fraud continuing to reap rich rewards for criminals, experts predict. Simply tricking employees in to transferring funds to criminals' bank accounts is lo-tech but surprisingly effective, with Trend Micro reporting that the average payout in the US was $140,000 (£114,000) last year. "Cyber criminals are targeting human vulnerabilities," says Prof Benham. "Millions is being spent on technology, but nothing on awareness training." Artificial intelligence AI was the buzzword of 2016 and looks set to dominate 2017 as well - for better or worse. Enabling machines to learn, adapt to new circumstances and make decisions for themselves, rather than simply obeying pre-programmed instructions or algorithms, seems to present as many disadvantages as advantages. The pessimists envisage self-programming machines running amok and breaking free of human control, with potentially apocalyptic consequences. But optimists believe that applying a more restrictive, less autonomous form of machine learning to the wealth of data we are now generating and storing in the cloud could help identify correlations and patterns that were impossible for humans to see before. And as more devices and sensors become connected, we will learn even more about the world around us. This ability to make sense of all this data could help us cure disease, tackle climate change, grow food more efficiently and generally run our lives in a much smarter, more sustainable way, proponents believe. Lots was made of customer service chat bots last year, sometimes described erroneously as AI in action, but most of these were actually pretty dumb, merely guessing the most likely answer to fit the question. Real AI, underpinned by natural language processing, neural networks and machine learning, will understand how humans think, talk, and categorise concepts, making it smarter and easier to interact with. And the more people who use it, the more data it will have to learn from and the better it will become. So we are likely to see a proliferation of smarter virtual assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, Apple's Siri, and newcomers like Viv. Businesses will use their own versions of these AI assistants to make sense of all the data they now have to cope with. "With AI we have the opportunity to build decision-support systems that see, hear, understand and collaborate with us to help make decisions faster, more relevant and better informed," says Gayle Sheppard, general manager of Saffron Technology, an Intel-owned cognitive computing firm. Of course, these always-on listening devices connected to the cloud pose another potential security threat, not to mention privacy concerns over what happens to all the data they're hoovering up. And another worry about AI is that hackers will have access to it as well - it's a cybersecurity arms race. "AI will power malware, and will use data from the target to send phishing emails that replicate human mannerisms and content," warns Andy Powell, head of cybersecurity at Capgemini UK, an IT consultancy. "Seeming more lifelike, these AI powered attacks will resonate with the target better than ever before, meaning they'll be more likely to fall victim." There's simply no escaping the cybersecurity issue in 2017. Augmented and virtual reality While Pokemon Go showed how augmented or mixed reality tech could take the mobile gaming world by storm, 2017 is likely to see more businesses adopting the technology, too. The marketing opportunities are obvious, with companies like BMW linking up with Accenture and Google Tango to create an app that lets customers visualise what various car models would look like in real-world situations. Image copyright BMW Image caption Augmented reality applications should grown in popularity this year Lots of other retailers will be using it to enhance their marketing. But there are plenty of industrial and educational applications, too, with smart glasses and head-up displays enabling workers to follow instructions, read manuals and navigate workplaces more efficiently. Virtual reality is still primarily for gaming, but when lighter, faster headsets are combined with haptic technologies, training and teaching applications will become more viable, too. Automation As AI increasingly takes over from call centre and customer service staff, and automation continues its takeover of manufacturing, the big question is what new jobs there will be for all these redundant workers. We've already seen how the effects of globalisation and automation have stirred up voters in the US and potentially across Europe this year. Image copyright  THINK STOCK Image caption  If robots are going to take many of our jobs, what are we going to do instead? Could there be a new Luddite revolution brewing? After all, who benefits most from cheaper production? It's certainly not the poor. "We're going to start confronting some hard truths about technology and the labour force," says Tien Tzuo, founder of subscription technology platform Zuora. "We're going to have to figure out how to create jobs for people in this new economy, and if there literally are going to be fewer jobs, then we'll need to establish some sort of living standard or basic income for people." So 2017 could also be the year the world is forced to deal - finally - with the tangible impacts of technology upon human…

Police Dismiss Six Officers Over Rivers Re-Run

The Nigerian Police force has dismissed six police officers, attached to the Governor of Rivers state during the federal lawmakers re-run elections for mis-using their offices. The Force spokesman, Mr Don Awunah, told journalists at a news conference in Abuja that the dismissed officers acted contrary to the laws that ought to have guided their conduct during the exercise. According to him, the decision to expel the officers from the force is coming after the accused were investigated by the internal investigative and disciplinary committee. In reaction to the dismissal, some of the officers present in the hall shouted that the decision was unjust. Thorough Investigation This is coming after the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had setup a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by INEC in the Rivers state legislative re-run election. According to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Resident Electoral Commissioner had colluded with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the elections in favour of PDP. In an election which was violence-ridden, the APC made the comments after an audio recording which was attributed to Wike, surfaced. The Police spokesperson, Awunah, then disclosed that an investigative team had been mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report Wike on the other hand, denied the allegations and then constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, to investigate the violent acts that occurred during the…

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 Deadline

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has set February 2017 as deadline to deliver on a 21 megawatts Calabar power plant, as part of his determination to ensure that the Calabar metropolis has 24/7 uninterrupted power supply. Speaking during his routine inspection of the ongoing construction work at the site along the Parliamentary Extension in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, Ayade explained that the power plant is a new technology which is cost effective. construction site for power plant Excited about the level of work done so far, Ayade said: “as you can see, there is massive construction work going on here at the site, we are putting the structural base for the installation of the 21 megawatt power turbines that have already been delivered on site. “We have set February 17, 2017 as deadline to deliver uninterrupted 24/7 power supply to Calabar metropolis. With this singular effort, Calabar will be the first capital city to have uninterrupted power supply in the country”. Speaking further he said, “the good thing is that this is the product and manifestation of the several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), I had signed early last year and today, we are at the construction stage to deliver on this all important project. “As you can see, there is so much energy as several young men are already engaged and we are making plans to engage some of them permanently as maintenance staff after the construction.” Ayade then revealed that the project was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as the state was working in partnership with a Brazilian/American firm, which is also collaborating with the Cross River State Power Company “to establish and deliver on this world class independent embedded power plant here in Calabar.” Offering further insight, the governor stated that he would ensure that “no contractor is paid until he meets the mile stones set. “So, if you bring me an IPC, I must check to ensure that you have delivered as declared by the agencies concerned before you receive your payment. “Secondly, I am driven by the passion and determination, which is why I am always on site instead of sitting in the office. This is rather very alien to me and that is why I am on site daily to ensure that we catch the pace because money is scarce, every little kobo will be accounted for.” He expressed excitement that work is being done according to specification and approved designs. Ayade assured residents that the state had concluded arrangement with Lilleker and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, to ensure uninterrupted power supply especially during the annual Calabar Carnival. “In line with this effort, the state has provided 88 new transformers across the city centre for improved power supply to ensure that all parts of Calabar are lit during the yuletide. He then used the opportunity to invite Nigerians to the festival. “Let me use this opportunity to invite every Nigerian to stop searching for scarce dollars for overseas trips and come to Calabar for the festival and Carnival. “We have everything you are looking for, hospitality, love, good treatment, everything you can think of is here in Calabar,” the governor…

Electricity Company In Port Harcourt Wants Defaulting Consumers Arrested

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) is proposing that electricity users in Port Harcourt and Yenagoa metropolis that by-pass meters and reconnect themselves illegally should first be arrested before they are disconnected. The spokesperson of the PHED, Sophilia Obire, said offenders arrest would discourage people from deliberately engaging in the fraudulent behaviour of by-passing installed meters. A statement by Obire read: “The fact is that there have been too much stories of attacks on Disco Officials whose only crime is carrying out their legitimate duties. Fine, there are challenges in the electricity industry that needs to be addressed, it is a Nigerian problem and the Power Sector is tackling it. “But to become outlaws as a result of this challenges and instigate a dog attack on a Disco official is taking it too far. “The bane of meter by-pass, re-connection, power theft and vandalism has troubled the power industry and in a sense, we all are guilty one way or the other. “While the Discos have fought the later ills with security agencies, only immediate disconnections seems to be the solution for customers who by-pass meters. “This has constantly make them prey to customers who think nothing of their actions”. Obire further suggested that customers who by-pass meters, re-connect themselves illegally should first be arrested before being disconnected, insisting that the practice would create sanity in the system and call the attention of the offender to the implications of their…

Herdsmen Attacks: Nigerian Airforce Begin Aerial Surveillance Of Southern Kaduna

The Nigerian Airforce has commenced aerial surveillance of forests and communities located in the southern part of Kaduna state, to fish out suspected armed herdsmen that have been attacking the villages from their hideouts. The Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Christopher Okoye, who participated in the aerial surveillance, said the exercise is part of the efforts by security forces to crush the armed bandits and restore normalcy to the crisis areas. Speaking to journalists at the end of the exercise, the AOC assured citizens that the Nigerian Airforce is determined to join hands with other security agencies to end herdsmen attacks in southern Kaduna, as well as other criminal activities in the state. He explained that the air surveillance would assist in identifying criminal hideouts and provide useful information for prompt action, adding that the exercise would be sustained until the insurgence is brought to an end. The air surveillance by the force, is commencing after weeks of coordinated attacks in Jemaa, Kauru, Kaura local government areas of Kaduna state. The command also arrested a suspected bandit that has been terrorising communities and recovered some dangerous weapons from him. The Army, also combining efforts with the airforce, had earlier disclosed plans to site a military establishment in the area for quick response. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman said this, while adding that the force is working with other security agencies as well as the civilian population to restore peace and promote tolerance in the area. …

What? Chicago Police Hold Four Over Live-Streamed Attack

  The police in the U.S city of Chicago have arrested four people over a horrific video which was live-streamed on Facebook. In the video, a bound and gagged man whom police say has special needs was being assaulted. His assailants could also be heard making derogatory statements against white people and President-elect, Donald trump. Attack victim after being tied up In one part of the video they use a knife to remove part of his scalp. The Chicago police have described the video as a “sickening” possible hate crime. According to them, the incident which happened on Tuesday, took place in a flat on Chicago’s West Side. In the 30-minute video, the attackers were also seen cutting the 18-year-old victim’s clothes, dropping cigarette ash on him, pushing his head back with a foot and drawing blood by cutting off some of his hair with a knife. The BBC stated that in other videos posted online, the young man was beaten, made to drink from a toilet bowl and forced at knife-point to say “I love black…

Orji Kalu Berates Governors Over Arbitrary Expenses

A former Governor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has berated state Governors on arbitrary expenses incurred on purchasing exotic cars. He urged them to rather use such funds to provide social infrastructure for state citizens. The former Governor, stated this in Okwu community in Ikeduru local government area of Imo state, when he attended the commissioning thanksgiving service of a newly built Catholic church in the area. According to him, as the Governor of Abia state for eight years, he never used bullet proof cars because he believed there was no reason for that. “As the Governor of Abia state, I never used bullet proof cars. Even up till now, I am not using bullet proof cars. I made use of buses as Governor and I am still using buses up till now. “I don’t believe anybody can kill me except God. Instead of spending huge money in buying expensive bullet proof cars, Governors should use the money to provide electricity and other basic social amenities for their people”. The former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, also present, called on all Nigerians irrespective of their party, ethnic or religious affiliation, to support the President Buhari-led government, stating that if the President fails, then the whole Nigerians have failed. Also, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Catholic archdiocese, Anthony Obinna, expressed concern over the killing of Christians in southern Kaduna, stating that it is a war orchestrated to wipe out Christians in the country. The clergyman then raised an alarm that if the crisis is not well managed, it can degenerate into a serious National challenges which would spread to every nook and cranny of the country. He then tasked the President to quickly ensure that those involved in the dastardly act are brought to face the full wrath of the…

President Buhari Presides Over First FEC Meeting In 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting, the first in the year 2017. The FEC meeting which convened at exactly 10AM at the council chambers had in attendance almost all the cabinet members and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Media correspondent reports that different files were being shared from some of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies; an indication that there were memos tabled for discussion. At the end of the meeting, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, disclosed to State House correspondents that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja would be officially closed for six weeks as the FEC had approved repair works on its dysfunctional runway. Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, also disclosed that the Council approved over 4 billion Naira for the purchase of firefighting equipment to enable firemen in the country perform their functions…

NOTICE TO ALL THE LOSERS TEAM OF JUST CONCLUDED IKEMBA TOURNAMENT:

If your team was one of the teams that did not win a medal in the just concluded Ikemba super cup tournament, you are hereby informed that your registration fees has been refunded to all the representatives of all the losers teams. This is to fulfill what great Ikemba said before the tournament started and that money shall serve a consolation to the losers teams. …

LOC REPORTS ON IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT

All the awards on Ikemba super cup tournaments has been given out and received by all the winners and participants except for the female cup winners that forcefully took our cup to Nnewi without the conscent of the ideani players on the allegation that their coach deceived and lied against them. The LOC are looking into the matter and felt such action contravened our ethics and such action need to dealt with. The members at the points of decision accepted that the cup must be brought back to Ideani before any other decision shall be taken. I have received an information from our informants and shall work in line to our mandate. …

See Winners and Award Recipient As Categorized On Ikemba Tournament

DETAILS OF THE WINNERS ON THE JUST CONCLUDED IKEMBA TOURNAMENT FOR 2016/2017   IKEMBA SUPER CUP MALE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 1 Umuru FC .....IKEMBA SUPER CUP WINNER 2.Nsokwe FC --- IKEMBA SUPER CUP 1ST RUNNER UP 3.Umuoduba FC.. IKEMBA SUPER CUP 2ND RUNNER UP   IKEMBA SUPER CUP FEMALE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 1. CSS ADA IDE FLOURISHING BABES FC ....Winner 2. Beautiful Babes FC Runner up   IKEMBA MALE TABLE TENNIS 1. Okwy Utah ........Winner 2. Onyeka Ojukwu ....Runner Up   IKEMBA FEMALE TABLE TENNIS 1. Ifeyínwa Joy Mgbemena 2. Onyinye Onwugulu   BEST PLAYER FOR MALE Chibu Udoh   BEST KEEPER FOR MALE Uwaezuoke Harrison   HIGHEST GOAL SCORER CHINEDU OJUKWU A.K.A VANPERSY   BEST PLAYERS FEMALE Ifeyínwa Joy Mgbemena     BEST KEEPER Ugonweze Chinaza   BEST KEEPER Mary Anjo plus other details on other best that are rewarded and we hope to add more games in the forthcoming 2017/2018 season …

See What UPP Chairman Said On Early Passage Of 2017 Budget And How It Will End Recession

The National Chairman of United Progressives Party (UPP), Chekwas Okorie, says early passage of 2017 budget of N7.2 trillion by the National Assembly might end economic recession in Nigeria. Okorie made the statement at an event in Owerri the Imo state capital south-east Nigeria. He said if the budget is passed early and funds appropriated to various ministries, departments, and agency are promptly released, the economic challenges being faced by Nigerians in recent months could end. Okorie, who was responding to questions from journalists said that he was optimistic the economy has a chance of survival in 2017. “The progress being recorded in food production like rice should be sustained” he said. “In recent times, we have seen the synergy between the Kebbi State government and Lagos state in rice production, government should sustain its policy of diversification and equally support industrialization’’. The UPP Chieftain also urged state governments to create enabling environments for SMEs to pave the way for youth employments. He maintained that with such steps a lot could change in the socio-economic situation of the country in…

BAYELSA WITHOUT BIAS-My Experience

Midday, bayelsa already calling me like I call my younger ones to get me my towel when I'm in the bathroom. . Peace Park, a buns-faced Lady sitted on the counter with a snobbish look waiting for an opportunity to model her snobbery. I understand her crave and ask her "plix what's the last price to yenegoa?" . She looks at me like a peasant. I look at her skill in snobbery, I shake my head. Its below par. Way below mine. . I brandish my money, she collects it as if it had shit smeared on it. I've actually gotten tired of her. . Next, we hear that there's no bus. I didn't understand how there was no bus but there was a woman to take our monies. I decided to calm down first. . Twenty minutes. No bus. Twenty five. Lai lai. Thirty minutes. Nothing. . My body was doing me "talk na. Gaan show yourself small" . I denied my body that show. The year is young. Barely 48 hours and I want to show myself? No jare. . Before my anger could reach orgasm, a bus, sped into the park like its life was determined by the speed. It resurrected dead dust which stood up and lingered before dying again. . Because I didn't have strength to sit in front, I respected my generation and went to the second sit by the window side and sat. . Others rushed in and occupied the space they felt they would find happiness in. . Driver. A haphazard man shouts "everybody come down and write your manifest" . I asked if the manifest could be passed to us while seated because I love softwork. . He looks at me and saw I was fine and didn't deserve insult. He hissed and walked away. . People were going down already leaving their bags and gala on the space they had already sat prior to the announcement. . I did the same too. While writing the manifest, I didn't write my real name. I wrote Daniel. In the column for address, I wrote Nigeria. In the column for phone number. I wrote my father's Glo line that was stolen. . After writing, I grinned at my written deciet and was walking back happy. . My eyes noticed something; my sit was occupied by a man in his fifties. Tufts of white hairs on his near-bald hair. Head sunk inside his shoulders. Almost neckless. . Because my mother trained me well I asked him if he didn't see my bag. He said with that evil confidence "why are you challenging your elder?" . People who knew I sat there earlier and even kept my bag as a signal turned and told him to shift. But no. His stupidity was on 4gLTE. . Normal me: raised my voice on him, his old age and his stupidity. I spoke grammar today and taya. . Mischievous passengers began to clap for me. I burst into laughter. . The man was not moved. . I was pissed. I wanted to do a crazy something but this year is a baby that needs breast milk and not EBA and soup. . I let it slide for two reasons. . 1) To see the full movie of his stupidity. (He had shown us only the trailer) 2)Because I needed number one urgently. . Passengers were stunned at the way I killed the issue immediately. . Bus zooms off. My body enjoys the breeze. My eyes gained weight. Became heavy. Sagged until it shut. . I slept off. . Bus halts. I didn't know. . Police shouting "park here" . I didn't know. . Heat began to 'do' me. I knew something was up. . I woke up . Red eyes. Lousy look at the officer. . He shouted. "Wey your bag? Open am NOW!!" . I was happy. . As a writer, getting into trouble is bae. . I opened my bag for the mumu. . He saw books. Malcolm Gladwells Outliers and another small book on crooked arguments. . He looked me in the face and said "bring out the weed before I see am" . I began to beg him not to shoot me. . He thought he has arrested a weed vendor and called his fellow retards to see the maga. . Before they came closer, I told him that I dunno what weed was and even if I knew, I won't carry it along with me. . He snapped and asked why I was begging him not to shoot me. . I told him how I lost an innocent friend to the police. . He looked at me. And for once, I saw a uniformed man grow emotional. . He gave me my bag and patted me on the back. . Before we could finish our own drama, I heard the other police men shouting at the only fine girls in our bus. . Because I'm an advocate of women, I walked towards there and saw them force her to open her box. . I looked at the fear in her eyes. It wasn't a joking something. . I went closer. . This my fine girl was shaking honestly. In her face I saw shame and guilt fighting for the greater part of her face. . Finally, she opened it and began to cry. . The police searched and searched and found vibrators and a wonderful dildo. . They began to fondle with the dildo making derogatory statements to the girl. . They asked her why she left all the men in this world and decided to 'do' herself. . They laughed. Most passengers began to look at the girl the way the disciples were looking at Mary Magdalene. . I cut in with a loud voice and shunned them immediately. . I told the police men that what anybody decides to do with his or her 'private' part shouldn't concern the public. I made them understand that they are the public. . And their work doesn't include running people down for things that do not concern them. . They looked at themselves, took the dildo and went across the road talking in hushed tones. . I walked to the girl and told her " if you're proud enough to shut your door and do stuff with your dildo, you should be proud to at least not cry when people find out" . I let her be and walked to my sit, plugged my earphones and began to listen to slow songs... . My head bowed, sleep found me wanton and took me by the hands. I followed her in all obedience... . The next I woke up. I was in Peace park Yenegoa. . Dialed my host, she came through with her brother. Drove me to my hotel. . I'm lying down under this duvet typing this and wondering if this AC doesn't know that harmattan is enough. . My clothes and that red shoe is ready for tonight's program. . Story for tomorrow... . Without bias, I write this from Bayelsa! . Late post From…

Wow,,,,,Rivers Security: Nigerian Army Dislodges Criminal Gangs

The Nigerian Army has continued to dislodge criminal gangs in Omoku, River state, following the terror that was unleashed in parts of the state during the December 10 rerun elections.  It was confirmed that 15 people were horrifically murdered including a soldier, two policemen, four personnel of the Civil Defence Corps and eight civilians, while ammunition, weapons and vehicles were taken away by the bandits. The General Officer Commanding 6 division, Major General Kasimu Abdulkareem, disclosed this while parading arms, ammunition and other items recovered from some of the criminal dens. Abdulkareem, explained that the operation is in continuation of a clean-up exercise to recover and mop up illegally acquired weapons from cultists and militants who continue to terrorise communities and some parts of the country in general. …

What? MASSOB Demands Release Of Member ‘Unlawfully’ Detained

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and its sister organisation, Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), are asking the police to release one of their members, Mr Eze Israel. The groups conveyed their request to the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone Nine, Hassan Karma, whom they want to intervene and order the Anambra State Police Command to release their member. According to MASSOB-BIM Zonal Information Director in Abia Central Zone, Anselem Ogbonna, Mr Israel was nabbed by the Police on December 15, 2016 and dumped at the Awka Central Police Station. The group said that Israel, who was also the MASSOB and BIM Zonal Information Director of Enugu West and Group Regional Information Director of Oji River in Enugu State, was arrested by the Police on his way to a meeting with their leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, without reason, and had since been languishing in detention. Ogbonna alerted the AIG that Mr Israel was a diabetic patient and that his condition of health was fast deteriorating. He lamented that although MASSOB and BIM had never been violent, her members were being treated in a brutish manner. “As at today, he has spent 13 days in the Police custody without trial. All efforts by our men to secure his release have proved abortive, as the Anambra Police command have even refused filing charges. “His detention brings to mind, the arrest of our members by a combined team of the Army, Police, State Security Service (SSS) in Anambra State on October 22, 2012 whose dead bodies were later found floating on the Ezu River at Amansea Community in Awka North Local Government area on Saturday, January 19, 2013, “It is alleged that the Police killed them extra-judicially and dumped their corpses in Ezu River, “I, therefore, call on you AIG Karma to advise the Anambra State Police Command now before it is too late,” he…

Police Begin Arrest Of Street Beggars In Maiduguri

Operatives of the Borno State Police Command have begun to arrest street beggars in Maiduguri, the state’s capital. The action follows a directive by the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, that beggars be kept off major streets across Borno State in northeast Nigeria. The influx of beggars and hawkers, who are mostly women and children, has been a major concern to motorists as the beggars accost them at stop lights, especially around the popular CP junction. The CP junction is one of the busiest in Maiduguri at any time of the day, as it links Damboa road, GRA, Open Air Theatre and Post Office areas to other parts of the city. Target For Suicide Attacks The spokesman for the police, Mr Victor Isuku, disclosed that more men have been deployed to the area from the GRA division to enforce the CP’s order. “The Commissioner of Police envisage that the beggars are not only a nuisance but also constitute risk as suicide bombers can easily pose as beggars and blow up in the traffic.” Isuku stated. Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have also been deployed to the area in addition to the traffic wardens originally on the beat. Independent investigations revealed that the increased security presence was as a result of recent intelligence information which indicated that the CP junction was a target for suicide attacks. Security operatives arrested a suicide bomber on December 26, 2016 after a foiled mission in a cattle market in Maiduguri. The suspect confessed that other suicide bombers had already infiltrated the…

Security Agents Raid Patience Jonathan’s Brother’s House

Security operatives on Wednesday raided the Abuja residence of a man identified as a brother to the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan. The house is located in Maitama, in the nation’s capital city. Although the spokesperson for the Police has not confirmed the incident, there were reports that police officers in uniform carried out the raid. According to sources close to Channels Television, the operatives searched all the rooms in the house. The house was allegedly bought for her brother by Patience Jonathan who is having a court battle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the ownership of a controversial $15…

Electoral Malpractices: INEC To Prosecute Corrupt Officials

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will not hesitate to prosecute any of its staff guilty of corrupt practices. INEC said it was studying an investigative report submitted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that some officials collected money from politicians during elections. The Commission’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Wole Osaze-Uzzi, told the media that indicted staff might face criminal prosecution while others would face disciplinary action. “The EFCC has been conducting investigations into the alleged complicity of some INEC staff in issues of allegedly collecting sums of money from politicians. “They had written in the last few months, requesting to interview some of these named staff and the commission has conceded to releasing the staff to the EFCC. “They’ve availed us of a report and that report has been studied to see whether any staff has been indicted and all those staff who have been indicted, some may face criminal prosecution while others may not necessarily face criminal prosecution. “There might be certain administrative lapses that may not amount to crime and if that is the case, when we study that report, then we’ll know what to do whether they should face disciplinary action. “All those who are found culpable administratively will now face disciplinary action,” the INEC official noted. Mr Osaze-Uzzi further described the development as an opportunity to show that the commission would not tolerate wrongdoing by any of its officials. “It is an opportunity to send signal to staff and to the public that this commission will not brood any wrongdoing in the conduct of their public activities and affairs,” he…

FEC Approves Abuja Airport Closure For Repairs

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja will be officially closed for six weeks to enable repair works on the runway which is said to be dysfunctional. Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the council meeting. He said that the federal government will also be spending over one billion Naira to complete the Kaduna airport terminal building, a project that had been abandoned for some time. Also the Federal Executive Council approved over 4 billion Naira for the purchase of firefighting equipment to enable firemen in the country to perform their functions well. Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau disclosed this to state house  correspondents after the council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu…

IKEMBA SUPER CUP MATCH RESULTS AND STANDING

GROUP A Nsokwe 0 vs 1 Umuru Umuru 0 vs Oko 0 Oko 0 vs Nsokwe 2 Group B Umuoduba 0 vs 0 Akama/Mkpazueziama Uruechem 1 vs 1 Urueze Akama/Mkpazuezima 0 vs uruechem 0 Umuoduba 3 vs 1 uruechem Urueze 1 vs 1 Umuoduba Akama 0 vs 0 uruechem P W D L GD PT Umuru 2 1 1 0 1 4 Nsokwe 2 1 0 1 1 3 Oko 2 0 1 1 0 1 Umuoduba 3 1 2 0 2 5 Urueze 3 0 3 0 0 3 Akama 3 0 3 0 0 3 Uruechem 3 0 2 1 -2 2 Based on this, It shall be Umuru vs Urueze by 2pm on the 2nd and Umuoduba vs Nsokwe by 4pm on the same 2nd for the semi final. See goal for or goal against on the results on top. …

Expectations High In Nigeria As New Zealand, Australia Welcome 2017

Some countries in the world have begun to welcome the New Year as Auckland in New Zealand ushers in 2017. Fireworks erupted from the 328m tall Sky Tower in the city centre. Australia, Polynesia and Pacific Islands including Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati have also entered 2017. In Nigeria, the President has expressed hope that the new year would bring an end to the economic challenges in the country and all the economic seeds in gestation would begin to bloom to fruition. The President, in his New Year message, stated that Nigeria was witnessing a new and impressive turnaround in its security and socio-economic situation. He also solicited for support in the fight against corruption in order to ensure that Nigeria’s economic recovery and growth plan in 2017 is successful. President Buhari asked Nigerians to unite and assist the Federal Government to frontally tackle the lingering security issues in other states of the federation. While congratulating the heroic and gallant efforts of the military and other security agencies on their fight to rid the nation of terrorism, he said the campaign against terror has entered a new phase. Meanwhile, many cities around the world have stepped up security for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The security measures are coming a year after attackers drove lorries into crowds in Berlin and Nice. Reports say concrete barriers and heavy goods vehicles would be used to block off central squares where crowds gather to celebrate in Paris, Madrid and New York. Thousands of extra police are also expected to be on duty in London and other…

New Abia Assembly Speaker Kennedy Njoku Resigns

A mild drama is playing out at the Abia State House of Assembly, as barely a day after being sworn in as Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Kennedy Njoku, resigned. He said his resignation was on personal grounds. Following a motion by the majority leader of the Assembly on the need to immediately fill the vacuum, Honourable Chikwendu Kalu representing Isialangwa South State Constituency was nominated and has been sworn in as the new speaker. Honourable Njoku was elected on Thursday after 20 of the 24 lawmakers in the Assembly voted to impeach the former Speaker, Martins Azubuike, whom they accused of financial recklessness. A member of the Assembly, Akpulonu Solomon told Channels Television that Honourable Azubuike refused to carry his colleagues along in the business of the house, which led to his…

Army, Terrorists Clash In Rann, Borno State

Four Nigerian soldiers have been injured and at least 15 members of the Boko Haram sect were killed in a fresh clash in Rann town in Borno State. A source told Channels Television that the soldiers were able to repel an attack by the terrorists early on Friday. This follows the military’s declaration of totally clearing out Sambisa forest with some members of the Boko Haram sect on the run. In the meantime, the Nigerian Air Force’s Augusta helicopter has been deployed to pick one of the four soldiers severely wounded in the clash. The soldier has been taken to 133 Reference Hospital in Kaduna where he is receiving treatment. This incident comes a day after the leader of the terror sect, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a new video, claiming his group has not been defeated. The Army responded describing the video as a piece of propaganda that should be disregarded. The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, maintained that the Nigerian Army “has captured and occupied the last known stronghold of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest”. “We would like to reassure the public that this video is nothing but mere terrorists propaganda aimed at creating fear in the mind of people and to remain relevant. “Therefore, there is no cause for alarm, more so as concerted effort in clearing the vestiges of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding is still…

Umuoduba thrashed Uruechem 3-1 In The On-going Ikemba Tournament As IDF Youth Chairman Gingered the Umuoduba’s

The Umuoduba's FC thrashed the Uruechem FC  3:1 in the on-going Ikemba Male Group B fiasta which took place on the 30th December, 2016 at the Opiegbe Stadium in Ideani. It was reported that the IDF National Youth Chairman, Comr. Patrick Akudolu motivated the Umuoduba's team via presenting cash incentive for any goal scorer and drinks after the match for all the Umuoduba's team. Goals from Abuchi and Chinedu Ojukwu also known as van-perse made the…

How A Lizard demolished A Lion On the Ideani Day war Fiasta

The Ideani day featured a war to determine the strength of dike amongst the youths, just like african magic a giant named Mr. Arinze Mgbemena a.k.a the 'THE BIG FISH' came out to challenge all odds but the fear of his height and hugeness gripped all the enabled youth except one Tiny Osita Agina who said he will challenge him and urge the God that delivered David against Goliath to deliver him. The war began by 3:40pm with intense heat and displays as the people are waiting to see the downfall of the little Osita Agina but behold it was the giant. The youths enslaved with fear rushed to lift Osita Againa up in happiness and high hopes of the great changes in Ideani.... They chanted in victory that ideani has resurrected…

IkEMBA 2016/2017 TABLE STANDING AS AT 28/12/2016

IkEMBA 2016/2017 TABLE STANDING AS AT 28/12/2016 Group A Teams GP GD W L D PTS Umuru  2    1    1   0  1   4 Nsokwe 2   1    1    1  0   3 Oko        2   0   0   1   0   1 Group B Teams         GP GD W L D PTS Akama          1    0     0 0    1  1 Umuoduba  1    0     0 0   1   1 Uruechem   1     1    0 0     1   1 Urueze         1     1    0  0    1   1 …

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR NETWORK

I wish to inform all members of the forum, who are either in one network or multiple in our platform that we shall work on the January 10TH, 2017, So as to start making our cool cash as envisaged and to start the year with a powerful note. Those who has not complied should do so as we shall not allow an inactive fellows in our network. As for those who do not perfectly understand the way the network works, should go through the sites for guide and understanding.   Happy New Year in advance to you all as we welcome new active members on board. …

Urueze annd Uruechem Played a Vital 1:1 Draw To Keep Hopes Alive in The On Going Ikemba Tournament

IKEMBA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS The match between Umuru FC vs Oko FC ended in a goalless (0:0) draw and the match between Urueze vs Uruechem ended in a 1;1 draw. The goal scorers for the Urueze and Uruechem Fc are Ike God Okolo and Chibuikem Ugonweze respectively. Note": All the yellow card and cards secured in other matches must be paid for by the teams before their next match. …

Nsokwe FC demolished Oko FC 2:0 In the Ongoing Ikemba Tournament to Qualify for Semi’s

IKEMBA MALE TOURNAMENT OF 28/12/2016 Nsokwe FC demolished the hard fighting Oko FC 2:0 to qualify to semi-final. Joining the Umuru FC that drew on goalless to Oko Fc to qualify. The tournament is getting hotter and hotter each day as we shall take a rest on 29th to observe the Ideani Day with the fellow ideanians.   …

IDF AWARD OF RECOGNITION AND HIGH PERFORMANCE

Some group of ideanians yesterday came to the resident of the IDF NATIONAL SECRETARY, LOC Chairman and Chief Admin; PRINCE JONATHAN i.e Me to appreciate all the effort of the forum towards ideani development saying that the awards of the high performance and recognition is to encourage the forum to do more. Prince Joe was given some cash to motivate him towards doing more especially to recharge the news platform and bytes for the forum. They said that ideanians put together love the efforts of the forum and urging us to do more, they said that the forum covers politics, culture, religion, social events, gala events, sports, heritage, birthdays, etc ....if not for IDF, the good governance would have been misled. They also told me that they realised some people do not love good things and they have tried to imitate the forum but they cannot be the forum. Therefore, they realised that some people would not like the forum to be given an award and they have brought the award in ideani for sanity to shame them in their critics. Therefore, i promised to give the award to the chairman of the forum in due time and thanks alot for appreciating the…

Abuja Residents Unaware Of Digital Switch Over

Some residents of Abuja said they are unaware of Nigeria’s digital switch over plans and its implications, six months away from the June 2017 deadline. The complaints are coming barley one week after the Federal Government launched the switch over in the Federal Capital Territory. The government said as Abuja became the second Nigerian state to be digitised, six more states would be digitised in the coming months. In an interview with Channels Television’s crew on Tuesday, one of the residents, Mr Emmanuel Ogbaini, said they were not aware that Abuja has been digitised. Mr Augustine Aweh and Miss Ann Ozoibie, who also reside in Nigeria’s capital, said they were ignorant of the fact that they could watch 30 free-to-air channels with nearly 70% local content on their television sets, with the aid of a set-top box already subsidised by the Federal Government. Other residents, who lauded the development, stressed the need for mass campaign and enlightenment to get the masses informed on the progress and the…

IKEMBA TABLE TENNIS UPDATE

Okwy Utah defeated Chibu Udoh on 11-6, 11-8, and 11-4 Tochukwu Uchegbu defeated Ifeanyi Udoh on 11-5, 11-11, 4-4, 1-5, 11-6 and 11-9 Steven Iyke Ojukwu defeated Elochukwu Okonkwo on 11-11, 5-3, 11-2, and 11-5 Onyeka Ojukwu defeated Kambili Ojiludu Billis on 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 and 11-6. The female teams shall showcase their talent tomorow from 9am to 1pm and be there at the empowerment center to cheer them up. …

The Great Reunion

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF RE-UNION BTW THE PAST AND PRESENT IDEANI STUDENTS FORUM AT JUDE OKOYE'S IDE CIVIL RESIDENT I wish to inform all the past and present ISF youths especially those that actively participated in the ideani students forum between the year 2000 to date of a great re-union of the past and present members of the students forum or of IDF and ISF on the 31st December, 2016. Ide civil also known as Jude okoye shall host us all in his own coin...He informed me to pass it across and i know the great numbers of our members are at home for ideani day. Those that shall take note are as follows: 1. Elochukwu Okonkwo 2. Iyke Steven Ojukwu Stephen 3. Tochukwu Uchegbu Emeka 4. Nneka Nneka B. Obika 5. Chioma Obika 6. Bar. Nonso Nonso Finest Udolisah 7. Dickson Nwandu 8. Onyedika Onwughalu 9. Chioma Anikwenze Chioma Anthony Ojini 10. Ekene emelobe 11. Onyinye Angus Okoye 12. Edith Mezue 13. Agbaleke Edith 14. Chisom uwaezuoke 15. Emeka Agbaleke 16. Builder Eloka Ikenwa 17. Ezika Echedon Hackerwizard 18. Ezika Ifeanyi 19. Ezika Sammy 20. Ezika Chidubem 21. Anuli Nzegwu 22. George Yobo Okeke 23. Chinedu Livinus Nzegwu 24. Nkiru Atu okoye 25. Maduka Ikenwa 26. Geologist Anosike Sylvester 27. Geologist Ikenwa 28. Onwukwili 29. cherry ebeogu 30. chess ebeogu 31. Angela Chi Onukwili 32. chinyere Chinyere Ebeogu 33. chiamaka udolisah 34. onyinye udolisah 35. Chioma Anosike 36. Amara agbaleke 37. Perpetual Perptual Ogbuagu 38. chi ebeogu 39. onyi ebeogu 40. chukwudi udoh 41. Bar. chuka 42. Darlington Chigozie 43. Ebere Okafor 44. makas okoye 45. agbaleke chidinma 46. chinenye agbaleke 47. Onyinye akujieze 48. chidi emelobe 49. uchechukwu 50. Okonkwo chidinma 51. okonkwo nonso 52. emmanuel ify 53. ifeakachukwu mezue 54. tochukwu mezue 55. Obi mezue 56. etc You are all invited for a reunion and foster common stand for ideani future in the forthcoming development in…

FG To Offer 124bn Treasury Bills

          The federal government plans to issue 124.84 billion naira worth of treasury bills on Thursday, January 5, 2017. The bills will have maturities ranging from three months to one year. The Central Bank of Nigeria will offer 28 billion naira in the 91 day bill, 42 billion naira in the 182 day bill and 55.84 billion naira in the 364 day bill, using the Dutch auction system. In a notice to dealers, the CBN expects all market dealers to submit bids on Wednesday, January 4,…

Shocking! Singer George Michael Dies

British singer, George Michael, has died aged 53, his publicist said. The statement by the star’s publicist reads: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.” Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100m albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades. The star launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo…

Gov Umahi of Ebonyi is working;

Head of Parastatals, Members of Boards etc at a courtesy call to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Nweze Umahi. They are all commending and thanking the outstanding governor of Ebonyi state for the roles he is playing in ensuring that the parastatals and boards are moving smoothly without any hitches. Gov Umahi is working; Ebonyi state is on the rise. Ebonyi people are happy   …

Richard Mofe-Damijo Leads Cast of ‘Three Wise Men’ At Premiere

New comic flick, ‘Three Wise Men’, starring three of Nigeria’s finest veteran actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Victor Olaotan and Zach Orji, premieres in Lagos. The movie which was produced by Opa Williams, hosted friends, associates, and colleagues at the premiere, after many years of the producer’s self-imposed hiatus. Opa Williams stated that after his long break, he needed to come out big with a unique movie, relating to real life experience, family, and the likes. This took a long time, he told Channels Television. He stated that he needed to evoke the characters, better interpret the story and make it believable and not the regular type-casting. he then explained that the actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Victor Olaotan and Zach Orji actually contributed majorly to the story as they gradually grew into their various characters. The movie which was directed by Patience Oghre was chronicled on three retired aged men who, after retirement benefits, opted to relived their youth. The pack is led by Erikefe played by Mofe-Damijo, a divorcee with three failed marriages after five children. He decided to live alone while refusing to remarry, as his covetous children who are now grown and live on their own, patiently wait for him to die so they can scoop on whatever is left of him. Speaking to Channels Television, Richard Mofe-Damijo explained that he fashioned his character after the late Highlife singer, Fatai Rolling Dollars. He said he only had to immerse himself in a beautifully written script and take from as many life characters as possible. Mofe-Damijo who is regarded as a veteran of the industry suggested that the time is now for the government and individuals to key into the industry and grow it to the next level. “The movie sector requires full attention of the government an encouragement. “The sector requires elevation and enthronement to attain institutionalization, which will enhance budgeting and deliberate policy to push the industry forward. “The industry entails of not the movies, but entertainment, comedy, music, dance, and the rest. The Performing Arts is a body of inexhaustible body of values calling for government attention,” he said. Recently, the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that the movie industry contributed 54 billion Naira to the Nigerian GDP. This silent achievement has gradually won over skeptics including financial institutions. Bank of Industry, (BOI) representative, Uche Nwuka, also stated that they were initially skeptical about the movie industry and not sure of their performance but later, resolved to support it. “The result so far has been amazing. The first two projects paid off in record time before maturity, she said. The highly anticipated ‘Three Wise Men’, hits the cinemas this holiday seasons. …

Challenges And Progress Of Nigeria’s Cotton Sector

The cotton and textile sector plays an important role in the economic development of any nation, as it contributes to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as creates jobs and income for farmers. In Nigeria, however, there has been a sharp decrease in cotton farming, as statistics revealed that the contribution of the sector to the GDP fell from about 25% in 1980 to 5% in the most recent indicators. According to some farmers, the sector is faced with challenges such as lack of improved cotton seeds, diseases and inconsistent policies by the government. However, it appears to be a good harvest for them unlike before when harvest remained poor, following the inability of the farmers to access improved yields and non-mechanisation of farming techniques among others. Figures from the National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that 18 states produce cotton on a total land area of 399.8 hectares in Nigeria. The survey also disclosed that Zamfara State cultivated the largest land area with 92.6 hectares, followed by Katsina State with 75.9 hectares. The least cultivated land areas are Ekiti and Ondo states with 0.07 hectares and 0.1 hectares respectively. Way Out Of The Challenges At a gathering in Abuja on Tuesday, a speaker, who is also a farmer’s son, Solomon Esu, said his father’s cotton production had dropped over the years owing to some challenges. However, the Country Coordinator of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr Rose Gidado, and the Director General of the National Agency for Biotechnology Development, Professor Lucy Ogbadu, highlighted the way out of the challenges of the cotton and textile industry. The experts recommended a total overhaul of the sector, stressing that it would provide jobs and the needed income for farmers, as well as contribute to the economic development of the nation. The Federal Government, at different meetings, had promised to revive the industry through adequate funding. The farmers described the effort as commendable while they expressed hope that it would result in improved yields and income for…

Uncovered 50,000 Ghost Workers Saved FG 200bn Naira In 2016 – Presidency

The Federal Government says it has rid its payroll of 50,000 ghost workers and saved Nigeria 200 billion Naira. The government also disclosed that 13 billion Naira has been taken off the payroll monthly from February to December 2016. The spokesman to the President, Mr Garba Shehu, made the announcement at an interactive meeting with reporters on Tuesday to mark the end the year. Mr Garba revealed that 11 persons championing the syndicate of ghost workers have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation. Continuous Auditing “The flagship programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to rid the system of fraud and instill good governance is on course. Through a notable initiative, the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the government has embarked on the continuous auditing of the salaries and wages of government departments. “When the committee was constituted in February 2016, the Federal Government monthly salary bill was 151 billion Naira, excluding pensions. Now the monthly salary warrant is 138 billion Naira, excluding pensions. Which means that the government is making a monthly saving of about 13 billion Naira (that is from February 2016 till date),” said the President’s spokesman. Mr Shehu added that “the pension bill was 15.5 billion Naira monthly as at February. Now it is down to 14.4 billion Naira, which means average monthly saving made is of about 1.1 billion Naira”. He said that the total number of ghost workers so far removed from the payroll was about 50,000, stressing that some of those allegedly championing the syndicate of the ghost workers were already undergoing trial. Federal Government Adoptees Mr Shehu further noted that the recently-released 21 Chibok girls were being treated as adoptees of the Federal Government, but revealed that there was a lot of local and international interest in the future plans of the girls. “A black American billionaire, Mr Robert Smith, who is currently sponsoring the education of 24 girls from Chibok, among them the first set of escapees from Boko Haram at the American University of Nigeria, Yola has offered to pay for the education of the 21 released through negotiations and is offering to take responsibility for all the others who will hopefully be eventually set free. The Murtala Mohammed Foundation in the country is equally interested,” he said. Shehu also responded to complaints by some of the parents of the 21 Chibok Girls that they did not have enough room for interaction with their daughters brought home for Christmas by the Department of State Services (DSS). He admitted that there were some hitches arising from a lack of understanding of the objective of the trip on the part of some security operatives but that following the receipt of the complaint, a directive had been given from the headquarters for the access by the parents to be eased. “If the situation persists, please let us know so that the higher authorities will make a further intercession,” he stated. Issue Of Interest In APC The President’s aide also addressed an issue of interest to a lot of the members of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) concerning appointments into boards. He assured the public that the process would be fully back on track at the beginning of the new year. “You know that the reconstitution began methodically, from sector by sector. You should expect that to resume at the beginning of the New Year. The President has given directions on what to do,” he told reporters. Favorable Environment For Diversification On the agricultural programmes of the administration, Mr Shehu said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s persistent call for a return to farming was yielding good results. “The talk about agriculture has driven people to the farm. This year, there is a huge boom in the rural economy. We have witnessed an excellent harvest. Farmers are getting value for their output. What has encouraged farmers the more is the increasing availability of extension services. New farming techniques are helping farmers to do their occupation better. The readiness of off takers to buy the produce is also a major boost. “When you put all these together with the systematic move to curb importation, as they boost local production through the restriction of the available foreign exchange to critically important sectors of the economy, you have favorable environment for the diversification of the economy. “As we speak, several of the country’s major manufacturing industries are actively backward-integrating- Nestle, Unilever, the breweries are using what we have as local materials, changing their formulations to maintain production levels and keep their share of the market. “Manufacturers, who are hooked on import of raw materials, are advised to re-strategise and take full advantage of local raw materials. The future belongs to those who employ the use of local raw materials,” the spokesman added. …

Meet Man Who Kidnapped Himself And Asked For Ransom

The Delta State Police Command recently held a press briefing at the Police headquarters in Asaba where it showcased some breakthroughs recorded in delivering on its core mandate of apprehension of crime suspects Suspects involved in armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, homicide were all paraded but the case of a self kidnapper and adulteration of popular alcoholic drinks stood out. One Justice Ifeanyi aged 21 years allegedly planned to kidnap himself with intent to extort money from his uncle. According to the Police, it was revealed that he planned his own kidnap and made a ransom demand of four million naira to secure his release The suspect confessed to the crime. “I left Rivers for Delta state to plan my kidnap so that I can collect money from my uncle to complete my father’s house in the village. “The gang began to threaten me when my uncle refused to pay the ransom so I had to run away.” The Police also apprehended a 39-year-old man who was caught in the act of packaging adulterated alcoholic drinks for sale to the public. The suspect whom the Police said has already been charged to court, is identified as Ugochukwu Alozie aged 39 years. He had in his possession, bottles, cartons, labels of expensive brands of hot alcoholic drinks. A total of 14 cases were recorded and 44 suspect arrested. Items recovered include guns, live ammunition and cartridges, vehicles, adulterated hot drinks amongst…

Nigerian Government Rallies Support For Troops

The Nigerian Government has congratulated the gallant troops of the Nigerian military for finally seizing the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram terrorists and securing the Northeast, paving the way for Sunday’s re-opening of two strategic roads in Borno State. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the troops as they clear the remnants of the terrorists who are now on the run. He also called for increased vigilance among Nigerians, as Boko Haram escapees seek to integrate themselves into communities far and near, saying eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. “We urge Nigerians to keep our gallant and victorious troops in their prayers, and to also imbibe the mantra of ‘if you see something, say something’ as a way of ensuring that no escaped terrorist is able to wreak havoc in their communities. “It is also important to know that now that they have been dispossessed of their fortress, the Boko Haram escapees will intensify their cowardly attacks on vulnerable targets if only to maintain an illusion of terror. “But there should be no panic because the worst is over,” Mr Mohammed said. The Minister commended the military for the re-opening of the Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak road and the Maiduguri-Mungono-Baga road, which link Nigeria with neighbouring countries. He hailed Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima for his unwavering support for the military and his administration’s determination to quickly restore normalcy across the state. The Minister said it was in recognition and celebration of the great feat performed by the military that he decided to lead over 30 Nigerian and international journalists to join the Hon. Minister of Defence, retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali, the Service Chiefs and the Governor of Borno State, at the opening of the two strategic roads in Borno on Sunday. “Unfortunately, due to bad weather, our flight to Maiduguri from Abuja was cancelled after several hours of waiting at the airport in Abuja. “However, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, accompanied by the top brass of the military, re-opened the two arterial roads. “This is very significant because the two major roads, which were closed due to the activities of the terrorists in the area, are of strategic importance to the economy of the Lake Chad Region,” he said. Mr Mohammed said overall, the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari provided the much-needed impetus for the military’s victory in the Northeast. He urged Nigerians to continue to give their unalloyed support to the President in his “untiring efforts to restore peace and security across the country and also revamp the…

Shettima: Fall Of Sambisa Best Christmas, New Year Gift To Borno

Governor Kashim Shettima says there is no Christmas and New Year gift to the people of Borno State better than the fall of the Sambisa forest, the stronghold of the Boko Haram insurgents. The Governor described year 2016 as one that witnessed a major breakthrough in the ongoing fight against the terrorists. He added that the year was so far his best in the last five years since he assumed office on May 29, 2011. Governor Shettima made the remarks at a mini ceremony hosted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Christmas day in Borno State, northeast Nigeria. The event was organised to officially reopen the Maiduguri-Gubio-Kareto-Damasak road and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga road leading to the northern axis of the state. Nigeria’s Year Of Victory “Since I became the Governor of Borno State in over five years, this is the best Christmas season I have witnessed. This is the best December I have witnessed and the year 2016 is my best year so far as Governor of Borno State. “2016 is for me, Nigeria’s year of victory and Borno’s year of hope and resurrection. It is in this 2016 that we began to have access to major towns like Gwoza, Bama, Dikwa, Monguno and Damasak, following their liberation by our gallant armed forces. “It is in the year 2016 that major highways began to be reopened. It is in the year, 2016 that we accelerated our major reconstruction of liberated communities. “It is in the year 2016 that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) began to return to communities; it is in the year 2016 that we recovered some of our daughters abducted at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in 2014 and fellow Nigerians, it is in the year 2016 that the Federal Republic of Nigeria established it’s supremacy over the Sambisa headquarters of the Boko Haram. “For Government and the good people of Borno State, there is no better Christmas and New Year gift that is more precious than the conquering of Sambisa forest by our sufficient military” Shettima said. The Governor also said the two roads reopened have significant economic benefits to the people of the state. “This is an important economic road through which hundreds of trailers convey agricultural produce from farming communities in northern Borno to markets in different parts of Borno State. We are extremely happy to have this road added to the list of other major roads reopened earlier in 2016,” he added. Inducement Of Soldiers On his part, General Buratai cautioned against extortion of ‎motorists who would ply the road and also advised against inducement of soldiers, maintaining that the troops were well taken care of by the Army command. The two major roads reopened were earlier closed by the military, following the activities of Boko Haram terrorists since 2014. The insurgents had taken over population centres of most local government areas along the two major roads including Damasak, Malam-Fatori, Baga, Mobbar, Marte and other communities. However, all of these roads have been liberated by the military with the last being Malam-Fatori, where Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali was…

Happy Holidays From Ultimate Cycler Network

Happy Holidays This is going out to all members. If you have been active or inactive, it's time to engage and join the runaway train. I am going to BUST if I don't tell you the amazing news. That's right 1.6 million members and our 2017 target is 5+ million new entrepreneurs empowered in 2017. Will you be part of history? If you’ve been inactive, all you need to do is go login in and get busy and make sure that you take care of any pending payments (if any) within 48 hours of launch. New features New $1600 level (in addition to $10, $25, $50, $100, $200, $400, $800) *All member-to-member direct payments $5500 Holiday Cash Contest through the end of December Details seen at your dashboard. New amazing site New Customer Service Center Lifetime admin option only $10 one time (optional) *This is only available to new members. However, all members that have already upgraded will be grandfathered as a lifetime member and all members that have not upgraded will be given 48 hours to become a lifetime member. If declined, they will have to pay the admin fee per level on every upgrade. > New purging functions and 48-hour auto-delete function Support is answered here: http://www.ultimatecycler.com/ helpdesk/ Get ready. Go to the site for details. Peter Wolfing CEO…

Governor Obaseki Seeks Assistance For Edo IDPs

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has appealed for more support for the internally displaced persons across Nigeria and particularly to those at the Christian Home for the Needy at Uhogua in Edo State. The Governor made the appeal at a Christmas party organised for the IDPs by the state government in which the children were treated to a fun time. The centre was converted to an amusement park with bouncing castles, fun rides and seesaws while the children and parents had a lot to eat, taking the foods from no less a person than the wives of the Governor and the Deputy. The First Lady of Edo State, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, shared what inspired her to organise the party. “The least we can do is to give of our time and resources and the life that God has put in every one of us to share with other humans especially those who are in need of it.  So that is what inspired this,” she said. Wife of the Deputy Governor, Maryam Shaibu said: “The idea of coming here is nothing short of being with the children instead of bringing them out of here you know, just be with them and enjoy the day with them.” While their wives spent time with the children, Governor Obaseki and the Deputy Governor were disguised as Santa Claus and handed out gifts to those below five years old. The Governor later stepped out of Santa’s tent to greet them in the Santa Claus costume before unveiling himself. While addressing the children, both the Governor and his deputy assured them of the care of the government. Governor Obaseki said: “I want assure all of you here that our government will continue to support you.” His deputy, who spoke in Pidgin English, further assured them that the Governor’s promises of a new hostel and better facilities would be fulfilled. The coordinator of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, while briefing newsmen, could not withhold his excitement. He said: “You can see the children are very happy, today they don’t remember their pain or whatever happened to them.  Some of them are telling me that even before Boko Haram they had never experienced this before.” He, however, stated that they have a lot of needs and called for assistance: “We are really in need of so many things; food, health, education, books, text books more especially and accommodation”. The Governor also added to his plea for assistance. “Programmes like this cannot be fully sustained by government alone. So the purpose of me coming here is to draw attention to camps like this and to see how we can attract resources beyond us as government have and to support this camp. “So I really will like to use this opportunity to say that while we are all spending this Christmas with our family and loved ones, know that there are people out here as internally displaced people in Nigeria who need your love who need your help, who need your support.” …

Kara Market Fire: Ogun Govt. Moves To Control Recurrent Incident

The Ogun state government says it is immediately commencing the process of restructuring the development at the Kara market to prevent incidents of fire outbreak which has become a yearly occurrence. The measure, according to the Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, is pending the final relocation of occupants of the market to the proposed final place at Ogere area of the state. She made the disclosure when she led other commissioners on an on-the-spot assessment of the damage done to the market by an inferno which broke out on Christmas Day. “It is just because of the holidays, we have equipment on ground to commence work at once. If you look behind me you will see that the place has been red tapped. The red tape is to contain the incident site where the fire started from. “We want to put a stop to a regeneration of uncontrolled development activities around this market. Nobody has been able to pinpoint what exactly was the cause of the fire and for us, safety precaution and every moral sense dictates that we stop further development around this market,” she said. She also commiserated with the leadership of the market over the unfortunate incident. Meanwhile occupants of Kara market have expressed their readiness to relocate to the new market being prepared by the state government. Reacting to some of the steps being taken by the state government, the secretary to the market expressed the willingness of the traders to abide by whatever decision the state government arrives at. “We do not know what caused the fire, we just saw the fire and we immediately contacted the Ogun state government and they responded. We are not happy about the incident at all. This is why the commissioners are here. “We are waiting for the government because the government is currently doing something at Ogere. So, we are ready to go to the place anytime they say we should move, we are cooperating with the government, no problem at all.’’ The Commissioner for Environment in his own contribution, admonished residents of the state and especially markets to always take adequate precautions to forestall fire outbreak during the harmattan season. “This time of the year of course is prone to fire outbreak. Basically people should be mindful of how they handle electrical appliances and those who deal with naked fire should control  how it is done because the season we are in fire thrives most,” he said. Meanwhile, the affected place has been cordoned off by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as occupiers of the market tried to salvage some of their belongings  while others still counted their loses. No life was lost but property worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the inferno. …

Ikpeazu Impressed With Abia Polls, Advocates Electronic Voting

  Abia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has advocated the use of electronic voting systems in the state for future elections. He said this after commending the conduct of the electoral process of the local government election which took place on December 21. Although reports from officials said there seemed to be lack of enthusiasm on the path of voters, asides other hitches, the governor believes the turnout was rather impressive because of the strategy put in place by the electoral umpire in the state. “Some of the people you see around may have voted, it does not mean when you see them outside the polling booth attending to their businesses, that indicates that the turnout was not impressive. “I think people are voting and going about their lawful duties, the method adopted by ABSIEC enables one to vote at his/her will and not to cluster in one place. “I rather commend that going forward, even as we are voting, we can also attend to our legitimate businesses, and if we imbibe electronic voting system it will be better”. The opposition candidate on the other hand, described the conduct of the election as a scam and called for the cancellation of the entire exercise because according to them, “ABSIEC did not adequately prepare to give Abians a free and fair election”. A Chairmanship candidate, Nkemakolam Ogene, blamed the police and electoral umpire for the lapses, such as delay of electoral materials and even some voters began to lament that they had already been disenfranchised. The police however countered the claims, stating that there were adequate security and personnel on ground but the people were foot dragging and slowing down the process. Lamenting, Ogene said: “ABSIEC fixed a date for this election, they are supposed to be prepared, it is a shame to note that they are bringing the materials now and the time is about three o’clock and election is ending by four o’clock. “Are we going to cast our votes in the night when our elders, are tired and have gone home, the only explanation given by the ABSIEC official for this gross misconduct is that he does not have adequate security but we were told that adequate security was made for this election and the official that is supposed to come here is saying that from the local government headquarters to the polling booth, there is no provision of security to escort the materials. “So I am saying that the election should be cancelled and rescheduled because this is not an election”. Police Commissioner, Oyebade Adeleye, refuting the statement said: “I went there personally, I was at Ubakala, Umuahia South LGA and the recordings made can testify to it. “The people were foot dragging and signal and body language suggest that they did not want to go on with the exercise. “I did try to talk to them that there is security; so, that version of inadequate police is not correct,” he added. Amidst collation of results and call by the opposition to cancel the exercise, the people are anxiously waiting to see where the tides would rest. …

Three Reasons Cameroon Seeks INEC’s Support For Elections

The Cameroonian Electoral Body has approached the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assist in cleaning up their voters’ register. The electoral umpire is seeking INEC’s collaboration ahead of the presidential elections in Cameroon in 2017. Camaroon’s desire for assistance was communicated to INEC on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, by the leader of a delegation from the electoral body in Cameroon, Mr Mewoand Hugues. Mr Hugues said the Cameroonian Government was requesting the help of INEC in three areas including voters’ registration, distribution of voters’ cards and the clean-up of voters’ registers ahead of the nation’s forthcoming Presidential Election in 2018. The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in his response, assured the Cameroonian delegation that INEC would offer the needed support to protect democracy in Africa. He expressed delight that INEC had played host to a number of Election Management Bodies from other countries in the last one year, an indication that Nigeria’s electoral system and processes were being appreciated internationally. “Be rest assured that you have a friend and partner in INEC. We will support ELECAM in the interest of democracy across our continent. We will continue to work towards strengthening our democracy but our democracy should also be of help to democracies everywhere especially in our own continent. “We have the largest biometric voter register in the whole of Africa and one of the largest in the world. We have about 70 million registered voters. “Our own presidential democracy is only second to the United States in terms of size. We will be very happy therefore to share our experiences in terms of voter registration, the cleaning up of the voter registry and the deployment of the biometric voter register,” Professor Yakubu told the Cameroonians. He explained that in 2015, INEC went completely electronic by deploying an electronic register with electronic voter cards which were compatible with the Smart Card Reader (SCR). These, he said, added value to the integrity of the process. …

Christmas: Christian Leaders Task Faithful On Good Virtues

As Nigerians join their counterparts across the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Christian leaders have stressed the need for them to uphold the virtues of the Christianity. At the Cathedral of Saint Michael Anglican Communion in Kaduna State, the parishioners celebrated Christmas with praise and thanksgiving. The Bishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Most Reverend Timothy Yahaya, expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome her numerous challenges if only the citizens start to do things right. He appealed to the leaders to govern with love and patriotism, just as Jesus Christ showed love to mankind. Bishop Yahaya, however, decried the evil practices of looting of public funds, bad governance and high rate of poverty in the country. He asked political leaders to give the people hope instead of disappointment and to use the Christmas celebration to show love and care to the masses just as Jesus did. Way Forward The cleric commended the anti-corruption war by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in which some stolen public funds from corrupt public officers were recovered. However, he noted that the war should not be one-sided, but should be holistic starting from 1960 till date. Bishop Yahaya further suggested that the way forward for Nigeria was for leaders and the citizens to shun corruption, nepotism and hatred and begin to see themselves as one people bounded by one destiny. God Is With Us Meanwhile in Benue State, Nigerians have been advised to look up to God for protection and preservation for the protection of mankind. The Parish Priest of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Nyiman, Father Moses Aonduveer Iorapuu, gave the advice during an interview with Channels Television on the significance of the birth of Jesus Christ. The clergyman asked Nigerians and government to wait upon the Lord who he said is with them in all situation as “exemplified in the name Emmanuel, meaning God is with us”. In Nigeria’s capital, the Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, asked Nigerians to shun all forms of discrimination and embrace spirit of love, sacrifice and giving. Reverend Okoh stated that the country can only experience meaningful development when its citizens live in unity, Clergymen in other states also asked Christians across the country to be imbibe the lessons of the season. …

Two Confirmed Dead In Police Building Collapse

Two persons have been confirmed dead in a building collapse on Sunday. The incident is said to have taken place at the Area ‘F’ Police Command, Ikeja in Lagos State. The building collapse followed a massive fire outbreak at the premises of the Nigerian Breweries Plc in the Iganmu area of the state in southwest Nigeria. The blaze was said to have engulfed the factory section of the company. According to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the fire started at about 5:30am on Sunday. Meanwhile, an eyewitness told Channels Television crew that the fire began from the generator room Although no death has so far been reported, about three victims have been taken away by NEMA officials for treatment. Spokesman for the Nigerian Breweries, Mr Kufre Ekanem, said the fire has been brought under…

Umuru FC defeated Nsokwe Fc 1:0 in the ongoing Ikemba Super Cup Tournament Fiasta

The hard fighting Nsokwe team FC lost to the former defending champion: Umuru FC as they engage themselves on the crash of the titans which was played on the 25th December, 2016. The match ended on 1:0 in favour of the Umuru team FC. The match which held in opiegbe stadium has the population of over 3000 people that came to watch the match. The special guest at the opening ceremony are as follows: Engr. Builder Edmund Mezue Anambra Football Association rep Comr. Gabriel Udolisah Mr. Patrick Hon. Okwy Udoh Hon. Ifeanyi abanna Comr. George Okeke Princess Chikodili Comr, Mathilda IDF representatives and IDU representatives with over 3000 fans and members globally who came to witness the first ever Ikemba tournament The names alloted by the referees and fans as the man of the match are: Chukwuemeka Stanley Okpala Chibu Udoh and Somtochukwu Okeke The goal scorer was Nonso Nwafor for Umuru Kudos to IKEMBA OF IDEANI WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE. SEE PICS. …

THE REPORTS OF THE IKEMBA SUPER CUP FINAL MEETING

The Ikemba super cup preparatory final meeting was superb as the Ideani youths both male and female greased the venue of the meeting to see that all discussion was idealised. The report brought before us the LOC was discussed, x-rayed and tabulated. The male and female teams to be involved was screened in line to the reports gathered and we have confirmed the genuine teams to participate on the tournament. Some ladies made a report for an inclusion of their names in the female table tennis team and the chief PA is mandated to collate their names and fwd to the chairman LOC for immediate action. We accepted that the fixtures may be updated following some adjustment on the teams today. Based on that, the new banners and fixture for the games shall be placed in Ideani from tomorrow and the youths both male and female condemned some actions by detractors. …

MEGA BUSINESS CENTER AND COMPUTER INSTITUTE NOW IN IDEANI

Hurray the IDMT BUSINESS CREATION TAGGED "IDMT BUSINESS CENTER AND COMPUTER INSTITUTE" is now active in Ideani. We wish to inform the ideanians that IDMT Business Center located at number 20 Ideani -abatete road, Urueze village, Idemili North L.G.A. Anambra State, Nigeria is now active. We offer you good services at affordable prices: - Photocoping - Typesetting - Spiral binding - Lamination - Scanning - Coloured photocopy (A3&A4) - Computer Accesseories - Internet Services - IT Consulting - Cyber cafe - Graphics and - Charging of phones/ torches - Online printing and registration Be there to patronize the…

The Ultimate Cycler Network That Pays Over 1000% dividend with Just N12,500 within One week Is Back Online To Finish The Good Work It Has begun in Nigeria

Hip Hip Hurray, We welcome the Network of Emancipator globally; The Network that pays with over 200% interest and dividend to all of its members globally. Nigerians all over the globe and world at large are in Jubilation that the network that pays over 200% dividends to its members is back with a greater prospect to perform better. The wonders of Ultimate Cycler Pyramid Network is not negotiable and classifiable, making more Nigerians and the global net-workers enterprising and busy to its network of emancipation. Recently, the website for the Ultimate Cycler Pyramid Network underwent an upgrade and maintenance but the great news is that it is back to continue the good work it has begun in the life of Nigerians. It surpasses what the so called MMM has recorded in just one month of its active prowess. If you are interested to join the network and wanted to be in the network where everybody receives payment as at when due, please call 08034685084 to join or register on…

IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT FIXTURE FOR 2016/2017 FOR BOTH MALE AND FEMALE IKEMBA TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT.

24TH December, 2016 PAIR A SIRKINX IFY NWADIKE VS UTAH OKWY 8am PAIR B OFOMA OBINNA EZE-BISHOP VS CHIBU UDOH 9am PAIR C OJUKWU STEVEN VS EMEKA STAN OKPALA 10am PAIR D OKEKE EMEKA VS ELOCHUKWU OKONKWO 11am PAIR E OBI UZODIMMA VS EDE NONSO 12noon PAIR F OJUKWU EVARISTUS VS OKEKE CHIDERA 1pm PAIR G THOMAS KENECHUKWU VS UKWU SIMON 2pm PAIR H UGONWEZE CHIBUIKE VS AJANA SAMSON 3pm PAIR I IKECHUKWU EZEAFULUKWE VS TOCHUKWU UCHEGBU 4pm 25th December, 2016 PAIR J IFEANYI UDOH VS EJIAKU EMMANUEL CHISOM 12NOON PAIR K AKUNWATA CHINAECHERM D VS ONYEKA METU 1PM 26TH December, 2016 Winner A vs Winner B = O 9am Winner C vs Winner D = P 10am Winner E vs Winner F = Q 11am IKEMBA FEMALE TABLE TENNIS PAIR L UGOCHUKWU CHINYERE VS 2. JENIFER OKAFOR 12noon PAIR M BEATRICE UGOCHI VS EBERE OKAFOR 12noon Winner G vs Winner H U 1pm 27th December, 2016 Winner I vs winner J V 9am Winner K W 10am Pair N Female team 5. ADA UGONWA VS 1 X 28TH December, 2016 O VS P = AB 9am Q VS U = CD 10am V VS W = EF 11am Winner L vs X 12noon Winner M vs Loser L 1pm 30th December, 2016. SEMI FINAL (THE THREE REMAINING MALE TEAMS SHALL PLAY THEMSELVES AS TWO SHALL QUALIFY FOR FINAL AND FEMALE TEAMS SHALL HAVE TWO TO QUALIFY FOR FINAL) AB vs CD 8am EF VS AB 9am EF VS CD 12noon Loser M vs Winner L 1pm X vs Winner M 1:30 1ST January, 2017 Finals Final for Female 9am Final for Male 10am GOODLUCK TO YOU ALL FROM LOC …

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Ideani People laments on why the N20 million contract project has not begun in Ideani Community…

The people of ideani are in jubilation on hearing of the approval of the N20m contract from the Anambra State Government to the people of ideani community. It was dis-gladdened and disheartening that the people of Ideani are yet to receive the money and to execute the project as stated by the governor. The fund is meant to be used to execute some vital flash points in ideani. The people are wondering if the Governor is aware that ideani people have not received the fund in line to his speech and promises. The people are worried if the said contract will be completed on the said dates as prescribed or would ideani people bargain for a special case? Most elites in Ideani are watching to see how the pendulum swings or would it be yet another political…

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Wow! See the cute letter President Mahama’s daughter wrote him after he lost the election

President Mahama who lost in the just concluded Ghana presidential election got this cute letter from his 8 year old daughter, Farida Gyamfua Mahama. In the letter, the little girl makes an effort to console her dad about his loss, reminding him that she loves him and that he did his best, which is the most important thing. See the letter after the cut... …

HOLIDAY TRAGEDY AVERTED: Shocking Details Of How FGC Students Survive Ghastly Accident Along Abuja Road [Photos]

Six students of Federal Government College, Abaji, Abuja, cheated death on Thursday, when the vehicle they were travelling in crashed into a truck along the Abuja-Lokoja Road. It was learnt that the students were on their way home for the Christmas and New Year holidays when their vehicle ran into a truck belonging to Dangote Group. The students sustained varying degrees of injuries and were taken to Abaji General Hospital for medical attention. No life was lost in the accident which occurred around 9.45 am. An eyewitness, who declined to identify himself, said the vehicle conveying the students was trying to overtake another one when it rammed into the Dangote truck parked by the roadside. The vehicle was damaged and its windscreen shattered by the impact of the crash. The Head, Media Relations and Strategy, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bisi Kazeem confirmed the incident, saying eight persons were involved in the…

How ill Gotten Wealth As Revealed By DSS Report, Made Magu Ineligible To Chair EFCC [Must Read]

The Department of State Services has said the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has failed integrity test, warning that he will hinder President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war. The Senate had on Thursday rejected the nomination of Magu by Buhari as the Chairman of the EFCC. The upper chamber of the National Assembly cited “security reports” as the reason for the rejection. A copy of the “security report” was sighted by the DSS in which Magu’s activities were alleged to have made him ineligible to hold the office. The letter, dated October 3, was addressed to the Clerk of the Senate, in reference to a letter by the Senate, dated September 21, 2016, asking for Magu’s security check. The report, which listed several alleged malpractices against the EFCC boss, said his confirmation would frustrate the anti-graft drive of the Buhari-led administration. Part of the allegations against Magu was his being in possession of EFCC documents in his private residence during the chairmanship of Farida Waziri. The DSS also made reference to the circumstances surrounding Magu’s arrest, detention and suspension by the Nigeria Police. The secret service also alleged that the sum of N40m was paid for the rented apartment, which costs N20m per annum, where the acting EFCC chairman currently resides. It added that the accommodation was not paid for from the commission’s account but by a presidential appointee, who had been under investigation. The DSS alleged that after renting the apartment for Magu, the friend awarded a N43m contract for the furnishing of the accommodation. The appointee, who is a retired Air Commodore, was said to be a close associate and ally of Magu, allegedly and “runs questionable business” and was once arrested by the service. The report, which cleared the other four EFCC appointees, said Magu, flew a private jet owned by the retired military officer. The service also claimed that the EFCC boss was once in the same flight to Maiduguri with a Managing Director of one of the new generation banks, who it alleged was under investigation. It added that the bank chief had been linked with a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The DSS stated that after the arrest of service chiefs by the EFCC, including Badeh, Umar and Amosu, Magu’s ally, while under interrogation by the service, had confessed that he didn’t want Amosu to be probed, the reason why the EFCC arraigned Amosu after his friend’s interrogation. The acting EFCC boss was also accused in the report of making false allegations against individuals “for personal reasons.” The report said, “The circumstances surrounding the return of Magu to the EFCC and the role played by Lamorde and their close relationship are clear indications of his culpability in the allegation of corruption tendencies of the Lamorde-led EFCC.” The DSS also alleged that “Magu uses only his police cronies to execute operations,” adding that the fact that the cronies had acquired landed properties “led credence to the questions about his integrity.” The report added, “In this light, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption drive of the present administration.” In rejecting Magu, the upper chamber of the National Assembly had cited “security reports” as the reason for the rejection. The screening had been listed on the Order Paper as part of the activities at the chamber for the day. The lawmakers were to conduct a confirmatory screening for Magu and four members of the EFCC on their nomination. The plan to conduct the confirmatory screening had allegedly divided the senators. It was reliably learnt that at the usual pre-session meeting by the principal officers on Thursday, which held at the Senate President’s office, the lawmakers engaged themselves in a shouting match. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, before the end of the closed-door session, announced that the lawmakers had rejected Magu’s nomination and would not screen him. Abdullahi, who read from a statement while addressing journalists, said, “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public that based on security reports available to the Senate, the Senate cannot proceed and confirm the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Executive Chairman of the EFCC. “Accordingly, the Senate hereby rejects the said nomination and has returned the said nomination to Mr. President for further action.” In an attempt by journalists to ask Abdullahi questions, especially on the reported power play involving Magu, individuals and the Presidency and the Senate leadership, the Senator said, “There’s no confusion here. We have said it is based on security reports. Please, all of us – public officers – go for security screening. Everybody! And we are saying based on security reports, we cannot proceed and confirm (Magu) and we are rejecting it (the nomination) and returning it to Mr. President for further action. That is just the statement.’’ The report, it was gathered, had been with Senate President Bukola Saraki since October. Saraki, who presided over the plenary, referred the other nominees to the Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes for screening. Magu, who was appointed by the President as acting Chairman of the EFCC in November, 2015, following the removal of Ibrahim Lamorde, has remained in the acting capacity for over one year. Apart from Magu, the confirmation of four members of the commission was also delayed. The affected appointees are Moses Nda Sule, Mamman Lawan, Imam Najib Galadanchi and Adebayo Adeleke. The letter for Magu’s confirmation was dated June 17, 2016, and signed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was then the acting President while Buhari was in the United Kingdom on a 10-day medical vacation. Sagay, others accuse lawmakers of fighting corruption war. Reacting to the rejection of Magu on Thursday, Sagay berated the Senate for refusing to confirm the acting EFCC chairman. Sagay told The PUNCH during a telephone interview that the Senate acted for selfish reasons and not in the general interest of Nigerians. He said, “The Senate doesn’t appoint a chairman of the EFCC; what it does is to confirm an appointment. If it doesn’t confirm, then, he will remain acting, he doesn’t become substantive but the powers of acting or substantive chairman are the same; it is just a difference in nomenclature. “So, any act of bad faith to slow down the corruption war is misplaced and it won’t work. It is sad that people will go to that extent of rejecting what is good for the country for their selfish reasons because they think it is not convenient for them. So this is preference for self-preservation at the expense of the nation and the people of the country.” He asked Nigerians to rise up and join the fight against corruption and condemn the action of the Senate. “They must show that they are interested and affected by the misery and poverty that have been caused by looting. They must come out and fight and join in the struggle; otherwise, they will wake up one day and realise that there is no country again.” Also, human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), believed the Senate had not rejected Magu officially. He said, “What the law says is that the Senate shall confirm an EFCC chairman; not an executive session, not a committee and the Senate has not done this. “So, the Senate has not rejected him and if you look at what has been done, they are saying they received a security report for which reason they are not considering his nomination.” Also, a group of lawyers, under the aegis of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, demanded the disclosure of the nature and content of the “security report”, which the Senate relied on to reject the nomination of Magu. In a statement on Thursday by its President, Mr. Luke Aghanenu, NADL said it was curious that the Senate would reject Magu in spite of the good performance of the EFCC under his watch as acting chairman. The group said, “Perhaps it is to save its face from what obviously seems to be outright bias that it embarked on this rejection by invoking unexplained security reasons. “As the power to confirm or reject a nominee for the Chairman of the EFCC is a constitutional duty, we demand that the Senate should immediately disclose to Nigerians what the ‘security report’ on Mr. Ibrahim Magu, is to justify the announced rejection of his nomination. Groups condemn EFCC boss rejection Also, civil rights groups, in separate interviews with The PUNCH condemned the rejection of the EFCC acting chairman by the Senate. The President of the Nigeria Voters Assembly, Mashood Erubami, said there was a context in which the Senate had been reluctant to accede to the confirmation of the EFCC Chairman before the rejection. He stated, “The context is that corruption is strongly fighting back albeit vindictively. The rejection is not only targeted at stepping on the toes of the executive in its dogged fight against corruption but also to pull down the institutions being used and to rubbish the President’s efforts to strongly put up a good fight against unethical practices. “Indeed, the direction in which the legislators are going to either end the fight against corruption or crush its fighting legs is well known to Nigerians but it will be left to Nigerians to rise to bail themselves from the menacing acts of their tormentors.” A member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, described the Senate’s rejection of the nomination of Magu as a blow to democracy. Mohammed said, “I find the whole development rather curious. I do not accept that in a democracy, the legislature should presume and deliberately delay the confirmation of such an important position in the government, and now, belatedly, advance some funny reasons such as adverse security report. “My suspicion is that some members of the cabal around the President and their friends in the Senate, who are determined to make sure that Magu does not get confirmed, are responsible for this situation. “Secondly, since Magu has served in this capacity for six months and has not been found wanting, the normal routine is to confirm his appointment. The government of the day, in conjunction with Senators, has refused to confirm him. I feel this is a blow to democracy.” The President, Campaign for Democracy, Bako Usman, said the lawmakers might have rejected Magu for being too close to the Presidency. “The irony behind the tragedy of not confirming (Magu) may not be far away from the fact that Magu has been seen by the majority, not just the Senate, as being selective in his quest for bringing citizens to justice. “The romance that exists between Magu and the Presidency is glaring, the National assembly will rather want a different person in that position,” he added. But a lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said the action of the Senate re-asserted the independence of the legislative arm of government. He stated, “It is wrong to build our institutions, especially the anti -corruption agencies, around individuals. We should strengthen the institutions rather than the individuals. “In this regard, the rejection of Mr. Magu should have no impact on the work of the EFCC, ordinarily. In a country of about 180 million people, the President should shop for a replacement that can perform the job as much or even better than Mr. Magu.” Magu will not be removed –PACAC boss Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has said Magu will not be replaced by any other person. Sagay, who stated this in the current edition of The Interview, said Magu’s appointment would be renewed whether he was confirmed or not. In the interview conducted by The Interview before Magu’s rejection on Thursday, Sagay said, “Corruption is fighting back. The people who are supposed to confirm him, many of them are under investigation and, somehow, they think if they don’t confirm him, the investigation will gradually fade away, forgetting that an acting chairman is a chairman. There is no difference in powers. He is going to be there. “Whether they like it or not, he will be there. His chairmanship will keep on being renewed. “Since Nuhu Ribadu left, we have not had a man with such sterling qualities as Ibrahim Magu, and whether they like it or not, Magu is going to be there until he completes all the terms he is supposed to under the…

New ‘Giveaways’ Target Shoppers Searching For Hatchimals And Other Hot Toys

Renee Morad-  CONTRIBUTOR Pexels During the holiday season, parents scrambling at the last minute to purchase toys at the top of their children’s wish lists will often go to great lengths to deliver. Scammers are taking advantage of this and are promoting fake Hatchimal giveaways to trick parents into disclosing bank information and other personal data, warns social media security company ZeroFOX. Fake coupons, merchandise and gift card generators are also being used to target shoppers. After scouring social media sites including Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, ZeroFOX identified the scams that are most prevalent for shoppers this holiday season—and discovered that these tactics are becoming increasingly more challenging to decipher as fraud. “In a lot of the research we do around social media and security, we find there’s fundamentally a stronger level of trust amongst folks on social media compared to email,” says Mike Raggo, chief research officer for ZeroFOX. In ZeroFOX’s recent study, one fake Hatchimal giveaway on Instagram included a bit.ly link that takes users to a fake contest page using a domain extension of *.ml, which is a top-level domain in West Africa. When a user clicks on the Hatchimal, he is then directed to a “human verification” page. There, the user is asked to download a mobile app and provide contact information. The mobile app includes adware pop-ups that lead to malware infestations. ZeroFOX says other fake giveaways are designed to entice shoppers purchasing Hasbro’s popular Pie Face! game and iPhones, which are hot items this holiday season. Raggo adds that in some of these giveaway schemes, the item itself will be free, but consumers will be asked for their credit card information in order to pay a shipping charge. A common tactic to look out for is so-called hashtag hacking, in which a scammer posting a fake giveaway includes hashtags like #cybermonday or #blackfriday to reach as broad a population as possible. Scammers are also leaning on impersonation accounts, which look very similar to a real brand account, using similar names and replacing some characters with dashes or spaces. Fake coupons are also surfacing, particularly on Twitter. One scam recently targeted a variety of retailers, such as Macy’s, Kroger and Foot Locker, with a message, “Follow us then get your 75% OFF All Items.” Then, a link directed consumers to a site where they were prompted to submit sensitive personal data. (This scam has since been taken offline, according to ZeroFOX.) In addition, shoppers should look out for fraudulent gift card generators, which appear to be offered by a specific retailer but then take shoppers to a third-party site to download the card generator. To steer clear of these traps, shoppers should always beware of coupons and promotions distributed through sites other than the official retailer. “While some are legitimate, most are not,” Raggo says. If the site requests personal information or a credit card number, this should signal a potential warning to investigate that particular link or website, he explains. When looking to validate a site, shoppers should make sure security controls, such as SSL web site certificates, which are also shown as “https” before the base URL, are there. These are standard for sites that ask for credentials or credit card data. Two-factor authentication, along with anti-virus software, provide additional layers of protection in the event that a scammer tries to compromise personal information. Last but not least, it’s particularly helpful to keep your guard up on social media, Raggo says. If consumers click on a link that prompts to download and install an app or file, they should remember that these apps should only be downloaded from curated app stores like Apple App Store or Google Play. …

Yahoo Discloses New Breach of 1 Billion User Accounts

A newly discovered data breach exposed the private information of more than 1 billion Yahoo users, the company said, dwarfing the scope of another recently disclosed hack and casting doubt on Verizon Communications Inc.’s planned acquisition of the internet company. The 2013 theft is separate and twice as large as a 2014 hack that Yahoo Inc. disclosed earlier this year. That hack had been billed as likely the largest-ever theft of personal data. Unidentified hackers penetrated Yahoo’s network in August 2013 and stole data including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and passwords, the company said. Yahoo said it believes the incident is distinct from the 2014 hack, and that the hackers are no longer in its corporate network.  The new disclosure could jeopardize Verizon’s $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core internet business, a deal announced in July and expected to close in early 2017. In October, Verizon signaled it could consider the 2014 breach a material event that could allow it to change the deal terms. The companies were discussing the impact of that first breach when the second was discovered. Verizon learned of the latest breach in the past few weeks, a person familiar with the matter said. The company still has all options on the table, including renegotiating the deal’s price or walking away, the person said.  Yahoo says more than a billion users were affected by a data breach that it says occurred in 2013. WSJ personal technology editor Wilson Rothman and WSJ's Tanya Rivero discuss tips for protecting yourself against future breaches. Photo: Getty HAVE A YAHOO ACCOUNT? Some things you can do to boost security Four Steps to Take After a Hack Set Up a Password Manager (Dec. 9) Cancel Forgotten Internet Accounts (Sept 23) The Problem With Password Resets (Sept. 28) “We will evaluate the situation as Yahoo continues its investigation,” Verizon said Wednesday. “We will review the impact of this new development before reaching any final conclusions.” A spokesman said Yahoo is confident in the company’s value and is continuing with its integration plans. “We have been in communication with Verizon leadership throughout the investigation,” he said. Verizon had been negotiating with Yahoo over how much liability the remaining Yahoo company would shoulder for future liabilities associated with the 2014 hack, people familiar with the matter said. Verizon wasn’t trying to reduce the purchase price of Yahoo because the cost of future liabilities—if any—is unknown, the people said, therefore asking for a price discount would effectively be a bet. The sides were close to an agreement, the people familiar said, but that has been derailed after the discovery of this latest, larger breach. Now, Verizon will again wait to see how much the hack affects the number of users or the overall value of the company. Yahoo’s assets, which include websites such as Yahoo Finance, Sports and News, still make strategic sense for Verizon, one of the people said. If Verizon finds that the overall value of Yahoo hasn’t changed, then the issue could be resolved by simply splitting future liabilities. ENLARGE Yahoo isn’t sure how many records in total were taken during the two incidents, because a subset of the 1 billion stolen in 2013 were likely also taken in 2014, the company spokesman said. Yahoo learned of the 2013 breach in November when law enforcement provided the company with “data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo data.” The 2014 break-in was done by a state-sponsored actor, Yahoo has said, but it isn’t clear who was behind the 2013 incident. In September, The Wall Street Journal reported that criminals were selling access to a database of user accounts and that portions of that database had been obtained by the security research firm InfoArmor Inc. In early November, InfoArmor handed over tens of millions of these record to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the company said Tuesday. Now Yahoo’s users are again being urged to review all of their online accounts and to change their passwords and security questions and answers for any other accounts on which they use the same or similar information used for their Yahoo account. It also recommended users avoid clicking links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails and remain cautious of unsolicited communication asking for personal information. Separately, Yahoo, which had previously disclosed that its outside forensic experts were investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder to access users’ accounts without a password, said Wednesday it believes an unauthorized third party accessed the company’s proprietary code to learn how to forge cookies. Yahoo is notifying affected account holders, and has invalidated the forged cookies. Shares in the company lost more than 2% after hours to…

FG Presents Sports Equipment To 51 Primary Schools

The Federal Government of Nigeria has presented sports equipment to about 51 public primary schools in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria. This according to the government, is to develop talents at the grassroots in nine core areas of sporting activities such as athletics, badminton, football, volleyball for national and international sporting engagements. At a ceremony held at the MKO Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital, the representative of the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Amina Mohammed, reiterated the commitment of the federal government towards diversification of the economy through national and international sporting activities “Let me state at this juncture that it is not by coincidence that this event is taking place at the early stage of the life of this administration. “Even though the trust fund was established 11 years ago, today’s ceremony affirms the avowed commitment of this administration to change the life of every Nigerian positively in a manner that matters to them. “Consistent with the economic blueprint of diversifying the economic base, the renewed focus on the lottery industry is a testimony that government is determined to harness needed resources wherever they may be found in order to continue to develop our economic potentials and apply them to the generality of Nigerians”. Revenue Generation Further, Mohammed added that “already, government has identified sports as a major revenue earner and capable of significantly contributing to our gross earnings outside of oil. “Over the last three decades, we have imported a high number of youths with sports talents especially football, where they are excelling in major European leagues and even in Asia. “It is with this realization that the policy on good causes is channeled to encourage more youth participation in sports”. Local Manufacturing “In the same vein, and in order to broaden the scope of participation and eliminate obstacles regarding access to certain sporting activities, especially the games considered as elitist, government is now encouraging the local manufacture of sports equipment and products. “To this end, I am pleased to acknowledge the production of international quality football by the Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria in Kaduna state,” she said. The Ogun state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who represented the governor commended the federal government for the gesture, while promising that the sporting equipment would be judiciously used to boost sporting activities among the pupils across the state. “The gesture by the presidency will further boost recreational activities in our schools and also develop sporting potentials in our youths at large. “This administration of the Ibikunle Amosun will continue to encourage our children to participate in sporting activities right from their younger ages. “Let me assure you at this juncture that our pupils and youths will make maximum use of the sporting equipment. Mrs Onanuga then stressed that the government of Ogun state looks forward to more collaboration with the federal…

Adultery Site Ashley Madison Fined Over Client Data Breach

Adultery website AshleyMadison.com’s owner agreed to pay a steeply discounted $1.65 million settlement to resolve state and federal probes into a 2015 hack that exposed personal data of 37 million users of the site, whose slogan was “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” The company, which changed its name to Ruby Corp. from Avid Life Media Inc. after the breach, agreed to a $17.5 million penalty to resolve the multistate investigation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. The amount was reduced by about 90 percent due to an "inability to pay," and the rest was suspended. “Reckless disregard for data security will not be tolerated,” Schneiderman, who joined with 12 other U.S. states and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to announce the settlement. Hackers dumped almost 10 gigabytes of data on the Internet, providing information on previously anonymous users, including e-mail addresses, names and details of sexual preferences and fantasies, authorities said. As many as 652,627 New York residents were members of Ashley Madison at the time of the security breach. Dating Venue Toronto-based Ruby, which now bills Ashley Madison simply as an online-dating site, has been cooperating with the FTC for more than a year, according to a statement by Rob Segal, the company’s chief executive officer since July. “Today’s settlement closes an important chapter on the company’s past and reinforces our commitment to operating with integrity,” Segal said in the statement. Company spokeswoman Debra Quinn declined to comment on why the company can’t afford to pay the full settlement, despite reporting more users than it had at the time of the breach. The multistate probe uncovered lax data-security practices at the company, including a failure to maintain its information-security policies or to use so-called multi-factor authentication to secure remote access, according to the statement. "This case represents one of the largest data breaches that the FTC has investigated," Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. The investigation revealed Ashley Madison failed to purge the user information of millions of customers who cancelled their memberships, even though many had paid for a premium service that promised their data wouldn’t be stored on the company’s servers, according to the attorney general’s statement. Under the accord, the website operator also agreed to not use fake female profiles, which were often created to entice customers, according to the statement. The data breach revealed those profiles to be bogus and exposed the company’s use of customer photographs for phony profile pictures, it said. "It used portions of the profile photographs of actual users who had not had account activity within the previous year as the photographs in the fake profiles that it created, cropping or hiding users’ faces, but not their bodies," Schneiderman said. The hack led Noel Biderman, the company’s former CEO, to step down , and triggered a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Royal Canadian Mounted…

NOTICE OF THE FINAL MEETING OF IKEMBA PREPARATORY SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT

We wish to inform all the LOC, PA's, and Team Reps of the final meeting of the IKEMBA PREPARATORY SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT on: Date: Sunday, 18th December, 2016 Venue: at our empowerment center. Time: 2pm. NOTE: Teams that have not paid their registration should do so to avoid disqualification and we shall not rely on hear say or religious fags or sentiments from people who think they are special to becloud us. Also we shall abide to what the meeting decided. We have published all the fixtures for the table tennis and football for your note and if you have any reports, bring it to the meeting for discuss, else its irrelevant. Thanks LOC Chairman. …

Ogun Govt. Begins Verification Of N-Power Applicants

The Ogun State government has commenced the verification exercise for the 5,799 beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social welfare and employment generation scheme, N-Power. Channels Television crew, who visited some of the verification centres across the three senatorial districts of the state, said unemployed graduates subjected themselves to the screening exercise. The verification of certificates and other documents was carried out to ascertain the eligibility of the applicants in the state in southwest Nigeria. The Special Adviser to the State Governor, Mrs Tinuola Sopeju, briefed a gathering on the process of the exercise on Thursday. Mrs Sopeju explained that the beneficiaries would be clustered into three groups according to their areas of competence. The beneficiaries are expected to get the sum of 30,000 naira monthly as stipend under the social welfare and empowerment programme. Some of the applicants commended the government for the initiative. They also asked for the extension of the programme beyond the stipulated duration of two…

Buhari’s Government Not Responsible For Nigerians’ Woes – Udoma

Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udoma Udo Udoma, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is not responsible for Nigerians’ woes. He was answering questions from State House correspondents after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting where the Vice President, governors of the 36 states of the federation and key ministers in the cabinet gathered for what looked like a presentation of their scorecard for the last one year. Mr. Udoma said that the present government was on a rescue mission to correct the damage done by previous governments. He blamed the current economic crisis on the financial mismanagement of the last regime for failing to save despite the free flow of resources from the sales of crude oil. The Minister also explained the plan period of 2017 and 2020 and the efforts to grow the economy. Corroborating the Minister’s position, Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, said that those heaping the blames on the Buhari government are uncharitable and therefore should be ignored. According to him, the NEC also identified some of the areas where the administration has performed despite the difficult times, and what they need to do, going forward. NEC took examples from the revolution going on in Lagos and Anambra states, but most of all applauded the Vice President for the way and manner he has integrated the state governments into the economic policies of the administration. This integration, they noted was lacking before. Council then said that there will be greater collaboration between the state and federal government in the new…

Okowa Signs MoU For Development Of Smart Cities

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on behalf of Delta state government, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kems Infrastructure Solution Limited and Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria for the development of smart cities in the state. Signing the MoU at the Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa stated that the MoU was in his bid to ensure speedy development of Delta State. He said that it would also bring about innovative ICT solutions that would position the state to tackle challenges as they arise. “With this partnership which concerns our smart cities, we will have a better management of our security in the state and through the various infrastructural development, our economy and the knowledge of our people will improve,” the Governor said. To the partners, he said: “This partnership will be a win-win situation for all of us as both your company, Delta State government and our people will benefit from it.” The Director, Huawei Technologies Company Limited, Mr Welion Yang, who spoke at the occasion, thanked Governor Okowa for providing the enabling environment for investments to thrive in the state. He gave the assurance that his company would deliver quality products and on time to the benefits of the government and people of Delta State. While the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie-Agas signed the MoU on behalf of the government of Delta State, Mr Welion Yang signed for Huawei Technologies Company Limited while Lilian Ranganath signed on behalf of Kems Infrastructure Support Solutions…

Health Development Agency Deploys 1,447 Midwives To Rural Communities

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has deployed 1,447 midwives to rural communities in the northern part of Nigeria for their one year mandatory Midwives Service Scheme (MSS). At a Flag-Off Orientation and Documentation of Basic Midwives held in Kaduna on Thursday, the Acting Executive Director of the agency, Dr. Echezona Ezeanolue, who declared the induction course open, said the programme was aimed at reversing the ugly trend in the maternal and child health outcomes. Describing the high rate of maternal and newborn deaths as a national tragedy which requires concerted effort to tackle, Professor Ezeanolue charged the midwives to take the assignment seriously wherever they would be posted. The deployment of the nurses is under the midwives service scheme, an intervention started since 2009, to reduce the number of women and children who die from pregnancy-related complications. Since its inception, the scheme has demonstrated progressively to be a strategy for achieving better maternal and newborn outcomes. However unfortunately, lack of adequate funding has been a major challenge in realizing this objective. The NPHCDA has already staged orientation for a first batch of 443 midwives in Abuja, the second is taking place in Kaduna, while the third would be conducted in Edo state. The executive director who identified lack of medical personnel as some of the factors responsible for maternal and child deaths in the country, expressed hopes that the deployment of these nurses to the rural communities will mitigate incidents of pregnant women and child related deaths in those areas. She called on the midwives to show hard work and patriotism during the service, reminding them that their performance would determine their induction into the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. “It is our believe that the scheme will continue to strengthen the PHC system and have positive bearing on all other levels of care. “It is important to note that your engagement into the scheme is a pre-requisite for you to receive your license from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. “This underscores the need for you to be of good conduct to your clients and members of the communities where you will be posted during this period. “The Midwives Service Scheme has demonstrated progressively to be a strategy for achieving better maternal and newborn health outcomes as well as revitalizing the primary health care system. “The health workers under the scheme are trained on life saving skills, modified life saving skills and other required skills and competences to improve quality of care at the facility level. “The agency has reinvigorated the ward development committees and will continue to build capacity within diverse community stakeholders. The scheme has also provided an opportunity to deliver essential drugs and supplies to facilities under the scheme.” Furthermore, she said: “I wish to reiterate that maternal and newborn deaths remain a national tragedy. Any Nigerian woman’s life lost is a loss to our dear nation’s human capital. “The loss of lives of mothers and newborns is linked in three delays, delay in recognising that there is a problem and that healthcare must be sought, this often occurs due to lack of access to right information, delay due to lack of means to access to health care which could be physical and financial access and delay to non availability of needed services and skilled manpower to provide services at the facilities”. The Kaduna state Commissioner for Health, Dr Paul Dogo on the other hand noted that there was great improvement in access to healthcare under the present administration in terms of provision of equipment and manpower at the primary health care centres, stating that with the posting of more medical personnel to rural communities, maternal and child deaths could be minimized. “Globally, there has been improvement in maternal and child health care, and there has been also a significant decrease in maternal and child deaths rate lets say in the past 25 years. “Now what we have witnessed today are young midwives going in for one year compulsory community service. We have to address human resource situation, that means we are going to have an increase in the number of deliveries supervised by skilled birth attendants and we know that this will significantly reduce the rate of maternal and child mortality”. According to statistics, each year in Nigeria, 33,000 mothers die, three quarters of which could have been prevented with existing health interventions, while 946,000 children under age five die and 241,000 newborns die yearly; 70% of which could have been prevented using existing health care packages. With the deployment of these midwives, they are expected to compliment health service providers on ground at primary health care facilities, it expected that it would reduce the high rate of maternal and child mortality…

Court Adjourns PDP Leadership Suit Indefinitely

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has adjourned indefinitely the hearing into the leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  A three-man panel of justices led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa suspended hearing on the matter to await the outcome of a related case pending before another court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. The decision followed a motion filed by the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the party. The group’s counsel, Akin Olujinmi, asked the court not to attend to the suit filed by the Senator Ahmed Markafi-led faction. The defence counsel’s argument was based on the fact that the Port Harcourt division of the court has already reserved judgement on the matter. In that suit, the appellants are challenging a verdict that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on June 30, which recognised Sheriff as national chairman of the…

Rivers Govt. Denies Audio Recording On Governor Wike

The Rivers State government has denied an audio recording released by Sahara Reporters alleged to be that of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, calling it a technological contraption. According the audio recording, a voice purportedly of Governor Wike is heard in a telephone conversation arranging payment to some persons who are supposedly officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in exchange for their help in rigging the recently concluded legislative elections in the state. In a statement by the Commissioner of Information, Austin Tam-George, the government said that the Governor had no contact with any INEC official. The statement reads: “We categorically deny these latest allegations as a sick fabrication, an outright lie. “Governor Wike never made any contact with INEC officials, in person or by telephone. “Saharareporters.com is the online propaganda bullhorn of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  Their publications are typically false, and the writers are professional hawkers of fiction. “No one would have thought that the APC and its cowardly media allies would resort to an audio impersonation of Governor Nyesom Wike, using a voice changer technology. “The voice changer technology is often used by teenagers mainly in South Korea and Japan to launch innocent technological pranks at each other, mainly for laughs. “The use of such a technology to blackmail a governor is a new criminal low for the APC, a party already widely discredited for its addiction to falsehood. “The APC and Saharareporters are inmates in the prison of their own lies. We reject the latest blackmail by the…

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed Appointed UN Deputy Secretary-General

The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres on Thursday announced that he will be appointing Amina Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is currently the Minister of Environment of Nigeria, where she steers the country’s efforts to protect the natural environment and conserve resources for sustainable development, read a statement issued by Mr. Guterres’s office. She also served as Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at New York’s Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels. Born in 1961, and educated in Nigeria and the UK, Ms. Mohammed is married with six children. The Secretary-General-designate also announced the appointment of Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as his Chef de Cabinet and that he will create the position of Special Advisor on Policy, and appointed Ms. Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea to this new role. “I am happy to count on the efforts of these three highly competent women, whom I have chosen for their strong backgrounds in global affairs, development, diplomacy, human rights and humanitarian action,” said Secretary-General-designate Guterres, in the statement. He added: “These appointments are the foundations of my team, which I will continue to build, respecting my pledges on gender parity and geographical diversity.” Ms. Ribeiro Viotti is presently the Under-Secretary for Asia and the Pacific at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A career diplomat since 1976, she served most recently as Brazil’s Ambassador of to Germany (from 2013 to 2016) and as Brazil’s Permanent Representative to the UN (from 2007 to 2011). Ms. Kang is currently the Chief of the Secretary-General-designate’s Transition Team. She has served as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator since April 2013, and was Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights from January 2007 to March 2013. Guterres had hinted on Monday after he took the oath of office that gender parity would be top of his agenda as the UN scribe. “I think that one very important element of the agenda would be to give a clear signal that gender parity is a must and so in the appointments I will be making. “And the first ones would be announced soon. You’ll see that gender parity will become a clear priority from top to bottom in the UN and it will have to be respected by all. “This is a very ambitious agenda, an agenda that must be for both woman and man, and that is why parity is so important in our reform perspectives. “That is also why the empowerment of women is so important in everything the UN will be doing around the world,” the incoming UN scribe said. Guterres, succeeds outgoing secretary-general Ban, who bows out on Dec. 31, 2016 after a decade of two terms, while the new secretary-general assumes office on Jan. 1, 2017, for the next five…

Buhari Did Not Order National ID Card Use For 2019 Elections – Presidency

The Presidency has denied claims in the media that President Buhari has given “orders” that national identity cards be used in the 2019 elections. The statement from the Office of the Vice President was in reaction to newspaper reports on Friday which referred to the Vice President’s speech delivered on Thursday by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Ade Ipaye at the Policy Roundtable on Identity Eco-System in the country to make the claim. Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande, insisted that no such orders were made by the President and the said speech by the Vice President made no mention of the 2019 elections at all. According to him, what the speech said was that the President has taken an initiative to harmonize identity management in the country so as to ensure that every Nigerian has a unique identifier. And in the same vein, the speech added that it is the “President’s charge that the national identification number, (NIN) is used to authenticate eligible voters in the near future, as well as in the areas of access to health insurance, registration of SIM cards, access to social welfare, financial transactions, etc”. Mr Akande then explained: “What this means is that such a unique identifier as the NIN can, when eventually issued, help to confirm age and nationality status of eligible voters, for instance. Or even help determine eligibility of persons presenting themselves for health, social welfare, financial and other available services in the country. “The President was not giving any directive to INEC or any order regarding 2019. “Mr. President and this administration fully respect the autonomy of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and also very determined to preserve the integrity of the electoral process at all times.” The full text of Vice President Osinbajo’s speech at the Policy Round-Table Meeting On Identity Eco-System is published on…

Trump Says No New Deals During Presidency

Donald Trump says his sons will run his businesses during his presidency, but there will be “no new deals”. After delaying an announcement on how to handle his business interests, he took to Twitter to disclose he would hold a news conference in the near future. Follow Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump Presidency. Two of my children, Don and Eric, plus executives, will manage them. No new deals will be done during my term(s) in office 5:32 AM - 13 Dec 2016 9,372 9,372 Retweets 40,444 40,444 likes Follow Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump I will hold a press conference in the near future to discuss the business, Cabinet picks and all other topics of interest. Busy times! 5:41 AM - 13 Dec 2016 10,235 10,235 Retweets 45,104 45,104 likes The US president-elect was due to hold a rare press conference on the matter on Thursday. He has also confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US Secretary of State. Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson as being among the “most accomplished business leaders and international deal-makers” in the world. Follow Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State.   12:43 PM - 13 Dec 2016 22,964 22,964 Retweets 74,203 74,203 likes Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, alarming both Democrats and some Republicans. The nomination, however, needs Senate…

NNPC, IOC Sign Cash-Call Exit Agreement

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and International Oil Companies (IOC) have signed an agreement to exit the Joint Venture Cash-Call Arrangement. This brings to an end, the NNPC’s counterpart funding for 60% equity shareholding it owns in various oil and gas fields in international and indigenous oil firms. The agreement was signed on Thursday in Abuja between the national oil company and Shell Petroleum, Nigeria Agip Oil, Total, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. It is coming barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the Federal Government would cut provisions for the Joint Venture Cash-Calls, starting from January 2017. The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, noted that a governance process would be set up with immediate effect, to manage a new funding mechanism that would provide for cost recovery. The NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, on his part, explained that the exit has set the stage for a review of the cash-call agreement. He added that it has also created an opportunity for the adoption of a more sustainable funding arrangement with international oil companies’ joint venture operations. Cash-calls is a counterpart funding the NNPC pays annually for the 60% equity shareholding it owns in various oil and gas fields operated by IOC and indigenous oil firms. In 2016, underfunding for cash-calls amounted to $2.5 billion, bringing the national oil firm’s total cash-call arrears over the years to $8.5…

Suarez Extends Barcelona Deal With €200m Buy-out Clause

FC Barcelona say that they have reached an agreement with Luis Suarez for the extension of his contract until June 30, 2021. The buy-out clause in the contract is set at €200m. The club revealed on its website on Thursday that the new contract would be signed on Friday December 16. The Uruguayan joined to Barcelona from Liverpool in the summer of 2014. He has played a total of 116 games in which he has formed a fearsome trio with team mates Lionel Messi and Neymar. Suarez has scored 97 goals since he signed for the Spanish giants, an average of 0.83 goals per game. With Barcelona, the 29-year-old has won two league titles, two Copas del Rey, a Champions League, a Spanish Super Cup, a European Super Cup and a FIFA World Club…

Ronaldo Fires Real Madrid To FIFA Club World Cup Finals

Real Madrid on Thursday beat Club America 2-0 to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final. The European champions have also extended their unbeaten run to 36 games. Karim Benzema set the Spanish giants on the lead with a brilliant finish after a Toni Kroos’ pass. Cristiano Ronaldo sealed the win by netting a second in added time amid some confusion. Real Madrid have consequently secured a place in Sunday’s final against Kashima Antlers. Kashima had made history by becoming the first Japanese team to reach the final of the global competition after beating Atletico Nacional 3-0 in Osaka. Shoma Doi converted a historic penalty on 33 minutes, just before Yasushi Endo and Yuma Suzuki bagged two late second-half goals to send the J-league champions into the global club showpiece…

Gov. Umahi conferred “OMENUKO 1 OF AFIKPO”

Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi(middle); Chairman of Afikpo North Traditional Council, Ezeogo Ewa Elechi and Director of Protocol, Government House, Austin Udude, shortly after the conferment of Omenuko title on the governor by Afikpo North monarchs in Afikpo on Monday. L-R: Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi; Chairman of Afikpo North Caretaker Committee, Enyim O. Enyim; National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(South=East, Austin Umahi, Director of Protocol, Government House, Austin Udude and Commissioner, Local Government and Chieftancy Matters, Sam Okoronkwo during the adoption of the governor into the Esa council of Afikpo in Afikpo on Monday. …

Igbo Marginalisation: Okorocha attacks Onu

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has accused Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu of being responsible for the marginalisation of Igbo. Governor Okorocha who also doubles as chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum chided the minister for not living up to his expectations in attracting democratic dividends to the party in Ebonyi State. Okorocha’s reaction was sequel to the complaints by stakeholders in the state during a familiarisation visit. The stakeholders complained that they were being schemed out from the employment and empowerment programmes of the Federal Government and inability to pay the rent of the party’s secretariat. Represented by the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Ugonna Ozurigbo, the governor noted that it was shocking and unbearable that Ebonyi State has a full fledge minister and the party could not pay N5 million rent. The governor also admonished party members not to blame the president for sidelining the party as he noted that the appointment of Dr. Onu into the Federal Executive Council was to attract government’s presence to the state. “The main aim of governance is to help people around you.” I am the deputy apeaker of Imo State House of Assembly is to help people around me. In the 36 states of the federation, we have 13 major ministers and Ebonyi is one. It is bad that Ebonyi APC has such high profile minister and you are still complaining of marginalisation from the Federal Government. “Our visit will definitely address these issues, We are here to know your problems and complaints. Ebonyi should join hands and build. APC to avoid being a minority in the South East. APC is waxing stronger and stronger,” Okorocha said. Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Ben Nwobashi noted that the leadership tussle which had factionalised the party has been resolved by the national secretariat of the party, who sent a delegation to register new members in the state. “We had a team that was sent by the National Secretariat to register new members and the issue of leadership was presented and my humble self is still the chairman of APC in Ebonyi State and my deputy remains Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze.” A chieftain of the party and the National Coordinator of Buhari/Osinbajo Initiative for Demonstrating Change, Chinedu Ogah expressed optimism that the visit has authenticated Nwobashi as the chairman ofthe party in the state. …

GOVERNOR DAVE UMAHI’S POLITICAL SAGACITY; A CASE STUDY OF IKWO NOYO By Brutus

It could be recalled that an Ikwo Noyo son served as the Governor of Ebonyi State for a continous eight years. By then, oil was sold between eighty to one hundered dollars. Money was rolling in, there was no economic recession. In that period, Elechi initiated and partly completed some projects accross the state. In some Local governments he built roads and bridges which he tagged ''un ity bridges''. The people had mixed feelings; divergent reactions. Praises and condemnations of various magnitude. Above all, he initiated and partially completed the gigantic # ochud o  city which critics described as a misplaced priority. But in all these efforts, not a single road was # bicycleable let alone # motorable in Ikwo noyo; his aborigine. Ikwo languished in complains and penury. They decided to let peace reign and resorted to God for a solace. Economically and politically, only a significant few were permanently positioned to amass wealth at the expense of others. As God would have it, Engr Dave Umahi being encouraged by the Biblical saying that since the days of John the baptist; the kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent taketh it by force; rose to his feet, weathered the storm and took power by force. It may interest you to know that today Ikwo noyo now have a well tarred express road leading from Nkwegu through # FUNAI to Echara Junction in Ikwo noyo. This all important road was hitherto in a very deplorable state. But today, from all corners of the world one can easily access Ikwo noyo because of this road. #FUNAI now became a behive of activities all because of this road. However, the wonder working governor did not stop there. Politically and economically, Ikwo noyo seem to have more appointees than other Local governments in the state. Ikwo alone have the deputy governor, and uncountable number of other appointees. Thank God for Engr Dave Umahi. Ikwo remains grateful to you. Bravoo!! …

Ebonyi State Elders Forum Passed Vote of confidence on Gov Umahi.

Amb. Frank Ogbuweuwu speaking on behalf of the state elders forum at a Luncheon with the Governor pledged total support to Umahis administration, he noted that the governor's completed and ongoing projects, human infrastructural developments and massive empowerments are evidence enough to show that he is a square peg in a square hole. He said, Umahi has done more than he promised and we are ready to give him ou r support come 2019. Gov. Umahi, after giving the elders forum Christmas package said that 2015 and 2016 have been years of infrastructural developments but 2017 will be a year of more empowerment.   …

Umahi To Dualise Abakaliki- Afikpo Federal Highway

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr.(Dr.) David Umahi, has announced his administration's intention to dualise the Abakaliki-Afikpo and complete a section of the Abakaliki-Enugu Expressway in order to attract trade and investment to the state. He also said that bridges would be constructed across Ndibe Beach in Afikpo and Oferekpe River in Ikwo Local Government Area to link the state with Cross River State as a way of further opening up Ebonyi for commerce and industry. . Umahi made these known during the ground breaking ceremony of an ultra-modern regional market in Afikpo, Afikpo North Local Government Area on Monday. The governor directed that the regional market should be named after one of the illustrious sons of Afikpo and the Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Michael Okoro, for his humility and service . . He said, " I will dualise the Abakaliki- Afikpo road and complete the dualisation of the Abakaliki- Enugu Highway from EBSU to town . These are federal roads but we are very ready to complete them. "I believe we are also going to put a bridge across Oferekpe and a bridge across Ndibe Beach. "On the new market, it shall be called Bishop Nnachi Okoro Regional Market. He is a man of peace, a man of humility, a real committed man of God and representative of Christ in Ebonyi State." The governor also flagged off the construction of the 4.3 kilometer Ngodo- Amangbala- Amaizu road in Afikpo as part of his effort to build at least 15 kilometers of roads in each of the 13 LGAs in the state. He directed his Senior Special Assistant on Infrastructural Maintenance, Ali Odefa, to start the maintenance of all tarred urban roads in Afikpo immediately. Umahi said, "We have started one of the critical roads in Afikpo. The one that goes to St. Mary's Catholic Church. We have directed that street light should be started along the same road. "I'm also directing my SSA on Infrastructure Maintenance to start from January 2 to maintain all the tarred roads in Afikpo. All portholes in Afikpo North must be filled." The governor, who was later given a grand reception at Amuro Mgbom Primary School field where he addressed a mammoth crowd, reaffirmed his determination to transform the area as promised during his electioneering. "We said we must give you a befitting market and we've chosen the timber shed area. Very soon, you will see the hills in the area being made a plain field. You will see the valley being filled. A befitting regional market shall be there and it shall be one of its kind in the whole country," he told the people. Earlier, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Afikpo North LGA, Ogbonnaya Oko Enyim, applauded the governor for fulfilling his electioneering promises as well as taking development to all the communities in the state. …

Gambia Security Forces Seize Election Commission HQ

The Gambia’s security forces have taken over the headquarters of the electoral commission. Chairman of the commission, Alieu Momar Njai, who raised the alarm on Tuesday, said that staff of the agency were barred from entering. This incidence is as a result of President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept his loss in recent elections. President Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat in the election, after a 22-year rule, but recanted a week later, asking for fresh polls to be conducted by a “god-fearing and independent electoral commission”. President Yahya Jammeh Sanctity Of Electoral Process Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders have arrived in the country to try to persuade Mr Jammeh to step down peacefully. They were received on Tuesday at the airport in Banjul by Gambia’s Vice-President, Isatou Njie-Saidy. The ECOWAS leaders would discuss the ensuing impasse in the Gambia with President Jammeh, and insist on the sanctity of the electoral process as well as respect for the wishes of the people. They would also ask their host to respect the Constitution of his own country and maintain the inviolability of an electoral process that had been concluded, in which he had admitted defeat and congratulated his main challenger. The leaders are also scheduled to meet the President-elect, Adama…

Gambian Coalition Calls On Buhari To Resolve Political Logjam

The coalition of seven political parties that produced President-elect of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, earnestly looks up to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, to deploy his vast experience, alongside other African leaders, to resolve the political logjam in the tiny West African country. This was revealed on Wednesday, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina. Speaking with the media during the high-level ECOWAS /AU/UN Joint Mission to The Gambia on Tuesday, Hamad Bah, one of the coalition members, declared: “We need the experience of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in many ways. Like President Jammeh, he is a former military officer, so he knows how the military thinks, and would be able to talk to him appropriately. “Again, President Buhari was in the opposition in Nigeria for about 12 years, before he won election in 2015. So, he also knows how the opposition thinks. He can feel what we feel. We are quite glad that President Buhari is here, it gives us a lot of hope.” The high-level team, in series of meetings that lasted the whole of Tuesday, met with President Yahya Jammeh, twice, conferred with Barrow, consulted with security chiefs, members of the diplomatic community, leadership of the electoral commission, and many other interest groups. The consensus was that President Jammeh needed to respect the result of the December 1 election, which he had earlier accepted and congratulated the winner, only to recant a week later, calling for fresh polls “to be conducted by a God-fearing electoral commission”. Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Sierra Leonean President, Ernest Bai Koroma             The Joint ECOWAS-AU-UN team, made of President Buhari, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia (current Chairperson of ECOWAS), President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, outgoing President John Mahama of Ghana, and Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, (UN Special Representative for West Africa), encouraged Jammeh to reconsider his rejection of the election results citing “tallying errors” and his call for new elections. Jammeh was also urged to hand over power “within constitutional deadlines, and in accordance with electoral laws of The Gambia”. President Johnson-Sirleaf said discussions on The Gambian impasse would continue, as ECOWAS leaders meet in Abuja this…

Wike Satisfied With Progress Of Port Harcourt Pleasure Park

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work at the Pleasure Park in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. Speaking when he inspected ongoing work at the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Governor Wike noted that the project when completed would be the first of its kind in the country. He said that the contractor, Julius Berger Plc, has been directed to ensure that they deliver a world class park to be commissioned during the 50th anniversary of the state. “The pace of the development of Pleasure Park is amazing. I am happy with the quality of work so far done. “This facility will attract people from across the country and beyond. This facility will create jobs and positively impact the economy of the state,” Wike said. Furthermore, he expressed satisfaction over the climbing tower already erected, the recreation of the lake, the construction of the golf course and the special restaurants being developed. He assured the state that his administration would continue to transform Port Harcourt and make it a national centre for tourism . The governor was accompanied on the project inspection by the Former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and the Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan…

Trial Of Orji Uzor Kalu To Begin March 2017

Nine years after he was first charged, the trial of the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu is now to commence on March 6, 2017. The former Abia state governor is standing trial before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, alongside two others on a 34-count charge of money laundering and fraud. The defendants are alleged to have siphoned Abia state government funds totaling over 2.7 billion Naira while Kalu was governor. The money was allegedly diverted into the account of Slok Nigeria Limited, a company, the EFCC claims is owned by Mr Kalu. Counsel to the former governor, Awa Kalu (SAN) has told the court that his client is anxious to clear his name as his businesses have lost their credit lines because of the…

President Buhari Visits Gambia To Hold Talks With Jammeh

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Banjul to meet with the President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who lost the presidential election penultimate week, but rejected the results. The Nigerian leader arrived together with President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra-Leone and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, who is the current Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS. The leaders were received on Tuesday at the airport by Gambia’s Vice-President, Isatou Njie-Saidy. The out-going President of Ghana, John Mahama, who had earlier arrived Banjul, would join the other West African leaders to meet President Jammeh at the CoCo Ocean Resort and Spa, Banjul. President Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat in the election, after a 22-year rule, but recanted a week later, asking for fresh polls to be conducted by a “god-fearing and independent electoral commission”. President Buhari and the ECOWAS leaders would discuss the ensuing impasse in the Gambia with President Jammeh, and insist on the sanctity of the electoral process as well as respect for the wishes of the people. They would also ask their host to respect the Constitution of his own country and maintain the inviolability of an electoral process that had been concluded, in which he had admitted defeat and congratulated his main challenger. The leaders are also scheduled to meet the President-elect, Adama Barrow. A statement by President Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, reveals that the leader is expected back in Abuja later on…

Justice Ademola And Wife Get 100m Naira Bail

A Federal High Court Judge, Adeniyi Ademola and his wife on Tuesday secured a 100 million Naira bail at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, where they are being tried for alleged corrupt practices. Both pleaded not guilty to a 15-count charge brought against them by the Federal Government. Justice Ademola, who was serving under the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court before he was asked to temporarily recuse by the National Judicial Council (NJC), was alleged to have on various dates between 2014 and 2015, received huge sums of money as gratifications. At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, trial Justice, Jude Okeke, granted the defendants bail on self-recognition to the tune of 50 million Naira each. They were asked by Justice Okeke to hand over their international passports to the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court, pending hearing and determination of the charge against them. The defendants, however, begged the court to give them seven days within which to deposit their passports, a request that was granted by the judge. The court then fixed January 18 to commence full hearing on the matter and asked the prosecution to furnish the defendants with copies of the their statements which it intends to rely on in the course of the trial. The defendants are accused of receiving a car worth 8.5 million Naira, as gratification from a Senior lawyer, Mr Joe Agi and having in his possession, two rifles that were not validly registered. The Federal Government in the suit alleged that Justice Ademola and his wife conspired and also received 30 million Naira gratification from Joe Agi and Associates between March 11 and March 26, 2015. Justice Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) on October 8, 2016. Officials of the DSS, had raided the homes of some judge and subsequently arrested some of them. After their arrests the security agency said they were fingered for misconduct and corrupt…

Senate Seeks Resignation Of Babachir Lawal

Senate has called for the resignation of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, over his involvement in a 223 million Naira contract, meant for the humanitarian crisis management in the northeast Nigeria. In an interim report by the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the mounting humanitarian crisis in the northeast, the committee stated that the Presidential Initiative on the Northeast awarded contracts to top government officials, friends and family members. The investigation of the committee further showed that a 223 million Naira contract was awarded to Rholavision Engineering Limited, which is anchored by the SGF, Babachir Lawal, to carry out information and communication technology services. In the report it further stated that although Mr Babachir resigned the directorship of the company in September 2016, he is allegedly still the signatory to the accounts of the company. Lawmakers however say this is against civil service rules and the SGF must be…

NEITI Says NNPC Yet To Remit $3.8bn To Federation Account

An audit report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries and Transparency Initiative (NEITI) is accusing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of refusing to remit 3.8billion dollar and 358.3billion Naira to the federation in 2013.   The Minister of Solid Minerals and Chairman of the NEITI board, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that the audit showed that total revenue flows into the federation account from the oil and gas sector in 2013 was about $58.07 billion. This represents about 8% decline when compared to the $62.9 billion realised in 2012. Fayemi said that the decline was attributed to the drop in oil and gas sales following divestment of federation equity in some oil mining leases (OMLs), crude oil losses as a result of destruction of production facilities, pipelines vandalism and crude oil…

IKEMBA SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT FIXTURE FOR 2016/2017 FOR BOTH MALE AND FEMALE IKEMBA FOOTBALL TOURNAMEN

Date                                  Fixture                                                            Time 25TH Dec, 2016 Opening Ceremony 2pm Group A 25TH Dec, 2016     Umuru FC vs Nsokwe FC                              3;30pm Group B 26th Dec, 2016   Umuoduba vs Akama/Mkpazueziama           4.00pm Group A 27th Dec, 2016               Oko vs Umuru                                          2.30pm Group B 27th Dec, 2016      Uruechem vs Urueze                                       4.30pm Group A 28th December, 2016      Nsokwe vs Oko                                     2.30pm Female 28th Dec,2016    Beautiful Angels vs Flying Eaglets                  4.30pm Group B 30th Dec,2016       Umuoduba vs Uruechem                                 2.30pm Female 30th Dec, 2016          Ada Ide Babes vs Beautiful Angels             4.30pm Female 31st Dec, 2016        Flying Eaglets vs Ada Ide Babes                    2.30pm Group B 31st Dec, 2016          Akama/Mkpazueziama vs Urueze              4.30pm Group B 1st Jan, 2017     Uruechem vs Akama/Mkpazueziama                  2.30pm Group B 1st Jan, 2017       Urueze vs Umuoduba                                            4.30pm QUARTER FINAL/SEMI FINAL 2nd Jan, 2017   First in Group A vs Second in Group B                 2.00pm 2nd Jan, 2017 First in Group B vs Second in Group A                   4.00pm 3rd January, 2017      Third position                                                   2.00pm 3rd January, 2017      Final                                                                    4.00pm …

After Days Of Disappearance, Man Found Dead Inside Fuel Station’s Tanker

A private security guard attached to a fuel station, along Enerhen Road in Uvwie Local Council of Delta State, has been found dead inside a petrol tanker belonging to the owner of the station where he worked. The middle-aged man identified as Emmanuel Obene, had been declared missing since last week Saturday, only to be found dead in the tanker when it was time to load fuel at one of the fuel depots near Warri Refinery. The report of the incident was confirmed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, when contacted on the telephone. Sources at the fuel station told reporters that the security guard might have died in the process of trying to scoop fuel from the tanker. The deceased had been working in the fuel station for some years and was the head of security before the unfortunate incident. Around 1:00 p.m. local time on Monday, policemen from the Enerhen Divisional Police Station, with the help of sympathisers, were seen evacuating the remains of the victim and the bucket he was allegedly using to scoop fuel from the tanker. Meanwhile, the body had been deposited in one of the mortuaries in Effurun, awaiting police…

Niger Governor Woos Indonesian Investors In Textile Manufacturing

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has urged Indonesian investors to cash on the abundant availability of high quality cotton in the state to establish textile manufacturing companies. The governor made the call on Wednesday at a meeting with the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, at his office in Minna, the state’s capital. He acknowledged the uniqueness of Indonesian fabrics and informed the envoy that Niger State was endowed with abundant and high quality cotton. Governor Bello assured the Indonesian business community of conducive business environment that would guarantee profitable return on their investment. He commended their Small Medium Enterprise (SME) sector and noted that his administration was eager to partner Indonesia with a view to developing and perfecting the SME sector in Niger State. “We are impressed by the way your country handles her SMEs. We are ready to partner with you to develop our SMEs the way you have developed yours,” he told the visiting ambassador. The governor also called for collaboration in the areas of agriculture, tourism and youth development, which he said were the priority areas of focus of his administration. He further acceded to the request for allocation of land for an industrial park in Tegina, Rafi Local Government area of the state for the manufacturing of Indonesian products. On his part, Mr Purwanto expressed the readiness of Indonesian investors to collaborate with the State government in developing Nigeria’s vast natural and economic potentials. He said his country and Nigeria had a lot in common and stood to benefit from the over half a century diplomatic relationship. The ambassador disclosed that a team of investors had earlier visited Nigeria, with the sole aim of establishing an industrial park. He also commended the efforts of the Niger State Governor towards making the state conducive for its…

Ogun To Set Revenue Enhancing And Management Policies

The Ogun State government says it will formulate financial policies and regulations that will facilitate the achievement of the government revenue fiscal objectives. It hopes to also achieve a sound management of state’s finance to ensure residents get value for money spent by the government in the 2017 fiscal year.   The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Oshinowo, made this known while defending the 2017 budget proposal of the ministry before the Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation at the assembly complex in Abeokuta. He said that the ministry had proposed 4.1 billion Naira as its total expenditure in 2017 budget proposal while 3.9 billion Naira was budgeted for recurrent expenditure with 150 million Naira for capital expenditure. The Commissioner stated that the ministry generated 20.2 million Naira between January and October and had proposed to generate 25 million Naira in the next fiscal year while 7.5 million Naira was earmarked for the purchase of motor vehicles and seven million Naira for the purchase of office furniture and fittings. He said that five million Naira was proposed for the repair and rehabilitation of offices buildings while two million Naira would be spent on the purchase of electrical and electronic equipment. According to him, the ministry will develop statistical system that is capable of meeting information needs of the state towards sustainable development and poverty…

Nigerian Navy Sustains War Against Oil Theft

The Nigerian Navy says it has continued to intensify its fight against crude oil theft and illegal bunkering. A statement by the force’s Director of Information, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, revealed on Wednesday that the Navy was winning the war gradually on daily basis. The Navy said its recent achievement was made public in view of the importance of the operation in Nigeria’s economic prosperity. The statement read: “Forward Operating Base (FOB) BONNY anti-crude oil theft patrol team acting on information discovered two Cotonou boats laden with product suspected to be crude oil along Peterside Creek, the boats were destroyed along with the products. “In a similar operation, another Navy Base, FOB FORMOSO’s patrol team has arrested three suspected vandals/looters on-board a vessel MT FRANKENSEN. “Other items recovered were: one speed boat with 1 x 75 HP engine, one pumping machine, one Hacksaw and spanners. “Two speedboat mounted with 75HP engine each were also recovered from MT ASHKAY, as the suspected vandals jumped into water and swam to a nearby creek on sighting the naval patrol team. “Three suspects were arrested and (are) presently in custody for further…

Buhari Presents 2017 Budget Proposal Of 7.298trn Naira

President Muhammudu Buhari has presented a budget proposal of 7.298 trillion naira for the 2017 fiscal year.  Addressing a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, President Buhari said that the implementation of the 2016 budget was hampered by low crude oil prices. The 2017 figure has an increase of 20.4% over the 2016 figure. Budget Breakdown The 2017 budget is based on a crude oil benchmark price of $42.50 per barrel, with an output of 2.2 million barrels per day. The highlights of the budget include improved business environment, governance as well as security of lives and property. Government’s expenditure is to be funded with the sum of 4.94 trillion naira while oil is to contribute 1.98 trillion naira of the amount. The deficit of 3.63 trillion naira, which is 2.18% of GDP, is to be financed through borrowing the sum of 2.23 trillion naira. Of this sum, 1.7 trillion would be from external borrowing while 1.254 trillion would be sourced domestically. Key capital spending provisions would be on power, works and housing, which have been allocated the highest amount of 529 billion naira, followed by transport – 262 billion, social intervention – 150 billion, defence – 140 billion while the judiciary got an increased allocation of 100 billion naira. The area of education got 50 billion naira while universal basic education got a direct allocation of 92 billion naira. The sum of 51 billion naira was also allocated to…

Hack of Saudi Arabia Exposes Middle East Cybersecurity Flaws By Mahmud

More than a year after a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a beach in Turkey, the tiny refugee’s body, captured in a photograph that shocked the world, reappeared on computer screens across Saudi Arabia -- this time as a prelude to a cyberattack. The strike last month disabled thousands of computers across multiple government ministries in Saudi Arabia, a rare use of offensive cyberweapons aimed at destroying computers and erasing data. The attackers, who haven’t claimed responsibility, used the same malware that was employed in a 2012 assault against Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco, and which destroyed 35,000 computers within hours. The Middle East, home to almost half of global oil reserves and much of its natural gas, is also a magnet for some of the world’s costliest cyberattacks, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said in a March 2016 report. The threat is set to grow as online activity mushrooms amid the region’s myriad geopolitical conflicts and tensions. “For the last couple of years the U.S. Department of Defense has been trying to get the Gulf states to harden their defenses,” said James Lewis, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. “Some of them are in OK shape. Saudi Arabia is not.” Damage Unclear The extent of the damage isn’t clear, though two people informed of the security breach said it targeted the Saudi central bank, the transportation ministry and the agency that runs the country’s airports. One bright spot is that the Saudis have been able to restore some lost data via back-ups, recovering faster than they did after the 2012 strike, said one person familiar with the clean-up. The central bank, known as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, denied that its systems were breached. The country’s General Authority of Civil Aviation said damage to its networks was limited to some office systems and employee e-mails. While the assault was similar to the one that hit Saudi Aramco four years ago, the impact was “much smaller” and didn’t disrupt transportation or aviation services, said Abbad Al Abbad, executive director for Strategic Development and Communication at the Riyadh-based National Cyber Security Center. Online Market “We will always have a race between those who are exploiting security vulnerabilities and those who are defending against them,” said Wael Fattouh, a Saudi-based PwC partner specializing in technology risk assurance. Cyberattacks in the Middle East threaten more than governments and public facilities -- they put economic development at risk. A unified regional online market could expand to include 160 million users by 2025 and add about $95 billion to gross domestic product, according to consultant McKinsey & Co. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states in the Gulf are leading this growth. “The rapid adoption of digitization in the U.A.E. and Gulf Cooperation Council countries has made the region an attractive target for a wide array of security breaches,” Mohit Shrivastava, a senior analyst for information security at consultant MarketsandMarkets, said in an e-mail. Six months ago, FireEye Inc. detected cybercriminal strikes on Middle Eastern banks that were launched through e-mail attachments. The California-based cybersecurity company said the attackers appeared to be probing for targets. Stuxnet, Flame U.S. officials have said Iran was behind the 2012 attack against Saudi Aramco, and investigators also suspect Iranian hackers of involvement in the November blitz on Saudi government bodies. Media officials at Iran’s Foreign Ministry weren’t immediately available for comment. Iran too has been a victim of cybersabotage. A computer worm known as Stuxnet derailed work at the country’s main uranium-enrichment facilities in 2010, and the Flame virus crippled the Iranian energy industry two years later. Iran suggested that both incidents involved Israel, which doesn’t comment on its reported involvement in cyberattacks. Last month’s attack in Saudi Arabia suggests that investment alone doesn’t ensure protection. Middle Eastern companies are among the world’s top 10 in terms of buying cybersecurity technology but in the bottom 50 for education and training, according to the PwC report, which surveyed 10,000 businesses, 300 of them in the Middle East. Of 700 executives in GCC countries polled by the Dubai-based Gulf Business Machines this year, about half thought they were incapable of preventing cyberattacks. “It will take more than just the allocation of financial resources to keep ourselves safe from today’s cyberthreats,” Mohammed al Zarooni, acting director general of information and e-government at the U.A.E.’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, said at a November conference in Abu Dhabi. “Building human capacity is just as critical.” Jens Monrad, a senior intelligence analyst at FireEye, said he sees positive signs for cybersecurity in the Middle East, including a growing awareness of the issue and stronger government support. “But this is a complex challenge,” he said by e-mail. “It is important for organizations to recognize their cybersecurity challenges cannot ever be solved with technology alone.” watch video on…

Beware Of These Holiday Season Social Media Scams

Here is how to stay safe from criminals leveraging holiday-season social media in an effort to steal your money and identity. Holiday season has once again arrived, bringing joy, shopping, and... criminals trying to steal your money and identity. I strongly suggest that readers familiarize themselves with the scams that proliferate this time of year. Also, do not think that you are too smart to fall prey to a scam - the Better Business Bureau has pointed out that nearly 4 out of 5 North American scam victims has a college degree or graduate degree. In addition to the scams described in the aforementioned articles, and the email-based scams that I described earlier this week, various social-media borne scams also target holiday shoppers. Here are some specific ones for which to watch out: 1. Fake surveys, giveaways, and contests As I described in the article 8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Scams on Social Media , social media is full of scam giveaways, contests, and surveys. These scams are often customized for the holidays - so, for example, being that this season, Hatchimals are the "toy to get," you will likely see one or more scams that promise a prize of a Hatchimal for performing some action. (Ironically, I saw my first Hatchimal scam post just minutes after having lunch with someone who had just received one of the toys.) As described in the article Beware These 6 Holiday-Season Email Scams , during holiday season people are also especially likely to fall prey to scams involving fake shopping-related surveys that offer great rewards in exchange for participation. Criminals may contact intended victims by email - and our team at SecureMySocial has found plenty of posts shared on social media that appear intended (at least by their original author) to do the same. Be careful. Don't click links to surveys unless you are sure that they are safe; a survey appearing on the official, verified page of a brand, for example, is a lot more likely to be legitimate than one shared by a friend. (Also, don't be the friend who blindly shares information about a survey, contest, or giveaway.) Think about whether the reward for participating makes sense relative to the value of your participation to the party conducting the survey - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 2. Bogus gift card offers As I mentioned in the piece 14 Dangerous Holiday Shopping Scams to Avoid , criminals often leverage holiday season as an opportunity to sell not only phony gift cards and stolen gift cards, but also legitimate gift cards purchased using stolen credit card numbers or obtained in the process of laundering money. As such, posts about discounted cards appear on social media - some may represent totally kosher offers, but a great number do not. Ideally, you should purchase gift cards directly from a card's vendor or from a store that you know is legitimate. Some third-party gift card markets offer money back guarantees if a card is not honored - but, in the case of holiday gifts, do you really want someone who received a gift from you to possibly to be embarrassed in a store if the card you gave him or her does not work? Do you want him or her to have to ask you to get a refund and buy another card?  3. Fake gift card number generators Researchers at ZeroFOX have found a variety of gift card number generators promoted on social media. Gift card number generators are programs used to create fake gift card numbers for testing purposes, but some people use them in an attempt to guess valid gift card numbers which they then use to purchase goods without having to pay - which is, of course, illegal. So, unless you are testing payment systems and interfaces as part of your job, you should probably never be using card number generators in the first place. That said, criminals clearly seek to exploit the fact that some people do use them; crooks also know that someone infected by malware or ransomware installed by a gift card number generator being used for illegal purposes is unlikely to contact law enforcement 4. Fake coupons and discounts As was the case during last year's holiday shopping season, social media is loaded with links to fake deals and coupons; once one person posts a fake deal or coupon, social media can help that "amazing (mis)information" go viral. ZeroFOX researchers also found Twitter accounts with no followers or following (probably to keep the accounts "under the radar" so that Twitter does not delete them), but with names like "Macys Coupon," (sic.) that simply direct people searching for coupons to particular URLs in their "bios." Be careful. Links shared on social media can point to phishing sites, or to sites delivering malware, advertisements, or other undesired material. Keep in mind that people are often gullible, and their social media accounts can be hacked, so, even if it is a trusted friend is sharing a "deal" or "coupon" be careful. Other forms of fake discounts include social media posts that link to sites that advertise discounted merchandise and request payment information -- but, which, naturally, never deliver the goods. 5. Fake apps As I discussed last month, one scam on the rise this year is that of fake shopping apps - smartphone and tablet apps that appear to be from major brands, but are not. These apps are present in multiple appstores, creating a major risk to shoppers - and criminals are using social media to promote these dangerous apps. (The SecureMySocial team even found what appeared to be paid promotions for such apps!) Before clicking a social media link and downloading any shopping app from any appstore make sure that the app is described and linked-to from the brand's official social media profile or website. (Theoretically, it is possible that a hacker could compromise those accounts or site and create the link - but that is a lot harder to do, and a lot more likely to be caught quickly than creating and publishing a "save on some-brand-name" app in an appstore and promoting it on social media). Also, keep in mind that links to such apps from social media might not even go to the apps - they may go to sites distributing malware or sites phishing Google, Apple, or other credentials . 6. Fake news stories While fake news has been covered in the real news quite a bit in recent days due to its possible impact on the recent election, fake news poses other risks, including that it is not hard for a criminal to write, or copy, fake news stories that are likely to go viral due to their headlines, and to place such stories on a website that distributes malware, or to create a site for such a purpose from the get go. Fake stories about amazing gifts, deals, discounts, or offerings can be especially effective during holiday shopping season. If a story sounds outlandish, Google it to see if any established media venues can corroborate it. Stay Secure One other warning - like legitimate social media users, many scammers leverage popular hashtags in order to make sure that their posts are seen by as wide an audience as possible. Don't trust a post just because it appears in the search results for a particular hashtag or keyword - trusting it is precisely what scammers want you to do. Besides following the aforementioned advice to avoid the social-media-borne scams running wild right now, I also strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with ways to secure your social media accounts. Please see the article How to Be Better at Social Media Than Mark Zuckerberg for some…

Quest Diagnostics Reports Data Breach

Quest Diagnostics Inc. said it is investigating a breach of one of its web applications, by which the health records of 34,000 individuals were accessed. The company said information was accessed by an unauthorized third party on Nov. 26 that included lab results and in some cases, phone numbers, but didn’t include social security numbers, credit-card information, insurance or other financial information. The affected application is called MyQuest by Care360. Quest said it is working with a cybersecurity firm to assist in the investigation and in further evaluating the company’s systems. The company is notifying individuals affected by the breach by mail. High-profile cyberattacks have hit companies such as Yahoo Inc., Home Depot Inc. and Target Corp. in recent years. In the health sector, Newkirk Products Inc., which provides ID cards for health-insurance plans, earlier this year disclosed a data breach that involved unauthorized access to a server containing member information. About 3.3 million members of insurance plans were…

Mercedes-Benz Poised to Topple BMW as World’s Luxury-Car King By Elisaberth

Mercedes-Benz has built an all-but insurmountable lead over rival BMW in the race for the title of the world’s biggest luxury-car brand, and that sales momentum looks set to continue through at least 2018. Surging demand for sport utility vehicles including the GLC helped Mercedes deliveries jump 12 percent in the 11 months through November, more than double the pace of growth for BMW AG’s namesake brand. That left Mercedes more than 69,100 cars ahead of BMW for the period, making it all but certain of regaining the sales crown this year. Relegating once-dominant BMW to the No. 2 rank for the first time in more than a decade, Mercedes is likely to sustain its strong delivery pace in 2017 thanks to a new version of the E-Class sedan rolled out last March. BMW will be held back by the changeover to a revamped 5-Series, which competes with the E-Class, while a new X3 SUV will come out too late next year to make much of an impact, said Commerzbank AG analyst Sascha Gommel. Dieter Zetsche Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg Mercedes, owned by Stuttgart, Germany-based manufacturer Daimler AG, lost its worldwide lead in luxury-car sales to BMW in 2005, and later fell behind Volkswagen AG’s Audi premium nameplate. Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche is delivering early on a five-year-old pledge to retake the top spot by the end of the decade after adding all-new sport utility vehicles to the line-up and overhauling the staid look of its core sedans. Growth at Mercedes will continue into 2018 as the brand’s GLC SUV “is flying out the doors” and the C-Class sedan remains strong against BMW’s aging 3-Series, according to analyst Ian Fletcher at IHS Automotive research company. Audi’s 11-month deliveries rose 4.2 percent, and the marque lagged behind Mercedes by more than 179,700 vehicles, according to figures released Monday. IHS is predicting Mercedes’s lead over BMW next year at more than 110,000 cars, and almost 68,000 vehicles in…

EFCC Reply Nigerians Asking What They Are Doing About MMM Nigeria ‘Crash’ [Read Their Tweet Reactions]

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has replied a Nigerian who accused the agency of “doing nothing” in the face of a possible crash of the wildly popular pyramid scheme, MMM. Many Nigerians were thrown into panic in the morning of Tuesday, December 13, 2016, as the popular pyramid scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox, MMM, shared a confusing message on its website stating that it has frozen all confirmed Mavros, otherwise known as money due for withdrawal for one month. A Twitter user with the name, The Reet Petite accused the agency of standing by and allowing Nigerians to fall victim to the pyramid scheme. Where the hell was @officialEFCC ?? Isn’t it your job to stop crap like this??? https://t.co/2RUq9JeK2A — The Reet Petite (@Lolami_Boo) December 13, 2016 The EFCC replied back, “You mean amongst the plethora of venality we fight daily? Ponzi schemes aren’t sustainable. There were a number of warnings.” “If it looks or sounds too good to be true, it almost always is. Do NOT patronize wonder banks. Protect yourself,” the commission tweeted. You mean amongst the plethora of venality we fight daily? Ponzi schemes aren’t sustainable. There were a number of warnings. #DontDoIt https://t.co/GeUhP4nrVT — EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) December 13, 2016 MMM issued a message to its subscribers announcing a “freeze” on their accounts and subsequntly tweeted. …

MMM Dashes the Hope of over Three Million Nigerians This Festive period As The Scheme Crashes Completely [Details]

About three million Nigerians who are participants of the MMM Ponzi scheme are in panic over the loss of their investments as the scheme froze accounts, making it impossible for members to withdraw their money. In the early hours of Tuesday participants woke up to the shock of a one month “freezing’’ on all accounts of participants to avoid an eventual collapse. Displayed on the pages of participants of the scheme, its founder, Sergey Marvodi explained that the reason for the measure was to ensure the sustainability of the scheme in the New Year and make it better. He said that the money of participants would continue to grow in the platform along with their bonuses which they would be able to cash out as from Jan. 13, 2017. He explained that most participants would want to cash out their money for the festive period and that would lead to a breakdown of the system as it is a mutual aid community of individuals helping individuals. He added that it was also a way of ensuring the sustainability of the scheme which has been under a lot of attack from the Federal Government and the media of its collapse in December. Marvodi however urged participants not to panic as the measure in place would only make the platform stronger with better strategies to be put in place as from January. Marvodi had written an open letter to the Federal Government explaining that the scheme was not a scam but has brought a lot of benefits to its citizens. The Security and Exchange Commission, the Central Bank of Nigeria, and economic analysts warned Nigerians about the scheme. The government agencies warned that the same way the scheme has enriched some people, it would throw some into poverty. Some participants have expressed their disappointments on the measure as they explained that the same measure being put for the sustainability of the scheme would lead to its eventual collapse. Mr Gabriel Okafor said that he has lost trust in the scheme and he would not put in any other money into it in January. Recounting his loss, he said he actually participated with his spare money as it was clearly warned on the platform. MMM Ponzi scheme website was launched in Nigeria in November 2015.…

Your Idiotic President Buhari Cannot Intimidate Me – Nnamdi Kanu Roars In Court.

Yesterday,at a stormy court session , the leader of the Independent People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, said the president can intimidate court judges, but not him. “The president can intimidate the judges, but he cannot do that to me. Tell him he has lied,” he said. A Federal High Court in Abuja ruled on an application seeking the protection of witnesses in the ongoing trial of Mr. Kanu, and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, who are facing trial for alleged treasonable felony. They were arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako after the first defendant said he had no confidence in the former judge, John…

26-Year Old Who Was Bathed With Acid By Ex-Lover Demands Justice

A 25-year-old caterer, Rosemary Nnaife, who was allegedly bathed with acid by her ex-lover in the Lawanson, Surulere area of Lagos State, has demanded the prosecution of the suspect, identified only as Paul. The Delta State indigene, whose face had been scarred by the acid, said since the incident, Paul had yet to be prosecuted. The victim explained that she had dated Paul for four years before the relationship ended due to abuse and violence. She said she got into another relationship, which did not go down well with the suspect, who allegedly began sending threat messages to her and her new boyfriend. The threat allegedly culminated in an acid bath after she was tricked out of her residence in the Abaranje, Ikotun area of the state. Nnaife said she was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Surulere, by sympathisers, while Paul was arrested by policemen from the Itire division. She said although the Directorate of Public Prosecutions ordered that the suspect be tried at the Lagos State High Court, the case was still pending. She said, “I dated Paul for four years and I loved him. But the problem was that he was always beating me. He also embarrassed me in the public, so I ended the relationship. “I got another boyfriend and moved on with my life. But Paul was angry and he attacked me. He got my new boyfriend’s number and threatened him. He also threatened me. But I didn’t take the threats seriously. “Some days later, an unknown number called me and when I picked it, it was a woman. She said she wanted me to bake cakes for her and I should come down to Surulere. We agreed to meet at Lawanson bus stop. “When I got to the bus stop, somebody touched my shoulder from behind. When I turned around, I saw Paul. He then poured the acid on me and ran away.” She added that the matter was reported to the police at the Itire division, and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba. Punch Metro learnt that the suspect was arraigned by the police at the Ebute-Meta Chief Magistrate’s Court, where he was admitted to bail. However, the case was said to have stalled. Nnaife called for justice, saying she wanted the suspect to pay damages and bear the cost of a plastic surgery. “He has been walking free, while I have been scarred for life. I want him to pay for this. I need the help of the government and the good people of Nigeria,” she added. The Director of the Lagos State Public Advice Centre, Mrs. Tola Akinsanya, said the agency would revive the case to ensure there was diligent prosecution of the suspect. She said, “The woman was allegedly bathed with acid by her ex-boyfriend on June 3, 2015, and he was arrested and taken to a magistrate’s court. When the DPP’s advice was released, it ordered that the case should be transferred to the high court. “Although we are aware the case has been filed, it has yet to be assigned to any court since last year. We are working with the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender to assemble a team of lawyers to represent her. We must ensure that she gets justice.” Akinsanya explained that the agency would also make effort to get support from the state ministry of health for a plastic surgery for…

Police To Ensure Peace Ahead Of Abia Election

Ahead of the December 21, 2016 local government election, the Abia state Police has put measures in place that would entail signing a peace agreement by the political stakeholders. Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, during an event held at Aguiyi Ironsi Conference Centre, Umuahia, which brought all the stakeholders in the election together, hinted that the proactive measure is aimed at preventing electoral violence before, during and after the elections. According to him, all the political parties and other stakeholders participating in the election are mandated to sign the document and abide by the rules and guidelines as regards the conduct of the election. Explaining the process, Mr Oyebade said; “we are going to use tags to identify the real policemen involved in the election duties and if there are allegations, we must investigate as long as the accuser can prove beyond reasonable doubt the allegations of what the policeman has done. “Believe me, Information technology has done everything -All of us here have phones, if you record and show it, it can even be acceptable when it comes to the court of law but you have to proof yourself beyond reasonable doubt. “As you have your fundamental rights, so also the police officers, everybody must come to understand that we are in a different environment where everybody must be accountable to his or her actions, either as a policeman, or contestants, or as a member of the commission. “Each person has roles to play and we must work through the roles we are playing with respect to the rule of law. “Do not be perturbed; if there are allegations labelled against the police and it is proven right, they would face the music because the police has a code of conduct that is guiding the conduct of our office. “My advice is that everybody must follow the rules of law and not to engage in violence, that is why we have brought everybody here. “We are going to have enough policemen on ground to make sure that whoever want to create any pandemonium or chaotic situation, we will get to attend to such people. “I want to assure you that the police would be fair to all, we have no interest in one party or the other, the interest of justice is our business and will ensure fairness and justice,” Oyebade stated. One after the other, the chairmen and representatives of all the political parties signed the agreement. Meanwhile, Abians and inhabitants of the state are expecting to witness credible as well as violence free polls, if the agreement signed by the political stakeholders is anything to go…

Nigerian Ports Authority To Improve Operational Efficiency

Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman, has hinted that the agency’s priority along with the federal government is to improve its operational efficiency. The NPA MD, revealed this on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, where she also explained that the government is working towards improving Nigeria’s business environment. It has been 10 years since the ports went into a concession agreement and this according to Usman has indeed been successful. However, she stressed a need to review the agreement in order to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria. “We are ten years into the concession agreement with the terminal operators and we believe that there’s a need to review the concession agreement. She explained that there is a stipulated timeline for the review which should be every two years but for some reason that has not been done. Usman however believes it is now a very appropriate time to do the review. “We have started the procedure of reviewing the respective agreements that we have across our terminals.   “The terminal operators themselves are keen to have a review because there are areas that we need to look at, 10 years post concession. Highlighting some issues regarding the Nigerian ports, such as competitiveness and pricing, Usman stated that “the NPA is looking at the respective tariffs across the West African coast and in Africa indeed, to see how competitive our ports are”. According to her, ports in western and central Africa are not keen to having their tariffs made public. “I think these are some of the things we need to do as agencies of government, we need to enshrine transparency and we have started by putting our tariffs on our website. “This is the first time the Nigerian Ports Authority is putting all our respective tariffs for the Nigerian public to see. “We are also going to the next step of publishing them in the newspapers so that you are aware of anything the Nigerian Ports Authority is charging. “It is important to have that transparency,” she stressed. “The second leg to our challenge has to do with our operational competitiveness, how efficient are our ports. “How easy is it for an entity to come into our ports, clear your goods and get out of the ports within a timely manner? Usman questioned. However as a solution to this, she reiterated that “there are agencies of government that interface with us and we are working with them to ensure that we improve on these operational efficiencies”. Furthermore, she revealed that one of the things that the agency is putting in place is “the national single windows project, and NPS is working on a ports community system whereby all our operations are domiciled in one single platform. “We are working to do an interface with the Nigerian customs service and every other agency that operates in the ports, whereby you can have ease of…

Buhari To Present 2017 Budget To National Assembly Today

The Nigerian President will on Wednesday present the 2017 appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly. President Muhammadu Buhari has given the assurance that there will be no such thing as budget padding in the document. He condemned what he termed injecting rogue projects and figures into the financial document, saying it is unfair to Nigerians and detrimental to the growth of the economy. Meanwhile the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma says the federal government intends to spend 10 trillion naira and will issue new oil licenses as part of efforts to explore new streams of revenues to fund the 2017 budget. Udoma made this known when he appeared before the Senate joint committee on appropriation and finance to defend the revised Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). He said that the federal government would also review the current joint venture arrangements with oil companies, marginal oil fields as well as mount pressure on revenue generating agencies to surpass expected targets. Udoma said a total of 10 trillion was being targeted by the federal government as revenue for the 2017 fiscal year. According to him, out of this amount, about 5 trillion Naira is expected to be generated from the sale of crude oil. Non-oil revenues will rake in about 5.06 trillion…

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Ultimate Cycler the real Change behind Recession Quash

ULTIMATECYCLER ===========≈============= You join free and pay $25 (N12,500) to the person nominated in the matrix, normally your 2nd level up, and you will have a spot in their 2 X 2 matrix. That is the LEVEL 1. Get your 2, and your 2 get their 2 and those 4 people that landed on your pay line, your green zone pay you $25 X 4=$100 (N50,000). Out of your profit, re-enter and follow your sponsor in his new matrix and pay the person 2 levels above you. As that matrix fills again with 6 people under you, you cycle the $100 (N50,000) again, and again without limit, giving you $75 (N37,500) profit each time you cycle. LEVEL 2 You upgrade with $50 (N25,000) out of your profits. It is also 2x2 matrix. As your downlines follow you, together with spillovers from your uplines, you cycle $50 x 4= $200 (N100,000). Re-enter as you did in the $25 matrix. You keep profiting with the cycle of $200 over and over without limit, giving you $150 each time you cycle, which is N75,000 net profit over and over and over again without end. LEVEL 3 It is also a 2x2 matrix. In the same manner, you upgrade to this matrix with $100 (N50,000). At this level you earned $100 x4 = $400 (N200,000), giving you a net profit of N150,000 over and over without end. LEVEL 4 It is also a 2x2 matrix. In the same manner, you upgrade to this matrix with $200 (N100,000). At this level you earned $200 x4 = $800 (N400,000), giving you a net profit of N300,000 over and over without limit. LEVEL 5 It is also a 2x2 matrix. In the same manner, you upgrade to this matrix with $400 (N200,000). At this level you earned $400 x4 = $1,600 (N800,000), giving you a net profit of NN600,000 over and over again without end. LEVEL 6 It is also a 2x2 matrix. In the same manner, you upgrade to this matrix with $800 (N400,000). At this level you earned $800 x4 = $3,200 (N1,600,000), giving you a net profit of N1,2000,000 over and over without end as you keep on cycling. It's noteworthy that all these business centers operate independent of another. EARNINGS SUMMARY: ======================== STAGE 1. $100 (N50,000) STAGE 2 $200 (N100,000) STAGE 3 $400 (N200,000) STAGE 4 $800(N400,000) STAGE 5 $1,600 (N800,000) STAGE 6 $3,200 (N1,600,000) In Utimatecler you keep re - cycling as many times as possible in all the stages/levels, depending on your commitment, leadership skill, hunger for success etc. If you are done with stage 1, you recycle the stage 1 and as well up grade to stage 2; any time you are done with stage 2, you recycle stage 2 and upgrade to stage 3; when done with stage 3, you recycle it and upgrade to stage 4; immediately you are done with stage 4, you recycle it and upgrade to stage 5, and when you are done with stage 5, recycle it and upgrade to the final level which is stage 6. This is how you will remain in all stages (level 1 to 6) recycling at all times. All these 6 matrices are independent of one another. You can be cycling in each of them daily, weekly, monthly. This is huge. What a great opportunity. You only pay $10 (N5,000) upgrade fee to the company each of the 5 times that you upgraded (grade 1 to 2, and 2 to 3.....and 5 to 6), and that's all. From there they maintain the company and their staff. It's hitting everywhere in the U.S. now and the same can happen for you and all the continent of Africa. If you are ready, let's do this and help many create wealth in this time of recession in the nation of Nigeria. Who knows why we are in the country for such a time as this. Join today www.ultimatecycler.com/app/login.php …

Too Many Favorite Shows? Take Them In at High Speed By Christiana

Some viewers watch movies at an accelerated speed to save time. Credit J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times So much media, so little time. Consumers face a dizzying array of entertainment choices that include streaming video such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and Netflix; cable channels and apps from outlets like HBO and Showtime; YouTube; and as many as 28,000 podcasts. With them all offering uncountable hours of addictive programming, how is a listener or viewer supposed to keep up? For some, the answer is speed watching or speed listening — taking in the content at accelerated speeds, sometimes two times as fast as normal. While speed viewing does save time — devotees say it can save hours over the season of a series — others raise concerns that it undermines the rhythm of a production and can dilute some creative elements. Jan Rezab said in an article in Forbes last year that his viewing eventually progressed from 1.2 times to two times as fast. “As you continue to speed watch, higher speeds get easier and easier to comprehend,” he wrote. “I’ve been speed watching for the last 2 years, and I now feel comfortable watching at 2x the normal viewing speed.” He watches some even faster. Speed TV Watching - 10 second from Game of Thrones - at 1x speed Video by Jan Rezab Speed TV Watching - 10 second from Game of Thrones - at 1,2x speed Video by Jan Rezab Speed TV Watching - 10 second from Game of Thrones - at 2x speed Video by Jan Rezab Be prepared to jump through a few hoops if you want to speed up your content, though. While some players make it easy to change your playback speed, others make it more difficult. On YouTube, it lives under settings. On Apple’s native podcast app, it’s right next to the play button, and other podcast players have a similar function. Audible, the major audiobook app, offers the option as well. Netflix, Hulu and HBO, however, don’t offer higher speeds on their players, but there are workarounds available. It’s possible to speed up online video through a Google Chrome extension, and an open-source media player called VLC will play many formats of digital media. Some set-top boxes like TiVo allow high-speed playback of recorded programs. Speed listening to podcasts can save as much as 10 minutes per show, according to a practitioner. Credit Stan Olszewski/Dallas Morning News, via Associated Press It’s not clear how widely the practice has been adopted. In an informal poll on Twitter, David Chen, a host and producer of the movie and television podcast “Slashfilmcast,” asked, “Do you ever listen to podcasts or watch TV/films at a faster speed than intended?” Of 1,505 responses, 79 percent chose the response “No, it’s an abomination,” while 16 percent said they did so for podcasts, and a total of 5 percent said they did so for films, television and podcasts. On a recent episode of the podcast, Mr. Chen and his co-hosts, Jeff Cannata and Devindra Hardawar, took up the question of speed viewing. A listener asked, “In this increasingly content-rich, time-poor world, I wonder, how much of a crime against culture I am committing by speeding through these shows?” The podcast hosts seemed aghast. “How dare you,” Mr. Cannata, said, adding that the practice “cheapens your entertainment.” Mr. Hardawar said speed viewing did not allow time to soak in what was happening. “I feel like you are not even actually watching it,” he said. “You’re consuming it. You’re not actually like absorbing it or letting it work on you in a creative way. So yeah, this is bad. This is bad.” Speed viewing waters down the emotional impacts of a movie, Peter Markham, senior filmmaker-in-residence at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, said in an interview last week. David Chen, a host of the film and television podcast “Slashfilmcast.” Credit David Chen “If you were watching a play by Pinter, for example, the pause could carry the greatest meaning,” he said. “I can’t imagine watching a movie at twice the speed.” Renan L. Borelli, 31, who is director of audience growth and engagement at MTV News and who has a 35-minute commute from Park Slope in Brooklyn to the West Village in Manhattan, is a big fan of podcasts. He listens to as many as three or four a day and subscribes to about 30. Mr. Borelli estimated he could save about five to 10 minutes per podcast. “Even if it’s a couple of minutes, it’s a help,” he said in an interview, noting that he has “many gigabytes” of podcasts stored on his phone. Nicholas Quah, who writes Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts, said in an email that it was unclear how widespread speed listening was, but that anecdotally, it appeared to be “an established behavior” among high-volume listeners. He said he saw no harm in it. He wrote, “Speed listening might be more offensive to folks who make highly produced, preciously crafted and sound-rich podcasts (vs. a loose conversational one, like the Slate gabfests), but what we’re actually confronting here is that tension in the relationship between artist and consumer: Which is more important, the artist intent or the consumer’s preference?” Mr. Chen, of “Slashfilmcast,” said in an email that speed listening was a consumer’s way of saying: “I don’t care how you wanted me to experience this work you’ve created. I just care about the information exchanged.” Lost are elements of dramatic or comedic timing and intentional silences, he said. “It becomes a fundamentally different experience that disregards what the creator intended” at an accelerated speed, he wrote. He said the practice was like trying to eat twice as many meals as normal to avoid missing any culinary treats. “Sure, you might actually be consuming more, but you’re probably having a worse, more grotesque experience,” he wrote. “And you’re certainly not doing it in a way that the chef intended.” Correction: December 12, 2016 An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a video streaming service. It is Amazon Prime Video, not Amazon Prime Instant Video. …

Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town

Don Raleigh, the schools superintendent in Pryor, Okla., where the arrival of a huge Google data center has been a boon for schools. Since 2011, Google has donated $1.5 million in Mayes County, in addition to offering free Wi-Fi. Credit Shane Brown for The New York Times PRYOR, Okla. — Students at Pryor High School study robotics. Elementary schools have basic computer programming classes using free laptops, online collaboration software and Wi-Fi spread across this small town in Oklahoma’s Green Country. “We have to prepare them for their future, not our past,” said Don Raleigh, superintendent of the town’s schools. “You have to have new skill sets.” At Wagoner High School, 25 miles south, students in an overcrowded classroom learn about word processing and spreadsheets on old desktop computers. In a recent session, some students napped, while others watched a documentary about high school football. “It’s pretty obvious that we are the have-nots,” said Randy Harris, superintendent of Wagoner schools. Rather than plan for the online future, where all the good jobs will be, he said, “we’re trying to provide enough textbooks and teachers.” The difference between these towns is the jackpot that arrived in the form of an enormous Google data center. As increasing focus is being paid to the wealth and jobs created by tech companies outside Silicon Valley, Google’s arrival in small-town Pryor serves as a complex example of what happens when a modern internet company builds one of its data centers in a community. While they do bring in some work, these mostly automated facilities will never provide the thousands of good-paying blue-collar jobs that come with a new auto plant. What they do bring, however, is some stability to local tax revenues, and — at least in the case of Google — a cash-rich megacompany looking to make nice with the locals. Since 2010, Google has been building a giant computing complex in Pryor, a town of 9,500 people in Mayes County, about 40 miles east of Tulsa. Google’s only larger center is in Council Bluffs, Iowa, another place with cheap land and power and abundant water. With a recently announced $1.3 billion expansion, Google figures it will have put $2.5 billion into the Pryor site, which houses hundreds of thousands of computer servers. The Mountain View, Calif., company is now officially Mayes County’s largest taxpayer, a windfall for Pryor schools in a state that the United States Census Bureau says has the nation’s second-lowest spending per pupil. While Wagoner’s industrial property tax base, the biggest part of local school funding in Oklahoma, is assessed at $65 million, Pryor’s is assessed at $430 million. Over $300 million of that is ascribed to Google. Almost none of the $18.4 million that Pryor schools got last year actually came from Google, however. A business-friendly law dating from 1985 means the state paid $23.9 million of Google’s local property taxes for 2016, and Google paid just $1.2 million. That was still enough to make it the largest taxpayer in the county. Google gets a similar deal for the first five years of development, then picks up the tab in the sixth year, minus depreciation, or the presumed wear and tear on assets like the servers housed in the complex. Google says it has no idea what it will eventually pay. At the same time, a drop in the price of oil and natural gas, mainstays of Oklahoma tax revenue, have compelled the state to cut funding to many schools. Last year, Wagoner, population 8,600, had a budget of $14 million for its schools, down from $18 million five years ago. On a recent Monday, Mr. Harris shivered under three shirts in a half-lit, half-heated building. State budget cuts had forced Wagoner to a school week of four longer days. Pryor, meantime, has weekend academic competitions, bonuses for teachers, and sparkling new classrooms. Higher taxes enabled Pryor to raise $60 million in bonds. It set aside money for textbooks, technology and buildings. The Google data center has also benefited the community. In a sixth-grade class, youngsters do math on their laptops, and are encouraged to “get out of their comfort zones” by looking at online resources like Khan Academy, a tutoring program. Google did not bring a bonanza of jobs, compared with the traditional manufacturing operations for which Oklahoma’s tax break was intended. The Pryor data center has 115 Google employees, 230 full-time contractors for things like security and groundskeeping, and 150 part-time workers, according to Mike Edwards, the data center facility manager. What Google does bring, in abundance, is largess. Since 2011, Google has donated $1.5 million in Mayes County, largely for education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The Chromebooks, laptops that run on a Google operating system, are part of those donations. The free Wi-Fi is on top of the school donations. There are “Google Fests” where students and businesses can learn about coding and e-commerce. The company subsidizes elementary school classes in writing software. Twenty volunteers come into schools to help students with things like building underwater robots. “We changed things here, with exposure to a world they never knew existed,” said Brenda Standridge, manager of Google’s Pryor facility. “Eventually every job is going to be a tech job.” Google didn’t used to be this open or generous in towns where it was based, said Andrew Silvestri, Google’s head of public policy for the central United States. Over the years, corporate secrecy created “a lot of rumors, a sense of mystery,” that made for bad blood with local residents, he said. Pryor recently gave accredited teachers a $2,000 bonus, a lot of money in a state where teacher salaries start at $31,600 and top out at $46,000. Other Oklahoma educators have been leaving for better-paying jobs in Texas, Kansas and Arkansas. One sign of the crisis in most public schools in Oklahoma is its annual program that puts uncertified people in a classroom on an emergency basis. In the 2011-12 school year, there were 32 of these emergency teachers. In the first half of this school year, there are 1,082. Voters recently defeated a proposed sales tax increase for higher teaching salaries, one cent per transaction, 59 percent to 41 percent. “The heavy lifting of government must have engaged communities to sustain the work of educating students,” said Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s state schools superintendent. “Each community will have strategies that fit its area.” That works in Pryor, or Bartlesville, where Phillips 66 has a headquarters, and a few years ago gave the schools computer and science labs. Skilled workers volunteer there, too. “I don’t know another district that has what we and Pryor do,” said LaDonna Chancellor, principal of Bartlesville High School. Lately some Pryor students have gone on to prestigious institutions like Duke University and Brown University. Others are at state and vocational schools. That’s not to say all the problems have gone away. Last year, nine parents of children from one of Mr. Raleigh’s second-grade classes faced drug offenses, mostly for use of opioids or methamphetamine. Fifty-two percent of Pryor students get free lunches. Down the road, homes in Wagoner, a charming community by Fort Gibson Lake, now list for about $82,000, compared with $145,000 in Pryor. Businesses include a shopping cart factory, a small hospital and a maker of coatings for truck beds. Children depend on ad sales on school posters for things like their yearbook, music classes, or sports. “They help out as they can, but mostly it’s $300 a pop,” said Mr. Harris, the superintendent. “It’s not a $500,000 donation.” In fact, that is what a wealthy local recently gave Wagoner. It bought an indoor football training facility. On Dec. 2 the Wagoner Bulldogs won their third straight state championship, in a division for smaller schools. …

Why Nigerians Believed That Ultimate Cycler and MMM Pyramids Network Has Come to Stay Despite Site Maintainance and Upgrade by IDF National Secretary

Irrespective of the fearful news circulated by most Nigerian News papers and journalist on the recent upgrade and site maintenance of the Ultimate Cycler Network, Nigerians are optimistic of its impact in the Life of a common man. Months ago, Nigerians are lamenting on the bite from the economic recession with no hope from the legislative and executive arms having urged Nigerians to be prayerful at a time like this... Yes the prayers of Nigerians actually worked, because it was at the peak of the recession that MMM Network took the center point and it seems recession started to reduce and just a while Ultimate Cycler pyramid Network possesses the Nigerian market and behold Recession Varnished. Just as the people are celebrating the the messiah of Nigerian recession, comes the site upgrade and difficulty in maintenance strata that made the Network bit down in recent last weeks. But nonetheless, the immediately the site was upgraded, Nigerians were all happy again to kickstart the network pyramids that alone indicates their trust on the network. The report from the IDF National Secretary indicated that millions of Nigerian who has tested the network has come to believe that Internet is the hub of development as those who are computer illiterate has joined some computer schools to ensure they benefited and run the business themselves. He also added that soonest, MMM shall begin its upgrade till January 2017 and believe me, Nigerians will trust MMM than ever. This Networks has also opened up chains of vital Networks in the Nigerians echelon and the quest to make more money shall not be underestimated and the IDF National Secretary has promised to published chains of Business legitimate Networks that would profer financial solutions to the Nigerians…

Gracious Victory Speech By Senator- Elect Of Rivers South East Senatorial District, Magnus Ngei Abe

First is to say that this has been a titanic struggle; it has been a very difficult two years for Rivers people and for all of us. My victory in this election is a reward for faithfulness. I have been faithful to my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).  I have been faithful to my people, the people of the Rivers South East Senatorial District and I have been faithful to my leaders and I think God in his infinite mercies has rewarded me with this unprecedented victory. There is no victor, no vanquish. I want to thank my friend and brother, Distinguished Senator Olaka Nwogu for his very kind and peaceful words, which he has expressed to the people of this state. I also want to use this opportunity to extend a hand of friendship to the executive Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike and to say to him that he had promised that there was nothing personal in this contest and he has said that if I win he will congratulate me. The only barometer for measuring success in an election in this country is the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the commission has declared me the winner, I want to call on the governor to keep his words and send me his letter and words of congratulation because I have won. I want to also say that Rivers State has suffered enough and that it is  time for us to bring this contest to an end. I want to thank my leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, my wife, my family and most importantly, the people of Rivers South East Senatorial District. You have spoken and you have spoken loud and clear. We should respect your views. We should work together to make this district a better place for Nigerians to live. I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for their kind words, friendship and support and I look forward to joining them in the red chamber as soon as possible. Thank you and God bless. Senator Magnus Ngei Abe Senator – Elect, Rivers South East Senatorial District December 11,…

PDP Wins Two Senatorial Seats In Rivers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won one more senatorial seat in the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, bringing the number of its senatorial seats to two.  Announcing the third senatorial result on Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that the candidate of the PDP, Osinachukwu Ideozu, won Rivers West senatorial district with 107,166 votes, defeating the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Otelemaba Amachree who polled 48,898 votes. A PDP candidate, George Sekibo, had earlier been declared winner of the Rivers East senatorial district, while Rivers South East senatorial district was clinched by APC candidate, Magnus Abe. The closest rival to the APC candidate was Olaka Wogu of the Peoples Democratic Party. Meanwhile, the state legislative rerun poll in some parts of Etche Local Government Area, is to be re-conducted on Wednesday, following cases of violence which hindered the exercise there on Saturday. It is the second time that the electoral body is conducting legislative election in some Local Government Areas in the state, but violence marred polls again in some…

Davido’s Sister is P.regnant, See photos

Nigerian Afro pop star and Sony Music Entertainment artist Davido will soon be an uncle as his elder sister Ashely Coo who got married in Dubai on May 29, 2016 to her beau Caleb Adaji is heavily p.regnant. Coco and Caleb are expecting their first child and her baby bump is so beautiful that you can read the joy of motherhood on the face of billionaire Elder Adedeji Adeleke’s daughter. Her makeup artist, Banke Meshida-Lawal shared the photo of her and her baby bump looking radiant on her Instagram page. The daughter of billionaire Chief Adedeji Adeleke is glowing with her cute bump as shared by makeup artist Banks Meshida Lawal. Coco got married to Caleb at the prestigious Palazzo Versace in Dubai on Nigeria’s Democracy Day. …

Chidinma Okeke Cucumber S*X Scandal Is Getting Dicey: Heads Will Definitely Roll, Now See What DSS Is Currently Working On – Uche Nworah Replies

Ladies and gentlemen, Uche Nworah has just released a blurred contract document which Chidinma Okeke signed with ABS. This is the same document he initially refused to release. What Mr Nworah did say is why the contract was signed after Chidinma won the beauty contest. Meanwhile, I am glad that DSS has stepped in. Chidinma Okeke has been interrogated by DSS. Uche Nworah has also told the DSS all he knows about the mess. Our own Aisha Edward has equally petitioned the DSS. APGA Interactive Forum therefore urges the DSS to do just and prosecute anyone found culpable. Here is what Uche Nworah stated as his position on the scandal. Read below… There is an Igbo saying that the more you repeat a lie, at some point people may begin to believe that it is the truth. On this former Miss Anambra s3x scandal, the management of the Anambra Broadcasting Service had previously released a press statement disassociating the organisation from it. We still stand on that statement. We have also made statements on the matter to the law enforcement authorities. We understand that Miss Chidinma Okeke has also made statements to the law enforcement authorities so we eagerly await their findings. It is however important that I correct certain statements that are being made on this forum and in other fora especially concerning the interview Miss Chidinma Okeke granted the Nation newspaper today. There appears to be an agenda to push falsehood to the public and in so doing malign me and the Anambra Broadcasting Service over a matter that we know nothing about. It appears that our silence over the matter, except the press statement we issued earlier is now being exploited by those who are bent on using the Miss Anambra s3x scandal to settle political scores in Anambra state. It would also appear that Miss Chidinma Okeke has become a pawn in a larger politically motivated conspiracy. The ABS as a socially responsible organisation fulfilled to the letter every part of the contract signed with Miss Chidinma Okeke, former Miss Anambra. This includes paying ALL her prize money of the sum of one million Naira only. This was paid in instalments in line with the contract. An initial sum of N500, 000 was paid to her after she signed her contract and the balance of N500,000 was paid in N50,000 instalments over a 10 month period. She collected her last installment of N50,000 on the 11th of October 2016, the day she handed over the crown to the organisers. We have records of her signing for all the payments. We had to take the measure of inviting the former Miss Anambra to the office on this date as that was the day an anonymous individual had forwarded the videos to myself and some other persons I do not know accusing the former queen of being a l.esb!ian. The person said he was in possession of such similar videos numbering over 10 allegedly showing the former queen in l.esb!ian acts, as well as her friends in the l.esb!ian video performing s3xual acts with men. Details of these WhatsApp messages have been made available to the law enforcement authorities. We took this decision as we did not want the brand to be smeared with such a scandal as contained in Clause 1 of the contract. After the handover of the crown by Miss Chidinma Okeke to the Miss Anambra project executives in the presence of the ABS management in the office of the ABS MD/CEO, I dismissed all the other members of the management with the exception of the ABS lawyer and one of the Miss Anambra project executives. I went on to show Miss Chidinma Okeke the videos I had received that day from the anonymous individual and the messages from the person, I then asked her if she had any knowledge of the video and she said yes. I advised her to go home and confide in her family. I have not seen nor spoken to her since that day as I do not know her whereabouts. Miss Chidinma Okeke was not forced to sign the contract under duress as alleged, rather a certain Nwakonobi Ifeanyi who is married to her sister and acting as her guardian co-signed with her after they had taken the contract home, studied and consulted over it. As a respectable pageant, we have certain rules and regulations guiding participation in the pageant and conduct of the queen during her reign. During her one year reign, we supported Miss Chidinma Okeke the very best way we could including sponsoring her to represent Nigeria in the Miss Intercontinental pageant which held in Frankfurt Germany in December 2015. We sponsored her alongside one of the contestants who represented São Tomé. This was our way of creating opportunities for them and opening doors to international fame and modeling. Though not stated in the contract but we also secured a free unlimited one year business class return tickets to any destination in Nigeria for her and her chaperon from one of our airline sponsors. There is no iota of truth in the allegation that ABS is blackmailing Chidinma Okeke over monies realised at her birthday party. As our reigning queen, we organised a birthday party for her and used the occasion to present to the public her pet project. The event was co-sponsored by her uncle who was also at the event alongside veteran Nollywood actor, Sir Obi Okoli who did not stay till the end. Miss Chidinma Okeke and her uncle can testify that no money was realised at the event as it was not a fund raising. Rather, the guests that spoke encouraged her with words. The Miss Anambra Beauty Pageant platform is indeed a wonderful one. There is nothing wrong with the pageant. We have had winners and participants on the platform who have gone on to do big things in their lives and modeling careers. The pageant is solely private sector funded. The state government does not sponsor the pageant so please do not believe the false story that the Anambra state government spends millions of Naira sponsoring the pageant. If you live in Awka or Anambra state, you will confirm that it is usually a big event which generates a lot of excitement and buzz. As an organisation, the pageant generates entertainment content and some revenue for the ABS. From the audition to the final event itself, the contestants are treated with the highest respect, courtesy and dignity. They sign a document detailing dos and donts and pledge to be of good conduct and behaviour both during camp and during the reign of the eventual winner. In the past, the organisers have had to dismiss some finalists from camp for misconduct, one for giving her number out to a hotel guest where they are camped and another for being rude to fellow contestants and the chaperon. The pageant is judged to the highest standard. The judges are usually former acclaimed national beauty queens and showbiz personalities. The pageant overall is managed by a Pageant Creative Director who is a former Miss Nigeria. We take every care to ensure that we deliver a good show every year. There are no preconditions of appearing in a s3x video to contest in the Miss Anambra pageant. We have had hundreds of contestants on the pageant and they can testify to that. It makes no sense to try to blame the organisers over an act that is as a result of one’s folly and greed. If perhaps the said Miss Chidinma Okeke fell victim to conmen who tricked her into believing that she will win a beauty pageant if she appears in a s3x video, if she goes ahead and participates in the said video and the conmen turn around to blackmail her and extort money from her with the s3x video, how can I or the ABS be blamed for that? Did the other participants and contestants on the show suffer the same fate? Regarding the issue of the Miss Anambra vehicle, in line with clause 10 of the contract, the vehicle is an official car which the organisers reserve the right to withdraw at the end of the queen’s reign. It does appear that the issue of the car is what concerns the former queen the most as statements to the media by her father, and even text messages to me and discussions from people from her camp suggest so but clearly as can be seen from the contract, the ABS acted as per contract signed. It is obvious that those who have been at the forefront pushing this falsehood and allegation that I, Uche Nworah or the ABS has anything to do with this have ulterior motives. In this day and age of social media, it is now easy for anybody to manufacture falsehood and post on social media for the unsuspecting public to read, like and share but in the end truth triumphs. …

MESSAGE TO THE BEST EVER BY MIRACLE PRINCE OKAFOR

To the man who married the best mother ever. To the man that believed that age is just a number. To the man I call my inspiration. To the man that taught me alot about life. He always make a statement in igbo and i translate in English "we will keep fighting until Police arrive" Daddy you are the best ever. @70 you are my source of hardwork. I therefore use this medium to tell you happy birthday the best daddy ever. We your mother, wife, children, grandchildren, inlaws( mother, brother and children).Sincerely want to say happy birthday. Yours Lovely Okafor Prince-Miracle Your Last Prince   …

Not Again! Three Worshipers Die In Synagogue Church Stampede, See What Happened Next

No fewer than three worshippers at the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Ikotun, Lagos State, have been confirmed dead after a stampede on the church’s premises on Saturday. The victims were part of a crowd that struggled to see the church’s General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, during a special healing service. Our correspondent gathered that while two of the victims were identified as Emeka Okonkwo and Emmanuel Oherin, the third victim had yet to be identified. Their corpses were said to have been deposited in a morgue in the state. An eyewitness, who did not want to be identified, said the stampede occurred around 4.30am. He said, “It was the church’s annual deliverance and healing programme. Usually at this time, the church becomes a beehive of activities as people come in their thousands to see the prophet for miracles. “People lodge in different hotels surrounding the church. And they all arrive at the church very early. “There is a canopy on the premises where worshippers are screened before they see the man of God. “However, on Saturday, after being screened, the crowd was much and they started struggling through the doorway to see the prophet. In the process, three people collapsed. They were rushed to the Isolo General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead.” Another source said the two victims were identified through their phones, adding that the third victim did not have any means of identification. “Their families were immediately contacted and they identified them. The police from the Ikotun division were also contacted,” he added. A police source said the corpses were taken in an ambulance, adding that the Ikotun Divisional Crime Officer and the Area Commander, Area M, accompanied them to the mortuary. As of 2pm when our correspondent left the area, a service was still on in Synagogue. When contacted, an official of the church, who did not want to be identified, urged our correspondent to forward his enquiries to the church’s email address. He said, “Mr. Folarin, while I appreciate the fact that you have to do your job as a journalist, I also must protect my personal integrity. I will advise you send a mail to info@scoan.org to confirm before publishing any story. “Sometimes, rumours get to the press and injure the reputation (of) our subjects, thereby making journalism look like a witch-hunt. “I will also advise you to be most objective. Please send a mail to the email address before publishing any story.” Our correspondent sent an enquiry around 3.54pm which had yet to be replied to as of press time. When our correspondent called a telephone number spotted on the church’s website, another official with a foreign accent, denied the incident. She said, “Nothing happened on the church premises yesterday. Nobody died. Nobody. Thank you.” The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, however, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing. She said, “The story is true. Investigation is ongoing as we await the result of the autopsy. For now, we are treating the case as sudden and unnatural…

See Photos Of What Happened To Male And Female Corp Members Caught Having S*X In Ogun Camp

Two Corpers have been decamped from the Ogun State NYSC Orientation Camp after both of them were caught having s*x. Skills Acquisition classes were happening on Wednesday 7th December at the Ogun State NYSC Orientation Camp. Some corpers were being trained on how to enhance their writing and public speaking skills. Others were learning how to make beads, make-up, etc. There were the phone repairers, and a bunch of other skills acquisition classes. Funny enough, at the back of the class, away from the crowd, a guy and a lady very busy ‘sweating’. Unfortunately for them, a soldier caught them pants down. They were marched to the commandant’s office, and almost immediately they were decamped, which means that they have to re-apply for NYSC for next year – 2017. It doesn’t cost much to be responsible, but some people just want to be wild.…

Wike – We’ve Won Rivers East, West Senatorial Districts [Details]

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on INEC to release the results of Rivers East Senatorial District and Rivers West Senatorial District without tampering with it. Wike declared that the candidates of the PDP had already won both elections based on results from polling units. The governor also called on INEC to immediately release the results of Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency and Andoni State Constituency, which he claimed the PDP had won. Wike, who spoke in an interactive session with journalists on Sunday, said it had never happened in the history of elections that the Rivers East Senatorial District result declaration exceeded 24 hours. According to him, the result of Rivers East has been held down by the plots of INEC, the Army and the Police to manipulate the results of Emohua and Ikwerre Local Government Areas for the purpose  of concocting the senatorial results in favour of the APC . He said, “As I speak with you, they are doing everything possible to rewrite the result of Emohua Local Government Area to ensure that the APC wins”. The governor said that since the conclusion of voting, INEC had been playing pranks, moving collation back and forth from Emohua to Port Harcourt to create room for rigging. “For now, all the collation officers have refused to be compelled to declare false results. As such, the collation officers have left and INEC has resorted to using her internal staff for the collation of results. “Release Rivers East Senatorial District where Senator George Sekibo has won clearly. Release Rivers West Senatorial District where Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu has won clearly. INEC  should release Andoni/ Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency where Abiante has won and Andoni State Constituency  where Ikunyi Ibani has won clearly,” he said. He described as unfortunate the deliberate use of the Nigerian Army to deny the PDP agents access to collation centres so that INEC staff could concoct…

Doctors Commit To Efficient Healthcare For IDPs

The Borno State chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) has reiterated its commitment to delivering efficient healthcare services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state. The ARD President, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Ibrahim Shettima, made the pledge during a scientific conference in Maiduguri. Shettima said the ARD would continue to provide optimal health services to the vulnerable and victims of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region. “The health challenges in the state especially in the IDPs’ camps remain a challenge to the health sector in the state. Our mother union the Nigeria Medical Association, has so far conducted some outreach in Bakkasi IDPs’ camp,” he told reporters. According to him, the members of the group have conducted outreaches in some orphanages where some 200 children were examined. He said that the group is determined to extend its outreach to the IDPs in seven liberated local government areas. The aim of the ARD is to provide a congenial environment for laying the foundation for efficient and effective residency training that would have a legacy for the younger ones to…

Delta To Earn 65m Naira Annually From LED Display Boards

Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa The Delta State Government says it is looking to generate 65 million Naira from Light Emission Diode (LED) Display Boards that would be placed at strategic locations across the State. An official of the State government said it was was the outcome of the state’s consideration of other means of generating funds to shore up its revenue base. While briefing reporters of the activities of his ministry in Asaba, the capital of the state, the State Commissioner for Energy, Mr Newworld Safugha, said the State Government was aware of the festering economic downturn in the country and was currently propping up measures to favourably respond to the situation by tapping into all of its sources of Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs). He revealed that the result of one of such fruitful search for palliative measures to the country’s economic crunch was the signing of an agreement with a private investor expected to take over operation of the State Government owned Light Emission Diode (LED) Display Boards that are stationed in strategic areas of the state. “In the area of dissemination of information and advertisement on the Light Emission Diode (LED) Display Boards across the State, a leasing agreement has been signed with Messrs Wall’s Integrated Service Limited, to utilise the LED Display Boards for advertising purpose,” Safugha told reporters. The Commissioner further explained that the LED Display Boards, which were electronic engineering technology used for dissemination of public information and advertisements, would generate a total of 65 million Naira to the state government on an annual basis. He also explained that the facilities, which would be given out on a lease term, would attract 50 million Naira and 15 million Naira from the urban and rural areas respectively. “Such revenue will boost the gross earnings of the state,” he added. …

Human Rights Activist Advocates Modern Interrogation Techniques

A Yenagoa-based Human Rights Activist, Mr Alagoa Morris, has advised security agencies to avoid the use of torture and adopt more civilized and modern techniques of interrogation. Alagoa, who spoke during the 2016 World Human Rights Day, themed: “stand up for someone’s rights today”, urged the police and other security agencies to improve on their investigation techniques. The United Nations had set aside December 10, annually as human rights day in commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Alagoa believes that adopting such improved techniques, would help to get voluntary statements from suspects. “The world is constantly advancing and making progress; we have to move along with our judicial system. “If we continue to use crude method – torture, we merely portray ourselves as primitive people. “The work of human rights protection is a collective one, and we call on members of the society to uplift the ideals of human rights for the attainment of an egalitarian society. “We should live by the golden rule that says: do unto others as you will want to be treated.” The Human Rights Activist, then called on the police to ensure prosecution of officers and men found guilty of human rights violation or abuse. He stressed this, while stating the example of the recent case of a policeman who allegedly shot and Killed a fellow policeman in Bayelsa state, over 20, 000 Naira. The case according to him, was…

Three Things About Criticisms That Hurt Us Deeply and how to deal with them By Nwaze Francis

Words are powerful. They could lift us up towards healing, or they could wound us like sharp swords that pierce our hearts. Which words have such a painful effect upon us and that leaves us feeling worthless and shattered after hearing them? Which people have the power to utter those words that often leave us broken and defeated? There are three things that contribute to criticisms that hurt us deeply: 1. The Criticism That Touches a Wound Words that are totally untrue rarely have the power to hurt us. We hurt because we felt some truth to the criticisms hurled against us. Such criticisms may not be totally true, but they may point towards a truth we’ve always wanted to hide or to some related weakness that we haven’t been able to address so far. Note that some of these weaknesses may not even exist in reality, but if we perceive them to exist or to matter to us, the wounds exist, and they hurt whenever they are touched. For example, we may think we’re not good-looking enough and words said about our appearance trigger some feelings of insecurity. In truth, we may not really look that bad, but when we believe that we’re not attractive, we’d always feel attacked whenever somebody tries to make fun of our appearance. 2. The Criticism That Comes From a Person Valuable to Us It is the people who are closest to us whom we count on the most. We expect them to protect us, to defend us from people who may look down on us, and to guard the vulnerabilities we have revealed to them. Once they start criticizing us, we immediately feel the intensity of the impact of their words. We may feel like we’re being attacked by those whom we trusted with our greatest secrets, including the weaknesses we have hidden from everyone else. Weren’t they supposed to be the ones who would understand us the most? Weren’t they the ones who should believe in us despite the imperfections that they see in us? 3. The Criticism That Comes From Someone Credible Criticisms have a greater impact when uttered by those we deem as credible in the area where we are being criticized. For example, if we are joining a singing contest, it is the judge who also happens to be a great singer, who has the power to affect us with her words of praise or disapproval regarding our singing ability. They may not always be right, but since we have already given them our belief in their particular area of expertise, we easily consider their words as true. Once all three factors exist at the same time, the more will be our hurt and our difficulty in trying to move on from said criticisms. For example, maybe we feel insecure about our intelligence, and we have been criticized as being stupid or shallow. What would make it worse is when that criticism comes from a person we love, such as a life partner, and more so if that person is one whom we consider as possessing a high degree of intelligence. In such instances, how do we deal with the criticisms that deeply hurt our self-esteem? 1. Find Healing For Our Wounds Hurts caused by criticisms may be opportunities for us to discover the wounds we have. This in turn may give us the chance to heal and to be more at peace with who we are. 2. See The Intention of The Person Criticizing Us If the person criticizing us is someone we love, let us try to look at their intentions for doing so. In truth, they may only want us to improve so we can have better lives and because they really care about us. If however, we find out that the people criticizing us have all the wrong intentions, such as really feeling envious and desire only to put us down, then we can learn to protect ourselves from them and not let their words affect our self worth. 3. Know That Nobody’s Perfect Even if the people who criticize us are credible, let us remember that nobody is really perfect. They could be wrong. Or they could also have the wrong intentions. If they are right however, let us use their criticisms constructively so we could grow and reach our full potential. Kindly share.... …

Nigerians Should Change Their Consumption Pattern – Oshiomhole

As part of the measures to get out of the current economic recession, Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole says, Nigerians may have to change their consumption pattern. Mr Adams Oshiomhole who is of the opinion that the current difficulties the country is facing is self-inflicted, says the only way to address this challenge is the adoption of policies that will enhance local production and reduce pressure on the nation’s reserves. He said this while on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. He also expressed that Nigerians cannot expect change within a short time, when there has been a back log of problems long before the current administration. “There has to be a time lapse between when you formulate policies on the basis of what you found on ground, and when the benefits of those policies begin to manifest, If it takes 60 years to get to this terrible state we are in, why would anybody think that under 15 months of a new government, we will fix it?”, he added. The Governor addressing Nigerians, said we must all identify the issues in the system, as everyone had contributed to the current state of rural poverty. He said “the nation’s consumption pattern has been so distorted by the few who have access to stolen money” such that everywhere you go in the country, we have imported foods. He reiterates what the government has said that “Nigerians would have to go through a re-orientation, such that we don’t learn to perfect the act of consuming what we don’t produce, particularly those things that we can actually produce” Oshiomhole further stated that the whole essence of moving the economy from state involvement, towards private sector involvement is so that the private sector could be structured in such a way that they do not have to import all the things they currently do. According to him, If we are going to move from being a nation that consumes what it doesn’t produce, but is capable of producing, then the government must redirect investors properly to the agriculture…

Joshua Defeats Molina To Retain IBF Heavyweight Title

Britain’s Anthony Joshua has successfully defended his IBF heavyweight title with a third-round stoppage of Eric Molina in Manchester. Joshua, who made the second defence of his belt on Sunday, knocked the American down with a short right before the referee waved the fight off. Molina struggled to get back to his feet as the count reached eight, but the referee stepped in again to stop the fight after two minutes and two seconds of the round with a technical knockout declared. After a successful defence, Joshua will face former heavyweight king, Wladimir Klitschko at the Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017. Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, who announced the bout date confirmed it would be for the “unified heavyweight championship of the world”. He said it would be the “biggest fight in British boxing history”, with New Zealander, Joseph Parker as the newly-crowned WBO champion while America’s Deontay Wilder holds the WBC belt. Klitschko, who lost his WBA, IBF and WBO belts to Tyson Fury 2015, says it is a fight that the fans want and it must…

Fire Guts Phil-Hallmark Supermarket In Edo State

A fire incident has razed a shopping mall, Phil-hallmark supermarket, along Sapele road in Benin City, the Edo state capital. The incident which occurred in the early hours of Sunday December 11, 2016, is said to have destroyed properties worth hundreds of millions of Naira. According to some witnesses, the inferno started at about 3:00 am from the top floor of the building, they decried the poor response to the situation by men of the edo state fire service. Speaking to journalists at the scene, the Director of the Edo State Fire Service, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost in the inferno, while attributing his agency’s delayed response, to lack of adequate equipment. He however appealed to well-meaning individuals to assist the fire service when cases of this nature occur, adding that the cause of the fire could not be determined at this…

Shettima: One Dead, 17 Injured In Maiduguri Suicide Bombing

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has confirmed the death of one of the 18 injured victims of an explosion in Maiduguri. Governor Shettima revealed this to reporters on Sunday after visiting the wounded persons who are receiving treatment at the Maiduguri specialist hospital. “There is ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the Sambisa forest and literally we have to anticipate these lunatics coming down to this terrain. “We’ll meet with security personnel, management of markets and the civilian JTF to come up with a roadmap on how to really reinforce the security in the markets and take proactive measures to forestall future occurrences. “They did a very good job, about 18 people sustained injury but we lost only a single soul (and) we don’t even want to lose a single person going forward,” the governor said. Four of the injured persons are said to be in stable condition while the rest are in critical condition. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the explosion was carried out by two suicide bombers, a male and a female near the popular Monday Market in the Borno State capital, northeast Nigeria. Following the incident, Borno State government has called for an emergency meeting with the management of all markets within the Maiduguri metropolis. Meanwhile, Governor Shittima has ordered the reopening of the market for the day’s business. The attack comes barely four weeks after six persons were killed in suicide bombing in a failed attempt to attack the Federal High Court in Jidari Polo area of…

Daily Report: What Microsoft Needs From LinkedIn

Satya Nadella, chief of Microsoft, at a shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash., last month. He has made a series of smaller deals that have shown positive results. Credit Elaine Thompson/Associated Press LinkedIn is a site where workers memorialize their professional lives and look for new careers. Now, after its recent purchase by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, one good measure of the merger’s success may be how few LinkedIn employees start using their own product. As Nick Wingfield writes, the deal enters a pantheon of big Microsoft acquisitions, many of which have largely failed. How could this one be different? The failed acquisitions of companies like a Quantive (a $6 billion deal, in 2007) and Nokia, ($7.2 billion, 2013) seem like deals that were meant to help Microsoft catch up in businesses like online search and mobility. In both cases, that strategy appeared not to work. The companies, bought by Steve Ballmer, the previous Microsoft chief executive, were hauled up to Microsoft’s headquarters outside Seattle, where they never fit in. (In fairness to Microsoft’s methods, that’s also what happened with Skype, an $8.5 billion deal made in 2011 that is regarded as a success.) Photo As Nick writes, LinkedIn is more like the 2014 purchase of Mojang, the maker of the popular game Minecraft. Neither was that acquisition meant to make up ground in an existing industry, nor did it result in the acquired company being uprooted. In LinkedIn’s case, the current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella appears to be happy to let it stay on its own turf, with as much of the existing team as possible remaining in place. In other words, they will be home and happy instead of out on LinkedIn, looking for another job. But there is more to it than that with LinkedIn, and not just because the purchase more than three times the size of the Skype deal — previously Microsoft’s biggest purchase — or because of the site’s popularity as a job-hunting tool. Mr. Nadella is taking Microsoft from its roots in software for personal computers and computer servers into the new era of cloud computing and mobile devices, increasingly with artificial intelligence acting as an intermediary. LinkedIn matters to Microsoft for both the A.I. talent it has on its staff and the huge amount of data it holds on its users. A.I. generally works better when it has large and varied data sets from which to draw information. LinkedIn’s vast collection of data is, in fact, why Salesforce, which was once courting with Microsoft over its own possible acquisition, now objects to the purchase of LinkedIn. For Mr. Nadella to succeed, he doesn’t need LinkedIn to be a part of Microsoft, in the sense of being deeply grafted into the rest of the company. He needs it to keep growing, building up data, and holding on to talent. In other words, he needs it to be the best LinkedIn possible. …

Over 30 dead as tanker crashes, explodes

More than 30 people died when a tanker carrying inflammable materials crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday night, officials said. “At 5am the death toll was 33 but the search is still on,” said Pius Masai of Kenya’s National Disaster Unit. He added that rescuers were continuing to comb the area for bodies. Masai said the accident involved “over 11 vehicles burnt” when the tanker rammed into others on the road and caught fire. Kenya’s Red Cross said the driver had lost control of the tanker which then crashed into other vehicles and “burst into flames”. A passenger minibus and a police truck were among the vehicles gutted by the ferocious flames. The accident occurred at Karai at the bottom of a long downward hill on the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway, the main cross-country road leading from Kenya’s capital to the west of the country and on to Uganda. Police and witnesses said the truck with Ugandan registration plates was travelling fast when it hit a speed bump and then lost control ramming into others. At least 50 people injured in the accident have been received at a private hospital in Naivasha. Witnesses described a fireball engulfing the vehicles with passengers inside. After fire fighters put out the flames rescue workers collected bodies from among the wreckage of charred cars strewn across the highway. ‘Like a horror movie’ “It’s a terrible incident, people are burnt, some in their cars and others as they tried to escape,” said a police officer on the scene. George Rono was driving on the highway when he saw the tanker crash into other vehicles. “We survived by luck because we saw it happen,” Rono said. “We heard vehicles hooting simultaneously then a loud burst that was followed by fire, that’s when I swerved my car and jumped out, when fire started spreading, but luckily it didn’t get to where we were.” Rono’s passenger, who did not want to be named, described the intensity of the blaze. “The fire was so huge you couldn’t move closer until the fire brigade came and helped put it out. All the vehicles around here were burning,” he said. Some survivors were treated on the scene by civilians and the Red Cross while others were taken to hospital. Corpses were put in body bags and loaded into pick-up trucks. “It is like a horror movie,” said Jane Muthoni, a shopkeeper who works close to the scene of the accident and rushed there soon after it happened to try to help people escape their cars. “It will haunt me for a long time, imagining that huge fire where people were burning, and now I have seen some seated in their vehicles dead,” she said. The busy highway is notorious for deadly accidents. In 2009 over 100 people were killed and 200 injured elsewhere on the same road after a petrol tanker overturned and local people had gathered to collect the leaking fuel when a fire ignited. Given the scale of Saturday’s disaster it is expected that the death toll may rise. The accident comes as Kenya is in the throes of a nationwide doctors’ strike. …

Storing Web Pages, and Much More, in Google Keep

Q. Is Google Keep just for making lists? Is it possible to save web pages I browse on my Android tablet in there, and if so, how? A. Google Keep is the company’s own version of the all-purpose organizer for notes, lists, photos, drawings and reminders. You can also record and store audio clips and save webpage links within the Keep repository. From the Keep toolbar, you can quickly search for notes you have saved, and the program can even recognize text in photos and convert it to editable type — just choose the image, tap open the Menu icon in the top-right corner and select Grab Image Text. Photo Google Keep can store notes, links, images and more. To save a webpage from Android’s Chrome browser, open the Share menu and select Keep from the options. Credit  The New York Times To turn a webpage into a note within your Google Keep files, open the tablet’s browser and call up the page you want to save. Tap the Share button or icon on the screen, or tap the More menu (which looks like a vertical stack of three dots) in the upper-right corner and choose Share from the menu. In the Share menu options, find and tap the yellow Google Keep icon. You should see a miniature version of that webpage in your Keep files. Later, when you are perusing your Keep notes, tap the web page preview to open that page Google Keep works with Android, iOS, Chrome and other desktop browsers. As with similar note-organizer apps (like Evernote, Zoho Notebook, Microsoft OneNote and Apple’s iCloud Notes), the software can sync up across devices so your note collection is readily available on the screen you happen to be using at the moment. …

EZEIFE TALKS TOUGH, REVEALS HOW – FG IS USING KANU’S DETENTION TO KILL MORE IGBOS

The Former governor of Anambra State during the Nigerian Third Republic, Dr. Chukwudi Ezeife has described the report of the Amnesty International that revealed the Nigerian military killed in ruthlessness about 150 unarmed people agitating for the sovereignty of Biafra, was an open truth. Ezeife stated that the Federal Government is using the detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra London and the leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) as a bait to kill more Igbo, and called for his immediate release. Ezeife said: The report is true. The people wanted to have a ceremony, so they carried their Bibles to church in Onitsha, but armed soldiers and armed policemen opened fire on them; killing them at random and threw them into the river. What is more important is that the court had freed the leader of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, but the Federal Government refused to let him go. What is the purpose of detaining him further? One, this is to show disdain for the Igbo people, and second by keeping him in detention, some people will get annoyed and while protesting they are mowed down. My advice to our people, young and old is to understand that Kanu is a bait used by government to kill our people. There is no need to keep on holding him. Even those who committed more serious offences known to Nigerians have been set free. He is being held as bait to kill more Igbos. We know that about 50 people were killed in Owerri, and now Amnesty International has told us also that more than 150 persons were killed in Onitsha. These people didn’t go to the church with machetes or any weapon, it was only the Bible and yet they were mowed down in that manner, tell me how you feel, even if they were not from your side? It is just like mowing down the psyche of the Igbo. These were human beings, and there is nowhere in the Koran or the Holy Bible that justifies the killing of innocent people; nothing in common sense justifies it. The government should release Kanu immediately, and not to use him as a trap to kill more Igbo. He condemned a statement allegedly made by President Buhari that as long as those who fought the Nigeria-Biafra war are still alive, that anybody who raises the issue of Biafra must be unserious is heart rendering. Our people should know that they are targets, and Kanu is the trap for mowing them down if they move. We pray the Almighty God, who created Nigeria and designed a path for an unmatched greatness for the country to get into the leadership of the nation and the mind of Buhari and change his thinking to the direction of survival and to the direction of the governed. We pray God to make Hausa/Fulani appreciate the great gift Nigeria is to the world; to make Yoruba appreciates the same; to make Igbo appreciate the same and every Nigerian appreciates the same and to understand the greatness of their country, which is the largest congregation of black people on earth. The country that has no earthquake, no volcano – don’t mind the landslide that happened in Kaduna, it was the blood of the innocent people being killed there that was crying, it was not an earthquake. The person who has the best food sometimes doesn’t know what he has until it is taken away from him. We have Nigeria as the best country created by God and we are toying with it. Igbo can endure and make friends with non-Igbo Nigerians, but Fulanis are endangered because if they continue to do this kind of thing, Nigerians will tell them to go back to their Futa Jallon Mountian; Hausa will answer their father’s name, and all core groups will desert Nigeria. Nigeria has failed woefully. It has failed God and man. He also stressed that Nigeria have corrupted in every sector and to build a befitting country, Nigerians must forget the political parties and those institution of corruption and bribery. God created us as the largest concentration of black people on earth, endowed and gave us talented people from different tribes, but instead of exploring them, we engage in stealing from every dimension from primary school, to secondary school to university, to police, to army, judiciary, executive, legislature; we have corrupted Nigeria, we have generated shame in the face of black people, therefore a change is a must. We must forget APC; we must forget PDP, and all those institutions of corruption and bribery and create a befitting country”, he added. A former Commissioner of Police Abubakar Tsav however disagreed with him saying those killed in the Biafra struggle deserved to die because they must have committed treasonable felony. Describing Amnesty International’s claims as being unfair to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, Tsav said if IPOB members were not armed, the security agents would not have opened fire on…

Buhari’s Family Disowns Daughter’s Pre-Wedding Photos Says Is Untrue And Embarrassing

President Muhammadu Buhari’s family on Saturday disowned some photographs trending on social media and some conventional media said to be pre-wedding photographs of their daughter, Zahra, and Mohammed Indimi. In a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the wife of the President, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, the family described the photographs as untrue and embarrassing to them. Olumide-Ajayi said the family would want the forthcoming marriage to remain a private affair. She also promised that official photographs of the wedding would be released at the appropriate time. The statement read, “It has come to the notice of the Buhari family that certain photographs are making the rounds both on social and conventional media claiming to be pre-wedding photographs of Zahra Buhari and Mohammed Indimi. “Not only are these photographs untrue, they are also a source of embarrassment to the…

Full Details Of How Gov Udom Emmanuel Escape Death Yesterday As 200 Worshippers Died In Akwa Ibom Church Collapse

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, narrowly escaped death on Saturday as the building of Reigners’ Bible Church Int’l Inc, along Uyo Village Road, Uyo, and the state capital, collapsed during service. The incident left about 200 worshippers dead. Sources said it took the efforts of the governor’s security officers to whisk him away to safety. He was said to have sustained a minor injury. The governor was in the church attending the ordination of the church’s Presiding Pastor, Bishop Elect Akan Weeks, when the building gave way few minutes before offering period. One of the aides, who rescued the governor, was said to have died at a nearby hospital where he was rushed to. A security officer, who did not want to be named, said many dignitaries who accompanied the governor to the church also died. Our correspondent gathered that the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Etekamba Umoren, also shattered his head in the incident. He was said to have been taken to an undisclosed hospital in the state. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekerette Udoh, also sustained serious injury. It was gathered that construction works on a section where the ordination held were rushed because of Saturday’s event. The church has an estimated 10,000-seater capacity. Two cranes belonging to construction giant, Julius Berger, were used to clear the debris. A clash was averted between the police and some residents as the latter tried to calm frayed nerves. The state Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang, refused to speak with journalists when he was approached. He ordered them to leave the place. Mrs. Yenime Ekpo, who is a mother to one of the victims, Tony Brown, 46 with six children, said they were worshiping in the church when the building collapsed. She stated that Brown was trapped in the rubble for many hours along with others before she was rescued. Saying she was unsure of her son’s survival, Ekpo noted that they were not members of the church but only went to witness the ordination. Also, a student of the University of Uyo, Department of Communication Arts, Uduak Effiong, said she lost three of her course mates to the incident. She stated that when the building collapsed, a pillar fell upon a woman and tore her body. She said, “I saw over 100 dead bodies. These were the ones close to me. From my estimation, more than 300 people might have died as people came from other churches in all parts of the state, including government-sponsored praised singers with uniforms to attend the programme. For some of us that escaped, we only did by the special grace of God.” Another student of the University of Uyo, Jennifer Thomas, told our correspondent that one of her friends, Blessing Linus, was trapped in the debris. It was learnt that the iron used in holding the roofing sheet was twice heavier than the block used for the building. Security operatives cordoned the area and denied journalists access. Some members of the church seized the identity card of our correspondent and his computer tablet, saying he was a traitor as he tried to take pictures. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani, who said he could not ascertain the number of those dead or those trapped in the building, expressed sadness over the development. He said, ‘‘I am sorry about the entire situation.’’ The Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Prof. Etete Peters, said of the 50 cases treated in the treatment, only one person died. He said about 200 persons were brought to the hospital dead, adding that the hospital had never prepared for such an emergency. He said, “We only lost one person in the hospital except those that were brought dead. In circumstances like this, we have been overwhelmed. We need help from government. “Many victims are in private hospitals and mortuaries scattered all over Uyo metropolis; we can’t really tell how many people have died so far. We have over 200 persons in the mortuaries. We do not have space as people are still being brought in.’’ “We have done our best to revive some victims. Right now, we have over 50 cases we are attending to. This is the first time we are witnessing such an incident.’’ At St. Athanasius Hospital Limited, a nurse told our correspondent that one person was brought to the hospital dead but the relatives were asked to take the corpse away. In its reaction, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria said it shared in the pain of the leadership and members of the church. In a statement by its state Chairman, Dr. Sylvanus Ukafia, the association urged all Pentecostal churches in the state and in Nigeria to hold special prayers for the church on Sunday (today). It added, “All churches should take special offerings for the medical assistance of all those injured and send same to the Reigners’ Bible Church. Church members who can are also urged to donate blood, where necessary, to those in the hospital and make other donations as may be required in the course of the treatment of those injured.’’ In its reaction, the state government said a panel of enquiry would be constituted to ascertain the immediate and remote factors leading to the collapse of the church building with a view to forestall a reoccurrence. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary also noted that persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building would be sanctioned. It added, ‘‘His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, was present at the church service during the incident and thereafter personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital. The state government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims.’’ Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated Emmanuel, and his family on their lucky escape from the collapse of the building of the Reigners Bible Church, Uyo. The President through a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also conveyed to the governor and the people of the state, the deep sorrow of his family, the government and the entire people of Nigeria over the many deaths and injury recorded following the…

IDMT BUSINESS CENTER AND COMPUTER TRAINING INSTITUTE ACTIVATED

IDMT Business Center and Computer training institute is now open in ideani. For those that need computer services or needs to be trained in computer should rush to the center at No. 20 Ideani Abatete Road just close to the Ideani Mass Transit Administrative office for inquires THUS  we are on seasons bonanza. …

The Wife of the Governor Anambra visits Ideani Community in Idemili North L.G.A, Anambra State. (See Pics)

The wife of the Governor of Anambra State Mrs Eberechukwu Osodiya eme Obiano was accompanied by huge crowd to Ideani on the 9th December, 2016. The visit was to enhance the living standard of the people and to update the people on the plans of the government for all Anambrarians. The less privileged and the widows was also showered with christmas gifts as she also the women which was one of the main reasons for her coming was tasked to be helper and not sit at home wife and on that she urge those without job to report to awka to apply for a skill acquisation to enable them execute their family duties effectively. SEE PICS …

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 Deadline

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has set February 2017 as deadline to deliver on a 21 megawatts Calabar power plant, as part of his determination to ensure that the Calabar metropolis has 24/7 uninterrupted power supply. Speaking during his routine inspection of the ongoing construction work at the site along the Parliamentary Extension in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, Ayade explained that the power plant is a new technology which is cost effective. construction site for power plant Excited about the level of work done so far, Ayade said: “as you can see, there is massive construction work going on here at the site, we are putting the structural base for the installation of the 21 megawatt power turbines that have already been delivered on site. “We have set February 17, 2017 as deadline to deliver uninterrupted 24/7 power supply to Calabar metropolis. With this singular effort, Calabar will be the first capital city to have uninterrupted power supply in the country”. Speaking further he said, “the good thing is that this is the product and manifestation of the several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), I had signed early last year and today, we are at the construction stage to deliver on this all important project. “As you can see, there is so much energy as several young men are already engaged and we are making plans to engage some of them permanently as maintenance staff after the construction.” Ayade then revealed that the project was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as the state was working in partnership with a Brazilian/American firm, which is also collaborating with the Cross River State Power Company “to establish and deliver on this world class independent embedded power plant here in Calabar.” Offering further insight, the governor stated that he would ensure that “no contractor is paid until he meets the mile stones set. “So, if you bring me an IPC, I must check to ensure that you have delivered as declared by the agencies concerned before you receive your payment. “Secondly, I am driven by the passion and determination, which is why I am always on site instead of sitting in the office. This is rather very alien to me and that is why I am on site daily to ensure that we catch the pace because money is scarce, every little kobo will be accounted for.” He expressed excitement that work is being done according to specification and approved designs. Ayade assured residents that the state had concluded arrangement with Lilleker and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, to ensure uninterrupted power supply especially during the annual Calabar Carnival. “In line with this effort, the state has provided 88 new transformers across the city centre for improved power supply to ensure that all parts of Calabar are lit during the yuletide. He then used the opportunity to invite Nigerians to the festival. “Let me use this opportunity to invite every Nigerian to stop searching for scarce dollars for overseas trips and come to Calabar for the festival and Carnival. “We have everything you are looking for, hospitality, love, good treatment, everything you can think of is here in Calabar,” the governor…

War On Terror: AU Seeks Improved Military, Civilian Relationship

The protection and empowerment of communities is a key factor for an effective national security strategy in fighting violent extremism and terrorism. This is according to the African Union Representatives Special for Counter-Terrorism, Mr Larry Gbeivlo-Lartey. He believes that the local community will also be strengthened by partnering with the government to fight violent extremism as well as to help prevent the further radicalization of people in a country. Mr Gbeivlo-Lartey was speaking at a workshop on addressing the root cause of violent extremism at the National Defence College, Abuja. A cross section of participants drawn from different parts of Africa were at the workshop to address the root cause of violent extremism using the human security response approach. According to Mr Larry Gbeivlo-Lartey, solely depending on military might and legislation will no longer cut it in the fight against violent extremism. The Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Shola Alde and the National Security Adviser, represented by Commodore Yaminu Musa, both aligned with the AU envoy’s views. In addition to his recommendations, they also advocated partnerships between countries, continents, regional bodies and even the states and their civil population. They believe that this is a sure way to nip the issue of violent extremism in the…

US Restates Commitment To Nigeria’s Recovery Of Abacha Loot

The United States government says it has begun dialogue with the federal government on the release of the 458 million dollar Abacha loot but that the legal process for its recovery will take extra time. The Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr David Young, made this known at a conference to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day in Abuja. In a no-holds barred dialogue at the US Embassy, corruption as an enemy of development was part of discussions but the issue of Nigeria’s inability to recover her stolen funds generated more concern. Human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana echoed his disappointment at the US’ handling of the Abacha loot but the US Deputy Chief of Mission underlined the procedures involved. “The US government has filed an objection to the release of 458 million dollars of the Abacha loot before the high court in the UK. “The court would have released the money by now but the US government is raising an objection that the money should be given to the US government; they are going to manage the money for us,” Falana said. David Young, in his response said: “We know that the recovery of stolen assets within the United States and other countries is an important part of that effort and we are committed to partnering with the Nigerian government, moving forward. “This is obviously a systemic effort that takes its time. We have legal processes that we have to go through in order to recover these stolen assets but we are committed and involved in dialogue with the Nigerian government to move forward in this effort.” He underscored the United States’ alignment with the Nigerian government in its drive to weed out corruption and entrench transparency in the system. He also lauded series of efforts by the Presidency to weed out corruption. Several groups have also joined in the call for better co-ordination, including the loot stashed in Swiss banks to recover the nation’s monies and ease the impact of the…

Over 300 Participants For 2016 Korean Ambassador Cup

  The organising committee has confirmed that the 2016 edition of the Korean Ambassador Cup will commence from Friday, December 8 to 10.  The organisers also announced that over 300 participants from the 36 states of the federation and friendly West African coast will be available to compete for honours in different weight categories, for the sparring (kyorugi and the forms (poomsaes). The Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, who also doubles as the President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Grandmaster George Ashiru, said the annual event sponsored by the Korean Cultural centre ‘with their other chosen partners’ is geared towards enhancing sports development and bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Korea. He believes that in the absence of the National Sports Festival, the 2016 edition will provide an opportunity for the federation to raise a new national team for 2017 which is a world championship year. According to information made available from the Secretariat of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, about 300 athletes made up of 50 teams have already arrived in Lagos for the competition set to kick off on Friday. He said: “300 athletes with about 150 accompanying officials have already landed in Lagos and ready for the 2016 edition of the Korean Ambassador Cup. “Ghana have already sent in three separate teams from three different provinces, Niger have sent in another set of athletes while Togo are reported to have their athletes on the road. “But, we won’t count them as part of the competition until they arrive in Lagos. “We do know that many states, the Armed forces and other para-military units as well as elite clubs are seriously gearing up to be for this event to ensure that their athletes are nationally ranked in preparation for a busy season in 2017”. Apart from individual awards for participating athletes at the end of the competition, there will be a presentation of awards from the Korean Ambassador to former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, former Chief of Army staff, Lt. General Inuwa Wushishi (rtd) and other Nigerians for their immense contributions to Taekwondo development. …

The Ultimate Cycler Network Is Back online, Make 50,000 or 100,000 or 200,000 with 12,500

The Ultimate Cycler Network that has been down for some days now is back on air and to better the lives of Nigerians. With 12,500, you stand a chance of making 50,000 or 100,000 or 150,000 or 200,000. Incase your network is not going, type www.ultimatecycler.com/app/login.php or call me on 08034685084 if you have not registered for details or that you are having a registration problems. Goodluck my fellow Nigerians. From admin and blogger..who has tested the network and conform to their ethics in Nigerian circle. Ultimate Cycle has actually relieved Nigerians from hardship and…

TEAM -LIST OF THOSE TO PARTICIPATE ON THE IKEMBA MALE SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT 2016/2017 SEASON

TEAM -LIST OF THOSE TO PARTICIPATE ON THE IKEMBA MALE SUPER CUP TOURNAMENT 2016/2017 SEASON OKO VILLAGE TEAM FC Chinweike Enu Ifechukwu Enu Dubem Enu Chigoo Enu Onyebuchi Okonkwo Chidube Okonkwo Nzube Okonkwo Odinaka Ojukwu Onyeka Ojukwu Ifesinachi Ojukwu Somtoo Ojukwu Chukwuka Ojukwu Chukwudi Agbala Ikenna Agbala Elochukwu Ezeji Sunday Okpala Somadina Orji Onyeka Nwankwo Kelechukwu Okoye George Yobe Okeke ….Coach URUECHEM VILLAGE TEAM FC Emeka Agbaleke Lander Elochukwu Okafor Nnamdi Mgbemena Emeka Nester Agbaleke Nwachukwu Agbaleke Ebuka Ebeogu Obiora Mgbemena Ugochukwu Chukwukelu Elochukwu Okonkwo Olisa Ugonweze Chisom Agbaleke Chinaza Agbaleke Chidi Agbaleke Chibuike Ugonweze Ifechukwu Udoh Chidiebere Okoye KC Kosiso Chukwukelu Ndubuisi Dubem Okeke Chiadikobi Mgbemena Chuka Somtochukwu Agbaleke   UMURU VILLAGE TEAM FC   Chisom Uwaezuoke Chidiebere Muoedu Chijioke Uwaezuoke Chibuzor Udoh Ifeanyi Udoh Ike Udoh Chidi Nwafor Chibueze Ojekwu Nnoso Nwafor Onyekwelu Chinedu Muozulunwelu Okwudili Muozulunwelu Chinedu Nzegwu Ekene Udoh Chukwudalu Nwafor Okwuchukwu Udoh Ugbah Uwaezuoke Sylvester Udoh……Coach URUEZE VILLAGE TEAM FC IkeGod Okolo Obinna Okolo Okey Okolo Chinemelu Ezika Udoka Ezika Chukwudi Ezika Elochukwu Nwandu Odera Atuokoye Chinecherem Mogboo Ebuka Mogboo Ekezie Mezue Emeka Igwilo Nonso Atuokoye Ugochukwu Atuokoye Kosi Mezue Akachukwu Udeh Akachukwu Mezue Chinaechelum Mogboo Emeka Udeh Jude Mezue ……..Coach AKAMA/MGBAZUEZIAMA VILLAGE TEAM FC Agummus Obijekwu……….. Captain Afamefuna Obikekwu Uzodinma Obi Chigozie Nnamaa Elochukwu Nnamaa China Ezekwe Nonso Emefo Ifeanyi Emefo Arinze Chinyere Izuchukwu Emefo Ikechukwu Emefo Chinedu Okeke Chigozie Anosike Chinaza Anosike Ikechukwu Ojoko Ugochukwu Ojii Ndubueze Ezekwe Ebuka Ojii Emeka Okeke Uchenna Nwufo UMUODUBA VILLAGE TEAM FC Ochiagha Chigbo Obi Mojekwu Chima Adimba Chidiebere Okonkwo Ikechukwu Akudolu…………….Captain Obiajulu Ogbuonyalu Ojukwu Onyeka Maduabuchi Ewelukwa Amamchukwu Junior Elosi Maduabuchi Ojukwu Chinedu Tochukwu Uchegbu Chigozie Adimba Echezona Ojukwu Akudolu Chisom Kenechukwu Okafor Akaenyi Tochukw Chidiebere Aniekwe…………Coach NSOKWE VILLAGE TEAM FC Ifeanyi Nwadike ……….Captain Chidubem Ejiaku Okpala Chukwuemeka Okoye Onyeka Okoye Odera Chikwado Obianyo Somto Okeke Chiemelie Okoye Nzube Obianyo Chidera Okeke Onyeka Obinna Onwughalu Chinaza Onwughalu Onyeka Nwadike Chimezie Okafor Chinaza Ejiaku Chibuike Enenwa Chisom Onwughalu Chukwuebuka okafor Kosi okafor Elochukwu Okoye We shall start screening of the list as soon as or 24hrs after we have published the female list. We shall be adding Five (5) more names on the Ikemba male table tennis list to enable pairing and we have received those names. The teams mentioned above that promised to pay their registration fees later should do so or else they shall lose their set of  Ikemba jeysey and forfeit playing in their group and hereby worked over.…

NASS To Ensure Budget Implementation For Health Sector

The National Assembly Health and Appropriation committees have resolved to push the executive to ensure that budgets passed for all sectors are implemented for the benefit of Nigerians. This is part of the outcome of a three-day retreat by the committees, on ways to improve Nigeria’s health sector. Also present at the retreat held at the Pan African Parliament in Johannesburg, were lawmakers from Swaziland and Zimbabwe, who shared experiences from their country. One of the representatives addressing the committees said “you can make thousands of laws but if they are not implemented, you are just as good as doing nothing”. Experts in budget research were also on hand to present their findings regarding budgetary performance in Nigeria. “Instated of allocating more money to health in blanket, let us focus on capital expenditures, because that is what translates to what people get. “Then quarterly budget releases and implementation report, how can we be deliberating a new budget, if we have not seen the report of what has been vetted in the past. “The last thing I would recommend is access to the health ministry audit report. A lot of things have been identified, what exactly are we doing concerning those issues,” an expert said. According to the committees, “everything begins and falls with leadership” and following the retreat, they are set to enforce the adequate implementation of all budgets from 2017. …