Thursday, April 30, 2015

Transition: Don’t take Jonathan’s magnanimity as cowardice, Jonathan’s men tell Buhari’s men

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Abuja — A disagreement has broken out between the transition committees of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) as the President accused the Buhari team of acting like a parallel government and trying to stampede the Jonathan administration out of office.

Addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, yesterday, Minister of National Planning who is also a member of the Jonathan Transition Committee, Abubakar Suleiman, said the Buhari transition team was making impossible demands from the government.
Although he did not specify those demands, he however warned that the President’s magnanimity should not be construed as cowardice.

Urhobo militant group blows up gas trunklines in Delta

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UGHELLI—AN Urhobo militant group, Urhobo Gbagbako, yesterday, claimed responsibility for two explosions that rocked two major gas trunklines belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, located on the boundaries of Afiesere and Ekredjebo communities and Otedo and Edjovwe communities both in Ughelli North and Ughelli South Local Government Areas of Delta State.

Urhobo Gbagbako, in a statement by its spokesperson, Priest Omodjuvwu, said that the explosions were in protest against those he called “traitors” the NPDC had continued to send to Urhoboland in a bid to manipulate their unsuspecting and once peaceful communities.

Ex-Military Governor Pleads With Igbo Parents To Reduce Bride Price

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ONITSHA — Former Military governor of old Anambra State, Col. Robert Akonobi (rtd), has pleaded with Igbo parents to reduce the bride price of their daughters so that ‘’our young boys can marry them.” ‘’To me, this topic (bride price) has been dealth with in the past by Ndigbo, who came out with a reduced bride price, to enable our young boys marry our young girls,” Akonobi said.

Akonobi also cautioned that men should study their proposed wives closely and longer before engaging into marriage because “once you marry, no one else can put it asunder.” He spoke at the industrial city of Nnewi, Anambra State during the traditional wedding ceremony of the daughter of a business mogul, Chief Louis Onwugbenu, Onyinye and her husband, Bosah Chukwuogo, weekend.

Fuel Scarcity : Jonathan Orders Marketers To Be Paid N156 billion

To halt the current fuel scarcity ravaging the country, the Federal Government yesterday as­sured it would pay Major Oil Marketers Association of Ni­geria (MOMAN) about N156 billion today.

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala,stated this at the World Customs Day event held in Abuja yesterday. The Minister said the payment of N156 billion represents the remaining tranche of the N256.2 billion debt owed MOMAN in subsidy claims.

Troops Kill Boko Haram Commanders, Rescue More Females — Military

The Nigerian Military said troops from the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, on Wednesday killed several Boko Haram commanders and rescued more females.

This information is contained in a statement by Col. Sani Usman, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations.

Court dissolves 3yr old marriage over wife’s lack of V*agina opening

An Abeokuta Customary Court sitting in Ake on Wednesday April 29th dissolved a three-year-old marriage between Mr Femi Olayiwole and wife, Kemi, due to the absence of vagina, deceit and frequent fighting. 

Olayiwole told the court that his wife deceived him to marry her knowing that she could not bear him a child. He accused his wife, who had failed to appear in court after being summoned several times, of living a false life, frequent fighting and threatening his life.

My Agenda Threatened By Falling Oil Prices — Buhari

ABUJA—THE President- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday painted a gloomy picture in the economic development of his administration as he said that the decline in the revenues due to fall in oil prices poses a great threat to his administration’s development agenda.

GBuhari-oilen. Buhari who visited the newly elected Senators and House of Representatives members who are undergoing induction course in preparation for the 8th National Assembly in Abuja also said that the decline in revenue would affect the reconstruction of devastated areas in the country as a result of insurgency.

‘Boko Haram In Zimbabwe En Route South Africa’

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Nigeria’s jihadist group, Boko Haram, is in Zimbabwe and could soon reach South Africa, reports the UK-based news outlet ZimEye, citing Zimbabwe’s national intelligence agency.

According to the Zimbabwean news website, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) issued an intelligence report, warning that the Islamist militant group is in Zimbabwe en route to neighbouring South Africa.

FG Approves Establishment Of Edwin Clark's University

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the establishment of two new private universities in the country. The decision was taken at the weekly meeting of the council, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

One of the new universities is Edwin Clark University located in Kiagbodo, Delta State. The university belongs to Chief Edwin Clark, an Ijaw leader and major supporter of the President.

IMF Wants Nigeria To Further Depreciate Currency

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for the further depreciation of Nigeria’s currency and those of other seven oil exporting West African countries.

In November last year, Nigeria’s currency, the naira, was officially depreciated by 28 per cent, from N155 to a dollar to N197.

Igbinedion convicted of money laundering

Former Edo State, Governor Lucky Igbinedion: elder brother of Michael
 Michael Igbinedion, younger brother of Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo state, was on Wednesday convicted by a Federal High Court, Benin Division, presided over by Justice A. M. Lima, in a N25 billion money laundering case instituted against him and five others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Others convicted in the 81-count charge of money laundering are Patrick Eboigbodin, a former Accountant-General and the four companies are Gava Corporation Limited, Romrig Nigeria Limited, PMI Securities Company Limited and PML (Nigeria) Limited.

President Jonathan Sacks NPA Managing Director, Appoints Sanusi Lamido As Replacement

Habib Abdullahi: sacked by President Jonathan
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Alhaji Sanusi, a lawyer, from Kano State takes over from Mallam Habib Abdullahi who has been sacked.

The appointment of the new NPA Managing Director takes effect from tomorrow, Thursday, April 30 2015.

President Jonathan thanks the outgoing Managing Director for his services and wishes well in his future endeavours.

None of the rescued 293 females is from Chibok - Borno government

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Borno state govt says profiling of the 293 females rescued from Sambisa forest yesterday April 28th shows that they are from Damboa local government and not from Chibok as was highly speculated.

Speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri today April 29th, the state Commissioner for Information, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, say the rescued females are from Bumsiri village in Damboa Local government area and were all kidnapped from the village by the sect members.

I didn’t bar AIT, my aides did, says Buhari

The president-elect of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, said he was neither consulted nor informed of the ban imposed on AIT from covering his activities, by his aides.

He stated this today, adding that he got to hear about it after the public uproar it generated.

Governor Ayo Fayose withdraws lawsuit against APC lawmakers

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday withdrew the suit against the 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the state House of Assembly from impeaching him and his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola.

In the suit, the plaintiffs, including speaker of the House of As­sembly which is oc­cupied by the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) factional Speaker, Olugbemi Joseph Dele; Ekiti State House of Assembly, Fayose and Olusola through their counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), had approached the court seeking to stop im­peachment moves against the governor. The suit however had already been struck out by Justice Ahmed Moham­med.

Beyonce hires bodyguard to spy on Jay Z


According to Grazia, Beyonce has hired a private detective to keep their eyes on her hubby. Despite putting on a united front for recent outings together, sources tell the mag there is trouble in paradise.

"There are whispers Beyonce has hired a bodyguard to watch over Jay Z and report back to her," a source told Grazia."He's there to take care of Jay, but part of his unofficial remit is to fill Beyonce in when she's not there.

Stay in PDP, build formidable opposition, APC tells intending decampees

Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has admonished members of the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to remain in their party to form a formidable opposition, rather than defecting to the APC.
Similarly, APC told those who recently defected to the party not to expect political appointments in a hurry, adding that, old members would be considered first for any appointment.‎

Federal Government Orders Bodies Of The Four Nigerians Executed In Indonesia

Execution ground: 4 Nigerians were killed at this clearing at Nusakambangan
The Federal Government has condemned the execution of four Nigerians by Indonesian authorities over drug-related offences, despite pleas for clemency by President Goodluck Jonathan, describing it as a disappointment.

The government however extended its condolences to the families of the deceased, demanding the repatriation of the corpses of the executed persons for them to be given a decent burial in their various communities.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

World Economic Summit: Buhari Gets G-7 Invitation

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received invitation by the Group of 7 Countries (G7) to attend World Economic Sumit slated to hold May 8 and 9, this year.

Buhari also got invitation from the president of France, Francea Hollande.

Photos : Drug convicts executed in Indonesia buried

Drug convicts executed in Indonesia buried
Indonesia disregarded last-minute appeals and executed 8 drug traffickers including 4 Nigerians. Pictures of the dead being buried and details from their last minutes before being executed have been released to the media.

According to the pastors who were with them in their final hours, Andrew Chan, Myuran Sukumaran and the other 6 death row inmates declined to wear blindfolds and were singing as they were shot by a 13-member firing squad in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Buhari inaugurates 19-member transition committee

President elect, Mohammadu Buhari, on Wednesday inaugurated a 19 member transition committee to interface with a similar committee set up by Goodluck Jonathan.

Details later…

Australia withdraws her ambassador from Indonesia following the execution of the Bali 9

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Indonesia’s attorney general HM Prasetyo says the withdrawal of the Australian ambassador from the country is only “momentary”.

The Netherlands have done the same thing in the past. Brazil has done the same thing. I think this is just a momentary reaction, and this will be settled within the diplomatic sphere. What we are doing is carrying out the court decision. Every case should have an end.”

More Nigerians still to be executed in Indonesia - Hon. Abike Dabiri

Hon. Abike Dabiri
The Chairperson House Committee on Diaspora matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said there are more Nigerians waiting to be executed in Indonesia. 

Speaking on Channels TV News at 10 last night, Hon Abike said a federal government delegation in which she was part of in 2008 visited Indonesia and found there were 21 Nigerians who were on death row in Indonesia for drug related offenses. She said nothing can be done as its the law in Indonesia. 

FG hands over NITEL to NATCOM Consortium

After 14 years and five failed attempts to sell the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, the Federal Government on Tuesday finally handed over the beleaguered first national telecommunications company to a new core investor, the NATCOM Consortium.

At a ceremony attended by notable personalities in the privatisation circle, the Bureau of Public Enterprises handed over the instruments of ownership and licence of operation to the Chairman, NATCOM Consortium, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, who said over $1bn (about N2tn) would be required to revive the company.

Indonesia convicts sang praise to God before execution

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As they walked to face the firing squad on an Indonesian prison island, eight condemned drug traffickers defiantly sang praise to God, witnesses said, while in a town across the water a group of tearful supporters was also uniting in song.

The convicts — two from Australia, one from Brazil, four from Africa and one Indonesian — made the long journey from their prison to clearings on a prison island to meet their fate early Wednesday.

Governor Yuguda sacks 2,000 aides

With barely one month to the end of his administration, Bauchi State governor,   Isa Yuguda, has sacked about 2,000 political aides.

The sacking, which was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs, Government House, Hashimu Yakubu, on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government, stated that   all Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Personal Assistants had been fired with immediate effect.

Togo’s Faure Gnassingbe re-elected president

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Togo’s incumbent President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe won more than 58.75 percent of the votes in the presidential election, securing another five years in office, preliminary results released Tuesday showed.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), ruling Union for the Republic party candidate Faure won 58.75 percent of the votes, while opposition Combat for Political Alternative in 2015 (CAP2015) alliance candidate Jean-Pierre Fabre won 34.95 percent.

Buhari May Consider Amnesty For Corrupt Politicians – Fayemi

The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, may consider granting amnesty to corrupt politicians who are ready to return stolen funds.

He, however, said Buhari’s promise to extend hands of friendship across the political divide in his acceptance speech shortly after winning the poll, does not mean that he would not prosecute corrupt government officials who served in the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Video : Wendy Williams speaks on the Bruce Jenner interview

Bruce Jenner finally broke his silence and confirmed to Diane Sawyer that he is a woman. Find out what Wendy thought about Bruce's candid interview.

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Photos : Chike Ike stuns in shoot for Glamour magazine

 Actress Chike Ike stuns in shoot for Glamour magazine.

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Nigerian man arraigned in UK court for stealing mobile phones

Nigerian man arraigned in UK court for stealing mobile phones
A 27 year old Nigerian man, Oloruntoba Adisa who worked as a bouncer in clubs in the UK has been arraigned before a UK court for stealing phones from clients who came to the club where he worked.

According to Manchester Evening News, Oloruntoba has a history with the UK law enforcement officers with crimes bordering on stealing phones and money from some club goers. Few months ago, Oloruntoba was caught on CCTV stealing a Samsung S3 and £90 from a woman who had come clubbing. He hid the items in his coat and a search carried out by the club management showed he had 2 iphones stolen from other customers hidden in his coat.

Photo : Jay Z's cousin at Chocoolate city

Jay Z's cousin at Chocoolate city
Jay Z's cousin was at Chocolate City office as he continues his search for talents in Nigeria.

Photo : Prophet standing trial flees from court in Lagos

 Prophet standing trial flees from court in Lagos
Drama ensued at the Ejigbo Magistrate court in Lagos State yesterday when a self-professed prophet, Destiny Onwudinjo, who is on trial for assault and obtaining money under false pretense suddenly jumped from the dock and ran out of the court yesterday April 28th.

According to PM News, Prophet Onwudinjo was arrested by the police at Shasha Division for brutalizing a commercial motorcycle rider, Chika Izuogu pictured above for refusing to pay him N120,000 for deliverance prayer.

Rihanna creeping around with her ex, Chris Brown

From The Sun

The pair reconnected at Coachella earlier this month and have been spending time together since. A source said: “Rihanna and Chris have a connection that means they can’t stay away from one another – who knows what goes through her mind every time they reconnect?

“She’s just had a whirlwind fling with Leo and is still talking to Drake, so who knows how long Chris will be on the scene?”

Photos : Amber Rose strips off for raunchy new film role

Sister Code
 Amber Rose is playing lead role as 'Lexi' in an upcoming movie 'Sister Code'.

The star shows off her famous curves as she cuddles up to Marcus Paulk in Sister Code

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Jonathan, Sambo, others to get N3.24billion severance pay

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-president Namadi Sambo, non-returning federal lawmakers, ministers and   presidential aides will collect N3.24bn as severance allowances, investigation by The PUNCH has shown.

The severance allowances   are contained in the Remuneration Package   put together by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

Senate passes 2015 budget without provision for subsidy

The Senate on Tuesday passed N4.493tn budget for the 2015 fiscal year, about five months after it was presented by the Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The national budget, which was earlier passed by the House of Representatives last week, was N51bn higher than the N4.425tn submitted to both chambers of the National Assembly by the Federal Government.

‘Rescued girls not Chibok girls’

Nigeria’s army has stated that the rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram camps during a military operation are not the school girls abducted from Chibok community more than a year ago by the Boko Haram insurgents.

ChiboknoAn army spokesman told AP news agency on Tuesday that the 293 females were not the girls abducted from Chibok a year ago.

Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, sparking an international outcry.

Army spokesman: 293 females rescued in northeastern Nigeria are not girls abducted from Chibok.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Photo : Indonesian firing squad head to prison Island where 9 men were executed

Indonesian firing squad head to prison Island where 9 men were executed
Heavily armed firing squad in full body armour spotted in a boat heading to the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan where 9 men, including 4 Nigerians, convicted of drug offenses were shot .
The men were shot in the heart and their coffins have been taken to the Island.

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Don’t Pray For APC’s Failure, Gov Aliyu Tells PDP Members

The governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has pleaded with PDP members not to pray for the failure of the APC-led government but rather to work towards regaining power in 2019.

Aliyu who spoke at the College of Education, Minna yesterday when he commissioned some TERTFund projects admonished his party men and women to pray for the success of the incoming APC government.

Dangote to invest N500billion in two 550km gas pipeline

Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has announced plans to invest about N500 billion, an equivalent of $2.5 billion in the construction of two sub-sea 550-kilometer gas pipelines in Nigeria. The project, according to a report by Bloomberg yesterday, will boost Nigeria’s gas output by three trillion cubic feet per day. Dangote disclosed that the laying of the pipes is expected to begin before the end of the year, adding that the first pipeline should be ready by the middle of 2017. 

According to Dangote, the gas pipeline project which will run from the oil producing regions of the Niger Delta to Lagos State, is expected to be co-financed by the International Finance Corporation, IFC, and global private equity firms — Carlyle Group LP and Blackstone Group LP. 

Reverse PHCN Privatisation - Atiku To Buhari

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has advised the in-coming government of Gen. Muhammad Buhari (Rtd), to will the political power and reverse the current privatisation exercise of the Power sector for Nigeria to move on.

Atiku made this statement at the 36th Kaduna International Trade Fair’s Seminar organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA).

Indonesia executes 8 prisoners including 4 Nigerians, spares Filipino woman

Indonesia executes 8 prisoners including 4 Nigerians, spares Filipino woman
Indonesia has executed 8 of the 9 people convicted for drug offenses. 

The men all pictured above were taken to a jungle clearing on the island Nusakambangan according to local media reports and were executed at midnight Indonesia time by 12 police privates.

Bruce Jenner is only 'playing at being a woman' - Actress Alice Eve

 Alice Eve
According to Star Trek Alice Eve, Bruce Jenner is only 'playing at being a woman'
"'For all intents and purposes I am a woman' Nope. If you were a woman no one would have heard of you because women can’t compete in the decathlon. You wouldn’t be a hero. You would be a frustrated young athlete who wasn't given a chance. Until women are paid the same as men, then playing at being a “woman” while retaining the benefits of being a man is unfair. Do you have a vagina? Are you paid less than men? Then, my friend, you are a woman.’ Alice wrote on instagram.

Nigerian troops find 200 girls and 93 women in Sambisa Forest

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 Nigerian troops today rescued over 200 women from Sambisa forest, including some of the Chibok girls that were kidnapped last year.

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New Video : Tonto Dikeh ft D’banj – Sugar Rush

Tonto Dikeh ft D’banj – Sugar Rush
“DBrecords/DKM media presents the visuals to the first single from the Duchess Tonto Dikeh aka PokoLee. The video features cameos from the white lion himself Bangalee and label mates 2Kriss and Deeveelee.”

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Bode George lied, I never apologise to him — Bola Tinubu

A former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday denied the claim that he apologised to a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party Chieftain, Bode George, for allegedly playing a part in jailing him.

Mr. George had, in an interview with THE PUNCH, said Mr. Tinubu apologised to him at a public function over his alleged involvement in his past travails.

Jonathan suspends Permanent Secretary over South Africa envoy recall

President Goodluck Jonathan has rebuked the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danjuma Sheni, for allegedly prompting the recall of Nigeria’s envoys to South Africa without due authorisation, triggering a diplomatic spat between the two countries.

The president queried Mr. Sheni Monday, and placed him on suspension to allow investigation into the matter, officials told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday.

‘Missing’ $20billion Oil Money: Our audit report not reliable — PricewaterhouseCoopers

The much anticipated report of the forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, operations on the missing $20 billion oil money may not amount to much after all, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, the audit firm that conducted the probe, saying it cannot vouch for the integrity of its findings.

In a startling introductory letter addressed to Nigeria’s Auditor General, the audit firm said findings in its 199-page report were limited to available information and did not constitute a review in accordance with generally accepted standards.

Chaos mars Nepal quake relief operations

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Thousands of displaced residents in the Nepali capital have expressed anger towards the government, as they face food and water shortages, a day after a magnitude 7.8 quake hit the country and killed more than 2,500 people.

As rescuers continue to dig through the rubble on Sunday, the densely-populated capital Kathmandu faces a “chaotic situation” with hospitals running out of medical supply, and thousands of people, who are camped in open air areas, are left hungry and thirsty, according to Al Jazeera reporters on the ground.

Boko Haram is a fraud, says Buhari

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has said the claim by the Boko Haram sect that it is a religious group is a fraud.

He also said the sect would be denied a recruitment base the moment people in local communities realised that its claim of being a religious group was nothing but a fraud.