Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Study in China: Congratulations to our applicant from Nigeria on his admission

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 Study in China: Congratulations to our 2016 applicant from Nigeria on his admission. #studyinchina

Name: Olayiwola Omobobola​ Emmanuel
Country: Nigeria
Course: Civil Engineering
Course Duration: 4 years
School: Changsha University of Science and Technology


Friday, January 22, 2016

APC panel disqualifies “fair-weather” Ekwunife from contesting Senate rerun on party’s platform

A five-member screening committee set up by the All Progressive Congress has disqualified a former member of the House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, from contesting election into the vacant seat of the Anambra Central Senatorial District.

The party selected Sharon Ikeazor, a former interim woman leader of the party, as its candidate in the election.

Buhari won’t spare Jonathan if ex-president is proven corrupt – Presidency

In Nigeria’s ongoing war against corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari will not spare anyone who has a case to answer, and his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, would face justice if guilty, presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has said.

Mr. Adesina told PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday, when he visited the newspaper’s office in Abuja, that Mr. Buhari has “no accord” to shield any corrupt person from prosecution.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Photos : Olisa Metuh dragged to court again in handcuffs

 PDP spokesman, Chief Olisa Metuh was dragged to another court hearing today Jan. 21 in handcuffs. He's reportedly being arraigned for destroying EFCC evidence.

Metuh allegedly tore his written statement on Jan. 14th.

More photos after the cut...

Photos: A housemaid in Saudi Arabia who threatened to commit suicide by jumping off a building rescued

The Saudi Civil Defence team rescued an Asian maid who threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the sixth floor of a building in a residential area in Riyadh, Arabic daily Sabq reports.

The maid, who is employed by a Syrian family, managed to reach on to the window AC panel on the outer side of wall and then threatened to commit suicide. 

The rescue team rushed to the residential tower in Al-Maadhar district and persuaded the woman not to jump after they took her into confidence. The police has launched an inquiry into the incident.

Source : Sabq

$2.1b arms deals : Mu’azu, Dikko, Jonathan’s ex-aide may be declared wanted

As EFCC intensifies its investigations into the alleged stealing of $2.1 billion arms fund, former Chairman of PDP Adamu Muazu, former Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service Abdullahi Dikko Inde and four others may soon be declared wanted as they have all reportedly declined to honor invitations by the EFCC to answer questions in connection with the fraud.

According to The Nation, the others are former PDP Kebbi State governorship candidate Gen. Bello Sarkin Yaki, a former top official in the Office of National Security Adviser, Col. Bello Fadile, former Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs Waripamowei Dudafa and a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Mr.Abdulrasheed Maina.

Daniel Amokachi seals 1-year deal to coach JS Hercules of Finland

Former Super Eagles coach, Daniel Amokachi, has secured a one-year deal to coach JS Hercules of Finland. A position which is required to take effect immediately. The Finnish second division side, on their official website on Wednesday Jan. 20th, announced the hiring of former Super Eagles player, Amokachi as its new coach and the re-organization in their technical crew.

The club stated on its website:
“Oulu-based football club Hercules has signed an agreement with former Nigeria national team player and Coach Daniel Amokachi. The head coach for the previous season Pekka Haaranen will continue as assistant coach. Amokachi’s agreement with Hercules is one year,”.

Dasuki drags FG to ECOWAS court, demands N500million damages

Following his continued detention despite meeting his bail conditions, former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, has filed a suit against the Federal Government before the ECOWAS Court in Abuja and is demanding payment of N500 million damages for alleged rights infringement.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Robert Emukpoeruo, Dasuki asked the court to declare his continued detention as “unlawful, arbitrary and an egregious violation” of his human rights. Dasuki in the suit also asked the court to declare that the alleged invasion of his Abuja and Sokoto residences on July 16 and 17, 2015 and the “forceful and unlawful seizure” of his properties, “without any lawful order or warrant” constituted a gross violation of his fundamental rights and offended the country’s treaty obligations as a signatory to the listed legal instruments.

L.A. to pay $24 million to 2 men who spent decades in jail for murders they did not commit

Los Angeles will pay more than $24 million to two men who spent decades in prison after they were wrongfully convicted of murder, officials said.

Kash Delano Register won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School doubted a key prosecution witness’s testimony.

God has a hand in Nigeria’s current economic predicament- Oyegun

National Chairman of APC, John Oyegun, says God has a hand in Nigeria’s current economic challenges. He said this while speaking to a 15-member delegation of an APC support group, Change Agents Foundation (CAF) in Abuja yesterday January 20th. 

“I think God has a hand in the current economic predicament of the country. Imagine the sudden fall in the price of crude oil, the mainstay of the Nigerian economy, from its heights in 2014, averaging $112 per barrel down to the current price of $28 per barrel – lower than the $38 per barrel which the proposed 2016 budget is predicated on. It is an object lesson for us. It tells us that we must embrace radical change in our economic model,” he said.

Pipeline bombers to be treated as terrorist – Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ekwe Ibas

Abuja – Following last weekend bombing of several gas and oil supply pipelines by militants in Delta State, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ekwe Ibas said yesterday that such attacks would be treated as terrorist attack by the Nigerian Navy rather than mere pipeline vandalism.

Describing the incidents as unfortunate, the CNS who spoke during a lecture he delivered to Course 24 participants at the National Defence College titled Nigerian Navy: Challenges and Future Perspectives’ noted that the Navy was not taking the sabotage it lightly, because the act was capable of undermining the Navy’s recent push in sanitizing the nation’s maritime sector.

Diezeani Alison-Madueke appears before London police

Embattled former Nigerian Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezeani Alison-Madueke on Thursday afternoon finally appeared at a London Police Station.

In a report monitored by our correspondent on TVC, Alison-Madueke was at the Charing Cross Police Station, London to honour the invitation by the authorities.

Foreign Suppliers Blacklist Nigeria From Fuel Imports

LAGOS — Nigeria’s difficulty to import refined petroleum products, particularly, Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, also known as petrol, has worsened as foreign suppliers have blacklisted Nigeria from further business until such transactions are dollar cash backed.

The development is further compounded with the deferment of about 5.4 million litres PMS daily production, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, announced the shut down of Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries. The announcement came four days after the plants were closed.

UPDATE: Olisa Metuh charged for ‘destroying own confessional statement’, sent back to prison

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday morning slammed a fresh two-count charge on the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, over an alleged attempt by the politician to destroy a confessional statement made to its operatives.

The new charges came less than 48 hours after the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted him bail over a seven-count charge of corruption.

Abdullah Dikko, Ex Comptroller-General Of Customs Flees Nigeria

Abdullah Dikko, Ex Comptroller-General Of Customs Flees Nigeria - Sahara Reporters

Buhari Gives N2Million Each To Under-16 Players, Fulfills 31-Year-Old Promise

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday rewarded members of the nation’s Under-16 Football Team that won the 1985 FIFA Championship when he was military Head of State.

He announced a reward of N2m each to the players that included Fatai Atere, Nduka Ugbade, Jonathan Akpoborie, Baldwin Bazuaye, Victor Igbinoba and late Kingsley Aikiobare among others.

Buratai orders all army officers to declare assests

Abuja – The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has directed all officers of the Nigerian Army who have not declared their assets to do so immediately.

According to a statement issued last night by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, the Army Chief gave the directive during a conference with Principal Staff Officers and Directors serving at the Army Headquarters.

British Government will return stolen fund to Nigeria – Envoy

KANO – The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Awkright has pledged the readiness of his home Government to repatriate stolen fund stashed in British Bank to Nigeria.

Briefing newsmen in Kano Wednesday, the envoy said that ‘what is of utmost concern to British government is how the repatriated funds will be utilized’, adding that ‘it is the hope of British government that the funds will be used on the execution of development projects. ‘

Shocking: 'Buhari's Budget Moves Domestic Spending In Aso Villa From N580m To N1.7bn'

‘A budget that moves domestic spending in Aso Villa from N580m to N1.7bn cannot be a budget of change’

Abuja – Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South) on Wednesday in Abuja, berated the 2016 budget and called on President Muhammaduu Buhari to withdraw it and go back to the drawing board.

Abaribe while making contributions during the consideration of the budget, said the proposal was faulty on many grounds and could not be implemented at it was.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Soldiers who lost their hands/limbs during Boko Haram attacks take a pic together

Nigerian Soldiers who lost their hands/limbs during Boko Haram attacks take a photo together

Photo : Killers of ex-FUTA VC sentenced to death

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has sentenced 2 persons, Ita Enang & Olayemi Bamitale, to death by hanging, for killing a former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade in June 2015

Enang and Bamitale who were both domestic staff of the deceased, connived and had him killed over financial disagreement.

Drama As Woman Refuses To Remove Hijab For MTN Registration (Pics)

A mild drama played out at an MTN registration outlet in Abuja when a certain Muslim woman refused to remove her ‘hijab’ to complete her SIM registration process.

DAILY POST reports that following the fine imposed on MTN by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, for having about 5 million unregistered SIMs in its network, it started another round of SIM cards registration in the country to meet up with the January deadline.

Court sends Nnamdi Kanu to prison

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, be kept in prison.

Justice John Itsoho gave the order Wednesday.

ICPC Arraigns Former "Sharia Governor" Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima Over Corruption

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has filed an 18-count charge of corruption against the former Governor of Zamfara, Ahmed Sanni over allegations that he corruptly enriched himself by spending funds above and beyond amounts allowed by law. Mr. Ahmed, now a senator is expected to be arraigned today.

Read text of the charges filed at the high court at Gusau, Zamfara state HERE

Nigerian govt to declare ex-Minister Adoke, Obaigbena, others wanted for fraud

The Nigerian government has concluded plans to declare some top officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration wanted, in connection with several ongoing corruption investigations.

Security sources aware of the plans told PREMIUM TIMES that although other names would be released in future, the first list of wanted ex-officials and military officers, who anti-graft investigators believe fled the country to evade arrest and prosecution over corruption, has been compiled and would be released this or next week.

Panic Grips Corrupt Nigerian Officials Over Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty With United Arab Emirate

There was panic among corrupt incumbent and former government officials Tuesday after news filtered in that President Muhammadu Buhari has signed agreements with the United Arab Emirate on repatriation of stolen funds and extradition of culpable officials.

The Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters, which will allow the UAE government return monies hidden or invested in banks and real estates in the country, was among a series of other bilateral agreements signed by the President’s delegation, which was in the country for the World Energy Forum.

Photo : Nnamdi Kanu Appears In Court Today Over Treasonable Charges

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, been produced in court for his arraignment on treason charges and other offences bordering on his agitation for the secession of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.

‎He is being arraigned along with two others – Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi – before Justice James Tsoho.

Kaduna And Warri Refineries Shut Down Over Pipeline Attack

Two of the nation’s refineries were shut down by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) due to pipeline vandalism by the Niger Delta militants last week. The refineries, with a combined capacity of 235,000 barrels per day, resumed production in December and January respectively after long maintenance work.

Sources at the refineries said the work stopped on Sunday. Spokesperson of the corporation, Mr Ohi Alegbe, confirmed the shutdown of the refineries which he said was to avoid any fire incident along the pipelines. He said the corporation shut-in the pipelines both for gas and crude oil along the affected areas to avoid further damage to the two refineries.

Court Orders DSS To Take Nnamdi Kanu To Prison

John Tsoho, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has ordered that Nnamdi Kanu be remanded in Kuje prison pending his trial for treason.

Tsoho, the judge, gave the order after listening to Mohammed Diri, counsel to the Department of State Services (DSS), and Chuks Muoma (SAN), counsel to Kanu. Muoma had argued that the accused person be remanded in prison custody away from the cell of the DSS.

Photos : Bill Gates Visits Kaduna State

 World's richest man, Bill Gates, is currently in Kaduna state to sign an MOU with Dangote foundation on Routine Immunization owned by Nigerian Billionaire. He was received by Kaduna state governor, Nasir El Rufai and Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

More photos after the cut...

Why I made changes to 2016 budget – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday explained why corrections had been made to the details of the 2016 budget as presented on December 22, 2015 before the National Assembly.

His reasons were contained in a letter to the House of Representatives as read by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.

Olubadan of Ibadan is dead

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1, is dead.

The monarch, who died at age 101 passed away Tuesday evening after he reportedly was unconscious.

It was gathered last night that the monarch’s corpse has been taken to a morgue as at press time.

NATCOM Injects $1billion In NITEL, Begins Operations In March

The new owners of Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL), NATCOM Development and Investment Limited, and its sister company, Mobile Telecommunication Limited (Mtel), has reportedly spent about $1 billion to revive the beleaguered national carrier.

The chairman of NATCOM, Mr Olatunde Ayeni, said that the funds and other efforts would see the company engage 4,000 employees by March as it sets to roll out its mobile lines and 4G/LTE services for broadband users.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Benue South Rerun : I “ll Not Disappoint You, Mark Tells Constituents

Former President of the Senate Senator David Mark has asked his Benue South constituents of  Benue State to be steadfast  just  as he promised not to disappoint them no matter the circumstances.

Senator Mark told the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Women group who visited him at his Abuja residence Tuesday  ahead of the forthcoming rerun election that he is irrevocably committed to the development of Idoma land and Nigeria at large.

MTN Nigeria to declare $955million profit

South African telecommunications group, MTN said on Tuesday its Nigerian business is likely to report about $955 million in annual profit after tax, confirming a newspaper report in the west African country.

“Profit after tax figure for MTN Nigeria for the period ended 31 December 2015 being quoted in the press article, is 190 billion naira ($955 million), which is within the current estimate,” the company said in a statement.

Looters should have their hands amputated and hung to death — House of Reps member

A member of the House of Representatives, Umar Yakubu Barde has advocated for the amputation of hands of those found guilty of stealing from the Nation's treasury.

He called for special court rather than the conventional courts, saying that looters usually use such courts to delay justice.

“I am a believer of the fact that, people should be punished for whatever offence they commit. And I am also of the belief that punishment should also be segregated according to the offence. At least, your punishment should be commensurate with what you have done. For me, if you ask me, if someone steals from N1million to N100 million, they should cut his hand. Yes, there is nothing wrong with that, so that when we see him, we will know yes, he stole. And those that steal from billions upward should be hanged and their property confiscated. 


Muslim employees quit manufacturing job after company changes prayer policies

 Dozens of Muslim employees at a Wisconsin manufacturing company claim that they were forced to quit this week, after the company changed its prayer-on-the-job policy to one that prevents them from participating in their daily prayers to Mecca.

WBAY-TV reported that before Thursday, Somali Muslims employed by Ariens Manufacturing were allowed to leave the producing line twice a shift in order to participate in two of the five daily prayers required by the Islamic faith.

'I Won't Go Down Alone, If I Go Down Everyone Goes Down With Me' - Wike

Some aides and close associates of Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State have expressed fears over what they referred to as the “uncharitable threats” by the Governor. Governor Wike who is said to be troubled by the spate of defections that is on going in his party, the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State has issued a threat while meeting with selected members of the PDP leadership. Worried about the defection he said:
“Everybody is running away to APC and they expect me to stay calm and suffer the brunt alone. It will never happen. We were in it together and we must suffer together. If they say I stole money in the Ministry of Education, I didn’t eat it alone. All of you took part.

"Muslim Women Must Learn English Or Be Deported" - British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has declared that Muslim women who fail to learn English to a reasonable standard may face deportation from Britain.

This came as his centre-right Conservatives launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund for women in isolated communities as part of a drive to build community integration.

FG cancels NIMASA varsity project, seeks payment refund

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the Federal Government has cancelled the university project proposed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

Amaechi, gave the hint in Abuja on Tuesday, when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, headed by Senator Ahmed Sani, to brief the senate panel on the activities of the agencies under his supervision.

Abia youths protest in Lagos, ask Supreme Court to uphold Ikpeazu’s election

A group known as Abia Youth Team (AYT), has faulted the recent judgment of the Appeal Court, which declared the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Mr. Alex Otti, the winner of Abia State governorship election.

The President, AYT, Prince Obinna Ehumadu, who stated this during a protest in Lagos, asked the Supreme Court to set aside the December 31, 2015, ruling of the Appeal Court, which nullified the election of Okezie Ikpeazu citing inconsistency in the votes cast in three Local Government Areas of Osisioma, Obingwa and Isi-Alangwa.

Handcuffing Of Metuh : A deliberate plot by Buhari to subjugate opposition — PDP

Read statement below:

“This development which expectedly elicited widespread public outcry clearly betrays an extra-judicial, top political witch-hunt policy of the APC, carefully designed to humiliate, embarrass and portray PDP leaders as common criminals and set the stage to cow and decimate opposition and perceived foes of the government”.

“The question remains, if not to mortify, dehumanize and break our National Publicity Secretary, who has been very vocal against the APC administration, and of course to send a signal to others critical of the government, what else would have informed the decision to produce him in court in handcuffs, even when his case does not border on security threat?”

N13 Billion Fraud : Tompolo Writes Buhari Denies Any Wrongdoing

The most wanted ex-militant Leader in the Niger Delta region, Government Ekpemupolo (AKA Tompolo) yesterday sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over an alleged plot by members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) from Bayelsa and Delta States to frame him as the sponsor of bomb attacks against oil facilities in the region.

According to Tompolo, though he has repeatedly denied involvement in the alleged case of a N13 billion land deal fraud and the bombing of oil facilities leveled against him, the priming investigation by him showed that the desperate plot to hang him is being hatched by the Governorship candidate of the APC in Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, a lawyer attached to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), and one of his kinsmen within Delta State.

Buhari threatens Niger Delta militants, says defeating them won’t be tough

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to deal decisively with the seeming resurgence of oil theft, vandalism of pipelines and insecurity in the Niger Delta.

Declaring that the Nigerian Armed Forces had already dealt “deadly blows” on Boko Haram, Mr. Buhari said the activities of oil thieves and vandals would soon be brought to an end, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday.

NLNG: New report reveals how Nigeria lost N650billion in dubious tax exemption

A new report by Action Aid Nigeria has revealed how Nigeria lost $3.3 billion (about N650.1 billion) in seven years to what appeared questionable tax exemption granted the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited.

The report titled: “Leaking Revenue: How a big tax break to European gas companies has cost Nigeria billion” highlighted the loss by the Nigerian government through the contentious pioneer status regime granted the company.

INVESTIGATION: How Jonathan govt. paid companies linked to Doyin Okupe to hack ‘unfriendly’ websites

Two companies linked to Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, got at least N1.6 billion off the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in three shady cyber security contracts, PREMIUM TIMES investigations have shown.

One of the contracts had instructions to hunt down unfriendly media websites with Distributed Denial of Service attacks.

FG to scrap NIMASA over massive fraud

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it might approach the National Assembly, to repeal the Act setting up the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, if its management failed to justify the judicious utilisation of the huge resources at its disposal.

Minister of Transportation,  Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, gave the hint in Abuja, when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, headed by Senator Ahmed Sani, to brief the senate panel on the activities of the agencies under his supervision.

Update : Metuh Returns To Prison After Bail

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, was driven off in a prison pick-up van ‎from the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja, shortly after he was granted bail in the sum of N400m by the court on Tuesday.

Metuh, who was produced in court in handcuff for the bail hearing on Tuesday, is to remain in prison till when he meets the bail conditions.

Nigeria Signs Agreement With United Arab Emirates On Recovery Of Stolen Funds

Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday signed six agreements to enhance bilateral relations between them.

The signing of the agreements on trade, finance and judicial matters, according to a statement issued by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Referendum : EU High Representative Replies Biafra,Organization of Emerging African States

Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security has replied Biafra agitators and the Organization of Emerging African States (OEAS) over their call for a referendum.

The OEAS had earlier requested that the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security utilizes their good office to help bring about a referendum for Biafra’s independence.

55 Nigerians stole over N1.34 trillion in 8 years — Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has stated that 55 Nigerians have stolen over N1.34 trillion from the country’s treasury from 2006 to 2013.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, Mr. Mohammed said since the nation was on the verge of winning the war against insurgent group, Boko Haram, the nation and its people should also partake in yet, another war on corruption.

Court Grants Olisa Metuh N400 Million Bail

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, on the condition that he pays N400 million as bond.

Mr. Metuh is to also submit his international passport, and must provide two sureties with N200 million each. The sureties must have properties in Maitama district of Abuja.

South Africa To Stop Buying Crude Oil From Nigeria, Opens Talks With Iran

ABUJA— Nigeria’s woes in the area of dwindling revenue from crude oil sales is expected to heighten in the next couple of days, as the South African Petroleum Industry Association, SAPIA, yesterday, stated that South Africa would likely stop importing crude oil from Nigeria following the lifting of the sanctions on Iran.

fuel-pumpExecutive Director of the SAPIA, Avhapfani Tshifularo, told journalists that the potential return of Iranian oil exports to South Africa threaten to displace barrels from Saudi Arabia and Nigeria that plugged the supply gap when sanctions were imposed on Iran, which is OPEC’s fifth biggest producer.

Photo : Pastor Adeboye visits Governor Nyesom Wike.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday Monday, January 18 received Pastor Enoch Adeboye at the Government House, Port Harcourt. 

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was in Rivers State as part of his annual visit to the state to meet with members of the church and pray for the state

Tanzanian President Magufuli bans miniskirts

Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli has yet again pulled a surprise move, banning miniskirts in the East African country, Kenya’s Standard Media reports.

President Magufuli has become a celebrity president since he took over from former leader Jakaya Kikwete, introducing a raft of measures that have been largely welcome by Tanzanians.

Photo : Buhari appoints Muhammad Abdallah as NDLEA boss

President Buhari has approved the appointment of Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah as the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). His appointment which took effect from January 11th, was made known in a statement released by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal today January 18th.

The new NDLEA boss is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Nigeria Army and has a Certificate of Education from Nigeria Defence Academy in 1977, a Bachelor’s Degree in American Politics and Government from Sam Houston State University, Huntville, Texas, USA in 1989. Abdallah is from Hong, Adamawa State and was born on November 13, 1954.

Monday, January 18, 2016

$2.1billion arms fund : CDD raises alarm over planned arrest of Jonathan

The Committee for the Defence of Democracy (CDD) has raised alarm over an alleged plan by the federal government to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan over allegations surrounding the purported $2.1 million arms deal.

The CDD in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Akindele Lawson, described this latest move by the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari as the height of the series of blame that the new administration has continued to put on the last administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Presidency revises 2016 budget, reduces allocation for exotic cars by N7billion

The Presidency has drastically cut its N8.09 billion provision in the 2016 budget for the purchase of various brands of vehicles for State House operations during the year, checks by PREMIUM TIMES have shown.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had on Thursday accused the presidency of substituting the original copy of the budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on December 22, 2015 with a new version.

EU earmarks £26.8million for Nigeria but afraid it will be siphoned by corrupt officials

A report has warned that half the money the European Union spends on aid is wasted, stolen or held up by incompetence.

These include a £1.8million EU scheme for a solar panel installation that is not working, as well as £26.8million earmarked to combat corruption in Nigeria, which cannot be handed over because of fears it will be siphoned off by corrupt Nigerian officials, MailOnline has reported.

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's 'Ride Along 2' unseats 'Star Wars' at the box office

The box office power of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wore off this week as Universal Pictures’ “Ride Along 2” unseated the latest chapter in the space saga from the top spot it’s held for four weeks. 

The sequel to the 2014 buddy cop comedy hit starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube grossed an estimated $34 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend.

Study in China: Welcome our new Student from Nigeria (Photos)

Amasi @ Hangzhou Normal University
Study in China - Welcome our new student,Amasi Charles from Nigeria.

Major: Chinese Language.

School: Hangzhou Normal University.

See more photos after the cut.....

Sunday, January 17, 2016

When Is Alamieyeseigha’s Burial? - The Nation

Not a few people are wondering when the late former Bayelsa State governor, DSP Alamieyeseigha, will be buried. It is the one million dollar question on the lips of many Nigerians, particularly on the social scene.

The reason for the delay in his burial has also been a topic for debates. Alamieyeseigha died in the last quarter of 2015 at the age of 63. He died at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital after going into coma for days.

According to close family sources, he was diabetic and was being treated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, before he was returned to Port Harcourt where he gave up the ghost.

Arms Scandal: Buhari Ready To Listen To Jonathan - Femi Adesina

The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari will be willing to receive and listen to former President Goodluck Jonathan to make clarifications on the multi-million dollar arms procurement scandal perpetrated under his administration.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated this in an interview on Saturday.

Jonathan ran CBN like Idi-Amin – Soludo

A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, has said former President Goodluck Jonathan ran the bank like a movie from Uganda under Idi-Amin.

Idi-Amin Dada ruled Uganda with an iron fist between 1971 and 1979 and has been described as one of the most corrupt African rulers.