Friday, July 24, 2015

NNPC, engine room of corruption —Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, described the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as the engine room of corruption, lamenting that none of the perpetrators of illegal deals in the corporation had so far been apprehended and brought to justice.

He, therefore, challenged the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to assist the Federal Government to fight corruption by encouraging their members in the oil and gas sector to expose those behind subsidy scam in the country.

Saraki who stated this while addressing the leadership of the NLC led by its President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, in his office, asked the oil and gas workers to reveal the identities of subsidy thieves and watch whether they would be protected or not.

He said, “I think we need the cooperation of our workers who know it all. They see it happen and when you look at the anti-corruption agencies, with all due respect, you will find out that 80 per cent of some of the cases are cases at the state level.

“You hardly see where people who are the real engine room – which is the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation – where most of these corruption cases on oil are, being put on trial.”

He said it was time workers helped the government succeed to decisively tackle corruption through collective efforts.

Saraki noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had made it clear that his administration would fight corruption to its logical end, stressing that the Senate had on its part started the process by engaging the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission.

He also said that the upper chamber would soon interact with the management of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-graft agencies in order to fashion out a collective to tackle the menace of corruption.

Saraki assured Nigerians that the Senate under his watch would fight corruption with a view to blocking leakages and create gainful employment.

He said, “We in the 8th Senate have said there will be zero tolerance for corruption. Corruption is one issue slowing down development and some of the problems we are tackling.

“Whether you talk about our refineries not working, you talk of the issue of fuel subsidy, you talk about the high cost of governance, everything you talked about comes back to this issue of corruption and I think it is time for all of us, those of us in the National Assembly, the Executive and the workers to show serious commitment.

“This should not be a headline-grabbing approach because at the end of the day, you are workers, when you talk about oil theft, we have Nigerian workers at the terminals who surely must know when this thing is going on.

Basketmouth accuses Jonathan’s govt of stealing

Popular stand-up comedian, Basketmouth (real name Bright Okpocha), is in the news again. This time, it is because he has taken a swipe at the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Kenyans are not done with CNN (photo)

Check out this hilarious headline from one of their leading Newspapers today. A not so subtle dig at CNN's penchant for errors....

The Beast comes for President Obama as he lands omo Kenyatta Int'l Airport (Photos)

Obama has arrived Kenya. A limousine with bullet proof nicknamed ‘The Beast’ arrived the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to lift him up. See more photographs after the cut.


Oil theft: What we found shocked us, says APC

The All Progressives Congress has said it was shocked at the magnitude of cases of corruption it has so far unearthed while going through the records of the previous administration.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja, on Thursday.

He was reacting to the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that some officials of the immediate past administration were involved in stealing one million barrel of crude oil daily.

Mohammed said, “We are not just shocked but taken aback by what we have found. We have always known that there was monumental corruption under the previous regime but we did not know it was this huge.

Nigerian girls rescued from Burkina Faso

It was a lucky break for six Nigerian ladies who were trafficked to Burkina Faso for the purpose of prostitution by a female human trafficker identified simply as Balikis, as they were rescued by the Oyo State command of the Nigerian Immigration Service, and have been reunited with their parents in Ibadan, the state capital.

Police Brutality: Policemen brutalise 8-month pregnant woman, strip her naked

Another case of police brutality has been brought to the fore after three inhuman police officers attached to the Satellite Police Division in Lagos State, took the laws into their hands and brutalised an eight-month pregnant woman, Chika Elekwachi, stripping her naked in the process on the night of Sunday, July 19, and in the process, she delivered her baby prematurely.
Her offence: allegedly resisting arrest.

Pics: Nigerians turned back from President Buhari's town hall meeting in DC

Many Nigerians were turned back from the townhall meeting with President Buhari in the US after they failed to secure an invite to the event. The Nigerians who were angry at their inability to enter the venue for the meeting said they drove many miles only for them to be barred by security men.

The event was strictly by invitation but they said they tried getting an invite but couldn’t so they decided to try their luck after all “He is their president”. More photos and video bellow.


Buhari denies accusing U.S. Government of aiding Boko Haram

Persisting claims in  the local and international media that President Buhari has accused or indicted the United States Government of helping the terrorist group, Boko Haram are untrue and widely off mark.

Reports to that effect are an unfortunate misinterpretation and distortion of the President’s remarks at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) during his highly successful official visit to Washington DC.
Indeed, President Buhari made it abundantly clear in those remarks, copies of which were circulated to the media, that he was convinced that the United States could never support groups such as Boko Haram.

Photos of Obama’s grandmother arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport

Mama Sarah as she is popularly called is in Nairobi to await the arrival of her grandson, the president of the United States of America...More photos after the jump...

Pics: Vice President Osinbajo meets with Chinese Ambassador in Abuja

VP Yemi Osinbajo met with Chinese diplomat, Amb. Xiaojie GU at the state house today July 24th. More photographs bellow.


Don Jazzy and Davido bet N5m on a Game of Fifa, winner takes all

The two music stars bet over a game of Fifa 15. Davido first struck by making a bet of $10,000 but Don Jazzy upped the game by raising the bar to N5million. See the rest of the tweets after the jump

9 killed in fresh Boko Haram attack in Borno

9 people were killed last night after members of Boko Haram attacked Pompomarri village in Borno state. The sect members stormed the village when the villagers were asleep and killed 9. Many were injured, while others fled the village.

Scott Disick starts family healing process by spending great time with his son

Scott Disick took his 5 year old child, Mason to Barnes & Noble in Calabasas, yesterday, where the child stacked up on toys. Scott and Mason then went for an early supper at Rosti Cafe. Although he’s been good and gone for as far back as month taking after his split with Kourtney Kardashian, Disick stayed in contact with his youngsters through FaceTime.

“Scott is not permitted to take the children out naturally at this time without a bodyguard or chaperone and the last evening was the same,” a nearby source to the family asserts. More photographs bellow.