Monday, October 12, 2015

Photo: Woman abandons her 6-month-old baby at a refuse dump after disagreement with husband

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Delta Police Command, Mrs. Celestine Kalu has confirmed the arrest of Owhoghovo Annabel who dumped her six-month-old baby at a refuse dump after a dispute with her husband.
According to Punch, the incident began on Thursday evening, October 8, when Annabel’s husband returned from work and asked her to massage his feet. Annabel refused but instead rained abuses on her husband.

Ministerial nominees: CV's of Amaechi, Fayemi, Amina Mohammed

Below is a summary of the CV of three of the ministerial nominees 

Rotimi Amaechi: Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was born May 27th, 1965 at Umuordu - Ubima, IkwerreLG of Rivers State. ‎Amaechi‬ attended St. Theresa's Primary School, Ubima & later Govt Secondary School,Okolobiri for his WASC in 1982. Amaechi studied at the University of Port Harcourt where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Amaechi also got a Masters in English Literature from the same University of Port Harcourt. 

To our dearest Yoruba scholars: What is the Yoruba word for Leopard ?

We are learning on




With this approach, we have learned that:

African Star Apple is Agbalumo

Ground Hornbill is Akalamagbo

Eagle is Idi

Pouched Rat is Okete

African Teak Tree is Iroko

Grasshopper is Abutata

Bumblebee is Alabonbon

Mosquito Larva is Tanwiji

Parrot is Odidere

Tangerine is Ahoboro

Guinea Pig is Emo

Lawyer is Amofin

Television is Amohunmaworan

Gecko is Omonile

Dwarf is Arara

Sand is Iyepe

Chair is Aga

Gourd is Akeregbe

Trumpet is Kaakaki

Milk is Wara

Bald-head is Apari

Cassava is Ege

Roof is Orule

Lightning is Monamona

Squirrel is Okere

Lantern is Atupa

Mountain is Oke

Sky is Oju-Orun

Gorilla is Inaki

Herbalist is Alagbo

Mud is Erofo

Pot is Ikoko

Palmwine is Emu

Freshwater snail is Isawuru

Python is Ere

Handshake is I’bowo

Mirror is Jigi

Cowrie is Owo-eyo

Garlic is Aayu

Jewellery is Eso

Mouse is Eku

Catfish is Aro

Toad is Akere

Walnut is Asala

Tortoise is Alabahun

Road is Ona

Potato is Odunku

Star is Irawo

Pin is Okinni

Tamarind is Awin

Flower is Ododo

Lobster is Okasa

Ladder is Akaba

Canoe is Oko-Ojuomi

Rabbit is Ehoro

Anthill is Okiti-Ogan

Owl is Owiwi

Cloud is Ofurufu

Scorpion is Akeeke

Tilapia is Epiya

Chameleon is Oga

Mushroom is Olu

Gold is Wura

Antelope is Etu

Canary is Ibaka

Crocodile is Oni

Cuckoo is Odere

Agama is Alangba-Adaripon

Many thanks to our members and Yoruba scholars


Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militancy Major Threats Nigeria Security – Tambuwal

The major threats to national security are the widespread cases of terrorism in the North East and the militancy in the Niger-Delta which must be tackled and addressed by all concerned.
Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, who made the disclosure said solutions must be proffered to tame the increasing religious intolerance championed by some Islamic sects in the North and the Niger-Delta Militancy towards a peaceful country.

He spoke at a Capacity Enhancement Training for Security Operatives in Two Selected Communities in Nigeria, jointly organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Union (EU), Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM-SALW), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

EFCC Chairman Lamorde sues The Sun Newspaper for N1billion

Below is a statement of claim from Festus Keyamo Chambers. Read below.. 

1. The Plaintiff is a Commissioner of Police and currently the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Plaintiff has had a distinguished career having joined the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as the pioneer Director of Operations in 2003 and by dint of hard work and integrity rose to be the Chairman of the anti-graft agency.
2.           The Defendant is the Proprietor and Publisher of a popular Newspaper called Daily Sun which enjoys wide circulation and readership in Nigeria and abroad.

Senate President To Open Another Batch Of Ministerial List Tomorrow

Abuja – President of the Senate,Senator Bukola Saraki will tomorrow open another batch of ministerial list which was submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening and confirmation. Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), confirmed the submission of the list to the senate. Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser on Media to the President of the Senate, also confirmed that the upper legislative chamber had received another batch of ministerial list. “The list has been received by the Senate President.

Boko Haram: Buhari’s Timeline To End Insurgency Realisable – Obasanjo

ABUJA – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday stated that the December deadline given to the military by President Mohammadu Buhari to rout out insurgency in the country was realisable.
He however stated that Nigeria does not have to wait until the last of the terrorist was killed before declaring victory.

According to him, evidence of victory comes immediately the military had exerted its authority over the terrorists.

Drama As Buhari Faults Auditor-General On Lake Chad Report

ABUJA – President Mohammadu Buhari and Auditor General of the Federation, AGF, Samuel Ukura on Monday disagreed over the environmental audit reports on the drying-up of the Lake Chad.

While the president noted that the report did not take into account the feasibility study conducted by a team under the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasabjo which cost Nigeria $5 million, the AGF insisted that that was outside his supervision, saying that Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) has that responsibility.

But the president insisted that the AGF should give relevant explanations of the omission.

The development caused a minor stir in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, where the presentation was made.

Following the silence of surprise that ensued, the President requested that someone should interprete what the AGF meant, and later asked the Executive Secretary of the LCBC, Ambassador Sanusi Imran Abdullahi, to give his side of the story.

More details soon



Obasanjo Takes Colombian Terror Experts To Buhari

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday led some Colombian security experts to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to share their experiences in combating terror.
Obasanjo, who spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, said Nigeria needs to learn how Colombia had survived insurgency for more than 50 years.
He said: “Let me just let you know that I have come to see the President for two reasons. The first one is the one you have just seen. I brought a delegation of those of us who visited Colombia last year under the auspices of a foundation which I am the chairman.

No Plan To Slash Fuel Pump Price – NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked reports in some social media of a purported reduction in current pump price of petrol from N87 per Litre to N57. Describing the report as false, the Corporation advised members of the public to ignore such tales noting that the price of petrol remains N87 per litre.

Hajj Stampede: Nigerian death toll rises to 145 with 35 injured & 165 still missing

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Sunday, October 12, confirmed that 145 Nigerian pilgrims died in the September 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia with 35 injured and 165 still missing. Over 1,400 people over all have died.

Dr. Saleh Okenwa, the Commissioner, Planning, Research Statistic Information and Library Service (PRSILS) of the commission made this known while speaking with reporters in Makkah at a joint press conference to evaluate the operational activities of the Hajj exercise

...and the update on the stampede with the Chargé d’Affaires, Nigerian Embassy in Riyadh, Ambassador Tijjani Hammanjoda and the Nigerian Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Ahmed Umar.

Buhari will only head oil ministry for about a year- Emir Sanusi

In an interview with CNN's business reporter, John Defterios, Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II said President Buhari will head the Federal Ministry of Petroleum resources for about a year or a year and a half to stabilize it before handing over to a minister. In a related development, Femi Adesina this morning tweeted that President Buhari is not going to be designated as Minister of petroleum resources but will only be supervising the Ministry. See the tweet after the jump...

Tribunal Upholds Dino Melaye’s Election

The Kogi state election tribunal has upheld the election of Senator Dino Melaye as senator representing Kogi West in the senate. His predecessor, Smart Adeyemi had dragged him before the tribunal, contesting the results of the senatorial election. Dino Melaye announced the tribunal's verdict on his twitter handle. 

'Amaechi is not qualified to be a Minister' - Rivers' PDP

Press statement - PDP
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insists that former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not qualified to be appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is consequent upon the fact that the combined effect of Sections 66 (1) and 147 (5) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and read together, disqualifies Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State from becoming a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In  view of the foregoing, it is instructive to spell out the constitutional provision which states as follow:

EFCC interrogates former Benue governor, Suswam over allegations of fraud while in office

Former Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam was today invited and interrogated by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC ,over allegations of fraud running into billions of Naira while he served as governor of the state. EFCC's spokesman, Wilson Uwajuren who confirmed that Suswan was invited today, said “He was invited by the EFCC in connection with ongoing corruption investigation in Benue state.” Last week, the former finance commissioner under Suswam's administration, Omadachi Oklobia was grilled for several hours at the anti-graft headquarters in Abuja to defend allegations of diversion of public funds, abuse of office, embezzlement and fraud committed by them while in office. 

Photo: Senate President receives 2nd batch of Ministerial list

President Buhari today sent the second batch of ministerial list to the senate for screening. Senate president Bukola Saraki pictured above receiving the list from the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari. More photos after the jump.

10 arrested in connection of the killing of Lagos Free Trade Zone MD

10 persons have been arrested in connection with the killing of the Managing Director of the Lekki Free Trade Zone. Speaking to newsmen in Lagos after the killing, the state police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni said that some suspects have been apprehended and investigation is on-going to determine if there were major sponsors behind the killing. “We have so far arrested 10 suspects and the arrests we have made are those that are directly responsible. We are still in the centre of the operation to be made. We would do a diligent investigation. We will ensure that those people that are behind it are arrested, not just the people we see on the road are perpetrators, and there may be sponsors. We go after these sponsors and I can assure you we ensure the investigation is carried out as speedily as possible as we make sure they are diligently prosecuted”, he said.

Ambode orders police to fish out killers of Lekki Free Trade Zone MD

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the Lagos state police command to fish out the killers of the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investment Company, Tajudeen Disu, who was killed in a land fracas in Okunraiye community near Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, this morning.

MD of Lekki Free Trade Zone killed In Land Fracas in Lagos today

The MD of Lekki Free Trade Zone Tajudeen Disu was killed this morning October 12th during a Land protest that escalated into a riot in Okunraiye community near Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos. Eye witnesses say a protest staged by the villagers of the community over what they termed forceful taking over of their land by the Lagos state government for Dangote group, went violent after the deceased invited police officers who shot at them, killing two of the protesters. The protest became violent, resulting in a gun battle. The deceased was said to have been killed by a stray bullet. The police have taken over the community now and are in search of the killers of Mr Disu. 

Neighbour pours hot water on pregnant woman during fight in Lagos (photos)

The ugly incident happened on Gbagada Road, in Bariga, Lagos on Friday night October 9th. The woman, who is said to be about 6 months pregnant (pictured above in hospital) was attacked with hot water by a neighbour during a fight in their compound. The attacker has been arrested while the pregnant woman is receiving treatment. The case is being handled by the police at CMS police station, Bariga. See more photos after the jump

Police release statement on explosion in Lagos yesterday, says it was minor fire incident

Press statement from the Nigerian Police Force, Lagos state. Read below... Lagos did not record any explosion incident today as been erroneously circulated. Rather, a minor fire incident occurred at L & K Bus-Stop, in Oworonshoki area of Lagos State at about 1400hrs, where a wine shop went in flames caused by a leaking refrigerator gas. No life was lost. However, three persons suffered burns and were taken to hospital; two were treated and discharged at a private hospital, while the third, is admitted at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba. In line with the Inspector-General’s of Police policy thrust of pro-active policing, the Command will continue to emplace measures to increase Police visibility in the state with a view to nipping in the bud any untoward incident, please.

NFF may ban social media use in Super Eagles camp ...

Enyeama announced on social media that he was quitting Super Eagles before he even informed his coach or the NFF of his decision and this has prompted the Nigerian football governing body to consider putting a restriction on use of social media in Super Eagles camp henceforth. NFF president Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying "No player launches his career through the social media. When players are at their clubs, they don’t broadcast camp situation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, The same restraint and discipline must be observed in the national camp. A small group had been working on the document and I am happy to say that it is now ready for implementation. This will spell out how players and officials must conduct themselves while in any of the national camps, and minimize the probability of misunderstanding between coaches and players."

Police arrest Falae's abductors in Ondo, Niger and Ekiti state

The Nigerian Police have arrested 6 of the suspected Fulani herdsmen that abducted former Secretary General of the Federation, Olu Falae from his farm in Ondo state on Monday September 21st. According to reports, the suspects were arrested in various locations in Niger, Ondo and Ekiti state by a team of Special Intelligence Squad deployed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase. Three of the abductors were apprehended in Niger State. The suspects are being detained at the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Akure, the state capital and will be paraded soon.

Buhari will pick his ministers from the 36 states - Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina says contrary to popular opinion, President Buhari will be picking all his ministers from the 36 states of the federation. He said this via his twitter handle this morning. Continue to see more of his tweets..

Woman arrested for trying to sell her baby for N100,000

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Enugu State Command, has arrested Nkechi Isioko, for allegedly attempting to sell her baby for N100,000.
Nkechi had allegedly collected the sum of N100, 000 from one Mrs. Blessing Egbo before members of the NSCDC arrested her and the suspected buyer.
She claimed that Mrs. Egbo initially gave her part payment of N10,000, and later gave her the rest of the money.

Split in Libya causes Concern in Qatar

In Libya the civil war, in which a significant role belongs to external players, is continuing. It has long been known that one of the main sponsors of radical Libyan groups is Qatar which supports the coalition “Dawn of Libya”. However, in recent days has come information on a new split in the Dawn of Libya coalition. So, according to mass media reports, rebels from Misurata which made up the backbone of the Islamist coalition were “wavering”. Understanding that the Misurata ones can waver and go on to negotiations with the new government, the Qataris began to additionally strengthen an alternative force in the agency of the Libyan “Islamic State”, which is now expanding its presence near Sirt. Also, according to available data, Libyan IS is actively intercepting control over the transit of drugs through Libya and the flow of illegal migrants to the EU, thereby trying to strengthen its financial base directly within the territory of Libya.