Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Light Will Conquer The Darkness

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PDP Govs Brand Fayose A Potential Future Leader

Ado Ekiti- The Peoples Democratic Party governors and others gathered yesterday in Ado Ekiti, showered encomium on Governor Ayodele Fayose and branded him a potential future leader this came as the Taraba State Governor, Arch. Darius Ishaku, said Governor Ayodele Fayose plaid a significant role in his victory at the Supreme Court, after a dramatic loss at the Appeal Court.
Also, his counterparts from Akwa Ibom and Abia States, Hon Emanuel Udom and Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, respectively, disclosed that Fayose has foretold them of their victory even before the election tribunals' pronouncement, adding his support to their administrations has been monumental.
The governors said this in Ado Ekiti while attending the commissioning of some projects executed by the administration of Governor Fayose.

Rejected Suitor Butchers MTN Worker, Stabs Victim’s Mother

NewsSaturday FeaturesHorror: Rejected suitor butchers MTN worker, stabs victim’s mother

April 30, 2016

The tragic incident of Sunday, April 24, was one that the family of Ashinwo, did not see coming.

Had a prophet told Oluwatosin, her siblings and their widow mother, of the danger that lurked around the corner that day, it is unlikely they would have believed it.

FG To Introduce Toll On Some Reconstructed Roads – Fashola

The federal government is set to reintroduce toll on some roads that will be built or reconstructed.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, made the declaration while fielding questions as guest on the popular Channels Sunrise Daily programme.

The minister said it would be pretentious to assume that the roads would get better if we continued to make our roads absolutely toll free. He added that, there would however be alternative roads to the ones that would be tolled.

EFCC Closes In On Ex-gov Over 29 Dubai Assets

as UAE tightens noose around offshore companies

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is closingin on a former governor from the Southern part of the country, who is alleged to own 29 choice property in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), Saturday Telegraph’s investigation has revealed.

PDP Govs Brand Fayose A Potential Future Leader

Ado Ekiti- The Peoples Democratic Party governors and others gathered yesterday in Ado Ekiti, showered encomium on Governor Ayodele Fayose and branded him a potential future leader this came as the Taraba State Governor, Arch. Darius Ishaku, said Governor Ayodele Fayose plaid a significant role in his victory at the Supreme Court, after a dramatic loss at the Appeal Court.

Herdsmen Attack: We May Resort To Self Defence, Town Unions, Abia..

By Anayo Okoli

THE rampant invasion of communities across the country by suspected  herdsmen, particularly last week’s attack on Ukpabi-Nimbo community in Uzo Uwani council area of Enugu State, has raised tension in the South-East.

Housewife Snatched By LG Boss Dies Mysteriously After Childbirth (pic)

Mathew Dike

In this report, MATHEW DIKE recounts the tragic end of late Mrs. Theresa Ode, a woman snatched from her husband by a local government chairman, who got her impregnated and abandoned her to die in a Lagos hospital during childbirth.

Ambode And Tinubu At Commemoration Of International Jazz Day

See more photos after the page break.

PDP Rally In Minjibir, Kano (Photos)

 Kano Residence Turnout Massively For PDP It was not a surprise that People Democratic Party had a massive turnout of people at its rally held in Kano State(one of the ruling party northern stronghold). Many of those present are people who are feed up of the current administration change mantra, while some might have lost total hope in this government some people still remain optimistic that Nigeria can still be better. when some people where asked why they turn up for the rally, the claimed they are just tired of this present government and they are ready to do anything to kick them out come 2019, the change must happen again in 2019 said one of those present at the rally. see picture below

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the oil war

by Pepe Escobar

The famous Hollywood adage – ‘nobody knows anything’ – seems to perfectly apply to the current turbulence in the oil market. So in an effort to clarify where the global oil economy is heading to, let’s engage in a Battle of the Oil Analysts.
Relying on these Oil Analysts (OA) does not necessarily mean you will be handed straightforward answers, but perhaps with some luck you will see a ray of light.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo: Can anyone identify this young girl? She has no idea where she came from

Ahmed Soye posted this photo of a young girl he found in front of his house yesterday morning, April 28.

According to him: "This girl was found in front of my House early this morning. She said her name is Ummul Khairi and that she is married. She was asked where she came from she said she did not know. She did not know her husband name nor her parents name. I called Civil Defence Corp who took her to their office here in Gombe. Any body who knows this girl should please contact the Gombe State office of Civil Defence"

‘It is only those involved in the hoarding and diverting of petroleum products that will be arrested’ – Nigerian Police

In a new statement released, the Nigerian Police have clarified their position on a statement released days ago which implied that IGP Arase had ordered Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Commissioners of Police & other officers to arrest anybody found selling petroleum products in plastic containers. Apparently, the directive was to arrest those involved in hoarding and diversion of fuel. The statement reads,

Nigerian Army responds to non-payment of soldiers allowances

The Nigerian Army has explained the reasons behind the non-payment of soldiers' allowance in the last six months. According to the statement issued by Army Acting Director of Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman:
"The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to some stories going round the media circles with the title “Disquiet in the war front as soldiers complain of unpaid allowance” alleging that there was problem in the Nigerian Army due to non-payment of allowances to some soldiers serving in the North East.

No budget that has to come to Senate in the last 5 years that wasn't padded- Senator Omoworare

Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business tweeted this this morning...

Photos: Army arrests tailors who make clothes for Boko Haram members

The troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade have arrested Bukar Gujja and Bukar Kahalifa, two tailors who makes clothes for Boko Haram terrorists. The troops arrested them alongside 4 other members of the terrorist group during an operation in Kala Balge yesterday April 28th. The gallant troops tracked and arrested the 6 terrorists kingpins who sneaked into Kala Balge as a result of the onslaught of our heroic troops on the terrorists in Sambisa.

Petrol Tanker Caught Fire In Osun

A petrol tanker today caught fire in iree town osun state. According to an eye witness, She said the tanker was meant to deliver petrol to a filling station at poly junction around 4pm today, but before the tanker could move in to the filling station, it suddenly caught fire. Fire Fighter were called to the scene to stop the fire from spreading.

20 Oil Thieves Bag 6 Years Jail Terms

Justice Ibrahim Buba of Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos  today convicted twenty persons for illegal dealing and storage of petroleum products. The convicts are Captain Daniel Lebile, Ala Ibanibo, Wole Ajayi, Adesunloye Fani-Kayode, Michael Mgbanwa, Segun Ekundemi, Johnson Mashebinu, Ndidi Benjamin, Bright Nwaezuoke, Blessing Omoviye and Kayode Ireti.

Arms Scam: Court Adjourns Badeh’s Trial To May 9

The cross-examination of a prosecution witness, Air Commodore Salisu Abdullahi Yushau , a former Director of Finance and Accounts, Nigerian Air Force, in the ongoing trial of ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, continued on Wednesday April 27, 2016, before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

EFCC Docks Three For N3.7m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, April 28, 2016, arraigned the trio of Patience Owerema, Nwakoba N.Francisca and Okafor Kingsley before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office, forgery, impersonation and diversion of funds to the tune of N3, 766, 160.00(Three Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty-six Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty Naira).

Court Jails Man for N.2m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission, EFCC, on  Thursday, April 28, 2016 secured the conviction of one Sabo Sani Labaran before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the Gombe State High Court sitting in Gombe on one amended count  charge  bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N242, 000.00 ( Two  Hundred and Forty- twoThousandNaira).

Man Bags Six Months Jail Term for N1.8 million Fraud

Justice S. C. Amadi of the Rivers State High Court, on Thursday April 28 convicted and sentenced one Ernest Monday to six months imprisonment for stealing and fraudulent conversion of the sum  of one million, eight hundred thousand naira (N1. 8 million.)

Police In Rivers Arrest 7 Kidnappers

The police in Rivers State have arrested a man named Mitchell Tamuno, alleged to be a kidnap kingpin.

The police command, according to information it posted, Thursday, on Facebook, said Mr. Tamuno who is from Abam, Okirika Local Government Area, was arrested on Wednesday around 4a.m, alongside five other members of his gang.

The police said Tamuno and his gang have confessed to kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, Charity Ikirigo, of Federal Government College, Abuloma, on April 18.

The girl was later rescued by the Anti-Kidnapping Squad in the state.

Suleiman Bello Murdered By A Motorcyclist In Kubwa, Abuja (photos)

A staff of the Nigerian national assembly, Mr Suleiman Bello was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown motorcyclist in Abuja on Thursday. Bello who was driving a Toyota Camry got into a heated argument with a motrcyclist also know as Okada at Bhyanzin Junction.

Delta Monarch Gives Fulani Herdsmen Nine Days To Quit Kingdom

Sapele—The Ovie of Idjere, Ethiope West Local Government Area, Delta State, HRM Erhiekevwe I, has ordered all Fulani herdsmen operating in his domain to vacate within nine days or face the wrath of his people.

This is coming as the Nigerian Army, 3 Battalion, Effurun, said that it would no longer tolerate any form of violence across the state, adding, “All culprits will henceforth be severely dealt with.”

EFCC Arraigns Two Bankers For N9.7Million Fraud(PICS)

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, 28 April, 2016, arraigned the trio of Segun Osho, Roland Alozie and Abass Kolawole before Justice M.O Opara of the Rivers State High Court, Port-Harcourt on a 3-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion to the tune of Nine Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Six Naira, (N9, 554, 286. 00).

First Bank To Sack 1000 Workers

FBN Holdings Plc, the parent company of First bank Limited said it would cut jobs and focus less on providing loans to the oil industry in a bid to reverse last year’s 82 percent slump in profit.

Managing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. Adesola Adeduntan, FirstBank Limited disclosed this in an interview with Reuters.

EFCC Begins Manhunt For Ugonna Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has launched a manhunt for Ugonna, son to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

This is in connection with the alleged disbursement of money to INEC officials and election monitors in the build-up to the presidential election.

According to sources at the EFCC, Ugonna is the key to arresting all those involved in the case.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Arewa Consultative Forum Decries Case Against Saraki

A representative of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Senator Joseph Waku, who represented Benue North Senatorial district from 1999 to 2003, today decried the way and manner that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been handled.

Speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of the CCT, Waku said that he was mandated by the Arewa Consultative Forum to observe the proceedings, and report back to the Forum.

Photos: Rivers State Police arrest two kidnapping kingpins, 5 others

The Rivers State Police Comman has announced the arrest of a notorious kidnapping kingpin and five members of his gang. Below is the statement issued by the command today, April 28:

3 year old boy left with facial injuries after savage attack from dog

A three year old boy was attacked and bitten by a stray dog (lurcher-type hound) as he walked alongside his dad. The boy was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment to injuries to his face. His family agreed to release images of the wounded toddler to warn people and also assist the police in tracking down the dog.

Photo: Man stabs girlfriend to death in Ilorin, Kwara State for refusing his marriage proposal

A man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death in the Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara state, on Monday, April 25, for refusing his marriage proposal.

It was gathered that the man, a franchise officer with one of the leading mobile telecommunication operators (MTN) in the area also stabbed his girlfriend's mother when she tried to settle the issue between the two. She sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital where she is receiving treatment.

Photos: Fake pastor who engages in fetish activities arrested in Ondo

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State command has arrested a 34 years old pastor of Christ Apostolic Church "Dangunro", Moses Abiodun who hails from Esa Oke in Osun state for burying fetish items in his Church located along Ijare road before Ikota Junction in Ifedore local government area of the State.

Apple pays tribute to ‘young and talented’ employee who ‘took his own life’ at their Company's HQ

Apple has paid tribute to a Hispanic employee of theirs who killed himself at the company's Cupertino headquarters a day ago. His death came just after Apple's stocks tumbled - when their revenue declined for the first time in 13 years.

Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Senator Iyabo Anisulowo In Ogun State

A former Minister of state for Education, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo has been kidnapped by armed men alongside her security aide along Igbogila road in Yewa North local government area of Ogun state.

NFF Saga: Jos High Court denies Chris Giwa's claims that Amaju Pinnick's election was nullified

Chris Giwa had claimed earlier that he got a ruling from a high court in Jos nullifying Amaju Pinnick's election as NFF President and also asking that he, Giwa, take over the glass house as the new NFF President. But the high court in Jos have come out to deny the claims made by Giwa insisting that at no time did the court mention Amaju Pinnick's name.

EFCC Seize A Wrist Watch Worth £600,000 From Diezani Allison-Madueke

The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has swooped in on former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke seizing some of her properties and an expensive wrist watch.

According to TheNation, the anti-graft agency seized houses from the former Minister of Petroleum Resources and a very expensive wrist watch worth £600,000 as well as jewellery in gold and diamond.

Ogun state governor reacts to kidnap of former Minister, Iyabo Anisulowo

 Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed shock at news of the kidnap of a Chieftain of the APC in the state and former Minister of State for Education, Iyabo Anisulowo. Anisulowo and one of her aides were kidnapped in Ilaro in Yewa South local government area of Ogun State yesterday evening April 27th.

Enugu State Police says herdsmen are not responsible for the killing of dozens of people in the state

The Enugu State Police Command has debunked the rumour making rounds on social media that herdsmen allegedly invaded Umuchigbo, Abakpa Nike, Enugu State and killed several people. They are blaming the killing on hoodlums. After the cut is the statement issued yesterday by the Command.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Death Proof: Russia’s T-90 Tank Withstands US Missile Attack in Syria

Russia’s T-90 battle tank ‘Vladimir’ has become a celebrity of the blogosphere after it survived getting hit by America’s TOW anti-tank missiles in Syria. The video of the shooting has already gathered half a million views on YouTube.

Let’s take a look at the hidden possibilities of the combat vehicle named after its chief designer Vladimir Potkin.

Mariam Mairo-Waziri Pays Fines Of Prisoners At Sokoto Prison

It could be recalled that during her last visit to the prisons, Hajiya Maryam Mairo Aminu Waziri Tambuwal asked the prison officials to compile a list of prisoners being incarcerated due to lack of the wherewithal to pay the fines imposed on them.

Attackers Engaged Policemen, Soldiers In A Shoot-out – Enugu CP

The Force headquarters said a special team set up by the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has prevented many attacks on innocent Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen.

It stated that the Special Intelligence Response Team, had foiled many violent attacks by bandits, including herdsmen, adding that many suspects had also been arrested and charged to court.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, said this in response to inquiries about the incessant bloody attacks by Fulani herdsmen across the country.

Soldiers Kill The Albani Of Monguno, Boko Haram Kingpin

In their continuous efforts of clearing the remnants of Boko Haram in various hideouts and enclaves, troops of 7 Brigade, 8 Task Force Division, have also embarked on clearance operations, since yesterday in which they cleared Boko Haram hideouts ahead of Gratte in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Ajimobi: No Free Land For Grazing

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday criticised the proposed creation of grazing zones across the country as ill-advised.

He warned that the proposal is against the spirit of the land use act and the overriding public interest.

The governor spoke on the raging controversy trailing the alleged sponsorship of a bill at the National Assembly for the creation of grazing zones for cattle across the country as a panacea to the perennial clash between trespassing herdsmen and farm owners.

It was at the launch of the ‘Agric Oyo,’ the Oyo State agriculture initiative, at Paago, via Iseyin, in Oke Ogun zone.

Poor Electricity Supply: My Children Are Also Suffering The Effects- Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says his children are also facing the effects of the poor electricity supply presently being experienced in the country. He said they suffer from heat rashes, sweat a lot and also wonder what exactly he, as the minister in charge of power, is doing about the electricity challenge. Fashola said this while speaking on Channels TV yesterday "It's a very hot season of the year. I see my children too sweating, having heat rash and they look at me like what are you doing about this thing. Let me be very clear, this problem can be solved. It needs detailed and methodical approach. First work to do is to supply more gas because without gas, I am like a generator owner who can't get fuel, so I can't power my plants. There are errors of planning of yesterday but they are errors that can be corrected"he said.

Ngige: Lagos-Calabar Rail Was A Big Omission

Says Lagos-Calabar rail was a big omission
Charles Onyekamuo in Awka

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has dismissed elements of distrust between the executive and the legislature over the 2016 budget, saying the budget mess was essentially a creation of some bureaucrats, technocrats and civil servants, who tampered with the document out of mischief to feather their nests.

Cultists Attack OPC Member For Sleeping With Stepmother Of Their Members (photo)

Men suspected to be cult members have attacked and injured a 42-year-old man, Adewale Omotosho, a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), at Shimawa, Ogun State. Omotosho was accused of sleeping with the stepmother of some members of the cult group known as Golden Star.

It was gathered that about 10 suspected members of the group, led by the stepchildren of the woman, attacked the victim on Monday with dangerous weapons. Omotosho said he and his wife went to a friend’s house in the community when he was attacked.

Banks To Stop Using Their Platforms For TSA As They Issue Threats

Nigeria’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) regime formulated by the Federal Government to shield its resources from pilfering may experience a flop, following hints that lenders are planning to stop the use of their platforms for TSA.

The grouse of the banks is the one percent transaction charge, based on the use of Remita, an e-payment and e-collection software, on their platforms.

From the transaction charge, 10 percent goes to the CBN; 40 percent goes to banks; while 50 percent goes to SystemSpecs.

Anwuli Chikere Withdraws From Moro’s Trial

Anwuli Chikere, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, has withdrawn from the trial of Abba Moro, former minister of interior, citing personal reasons. In March, Justice Chikere granted Moro bail on self-recognition, and had adjourned the case to April 27 for trial. However, as the case was called on Monday, she announced her withdrawal from it. “I am sending it back to the chief judge of the federal high court for reassignment on personal reasons,”Chikere said. “When it is reassigned, the prosecution can go after it.” Moro is accused of defrauding 676,675 job seekers of N676,675,000 in an immigration recruitment exercise that led to the death of at least 20 young Nigerians.

Kogi Officials In Anambra To Learn Creative Governance Strategies

The Chairman, Anambra State Investment Protection and Promotion Agency, ANSIPPA, Chief Joe-Billy Ekwunife stated this at the ANSIPPA Headquarters when he received the Kogi State New Direction Blueprint Team who were in the state on a peer learning and fact-finding mission.

Chief Ekwunife who explained that the Agency was set up by Governor Willie Obiano to initiate and support initiatives that will enhance the investment climate in the state as well as ensure that investment processes are devoid of rigours and bottlenecks, said so far the Agency had attracted over 3.2 dollars in investment.

Umar Entertains Motion Seeking Self Disqualification

As the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, continues at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the Chairman of the CCT has entertained the hearing of the motion to recuse himself filed by one of Saraki’s Counsel’s, Ajibola Oluyede.

Recall that at the Thursday, April 21st sitting of the tribunal, Justice Umar had lost his temper at Oluyede and repeatedly yelled at the Counsel to the Senate President to “Sit Down!” when the counsel attempted to bring up the motion relating to his bribery charges.

EFCC Arraigns Banker for Fraudulent Loan Disbursement..

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a banker (pictured) for fraudulent loan disbursement. A state released on their official facebook page reads, "The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 arraigned one Arinze Jim Ezetulugo before Justice Dugbo Oghoghore of the Federal High Court Enugu State on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy and granting loan with defective security contrary to Section 17 (4)(a) of the Failed Banks (Recovery of Debts) and Financial Malpractices in Banks Act, Chapter F2 Volume 6, Laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Originally appeared at Globalresearch
According to Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Economic News), on April 23rd, U.S. President Barack Obama is “demanding the active deployment of the Bundeswehr [Germany’s armed forces, including their Army, Navy, and Air Force] to NATO’s eastern borders” at Poland and the Baltic republics, to join the quadrupling of America’s forces there, on and near those borders of Russia. (This is an extreme violation of what Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to when he ended the Soviet Union and its NATO-mirror organization the Warsaw Pact, but it’s actually culminating a process that began shortly after he agreed to America’s terms, which included that NATO “not move one inch to the east.”)

We’ve Located Chibok Girls In Sambisa Forest And Going For Them - Nigeria Army

Security experts cautions on making lead public
Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerian military has once again confirmed the possibility that most of the over 200 girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists in 2014 are alive and allegedly kept in two locations in the North-east.

University Of Ibadan Closed Over Rusticated 500l Student

Report reaching us here in UI is that, the management had ordered all students to vacate all Hall of residences and academic activities should be suspended till further notice. It will be recalled that, Tunji Epketi Micheal, a 500L student of the department of Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Technology and a resident of Independence Hall,was recently rusticated from University of Ibadan for been part of those who protested over light and water issue that occurred on the 18th of November last year, 2015. Now UI has finally joined the likes of Unilag and OAU, suspending academic activities.