Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Judge Withdraws From Saraki’s Case Over Negative Reports

Justice R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja has remitted Senate President Bukola Saraki’s case to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, for reassigning to another judge. The judge, in returning the case file to the CJN on Wednesday, cited “negative reports” on the case as informing his decision. Details later…

Buhari Meeting With His Chief Of Staff Over Ministerial List- Sahara Reporters

Buhari meeting with his Chief of Staff over ministerial list, to call state governors about his nominees.

PDP Zones 2019 Presidential Ticket To North

The Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Uche Secondus, on Wednesday in Abuja said the party has zoned its presidential ticket for the 2019 general elections to the North. The party also said it would not repeat the “mistakes” it made in 2015. Details later…


Senate is yet to receive ministerial list- Dino Melaye

The senate says it is yet to receive the ministerial list from the presidency. Chairman of the Senate adhoc committee on publicity, Dino Melaye made this known to National assembly correspondence after the end of today's sitting
"I want to announce we are still waiting for the ministerial list from the president I want to advise there is no need for agitation. September expires 12 midnight today and I want to assure Nigerians that as soon as we get possession of the list, we will communicate to them.
I also want to assure Nigerians that we will attend to the ministerial list expeditiously but diligently. It is not going to be business as usual. We are going to properly screen the nominees and only those who meet the constitutional and moral requirements will be cleared. We want Nigerians not to be agitated. September expires 12 midnight. The doors of the senate are opened 24 hours"he said

Election tribunal nullifies election of PDP senator, Bashir Marafa of Taraba central senatorial

The election tribunal sitting in Taraba state has nullified the election of PDP Senator Bashir Marafa representing Taraba Central Senatorial district. In a ruling today, the tribunal ordered that APC candidate Yusuf A Yusuf be given the Certificate of Return as the lawful winner of the April 2015 election.

Do not abuse or insult Buhari - PDP tells Nigerians

PDP has called on all Nigerians to show some respect to the office of the President. In their independence message to Nigerians, the party said
"The PDP urges all citizens to have full respect for the office and person of the symbol of the leadership of our great country, the President. The President can be constructively criticized, but under no circumstance should he be abused or insulted in any way and under any guise whatsoever. On this note therefore, we expect those around our dear President to be cautious and desist from actions and utterances that tend to set him up for public ridicule”
Full text of their independence message signed by Olisa Metuh after the jump...

Photos: Buhari arrives Abuja from the U.S

President Buhari this afternoon arrived Abuja from New York where he attended the 70th UN General Assembly. More photos after the jump.

Iraq Welcomes Russia to Use Armed Forces in Fight Against ISIL in Syria

Haqim Zamli, the head of Iraq’s defense and security committee, said that Iraq welcomes this decision on airstrikes against the ISIL as long as this is within the borders of Syria.

 Iraq welcomes Russia’s decision to use its armed forces in the fight against the Islamic State as long as it stays within the borders of Syria, the head of Iraq’s defense and security committee said Wednesday.

“Iraq welcomes this decision [on airstrikes against the ISIL] as long as this is within the borders of Syria,” Haqim Zamli told RIA Novosti by telephone.

Senate ends sitting without ministerial list

The senate has ended its sitting today without the much-awaited ministerial list. The senators deliberated on Nigeria at 55 and afterwards adjourned sitting to a new legislative date. Buhari had promised to release the ministerial list before the end of this month. The month ended today

Defense Ministry Confirms Russia Began Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria

The Russian air force has begun airstrikes on the Islamic State positions in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Military action alone can’t defeat war on terror- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement delivered on Tuesday at the Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism organised by President Barack Obama on the sideline of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York said military action alone would never be enough to end terrorism and extremism around the globe.

He said good governance, transparency, accountability and rule of law, are some of the best ways to start the process of ridding the world of terrorism.
He said while Nigeria acknowledges the efforts by the UN and the international community to tackle ISIS, a lot more needs to be done.
He said:

Court hearing begins in the case of a 15-year-old Nigerian boy Joey Adesina who was stabbed to death in London

On December 5, 2014, Joey Adesina was tracked, chased, cornered in a dead-end street in Padbury Court, off Bethnal Green road and stabbed to death by two men, Lincoln Olaribigbe, 23, and Georgie Philips, 20, according to prosecutors in court yesterday Tuesday, September 29.

The 15-year-old had been with a group of friends in Hoxton when he was chased by men from a blue Mercedes, the jury was told. He hid with a friend behind a parked car in the dead-end street but was spotted, pinned against a fence, then dragged away and knifed.

Photo: Borno govt awards scholarship to girls who got orphaned by boko haram activities

Borno State Government yesterday Tuesday sent fifty girls whose parents were killed by Boko Haram on full junior and senior secondary school scholarship ‎at Zaria Academy, in Kaduna State, a famous institution said to have with records of excellence in academics.

Ondo state civil servants begin strike (photos)

Yesterday, the Ondo state government announced that they will be paying the 2 months salary owed the workers and reportedly went on air to announce payment of salary arrears. The workers are now crying foul, saying only July salary was paid as at the time of this report. They started their strike this morning. More photos after the jump

FFK's article about herdsmen is a hate speech and a crime - NHRC Chariman says

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu has described as a crime and a hate speech, an article titled "Herdsmen from Hell" which was released yesterday by two time minister, Femi Fani Kayode . In the article, Fani-Kayode described Fulani herdsmen as the east African tsetse fly that suck the life blood out of their hosts wherever they go..

US woman on death row is executed

After several last ditch effort to keep their client alive, Georgia has executed its only female death row inmate.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner died by lethal injection of pentobarbital today, Wednesday at 12:21 a.m. at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband. She conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death.
Gissendaner was the first woman executed in the state in 70 years.

VIP Hajj: Saudis Accommodate the Rich, Turn Blind Eye to the Poor

Instead of pouring millions into its inglorious war against Yemen, Saudi Arabia should use its enormous wealth to make Hajj safe, and not only for VIPs but for all Muslims, Northampton-based journalist and historian Vijay Prashad stresses.

Riyadh spares no expense in its bombing Yemen, the poorest Arab state, into submission, while turning a deaf ear to repeated pleas to bring an end to the Yemeni humanitarian catastrophe, Vijay Prashad, Director of International Studies at Trinity College, points out. He adds that this is hardly surprising given Saudi Arabia's systematic disdain for the lives of thousands of ordinary Muslim pilgrims.

Flood Alert: Alpha Beach Is Underwater

Residents and villagers of Alpha Beach area of Lekki are currently battling flood. This is a yearly reoccurance and this years is the worst it has been. Houses are being submerged in water, people are made homeless and cars are stranded. Year after year residents in this environment cry to the Government for help but it keeps occurring. All the businesses on the beach are now under water and are currently unemployed. A country as strong as Nigeria yet we cannot handle the annual flood crisis. Billions of dollars are spent on the Eko Atlantic City all in the name of a Mega City or is it luxurious living yet the poor are suffering. I hope the office oqf the Governor of Lagos sees this or better still The President sees this. This is not change, nothing has changed, we need change, we want change. Photos are attached.

Top 8 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Commenting on Social Media , So Special

Ah, the comments section.

It’s the place the Internet — in all its horrible heavenliness — says something regarding the most blazing issues of the day. Furthermore, after you read an especially combustible article, you too may be enticed to say something.

One moment, champ.

Before you leave your perfect work of art in that comment field, take a full breath and put forth these questions. With a little contemplation, you may have the capacity to maintain a strategic distance from a terrible fight or a ton of embarrassment

1. Does this comment represent me well?

Your comments show the Internet what kind of person you are. Make sure it’s a good one, not a terrible garbage one.

2. Would I want my #1 role model, most likely NaijaIdols, to read this comment?

Whether your role model of choice is your mother, your college Biology professor or Naijaidols, make sure your Internet comment is something your idol would be proud to read.

3. Am I reading a satirical article?

Does the article seem too crazy to be true? That could be because, uh … it’s not.

4. Is my comment offensive?

If your comment contains slurs or relies on stereotypes, reconsider posting. Some jokes aren’t worth hurting others or perpetuating harmful structures — no matter how hilarious you think they are.

5. Did a loved one — perhaps my son — write this article?

It doesn’t matter how much you disagree with the article’s content — if your own estranged child wrote it, you should address your qualms in person.

6. Has someone already expressed my opinion using similar words?

If another user has already made your comment, you should be excited. It means you don’t have to write anything. Just upvote and nod, pal.

7. Will I act chill if people disagree with me?

You know the old popular saying: If you can’t take the Internet, get out of that Internet.

8. Did I actually read the article?

Did you forget to read the article again? Oh, you!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

36 Ministerial Nominees With Ita Enang

In his bid to fulfil the promise to make his ministers known by the end of September, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday handed over the list of his ministerial nominees to his special adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang. A top Presidency source who is a member of the president’s entourage to the ongoing 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly reliably told our correspondent that the presidential aide departed J. F. Kennedy International Airport in New York last night so as to get to Nigeria and deliver the list to the National Assembly before the promised date.

 The source said further that the president who is presently in New York had already briefed the Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, on the development, stressing that Ita Enang is expected to hand over the list to either the Senate president today at the resumption of the plenary or tomorrow depending on the mood of the upper legislative chamber. He also confirmed that the list contains names of 36 Ministerial nominees as against the earlier statement of President Buhari to appoint only16 ministers in order to cut costs. Efforts to get the names on the list with Senator Enang proved abortive.

Unfortunately, Joy Ogwu Can't Be Sacked Or Recalled By The Fed. Govt. - Read Why

In as much as i would like to see Joy Ogwu sacked or be recalled by the federal government for her incompetency and for deliberately sabotaging Buhari's itineraries which, in turn, led to a gargantuan embarrassment on the person of my beloved President, it's not possible. Though her tenure expires in December 2015, which is barely two months from now. The emboldened, in my opinion, means she can't be sacked or recalled by the federal government. Read below

Blackberry CEO John Chen Does Not Know How To Use The New Blackberry Priv

You know, when I told a friend about this new blackberry priv, his response was “blackberry had better stick to their OS or embrace Android completely” The reason according to him is that old-time Android users might have no problem adapting to the new phone but how about old-time BB users? Well, I think he was right as Chen himself unintentionally demonstrated, long time BlackBerry users might instead feel lost.

President Buhari Meets With King Abdullah II Of Jordan(photos)

President Buhari met with His Majesty, King Abdullah II Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in a bilateral meeting yesterday September 28,2015 during the 70th UN general Assembly.

Appointments: Shun Ministerial Positions, Ohanaeze Urges Igbo

ENUGU—The apex Igbo socio-cultural group,Ohanaeze Ndigbo,yesterday,appealed to the Igbo nation to remain calm in the face of seeming lopsidedness of appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ohanaeze was reacting to the strident outcries that have attended the appointment of the president’s ‘kitchen cabinet’.

President General,Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Chief Enwo Gary Igariwey, spoke at the Ohanaeze National Secretariat in Enugu during an appraisal meeting on the Igbo nation.

Mother Bathes 15-year-old Daughter’s Lover With Hot Water

An angry mother has bathed a 30-year-old man with hot water at Olodi Apapa area of Lagos State, after she discovered he was dating her 15-year-old daughter. The man, Jude Alulomo, a tanker driver, said that the hot water affected most of his body, including his private part. He was rushed to the hospital. But, Alulomo is now threatening to sue the girl’s parents unless they allow to marry her. The incident occurred on September 24, around 9pm, when Alulomo, who hails from Edo State, went to visit his lover. According to Alulomo, he went to visit his girlfriend, Ashanbi, at their Oyegunle Street residence, but never knew his lover’s mother was planning to attack him. He said: “As I was waiting for Ashanbi to come out from their apartment to see me, her mother suddenly came out with hot water. She poured it on me. The hot water affected my jaw, down to my private part.” Alulomo vowed that it was either they allowed him to marry the girl in compensation for what he was suffering or let the law take its course.

61-year-old Guard Rapes Two Sisters, Gives Them N200

The police in Lagos are on the trail of a security man, identified only as John, who allegedly raped two sisters for several weeks in the Anthony area of Lagos.

PUNCH Metro learnt that 61-year-old John reportedly gave the sisters, Comfort and Precious (not real names), the sum of N200 to appease them each time he raped the girls.

He was also said to have warned the 11-year-old and 10-year-old victims that he would kill them if they revealed the secrets to their mother.

Nigerian Foreign Reserves In Steady Decline

Nigeria’s foreign reserves is now on a steady decline against the backdrop of the decision by Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to protect the Naira from depreciation.

Wednesday, September 23, the reserves had fallen to $30.485 billion, about $1.139 billion drop from this year’s peak of $31.624 billion recorded about six weeks ago, August 9.

Foreign reserves, which mirrors an economy’s relative strength and ability to finance its imports and foreign investors’ obligations, had witnessed an upward growth since June from $29 billion, reversed the trend on August 9 and has since been on the decline.

Ambode’s Mediocre List of Commissioners Full Of Tinubu’s Relatives, Friends –PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has lambasted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over the list of commissioners and advisers he sent to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, told DAILY POST in an interview on Monday that most of the nominees were not competent but were only named based on sentiment.

Gani said two of the nominees, Lola Akande and Deji Tinubu, are relatives of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

While Akande is the sister of Tinubu’s wife, Senator Remi Tinubu, the other nominee, Deji, is the nephew of the APC leader.

Married Women Fall From 3 Storey Building While Fighting In Anambra (Photo)

This sad incident happened at my compound at Awada in Onitsha few minutes ago. The 2 women are living together in a flat because their husbands share a flat at our compound. Even though their husbands are friends, The wives never got along and was always quarreling but nothing prepared us for what we saw this morning.

I Killed My Friend, Buried Him In Shallow Grave –suspect (pictured)

From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi. Ngbede Omale has confessed to Benue State Police Command how he secretly killed his friend, Agabaidu Omale and buried him in a shallow grave. Narrating how he committed the crime to Daily Sun at the State Police Headquarters where he is presently cooling his heels, Ngbede said he had a heated argument with his friend in the farm which resulted into a fight. “I just gave him a little push and he fell down and before I knew it, he was dead. I tried to resuscitate him but to no avail. I didn’t know what to do and there was nobody around. So, I quickly dug a shallow grave and buried him there.”

Pro-saraki Groups Barricade National Assembly

Hundreds of protesters on Tuesday barricaded the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja singing solidarity songs in support of the embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. They also warned anti-graft agencies to desist from being used against perceived “political enemies.” They carried placards with different inscriptions such as, “Enough is enough, we support Saraki and Ekweremadu.” Saraki is facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged falsification of documents in his assets declaration form when he was governor in Kwara State. Details Later…

Assets Declaration: Saraki Must Resign – TUC Insists

The Trade Union Congress, TUC, Enugu State chapter has insisted that Senate President, Bukola Saraki should resign. The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation is prosecuting Saraki for alleged false declaration of assets at the Code of Conduct Bureau. Some organisations, including labour unions, had already called for Saraki’s resignation from office. Chairman of the TUC in Enugu State, Chukwuma Igbokwe, while speaking with newsmen in Enugu maintained that Saraki should step aside, pending the conclusion of his trial at the CCT.

Woman Sent To Prison A Week To Her Wedding

A 33- year- old woman Olawunmi Oyebode has been arrested and remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri for assault . This happened one week to her wedding in Lagos State , western Nigeria . Her journey to prison started after she was arraigned before a Magistrates ’ Court sitting in Isolo for the alleged offence. Oyebode who had concluded plan to contracther wedding allegedly slapped her neighbour, Anthony Onyeka for undisclosed reason . The incident happened at 51, Ijikoyejo street , Ijeshatedo, Lagos where they reside . After the alleged assault, Onyeka went to Ijeshatedo police division and reported Oyebode and she was arrested and taken to the station. P. M. NEWS gathered that every attempt by the police to settle the rift failed as Oyebode refused to apologise to Onyeka as advised . Thereafter the police charged Oyebode to court with assault. When she was arraigned, she pleaded not guilty. The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Joy Ugbomoiko granted her bail in the sum of N20 ,000 with one surety. She was remanded in prison custody pending when her bail will be perfected . While she was taken to prison custody, Oyebode remembered her wedding date and broke down in tears . The matter was adjourned till 16 October , 2015.

Kwara State governor's office staff finally alowed to come in

The state governor's office staff who came late to work pictured as they were finally allowed to come in...after they were locked out for some time.

Senate to get ministerial list today

The much awaited ministerial list is said to be ready and will be handed over to Senate president Bukola Saraki during the Senate's resumed plenary session today September 29th. President Buhari is said to have handed the list to his special adviser on National Assembly matters, Senator Ita Enang who will then hand over the list to the senate president. Speculations are rife that names such as former Rivers State Governor, Mr Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu former Army Chief, Lt-Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazzau, Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana are on the list.

Video; 'We are not gays' - Robert Mugabe tells UN General Assembly

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe yesterday took his anti-gay campaign to the ongoing UN General Assembly where he told world leaders at the United Nations that Africans are not gays and totally reject attempts to prescribe new rights including gay rights in Africa "We equally reject attempts to prescribe "new rights" that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs. We are not gays! Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double-standards will not." he said. Watch the video after the jump...

Again, Senate Passes Vote Of Confidence On Saraki. Leadership.

The Senate on Tuesday passed a vote on confidence on Senator Bukola Saraki as President of the Senate. Details shortly

Obama Deifies American Hegemony

In his UN General Assembly address, Obama attempted to cover up Washington's massive war crimes, crimes that have killed and displaced millions of peoples in seven countries, with feel good rhetoric about standing up to dictators.

61 year old man on the run for raping 11 year old and 10 year old sisters

A 61-year-old year security man, identified as John, is currently on the run for allegedly raping two sisters for several weeks in the Anthony area of Lagos.  It was learnt that  John reportedly gave the sisters, an 11-year-old and a 10-year-old N200 each time he raped them and warned them that he would kill them if they revealed the secrets to their mother or anyone else.

14 year old boy charged in murder of pregnant mom

A 14-year-old boy is facing a murder charge after police in La Marque discovered his pregnant mother dead inside her home on Saturday.

Images of Boko haram members allegedly celebrating Sallah openly

These are photos of suspected Boko Haram members openly celebrating Sallah in their hideout. According to Sahara reporters, the pictures are from a video released by the sect members apparently in a bid to counter the statements of the Nigerian army that they are being routed out. More photos after the jump..

Buhari to World leaders: Dismantling safe havens for proceeds of corruption

Following repeated occurrence of stolen funds discovered to have been stashed in foreign banks by corrupt politicians, President Buhari yesterday urged world leaders to dismantle the seeming safe haven in their countries where these funds are secretly being deposited. President Buhari said this while addressing world leaders at the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Photos: Buhari and his entourage after addressing the UN General Assembly yesterday

President Buhari with members of his entourage including Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof Joy Ogwu, Rotimi Amaechi, Femi Adeshina, Abike Dabiri, Aminu Tambuwal and others shortly after delivering his speech at the UN headquarters during the 70th UN general assembly meeting in NewYork yesterday September 28th. Continue to see more photos...

Monday, September 28, 2015

BVN dealine will not be extended- CBN warns

As the October 31st deadline for the Bank Verification Number registration draws nearer, the Central Bank of Nigeria has warned that it will not be extending the deadline for the registration exercise. The apex bank last week said 32 million Nigerians are yet to do their registration.

IGP Solomon Arase pays condolence visit to the family of late HID Awolowo

The IGP, on Sunday, September 27, paid a condolence visit to the family of late Obafemi Awolowo in Ikenne over the death of Hannah Awolowo who died on September 19.

Photo: Three siblings killed in fatal crash

The three children, Harry, Millie and Daniel Neville-Lake, all under the age of 10 died in hospital after a three-vehicle collision on Sunday near the intersection of Kirby Rd. & Kipling Ave, Vaughan, Canada. A 65-year-old man also died while two woman are receiving treatment and are expected to survive.

World Leaders Speak at Historic 70th Session of UN General Assembly (LIVE VIDEO)

World Leaders are delivering speeches at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The 70th jubilee session of the UN General Assembly officially kicked off at the UN Headquarters on September 15. The Assembly's annual general debate involving heads of state and government opened earlier on Monday, September 28. Watch LIVE: after the jump

Highly Graphic Images: Photos from a horrific accident in Port Harcourt this morning

 The man was totally crushed by the truck's huge tyres. The photos are extremely gory and graphic so please do not look - it may be too much for some of you...

Chinese President meets Buhari in New York

China President, Xi Jinping met with President Buhari in New York yesterday.

Photo: Missing Nigerian pilgrim confirmed dead

One of the missing Nigerian pilgrims I reported about yesterday has been confirmed killed in the Hajj stampede that happened last Thursday. His name is Faisal Musa and was a member of Katsina State House Of Assembly. Sun re o.. Ase