Sunday, April 30, 2017

Speaker Dogara urges FG to increase workers salary

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday said that increasing workers’ salary had become necessary in view of the rising cost of living in the country.

In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, to mark the 2017 Workers’ Day, Dogara said that the House was committed to passing a new minimum wage bill.

The speaker reiterated the resolve of the parliament to enact a new wage bill for Nigerian workers.

“I wish to congratulate the entire Nigerian workers as they join their counterparts the world over in commemorating the International Workers’ Day.

“While commending you for your commitment to the service and building of the nation, I wish to assure you that the National Assembly remains committed to the passage of the National Minimum Wage Bill when presented by the executive,” Dogara said.

The speaker further stressed that the eight House of Representatives in particular, was committed to initiating other laws and legislative interventions that would promote the welfare and well being of Nigerian workers.

Dogara, however, enjoined workers, especially civil servants to rededicate themselves to duty and support government’s laudable policies and programmes.

“As you mark this historic day, I wish to remind Nigerians of the sacrifices made by the working class in nation building.

“I urge you to commit yourselves to doing even more in supporting government’s activities that will better the lots of our citizens, ” Dogara said. (NAN)

Photos: Buhari’s Personal Assistant, Tunde Sabiu Weds Fatima

Personal Assistant to the Nigerian president, Tunde Sabiu on Saturday got married in Kaduna.

The president’s special assistant got married to his woman, Fatima on Saturday, April 29th 2017.

The wedding had in attendance several dignitaries including the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai and others.

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Basketmouth’s Wife Slams Haters Waiting For Her Marriage To Crash

Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth’s wife, Elsie took to her social media page to address alleged breakup issues plaguing her family.

The comedian’s wife on her Snapchat page slammed side chicks hoping to take her position beside her man.

The comedian’s wife on her social media page wrote:

Buhari Has Difficulty Drinking And Eating, But Cabal Won't Let Him Travel For Urgent Treatment

Three insiders in the Presidency have told SaharaReporters that Pres. Buhari is being fed intravenously as he has had severe difficulty eating and drinking fluids for several days. .

The sources also disclosed that, although President Buhari's health had held up for a while after his return from an extended medical vacation in the U.K, his condition has deteriorated in the last several weeks. .

They pointed to Mr. Buhari's eating and drinking problems that have left him too frail to leave his official residence at Aso Rock Villa to attend any official functions. .

Mr. Buhari has been unable to attend the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting three weeks in a row. Last week, he also failed to attend the Friday Juma'at prayers because he had to undergo urgent medical treatment that had him confined to a medical room secretly set up inside the residential area of the villa.

learned that Mr. Buhari's British doctors had sent a medical team to the Villa to attend to him. However, sources revealed that the medical team advised that the president should immediately return to the U.K to begin what they described as a slow, complex and long-term treatment that could prolong his life.

S.R's sources named Chief of Staff Abba Kyari as the anchor of the cabal which also includes Mamman Daura, a businessman and Buhari's kinsman.

Pray For Buhari – Saraki To Nigerians

- Saraki wants Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari

- The Senate president also urged Nigerians to pray for other leaders in the country

- He says Nigerians must continue to pray for peace and prosperity in the country

Senate President Bukola Saraki has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders in the country.

Saraki made this known Yesterday Saturday, April 29, at the 31st Annual Mawlid of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass in Ilorin, Kwara state capital, Nigerian Tribune reports.

The Senate president also urged Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and prosperity in the country.

“All of us, irrespective of tribe and religious affiliations, should work for progress of the country,” he said.

According to Saraki, prayers by all Nigerians would bring about the desired peaceful co-existence and engender growth of the nation in the face of global economic down-turn and insecurity.

He identified dialogue as the legal means of conflict resolution as he commended the organizers of the Mawlid event, thanking God for making it hitch-free and without any security challenge.

The Mawlid event, which was organized worldwide by the Majmahu Ahbab Shiekh Ibrahim Niass with members of Tijaniyah group movement across Nigeria and other Africa countries in attendance, witnessed complete shutdown of the entire city of Ilorin as vehicular movement was restricted due to influx of participants.

President Buhari has not been seen in public for almost two weeks. He has also been absent from the last couple of Federal Executive Council meetings held at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.

Similarly, reported that the president was also missing at the Juma’at prayer at Aso Villa mosque on Friday, April 28.

But according to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, it is not compulsory for President Muhammadu Buhari to preside over the FEC meeting.

Buhari will win 2019 Presidential election – Kachikwu

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibeh Kachikwu, is confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 Presidential election, DailyPost reports.

He made the remark while fielding questions from CNN anchor, Richard Quest, who has been in Nigeria.

Quest asked Kachukwu, “Is it likely, that within another year your president or his party will be fighting in an election, and pretty much you are already in an election mode?”

In his response, Kachikwu said, “Those of us in government are focused on getting work done; the president is probably going to win the election anyway.”

The Minister also disclosed that the Buhari-led government was making realistic efforts towards the diversification of Nigeria’s economy, adding that the results would be evident in the next five or seven years.

He said, “It is realistic. Five or seven years. Petroleum led us into this problem; it has to lead us out.”

PHOTO: Governor Ikpeazu Arm Wrestles Chinese Investor

In a bid to show his jovial side, governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state was pictured engaging in an arm wrestling with a Chinese investor at the state government house.

Some of the Chinese investors that the governor interfaced with during his recent visit to China are currently in Abia State.

This set of Investors, who are mostly interested in Ceramics and pharmaceuticals, arrived Abia State from Abuja this morning and came straight to Government House Umuahia on a courtesy visit to Governor Ikpeazu.

See the picture below,

UNILAG first class graduate: I stayed home 12 years, gained admission 6 times but no money

After some financial problems, which led to going to school bare-footed and starving sometimes, Negedu Sunday graduated with a first class from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Lagos, with 4.70 CGPA in the 2013/2014 academic session.

In this interview with Punch's Tunde Ajaja, he speaks about his days in school

What was your growing up like?

As a child, life was tough. I grew up in Olodi-Apapa/Ajegunle area of Lagos. I’m the second out of seven children and my parents had deep love for education, even though they didn’t have much of it. My mum used to sell bean cake (akara) while my dad was a tailor. He had to take up another job as a housekeeper/store-keeper in a hotel. They worked so hard to care for us. Even though there were vices in the neighbourhood, like gambling, fighting and doing drugs, my parents were disciplinarians and they made sure we found reading attractive. And of course I won’t forget the deep financial hardship we went through; days I went to school bare-footed, which was quite common, because there was not enough money to spare for school sandals; days we bought bread on credit from a kind-hearted woman down the street, just to survive.

I also remember when I used to fetch water for people, staying awake to help my mum peel some more melons to increase her chance of making profits the following day, and many other things. Because of all those activities during the day, I often read in the night, and I started winning awards from primary one. So, thank God for where we are today; His mercy and grace made it possible and thank God my parents taught us in the way of the Lord, even if we had to go to church in bathroom slippers. God is faithful.

What inspired you to choose Biochemistry? Growing up, I had this dream to be a medical doctor and later to become a neurosurgeon. But 12 years after graduating from secondary school and after my sixth Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, choosing Biochemistry was the logical thing to do. It wasn’t that I didn’t pass the UTMEs, I did, but my admission suffered huge setbacks owing to lack of fund. At a point, I was somewhat persuaded that I needed to do a four-year course in order to graduate early (compared to the six years for medicine) so I could support my parents, siblings and others in need. A few of my teachers who knew my desire to study medicine were not so happy with that decision, they felt I would make an excellent doctor, but I had to do it and I enjoyed the course. I told myself that I had found something that transcends medicine because of its powerful relevance in basic science and application in addressing the problem of human diseases. I was deeply inspired by the knowledge of genes, DNA, RNA and their varied structural variants, proteins and the world of metabolism. Its application to everything, including nutrition, human physiology, drug development and design and human medicine strengthened my passion for the course.

Did you find the course a bit challenging like some people see it? Frankly, I never believed anything is difficult. I think it’s a very demanding course but intrinsically this is not peculiar to biochemistry. The course is unique and very deep. Of course, it was a lot of work to have a first class, but I wanted it badly; therefore, I consciously deployed everything necessary to achieve it. A day to my resumption in school, I prayed to God to help me to be excellent in character and academic performance. But beyond the prayer, I had the culture of targeting an ‘A’ in every course per semester and there was no time I aimed for a GPA less than 5.00. I never saw it as impossible, so I simply gave my best; drew a study plan and read every day in the semester. I gave up the pleasure of sleep and would read through the night. Nothing could distract me. So, graduating with a first class was not easy, but for me, there was no option. I have always led my class from primary school and I used to read so much that my father had to remark that it was too much for a boy of my age. I believe that excellence is a conscious thing.

When did you start having first class?
It was from my first semester.

Since you were desperate for it, how would you have felt if you didn’t make a first class? I often thought of it too. From experience, I would have felt unfulfilled for a brief moment. Yes, brief moment, because I don’t allow anything to bother my inner peace. The fact that I worked so hard for it and that I had acquired knowledge through painstaking study would be comforting. There were a few times I did not get the ‘A’ I so desired and worked hard for, but I stayed focused in spite of that. Over time, I have learned a secret of genuine success: finding peace, not giving any inch to disappointment and staying confident. That was my attitude to life’s dark moments.

Ultimately, I always wanted to inspire others through my story. Basically, all the challenges I had revolved round financial challenges. In my first year, I could not secure hostel accommodation, so I was coming to school from home (after Ajegunle). My mother would give me N500, which was virtually her profit from the sale of fried yam and ‘akara’ daily. My shoes were always worn out due to long trekking and I had polythene bag as school bag that I used to carry my heavy books around the school. My mum really sacrificed a lot. After my first semester, I tried joining the university’s work and study scheme, but I was advised not to, so it wouldn’t affect my performance. But God surrounded me with true friends and crowned my efforts.

What was your most memorable moment in school? It was when I received an award as the best biochemistry student in my first year. A professor of biochemistry and head of the department presented the award to me. Another memorable moment was when I invited my parents to grace the occasion of the MTN Science Foundation award at Muson Centre in Lagos. I also must mention that I won’t forget the semester I got 5.00 GPA. I had no embarrassing moment. I cannot think of any, maybe because I looked for the good in everything that happened to me and cast all my disappointments on God. I never felt embarrassed by anyone or anything.

Could you tell us more about the scholarship and the impact it had on you? When I gained admission, my former vice principal in my secondary school sent me a link for the scholarship. On following the link, I saw that I had to wait till the following year when I would have a CGPA. In my second year, a friend told me about the scholarship and gave me the link. I filled the form online and through a very inspiring and true story about myself, I described how important the scholarship was to my study. I presented my very best. I prayed and trusted God to have His way. I followed up with constant checks on my email. I was overjoyed when I got a mail from the MTNSSF team notifying me of my selection for the scholarship test. I took the test and I felt strongly that I did well but remained humble in my heart, looking to God for mercy.

The message of my success in the test and qualification for the award left me in wonder and excitement. I told my friends, parents and siblings. They were so proud and they rejoiced with me. I was so happy and thankful to God. The scholarship did quite a lot and I felt honoured to be a beneficiary of that prestigious award. With the scholarship, I was able to get study materials including a personal computer and support my parents and siblings and a few friends. It became the major source of financial sponsorship for my study and support at home. It also helped with the funding of my final year B.Sc. project. I enjoyed it for three years; from second year to fourth year. The scholarship was an invaluable support to realising my goal and made life beautiful in those trying moments.

Did you enjoy any other scholarship apart from that? University of Lagos supports its scholars (first-class students) with an endowment fund of N50,000 each academic year as long as the scholar maintains the first class. I benefited from this all through, and I’m so grateful for that.

Since it was either first class or nothing else, how long did you read to maintain your grade? I had a study plan, I prioritised my courses and studied very well. Beyond these, I prayed about everything, took responsibility for myself and actions, studied hard, remained focused and I learnt from others. I won a number of awards in school, including the HOD of Science Prize and the prestigious Professor Akinrimisi Prize of Excellence in Biochemistry. I believe some students fail due to lack of commitment, indiscipline, not identifying what works for them, seeking help late or not seeking help at all and lack of confidence. These issues can be tackled by any willing mind.

Do you believe in having mentors? I believe in mentoring. There were a few persons I admire from a distance. Some of them I came close to and I was encouraged by their confidence and sincere criticism.

How did you use your leisure? I spent my limited free time meditating, listening to godly songs, reading books or having discussions with friends. I could take some time to sleep or take a walk.

Did you have a relationship? I have a different approach to certain things. I was not in any relationship, not because I feared distraction, but I just didn’t think of being in one. There is time for everything under the sun as long as our creator allows it.

What are your aspirations in the short and long run? I just completed my M.Sc. in Biochemistry Tuesday last week, and in the short run, I would make effort for a Ph.D scholarship position in one of the best universities in the world. In the long run, I aspire to work in a world-class academic and research institution of my dream and to join in the fight against cancer through scientific enquiry or translational research. My hope is to be able to support the indigent and vulnerable in our society. I want to contribute to the good of people.

We learnt you are now a graduate assistant at UNILAG, would you like to remain in teaching or you have other interests? I love to teach and advise students, even though my passion is to be a molecular/biomedical researcher. I want to do more than just teach. My other interests are in volunteering and writing.

Or do you still have interest in Medicine, since that was your initial target? A few of my colleagues who were aware of my original passion for medicine often ask me this question. I think I’m fulfilled with biochemistry.

How best can students have excellence in their academics? They should desire academic excellence. That is very important. They should study hard, be diligent and remain resolute about their decision for excellence. Also of importance is for them to set high goals and give no room for mediocrity. Positivity and possibility attitude is also important. They should have faith in God. For me, I demonstrated a unique attitude of self-confidence and independence in my academic work from primary one and what I stood for was evident to all just as my football skills. That is also important.

For those 12 years that you were ay home, what were you doing? Immediately after my WASSCE, the principal of the school told me the plan of the school to retain me as an auxiliary teacher for the sciences and maths. Even though I was being paid N600, I was happy that I was adding value to the students, and I had a sense of indebtedness to the school. Even when the funding (by the PTA) stopped, I continued, voluntarily and the school appreciated it. After that, I went to a private school, and I was happy sharing good moments with the pupils. My teachers and the school owner were proud of me and they were kind to me.

I'll Soon Give True Account Of 2015 Election-Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed claims by respondents in a book written by the Chairman of the Editorial Board of ThisDay, Mr. Segun Adeniyi.

Jonathan, who stated this in his twitter handle Yesterday Saturday, faulted claims by respondents in the book, “Against the Run of Play.”

He said many of those that responded to issues surrounding the 2015 presidential election made distorted claims.

He said, “I have just read Segun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against the Run of Play’ which has so far enjoyed tremendous reviews in the media. My take on it is that the book as presented, contains many distorted claims on the 2015 presidential election by many of the respondents

“There will obviously be more books like that on this subject by concerned Nigerians. However, I believe that at the right time, the main characters in the election including myself will come out with a true account of what transpired either in major interviews or books.”

Among respondents in the book are former President Olusegun Obasanjo; ex-Senate President, Senator David Mark; Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima; a former Niger Governor, Babangida Aliyu and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Mark was reported to have said that he envisaged Jonathan’s defeat and even warned him but all warnings fell on deaf ears.

On his part, Obasanjo said he warned Jonathan against running and also alleged that the ex-President used Boko Haram problem to rape the treasury.

He further said Jonathan was incompetent and was too small for the presidency from the outset.

Shettima said Jonathan only called me once for a meeting over Boko Haram. He lamented that Jonathan was not committed to the efforts to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

On his part, Aliyu said if Jonathan had not reneged on his promise not to pursue a second term, Peoples Democratic Party would not have lost.

The ex-Rivers State Governor, Amaechi, attributed the cause of his grudge with Jonathan to illegal and excess deduction from the federation account by the former president.

He said, “I could not surrender my mandate to a woman (Patience) in Abuja, even if such a person was the wife of the President. That basically was my sin with Dame Patience Jonathan.”

Polls, a credit to Nigerians — UK

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has denied an allegation by Jonathan that it supported President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 presidential election.

The UK High Commission, in a statement on Saturday by its Press and Public Affairs Officer, Joe Abuku, said the 2015 elections were a credit to Nigerians.

It said, “Prior to the 2015 elections in Nigeria, the UK engaged with Nigerian political parties and their leaders to urge them to run a fair, non- violent campaign and allow Nigerian voters to decide who their future political leadership would be.

“The UK congratulated President Jonathan on having handed over power peacefully in 2015 having lost the Nigerian presidential election.

“The elections were a credit to the Nigerian people and a truly historic moment for Nigerian democracy. This process further strengthened Nigeria’s democratic tradition.

“The United Kingdom welcomes the assessment of independent observers, including the EU, that Nigeria’s elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with recognised international democratic norms, and that there was no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.”

Amaechi Blasts Buhari's Critics, Says President Is Healthy For Another Term

    Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is fit enough to stand for reelection

    - Amaechi stated this during an interview on a television programme aired on Channels TV
    - He said the president's sickness is not enough to stop him from contesting elections in 2019.

    His words:“If you look at the president since he came to the country, you will see there is a huge improvement.

    “He’s regaining his weight. This is a 74-year old man, he is no longer a 58-old man, he is not 50...he is not a young man."

    What Nigerians should be more worried about, Amaechi said, is his ability [or lack thereof] to provide good leadership and deliver on the campaign promises he made.

    “He made three [campaign promises]. The rest are propagandas, social media propagandas,”he said.

    When asked if he would support Buhari if he stands for re-election in 2019, Amaechi replied in affirmative, saying:“I will advise that he should.”

    He continued:"The president is fit enough to govern and if he makes the decision to run again, if he does, I don't think there is anything wrong in supporting him."

    President Buhari has not been seen in public for almost two weeks. He has also been absent from the last couple of Federal Executive Council meetings held at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.

Amaechi Reveals Cause Of His Problem With Goodluck Jonathan, Wife

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has attributed his problem with former President Goodluck Jonathan to illegal and excess deduction from the federation account during the administration of the then President.

Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State made the revelation in the book, ‘Against the Run of Play’ written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Olusegun Adeniyi.

In the book, Adeniyi quoted Amaechi as saying, “If in one year, you took about N300bn from the federation account to pay for subsidy and the next year, you are taking almost N2tn for the same thing when fundamentals had not changed, then serious questions should be asked.

“And as NGF (Nigerian Governors Forum) chairman, it was my responsibility to ask those questions and Jonathan took them personal.”

Reacting to claims by Jonathan saying he, Amaechi, had issues with the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Amaechi said his “only sin” was that he refused to surrender his mandate to the former First Lady.

“Jonathan told me that Amaechi’s problem was not with him but rather with his wife and that, at a point, he tried to reconcile them,” Adeniyi quoted Jonathan as saying.

But, in his response, Amaechi said, “I could not surrender my mandate to a woman (Patience) in Abuja, even if such a person was the wife of the President…that basically was my sin with Dame Patience Jonathan

PDP crisis getting worse, Governor Forum split over Sheriff

Some governors elected on the platform of the PDP are reviewing their opposition to the planned national convention of the party by the authentic chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Some of them are seeing that they will be taking a big risk if they fail to be part of the convention as long as the Court of Appeal’s verdict recognizing Sheriff as chairman has not been reversed.

A new leadership is to be elected at the planned convention.

Some of the governors are of the opinion that they should join Sheriff in organizing the convention, since the former Governor of Borno remains the one recognised by law as the party leader.

But others, according to The Nation, are opposed to the Governors’ Forum having anything to do with the planned convention, preferring instead to wait for the outcome of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan peace initiative. The opposing governors are said to be angry with Sheriff for walking out on party leaders at the last peace parley in Abuja.

A party source said: "They claim that he (Sheriff) insulted the entire party and the former president with his action on that day and with his subsequent statements in the media and elsewhere. They also feel that for him to announce that he is going on with the convention with or without the other faction is a breach of all agreements earlier reached.

“Also, some of those opposed to Sheriff are still optimistic that the Supreme Court will upturn his judicial victory soon. And when that happens, he will lose all legitimacy to hold a convention for the party. They are impatiently waiting for the Court to make a pronouncement that will finally halt Sheriff and his camp in their bid to foist a new leadership on the party.”

The Nation learnt that the disagreement among the governors over the planned convention is aptly responsible for the inability of the forum to meet lately.

It is feared that calling a meeting of the forum at this time will not be in the best interest of those who are opposed to Sheriff as they may lose out.

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa who headed the peace and reconciliation committee believes that the convention, as planned, remains the solution to the crisis within the party.

Looters should be barred from politics, says Maitama Sule

A former Minister of National Guidance, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, has said public officers convicted of looting public funds should be barred from partaking in partisan politics and holding public office.

Sule told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano on Sunday that the ban should be backed by law of the National Assembly.

“But this will be possible when there is a law to back it and we hope the law will be enacted soon to support the idea,” he said.

In their reactions to the ex-minister’s recommendation, however, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, and the President, Campaign for Democracy, Bako Abdul-Usman, described the elder statesman’s call as an illusion, saying such action would be hard to carry out.

He noted that the fear of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by public officers was now the beginning of wisdom.

“The EFCC has done extremely well in the discharge of its responsibilities so far as there are a lot of recovered funds.

“But the biggest challenge for the EFCC is that it can investigate but it does not have the power to spend money and utilise it for other purposes,” he said.

Sule, who is also a former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, also called for an enabling law for the government to utilise the recovered funds to improve the living standard of Nigerians, especially the common man.

He suggested the revitalisation of education, agriculture and power sectors in order to give the nation’s moribund industries a new lease of life using the recovered funds.

The elder statesman commended President Muhammadu Buhari for tackling insurgency, especially in the North-East.

“We have to thank God Almighty for the peace that has since been restored to the country and we will continue to pray for its sustenance.

“No meaningful development can be achieved in any country without peace and even the ‘most die-hard cynics’ know that President Buhari has done well in terms of restoration of peace to the country,” he said.

Sule urged Nigerians to continue to support and show understanding to the government in its determination to restore sanity to the country.

Odumakin, however, stated that the country should first be restructured before such a suggestion could be considered.

He added, “To confirm somebody a looter, a court has to pronounce him so. We have fought corruption for 16 months now without a single conviction, so who are you barring? We have to put the country on a new structure that does not aid corruption so we can use the stick against those who are committed to crooked means.

“As it is now, corruption is the order of the day and it won’t go away by media propaganda. We have to deal with the architecture of corruption, which compels nearly all those in public office to play by its rule.”

Abdul-Usman, who described Sule’s call as an illusion, said it would be asking for too much to ask the current crop of the National Assembly members, whom he referred to as being more corrupt than the executive arm of government, to pass such a law.

He said, “Who will make the law for such people? Is it the legislators who are more corrupt than the executive arm in our country? I think this call should be viewed as a wish-list or an illusion.

“The constitution has to be amended. Consequently, if the legislature should uphold such view, it is like making a law to hang themselves. The enforcement is within the judiciary, who in recent times passes two different judgments on same case.

“The call is timely but it is a mirage in our democratic society for now with the calibre of ex-governors in the National Assembly.”

But a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, who agreed that convicted looters should be barred from politics and from
holding public office, however, said before this could be done, the 1999 Constitution should be amended.

He said, “That will mean amending the 1999 Constitution, which provides that only a person who has been duly tried and convicted of criminal offence, relating to a breach of trust or other criminal offence in the last three years before the election, shall be barred from contesting such election.

“I agree that looters of our common patrimony should be barred from public office but that must be after a proper trial of the accused person because our criminal justice system is accusatorial and not inquisitorial.

Nigerian Mortuary Attendant From Enugu Snaps Photos With Dead Corpses And Posts It On FB

According to his facebook profile he Studied at C.S.S Ngwo uno
Lives in Enugu Ngwo, and is a native of Enugu, Nigeria;

See some comments he received below;

Kay Moni If you think your alarm woke you up daily,just take your phone to his mortuary,place it beside the dead and see if they will get up,rise up and give thanks to the living God,one day we will all lay down like this and won’t get up,but while you’re alive praise your maker ,you’re not better than the dead,grace kept us…happy sunday

Easydon Love Why posting the picture of a dead person in the morgue ? That’s unprofessional and this idiot can be sued.

Ikeme P Success This seems insane, but I think it’s a wake up call to humble ourselves & appreciate our maker @ least for the gift of life before other things that are attached to life.

Timiebi James the families of this bodies could sue him and the firm for this , as if they have not grieved enough , putting their face in public space could cause more emotional trauma to these families. this is a wrong move on his part, be proud of your job but you should be thinking about others emotions. that makes us humans and alive.

Mother of 8 dies after abortion in Ogun

Tragedy struck in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital when a mother of eight, identified as Sukurat Adedoyin, reportedly died following complications from abortion of pregnancy.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the 33-year-old deceased, who was alleged to have been impregnated by her boyfriend, Alabi Kamilu, 30, sought the help of an auxiliary nurse, Bello Abosede, 34, to terminate the pregnancy.

The Investigating Police Officer, Asake Morowuntonu, said the victim was a married woman and had had eight children. Morowuntonu stated that Kamilu, the alleged boyfriend, forced the deceased to terminate the pregnancy.

I Went Into Robbery After President Buhari Came To Power – Jobless Engineer

A 26-year-old building engineer, Benedict Otanwa, has told operatives of the Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) that he took to crime after President Buhari came to power.

According to him, he joined crime after his company lost a contract because of Buhari’s economic policy.

The loss of the contract led to many workers in the company being relieved of their duties. He said that he was part of the workers affected in the company’s downsizing.

The police said: “The suspects Otanwa, Okopi and Ijiga are all natives in of Benue State. They were arrested by operatives of the IRT in Nassarawa for coordinating several robberies, which include the robbery of a popular pharmacy and snatching of a Toyota Sienna car in Yanya.”

He explained that he was already married before the sack and couldn’t provide for his family anymore. He was troubled. He soon became friendly with a man called, IG.

He revealed his situation to IG, who gave him money on different occasions. One day, IG told Otanwa that he was going to introduce him to a business that would be fetching him good money.

Otanwa would later realise that the business was robbery. In the first operation, two members of his church went with them.

He said: “I’m a building engineer. I joined robbery after I was sacked by the company where I was working in Abuja. Our company lost a contract after President Buhari came to power. I was already married; I could no longer provide for my family.

Unfortunately I met one guy, IG and told him about my predicament. He gave me some money. After a while, IG asked me to join him in his business. I asked what it was and he said I should meet him at a junction close to my house.”

When Otanwa got to the junction, he met IG and another man called Oteh. Otanwa said that two members of his church, Sunday and Monday, were also there. Otanwa said: “We moved out. IG showed us a pharmacy.

He said we should rob it. On our way, we saw a Toyota Sienna. IG and Oteh, who had guns with them, went and snatched it from the owner. We later sold it. I was given N5,000 after the vehicle was sold. Honestly, it was poverty that pushed me into this.”

Sadly, the law doesn't know poverty. He's on his way to prison.

Nurse sells prostitute's baby for N200k in Katsina, baby recovered in Imo State

A baby boy delivered by 18-year-old Aisha Lawal who is knwon to hang around a Katsina brothel, has become the center of controversy in a case of alleged abduction and subsequent selling of the baby to one Grace Ohuhu for N200, 000. .

Apart from Aisha and Grace who have been arrested by the police over the incident, three others namely; Ogugua Okoh, a senior nurse with the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Katsina; her friend Joy Ihenamere, and one Hauwa’u Ibrahim, believed to be Aisha’s god mother who is camping her at the brothel, are also being detained by the police over the case. .

Sometime in January, Aisha was delivered of a baby boy at the FMC, where she was told she had a stillbirth and that the baby had been buried. She hurriedly packed her things and left the hospital without settling her outstanding bills. .

Trouble however started when a fracas ensued between Aisha and her god mother, Hauwa’u which led to the intervention of police officers. Hauwa’u had accused Aisha of doing the unthinkable by selling a child she had out of wedlock. The accusation led the policemen to probe further. .

According to the state Commissioner of Police Abdullahi Usman, Aisha was impregnated by someone she doesn’t know and after delivery, connived with her friend, Hauwa’u and a nurse, Ogugua Okoh, who linked them up to one Joy, to sell the baby for N200, 000 to Grace Ohuhu in Imo State

The baby, who had been named Victor, has been recovered from Grace who has been married for 18 years without a child. Crdt: DailyTrust

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Don’t worry about my health, I’m fine – Buhari tells Nigerians

The Federal government of Nigeria has reacted to fears by Nigerians over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari missed Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting.

Minister of Information later said the President needed rest and would work from home.

However, in a statement signed by president Buhari’s Media chief, Garba Shehu, said the presidency urged Nigerians not to be apprehensive over Buhari’s health.

The statement reads, “The Presidency hereby assures the good people of Nigeria that, despite the insinuations of a number of media organizations, there is no need for apprehension over the health of our President, Muhammadu Buhari.

“President Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance.

“As eager as he is to be up and about, the President’s doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.

“President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London. Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation, as the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.

“Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria. He receives daily briefings on the activities of government and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.

“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful that He has seen our President through the worst period of his convalescence in London. We are thankful that the President has passed a number of benchmarks already. We pray that God continues to see him through this period of recuperation.”

President Buhari Will Not Resign – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that his principal will not resign and that those asking him to, are “merely expressing their opinions.”

Adesina stated this during an interactive session with journalists, at the launch of Olusegun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against The Run of Play,’ On Friday in Lagos.

“Saying the president should resign is an opinion but don’t forget that 15 million people elected the president so if one or two people express their opinion, will their opinion override that of 15 million people that voted for him?” he asked. “Those who are expressing their opinion have rights to their opinions.” On the state of Buhari’s health, he said:

“There is no need for apprehension, God spared the president the first time. Remember he said that he has never been as ill as he was before. The same God that spared him will also ensure that he returns to full health. Nigerians prayed and God answered, Nigerians are still praying and God will still answer.

” Buhari on Friday, failed to attend the Jummat prayer in Aso Villa , after failing to convene the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for the third consecutive week.

Woman Who Gave Birth To Triplets Resorts To Begging In Port-Harcourt

Photos of a woman begging with her beautiful triplets are trending online in a bid to help the poor family.

The woman and her 3 beautiful kids were spotted sitting close to the fly-over at Rumuola in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state -with sympathizers who surrounded them giving cash to the mother.

See photos below;

"I May Contest Against El-rufai In 2019" - Shehu Sani Thunders

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Shehu Sani, has declared that he may run for the Kaduna State governorship election in 2019 against Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The Senator noted that the 2019 general elections are not going to be like that of 2015, that saw many elected due to their allegiance to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He maintained that this time, people will stand solely on their own.

Sani who was speaking in an interview with the Sun, said, “Well, as for 2019, it is still far away. What is on the ground now is for us to deliver on the promises and pledges we have made as elected officials. “So I have heard such a call, and I will answer that call at the right time. I may decide to seek to return to the Senate, I may decide to vie for the governorship of Kaduna State, and I may decide not to vie for any of the positions again, it all depends on the feeling from my people of what they think I should be able to overcome. “The 2019 election is not going to be like 2015 election; under 2015 election, many people won the election by virtue of their allegiance to Buhari, but by 2019, everyone will answer his own father’s name. “We are advocating for people to go and vote for their conscience, and not to vote for anybody because of Buhari. “Even if Buhari is going to contest the election, vote for Buhari alone, and each and every one of us who wants to contest, we have to put him on the scale whether that person is capable, whether that person has performed, whether that person will truly serve after voting him into power. “So 2019 is going to be a year in which everyone is going to stand in the dock to be tried by the voters. So 2019 is not an election time, it is a trial time, and truly it is a judgment time for our conduct while in office."

UNILAG Student Commits Suicide By Drinking Sniper

With a disheartening heart, to inform you of the Demise of Ariyibi Ayomide, a Student of Unilag, From the faculty of business administration in department of Employee Relations and Human Resources Management (ER & HRM), 100 Level.

Full story:
An incident happened in her room (Amina Hostel) which involved the missing of belongings (which includes make up and clothes) of another girl in d same room. On Thursday, some of the belongings of d fellow room mate was found in Ayomide's bag ( scattered in three different bags - make up in one of her bag, clothes in another bag, making 3 of Ayomide's bag). As a result the roommates disgraced Ayo and called her many names( relating to a thief) and disgraced her publicly. Ayomide called her mum and her mum came down next day( Friday) to settle d issue. The make up was valued at #2000 in which Her mum paid. After that, her mum told her to pack her bags and follow her home which she did but as she was going d room mates shouted on her and called her so many names.

Her mum took her home and went back to work (her mum is a unilag staff). Ayomide was d only one left at home when she took sniper in the afternoon. Her mum came back in d evening and saw her child in a critical state. So she asked what happened to her; Ayomide just stretched her hand to do bottle of d sniper she took. Immediately her mum gave her palm oil( epo in yoruba) but results were not forthcoming. So she rushed her to a medical centre at ebute metta, still results were not favourable, she was then taken to Luth ( Medilag). Ayo gave up in LUTH around after 7 yesterday.

That's d sad story


APC Lawmaker Mohammed Gololo Attacked By Mob, House Ransacked

About one week after protesters attacked lawmakers and other public officials at a political event in Katsina, another lawmaker has been attacked.

Protesters disrupted a political gathering convened House of Reps member, Mohammed Gololo (APC-Bauchi), in his ancestral Gololo village of Gamawa area of Bauchi State.

Mr. Gololo, who is the representative for the Gamawa federal constituency, was on Sunday pelted with stones at the event he organized to distribute empowerment materials to his supporters.

His vehicle was damaged in the process as security operatives whisked him away, witnesses said.

A witness told PT that the windscreen of the car of the lawmaker was smashed by the angry youth who reportedly marched from the scene to his house to continue the attack.

Luckily for Gololo, he and his family had fled the house before the arrival of the mob.

See Faces Of The Suspects Who Attempted To Murder Senator Dino Melaye

The police Today Saturday said they had arrested six (6) members of the notorious Hired Assassins gang responsible for the attack of Senator Dino Melaye at his residence in Kogi state namely;

i. Taofiq Isah ‘M’ 54 years principal suspect (Hon. Chairman Ijumu LGA Kogi State)
ii. Ade Obage ‘M’ 29 years
iii. Abdullahi Isah a.k.a Eko ‘M’ 32 years
iv. Ahmed Ajayi ‘M’ 45 years
v. Michael Bamidele ‘M’ 26 years
vi. Ex- Sgt Ede James ‘M’ 35 years (Orderly to Chairman of ijumu LGA Kogi State at the time of the attack)

Items recovered included one Hyundai Ambulance bus allegedly used in conveying the attackers, five AK 47 rifles, One Beretta pistol and two locally made single barrel shot guns. Others were 25 expended shells of 7.62 mm ammunition, 13 expended shells of 9mm ammunition and 12 expended shells of gauge

Man beats wife to death over pregnancy for another man

A man beat his wife to death with a pipe wrench after learning she was pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby authorities have reported.

The man, Claude Sejour called the police after he had killed the woman.

The 49-year-old resident of Hollywood, who according to the police, does not have any record of previous criminal records admitted to beating his wife to death.

“I did it. I finished her and called the police and went outside,” he said to the arriving officers, according to a report. He was wearing a bloodstained white button-down shirt and had blood on his hands and cheek, the report said.

“I’m not crazy,” he told officers, according to the report.

As his wife, Marie Joseph, 40, lay dying in her bed, her 17-year-old daughter tried to wake her, a neighbor told police.

Sejour is being held without bond in Broward’s main jail Thursday on a murder charge.

According to Miami Herald, the deadly encounter unfolded just before 10 p.m. Wednesday inside their home in the 5900 block of Thomas Street. In addition to the daughter, the couple’s three other children, 14, 12 and 4, were all home at the time, police said.

Sejour called 911 and first told a dispatcher that he was going to kill his wife. Then he said he did kill her and would wait outside.

Meanwhile, another call came in, this one from Sejour’s neighbor, Alvaro Garcia, according to the police report.

Garcia later told police he heard screaming and saw Sejour on the phone. Sejour, he told police, waved him over and then told him he had killed his wife. Garcia told officers that Sejour said he had just learned his wife was pregnant with another man’s baby and had “disrespected him,” the officer wrote.

Garcia said he went into the house to find the couple’s oldest daughter on the bed, trying to wake her mother. He checked for a pulse and realized she had died, according to the report.

An officer found Joseph lying in bed in a sports bra and blue pajamas pants.

“I observed severe trauma to her right eye, left cheek, forehead and on the top of her head,” the officer wrote, adding that there was blood on the wall above the victim’s head. “There was a red pipe wrench which appeared to have traces of what appeared to be blood.”

Sejour was then taken to the police station for questioning. After being read his rights, police said, he told police, in his native Creole, that he had gotten into a fight with her because she was on the phone with her boyfriend and her boyfriend said she was pregnant, according to the report.(PunchNg)

"I am not corrupt and I don't like money" - Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation and immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, said this in an interview with Channels TV. When asked whether he is corrupt, Amaechi said;

"Is my honesty in doubt? I have told Nigerians and I repeat to Nigerians today I am not corrupt and I don't like money. I am not one swayed by money. I have lived a character that most Nigerians can tell you.
I try as much as possible not to annoy God by saying I am honest. But with all modesty, I am a honest Nigerian and there are very few honest Nigerians."

On why people keep having the impression that he's corrupt, Amaechi replied; "When did that impression start? Nyesom Wike becomes the governor. He takes documents from Government house that people cant read, and says oh, we sold Gas turbines and disappeared with the money.

He set up a panel of inquiry? Publish the report." When asked whether he thinks the corruption angle came because he led the campaign organization of President Buhari, "When you talk about the PDP angle, they are bitter that we fought and led the movement against the former government and PDP, and we were successful to have removed them from power.

If I was corrupt, why didn't President Goodluck prosecute me? The fight between Goodluck and Rivers state government or myself lasted for two years, Amaechi said:

Being a baby mama is better than being a wife - Actress Feyisara Hassan

Beautiful Nollywood Actress, Feyisara Hassan, who just turned 24 on Wednesday 26th April 2017, and already has produced five films of her own while featuring in so many more, disclosed in her interview with Vanguard, that being a baby mama is better than being a wife.

The Yoruba actress also talked about her journey as a teenage movie producer, and also revealed why many Yoruba actress (women in general) are becoming babymamas.

Here are excerpts from the interview;

When asked what came make her become a babymama, she said:

"What most people don’t know is that being a babymama is even better than being a wife.

Frankly, I am not against any woman opting to be a babymama, in fact I believe it is good and more peaceful. Being a babymama you enjoy the father of your baby more than if he were your husband.

You can have access to him whenever and wherever you want without any family pressures or restrictions. When you are a wife, there are limitations and restrictions and there’s little room for heartaches. More women are opting to be babymamas because their lives are more peaceful and enjoyable."

You once said you don’t wear bra, can you explain why?

"Yes, I don’t wear bras because I don’t feel comfortable with it but I do wear it now because my man is not comfortable with my not wearing it. I guess it is because of my sexy boobs."

But they are not big?

"They may not be big but they are very special. They are one of the most beautiful parts I love in my body. Medium boobs are sexy and more attractive than the big ones. All kinds of boobs are good though but mine are more attractive and sexy."

What’s your take on sex generally?

"In my opinion and experience, sex is best experienced within a committed relationship where two people have agreed to be exclusive with each other and to explore their sexualities together. This doesn’t have to be within marriage. However, in my opinion, relationships should not exist solely to provide a means for sex. Relationships should be a beautiful tapestry, of which sex is one piece.

And within that relationship, sex should only exist with an incredible amount of communication. The communication should be about when people are ready for different stages of sex, what people like and dislike in sex, and at the core of all this communication should be consent. Our society talks about and does consent very poorly (which is why we have such a high rate of sexual violence)."

Why are Yoruba films so poorly subtitled?

"It depends on the editors; we have good and bad ones. Another reason is that some bad producers find it difficult to pay editors good money. So, what they got is what they paid for."

Finally, what are your biggest dreams as an actress?

"One of my biggest dreams is to become a musician. But all in all my biggest dream is to do what nobody has done in the industry. "

Man Stabs His Own Flatmate’s Wife to Death in Delta for doing this


A man who had the nerve to stab his flatmate’s wife to death in Delta State, has received commensurate punishment.

For stabbing Mrs. Stella Avwenayerhe, the wife of his flatmate to death with a kitchen knife, an Ughelli, Delta State, High Court yesterday sentenced one Mr. Narebor Stephen Donbrapade to death by hanging, NAN reports.

Justice F. O. Ohwo, in suit number UHC/21c/13, convicted Donbrapade on a one-count charge of murder.

The accused, a 49-year-old administrative staff of the Delta State Judiciary from Esama town in Bomadi Council, on or about January 31, 2013, at Otobor Street, Ughelli, murdered one Mrs. Avwenayerhe, an offence punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap C.21, Volume 1, Laws of Delta State, 2006.

Donbrapade, popularly called “Honourable,” shares a room in a three bedroom flat with the husband of the deceased. However, on the fateful day, the accused and the victim were said to have had a minor quarrel after he stepped on the rug in the sitting room without removing his shoes.

Determined to teach his co-flatmate’s wife a lesson for having the audacity to challenge him, the accused was reported to have dashed into his room, only to appear with a knife and stabbed the deceased on the chest.

She was rushed to the Ughelli Central Hospital by neighbours who came to her rescue, and was confirmed dead on arrival by doctors. In his defence, the accused, who pleaded not guilty, alleged that some unidentified hoodlums in the area stabbed the victim to death.

Justice Ohwo faulted the accused, who he described as not a witness of truth, and believed the evidences of the four prosecution witnesses.

The trial Judge further ruled that prosecution proved beyond all reasonable doubt the essential ingredients of the offence of murder against the accused person and accordingly sentenced him to death by hanging.

Why I keep my wife away from the public -Yul Edochie

Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, who is also the last son of veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, who has been married for more than 10 years, has disclosed why she keeps his wife away from the public.

In his interview with Goldenpearlmedia, Yul was asked why his wife Mrs. May Edochie, always seem to be hiding her face from the media's paparazzi, Yul had this to say.

"My wife is not an actress, she's not into show business, she's a computer engineer, also a business woman, she's not into the whole paparazzi spotlight thing, its her lifestyle. So, she can't be in the media eyes."

He also revealed how his wife took the children to his father to spend the last Easter Holidays.

"My wife and kids went to see my parents in the East. Seeing my parents and daughter bond is a feeling, i can't even express, its a blessing. Family is everything. I thank God."

"I could remember that While growing up, my father taught me discipline, honesty, integrity, bravery, self respect and for fellow humans, hard work, passion for work, a lot more and I have passed that onto all my children."

Why I’m Yet To Get Married – Actress Rita Dominic

Nollywood actress Rita Dominic has revealed why she's still single. Speaking with Schick mag, she said that she could have been married a long time ago, but things didn’t work out.

The multiple award-winning actress is, however, hopeful that God will present the right man to her at the right time. She said, “I believe that God is in charge of my life and will present the right man to me at the right time.”

Asked whether social pressure don’t get to her, Rita replied, “I am a human being and I would be lying to say that it doesn’t sometimes.

“More so because it’s something I sincerely want to do but the feeling passes when I remember that society will not live with the person.

“I will live with the man, so it is very important that I do it because I want to, not because society wants it for me.”

At her age, over 40, she described dating, as a nightmare, “especially in these days of social media where with one click you are all over the internet.

“I do date when someone special comes around. I love being totally drawn to someone and doing all those loving things couples do, but I am also wary of liars and bullies.‎”

Nnamdi Kanu leaves Kuje prison

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has been released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting the bail conditions granted him by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday
After almost 2 years in detention, he left the prison at about 5pm after meeting the bail conditions.He was driven out of the detention facility by former aviation minister Osita Chidoka.

Justice Nyako had on Tuesday granted bail to Kanu, who along with three others are being prosecuted on charges bordering on treasonable charges..

The judge however barred the IPOB leader from granting press interview or participating in any rally or be found in a crowd of more than 10 persons in the course of the bail.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Let Nigerians Know The State Of Your Health, Wole Soyinka Tells Buhari

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make his state of health public to Nigerians. Speaking to journalists in Lagos, today, Mr. Soyinka said the current speculations about the president’s health is “unnecessary.”
“Why is the president hiding his state of health? He’s supposed to understand he’s public property, me I’m still private property, that’s why I’m not in Aso Rock,” said Mr. Soyinka.
“Once you are in Aso Rock, or you occupy a similar position, you have a responsibility to come out frankly to your citizens.
“Guarding your state of health like Donald Trump is guarding his tax returns is not what we expect from a Nigerian president.

Buhari Absent At Aso Rock Mosque Today

A move that is set to increase speculations about his state of health, President Muhammadu Buhari did not show up for the Juma’at prayer at the Aso Rock mosque on Friday.

This is first time Mr president will be absent at the mosque since he returned to the country after a 49-day medical vacation in the UK.

However, some of the dignitaries who usually join him at the mosque were there for prayers.

Among them were Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, Ibikunle Amosun, his Ogun counterpart, and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara.

The absence of the president in public functions has been a source of concern.

On Wednesday, Buhari missed the federal executive council meeting for the second time in a row, fuelling reports about his health condition.

Should Nigerians be worried about Mr President health? I guess time will tell.

Terrorist Hits Army Convoy With Explosives-Laden Truck... kills 5 soldiers, injures 40

No fewer than five soldiers were killed and 40 injured when a Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden truck into a military convoy in northeast, security sources told AFP.

The bomber, believed to be loyal to factional leader Abu Al-Barnawi, targeted the convoy, which was conducting “clearance operations” between Yobe and Borno states.

“At about 1100 hours (1000 GMT) on Thursday, a suicide bomber believed to be a Boko Haram terrorist riding in a van loaded with explosives rammed into a military convoy at Manguzum village,” one said.

“We lost five soldiers in the incident and more than 40 sustained various degrees of injuries,” one officer said, asking to be anonymous as he was not authorised to speak about the incident.

The convoy was heading to the garrison town of Damboa, which is some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, at the time.

A second military source said the troops were heading into Borno when the jihadist crashed his vehicle into a tank.

“The armoured tank was seriously damaged and the operation slowed down,” he added.

Biafra: We will shut down Nigeria May 30

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has called on its followers and people of the South East to ensure that Nigeria is “shut down” on May 30 2017.

IPOB had earlier ordered Igbos to embark on sit-at-home, on May 30, 2017, a day set aside to honour those who lost their lives during the civil war of 1967-1970.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group also urged its members not to be discouraged by the stringent bail conditions for the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

IPOB noted that its main focus at the moment was the scheduled May 30 remembrance day.

The group, while commending those who stood by the organization since the detention of Kanu, assured that their support would never be in vain.

IPOB said, “We should not be discouraged by the court ruling of April 25, 2017. Rather, we are focused on May 30, 2017 remembrance day, which is the priority of every IPOB member to ensure that no movement of any sort, both human and vehicular, across Biafra land on that day, will take place.

“We must make sure that all areas occupied by Biafrans for the remembrance and honour of our heroes and heroines, who laid down their lives during the genocidal war are shut down.

“Our leader (Kanu) has been in high spirit since his arrest in 2015 and we cannot afford our spirit to be dampened towards the liberation of Biafra because of conditions attached to his release.”

"We Are The Ones Who Banish People", Igbokwe Replies IPOB

JOE Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has reacted to the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to stop him from setting his foot in Igboland following his incessant anti-Biafra comments.

The group was reacting to the statement credited to Igbokwe where he urged Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the group, to quietly go home after securing his bail condition and stop what he called “the hopeless agitation for the realisation of Biafra.”

Igbokwe had said, "Now that he has been granted bail, he should just quietly go home and rest. We are not a candidate of Biafra. They are just dissipating their energy for nothing. I just hope he will just go home quietly and stop disturbing the peace of the country.

“We are not for Biafra. We can’t build Nigeria for others. The so-called Biafra is too small for us. Nigeria provides a big stage for us. We own this country.

“We are a major ethnic group in this country. How can you go for a small pond when you have Atlantic Ocean?”

“So Nnamdi Kanu should go home quietly. He should stop his reckless and stupid agitation. The agitation has no political or economic sense. It is a hopeless agitation that we are not interested in.

“They are just using it to make money from gullible ones. It is a collection of illiterates.”

While reacting, a frontline member of IPOB, Kanayo Nwogwugwu in a chat with Independent Newspaper, pointed out clearly that the group and the entire Igbo race had had enough of Igbokwe’s “thoughtless and reckless statement aimed at pleasing his paymasters in the Southwest.”

According to him, “The likes of Igbokwe should bury his head in shame for describing the Biafra project as hopeless and IPOB supporters as collection of illiterates.

“He should watch the television and read the dailies to see how prominent Igbo leaders, including children are celebrating his bail.

“If he doesn’t rein in his caustic tongue, we may be forced to restrict him to his new found land and banish him from setting foot his foot again on Igboland.”

Igbokwe who responded, said as a prince, they are the ones who bannish people and not the other way round also affirmed that freedom of speech as at the last time he checked was still sacrosanct as enshrined in the country.

The Lagos State publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, in a short update on his Facebook timeline with the caption "To my Brothers and Sisters in IPOB" said, "I am a prince in Nnewi with royal blood flowing in me. We are the ones who banish people. The last time I checked I still discovered that freedom of speech and freedom of expression are still sacrosanct in Nigeria. HISTORY IS MY WITNESS!"

Police arrest kidnappers of 75-year-old woman

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested 4 suspects who are the masterminds of the kidnapping of a 75-year- old woman, Wuraola Shittu at Ibiade farm settlement in Ijebu Waterside area of Ogun State.

The woman was kidnapped sometime in March, at about 7:45pm and later released after her family paid a ransom, while the Police continued to trail the hoodlums until their arrest on Tuesday, on their way for a similar mission at Epe in Lagos State.

Delta Politician Dies In Police Custody

A prominent politician and former Director-General of the state Direct Labour Agency, Chief Lucky Ayomanor, has died while in the custody of the police in Sapele.

The Punch learnt that Chief Ayomanor reportedly slumped and died at the hands of police operatives after he was allegedly beaten and maltreated over an allegation of being in possession of a loaded firearm on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the late politician was arrested at 9pm around the popular Gana area of Sapele while driving to pay his elder brother a visit at his home.

Chief Ayomanor was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party having recently decamped from the All Progressives Party.

He contested the Sapele House of Assembly seat under the Labour Party in 2011 but lost to PDP.
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