Monday, July 31, 2017


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The Lagos State Police Command has warned Lagos residents against living in isolated and unsafe areas where they might be vulnerable to attacks by hoodlums.

The police spokesperson in Lagos, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said in a statement that the warning became necessary following the murder of four family members at Ibeshe, Ikorodu, at the weekend.

“A murder incident was reported during the early hours of Sunday, July 30 where police operatives of the Lagos State Command responded to a distress call at Oke Ota, Ibeshe, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

“Mobilizing to the scene, police operatives found it extremely difficult to locate the house which was situated in a thick forest where it is remotely impossible for anybody to identify a dwelling house in the area.

“Eventually arriving at the scene on foot, the house is just a room and parlour with one open window and no visible form of security.

“There, a family of five was attacked and three died on the spot while one died while receiving treatment at the hospital.
‘’The last member is alive and responding to treatment,’’ the police spokesperson said.

He urged community leaders to identify persons staying in isolated areas which are no longer safe to come and report to the police.

“This should be done in order to stop people from moving into unsecured area without proper social structures.

“The command also wishes to inform members of the public to come forward with useful information to aid the police and not resort to jungle justice as investigation is ongoing,” the statement said.




3 persons have been found guilty by a High Court sitting in Rivers for the murder of 4 students who were lynched in Aluu community back in 2012.

4 persons were also discharged and acquitted by the court president, Justice Nyordee. They have also been standing trial for the 2012 murder.

They were freed due to the prosecution failure to prove its case of murder against the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th accused persons beyond every reasonable doubt.
He, however, found the 1st to 3rd defendants guilty of murder.

I'm Not Stepping Down, I'm not going anywhere & I'm not dying - 93-year-old Mugabe Insists

Following his over three decade ruler over his country, Mugabe has stunned his countrymen with his insistence on not relinquishing power anytime soon.

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, said on Saturday he was not stepping down nor dying....

He said there was no one with his political stature who could immediately take over from him.

The 93-year-old leader has been in charge in the former British colony since independence in 1980.

His health is closely watched by Zimbabweans, who fear the country could face chaos if he dies without anointing a successor.

Mugabe told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in the town of Chinhoyi, in his home province, that doctors were recently surprised by his “strong bone system.”

He has travelled to Singapore three times this year for what officials said is routine medical treatment.

“There is the issue that the president is going. I am not going,” Reuters quoted Mugabe as saying to supporters on the grounds of a local university, 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Harare.

“The president is dying. I am not dying. I will have an ailment here and there but bodywise, all my internal organs are very firm, very strong.”

Mugabe, who looks frail, had walked onto the stage slowly but without assistance.

The issue of who will succeed the veteran Zimbabwean leader has deeply divided the ruling party, with two factions supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

Grace had on Thursday challenged Mugabe to name his preferred successor, to end divisions over the future leadership of ZANU-PF.

She repeated the call on Saturday, adding that Mugabe would lead the process to choose his eventual successor.

I'm Not Stepping Down, I'm not going anywhere & I'm not dying - 93-year-old Mugabe Insists

Following his over three decade ruler over his country, Mugabe has stunned his countrymen with his insistence on not relinquishing power anytime soon.

Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, said on Saturday he was not stepping down nor dying....

He said there was no one with his political stature who could immediately take over from him.

The 93-year-old leader has been in charge in the former British colony since independence in 1980.

His health is closely watched by Zimbabweans, who fear the country could face chaos if he dies without anointing a successor.

Mugabe told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in the town of Chinhoyi, in his home province, that doctors were recently surprised by his “strong bone system.”

He has travelled to Singapore three times this year for what officials said is routine medical treatment.

“There is the issue that the president is going. I am not going,” Reuters quoted Mugabe as saying to supporters on the grounds of a local university, 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Harare.

“The president is dying. I am not dying. I will have an ailment here and there but bodywise, all my internal organs are very firm, very strong.”

Mugabe, who looks frail, had walked onto the stage slowly but without assistance.

The issue of who will succeed the veteran Zimbabwean leader has deeply divided the ruling party, with two factions supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

Grace had on Thursday challenged Mugabe to name his preferred successor, to end divisions over the future leadership of ZANU-PF.

She repeated the call on Saturday, adding that Mugabe would lead the process to choose his eventual successor.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Restructuring: Northern Governors & Traditional Rulers Meet In Kaduna

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 All the 19 Northern governors Yesterday Thursday morning met with all the Northern Traditional rulers including the Emir of Kano and the Sultan of Sokoto, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna state.

The governors under the aegis of Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF) met with Northern States Council of Emirs and Chiefs. The meeting was co-chaired by the Governor of Katsina State Alhaji Aminu Bello M...asari and Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar II.Governor Masari was sitting in for the substantive Chairman of the forum Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who was among the delegation of Nigerian Governors' Forum that visited President Buhari in London yesterday.

The reason for the meeting is not yet known but it is alleged that it might be connected to the Senate's rejection of the devolution of powers(restructuring) to states on Wednesday.The Senate made the decision on Wednesday via electronic voting during a series of amendments to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution.

The development has since sparked mixed reactions from the populace in the south-south and the south-eastern part of the country who have been in the forefront of agitations for the restructuring of the country.

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Kemi Olunloyo running for office position

The self-acclaimed Number 1 investigative Journalist in Africa and US trained award winning Pharmacist, Kemi Olunloyo yesterday declared her intention to run for national office position
The Daughter Of Former Oyo state Governor, Victor Omololu Olunloyo, made her intention known after she apologized to biafrans for withdrawing her support for them and also calling them dumb via her Twitter account. She added that it is a Grassroot restruc...turing campaign.

 She wrote;

#BREAKING I will be announcing my political ambition for #Nigeria at 3pm today. #KOO2019 is the hashtag. BE THERE!

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Restructuring: Senate Betrayed The APC - Atiku

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has weighed in on the recent rejection of the devolution of powers to states bill by the Senate in a series of constitutional amendments.

Atiku expressed shock at the decision of the Senate to block the passage of Bill No. 3 which would have led to the devolution of powers to states. In a statement made available to PoliticsNGR Yesterday Thursday, Abubakar complained about the lost opportuni...ty to fulfil one of the APC's election promises which was to restructure the country.

The statement read;

“This blockage of the bill by an APC-led senate majority is a betrayal of our party’s pre-election promises. It was an important vote and I’m shocked by some so-called progressives’ visceral and cynical opposition to restructuring.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the "alleged reluctance of democratically elected lawmakers to remove the insidious structural impediments to development which decades of military rule had hoisted upon our nation."

He argued; "“Instead of building the foundations for a true federation, a small group of so-called progressive senators decided to stick with the new party line, pretending they didn’t know what restructuring was all about, and that even if they knew, it couldn’t be done.

I think this is disingenuous, and I think it is a sad day for our party. But I’m confident the APC will learn the right lesson from this self-inflicted defeat and remember the mission and mandate given to us by the people".

Atiku also advised Nigerian lawmakers to do what is right and not make decisions based on self-interest.

“Let me be clear: restructuring is no panacea to all our nation’s problems. But devolving resources and responsibilities from an overbearing, unresponsive, and ineffective Federal Government to the states is the first step we must make if we are serious about putting our nation back on track, and our people back to work,”…/restructuring-senate-betrayed-apc…/

Governors Reveal Interesting Details About Buhari's Health Status

 The governors who paid Buhari a courtesy visit at the Abuja House in London, United Kingdom have made positive comments about his health.

 The seven state governors, who, on Wednesday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London, the United Kingdom, where he has been receiving medical treatment since May 7, have said they met the President “in an improved health condition.”...

 The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who led his colleagues on the visit, said this Yesterday Thursday in an interview with journalists at the Kaduna International Airport on arrival from London.

 According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Ibrahim Dosara, the governor arrived at the airport with two of his colleagues that visited the President with him – Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Kashim Shettima (Borno).

Dosara quoted the Zamfara State Governor as urging Nigerians to desist from spreading falsehood concerning the President’s health.

 “The NGF Chairman said the delegation met the President in an improved health condition, cracking jokes with visitors,” the statement read partly.

 It further stated that Yari said there was no gain peddling rumour concerning a person who meant well for the country and its citizens. Yari added that the governors’ visit had marked the beginning of the end of rumour-mongering about the President’s health.

 The statement added, “He (Yari) said very soon, the President would return home to continue the good job he had started for the well-being of Nigerians and the development of the nation.

 “The NGF Chairman, who thanked Allah (SWT) for giving the President quick recovery from ill- health, also thanked those Nigerians who devoted their time, energy and resources praying for the speedy recovery of Mr. President.

“Governor Yari appealed to journalists, particularly social media practitioners, to always cross-check their stories before going online to avoid such unnecessary mischiefs, causing mayhem among the law-abiding citizens of this country.”

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Truck Owners To Be Prosecuted With Their Drivers — FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said on Wednesday that tankers and trucks owners would now be prosecuted alongside their drivers involved in accidents, as a result of reckless driving.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, disclosed this in Lagos.

“If your truck is involved in an accident and it kills anybody, in addition to prosecuting such drivers for manslaughter, owners will now also be prosecuted, to serve as a deterrent to others.

“We will now use the Lagos State Traffic Law to prosecute both the drivers and the owners of such vehicles.
“The state traffic law says that both drivers and owners of tankers and trucks involved in accidents will now be prosecuted.

“That is the angle we are exploring now; our lawyers are reaching out to the Police, so that we can use the state traffic law to prosecute such persons,’’ he said.

According to him, we have seen over time that tankers and trucks will get involved in accidents, and the drivers will abandon the vehicles and run away.

Omeje said that owners later end up in picking such vehicles, pay whatever the fine is and continue the business, adding that some of such trucks were overage.

The FRSC boss, however, appealed to owners of tankers and trucks to ensure that their vehicles do not endanger the lives of other road users.

Omeje advised the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) and the Association of Corporate Fleet Operators, to ensure that their trucks were in good condition before putting them on the roads, to avoid accidents.

The FRSC said it had prosecuted 10 truck drivers for driving unlatched containers in articulated vehicles on Lagos highways this month, out of 52 truck drivers they had arrested for such violations during the period.

They were prosecuted at the Lagos State Mobile Court, following rampant cases of crashes recorded on the highways resulting from unlatched containers.

Source: PM News

National Assembly Rejects ‘Restructuring’ Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, rejected the call for the restructuring of the country.

At the plrnary session, the Senators also voted against the decentralization of powers from the federal to the states.

In an electronic voting process, 48 Senators voted against the devolution of power while 46 voted in in support of the planned restructuring.

75 of the lawmakers voted in favour of the submission of names of nominees for ministerial nominations thirty days after the President resumes office.

88 of the Senators also voted for Local Government autonomy.

82 lawmakers also voted for independent candidature that allows individuals vie for elections without being members of a political party.

Here is a timeline of votes so far:

1.Authorization of Expenditure

Yes: 93

No: 1

Abstain: 1

Total: 95
Devolution of Powers

Yes: 46

No: 48

Abstain: 1
Composition of Members of Council of State

Yes: 95

No: –

Abstain: –
Financial Autonomy of State Legislature

Yes: 90

No: 5

Abstain: 0
Distributable account for LG’s to have their own special account

Yes: 84

No: 8

Abstain: 1
Democratic Existence funding and tenure of LG council

Yes: 88

No: 7

Abstain: 1
State creation and boundary adjustment

Yes: 47

No: 48

Abstain: 0
Immunity for legislators for Acts in Course of Duty

Yes: 93

No: 1

Abstain: 0
Political Parties and Electoral Matters : Time to conduct Bye Elections and Power to de-register parties

Yes: 90

No: 0

Abstain: 0

10: Presidential Assent

Yes: 95

No: 1

Abstain: 0

‪ 11: Time frame for submission of names of ministerial nominees

‪Yes: 75

‪No: 19

11b: Submission of Ministerial Nominees with their Portfolios

Yes: 78

No: 16

11c: 35% affirmative action for women as ministers

Yes: 49

No: 43

Abstain: 2

11d: Submission of Commissioners Nominees with their Portfolios

Yes: 84

No: 7

Abstain: 0

11e: Submission of names of office of commissioners shall be attached with portfolio

Yes: 87

No: 8

Abstain: 0

11f: 35% Affirmative action for women as States Commissioners

Yes: 61

No: 35

Abstain: 0

12: Appointment of Minister from the FCT

Yes: 77

No: 12

Abstain: 3

13: Change of names of some LG councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Pleateau and Rivers.

Yes: 84

No: 2

Abstain: 2

14: Independent Candidacy

Yes: 82

No: 5

Abstain: 3

15: The Nigeria Police Force to become Nigerian Police

Yes: 87

No: 2

Abstain: 1

Breaking: Acting President Osinbajo swears in new ministers

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has today sworn in two new ministers into the federal cabinet.

They were sworn in on Wednesday morning at the council chamber of the Presidential Villa before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive council, FEC.

As earlier reported today by Naija News, following a tweet by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant-Media and Publicity to the Vice President, both of them have now been expectedly sworn in.
They are Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State who replaces the late labour minister, James Ocholi who died in a car accident in March, 2016, and Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State who replaces former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed who resigned to serve as Deputy Secretary-General of United Nations.

Both had earlier been screened and confirmed by the Senate in May and have been waiting to be brought into the federal cabinet.

Osinbajo said the portfolios of the two new ministers ” will be announced shortly.”

Source: Naijanews

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ambode Swear-In LG/LCDA Chairmen, Warns Against Corruption

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday swears in the newly elected chairmen of the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs of the state, warning them to shun corruption by embracing transparency and accountability.

At the event held at the Lagos State Government Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, the governor said the conclusion of the electoral process marked the beginning of real governance which had been activated by the swearing in of the chairmen and vice chairmen.

“It is now time for hard work and the fulfillment of all the promises made to the people. The people have, by their votes, discharged their responsibility. It is now your turn to discharge your part of the social contract you made with the people of your communities, wards and local councils.

“Let me remind you all that you are assuming the mantle of leadership at a time when our people expect so much. Today, our performance as a State is being benchmarked against those of developed economies.

“At the State level, so much is being done to harness the potentials of our State and make it a preferred destination for local/foreign investors and tourists. We are implementing policies and programmes that will promote socio-economic activities and maximise the economic potentials of the three Senatorial zones of the State. This is in line with our commitment to ensure inclusive growth and create opportunities for wealth and job creation.

“As you settle down to the business of governance, you must bear in mind that the participation of the people in governance does not end with elections. The people must be carried along and given the opportunity to have a say in policy making process and implementation,” he said.

According to Ambode, it was from the chairmen that the state government expected to get feedback from the people, adding that “you must be accountable and transparent in the management of the resources put in your care for the benefit of the people.

“I want to put it on record today that the elections have come and gone; there must be no discrimination of any form. The dividends of good governance must be fairly distributed to all people without prejudice to political affiliation, gender, religious beliefs or ethnic background. We must cherish and nurture the cosmopolitan nature of our State because it is a key factor in our strength and prosperity.”

The governor said the state government had recorded a major success in its quest to control its resources and enshrine the true spirit of Fiscal Federalism, saying that Last week, the Court of Appeal Lagos Division allowed the Appeal of the Lagos State Government and set aside the Federal High Court Judgement which gave the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority to regulate transportation and sand dredging.

“The era of uncontrolled dredging is over and this serves as a clear warning that the Lagos State Government will now take firm control over its inland waterways and the adjoining lands including all sand dredging activities. This will further aid our efforts in abating flood in the State,” he said.

Source: PM News

PDP Governors Travel To London To See Buhari

Six governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

They are scheduled to depart Nigeria today.

The six governors, according to a Punch report include Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).

The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), it was gathered, made the selection.

The governors who were selected from the six geo-political zones would have lunch with the president and return to the country on Wednesday, 26 July.

Four governors selected for the trip are from the south-south, south-east, north-west and south-west respectively, while two others are from the north-east and north-central.

The scheduled visit has come as a surprise to a governor who is not among those travelling to see Buhari.

The governor who did not want his name mentioned stated that those chosen for the journey were picked outside what he described as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

He however noted that had the secretariat and the governors been contacted, the governors would have picked at least one of the PDP governors that had been critical of Buhari.

He said: “Our colleagues are going to London to see the President. But I’m not happy that someone like the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, or his Rivers State counterpart, Mr. Nyesom Wike, is not on the delegation.

“Though there are PDP governors on the delegation, we know ourselves and also know those we know are truly part of the opposition and those close to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

“The governors had been directed to be at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, tomorrow (Tuesday). From there, they will fly to the United Kingdom.”

Another governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the trip.

He said the idea was suggested by some APC governors.

Source: PM News

Monday, July 24, 2017

Faleti’s Death, A Huge Loss To Creative Sector – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described the death of renowned author, poet, broadcaster and actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti, as a huge loss to the country’s creative Sector.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the minister said Faleti was a trailblazer and a colossus across many genres, who left an indelible footprint in the Nigerian landscape.

The statement was signed by the Mr Segun Adeyemi, the Special Adviser to the Minister.

The minister said generations of authors, poets, broadcasters and actors owe Faleti a debt of gratitude for his dedication, hard work and love for the country.

He commiserated with the family and friends of the departed, as well as all practitioners in the sector.

The minister prayed that God will comfort them and grant repose to the soul of the departed.

Faleti, a celebrated actor and playwright died on Sunday in his home in Ibadan at the age of 86.

Faleti, according to Wikipedia was “Nigerian poet, journalist, writer, actor, Yoruba translator, a broadcaster, TV exponent and a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television.

He was responsible for translating Nigeria’s national anthem from English to Yoruba.

Faleti published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names.

He received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)

He also received the Festival of Arts award and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts in 2002.

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Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Strike Again, Kill 4, Injure 15

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the death of three persons in a suicide bomb attack at the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri on Sunday night.

The NEMA North-East Zonal Information Officer, Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, confirmed this on Monday, adding that 15 other persons were injured during the incident.

A competent security source had earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that a female suicide bomber was shot by security men when she tried to cross the perimeter fence at the camp.

“They shot her and the explosive device strapped to her body detonated, and blew the woman into pieces,” the source said.

The source added that a male suicide bomber had also infiltrated the camp and detonated the explosives strapped to his body and killed four persons.

“Two persons died on the spot while two others died at the hospital,” the source added.

SOurce: PM News

This Man Was Arrested For Raping His 13-year-old Daughter

A 41-year-old man, Sikiru Odejide, has been arrested by Ogun State Police Command for allegedly raping his 13-year-old daughter.

Premium Times reports that, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said on Sunday that the suspect was arrested following a complaint from the mother of the victim who had been separated from the man years back.

Naija News gathered that Mr. Oyeyemi said the mother went to Sango Police Station and reported incident, that her daughter came to her house at Ijeshatedo area of Lagos to inform her that the suspect had been having sexual intercourse with her since December 2016 and threatened to kill her if she dared tell anybody about it.

“She further complained to her mother that she could no longer bear the frequent sexual assault from her father hence she decided to inform her mother,” he said.

Premium Times reports that after the report, the police arrested the suspect.
Mr. Oyeyemi said, “the suspect, on interrogation owned up to the commission of the crime but attributed it to the devil’s handwork.”

He said further that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and possible prosecution of the suspect.

Source: NaijaNews

Friday, July 21, 2017

Justin Bieber, Banned From China

Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China.

In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in “bad behaviour.” according to Beijing’s Culture Bureau.

“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” it added.

The statement was issued in response to a question recently submitted by a user of the bureau’s website.

“We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public,” the statement said.

Source: PM News

Two Kidnappers shot dead while negotiating ransom

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The Police in Abia State have killed a four-man kidnap gang terrorising Aba and its environs.

Naija News gathered that two of the gang members were gunned down in an uncompleted building where their new victim was being held hostage.

According to Punch, the hoodlums on July 18, 2017, abducted the Managing Director of Mba Hotels Aba identified as Onyemaechi Mbamaonyeukwu Ijeoma in his ash colour Nissan Infinity SUV with Reg. No. GWA 807 DH and held him hostage in the uncompleted building.

Policemen, who acted on a tip-off, were said to have stormed the uncompleted building located at Umuajuju Ovungwu, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area.

On sighting the Officers, the kidnappers opened fire on them as the policemen retaliated.
Two of the kidnappers identified as Nwadibia and Monday were killed while others escaped with bullet wounds.

The Police recovered items which include the victim’s SUV, two motorcycles, and four GSM phones.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Toyin Aimakhu Now Has Her Own Emojis (PHOTOS)

Nollywood actress and producer, Toyin Abraham, has unveiled her customised emojis which she calls ‘Teemoji’.

Abraham revealed that the emojis have been in the works for a while, saying:

‘It has actually been in the pipeline for a while now and it’s finally ready to come out.

‘It’s for everyone and I’m hopeful and at the same time confident that my ever supportive fans will support this too.’

The emojis range from praying, grooving and laughing, to shock, blowing kisses and more.

Abraham also recently announced that her Alakada Reloaded movie made N75m in the box office.

‘I am indeed grateful for the astonishing success of Alakada Reloaded, 75million in cinema sales across the country, both in Yoruba and non-Yoruba speaking states,’ she said.

She went on to reveal that the film will premiere in the UK soon.

‘Alakada Reloaded will be premiering in the UK on Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 23rd July.’

Here are the emojis:

Nigeria can be restructured in 6 months- Atiku

Nigeria’s former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has said the Federal Government does not need to amend the constitution before commencing the restructuring of the country.

Abubakar, stated this while delivering a lecture on ‘Restructuring Nigeria’ at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, on Wednesday. He declared that Nigeria could be restructured in six months the Punch reports.

He said, “Some of what my ideas of restructuring involve require constitutional amendment; some do not. Take education and roads for instance. The Federal Government can immediately start the process of transferring federal roads to the state governments along with the resources it expends on them.

“In the future if the Federal Government identifies the need for a new road that would serve the national interest, it can support the affected states to construct such roads, and thereafter leave the maintenance to the states, which can collect tolls from road users for the purpose.

“The Federal Government does not need a constitutional amendment to start that process.

“The same goes for education and health care. We must reverse the epidemic of federal take-over of state and voluntary organisations’ schools and hospitals which began in the 1970s, and also transfer those established by the Federal Government to the states.

“We do not need a constitutional amendment to transfer federal universities and colleges as well as hospitals to the states where they are located.

“The country can be restructured in six months, all you have to do is return the items on the concurrent list to the states,” he added.

Atiku noted that it was not unusual for Nigerians to have different opinions on restructuring because “it is a concept that means different things to different people.”

“To me, restructuring means making changes to our current federal structure so it comes closer to what our founding leaders established, in response to the very issues and challenges that led them to opt for a less centralised system.

“It means devolving more powers to the federating units with the accompanying resources. It means greater control by the federating units of the resources in their areas.

“It would mean, by implication, the reduction of the powers and roles of the Federal Government so that it would concentrate only on those matters that could best be handled by the centre such as defence, foreign policy, monetary and fiscal policies, immigration, customs and excise, aviation as well as setting and enforcing national standards on such matters as education, health and safety,” he said.

Abubakar went ahead to suggest what he described as ‘first steps’ that should taken by the Federal Government towards restructuring the country.

The steps, according to him, include placing local governments under the control of the state governments, establishment of state police, reduction in the number of federating units, and “local control of resources but with federal taxing powers to help redistribute resources and to help address national priorities.”

“These are possible first steps and would be easy wins for the Federal Government and the country. They will in part show the goodwill of the federal authorities in dealing with this very serious issue, and complement the important consultations which the Acting President has undertaken in recent times to douse tension in the country.

“Indeed the Federal Government can voluntarily withdraw from most of the items listed in the very thin Concurrent Legislative List of our constitution.

“I believe that the benefits accruing from these first steps will help us as we move towards the changes that require amendments to our constitution,” Abubakar stressed.

He also suggested that states that could not generate adequate revenue should be absorbed by other prosperous states.

On the creation of new states, he said, “Those calling for new states seem oblivious of the fiscal crisis the existing states are in and how dependent they are on transfer payments from Abuja.

“If we are to maintain the current state structure, how do we ensure their financial viability?

“Obviously they would have to diversify their economies and revenue sources, but what happens to those unable to do so?

“One option that I have suggested is a means-test requiring states to generate a specified percentage of their share of federal allocations internally or be absolved into another state.”

In the alternative, he noted that “we may revisit Chief Alex Ekwueme’s suggestion that we use the existing geopolitical zones as federating units rather than the current states.”

Abubakar expressed regrets that “fear, greed, envy, and resentment are at the centre of disagreements on resource control,” which he described as the most contentious issue in the debate on restructuring.

Source: Naij


Yoruba actor Odunlade Adekola and Ebube Nwagbo apparently challenged each other to an interesting dance battle as keenly observed by Mercy Johnson Okogie in Ogun State.

The winner of the interesting contest is currently unknown but picture evidence showed Mr. Adekola put up a huge fight against the beautiful actress of Igbo descent.

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I dance to enjoy myself- Sen. Ademola Adeleke

Senator Ademola Adeleke representing Osun West in the Nigerian Senate whose dancing video went viral and gained him more popularity has said that dancing is part of him and that he enjoys dancing.

The Senator made this known in an interview he granted in Abuja on Thursday.

Adeleke who is in the Senate to fill the vacuum left by his late brother Sen. Isiaka Adelekesaid he started dancing while he was in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to make campaigns lively and when he moved to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he also continued with his steps to make campaigns very lively.

“If you go to most campaigns, it is so dry but when you put in an interlude where you dance it becomes interesting where you dance and laugh.

“As a matter of fact, I became the face of the campaign, without me there is no campaign.

“So, now that they messed up and i moved to my former party the PDP and they are now using it against me that i am dancing.

“I even danced with my daughter and they never knew it was my daughter and they were using it against me but i said hey, she is my daughter, you have to be close to your children.

“I dance to enjoy myself. Everybody dances,” he said.

The senator, who many referred to as the “dancing senator” after his video went viral, eliciting reaction from several individuals however stressed that he will not only be remembered in the Senate for his dance steps but that he will be remembered for delivering dividends of democracy to his people.

He said, he had been understudying the legislature and analyzing its processes in order to come up with bills that will affect his people positively.

He added that although only two years were left in the 8th Senate, he would ensure to make an impact within the two years.

“For the past one week, I have been understudying what is going on in the Senate and I love it.

“I intend to pass a lot of bills that will benefit my people in Osun West. They have done well by supporting me. This election was an election that got a lot of attention and they supported me: the dance I did was a victory dance,” he said.

Woman In Court For Beating Brother’s Wife

A 52-year-old woman, Bunmi Akinyemi, who allegedly assaulted her brother’s wife, Ireti Obembe by beating her to a pulp, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Akinyemi, a resident of Ayobo area of Lagos, is standing trial on a one-count charge of assault.

The prosecutor, Insp. Raji Akeem told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 21 at Power Line, Ajasa Command, Lagos.

Akeem said that the accused assaulted the complainant by beating her to a pulp.

The prosecutor alleged that Obembe said the fight started as a result of an argument which ensued between her and the accused.

“The complainant said that she was at her shop when her sister-in-law dragged her out of the shop and started beating her.

“She said that the accused claimed she was beating her for taking her brother to court, instead of settling the dispute between them amicably.

“Obembe who was very angry about what her sister-in-law had done, reported the matter to the police and the accused was later arrested, “Akeem said.

The offence contravened Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised)

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 173 prescribes three-year jail term for assault occasioning harm.

The Magistrate, Mr T.O Shomade granted the accused bail in the sum N10,000 with one surety in like sum.

The case was adjourned till July 31, for mention.

Source: PM News

Buhari’s Health Is Affecting Us – APC

The ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, has blamed the delay in holding its convention on the nation’s president, Muhammadu Buhari’s health.

The party stated that the president’s health is largely responsible for its o=inability to hold its constitutionally mandated mid-term non-elective convention.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Zamfara state governor, Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, stated that the party is however working in line to fix the issue.

While speaking to newsmen at the end of fifth regular joint APC National Working Committee (NWC) /APC Governors’ meeting which held on Wednesday, the state governor noted that the processes leading to the programme will begin on Saturday, July 29.

He however stated when reminded of the earlier statement that the party’s leadership will meet with the Acting President after its meeting in May, “although the President is supposed to be present at the convention as leader of the party, we will still meet with the Acting President to decide on a date.”

Source: The Herald

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UNHCR, 2Face Drum Support For IDPs In Borno

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) partnership with the singer, Innocent Idibia, (2 face Idibia), have inaugurated awareness campaign to garner support for victims of violence.

The UNHCR and the singer-songwriter are focusing their campaign to those who were affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East region.

Edibia said this at a musical concert organised by the Nigerian Army at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

He said decided to partner with UNHCR because he was deeply touched by the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

“I visited some of the IDP camps. Their condition is heart-breaking and saddening.

“At the same time; I see hope in their eyes and eagerness to return to homes. And that hope could not have been there without the effort of the army,” he said.

Edibia also commended the Nigerian Army’s efforts towards ending the insurgency and protection of lives and property in the country.

The singer commended the Army for ensuring peace in the country.

“Words alone cannot not express how wonderful you have been doing toward ensuring the return of peace in the country.

“You are doing a wonderful work, putting your life on the line to defend and protect our country.”

He, however, promised to extend the campaign to other parts of the country, with a view to drumming support for IDPs and the counterinsurgency campaign.

Also speaking, Cesar Tshilombo, the Head of the UNCHR, Sub-Office in Maiduguri, said that the organisation would collaborate with 2Face to raise awareness on its operations in the region.

“Having 2Face here will make the visibility of UNHCR operations. It is to let the people know that they not being neglected.

“Today we are in Ngala, visited some of the camps and interacted with some of the displaced children. I think having 2Face around is a good partnership,” Tshilombo said.

“We are specifically working on things that could create good impact on the lives of the people,” he said.


Election Results To Be Declared At Collation Centres – LASIEC Boss

The results of elections into Chairmanship and Councillorship posts in the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State scheduled for Saturday will be announced at the Local Government/ Local Council Development Area Collation Centres and Ward Collation Centres respectively.

The Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Phillips, made this known while speaking with some stakeholders on the preparations of the Commission for the elections on Tuesday.

Phillips stressed that the Commission would, however, be monitoring developments at the various Collation Centres and other locations in the State through reports sent to the Election Support Centre at the headquarters by the field officers of the Commission.

Meanwhile, the Commission has continued the deployment of non-sensitive materials to the Electoral Officers in the 57 LGS/LCDAs of the State in preparations for the elections.

“With the early deployment of the materials to the LGs/LCDAs, the Commission intends to eliminate any delay that could militate against the smooth conduct of the elections on Saturday,” she said.

The Electoral Officers are expected to distribute the materials to Supervisory Presiding Officers in their LGs/LCDAs who will, in turn, distribute the materials to the Presiding Officers for the conduct of the elections.

Credit: PM News

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peter Okoye Reacts To Call For His Arrest By APC Youth

Nigerian singer, Peter Okoye who was described as a child of darkness by the youth wing of the All Progressive Congress, APC has reacted to the call for his arrest by the political party.

Recall that the youth wing had stated in a statement released: “We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government’s job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation.

“Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity.

“Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves? If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today? Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then?

“After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad.

“Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders ‘Ndi Ala’ which means mad and stupid people. How dare you say that Psquare?

“We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute. If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry.We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos.”

In reaction to the call for his arrest, the singer took to his social media page to demand for Egusi soup along with the arrest warrant.

He wrote:


Man jailed for stealing N500 from dead accident victim

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A Magistrates’ Court in Minna on Tuesday sentenced a 25-year-old security guard, Musa Isah, to three months imprisonment for stealing N500 from an accident victim.

Isah was arraigned on a count charge of theft, contrary to Section 287 of the Penal Code.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Gunduma Ibrahim, told court that the convict, residing at M.I. Wushishi Estate in Minna committed the offence on July 15 at about 4 p.m.

Ibrahim said the convict went to a fatal accident scene in Minna under the guise of rescuing the victims.

The prosecutor said that instead of assisting the accident victims, the convict searched the lifeless body of one of the victims and removed N500 from the victim.

Ibrahim said that Isah was arrested on the spot and taken to a nearby police station for prosecution.

When the charge was read to him, he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

The prosecutor urged the court to sentence Isah, based on his plea in line with Section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Magistrate, Mrs Mariam Kings, sentenced Isah to three months imprisonment, saying however, that he could pay a fine N20, 000 in the alternative. 


Arsene Wenger breaks Premier League Record

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Ars̬ne Wenger has today become the longest-serving PL manager of all-time with 7,583 days at the helm of Arsenal Football Club Рexactly one day longer than Sir Alex spent in charge of the Red Devils after the top-tier of English football had been rebranded as the Premier League.

Sir Alex took over at Old Trafford in 1986 when they were in the old First Division, with the Premier League not coming into being until the 1992/93 season.

Wenger arrived at Arsenal four years later, taking over at the Emirates in September 1996 after Bruce Rioch’s dismissal, leaving Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight to take over the Gunners.

That means Wenger still has some six years to go until he will match Ferguson’s total United tenure, with the Scot having sat in the Old Trafford dugout for 9,704 days.

Although Wenger has spent more days in charge, he is still a few matches shy of managing the most games in the Premier League.

Ferguson still holds that record, having taken charge of 810 matches in the Premier League, while Wenger is 20 behind on 790.

Source: The Herald

Girl Bags 7 Months Imprisonment For Love Sake

A Grade 1 Area Court in Karu, Abuja, on Tuesday, sentenced a 33 year-old sales girl, Tine Joy, to seven months imprisonment for criminal breach of trust.

The Judge, Mr Hassan Ishaq, in sentencing the defendant, however, gave her an option to pay N18, 000 as fine.

Ishaq also ordered the convict to pay the complainant, N62, 000 as compensation.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mr Ashasim Helen, told the Court that the defendant was arraigned for criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal misappropriation punishable under sections 314, 322 and 309 of the Penal code.

Helen alleged that the complainant, Godwin Ola, of Army Estate, Kurudu in Abuja, on July 14, reported the matter at Karu Police Station.

Helen alleged that the complainant had sometime in May, employed the defendant, as a sales girl in his garment shop situated in Karu.

She told the court that the defendant defied her employer’s instruction of daily record keeping and remittance of all sales proceeds to him at close of work.

The prosecutor told the court that on July 7, the defendant refused to remit the sales of proceeds to the complainant at the close of work as she converted the sum of N62, 000 to personal use.

Helen told the court that all efforts by the complainant to recover his money from the defendant proved abortive until she was arrested by the Police.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant confessed during Police investigations to have given the money to her boyfriend, one Noah Solomon, now at large.

When her plea was taken, Joy pleaded guilty and begged the Court to temper justice with mercy and give her time to pay back the money.

Source: PM News

322 Inmates In Kirikiri Prisons Register For WASSCE

A total of 322 inmates in Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons in Lagos State registered for the West African Senior Secondary Examination (WASSCE) in the past three years, an official has said.

The Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Mr Tunde Ladipo, gave the figure in Lagos.

The controller said that inmates only sat for WASSCE for private candidates for ordinary level certificate.

Ladipo said that 206 of the inmates were from Ikoyi Prison, while 116 were from the Kirikiri Prison, Apapa.

According to the controller, 75 inmates of Ikoyi Prison registered for the 2017 WASSCE for private candidates.

He said that 66 of Ikoyi Prison inmates sat for the examination in 2016 and 65 inmates in 2015.

Ladipo said 20 inmates of the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, sat for the examination in 2015 while 25 sat for it in 2016.

He said that 21 inmates of the Medium Security Prison, Kirikiri, sat for the examination in 2016 while 17 took the examination in 2015.

The controller said 14 inmates of the Female Prison, Kirikiri, took the examination in 2015 while 19 sat for it in 2016.

He said that no inmate of the Kirikiri Prison had registered for the examination in 2017 due to lack of sponsorship.

He added that 59 inmates of the Ikoyi Prison sat for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), while 32 inmates of the prison sat for the examination in 2016.

According to Ladipo, Kirikiri Prison inmates do not sit for UTME but secure admission directly into the National Open University of Nigeria, if they pass WASSCE.

According to him, registration of inmates for the examinations depends on sponsorship by well-meaning individuals and groups including churches and non-governmental organisations.

“Assisting inmates to have access to education opportunities was one outstanding way of keeping alive their hope of a successful return to the larger society.

He noted that the Nigeria Prisons Service was designed as a correction and reformation centre.

“We are trying to transform the lives of inmates through reading that could teach them morals after serving their jail terms.

“With these measures, they will easily get integrated into the society at the expiration of their jail terms, ’’ Ladipo said.

The controller applauded well-meaning individuals, groups and non-governmental organisations for assisting in improving the lives of inmates.

He commended the Controller-General of Nigeria Prisons Service, Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed, for giving priority attention to reform and welfare of inmates.

Ladipo also hailed Lagos State Government for supporting the command with utility vehicles to facilitate operations.

“The controller-general recorded a remarkable achievement in the last two years with improvement in the welfare and reformation of inmates.

“Inmates are trained in different vocations such as barbering, tailoring, art and design as well as bead making to empower them to be self-employed after their jail terms.

“We thank the state government and NGOs that have been supporting our operations,’’ Ladipo said.

Source: PM News

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kogi Police Arrests Kidnappers, Rescue Kidnap Victim

Kogi State Police Command said on Monday that it had arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim, Pastor Oliver Clement.

Its Public Relations Officer, Mr William Aya, said in a statement in Lokoja that the suspects were rounded up at their various hideouts in Okene, Ankpa, Lokoja and other parts of the state.

He said that the cleric was kidnapped on July 9 and was with his abductors until July 13, when he was rescued.

“The kidnappers took him to their hideout at Inye in Ankpa area. We are happy to announce that he has reunited with his family,” Aya said.

According to him, one of the suspects, Uche Michael, was arrested with bullets wounds at the General Hospital, Okpo, Olamaboro Local Government Area.

Aya described Michael as “a notorious armed robber/kidnapper, who has just escaped from police arrest in Ondo State”.

He said that the suspect had gone to the hospital for treatment when luck ran out on him.

The police officer said that one Habeeb Abdulkareem, an “old time criminal”, who had been on the police wanted list for so many years, was among those arrested. The suspect was arrested in Okene.

He named other suspects arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery to include Muazu Salem, Mutari Suleiman, Mohammed Abubakar, Ibrahim Ali, Abdulahi Idris, Amodu Isah and Gade Garba.

“Some of the suspects escaped arrest, but intelligence officers have been detailed to track and arrest them,” he said.

Aya said that the suspects were arrested between May 25 and July 13, adding that nine assorted rifles, including AK47, pump action machine, double barrel guns and pistols were recovered from them.

Also recovered from them are live cartridges, cutlasses, knives, hammers and charms.

Aya said that some of the suspects had made confessional statement and would soon be charged to court.

Souce: PM News

APC Wins All Council Seats In Kebbi

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the chairmanship seats in all the 21 local government areas of Kebbi State where elections were held on Saturday.

While addressing journalists, the Chairman of the Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission (KESIEC), Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad Mera said the election was conducted in all the 21 local government areas of the state under peaceful atmosphere.

The KESIEC Chairman added that 28 political parties took part in the election which saw the ruling APC pulling a total of 95, 881 votes in the 21 local government areas and the PDP 28, 514 votes

Up till the time of filing this report, the results for the councillorship elections are yet to be released by KESIEC.

Daily Trust

Driver Arrested In Ogun Over Manslaughter

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A 30-year-old driver, Hafeez Malomo, was on Monday docked at the Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for allegedly driving in a reckless manner that resulted in the death of a man.

Malomo, whose address was unknown as at the time of this report, had been slammed with two-count charge of reckless driving and manslaughter.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Chudu Gbesi, told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 22 at about 7.00 a.m. at Gateway Hotel, Ota.

Gbesi said that the accused, being in charge of a Dyana Pick-up van with registration number APP 862 XN, drove the vehicle in a restless manner which resulted in the death of one 43-year-old Gafar Akande.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 5(10) (1) and 6(1) of the Federal Highway Act, Cap. 135, Laws of Federation, 2006.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr S. O. Banwo, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N1 million, with two sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, would swear to an affidavit of means.

Banwo also ordered that they submit four recent passport photographs to the court and show evidence of tax payment from the Ogun Government.

The case was adjourned until Aug. 23, for hearing.

Source: PM News

Caitlyn Jenner May Run For U.S. Senate, Why She’s Considering Politics

A former Olympic decathlete who chose to become a transgender, Caityln Jenner, has revealed that she is considering running for a political office in the United States senate.

The transgender who earlier in the year underwent a sex reassignment surgery revealed that her passion for the consideration is fueled by her drive to protect LGBT rights and promote its issues.

The transgender who will be running for the US senate from California on a Republican ticket should she choose to go through with her plans will challenge the re-election of Democrat’s Dianne Feinstein next year.

Speaking on the likelihood of hatching her plans, the transgender and Kardashian patriarch while speaking to John Catsimatidis on the radio on Sunday said she was weighing her options of effecting a change from a political office or outside.

She said: “I have considered it. I like the political side of it.”

“The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me. Can I do a better job from the outside?

“Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to, you know, talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.

“And yeah, but I would look for a senatorial run.”

Source: Herald

UAE Minister Denies Hacking Of Qatari Websites

The United Arab Emirates was not responsible for an alleged hack of Qatari websites which helped spark a month-long diplomatic rift with Doha, the UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

Speaking at a forum in London, Anwar Gargash said the UAE would not escalate its boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with it or with Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of Vodafone Group had said that access to its network was being affected by technical issues.

“The company is working to resolve the issue,’’ Vodafone Qatar said on its official Twitter account.

Several Vodafone customers told Reuters that they were unable to make or receive phone calls.

A spokesman for Vodafone Qatar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

State-controlled Ooredoo also serves Qatar’s mobile communications market.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism, a claim which Qatar denies.

Source: PM News

Fire kills 10 people in Cross River tank farm

At least 10 persons have now been confirmed killed in a blaze that gutted a tank farm at the Calabar Free Zone Enterprise at Esuk Utan Community in Cross River State with others sustaining various degrees of burns.

The fire which affected a tank farm, part of the Nigeria Ports Authority and the Esuk Utan Community, was said to have been triggered by an overflow of PMS (petrol) from a vessel to a tank farm around the area.

Speaking to Channels Television, some witnesses claimed that most of the people who got burnt were scooping the petroleum product.

The bodies of those killed have been moved to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital morgue while those injured are being treated.

Confirming the incident, the Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Itaya Nyong, attributed the cause of the inferno to illegal activities going on within the Calabar Export Processing Zone.

He called on the Federal Government to investigate the issue and possibly shut down the affected tank farm for now to avert more spillage and a more severe disaster.

The Calabar Export Processing Zone comprises of several tank farms which serve petroleum products to several states in the country.

Witnesses and some survivors said the tragic incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday following an over flow of PMS product discharging from a vessel on a Marine jetty to a tank farm around the EPZ area.

Security agencies, however, prevented journalists from gaining access to the area affected by the blaze.

Also, residents of the area and business women from the community were not allowed to reach their friends and relatives who live at a fishing settlement behind the depot.

Witnesses at the entrance of the tank farm said the inferno which began from the river before reaching the tank farm lasted more than thirty minutes.

One of them, Nkpang Onobo, said the fire started around 2 am, after which it spread to the host community, Esuk Utan, and affected some people.

When journalists eventually got to the community, they were informed that six members were killed by the blaze.

The head of Esuk Utan, Edet Udukwon, said the community is considering legal action against the company that involved.

In reaction, the Petroleum Commissioner decried the illegal activities said to be going on at the depot area with lack of security and safety measures which according to him is a primary factor to the disaster.

“The state Government will ensure that, justice is meted out to the culprits involved and adequate sanction followed,” he said.

Source: Channels TV

Friday, July 14, 2017

21-Years Marriage Dissolved Over Wife’s Infidelity, Alcoholism

The Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, on Friday dissolved a 21-year-old between one Idowu Iyanda and his wife Florence over the wife’s infidelity and alcoholism.

Mr Ademola Odunade, President of the court ruled that the marriage was dissolved due to irreconcilable differences between the couple.

“When wives refuse to keep to dos and don’ts binding a union, the result is usually tragic and bring about break up such as what is currently taking place.

“In the interest of peaceful coexistence, the union between Idowu and Florence has ceased to be henceforth.

“Custody of the four children produced by the union is granted to Idowu.

“Idowu shall pay N3,000 to Florence to enable her move out her property from the house,” the Arbitrator said.

Earlier, Idowu , a carpenter had told the court that his wife Florence, was an unrepentant prostitute and alcoholic.

“My lord, when I entered into the union with Florence in 1996, I never knew that I was making a very terrible mistake for choosing her as a life partner.

“She is never to be trusted for a single moment in terms of fidelity as Florence has made herself a public tap where all sorts of men of easy virtue fetch water.

“My lord, times without number, I have caught her with men and I have warned her against the adulterous act.

“For the sake of emphasis my lord, our fourth and last child is a sickle cell patient, my own Genotype is AA, Florence is AS, how did our last child become an SS.

“Worst still, Florence is an addicted alcohol consumer. In fact, she still consumed one last night, this is the bottle my lord.

“When she was complaining that she wanted to be riding a car, despite the fact that I don’t drive, I bought a car.

“We agreed that she will be driving the car, carrying me to and from my workshop.

“One day, Florence carried me to a particular point and abandoned me in the car and went her way.

“In addition, she no longer perform any of her conjugal rites and she quarrels with me all the time.

“Florence is a highly disobedient wife and she has even vowed to eliminate me from the surface of the earth.

“She poisoned the drinking water at home with the intention that I will drink it, but I got to know and refused to take the water,” Idowu said.

Florence, a hairdresser, who could not deny most of the allegations, however, pleaded with the court to save her marriage.

She said that she was not ready to part ways with Idowu because they both achieved greatness together.

“My lord, it is true that I consume alcohol, but it is only during cold weather.

“I wonder why Idowu is rejecting the paternity of our last child. I don’t know why he is an SS,” Florence said.

The couple resides at Alegun-Oleyo area of Ibadan.

Credit: PM NEWS
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