Monday, 29 February 2016

Abducted girl Ese Oruru speaks out, wants to remain in Kano with her lover

According to Premium Times, Ese Oruru, who was allegedly kidnapped from Bayelsa State to Kano, said she was not interested in reuniting with her family and denied reports that she was abducted from her home in Bayelsa State. In an exclusive audio recording obtained by the online publication today, the girl also said she eloped with her lover to Kano in order to convert to Islam.

“My name is Aisha Chuwas. I am 17-year-old. I came here to be a Muslim and I will stay here.”

Kidnapped 14yr old Ese Oruru regains her freedom, in police custody

14 year old Ese Oruru has regained her freedom. She was rescued from her abductor, Yinusa, who kidnapped her from her mother's shop in Bayelsa in August 2015, forced her to change her religion and married her. Ese is currently in police custody‎.

Cases Of Violence Against Children Is High In Kaduna – Human Rights Commission

 The Kaduna State Zonal Coordinator of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr Chris Eneji, on Sunday said that reported cases of violence against children is very high in the state.
He noted that such cases are brought before the commission on a regular basis.
According to him, about two thirds of children in the state between ages 5 and 14 are subjected to physical punishment by their care givers on a regular basis, adding that only about one third of such cases are reported to the commission or relevant authorities.

Nigerian Army Inaugurates Combat Motorbike Battalion In The Fight Against Boko Haram

The Army has inducted a combat motorbike battalion at the Headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno State.
It also launched the second set of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, while inducting the unit stated that the essence of the battalion is to open and secure motorways from various towns to and fro Maiduguri and other parts of Yobe State.

Emir of Kano shares letters he sent to AIG Kano ordering the immediate release of Ese to her parents

 Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, reached out to the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, over the abduction 13 year old Ese Oruru. The Emir shared copies of letter he'd sent to the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Kano state ordering the immediate release of 13 year old Ese Oruru to the AIG in Bayelsa state who will in turn return her to her parents.  The Emir was reacting to reports that he was obstructing the release of Ese. Read some of the things the Emir said to the former Minister after the cut...

EFCC Arraigns Four Over N3.5m Land Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 arraigned the quartet of Abdulaziz Dalha Musa, Abbah Muhammad Bello, Bala Mohammed Zakari and Salisu Yusuf Juji before Justice Faruk Lawan of Kano State High Court on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence. 
The accused persons are all executive members of the Amalgamated Traders/Artisans Welfare Development Association, AMATA, Kano State Chapter.

With $30 oil price, we have to proritize and downsize our promises- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says with oil prices sliding to as low as $30 per barrel, the APC-led government will have to downsize or prioritize on the promises it made during the election campaigns. Lai said this to Channels TV

"When you campaign, you say you’ll do A, B, C, but when you win elections, you’ll priotize. We were elected for a four-year period, not for one year. Things, we hope, will not be bad all through these four years.

Bauchi State Governor, M Abubakar Donates Patrol Vehicles To Security Operatives

Photos from the official commissioning and handing over of security patrol vehicles to security operatives in Bauchi state by governor MA Abubakar. Also at the event is the Chief of Army Staff General TY Buratai as Special Guest. See more pics below

Photos of Abba Moro, others in court today, to be remanded in Kuje prison

 Justice A.I. Chikere of a Federal High Court in Abuja today ordered former Interior Minister, Abba Moro, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior Anastasia M. Daniel-Nwaobia and a deputy director in the ministry F. A. Aleyebami to be remanded in Kuje prison custody till March 2nd when their formal bail application will be heard. Moro and two others are being arraigned on an 11 count charge ranging from the abuse of procurement process and diversion of public funds. More pics after the cut...

Buhari: Insecurity scaring investors away

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the incentive to invest in the nation’s infrastructure is quite slim owing to insecurity.
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement quoted Buhari as saying this yesterday in Doha while speaking at a town hall meeting with the Nigerian community there.  The president, who is on a state visit to Qatar, charged Nigerians to rekindle the spirit of patriotism and selfless service to encourage more foreign investments in the country.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Saraki acquires N330m official cars

Senate President Bukola Saraki has acquired official cars worth N330 million, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered.
Saraki acquired the cars despite reservations expressed by Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Buhari had in his maiden media chat expressed reservation about the purchase of cars by the legislators. The lawmakers had after collecting car loans in August last year, insisted on buying cars for oversight functions.
Our correspondent recalled that Obasanjo, in January wrote a letter to Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, advising them to suspend the purchase of the cars in the face of the economic situation in the country.

I created over 125,000 jobs within 9 months – El-Ruafi

Governor Nasir El-Rufai,of Kaduna State yesterday said he has created over 125,000 direct jobs in the state within the past nine months.
El-Rufai stated this during his sixth town hall meeting with the people in Saminaka, Lere Local Government Area of the state.
He said the state school feeding programme which he introduced created at least 85,000 jobs for food vendors, their staff and supervisors.
“The job impact of ongoing interventions is over 125,000 direct jobs in Kaduna State within less than one year of the APC being in office. The estimates of these include: School feeding programme: at least 85,000 jobs, including the vendors, their staff and supervisors. School uniforms:11,100 jobs, rehabilitation of

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Divorce Diary Season 2 Episode XII

I met my wife Samira Kassim at the Islamiyya my younger sister attended. I went to pick up my sister Jalila when I met her. Even in her hijab there was something that just pulled my gaze to hers. I couldn’t stop staring at her. She noticed I was staring and walked towards me while making funny faces. I was so embarrassed. I looked away to find Jalila laughing at me.
“Yaya stop doing long throat jor, let’s go home.Yarinyan nanis out of your league”
“How can she be out of my league? Is she not human?Matsa da Allah”
I couldn’t get her out of my mind for the rest of the week. I know a lot of people say that but I actually could not stop thinking about her all week. It was so interesting for me to wonder about her life.

‘We’ve been abandoned after our husbands died fighting Boko Haram’

Widows of some soldiers killed during fights with insurgents in Borno State have said about two months after they told wives of service chiefs and that of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) during their visit to the state about the shoddy treatment they are receiving from authorities after the deaths of their husbands, nothing has changed.
Wife of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Mrs. Omobolanle Olonishakin, who led the team told the widows that she will never let her husband rest until the issues raised by the widows are fully addressed. But the Coordinator of a Non-

Ruqayyat Tijjani sacked by Nasarawa Civil Service for expressing her mind on FB

Ruqayyat Tijjani Usman, (pictured) who worked with the Nasarawa State Government civil service took to twitter to say she was sacked over comments she made on Facebook

Ruqayyat was unfairly sacked because she expressed her freedom of speech by asking the Nasarawa State government some pertinent questions on social media. She was sacked a few days after she made these comments...

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Your tenure expires March 28, PDP Rescue Group tells Sheriff, others

AS the dust gradually settles down in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over chairmanship tussle, the PDP Rescue Group, has insisted that the tenure of the party’s National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, and other National Working Committee, NWC, members expires on March 28, 2016.
The group, therefore, called on the NWC to commence programme leading to the party’s congresses and the National Convention.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the PDP Rescue Group, Amb. Wilberforce Juta, where the group said it will not rest until sanity is restored back to the party.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Expect gains of Buhari’s trips in few months – Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, has assured Nigerians that the frequent foreign trips of President Muhammadu Buhari will begin to yield positive results within the next couple of months
Oyegun, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Friday, dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the recent arrest of the former acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, was aimed at gagging the opposition.

Why Metuh tore his statement – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday demonstrated how the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, tore the statement he made to his investigators and gave reasons why he attempted to destroy the statement.
The EFCC, at the commencement of Metuh’s trial before Justice Ishaq Bello of the High Court of the Federeal Capital Territory (FCT), said Metuh tore the statement on realizing that he had implicated himself by admitting that he received money from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

Today Air force parades fake recruitment agent in Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force has paraded a fake recruitment agent over an extortion scam that promised employment into the Nigeria Air Force and other security agencies.
Parading the suspect on Friday in Abuja, the spokesman of the Air Force Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the suspect was arrested in a sting operation after swindling about N595, 000 from his victims.
He said the Air Force acting on information arrested one member of the syndicate posing as a recruitment agent for the Air Force and other security agencies.

Dasuki accuses Pres. Buhari of being behind his detention

Embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, has accused President Buhari of being behind his continued detention despite two federal high courts granting him bail in December last year. According to Premium Times, Dasuki made the allegation through his counsel, Joseph Daudu, at the resumed hearing of his trial today February 26th.
Dasuki said while responding to a question during his media chat last year, pres. Buhari said that himself and Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB, were still in detention because they could jump bail if they are released.

NDLEA seizes N61m worth of drugs at Abuja airport

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) has apprehended four suspected drug traffickers including a Birmingham based cleaner with 6.822kg of narcotics worth N61 million.
The seized drugs consist of 4.193kgs of heroin and 2.629kg of cocaine destined for Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, Birmingham, United Kingdom, Rome and Mumbai, India, a statement by the agency's spokesman Ofoyeju Mitchell said.
NDLEA commander at Abuja airport, Hamisu Lawan said that those arrested were caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of the country.

At least, 7 persons killed in fresh Taraba crisis

About 10 people are feared killed in a fresh communal crisis in Ibbi town, headquarters of Ibbi local government area of Taraba state.
Reports from the area said the crisis started when one Ibrahim Uba a civil defense corps official was killed by unknown gun men leading to retaliatory attack on people in the area by hoodlums.
Daily Trust gathered that several residential and commercial buildings were set ablaze while a curfew has been imposed by the state government.

Refund N310m for 23 cars, EFCC tells Uche Secondus

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Deputy National Chairman Uche Secondus has offered to return the 23 luxury cars he got from a business associate of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asked Secondus to refund to the Federal Government N310 million, being the worth of the vehicles.
Secondus may however remain in detention for a while because the anti-graft agency is still probing his relationship with an oil baron.
There were indications yesterday that the screening of Secondus’ financial transactions might provide more clues beyond the 23 vehicles.
Secondus was quizzed for hours yesterday by EFCC operatives.

Saraki speaks at Social Media Week, says his CCT trial is an act of persecution

Senate President Bukola Saraki attended this morning's session at the Social Media Week in Lagos where he addressed some issues. While fielding questions from Participants, Saraki said that the advent of Social Media in Nigeria has made the government of the day more accountable.
Answering questions on his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Saraki said the fact that he was not tried from 2003 to 2011 when he was governor of Kwara state shows that the trial is an act of persecution.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Yola blast caused by bombs in police store, says Police Commissioner

The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa, Mr Mohammed Gazali, said Thursday's blast at the Jimeta Police Station was caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram insurgents.
Gazali told newsmen in Yola that the recovered bomb exploded from the store used by the Police Command to warehouse exhibits.
He said that most of those affected by the blast were policemen.

'Boko Haram has been defeated' - Army Chief, Buratai

SK Usman army spokes person

Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the military has defeated Boko Haram. Buarati said this during a meeting with some Borno state elders at the military command and control centre in Maiduguri, Borno state yesterday February 24th.

EMOG chairman Alhaji Mutallab, German firms sign MoU on Funtua dry port

The Equatorial Marine Oil & Gas (EMOG) and a German firm, GAUFF engineering company yesterday signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on the Funtua dry port.
The MoU was signed by EMOG chairman Alhaji Umaru Mutallab and his GAUFF counterpart Mr. Uwe Gauff in Abuja. It is expected to bring into reality the dry port project which has been on board for the past 12 years.

Principal: "We begged him not to shoot" As Police shoot student for throwing stone at him in Gombe

A Policeman has allegedly shot dead a secondary school student at an inter school game in Pantami Stadium, in Gombe state capital.
In her account of the incident, the Vice Principal of Government Science Secondary School, Gombe Mrs. Zarah Yahaya said the incident occured during a football match organized by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as part of inter school games meant to foster unity among the students.
Mrs Zarah said the match was taking place at Pantami Stadium between Government Science Secondary School Gombe and Government Day Pilot Secondary School Gombe.
“They started the match, one go

Buhari To Travel To China For $2Billion Loan

An advance team headed by the finance minister is expected to travel to Negotiate the loan and President Buhari would travel to China to sign the loan in March, Chinese TV's website, has reported.
According to the report "President Muhamadu Buhari recently presented an ambitious budget to Nigeria’s parliament. At 30 Billion dollars, it is the highest Budget proposal in Nigeria’s history.
"Analysts think Buhari’s administration is attempting to spend its way out of recession by investing a huge chunk of the budget in infrastructure but he doesn’t have access to funds for that. The deficit st

Sanusi suspends village head over alleged rape of girl, 14year old girl.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, has suspended Usman Musa Muhammad, the village head of Goron-Maje in Dambatta LGA of the state over alleged rape of a 14-year old girl.
Announcing the suspension yesterday, the Galadiman Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, said the village head was suspended to ensure proper investigation into the matter.
He added that the emirate council had set up a committee to investigate the matter and report back to the palace. He also said the committee comprises representatives of the palace and officials of the State Hisbah Board.
The Galadima warned other traditional title holders in the state against anything capable of tarnishing their integrity and the image of the emirate.
“The Kano Emirate Council will not condone any act of immorality by its representatives, hence, will not spare any traditional ruler found wanting in such acts,” he said.
“The village head slept with me on several occasions. He threatened to kill me if I told anyone about my relationship with him and that is why I kept quiet,” the girl told Hisbah officials.
The Commander-General of the Hibah Board, Sheikh Aminu Ibrahim Daurawa, said the board would invite the village head for questioning.

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Senate Presents 2016 Budget Report Next Week

The Senate is expected to round off the collation of reports on the 2016 budget estimates of N6.08 trillion this week for due consideration next week.
According to the chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Danjuma Goje ( APC-Gombe Central), that would be preparatory to the passage of the Appropriation Bill before the end of next month.
Goje who stated this while briefing the Senate on the progress recorded since the presidency presented the budget proposal at yesterday’s sitting, said that his committee had mandated the different sub-committees to make their submissions between yesterday and Tuesday next week.

People with disabilities want a commission

Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD)Kaduna State Chapter has urged the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai to expedite actions that will lead to the establishment of a commission that will take care of their affairs.
According to the group, the signing and passage of a bill that will lead to establishment of a commission for Disabilities Affairs as promised by Elrufai during his governorship campaign will help them greatly.
The commission, according to the group, if established, will take responsibility for the education, healthcare and protection needs of the people living with disability.

Minister Urges Shippers'Patronage Of Kaduna Inland Container Terminal

The minister of transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the stakeholders and shippers, especially those doing business in the northern part of the country, to make use of the newly inaugurated Kaduna Inland Container Terminal.
The minister who attended the seminar on the sensitisation of stakeholders on the importance and huge cost rebate, convenience and timeliness that would be enjoyed by shippers who choose to use the terminal for their imports and exports urged the stakeholders to collaborate with the managers of the dry port for the project to succeed.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Buhari: Budget in N/Assembly not what I presented

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the unauthorised alterations of the 2016 national budget has completely changed the document from the one he presented to the National Assembly.

President Buhari disclosed this in Riyadh late Tuesday night while addressing the Nigerian Community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Buhari condemned the distortion of the budget proposals by what he called "entrenched interests".

The president stated that throughout the periods he had served the country in the past, he had never heard about budget padding.

EFCC arrests former PDP acting chairman, Uche Secondus

The immediate past acting Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. A statement by PDP's national legal adviser, Victor Kwon, says Secondus is being accused of illegally receiving a number of buses and demands that the buses be returned. The statement in part reads;

Dangin Mijina Episode 5

If its your first time read the pevious HERE

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A wani dare ne. Inna tace yan nan. Wannan malaminkun yaxo kwanaki yayi tambaya. Da bamuso mubasu amsaba. Anma mahaifinki yaga yadda yake lura dake a makaranta ya tabbata cewa shi mai taimakonki ne .hakan yasa ya amince.dafatan zabin yamiki?! Nace ae inna badamuwa. Ahaka muka kare hutunmu. Muka koma hutu.a lokacin aka raba prefectship abin mamaki waini aka bawa headgal.zafyra labour Furyad kitchen.mukam mune da makarantan. Tunda duk muhimman post a hannunmu suke. Muka bi da yara yanda sukeso. Kowa ka laluma yanason mu.shi kanshi principal yaji dadin kasancewarmu. Prefect.a lokacim su aisha alka suka zana jarabawa suka fita. Ran fitansu takirani taban leta. Nakarba naje na nutsu ina karantawa
Zuwa gareki

Buhari Turns Down Invitation to Join Coalition of Islamic States Against Terror

President Muhammadu Buhari has tactically rejected the invitation by Saudi Arabia to join the coalition of Islamic States against terror.
Buhari, who is on a week-long visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar told his host and ruler of Saudi Arabia, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, that rather than joining, Nigeria would support the coalition.
A statement by the president’s spokesman Mr. Garba Shehu said Buhari turned down the invitation tuesday at a bilateral meeting between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.

Naira appreciates further to N305/$

The naira continued its appreciation against the dollar in the parallel market Wednesday, as the parallel market exchange rate dropped further to N305 per dollar.
Thus the naira has appreciated by N70 against the dollar in three days in the parallel market. The parallel market exchange rate, which rose to N400 per dollar last Thursday, dropped and closed the week at N375.
Bureaux De Change operators who spoke to Vanguard yesterday said that they bought from customers at N270 per dollar but sold at average of N305 per dollar.
An Abuja based BDC who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity said the wide gap between the buying rate and selling rate was due to attempt by

We ‘re returning to agriculture, mining to develop economy, Buhari tells Saudi investors

With the drastic fall of oil prices in the international market, President Mohammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria was returning to agriculture and mining to cushion its effect on the economy.
He regretted that the country had largely depended on oil, stressing that current harsh economic realities were an indication that the economy needed to be urgently diversified.
President Buhari who spoke at a meeting with leading members of the Council of Saudi

Osinbajo, Tinubu, Saraki hold meeting at the state house

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently in a closed door meeting with Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and some leaders of the APC including APC National leader Bola Tinubu, in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. State house correspondents say the meeting started at about 11.00 a.m. Sahara reporters is alleging that the meeting is about Saraki and his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Trial CCT.

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Protesters ask Saraki to quit

It was anti-climax yesterday in the Senate. The speculated plot by some Senators to engender the suspension of Senator Kabiru Marafa failed to materialise.
The Senate resolved to refer Marafa, who represents Zamfara Central Senatorial District to its Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions over alleged uncomplimentary comments against the institution of the Senate.
Instead of the reported suspension, protesters took over the gate of the National Assembly. They demanded the resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Although, Chairman of the Ethics and Privileges Committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu submitted the committee’s report on alleged Marafa’s misdemeanor, the report was not considered.

FFK reacts after Ali Modu Sheriff threatened to deal with him for calling him the founder of Boko Haram

Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the threat made by PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, to deal with him for calling him the founder of the insurgency group, Boko Haram. The new PDP Chairman had on Monday February 22nd, stated that those who are accusing him of being the founder of Boko Haram, particularly Femi Fani-Kayode "will not go scot free”.
While reacting, FFK who spoke to newsmen in Abuja yesterday February 23rd, said;

Peoples’ Democratic Party ministers reject Ali-Modu Sheriff as PDP chairman Read their communique below...

We the Peoples’ Democratic Party ministers from 1999-2015 (hereinafter refered to as ‘The Forum’) met on Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016 in Abuja and deliberated on recent developments in the party among other issues.
The forum reiterates and affirms our commitment to the ideals and core values of the founding principles of our great party.Having considered the decision of the National Executive Committee of PDP in the last executive Committee

EFCC accuses Abba Moro, others of using N676m generated from Immigration job applicants on houses

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday filed an 11-count charge of fraud, money laundering and others against former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and three others- a former Permanent Secretary, Anastasia Daniel-Nwobia, F. O. Alayebami, Mahmood Ahmadu and Drexel Tech Nigeria Ltd.
According to the count charge by EFCC, Abba Moro and the three others used the N676.675 million they generated from 676,675 Immigration job seekers to buy and refurbish houses in Abuja.

Fayose declares support for Sheriff says those kicking against his appointment couldn't win 10% of their states for PDP

Ekiti ‎state governor, Ayo Fayose, has declared his support for the newly-appointed National Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff. Speaking with newsmen in Ekiti state today February 23rd, Fayose said those who are against Ali Modu's appointment are politically incompetent as they couldn’t win 10% of their states during the last general elections;

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Mother and her four children slaughtered in Kebbi State..

A mother and four children, including 3-year-old twins, were murdered in their home in Bayan Kara Area of Birnin Kebbi.The victims identified as wife and children of a former chairman of the traders union of Birnin Kebbi central market, Dandare Maibulawus, were slaughtered in the early hours of Monday, February 22.

MALABU OIL DEAL: Atiku, Abacha family behind my ordeal - Adoke

Former Attorney-Gener­al of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mo­hammed Adoke (SAN), has taken up some prominent Ni­gerians he alleged to be sponsor­ing the media campaign against him in the controversial Malabu oil deal saga.
In a letter he wrote to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osi­nbajo, on the matter, Adoke fin­gered former Vice President Ati­ku Abubakar and the family of late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, as the brains behind his ordeal in the ongoing probe of the Malabu oil deal.

Senate orders cleanup of FCT within 21 days

THE Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory has given the Area Councils 21 days to clean up parks, markets and the entire FCT or face sanctions.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) gave this directive when the committee met with chairmen of the six area councils in the FCT.

600,000 children in Jigawa under-fed — UNICEF

No fewer than 600,000 out of 1.1 million children below the age of five in Jigawa state are malnourished according to statistics released yesterday by the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF).
The organization Chief Nutritionist in Nigeria, Mr. Arjan de-Wagt, made the disclosure when he led other partners on ‘Improving Nutrition in Northern Nigeria” on a courtesy visit to Gov. Muhammad Badaru in Dutse.
Gov Badaru of Jigawa State

Monday, 22 February 2016

EFCC detains Abba Moro, two others

The EFCC today reportedly detained former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, a former Permanent Secretary and a director over the N650million immigration recruitment scandal that led to the death of some job applicants in March 2014.‎ The three suspects were invited by the EFCC ahead of their arraignment in court on Tuesday.
About 6.5million Nigerian youths applied for 5,000 immigration jobs, but the conduct of the test in March 2014 led to the death of several applicants during a stampede in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Minna. Each applicant paid a non-refundable application fee of N1, 000.

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A Sister need your help:19-year-old breast cancer patient at ATBUTH, in critical condition and needs radio therapy

 19-year-old mother of two, Saadatu Muhammed is currently a patient at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi. According to Surayyah Sabonkudi who shared the photo and details: "I came across this patient in a ward at ATBUTH Bauchi.Who is in need of radio therapy due to breast cancer. She is nineteen years old, a mother of two a villager and an orphan who cannot afford three square meals. Shes saadatu muhammed from giade female surgical ward four."

This is first of it kind: Buhari appoints Blind man as his Special Assistant

President Buhari has appointed a visually impaired man, Dr. Samuel Inalegwu Ode Ankeli as his Senior Special Assistant on matters concerning disabled people‎. Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, announced this in a statement released today Feb. 22nd.‎

I'll not resign as PDP chair- Ali-Modu Sheriff, insists he has nothing to do with Boko Haram

Embattled Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, says he will not be resigning from his position as the party's Chairman despite the public outcry by some members since his appointment. Sheriff stated this at the PDP secretariat in Abuja shortly after he officially took over the party leadership.
“I won’t resigned because the leadership of the party, in their wisdom, chose me to lead the PDP for the purpose of rebuilding and repositioning the party at this critical period,”he said.

'I Can Make Dollar Come Back To N200 In One Month' - Ifeanyi Ubah

Billionaire business man and Chairman of Capital oil, Ifeanyi Ubah, says if given the chance, he can make the dollar return back toN200 within one month. Ubah said this during an Interview with Channels TV yesterday February 21st

"Look at the position of the Naira today. Some of us have ideas on how we can restore this. Do you know how many Bureau De Change people who food has been taken out of their families because of this? If you say they are the ones causing it, then where are you today? It needs strategic management. It won’t take me one month, if you give me part of that consultancy, Naira would come back to 200. I can bet my life with it. Naira would come back to N200. If you call me for that consultancy, I would put Naira back to 200” he said.

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Two Suspected Boko Haram Members Arrested After Sneaking Into Borno IDP's Camp

The Nigerian military has arrested two suspects, Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, for smuggling themselves among the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) brought from Pulka to Gwoza Camp in Borno State. They are currently undergoing interrogation by the military and intelligence operatives.

Electric Shock Leaves 3 Persons Dead Including Policeman In Minna, Niger State. Photos

Three persons have been electrocuted leaving a few others with various degrees of burns and more than ten houses destroyed as a result of fire outbreak in Minna, the Niger State capital. The tragic incident which occurred over the weekend was allegedly caused by public power surge (high voltage following the installation of a transformer in the area).

Women in Kaduna state rush to sell their gold as Naira crashes

Women in Kaduna state are reportedly storming the gold sellers section of the Kaduna Central Market as the price of gold per gram rises to N10, 500 as against the N8,000 old price due to the continuous fall of the Naira against international currencies.

Returning loot may not save suspects from prosecution —Magu

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has said the commission could still prosecute suspects, even after they have returned stolen money to the treasury.
Ibrahim Magu
Magu had said in recent interviews that the EFCC had recovered billions of naira, especially from its ongoing investigations into the $2.1 billion arms money allegedly diverted by former NSA, Mr. Sambo Dasuki.
In his first detailed interview since his appointment in November, Magu said: “What matters first and foremost is for everyone involved in the arms deal scam to return the money he or she may have collected. That does not preclude such suspect from facing prosecution.”

Saraki Using Budget Padding Crisis To Blackmail PMB – Marafa

Spokesman of the anti-Saraki’s Senators known as Unity Forum (SUF), Senator Kabir Marafa has alleged that the latest controversy trailing the 2016 budget proposal was pushed by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki to blackmail President Muhammadu Buhari.
There are also indications that there may be trouble at the Red Chamber during its plenary on Tuesday, as Marafa has also warned against any attempt to suspend him, saying nobody can suspend him and if anybody dares to remove him, the National Assembly will boil.
LEADERSHIP also gathered that the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Senator Samuel Anyanwu will submit its report on Marafa on Tuesday in line with the deadline given to them to investigate him after meeting to finalize on their findings today.

PDP: Resign Now – Jutta, Nwabara, Shagari, Others Tell Sheriff

Some aggrieved chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by former governor of old Gongola State, Wilberforce Juta, has asked the new PDP national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff to resign and save the party further embarrassment.
The aggrieved party members under the aegis of PDP Rescue Group, further described the emergence of Sheriff as an imposition, stressing that he was not nominated by any state from the North-east.
They noted that the Borno State chapter of the party has rejected Sheriff.
Juta, who spoke on behalf of the group at a press conference on Sunday, called on the party organs to commence the search for “persons with high, strategic insight and fear of God almighty” to lead the party.
The former governor who was screen for the chairmanship position, listed the organs to include state and zonal chapters, board of trustees, national caucus, PDP ministers Forum, PDP governors forum, G84 as well as PDP leaders past and present.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Mr. Rickey Tarfa SAN sues MTN, EFCC, others for N5bn for alleged violation of his right to privacy

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Rickey Tarfa, has filed a lawsuit against telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria, and EFCC for the alleged violation of his right to privacy. EFCC had on February 5 arrested Rickey Tarfa and confiscated his mobile phones & Mercedez Benz SUV, on the allegation that he hid two alleged suspects in his car to prevent their arrest.

Where is the freedom of speech? DSS detains retired colonel who criticized Boko Haram campaign

A retired colonel reputed for constant criticism of the Nigerian government's handling of the Boko Haram insurgency has reportedly been arrested and kept incommunicado by the secret police.
Activists and family friends told Anadolu Agency that retired army colonel Husseini Monguno was arrested on Feb. 13 shortly after he granted a media interview reviewing Nigeria's counterinsurgency strategies in the country's northeast.
"They have since kept him incommunicado. Family members and his lawyer have had no access to him, while members of his immediate family are being threatened to remain silent," Fulan Nasrullah, a security expert and family friend to Monguno, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

President Buhari to depart for Saudi Arabia tomorrow

President Buhari will depart Nigeria for Saudi Arabia tomorrow February 22nd. A statement by the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, states that President Buhari, who will be accompanied by a high-powered Federal Government delegation, including the Minister of State (Petroleum) and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, will first fly to Riyadyh for talks on Tuesday with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

'I won't devalue the Naira' - President Buhari insists

 While speaking at the just concluded Business for Africa, Egypt and the World Forum held in Egypt yesterday February 20th, President Buhari reiterated his stance against the devaluation of the Naira

"Developed countries are competing among themselves and when they devalue they compete better and manufacture and export more. But we are not competing and exporting but importing everything including toothpicks.

Malnutrition kills 450 kids in Borno’s IDP camps

About 450 children  died of malnutrition in 28 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in the state in Borno state last year,  the state Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday
The Executive Director of the Board, Dr Sule Mele said the victims were aged between one and five years.
He said more than 209,577 children have been screened for various illnesses, including malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and vomiting.
According to him, about 6,444 severe cases of malnutrition were  recorded in the camps, 25,511 have mild to moderate symptoms, while 177,622 among them were not malnourished.

Kaduna Anti-kidnapping Squad rescues 4 abducted girls

The Kaduna State Government’s Joint Special Anti-kidnapping Squad of military and police has rescued four  girls abducted by a gang of kidnapers.
Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, who disclosed this to newsmen today said the girls were rescued after a raid by the squad in Kateri area of Kachia local government area of the state.

Governor Nasir El'Rufai Inspect Water Project In Zaria.

 Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir el-Rufai was earlier today at the site of the 12m-litre Hanwa Reservoir being built as part of the Zaria Water Project. Engineers at the Hanwa site assured the governor that the project will be completed within 18 months.

INEC declared David Mark winner of Benue South Senotorial re-run

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared David Mark winner of the Benue South Senatorial re-run. The former Senate President garnered a total of 84,192 votes, to beat his main contender, Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 71,621 votes.
The returning Officer of the electoral body, Mr Ishaq Eneji, while declaring the result, said that Senator Mark met all the requirements during the conduct of the poll, having majority of the total vote cast.
Responding to the victory and call for supplementary election in the cancelled polling units, Senator Mark said that his election reflected the will of the people.

Boyfriend kills his girlfriend in Jos for not spending Valentine with him

 OAP Bello Lukman of Unity FM 93.3 FM Jos shared this pathetic story on his Facebook wall. He said a man who lives in Jos, Plateau state killed his girlfriend because she didn't spend Valentine with him. Read his account of the story

Young boy's throat cut by his friends at an IDP camp in Borno

According to Dan-Borno who shared these photos on twitter, this little boy was lured to a corner by some of his friends, who attacked him with a sharp object. One of them managed to cut his throat but thankfully it wasn't fatal. The quick intervention of an elderly person saved the young boy's life.


Masari: States Facing Collapse over Finances

Masari’s remarks confirmed THISDAY report of last Sunday that states had been hit by another cash crunch and were seeking another bailout, six months after the Federal Government bailed out 19 of the 27 states that were enmeshed in financial crisis.
In that report, THISDAY had revealed that most of the states that benefitted from the N400 billion intervention fund, in form of loans, offered by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), were now approaching the presidency and the CBN for another bailout.
In an interview with THISDAY at the weekend, Masari painted a picture of the perilous state of the finances of state governments.

NACCIMA seeks review of N50 stamp duty levy

The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has called on the Federal Government to review the recently introduced N50 stamp duty.
The association said the introduction of charges on all banking transfers has become a cause for concern among private sector operators, as it has added to their overhead cost in spite of different challenges they faced.
NACCIMA President, Chief Bassey E.O. Edem, argued that though the charge is constitutional and understandable in this period that government is making efforts to shore up its revenue, government should mitigate the effects of the charge by increasing its domestic spending.
Chief Edem, who spoke withThe Nationin Lagos, on the prevailing economic situation in the country, stated that several policies introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stimulate the economy fall below the expectations of the business community.

‘Almajirinci’ has nothing to do with Islam” - Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday branded child begging, otherwise known as Almajiri in the north as un-Islamic.
The monarch who is also the President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), who spoke at a meeting between representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Northern State

2016 Budget was not padded- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says despite various evidence put forward by some Ministers during their budget defence at the National Assembly, the 2016 budget was not padded because the total figure voted for all ministries didn't exceed N6.08 trillion. Lai Mohammed said this while speaking to newsmen in Lagos yesterday February 20th.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Divorce Diary Season 2 Episode XI February 20th 2016

I met my ex-husband Musa at a friend’s wedding in Sokoto. My father was a lecturer at the University of Sokoto. I had just been accepted by the University to study medicine. The year was 1992. I was 18 years old and very beautiful. Almost immediately I entered university men were chasing me like flies.

Kaduna State University ICT gutted by fire

A section of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center of the Kaduna State University (KASU), Kaduna has erupted in flames, while some students were making use of the facility.

The fire, which started about 11:45 am lasted for about one hour forty-five minutes, destroying computers, server, props and other internet equipment worth millions of Naira. However, no casualty was recorded from the incident.

Buhari Says Nigeria Has The Fastest Growing Economy In Africa

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that the country has the fastest growing economy in the whole of Africa.
The President made this statement on Thursday, in a keynote address at the public presentation of a book by Dare Babarinsa in Abuja.

NBA Restates Zero Tolerance for Corruption

The Nigerian Bar Association friday restated that it would not condone corruption and corrupt practices amongst lawyers in its fold.
President of the NBA the umbrella body of Nigerian lawyers, Mr. Augustine Alegeh SAN stated this at the Association’s quarterly National Executive Committee meeting in Jos, Plateau State.