Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Graphic Photos : A Student Of Fika Government Secondary School, Yobe state Was Found Dead

A student of Fika Government Secondary School, Garba Sani, was found dead in an abandoned hostel, on the premises of the school in Yobe state. "The student left class to urinate behind the abandoned structure around 9:00am, but was found dead later.

A teacher in the school, who spoke anonymously, said the innocent student might have been forcefully dragged into the building and murdered. Some students claimed that they saw a man suspected to be the killer, who managed to scale the school fence. The students gave him a hot chase but lost him after he ran into nearby houses at Garin Maina, Those who saw him at a close range said he resembled an ex-student”

Daily Trust reports. Yobe state Police PRO, Bulus Ndam, has confirmed the incident, saying the student’s corpse was discovered around 9: 30am and a suspect, Adamu Yusuf Kunle was arrested in connection with the murder.

Religion, Ethnicity Not Responsible For Southern/Kaduna Killings – Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that the killings in southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen is pure criminality that has nothing to do with ethnicity and religion.
The governor who also faulted a statement credited to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Supo Ayokunle, who ascribe the killings to have some primordial coloration said the killings have no religious or ethnic colouration noting that they were mere act of criminality. El-Rufai pointed out that ‘’the same Fulanis are killing Fulanis in hundreds in Zamfara state. It has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity. It is pure banditry.’’

According to the governor, the perpetrators of the attacks in both southern Kaduna and Zamfara state are just criminals, adding that their ethnicity and religion do not matter. Nasir El-Rufai pleaded with leaders to be mindful of their utterances and to stop encouraging their people to resort to self-help. ‘’Lets fight the problem; lets not bring sentiments, sensationalism and division into it,’’ he added.

The governor narrated the steps his administration had taken in order to understand the root cause of the killings insouthern Kaduna killings beginning with the setting up of the retired General Martin Luther Agwai Committee.


Court asks EFCC to release ex FCT minister on bail

An FCT High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Sen. Bala Mohammed, former Minister of FCT.
Mohammed, minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, had been in the custody of the EFCC since Oct. 21 following public petitions against him.
He filed a motion on Notice on Nov. 16 before Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf for enforcement of his fundamental right which he said EFCC had violated.
Baba-Yusuf said the bail was granted according to the provisions of sections 165 and 158 (b) of the Administration of Justice Act 2015. The judge held that “the right to bail includes the right to fair hearing.“

Police confirm 2 dead in Kogi communal clash

Kogi State Police Command said on Tuesday that two people lost their lives in a communal clash in Ikende community in Bassa Local Government Council area of Kogi State.

The state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP William Aya, told newsmen in Lokoja that the clashes occurred between the Ebira and Bassa kwomu speaking people of the community on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28.
He said that corpses of the two victims were recovered by policemen deployed to the area, adding that four other persons were seriously wounded in the clashes.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Photos: Pres. Buhari made grand patron, Nigerian Academy of Engineers

 President Buhari was made the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineers in an investiture ceremony held at the State House on today, 29th November, 2016.
here are some of the photos from the investiture of President Buhari as grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineers at the State House in Abuja

Kwara state LGs to Share N424.4m for November allocation

The sixteen local governments in Kwara State are to share  N424,445,247.55 for the month of November 2016. The figure represents their share of the N1, 251,637,135.43 total allocation received by the local governments from the Federation Account for the month. The N424.4m also includes 10 per cent of the state government’s distributable internal revenue for the month. 

The Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, made this known while addressing newsmen after the monthly Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting held at Ministry of Finance, Ilorin.  Giving a breakdown of the distribution, Alhaji Banu said N900, 000,000 was allocated for the payment of Basic Education teachers’ salary, after deductions for loan repayments. Of the remainder, local government pensioners got a total of N116, 794,778.09.  The 16 local governments got N287, 567, 834. 28 in addition to N136, 877413.27 extraordinary inflow from exchange rate difference as well as N54, 225,476.94, being ten per cent of State IGR, bringing the total amount distributable to the third tier of government to N424,445, 247.55.

Banu said the committee mandated him to seek Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed’s intervention in the form of augmentation to enable the local governments pay a full month’s salary as the distributable amount fell significantly short of the amount required. 

He however stressed that any augmentation will depend on the resources available to the state which he said was also affected by the drop in federal allocation. On the reported savings from the elimination of ghost workers in the state, Banu said although an indicative figure was made public, actual savings will be known only after November salaries are paid.

He said savings from the exercise will be warehoused by the Ministry of Finance until all complaints are dealt with.

Customs generates over N600bn in 2016: Col. Hameed Ali

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, retired Col. Hameed Ali, on Monday said the service generated more than N600 billion for the last quarter of 2016
Ali said this while addressing newsmen on the sidelines of the 136th meeting of the Joint Tax Board in Abuja.
He said Customs contributed N903 billion to the nation’s coffers in 2015.
According to him, the drop is due to the fluctuating foreign exchange rates and the ban on importation of more items by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Bola Tinubu is a Priceless Asset – Garba Shehu


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has dismissed insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari  and the APC leadership are at odds with one of the party chieftains, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Shehu described such rumours as unfounded and mischievous, adding that the president was highly embarrassed by such “suggestions”.
He said that the president was in regular contact with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo State gubernatorial election.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Lawyers petition US embassy, insist Shiite is threat to peace in Nigeria

A group of legal practitioners in the country, under the aegis of Lawyers Initiative For Civil Rights Advancement in Nigeria, has petitioned the United States Embassy in Nigeria, alerting it of the imminent security threat posed by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN (shiite).
The group, in the letter it addressed to the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, insisted that members of the IMN, otherwise known as Shiite sect, had posed several security threat not just to Nigeria, but also to other west African countries. The letter, which was signed by LICRAN Director of Research & Advocacy, Mr. Unande Terrace, yesterday, described the IMN as an Iranians backed rebel group. Tersagh, who described LICRAN as an umbrella body of pro-democracy lawyers dedicated to the advancement of civil rights, justice, equality and rule of law in Nigeria, said it was within public domain that the Islamic Republic of Iran had been harassing Nigeria using members of the IMN.

According to the group, buoyed by Iran backing, IMN members, in October and early November this year, unleashed violence across several Nigerian cities in the north under the cover of Ashura procession. It said activities of the sect had led to several deaths in Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna and Katsina states, adding that members of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps were previously named in illegal shipment of weapons into Nigeria. “There have also been reports that the IMN members visit Iran under the cover of academic scholarships to be trained as terrorists by the same Revolutionary Guards Corps.

‘’This will be consistent with recent revelations by Salar Abnoush, Deputy Commander of Iran’s Khatam-al-Anbia Garrison, a branch of the Revolutionary Guards Corps that his country is sending out sleeper cell assets to infiltrate other nations,” the group said. LICRAN urged the ambassador to prevail on the US government to declare the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, as a terror organization.


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Sunday, 27 November 2016

8 Staff of Yobe College of Education Gashua Die In Fatal Road Accident

 Eight staff of Yobe College of Education, Gashua, died on Saturday in a motor accident along Bayamari-Dapchi federal highway, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. It was gathered that the eight non-academic staff, including the driver, were travelling from Gashua to Damaturu in the college bus to attend a promotion examination.

The survivors of the accident said the vehicle had a burst tyre, which forced it to somersault several times, thereby killing eight people while five others sustained injuries.

Photos: "Those diverting funds meant for IDPs must be punished" :- Senator Shehu Sani

 Sen. Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central) and Chairman, Senate ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North East, on Sunday, said individuals found to have diverted government money meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) must be sanctioned.
Sani stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after a visit to Dalori IDPs camp in Maiduguri.
He said “our visit to Maiduguri is to investigate an alleged large-scale misappropriation of funds meant for the welfare of victims of insurgency in the North East.

“And from what we have seen here, all aspects of life need improvement, the feeding, water supply, schools and hospital require more support. “It is still a surprise to us that in spite of the billions of Naira sent by the Federal Government to cater for the IDPs, things are still in terrible shape.

Kano State Police Command set up forum on tackling cattle rustling, kidnapping with new law

The Kano State Police Command has set up an Eminent Persons Forum to help resolve the recurring problem of cattle rustling in the state. The forum comprising notable leaders in the state is expected to come up with strategies of ensuring that criminal activities are curbed to allow for peaceful coexistence of residents.
The state has not been immune from criminal activities, including cattle rustling, armed robbery and kidnapping, which have been reported in the North West geo-political zone of the country.
While, accusing finger has been pointed in the direction of the Fulanis as the perpetrators of the cattle rustling, the Fulfude Development Association of Nigeria (FULDAN), led by Sunusi Ahmad Baffa Dawakin Tofa, blamed strangers from Zamfara State as the brain behind the crime.
He explained that these strangers who migrated from Zamfara settled in Kano forests and in collaboration with their local contacts, perpetrated all forms of crimes in the state.

Troops rescues 6 abducted persons in Bauchi

Personnel of the Operation Safe Haven have rescued six persons abducted on the 19th of November after intense exchange of gun fire around Zango-Lere forests in Lere district of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The Operation Safe Haven is the multi-security task force maintaining peace in the 17 local government areas of Plateau as well as Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of Bauchi State with its headquarters situated in Jos.
The families of the six Fulani persons rescued from captivity had earlier been asked to pay a ransom of N10 million, according to the OPSH Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas, who also said the kidnappers later abandoned their victims due to “the superior fire power they encountered from men of the taskforce”.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Few Months After Our Marriage, His True Color Shows


I met my husband Akilu when I was in my second year in the university. I've had so many broken relationships. I was busy nursing my broken heart when I met my husband. It started like a close friendship before it later turned out to be a sweet love. I thought he just wanted a fling because we met on social media. To be honest, I didn't take him seriously due to how we met. Our relationship was blossoming with time, he is a custom officer but he was always creating time for me both physically and virtually. I was in a new world; he made me feel like a queen. I was always happy; you know how love is sweet when it is new. Hmmmm... And when it come to finances, he never hesitated to do anything for me, it even reached a stage where I will just receives alerts from him unexpectedly without any request or complain.

My Neighbor Chapter 5 (Final) Saturday, 26 November, 2016

My Neighbor Chapter 5 final
Saturday 26th November, 2016
Not recommended for readers under 17yrs
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"Madam, you need to take it easy. We tried our best but...," stated the doctor, pausing.

I looked at the doctor, apprehension gripping me suddenly.

"What's it, doctor? What's wrong with my husband?" I demanded.

He sighed before speaking.
"His injuries were just too severe. We did our best but...I'm sorry, we lost him."

"Lost what, Doctor? I don't understand! What happened to my husband? I want to see him! Take me to him. I want to see Ghaddafi!" I collapsed on the ground and began to scream in anguish with my younger sister, Amina holding and trying to raise me up from the floor...

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello Promises prompt payment of salaries

As the committee charged with the task of screening and verification of workers in the Kogi state civil service winds up its activities, the state government has promised to clear all the outstanding salary/pension arrears owed workers and pensioners in the state.
The state government has also reiterated that it is not interested in inflicting hardship on the workers and pensioners, saying that the purpose of the staff verification exercise was aimed at ensuring probity and optimal performance in the system.
This was disclosed by the State Auditor-General, Alhaji Yusuf Okala who also doubles as the Chairman of the committee while briefing journalists on the update information emanating from the exercise on Wednesday in Lokoja.

FG bans unqualified teachers from classroom

Federal Government has banned unqualified and unregistered teachers from teaching in both public and private schools across the country.
Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, made this known during the 10th Education Conference in Abuja, yesterday with the theme: “Improving Education Standards and Emulating the Global Perspective and Practices.” He also noted that the 500,000 teachers’ scheme of the Federal Government would not employ teachers without registration certificates and licenses from t TRCN.
He said: “Presently, it has been accepted by the Federal Government, the President, the ministers of education have agreed that no one again that is not qualified, that is not registered with TRCN will stand in front of our classrooms.

'I made it clear that I will remove any sign of padding in the 2017 budget document. It will never happen again under my watch' : Buhari

The distortions that happened to Budget 2016, in which series of rogue projects and figures were injected into the financial document won't happen to next year's budget, President Buhari has vowed. Receiving in audience members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), led by Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at State House, Abuja, Friday, the President said:"I am waiting for the 2017 Budget to be brought to us in Council. Any sign of padding anywhere, I will remove it."President Buhari re-iterated that he had been in government since 1975, variously as governor, oil minister, head of state, and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), "and never did I hear the word 'padding' till the 2016 Budget. "He promised that such would never happen again under his watch.
The President said the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some people are deliberately turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the country. "They don't want to reflect on the situation in which we are, economically. They want to live the same way; they simply want business as usual," he said. On violence that attend rerun elections in the country, President Buhari stated: "I agonized over the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers states. We should have passed the stage in which people are beheaded, and killed because of who occupies certain offices. If we can't guarantee decent elections, then we have no business being around. Edo State election was good, and I expect Ondo State election to be better.
"Speaking on the anti-corruption cases before the courts, the President said he believed the cleansing currently going on "will lead to a better judiciary. When people are sentenced, Nigerians will believe that we are serious. "President Buhari equally told his guests that the progress being made in agriculture and exploitation of solid minerals "gives a lot of hope," adding: "Our grains go up to Central African Republic, to Burkina Faso, but they can't buy all the grains harvested this year. And next season should be even better.
We will focus on other products like cocoa, palm oil, palm kernel, along with the grains. We can start exporting rice in 18 months, and we are getting fertilizers and pesticides in readiness for next year.
"Speaking on behalf of members of GSG, Hon. Nwajiuba said the government had succeeded to a large extent on the security and anti-corruption fronts, adding that the group was positive that the economy would soon experience a turnaround, "as the government is working very hard in that direction."The group said the biggest constituency of the President was the poor and lowly, and thus recommended what it calls "a social re-armament of the poor."
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Court Jails James Pine, Benue Executive Secretary For Slapping Subordinate

 A chief magistrate’s court sitting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on Thursday sentenced the Executive Secretary of Teaching Service Board, Makurdi, James Pine, to five months imprisonment.

Pine was charged to court for assaulting his subordinate in March, 13, 2016.Pine was charged with assault and criminal use of force, an act punishable under Section 268 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State 2004.

Delivering judgment, Dan Ogoh held that witnesses called by prosecution testified to the effect that they were at the TSB headquarters and saw that the convict slapped and pushed the complainant to the ground.

He said the defence could not dislodge the testimony.

The trial magistrate said, ‘The avalanche of evidence of prosecution point to the same direction and conclusion establishing that the offence was committed.’

The magistrate thereby sentenced Pine to five months imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine.

A team of prosecution lawyers led by Demeer Adi of Damsa Damsa and Co. called three witnesses.

Pine had during the trial denied assaulting or using criminal force against Asema and said under cross examination that it was wrong for a chief executive officer to slap a subordinate.

His counsel, Ambrose Ikpa, argued that the case of the complainant was a desperate attempt to prosecute the head of secondary school education in Benue State, having earlier prayed for a “no case submission,” which was discountenanced by the court.

This judgment makes it second time that a top officials of Benue State Government would be sentenced for offence of assault and criminal use of force.

The first public officer in the state to receive the sentence was Magdalene Damkor, the then Rector of College of Advanced and Professional Studies Makurdi.

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Friday, 25 November 2016

EFCC Arraigns Contractor For N320Million Scam in Zamfara State

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today November 24, 2016 arraigned one Ahmed Tijjani Umar and his company, Minanta Enterprises Nigeria Limited before Justice Bello Shinkafi on a four count charge of conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and issuance of dud cheque.

The accused person allegedly obtained fertilizer worth N320,000,000 (Three Hundred and Twenty Million Naira Only) through his company Minanta Enterprises Nigeria Limited from the complainants Musa, Aliyu and Sufiyanu Marafa on ground that he would pay them as soon as Zamfara State paid his contract sum. It was further alleged that after he got paid, Tijjani refused to pay the complainants. He later issued them with a cheques for N76, 000,000 and N7, 580,000 to Sufiyanu Marafa while Musa Aliyu received a cheque in the sum of N206,700,000. On presenting the cheques, they were returned unpaid due to lack funds in the account.

One of the charge read that " You Ahmed Tijjani Umar being the Managing Director of Minanta Enterprises Nigeria Limited and Minanta Enterprises Nigeria Limited sometime between 2011 and 2012 in Gusau, Zamfara State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired among yourselves to commit an illegal act to with: criminal breach of trust in the sum of N320,000,000 (Three Hundred and Twenty Million Naira only) worth of fertilizer supplied to you by Musa Aliyu and Sufiyanu Marafa which you onward supplied to Zamfara State Government for 2011/2012 wet session being paid via voucher B003/2011 and 4029/2012 refused to pay them and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 97 of the same Law”.The accused person pleaded not guilty.Prosecution counsel, Hanafi Sa'ad applied that the accused be remanded in EFCC custody as the commission has another criminal charge pending against the accused person in the High Court of Kaduna State.Kola Olowookere for the accused person appliedorally that his client be admitted to bail.Hanafi objected to the oral submission of the defense counsel. He told the court that the accused person ought to have been arraigned since 2013, but jumped the administrative bail granted to him by the EFCC. "It is our humble submission that in granting bail, this court exercises its discretion judicially and judiciously and that can only be attained by hearing both parties formally. And mission for today is not for hearing of bail application". Hanafi Said.The court agreed with the submission of the prosecution counsel and asked that the parties present formal applications before the court. He ordered that the accused person be remanded inEFCC custody.The case has been adjourned to November 28, 2016 for hearing of bail application and 11th and12th of January 2017 for commencement of trial.

FG Approves N464M For FRSC To Acquire Vehicles From Innoson and Peugeot Company

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 got the approval of the sum of 464 million naira from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the purchase of 67 vehicles. The purchase of the vehicles is expected to strengthen the commission’s capacity to carry out its responsibilities efficiently.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made this known while speaking to State House correspondents after the FEC meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. “The Federal Executive Council also, today, considered a memorandum for the purchase of some vehicles to strengthen the capacity of the Federal Road Safety Corp in the efficient performance of its functions.

“The Federal Road Safety Corp, as you know, is mandated by the Act setting it up to maintain safety on our federal highways and in doing so, we needed to give them the tools for which they can perform these functions. “So, today Council approved that 40 double carrier vehicles be added to their fleets, and another 27 swift moving cars be added to their fleets too,” Nigige said. He also explained that the vehicles are to be sourced from local assembly plants in the country in line with the nation’s procurement and local content acts.

He stated that the local sourcing of vehicles was in line with the spirits of “Buy made in Nigeria goods", adding that the country would also conserve foreign exchange from the business deal. He said the 40 double carrier vehicles would be procured from the Innoson Group at the cost of 299.5 million naira while the other 27 cars would be bought from Peugeot Automobile company at the cost of 164.9 million naira. The minister disclosed that the council also stressed the need to reinvigorate FRSC by providing it with more ambulances and towing vans to facilitate its smooth operations.

Ngige noted that his ministry briefed the council on Nigeria’s participation at the forum of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) In his contribution, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, said the council also reviewed the statistics on the performance of the economy as released by the National Bureau for Statistics. He stated that the council noted that the result of the oil sector for the third quarter was slightly worse than the second quarter.

When The Hustle Is Real : "Corporate Beggars" In Kwara State

The hustle is real. It seems like most people are trying to go corporate/formal with their various hustles. These two physically challenged men in suits were spotted begging in Ilorin, Kwara state capital. One of the "corporate beggars" was also seen with an I.D Card. The men were in a happy mood as their photo was taken by a resident who was surprised to see them.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

EFCC arraigns Dasuki’s Aide, Col. Ashinze, Others for N36.8bn Fraud

 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday November 23rd 2016 arraigned the quartet of Colonel Nicholas Ashinze, a former special assistant to the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki; an Austrian, Wolfgang Reinl; Edidiong Idiong and Sagir D. Mohammed before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja on a 13-count charge of corruption and money laundering to the tune of N36.8billion. Ashinze and his co-accused were arraigned alongside five companies accused of allegedly diverting huge sums from the office of the former NSA.
The companies are: Geonel Integrated Services Limited, Unity Continental Nigeria Limited, Helpline Organization, Vibrant Resource Limited and Sologic Integrated Services Limited.

Count three of the charge reads:

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

My Neighbor Chapter 4 Wednesday 23rd November, 2016

My Neighbor Chapter 4
Wednesday 23rd November, 2016
Not recommended for readers under 17yrs

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 My mother stared at me as if I was mad.

"Kareema, kin fara shaye-shaye ne ko mai ne? What did I just hear you say?" she asked sharply. 

 She had come visiting from her home in the Worno area of town. We were in my small sitting room upstairs where I had my sewing machine and other stuff I used for my sewing. After I left school, I had learnt fashion designing and I did a little sewing once in a while to keep busy and not for money.

 I placed the blouse I was sewing for her on the table and turned to her.

 "Mum, you heard me. I’ll request for divorce from Ghaddafi," I repeated patiently as if talking to a child.

 A divorce?
On what grounds?
What has your husband done to you that you want to leave him?" she demanded.

Senate probes secret recruitment, lopsided appointments in NHIS

The Nigerian Senate Tuesday commenced investigation into alleged illegal recruitment and lopsided appointments of some management staff of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The probe also covers NHIS expenditure on trainings and travels. Management staff of the scheme led by its Executive Secretary, Mr. Usman Yusuf, appeared before the Senate Committee on Health yesterday to answer question bordering on alleged illegal recruitment, lopsided appointments and expenditure on training and travels. Yusuf told the committee that the new recruits were on “secondment” and not on appointment.

Asked if the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who was present at the hearing, was aware of the “secondments” in the NHIS, the Executive Secretary answered in the negative. He said, “No, he (Adewole) is not aware. ”The committee queried the NHIS boss why he spent N150 million on trainings and travels between January and June 2016, while the amount spent for the same purposes between July, August and September was between N2 million and N4 million, and the sum of N412 million was spent for the same purposes in October alone.

The committee noted that it received a petition against the NHIS in which the petitioner claimed that while the number of general managers of NHIS was raised from 23 to 25, their appointments were not in line with the Federal Character principle. The panelists however declined to disclose the name of the petitioner as well as to provide a copy of the petition to Yusuf. The committee said that the petitioner claimed that the North-Central geopolitical zone, which had three representatives, now had five. The petitioner was also said to have claimed that the North-East, which had three, now has four while the North-West was raised from six to nine; South-East remained three; South-South dropped from four to three; while South-West reduced from four to one.

Yusuf insisted that, “It will be for the sake of fair hearing that I get a copy of the petition before I respond (to the allegation). I am not aware of any petition and I can only respond to the petition that I can see and read. I need to know what is in the petition and where the petition is coming from. ”Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, said that Yusuf should be able to state if the figures were correct or not even without seeing the petition or knowing it came from. The Executive Secretary insisted on seeing the petition before confirming or refuting the allegations. He said, “I need fair hearing; I need to see a copy of that petition. ”The committee declined to grant the request for the NHIS boss to see a copy of the petition before responding to the allegations.

The committee said that since the allegations were against the NHIS and the person of Yusuf, they were not obliged to give out a copy of the petition to the Executive Secretary. A member of the committee, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, noted the committee would confirm the allegations after going through the nominal roll of the NHIS. The committee said that the NHIS boss failed to provide its nominal roll, which was the first information it requested from the scheme.

Members of the committee expressed displeasure with the management of NHIS for it's failure to provide all the information requested from it. The committee resolved that the leadership of the scheme would reappear before the panel to verify the claims by the petitioner. The NHIS told the committee that the requested information would be provided on Monday next week.

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Nigerian Army Declares 46 Soldiers Missing After Boko Haram Attack Five Weeks Ago

The Nigerian Army has officially declared one officer and 45 soldiers missing in a major Boko Haram attacks five weeks ago. The Army authorities have reportedly informed the families of the 46 personnel of the fate of their loved ones and requested that their next of kin forward bank details for onward remittance of accrued payments.

The statement read via Premium Times;

The sources said the declaration and notification were contained in a November 20 notice sent by M. Jimoh, the new commander of the Nigerian Army 145 Task Force Battalion in Damasak, Borno State. Mr. Jimoh, a lieutenant colonel, sent the signal to the 145 Battalion rear base in Ohafia, Abia State, and copied the Army 7 Division Headquarters in Maiduguri and 82 Division Garrison in Enugu.
Also copied were 5 Battalion in Kano; 20 Battalion in Serti, Taraba State; 103 Battalion in Enugu and 119 Battalion in Malam Fatori, Borno State.Also in receipt of the signal were 143 Infantry Battalion for special forces in Borno State; 144 Battalion in Asa, Abia State; and 146 Battalion in Calabar. Each of the battalions copied in the signal had soldiers that were part of the 83 missing, PREMIUM TIMES understands Mr. Jimoh recently replaced K. Yusuf, a lieutenant colonel who PREMIUM TIMES exclusively identified as the commander of the 145 Task Force Battalion who was among the missing soldiers. The admission by the army that 46 personnel are missing came exactly five weeks after the soldiers were dislodged from their base in Gashigar, Borno State, by Boko Haram operatives.

The aftermath of the attack was exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES, which included how several soldiers drowned in River Yobe and how at least 83 troops went missing with Mr. Yusuf. The troops were on deployment in Gashigar, which sits on the northern most edge of Borno State, as part of the ‘Operation Gama Aiki’ aimed at displacing insurgents hibernating around the Nigerian border with Niger and Chad. The operation was launched in June 2016.They were manning the Forward Operation Base there when Boko Haram operatives pushed towards them with superior firepower in the evening of October 16, senior military sources familiar with the encounter told PREMIUM TIMES at the time.
After initial resistance, the troops soon abandoned their base and scampered for safety. At dawn on October 17, the leadership of the Nigerian Army was informed that Boko Haram attacked the troops when they jumped into River Yobe, where the sect opened fire and left unknown number of them fatally wounded. Twenty-two of the fleeing soldiers were rescued by the Nigerien troops and transported to a hospital in Diffa, southern Niger, for treatment, the Army also learnt at the time.

Yet, for several days, the spokesman for the Army, Sani Usman, maintained that the report was false but on the same day that he spoke, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in the northeast, Lucky Irabor, a major-general, claimed only 39 soldiers went missing.

The Army also opened a secret inquiry into the attack after some brigade commanders raised questions about the conduct of the soldiers.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

PDP Working Towards Economic Stability, Set To Take Nigeria Out Of Recession – Markafi

Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of People’s Democratic Party, in a meeting with former Ministers in Abuja, said that the party is working hard to bring economic stability back to the nation.
The former Governor of Kaduna State said that the party was  determined to “capture power in 2019”, hence the need to come up with creative ideas to help Nigeria out of recession.
Nigeria has been undergoing series of challenges in the nation as a result of the currency inflation, low oil export and poor income generation due to the fall in oil price at the international market.
Makarfi said, “We have met with the members of the Board of Trustees of our party,  governors, former governors, state chairmen and other interest groups in our party.
“We therefore felt that we should meet with all interest groups and that’s why we are having this meeting.

Shiites demand release of members’ corpses

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) yesterday called for the release of all corpses of its members allegedly buried in mass graves in Kano and Kaduna for a befitting burial.
The head of Martyr Foundation of the IMN, Sheikh Abdulhamid Bello, made the call during a press briefing in Kano, charging that unknown numbers of the movement’s members were murdered in the various attacks on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) , and that those killed in Kano and Kaduna were buried in mass graves.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Borno State govt bans Shi'ites movement in the state

 Borno State government has banned members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria aka Shi'ites and other religious bodies from holding any procession in the state. This directive is contained in a statement released Monday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Usman Jidda Shuwa. According to the state government, the move became necessary so that the relative peace and security in the state can be sustained. The statement in part reads:

Ganduje Honoured At Nigeria Entrepreneurs Awards 2016

 Kano Governor, Dana Air, Others Honoured At 2016 Nigeria Entrepreneurs Awards
It was a mixture of glitz and glamour at the 2016 edition of the prestigious and highly celebrated NIGERIA ENTREPRENEURS AWARD which held on the 18th of November 2016, at the Ladi Kwali hall Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

Speaking at the event, Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State called for more involvement of the youths in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to enhance economic growth and ensure food sustainability in the country.

The governor said that the SMEs needed more attention than they were currently getting to promote the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify the economy. “In order to feed ourselves, produce and export, we have to look at the SMEs,” he said.

Army releases batch of 55 wanted insurgents

The Nigerian Army yesterday released a third batch of most wanted Boko Haram insurgents, 55 in number.
The Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin who unveiled the list at the Military Command and Control Centre  of Operation Lafiya Dole headquarters, Maimalari Cantonment of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, urged the general public to help in tracking down the wanted persons.

President Buhari's daughter Zahra to wed Billionaire Mohammed Indimi's son, Ahmed


Zahra, daughter of President Muhammadu and Aisha Buhari, will be getting married in December 2016 to Ahmed, one of the sons of Billionaire oil mogul, Mohammed Indimi....and this is 100% fact.

Linda Ikeji's Blog (LIB) can exclusively reveal that the Introduction between both families held at the Aso Villa, Abuja on Friday, Nov 18th, 2016. It was a small but eventful ceremony. Our source confirmed that the President and Billionaire oil mogul have been very good friends with a lot of history between them and are pleased with the union of their children.

Sokoto deploys 175 doctors, nurses, midwives to Primary Health Centers (PHCs)

The Sokoto State Government says it has deployed 175 Medical Doctors, Nurses and Midwives to Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in Sokoto city and environs.
The Commissioner of Health, Dr Balarabe Kakale, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Sunday.
Kakale said the decision was part of measures to reduce extreme pressure on the state’s Specialist Hospital, as well as the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, in Sokoto.
”The deployed medical personnel comprise 23 Medical Doctors; 152 Nurses and Midwives.
”This excludes the conventional medical personnel who normally man such centers such as the community health extension workers.

Federal Goverment Set To Employ Half a Million Unemployed Graduates

Press statement from the presidency

 All is now set for the deployment of 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of the Buhari administration's plan to hire half a million Nigerians.While the 200,000 have been selected about two weeks ago, their names have now been sent to state governments and the FCT who would deploy them to their specific programme assignments.
 The names would also be published this week on the N-Power internet portal, while the participants would start receiving SMS messages informing them of their selection as from Monday November 21, 2016.

State governments and the FCT are also encouraged to post the names of the successful first batch applicants in their local government areas while there would be further public announcements.

Detectives uncover huge cash payments to Justices

Chief Registrar:  I’ve no role in running account
Detectives have uncovered huge cash payments to Supreme Court Justices, members of the management and staff of the apex court.
Some of the payments, which were effected through a secret/ Operation Account, are alleged to be outrageous and outside the allowances approved by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The allowances include cash for justices and management staff during festivities, especially Easter, Christmas, Ramadan and Eid-el Kabir.
Detectives are probing why the apex court paid cash instead of remittance of such payments to the accounts of the beneficiaries.
The Presidency is said to be  in dilemma on what to do because all the former Chief Justices of Nigeria (CJN) and Justices of the Supreme Court were paid the jumbo allowances in cash from the unauthorised secret/ Operation Account.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

My Neighbor Chapter 3 Sunday, Nov 20

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My Neighbor Chapter 3
Sunday 20th November, 2016
Not recommended for readers under 17yrs
After the call from her husband ended, Kareema sat down staring blankly at the TV screen opposite her. Usually, the news that her husband would be coming home after such a long absence would have made her extremely happy.
She would have immediately started preparations such as cooking some of his favorite dishes, taking extra care of her appearance so she would look good for him and so on.
Now, it was not so. In fact, she dreaded his return. As it meant less time spent with Bako, her lover. Since their affair began over two months before, Kareema had grown more and more attached to him. It had reached a stage where she wanted to be with him every single day. He was like an addiction, a drug she could not do without.
His work made that impossible so they spent most weekends together when he was less busy. To avoid prying eyes of neighbors, they often met at a discreet guest house off Airport Road.
Last weekend, they had spent two days there and it had been wonderful. She had only reluctantly returned home because of her daughter whom she had left in the care of the maid Halima.
In the beginning, Kareema had felt pangs of guilt, at the affair with Bako. But she had blamed it on Gaddafi, reasoning that if he had spent more time at home with her like a family man should, she would not be going out with another man.‘He neglected me all these years and he expected me to just remain like that, like a log of wood in this house,’ she now stated, with a hiss. Glancing at the clock, she saw it was nearly time for Badiyya to return from school. She went to the kitchen to instruct the maid on the meal to prepare for her daughter…
7 days later…
The ringing of her phone woke Kareema up from her nap. She picked it up and seeing it was Bako calling, sat up. “Just wanted to hear your voice, how are you doing today, babe?” he asked.
“Fine. Just missing you.” Since her husband’s return some days back, she had not been able to meet up with Bako. She was not happy about it. But there was nothing she could do about it; she simply had to endure it till Gaddafi returned to his work offshore.
“Miss you too. Can we see today?”
“Much as I want to be with you, it’s not possible right now. Gaddafi,” she said simply.
She could hear him sigh.
“How long is he staying this time?”
“Three weeks,” she said.
“So long!” he exclaimed. “I’m not sure I can wait that long to see you.”
She laughed.
“You make it seem like a year. It’s just a few weeks.”
“Let’s do it this way. How about I close early on Monday and we meet up at our usual place? You can always find an excuse for leaving home,” he suggested.
“I’ll think about it,” said Kareema.
They chatted for a while longer before she hung up.
“Who were you talking with for so long?” her husband asked as he came into the room.
She looked up quickly at him.
“It’s Ismail.”
“Oh.” He opened the wardrobe and brought out a sky blue colored Kaftan regalia.
“I’m wearing this to Mosque tomorrow. Tell Halima to get it ironed now that there’s light,” he said, throwing the outfit on the bed. She got up from the bed and picked up the clothes.
“I’ll do it. The fabric is delicate; she might burn it. You know how careless she can be.”
“Thanks darling. You’re such a caring wife,” he praised her, giving her a quick hug as she left the bedroom.
Kareema arrived the guest house shortly after seven o’clock. She noticed Bako’s car in the courtyard and smiled as she walked towards the entrance.
He opened the door at the first knock.
“You surely took your time getting here. I’ve been waiting nearly an hour,” he grumbled.
“Sorry, love. It was Gaddafi. I had to prepare his dinner before leaving. I’ll make it up to you, sweetheart.” He drew her to the bed and she fell on him.
“You better do. To make up for all the days you stayed away from me.”
He unzipped her blouse and slipping it off her shoulders buried his face in her chest.
“Hmm! You smell so good. I feel like ‘eating’ you up!”
“What are you waiting for then?” she asked, lifting his face up to hers, her mouth seeking his as he began to undress her.
His hot mouth trailed kisses from her chest to her belly, his tongue circling her navel, making her squirm in ecstasy.
She gasped as he moved lower, her hand holding his head tightly to her, his movements making her body come alive in intense arousal…
What next for Kareema?
The story continues…

The story continues insha Allah on Saturday 23rd November 

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Photos: Peter of Psquare hosts Aliko Dangote at his new mansion

 Peter of P-Square hosted Aliko Dangote at the recent private party of his new crib, which took place on Saturday, November 19 2016. The singer also took Dangote on a tour to check out his well furnished crib.
 Happy birthday to him

Photos: Borno State Govt sponsors wedding of 100 less privileged couples, set to wed IDPs widows

Borno State Governor, Hon Kashim Shettima on Saturday, 19th November stood as the father to 100 Women in a special wedding ceremony at the Government House Maiduguri.
The special marriage ceremony of less privileged in the state was an initiative of the State APC Women Leader Hon Fati Kake'nna who stood as the Bride's Mother.
The Chief Imam of Borno Imam Zannah Laisu Mohammed performed the marital procedures according to Islamic rites. Governor Kashim Shettima sponsored all the marital requirements, provided the Brides with all Households equipments and Cash for skill acquisition support. The Grooms were also supported with cash and food items.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

"Boko Haram Still Deadly, Insurgency Far From Over" :- Former VP Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday countered claims by the Nigerian government that the terrorist Boko Haram group has been defeated.

Speaking in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, at the 11th Founder’s Day Ceremony of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), the former vice president said Boko Haram remained deadly, and that it was premature to declare that the insurgency was over.

“The insurgents still occupy a specific geographical space,” Atiku said. “They (Boko Haram) still retain the capacity for occasional deadly attacks. Many citizens in the zone still remain vulnerable and live in fear.”
The former vice president’s comments appeared to counter repeated claims by President Muhammadu Buhari and his information minister, Lai Mohammed, that Boko Haram had been defeated, and was no longer holding any territory in the country.

Buhari Signs Eight Bills into Law

The Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang yesterday said that President Muhammadu Buhari had signed into law eight bills passed by the National Assembly.
The bills are on different sectors of the economy and development.

The new Acts are:
 The Prevention of Crime Amendment Act 2016; the National Crop Varieties and Livestock Breeds (Registration) Amendment Act 2016;the Telecommunications and Postal Offences Amendment Act 2016; the National Agricultural Land Development Authority Amendment Act 2016; the Produce Enforcement of Export Standards  Amendment Act2016, the Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute Amendment Act 2016; the Bee Import Control and Management Amendment Act 2016 and the Water Resources Amendment Act 2016.
 He said: “The bills were passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to Mr. President for assent and Mr. President today assented to them and they have automatically become law. 
“Mr. President expresses his appreciation to leadership and membership of National Assembly, for the great work they did in considering the bills and the details that have gone into the bills 
He said Buhari considered the Acts as very vital to the present administration and in consonance with. All Progressive Congress agenda and thanked the National Assembly very much.
He said Buhari had also directed ministries, departments and agencies and all government functionaries to always attend and make inputs whenever a public hearing on a bill was being conducted by the National Assembly.
He said: “This is unprecedented because this is the very first time in this administration that eight bills are forwarded to him at a go for assent.  
 “In all my years in the National Assembly except for the 46 bills which were passed  a day to the end of that administration, no such number of bills has been passed and forwarded at once to the President for assent and no such number of bills has been assented to at a record time.
“I also consider it a record that bills have been passed on various sectors and in giving assent to the bill it did not lead to rancour or disputation as to what should be in and what should not be in.”
He said signing the bills into law was an evidence of the fact that the executive and the legislature were working together.

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