Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 December 2018

December 09, 2018


Read the Full Letter Below:

I wanna ask a question. My intentions are not to insult you in anyway, just curious.
I’ve learnt first hand that most of these pastors you talk about don’t coerce or force the people to pay. They always out of generosity propel themselves to give to these pastors. Now, If you ask the churches or pastors not to receive supports or tithes from the congregation, how do you expect the church to grow and expand the teaching of Gods word?? Or are you saying the churches need not to be run at all?? Even if this big men of God suddenly run down, are the churches going to run down too??
I think what you should be agitating for is that pastors need to be accountable and properly use this money to help the needy. You fighting a full blown war against the church, I said this because of the way you attacked the experience program which isn’t a platform to extort tithe or funds from the people.
At this rate, you come against anything that pertains to churches. There are tons of intelligent people in the USA, Canada, China, developed countries like that, still, their churches pay tithes and support the ministry.
The Catholic Church receives tithes and offerings, there’s no church in the world that doesn’t receive tithe and support from her congregation, if they don’t, how else will the gospel progress. If your fight is against the accountability of Nigerian pastors, that’d be so understandable and logical, but this spilled over outbursts against anything church in Nigeria is in my opinion needless.
I have never in my 16 years of existence heard where congregations are coerced to pay tithe or support the church. In winners chapel, there’s even a platform where money are lend to borrowers with no interest, There’s a platform where after every service, food , clothes etc are shared among people that need them. In the cell fellowship centers in Winners Chapel, you can talk to your cell ministers when you are in need and those needs would be met ranging from paying school fees to paying rents and so on, you can’t tell me that’s a lie cuz I am living testimony to that. The buses to and fro Canaanland used to be free until running them became hard, now it’s only free for new converts.

So this things aren’t run on leaves but money. And this congregation are always happy to give to the church. After all when people spend huge amount in clubs on liquor, on gamble, or on the needy, on relatives, for friends, on habits, on hubbies…..when people spend on these factors no one complains. So why is that you see giving to church as a waste?
You blame the church for our country being the world poverty capital of the world. Do you want winners chapel or redeemed or MFM to start running Nigeria with the contributions of its congregations? Contributions that you still bash them about? Imagine what Bishop Oyedepo has done with covenant University of 10 years, now imagine if he has access to a vast national resources that UI or OAU enjoys. Why are you blaming the church for the nations poverty??
Was Jesus in charge of the nation’s economy in his time? Was he in charge of military? In charge of public hospitals? If you want the church to take over the affairs of Nigeria, why don’t you implore the government to handover to the church?? There’s the government and there’s the church. Both have their functions. The church can only voice out and advise the government on what to do, it’s left for the government to do something about it.
I know of course that freeze would spin and spin and grammar everyone against his opinion down but I think at the end of the day he knows the truth.

December 09, 2018


A total of 128 persons died, while 2, 254 others were injured in 673 road crashes across the country in September, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). FRSC disclosed this in its monthly Road Traffic Crash (RTC) Report signed by the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

The September figures indicated a general reduction in all parameters with 31 per cent and 17 per cent reduction in crashes and fatality cases respectively as compared to those of August. The report said the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had the highest number of crashes and fatality cases in September with recorded 81 crashes and 22 fatalities. “Kaduna, Niger, Ogun, Yobe and Oyo followed in order of magnitude,’’ the report stated. Analysis based on crash-prone routes revealed that Kaduna-Abuja road recorded the highest number of crashes in the month under review. “Lagos-Ibadan road followed with 48 cases and Abuja-Lokoja road recorded 37 cases,’’ the report said.

Also Read: BOKO HARAM: Buratai Charges Troops To Take Offensive Posture

It also revealed that speed violation accounted for 359 cases or 51 per cent of the total road accidents in the month under review. “Out of the total of 1,099 vehicles involved in road crashes in September, cars accounted for 366 representing 33 per cent. “Mini buses followed with 224 representing 20 per cent while motorcycle with 209 represented 11 per cent,’’ it stated. It said further that the number of crashes in September when compared with that of the corresponding month in 2017 showed two per cent reduction in fatality. The report also showed 11 per cent increase in crashes and 15 per cent increase in the number of persons injured. It however noted that road crash injuries could be prevented through a holistic involvement and synergy from multiple sectors such as transport and police, among others. The report urged the Federal Government to take steps to ensure that the National Assembly provided an effective legislation capable of ensuring safety on roads. “This is as our existing traffic laws do not reflect contemporary safety needs of the public,’’ the report said.
December 09, 2018


Lagos state Governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode  on Sunday warned that all traffic offenders in the state would henceforth be prosecuted.

Ambode gave the warning after paying a condolence visit to the headquarters of the Lagos State Traffic Authority (LASTMA) over the death of Mr Rotimi Adeyemo.

The governor said that the government would no longer condone any act of lawlessness by road users. Adeyemo, an officer of LASTMA was on Nov. 28, allegedly shot dead by an officer attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), at Iyana-Ipaja area of the state. The LASTMA official was said to have flagged the FSARS official down over traffic issue and the victim was allegedly shot in the process.


Ambode explained that in the last one year, 18 LASTMA officers had died in the line of duty and 24 others incapacitated. He said that henceforth, traffic offenders would be dealt with strictly. The governor said that option of fine as a punishment might be stepped down henceforth. Ambode also directed the Ministry of Justice to as a matter of urgency increase the number of mobile courts in the state to 20. “I have come here on behalf of the government to commiserate with all LASTMA officers. “As at today, we have lost 18 LASTMA officers in the line of duty, just because they were performing their civic duties. “I have 24 LASTMA officers that are permanently incapacitated in various hospitals this year alone. “We have not been churning out this data, just because we believe Lagosians will understand that these men and women we put on the line of duty are harmless and have nothing to protect themselves. “All they have is the traffic laws they tend to protect and regulate,’’ the governor said. According to him, government will not continue to fold its arms and allow traffic officers to be in danger. “First, I appeal to you all that we must obey traffic laws. Secondly, we cannot turn the state into a state of lawlessness. “So from this moment onwards, all our security agencies and also all officers concerned will discipline any traffic offender that is arrested. “Government will go down and deal squarely with any traffic offender henceforth,’’ Ambode said. The governor gave an assurance that there would be a better synergy between traffic control officers and other law enforcement agencies, especially as the yuletide approaches. “This is a sober moment for us but again, I need to encourage and further appeal to all our other law enforcement officers that the state government is with them. “We will do everything to protect your lives and create a conducive atmosphere for you to work. “The state government cannot allow people to continue to commit offences for which we need to discipline them for,’’ he said. The governor said that the family of the slain officer would benefit from the N 10 million insurance scheme set up by the state government. (NAN) 
December 09, 2018


             MM2, Ikeja , Lagos.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has notified airlines of the withdrawal of its services to Osubi Airport, Warri, Gombe Airport and Murtala Muhammed Airport 2(MMA2) over alleged indebtedness.

Arik Air’s Communications Manager, Mr Adebanji Ola, confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.

“In a Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) issued on Dec. 8, FAAN stated that it will be withdrawing Aviation Security, fire fighting and rescue operations from Osubi, Gombe and MMA2 from midnight of Dec. 9. “Consequently, Arik Air will be suspending its flights to Osubi Airport, Gombe Airport and move Port Harcourt flights out of MMA2 from Dec. 10, until further notice,” Ola said.

He advised Warri passengers to use Benin Airport as alternate while Gombe passengers are to use Bauchi Airport as alternate. “All Arik Air flights to Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa, will as from the same date operate from Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal One otherwise known as General Aviation Terminal (GAT).


“Arik Air regrets any inconvenience the closure of the three airports may cause its esteemed customers. “The airline hopes the issue between FAAN and the airport authorities will be resolved soonest,” he said. MMA2 is being operated by BiCourtney Aviation Services Limited, owned by Dr. Wale Babalakin. FAAN claimed it is owing it N3.9 billion since it commenced operations on September 8, 2007.

FAAN claimed the money was for the provision of electricity, rent and conference and hotel and the five per cent remittance as agreed in the contract. In a letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BASL, in November, FAAN gave the breakdown of the indebtedness as at July 31, 2018 as N1.4 billion for provision of Aviation Security (AVSEC), another N143 million for Fire/Safety Cost, N2.1million for marshalling and N1.9billion for management cost.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

December 08, 2018


The Independent National Electoral 
Commission (INEC) in
Akwa Ibom State 
Organised an electoral 
assessment test for 
electoral officers and 
assistant electoral 
officers across the 31 
Local Government 
Areas of the state.

The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, who supervised the test at the federal secretariat conference hall in Uyo, the capital said that the training is meant to equip the electoral officers with the required skills and exposure to guarantee optimum performance during the elections.

According to Igini, the officers will in turn train other ad hoc staff of the commission to ensure strict adherence to the guidelines of the commission, as well as a hitch-free implementation of the 2019election 

While stating that most of the ad hoc staff will be drawn from the National Youth Corps (NYSC), the REC noted that the commission needs more staff in addition to the 543 already deployed in the state.
This comes a day after a Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital ordered the Commission to ensure that inmates are included on the National Voters’ Register.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

December 02, 2018


What informed your decision to contest for President?
I have chosen to contest for President because Nigeria is at the crossroads. We are in critical times and critical times require critical leadership. If things were going on well and if there were no crises, if fellow Nigerians were not being killed all over the country by kidnappers, herdsmen, farmers and all kinds of crooked people; if the youths, over 20 million graduates, were employed; if our women in the rural areas and in the cities were cared for by government and if our schools were running well to provide qualitative education to Nigerian children, in primary and secondary schools, and our university students were without educational crisis, probably I would not have come but none of these things is happening. There is serious security challenge in the country, people are being killed all over Nigeria and it looks as if government is helpless even though we have a retired general of the Nigerian Army as President; he is helpless and this is necessary for General Gbor to come in now to save Nigeria.

we had a situation like this in the 60s and someone came from the north central, the middle belt called general gowon; he saved the nation from disintegration. general gbor is coming also from the middle belt, the north central to unite this country. there will be no nonsense and when i come in, there will be unity. besides, this country came as a result of british activities on the african soil but this country has been formed by nigeria using the british imperialists. when this country started in the 1920s and 1930s, it was the hope of not only nigerians but also that of the entire black world that nigeria will lead the entire third world countries. we eventually became an independent nation in 1960. but because we were loosely put together by the british, we ended up in political crisis that ledus into civil war and, after the civil war, we have not done much to integrate the Nigerian people. We are still the people of the East, the West and the North. Under President Buhari, Nigeria is divided more than it has ever been. It has become necessary for General Gbor to come in as President on the ticket of the party that had its origin before the East, the North and the West were created. APGA is an offshoot of the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon (NCNC) which was formed in 1944 at the instance of the Nigerian youths.
Nigerian youths are suffering today simply because what the youths started in 1944 before the East, the North and the West were created, they abandoned it; it was the youth that started the NCNC, not Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe or Herbert Macaulay; it was the ex-students of King’s College, Lagos who rose from a meeting and went to the qaaz @Aof Azikiwe and told him Nigerians didn’t know themselves since amalgamation in 1914 and neither had a common council to speak for them. In essence, they needed a council that will speak for all Nigerians. Zik said he was happy to listen to them and then motivated the youths to call for a national conference, he allowed them to use his newspapers to mobilise for the conference that was   ..held on August 26,1944; and it was on that occasion that they established the National Council of Nigeria. Some Cameroonian groups came as observers and, when they saw that Nigerians had decided to come together as a unit, they also requested that if Nigeria wouldn’t mind, they should include them. That same day, they changed the name from the National Council of Nigeria to the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon. The aim of the council was to weld together all the ethnic groups of Nigeria and work for the prosperity and well-being of each Nigerian and Herbert Macaulay was elected the Chairman and Azikiwe the Secretary General. It was the youths that gave out the cock as the group’s symbol and the cock is still crowing and that is why General Gbor has come to this cock given to Nigeria by youths in 1944 so that Nigeria will wake up.

With the challenges facing this country, how have you outlined your programmes to tackle them and realise the country of your dream? What are you bringing to the table?
As President, the first thing I am going to do is to seek ways of uniting Nigerians. Let me tell you frankly, the Hausa man/the Fulani man does not trust the Igbo man, the Igbo man does not trust the Yoruba man, the Yoruba man does not trust the Hausa man, we don’t trust ourselves. How can live without trusting each other? We are afraid of each other; we use derogatory languages and names on each other. We may come together to share the resources of the nation but we do not love ourselves and trust ourselves. When I come in as President, the first thing I would do is to get a committee of traditional rulers, academicians, renowned people like Prof. Wole Soyinka, patriots like the Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi, intellectuals, men and women to find out what our problems are.
Why is it that as a Tiv man, I cannot trust my neighbour the Idoma man; why is it that the Yoruba man cannot trust the Igbo man, what is the problem, where did it start from? Let us get to the root. Did the Igbo even offend the Yoruba people as a group or as individuals? Did the Yoruba offend Igbo people? What are all these talks that amount to nothing? Did the Igbo offend the Fulani people? Did the Fulani offend the Igbo people? Let us put everything on the table, remove the fear and when we remove the fear, we find out how to remove the hurdle of this fear. How can the Fulani, the Hausa, the Yoruba, the Igbo can now come together to start building this nation, what Zik wanted us to do in 1958, 1959 before independence? Now, we are still suffering even though Generals Ironsi and Gowon came and dismantled the regions, which were created by the British to fuel division among Nigerians and which led us to civil war.
As soldiers, they saw it far away. The first thing the British did to truncate Nigeria’s nationalism was to give us regions so that nobody will be fighting for Nigeria, making people from each region to be fighting for themselves and not the nation called Nigeria and that led us into serious political crisis. So when Ironsi came, he pulled down the regions and brought provinces. But Nigerians did not understand him. In the North, they felt he was trying to level down everything so that he will bring his Igbo brothers to take over the nation because the North was not educated. He was called all kinds of names. The issue was that he didn’t consult well, he didn’t do his home work properly and therefore Nigerians did not understand him but that was the right thing to do.

Are you going to replicate that, are you going to return that system?
When Gowon came after Ironsi, he knew that was the problem. He consulted and created 12 states. Ironsi gave us 24 states by that group of provinces; 6 in the East, 6 in the West and 12 in the North but Gowon gave us 12 states, half of what Ironsi gave us; today we have 36 states and we still condemn Ironsi. He was doing the right thing but we didn’t know, the simple reason was that he didn’t consult and explain the historical background of his action. So, when I come in, I am going to restructure Nigeria but my own restructuring is not going back to the regions as some people are agitating. Regions are here to divide us. States are good. But my own restructuring focuses on the emergence of economic entities that are viable and sustainable and competitive so that, if a state has oil, manage your oil, take care of your youths,
women and the aged. Certain percentage as agreed upon as a nation will go to the centre. If you have gold, mine it. If you are into palm oil, it is your property; what you produce, give a percentage to the federal government. I have five-point agenda and restructuring is the first one. We want to restructure Nigeria. The British gave us regions because Nigerian nationalism was becoming too powerful, it was going to send the British packing, so they gave us regions, so that instead of fighting for national nationalism, Nigeria will decentralize into fighting for regional nationalism; Igbo fighting for Igbo, Hausa fighting for Hausa and Yoruba fighting for Yoruba, nobody was fighting for Nigeria apart from the army. So, if we go back to the regions, we will go back to what the British created us to be so that whatever we do here, we will remain divided; we steal money here and send to the British bank, and when you tap palm oil, you sell it for the interest of the British government to educate their children while your own children are suffering here. I will not let that happen if Nigeria will listen to me. States are good; we will develop as we are.
The philosophy of my administration is that nobody will be left behind, no place will be left behind, everybody will be developed, every human being will be affected positively, and every place will be affected positively. I am going to decentralize the police so that each federating unit will look after its own security, will tap its own resources and if you are tapping your own resources, you need security to protect your resources and to protect the citizens of your state. We will still have Mobile Police at the national level; a state that is in crisis and needs the assistance of the Federal Government, the Mobile Police will go there to assist to put down the crisis but each state will maintain its own security.
In the judiciary, there are a lot of cases all over Nigeria up to the federal level and this is delaying justice. I am going to decentralize the judiciary but they will be consulted and I am going to take the judiciary very seriously. Some aspects of the judiciary will be decentralized. For instance, the Court of Appeal will operate at the state level so that cases will be dispensed off quickly because we have been delaying justice too much in this country. Also the cost of running government is too high. We borrow money from international agencies to develop Nigeria and the chunk of it goes to service the National Assembly, pay the ministers, the governors and the people for whom you borrow the money to develop, to help provide education, roads, hospitals, they hardly get these things.
A small percentage of the population will borrow money and share it, this will not happen. We are going to cut down the cost of governance and the excess from this will be used to take care of the poor. The youth and women are also on my agenda. A country that ignores its youth, that country has shot itself on the foot, it cannot progress. Nigeria has systematically ignored the youths from 1960 to date. When people contest for political positions in this country, nobody talks about the youth and when they come to power, the youths will just follow them blindly, they don’t know that this country belongs to them more than these ones contesting for political positions. In another 30 years, by 2050, our population, which is 180million now, is going to be over 400million and the youth that can’t oversee Nigeria now will be managing the Nigeria of over 400million people. So if we ignore these youths today, when the country population gets to over 400million, how can they manage the country? If people like Buhari, a general, cannot manage Nigeria and people are being killed over the place, with his military background, how do you expect these youths to manage Nigeria when the population is over 400million? Where will they be getting food when we are not planning? This is not to say there will be no food but if we don’t plan and have a culture of how food can be produced and distributed, human beings will be eating human beings at that time.

You talked about President Buhari being a military person and being incapable of curtailing the security challenges we are currently faced with. You are also a military person; what would you say has made it difficult for President Buhari to perform?
In the military, we have generals, we have a commander-in-chief but we also have service chiefs. If we are fighting a war, of course the commander-in-chief is the overall person in charge. A general is appointed to oversee that war. All generals are trained but they are not the same. When a general is not doing well in a war situation, the commander-in-chief replaces him with another general. If Buhari is not doing well  and he is our commander-in-chief, the electorate should remove him and put me there to make sure that things work, generals are never the same.

There is this widespread belief that the military created the current problem of structure that we have, that the unitary system that we are practicing today was caused by the military. Do you think those who have this impression are fair to the military?
The issue here is not a question of being fair to the military or not, the issue is how do we handle Nigeria now that we are at the crossroads? It is not the issue of who caused Nigeria’s problem, the British caused Nigeria’s problem by giving us regions. When Nigeria came together, the people now refer to themselves as Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo.

You said President Buhari has failed to curtail the killings all over the nation; if you become the President of Nigeria, how would you solve the problems of insurgency and insecurity, Boko Haram?
The Nigerian Army is renowned all over the world as the best peace keeping army and I personally came out with two books on that. Anywhere there is a problem in the world, the UN will insist that Nigeria should be part of the peace keeping mission, so why can’t we keep peace in our own country? You have a commander-in-chief who is not able to wield, give the right command to his service chiefs, sit back and expect results, you will get it. If they have training problem, they will tell you. As commander-in-chief, I will make sure they are trained in the area they need, even if it means bringing people from overseas or sending the team overseas for training, I will do that. If it is equipment, if they come to me, they will get it. But why do we have insurgency? It is not always to use weapons each time this thing happens. Of course the first thing you do is to protect lives and property in the areas where there is insurgency. If people are saying ‘we are Biafra and we want to go’, is that want they are saying? No. They are saying ‘we are angry. We graduated from the university 10 years ago, 20 years ago, no jobs and the number keeps increasing each year and you, as a government, doesn’t care’. You are appointing the same people who were ministers in 1960 as ministers again and you are ignoring these youths and when these people who were ministers in 1960 come as ministers again, they don’t even think of the youths in their localities, so what do you expect?

Friday, 30 November 2018

November 30, 2018

BOKO HARAM: Buratai Charges Troops To Take Offensive Posture

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged field commanders to complement whatever approach they take in prosecuting the ongoing counter insurgency operations with offensive posture.
The COAS, yesterday, ordered a thorough investigation of the discovery of militia camp at NYSC Orientation Camp, Nonwa Gbam, Tai Local Government Area (LGA), Rivers State by troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army, according to Nigeria Army’s Twitter handle, HQNigerianArmy. Buratai, who gave charge yesterday in Maiduguri at the conclusion of the Fourth Quarter Chief of Army Conference, said such posture was necessary to instill fear in the terrorists.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Army chief warned troops not to be deterred by the recent setbacks, especially at Metele, where the Boko Haram terrorists attacked troops of 157 Task Force Battalion, killed 23 of them and wounded 31 others.“Operational commanders at all levels must show leadership and inculcate such virtue in subordinate commanders.
“The recent unfortunate incidents involving our troops have given me great concern and should concern all of us.“We have not focused on providing adequate force protection and our offensive posture has been below expectation,’’ the army chief said.
According to him, the development of ‘super camps’ and more emphasis on functioning logistics bases will give us a more deliberate approach to achieving force protection and reducing our delivery of needed logistics to units in the field.“However, this approach must be complemented by a robust offensive posture that will instill fear in the enemy camp and inject fresh fighting spirit in our troops.’’
He expressed satisfaction that the objectives of the three-day conference had been achieved without giving details, but charged commanders to ensure that decisions reached were implemented.
The army chief used the opportunity to restate that the army would remain apolitical and non-partisan in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.He warned officers and soldiers to maintain peace in their areas of responsibilities and “shun the lure of politicians,” adding: “You are all expected to deal decisively with any individuals or groups, who may attempt to disrupt the 2019 general elections in line with our extant laws and rules of engagement.”
Buratai also said that in joint operations with non-military security agencies, field ranks must be given to deserving Senior Non-Commission Officers- SNCOs, noting that this is to ensure proper command and control in all operations where the army participates.The theme of the conference was ‘Optimising the operational efficiency of the Nigerian army towards safeguarding democracy and national security in Nigeria.’

Thursday, 29 November 2018

November 29, 2018

Appeal Court Jails UBEC Boss 41 Years

A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto and presided over by Justice Hannatu Sankey has sentenced the Chairman of the Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Murtala Adamu Jengebe, to a cumulative jail term of 41 years.
The acting spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tony Orilade, who disclosed this yesterday in a statement issued in Abuja said Jengebe was convicted after the appellate court found him guilty on seven out of the 10 counts for which he was earlier acquitted at the Federal High Court, Gusau, Zamfara State.
In the lead judgment of the court read by Justice Habeeb Abiru, the earlier acquittal of the embattled chairman was set aside, Orilade said.
According to him, the appellate court held that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt seven out of the ten counts of the money laundering charge brought against Jengebe by the EFCC.
He was consequently sentenced to five years imprisonment on each of four of the counts, and seven years each on the three other counts.
The court ordered that the sentences shall run concurrently.
On the 12th of May 2017, the Federal High Court sitting in Gusau presided over by Justice Z.B Abubakar discharged and acquitted the convict on the 10 counts charge of money laundering but convicted him for engaging in private business while he was still in public service. An offence for which he was never charged for by the commission.
Dissatisfied with the judgement of the lower court, the prosecution approached the Court of Appeal seeking it to set aside the judgement of the lower court.

November 29, 2018

Nigeria Plans Selling Electricity to Burkina Faso

Citizens ready to pay for reliable power, says PwC
Nigeria is planning to supply electricity to Burkina Faso, a West African country, amid cries of acute power deficit by Nigerians.
Managing director/chief executive officer, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, operators of Kainji and Jebba Hydro power plants, Mr. Lamu Audu, said this at the Annual Power and Utilities Roundtable organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Lagos.
Audu decried the level of energy rejection by electricity distribution companies (DisCos), adding that the company was left with no choice than to find reliable buyers for the rejected power generated.
Out of the two 922 megawatts (MW) generated on his network, only 600 to 650MW is taken by the DisCos in Nigeria, he lamented, adding that the development was affecting the establishment’s quest for funds to expand capacity.
“We are left with no option than to sell the balance to other African countries that are willing to pay. In fact, they are willing to take up the whole electricity invoice at a higher price than what Nigerians are willing to pay.
“We are talking to Burkina Faso on this. We are aware that some Nigerian power firms sell electricity to Togo, Benin Republic, among others; we are not the first to do this,” he added.

November 29, 2018

Court Fixes February To Hear Suit Seeking Biafra Republic

Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed February 25, 2019 for hearing of a suit seeking the actualisation of sovereign state of Biafra.
The suit originally began in the Owerri division of the court, before it was transferred to Abuja at the instance of the Federal Government.
The Incorporated Trustees of Bilie Human Rights Initiative, representing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against the Federal Government of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), filed the suit.
Specifically, the plaintiff wants an actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra through legal means.
In its counter affidavit to the preliminary objection filed by the Federal Government, the plaintiff argued: “If Biafra is carved out of the present Nigeria today as a sovereign and independent nation, Nigeria has nothing to lose as it will still remain great and the giant of Africa.
“It would have abundant peace, progress, unity, strong economy, political, religious and cultural harmony that shall be without comparison within the African sub-region and beyond.”
President of Billie Human Rights Initiative, Dr. Innocent Amadi, who deposed to the 13- paragraph counter affidavit averred that “in order to terminate the present suit by all means, the Federal Government took undue advantage of the rift with Nnamdi Kanu’s faction of IPOB in filling an ex-parte application at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He said Federal Government had used the court, presided over by the then Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Karafati, to “horridly secure an ex-parte order to kill permanently our struggle for self determination and our genuine and lawful efforts to actualise the sovereign State of Biafra through legal means.”

Thursday, 22 November 2018

November 22, 2018


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, November 21st appointed Justice Musa Abaji as a new Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki made this known while reading letters from President Buhari during plenary.
In one of the letters, the President said the appointment of Justice Abaji was according to the advice of the National Judicial Council.
“In line with the1999 constitution upon the advice of the National Judicial Council, I hereby refer for confirmation the appointment of Justice Musa Abaji as the Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“While hoping that this is expeditiously considered by the Senate, accept the assurances of my highest regard,” the letter read.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

November 21, 2018


The embassy of the United States of America, will shutdown official operations in their Lagos and Abuja offices tomorrow.
The United States Embassy in Nigeria has announced that its offices in Abuja and Lagos would be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018.
Giving the reason for the closure, the US Embassy stated that the closure would be in observance of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
The embassy announced the closure through its official Twitter handle, @USEmbassyAbuja via a tweet that read:
“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, will be closed on Thursday, November 22, in observance of Thanksgiving. Thank you for being part our community!!! Happy Thanksgiving!”

November 21, 2018


Former President Goodluck Jonathan as formally responded to the infamous claim that he tended to downplay raging corruption in his administration by boldly claiming that ‘stealing is not corruption’.

But in dispelling the claim, Jonathan claimed that corruption was more prevalent under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration than under him and dismissed the current anti-corruption fight as mere media show.
The former president boasted: “It is important to note that despite the many sensational stories, dramatic arrests, seizures and accusations, many of them false, since I left office, the fact remains that Nigeria has not made any improvement on TI Corruption Perception Index since 2014.
“In fact, the 2017 CPI released in 2018 by TI places Nigeria as number 148, a retrogression in which the nation went 12 place backward. In other words, Nigeria is more corrupt in 2017 than it was when I handed over to Buhari administration in 2015.
“Some people may be misled with smoke and mirrors but the TI Corruption Perception Index relies on unsentimental facts and figures,” he submitted in this book, which seeks to set the records of his administration straight and debunk false narratives by commentators against his tenure.
Scores his administration high on corruption fight and thump up by TI
The former president paid glowing tributes to the policies and measures his administration conceived and implemented to check corruption and financial leakages and raised government revenue during his time.
He pointed to the introduction of the Electronic Wallet Initiative of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, which effectively checkmated fertiliser scam and save the country up to $192 million in the first year of its application in 2012.
He also praised his administration for the development and implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, which enabled the government to flush out 50,000 ghost federal workers and saved the country N15 billion monthly.
Jonathan claimed that it was through the effective implementation of the anti-corruption measures by his administration that in 2014 that brought positive results to Nigeria and made it to receive the best ever ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, which ranked Nigeria 136th out of the 144 countries ranked.
“This was an improvement from the nation’s previous position of 144th in 2013, 139th in 2012 and 143rd in 2011,” Jonathan noted.
Jonathan clarified that he never said that stealing is not corruption, adding that what he actually said and meant was twisted out of context by his enemies just to score political mileage and bring down his administration.
Jonathan said, “They claim that I once said that ‘stealing is not corruption’. This is not true. Following the constant stigmatisation of Nigeria as corrupt, I invited the leadership of the legislature and the judiciary to a meeting.
“In attendance were the Senate President and his deputy, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and his deputy, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the President of the Court of Appeal, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, and six states’ Chief Judges from the six geopolitical zones. Also invited were heads of the two anti-corruption agencies, viz the chairman of the EFCC and the ICPC and I presided over the meeting.
“My thinking was that the head of the executive arm of government alone could not effectively eradicate the scourge of corruption, hence the need for that meeting. I personally appealed to them and argued that an all-inclusive approach could bring about tangible successes in the anti-corruption fight.
“The judiciary, the legislature and the executive arms of government needed to join forces if we were to end the theft of public resources and stop corruption,” the former president explained.
Jonathan said it was on the strength of his presentation that the former CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdaphar, acknowledged that he was of the same opinion.
According to Jonathan, the CJN told him that he had also discovered after going through case files in the Supreme Court nearly all cases, which should have been properly labelled as ‘crimes of stealing’ and the individuals involved charged as such, were simply tagged by the prosecutors as ‘corruption’.
Jonathan said, “It was on the strength of the CJN’s submission that I expounded to say that we should stop calling a spade an agricultural implement. Corruption does not fully capture the act of stealing. A person can indeed be corrupt without stealing a dime.
“Those who are incapable of comprehending this elevated thought and the mischievous crowd, go about till date, that I said ‘stealing is not corruption’. They never bothered to even check the context in which I spoke. If you ask many of those clinging to that falsehood and mouthing the malicious misrepresentation, to quote where I said it, they will tell you ‘they only heard’.
“Let me say categorically that I have never said that stealing is good and that people should steal; neither did the CJN. Stealing is stealing ad instead of calling it corruption, let us call the thief by his proper name and not use a blanket word like corruption.

He argues: “Corruption encompasses many things.” Quoting Transparency International, Jonathan said: “Corruption is defined as the ‘abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
“We must not lump everything together and say stealing is corruption. We must isolate stealing and make it as plain as day because Nigerians hate thieves. I abhor jungle justice, but we have witnessed Nigerians show their hatred for suspected thieves by burning them alive.


Sunday, 18 November 2018

November 18, 2018


The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), Com. Ayuba Wabba, says, despite the opposition of some state governors to the proposed N30,000 minimum wage, workers across the Country are not ready to back down.

Wabba urged his members to be resolute to vote out any governor who defies the law after being signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.


The governors, after the report proposing N30,000 minimum wage was submitted to Buhari , had made their position known that many of the states lack the financial capacity to pay the amount, saying the only condition they could meet the new wage bill was to prune the workforce. Wabba described the governor’s position as an afterthought and a worn-out and old trick. Wabba spoke in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, during the 75th birthday of  a  former Chairman of the Medical and Health Union of Nigeria (MHUN), Ekiti chapter, Com. Johnson Ogunseeyin, The occasion was attended by all labour leaders in the state, led by the NLC Chairman, Coms. Ade Adesanmi and Blessing Oladele. The NLC President stated that six governors were represented on the tripartite committee composed by the Federal Government to argue the issue of minimum wage and that it took the labour over a year to arrive at a midway wage of N30,000, saying it was inhuman for governors to turn around and said they had no capacity to pay. “I consider this governors’ position as a trick that was not new to us. There was no agitation about labour that never experienced such, but we consider it an  afterthought”, he said. “In case they didn’t know, labour started with a proposal of N66,000, so N30,000 was a midway approach to resolve the crisis. We didn’t just request for it, but we considered the high inflation rate, the poor purchasing power of naira among other variables. “While we commend about six governors for saying they will pay N30,000 minimum wage, we challenge those saying they can’t pay to go to their states and tell workers and pensioners that they won’t pay. “This agitation started last year November, even when the review was supposed to take place in 2016. The governors were asked to send memoranda and 21 states complied. They all had inputs. They even had six representatives on the negotiating committee, so I didn’t know what they were talking about after the report had been submitted. “In case the governors didn’t  know, the police, DSS and Nigeria Army that were providing security for them and the Nigerian populace are involved in this minimum wage issue. So, we consider their refusal to comply as a way to divert  our attention. “The governors may not care about workers because they are getting humongous security votes. Councilor who has no certificates receive more than a PhD holder. I want to believe this is a class contestation and we are up to the task. “We want to tell the governors that we won’t succumb to their antics. We will receive nothing less than N30,000 minimum wage for our people and we have directed workers to vote out any state governor or his successor who says he is not ready to pay”.


Friday, 16 November 2018

November 16, 2018


Residents of Kajola Community in Ogun State on Friday counted their blessings as they freely fetched beef from 10 cows killed by a train.

Newsmen report that men and women including commercial motorcyclists and passersby used knives, cutlasses to cut from the lifeless cows.

The train, which took off from Lagos, headed for its final destination, Kajola Terminus, when it ran over the cows which were crossing rail track at 11:50 a.m.
President hasn’t mentioned minimum wage figure—Presidency The cows were searching for food when they crossed the rail track. The herders seemed to be caught unawares but no human life was lost to the accident. Some of the residents who spoke with newsmen said that the herders had been warned to desist from bringing the animals near the track. They also said that the meat would waste if people would not fetch them. One of the residents, Mr Adeola Paseda, told newsmen that he fetched beef that would be enough for his family for at least one week. “I am one of the residents that got here first; I have meat that can last for a week,” he said. Mrs Bola Akanni, who was carrying a basin of beef, said, “Times are hard now; if we do not take the meat, it will amount to waste of an opportunity.”

Mr Fatai Akeem, told newsmen that he was alerted by his friends immediately the accident happened. He said that he was sad to see pieces of beef littering the track. “I watched as people cut meat in basins and took them to their houses. “The herders lost a lot because they could not listen to advice not to bring cows near the rail track,” he said. Newsmen report that pieces of beef littered the track as the residents continued to fetch the beef. The owners of the cows were not seen as at the time of the report. 


Thursday, 15 November 2018

November 15, 2018


A 19-year-old man, Sunday Owo, was, yesterday, arrested by the security guards at the Centre for Psychic Healing and Administration (CEPHA), in Awka, Anambra State. .

The young man, who said he hails from Ebonyi state, was caught with the flesh of the pubic region of the victim, including the penis and fingers. .
He also had with him, a bottle filled with the blood of his 4 years old victim. He claimed that he was asked, by one Blessing, to produce the human parts and bring to a natural healing home for money ritual. .

Owo further told newsmen that he paid the said Blessing, who is at-large, N50,000, for connecting her to the healing home. The murderer confessed that he killed the boy at a stream in his town and threw his head and other parts into it. .
“She brought me here two days ago and said that madam instructed her to tell me to bring these body parts, that I will have money,” he added.
Addressing newsmen, the owner of the healing centre, Dr. Mrs. Ifeanyichukwu Ilonzo, said she had to promptly invite the media and police on seeing the bloody parts as, according to her, such a thing had never happened before in her centre. .
“I was with my staff doing ward rounds after morning prayers when we saw the man and on questioning him, he said he was looking for me as he had brought the items,” Ilonzo said. .
“I was surprised because I have not seen the young man before nor had any discussion whatsoever with him,” she added.

Ilonzo said she suspected a foul play by people who wished to frame her, saying that such attempts had been made in the past, including a failed assassination attempt. .
She urged the police to identify the parents of the murdered child and the murder accomplice, Blessing.
November 15, 2018


Skyway String Transport Technology, a private firm, says its fast light rail service can move passengers from Lagos to Abuja in about 45 minutes.

It will be moving at an average speed of 150km per hour and has capacity for 500km per hour.
The Regional Head, Skyway String Transport Technology, Mr. Arogundade Samson, said that the fast transport system had been carefully designed to assist the Nigerian government in alleviating the sufferings of the people in moving from one point to another.

According to him, the hi-tech transportation system will solve the challenges of gridlock and hazards involved in travelling by road from Lagos to Abuja.
The Nigerian Punch newspaper said on Wednesday that Samson stated at a gathering in Lagos to sensitive members of the public on the project that the company “is fully committed; possess the technical knowhow and financial capability to deliver the project in good time”, as long as it enjoys support and cooperation of the Lagos and the Federal Government.
Samson noted that since Nigeria has the same challenge with India in terms of population and lack of social infrastructure, the implementation of similar project there had greatly changed their story.
The report quoted a member of the company’s board, Vladimir Maslov, as saying that the company was ready to sign an agreement with the Federal Government and Lagos State to signal the beginning of the fast track transportation project.
Maslov said that some of the benefits inherent in the project included a reduction in the rate at which commuters were exposed to accidents on the road, and encourage zero tolerance for pollution as well as improved security of lives and property of passengers.
A schedule flight from Lagos to Abuja is about 50 minutes, while it takes between 12 and 15 hours to travel from Lagos to Abuja by bus.