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Friday, 7 June 2019

June 07, 2019

COURT NULLIFIES AIT, RAYPOWER SUSPENSION PENDING HEARING


A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Daar Communications Plc’s AIT/Raypower stations and National Broadcasting Commission to maintain status quo pending a hearing slated for June 13, 2019.
Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered Ray Power and AIT to return to operation pending when NBC will defend its reasons for suspending the broadcasting company.
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, had, Thursday, suspended the operating license of the Daar Communications PLC, operator of AIT and Ray Power over alleged breach of the NBC’s broadcasting code.
NBC claimed the management of Daar Communications Plc’s AIT/Raypower stations had been warned several times about breaches of broadcasting regulations but did not flinch.
“The NBC have over the last 2 years summoned on several occasions management of the company to address issues regarding the operations of AIT/Raypower with the company, particularly, Political Platform and Kakaaki aired on AIT,” NBC said in a statement.
The commission said its recent monitoring reports on AIT/Raypower indicate the “use of divisive comments accredited to the segment of “Kakaaki”, tagged, “Kakaaki Social”, where inciting comments like, “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta”, “Nigeria irritates me”, “this country is gradually Islamizing” and other similar slogans are used without editorial control in breach of the broadcast Code.”
“We were, therefore, constrained to issue Daar Communication letters of warning dated May 27th, 2019,” NBC said.
Before the suspension, Daar Communications, in an ex parte application asked the court to restrain NBC from withdrawing its operating license over alleged breach of the broadcast code.
They asked the court for an order to maintain status quo ante bellum as at May 30, 2019, pending the hearing and final determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.
The grounds for bringing this application according to DAAR communication is that in the best tenets and tradition of broadcast and in compliance with section 22 of 1999 constitution it had carried out its duties legally, legitimately, morally and nationalistically, in informing, educating and entertaining
But the NBC, which regulates radio and television stations, said AIT/Rapower again on Thursday used “inflammatory, divisive, inciting broadcasts, and media propaganda against the government and, the NBC”, hence the suspension.
The AIT and Ray Power FM, both owned by Raymond Dokpesi’s has strongly denied all allegations of wrongdoing, saying the Buhari administration was out to victimise them over of their perceived allegiance to the opposition.
Dokpesi has been a long-time member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and once contested to be the party’s chairman.
The suspension has generated widespread criticism in the country.
PDP’s Atiku Abubakar condemned the closure of AIT, warning that the fabrics of Nigeria’s democracy were being shredded by the Buhari government.
“The Legislature has been challenged. The Judiciary has been tackled,” Abubakar tweeted.
“If, at this time, we stand by as the press loses its independence, there will be little to differentiate us from a dictatorship,” he added.
June 07, 2019

I'VE LOST WEIGHT SINCE TAKING OVER FROM AMBODE- SANWO-OLU


Just days after assuming office as Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday said he has started losing weight as a result of the enormity and pressing demands of the office.
“I dare say that I have lost weight and probably I will lose a little bit more but I think it’s what the job entails and is to also ensure that you have the right team of people that would also support you,” Sanwo-Olu told State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Sanwo-Olu, who took over from former governor Ambode said, “the challenges (of Lagos State) are real, they are there, it’s not a tea party. You don’t sleep and wake up and the traffic has gone down, you don’t sleep and wake up and there is no rain and that you’ve resolved Apapa gridlock, it’s real.”
The governor noted that leading Lagos State requires psychological preparedness to ensure the delivery of promises made to the citizens.
“So when as a leader, you show that leadership support, then the message itself will trickle down and trickle down very well and that is why we have to take that very bold idea and you’re going to see a lot,” Sanwo-Olu said
On how to address the gridlock in Apapa, Sanwo-Olu said “It’s work in progress. If you go to Lagos now, you will see that they have started clearing it. So for us, it’s not just to do it but to ensure that we sustain it.
He explained that “sustainability is critical. It’s to build a model where it’s sustainable and we are not also involving the big players we are also discussing with them – the shipper’s council, the shipping lines, NPA, NIMASA and all of them that are stakeholders in the conversations around port utility, we are settling it.
On Friday’s security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, he said “Security is everybody’s businesses but as a governor, we also have a major responsibility to ensure that as number one security officer of the state, the security of lives and properties is also paramount as the chief executive officer of a state.
June 07, 2019

IBOM AIR MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT TO LAGOS


The Ibom Air owned by Akwa Ibom Government on Friday conducted its maiden flight from Uyo to Ikeja, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the airline’s Bombardier CRJ-900LR aircraft, which took off from the Obong Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo landed at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, Lagos at 1.15 p.m.
It was welcomed with water canon salutation by officers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Fire Services.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel said that the airline was a project designed to enhance the economy and create employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The governor, who was represented by the deputy governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, said the project was a testament to the vision of rapid industrialisation based on three gateways of land, sea and air into the state.
He, however, called on all Akwa Ibom indegenes to support the project regardless of their political affiliations.
“Finally, let me use this opportunity to appeal to some of our people in the opposition; it is not everything about us that should be coloured by, or be seen through the prism of politics.
“We should learn to separate development from politics.
“Ibom Air is a huge achievement for us all.
“ When we board these aircraft to either Lagos or Abuja and back to Uyo, the Cabin Crew will not ask you whether you are a PDP or APC card-carrying member.
“Sponsoring articles in the newspapers aimed at dismissing the great works we have done such as this, or telling the world Ibom Air will never become a reality, is highly unfortunate and sad.
“We are better than this,” Emmanuel said.
According to him, the aircraft (Bombardier CRJ 900), would maintain regular daily flights to both Lagos and Abuja respectively, urging Akwa Ibom residents to avail themselves of the opportunity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Ibom Air represents one of the governor’s signature project in his first tenure.
NAN also reports that Ibom Air was launched on Feb. 20 with three aircraft by the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

June 05, 2019

How Man Buried His 5-months-old Baby Alive

The Nigeria Police Force, Ebonyi state command has arrested a 26 years old man, Anthony Sunday for allegedly burying his 5 months old daughter alive.
The suspect was said to have committed the offence at Okwerike village Abaomege in Onicha local government council of the state.
He was said to have been having constant disagreements and fights with his wife whom he accused of cheating on her and allegedly decided to get back at her alleged unfaithfulness by killing their daughter.

He allegedly carried their five months old sleeping baby named Roseline to an empty land behind his yam ban and buried her alive in a shallow grave.
It was gathered that the wife after the day’s quarrel in the morning where she was as usually accused by her husband of keeping late nights, fed and bathed Roseline during which she slept and was left under custody of her father and other siblings, while the mother went out.
Roseline’s disappearance and death was not noticed by any other person in the vicinity until the mother came back and wanted to breastfeed her but could not find her.
Meanwhile, search parties were set up and they sought her to no avail.
Later, the least expected suspect ( her father) started confessing all that transpired and exhumed the dead body of the innocent child behind his yam ban.
He attributed the blame to the wife, who according to him always makes him upset.
Meanwhile, the suspect has been arraigned before an Abakaliki Magistrate court presided over by Magistrate Ruth Okeh in a suit numbered MAB/357c/2019 for on the charge of causing the death of Roseline by burying her alive.
According to court records, the offence is punishable under section 319 (1) of criminal code cap 33 vol 1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009.
However, the Magistrate ordered that the suspect be remanded in Abakaliki prison as the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
He instructed the police to forward all documents and evidences in the matter to the (DPP) Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP) for further action.
The matter was adjourned to 29th day of July 2019 for report of compliance at the High court

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June 05, 2019

Over 7,000 Nigerians Killed Under Buhari In Last One Year – Security Tracker

Violent activities in Nigeria have resulted in the death of 7,253 Nigerians between June 2018 and May 2019.
These figures, released by Nigeria Security Tracker (NST), a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Africa program, consist of those killed by insurgent groups like Boko Haram and Islamic State in the northern part of the country, herdsmen and extra-judicial activities by the military.
During the timeframe, Borno and Zamfara recorded the highest number of killings contributing to 49 per cent of the total deaths within the last one year. Borno recorded 2,384 killings while 1,157 people were killed by different violent activities in Zamfara.
Other states that made up the top 10 states of death from violent activities are Kaduna, 540; Benue, 330; Adamawa, 303; Yobe, 264; Taraba, 176; Plateau, 166; Rivers, 160 and Katsina with 127 deaths.


The least affected states are Kebbi, 3; Kwara and Jigawa, 4; Osun, 8; Kano and Bauchi, 10; Gombe, Oyo and Enugu, 11 and Abia, 12;
The data also showed that extrajudicial activities by state actors led to the most killings in the country with 1,545 deaths, while 1,042 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram sects.
Also, communal crisis and clash between herdsmen and farmers  resulted in killings of 1,178 Nigerians while 1,230 deaths resulted from other factors.
The Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) said it tracks violence that is both causal and symptomatic of Nigeria’s political instability and citizen alienation.
“Relying on press reports of violence presents methodological limitations. There is a dearth of accurate reporting across certain regions, death tolls are imprecise, and accounts of incidents vary. There is the potential for political manipulation of media. Given these limitations, the NST makes every effort to collect information from multiple sources,” the NST noted.

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

June 04, 2019

IBB CONFIDENT NIGERIA WILL OVERCOME SECURITY CHALLENGES SOON



Former military President Ibrahim Babangida has expressed confidence that Nigeria would soon overcome its security challenges.
Babangida, who spoke with newsmen on Tuesday in Minna, expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would tackle and end the skirmishes in some parts of the country “very soon”.
“What is required now is for Nigerians to rally round the President to enable him to provide adequate security and good leadership.
“The people’s support will help the President to succeed; he needs everyone’s cooperation to trudge on to success,” he said.
He stressed the need for Nigerians to remain peaceful and pray for peace to reign in the country, noting that no meaningful development could take place in a chaotic environment.
“Peace remains a pre-requisite for any meaningful development. We must all seek it, crave for it and work for it,” he said.

June 04, 2019

NIGERIA'S MUHAMMAD-BANDE EMERGES UNGA PRESIDENT



Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has emerged President of the 74th UN General Assembly.
Muhammad-Bande, the sole candidate for the position, was elected through acclamation at the 87th plenary meeting of the Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
He is the second Nigerian to hold the office after Joseph Garba, a retired military officer and diplomat, who led the organ between 1989 and 1990.
He will be inaugurated in September.

Monday, 3 June 2019

June 03, 2019

ANOTHER STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE WITH SNIPER IN LAGOS



Barely hours after it was reported that a student of the Department of Hospital Management at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, committed suicide because of his girlfriend’s decision to jilt him, another suicide has been reported at Sedar College, Baruwa, in Ipaja Ayobo axis of Lagos.
In a statement by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, the Ipaja police division received a complaint on May 30, at about 6:50p.m from Sedar College that one Favour Ekemedili, a senior secondary school student complained of severe stomachache and was rushed to the sickbay.
“The school bay immediately moved her to Agege General Hospital, which in turn referred her to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where she was admitted for medical attention. The school authority contacted her parents. She died at about 6:00p.m. while receiving treatment. Her friends who witnessed the incident stated that the stomachache started when the girl took Fan juice.
“On a closer check on the bottle of the juice, it was discovered that the bottle contained Sniper chemicals, not juice. The chemical substances were taken for laboratory test. Homicide detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department are investigating the case,” Elkana stated.
Last week saw a rash of suicide cases in Lagos. Earlier, the decomposing body of a Lagos businessman, Oluwaseyi Ishmael, was found in his apartment at the Magodo Phase 2 area of Lagos. Oluwaseyi, while soliciting the assistance of his family members, had allegedly threatened to kill himself if they refused to support him to raise funds to pay his house rent.
Also last week, a 22-year-old petty trader has committed suicide after losing the N7,000 she realised from her trade. Kaivi Kayode, the Togolese woman, was said to have gulped a bottle of insecticide known as Sniper at her 4, Jaz Street home, Aiyetoro in Ijanikin, a Lagos suburb. Another, a father of two and a devout Christian identified as Seun Adedutan also committed suicide after consuming two bottles of Sniper insecticide at his Surulere home. This was after a man in Ikorodu had committed suicide after killing his wife and son.
Reacting, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos chapter, has expressed concern over the increasing rate of suicide and child abuse in the country. The association said this in a communiqué issued at the inaugural congress of the newly elected executive members, led by the chairperson, Mrs. Adeola Ekine, in Lagos.
The communiqué advised parents to be more watchful, approachable and give listening ears to their children to curb the menace. NAWOJ also advised parents to be cautious of using what they see on social media as standards for their children as no two children were the same, urging them not to compare children development.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

June 02, 2019

Buhari Returns From OIC Summit In Saudi Arabia

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday returned to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia where he went to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, in Makkah. President Buhari left Nigeria on Thursday last week to attend the 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, which held on Friday, May 31 and hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Summit convened under the theme, “Makkah al-Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future,” was attended by Heads of State and Governments of Member States. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu had explained that the Summit was aimed at developing a unified stance on events in the Islamic world.

President Buhari at the conference addressed the forum on the need for member countries to unite and work together to combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism.
He passed a vote of confidence on the intervention programmes of the various institutions under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for the impact they are making on Nigeria and other African countries. President Buhari, who read the collective statement of African countries at the 14th Summit of the OIC in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, commended the robust interventions of the Islamic Development Bank, IDB, in key sectors such as agriculture, trade and investment. In a statement he read at the Summit the President had said:

“The robust interventions of the various OIC Institutions and principally the Islamic Development Bank Group, have been effective in such key sectors as trade and investment, agriculture, rural development and food security, science, technology and innovation, poverty alleviation as well as
  women and youth empowerment.’’
In the specific case of Nigeria, the President acknowledged the support of OIC Member States in countering the menace of terrorism and armed criminality in West Africa, the Lake Chad area and the Sahel Countries. President Buhari’s aircraft touched ground at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 5:30pm

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ZAMFARA FIRST LADY TO PRIORITISE GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION
June 02, 2019

ZAMFARA FIRST LADY TO PRIORITISE GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION



The wife of the new governor of Zamfara, Hajia Aisha Matawalle, says she plans to prioritise girl-child education in the state.
She said this during a press briefing at the Government House, Gusau, on Saturday.
She said that the educated woman had better skills and self confidence to raise children with sound characters for a better society more than her uneducated counterparts
“I will focus my programme on the girl-child education because it is one of the most critical areas of women empowerment”, she said.
The governor’s wife said women in the state would also be empowered financially to achieve sustainable life styles.
“As a woman, my major concern will revolve around women and children. These are some of the areas that I believe are vital to the development of our state.
“As we embark on this journey, I promise that we will not distance ourselves but rather come to you at the grassroots to create a big family”, she said.
She appealed to the citizens of the state to continue to support government policies and programmes that would be embarked upon by the administration of Gov. Bello Matawalle for the development of the state.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

June 01, 2019

POLICE ARREST 12 SHI'ITES FOR ALLEGED UNLAWFUL PROCESSION IN KADUNA



The Kaduna State Police Command, said it had arrested no fewer than 12 members of the Shi’a Islamic Movement in Nigeria, for allegedly staging unlawful procession in Kaduna.
The Command Public Public Relation Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that the suspects conducted the act in spite of total ban on public procession imposed by the Kaduna State Government.
According to Sabo, the alleged illegal action took place at about 2:30pm along the central area of Kaduna metropolis.
“The command mobilized operatives to disperse the unlawful assembly, however, on sighting the Police, they instantly became riotous and started pelting the security agents with catapults, using some sharp lethal iron bolts to attack our operatives.
“This gives the impression that the procession was planned to be violent from the onset.“The Police succeeded in dispersing the group and have arrested about a dozen who are now being investigated at the Command’s SCIID.
“We have maintained normalcy and will not allow any person or group of persons to take law into their hands,” he said.
He noted that the Kaduna state government had proscribed the organisation, as such “it is the responsibility of police as an enforcement agency to ensure compliance in accordance with the extant laws.”

June 01, 2019

SECURITY AGENTS THWARTS 'BOKO HARAM' ATTACK ON WORSHIPPERS IN BORNO



Nigerian security forces on Saturday repelled attack by ‘Boko Haram’ insurgents in Sajeri community of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the insurgents launched the attack targetting worshippers who were observing midnight Ramadan prayers (Tahajjud) in Sajeri ward in the outskirt of Maiduguri.
A Competent security source who prefered anonymity told NAN that the insurgents stormed the community at about 2:30 am.
He said that the attack was reppelled by a combat unit of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery squad (FSARS) and Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), who supported the security operatives on ground.
“Residents of the area scampared for safety into the metropolis amidst sporadic gunshots during a gun battle which lasted for about an hour,”he said.
The source added that efforts of the army police, and the civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF) deployed in the area prevented the insurgents’ incursion, noting that only one person was injured.
Bello Danbatta, the Head of Emergency Rescue at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who comfirmed the attack to NAN through the telephone, said one of the attackers was killed while a civilian was injured.
“When we went for the evacuation, we found one Boko Haram lying dead with bullet wounds,”he said.
Dambatta added that the civilian was rushed to the State Specialist Hospital for treatment noting, that nomalcy had since returned to the area.
Usman Abubakar, the Police Public Relation Officer(PPRO), Borno Command, declined to comment on the incident when contacted by NAN. Abubakar said he needed to get clearance from the Police Commissioner before making a statement on the incident.

Friday, 31 May 2019

May 31, 2019

[Video] Laspotech Student, Mayowa Commits Suicide With Sniper (Reasons Will Shock You)

A Nigerian man identified on Facebook as KingEzekiel Joseph Mayowa has committed suicide by drinking sniper after his girlfriend of 9 years abandoned him.
Mayowa during a live video on his Facebook page, KingEzekiel Joseph Mayowa, last night, in his room was video’d crying while holding a bottle of sniper.

According to what he said, he ‘lost his girlfriend’ when she went for NYSC. He says since his girlfriend got into the NYSC camp, she changed.

He says the lady took advantage of a mistake that is 3 year old, as an advantage to break up with him.
He advised the Federal government to scrap NYSC and also advise ‘men’ to make money before dating any woman.
He reiterated that he’s tried his best, but it looked as though his girlfriend wanted someone who is financially buoyant. He says he’s been dating the said girl for 9 years, 3 months and 9 days.
He says he pleaded and pleaded with the said girl, but she refused. In the video, he apologized to his mother for treading this path. He then made mention of some names, saying he’d miss them all.
Mayowa is a Part time HMT (Hospitality and Management Technology) student of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu campus, and the President of their department.
His body was found this morning..

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May 31, 2019

LAWMAKERS WANT BUHARI TO REVERSE GUN OWNERSHIP BAN



The House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal Government to reverse its executive order restraining gun ownership.It said the decision strips citizens of their rights to life and self-defence amid growing attacks by bandits, kidnappers and other criminals. It also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law a bill establishing a commission against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion, ‘Executive Order To Remove, Revoke And Banish All Firearms Certificates And Licences Throughout The Federation’, moved by Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia).Presenting the motion, Elendu-Ukeje said: “The House notes with concern the rising spate of insecurity in our country. It is worried that the insecurity, which was hitherto confined to the northeast and the north central states, has spread rapidly to the northwestern states and all other parts of the country.
“It is further concerned that there is an increased number of deaths resulting from terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other violent crimes. It notes that in response to the local and international outcry and concern for Nigeria’s security situation, Mr. President signed an executive order to remove, revoke and banish all guns certificates and licences throughout the federation.
“It is concerned that this order targets illegal gun owners and their guns while there doesn’t seem to be any institutional actionable policy or plan to mop up small arms and light weapons that are at the centre of these crimes. It is convinced that the high number of illegal guns is responsible among others factors for the increase in crime.”
The lawmaker argued: “Judging from the number of motions, there is a consensus that insecurity has become a national problem and that this executive order only targets legal guns and there is none to address those with illegal guns. There are no statistics to show that the crimes perpetrated by licensed guns outweigh the number of crimes committed by unlicenced guns.”
Supporting the motion, Edward Pwajok (PDP, Plateau) warned government not to “expose Nigerians to all forms of attacks.” He said: “Criminals will not go for licences because that will expose them. I think he (Buhari) should rescind that order and do everything possible to mop up illegal guns.”
Abubakar Chika (APC, Niger) said: “The danger is that it will make all of us very vulnerable to attacks. We have communities where people with licensed guns provide security through vigilance services. That, to some extent, puts fear in the minds of hoodlums and secures the environment.”
Sunday Adepoju (APC Oyo) noted: “Majority of those who have licensed guns are well-to-do personalities. For instance, in a community where there are persons with legal guns, the moment hoodlums come close and they hear gunshots, they flee.”Simon Arabo (PDP, Kaduna) argued: “You cannot use an executive order to override a lawfully acquired weapon. If most of the weapons are being used illegally, the security agencies should tackle that.”
But Mojeed Alabi (APC, Osun) differed. According to him, “the police have no clear criteria for issuing a gun licence in Nigeria, except you want to give them money. People take guns without any procedure visible to all of us. If the police do not have full regulations guiding ownership or acquisition of guns, then I will advise that they (guns) be withdrawn.He added: “The procedure is wrong and because of that, the president is right to say they should withdraw them. Let them (police) come up with regulations.”
Similarly, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) urged Buhari to prioritise solving security challenges, to boost social and economic development.He disclosed this during a media session in Maiduguri where he implored the Federal Government to “leave any other thing for now and concentrate on security.”
The senator advised government to “draw a timeline and give marching orders to the security agencies that Boko Haram insurgency should be over in the next two years or six months. Boko Haram and banditry should be a thing of the past, and that should come from the commander-in-chief.”
Also proffering a solution, a retired commissioner of police, Lawrence Alobi, called for enhanced community policing. He, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the principle could only succeed where public trust is guaranteed. Alobi also noted that Nigeria’s current method of policing was inherited from British colonialists who had sought to protect their own interests.
“It has been proven by police experts that the type of government in a country determines the style of framework of policing. We are now in a democracy. Our style of policing should be anchored on the principles of democratic policing, which is participatory,” he said.
The presidency meanwhile has restated its commitment to tackling poverty and unemployment with a view to curbing insecurity.
National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno made this known during the ‘Validation Session of the Draft National Security Strategy 2019’ organised by the office of the NSA in Abuja yesterday.
The forum was held to provide a framework for meeting the security challenges of Nigerians. Monguno, who was represented by Aminu Lawal, Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of the National Security Adviser, stressed the need to “address socio-economic concerns such as poverty and unemployment as well as corruption, security and the economy, which are key points of this administration.”
According to him, the ultimate aim would be to “employ the instruments of national power in the most efficient and effective manner, to promote peace and prosperity in a secure and enabling environment.”

Thursday, 30 May 2019

May 30, 2019

BREAKING: Court Grants Naira Marley N2,000,000 Bail

Naira Marley who arrived for a resumed bail application at the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi was reported to be sober during the the hearing of his bail application.
The singer’s lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1).
The defense also pleaded that a liberal approach is taken in hearing the bail application.

He also urged the court to grant accelerated hearing rather than bail.
He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million naira, two sureties.
The trial has been adjourned to 22, 23 and 24 of October for accelerated hearing.

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May 30, 2019

BREAKING: Regina Daniels Husband, Ned Nwoko Sacked By Court Of Appeal, [photos]

The Court of Appeal in Abuja reversed the April 3, 2019 judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja which sacked Senator Peter Nwaoboshi as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Delta North Senatorial seat.


Justice Mohammed Idris, in the lead judgment, held that the suit by Nwoko was statute barred and that Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja ought not to have heard the case and gave the judgment he gave in favor of Nwoko.
The three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, held that the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to have heard the case filed by Ned Nwoko.

Justice Mohammed had, in the April 3, 209 judgment, sacked Nwaoboshi as the PDP candidate for the last election in Delta North Senatorial district and among others, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept Nwoko as the party’s candidate.

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May 30, 2019

OBASANJO DENIES PLANE CRASH ESCAPE REPORTS



Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday evening denied reports he was on board an Ethiopian plane that escaped a crash in Lagos.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)Wednesday afternoon reported that Obasanjo was on board the Boeing 777-300 aircraft Ethiopian flight that encountered bad weather during landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
However, Ethiopian Airlines confirmed its Boeing 777-300 aircraft took off in Addis Ababa en route Lagos.  Although the airlines said the weather during landing at the airport was bad, it denied the aircraft escape crash as reported.
Obasanjo was widely reported to have been among the 393 passengers on the flight.
But the former Nigeria president through his media aide Kehinde Akinyemi said he did not leave his home.
NAN previously reported that Obasanjo, who did not attend President Muhammadu Buhari inauguration in Abuja, was returning from a stakeholders’ dialogue on Continental Trade and Strengthening Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which ended on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia Airline general manager Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen explained that the aircraft upon experiencing bad weather had to embark on a go – round the airport for better and smooth landing.
“On a second attempt, the aircraft made safe and normal landing. This was according to safety standards. Pilots are encouraged to make similar go – round in such cases. However, some media incorrectly reported this standard safety precautionary go – round. “
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) also confirmed the incident
“The flight, which tried to land at about 1157hours had earlier mis-approached due to bad weather and immediately went up to position properly for landing,” it said in a statement.
The aircraft landed safely at exactly 1213hours and parked at gate E63.”

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

May 29, 2019

Let's Also Have Food And Nutrition Democracy – Agriculturist

As Nigeria deepens democracy, agriculture expert has called on governments to train more farmers to produce improved, nutritious foods for local consumption and export.

The expert made the call in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday. The Country Manager of Harvestplus Nigeria, Dr Paul Ilona, said the country should see democratic development in terms of people’s improved  contributions to economic development. He said that democracy should be redefined to not only apply to politics but also to other aspects of life, including food and nutrition aspects of agriculture. According to Ilona, malnutrition must be tackled urgently in the country because individuals will not be able to add value to the development of the country when malnourished. “We need to start looking at dynamics of democracy – food and nutrition democracy. In Nigeria for instance, there is no choice of food as people eat what they find, not what they need. “The primary area of agriculture should be food and nutrition because you are what you eat; there are problems everywhere in the country because of poor nutrition; the more malnourished we are, the more crises we face. “We should begin to look at ways where an average Nigerian is able to afford, find and consume the right food to help him/her grow to full capacity, thereby improving the economy and reducing disability rate. “We should begin to look at democracy in line with development, not majorly on politics; we dwell too much on politics, and that is  why we are not developing. “If the incoming governments consider all these and get them right, we will surely change and improve the economy,” he said.

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The 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, scheduled to hold on Friday, May 31, will be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by Heads of State and Governments of Member States.

According to the OIC secretariat, the summit to be convened under the theme, “Makkah al-Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future,” seeks to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world.



President Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja is expected to address the forum and underscore the need for member countries to unite and work together to combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism. The statement further stated that President will also push forward themes that have been at the forefront of his domestic and international priorities, including reviving the Lake Chad Basin, investing in Nigeria to create jobs and financing for development.

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Ahead of the Summit, was a preparatory meeting in Jeddah meant to adopt the draft agenda and work programme for the Summit. On the agenda were the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict; combating terrorism and violent extremism; the humanitarian situation in the Muslim world; promotion of scientific cooperation, among others. President Buhari becomes the third Nigerian leader to attend the OIC conference in person, after the late Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

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This is in compliance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senior special assistant to the president, media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The duly completed forms,  it was gathered, were submitted to the Chairman of the CCB, Professor Mohammed Isa, on behalf of the President by Sarki Abba, Senior Special Assistant, Household and Domestic Affairs.
The statement reads in part:
“The forms, as signed by the President and sworn to before a Judge of Abuja High Court showed no significant changes in assets  declared in 2015 by him.
“There are no new houses, no new bank accounts at home and abroad and there are no new shares acquired.
“The Chairman of the CCB commended the President for leading by example by declaring his assets in accordance with the law”.

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