Saturday, 25 February 2017

Wike orders arrest of 15 mechanics polluting air by burning tyres, oil

The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, has on Friday, ordered the arrest of 15 mechanics caught polluting the air by burning used tyres and condemned engine oil.Governor Wike gave the order for the arrest while he was driving back from a funeral at Oyigbo. On getting to the area, Governor Wike saw thick black smoke oozing from the burning tyres as set by the mechanics.

White House confirms Trump’s call to Buhari

Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary to President Donald Trump has confirmed that the United States President called and spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, puncturing speculations and claims by some commentators that the event never occurred.Spicer, in his press briefing Tuesday speaking on Trump’s activities for Monday said: “…In addition to his in-person meetings with the prime ministers of Japan and Canada, the President also recently had phone calls with the presidents of Tunisia, Peru, Nigeria, Colombia and South Africa. Readouts are available on all of those calls.”

 President Buhari, who has since transferred power to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, has been in London, United Kingdom, for the last three weeks, seeking medical help for a yet to be disclosed ailment.He has not been seen publicly since his departure from Abuja, except in photographs with visitors, thus fueling rumours that he’s dead or seriously ill, despite assurances by Osinbajo, Senate President Saraki and Presidential aides that he’s “hale and hearty.”His spokesman, Femi Adesina, released a statement Monday revealing details of the phone conversation between Trump and the president. His release was however greeted with mixed reactions with some claiming that it never occurred or that Trump spoke to an impersonator.

Southern Kaduna Killings How soldiers, policemen were caught napping

In spite of efforts by Kaduna State government, security operatives and other interest groups and organizations to restore peace in the troubled southern part of the state, peace seems to have taken flight as warring parties are not ready for sincere dialogue, police authority said yesterday.The Police Commissioner, Agyole Abeh while leading newsmen on a tour of the recently attacked communities around Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of the state on Friday said, though normalcy has returned to the area but there are still pockets of isolated killings in form of reprisal attacks.The police boss, who decried non readiness of the two opposing parties for dialogue due to fear of  the unknown despite the overwhelming presence of security men noted that, the best way to resolve whatever grievances both parties may have remains dialogue.

3 Female Nigerian Wrestlers Reach End Of Road In 2016 Olympic Games

The hopes of Nigeria winning any Olympic medals keep diminishing as three Nigerian wrestlers - Mercy Genesis, Hannah Reuben and Aminat Adeniyi - have been eliminated from the women’s wrestling preliminary round at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics on Wednesday.

Pele’s son ordered to begin 13-year Brazil prison sentence

A Brazilian court has ruled that football legend Pele’s son Edinho, who was convicted of money laundering and drug trafficking, must begin serving nearly 13 years in prison, his lawyer said. The 46-year-old former goalkeeper, who briefly played for his father’s former club Santos, was sentenced to 33 years in 2014.

Tinubu, Oyegun, Fayose storm Ondo as Akeredolu is sworn-in

The new governor of Ondo state, Mr Rotimi Odunayo Akeredolu yesterday promised the people of the state that their welfare would be accorded priority by his administration even as he rebuilds the state. Mr Akeredolu  who was sworn in as the sixth governor of Ondo state gave an assurance to build a new state where honesty, prosperity and confidence will once again be the people’s self identity. Also sworn in was his deputy, Hon Alfred Agboola Ajayi who was a former member of the House of Representatives representing Ilaje/ Ese Odo Federal constituency in the state.

FG appoints 3 new directors, a general manager for FAAN

The Federal Government has appointed three new Directors and a General Manager for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). A statement signed by FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Mr Henrietta Yakubu, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Nine Kano Hunters Killed In Southern Kaduna, Four Corpses Missing

Nine hunters of Kano State origin have been killed and four corpses missing in renewed violence this week in the troubled Southern Kaduna region of Kaduna State. The victims perished in fresh fighting that erupted from Monday to Thursday this week. A top Kano State Government official confirmed the developments to News agent via telephone.According to the source, the Hausa-Fulani hunters were returning from a hunting expedition in Nasarawa State when they ran into a roadblock erected at Kagoro in Kaduna State by some indigenous youths from Southern Kaduna. The hunters hailed from Rano, Kibiya and Wada local government areas of Kano State.

Our source disclosed that there were more than 20 hunters in the party, adding that the indigenous vigilante youths killed eight of the hunters before soldiers got to the scene. The military recovered four corpses while four are yet to be recovered.The soldiers, after rescuing 13 of the hunters on Monday, took them to a police facility in Kafanchan, but unfortunately when they were returning to Kano on Thursday, they were ambushed again by Southern Kaduna youths and one more was killed," said the source.

The source added, “The security screened them and indeed confirmed that they were hunters on transit back to Kano from Nasarawa. To this moment, there is no single word from the security agencies and Kaduna State Government.”The source named the hunters slain on Monday as Muhammadu Kibiya, Naaloma Rano, Ado Rano, and Ado Kafi. The names of the corpses missing were given as Alhaji Mukhtari, Rabiu Kibiya, Biyu Kibiya and Baba Kibiya. The man killed on Thursday was identified as Ambo Nakuda.All attempts to reach Samuel Aruwan, Governor Nasir El-Rufai's media aide, were unsuccessful as he was said to be attending a security meeting.

Protesting youths storm South African firms in Abuja

The killings of Nigerians and destruction of their businesses in South Africa, aggrieved Nigerian youths, yesterday, moved to take on entities owned by South Africa in Nigeria but were blocked by armed security men. Youths protesting xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa, yesterday, in Abuja.

Alleged N400m fraud: Court rejects Metuh’s bid to call Dasuki as witness

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, refused to summon the detained ex-National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, to explain why he gave N400million to former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, prior to the 2015 presidential election. Metuh and Dasuki Trial Justice Okon Abang dismissed as lacking in merit, the request which Metuh filed through his lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN. Metuh is answering to a seven-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Destra Investment Limited. 

Alleged N400m fraud: Court rejects Metuh’s bid to call Dasuki as witness

ABUJA – The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, refused to summon the detained ex-National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd, to explain why he gave N400million to former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, prior to the 2015 presidential election. Metuh and Dasuki Trial Justice Okon Abang dismissed as lacking in merit, the request which Metuh filed through his lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN. Metuh is answering to a seven-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Destra Investment Limited. The anti-graft agency alleged that the defendants had before the election, received N400million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, without executing any contract. It said the fund which was released to Metuh and his firm by Dasuki, was part of about $2.1billion earmarked for the purchase of arms to fight insurgency in the North East. Metuh had in his defence before the court, insisted that the money was given to him to conduct media campaigns for ex-President Goodluck Jonathan before the 2015 general election. In a bid to substantiate his claim, the defendant pleaded the court to issue a subpoena to compel the Federal Government to allow Dasuki who has been in detention since November 3, 2015, to appear and testify on his behalf. While dismissing the application, Justice Abang held that Dasuki was not a “compellable” witness. The Judge said there was no evidence before the court to show that Metuh applied to the Department of State Service, DSS, which has Dasuki in its custody, and such request was turned down. He said it was not the duty of a court to compel a witness to appear and testify for a defendant. “The first defendant cannot come to the court first when he had not approached the DSS”. The Judge held that Metuh’s request was in bad faith, stressing that Dasuki was not included in the list of witnesses the defendant earlier submitted to the court. He held that Metuh’s application was an afterthought, saying it was a deliberate ploy to delay the trial. Likewise, Justice Abang declined Metuh’s application for leave to travel to the United Kingdom for surgery. Metuh had prayed the court for temporary release of his international passport to enable him to seek medical attention abroad. Justice Abang said he could not grant the request considering that he had earlier dismissed a similar application the defendant made on May 25, 2016. He said the defendant ought to have appealed against that ruling, adding that granting the instant application would amount to his court sitting on appeal over its own ruling. Meantime, Metuh who was visibly displeased with the ruling, accused Justice Abang of being biased against him. Reacting to the ruling, his lawyer, Ikpeazu, SAN, said his client has lost his trust on ability of the Judge to handle the trial objectively. “We are not confident that the court will give us Justice in this matter”, Ikpeazu added. Consequently, Metuh’s lawyer asked Justice Abang to disqualify himself from further presiding over the matter, a request that was also dismissed by the court. The matter was subsequently adjourned till March 20 for Metuh to call more witnesses in his defence of the charge against him.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

How Nigeria can get out of recession – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given a hint on how the nation can get out of the current economic recession.The work force on Thursday said the government must design policies that would bring back industries, create productive jobs, revive public electricity, revalue the naira, encourage the growth of informal economy, resume local production of petroleum products and develop solid minerals and tourism, among other resources of global economic values.Speaking at the 5th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers, president of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said with the way Nigeria depended in import, it would be difficult to move of the economic quagmire.Wabba said “We do not need any lecturing from the IMF or any external institutions to do this. We have vibrant and experienced experts that can develop policies on these.

5-year-old girl attacked by dogs is dead

Aliyah, the 5-year-old girl attacked on Monday by 3 dogs in Lagos has died.She passed on at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Wednesday evening. She had been transferred from the Ikorodu General Hospital, where she was first admitted.Punch had reported that Aliyah was sleeping at home on Alhaji Abdul Hakeem Bin Sulaimon Avenue, off Ewuren Road, Ikorodu, when an Alsatian dog broke loose.The dog, named Rover, was one of the15 other dogs owned by the landlord who is based in London, United Kingdom.It dragged Aliyah to the back of the house where two other Alsatian dogs joined it in attacking her.They inflicted multiple injuries on her body in an attack residents said lasted for about two hours.

The father, Wasiu, who was responsible for the care of the dogs, had reportedly gone to buy the dogs’ feed when the incident happened.Around 11pm of that day, some residents reportedly invaded the house and killed Rover.The father told the newspaper yesterday that: “This afternoon, the doctors said her condition had worsened and she was not breathing normally again.They said they would need to take her to the Intensive Care Unit where I would spend about N500,000 per day.They have not been asking for money from me, except for the drugs. Please help me ask Nigerians for support.”Around 6pm, Wasiu informed news Metro that Aliyah had been pronounced dead and broke down in tears.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Why Igbo feel unwanted in Nigeria — Ohanaeze President, Nwodo

The President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, has declared that Igbos feel unwanted in Nigeria. Nwodo explained that the feel is due to the marginalisation of the people from the South Eastern part of the country.Addressing journalists in Porrt Harcourt, Rivers State, Nwodo said, “Our people feel unwanted in the Nigerian federation; our people feel ill-treated.He noted that the Igbo race had been seen as “being incompetent, incapable, or unreliable of being vested with the headship of any of the security agencies in Nigeria.Nwodo said, “Under the constitution of Nigeria, you have freedom of expression and freedom of association. If somebody says he wants Biafra, he is free to say so as long as he is saying it in a legitimate way. He can take his petition to the National Assembly.

Buhari’s health: Why Nigerians don’t believe presidency – NCP chairman, Tanko Yunusa

National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Tanko Yunusa, has said that the letter released on Monday by the Presidency informing Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is well but merely needed a longer period of rest has added to the level of doubts the people have concerning the Buhari’s true state of health.He said this in Lagos when he addressed the media on the state of the nation. Tanko, who claimed that most Nigerians doubted if the letter was signed by the President himself, alleged that the letter was another lie told by the federal government to cover up a previous lie that was told to the people.He said that had Buhari told Nigerians the truth about his health status before embarking on the medical vacation in London, the jamboree about visiting him in London, speculations about his death, and letters of explanation would have been unnecessary.

The NCP chairman blamed the confusion and heat in the polity over Buhari’s health on poor communications on the part of those handling the President’s media affairs, stressing that there was nothing wrong with admitting Buhari was ill because he is human. According to Tanko, such truthful communication would have elicited genuine prayers, and goodwill from Nigerians. He, however, admitted that the transmission of powers of the President to the Vice-President was smooth and legally done; and that the Acting-President, Yemi Osinbajo, has been doing a good job in that capacity. He said: “I feel so sad that we have to go back to the same point where we stood during the Yar’Adua era. Though there are some slight differences. But there is a major problem here. Lies! When you lie, you will be looking for another lie to cover the one you have told before.Most Nigerians believe that the federal government has been feeding us with lies, because it did not come out categorically to say President Buhari is sick.

Nigerians are about 170 million or more, and Mr. President belongs to the people. If Buhari can pick the phone and speak to US President Donald Trump, why can’t he speak to us?Had President Muhammadu Buhari specifically told Nigerians that he was going for a medical check-up because he was not feeling well, all these letters upon letters would have been unnecessary.For crying out loud, Mr. President is a human being. He can fall sick. There is nothing wrong with that. The presidency should have told us clearly the situation of things from the on-set. Why are they shrouding his health status in secrecy? All the jamboree of going to London to see Mr. President is not because those making the trips love him, but just to confirm he is still alive. It’s so unfortunate.

“I’ve said it before that this federal government has a problem of communication, delivery, and the APC internal party problem. The issue of Mr. President’s medical vacation is a communication problem. Buhari’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina will come out and tell us the President is well, hale and hearty. If somebody is hale and hearty, why will you be talking about medical check-up? There is a difference in doing routine medical check-up and being confirmed sick. And you keep telling Nigerians you are hale and hearty. The truth about it is that those handling Buhari’s communications are doing a poor job. If they were getting it right, there should have, ab initio, told Nigerians concretely the position of things. At some point, Femi Adesina will tell you he has not seen Buhari. He is the presidential spokesperson. He is supposed to have access to Mr. President.There has been a smooth transmission of power to the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo to act on the Buhari’s behalf but Nigerians are worried because they don’t believe what they are been told. Some Nigerians doubt, if it was the President himself that signed the transmission of letters.

There is nothing missing in governance, because already there is a letter authorizing Osinbajo to take over and he is doing a good job of it. Many Nigerians simply feel there was no proper communication about the President’s health status otherwise people wouldn’t have been curious about it like they have been. Apart from that, governance is going on smoothly. Except when it get to a certain point where we don’t know the real situation of things and we don’t want a repeat of what transpired in Yar’Adua’s case that we had to go into the street and be fighting for constitutionality and all. I hope we will not get to that point.”