Thursday, 30 January 2014

Senate Confirms Service Chiefs Nominees

The Senate has confirmed four service chiefs nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce that screened the nominees.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator George Sekibo while presenting the report said the committee assessed the four nominees thoroughly and found them fit for the leadership of their respective service.

Those confirmed are the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu.

FG Releases Guidelines For National Conference.

The Federal Government has released guidelines for the conduct of the National Conference fixed to last for three months.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim who released the modalities in Abuja said four hundred and ninety two delegates are expected to be nominated from January thirty to February twenty.

Those entitled to nominate the four hundred and ninety delegates according to the SGF include the President, state and local government, traditional rulers, political parties, retired civil servants, organised private sector, selected associations and professional bodies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the relevant field.

He said all matters are up for discussion except Nigeria's independence at the conference which will take place in the federal capital territory for a period of three months.

He said Delegates are to be nominated between January thirty and February twenty.

All We Want In 2015 Is Credible Election - Tinubu Tells Jega

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu says the party’s demand from INEC is a perfect election in 2015.

The leader told newsmen after the meeting of the Lagos chapter of the party in Ogba that APC would not accept failure from the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega. 

He said the responsible of Professor Jega is to lay a solid foundation for the country's election.

Rivers State Police Command Releases 320 Boko Haram Suspects

The 320people who were arrested on Sunday by the Rivers State Police command for allegedly being Boko Haram members have been released.

The State Commissioner of Police reportedly ordered their release.

Nothing incriminating was found on them, but nineteen of them are said to be under further investigation. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

APC Senators Did Not Flout Party's Directive - Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress, APC has describe as misleading media reports that it’s Senators flouted the party’s directive to withdraw co-operation with the Executive until the restoration of law and order in Rivers state.

A statement by the party’s interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed said the reports were borne out of the gross misunderstanding of filibustering as a veritable democratic tool to impede legislation by obstructive tactics.

The APC said non-operation does not mean non-participation.

The party said it was fully aware that its members in the Senate would attend the screening of the service chiefs and have no problem with it.

APC reiterated the propriety of its directive which its described as pro-people, democratic and aimed at saving Nigeria from sliding into anarchy saying the directive had already succeeded in dousing the tension in Rivers.

Gov. Fashola Hands Over Ejigbo-Ajao Estate Link Bridge

The Ejigbo-Ajao Estate Link Bridge and roads network in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area built by the Lagos State Government and commissioned by the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN
The Ejigbo-Ajao Estate Link Bridge and roads network in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area built by the Lagos State Government and commissioned by the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN on Monday, January 27, 2014. INSET: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle) acknowledging cheers from residents shortly after handing over the road. With him are: His Deputy, Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (right) and the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (left).

 The Ejigbo-Ajao Estate Link Bridge and roads network in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area built by the Lagos State Government and commissioned by the Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN on Monday, January 27, 2014. INSET: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola unveiling the plaque to commission the road. With him are: His Deputy, Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (3rd right), Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (right), member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. (Mrs) Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet (2nd  right) and the Oba Ojan of Ejigbo and Ijan, Oba Morufu Adisa Ojoola (left).
 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (2nd left), his Deputy, Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (middle), Oba Ojan of Ejigbo and Ijan, Oba Morufu Adisa Ojoola (left), member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. (Mrs) Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet (3rd right), Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat (2nd right) and the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (right) during the unveiling of plaque to handing over of Ejigbo-Ajao Link Road in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Complete List Of 2014 Grammy Award Winers

Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: "Get Lucky," Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nyle Rodgers

Best Rock Song: "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear

Best Pop Solo Performance: "Royals," Lorde

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Holy Grail," Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake

Best Country Album: Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves

Song of the Year: "Royals," Lorde

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Stepping Out, Herb Albert

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: To Be Loved, Michael Buble

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley In Concert, Ziggy Marley

Best Spoken Word Album: America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't, Stephen Colbert

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Summertime Sadness, Cedric Gervais, Remixer (Lana Del Rey)

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance: "Break Every Chain [Live]", Tasha Cobbs

Best Gospel Song: "If He Did It Before... Same God [Live]", Tye Tribbett
Follow her arrow: Kacey Musgraves also won two gongs

Best Gospel Album: Greater Than [Live], Tye Tribbet,

Best Latin Pop Album: Vida, Draco Rosa,

Best Song Written For Visual Media:  "Skyfall," Thomas Newman

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Brady Wells and Roomful of Teeth, "Roomful of Teeth"

Best New Age Album: Love's River, Laura Sullivan

Best Jazz Vocal Album:  Liquid Spirit, Gregory Porter,

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue, Terri Lyne Carrington

Best Latin Jazz Album: Song For Maura, Paquito D'Rivera And Trio Corrente

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album: Sound City: Real To Reel, Butch Vig (Compilation Producer)

Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper

Best Americana Album: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell

Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picuture of You, Guy Clark

Best Dance Recording: "Clarity," Zedd ft. Foxes

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Random Access Memories, Daft Punk

Best Comedy Album: Calm Down Gurrl, Kathy Griffin

Best Rap Performance: "Thift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Song: "Thift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album: "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best R&B Performance:  "Something," Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

Best Traditional R&B Performance: "Please Come Home," Gary Clark Jr.

Best R&B Song: "Pusher Love Girl," Justin Timberlake 

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Unapologetic, Rihanna

Best R&B Album: Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys

Best Blues Album: Get Up!, Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

Best Music Film: Live Kisses, Paul McCartney

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "From This Valley," The Civil Wars

Best Country Solo Performance: "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

Best Country Song: "Merry Go Round," Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne

Best Rock Performance: "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons

Best Alternative Music Album: Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Pharrell Williams

Best Metal Performance: "God Is Dead," Black Sabbath

Best Rock Album: Celebration Day, Led Zeppelin

Six APC Senators Participates In Screening Of New Service Chiefs.

Six APC Senators have taken part in the screening of the Service chiefs recently appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

This is in defiance of their party’s directive to block all executive bills in protest against the impunity in Rivers State.

The Senators are members of the Senate Joint Committee of Defence, Army, Navy and Air Force.

Chairman of the committee, George Sekibo, said the screening of the service chiefs which was the first since the return of democracy in nineteen ninety nine was in fulfillment of the provisions of the constitution.

He urged them to stop insurgency, kidnapping and oil theft.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

You Lack The Power To Drag Ihejirika To ICC - Arewa Consultative Forum Tells Northern Elders’

The Pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum says it will not be part of the move by the Northern Elders’ forum to drag the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General, Azubuike Ihejirika to the International Court of Justice over military operations against the terrorists in the North.

ACF’s spokesman, Anthony Sani said the group had no facts to support the position of the elders.

He said the military has its own way of bringing to book soldiers who cross the acceptable line in any such campaigns.

I Did Not Panic When We Were 3-Nil Down - Keshi

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has said that he did not panic when his team was down zero-three against Morocco in yesterday’s quarter final encounter of the African Nations Championship in South Africa.

The Eagles beat the Moroccans four-three to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.

Coach Stephen Keshi told newsmen in a post-match news conference that he charged the boys to show the stuff they were made of in the second half of the game.

In the same vein, the captain and the goalkeeper of the team, Chigozie Agbim said he urged his team-mates to step up their game in the second half.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Monthly Sanitation Holds Tomorrow In Lagos State

The Lagos State monthly environmental sanitation exercise is expected to hold tomorrow. 

According to the state’s Commissioner for the Environment Tunji,  Bello there would be restriction of human and vehicular movement between 7 A.M and 10 A.M.

He urged Lagosians to troop out in large numbers to actively participate in the State First Sanitation Exercise of the year with the cleaning of their homes, drains in their frontages and totality of their environment.

El-Rufai Is In Order - APC Tells SSS

The All Progressives Congress APC has condemned what it called the harassment of its Deputy National Secretary, Malam Nasir El-Rufai by the Department of State Security DSS, describing it as shameful.

In a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party expressed shock that the DSS was seeking to arrest El-Rufai for merely exercising his constitutional right of free speech.

It said there was nothing inciting or extraordinary in the statement credited to MALAM EL-RUFAI that there might be violence if the twenty fifteen general elections were not free and fair.

It wondered why the DSS has suddenly found its agility, after playing dead when people like Edwin Clark, Asari Dokubo and Chukwuemeka Ezeife issued a direct threat to Nigeria's continued existence over President Goodluck Jonathan's second term ambition.

Supreme Court Affirms The Election Of Governor Rochas Okorocha As Imo State Governor

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Rochas Okorocha as the governor of Imo state.

In the judgment read by Justice Clara Ogunbiyi in the appeal filed by Governor Okorocha challenging the decision of the Appeal Court, which joined his predecessor, Ikedi Ohakim in the appeal instituted by a candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Ifeanyi Ararume, berated the former governor for embarking on an endless litigation.

The court held that the lower court over-reached itself by assuming jurisdiction thereby giving Ikedi Ohakim second opportunity to challenge the election of governor Okorocha through the back door.

Oshiomhole Signs 2014 Appropriation Bill Into Law

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has signed into law the state’s 2014 Appropriation Bill of N160 Billion as approved by the State House of Assembly.

Speaking shortly after assenting to the Bill, Comrade Oshiomhole said Government will do its best to implement the budget as quickly as possible.

He said: “under your leadership, Edo State Government has made progress in the area of infrastructure and the delivery of social services and providing good governance to the people. I have had several opportunities to remind the people of Edo State that but for the support of the House, the Executive would not have been able to carry out any project that we have been able to execute in all sectors of our economy.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Senate Summons IG Over River State Crisis

The Senate has summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar to appear before it over the crisis in Rivers State.

The Senate took the decision following a debate on a motion brought by Wilson Ake from Rivers State on the disruption and obstruction of political gatherings by the police.

He said the disruption of peaceful gathering by the police in the state would create anxiety and lead to further loss of confidence in the security system.

The debate led to a rowdy session after Senators James Manager and George Sekibo opposed the motion on the grounds that those who were asked to visit Senator Magnus Abe have not sent in their report.

In his ruling, Senate President cautioned all parties to the crisis in Rivers.

Federal Executive Council Approves 28.1 Billion Naira For A New District In FCT

The Federal Executive Council has approved a contract of twenty eight point one billion naira for engineering infrastructure for a new district in the Federal Capital Territory called Wassa.

The Minister of State for the FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide told newsmen after the weekly meeting of the council that the contract covers site clearing, road works, culvert, street lightening, water and electricity supply as well as drainage.

She said the contract would be executed in forty eight months.

20 PDP Members In Kwara State House Of Assembly Defect To APC.

20 out of the 22 PDP members in the Kwara state House of Assembly have defected to the APC.

The Speaker, Rasaq Atunwa announced this at plenary.

The defectors joined two other APC members in the Assembly.

Kwara state governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was among the five PDP governors who defected to the APC last year.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Breaking News: Adamu Muazu Is PDP New Chairman

The Peoples Democratic Party has formally announced the appointment of Adamu Muazu as its new national chairman.

The announcement was made at the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja.

Adamu Muazu succeeds Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who resigned on Thursday.

Lagos State Government Set To Deploy 1000 Surveillance Cameras.

The Lagos State Government has said it would deploy additional one thousand surveillance cameras in the state.

Governor Babatunde Fashola made this known at the public demonstration of live feeds from the existing CCTV camera in strategic areas in the state.

Governor Fashola said the state government has already deployed over one thousand two hundred CCTV camera, including those of the Federal Government.

He said the deployment of the cameras was to effectively cover the entire state to make it safe and secure.

Central African Republic Gets First Female President

The interim parliament in the Central African Republic has elected the Mayor of Bangui Catherine Samba-Panza as the country’s new leader.

She is first woman to hold that position in that country.

Samba-Panza beat her rival Desire Kolingba in the second round of voting.

Meanwhile, the EU Foreign Ministers have agreed to send troops to the Central Africa Republic to end sectarian violence.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Former Plateau State Governor; Michael Botmang Dies At 76

A former Governor of Plateau State, Michael Botmang has died at the age of seventy-six.

His son, Dadung Botmang who confirmed this said the former governor died in the early hours of today after a long struggle with kidney disease.

Michael Botmang was the deputy to former Governor Joshua Dariye before he took over as governor following the political crisis which led to the impeachment of Dariye.

He ruled the state as governor for a period of six months before Dariye regained his mandate.

Northern Elders Forum Threatens To Drag Lieutenant General Ihejirika To ICC For Extra Judicial Killings

The Northern Elders Forum has threatened to drag the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, and some other top military officers to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged extra-judicial killings.

The forum in a communique signed by its spokesman, Professor Ango Abdullahi, after its meeting in Kaduna, accused Lieutenant General IHEJIRIKA and six others of alleged extra-judicial killings and strangulation of civilians by soldiers in Bama and Giwa Barracks in Borno State, using an underground detention centre.

Professor Abdullahi said the forum had earlier set up two investigative committees to probe the use of soldiers against civilians in Bama and some parts of Borno State.  

He said the report of the two committees would be harmonised at the forum’s emergency meeting in Abuja on Wednesday the twenty second of January, for further action

Thursday, 16 January 2014

At-last: PDP Jettisons Bamanga Tukur As President Jonathan Accepts His Resignation Letter

The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has accepted the resignation of Bamanga Tukur as the national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

President Goodluck Jonathan announced the resignation and handed over the letter to the National Secretary of the PDP Professor Wale Oladipo during NEC meeting of the party.

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State moved the motion for the acceptance of Bamanga Tuku's resignation and appealed to him not to abandon the party despite his resignation.

Reps Cautions Nigerian Students Against Seeking Admission Into Cyprus International University

The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora has drawn the attention of Nigerians to a suspicious move by the authorities of the Cyprus International University, Nicosia North Cyprus, to lure Nigerian Students to their University.

The Chairman of the Committee Abike Dabiri-Erewa in a statement warned on the dangers of sending Nigerian students to Cyprus International University as one Gabriel Soriwe recently died as a student in the University under mysterious circumstances in twenty thirteen 

The twenty year old Gabriel Soriwe was a student of Electrical and Electronics at the Cyprus International Nicosia, North Cyprus.

World Health Organisation Certifies Nigeria As A Guinea Worm Free Country

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has officially certified Nigeria as a Guinea Worm Free Country.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu disclosed this while presenting the WHO certificate of clean bill of health to President Jonathan at the State House Abuja.

The ceremony was held during the first Federal Executive Council meeting of the year.

President Jonathan who described the certification as a centenary gift to Nigeria said government would also intensify efforts in eradicating other disease such as polio.

Breaking News: President Jonathan Sacks Service Chiefs

President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Service Chiefs and appointed replacement for them with immediate effect.

Air Marshal Alex Badeh takes over from Admiral Ola as Chief of Defence Staff.

The New Chief of Army Staff is now Major-General Kenneth Tobiah Jacob Minimah who takes over from Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika. 

For the Navy, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin takes over from Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba.

And the new Chief of Air Staff is Air Vice Marshal Adesola Nunayon Amosu who replaces Air Marshal Badeh.

President Jonathan is expected to formally present the new Service Chiefs to the Senate for confirmation.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Ike Uche Equals Finidi George Goal Mark In La Liga

Super Eagles forward Ikechukwu Uche has equaled the eleven-goal mark of former international Finidi George in the Spanish La Liga after scoring twice for Villarreal yesterday.

Ike Uche’s double helped his side to beat Real Sociedad five-one.

He scored Villarreal’s second goal of the game in the twenty seventh minute and completed his brace in the fifty-fifth minute to give his team four-nil lead.

President Jonathan Lacks The Power To Remove Me - Tukur

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur has boasted that President Goodluck Jonathan is not in position to remove him from office.

The chairman told newsmen in Abuja that since he was elected at a convention, he could only be removed through a properly conducted national convention of the party.

Bamanga Tukur was reacting to a rumour that he had been directed by the President to resign.

He said the rumour was being planted by those he described as being the opposition.

Anti-Gay Law Is A Breach Of 1999 Constitution John Kerry Tells President Jonathan

The United States has criticised Nigeria for approving a law that punishes same-sex marriage with prison, saying the move would curtail human rights.

U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry said the United States was deeply concerned by Nigeria’s new law, which dangerously restricts freedom of association and expression for all Nigerians.

John Kerry in a statement said the act is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its nineteen ninety nine constitution.

Under the law, anyone in a same-sex marriage or union would face up to fourteen years in prison, with such partnership reached overseas considered void in Nigeria.

The Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati said President Jonathan signed the law because he considered it consistent with most Nigerians’ views towards homosexuality. 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

100 Nigerians Languishing In Moroccans Prisons For Petty Offences

No fewer than one hundred Nigerians are currently languishing in prisons in Morocco.

Nigeria’s ambassador to Morocco, Abdallah Wali told newsmen in Sokoto that most of them were being held for offences relating to illegal migration, drugs and petty crimes.

He said currently there is no existing protocol between Nigeria and Morocco regarding repatriation of prisoners.

Operation Crush APC - Bayelsa State Government Earmarks APC Secretariat For Demolition

One of the new secretariat complex of the All Progressive Congress APC located at Edepie in Tombia Roundabout in the state capital Yenagoa has been earmarked for demolition by the Bayelsa State Government.

A Government House Statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor Daniel  Iworiso Markson said the  building has long been earmarked for demolition alongside other structures, to make way for the second fly-over bridge to be constructed around the area.

The statement added that the State Government has already set aside the sum of one billion naira for the payment of compensation to owners of properties to be affected by the project.

The statement said the exercise is not to witch hunt anybody or group of persons, but purely intended to bring about infrastructural development to the State capital in line with the Restoration agenda of Governor Seriake Dickson.

Keshi Blames Yesterday Loss To Mali On Anxiety

Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has blamed the unimpressive performance of his Players in their CHAN opening game against Mali to anxiety.

Coach Stephen keshi told journalists  shortly after the Match at the Cape Town Stadium that the team has overcomed its initial nervousness and is now focused on it's next outing against Mozambique on Wednesday.

Coach Stephen Keshi assured Nigerians that the Players will do their best.

Stop This Reign Of Impunity In Rivers State - APC Tells President Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently put an end to the worsening reign of impunity in Rivers State, which is being carried out under his watch by those who are obviously acting to impress him and the First Lady.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the call has become even more imperative, following the irresponsible act of brigandage by the police, which stopped a peaceful and lawful rally billed for the Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state today by the Save Rivers Movement (SRM), an organization campaigning against the impunity of the PDP-controlled Federal Government against the government and people of Rivers State.

According to Lai Mohammed, "The police went to the venue of the rally, pulled down the erected canopies and fired tear gas at everyone around there and even into nearby homes, with the result that five children are now feared to have died from suffocation due to this shameful Gestapo-style action of the police, who are being funded by taxpayers to protect the lives and property of the same citizens they are now brutalizing and killing".

Police Shot Senator Magnus Abe For Leading Pro-Amaechi Rally In Rivers.

The Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe has been shot in the chest by the police in Rivers State.

Magnus Abe who was shot at a close range with rubber bullet is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Port Harcourt, having sustained serious injuries.

The Senator had gone to inquire why the police would disperse the Pro-Amaechi rally that was very peaceful at the State College of Education, Rumuola but instead the police shot at him.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Lagos State House of Assembly Passes Two Thousand And Fourteen Budget

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the state’s budget of four hundred and eighty-nine point six nine billion naira for the year twenty fourteen.

The budget which is made up of two hundred and thirty four point six billion naira as recurrent expenditure and two hundred and fifty five billion naira for capital projects.

The Assembly passed the budget after considering the report of the Appropriation Committee.

Ikuforiji after the passage directed the clerk to send a clean copy of the budget to Governor Babatunde Fashola for his assent.

FG Declares Next Week Tuesday As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared next Tuesday, January fourteen as public holiday to commemorate Eid-El-Mallud, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed. 

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who announced this in a statement in Abuja enjoined Muslims and other Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace in the country.

Ibori Now To Serve Jail Term In Nigeria

Nigeria has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom on exchange of prisoners.

The agreement provides that Nigerian prisoners such as former Delta State Governor, James Ibori serving in UK prison would be transferred to Nigeria to complete their terms.

The British government is also to give the Federal Government one million pounds to reform Nigerian prisons.

The agreement was signed in Abuja on behalf of Nigeria by the Attorney-General of the Federation , Mohammed Adoke while the UK Justice Minister , Jeremy Wright signed for his country.

Sack Me If You Can - Sanusi Dares President Jonathan

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi has said he would not leave office until his tenure expires on June second this year.

President Jonathan had reportedly told the CBN boss to resign for allegedly leaking the letter he wrote to him to former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the non-remittance of forty nine billion dollars to the Federation Account.

Lamido Sanusi denied the allegation, saying that the letter could have been leaked by anybody in the Presidential Villa, the Ministry of Finance and the CBN.

According to the CBN Governor only two thirds of the Senate can remove him from office.

Spokesman of the CBN, Ugochukwu Okoroafor said Lamido Sanusi is not proceeding on a terminal leave in March, adding that he would be retiring on the second of June.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Over Two Thousand Five Hundred Teenagers Rescued From Baby Factories Across The South East In 2013

Over two thousand five hundred teenagers were rescued from ‘baby factories’ across the South-East states in twenty thirteen.

According to Investigations by the Campaign for Democracy, most of the victims were pregnant minors who were enticed into the trade with monetary offers by the ‘baby factory’ operators, while others were forced into the illegal trade by poverty and illiteracy.

A statement released by the group and signed by its Chairman in the South-East, Uzor A. Uzor attributed the increase in ‘baby factory’ operations in the zone to high rate of youth unemployment and poverty.

The Campaign for Democracy said that the problem of baby factory was peculiar with the South East.

CHAN: Home Base Eagles Beat Ethiopia 2:1 In An International Friendly

Nigeria’s home base Eagles defeated Ethiopia in an international friendly game played at the Abuja National Stadium today.

Ifeanyi Ede put the home based eagles ahead five minutes into the game.

Uzochukwu Uzonna doubled the lead few minutes to the end of the first half. But the Ethiopians got one back eleven minutes after the second half kicked off.

There Is No Fuel Scarcity - PPPRA

The Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency PPPRA has assured Nigerians of steady supply of fuel.

A statement issued by the public relations officer of PPPRA Lanre Oladele said that the NNPC and other marketers had sufficient fuel in stock.

The agency expressed regret that some marketers usually hoarded petroleum products so as to make profit during festive period.

The statement further urged the public to ignore any publication suggesting that there would be scarcity of fuel.

We Need Job - Widows Of Police Officers Killed By Boko Haram

Some wives and children of policemen killed by Boko Haram insurgents have appealed to the government and the police authorities to provide them with vocational training and jobs.

The widows and other members of their families made the appeal in Kaduna during the distribution of bags of rice, vegetable oil and a cow by the Inspector General of Police.

The wife of one of the slain police officers Sunday Badeh who died in the process of detonating a bomb urged the police to fastrack the payment of benefit to the affected families.

They also appealed to the police authority to consider members of their families during recruitment.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

I Am 100 Percent Loyal To Suntai - Taraba State Acting Governor

The Acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar says his loyalty to his ailing boss, Danbaba Suntai, is consistent and unshakable.

The Acting Governor who stated this in a New Year broadcast in Jalingo said he was only holding brief for his principal, pending the time he will recover fully and resume duties as governor.

He pledged to remain focused on the ailing governor’s Masterplan for the development of Taraba state.

Centenary Celebrations Will Commence In Late February - President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has in the meantime disclosed that the nationwide ceremonies to mark the hundred years of the nation's existence would commence in late February.

The President who disclosed this in Abuja said the centenary celebrations would involve every Nigerian both within and outside the country.

Gunmen Kills Three Persons In Plateau State During New Year Eve'S Church Service

An attack by gunmen on the Church of Christ in Nations in a village of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau state has left three persons dead and sixteen others wounded.

The attack took place during the New Year’s Eve Church Service.

Two of the victims died at the scene of the attack while the third was shot in Manguna area by the fleeing gunmen.

Uncle Phil Of Fresh Prince Of Bel Air Is Dead

American actor James Avery has died at the age of sixty five.

He was best known for his role as Phil Banks in US television series the Fresh Prince of Bel Air with Will Smith.

His fellow cast member in the show Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son Carlton, expressed sadness over the death of James Avery, saying that he was a second father to him.

His publicist said the actor died following complications from open-heart surgery.