Sunday, 30 March 2014

Petroleum Minister 10 Billion Naira Jet Scandal Must Not Be Swept Under The Carpet - APC

The All Progressives Congress has strongly warned against any attempt to put pressure on the House of Representatives Committee that is currently probing the disturbing jet scandal involving Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The party said in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed that the investigation into the scandal is of great public interest, hence those who are reportedly piling pressure on the House Committee on Public Accounts should back off.

It said the allegation that the minister has spent ten billion naira of taxpayers’ funds on chartered private jets is very serious and cannot be swept under the carpet.

President Jonathan Is Safe And Well - Abati

The Presidency has said President Goodluck Jonathan is safe and well despite the heavy shootings that were recorded at the headquarters of the SSS known as Yellow House today.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the Presidential Villa was not affected by the shooting.

The presidential spokesman further explained that the incident at the SSS headquarters was an attempted jailbreak that has been foiled, adding that there is no cause for alarm.

SSS Kill Eighteen In A Fail Jail Break At The Headquarters

At least eighteen people have been killed and three others injured when some suspected detainees at the State Security Service Headquarters in Abuja attempted to break out of the detention.

This led to a security beef up around the presidential villa and other strategic government buildings and locations in the Federal Capital Territory.

Spokesperson of SSS, Marilyn Ogar who confirmed this in a statement said one of the suspects attempted to disarm one of the officers who has gone to feed the inmates.

The statement said the officers in the process fired some shots in the air.

It said three other detainees who sustained gunshot injury during the process have also died.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Court Nullify Toll Collection On The Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has nullified the collection of a toll on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge. 

The court presided over by Justice Saliu Saidu held that the power of control of all navigable waterways in Nigeria, resides in the Federal Government.

The court further held that from all the documents before it, the only justification for the toll fee on the bridge by Lagos State is the private partnership law which cannot apply to the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge as it was built with the money of Lagos State government without any private partnership arrangement.
Human Rights lawyer Ebun Adegboruwa who filed the suit commended of the judge for his courage.

Tragedy: Police Corporal Kill Wife, 6 Others And Himself In Ogun State South-West Nigeria

A Police Corporal Sunkanmi Ogunbiyi attached to the Ogun State Command has shot and killed six people with his service rifle, including his wife Corporal Oluwatosin Faremi.

He also shot himself dead.

The unfortunate incident occurred in Akinbola, Ifelodun Estate Area Abeokuta the State capital.

The police spokesman in the state OLUMUyiwa Adejobi said the officer had no record of mental illness.

Abba Moro Accepts Responsibility For The 19 NIS Applicants

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro has accepted responsibility for the death of nineteen applicants during the recent recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Immigration Service.

He told a public hearing of the Senate that the loss of lives was regrettable because a lot of planning went into the exercise.

The Controller-General of Immigration, David Paradang said he was sidelined from the exercise.

A member of the board of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prison Service, Mustapha Zakariya said the board did not approve the recruitment and the consultant hired by the minister to carry out the exercise.

MJTF Kill Eleven Boko Haram Members Arrest Thirty One Others

The Multi-National Joint Task Force has killed eleven suspected Boko Haram members who attempted to flee to Cameroun through Taraba and Adamawa states.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said thirty one others were arrested.

He said one those arrested was a mercenary who claimed to be a national of Burkina Faso and Chad.

According to him, the Boko Harm fighters were forced out of their hideouts by hunger.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Justice? Court Sentence Man To Death By Hanging For Stealing 5000 Naira And 2 Handsets

An Asaba High Court has sentenced a man to death by hanging for robbing his victims of five thousand, five hundred naira, two handsets while armed with a cutlass.

The prosecution said Emeka Nweke and his gang members who are at large, carried out the robbery operation in September twenty twelve.

Another High Court in Asaba sentenced a twenty six year-old man commercial motorcyclist Ndubuisi to death by hanging for robbing his victims on Benin-Asaba Highway at gunpoint.

President Jonathan Set-Up Special Committee To Conduct Fresh Immigration Entrance Examination

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the setting up of a special committee to conduct fresh recruitment for the Nigeria Immigration Service after the cancellation of the previous exercise following the death of nineteen applicants.

The committee which would be chaired by the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission has heads of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Prisons Board.

Senate Confirms Godwin Emefiele As New CBN Governor

The Senate has confirmed Godwin Emefiele as the governor of the Central bank of Nigeria.

The nomination of Adebayo Adelabu as Deputy Governor was also confirmed.

The nomination of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa as President of the Court of Appeal, was also confirmed by the Senate.

Godwin Emefiele, who is currently the Managing Director of Zenith Bank promised to ensure economic stability and a strong exchange rate to build up strong foreign reserves.

He is expected to resume duty in June when the tenure of the suspended CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi expires.

New Number Plate By FRSC Is Illegal And Arbitrary Use Of Power - Court

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has declared that it is unconstitutional for the Federal Road Safety Corps to impose new number plates on motorists.

Justice James Tsoho delivered the judgment in a suit filed by a lawyer, Emmanuel Ofoegbu, challenging the powers of the FRSC to issue the new number plates.

The judge held that the corps cannot force Nigerians to acquire new number plates by impounding cars, without the backing of any legislation to that effect.

He said the act of the respondent amounts to an arbitrary use of power.

National Conference Delegates Fail To Agree On What Constitute Majority Vote

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Delegates to the national conference have again failed to agree on what should constitute the majority vote.

The presidency had said seventy five percent should form the majority in the absence of consensus.

But some delegates said two thirds should form the majority.

The conference is expected to resolve the matter today.

Shareholders Of Defunct Intercontinental Bank Sue Lamido Sanusi For Fraudulent Sale Of The Bank: Demands 10 Billion Naira As Compnsation

Some shareholders of the defunct Intercontinental Bank have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to direct the suspended CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi to pay them ten billion naira as damages for alleged fraudulent sale of the bank.

They accused him of conniving with Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede, Herbert Wigwe and Senator Bukola Saraki to sell the bank in a bid to confer on themselves corrupt advantage.

The plaintiffs urged the court to order the CBN to recover thirty billion naira being owed the bank by Aig-Imokhuede, Herbert Wigwe and Senator Saraki.

Banks Records Are Intact - CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria has assured stakeholders that the fire incident which occurred at its Lagos office would not affect its business transactions.

Spokesman of the apex bank, Issac Okoroafor said all the records of the bank are intact.

Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency in the South-West, Ibrahim Farinloye said the fire only affected the first floor of the building.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Maiduguri Military Barracks Attack

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the attack on a key military barracks in Maiduguri.

The claim was made in a new video obtained by AFP by a man dressed in white, wearing black headgear and carrying an assault riffle, describing himself as the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau.

But the man appeared younger, thinner and with different mannerisms from older videos, prompting some people to believe that the real Abubakar Shekau may have actually been killed.

The March barracks attack resulted in the death of over two hundred Boko Haram fighters.

APC Wins Six Chairmanship Seats In Nasarawa State Local Government Election.

The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, NASIEC, has released the results of Saturday’s local government election with APC winning the chairmanship seats in six local governments.

The PDP secured four chairmanship seats while elections were declared inconclusive in three local government areas.

Chairman of NASIEC, Doctor Abdullahi Moddibo told newsmen in Lafia that results in some wards were still pending while Returning Officers in six wards absconded with the results in Nasarawa Local Government.

Four Mobile Police Units Deployed To Benue To Tackle Fulani Herdsmen

The police have deployed four units of mobile police to tackle the communal crisis in Benue State.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar announced this shortly before going into a closed door meeting with Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in Abuja.

He said difficult terrain, lack of information due to network problem and lack of police presence in some areas were some of the challenges faced in tackling the crisis. 

Breaking News: All Passengers On Flight MH370 Are Dead - Malaysian Prime Minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the missing Malaysian Airlines Plane has been lost.

He said they have concluded after new analysis that the missing flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

He said the families of the two hundred and thirty nine people on board the plane have been informed.

The announcement came on the fifth day of an international search effort in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

ECOWAS Court Of Justice Gets 7 New Judges

The ECOWAS Judicial Council, comprising the Chief Justices of Member States, has approved the recruitment of seven new judges.

A statement issued by the ECOWAS Spokesman, Sunny Ugoh, said that the new judges would replace those whose terms had expired at the ECOWAS Court of Justice.

The statement confirmed that three hundred and fifty judges applied for the positions.

The court has the primary responsibility of interpreting the instruments of ECOWAS.

It also hears cases of violation of human rights of community citizens irrespective of whether or not the complainant has exhausted national remedies. 

Repent Now Or Go To Hell - Pope Francis Tells Italian Mafia

Pope Francis has told Italy’s mafia that they risk going to hell unless they repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power”.

He gave the warning during a prayer vigil in memory of mafia victims.

At the vigil, which was held at the church of San Gregorio VII in Rome, the names of eight hundred and forty two victims were read aloud.

The pope said there was still time to not end up in hell, which is what awaits them if they continued in their ways.

Edo Teachers State Shuns Competency Test

The competency test ordered by the Edo government for teachers in public schools recorded low turn-out, as many   teachers refused to participate in the exercise which was held today.

 Reports say only seventy three teachers were accredited at the University of Benin, one of the venues as at eleven thirty a.m. for the test scheduled to hold simultaneously in the three senatorial districts of the state.

 The Secretary, Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT Edo Chapter, Akinade Ojo told newsmen that teachers were directed to boycott the test.

He said Six thousand primary school teachers were expected to present themselves for the test in Edo South, but less than one hundred teachers showed up.

Ayo Fayose Wins PDP Governorship Ticket In Ekiti State.

The Doctor Peter Odili led Electoral Panel in the governorship primaries to elect the PDP flag-bearer for the Ekiti state governorship election has declared Ayo Fayose as winner.

Ayo Fayose got four hundred and sixty two out of four hundred and seventy seven votes cast.

Reacting to Ayo Fayose's victory, some aspirants dissociated themselves from the exercise and called on the President and national leadership of PDP to declare the primaries as illegal, null and void.

The other aspirants had argued that Ayo Fayose was not properly re-admitted into the party on his return after defecting to the Labour party.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

PDP Frequent Resort To President Jonathan's Minority Background is Totally Irresponsible - APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC says the frequent resort by the PDP to President Goodluck Jonathan minority ethnicity is nothing but a poorly veiled attempt to cover up his incompetence and poor leadership.

APC in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed said the PDP’s claim that the Boko Haram insurgency and other crises in the country were being sponsored by the opposition because the President hails from a minority group is totally irresponsible and absolutely not grounded in fact.

The party challenged President Jonathan to institute a probe to unravel the sources of the sects weapons if the PDP believes the opposition is sponsoring Boko Haram to stop the Federal Government from realizing its transformation agenda as demanded by the Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.

War On Boko Haram: Nigeria Military Is Operating From Sambisa Forest - Chris Olukolade

The Defence Headquarters says the current military offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East has yielded successes.

Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade who disclosed this when he accompanied the Chief of Army Staff and the Chief of Air Staff on a routine visit to Maiduguri said the military is operating in the Sambisa forests, in hills and other forest to ensure the insurgents do not a camp to organise their crime.

He also said the attempted attack on Giwa Barracks is Maiduguri is a sign of weakness on the sect as they are aware that their time is up.

Major General Olukolade said that the visit was to assess the troops operations in the campaign against insurgency.

PDP Governorship Aspirants Petitions National Chairman To Disqualify Ayo Fayose From The Party's Primaries

A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State Deji Ajayi has petitioned the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, to disqualify a fellow aspirant Ayodele Fayose from participating in the PDP primaries scheduled for this Saturday.

Deji ajayi also threatened to seek legal redress if Ayodele Fayose was not barred from the primaries to produce the PDP candidate in the June twenty one governorship election in Ekiti state.

He argued that Ayodele Fayose had ceased from being a member of the party, having defected to the Labour Party in the past and that there was no constitutional recommendation to the National Working Committee of the PDP for his readmission to the party.

Embrace Dialogue Now Or Get Crushed - COAS Tells Boko Haram

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah has advised Boko Haram insurgents to embrace dialogue now or get crushed by the military.

He gave the advice in a chat with newsmen during an unscheduled visit to Maiduguri, in company of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu.

The army chief said the visit was aimed at assessing the condition on troops on ground as well as boosting their morale.

He urged Nigerians to trust the capability of the military to bring an end to the insurgency. 

Federal Government Cancels Last Saturday's Immigration Examination

The Federal Government has cancelled recruitment by Ministries, Department and Agencies except the Army and Police.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku announced this while briefing newsmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting which was devoted to the death of nineteen applicants during last Saturday’s recruitment exercise by the Nigerian Immigration Service.

He said the exercise has been cancelled while a committee headed by the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission was directed to conduct a fresh one.

Labaran Maku said President Jonathan also directed that three employment slots should be reserved for each of the families of the dead job-seekers. 

The Minister said all those who sustained injuries and presently receiving treatment in hospitals should be given automatic employment by the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Reps Summons Abba Moro And Others Over Immigration Recruitment Stampede

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, and the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service Shikfu Parradang, to explain why twenty one young Nigerians died on Saturday in their bid to be enlisted in the service.

They are to appear before the Joint Committee on Labour, Employment, Productivity/Justice/Public Service Matters, which will conduct a public hearing on the tragedy.

The House also resolved that the Federal Government should identify the families of the dead victims and offer them “automatic employment.

Focus Only On Nigerian Agenda - President Jonathan Tells Delegates At The National Conference

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged delegates to the national conference to focus only on the Nigerian agenda.

He urged the delegates not to approach issues with antagonism and ethnic sentiments.

The President said Nigeria must stay together despite its numerous challenges.  

President Jonathan who again said he had no personal agenda in convening the conference said it was not meant to usurp the functions of the National Assembly.

The President said sovereignty belongs to the people and that their voices must be heard.

Chairman of the conference, Justice Idris Kutigi thanked the President for his courage to convene the conference.

Governor Willie Obiano Appoints 3 Principle Officers In His First Day At Work

Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has appointed three principal officers in his first day at work at Government House, Awka.

The Governor announced the appointments of the secretary to the state government, Chief of staff and principal secretary shortly after presiding over his maiden executive council meeting.

Oseloka Obaze was re-appointed secretary to the state government.

A Professor of Philosophy from Howard University, Joseph Asike is the new chief of staff while Willie Nwokoye, a former Banker is to serve as the principal secretary to the Governor.

Responding on their behalf after taking their oath of allegiance and oath of office, Oseloka Obaze pledged that they will justify the appointments.

Governor Obiano who charged them to deliver on their new assignments said more appointments will be announced in due course.

Pictures: 6th Lagos Climate Change Summit 2014

Cross Section of Participants and other Stakeholders during the opening ceremony of the 6th Climate Change summit 2014 with the theme “Exploring business opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos o Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

 Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle) with President, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Mr. David Cadman (left) while Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello (right) watches with admiration during the opening ceremony of the  6th Climate Change summit 2014 with the theme “Exploring business opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos o Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) addressing dignitaries, government top functionaries, international communities, participants and other stakeholders during the opening ceremony of the  6th Climate Change summit 2014 with the theme “Exploring business opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos o Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (5th left) in a group photograph with his deputy, Hon. (Mrs.) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (5th right), President, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Mr. David Cadman (4th left), Deputy, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Carter (2nd right), members of the State Executive Council and others during the opening ceremony of the 6th Climate Change summit 2014 with the theme “Exploring business opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos o Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Cross Section of Pupils, students, participants and other Stakeholders during the opening ceremony of the 6th Climate Change summit 2014 with the theme “Exploring business opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos o Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) fielding questions from news men shortly after the close of the opening ceremony of the 6th Climate Change summit 2014 with the theme “Exploring business opportunities in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Lagos State in Focus” at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos o Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Nigerian Troops Capture Boko Haram Armoury In Borno

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The Defence Headquarters says troops, operating in the North-East, have captured a massive armoury with arms and ammunition belonging to insurgents.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement that a dump of the terrorists was sighted in one of the camps, around the Lake Chad area, that fell on Friday night in the ongoing counter terrorism operations.

The defence spokesman said the large quantities of weapons recovered in the raid were still being evacuated from the scene of the night raid where several terrorists also were killed.

He said that similar operations took place in other camps in collaboration with troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force.

Shame Of A Nation! Aftermath Of Immigration Recruitment Exercise

Four pregnant women and fifteen other unidentified persons have been reportedly dead in Abuja, Minna, Port Harcourt and Benin during a recruitment test organised by the Nigerian Immigration Service to fill vacant positions in the agency.

The test, which held nationwide yesterday, attracted thousands of applicants to the main bowl of the National Stadium, Abuja.

Hundreds of others fainted and were immediately rushed to different hospitals by security operatives who were overwhelmed by the surging crowd of unemployed youths.

Authorities of the National Hospital, Abuja have confirmed seven persons dead from the sixty seven thousand Nigeria Immigration Service job applicants in the FCT.

The spokesman for the hospital, Tayo Haastrup said five women and two men, were brought in dead and that their bodies had been deposited at the mortuary.

He said thirty-five of the seventy persons who were injured have been discharged.

In Port Harcourt, four people have been confirmed dead following a stampede at the Libration Stadium venue of an aptitude test for applicants into the Nigeria Immigration Service

 A doctor at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed that four people have been treated and discharged while four others are still receiving treatment.

Two of the patients managed to speak to our correspondent on their ordeal.

Some candidates who took part in the recruitment test in Port Harcourt said the arrangement was shoddy.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Super Eagles To Receive 107000 Dollars Each If They Win The 2014 World Cup

The Nigeria Football Federation has budgeted two point zero eight billion naira for preparation and participation of the Super Eagles in the World Cup in Brazil.

The estimate showed that each player would receive one hundred and seven thousand dollars as winning bonus if the Eagles lift the World Cup.

The Secretary-General of the NFF, Musa Amadu stated this while defending the association’s budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Sports.

PDP Disqualifies Three Governorship Aspirants In Ekiti State.

The PDP screening committee has disqualified three Ekiti state governorship aspirants from Saturday’s party primaries.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba who submitted their report today to PDP national chairman in Abuja said those affected have the right to appeal.

Senator Bode Olowoporokun and Bose Cecilia were among those disqualified.

Hope For South East: President Jonathan Performs The Groundbreaking Ceremony Of The Second Niger Bridge

President Goodluck Jonathan has performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Second Niger Bridge in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi who commended the President for flagging off the project expressed happiness that the construction work is being handled by a competent contractor.

 :The President said the bridge would alleviate the pains of travelers and improve the movement of goods and people between the South East and the South-West regions.

Shehu Of Borno Declares 3 Day Fasting For Divine Intervention Over Boko Haram Attacks

The Shehu of Borno Alhaji Abubakar Garba has asked residents to embark on a three-day fasting for divine intervention over Boko Haram attacks in the state.

The monarch in a statement issued today in Maiduguri directed residents to commence the fasting tomorrow.

He lamented that the renewed violence by Boko Haram members had led to massive destruction of lives and property.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Over 50 Gunmen Attack Enugu State Government House

No fewer than fifty armed men attacked the Enugu State Government House in the early hours of today.

The Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Fidelis Ogarabe told newsmen in Enugu that the armed men struck at the Government House around four thirty a.m. and attempted to force their way into the premises.

He said one of them was killed while three others sustained injuries.

He said his men recovered machetes, flags and insignia linked to a cult group.

A member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps suffered machete cuts while a military patrol vehicle was also attacked in the bid by the assailants to force their way into the Government House.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Federal Government Announce New Cost Regime For e-Passport

The Federal Government has announced a new costs regime in all categories of the Nigerian e-passport.

The reforms are contained in a statement signed by the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, David Parradang.

A sixty four-page frequent travellers passport would now be obtained at 20 naira.

It also said that passports for eighteen years to sixty years olds would go for 15 naira.

Those for people below eighteen years would be procured at 8750 naira.

Change of data and replacement of lost passport would now cost 20d naira.

Your Manifesto Is A Roadmap To Anarchy - PDP Tells ACN

The PDP has described the manifestos of the APC as a roadmap to anarchy typical of all anti-democratic coalitions.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh told newsmen in Abuja that the APC manifesto lacked character and depth.

Olisa Metuh said that the manifesto ranked security of lives and property low and gave no clue as to the party`s preparedness to tackle terrorism in the country.

He said that the APC had no credible recipe for job creation nor had it shown the strength of character to fight corruption more than what the PDP was doing at the moment.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

American Government Replies Abachas Over Criticisms To Soyinka - Freezes The Late Dictator's 458 Million Dollars

The United States has ordered a freeze on four hundred and fifty eight million dollars in assets stolen by Nigeria’s late former head of state General Sani Abacha and his accomplices.

The US Justice Department said the proceeds, stashed away in banks accounts in Britain, France and Jersey were frozen at Washington’s request with the help of local authorities.

In a civil forfeiture complaint unsealed in the US District Court in Washington the department wants to recover more than five hundred and fifty million dollars.

General Sani Abacha died in office in nineteen ninety eight.

President Goodluck Returns To The Creek To Search For His Uncle

President Goodluck Jonathan has arrived Yenagoa,the Bayelsa State capital on a private visit.

The President arrived at the Government House,Yenagoa at about 5 : 26 pm today and was received by the state Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and other top government functionaries including the Leader of the Niger Delta People's Volunteer Force Alhaji Asari Dokubo.

The President during the visit will also attend a burial Programme of the father of one of his Aides in his hometown,OTUOKE in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state on Friday.

While in Bayelsa State,the President may use the opportunity to attend to some family issues especially the kidnap of his Uncle Nengite Nitabai  who has spent eleven days in captivity.

20 Insurgents Killed As Security Forces Foil Terrorists Plan To Attack Communities In North-Eastern Nigeria

The security forces say they have foiled attempts by terrorists to attack Ajiri and Mafa as well as other communities in the outskirt of Maiduguri and Dikwa in Borno State towards the Cameroon borders.

The Director Defence Information, Major General, Chris Olukolade said in a statement that the ambush mounted by the terrorists to enable them unleash terror on the communities unchallenged, was also cleared by troops on reinforcement mission.

The statement said twenty insurgents died in the encounter, while some troops sustained varying degree of injuries, adding that more camps were destroyed in encounters at various forests and mountain locations around Adamawa and Borno States.

it said arms recovered from the terrorists include various brands of machine guns and improvised explosive devices. 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Fuel Scarcity Looms In Nigeria As Black-Marketers Returns To Filling Stations Across The Country

Long queues of vehicles have re-surfaced in many filling stations across Lagos and other parts of the country.

Some other filling stations visited by our correspondent in Lagos are not selling fuel.

In Lagos, some young men are capitalizing on the fuel scarcity to make money by hawking the product.

APC Set To Unveil Roadmap To A New Nigerian

The All Progressives Congress is set to unveil its Roadmap to a New Nigeria at the party’s National Summit to be held in Abuja on Thursday.

The party said in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed that the Roadmap will detail the party’s priorities in fixing the wide spread failings of successive PDP governments since nineteen ninety nine.

The party said the manifesto was a product of an empirical and painstaking process embarked upon by the APC, in a deviation from the old practice of packaging a party’s manifesto.