Thursday, 31 July 2014

NYSC Redeploys Corps Members Posted To 7 Northern States.

The National Youth Service Corps says it has redeployed corps members from seven northern states.
The affected states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano and Yobe.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations of the NYSC, Bose Aderibigbe said the decision followed the high rate of insecurity in some parts of the North.

The corps members are part of the twenty fourteen Batch ‘B’ orientation course scheduled to commence next week Tuesday.

President Jonathan To Launch Victim Support Fund

President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to launch the Victim Support Fund with a fund raising dinner at the State House Banquet Hall today.

The Minister of Information Labaran Maku told newsmen after the Federal Executive Council meeting that international foundations, funding agencies and all Nigerians would be invited to contribute to the fund which was specifically floated to support victims of terrorism in Nigeria.

He said the Victim Support Fund was one of the presidential initiatives to fast-track the reconstruction of the North East and other parts of the country affected by terrorism.

President Jonathan Gave Us 2.4 Million Naira - Chibok Girls Parents

The Kibaku Area Development Association representing the Chibok community says the Presidency shared twenty two point four million to the parents of the abducted schoolgirls and not one hundred million naira.

Spokesman of the association, Dauda Ilya said sixty one of the parents got two hundred thousand naira each, while others and fifty girls who escaped from the Boko Haram captivity received one hundred thousand each. 

The leadership of the Chibok community denied short-changing the parents.

Mike Tyson Launches Own Cartoon Series


According to the Dailybeast, Mike Tyson Mysteries, a new cartoon series airing this fall, might be the weirdest.

On the show, Tyson is recast as a kinder, gentler, and funnier version of himself—only this time, he’s a detective tasked with solving mysteries. He’s joined on his quests by Yung Hee, an adopted Korean teenage daughter (Rachel Ramras), who acts as the brains of the bunch, i.e. Velma; the ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury (Community’s Jim Rash), a 19th-century nobleman who developed the rules of boxing; and last but not least, a foul-mouthed, alcoholic talking pigeon (voiced by Norm Macdonald). Tyson is, of course, a fan of our feathered friends, owning an army of 2,000 pigeons.

Mike Tyson Mysteries was Tyson’s idea. The 48-year-old ex-pugilist with the unfortunate face tattoo grew up on Hanna-Barbera cartoons and kung-fu flicks, and the wacky show is being billed as a cross between Scooby Doo and The A-Team, though Ramras says it more closely resembles a Brady Bunch-style sitcom rather than Saturday morning cartoons.

The episodes revolve around solving mysteries (or not) brought in by Tyson’s fleet of carrier pigeons. In one episode, Yung Hee is kidnapped by ruthless gangsters because of the pigeon’s gambling debts. Another sees the gang help author Cormack McCarthy—a play on the author of The RoadBlood Meridian, and countless other novels—finish a novel after the author is struck by a crippling case of writer’s block. And yet another sees Tyson pay a visit to IBM, only to find the man who enlisted his help trapped inside a computer.

Culled From The Dailybeast

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

No Nigerian Have Contracted Ebola Virus - Lagos State Government

The Lagos State Government has said no Nigerian has contacted the deadly Ebola virus.

The Permanent Secretary in charge of Primary Healthcare Board in the state, Doctor Olukayode Oguntimehin said Nigerians should not panic over the virus but observe simple personal hygiene.

According to him, the hospital where the Liberian man, Patrick Sawyer who died of Ebola, was taken to acted professionally by carrying out the necessary tests on the victim and reporting the case to the appropriate quarters.

Doctor Oguntimehin said some people who boarded the same flight with the victim from Liberia to Lagos have been identified, adding that none of them has contacted the virus.

Cameroonian Security Forces Rescues Vice Prime Minister's Wife From Boko Haram As President Dismiss 2 Senior Army Officers

Cameroonian forces have rescued the wife of that country’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, who was abducted by suspected Boko Haram fighters on Sunday.

She was kidnapped alongside a traditional ruler of Kolofata town.

Sixteen people were reportedly killed during the rescue operation.

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has sacked two senior army officers at the forefront of the battle against Boko Haram.

No reason was given for the dismissal of Colonel Youssa Gedeon and Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Ngonga.

They were in charge of the military operations along the porous border with Nigeria.

The wife of Cameroon’s deputy Prime Minister was kidnapped on Sunday along with her maid, a religious leader and local mayor.

Fayemi Creates 19 Local Government Council Development Areas In Ekiti State

The Governor of Ekiti State, Doctor Kayode Fayemi has signed in law a bill for the creation of nineteen Local Government Council Development Areas.

The governor said the policy was aimed at bringing government closer to the people and not a rap for the incoming PDP government of Ayodele Fayose.

The speaker of the State House of Assembly Adewale Omirin said they passed the bill because of the great role local governments play in the lives of the rural people.

Female Suicide Bomber Kill Several People In Kano State

A Female suicide bomber has again struck in Kano, killing several people.

The bomber targeted the Kano state Polytechnic.

The explosion occurred as students queued to check their names on a new admission list.

The Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri said people, including the female suicide bomber died in the attack while seven others were injured.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

59 Persons Came In Contact With Ebola Victim –LASG

The Liberian man Patrick Sawyer who died of Ebola virus in Lagos had contact with fifty nine people.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Doctor Jide Idris who announced this said that twenty of those people, including health workers, ECOWAS staff and airport officials have been physically screened.

He told newsmen at Alausa that government was yet to get the airline manifest to ascertain the precise number of people he had contact with.

Liberian has in the meantime closed all its border crossings to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus.

Doctor Idris said no Nigerian is infected with the Ebola Virus so far, adding that all contacts were being actively followed and urged Nigerians not to panic.

The Director of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Professor Abdulsalam Nasidi said it is important to categorise the contacts in order to prevent any possible outbreak in Nigeria.

Gunmen Kidnap Timipre Sylva's Uncle In Bayelsa

Gunmen have kidnapped an uncle of former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva at his residence in Okpoama in Brass Local Government Area.

The kidnappers armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the community in a speed boat, shot sporadically into the air before whisking away the eighty six year-old Chief Benson Ayerite Adigio-Eseni, a retired Army Major.

Suspected Female Suicide Bombers, Three Others Die In Two Attacks In Kano

A suicide attack in Kano has killed four people, including the female bomber.

The blast happened at the NNPC mega station in Hotoro quarters along the Maiduguri Road.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said eight people were injured in the incident.

The police have foiled another attack by a female suicide bomber at a shopping complex in Kano.

Only the bomber died in the blast while two policemen and three others sustained injuries.

It was the fifth attack in Kano in five days.

Stop Eating Bats - Director Of Centre For Disease Control Tell Nigerians

Communities in Nigeria who eat bats, chimpanzee and antelope have been advised to desist from consumption of such delicacies so as to contain the spread of Ebola Virus.

The Director of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Professor Abdulsalami, Nasidi gave the advice at a joint news conference to provide an update on the case of Ebola involving a Liberian man.

He also called on communities that worship such animals to conform with set rules to prevent indiscriminate spread of the disease.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Doctor Jide Idris appealed to traditional and faith-based healing Homes not to admit persons who show symptoms of the virus.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

We Must Remain Strong As A Nation To Crush The Boko Haram Insurgents - President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to remain strong and resolute in defence of the freedom, unity and progress of the nation.

The President in his Eid-el-Fitri message said he feels the pains of Nigerian who have experienced the harrowing impact of terrorism unleashed on them by some misguided agents of evil and disunity.

He also urged Nigerians to continue to show solidarity with the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agencies and give them the full support they require to succeed against terror.

APC Calls For International Inquiry Into Assassination Attempt On Buhari

The All Progressives Congress has called for an international inquiry into last Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil, had it succeeded.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said in a statement that APC does not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies can carry out an impartial investigation.

He accused them of working for the government instead of the nation.

He said the call has become more urgent because the agents of the federal government have started muddling the waters with their sickening statements and actions on the attack.

Fear God And Stop Your Attacks On Innocent Nigerians - Sultan Blast Boko Haram Terrorists

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on all perpetrators of terrorism in the country, especially in the northern part, to fear God and stop such heinous acts.

The Sultan, who made the call in his Sallah message, said the insecurity in the country had led to loss of many lives and property.

According to him, the massive losses of innocent lives and property are highly regrettable and they are un-Islamic.

The Sultan commended security agencies for efforts being made to contain the insecurity, and urged them to remain unrelenting.

Boko Haram Attack A Church In Kano; Kill 5 Worshipers

At least five people have been killed when a bomb exploded during church mass service at Saint Charles Catholic Church at Sabongari Area of Kano State.

The police eight others were injured in the blast.

Force Spokesman, Frank Mba said the bomb was probably an improvised explosive device thrown from across the street at the church.

Boko Haram Insurgents Kidnaps Wife Of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, and also killed at least three other people when they attacked the Prime Minister’s home in the northern town of Kolofata.

Officials said a local religious leader and mayor, Seini Lamine, was also kidnapped in a separate attack on his home.

Cameroon’s information minister Issa Tchiroma confirmed that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants. 

Suicide Bomber Blows Herself Up As Police Arrests Five Suspects Over Kano Bombing

The police have also confirmed that a female suicide bomber blew herself up outside a university in Kano after they prevented her from carrying out an attack, injuring five officers.

The force said a female suicide bomber was isolated as she was walking towards the gate of the university, adding that she had hidden the bomb under her long black head cover.

Still on Kano blasts, the Police have arrested five male suspects for their complicity in bomb attacks in the ancient city, including the Sunday bomb blast at Saint Charles Catholic Church in which at least five people were killed and eight were injured.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, two of the suspects were arrested in connection with the foiled bomb attack at Isyaku Rabiu Mosque.

He said the attack on the church came shortly after the end of mass, when the suspects were believed to have thrown Improvised Explosive Devices at the church located in Sabongari area of the ancient city.

Friday, 25 July 2014

FG Declares Monday And Tuesday Next Week As Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared Monday July twenty eight and Tuesday, July twenty nine as public holidays in commemoration of the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who announced this in Abuja urged Muslims to show love, peace and justice in their everyday life, which were the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.

The Minister also advised Nigerians to use the holidays to reflect on the state of the nation and imbibe the spirit of peace for nation building.

We Can Crush Boko Haram - Buhari

Former Head of State, retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, who was targeted by a suicide bomber in Kaduna on Wednesday, says Nigeria has the capacity to defeat Boko Haram.

General Buhari who stated this when Kaduna state Governor, Mukhtar Yero paid him a sympathy visit said Boko Haram has nothing to do with religion and ethnicity.

The APC chieftain who said he didn’t know the motive behind the attempt on his life, commiserated with the families of those who died in the twin blasts in Kaduna.

Governor Yero while condemning the blasts urged the people to remain vigilant.

Nasarawa State Chief Judge Inaugurates Panel To Investigate Governor Al-Makura

The Nasarawa State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko has inaugurated a seven-member panel headed by Yusuf Usman to investigate a sixteen-point allegation levelled against Governor Umaru Al-Makura by the state House of Assembly.

The investigative panel has three months to complete its assignment.

Soldiers Arrest A Suspect Over Kaduna Bombing

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The Defence Headquarters has said that troops in Kaduna State have arrested a man suspected to be connected with the explosion targeted at major General Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

The young man was said to have been arrested by military patrol team that swoop on the area immediately after the explosion.

The Defence Headquarters in a statement said the suspect disguised as a woman clad in female garb to display femininity with a brazier affixed to his chest.

The statement said he was currently being interrogated by security agencies in a bid to ascertain his links.

Nigeria Confirms First Ebola Virus Death

Lagos State Government has confirmed the death of a Liberian man infected with suspected deadly Ebola virus.

The state Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris made the confirmation at the ongoing joint news briefing in Ikeja.

He said appropriate measures had been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in the metropolis.

Our Correspondent reports that the commissioner however asked residents to report any suspicious case of the virus to the nearest government hospitals and other health designate officials.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Police Arrest Twenty-Two People Over Nasarawa State Governor’s Impeachment Protest In Lafia.

The Nasarawa State Police Command says it has arrested twenty-two people in Lafia following violent protest by some groups over the impeachment notice served on Governor Umaru Al-Makura.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who confirmed the arrest at the news briefing on behalf of the state joint security committee, said no life was lost but two persons sustained injuries and were hospitalised in Lafia.

He explained that a locally-made pistol, some ammunitions, knives and dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects.

According to him, five shops and a residential apartment were vandalised while a vehicle was burnt by the hoodlums.

The commissioner said a fake policeman was among those arrested, and that the security operatives were on the trail of four people who alleged masterminded the crisis.

FIFA Lifts Suspension Ban On Nigeria

World football governing body, FIFA has lifted the suspension placed on Nigeria on July nine that banned the country from all international football.

The ban was the result of a court order barring the Aminu Maigari–led Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee and the NFF Congress from controlling and managing the affairs of Nigerian football.

In a letter signed by FIFA Secretary General, JEROME VALCKE, and addressed to the NFF President, Aminu Maigari, the body said was satisfied that Nigeria has complied with its demands for reinstatement into international football.

Shun ‘Stomach Infrastructure’ Politicians, Oshiomhole Urges Women

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged women in the state to shun politicians who preach politics of “stomach infrastructure” saying they do not mean well for the state and the nation.

Addressing women at this year’s Edo Women Conference held in Benin City, Oshiomhole said: “Edo women have the right to question politicians on their credibility because it is no longer the business of rice, salt, beans, or money. It is knowing what happened in the past and comparing with the present. Women, you have the right qualifications because intelligence is not determined by possessions of certificates”.

He said: “No society can make any progress if by its policies or action of policies, majority or simple majority of your populace remain under develop. If as a result of poorly articulated public policies or even when the policy is properly articulated but not well implemented to the spirit and the letter, if by our actions and inactions in government or out of government, we do not empower the majority of our citizens, then we cannot talk of empowerment of anybody.”

Amaechi Unveils Automated Monitoring Device For Road Projects In Rivers

In clear technology-driven spirit, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has unveiled a scientific device – the Automated Road Analyser (ARAN) that would monitor and ensure that road projects are done according to specification.

Governor Amaechi launched the ARAN vehicles in Government House, Friday.

Amaechi explained that the device would be used by his administration to check quality of work done on road projects according to laid-down specification. The vehicles would be driven on newly constructed roads to determine their quality.

He said the measure would check fraudulent activities of some road contractors who fail to adhere to project specifications when constructing roads in the State.

Ajudua loses Appeal Against Trial

Alleged serial fraudster, Fred Ajudua today lost his bid to stop his trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations of defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ishaya Bamaiyi of about $8.39million between November 2004 and June 2005.

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal today dismissed Ajudua’s application challenging the competence of the charge and the jurisdiction of the Lagos High Court.

Ajudua, who was arraigned before Justice Atinuke Ipaye of the Lagos High Court on a 14-count charge that borders on obtaining by false pretence, had filed notice of preliminary objection in which he stated that the proof of evidence did not disclose any case against him. Justice Ipaye dismissed the Objection.

 Dissatisfied, Ajudua subsequently appeal against the decision of the trial court.

At the hearing of the appeal he filed against the ruling of the Lagos State High Court dismissing his application asking the court to decline jurisdiction to entertain the charge, Ajudua contended that the lower court erred in law when it held that he could be tried under the repealed Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 1995.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Senate Confirms Osita Chidoka As Minister

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Corps Marshall of the Federal Rod Safety Commission, Osita Chidoka as a minister representing Anambra state.

Also confirmed was the nomination of Doctor Abubakar Suliman, a lecturer at the University of Abuja representing Nasarawa state.

It is believed that the FRSC boss will be named the Minister of Aviation, a post which was last occupied by Stella Oduah, who is also from Anambra state.

300,000 Dollars Was Given To Adamawa State Lawmakers To Impeach Nyako - APC

The APC has warned that Nigeria is gradually returning to the dark days of state dictatorship, lawlessness, impunity and repression.

Chairman of the party Chief Odigie Oyegun said the alleged evil machinations has manifested in Ekiti and Adamawa, while they have Edo, Osun, Nasarawa and Rivers states in mind.

He wondered why former governor Murtala Nyako was impeached for offences he allegedly committed five years ago when he was still in PDP.

According to him, the war against the opposition was all about the PDP getting re-elected in twenty fifteen even when the nation burns in order to fulfil its promise of ruling Nigeria for sixty years.

Chief Oyegun alleged that three hundred thousand dollars was given to given to each member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly while the sum of five hundred million naira has been moved to Nasarawa to remove Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

He also said seventy five million was offered to Edo lawmakers to impeach Adams Oshiomhole.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

World Cup smashes Facebook, Twitter records

Germany produced just one goal in its win over Argentina in Sunday's World Cup final. But the game produced a record number of Facebook and Twitter posts.

According to Twitter, there were a record 618,725 tweets per minute at one point during Germany's 1-0 win, outpacing the 580,166 tweets-per-minute peak during Germany’s 7-1 semifinal victory over Brazil.
Overall, there were 32.1 million tweets about the game sent during the telecast, Twitter said, or about 3.5 million shy of the record 35.6 million generated during Germany's drubbing of Brazil.

Twitter even produced a global heat map of the tweets sent during Sunday's final.

As impressive as those Twitter numbers were, Sunday's game was even a bigger hit for Facebook.
The World Cup final was the most-discussed sporting event ever on Facebook, with an estimated 280 million interactions — likes, posts and comments — from 88 million users about the game. That's roughly 35 million more interactions than the record 245 million established during the 2013 Super Bowl, Facebook said.

The monthlong World Cup generated 3 billion Facebook interactions overall.

"We knew the World Cup was going to be big, but this level of engagement is remarkable," Nick Grudin, Facebook's director of global media partnerships, told Reuters. "It was the highest level of conversation around a single event that we have ever measured."

Culled From Yahoo News

LASU Branch Of Academic Staff Union Of Universities Suspends 6 Weeks Strike

The Lagos State University branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has suspended its six-week old strike.

The lecturers in a letter signed by their Chairman, Doctor Kunle Idris said after serious deliberation on the Governing Council’s letter, the ASUU congress agreed to call off the strike in the interest of all.

The congress directed its executive to continue further discussions with the Governing Council of LASU on the outstanding issues identified the lecturers.

It believes that the letters and spirit of the resolutions reached with the University Administration and the University Appointments and Promotions Committee as well as the Governing Council shall hold.

Breaking News: Adamawa State House Of Assembly Impeach Governor Murtala Nyako

The Adamawa state House of Assembly has finally impeached the governor of Adamawa state, Muritala Nyako.

The Deputy Governor of Adamawa State ,Bala James Ngillari,  has resigned from office.

The deputy governor has sent his letter of resignation to the speaker of the Adamawa state House of Assembly , Hon Umaru Fintiri and the letter was read by the speaker on the floor of the house Tuesday.

Friday, 11 July 2014

President Jonathan Forwards Chidoka Osita Name As Ministerial Nominee

President Goodluck Jonathan has forwarded the name of the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Chidoka Osita and a lecturer at the University of Abuja, Doctor Sulaiman Abubakar Olanrewaju from Kwara State as ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

The nominees are expected to fill the vacant positions in the Federal Executive Council.

SSS Parades Kidnappers Of President Jonathan''s Uncle

The Department of State Service has arrested six suspects in connection with the kidnap of Chief Nitabi Inengite, uncle of President Goodluck Jonathan at Otuoke in Bayelsa State on February twenty three this year.

Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar said the suspects included an undergraduate, a native doctor and three others.

She said after chief Inengite was kidnapped, he was taken to two different locations in Bayelsa creeks, very close to the Atlantic ocean.

Marilyn Ogar restated the need for the public to be vigilant and be alert, saying that issues of security should not be left to security agencies alone.

Legal Practioners Privileges Committee Confers Rank Of Senior Advocate Of Nigeria On 17 Lawyers.

The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee has awarded the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria to seventeen lawyers.

The list, which includes a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Doctor Olu Onagoruwa, was released after a meeting of the committee at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

Two of the new SANS, Professor Josiah Amupitan and Olusola Idowu are from the academia.

They would be sworn in on September twenty second.

Twenty three lawyers, including Festus Keyamo, were shortlisted for the interview of the prestigious title.

Governor Murtala Nyako’s Impeachment Panel Begins Sitting In Yola.

The Seven-Man Panel set up by the Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Governor Murtala Nyako has begun sitting in Yola.

Both the governor and his deputy Bala Ngilari failed to appear before the panel.

It was reported by a section of the media today that the embattled governor had reached a deal with the state lawmakers.

Governor Nyako yesterday inaugurated thirty six administrators for the local government development areas as a way of pacifying the lawmakers.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Investigative Panel On Planned Impeachment Of Adamawa State Governor Begins Sitting

The seven-man panel constituted by the acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi has commenced sitting despite the public holiday declared by the state government.

The Registrar of the High Court, Abubakar Babayola told newsmen that the inauguration of the committee was not a requirement for the commencement of the panel job as it could not be found anywhere in the constitution.

Journalists were barred from covering the maiden sitting as stern security men kept watch over the venue of the sitting.

Adidas Ends Sponsorship Of Nigeria Over NFF Crisis.

Sportswear manufacturing company, Adidas, has suspended its sponsorship of Nigeria following the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation.

The company expressed displeasure with the crisis in the football house.

Adidas joined FIFA in giving Nigeria tomorrow as deadline to revert the suspension of the NFF board led by Aminu Maigari or be suspended from all football activities.

Suspended Edo PDP Lawmakers Holds Separate Plenary

The nine PDP members of the Edo State House of Assembly have held a separate plenary at the Assembly which is undergoing renovation.

The plenary was held around tight security with the suspended Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, presiding as Speaker.

The lawmakers described the renovation of the assembly complex as illegal because it did not go through the process.

The fifteen APC members of the Assembly met last week at the old complex inside the Government House and impeached the Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea.