Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Reduce Number Of Vehicles At Worship Centres During New Year Celebrations - Nigerian Police Urge Worshipers

The Nigeria Police High Command has urged worshippers at Jummat and Church services to reduce the number of vehicles around their worship centres due to the security challenges in the country and the general preparation for the New Year Celebrations.

In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu the Police equally advised operators of motor parks, shopping Malls and recreation centres to work very closely with the police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen security in their respective facilities.

The statement added that the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba had directed all Zonal AIGs and State Command Commissioners of Police to ensure an efficient deployment of all operational manpower and tools at the disposal of their respective Commands.

I Will Create 50,000 Grassroots Millionaires If I Am Elected Governor - Bolaji Ogunseye

The Alliance for Democracy Governorship candidate in Lagos state for twenty fifteen election Bolaji Ogunseye have said that Nigeria risk being overran by gangs and militias if nothing is done to address the high rate of unemployment and poverty in the country.

Bolaji Ogunseye in an interview with Azuka Onwuzor took a swipe at the present administration for implementing what he described as physical infrastructural development policies that have little or no value to an average Lagosians.

Bolaji who promised to create what he called 50,000 grassroots millionaires biannually if elected governor of Lagos, said the best way to assess the usefulness of government is on the impact they have made among the poorest and weakest in the society.

Federal Government Declares Friday January 2nd As Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Friday January second, twenty fifteen as public holiday to mark Eid-el Maloud.

Minister of Interior, Abba Moro in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the interior ministry, Magaji Abubakar, in Abuja, urged Muslim faithful and indeed, all Nigerians to pray for the peace and unity of the country.

The minister further urged all Nigerians to eschew violence in the run off to the twenty fifteen general elections and to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda to move Nigeria to the next level of development.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Mikel Obi Rejects Move To Schalke 04

John Obi Mikel has rejected the prospect of reuniting with ex Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo at Schalke 04, after pledging to remain with the London club at least until next summer when his contract expires.

Having started all but one of the last six matches contested by Chelsea in all competitons, the defensive midfielder, who had been struggling for game time, has assured that he will stay at Stamford Bridge.

The Super Eagles star has admitted that he would sever ties with the Londoners in the January transfer window if his circumstances had not improved.

30 Billion Dollars Is Not Missing From Excess Crude Account - Okonjo Iweala Blasts Oshiomhole

The Federal Government has described as untrue the allegations by Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole that the sum of thirty billion dollars was missing from the Excess Crude Account.

The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a statement by her Special Adviser on Communications, Paul Nwabuikwu, that the allegation was shocking.

Okonjo-Iweala said the comments reflect the unfortunate tendency of some political players to politicise the management of the economy on the basis of half-truths and sundry distortions.

Governor Oshiomhole had on Thursday accused the Federal Government of failing to account for about thirty billion dollars that had accrued to the excess crude account in the last three years.

Ahead Of 2015 Elections; President Jonathan Lobbies IBB

President Goodluck Jonathan today visited former military Head of State, Retired General Ibrahim Babangida, at his Hilltop Mansion in Minna, Niger State.

President Jonathan who was accompanied on the visit by the National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, his Chief of Staff, retired General Jones Arogbofa, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed; and the Director-General of his campaign team, Ahmadu Ali, met behind closed-door with the military head of state.

The President later told journalists that he was in Minna to greet General Babangida who recently returned to the country from a medical trip abroad describing him as his father.

Ibrahim Babangida urged Nigerians to support the President.

Judiciary Workers To Begin Indefinite Strike On January 2nd 2015

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN has declared an indefinite strike to commence January second, twenty fourteen.

The Union alleged that all the thirty six state governors had deliberately resisted the implementation of a Federal High Court judgement to put judiciary funds under the first line charge.

JUSUN, in a statement signed by its National President, Marwan Adamu, and National Assistant Secretary, Placidus Nnamani, said none of the parties served with the order of the court had appealed against it till date.

The Union argued that refusal to implement the court judgement was frustrating the independence of the judiciary.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

After FG's Austerity Measures, President Jonathan's Cohorts Showers Him With 21.2 Billion Naira For 2015 Election Campaign

The PDP has raked in twenty one point two billion naira for President Jonathan’s re-election in twenty fifteen.

The chairman of the PDP Fund Raising Dinner, Tunde Ayeni donated one billion naira and another one billion naira on behalf of his unnamed friends.

Players in Oil and Gas sector contributed five billion naira while those in the Real Estate donated four billion naira.

Chairman of the fundraiser committee Professor Jerry Gana announced a donation of five billion naira by his friends and associates in the power sector.

The twenty one PDP Governors contributed fifty million naira each, amounting to one-point zero five billion naira.

There were also donations from the private individuals, the food and agriculture, power and the construction sectors.

Professor Gana at the event said that the twenty fifteen elections would be keenly contested.

President Jonathan used the occasion to plead with those who lost out in the party primaries not to defect to other parties.

SERAP Drag APC & PDP To Court For Non-Disclosure Of Campaign Funds

A civil society group, Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has dragged the PDP and the APC to court for failing to disclose sources of spending on their respective electoral campaigns and other operations linked to the twenty fifteen elections.

The suit which was filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos followed a Freedom of Information request to the national chairman of both parties last month.

SERAP argued that Nigerians have the right to know the sources of their campaign funding.

The group said transparency, accountability, integrity and independence of political parties are important to achieve greater transparency in public life.

Please Don't Defect To Opposition Parties - President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to PDP members who are aggrieved over the recent party primaries not to dump the party.

He said the leadership of the party was working hard to resolve the disagreements thrown up by the primaries in many states.

The President who spoke at the PDP fundraising dinner advised the aggrieved party members to remain in the party to correct the mistakes made.

Friday, 19 December 2014

APC Lawmakers Suspend Their PDP Counterparts In Ekiti State

The nineteen All Progressives Congress lawmakers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have suspended the leader of the seven Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers, Dele Olugbemi and others.

The suspension was carried out after they made a surprise re-entry into the state.

At the plenary held at a secret location in Ado-Ekiti and presided over by the embattled Speaker, Adewale Omirin, the APC lawmakers also nullified all legislative actions purportedly carried out by the PDP caucus.

Fayose Was Duly Elected - Election Tribunal

The Ekiti State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate Kayode Fayemi challenging the victory of Governor Ayodele Fayose in the election held in June this year.

 The court held that the petition was lacking in merit.

The court dismissed all issues raised in the petition, including the claim that Governor Fayose was ineligible to contest the election based on his purported impeachment and certificate forgery.

Meanwhile, Governor Ayodele Fayose has dedicated his victory at Election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja to God and the entire citizens of the state.

The Governor said the victory has affirmed the supremacy of God and the voice of Ekiti people which they exercised through their votes during the June twenty-first governorship election in the state.

INEC Set-Up Task Force On How Internally Displaced Persons Can Participate In 2015 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has raised a task force on how internally displaced persons can participate in the forthcoming general elections in the country.

The task force approved by the INEC chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega has a National Commissioner, Thelma Iremiren as chairperson along with nine other members that included the Resident Electoral Commissioners of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The task force has seven working days from Monday, the twenty second of December to submit its report.

Political Parties Are Buying Voters Card - APC

The All Progressives Congress has raised the alarm over the alleged purchase of Permanent Voter’s Cards by a political party ahead of the twenty fifteen elections.

The APC said the aim of the party engaged in the purchase is to disenfranchise the owners of such cards, especially in opposition.

The party’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the allegation in a statement appealed to all Nigerians, particularly their supporters not to sell their voters cards because it would amount to mortgaging their future for a paltry one thousand naira.

He urged APC supporters who are yet to collect their PVCs to do so urgently to enable them participate in the twenty fifteen elections.

Centenary 100 Naira Note Goes Into Circulation

The commemorative one hundred naira note unveiled recently by President Jonathan has gone into circulation.

The Head of Corporate Communications of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibrahim Mu’azu, who announced this in a statement in Abuja said all branches of the apex bank have been directed to commence the issuance of the currency.

He said the commemorative note which retains the portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo will circulate alongside the existing one hundred naira note.

Architect Miebi Bribena Wins Hero’s Award

The Bayelsa State Broadcasting Corporation, owner of Glory FM 97.1 has honored Architect Miebi Bribena with its prestigious Hero’s Award for his selfless services to humanity.

The Award ceremony which took place at Glory FM 97.1 Ekeki,Yenagoa was to wrap up the 15th  years anniversary celebration  of the station.

According, to the management of the station, the choice of Architect Miebi Bribena was informed by his philanthropist gesture through his nongovernmental organization, ‘BARE-NET initiative’.

The station’s General Manager, Lawson Hayford while congratulating him and other awardees, urge them to be worthy ambassadors to young Nigerians.

Architech,Miebi Bribena who is a pastor in Christ Embassy church Yenagoa, hails from Agbere in Sagbama local Government Council of Bayelsa state.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Muhammadu Buhari Has Been Captured By A Cabal - PDP

The PDP has described the emergence of Professor Yemi Osibajo as the APC vice presidential candidate as a proof that the party’s presidential flagbearer, Muhammadu Buhari has been captured by a cabal.

The PDP said the circumstances surrounding the emergence of Professor Osibajo As Buhari’s running mate showed that the former Head of State would not be in control if elected President.

The party’s spokesman, Olisa Metuh said in a statement that the choice of the APC vice presidential candidate is a confirmation that the party is a personal project of a cabal led by Bola Tinubu.

Why I Rejected Buhari's Offer As Vice Presidential Candidate - Tinubu

APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has revealed that the party’s presidential flagbearer, Muhammadu Buhari, offered him the vice presidential slot.

He said he rejected the offer because of his love for Nigeria and not to be seen as self-serving individual.

Bola Tinubu took a swipe at the PDP for leading the campaign against a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

According to him, the true religion of the PDP is poverty, adding that the APC has come to bring prosperity to the people.

Ambode Picks Lagos SSG As Eunning Mate For 2015 Election

The Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Oluranti Adebula has been named the running mate to the APC governorship candidate in Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode.

She was reportedly chosen among other contenders based on gender, religion and origin.

Oluranti Adebule, an Awori indigene of Lagos is a PhD holder in Curriculum Studies.

I Will Kill Emir Of Kano - Shekau

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, in retaliation for the Emir’s call on Kano residents and other Nigerians to arm and defend themselves against the terrorist organization.

In a new video released at the weekend, Abubakar Shekau said his group does not consider Muhammadu Sanusi a true Muslim, and will attack him whenever an opportunity presents itself.

But he said his group remains prepared to fight and kill anyone who challenges its ideology and all non-Muslims and fake Muslims like the Emir.

The Boko Haram leader said his group will fight local vigilantes and hunters, who have successfully crushed the advances of its fighters in some parts of Nigeria’s northeast.

Nigerian Army Sentences 54 Soldiers To Death

A Nigerian Army court martial has sentenced fifty four soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram militants in the North-East.

The soldiers were convicted on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny.

Four others were however acquitted.

The convicted soldiers were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that were seized by Boko Haram in August.

Boko Haram Kidnaps Over 100 People In Borno State

Boko Haram militants have stormed a remote village of Gumsuri in Borno state, killing at least thirty three people and kidnapping at least one hundred others.

A survivor said the militant seized young men, women and children.

Meanwhile, Cameroonian army says it has killed one hundred and sixteen Boko Haram militants who attacked one of its bases.