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21 Oct 2017

12 years after, Southern govs meet in Lagos Monday

Twelve years after their last gathering, Governors from the Southern part of Nigeria will on Monday converge in Lagos to deliberate on how to forge stronger ties for the three geo-political zones.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, the meeting which will be co-hosted by the Governors of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom will address issues that are germane to the development of the three contiguous zones.

Bello said the meeting is in line with the realisation that the different states in the South have since 2005 developed several areas of comparative advantage which could be harnessed and become mutually beneficial.

According to him, the Governors would also be expected to adopt a common position on the issues of armed robbery, kidnapping, devolution of powers and issue of fiscal federalism which have all gained prominence of late.

“The 2017 Lagos summit of the 17 Southern Governors representing the South South, South West and South East zones is expected to come up with a communiqué after the deliberation.

“It is noteworthy to recall that the inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors took place in Lagos in 2001 under the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Bello said.

The statement added that the predominance of views is that if the Southern States speak with one voice, they are bound to attract weighty and credible listenership.

The 17 Southern States expected at the summit include Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom; Ben Ayade- Cross Rivers State; Godwin Obaseki – Edo State; Nyesom Wike – Rivers State; Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State; Seriake Dickson- Bayelsa and Rochas Okorocha- Imo State.

Others are Willie Obiano – Anambra State; Okezie Ikpeazu – Abia State; David Umahi – Ebonyi State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi -Enugu State; Rauf Aregbesola – State of Osun; Abiola Ajimobi – Oyo; Ibikunle Amosun –Ogun; Oluwarotimi Akeredolu – Ondo; Ayodele Fayose – Ekiti and Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero equals scoring mark in win against Burnley

Manchester City remain on top of the Premier League, Sergio Agüero is now their joint top all-time goalscorer, but this workmanlike victory over a predictably solid Burnley side refuted the theory that Saturday afternoons at the Etihad are going to be one long carnival of fantasy football.
This was just football. Burnley made City work for the points and that was exactly what they did, only securing victory in the final quarter and playing impressively without putting on a show. It was entertaining enough on a wet and windy day, and as most people in the crowd were following the score in Manchester United’s game, absolutely no one was complaining.

“If people think they are going to see five-zero scores every week that’s not going to happen,” Pep Guardiola said. “Some matches are more difficult. Burnley have great physicality and a strong work ethic, and coming into such a game after playing in the Champions League makes life complicated.”

Burnley were not given much chance here, some bookmakers were quoting the ludicrous odds of 30-1 for an away win, though it was clear from an early stage City were not going to find their opponents quite as accommodating as Stoke in last week’s 7-2 romp.

For one thing the scores were still level as the game entered its 30th minute, whereas Stoke had shipped three goals by then. For another Burnley actually created the first goalscoring opportunity, when Chris Wood judged the bounce of the ball better than Kyle Walker, went on to beat Nicolás Otamendi and brought a brave save from Ederson, injuring himself in the process.

Unfortunately for Burnley, by the end of the 30th minute they had fallen behind. Nick Pope initially made a good save from last week’s hero Kevin De Bruyne, but he could not keep hold of the ball and showed his inexperience by trying to recover it from Bernardo Silva when the City player was moving away from goal.

The goalkeeper just about got a glove to the ball but Silva took the opportunity to go down under the contact, leaving Burnley to reflect on their own naivety as Roger East pointed to the spot. Agüero naturally scored, equalling Erik Brook’s 78-year-old club record of 177 goals. While it was inevitable the Argentina striker would reach the mark sooner or later, it was in keeping with a low-key afternoon that the big moment should arrive with a penalty, and a soft penalty at that. “There was contact and I wouldn’t even say it was a defining moment because we still might have lost,” Sean Dyche said. “It’s still frustrating though, because it was minimal contact, and to get that high off the floor with your arms above your head was impressive. It can’t be just me who thinks there ought to be more honour in the game.”

Agüero, in fairness, spent the rest of the first half attempting to add another from open play, only to roll one shot wide and be denied twice by Pope in the Burnley goal. On the second occasion Bernardo Silva had the chance to follow up, but saw his venomous shot blocked when James Tarkowski unflinchingly stuck his face in the way.

Burnley initially came out fighting for the second half and managed to put some pressure on the City goal, though they probably realised it was not going to be their afternoon when penalty appeals against Fabian Delph were waved away, the defender having kicked the ball against his own arm in attempting a clearance.

That impression was finally confirmed when City scored their second goal from a set piece. After their early flurry of attacking intent Burnley had reverted to keeping every man except Ashley Barnes behind the ball in an attempt to make City’s life more difficult, a plan that was working until Leroy Sané swung over a corner from the left and Otamendi outjumped Ben Mee at the far post to place a firm header downwards. Even then Burnley had a man on the post to deal with such an eventuality, but Steven Defour could not move his feet quickly enough and the ball trickled past him.

There was clearly no coming back from that, and just to make sure De Bruyne took advantage of the only time Burnley lost their shape by slipping Sané into miles of space for a third goal two minutes later.

There could have been more: Sané, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus missed late chances to boost the City goal difference still further, but the scoreline was already emphatic enough. Even on a day when rain continually poured from the greyest of Manchester skies, City never came close to slipping up.

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Salvation Ministries members get a private jet for Pastor David Ibiyeomie, spark outrage

Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries has acquired a private jet.

David Ibiyeomie is now included on the list of pastors with private jets in Nigeria which includes,  Bishop David Oyedepo, Enoch Adeboye, Ayo Oritsejafor, T.B. Joshua, and Bishop Mike Okonkwo.

Back in 2014, it was reported that Pastor David Ibiyeomie bought a private jet which went viral on the internet, sparking outrage. But now it is no longer a rumour.

Well, a Rsu killingit on Facebook is not happy apparently. He has thrown shades at "the poor people" in Salvation ministries, claiming that their offering money bought the private jet for their "Papa" David Ibiyeomie.

Anyway, I don't think Pastor David Ibiyeomie is a poor man. Thanks to charitable contributions and donations of the parishioners and earned income for publishing books, I think the pastor can enjoy a level of luxury.

Everything is for the Believers' sake. So carry go, sir! Haters go and hug transformer. Thanks

TAGBO’S DEATH: DAVIDO’S MEN CONFESS

By CHIOMA IGBOKWE

The last has not been heard of the controversy surrounding the death of Tagbo Umeike , friend to Nigerian pop star David Adeleke, popularly called Davido, as the other suspects who were detained by the police have given an insight into what  actually happened the night Tagbo died.

Reports credited to the Lagos State Police Command had revealed that Tagbo had a night of heavy drinking and allegedly consumed about 40 shots of Tequila, a strong alcoholic beverage.  He was alleged to be in company of  his friends, including Davido, before his body was abandoned at Lagos Island General Hospital in the early hours of October 3.

The news of his death was made known to the public following the outcry of Umeike’s girlfriend, Nollywood actress Caroline Danjuma, who accused Davido of abandoning his friend. That outburst led to the arrest and interrogation of Davido and three other suspects by the police.  While the other three suspects are still being detained in police custody, Davido was released unconditionally.

According to a police source, there was no need to detain Davido as all the evidence gathered in the cause of interrogation and investigation exonerated him. “Tagbo is an adult and was not forced to consume that quantity of alcohol that is dangerous to his health. He had nothing to do with his death, rather investigation revealed that he was even more concerned about the safety of the deceased while he was still alive”, the source stated, pointing to a dead end in efforts to bring charges against the music star over the controversial death of his friend.

Why we dumped Tagbo’s body

Meanwhile some of the suspects who were detained after interrogation at the Police State Criminal Investigation Department , Panti have told the police that they dumped Tagbo’s body and fled the hospital when the doctor on duty confirmed that he was dead for fear of being treated as suspects. Some of the suspects who are in custody are Davido’s police security detail, Tunde Yussuf , as well as his friends Busari Idris and Agbeja Olaoye all of who completely exonerated Davido.

According to Yussuf, who is a spy policeman , he was posted to work for Davido as part of his security details.  He said that on the day of the unfortunate incident, they had gone to a party with the pop star at a club known as Shasha Room where they met Tagbo already drunk.

After spending some time, they moved to Oniru beach where Fuji music star Wasiu Ayinde was to perform at a birthday party that night.

According to him, they expected Tagbo to go home since he was already drunk but was surprised that he followed them to that place too.  Moments later, one of Davido’s boys informed them that Tagbo was not okay.

He said Davido then requested that they should take one of his Hilux vehicles and follow those taking Tagbo to the hospital. As soon as they got there, the boys who took Tagbo to the hospital rushed in to call the police. “He was still in the car when the doctor came out and checked him and then said that he is dead. Moments later, the boys came out and told me that it was time to get out of the hospital.”

The second suspect Olaoye who was in the car with Tagbo before he died told the police that he fled when the doctor confirmed him dead to avoid being treated as his killer.

According to him, Tagbo was at the party long before Davido arrived and there was so much free drinks. “He demanded for a drink known as tequila and probably to show that he can consume a lot and still stay sane, took several shots of the drink.

As at the time Davido wanted to leave the party for another one, Tagbo was already drunk and violent. Davido who was concerned about his plight offered to carry him in his car but was advised against it because he was drunk and misbehaving. They advised him to go home but he insisted that he was going to the beach party with them. He then joined their car which was part of the convoy . It was while they were there that he started screaming and gasping for breath.”

At that point, he said they contacted Davido through the boys who were around him and they were told that Davido asked that he should be taken to the hospital immediately. On their way, he also noticed that one of Davido’s security men followed them to the hospital.

Olaoye insists that Tagbo was still breathing when they arrived at the hospital. They ran into the hospital requesting that there was an emergency, unfortunately by the time the doctor arrived, Tagbo had died.

They were then asked to fill a from to enable the hospital prepare his death certificate. They were able to get his international passport to get his correct name and age.

“The doctor then said that people in-charge of such case were coming and that we should wait and meet them before the corpse can be kept in the mortuary.”

Olaoye knew that they were referring to the police, so they all decided to run away from the hospital. They quickly jumped into the Hillux driven by Davido’s security detail and left the hospital. They also tried calling Davido to let him know the outcome of their trip to the hospital but his phones were switched off. Everyone of them retired to their various houses with the hope that by the next day they would help trace Tagbo’s family members.

Insisting that they are all innocent , Olaoye told the police that they ran away that night because in Nigeria, “even if it is clear that you had nothing to do with the death of someone, as long as you were at the scene, they will lock you up and accuse you of murder.”

Busari Idris who was also in the car on the day of the unfortunate incident also confirmed Olaoye’s statement. He said that they only knew his details from the international passport found in his wallet.

According to him, Tagbo was gasping for breath and screaming that his stomach was burning. He said they had no choice but to rush him to the hospital, adding that he was still breathing when they got to the hospital but lost him before the doctor could come to check him that night which was around 3am the next day.

“When the doctor said that we have to wait for the police, we knew the implication, that was why we fled the scene.”

What Davido told the police

In a short statement at the police station , Davido said he knew Tagbo just like the other boys hanging around him. According to him, he was invited to attend the birthday party of a friend whom he identified as Adelewe. At about 8pm on October 2, he left his house to attend the birthday party at Shasha Room in Lekki.

He was seated at another table with other friends while Tagbo and several others were behind them drinking and making noise. He only observed that Tagbo was consumming so much Tequila while the boys with him on the table were cheering him.

An hour later, he said he stood up and moved down to his car. He was heading to G12 at Oniru beach to attend another event, where Wasiu Ayinde was to perform.

He stated that almost all his boys and fans followed him to the car park including Tagbo who was drunk and unstable.

According to him, he was worried and tried to persuade him to enter his car but because he was misbehaving his security details and personal assistants advised that he should not take him in his car but rather he would enter another car in his convoy.

He left the club and attended the party at Oniru beach. An hour later , he moved to another club on the Island known as DNA for another event before retiring home for the day in the early hours of October 3.

Davido told the police, that he never heard anything from him again till he was informed by his personal assistant that Tagbo had died.

Other suspects face charges

At the time of filling this report, there were indications that the police may file charges against the other three suspects being held in custody. It was also confirmed that the police may have come to a dead end in their initial plan to draw charges against Davido as well because the music star was exonerated by the statements given by all the suspects.

I will not die young as Aare Ona Kakanfo- Gani Adams

Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate of Yorubaland, on Saturday dismissed superstitious belief that taking the title may lead to his early death.

Adams, the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), told newsmen in Lagos that not all those who held the position in the past had died young as is being speculated.

Adams will become the 15th Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, when installed.

“Let me say that death belongs to God. Only God can decide and determine when anyone can die and until God decides, I will not die young as the defender of my people.

“Aare title is highly spiritual and I have handed over my destiny and tenure to God.

“The position in the past meant that you have to continually fight wars to protect your people, and may be killed in the process, but that was before Nigeria became a sovereign nation.

“The job in the modern era is limited in terms of physical defense because there are security apparatus to settle disputes.

“However, it has become a position to unify the Yoruba race, defend their interest and believe in their cause, “ Adams said.

The 47 year-old leader of the OPC also put to rest speculations that he would dump the group following his new status, saying he would continue to oversee its activities.

“The OPC is my sweat. I will delegate some powers to some members to continue to run it while I oversee it.

“The OPC gave birth to the Oodua Progressive Union which I have established in 78 countries to cater for the interest of Yoruba people in Diaspora.

“I will continue to have a stake not only in the OPC, but in all groups in Yorubaland.

“I intend to use my position to unify and strengthen all factionalised pressure and cultural groups in Yoruba land,” he said.

Adams added that in spite of his elevation to a higher office, he would continue to render selfless service to all Nigerians based on fairness and justice.

The Aare Ona Kakanfo to be said that the title was not too big a shoe for him to fit into.

“I have managed millions of people in Yorubaland. I began to fight for my people at a tender age of 29 years since 1999. I have never been in government. I have always fought for the Yorubas.

“I know the terrain of all Yoruba people and their culture. I only ask God for wisdom to unify my people more, and see that there is unity, justice and fairness for and among my people.

“This title is a reward from my people on the basis of honour and not salary, “ he added.

On the issue of the true federalism, the OPC coordinator said that the difference between true federalism and restructuring was semantics.

“I totally support either restructuring or true federalism because it would ensure equity and fairness for all Nigerians.

“We will continue to agitate for a more prosperous Nigeria,” he added. (NAN)

What African leaders need to do to tackle poverty, violence – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on African leaders to speak ‘with one voice’ without foreign influence in order to tackle the problems of poverty and violence on the continent.

According to a statement sent to DAILY POST by Buhari’s aide, Mr. Garba Shehu, President Buhari said this would help to achieve economic integration, development, peace, and security in Africa.

The statement reported that President Buhari stated this yesterday night at a bilateral meeting with President Alpha Conde of Guinea in Istanbul, Turkey.

Buhari stressed the need for African leaders to learn from history to effectively tackle conflicts, violent extremism, and proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

The statement added: “The two Presidents, who met on the margins of the ninth D-8 Summit in Istanbul, exchanged views on bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

“President Buhari assured his Guinean counterpart, who is also the current Chairman of African Union that Nigeria would continue to strengthen its engagement with all AU member-states to address the security challenges in restive areas such as South Sudan and Libya, and the political crisis in Togo.

“In his remarks, President Conde commended Nigeria’s leadership role on the continent, particularly President Buhari’s anti-corruption drive and his strong voice on African issues at the international stage.

“The Guinean leader stressed the need for Guinea and Nigeria to accelerate economic cooperation, particularly in the natural resources sector, where Guinea boasts of 25 percent or more of the world’s known bauxite reserves.”

BREAKING: Archaeologists find gates of Hell

When researchers are searching for remnants of structures and settlements constructed by ancient peoples they typically focus on areas that are hospitable to human life.
This new discovery according to BGR.com in Saudi Arabia goes firmly against that notion, with archaeologists revealing the existence of hundreds of stone “gates” situated in and around ancient lava domes, in an area that is little more than a hellish landscape devoid of vegetation and water.

The structures, which measure anywhere from 40 feet to nearly 1,700 feet in length, are crude in their construction, built of rough rocks that have withstood thousands of years of wear and tear. What’s most interesting is that it appears that the lava fields these structures were built upon was still active at the time, with hardened lava appearing to have flowed over some of the gates.

Gates are found almost exclusively in bleak, inhospitable lava fields with scant water or vegetation, places seemingly amongst the most unwelcoming to our species,” David Kennedy of the Western University of Australia, who led the research, wrote. Kennedy noted that the structures “appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape,” and that at the moment “no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned.”

The discovery was made using satellite imagery, and the researchers used their birds-eye view to identify nearly 400 of the gates in the same area. Along with the odd walls, other clearly manmade structures were spotted including what appear to be animal traps and wheel-shaped objects that are yet to be identified. The current best guess as to the age of the construction is somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000 years.

The next step for researchers is launching some kind of expedition to investigate the site and perhaps come up with some kind of an explanation as to why the structures exist and what they were used for. It’s an incredible discovery, but the structures — and their precarious location — are so mysterious that there’s bound to be an even greater story waiting to be told.

Billionaire Environmentalist, Tom Steyer Launches a $10 million Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump

Billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer is continuing his crusade against the president by funding a national campaign of television and digital advertisements calling for Mr Trump's removal from office.
Democratic mega-donor, Tom Steyer is pumping more than $10 million into TV ads calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

Democratic mega-donor and billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is spending what an aide says is "well over $10 million" on a national TV ad campaign Friday calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

The campaign is a bid by Steyer - who has not ruled out a run for office himself - to "demand that elected officials take a stand" on an issue Democratic leaders have so far largely avoided.

"A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less. And today, people in Congress and his own administration know that this President is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons," Steyer says in the ad, which largely features him speaking directly to the camera.

The ads are running on broadcast stations in New York and California and nationally on cable television. Accompanying the TV ads is what a Steyer aide said is a seven-figure digital ad buy intended to get the minute-long spot a large audience online.

Steyer is paying for the ads himself, and they are not part of his NextGen America political apparatus.

Instead, the ads point to a new website - NeedToImpeach.com - which features an open letter where Steyer takes clear aim at California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, citing - without using her name - Feinstein's comment that Trump "can be a good President." Feinstein has since downplayed the comment.

In the letter, Steyer hits Trump for ending protections for undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children, for "actively sabotaging" Obamacare, and for "repealing clean air protections and unleashing polluters."

"He has threatened to reduce aid for millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico who are struggling to survive without drinkable water or electricity - a move that would be a total dereliction of his duty. And every day, Americans are left bracing for a Twitter screed that could set off a nuclear war. These actions represent systemic attacks on our nation's future," Steyer writes.

Steyer is openly mulling a run in California's primary against Feinstein next year. State Senate Democratic leader Kevin de León has already entered that race, challenging Feinstein from the left. Steyer has also considered running for California governor in 2018 or president in 2020.

Most Democrats have not yet publicly broached the subject of impeachment - though Reps. Al Green of Texas and Brad Sherman of California have each introduced articles of impeachment in the House, and Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee plans to do so.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon warned Trump about the 25th Amendment, which allows a majority of the Cabinet to vote to remove a sitting president, Vanity Fair recently reported.

Source: CNN.com

Chelsea Blast Watford 4-2, Antonio Conte Reacts

Chelsea's coach, Antonio Conte has reacted to his side's 4-2 win over Watford at the Stamford Bridge.
Watford controlled the game most of the time but Conte's substitution made the difference as Michy Batshuayi scored two goals.

My players showed good character and spirit, and a desire to fight, with the way they came from behind to win today. I am pleased for Batshuayi because his impact on the game was amazing. The same goes for Willian and Zappacosta.

To overcome a difficult moment, such as when we were 2-1 down today, makes you stronger

2019 Election: Buhari Hasn't Done Enough, Does Not Deserve 2nd Term - Junaid Mohammed

Elder statesman and influential Northern leader, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has revealed those who should be consulted to know if President Muhammadu Buhari will run for a second term.
Junaid Mohammed

A Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has joined eminent Nigerians of northern extraction and evaluated the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in the light of recent calls on him to seek re-election by some northern governors, and declared that the President had not done enough.

While speaking in a chat with Saturday Vanguard, Junaid Said: “I have not seen evidence as a Nigerian, who goes to the market that the life of the average Nigerian is getting better. It is either these governors have their ambition or maybe they are beginning to think of what they can do.

‘’They are making noise as if 2019 is achievable on the pages of Newspapers. I have no objection to any politician having an ambition or a politician who is trying to play games with our own situation.

"In the case of APC, we have not seen any clear sign that they are serious or they mean business. There was a meeting of the leaders of the party in Ibadan, where Bisi Akande said the candidacy of their party in 2019 is an open one. That is a fair comment but  for a Nigerian or an African, who is in power to come to say that he is not going to contest, I don’t know. That is not African.

‘’But as far as I am concerned, I have not seen rational evidence to the effect that somebody has achieved and therefore, deserves to be repaid with another term. Politics has never been a rational game in Nigeria.

"Sometimes people vote in Nigeria because of primordial sentiment and geopolitics. It is unfortunate,  it stifles our democracy and makes it impossible to have a national dialogue.

‘’Flying a kite is a legitimate trick. I have known Buhari for more than 47 years. I knew him in 1967 during the civil war. I think if Buhari were to fly a kite about re-election, I don’t think he would do it with the governors of Kogi and Benue states.

"There are governors who are presumably close to Buhari. They are people like Elrufai and if he made such a statement, it could be credible.

"The governor of Katsina State could be credible because that is Buhari’s home state. Another governor is the governor of Zamfara State, who is close to him.  If they were the people, who made the statement, it deserves to be taken seriously."

Buhari Govt Have Paid $2bn for 2nd Niger Bridge, Employed Thousands - VP Osinbajo Tells the Igbos

Professor Osinbajo has said that the All Progressives Congress government led by President Buhari who made a promise of completing the Second Niger Bridge in the South East has paid in billions of dollars for the project.
VP Osinbajo

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has restated the commitment of the Federal Government in completing the second Nigeria Bridge in the South East.

He made this known during the flag-off of the governorship campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Onitsha area of Anambra State on Friday, adding that funds have been made available for the project from the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF).

Speaking at the rally, the Vice President had said the amount released for the project was $2billion, which is the total value of the SWF as of September 2017.

“We are not making promises for nothing. The second Niger Bridge, we have been talking about it for a long time. But for the first time, President Muhammadu Buhari went by himself to negotiate the facility to do that second Niger Bridge,” the Vice President said.

“And that is why the second Niger Bridge is in our current budget and we have provided for it. In fact, I am being reminded that just two days ago, the Sovereign Wealth Fund paid $2billion for that same project. So, we will definitely see our second Niger Bridge. We will not make promises we cannot keep.”

However, some four hours later, the spokesperson to the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, issued a statement, in which put the amount released at N2bn.

After his comments about the Second Niger Bridge, the VP had gone on to claim that the previous administrations abandoned the Lagos-Calabar railway project, stressing that it has been revived under the APC-led Federal Government.

“When we were talking of railway, Lagos-Calabar railway, under the old administration, I will not mention them by name.

“They said Lagos-Calabar will go from Lagos to Calabar, there was no connection to the South-East. It was when President Muhammadu Buhari came that we redesigned the Lagos-Calabar in order to pass through Onitsha in the first place.

“By that new design, we also have the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri railway that has a connection to Umuahia-Owerri and Enugu-Awka. So all of those, we will not make promises we cannot keep. Every promise we make, we will keep,” he added.

Speaking further, Mr Osinbajo also stresses that Anambra was the first state to benefit from the school feeding initiative that has employed over a thousand cooks and fed over a hundred thousand.

He added, “This state was the first state to receive our home-grown school feeding. This Anambra was the very first state that we gave money for that programme. And we have already in 807 schools, here in Anambra state where these young children (primary schools) are already fed.

“We have over a hundred thousand children that are already fed here in Anambra state, and that is an APC programme, our home-grown school feeding programme.

"We have engaged over a thousand cooks, over a thousand people are cooking. We have our N-Power programme for young graduates. Already we have employed over 4,000 graduates and we intend to increase the number.”

Ex-Governor Peter Obi Spotted Sharing Money to Traders Ahead of Anambra Governorship Election (Photos)

Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has been pictured sharing money, ahead of the state's governorship election in November.
Former Governor Peter Obi pictured sharing money

Former Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has been captured on camera sharing money in photos which emerged online and gone viral on social media.

The photos which have been trailed with mixed reactions and criticisms show the former governor in the market giving money to traders even as they mopped him after he took governorship campaign to them.
The Governor reportedly told the traders to vote for his candidate and former secretary to the state government, Oseloka Obaze, to unseat the incumbent, Governor Willie Obiano as governor in the forthcoming elections in the state.

SHOCK: Top Government Official Commits Suicide in Abuja

A Director in the Kogi State Civil Service, Mr Edward Soje has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree in Lokoja, the state capital.
The News Agency of Nigeria  gathered on Saturday in Lokoja that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks, the Nigeria Army Command Record.

The 54-year-old civil servant decided to take his life barely 10 days after his wife of 17 years gave birth to a set of male triplets in a private hospital in Abuja. The couple had been childless before then.

Soje, a Grade Level 16 Officer in the Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, was being owed 11 months’ salary arrears as at the time he took his life.

He hailed from Ogori town in Ogori -Magongo Local Government area of the state.

He had before killing himself travelled to Abuja and left a suicide note for the wife who also works in one of the federal ministries.

“Psalm 121:3 God will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keepeth you will not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, the God Almighty will keep you and prosper you, amen. I love you,”  according to the suicide note.

Confirming the incident, the state police command Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said that the dangling body of Soje was found on a tree behind the barracks at about 5:55 p.m on Oct. 16.

Aya said that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Area D Division received information about the incident from the military intelligence office in the barracks.

“Police moved to the scene, removed the corpse to the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. Investigation is still ongoing,” Aya said.

The police spokesman said that nothing was found on the man to help trace his address and family.

However, a search party organised by his relations and friends, found his corpse at the morgue of the hospital on Friday, Oct. 20.

Family sources said that Soje had before the incident been going through a lot of financial pressure due to non-payment of his salary for 11 months by the Kogi State Government.

He was among thousands of civil servants being owed between two and 21 months’ salary arrears by the state government.

As a way out, he was said to have sold his only car and a three-bedroom bungalow he was building at Otokiti area of Lokoja.

The building which was at lintel level was sold by Soje at a giveaway price of N1.5 million in April to meet urgent family needs, it was gathered.

According to the sources, Soje’s financial woes became compounded when the wife gave birth to a set of triplets through Caesarian operation in a private hospital in Abuja on Oct. 7.

The deceased remained in the hospital to look after wife and children until Oct. 13, a day before the naming ceremony when he decided to come back to Lokoja.

On getting to Lokoja, Soje went straight to his bank to collect the remaining N30,000 in his salary account with one of the commercial banks and thereafter informed the bank in writing about his decision to close the account.

He immediately left Lokoja for the hospital in Abuja where he rejoined his wife and handed over the N30,000 cash to her.

On Oct. 14, Soje and wife were joined by two pastors and few relatives to perform a brief naming ceremony for the triplets in the hospital.

He later left the hospital on the pretext that he wanted to pick few things from the wife’s apartment in Abuja with a promise to come back quickly.

But Soje did not return for hours and did not pick any of the many calls made to his telephone line, a development which forced the wife to send somebody to the house to go and ascertain what was happening to him.

The person, on getting to the apartment knocked the door severally but no response and decided to call his telephone number.

On hearing the telephone ringing out from the apartment, the person was said to have knocked severally again but no response, this made him to seek the assistance of neighbours to force the door open.

When the door was opened, the people were shocked when they saw Soje’s telephone handset placed on a suicide note on the centre table in the sitting room while he was nowhere to be found.

When the wife was informed, she quickly contacted some people to begin a search for him in Abuja while relations and friends in Lokoja were also informed of the development.

Efforts made to locate him did not yield fruit until relations decided to visit hospitals in Lokoja, the decision paid off eventually on Friday, October 20 when the corpse of Soje was found in the morgue of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

A member of the family said that the management of the hospital explained to them that Soje’s corpse was brought in by the police, who found it dangling on a tree.

A member of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the late Soje as a “very quiet and lovable human being. “

He said that some members of the family have been sent to Abuja to break the news to the wife and refused to answer further questions.

NAN

UNBELIEVABLE: 1,272 fail Nigerian Law School exam

The Nigerian Law School on Saturday released the summary of the final examination results conducted in August.
Mr Chinedu Ukekwe, Head of Information and Protocol of the Nigerian Law School, said 1,272 candidates failed out of a total of 5, 891 that participated in the examinations.

According to him, 29 students made First Class, 211 Second Class Upper, 1, 046 Second Class Lower.

He said 2, 999 got a Pass, while 334 came out with conditional Pass.

In all, 4, 285 candidates were successful and will be called to the Nigerian Bar.

A further breakdown of the results showed 72.7 per cent passed, while those with conditional Pass represented 5. 7 per cent.

The candidates who failed represented 21.6 per cent.

Ukekwe in the statement revealed that the ‘Call to the Bar’ ceremony for the successful candidates will hold on Nov. 28 and 29 in Abuja.

NAN

Prison Officer Sues Nigerian Prisons Service for Being Denied Promotion for 20 Years

An aggrieved officer of the Nigerian Prison Service has dragged the agency to court over allegations of injustice and victimisation.
Nigerian Prison Service officers

Longinus Njoku, a prison officer with the Imo State command of the Nigerian Prison Service, has instituted an action at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Imo State division, against the Controller General of the Nigerian Prisons and the Chairman, Board of trustees, Nigerian Prisons Service, over several acts of victimisation and injustice against him.

In his statement of claims, as contained in suit No.:NICN/ OW/54/2017, noted that in all his 32 years of service, he has not been placed under any disciplinary action and has never been indicted for any act of professional misconduct but regretted that he has been denied his statutory promotions for the last 20 years.

Njoku who earned his last promotion in 1996 was only elevated as an upgrade to another rank in 2014, an exercise he considered a demotion because the rank of Senior Inspector Prisons accorded him in 2014 was a rank he was due for in 1999.

But before the upgrade in 2014 which he believes was made in bad faith, Njoku averred that he was deliberately stagnated in a particular rank for a period spanning 20 years without any promotion. The upgrade in 2014 was communicated through a letter which failed to address the outstanding promotions and arrears of 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2001 and 2014. While Njoku was denied promotions for 20 years, he was also denied payment of his due arrears of annual leave for seven (7) years.

The statement also alleged that Njoku was subjected to some punitive transfers both interstate and inter-regional. He was transferred 10 times in record time, with all the corresponding financial attachments to the various transfers denied.

Njoku states that his troubles began after he was officially invited to appear before the Hon. Justice Onumajulu’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the Owerri riots and disturbances of September 24 and 25, 1996, popularly known as the Otokoto crisis.

He wrote: “My ordeal started with my appearance and evidence at the 1996 riots’ Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by Hon. Justice Onumajulu; wherein I gave an honest account of what I was requested to answer and those who felt that my exposition was against them conspired to ensure that I was frustrated out of the service. One of the incidents that intensified my various complaints, even to the then Senate President, David Mark, happened during the 8th inter cadre course of 1999/2000 examinations, where one official then informed me that it was my evidence at the Judicial Commission of 1996 that caused the dismissal of the official’s brother from the Prison Service and that no matter how I try, I would never be promoted in the service.”

Consequently, Njoku has asked the court to order that he be upgraded to his rightful rank and that the sum of N16.8m be paid to him as outstanding statutory arrears on denied promotions for the period of 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017.

He is also praying the court to order the Nigerian Prison Service to pay him N700, 000 as his statutory arrears on leave allowance for seven years; N500, 000 as statutory allowances for the several interstate and regional transfers which he was subjected to at various times. He is also demanding N20m in general damages for non-payment of compensation, on the accident that caused him permanent disability and for the physical and emotional trauma suffered for 20 years and above for stagnated promotions.

2019 Election: Why PDP Wants Buhari to Win APC Ticket - Ex Gov. Achike Udenwa

Influential politician and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Achike Udenwa has said that the PDP will bring an end to the Buhari-led APC administration in 2019.
Achike Udenwa

While speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, former governor of Imo State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Achike Udenwa, boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party will bring an end to the APC administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Udenwa who noted that the ruling party came in on a populist mandate but in the last two years and some months, it done nothing, instead, the situation has worsened, said the PDP would support Buhari to win the APC presidential ticket as it will be easier for PDP if the ruling party decides to field Buhari for a second term.

Here are the excerpts;
What should Nigerians expect in 2019?

Many factors will determine 2019, including the topic we just discussed now – restructuring, the economy. Politically, no party is sure that it is going to win because All Progressives Congress (APC) that is in power has not done well. The party came in on a populist mandate. They came in promising change, as they said people were suffering, and they promised to turn around their lives and they carried the day.

Alas, we have seen the party in the last two years and some months, that the APC has done nothing, instead, the situation has worsened. The exchange rate that was between N190 and N200 to a dollar, is now about N370. The recession set in.

If anybody is telling you that we are out of recession, it is not true. That we pretend to be out of recession is because the price of oil has moved up a little bit and the quantity we are selling has also moved up. We have not come out of recession. What is our GDP? In terms of productivity, what have we done, have we started producing more agricultural goods, have we started looking at our solid minerals, have we started manufacturing as we should do, has power improved? These are issues that are going to determine 2019.

The basic issues are still there, and they have not been tackled. So, if anybody is telling you that we are out of recession, it is not true.

You can only be out of recession when you increase your local production, when you decrease your food import and import of finished goods, you improve your power and your industries are working, then you would be out of recession, and not when the price of oil has increased and the quantity of oil you are selling has increased then you say you are out of recession. Tomorrow the price of oil can go down. It is volatile. It is not something you can bank on, and it is not within your control.

You said no party is sure of winning the 2019 presidential election; the PDP is beating its chest that it would take back power, while APC is accusing the opposition party of plunging Nigeria into this mess, what is your stand on this?

PDP didn’t plunge the nation into this economic crisis. The Jonathan administration wasn’t perfect, it was still managing the economy the best way it could. The economy became so bad after the APC came into power. The economy plunged following the utterances of the President. At a time, Buhari said Nigerians were all corrupt. When you made that type of statement, you scared foreign investors and they all left.

How many Nigerians knew that a lot of foreign financial institutions were investing in the Nigeria Stock Exchange? Many Nigerians didn’t know this.

A lot of investors from outside came in because our shares were relatively cheap when you convert them to foreign exchange; it was lucrative and has better returns, and so they went in and bought a lot of shares in the stock exchange and buoyed up the economy. But when you started saying that all Nigerians were corrupt, they left and withdrew their money. That was part of the collapse of the economy.

If the present trend continues where PDP is trying to put its house completely in order, then it will give APC a run for its money. APC cannot win, Nigerians have seen their deceit and they are disappointed.

The North that voted overwhelmingly for APC, go there now, the suffering is so much, and a lot of them are saying it openly that they regretted voting the party.

Look at the Southwest that also voted APC, elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo said the region was deceived to vote for the party. There is nothing good that has come out of APC; it is disenchantment all over the country.

One of the things that ignited the crisis in the country is when Mr. President talked about those who gave him 97 per cent and those who gave him five per cent. A politician doesn’t say that. When you contest an election as a politician, not everybody would vote for you. You know exactly those who voted for you and those who didn’t vote for you, but you carry everybody along.

You cannot make such a public statement about those with 97 per cent and those with five per cent, and you see it implemented everyday. These are the things that have plunged the APC government into the mess they are carrying Nigeria into.

Click here to read the full interview on Daily Sun.

SHOCKING: Buhari's Govt Re-instate and Promote Wanted Ex-pension Boss Sacked for Alleged Corruption

An investigative new report has revealed that a former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, who was sacked and declared wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for fraud and corruption, has been secretly recalled and promoted.
Abdulrasheed Maina

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has secretly reinstated fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the civil service.

Multiple sources confirmed to PREMIUM Times that Mr. Maina, who is wanted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, was secretly recalled and promoted to the position of director in charge of Human Resources in the Ministry of Interior.

Before his appointment to chair the pension task force, Mr. Maina was an assistant director in the ministry.

The news of the reinstatement first filtered through a congratulatory message for Mr. Maina by a group called League of Civil Society Organisations which commended the federal government for the reinstatement.

Mr. Maina was in 2013 dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission following a recommendation by the Office of the Head of Service.

A retired director in the Office of the Head of Service familiar with the matter said recalling Mr. Maina was an affront on the rule of law.

“He should not have been reinstated. Doesn’t Mr. Maina have a case in court? The rules provide for action to be taken only after the courts have dispensed of the case fully,” he said.

THE PENSION FRAUD

Trouble started in 2012 when Mr. Maina was accused of leading a massive pension fraud scheme amounting to more than N100 billion. Mr. Maina, was drafted by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2010 to sanitize a corrupt pension system.

Based on the allegation of corruption, Mr. Maina was invited by the Senate Joint Committee on Public Service and Establishment and State and Local Government Administration.

The Senate after completion of its investigation issued a Warrant of Arrest against Mr. Maina.

Ignoring the panel, Mr. Maina went ahead to sue the Senate and the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and thereafter went into hiding after being declared wanted by the police.

Consequent upon this, Mr. Maina was dismissed by the Head of Service for allegedly absconding from duty and attempting to evade arrest and charged to court.

He was on July 21, 2015 charged by the EFCC alongside Stephen Oronsaye and two others before a Federal High Court on a 24-count charge bordering on procurement fraud and obtaining by false pretence.

While Mr. Oronsaye and the two other accused were in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge, Mr. Maina was at large.

Mr. Maina is said to have spent these past years in the United Arab Emirates, from where he kept lobbying to win pleasure of the Buhari administration.

MAINA RESURFACES

Since absconding, nothing was heard of Mr. Maina until shortly after the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 when members of his defunct Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms offered to work with the then incoming administration.

The team, which addressed a press conference in Abuja, said its work would be easier under Mr. Buhari, known for his anti-corruption stand.

A member of the team, Ngozika Ihuoma, said one of the achievements of President Jonathan was the creation of the pension task reform body in June 2010 under the leadership of Mr. Maina.

Two years after, it appears the prayer of the team has been answered by the current administration.

Mr. Maina’s reinstatement was shrouded in secrecy and was handled “at the highest level” according to an informed source.

The reinstatement was not announced by the presidency or any federal government agency.

Earlier this year, Mr. Maina’s campaign posters surfaced on the social media, touting him as gubernatorial aspirant for Borno state, without indicating political party platform.

MALAMI DAMBAZAU FINGERED

A source knowledgeable about the deal that brought the controversial civil servant back, said Mr. Maina pulled the strings through the duo of the Justice and Interior ministers, who are described as Mr. Maina’s acquaintances.

Mr. Maina is said to have used many emissaries to the two ministers, while he was ensconced in his hiding place in Dubai.

Interior minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, did not answer repeated calls to his phone seeking to clarify the information.

The spokesperson of Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice, Salihu Othman, however said he was unaware of his boss’s role in the deal.

EFCC SHOCKED, SAYS HE’S A FUGITIVE

However, a top official of the EFCC said Mr. Maina is still wanted by the commission in relation to the pension scam for which he was arraigned in absentia.

“We are still looking for him. He is a wanted man. He ought to be arraigned with Oronsaye and the rest but he disappeared,” said the official, who pleaded anonymity.

He said the commission will immediately revisit the case as it continues search for the embattled civil servant.

President Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said he was unaware of Mr. Maina’s reinstatement.

Source: Premium Times

Father of seven rapes three-year-old neighbour’s daughter in Katsina

A father of seven, Abdullahi Sani, was on Thursday docked at a Senior Magistrate court in Kastina for allegedly raping a three year old girl to death.
The 50-year-old resident of Jabiri Quarters, Fantua, was alleged to have committed the offence on October 12.

Sani is now facing rape and culpable homicide charges, which the Police said are in accordance with Section 283 and 221 of Penal Code Law.

While reading the First information Report (FIR), the police persecutor, Inspector Sani Ado stated that, Sani had called the victim who was of the same address, took her to an uncompleted building, covered her mouth and raped her.

“In the process, she died instantly”, he said.

The Police prosecutor however said investigation on the case was ongoing and requested that the case be adjourned to another date.

Abdulkadiri Umar, the Senior Magistrate directed that Sani be remanded in prison custody till December 18, when the case is to come up for mention before Senior Magistrate Falile Dikko.




Senior pastor, assistant jailed for drugging, raping women in the church

A 59-year-old assistant pastor at the Liberty Pentecostal Church, in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, Laurence Peterson, has been jailed for more than 8 years for helping a church minister, Rev. John Wilson, tosexually assault female parishioners.
On several occasions, Peterson blocked doors and held victims down as a 70-year-old Rev John Wilson performed “grotesque” exorcisms on member of the congregation.

A jury heard Peterson may have also laced the women’s tea with drugs to make them more compliant.

The offences have reportedly left the victims mentally scared.

Peterson was found guilty of counts of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and two charges of aiding and abetting Wilson to commit sex acts.

Also Rev Wilson was jailed for 21 years for a string of sex offences against six women.

The Pastor’s wife, Mary Wilson, was also found guilty of aiding and abetting her husband, and was handed a 22 month suspended sentence.

Peterson is also banned from holding senior positions in religious bodies or perform ministries.

Skye, First Bank Takeover Evans Medical Plc

Skye Bank Nigeria Plc and First Bank of Nigeria have taken over its asset of Evans Medical Plc, the management has said.
Adesua Akintemi, the company’s secretary, disclosed this in a statement shared with TheCable.

The statement said the company had received a court order for its assets to be taken over as a result of a loan default.

“Evans Medical Plc would like to announce that the company’s bankers (Skye Bank Plc and First Bank of Nigeria Limited) have served the company with an ex-parte order of the federal high court dated 4th July, 2017, granting them right to take over the company’s assets used as collateral against facilities granted to the company by its bankers due to loan default,” the statement read.

“A receiver manager has also been appointed and has taken over the assets of the company.”

Akintemi said the company is negotiating with the banks to reach a favourable arrangement.

“The board of Evans Medical, however, has begun discussions with the two lenders with a view to arriving at an amicable resolution of the matter and the discussions are progressing favourably and we are optimistic that a mutually beneficial workable arrangement will be arrived at between the banks and our board as soon as possible in order to safeguard the company’s properties as well as protect the shareholders’ investment,” it said.

“We shall keep you informed accordingly and we appreciate your understanding in this matter.”

Bishop Oyedepo Reveals Pastor Adeboye's Role In The Spiritual Attack On His Life

General overseer of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo, explained how Enoch Adeboye, his counterpart at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, had a revelation about a potential plane crash involving him.
Oyedepo and his wife, Faith Abiola, were recently involved in a near air mishap which was said to have been caused by a mechanical malfunctioning.

He stated this during a thanksgiving service at the Canaanland headquarters of the church in Ota, Ogun State.

Speaking on Friday at Canaanland, Ogun state, Oyedepo said Adeboye showed up in his house on the morning before the journey to pray for him.

“According to the word of God, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord will hit the earth, there will be a restoration of sonship and fatherhood to the body of Christ,” he said.

“On Friday preceding the journey that we made, my father in the Lord showed up at 6:30 early in the morning and saw a vision and wasn’t sleeping, and said, ‘Lord, Lord, why seek the living among the dead? No, no…’ So, he took off and landed here before 6:30am. No, there was no idea that he was coming, and there was no discussion after it. The heart of the father will be drawn to the heart of the son to defend.

“Understand what I’m saying. You don’t have inheritance in a pastor; you don’t have in a teacher. Many of us have teachers all our lives. Did they share anything with you when they died? Did any teacher write your name in his will? You only have an inheritance with a father.

“A good man leaves an inheritance for his children to inherit. Fatherhood is not an accolade, it is a revelation. So, that was not technical failure, it was a spiritual attack that Jesus averted.

Man Who Jumped Into Lagoon Called a Redeemed Church Pastor Before He Jumped - Police

Police has revealed that the man who yesterday jumped into the Lagos lagoon had last spoken to a Redeemed church pastor before his unfortunate suicide.
Rescuers searching for the man who jumped into the Lagos lagoon

A family member of the man that jumped into a lagoon in Lekki Lagos says the man left his Ondo State residence three days ago to attend a church programme at the Redemption Camp.

The man identified as Adekunle Oluseyi was gathered took off his clothes, phone, wristwatch, wallet, band and shoes before jumping into the water around 9:58am.

It was also gathered that before jumping into the lagoon, he was sighted by a pedestrian on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, who alerted officials of the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCCI).

Following the information, the LCCI officials, it was gathered checked their Close Circuit Television  (CCTV) footage and realised it was true, before alerting emergency workers.

According to sources, Oluseyi’s wallet contained two Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and there was no cash inside.

From his telephone record, The Nation gathered that the last person he spoke to was a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

It was however unclear what took him to Lekki, giving the distance from the Redemption Camp to the bridge.

Efforts to establish from the family if he suffered depression or was being hunted failed as the man declined further comments.

As of 6:30pm on Friday, officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos Waterways Authority  (LASWA) were yet to find Oluseyi.

In an interview with our Correspondent at the scene, General Manager LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu said search and rescue was ongoing, adding that all he could say at the moment was that the man was missing.

He said: “We cannot say whether he is dead or alive.  All we can say right now is that he is missing. It is confirmed that the man jumped into the lagoon. LASWA, LASEMA and Marine Police have been searching for him since we got the distress call from LCCI.

“From the CCTV footage, he suddenly pulled off his clothes and shoe. He looked to be sure there was no one around him and and  jumped into the lagoon.

“We are making efforts to find him alive or recover the body. His family has been contacted and all items found on him have been handed over to the police.”

Tension in Rivers as IPOB, Governor Wike set to clash over monkeypox vaccine rumour

The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, is set to dig it out with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the nation reports.
The face-off between the governor and the group followed reports linking the governor to the recent hoax over a military vaccination and outreach for the monkeypox outbreak. It was gathered that the duo were accused of fueling the panic caused by the vaccination rumour.

Sources said reprisal attacks were expected from member of the IPOB following the military operation: Operation Python Dance in the southeast region. The source said: "Some of us think we can no longer trust this man. When Operation Python Dance II started clamping down on our members, we had thought that we can carry out reprisals in Rivers state since Governor Wike as a strategic partner should give us cover as someone in the opposition with a common enemy.

"The man has stopped dropping the agreed sum and for over 2 months no one has heard from him which is a further proof that he is practically playing games with the movement after achieving his aim.

We were however jolted when Wike started saying things like IPoB are not welcome in Rivers or IPoB should not come to Rivers state, IPoB should stay away. Much as some of us initially thought that his attitude was to cover the relationship he has with us at that time, we have now become suspicious since the October 17 court date when the Federal Government failed to produce our Supreme Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in court. "

The thing is that most of us now think that Wike knowingly allowed the APC (All Progressives Congress) to know that he was connected to the Monkey Pox vaccine message that we were sending around.

It was a surprise when APC linked Wike to it and later some CSOs even provided details that should only be known to those that planned the strategy. If we did not reveal the secret, which we know we did not, then it could only have been the governor," the source added.

247NNU earlier reported that the government of United States of America said it does not consider the IPOB as a terrorist organization. Also, in a recent move, the All Progressives Congress (APC) blasted Governor Wike for promoting the army vaccine scare in Rivers state.

The APC accused the governor of being a bitter and demoralising the activities of the army since the IPOB was proscribed. The party also accused the governor of being an ally of the proscribed IPOB group.

Police Arraign 22 Osun Secondary School Pupils in Court for Attacking Teachers

Over a score secondary school students have been arrested and arraigned in court in Osogbo after they disturbed the peace of the school environment.
Twenty-two students of the Osogbo Grammar School have been arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State, for allegedly attacking their teachers and fellow students.

Some of the pupils, the male students and one girl, brought to the court in their school uniforms, were said to have conspired, hired some thugs and invaded their school with dangerous weapons.

They were accused of storming the school’s staff room and classrooms and assaulting teachers and students on sight.

The accused students include: Lawrence Samuel, 22; Amao Ayoyinka, 23; Lucky Jeremiah, 16; Segun Agboola, 17; Sodiq Adeyemo, 17; Jamad Adegbenle, 17; Gafar Oyeleke, 14; Ayomide Fatunmibi, 15; Pelumi Oyetunde, 15; Ahmed Gbadebo, 17; Pelumi Owoyemi, 17; Musbau Olabode, 16; and Ridwan Oladapo, 15.

Others are Seye Dawodu, 15; Toheeb Adeyemo, 15; Esther Adeleye, 14; Mutiu Ajadi, 16; Taiwo Oluwatobiloba, 16; Abass Lukman, 17; Ridwan Oladimeji, 22; Samad Mudashiru, 19; and Sunday Fowowe 17.

The accused students were arraigned on a seven-count charge bearing on conspiracy, violence, unlawful possession of weapons, among others.

They were said to have attacked the school in protest what they termed “unjust treatment” always meted out to them by their teachers.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Joshua Oladoye told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on October 17 and 18, 2017, at about 9:30 a.m. at Osogbo Grammar School.

Oladoye explained that they conspired to cause mayhem and succeeded in attacking and inflicting injuries on the members of staff and students of the school.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

Counsels to the accused persons, Mr A.O. Olodo and Mr Jimoh Akintayo, applied for their bail, asking the court to make the bail conditions liberal and said the offences slammed on the students were bailable.

Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in the same amount.

The case was adjourned till December 6, for hearing.

Where Is TSTV Nigeria 17 Days After Launch?

Renowned sport analyst Biola Kazeem has taken to Twitter to express his thoughts on the inability of TSTV to commence operation 17 days after launching. He also flayed Nigerians on their gullibility and willingness to accept promises without questioning.
See his tweets below

If you want to understand why MMM cleaned out in Nigeria,just looked at how supposedly even educated people gobbled TSTV's promises

A company shows up, promises illogical things & when you ask normal questions, you are labelled an unpatriotic enemy & shouted down

All explanations as to how TV rights work met deaf ears. Supposedly educated people who should know better too jumped on the wagon

It is 17 days after launch, no decoder, no transmission & letters of disassociation from supposed channels partners are piling up.

It is tragic that Nigerians are so gullible. So easily moved by promises too good to be true. So unquestioning & lacking curiosity.

Where in the world is premium cable content cheap? Where in the world is a luxury service deemed a commodity & sold at value prices?

It is only in Nigeria that even educated people are convinced PREMIUM entertainment content should be cheap. HITV tried that model & failed

To disguise the mass foolishness of gobbling up promises without questions, DSTV is now said to be sabotaging TSTV. How so? No answer.

How come DSTV did not sabotage StarTimes who are doing extremely well? Kwese who have done some solid work in rights acquisition. How?

Then came the "TSTV is our own."How so?You have shares there?Your father has shares there?You will get a share of profits?How is it our own?

Supposedly educated said TSTV will employ 5,000 Nigerians so we must support. The people in the DSTV ecosystem in Nigeria are who? Japanese

The people in the Startimes and Kwese ecosystem are from Nicaragua apparently. Only TSTV will employ Nigerians.Epidemic ignorance lives here

The cable TV category is powered by content you have acquired. It is not powered by faux patriotism, or tax breaks or anything else.

If TSTV are serious, they will invest money in acquiring the content people want to watch & not make false promises.

No serious company "launches" and products remain inaccessible for over month. Logic will tell you something doesn't add up.

But logic doesn't live in Nigeria. Only ignorance. That's why MMM took all your life savings. That's why TSTV got tax break from FG

That's why people believed you can show content someone BOUGHT exclusively. That's why you think DSTV is an enemy & TSTV is ours.

Till logic replaces ignorance even with supposedly educated people, there will be more MMMs preying on the mass idiocy of Nigerians. Selah.


Is it too early to start questioning TSTV?


NB: The opinions of authors here published on this website do not represent the opinions of 247NNU

Here's Nigeria's 2017 Budget Performance in the First Half [PHOTO]

Nigeria's budget performance in the first half of 2017 shows oil revenue more or less as expected while non-oil revenue was way down despite the diversification of the economy by the Muhammadu Buhari's administration

The analysis was shared by Paul Wallace, @PaulWallace123 o Twitter, Bloomberg Africa reporter.

See photo below:

BREAKING: Presidential Jet Crashes

President Uhuru Kenyatta's private helicopter crashed into Lake Nakuru Saturday morning after what is reported as a technical hitch.
The plane, according to kahawatungu.com, with tail number 5Y-NMJ and Aérospatiale 350B3e Ecureuil model was reportedly flying a team of political staff close to Nakuru senator Susan Kihika to Narok.

Among those on board are said to be one Sam Gitau, Anthony Ngari and the pilot, Apollo Malowa.

It is not clear if there are any survivors from the crash but police and military helicopters have rushed to the scene to rescue any survivors.

Enyeama's Return to Super Eagles a Threat to Ezenwa, Akpeyi? Here's What Ex-Eagles Players are Saying

Ahead of the World Cup, Vincent Enyeama has been called back to the Super Eagles team as coach Gernot Rohr is faced with goalkeeping problems since Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute Leukaemia.
Vincent Enyeama

Former Nigeria goalkeepers Joe Erico, Ike Shorunmu and Joseph Dosu have said the return to training of former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is not a threat to the Russia 2018 World Cup chances of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, who played in the Eagles’ qualifiers.

According to PUNCH, Enyeama has been approached by Rohr to return to the Eagles with the calls becoming persistent after Ikeme’s sickness.

But in April, the 35-year-old ruptured his knee in Lille’s 2-0 loss to Rennes and has been replaced in this season’s games by Mike Maignan. Rohr has had to make a choice between South Africa-based Akpeyi and IfeanyiUbah’s Ezenwa, who have given different performances in the team’s recent Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying matches.

However during the week, the former Enyimba goalkeeper announced his return to training with Lille’s first team on social media with videos of himself undergoing drills both with the team and alone as he works towards his return to form.

With Rohr saying a return to regular club action for Enyeama will open up a return to the Eagles, it is expected that his return to training would ring warning bells to Akpeyi and Ezenwa, who have alternated the starting role in recent matches.

But former Nigeria keepers Erico, Shorunmu and Dosu believe that Enyeama’s return would not hinder the chances of the other keepers in the team.

Erico said Enyeama’s return from injury was welcome but advised that the Eagles’ most-capped player should focus on his return to club form rather than having a return to the national team in mind.

“It is a good thing to read about Enyeama coming back from that long-term injury. I am happy for him but I would want him to focus on his club form and help his club out of their current situation rather than aiming for a return to the Eagles,” he said.

“No doubt he is experienced but his return is in no way a threat to the chances of the other keepers, particularly Ezenwa, who has performed very well in the matches he played in. The younger keepers fought tooth and nail to ensure Nigeria qualified for the World Cup, so they have more right to the starting shirt – if they maintain their forms – than Enyeama.”

Shorunmu, who Enyeama deputised at the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup, advised the 2013 AFCON to be cautious of a return to the national team.  He said, “Enyeama should not rush to return to the Eagles, where he left of his own will. He is not a threat to anybody because when he was not around the team did well with the goalkeepers performing well. He should focus on his return to form and get his good form back.

“If he then gets a call to the team for the World Cup on the form he is at the time, he can decide to take it. But the decision to recall him rests on the coach of the team.”

But Dosu believed Enyeama should not be forced out of retirement. The Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medallist said, “The media has been awash for months on Enyeama’s return to the Eagles but the keeper has yet to make any statement on it. Rather he has focused on his club form, which I believe is more important.

“I have always said that he should not be forced out of retirement because he made the decision himself. The keepers in the team are doing well and Enyeama’s return or not does not stop their chances of doing well at the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Eagles assistant coach, Alloy Agu, said Enyeama would not walk into the team’s starting line-up whenever he decides to return.

“We’re comfortable with our goalkeepers. So, should Enyeama return, he will have to fight for his place in the team. There will be no automatic shirts for any player,” Agu was quoted as saying by Score Nigeria.

Heroic Female Student Kills a Massive Snake Which Invaded Their School in Imo (Photos)

A female student in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, has turned a hero amongst her fellow student after she bravely killed a massive snake which invaded their school.
The student with the snake

A Facebook user identified as Uche Poet has taken to the social networking platform and shared the photos of a big snake which was killed by a female student after the giant reptile invaded the school to unleash its attack on the students.



Uche who shared the photos wrote;

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"Amatta Community Secondary School, one of the fast growing citadels of learning in Ikeduru L.G.A. Imo State, experienced a furious chaos today when a gruelling Adder snake (Aju Ala) came out from the school farm to disrupt learning as students ran from one direction to the other.

"It was a miracle that the giant beast was killed at last without feasting it's venom on any of the students.A round of applause for the female student who did what the male ones could not do. Hmmmmm! women of this days u na dey try sha."

Plateau of Blood: Sad Tale of 94-year-old Man Whose Family of 7 was Wiped Out by Herdsmen

An aged man who survived the gruesome killing of seven members of his family in the hands of suspected Fulani herdsmen, has narrated the harrowing tale.
The grieving man and his killed family

Life has no meaning any more for 94-year-old Adamu Rangu, whose family members were wiped out when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Nkyie Doghwro village in Irigwe Chiefdom of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State on Monday October 16, 2017, leaving behind 29 persons dead.

Though the aged man survived the gruesome killing, seven members of his family perished in the attack at the two-classroom block of primary school in Nkyie Doghwro where women, children and the weak were taking refuge for fear of Fulani herdsmen invasion of the village.

Right now, Adamu is helpless and hopeless; he is a living dead and a walking corpse as he watched in tears and utter disbelief how the lifeless bodies of seven members of his family were wrapped in their pool of blood when the dead were buried in one grave.

He lost his aged wife Tabitha, two children; Bala and Ishaya as well as four grandchildren who were taking refuge at the primary school, where men of the Special Task Force in charge of internal security in Jos and environs were on guard.

How he escaped death

Adamu opted not to sleep in the classroom but remained in his house close to the school that fateful night when he watched helplessly as the gunmen rained hot bullets on his family and other victims. The cries for help and unending grief of his wife, children and grandchildren will ever remain green in his memory.

The aged man is left to fend for himself as all he laboured for in his 94 years was wiped out within a twinkling of an eye. Our reporter had an encounter with Adamu shortly after the mass burial of the victims, dragging his feet as women and children fled the village to Jos city for safety.

Adamu, who lacks the strength to move fast was conveyed with his loads to Miango by some good Samaritans when people were fleeing the village on hearing rumour of another imminent attack.

“I have never seen a thing like this. Why will this kind of thing happen to me at my old age? Where am I going now? I have lost all I laboured for, my children were my greatest assets and they were all killed in a day.

“I was told to go to the classroom but I couldn’t go in immediately, I don’t know what held me back at home, I prefer to have died than losing my wife, children and grandchildren in that manner, where will I start from, who do I go to now?”

Another pathetic case

The case of 45-year-old Lami Danladi, a mother of four, is equally very pathetic. Luckily, she survived four gunshots while struggling with her children for escape from the classroom of death.

She lost three of her children; Queen 10, Friday 7, and two-year-old Mary who was shot in the back that fateful night. In addition, Lami lost her husband, Danladi Ishaya who was also inside the classroom while only five-year-old Victoria who had gone to Miango town, escaped death beside her mother from the family.

Lami who is nursing gunshot injuries at Enos hospital, Miango, recalls that five days after killing of three persons in the neighbouring village of Nzhweruvo, the villagers converged at a primary school in the village for protection under the watch of the Special Task Force (STF) due to lack of proximity of households in the village.

Some households who had relations in Miango town had fled from the village when harbingers of horror came calling at about 8pm, shooting directly into the classroom where over 60 persons were sleeping.

“I was inside the class with my three children and husband. I did not know what happened, suddenly I heard gunshots directly inside the classroom, women and children were crying as they ran to escape.

“I took my two-year-old daughter, Mary and backed her while the gunmen were firing directly towards my location, I hid myself with the school desk and was able to come out through the door, I started running with the child on my back, unfortunately, one of the attackers heard my foot step and shot directly at me, the bullet penetrated through my shoulder and killed my child on my back.

“I didn’t know that my husband was already killed, my two children in the classroom became helpless, they died of gunshot injures. I don’t want to recall this horrible experience, I was shot four times and none of the bullets got me well, they pierced my skin and I was taken to the hospital.”

Source: The Sun

17-years After: Ex-Biafran Police Officers Go Wild in Enugu as They Receive Their Pension Alert from FG

17 years after former President Olusegun Obasanjo granted them amnesty, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government on Friday, paid former Biafra police officers who fought during the civil war, pensions.
Ojukwu and his Biafra army

Ex-Biafra police officers from the South-East and South-South states yesterday, went wild in joy as they started receiving alerts for their pensions 17 years after former President Olusegun Obasanjo granted them amnesty, Daily Sun reports.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday approved the payment of pensions to the dismissed Biafra police officers who fought in the 30-month Nigeria-Biafra civil war which ended in 1970.

Over 400 of the officers who gathered at the Ingrace Event Centre, Rangers Avenue, Independence Layout, Enugu, venue of the flag off of the pension payments of retired war-affected police officers danced in joy as the President of the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria, Mr Fidelis Oyakhilome pressed the button of the instant transfer machine and they started receiving alerts of the payment in their various bank accounts.

It was gathered that some of the retired officers actually started getting alerts for the payment of the pension on Thursday night with some of them getting close to half a million naira.

In her speech on the occasion, the Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, said that she was highly elated to commence the payment of pension benefits to the retired war-affected police officers.

According to her, “162 officers who have never been on the payroll and 57 next of kin who have also not been paid their death benefits will be paid today,” while 155 others who are on the payroll, but were being short-paid would be paid in the next batch as soon as their pension benefit computation was concluded.

“You would all recall that Nigeria witnessed an ugly civil war between July, 1967 and January, 1970 and as a result of that unfortunate period, some members of the Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and the paramilitary officers who joined the secessionist were dismissed from service.

“After many years in the limbo, they were pardoned and honourably retired from the Nigeria Police Force through a presidential amnesty granted on 29th May, 2000 by the administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo,” she recalled.

Mrs Ikeazor disclosed that to implement the Federal Government’s decision on the pardoned officers, a full blown verification of the pardoned officers was carried out by the defunct Police Pension Office; recently by PTAD and the Police Service Commission.

“The verification exercise conducted in late 2014 and early 2015 resulted in identifying about 460 of the police officers who were caught up in the civil war.

“Despite the presidential pardon and the verification of these officers, many of them remained unpaid for years,” she said, adding that President Buhari, however, this week graciously gave approval for the payment of the pension entitlements to the affected officers and their next of kin.

“Today marks another milestone in reintegrating the hitherto neglected officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force who have suffered untold hardship over the years catering for their needs and that of their dependents.

“This represents another decision by the current Federal Government to bring closure to the painful legacies of the civil war, and indeed a clear demonstration that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed a father to all Nigerians and that his administration’s reforms under PTAD will ensure that Nigerians who spent the productive years of their lives serving their nation will not experience difficulties in getting their pensions,” she said.

She thanked the president for his magnanimity in approving the payment of the pension without further delay.

Also speaking, the President of Association of Retired War-Affected Police Officers from South-East and South-South states, Mr Matthew Udeh, thanked God for keeping the members of his association alive to see the day.

Udeh also thanked President Buhari for approving the recommendations presented to him by Mrs Ikeazor, as well as authorizing her to pay full retirement benefits to the war-affected police officers in compliance with the letters and spirit of the presidential amnesty granted to them by President Obasanjo.

“We commend President Buhari for approving the allocation of funds to the executive secretary for this payment.

“Our last port of call is on the Executive Secretary, Sharon Ikeazor who expeditiously packaged our case, presented it to President Buhari, and followed it up until President Buhari gave his assent and blessing, within two months of her assumption of office,” Udeh said.

Also retired police DIG and now President of the Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria, Mr Fidelis Oyakhilome, thanked President Buhari for making it possible for the retired Biafra police officers to get their pension many years after they have been granted amnesty.

He also thanked Mrs Ikeazor for standing in for the officers. The pensioners ostensibly happy over what Mrs Ikeazor did for them bestowed on her a special merit award just as they also gave her the title name of Odi Uko na Mba, meaning one that is rare in a community.
 
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