The suspended Rivers Commissioner of Finance, Dr. Fred Kpakol has threatened Governor Nyesom Wike that if his so-called suspension is not reversed within 48 hours, he will be compelled to open ten cans of worms that will lay bare in public glare the nauseating layers upon layers of rot under the heavy weight of which the present Government of Rivers State has been struggling.
Late yesterday, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Adviser to Governor Wike on electronic media in a terse statement shockingly announced the suspension of Dr Fred Kpakol, a development which came to Rivers people as a surprise.
Speaking to journalists who accosted him while leaving his office at the state secretariat late Friday evening, Dr Fred Kpakol, appearing downcast and dispirited, summoned courage to say" I feel very worried over this shocking development. I am as surprised as all of you here. I don't really know what the issues are."
Continuing, he said: "I concede that His Excellency Chief Nyesom Wike has the right to hire and fire, but I also have the right to my integrity and reputation as a responsible, highly educated and respected Rivers man. I find it appalling and totally unacceptable that my boss the Governor could jettison established channels of communication between us in favour of this monstrously embarrassing situation of a mere S.A on Electronic Media who is not even a Rivers man announcing my so-called suspension on radio when my boss has not uttered a word to me or establish any accusation against me".
Looking clearly exasperated and talking more vehemently, Dr Fred Kpakol said, "I have a reasonable expectation that my boss the Governor will reverse this so-called suspension in the next 48 hours from now, failure of which I will muster every strength in me as freeborn of Ogoni of Rivers State to spill be beans that will turn the contours of the physiognomy of the public. I will uncork ten cans of worms and spill them to the public. As Commissioner of Finance, I know how much this government has made. I know how much we have generated from IGR. I know about the movement of cash to Abuja for the court case. I will spill everything and redeem my image. I don't want to say more than that for now".
There are serious allegations within government circle that Dr. Fred, in collusion with the Accountant-General of the state, fearing that the Supreme Court would sack his boss, engineered one of the biggest frauds in the history the Ministry of Finance when over 1.2 billion suddenly developed wings and disappeared without trace one day to the Supreme Court verdict on the Rivers guber case, a situation that reportedly infuriated Governor Wike into announcing his suspension.
However, with the suspended commissioner threatening to spill the beans on the Wike government, it appears a thrilling drama is set in Rivers State which will rock the entire south-south. The governor is believed to have used billions of Rivers money to placate the court into affirming his mandate, with the suspended commissioner at the center of all the dirty financial deals. It promises to be tumultuous!
Saturday, 13 February 2016
A stray dog on Saturday in Yola, went berserk, biting a policeman on duty.
A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident occurred at the popular Police Round-About area of Jimeta.
Star actress Foluke Daramola this morning legally got hooked to her boo Kayode Salako, the couple were pictured at a Lagos Marriage Registry
RE: MILITARY TO LAI MOHAMMED: WE ARE NOT FIGHTING BOKO HARAM WITH INFERIOR WEAPONS
The attention of the Directorate of Defence Information was drawn to the above headline attributed to have been said by its Director, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar.
This headline is not only inciting but completely out of context because the Director never made such statement throughout the media interaction with the AIT that invited him to shed light and sensitise Nigerians on the new antics of suicide bombers in the North East.
Consequently, the Nigerian Armed Forces will continue to be professional and continue to guard the constitution and subordinate itself to democratic governance of this country.
We therefore solicit the cooperation and support of all Nigerians in the fight against terrorism and other allied criminal activities. We shall remain focus in protecting lives and property of law abiding citizens.
As part of the efforts of the Nigerian military towards ensuring equity, fairness and rule of law, some suspected members of Boko Haram Terrorist who were arrested, thoroughly screened and investigated have been released to the Borno State Government.
Investigation carried out revealed that 275 among the suspected detainees were found innocent and had no link whatsoever with terrorism. Out of the total 275; 142 were males, 49 females, while 22 were underaged, 50 female children, and 4 foreigners. The foreigners include 2 Nigeriens and 2 Cameroonians. However, 8 others found to have criminal cases were transferred to the Nigerian Police for further investigation.
Friday, 12 February 2016
REVEALED! HOW EFCC RECOVERED $1M CASH IN AMOSU'S 'SOAK -AWAY' PIT....Another N3b Traced To Wife's Account
A huge sum of $3 million has allegedly been recovered by the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the EFCC, kept in a soak-away pit at Badagry resident of the embattled past Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (rtd) New
Telegraph Newspaper reported
The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples ‘Congress. OPC, Otunba Gani Adams has called on the Chiefs of Benin Kingdom to steer clear from making unhistorically balanced statement capable of upsetting the socio- cultural chord of brotherhood between the children of Oduduwa and the Week the great
For a writer, writing about the person you hold close to your heart is usually a sweet experience,but that joy is cut short when you find out that you have so much to say but little have been written,this is my pain as i made attempt to write about this epitome of simplicity and humility. Im talking about this Amazon who over the years ensured she made outstanding strides with the work of life that God threw at her.
Thursday, 11 February 2016
Gentlemen of the noble and learned profession, I welcome you all to this meeting. I am indeed, highly honoured that the National Executive of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) perhaps the most important, organised stakeholder with direct influence on the work that we do here at the EFCC, has chosen to call on me today. It has become necessary to have this meeting given the widespread corruption pervading the land. As you all know, corruption is probably the greatest problem facing our dear country Nigeria and it has to be nipped in the bud timely.
…”Give us a chance to change the way things have been done and hold us responsible to the plan,” Minister says
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN on Wednesday led the management team of his Ministry at the 2016 Budget Defence Session of the Senate Committee on Works with a passionate appeal that the focus and plan of the proposed plans be retained in order to achieve the much desired change and positive objectives of the Budget.
The Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Security and civil Defence Corps will henceforth hold ground in the areas that have been cleared of terrorists who were hitherto occupying them. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali disclosed this when the management of Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) visited him in his office in Abuja.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday February 10, 2016, arraigned one Victor Ochola before Justice A.R Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on a 27-count charge bordering on
obtaining by false pretence and forgery to the tune of over N300m (Three Hundred Million Naira).
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, February 11, 2016 arraigned one Robert Daniel Onyeani before Justice E. N. Anyadike of the Federal High Court of Umuahia, Abia State on a four-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dud cheque to the tune of N57, 704,000.00 (Fifty-Seven Million, Seven Hundred and Four Thousand Naira).
Mustapha Gadanya, the fourth prosecution witness (PW4) in the ongoing trial of the seven persons accused of complicity in the over N24billion scam in the police pension office before Justice Hussein Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday, February 11, 2016 told the court that, the accused conspired with banks to launder police pension funds.
The coast is now clear for interested indigenes of Lagos State who are desirous of a career in the Armed Forces to apply online for admission into the 68th Regular Course of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) from 26 January till March 2016.
In a statement from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, the interested applicants are advised to purchase Access Pin Code by visiting the application portal www.ndaapplications.net for the examination which is scheduled for Saturday, 23rd April 2016.
To reduce conflict with members of the public
As part of IGP Solomon Arase’s policy thrust, anchored on training and retraining. The IGP has restated his commitment to make officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force more responsive and accountable for their actions and inactions. This was made known while he was making remarks
CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF LAUDS INNOSON VEHICLE MANUFACTURING COMPANY FOR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS COMBATING INSURGENCY
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar has lauded the management of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Company for providing the needed technical support that has enabled the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to sustain its operations against the Boko Haram insurgents. The Company, at a time when the NAF would have been forced to ground its entire fleet of Alpha Jets due to lack of brake assembly, had helped to locally modify and overhaul the brake assembly of the MB-339 aircraft for adoption on the Alpha Jets. This ingenious effort by IVM is instrumental to the continued operation of the Alpha Jets, and had helped to save the day when help was not forthcoming from abroad. Air Mshl Abubakar stated that the contribution by IVM deserves national recognition and award, given the important role played by the Alpha Jet in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in North East Nigeria.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
…Receives German President
…Lagos, A Centre Of Business, Creativity In West Africa, Says Gauck
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed the desire of his administration to partner with the Federal Republic of Germany in the areas of power, transport, technology and development finance to bring about a quantum leap in establishment and sustenance of businesses in the State.
ILE OODUA announces the glorious transition of Queen Mariani Adeyemi Ogunwusi the paternal grandmother of Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II).
Survived by her only surviving son Prince Oluropo Ogunwusi and twelve grandchildren, the King's grandmother who had earlier lost her second child Prince Isaac Olufemi Ogunwusi and her husband Prince Olaobaju Joseph Ogunwusi in 1995 and 1998 respectively died at exactly 4:30am in house at Ile-Ife at the ripe age of 104 years.
Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Mr. Olivier Thiry, has explained that a strong foundation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has become very important at this stage that Nigeria requires to broaden its economic base from a primary commodity-driven to a services oriented economy like that of the developed world.
Sikiru Adeshina popularly known in Yoruba movies as Arakangudu was buried today in Oshogbo. He died 2 days ago in Kaduna. Cause of death was said to be cardiac arrest.
Official post burial plans as released by his friends.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday assured residents of the State that it was working hard to consolidate on the gains recorded over the past few months in reducing crime to the barest minimum, just as it reiterated its commitment to always uphold security of lives and property.
State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni who disclosed this at the end of the monthly State Security Council meeting chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and attended by heads of all the security agencies in the State, said the Council considered and agreed
Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk and organisers of the prestigious Promasidor Quill awards has announced the returning of Ambassador Patrick Dele Cole (OFR) as Chairman of the Panel of Judges for the 2016 edition of the coveted journalism awards.
A former Ambassador of Nigeria to Brazil, Amb. Cole was the former Managing Director of Daily Times Nigeria Limited.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, February 8, 2016, arraigned the trio of Joseph Lah Leh, Nwinunu Sorbari and Emenike Henry before Justice U.N Agomoh of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a five- count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N4, 500,000.00(Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira).
In line with the Service statutory mandate to decisively and continually provide actionable intelligence as well as act to degrade persons and groups that threaten internal security in the Country, the Service initiated series of tactical operations, involving raids and enforcement actions against identified criminal and extremist kingpins and syndicates across the country. These recent operations have significantly degraded the key extremist groups and kidnapping gangs, terrorizing innocent citizens in the Country, particularly in the South-West, North-West and Middle-Belt regions of the Federation.
Versatile yoruba actor,Sikiru Adeshina popularly known in movie circle as Arakangudu is dead. According to those who should know,he was said to have given up the ghost yesterday after what was called heart attack.
Metronews checks further revealed that Arakangudu who till his death had relocated to Kaduna will be buried today in Oshogbo his home town. Details soon.
The stanzas of the song hold so true to the situation we have found ourselves in our dear country that it is beginning to look like we are headed for darker days if something is not done fast. There is indeed fire on the mountain.
...Fixes February 18 For Arraignment
A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Monday dismissed two applications seeking to stop the prosecution of the two engineers who constructed the collapsed six-storey building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun area of Lagos.
Edo Focus Parliament, EFP, a nonpartisan political group has finally fixed
March as the commencement date for the recognition of Edo heroes and
heroine who have achieved noble feats in their chosen carriers. The group,
early last month hatched the ideal to commence Edo heroes and heroines
lecture series this year.
The immediate past President of the Senate Senator David Mark has stated that the growing interest of his people and endorsement by various stakeholders for him ahead of the February 20, 2016 rerun election for Benue South has encouraged and made him psychologically prepared .
Senator Mark said he is overwhelmed by the uncommon support and solidarity by his constituents and therefore emboldened to face the election.
It was sorrow tears and blood yesterday when a commuter bus conveying mostly students of The Polytechnic Ibadan was involved in a ghastly accident that left 6 students dead and several others sustaining injuries. Below are pictures from the accident scene which occurred on the busy Oyo-Ibadan Expressway. Metronews gathered that the students were coming from Oyo town after attending the child naming ceremony of one of their lectures before the sad event occurred.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday issued a fresh order for the arrest of Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo.
Justice Ibrahim Buba issued the arrest warrant at the resumption of the case involving Tompolo and a former director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi and eight others, who are billed for arraignment for alleged conspiracy and diversion of over N34,000,000,000( Thirty Four Billion Naira only), belonging to NIMASA. The new warrant of arrest replaced an earlier one issued on 14 January, 2016.
“We do not have many choices but we promise that it will get better ,” says Minister over Electricity Tariff Protest
FASHOLA MEETS POWER SECTOR OPERATORS IN LAGOS, APPEALS TO LABOUR , CONSUMERS FOR UNDERSTANDING OVER MULTI-YEAR TARIFF ORDER
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, Monday chaired the Second Monthly Meeting of the Power Sector Operators in furtherance of his determination to find practical solutions to issues affecting the nation’s electricity industry even as he appealed to the organized labour and consumers for understanding over the new Multi-Year Tariff Order which came into effect on February 1.
…. Air Commodore Alonge is New Spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole
As the military appoints a new spokesperson for the Operation Lafiya Dole, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has debunked a recent claim by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai that Boko Haram controls substantial parts of the state.
The governor described the comments of the senator as mere emotional outburst.
Monday, 8 February 2016
.................................OONI IS THE FATHER OF YORUBA. SAYS ALAKE.
The Alake of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo yesterday described Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II as the overall father and spiritual leader of the yoruba race.
Alake made this known during a courtesy visit by Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at his palace in Abeokuta,Ogun State.