Saturday, 16 December 2017
Paris Club Refund: Court Orders Akwa Ibom Govt to Deposit N20bn in Bank over Failure to Pay Mauritz Walton Consultancy Fee
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Notable Nigerians, Including
former governors of Abia and Lagos States,
Orji Uzor Kalu and Rear
Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd ), Otunba Gani Adams, Professor Sophie
Oluwole, Dr Mrs Joe Okei – Odumakin Comrade Tony Uranta and others have used the
2017 anniversary of the June 12 1993 election to call for restructuring of
The former governors and others ,
while speaking during the commemoration
programme , organized by the Oodua People’ s Congress to mark the 24th
anniversary of the June 12 elections
also expressed the great need
immortalize the winner of the election , Late Bashorun MKO Abiola .
Former Abia State governor , Orji
Uzor Kalu , who was the chairman of the event , which took place at Excellence
Hotel , Ogba , described June 12 as “ a
symbol of democracy for the people of Nigeria irrespective of the ethnic group “
The former governor also said
that “ Democracy Day should have been
June 12 and not May 29 , which was wrongly chosen by those , who did not work
for the democracy .”
Former governor Kalu also stated
that June 12 symbolizes equity fairness and obedience to the rule of law .
These are the things the late Abiola died for . He wanted us to obey the rule
of law in the country .”
Also former military governor of
Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuizi
Kanu , while making his remark at the occasion called on the federal government
to consider the calls for restructuring
as a way of moving Nigeria forward .
The former Lagos State governor said
“ if we fail to restructure Nigeria
peacefully , we may have to do it the other way “
National coordinator of the Oodua
People’ s Congress , Otunba Gani Adams in his welcome address at the occasion
decried the abandonment of June 12 by other regions in the country , apart from
the South West
The OPC chief said “ It is indeed
sad that apart from the Southwest states of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Osun, which
have doggedly continued to celebrate the hero, and later martyr of that battle,
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, there has been studied
indifference to the June 12 phenomenon by the Federal Government and
remarkably, the rest of Nigeria.”
He also pointed out that “ This is
sadder still because the leader of that battle, MKO Abiola was not an ethnic
champion: he was a man of pan-Nigerian vision and ambition, who went into
politics to give the people hope, to unite them and lead them out of poverty.
His campaign manifesto was instructively titled “Hope 93 — Farewell to Poverty:
How to make Nigeria a better place for all.”
Adams averred that “ This is why I believe that if
any date is deserving of celebration, it is June 12. The Federal Government of
Nigeria, should as a matter of honour to the late politician and business
mogul, Abiola, who fought and died for the current democracy, make June 12 of
every year, a national holiday.”
The OPC chief posited that “ Certainly,
we are still far from Promised Land. For a country of so many ethnic
nationalities, all yearning and craving for growth and development, their own
way, the best that can be bequeathed onto the people is true federalism. And we
shall continue to drum it in the ears of relevant authorities that no nation
develops optimally when they hold themselves down to others for equal growth.”
“ Every nationality has to be given
the needed encouragement to grow at its own pace. This was the system handed
down to us by our founding fathers immediately after independence. This is the
sure way to live together in peace and harmony. It is a path we have to tread
to assuage all bruised nerves and give succour to the eternally deprived
nations in Nigeria.” Adams added
The guest speaker at at the occasion, Dr Chidozie Okoro of the
department of Philosophy , University of Lagos , described June 12 as “ a symbol of freedom for Nigeria “
The university don also said that “
now is the time to restructure Nigeria . The restructuring of Nigeria should be
speedily and ultimately pursued “
Dr Mrs Joe
Okei – Odumakin said “ the ideals of
June 12 still live . We must imbibe them .. The federal government must speak
the change and act the change by declaring June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria
also called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency post - humously
declare Abiola as the winner and that “
Nigeria must be restructured “
Sophie Oluwole blamed the problem in
Nigeria on the leadership of the Nigeria , which according to her , had prevented the experienced
right persons from leading the country .
at the event , who spoke on the need to restructure Nigeria include: Comrade
Debo Adeniran , Comrade Joseph Evah , Professor Banji Akintoye , Comrade Tony
Uranta, Muhammed Kudu – Abubakar amongst
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
The Australian study looked into how caffeinated drinks impact on the risk of cardiac arrest in people with long QT syndrome (LQTS) – a hereditary condition that affects one in 2,00 people.
While the condition is known to cause problems with the heart’s electrical activity, because there are very few physical symptoms LQTS can often go undetected.
In a lengthy ruling on Tuesday, the judge, Gabriel Kolawole, said the composition of the panel was not known to law.
The panel was raised by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to probe allegations of violations and violence during the legislative re-run elections.
The team had personnel from the State Security Service, SSS.
His victory would return the liberals to power after nearly a decade in the political wilderness and set up a potential rift with the United States over the North’s nuclear weapons program.
“I will be a president for all the people,” Mr. Moon said in a nationally televised speech before a group of cheering supporters gathered in central Seoul, the capital. He said he would work with political rivals to create a country where “justice rules and common sense prevails.”
Mr. Idris gave the ruling in favour of the ex-parte application filed by Mr. Ubah’s counsel, Ifeoma Esom, to compel the release of Mr. Ubah from the SSS’s custody where he had been held in detention since May 6.
According to the M-net West Africa team, 2Baba has left the show to pursue other commitments which has prompted the need for a new coach.
The blast occurred on Monday night in San Isidro, Chilchotla, during preparations for a local festival next week.
The social network says its systems are getting better at identifying fake accounts, which they attempt to do by analysing certain patterns of activity, such as repeated posting of the same content.
Facebook is monitoring the ways in which users interact with articles too. “We’ve found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way,” it says.
Mr. Oronsaye was being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.
This came to the fore on Tuesday when the Senate received the report on the 2017 budget from its joint committees of Appropriation and Finance.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday emphasized the need for Nigerians to embrace selfless service to humanity, saying that such remained the essence of existence to positively impact others.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of 33rd Synod of Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) with the theme: “Serving”, Governor Ambode also charged political and religious leaders to continually tow the path of service to humanity, just as he said that politics in the real sense of it should only be about selfless service to the people
LONDON, United Kingdom, May 8, 2017/ -- African mobile telecoms operators, infrastructure owners and service providers are ramping up investment and targeting acquisitions across the region to meet the surge in demand for connectivity, a leading telecom transaction adviser said.
IDC CIO Summit, May 8, 2017/ -- The previous wave of digital disruption, triggered by mobile technology, caught most CIOs and organisations off guard.
10 years ago, hardly anyone owned a smartphone. Today, there are around 2 billion in circulation. What’s more, we use them every day to access Uber, WhatsApp, Instagram and many other services that didn’t exist when the first iPhone was released in 2007.
Ebo which translates in Babalola’s native Yoruba language as a ‘traditional offering,’ is a beautiful nexus between the percussionist’s funk music and his Ifa way of life.
The anticipated concert has been scheduled to tour major cities in the UK from June and will be powered by the Sacred Funk project and his agency, Temple Management Company.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs,Senator Babafemi Ojudu has congratulated the newly elected France President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron on his recent victory at the polls.
Thirty-nine year old independent centrist, Macron, defeated Front National's right-wing leader, Marine Le Pen in the run-off election conducted yesterday. Mr. Macron won almost two thirds of the total votes cast to emerge France's youngest-ever president.
Monday, 8 May 2017
The incident happened around 7pm on Sunday at No, 49 Wosilat Daudu Street, Ijeshatedo, where the deceased went to celebrate a friend’s birthday party.
Concerned Nigerians on Monday, raised alarm, accusing the Presidency of handling all Buhari’s Presidential activities on Sunday, in secrecy.
Sunday, 7 May 2017
One of the Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram on Saturday returned with a leg amputated, The Guardian has learnt.
The unnamed girl was among the 82 girls taken from Banki, a town on the border with Cameroon, to Abuja, where they were taken to a Department of State Services clinic.
"Two [of the girls] have injuries," said, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who received the girls at the Abuja airport.
"One has hand injury, the other has a leg injury." He was quick to point out that the amputation had nothing to do with the "rescue" operation, which he said was carried out"professionally, without any hitch."
The director of medicals, DSS Clinic, Anne Okoroafor, assured that the girls would be given adequate medical care.
The 82 girls were among the 276 female students kidnapped by Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School on April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven of the girls escaped while being taken away and three others were found or rescued by the military.
On October 13, 2016, 21 girls were freed after the Swiss government and international Committee of Red Cross brokered a deal between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.
The Nigerian government said in April it was collaborating with “foreign entities” to negotiate for the release of the remaining girls.
“Talks are ongoing through other means with the help of some foreign entities to free more schoolgirls,” presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said during an interview with BBC Hausa.
“These talks are going on with the help of some countries. You can recall the 21 schoolgirls were freed with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Swiss government officials who got involved in the negotiations. These two have not withdrawn their support in the negotiations,” Shehu said.
“There are also other countries that are lending support to the negotiations by being involved in the talks,” Shehu added.
82 of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in northeast Nigeria in 2014 today headed to meet President Muhammadu Buhari after a prisoner swap deal with Boko Haram secured their release.
The presidency announced late on Saturday that months of talks with the jihadists had "yielded results" some six months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators. "Today 82 more Chibok girls were released," a statement said. "After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls, in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities."
No details were given about how many suspects were released or their identities. But AFP understands three Chadian nationals, allegedly senior commanders under Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, were handed over. Military and civilian militia sources in the town of Banki, on the border with Cameroon, said the girls left for Borno state capital Maiduguri on board six military helicopters at 6:10 am (0510 GMT).
"One of the girls was carrying a baby with her, a boy of less than two years," said the source on condition of anonymity. The presidency said the teenagers would be brought to Abuja to meet Buhari, who was swept to power on a promise to defeat Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed at least 20,000 people in Nigeria since 2009.
Shehu Sani, a Nigerian senator who has been involved in previous negotiations, said the talks lasted for "three to four months". The government would now look to secure the release of the remaining hostages, he added.
Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of April 14, 2014 and kidnapped 276 teenaged girls who were preparing to sit high school exams. 57 managed to escape in the hours that followed but the remaining 219 were held by the group. Boko Haram's Shekau claimed in a video message that they had converted to Islam.
The audacious kidnapping brought the insurgency to world attention, triggering global outrage that galvanised support from the former US first lady Michelle Obama and Hollywood stars. The girls have become a symbol of the conflict. In April, parents and supporters marked the three-year anniversary of the abduction, describing the situation as an unending "nightmare". But they said previous releases had given them strength.
Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters were among those kidnapped, said of the latest releases: "This is good news to us. We have been waiting for this day. "We hope the remaining girls will soon be released." Patrick Yousef, the deputy regional director for Africa at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), confirmed the group "facilitated the safe return" of the girls as a "neutral intermediary". The Swiss government was also involved, Nigeria said.
Military and civilian militia sources in Banki said the girls were brought back to the town in ICRC vehicles late on Saturday afternoon and stayed in the military barracks there overnight. Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war, seizing thousands of women and children, and forcibly recruiting young men and boys into their ranks.
In a less publicised attack in November 2014, some 300 children were among about 500 people kidnapped from the town of Damasak, on the border with Niger, in the far north of Borno state. The release of the 21 girls in October 2016 followed talks between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government brokered by the ICRC and the Swiss.
Three other girls have also been found. The first had a baby and was accompanied by a man she said was her husband but the military said was a Boko Haram suspect. Shekau has previously said the girls would be released if militant fighters held in government custody were freed. When the 21 were freed, Buhari's spokesman Garba Shehu said the government was hoping to secure the release of 83 others being held by a different Boko Haram faction. A total of 113 Chibok girls are now missing, although Shekau claimed in August 2016 that some had been killed in military air strikes.
I have met two people. David and the other,a lady. They are both from Chibok. They are both lawyers too. David was the first to give me a spirit killing pictures, videos and stories of the menace of BH. He had to bring his laptop to my office. David's friend ,Nonso, is from Anambra state but studied at the university of Maiduguri. He told me a lot too.
Domestic violence: Maureen Locke is forever haunted by watching her husband brutally murder her daughter
Marlene Locke is forever haunted by the terrifying moment she watched on helplessly as her husband brutally stabbed her daughter Sherelle and the 23-year-old’s life ebbed away in front of her eyes.
Saturday, 6 May 2017
The latest talk of the town wedding on the lips of Lagos social establishmet is the solemnation of holy matrimony between Lagos big boy and city businessman, Kayode Badru and his heartbeat Kofoworola Adedeji.
The wedding which promises to be spectacular in all aspect holds on Saturday 20th May, @ Times Square Event Center, Ikeja.
Last week, at the prestigiuos Ikoyi Registry, the obviously deeply in love couple sealed the legal documents of their matrinonial trip. The event artracted family and friends of the Badru and Adedeji families.