Saturday, 11 February 2017

Aisha Buhari returns to Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has returned to Nigeria from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she performed Umrah or Lesser Hajj.

Mrs. Buhari arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 3:15.

She was received by Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, wives of the governors of Kebbi and Kogi States, wives of the service chiefs as well as the former deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen.

”I thank God for journey mercies, I prayed for Nigeria and Nigerian leaders and we should not relent in prayers and good deeds,” she said.

She urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and good deeds for Nigeria to prosper among the comity of nations.

She expressed her gratitude to God for her successful trip, and prayed for Nigerians and her leaders.
Mrs. Buhari also expressed her gratitude to all Nigerians for the support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and also urged them to sustain the tempo.
Aisha Buhari arriving the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
Aisha Buhari arriving the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
”I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for the goodwill and support for my husband and Nigeria in general,” she said.

Rivers toxic emission: Govt. seals off Chinese company, two others

The Rivers State government on Saturday announced the sealing off of Chinese Govt Company, CGC, in Aluu, over “aggravated air pollution, and breach of environmental laws” in the state.

Two other companies – H & H Engineering Company and AUC Asphalt Company – located in Aluu have also been sealed off.

Port Harcourt residents of late have been complaining of emission of “toxic” soot into the atmosphere by unknown persons or companies, which prompted the state government to set up a task force to investigate the issue.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Austin Tam-George, who announced the sealing off of the three companies, said their directors would face prosecution according to the law.

“The Task Force wishes to warn all individuals and companies that engage in practices that pollute the air and ruin the environment to desist immediately, or face the full consequences of their actions,” Mr. Tam-George said.

“While Rivers State remains open for business, the State Government is fully committed to the implementation of the United Nations (UN) declarations on the importance of fresh air, and the creation of sustainable livelihoods in our communities.

“We urge members of the public to join the drive for a healthy Rivers State.”

NiMet, BATNF sign MoU on weather information provision

Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has described its partnership with British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF)  as revolutionary with the capability to provide adequate, effective weather information for predictions
Both organizations at the weekend signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative relationship to provide weather information to farmers under the foundation.
Executive Director of BATNF, Mrs. Oluaseyi Ashade, who was on hand to sign the agreement stated that the objective of the partnership is for NIMET to provide weather information including the likely period of dry spell and locations of likely flash flood occurrences to farmers who are grossly dependent on rain fed agriculture.
BATNF also wants to train implementing partner organizations on critical threshold of weather and climate monitoring and to provide other technical support for the attainment of the full economic potential for the smallholder farmers.

BATNF would provide weather information dissemination platforms through different sessions of agronomics and other household economic strengthening trainings across the number of states where BATNF’s activities are carried out. The trainings include pre-season and in-season among other trainings for lead farmers and other relevant users.

Speaking at the ceremony new Director General of NIMET, Professor Sani Abubakar Marshi said, “We at NIMET are extremely happy with the relationship with British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation. We will give you the necessary support. We are in a transition. We will have expectation that our partners will collect information at the lower level which we will work with like Katsina state did for us to make necessary adjustment for more effective weather prediction.”

The event was also attended by the preceding Director general of Nimet, Dr. Anthony Anuforom.
The outgoing Director General of NIMET, Dr. Anuforom explained that the services of the agency cut across every sector of the economy, from agriculture to maritime, aviation, oil and gas, tourism and others; although the agency is attached to the aviation industry.

Explaining why he was part of the signing ceremony, Dr Anuforom said he had served two terms of five years and the second tenure ended this year, although, according to the letter of appointment of the new Director General, Professor Sani Abubakar Marshi, he has to understudy the out-going Director General who would proceed for terminal leave on March 25, 2017.

“We are in transition and I am working with the new Director General,” he said.

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation BATNF is an independent charitable organization incorporated in Nigeria on November 13, 2002 as a Company Limited by Guarantee in fulfillment of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the British American Tobacco Group and the Federal Government of Nigeria in year 2001.

BATNF provides technical assistance to build productive capacity of smallholder farmers thereby transiting them from subsistence to commercial agriculture. It focuses on Rice, Cassava, Maize, Vegetables, Oil palm, Poultry and Aquaculture value chains in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Mom Gives Spoiled Son Savage Note To Teach Him A Valuable Life Lesson

As a parent, your job is to keep your composure, and in between volleys of verbal abuse, attempt to instil the values that will enable your offspring to integrate smoothly into the wider world. Doting mother Heidi Johnson clashed with her teenage son Aaron after he was caught lying about doing his homework and attempting to gain independence in completely the wrong manner. Instead of losing her temper, she came up with a clever plan to teach her son an important lesson.

Heidi Johnson’s 13-year-old son Aaron was fairly popular on YouTube. However, when his videos started to make some money, the newfound fame apparently went to his head. When confronted about his homework, Aaron protested that he now had a job, and that he was eventually going to do it. This disagreement might have easily escalated, but Heidi used the incident to give Aaron a dose of reality when it comes to independence, and hopefully teach him a thing or two about gratitude along the way. Heidi wrote her son a letter that helped Aaron to understand his role in the family, and left the note under his door.

Although Aaron had clearly overstepped his boundaries, initially, Heidi’s gambit didn’t go well. The 13-year-old stormed out of the apartment, but rather than try to reason with her son or prevent him from leaving, Heidi wisely realised that this would allow time for Aaron to thoroughly consider the situation: “When he could be respectful, and I was more calm, we would discuss it further.”
She then shared posted the letter on Facebook. Heidi only intended to share it with her friends, but accidentally set the privacy of the picture to public. As a result, her post was shared over 167,000 times, with many mothers taking the time to commend Heidi on her exemplary parenting.

Innovative methods of parenting such as the letter written by Heidi always have the potential to backfire. However, Aaron soon returned home, giving his mother back the things she had bought, and pledged to earn them back using his own cash. He also apologised for his outburst, and quizzed his mum on how he could improve the situation. So that both Heidi and Aaron knew exactly where they stood, Heidi drafted a contract that would ensure clear communication about the rules of the home, and outlined how Aaron would balance his school work with his YouTube duties.

As any parent will probably be at great pains to stress, there’s no set manual for raising a child. It’s a thankless, near impossible task, and although both parent and offspring will make mistakes from time to time, it’s important that any disagreements don’t unduly upset the family balance.

Aaron was probably quite excited to be earning money for the first time in his life, and it would have been easy to accidentally deflate his confidence while setting him straight on the correct family values. With her clever letter and her contract, Heidi helped keep her son’s feet on the ground, and it looks like Aaron is well on the way to becoming a successful and well-adjusted adult.

Friday, 10 February 2017

My boyfriend brutalised me, killed my sister for refusing abortion, woman tells court

A 27-year-old woman, Justina Dusu, on Friday told a Jos High Court that her boyfriend, Stephen Luka, got her pregnant, and when confronted, brutalised her and killed her sister.

Ms. Dusu, a resident of Foron, Barkin-Ladi Local Government of Plateau, who stood as a witness, testified against the accused, Stephen Luka, of Tudun Wada, Jos, who is being tried for murder, assault and sexual abuse.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused, who has denied the allegations, is also facing a charge of attempted murder.

The accused was alleged to have attacked the two sisters on July 27, 2016 at his home, in Sabon Gari, Tudun Wada, Jos, after they went to confront him over Ms. Dusu’s pregnancy.

Ms. Dusu, who is heavily pregnant, told the court, in her testimony, that the accused person, with whom she had been in a relationship since 2007, got her pregnant last year.

“I met Stephen on December 2 2007, while I was still in secondary school. I later left to Abuja, but came back to Jos in May 2016.

“We met on my return and he invited me to his place sometime in June 2016, where he had sex with me.

“I later realised I was pregnant and called his attention to it; he told me he was not ready to be a father and suggested an abortion which I promptly rejected.
“On July 25, I told my sister, late Simi Dusu, about the pregnancy and Luka’s idea of an abortion.
“She tried to reach him on phone without success and we decided to go to see him in his house.
“On July 27, we took a cab to his house, when I sighted him, we alighted and followed him to the house.

“He didn’t deny the pregnancy, but said that he was not ready to be a father, and that his parents had already chased him out of the house.

“While we were discussing, my sister stepped out to receive a phone but before she returned, he started hitting me on my head.

“When I started screaming, my sister tried to enter, but he locked the door. She forced the door open and he descended on her with a machete and killed her.

“He again returned to me and kept hitting me; I only regained consciousness at the Hwolshe Medical Centre, Jos, and received the news that my sister had died,” she told the court.

She denied engaging in a fight with her sister over Stephen as alleged by the defence counsel, and described that allegation as a “lie”.

Another witness, Rifkatu Yusuf, who is a sister to the deceased, denied the possibility of a fight between the deceased and Justina,

She said that she did not know Luka until he called her to meet him at the hospital over her sister’s condition.

After taking the witnesses, the prosecutor, Muleng Alex, prayed the court to adjourn the matter to another date, citing the long hours already spent on taking witnesses, a move the defence counsel did not object.

The judge, Nafisa Musa, adjourned the matter to February 28, for continuation of hearing.

FRSC impounds 317 vehicles in Lagos

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Lagos said it had impounded 317 vehicles for non compliance since the commencement of the enforcement of installation of the Speed Limiting Device on Feb. 1.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

He said that the corps was making progress in the enforcement and motorists were also complying with the system.

“We are making progress in the enforcement; about 317 vehicles have been impounded while 368 vehicles have also installed the device out of 1,469 vehicles stopped on the road for verification. “About 1,109 vehicles were without speed limiters, out of which we ticket 892 and caution 209 vehicles.

“We also caution vehicles, we are there not only to arrest, at times we caution them on speeding and other necessary things that are needed,” he said.

According to him, seven mobile courts have been established to prosecute defaulters.

The sector commander also advised petroleum tanker drivers to install the device in order to prevent unnecessary crashes on the road.

Omeje appealed to the tanker drivers to imbibe the culture of obeying the traffic rules and regulations and consider other road users in the course of their journey.

He said that speed limiters would caution and reduce speeding of any vehicles especially the tankers with highly inflammable substance.

“Tanker drivers should ensure that speed limiters are fixed in their vehicles, at least it will caution them and reduce crashes as a result of speeding.

“At the same time, the device will automatically reduce their speed to 65km per hour which is the normal speed limit for the trucks and tankers to avoid crashes,” he said.

NAN reports that FRSC on Wednesday Feb.1 commenced full enforcement of installation of speed limiting device in commercial vehicles nationwide.

Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC had said that sector and field commands of the agency had been fully mobilised for the exercise.

ISIS threatens Drake

Drake survived beef with Chris Brown and Meek Mill, but he now has a real enemy on his hands - the ISIS.

According to reports on an Islamic website, the terrorist group ISIS has issued a public threat against Drake.

It was reported that Drake saw four Muslim girls with hijab on at his concert and told them to take the hijabs off because ‘they look more beautiful without that sh*t’

ISIS is pretty harsh against anyone who they believe “disrespects” Islam or it’s customs and traditions.

Bank Manager Impregnates Mother, Daughter In Delta

Wife bathes hubby with soap washing water, smashes car windscreen

A bank manager in one of the new generation banks in Asaba, Delta State (name withheld) has allegedly put in family way mother and daughter (names withheld) after their relationship which started as customers.

Reports said that the Bank Manager was on Tuesday bathed by his wife in Benin City, Edo State with soap washing water and allegedly smashed his car’s windscreen when she got wind of the shocking news and had attempt to know the true story from the husband, when the trouble started.

It was gathered that the manager hails from Benin City, Edo State and was transferred to Asaba to head the Bank Branch. But sources said trouble started two weeks of his resumption in office when the woman, a first class business woman at the popular Ogbeogonogo market during financial transaction at the bank and interaction with the manager, discovered kind hearted services’ a situation she allegedly asked for his GSM number after which she left the banking hall.

It was further learnt that the bank manager a graduate of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) resumed Asaba branch of his office without his wife moving with him and since had been living like a bachelor in a self contained room he rented around Infant Jesus. More often, our informed sources said, the woman-customer who barely three weeks of her relationship with the allegedly turned herself into housewife for which often she cooks and washes his clothes.

Family sources said that the woman’s husband alleged to be “vegetable” after he allegedly survived strange illness, was rendered important and can no longer performs his civil and conjugal responsibilities ‘a situation he lost his wife to other man outside. While the philandrous act of the woman had been talk of the town in Asaba and its environs, the woman by share of providence became the house bread winner.

She was said to have introduced her daughter, a final year student of the state owned university, Awai, Asaba during which she became an errand girl and allegedly find her way into the heart of the banker who in most of her visits on behalf of the mother, allegedly spoils her with money.

Insider said that the girl, 22 years old, suddenly “assumed” the hottest in the heart of the banker who allegedly confided in a friend that the girl does the “job” better than the mother.

Investigation revealed that while their relationship lasted, the banker got a shocker from the mother, a 48 year old that she was pregnant and the following week on her news, the daughter reportedly “stamped” the banker with the same news.

The revelation of their pregnancies, further investigation revealed, had created tension in the family of the housewife and her property had been thrown out by the husband’s relations who described the act as an abomination.

One of the family members, Ogbueshi John Ikwunebo said “we as family members have asked the mother and the daughter to pack out of our brother’s house, it is a taboo and they cannot live there again”.

The housewife a native of Ogbeokaze Quarters in Asaba, had allegedly been “sleeping around” after the husband was reportedly hit with strange illness, while the daughter an under graduate of DELSU allegedly lives same like the mother.

Pastor On The Run After Allegedly Killing Church Member For Rituals In Delta

A Pentecostal church pastor identified as Jessiah (surname withheld) with his church in Ugbolu community near Asaba, Delta State is currently on the run after he allegedly killed one Ejiofor Ujah, a member of his church during prayer session for rituals.

It was gathered that the victim was allegedly invited by the pastor for the prayer session and never returned until two days after his whereabouts became unknown.

Police Public Relations Officers in the state, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka who confirmed the incident, disclosed the corps of the victim after a search was conducted by Ugbolu villages, was found by a hunter in a soak-away few meters away from the church, adding the pastor and two of his cohorts had taken to their heels.

He said that two persons have been arrested are still being detained in connection with the act, while investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects. Investigation revealed that the incident which occurred last Tuesday in Ugbolu community, has created palpable tension and fear of the unknown among its residents and the church member who have deserted it.

Further investigation revealed that the church (name withheld) has been deserted since the incident was blown open and had allegedly exposed the pastor who doubles as general overseer of the church. Insider, Kate Okafor alleged that the pastor had on the fateful Tuesday called the victim for a prayer session and in response, the victim who allegedly smelt a rat of danger told the wife of his movement to the church before the bubble burst.

But this was not to be when the victim the following day did not return home, this created suspicion and the wife raised the alarm as after she visited the church in her efforts to see the husband met a brick wall.

Mrs. Rosemary Ujah, the victim’s wife told our reporter; “I was confused when I did found my husband in the church two days after and I raised the alarm after reporting to the police at Ugbolu Police Division and a search party conducted which discovered his corps in soak away”.

Unconfirmed sources said the pastor had allegedly been found suspicious before the incident as many occasions, he performed unholy act in the church.

My Wife Beats Me Often, Separate Us, Husband Begs Court

An Ibadan based travel agent, Mr Oluwatimilehin Oyewole, on Friday begged a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his four-year-old marriage, to save him from constant beating by his wife.
Oluwatimilehin had in a petition to the court said that his wife, Kehinde usually slaps or mishandle him anytime they had disagreement.

“My lord, anytime I complain about Kehinde’s waywardness and lack of respect for me, she beats or attack me with any dangerous thing within her reach.

“Sometimes, Kehinde freely pulls my manhood as part of her attack on me.

“Most of the time, I run out of the house for her even in the midnight.

“However, it is not that she is more powerful than I am, but I am merely trying to avert bloodshed or casualty.

“I am most disturbed by the disposition of her mother who always supports her misbehaviour.

“Worst of all, Kehinde has exited my house for more than a year now and I have reports that she has been sleeping with different men around.

“I was told that if I admit her back into my house without her confessing to me all those who have had sexual intercourse with her, I might have to bear the evil consequence that should naturally befall her.

“This is the reason why I thought that I should let Kehinde go before she eventually kills me,” Oluwatimilehin stated.

The News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports that when the matter came up, Kehinde was not in court to defend the allegations leveled against her.

The bailiff, however, confirmed that Kehinde was served with the notice to appear before the court.
The President, Mr Ademola Odunade, adjourned the matter to March 15, for further hearing. (NAN)

Nigerian Presidency Stops Use of DMI for Aso Rock Security, Replaces Them With DSS

The presidency may have carried out the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw soldiers drawn from the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) from the Presidential Villa, The Guardian reports.

They have now been replaced with operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria’s equivalent of the US Secret Service.

Buhari had, on assumption of duty on 29 May, 2015 dislodged the DSS as first-ring security around him and replaced them with soldiers drawn from the DMI.

The redefinition of the roles of the DMI and the DSS in the Presidential Villa may check their rivalry, and improve security in the presidency.

The soldiers were initially moved into the inner circle of the security network in the villa when President Buhari took over, while DSS operated at the periphery.

It was learnt that the directive for the removal of the soldiers was handed down by President Buhari shortly before he went on his vacation in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Guardian reports that the current Chief Security Officer (CSO), Bashir Abubakar had not been comfortable with the security structure which left soldiers as first-line security aides of the commander-in-chief.

A top source who confirmed the development yesterday, disclosed that the two security agencies had been at daggers drawn behind the scene over who provides protection to the president since Buhari moved into his Aso Rock official residence in 2015.

According to another source, “protection of the president by body guards is actually the work of the DSS but Mr. President did not have confidence in the service when he first came in, because of the way they treated him during the 2015 election.

“The soldiers were moved into the inner circle of the security network while DSS operated at the periphery. This has not gone down well with the DSS,” he noted.

Specifically, it was learnt that there had been a subtle disagreement between the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) Abdulraman Mani and the Aide de Camp (ADC) to the President, Col. Lawal Abubakar over which of the plain-clothes security agencies should provide close quarter protection to the president and his immediate family.

It was learnt that while Mani insisted on allowing men and officers of the DSS to provide the statutory shield around the president and the first family, the ADC was more disposed to having the plain-clothes operatives of the DMI to carry out the function.

According to reports, the disagreement between the two aides, was what led to the eventual removal of the former CSO who was replaced by Abubakar.

Mani had, in a memo dated Friday, June 26, 2016 countered the ADC’s directives which shoved aside the DSS. He had insisted that the order was a misrepresentation of the president. This was before his eventual removal.‎

Mani who in the memo quoted relevant sections of the constitution which grant powers to the DSS to carry out such security duties was said to have copied the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Director -General of the DSS. He had also noted that the various security agencies at the villa would be educated on their various responsibilities.

The memo read in part: “In fact, the issues raised in the aforementioned (ADC’s) circular tend to suggest that the author may have ventured into a not-too-familiar terrain.

“The extant practice, the world over, is that VIP protection, which is a specialised field, is usually handled by the secret service, under whatever nomenclature.

“They usually constitute the inner core security ring around every principal. The police and the military by training and mandate are often required to provide secondary and tertiary security cordons around venues and routes.

“However, all other security agencies, including the army, the police and others, also have their roles to play. It is on this note that heads of all security agencies currently in the Presidential Villa and their subordinates are enjoined to key into the existing command and control structure.

“They are to work in harmony with each other in full and strict compliance with the demands of their statutorily prescribed responsibilities.

“Meanwhile, joint training programmes and other incentives will be worked out in the days ahead to ensure that all security personnel at the Presidential Villa are properly educated to understand their statutory roles and responsibilities.

EFCC Arraigns Belgore, Ex -Minister for Money Laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today February 8, 2017, arraigned a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Muhammed Dele Belgore and a former minister, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman before Justice R.M Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on a 5-count charge of  conspiracy and possession of proceeds of crime to the tune of Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N450, 000, 000. 000).

The defendants are alleged to have made a payment of Fifty Million Naira (N50, 000, 000. 00) to one Sheriff Shagaya and also taken possession of the sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N450, 000, 000. 000) without going through a financial institution.

One of the counts reads, “that you, Muhammed Dele Belgore (SAN) and Professor Abubakar Sulaiman on or about the 27th day of March, 2015, in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to directly take possession of the N450, 000, 000. 00 (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same Act”.

Another count reads, “that you, Muhammed Dele Belgore (SAN) and Professor Abubakar Sulaiman on or about the 27th day of March, 2015 in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court directly took possession of the sum of N450, 000, 000. 00 (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) and 4 of the Same Act”.

The defendants pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges preferred against them. In view of their plea,  counsel to the first defendant, Ebun Shofunde, (SAN) prayed the court to grant bail to his client based on self recognizance. “He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and not likely to jump any bail; he has been faithful to the administrative bail granted him and will make sure to stand his trial”, he said.

In the same manner, counsel to the second defendant, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, (SAN) also prayed the court to grant his client bail on self recognizance. “He is a Professor of Political Science at the
University of Abuja and was once a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he submitted himself to the EFCC and never jumped the administrative bail granted him”, he said.

Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the EFCC did not oppose bail but asked the court to grant the defendants bail in terms that will compel them to be available for trial.

Justice Aikawa granted the defendants bail on self recognizance and ordered that their international passports be deposited with the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court and must only be released on court order.

The matter was adjourned to February 23, 2017 for trial.

God revealed to me ‘Buhari’s time is up’ – Primate Olabayo

The founder and primate of the Evangelical Church of Yahweh Worldwide, Theophilus Olabayo, has said that time has come for a new president to emerge in Nigeria.
In a phone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday night, Mr. Olabayo said “a man of destiny is going to take over in another dimension.”
“God told me that the president has done well but his time is up, Aso Rock is vacant, nobody is there. And God told me that he will raise up a man who loves Nigeria to take over,” said Mr. Olabayo.
“It’s not going to be business as usual, God is taking over this country, what happened in America is going to happen in Nigeria. New Nigeria will be born. Most of those people who stole our wealth, God told me that they will be exposed wherever they are.
“What God revealed to me is that enemies of this country, enemies that are always putting wrong people there to punish us… God said he has put a lion there, on the seat of the leader of this country, nobody is sitting there.
“And anybody that doesn’t love this country, that they want to go all out to fix people there, God will consume them.”
Mr. Olabayo’s prophecy comes one week after he called for a three-day national fasting and prayer to avert an impending “darkness” hovering over Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari began a 10 working day vacation on January 23, but wrote to extend it indefinitely last Sunday.
Last week, Mr. Olabayo had commended Mr. Buhari, describing him as the only Nigerian leader to confront corruption frontally.
“The president has gone on leave, that’s what we were told. He’s a human being. Even if he’s sick, nothing is wrong for him to tell us as a country to pray for him,” the church leader had said.
“Whoever wishes him dead is an enemy of this country because the man has really tried. First time we saw a man who confronted those looters. And they are not happy, they’re ganging up against him. They are throwing missiles against him.”
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
“God has allowed Buhari to start the foundation. We need to be prayerful. There is too much blood in the country. He, himself… you know he said that he did not know that the problem was this much, that it was as bad as this before he took over. He has done well. He’s an elderly man, over 70.
“God is going to show people that He loves Nigeria; He’s going to teach people sense. The judgment of God is coming, there will be total cleansing.
“He’s not the messiah. Let’s continue to pray for him. I did not say he is going to die, I never said so. But let’s continue to wait for him.”


The Nigerian Navy has recorded another major feat in its ongoing operations against piracy and other criminalities in Nigerian waters. Today, Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA rescued an oil tanker, MT GAZ PROVIDENCE which came under pirate attack yesterday off Bonny Island, River State. The rescued ship had 21 crew members onboard and upon encountering the pirates sent a distress call which prompted the Nigerian Navy to dispatch NNS OKPABANA to rescue her. As at   today 1:30 pm, NNS OKPABANA personnel have boarded the rescued oil tanker to investigate and gather information on the failed hijack attempt.  

In a related development, personnel of the Nigerian Navy Ship VICTORY also repelled a pirate attack on an oil tanker MT RIO SPIRIT. The pirates attempted to hijack the oil tanker after she loaded products from QUA IBOE terminal and     sailed 110 nautical miles south of Akassa in Delta State where the incident took place. Not mindful of the fact that the vessel was under security cover by the operatives of the Nigerian Navy who were onboard a security vessel, the assailants swooped on MT RIO SPIRIT in an attempt to hijack her. The Nigerian Navy operatives repelled the attack and secured the route of the vessel. Not deterred, the pirates made another spirited effort to hijack MT RIO SPIRIT 30 minutes after the first attempt which was also repelled. However, she was successfully escorted to safety as she continued her voyage.

Furthermore, a patrol team deployed by Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA has discovered and destroyed 8 illegal refineries around Osiagbene Creek in Ogbeletobo Community of Warri South West LGA of Delta State. The items destroyed in the raid include 15 metal tanks laden with about 130MT of product suspected to be illegally refined AGO and about 200MT of substance suspected to be stolen crude oil.

Additionally, an anti-crude oil theft patrol team deployed by NNS PATHFINDER conducted patrols of creeks and waterways in their area of operations. During the patrol, the team raided 3 illegal refineries in which unspecified quantity of illegally refined AGO and stolen crude oil were destroyed around Bille Community in Rivers State. Similarly, the team raided 6 active illegal refining sites around Bille/Kalabari axis. About 45 metric tons of suspected illegally 
refined AGO and steel tanks with unspecified quantity of stolen crude oil were also destroyed.

In view of the foregoing, the Nigerian Navy once again wishes to reiterate its determination to combat criminalities in the nations waters and ensure a safe and conducive atmosphere for legitimate maritime operators. In view of the importance of the message, you are please requested to disseminate same for public awareness.

Thursday, 9 February 2017


The Nigerian Army Engineers (NAE) Corps in a bid to actualize the directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of holding this year's Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC 2017), in Sambisa Forest, Borno State, has mobilized to site and commenced access roads clearance and construction of range and other facilities.

Skye Bank Promotes Over 300 Staff, Commends Employees

Skye Bank has announced the promotion of over 300 staff in its employment following the 2016 annual staff performance review exercise.
The promotion which cuts across several cadres of staff up to managerial level is in line with the bank’s effort to reward staff who performed creditably in their various roles during the past financial year. 
The bank also announced that it compensated some staff in the senior management cadre with monetary reward for their diligence and productivity whilst a handful of staff who failed in the performance appraisal exercise on account of poor performance were exited. 
The management of the bank has since approved payment of the entitlement and severance packages to the exited staff as contained in their engagement letters and as agreed with the workers union.
While announcing the outcome of the annual Performance exercise, The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Skye Bank, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, congratulated all staff of the bank for their hard work in the last financial year especially given the challenging operating environment. According to him, “We will continue to reward our staff who display high level of commitment towards their responsibilities and the bank’s strategic objectives.”
Mr. Abiru further noted that “a performance-driven organization is critical to the achievement of the bank’s overarching objectives.” He urged the newly elevated staff to see their promotion as a call to re-dedicate themselves to excellence; assuring that those who deliver consistently on the job, would earn commensurate benefits that befit high performers. 
Skye Bank had last week, announced the voluntary resignation of some Executive Directors from the services of the Bank. The Directors who had served in Executive Management capacity for nearly two years, were part of the old Board of Directors of the bank, some of whom earlier resigned voluntarily on July 4 2016 following the intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria which consequently re-constituted the Board.
Skye Bank, designated as one of Nigeria’s eight (8) Systematically Important Banks (SIB), by the regulatory CBN, is a leading retail and commercial Bank renowned for its electronic banking solutions as well as its product portfolio which supports families, students, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and professionals across the country.

EL Marino Beats MM FC 1-0, Encourages Adults to be more active in Sports

El Marino Sports Club of Lagos on Sunday defeated Matured Minds  Football Club (MM FC) also of Lagos by a lone goal. The penalty goal was scored in the second half by Adetokunbo Modupe after an El Marino player was savagely brought down in the 18-yard box of MM FC.

The game which started on a very conscious note witnessed superior technical display by the El Marino team which dominated the match throughout the 90 minutes game.

Speaking at the end of the match, the Team Manager of El Marino Sports Club, Otunba Seyi Adefarati, appealed to Nigerian adults to heed the World Health Organisation (WHO) call ‘to get up and get active.’

Furthermore, Otunba Adefarati revealed that the WHO in a recent document expressed concerns that ‘less people are active in many countries, with nearly a quarter of all adults and more than 80 percent of adolescents being too sedentary.’ 
‘Sedentary life style is a major cause of many diseases. That is why we at El Marino will continue to encourage adults to participate in sports and other physical activities,’ Otunba Adefarati said.

According to him, ‘people who are physically active improve their muscular and cardio-respiratory fitness, as well as their bone and functional health. They have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cancer (including colon and breast cancer), and depression.’

The El Marino Team manager also affirmed that people that are physically active have a lower risk of falling, are without hip or vertebral fractures and are more likely to maintain their weight.

‘More than 60 minutes of physical activity a day brings additional health benefits. Adults aged 18 to 64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity each week or at least 75 minutes of vigorous activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activity,’ Otunba Adefarati affirmed.


…Commiserates With Families Of Killed Security Guards   


Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday directed the State Police Command to ensure prompt arrest of kidnappers who struck on Wednesday evening in Isheri area of the State killing three security guards.

The kidnappers were said to have also abducted the Secretary of the Isheri North Residents Association, Mr. Dayo Adekoya.

A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said Governor Ambode has already directed the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni to move decisively and promptly to arrest the kidnappers.

Governor Ambode, according to the statement, specifically commiserated with the families of the security guards that lost their lives to the unfortunate incident, and assured that government is on top of the situation and working with security agencies to ensure early release of the victim.

Ayorinde said: “A while ago, the CP of Lagos Command of the Nigerian Police, confirmed that police has commenced investigation as well as put in place necessary rescue operation to ensure the release of the victim.

“While the State Government commiserates with the families of the three dead estate security guards, it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that lives and property of residents in the State are protected.”

It would be recalled that just last week, Governor Ambode had demonstrated his seriousness and determination to eradicate the menace of kidnapping when he signed into law the anti-kidnapping bill recently passed by the State House of Assembly.

The law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment on kidnapping for ransom and death penalty in the event of death of a kidnapped victim.

Rebuttal: Drama in Skye Bank as woman recognises her abductor inside bank

In reference to the erroneous news titled:Drama in Skye Bank as woman recognises her abductor inside bank,  the management of the bank has debunked the claim.

The position of the bank is that there was no iota of truth whatsoever in the news; hence the statement below as signed by the bank;

We have investigated, and established that the information is false, unfounded and baseless.

This incident never occurred in (or near) any of Skye Bank branches and further investigations reveal that the story has two versions; first reported on 5th November 2015 by one Odinaka in on online platform and the latest version emanating just two days ago, 7th February 2017 by Twitter user @cunnybush and now being circulated by various online blogs, including your medium.

We request members of the public to disregard this sensational attempt to put the bank in bad light.

Cobhams Asuquo Releases 'Empty' Ahead Of Album Launch

In anticipation of the release of his debut Album, versatile singer and producer, Cobhams Asuquo has released a Ballard entitled Empty.
The song was written and produced by the talented musician today, Wednesday.

A few weeks ago, Cobhams announced that he was launching his singing career by dropping his first album entitled For You.  

Empty was officially premiered on Beat FM Morning Rush show with Olisa Adibua as part of Radio Tour promoting the For You Album release and concert. Speaking about the new song, he revealed "empty is a song for that thing or that person other than yourself that makes your life complete. Life can feel very empty without that somebody or that person."

As part of preparations for his album, Cobhams has concluded plans to hold a classic album release concert on March 12 in Lagos. 

 "I have never done an album release concert before so this will be a special day, one to remember for my fans and I. I look forward to giving the performance of my life," he added.


...Says Africa Has Potentials To Be A Great Continent 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday said the State is willing, able and ready to partner with investors within and outside Africa, just as he said that adequate measures have been put in place to enhance the ease of doing business within the State.  

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the second edition of German-African Business Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya, said as Africa’s model mega city, Lagos is strategically positioned to play a leading role in propelling development on the continent, adding that as a result of the growing investors’ confidence, the State is fast becoming a preferred destination for investors in Africa.

Giving statistics about State, the Governor said apart from being the 5th largest economy and fastest growing city in Africa with a population of over 22 million people comprising overwhelming proportion of middle class income earners, Lagos is also the contributor of 30 percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the leading contributor to the non-oil sector GDP.
“Lagos accounts for over 60 percent of the country’s industrial and commercial activities; over 70 percent of national maritime cargo freight; over 80 percent of international aviation traffic, and over 50 percent of Nigeria’s energy consumption.

“Also, Lagos is the nexus of Nigeria’s section of Trans-African Highway which is being boosted by our enormous investment on the expansion of the Lagos Badagry Expressway, the primary ECOWAS highway, into 10-Lanes with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the first light rail metro transit in West Africa.
“With these and the State’s 180km Atlantic waterfront criss-crossed by maze of creeks and lagoons, Lagos is an investment and tourist delight,” the Governor said.

While alluding to the measures put in place so far by his administration, Governor Ambode said the policy objectives were based on a tripod of security, infrastructural development and job creation, saying that such was further driven by desire to build a sustainable economy that is minimally dependent on federal allocation, but a private sector driven economy through local and foreign direct investment.

Specifically, the Governor said in less than two years, his administration pursued a governance structure that is primarily focused on creating an enabling environment for economic growth, job/wealth creation through friendly policies and incentives to bring about ease of doing business.

He said one of such policies was the establishment of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global), which is a one-stop-shop that simplifies official processes and procedures leading to a significant reduction in the time that it takes to conclude transactions with government.

The Governor, who said that Lagos is open for business, said government has also demonstrated serious commitment to safety and security of lives and property, a development which he said had earned the security outfit of the State (Rapid Response Squad) recognition as the most effective and efficient in Africa.

He said:”Our judicial process has also been adjudged as the most progressive and modern in Nigeria.  This is a result of the various reforms that were initiated to facilitate quick, just and fair adjudicatory process rooted in the rule of law. Just over a week ago, Lagos State hosted a summit on Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria. The objective of this summit was to generate ideas that will align our laws with the realities of technology-driven 21st century.

“As a result of the growing investors’ confidence, Lagos State is fast becoming a preferred destination for investors in Africa. As a matter of fact, the aggregate of Foreign Direct Investment that had been attracted to Lagos State in the past 16 months is more that was achieved in the last 10 years.”

Speaking on Africa as a continent, Governor said it was time for African leaders to develop lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the continent and work towards joining the mainstream of global economy, saying that the continent has all it takes to become a force to reckon with.

The Governor decried the assessment of Africa based on her potentials rather than actual contribution to the global economy, insisting that such ought not to be the case considering the abundance of indices of greatness in the continent.

“With a population of over 1.2 billion people and national endowments, Africa has all it takes to be a great continent.  Ironically, despite her abundant human and material resources, the continent is still being assessed based on her potentials rather than actual contribution to the global economy.

“The 21st century therefore presents another opportunity for us to develop lasting solutions to our challenges and join the mainstream of the global economy by leveraging on our competitive advantage,” Governor Ambode said.

Ojukokoro: Crime Thriller Excites Somkele Idalama, Zainab Balogun, Tope Tedela

Ahead of its March 17 cinema run, Somekele Idalama, Zainab Balogun and Tope Tedela have been speaking about their roles on the highly riveting crime thriller, Ojukokoro.
Ojukokoro (Greed) was created by Singularity Media in collaboration with House Gabriel Studios and BCI Studios. The movie which was written and directed by Dare Olaitan and produced by Olufemi Ogunsanwo features talented cast such as Wale Ojo, Ali Nuhu, Tope Tedela, Somkele Idalama, Linda Ejiofor, Zainab Balogun and Hafiz Oyetoro (Saka).
Others are Charles Etubiebi, Seun Ajayi, Emmanuel Ikubese, Kayode Olaiya, Gbolahan Olatunde. Kunle Remi, Sammi Eddi, Lord Frank and Shawn Faqua.
Ojukokoro is scheduled to be premiered at a colourful red carpet ceremony scheduled to hold on March 9th at Genesis Deluxe Cinemas (GDC), Lekki.
The movie is woven around a money-strapped manager of a shady Petrol Station who decides to rob his employers but along the line finds out in a sudden twist that he is not alone in his ambition and that a good reason isn’t always a right one.
Speaking about her character as Sade, Somkele Idalama recalls her closest personal connection to her role. “I have never been held to ransom and kidnapped so to speak but I have been in a situation where my loved one was so I could relate. Being dragged on the floor was not fun at all (laughs) but we got through it,” she reveals.
She adds, “It was fun working with an ensemble of amazingly talented actors. Ojukokoro has all the elements of a film that will hold your attention for the right reasons so definitely go and see it.”
For Zainab Balogun who played Bose, Ojukokoro has something extra. She explains, “The story is like no other. The movie provides you with great humour, thrill and suspense all in one. Trust me when I say that Ojukokoro will have you sitting tight and locked in your seats. Ojukokoro pushes the bar for Nollywood. The movie is great visually and content wise.”
It was a rollercoaster of emotion for Tope Tedela who played Sunday. According to the actor, “I had just finished work on another film that had drained me emotionally and taken me to dark places. Brushing all that off and getting into Sunday’s head-space was the real challenge. It was like moving from zero to 100.”
“Ojukokoro explores the action/crime genre in a way that I have not seen before and I know that it will be a great cinematic experience for people when they get to see it,” he concluded.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

TAMPAN Urges Members To Wear ID Cards On Locations

The president of Theatre and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria, TAMPAN, Omooba Dele Odule has directed all members of the association to always have with them their identification card whenever on any movie location.

Odule announced the new directive after a recent close door meeting between him and all the State Chapter Governors.

According to the veteran thespian, the directive which came into force from February 1, 2017 and received the blessing of all the chapters governors, is to reposition the association as a responsible body and her members as law abiding citizens.

"This directive is important so as to put an end to back door entrants and infiltrators who are using the name of the noble association to commit atrocities," Odule said.

The TAMPAN leader  disclosed that any member caught without his/her identification card on locations will be regarded as a non member and appropriate measure will be taken against such a person.

He then enjoined all members to be upright, focus and determined in other to make the association greater, while appealing to them to be proactive and supportive of all the association programmes and fiscal needs which are very necessary to move the association forward.

He also called on filmmakers and directors who belong to the association, through their works and promotion of their works to key into the TAMPAN ideals. This, he said, would make them appeal to the corporate bodies in the areas of branding and sponsorship which is the bedrock of any entertainment industry.

Meanwhile, Odule has also reassured all members that his office is determined to defend and uphold justice in favour of any member   that faces intimidation, injustice, or right infringement from any quarters.

He also assured all with agitations and submissions that the association will carefully look into them and sorted  everything very soon. 

London Sex Scandal:Muyiwa Akingbade Exposes Men His Ex Wife Ramota Abdulai Nikky Sulid Slept With

Statement condemning the fabricated lies and stories spreading on social media by Ramota Abdulai alias Nikky Sulid.

According to her Ex hubby, Muyiwa Akingbade,in an exclusive message sent to MetroNews," when i was dating Nikky. Nikky was dating ATORISE and RMD RICHIE,ANDORSE. OLORUNWA  AKANNI. DEJI DESMOND.BISOYE ODUMOSUN.SHINA PECHAM. AFEEZ HASSAN.  I was dating Kemi then.  Nikky was nobody then, Nikky called me regarding my paper and said she was willing to do it for me. I told her that I would think about it.  

Nikky reported me to her mum regarding the marriage.  She told her to talk to me that I should allow her to do the paper for me, which I accepted, not knowing that Ramota Abdulai a.k.a Nikky wanted to ruin my life.

Ramota Abdulai. alias Nikky Sulid

In 2013 I got married to Ramota Abdulai (Nikky).After few months she went to China with her boyfriend and she got pregnant.  She informed me that I was responsible for it, as my wife I accepted the pregnancy as i didn't have choice than to accept it.

About 6 months ago somebody sent message to me that he was the father of Funmi, one of Nikky's daughters.  I didn't listen to him or believed it.  But to my surprise because of the problem I have with UKBA.  I used Funmi's passport to put in EU father application. Because of DNA she cancelled the first application after three months. I didn't know anything until I put in another application not knowning that each time the immigration write to the home address Nikky would open the letter and destroy it without informing me.

On this faithful day as I was going out I saw a Royal Mail recorded delivery in my name . When I opened the parcel I saw the passport with acknowledgment letters started that the passport that  I requested for has been sent to me.  That is when I told her that I wanted to do the DNA for the daughter she made me believed to be my child, Nikky refused DNA.   That was how everything started.

Last month December 2016 we planned to travel to Nigeria together I  have bought First class ticket for both of us.  The same message came in again and I said that if she was not ready for DNA I was leaving her. She refused and we settled everything amicably.  And I told her I was moving out of the property.  Nikky was the one that help me get the bags that I used in packing my stuff not knowing that she had plan B for me.  When I was packing my stuff she started recoding me and put it on social medial.  If you look at the video she sent arround u will know that she didn't fight me when I was packing because of the DNA issue.

 Because of the DNA she took the 5years paper she did for me. Because of the bastard daughter I have been spending my money on for more than 3 years, I had to run for my life because her first husband is in rehabilitation. Everyone in London and Manchester can testify to this story.

Nikky's  second husband is the first Nigerian to use Ferrari car in London if u see Bayo Ferrari now u will pity him Bayo's life has equally been ruined by Nikky. Because of what happen to her ex husband I have left her with her paper and ran for my life Nikky is very fetish, around 2014.

Nikky  traveled to Ibadan to her Herbalist to do voodoo to destroy me and some friends she had issues with on her way back to Lagos the car Nikky was travelling in had accident, at the crash scene Nikky was looking for the bag containing the voodoo she went to do.  To my surprise I went to Nigeria in 2014 I took all my property documents and my mum's property documents to Nikky's mum place.  I didn't know what I was doing until I got to London.

I thank God for saving me and not allowing this evil lady to destroy my life. Destroying men's live is part and parcel of her family histroy. Ramota Abdulai a.k.a Nikky Salid Mother married 5 different men and ruined those men's live her mother is popularly known at Ikorodu as Iya Ramota Oloko marun. I will forward the recording of all that transpired when I wanted to collect it back to you in due course

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Drama in bank as kidnapper recognised, arrested

There was a lot more than banking at a Skye bank branch in Port Harcourt when a woman (name undisclosed) who was standing on the queue patiently, suddenly began to scream at another bank customer that he was a kidnapper.

She grabbed the accused man on his collar and began to weep profusely as other customers and bank security tried to pull her away from him. An eyewitness gathered that in tears, the woman revealed that she was kidnapped about a year ago and the accused bank customer was one of her abductors.
She disclosed that the accused was particular to her because he sexually abused her 4-6 times a day while she was on abduction. Our eyewitness gathered that the accused man denied the allegations and claimed that he had never met the woman before. He claimed he was just a tailor that had come to make a withdrawal.

The woman stood by her story and said she could never forget him, she even told onlookers and bank security that if they take off the man’s trouser, they would find a scar on his upper thigh. Police officers arrived at the bank shortly and undressed the man in a closed office and indeed there was a scar.

LeadersNG gathered that the police officers obtained a warrant immediately to check the accused man’s account details and a large sum of 98 million naira was found in his account.

Officers of the Police force detained the man and took him to Anti – Kidnap unit for further questioning.