Saturday, 11 February 2017
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.
”I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for the goodwill and support for my husband and Nigeria in general,” she said.
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.”
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.
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).
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
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.
“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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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)
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.”
“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.”
Thursday, 9 February 2017
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 www.tori.ng 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
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.
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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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.
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.