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President Buhari Spent 1 Year, 39 Days Abroad Out Of His 3 Years , 10 Months In Office (See Full Breakdown)

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Shortly after his inauguration, Buhari on June 3 and 4, 2015 he traveled to the Republic of Niger and Chad Republic for consultations on how to tackle terrorism in the country and the region.

On June 7, 2015, he traveled to Germany to attend the G-7 summit and returned on June 9. He proceeded to South Africa on June 13, 2015, for the African Union Summit in continuation of talks on anti-terrorism fight and returned on June 16.

On July 19, 2015, the President embarked on a four-day official visit to the United States and after he returned on July 23, he proceeded to Cameroon for a two-day visit on July 29 and returned on July 30.

He went for the Republic of Benin’s Independence Day celebration from August 2 to August 3, 2015.

In September 2015, Buhari embarked on a one-day visit to Ghana on the 7th and a three-day official visit to France on the 14th, returning on the 16th of September.

The President traveled to New York for the 70th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2015, and returned on September 29.

From October 26 to 30, 2015, he traveled to New Delhi in India for the Indian-African Forum and on his way back, he made a technical stopover at Khartoum, Sudan.

From November 22 to 24, 2015, the President traveled to Tehran, Iran for the third Gas Exporting Countries’ Forum.

From November 26 to 30, 2015, the President was in Malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

From Malta, he traveled to France on November 30, 2015, for the UN Climate Change Summit and returned on December 1.

On December 3, 2015, he departed for South Africa to attend the China/Africa Summit. He returned on December 5.

On December 10, 2015, Buhari attended the last rites for the late former President Mathieu Kerekou of the Republic of Benin.

Travels in 2016

Buhari’s first foreign trip in 2016 was to the Benin Republic on January 8 where he attended the 11th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Niger Basin Authority.

From January 17 to 20, 2016, he attended the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

From January 27 to 29, 2016, the President was in Kenya on an official visit. From Kenya, he headed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for an African Union meeting and returned to Nigeria on January 30.

From February 2 to 4, 2016, the President visited France to attend the Special Session of the European Union Parliament.

From February 5 to 10, 2016, barely eight months into his tenure, he traveled to the UK for his first vacation.

On February 18, 2016, he departed for Egypt to attend the Sharm el-Sheikh ‘Africa 2016’ Business Forum and returned to Abuja the following day.

From February 22 to 29, 2016, the President visited Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He met with government officials and also visited Medina and Grand Mosque in Mecca, where he performed prayers for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

On March 14, 2016, Buhari visited Equatorial Guinea for two days and had discussions on agreement on Joint Maritime Policing.

From March 29 to April 3, 2016, he was in Washington DC attending a Nuclear Security Summit. He returned to Abuja on April 4.

He was in China from April 10 to 14, 2016 on a state visit.

On May 10, the President departed for the Anti-Corruption Summit in the UK. He returned to Abuja on May 14 but left for the UK on June 6 for his first medical vacation, following reports that he had an ear infection. He returned on June 19.

On August 8, 2016, Buhari traveled to Chad for the inauguration of President Idris Deby and from August 27 to 28, 2016, he visited Kenya to attend the Tokyo Conference on Africa.

On September 18, 2016, the President traveled to New York, US where he spent five days to attend the 71st UN General Assembly.

The President visited Germany on October 13, 2016, and departed on October 16.

He spent five days from November 14 to 18, 2016 in Morocco where he attended the UN Climate Change Conference.

On November 23, 2016, he traveled to Equatorial Guinea for the 4th Africa/Arab summit.

From December 5 to 7, 2016, Buhari was in Senegal where he attended the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

On December 13, 2016, he attended the ECOWAS summit in The Gambia.

Travels in 2017

The President’s first foreign trip in 2017 was to Ghana where he attended the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7.

On January 13, he traveled to The Gambia to attend a high-level ECOWAS meeting. He was in Mali the following day for the 27th African France Summit.

On January 19, 2017, the President traveled to the UK on medical leave and returned on March 10 after spending 51 days in the UK.

Barely 40 days after, Buhari traveled again to the UK for medical attention on May 8, 2017, and remained there till August 19, 2017, spending 104 days, a record which surpassed that of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

On September 17, 2017, he left for the US to attend the 72nd UN General Assembly where he stayed till September 21.

He traveled from the US to the UK for medical purposes and returned to Abuja on September 25, 2017.

On October 18, 2017, he traveled along with members of his family to Turkey on

Chaiiii!! Nigerians, Is This Your President?

Police Reveals New Trick Used By Fraudsters To Swap Sim Cards And Empty Victims’ Bank Accounts

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A new trick used by fraudsters of rip Nigerians of their cash has been uncovered, as they now swap sims to empty peoples bank accounts.

The Oyo State Police Command, revealed the new trick yesterday, following the arrest of 10 suspects: Omotayo Azeez, 29, Olufade Abdulgafar, 33, Adesina Peter, 32, Odugbesan Gbenga, 39, Shiyanbola Harry, 32, Effiog Udofia, 52, Arowosegbe Adewale, 43, Adesanlu Kayode, 32, Onasile Abiola, 25, and Temitope Fatai, 21.

The Oyo Sate Police Commissioner, Shina Olukolu, said:

On March 14, Adeniyi Ige, the Security Manager of Airtel Network Limited, reported that his company received complaints from customers regarding withdrawal of various amounts of money from their bank accounts, through fraudulent SIM cards swapping.

.The complainants included Prof. Olapade James, the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, who reported that on February 21, he experienced loss of signal on his line.

Following this, he said he started receiving notification of debit alerts from his bank account via email, adding that N180,000 was fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account.

Also one Godwin Unigbe reported that on February 22, N3m was fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account. Benjamin Udo Bassey reported that N460,000 was fraudulently withdrawn from his account between February 20 and 21.”

Following the reports, an internal investigation traced the fraudulent SIM card swapping to ISON BPO, a call centre to network service providers, including Airtel Network, located in Ibadan.

This led to the arrest of three workers of ISON directly involved in the fraudulent act. Further investigation led to the arrest of seven other suspects.

They (fraudsters) will call you to give certain information and as you give the information step by step, what follows is that your phone will go blank.

After some minutes, it will be back again, and a few minutes later, you will be receiving debit alerts via email. They have swapped your SIM card. Don’t give information to somebody you do not know.”

Photo Of Nigerian Man Whose Leg Got Condemned After Being Shot by DPO In Akwa Ibom

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According to a Punch Metro report, a middle-aged man, Mr Victor David, who was allegedly shot by a Divisional Police Officer in Akwa Ibom State Police Command said on Wednesday that he had been rendered incapacitated.

David, a father of two, told Southern City News in Uyo that he was shot on Saturday, April 17, 2018, by Mr Joseph Udonwo, who was then serving as the DPO in Okobo Local Government, but now transferred to Nsit-Ubim LGA of the state.

The victim, a passenger loader in a motor park at Okobo, called on the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the state Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, to ensure that justice was done in the matter to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said:

“I am using this medium to call on the acting IGP and the state CP, to bring the officer to book and ensure that he pays for the damage that was done.

“I want justice; my right leg has been condemned. I have been in pains for the past one year; I live on charity now as I cannot do anything on my own.

“Since he is on salary, they should ensure that he renders part of that salary to me until I am well and able to make a living.”

Narrating his ordeal, David, who now walks with the support of crutches, said, “I was at the Okobo motor park that Saturday, April 17, 2018, when I suddenly saw some policemen who drove in with their vehicles towards a medical centre close to the park.

“There was a robbery at the medical facility the previous night and when the policemen arrived, all of us, including some passengers, rushed to see what was happening. I knew two of the policemen.

“When I arrived at the scene of the robbery, the DPO ordered me to enter the car and they drove me to the police station at Okobo, where the DPO took me to a secluded place and started behaving funny.

“He shot on the ground twice and missed my leg narrowly, but the third bullet hit me on my right leg; the bullet pierced through the flesh to the other side,” he said.

David explained that the DPO, on noticing that he had injured an innocent person, rushed him to a medical facility at Iquita, in Oron LGA.

He added that the medical personnel, having realised that he had lost so much blood, referred him to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo.

According to him, the DPO got him admitted to UUTH with a wrong name, adding that he (the DPO) later apologised to him.

He, however, added that the DPO’s apology would not assuage his pains, insisting that something must be done.

“The DPO has apologised to me, but his apology was a mere afterthought. He came begging me that it was a mistake and that he was under a spell, but this is not true,” David insisted.

The wife of the victim, Agnes David, called on human rights organisations to come to the aid of the family.

“Everything is difficult for us now. I was pregnant when the incident happened and I put to birth while still taking care of my husband. Now, the baby is grown and she has to start attending school by September this year,” she lamented.

However, a network of human rights group in Akwa Ibom, comprising non-governmental organisations, individual groups, has initiated action on the matter.

In a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police on the issue, the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of the group, Mr Clifford Thomas, called on the police authority to launch a full-scale investigation into the matter with a view to ensuring that justice was done.

Thomas said, “It is our belief that the police officer acted ultra vires. He acted outside the expectation of the police rules and regulations. His action falls within the purview of strict liability and he must be made to answer for it.

“After threatening his victim initially, he made efforts to induce him with money. When he failed, the DPO is now using surrogates to harass and intimidate him, his wife and children.”

Reacting to the matter, the state CP said the Nigeria Police Force had set a standard for such actions, assuring that the command would conduct a full-scale investigation into the matter.

He promised that justice would be served on whoever was found guilty.

“The Nigeria Police has set a standard on matters like this. We shall launch an investigation into the matter and bring to book whoever is found guilty, no matter his or her position in the Force” he said.

Efforts to speak to the DPO were futile as he did not respond to several calls put across to him as of the time of filing this report.

Police Rescue Young Lady From The Hands Of Suspected Ritualists In Delta State (Photos)

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It has been reported that a young lady was rescued by the police from the hands of men suspected to be ritualists, kidnappers or internet fraudsters otherwise known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ – who allegedly tried to abduct her in Asaba, Delta state capital.

According to reports, the lady was coming from the popular Ogbegonogo market on Thursday, April 18, 2019, when she boarded a tricycle, popularly known as Keke Napep. Two young men were said to have joined her from both sides, leaving the girl in the middle.

The hoodlums alleged to be ‘Yahoo Boys’, met their Waterloo when their supposed victim signaled the Keke driver that she wanted to stop at a particular junction. The driver refused to stop thereby forcing her to raise alarm which attracted mobile policemen on patrol and sympathizers to chase after them.

It was gathered that the suspected hoodlums hypnotized (charmed) their victim which made her temporarily lose her memory after she raised the alarm.

The police in their swift response intercepted and apprehended the suspected kidnappers. Irate youths who gathered at the scene made attempts to lynch the suspects but the police prevented them.

One of the boys was identified to be an owner of SUV seen within Asaba metropolis.

Wow! Meet The Beautiful University Student Who Hawks Local Snacks On Campus (Photo)

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At a time many desperate young girls are doing unimaginable things, including selling their bodies to make money, a 300 level female student of Public Administration, of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Agbani, is poised to make a difference.

Juliet Ozioko, 21, said she was pushed by the dwindling economy coupled with the urge to be self-reliant to start the business of preparing and selling Okpa; a popular snack in Igbo land, especially amongst the people of Enugu state.

The enterprise which she started only recently, according to Ozioko, is fast bringing her fame on campus, regardless that many of her classmates mocked her initially.

She told our correspondent that she wakes up early in the morning to start the cooking and by 7am she will be ready to go. Then, she would visit other occupants of a private hostel where she resides in Enugu to find out those would buy the product for breakfast, thereafter, she would take the remaining to the campus in Agbani.

At the campus, she sells to her departmental students before taking what is left to other departments to sell.

Ozioko who also makes a local drink called zobo said: “I started the business just to keep myself busy, get income and augment what I’m getting from my parents for my studies and upkeep.

“I left other businesses and focused on okpa because I am trying to promote one of the best foods Nsukka is widely known for and to promote the culture of my hometown. Mind you, okpa though taken as snacks is one of those foods when you eat it in the morning; it will sustain you for the whole day.”

The young lady disclosed that she makes in the average about N2000 every day from sales, indicating that her studies actually inhibit her desire to expand the trade.

Surprisingly, Ozioko said that she did not have any formal training in preparing the local food but got the skill while she watched her mother cook it overtime.

“I wasn’t trained; I’m just a normal girl who sits in the kitchen while mum cooks, so, my love for okpa made me learn it so fast from my mother,” she said.

Asked what is special about her okpa, she explained that it is tasty and natural because she does not just use any kind of palm oil, adding that she prepares it under very hygienic condition.

The enterprising student also talked about her plans to package the okpa in a special way that it could with time become a brand.

9th Assembly:- APC will Never Work With PDP – Adams Oshiomole Insists

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On Tuesday night, Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress National Chairman called the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, ‘the devil’, which the APC would never share power with in the 9th National Assembly.

He insisted that the party had a comfortable majority in both chambers of the National Assembly and could decide on the choice of presiding officers without depending on the PDP to succeed. Oshomhole was speaking at the Presidential Villa, where President Buhari played host to House of Representatives member-elect at a lavish dinner.

It was also a session where he presented the current Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, as the APC’s anointed candidate for the speaker of the 9th House.

The APC chairman spoke further,

“If you are elected, it means you are tested and trusted. The National Working Committee (of the APC) had a meeting with representatives-elect, three weeks ago and it was very revealing. Their intervention is a clear confirmation that Nigerians did not make a mistake by electing them.

Their deep knowledge of the constitution would convince many that they were not first timers but seasoned lawmakers.

“On their own, speaker after speaker, across the zones, pledged to work together for Mr President to lay a landmark foundation for a new Nigeria.

“I am confident that this time around, they are very hungry Nigerians ready to deliver on the mandates at the campaigns.”

He berated the leadership of the current 8th National Assembly, alleging that both Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara remained hostile to the executive in the last four years. He added that with its majority of 223 members out of 360 members in the incoming House, the APC would neither need the support of the PDP nor share power with the opposition.

Oshiomhole spoke more,

“In life, mistakes are permitted but it becomes a problem if the mistake is repeated twice. We are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson.

“Out of 223 APC elected members, about 67 were re-elected, the rest are new members.

“In other climes, you don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers.

We have the numbers, out of 360, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr President to face the trauma of 2015.

“Most of those who defected were rejected and even those who led it were uprooted. We cannot as a part, which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical committees in the hands of the PDP or the opposition.

“If Nigerians wanted them, they could have voted them. In the days of PDP, every committee was chaired by PDP members.”

Describing the PDP in unprintable language, he went on,

“We do not need to do business with the devil for us to survive in the ninth assembly. “In the African family, we sit down in a closed door to address issues, the good news is that there is a role for everyone.

“Neither Mr President nor the party expects the National Assembly to be a rubber-stamp; we don’t even have rubber. But we will not fight in Wuse market.

“Both the re-elected and new members are entitled to heading committees “We have asked our people not to share what belongs to us with other party members. “I don’t have apologies against forces of retrogression

18-year-old SS3 Female Student Goes Missing In Anambra State (Photo)

18-year-old girl identified as Ezeobi Chiamaka Roseline, an SS3 student of Union Secondary School Amawbia, Awka South, Anambra State, Nigeria has been declared missing.

She is the first child of her parents out of 3 children.

According to her father who is a Civil Servant in Anambra State, his daughter went to school with her siblings on Wednesday 6th of February, 2019, but never came back home till date.

Mr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Ezeobi C., lives in Amawbia with his family.

The heartbroken family is calling on the general public with any useful information about her whereabouts to come forward as a handsome reward awaits the person. Call these numbers, 08037332489, 07064663569, 09078432824 or report to the police.

Name: Ezeobi, Chiamaka Roseline

Kindred: Umuhuala

Village: Abudum Ebele

Town: Achina

L.G.A: Aguata

State: Anambra

Nationality: Nigeria

Age: 18years

Religion: Christian

She speaks Igbo and English fluently.

She is fair in complexion with average height of about 5ft

President Buhari gives update on abducted Chibok girls

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President Buhari has given an update on the abducted Chibok girls, stating that he will not rest until the remaining are reunited with their families.

Buhari who said that he is aware that this promise he made is the main reason the people of Chibok voted overwhelmingly for him in the February elections, and although his government has so far succeeded in bringing back 107 of the girls, the President will not rest until the remaining are reunited with their families.

He assured the parents that his administration is still on the matter. Diverse efforts are being intensified to secure the release of the Chibok Girls, along with all hostages in Boko Haram captivity, including Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped from her school, Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.

On Leah Sharibu’s abduction, the interlocutors have reported encouraging progress so far. The report reaching us says her return to her family has unfortunately been hindered by the fear of the militants. They worry that heavy military presence in areas where they previously moved about freely could affect their safety after they return her to the government.

At the same time, the military cannot jeopardise the security of the entire north-eastern region by halting their operations to accommodate Boko Haram’s fears. Leah Sharibu will be reunited with her family as soon as any conclusions are reached on a number of options being considered for her safe transportation. The success of the Nigerian military in subduing Boko Haram is evidenced by the large numbers of militants who have surrendered recently, especially in neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

A similar mass surrender of militants is expected to happen soon in Nigeria. While Nigerian military operations are ongoing, the government is also engaging with the militants but the talks have been affected by the factionalisation of Boko Haram – with one group adopting a hard line attitude and intensifying attacks on Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and another group engaging with the government for peaceful resolution.

President Buhari also uses this opportunity of the commemoration of the Chibok tragedy to commend the girls, now women, who have triumphed over it all. He sends special greetings to the 106 girls sponsored by the Nigerian government to continue their studies at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

He encourages them to stay focused on becoming women who will inspire girls in Nigeria and around the world to triumph over the daily battles they face in a world that is often unfair to the girl-child.

Truck kills UI student moments after she paid her school fees


A student at the Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan, identified as, Balkis Adeniyi, has been killed by a truck moments after she paid her school fees.

Balkis Adeniyi was involved in an accident that occurred on Mokola-Oyo Road in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday.

Eyewitnesses said the accident also left two other victims seriously injured as a tricycle popularly called Keke Napep, rammed into a waste disposal truck at Leventis area of Sango in the metropolis.

The accident occurred around 9:30am while the student was returning from a bank where she had gone to pay her school fees. The police gave the number plate of the tricycle as RU 152 UP and described the truck as ‘MARC LAMMERTYN’. An eyewitness, Bamgbose Omobola, blamed the crash on speeding on the part of the tricycle driver, adding that the victim (Adeniyi) died immediately after the accident.

The eyewitness said,

“the lady was coming from a bank at Ajibade where she had gone to pay her school fees. “Her phone and bag were recovered. When the bag was searched, her school identity card was found there. She was a student of UI. We contacted her parents. The two other victims who had injuries in the heads and legs had been taken to a hospital for treatment.”

Confirming the tragedy, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said,

“Yes, it was true. “The Divisional Police Officer, Mokola Police Station, confirmed it to me and we have commenced investigation into the matter.”

IPOB members react to leaked video of Nnamdi Kanu in bed with wife

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IPOB members have reacted to a video which shows their leader Nnamdi Kanu in bed with his wife, which went viral after it got leaked yesterday.

According to IPOB members, the video is not something new because it has been around since 2014.

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Pope Francis kneels and kisses feet of South Sudan leaders

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Pope Francis, on Thursday, knelt to kiss the feet of warring South Sudan leaders, during their visit to the Vatican to resolve their disputes.

The Pope, however, in his statement to the leaders of the African country, urged them not to return to a civil war.

He also appealed to President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect a peace agreement they signed and commit to forming a unity government in May.

“I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward.

“There will be many problems but they will not overcome us. Resolve your problems,” Francis said in improvised remarks.

The leaders appeared to be stunned as the 82-year-old pope, helped by aides, knelt with difficulty to kiss the shoes of the two main opposing leaders and several other people in the room.

The Pope’s words were made even more pressing as anxiety grew in South Sudan over whether Thursday’s coup in neighbouring Sudan could scupper a fragile peace deal that ended South Sudan’s brutal five-year civil war.

The Vatican brought together South Sudanese leaders for 24 hours of prayer and preaching inside the pope’s residence in a last ditch attempt to heal bitter divisions a month before the war-ravaged nation is due to set up a unity government.

Boy beats lady to coma on her birthday in Lagos (Video)


A lady identified as Damilola, is currently battling for her life after being beaten to coma by a boy identified as Samuel, on her birthday at a hotel in Lagos.

According to reports, Damilola and her friends had gone to Lavalon Hotels, Ajah, to celebrate her birthday, when she decided to take some pictures.

While this was on, Samuel’s girlfriend, Mama Gold, started mocking her through the window of the room she was lodged, making the celebrant to approach her to ask why, since they’ve never met before.

However, Samuel stepped in to defend his girlfriend and started assaulting Damilola and her sister. At a point, he landed a heavy blow on her head and she passed out immediately.

The lover boy was later apprehended and handed over to the police, but he allegedly bribed them and he is now back on the streets, while Damilola remains in critical condition in the hospital.

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Bees attack, and kill Nigerian customs officer while on duty

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A senior officer of the Nigeria Customs Service has died after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while on patrol duty.

Abba Abubakar, an officer operating at the Seme customs command, along Ashipa axis of Badagry, Lagos, met his untimely death Tuesday after he was stung by the bees, the agency said in a statement.

“With sadness and deep sorrow, the Seme Area Command announces the death of our colleague CSC Abba, A.,” Saidu Abdullahi, the spokesperson of the Seme customs command, said in the statement on Wednesday.

“The sad event occurred yesterday due to an attack by a swarm of bees around Ashipa axis, Lagos- Badagry Express way.

“We pray that Allah (SWT) shower His mercy and grant him the highest level of Jannah, and give his family the patience and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Aameen.”

Mr Abdullahi described the deceased as an astute officer who discharged his duties diligently.

“He has never failed to report at his duty post daily. We regret to lose such a gallant officers,” Mr Abdullahi said.

The Yobe State-born officer was survived by his wife and children.

According to the customs, the officer has been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.

Video of Nnamdi Kanu in bed with woman believed to be his wife


A video of Nnamdi Kanu in bed with woman believed to be his wife, has surfaced on the internet and it is already going viral.

In the video, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB could be seen almost naked with the woman many have claimed was his wife Uchechi Okwu Kanu.

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Ex President Goodluck Jonathan Secured Release Of Many Chibok Girls – Abati Speaks

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan secured the release of some Chibok girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram but decided not to publicise it. by Abati

The former media aide to Jonathan disclosed this on Wednesday during a show he anchored on ARISE TV.

He interviewed Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, on the show.

He said Sambo Dasuki, the then national security adviser (NSA), advised the government against making the release public in order to protect the identities of the freed girls.

He said: “There was headway. We rescued many of the girls but the advice from the NSA at the time was that we should not publicise it because of the identities of those girls. I witnessed it on many occasions. Those girls were brought to the president.

“He met with them. In fact, some of them were sent to schools in the United States and United Kingdom. There were strict instructions not to publicise it because government thought that the identities of those girls should not be exposed. But l saw you guys making a dance out of the ones you rescued.

“In our time, we rescued some girls but we were under strict instruction not to publicise it. Check the records. The DSS, the intelligence agency, you should ask them. They will have the records.”

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno state on April 14, 2014.

While 163 of the girls have been returned, over 100 are believed to be in the custody of the terrorist group with some thought to be dead.

2019 Election: Why Buhari Is Under Pressure To Run For Second Term – Presidency

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The Presidency, yesterday, explained why there is pressure from within and outside the country on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term in office.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, relevant stakeholders recognized President Buhari as possessing the capacity to stabilize the country.

Shehu also informed journalists in Abuja that the President would contest and win next year’s election by a wider margin.

He said: “President Buhari will run in 2019 and he will win. The pressure is even coming from outside the country for him to run because their belief is that there is the need for Buhari’s firm hands to stabilize the country.”

He stated that irrespective of the high level of hatred and fake news being circulated on the social media, what will be in 2019 will be, and “what will happen is that President Muhammadu Buhari would win with a wider margin of ballots than he polled in 2015.”

He said facts on the ground reveal that President Buhari had recorded monumental achievements in the past three years, particularly in infrastructure, security and fight against corruption, such that greater percentage of Nigerians want him back in office for a second term.

Breaking: Acting President Osinbajo Orders Immediate Overhaul Of SARS

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Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The order follows persistent complaints and reports on the activities SARS that border on allegations of human rights violations.

In a statement signed on Tuesday by his (Osinbajo) media aide, Laolu Akande, instructed the IGP to ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

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We spent ₦49 billion on school feeding programme in 2 years – FG

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The special adviser to President Buhari on social protection, Mariam Uwais, says the FG has spent N49 billion on the national home-grown school feeding programme.

The programme is meant for feeding primary school pupils across the country.
The programme, a component of the government’s social investment, has been ongoing in the last two years.

Uwais said 8, 596,340 pupils were currently being fed in 46,247 public primary schools in 24 states.

She listed the as Abia, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.

She added that through the programme, 90,670 Nigerians had been engaged and empowered as cooks while over 100,000 local farmers had also been linked with the programme to supply locally sourced farm produce.

Uwais said the government had achieved 30% improvement in school enrollment in the country since the commencement of the programme.

“We have created a value chain with significant economic benefits to the micro-economic development of the states.” she said.

“The value chain offers additional benefits of job creation and increased livelihood outcomes for both cooks and small holder-farmers, hence improving livelihood and the local economies.”

Other components of the SIP are N-Power, national cash transfer project, and government enterprise and empowerment programme.

Pastor caught stealing a Goat in Anambra state (PHOTOS+VIDEO)

A man who claims to be a pastor was caught stealing a goat at Akukwa village in Igbo-Ukwu, Anambra state.

He was tied up with the stolen goat and beaten mercilessly after he was caught. He was also interrogated by village vigilante members of which he disclosed that his name is pastor Chinedu from Orifite in Anambra state.

He added that he owns a church known as Key of Life Ministries in Ozubulu town but came to Igbo-Ukwu for an engagement.

He confessed to stealing the goat which he allegedly said he wanted to use for sacrifice.

He was later handed over to security operatives for further interrogations.

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“The worst of Buhari in 8 years will be better than the best of PDP in 16 years” – Kenneth Okonkwo writes

Kenneth Okonkwo

Nollywood Actor and legal practitioner, Kenneth Okonkwo, has said the Igbos will continue to wander in the wilderness if they turn their backs against Buhari in 2019.

According to the ‘Living In Bondage’ star, who is also eyeing the governorship position of Enugu State, the worst of Buhari in 8 years will be better than the best of PDP in 16 years.

The father of one made the statements on his Instagram page.

Read below:

“You know the truth, the worst of Buhari in 8 years will be better than the best of PDP in 16 years.

PDP had 16 years with oil prices very high in-between yet they left us without light (power), without water, without roads, without security, without paying even salaries, indeed without anything.

Whatever is happening today has its root from that regime. This administration came with bail out for states to pay salaries with the price of oil falling drastically. Tackled security and all that and somebody is telling me I should reconsider the past leaders that brought us into this mess. God forbid.

I support Buhari and pray for him. I sincerely don’t care what people like those empty men who make ignorant videos have to say. I don’t want to be a Governor under a corrupt President. At least I can say that the person of Buhari is not corrupt.

Let them call on their gods, let me call on my God and let the God that answereth by fire, let Him be God”

He continued saying nobody supported him when he decided to be an actor, saying he not only supports Buhari, but also prays for him

“Who cares? When I decided to be an actor, nobody supported me. They could not understand why a man who made a second class upper division in Business Administration in UNN and was wanted to be an assistant Lecturer, could opt to be an Actor. But my God was with me and I succeeded.

Today, I have decided to go this political line and I guarantee you I will succeed irrespective of what unfortunate ignorant men will say. By the grace of God, watch me and watch where I am going. Onu kwuru njo ga emeche kwue mma

Just to remind you but a few. Before Buhari came in, terrorists bombed to pieces, 88 persons at Nyanya in Abuja, bombed the United Nations Building in Abuja, bombed Banex Plaza and even the police headquarters in Abuja killing uncountable number of persons.

I don’t need to mention the entire North East that was overun by terrorists with thousands of people beheaded and the video images sent on internet for everybody to see. The terrorists were everywhere and have started forming cells in Lagos and Enugu.

This Government came and destroyed them across the country. Only their remnants now are going about carrying out criminal activities and you are telling me security is not better now. Our soldiers and officers were sent to fight these terrorists without weapons.

They were dying like chicken and when they complained about lack of weapons, they were sentenced to death for mutiny. No apologies for supporting Buhari. I respect your views. I not only support him, I pray for him”

He then continued by slamming those criticizing his decisions…

“My attention has been drawn to some negative comments and curses poured out against my person by some ignorant and satanically motivated persons because of my preference of President Muhammadu Buhari as President of this country for his incorruptible and firm character against enemies of Nigeria.

I have been laughing at their ignorance and wickedness.
First, these men have not offered any alternative party or Presidential aspirants to challenge Buhari or be compared with him.

Second, they claim they are Igbos but forgot that in Igboland, it is a cardinal principle and custom that you must respect someone’s personal opinion and must not curse the person, if what the person simply did was to express his opinion and nothing more, “uche onye adighi ya njo”. Even if a person says anything you don’t like, provided he did not curse you, you are permitted to throw away his words but restrained by custom and tradition not to do anything to him.

Third, the Nigerian constitution said in section 39 that “every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference”. Also in section 38, the constitution states “every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience… including freedom to change his … belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his belief in teaching, practice and observance”.

God himself created man a free moral agent to hold his thoughts and express his opinions as he wishes. He did not even compel man to worship Him.
So these army of ignorant and wicked men are simply trying to rudely and crudely interfere with my traditional, constitutional and religious rights to freely express myself and hold an opinion, belief and thought as I so wish.

Let me reiterate that I am a follower of President Buhari and believe in his integrity and good intentions to better the lots of Nigerians and that of Ndigbo and I have no apologies for this. Whoever disagrees with me should produce his own strong reasons and better alternatives.

Since these men did not do this, but resorted to curses and vituperations, they have violated the law of nature, man and God.

Here is the verdict of God on them according to Psalm 109 and particularly verses 1-3, 6, 17-21, 25-30.

For the avoidance of doubt let me reproduce these verses verbatim:

“(1) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; (2) for the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. (3) they compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. (6) Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. (17) As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. (18) As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. (19) Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. (20) Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the Lord, and of them that speak evil against my soul. (21) But do thou for me, O God the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. (25) I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. (26) Help me, O Lord my God: O save me according to thy mercy: (27) That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, Lord, hast done it. (28) Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice. (29) Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. (30) I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.”

Police arrest school principal over statement of result issued to Senator Adeleke

Senator Adeleke

Police have reportedly arrested principal of Ede Muslim High School, Khalid Abass, over Senator Adeleke’s result.

Nigerian Tribune reports that policemen from Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Alagbon, Lagos, on Wednesday, Wednesday, August 1, visited Ede Muslim High School I, where the principal of the school, Khalid Abbas, was arrested and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Osogbo before being moved to Lagos.

He explained that the only issue raised by the security agents was the alleged discrepancy on the date of the testimonial authorised by the school principal, Khalid Abass.

The source was said to have further disclosed that the principal was subsequently taken away by the police in their vehicle to one of the police stations within Ede township, just as he said he had not been sighted since Wednesday after his encounter with the police detectives.

It was gathered that when contacted over the development, Osun state commissioner for education, Kola Omotunde-Young in a text message forwarded to Nigerian Tribune, said he was not aware of the incident, pointing out that the alleged arrest of the principal had not been brought to the attention of his ministry.

The text message reads thus,

“I am not in any way aware of this information. I am currently in Abuja attending the 63rd meeting of the National Council on Education. I have called the office to ask them and the ministry has not been informed.” Similarly, the Osun state commissioner of police, Fimihan Adeoye, said he was not aware of the arrest of the principal, stating that, “I have been in Abuja since Tuesday. When you called the other time, I was attending a meeting. I am not aware of what you are saying. I am not aware of it.”

The NUT executive said: “It is true that policemen from Lagos came to Ede Muslim High School.

“I was told by the teachers that the policemen came to investigate the secondary school certificate which Senator Ademola Adeleke submitted to INEC.”

“They said the signature on the testimonial is different from the notification of result which he submitted.

“The principal was taken to the police headquarters in Osogbo and he was eventually taken to Alagbon in Lagos.

“They went to the school on Wednesday and the man has not been released.

“I think he will be released soon.”

Adeleke’s spokesman, Dele Adeleke, did not response to messages sent to him on the issue, while the Commissioner, Osun State Police Command, Fimihan Adeoye, said he had been in Abuja since Tuesday and was unaware of the development.

“God will continue to fish out bad eggs among us” – President Buhari

Buhari

President Muhammdu Buhari has urged his supporters not to be troubled by the recent defections that have hit the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari on Thursday, August 2, in Bauchi likened defectors from the APC, to bad eggs saying “God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us” as the country approaches the 2019 general elections, The Punch reports.

The president made the statement when he spoke at the commencement of the campaign rally for the Bauchi south senatorial district bye-elections and the formal presentation of APC candidate, Gumau Yahaya, for the August 11 poll, his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said in a release.

The president reassured his supporters that his government will continue to work hard to surpass its campaign promises for a better Nigeria.

He said his administration had remained faithful in implementing its campaign promise of improving the economy, securing the country, and the fight against corruption.

“The work we are doing is because of God, our country and you. I want to inform you that the knowledge we have garnered over the years, we won’t allow you to be cheated,”Buhari said.

‘‘Like we promised, what will determine a good future for the country are security, strong economy and to stop corruption.

“We campaigned on these things, you voted for us and we will never forget.”

The president also urged the people of Bauchi south senatorial district to vote Yahaya in the upcoming election.

I am committed to President Buhari’s re-election in 2019 – Minister of women affairs Mama Taraba

Aisha Alhassan

The minister of women affairs and social development, Aisha Alhassan, said she has not resigned her position as a member of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Mrs Alhassan disclosed this while speaking in a phone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.

Mama Taraba is known to be an ally to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who is running for the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Contrary to insinuations especially in the social media, I only sought for permission from President Muhammdu Buhari to begin consultations.

“This is preparatory to my seeking nomination from our great party the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest for the office of the governor of Taraba State in 2019, which he has graciously accepted,” she said.

Mrs Alhassan added: “The letter in circulation in the social media does not in any way mean or suggest resignation.

“The letter is straight forward and unambiguous.

“Our esteemed supporters and loyal party men and women in Taraba should please disregard any rumour of my resignation.

“When the time comes for me to resign, I will do so in accordance with the laid down procedure and regulations.’’

Mrs Alhassan said she is presently preoccupied with the task given to her by Mr Buhari as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development.

“I am also helping in mobilising support for him and the APC for the 2019 election,’’ she said.

In 2019, President Buhari has our votes in the southeast – Orji Uzor Kalu declares

Orji Uzor Kalu

Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will win over 75 percent of votes in the south-eastern part of Nigeria in 2019, as a reward for the landmark projects executed in the zone.

Mr Kalu said this at an expanded meeting of the executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the ward, local government and state levels in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu said that Buhari had done for the zone what previous leaders, including former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, could not do, especially on roads.

The former governor reportedly cited the ongoing rehabilitation of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Enugu-Onitsha expressway and the construction of the second Niger bridge as some of Buhari’s major projects in the region.

He, however, said that the major challenge facing the zone include the deplorable state of roads and the issue of the second Niger Bridge. Kalu recalled that as the governor then, he had to dismantle all the toll gates in the state to protest federal government’s neglect of the roads in the state, but expressed joy that Buhari had been able to address the problem.

The former governor, however, decried the poor state of the Abia economy, citing the irregular payment of workers’ salaries and infrastructural deficit.

He said that most of the ongoing road projects in the state were being done by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Kalu further expressed optimism that APC would record landslide victory in Abia during the 2019 general elections.

“The party has the antidote against rigging and what it takes to win the polls at all levels in 2019.

“We will never allow anybody to rig us out of elections in Abia again. We shall match them force by force and money for money,” he said.

He urged APC leadership not to be weighed down by the gale of defections from the party, saying that “defection is a personal decision.”

“It is their decision to defect to other parties, but it is also our choice to remain in APC.”

Mr Kalu stressed the need for APC to nominate credible candidates that would dislodge any opponent of its governorship candidates, in State and National Assemblies.

“The power to elect the party flag bearers is in your hands.

“Give us good candidates and we will match the powers-that-be in the state, any how they want it.

“You should not vote for aspirants on sentiments. Vote for aspirants based on their track record and proven competence.”

Senator Dino Melaye releases a comic relief song on his Return to PDP, blasts former party APC

Dino Melaye

This is such an entertaining time to be an avid follower of Nigerian politics. The word ‘entertaining’ has been deliberately chosen. It is not an intellectually stimulating or politically refreshing or ideologically renewing time to be Nigerian and politically conscious.

Outspoken lawmaker and influential politician, Senator Dino Melaye, is back again with yet another comic relief song where he blasted his former party APC.

The Senator representing Kogi West constituency who earlier joined over a dozen other of his colleagues in dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last week, had before his defection, sang about his imminent return to the PDP.

He has now released a new version of the song which goes:

“Oh my home… now that I’ve seen my home. Now that I’ve seen my PDP, I’ll never forget my home

“I like am, I like am (2x). Me I like PDP. Imlike am pass APC. Everything dey for PDP. Make we join hands to make Nigerian better.”

Watch below:

Minister of Health Isaac Adewole warns Nigerians against delivering babies at home

Isaac Adewole

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has warned Nigerians against delivering babies at home and circumcision by unqualified hands.

He said such acts are some of the major causes of Hepatitis.

According to Punch Newspaper, Mr Adewole said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a briefing held to mark the 2018 World Hepatitis Day.

About 20 million Nigerians have at least one form of hepatitis, says health experts.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by a viral infection. The most common forms are hepatitis A, B, and C. The disease could cause chronic liver disease, liver cancer and death without manifesting any weighty symptoms.

The minister noted that Hepatitis killed 1.3 million people across the world every year.

“While Hepatitis C could be cured, Hepatitis B has no known remedy but it could be prevented by taking a vaccine.

“In our clime, the risk factors include local circumcision, local uvulectomy and scarification on the body. Other predisposing factors include surgical procedures, deliveries that occur at home and blood transfusion to mention a few. May I inform you that our target is to eliminate Viral Hepatitis by the year 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals:, Adewole said.

He noted that some of the common symptoms included poor appetite, tiredness, vomiting, yellow discolouration of the skin and the white portion of the eye.

“Permit me to add that viral hepatitis is a global infectious disease and, worldwide, one in 12 persons is estimated to be living with the infection. This translates to approximately 292 million people who are actively infected with Hepatitis B virus, while 71 million are actively infected with Hepatitis C virus.

“It is very disheartening that globally, an estimated 1.8 million children under five years have Hepatitis B infection despite the availability of a potent vaccine that could be used to protect children against the virus.”

Mr Adewole urged Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the ongoing Nigeria AIDS Indicators and Impact Survey to know their status or simply walk into any health facility to do a blood test, which would not take more than 15 minutes to verify one’s status.

It is estimated that about 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis across the world, most of whom are not aware of their status.

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi bars President Buhari’s party APC from using Abakaliki Stadium for rally

David Umahi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor has barred members of the All Progressives Congress, Ebonyi State Chapter, from using the Abakaliki Township Stadium as venue of its rally scheduled to hold on Saturday.

The APC had earlier announced that it will hold a mega rally at the stadium on Saturday, ahead of the 2019 general election.

But the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP)- led state government in a reaction on Thursday maintained that it has not given approval for its use.

Emmanuel Uzor, made the assertion on Thursday while addressing members of the State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria during a courtesy visit.

According to him, the stadium was undergoing reconstruction work, including asphalting of the entire premises and installation of floodlights.

“Abakaliki Township stadium now Pa Ngele Oruta stadium as you all know has been under construction and as I am talking to you, the asphalting of the back of the stadium is ongoing and the illumination of the floodlights and the popular stand is ongoing,” he explained.

Continuing, he said, “Abakaliki Stadium, as you all know, has been under reconstruction and as I am talking to you, the asphalt work at the back of the stadium is ongoing and the illumination of the floodlight and the popular stand are ongoing too.”

The Governor reiterated that any political activity in the stadium, especially by a particular party that is divided along different factions, will jeopardize the construction work in the stadium.

“We believe in accommodating all the different voices, especially different parties in the state.

“We don’t want to stifle any opposition. Any opposition with credible integrity that wants to do anything is free to do it; but as for the stadium, you’ll notice for some time that even the state government has not done anything in the stadium because of the work going on there”

“So, I want to use this opportunity to tell the faction of the APC to start looking for an alternative.

“Of course, they have their own stadium at Nkwegu Ugballa Grand Arena. The rally can be held there.”

SOURCE: TodayNG

Senator Ike Ekweremadu suffers high blood pressure in EFCC custody

Ike Ekweremadu

Ike Ekweremadu was hurriedly released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday after suffering high blood pressure during interrogation, Punch Metro reports.

Sources at the anti-graft agency told Punch Metro that the lawmaker, who was interrogated for over eight hours on Tuesday, returned for another round of questioning on Wednesday morning but after some hours, he took ill.

A detective at the commission said, “During the interrogation on Wednesday, the Deputy Senate President started to complain of discomfort and he told us that he had high blood pressure. We noticed the symptoms and we immediately released him.”

Ekweremadu, who has been a senator since 2003, is, among other things, accused of owning 22 properties.

It was alleged that while the lawmaker listed some of the properties in his asset declaration form filled at the Code of Conduct Bureau, over half of the properties were undeclared.

The undeclared assets were identified as 11, Evans Enwerem Street, Apo Legislative Quarters, Apo, Abuja; Plot 2633 Kyami, Abuja; Housing Estate, Plot 1106 CRD, Cadastral Zone 07-07, Lugbe, Abuja; Plot 2782, Asokoro Extension, Abuja; houses at Citi Park Estate, Gwagwalada, Abuja; and Plot 1474, Cadastral Zone BD6, Mabushi, Abuja.

Other properties allegedly undeclared by the senator include Congress Court, Abuja; Flat 1, Block D25, Athletics Street, (24th Street) Games Village, Abuja; and Plot 66, 64 Crescent, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.

Properties allegedly owned by Ekweremadu abroad include Flat 4 Varsity Court, Harmer Street, WIH 4NW, London; 52 Ayleston Avenue, NW6 7AB, London; Room 1903, The Address Hotel, Downtown Dubai; The Address Boulevard, 3901, Dubai; two Flats of Burij Side Boulevard (the signature), Dubai and Emirate Gardens Apartment No. EGG1/1/114, Dubai.

Others are Emirate Gardens Apartment No. EGG1/115, Dubai; apartment DFB/12/B 1204, Park Towers, Dubai; Flat 3604, MAG214, Dubai; Villa No 148, Maeen 1, The Lakes Emirates Hills, Dubai; 4507 Stella Street, Bellavida Estate Kissime, Florida, United States; and 2747 Club Cortile Circle, Kissime, Florida, US; and 2763 Club Cortile Circle, Kissime, Florida, US.

President Buhari elected ECOWAS chairman

Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, July 31, emerged the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He was elected at the 53rd ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Lome, Togo.

The president’s personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this in a message posted on his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.

He wrote:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected the new Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo.

“The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission.”

Bashir Ahmad

@BashirAhmaad

President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected the new Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo.

The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission.

In his acceptance remarks, the Nigerian leader, who commended his colleagues for his election, noted that he did not offer himself for the post, “but you refused to take my no for an answer.”

He, however, told his fellow leaders that, “I am truly humbled and pledge to serve and work with all of you to deliver on peace, security, good governance and socio-economic development” of the sub-region, and “take our organisation to greater heights.”

President Buhari also commended his immediate predecessor and President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, for successfully hosting two important meetings of the Joint Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and ECOWAS as well as the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.

The new chairman had earlier been presented with the emblem of ECOWAS by the outgoing chairman, while the next meeting of the organisation will take place in Abuja on December 21, 2018.

What APC did to Bukola Saraki – Atiku Abubakar reacts as Senate president defects to PDP

Atiku Abubakar

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the defection of Senate president Bukola Saraki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Saraki on Tuesday left the APC for the main opposition party, PDP.

Reacting to the news, Atiku expressed joy over Saraki’s defection via his Twitter page.

He tweeted:

“I received the news that the Senate President, Senator @bukolasaraki, has resigned from the All Progressives Congress, with great joy.

“What the APC did to Senator Saraki is what they have also done to Nigeria as a nation. They have degraded our democracy and our economy.”

“I therefore not only welcome @bukolasaraki’s resignation from the APC, I also urge him to go one step further and join the only party capable of enshrining genuine democracy in Nigeria as well as lasting economic progress.

“I urge Senator Saraki to join our great party, the @OfficialPDPNig. May God bless Nigeria and may God bless the PDP.”

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

I received the news that the Senate President, Senator @bukolasaraki, has resigned from the All Progressives Congress, with great joy.

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

What the APC did to Senator Saraki is what they have also done to Nigeria as a nation. They have degraded our democracy and our economy.

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

I therefore not only welcome @bukolasaraki’s resignation from the APC, I also urge him to go one step further and join the only party capable of enshrining genuine democracy in Nigeria as well as lasting economic progress.

Atiku Abubakar

@atiku

I urge Senator Saraki to join our great party, the @OfficialPDPNig. May God bless Nigeria and may God bless the PDP.

Bukola Saraki provides reasons why he left APC for opposition party PDP

Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has provided reasons why he left Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, for the main opposition party, PDP.

Mr Saraki blamed his exit from APC on certain elements in the party that have blatantly disregarded the party rules. He said the APC took him for granted.

Read Mr Saraki’s full statement below:

I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine. However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.

While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.

They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic precondition for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as additional pretext for further exclusion.

The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.

I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this.

However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront on the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”. Persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.

Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people.

The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable.

The emergence of a new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President. I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day, but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation.

However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different.

For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When we left the PDP to join the then nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.

In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic precondition for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.

I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.

What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people.

What the experience of the last three years have taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.

Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claim to progress no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.

This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part. It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another.

Thank you.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
President of the Senate

Senate president, Bukola Saraki announce his exit from APC

Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has officially dumped the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

He announced his decision to leave the party few minutes ago via a tweet from his verified handle which reads:

I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He however didn’t reveal which party he’s headed.

EFCC Begins Investigation Of Ekiti state governor Ayodele Fayose & his Wife

Ayodele Fayose

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the investigation of Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti state, his wife, Feyisetan Fayose, and his top aides, TheCable can report.

Others being investigated include Lere Olayinka, spokesperson to the governor; Toyin Ojo, the state’s commissioner for finance; Oluyemisi Owolabi, the state’s accountant general.

Sources in the know of the investigation reveal that the anti-graft agency is attempting to nail the governor, his wife, and members of his cabinets on allegations of money laundering and abuse of office.

Some of the letters seen by TheCable, dated July 20, 2018, and addressed to the managing director and the chief compliance officer of Access Bank Plc reveal that EFCC is also investigating the governor for abuse of office.

The EFCC listed four Access Bank accounts being run by “Ayodele Peter Fayose”, and about five accounts in the same bank, being run by “Feyisetan Helen O. Fayose”, believed to be the wife of the governor.

Sources also revealed that similar letters were also sent to other major banks in the country, where the governor and his loyalists run personal transactions.

Some of the letters referenced “CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG-TA/VOL.57/254” and “CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG-TA/VOL.57/258” requested that the banks’ compliance officers should report at the EFCC economic governance section on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 — 10 days after the just concluded Ekiti elections.

Insiders also revealed that the banks were asked to present the details of accounts of the governor and his loyalists, including their; statements of accounts, bank verification, and any other relevant information that may help the investigation.

THE EKITI ELECTIONS AND ITS UNDERCURRENTS

After the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the July 14 elections in Ekiti state, the EFCC official Twitter handle tweeted that the anti-graft agency was coming after Fayose to explain his role in the alleged N1.3 billion fraud, as filed by the EFCC in 2005.

“The parri is over, the cloak of immunity torn apart, and the staff broken. #Ekiti Integrated Poultry Project Biological Concepts Limited N1.3bn fraud case file dusted off the shelves. See you soon,” read the tweet posted hours after Kayode Fayemi was declared winner of the governorship election.

The EFCC disowned the tweet, saying it does not represent the views of the agency.

Wilson Uwujaren, spokesman of the anti-graft agency, said: “in the opinion of most commentators, the tweet betrayed the partisanship of the EFCC in the political contest in Ekiti state”.

“Against the background, the commission is constrained to state that the purported tweet does not represent the views of the EFCC. As a law enforcement organisation the commission is apolitical and was not involved in the recent Ekiti election.

“While it is true that there is a subsisting criminal charge against governor Fayose, the fate of the charge will be determined by the federal high court, Ado Ekiti, at the expiration of his tenure, not the EFCC.”

Olayinka, Fayose’s spokesperson, who is also being investigated, replied the EFCC, asking the agency to apologise for the “inglorious tweet”.

“Just read that @officialEFCC has disowned its inglorious tweet about @GovAyoFayose and I wish to ask if EFCC has also disowned the twitter handle. Methinks EFCC must go beyond mere disowning the tweet and explain to Nigerians what informed it and tender unreserved apology,” Olayinka tweeted.

In September 2017, the commissioner of finance and the accountant general of the state, were arrested by the EFCC.

“They were picked up following their refusal to honour previous invitations for interrogation in relation to pending investigation on the misuse of bailout funds by the Ayodele Fayose administration,” Uwujaren said via a statement seen by TheCable.

Fayose is said to have other allegations to answer, including misuse of bailout funds, electoral fraud from the 2014 governorship election (EkitiGate), and the N1.3 billion poultry fraud.

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Source: The Cable

Lagosians came out to welcome President Buhari (See Photos)

Buhari

President Buhari arrived Lagos state today and he received a warm welcome by Lagosians, see photos;

President Buhari President Buhari

Nokian Tyres To Hit Nigerian Market, Plans A Grand Launch In Lagos Nigeria

Nokian Tyres

As the dawn of the new year breathes fresh air of hope across the cities of Africa, a world’s auto-tyres giant brand, Nokian Tyres targets the most populous black nation in history, Nigeria, kicks to unveil its brand with a grand launch ceremony in Lagos Nigeria soon.

Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres, made in EU Finland, continues to be the choice brand for automobile tyres with all range of tyre sizes. The products are developed for extreme challenging weathers to ensure safe driving under any road conditions.

Nokian Tyres

Nokian Tyres Liability covers raw material and manufacture defects. The Liability remains effective for Five ( 5) Years after the manufacture of the tyre.

Nokian Tyres

Through Eustore247, Nokian Tyres will be launching its market operation in Lagos Nigeria on the 23rd of February 2018. Venue at Oriental hotel Lagos, No 3 Lekki Epe Express Road.

Nokian Tyres

According reports, Nigerian automobile tyre industry will experience disruptive change in its business operations via www.eustore247.com -platform, which will turnaround business situation in the automobile market, said the promoters.

Nokian Tyres

Dealers and Distributors are therefore needed nationwide to take up the rich potentials the FINLAND tyres giant welds. The brand’s official launch and media promotion consultant, Dabinchi Global and RedCarpet On TV confirmed that, topmost executives of Eustore247, Nokian Tyres representative in Nigeria Mr. Ismo Sillanpaa (C.E.O) and Mr.George Essang (Chairman M.D) will be in Nigeria for the Launch.

Nokian Tyres

“My Friend Framed Me Up” – Lagos “Yahoo Boy” Caught With Stolen Gold Chain Speaks (Photos, Video)

Lagos Big Boy, Tomiwa, who was paraded over the weekend in Egbeda area of Lagos after reportedly caught with a stolen gold chain, has taken to social media to recount what really happened.

Tomiwa whose hair was shaved off after he was caught with the stolen gold chain, wrote as he shared a video of him confronting his friend, Pablo who reportedly gave him the chain to keep;

“This to inform the general public that I never involve myself in the theft of gold that was posted on Facebook yesterday was a set up by a traitor who I call as friend,have never in my life involve in this such mess before the guy on arrow is more like a family friend to the owner of the chain and he brought the chain to me to keep which i immediately ask him for what? But listen to the video and the own truth.”

However this post was deleted as he claimed his account was hacked.

He wrote again;

“I woke up this morning to discover that the videos I posted yesterday was deleted from my wall. Yes they hacked my account over night. I’m reposting this video again as a proof of my innocence. Please kindly help me re-share till this video gets to every corner that this false news has wandered to. I’m not a THIEF!! I repeat.. I’M NOT A THIEF.

Neither would I stoop so low to the extent of stealing a handchain. I wasn’t the culprit. I went through hell trying to prove my innocence to the public by making a secret video at the culprits house yesterday…. pablo stole the chain & asked me to keep it for him.

I had no idea that it was stolen. I later found out and I immediately reported the situation on ground to his elder brother, his elder brother asked me to cover him up & said he would scold him once he gets home and promised to sort it out with the owner of the chain as they are family friends.

Before all said & done, I started hearing noises, and the whole situation got out of hand. I was trying to explain but everyone turned deaf ears.

I TOMIWA HAASTRUP IS NOT A THIEF! I was accused wrongly just because I tried to cover up a friend. N.B: please trust nobody! They are not your friends. What if I had died due to the situation on ground. I wouldn’t have been able to clear my name and would have died unjustly! Please kindly repost.

Thanks to you all that believe in me. Anyone could have been a victim of this. Please be careful out there. Kindly reshare till this gets to as much bloggers as possible.

Those of you hacking my account, Una no reach! I refuse to take the fall for something i didn’t do!.

this to inform the general public that I never involve myself in the theft of gold that was posted on Facebook yesterday, it was a set up by a traitor who I call as friend, have never in my life involve in this such mess before the guy on arrow is more like a family friend to the owner of the chain and he brought the chain to me to keep which I immediately ask him for what?but listen to the video and hear the truth 😓😓”

Here are some of his photos and the video below;

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Don’t Do My ‘Ashawo’ Job, Stick To Your Make-Up Profession – Ghanaian Gay Man Tells Bobrisky

A popular Ghanaian gay man Jay Quameh Rooney has called out his Nigerian cross-dresser, Bobrisky for coming out public as gay.

Jay, a bleached Ghanaian gay said his Nigerian counterpart doesn’t know anything in the “ashawo” work.

Bobrisky admitted yesterday that he is gay and Jay has taken a swipe at him.

Jay said Bobrisky should stick to his makeup business and forget the “ashawo” side of life.

He wrote:-

 Madam makeup Bobrisky, tell me o, why are you hurting yourself? Don’t force yourself if you know you can’t do a hoe job.

“You profession is make-uping and my profession na okpo job (Ashawo) stop doing my job because I don’t do yours.

Mother Of Labour Party National Chairman Kidnapped

Mrs. Elizabeth Omotosho, the mother of of the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Dr Mike Omotosho has been kidnapped in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The 71 year old was allegedly kidnapped at her Tanke home, about 8 pm. According to her gatekeeper, four armed men stormed the house and took the woman away.

Her son confirmed the abduction. According to him, the police headquarters in Abuja and in Kwara State have been contacted.

13-Year-Old Girl Flees With Boyfriend In Lagos, Just Because Of This (Read Details)

A 13 – year – old girl from Ilefunfun , Magbon , Badagry , Lagos State, has allegedly fled with a boyfriend who lives in Ilogbo, Oko Afo , a neighbouring community.

The Senior Secondary School One pupil , Lawal , reportedly eloped with the boyfriend , identified simply as Akin , on October 22 and had yet to return home .

Sources learnt that a friend of the girl , known as Kemi , hooked her up with Akin , who is said to be an okada (motocycle) rider .

It was said 21- year – old Akin and Lawal had met in a church on the day, from where she took her away .

Our correspondent gathered that the case was reported at the Morogbo Police Division , but the police had yet to track Akin down .

The father of the girl , Isah, a dock worker in Apapa , stated that Kemi and Akin ’ s parents had frustrated efforts to find his daughter .

He said , “ I have been searching for her for two weeks. I went to my workplace in Apapa . When I came back , her siblings told me that she went to Holy Mary Church , where Akin waited for her . The pastor of the church, a woman , confirmed to me that she saw her and Akin , but said they left before the end of service that day.

“ I went to Akin’s house . His mother said she did not know his whereabouts and that he only came home every evening . I told the police what she said , but they said they would not arrest her .

“ Kemi said she knew where he passes the night . I have been begging her parents to allow her take me to the place . She was the one that introduced my daughter to Akin . He is an okada rider . ”

Isah , who said his daughter had been decent until she struck a relationship with Kemi , explained that she had fled to Kemi ’ s house and spent two days with her a week before running away with Akin .

He said , “ I have been responsible for her upbringing and that of her sisters since their mother died five years ago . She changed suddenly and her behaviour has become strange.

“ A week before she fled with Akin , I returned from work in the evening on Friday. A neighbour told me that she went out with Kemi .

“ When I got there, Kemi ’ s mother said she had gone out with Kemi to iron her clothes . She returned home the following day and I warned her not to associate with Kemi again . ”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , ASP Olarinde Famous – Cole , said the case was reported at the Morogbo division.

He said , “ During investigation , he (Isah ) said he suspected somebody who is her boyfriend . Investigation is ongoing to arrest the boyfriend and find the daughter of the man . A case of missing person was reported at the station . ”

Police Arrest Two Herdsmen Over Alleged Kidnap, Murder

Two herdsmen suspected to be kidnappers and cattle rustlers have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Monday said the suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnap and killing of another herdsman at Obada Oko area of the state.

According to him, the herdsmen – Hassan Amodu and Abubakar Abdullah – allegedly kidnapped Taye Amodu on October 23 at Obada Oko area of Abeokuta and equally made away with eight cows belonging to the victim.

“On receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed iliyasu, directed the officer in charge of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Uba Adam, to fish out the hoodlums within the shortest possible period of time,” he said.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the officers swung into action and at about 5:30pm of the same day, the hideout of the culprits was located in Imeko area through technical intelligence.

The hideout in a thick forest was stormed by the operatives where the two suspects were arrested.”

Oyeyemi said a pump-action gun loaded with four live cartridges and two cutlasses were recovered from them.

He added, “On interrogation, they confessed to having killed the victim because he was struggling with them while they were taking him away and the body has been buried in a shallow grave inside the forest.

They equally confessed taken away eight cows belonging to the victim.”

The Command’s spokesman said the police commissioner commended the FSARS operatives for their gallantry and a good display of intelligent investigation.

He also informed that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was concluded.

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