Monday, October 8, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan pays secret visit to wife in Germany

President Goodluck Jonathan pays secret visit to wife in Germany

President Goodluck Jonathan paid a secret visit to his sick wife, Patience,in Germany on Saturday.

A short news item aired on the Nigerian Television Authority at 9pm showed the President’s visit to his wife, who is reported to be sick of an undisclosed ailment in Germany.

The news item was accompanied by a short video clip showing the President and his gorgeously dressed wife.

Patience, who was in high spirit was heard saying,  “Let me take picture with my husband.”

When contacted, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,  Dr. Reuben Abati, confirmed that the President visited his wife in Germany on Saturday and that Jonathan returned to the country on Sunday.

He said the video clip aired by NTA was a confirmation that the President’s wife was hale and hearty contrary to what some people wanted Nigerians to believe.

He said, “What that video has proved is that the President’s wife is hale and hearty and she is not in bad shape like people will want Nigerians to believe.

“The video has put paid to all the lies that people who play politics with almost everything have been spreading.

“It was clear from that video that the scene was not an hospital scene.”

The Presidential spokesman said government had been quiet since because it could not afford to be “jumping into the fray” with everybody.

When  asked when the President’s wife would likely return to the country, Abati said he did not have an idea.

Independent investigations conducted by our correspondent revealed two verdicts.

It was gathered that Jonathan was accompanied on the trip to Germany by the chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba.

It was gathered that Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Usman Abubakar, was also with the delegation.

Unconfirmed report however had it that unlike in past trips when the President was always accompanied by NTA reporter and cameraman, the video clip that formed the backbone of the television report was actually sent to the station on Sunday.

That claim fuelled the speculation that the clip might have been recorded during the President’s stop over in Germany during his recent trip to New York for the last United Nations General Assembly.

Since she left the country early in September, the Presidency has kept mum on the nature of her sickness and her state of health.

In fact, her spokesman, Ayo Osinlu, claimed that the President’s wife was only resting in Germany.

Speculation was rife over the weekend that Patience might return to the country anytime from now.

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Stop allocations to Ekiti LGs – PDP

The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Federal Government to stop allocating fund to the local governments in the state following the indefinite strike embarked upon by their workers.

The party’s Director- General, Information and Strategy, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, made the call in Ado Ekiti on Monday at a press conference.

He said there was no need funding the councils since their workers were no longer working.

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees had embarked on the strike to press for the implementation of the new minimum wage for its members.

Aribisogan said, “In the face of this, releasing more funds to the LGs that have no elected chairmen, with their workers on indefinite strike, will only allow Fayemi to do whatever he likes with the funds. If the cases are resolved today, then the funds should be released immediately.”

But the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, while reacting to the call, described the PDP’s request as strange.

He said, “When has it become the the duty of the Federal Government to stop allocation to councils based on industrial dispute? The PDP, who is behind the allocation, has nothing to occupy them.”

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Hey guys, please dont get it twisted, this is just a prank played on our intelligence from some people in uniforms. Earlier on, some social media carried the news that one of the Aluu killers was caught and paraded on the streets; well this is not true because from the pictures below you can see that he is a friend to these guys in camouflage. Can you see how people can make light of issues that calls for sober reflection of how deteriorated our society has become.. what a silly joke on such a horrible death: Two out of the four of them were cousins. Ugonna and IIyod. Both of them were upcoming rappers.

 Big L was the winner of a popular Rap Contest show on Silverbird TV PH called ‘Turb Show’. I have listened to some of his songs.. We the youths of this country demand that the River State Government look into this matter and arrest everyone in that video. Except the government want to tell us that they have given the youths of Aluu power to arrest and kill indiscriminately. The Rivers government MUST make a scapegoat of the people who did this so it doesn’t repeat itself. Next time, it could be my brother or your brother. My child or your child! We can’t let this happen again. So let’s unanimously start a campaign #justice until the Rivers State government and FGN Look into this matter…the murderers of these four promising youths must be brought to book, yes.


INEC to prosecute worker arrested with voter cards

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega
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INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission has urged its officials to be above board during the October 20 Ondo State governorship election.

Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, warned that any INEC official arrested for electoral offences would be dealt with.

Orebiyi, in a statement on Monday, said the INEC employee allegedly caught with voter cards, would be prosecuted.

According to him, the man was serving as a security personnel at the Ondo West Local Government INEC office until his involvement in the criminal act.

He said the suspect was on Friday arrested by the police for “making available about 1,000 unclaimed voter cards to some politicians apparently to facilitate unwholesome activities during the election.”

Orebiyi, who refused to disclose the identity of the suspect, however said he was arrested by the police following a tip-off.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danladi Mshelbwala, who confirmed the arrest said the man and his collaborators would be prosecuted for being in possession of sensitive materials.

The development has fuelled political tension in the state as the opposition political parties have accused the ruling Labour Party of being the brain behind a plan to use the unclaimed cards on Election Day.

There were also rumours that about 100,000 ballot papers on thumbprints in favour of a political party were found with the suspects.

However, Orebiyi denied that ballot papers were part of the documents seized from the suspects.

The REC said, “There is no way anybody could get hold of the ballot papers which are very sensitive materials before the election.”

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Outraged Nigerians launch campaign to identify students’ killers

Uniport lynching: faces of killers?

Uniport lynching: faces of killers?
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Nigerians outraged by the lynching of four University of Port Harcourt undergraduates in Aluu, Rivers State, have launched an online campaign to have the killers identified and punished.

Although it was learnt that the community has been deserted following the arrest of the village head, Alhaji Hassan Walewa, and 13 others by the police, users of social media argued that some of the killers could still be traced.

Already, photographs of some of the suspected killers, have surfaced on the Internet.

The photographs were frozen from the video tape of the killings.

One of the suspects was believed to have poured petrol on the students and lit the fire. For instance, a blog,, has the photographs of two of the suspected killers and a crowd at the scene on its page.

A contributor on Nigeria Online Community wrote. “The guy holding the plank was an especially enthusiastic BEAST and deserves capital punishment.

“The video appeared to have been shot by the woman in purple/jeans. If you know anyone of them on this picture, have them reported to the police.”

Popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, wrote, “If the Rivers State government thinks this is an incident that will eventually die off, then they have another thing coming! They must prosecute and jail the people who committed this dastardly act before we let it rest!

“We the youths of this country demand that the River State Government look into this matter and arrest everyone in that video. Except the government want to tell us that they have given the youths of Aluu power to arrest and kill indiscriminately.

“The Rivers government MUST make a scapegoat of the people who did this so it doesn’t repeat itself. Next time, it could be my brother or your brother, my child or your child! We can’t let this happen again.”

A blogger, identified simply as Kel, warned that the United Nations would be alerted if any attempt was made to sweep the matter under the carpet, adding that “if our government can’t help us then I guess we’ll get help elsewhere.”

It was also being claimed on some blogs that some policemen were allegedly at the scene of the incident and when the mob told them the young men were killers, they gave their ‘go ahead.’

Some bloggers were enraged that contrary to claims in some quarters, neither arms nor “stolen items”were found on the four young men as confirmed by the JTF who brought their bodies to the mortuary.

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FG to spend N251bn on repair of three refineries

An oil refinery in Port Harcourt. Inset: Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke

An oil refinery in Port Harcourt. Inset: Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke
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The Federal Government plans to spend N251.2bn on the repairs of three refineries.

The Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke made the disclosure  on Monday when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream).

The minister was at the Senate with the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, and the Managing Director of Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, Mr. Haruna Momoh. They were summoned to explain the continued scarcity of Petroleum Motor Spirit and the increase in the price of the product by marketers.

Alison-Madueke said the government would be spending N251.2b on the Turn Around Maintenance of the three refineries in the country, adding that there were some adjustments in the timelines for executing the TAM. She noted that although there were plans to build new refineries, existing ones would still be maintained.

The minister, however, incurred the wrath of the lawmakers when her security aides prevented journalists from recording her testimony. She, at a point during her speech, pushed off a reporter’s tape recorder, insisting that the device should not be placed by her side.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Magnus Abe, had to caution Alison-Madueke and threatened to throw out her security aides if the minister refused to comport herself and allow journalists to do their work.

Earlier, the members of the committee had accused the PPMC of operating a system that bred corruption.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Magnus Abe, said a visit to the refineries on oversight functions showed that the style of operation at the depots was tardy and subjected the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria to untold hardship.

Abe said, “We were at the Port Harcourt Refinery and we saw about 5,000 people waiting to get products; some of them told us that they had paid for the products five months back and were yet to get the products. How do you expect them to sell at the official price?”

He asked the minister, PPMC and the NNPC to address alleged unwholesome practices at the depots. He added that it was the only way to ensure that petroleum products were objectively and effectively distributed.

Reacting, the minister said she was not aware of the observation raised by the committee regarding the practices at the depots. She explained that she had no preferences in the allocation of petroleum products.

Momoh noted that the problem of vandalising had been a major constraint to smooth product distribution,.

The PPMC boss said the easiest and cheapest means of transporting products were through pipelines but that continued disruptions by vandals had stalled the smooth distribution of the products across the country.

According to Momoh, the company has identified about 774 vandalised spots in the distribution network, adding that stakeholders and communities could help in keeping the pipelines safe. has identified sharp practices and shoddy operations at depots of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as factors responsible for the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) at filling stations.

Although NNPC officials said they were making efforts to make the product available and blamed the continued scarcity on the activities of recalcitrant marketers,Secretary of the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, Thomas Alawore, admitted before the committee that marketers incurred hidden charges before they could access the products.

He said, “There are hidden costs. You have to pay some money to the unions. Even the security agencies along the line will collect their own. You may go home with an official receipt which states that you bought the product at N84.66 per litre, but you have to add those hidden costs.”

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UNIPORT Students Attack Residents Of Aluu Community In Revenge

UNIPORT Students Attack Residents Of Aluu Community In Revenge

We just received reports that students of the University of Port Harcourt are attacking an area (Aluu) in Rivers State where five students were brutally murdered last Friday.

The students are reportedly on rampage, burning markets houses and attacking the community members some of who watched and filmed the horrendous killing of the students with their phones.

The community members took the laws into their hands to serve jungle justice, maybe they are been paid back with same coins.

Meanwhile the government of Rotimi Amaechi reports that some of the lynch mob and even village elders have been arrested.

Watch the Video of four that were burnt alive on friday

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PHOTO: Face Of One Of The UNIPORT Students Murderers..Aluu 4

Jonathan to address Nigerians on Tuesday morning

President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to address Nigerians in a nationwide radio and television broadcast at 7a.m on Tuesday.

This was contained in a statement by presidential Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Jonathan may address the raging controversy over calls for his administration to call for a review of the 2002 judgment of the International Court of Justice which awarded Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroun.

More details later.

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20 Wedding Guests Killed In Auto Crash In Abeokuta

No fewer than 20 people were reported dead in auto crash 2 days agoo [Oct 6] along Kobape-Abeokuta. The accident occurred at Ot*t* village located between Paramount F.M Radio Station and Police Computer College, Abeokuta around 7.30 a.m. The accident was reportedly caused by a truck with registration number, Lagos, JJJ 489XB, which allegedly veered off its lane and rammed into a fully loaded Hiace passengers bus conveying the victims. It was gathered that the victims, all members of the African Church Solution Camp, Ewang Estate, Abeokuta, had left for Lagos to attend a wedding ceremony of one of their members when tragedy struck.

 The driver of the truck was said to have lost control and killed the bus passengers. Many of the victims, according to an eye witness account, died on the spot following the impact of the collision, while others died in hospital. Two infants, including a two-year-old, were said to be among the victims. An eye witness claimed the survivors were taken to a state hospital for treatment. Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Ayobami Omiyale, confirmed the accident, but said only nine died. He however said that sympathisers took some corpses away before rescue team arrived the scene.

 When Vanguard visited the State Hospital Ijaye, where the victims were allegedly taken, worried relations were seen, asking for the victims whereabouts. A doctor coordinating Ogun State Ambulance Services, Hassan Adelakun, said some of the victims died at the scene of incident while others died at the hospital. Adelakun added that some of the victims corpses were deposited at State Hospital while others were taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
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Jonathan decorates new CDS, service chiefs

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday decorated the new Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh, with a marching order to deal decisively with terrorism and oil theft.

Jonathan, who decorated the new military chiefs with the assistance of Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the Council Chambers of State House, Abuja, said they must put an end to both vices.

The President said, “These fine officers and gentlemen are taking up command at a time when our nation is faced with serious challenges.

“Given their inspiring antecedence, however, and working in synergy with other security services, I am confident that they will bring fresh impetus into the new security architecture to combat the menace of terrorism in all its ramifications across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

“May I further reiterate that the security of life and property in all parts of this country is a sacred obligation which our administration will do everything in its power to live up to. We cannot allow threats to national security to compromise our national transformation efforts,” the President said.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, was not decorated as he retained his position as the Chief of Army Staff.

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Good Samaritans Rescue Baby That Was Dumped In Faeces

I have been told that the wages of sin is death but what about this young being which i believed knows nothing about sin? The baby in the picture above was wrapped and dumped in a toilet filled with faeces. Luckily, a good Samaritan was able to find and rescue the child from that horrible condition.

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Lagos ACN unruffled over loss of Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA – Spokesman

Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria on Monday said it was not rattled by its loss of Ikoyi/Obalende Local Development Council Development Area at the state local government election petitions tribunal.

Spokesman for the state ACN chapter, Joe Igbokwe, said in a statement that the party’s lawyers were studying the judgment of the tribunal, which last week declared that Jide Obanikoro won the October 22, 2012 and not Ade Adeniji of ACN won the poll.

“In a democratic dispensation, it is natural that after elections, there are bound to be disputations and that is why the judiciary is there to sieve the grain from the chaff. In the case of Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, we saw the desperate efforts to claim the LCDA every means possible.

“We expected to contest against other parties and as such, we expected to either win or lose elections, which is how it is supposed to be. After what we believed was a free and fair election, our opponents who have planned another strategy, knowing their strength, went on an extensive campaign to rubbish the election and even went to the extent of mobilising thugs and urchins to cause a breach of the peace in Lagos.

“They denied that any election took place and in another breath, claimed they won the election.
“While we felt that the election was free and fair, we advised those who felt otherwise to approach the court. Thank God they did only after seeing the futility to resort to self-help and thank God that the judgment they are now celebrating was got through the same system they desperately tried to rubbish.

“Thank God, what they presented as obtained in the same election they were desperately trying to deny is the basis of the present judgment’ but we seriously object to this. We are pleased that the process in Lagos is giving room for the opposition to canvass for and win local councils, contrary to what obtains in all PDP states where the party merely awards itself all available local council seats in the name of elections and where the courts have been made annexes of PDP head offices and approve whatever the party desires.

“We have no doubt about the capacity of Lagos to midwife a free and fair democratic process in the face of the deliberate efforts of the PDP to rubbish the local councils and its electoral system for their selfish benefits.

“The present judgment, even in its flawed nature, is proof of the credibility of the electoral system in Lagos. We had 60 cases arising from the election and we have won 46 so far, lost 6 including two ordered re-runs.

“We have already won one of the re-runs and we are awaiting the rest. Lagos ACN has appealed the cases we lost at the tribunal so it is an on going process that has not been concluded,” the statement reads.

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Hundreds stranded as flood overflows East-West Road

Hundreds of motorists were stranded on Sunday as heavy flood cut off access through a portion of the busy highway at Ume, between Ughelli and Patani in Delta State.
The situation forced many motorists to either brave the flood and attempt crossing or seek alternative routes, on the advice of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
The flood blocked the only highway linking Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Deputy Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the development in an SMS to our correspondent.
He also called on the Delta State Government, National Emergency Management Agency and charitable organisations to provide relief for persons displaced by the flood in the area as well as stranded motorists.
“There is heavy flooding along Ughelli-Patani axis of the East-West Road which has cut off a segment of the road rendering the Ume village portion difficult to pass.
“Motorists travelling/plying Patani, Bayelsa State and Rivers State through the Ughelli – Warri route are advised to make a detour and ply Sapele – Warri – Agbor Road as an alternative route.
“Meanwhile, stranded commuters /motorists at Ume community transiting the Ughelli-Patani axis of the East -West Road are being assisted by the FRSC Ughelli Unit Command to return to their take-off points or in some cases cross to the Patani end.
“A patrol vehicle is involved in the evacuation. NEMA, Delta State Government and charitable organisations are humbly requested to come to the aid of displaced persons in the area by setting up camps,” the SMS reads.

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15 persons escape death in Ogun bus crash

Fifteen persons escaped death on Monday morning on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when their bus veered off the road into the bus.
The Mazda bus, in which they were travelling to Lagos, lost a propeller near the Sagamu Interchange, forcing the vehicle to plunge into the bush.
Ogun State Sector Commander, Ayobami Omiyale, who broke the news on a programme on Lagos Trafiic Radio, said 15 of the occupants of the bus sustained varying degrees of injury.
He said they were all taken to the hospital for medical attention.
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Nigerian Celebrities Who Have Difficulty Speaking English - Video

Nigerian Celebrities Who Have Difficulty Speaking English - Video

Let's accept, English is not our language, officially or unofficially, even with joke we no dey try!

So flytime entertainment went out to ask celebs what the word "Incumbent" means and alot of them do not know that meaning of the word, as usual, I am more concerned with those that don't know it than those that knew.

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