Wednesday, October 24, 2012

FRSC issues alert on Abuja-Gwagwalada Road, asks motorists to take Kuje exit

Federal Road Safety Corps on Thursday morning warned travellers on Abuja-Gwagwalada Road to expect some delay as a result of the unruly behaviour of some truck drivers.
In a post on Facebook at 6.35a.m, FRSC said two trailer drivers intentionally blocked the entire expressway with their trucks, causing a traffic jam on the busy road.
It advised road users, especially those travelling home from Abuja for the Sallah holiday, to use Kuje exit to Gwagwalada.
The alert reads: “Sallah travelers -Abuja Exit Traffic Alert! Between Giri junction and towards Gwagwalada is blocked presently due to two trailers who refuse to abide by (the) rules.
“They intentionally used their trailers to cross the road. If you are still in Abuja, you are advised to use Kuje exit to Gwagwalada! FRSC officers and other law enforcers are there to restore traffic flow on the road.”
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Two win Indomie Super millionaire promo

Two residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Blessing Thompson with identification number (IND005702903) and Sunday Onaji (IDN035399518) have emerged millionaires at the ongoing Indomie Super Millionaire Promo in Abuja.
The Area Marketing Manager of Indomie (North Central), Mr. Akintunde Ayemibo, while presenting N1m cheque to each of the winners on Tuesday in Abuja said the promo was meant to reward customers.
He said, “Aside the N1m cheque which is the star price, we also have other consolation prizes which we have given out. We have LCD, generators, washing machines, and a lot of other prizes. My message to the public is that they should rush to grab their own carton of indomie, and start sending the text now.
“Who knows there will be other winners of N1m or other consolation prices?”
One of the winners, Thomson, said the N1m would go a long way to finance her education.
She said, “I didn’t believe in the promo at first. When I was called, I thought it was one of those fraudulent people, but when I was told to check my number and I saw it, the excitement has not diminished.”
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Bakassi: Court dismisses move to void GTA

Cross River lawmakers protesting the decision of the FG not to appeal the ICJ ruling on Bakassi Cross River lawmakers protesting the decision of the FG not to appeal the ICJ ruling on Bakassi
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An Abuja Federal High Court on Wednesday dismissed a suit in which the indigenes of Bakassi asked for an order to compel the Federal Government to repossess the Bakassi Peninsula and nullify the Green Tree Agreement it entered with Cameroon.

The International Court of Justice, in a judgment on October 10, 2002, ceded the oil rich Peninsula to Cameroon.
However, the Senate President, David Mark, at the ongoing 127th Inter-Parliamentary

Obi supervises demolition of kidnap suspect’s properties

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, on Wednesday led the demolitionof two bungalows allegedly owned by a kidnap suspect, Mr. Emeka Ezekwe, in Umuihepune, Umuatu Village of Ihiala Local Government Area in the state.
A statement by Obi’s media aide, Valentine Obienyem, said the governor Peter Obi carried out the demolition exercise as part of the war against kidnapping and other crimes in the state.

The demolition followed the arrest of Ezekude and the recovery of arms and ammunition buried in the ground in plastic containers in the premises.

Obi demolishes another suspected kidnappers’ den

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, on Wednesday led the demolition of two bungalows allegedly owned by a kidnap suspect, Mr. Emeka Ezekwe, in Umuihepune, Umuatu Village of Ihiala Local Government Area in the state.
A statement by Obi’s media aide, Valentine Obienyem, said the governor Peter Obi carried out the demolition exercise as part of the war against kidnapping and other crimes in the state.
He had recently led the demolition of some houses belonging to another suspected kidnap gang leader, Olisa Ifedike aka Ofeakwu.

The demolition followed

Eastern Railway Project Suspended as Youth Attack Contractors.

Youths and community are extorting & attacking workers with weapons.

The rehabilitation work ongoing on the railway track from Port Harcourt to Makurdi has been temporarily put on hold due to continuous attacks on the contractors by Ishiagu community in Ebonyi as disclosed by a railway official.

Briefing newsmen on the development he had termed a great setback, the Regional District Manager of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Eastern District, Mr Felix Njoku, asserted on Wednesday that the

October factory activity up, growth still weak — Markit

Manufacturing improved slightly in October but slow growth and economic uncertainty suggested the sector’s recent struggles may persist over the final months of 2012, an industry survey showed on Wednesday.
Financial information firm Markit said its US “flash,” or preliminary, Purchasing

Mimiko as Ondo people’s choice

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State
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IT’s been victory dance for the supporters of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State who won the governorship election in the state last Saturday. The result of the election  showed that Mimiko scored 260, 199 to beat his two closest rivals – Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored 155, 961 and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress of Nigeria, who scored 143, 512 votes.

Why I gave Boko Haram N1.5 million for Sallah rams – Senator Zanna

Remember Senator Zanna was invited by the SSS yesterday. Well another story came up; the senator had to explain to the men who interrogated him why he gave Boko Haram members N1.5M for Sallah rams.
Monday night, Zanna arrived at the SSS headquarters in Abuja at about 1 pm where he was processed for interrogation.
He gave further insight into his relationship with the dreaded Islamist sect and reiterated his denial that Bama was arrested in his Maiduguri home.
He told his interrogators that he gave N1.5 million for Sallah rams to the sect members following their threat to attack him.
He explained that when they took his aide to his house for a search, they retrieved N250, 000 and left a message with the aide for him that he should provide them N10 million or they would come for him.
The senator, who was released at about 10 pm, is expected to report back at the SSS headquarters by 11am Tuesday.
The bottom line of it all is that, he SSS men during their interrogation with the Senator found out that, the Senator still communicates with his nephew, Bama the Boko Haram member, but the Senator insists it is not true.

26-year-old man arraigned for murder of four persons

For allegedly conspiring with others to murder four men, a 26-year-old, Sadik Shittu, was on Wednesday in Lagos remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
Shittu is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, murder and arson at a Yaba Magistrates’ Court.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the plea of the accused was not taken when the charges were read to him and was ordered remanded in prison by Magistrate M.O.

12 charged with robbing Lagos bank of N8m

Twelve men, who were charged with robbing Sterling Bank, Matori Branch, Lagos of N8 million, were on Wednesday remanded in Ikoyi Prisons.
The accused are Taiwo Aremu, 26; Muktar Eleduwe, 42; Lukeman Adekunle, 26; Kola Adenuga, 26; Ahmed Ajofoba, 24; and Saheed Olawunmi, 24.
Others are Idowu Adesola, 32; Waheed Shuiab, 38; Rasheed Anifowose, 22; Ahmed Adelakun, 28; Abdullahi Abdulkareem, 24; and Adedokun Yusuf, 24.
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, which gave the order, however, did not take the pleas

Man pleads guilty to stealing battery

An Apapa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos will on November 1 sentence one Izuchukwu Nwachukwu, who on Wednesday pleaded guilty to stealing iron rods  and a car battery.

Chief Magistrate Amos Adeyemi fixed the date after 26-year-old Izuchukwu pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

Adeyemi remanded the defendant at the Kirikiri Prisons until the adjourned date for facts and sentencing.

Izuchukwu had admitted conspiring with another person still at large to steal the rods and the battery worth N130,000.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Friday Inedu, had submitted that Izuchukwu, who had no fixed address, stole the items belonging to one Mr. Chidi Okafor, on October 14 at 11.45p.m.

He said that the crimes occurred at No. 15, Cardoso St., Awodi-Ora in Ajegunle, Apapa, and that they contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

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Teacher flogs 12-year-old student to death in Anambra state

A 12-year-old student of a secondary school in Awka, Anambra State, Miss Chidimma Ukachukwu, has died after she was allegedly flogged by her teacher for failing to do her homework.

A reliable source in the school told the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday that the girl died on Thursday last week after she was flogged. The source explained that the girl fainted after being flogged severally by a female teacher and was subsequently rushed to an undisclosed hospital, where she died.

Haven't they banned corporal punishment in Nigerian schools? Why are some teachers still flogging? WTH?

Lagos State TO Enforce Uniforms For Molue Drivers, Conductors and Agberos

Commercial bus drivers and conductors will begin to wear uniforms and badges as from January 2013, says the Lagos State Government.

Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa disclosed this at the weekend at a sensitisation programme for transporters on the new Road Traffic Law at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

According to Opeifa, from 1 January, all commercial bus drivers and conductors would begin to wear uniforms and badges in line with the provision of the traffic

Traffic jams, fuel queues clog Lagos roads

Fuel queues and traffic jams clogged major roads in Lagos on Wednesday, causing much agony for motorists and other road users.

Across the metropolis, long lines of vehicles ran into adjoining streets and highways.

Some roads on the mainland, Victoria Island and Ikoyi are among those affected.

Also affected were sections of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, especially on the inward Lagos side. These include Aseese- Ibafo, Long Bridge-Berger and Alausa-Alapere.

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Religion Is Just A Spiritual Expression - Wole Soyinka

The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, spoke this week at the Hay Festival in Mexico. In an extract from his talk, he tells Peter Godwin that now is the time to tackle militants in Nigeria.

Professor Soyinka, you’re not an ivory-tower kind of writer. You are not a stranger to danger, and in fact you’ve been imprisoned on at least two occasions, once in solitary confinement. Can you tell me what that was like?

Writing in certain environments carries with it an occupational risk. When I was imprisoned, without trial, it was as a result of a position I took as a citizen. Of course I used my weapon, which was writing, to express my disapproval of the [Biafran] civil war into which we were about to enter. These were people who’d been abused, who’d undergone genocide, and who felt completely rejected by the rest of the community, and therefore decided to break away and form a nation of


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