Thursday, May 2, 2013

Couples Must Undergo HIV/Aids Test Before Marriage-Yobe Assembly

The Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo says Laws for couple to undergo HIV/Aids test before marriage will come into effect before the end of this year.
Addressing people living with HIV and Aids who called on him today in his office in Damaturu, the speaker decried the alarming spread of the scourge which he says can be curtailed through test before marriage.
The speaker says members of the House will soon visit their respective constituencies to conduct advocacy against the spread of the scourge in the state.
Hon Dala Dogo enjoined people of the state to carry out test and to commence retroviral treatment as soon as they are tested positive.

US Government denies withdrawing military assistance to Nigeria

₦98,114,927.39 ($620,000) Fuel Subsidy Bribe: Judge Fails To Rule On Farouk Lawan’s Trial

Ruling on an application to quash the charges against former chairman of the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on fuel subsidy; Farouk Lawan and the committee’s secretary, Mr. Boniface Emenalo, was stalled on Thursday as the trial judge, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, could not deliver the anticipated ruling owing to bereavement.
An official of the Abuja High confirmed the development to journalist in Abuja and consequently, May 10, was fixed as new date for ruling on the pending application by Lawan and Emenalo.
The duo seeks to have the court quash the 7-count charge preferred against them by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Nigerian Army Set To Host Combat Sports Championships

The Nigerian Army has announced plans to host the first ever Combat Sports Championships in Kaduna from the 20th of May with the aim of discovering talents in boxing, judo, wrestling and teakwondo.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Commander Infantry Corps of the Army and Chairman, Organising Committee, Major General Kenneth Minimah says the championship will help reposition the Nigerian Army as a major contributor to the development of sports in Nigeria
He added that the army has produced top athletes in the past and are now ready to discover and encourage new athletes to realize their sporting potentials.

EFCC Arraigns Kebbi State Director For Stealing N64m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a Director with the Kebbi state, Ministry of Finance , Yahaya Saidu Andarai and one  Farouk Abubarka Uduli, before the Lagos  High Court in Ikeja for allegedly stealing the sum of N64million belonging to Coscharis Motors Ltd.
The two men, who were arraigned before Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, are facing a 27 count charge of conspiracy , fraud and stealing.
The defendants were accused by the EFCC of  converting the said sum  which is  the proceed of AX motorcycles,  property of Coscharis Motors entrusted to them on behalf of Jega National Union Local Government Employees of Kebbi state.

House To Probe Minister of Petroleum Over “Suspicious Oil Deals”

The House of Representatives is set to investigate the Minister of Petroleum Resources,  Diezani Alison-Madueke over allegation of suspicious oil deals worth N59 trillion.
Speaking on a matter of public importance, member Representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in Anambra State, Representative Victor Ogene accused the minister of impropriety and abuse of due process in the transaction leading to the sale of seven oil mining leases.
The matter was brought to the house following a petition by group from oil producing communities in Delta, who alleged that there was a deliberate exclusion of indigenious operators from the exercise.

Just In: Amaechi’s Plane Was Flying With Forged Documents: Ministry Of Aviation

The Ministry of Aviation has revealed that facts available to the ministry suggests that the operators of the bombardier aircraft allegedly belonging to the Rivers state government obtained several flight clearances from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities (NCAA) using forged documentation.
A statement by the Special Assistant on media to the Minister of Aviation on Thursday says that “the said aircraft attempted to and did operate within the Nigerian airspace on the 26th of April 2013 without any flight clearance whatsoever in total violation of all extant civil aviation laws and regulations.”

Money Laundering: Ibori Loses Appeal Over 13-Year Jail Term

The jailed former Delta State governor, James Ibori, lost a legal appeal on Thursday against a 13-year prison sentence for embezzling more than $250 million.

Mr Ibori, a founding member of Nigeria’s ruling party and a behind-the-scenes kingmaker who ran Delta State for 8 years, was trying to get his sentence reduced. His lawyers argued that the original judge had indicated the term would be shorter.
Judge Antony Edwards-Stuart rejected that argument at the appeal hearing and also said that money laundering should attract close to the maximum 14-year sentence.

Teachers oppose local government autonomy

National Union of Teachers has opposed calls for local government autonomy.
NUT National President, Michael Alogba, who spoke in Abuja at a reception for officials of Zambia National Union of Teachers, also blamed the government for the declining education standard.
He said, “The entire teachers of this country are saying no to local government autonomy. Not that we have any fear or any grudge against the policy but because of the fact that local governments had been given such responsibility in the past, they failed woefully. That is the fear Nigerian teachers are entertaining.
“We are aware that the House of Representatives is handling the matter; we pray they represent the entire Nigerians very well. We would not want a situation whereby the recorded gains in the sector will be thwarted by this uncalled for autonomy.”

I ‘ll contest presidential election again in 2015 — Buhari

Minna—Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he “will surely seek the mandate” of Nigerians in the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Buhari who lost the 2011election on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, however said he was ready to step down for any other better candidate that may emerge under the new party.
He spoke in Minna, capital of Niger State during the maiden edition of Sam Nda-Isaiah Annual Lecture Series, saying that politics should not be seen as a do-or-die affair.

DSS probes death threat to 4 Kano journalists

KANO— The Department of State Security Service, DSS, has launched a full scale investigation to unravel the death threat to the executive members of Correspondent Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kano.
The development followed a formal petition  by the Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel on behalf of others whose  lifed came under threat by yet to be identified persons through phone.
The petition entitled ‘’Threat to life” signed by the secretary of the chapel, Alhaji Ibrahim  Garba Shuaibu chronicled a graphic details of how an unknown person claiming to be agents of the Department of State Security had intermittently put  up  calls to officials of the chapel inviting them to the headquarters of the DSS in Kano.

Satellite images show 2,275 burnt houses in Baga, Boko Haram destroyed mobile telephone towers – HRW

An international rights crusader, Human Rights Watch, on Wednesday described as hogwash, military’s claim that the fires that razed thousands of buildings in Baga, Borno State were caused by rocket-propelled grenades  fired by members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.

HRW,  in a statement on its website, said satellite images showed that soldiers may have  set the fires that razed  down  “2,275 buildings  and left 125 others”  in the town  severely damaged.

Calling on the Federal Government to impartially probe the incident,   it said that the military was covering up something  going by the fact that it had vehemently refused to allow journalists access into the troubled community.

There had been reports that 187 persons were killed and about 2,000 houses torched during the April 16, 2013 clash.

Man arrested over wife’s death in Lagos

LAGOS — Operatives at the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department ,SCID, Yaba , Lagos, have arrested a man who allegedly murdered his wife during a scuffle over his alleged affair with his wife’s employee, in Lagos.
The deceased, Endurance Ajisegiri, was the Managing Director of Speech Transition Company Limited.
Vanguard gathered that following the alleged affair with her employee, Endurance left her matrimonial home in Shasha area of Lagos for her parent’s in Ibeju-Lekki area.

R.I.P: Chris Kelly from the rap group Kriss Kross found dead

Chris Kelly, member of the rap group Kris Kross, is dead, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to the Huffington Post. Kelly was 34. The Medical Examiner’s Office said it could not provide more details about the circumstances of his death at this time. An unnamed source told CBS Atlanta that Kelly was found dead at his Atlanta home.  No further details were immediately released.

Kris Kross is perhaps best known for their 1992 song “Jump,” which spent eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The duo notably also frequently wore their clothes backward, inspiring a fashion trend.

JTF arrests gunmen, rescue 4 women in Kano

KANO — The Military Joint Task Force, JTF, in Kano, yesterday, said it had arrested seven gunmen and rescued four women.
Capt. Ikediechi Iweha, the JTF spokesman, told newsmen that the gunmen were arrested in Farawa.
He said the women were rescued in Sheka area, in the outskirts of Kano metropolis.
He said the operation was carried out early yesterday morning, followed a tip-off from members of the public.

FG Accepts Responsibility

THE Federal Government appears to be in a giving mode. Its announced N5.747 billion for disbursement to victims of post-2011 election violence in nine States is another of the series of government ill-thought actions. The move was based on the report of the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu community on the crisis.

Playing videogames slow, reverse ‘mental decay’ – study

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Playing videogames can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory, reasoning and visual processing, according to a study released Wednesday.
The University of Iowa study of hundreds of people age 50 and older found that those who played a videogame were able to improve a range of cognitive skills, and reverse up to seven years of age-related declines.


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