Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lagos dumps 70 beggars, others in Onitsha

No fewer than 70 beggars and the homeless were on Wednesday dumped at the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State.  Agents of the Lagos State Government reportedly brought the destitute to Onitsha.
The destitute told journalists that they were dumped about 3am at Upper Iweka after being detained in Ikorodu, Lagos, for over six months for alleged wandering and other minor offences by the Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline officials.

The destitute said they were brought to Onitsha in four buses, escorted by riot policemen.
 One of them, Mr. Osondu Mbuto, from Ohaozara in Ebonyi State and a petty trader in Lagos, said he was arrested by the Lagos State Government officials while going to his shop on December 18, 2012.

Aliyu, 10 others snub PDP govs’ meeting

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum may not be over soon as 11  out of the 23 governors  of  the party  failed to attend its meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night.
The meeting, which was initially slated for 3pm, had to be shifted to 8pm when information got to its organisers   that majority of the governors might not attend.

At 8pm, the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, who was also at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro District, Abuja, had to leave  due to poor attendance by the governors.
Tukur was said to have come with the intention of briefing the governors on the modalities he  had considered before naming members of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee.

First, let’s kill all the herbalists! ( MUST READ)

She was carrying a big coffeemaker on one hand and a bag of plastic cups on the other. From the way she walked and darted her eyes around expectantly, it became apparent that she was a peddler of some sorts – maybe an itinerant beverage brewer, or one of those new-product canvassers.

A workman in a nearby garage called her, she stopped at the front, laid down the giant flask, carefully brought out a cup from her bundle, poured out a fuming hot, dark liquid into the cup, and handed it to the customer, who gingerly took it from her and began to sip with total concentration. The lady, noticing that I was engrossed by the transaction, turned to me with a sweet smile,

“This is herbal tea. It is very good for your health. It has authentic medicinal properties; many people now drink it every day. It is from China.”

Heartless Woman allegedly beats maid to death in Lagos!

The deceased identified as Angelina, was reportedly taken from her parents in far away Ogoja, Cross River state by Agnes, with a promise to send her to school, when she was barely four years old. Angelina, grew up calling her guardian mother, apparently unaware she was not her biological mother.
But things as gathered, fell apart for  late Angelina after she turned 6, as she was reportedly made to carry out overwhelming house chores. Initial rebuff of such attitude from madam Rose who crime Alert learnt is related to Angelina’s mother, by neighbour was reportedly greeted with an outburst.


ON POINT: We don’t have leaders in PDP —Peterside

Culled From Punch Nigeria.
In this interview with OLUSOLA FABIYI, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Dakuku Peterside, speaks about the crisis in Rivers State and the PDP. Excerpts:

The Rivers State we used to know was a peaceful one, but peace appears to have now eluded it, what happened?
Rivers State is the second largest economy in the country after Lagos State. I still feel proud coming from the state. The state has decent and contented people. It is one of the most decent societies in Nigeria. But unfortunately things have degenerated to this level where violence rules instead of reason.

Electricity distribution companies made N189bn revenue •Afam, Kaduna financial bids to be opened July 31

As of May this year, electricity distribution companies in the country realised N189bn as revenue despite poor supply to consumers.  This was against the N151bn collected as total revenue by the companies in 2011.
This was contained in a document obtained by our correspondent from the Federal Ministry of Power on the achievements of the government in the sector. Speaking on the development at the Ministerial Platform in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, described the revenue rise as a key achievement of his ministry.

The rise in revenue may not be unconnected with the increase in electricity tariff being collected by the distribution companies, as only last week, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission insisted that the fixed electricity charges must increase despite erratic power supply.

Almustapha for President in 2015 Rally Holds in Kaduna

Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha yesterday turned his visit to Kaduna state into a 2015 campaign speeches. Al-Mustapha, who had been in detention for nearly 15 years, was acquitted by the Court of Appeal Lagos recently over the killing of Kudirat, wife of M.K.O Abiola, the presumed winner of 1913 presidential election.

Major Al-Mustapha, arrived Kaduna state metropolis from Zaria where he paid a visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris around 2.10pm.

Hundreds of youths trooped out to receive him and  chanted , “ 2015: Major Al-Mustapha for president.”

Mixed reactions greet govs’ visits to ex-leaders

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the visits of some Northern states’ governors to three former Nigerian leaders – Generals Olusegun Obasanjo,   Abdusalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida.
Four of the governors – Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Sule Lamido(Jigawa); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); and Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano) – had  last Saturday visited Obasanjo in Abeokuta where they discussed issues that have to do with the polity, especially the 2015 general elections.
On Monday, Wamakko, Lamido, Kwakwanso and Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu  headed for Minna, where they reportedly discussed similar issues, including the political crisis in Rivers State with Abubakar and Babangida.

Pro-Amaechi Lawmaker Chidi Llyod Detained In Abuja

The Majority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, on Tuesday showed up at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, seven days after he was invited by the police over the free-for-all by some members of the assembly.
Chidi Lloyd, who had earlier been declared wanted by the Rivers State Police Command in connection with the fracas, arrived at the Force Headquarters at 5. 45pm and was immediately moved to the Force Criminal Investigation Department, where he was detained.

R-e-v-e-a-l-e-d: kidnapper’s den, on Oyegbusi street

Ago Okota area of Lagos was in the news weekend, following the discovery of a kidnapper’s den, on Oyegbusi street, where a Briton who was kidnapped shortly after arriving the country from Amsterdam, was kept for five days before he was rescued.

The three-storey building located in the area known as new sight, towards Ago end of Okota, could be said to be sited at  a vantage position for the kidnappers, as it enables them to have a clear view of the entire area, down to the popular Apple junction in Amuwo-Odofin.

"Need for additional activism, religious bodies To check the abuse of power" - Adams Oshiomhole

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has said that there is need for additional activism from religious bodies to check the abuse of power by Nigerian politicians.
The Governor who said this while meeting with the National Executive of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the Edo State Government House in Benin City today said he is very worried about the future of the country owing to the gross abuse of power by Nigerian Politicians.  He said that Nigeria is choosing to tread the ground that is threatening our collective existence hence the need for courage to speak up.

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