Sunday, August 18, 2013

Olumegbon palace, 30 rooms razed by fire

The palace of Olumegbon of Lagos in Isale Eko, Lagos State, was razed by fire on Sunday.
It was learnt that apart from the palace, 30 other rooms in the compound were also destroyed in the inferno which lasted for about an hour.  Although the cause of the fire could not be ascertained, the Lagos State Fire Service told our correspondent that the likely cause was an electric surge.

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PDP slams Fashola, calls him a dictator ( What Do You Think?)

ABUJA—NATIONAL leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sunday, took a swipe at Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, describing him as the new dictator for sealing off a property belonging to former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, for criticising the recent deportation of Nigerians from the state.

Patience’s rally: Presidency violated INEC rules, says APC

The All Progressives Congress has accused the Presidency of violating the Independent National Electoral Commission’s rule which bars political parties and aspirants from campaigning for the 2015 elections.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this in a statement on Sunday, referred to the women’s rally organised in Abuja by President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience on Thursday.

APC asks Okupe to share with Nigerians why PDP has failed

Doyin Okupe
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the PDP and the Presidency image makers to tell Nigerians why the ruling party has failed to lift the country in the 14 years that it has been in the saddle, instead of peddling concocted tales
about the opposition.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also asked the presidency to tell Nigerians why its has defied INEC rules by continuing to campaign for the 2015 elections.
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”Issues, issues and issues. These are what Nigerians are interested in, not continuous muck-raking about opposition leaders like Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. For example, Nigerians want to know why the country can still not feed itself after 14 years of endless promises by the PDP; Nigerians want to know why they cannot be protected by their government when the security of lives and property is the rason d’etre of any government.
”Nigerians want to know why over 40 million youth cannot get a job under a government that gleefully touts a 6% GDP growth; Nigerians want to know how 400,000 barrels of oil are being stolen daily and who the thieves are’ Nigerians want to know why the country is more divided than ever under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan, and why corruption has become a bigger monster in the years under the PDP.
”The 2015 elections will be fought on the platform of issues, not meaningless attacks on personalities and attention-diverting tales like how Gen. Buhari wants to stage a comeback or how Asiwaju Tinubu wants to expand his imaginary empire,” it said.
APC said the reason its leaders have put national interests above personal considerations is to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of the PDP and a mediocre presidency, both of which have failed the citizenry and dimmed their hopes, not because of power-for-power sake, which is the mantra of the do-nothing PDP.
”Our eight cardinal programmes, which we shall be articulating in the days ahead, represent a summary of how we intend to rescue the long-suffering citizens and rescue our nation. These are War Against Corruption, Food security, Accelerated Power Supply, Integrated Transport Network, Free Education, Devolution of Power, Accelerated Economic Growth and Affordable Health Care.
”Our Guiding Philosophy will derive its impetus from these seven principles: Belief in, and the fear of God; Upholding the rule of law; Preserving national unity; Pursuit of a just and egalitarian society; Building of strong institutions; Commitment to social justice and economic progress; and Promoting representative and functional participatory democracy.
”These are the issues we will be enunciating in the days ahead as we steer the politics of our nation away from jejune matters that are at the core of the PDP misrule to serious issues of relevance that will benefit our people under an APC federal government,” the party said.
It said a party that defies rules and lies through its teeth cannot be trusted to rule over a people who are eager for their country to join the comity of developed nations.
”While one of the PDP gong-bearers, Okupe, was telling Nigerians that President Jonathan has not informed anyone that he will contest in 2015, his wife was coercing hundreds of hapless women, including those in uniform, into a show of shame tagged a ”Peace Rally”, but in essence a campaign for President Jonathan ahead of 2015.

”Defying INEC, this brazen campaign featured women clad in specially-made ‘ankara’ that bore the picture of President Jonathan and reminds one of the disgraceful days of the late despot Mobutu Sese Seko of former Zaire, and the late clownish leader of Uganda, Idi Amin. What a company to keep in the 21st century!
”In what must ranked as the first of its kind in Nigeria, women drawn from various security agencies – the same that will be expected to provide security for the 2015 elections – were coerced into a march of shame, as organizers of the campaign masquerading as a peace rally blocked traffic and prevented citizens from earning their daily bread. Yet, Okupe said his boss has not told anyone he will run, and had the temerity to insult the media by saying they have been taken over by a few people. The good news is that Nigerians are far smarter than their present rulers and therefore cannot be fooled,” APC said.

The party called on INEC to mete out appropriate sanctions to anyone who has violated its ban on early campaigns for the 2015 elections, in view of the First Lady-driven phantom peace rally that is actually a facade for electioneering campaign, if the electoral umpire’s ban on such campaigns is to be taken seriously.

Jonathan Holds Secret Meeting In Abuja

The fear that the newly registered opposition mega party, the APC, is winning new converts and attracting the attention of some PDP governors who are aggrieved with the party forced President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday night to hold a secret emergency meeting with some of his close allies.
After the allies painted the real dangers ahead for PDP to Jonathan, “The consensus is that Bamanga Tukur should no longer be the national chairman of the party.” 
Among those at the meeting were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim; Chief of Staff to the President, Dr. Mike Oghiadomhe; Minister of Niger Delta, Mr. Godsday Orubebe; and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.
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The Story of OBJ and Atiku Abubakar ( Must Read)

Culled From Vanguard Nigeria
This is the story of how former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, first met, and how their relationship blossomed before nose-diving over political ambition. In his soon-to-be released auto-biography, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, THE STORY OF MY LIFE, it is discovered that whereas Obasanjo appointed Atiku as his running mate in 1999, there are pieces of information before that fact to suggest that the former may indeed be indebted to the latter. 

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Message: We No Longer Need These Jokers In Power —Ribadu

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, said Nigeria is suffering from collapsed institutions and needed more than mere change of leadership to survive.

He also said hurdles were placed on his way to fight corruption when he was appointed as pioneer chairman of the anti-graft agency under the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

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Why Al-Mustapha, Shofolahan Deserve to die – Lagos govt

By Abdulwahab Abdulah
It is not yet uhuru for Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer, CSO, to late Head of State, Gen Sani Abacha, over his acquittal by the Court of Appeal as Lagos State government on Monday, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the court’s decision that set him and Alhaji Lateef Shofolahan free over the murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola. Shofolahan was Kudirat’s aide.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, who disclosed this, said the state government took the decision after one month of thorough evaluation of the judgment and found out “there are enough and very good grounds for appeal.”
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Lagos reiterates ban on Okada riders

The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences on Saturday reiterated the ban of Okada riders on some restricted roads in Lagos Metropolis.
Mr Bayo Sulaiman, Chairman of the Taskforce told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that some motorcyclists still ply some restricted routes.
 NAN recalls that the Lagos Traffic Law, promulgated on Aug.2, 2012, bans the operations of motorcyclists on 475 roads across the state.
“The Okada riders should desist from flouting the law of their state, or face the consequences.
“We will not fold our arms and watch some people endanger the lives of others all in the name of commercial motorcycle operations.
” We are stepping up the enforcement of the Traffic Law, and we promise that anybody caught in the act will be made to handle the wrath of the law,” he said. (NAN)

Nigerian dies of alcohol overdose in India

A 28-year-old Nigerian has died while undergoing treatment at Inamdar Hospital, in India only a few minutes after a group of seven persons dropped him off at the hospital, then fled the scene.

According to PuneMirror, an Indian news portal, the man identified as Mbamara Chideara Festus, normally stays in Nigeria, but at the moment lives in Mumbai.

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Retired soldier Dies and Resurrect After Three Days In Mortuary, Recounts Ordeal

The story of retired soldier, Kayode Sotunde, is akin to biblical Jesus Christ who died and resurrected after three days. But differently, the 49-year-old man was neither on a rescue mission like Messiah who paid the debt he did not owe nor was coerced to go through the Calvary tortures like Jesus did for the sake of humanity.
However, the story of this man who returned from the great beyond is worth celebrating.
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Jungle Justice: Man burnt to death for impregnating Mother, Daughter

The university town of Nsukka in Enugu State has witnessed yet another brutal death as a tipper driver who allegedly impregnated a widow and her daughter has reportedly been burnt to death by son of the widow, Sunday Ugwoke.  The tipper driver, Sylvester Ezema, attached to Ferguson Nig. Limited, hailed from Akpa Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State and shared a common fence with his widowed lover, Mrs. Ugwoke. Reports said he had been having amorous dealings with the woman’s daughter too, unknown to the widow.
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NDLEA Nabs student with hard drugs at Lagos Airport - Rome

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, said that it foiled an attempt by a 27 years old student, Chukwu Ramseyn Onyekaozuru, to smuggle 5.300kg of cannabis and 660 gramnmes of heroin to Rome, Italy.
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The Yoruba are far ahead of them — Fani-Kayode

As the debate over the deportation of some Igbo from Lagos rages, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in this interview tells ALLWELL OKPI that the city was built by the Yoruba and not the Igbo.

PDP slams Fashola, says he is a dictator ( What Do You Think?)

ABUJA—NATIONAL leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sunday, took a swipe at Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, describing him as the brand new dictator for sealing off a house owned by former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, for criticising the recent deportation of Nigerians from the state.


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