Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Grave Allegations Of Stephen Davis - By Femi Fani Kayode

Article written by former minister, Femi Fani Kayode.

I read the grave allegations made by an Australian by the name of Mr. Stephen Davis about those that he believes are behind Boko Haram. He made some very serious allegations, he mentioned names and I would be interested in seeing the hard evidence that he claims to have.
I have always said that I believe that anyone, no matter which political party that person belongs to and no matter how highly placed or powerful that person may be, that is involved with Boko Haram ought to be captured, caged, flogged and brought to justice because I regard such people as nothing but bloodthirsty beasts. Continue...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Buhari To Declare Intention To Run For Presidency In 2015

Former military Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to declare for the presidential race early next month on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as soon as he concludes his nationwide consultations, his political aides have confirmed to Thisday.
“General Muhammadu Buhari has been holding consultations with stakeholders cutting across the divide on the next year general election,” said one of his aides who craved anonymity.“
Those he has been meeting include politicians, both within and outside the APC, religious leaders, opinion leaders, youths and market women in every state of the federation and the feelers we are getting are encouraging.

Ukraine May Get Additional Loan of $1.3 billion After IMF Assessment

European Union will make a decision on providing an additional loan of up to $1.3 billion to Ukraine only after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) conducts another assessment of the state of its economy, a source close to EU leadership told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

“If the IMF considers that there are additional financing needs, we will then consider a possibility of an additional microfinancial program which could go up to one billion [euro],” said the source, adding that it is not clear yet, when this assessment will take place.

Poroshenko’s Statement That Ukraine Conflict Can End by September Far From Reality - DPR

The Kiev authorities’ statements that conflict in eastern Ukraine can be ended by September are idealistic and far from reality, Deputy Prime Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

"Their statements are of Martian nature, these people are dwelling in an emerald garden on Mars and commenting on the situation, which has nothing to do with reality. In fact, all these comments are often made not for internal use but for external use, for Europe. Such claims hit the headlines, then the IMF allocates money, so their goal is to get money from the IMF," Purgin said.

Donetsk People’s Republic Says Controlling Most of MH17 Crash Site

The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) militia is controlling the most of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

"For the most part, we are controlling [the crash site]. They [pieces of the wreckage] are just lying there, and the most amazing part is, as it turns out, that neither the European side, nor anyone else needs them. The situation is very strange in my opinion," Purgin said.

Poland’s Tusk Elected EU President, Italy’s Mogherini to Head Diplomacy - Van Rompuy

The European Union leaders have appointed Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as EU chief diplomat, current President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said Saturday. “The new European leadership team is complete. It is my great pleasure to introduce to you the future President of the European Council, Prime Minister of Poland and my good friend Donald Tusk and, on the other hand, Federica Mogherini, a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the current Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

EU to Decide on New Sanctions Against Russia Within Week

The participants of the EU Summit have asked the European Commission to prepare proposals for new economic sanctions against Russia within one week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
“We said that should there be a further escalation as we had actually experienced, we may need to take additional decisions. We mandated the Commission to prepare the grounds for measures that can be taken and they have to decide on that within a week,” 
Angela Merkel told journalists after the special meeting of European Council.However, the decision on sanctions will not affect the trilateral gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine.
 “We will irrespective of that also address questions related to gas,” said Merkel, noticing that there has been progress on gas talks since the meeting in Minsk.

Russia Hands Over 63 Ukrainian Soldiers - Airborne Forces

Russia handed over to Ukraine 63 Ukrainian soldiers who have crossed the Russian border on August,27, the deputy commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, Major-General Aleksei Ragozin, said on Sunday.

“The relevant authorities have just handed over 63 Ukrainian military men, who have crossed the Russian border on August, 27,” Ragozin said, adding that the soldiers were accommodated in a temporary camp where they received all the assistance needed.

Only 300,000 People Out of Population of 900,000 Remain in Donetsk – DPR

Only around 300,000 people out of population if 900,000 remain in Ukraine’s eastern city of Donetsk, Deputy Prime Minister of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Andrei Purgin said in an interview with RIA Novosti Saturday.

Only one third of the people which had been living in Donetsk before the start of Kiev’s offensive against independence supporters remains in the city, according to Purgin.
“There used to be 900,000 people in Donetsk, one third of it is 300,000 people,” the official said.
The city is facing a humanitarian disaster, according to Purgin.

US Military Conducts More Airstrikes Against Islamic State Targets

US fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck the Islamic State (IS) militants near Iraq’s Mosul Dam, said the US Central Command in a statement, published on its official website.

“US military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam,” said the statement released on Saturday.

Adamawa: Choice that may make or break PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party seems to be at the crossroads over who will be its candidate in the October 11 Adamawa governorship by-election. BAYO AKINLOYE, assesses how the choice of some of the aspirants can affect the fortune of the party in the state

At least 10 aspirants have so far declared interest to fly the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming Adamawa State governorship by-election, which comes up on October 11, 2014.

Chibok girls: Powerful Nigerians don’t want girls rescued — Negotiator

Some powerful Nigerians are sabotaging the efforts of the Federal Government and other concerned citizens to ensure that the over 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are set free.
This was disclosed by the President, Civil Rights Congress, Mr. Shehu Sani, in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH last week.
Sani, who has been involved in efforts to get government and Boko Haram to discuss the fate of the girls in the past, said some powerful individuals, whom he refused to name, ensured that the talks derailed. 

How To Buy Cheap Electronic Gadgets, British standard In Nigeria !!!

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these days. This increasing demand of Electronic Gadgets is giving manufactures a confidence to create more new services in market with
increased features and high reliability.

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Cancer: Genevieve mag editor Dimeji Alara's dad dies

Genevieve magazine editor Dimeji Alara announced on social media network that he lost his father to cancer yesterday August 29th. 
Sun re oo,

Boko Haram Funded Through CBN- Australian Hostage Negotiator Says

It appears Australian hostage negotiator Dennis Stephen isn't done making outrageous and some would say 'eye-opening' claims. Just a day after he claimed that former Borno state Gov, Alimodu Sheriff and an unnamed retired army chief are sponsors of Boko Haram, he's now claiming that the insurgent group if funded through the CBN. In an interview with TheCable, Stephen claimed a senior official of the CBN handles the financial transactions of the sect group. Read what he said ...

39 Sierra Leonans And Congolese Immigrants Arrested In a Lagos Hotel

Lagos-At least 39 foreign nationals were ,yesterday, arrested by Police and Immigration officers in two hotels on Lagos Island. It was gathered that they were arrested following a tip-off by some residents of the area over fears of the spread of Ebola virus disease.

Upon receiving the report, the Area Commander, Imohimi Edgal, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Area A Command, Lion Building, contacted Immigration and Health officials who stormed Benin Hotel and an unnamed guest house, situated on Atere street and effected the arrest of the foreigners, 35 of whom are citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo, while the rest are Sierra Leoneian nationals.


Ebola: Private School Owners, FG on Collision Course

Private school owners in Lagos State and the Federal Government may clash over the latter’s order directing all primary and secondary schools in the country to resume on October 13, 2014, instead of the anticipated September 15.

At a sensitization programme on Ebola which held on Thursday, Punch reports that the school owners, under the umbrella of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, believe that the directive is unnecessary.

Oyo community gets light after 30 months of power outage

The people of Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday had a lot to smile about after two and a half years of power outage.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the formal commencement of electricity supply to the area by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company gave the residents much joy.

The power outage was the aftermath of the burning down of the defunct PHCN sub-station at Olorunsogo area by hoodlums during the January 2012 nationwide fuel subsidy protest.

Commissioner’s killers die in gun battle

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia said those who killed the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Kenneth Nwosu, had also been killed by security operatives in a gun battle near Ikwuano.

Orji made this known at the funeral service for the late Nwosu held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Amizi-Olokoro, on Friday.

“Nwosu was shot by kidnappers. He was shot twice for resisting an attempt to kidnap him.

Vagabonds in power

Vagabonds in Power was one of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s most iconic and elemental songs about the ills afflicting our society. I wonder what the legendary singer/social rights activist would have made of Nigeria today, in general and the total shambles of our football in particular.

Failure to punish impunity responsible for terrorism –Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has identified the Federal Government’s failure to punish impunity as the major factor responsible for the rise in violent crimes and terrorism in the country.

He cited the failure of the Federal Government to punish the members of the violent Ombatse cult who killed over 70 security personnel in Nasarawa State, noting that it was such impunity that encouraged people to commit grave crimes.

Boko Haram turns Police college to training camp –Survivor

The police college overrun by Boko Haram sect over a week ago has been converted into the base of the terrorist group, according to the Director, Catholic Social Communications, Maiduguri Diocese of the Catholic Church, Gideon Obasogie, who narrated the account of a survivor to Saturday PUNCH on Friday.

The clergyman in both telephone chat and e-mail to our correspondent, said, “I am sad, really sad to my bone marrows about this ugly development. The world must know the truth; people were captured and taken to the police training ground for serious training as combatants. It is now one of their strongest bases.

“The missing policemen have joined the Boko Haram instructors. The guys are multiplying in number, weaponry and geographical expansion.”

Ebola: 160 placed under observation in Rivers

Following the death of an Ebola victim in Port Harcourt, Rivers State during the week, at least 160 persons that made contact with the victim have been identified and put under observation.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Sampson Parker, stated at a news conference at the state’s secretariat in Port Harcourt on Friday that the people had shown no signs of the Ebola disease.

He, however, said that the people were strictly under watch.

The commissioner added that the baby of the widow of the late health worker, who has since been quarantined, was in good health.

Nine injured as APC lawmakers clash in Ibadan

Supporters of two members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Temitope Olatoye, representing Lagelu Constituency and Abiodun Adigun-Hammed representing Akinyele II Constituency clashed in Ojoo area of Ibadan on Wednesday, leaving no fewer than nine people injured.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that both lawmakers, who are eyeing the party’s ticket to contest for a seat in the House of Representatives in the 2015 general elections, clashed during a programme organised by Adigun-Hammed to foster relationship between spare parts traders and the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

Friday, August 29, 2014

2015: PDP considers automatic ticket for Jonathan

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party is contemplating fielding President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential primaries, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

The thinking within the top echelon of the party is that the party would emulate the United States democracy where the right of first refusal is usually given to the President.

Already, some members of the National Working Committee of the party were said to have favoured the arrangement, which would see Jonathan emerge as the sole candidate of the party.

Abducted Ex-Governor Sylva’s Uncle Murdered, Police Exhume Body -

The Nigerian police today disclosed that Benson Ayerite Eseni, an 87-year old uncle to former Governor Timpre Sylva of Bayelsa State, has been killed and buried in a shallow grave.

Chief Benson Ayerite Adigio-Eseni was seized by men armed with AK-47 rifles from his Okpoama residence in Brass LGA of Bayelsa state on July 28, 2014. An aide to Sylva said the gunmen came in a speed boat around 1am shooting into the air before whisking the man who retired from the army with the rank of a major away..

Moscow Vows 'Appropriate Response' to Poland’s Flyover Denial for Russian Minister’s Plane

Poland’s refusal to let the Russian Defense Minister’s plane fly in its airspace violates international norms and will not be left unanswered, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.
"Such actions can only be described as a blatant violation of international norms and the diplomatic code of ethics," the ministry said. "It is absolutely evident that such actions by Warsaw will entail an appropriate response from Russia."

Russian Scientists Develop Method for Earlier Detection of Cancer

Scientists from a subsidiary of the SIGMA.Novosibirsk nanotechnology center, a project run by the state-owned RUSNANO Corporation, have developed a technology that detects cancer in very early stages and can be employed at outpatient clinics, said a Friday statement on the center’s website.

“The method of super-early cancer detection is based on DNA molecule analysis. A cancer tumor does not develop if the particular genes, the onco-suppressor genes, are active, as what they produce suppresses the creation of a tumor. Thus, if these genes are ‘turned off,’ an oncogenic process can be diagnosed,” 
the statement said.

Marketing Death: How US Is Using Foley and McCain to Sell War

Another American citizen has been killed in Syria in the past week, albeit under completely different circumstances. Douglas McAuthur McCain was killed by ‘Free Syrian Army’ militants during a gunfight while fighting for Islamic State (IS), becoming the first American Islamist to die in Syria. This comes as the world is still reeling from the beheading of reporter James Foley, which was first broadcast last week. The deaths of Foley and McCain back-to-back provide the US with different justifications for the same objective – the bombing of Syria.

South African Woman drags Hospital to court after She Gave Birth to Down's Syndrome Baby

A South African woman is going to the country's constitutional court to claim thousands of pounds in damages after a medical centre failed to diagnose her son with Down's syndrome. 

The woman, identified only as Ms H. to protect the identity of her child, is arguing her son represents a "wrongful life," as she would have aborted the foetus if she had been told by the clinic it was at a high risk of having Down's syndrome. She is seeking £368,742 (N93million) in damages on behalf of her child, who has severe Down's syndrome and needs constant care, according to court documents. 

Ebola Drug Zmapp Confirmed 100% Effective in Treating Infected Monkeys

Hopes of a breakthrough in the fight against Ebola have been raised by the 100 per cent successful treatment of monkeys with the deadly disease. According to a new research published in a special report on Nature journal's website, the experimental drug ZMapp cured the animals even when administered five days after infection, while they were displaying severe symptoms. All 18 rhesus macaques made a complete recovery, in contrast to three other untreated monkeys that quickly fell seriously ill and died.


El-Rufai Is Boko Haram's Executive Commander - Former Chief Of Army Staff, General Onyeabor Azubuike Ihejirika.

Former Chief of Army Staff, General Onyeabor Azubuike Ihejirika yesterday opened a can of worms and throw a bomb by declaring that the former Minister of the FCT and APC Chieftain, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is one of the frontline Commanders of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Speaking with Vanguard over allegation by the former Minister that he (Ihejirika) and former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State were manipulated as terrorists sponsors, General Ihejirika said he is not surprised that this unimaginable allegation is coming from 'one of the Boko Haram Commanders'.
"The (Commanders) including El-Rufai know where the problem is. He should stop deceiving Nigerians by trying to divert attention".

At least 10 die as boat capsizes in Port Harcourt

At least 10 persons have been confirmed dead after a boat carrying 35 people capsized in the early hours of today August 29th in a river in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr Onimode Bandele said rescue efforts are still ongoing in the search of more people.
“We can confirm that 10 persons died early today when a Port Harcourt-bound passenger boat sank. Rescue efforts are ongoing and the agency is already working with other bodies and security agencies in the rescue efforts.” he said 

1st case of Ebola recorded in Senegal

Senegal has recorded its first case of the deadly Ebola virus disease. The Senegalese Health Minister, Awa Marie Coll Seck told newsmen today August 29th that the first case was a Guinean national who arrived Senegal recently. The deadly virus first broke out in Guinea in March this year.

Hours after executing 300 Syrian soldiers, ISIS parade captured Kurds, then beheads one

 ISIS militants yesterday released a movie showing them executing about 300 Syrian soldiers they captured close to the Tabqa air base since the soldiers attempted to flee the fallen air base in Raqqa, Syria. They stripped the soldiers down for their briefs, took them to the desert, lined them up and executed them. Then hours later, they posted another video showing captured Kurd fighters wearing orange prison uniforms. This time around they executed only one.

FG recalls 16,000 sacked resident doctors

The Federal Government has reinstated the 16,000 resident doctors it sacked on August 13th. Announcing their reinstatement today August 29th in Abuja, spokesman for the Minister of Health, Dan Nwomeh said the reinstatement became effective Thursday August 28th.

LASAA mobilizes electronic billboard operators on Ebola sensitization

Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) in partnership with Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), some leading electronic billboard operators in Lagos State and Nigeria's biggest advertising agency, Insight Communications Limited, is set to commence a public awareness campaign as part of efforts to curb the spread of Ebola. 

This initiative supported by Lagos State Ministries for Health and Information, would involve electronic billboard operators enabling their platforms across Lagos for use free of charge in conveying messages about Ebola disease in strategic locations across Lagos State. Continue...

Bravery: Woman Kills Leopard with a Spade after Hour-long Fight (Photos) -

A 54-year-old Indian woman has killed a leopard using only her farming tools after it attacked her on her way home from the fields last Sunday. Pictured above is Kamla Devi at the hospital.

According to the mum of one, the leopard attackedher as she walked back from working in the fields, and she fought him back using her sickle and a small spade. She says it took an hour before the injured leopard gave in, after which she had to walk more than half-a-mile before finding help.

Home-Grown Terrorism: Who Sows the Seeds?

Over 2,000 Europeans are fighting for ISIS, with at least 400 UK citizens among them. The merciless beheading of an American journalist James Foley captured on video with the voice of an apparent British militant narrating it has alarmed the intelligent officials in the West. Ann Lewis, expert on counter terrorism and women in Islam shares her thoughts with Agree or Disagree as to why the terrorists come home to roost.

Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in as president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been officially sworn in as Turkish president after winning the country’s first public vote for head of state. Mr. Erdogan, who served three terms as PM, has vowed to give more power to the previously ceremonial post. Critics of Mr. Erdogan say the move will make him more authoritarian. Opposition MPs walked out of the ceremony. Outgoing Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is set to be PM after being elected head of the governing AK Party. Mr. Erdogan promised in his presidential oath to protect Turkey’s independence and integrity, to honour the constitution and adhere to the principles of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ribadu Unworthy Of PDP - Edwin Clark

Edwin Clark

Clark said that bringing Ribadu into the PDP would dent the image of the party and also affect its fortune in Adamawa State, where he said Ribadu has no value, politically.

Fremost Ijaw leader and political father of President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Edwin Clark, has described Nuhu Ribadu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) new decampee, as not being trustworthy.

Reading an open letter addressed to the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu'azu, this morning, he said the PDP would be making the biggest mistake of its life if it granted a waiver to the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to enable him contest the Adamawa State governorship primaries next week.

El-Rufai reveals Boko Haram Sponsors And "Kingpins"

All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, named former Borno State governor Modu Sheriff (recently defected to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) and Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, a former chief of army staff as Boko Haram "kingpins".

Posting the statement to his Facebook and Twitter pages, the former minister cited Australian hostage and crisis negotiator Stephen Davis, who alleged the above duo were key elements of the insurgency on Arise News.

Resident Doctors Remain Sacked – Health Minister

The Nigerian government has stuck to its decision to sack resident doctors and suspend the residency programme in teaching hospitals, despite mounting condemnations and resident doctors resuming at their duty posts.

While addressing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, Nigeria’s Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said despite news reportage on the resumption of duties of doctors and the calls to reinstate resident doctors, the federal government had not rescinded its decision.

ALS Campaign Spreads to Politicians as Putin Nominated for Ice Bucket Challenge

 A campaign to raise money for research into the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) motor neuron disease and increase its public awareness is spreading through the world of politics and film with American director David Lynch having nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Ice Bucket Challenge.
“I would like to nominate for the Ice Bucket Challenge Vladimir Putin. Thank you very much,” Lynch, known for directing the Twin Peaks television series, said after getting drenched in ice water mixed with a double shot of espresso while playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the trumpet in a video posted on YouTube.

Boko Haram Has 50,000 Members In Its Camp

Its been over 100 days since the abduction of the Chibok school girls by the Boko Harm Insurgents, the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, campaign group has claimed that the Boko Haram has up to 50,000 members in its camp and most of them are desperate to die.
The BBOG group which disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, claimed it was quoting Mr. Ahmad Salkida, a Nigerian journalist said to be close to Boko Haram.

As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into Submission, West Fears Russia’s "Big White Trucks"

The West is trying to turn the Russian humanitarian aid convoy “… into a duplicitous dangerous act because it would better fit with the kind of scenario that they have been putting forth about Russia being a predator or being the provocateur,” says renowned author Dr. Michael Parenti, a political scientist from Yale University, a historian, and a cultural critic, in an interview with VR.

Dr. Parenti is the author of over 23 books whose works have been translated into 18 languages. He has given frequent lectures all over the world on a wide range of subjects and is the author of a college level political science textbook. Dr. Parenti’s working class roots may have figured into his motivation to be a defender of the little guy, the exploited and the victims of empire. He has proven himself to be a champion of the truth and a consistent defender of the underdog.

Aggravation of Sanctions Unwanted, but Russian Troops in Ukraine ‘Intolerable’ – Hollande

Francois Hollande said he does not want economic sanctions against Moscow to intensify, but stressed that Russia’s possible military presence in Ukraine is unacceptable and could trigger new restrictions, the French president said at a meeting of French ambassadors in Paris on Thursday.

“Europe will continue [to introduce sanctions], or it could even intensify them in case of an escalation [of the situation in Ukraine]. I do not want this, as this is not in the interest of France, the European Union, or Russia,” Hollande said.


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