Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Govs’ removal: Falana tells Jonathan to ignore Clark

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to ignore a call by a First Republic minister and prominent Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, to remove the governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, on the account of subsisting emergency rule in the states.  Falana said in a statement on Tuesday that the call was diversionary and the act of removing elected governors or suspending democratic institutions during emergency rule in a state was illegal.

6 suspects in EFCC's net for ₦5.5m bank fraud ( See press release)

A press statement from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Find it below...
Five persons have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegation of fraudulent transfer of a total of N5, 550,000.00 (Five Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from an account in Skye Bank.

The suspects, Ademola Okunlola, 36; Tajudeen Oluwanisola, 41; Kolawole Adams, 52; Temitope Pedro, 27; Bayo Olowoyo, 39 and Otunba Biodun Adebanjo, 56, were picked up in different locations in Lagos by operatives of the anti- graft agency for allegedly effecting the fraudulent transfer of N5, 550,000.00 from the account of one Ajani Kareem Musibau domiciled in Skye Bank Plc. .........

Nyanya, Abuja blast: Experts identify bodies of two bombers

Forensic  experts  have successfully established the identities of two men that  participated in  the bombing  of  Nyanya, a satellite community bordering the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State  on  April 14, 2014.
Security sources told one of our correspondents in Abuja  on Monday  that the experts   identified  their  bodies  using certain scientific variables, including body tissues.
It was learnt that they also   identified the third suicide bomber, who managed to escape from the scene before the explosion.

CONFAB: Alamieyeseigha lampoons OBJ, says he shielded oil bunkerers -

By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA- FORMER governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Solomon Alamieyeseigha Monday lampooned former President Olusegun Obasanjo, accusing him of having the list  of oil thieves in Nigeria, but he shielded them during his administration.
Alamieseigha also declared that 50 percent of Nigerian oil was stolen daily and  accused foreign embassies of having full knowledge of illegal purchase of crude oil from Nigeria.

Video Post: Footage at the Scene of New Nyanya Bomb Blast

350 properties absorbed, 1,000 displaced by flood in Calabar

An unprecedented flood has wreaked havoc in Calabar metropolis, Cross River State, destroying over 350 houses and displacing about 1,000 persons.

The ravaging flood, which occurred following a six-hour downpour yesterday morning, adversely affected mobility in most parts of the city.

Areas worst hit by the flood include Target-Goldie and Mayne Avenue, Marian road, Diamond Hill axis, Ete-Agbor street MCC, Wapi junction Marian and Ediba within Calabar South and Municipal council.

Also affected were Yellow Duke, some departments in the University of Calabar and the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) staff quarters in Calabar South Local Government which were submerged.

GEJ Dumps Gulak as political adviser

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday terminated the appointment of his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, announced this on his Twitter page.  Abati said the President thanked Gulak for his services to the current administration and wished him success in his future endeavours.  He however didn't give reason for the sack.

EFCC Shuts Down Actress Laide Bakare’s Boutique In Lagos

She left her husband and married a rich man, now the problems have started. I just hope she can manage:

Certainly, these are not the best of times for popular actress, Laide Bakare, as she seems to have been caught in the web of the face-off involving her husband, Alhaji Atanda Orilowo, a.k.a ATM, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a multi-billion Naira estate project in Lagos.

Her husband had threatened to go to court to put a stop to the intimidation by EFCC and settle all the issues once and for all, but it seems the man was just bragging. He has not been seen and the anti-corruption body say Alhaji Orilowo is on the run.
They've now been empowered to take over his properties.

Photo Post: Abuja Protesters get Teargassed & Water Canoned

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Manchester United records easy win as Giggs makes managerial bow

Ryan Giggs’ spell as interim Manchester United manager began on a positive note on Saturday, the Red Devils romping to a commanding win over Norwich.
Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata netted two goals each for United, who piled yet more relegation woe on the Canaries at Old Trafford. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand paired up in defence for the hosts, with Danny Welbeck starting in attack. Mata was on the bench, with Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini left out entirely. For the away side, Gary Hooper was among the substitutes despite scoring against Liverpool last weekend.

United started on the front foot, with Antonio Valencia prominent on the right flank. Norwich almost grabbed a shock opener, however, Jonny Howson seeing his effort chalked off for a foul in the area.  United’s first chance fell to Welbeck, whose powerful effort was palmed away by John Ruddy at his near post. The England striker would continue to threaten, however, and played a crucial role in the opener.

Alison-Madueke gets court injunction stopping house of reps from probing ₦10b jet scandal

Minister of Petroleum, Dieziani Alison-Madueke, who has been in the midst of a 10bn jet scandal has secured a court injunction stopping the House of Representatives from further investigating her, Premium Times reports. Alison-Madueke had approached a federal high court in Abuja where she asked the court to restrain the House members to discontinue any probe involving her.

Justice.R. Mohammed who presided within the case, barred the home members or their committees  from summoning her for further investigations as well as ordering her arrest if she failed to a[appear before the house. In accordance with reports, the court injuction was secured on April 14th but was just made public today while the House designed to commence further investigation on the situation today.

Nollywood's Prolific director Amaka Igwe dies at 51

 Foremost producer, writer, director and a number one player in the Nigerian film industry, Amaka Igwe has passed on. She died yesterday evening April 28th in Enugu after an asthma attack. Mrs Igwe had opted to Enugu in company of her husband for pre-production preparations for a brand new Igbo soap when the sad incident occurred.

She suffered an asthma attack and was immediately rushed to a medical facility after initial intervention had failed but sadly died before getting there. 

Mrs Igwe is survived by her husband of 21 years Charles Igwe, three children, an aged mother. So sad! May her soul rest in peace...Ase. Continue...

APC Chieftain who turned wife to punching bag arrested by Sagamu police

The APC chieftain, Bashorun Bayo Awosanya, who battered his wife at their residence in Sagamu on Easter Sunday April 20th (read here) after a quarrel was arrested and detained by the Ogun State police command yesterday.  He's currently at the Sagamu Police Station in Ogun State
"The suspect personally reported himself to the Sagamu Divisional Police Officer, CSP Lawal Adebowale, around 0800hrs due to arrest warrants issued and pressure mounted on him to show up before he would be publicly declared wanted by the police" the PPRO of the Ogun State Command in a statement.

Woman eliminates her own new born baby because he looked too much like her ex-boyfriend

18-year-old Ana Rosa Mora (pictured above) has been arrested for killing her own child because the the new born looked like her ex-boyfriend. Ana wrapped her baby in a bag and left him outside to die because she feared the child looked like her ex-boyfriend and her current boyfriend would leave her.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the teen gave birth last weekend and attended school on Monday after allegedly committing the act and even showed staff members pictures of a newborn girl that she claimed she downloaded from the Internet.

But after employees noticed strange behavior - such as the girl asking if authorities could link her to the child through DNA and lying about the baby's age - they alerted authorities. Continue...

Women to stage one-million march in Abuja over abducted girls

Nigerian women would on Wednesday April 30th in Abuja stage a one-million-women march tagged "Free our girls" to press for the release of the schoolgirls that were abducted from Girls Government college in Chibok, Borno state on Monday April 14th.
The call for the protest was made during an emergency meeting put together by the Borno state first lady, Hajia Nana Kashim Shettima, yesterday. Coordinator of the protest Prof. Hauwa Abdu Biu said the march is expected to involve every woman in the country.
"The last time, we were in black but this time around the colour for the Abuja rally is red; so we should all be prepared and mobilize ourselves for the rally”, she said


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