Friday, May 16, 2014

Doyin Okupe fired shots at Oby Ezekwesili, says she's trying to profit from a national calamity

 Senior Special Assistant to the president on Public Affairs, Mr. Doyin Okupe, fired shots at former minister and a frontliner in the #Bringbackourgirls campaign, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, in some tweets this afternoon. According to him, her efforts with the campaign is simply her trying to benefit from a national calamity. See more tweets after the break.

ECOWAS To remove Resident Permit In movement Protocol.

The ECOWAS Commission on Thursday said it had commenced the process of removing resident permit for citizens of member countries residing in other ECOWAS countries.

This is contained in a statement issued by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Sunny Ugoh, a copy of which was given to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
It stated that ECOWAS’ resident permit constituted obstacle to freedom of persons and goods according to the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement.

Twin Bomb Blasts rock Kenyan Market

* Foreigners trying to leave Kenya after bomb warning

Two bomb explosions have already been reported to possess struck the Gikomba market section of the Kenyan capital Nairobi today.  Based on a report on Reuters quoting Kenyan official, the blasts have allegedly killed at least four people and injured scores. Earlier reports stated that the reason for the blasts is not known but Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks in recent years. They've mostly been blamed on the al-Shabab militant Islamist group from neighbouring Somalia.

BOKO HARAM: Nine Generals under Probe over arms deal

Nine serving Generals in the Nigerian Army and other senior military officers are now under investigation for their alleged role in the sale of arms to members of the Boko Haram sect.
They are also fingered in the movement of weapons and Army armouries in some northern states.
A top security chief confirmed to Nigerian Pilot yesterday that the military authorities had made progress in the investigation of the affected Army officers, adding that they would soon be court-martialed.

Angry Gunmen Attack Bauchi, Burn 2 Schools, Kill One

Unknown gunmen on Wednesday burnt down two primary schools and an MTN telecommunication mast in Shadarki village in Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The attack is coming barely 25 days after unknown gunmen attacked the Government Girl’s Secondary School Yana in Shira Local Government Area of the state in which a five-year old girl was burnt to death and staff quaters, the school bus and an eight-man block rank and file quarters were all burnt down.

Lagos PDP tells Oba Akiolu: “You have desecrated your stool” (Akin Ambode set to be next Gov of Lagos?)

The Lagos State PDP has come out strongly to condemn the attitude and pronouncement of Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, at the book
launch ceremony for Akin Ambode, the annointed Governorship candidate by Bola Tinubu.

In a show of shame and attempt to support the wish of Tinubu, the oba reportedly endorsed Akin Ambode as the next “befitting” Governor of Lagos State after Fashola. “In a very undemocratic manner,the Oba went further to berate other aspirants for the Office ‘counselling’ them to conceed to Akin Ambode”

Russia-China trade may exceed $100 billion by year's end - Putin's aide

Russia's trade with China may reach the $100 billion mark by the end of the year, Russian presidential foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters Friday. “The outlook for this year is very favorable, judging from the growth rates for trade in the first quarter of 2014, we can go as far as $100 billion in bilateral turnover by the end of the year,” he said.

Ushakov added that China remains a major trading partner for Russia, with bilateral trade reaching $88.8 billion last year, according to RIA Novosti. According to data released in early May by China’s General Administration of Customs, Chinese-Russian trade turnover for the first quarter period increased by 3.4 percent year-on-year to $29.05 billion.

Puppetry Canada reduces sanctions against Russia to secure its business interests

Canada abandons some of the imposed sanctions against Russia to save its business interests, putting the US, who iniciated the sanctions over the Urkainian crisis, in an akward political situation. Thus, Canada has not imposed sanctions against Sergei Chemezov, who heads state-owned industrial and defense conglomerate Rostec, and Igor Sechin, CEO of oil giant Rosneft. Both men have highly-profitable business ties to Canada.

Canada, home to 1.2 million people of Ukrainian descent, has imposed sanctions on more than 80 Russian and Ukrainian officials and businesses, compared to about 60 by the United States.

Participants of the Maidan were on drugs - Head of Russia's drug control

Head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), Viktor Ivanov, said Friday that many participants of the Maidan were "loaded".
"I have no information that the US brought drugs, but there is information that among the participants of the Maidan there was a huge number of drug addicts, that is, people who were in a completely abnormal, psychoactive condition," Ivanov said to journalists on Friday.
According to him, not only the Russian service, but also the Ukrainian colleagues possess this information.

Odessa Genocide: People's deaths in Ukraine's Odessa could have been prevented - UN Assistant Secretary General

UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic believes that law enforcers went beyond the mark during the disorders in Odessa. He emphasizes the need to carry out an impartial investigation of people's deaths. 
'The deaths of 48 people could have and should have been prevented. An impartial investigation must be carried out to determine who is responsible for the tragedy and why law enforcers exceeded their authority,' Simonovic said at a briefing on Friday.

US coup failed in Ukraine: Kiev junta's days are numbered

The western backed junta in Kiev, installed in February of this year after years of planning by the US/CIA/USAID/NATO/EU and billions of dollars spent on NGOs, destabilization teams, installing and paying for puppets and training, arming and backing far right nazi paramilitary groups and paying mercenaries from the Greystone private CIA army, may finally be showing the first signs of what has to be its imminent demise.

California firefighters battle wind-whipped wildfires in San Diego

California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires on Friday, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges.

The cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season amid its worst drought in decades. Officials worry it could be a particularly dangerous year.
Read also: Massive wildfires force evacuation of 30,000 in California
Crews made some progress against the fires, which have scorched thousands of acres this week across Southern California. But they had only a tenuous grip on the so-called Cocos Fire, which was threatening the northern San Diego county communities of San Marcos and Escondido.

Pres.GEJ never planned to Visit Chibok Today - Reuben Abati

 CNN, Reuters and many news agencies yesterday reported that GEJ could be visiting Chibok today...but now his media spokesperson Reuben Abati says he never made such plans. The president will be criticized for choosing to attend Paris today for a protection summit as opposed to visiting Chibok.

IGP MD Abubakar Still Serving His Fatherland - Press Release

The Police High Command is not in receipt of any official communication from the appropriate Government quarters informing the IGP of his inevitable glorious retirement from the Force. Therefore, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, psc who was fully on his desk today Thursday 15th May, 2014 has continued to perform his official duties as the 16th indigenous Inspector General of Police.   While thanking Nigerians for their overwhelming show of concern over the rumour, the IGP restates his loyalty and his unalloyed commitment to the service to his fatherland.

Negotiate with Boko Haram - Gov Shettima tells President GEJ

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima has asked President Jonathan to negotiate with Boko Haram men if that is what it will take to release the abducted Chibok girls. Governor Shettima made this remark during an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour last night.

History Of Mine Brutality

When 75,000 black miners went on strike in 1946, the state police forced
them back to work by fi ring on them with rifl es and charging with fi xed
bayonets. Twenty-fi ve were killed and thousands were wounded.
At that time Smuts was the head of the government and a delegate to
the Peace Conference. On farms owned by white men, the black laborers live almost like serfs. They may have their families with them, but no man is allowed to leave the farm without the permission of his master.
If he does so, the police are notifi ed and he is brought back by force and whipped. . . .

Pres. GEJ cancels planned trip to Chibok, heads to Paris for security summit

 President GEJ has cancelled his planned trip to Chibok, Borno State, the small town where over 200 girls were abducted about a month ago. He was scheduled to visit the place today May 16th but instead is attending the Africa Security Summit which is holding in Paris today.

House of Reps approves extension of Emergency rule in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

The House of Reps, yesterday May 15th approved the extension of emergency rule in the troubled states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states, after a crucial closed door meeting with security chiefs. President Jonathan had sent a letter to members of the National Assembly a few days ago requesting for extension of emergency rule in the three states. The Senate would have to agree to this too before it can be fully effected. Their own deliberation and voting will take place May 20th. Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states have been the worst hit since the emergency of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram slowly turning Syrian Freedom Army fighter ? The Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria With Sanctions in 2013 For Killing B'haram

The Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria With Sanctions in 2013 For Fighting Boko Haram
“Obama Administration Threatened Nigeria with Sanctions in 2013 for Fighting Boko Haram,” by Fred Dardick, Canada Free Press, May 14, 2014:
Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only Obama administration official who went to bat for Boko Haram over the past few years.Soon after John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of butchery during a confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in Baga, a Nigerian town on the shores of Lake Chad, and in May 2013 threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation.

Court Of Appeals Overturns Ibori's Acquittal, To Stand Trial Again in Nigeria

James Ibori to face trial in Nigeria upon the completion of his jail term in London.....

Six years after Justice Marcel Awokulehin sensationally struck out all 170-count charge of money laundering preferred against former governor of Delta State, James Onanefe Ibori by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a three-man panel of justices at the Benin Division of the Court of Appeal today, May 15, 2014 ruled that the ex- governor who is currently serving a 13-year jail term in a London prison, has a case to answer.

Six Women Arraigned Over Kidnap of Kogi Speaker’s Children

LOKOJA —Six women were, yesterday, arraigned before a Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court over their alleged involvement in the kidnap of two children of Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal.
The accused persons include Bilikis Lawal, Raliat Musa, Rabiyat Mohammed, Zainab Ismaila, Aminat Ibrahim and Nafisat Abdullahi.

Car Bursts Into fire On 3rd Mainland Bridge

This Hyundai Car went up in flames after the engine caught fire on the 3rd mainland Bridge in Lagos .. Based on eyewitnesses, other drivers tried to greatly help put away the flames with fire extinguishers but failed because they watched the automobile burn to ashes... Sad but fortunately, no live was lost. 

3 Indians Get 15yrs jail for Illegal Bunkering in Bayelsa

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, has sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, three Indian nationals, over their involvement in illegal oil theft on the waterways of Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The three convicts are Sahleh Kumar Singh, (Captain of the vessel), Chadrashekar Sharma and Ajay Bhatiya, owner of the vessel MT Akshay, still at large.

3 Die in Ogun Auto Accident

The FRSC in Ogun  said three persons were killed while three others sustained injuries in an accident that occurred on the Papa-Ilaro road  on Wednesday.
The FRSC Unit Commander in Ogun, Mr Fatai Bakare, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sango-Ota, Ogun,   that the accident occurred at about 5.45 a.m.
Bakare said the accident involved an articulated vehicle with registration number XB 641 BBR belonging to Dangote Group and a Volkswagen bus.

Negotiating With Terrorists: Let The Chibok Parents Decide

Another article written by Dr. Peregrino Brimah. Read below and tell us if you agree with him...
We have come to the conclusion that the only legitimate option for the government of Nigeria in the predicament of the abducted 234 Chibok girls is to entrust the decision to negotiate with the terrorists to the parents of the girls.
We advise the Federal government of Nigeria to host a meeting of all affected parents for them to make a decision on what course of action Nigeria should take in handling the release of their wards. This recommendation is in the best interest of the nation and the direct victims of our failure. This decision on the next course of action is made with due consideration of the reality that the government of Nigeria, based on the history of its dealings with Boko Haram, leading up to this notable abduction, has lost the credibility to make this decision on behalf of the victims. The Nigerian civilians are the only entity endowed with the credibility, responsibility and authority to decide in this matter.

Okada Riders Association members club man to death in Lagos

The quest for power among members of the Okada Riders Association of Aratunmi Motorcycle Park in New Iba site Ojo LGA of Lagos state has led to the death of 20 year old Wasiu Jimoh.
According to a Punch report, trouble started on April 14th when a faction of the association went into the motor park around 8.30pm and attacked another faction called O-Yes which the late Jimoh belonged to, with the intention of wrestling the chairmanship position from them. During the fight, Jimoh was attacked with a machete and sticks and left to die. He later died in the hospital.
The Ojo Police command was immediately notified and arrests were made.Continue. *Graphic photo after the cut*


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