Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Pentagon moves to keep Nigeria locked down (#BringBackOurGirls)

The African country of Nigeria supplies nearly 3% of the world's oil, and is currently the top producer in Africa. Despite the country's vast natural wealth and exports, the average person in Nigeria does not live so well.
According to the CIA World Factbook, the average life expectancy is only 52.6 years. Only 61.3% of the population is literate. 29% of Nigerians between the age of 5 and 14 are child laborers.

Lagos police, FERMA task force men clash

There was pandemonium on Wednesday as policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit and officials of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme/ Federal Road Maintenance Agency Task Force clashed in the Toll Gate area of the state.
Over 200 FERMA task force officials were arrested and clamped in three Black Marias brought by the police into the camp of the federal workers.

How Nigeria has changed under President Jonathan

Today, May 29, is celebrated as Democracy Day in Nigeria and it is significant for two reasons. In Nigeria’s political history, this day 15, years ago, marked the end of military dictatorship and the enthronement of democratic governance. After years of military rule defined by state sponsored brutality, repression and impunity, Nigeria entered a new democratic phase on May 29, 1999. It was also on this day in 2011 that President Goodluck Jonathan assumed the leadership of our country. But his Presidency had begun two years earlier when he succeeded the late Umaru Yar’Adua.

SLS lied about $49.8bn missing money – Senate committee

The Senate Committee on Finance on Wednesday described as untrue allegations by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, that $49.8bn was missing from the Federation Account. The committee, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, which submitted its report also said the total crude oil lifting from January 2012 to July 2013 was $67bn and not $65bn as claimed by Sanusi.

Sanusi had written President Goodluck Jonathan alleging that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had failed to remit $49.8bn, being part of the income it generated from the sale of crude oil to the Federation Account.

Chibok girls: 90% of protesters are APC members, says Mr. Labaran Maku

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, on Wednesday alleged that about 90 per cent of protesters campaigning for the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, Borno State, are members of the All Progressives Congress.
He also said that President Goodluck Jonathan had performed miracle with the achievements recorded by his administration in three years.

Photos: Nigerian Soldiers Searching for missing Girls

 For every Security Agent we've lost in this war against terror,we salute your courage & bravery.‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬
Photo credits: @NOA_Nigeria

See more pics after the break.

OBJ, Boko Haram families met in Abeokuta -Sani

A Northern-based activist and President of Civil Rghts Congress of Nigeria, Mallam Shehu Sani, declared on Wednesday that the meeting between ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and family members of Boko Haram insurgent was to open a new channel of dialogue with the sect.
He added that the meeting, which held in Abeokuta, was aimed at finding a way of releasing the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
The activist, who confirmed to be part of the meeting in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, noted that the meeting was meant to fashion out a fresh understanding to resolve the crisis of insurgency bedevilling the country.

₦49.8b: Senate report clears NNPC, Deziani, says no money missing

The Senate Committee on Finance which investigated the NNPC over allegations of fraud leveled against it by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, today Wednesday May 28th submitted its report to the Senate saying no funds were missing, The Will Nigeria reports.
Sanusi had spuriously claimed in a leaked letter to President Goodluck that $49.8 billion in crude oil revenue was missing.

The detailed report according to sources at the Senate also cleared the NNPC and the Ministry of Petroleum of any wrong doing.

The report however directed the NNPC and the Ministry of Finance as well as other relevant agencies to reconcile a sum believed to be around $300 million dollars.

One of America's most Renowned poet & author Maya Angelou Kicked the Bucket at 86

Among America's most famous and inspiring poets and writers, Maya Angelou, has died. She died yesterday with her family by her side in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina hospital while dealing with an illness.

The famed author was to be honored this Friday with the Beacon of Life Award at Major League Baseball's Civil Rights Game when she fell ill and had to cancel.

Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. She published 7 autobiographies, 3 books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a set of plays, movies, and shows spanning more than 50 years.

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National Conference Chairman's wife, Mariam Kutigi passes on

The wife of Justice Idris  Kutigi (pictured above), the Chairman of the ongoing National Conference, Mariam, has passed on. She died in early hours of this morning at the National Hospital Abuja. Her demise was announced this morning at the Conference. The conference session has been adjourned till Monday June 2nd.May her soul rest in peace...Ase.

National Conference delegates unanimously vote to tax churches, mosques.

Delegates at the ongoing National Conference yesterday May 27th voted unanimously for churches & mosques to pay taxes. The delegates arrived at the decision after deliberating on recommendations made by the Committee on Religion.
A delegate representing Civil Organizations, Mallam Naseer Kura, during the deliberation observed that most religious leaders in Nigeria are now making a lot of money from their organizations and so should be taxed accordingly.

How to successfully bring back our girls

Although it is very unfortunate that I don’t have all the resources required to boldly march into Sambisa Forest and successfully bring back our girls, I so much appreciate the unflinching focus and unrelenting effort of Mr. President as well as the whole world at large towards bringing back our girls.

Our girls are spending longer time than expected in this evil forest and the more time they spend, the more exposed they are to the danger and unfair torture of these sub humans led by the maniac called Abubakar Shekau. Even though it is very obvious that Boko Haram has to be completely eliminated from our once peaceful country, I am still of the opinion that instant or forceful attack on this sect is not the best approach towards ensuring that we safely bring back our girls as I believe wisdom is profitable to direct.

Children write Jonathan, Boko Haram over Chibok schoolgirls

Nigerian children, yesterday, celebrated this year’s Children’s Day in grief and tears as they embarked on prayers for divine intervention to bring back the over 200 schoolgirls of Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted 44 days ago by Boko Haram terrorists.

The children, who held prayer sessions across the states in the country, also wrote two letters: one for Boko Haram and another for President Goodluck Jonathan on the abduction of the girls.

Emir of Gombe, Alh (Dr) Shehu Abubakar Kicked the Bucket.

The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji (Dr.) Usman Shehu Abubakar, has passed on. He died this evening, May 27th after a long battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London.  The Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Abubakar Bage confirmed his passing in a press statement released this evening. Family sources say his body will be flown back to Nigeria tomorrowMay 28th to be buried according to Islamic rights.  The Late Emir before his demise was the chairman of the Gombe State Council of Traditional Rulers and had been on the throne since January 1984. May his soul rest in peace... Amen.

Lugansk People’s Republic to hold parliamentary election in September 14 – LPP premier

The self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPP) is planning to elect its parliament on September 14, LPP Prime Minister Vasily Nikitin said on Wednesday.

"A parliamentary election may presumably be held on September 14. That’s the date proposed by me," Nikitin told reporters in Lugansk.
Parallel local elections may also be held on September 14, he said.
After the May 11 independence referendum, the LPP formed an interim parliament.

‘I Go Die’ nabbed by police For Robbery In Delta

A man nicknamed ‘I Go Die’ (not the popular comedian, Francis Agoda, ‘I Go Dye’) has been arrested in Delta State by the police for an alleged robbery and kidnapping. 

‘I Go Die’, whose real name is Oghenewerute Efeyeme, was nabbed alongside his alleged accomplices; Oghenetaga Onome and Voke Erhiaware, popularly known as Simple. They were apprehended on Monday while trying to collect some amount of money from the victim, who they allegedly threatened to kidnap if he fails to part with some cash. 

Defence HQ Condemns New York Time Report On Nigeria's Military

DEFENCE Headquarters (DHQ), Ministry of Defence has sharply criticized a May 23rd, 2014 report in the New York Times titled: “Nigeria’s Army Hampers Hunt for Kidnapped Girls,” describing it as ‘reckless, unprofessional’ and aimed at ‘disparaging and rubbishing the relentless efforts of Nigerian troops in the ongoing search and rescue operations to free the abducted Chibok girls.’

In a statement issued Tuesday signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the Army said the report by Adams Nossiter was biased and “typical of the unfortunate approach adopted by a section of the foreign media organisations which have continued to feast on insinuations aimed at casting aspersions on the Nigerian military.

Hunger Invaded Boko Haram Camps

As efforts to rescue some 234 girls, earlier whisked away from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok by members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, continue to gather momentum, hunger and starvation have allegedly invaded many of the insurgent camps, warranting them to resort to attacking local villages for foodstuffs, money, among others. It was also gathered that local and international sponsors of the group have soft-pedalled for fear of being caught red-handed.

Suspected Cultists Shot College Student Dead In Epe, Lagos

Some suspected cult members have killed a final year student of the Michael Otedola College of Education Epe, Lagos, Egwedo Josiah.

The cultists, said to belong to the Eiye Confraternity, reportedly shot the 24-year-old while he was returning to his hostel after buying a pack of noodles.

Our correspondent learnt that the Delta State indigene was killed for allegedly abusing the leader of the gang sometime ago.

Video: Shots fired - Kagame speaks.

Stop abusing my Hubby, Patience tells Nigerians

Wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, on Tuesday advised Nigerians to desist from abusing her husband because God Himself made him the head of the nation. Patience gave the advice while addressing children at an event she organised to mark the 2014 Children’s Day at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The children used the occasion to send letters of protest to the Boko Haram sect and President Goodluck Jonathan on the need to release the abducted girls. The letters were given to Mrs. Jonathan for onward delivery to her husband and members of the sect.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federal government owned and operated Nigerian university.

The university is in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962, as the University of Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria, led by late chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, and was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University on 12 May 1987 in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909–1987), first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, whose brainchild the university was .

B'haram attacks police station, army base…kills 40 in Yobe

Boko Haram insurgents continued their rampage on Monday night, killing 49 security operatives and civilians in two communities in Yobe and Borno states.
In the attack on Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, they left 20 soldiers and 20 policemen dead while in   Chinene, Gwoza LGA of Borno State, they cut the lives of nine civilians short.


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