Friday, August 1, 2014

President Jonathan sacks NNPC boss, Yakubu, appoints replacement

President Goodluck Jonathan has removed the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Andrew Yakubu.

The President has also appointed Joseph Dawha GMD of NNPC while Anthony Muoneke has been appointed Managing Director of Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.  Aisha Abdulrahaman and Attahir Yusuf have also been appointed as Executive Directors in NNPC.

UN Conclusions Disprove Claims Against Russia Over Ukrainian Crisis - Moscow

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday that recent remarks by the top UN human rights official shed doubt on claims of Russia's direct involvement in escalation of the Ukrainian crisis.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that the United Nations did not possess any hard evidence that Russia supplied independence supporters in eastern Ukraine with weapons.

"We consider it [Pillay's statement] as yet another confirmation of the fact that all accusations against our country over its alleged role in the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis are groundless and unwarranted," the ministry said in a statement.

Popular Ijaw musician, Ebizimor dies

Popular Ijaw musician, Dr. Robert Ebizimor has died. Ebizimor was involved with a ghastly motor accident on Warri/Ughelli highway on thursday evening (yesterday).

Ebizimor was on his way to Abuja when his vehicle ran under a parked trailer, killing him and his driver on the spot. The Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake dickson expressed deep shock and sadness on hearing about Ebizimor's death. He's ordered a state burial in honour of the late music star.

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Ebola: FG stops corpses of Nigerians

The Federal Government will no longer allow the remains of dead Nigerians, especially from countries battling Ebola virus, from being brought into the country for burial.

The Federal Government is also probing the corpse of a Nigerian that was brought into the country from Liberia last month to ascertain whether the deceased died of Ebola or not.

The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi, said this on Friday in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

2 soldiers, 12 others die in Taraba clashes

The Police in Jalingo, Taraba State, have confirmed the death of 14 persons, including two soldiers, in a renewed violence at Ibi, headquarters of Ibi Local Government Area, on Thursday morning. 

Adamawa Youth Group Calls On Ribadu To Join PDP, Contest Governorship By-Election

Adamawa youths under the banner of Concerned Youths for Good Governance, have called on the pioneer Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and contest in the Adamawa State governorship by-election.

Ribadu is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress but is being courted by the ruling PDP in the state due to his soaring popularity. Speaking in an interactive session with stakeholders from 21 local government areas in the state in Yola, chairman of the group, Ibrahim Toungo said the former anti-graft czar has all it takes to win election on the platform of PDP.

Ebola crisis: Virus spreading too fast, says WHO

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organisation head Margaret Chan has said.  She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain it could be “catastrophic” in terms of lives lost.  But she said the virus, which has claimed 729 lives in four West African countries since February, could be stopped if well managed. Ebola kills up to 90 per cent of those infected.

It spreads by contact with infected blood, bodily fluids, organs – or contaminated environments.

Police Uncovers Explosives Buried Inside Building In Bauchi.

The Bauchi State Police Command yesterday said it uncovered improvised explosive devices (IEDs) buried inside a building in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of the state. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Haruna, confirmed the incident to journalists in his office in Bauchi, saying the discovery was made on Wednesday afternoon.


Photos as MD Abubakar hands over to new IG of Police, Suleiman Abba

 Following the appointment of Ag. IGP Suleiman Abba as the new Inspector-General of Police by President Jonathan, the new IG has today, August 1, formally taken over from former Police boss, IGP MD Abubakar who had successfully piloted the affairs of the Force from the 25th January, 2012 when he was appointed to July 31, 2014, having completed 35 years of service. See more pics after the cut... The new IGP who hails from Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State holds degrees in History and Law and has attended several management and security courses within and outside Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
See more pics bellow.

I’ll lead Nigerians to defeat terror -Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday evening vowed that he would lead Nigerians to defeat the Boko Haram sect that has been unleashing terror on parts of the country.

“Fellow citizens, we will defeat terror and I will lead Nigerians to achieve this,” Jonathan declared at a fundraiser where over N60bn was raised for the Victims Support Fund.
The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja was meant to raise fund to provide relief and succour for all those who have been adversely affected by terrorism and insurgency in the country.

Ex-Militants Warn Against Termination Of Amnesty Programme

Termination of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2015 could trigger fresh crisis in the Niger Delta, ex-militants in the region have said. Coordinator of the ex-militants underneath the third phase amnesty (Ebipa-Opre Ex-militants Forum), Mr. Ramsey Oyakemeagbegha, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, stated that the conditions which triggered militancy in the region hadn't been addressed.

Ebola: Abuja residents embrace safety measures

Abuja residents have begun to adjust their lifestyles to avoid contracting the Ebola virus, a News Agency of Nigeria survey has shown.  The virus has claimed over 700 lives in West African, including Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who died in Nigeria after contracting the virus in his country.  A civil servant, Mrs Janet Obinna, told NAN that she had embraced the habit of regularly washing her hands and other sanitary measures as experts had advised.
Obinna said that contrary to her husband’s preference for bush meat in the meal, the family had resorted to eating goat meet and beef.
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FG "Bokoharaming" Osun ahead of gov poll -APC

The All Progressives Congress has raised the alarm that the PDP-led Federal Government has started terrorising and intimidating the peaceful people of Osun State, with a view to cowing them ahead of the August 9 governorship election in the state.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party wondered why the FG will send agents of the Department of State Services, some of them masked and clad in black, to the state to harass innocent citizens in an unprovoked and primitive show of power that can only be described as sheer gangsterism.

Graphic Photo: Keyamo petitions IG of Police over Mysterious death at Lagoon Restaurant

Below is a petition to the Inspector General of Police from Festus Keyamo chambers about a staff of Lagoon Restaurant in VI who drowned while on duty. Read below...
Suspicious death of Mr. Chris Onaghise: A case of culpable homicide against the management of Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos
We are solicitors to Mr. Orobosa Onaghise (hereinafter referred to as ‘our Client’) on whose instructions we write to you.

The Likely Cure For The Deadly Ebola Virus

By Dr. Simbo Davidson
On 22 July 2014, the first case of the dreaded Ebola virus arrived in Nigeria via an Asky aircraft. However, no one knew it at the time. How did this happen? How had this patient been screened at his port of departure, that is Liberia airport? We can also ask ourselves yet another question. Why is it taking so long to curtail the epidemic? For instance, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that as at 23 July 2014, the Ebola epidemic had claimed 672 lives. Furthermore, there are currently 1201 suspected and confirmed cases across West Africa.

APC: Political Mistake in the 2015 presidential election.

"The two major political parties in Nigeria today, the PDP and the APC are not built on any known political ideologies, but on personalities, religions, ethnicity and geopolitical zones where they derive their political support from. The worst electoral mistake that the opposition party, the APC in Nigeria will be making in the 2015 presidential election in that country is to go ahead and pick any of these Northern Nigerian APC governors or the former vice-president of Nigeria, Abubakar Atiku as its presidential candidate against Jonathan Goodluck. General Muhammadu Buhari should be picked by the APC if this politician is still personally interested in running for that office for the fourth time and if his physical health is still very good for the rigor of the cross-country campaigns and the intellectual challenges of the office of the President of Nigeria.

Ebola crisis: Infected aid worker heads to US

A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

The unnamed patient will be flown to the US in the next few days for treatment at a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital, medics said.

Numbers to call if you notice any likelihood of the Ebola Disease

1. 08023169485
2. 08033086660
3. 08033065303
4. 08055281442
5. 08055329229

Child Placenta Discovered In Islamic Cleric's Home In Ilorin Kwara State

A popular Islamic cleric in Laduba area of Ogidi in Ilorin has landed in trouble again few months after his release from jail.

Yesterday, some volunteers going round the  community to appeal for contribution for a faulty transformer repair perceived offensive odour at Alfa Gani’s house and reported him to other members of Laduba.


Nollywood Actors Tell Students To Shun Cultism

Camela Mberekpe

Nollywood actors, Chiwatalu Agu, Camela Mberekpe and Bruno Iwoaha, in arecently held event, held at the Cross River State College of Education in Awi, Akamkpa Local Government Area, with the Department of Orientation and Public Affairs in the Governor’s Office, warned students in higher institutions to shun cultism, saying it will cut short their future dreams.

Monarch Threatens To Sue Enugu Govt Over Dethronement

Suspended Chairman of Enugu West Traditional Rulers Council and Traditional Ruler of Amadim-Olo, Ezeagu council of Enugu State, His Majesty, Hayford Agana, has threatened to drag Enugu State government to court over the withdrawal of his certificate of recognition.

The monarch said he would demand N20 million as damages from the state government for the embarrassment caused him on account of the withdrawal of his certificate of recognition should the government fail to reverse same.  The state government in a letter by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, Pastor Emeka Abugu, had suspended the monarch over alleged refusal to hand over “assets of Enugu West Traditional Rulers Council, a Toyota Bus and sum of one million naira to the new executive, despite appeals from the council and Ministry.”

Man kills lover for refusing his marriage proposal

This story proves that as powerful and uniting as love can also be fatal. The young man in the pic above is currently cooling off in a police cell in lagos pending when he will be charged to court for the gruesome murder of his lover (woman in the pic) because she refused to marry him.

Punch reports that 28-year-old man, Raphael Effiong, was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly killing his lover, Gift Sunday, in a hotel over her refusal to walk down the aisle with him.

26-year-old Sunday, who lived on Fadiya Street, Ketu, Lagos, was a fashion designer while Effiong, an indigene of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, was working as a driver in a telecommunications company in Lagos.


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