Friday, September 26, 2014

Lavrov: Russia Ready to Provide Experts to Assist in Fight Against Ebola Epidemic

– Russia is ready to send its experts to Sierra-Leone to assist in the fight against the Ebola virus epidemic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Friday.
"Russia will make an active contribution to the efforts of the world community. We have already sent appropriate aid [and] doctors to Guinea. We are getting ready to do the same for Sierra-Leone," Lavrov noted, speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
The worst Ebola outbreak in history started in February in Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Nigeria. Nigeria has since then contained the virus while leaving the rest of the countries to battle the virus.

2015: Mass defection looms in Ogun APC

There are strong indications that aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress in the South-West, especially Ogun State, are set to dump the party next week.
Saturday PUNCH’investigations showed that the planned defection would be led by former Governor Olusegun Osoba’s group in the APC.

Photo: EFCC declares NGO coordinator wanted over 76 Million Naira DUD cheques

The EFCC has declared one Chief Hope Rexlawson (pictured above) wanted for issuing two DUD cheques totaling N76million for the purchase of 46 vehicles. Find the EFCC press statement below
The public is hereby notified that Chief Hope Rexlawson, whose photograph appears above is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with a case of Issuance of Dud Cheque.
RexLawson in his capacity as the National Coordinator of Rebuild Nigeria Initiative NGO, allegedly issued several EcoBank and Zenith Bank cheques to Goshen Motors Limited as payment for 46 Vehicles.

I’ll need a Private jet to campaign for any presidential candidate

In this interview with OLUSOLA FABIYIand ADE ADESOMOJU, pioneer and outgoing National Chairman of the Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanywanwu, spoke on the alleged plan by Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State to leave the party for the Peoples Democratic Party and why his party will support President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid

The Threat of War and the Russian Response (Must read)

by Sergey Glazyev for Russia in Global Affairs

How to Lead a Coalition and Avoid a Global Conflict 

 Sergei Glaziev is an Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

Summary: The world needs a coalition of sound forces advocating stability – a global anti-war coalition with a positive plan for rearranging the international financial and economic architecture on the principles of mutual benefit, fairness, and respect for national sovereignty. 

Boko Haram killed 13,000 Nigerians In Five Years - President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan says the Boko Haram sect has murdered no fewer than 13,000 Nigerians. Describing the trend as “unacceptable,” he challenged the international community to put in more efforts to stop the global menace of terrorism. Speaking at a high level meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York, United States of America, Jonathan said terrorism has had destructive effects on the country in the past five years.

₦503m Fraud: EFCC to Appeal Lagos Speaker, Ikuforiji’s Acquittal

AFederal high court sitting in Lagos today discharged and acquitted the Lagos state House of Assembly Speaker, Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji and his aide Oyebode Atoyebi of the N503m money laundering charges brought against them by EFCC. EFCC now says they plan to appeal the verdict. Find a statement they posted on their Facebook page below...

Abbas Calls for Immediate End of Israeli Occupation in UN Address

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Friday for an immediate end to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, as it continues to block the achievement of a peace deal between the conflicting sides.

"There is no meaning or value in negotiations for which the agreed objective is not ending the Israeli occupation and achieving the independence of the state of Palestine," Abbas said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

"There is no value in negotiations, which are not linked to a firm timetable for the implementation of this goal," he added.

Russia's Lavrov Calls NATO Expansion 'Mistake' and 'Provocation'

- NATO expansion in Eastern Europe is a 'mistake' and a "provocative move' that undermines the whole European security system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. "I believe that NATO expansion is a mistake. To a certain degree, it is certainly a provocation," Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of the current UN General Assembly session in New York. "It is an irresponsible policy that undermines commitments to build a common security system in Europe, based on equality of rights for all, regardless of alignment or non-alignment with any military-political bloc," Lavrov said. Lavrov also insisted that Ukraine must keep its non-alignment status as it remains a key element ensuring the European security.

13 soldiers to face trial for cowardice

There were indications in Abuja on Thursday   that the authorities of the Nigerian Army might soon arraign 13 soldiers for cowardice and failure to obey orders from their superiors to advance at the (war) front.  Investigations revealed that the soldiers directed to join their counterparts at the 7 Division, entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the on going counter-terrorism operation in the North-East early in the year.

Iraq SITREP Update 26th September: Enemy of my enemy

30th Aug: The Iranians claim progress is being made on developing an indigenous alternative to the S300:
The Israelis finger Belarus:
17th Sep: The Islamic practices of Daash: Four minor Yazidi girls are transferred to Mosul Hospital after sever Uterine Bleeding. The girls were reported to have been subjected to repeated sexual assault by "brave" Daash terrorists.
18th Sep: There will be blood: Daash vehicles roam the streets of Mosul calling for blood donations as Daash casualties mount. 

FG to rehabilitate surrendered Boko Haram members [Photo]

Days after over 160 Boko Haram members surrendered to the Nigerian Army, the Federal Government  said it will soon begin the process of rehabilitating and re-radicalising them.
According to The Nation,Coordinator of the National Information Centre Mr. Mike Omeri,told reporters 
"Efforts are ongoing to rehabilitate and re-radicalise the Boko Haram members, who have surrendered their arms in the last one week. Religious leaders, indigenes and the school system will be involved in the rehabilitation....(continue)....The Federal Government has a zero tolerance for terrorism. The armed forces will remain strong, undaunted and motivated in the performance of their duties.Nigerians are advised to support the fight, it will not last forever and I believe it will soon end.”

Don’t meddle in Military Deployment of Troops, Women Advised.

The tension raised following the activities of a group of women who tried to disrupt activities in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri earlier today has been addressed.  The situation had attracted media attention and elicited a lot of concern from well meaning Nigerians.

Although the Situation was quickly brought under control,  the issues being raised by the women were clarified to them by the authorities of the 7 Division. It was pointed out that contrary to their belief, there has never been any attempt to relocate them as alleged.

Ekiti Kete On fire as hoodlums destroy APC office, Gov declares 7pm-7am curfew

.There's plenty of crazy things going on currently in Ekiti state. Just one day after an Ayo Fayose loyalist was shot dead by unknown gunmen, hoodlums continued a rampage destroying the campaign office of their state governor, Kayode Fayemi, in addition to the APC secretariat. The thugs also destroyed properties owned by other politicians.

Today's chaos is considered to be an aftermath of the assassination of the former chairman of the Ekiti state NURTW, Mr Omalafe Aderiye.

Above is a photo of Governor Fayemi's campaign office after it had been razed. He's since declared a 7pm-7am curfew in the state to halt the crisis. Continue to see the total text of Governor Fayemi's broadcast in Ekiti today as he declared the curfew...


B'Haram kills Pastor, Teacher, 17 others in Borno state

Pastor Eliud Gwamna Mshelizza of the Living Faith Church, a teacher with the Government Girls Secondary School Shaffa alongside 17 others were killed in separate attacks on Wednesday September 24th and Thursday September 25th after Boko Haram members launched an attack on Shaffa and Shindiffu villages of Hawul LGA in Borno State.

Graphic pic: Aide of Govrnor-el​ect Ayo Fayose shot dead in Ekiti

A former chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ekiti State and staunch supporter of Mr Ayo Fayose, Mr. Omolafe Aderiye was yesterday evening shot dead by four unknown gunmen at the Ijigbo section of Ado-Ekiti their state capital. Based on Sahara reporters, Mr Aderiye was accosted and shot at close range while on his way home after having a meeting with the governor elect. Reports say he was present at the Ekiti state high court yesterday the place where a Judge was beaten up by pro-Fayose "supporters". 

Continue to see a pic of the late Aderiye after he was shot...

Pastor loses wife and four children in fire outbreak in Warri

The Parish Pastor of the Christ Apotolic Church in Otumara in Warri Delta state, Pastor J.O. Kayoda, yesterday September 25th lost his wife and four children, two boys and two girls, in a fire outbreak at their home. According to reports, all five family members were burnt beyond recognition after an electric fault in the area caused a fire outbreak in the missionary building of the church where the pastor and his wife stayed. The Pastor was said to be away in Osun state to attend a Pastoral conference when the fire killed his entire family.


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US, Nigeria’s relations under threat over arms purchase

There are strong indications that the relationship between Nigeria and the Western countries, especially the United States, is being adversely affected by the reluctance of the Western powers to assist Nigeria with arms and ammunition.

Our correspondents gathered on Thursday that Nigeria had not made much progress in its efforts to procure arms and ammunition to prosecute the war against the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Investigations showed that   the security leadership in the country might have taken a decision to look in the direction of Russia, Ukraine and China for military hardware for the prosecution of the campaign against the insurgents.

US stock markets shaken by Apple slide

Leading US shares have fallen on Wall Street, dragged lower by Apple, which slipped 3.5% after the technology giant was forced to pull an update to its iOS 8 operating system

The main Dow Jones index was down almost 250 points, or 1.4%, at 16,964 in morning trading.

Investor confidence was also knocked by weak durable goods orders figures released by the Commerce Department.

European markets also fell sharply after Wall Street opened.

Six ministers to Exit Jonathan’s cabinet

At least, six ministers may quit President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet in October as preparations for the 2015 general elections peak.

The affected ministers are expected to resign their appointments in order to pursue their governorship ambitions on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

As of press time, the ministers who have governorship ambitions in their respective states include Senator Bala Muhammed (Federal Capital Territory), Mr. Labaran Maku (Information), Chief Emeka Wogu (Labour), Mr. Nyesom Wike (State, Education), Dr. Samuel Ortom (State, Trade, Industry and Investment) and Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (State, Defence).


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