Friday, November 9, 2012

Achebe Won’t Make a Penny from His Book – Gowon

Former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Thursday, said that he doubts if renowned author, Prof. Chinua Achebe will make any money from the publication of his latest book, There Was A Country. Gowon who spoke at the presentation of the Reform of the Copyright System in Nigeria which was organised by the Nigerian Copyright Commission said that activities of pirates are killing efforts of authors and making fortunes off their intellectual property. Gowon said he saw hawkers in Abuja selling pirated copies of Achebe’s There Was A Country recently.

Fuel Subsidy Probe: Otedola/Lawan Case Hearing to Commence Nov 23

The court hearing between oil mogul, Femi Otedola and embattled erstwhile Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on fuel subsidy probe, Farouk Lawal has been scheduled to commence on November 23rd. Otedola who is Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, had in a suit he filed before the high court, adduced reasons why he said the House of Representatives should be compelled to pay him N250 billion as compensation for business losses he suffered owing to his alleged indictment by the said fuel subsidy probe panel. 

He equally cited the Speaker of the House of Reps, Aminu Tambuwal, as a defendant in the suit. It would be recalled that Femi Otedola accused Farouk Lawan of demanding $3 million to exonerate his company from the Farouk Lawan-led fuel subsidy probe panel, releasing an audio tape to corroborate his claims.

Boko Haram: Proposed Peace Talks Will Not Work – Soyinka

Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate and literary icon, Professor Wole Soyinka,  Thursday, said that the proposed peace talks between the Federal Government and extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, will not be successful. The Daily Post newspaper reports that Prof. Soyinka in a keynote address at the 2012 Annual Conference of a non-governmental organisation in Lagos, said that Boko Haram only believe in laying waste to the nation, adding that it is impossible to dialogue with a sect like that.

Kenya Set To Ban Bride Price Payment, Legalise Polygamy And Co-habitation

All things being equal, Kenyan government might soon make a law which will ban the payment of bride price, legalise polygamy and allow couples to co-habit for a certain period after which they will be considered legally married.

Lagos State Government reveals plans to offer okada riders jobs

The Lagos State Government may offer jobs to genuine commercial motorcycle operators affected by the recent ban on their operations.

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, however said that any measure arrived at by the government to provide succor to the commercial motorcycle operators  in Lagos would be restricted to the genuinely registered ones.

He spoke at the 11th Business Forum of the Lagos State University’s MBA Heritage held on Lagos Island on Wednesday. He said that the decision to ban Okada in Lagos streets was irrevocable.

Investigation Uncovers How Diezani Madueke Runs Oil Ministry From Her Living Room

Nigeria’s controversial oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke’s management style, which is disrupting the governance structure of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is causing concern in the state oil giant and the industry, a joint investigation by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting   and PREMIUM TIMES has shown.

The powerful oil minister has rendered some administrative structures and personnel, including the position of permanent secretary, redundant with her penchant for using personal assistants in her office to conduct high level official duties.

Policeman killed conductor over N50 change – Eyewitnesses

Contrary to earlier report that a policeman shot dead a bus conductor for stepping on him on Wednesday, eyewitnesses said the policeman allegedly killed the conductor over N50.

A SIM registration agent at Tipper Garage Bus Stop, where the incident took place, Segun Lafiaji, said he was standing about 50 metres to where the young man was shot dead.

He said, “I don’t think the boy could be more than 21. After the policeman had alighted from a danfo, he asked the conductor for his balance of N50. But the conductor said he did not owe him.

Jilted University Of Ibadan Student Drinks Bleach

DUMPED by her boyfriend, a student of the University of Ibadan (UI),  drank bleach in anger.
The 100- Level student in the Faculty of Arts was said to have taken the solution, a product called Hypo, on Sunday when her lover, a student of the same university, told her it was over between them.

Students of the university are currently writing their second semester examination which began about two weeks ago and will be concluded by the end of this month.

Nigerian Tribune gathered from campus source that the lady was to be rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, to save her from dying.
It was learnt further that the news of a serious damage to her kidney had spread on the campus.

Muslim Leader Wants Veil For Female Students

Osogbo – Sheik Salaudeen Olayiwola, the President of Osun Muslim Community, has urged the state government to approve the use of hijab (veil) for Muslim female student in secondary schools.

Olayiwola, who made the call at a news conference on the Hijrah celebration slated for Nov. 15, said there was no secrecy attached to the use of veil in Islam.

Hijrah is the migration of the Holy Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina when his life was threatened by idol worshippers.

Bishop Assasinated In Warri, Delta State

Pandemonium rocked the oil city of Warri in Delta State yesterday as a man described as pastor to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe was shot dead by gunmen on Tuesday night. Sources said the cleric, identified as Bishop Slyvanus Keneri Kenikede was gunned down at about 11.30pm along Ughelli Agbarho Road.

the cleric, a close confidant of Elder Orubebe battled with life at a nearby hospital throughout Tuesday night but gave up the ghost in the early hours of Wednesday. The deceased, who is the founder and General Overseer of Voice of Faith Ministry, located in the Sokoh Estate area of Effurun was returning from one of the displaced persons' camps after donating relief materials when he met his death. State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba confirmed the report.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jonathan Moves To Kill Ribadu Report - Aide Calls It “Inconclusive”

President Goodluck Jonathan appears to be maneuvering to discredit the report of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force, which was headed by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

His attack dog, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said the report appeared to be the work of "certain quarters" to "disparage the genuine efforts of the President to bring sanity and cleanse the Nigerian oil sector once and for all."

On Thursday, from his office at Asokoro District of Abuja, Okupe declared that the committee did not complete its assignment.
One of the major terms of reference of the committee, he said, was “to work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc) due and payable to the federal government of Nigeria” but this aspect of the committee assignment, he claimed, was left undone.

Sidney Sam Confirms Nigeria Commitment

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Sidney Sam has finally given a firm commitment that his international future lies with Nigeria. Initially courted by former coach Samson Siasia and further prodded by Stephen Keshi, Sam has now made it clear he will turn out in the green and white strip.

Keshi revealed that the player gave his word after he told him that Nigeria was his fatherland and he should come and be part of the setting for the Nations Cup.“He’s keen to join up with us, so we will wait and see how he responds when we open camp for the Nations Cup, but I have spoken to him and he sounded very enthusiastic to be part of the set-up.” The 24-year-old has played for Germany at youth level, but remains legible to play for Nigeria, his father's country of origin.

I don’t know Any Boko Haram Member - Buhari

Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has said he does not know any member of Boko Haram sect. He said this in an interview with journalists at his party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday during the party’s Board of Trustees meeting

Man Stabs Love Rival To Death In Lagos

A man has reportedly stabbed his rival to death in Lagos after he caught him with his lover making love.
The 27-year old man, David Omoregbe, was arrested by the police in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, after he allegedly stabbed and killed his rival, Kehinde Owasoye, 25, for snatching his 22-year old lover, Bolodeoku Temisan.

Money Laundering: EFCC Arrests Two With $238, 858

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested two suspects over an attempt to smuggle more than $238,858 ( two hundred and thirty eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty eight United States Dollars) out of the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Four Nigerian Girls Invent Urine Powered Generator

Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa this year in Lagos is a urine powered generator, created by four girls. The girls are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).

1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

The system works like this:

    Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
    The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
    The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
    This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

Along the whole way there are one-way valves for security, but let’s be honest that this is something of an explosive device…


[Photos] Young Kenyan Mother Names New-Born Twins Barack Obama & Mitt Romney

A 20-year-old woman found a way for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to forever be connected. Hopefully, they will be able to get along.
According to reports, a day after U.S. 2012 Election, Millicent Owuor, gave birth to twins in south-west Kenya on Wednesday [Nov. 7]. She named one brother Barack Obama and the other Mitt Romney, Kenya's Standard newspaper reported.

TERRIBLE! 80% Of Prostitutes In Ogun State Are University Undergraduates

A university don, Prof. Elizabeth Balogun, on Wednesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, expressed her concern over the prevalence of prostitution among female undergraduates in the country.

Balogun said the sex trade had become rampant on Nigerian campuses to such an extent that 80 percent of prostitutes that patronise night clubs, hotels and tourist centres in Ogun State are students of tertiary institutions.

Woman Allegedly Boils 2year Old Stepdaughter’s Hands

Though she's claiming the little girl mistakenly put her hands in hot water. Culled from Sunnews Online. See it below...
Residents of Langbasa, a community in Ajah area of Lagos, are accusing a woman in the neighbourhood of causing a grievous harm on her two-year-old stepdaughter. Kehinde, as she’s known, is in trouble for allegedly dipping the two hands of her little stepdaughter, Esther, into oven-hot water.
The girl’s hands were boiled terribly, and many are raising concern that one of them might have become utterly useless. Esther, it was gathered, lost her own mum about a year ago a few days after her first birthday. The poor little girl has since been living with her father, known among residents of the area as Baba Eleja. Baba Eleja, Esther’s dad, later brought in Kehinde, a mother of three, as his wife. He put Esther in the care of his new wife, Kehinde.

Trouble started for the woman on Wednesday, October 31. She wasn’t feeling good and invited a nurse to prescribe drugs for her. It was the nurse that noticed Esther’s boiled hands. The nurse also realised that the little girl was very unhealthy. She sought to know what was responsible for the little girl’s condition and Kehinde allegedly explained that the girl mistakenly put her hands inside a bucket of hot water in the room. Obviously not satisfied with that explanation, the nurse went to inform Kehinde’s neighbours about the strange development.

Many of the neighbours, who had all along suspected that all was not well with little Esther as Kehinde was always beating her, rushed to the room to see the girl. One of the neighbours, who described himself as her father’s kinsman, spoke to the reporter. His words: “When we saw Esther, lying on the floor with her boiled hands, we were moved to tears. We feared that the poor girl might die any moment from then.

We quickly made efforts to rush her to the hospital for treatment. I don’t think Esther was the one that dipped her own hands in the hot water. In fact, if you see that damage done on those hands, you would know that somebody must have dipped those hands in some boiling water. The hands were boiled to the wrist. Even that poor girl wouldn’t be able to use one of the hands again.” Another resident of the area, a woman, said Kehinde never spared the cane on the little girl.

“She is always beating the girl with canes. You can even see scars of the wounds that her canes inflicted on the girl’s body. Since we noticed what happened to Esther, we have moved her away from the woman. Earlier today, when the girl saw her stepmother, she was so terrified that she cried and ran away. That shows she (Kehinde) has been wicked to her. I advise the relatives of the girl’s mother to take her away from her father so that something more terrible than this doesn’t happen to her,” she told the reporter.

When Daily Sun sought to speak with Kehinde in her husband’s one room apartment in Olugbe compound in the community, her husband as well as some of her relatives wanted to prevent the encounter, saying they didn’t want the family’s dirty linen washed in public. Explanations by the reporter that since the matter had gone to the police, it had already gone beyond their private domain, did little to persuade the angry relatives. In fact, at a point, Baba Eleja got angry and rushed to the nearby Langbasa police post where he reported the “intruding” journalist.

Meanwhile, other relatives as well as the landlord of the apartment granted audience to the reporter and urged Kehinde to grant an interview. In the course of the interview, Baba Eleja suddenly materialised with a policeman in tow, apparently to get the ‘busybody’ arrested. But as soon as the police officer discovered the reporter’s identity, he asked the journalist to continue his job. He advised the enraged husband to cooperate with him. Amidst verbal invectives being hurled at her by neighbours and some relatives, who believed she did dip Esther’s hands into a pot of steaming water, Kehinde told the reporter her story: “It happened a few weeks ago.

That morning, I noticed that Esther was looking very dull. So, I asked her to come to me and I gave her a potty for her to urinate into. I discovered that the urine was black, which showed that she was sick. So, I didn’t allow her to go to school. That day, I was also bleeding because I just had a miscarriage. After a while, I kept a bowl of very hot water that I wanted to use on myself beside our bed and rushed out to the kitchen. Suddenly, I heard Esther’s piercing cry and I rushed back into the room only to see her struggling with the bowl of hot water.

By the time I could rescue her, she already boiled her two hands. I thought she wanted to drink water because she was eating the rice that I cooked for her and my own children before I left the room. I quickly went to borrow N100 from a neighbour with which I bought some balm that I applied on the hands. I also gave her some drugs for her fever and she soon slept off. “When her father returned from work in the night and noticed what happened to her, he beat the hell out of me, in spite of my condition. It took the intervention of our landlord before he left me.

Since then, Esther has been staying with me at home. She has not been going to school and I’ve been doing my best to treat her. “But a few days ago, I invited a nurse, who is also a neighbour to attend to me. As a result of the miscarriage, I have been feeling very weak and I have lost a lot of blood. The nurse came and I was lying on the bed. Esther was resting on a mattress close to the bed.

The nurse came to attend to me but when she saw Esther, she looked worried and asked what happened to her. When I explained, she asked why we didn’t take her to hospital yet and I said I didn’t have the money and that I was expecting that Esther’s father would do that. “The nurse promptly attended to me and hurriedly left after examining Esther’s boiled hands for two or three times. It wasn’t long after she left that a crowd of neighbours broke into our room to see Esther.

They soon pounced on me and started beating me. It took the intervention of policemen, who were invited by some of them, to rescue me from the mob. I would have been lynched. They thought that I deliberately dipped her hands into boiling water. I didn’t do that at all. I have always been taking care of Esther as if I were her mother. Even people call me Mama Esther because of the way I treat her. I couldn’t have done such a terrible thing to her.”

Lagos Tells Banned Okada Riders to Go Work on Farms

Registered commercial motorcycle riders in Lagos State thrown out of work due to the implementation of the new traffic law have been offered options of employment by the government on state-owned farms in Abuja, Lagos, Ogun and Benue. The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, Wednesday, at the 11th Business Forum of the Lagos State University’s MBA Heritage said the government also have plans to absorb some of the registered okada riders as drivers and conductors in the LAGBUS scheme, while the rest will be sent to the skills acquisition centres to make them employable or self employed.


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