Sunday, 28 May 2017

Edo not owing pensioners, to assist LGs

Edo government says it does not owe pensioners and workers, but has resolved to assist local governments to clear their indebtedness to workers and retirees.

Deputy Governor of Edo Philip Shaibu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that there was misinformation about unpaid pension arrears in the state.

Indebtedness to pensioners, he said, was at the local government levels and not at the state government, he explained.

“We don’t owe pensioners at the state level. I think there are, really, mixed up on the issue of pensions.

“Here, we celebrate at the state and I am happy to say we do not owe salaries, we don’t owe pensioners. We pay pensioners before civil servants.

“You cannot say the same at the local government level. People do not seem to know the difference between the local government administration and the state government.’’

Edo favours economic restructuring not wage increase

The Edo Government has favoured proper restructuring of the Nigerian economy deliberately to effectively address workers’ welfare and cost of living instead of current plans to increase wages.

Mr Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor of Edo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Benin that the constant agitation by the labour for increase in workers’ wages would not address their economic woes as “effective restructuring of the economy will so do”.

“The call for increment of wages will not solve workers’ economic challenges; what will is to fix the Nigerian economy to the level that whatever salaries that we call wages will take us home.

“A situation where you increase salary to either N100,000 or to any amount and simultaneously, there is inflation, the value of that money will become tissue paper.

“What we need to do is to restructure our economy to the extent that even if you are being paid N10,000, it can conveniently take care of yourself and your family and your utilities.

Biafra: Only death can stop actualisation – Nnamdi Kanu [VIDEO]

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has declared that only death can stop him from ensuring the restoration of Biafra.

Kanu made the declaration while addressing worshippers at the Jew Sabbath service in his country hometown of Abia State, on Saturday.

The IPOB leader, who is clearly going against his bail conditions, maintained that Biafra will be achieved in the “next few months.”

Recall that the Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, while granting Kanu bail, warned that the IPOB leader must not be in company of more than 10 persons.

Rivers Govt Reacts To Amaechi’s Rejected Award

The Rivers State government has reacted to the award given to the Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi by the governor of the state Nyesom Wike, describing it as a moral relief. 

In a statement by the Commissioner of Information, Austin Tam-George said, it is important to clarify that the Rivers State Government never set out to honour Mr Amaechi for any admirable service to the state during his time as governor.

As part of the events of the state’s Golden Jubilee celebration, the state government accepted the recommendation of the organising committee that a variety of awards be given to different categories of individuals who have earned a place in the history of the state.

There is a category of the awards designated for former governors of the State. And as a former governor, Mr Amaechi fell automatically into that category.

We wish to emphasise that the award was never meant as a validation of Mr Amaechi’s administration.

Why 14 year old housemaid poisons her boss with rat poison in Ondo

A 14 year old housemaid, Mary Akinnifesi, has been arrested in Ondo town, Ondo State, for poisoning her  63-year-old boss, Alhaji Nasir Akinlosotu. Mary was living with the family in their home until that day when the man’s wife asked her to prepare beans for them.

When she was through, she decided to put rat poison in the husband’s food, claiming in her confessional statement that he usually beat her when she committed an offence.

The man, who later handed the maid over to the police, said he was eating the food and had swallowed a part when he suddenly realized that the taste was strange. According to him, he later vomited the food and questioned Mary on the strange taste, and she confessed to have added rat poison to the food.

She was said to have taken the action against her master because she was rebuked  for messing up the living room with water a night before. Mary who was engaged by the victim’s wife, had stayed with the couple for two years  and had never shown such a behavior until that night.

Snapchat CEO Marries In A Very Private Ceremony

After a whirlwind romance, Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel are officially husband and wife! The couple tied the knot in front of family and friends at their home in Brentwood.

"It was a small intimate wedding," says a source, who added that the bride looked regal and like a "natural princess." In addition to being an intimate affair it was also an emotional one. Both the bride and groom had tears in their eyes, according to the insider.

The North must not continue to decide for all Nigerians – Dr. Awosan

Chairman, Centre for Ethics and Cultural Orientation, Dr . Olusanya Awosan, has noted that Nigeria as a whole will not always wait for the northern region to take decision.

He said this while condemning position of the Northern elders in the call for restructuring of the country.

Awosan accused the Hausa/Fulani of being adamant to the call because they are benefitting in the current structure of Nigeria.

Fielding questions from the Punch, Awosan said, “I think some elites in the North are opposing it because they are profiting from the imbalance and injustice inherent in this present structure.

“The northern elites have not used the power they have to better the lives of their people.

“The only reason is simply that they are profiting from the present structure. In every part of the country today , there is agitation.

Udom: Akwa Ibom not in hurry to conduct council elections

Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has said that local government elections would have to wait in view of the present financial difficulties facing the State.

Emmanuel said this during interaction in Uyo on Sunday as part of activities marking the second year in office and 18 years of unbroken democracy in the country.

He appealed to people and politicians to be patient over the conduct of local government elections as government was not in a hurry to carry out the exercise because of prevailing economic realities.

According to him, government’s stance on the matter is not deliberate as it would not take a loan with high interest to conduct local government elections.

The governor, however, said the government would embark on the conduct of the elections once the economy improved.

Edo govt to build modular dams, quick development

Edo government has resolved to build modular dams to provide potable water and implement projects for quick development of the state.

Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Benin that a recent workshop in Benin heralded part of government’s efforts at re-positioning the Ministry of Water Resources.

“The direction is providing modular dam system in different locations and its reticulation will help to reduce the issue of shortage of portable water in the state.

“The boreholes that are everywhere are majorly found in Government Reserved Area or owned by few people who can afford them.

“We are already looking at this document and I think the way forward is having dams and reticulation of the dams to our various homes. It will be the easiest way the masses can benefit’’, he said.

I’ll talk to Mbappe about Real Madrid move – Varane

Raphael Varane would love to see Kylian Mbappe move to Real Madrid and says he hopes to discuss the possibility with the Monaco star.

Mbappe is one of Europe’s most promising young players, scoring 15 goals in 29 Ligue 1 appearances with a further six in nine Champions League games.

The France international has attracted interest from Europe’s best teams, including Madrid, and Varane hopes he ends up at the capital club.

“Mbappe is a very good youngster with a huge potential,” the France defender told Telefoot . “It would be a pleasure to see him here.

“In addition to that he is French, so he would be welcome. We will surely get the chance to discuss this.”

Primate Ayodele: It is Buhari's Destiny to Fall Sick

According to the Founder and Spiritual Head of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from a spiritual attack.

He said in reaction to allegations by Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, the Adviser to the President on Social Media, that some Nigerians are hiring marabouts, clerics and other spiritualists to pray for Buhari’s death.

“What the woman said shows that she is not serious about the health of her principal. If she was serious about his health, she would have resorted to praying for the man to get well soon," he said.

“Buhari needs our prayers because he has the potential to be one of the best presidents. Nobody is attacking Buhari rather it is his destiny to fall sick after emerging the president of Nigeria for the second time

Bode George Attacks Tinubu's Brand of Politics

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has attacked the political brand of Bola Tinubu, a national leader in the All Progressive Congress, APC.

According to him, he can never work with Tinubu because he plays the “Godfather kind of politics.”

“I don’t believe in Bola’s (Tinubu) concept of politics. Their concept of operation in the APC is different from the way I was brought up. A tree cannot make a forest," he said in an interview with the Punch. "That is the difference between us. Let us collectively take up the mantle, not godfather kind of politics.”

#BringBackOurBoys: Kidnappers Demand N1bn Ransom For Release Of 4 Abducted Lagos Pupils

The kidnappers who abducted six pupils of Igbonla Model College in Epe, Lagos have contacted about 4 of their victims’ parents, demanding N1bn ransom to release them.

Sunday Punch reports that the kidnappers, who contacted the parents on Saturday to allow them speak briefly to their children, demanded that N400 million each be paid for two of the pupils while another two were told to raise N100m per child.

Details of ransoms demanded from the remaining parents had yet to be ascertained while the others were reportedly told to meet with the school authorities and the state government to raise the money.
One of the parents of the abducted schoolchildren, who spoke to The Punch on condition of anonymity, said the kidnappers called between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday.

The parent said: “They allowed me to speak with my son. I asked him if he was fine and he said yes. They asked me to meet with the school authorities to raise N400m for my child to be released.”

Another parent of one of the pupils said they begged the kidnappers that they had only menial jobs when they demanded the same amount.

ex-BBNaija: Efe Pays A Surprise Visit To His Former Neighbours In Lagos

 Big Brother Naija Winner, Efe Ejeba on Saturday night, paid a surprise visit to his former neighbours at Olorunkemi, Bariga, Lagos.

Efe brought some goodies for former neighbours who happily welcomed one of their own.
Efe shared the photos with his former neighbours on his Instagram page and wrote;

BIAFRA: Why Nigerians Must Reject IPOB, MASSOB – Police

The Ebonyi state police command has asked Nigerians to reject the intentions of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), describing them as illegal groups.

Jude Madu, the command’s spokesman, who said this in an interview with NAN on Saturday,
He confirmed that some pro-Biafra agitators were arrested “for unlawfully sensitising” the public to stay at home on May 30, in observance of the group anniversary.

On Monday, the police arrested about 137 protesters in Enugu, Cross River and Ebonyi.
Madu said those arrested in Ebonyi would be charged to court, adding that the command would ensure that they are duly prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

“IPOB and MASSOB are illegal groups and did not get permission from the police to embark on such exercise which threatens the peace and security of the state,” he said.

Burundi Govt Orders Boyfriends to Marry Their Girlfriends Before End of The Year

The Burundi government has ordered all unmarried couples until the end of the year to legalise their relationships.

 The government gave the order on Friday follows the launch of a campaign this month by President Pierre Nkurunziza “to moralise society” in the tiny nation which for two years has been in the grip of sometimes violent political upheaval.

Interior ministry spokesman Terence Ntahiraja said the country was facing a population explosion which he blamed on “illegal marriages”, polygamy, bigamy and “hundreds of schoolgirls getting pregnant”.

He said church and state-sanctioned weddings were the solution and were a patriotic duty.
Nkurunziza said Burundians should show their love for each other — and their country — by getting married.

The government has since been pressuring unwed couples across the country to tie the knot. More interesting details after the cut...

T.I ends his marriage to Tiny on TV, says he's outgrown her and wants them to go their separate ways

On the latest episode of T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, which aired on Friday, the rapper told his partner of over 13 years that he has outgrown the relationship and the best thing for them to do is split

"I think you're a phenomenal person. We've had some of the best times of our lives together. And it does not hurt or insult me that at some point you grew to this point and I grew to this point. I don't think it's either of our fault. So ultimately, ain't nothing else for us to do but split. I think it's better for the kids. We can work together better now.

Actor Taye Diggs shares a selfie...but what you see in the mirror is...Lol😅😅

 Actor Taye Diggs shared a selfie on Instagram but unknowingly showed us something that will shock you. See the photo after the cut....

Student arrested with gun in Benue State.

 Men of the Benue State Police Command on stop and search duty along Aliade-Otukpo road intercepted one Victor Ogbu 25yrs, on May 19, who was in possession of a locally fabricated Beretta pistol with four live ammunition.
The suspect who confessed to be a cultist and a student of University of Agriculture Makurdi, alleged that he purchased the firearm in Makurdi. Investigation is ongoing.
In another development, the Command arrested a kidnapper and rescued his victim. Acting on information, policemen trailed and arrested one Isaac Atsor, 33, on May 24, at a hideout in Ushongo LGA where they kept thier victim, one Mr. Ape the proprietor of Excel Grace School Gboko. He was arrested with the supposed ransom of ₦500,000, a locally fabricated Beretta pistol and one live ammunition. The suspect confessed to have committed the crime with four others who escaped when the hideout was raided. 
The victim has since being reunited with his family,while investigation and manhunt of the fleeing members of the gang is ongoing.

Per Mertesacker: Criticism only makes me stronger

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker lifted the FA Cup for the Gunners on Saturday before insisting any criticism aimed his way only makes him a better player.

The German World Cup winner had not started a game all season but was called upon for the final against Chelsea after suspension and injury decimated Arsenal's defence.

Despite concerns over his fitness having only featured for 37 minutes over the course of the entire campaign, Mertesacker was a man-of-the-match contender as Arsene Wenger's side secured a 2-1 win at Wembley.

It was expected the 32-year-old would endure a torrid afternoon against the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, but instead he was at the top of the game, leading Wenger to single him out for individual praise in his post-match press conference.

And Mertesacker said that the more his ability is questioned the better he will become.
"I expect myself to perform at that level every single week," he said.

Cesc Fabregas in thoughtful mood after former club Arsenal defeated Blues in FA Cup final

Cesc Fabregas was in a thoughtful mood after Arsenal's FA Cup victory over his Chelsea side on Saturday - and aimed a cheeky dig at his former club.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners back in 2002, making over 200 appearances for the north London outfit, before joining Barcelona nine years later.

But after three seasons in La Liga he broke the hearts of many Arsenal fans by opting to sign for their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

This year Fabregas has been a rotational player in Antonio Conte's squad, and played a small part in Chelsea's FA Cup defeat.

Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock in just four minutes at Wembley, latching onto a loose ball to beat Thibaut Courtois from close range.

There was initial confusion following the goal with the linesman raising his flag too early after spotting Aaron Ramsey in an offside position.

Buhari has made remarkable achievements in 2 years – APC

The National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Bolaji Abdullahi has said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well so far.

Abdullahi, in an interview with journalists on Saturday in Abuja said the President promised to focus on three key issues; fight against insecurity, a renewed battle against corruption and employment.

He, however, said that the fact that no part of the country was now under the Boko Haram group which has also released over 100 among the Chibok girls kidnapped three years ago, was worthy of celebration.

He said, “Two years down the line, what is the size of Nigeria territory occupied by Boko Haram? Zero, including the dreaded Sambisa forest. For us, this is a remarkable achievement and we believe that in that respect, President Buhari and the government of APC have justified the purpose of coming to power. “Yes, many of the Chibok girls are still in captivity, but some of them have been recovered and more are still being recovered.

Friday, 26 May 2017

😮😮😮😮Part of N35 million recovered from Justice Ngwuta’s residence by DSS missing – Justice Tsoho

Controversy now surrounds the N35million the Department of State Service, DSS, allegedly found in the official residence of Supreme Court Justice, Sylvester Ngwuta as some amount is now missing from the total sum recovered.

Justice Ngwuta is facing money laundering charges.

At the resumed trial of Justice Ngwuta before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, the presiding Judge, Justice John Tsoho, informed the court that part of the money was missing.
The DSS had through John Utazi, an investigator, insisted before the court that the total amount of local currencies it recovered from Ngwuta’s home was N35,358,000.

Cristiano Ronaldo cancels London trip over terror threat

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has cancelled a scheduled appearance in London this weekend, after the UK terror threat level was upgraded.

The upgrade comes in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack, which saw 22 people killed and over 59 others injured.

Ronaldo had been due to promote SIXPAD training gear at the InterContinental Hotel on Saturday.

Political Saga: Resign or get impeached, Melaye tells Kogi gov

Some members of All Progressives Congress in Kogi have called on Governor Yahaya Bello to resign over the accusation that he registered twice for Permanent Voter Card.

The spokesman for the members, Sen. Dino Melaye made the call at a news briefing in Abuja on Friday.

Melaye said the people of Kogi State and the party were dissociating themselves from the act and called on Bello to resign immediately or risk impeachment.

“This executive recklessness and impunity is what we are reacting to.

“We are saying that as stakeholders in Kogi politics and the All Progressives Congress, we condemn in its entirety the fraudulent behaviour of Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State.”

“Kogi people are responsible people and we expect to have a responsible governor. As at the time he was contesting that election, it showed that he was not a registered voter in Kogi state.

Just In: Three Nigerian scammers bag 235-years😮😮 imprisonment in America

Three Nigerian scammers who befriended many of their victims on dating sites have been slammed huge prison sentences by a Mississippi court, after making tens of millions of dollars from their schemes.

Oladimeji Seun Ayelotan, 30, was sentenced to 95 years in prison; Rasaq Aderoju Raheem, 31, was given 115 years; and Femi Alexander Mewase, 45, got 25 years behind bars.

A court in the Southern District of Mississippi had, in February, found them all guilty of crimes, including mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud and theft of government property.

Ayelotan and Raheem were also found guilty of conspiracies to commit bank fraud and money laundering.

Dating back to at least 2001, the scammers were involved in multiple internet fraud schemes, resulting in losses in the tens of millions, according to the Department of Justice.

Just In: D’banj Welcomes Baby Boy

D’banj himself just made the announcement on his Instagram page. He named him Daniel. Big congrats to him.

Nigeria boxing Legend, Bash Ali Slams Lagos Government For Inviting Boxing Legend, Holyfield To Nigeria

Former boxing champion, Bash Ali boxer, has slammed the Lagos State Government for the invitation to American former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield for an exhibition-boxing bout in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had as part of the 50th year anniversary of the creation of Lagos State invited Holyfield, a five-time World Cruiserweight and Heavyweight boxing champion, for a scheduled boxing match with a former governor of the state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Sad!!! Nigerian Footballer Slumps, Dies During Training

Kwara United defender Azeez Saka has died after collapsing during training on Friday morning at club’s stadium complex.

The sad incident happened during one of their training sessions, and it was reported that efforts to save the player’s life was futile.

Good News: Teachers Will Start Earning Higher Salaries Than Other Workers – Minister Of Education

Teachers may soon earn higher salaries than other workers in the country. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu dropped the hint while inaugurating the Governing Councils of Federal Colleges of Education in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the teaching profession had ceased to be an “all-comers affairs”.

Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah, he said government had understudied the Malaysian educational system and decided to take a critical look at teaching and teacher education.

He, however, sounded a note of warning that teachers across all levels must register with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) before the end of this year or risk being sent out of the system.