Saturday, 25 February 2017

Call to impeach Obiano baseless – APGA tells PDP


Member, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has called on the Emeakayi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State to avoid incurring the people’s wrath by asking the state House of Assembly to commence impeachment against Governor Willie Obiano for constitutional breaches, describing the call as baseless.

Reacting to a letter written to the lawmakers by the faction, asking for the immediate impeachment of Obaino for abandoning his duty post without communicating his absence to the House, the Ogirisi Igbo said, such call is capable of incurring the wrath of the good people of the state.

Ekiti governorship, Fayose and Oni’s second-coming


Governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayodele Fayose, loves razzmatazz. His day is incomplete without showiness that is designed to excite the polity whether in his Ekiti domain or in the national milieu. Many Nigerians have incongruously come to accept him and his brand of oppositional politics as hope-inspiring in this season of extreme glitch.

He had deployed populist razzmatazz to sweep into power, defeating the incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in the 2014 governorship election. And, to be sure, that was not the first time he would emphatically kick the ass of an incumbent out of government house. He did so in 2003 when he defeated Governor Niyi Adebayo, thereby denying him the chance of a second term in office.

It is remarkable that on the two occasions he won election to be governor, he did so from a disadvantaged position-from outside government. But, he had, on both occasions, leveraged on the people power to upstage the applecart of incumbency. He deployed populism to appeal to the sensibilities of the local folks in Ekiti.

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at Florida airport (see reasons)


A son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported late Friday.
Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US passport, was travelling with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the late sports icon’s second wife, friend and lawyer Chris Mancini told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Mancini told the newspaper that both were held for questioning on the Fort Lauderdale International Airport on February 7 because of their Arabic-sounding names.

Camacho-Ali however was released after she showed US Customs agents a photo of herself with her ex-husband.

Google has turned students to lazy researchers – lecturer


A lecturer, Mr Ibrahim Oseni says students have become lazy due to their over-reliance on google search for their academic works.

Oseni, who lectures at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Kwara State University, Malete made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday.

According to him, the use of google search has turned students to lazy researchers.

He said students now relied mainly on their phone and computer set to solve simple questions as they did not want to stress their brain thinking.

Fed govt planning to ambush me – Dasuki


Former National Security Adviser, Colonel Mohammed, Sambo Dasuki (retd), has alleged before an Abuja High Court that the Federal Government plans to ambush him with double jeopardy in the two criminal charges brought against him at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.
Dasuki pleaded that the two charges be consolidated in the interest of justice, fair play and due process.

Dasuki, who has been illegally detained after being granted multiple bails by courts, said the Federal Government in the quest to nail him has engaged in gross abuse of court and legal process by instituting various criminal charges against him on just one issue of the office of the National Security Adviser.

In a fresh motion he filed to challenge the alleged abuse of court process by government, Dasuki said it was wrong in law and even against natural justice for the government to prosecute him on two different charges on the same alleged arms fund diversion.

Rivers rerun: INEC staff abducted, attacked


Staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abuja, on Saturday narrowly escaped death in Igbo Etche Ward 5, in Etche Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State.

The Information Communication Technology (ICT) personnel deployed to Rivers for the rerun legislative polls in Etche was reportedly attacked while fixing the Smart Card Reader, in the morning in readiness for the election when group of thugs stormed the place and began to hit them with sticks and machetes.

He later managed to escape and run to safety.

Pension scheme not compulsory for all workers – Ebonyi gov


 
Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has said that it is not compulsory for all Ebonyi workers to participate in the state’s  new pension scheme.
 
He announced this during a meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress and its affiliate bodies over the controversy surrounding the new pension law at the Government House, Abakaliki on Wednesday.

Umahi, who said  that any civil servant willing to opt out should indicate so in writing,  added that once done, the person’s name would be expunged outrightly.

Electrical Engineer electrocuted in Nsukka


The police in Enugu on Saturday confirmed the electrocution of a 40-year-old electrical engineer, Enyinnaya Ukpabi, in Amenu Edem-Ani community of Nsukka Local Government Area.

Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement that the incident occurred on Feb. 23.

He said, “It was gathered that the deceased, a retired electricity officer, was said to be clearing fault from a public power supply line.

“In the course of the clearing of the fault, there was a sudden trip-off on the line, leading to his electrocution.

Jose Mourinho meet Neymar to talk....


Jose Mourinho has been in contact with Brazilian star Neymar, as he attempts to persuade the Barcelona forward to leave Camp Nou and join Manchester United this summer.

United are in the market for another big-money, big-name commercial star and Antoine Griezmann has been their No.1 target.

But suggestions from Atletico Madrid and Griezmann in recent weeks have led to uncertainty over the deal, with the Frenchman only keen on the move if United are in the Champions League next season.

Now reports in Spain now suggest that Mourinho has personally been in touch with Neymar, the 25-year-old who has 50 goals in 75 games for his country, in a bid to bring a long-time United target finally to Old Trafford.

Here are the 4 Leicester City players that planned Raneiri's sack


As Claudio Raneiri's sack continues generating controversy, after leading Leicester City FC to a historic English Premier League win, 4 star players who planned his sack have been revealed.

According to SunSport, the star players met with the Club's Chairman,Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, in Seville, four times this week to

get Raneiri sacked. The players include; Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton.

Man apprehended for allegedly being in possession of human head



An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded a 21-year-old man, Tosin Oluwafemi, in prison for alleged murder.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Caleb Leranmo, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Feb. 14 at Ifaki-Ekiti.

He said that the accused was charged with conspiracy, unlawful possession of human head and murdered of a 12-year-old boy, Joshua Ojo.

He said that the accused went to pick the boy from his school at Ifaki community primary school in Ifaki-Ekiti, murdered him and cut off his head.

Friday, 24 February 2017

FUTO crisis: Senate to investigate students’ unrest


AUTHORITIES of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, has instituted a seven-man panel of inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the recent students’ unrest, which led to destruction of vital installations in the institution and subsequent closure of the school.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Eze, who disclosed this to newsmen in his office, stressed that the students’ planned uprising, which caught the Senate unawares, ran counter to an earlier mutual agreement between the university and the leadership of the Students’ Union Government.

Eze, a Professor of Physics, recalled that the university Senate had in consultation with the SUG, agreed on a fee of N7,000 per student for the Information Communication Technology.

He also recalled that a plan to ban commercial motorcycles operation within the campus and to substitute same with bus shuttle services at a token fee was rejected by the students and consequently discarded.

How to remove sweat stains from white shirt


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Why I Attended Akeredolu’s Inauguration – Fayose


Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti said on Friday that he attended the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo for Yoruba unity.

Fayose, a prominent member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti.

He said that he could not have done otherwise because the unity of Yoruba people was too important for anybody to play politics with.

“I see nothing wrong in attending the inauguration of an APC person in neigbouring Ondo State.
“Being a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not stop me from attending the inauguration of an All Progressives Congress (APC) governor.”

12-year-old girl kidnapped in Lagos, found in Ogun


Faith Ayeh, who was allegedly kidnapped by her parents’ maid, Mary, in the Iju Ishaga area of Lagos State, has been found.

Saturday PUNCH learnt the victim was found in Abeokuta, Ogun State by a man, who had read an earlier report by The PUNCH.
The resident was said to have called Faith’s parents, who then raced to the area to bring her home.
Our correspondent had reported that Mary was employed by the Ghanaian family about five months ago to assist with house chores at their home on Kudirat Abiola Estate, Akute Road, Iju Ishaga.

She was also reported to be assisting the mother of the house, Glory, with her frozen foods business on the street.

Soot – We don’t want to die, Rivers residents beg govt


Patience Joseph is a trader in Iwofe, Obia/Akpor LGA of Rivers State and she said she had been sneezing frequently since the alarm was raised about the prevalence of soot in some parts of the state. Mrs. Joseph lamented that her children were not left out as there had been a great concern about their health since the beginning of the dry season.

“We have been noticing the soot. It is black; it is in the air and we have been inhaling it. But we don’t know the remedy. I personally have been noticing the black substance within my compound. I also notice it inside my nose when I use white handkerchief to clean my nose. We are afraid because of the risk of inhaling such substance. This is because we do not want to die. The red car in our house is changing to black as a result of the soot.

“I have been sneezing frequently and my children have been sneezing frequently too. Government should come and help us; they can give us immunisation to ensure that this soot does not kill us.”
Mrs. Joseph stated that though she had not gone to the hospital, she and her children had, based on advice, begun to take grape mixed with ginger to clear their throats.

Police rescue Reverend Father, smash kidnap gang


The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has rescued a Reverend Father, Felix Akpan, of St. Michael Parish, Ikot Etim Village in Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state, from the hands of kidnappers.

Akpan, who also teaches at Topfaith International School, Mkpatak, Essien Udim LGA, was kidnapped on Tuesday when he was returning from school.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah, said on Wednesday that the suspects had been behind the high profile kidnap cases in the state.

He added that the suspects were also those who abducted a lecturer with the Akwa Ibom State University.

Four dead in Rivers gas explosion


NO fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead in the explosion that rocked a gas pipeline in Evekwu community, Odegu clan in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Tuesday.

The resident of the communities, Rumuji and Evekwu, who on Friday were counting their losses, stated that the incident also destroyed the economic life of the people of the area.

They accused the oil companies operating in the area of neglect, noting that the firms have not deemed it necessary to visit in order to find out the level of damage done to the area.

Speaking, Rev. Chris Idika, a leader in Evekwu community, disclosed that over four people died during the incident.

Why I built a church –Imo CP


All is now set for the official dedication of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Police Chaplaincy Owerri, Imo State.

Built by the State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu and billed to be dedicated by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Reverend Dr. Anthony Obinna, the ecclesiastical event is slated to take place on Saturday (today) at the Chaplaincy premises Shell Camp, Owerri.

Speaking to journalists in Owerri, the Commissioner of Police stated that he was motivated to embark on the building for the Lord owing to the dilapidated condition of the chaplaincy when he came on board.

He said, “On my arrival, I was introduced to the magnificent Assumpta Cathedral church for worship as an ardent catholic. I worshipped there thrice. It was then that I was told there was a Police Catholic Chaplaincy at Shell Camp. I therefore decided not to attend Eucharistic masses at the cathedral. This was aimed at encouraging other officers and men of the police.”

Cultists kill Imo undergraduate over phone


The campus of Imo State University, Owerri, was on Wednesday thrown into a mourning mood, when gunmen suspected to be students – cultists shot dead a 300 level undergraduate of the institution.

The victim who was identified as, Chidi Opara, was reportedly studying Education Economics until his untimely death.

A source who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent on Thursday that the 24-year-old student was killed when he allegedly resisted the gunmen from snatching his mobile phone from him.
The source said Opara had called the suspected cultists’ bluff when they confronted him on Bishop Court Street within the school environment around 10 pm.

Wike orders arrest of 15 mechanics (Read shocking reasons)


DETERMINED to bring an end to the pollution of Rivers State environment, the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Friday ordered the arrest of 15 mechanics engaged in illegal burning of used tyres and condemned engine oil.

The governor ran into the mass illegal burning of tyres and condemned engine oil on Aba Road around the Oyigbo axis while returning from Oyigbo where he attended the funeral service of late Sir Precious Oforji. Wike was attracted by the inferno which emitted a tick smoke into the atmosphere.

He directed his motorcade to stop, went into the large mechanic workshop, where the mechanics had used an open field to burn the tyres and condemned engine oil.

Wike, who was in the company of the former Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Chief Felix Obuah, and former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, directed the State Fire Service to put out the fire.

PDP crisis: Jonathan under fire (see reasons)..


The leadership crisis tearing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apart is now being linked to the failure of the party to field a Northerner as its presidential flag bearer in the 2015 elections.

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYC), factional leader of the PDP, Senator  Ahmed Makarfi, former national chairman, Dr. Mohammed Haliru and several other party chieftains  believe the story would have been different today for the PDP if it had given its ticket to  a Northerner in that election.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan from the Southsouth who completed  the  first term of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and went on to win re-election in 2011 was the party’s candidate in 2015 but lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner.

The party has not known peace since then with Makarfi and former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff locked in a fierce battle for the chairmanship.

Reviewing the situation in an interview yesterday, Makarfi was confident that the party would have won the 2015 presidential election had it fielded a northern candidate.

Akeredolu to Ondo people: ‘We can rise out of this dust’


Mr. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) mounted the saddle as Ondo State sixth executive governor yesterday with a charge to the people to dust themselves up for the task of rebuilding the state.

“We can rise out of this dust and build a new Ondo State where honesty, prosperity and confidence can once again be our self-identity,” Akeredolu said, moment after he took the oath  of office  in succession to Dr. Olusegun  Mimiko.

Watching with rapt attention from the stands were thousands of people from all walks of life including politicians, clerics, traditional rulers and the masses.

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun was there as were former interim chairman of the party, Chief Adebisi Akande; APC national leader ,Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Senate President  Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Deputy Speaker  Lasun Yusuf and eight governors.

Killer of human rights lawyer Fadipe to die by......


Oluwaseun Oladapo, 27, who killed human rights lawyer, Kunle Fadipe, has been sentenced to death.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court sentenced Oladapo to death yesterday by hanging by the neck, for the death of the human rights lawyer, Fadipe.

Justice Ipaye, in her judgment  found Oladapo guilty of a five-count charge offence of murder, armed robbery and assault occasioning harm.

Justice Ipaye said: “On count one, you Oluwaseun Oladapo, is to be hung by the neck till you are dead.
“On count two, you Oluwaseun Oladapo is to be hung by the neck till you are dead.

 ”On count three, you Oluwaseun Oladapo, is to be hung by the neck till you are dead.

 ”On count four, you Oluwaseun Oladapo is sentenced to three years in prison.

Arsenal chief insists club will not increase pay to extend Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil contracts. this means.....


Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are unlikely to succeed in attempts to earn blockbuster new deals, according to Arsenal chief Sir Chips Keswick.

The Gunners stars are out of contract in 2018 and are seeking bumper £250,000-per-week extensions, but Sir Chips believes the club will continue to negotiate player deals 'rationally.'

Arsene Wenger has been promised further investment but Sir Chips has bad news for Gunners fans hoping the club will break the bank to avoid losing their superstar duo.

"We have continued to invest in the region of key players," Sir Chips pointed out. "Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have all signed new contracts, while we have taken up options to extend the contracts of Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.

UNICAL workers raise alarm over plot to kidnap principal officers


Workers under the aegis of Academy and Combined Concerned Workers of the University of Calabar on Friday raised the alarm over an alleged plot to kidnap some principal officers of the institution.

The workers, in a press briefing in Calabar, Cross River State, alleged that hoodlums have threatened that if they will go after the children or wards of the principal officers if they fail to get their targets.

The acting Head of Department of Modern Languages in the university, Dr. Sampson Uzuanke, who spoke as chairman of the group, said the group would not take the matter lightly considering the recent cases of kidnappings in the residential quarters of the institution.

At least no fewer than 10 lecturers including wives and wards have been reportedly kidnapped in the last one year from the institution’s staff quarters.

JAMB release guidelines for 2017 UTME Registration

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB has release guidelines for the registration of 2017 UTME.

According to information obtained from the Board’s twitter handle, JAMB says it will commence registration in 2 weeks and therefore urged interested candidates to be on the watch out

It said all candidates who wish to register for this year’s UTME must have valid email address that will be used to create individual profiles on JAMBs portal.

JAMB said interested candidates should get their fingers ready as they will undergo Biometric capturing of their ten fingers during the registration,

I made Ondo State the most peaceful in Nigeria- Mimiko.

  The immediate past Governor of Ondo state  Dr. Olusegun Mimiko said his administration made conscientious effort to keep Ondo State as the most peaceful in the entire country

 Mimiko said this in a farewell message to the people of Ondo State and urged the new administration led by Olurotimi Akeredolu to sustain the effort.

“To the glory of God, we made Ondo State the most peaceful State not just in the Niger Delta and the South-West, but arguably across the entire nation

He took time to relay some of the numerous achievrments his admimistratio recorded in the past eight years but admitted that he could not please every body as a governor

Mancini, Hiddink tipped for Leicester job


Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace compatriot Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City manager after the Italian was sacked by the Premier League champions on Thursday.

British bookmaker Sky Bet was offering odds of 6/4 on Mancini taking over relegation-threatened Leicester, while William Hill had the 2011-12 Premier League-winning coach at 13/8 as of 0520 GMT on Friday.

Mancini, who left Inter Milan last August, won the Premier League with City in 2012. He has been clubless since then.

IPAC gives Anambra assembly 5 days to investigate Obiano


The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Anambra chapter, has called on the Anambra State House of Assembly (ANSHoA) to investigate alleged constitutional breaches by Gov. Willie Obiano within five days.

The group made the call at the end of its general meeting in Awka on Thursday.

The communiqué of the meeting was signed by 20 of 28 political parties in the state and read by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Peter Okala.

It threatened to mobilise member of all registered political parties in the state to occupy the assembly premises on Monday if the legislators did not commence investigations into the allegations.
According to IPAC, some of the alleged breaches included non- conduct of local government elections and plan by the governor to appoint caretaker committee chairmen and liaison officers for the councils.