Saturday, 27 August 2016

PUBLIC DISGRACE! Two Police Officers Shamefully Fight Dirty in Public (Watch Video)

PUBLIC DISGRACE! Two Police Officers Shamefully Fight Dirty in Public (Watch Video)

Two police officers have left people in great shock as they disgraced themselves in public while fighting.

In a bizarre fight, two Indian police officers have shamefully disgraced themselves by fighting dirty in public using sticks.

The two who refused to be separated used the long sticks to brutally hit each other after a disagreement. The duo were left bloodied and in pain after the embarrassing fiasco.

The video has since gone viral.

Watch video below:


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OAP Freeze Reportedly Fired From Cool FM

OAP Freeze Reportedly Fired From Cool FM

Popular on air personality Ifedayo Olarinde, better known as Freeze, has been reportedly fired by Cool FM.


Although we are yet to confirm if the OAP has truly being fired but according to Miss petite Nigeria, following his last controversial post where he shared a photo cuddling Basketmouth's wife whom he referred to as an old family friend the OAP has been asked by Cool FM management to leave.

Basketmouth who didn't react publicly was reportedly instrumental to his sack and at the moment, Freeze is begging his employers to reconsider.

He has since deleted the post about Basketmouth's wife as well.

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My defection to APC not for political appointment – Oyinlola

My defection to APC not for political appointment – Oyinlola

Former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has disclosed how he was governor for about 10 years, stressing that he did not dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, in search of political appointment.

Speaking when he featured on Frank Talk, a radio programme, aired by Rave FM, Osogbo on Friday, the ex-governor said, “I told my followers that I was not moving to the APC for political appointments.

“God has been so good to me. I was a governor for about 10 years of my life. How many Nigerians have been governors in two states? I was governor for two and a half years in Lagos. I spent about seven and a half years as a governor in Osun.”

The former national secretary of the PDP went on to reveal how former President, Goodluck Jonathan and some party leaders from the state ensured he did not return to the office even after the Court of Appeal ruled that he was validly elected to occupy the office.

He stated that the then President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, former chairman Adamu Muazu and Chief Tony Anenih talked to Jonathan to allow him to return to his office but Jonathan remained adamant.

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Why there is no major presence of Igbos in Buhari’s government – Nwodo

Why there is no major presence of Igbos in Buhari’s government – Nwodo

A former governor of Enugu state, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, who was once the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has given reason why the Igbo nation seems to be excluded in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, explaining that it is because the President is not a politician.

He pointed out that Buhari, who had his entire training in the army, does not see things the way politicians perceive issues, else he would have cared more for an area where he was not popular in order to harvest votes next time there is an election there.

Speaking in an interview with Vanguard, the former PDP chairman said, “The President himself is not a politician, his entire training has been in the military so he doesn’t see things the way we politicians see them.

If I lose an election in any part of my constituency my strategy is to make sure that next time around I would win in that constituency and that is by reaching out to the people and convincing them that they were wrong for not voting me and that I can take care of them more than anybody else.


“That doesn’t mean that I will ignore those that voted for me but I need to get those people who didn’t vote for me more in order to convince them to vote for me the next time, so I think that is the basic problem we have in this scenario.

“The President hasn’t been able to let go that he didn’t harvest votes from South East and South South and that being the case he has more or less marginalised them from his government.

I believe that government needs to change its strategy completely and its approach to issues affecting South East and South South.

“The President has to understand that if you win an election, you become the President of everybody and not just those that voted you,” Nwodo added.

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How we rob our victims – Okada rider

How we rob our victims – Okada rider

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, on Friday paraded 17 robbers who specialised in robbing Lagos residents on motorcycles.

The CP said the suspects, including a 20-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Oluwole Sunday, were arrested a week ago, revealing that some of the robbers concentrated on people leaving banks with the hope that any bag they held must have money in it.

Owoseni said, “The police impounded a motorcycle used by one of the suspects that had been modified for increased speed. During the operations that led to the arrest of the suspects, two of them engaged the police in a shootout and they were killed in the process.”


Sunday confessed he met his accomplice, 18-year-old Ahmed Musa in a relaxation centre and introduced himself as an okada rider.

The father of one said, “We started making plans but first, we needed a gun which we didn’t have. When we brought up the issue of a gun, we spoke with another friend we met at the same joint, Michael, and he said he could get us a gun.

He took us to a bathroom in his father’s house. The gun was hidden in a hole in the bathroom.

“The first time we went on an operation together, we were able to operate successfully that day on my motorcycle. We robbed many people. I was given N10, 000. This last operation, I was promised N20, 000 which is double the normal amount.

I did not know that would be the day we would be caught. We had not even robbed anybody that day when we were arrested at Shasha in Egbeda,” the Abeokuta, Ogun State indigene added.

His accomplice, Musa, an Ilorin, Kwara State indigene, said he had just finished his apprenticeship as a generator repairer last year and he realised there was no way he could afford to buy equipment to set up a shop.


Musa said, “Hunger pushed me into robbery. I thought to myself that it is either I do this thing or I die of hunger. I stopped school at Senior Secondary One and my trade has not produced any money.

“We planned to target women bags and jewelries mostly the day we were arrested. I am not happy about becoming a robber. My family does not know what has happened to me.

I was responsible for snatching bags and jewelries anytime we went out for operations.”

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$40bn spent on Niger Delta in 12 years without result – Kachikwu

$40bn spent on Niger Delta in 12 years without result – Kachikwu

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has disclosed that more than $40 billion had been dolled out to the Niger Delta region in the past 12 years through various intervention agencies, regretting however, that there was nothing on ground to justify such amount.

Kachikwu, who spoke yesterday at a meeting held at PTI Conference Centre in Warri, Delta State involving prominent leaders from the coastal states, said the $40 billion came mainly from oil companies, Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, 13% derivation and other intervention funds.

While noting that the state of infrastructure is disappointing despite the huge effort to alleviate the infrastructural deficit in the Niger Delta, he called for an audit of money so far expended in the region to know what exactly went wrong to avoid repeating the same mistakes.


According to him, “I’ve been to the creeks myself and discovered that there was no meaningful development of the riverine communities as expected by the federal government despite the huge amount disbursed to the region.

“I think we need an audit because it will not be wise to have agitation of this kind in circle after each agitation will come back again to demand for the same thing when intervention funds had made no impact on the lives of the ordinary people.”

The minister also used the forum to assure leaders of the zone that President Muhammadu Buhari was not thinking of using the military to resolve the crisis in the region.

Instead, he maintained that the President was desirous of using dialogue to find a lasting solution to the problem.


The minister urged leaders in the region to prevail on their youths to allow peace to reign, noting that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of violence.

He told the Niger Delta leaders that the federal government was committed to the development of the region, promising to come out soon with short and long term plans in that direction.

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Money laundering: CBN orders banks to freeze illicit transfers, accounts

Money laundering: CBN orders banks to freeze illicit transfers, accounts

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed commercial banks to conduct Know Your Customers’ Businesses (KYCB) to ensure customers do not transact illegal or illicit remittances through the banking industry.

The CBN gave the directive to authourised dealers, mainly banks, on Friday in a circular signed by the Acting Director of Trade And Exchange Department, Mr W.D Gotring and titled, “Illicit international money remittances through the banking system’’.

The apex bank had observed that some Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) were operating accounts either as companies or masking themselves as individuals for the purpose of illegally receiving money transfer flow.


They then claimed to onward disburse such funds to recipients in the country.

The CBN had directed the commercial banks to identify and freeze those accounts receiving illicit flows.

It also directed them to submit mandate and account details of such accounts held in foreign and local currencies to the CBN.

The apex bank said that the development would allow easy onward reporting to the security agencies.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that in July, the CBN lifted the ban on sales of foreign currency proceeds of International Money Transfers to bureaux de change operators.

The apex bank said that the lift would ensure the stability of the exchange rate and boost participation of all critical stakeholders in the foreign exchange market.

It directed all authorised dealers who were agents to approve International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs) to sell foreign currency accruing from inward money remittances to licensed BDCs with immediate effect.

The bank said IMTOs were required to remit foreign currency to the agent banks for disbursement in Naira to the beneficiaries while the foreign currency proceeds shall be sold to the BDCs.

To ensure the success of the policy, CBN later certified only three international money transfer firms- Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria. (NAN)

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Police arrest touts who attacked Kogi governor at mosque

Police arrest touts who attacked Kogi governor at mosque

The State police command have announced that it has arrested some of the thugs and miscreants who reportedly pelted governor Yahaya Bello and his convoy with stones and fruits at a Kogi mosque on Friday.


The Kogi state government has also issued a statement refuting media reports that Governor Yahaya Bello was on Friday stoned during Juma'at prayer at a mosque in the state.

“Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate incident, which occurred during the Jumaat Prayer at the Lokoja Central Mosque to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of Kogi State," the statement, issued by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, said.

“It was discovered that some sponsored miscreants caused a mild drama as they were caught with stones while one of them attacked one of the security aides of the Governor.

“The gallant market women at the Lokoja Old Market accosted the perpetrators and stopped them from absconding from the scene in solidarity with the Governor.

“The Governor wishes to thank the market women and security agencies, who rose to the occasion to protect lives and property at the scene of the unfortunate incident. No life was lost and no serious injury was recorded.

“We can also confirm that arrests have been made and those arrested are already giving useful information to security agents investigating the politically motivated attack at the Mosque.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has also urged his supporters to remain calm and not take the law into their hands as he remained committed to the cardinal ideals of his administration.

Imported and sponsored miscreants, who have infiltrated the state from neighbouring states should know that Kogi is prepared to protect her citizens from desperate politicians who think they can turn the state to a war zone.

The people of Kogi will be protected.

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Suspected Cultist Stoned to Death, Another Shot in the Stomach in Benin (Photos)

Suspected Cultist Stoned to Death, Another Shot in the Stomach in Benin (Photos)

Suspected cultist stoned to death

Some members of a confraternity and another cult members were involved in a bloody fight recently, and two were reportedly killed in Benin, the Edo State capital.

According to some photos and online reports, two popular cultists identified as Papa Obodo and Osazee were yesterday killed in a renewed cult war between the dreaded Eiye and The Movement cult groups.

Suspected Cultist Stoned to Death, Another Shot in the Stomach in Benin (Photos)


It was gathered that one of deceased, Papa Obodo, was chased by members of The Movement and stoned to death at Oyenmwonsa street in Benin while the second cultists identified as Osazee whose wife delivered a baby on Sunday, was shot on the stomach while attempting to scale a fence around Osemwende street.

The corpses of the deceased cultists have been deposited at the morgue.

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Nigerian Man Returns from America Only to Land in Police Net in Lagos...You Won't Believe What He Did (Photo)

Nigerian Man Returns from America Only to Land in Police Net in Lagos...You Won't Believe What He Did (Photo)

Uzoukwu George

A man who had only just returned from the United States has found himself in a situation he never bargained for.

Uzoukwu George, is a Nigerian businessman based in the United States of America (USA).

The businessman returned to Nigeria recently and ended up being arrested for his crimes. He was arrested for allegedly obtaining N7 million from a couple under false pretence.

According to The Nation, the police alleged that George, from Imo State, but resides at No. 22 Ogunlana Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos was arrested while he was trying to flee to the US.

George, 31, was accused of obtaining the N7m from his business partners, Mr and Mrs Joachim Ezirim, on the pretence of forming a joint venture business with them.

The police said after collecting the sum, George left for the US, and remained there for some time while the couple were searching for him in Nigeria.

“The suspect sneaked into Nigeria, sold all his property and was about to leave the country with his family when he was arrested by detectives of the Area ‘A’ Command Lion Building, Lagos,” a police source told The Nation.

George was arraigned on Tuesday before ‎Mrs Abimbola Komolafe of the Lagos Magistrates’ Court in Igbosere, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence, conversion and issuance of dud cheques.

Prosecuting Inspector Abass Abayomi told the court that George and others at large conspired to commit the alleged offences sometime between 2011 and 2014 at No. 6, Bamgbose Street, Lagos Island.

He said the defendant “obtained the sum of N7m from the couple on the pretence to form a joint venture business with them but converted same to his personal use.”

“George issued post-dated FCMB cheques No. 03002064 and 03002066 in the sum of N1 million and N2.5 million to Joachim Ezirim for the refund of the money invested in the business, knowing full well that there was no money in the account and the cheques were rejected on presentation,” the prosecutor said.

The offence, he added, were punishable under Sections 409, 312 and 319 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendant denied the charge and his lawyer, Chief M. C. Ikwunoh, urged the court to grant him bail in liberal terms. “The defendant was granted administrative bail by the police and he did not jump abscond. He came to court voluntarily,” Ikwunoh said.

This was opposed by the prosecutor on the grounds that the defendant had already concluded plans to leave Nigeria.

“He is currently based in the United States of America and it was very difficult for the police to get him arrested,” Abayomi said.

In a bench ruling, Magistrate Komolafe granted the defendant N5 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, who must be gainfully employed and one of whom must be a blood relation.

They were also ordered to make a deposit of N250,000 to the court registrar’s account while the defendant must deposit his international passport in the court’s custody.

The case was adjourned till September 27, for mention.

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Stella Oduah’s son dies at 28

Stella Oduah’s son dies at 28

The senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Stella Oduah, has reportedly lost her 28-year-old son.

Reports have it that the deceased, whose name is yet to be known as at press time, gave up the ghost at a private hospital in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja in the early hours of Friday after a brief illness.

Details shortly…

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Buhari inherited more challenges than he is telling Nigerians – Governor Amosun

Buhari inherited more challenges than he is telling Nigerians – Governor Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibekunle Amosun, has urged Nigerians to be patient with the current All Progressives Congress, APC-led government, saying the challenges the party met on ground was bigger than what was being portrayed.

Addressing reporters in Kaduna, the Ogun State Governor expressed optimism that the government would turn around Nigeria’s dire economic predicament.

He said, “The issue is that the problems we met on ground are far more than what we are portraying to Nigerians.


“Irrespective of these challenges, however, we are determined, we are challenged, we are ready and we are equal to the task. Yes we have challenges, but the challenges are not insurmountable. We are already on the right track but we need to do more.”

Amosun called for patience, saying the APC government needed time to fix the challenges it inherited.

“You cannot expect something that has been bad for ages to be resolved under one or two years, and that is exactly what has been happening,” he said.

Stressing that APC’s change will be felt within the next 12 to 24 months, he said, “By then, we would have improved in power, we would have improved even in service delivery.”


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Forex scarcity could soon lead to health crisis – Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

Forex scarcity could soon lead to health crisis – Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria says the lingering foreign exchange scarcity in the country has affected the manufacturing and importation of drugs to the country.

The society says if the Federal Government fails to take measures to tackle the crisis, it could lead to a “national health calamity” among Nigerians.


The PSN stated this in a communique — signed by the society’s President, Mr. Ahmed Yakasai, and its National Secretary, Gbolagade Iyiola — at its second National Council Meeting held recently in Kano State.

The society said after a “painstaking” and “critical appraisal” of the various topical issues affecting pharmacy practice, health matters and other sundry issues, the members of the council resolved to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly tackle the forex crisis.

It said, “After a careful evaluation of the impact of the current paucity of forex in the country, which is gradually grinding operations in drug manufacturing and importation outlets to a halt in the days ahead, we appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene to prevent an impending national calamity which will lead to morbidity and outright mortality of consumers of health in Nigeria.

“The council reasoned that empty warehouses of a plethora of the pharmaceutical companies due to inaccessibility to forex to directly source finished products, active pharmaceutical ingredients and other excipients will naturally breed out of stock syndrome in the inventory of life-saving drugs with obvious consequences in the days and weeks ahead, as most companies will exhaust the leftover stocks from last year.”

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Beware of China…7 steps Sanusi says Buhari must take to revive the economy

Beware of China…7 steps Sanusi says Buhari must take to revive the economy

Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has recommended steps President Muhammadu Buhari must take to revive the Nigerian economy.

In a document acquired by TheCable, as presented at the meetings of the Joint Planning Board (JPB) and National Council on Development Planning (NCDP), Sanusi highlighted the problems with economy, proffering solutions for the Buhari-led admin.

ELIMINATE WASTEFUL AND ABUSE-PRONE SUBSIDIES

Sanusi highlighted the abuse of subsidies in Nigeria and the need to totally put an end to subsidy regimes. He applauded Buhari for the steps taken so far on subsidy, which has become visible in Nigeria’s consumption pattern.

“The Buhari administration has already made great progress in stopping the fraud associated with the subsidy regime,” Sanusi said.

“PMS import volumes have fallen from an average of 57 million litres/day in 2011 to 35 million litres/day in 2016. This is an achievement. The next step should be a full and unequivocal elimination of subsidy regime.”

Beware of China…7 steps Sanusi says Buhari must take to revive the economy


Source: NBS

FIX FAILURES IN THE POWER SECTOR VALUE CHAIN, STARTING WITH DISCOs

Sanusi said the president’s team must “petition for a specific debt raising programme to address unpaid arrears. Until this happens no new investment can take place”.

“Raise public awareness about the necessity of cost-reflective tariffs, including the hike in 2016. Raise fresh capital to pay off arrears to Gencos. These are N235bn and building. The higher the tariffs go (as they are bound to do) the more quickly they will build,” he said.

“Until these backlogs are paid, no one is going to invest in new generation capacity. Force Disco owners to make stipulated investments in metering. What I’m told is that many disco owners have failed to honour their terms of the agreement, both in investing in metering and upgrading the old infrastructure.

“Until this failure in the value chain is addressed, collection rates will never be good enough to achieve cost recovery, and the government/NBET will always be on the hook for the shortfall.”

He also called for a resolution of gas supply issues.

DIGITISE STATE LAND REGISTRIES, STREAMLINE RELEVANT LEGISLATION

Quoting World Bank’s Doing Business index, Sanusi said: “Nigeria remains one of the most difficult countries in which to register property. State governments can do something about this.

“In fact, Lagos State has already taken great strides towards simplifying the procedure of registering land by merging all relevant laws into a single piece of legislation.”

He asked that land registries be taken online and made easier for businesses in Nigeria.

RE-PRIORITISE PUBLIC SPENDING TOWARDS INVESTMENT IN HUMAN CAPITAL

“In Nigeria, the public sector wage bill went up from N443bn in 2005 to N1.659 trillion in 2012, driven by a 53% increase in civil servants’ wages in 2010,” he said.

“The government has consistently prioritised recurrent expenditure over investment – all the more so in times of economic difficulty and leading up to elections.”

He called for investment in human capital if Nigeria must make its way out of this economic quagmire.

PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

“The economy has quadrupled in nominal terms since 2005, and the population has grown by over 40 million, but capex has barely changed.

“The major problem for Nigeria is revenue. Across all 3 levels of government, it collected just US$117 per person in 2015, and invested US$17. Kenya, with half of Nigeria’s level of wealth on paper, collected almost twice as much in taxes.

“If Nigeria is going to adopt an investment-driven model, it cannot rely on the public sector alone.”

Sanusi urged Buhari’s men to let the private sector also drive investment.

SET FX RATE TO INCENTIVISE CAPITAL INFLOWS, CATALYSE FDI

“Nigeria has made dramatic changes to its FX regime, moving from a hard peg to a free float. These bold steps have gone a long way to restoring its credibility.

“On a trade and inflation weighted basis, the naira has gone from one of the most over-valued currencies in the world to one that is now under-valued.

“A major barrier to bringing capital in from abroad has been removed; a major incentive to take capital out has also been removed.”

He said such incentives must be maintained as government set interest rates at levels that deter capital flight, dollarization.

BEWARE OF CHINA… PROTECT INFANT INDUSTRIES

“Beyond fixing the basic supply side issues, Nigeria also needs to take measures to protect its infant industries.

“Large surplus countries like China have been using the promise of investment and cheap debt to gain unfettered access to Africa’s local markets.

“But the relationship has become imbalanced. Without manufacturing capacity of its own, Africa can never provide meaningful employment for its youth.

“Successful policies in cement and auto assembly should be replicated for petro-chemicals and agro-processing.”

He concluded that government must get the appropriate macro policies in place and create a supportive business environment.

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Enugu herdsmen attack: Police arrest suspected mastermind

Enugu herdsmen attack: Police arrest suspected mastermind

The Enugu State Police Command has arrested the suspected mastermind of the herdsmen attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbe Ugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.

A statement from the command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, in Enugu on Friday gave the name of the suspect as Umaru Isah from Gusau, capital of Zamfara.

Amaraizu said that the arrest of the suspect followed intelligence made available to the command. “The Enugu State Police Command in its resolve to unmask the perpetrators of the attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbe Ugwu has nabbed one Umaru Isah over his alleged involvement in the incident.

“The suspect, who claimed to be 20 years of age, said he came to Enugu from Gusau in Zamfara State to rear cattle, but has none to rear till now.

“Investigations are still on with a view to unmasking his gang,” he said. The spokesman said the police would, however, stop at nothing to ensure that those involved in the act were apprehended and brought to book.

The community was attacked by suspected herdsmen in the early hours of Thursday during which a Catholic seminarian, identified as Mr Lazarus Nwankwo, was killed.

Four other victims from the same family, including a pregnant mother, also received varied degrees of life-threatening machete cuts on their heads and stomach.

The latest attack came exactly four months after suspected herdsmen invaded and killed 11 persons and injured many others in Nimbo community in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of the state.

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Nigeria warns diplomats against violating channels of communication

Nigeria warns diplomats against violating channels of communication

Nigeria’s Ministry of foreign Affairs on Friday warned the ambassadors of various countries against violating the diplomatic channels of communication between them and their host country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Olusola Enikanolaye, who gave the warning at his maiden meeting with the diplomats in Abuja, urged them to desist from orthodox means of communication with the government.

Enikaonlaye frowned at undiplomatic way of seeking audience with the government where some embassies communicate directly with the presidency and other arms of government rather than going through the ministry “In saying this however we must hasten to note that some diplomats and some missions are in the habit of going above the Ministry of foreign affairs in seeking audiences and engagement with government at even higher levels.

“I need not to stress that this is not what we know as diplomat it is clearly violation of Vienna conventions. “The ministry of foreign affairs is the main means of communication between the diplomatic communities and the host government. “I am aware that we need to put our house in order in the ministry.

“And this is what we are already doing by ensuring that we respond quickly, proactively to your requests to your note verbal,” he said. According to him once we do this there will be no reason for you to go above us to get things done.

Enikaonlaye vowed to take a very diplomatic review of a nation that thinks the best way to conduct business with Nigeria is not to go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to him we have served in your countries and we know what happens in those countries. Please I urge you to respect our rules, respect our laws, respect our channels of communication. He also condemned a situation where some nations also wrote note verbal to the presidency.

“I thought you all know that note verbal is the highest form of correspondence between the diplomatic nations and the minister of foreign affairs “You cannot address note verbal to the presidency. It is not done. Please I am appealing to you to desist from such an orthodox means of communication with our government.

“As regard to seeking for audiences, please make you request known to our principal at least a month ahead so as to give room for preparation and respect for authority “It is in our interest and yours that we have sufficient notice,” he said.

He stressed that the Ministry and government were committed to their well being and welfare stressing that the ministry operates an open door policy if there were is issue of concern to address.

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See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)

See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)

Popular Singer Tiwa Savage is back to her normal life and we shared with you that the singer is back and going about her normal work flow.

See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)


She recently reached a milestone of 1million Facebook fans on her page and decided to share it via her IG page.

She also showed off a lovely look in a pair of distressed jeans.

She captioned the photo she shared with:

See What Tiwa Savage Did After Her 1 Million Followers On Facebook (See Photos)


Thank you, we are over a milli on Facebook.com/officialtiwasavage #God #Is #Faithful #SavageSoldiers

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Hon. Jibrin, former Chairman of the House of Rep. Committee on Appropriation, shares a picture of his beautiful first wife that dumped him

Hon. Jibrin, former Chairman of the House of Rep. Committee on Appropriation, shares a picture of his beautiful first wife that dumped him

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UPDATED: Bello ‘stoned’ in Lokoja for celebrating Kogi@25 while owing salaries

UPDATED: Bello ‘stoned’ in Lokoja for celebrating Kogi@25 while owing salaries

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, was on Friday stoned after Juma’at service at Central Mosque, Old Market, Lokoja.

Confirming the incident to TheCable, a witness who observed the prayers in the same mosque as the governor, said the angry residents claimed that the governor had not paid them their salaries but was spending state funds on celebrations.

“The boys said he (Bello) had not paid their salaries, yet he is busy spending state money on Kogi at 25 celebrations,” the witness, who did not want to be named, said.

“Part of their grievances were tied to the forthcoming ‘Big Sallah’ People have no money to celebrate, and the governor and his boys are all over the place shouting Kogi at 25.”

Another resident, who works as a driver, said the state is economically challenged and the people are very angry.

He said business, even for drivers, had gone down, adding that the people took out the anger on him because he delayed Juma’at prayers at the central mosque.

UPDATED: Bello ‘stoned’ in Lokoja for celebrating Kogi@25 while owing salaries


The 25th anniversary celebration of the state kicked off at the central mosque on Friday, with the main celebration of the state’s heritage slated for Saturday.

‘BELLO NOT STONED…MISCREANTS WERE SPONSORED’

However, Kingsley Fanwo, Bello’s chief press secretary, said via a statement on Friday evening that the governor was not stoned.

“Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate incident, which occurred after the Jumaat Prayer at the Lokoja Central Mosque to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the creation of Kogi State,” he said.

“It was discovered that some sponsored miscreants caused a mild drama as they were caught with stones while one of them attacked one of the security aides attached to the Government House shortly after the Governor departed the area.

“The gallant market women at the Lokoja Old Market accosted the perpetrators and stopped them from absconding from the scene in solidarity with the Governor.

“The Governor wishes to thank the market women and security agencies, who rose to the occasion to protect lives and property at the scene of the unfortunate incident.”

Fanwo said “no life was lost and no serious injury was recorded”.

“We can also confirm that arrests have been made and those arrested are already giving useful information to security agents investigating the politically-motivated attack at the Mosque.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has also urged his supporters to remain calm and not take the law into their hands, as he remains committed to the cardinal ideals of his administration.

“Imported and sponsored miscreants who have infiltrated the state from neighbouring states should know that Kogi is prepared to protect her citizens from desperate politicians who think they can turn the state to a war zone. The people of Kogi will be protected.

“We are not unaware of scheming by change resistors to sponsor attacks against government officials. The staff verification exercise has come to stay because it has exposed powerful forces, who have been milking the state dry. Sponsoring attacks against the Governor will not stop our march to restore sanity to the polity.

“The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello will soon publish the names of corrupt citizens of the state who are behind the Ghost Workers syndrome. Governor Yahaya Bello thanks the people of the state for standing resolutely behind his administration to restore the lost glory of the state.”

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‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ not about guns, boats – Army

‘Exercise Crocodile Smile’ not about guns, boats – Army

The Army on Friday sought to allay the fears of people in the South-South about the ongoing training tagged “Exercise Crocodile Smile” in the region.

The army said the exercise was not about guns and boats.

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman said in a statement that the exercise was aimed at training its Special Forces, formations and units located in the region.

According to him, the exercise comprises both the strategy perfection and public confidence building.

Usman said the Army’s Medical Corps was involved in the exercise through a medical holding in Sapele, Delta.

He said: “It will be recalled that we have shown you the massing up of the troops yesterday, today, the build up of logistics has commenced.

“The human side of the ongoing exercise include free medical outreach for Sapele communities in Delta.”

“The Nigerian Army Medical Corps has fully deployed to the area attending to medical needs of the communities free of charge.”

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Buhari approves governing boards for NPA, NIMASA

Buhari approves governing boards for NPA, NIMASA

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the composition of the Governing Boards of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

A statement issued by the Director (Press) in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, disclosed that Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye is the Chairman of NPA, while Major General Jonathan India Garba is the Chairman of NIMASA.

Other members of the NPA Board include Supo Shasore, Suleiman Ibrahim Halilu, Constance Harry Mashal, Umar Shu’aibu and Charles Efe Emukowhate Sylvester.

Also in the board are Hadiza Bala Usman,Mohammed Bello Koko, Dr. Sekonte Davis, Prof.Idris Abubakar, and Mrs. I. J. Uche-Okoro.

The board members of NIMASA include Asekomhe Oaakhia Kenneth, Mohammed Gidado Muazu, Hon. Barrister Ebele Obi, S. U. Galadanchi, Ms Nene Betty Dike, and Dakuku Peterside.

Other members are Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin and Gambo Ahmed.

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