Tuesday, 31 May 2016

See How a Governor Rolled on the Floor and Begged for Forgiveness (Photos)

See How a Governor Rolled on the Floor and Begged for Forgiveness (Photos)

Governor Samuel Ortom and wife at the service

A governor of a state in Nigeria has rolled on the floor begging God for forgiveness and his intervention over the things happening in his state.

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has been pictured on the floor begging God to forgive the sins of the people of the state.

The incident happened at a service to mark the end of a two-week compulsory fasting and prayers, held at the IBB Square in Makurdi, the state capital.

Ortom who mentioned that the state is passing through tough times as workers in the state are being owed 4-5 months with no completed project after one year, begged God for intervention.

Governor Samuel Ortom and wife at the service

The governor kneels and lies on the ground begging for forgiveness

He also revealed that everything will be in place to recover funds looted from the state by politicians. He said God told him the difficulties faced in the state was due to the sins of the people, hence the prayer.

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Blame yourselves, not Buhari for South-East woes – Group tells Igbo leaders

Blame yourselves, not Buhari for South-East woes – Group tells Igbo leaders

The Buhari South-East Youth Movement, BUSEYM, has warned politicians in the South-East geo-political zone of the danger of creating fathom political issues in the zone and blaming same on President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that the current political configuration of the country which had placed South-East in the opposition was neither created nor caused by the President.
The group, in a statement jointly signed by its director-general, Engr.

Nwabueze Onwuneme and national publicity secretary, Comrade Igwe Samuel Obinna and made available to newsmen in Owerri, was reacting to some statements credited to some speakers in an anniversary lecture held by Alaigbo Development Union in Enugu as reported by a national daily on May 28, 2016.

Stressing that it did not wish to join issues with some of the personalities who gathered recently in Enugu to make their assertions, BUSEYM urged the region’s political leaders who have not contributed to the socio-economic development of the zone to apologise for their ineffectual leadership rather than resort to the blame game and weaving of fiction.

While regretting the position of some Igbo elites who believe that the Buhari administration had relegated the Igbo to the background, it wondered how they arrived at this conclusion.

It accused the elites of failing to ask questions on the supposed developmental projects that should have accrued to the Igbo when the PDP was at the helm of affairs and totally neglected the zone as seen in the near collapse of infrastructure/socio-economic growth of the zone. It said these problems were not brought about by just one year in office of the APC led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement reads, “Lest we forget in that era we had Igbo as Senate President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating minister of the Economy, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to mention but a few.

“But in those 16 years it is regrettable to note that projects that were dear to the hearts of Igbos were not executed as seen in the Second Niger Bridge and Enugu-Onitsha which ditto till now was not done till the advent of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which just of recent backed words with action by the release of N13billion and N5.5b respectively for the projects”

BUSEYM maintained that while they would not cross swords with any individual/group, their position is that those seeking relevance in the polity should come up with clearly stated programmes that would contribute to the upliftment and betterment of the wellbeing of the people. It advised against wiping up tribal/religious sentiments which has been the bane of the Nigerian nation and its people.

The group further maintained that Buhari had been very fair in his treatment of all tribes in the nation and Ndi Igbo inclusive as seen with the appointment of six Igbo sons as Ministers in the federal executive council.

The group advised that rather than trade blames or fan the embers of disunity, Igbo elites should re-strategise and re-align their political objectives and jettison platforms and personalities who had their turn, but failed to deliver.

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Photos of a 60-year-old Man Sitting for a Secondary School Examinations Goes Viral

Photos of a 60-year-old Man Sitting for a Secondary School Examinations Goes Viral

Photos of a 60-year-old Man Sitting for a Secondary School Examinations Goes Viral

Some photos making rounds online and social media show a 60-year-old man sitting in for a secondary school.

A Somali journalist, Hassan Istiila, has taken to Twitter to reveal the photos of a 60-year-old man among secondary school students sitting for national examinations conducted by the government.

"60 years old is among 16,324 secondary school students sitting for national #examinations conducted by #Somalia Govt," Hasan Tweeted alongside some photos.

See another photo below;

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Speedy passage of money laundry bill, others will help my anti-corruption fight – Buhari begs NASS

Speedy passage of money laundry bill, others will help my anti-corruption fight – Buhari begs NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the National Assembly to speedily pass five Executive bills in other to aide his anti-corruption crusade.

Buhari while making the appeal at a dinner he organised in honour of the National Assembly members at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday night, listed the bills to include, the Money ‎Laundry and Prevention Bill of 2016‎, Bills for Acts for domestication of agreements for avoidance of double taxation between Nigeria, South Korea, Spain and Sweden.

Others include, Mutual legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2016 the Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Bill, 2016 and Statutory Budget of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC‎, 2016.


The President, however, promised that his administration would continue to respect the principle of separation of power as enshrined in the constitution.

He said, “This is first, to mark the 2016 Democracy Day and further to appreciate the National Assembly leadership, membership and management for the great work they have done in considering and approving as thought fit several bills and measures submitted by the executive and those bills originated by the legislature which have enabled the government function according to law.

“Let me again appreciate the work of the National Assembly for the painstaking and consensual work they did with the Executive to deliver the 2016 Appropriation Act.

“It is on record that this is one rare occasion where the Appropriation Act was assented to with the schedule i.e the details. This is a good start in our journey of change.


“I seize this opportunity to please draw attention to the under listed bills which have been submitted to the National Assembly and appeal for accelerated consideration and passage.

“I am conscious that on June 9, 2016, the National Assembly will complete one legislative year.

“May I appeal to you to consider and pass these submitted bills, particularly the statutory budget of the FCT, the NDDC Budget and the budget of statutory corporations.

“These bodies cannot execute their statutory mandate nor incur expenditure for the year unless their budgets are approved by the National Assembly.

“I hereby re-state the commitment of this administration to observe the principles of separation of powers which define and delineate the functions and powers of each arm of government.

“Thus far, we in the executive have restricted ourselves to our constitutional roles. Therefore I, as the President, and we as the Executive arm of government will not interfere in the functions, functioning and process of the Legislature nor the Judiciary.

“In the same vein, I urge other arms of government to please appraise and ensure that each action conceived and taken by it is in strict accord with its constitutionally limited powers.

“I urge you as legislators and the legislature to take out time and communicate with your constituents and other Nigerians the policies of the government which are based on laws approved by the National Assembly.”

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Tragic! 46-year-old Woman Commits Suicide in a Forest After Testing Positive to HIV in Enugu

Tragic! 46-year-old Woman Commits Suicide in a Forest After Testing Positive to HIV in Enugu

In a shocking news, a woman has gone to the bush and took her own life in a tragic fashion after learning about her HIV status.

A 46-year-old woman, identified as Celestina Mamah from Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, has reportedly killed herself after testing positive to HIV/AIDS.

According to reports, the woman went to a forest and stabbed herself to death after learning about her status. Police investigation shows that the victim had left her home on May 28 at about 6pm and headed to a forest near Ogwu Rest House in Udenu Local Government Area of the state where she allegedly committed suicide.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Enugu state police command, DSP Ebere Amaraizu confirmed that the woman allegedly tested positive to HIV after a test at a nearby hospital.

Her corpse was found the following day at about 11am.

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Gunmen killed owner of hotel for ‘snatching their boss girlfriend’

Gunmen killed owner of hotel for ‘snatching their boss girlfriend’

Gunmen have killed Michael Olutoye Ogunlusi, the owner Alloizie Hotel on Ishawo Road, Owutu area of Ikorodu in Lagos State.
The gunmen, who stormed the hotel on Friday at about11pm, after tying the guards on duty, shot Ogunlusi to death.

They were said to be four in number, spotting black jeans, T-shirts and with face caps.


Ogunlusi, who was said to be in one of the rooms of the hotel, was unaware when the gunmen came in.

After ordering all guests at the reception area into one of the rooms, one of the gunmen proceeded to the room where the owner of the hotel was and pumped bullets into him, accusing him of usurping the girlfriend of their boss.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer for Lagos State, Chukwuma Ozoani, confirmed the development,
Ozoani said four persons had been arrested in connection with the killing.

He said the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

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BREAKING: IGP orders disarmament of IPOB

BREAKING: IGP orders disarmament of IPOB

‎Solomon Arase, inspector-general of police (IGP), has ordered the immediate disarmament of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Arase’s order followed the killing some police officers in Asaba, Delta state, by a mob of Biafra campaigners on Monday.

He gave the order to the heads of the police formations in the southeast, saying that IPOB had crossed the line.

“Following the manifestation of the disposition of the armed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) activists to undertake premeditated attacks on Police officers engage in operations aimed at restoring public order in states in the south-east and south-south geopolitical zone of the country, the inspector-general of police,IGP Solomon E. Arase has directed the assistant inspectors general of police and the commissioners of police in the affected area to disarm members of the group operating firearms immediately,” a statement issued by Olabisi Kolawole, police spokesperson, on Tuesday, read.

“The IGP noted that the targeted attacks on Police personnel, who have been performing their statutory functions in the most professional and civil manner since the latest resurgence disorder, portrays the IPOB activists who are orchestrating the insurrection as having crossed the threshold in their misguided attempt to test the common will of the nation.

“IGP Arase, while condemning the killing by members of IPOB, also directed the arrest of any member of the group found in possession of firearm and bring him/her to deserved justice, while all IPOB activists arrested in connection with the killing of the Policemen should be charged to court for murder.”

The police say that they “will continue to diligently work towards eliminating any threat to internal security and assure Nigerians of their commitment to their safety and security.”‎

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What killed Abacha also killed Abiola, I have video evidence against Yoruba people – Al-Mustapha

What killed Abacha also killed Abiola, I have video evidence against Yoruba people – Al-Mustapha

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha

A former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, Monday, said he would soon open up on what actually killed his boss and the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Bashorun MKO Abiola.

Al-Mustapha said he would unveil the untold story of how the duo died in his new book, Mustapha’s Memoirs, which, according to him, is still being worked on.

Al-Mustapha, who addressed journalists in Lagos yesterday, said one thing killed his boss and the late MKO.


He said: “For instance, when Chief MKO Abiola was in prison, many notable Nigerians visited him. They will visit him in the morning, and when they come back to the Villa in the evening to see Abacha, they would say a different thing entirely.

“Unknown to these notable Nigerians, particularly notable Yoruba personalities, who visited Abiola, their visits were recorded on video. I did the video recording without their knowledge.

“These people would visit Abiola and come back to tell government a different thing about him.

“These same people would still go and tell Abiola a different thing about government. They are on video. The agencies of government have these videos evidence.


“These same people told MKO Abiola never to accept any compromise or negotiations. They advised him never to come back home without his mandate. All these things are on video.

“Of all the Yoruba leaders, only Oba Tejuosho told MKO Abiola the truth: to accept the conditional bail and go home.

“Only Oba Tejuosho told MKO Abiola that Abacha was his friend, urging him to reconcile with Abacha who was ready for reconciliation. It was Oba Tejuosho who told MKO Abiola that he still had the goodwill and would win if he re-contests after Abacha.

“What killed Abacha is what killed MKO Abiola. But I would reveal that after my court case, still at the Supreme Court. I would publish a book which has three volumes— the Mustapha’s Memoirs, which will tell what happened under Abacha and how he died.”

On Abacha loot still being returned to the country from abroad, 18 years after his death, Al-Mustapha said he was shocked the first time he heard of Abacha’s loot.

He added that most of what was today known in the media as Abacha’s loot were mere media campaigns aimed at smearing the late Sani Abacha’s image by local and international persons he stepped on their toes while he was Head of State.

Also, Al-Mustapha restated his call for a public debate, where former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, would come to backup claims in his infamous 18-page letter that he (Al-Mustapha) was contracted to head a killer squad of 1,000 snipers for former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 general elections.

He said: “Nobody contracted me to catch 1,000 mosquitoes under the Jonathan administration, let alone human beings. I am Al-Mustapha. I have my background away from the propaganda peddled by the likes of Obasanjo.

“Obasanjo has had his day. I am doing my investigation and I have discovered so many things as to what made him (Obasanjo) make such allegation. I have it. I will release it very soon and that is why I have challenged him to an open debate. “Obasanjo is my senior in the force; he was a former Military Head of State, but when issues of law and rights of man are being discussed, definitely equality comes to the fore.

“You cannot put an allegation against your junior because you are a senior, and you believe the junior would keep quiet. No, I would not. That would amount to ignorance. I am not ignorant about our laws.

“I challenge Obasanjo to an open debate so that he can substantiate his allegations before the whole world; but he is yet to oblige the challenge.

“Thank God a new government is here today, where he (Obasanjo) can bring up the issue, requesting it to investigate and, if there is any contract between Jonathan and I to catch one single mosquito, I want to say that I am guilty and want to be tried.”

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Northern Governors ready for major operation against cattle rustlers – Ganduje

Northern Governors ready for major operation against cattle rustlers – Ganduje

The 19 northern governors are set for a mega operation against the menace of cattle rustling in the region.

This disclosure was made by Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Gnaduje at a chat with journalists in Kano.

He said governors had discussed the matter extensively at the Northern Governors’ Forum and had agreed to jointly address it.


“We are very much concerned about cattle rustling in the region, hence the decision to face the problem squarely. Already the governments of Katsina, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kaduna states have sent their delegations to Kano in that respect.

“All stakeholders are being encouraged to contribute their own roles”, he said.

Ganduje added that in Kano state over 10,000 stolen cows were so far recovered and returned to their rightful owners by the committee set up by his administration to handle matters related to cattle rustling.


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Ogoni clean-up: Buhari visits Niger Delta June 2 amid bombing of installations

Ogoni clean-up: Buhari visits Niger Delta June 2 amid bombing of installations

President Muhammadu Buhari will launch the Ogoni land clean-up on June 2, a statement has said.

This was contained in a statement issued by Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, the Head of Corporate Affairs unit of the Niger Delta Development Commission, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday.

It stated that the Minister of the Environment, Amina Mohammed, confirmed the date when she visited Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area of the state to inspect an oil spill clean-up demonstration.


The statement quoted Mohammed as saying that the President had given assurances that the area would be cleaned-up in fulfilment of his electioneering promise to people of the Niger Delta.

She was quoted as having said: “I can confirm that President Buhari will visit Ogoni land on June 2 to flag-off clean-up of oil spills in the area as recommended in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.

“Buhari would return to Ogoni land where he inaugurated a fish pond in 1984 where the once flourishing pond regrettably had been destroyed by oil pollution.

“The Federal Government is coming back to restore the ecosystem to what it used to be and as such restore the peoples’ source of livelihood.


“We are not just committed to implementing the UNEP report but we are also going beyond that by taking steps to improve security, good governance and economy of the Niger Delta region.

“I can assure that the clean-up exercise is only the beginning, as Mr President is focused on restoring hope to people of the region.”

Mohammed solicited support of all stakeholders to make the exercise a success.

The statement also quoted Ibim Semenitari, the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, as saying that the clean was of utmost importance to the commission.

Semenitari lauded the President for taking steps to fulfil his electioneering promise of improving welfare and living conditions of people of Ogoni and others in the region.

She said: “Ogonis are united behind this effort by the Federal Government to clean up their environment, and as such, the people will help in ensuring sustainability of the clean-up.”

Semenitari said NDDC, through the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan Forum, would mobilise and coordinate support of various stakeholders to make the clean-up a success.

The UNEP report was released in September 2011, with a call on the Nigeria and multinational oil companies to clean-up Ogoniland.

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2016 budget was a nasty experience, I’ve never heard of ‘padding’ – Buhari

2016 budget was a nasty experience, I’ve never heard of ‘padding’ – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the process that finally led to the signing of the 2016 budget as “a nasty experience for us”.

Buhari said the issue of “padding” made the budget process more difficult for him and members of the Federal Executive Council, as some of them heard about it for the time.


Buhari, on Monday told State House Correspondents that: “Things were even more difficult during the budget, which you all know about.

“For somebody like me, for the first time, I heard what is called padding.

“So, really, it was a nasty experience for us. It was also a nasty experience for some of the ministers who were never in government, for them to sit down day and night to work.

“I saw them, some of them literarily lost weight because they were sleeping less, eating less and working on every kobo to be spent.”


Buhari acknowledged that the country’s reliance on one commodity, oil, had adversely affected the nation’s economy.

He said: “This is the condition we found ourselves and this change mantra had to go through hell up till yesterday.”


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PDP needs Sheriff, Governors begging him to withdraw suit – Taraba Governor

PDP needs Sheriff, Governors begging him to withdraw suit – Taraba Governor

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has disclosed that PDP governors are begging the ousted chairman of the party, Senator Ali Madu Sheriff, to withdraw the court case he instituted challenging his removal.

Ishaku told newsmen in Jalingo yesterday that Sheriff had done his best for the party and deserved to be honoured.

Ishaku recalled that he and the governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, endorsed Sheriff as the only candidate for the party’s chairmanship from North-East.


He said they, however, changed their mind at the party’s national convention held in Port Harcourt, when Sheriff was rejected by 10 out of 12 governors.

“It’s only myself and Dankwambo that supported Sheriff at the convention and we have no option than to allow the voice of the majority to prevail,” Ishaku said.

He said the only solution was for Sheriff to withdraw his suit from the court, complaining that the treatment Sheriff got was not proper as he did his best for PDP.

‘‘We need people like Sheriff in the PDP and therefore, we must beg him to withdraw his case because, failure to do that could lead to more crises,” he said.

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Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Ernest Obi took to his official IG profile yesterday to share these romantic photos of himself and his wife, Evi as the couple marked 6th wedding anniversary.

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Nollywood’s Most Romantic Actor Ernest Obi & Wife Eve Strike Sexy Pose In 6th Wedding Anni. Photos

Their marriage is blessed with two handsome boys Xavier and Hazel.

Congrats to them. May the Lord continue to bless their marriage with peace.
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We warned you to avoid Nigerian government – Niger Delta Avengers mock Tompolo

We warned you to avoid Nigerian government – Niger Delta Avengers mock Tompolo

Tompolo

The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, yesterday, blamed former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, over the sufferings and untold hardship soldiers have allegedly subjected innocent people of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, particularly women and children, in the past few days .

The militant group, in a statement, by its spokesperson, Col Mudoch Agbinibo, said it had cautioned Tompolo against taking sides with the Nigerian government but he ignored them.

The group said it was going to carry out more attacks, go personal against business mogul and pipeline contractor, Captain Okunbor Idahosa and army officer, Major B. Yahaya, who is leading the assault against unarmed Gbaramatu people.


NDA boasted, “Our dear brother, Tompolo, how is your friendship with the Nigerian Government? The people you took side with against us (the Niger Delta Avengers). We offered you the olive branch by beckoning you to join us in this struggle, but you refused.

“It is not our business what goes on in Gbaramatu Kingdom but our concern is the innocent children, women and aged people, whom the Nigerian military has chased away from their homes now taking refuge in the forest. We warned you before hand that the Nigerian Government, can never be trusted.”

“To the Nigeria military, why are you looking for soft targets? If you are looking for the Avengers, you know how to find us. Don’t deceive your President.”

“Information gathered by the Intelligence unit of the Niger Delta Avengers revealed that Oil Marine Services (OMS) whose Chairman and CEO is Capt. Okunbor Idahosa also known, as Capt. Hosa, is the company Nigerian Government awarded the Pipeline surveillance contract to, spanning from Escravos to Lokoja,” the group said.


Col Agbinibo alleged that in collaboration with an Itsekiri leader, some military officers were bribed with N250 million ‎to destroy Gbaramatu kingdom “in the guise of looking for the Niger Delta Avengers.”

The militant group said: “The question is, why the innocent people of Gbaramatu, why the innocent pregnant women, why unleash terror on the aged people of Gbaramatu, Capt. Hosa, Major Yahaya, Ayiri and Brig. Gen Faruk – must you waste all these innocent blood just to secure the pipeline surveillance job?

“Why making the innocent people of Gbaramatu suffer? This act of the Nigerian Army to us is the greatest act of cowardice. This fight we believe is against the Avengers and not the innocent villagers of Gbaramatu Kingdom,” it stated.

NDA asked: “Where is the International community and the United Nations when all these unspeakable injustice are served the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom by the very unprofessional Nigerian Military? Are they not aware of the raping of young girls, looting and destruction of properties by the Nigeria military in Gbaranmatu kingdom? Not done with Tompolo, it said: “As for you Tompolo, what do you have to say about the horrible treatment meted your people by Nigerian Military, are you still going to call the Niger Delta Avengers criminals, are you still going to take sides with the Nigeria Government against your people?

“What happened to you (Tompolo)? We respect the love you have for your people, the Niger Delta. What is really happening to you when the likes of Mr Ayiri, Capt Hosa and co are unleashing this kind of atrocities on your people.

“Has the wealth you acquired made you soft that you do not know what to do anymore? It jabbed at him. To the military, the group insisted: “The Nigerian Military cannot intimidate us by harassing innocent Niger Deltans. Gbaramatu is just one kingdom in Delta State. The Niger Delta is made up of seven States.”

“It is, therefore, very funny to lure us to halt our well-planned line of actions that will shock the whole world by harassing innocent villagers,” it remarked.

The militants asserted: “To you, Capt. Hosa the new pipeline protector; the intelligence unit of the Avengers has your full data, we know where all your assets are located and that most of your businesses are in the Niger Delta. For this single act of injustice against the innocent people of Gbaramatu you, your wife and entire family will suffer.”

“To Major M.B. Yahaya, we are sure you have not seen real combat before; how did you rise to the rank of a Major, this is to show that Nigerian Military is finished if it is to depend on people like you.

“You are only good at harassing innocent women and children in the name of looking for the Niger Delta Avengers. We are not surprised because all Nigerian Military are corrupt. Be assured that we are making this fight personal with you as we shall make your life a living hell.

“Can anyone tell the difference between Major MB Yahaya, Brig. Gen Faruk Yahaya and Boko Haram? We are asking because we cannot spot any difference.

“Is the Nigeria military now a hired gun for the rich? The Amnesty International should take note of these officers, who authorized the harassing of the innocent people of Gbaramatu,” it added.

The group went on: “To the International Oil Companies and Indigenous Oil Companies, it is going to be bloody this time around. Your facilities and personnel will bear the brunt of our fury, which shall fall upon you like a whirling wind.”

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How SSS blocked me from greeting Buhari at State House dinner — Ben Murray-Bruce

How SSS blocked me from greeting Buhari at State House dinner — Ben Murray-Bruce

Ben Murray-Bruce

A senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce, on Monday said operatives of the State Security Service prevented him from “greeting” President Muhammadu Buhari at a state dinner organised to mark 2016 Democracy Day.

Mr. Murray-Bruce tweeted around 10:45pm on Monday, “I was at the Presidential Villa today, went to the president’s table. DSS wouldn’t allow me greet him, but let another senator greet him.”

He did not name the senator that was allowed passage to the president after he (Murray-Bruce) was bounced.

The SSS could not be reached for comments. The agency has had no spokesperson since it’s former press interface, Marilyn Ogar, was sacked from service.

The dinner was hosted by Mr. Buhari, and had in attendance the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and a aational leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, among others.

Mr. Murray-Bruce, who is a Peoples Democratic Party member, and one of the ardent critics of the Buhari administration, had earlier tweeted a photo of himself in the company of other guests at the dinner.

The senator is famous among Nigerians for his #BuyNaijaGrowTheNaira campaign which is meant to encourage patronage for indigenous goods and services.

President Buhari at the dinner urged the National Assembly to speed up the passage of the 2016 budgets of the Federal Capital Territory, and the Niger Delta Development Commission.

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FG deploys 5 warships, 100 gunboats, fighter jets to battle Niger Delta Avengers

FG deploys 5 warships, 100 gunboats, fighter jets to battle Niger Delta Avengers

The federal government, Monday, deployed five warships, 100 gunboats and fighter jets to the creeks of the Niger Delta.

This is in response to ongoing attacks on oil and gas pipelines by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA.

Vanguard reports that while the Airforce deployed the fighter jets and helicopter gunships, the Army stormed four more Ijaw communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area, Delta State, for the militants.

“There is a massive security operation going on in the area. Fighter jets and helicopter gunships have been hovering around the airspace at low level, apparently on surveillance mission. Many of the natives are worried about the development,” said Ayebatari, an indigene of the area.

Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Raimi Mohammed, confirmed, yesterday, that the security agencies were now working in synergy to flush out the Avengers from the region.

He said: “We (Navy) use helicopter. If you spot it, you will clearly identify it as belonging to us. You see Navy written on it. The jet fighters and surveillance craft were deployed by Air Force to watch over the high risk areas against activities of the oil assets vandals and anyone else involved in criminality in the area.

“There is now strengthened synergy among the security agencies to stop this vandalism. The synergy is there. I will advise those involved to steer clear and employ peaceful ways of agitating and engaging their minds.”


The fighter jets and surveillance aircraft were also seen flying around communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom and Ogulagha area in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State about 10a.m.

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Former PDP guber candidate, Tony Nwonye joins APC

Former PDP guber candidate, Tony Nwonye joins APC

Ahead of the 2017 governorship election in Anambra State, there are indications that former guber candidate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state Tony Nwoye, is set to pitch tent with the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Nwonye is said to be consulting some top members of the party ahead of his political movement.

Addressing stakeholders from Anambra East and Anambra West in his country home at Nsugbe in Anambra East local government area during an empowerment grant to them, Nwoye said he would soon declare officially for APC.


According to him, many people in the state were already tired in PDP, stressing that their best alternative is APC, which, he added, is striving to correct the mistakes of the past federal administration.

He said: “I am no longer satisfied with what is happening in PDP. I no longer have anything to do with the party and I will soon officially declare for APC. I won’t force my followers to follow me, but they are free to join me in the movement to APC because politics is a matter of choice.”

Nwoye said he is very confident that President Muhammadu Buhari would transform Nigeria, adding that what the president needs is the support of all Nigerians.

He said: “President Buhari means well for this country and he needs to be given a chance to execute his programmes for the people. My position on this has nothing to do with political affiliation.”

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Buhari inherited ‘heavy baggage’ from Jonathan – Soyinka

Buhari inherited ‘heavy baggage’ from Jonathan – Soyinka

Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka has said it would take time for President Muhammadu Buhari to heal the injuries inflicted on Nigeria by former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

According to Soyinka, the immediate past government left a “heavy baggage” and “burden” that may take a while to tackle.

He spoke in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The literary icon was scheduled to speak at a public lecture on the theme: “Politics, Culture and the New Africa.”

He said: “This (Buhari) administration has inherited a heavy baggage. While I am critical in some aspects of the priority, I think that to clear up the mess left by previous administrations is going to take quite a while, especially in the economy sector. So, I don’t use words like optimism or pessimism; I’m just pragmatic. I look at what is on the ground and, of course, wherever I can intervene, I do both privately and publicly.”

Also speaking, another renowned author, Prof Kole Omotoso, said the Buhari administration had tackled a number of things, but added that the President must intensify his effort to alleviate the suffering of the people.

“We are going in the right direction but in the process, we need to do so many things. We need to look at not just the suffering of the people but the way people seem to indulge in bearing suffering. It is as if even if you try to solve the problem for them they will prefer to be suffering and smiling,” Prof Omotoso said.

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Stop looking for sympathy – EFCC replies family of Jonathan’s ex-aide, Dudafa

Stop looking for sympathy – EFCC replies family of Jonathan’s ex-aide, Dudafa

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday said it was untrue that the health of Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa, a former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, was failing in detention.

Dudafa is being probed over $47million and €5.6million Euros (N10 billion) which were withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

A spokesman for Dudafa’s family, Engr. Thomas Akpoebi, had alleged that Dufada has been sick since last two weeks.


The statement said: ”We members of the Dudafa family are frightened at the level of deliberate neglect and abandonment Dr. Waripamowei Dudafa has been subjected in the EFCC custody since his incarceration about 50 days ago.

”This is the first time we are constrained to say something to the world since the arrest and detention of our brother and this is deliberate in order for the law to take its full circle despite the media trial that has been orchestrated.

”We are particularly disturbed that the EFCC told a national daily on Wednesday last week that Dudafa had been released.

“This is far from the truth and an attempt to mislead the public in order to endanger our brother’s life in their custody. This is a despotic way of fighting corruption‎.”


Reacting, the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, dismissed the claim.

He said: “The commission will not be distracted by any false alarm regarding the health condition of any suspect as all suspects in the custody of the EFCC have access to the best available medical care.

“All inmates also have access to their lawyers and family members at the designated visiting hours.

“The quality of care in the EFCC holding facility is the reason why accused persons regularly plead in court to be remanded in EFCC custody.”

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Photos: Nigerian Man Stages Lavish 30th Birthday For Wife On The Streets Of New Orleans

Photos: Nigerian Man Stages Lavish 30th Birthday For Wife On The Streets Of New Orleans

Pictures: Nigerian Man Stages Lavish 30th Birthday For Wife On The Streets Of New Orleans

A Nigerian man Mr Ariztos recently shut down downtown New Orleans for his wife’s 30th birthday ceremony.

Lola Ariztos’s 30th birthday started on New Orleans streets with a marching band who accompanied the couple to the restaurant where the birthday dinner held.

Photos: Nigerian Man Stages Lavish 30th Birthday For Wife On The Streets Of New Orleans

Photos: Nigerian Man Stages Lavish 30th Birthday For Wife On The Streets Of New Orleans

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Monalisa Chinda Quits Acting, Says TV Show Taking Her Time

Monalisa Chinda Quits Acting, Says TV Show Taking Her Time

 Monalisa Chinda Quits Nollywood Temporarily, Says TV Show Taking Her Time

Nigerian actress cum TV show host, Monalisa Chinda is currently working on her own movie.

The Nollywood thespian disclosed to Kemi Filani that she will not be featuring in her colleagues movies for now because of her commitment to her talk show.

On why she is planning to quit acting temporarily , the mother of one said:

“My TV show has been distracting me, so no movies for now. It hasn’t been easy at all. Besides, I have started working on my own movie productions and those are the ones I’d feature in and no other.

Acting can’t just die down like that. All I need to do is to stabilize my TV show, then I will face my acting career with all I have got and all that will happen this year definitely”.

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Al-Mustapha: I’ll soon disclose what killed Abacha and Abiola

Al-Mustapha: I’ll soon disclose what killed Abacha and Abiola

Hamza Al-Mustapha, chief security officer to Sani Abacha, the late military dictator, says he would soon give the details of what killed Abacha and MKO Abiola, self-acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 election.

Abacha died on June 8, 1988, while Abiola died exactly a day to the first month anniversary of the dictator’s death.

There have been speculations on what killed both men, but Al-Mustapha who had privy information as a result of the office he held said accurate information would be revealed in his memoirs, which is not yet out.

“What killed Abacha is exactly what killed MKO Abiola. But I would reveal that after my court case, still at the supreme court. I would publish a book which has three volumes— the Mustapha’s Memoirs, which will tell what happened under Abacha and how he died,” he said at a press conference in Lagos on Monday.

The retired colonel, who regained freedom three years ago after spending 12 years in detention over the death of Kudirat, Abiola’s wife, said he was innocent of the charges filed against him.

Mustapha said he had not recovered from the trauma of detention and torture, narrating what he went through during that dark period of his life.

“I am just recuperating from what I went through. I went through punishment and torture. I was in chains,” he said.

“I was not allowed to see a doctor, family and lawyer. There was no light in my cell. I only wore my singlet, which was full of blood. You sighted food and you are denied. I was treated like an animal.”

He described Abacha as an honest man, saying those his boss offended while in power were behind reports of the loots allegedly traced to the late dictator.

Al-Mustapha also denied the allegation that he assisted Abacha to stash money in foreign accounts.

“The proper facts about the Abacha loot are not known. Where was the money from? What was it meant for? How was it taken out? Who kept the money there? Abacha was not leaving Nigeria at a later time. His journeys were within Africa because the toes he had stepped upon were bent on removing him,” he said.

“In November 1998, I told the government to prosecute me, if I have any bank account than my salary account with the Bank of the North.”

He also dismissed the allegation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan facilitated his release from the prison to enable head a killer squad of 1,000 snipers ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

He said it was the appellate court which deemed it fit to release him after realizing that he had no case to answer.

“Firstly, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not the one that facilitated my release. Rather, my release was facilitated by the content of the case as determined by the Court of Appeal. We were not even supposed to have been arrested in the first place,” he said.

“After all, witnesses were induced and contracted to implicate us. At the end of the day, we were subjected to all manner of torture and abuses of our human rights. Today, despite the fact that we were convicted on grounds that were baseless without evidence and even against the submissions of their witnesses, they did the contrary outside what was before the court of law.

“So, when the Appellate Court looked at the matter in totality, we were released based on purely the rule of law. So, anybody saying Jonathan facilitated my release is either one of my persecutors or those who have taken money from them. There are public documents in the public for all to see these facts.

“Nobody contracted me to catch 1,000 mosquitoes under the Jonathan administration, let alone human beings. I am Al-Mustapha. I have my background away from the propaganda peddled by the likes of Obasanjo.”

Al-Mustapha challenged Obasanjo to an open debate, saying the elder statesman was bent on nailing him at all cost.

“Obasanjo has had his day. I am doing my investigation and I have discovered so many things as to what made him (Obasanjo) make such allegation. I have it. I will release it very soon and that is why I have challenged him to an open debate. Obasanjo is my senior in the force; he was a former military head of state, but when issues of law and rights of man are being discussed, definitely equality comes to the fore.

“You cannot put an allegation against your junior because you are a senior, and you believe the junior would keep quiet. No, I would not. That would amount to ignorance. I am not ignorant about our laws.

“I challenge Obasanjo to an open debate so that he can substantiate his allegations before the whole world; but he is yet to oblige the challenge.

“Thank God a new government is here today, where he (Obasanjo) can bring up the issue, requesting it to investigate and, if there is any contract between Jonathan and I to catch one single mosquito, I want to say that I am guilty and want to be tried.”

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Ex-Jonathan’s minister commends Buhari’s one year in office

Ex-Jonathan’s minister commends Buhari’s one year in office

Abubakar Suleiman

Immediate past Minister of National Planning under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Abubakar Suleiman, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in the fight against insurgency and corruption in the country.

Suleiman, who gave the commendation Sunday in llorin, the Kwara State capital shortly after the president’s nationwide broadcast to mark Democracy Day and one year of his administration, noted that there was now peace in the parts of the country that hitherto recorded mass casualties and displacement due to attacks by the insurgents.

He, however, urged the Buhari’s administration to consolidate on the achievement recorded so far to engender development in the area.


The ex-minister also suggested the inclusion of more economists into the present administration to fast track the country’s economic recovery.

“President Buhari is on course. He has succeeded in returning peace back to some crisis-ridden areas in the country”, he affirmed.

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Democracy Day: Mimiko grants amnesty to 11 prisoners in Ondo

Democracy Day: Mimiko grants amnesty to 11 prisoners in Ondo

Dr Olusegun Mimiko

As part of the activities marking the 2016 Democracy Day celebration,11 prisoners serving different jail terms in Ondo State have been discharged following pardon granted them by the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.

According to a statement issued by the state’s commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade, in Akure on Monday, the Governor’s gesture was in line with the power conferred on him by section 212 (1) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

The statement said reprieve came for the prisoners following considered requests and application for full and conditional pardon made to Governor Mimiko by Human Right and Civil Society Organisations to the effect.


The statement said the state Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy recommended some convicts for release and commutal of sentences by the Governor to mark the Democracy day, following which eight prisoners have been granted outright pardon while three others got their death sentences commuted to life and 18 years imprisonment respectively.

The convicts, who have all served portions of their term, were granted amnesty on the ground of good conduct and being outstanding models.


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I underrated the influence of PDP for 16 years – Buhari

I underrated the influence of PDP for 16 years – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday described his first year in office as nasty.

He recalled that some of his cabinet members lost weight because of the process.

Buhari stated this when he hosted some members of the State House Correspondents to an anniversary lunch.

He, however, stated that efforts had been intensified to get the international community’s support towards full recovery of the diverted 2.1billion dollars meant for purchase of military hardwares to fight insurgency.

Buhari described the first one year in office of the All Progressives Congress-led administration as a tumultuous year for everyone in the villa.

“I will talk about my experience here in Aso Villa. I underrated the influence of the PDP for 16 years watching from outside are eight consecutive governments.

“The experience of the staff, their commitment and zeal is different from what it is now. Sixteen years of development in the life of a developing nation is a long time.


“When we came, there were 42 ministries and we cut them to 24.

“This is where I pay my respect to former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is actually privileged information for you.

“He called me at a quarter past five in the evening. He said good evening, your Excellency Sir, and I said good evening.”

He said, “‘I have called to congratulate you that I have conceded defeat’. Of course, there was dead silence on my end, because I did not expect it. I was shocked.

“I did not expect it because after 16 years, the man was a Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President and was President for six years.

“For him to have conceded defeat even before the result was announced by INEC, I think it was quite generous and gracious of him. So, I thank him for that.

“(Former Head of State) Abdulsalam recognized the generosity of Jonathan to concede deceit and said we should go and thank him immediately and that was the first time I came here’’, he said.

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Just In: Ex-Chadian Ruler Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Historic Landmark Judgement

Ex-Chadian Ruler Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Historic Landmark Judgement

Hissene Habre

Chad's ex-president, Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison at a historic landmark trial in Senegal.

In a historic landmark judgement, the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar Senegal, on Monday, sentenced former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, to life imprisonment for human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and rape.

Described as the first of its kind where a ruler of one country is convicted for human rights crimes by another country, the conviction and sentencing, brings relief to tens of thousands of his victims who have waited for justice for more than 25 years.

It also shows that there is no hiding place for present and former dictators, especially in Africa, who committed or are committing widespread human rights abuses in their countries.

It was learnt that the crimes for which he was convicted was committed between 1982 and 1990 when he ruled the Central African country with iron fist, and apart from the widespread right abuses committed by his junta, he was personally convicted for committing rape.

Gaetan Mootoo, Amnesty International West Africa researcher said, "This verdict is a victory for those victims who fought tirelessly to ensure Hissène Habré could not get away with crimes under international law.

"It demonstrates that when there is enough political will, states can work together effectively to end impunity in even the most entrenched situations.

"It is moments like these that other victims around the world can draw on in darker times when justice appears beyond reach. It will nourish them with hope and give them strength to fight for what is right.

"This landmark decision should also provide impetus to the African Union or individual African states to replicate such efforts to deliver justice to victims in other countries in the continent," he said.

Reed Brody from Human Rights Watch, who has worked on the case for 17 years and was in court for the judgement said, "Today will be carved into justice as the day that a band of unrelenting survivors brought their dictator to justice."

Throughout the trial, Habre refused to recognise the court's legitimacy, frequently disrupting proceedings. The ex-president denied accusations that he ordered the killing of 40,000 people during his rule from 1982 to 1990.

His critics dubbed him "Africa's Pinochet" because of the atrocities committed during his rule.

Survivors had recounted gruesome details of the torture carried out by Habre's feared secret police. One of the most notorious detention centres in the capital N'Djamena was a converted swimming pool.

Witnesses said victims endured electric shocks, near-asphyxia, cigarette burns and having gas squirted into their eyes.

Some were subjected to "supplice des baguettes" (torture by sticks), when the victim's head is put between sticks joined by rope which is then twisted.

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Plateau will enforce own religious preaching law – Governor Lalong

Plateau will enforce own religious preaching law – Governor Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State at the weekend expressed the resolve of his administration to enforce extant laws regulating religious preaching in the state to guard against hate speeches and crisis.

At a parley with newsmen, which was organized to mark his one year in office, the Governor was asked whether his government will introduce legislations to regulate religious preaching as done in the neighbouring Kaduna State, where Governor Nasir el’Rufai sent an executive bill for a law to regulate public preaching.

He responded by saying: “Here, we are keeping to the old law regulating religious activities in the state. Whether you like it or not, we must implement some of the rules.”

Lalong explained that Plateau will not initiate a bill for such a law since there was already a law to regulate public preaching by religious organisations, stressing that the state will go ahead to implement the law.


“Because there was no regulation, we had this case of Boko Haram from the grassroots, no regulations. It metamorphosed into what we are going through now,” he said.

The Governor recalled that in his time as Speaker of the state legislature, the House had responded to pressures from concerned persons, to initiate and pass a law in that regard.

Speaking about the Kaduna preaching bill, he challenged journalists to study it for the sake of understanding the action of his counterpart there, saying: “Have you looked at the Law? It is still a reflection of the laws that we have…We have them in the law in Plateau State. It is to regulate.”

Lalong said Plateau has no new bill to initiate, but insisted that it was expedient to consider an enforcement of the old law to stave off possible crises as the state had a nasty experience in 2001 over unregulated preaching.


“So that you don’t sit overnight in your house and tomorrow you announce that ‘yes, I saw a vision, now I am a preacher; I am going to form a church.’

“With that kind of conduct, tomorrow you are forming a church and we don’t know where you are going to take people, and what you are saying there, we don’t know,” he stated.

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I pity Lai Mohammed, says Buhari

I pity Lai Mohammed, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he feels pity for Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, for having the responsibility of explaining his actions and his inaction to Nigerians.

Speaking on Monday when he hosted state house correspondents at the presidential villa in Abuja, Buhari said he and his cabinet members have been doing their best to deliver the change which the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised Nigerians during the electioneering campaign.

The president described his ministers as hardworking, saying they toil day and night to ensure that his administration succeeds.

“One of the men I pity is Lai Mohammed. Everyday he is on TV explaining our performance or lack of it,” he said.

“The ministers sit down day and night to work. Some of them have literarily lost weight because they were sleeping less and eating less (while working on the budget). They were working on every kobo to be spent.

“We recently just found out that we are poor because we don’t have anything to fall back to. This is the condition we found ourselves and this change mantra had to go through hell up till yesterday.

“And for you to talk to whoever came to visit us throughout that year, I wonder how each of your diaries would be, because people were expecting this change mantra in their own way.

“How do you define change? Luckily our party identified three major items, security, economy and corruption.”

The president spoke on why he reduced the number of ministries from 42 to 24. He also revealed that some of the permanent secretaries were disengaged because of lack of commitment.

Buhari added that there is a possibility of the economy recovering in the last quarter of the year.

“When we came there were 42 ministries we cut it to 24.  We had to do it on our own because we found out that government could not continue with 42 ministers and the paraphernalia of office so we cut it down to 24,” he said.

“I underrated the influence of the PDP for 16 years watching from outside. The experience of the staff, their commitment and zeal is different from what it is now compared to when I was in government. Sixteen years of development in the life of a developing nation is a long time.

“Most of the permanent secretaries were sent out because it was time for some of them to go and for others for one thing or the other. Because were not part of those 16 years this is where we found ourselves and this is no joke.

“We had to cut down half the number of permanent secretaries and then do some cross postings. The permanent secretaries that were there for the past five, seven, 15 years the only thing that they know is how things were done in the previous years. Whatever we did in the campaign, in fact we were saying rubbish and that made it very difficult for us.

“Things were even more difficult during the budget which you all know about. For somebody like me, for the first time I heard what is called padding.

“I think we will recover by the fourth quarter of the year, what padding means especially for ministers who had implement what padding contains. There were very serious developments which I never knew about.”

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5 Biafra protesters killed, ‘358’ arrested across 4 states

5 Biafra protesters killed, ‘358’ arrested across 4 states

Five members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were killed on Monday, just as the police arrested over 358 members of the group across five states in the south-east.

Charles Muka, police spokesman in Delta, said the protesters were killed during violent confrontation with security personnel.

Muka said some persons were arrested over the violence, adding that the police also recorded two casualties.

“We had to deploy our officers to ensure that the protest was peaceful but we were surprised that the people turned violent,” he said in a statement.

“To our surprise, they started attacking our men and at Okwe Junction in Abraka area of Asaba, the group killed a police corporal and took his AK47 riffle.

“Also along the Dennis Osadeby Way in Asaba, they wounded a police officer and took his anti-riot gun.

“This group also attacked and wounded two policemen, suspected to be marine police, and threw them into the River Niger at Cable Point in Asaba and in the process one died and one was rescued.

“This brings the casualty number to two with two others injured on the side of the police.

“The protesters also attacked military vehicles along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway which left four members of the group dead and eight others arrested and brought to the police headquarters.”

Muka added that a pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet during the fracas but now receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

In Ebonyi, policemen swooped on the protesters who converged on Nkaliki Primary School, Abakaliki, and arrested over 320 persons, according to Moses Eze,  a zonal leader of MASSOB.

Eze said clergymen, who were conducting service ahead of the rally, were also arrested.

“Over 320 of our members were arrested by the police during the Biafra Day celebration,” he said.

“Some of those arrested were just clergymen who we invited to conduct inter-denominational church service as part of activities marking the celebration. These policemen don’t seem to have respect for God, why would they arrest his people?”

Ebere Amaraizy, spokesman of the police in Enugu, told NAN that 13 members of the group were arrested in the Obiagu road axis of the coal city.

He said they were apprehended with flags of Biafra.

Amaraizu said the command had embarked on a surveillance of the state following reports of planned protests.

In Owerri, Imo state capital, Andrew Enwerem, the police public relations officer in the state, said the police arrested 17 MASSOB members for holding a road show in commemoration of 49th anniversary of Biafra.

Enwerem said they will be prosecuted.

But Okechukwu Nwogu, a leader of MASSOB, said it was regrettable that the police arrested members of the group who were on a peaceful march to commemorate the 49th anniversary of Biafra and 17th anniversary of MASSOB.

“What Nigeria government is doing to us is very unfair; MASSOB is a non-violent group moving without arms in remembrance of our history,” he said.

Nwogu called on Igbo leaders to “come out and speak for Igbo people who are being unjustly treated by security forces”.

Canice Anojuru, spokesman for MASSOB in Owerri zone, said the group decided to hold the road show to awaken the consciousness of the people of the defunct Biafra.

Anojuru said the road show was to draw the attention of international community to the plight of Biafra people.

The group asked the people of south-east to be more vigilant to forestall future attacks in the area.

“As a group, we frown at the rate at which human beings were killed and maimed, farmlands destroyed, women raped, and buildings razed by these Fulani herdsmen,” he said

“We are calling on all people of south east area to be more vigilant and extra careful over this recent development.”

The group advised people of the area to be careful in engaging people whose identity were not clear to them as security men, gardeners and house-keepers.

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Biafra protesters kill policeman, throw 2 officers into River Niger

Biafra protesters kill policeman, throw 2 officers into River Niger

Suspected members of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have thrown two policemen into River Niger, and stabbed another officer to death.

A police officer, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the protesters attacked some officers at the bridge, overpowered two of them, before throwing them into the river.

“We have been able to retrieve one of them from the river. He was brought out in an unconscious mood and rushed to the hospital, however, the second victim is still missing,” he said.

Uche Okelue, a witness, said the fracas broke out after a police team threw teargas at the protesters who were demanding for the independence of Biafra, in an effort to disperse them.

“The police used teargas on the MASSOB people as they were protesting along Anwai Road this morning, so the people got angry and attacked the policemen with knives and broken bottles,” he said.

“They caught one policeman, beat him up before stabbing him to death; it was a fierce confrontation as everyone ran in different directions.”

The protesters were said to have assembled along Mammy Market Junction on Nnebisi Road in Asaba, Anwai Road, still in Asaba, and around the River Niger bridge.

A witness said some persons, including policemen, who sustained injuries in the fracas, were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, a claim that was corroborated by a nurse in the hospital.

Ben Onwordi, another witness, said many people sustained injuries in the clash at Nnebisi Road.

“As the group were protesting, the police patrol vehicle came behind them and tried to disperse them but the MASSOB people resisted and in the process they clashed and many people were injured,” he said.

“The MASSOB people damaged the police patrol vehicle, vandalising the windscreen and doors before all of them fled into different directions.”

When contacted, Charles Mouka, police spokesman in Delta, said he was still monitoring the situation.

“We are still waiting for information on the incident. As I speak to you now, we are in the field, so I cannot say anything for now,” Mouka said.

Meanwhile, the police have announced the arrest of 17  MASSOB members in Imo, for holding a road show in commemoration of 49th anniversary of Biafra.

Andrew Enwerem, police public relations officer in the state, confirmed the arrests, saying they would soon be prosecuted.

Okechukwu Nwogu, a leader of MASSOB, said it was regrettable that the police arrested members of the group who were on a peaceful march.

“What Nigeria government is doing to us is very unfair; MASSOB is a non-violent group moving without arms in remembrance of our history,” he said.

Nwogu called on Igbo leaders to come out and speak for the people whom he alleged were being unjustly treated by security forces.

Earlier, Canice Anojuru, spokesman for MASSOB in Owerri zone, said the group decided to hold the road show to awaken the consciousness of the people on Biafra.

Anojuru said the road show was to draw the attention of international community to the plight of Biafrans.

He added that the group had achieved a lot despite obvious challenges.

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