The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has ordered tight security around media houses in the country.This order was given in a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja, on Tuesday.Arase expressed concern over the recent attacks on media houses and journalists.He also said the order was in line with the mandate of the force to protect lives and property of the citizenry under the law.He acknowledged the valuable roles of the media in the enthronement of democracy in the country and advised citizens to be more vigilant.He also advised citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons to the police promptly for appropriate action.
The Federal Government has named major streets in Abuja after some eminent Nigerians and accomplished Africans, with the soon-to-be inaugurated Inner Southern Expressway, running through Abuja city centre, named after President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Borno State chapter, on Monday, appealed to Governor Kashim Shettima to pay attention to the workers welfare.The chairman of the congress, Mr Titus Abana, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.Abana observed that the state government was committed to the welfare of its workers but said that it must continue to take steps toward improving the lot of civil servants in the state.He urged Shettima to look into the case of the workers who were disengaged from the service of Maiduguri International Hotels, Borno Investment Company and others working in state-owned revenue generation companies that were not functioning.“Even though these workers were supposed to work and generate salaries for themselves, the government should still look into the possibility of bringing them into the civil service because of the situation in the state.”He explained that the union would continue to push for better working conditio…
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has agreed with the former Minister of Petroleum, Professor Tam David-West, that petroleum pump price can sell for N40 per litre.Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mosimi, Ogun State, Adeleke Bada said this in an interview with journalists shortly after the Annual General Meeting of the association, in Abeokuta.He said he feat would be possible if only all the refineries in the country are revamped.He blamed the non-compliance of sale of petrol at the N87 per litre by some petroleum marketers on the expenses incurred by the marketers while trying to get the fuel available for the use of the masses.
United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has described the peaceful conduct of Sunday’s presidential election in Togo as encouraging.He said this in a statement issued by UN Spokesman, Stephane DuJarric, in New York.The statement read: “As Togo awaits the final results, all political leaders and segments of society should just continue to maintain the peaceful atmosphere which has prevailed throughout the electoral process.”The statement also said Ban urged all candidates and their supporters to resolve any dispute which might arise through established legal procedures.
The beast that is “The Fast and the Furious” franchise has ballooned ever since the first edition arrived on screen back in 2001. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel were the lead characters, but the loudest star was unquestionably the “10 Second Supra.”
The incumbent governor of Imo State and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rochas Okorocha, has secured victory after today’s supplementary polls to conclude the inconclusive governorship election in the state.
Togo's election officials were tallying results on Sunday after voting in the presidential election that appeared to have a low turnout and would likely leave President Faure Gnassingbe in power, the VOA reported.
A former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and fourth term member of the House, Hon (Mrs) Funmilayo Tejuoso, has formally showed interest in the race for the speakership of the Lagos State House of Assembly.Addressing a gathering of her colleagues in Lagos, Tejuoso said in terms of ranking, experience in legal practice and as a legislator, she is far ahead of others in the race.“I have been the Deputy Chief Whip and the Deputy Speaker in the hallowed chambers of this House. I am a fourth term legislator in the 8th Assembly scheduled to commence in June 2015 and the only legislator that has served as a principal officer in two capacities particularly as Deputy Speaker among all of us aspiring to be the Speaker.“As Deputy Speaker then, I acted as the Speaker at various times. I have equally served in several committees as Chairman, particularly, Finance, Women Affairs, and held memberships in Education, Budget, Judiciary and Works among others.“At present, I am the mos…
Another supporter of General Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect, Abubakar Duduwale, is set to embark a trek to Abuja, but this time, from Adamawa.Duduwale revealed to journalists in Yola, on Saturday, April 25, as he prepared to embark on his journey that he was traveling by foot to celebrate the victory of Buhari at the presidential election.He was said to have began his journey at Yola Gate on Yola-Numan highway at about 6:30 a.m.Duduwale disclosed that he had wanted to commence the trek a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission announced Buhari as a winner but somebody from Lagos beat him to it.He said: “The reason why I am trekking from Yola to Abuja is to express my joy and solidarity with President -elect Muhammadu Buhari. I want to trek from Yola to Abuja to witness the inauguration ceremony of President elect.”
Earlier on Saturday, a bomb explosion occurred at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, 3 Armoured Division, Rukuba Barracks, Jos, Plateau State.The Nigerian Army has released a statement explaining what really happened as well as to inform residents that all is well.The Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, in a brief statement said “the explosion heard in Jos, Plateau State this morning was from an accident that occurred while troops authorized to destroy unservicable ammunitions were transporting the bad ammunition.“Some of the unserviceable ammunition exploded in the process of moving them to demolition site in the bush.”Colonel Usman added that the explosion did not affect the barracks or neighbouring communities.He nevertheless disclosed that “Unfortunately, two soldiers lost their lives and one sustained injuries. Normalcy has returned to the area.”
President Goodluck Jonathan has said he isn’t surprised that friends and associates reduce when a government is going out of office.The president stated this at the 5th presidential prayer breakfast which held today at the Banquet Hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.According to President Jonathan: “Today, I expected a very low turn-out because in most cases, when a government is going, people reduce. You will notice that even the Aso Villa Chapel, the number of people that will be coming become less and less.“But when I came in, I noticed that this whole hall is filled up. So, I’ve to sincerely thank all of you. We’re all here because we believe in the power of prayers in nation building. The essence of the presidential prayer breakfast is to call on all Nigerians to come together and pray.“For us to build Nigeria, we need these prayers. This should be captioned presidential breakfast prayer comprising all aspects of prayers for us to rebuild our nation. Yes we have chal…
The Ondo State Government, has banned the production and consumption of locally-made gin, popularly known as ogogoro in the state.This ban was put in effect as a result of the recent health hazards associated with its consumption.The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, announced the ban at a news conference, in Akure, on Saturday.The commissioner attributed the ban to the outbreak of an unknown disease two weeks ago in Irele Local Government Area of the state.“Our clinical analysis reveals the fact that there were no known viruses, while toxicology reports have confirmed our prime suspicion of methanol poisoning.“We have reviewed our strategies and embarked on sensitisation to let people know that locally-made gin is prohibited.“We will also embark on searches because this batch of methanol-containing gin must have gone round because 4 cases: 2 alive and 2 dead have been found in Odigbo Local Government Area,“ he said.According to the commissioner, the unknown disease ha…
E-governance adoption has been identified as a means by which corrupt practices can be fought. The Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, made this known, while giving his ministry’s account of stewardship at the yearly ministerial press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.Accordant to Mabadeje: "The administration of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has invested in e-governance through the automation and re-engineering of government business processes, as well as implementing and deploying a Citizens Relationship Management system which delivers efficient services to the citizens more transparently.’’The commissioner disclosed that partnership with reputable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and world-class systems integrators had enabled the state to deliver e-governance solutions with Autoreg, e-learning systems, e-health, e-C of O, EDMS and Cloud Technology, among others.He said that the collaboration with the p…
President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that his meeting with the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa on Friday was to further their conversation on the wellbeing Nigeria.This was General Buhari’s second visit to President Jonathan since he was declared the president-elect on March 31 by the Independent National Electoral Commission.Jonathan, who had paid a private visit to the president-elect after he was declared the winner of the election, told State House correspondents that a date would be picked on which to show Buhari “round the State House“.“We will pick a date when the President will come and I will show him round the State House.“But today is not for that; today we are continuing with our conversation.“So you don’t need to worry the President, you don’t need to also worry the President.“But you see that we are smiling. So it was a fruitful one in the interest of the country.“General Buhari was accompanied on the visit by the National Chairman of the…
Three resident electoral commissioners, in addition to three national commissioners, have been deployed to Abia for Saturday’s governorship and state assembly re-run elections.The elections will take place in nine local government areas of the state.INEC Head of Voter Education and Publicity Department, Mr Edwin Enabor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) over the phone in Umuahia on Friday that the commission was set for the re-run.Enabor said that the materials for the polls had been distributed to the INEC offices in the affected local government areas.Enabor expressed the hope that the exercise would be peaceful and hitch-free.NAN recalls that INEC declared the governorship election inconclusive, following the cancellation of results from some polling units in nine local government areas of the state.The Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, said that no winner was declared because “the margin of lead was not in excess of the total number of registered voters in polling uni…
At least five policemen were injured when a bomb hit their vehicle in Pakistan’s northwest Peshawar city on Friday morning, local media reported.ARY News said that the police vehicle, which was on its routine patrolling across the city, was hit by a roadside planted explosive device in Gulbahar area of Peshawar, the capital city of the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Officials said that the vehicle was targeted as soon as it left the police station for patrolling.The bomb disposal unit said that a timed device containing an estimated two kg of explosive materials was used in the blast.The injured cops were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital where at least two of them are said to be in critical condition.Police cordoned off the area for investigations.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Due to the yet-to-be-paid N256 billion subsidy claim by the Federal Government, the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), has, on Friday, threatened to stop the importation of petroleum products.The Executive Secretary of MOMAN, Obafemi Olawore made the disclosure at a news conference in Lagos.Olawore said, the last time the government paid marketers N100 billion subsidy claim was in February and it was paid in Sovereign Debt Note (SDN).He said the post-dated note would mature at the end of April.The secretary-general also said before the N100 billion SDN was issued, the government was indebted to the tune of N315.8 billion."But if you deduct the N100 billion from the N315.8 billion, you will have 215.8 billion."Besides, the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) had earlier approved Batches T and U for last quarter of 2014 for payment which amounted to N30.5billion."In 2015, we also have Batches A and B for the products imported by MOMAN whi…
Four Nigerians with 6 other nationals will be executed for drug related offenses in Indonesia today.According to an Indonesian foreign affairs official, the convicts will be taken to Nusakambangan, the prison island off Java where they are to be executed.Australian and Nigerian government have been clamoring for clemency for the drug offenders but their plea appears to have fallen on deaf ears as the Indonesian government has finalised plans to execute the drug traffickers.It is a law in Indonesia that anyone, both foreigners and locals, caught with banned drugs will be executed.It will be recalled that a 42-year-old Nigerian, Raheem Agbaje-Salami was executed in March in Indonesia for drug smuggling.
Abia State governor, Theodore Orji, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be conscious of its conduct, live above board and release results of last Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections of the state.Governor Orji made this known in a broadcast to the people of the state.He urged them to remain calm and called on security operatives to maintain peace and order without fear or favour.He said: “The dashed expectation of Abians of an early result, as has happened in other states, has heightened tensio in the state and raised emotions."Abians are known as peaceful citizens and have creditably conducted themselves peacefully since the build-up to the 2015 elections till the present time."We have not recorded any political assassination or killing, which is commendable and should be sustained.“There are guidelines on the conduct of elections in the country and ample electoral laws on the subject of our elections which must be stri…
The World Health Organisation, on Thursday launched the African Vaccination Week in Lusaka, Zambia, under the theme ‘’Vaccination, a gift for life.’’According to the WHO’s, website, the event marks the commencement of a-week-long immunisation activities from April 24 to April 30 across all 47 countries in the WHO African Region.“Immunisation is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions but many children and adults still do not have access to many life-saving vaccines.“It is estimated that about three million children under the age of five years die each year in the African Region and a significant number of these deaths could be prevented by receiving immunisation,” the WHO said.The global world body noted that the AVW was designed to strengthen public awareness and demand for immunisation by communities, improve access for high-risk populations and isolated areas in the region.It added that the campaign would provide an opportunity to increase demand and utilisation …
Three members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, who served as ad hoc staff during the 11 April House of Assembly elections in Edo State, have have been arrested for allegedly selling ballot papers and other sensitive materials.
Federal Government has clarified that President Goodluck Jonathan would hand over the government to president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29 and not at a handover dinner on May 28 as earlier reported.
Ndigbo Unity Forum, NUF, an Igbo social-political organisation, has set a five-point agenda for the Preisdent-elect, GeneralMuhammadu Buhari (retd), as a means of pacifying
Ndigbo in all its ramifications.
A Singaporean teenager charged over a expletive-laden YouTube video
that criticised the city-state’s late founding leader Lee Kuan Yew and
Christianity was bailed out Tuesday after spending five days in remand.
A suicide bomber has reportedly died in an attempt to wreak havoc on a popular mosque in Potiskum, Yobe State, north-east Nigeria.Witnesses told Channels Television that the suicide bomber was conveying his Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to the popular Sakafa Mosque in Potiskum when it exploded.“Yes the bomber was conveying the
explosive devices and in an attempt to cross the last gutter to reach his target, the explosives went off on the spot,” an eyewitness said.The source also told Channels Television that the bomber did not die on the spot as he was taken to the Potiskum General Hospital where he later died.The Yobe State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Toyin Gbadegesin, who confirmed the incident, told Channels TV that the explosion occurred around 4:20pm at the popular Moscow line in the
heart of Potiskum town.He also said that apart from killing
himself and injuring eight others, the
explosion also damaged a nearby car.Monday’s attempted suicide bomb attack on the…
Former Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by an Egyptian criminal court in Cairo, over the killing of protesters in 2012. Former President Morsi’s supporters attacked opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012, sparking clashes that killed at least 10 people.Delivering judgement, Judge Ahmed Youssef dropped the murder charges against Morsi and said the sentence was instead linked to the “show of force” against protesters & unlawful detentions. Morsi who is Egypt's first freely elected president came into office in 2011 after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. He was ousted by the army in 2013.
The Lagos State government has announced Saturday, May 2, 2015, as the new date for the 2015 Lagos Carnival.The State Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-governmental Affairs, Mr Disun Holloway, said the change was as a result of the shift in the date of the nation’s general elections which was concluded nationwide on Saturday April 11, 2015.He further noted that the change of date was approved by the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, following “the alteration in the electoral calendar”.Last Sunday, the Lagos Boat Regatta, which traditionally precedes the Carnival, was held with pump and pageantry at the usual Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi,
venue of the festival.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigerian, IPMAN, Ogun State, has said that it would be almost an impossible task for the president-elect, General Muhamadu Buhari, to reduce the pump price of petrol to N40 per litre.
A report on Monday from Mexico City confirmed that the oldest woman in Latin America, Leandra Becerra, passed away on Thursday night at the age of 127 in Zapopan, a town in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to fix the power sector if the country must get it right in its quest to create jobs and enhance development in the country.
Ahead of the April 25 supplementary governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abia State chapter, has called for the immediate removal of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Selina Oko and the Returning Officer, Professor Benjamin Ozumba.This was contained in a petition written by the party to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.Abia PDP accused the REC and the Returning Officer of bias against its candidate, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu. It also alleged that the two officers were working in favour of the All Progressive Grand Alliances (APGA) candidate, Dr Alex Otti.The letter read in part, “We are constrained to call your attention to the charade going on in the Abia State chapter of your commission under Prof. Selina Oko. Under her watch, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba as Returning Officer for the governorship election declared the election inconclusive contrary to every available evidence.“It is difficult to…
The leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River have passed a vote of no confidence on the executives of the party in the state for allegedly mismanaging N350 million meant for successful electioneering campaigns.
The Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the All Progressives Congress in the state has perfected plans to tamper with the ballot papers used during the just-concluded state Assembly election.
Messi tapped in Barcelona’s second goal in stoppage time to seal victory over Valencia. Photo: Getty ImagesArgentine striker, Lionel Messi today, Saturday, April 18, 2015, scored his 400th goal for Barcelona in 471 appearances.This is coming barely one week after Cristiano Ronaldo was presented with a special shirt for scoring 300 goals in 288 appearances for Real Madrid.Messi, 4-time World Player of the Year, achieved the landmark by scoring against Valencia in the 2 – 0 victory at the Nou Camp today. Former Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez, who has been in an impressive form since arriving in Spain, scored the first goal in the first minute and Messi added his in stoppage time to make sure of all three points.
The Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he is ready for dialogue with his opponents to bring peace to the state. He also asked for forgiveness from those he might have offended, saying “nobody is perfect.”
Singer Tiwa Savage has today crossed the 1 million followers landmark on Twitter.The pregnant Mavin First Lady
celebrated the achievement by taking to her Instagram account to express her appreciation to her loyal fans.According to her , “You guys are the best …. We are about to enter a new chapter, the journey is going to get even more interesting from now on. Today I’m celebrating all 1 million of you guys following me on Twitter. I ❤️ you ALL#1millionfollowers
There was renewed call Thursday for the immediate redeployment of the Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr. Gabriel Ada by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other stakeholders in the state before the governorship rerun election scheduled for April 25.
A contestant on the South African version of Big Brother, Siyanda Ngwenya, simply known as Adams, has been expelled from the South African version of Big Brother for allegedly raping a fellow housemate.
The president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has assured that from the first day of his administration, Boko Haram would know the strength of will and commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to the country.
The president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been asked to do all within his power to address the alleged fraud at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as part of his resolve to strengthen public institutions and promote good governance.
The governorship candidate of the Accord Party in Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, said, on Tuesday, that he had enough evidence to annul the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the Saturday’s governorship election.
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently collate the results in the remaining wards in the state and declare the winner.Okorocha made the call, in Owerri, on Tuesday, while giving an insight into what transpired in the various polling units in the state.Professor Oyewale Obe, the Returning Officer for the state INEC, had on Sunday declared the Imo governorship election inconclusive due to the cancellation of results of polls in some electoral wards spreading across 23 local government areas of the state.Okorocha accused some INEC staff and the Police of complacency with the intention to commit electoral fraud to the disadvantage of the APC.He commended the people of Imo for their show of support and solidarity before, during and after the elections.He enjoined them to remain calm and peaceful, assuring them that their wish would ultimately prevail as they demonstrated at the polls.“Imo is our state to protect, …
A former Commissioner for Rural and Community Development in Kano State, Alhaji Illayasu Kwankwaso,has been declared wanted by the state police command for his alleged involvement in the burning and destruction of election materials at Kauran Mata Ward in Madobi Local Government Area, during last Saturday’s elections.
Oando Energy Resources, has expressed optimism of meeting its medium term new production targets of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, boepd, and reserves of 500 million barrels of oil equivalent, MMboe by 2017.
Some ex-corps members, who worked as assistant polling officers in the just-concluded elections, have lamented the non-payment of their allowances by the Kwara State Independent National Electoral Commission, urging it to pay without further delay.
Diamond Bank Plc suffered a 15.1 per cent decline in its profit after tax for the first quarter of 2015, the bank’s financial statements for the period, which were filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Monday, showed.
of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Adeyemi Ikuforiji, has assured
all people of Lagos that they will not regret voting for the Lagos State
governor-elect, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as their next governor.
President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the Tamuno family of Okrika and the people of Rivers State on the death of their famous son and one of the country’s most renowned historians, Professor Tekena Tamuno.