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Nov 30, 2017

An Akwa Ibom born artist Mr.don-p (original) song tittle Follow PDP has been Officially approved by the state chairman of the party Obong Paul Ekpo

A song produced by Don-p (original) title FOLLOW PDP under a United States based music company (Try-Guyz Music Inc.) has been finally approved by state chairman of PDP in Akwa Ibom state, Obong Paul Ekpo. as an official song for People Democratic Party campaigns and rallies...., to God be the glory and special thanks to all members /crews of our Records Label for their efforts.

Ekiti Chief Justice orders release of 28 inmates awaiting trial from Ado-Ekiti Prisons

The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, Wednesday ordered the release of 28 inmates awaiting trial from the Federal Prison in Ado Ekiti.
Justice Daramola gave the order after reviewing the cases of the 329 awaiting trial inmates in detention during his visit to the prison.
18 of the inmates were released unconditionally by the Chief Judge, while the remaining 10 inmates were freed based on the legal advice of the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), that they had no case to answer.
Justice Daramola, advised the released inmates to be of good behavior when they return to the larger society, adding that there was no gain in engaging in criminal activities.
He commended the authorities of the Ado Ekiti Prison for the clean environment and expressed hope that the issue of congestion in the prison would be solved when the a new block of cells under construction in the prison is completed.
The Chief Judge also lauded stakeholders in the judicial sector for their contributions to the dispensation of Justice in the State.
In his remarks, the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in the state, Mr Tope Aguda, urged the released inmates to be good ambassadors of their various families and avoid acts that could make them return to prison

Slave trade: Charlyboy, others storm Libyan Embassy in Abuja [PHOTOS]

Maverick music act, Charles Oputa also known as Charlyboy, on Thursday led protesters to the Libyan Embassy in Abuja.
Charlyboy, who led the protesters under the umbrella of OurMumuDonDo, said the protest was aimed at condemning the alleged ongoing buying and selling of Nigerians and other Africans in Libya.
Sharing photographs of the protest via its Twitter handle, the group wrote: “Our peaceful demonstration today at the Libya Embassy Abuja against the barbaric selling and buying of Nigerians in Libya.
“Nigerians with conscience were there. You too can join us again at the Foreign Affairs Commission on Monday.”

Mr Eazi falls on stage while performing in Manchester [VIDEO]

Popular singer, Oluwatosin Ajibade, famously known as Mr. Eazi, has revealed how he fell on stage while performing in England.
The singer was performing his latest song ‘Pour Me Water’ on Wednesday night when he slipped on stage in Manchester.
He, however picked himself up and got back on his feet in no time.
In reaction, Mr. Eazi wrote on his Instagram page thus, “Last night was detty!! What a wow! Peep the Fall tho! Epic!!!! For a moment i thought i was gone o!
“My head was close to that barricade!! Thank God for my fans!!

2019: I have electoral map that will return PDP to power – Secondus

One of the national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has claimed that he has an electoral map that will give his party victory in 2019.
He disclosed this on Wednesday evening in Kaduna, when he visited the party’s state secretariat to canvass for votes ahead of the PDP National Convention billed for December 9.
He said, “We will embark on aggressive membership drive that will deliver the country to us in 2019.
“My skills is winning elections. I will lead this party to victory in 2019.
“I have an electoral map for victory and would not release it till after the convention,” he assured.
Mr. Secondus noted that his track records in the past were available for all to dig into.
“I have delivered in the past, I was part of late Yar Adua campaign and I delivered in 2007. In 2015, I also delivered my state and zone. If you vote for someone who does not know what it takes to deliver, there will be problems,” he warned.
The aspirant said that they would not just sit in one place, but will rotate from Wadata Plaza to other places all over the country.
“We will no longer sit in the office, but rotate. We will move from state to state. From January, we will start moving, not just to remain in Wadata,” he assured.
“We don’t want to have crisis. We want a clear vision to face one thing, which is to win elections,” he emphasized.
In his response, Kaduna State PDP Chairman, Felix Hassan Hyet, said that in 2016, Secondus in a bold move stood and presided over a convention that brought Makarfi to power.
“This is a feat we will never forget and we must pay you back. We want people who will win elections. Politics is all about victory and since you have assured us of victory, we will together work towards that victory,” he assured.
He told the delegates, “We owe him the debt of bringing Makarfi to head the party and it is a debt we must pay. We pray for God to keep us alive and let us see that day.”
He assured Secondus that they would back their words with action.

Ekiti seals off two unregistered private health facilities

Ekiti State Government has sealed two unregistered private health facilities in the state capital.
The affected facilities were, Bethsaida Medical Center and His Healing Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, Ado Ekiti.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo, who made this known while monitoring the level of health facilities in the state, explained that the closure was due to failure of the owners to register the affected facilities.
Speaking through the Director, Health Services and Training in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Sanya Adetoye, the Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to guaranteeing access to quality and efficient healthcare delivery in the State.
Ojo warned that government would no longer tolerate failure to register or re-validate health facilities in the state, stressing that culprits running illegal facilities or using fake documents would be made to face the wrath of the law.
He also solicited the support of all stakeholders to government’s efforts at reducing morbidity and mortality rate in the State through the provision of affordable healthcare system

Workers receive December salary in Cross River State

Cross River State Government has paid December 2017 salary to civil servants in the state. The Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Mr. christian Ita disclosed this in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Calabar on Thursday.
According to him, the early payment of December salaries was meant to enable workers in the state make their Christmas purchases before the usual hike in prices of commodities that occasions the yuletide season.
“Workers in Cross River State, have reasons to smile as the State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade-yesterday (November 30) commenced the payment of December salaries for the state’s workforce.
“This is not the first time the Professor Ben Ayade- led administration in the state is paying salaries ahead of time. His Excellency, Professor Ben Ayade believes that paying December salaries early will help workers shop for Christmas before the usual hike in prices during Christmas.”
“This is a strategy to ensure value for money. Although the last time the state got federal allocation was way back in October, the workers-friendly governor decided to pay December salaries early as a show of his underlying love for the workers,” the statement concluded.

Buhari to leave Nigeria for Jordan

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to depart Nigeria for Jordan. The president would be attending a meeting on terrorism holding December 2 – 3, 2017 in the Middle East country.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Buhari is expected to discuss issues surrounding terrorism in country while seeking measures to cripple activities of insurgents.
He will be accompanied by governors of Kogi, Osun and Niger States and other government officials.
The statement reads “President Muhammadu Buhari will join other Heads of State in Aqaba, Jordan, to review strategies in fighting terrorism and reinforce joint security structures that will be more proactive in preventing attacks.
“The Aqaba Retreat, hosted by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, will hold Dec 2-3, 2017
“At the meeting, the President will share Nigeria’s experience on terrorism and its spread across West Africa, and solicit more support for pre-emptive measures that will neutralise the activities of insurgents in the sub-region.
“PMB will also hold bilateral meetings with some Heads of State. He will be accompanied to Jordan by the governors of Kogi, Osun and Niger States; Ministers of Defence, Education, Foreign Affairs; NSA; and the Acting DG of the National Intelligence Agency.”

2018: We will deploy every legitimate power to dislodge Fayose – APC vows

Determined to win the 2018 governorship poll in Ekiti State, the All Progressives Congress(APC), has vowed to use every legal and constitutional strategies to defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming election.
The party said it has exhausted its patience and could not afford to wait for another four years in the fringe, allowing the state Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose the freewill to continue to dominate the state’s political space.
The State Acting Chairman of the party, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, said this in Ado Ekiti during a visit of the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Correspondents’ Chapel, led by its Chairman, Sam Nwaoko to the APC’s State Working Committee members.
Olaleye said the party will put its house in order and connect with all the critical stakeholders like the artisans, teachers, market men and women and political and opinion leaders to make the dream a reality.
“We are determined to win the coming election. We will use every legal and constitutional means, adopt the right strategy to win the July 14 governorship election.
“We can’t wait in the fringe for another four years. One year is too long a year to be wasted in the life of a politician , let alone
another four years.
“We know that the coming year, I mean 2018 will be challenging for the SWC, because our governorship aspirants will play and do their own things, the State government too but we shall overcome.
“The essence of being elected is to manage our party, make it strong to be able to win election and that we are doing and by the grace of God we shall emerge victorious in the next election”, she said.
Olaleye , who praised the Correspondents for being apolitical and fair in their reportage, advised media practitioners to always allow the opposition to its say about how the people are being governed.
“APC is not a party that can muzzle opposition. You were in this State when our party was in the saddle, we never did anything that can put you in a dangerous situation, so we are assuring you that our party will continue to accord you respect.
“God has placed you in a vantage position that allows you right about the rights and the wrongs in the society. In the cause of doing your jobs, there is no way you won’t ruffle feathers with the politicians and politicians being what they are would like to react violently .
“But don’t allow our reactions to stop you from doing what is right and just if that will bring the needed changes to our society”, she said.
Nwaoko assured the party that media practitioners in the state shall continually embrace the principle of fairness to all parties as the 2018 governorship poll gathers momentum.
The Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel advised the party to be receptive to criticisms from the media, saying ; “this remains the only way the country can get it right in all facets”.

Maina: Why ex-Pension Chairman has not been arrested – DSS DG, Daura

The Director General of the Department of State Service, DSS, Lawal Daura, on Monday disclosed that the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, has not been arrested because he was not on the watch list of the service.
Daura made the disclosure during the ongoing investigative hearing conducted by the House of Representatives on the reinstatement of Maina back into the Civil Service, in Abuja.
According to Daura, “Senate ordered the sack of Maina which was done and also ordered the his arrest.
“Maina could not be arrested because he was not on our watch list. Let me state that the Service has nothing to with the reinstatement of Maina back into the Civil Service and his promotion.
“Maina had written to us asking for protecting claiming threat to his life and we are looking at the matter.
“In March, the Attorney General of the Federation had approach me that Maina wanted them to meet and I advised him to go with a third party. He later told me that he met with Maina in company of the National Security Adviser.
“The outcome of the meeting must have been made available to this committee previously.”

Eid-El-Maulud: Aisha attacks Nigerian government for declaring public holiday

The Convener of Bring Back Our Girls Group, Aisha Yesufu, has criticized the federal government of Nigeria for announcing public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Maulud. 
The BBOG convener described the holiday as wasteful and an act of competitive religiousity
Aisha urged the Buhari administration to focus on helping Nigerians than otherwise.
In her tweets, she wrote “Nigeria and our need for wasteful holidays. Which one is public holiday for Maulud? When did we start celebrating Maulud?
“When do we stop all this “competitive religiosity” and focus on doing good for humanity?
“The first Maulud to be a public holiday in Nigeria was declared for Monday, 9 March 2009 by Godwin Abbe, then minister of interior under Yar’Adua’s administration.”

Nov 29, 2017

You are behind success, failure of students in WAEC, NECO – Minister tells principals

The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, has charged Principals of Federal Unity Colleges across the country to take responsibility for good or poor performances of their students in public examinations such as the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) examinations.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of principals of the 104 Federal Unity Colleges in Kano, Anwukah said that some of the college principals condoned indiscipline and indolence, which made it difficult for some of the institutions to fully operate as ‘Centres of Excellence.’
Anwukah, represented by the Director of Human Resources Management in the Ministry, Alhaji Auwalu Koko, said that “Principals must proof their competences through improved performances of their students, even as he acknowledged the improved performances of many schools in the last examination, put at 59% for SSCE and 70% for NECO respectively.
“Government, on its part, is doing everything possible to provide the enabling environment for them to perform their functions by strengthening the relevant departments in the Ministry and announced that states and the Federal Capital Territory have been sensitized on the need to weed out unregistered teachers from the system.”
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch Sonny Echono while speaking in the same vein, said the issue of teacher capacity was a necessity to bridge the gaps relating to students’ performances.
Arch. Echono commended the outstanding performance of a student of Federal Government College, Ilorin who obtained 9 ‘A’s in the last SSCE examination and urged other colleges to emulate “Your college is what you make of it” he said.

EDUCATIONASUP suspends nationwide strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has suspended its nationwide strike.
National President of the union, Mr Usman Duste, announced this on Wednesday during the union’s 14th National Delegates Conference at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi state.
Polytechnic lecturers had embarked on strike few weeks back over failure of the federal government to meet their demands.
Duste stated that the decision to call off the industrial action followed series of meetings held between the leadership of the union and the Nigerian government.
He said, “While we are not unaware of the government over the years to willfully renege on agreements of this nature with labour unions including ours, it is the considered view of our union that the contents of this MoS be given a chance of implementation particularly as there is a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation embedded in the MoS.
“Our union‎’s congress have been fully briefed on these developments and I am therefore to communicate the decision of our union to suspend the 15 days old strike action of our union effective Wednesday, 28th November,2017.
“In arriving at this decision, our union considered the impact of the strike action on the society including parents and students, pleas on the union by well meaning Nigerians and other stakeholder groups in the sector.
“We want‎ to assure Nigerian public that our struggle shall continue to be focused on the survival of this vital sector and in the same vein express our gratitude to all well meaning Nigerians including members of the media and our members for the support and understanding during this period,”

Meghan Markle quits acting, gives reason

Meghan Markle has retired from acting following her engagement to Prince Harry.
Their wedding will take place in 2018.
Markle will no longer be seen on USA drama Suits after seven seasons on the show.
In an interview with BBC, Markle explained why she made the decision to quit acting.
She said, “What’s been really exciting, as we talk about this as the transition out of my career… is that the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on.
“You realize that as you have access, or a voice that people are willing to listen to, [it comes with] a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.
“I am excited to learn more about different communities and organizations in the UK that are working on the same causes I’ve always been passionate about.”
“I don’t see quiting acting as giving anything up. I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter. And keep in mind I’ve been working on my show for seven years.
“We were very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series. For me, once we hit the 100 episode marker, I thought, I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work we’ve done there and now it’s time to work as a team with Harry.”

God is angry with Yahaya Bello – Popular cleric writes Kogi governor

A respected clergy in Kogi State, Rev Fr. John Femi Ogunleye, has bemoaned the leadership style of Governor Yahaya Bello, saying that God is angry with the governor.
Oguleye said the state has been suffering under previous governments but Bello’s reign has brought more pains to the people of the state.
Rev Fr. Ogunleye, who stated this in an open letter to the governor, said God is not happy with his administration in Kogi State.
He reminded the governor that, at the beginning of his administration, they prayed and fasted, preached against hate and religious biases and they are still praying for him to succeed.
The letter reads in part “I acknowledge the fact that preceding governments in Kogi State did so much evil and wrong to the people. They killed primary education and secondary was not spared. Between 2008 and 2015, strike and thuggery were the reason Kogi State featured on national television and hell was let loose on our roads. Accidents and armed robbery were top on the list of litanies of the State.
“Yet those governments were the brains behind bailout fund that you have collected, they did the projects that Federal government paid for in your time. They made KSU one of the best state universities in Nigeria at some point. They paid salaries to ghosts, hawks and genuine workers and gave Lokoja water to drink.
“Yet, it was true that Kogi was in a mess. We wanted more like others and so we were shouting and praying. We heard the sound of change and the promise of abundance. We heard of a young promising man popularly known as Fair Plus. We prayed and promoted his ambition but at the primaries our hope was fractured. We heard he lost to an aged man in whom only few delighted.
“I remember, how many of my youth were wailing and groaning because a rising star had been aborted. Somehow, Fair Plus came back to lime light. And we were back to the bank of hope. Now after one full year of inactions and inhuman decisions we can not pretend anymore.
“I still know and live with pensioners, workers, who have not been paid for 17 months. Some of them are above 70 years of age. They have no means of feeding now other than begging. And there is now donors’ fatigue. If you say it is political give us a platform other than this social and free media to prove that this is not political, not tribal, and not religious.
“The tertiary institutions are dying under this government. God is not happy with this government. When King Ahab and Jezebel refused the warning of Prophet Elijah, God came to deliver the message himself. That was when Naboth’s vineyard was confiscated and the greedy King plotted and Naboth was killed. God’s anger erupted like a volcano. And Yahweh cursed the King and Jezebel. 1 kings 21: 1 and following.
“Those who can interpret this should tell those who can not. Many Naboths have died as a result of this non payment of salaries and pension. Some people are lying to the governor that he is courageous and dogged. They make it look like he is on the right path. Hey!!! Your Excellency, you need humility to achieve your goal of new direction. I suggest that the slogan should be RIGHT DIRECTION. What we have now is new challenges and new crisis.
“We have been suffering in this State but now your reign has brought more suffering and humiliation. Our parents are being HUMILIATED BY YOUR UNFEELING AND INEXPERIENCED ACOLYTES. If you are innocent God will vindicate you. If your are not, God says humble yourself and Let My People Go! Exodus 9:1
“God bless and touch the heart of our Governor! May God open his eyes to see the damages. Pray for him because there are Hawks who are feeding fat like maggots on the lapses of this inexperienced government. God will soon rain down salt and the maggots and worms will dissolve and be washed always in the septic tank of history.”

Biafra: Emir Sanusi laments FG’s failure to unite Nigeria after civil war

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has expressed sadness over the federal government’s failure to unite the nation after the civil war.
He also expressed dismay over the inability of many citizens to acquire a true Nigerian identity many years after independence despite all the measures introduced by successive governments to bring about national unity.
The Emir made this known on Wednesday while addressing principals of Federal Unity Colleges, who paid a courtesy visit on him in his palace.
According to him, Federal Unity Colleges were primarily established to forge national integration and to set academic standard but has fallen short of expectation.
He urged the Federal Government to “take a second look at the education policies and curriculum with a view to making all Secondary Schools in the country conform to the norms of the Federal Unity Colleges, irrespective of the ownership status.”
The monarch, who is an old boy of Kings College, Lagos and one time Vice President of the Old Boys of the College for many years, observed that “it was sad that the aggressive moves by government to unite the nation after the civil war through expansion of the Unity Colleges has not fully achieved the desired result.”
According to him, “every individual has multiple identities of tribe, religion sex etc, but maintained that none of these could stop any person from being a Nigerian.”
Earlier, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Karage, who led the principals on the courtesy call, said that they were in Kano for their 2017 Annual General Meeting which is rotated on zonal level.

N-Power: Scheme gives update on physical verification exercise

N-Power, the Federal Government youth empowerment scheme, has revealed the date it would publish everything applicants need to ahead of physical verification for 2017/2018 preselected candidates.
This information was contained in a statement on its official Twitter handle, @npower_ng.
It wrote, “Dear 2017 pre-selected applicants, Everything you need to know about Physical Verification will be shared on our Social Media Channels on the 1st of December, 2017.
“Stay tuned.”

It also advises already employed ones “Not to bother to go for physical verification if you are already employed.

Reno Omokri compares Jonathan, Buhari administrations

Reno Omokri, a former Aide to the immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has told the Chairman of the Presidential Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay, that Nigerians enjoyed better economy under his principal.
Prof. Sagay had recently stated that Nigerians would have been crossing over to Libya through the Sahara desert if Jonathan had remained in power for 3 more years.
Omokri, also in a statement on Monday, said that Jonathan would not be silent when Nigerians are allegedly sold in Libya.
“The World Bank says our economy was better under Jonathan than it is now. Transparency International says corruption is worse today than under Jonathan. The Global Hunger Index says Nigerians are more hungry today than under Jonathan.
“Nigeria moved from 4th most terrorized nation in the world in 2015 to 3rd most terrorized nation in the Global Terrorism Index for 2017.
“Furthermore, under President Muhammadu Buhari, the United Nations reveals that there has been a massive increase in the number of Nigerians fleeing Nigeria via the desert with 602,000 leaving annually and 27,000 dying every year either in the Sahara Desert or the Mediterranean Sea. So by what parameter is Sagay using to make his jaundiced judgment?
“Furthermore, under former President Jonathan, Nigeria was the first nation in the world to evacuate her citizens from Libya during the Arab Spring.
“Dr. Jonathan would never keep quiet if Nigerians are being sold as slaves in Libya. If President Buhari can call Nigerians ‘criminals’ to the Telegraph of U.K, why should Nigerians be surprised when he does not act to free us from slavery in Libya?
“Professor Sagay spends too much time poking his nose into other people’s affairs and too little focus on his own business, that is why under his watch as chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on “Anti-Corruption, PACAC, Maina got recalled, reinstated, double promoted and still received salary (according to his lawyer).
“That is why the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, was able to award $25 billion worth of contracts without due process.
“That is why $40 million was found in an Ikoyi apartment and Nigerians still do not know who the money belongs to.
“That is why there has been unbridled looting around President Buhari to the extent that the Presidential Clinic at Aso Rock does not have ordinary Panadol, despite the billions allocated to it under President Buhari.”

How Jonathan failed to pull down ‘altar of Baal’ in his govt – Bolaji Abdullahi

Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has narrated an encounter the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan had with cleric before the 2015 elections.
Abdullahi narrated that the cleric, whose name he did not reveal advised Jonathan to pull down the “altar of Baal” in his government but the former President failed to adhere to instruction.
The APC spokesperson stated this in his upcoming book: “On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria.”
Abdullahi, who served as Minister under Jonathan from 2011-2014, wrote: “One day, a man of God went to see President Jonathan. God had sent him to minister to the president, he said. He opened to the book of Judges and read to him from 6:11. The president followed from his own copy of the Bible.
“That night the Lord said to him (Gideon), “Take your father’s bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order…
“Mr. President, God has put you here for a purpose. But you cannot fulfill the purpose, unless you “pull down the altar of Baal” around you first. There are some things you need to deal with before you can achieve your vision for Nigeria,’ the man of God concluded.
“Jonathan agreed. He had also never ceased to wonder at his own incredible story. How from a humble lecturer, he became a deputy governor and then governor. Without having to move a muscle, he became vice president and then the president of the most powerful black nation on earth. Within a decade, he had come a long way in such a short time. ‘You are right. Even me I know. But I don’t know what shrine God wants me to demolish.
“The man of God closed his Bible and stood up. He had been a little taken aback by Jonathan’s code switching. He was talking about altar; the president was talking about shrine. ‘Mr. President, if you still don’t know what altar to pull down, then you need to ask God.”
“We may never know if President Jonathan spoke to God as advised, and if indeed God told him what to do. But as the Archbishop of Canterbury Walter Reynolds preached in 1327, ‘Vox populi, vox Dei’. Almost all through his tenure, Nigerians had made it known, loud and clear, which altar they wanted him to pull down – the altar of corruption.”

SEC DG, Gwarzo, two others suspended

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has suspended the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Patricia Deworitshe, Deputy Director Ministry of Finance,
According to the statement, the suspension is in line with the Public Service Rules (PSRs) 03405 and 03406 to allow unhindered investigation of fraud allegations leveled against the Gwarzo.
The Head of Media in SEC, Mr. Abdulsalam Naif Habu and the Head of Legal Department, Mrs. Anastasia Omozele Braimoh, have also been suspended.
“The suspension is in line with the Public Service Rules (PSRs) 03405 and 03406.”
“The Honourable Minister has set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry (API) to investigate and determine the culpability of the Director-General.
“She has directed the suspended SEC Director-General to immediately handover to the most senior officer at the Commission, pending the conclusion of investigation by the API.
“Also suspended are two management staff of the Commission – Abdulsalam Naif Habu, Head of Media Division and Anastasia Omozele Braimoh, Head of Legal Department – who have been alleged to engage in financial impropriety in the Commission.”
The minister also set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry (API) to investigate the culpability of Gwarzo in the matter.

Child suicide bombings in North East has increased – Senate

Nigeria Senate has expressed worries over the heightened insecurity in the North East, saying that child suicide bombings in the zone has increased in 2017 compared to previous times.
In a motion sponsored by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial district, he explained that the level of attacks by insurgents has escalated to a worrisome level.
Giving the figures on 2017 attacks and its casualties, the lawmaker said: “357 civilians were killed during 55 attacks.”
“The deadliest month was in August when the militant group killed 100 people, followed by November with 76 people already killed.”
He also reminded the Senate that 103 Chibok girls, 10 women from Askira/Uba and 3 staff of University of Maiduguri were still being held captive.
Reacting, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu acknowledging the spate of attacks, saying Adamawa and Yobe States were also not left out.
He urged the Senate to allow Committee on National Security handle the matter.
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki referred the motion to Senator Ahmed Lawan led Committee on National Security.

Rescind your decision, confirm Mahmud as REC, Marafa tells Senate

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senator Kabir Garba Marafa, has urged the Senate to rescind its decision on the nomination of Mr. Ahmad Bello Mahmud as the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It could be recalled that, the Senate, at its plenary on Thursday, 23rd November, 2017, rejected the nomination of Mr. Mahmud as REC representing Zamfara state.
The decision of the Senate was predicated on the report of the Senator Nazif led Committee on INEC, which recommended that Mahmud be disqualified, being that his nomination did not enjoy the support of the stakeholders from Zamfara state.
Senator Marafa, who is currently representing Zamfara Central, the immediate constituency of Mr. Mahmud, had vehemently rejected the report of the Committee, but the Senate went ahead to disqualify the nominee.
Marafa therefore brought a motion on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, asking that the earlier decision be rescinded and Mr. Mahmud be confirmed as minds REC.
“As a serving Senator as well as the Senator representing the nominee and therefore, a critical stakeholder from Zamfara state, I was at no point in time ever consulted on the confirmation of the said nominee.
“The methodology adopted by the Committee as contained in item 3.0 on page 3 of the report made no reference whatsoever to indigenship as a basis for consideration and for clearing any nominee.
“The assertion by the Senator representing Zamfara North Senatorial District that, the nominee is from Kebbi state and not from Zamfara state is therefore false”, Marafa told his colleagues.
He said, aside been born in Zamfara state, the nominee also attended both his elementary and secondary education in the state.
Marafa also clarified that Mr. Mahmud was a onetime Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Zamfara, as well as Chairman, Zamfara state Anti Corruption Commission, amongst others.

In his ruling, the President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, referred the nominee back to the committee on INEC, urging it to look at the nomination with merit, and report back to the Senate within one week.

Maina: Name the thieves in Buhari’s govt, EFCC has become Falana’s meal ticket – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdullahi Maina, to go ahead and tell Nigerians those thieves allegedly surrounding President Muhammadu Buhari in his government and answer the corruption allegations against him as well as his fraudulent reinstatement.
Governor Fayose described the Maina’s interview shown on Channels Television yesterday, as explosive, saying he was sure that President Buhari will look the other way just as he did on the allegation of award of $25 billion contracts without following due process made against the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); Dr. Maikanti Baru, by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and many others.
In a statement on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said he had again been vindicated on his position that the kind of corruption being perpetrated in President Buhari’s government was unprecedented and mind-boggling.
He said; “The Maina’s challenge is another opportunity for President
Buhari to proof to Nigerians that he is actually fighting corruption. But I am sure that since it again bothers on his closest men, he won’t do anything.”
Governor Fayose said it was important for Maina to wash himself clean of the N2.1 Billion pension fraud that made him escaped from the country and earned him dismissal from the civil service.

The governor, who challenged Maina to name those in Buhari’s government that are thieves, noted that, “There is no need waiting for the President to conduct public inquiry on the pension scam, Maina should just go ahead and tell Nigerians who the thieves among Buhari’s
men are.

Maina: Prove your innocence in court, not requesting to see Buhari – Human rights lawyer, Ogunye

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Jiti Ogunye, has asked the embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, to present himself before the court rather than requesting to meet with the President.
Ogunye made this known on Channels Television’s Sunrise daily yesterday, in response to an exclusive interview by Maina in which he insisted that he was innocent of the allegations preferred against him.
According to the Human rights lawyer, Maina’s request to meet with president Buhari is a ‘cock and bull story’ and also an attempt to evade the justice system.
“Maina wants to meet with Mr Presdient over what? Do we even respect our court at all? Do we respect our judicial process? Do you know that in this country, Supreme Court justices are being tried in court? Who is he to be saying that he wants to recover money?
“Present yourself, you are a fugitive from justice. Have your day in court, prove your innocence there – that is the law that I know.

“All this talk about I want to see the president – for what? He has seen the Attorney General of the Federation and he told us that he visited Maina to the knowledge of the National Security Adviser of Nigeria,” Ogunye said.

Nov 28, 2017

NJC nominates 14 new judges for Appeal Court [FULL LIST]

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended 14 judges for appointment to the Federal Court of Appeal.
The nomination list was divided into two categories namely; Priority and Reserved.
The Priority category lists Justice P.A Mahmoud from Benue state, Justice F. Ojo from Kwara state, Justice I.G Abundaga from Nassarawa state, Justice M.B Idris from Niger state and Justice A. M. Talba from Adamawa state.
Others are Justices Kadi M. M. Alkali from Adamawa State, A. I. Adenyangtso from Taraba, A. S. Umar and O. Z. Senchi, both from Kebbi, A. M. Lamido from Sokoto, B. B. Aliyu from Zamfara, Ebowei Tobi, from Delta State and G.O. Kolawole from Osun State.
Names on the reserved list(14 recommendations) include; Justices O. Itodo from Benue state, M. A. Abdul Gafar from Kwara state, D. D. Adeck from Nassarawa state, D. G. Mann from Plateau state, D. G. Goji from Adamawa state and Kadi U. B. Umar from Adamawa state. Others are Justices Z. B. Abubakar from Kebbi state, Justice Y. A. Bashir from Taraba state, I. M. Sani from Kaduna state, F. L. Adamu from kano state, I. B. Ahmed from Katsina state, M Y Uftsha’u from Zamfara state, O. A. Ipaye from Osun state and P. O. Affen From Bayelsa state.

Prince Harry, actress Meghan Markle to marry in 2018

Prince Harry and actress, Meghan Markle are officially engaged.
Fifth in line to the throne, Harry got engaged this month after the Queen gave her permission.
It was, however, officially announced Monday morning by Prince of Wales in a statement issued by Clarence house.
“The wedding will take place in spring 2018,further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course”, it read.
“His royal highness and Ms Markle became engaged earlier this month.
“Prince Harry has informed her majesty the Queen and other close members of the family.
“Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessings of Ms Markle’s parents.
“The couple will live in Nottingham cottage at Kensington palace.”
Meghan, 36 will become the Duchess of Sussex come 2018 when she ties the knot with Prince harry.

Prisons fires 8 officials for smuggling phones, Indian hemp to inmates

Controller-General of Prisons, Jaáfaru Ahmed has approved the recommendation of the Zonal Disciplinary Committee for the dismissal of 8 junior officers for various offences.
They were found guilty of trafficking (smuggling) prohibited items such as mobile phones, India hemp and other intoxicating substances into the prison yard.
The letter signed by the officer in-charge of discipline CP O Agun Esq. on behalf of the CG has IP Thomas Jatau and PA 11 Mottallem J. Yari dismissed for trafficking in mobile phones while AIP Mohammed Isah Jibril, CPA Saleh Mohammed Dan’Azare, PA 1 Umar Gusau, PA 11 Mohammed Ali Ja’Oji, PA 1 Saidu Ibrahim Gusau and PA 11 Maji Maiku got fired for trafficking in India hemp, intoxicating substances and other prohibited items.
Francis Enobore, Prisons spokesman, in a statement said illegal access to mobile phones and other communication gadgets by prisoners has been of great concern to the management of the Prisons Service as various criminal activities have been perpetrated by inmates including facilitating jailbreaks and escapes.
“Similarly, apart from the far reaching health implications of exposing inmates to the use of India hemp and other intoxicating substances, the act also compromises discipline and negates inmate reformation thrust of the prison.
“The Controller-General wishes to appreciate officers and men of the Service including members of the public for providing useful information that has continue to assist the authority in identifying unfit individuals within the ranks for appropriate action.
“The public is once again assured of humane custody of prisoners and sustainable peace and calm in all prison formations across the country as efforts are now being strengthened to guarantee adequate reformation and rehabilitation of offenders to become productive citizens on discharge”, it added.

APC can’t save Obanikoro from EFCC probe – Sagay

rof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) ​has stated that​ Musiliu Obanikoro​’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ​would not end his case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former minister is undergoing investigation for his role in the diversion of public funds and money laundering allegations.
​Reacting, Sagay told I​ndependent that there will be no soft landing for Obanikoro.
“His joining APC cannot save him from answering for the corruption cases hanging on his neck.
​”​I can assure you it cannot, because APC is not EFCC.
“They are two different things and if he thinks by joining APC, nothing will be heard of his case again, then he is making a mistake”, he said.
​Speaking at the defection ceremony, Obanikoro said he had a mission to render service on the APC platform.
“Today, I and others are not just joining the APC for joining sake, we are joining because we are on a mission.
“I had joined the PDP a few years ago with the hope that certain things would be done right to enable me make the desired impact. That did not happen.
“And now, Asiwaju Tinubu has taken leadership to another level, not only in the state, but at the national level.
“So, my joining the APC is not by accident. It is to return to my people and seek a platform on which I can render service to my people, because leadership is about service and co-ordination of talents to achieve results.
“We have looked everywhere, and the only party that offers that platform for service delivery is the APC.
“For me, this is not really a defection; it is a home-coming, because in a way, this is my root. I am happy to return to my people; no place like home,” he said.

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