Tuesday, 1 December 2015

PHOTOS: President Buhari Arrives Abuja After Trips To Malta And France

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Abuja following his official tips to Malta and France for international meetings and conferences. He was welcomed by the top government officials and the Police IG at the presidential wing of the Abuja international airport.

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Emir Of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II Joins Twitter

Nigerian prolific monarch, Emir of Kano -Muhammadu Sanusi II has officially joined social media network Twitter. His first tweet reads; Hello, Twitter! Excited to join the conversation and share updates with you. Busy and exciting first day of the month as Emir of Kano.

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PHOTOS: Engineers Seen Working On Street Lights In Lagos

The Lagos state government engineers were seen today working on streets lights across the state today.

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PHOTO: Man Lands In Jail Over UK Visa Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday, November 30, 2015 secured the conviction of one Abraham Adasah before Justice Peter Kekemeke of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Apo, Abuja.

Adasah allegedly presented a false Diamond bank statement to the British High Commission with a forged letter from one “Honourable Ohenhen Nosakhare”, purported to be the Chairman of Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission with intent to cause the British High Commission to issue Nosa Ohenhen Ericson a UK visa.

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PHOTOS: Ambassador Of Turkey Visits National Assembly

Ambassador of Turkey to Nigeria , His Excellency, Mr. Hakan Cakil, and the Deputy Head of Mission, Yusuf Selguk, the Deputy Head of Mission paid a courtesy visit to the National Assembly today. They were received by the senate president Bukola Saraki and other senators today.

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PHOTOS: Pro-Biafra Supporter Buried With Biafran Flag In Abia

A pro-Biafra protester,Ahaoma Nnah who died on 9th November 2015 and was buried last weekend in Obehie, Abia state. He  died at the age of 27 and was buried with a Biafran flag..

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Faleke files suit against INEC

The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 21st election in Kogi State, James Faleke, today filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, against INEC over their decision to declare the November 21st election inconclusive. In the suit which was filed by his counsel, Wole Olanikpekun, Faleke asked that they declare him winner of the election.

He frowned at the decision by his party, APC to field Yahaya Bello as Audu Abubakar's substitute for the December 5th supplementary election ..

“In law and logic, no new candidate can inherit or be a beneficiary of the votes already cast, counted and declared by INEC before that candidate was nominated and purportedly sponsored. Assuming without conceding that INEC is even right to order a supplementary election, the votes already cast, counted and declared on Saturday, 21st November 2015, were votes for the joint constitutional ticket of Prince Abubakar Audu and our client. Therefore, no new or ‘supplementary’ candidate can hijack, aggregate, appropriate or inherit the said votes.”Faleke lawyer wrote in the court paper
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Court sends woman to 1yr imprisonment for stealing N 263, 200 in Edo

A Magistrate court in Oredo, Edo state today sent a 27 year old woman identified as Loveth Enginna to 12 months in jail for stealing the sum of N263, 200 belonging to Trust Fund Micro Finance bank.

According to the Nation, the Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Thomas Ojo informed the Court that Loveth committed the crime between May 2013 and Aug. 2013 at No. 6 Adesuwa Grammer School in Benin.

Sergeant Ojo said the offence contravened section 390 (9) of the criminal Code Cap. 48 Vol. ll laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 as applicable in Edo. The presiding Magistrate, Mrs J.O Ejale convicted Loveth to one year imprisonment or an option of N50, 000 with hard labour.
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PDP Blast APC In Official Statement On Dokpesi’s Arrest

Read the press statement after the cut...
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in its entirety, the arrest of media mogul, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi and other opposition elements by the APC-led Federal Government.
The party also alerted that it has been made aware that more notable PDP leaders have similarly been listed for arrest over unproven allegations pursuant to the plot by the APC to cow and silence opposition in the country.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday said the military style of pronouncement of guilt on Chief Dokpesi before any fair hearing, betrays the fact that he is a victim of political persecution and mob trial by the APC government because of his association with the PDP.

“While the PDP is not against the war against corruption, we insist that the crusade must be carried out within the limits of the law and not as a guise to persecute and torture opposition elements in the country.

“Our fear is that with the pronouncement of guilt even without being giving the opportunity within his rights as a citizen to state his own side of the story, the President Buhari-led government is sidestepping the laws to ensure that Chief Dokpesi does not get justice in the court, a plot which they want to extend to other PDP leaders.

“The PDP therefore demands an open and public trial of all those arrested so that all issues and charges against them as well as their defence therein would also be in the public domain. We demand a proper investigation and lawful prosecution instead of the reprehensible resort to outright political persecution, which can only have a place in a military regime.

“We also note that this development may not be unconnected with the planned onslaught against the media, following its commitment in holding this dictatorial regime accountable since it took office.

“Finally, we call on the international community and rights bodies worldwide to note the growing impunity and gross violation of human rights by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government tailored to decimate the opposition and cow the media in Nigeria.


Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary
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Count Me Out Of Arms Deal Scandal — Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has dissociated himself from the N60bn arms deal involving the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that contrary to report published in an online medium, he has never had anything to do with purchase of security equipment because in his entire political career he never served in any committee or body which has any link with Defence or national security.

“As a member of the Seventh Senate, Dr. Saraki was not a member of any of the committees which have oversight function on the Ministry of Defence or the intelligence and national security apparatus. If he was tagged the leader of the opposition to the Jonathan administration, how then will he be privy to Arms purchases and have the influence to blackmail any government agency or institution over the release of funds.

“The Senate President would like to alert members of the public to this new plot by this particular online medium to tarnish his reputation as the medium and its sponsors pursue the singular objective of removing him from the office of the Senate President, an objective they have since failed to achieve within and outside the National Assembly”

This time around, the online medium and its sponsors chose to drag the Senate President to this reigning and current issue of arms purchase by insinuating that he once blackmailed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to give him and other Senators the sum of N250 million as a way of covering up the arbitrary withdrawal by the NSA from the security fund approved by the former President.

First, there is no logic in the claim as Dr. Saraki who was persecuted by the last administration could not have had the influence and good standing to walk up to the Central Bank to demand for any money having exposed many atrocities of the past administration. Again, on what ground would the Senate President blackmail anyone for 250 Million naira? It must be emphasized here that Dr. Saraki will never engage in any sharp practice or issue which will warrant him to blackmail any individual or government institution.

“Therefore for record purposes, Dr. Saraki did not collect any money from any official of the CBN in respect of any arms deal. The Senate President also challenge the online medium or any official of the apex bank, Senator, serving or past, who witnessed or participated in any sharing of the alleged money purported to have been received by him, to come out with evidence.

“It should be recalled that this online medium believe it can continue to disparage and defame people claiming that it is operating outside the country.
The medium cannot operate above the law.

“This same medium had falsely published the data page of a forged passport it purportedly claimed belonged to Saraki. The Home Office in the United Kingdom has since written to confirm that the said passport, does not belong to the Senate President. Also, it once claimed that Saraki bribed some judges using a former Chief Justice of Nigeria as a front. The claim has since been proven to be false. Anybody who knows the reputation of the retired Justice in question knows that he cannot be used to pervert the cause of justice.
” It also claimed that Saraki tried to cover up the case of $20 billion missing NNPC fund and indeed collected “cash and gifts” from former President Goodluck Jonathan through Mr. Gilbert Chagoury when in actual fact the Senate President was the only member of the Senate committee who refused to sign the majority report of the Makarfi committee because he disagreed with the report which he believed did not address the matter. It is strange however that a man who dissociated himself from the probe report because he believed it amounted to a cover up was later accused by the same online medium as supporting attempts to hide the issue of the missing funds. This is not only completely false, but also a fiction concocted to defame Dr. Saraki.

“The game being played by this online medium and its sponsors is clear. As they have done in previous cases involving the on-going trial of the Senate President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, they are targeting the Appeal at the Supreme Court coming up on Thursday, December 3rd 2015. They want to prejudice the Supreme Court as they have done when they blackmailed a judge of the Federal High Court to withdraw from the case and also published false reports, which compelled the Court of Appeal to postpone its judgment at the last minute.

“Whatever the motive of this online medium, it is high time we employed the instrument of the law to stop this act of impunity aimed at publishing false reports believing the victims will not go to court or be frustrated by its dubious claims that they are domiciled outside Nigeria.

” We urge all Nigerians and other well-meaning individuals across the globe to ignore this absolutely false claim by the online medium. Like we earlier stated, this false claim shall not go unchallenged. We shall meet in court.
“We have allowed them enough latitude to indulge in their unscrupulous and mischievous method of journalism. However, enough is enough. We have no option than to commence legal action against Sahara Reporters in all relevant jurisdictions, particularly on the issue of fake passport, false claim of bribery and the recent one on blackmail, all aimed at tarnishing the image of the Senate President.

“We need to put an end to this concerted mischief of defaming the person and good reputation of Senator Bukola Saraki. We will vigorously defend the integrity of the Senate President. We believe law and global best practices should guide these cyber-warriors. They have abused the docility of the law for too long. Enough is enough.”
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EFCC Arrests Ex Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, Over Arms Purchase Scandal

The EFCC today nabbed former Sokoto Governor Attahiru Bafarawa after he lost his hide-and-seek game with the agency over allegations that he was used by former President Goodluck Jonathan and former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) to launder over N4.1billion in federal funds meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram. Attahiru Bafarawa Premium Times

Bafarawa’s son was picked up yesterday, and analysts speculate that he may have revealed his father's location to the EFCC.

The former governor was subsequently arrested this morning and is now being interrogated by EFCC investigators in Abuja.
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"Nigerians Will Soon Get The Change They Voted For" - Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians of better times ahead, saying they will soon get the change they voted for.

”This Government will not give excuses. The painstaking and methodical approach by the Buhari Administration, its deep analysis and understanding of the challenges and the recent inauguration of the cabinet will herald a new dawn,” the Minister said at a meeting with representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that in the next few days, the Administration ”will start firing from all cylinders, starting with the unveiling of the 2016 budget”.
”Nigerians will witness measurable and impactful progress in all spheres of governance. We shall not abandon our social intervention policies such as one meal a day for school children and the payment of 5,000 Naira each to vulnerable Nigerians. We are committed to lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

On how the Administration will fund its programmes, in view of the drastic fall in the price of crude oil, the Minister said it would be through the diversification of the economy, plugging of leakages as well as exploiting and widening the country’s tax base without necessarily raising taxes.

”A comparative analysis between Nigeria and South Africa will drive the point home. In 2013, with a population of 160 million and GDP of $510 billion, Nigeria collected $30 billion in taxes, whereas South Africa, with a population of 54 million and GDP of $366 billion, collected $74 billion in taxes.

”In 2014, Nigeria, with a population of 170 million and GDP of $535 billion, collected $26 billion, while South Africa, with a GDP of $350 billion and population of 54 million, raked in $70 billion. From the figures, it is obvious that if only we can widen our tax base, we do not need to raise taxes to increase our tax revenue,” he said

The Minister commended the CSOs for the role they played during the last general elections, saying the organizations, especially those grouped under the Situation Room, contributed hugely to the success of the polls.

He said the Buhari Administration will carry the Civil Society along in its efforts to change, for the better, the country’s fortunes.

”That is why we have started our engagement with you this early.
Therefore, this will be the first in a series of engagements with the Civil Society. We see you as credible, and we see you as patriots, who are genuinely interested in the welfare of the people,” the Minister said.

In his speech on behalf of The Situation Room, Mr. Clement Nwankwo urged the Federal Government to tackle growing national issues with the urgency that it deserves.

”Expectations are very high amongst Nigerians for the changes promised by General Buhari during the campaigns. The need to deliver on campaign promises is against the background of the complete lack of public trust in government and its institutions,” he said.

Mr. Nwankwo listed ”urgent symbolic steps and quick wins” to be urgently implemented by the government as including transparency and openness of loot recovered from officials of the immediate past regime, openness of the national budget, sale of some of the presidential jets, zero tolerance for impunity and the probe of the FCDA land swap.
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AIT Owner, Raymond Dokpesi Arrested Over N2.1 Billion Arms Purchase

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today arrested the Chairman of Africa Independent Television, Raymond Dokpesi, over the spreading arms purchase scandal involving the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and the theft of N2.1billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Mr. Dokpesi was arrested shortly after noon, Nigerian time, and whisked to the EFCC, where he is now being interrogated.

EFCC sources told SaharaRerporters that on the instructions of the Mr. Dasuki, CBN paid N2.1billion to the AIT chairman.

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We Promised 5,000 Naira To 'Vulnerable Nigerians', Not Graduates - Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said the All Progressives Congress (APC), led-Federal Government will not pay N5, 000 to unemployed graduates, rather vulnerable Nigerians.

Mohammed at an interactive session with members of the country's Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), at the National Press centre in Abuja, said, "We did not promise 5,000 Naira to unemployed graduates but to vulnerable Nigerians."

The N5, 000 to the unemployed and poor Nigerians was part of 81 campaign promises the APC promised during the campaigns in the 2015 general elections.

It specifically states as follows: “Creation of a Social Welfare Programme, SWP, of at least five thousand naira (N5,000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians upon demonstration of their children’s enrolment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability”.

Only last month, opposition senators of the PDP had raised a motion to compel the APC Federal Government to start implementing the campaign promise, but their counterparts of the ruling party used their numerical majority to quash the motion.

However, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a function in November reiterated the intention of the Federal Government to implement it, while wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajiya Aisha, called on the APC Federal Government to pay the money as promised.

Also, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalong, on a condolence visit to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, disclosed that the N5,000 SWP stipend will be provided for in the 2016 federal budget, meaning that the payment will start next year.
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'Foreign Investors Pull Out Of Nigerian NSE

Nigeria’s stocks fell to their lowest level in almost three years as foreigners exited the market amid fading hopes that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government can revive an economy growing at its slowest pace this century.

The Nigerian Stock Exchange All Share Index dropped 0.8 percent to 27,385.69 at close in the commercial capital of Lagos, the lowest since December 2012. The gauge declined on all but three trading days in November for a monthly drop of 6.2 percent.
“The government has not come up with a definitive policy for the economy,” Pabina Yinkere, an analyst at Vetiva Capital Management Ltd., said by phone from Lagos. “The continued lack of clarity is affecting the stock market.”

While Buhari, a 72-year-old former general who came to power in May, has prioritized stamping out corruption in Africa’s biggest economy and oil producer, investors were irked by a delay of more than five months in forming a cabinet, which he swore in Nov. 11. There’s also concern that his support for the central bank’s currency-trading restrictions are choking businesses of the dollars they need to pay foreign suppliers.

Almost two stocks declined for every one that rose. Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the nation’s biggest lender by market capitalization, dropped 2.7 percent to 20 naira ($0.10). The stock is down 21 percent this year, about the same as the overall index. That’s the biggest fall in sub-Saharan Africa after the Zimbabwe Industrial Index.

Specialist African funds including Alquity Investment Management Ltd. and Duet Asset Management Ltd. have lowered their Nigerian exposure because they think that central bank Governor Godwin Emefiele will be forced to devalue the naira, which would cause losses on holdings in foreign-currency terms. Last week’s interest rate cut by the central bank, its first in six years, will heap more pressure on the currency, according to David McIlroy, Alquity’s chief investment officer.

The naira was unchanged at 199.05 per dollar and has been all but fixed at 198 to 199 since early March. Forward prices suggest it will weaken to 241.25 in a year.

Pressure on Currency

“The surprise reduction in rates has probably worried international investors even more,” McIlroy said by phone from London. “Given the inflation rate is above the central bank’s target, there’s pressure on the currency and they need to attract foreign capital, you’d expect interest rates to be rising.”

Annual inflation was 9.3 percent in October, higher than the central bank’s target of 6 percent to 9 percent.
Alquity held about seven Nigerian stocks at the beginning of 2015, including Guaranty Trust Bank and Zenith Bank Plc. It now holds only Dangote Cement Plc. Equity funds are more underweight in Nigeria than any other frontier and emerging market, except for Kuwait and Morocco, analysts at Renaissance Capital Ltd. said in a Nov. 23 note to clients.

“We’ve increased our positions in Egypt and Kenya at the expense of Nigeria,” McIlroy said.
Nigeria is reeling from crude prices that have plunged 57 percent since June 2014. Economic growth will slow to 3.2 percent this year from 6.3 percent in 2014, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. That would be the slowest pace since 1999.

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10 Suspected Robbers Killed In Lagos In 12 Days

No fewer than 10 suspected armed robbers have been killed in the last 12 days in different parts of Lagos State during exchange of gunfire with the police. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, made the disclosure on Monday while addressing newsmen on the activities of the command in the last two weeks.

Owoseni said that while some of suspects died exchanging gunfire with the police during gridlock robbery, others died robbing some residents in different areas. He said that 19 other robbery suspects and 11 cultists were arrested and 15 ammunition, eight guns and two vehicles were recovered within the same period.

According to him, other exhibits recovered are four speed boats, two canoes, four military camouflage uniforms, two mobile police uniform and handsets used by the robbers to attack banks in Agbara, Ogun. The commissioner said that within the period, 949 suspected miscreants were arrested during raids of some black spots but 83 were released after screening.

Owoseni said 866 were charged with various offences, adding that 1,060 motorcycles were impounded for contravening the ban on commercial motorcycles plying the highways. He noted that the incident of traffic robbery had reduced but said that there was the need for members of the public to give prompt information to the police. Some of the arrested suspects and exhibits were also paraded.
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PHOTOS: Aisha Buhari Visits Wife Of Dubai Prime Minister

The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari visited the Wife of the Prime Minister/Ruler of Dubai, Her Royal Highness Princess Sheha Haiya today December 1st.
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Judge’s Absence Stalls Trial Of Kanu, Radio Biafra Director

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra, suffered a setback on Tuesday due to the absence of Magistrate Shuaibu Usman of the Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja. Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to unlawful society, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The case which had earlier been fixed for ruling did not hold due to the absence of the magistrate in court. No reason was given by the court on why the magistrate did not sit. Speaking to newsmen at the court premises, the defendant’s lawyer, Mr Vincent Obetta said all efforts to reach the magistrate on phone were not successful.

Obetta appealed to the prosecution, the Department of State Service (DSS), to obey the subsisting order of the court to transfer his client to prison custody to enable him have access to him. “DSS has refused to obey the court order to transfer my client to prison custody. “I call on the trial judge to order the DSS to transfer my client to prison custody.

“The DSS has flouted the court order which granted my client bail since Oct. 19,’’ he said. At the last sitting on Nov. 23, the DSS had requested the court to discontinue trial. Prosecution counsel, Moses Idakwo, had informed the court that after the arraignment of the defendant, the complainant stumbled on some facts which took the matter out of the jurisdiction of the magistrates’ court.

According to him, the complainant found out that the accused was involved in terrorism and has been financing it. Idakwo said that the DSS had also obtained an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated Nov.10, to detain the accused in its custody for 90 days.
Obetta, had objected to the application by the DSS and prayed the court not to discontinue the case. He had argued that the prosecution did not present any information from the Attorney-General of Federation who had the authority to approve such.
The magistrate had adjourned the matter for ruling till Dec. 1.
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PHOTOS: Corpers Forced To Cut Weeds As Punishment Before Clearance In Rivers

Why is it that Nigerian youths are easily suppressd even despite their education. These are supposed to be adults being humiliated. If you've committed an offense, should cuttng grass like a slave be the punishment? This happened this morning in Ahoada East Local Government in Rivers state. NYSC officials refused to commence clearance until the corps members weed a portion of grass given to them. If they can be easily suppressed by an ordinary nysc official, how much more politicians governing their affairs. See More pics after the cut..

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19,396 Test HIV Positive In Niger State

A 2015 cumulative report from Niger State government has stated that a total number of 177,988 people were counseled and tested for HIV/AIDS out of which 19,396 were found positive.

To mark the World AIDS Day, the permanent secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr Ibrahim Tiffin, speaking to journalists at a news conference yesterday in Minna said 15,444 people are currently on antiretroviral therapy, ART treatment in Niger State to date.

According to him, the prevalence of HIV in Niger State has decreased from 4.0 per cent to 1.7 per cent, which is below the national average of 3.0 per cent and lowest in north central zone.

Tiffin noted that continuous supply of test kits and commodities to 310 existing prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS have been sustained as pregnant women who attend antenatal care are often counseled and tested.

The statistic, he said was based on 2014 Zero ANC prevalence survey.

He also added that the state agencies for the control of AIDS have been repositioned for better service delivery.

The permanent secretary also stated that the state has developed state HIV operational plan from 2015 to 2016 while scaled up plan for elimination of mother to child transmission of the disease has been developed through activation of 36 primary health care facilities in the state.
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Boko Haram Member Arrested In Attempt To Bomb People At Fuel Station In Maiduguri

A member of Islamic militant, popularly called Boko Haram was arrested today, Tuesday, along Damboa road by members of the Civilian JTF while attempting to detonate an improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a crowded fuel station where hundreds of people were waiting to buy fuel.

Garba Hussaini, a pump attendant, who spoke with DAILY POST in Maiduguri said, “Today, we are very lucky because there are over 500 people with hundreds of cars waiting for fuel when the sect member approach the crowd with 5 litres gallon, pretending to have come to buy fuel.”

According to him, when one of the boys controlling the crowd tried to prevent him from entering with the gallon, he got angry and remove a knife, attempting to stab the boy. “In the process, a member of the Civilian JTF noticed that, bomb was tied round him and he quickly grabbed him before he made any attempt to detonate it,” he added.

When Our Correspondent arrived at the filling Station, there was obvious fear and shock on the faces of people waiting on the queue. The manager of the station who declined comment also asked the pump attendants to stop selling even as some people were following and begging him to sell the product to them.

Speaking with one of the buyers on the queue, who identify himself as Mallam Sani, he said, ” I did not know what happen. I only saw people running and the Civilian JTF grabbed somebody. They carried him inside Keke Napep and head to town, later I heard that, he was Boko Haram with bomb trying to kill people.
Actually, I don’t know why fuel should be scarce in the first place when we have a competent president, who is also the petroleum minister. If this Boko Haram had succeeded, hundreds of people would have gone with him.”

Another Mohammed Umar told Our Correspondent that, immediately the man came, they started suspecting him, then he went back and brought a gallon. “A lot of people were trying to bribe their way in to have the fuel and the crowd was concentrated around the pumps. This man just pushed one of the boys controlling the crowd from outside and was going in when the boy held his hand, trying to stop him, and the man drew a dagger. We suddenly saw one of the JTFs grabbed the man from behind.

“We did not hear what he was saying until we heard bomb! Bomb!! Then everybody began to run away. They said, he was carrying bomb. For me, I took to my heels when I saw people running. I don’t associate myself with crowd since Boko Haram started bombing people. But this one would have been another catastrophe,” he said.
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35-Year-Old Man Kidnaps Teenager In Lagos

A 35 -year- old man has been arrested by the police and charged before a court for allegedly abducting a teenage girl and keeping her in captivity as a sex slave in Lagos State , western Nigeria .

The man, Osita Molokwu, allegedly abducted and kept Ogechi Emmanuel in his house for several days without the knowledge of her parents.

The incident happened at 22, Moriamo Adeshina Street , Abaranje in Ikotun area where he resides.

According the police , Molokwu allegedly intended to have sexual intercourse with Ogechi Emmanuel and detained her in
his house against her wish .

P .M . NEWS gathered that Ogechi was in Molokwu’s house for several days without her parents knowing her whereabouts.
The girl ’s mother, Christiana Emmanuel, was later informed that Ogechi was in Molokwu’ s house.

And when she went there to take Ogechi home, Molokwu refused.

He reportedly asked Ogechi ’s mother to leave with him and when he was through with her, she would return to her parents’ house .

Angered by his action , Christiana went to Ikotun Police station and reported that Molokwu abducted Ogechi and engaged her in marathon sex against her wish.

The police arrested Molokwu who claimed that he wanted to marry her and as such , he did not abduct and detain her as they claimed .

Ogechi told the police that he detained her and engaged her in sex against her wish.

She did not explain why she did not raise the alarm or escape from his house.

Consequently, Molokwu was charged to court for unlawfully detention for sexual intercourse under the Criminal Code.

When he was brought to Ejigbo Magistrates ’ court to be arraigned , the court did not sit and was returned to the station to be arraigned the following day .
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'My Husband Raped My Cousin In Our Matrimonial Home' - Wife Tells Court

A 31-year-old -trader, Oluwaseyi Ajofoyibo, on Tuesday at the Igando Customary Court , Lagos state, accused her husband, Kamoru Ajofoyibo,33, of allegedly raping her cousin in their matrimonial home.

Oluwaseyi also told the court that her husband was in the habit of beating and blackmailing her at the slightest provocation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oluwaseyi with her two children, ages seven and two, had since moved out of her matrimonial home to Badagry.

“My cousin came to my matrimonial home, asking me to help her appeal to her mother over a misunderstanding; I left the house for a night.

“When I returned, my cousin told my neighbours that my husband tried To Molest her in our matrimonial home.

“When she was probed further, she confessed that he succeeded in raping her.

“As a result of his action, I told him I was going to visit my parents in Badagry, but I packed my belongings and left with my sons.

“I rebuffed several attempts by our families for me to return to my matrimonial home.

“He then came and forcefully took away one of our sons. I want my son back, that’s why I brought him to the court. We were not legally married. He refused to pay my dowry,” Oluwaseyi said.

Her husband, Kamoru, who resides at Osunba Street, Igando, a suburb of Lagos, did not deny raping his wife’s cousin nor forcefully taking the couple’s seven years’ old son.

“We were not having any misunderstanding. She said she wanted to visit her family in Badagry and I gave her N30,000.

“She said she would spend two weeks, but two weeks turned to months, and months turned into years.

“Our families called a meeting, she refused to talk, and she was not moved with the tears from her mother’s eyes.

“ I relocated my son to my brother’s place in Badagry because I needed to be seeing him regualrly.

“I know I have made some mistakes and I’m sorry,’’ the 33 year-old-trader said.

The President of the court, Mr A. L. Omilola, in his ruling, told the couple to come for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on Dec. 16.

Omilola adjourned the case till Jan. 16 for further hearing. (NAN)
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PHOTOS: David Mark's Campaign Rice & Salt Flood Otukpo, To Construct 4 Roads Before Xmas

Following the nullification of the 5th term election of former Senate President, David Mark by the Appellate Court, the campaign team of the ousted legislator have flooded the city of Otukpo with iodized salt, rice and tin tomatoes.

This is just as the Akpegede-born retired soldier has also commenced work on four different roads in the heart of the city.

A source told DAILY POST that among the roads billed for reconstruction are Otukpa, Owukpa and two others dominated by Idoma enone (west).

Mark has been facing criticisms for refusing to attract develop to the area, which is populated by most of his political rivals.

DAILY POST gathered that the road construction begins today, December 1 and are expected to reach completion before Christmas. The project is under the supervision of a certain Hon. Abel.

“As we speak, they have blocked Otukpa, Owukpa roads. The work is expected to start today, December 1 and reach completion before Christmas. We wonder where they have been,” the source said.

The rice crested with Mark’s picture and inscriptions that read, “Vote back senator Mark. If we retain him, the nation will retain us,” were apparently reserved after the general elections.

Already, Mark’s campaign team has been busy distributing the food items to residents of Otukpo.

It was gathered that while some rejected the ‘Greek gifts’ others accepted them and thanked the Okpokpowulu for remembering them.

Mark and Onjeh are expected to return to the polls after the Court of Appeal sacked him for rigging his way in. \\

Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble. BBM:::::5929EA66

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National Directorate Of Employment Recruits 15000 People In The Last Four Months

National Directorate of Employment, NDE, has said it recruited and placed either in training or transient jobs, about 15,000 persons nationwide in the last four months.

The Director-General, DG, of NDE, Abubakar Mohammed, who disclosed this in Abuja at a senior management interactive forum of the directorate, also told the government to constantly review strategies and think outside the box to create jobs.

The NDE DG noted that the agency had started to test run the payment of N5,000 stipends promised to the unemployed in Delta State.

According to him, “this may appear insignificant in the face of the teeming unemployed, but it goes without saying that paucity of funds accounted for that. In the last eight years that I have been privileged to lead the NDE, we have introduced on a consistent basis, innovative interventions designed to tackle unemployment.”

“We have carefully complemented the micro economic policies of government through various programmes and schemes. I am confident that at this forum, we will be able to drive the policy thrust of the federal government in creating mass employment opportunities for Nigerians as well as fully support its aspiration to diversify the economy. That we need to strengthen and effectively promote the no-oil sectors of the economy such as sold minerals, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure is not only desirable but an idea that must be vigorously pursued.”
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