Friday, 9 October 2015

Nigeria loses $1billion in crude oil swaps

crude oil barrels

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Friday said the Federal Government lost lost close to $1 billion in revenue from the crude oil swap deal between 2009 and 2012.

NEITI’s Communications Director Orji Ogbonnaya-Orji, made the disclosure in Lagos at a forum on subsidy organised by Media for Oil Reform in collaboration with School of Media Communication, Pan Atlantic University.

Crude Oil Swap is an arrangement by the Federal Government whereby the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) supervises the trading of the nation’s crude oil for refined products.
Ogbonnaya-Orji said that there had been public concern about the objective of this arrangement was being compromised.

He explained that in 2012 alone, the cost of crude oil swapped was 6.4 billion dollars, while value of refined products returned to Nigeria was 6.3 billion dollars.
This, he said, left the sum of 100 million dollars as revenue loss incurred by government.

He maintained that similar concerns were raised with subsidy payment, noting that NEITI’s audit reports disclosed that N4 trillion was oil subsidy payments between 2006 and 2012.

Ogbonnaya-Orji said that in 2006, N219.72 billion was spent on subsidy, in 2007 N236.64 billion; 2008 N360.18 billion; 2009 N198.110 billion; 2010 N416.45 billion, 2011 N1.9 trillion and in‎ 2012 N690 billion.
“The subsidy payments in 2012 amounting to N690 billion when compared with N1.9 trillion paid in 2011 showed a 29 per cent reduction.
“This reduction may be due to the January 2012 national protest against oil subsidy,’’ Orji said.
The NEITI media director ‎said that the transparency initiative audit also revealed that NNPC had claimed that a total sum of N1.7 trillion was paid as subsidy between 2006 and 2012.
“NNPC deducted this sum directly from domestic crude oil proceeds before remitting the balance to the federation account.

“Subsidy deductions by NNPC increased by 110 per cent from 198 billion in 2009 to N416 billion in 2010, and 89 per cent in 2011 from N416 billion to N786 billion.
“The increase between 2009 and 2011 alone was 186 per cent from N198 billion to N786 billion,’’ Orji said.

He said that government needed to conduct an indepth investigation into the management of subsidy payments and ensure that NNPC followed due process in the PSF scheme.
Orji urged the government to deregulate the downstream sector and ensure that refineries worked to their full capacity.
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PHOTO: Senator Uche Ekwunife Visits Chris Ngige

There is no permanent enemy or friend in politics.Senator Uche Ekwunife yesterday visited Senator Chris Ngige over the death of his father Pa Pius Ngige.

She was pictured signing a condolence register during a condolence visit to her predecessor, Senator Chris Ngige over the death of his father, Pa Pius Ngige.

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Robbers Raid Imo Airport, Escape With N20m

Suspected armed robbers on Friday morning raided a micro finance bank located in the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, as well as the offices of Arik and Air Peace Airlines in Imo State.

Over N20m and other valuables were said to have been carted away in the robbery that lasted just a few minutes.

According to an eye witness, the armed robbers who besieged the airport in two unmarked vehicles, overpowered the security men attached to the bank.

The source who stated that the noise of banging of doors and windows by the robbers coupled with their gunshots scared people away from the scene.

An employee of Arik, who didn’t want to be named, said their offices were broken into, company and personal valuables of the workers were stolen.

He said, “We are still in shock how the robbers could have been able to operate freely without being challenged, with the number of security men at the Airport, calls for serious concern because if the Airport cannot be safe, where else can be.”

Meanwhile when contacted, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident, however, said it was a case of burglary.

According to him, “We got the report that some hoodlums broke into a Micro Finance Bank at the airport, but we did not get any report that they removed cash and no one was killed or wounded.

“Already investigation is ongoing and the the two security men attached to the bank are currently being interrogated.”
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BREAKING NEWS: Tribunal Sacks Kashamu, Six Others From Senate

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ogun state has sacked Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu a member of House of Representatives from Ijebu East /Ijebu North /Ogun waterside, Adekoya Adesegun and five members of the state assembly over non-compliance of electoral law.

The tribunal has therefore ordered a fresh election in the areas affected.

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‘Enyeama's Retirement Is Sad’ – Oliseh Opens Up On Crisis

The Nigeria coach has opened up on the incident that led to the goalkeeper’s untimely retirement from the national team on Thursday before their friendly defeat to Congo

Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said Vincent Enyeama’s retirement from the national team is very sad, as he finally opened up on the incidents that have shaken the Super Eagles since Tuesday.

Enyeama, the country’s most capped player, announced his retirement via Instagram on Thursday after alleging insults to his mother as well as being thrown out of the national camp by hotel security in Verviers, Belgium.

However, coach Oliseh has debunked the claims, stating that he was surprised by the goalkeeper’s allegations on social media, something that has turned many fans against him as the team lost 2-0 to Congo DR in a friendly on Thursday night.

In an interview on Brila FM, Oliseh stated that the goalkeeper had insisted on airing his views during dinner after Tuesday’s training, despite the coach’s instruction to stand down and allow his observations be discussed at another time.

The goalkeeper was unhappy with the fact that he was overlooked as captain of the side in favour of Ahmed Musa during a routine meet and greet with the Nigerian ambassador to Belgium after their work out.

The coach said he told Enyeama to either remain quiet or excuse himself from dinner to enable him address the other players. Oliseh stated that a few of the senior players attempted to calm the goalkeeper before leading him away from the room.

He said he didn’t call security to take him out and was surprised to find out that Enyeama claimed on Instagram that he was thrown out by security and that his mother had been insulted.

“How can I insult your mother? Never did the issue of Vincent Enyeama’s mother come up, ” said Oliseh, while stating that Musa and John Obi Mikel came to his room to apologize on behalf of the goalkeeper and he had forgiven the Lille player.

The coach said that Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick mediated in the crisis and asked Enyeama to apologise to the coach but he didn’t.

Enyeama decided to leave camp on Thursday following the invitation of young goalkeeper Dele Alampasu as back up for the two goalkeepers in case of any injuries. Oliseh said there was joke about preparing goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu as back up in case the need arose.

"He said because I invited Alampasu, he’s going,” Oliseh said.

Enyeama then announced his retirement from the team after 13 years in a very emotional post on Instagram, stating that “it’s been the most trying period of my life”.

“It’s very sad,” Oliseh said about the goalkeeper’s retirement while hoping that the team gets back on its feet soon enough for Sunday’s friendly against Cameroon.

Despite the 2-0 defeat to Congo, Oliseh took positives from the performances of Mikel and debutant Alex Iwobi, while stating that the reason for the friendly matches is so that the team can have better understanding ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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PHOTOS: Man with massive lump on his back needs help

A reader sent this in;
Mr. Bemgba Akaayar is a 46 years old peasant farmer who hails from Tombo-Mbalagh, Mbaboor in Binev Council Ward of Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State. He is a diabetic patient who has not even been on drugs for lack of funds.
Some ten years ago, he started experiencing an itch between his shoulders, on his back which soon developed into a boil, and as a peasant all he could do was administer local herbs on it, all to no avail.

 The boil eventually degenerated into a large tumor-like hump on poor Mr. Akaayar's back with attendant inflammation and laceration on the head of the hump. His family members, who are themselves peasants as well, watched the victim of this strange ailment helplessly without any financial capability to do anything about his condition, until a kind-hearted woman brought him to Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi sometime in April 2014 to seek medical attention for the ailment for the first time. But there too lack of finances was a stumbling block.

According to medical authorities, the sum of N15,000.00 (fifteen thousand naira) will be required for admission deposit at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), while N35, 000.00 (thirty five thousand naira) will be needed to conduct a CT Scan on the growth, preparatory to surgery, the cost of which is yet to be determined as well as cost of drugs for the victim.

Donations are therefore, needed from kind-hearted Nigerians to help facilitate a medical solution to the plight of this helpless peasant farmer who has carried the burden of this strange ailment for over ten years now.

For further details and enquiries, please call- 08037858205.
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Tribunal In Ogun Nullifies PDP Reps Member’s Election

The National and state Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, this morning nullified the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmaker, Segun Adekoya.

The three man Tribunal headed by Justice Ebiowei Tobi in delivering the judgement this afternoon, also ordered a re – run election in 122 of the polling units in Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency.

The Petition challenging Adekoya’s victory in last March 28 National Assembly election, was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The court held that the election in the affected areas were marred by irregularities and malpractices.
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MKO Abiola International Airport Will Be Ready Next Year- Osun Government

Contractor handling MKO Abiola International Airport in Osun State, Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, has assured that the project would be ready for operation next May.

Managing Director of the Nigeria Air Force-owned company, Air Commodore Hyacinth Eze, stated this when he led a team of engineers handling the project to Governor Rauf Aregbesola in Osogbo.
The airport at Ido-Osun in Egbedore Local Government Area, when completed, would be a cargo and aircraft maintenance hub.

At completion, the airport, it was said, would be the first to have a hanger for maintenance of different types of aircraft and helicopters in the West African sub-region. He explained that the delay in completing the project was caused by little hitch that has been overcome.

Eze assured that work will be fast on the project site so as to meet the tentative target of eight months being proposed for full commencement of operation at the airport.
He said: “Our company has two on-going projects in the state, one, which is the most important of the projects is the airport named MKO Abiola International Airport.

“It is a project that we started and we have little hitch along the line but today, I am happy to inform you that this project is being revived.

“We have gone up to seventy per cent of the work and in another eight months we are hoping that this project will be completed and handed over to the state of Osun.
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Don’t Use Ekweremadu As A Sacrificial Lamb – Ohanaeze Warns Buhari

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against using the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu as the sacrificial lamb to settle his perceived scores with the embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) was reacting to media reports that Buhari had in his recent meeting with Saraki, which was brokered by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogora, allegedly, insisted on Ekweremadu’s removal as a condition for his reconciliation with Saraki.

According to the media report, Buhari was said to be sorely pained by the emergence of Ekweremadu – a Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) member as the Deputy Senate President in an All Progressive Congress ( APC) dominated senate.
He was said to have demanded the immediate replacement of Ekweremadu with an APC senator as condition for the eventual dropping of charges against Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT).

A source privy to the meeting had reportedly said: “The view of the Presidency is that the arrangement in the Senate whereby a PDP senator is the deputy president in an APC-led government is a misnomer, which should not be allowed.

“If there is a political option, this is one; the arrangement is not right. The President did not like the arrangement in the Senate”.

But in a swift reaction to the alleged insistence of Buhari on removing Ekweremadu, OYC warned the President to thread with caution as “any attempt to unseat the Deputy Senate President is an affront to democracy.”

“Removal of Ekweremadu amounts to political genocide against Ndigbo,” Ohanaeze said.

OYC in a press statement issued Friday by its National President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike National Secretary, asked Buhari to place the peace and unity of Nigeria above his political views.

He wondered what the President “intends to achieve by excluding an entire geopolitical zone from the power equation of the country.”

The statement reads in part: “Buhari should not over-display his penchant hatred for Ndigbo by insisting that the only position God gave us through the instrumentality of progressive minds at the senate is snatched away.

“Buhari has deliberately excluded the South-East from all his political appointments so far, yet he is not satisfied but wants to close the only window granted us by providence.

“He appointed all his service chiefs and other key public officers without considering anybody from South East. When we cried foul his apologists told us to wait for ministerial list.

“He has presented his long- awaited ministerial list with only two slots for a zone with five states. It is already obvious to us that Buhari-led administration is tribalistic and bent on punishing Ndigbo for our political decision in the last election but he should beware of the grave consequences of his actions.”

Ohanaeze advised Buhari to stop interfering with the internal affairs of the National Assembly but instead concentrate on issues that would engender unity and national cohesion.

OYC noted that, “no administration in Nigeria has ever succeeded without Ndigbo, and Buhari’s government will not be an exception.

“We have no regrets for our political choice in the last election. Buhari will not be President for ever but we want other geopolitical zones to be aware of the injustices against Ndigbo by the APC-led government.”

The group also renewed its earlier call for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference as the panacea to the myriad of problems threatening Nigeria’s unity and peaceful co- existence.

“The recent succession threat by the Yoruba leaders is as a result of the failure of the federal government to address some fundamental questions in Nigeria including obvious injustices as can be deduced by the deliberate exclusion of Ndigbo by Buhari.

“It is very worrisome that the body language of Mr. President does not seem to suggest that he understands that Nigeria under him is fast becoming more disenchanted and disunited than ever”, it added.

OYC commended all Igbo senators for standing behind Ekweremadu, assuring them of the full support of Igbo youths in their bid to advance the cause of Ndigbo.

Ohanaeze also urged Saraki not to allow any amount of pressure by the presidency to destroy the existing cordial relationship between him and Ekweremadu.
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Gunmen kill oil worker in Bayelsa


Unidentified gunmen on Friday killed an oil worker at the Kolo Creek Oilfields operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa.

It was gathered that the sound of gunshots fired by the gunmen alerted armed security team stationed to guard the oil installation whose reaction forced the gunmen to retreat.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the remains of the victim of the attack, identified as Austin Igwe, was evacuated by policemen from Ogbia Division and troops of Operation Pulo Shield (OPPS), the Joint Military outfit deployed to the field.

Mr. Igwe, according to sources, was an unarmed security guard on duty at the Kolo Creek Oil field, when the gunmen arrived.

A NAN correspondent, who was at the scene shortly after the incident, reported that relatives of the victim, who hailed from Emehal 2 community in Ogbia local government area, wailed uncontrollably at the crime scene.

Mr. Igwe’s relatives stormed the oilfield on getting the news of his demise.
“We heard that unidentified gunmen had attacked Shell facility and that our brother who was on duty fell to their bullets, we got here and found out that it was true.
“The pain is too much to bear, this is tragedy for us, please I am short of words,” a relative said amidst tears.

An official of OPPS urged members of the bereaved family and community people who had gathered in the area to remain calm as investigations were underway.

Reacting to the development, the spokesman of Operation Pulo Shield, Lt.-Col Isa Ado, told NAN that he was on official assignment and promised to make public details of the report soonest.
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Ministerial List : See Speculated Portfolios Of Ministers

Following the release of 21 names of ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to Senate President Bukola Saraki last week, there have been lots of speculations on the social media about who heads what ministry among the ministers who will still have to be screened by the senate before the president announce portfolio’s he assigned to each of them. See the purported list on allotment of portfolios, do you think all the ministers rightly fit the minsitries apportioned to them?

Chris Ngige – Anambra (Health)
Kayode Fayemi – Ekiti (Foreign Affairs)
Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers (Ministry of Niger Delta
Babatunde Fashola – Lagos (FCT)
Abdulrahman Danbazau (Defence)
Aisha Alhassan – Taraba (Women Affairs)
Ogbonaya Onu – Abia (Science and Technology)
Kemi Adeosun – Ogun (Trade and Investment)
Abubakar Malami (SAN) – Kebbi (Justice)
Sen Hadi Sirika – Katsina (Aviation)
Barr. Adebayo Shittu – Oyo (Works)
Suleiman Adam – Jigawa (Labour and Productivity)
Solomon Dalong – Plateau (Interior)
Ibe Kachikwu – Delta (Petroleum and natural resources)
Osagie Ehanire – Edo (Water Resources and Solid Minerals)
Audu Ogbeh – Benue (Agriculture)
Lai Mohammed – Kwara (Information and Communication)
Ahmed Isa Ibeto – Niger (Transportation)’
Amina Mohammed – Kaduna (Finance)
Udoma Udoma – Akwa Ibom (Culture and Tourism).
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PHOTOS: More Refugees Troop Into Maiduguri As They Are Received By NEMA Officials

NEMA officials were at Njimtilo -the final security check point into Maiduguri to receive 390 internally Displaced indigenes of kala Balge, Borno state who were transported Back from IDP camps in Yola Adamawa state in conjunction with Borno state government and other stakeholders in relief operations.

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Lady dupes couple with dead son’s ‘baby’

A married lady has been arrested in Enugu State for defrauding a grieving couple with a ‘baby,’ which she claimed belonged to their late son. According to the police, the lady, Elitha Emeka and her husband, Emeka Moses Okechukwu planned the scam together. Detectives in Enugu State Police Command described the Elitha and her husband as seasoned fraudsters.

Elitha and Okechukwu started playing tricks on Mr. and Mrs. Eneje just months after their only son; Paschal Eneje 28 was murdered by four gunmen. Elitha was said to have appeared from nowhere, called the Enejes, saying she had a baby for their son. She said she needed money for the baby’s up keep. It was later discovered that there was no baby. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP, Ebere Amaraizu alleged that the couple maybe part of the people that conspired and murdered Paschal Eneje, 28.
Amaraizu said: “The couple further duped the parents of Paschal. They collected N300, 000 from the deceased’s parents, under the guise that they knew those behind the killing of their late son Paschal Eneje. Paschal happened to be the couple’s only son.” Paschal was said to have been murdered on April 19, 2015, by four armed men just as he was about to drive into his compound.

The gunmen opened fire on his car and riddled it with bullets. They were said to have called his parents after killing him, pretending they had kidnapped him. They demanded for ransom, which the parents paid. Later, Paschal’s parents discovered that their only son had been killed.

While Mr and Mrs Eneje were grieving over the demise of their son and trying to find out those that murdered him, Elitha came into the scene. Police said that Elitha called Paschal’s bereaved parents and told them that she and Paschal were lovers and that she had a baby for him. She said she needed money for the baby’s up keep. When law enforcement caught up with Elitha and Okechukwu, it was discovered that there was no baby.

The parents of Paschal had however paid money into the account number given by Elitha. Amaraizu said: “The suspects had however collected the money from Paschal’s parents for the up keep of the ‘baby.’ They collected the money through a bank account provided by Elitha. Elitha however never presented the ‘baby’ to the couple even though they constantly called, begging her to bring the baby.” “The suspects are assisting operatives with investigations,” said Amaraizu. The couple’s arrest came months after the murder of Paschal. Paschal was murdered on April, 19, 2014, while Elitha and Okechukwu were arrested on September 24, 2015.
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PHOTOS: 6 die in Lagos accident

Six people including the driver of a commercial bus, lost their lives in a fatal accident at Onipanu bus top along Ikorodu road this morning.     

Viral reports say the driver lost control of the vehicle and somersaulted.  
Men of the Lagos state Emergency service are still being expected to evacuate the dead bodies.
Traffic is already building around that area due to the obstruction from the accident. 
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Patient Died Of Fever Not Ebola – UCTH

The management of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has debunked claims that the Ebola virus has hit Cross River state.

A statement released by UCTH to Sun Newspapers, indicates that the Patient involved, might have died from Haemorrhagic fever.

The statement reads “On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, we managed a patient who presented with symptoms mimicking viral Haemorrhagic fever. Due to the remote chance of it being contagious, we have sent the blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts. Further information will be made available as soon as we receive the results of the samples for analysis.”Adding that “The National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Cross River State Government and the Department of State Services had been informed of the development.”

The Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council, UCTH, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, also confirmed that  15 people have been quarantined.

Also, the  Director Public Health, Dr. Sunday Omini called for calm, adding that the matter is being investigated.
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Patient Died Of Fever Not Ebola – UCTH

The management of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has debunked claims that the Ebola virus has hit Cross River state.

A statement released by UCTH to Sun Newspapers, indicates that the Patient involved, might have died from Haemorrhagic fever.

The statement reads “On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, we managed a patient who presented with symptoms mimicking viral Haemorrhagic fever. Due to the remote chance of it being contagious, we have sent the blood samples for testing and quarantined identified contacts. Further information will be made available as soon as we receive the results of the samples for analysis.”Adding that “The National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Cross River State Government and the Department of State Services had been informed of the development.”

The Chairman of the Medical Advisory Council, UCTH, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, also confirmed that  15 people have been quarantined.

Also, the  Director Public Health, Dr. Sunday Omini called for calm, adding that the matter is being investigated.
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Osinbajo leaves for South Africa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Friday morning left for Pretoria, South Africa.

The visit will see him participate in a number of events including commissioning the Consular building of the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria.

He will attend programmes at the House of Revival Church in Brakpan and is also billed to make a courtesy call on his South African counterpart, Mr. Cyril Rhamaphosa.

The Vice President will hold an interactive session with the Nigerian community in South Africa.
He is billed to round off his assignment on Sunday and return to Abuja, same day.
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Enyeama is lying against me, he has a record of indiscipline - Oliseh

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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed his disappointment, over what he termed assassination of his character by Vincent Enyeama.

Oliseh and Enyeama had a fall-out at a team meeting, during which it was announced that Ahmed Musa is now the new captain of Nigeria.
The Lille goalkeeper on Thursday, announced he was quitting the national team and claimed he would not take insults over his dead mother.

Oliseh has now reacted to the incident.
“There is a level to how far you can go in character assassination by Enyeama. This is unheard of,” he said.

The former Juventus and Dortmund midfielder, also revealed how he was eager to have Enyeama on board, prompting him to drive to France to have lunch with him.
“I took him to lunch and shared my coaching philosophy with him,” narrated Oliseh.
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Enyeama is lying against me, he has a record of indiscipline - Oliseh

Oliseh vs Tanzania 2986 (1)
Head coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed his disappointment, over what he termed assassination of his character by Vincent Enyeama.

Oliseh and Enyeama had a fall-out at a team meeting, during which it was announced that Ahmed Musa is now the new captain of Nigeria.
The Lille goalkeeper on Thursday, announced he was quitting the national team and claimed he would not take insults over his dead mother.

Oliseh has now reacted to the incident.
“There is a level to how far you can go in character assassination by Enyeama. This is unheard of,” he said.

The former Juventus and Dortmund midfielder, also revealed how he was eager to have Enyeama on board, prompting him to drive to France to have lunch with him.
“I took him to lunch and shared my coaching philosophy with him,” narrated Oliseh.
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Ebola Scare: Cross River Awaits Blood Test Result


The Cross River State Government says it is awaiting results of blood samples of a patient who died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) with symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar, Dr Sunday Omini, Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, in reaction to media reports that a suspected Ebola patient died in UCTH on Wednesday, said nothing can be concluded until the results of the tests are known but he was pretty sure it was not Ebola.

“We are aware of the situation and we have got preliminary reports from the hospital, and we are all awaiting the result of the blood samples.

“But judging from the information I have received so far, I am 90 per cent sure that it is not Ebola,” Omini said.

“However, we are on top of the situation, there is no cause for alarm,” he said.

In the mean time, the management of UCTH said it had informed all relevant agencies about the development, including the National Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health and Cross River government.
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22 Children Kidnapped in Benue State

At least 22 children have been kidnapped in Benue state in the last six weeks.


Nigerian Tribune reports that most of the kidnapped children are within the age of four to seven years. Mothers of the kidnapped children, on Thursday, met with the Benue state governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, crying and pleading with him to come to their aid and rescue their lost children.

One of the women, Mrs Ngodoo Amiaser said her son, Tersoo Paul Amiaser, a four year-old pupil of Joel Model School, Gboko road, Makurdi went missing since August 29, this year.

According to Ngodoo, a raw akpu seller at Wurukum market, the young boy who had gone with her to the market on that fateful day had gone to play somewhere within the market and got missing since then.

“My son went to play close by within the market. He left my shop at about 4pm but by 5pm when he usually came back I didn’t see him. So, I went looking for him and in the process, a young girl said she saw my son with a woman whom she could not identify and asked where he was going but the woman told the girl she was my sister and that I had asked her to go and buy Bobo juice for my son.”

Benue Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Austin Ezeani, confirmed the serial child abduction across the state, but could not give the total number of children that have been abducted so far, said that some arrests have been made.
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PHOTO: Wire Abandoned By Electricity Workers Electrocutes 15-Year-Old Pupil

A 15-year-old resident of Ishaga Road in the Idi-Araba area of Lagos State, Afusat Musa, has been electrocuted by a live wire that was partially disconnected by officials of Eko Electricity Distribution Company.

About four officials were said to have stormed the neighbourhood penultimate Tuesday, around 2pm, and disconnected wires from houses, whose residents had yet to pay their bills.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the wire cut from a storey building was, however, abandoned on the roof of a mosque near the building, while the other end was still attached to an electric pole.

Our correspondent gathered that moments after power was restored on the fateful day, Afusat, a Junior Secondary School three pupil, who lived in a house next to the mosque, was electrocuted.

She was said to be returning from an errand at about 7pm and touched the metal pole of an aerial mounted beside her house.

She was said to have been rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was confirmed dead on arrival.

A brother of the deceased, Aminu Musa, told PUNCH Metro that the manager of the Idi-Araba office of the EKEDC visited the community after the incident was reported at the Itire Police Station and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency.

Aminu added that the manager denied knowledge of the workers’ operation in the area on the fateful day.

He said, “Immediately Afusat died, we went to the Itire Police Station. LASEPA was also informed about the incident. The following day, LASEPA officials, the electricity workers and their manager visited us. The manager denied sending his men to disconnect wires.”

Afusat’s mother, Zainab, a trader, said the workers eventually admitted complicity in the occurrence when people confronted them, adding that the case was not properly handled because the family was not influential.

She said, “We initially thought it was our wire that caused the electrocution, but it persisted after my daughter died. It was somebody who rushed in to tell us that a live wire was abandoned on the roof of the mosque, which touched our house’s roof. The workers initially denied that they did come to our area for the operation. But when people insisted they were the ones, they apologised, saying the wire was mistakenly abandoned. If Afusat was from a rich family would the case die like that? They did not even come in to sympathise with us; they stayed outside.”

The deceased’s father, Alhaji Muhammed Musa, who described her as obedient, said her death was caused by the nonchallant attitude of the electricity officials.

He said, “Many wires were disconnected that day and we had to settle them to fix them back. I paid them N1,500. A wire was not re-fixed because the residents of the house did not settle them. It was carelessness on their part to have abandoned the wire that was not disconnected from the pole. When there was electricity later that day, people started complaining of shocks but we did not know where it came from until Afusat died.”

The Chairman of the community development association, Mr. Rasheed Bakare, said prior to the incident, several invitations had been sent to the electricity company for a discussion on the poor state of electric poles in the area, but were ignored.

He said, “Before this incident, we have written letters to EKEDC, inviting them for deliberation on lingering issues relating to electricity in this community, but they did not honour our invitations. There are cases of falling wires and illegal pole climbing, among others, which we wanted to discuss with them.”

The Lagos State police spokesperson, DSP Joe Offor, said efforts were on to get the statements of the workers complicit in the pupil’s death.

He said, “The DPO informed Lagos State of the incident and invited the concerned workers to the station, but they have yet to honour the invitation. Whenever our men go to their office, they are always told that the workers have gone out. We are still making efforts to ensure that they come to the station.”

Calls made to the line of the spokesperson for EKEDC, Mr, Godwin Idemudia, rang out. He had also yet to reply to a text message sent to his number as of press time.
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House of Rep members to investigate 2010 $470m CCTV contract

Following the recent bombing in Abuja and others parts of the country, the House of Representatives members yesterday instituted an adhoc committee to investigate the 2010 $470 million Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) contracts awarded for Lagos and Abuja in 2010 by the last administration.

A Lawmaker representing Ijebu North/Ijebu East/Ogun Waterside Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid brought the motion for the investigation of the contract yesterday October 8th.

Hon. Adekoya said it was important that government takes seriously the need for proper surveillance of major cities, state capitals and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in face of the current security challenges facing the nation.

“That these criminal activities have led to loss of many innocent lives, displacement of thousands of people, destruction of properties worth millions of Naira, traumatization of many and destabilization of economic activities with the attendant damage to the image of the country”.
He called for an immediate investigation into the contract awarded to ZTE Corporation as far back as 2010 at a cost of $470million. In a unanimous vote, the House members approved the call for an investigation into the contract and immediately setup an Ad-hoc committee to investigate the circumstances of the award of the previous installation contract directing the committee to report back to the House within four weeks for legislative action.
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Jonathan & Guebuza To Lead Commonwealth Election Observers In Tanzania

Former Nigeria  President Goodluck Jonathan will lead the Commonwealth observer mission at Tanzania’s October 25 General Election.

The observers will come from 33 countries of Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Yahya Simba, announced this in Dar es Salaam yesterday at a meeting jointly organised by the UN and the government on the former’s 70th anniversary next week.

While former Nigerian president Jonathan will lead the Commonwealth observers’ team, Amb Simba said, former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza will lead the African Union (AU) observers.

Former Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan

He reiterated that as the country embarks on the new development plan, there is a need to address the unfinished MDGs business in implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda.

“Tanzania is pleased to note that the Post-2015 Development Agenda, inter alia, has taken on board the unfinished business of the MDGs, focusing on trans-formative change, and endeavouring to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030,” he said.

He noted that for the new agenda to be achieved there should be effective means of implementation.

This is because the lack of predictable funding and insufficient financial resources were among the several reasons the MDGs were not attained.

Speaking on the upcoming elections, Ambassador Simba called upon Tanzanians to exercise their rights and adhere to the rule of law to ensure that peace and stability prevail.

He further stressed that there is no development without peace and no peace without development.

Therefore every citizen has a role to play to ensure that peace reigns and Tanzania continues to be a prosperous nation.

For his part, Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN Resident Coordinator for Tanzania said: “Men and women in Tanzania look forward to peaceful and credible general elections and their voices to be heard on October 25, the date of the elections.”

He added: “They view the future with optimism and continue to rely extensively on community radios, local administration, the media fraternity and civil society organisations for information on political events and changes facing the nation.”

He also said that economic growth in rural areas is seen as increasingly dependent, not only on national and local economic policies, but on climate change and variability.

“Tanzanians are more aware than ever before about the MDGs and the upcoming transition to the SDGs, while the details of the goals are the targets may be unclear, they know there is a concerted attempt to assists in ending child stunting, ending discrimination and enhancing the overall quality of social services,” he said.

Emphasising on the UN at 70 theme and the relevance to Tanzania’s context, the UN Boss in Tanzania said: “The 70 years’ anniversary of the United Nations is a call for a reflection on lessons learnt over the decades and focus on how to eradicate extreme poverty in Tanzania and the world at large”.

He further said that the period since March this year, Tanzania gets influx of close to 100,000 Burundians fleeing their homes for their safety to Tanzania.

He insisted that the joint work between the government and the UN family as well as civil society organisations has demonstrated that it is not only on development but also in humanitarian issues the partnership can be made more strong and vibrant.
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Soldiers Brutalise Police Sergeant And Friend In Lagos

A serving police sergeant in Lagos, Mr. Akan Jackson, and another resident have accused some soldiers of subjecting them to extreme torture, and inflicting severe injuries on them.
Daily Sun gathered that on Saturday, October 3, along the Alaba International Market Road in Ojo, Lagos, three soldiers believed to be from Ibereko Barracks, Badagry, savagely brutalised Jackson and his friend6. The policeman said he and his friend were subsequently abducted and taken to the riverside where the soldiers threatened to kill them and dump their bodies.

According to the policeman, it all began when a soldier he later identified as Okon who carried no identification whatsoever, accosted him, and started flogging him with a horsewhip. He said the incident happened as he tried to turn his vehicle at a point close to Alaba Market, to avoid a traffic snare. He said as Okon was flogging him, two other soldiers, including one Abu and another, joined in the beating.
Jackson said he tried to identify himself as a policeman, but noted that Okon flew into a rage. He said the soldiers dragged him and his friend out and began pummelling them. He said that it was when Okon removed his overalls that he identified him as a soldier. He said owing to his show of rascality, he had thought that the soldier was an area boy because of the way he conducted himself. And to make matters worse, they beat them up as if they were entertaining the crowd.

He said the soldiers had already removed the ranks on their victims’ uniforms before they descended on them. He said the three soldiers later took them to their barracks where one Lieutenant Colonel Gora, after seeing how they were bleeding, directed that the policeman and his friend be treated immediately. His words: “At about 4pm on Saturday, October 3, I was driving with my friend along the Alaba International Market road.

When I realised that there was traffic build up, I decided to turn and go through the expressway. As I attempted to turn, I saw a man in blue overalls. He accosted me and asked why I wanted to turn. I told him I wanted to get on the expressway. Instantly, he drew his koboko and started flogging me. I asked him why he was doing that, explaining that I was a policeman and that I did not do any wrong, but he was adamant. Not done, he forcefully dragged me out of the vehicle and continued flogging me, insisting that the police were not officers in Nigeria. When I held the koboko, his colleagues instantly came and joined him. “I told them to ask their colleague what happened rather than beating me, but they didn’t listen. One of them, Abu, gave me a savage head-butt in my eye and instantly I sustained a serious injury. They now forced my friend into their patrol van, and bundled me in too. I asked them where they were taking us to but they warned me to ask no more questions. But I persisted so that I could call my people to our plight. Then one of them said they were going to hang us. When we got close to my station, I saw my colleagues mobilising to rescue me.
I wanted to signal to them because the information had already got to the station, but the soldiers pressed me down so that nobody would see me.

They took us to an unknown place near the river where I summoned courage and asked them why they brought us that far. They said they missed their way, but we should thank God they had no jack knife, that they would have killed us and dumped our bodies in the river. Shortly after, they drove us away. When they got to their checking point, they started flogging us again. One of them picked up a pebble and broke my friend’s head. They bundled us out and kept us at a spot. When it grew dark, they forced us into the vehicle, saying that they were taking us to their barracks. “On arrival at their barracks, they drove directly to their clinic. When one Colonel Gora saw us, he mandated that anybody on duty should start treating us immediately because the wounds they inflicted on us were much. Instantly, they started stitching us. After the treatment, they asked us to enter their patrol vehicle again, stating that they were taking us to the police station. One of them began to ask me if I wanted them to settle the matter or they should go and lock us up in the station.

I asked him why he would lock us up, and challenged him to take us to the station and see whether any policeman would lock us up in the condition that we were. “At that moment, their boss, Colonel Gora began to blame them, warning that what they did was absolutely wrong. He wondered why they beat us the way they did. Thereafter, they took us to the Badagry Police Station to establish if I was actually a policeman. “Luckily, the man on duty knew my Station Officer (SO). They asked him if he knew me, and the SO told them that I was serving under him, and that I was supposed to be on night duty. Then they told my SO that something happened, that they were at Badagry Police Station.

They later called my DPO who promised to send a patrol vehicle there to meet us. But they refused, saying that they would drop us by themselves. “When the policeman on duty put us behind the counter, the soldiers went outside and began to discus among them. Then they called me and told me that Colonel Gora said what happened had already happened, and that we should forget about it. “What pained me most was that he did not care to listen to me. All he was asking was, why did I fight the soldiers. I asked him how I could fight soldiers in uniform. “At the point they wanted to leave, the officer at the Badagry Police Station told them that the matter did not happen in Badagry, and that they should take us to Ojo or Ajangbadi, but they refused. Then, the colonel left us and drove away. After that, his boys followed him, abandoning us. “We begged for money to return to Alaba where I abandoned my vehicle. As we were trudging along, we were like mad men. When we arrived at the spot where I left my vehicle, I noticed that my two phones and the money I had inside the vehicle were missing. My friend also lost his own phones and money. I later made an entry at Ajangbadi Police Station. “I want the Chief of Army Staff to bring these errant soldiers to book. It was when they discovered that I am truly a policeman that they became confused.” Giving his own account, Jackson’s friend, Mr. Balogun Idris, said he was stripped Unclad like a common criminal by the soldiers. He said he lost much blood when one of the soldiers broke his head.

“I was surprised at the attitude of the soldiers. Incidents like that happen daily in this area. No day passes without a soldier brutalising a civilian on this Badagry road. They treated us like common criminals, and people stood there to watch. They didn’t even want to know what would happen to us after. They were not even there to know what we lost. They believed they were soldiers and they could do anything and get away with it.” When our correspondent contacted Colonel Anka, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division Nigerian Army, Lagos, he told the reporter that there was no one called Colonel Gora in Badagry. He said the army had only one colonel in Badagry, adding that his name was not Gora.
“We don’t have anybody as Colonel Gora at Badagry Barracks. That person is fake! Kindly send me a text a message so that I can reply properly,” he said.
Colonel Anka did not respond to the message sent to his mobile line.
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